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NOTE HIV, PRISON AND CASH MONEY After this edition of Boise Weekly has been on stands for a few days, what I presume will be a fairly large group of people will gather at a local bar to say goodbye to a longtime Boise activist. Duane Quintana, founder and, until recently the executive director of A.L.P.H.A., is leaving Boise for Chicago. Since founding A.L.P.H.A. in 2003, Quintana has become the city’s leading advocate for HIV and AIDS education, testing and public awareness in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease. Over the years, he’s appeared many times in Boise Weekly, as a source in stories, as a Citizen profile for his work, and in a guest opinion about reaching a milestone—10 years with HIV-positive status. Last year, Boise Weekly partnered with Quintana and A.L.P.H.A. to distribute more than 30,000 condoms in an effort to remind our readers that while HIV may not be in the news every day, it’s still a threat and safe sex is the best practice. This week’s News story, “Holes in the Net” on Page 8, features a brief interview with Quintana about the financial challenges HIV patients in Idaho face as they struggle to continue qualifying for assistance programs while simultaneously holding down a decent job. The story is not unique to Idaho, but it is a story we may hear less about as the Affordable Care Act makes sweeping changes to the health-care industry that could make it easier for people like Marcus, featured in the story, to obtain affordable healthcare. In this week’s main feature, Carissa Wolf goes behind bars to get behind the scenes of a Department of Correction therapeutic program that isn’t without controversy. BW was allowed to film some video footage of the program, and I’d highly recommend logging on to for a better look at the community in action. And finally, if you’re an artist and you need some dough, we are currently accepting applications for Boise Weekly’s annual Cover Auction Grant. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 3. See Page 18 for details or call Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055. —Rachael Daigle

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OMG!!! Bob’s determined to make the Good Book better John 3:16—Millions of adult people believeth that in spite of the way it looks, this God of thine so lovethed the world that he sent his only son down to experience a brutal and senseless death, that thou should pay great attention to this particular brutal and senseless death and not so much to all the other brutal and senseless deaths inflicted on other sons (and daughters) every minute of every day, and that if thou accept the claim without reservation that this one guy is truly God’s kid, then not only will thou get an eternal life out of the deal, but that now and then, He shall taketh a break from crushing innocent people in earthquakes, drowning them in tsunamis and eating them alive with cancer to help His most flagrant and ostentatious followers to win a football game or hiteth a home run. —From “Badger” Bob Berzerquierre’s The New New Testament “Cope! What the hell you doing here? Thought I told you not to come.” “Well, gosh, Bob. When we talked last night, you sounded so, uh ... ah, what’s the word I’m looking for? ... uh ...” “Busy?” “I was thinking more along the lines of ‘unbalanced.’ All wild-eyed and wound-up and weird. If I didn’t know better, I’d think maybe you were hopped-up on some kind of goof pills. So I came over to see if you’re OK. Hey Bob, you’re not hopped up on goof pills, are you?” “Bulls***, Cope! I know why you’re here. You can’t stand not knowing what I’m working on. You’re the nosiest sonova ...” “No no, that’s not true. I really am worried about you. You’ve acted so depressed lately, especially after you threw away all that work you did rewriting the Constitution. It seems like maybe you’re giving up. Calling it quits. Throwing in the towel. Hey, Bob, you’re not throwing in the towel, are you?” “Hell, no, I’m not throwing in the damn towel! Fact is, I’m digging in deeper than ever. I’m going straight to the core of it, Cope. The heart of it all. I’m going to the source.” “The source of what?” “The source of about three-quarters of all the dumb crud and nitwit nonsense going on in America these days. The source that all these stupid a**hole right-wingers dredge up whenever they have to justify their arrogance and greed and ignorance. The source they always spout when they’re out to slap down gays or women or science or authentic spirituality or the common benefit. The source, Cope! Do I have to spell it out for you?” “Bob, are you talking about Fox News?” “The Bible, Cope. The Word of God, Himself. What every fraud and moron and dips**t treats like the end to all further

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conversation. The ultimate ‘I told ya so’ for folks who don’t know what they’re talking about. I’m rewriting the whole damn thing, and when I’m done, that’ll be the last of these insufferable p***ks using it as an excuse for whatever self-serving scam jobs they’ve got going on. That’s what I’ve been doing, Cope, if you just have to know. A new version of the Bible that’ll make all the others look like fantasy fiction.” “You can’t do that! You can’t rewrite the Bible!” “Who says I can’t? They’ve been doing it for more than 2,000 years. Picking what goes in it and what doesn’t. Choosing which words to use and which passages to stress. Ignoring this part … preaching up that part. People have been making it say whatever they wanted it to say from the very beginning. I’m just getting in on a long tradition. Only I’m hoping my contribution helps put an end to the tradition. Savvy?” “So, Bob, why’d you decide to stick your nose in this stew?” “It came to me when that Christopher Hitchens fella died last month. On the whole, I always thought he was a pompous poop, but he did have some guts. Him being an outspoken and unabashed atheist got me to thinking how important it is for nonbelievers to speak up and call irrational, insupportable hogwash for what it is. We have to stop letting these fairy tellers run the world, Cope. How the hell do we ever rise up out of our diapers as a sapient species when we’re being flimflammed by such mindless slop?” “But Bob, you gotta know people will be furious. You’re kicking a hornets’ nest that stretches from the Vatican to Arkansas. Think about it, if your idea actually took off, they’ll accuse you of all sorts of things. They’ll be blaming you every time something bad happens. Can’t you just hear it? ‘Hurricane wipes out Florida? It’s Bob’s fault for horsing around with our Holy Bible. More teenagers getting pregnant? Well, what do you expect when you let a blasphemer like Berzerquierre rewrite the Gospels. Another Democrat in the White House? It’s God’s punishment for making that darned Badger Bob’s Bible available at the Barnes & Noble.’ “That’s what they’ll say, Bob. It’ll all be your fault. You and the gays and women’s libbers and Hollywood and Darwin. Are you sure you want to get into all that? Is that how you want to spend the rest of your life? Getting blamed for everything? Hey, Bob, do you really want all those hillbillies and hucksters praying that you burn in Hell forever?“ “You know what it says in Proverbs, don’t you, Cope? ‘Better to reign in your own private Hell than to serve in their idea of Heaven.’” “Bob, that’s not in Proverbs.” “It is now.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


SOCIALIST CAPITALISTS? GOP pols exploit anti-Wall Street rage Newt Gingrich made a name for himself as the right-wing ideologue who led the 1994 “Republican Revolution.” What a difference the collapse of capitalism makes. Forget 9/11—everything changed on Sept. 14, 2008, when Lehman Brothers hit the skids. Millions lost their jobs and the government refused to help them. The government’s masters, the bankers, wouldn’t let them. They wanted all that taxpayer money for themselves. The system was exposed as the corrupt, inefficient, cruel pseudodemocracy that we on the left always knew it was. More than three years have passed, yet neither the political class nor its corporate bosses have found the wherewithal to sate the anger of America’s roiling masses. The rise of the Republican primary season’s Anti-Capitalist Brigades is the center ring of this circus of death. At the head of the anti-Mitt Romney cadres is one of Gingrich’s well-heeled supporters, who is dropping a cool $3 million on an ad blitz. “There’s a company in The Wall Street Journal today that Bain [Capital, Romney’s company] put $30 million into, took $180 million out of and the company went bankrupt,” Gingrich said on Jan. 10. “And you have to ask yourself: Was a six-to-one return really necessary? What if they only take $120 million out? Will the company still be there? Will 1,700 families still have a job?” Good questions all. But the heartless beasts who populate Wall Street venture capital firms don’t worry about the blood and tears they leave in their wake.


“I think there’s a real difference between people who believe in the free market and people who go around, take financial advantage, loot companies, leave behind broken families, broken towns, people on unemployment,” the former speaker continued. Not much difference. Still, this is a serious slap-the-forehead moment. He isn’t the only Republican candidate attacking capitalism’s sacred right to loot and pillage. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who makes his predecessor George W. Bush look like Adlai Stevenson, calls buyout specialists like Romney “vultures” who “swoop in … eat the carcass, and … leave the skeleton” of companies they target. “Gov. Romney enjoys firing people—I enjoy creating jobs,” added Jon Huntsman. These are Republicans? What’s up? Times are changin’. According to polls, communism is more popular than Congress. So why isn’t the party of the left jumping on the Wall Street-bashing bandwagon? Throughout the 2008 campaign and his presidency, President Barack Obama has reassured the 1 percent that he’ll look out for its bank accounts. Meanwhile, revolution looms. Why don’t the Democrats see it? It comes down to a simple explanation: Everything has changed but not the Democrats. They’ve always been slower than the GOP to recognize the shifting winds of American politics. Both the Dems and the Reps will be left behind. In the meantime, watch the dying Republicans make the most of an agenda that ought to belong to the dying Democrats: bashing the rich and greedy.

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HOLES IN THE NET A group of citizens is posting videos on Facebook, YouTube and its own website.

BOISE COP WATCH BEGINS POSTING VIDEOS OF POLICE BEHAVIOR Fewer major crimes have been reported to Boise Police in the past year. Additionally, fewer complaints regarding police behavior have been logged by the City of Boise community ombudsman. Yet a group of citizens has decided now is as good a time as any to begin what they call Boise Cop Watch. “I’m not looking to confront anybody. I don’t hate the police,” Cop Watch organizer Peter Rimkus told Citydesk. “I just think sometimes when we interact, police can become very intimidating and become a problem with their attitudes. I don’t think anybody holds them accountable for that.” Rimkus, originally from Chicago, has lived in Boise for seven years. He said he appreciates that his project, which will include posting videos of police action on YouTube and the group’s website, carries some risk. “Absolutely, a lot of people thought we were crazy, saying the cops were going to harass the crap out of us,” Rimkus said. “That statement in itself is why we have to do this.” Rimkus and three others spent six hours on Jan. 14 walking through Boise’s downtown with cameras in hand. “But we didn’t see much,” he said. “I’m curious if it was because of the new smoking ban or that it was too cold, or both.” Pierce Murphy, Boise’s police ombudsman since 1999, said he has no problem with the Cop Watch. “[Rimkus] not only has a right but an interest in monitoring the police,” Murphy told Citydesk. “As long as it’s done in a way that is lawful and safe, why not?” But Murphy cautioned anyone from thinking that a video was definitive proof of bad behavior. “It’s a helpful tool, but video is twodimensional,” said Murphy. “It’s subject to editing and perspective. “I would urge anyone who thinks an officer has acted inappropriately to call my office, so that we could, with the authority and access that my office has, investigate beyond the two dimensions and look at the entire incident.” In the meantime, Rimkus was preparing to post videos showing good or bad behavior on the group’s Facebook page, YouTube and its new website: —George Prentice

