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TAK EE E ON E! NEWS 10
LOSING CONTROL Big biz vs. landowners in gas debate FEATURE 15
THREE FEET. TWO WHEELS. ONE CITATION. How well are we sharing the road? NOISE 28
BAND TOGETHER Mutemath, Twin Sister, YACHT, Cursive, James Orr, Oh my! ARTS 34
STRANGE LOVE How we learned to stop worrying and love the yarn bomb
“You need to tell your governor to send that money back immediately.”
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NOTE GETTIN’ FATTER AND GIVIN’ OUT CASH Man, is it nice to have a 48-page newspaper this week. After weeks of hovering in the leaﬂet range simply because it’s the slowest time of the year in sales in just about every industry out there, we’re ﬁnally starting to plump up again. During those weeks when the page count is slim, we have to make tough editorial choices. We hack some column space in half, cut other sections entirely and do our best to squeeze as many listings as possible into what is often an impossibly small space. This week, though, it’s nice to give the content some room to breathe. Ted Rall is nice and long; event listings are pages and pages and pages; Noise is sprawled over several pages. Thanks to our Sales Department for giving me something to work with. Thanks also to those of you who took a minute to respond to last week’s Editor’s Note. I think I’ve returned all your emails and I’ll say once again that I genuinely appreciate the dialog. In this week’s edition we touch on a few things different cross sections of our readers care about deeply: cycling, fracking and music. In “Road Wars,” Josh Gross asks the question a number of cyclists have posed after near misses on the road: Does 3 Feet to Pass pass muster? And in “Idaho’s Gasland Rules Debated,” News Editor George Prentice continues to follow the most recent developments in the steps the state is taking to pave the way for the natural-gas industry and fracking. Prentice has been following the story for the last 18 months as companies have come and gone, and as regulations have taken shape from nothing. In A&E, we have your Oscar preview so you can sound smart about ﬁlm at an Oscar-watching party even if you’re not interested in either ﬁlm or the Oscars. And in Noise, we had so many good opportunities to interview bands that we just interview them all and put together a Noise section that’s on steroids. And last: The absolute ﬁnal, ﬁnal deadline for the Boise Weekly Cover Auction Grants is Friday, Feb. 10. We’ve extended the deadline for you procrastinators, so don’t think you’ll be lucky enough to squeeze another week out of us. We’re giving away roughly $12,000 this year to individual artists and arts organizations. If you’re interested in applying, see promo.boiseweekly.com or Cobweb for details. —Rachael Daigle
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INSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS The next chapter in Idaho’s natural gas debate
ON BEING THE HULK AND A WRITER BW caught up with author Alan Heathcock on First Thursday when he spoke about selling ice cream door-to-door as a kid—and other writerly stuff.
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WHITE WASHING This year’s Read Me Treasure Valley kicked off Huck Finn-style and BW got it on video, as well as Boise Mayor Dave Bieter gracefully declining to sing Rush’s Tom Sawyer.
NO HACKING REQUIRED The hacker group Anonymous eavesdropped on an FBI phone call, which it didn’t hack into but accessed with the number and code all participants used. The subject of the conference call? Anonymous.
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RED’S GONE ROMNEY … Whatever that is “Up wit‘ Mitt! Up wit‘ Mitt! Up wit‘ … ” “Red! Jeez, why are you making so much noise?” “I’m practicin‘, Cope. Practicing for them primary carcasses what’re coming up. And while I’m there, I’m gonna get myself picked to go to the big convention next summer. I’ll be one of them, what they call, a ‘delergrate.’ And when them balloons come pouring out of the ceiling and all the other delergrates start doing the happy conga line around that convention center, I sure as tootinv don’t want to be the only one there who don’t know the words to all the whoopin‘ and hollerin‘. So I’m practicin‘, Cope. Up wit‘ Mitt! Up wit‘ Mitt!” “So why are you doing this practicing of yours on my front lawn? I have neighbors, for Christ’s sake.” “Yessir, you do. An‘ before I get done with ’em, they’ll all be Romney rooters. C’mon, cain’t you feel the energizers in the air? Don’t you feel that scintillatin’ Mitt magic? Don’t it just make you want to forget you were ever an Barack Obama backer and hop on the Romney fun bus wit‘ me and ride it all the way to the Winnemucca Mitt? No kidding, I gotta tell ya’, Cope, this is the most exciting, exhilarating, exuberated experience I ever had in my whole life, being part o‘ Mitt’s shoot to the top. I think of it like being on a rocket ship … the Romney Rocket Ship, I call it … what’s about to carry this great country of ours back to where we’d be if we weren’t here now.” “I’ve heard Romney called a lot of things, but ‘scintillating’ isn’t one of them. And what’s the deal, anyway? Last time we talked, you were a 100 percent Newt Gingrich man. And before that, it was all Ron Paul. Honestly, Red, you’re getting to be almost as windsocky as Mitt.” “‘Whensacky?’ What you talkin‘ about … ‘whensacky?’” “Not ‘whensacky.’ Wind-socky. You know … like one of those big baggy things that shows which way the wind is blowing at airports and badminton tournaments.” “Oh yeah. Now I knows what you’re saying. You’re sayin‘ the same thing what all them Mitt-whackers say about him, that he spins around like a midget squatted down on a lazy Susan and whichever way he’s pointin‘ when it stops spinning is his position for the time bein‘. Is that what you’re saying, Cope?” “Uh, sorta. But don’t get me wrong, Red. It’s that pathological adaptability of Romney’s that I like best about him, I think.” “Now what you talkin’ about … ‘pastalogical adoptabilly?’” “What I mean is, let’s say Romney goes all the way and actually becomes president. I don’t think that’s going to happen … not in a million years … but if I’m wrong and he ends up in the White House, I will take some small comfort knowing that it’s highly improbable he’ll ever get around to doing any of that stu-
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pid horsepuckey the social conservatives want so much. You know, on abortion or gays or any of that ignorant culture-war crud. “I imagine the people he puts in charge of the economic sector will piddle around until they get unemployment back up to 10 percent and they have the middle class strapped over a barrel like they would prefer, seeing as how a further reaming out of American workers is the fastest way for the super-rich to get super richer. “But Romney’s a dust bunny, can’t you see that? He’s neither substantial or committed enough to concern himself with much of anything beyond his own gilded experience. Think about it, how else could a guy born and raised like he’s the prince of Salt Lake City make jokes about being unemployed or how the $375,000 he got for speaking fees isn’t much money? “Face it, Red, this guy is oblivious to normal, everyday living, and he could care less what reproductive choices women make or whether gays can serve openly in the military. Those reality streams don’t empty into his river, get it? Those clouds don’t ﬂoat in his sky. He’s a bubble boy. Only the bubble is made out of trust funds and Cayman Island accounts and beach houses in La Jolla.” “You’re all wet, Cope. Mitt weren’t born and raised up as no Salt Lake City bubble prince. He come up somewhere out east. Michisota, or some place like that.” “Yeah … whatever. Truth about people like him is, they don’t have homes the way you and I do, Red. Michigan … Massachusetts … Southern California, he just ﬂoats wherever his money blows him. Do you suppose he has any feeling of loyalty or warmth for one place over another? Nah … neighborhoods, houses, even states … those things are only opportunities to be used up and wrung dry. “It’s like the companies his Bain Capital outﬁt bought up and dismembered … everything is fair game, everyone is expendable, every value is negotiable. That’s why the big GOP money masters want him over Gingrich, see. He’s the embodiment of what they live for. Newt’s just a servant. A political lickspittle who shines their shoes and wipes up regulations at their pleasure but can never belong to their club.” “Cope, what makes you think you know what kind o‘ feller Mitt is? You ain’t in his club, neither. An‘ I bet you never in your life knew anyone what had a quarter-billion bucks in their wallet. Sos why don’t you just shut up an‘ stop messin‘ with my exhilaratin‘ exuberatude.” “Red, you aren’t exhilarated or exuberated over Romney. I can see it in the worry in your eyes. You’re just faking it.” “Oh yeah? Wull … maybe so. But I got about nine more months to practice up, so come election time, I oughta be faking it so good, even you’ll think I really believe it.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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WANT MORE WARS? RAISE TAXES ON THE RICH Tax fairness won’t reduce inequality Reacting to and attempting to co-opt the Occupy Wall Street movement, President Barack Obama used his 2012 State of the Union address to discuss what he now calls “the deﬁning issue of our time”—the growing gap between rich and poor. “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” Obama said. “Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” No doubt, the long-term trend toward income inequality is a major ﬂaw of the capitalist system. From 1980 to 2005, more than 80 percent in the gain in Americans’ incomes went to the top 1 percent. This staggering disparity between the haves and have-nots has created a permanent underclass of underemployed, undereducated and alienated people who often turn to crime for survival and social status. Aggregation of wealth into fewer hands has shrunk the size of the U.S. market for consumer goods, prolonging and deepening the depression. How can we make the system fairer? Liberals are calling for a more progressive income tax: i.e., raise taxes on the rich. Obama says he’d like to slap a minimum federal income tax of 30 percent on individuals earning more than $1 million a year. Soaking the rich would obviously be fair. GOP frontrunner and corporate layoff sleazebag Mitt Romney earned $59,500 a day in 2010—and paid half the effective tax
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rate (13.9 percent) than of a family of four earning $59,500 a year. Fair, sure. But would it work? Would increasing taxes on the wealthy do much to close the gap between rich and poor—to level the economic playing ﬁeld? Probably not. From FDR through Jimmy Carter, it was an article of faith among liberals that higher taxes on the rich would result in lower taxes on the poor and working class. This was because the Republican Party consistently pushed for a balanced budget. Tax income was tied to expenditures, which were more or less ﬁxed—and thus a zero-sum game. That period from 1933 to 1980 was also the era of the New Deal, Fair Deal and Great Society social and anti-poverty programs, such as Social Security, the G.I. Bill, college grants and welfare. These government handouts helped mitigate hard times, gave life-changing educational opportunities that allowed class mobility and closed the gap between despair and hope for tens of millions of Americans. As the list of social programs grew, so did the tax rate—mostly on the rich. The practical effect was to redistribute income from top to bottom. Democrats think it still works that way. It doesn’t. The political landscape has shifted dramatically under Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and the two Bushes. Budget cuts slashed spending on student ﬁnancial aid, food stamps, Medicaid, school lunch programs, veterans hospitals and aid to single moth-
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TED RALL/OPINION ers. The social safety net is shredded. Most federal tax dollars ﬂow directly into the Pentagon and defense contractors such as Halliburton. As the economy continues to tank, there’s only one category to cut: social programs. “Eugene Steuerle worked on tax and budget issues in the Reagan Treasury Department and is now with the Urban Institute,” NPR reported a year ago. “He says one reason no one talks about preserving the social safety net today is that lawmakers have given themselves little choice but to cut it. They’ve taken taxes and entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare, off the budget-cutting table, so there’s not much left.” Meanwhile, effective tax rates on the wealthy have been greatly reduced. Which isn’t fair—but not in the way you might think. Taxes on middleclass families are at their lowest level in 50 years, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal thinktank. What’s going on? On the revenue side of the budget equation, the poor and middle class have received tiny tax cuts. The rich and super rich have gotten huge tax cuts. Everyone is paying less. On the expense side, social programs have been pretty much destroyed. If you grow up poor, there’s no way to attend college without going into debt. If you lose your job, you’ll get 99 weeks of tiny, taxable (thanks to Reagan) unemployment checks before burning through your savings and winding up on the street. Military spending, on the other hand, has soared, accounting for 54 percent of federal spending. In short, we’re running up massive deﬁcits to ﬁnance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and so on, so rich job-killers can pay the lowest tax rates in the developed world. I’m all for higher taxes on the rich. I’m for abolishing the right to be wealthy. But liberals who think progressive taxation will mitigate or reverse income inequality are trapped in the 1960s, ﬁghting the last (budget) war in a reality that no longer exists. The U.S. government’s top priority is invading Muslim countries and bombing their citizens. Without big social programs, invading Muslim countries and bombing their citizens is exactly where every extra tax dollar collected from the likes of Romney would go. The only way progressive taxation can address income inequality is if higher taxes
on the rich are coupled with an array of new anti-poverty and other social programs designed to put money and new job skills directly into the pockets of the 99 percent of Americans who have seen no improvement in their lives since 1980. You have to rebuild the safety net. Otherwise, higher taxes will swirl down the Pentagon’s $800 toilets. If you’re serious about inequality, income redistribution through the tax system is only a start. Whether through stronger unions or worker advocacy through federal agencies, government must require higher minimum wages. Maximum wages, too. A nation that allows its richest citizen to earn 10 times more than its poorest would still be horribly unfair—yet it would be a big improvement over today. Shipping jobs overseas must be banned. Most freetrade agreements should be torn up. Companies must no longer be allowed to lay off employees before eliminating salaries and beneﬁts for their top-paid managers—CEOs, etc. And a layoff should mean just that—a layoff. First ﬁred should be ﬁrst rehired—at equal or greater pay—if and when business improves. Once a battery of spending programs targeted to the 99 percent is in place—permanent unemployment beneﬁts, subsidized public housing, full college grants, etc.—the tax code ought to be radically revamped. For example, nothing gives the lie to the myth of America as a land of equal opportunity than inheritance. Aristocratic societies pass wealth and status from generation to generation. In a democracy, no one has the right to be born into wealth. Because everyone deserves an equal chance, the national inheritance tax should be 100 percent. While we’re at it, why should people who inherited wealth but have low incomes get off scot-free? Slap the bastards with a European-style tax on wealth, as well as the appearance of wealth. Now you’re probably laughing. Even Obama’s lame call for taxing the rich—so the United States can buy more drone planes— stands no chance of passing the Republican Congress. They’re empty words meant for election-year consumption. Taking income inequality seriously? That’s so off the table, it isn’t even funny. Which is why we shouldn’t be looking to corporate machine politicians like Obama for answers.
