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HUMP ALONG Clyde isn’t your typical camel PICKS 12
THE BEST TO-DO LIST IN BOISE Nutcrackers, The Nutcracker, dancers, writers and hagglers FOOD 30
MEMORY FOOD The search for a forgotten fruit: quince
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NOTE MAKING A LIST I have three items of business in this here Editor’s Note for you, readers. First up: It’s last call on submissions for music and event listings happening through Wednesday, Jan. 4. If you are planning something you want listed—whether it’s a fundraiser, concert, meeting, book club, dog show, tattoo fest, beer pong championship or fruitcake-eating contest and it will happen between now and Jan. 4, you have exactly one week from this edition’s publication date to get us the deets. We’ll be working way ahead during the next few weeks so we can take some time off over the holidays, and if we don’t see your event in our in-box before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, there’s a good chance we won’t see it at all. Next up: Turn to Page 14. Have a look at that ﬁrst Stage icon listing—the one for A Permanent Image. See that next to it? This is the ﬁrst time you’ll see that little bugger dropped into text throughout the 8 Days Out event listings, but it won’t be the last. Thing is, we know people who like to give away stuff. And they give it to us to give to our readers. For some time now, we’ve had a “Promo” webpage at boiseweekly.com on which we list all of our giveaways. We’ve been quietly dishing out tickets to concerts, plays, movies, the ballet and opera, and deals at participating BW Card members. If you’re a dedicated print reader, this is likely news to you, since we rarely do giveaways in print. However, if you’re thumbing through the print edition and you see one of those “win” icons, log on to promo.boiseweekly.com and enter to win tickets to whatever strikes your fancy. And ﬁnally: Speaking of cool things we’ve quietly launched online ... This past weekend, we published the ﬁrst column in a new food series called “In the Kitchen With ...” Twice a month, BW’s newest food writer, Patrick Trakel, will seek out the men and women on the front lines of the city’s food truck and restaurant scenes to ﬁnd out why they want to spend all their time sweating over a hot stove. RiceWorks owner Phu Tran is the ﬁrst subject to get the Trakel treatment. Read it and subsequent columns at boiseweekly.com on Cobweb. —Rachael Daigle
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ONE YEAR LATER ... Last week, we published the results of our annual Bad Cartoon Contest. Visit video.boiseweekly.com for a interview with last year’s winner, Connor Coughlin, after a full year of contributing weekly cartoons.
BW’S IN THE KITCHEN WITH ... New regular series: Behind the scenes with men and women dishin’ up food in Boise kitchens. From food trucks to high falutin’ spots, no restaurant kitchen is off limits.
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NOISE The Black Heart Procession
ARTS Turning the unwanted into art
SCREEN Young Adult
REC Motion gaming takes off 28 FOOD Down memory lane with quince
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5529 OVERLAND RD • (208) 378-0800 WWW.WESTERNTROPHYBOISE.COM OTTER UNEMPLOYMENT RANT INSENSITIVE, UNREALISTIC Gov. Otter, I am writing to express my disbelief at the comments coming from your ofﬁce and your administration in regard to future extensions of unemployment beneﬁts. I am a 30-year resident of Idaho. I have worked, married, raised a family, paid taxes and have been an active participant as a citizen. We have always, I repeat, always lived within our means. We have never had credit card debt, nor did we buy a house out of reach for our lifestyle. Fiscally, we are conservative. I have been displaced from my career twice in the past three years. In 2008, I was earning a healthy salary when my position was eliminated with an employer for whom I had worked for nearly 15 years. I was shocked and unprepared, as I had been a highperforming, highly active employee for years. In early 2009, I took a position with another family-owned company as VP Idaho for a foodservice brokerage. I took a 20-percent pay cut but was still earning above average. I stabilized the Idaho division and helped improve the proﬁtability for the entire company, which was then bought by a large regional broker-
age. My position was then eliminated. I have been actively seeking a career, have participated in many of the Department of Labor workshops, trainings, professional networking groups. I have applied to approximately 200 jobs. I have had some interviews. I have received no offers. Your—and your director of the DOL’s— comments are unbelievable. There are nowhere near enough jobs that pay a livable wage to put everyone to work, and yet you wish to eliminate future extensions. By doing so, your administration will put more people in foreclosure, more people on welfare, more people in the shelters. Your actions will not create any jobs but will further reduce the total employment numbers through a reduction in overall monetary exchange. Less money spent on groceries. Less on fuel, less on clothing, less on utilities. Certainly there are abusers to any system, but I have always believed the vast majority of humans want to do the right thing and support themselves, better themselves and better raise their children and families. I ﬁnd your comments insensitive and unrealistic. Thank the Lord I am healthy and have not needed medical care, as I am uninsured. I’ll gladly
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FORGET AMEX SMALL BIZ DAY. WANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL? PAY WITH CASH. As a small local business owner, I appreciate all the effort people put into buying local. But for a shop small businesses day to be sponsored by American Express is ridiculous. Many small businesses do not accept American Express because its fees are so much higher than Visa or Mastercard. Banks make tens of billions of dollars every year from merchants who accept credit cards. Businesses are charged tens of thousands of dollars each year so their customers can use their credit cards. Banks encourage customers to use their debit cards as credit (requiring a signature) because they charge the merchant more for those transactions. The best way to support small businesses is to pay cash. Then the bank does not make the enormous fee they charge the merchant. It would be interesting to see how much the banks who we bailed out and are now proﬁting billions each year would be affected if we put our debit and credit cards away for just one day. —Sandra Erickson, Boise WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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CONSTITUTION REBOOT Fini? The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution; henceforth, the “necessary” stipulation contained in the previous clause shall be deﬁned as the moment or circumstance in which conditions have become too outrageous, unsustainable or just plain f***ing stupid for this nation to survive unless rectiﬁed in a pronto fashion. Amendments which must be considered in the immediate future lest these United States go down the crapper are as follows: “—Amendment XXVIII, specifying a real person as having one brain, one mouth and one vote each, thereby eliminating any other entity (to wit: a corporation) from consideration as a real person. “—Amendment XXIX, establishing that any politician or judge who would deﬁne any entity other than a real person (to wit: a corporation) as a real person, shall be soundly horse-whipped and, in none too polite a fashion, be invited to take up permanent residence elsewhere (to wit: the Gobi Desert sounds about right). “—Amendment XXX, prescribing that any politician or judge (to wit: Clarence Thomas) who is in reality an agent of one or more corporations, must disclose that fact, along with the admission that his or her loyalties lie ﬁrst and foremost with whichever evil overlords (to wit: David and/or Charles Koch) are determined to subvert this nation to a neo-fascist oligarchy under the cover of false fronts and phony organizations.” —A fraction of “Badger” Bob Berzerquierre’s revision of Article V of the Constitution (Knock, knock) “Who is it, for Christ sake?” “It’s me, Bob. I wanted to talk to you about ﬁlling in for me.” It was cold and windy, and I didn’t feel like pulling on my trousers to talk outside, so I let him in. The camper was a f***ing mess, but I didn’t care. It was just Cope. “You’re still in your underwear? You just get up or something? Jeepers creepers, it’s the middle of the afternoon.” “If I want to sit around in my Jockeys, what’s it to you? Now, what do you want?” He pushed Guthrie off of the folding chair and sat down. I was hoping the cat would turned around and scratch the s*** out of him or piss on his leg, maybe. But no. “The thing is, Bob, I’m writing the big ‘Spuds and Duds’ feature for the Weekly, and I’m running out of time. So I thought maybe you’d like to write a column for me. I ﬁgured you could do another one of those ‘Constitution Reboot’ stories. By the way, where’d you put all those papers? Last time I saw you, you must have had about 80 … 90
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pounds of constitution.” “Recycling bin. I quit.” “What!? Bob, you worked so hard on that. All those weeks, living in my basement, writing and writing. You just threw it away?” “Yes, Dippy. That’s what I did. I just threw it away.” He looked at me stupid, like he was sure I’d explain without him asking for an explanation. That’s how it is with some people. They always think you love to yak as much as they do. After a long, uncomfortable wait, he ﬁnally asked. “Why?” “Because I’m beginning to wonder if most of the dumb a**holes who live in this country deserve a better constitution, that’s why.” “Holy Toledo, Bob. That’s a pretty strong statement you made there. I thought you were rewriting the Constitution because you thought special interests had twisted the courts around to interpret the old one in whatever way would beneﬁt them at the expense of everyone else. I thought you thought the common people weren’t getting a fair shake, and in fact, they’ve been getting screwed by greedy bastards who don’t care nearly as much about human rights or the rule of law as about how much they can get away with. I thought you thought that by making it out like the darn thing came straight from God, the Republicans and corporations and the NRA had, like, commandeered the Constitution and turned it against regular people, rather than using it to protect regular people. So, was I wrong in thinking that’s what you were thinking?” “Nope, that’s pretty much what I thought, Cope. But you take a good look around, and you have to say that regular people don’t mind being screwed. I’d even say they look forward to it. They hang around outside sh***y stores for hours … days … so they can be the ﬁrst to get screwed. They don’t care that they’re being turned into mindless little snorty hogs who imagine happiness can be had at 70 percent off, or that it’s OK to pepper spray anyone who gets in between them and a big box of ﬂat-screen, high-def meaninglessness. They don’t mind … no, they rejoice in the fact that their very souls are being sucked from them like strips of ﬂesh, one credit card swipe at a time. I don’t want to know what those people would do if given a choice between their children and their Walmart. I am sad, Cope. Sick to the bottom of my heart. I don’t want to live among these snorty hogs anymore.” “So, I’m guessing you watched a lot of news on Black Friday.” “Couldn’t look away, Cope. It was like watching fat people have sex. Now go home. I don’t want to talk anymore.” As he left, I agreed to write one of his f***ing columns for him. And I did. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
7-7-7 Jobless? Obama’s not that into you Forget Herman Cain’s 9-9-9. The battle cry for every American ought to be 7-7-7: for the $7.7 trillion the Bush and Obama administrations secretly funneled to the banksters. Remember the $700 billion bailout that prompted rage? Which inspired millions to join the Tea Party and the Occupy movements? Turns out that was a mere drop in the bucket, less than one-10th of what the Federal Reserve Bank doled out to the big banks. Bloomberg Markets Magazine reports a shocking story: By March 2009, the Fed shelled out $7.77 trillion “to rescuing the ﬁnancial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year.” The national debt is a record $14 trillion. We knew the Fed and the White House were pawns of Wall Street. What’s new is the scale. Even the most jaded ﬁnancial reporters were stunned at the extent of collusion: “The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their ﬁrms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates.” The bailouts were supposed to loosen credit to encourage lending, investment, job creation and consumer spending. It didn’t work. Banks and corporations are hoarding cash. President Barack Obama, who promised 4 million new jobs by earlier this year, has been reduced to claiming that unemployment would have been even higher without the bailouts.