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Idaho’s AIDS drug assistance program is a waiting list for a lifeline but only if patients qualify TAYLOR CRAIG NEWBOLD Marcus, a native of Pocatello and part-time college student, sat quietly with a large folder full of papers stacked in front of him. He is HIV-positive, something his friends and family don’t know and the reason Marcus asked that his real name not be disclosed. Freckle-faced with short, wiry hair, he opened his brown, leathery folder, revealing a veritable library of test results, medical bills, letters and invoices, all pertaining to his disease. “I call it my ‘Life Folder,’” he said. The virus has become so engrossing, so A.L.P.H.A. founder Duane Quintana said that with a constant stream of new cases of HIV nationwide omnipresent that Marcus said it “takes over.” “pharmaceuticals have no incentive to change their prices.” Where one would think that any folder labeled “life” would consist of pictures of family and aid or Medicare, and his income exceeds the According to the Kaiser Family Foundafriends, or letters of love and achievement, 150-200 percent federal poverty guideline. He tion, Idaho has nine people on its waiting list Marcus’ is full of medical bureaucracy. said he has been charging previously unused to receive subsidized antiretroviral medicine. HIV-positive since 2007, Marcus qualified credit cards, eating up available credit and It is one of only 12 states with a waiting list, for Idaho’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program though its nine-person list is nothing compared getting short-term, high-interest loans to pay because of his limited income. Laid off as a for his pills. The stigma of his disease makes retail sales manager, he received unemployment to Georgia with 1,287, Florida with 3,193 or him reticent to disclose it to his family and ask benefits and was able to work with a case man- Virginia with 1,103. Every state has an ADAP program federally for help. He makes too much to stay on ADAP ager to help him through the process of receivor other social programs but doesn’t make funded by the Ryan White Care Act, most ing treatment for his HIV, understanding the enough to pay for his treatment without incurrecently renewed by Congress in 2009. The progress the virus had made in his body, while ring massive debt. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare considering the limits of treatment options. “I feel I’m poor, but not poor enough by refers to Idaho’s ADAP program as the Idaho “It was a lifesaving process, you know. I their standards,” said Marcus. HIV State Prescription Assistance Program had someone to support me and was able to Even if he were a full-time student with or SPAP. Qualifications include eligibility for have meds to keep me alive,” he said. Medicare and enrollment in the Medicare Part health benefits offered by his university, the As soon as the pills were available, Marcus annual prescription coverage limit would be started his antiretroviral treatment. As a result, D Prescription Drug Plan. An individual must also make between 151 percent to 200 percent reached too quickly to provide adequate treathis viral load (a quantitative measure of the ment. Visible concern washed over Marcus’ of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify, meanvirus in a sample of blood) decreased, and his face as he described his current situation. His ing a single person must make CD4 count (an indicator of the eyes narrowed and his voice lowered. between $16,335 and $21,780 vitality of the body’s immune “I’m tempted to go off my meds and see a year. That figure is a distance system) increased significantly Learn more from the what happens,” he said. “But I know what off from the $13,920, before to levels tantamount to that National Alliance of State that means.” taxes, a single person making of a normal immune system. and Territorial AIDS Directors Boise-based Allies Linked for the Prevenminimum wage in Idaho would at However, when Marcus went tion of HIV and AIDS recently moved into a take in annually. off unemployment benefits after new downtown office. Founder and Executive According to Bebe Thomptaking a new full-time job in son, Ryan White Part B / ADAP Director Duane Quintana gave BW a quick Boise, he no longer qualified for tour as he navigated stacks of boxes, used coordinator for Health and Welfare, a person ADAP enrollment based on his new income. “It was great to get a good job, but not at making less must not qualify for either Medic- furniture, and other miscellany—a collection of organized chaos. Quintana, who himself was, aid or Medicare to then be enrolled in ADAP, the expense of losing my [ADAP] benefits,” up until recently, on the Idaho ADAP waiting adding “most adults are not currently eligible he said. list, sat stoically at his desk as he spoke of the Marcus’ new job, while providing a greater for Medicaid, unless they have a disability or frustrations surrounding the state program. income to pay for the essentials, does not offer are low-income and elderly.” While most individuals who are or have Individuals whose incomes are between 0 medical insurance coverage for prescriptions. been wait-listed may be more concerned about and 150 percent of the federal poverty guideWith no coverage, he is forced to pay for his accessing ARVs, Quintana’s major lines may qualify for low-income subsidies to continued HIV treatment at a price of about contention is with pharmaceutical comassist with Medicare Part D plan premiums, $1,100 a month. panies’ drug pricing. With a constant deductibles and co-pays. “I don’t know how many people have that 9 stream of new cases of HIV nationwide, But Marcus does not qualify for Medickind of disposable income. I don’t,” he said. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

UNDA THE ROTUNDA NEWS “pharmaceuticals have no incentive to change their prices,” Quintana said. Because the U.S. patents on these drugs are still held by their drug makers (with some patents being renewed and thereby extended), the possibility of cheaper generic versions does not currently exist in the United States. A pressing issue, said Quintana, are individuals whose incomes are too high to qualify for ADAP but also not high enough to make medications affordable and not take too much of their discretionary income. “These individuals pay too much out of pocket,” said Quintana. “The expense to keep their HIV in check becomes unnecessarily prohibitive.” Thompson concurred. “Many [ARVs] are expensive.” Ultimately, it’s a sad bit of irony that it may be good to be on the ADAP waiting list because it means the person qualifies for ADAP coverage. While on the list, they may qualify for a “patient assistance” program through a specific pharmaceutical company offering discounted or free medication. For ADAP, unless new funding comes from Ryan White Care Act funds or from the state (both unlikely scenarios), an opening is created when a person is disqualified from ADAP coverage, such as in Marcus’ case, or when a person dies. 8

Should the Affordable Care Act, pejoratively referred to as “Obamacare,” be fully implemented, Thompson said that she believes the act will reduce the enrollment of Idaho’s ADAP rolls by as much as 75 percent due to the expansion of Medicaid coverage to adults receiving incomes up to 133 percent of the poverty rate, an elimination of lifetime caps on coverage and removing private insurance exclusions for pre-existing conditions. Thompson also stated it is difficult to determine what the impacts of any employer mandate to provide private health insurance would have on Idaho’s ADAP enrollment. The ACA will ultimately be tested by the U.S. Supreme Court in March, when it considers the new law’s constitutional muster. Though he’s working on his associate’s degree in science, Marcus said he wants to eventually go into nursing. “Perhaps even a double major in poli sci as well,” he said with a sly grin. Marcus said he would consider himself lucky just to be wait-listed for ADAP. “Even if I had to wait to receive my medicine, I’d rather do that than just wait for my economic situation to improve so I can pay for it. You don’t stay on the list forever.” Disclosure: The reporter on this story is a former board member of A.L.P.H.A.

CIGAR SHOPS, THEN AND NOW One allows smoking, another had to stop ANDREW CRISP Pushing through a wooden, glass-paneled door at Hannifin’s Cigar Shop at the corner of Boise’s Main and 11th streets, customers’ shoes clomp across the original wooden floorboards. An ancient-looking skylight is the sole source of illumination in the back of the shop. The entire experience feels like traveling back in time. That is, until you see a brightly colored lottery machine or large coolers filled with sodas. Once bathed in a cloud of cigarette smoke, Hannifin’s is now one of the many Boise locations forced to extinguish its butts. The new city ordinances, effective Jan. 2, outlaw smoking in any business with employees. “If I hire somebody that doesn’t smoke, that’s my problem,” said Stan Minder, the owner. “But it’s like me being a stripper and saying I don’t wanna take my clothes off.” He now tells patrons to put out their cigarettes in an ashtray as they walk in. Minder said he’s not happy about the smoking ban. According to the new rules, he can allow smoking, but only if he turns his business into a strictly tobacco shop. Shops with tobacco sales representing 95 percent of the business’ revenue can allow smoking indoors. “They’re telling me I’d have to remove all the lottery and soft drinks,” said Minder, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

adding that they made up a big portion of his business. “This smoking ban sucks.” Sturman’s Smoke Shop, a block northeast of Hannifin’s, fits into the tobacconist category. The store doesn’t sell candy, soft drinks or lottery tickets. It has occupied its innocuous location near Trip Taylor Bookseller for 18 years. A climate-controlled room filled with thousands of cigars clearly delineates Sturman’s from Hannifin’s—that, and a pungent aroma of cigar smoke that fills the air. “It’s hard to tell what it will do to business,” said Ryan Sturman, who owns the shop with his father. “It just went into effect.” This time of year, after the spending spree of the holidays, is a slow time for the cigar business. For now, Sturman is nervous about the effect the smoking ban will have on his business. “Leku Ona used to resell our cigars in their bar,” said Sturman. “Since the smoking ban, nobody is puffing in the Basque bar any longer.” Sturman estimated that his shop lost $30,000 a year in revenue when the City of Boise instituted an ordinance restricting smoking in public restaurants. Boise eateries that previously had stocked cigars to pair with meals immediately stopped.

STATEHOUSE VETERAN: ETHICS ARE ALSO VOTERS’ RESPONSIBILITY Demagoguing ethics is an oxymoron— doing it at the Statehouse is head-spinning. Welcome to the 2012 Idaho Legislature. Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant set the pace of the 2012 session, deriding what he called a “culture of corruption and cronyism” tolerated by GOP leaders. Grant pointed to Republicans Rep. Phil Hart and Sen. John McGee as prime examples—Hart with his alleged tax dodging and McGee with his now infamous Father’s Day 2011 drunk-driving incident coupled with his pocketing extra per-diem cash while spending the night at his parents’ Boise home. Republican House Speaker Lawerence Denney fired back, saying “incendiary language crafted by the Democrats, like ‘culture of corruption,’ will make it difficult for the two sides to work together.” But Denney did some finger-pointing of his own, citing Democratic Rep. Sue Chew using a legislative email account to drum up opposition to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s education reforms. Both parties expressed interest in the creation of an independent ethics panel. But a perspective on ethics from former Republican Sen. Joe Stegner may be the simplest, yet most conclusive—the ultimate arbiter is the Idaho voter. “I have a pretty strong confidence that people get the government that they deserve,” said Stegner, who recently began his new post as the University of Idaho’s Boise-based lobbyist. “Does that mean that the citizenry does a good job of monitoring? No. But if you don’t like what’s going on, you better start paying closer attention.” Stegner, a seven-term senator, puts the onus of cleaning house primarily on voters, especially in Kootenai County, who continue to send Republican Rep. Phil Hart back to the Statehouse in spite of his much-publicized charges of tax-dodging. “I think it looks very, very damaging for him as a credible legislator,” said Stegner. “Ultimately, though, the proof is in whether the people in his district find him to be an adequate representative. Unfortunately, they do.” In 2010, Hart found little-to-no opposition on the ballot as he cruised to a fourth term. Read a full interview “What does with Stegner in the that tell you about Jan. 25 edition of that district? I Boise Weekly. know there are plenty of people up there that find him to be an embarrassment,” said Stegner. “But it’s not my job to judge him. It’s their job to judge him. If we’re going to complain about that, then we’re going to end up complaining about the very substance of representative government.” —George Prentice





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JOANNA MACY Anti-nuclear activist is ‘just a sucker for courage’ GEORGE PRENTICE

Tell me about your parents. My father was an investment banker, not a very successful one, I’m afraid. We lived in a series of New York City apartments that grew ever smaller. I grew up in Midtown Manhattan, but spent the summers of my youth at my grandfather’s farm along the Erie Canal in a town called Albion. What were your dreams when you were a young girl? I wanted to be an artist and raise horses. My best friend was an old horse on my grandfather’s farm. His name was Spotty. What do you remember about Spotty? He was a retired circus horse. He was

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white but had big reddish-brown spots and a black tail. He would have looked a bit comical except for his great dignity. And he was big—15-hands tall. And he had very good teeth. That’s what really counts in a horse. I guess in people, too. What did you want to study when you went off to college? I studied biblical history at Wellesley College. It was right after the Second World War, when we had big existential questions, like “What makes people try to annihilate one another?” and “What breeds obedience to rules that you don’t really believe in?” But decades later, we’re still asking why we continue to drop bombs. In my 30s, I began wandering through Buddhist teachings and they make a lot of sense of why we do such unskillful, stupid, evil things. It’s fear, lust for power, greed and ignorance, and they all abet each other. So, in a world of fear, lust and power, where do you see hope? I see hope in an actual readiness to open our eyes, minds and hearts. Do you see hope in younger generations? Oh, yes. You can see some of their gutsiness and creativity in the Occupy movement. What do your instincts tell you about the Occupiers? They are quite significant. They’re really looking at the root problem of economic inequality in our society. It’s quite unhealthy, spiritually and materially. No nation can last long when there is such a staggering gap. It’s a form of disease.


Joanna Macy remembers Aug. 6, 1945, vividly. She was 16 years old, spending the summer at her grandfather’s farm in upstate New York. “I walked into the kitchen of the farmhouse and there was this very serious voice on the radio. He said we had dropped some new kind of bomb on a place called Hiroshima. I found even then, in the tone of the announcer’s voice, that we would be living with this for the rest of our lives.” Macy is a legend in the anti-nuclear movement. The author of eight books and international champion for peace, justice and environmentalism, the 82-year-old activist will visit Boise on Thursday, Jan. 19-Sunday, Jan. 22, as a guest of the Snake River Alliance. Macy will participate in book signings, a lecture and a two-day workshop entitled In League with the Future: Containing the Poison Fire at the Basque Center. Prior to her trip, Macy spoke to BW from her home in Berkeley, Calif.

As you know, the Snake River Alliance has been fighting quite a strong battle against Areva, the French nuclear company that, up until recently, was moving quickly toward building a uranium enrichment plant in Eastern Idaho. What would you say to those Idahoans who support such an endeavor? Do you and your family and your family’s future generations want to eat food grown from soil or drink from an aquifer that is irradiated from enriched uranium? It lasts forever. The half-life of enriched uranium is 4.5 billion years. It’s almost mythic. How concerned are you that the current president has embraced the nuclear industry? I’m disgusted. It’s willful ignorance. Of course, he’s from Illinois, the state that has the most nuclear reactors, and the nuclear industry has very deep pockets. For someone who is 82, you sound and appear quite youthful. When you have a cause, and I have a lot of them, it brings me into contact with marvelous people. People who face up to nuclear power and nuclear weapons production are some of the liveliest, soulful, energetic, funny and obstinate people I know. I love being around them. I’m a just a sucker for courage.