EVERYONE DESERVES AN EQUAL CHANCE, THE NATIONAL INHERITANCE TAX SHOULD BE 100 PERCENT. ... WHY SHOULD PEOPLE WHO INHERITED WEALTH BUT HAVE LOW INCOMES GET OFF SCOT-FREE?”
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CITY OF BOISE USING P-CARDS MORE OFTEN, RISKS IDENTIFIED Purchasing cards, better known as Pcards, are intended to provide an electronic trail of ﬁnancial transactions. Individuals, businesses and especially governments continue to turn away from paper checks and more toward purchasing goods and services with pieces of plastic. But P-cards are also recognized as being inherently more risky than other purchasing processes. That’s a chief reason behind a recent audit of the City of Boise’s use of P-cards. The city’s Ofﬁce of Internal Audit performed a full year’s review—May 2010 to May 2011—of P-card transactions and the ﬁndings were rather telling. In the 12-month period, more than $1.8 million in transactions was processed through city P-cards, a monthly average of $272,383, representing a 44.7 percent increase in P-card transaction dollars compared to the previous year. Additionally, the audit found that there was an average of 309 active cards among city employees through the 12-month period, with an average monthly spending of $871 on each card. But it turns out that the city’s control over its P-cards was not satisfactory. In fact, the audit discovered that a number of cards had not been closed out within a reasonable period after a cardholder was no longer employed by the city. The internal audit detected 10 card deactivations ranged from four days to as many as 81 days after the employee had been terminated. In response to the audit, city managers are now promising to close P-cards within 48 hours of receiving notiﬁcation of a termination of employment. Another of the audit’s ﬁndings revealed that a purchase was made by a city employee using a prohibited Merchant Category Code. The purchase, which Citydesk learned was for counseling services, was deemed to be appropriate, but according to the audit, “the potential for misuse of the cards was present.” Again, management promised to clean up its act by blocking as many as 20 prohibited MCC codes. A summary of the audit was included in a quarterly status report reviewed by the Boise City Council on Feb. 7. The report included summaries of other audits of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and Library Operations. Both of those reviews resulted in a satisfactory rating. Citydesk has learned that the Ofﬁce of Internal Audit will revisit Boise’s P-card process when it conducts another review beginning this July or August. —George Prentice
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In April 2011, there were 332 active P-cards being used by City of Boise employees.
IDAHO’S GASLAND RULES DEBATED Getting testy over fracking, local control GEORGE PRENTICE Tom Schultz’s wardrobe has everything to do with where he’s standing. The new director of the Idaho Department of Lands wore a perfectly tailored suit on Feb. 1 while addressing lawmakers at the Idaho Statehouse. Twentyfour hours later, he sported a plaid shirt, jeans and cowboy boots (by far, the cleanest in the room) as he spoke with Washington County landowners in Weiser. Schultz’s speech matched his wardrobe. Talking to lawmakers, it was “Good afternoon Mr. Chairman,” or “Good morning Senator.” While chatting with farmers and ranchers in the Weiser Vendome, he was downright folksy. “Howdy,” said Schultz, sauntering to the front of the Weiser conference room. There wasn’t much response, except for a far-off train whistle. “Let’s try this again. Howdy!” shouted Schultz. A roomful of loud “howdy’s” returned his greeting. “That’s a lot better,” said Schultz with a broad grin. During the next two hours, he shared a bit about himself professionally (he was Montana’s land manager for 15 years before joining the department last August 2011) and personally (he’s a Boy Scout leader). “Idaho needs to adopt the Boy Scout motto,” said Schultz. “Idaho needs to be prepared.” Schultz wants Idaho to be prepared for more drilling from the burgeoning naturalgas industry. For a century, natural-resource explorers came to Idaho attempting to pull gas from the Gem State’s core, but to no avail. That is, until two years ago, when the Canadian-owned Bridge Resources started snapping up hundreds of leases with Payette County landowners, eventually drilling 11 wells in Payette County. But controversy followed, ﬁrst with Bridge’s ﬁnancial health—a BW investigation revealed that Bridge’s ﬁnances were a house of cards (BW, Feature, “Bridge Under Troubled Waters” Oct. 5, 2011). Secondly, Bridge made it clear that it intended to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to enhance gas ﬂows at some of its wells. Even though company ofﬁcials insisted that their fracking methods would be different from other troubling procedures in Pennsylvania or Wyoming, the fact remained
Since 1903, 145 gas wells have been drilled in Idaho. None were successful until 2010, when Bridge Resources found a viable supply at a handfull of sites in Payette County.
that Idaho had little to no rules to govern fracking. Whether it was Bridge or any other company that desired to drill, Idaho needed to do its homework on fracking—and quick. As a result, Schultz’s Department of Lands was charged with drafting new guidelines. Marathon rule-making sessions (BW, News, “A is for Act,” June 8, 2011) produced 43 pages of proposed regulations that now await approval from the Idaho Legislature. But for all of its attention to detail, the section of the proposed rules that is getting the most scrutiny involves fracking. If the regulations become law, there would be no restriction on carcinogenic materials if they were to be used in the high-pressured fracking process. “No good can come from pumping carcinogenic chemicals into the ground,” Justin Hayes, program director for the Idaho Conservation League, told the Senate Resources and Environment Committee on Feb. 1. Citizen testimony echoed Hayes’ concern. “The rest of the country is going to hell because of fracking,” said Lee Helper. “It’s an abomination in the name of greed and money.” Alma Hasse, a Payette County landowner, said she wasn’t against gas drilling but was “against it if it couldn’t be done safely.” “I don’t like being the canary in the coal mine,” said Hasse. The fracking debate surfaced the next day in Weiser, with a new wrinkle. In addition to the proposed rule that would allow the use of carcinogenic materials, it also would allow drillers to not publicly disclose what fracking materials they would use. Oil and gas exploration companies complained that by disclosing their fracking materials, they would be revealing so-called “trade secrets.” “There is nothing we can do to override that trade secret provision,” said Eric Wilson from the Department of Lands. Hasse, who attended both the Statehouse and Weiser meetings, raised her hand in objection.
“This is our land,” she said. “You can’t say putting all this stuff into the earth isn’t going to backﬁre.” Things took a further turn for the worse when debate erupted over yet another proposed piece of gas-industry legislation that could strip local authority when determining whether to grant drilling permits. “As a private citizen, this statute would take away my rights,” said Mary Sue Roach. Other impromptu comments were barked out from the crowd. “This is crap,” shouted one man, who stormed out of the meeting. Wilson grabbed the microphone to lecture the gathering to “act like adults.” “Let’s try to be civil,” said Wilson sternly. The legislation was co-authored by the Idaho Petroleum Council, a lobbyist organization representing drillers, and the Idaho Association of Counties. Kerry Ellen Elliott, lobbyist for the IAC, said while the proposed measure would still allow local governments to have a role in the permitting process, they could no longer say no to drilling. “They lost their ability to prohibit exploration,” said Elliott. “But I really don’t think the world has changed. If someone disputes drilling, they can always take it to court.” But Mike Hopkins, commissioner in Washington County where the next round of gas drilling could occur sooner rather than later, said the ﬁrst he saw of the proposed legislation was after it had been announced. “No, we weren’t sitting at the table when these things were decided,” said Hopkins. “Yes, we were a little surprised that it had been settled and an agreement had been made.” He said he is concerned about this legislation but more worried about what is to follow. “It’s always a slippery slope. If the state erodes our local authority or control on this issue, what’s to stop them on the next one, or the next one?” he said and paused. “Or the next one?” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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The Babylon Club on Curtis Road has been shuttered since Boise’s anti-smoking ordinances went into effect on Jan. 2.
SAY GOODBYE TO HOOKAH Boise hookah bars extinguished in shadow of no-smoking rules ANDREW CRISP Two citizens are taking exception to the city’s new anti-smoking ordinances. In particular, Mikel Hautzinger and Miles Stirewalt are worried that the new rules have snuffed out the city’s hookah bars. They have gone as far to ask the city for a full analysis of the nosmoking ordinances, studying the economic impact of the rules, which went into effect Jan. 2. “I’m familiar with that,” said Mayor’s Ofﬁce spokesman Adam Park, who conﬁrmed that city ofﬁcials had received Hautzinger and Stirewalt’s request. “At this point, the city is reviewing their ﬁling and we’ll be providing a response within the required time frame.” Boise City staff have 42 days to respond to Hautzinger and Stirewalt’s claim. But that’s not going to help the Babylon Club on Curtis Road anytime soon. The hookah bar has closed its doors, a sign in the window promising that it will re-open soon. “Everybody should be following those ordinances now,” said Charles McClure with the Boise Police Department. “Certainly, that ordinance is in effect. As for the need to enforce it, that’s now. They’re open to citation now.” While the owner of Babylon is currently in Iraq visiting family, the owners of the Middle Eastern Market next door said the hookah business plans to move to Garden City—if it can ﬁnd the space. The owner of the Ali Baba hookah bar on Broadway Avenue said he’s already made plans to head to Garden City. Ali Alsudani said he has picked out his new location: the currently vacant Veterans of Foreign Wars building on Chinden Boulevard. He plans to move in early February.