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If the goal is to put more money into people’s pockets, why not just put more money into people’s pockets? Bank executives used tax dollars to pay themselves billions in bonuses. We the people got 0-0-0. What if we’d gotten 7-7-7 instead? Every man, woman and child in the United States would have received $24,000. A family of four would have gotten $96,000. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 100 million American citizens— one out of three—subsists below or near the poverty line. “These numbers are higher than we anticipated,” Trudi J. Renwick, the bureau’s chief poverty statistician, told The New York Times. “There are more people struggling than the ofﬁcial numbers show.” These poor and near poor Americans are the majority of the uninsured, un- and underemployed, and foreclosure victims. If the 7-7-7 plan had gone to these 100 million miserables instead of banks, the IRS would have mailed 100 million checks for $77,700 each. This would have paid off a lot of credit cards, kept millions in their homes and allowed millions to see a doctor and buy food. A lot of the money would have been wasted on new cars—all of which would have created a buttload of consumer demand. If you’re one of millions who have run out of unemployment beneﬁts, it’s 0-0-0 for you. If you’re one of the roughly 20 million who have lost your house to foreclosure, you get 0-0-0. If you’re a teacher asking for a raise, or a parent caring for a sick child, or just an ordinary worker hobbling to work in a car that needs to be replaced, all you’ll get is 0-0-0.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sharing its until-now secret watch lists, chronicling serious or chronic air, water and environmental hazard violators (boiseweekly.com, News, “The EPA’s Secret Watch List,” Dec. 3, 2011). According to the EPA, a facility has three strikes against it before it makes it to the watch list. Strike one: a violation. Strike two: multiple violations. Strike three: signiﬁcant non-compliance. “When a facility is in violation, we quickly put them in our database,” said Lauris Davies, associate director for EPA’s Ofﬁce of Compliance and Enforcement for Region 10, which includes Idaho. “When that facility’s violations add up to something signiﬁcant, they fall into a tighter category called signiﬁcant non-compliers. But then, there are certain facilities that we want to keep on our watch list.” Among the facilities on the recent list was the City of Caldwell. In particular, Caldwell is being watched as a possible violator of the Clean Water Act. “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Gary Shoemaker, Caldwell’s Water Department director, told Citydesk when asked about the list. “I’m not sure why we would be on that list.” But when Citydesk reviewed the EPA’s public database for the City of Caldwell, we found unacceptably high levels of nitrogen and ammonia registered in Caldwell water between January and May. “When I look at Caldwell’s data, I would think they had an operational problem,” said Justin Hayes, program director for the Idaho Conser vation League. “They were truly exceeding their nitrogen and ammonia limits.” When Citydesk asked Davies if Caldwell should have been aware of its inclusion on the watch list, the EPA enforcer answered the question with a question. “Should they know? That’s a good question,” said Davies. “The lists are public now. Citizens for some time have been looking for our watch lists, so we put the information out there for everyone to see.” Hayes said any and all public information is a good thing, but he’s troubled with the content. “I wish there was a zero-tolerance policy. You look at these lists and you start seeing patterns, and you begin scratching your head,” said Hayes. “I think as soon as the EPA gets behind in its enforcement and somehow allows violations to continue to occur, it may make some facilities think, ‘Oh well, we can keep violating.’ That makes me pretty frustrated.” In November, Caldwell was joined on EPA’s Clean Water Watch List by wastewater treatment facilities in Coeur d’Alene, Gooding and Idaho Falls. A separate Hazardous Waste Watch List included the Broadway Center Laundry in Boise, Commercial Fuel Recycling in Nampa, the Pocatello Simplot Plant, and Agrium in Soda Springs. “I think it’s really important that people know these lists are available,” said Hayes. “There’s no excuse for these violations.”
A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A FOOTHILL, PART TWO Fish and Game wants Hammer Flat by Christmas GEORGE PRENTICE Christmas can’t come soon enough for Virgil Moore. The director of Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game knows exactly what he wants in his stocking—a deed to a 700-acre Hammer Flat has become no-man’s land since a 12-month baseline survey began in March. plateau, better known as Hammer Flat. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter may become Moore’s personal Santa because, if both men more so, as paragliding might be.” Given that the city currently owns have their way, a deal to sell Hammer Flat Thomson said he only recently had Hammer Flat, the Boise City Council will to Fish and Game could be gift-wrapped as learned what a unique location Hammer Flat have the ﬁnal say on any sale, and more early as Tuesday, Dec. 20. had become to the paraglider community. than one member is wondering what the But more than a few citizens want to “This is Boise, a recreational city with skihurry is all about. put off Moore’s Christmas wish at least ing, hiking, ﬁshing and our new river park,” “We’re rushing everything,” said Council until March and maybe indeﬁnitely. They’re said Thomson. “All of a sudden, we want to Member TJ Thomson. “There is deﬁnitely a wondering why there’s such a holiday rush make a decision that would, once and for all, risk in making hasty decisions.” to complete a proposed $4.2 million sale, Thomson wants to wait until March at the eliminate paragliding forever? Maybe there’s especially when they were repeatedly told to a conversation to be had where we could be patient when considering the pristine land very least. keep a portion of the land for some recre“What deeply troubles me is moving parcel, which for generations was shared by ation use and the rest was sold.” ahead prior to this study,” said Thomson. wildlife and recreationists. At the Nov. 20 public meeting, Moore be“We’re only four months away, and I don’t For decades, Idahoans hiked up to the gan to back-pedal, at least a bit, on Bottum’s see any major problem in waiting for the replateau near Lucky Peak Reservoir east of sults so we can make a better judgment call.” earlier remarks. Boise to walk, run, cycle and even ﬂy over “While that comment was accurate, it Council Member Elaine Clegg echoed her the seasonal habitat for deer, elk and antedoesn’t necessarily predict the future,” said colleague’s concerns. lope. In March 2010, when the City of Boise Moore. “Fish and Game is part of this city. “I’m frankly troubled by what I’ve been announced its purchase of Hammer Flat, the Our rules don’t say that as we move through deal was championed as a perfect use of $4.1 reading in the news that Fish and Game ofﬁcials already think they know how they will the process, [gliding] won’t be allowed.” million in Foothills serial levy funds. “The process,” according to Moore, manage Hammer Flat without waiting for the A year later, city ofﬁcials announced that would include a review of the baseline study, assessment,” said Clegg. “That troubles me a “baseline survey” would be conducted for but only after the deal would be sealed, puta full 12 months, asking citizens to stay clear a lot.” ting the land permanently in control of Fish In fact, Fish and Game biologist Ed Botof the area while wildlife experts performed tum commented to paraglider pilots that they and Game. a scientiﬁc survey of the land. Be patient, “It appears to me that if [Fish and Game] would “never have access to the land again.” everyone was told, until March 2012, when has completely made up its mind in advance What troubled the glider community the the study would be complete. most was that Bottum on this issue, that will sway my vote one But patience was way,” said Clegg. “If it appears that they made the comment in not on the Nov. 10 still acknowledge that the baseline study and early 2010. agenda of the Idaho As of press time the Boise City Council was public comments are truly important to them, “Ed’s statement Fish and Game Comexpected to consider a proposed sale of Hamthat will sway me the other way.” that Fish and Game mission, which voted mer Flat to Idaho Fish and Game at either its Dec. 13 or Dec. 20 meeting. But Clegg and her fellow council wouldn’t allow airto race forward with craft, end of story, and members may have to vote on the sale a purchase of the land sooner than later. they wouldn’t even from Boise for $4.23 “As I see it, we’re in the driver seat,” said consider it, seems like an awfully short-sightmillion, using Bonneville Power AdminisThomson. “I think they drastically want this ed and frankly disappointingly narrow point tration mitigation money (BW, News, “A property. I would like us to put this on hold Mountain Out of a Foothill,”Nov. 16, 2011). of view,” said Clegg. “It seems to me that and see the study in March. If they can’t some value could be placed on paragliding, Within days, Bieter and Moore scheduled wait that long, then let’s have the full debate and some kind of exception could be made a public information meeting (boiseweekly. right now and decide whether we should for that particular type of aircraft at one com, Citydesk, “Hammer Flat Meeting Diend paragliding in the city of Boise and not particular site. They certainly do it for other vides Attendees,” Dec. 1, 2011), promoting be coy about it. Time is short.” recreational activities like snowmobiling and the plan with hopes of putting a bow on the ATVs. They seem to be as destructive, if not deal before Christmas. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
CLYDE THE CAMEL With his ‘parents’ Gary and Renae Drake GEORGE PRENTICE
Do you have an array of animals? Gary: Right now, we don’t have that many—two dogs, a steer and Clyde. Renae: But our house has been ﬁlled with animals over the years—dogs, monkeys, a kikachu [honey bear], sugar glider [ﬂying squirrel], snakes, iguanas and a bush baby [nocturnal primate]. We probably had as many as 40 animals. Where does your love for animals come from? Gary: My Uncle Paul was an exotic animal dealer. When he got older, he couldn’t travel that well, so I would help him. I had always been around farm animals, so it was pretty natural for me. How did you get Clyde? Gary: On our last trip to see Uncle Paul in Sublimity, Ore., he gave us Clyde, who was 6-weeks-old. How big was he then? Gary: About 5 feet tall to the top of his head, 130 pounds.
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Clyde is a pretty popular attraction in December. For most of his 11 years, he has been a regular ﬁxture at living nativities and holiday festivals across the Treasure Valley. His owners, Gary and Renae Drake of Nampa, transport Clyde in a makeshift wagon to dozens of events each year (almost always for free). Gary, a metal fabricator and self-professed “jack of all trades,” loves his one-on-one time with Clyde and sharing him with his kids and grandkids. But when the holidays come around, he and Renae are passionate about sharing their “family member” with the young and the young-at-heart.
Renae: I still had to stand on a railroad tie to feed him. How big is Clyde now? Gary: Eight feet tall at the shoulder. He can reach 12 or 14 feet to the head. He weighs a ton. What is his diet? Renae: He grazes in the pasture mostly. Gary: The biggest worry is feeding him stuff that’s too rich. His system is so efﬁcient. He probably eats a third of what a horse would eat, and he’s twice as big. How old could he grow to be? Gary: If he’s healthy, all the way to his 40s. Renae: His health is great. You really have to watch really wet ground because he doesn’t have hooves. His feet are like a dog’s. I’m guessing he really likes people. Gary: One evening, an older gentleman in a wheelchair came up to him. Clyde sniffed all around because he had never seen a wheelchair before, and then he planted a big lick on top of the guy’s head. He was so gentle. That guy thought it was the neatest thing. Renae: Once Clyde was [lying down] on the ground and it was pretty cold. A little boy in a snowsuit, maybe 2 or 3 years old, was tired so he curled up next to Clyde and fell asleep. His father was talking to Gary and nobody knew where the boy was. Gary was trying to get Clyde to stand up, but Clyde kept pulling back. He ﬁnally brought his neck around and pointed his nose to this little boy, letting us know that he was asleep
next to him. It was pretty amazing. So, he’s particularly gentle with children. Gary: I took Clyde across the street to a subdivision once so the kids could say hello. And there was a little girl, maybe 3 or 4 years old—she was riding hell-bent for election on her tricycle and she couldn’t stop. Clyde just looked at her, spread his legs and let her ride her tricycle right under him. He didn’t bat an eyelash. Back in the 1960s, I remember a song called Ahab the Arab with his camel, Clyde. Is that where he got his name? Gary: Yeah, it was a Ray Stevens song. Not many people know that. How many events will you take Clyde to between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Renae: Normally it’s about 20 nights. Gary: But we do birthday parties, harvest festivals and parades. I always heard that camels were stubborn and nasty. Gary: Not Clyde. Renae: He’s part of the family. Do a lot of people consider you Clyde’s parents? Gary: We get that a lot. Renae: We’ll be shopping and some child will say, look there’s Clyde’s mommy and daddy.
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Watch the LipsInc! ladies crack some jokes during The Nutcrackers.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY DEC. 9-10 drag LIPSINC! PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKERS
Stage your own rendition of “Oh, Inverted World” using Rachel Linquist’s TMP ﬁnger puppets.
FRIDAY DEC. 9 dance+art TMP’S 10+1 Sure, we’ve all heard of those swanky cocktail parties where you pluck California rolls from a model’s naked body. But have you ever felt the smug satisfaction of resting your sweat-beaded cocktail on a ballet dancer’s delicate face? If you’ve stopped into Red Feather Lounge recently, you might have. As a part of Trey McIntyre Project’s 10+1 series, Red Feather has been releasing custom cocktails and coasters inspired by each of TMP’s 10 dancers and one super-sized artistic director. The Yarinet Restropo, for example, featured blackberry-infused vodka, carrot cordial, lemon juice and peach bitters with a scantily clad coaster image designed by Conrad Garner. The Jason Hartley cocktail—bourbon, lemon, simple syrup and Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale—came with a mustachioed coaster image designed by Meshel Miller. If you missed sampling any of these libations, you can purchase a complete set of the drinks and coasters at TMP’s third annual 10+1 celebration on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5-9 p.m. Like last year, TMP headquarters will be partitioned into two distinct spaces for the event— the ballet studio will transform into a ﬁne-art gallery and the ofﬁce area will become a crafty marketplace. You can feast your eyes on work from 36 artists and crafters who have all interpreted the contemporary ballet company’s dancers in a variety of creative ways. You can take a gander at Julia Green’s Shins-inspired paintings, Rachel Linquist’s ﬁnger puppets, and former BW A&E Editor Amy Atkins’ industrial jewelry. The ﬁne art exhibit will remain up for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 20. 5-9 p.m., FREE. Trey McIntyre Project Headquarters, 775 Fulton St., 877-867-2320, treymcintyre.com.