Songs and chants define the daily rituals at the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center’s Therapeutic Community.


he game” plays out like a ping pong of charges bouncing from one inmate to another. The women sit facing each other in a circle, and in polite attack, the accusations begin. “I’m pulling you up for breaking a verbal commitment,” one inmate said. “If it seems little to you, it might be big to others. ... A slip-up could be a sign of relapse,” another chimes in. “I agree, it’s a serious matter,” one added. The charges flew as the accused sat in silence. Then the group fell quiet and the condemned spoke: “Thanks, I’ll get on top of that,” she said. The charges, the allegations, the words of blame are spoken daily and, for the most part, remain private matters, kept within the walls of the community, unheard by the world that lives beyond the rolling sage-covered hills that buffer the accused and the accusers from freedom. The community resides beside a vacant stretch of road that connects a vast desert landscape to the barbed-wire-encased Idaho Maximum Security Prison south of Boise. In the shadows of guard towers and an imposing fence sits a more diminutive building. Out of context, it could pass for a modern church or school. Women mill about the grounds, doing yard work, carrying out chores, passing in and out of the building’s doors unbridled


by security gates, fences and the fixtures of imprisonment. Sans the drab beige uniforms, the women could pass as cooperative members of a collective—a commune perhaps, or given their quiet rhythm of work and study, a religious community. Communal living, cooperation, communication and contemplation define this community. Although housed as a part of the Idaho Department of Correction prison complex, the facility is set apart physically from the high-security facility it neighbors and philosophically from conventional institutions of reform. They don’t call its surrounding walls a cellblock. They don’t even call it a prison. Gone is the vernacular of crime and punishment, and the trappings of imprisonment remain purposefully absent. This isn’t a prison, it’s a therapeutic community. This isn’t a prison population, it is a “family.” And these are not prisoners, they are “sisters.” Prison officials say therapeutic communities have become the preferred way to reform some inmates suffering from co-existing addictions, mental illness and criminal behaviors. They say the programs that aim to re-socialize inmates through cognitive therapy and peer accountability reduce recidivism rates and transform deviant personalities into functional, productive citizens.

But some former sisters say the program does more harm than good. A lawsuit filed against IDOC by a former inmate alleges the program denies prisoners their constitutional rights and subjects participants to false allegations and unwarranted punishment. Gretchen Cacciaguidi lived in the TC sisterhood for a month. She said she spent her time playing games, learning chants, dressing in costumes and learning the ways and culture of a community she was forced to call her “family.” Her lawsuit challenges the efficacy of the program and charges IDOC with cruel and unusual punishment. “It’s not a family. It’s a cult,” Cacciaguidi said in an interview following her release last fall. “It’s a totalitarian regime.” Inmates who pass through two locked doors and into IDOC’s Therapeutic Community at the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center find some familiarity. The concrete floor and cinderblock walls look customary to the repeat offender. But some things are different. An open floor plan replaces the panoptic design that came to define the modern prison. Conversation and movement replaces quiet confinement. And then there is the color. Inmates don’t enter cells at IDOC’s Therapeutic Community for Women. They enter classrooms, and as they walk into the rooms adorned with dry erase boards and colorful

magic marker drawings scrawled with the words “Define or be Defined” and “Life Isn’t Fair”—a few of the values and rules of their community—they enter into a new model of prison reform. “This program is teaching me how to live,” said inmate Heather Hansen. Before Hansen entered the TC program for women at IDOC’s Boise facility last year, she knew of only one way to live. Addiction ruled her life, leading her to forge checks, steal and violate probation. “Addiction comes before everything—before your kids, your job, your health,” she said. “This program is teaching me how to live my life the way I’ve always wanted but didn’t know how.” Punishment has changed considerably in the last century, notes the late sociologist Michel Foucault in his work Discipline and Punish: the Birth of the Prison. In his evaluation of our assumptions about prison reform in the West, Foucault looks backward, taking readers through the history of punishment: Crimes of passion ended with hard labor and grisly public spectacles of violence; prisoners felt their limbs drawn and quartered; guards threw nearly lifeless bodies on the stake then set blazes. But things have changed. Punishment no longer targets the body through public displays of torture, Foucault noted. The modern prison aims

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For some inmates, like Jennifer Englesby, in IDOC’s therapeutic community, the program has been life-changing. Others have called it cruel and unusual punishment.

to reform by privately targeting the mind. Idaho entered into a new era of prison reform in the late 1990s—one that aimed to reform criminal thinking and behavior using cognitive-behavioral techniques. Therapeutic communities were introduced in the state in 1997 in an effort to give criminals with cooccurring substance addictions the tools they need to change the thoughts and behaviors that lead to criminal activities. The emphasis in TCs went from serving time to changing the mind through what IDOC calls cuttingedge therapies that include support-group programs, relapse-prevention strategies and education. A TC inmate’s prison sentence isn’t confined by cell walls but takes the offender through days of therapy, classes and exercises in problem solving. A TC sentence resembles something between intensive therapy and a busy academic schedule. But not everyone gets a chance to leave a traditional sentence and enter a therapeutic community. Judges recommend TC programs for nonviolent inmates with substance issues that lead to their criminality. Some enter TCs on rider programs. Participation in the community remains voluntary, but completion of the roughly year-long program could yield an early release for the approximate 400 inmates who take part in TC programs across the state. Soon-to-be graduates credit the program with changing their lives, but some inmates say the intensive participation required of TCs and the litany of rules and rituals woven into the programs aren’t for everyone. Boise Weekly caught a glimpse into the guarded world of modern reform with an inside look at the workings of one of Idaho’s therapeutic communities. But the tour didn’t come with full access. Prison officials carefully selected model prisoners for interviews, and most staffers opted to speak off the record. Officials and experts painted a contrary picture of an innovative approach that reduces recidivism by changing the way offenders think and behave. But court records and former inmates paint a picture of a system that still uses torment as the crux of reform. The methods may not scar the body, but they scar the soul, critics say. Idaho’s eight prison-based therapeutic

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communities aim to reform criminal ways of thinking with a model that uses the community as the method. British psychiatrist Thomas Main coined the term “therapeutic community” in 1947 to describe psychiatric treatment methods that allow patients to become active participants in their recovery through democratic, groupbased therapies. The method caught on. Therapeutic communities became standard practice at mental institutions in England by the 1960s. The United States adopted the approach that same decade as a tool in addiction recovery. Also in the 1960s, one of California’s more infamous early therapeutic communities, Synanon, made the news for its cultish tactics, IRS violations and sometimes harsh methods. Criticism waned with the evolution of the model, and by the 1980s, penal systems began embracing the approach as a way to change deviant behaviors through peer accountability. The first IDOC therapeutic program opened its doors in 1997, offering stages of rehabilitation. “Prison has its own culture. It’s a very anti-social culture. Even if a person is not very anti-social, they’re pressured to conform—don’t talk, don’t tell, mind your own business—all of these things that allow criminality to happen,” said Scott Brooks, IDOC program coordinator. Idaho’s TCs segregate offenders from the general prison population during the first phase of the program and induct them into the TC culture. The segregation removes inmates from the deviant subcultures found in the general prison population, Brooks said. “The socialization there just increases the anti-social [behavior],” Brooks said. “It can become physically dangerous to go against the criminal code. You can get beat up. You can get hurt or ridiculed.” Idaho TCs are set aside within an existing facility, often as its own tier or unit. The nineto 12-month program targets an offender’s parole date and offers a minimum of one year of after-care. Researchers note that such programs can yield good results in male prison populations, but research on the application to female populations remains limited. Idaho Department WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY GLOSSARY A vocabulary flutters around the walls of the community, echoing like a foreign language in the ears of freshman inmates. The “nutties,” “flags” and “Band-Aids” that remind the “littles” of the rules and regulations of their new community become less confusing under the wings of an “elder,” who steps in as an agent of socialization for her little sisters. The elders serve as guides for the littles and help the newcomers understand some of the rituals, games and vocabulary of their new “homes.” Here’s a look at what a day in the TC might sound like. ACT AS IF—Despite resistance, perceptions, or feelings to the contrary, engage in the expected behavior and consistently maintain the attitudes and values of the community. Women spend much of their day in classrooms. Most of the younger offenders don’t have their GED or high-school diploma. The Therapeutic Community gives these women the chance to earn their GED.

of Correction officials say the outcomes of TCs remain promising, boasting lower-thanaverage recidivism rates: 14 percent of 2008 female TC graduates and 42 percent of male graduates relapsed and were back in prison after three years, according to IDOC data. Department of Justice figures put national recidivism rates between 43 and 51 percent during the past two decades. The program works by creating a sense of community, Brooks said. But the community must first bind with the glue we call culture. Culture permeates every aspect of therapeutic communities: values, morals, rules, beliefs, rituals and communication. Walk past the locked doors of IDOC’s therapeutic community and you’ll see, hear and read the signs of a unique culture. A different language ties one prisoner to another. Throughout the day, you’ll hear inmates greet each other as “sisters,” as they offer “pull-ups,” “flag” one another and hand out “learning experiences,” for “fake nutties,” “dropping lugs,” and “dope-friending.” “This creates a very tight bond because with it comes their own language,” Brooks said of the TCs own vocabulary. And then there are the rules, complete with a 19-page guidebook filled with missions, rules and guidelines that include principles such as “Live and Let Live,” and “Secrets Keep Us Sick.” A marker-colored poster reminds inmates how they came into this community: “Whenever you disagree with the program … remember that your best thinking resulted in your current predicament.” Rules take the form of five dozen written values that include concepts such as family, spirituality, order and compassion. These values form the foundation of 45 principles that aim to reshape inmates’ thinking and behavior. They are reminded of these principles throughout the day by fellow inmates who call each other out when they deviate from principles such as “Do what’s right, even when no one is looking” and “Surrender to win.” The principles appear in chants, colorful drawings that adorn the prison’s walls and in the repercussions, or “learning lessons,” inmates must perform if they violate a rule of the community. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

“When you go into a TC, there’s written and unwritten rules,” Brooks said. “The unwritten rules we call concepts. And it’s like the ‘I am my brother’s keeper.’ You want to follow that concept. The rules that are attached to that are not necessarily written down—like being polite or making sure that my brother who is in the program doesn’t get into trouble.” While language, rules and values aim to tie one sister with another, rituals aim to bind the entire community. “It’s very ritualistic,” Brooks said. “Because when you identify rituals, the community comes together much more quickly.” Therapeutic communities offer 24 hours of structure for inmates who were largely socialized in an unstructured world. The day begins at 4:30 a.m. and follows a schedule laced with classes, chants, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and ample doses of ritual. They call one daily ritual “The Game.”

THE GAME “Thanks, I’ll get on top of that,” an inmate said during a second round of “the game.” She uttered the words spoken again and again by inmates accused by their peers for a range of offenses: going to someone’s defense, possessing property gifted by another inmate, failing to exercise, and according to at least one former prisoner, praying. The inmate swallowed the charges, acknowledged the blame and followed her script. She thanked her peers for the “pull-up,” promised to “get on top of that,” then accepted the staff-determined punishment: a 250-word essay on the benefits of keeping commitments. And the game continued. “I’m pulling you up for lying and verbal outbursts.” “I’m telling you this because you are an amazing woman. But sometimes we need to take a close look at our behavior,” a peer chimed in. “Thanks. I’ll get on top of that.” The punishment: 500 words on righteous honesty. And the game went on. “I’m pulling you up because of cross communication.” “Thanks. I’ll get on top of that.” “I’m pulling you up for lying and possessing a photo of another inmate.” “Thanks, I’ll get on top of that.”

BAND-AIDING—Also known as rescuing. To come to someone’s aid in a group, therefore depriving them of the opportunity to see the reality of what they are being confronted with. BLIND-EYING—Allowing (or going along) in silence about any negative attitudes or behavior that do not comply with the rules, regulations and philosophy of the family. CARDINAL RULES—Laws of the community. An infraction may warrant an expulsion from the program. CLIQUES—Grouping with one set of individuals to where others do not get the same attention or treatment. DROPPING A LUG—Making indirect comments about someone, dropping hints with bits and pieces of what you really want to say. ENCOUNTER GROUP—A group in which family members confront each other about negative attitudes, values or behaviors; challenge these and demand change. FAKE NUTTY—Acting as if [sic] in a nutty way. FLAG—A verbal way to address an improper process or rules of an Encounter Group. Staff determines whether flags are valid or invalid. GOING OFF—Eventually “blowing your top” as a result of stuffing feelings rather than dealing with them as they occur. HOUSE—A group of inmates live together as a “family” in units called “houses.” HOUSE MEETING—A meeting in which the house is present for the purpose of making the community aware of situations that affect the community as a whole. LITTLE SISTER—A new member of the family. PULL UP—Verbally make someone aware of their negative behaviors or attitudes. Source: TC Handbook