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“I’m going to be spending a lot of money,” said Alsudani. “Something like $60,000.” But Alsudani said there’s some “silver lining.” The new facility is larger and offers more parking. Alsudani said he’ll lose customers but at least the smoke will continue to rise. Hautzinger said plans for a third hookah bar, hoping to launch before the ordinances passed, was scuttled before it could open its doors. “When we met with [the potential bar owner], he had literally just gotten out from underneath his car [loan] so that he could sell his car,” she said. “He bought his business in December, took out personal loans of $30,000, and he can’t even open.” Park said the ordinances allow for smoking establishments if they can meet the requirements of the law, in the same way Hanniﬁn’s Cigar Shop meets the tobacconist requirement (BW, News, “Cigar Shops, Then and Now,” Jan. 18, 2012). However the language provides for strict restrictions on the business model. “The status as an exclusive retail tobacco business is lost if at any time the business premises provide seating for more than four patrons, or is used to sell or serve food or drink, vend lottery tickets or newspapers or magazines not primarily for tobacco enthusiasts, or if the premises are used for dancing, karaoke, gaming, or live entertainment or performance of any kind,” reads the text of the ordinance. Park summed up their options: “They either have a choice to reconsider their business to become compliant with the ordinance, or they could become a social club that doesn’t allow smoking,” he said. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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EATING HEALTHY Idaho lawmakers chew on Obamacare at partisan lunches GEORGE PRENTICE Lawmakers have to eat, too. But when mem- and especially to say no to any so-called bers of the Idaho Legislature are invited to be Obamacare money. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is the ﬁrst to tell the guests of one special interest or another, anyone that he’s not a fan of Obamacare, but they are often served partisanship as a side he was also one of the ﬁrst to take Obamdish next to their soup and sandwich. acare money, proudly Such was the proclaiming in Septemcase at two difber 2011 that the state ferent luncheons, would grab $30.9 milwhere the same lion in a federal grant topic was on the to help begin setting up menu—health-ina health care exchange. surance exchanges. “Your governThe public was ment has erred,” John charged to attend Graham of the Paciﬁc each meal but Research Institute told legislators ate for legislators at a Feb. 2 free. Depending gathering sponsored on your political by the Idaho Freedom appetite, you may Foundation at Beside consider the proBardenay. “And you posed exchanges as need to tell your govera rational element nor to send that money of the Affordable back immediately.” Care Act or as an The majority of the evil component of room applauded. Obamacare and a “OK, I guess I’m left-wing overreach done,” said Graham, into your personal who was apparently liberty. joking because he spoke Somewhere Michael Leavitt, ex-governor ex-cabinet member for the next 30 minutes. in the middle is and current insurance mogul. Graham made point Michael Leavitt, after point, attempting the three-term governor of Utah and former secretary of Health to scare lawmakers of what he termed to be and Human Services under President George the impending doom attached to an exchange. “If you take this money, it weakens your W. Bush. Leavitt also served as head of the constitutional lawsuit,” said Graham, referEnvironmental Protection Agency. Leavitt stood before a packed ballroom at ring to the 26-state challenge to the AffordBoise’s Grove Hotel on Jan. 30, urging scores able Care Act, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 26. of legislators to get moving on developing If Graham was the right hook in the FreeIdaho’s own health-care marketplace, rather dom Foundation’s one-two punch against than have one forced on them by the federal Obamacare, the upper cut was delivered by government. Christie Herrera from the American Legisla“You have three choices,” said Leavitt. tive Exchange Council, a coalition of 2,000 “No. 1: ﬁght it and die. No. 2: accept it and state lawmakers from across the nation maybe, just maybe, you’ll get a chance to who oppose the federally mandated health change it. No. 3: lead it and prosper.” Leavitt has a vested interest. Putting aside exchanges. Huston Sen. Patti Anne Lodge is the Idaho State Chair for ALEC. his public service, his family-owned Leavitt Herrera had even done the lawmakers Group is now the nation’s second-largest privately held insurance brokerage, including what she considered a huge favor by writing a boilerplate resolution opposing the its Boise ofﬁce. exchanges. The two-and-a-half page handout Indeed, as each attendee opened the even included all of the necessary “whereasluncheon program’s brochure, tucked inside was a ﬂier that said, “Say no to a federal ex- es” and “therefores.” All a legislator need do was follow the instructions that said “insert change because the right solution for Idaho state.” is a state exchange.” Before heading back to the Statehouse, a But the brochures on the tables of yet number of the lawmakers grabbed Herrera’s another luncheon, three days later, had a dramatically different message. The literature other handout, a neatly bound 24-page urged lawmakers to not only say no to a fed- “State Legislators’ Guide to Repealing Obamacare.” eral exchange but to say no to any exchange WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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RON POWERS The second most famous writer from Hannibal, Mo. GEORGE PRENTICE
I don’t think many people nowadays have had the experience of a Fuller Brush man coming to the door. My dad sold brushes for almost 50 years. He wore two-toned shoes, a hand-painted wide necktie and a fedora cocked over his eye. He drove an old Model A, which didn’t have any brakes. Getting up the hills of Hannibal was OK but getting down was a problem. He probably knew the town as well as Sammy did when he was a kid. Mark Twin must have cast a permanent shadow over Hannibal. The town had a spell on me. It was more compelling because Hannibal was an isolated town, way out on the prairie. The only thing that connected us to the world was the Missis-
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Though Ron Powers has enjoyed big-city success—he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize while he was a columnist for the Chicago SunTimes—he still considers himself a small town kid at heart. In fact, his boyhood was spent in the quintessential American town of Hannibal, Mo. The son of a Fuller Brush salesman, Powers was born and raised in Hannibal, “which put me on to Sammy,” he said. Sammy is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, Hannibal’s most-famous native son. Powers was probably destined to write the deﬁnitive Twain biography, but he resisted it for years. Ultimately, though, he wrote two— Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain and Mark Twain: A Life. As part of the community-wide celebration of Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Powers will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Boise State’s Special Events Center.
sippi River, which ﬂowed right by the town. Twain was so big his face was on the back of produce trucks. There was the Tom Sawyer Theater, the Mark Twain Dinette and even the Injun Joe Motel. So I’m guessing that you read Tom Sawyer a little differently than the rest of us. Tom Sawyer was the secular Bible of my childhood. As you became a writer, did you have a sense that you were destined to write a Twain biography? I ran away from it most of my adult life. By the time I was a professional writer, there had been 40 biographies of the man—hundreds if not thousands of scholarly papers or criticism. I ﬁgured, what more was there to say and who was I to say it? But my literary agent, who, by the way, is a 6-foot, 9-inch, 280-pound Texan, said, “You really need to write this.” What did you ﬁnd when you began doing your research? I realized that Twain was hiding in plain sight. Biographers had always been seduced by the allure of deconstructing or psychoanalyzing Twain. He was the ultimate dead white male. They would build the story of his life based on theory. But what they left out was his life itself and the way he lived it. His life was a great opera and he left a giant footprint on American culture and later, the whole world. Is it fair to say that he was a man of destiny and the right man for the right time? Absolutely. Somebody once called him the ordinary man, plus genius. After Mark Twain American writing was never the same. You
could still ﬁnd lofty discourse, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but he brought a voice of direct experience. “I’ve been out there, I’ve seen this, and I want to tell you about it.” And he did it in a language that you can understand. Do you sense that his books are selfcontained, or do you ﬁnd new relevance in the 21st century? I don’t know if the relevance ever went away. One of the sad things about Mark Twain is that he is too-often considered a museum piece. Many of the other biographies used him as a collection of spare parts. But the fact is, he doesn’t get old. Tom Quirk, from the University of Missouri, put his ﬁnger on it: Mark Twain understood human nature perhaps better than anyone alive. Times change but human nature really doesn’t. Can you speak to the experience of winning a Pulitzer? It has ﬁnally healed over by now. It has its dangers. In certain ways, your contemporaries resented you. You went from being a nobody to being overrated overnight. It basically spurred me to see what I could do next. I realized that I didn’t want to write a newspaper column for the rest of my life. I wanted to write books, starting from scratch, and build a body of work based on nothing more than whatever talent I might have.
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It’s a story cyclists know well, but what happened next made it different. Rather than blasting off into the sunset, Hanna made a right turn into a parking lot after several blocks, allowing Stevahn to catch up and confront him. They argued brieﬂy, after which Stevahn contacted the Boise Police Department via Twitter and reported Hanna’s license plate number. Police came to Stevahn’s house that night, where he explained the incident. The two ofﬁcers, Oscar Canﬁeld and Dave Burgard, said they were unaware of the law. They left brieﬂy to look it up for conﬁrmation, then returned, acknowledged it, went to see Hanna and issued him a citation. In court, Hanna plead not guilty. He claimed he saw Stevahn, and though he was unaware of the law, only passed too close because trafﬁc prevented him from getting over. Stevahn disputed that there was trafﬁc, but in the end, it didn’t matter. The judge told Hanna that trafﬁc or not, the law stated that it was the motorist’s responsibility to provide safe passing distance, even if that meant not passing until there was room to do so. Hanna was found guilty and ﬁned $80. This incident was the ﬁrst cited violation of Boise’s 3 Feet to Pass law, and is the only citation BPD spokesperson Lynn Hightower is aware of. It took place more than a year after the law was instituted in the wake of the deaths of three Boise cyclists in a single month in 2009. For cyclists who face the issue of safe passing distance daily, the incident raises a few questions: why did it take so long to cite a driver for a law that, according to cyclists, is violated frequently, and why were neither Hanna nor the responding police ofﬁcers aware of the law? The answer to both questions is essentially the same: According to Hightower, enforcement of the law isn’t a priority. It’s something that both the City of Boise and the BPD see as an educational measure intended to establish safe passing distance rather than a potential penalty intended to enforce it. “The goal here was less to come up with a new law to cite motorists for than it was to provide a standard for what is safe driving,” said Michael Zuzel, project manager for the Cycling Safety Task Force, which was responsible for the law. Before the law, Zuzel said it wasn’t even an infraction to clip a cyclist, so long as they weren’t injured. So Boise followed the cue from 19 states and gave law enforcement something quantiﬁable to point to. “From a police department standpoint, it’s a good educational tool,” said Zuzel. “If you have enough evidence to take it to court, then obviously, you do that. But the fact that we’ve had only one prosecution in two years shows that the law has had its intended effect.” “It raises awareness to motorists that it’s dangerous if you drive too close to cyclists,” said Hightower. Adam Park, spokesperson for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, thinks the law is working. “I don’t have hard data on it, but anec-
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SOURCE: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SUR VEY, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
dotally, yes, I do think people’s behavior has changed,” said Park, citing his own increased awareness. “We think it’s a very successful program,” he said. Remi McManus, the owner and general manager at Team Exergy, a road-cycling team, respectfully disagrees. “Approximately 25 percent of people don’t give you 3 feet,” he said. “It hasn’t changed at all since the law has passed.” No quantitative studies have been performed to back up McManus’ claim, but he and his team of 15 riders spend approximately 20-30 hours a week training on local roads. “Yesterday, I was riding with my friend on Hill Road and a motorcycle came within 3 feet of me. You’d think a motorcycle would give enough space but apparently not.” McManus and his team aren’t outliers in the issue of safe-passing distance. John Yarnell, the man behind bicycle safety organization Look! Save a Life, rides Hill Road once a week. “I get passed at least once a ride in an unsafe manner,” said Yarnell. He said some people will give cyclists 12 feet to pass, but others will get as close as possible “just to be an asshole.” “I had a super-duty crew cab slow down to crowd me, then gun it to blast me with diesel exhaust,” he said. “I chased them to try to get their license number but gave up after a half-mile.” McManus said the problem is especially pervasive on roads that lack a good shoulder, as well as in the winter months when the sand poured on roads for traction piles up in bike lanes, forcing cyclists into the road.
Both Yarnell and McManus believe 3 Feet to Pass is a good start. In theory, it forces conversations that will make people understand that they share the road. But they also say just having it on the books isn’t enough. “I’m all for education,” McManus said. “But until it’s actually an enforced law, it isn’t going to change anyone’s driving habits.” However, the issue of enforcement brings the issue back around to the responding ofﬁcers’ unawareness of the law. Ofﬁcers who are unaware of laws are as unlikely to enforce them as citizens who are unaware of them are unlikely to comply. Though ofﬁcers Canﬁeld and Burgard were unaware of the law at the time of the incident, that should not be seen as representation of the police population as a whole. BPD even held a general training for ofﬁcers about the law on May 12, 2010— though Hightower was unable to conﬁrm if either of the ofﬁcers in question attended— and every police ofﬁcer BW encountered while working on this story was also aware of the law. “The law was created knowing that it would be tricky to enforce. You either need somebody like Mr. Stevahn to witness it or an ofﬁcer to witness it,” said Hightower. She said that since ofﬁcers are busy and cyclists don’t carry ﬂags jutting 3 feet off their shoulders to mark distance, it’s on cyclists to report violations. “If you catch a license plate and report it, [police] will issue a ticket and let the courts sort it out,” Hightower said. However, she acknowledged the difﬁculty of gathering such information when being buzzed at 40 mph. Stevahn was able WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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S OU R C E: LEAGU E OF AM ER IC AN B IC YC LIS TS 2010
The data in this 2010 League of American Bicyclists report is based on information collected through the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey. The survey is conducted to aid communities in future planning. Three million addresses are randomly selected to receive the survey each year, which asks respondents about age, sex, race, family and relationships, income and beneﬁts, health insurance, education, veteran status, disabilities, where they work and how they get there, and where they live and how much they pay for some essentials.
According to bicycling transportation advocates the actual safe distance for a motorist to pass a cyclist is the space in which a cyclist would fall laterally.