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Fasten your stockings and grab your mistletoe, it’s time for a LipsInc! holiday celebration. This yuletide season, Idaho’s ﬁrst professional female impersonation troupe is putting on The Nutcrackers. This is not your standard holiday fare; it’s a spectacular X-mas presentation rife with music and dance, comedy, big makeup, big hair and even bigger costumes. For this show, the three main divas—Martini, Brenda and Victoria—are adding a fourth calling bird to the stage, guest star Nikoa Mak, the winner of this year’s LipsInc! Idol competition. These glittering ladies are going to deck the halls of the Balcony Club with song and dance, including hilarious holiday numbers, lots of laugh-out-loud jokes and their decadent, frilly gowns. It’s sure to be as fun as a ride on a one-horse open sleigh. LipsInc! has been doing drag performance for nearly 15 years. Producer Doug Flanders, a member of the troupe, is a staple of Boise’s gay community and has actively participated in shows and events that help fund AIDS-related programs and LGBT scholarships. November’s LipsInc! Idol event alone raised $4,000 for LGBT-related causes. 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, $15. The Balcony, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226. For more information or reservations, call 208-368-0405 or visit lipsinc.net.
WEDNESDAY DEC. 7 writing NANOWRIMO CELEBRATION After spending late nights in front of a keyboard preparing a novel—constructing characters, mulling over storylines and plot composition, searching for a suitable climax and delivering a crushing ending—you’re probably ready for a break, especially if you did it all in only a month, in which case, you’re probably ready for a celebration. National Novel Writing Month, aka Nanowrimo, is a month-long event in which
writers of all ages and skill levels attempt to complete a novel within a month’s time. For those folks who made it through the rigorous writing schedule, the downtown Boise Public Library is hosting an “It’s Over—Nanowrimo Celebration.” The party will include a potluck, some small contests and giveaways, prizes, and, of course, readings from the hard-working authors. Nanowrimo is a worldwide event, and it’s estimated that 1,300 people signed up for the event in Boise. Participants are not supposed to edit or use the backspace key. Instead, they’re encouraged just to write, get it all out, and then go back and make edits and amendments
once the event is over. “It’s an incentive program to encourage people to try and achieve something that seems impossible,” said Fiona May, a library assistant. “It’s really about getting people to express themselves.” She added, “The people who give it a try and actually write every single day for the whole month of November, they discover something about themselves that maybe they didn’t know before, which is that maybe they can do something extraordinary.” 6:30-8 p.m., FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. For more information, call 208-384-4200 or visit boisepubliclibrary.org.
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A spoonful of Sugarplum Fairy helps the Mouse King go down.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY DEC. 9-11 ballet BALLET IDAHO’S THE NUTCRACKER What’s not to love about nutcrackers? They’re helpful dolls that crack open snacks for you with their weird painted faces, while adding some festive ﬂair to your holiday decor. And the name appeals to those with a juvenile sense of humor—utter the word “nutcracker” around a bunch of high-school freshmen, or your “that’s what she said” uncle who’s desperately clinging to his youth, and wait for the snickering. And then there’s the infamous ballet, which is almost as much an American Christmas tradition as Santa and silly songs about snowmen. Ballet Idaho will stage its rendition of the holiday classic Friday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. Watch the talented company members pirouette around dancing holiday confections—in Act II, Spanish Chocolate, Chinese Tea, Arabian Coffee, French Marzipan, Russian Nougat, Salt Water Taffy Sailors and the Dewdrop Fairy all perform for Clara, the girl whose dream is the basis of the ballet. Sugarplum fairies, mice and toy soldiers abound in this adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker and Mouse King, which was later redone by the famed Three Musketeers writer Alexandre Dumas in his Tale of The Nutcracker. Dumas’ version remains the story on which most ballet performances are based. More than 100 years after these bits of literary genius were put to paper, The Nutcracker continues to be a holiday favorite. Although performances of the classic vary by company, Ballet Idaho will maintain a plethora of the ballet’s traditional elements—the Sugarplum Fairy and the Cavalier will perform a beautiful pas de deux, and there’s the battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King and a trip to the Land of Sweets. The dancers will perform the choreography of Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Peter Anastos to the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, that crazy-talented Russian who’s also behind the beloved ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. Boise Philharmonic will perform Tchaikovsky’s music, and a slew of children will accompany Ballet Idaho dancers on stage. A goody bag of milk and cookies will be available following the matinee performances. Visit video. boiseweekly.com to see a video of the children’s rehearsal. Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, noon and 4 p.m.; $35-$55. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-4261494, balletidaho.org.
immersing yourself in different cultures without having to go through a body-scan machine or eating airplane food? Well, you can (sort of) have that experience at Boise State on Saturday, Dec. 10. Boise State’s International Student Services will present Holidays Around the
SATURDAY DEC. 10 culture HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD Ever wish you could teleport across the world,
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World, a street fair-like event featuring music, dancing, face painting, balloon animals, snacks and a bunch of other fun stuff. 2-5 p.m., FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-3652.
Winter sports enthusiasts seem to have a nearly inexhaustible supply of activity-related knickknacks they’ve accumulated over the years. That’s why ski swaps are such revered annual events. They give riders the opportunity to purge their garage of extra goggles and outgrown gloves and offer up their trash for others to treasure. But skiers and snowboarders aren’t the only ones with an excess of gadgets. Though musicians generally start out with little more than a single instrument, it doesn’t take long until their garage bands overﬂoweth with pedals, percussion gizmos, amps, cables and a stack of Frankenstrat gadgets created after a long evening of drinking. However, despite the revered annual tradition of swapping, there has been no single repository for weird old pedals and gasmask-harmonicas—with the exception of Craigslist, which doesn’t offer them in one single location. Until now. Ladies and gentleman, musicians and gift-shoppers of all ages, step right up and take part in the inaugural Hagglefest on Friday, Dec. 10, at The Venue. The event will feature local musicians of all sorts who will bring in their used gear to swap or sell. There will also be on-site diagnostics and repair, in case that “slightly used” amp is a little more used than slightly. However great the deals may be, event organizers are billing it as just as much of a chance to network as it is to score a new axe. So wear your chatty shoes to go with your deal-hunting cap, and bring your band’s sticker to go on the “guest wall.” There is a $10 sellerregistration fee—as well as a ﬁve-item limit—which includes entry. Proceeds will beneﬁt the Boise Rock School, Radio Boise and Think Boise First. Noon-6 p.m., $5. The Venue, 521 W. Broad St.
IDAHOEMPORIUM.COM Let’s restate the obvious: Shopping online in your skivvies totally beats out ﬁghting crazed mall mobs. But if you’re one of those anti-Amazon types who prefers to spend your holiday bucks supporting local businesses, your online shopidahoemporium.com ping options are fairly slim. Well, now there’s good news for pants-objectors who prefer to check off their Christmas lists without leaving the conﬁnes of their toasty homes: idahoemporium.com. Idahoemporium.com boasts an array of items, including rustic earrings, Idaho-shaped cutting boards, sugar body scrubs, domino-topped step stools and sweet hot tomato chutney, all made by Idaho artisans. “We handpick our products from across the state to ensure our selection is eclectic, always fresh and of the highest quality,” according to the website. Some highlights include mason jar wine glasses ($39.99, set of four) from Ghetto Homes and Construction, billed as a “unique gift suited for your friends and relatives, especially the ones with a love for all things redneck.” You can also snag an upcycled notebook with a Bladerunner or Sixteen Candles VHS cover made by Swinging Martini’s Designs. This holiday, if you’re looking for unique, handmade goods from Idaho, idahoemporium.com is a great place to star t. —Kat Thornton
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WEDNESDAY DEC. 7 Literature NANOWRIMO CELEBRATION—Yeah! You wrote a novel in a month or maybe you know someone who did. Celebrate. See Picks, Page 12. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary. org.
On Stage A PERMANENT IMAGE—The newest work from Samuel D. Hunter was commissioned by BCT. Win tickets at promo.boiseweekly. com. See review, this page. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Workshops & Classes IMAGE TRANSFER—Katarzyna Cepek will share new techniques for image transfers with ink jet and laser. Bring images, the rest will be provided. 6-9 p.m. $35. Wingtip Press, 6940 Butte Court, Boise, wingtippress.com. LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTING— Learn to carve linoleum and make beautiful cards, posters, invites and prints. 6-8 p.m. $40. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538, idahoposterandletterpress.com.
Talks & Lectures BIOCHEMISTRY OF SMOKING—Learn about the ill effects of tobacco use and smoking. Occurring in room 403. Call 208-426-1596 for more info. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Interactive Learning Center, Room 403, west end of campus, between the Multi-Purpose Classroom building and the Math and Geosciences building, Boise.
Odds & Ends. MURDER MYSTERY—Guess who the murderer is and win prizes while enjoying a meal and glass of wine. 6 p.m. FREE, cost for dinner entrees. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, woodrivercellars. com.
THURSDAY DEC. 8 Festivals & Events ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE—Holiday elves are hard at work putting together special offers for those who attend. Refreshments and wine will be served, and the ﬁrst 25 through the door get a special gift. 6 p.m. FREE. Indigo Palm Salon, 1011 Williams St., Boise, 208-343-5722, indigopalmsalon.com.
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Don’t let the striped couch fool you in this rehearsal photo— it’s all white in the BCT performance.
REVIEW: A PERMANENT IMAGE AT BCT If you’re looking for a heart-warming, uplifting play to put you in the holiday spirit, stay the hell away from Boise Contemporary Theater’s A Permanent Image. But if you’re looking for a thought-provoking, raw examination of human nature that will leave you pondering for days, add this production to your holiday schedule. The new play by Idaho-born playwright Samuel D. Hunter is a haunting gut-punch that leaves audiences feeling both numb and exposed. It’s another uncomfortably real look at life from the author of last season’s Norway, a BCT co-world premiere. A Permanent Image—commissioned by BCT—introduces audiences to the members of an estranged family from smalltown Idaho as they gather to bur y the family patriarch after his sudden death just before Christmas. Grown children Bo (BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark) and Ally (Danielle Slavick) arrive after years away to ﬁnd that their mother A Permanent Image runs has painted ever ything in the through Saturday, Dec. 17. house—including magazines BOISE CONTEMPORARY and the television—white. THEATER The house looks like a can of 854 Fulton St. primer exploded. 208-331-9224 The children worry about the bctheater.org mental health of their mother, played by Lynne McCollough. But as the play unwinds, so, too, does the method behind her madness—even if that method would still be considered pretty mad by most. Without giving away the alarming plot twists, Bo and Ally are suddenly faced with a reality that brings their already-strained worlds crashing down. The two are left to make a choice no one should ever face. On the surface, A Permanent Image paints a startling picture of the interrelations of a broken family, but it goes far deeper. The play looks at how some of us cope when confronted with how small our lives are in the big picture. With a cast of three (and occasional appearances by Arthur Glen Hughes as the deceased father via a series of video tapes), strength of performance is key. All three actors embody their characters but none more so than McCollough—the audience couldn’t look away whenever she was on stage. Fantastic lighting design by Raquel Davis and director Kip Fagan manage to make the world of the play both harshly real and surreal—plunging the audience from the stark, cold family home into complete darkness. The use of projections, especially during the play’s ﬁnale, are all perfectly executed. A Permanent Image is seriously heavy material, and audiences should be well aware of this before attending. But the payoff is equally weighty. —Deanna Darr WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT IN RETROSPECT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE—Check out this vintage clothing store, along with the massage and body boutique. Featuring food, wine, prizes and gift baskets. Located in the historic Arcade Building across from Albertsons. 4-8 p.m. FREE. 1615 W. State St., Boise, 208-695-7156.