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Punishments, or “learning experiences,” range from essays to dressing up in costumes to acting out scenarios in front of the entire community. Sometimes, the punishments aim to align with the infraction. A prisoner recently accused of “rescuing” another inmate or aiding a peer in distress was “pulled up” for what staff termed an enabling behavior then offered a learning lesson that included wearing a superhero’s costume for a set period of time. Other learning experiences are purely random. On this day, one inmate performed her punishment at an afternoon meeting before the entire community. She didn’t know what her punishment would look like until she drew a slip from a box. The piece of paper she selected read something like, “Pretend like you see a hot guy and trip in front of him.” The inmate sheepishly walked before her 64 peers who moments earlier recited the Serenity Prayer, sans any reference to God, in drab unison. They followed announcePosters and message boards remind inmates about the rules and regulations they must follow ments and accusations with claps and chants if they want to stay in the program and possibly get an early release. carried out with military precision and the enthusiasm seen in most detention halls. The accused looked again at the paper. For Cacciaguidi, the game wasn’t a pracgenerally tired of the highs of vice created She walked a bit, looked over her shoulder tice in peer accountability but a sort of witch their own games. and fell into a near stumble, catching herself Instead of spending their Saturday nights trial in which criminals play out their petty before her body met the floor. She straightbeefs and conflicts with one another through drunk and wasted, they joined together in ened out only to assume a folded posture as lies, false allegations and humiliation. a circle and began to attack. In groups of she made her way to her chair amid precise “It’s like the secret police,” Cacciaguidi six to eight at a time, they’d face each other rows of prisoners and bowed her head. said of the program. “Basically [inmates] sit and begin the merciless confrontations and One of the first games dished out a round around and spy on each other and tattle on brutal allegations. Players exposed one anof attacks at Synanon. Established in Santa each other. That’s what the ‘pull-up’ system other’s deep-rooted fears, hidden prejudices Monica, Calif., as a therapeutic community is—an indictment.” and personality flaws. The game held only for drug addicts in 1958, Synanon—which Cacciaguidi filed suit against IDOC and its three rules: honesty, nonviolence and no derived its name from sin and anonymous— officials, claiming infringement on her conheading for the door. started to attract self-help enthusiasts seeking stitutional rights and a falsification of prison IDOC security measures ensure the last a self-examined life through peer accountrecords. She said the tactics of the therapeutic two rules stay in place at its therapeutic comability and the truth-seeking methods that program, particularly the game, denied her munities but one lawsuit alleges that the rules came to be known as the Synanon Game. due process and subjected her to cruel and of honesty fall short at Idaho prisons. The game that came to define the Gretchen Cacciaguidi called the therapeutic unusual punishment through humiliation unorthodox practices of the now-defunct and mental harm. And now she says she’s got community home for 35 days then abruptly Synanon holds its theoretical roots in attack left, forgoing her chance at an early parole. a new record to shake—prison documents therapy, a controversial form of psychothat paint her as a less-than-model inmate “I took the long way home,” she said. therapy that aims to reform thanks to the alleged trumped-up charges that The two-time DUI offender through highly confrontaemerged as part of the game. was riding out a five-year sentence tional interaction between a “They’re painting a totally new instituwith one year fixed when she was patient and therapist or memtional history on me,” Cacciaguidi said. “I offered the chance to enter the bers of a group. The method was told that’s it’s an honesty-based program, therapeutic program and shave two subjects the patients to harsh and I couldn’t understand why people were years off of her sentence. She said criticisms, denouncements, being so dishonest.” the courts offered the program as abuse and humiliation by the Cacciaguidi hasn’t received a response to a choice, but in the end, she felt therapist or peers. her claim that alleges cruel and unusual puncompelled to join if she wanted to VIDEO: In a recent game at IDOC’s see more days of freedom. She went ishment and her suit requesting a retraction See the Therapeutic TC, women recovering from Community in action. of the falsified prison record. IDOC officials through a month-long probationabuses, addictions, mental illrefused to comment on the case. ary period in the program when ness and years of self-destrucThe inmates hand-picked by IDOC for inmates are schooled in the ways tive behavior attacked each interview by Boise Weekly described their and culture of the community before they other, one after the other, for gossiping, not experience in the TC as a life-changing path, become active participants in the game and exercising, associating with an unfavorable one wrought with epiphanies, self-reflection other ritualistic forms of peer accountability. inmate and being too cliquish. and insight. But Cacciaguidi said that if Then it came time for her to sit in the “hot A 1990 report from the Institute of all prisoners were free to speak, we’d hear seat,” or play the game as the accused. And Medicine on attack therapy suggests that the a much different story. We’d hear about the first trumped-up charges flew her way, method could yield good results on people forced cultish conformity, humiliation and she said. with a positive self-image. But it warned that psychological suffering. We’d hear about a The accusation: inappropriate communiindividuals subjected to attack therapies aspointless waste of taxpayer money and high cation for what she said was simply praying sessed as patients with a negative self-image recidivism rates. But those stories won’t be out loud. The only words Cacciaguidi was could potentially be harmed by its tactics. told, Cacciaguidi said. allowed to say in her defense: “Thanks, I’ll The sometimes brutal accusations thrown “They’re afraid,” Cacciaguidi said of disget on top of that.” The learning experience: from player to player of the Synanon game senting inmates. “They don’t want to speak wearing elf ears before the community. drew a host of critics. But the game nonetheup because they want to be paroled. They Where the accusation came from was just less spread beyond the walls of Synanon want to go home to their kids and family.” as unsettling as the false allegations, Cacand found its way into the living rooms of Several inmates have filed complaints ciaguidi said. The woman calling the charges addicts looking for self-help through a peeragainst IDOC’s therapeutic community with was the same woman Cacciaguidi had just help prescription for addiction. Thousands the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. refused to share her hair conditioner with. of alcoholics, dope fiends, junkies and those

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Days are long in IDOC’s TC program but women are still afforded the opportunity to relax on their bunks. They’re allowed some personal items but possessions are highly restricted. One inmate was recently punished for having a picture of another inmate in her locker.

But ACLU counsel Lea Cooper said there’s little they can do on a prisoner’s behalf. Cooper said that if prisoners were forced into the therapeutic program, they would have a claim on constitutional infringement for cruel and unusual punishment. But since the program is a requirement for parole and therefore not mandatory, it’s technically voluntary. “This is how they get away with it not being a constitutional issue, which is why we can’t get involved,” Cooper said. “We’re really frustrated telling all of these women, ‘Gosh, this sounds really gruesome, but there’s nothing we can do.’” Cooper said that the shame-based group therapy works off of the philosophy that rehabilitation begins with breaking an individual down, so that the group can then build them up. “I don’t get the point. I would want to know as a taxpayer why we’re paying people to get dressed up like Donald Duck and be shamed.” Today, the program looks a little different than the community Cacciaguidi knew. Participants play the game a little bit differently and officials retired the 2007 version of the contested “hot seat.” A kind of due process replaced the “encounters” that left prisoners exposed to allegations, criticisms and accusations without defense or recourse. Now a denial, argument or explanation can precede the customary, “Thanks. I’ll get on top of that.” Dr. George de Leon, a New York University psychologist and therapeutic communities expert, said that the evolution of therapeutic communities produced some critiques—both real and imagined—mostly for the harsh treatment at early facilities. But he said that those critiques have mostly disappeared, and today’s research describes an approach that uses the community to reduce recidivism and aid in addiction recovery. “The research shows that the prison-based communities do very well with these clients,” de Leon said. “Individuals who do best are those considered to have the most serious addictions as well as lifestyle issues that could be moral and value based.” But even the model prisoners IDOC WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

officials selected for interview said that the therapeutic program isn’t for everyone. Kristina Hand of Boise used to steal cars and bikes to get high on meth. Now she’s a part of the therapeutic community sisterhood. Hand is riding out her third attempt in four years to complete the program as a requirement for parole. She said she just wasn’t ready the first or second time around to confront her destructive thinking and behaviors. But things have changed since she walked into the sisterhood for a third time. “It’s changed enormously in those years. It used to be way strict,” she said. The game has changed a lot, too, she said. “You used to not get the chance to say, ‘I didn’t do it.’ Now you can respond.” And just as the therapeutic community in the southern desert of Boise has evolved, Hand has evolved, too. The program changed her mind, her way of thinking, her way of dealing with the world, she said. “It’s made me realize a lot of things—like I can’t get what I want when I want it. ... I learned respect and accountability—respect for others as well as myself,” Hand said. A wall of letters greets the sisters as they take their seats at an evening meeting. The emails and the notes written in pink cursive address the inmates with, “Dear Family” and “Hey Sisters!” The authors write of their lives after the TC. Some graduates are looking for jobs. One lives with family. They all have the same message: Keep your chin up, things will get better, you can do anything. And I miss you. Jennifer Englesby walked past the wall one last time. Five days before Christmas, she left the community and entered a Boise halfway house. Her Christmas came with dreams, bigger than the ones she had as an addict. She sees life as a student at the College of Western Idaho in her future. She wants to focus on building a relationship with her 12-year-old daughter. She forged tight ties with some of her TC sisters—bonds she says she’ll miss. But Englesby said she’s ready to do things right this time. And she doesn’t plan to come back. “The program is powerful,” she said. “It gave me a foundation for life.”

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FRIDAY JAN. 20 art The Red Light Variety Show revives the vaudeville tradition at VAC.

FRIDAY JAN. 20 burlesque VAVAVAVAUDEVILLE Before television killed the theater star, those hungry for entertainment used to pack into theaters for programs featuring a wide variety of acts—everything from juggling to comedy to musical cowmilking. It was called vaudeville, and it ruled the gilded age of theater from the mid-1800s until the proliferation of television. Vaudeville’s rolling, anarchic format launched more talent than Helen of Troy’s face launched ships—everyone from Buster Keaton and The Marx Brothers to Judy Garland and Sammy Davis Jr. got their start there before moving onto the silver screen. If The Gong Show traced back its genealogy, it would find vaudeville clinging to a branch of its family tree. Though in many ways, vaudeville was an attempt to class-up the variety show and move it away from the bawdy hedonism of burlesque that had dominated variety shows for decades, local burlesque troupe The Red Light Variety Show is undeterred. It’s coming for your musical cow-milking acts, and it’s coming on strong with its new show: VaVaVaVaudeville. In addition to the hula-hooping, belly-dancing, acrobatics and sexy-dancing audiences normally get, there will be a live accompaniment from Pengilly’s regulars The Frim 4 Four and dance per formances from Off Center Dance, all of it evoking the old-timey atmosphere of vaudeville. The show will be hosted by comic talents Joe Golden and Tom Willmorth—better known as The Fool Squad—who have been entertaining Boise audiences since 1993 with their fare share of bawdy hedonism. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, $15 adv., $20 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

SATURDAY JAN. 21 music DARK PSYENCE For the past two years, record label and promotion company Dark Psyence has busily worked to bring Boise the most happen-

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ing electronic dance parties. To celebrate two years of hard-hitting, four-to-the-floor parties and music production, the Psyence crew is hosting Dark Matter: The Dark Psyence Two Year Anniversary Party. Attendees are expected to wear their sexiest science outfit for this science-themed (and potentially science-addled) extravaganza.

TEXT MESSAGES OPENING The average word-processing program comes with dozens, if not hundreds of available fonts. And as the average person scans past them, trying one or two here or there, they don’t think about them much on average. But fonts are both an image that communicates a static piece of data—the letter or number or symbol—and an interpretation of that data that colors it emotionally. The care and thought that goes into their design, creation and high-level implementation is staggering. The wrong font can turn words against the writer, making them mean something else altogether. Try typing a love letter in comic sans if you need proof. Though we think of written text simply as a means of communicating words, it also communicates aesthetically: Text is art. Text Messages, a new art show in the offices of Boise State Public Radio, seeks to call attention to the artistic qualities of text. Organized by the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, the show will include more than 50 pieces spanning multiple medias, all of them featuring text. The text can be in any language, it can be clear or muddled, it can be numbers or anagrams or collages or symbols, just so long as some form of text is included. The show will open on Friday, Jan. 20, and run through Thursday, April 5. There will be a public reception from 5-8 p.m. on opening night with many of the artists on hand to discuss their work. 5-8 p.m., FREE. Boise State Public Radio offices, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd.,

The DJ lineup features Dylan Rhymes, a DJ from the United Kingdom who excels at the breakbeat and tech house genres. Other notable acts include local beat craftsmen Psyence Lab and Ziggy D. The jams will be blasting from two stages until the wee hours of the morning. Additionally, onsite screen printing will enable attendees to fashion their own T-shirts for the totally reasonable price of $2—just make sure to bring your own plain tee to the event. A limited number of compilation CDs filled with Psyenceaffiliated bands will be handed out as gifts. Tickets are available at 8 p.m., $10 adv., $15 door. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., 208343-4900,

SATURDAYSUNDAY JAN. 21-22 philharmonic OZ WITH THE ORCHESTRA Few of us had the opportunity to see the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz on the big screen the first time around. Many watched the black-and-white set turn technicolor on tiny TVs. But for two nights, Boise Philharmonic will present the beloved classic on the big screen at the Morrison Center, with an added twist. The film’s original score will be replaced by the fluid orchestration of Boise Philharmonic. Judy Garland’s timeless vocals will WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



PROOF SUNGLASSES Minerva Jayne knows how to do it with style.