When cyclists are provided with a dedicated lane there is a…
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to only because Hanna pulled over after passing too close. According to Hightower, a second reported violation after the Stevahn-Hanna incident went uncited since the cyclist was only able to report that it was a blue car. “The only way it’s going to be enforced is when you’re able to catch up to the perpetrator,” said Stevahn. “But ultimately, it’s my word against theirs.” This raises a whole different set of questions. Like, if it’s not going to be enforced, what is the point of passing the law in the ﬁrst place? Kurt Holzer, an avid cyclist and past president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, doesn’t see the law’s unenforcement as that unusual, offering the prohibition on leaving your door open in trafﬁc and a pedestrian’s right of way in a crosswalk as other examples of infraction that police generally leave to civilians to report for citation. “The onus is going to be on me as a pedestrian to say that the guy in a truck nearly ran me over,” said Holzer. “There’s lots of reasons for statutes. Mandatory and repeated police enforcement is only one part of it,” he said. “Part is training and teaching. It’s to teach drivers this is the safe thing.” To test the law’s abilities as a teaching tool, Boise Weekly conducted an unscientiﬁc poll of six random drivers at the Boise Towne Square mall on Jan. 10. None were able to identify the legally required passing distance from memory, and four of the six were unaware there was a legal limit. Asked to estimate what they thought what a safe passing distance would be, answers ranged from 3 feet to 20 feet. Two of the questioned drivers remembered something they’d seen on TV about the law during the course of the poll. Conversely, all but one were able to accurately identify the legal speed limit in a school zone—20 mph. BPD produced a series of YouTube videos about bike laws to aid in its education goals. As of press time, the two-minute video that covers 3 Feet to Pass has been viewed 135 times. For some context, a video report Boise Weekly produced covering 3 Feet to Pass has been viewed 1,140 times, and statistics available on the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicle’s website state there were 274,164 licensed drivers in Ada County in 2010. Robert Fenn, the owner of the Idaho Driving School, said he now includes the law in classes, but it’s not yet a part of tests. “We test on motorcycles and trucks, but not on bikes,” he said. He also makes sure to remind students when they are passing a cyclist in practical lessons. Of course, this is another problem
education efforts face. Much of drivers’ education is taught to the drivers’ test. The DMV, which administers the test, is a state agency; 3 Feet to Pass is a city law. Instead of concrete knowledge about rules of the road, 3 Feet to Pass remains more of an abstract concept. “I imagined there would be [a legal distance],” said Sean Magnusson, a driver who was unaware of the law during BW’s poll. “There’s always a law about everything, but the average person wouldn’t know what it is. I mean, you can’t ﬁsh from the back of a giraffe, but no one’s ever going to get arrested for it.” Actually, according to the Boise City Clerk’s Ofﬁce, there is not now, nor has there ever been a regulation against ﬁshing from the back of a giraffe. But try googling it and you’ll ﬁnd no shortage of websites that say otherwise, which speaks to the difﬁculty of properly educating the public about obscure and rarely enforced laws. But even if there were a giraffe ﬁshing law that one was unlikely to be punished for violating, the difference between it and 3 Feet to Pass is that cyclists are passed in an unsafe manner routinely, whereas Boise’s giraffe population remains unﬁshed from. Though this may seem like the sort of niche issue that exists primarily as fodder for alt-weeklies and conversations at coffee shops, it isn’t. Cultural shifts and spiking gas prices have seen huge increases in the number of people who cycle or walk instead of driving. The 2010 American Community Survey found a 40 percent increase in cycle commuting since 2000. And those numbers are expected to rise. And though, according to the 2010 benchmarking report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking, only 9.6 percent of trips are by bike or foot, they account for 13.1 percent of fatalities. According to the National Safety Council, those accidents cost more than $4 billion a year combined. The disproportionate number of accidents isn’t just due to the weight, velocity and armor differences between motorists and non-motorists. The benchmarking report also says that only 1.2 percent of federal transportation funding is allocated to infrastructure for non-motorists. And even that is at risk. The House Transportation Committee is set to vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure and Jobs Act this spring, a bill that, in its current form, eliminates Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School, the two largest programs to fund infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. “State investment choices can be a life-ordeath issue for people who walk and bike,” said Jeff Miller, president of the alliance.
“THERE’S LOTS OF REASONS FOR STATUTES. MANDATORY AND REPEATED POLICE ENFORCEMENT IS ONLY ONE PART OF IT. PART IS TRAINING AND TEACHING. IT’S TO TEACH DRIVERS THIS IS THE SAFE THING.”
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“Creating safe streets for everyone will save lives and improve health and quality of life in communities.” By cutting down on those accident costs, bike lanes and sidewalks can improve economies as well. A study published in Injury Prevention found a 28 percent decrease in accidents when cyclists had a dedicated lane. Other studies have also found that dedicated lanes improve cyclist behavior. One study from Cambridge, Mass.’s Department of Community Development found that 81 percent of cyclists obeyed stop signs on streets with bike lanes compared to 55 percent on those without. These are problems that must be addressed and 3 feet may not even be enough to do so. “Anecdotally, 3 feet is not safe enough,” said Gerik Kransky, the advocacy director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland, Ore. “When you get buzzed at 3 feet by a car going 35 mph, it’s pretty terrifying.” Kransky said an actual safe distance is what it would take for a cyclist to fall over laterally, and 3 feet may just be the perfect distance for a cyclist’s torso to be severed. Josh Travis, manager at George’s Cycles, put it well in an earlier BW story (BW, Rec, “Future-Bike,” May 12, 2012): “Bike laws may say 3 feet to pass, but it could end up being 6 inches. There is just no way to enforce it. If you want people to load up the kids and their groceries, we need more than just a few bike lanes. We need to start think-
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ing about segregated roadways.” And while opponents are quick to cry “no special rights” for cyclists when such topics are broached—especially when it comes to the cost—the statistics of 9.6 percent of trips by bike or foot receiving only 1.5 percent of transportation funding speak otherwise. The cost of bicycle infrastructure can be far less than vehicle infrastructure. According to Portland Mayor Sam Adams in a video for streetﬁlms.org, Portland’s extensive bike system was built for what it would have cost the city to build a single mile of highway. Among avid cyclists, the inequities of how transportation dollars are allocated is exacerbated by the fact that legal consequences for a motorist who kills a cyclist are less than for a typical manslaughter charge. In Idaho, the maximum sentence for manslaughter is 15 years. For vehicular manslaughter, it drops to 10. Of the three cyclists killed in a month that began the story of 3 Feet to Pass, only one driver, Michael A. Perkins, was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, which carried a maximum sentence of one year. The morning commute wasn’t always a vicious culture war over funding, space and safety. A historical picture of old Boise hangs on the wall of the Sonna Building in downtown Boise. It depicts a common turn-of-the-20th century street scene: pedestrians, horse-drawn carts, streetcars and
Percent of trips by bike or foot:
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more, all sharing the road. That building houses Idaho Smart Growth, the planning and advocacy group where Deanna Smith works on Complete Streets projects—transportation networks that provide for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, wheelchairs, skateboarders and more, in addition to cars—in ﬁve Idaho communities: Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Moscow, Nampa and the Wood River Valley. To Smith, that picture represents the fu-
ture just as much as it represents history. “We used to use our roads in multiple ways,” said Smith. “They were public spaces. ... Part of the reasons [multiple modes of transportation] was working in that picture is that we had a culture of understanding that we had to share the road.” Smith said that culture is something we’ve lost and can only regain by the sort of education that 3 Feet to Pass is intended to provide. But the biggest obstacle is that we’ve literally built ourselves into this situation. “We’ve been designing our streets for the last 50 or 60 years primarily with [motor] vehicles in mind. And at the time, that was a good idea,” said Smith. More and more, people are trying to ditch their cars but are themselves trapped in them by lack of sidewalks, shade trees, bike lanes and bus stops. “We’re in a unique situation because the City of Boise doesn’t have control over design of its roadways,” said Smith. “Enforcement is something that’s within their realm. Given that limitation, I think that [3 Feet to Pass] is an effective tool for them to use. But the really effective tools are mostly design and education. The places where they have the highest use, you’ll see that they’ve done the most with design.” In short: If you build it, they will bike. If you don’t, they’ll bike anyway, but 3 Feet to Pass may not be enough to keep them safe.
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Pair your alcohol with arias at Opera Idaho’s Puccini Martini Blast.
THURSDAY FEB. 9 operatini PUCCINI MARTINI BLAST To celebrate the opening of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, Opera Idaho is hosting a evening of arias and anything-but-antique takes on the classic martini. Whether it’s the invention of a no-name bartender in Martinez, Calif., or from the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, the martini is a staple of American drinking culture. The drink is attributed to Jerry Thomas, the man who ﬁrst published the recipe for what was then a vermouthheavy concoction with Boker’s bitters. The drink has undergone several changes over the years and a modern resurgence has born exotic options running the gamut from espresso to “dirty” in variety. For Opera Idaho’s Puccini Martini event, bartender Pat Carden from Chandler’s Steakhouse will combine Courvoisier Rose with lillet blanc to complement the vaulting arias of the Opera Idaho singers. The four-act opera, which will run Friday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Egyptian Theatre, blends its female characters into one indiscernible tres belle femme. Carden has dubbed his similarly blended mixture “Mimi’s Embrace,” named for the female half of the ill-fated romance between Parisian bohemians on whom Puccini’s libretto centers. Past Opera-tini events, like The British are Coming, paid tribute to the Pirates of Penzance, complemented by the Man Overboard martini from Mark Allen at Red Feather Lounge. The Puccini event includes Bardenay appetizers in the price of admission. However the special martinis are sold separately. 6-8 p.m., $20, $35 couple. Beside Bardenay, 610 W. Grove St. For reservations, call 208-345-3531, Ext. 2, operaidaho.org.
SATURDAY FEB. 11 art DRAWING FROM THE COLLECTION WORKSHOP If you enjoy doodling on napkins at dinner or have
contemplated drawing the fedora-clad bear advertised in the back of magazines as an application for a supposedly legitimate art school, you are in luck. John Taye, an artist whose work is featured in Boise Art Museum’s permanent collection, will help aspiring artists hone their craft on Saturday, Feb.
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11, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Taye will host BAM’s Weekend Workshop: Drawing from the Collection, which utilizes the permanent collection as a basis for instruction on drawing from observation. The workshop will focus on foundations and technique while challenging students of all levels, from doodlers to drawing pros, to experiment.
FIREBIRD Google the word “ﬁrebird” and you’ll come up with myriad photos of old muscle cars. And while the word may make you think of the raceway near Emmett, mythical Phoenix birds rising from ashes and pumped-up Pontiacs more than it does pirouettes, Ballet Idaho’s latest production, running Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Boise State Special Events Center, will change your perception. Firebird will feature three ballets, all choreographed to Russian music. The title performance will feature music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Peter Anastos. According to the company’s description of the performance, this piece tells the tale of a mystical, half-bird-half-woman creature and an archetypal Russian prince of legend. The second dance, Circus, choreographed by Ballet Master Alex Ossadnik and set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, promises to be exactly what the title promises: a collection of acrobats, magicians, lovestruck clowns and everything you’d ﬁnd under the big top, but less Water for Elephants and more ballet style. The ﬁnal component of Firebird is a little ditty you may have heard of: Romeo and Juliet. This overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is choreographed by Ballet Idaho dancer Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, and the entire company will participate in this modern take on the classic tale of star-crossed, overly dramatic young lovers that has remained a cultural icon for centuries. So ﬁnd an old Firebird, wear something ﬁery and warm up with this sure-to-be-fantastic eclectic collection of choreography by the artistic minds of Ballet Idaho. Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. $35-$55. Boise State Special Events Center, Boise State campus, 208-426-1494, idahotickets. com.
The Boise State art instructor and professional artist will lend the expertise he acquired through 33 years of teaching. Taye’s portfolio of still-life drawings, painted ﬁgures, rural Idaho landscapes and human form sculpture make the workshop’s drawing-fromobservation theme apparent. Grab a pencil, head to BAM, and ﬁnd your inner artist. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $45 BAM members, $60 nonmembers. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208345-8330, boiseartmuseum. org.