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10+1 OPENING PARTY—Meet artists and dancers, browse and purchase new works ranging from gold leaf sculptures to candy portraits, bicycle bags, a chandelier and more. Exhibition runs 9-5, Monday-Friday. Continues through Tuesday, Dec. 20. See Picks, Page 12. 5-9 p.m., FREE. Trey McIntyre Project Headquarters, 775 Fulton St. Boise, 877-867-2320, treymcintyre.com.
A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW—A small group of weary travelers learns about the magic of the holiday season while trapped in a train station on Christmas Eve. 7:30 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors and students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.
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On Stage A PERMANENT IMAGE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224, bctheater.org. THE ACHERI—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door. 510 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3822. BALLET IDAHO THE NUTCRACKER—Ballet Idaho performs the classic Christmas ballet. Go to balletidaho.org for more info. See Picks, Page 13. Win tickets at promo.boiseweekly. com. 8 p.m. $36. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.
BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER—See Thursday. 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. A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors and students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org. A CHRISTMAS CAROL—This Charles Dickens classic gets the full Broadway treatment in Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ musical rendition. 7:30 p.m. $16 adults, $15 students/seniors, $14 youth. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, nampaciviccenter.com.
A DICKENS CHRISTMAS CAROL—Hilarious drama ensues when the diva of the Styckes-Upon-Thump Repertory Theatre Company, a stuffy traveling troupe embarking on its farewell tour of the Dickens’ tale, decides to play sick and is maddened when her understudy is thrust into the limelight. 7:30 p.m. $15. 710 N. Orchard St., Boise. 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. A PERMANENT IMAGE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224, bctheater.org. THE ACHERI—Empty Boat Theatre Company presents this horror play about happenings at Sunny Sky Daycare, a ﬁctional abandoned daycare facility in Victor. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. 510 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3822. 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 about the true meaning of Christmas. 7 p.m. $15 students, seniors, military; $18 general. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
Concerts ALL-CAMPUS BAND CONCERT—For more information, call 208-426-1596. 7:30 p.m. $5 general, $3 seniors, free for students of all ages and Boise State faculty and staff. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu. BOISE ROCK SCHOOL SESSION GIG—The bands of Boise Rock School will show off the skills they’ve acquired in the last 12 weeks. Pie Hole pizza available and full bar with ID. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the Idaho Foodbank. 4 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding. com.
Workshops & Classes COMMUTING 101—This class will focus on commuter-safety basics. Join in a safety ride afterward. Call 208-429-6520 for more details. 6 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-4296520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Literature CLAY MORGAN—The award-winning Idaho author and professor will read from his works of ﬁction. 7 p.m. FREE. The Cole Marr Gallery/Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630.
Kids & Teens HOLIDAY SING-ALONG—Bring the whole family and sing holiday songs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.
Odds & Ends INSERT FOOT THEATRE—A crew of improv comics will make you laugh with a slew of silly games. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352, heirloomdancestudio.com.
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8 DAYS OUT A DICKENS CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. 710 N. Orchard St., Boise. 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. NUTCRACKERS—Idaho’s ﬁrst professional female impersonation troupe, LipsInc!, will perform its annual holiday show with a new star and the winner of LipsInc! Idol. Visit lipsinc.net or call 208-368-0405 for reservations and additional info. See Picks, Page 12. 8:30 p.m. $15. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313, thebalconyclub.com. SOULS OF HANDS, PSALMS OF FEET—The community is invited to catch a glimpse of Boise State’s growing dance program at this fall semester dance ﬁnale. This eclectic dance concert will feature the work of 12 student and faculty choreographers. For more information, contact Marla Hansen at 208-4263568 or mhansen@boisestate. edu. 7:30 p.m. $7 general, $5 students, seniors and military. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.boisestate.edu.
Workshops & Classes TIS THE SEASON FOR SUSHI— Tips and tricks will be provided on how to make a great sushi dish. Everyone who paints their plate on one of these two days will also receive a coupon for 10 percent off your next order at Simple Sushi in downtown Nampa. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
Calls to Artists WEST SIDE STORY AUDITIONS—Anyone interested in auditioning will need to sing a song from a Broadway musical, dress comfortably and be prepared to dance. Three adult roles available for those 25 and older. Teen characters will be cast with actors 19 and younger. CD player and/or an accompanist will be available. Contact Glynis Calhoun at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-869-0583 for an audition appointment time. FREE. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208498-0571.
SATURDAY DEC. 10 Festivals & Events CHRISTMAS BAZAAR—More than 50 vendors, childrens’ activities and prize drawings. See Picks, Page 13. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. One can of food for the Idaho Foodbank. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208286-9463, woodrivercellars.com. HAGGLEFEST—This swap meet for music lovers is the perfect opportunity to pick up new gear or unload what you don’t need any more. The event will also include free music lessons, music/gear advice from experts,
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equipment repairs and diagnostics. Proceeds beneﬁt Boise Rock School, Think Boise First and Radio Boise. Noon-6 p.m. $5, $10 seller registration. The Venue, 521 Broad St., Boise, 208-919-0011, boisevenue.com. HOLIDAY BAZAAR—Purchase handmade items and yummy baked goods. Interested vendors should contact Marie McGrath at 208-463-4324. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Idaho Arts Charter School, 1220 Fifth St. N., Nampa, 208463-4324, idahoartscharter.org. HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD—Sponsored by Boise State’s International Student Services, this free indoor street fair features activities, crafts and games from different cultures for kids and families. For more information, call 426-3652. See Picks, Page 13. 2 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-4261000, boisestate.edu. AN ICE SHOW ON BROADWAY—Local skaters perform to Broadway show tunes and holiday favorites. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. $7 adults, $5 children, $10 VIP (reserved on-ice seats with snack and hot beverage). Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, idahoiceworld.com. JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY TEA— This 18th annual tea celebrates the writer’s birth. Presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America. Register with Irene Miller Coen at 208-577-7686 or email@example.com. 11 a.m. $25. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3338000.
On Stage A PERMANENT IMAGE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224, bctheater.org. THE ACHERI—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door. Ceramica, 510 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3822. BALLET IDAHO THE NUTCRACKER—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $36. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu. BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER—See Thursday. 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. A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW— See Thursday. 2 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors and students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org. A CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $16 adults, $15 students/seniors, $14 youth. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com.
GREGORY WILSON MAGIC SHOW—World-class sleightof-hand expert Gregory Wilson performs Thief, a laugh-out-loud, audience-involving show like you’ve never seen. Experience true, unadulterated deception: pick-pocketing, card sharking, street-swindling and mental manipulation. 8 p.m. $35. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre. net. NUTCRACKERS—See Friday. 8:30 p.m. $15. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313, thebalconyclub. com. SOULS OF HANDS, PSALMS OF FEET—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $7 general, $5 students, seniors and military. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.boisestate.edu.
Concerts CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE ROCKIES—A Celtic Christmas, featuring “Tapestry of Light” by Joseph Martin, conducted by Dr. Paul A. Aitken, accompanied by an orchestra of Idaho musicians, along with the Cathedral’s organist David Young and the Chancel and Epworth Chorales. Special appearances by Cathedral Children’s Choirs and the children, youth and adult handbell choirs. 4:30 p.m. FREE, suggested donation $10 adults, $5 students. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.
Food & Drink BREAKFAST WITH SANTA— Pastries, hot chocolate, coffee for moms and dads, crafts and photos with Santa. 9-11 a.m. FREE. Boise Towne Square Mall, 925 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-375-1200, boisetownesquare.com. SANTA BREAKFAST—Enjoy allyou-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee with Santa. Reservations required. Donations for Toys for Tots encouraged. 9 a.m.-noon. $8.99 adults, $3.99 children younger than 12, FREE children younger than 2. Banbury Golf Club, 2626 N. Marypost Place, Eagle, 208-939-3600, banburygolf.com.
Workshops & Classes BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS— Topics will include marketing, business plan creation, business structure, sources of funds, accounting and record keeping, regulations, taxes and the legal aspects of business. Registration fee includes lunch and training materials. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Small Business Administration District Ofﬁce, 380 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 330, Boise, 208-3341696, sba.gov.
A DICKENS CHRISTMAS CAROL—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. 710 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
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class artists to campus to teach students and the community. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994, boisestate.edu/art.
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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. One can of food for the Idaho Foodbank. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, woodrivercellars.com.
WEST SIDE STORY AUDITIONS—See Friday. FREE. Columbia High School, 301 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208498-0571.
KNITTING CLASS: CHRISTMAS SOCK ORNAMENT—Learn to knit socks and make a sockshaped Christmas ornament. Materials included with registration fee. Students need to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease prior to class. Students supply size US 7 or 8 double points, available at Puffy Mondaes for $7 per set. 10 a.m. $40. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
Kids & Teens FAMILY STORY NIGHT—Special guests help bring works of art to life. Explore the museum’s exhibitions through stories as part of this special after-hours program. Open to families with children of all ages. 6-8 p.m. $6 adults, $3 children. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.
LEATHER WORKING CLASS— Create a pair of heirloom-quality baby shoes in this four-hour session with local leather artist Matt Hayes. Leave with a completed pair and a pattern to create more. 10 a.m. $45. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes. com.
Odds & Ends MURDER MYSTERY—See Wednesday. 6 p.m. FREE, cost for dinner entrees. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, woodrivercellars. com.
MOSAIC MIRROR CLASS— Learn the basics of glass mosaic tiling with local mosaic artist Ina Stricker. This is a four-hour class with a lunch break. You’ll create a one-of-a-kind art mirror to keep or give as a gift. Cost covers all materials and instruction. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $48. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
SENIOR PANCAKE BINGO— Pancakes, bingo, prizes and fun. Pancakes served at 9 a.m. and bingo at 10 a.m. FREE. Hillcrest Retirement and Assisted Living, 1093 S. Hilton, Boise, 208-3454460.
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HOLIDAY MARKET—Shop the outdoor market for local-centric gifts, Christmas trees, tableready food and beverages, and professional pictures with Santa. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, go online at adrianandsabine.com, or call 208-331-3400. Noon-5 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street, end of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.
On Stage BALLET IDAHO THE NUTCRACKER—See Friday. Noon and 4 p.m. $36. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu. THE ELVIS CHRISTMAS SHOW—Stacey Wayne stars as Elvis with His Blue Moon Boys Band in this entertaining Christmas Show. There will also be a tribute to Frank Sinatra by Adam Gottesman. Produced by Scorpion Entertainment and Music Theater of Idaho. 7 p.m. $15. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com.
CLAY AND FIRE EXHIBITION AND SALE—Hundreds of works in ceramic crafted by Boise State students, faculty and alumni on display and for sale. A portion of the proceeds beneﬁts Boise State’s Visiting Artists in Ceramics program, which brings world-
CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE ROCKIES—See Saturday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. FREE, suggested donation $10 adults, $5 students. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION CONCERT—Sing-along Christmas favorites with the First Baptist Church’s praise band and all-ages choir. Refreshments and child care provided. 6:30 p.m. FREE. First Baptist Church, 607 N. 13th St., Boise, 208344-7809.
Art CLAY AND FIRE EXHIBITION AND SALE—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994, boisestate.edu/art.
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Art CLAY AND FIRE EXHIBITION AND SALE—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994, boisestate.edu/art.