FRIDAY JAN. 20 pasties and pastries LET THEM EAT CAKE VARIETY SHOW Photoshop for models is a lot like steroids for athletes— both give an unfair advantage and promote unhealthy habits. However, only one of these practices is sanctioned by the law. When images of all-too-per fect, unattainable beauties are broadcast onto our television and Internet screens, it can do damage to the self-esteem of young women tr ying to navigate the social milieu. And that’s where Let Them Eat Cake! comes in. This organization is a local nonprofit that aims to promote a positive body image in all females by encouraging moderation in every aspect of life, and making women aware that they are beautiful even if they don’t resemble the doctored faces on magazine covers. In its mission statement, the organization proclaims, “It’s time to feel comfortable in your own skin, radiate in your own beauty and commit to being healthy.” To promote the organization and raise funds, Let Them Eat Cake! will sponsor a variety show. A slew of drag queens, most notably Minerva Jayne, Miss Bobbi Pins, Lady Bomb Deluxe and Stella Sin, will do their thing. There will be live music and burlesque dancers aplenty, a wine tasting hosted by Totally Random Wines, as well as a raffle, pastry booth and merch table with lots of cool body-affirming swag. Every single piece of the cake (i.e., the proceeds) will go to promoting healthy body images. 8 p.m., donations accepted. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., 208-331-0956, For more info, contact

ring through over the work of Boise musicians. “This is one of the most difficult things I’ll do all year,” said Boise Philharmonic Maestro Robert Franz. The challenge, according to Franz, comes from syncing the orchestra with the movie—following secondby-second cues from the film to create a seamless experience. “I’ve done this once before and it’s extraordinary,” added Franz. From the poison poppies


to the Lollipop Guild’s introduction, each scene will be made more sinister, or more poignant, with the addition of the philharmonic. As of press time, tickets for Saturday evening’s performance are almost sold out, but the Sunday matinee still has a number of seats available. Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., $25.50-$38.50; Sunday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m., $21.50-$61.50. Morrison Center, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-4261609,

Word to the Tim Wise: Don’t miss this MLK keynote address.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY JAN. 23-25 MLK MLK EVENTS AT BOISE STATE This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just a Monday off work. The celebrations will continue long after Boise State’s Day of Greatness, which took place on Jan. 16. On Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., Tim Wise, veteran of hundreds of college campus presentations across the country, will deliver Boise State’s keynote address for the MLK celebrations. The tireless antiracist writer runs the blog, where he champions the message of the Civil Rights Movement. Professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University once called him “one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation.” On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Barnwell Room of the Student Union Building, Idaho’s Black Histor y Museum will lead a presentation titled Jim Crow, Idaho, and the Economics of Racism. The presentation will explore the histor y of blacks in the United States, and the politics and racism that led to their classification as second-class citizens for so many years. Associate histor y professor Dr. Jill Gill and a panel of Idahoans will also offer perspectives on Idaho’s role in black histor y and the economic repercussions of Jim Crow. And on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., you can hear poetry from spoken-word artist Roger Bonair-Agard. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Bonair-Agard moved to the United States in 1987, where he weathered the streets of New York City as an immigrant. Today, Bonair-Agard lives in Chicago, and his poetry has won him the National Poetry Slam twice, as well as other spoken-word competitions. Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union, Jordan Ballroom. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union, Barnwell Room. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Boise State Student Union, Hatch Ballroom. For more information, visit Free parking is available in the Lincoln Garage, using code 20125020.

With each new art gallery opening, CD release and local product launch, holes get plugged in Boise’s creative pool. Instead of flocking to more-metropolitan markets, talented up-and-comers are now making Boise their homebase, drawing national attention to the City of Trees in the process. Want proof? Take Proof Sunglasses, launched in early 2011. Founded by Boisean Brooks Dame, Proof has been getting a lot of national attention—The Huffington Post talked about the company’s humanitarian efforts, Oprah Magazine asked to feature the sunglasses on its glossy pages, and Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr and husband actor Orlando Bloom each asked to be sent a pair. So what’s all the fuss about? The young company fashions its retro frames using only sustainable wood, like bamboo, ebony and lace wood. All Proof lenses are polycarbonate, 100 percent UVA and UVB protected, and there’s even the option of having them polarized. To top it off, Proof donates 10 percent of all its profits to charities, like a nonprofit in India that performs sight-corrective surgeries. In an interview with the gadget blog Kuhvet, Dame repped his Idaho pride. “You may think we are just Joe Schmoe from Idaho and that’s OK. Keep underestimating us; you’re just gassing us up. We love Idaho. The community is supportive. It’s easy to make connections.” —Tara Morgan

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY JAN. 18 Festivals & Events GET LOUDER FOR POWDER—Longtime Bogus Basin supporter and jazz icon Curtis Stigers will host and headline an evening of live music, food, beer and wine with special deals for Bogus season pass holders. There will be $1 beer and $1 Bogus Burgers for 2011-2012 season pass holders. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Basque Block, 601 Grove St., Boise.

Calls to Artists ADD THE WORDS ART CONTEST—Works of visual art on a 3-inch by 3-inch sticky/Post-It note or art in any medium no more than 1-foot by 1-foot in size, reflecting the spirit of the Add the Words campaign may be submitted for display at a juried show on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Bittercreek Alehouse. $300 grand prize for the winner. Entries are due to P.O. Box 2661, Boise, ID, 83701 by Tuesday, Jan. 24, or may be delivered to the Hoff Building, Ste. 402 on Monday, Jan. 23, or Tuesday, Jan. 24. 8:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. Hoff Building, 802 W. Bannock St., Boise. BOISE WEEKLY COVER AUCTION GRANT—Each year, Boise Weekly hosts its annual Cover Art Auction, when we sell off a

year’s worth of cover art from local artists. For the last decade we’ve been giving away the proceeds of our annual auction to arts organizations and individual artists. In memory of two regular BW cover artists, two $1,000 grants will be awarded to individual artists. At least will be awarded the PJ Dean Grant and at least one will be awarded the Surel Mitchell Grant. The remaining funds will be awarded to arts organizations. To apply, submit a proposal answering a series of questions, which can be found at Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. For more information, please contact Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055 or Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055,

Sports & Fitness INTRO TO ARGENTINE TANGO—Boise Parks and Recreation and the Boise Tango Society present this free introductory class to Argentine tango. This class will include instruction on the basic body mechanics, beat and rhythms used by all tango dancers. Open to everyone ages 18 and older. For details, contact Clay Lee at or call 208-6087684. 7:15-8:30 p.m. FREE. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486,

THURSDAY JAN. 19 On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: ROY JOHNSON—Catch funny man Roy Johnson with Heather Turman and local MC Danny Amspacher at this installment of the Liquid Laughs comedy show. Tickets can be purchased at Liquid or Solid, at liquidlaughs. com or by calling 208-941-2459. 7 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, OUT OF ORDER—When Richard Willey, a government junior minister, plans to spend the evening with one of the opposition’s typists, things go disastrously wrong. 7:30 p.m. $12.50, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, UNNECESSARY FARCE—Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. 7:30 p.m. $15. 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-342-2000,

Workshops & Classes SUMMER BULB PLANTING CARE—Instructor Todd McNulty from Van Bloem Gardens will discuss the planting, care and storage of summer bulbs. Call Idaho Botanical Garden to register. 6:30 p.m. $10 IBG member, $15 nonmember. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649,

Talks & Lectures PRICELESS: AN EVENING WITH ROBERT WITTMAN—Join this author and founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team for a presentation about art fraud and theft. Dubbed by the London Times as “the most famous art detective in the world,” Wittman was responsible for the recovery of more than $225 million in stolen art and cultural artifacts over the course of his 20-year career. Tickets available at the Boise Art Museum website. See Arts, Page 25. 6:30 p.m. $10 members and students, $15 nonmembers. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330,

FRIDAY JAN. 20 Festivals & Events LET THEM EAT CAKE VARIETY SHOW— Fundraiser for Let Them Eat Cake!, an organization committed to promoting a positive body image for women. The show features burlesque dancers, musicians and a variety of other talent. Also, wine tasting by Totally Random Wines, raffle, pastry booth and a merchandise table. See Picks, Page 17. 8 p.m. Donation at the door. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956,

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8 DAYS OUT On Stage VA VA VAUDEVILLE— The Red Light Variety Show, Fool Squad and Off Center Dance are putting on a classic variety show with all-things vaudeville. Musical guests the Frim Fram 4 will play as well. Tickets available at See Picks, Page 16. 9 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, FOREVER PLAID—Following a fatal car crash, four young male singers are given the chance they’ve always longed for—posthumously. Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the Plaids will have you rolling in the aisles when you’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the ’50s. Dinner catered by Brick 29 Bistro. Tickets available at or by calling 208-468-2385. 7:30 p.m. $25, $35 dinner and show. Masonic Event Center, 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-442-9200, LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: ROY JOHNSON—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

OUT OF ORDER—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—While others attempt to find Elizabeth a husband among unsuitable suitors, she remains independent until she meets Mr. Darcy. Can there be a happy ending in the midst of pride and prejudice? Dinner-show tickets available online at kedproductions. org. Show-only tickets can be purchased online or at the door. 6:15 p.m. $39 dinner and show, $20 show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, UNNECESSARY FARCE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 5012 Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

Food & Drink PROHIBITION DAY SPEAKEASY PARTY—Dress in your best prohibition-era costume and enjoy beers from 21st Amendment Brewery, as well as food and drink specials all night long. 5 p.m. FREE. Front Door Northwest Pizza and Tap House, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201,



Art 75TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION— Join the Boise Art Museum for the opening reception of Open to Interpretation, BAM’s 75th anniversary exhibition. The event will include performances from Frim Fram 4 and Heirloom Dance Studio. 5:30 p.m. $10 nonmembers, FREE members. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, TEXT MESSAGES OPENING RECEPTION—The latest exhibition from the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance explores text in a variety of ways. More than 50 pieces will be on display through Thursday, April 5. Visit for more info. See Picks, Page 16. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Public Radio offices, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise.

Talks & Lectures INSPIRED EVENING WITH JOANNA MACY—Joanna Macy will share from her experiences as an engaged Buddhist, systems theorist and ecological advocate. She will offer insight regarding the radical uncertainty of our times, speak to the power of interconnectedness and elaborate on nuclear guardianship. With musical guests Josh Bogle and Mary Beth Whitaker. See Citizen, Page 10. 7-9:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731,

Animals & Pets SHAPE UP WITH A DOG—A favorite New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, and walking with a dog is the best way to do it. So Canyon County Animal Shelter is here to help you with reduced adoption fees. Adult dogs $49; adult black dogs $25. All dog adoptions include spay/neuter, vaccinations including rabies, a microchip and 30 days of free veterinary insurance. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920,

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BOISE WATERSHED FAMILY SNOW DAY—Join in a flurry of activities at the Boise WaterShed, followed by a trip to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area for an afternoon of snowshoeing courtesy of Bogus Basin Snow School. Space is limited. Call 208-608-7300 or email for more info. 10 a.m.-noon. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284,

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On Stage VA VA VAUDEVILLE— See Friday. 9 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, FOREVER PLAID—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $25, $35 dinner and show. Masonic Event Center, 320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208442-9200, masoniceventcenter. com. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW-ROY JOHNSON—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, OUT OF ORDER—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 students and seniors. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $39 dinner and show, $20 show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, UNNECESSARY FARCE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-3422000,

Concerts OZ WITH ORCHESTRA—Catch the good and bad witches along with some flying monkeys in this classic Oscar-winning movie accompanied by Maestro Robert Franz and Boise Philharmonic. Judy Garland’s original 1939 studio recordings will be backed by lush, live orchestration. See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $21.50-$61.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.

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DARK MATTER: THE DARK PSYENCE TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY—Dylan Rhymes, Psyence Lab, Ziggy D and plenty of others will craft tech-licious beats for you to groove to on two stages. Wear your sexiest science outfit to this science-themed party. There will be demo gear by DJ Tech Pro for DJs and music lovers to check out. Also, Dark Psyence will have on-site screen printing for $2—bring a shirt and get a special print done. A limited number of compilation CDs will be given out as well. Tickets are available at the Costume Shop, Twenty After Party and brownpapertickets. com. See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900.

Emo Philips + The Billygoats + a recorder + TLC’s “Waterfalls” = Whoa.