SATURDAYSUNDAY FEB. 11-12 snow STANLEY WINTERFEST What has the winter of 2012 been missing? Well, winter for one. If your inner snow bunny is in need of a deep freeze ﬁx, hit Highway 21 and head toward the Sawtooths on Saturday, Feb. 11, and/or Sunday, Feb. 12. A couple of hours into the drive, the snowless terrain of the City of Trees will give way to snow-covered reminders that winter does exist. The
snowladen winter wonderland is a perfect setting for the city of Stanley, which so often hibernates in the cold months, to host its third-annual Winterfest. The 2012 edition will include a crazy quilt of old- and new-school events, including the Smith Sunglasses Big Air Competition at Airport Hill, just outside of town. Amateur bruisers will face off in an under-the-lights pond hockey tournament, and men will borrow their favorite women’s attire and strap on snowshoes for a hilarious WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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SATURDAY FEB. 11 dance TMP AT LAST On Saturday, Feb. 11, Boise’s Trey McIntyre Project will present a collection of ballets that were years in the making. As the title At Last suggests, one of the dances serendipitously pays homage to the late Etta James in the piece titled Blue Until June. “It’s pretty amazing how things turned out,” said TMP dancer Brett Perr y of McIntyre’s Etta James tribute. “I think the ballet is ver y much driven by the passion of the music. It’s amazing how [McIntyre] curates a sound from the music from the beginning. There’s kind of love affairs happening within the ballet.” Perry said these three ballets comprise a wholly different body of work for McIntyre. He wrote Blue Until June in 2000. “It gives the audience a chance to see some of Trey’s work from a while ago,” said Perry. “This is 2000 Trey, and of course, he’s a lot different.” Another dance, Leather wing Bat, is an extremely personal creation for the company, said Perr y. The subject matter comes from McIntyre’s childhood, a source of inspiration for much of his work. The troupe has put this dance on hold since 2008, and Perr y said it’s a unique challenge to put a dance away for years. “I love it. It’s almost like an actor loved his character in a play and gets to revisit it,” said Perry. “It’s so fun.” The icing on the cake is the world premiere of McIntyre’s latest work: Bad Winter. “I think any time Trey creates something new, it’s incredibly exciting,” said Perry. “He really allows himself to be open and vulnerable and create work that’s really of the moment.” 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $20-$63, discounts for seniors, youth and with a Boise State ID for matinee only. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Caesar Chavez Lane, 208-4261609, treymcintyre.com.
drag race. Learn all about curling with a demonstration and competition at the Stanley Ice Rink, then shake your slightly frozen rear-end at the street dance. Of course, no winterfest is complete without blazing down a trail on a snowmobile, and there are
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tons of chidren’s activities to keep the youngins occupied. So load up the family, dust off the snow gear, and take a mini road trip to the Stanley Winterfest. Various times. Visit stanleycc.org for more info.
Find out what the Black Panthers were really like from someone who grew up on the inside.
TUESDAY FEB. 14 literature PANTHER BABY The Black Panthers is one of the more-enigmatic organizations from the tumultuous 1960s. The group is often portrayed in popular movies and documentaries as militant, violent and shadowy. During its active years—1966-1982— the public viewed it in a similar, distrusting light. Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover even labeled the group “the greatest threat to internal security of the country.” On the other hand, the story of the Black Panthers is said to be one of feeding children, warding off violent police ofﬁcers, protecting neighborhoods and working to alleviate poverty and improve health care in black communities. The history of the Black Panthers is likely some combination of competing narratives, and one way to learn more about it is by listening to the perspectives of the people who lived it. Boise audiences will have two opportunities to do so on Tuesday, Feb. 14, when Jamal Joseph, who spent his formative years participating in and organizing the Panthers, visits Boise and shares his story. Local literary haven Rediscovered Bookshop helped bring the author to Boise for a series of events. A luncheon will take place at noon at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel, and proceeds from tax-deductable ticket sales will beneﬁt Idaho Black History Museum. A dessert reception will be held place at the Owyhee at 7:30 p.m., and proceeds will beneﬁt the Idaho Human Rights Education Center. Joseph’s new book, Panther Baby, will be released this month, and those who attend either of the events will receive an autographed copy. Luncheon: noon, $60; dessert reception: 7:30 p.m., $30, Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St. For more info or to register, call the Idaho Human Rights Center at 208-345-0304.
It’s a Sunday morning and you’ve just penciled in the last few letters on 98 Across, wrapping up a crossword puzzle in record time. After a few moments of smug rumination on your unparalleled genius, you toss the folded puzz like, well, yesterday’s news. But if you live in New Delhi, India, that completed crossword might someday end up on the side of an You can order Newspaper Bags in bulk artisan gift bag in from theindiashop.co.uk or pick one a boutique halfway up in Boise at Green Chutes, 4716 W. across the world. State St., for $2.50 a pop. Newspaper Bags are fashioned from 100 percent recycled Indian newspapers collected by bicycle rickshaw from residential homes. The bags are delicately folded, glued and supplied with knotted twine handles before they’re shipped off to boutiques in the United Kingdom and the United States. The NGO that manufactures the Newspaper Bags was started in 2004 by former Indian street children who are now married with children of their own. They wanted to help other street children escape lives of abject poverty, pulling rickshaws, polishing shoes and picking rags to survive. The money generated from the sale of these bags has allowed the NGO to support 13 children saved from the streets surrounding the Delhi train station. You can order the bags in bulk from theindiashop.co.uk or pick one up in Boise at Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., for $2.50 a pop. —Tara Morgan
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY FEB. 8 Festivals & Events LADIES’ NIGHT LIVE—Enjoy a dance party, open mic night and networking with new people. 6 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise. com. STUDY ABROAD FAIR—Thinking about studying in a foreign country? Get all the info from representatives of various studyabroad programs. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, sub. boisestate.edu.
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, bctheater.org. IMPROVOLUTION—Improvolution comedy troupe takes its laughfest west to downtown Nampa. Buy tickets online at boiselaughs.com. 8 p.m. $10 online, $12 door. Darby’s Bistro and Lounge, 112 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-461-0113.
Workshops & Classes SNOWMOBILE RIDING SEMINAR—Special guest Winter X Games gold medalist Heath Frisby will talk about the ﬁrst front snowmobile ﬂip ever completed. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Birds of Prey Motorsports, 721 Hannibal St., Caldwell, 208-453-2222, birdsofpreymotorsports.com.
Art VALENTINE FOR AIDS—View and bid on creative Valentines made by approximately 250 local artists in this 19th annual event. Bidding closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, and proceeds beneﬁt the Safety Net for AIDS Program of Boise. FREE. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320, ﬂyingmcoffee.com.
Calls to Artists EXPOSURE A.L.P.H.A. INTERCHANGE—Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to submit their portfolios to Exposure A.L.P.H.A. Interchange, an Idaho-based nonproﬁt organization with a focus on creating a compassionate community for those impacted by HIV and AIDS. Group or solo proposals welcome. No rental free, but the organization will retain a portion of sales. Contact rick.ramos@ alphaidaho.org for more info. FREE. Exposure A.L.P.H.A. Interchange, 213 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-424-8158, exposureidaho. org.
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LIT/BOOK REVIEW CRAZY ENOUGH BY STORM LARGE On stage, Portland, Ore., rock singer Storm Large stands approximately 100-feet-tall and wields a voice that could blow down the walls of Jericho. It only takes a few pages of her new memoir, Crazy Enough, to realize that, off-stage, she’s even bigger and louder. Though her resume is extensive, including everything from performances at Carnegie Hall to being a hand-model for a dildo company, Large is perhaps best known for her stint on the reality TV show Rock Star Supernova, in which she competed for a vocal slot alongside rock legends Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke. But for the book—based off her one-woman musical stage show of the same name—Large doesn’t focus much on her performing life. It’s two-thirds over before she steps on stage for the ﬁrst time, and as grossly compelling as the following chapter detailing odd tour stories about fans collecting her loogies is, it is far less engaging than Large’s life off-stage. Large was only a few years old when her mother began frequenting mental asylums for a rotating cast of maladies. Large blamed herself and took heartbreaking steps to atone for it. During one hospital visit when she was 9 years old, Large made an awkward comment to her mother’s doctor that at least she wouldn’t end up like her mother. “Well, yes. It’s hereditary,” the doctor told her. “You absolutely will end up like your mother. But not until your 20s.” And so begins Large’s story of turning to addictive patterns of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll—in that order—to avoid her mother’s fate. She starts new lives as a Boston street punk, a high-school jock, a New York student, a San Francisco junkie and, ﬁnally, a battle-scarred rock singer. But no matter how far she runs, her mother and the existential poison of her mental illness are never far behind, something she knows she must eventually look inside to conquer. Beyond just a compelling—even inspiring—story, Crazy Enough is a great read. Large has a command of language that would make a sailor blush, if he or she could stop laughing. She uses phrases like “acres of weenies” to describe her sexual history and “dick-whisperer” to describe her sexual goals. The language is smooth and bizarre all at the same time, and the story ﬂows like a melody. If the book has a ﬂaw, it’s that some sections share the colloquial style of the stage show, making them feel more like asides than central parts of the narrative. It’s also unfortunate that the book doesn’t come with the excellent soundtrack. But asides aside, Crazy Enough is a remarkably raw look at a remarkably raw person’s quest for redemption that can inspire tears, laughter and disgust in the space of a single page. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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information. 15 minutes: $99; 30 minutes: $198. Silverhawk Aviation Academy, 4505 Aviation Way, Caldwell, 208-453-8577, www.silverhawkaviation.net.
WINTER WEDNESDAYS LUNCH AND LEARN—Learn the best practices for feeding and caring for migratory birds. Gourmet soup, salad and bread lunch catered by Open Table Catering. For more information, call 208334-2225. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $16.50. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-3342225, ﬁshandgame.idaho.gov.
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BOISE REAL ESTATE SUMMIT 2012—Community leaders and industry experts analyze the Boise economy and indicators, trends and inﬂuences that can help forecast how the housing market may perform in 2012. Speakers: Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Marc Lebowitz of the Ada County Association of Realtors, Ada County Assessor Robert McQuade and Mike Turner, host of Boise Real Estate Radio. RSVP at boiserealestatesummit. com. 3-5:30 p.m. FREE with RSVP. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre.com.
HOW THINGS WORK—Children ages 6-12 are invited to explore the science of how all sorts of everyday things work. 4:30 p.m. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.
Odds & Ends LIQUID LAUGHS OPEN MIC COMEDY—Try out your best comedy routine in front of a live audience. Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. and the hilarity starts at 8 p.m. 7 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379, liquidboise.com.
On Stage GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org.
V-DAY SWEETHEART HELICOPTER RIDES—Take your sweetheart for an unforgettable view of the Treasure Valley. Daily through Wednesday, Feb. 29. Call 208-453-8577 for more
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LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: VICKI BARBOLAK—This latest installment of the Liquid Laughs comedy shows also features Alyssa Covan. Tickets available at liquidlaughs.com, by calling 208-941-2459 or at Liquid and Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. 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? Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. 7 p.m. $10-$18. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.
Concerts VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL—Boise State’s annual Vocal Jazz Festival features guest artists Vertical Voices. The vocal quartet’s recent release led to its recognition by JazzTimes Magazine’s critics poll as one of 2011’s top three vocal groups. 7:30 p.m. $5. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000, boisestate.edu.
Food & Drink BISTRO FEBRUARY WINE TASTINGS—Travel south of the equator in the sixth annual February Wine Tastings. Brad Cowan of Idaho Wine Merchant hosts this adventure. Wines and light hors d’oeuvres included. Call or email info@brickovenbistro. com for reservations. Space is limited. 6-7:30 p.m. $15. Brick Oven Bistro, 801 N. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3456, brickovenbistro.com. OPERA IDAHO’S PUCCINI MARTINI BLAST—Sample Chandlers master mixologist Pat Carden’s originally crafted martini, made especially for Opera Idaho, and sway to the arias of Giacomo Puccini’s work, sung by the cast of La Boheme. See Picks, Page 20. 6-8 p.m. $20, $35 for two. Beside Bardenay, 612 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538, bardenay.com.
Literature RENEE D’AOUST READING AND CONVERSATION—The author will read from and discuss her collection of essays, Body of a Dancer. 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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STEVE STEUBNER—The professional journalist, PR consultant and book publisher will read from his nonﬁction works. 7 p.m. FREE. The Cole Marr Gallery/ Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630.
Odds & Ends ALMOST FAMOUS KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Old Chicago-Downtown, 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037, oldchicago.com.
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AMPED AND DANGEROUS KARAOKE—9:30 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com. KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208345-0135. TREASURE HUNT KARAOKE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s, 225 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-3315666, willibs.com.
FRIDAY FEB. 10 On Stage FIDDLER ON THE ROOF—See the Music Theatre of Idaho’s production of this classic story of a poor Jewish dairyman and his ﬁve daughters. Tickets available at mtonline.org or by calling 208-468-2385. 7:30 p.m. $17 advance, $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com. FIREBIRD—This Ballet Idaho production features Firebird, Circus and the Romeo and Juliet Overture, all set to Russian music. See Picks, Page 20. 8 p.m. $36 and up. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. boisestate.edu. GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: VICKI BARBOLAK—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $39 dinner and show or $20 show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org.