TUESDAY DEC. 13 Festivals & Events PENGILLY’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY—Hosted by John Hansen. Frim Fram 4 to follow the festivities at 8 p.m. 5 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344. PROCRASTINATOR’S INDOOR HOLIDAY MARKET—See Monday. Noon-8 p.m. FREE. Hawkins Building, 855 Broad St., Boise.
Talks & Lectures WILD ABOUT LIFE—Boise State graduate student Ashley Rohde will speak about insects as indicators of a healthy environment. 7 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208-467-9278, fws.gov/deerﬂat.
ness Mall-Library Plaza, corner of Cole and Ustick roads, Boise. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW— Idaho Botanical Garden has been transformed into a majestic holiday wonderland with more than 250,000 lights. Continues through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. FREE children younger than 3, $4 members and children ages 4-12, $8 general. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise, For more information, email rbarr83705@ aol.com. CITY SANTA—Children may tell Santa their Christmas wishes and have their photos taken. Proceeds beneﬁt the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit downtownboise. org. Continues through Saturday, Dec. 17. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. By donation. D.L. Evans Bank, 213 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-331-1399.
PFLAG FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVE—Parents, Families HOLIDAY EARLY DEADLINES and Friends of LIGHTS All 8 days events through Lesbians and TOUR—Enjoy an Jan. 4, 2012, due to BW by Gays Treasure old-fashioned Valley is hosttrolley tour of Wednesday, Dec. 14. Email ing a Clothing decked out Boise firstname.lastname@example.org. and Food Drive homes. Tickets through Wednesavailable through day, Dec. 14, Select-A-Seat during regular outlets or by business hours at participatcalling 208-426-1494. Continues ing donation centers: Flying M through Thursday, Dec. 22. Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 9-23, 8 p.m.; Boise; Hair Atelier 6890 W. Fairand Dec. 26-30, 6 p.m. and 8 view Ave., Boise; Idaho Behavp.m. $14 adults, $12 children ioral Health, 2273 S. Vista Ave., younger than 12. Riverside Ste. 190, Boise; Shorty’s Saloon Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., 5467 Glenwood St., Boise; Elite Garden City, doubletree1.hilton. Fitness Systems, 1167 W. River com. St., Boise; Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS, 1009 W. Bannock St., Boise; Boise State Women’s Studies and The Community Center, 305 E. 37th St., Boise; and Abundance Behavioral Health Services, 201 S. 21st St., Caldwell. FREE.
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ONGOING CENTENNIAL BASEBALL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE—The CHS baseball team will also be collecting nonperishable food items for the Idaho Foodbank. Donate two cans of food for $2 off any tree. Continues through Saturday, Dec. 17. For more info, go to centennialbaseballgroup@ live.com. Mondays-Fridays, 5-8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, noon6 p.m. Centennial High School, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-939-1404, chs.meridianschools.org. TROLLEY HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOURS—Take a one-hour tour aboard vintage decorated “Molly” Trolley. Tickets may be purchased online at BoiseTrolleyTours.com or at the booth inside the mall. Reservations are recommended. Nightly through Friday, Dec. 30, except Christmas Day. $16 Adults, $8 children ages 3-12, $4 children younger than 3. Evergreen Busi-
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PATRON SAINTS OF OMINOUS CREEP The Black Heart Procession marches tirelessly into the void CHRIS PARKER Foreboding palls and incipient malevolence is singer guitarist Pall Jenkins’ preferred shade, coating his band’s muscular chamber roots with a gothic air. It’s kind of like the Cry yourself to sleep with Black Heart Procession at Neurolux. electro-addled blues of Califone transplanted into Nick Cave’s murky environs and “I always felt like because we were dark, brooding, roots-tinged rock. given the ramshackle, wounded grace of a I had to give some sort of hope at the end,” “It wasn’t really thought out in this way Tom Waits tune. It isn’t called The Black Heart Procession that we were going to be a full-ﬂedged band. explained Jenkins. “With 6, I was, like, We were living together and we started writ- sometimes life just sucks and there isn’t a for nothing. positive answer. There isn’t always hope at ing these songs and they came together so Now entering its 15th year and supportthe end or a light at the end of the tuning its sixth full-length album, Six, the band we [recorded them],” Jenkins said. “When we started this band we just wanted to make nel. I let that go and said, ‘OK, the songs has continued to evolve musically while don’t really have to have a closing lyrics or remaining true to its gloomy, moribund vibe. music and not question it, and that’s kind something of hope.’ So for me, it was, ‘OK, of where we always return to. It’s always Jenkins didn’t set out to become the patron hopelessness.’ We want it dark; we want it saint of ominous creep, it just sort of turned nice to sell records and we want people to black.” out that way organically, like the band itself. appreciate what we do under the theory of Of course, two years of touring on an just doing what feels good. And if you have Over time, he’s come to accept that this is what comes naturally, and he fully embraces an idea, try it. If it doesn’t sound good in the album full of rather dispiriting views of love and human nature isn’t necessarily easy. end, don’t put it on the record.” that dark spirit on Six, the band’s most har“I’m 41 years old, and heck, yeah, it’s That ethos has guided the band through rowing, emotional album to date. draining to get up there and express yourself a variety of sounds tied to its ever changing “The darker lyrical content and the dark in that way to people and be honest about lineup, besides Nathaniel and Jenkins, and music is stuff that naturally comes out of us. it, day in and day out,” Jenkins said. It’s a instrumentation. Violins, cellos, theremin— That being said, we don’t walk around in latex and black makeup,” Jenkins said. “I enjoy anything with a spooky sound might appear. challenge to perform darker, sadder music and still put on a show that has life to it and The experimentation reached an apogee being happy and laughing with my friends, but isn’t just down the whole time. with 2002’s ambitious Amore Del Tropico, it just seems like when I try to write music, it “At the same time there’s community to which adds a Latin air and lush strings to comes out more serious, and those are simply the fans and the people,” he added. “We fashion a cinematic tale of love and murder. my times to be more serious.” do know that they kind of get where we’re The band pulled back to the core ﬁveJenkins got together with bandmate coming from. A lot of people also feel a piece for 2006’s political allegory, The Tobias Nathaniel in the mid-’90s. Jenkins’ sense of camaraderie with depression or Spell. And for its latest, BHP pulled back band, Three Mile Pilot, was signed to darker things, so I think sometimes our even further—to Atlantic and needed music actually makes people happy, believe just Nathaniel and a keyboard player. it or not.” Jenkins—making The classically trained The Black Heart Procession with Chelsea The Black Heart Procession is currently music like they used Nathaniel joined the Wolfe. Saturday, Dec. 10, $10. touring as a three-piece (guitar-keyboardto in the beginning. indie rockers (which drums), something they haven’t done in a (Hence the return to also featured PinNEUROLUX 111 N. 11th St. while. The band reworked many of its songs the numerical album back frontman Zach 208-343-0886 for the new format, and Jenkins anticipates title conceit.) Smith), but their time neurolux.com the lineup shaping their next creative effort. Even more central in the majors was “We want to take drums and percussion to the album’s tone fraught with conﬂict, in kind of a new way,” Jenkins said. “We is Jenkins’ embrace and the pressures had a lot of fun playing as a two-piece but of darkness. He promises, “I’m not leaving eventually broke up the band. until I tear out your heart” on “Wasteland,” still wanted to feel some rhythm there. ... I Nathaniel had moved in with Jenkins by gets down and dirty on the grimy, sewer-ob- don’t know if it’s going to translate as much this time, and during their downtime in the on this tour as maybe our next recording sessed “Rats,” and builds his own “Heaven wake of the breakup wrote some songs that sessions.” and Hell” into a moody blues vamp like “I would become The Black Heart ProcesThe darkness of The Black Heart ProcesPut a Spell On You” as cast by Voldemort. sion’s 1998 debut, 1. It developed almost sion may never change, but there’s always a completely without premeditation, with Na- However, Jenkins isn’t down with fairy tale chiaroscuro of new shades to explore. thaniel lending epic piano swoon to Jenkins’ endings.
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY DEC. 7 AMPORA—8 p.m. $8. The Shredder BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
CHIMAIRA, KFCH, DEC. 9 It’s been a tumultuous year for Cleveland heavy metal band Chimaira. Bassist-turned-father Jim LaMarca retired in 2010, followed by keyboardist Chris Spicuzza and drummer Andols Herrick in 2011. Amid the reorganization, Chimaira managed to record and release a remarkably polished album, The Age of Hell. Austin D’Amond’s inhuman drum pace on “Year of the Snake” pairs with ethereal guitar set to reverb, with Mark Hunter’s guttural scream piercing through the track: “I’ve seen the devil and I’ve kissed the mouth of sin / Bloodshot eyes and senses heightened I am seeking to get in.” Half of the band may be new, but Chimaira’s Hell for the Holidays metal fest promises to be one helluva night. —Andrew Crisp With Unearth, Skeletonwitch and Molotov Solution. 7 p.m., $20-$30. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
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GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s
PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri La
SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
THURSDAY DEC. 8 AFTER ABBEY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews DAVID ARCHULETA: MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS TOUR—8 p.m. $22 adv., $24 door. Knitting Factory
WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
SHON SANDERS—With Amy Weber. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
BLIND DRIVER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
STARDUST LOUNGE—11 p.m. $3. Neurolux
CAMDEN HUGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement
IN THE FADE—9 p.m. FREE. Barb’s Barr
JACK BROWN—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
LEE PENN SKY—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
REILLY COYOTE—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s
KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri La
RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid
LOVE INKS—With the Dirty Moogs. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
ORDER THRU CHAOS—With Scorch the Fallen and Latimer. 8 p.m. FREE. Monkey Business
JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m. FREE. Curb JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid
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FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club
CHIMAIRA—With Unearth, Skeletonwitch and Molotov Solution. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $20-30. Knitting Factory
HOW THE GROUCH STOLE CHRISTMAS TOUR—Features Zion-I, The Grouch, Eligh and Evidence. 10 p.m. $14 adv., $17 door. Reef
POLECATS—With Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. 9 p.m. $3. Liquid
SPEEDY GREY—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
SATURDAY DEC. 10 THE BLACK HEART PROCESSION—With Chelsea Wolfe. See Noise, Page 20. 8 p.m. $10. Neurolux DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid
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THE KNUX—With Jordyn Towers and White Arrows. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux LARRY CONKLIN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s MARTIAN VOODOO—5 p.m. FREE. The Ranch Club SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
UNHOLY NIGHT—Featuring Rev Theory. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Knitting Factory THE WORKING DJS—9:30 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement
SUNDAY DEC. 11 BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers FRIM FRAM 4—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
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TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
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LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s ROB FALER—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
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TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
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BLUES JAM WITH RICHARD SOLIZ—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
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HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s 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 PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri La RICO WEISMAN AND KEN HARRIS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW—6 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadDowntown TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
The Knux’s ascent to popularity happened quickly. In 2007, before the alt hip-hop duo’s ﬁrst album was even released, the band crossed the country opening for Common. Not long after, it was signed to Interscope Records and the group’s songs were being featured on HBO shows. The Knux spent 2009 touring with the likes of The Roots, Nas and Q-Tip. The Knux is originally from New Orleans, and after Hurricane Katrina hit, the members of the group—brothers Krispy and Joey Lindsey—relocated to Los Angeles. Occasionally, elements of NOLA-style funk and jazz traditions are found, like on “Queen of the Cold,” one of the better tracks off the recently released Eraser. But for the most part, the new record is full of radio-friendly pop songs with juvenile lyrics that might make one wonder why this show is at a 21-and-over venue. —Stephen Foster
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ARTS/VISUAL STEWART GALLERY
W HITNEY B OTH
OUTMODED Artists ﬁnd new ways to work with the obsolete SHEREE WHITELEY
When Adrian Kershaw found a box of old VHS tapes in a closet, she started to think about where those obsolete black rectangles would end up. She realized that thrift store shelves were already lined with tapes and that hers would probably only ﬁnd a home in the trash. The idea of these old media forms resting in a landﬁll “just really freaked me out,” the red-haired visual artist said. “It was extreme inspiration.” Kershaw decided to put her crochet and sewing skills to use. The artist, from Adrian, Ore., brushed off the dust from those tapes and ripped out the ribbon. She then crocheted the black ﬁlmy stuff into a chain. Kershaw used a basket-making technique that she learned as a Adrian Kershaw crafts crocheted VHS tape baskets. child to wrap the chain on itself and then stitch the coil together, forming off-kilter vase-like that’s special in the fact that this time will sculptures, some of which are currently on never be again.” display at Lisk Gallery in downtown Boise. Pierce found inspiration when he saw old On a recent afternoon, Lisk Gallery director televisions being thrown out at an electronAshley Kennedy picked up one of Kershaw’s ics repair shop. After studying the optics and smaller pieces, pressed down and squished it. physics of light, Pierce wanted to capture The pieces are frequently mistaken for glass that layered perspective in his paintings. He and though they seem like they should be fragile, the material is more than malleable—it extracted the screens from the unwanted TVs bounces back to its original form with impres- and used them as his canvas. While he salvaged the screens because they worked well for his sive elasticity. process, Pierce also acknowledges the enviKershaw’s pieces are often lumped in with ronmental beneﬁts of reusing objects, and sees the green art movement, which is far from it as part of a small new. Using recycled solution for items materials to make Adrian Kershaw’s work can be viewed at: that can’t be recycled art has been seen in LISK GALLERY in other ways. abundance during 403 S. Eighth St., liskgallery.com “As technolrecent years. Sites like Marcus Pierce’s work can be viewed at: ogy shifts or things greenmuseum.org and THE MERCANTILE BUILDING change … we’re inspirationgreen.com 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 250, marcuspierce.com building things that virtually house work Obsolescence will be up through Jan. 4 at: we don’t have the from artists around STEWART GALLERY ability to recycle the the world who use re1110 W. Jefferson St., stewartgallery.com way we can with cycled art to comment other materials. It on the environment. poses new problems,” Pierce said. “We’ve had But while there is an inextricable connection that value of thinking green for awhile, but as between green art and using obsolescent items different things evolve in technology we come in art, there is also a deﬁnite difference. across new problems that need to be handled.” “There’s a big distinction there, between Rachel Cope, assistant gallery director at recycling and recycling the obsolete,” Stewart Gallery, also couldn’t deny the enKershaw said. vironmental connection in Stewart’s latest exhiUnlike obsolete items, materials used in recycled, or green, art aren’t necessarily in dan- bition, Obsolescence, which opened Nov. 5. “The environment kind of does cover it,” ger of losing relevance in modern society. Take, Cope said, “because a lot of times when these for example, Corrugated, Michigan artist Ann Weber’s 2009 solo show at Boise Art Museum. things become obsolete, it does kind of change our physical environment.” The exhibit made use of found cardboard, a But walking into the gallery, the exhibimaterial still used en masse in everyday life. tion’s thesis isn’t blatantly clear. Delicate Boise artist Marcus Pierce also sees a distinction between green art and re-imagining ﬂowers made from cut-out paper and housed in bell jars sit next to an intricate bracelet, the obsolete. and across the white room hang paintings “With obsolete art … we’re taking from a speciﬁc period of time that will no longer exist of pigeons and a dreamy blue landscape. According to Stewart Gallery co-founder in the future, and so it’s preserving that. It has Stephanie Wilde, the show takes the idea of a historic basis,” Pierce said. “It’s something
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Katherine Dube fashions shag carpet out of porcelain.