KICKIN’ IT This was a week of kick-offs. And, no, we’re not talking about hulking men fiddling with their pigskins. This week brought an onslaught of new launches in the A&E world. Liquid kicked off its Liquid Laughs comedy series with bowl-cut oddball Emo Philips on Jan. 13. BW’s Josh Gross squeezed into the sold-out show for a full hour of Philips’ demented comedic stylings, which included hit bits, like the line about getting in trouble for not opening a car door for a date … instead he just swam for the surface. Gross said of the show: “While it may not have had them ‘rolling in the aisles,’ like his gig the previous week at an epileptics convention, the soldout audience was more than satisfied.” But Philips didn’t stop with the comedy. He joined local Americana act Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats on stage for a recorder solo during a late-night rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls.” The oh-so-awesome video is posted at On the music launch front, Treefort Music Fest threw a sold-out launch bash on Jan. 16, featuring bands Youth Lagoon, Mozam Beaks and Lerk. Reef was packed with Treefort ticket holders and eager festival volunteers who came from as far away as Salt Lake City. Lerk and Mozam cranked out electro jams to a swaying crowd of PBR tallboy holders, and Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers delivered his most polished set performed in Boise to date. The stage was decked out with a large screen, on which mirrored, split-screen videos of fields swaying and flowers blooming formed an oddly yonic backdrop. In other music haps, local music blogger Matt Jones of Audio Milk unveiled a new website last week called Deer Lodge. Jones will work with local filmmaker Tyler T. Williams to create an In The Woods-esque blog featuring documentary-style videos in unusual locales. Though the concept isn’t new, we’re psyched to see how the project plays out in Boise. On the touring front, BW staffer Andrew Crisp watched Idaho natives Nurses bring the noise to Neurolux on Jan. 13. Crisp noted that the Portland, Ore.-based group’s jams were spacey and a bit dulling to the senses, given the volume emanating from the stage. He also suggested that the show “might’ve fared better at a more intimate venue, where listeners could pick out each song’s eccentricities.” Also on Jan. 13, freelancers Whitney Rearick and John Reusser caught the New Age dance spectacle Momix: Botanica at the Morrison Center. Filled with elaborate costumes, puppetry and props, the show featured scampering scarlet chicks, galloping brown centaurs and buzzing insects evocative of Dr. Seuss and Disney’s Fantasia. Rearick snapped a few stunning, mildly erotic photos of the performance, while Reusser mused: “In an age of sterile digital effects, Botanica’s innovative use of the human form was refreshingly old-school.” Unfortunately, he added, the performance was lacking in depth and plot. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP WITH JOANNA MACY—In this powerful community-based workshop, deep ecologist and systems thinker Joanna Macy will facilitate “The Work that Reconnects,” with a special focus on nuclear-waste issues in Idaho and beyond. Join for two days of deeply interactive group work that draws on diverse spiritual traditions, deep ecology and the power of synergy. Some partial scholarships available. Preregistration required at See Citizen, Page 10. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $130. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-331-5097 or 208-3429983,

Green GROWING YOUR OWN GROCERIES—Teresa O’Connor, co-author of Grocery Gardening, will share her favorite fresh foods to grow in the Treasure Valley. She’ll provide tips on growing produce organically and with nature in mind, along with ways to use your bounty in the kitchen. Call Idaho Botanical Garden to register. 10 a.m. $10 IBG member, $15 nonmember. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

Animals & Pets SHAPE UP WITH A DOG—See Friday. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-4555920,



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MLK CELEBRATION WITH ACTIVIST TIM WISE—Boise State’s MLK Living Legacy Celebration presents activist Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist writers, speakers and educators in the United States. In the Jordan Ballroom. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, sub.

MLK CELEBRATION WITH NATIONAL POETRY SLAM CHAMPION—Boise State’s MLK Living Legacy Celebration presents Roger Bonair-Agard, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion. His poems explore the intersection of life in America as an immigrant and life in his native Trinidad. See Picks, Page 17. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, sub.

TUESDAY JAN. 24 Talks & Lectures JIM CROW DISCUSSION—To accompany its January 2012 exhibit on Jim Crow, the Idaho Black History Museum hosts a discussion of racism, both nationally and in Idaho. Featuring Dr. Jill Gill, associate professor of history, followed by a panel discussion with Idahoans who have firsthand experience. See Picks, Page 17. 7 p.m. FREE. Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000.

On Stage GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES—This play about two 8-year-olds and how their relationship endures twists and turns during the following three decades of their lives explores themes of love, friendship, pain and healing. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224,

Talks & Lectures WINTER WEDNESDAYS LUNCH AND LEARN—Learn all about the diverse species of raptors along the Boise River, and where to best view them. Gourmet soup, salad and bread lunch by Open Table Catering. Questions? Call 208-344-2225. 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. $16.50. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225,

SUNDAY JAN. 22 On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: ROY JOHNSON—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

UNNECESSARY FARCE—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $15. 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-342-2000,

Concerts OZ WITH ORCHESTRA—See Saturday. 2 p.m. $21.50-$61.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

Workshops & Classes EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP WITH JOANNA MACY—See Saturday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $130. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-331-5097 or 208-342-9983, basquecenter. com.

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Doom metal trio Yob will shred at The Shredder.

MORE LOCAL RELEASES Treefort Music Fest, the big four-day musical shindig planned for Boise on March 22-25, has launched the beta version of its smartphone app, which is available at The app features schedules, bios and streaming audio for the bands playing at the festival. In other local music news, Atomic Mama will be launching its debut EP, Bodies in the Sun, with a special performance at The Linen Building on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. But Atomic Mama isn’t the only band with a shiny new recording. Local darkwave electro-pop band and hipster dreamboats Shades, who are opening for said radioactive mothers, are set to debut an album as well. Clear Motions, the first full-length recording from Shades, will be released by online label Synthemesc Recordings on Tuesday, Jan. 24. But all things require balance. And that means for all this local musical goodness, there has to be some spectacularly awful stuff to keep it in check. That something is Canadian export Nickelback. The band— which is so bad Detroit Lions fans signed a petition for them not to play the halftime show at the Thanksgiving game—will take the stage at the Idaho Center this summer. Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days are stuck opening (poor bastards). Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m., in case you’re feeling self-flagellatory. If you’d like to see some real rock, swing by The Shredder Friday, Jan. 20, and catch Yob. The Eugene, Ore.-based doom metal trio has long been an underground fave but is finally getting some bigger props. The band is on its way to play a string of dates with Tool and will be stopping by Boise on the way. But if jams are more your jam than doom metal, head over to Liquid on Friday, Jan. 20, and catch Reno, Nev.’s finest Americana export: Buster Blue, which will be hitting the stage once the early evening comedy show wraps up. But hey, maybe you don’t want to go out that night at all. Perhaps you’d prefer to spend the evening at home reading FBI files on dead hip-hop icons. Well, that’s fine, too, because blogger Rich Jones, who makes a hobby of Freedom of Information Act requests, just published the entire 94page FBI file on the one, the only, Ol’ Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan at It includes connections to drugs, murders and arrests for felony possession of body armor. At the end of the post, Jones asks if anyone in the comment section had any requests for other dead stars worth FOIA-ing. We’re betting quite a few bird skeletons turn up in Karen Carpenter’s closet. —Josh Gross

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Hip-hop collective Doomtree has deep roots in the Twin Cities music scene.

THE COLLECTIVE GOOD Doomtree moves forward, while reaching skyward CHRIS PARKER With each artist coming into his or her Though it’s said there’s strength in numbers, if own, it’s no surprise that No Kings bristles your posse doesn’t have game, it doesn’t matwith energy and vitality. The album showcases ter how many of you there are. But that’s not the breadth of collective tastes, though it is a the case for Doomtree, which, with its seven tad schizophrenic sonically—from the clatmembers boasts, enough game to start its own tering minimalist, Daft dance-punk of “Bolt wildlife preserve. Cutter” to soaring, soul-tinged anthems like The Twin Cities crew is essentially led by “Fresh New Trash” and the smoky breakbeat P.O.S., aka Stefon Alexander. He was the first blues of “String Theory.” The record truly to release an album—2003’s Ipecac Neat— reflects the group’s wide influences, since and, for a while, was on esteemed Twin unlike last time, it was written completely Cities indie hip-hop label Rhymesayers. The collaboratively. Doomtree collective has numbered as many “All of us do have different tastes and as 11, and though it took significant time for different styles. In the first years of Doomtree, everyone to get things rolling, its members you’d notice that all of our visual aesthetics couldn’t be hotter. were really similar, and throughout the years, Last year, rapper Sims followed up his we’ve all defined our styles,” Alexander said, acclaimed 2005 debut, Lights Out Paris, with before moving on to explain the process. “All the terrific Bad Time Zoo. The electric Dessa, the producers—myself, Lazerbeak, Cecil—got a female spoken-word artist/soul crooner/ together and discussed the beats. We made the rapper, released her full-length debut, A Badly beats together and then took those beats with Broken Code, in 2010. Rapper-producer Cecil us to a cabin where all the emcees of DoomOtter made waves with fellow producer Swiss tree spent five days working on it together.” Andy when they remixed Fugazi and Wu Tang This new album keenly represents the into Wugazi’s 13 Chambers in 2011. Producer Doomtree collective—from the eclectic Lazerbeak released his debut solo album, approach to the uber-democratic creation Legend Recognize Legend, in fall 2010, and process. On this record, everyone was more created all the beats for Sims’ Bad Time Zoo. Other members Mike Mictlan and Paper Tiger outspoken about their wishes than the first time around. But it appears familiarity has not have also been busy. bred contempt but rather a certain comfortDespite that, the atmosphere around the ability, and, of course, a detailed road map. release of the label’s second collaborative The group has been album, No Kings, isn’t working together for much different than a very long time as its eponymous 2008 Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., $12. musical partners and release. NEUROLUX musical friends, said “It still feels like 111 N. 11th St. Alexander. we’re all trying to make 208-343-0886 “When it came our way,” Alexander time to actually colsaid. “It looks different laborate for the first to fans. It looks differtime, it was surprisent if you’re looking ingly easy. All of us know how to navigate at it from any place but the inside out, from each other just from touring.” where we sit. In order to get put out in the Indeed, the album’s title and approach refirst place, we had to bust our ass and work flects a motto—No King—by which the crew pretty hard, and it still feels that way.”

has abided since its formation, as difficult as that has been. “Not everybody has to agree on everything, but everybody has to at least be sort of into it,” said Alexander. “Before we figured out who was consistent in certain ways and who gives less of a fuck about certain things, everything took a year-and-a-half. ‘I think we’re going to sign with this digital distributor.’ ‘Oh, I don’t know man.’ And that ‘I don’t know man’ would necessitate four months of back and forth.” But that back and forth is also a reflection of how passionate Doomtree members are about what they do and how they do it. The band had a great local model in Rhymesayers, and Alexander would pick label employees’ brains for tips before signing with them. He eventually cut back lest they think he was taking advantage of them to benefit Doomtree. “Pretty much after we got the ball rolling, it was on us to figure out how to keep it rolling straight,” he laughed. While it may have taken a lot of time and effort to get started, Doomtree is certainly not wasting the momentum its members have gathered. Alexander has a P.O.S. album coming out sometime this summer. Dessa and Sims are also working on new records. Lazerbeak has an instrumental album with DJ Plain Ole Bill coming out soon, as well. Clearly, the group’s work ethic hasn’t changed. “Because of the kind of workers we are, because of the kind of thought we put into what we’re doing, and because we all want to have musical lives as long as we can—with or without celebrity—there’s a constant to the work and the time and effort you need to put in,” Alexander said, before dropping some Midwestern advice. “You have to work in the winter—otherwise you’re probably going to drink yourself dead.” That motto fits Alexander and Doomtree to a T: They’re not dead, so they must be working. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE WEDNESDAY JAN. 18 ALLSTAR WEEKEND—With Before You Exit. 6:30 p.m. $14 adv., $16 door. Knitting Factory ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown CALI LOVE TOUR—Featuring Abstract Rude, Shames Worthy, Winstrong, Zoo Effort and DJ Zole. 8 p.m. FREE. Neurolux DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SPENCER BATT—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle

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

JIMMY BIVENS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s



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


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

JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

THE WELL SUITED—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

JOYRIDE—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle

SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian WORK’N ON FIRE—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

THURSDAY JAN. 19 A HOPE NOT FORGOTTEN— With Prestige, Few Words For Comfort, Deatheater, Kleaver and Toilet Babies. 6 p.m. $7. The Venue

LEE PENN SKY—With Matt Harlan. 7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s


LOW FI—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s

ATOMIC MAMA CD RELEASE PARTY—With Shades and Finn Riggins. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $5. Linen Building

REILLY COYOTE—7 p.m. FREE. Bouquet

THE BARE BONES—With Marshall Poole. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

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

BLAZE AND KELLY—7 p.m. FREE. Seasons Bistro

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

BUSTER BLUE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

MARCH FORTH MARCHING BAND—With Diego’s Umbrella and Pimps of Joytime. 8 p.m. $22 advance, $25 door. Egyptian


CAMDEN HUGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

CODI JORDAN—10 p.m. $5. Reef



DAYNE 5150—Featuring Justin Case. 11 p.m. $2. Red Room

PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri La


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


STEVE EATON—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper THEORY OF A DEADMAN—8 p.m. $21 adv., $23 door. Knitting Factory YOB—With Cerberus Rex, Deadlight Effect and Blackcloud. See Noise News, Page 22. 9 p.m. $10. The Shredder 24

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


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ATOMIC MAMA, JAN. 20, LINEN BUILDING After a serendipitous breakout set at a house party kegger, Atomic Mama has blown up in the span of one year. Operating between the spheres of traditional rock ’n’ roll and crystalline electronica, Atomic Mama’s sound is supernatural. It’s rumored that duo Dan Kerr and Jake Warnock were weened in a gypsy camp and left in the wild with Casiotone and Moog synthesizers. The two craft a blues foundation on which to explore the eccentricities of their colorful electronic inclinations. The tracks are sometimes ethereal, sometimes gritty, but always catchy. Atomic Mama will celebrate its new album, Bodies in the Sun, on Friday, Jan. 20, with a CD release bash/dance party. The $5 entry fee gets you a download of the EP four days early, plus the chance to say, “I knew Atomic Mama before Atomic Mama was cool.” —Andrew Crisp With Shades and Finn Riggins. 7 p.m., $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, mama.atomic.