Concerts FACULTY ARTIST SERIES: WIND AND BRASS QUINTETS— Enjoy the musical stylings of Boise State faculty members. 7:30 p.m. $5, $3 seniors, FREE for children and students with a Boise State ID. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609. LITERATURE BOISE STATE MFA READING SERIES—Poet Dan Beachy-Quick will read from his collection of ﬁve books of poetry, a collection of essays on Moby Dick, a number of acclaimed chapbooks and a forthcoming book of essays, meditations and tales called Wonderful Investigations. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-4263994, boisestate.edu/art.
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The Visual Arts Center’s Contemporary Paper exhibit is pretty Cutting Edge stuff.
PAPER HEARTS AND PRISON LETTERS A balmy February First Thursday jump-started an art-fueled weekend with an array of engaging and political fare. BW staffer Stephen Foster hit up the 19th annual Valentine for AIDS silent auction at Flying M Coffeehouse, pausing to appreciate the “impressive and eye-popping” love-themed art. The silent auction will close on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. Foster also swung by the Add the Words art show at Bittercreek Ale House. Though the LGBT-rights campaign’s wall of mixed-media art featured some impressive pieces, Foster said they were awkwardly hung behind a table full of diners. Next up was Bricolage for Elijah Jensen’s Dying Letter Ofﬁce, Part One opening. Jensen’s chaotic but meticulously hung show included a variety of delicate mixed-media items that he mailed out to DLO project participants. Midway through the event, Jensen staged a PowerPoint presentation, which was faux-interrupted by cursing, banana-throwing, fake-blood spewing actors from Collapse Theater. Jensen continued the paper party on Saturday evening with the opening of DLO Part Two at Black Hunger Gallery in the North End. The exhibit took a more linear approach, with each of Jensen’s letters and artifacts strung up in chronological order. A couple of installation pieces—including a bizarre armpendulum—anchored the far side of the room. After another strange Powerpoint presentation, Jensen proudly pointed out a couple of encouraging letters he received that morning from prison inmates in response to BW’s First Thursday article. Speaking of paper parties, Boise State’s Visual Arts Center debuted Cutting Edge: Contemporary Paper on Friday, Feb. 3. Curated by Kirsten Furlong and Janice Neri, the show proffered a wide spectrum of cut-paper work—including Francesca Lohmann’s intricately layered, cellular “Bisection 1” and Beatrice Coron’s humorous papel picado pieces featuring captions like “cheap bastard” and “I faked it.” Art Department chair Richard Young hushed the mingling crowd to congratulate Furlong on a fantastic show, and murmurs abounded that it was one of the most well-conceived exhibits to hit Boise in a long time. Also on Friday night, BW staffer Andrew Crisp trekked out to Garden City for an artsy double-header. At Enso Artspace, Pamela Swenson debuted a new series of oil-on-canvas landscapes. According to Crisp, “the space was bursting at the rafters as patrons jockeyed to drink in all the work showcased in the small gallery.” Swenson’s work will be on display until Thursday, March 8, and you can view a slideshow of the opening at boiseweekly.com. Down the road at Visual Arts Collective, last week’s BW cover artist Travis Campion unveiled a series of new tattooinﬂuenced illustrations, which ranged from Chewbacca to ﬂapper girls with rouge-colored cheeks. Campion told Crisp that he gets his signature sepia-toned antique effect by using freshly brewed coffee. You can view a slideshow of Campion’s opening at boiseweekly.com. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends FAMILY FUN NIGHT—Eat snacks, play video games, and watch a new release feature ﬁlm. All ages are welcome. Call 208-297-6700 for more info. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-2976700, adalib.org. IMPROVOLUTION—This comedy troupe provides audiences with an interactive experience, ﬁlled with sketches, stand-up comedy and Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style games. All ages welcome. Full bar available with ID. 7:30 p.m. $7. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $39 dinner and show or $20 show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT—At Last, the latest show from Trey McIntyre Project, includes “Leatherwing Bat,” “Blue Until June” and a world premiere. Special subsidized matinee at 2 p.m. with discounted tickets for seniors, youth and those with a Boise State ID. Visit treymcintyre.com for more information. Tickets available at idahotickets.com. See Picks, Page 21. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20-$63; $10 seniors, youth and with Boise State ID for 2 p.m. show only. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
Workshops & Classes DRAWING WORKSHOP—Learn basic drawing techniques and experiment with new processes and materials. Professional artist John Taye will lead participants through exercises, with emphasis on drawing from observation. No prior experience necessary. Pre-registration required. Register online at boiseartmuseum.org. See Picks, Page 20. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $45-$60 includes all materials. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3458330, boiseartmuseum.org.
Noon-2:30 p.m. $20-$35. Sage International School, 457 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7243, sageinternationalschool.org. WRITING THE SONGS OF THE WEST—National cowboy poet Ernie Sites will entertain and educate with a workshop on how to write and recite Western stories and poetry. Sites has performed with Bonnie Raitt and Gene Autry and speaks at schools, conventions and cowboy poetry events across the country. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.
MOSAIC MADNESS—Parents and children may create one large stepping stone or two individual/ smaller artworks. Learn basic mosaic techniques.
SATURDAY FEB. 11 Festivals & Events 2012 ANNUAL BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION— The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho hosts this annual fundraiser, with a keynote address by author Glenn Greenwald entitled Liberty and Justice for Some. Evening includes dinner, a no-host bar and silent auction. Visit acluidaho.org or call 208-3449750, ext. 207, for more info and to register. 6 p.m. $75. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-333-8000. DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT—Dads, this is the perfect opportunity to spend an evening with your daughter(s). Enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment and refreshments. 7-9 p.m. $7 members, $8 nonnmembers. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org. IFAD VALENTINE DANCE—Idaho Families for Adults with Disabilities is hosting a Valentines Day dance and rafﬂe, including karaoke and refreshments, for disabled adults, families and caregivers. For information, email email@example.com or call 208-846-9057. For more about IFAD, log onto ifad. us. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $2 or $8 for families. Advanced Services, 210 E. Carol St., Nampa, 208-461-0438. REPTICON BOISE REPTILE SHOW—Check out vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Participate in free rafﬂes, animal seminars and kids’ activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-12, FREE children 4 and younger. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com. STANLEY-SAWTOOTH WINTERFEST—This third-annual event features lots of snowy fun, including the Smith Sunglasses big air competition, a street dance, curling competition, triathlon, pond hockey tournament and snowmobile fun run. See Picks, Page 20. Various times. Downtown Stanley, 1-800-878-7950, stanleycc.org. STARLIGHT SNOWSHOE BENEFIT—Join the snowshoe fun to raise money for type-1 diabetes research. Enjoy live entertainment, food, drinks and a rafﬂe with thousands of dollars worth of prizes. Snowshoe rental is included in ticket price. Purchase tickets in person at Greenwood’s Ski Haus or online at jdrf.org/starlightsnowshoe. 4-9 p.m. $16, $11 child/student, $53 families. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area Nordic Center, 2405 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-332-5390, bogusbasin.org.
On Stage FIDDLER ON THE ROOF—See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $17 advance, $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com. FIREBIRD—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $36 and up. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. boisestate.edu. GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208331-9224, bctheater.org. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: VICKI BARBOLAK—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
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8 DAYS OUT Literature VALENTINES WITH YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS—Join Kate Kae Myers (The Vanishing Game) and Sarah Tregay (Love and Leftovers) for a book signing and Valentines. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Hastings, 7500 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-375-3151.
Talks & Lectures FRED EDWORDS LECTURE— The national director of the International Darwin Day Foundation will present Beyond the Bare Bones: What Human Evolution Means to You. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Farnsworth Room, Boise State, 208-426-3275. HOW WILDLIFE SURVIVES WINTER—Learn from Bill London of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game how birds and game animals adapt to the challenges of a harsh Idaho winter. All ages welcome, with activities for adults and children alike. Please leave pets at home. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755, boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.
younger. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208468-5555, nampaciviccenter. com. ROCKIN’ ZOMBIE VALENTINE’S DAY SUCKS TRUNK SHOW— Featuring retro knits, skulltastic fashion jewelry, sexy dresses, heels, accessories, corsets and more. All items will have special trunk show pricing. Located inside Atomic Tattoos. 1-7 p.m. FREE. Atomic Tattoos, 3619 Garrity Blvd., Nampa, 208-4668710, atomictattoo.intuitwebsites.com.
Kids & Teens RE-ART: THE ART OF LETTERING—Discover how using line, shape and color can bring letters to life. Use the power of your own penmanship and creativity to design fonts and hand-lettered art. Visit trico.org for more info. 1-2 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org.
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY DEMO DAY—Try out the fast-paced, fun contact sport of wheelchair rugby, aka murderball, offered by the Boise Parks and Recreation’s AdVenture program. 4-6:30 p.m. FREE. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, cityofboise.org/parks.
Kids & Teens
STANLEY-SAWTOOTH WINTERFEST—See Saturday. Downtown Stanley, 1-800-878-7950, stanleycc.org.
RE-ART: THE ART OF LETTERING—See Saturday. 1-2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Odds & Ends
FIREBIRD—See Friday. 2 p.m. $36 and up. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate. edu.
KARAOKE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: VICKI BARBOLAK—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
Green ORCHID WORKSHOP AND SHOW—Check out this workshop for orchid growers from 11 a.m.-noon, with an accompanying orchid show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 208-433-5100 to register. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 36th Street Bistro, 3823 N. Garden Center Way, Boise, 208-433-5108, 36streetgardencenter.com.
Sports & Fitness
Concerts THE AMERICAN PIANO DUO— Featuring Boise State music professor Del Parkinson and Jeffrey Shumway. Proceeds beneﬁt Boise State music scholarships. 4 p.m. $5 general, $3 seniors, FREE to all students with ID and children younger than 12. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609.
RED ROOM RAUGHTER—This comedy show features Devin Shefﬁeld. 8 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com.
Animals & Pets BLACK DOG WALK—All colors of dogs are welcome to join in a free fun dog walk to bring awareness to the plight of black dogs and cats in shelters, a phenomenon known as the Black Dog Syndrome. Visit blackpearldogs.com for more info. Meet in the east parking lot of the Ram restaurant downtown Boise. Noon. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 208-345-2929, theram.com.
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Odds & Ends KARAOKE—9 p.m. FREE. Quinn’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208345-0135. SINGING AND SIP’N ON SATURDAY NIGHTS—Enjoy $5 pours and tastings, then show off your singing skills at this karaoke/ open mic night. 8 p.m. $10 wine tastings. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries.com.
SUNDAY FEB. 12 Festivals & Events REPTICON BOISE REPTILE SHOW—See Saturday. 10 a.m.4 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-12, FREE children 4 and
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8 DAYS OUT MONDAY FEB. 13 Festivals & Events BE MY VALENTINE—This family event features food, drinks, a balloon artist, face painting, valentine making, a coloring table and more. 6-8 p.m. $5, FREE for students and their families. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1677, sub.boisestate.edu.
showcasing their products and services. An afterparty at The Falcon Tavern will feature Idaho beer and wine and include food specials and giveaways. Trade show: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Capitol, 700 W, Jefferson St., Boise, 208-433-9705. After party: 5:30-8 p.m. FREE. Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111, falcontavern.com.
On Stage GOD OF CARNAGE—This Tony Award-winning play tells the story of two couples who attempt to discuss a playground dispute between their sons, but end up in a chaotic mess. Visit companyoffools.org for more info. 7 p.m. $30 adults, $20 seniors, $10
students. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org.
Workshops & Classes
GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES—See Wednesday, Feb. 8. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208331-9224, bctheater.org.
ALZHEIMER’S SEMINAR—Focusing on the causes and effects of Alzheimer’s disease, this half-day workshop is designed for caregivers and practitioners. Register at alzid.org or call Jerry Stanﬁeld, executive director of Alzheimer’s Idaho, at 208-914-4719 for details. 9 a.m. FREE. Boise First Community Center, 3852 N. Eagle Road, Boise, 208939-3141, bpmin.com.
IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY— Alley Repertory’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s play is a beguiling story of love, longing, science and invention. Set during the dawn of the electrical age, a new medical device is developed to pacify “hysterical” women (and, occasionally, men), but it produces a shockingly different result. 8 p.m. $10-15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
5X5 READING SERIES—Catch exciting new plays in their raw stages, and join a discussion with the actors and directors. 7 p.m. $12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Talks & Lectures ISRAELI JOURNALIST SPEAKS—Yishai Fleisher, Israeli journalist and radio host, will deliver a speech about the Middle East peace process. Find out more about Fleisher online at yishaiﬂeisher.com. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1677, sub. boisestate.edu.
TUESDAY FEB. 14 On Stage GLITTERATI BURLESQUE AND VARIETY VALENTINE’S SPECIAL—This show includes the Glitterati Gals burlesque, The Fleet Street Klezmer Band and Pytrotactics Fire. Couples receive a rose for the special evening at the door, and karaoke to follow. 8 p.m. $5 individuals, $7 couples. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. LORD OF THE DANCE—More than 60 million people in 68 countries have seen this iconic mix of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance during its 16-year run. Tickets available at idahotickets. com. 7:30 p.m. $30.50-$52.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
Talks & Lectures RON POWERS LECTURE—The Pulitzer Prize-winning Mark Twain historian will speak about his research as part of the Read Me Treasure Valley program. See Citizen, Page 14. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.
Literature JAMAL JOSEPH FUNDRAISER—Meet the author of Panther Baby and hear his ﬁrsthand account of what it was like to grow up involved in the Black Panther movement. Admission includes an autographed copy of Joseph’s book. Proceeds from the luncheon beneﬁt the Idaho Black History Museum. Proceeds from the dessert reception beneﬁt the Idaho Human Rights Education Center. Visit rdbooks.org or idaho-humanrights.org for more info. See Picks, Page 21. Noon and 7:30 p.m. Owyhee Plaza, 1109 Main St. Boise, 208-343-461,owyheeplaza.com.
WEDNESDAY FEB. 15 Festivals & Events CAPITOL TRADE SHOW—The Buy Idaho Capitol Show features more than 100 Buy Idaho members
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EVEN KEEL Mutemath regains balance with Odd Soul BRIAN PALMER Willie Nelson pens a deal with Legacy.
MOSTLY MUFF AND THE RED HEADED STRANGER Where once there were none, now there are a butt ton. Boise bands booked for Treefort Music Fest that is. Festival organizers went on a band-releasing bender, carpet-bombing the Web with new acts booked for the March madhouse music fest. Locals announced include Shades, Le Fleur, Finn Riggins, Atomic Mama, Oso Negro, Microbabies, Red Hands Black Feet, Hillfolk Noir, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, In the Shadow of the Mountain, The Maladroids, Art Fad, AKA Belle and The Very Most. There were some choice touring acts announced as well, including Denver’s Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Portland, Ore.’s And And And, and the Stanford-educated hip-hop of K. Flay. It better be a sturdy tree to support that much fort action. A performance is also imminent from Boise super-group Mostly Muff. The annual cover project featuring some of Boise’s most-talented musical ladies has taken on the genres hair metal and classic rock in the past. The theme for Mostly Muff’s performance on Saturday, Feb. 11, at VAC will be “Ladies of the ’80s.” If P-Diddy were to write the band an entrance theme, it would be called “All About the Benatars, Baby.” Dress accordingly. Also blasting back from the past— though with fewer falsetto high notes and crazy makeup—is Willie Nelson. The legendary country singer signed a new deal with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony, to release ﬁve new collections of material that span his career. Expect new songs peppered in with previously unreleased tracks and some greatest hits, all curated by Nelson. Sony says the ﬁrst disc should be on its way in the spring. Also potentially returning to wax is Fiona Apple. The erratic and revered pop singer hasn’t released a record since 2005, which is, like, forever ago in Internet time. But in November 2011, she blurted out on a Los Angeles stage that her new songs “have been done for a fucking year.” And L.A. Reid, the chairman of Epic Records, recently sent out a stream of Tweets announcing that the album is on its way soon. “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona! #BeEpic,” he wrote. “Yes Fiona Apple!” he added in another Tweet. But if Fiona Apple is really returning, that raises the question of how and where she will melt down next. If anyone is starting a pool, BW would like to place a bet on denouncing the Hanson brothers while riding a mechanical bull. Any takers? —Josh Gross
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One thing Mutemath drummer Darren King has learned over the years is that sometimes you have to listen to The Boss. Though King was raised a devout Christian, he isn’t talking about God. “I love this thing I heard Bruce Springsteen say once,” King said. “Before he goes on stage, he tries to remind himself of two things: The ﬁrst is that he’s about to do the most important thing he does. And secondly, it’s just silly; it’s just noise; it’s just for fun. We call it ‘playing’ music for a reason.” Talking with King, you get the sense that Mutemath’s career path might have looked a bit different had the band kept these ideas in mind from the beginning. Between 2009’s tumultuous Armistice recording sessions— the band spent weeks ﬁghting over creative differences and crumbling under the weight of massive expectations after the breakout success of its self-titled release—the album’s Mutemath and Cannon Blue should add up to a good time at Knitting Factory. subsequent failure to gain any real traction with fans or critics, and the sudden departure of longtime guitarist Greg Hill in 2010, exploding in choruses like “Blood pressure / “We wanted to play the same way we it has been a rough few years for the band. Do Better / Keep rising / Blood pressure!” would live and tell our story,” King said. According to King, the entire sequence of “That one came about through reminisc“We started to be more honest, more events was anything but enjoyable. ing about the ways families work, and it forthright with our experience. We wanted “I’d certainly prefer to never make anwas as much through observation as it was other album like that again,” King laughed. to see if the more speciﬁc we got … the from personal experience,” King said. “If more speciﬁc storytelling, the more speciﬁc After enduring these hardships, it’s you watch a ﬁlm like Jesus Camp, maybe emotion that’s involved in what we do, the something of a surprise that Mutemath’s you’ve seen someone like that or been there more opportunity other people would have latest album, Odd Soul, works so well. The to connect with it and the more meaningful yourself, where you’re just absolutely burnband’s fourth studio release (and third fulling yourself out trying to be perfect.” it could be.” length) injects life into the group’s music Accepting the fact that they could not be But in order for Mutemath to be more once again, recapturing the spirit and verve perfect was a cathartic process for the band that were found in abundance on the band’s genuine with its music, members had to members, and it shows in the devil-mayexamine the past and how they’ve changed ﬁrst two releases, Reset EP (2004) and since their childhoods growing up in devout care attitude that the album possesses. From Mutemath (2006). Mutemath got the band the frenetic garage rock of the title track to Christian households. on the cover of Billboard and garnered it a the almost acid jazz sounds of the instru“A lot of it comes from a place of us Grammy nomination for Best Short Form mental track, “Sun Ray,” Odd Soul goes as kids … trying to be perfect and trying Music Video for the track “Typical.” And wherever it wants, convention be damned. to impress God, trying to be good people Odd Soul is shaping up to receive similar Toss in the ’60s-style rock of “Prytania” and trying to impress other people with critical accolades. how good we were and all that stuff,” King and the epic space funk of “Quarantine,” Entertainment Weekly wrote that on and you have an album that is as explosive confessed. “The song, ‘Walking Paranoia,’ Odd Soul, the band “spice their postand diverse as a ﬁreworks show, which is is about me as a kid confessing my sins to Radiohead space-rock sound with ﬂavors appropriate given the pyrotechnics and strangers and doing of home: salty blues energy the group’s live shows are known all kinds of weird guitar on ‘Odd Soul,’ for. A Mutemath concert is loose and fun, things in an attempt greasy jazz organ Mutemath with Cannon Blue Sunday, Feb. 12, and such attributes were on display during to try and be a good on ‘Tell Your Heart 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $21-$41. Christian kid because the band’s recent video shoot for “Blood Heads Up.’ The result KNITTING FACTORY Pressure.” I wanted to be speis like The Bends on 416 S. Ninth St. “We improvised a lot,” King laughed. “It cial. I wanted to save Bourbon Street.” 208-367-1212 bo.knittingfactory.com was deﬁnitely spur of the moment. We had everybody.” The album is a so much fun making the video. I’ve learned This feeling of simultaneous mix that that’s how video shoots are supposed pressure helped form of hypnotic and to be, and that’s how working in the studio the basis for the band’s aptly named ﬁrst off-kilter beauty that features frequent should be. The more you ﬁnd yourself single from Odd Soul, “Blood Pressure.” unexpected starts and stops. Odd Soul’s 13 laughing, probably the better.” tracks are inﬂuenced by a host of genres like The track is a hip-swinging, toe-tapping Thank God these Odd Souls have found rock, pop, soul, electronica, gospel and even rock track with rhythms and sounds that blues. King said the band wanted to be more mirror someone’s emotional state by thrum- their way back to having fun doing what they love. ming and boiling during the verses before authentic with its sound this time around. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Twin Sister: “... every time we’ve ridden into Boise, it’s been with dance music.”
TWIN SISTER Long Island quintet prepares to take some time off STEPHEN FOSTER Long Island, N.Y.’s Twin Sister catapulted to it’s been with dance music.” Twin Sister recently announced via Twitindie fame in the wake of its 2010 EP release, ter that it will take a break from the road Color Your Life. Buzz-band status can be difﬁcult for young acts, jolting members into after this current tour—one of its few breaks since forming in 2008. the spotlight and putting pressure on them “I think we’re taking some time off just to live up to the hype. For a band like Twin to record a lot of music along with just Sister, however, it was no sweat. enjoying our regular lives and getting back With 2011’s In Heaven (Domino), the into the habits that we love and living in the band delivered an even better record than spaces that we like to live in,” said Ujueta. CYL, and it’s already anxious to hit the stu“I think it’s needed. I think for a while, we dio again. But where Twin Sister excels the felt a need to prove ourselves or put in the most is not in the studio but onstage. When Twin Sister returns to Boise on Fri- hours and earn any sort of recognition we may have been given ... But I think we just day, Feb. 10, it’ll be the band’s third visit in need some time.” the past year and a half. The band’s willingWhile on temporary hiatus from the road, ness to tour extensively is a big part of what Twin Sister plans to dig into its stockpile of makes it perform so well live. The quintet is song fragments to cultivate a new album of comprised of musicians who are skilled at fresh, danceable dream-pop. what they do—delivering lush, dreamy indie “We have a little bank of songs going funk with nary a loop or sample. now—some things Boise Weekly that are closer to berecently spoke with ing ﬁnished and then drummer Bryan UjuTwin Sister with Ava Luna. Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., $8. some that are much eta. Unfortunately the further,” said Ujueta. group’s tendency to be NEUROLUX 111 N. 11th St. “But there are a lot on the road was itself 208-343-0886 of newer things that a bit of a roadblock— neurolux.com we’re excited about. Ujueta cut out while I think we just want traveling through the to expand and put New Mexico desert. But prior to getting disconnected, he updated something out sooner than later.” Ujueta noted that Twin Sister is getting us on Twin Sister’s plans to record a new more adventurous with its new material, album and its traveling soundtrack. incorporating inﬂuences from Indian music “We usually determine what we listen to and utilizing irregular time signatures to by the geography,” said Ujueta. “We’ll put expand its palate. on some hard-hitting club culture music in “We want to try out things that we the morning in the desert, with the sun comhaven’t thought to try yet,” said Ujueta. ing out. But usually out of eastern Oregon, we’ll listen to a lot of The Microphones, then “When given a limited amount of time to practice or do anything, it’s difﬁcult to ﬁnd usually transition into more dance music. I the time to explore. feel like every time we’ve ridden into Boise,
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The future’s so bright, YACHT’s gotta wear shades.