the “obsolete” in a multitude of directions. “You’re addressing not only objects that are becoming obsolete but also subject matter. This show addresses it on many different levels, not just the materials,” Wilde said. As Cope moved from piece to piece in the exhibition, she explained how each piece ﬁts under the obsolescent umbrella. Katherine Dube’s “Degradation” consists of porcelain, a material that has been losing steam in the art world, fashioned to look like outdated shag carpeting. Andrea Gutierrez’s jewelry takes a found-art approach and makes use of parts from old handbags, while Matt Dufﬁn’s “Quack” features an obsolescent toy. The pieces deal with issues of the environment becoming obsolete or employ a material that’s seldom used anymore. The obsolescent idea also applies to meticulous artistic processes that have had their heyday in the art world. “With art mediums, I think people are always looking for the next new thing that hasn’t been done before,” Cope said. “It’s not taking time for technique but ﬁnding something new. These [artists] are doing things that have been done before but holding onto them.” Items become obsolete for myriad reasons. New technology replaces its earlier counterparts, access to materials becomes restricted, or people search for the next new and innovative product to market. “The idea of obsolescence seems to catch on pretty quickly because we see it all around us,” Cope said. Pierce hopes that by utilizing recycled or obsolescent items, artists will not only help the environment but also draw attention to larger problems associated with our wasteful culture. “I think what artists are trying to do is not only be critical but be leaders ... be a springboard for other people to consider, ‘Oh, how can I can I reuse this, and what purpose does this have beyond what the original intention was?’” Pierce said. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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WHAT A BITCH Young Adult is pitch (perfect) black comedy GEORGE PRENTICE On the life-size poster for Young Adult, the new black comedy penned by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, one of the most beautiful women in the world stares at you. Correction: stares daggers. Every time I pass the picture of Charlize Theron, who stars as Mavis Gary, I have to look away. You see, I’ve met Mavis. And after watching Young Adult (and I sincerely hope you do), you’ll recognize her, too. Do you remember that queen bitch from your high school? The girl who got everyCharlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a not-quite-grown-up with a taste for Hello Kitty, Ben and Jerry’s, and adultery. thing and callously dismissed classmates and their feelings? Fifteen years after graduation, Mavis is a still-beautiful but still-evil portrait her: Ugg boots, Hello Kitty T-shirts, baggy Wilson). The fact that he is happily marof grudging empathy: a lost soul schlepping sweat pants and one-size-too-tight skirts. ried and father to a new baby is merely an her shallowness along for the ride. Theron is perfect as Mavis—tall, slim, inconvenience to Mavis. She’s hell-bent with Mavis writes teen ﬁction, but don’t tell world-class beautiful and a bit of a wreck. despicable intentions. her that. She’s eager to call herself an “auShe’s still the prom queen, but when she’s Cody—everyone’s favorite stripperthor of young-adult novels.” Simply put, turned-Oscar-winning not trying (and she doesn’t try too often), she cranks out short screenwriter (Juno)— her ugliness shines through. This is Theron’s stories about the best role to date, considering she’s already has outdone herself only thing she knows YOUNG ADULT (R) won an Oscar for Monster. as the most-original about: being ruthlessDirected by Jason Reitman, But the best performance in the ﬁlm comes scribe in Hollywood. ly popular. But even screenplay by Diablo Cody from Patton Oswalt as Matt, the nerd of Here she gives us Mavis’ editors have Starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson nerds who Mavis ignored in school but now Mavis, an underreptired of her routine, and Patton Oswalt exploits to help hatch her plans. You may resented character in and decided to pull Opens Friday, Dec. 16 at The Flicks mainstream media—a be familiar with Oswalt’s work in Big Fan the plug on her mostand Edwards mean-spirited woman or Flight of the Conchords, but this is a star recent series of teen turn. Some may consider him the next Jonah with no adult social queen novellas. Hill or Zach Galiﬁanakis. I see him as the mores. Mavis even Mavis opts to next Dustin Hoffman. His go-for-broke perhas a pretend adult relationship with her pull up stakes from the “big city” of Minformance is rich, textured and heart breaking. condo, living in clutter, her only companneapolis and returns to her hometown of It may not be the feel good movie of the ions are boxes of clothes, a constant stream Mercury, Minn., where she prepares to holiday season but Young Adult is one of of reality television and a dog that is more lay waste to any obstacle. Mavis sets her the best. sights on her old high-school ﬂame (Patrick of an accessory. Mavis’s wardrobe deﬁnes
SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings THE NUTCRACKER—Watch the New York City Ballet per form the Christmas classic with host Kelly Ripa, who provides a behind-the-scenes look at the per formance. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. $16 children, $20 adults. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com. WYOMING TRIUMPH—This ski ﬁlm explores life in the mountains and “the search for purity and freedom.” Explore the drive of a special group of individuals and the beauty of untouched wilderness at the premiere of this ﬁlm. Visit wytriumph.com for more info. See Rec News, Page. 28.
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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. $10. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
Opening MOZART’S SISTER—This reimagined account of Maria Anna “Nanneri” Mozar t, older sister of the famed composer, follows the ways in which Nanneri challenged the established social order. In French with English subtitles. (NR) Flicks NEW YEAR’S EVE—It’s New Year’s Eve in New York City, and inter twined stories of love, hope and forgiveness are told with a red-carpet’s
wor th of mega-stars. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards 14 THE SITTER—This comedy harkens back to 1987’s Adventures in Babysitting. (R). Edwards 9, Edwards 22, Edwards 14
THE SKIN I LIVE IN—This thriller by Pedro Almodovar stars Antonio Banderas as a scientist tr ying to create synthetic skin. In Spanish with English subtitles. (R) Flicks
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GAME ON Motion continues to invade video gaming MICHAEL LAFFERTY
Lust after the white stuff with a screening of Wyoming Triumph.
HIGH HOPES How do you pick out a skier or boarder this time of year? He or she is the one looking at the calendar, then looking at the sky, then staring at the hills with a forlorn look, then looking back at the sky. The ski season appears to be at what could graciously be called a “slow start.” While regional ski areas like Sun Valley and Pomerelle have been able to open for the season with limited snow (and snowmaking equipment in the case of Sun Valley), Boise’s local ski hill has yet to receive enough snow to fully cover the mountain. Anyone who wants to hit the slopes has to look west to Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., or Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows on Mt. Hood, or east to Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming to ﬁnd mountains that are near-fully open. Still, if there’s one deﬁning characteristic of skiers and snowboarders, its unending optimism. There might be a high-pressure system parked on top of the valley like a broken-down dump truck, but a true skier will always see snow in the forecast. But if you need a little something extra to keep your spirits high until opening day, there’s always the prospect of scoring ﬁrst chair on the brand-spankin’ new Superior high-speed quad at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. The resort will conduct a drawing for the ﬁrst-chair honor among those who have purchased donor passes for the season. All donor pass holders are automatically entered in the drawing, and four winners will be notiﬁed two days prior to the area’s ofﬁcial opening. The good news is that there’s still time to buy a pass if you haven’t already. Check out the details at bogusbasin.org. Need something that’s a little more of a sure thing than a rafﬂe drawing? Head over to the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to catch KGB Production’s latest ski ﬂick, Wyoming Triumph. The Jackson, Wyo.-based production company shot the ﬁlm over two years (2009-2011) throughout the Wyoming backcountry and featured both pro and amateur riders (although there’s little that’s amateur about their skills), including Trevor Hiatt, Rob Kingwill, Rob LaPier, Tucker Mead and Trevor Thomas. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10—available both on the Egyptian Theatre’s website and at the door. Check out scenes from the ﬁlm at kgbproductions.com/ﬁlms/wytriumph.