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12 TOUR—With Tulsi, Gnu Deal, Oso, Charles Engels and P-Dirt. 10 p.m. FREE. Red Room COWARDICE—With To The Wind, Die-Nasty and Compromised. 7 p.m. $4. Venue DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

THE WAILERS, JAN. 22, KFCH Take a stroll through any college dorm and chances are you’ll notice some sign of Bob Marley’s lasting presence, whether it’s the sounds of his uplifting reggae tunes or greenred-and-yellow stoner ware. Marley’s famed backing band, The Wailers, have carried the reggae king’s torch since his untimely death in 1981. At the helm of this musical collective is bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Marley’s former right-hand man. The Wailers stick mostly to classic Marley songs like “Get Up, Stand Up,” but also maintain a number of originals. These roots rock/reggae pioneers are accompanied by Jamaican singer Koolant. While Koolant might not have the charisma of Marley, he and his crew of Rastafari reggae stars will undoubtedly provide a night of worry-free entertainment for old heads and newcomers alike. —Stephen Foster With Outernational and Voice of Reason. 8 p.m., $21$46. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212,

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DARK PSYENCE AFTER-PARTY—See Picks, Page 16. 11 p.m. $TBD. The Shredder ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper REVOLT REVOLT—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s


SHON SANDERS—With Amy Weber. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub TAUGE AND FAULKNER—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid TRIPLE SHOT—9 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers



SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

ALL AMERICAN REJECTS—7 p.m. $20. Venue

TRIKATA—With The Associates, Robbed Ether, The Bare Bones and Bukkit. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

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

THE WAILERS U.S. REVOLUTION TOUR 2012—With Outernational and Voice of Reason. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $21-$46. Knitting Factory

RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

RUPTURES—With State Faults, My Iron Lung, Bone Dance and Downsided. 6 p.m. $6. Venue

MONDAY JAN. 23 DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s

DOOMTREE—See Noise, Page 22. 8:15 p.m. $12. Neurolux LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s NATHAN MOODY—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge NORMANDIE WILSON AND THE GOLDEN HOUR—8 p.m. $5. Grainey’s TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

Travis Ward and Hollow Wood. 8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage BRANDON PRITCHETT—9 p.m. FREE. Reef DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s DYLAN SUNDSTROM TRIO—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri La OLD DOGS AND PUPPIES—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri La RICO WEISMAN AND REX MILLER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


THE VANPAEPEGHEM TRIO— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown




STOLEN ART Art crime expert Robert Wittman is on the case ANDREW CRISP On April 1, 1976, two men smashed a window of the Idaho State Historical Museum. “It was only about 8- by 10-[inches],” said Arthur Hart, director emeritus of the Idaho State Historical Society. “One of them must have been awful skinny, because he squeezed through there, and once he got in, he could easily let the other guy in.” The museum lacked a security system. As the lone guard made his way toward the sound Though Rembrandt’s 1630 self-portrait was valued at $36 million, thieves offered to sell it to undercover FBI agent Robert Wittman for only $250,000. of broken glass hitting the tiled floors, he spotted the thieves, who bolted. “They sort of panicked when they ran times these criminals also dabble in homicide While with the FBI, Wittman recovered away,” said Hart.“They dropped one big tray, and drug running, so death is a real risk. more than $200 million worth of stolen art, and it was found outside the museum.” “In Spain, I remember one time, I was working undercover around the globe. From The tray was from a set of silver flatware, showing the bad guys photographs of the a private yacht cruise in Miami with a French emblazoned with the State’s “Esto Perpetua” paintings that were stolen. They recognized seal and the words “U.S.S. Idaho.” The beau- millionaire—complete with bikini-clad undercover FBI agents—to a Santa Fe, N.M., opera- the photos as coming from the FBI stolen-art tiful sterling set came from the U.S.S. Idaho tion that netted a dealer unloading a headdress website,” said Wittman. “When they realized battleship, which was decommissioned after it, they said something like, ‘Hey, you got those that once belonged to Geronimo, Wittman’s World War II, and was valued at $75,000. pictures from the FBI website.’” life is the stuff of movies. In fact, the movie The thieves also made off with a set of silver In came men carrying guns and Wittman’s National Treasure with Nicolas Cage was coins, gifted to the museum by then-Gov. blood ran cold. He tried to play it casual, sayinspired by Wittman’s case involving a stolen Cecil Andrus. ing, “It was the only place I could get all the original copy of the Bill of Rights. The silver was never found. pictures.” The bad guys took the bait. “The really expensive stuff, we tend to get “What we were always worried about is In high-stakes situations like those, he said, back 90 percent of the time,” if they melted it down,” said things go wrong. A SWAT team once rushed a said Wittman. “The really Hart. “Some say they might sting operation in a hotel room with Wittman high-value items, the items like have buried it in the Owyhees.” and the criminals inside. When the key card the Picassos that are worth The heist became sensational jammed, Wittman improvised. But sometimes, millions, are really hard to news and then the stuff of the stress can make you slip up. sell because they’re famous. legend before finally fading out “I was in Santa Fe on the Native American The things that are sold in the of the collective memory. Hart Indian case,” recalled Wittman. “I was signing $100,000s and below, they can and others believe the artifacts the check, from one of the bills from dinner, be sold in antique stores and at are gone for good, melted and I signed my real name. You know what auctions because they’re not as down for the price of silver. happens, you get really comfortable after a well known.” But international arts crime while doing things. It becomes second nature.” Rembrandt’s 1630 self-porexpert Robert Wittman, who Wittman now runs a consulting firm with trait—nabbed from a Swedish will speak at Boise Art Museum his wife and two sons. They sell art, run museum in a heist that later on Thursday, Jan. 19, thinks security for museums and partner with law inspired the movie The Italian otherwise. enforcement to retrieve stolen pieces. He said Job—was valued at $36 mil“I don’t see it being melted the problem with security isn’t the lack of an lion. But the bad guys couldn’t down,” said Wittman, who Indiana Jones-style rolling ball. unload the painting, not for is unfamiliar with the case “I gotta say, in the United States, it’s very even a fraction of the real value. but ventured a guess anyway. Robert Wittman will speak good. The buildings are built with security in Wittman went undercover to “The value of it would be in at Boise Art Museum on help Swedish authorities recover mind. We lead the world in technology when the historical value of the ship, Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets it comes to security,” said Wittman. “But you the piece, which the thieves not from the value of the silver are available for $10-$15 at don’t hear very much about museum heists in offered to sell him for a mere itself. Today, [silver is] $30 an the U.S. When you go over to Europe, it’s very $250,000. ounce, back then it was $3 or hard to secure a 12th century castle with walls “It’s not like a car that you $4 an ounce.” that are 20 feet thick.” Wittman, who helped solidify the arts crime can cut up and sell, and it’s not like gold. It’s The thieves know that. With more museums an individual piece that if you do anything to division during a 20-year career with the FBI, per square mile than the United States, Europe it, decreases its value. There’s a big difference says these cases tend to resurface years later. is a hot-spot for art theft. Just this month, between a Chevrolet and a Monet.” “I’m working a case from 1963, one from a Greek museum was robbed of works by Wittman’s book, Priceless: How I Went 1973 and another from 1996. These are old Picasso and Mondrian. Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen cases, and they never stop because there’s a As for Idaho’s missing silver? Treasures, is full of tales of his undercover whole bunch of new information on the Inter“That stuff never goes away; it’s still operations. But they differ from the movies. net,” said Wittman. Wittman doesn’t go in guns-blazing to kill bad out there,” laughed Wittman, ever the optiIn one of his cases, Wittman recovered a mist. “They oughta call me and see if we can guys, and the bad guys don’t dodge red lasers Civil War-era battle flag believed to have been in the museums to snatch diamonds. But some- find it.” stolen in 1976. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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AN EVERYMAN MASTER SPY Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy GEORGE PRENTICE How is it that our best spies can’t detect the failures of their own love lives? From Bond to Bourne, fictional heroes are swell at stopping evildoers and saving the world, but for the life of them, they can’t save their relationships. And so it is with George Smiley, the unlikeliest of leading men in the fabulous Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Character actor Gary Oldman plays the unlikely leading man George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Tautly underplayed by the underappreciated Gary Oldman, Smiley is a broken man—perwindow down to let the bee fly away. Smiley has no bag of tricks—no disguises sonally and professionally. Following his wife’s When John le Carre wrote Tinker, and or gadgets. But his arsenal does include a affair with a colleague, she walks out on their BBC adapted the bestseller into a seven-hour formidable brain. Rather than dazzle advermarriage. Concurrently, he is dismissed from miniseries in the 1970s, it was less a nostalgic the so-called “Circus” (an inside-joke moniker saries with wit, he simply waits and waits reminiscence and more of a contemporary some more. He lets others make assumptions for Britain’s spy agency). Smiley slinks away consideration of the Cold War, in which U.K. from his life’s profession and into a forgettable, and, ultimately, mistakes. Smiley’s gambits or American agents wrestled with Soviets over are bloodless, but lower middle-class missile codes. What we learned from le Carre’s the stakes are always existence. brilliant series of novels was that Cold War tangible. He’s a decent but TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (R) mental jousting achieved some false sense of An early scene of instantly forgettable Directed by Tomas Alfredson moral relativism—quite heady stuff compared Tinker Tailor Soldier everyman with his Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and to today’s spies, who are anxious to wreck a Spy reveals volumes. rumpled trench coat Tom Hardy car or two and blow up city blocks without The scene, filmed in and Larry King-size Now playing at The Flicks, Edwards 22 mussing their hair. silhouette through eyeglasses. But soon The real mystery in this year’s Tinker is an automobile’s rear enough, it’s discovered window, shows Smiley how Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let that someone very high the Right One In) expertly condensed le sitting in the back seat with two fellow spies up in the spy agency is leaking vital informaCarre’s novel into a cracking 127 minutes. in the front. Suddenly, a bee is found inside tion to the Soviets, and Smiley comes back There isn’t a lost moment in Tinker, so be the car—the two men in the front seat begin in from the London fog to conduct a covert forewarned—don’t leave your seat during the flailing about in fear of being stung. The scene probe, hoping to unearth the mole. But who film. In a movie this cerebral and deliberate, goes on for nearly a minute with Smiley movis to be believed? And, more importantly, is you won’t want to miss a clue. ing nary a muscle. Finally, he simply rolls his Smiley up to the task?

SCREEN/NEWS CHECKING IN WITH REFUGEE CITY Coming attractions whet your movie-going appetite by hinting at films about to hit the big screen. But a select group of Treasure Valley movie fans have gotten a verbal sneak preview of Refugee City—a new short film using Boise as its backdrop—before one frame of the movie has been shot. “I think audiences are looking for something that might be a bit atypical,” said Tracy Sunderland, the film’s author and director. “The feel, tone and subject matter will certainly be unique.” Sunderland, familiar to audiences of Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Boise Contemporary Theater, aspires to spend more of her artistic time behind a camera lens. She has already written and produced two short films, and now she’s ready to helm her third, Refugee City, after spending two years across the pond at the London Film School. “The world is steeped in American culture

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through the movies,” said Sunderland. “But I still feel there are voices that we’re not hearing. Plus, I don’t think the world knows too much of Idaho.” Refugee City tells the story of a recently widowed Boise woman and her acquaintance with a young Iraqi teen. “In between my acting and directing jobs in Boise, I volunteered for several years with the Agency for New Americans,” said Sunderland, referring to her nonprofit work helping to resettle refugees to the Treasure Valley. “That became my inspiration.” For now, Sunderland spends much of her time fundraising. Her lean production budget totals $20,000—and she has raised $8,000 thus far through small, individual donations. Sunderland spends many evenings talking to small gatherings about her newest passion. Additionally, the film has been soliciting donations at Learn about Refugee City at Payette Brewing on Monday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m.

—George Prentice WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Opening THE ARTIST—Jean Dujardin stars in this story about a silent film star who falls in love with a young dancer while facing uncertainty as his genre’s era comes to a close in 1927 Hollywood. (PG-13) Flicks HAYWIRE—MMA/American Gladiators superstar Gina Carano makes her feature film debut in this thriller about espionage and betrayal. Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Angarano co-star. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22

Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein put a bird on it.