If I have to hear Jillian Michaels yell “all right, let’s move it” once more time, there will be serious issues. It might be time for me to grab Cabela’s Adventure camp game and go hunting for the ﬁtness guru. Michaels is just one of the trainers who has become involved in the latest trend in video gaming: the get-off-the-couch-and-get-intothe-game craze, which runs the gamut from wand-like controllers pointed at a screen, to remote controls attached to the hip, to the systems that only require you to stand in front of a camera and use your whole body to control actions within games. In the not-too-distant past, gaming consisted of players settled into their favorite piece of furniture, cradling the controller in tight ﬁsts and whiling away the hours with little movement beyond that of frantically stabbing ﬁngers. The trend now is to jump, swing the arms, stand and then run in place, squat and bridge: in short, most of the motions that would be considered a viable part of a cardiovascular workout. Motion-centered gaming—sometimes referred to as exergaming—is not a new form of video game. It dates back to rudimentary tools of the 1980s and has even invaded current handhelds, like the Nintendo 3DS, which acts like a pedometer when in sleep mode and awards players with play coins toward the purchase of downloadable content simply for getting out and walking. With the current generation of consoles (seventh generation, overall), the concept of requiring players to get up and move is in its infancy because of the relative newness of the current tech. Some games totally miss the mark, struggling with the translation of player input to in-game action. Others, however, show what may soon be possible as tech develops by having players emulate motions found in real ﬁtness routines—martial arts and even popular American sports like baseball, hockey, football, soccer and skiing to name a few. The systems that feature motion controls are pretty well known. You have the Wii (with MotionPlus technology that improves
the interaction between player, controller and console) with its Wii remote, nunchuk and balance board—all of which are motion sensor-driven devices. Sony has its MOVE wand, which is a handheld device with motion sensors, and Microsoft has done away with handheld controllers with its Kinect sensor, which requires players to stand in front of the Wall-E-esque auto-rotate camera device and perform all the motions themselves. Games run the gamut from family oriented affairs like Wii Sports and Cabela’s Adventure Camp to dancing games (Zumba has been relatively popular), to sports like the recent release of Big League Sports for the Kinect. In the exergaming genre, dance and ﬁtness programs garner the highest percentage of overall sales, even if ﬁtness is hidden beneath the thin veneer of an “adventure” in an exotic environment. If you have an older Wii without MotionPlus, a bundle with the sensor add-on will run about $50. If you’re looking for something new or are just getting into motion gaming, the MOVE controller for the PlayStation 3 (released in September 2010) is about $45, and the Kinect sensor for the 360 (released in November of 2010) is roughly $150. Beware, however, a distinct difference in technology exists among the options. The Wii and PS3 controllers are a bit more old-school and may be limited as such, whereas the Kinect is not only motion activated, but also can be voice activated, thereby opening the door for a wide range of advancements that go beyond gaming and into other entertainment venues, such as movies and TV. Marc Franklin, director of public relations for Nintendo of America, discussed the impetus behind motion-sensitive controllers. “From the start, our decision was to develop a game system whose appeal did not rely on a mere extension of previously existing industry technology or thinking,” he said. “Our aim was to expand the world of video games to new audiences. The Wii Remote and games like Wii Sports instantly got people up off the couch and playing with one another. Friends and family members
could play together, regardless of age, gender or prior experience with video games. We saw kids playing with their parents and even grandparents. Nintendo ﬁrst demonstrated motion controls in 2005. Products like Wii MotionPlus and the Wii Balance Board take immersive play in new directions.” According to Franklin, however, the issue is not technology: “It’s how that technology can be married to innovative software to create new forms of social, interactive experiences that are also fun and compelling.” A Microsoft spokesman told Boise Weekly that “controller-free experiences are the future of gaming and entertainment.” “Our goal is to get technology out of the way and make it effortless to search, play, watch or share with your friends instantly. Because Kinect is controlled by full body gestures, it learns to respond to the user’s movements, instead of the user learning the buttons on a controller. “Kinect—which makes you the controller—is the ﬁrst of its kind in that it doesn’t require holding or wearing any sort of device— no controller, no buttons, no joystick, nothing. Kinect allows you to control your experiences with your body and voice, naturally engaging with your entertainment, whether playing games, interacting with friends or watching movies or TV shows.” What the Kinect does not do (at least not at this point) is record vital workout stats. Wii, however, with equipment that is worn on the user’s body, can record heart rate, which might warn users when their level of activity is dangerous. For example, NFL Training Camp on Wii has two strap-on sensors, one for the arm and the other for the thigh, which record speed of movement and heart rate. For those who are fond of keeping their heart rate as low as possible and their bodies as ﬁrmly planted in their favorite chair as possible while gaming, the days of sedentary video game play won’t ever be over. But for those times when you need to elevate your heart rate a bit, Jillian Michaels and her sweat-fest are just waiting for you to get off the couch.
Kinect don’t need no stinkin’ controllers.
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BOMBB SQUAD—The Boise Off-Road Mountain Bike Babes is a biking group for women of all ages in the Boise area who enjoy mountain biking. Activities include group rides, maintenance and riding clinics, and monthly potlucks. Schedule varies. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-921-5026. FREE. groups. yahoo.com/group/bombb. BURLESQUE CARDIO—Combine the sexiness of burlesque with a cardio routine that will leave you feeling like a vixen. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, 6 p.m. $10. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208409-2403, ophidiastudio.com.
Dry Creek offers an easy escape and great views.
DRY CREEK ESCAPE Who says the creek drainages in the Boise Foothills are waterless by late fall? Dry Creek deﬁes its name—it really does have water. The path along Dry and Shingle creeks is one of the most scenic trails near downtown Boise. An array of foliage is supported by the year-round ﬂowing creek, including cottonwood trees, willows, elderberry, alder and other low-lying shrubs. The upper portions of the route skirt interesting rock outcroppings before entering a forest of ponderosa pine, Douglas ﬁr and lodgepole pine. Fall is an excellent time to hike the trail when the canyon is ablaze in a myriad of gold and crimson hues. Yellow blooming rabbitbrush turns a luminous shade of silver as winter approaches. Near the trail’s end, excellent vistas of Treasure Valley and the distant Owyhee Mountains abound. Look for grouse, turkey, deer and—once you enter the timber— black bear. The lower segment of trail is a favorite haunt of crotalus oreganus, the Western rattlesnake. The snakes are typically inactive November through March but will sometimes sun on warmer winter To ﬁnd the unsigned traildays. Make sure to keep your head, head north on Bogus pets at close range until the Basin Road for 1.3 miles to a three-way intersection ﬁrst ford of Dr y Creek. with Curling Drive. Reset The hike is an outstanding your odometer to 0 and choice for families—the ﬁrst continue straight on Bogus few miles are relatively ﬂat and Basin Road for 3.6 miles to a couple of pullouts on the there are many spots to enjoy right. From the ﬁrst pullout, a picnic beside the creek. Most you will ﬁnd the trail by walkhikers stop at the conﬂuence of ing up the Jeep road about 50 feet and looking to your Dry Creek and Shingle Creek, right for a single-track trail. two miles from the trailhead. Hikers looking for a strenuous, yet beautiful journey can continue another 3.5 miles. To do so, turn right at the unsigned junction beyond the conﬂuence. The narrow path travels east along Shingle Creek, crossing the creek four times. At 3.7 miles, you’ll enter the forest and ford the creek two more times. You will gain nearly 800 feet on the ﬁnal mile, before the trail ends at Boise Ridge Road (5,500 feet). The total gain to the road is 2,400 feet (out and back). —Scott Marchant Scott Marchant is the author of three hiking guidebooks for Central Idaho. More at hikingidaho.com. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
MILES FOR MEALS FUNDRAISER FOR WCA—Join the See Jane Run staff for scheduled runs. Participants commit to running or walking a certain amount of miles during the program. Sponsors will match each mile with either a food donation or $1 per mile, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. For ofﬁcial registration and log sheet, call or visit the store. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. Continues through Saturday, Dec. 17. FREE. See Jane Run, 814 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-338-5263, seejanerun.com. THURSDAY NIGHT RUN/ WALKS—Join the group for 3-, 4- or 5-mile fun runs/walks every Thursday night. All abilities are welcome. The group meets regardless of weather. First timers should come a few minutes early to sign up. Join the mileage club to earn points for free rewards. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208344-6604, idahorunningcompany.com.
Events BLACK AND BLUE RIVALRY GAME—The Boise State men’s hockey team takes on the rival University of Idaho. Local celebrities will show off their skills on the ice. Proceeds beneﬁt the Idaho Elks’ Meals on Wheels program. Saturday, Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door. Discounts for multiple tickets. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-4242200 or box ofﬁce 208-3318497, centurylinkarenaboise. com/home.aspx. FREE SKATE DAY—Admission and skates are free for military families with valid IDs. Part of the Our Troops, Our Families program. Sunday, Dec. 11, 1:303:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, idahoiceworld. com. STEELHEADS HOCKEY—Vs. Colorado Eagles. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. $16-$50. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, centurylinkarenaboise.com/home.aspx.
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NEWS/FOOD AS IAN B OY B B Q
FOOD/YEAR OF IDAHO FOOD GU Y HAND
EDIBLE PAST The memory-invoking power of the oftoverlooked quince Asian Boy BBQ brings the heat and the meat.
ASIAN BOY, ARCHIE’S PLACE SOUP CLUB AND DARK DAYS OF DECEMBER Boise’s newest food trailer, Asian Boy BBQ, had its grand opening Nov. 29, on the corner of Overland and Cloverdale roads in the parking lot of Computer Central. Asian Boy combines three trends that show no signs slowing: food trucks, barbecue and banh mi sandwiches. The truck’s menu boasts an eclectic mash-up of ﬂavors, including dishes like the Aporkalips sandwich, which features slow-cooked, marinated pork stuffed inside two large dinner rolls, and Thai-seasoned chicken wings on a stick. But other than french fries or kiwi mango salsa with wonton chips, vegetarians are out of luck. Asian Boy is open Noon-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 208-283-9107. Speaking of food trucks, Archie’s Place recently debuted its Soup Club punch card. You can select from three different options: The $20 silver membership gets you ﬁve bowls of soup ($5 savings); the $30 gold membership gets you ﬁve bowls of soup and a copy of Archie’s Little Book of Soups ($5 savings); and the $50 platinum membership gets you 10 bowls of soup and a copy of Archie’s Little Book of Soups ($10 savings). Card-holders have six months to redeem their punches. For more info, visit archies-place.com. And if you want to sample some of the soup at Archie’s while chowing down on Brown Shuga Soul Food’s heavenly mac ’n’ cheese, head over to the monthly Food Truck Rally at North End Organic Nursery on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5-9 p.m. Other food trucks that will be on hand include Stuck in Your Grill and RiceWorks, along with a beer garden by Payette Brewing. Speaking of suds, Bittercreek Ale House ofﬁcially kicked off Dark Days of December on Dec. 5, by tapping three kegs of Laughing Dog’s Dogfather imperial stout—one from 2009, one from 2010 and one from 2011. Every Monday throughout the month, Bittercreek will raid its cellar and offer a vertical tasting of a dark beer from a different brewery. Monday, Dec. 12, will feature Full Sail Brewing; Monday, Dec. 19, will boast three specialty kegs from Mikkeller, and Monday, Dec. 26, will showcase three years of Deschutes’ Abyss. You can quaff these delicious dark drinks from your own Dark Days of December etched glass, which is available for $6 empty or $10 ﬁlled with beer. In addition to DDD, Bittercreek will also add 11 new stouts and porters to its beer menu throughout the month. Eff, yes.