PORTLANDIA: THE WHITE SUBCULTURAL EQUIVALENT OF A MINSTREL SHOW Written on a wall at the entrance to the Mississippi District in Portland, Ore., is the line “Welcome to Hipsterville U.S.A.” For those unfamiliar with that particular burgh, it’s more of a spiritual locale than a physical one, existing not just in Portland, but also in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Austin, Texas; Seattle and nearly ever y other urban area in the United States—even Boise. With its skin-tight fashions, social malcontents, bike culture, backyard chicken coops and localism that borders on xenophobia, Hipsterville U.S.A. is a fascinating place. So fascinating a place, a TV show has been made about it that’s now entering its second season on the Independent Film Channel. But it isn’t called Hipsterville. It’s called Portlandia, and that’s where things start to go wrong. The sketch-comedy series from SNL alum Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, former guitarist for Sleater-Kinney, chronicles the misadventures of artistic oddballs and the uber-politically rect as they play adult hide and seek, go dumpster diving and “put a bird on it.” Sketches feature characters like angry bikers and ultra-sensitive couples as they insist on ordering only local food from menus. The problem is that much of the humor functions with a structure similar to racist jokes, in which viewers are encouraged to despise the characters. But unlike the sorts of characters written for SNL, Portlandia’s are not based off personal quirks like attaching the suffix “idge” to everything but off of cultural stereotypes. These sketches are the white subcultural equivalent of a minstrel show, that while perhaps intended as a charming homage to oddballs, has in fact drummed up a sentiment best summarized as “it’s about damned time someone put those weirdos in their place.” By labeling the show Portlandia, instead of Hipsterville U.S.A., it gives the erroneous impression that these are isolated phenomena and the hateable characters portrayed are somehow representational of all Portlanders. Portlandia’s humor is doubly crass, as some of the places and people they’re skewering are real—like the sketches about the unnamed Feminist Book Store, which is actually In Other Words, a shop located on Northeast Killingsworth St. But that doesn’t mean Portlandia isn’t funny. A sketch in which everywhere Fred and Carrie go, they are invited to someone’s DJ night feels incredibly relatable. As does one about spending days ignoring the world to watch Battlestar Galactica. But those sketches could have taken place anywhere in Hipsterville U.S.A., not just Portland. With tight editing, clever writing and a total lack of fear in its satire, Portlandia can be funny. Very, very funny. But when laughing, it’s important to stop and ask yourself if you’re laughing for the right reasons. And there’s a good chance you aren’t.

RED TAILS—The African American pilots in the Tuskegee Airmen face racial discrimination and are at last given a chance to prove themselves in this WWII action drama. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22 UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING—Kate Beckinsale returns as a vampire warrior who escapes imprisonment to find herself in an all-out war between humans, vampires and Lycans. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22

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2010 BORSAO GARNACHA, $7.99 A perennial favorite, Borsao’s 2010 vintage is no exception. The wine opens with earthy blackberry and plum aromas with a touch of spice. Bright and lively on the palate, this wine’s racy red cherry and raspberry fruit flavors are nicely balanced by just the right hit of acidity. The 20 percent tempranillo in the blend adds depth and dimension. 2009 LOUIS LATOUR ARDECHE CHARDONNAY, $8.99 French Chardonnay for less than $10 from one of Burgundy’s more renowned producers—what’s not to like? This wine has honeyed tropical fruit on the nose that’s a surprisingly complex combo of mango, lime, peach and pear. Round and rich in the mouth, it’s a heady mix of ripe apple and pear with a light spice component. Smooth citrus adds balance on the finish that lingers nicely with silky hints of honey and butter.

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The start of a new year gives rise to reflections on the months past—everyone is throwing out their Top 10 lists. This column is a bit more modest in scope, so I have my top three, and like everyone else, we’re dialing things back a bit at my house. The wines I drink on a regular basis all come in under 10 bucks, but the good news is that $10 can buy a more-than-decent bottle. Here are three of my favorite bargains for everyday consumption.


MUSE BISTRO AND WINE BAR A new star in Meridian TARA MORGAN Though Muse Bistro and Wine Bar features a weekly rotating menu that is both inspired and well executed, the front of house gives off a different impression. When you walk into the Meridian bistro, a cloud of sugary sweet air freshener hangs over the elaborate espresso and wine bar, masking any savory smells that might seep out from the kitchen. Starched white linens mask lovely wood tables, candelabras hold cheap electric Muse Bistro serves up an innovative menu that rotates weekly. candles, silly patterned carpeting draws your gaze away from the gorgeous tin ceilings, and tagliatello ($16) featured a pile of house-made spite its eccentric combination of ingredients, to put it James Blunt-ly, the music sucks. The pasta with a handful of large, pan-roasted vibe straddles the line between tarted-up coffee the soup was both subtle and well seasoned. shrimp in a tomato sauce topped with tiny The same can be said for the Idaho trout shop and fine dining establishment. picatta ($22), which was lightly crumbles of chevre. It was pleasantly filling. But while the place could As we took the last sips of our wine, and coated in flour and pan-fried, use some help nailing down the John Mayer crooned a rendition of “Free lending it a subtle crunch ambience, it hits a bulls-eye in MUSE BISTRO Fallin’,” our server listed the day’s rotating and sealing in the fish’s flaky the kitchen. The small menu AND WINE BAR moisture. Covered in a pungent desserts, which included a salted-caramel-andgets a complete overhaul every 1435 N. Eagle Road, Meridian pecan-cookie-filled ice cream sandwich. but not overwhelming lemon Tuesday and features a hand208-895-1900 Too full for anything sweet, we decided to butter, dill and caper sauce, the ful of apps, a soup du jour, a forgo dessert. As we piled on our winter gear trout was also well salted— couple of salads and five or so and prepped for the drive back to Boise, we something many local chefs entrees. Both the pasta and the tend to cower away from. The nutty mound of mused over how great the meal was, but how dense, rosemary-flecked table bread are made much better the whole experience would be wild rice was an apt textural accompaniment fresh in house. with some front-of-house tweaking. And since to the trout, though I found myself craving On a recent dinner visit, the tangy chamit’s only been open a few months, there’s still more than the allotted five or six green beans pagne, brie and cauliflower bisque ($7) was a time to figure it out. that garnished the plate. My date’s tomato delightful bowl of gut-warming richness. De-


SILVER BIRCH SAUVIGNON BLANC, $18.99 When it comes to wine bargains, it doesn’t get much better than this—a 3-liter box of New Zealand sauvignon blanc that works out to less than $5 a bottle. Sassy gooseberry and citrus aromas lead to a mouthful of crisp fruit flavors with more of that gooseberry and citrus on the finish. This wine has an unmistakable hint of kiwi, but it’s not overt, as with some. You’ll always find a box of Silver Birch in my fridge. —David Kirkpatrick

imported cheeses and charcuterie. We will have beer and wine, which we do not have a license for yet.” The wait is finally over for Stumptown-o-philes. The Crux coffee shop In addition, Peterson explained that A Tavola will also offer retail officially opened its doors on Jan. 13. The coffee joint is serving up items, including gourmet specialty foods, along with a culinary library Stumptown drip, espresso drinks and selling the popular Portland, Ore., for people to enjoy while they’re dining. The cafe will be open from 7:30 brew in bean form as well. a.m.-7 p.m. daily, except Sundays, with hours changing in the summer. The simple, open space is flooded with natural light from the large Moving from the table to the field, Peaceful Belly Farms recently front windows and features a smattering of wood tables along with some launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete a large barn limited bar seating. that will house “a seed-to-plate, urbanManager Shea Cooper said The Crux agriculture educational center.” plans to stay open until 2 a.m. on weekThe barn project was already one-quarends, slinging microbrews like Black Butte ter finished when a recent storm blew off Porter and Odell’s 90 Shilling Ale. The part of the roof of the building. The space doors will open at 6 a.m. daily. The space currently houses the 70-acre urban farm’s will also be a live-music venue, with Salt wash station, kitchen, office and seedLake City’s Max Pain and the Groovies and-tool storage. The remaining additions slated to play on Monday, Jan. 30. will include a middle section for food storAnd in other downtown opening news, age and an educational classroom space. Lisa Peterson’s new venture, A Tavola, is More than $11,360 of the $25,000 goal prepping to debut in the old Donnie Mac’s has been raised as of press time. location on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. Peaceful Belly owners Clay and Josie “We are a cafe/gourmet marketplace/ Erskine hope that the barn will become deli, so we have a bakery and espresso “the hub from which all the wonderful food, and we have prepared foods,” Peterson classes, workshops and dinners pour.” explained. “Fresh daily, we have 20-30 Get your Stumptown fix at The Crux. —Tara Morgan rotating items that we make. We have

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Macy’s ad I saw in the newspaper had a blaring headline: “Find Your Magic 2.0.” The items being touted to help us discover our more deluxe sense of magic were diamond rings. The cheapest was $2,150. I’m going to steer you in another direction in your quest to get in touch with Magic 2.0, Aries. I do believe you are in an excellent position to do just that, but only if you take a decidedly non-materialistic approach. What does your intuition tell you about how to hook up with a higher, wilder version of the primal mojo? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The U.S. Constitution has survived 222 years, longer than the constitution of any other nation. But one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, might have had a problem with that. He believed our constitution should be revised every 19 years. Personally, I share Jefferson’s view. I would apply that same principle of regular reinvention to all of us as individuals-—although I think it should be far more frequently than every 19 years. How long has it been since you’ve amended or overhauled your own rules to live by, Taurus? Judging by the astrological omens, I suspect it’s high time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “It is respectable to have no illusions—and safe—and profitable and dull,” said author Joseph Conrad. Taking our cue from his liberating derision, I propose that we protest the dullness of having no illusions. Let’s decry the blah gray sterility that comes from entertaining no fantastic fantasies and unreasonable dreams. For this one week, Gemini, I urge you to celebrate your crazy ideas. Treasure and adore your wacky beliefs. Study all those irrational and insane urges running around your mind to see what you can learn about your deep, dark unconsciousness. (P.S.: But I’m not saying you should act on any of those phantasms, at least not now. Simply be amused by them.) CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you were a medieval knight going into battle with a full suit of armor, the advantage from the metal’s protection was offset by the energy it took to haul around so much extra weight. In fact, historians say this is one reason that a modest force of English soldiers defeated a much larger French army at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The Frenchmen’s armor was much bulkier, and by the time they slogged through muddy fields, they were too tired to fight at peak intensity. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned: To win a great victory in the coming weeks, shed as many of your defense mechanisms and as much of your emotional baggage as possible.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): One way or another, you will be more famous in the coming months than you’ve ever been before. That might mean you’ll become better known or more popular, or it could take a different turn. To tease out the nuances, let’s draw on Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Famous.” “The river is famous to the fish. / The loud voice is famous to silence, / which knew it would inherit the Earth / before anybody said so. / The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds / watching him from the birdhouse. / The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek. / The idea you carry close to your bosom / is famous to your bosom.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Three famous actresses formed the British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League last year. Rachel Wiesz, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson say they believe people should be happy with the physical appearance that nature gave them. Is it rude of me to note that unlike most of the rest of us, those three women were born gorgeous? It’s easy for them to promise not to mess with their looks. Do you ever do that, Virgo? Urge other people to do what’s natural for you but a challenge for them? I recommend against that this week. For example: If you want to influence someone to change, be willing to change something about yourself that’s hard to change. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I predict major breakthroughs in your relationship to intimacy and togetherness in 2012, Libra—if, that is, you keep in mind the following counsel from psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren: “Attraction and chemistry are easily mistaken for love, but they are far from the same thing. Being attracted to someone is immediate and largely subconscious. Staying deeply in love with someone happens gradually and requires conscious decisions, made over and over again.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Purslane is a plant that’s also known colloquially as pigweed. It’s hearty, prolific and spreads fast. In a short time, it can grow out-of-control, covering a large area with a thick carpet. On the other hand, it’s a tasty salad green and has a long history of being used as a cooked vegetable. As a medicinal herb, it’s also quite useful, being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a number of vitamins and minerals. Moral of the story: Keep pigweed contained—don’t let it grow out of control—and it will be your friend. Does anything in your life fit that description?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As he approaches his 70th birthday, retiree and Michigan resident Michael Nicholson is still hard at work adding to his education. He’s got 27 college degrees so far, including 12 master’s degrees and a doctorate. Although he’s not an “A” student, he loves learning for its own sake. I nominate him to be your role model for the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Your opportunities for absorbing new lessons will be at a peak. I hope you take full advantage of all the teachings that will be available. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Bible addresses the subjects of money and possessions in about 2,000 verses but devotes only 500 verses to prayer and 500 to faith. As you know, my advice in these horoscopes usually tends to have the opposite emphasis: I concentrate more on spiritual matters than materialistic concerns. But this time, in acknowledgment of the specific cosmic influences coming to bear on you, I’m going to be more like the Bible. Please proceed on the assumption that you have a mandate to think extra deeply and super creatively about money and possessions in the coming weeks. Feel free, too, to pray for financial guidance and meditate on increasing your cash flow. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s one of my favorite quotes from American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you think.” The current astrological omens suggest that this is an excellent message for you to heed. It’s crucial for you to know your own mind and speak your own thoughts. It’s smart to trust your own instincts and draw on your own hard-won epiphanies. For best results, don’t just be skeptical of the conventional wisdom; be cautious about giving too much credence to every source of sagacity and expertise. Try to define your own positions rather than relying on theories you’ve read about and opinions you’ve heard. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Why did Mark Gibbons strap a washing machine to his back and then climb to the top of Mt. Snowdown in Wales? He did it to raise charity money for the Kenyan Orphan Project. If, in the coming weeks, you try anything as crazy as he did, Pisces, make sure it’s for an equally worthy cause. Don’t you dare take on a big challenge simply to make people feel sorry for you or to demonstrate what a first-class martyr you can be. On the other hand, I’m happy to say that you could stir up a lot of good mojo as you push past the limitations people expect you to honor.



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