GUY HAND I hesitate to invoke the famous Marcel Proust time-travel tale one more time, since uncountable references to that story have ricocheted across food literature like pepper-spraying cops across the Internet. But for those whose reading habits haven’t myopically focused on food and culture, I’ll brieﬂy recap: In the novel Remembrance of Things Past by French writer Proust, the narrator had an absentminded taste of “one of those squat, plump little cakes called ‘petites madeleines,’ which look as though they had been moulded The citrusy quince was once more popular than the apple. in the ﬂuted valve of a scallop shell,” which teleported him back to his long-forgotten quince trees when they arrived in Idaho in 1956 Although delicious when cooked, the childhood. Proust explores this food-induced and 1957, respectively. quince can’t compete with an apple plucked teleportation for nearly 1.5 million words, On a recent November day, Lete showed fresh from a tree. With the ﬁrst bite of raw examining what he called the “involuntary a couple of younger Basques how to make quince comes promise: a satisfying crunch memories” invoked by something as seemmembrillo. She has been making quince paste followed by a burst of ﬂavor. But almost ingly innocuous as a scalloped cookie. in Idaho since at least the mid-’60s, back when instantly that bright rush is sucked away by Boisean Dave Turner knows all about taste she was cooking for a sheep camp in Marsing. a cotton-like astringency that fades into the and memory, if not Marcel Proust and his “I don’t know where I got the quince,” ﬂavorless ﬁnish of moist cardboard. madeleines. The catalyst that shot Turner into she said, with a Basque lilt as she stirred a Despite the limited charms of raw quince, his past was quince, a fragrant apple-like fruit. bowl of near-molten quince puree. “That’s the fruit was prized as a potent source of “Somewhere when I was between 6 and too long to remember.” pectin, which is used to set and thicken all 10, my grandmother used to make this quince To this day, Lete and Bilbao make numerjelly,” the 60-year-old Turner said as he opened kinds of fruit jams and jellies. But that atous trays of membrillo every fall from quince tribute was made irrelevant when mid-20th a gate and walked me into his suburban back they gather from Basque friends who have century scientists developed artiﬁcial pectin yard. “I never knew what a quince was, all I and quince was quickly tossed into America’s nurtured backyard trees through the years. knew was it was the most marvelous-tasting But back in the ’80s, Turner wasn’t lucky forgotten-fruit bin. jelly I ever had.” enough to have friends with quince trees. He Although Turner’s memory of quince had With an aromatic, apple-pear-citrus ﬂavor, returned by the 1980s, he couldn’t ﬁnd anyone futilely searched local nurseries for two years the quince was prized by Puritan settlers who who sold the fruit, the trees or even knew what without ﬁnding a single quince. Then one day, brought it to America in 1629. 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Quince is white fuzz, like lint on an old sweater. a fond, far-off gaze that made this graying “The fuzz protects them,” said Turner, as Idaho native suddenly seem 6 again. “I looked still prepared in the Basque Country in both sweet and savory dishes, but most typically in if defending a friend’s bad hair day. “If you around but you couldn’t buy it. Nobody even remove the fuzz, they oxidize very quickly.” the form of membrillo—a ﬁrm, rose-colored knew what it was.” That pubescence, as horticulturalists call it, quince paste that, in its most traditional In America’s early days, everyone knew is also thought to repel pests. paring, gives a sweet, ﬂoral counterpoint to what quince was. The fruit was more popular “They’re not really plagued by worms; sharp Basque sheep milk cheeses like idiazathan the apple, according to author Barbara you don’t have to spray them,” Turner bal and manchego. Ghazarian in her recent book Simply Quince. Basque immigrants Luisa Bilbao and Carmen said. Nor do squirrels or birds seem to “Within a century, however,” she wrote, covet quince. Lete also used quince to stir up memories of “the apple snatched the spotlight and the 32 Some biblical scholars suggest the past. The pair had little trouble recognizing popularity of quince steadily declined.”
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FOOD/TREND the quince was the Garden of Eden’s true forbidden fruit. After all, quince was ﬁrst cultivated in Mesopotamia. Homer and Virgil later waxed poetic about the virtues of quince. Other Greeks and Romans used quince to avert the evil eye or make air fresheners. Many of the world’s cultures never forgot about quince. In Simply Quince, Ghazarian wrote that the fruit is called “marmelo” in Portuguese, “coing” in French, “quitte” in German, “ayva” in Turkish and “sergevil” in Armenia. “Across the globe, the fruit-bearing quince tree (Cydonia oblonga) is cultivated and prized for its versatility in the kitchen.” To prove that versatility, Ghazarian offers recipes for poached quince, baked quince, quince seed tea, quince pickles, curried quince with lamb, bay scallops and shrimp with quince, and for dessert, quince compotes, buckles, crisps and crumbles. With limitless culinary possibilities, and trees that telegraph their intriguing scent every fall, Dave Turner said he has no trouble turning friends and neighbors into quince fans. “There are some people that are so in love with quince, I get phone calls and they say, ‘Are they ready yet?’” Turner said as he rolled a ripe quince between his hands. “They’re hooked on them, like I am.” Turner gives away fruit, ships boxes to friends in places as far away as Ohio, and sells a good amount at Boise Co-op. But did his long quest for quince give him that Proustian madeleine-moment he was looking for, his own edible path to the past? “It took four or ﬁve years before they started producing fruit,” he said of the trees we stood beneath. “But once I got fruit off of it and made this jelly using Grandma’s recipe … the ﬂavor come right back. It just took me way back to when I was 6 or 7 years old.” 30
MORE WINTER BREWS After tasting much of the lineup of this year’s winter seasonals, one thing has stood out. Back in the day, the emphasis was on either rich malt or a big spice component. Sierra Nevada’s Celebration was one of the few more-balanced offerings with its prominent hop presence. Well, the pendulum has swung back, and more breweries are easing up on the malt or toning down the spice. This is a good thing, overall, when balance wins out over excess. Here are three worthy winter entries: ANCHOR CHRISTMAS ALE 2011 They’ve been brewing this special holiday ale since 1975, and though the recipe changes each year, there is a certain continuity in style. This year’s version has a deep chestnut color with lots of fruit on the nose—plum, ﬁg, apple, raisin— and lightly spiced hops. Fruitcake ﬂavors (in a good way) lead off, backed by smooth malt, dried fruit and sweet spice. Light pine-laced hops come through on the ﬁnish. NEW BELGIUM SNOW DAY This brew is a bit different from what I was expecting from this Colorado brewery, considering its penchant for Belgianstyle brews. But then, that is an immensely varied category. This black ale offers smoky malt and herb-laced hop aromas. Snow Day has nice piney hops on the palate, with an equal amount of roasted malt, which is all good. This beer is a lighter style that somehow misses the mark a bit for winter, but it’s still an enjoyable brew. NINKASI SLEIGH’R DARK DOUBLE ALT ALE Balance is deﬁnitely the key with this beer—it’s an ebony pour with a rich tan head, and the aromas combine piney hops with spicy malt. There are luscious dark fruit ﬂavors up front with a good core of sweet and toasty malt. You get nice touches of spice (something like pumpkin pie) and hops that are omnipresent but never overwhelming. This is a very satisfying winter warmer. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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BW LEGAL NOTICES IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN RE: Jonathan Cory Newell Case no. CV NC 1119904 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name Jonathan Cory Newell, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been ﬁled in the District Court in ADA County, Idaho. The name will change to Cory Breaux. The reason for the change in name is: because my step-parent raised me. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on Dec. 15, 2011 at the ADA County Courthouse. Objections may be ﬁled by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): What’s the most-beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in your life? To answer that question is your first assignment. It’s OK if you can’t decide between the three or four most-beautiful things. What’s important is to keep visions of those amazements dancing in the back of your mind for the next few days. Play with them in your imagination. Feel what they rouse in you as you muse about the delights they have given you. Regard them as beacons that will attract other mar vels into your sphere. Here’s your second assignment: Go hunting for a new “most-beautiful thing.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Not to dream boldly may turn out to be irresponsible,” said educator George Leonard. I certainly think that will be true for you in the coming months, Taurus. In my astrological opinion, you have a sacred duty not only to yourself, but also to the people you care about, to use your imagination more aggressively and expressively as you contemplate what might lie ahead for you. You simply cannot afford to remain safely ensconced within your comfort zone, shielded from the big ideas and tempting fantasies that have started calling to you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Researchers at the University of Oregon claim that in certain circumstances they can make water flow uphill. I’m not qualified to evaluate their evidence, but I do know that in the coming week, you will have the power to accomplish the metaphorical equivalent of what they say they did. Don’t squander this magic on trivial matters, please, Gemini. Use it to facilitate a transformation that’s important to your longterm well-being. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Dear Rob: Is there any way to access your horoscope archives going back to 1943? I’m writing a novel about World War II and need to see your astrological writings from back then. —Creative Cancerian.” Dear Creative: To be honest, I wasn’t writing horoscopes back in 1943, since I wasn’t anywhere near being born yet. On the other hand, I give you permission to make stuff up for your novel and say I wrote it back in 1943. Most of you Cancerians have good imaginations about the past, and you’re currently going through a phase when that talent is amplified. While you’re tinkering with my history, have fun with yours, too. This is an excellent time for members of your tribe to breathe new life and fresh spin into a whole slew of your own personal memories.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): At chow. com, food critic L. Nightshade gathered “The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review.” Among the worst offenders: “meltingly tender,” “yummilicious,” “crazy delicious,” “orgasmic,” “I have seen God,” “symphony of flavors” and “party in your mouth.” I understand the reluctance of any wordsmith to resort to such predictable language, but I don’t mind borrowing it to hint at your immediate future. What you experience may be more like a “party in your head,” and “crazy delicious” may describe events and adventures rather than flavors, per se. But I think you’re in for a yummilicious time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In “Nan You’re a Window Shopper,” British recording artist Lily Allen sings, “The bottom feels so much better than the top.” She means it ironically; the person she’s describing in the song is neurotic and insecure. But in using that declaration as a theme for your horoscope this week—the bottom feels so much better than the top—I mean it sincerely. What you have imagined as being high, superior or uppermost may turn out to be mediocre, illusory or undesirable. Conversely, a state of affairs that you once considered to be beneath your notice or not valuable could become rather interesting. And if you truly open your mind to the possibilities, it may even evolve into something that’s quite useful. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Emily Rubin invited authors to write about a specific theme for a literary reading she organized in New York last September: stains. “What is your favorite stain?” she asked prospective participants, enticing them to imagine a stain as a good thing or at least as an interesting twist. Included in her own list were chocolate, candle wax, lipstick, grass, mud, wine and tomato sauce. What are yours, Libra? This would be an excellent time to sing the praises of your best-loved or most provocative blotches, splotches and smirches—and have fun stirring up some new ones. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Mickey Mouse is a Scorpio, born Nov. 18, 1928. Bugs Bunny is a Leo, coming into the world on July 27, 1940. In their long and storied careers, these two iconic cartoon heroes have made only one joint appearance. It was in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They got equal billing and spoke the same number of words. I’m predicting that a comparable event will soon take place in your world, Scorpio: a conjunction of two stars, or a coming together of iconic elements that have never before mixed. Sounds like you’re in for a splashy time.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Harvey Ball was a commercial artist who dreamed up the iconic image of the smiley face. He whipped it out in 10 minutes one day in 1963. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t trademark or copyright his creation, and as a result made only $45 from it, even as it became an archetypal image used millions of times all over the world. Keep his story in the back of your mind during the coming weeks, Sagittarius. I have a feeling you will be coming up with some innovative moves or original stuff, and I would be sad if you didn’t get proper credit and recognition for your work. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There are 501 possible solutions to your current dilemma. At least 10 of them would bring you a modicum of peace, a bit of relief and a touch of satisfaction. Most of the rest wouldn’t feel fantastic but would at least allow you to mostly put the angst behind you and move on with your life. But only one of those potential fixes can generate a purgative and purifying success that will extract the greatest possible learning from the situation and give you access to all of the motivational energy it has to offer. Be very choosy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The quality of your consciousness is the single most-influential thing about you. It’s the source of the primary impact you make on other human beings. It changes every situation you interact with, sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. So here’s my first question: How would you characterize the quality of your consciousness? The answer is complicated, of course. But there must be eight to 10 words that capture the essence of the vibes you beam out wherever you go. Now comes my second question: Are you satisfied with the way you contribute to life on Earth with the quality of your consciousness? It’s an excellent time to contemplate these primal matters. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Some martial artists unleash a sharp percussive shout as they strike a blow or make a dramatic move—a battle cry that helps channel their will into an explosive, concise expression of force. The Japanese term for this is “kiai.” A few women’s tennis players invoke a similar sound. Maria Sharapova holds the record for loudest shriek at 105 decibels. The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to call on your own version of kiai, Pisces. As you raise your game to the next level, it would make perfect sense for you to get your entire body involved in exerting some powerful, highly focused master strokes.
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