THE CULT OF YACHT Drink the Kool-Aid at Neurolux ANDREW CRISP on its followers to the semiotics of the YACHT The Mamas and the Papas were known for anchor logo, which serves as its version of the four-part vocal harmonizing. The band’s Cross. dreamy choral folk songs sounded almost Religion and its symbolism also served like the background music for a cult. The Los as the basis for the band’s 2009 album, See Angeles-based two-piece YACHT (Young Mystery Lights. Americans Challenging High Technology) “The last album was more about religion inspires a similar cultish following. More and religious icons ... We wanted to have a than just a band, YACHT has an established practical philosophy that we could implement philosophy and performs avant-garde live exhibitions featuring a kaleidoscope of media. in our lives and something that people could implement in their lives,” said Evans. “We’ve always wanted to have a very conSo the duo released the book The Secret centrated effort. We want everything we do to Teachings of the Mystery Lights: A Handbook be one voice,”said YACHT’s Jona Bechtolt. on Overcoming Humanity and Becoming Your At its core, YACHT’s sound features Own God. The book explains philosophies exdreamy synth often ﬂeshed out by a full band plored in the album, including manufactured studio ensemble, and funky bass lines with Atari-esque notes are common. The infectious Utopia from which rapture, destruction and voice of Claire L. Evans steps in to dance atop dystopia are never far off. The band’s ﬁfth rethe tracks as the lyrics are chanted like a man- lease, Shangri-La, also pulls from those ideas, opening with the psychotic, frantic “Utopia,” tra. Evans said she instantly knew she would followed by the spacey “Dystopia.” become a part of YACHT. “The more we researched the notion of “I knew that we were going to be workUtopia, both mythologically and metaphoriing on things together for a very long time, cally, it’s not something but I didn’t know the we think is actually dimension of what YACHT with Young Magic, Bobby Birdman possible,” said Evans. this project would and Atomic Mama. Sunday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., “The amount of failed become,” Evans said. $8 adv., $10 door. Utopias is just staggerYACHT was origiNEUROLUX ing.” nally a solo project 111 N. 11th St. While the concept started by Bechtolt 208-343-0886 neurolux.com of Utopia is a heady in 2002, but Evans place to begin an alofﬁcially joined the bum, the rest of the regroup in 2008. By 2010, YACHT began touring with a live band cord ups the energy, descending into turbo-pop madness that pulls inﬂuences from a potpourri to spice things up creatively. of sources like ’80s pop and early funk. “We felt like, as the two people, we had YACHT understands showmanship—the kind of reached the limit of the visual space symbolism, costumes and slavish adherence you can occupy on stage,” said Evans. to its theology—it’s all part of creating a live Like The Mamas and the Papas, YACHT indulge in the image of a musical family-band. Utopia in which the band’s music exists. “It’s creating a temporary autonomous The group has spawned the YACHT Trust, zone; it’s invading a person’s personal space; which is akin to a fan club for its followers. it’s losing ourselves in all manner of time and Through the trust, YACHT disseminates its positions on everything from tattoo placement place,” said Bechtolt. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY FEB. 8
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FRIDAY FEB. 10
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
AUGUST BURNS RED—7:15 p.m. $18 adv., $20 door. Knitting Factory
ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JESSICA FULGHUM—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
JAMES ORR ALBUM RELEASE, FEB. 11, STUECKLE SKY CENTER Boise songwriter James Orr knows that solo acts can lack presence. That’s why one of his ideas for the album release concert for Tiny Love was to ﬁll in the presence visually—with holograms. However, said Orr, holograms are cost-prohibitive. Instead, his performance at the Stueckle Sky Center on Saturday, Feb. 11, will feature multiple video projections of Orr from local video artist Ron Torres. For example, on the song “Tiny Love,” he’ll project four Orr-vatars. “As soon as I sing my ﬁrst vocal loop, you’ll see the ﬁrst one start singing and the others will clap,” said Orr. The show has taken three months to get together. But Orr doesn’t mind that one bit. “I see it as the next step for fusion between visual and audio entertainment,” he said. —Josh Gross 7 p.m., $15, includes copy of album. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State Bronco Football Stadium, jamesorrmusic.com.
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JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
KEN HARRIS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7-9 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SPENCER BATT—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub ELVIS BY BRIAN COX—6 p.m. FREE. Rockies Diner
JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JOHN MARTIN—4 p.m. FREE. Three Beez JOHNNY SHOES—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
REBECCA SCOTT—With Rob Hill and Debbie Sager. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
WHITE DRESS FEATURING ARUM RAE—With Fountains. 8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage
SOUL SERENE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s TONY FURTADO BAND—With Dan Costello. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. VAC TWIN SISTER—With Ava Luna. See Noise, Page 30. 8 p.m. $8. Neurolux
JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
THE WELL SUITED—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
SONS OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—-6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club
SATURDAY FEB. 11 THE 4ONTHEFLOOR—10 p.m. $5. Reef BEN BURDICK—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews CHILDREN OF BODOM—With Eluveitie, Revocation and Threat Signal. 7 p.m. $20. Knitting Factory DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE GREEN ZOO—With The Deadlight Effect. 9 p.m. FREE. Red Room H$M HATERS BALL—Featuring Jimmy Hoffa and Billy Wonka. 10 p.m. $5. Neurolux
SHERPA—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE JAMES ORR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY—With Uintahs. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $15. Stueckle Sky Center JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LOVE STORY—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
SUNDAY FEB. 12 BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape CHALI 2NA—8 p.m. $8 adv., $12 door. Reef
LARRY CONKLIN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s
RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. Creekside Lounge ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m. FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SOUL SERENE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
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WEDNESDAY FEB. 15 CAMDEN HUGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill CURSIVE—With Ume and Mount Moriah. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $15. Neurolux DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
DEE HISEL—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s
TWO BIRDS ON A WIRE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
KAYLEIGH JACK—With Johnny Shoes. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
VEKTOR—With Latimer and Krystos. 8 p.m. $5. Shredder
LOS LONELY BOYS—8 p.m. $20. Knitting Factory
THE LOTUS VELLUM—With Brother Dan and Sun Blood Stories. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage
THE WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
LOVE STINKS—Featuring DJ Stardust Lounge. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux
THE MOTH GIRL—With Lerk, Dirty Moogs and Hosannas. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room
ROB FALER—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
YACHT—With Atomic Mama and Bobby Birdman. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux
SPEEDY GREY—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
MONDAY FEB. 13 ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
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RANDY TRAVIS—7:30 p.m. $40-$60. Morrison Center
GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
MUTEMATH—See Noise, Page 28. 8 p.m. $23 adv., $26 door. Knitting Factory
RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid
TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
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STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
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CURSIVE, FEB. 15, NEUROLUX It’s been a few years since the world has heard from Cursive. Its last recording was 2009’s Mama I’m Swollen. But the Omaha, Neb.-based indie/emo band has just hit the road for a string of dates to hype the release of its next opus, I Am Gemini, which comes out Tuesday, Feb. 21. Neurolux will be the third stop on a 46-date tour that will keep Cursive on the road through April. For I Am Gemini, Cursive scaled back the instrumentation, losing the horns and much of its chaotic production. Songs are smoother and less angular. If early Cursive aped parts of freeform jazz, new Cursive takes cues from radio pop. But there was always smooth, pop songwriting lingering beneath the rawer sound of the early band. Cursive’s new style brings that to the forefront, pairing it with solid rock chops that slice through all the noise. —Josh Gross With Ume and Mount Moriah. 8 p.m., $15. Neurolux, 111. N. 11th St., neurolux.com.
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SMART BOMBS Yarn bombing lacks the stigma of grafﬁti art ANDREW CRISP
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Jason Crawforth does. He’s the co-owner of four Pie Hole locations, which feature spray paint murals from Idaho artists on the walls. “Art comes in many, many forms. I think [grafﬁti] is just another form of art,” said Crawforth. “It’s from people that are not necessarily considered the ‘cultured artists.’” Though critics see grafﬁti as destructive when it isn’t commissioned, fans suggest that the art form is misunderstood. “It’s meant to be creative, it’s not mean to be destructive,” said Crawforth. But for the city, the permanent nature of the work makes all the difference. “I feel yarn bombing is a different category ... it can be removed easily without damaging the property,” said Bubb. Though Sahlein appreciates yarn bombing as an art form, he also thinks the city shouldn’t split hairs. “Who are you to pick and choose what to prosecute and what E JAM to promote?” he added. Hightower responded that Boise Police Department has never received a yarn-bombing complaint, and she wasn’t sure if it could even be considered a crime. But business owners like Crawforth are helping to preserve grafﬁti as an art form by providing their buildings as sanctioned canvases. Space for legal artwork, by its limited nature, creates a kind of natural selection among grafﬁti artists and helps elevate the artistry. Those drawn to street art naively start small on public surfaces. “[Tagging] is easy to get into. You have a sharpie and you can walk around and do a little stupid tag or something,” said Sahlein. “Most people who start are young kids, and they’re dumb.” Though tagging might be dumb, it can lead artists to create elaborate spray paint murals as their skills develop. But rather than channeling this creativity into appropriate venues, cities across the country issue citations and stiff penalties. In Idaho, property damage over $1,000 constitutes a felony. But yarn bombing, as of now, remains ﬁne-free and relatively stigma-free. “One person did give us a little bit of a hard time,” recounted Lee, laughing. “‘You’re going to cause people to be destructive,’ the lady said. She thought that when people would get out of the bars and they would see these [yarn] birds, they’d pull down the branches to get them.” S
There’s a new type of grafﬁti in town. It’s colorful, often called “cuddly” and found on bike racks, parking meters and tree trunks. A July KTVB Channel 7 story called it the “warm and fuzzy” side of street crime. Yarn bombing, as it’s known, introduces colorful ﬂashes of thread to the often-bleak urban landscape. In Boise, an array of surfaces have been anonymously blanketed in knitted teal, fuchsia and periwinkle yarn. “I would love to knit a top hat and put it up on Lincoln’s head in front of the Capitol,” said Genevra Lee, a sometimes street artist. But Lee and partner in crime Renee Roberts aren’t street artists in the stereotypical sense. They’re female, they work in broad daylight and they use words like “whimsy.” “There’s an element of giving people this sense of whimsy, of surprise. People don’t expect to see it there,” said Roberts, describing the duo’s yarn masterpieces. Bringing yarn from grandma’s craft basket to the streets suggests a rejection of the usual straight-laced image of the medium. Karen Bubb, Boise’s public arts manager, calls it a response to the “coldness of the environment.” “I think it’s a national trend that comes out of the arts and crafts resurgence,” said Bubb. Bubb oversees downtown art, whether it’s city-sanctioned, like the trafﬁc-box art, or privately funded, like Freak Alley Gallery. In her opinion, yarn bombing differs from grafﬁti. “Yarn bombing is a newer phenomenon,” she said. “It isn’t associated with destroying the community. At this moment, it’s not a harbinger of destruction, so people think of it differently.” The city makes a similar distinction. Bubb said that the department responsible for the yarn-bombed ﬁxture decides whether to keep it. Stuart Prince, with the City’s Parking Services, said that as long as the yarn doesn’t interfere with meter readings, they’ll leave it. Traditional street art doesn’t enjoy such a relaxed stance. A city ordinance requires that grafﬁti—as well as its cousin, tagging—be removed within 24 hours, at the owner’s expense. The Boise Police Department has a grafﬁti task force, and there’s even a special grafﬁti hotline for masked painters. David Hale, owner of the Linen Building on Grove Street, has dealt with both types of guerrilla art. The bike racks outside his venue have been yarn bombed, and he’s personally dealt with tagging, calling it “a pain in the ass.” However, he’s quick to note that, in his
eyes, grafﬁti is much different than tagging. “I look at grafﬁti in more of an artistic sense,” said Hale. As for yarn bombing, he hopes it will continue to festoon his bike racks. “It’s like socks, in a way,” said Hale. “It’s like grandma’s little touch out in public. You can’t do anything too defacing with yarn.” But tagging doesn’t carry the same charm. “The vast majority of grafﬁti in Boise is tagging,” said Lynn Hightower, Boise Police communications director. “It does increase the perception of crime—whether that is true or not.” Hightower said that citizens complain about grafﬁti, so the city must take action. Solomon “Hawk” Sahlein from the aboveground grafﬁti collective Sector 17 suggests that it’s not about the medium, it’s more about the response. Grafﬁti is considered vandalism. “Police wanna go full-force and prosecute us for a felony,” said Sahlein. “It can get frustrating sometimes.” Hightower suggests that these differing views on grafﬁti and yarn bombing reﬂect society’s perceptions of the two mediums. Citizens don’t feel threatened by bespectacled yarn-bombers, but it’s easy to imagine grafﬁti artists as hooded and frightening. “I think a lot of people perceive [yarn bombing] as art,” said Hightower. “And a lot of people don’t perceive grafﬁti as art.”
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YOUR OSCAR CHEAT SHEET Tweety Bird won an Academy Award? Who Knew? GEORGE PRENTICE You only have until Sunday, Feb. 26, to get your Oscar game on—that’s just two-and-ahalf weeks to become the center of attention at a party where you and your friends watch the world’s most insufferable, widely loved awards show. In an effort to ﬁll your cache with an arsenal of Oscar know-how, we’ve put together an Academy Awards cheat sheet. But time is of the essence; you have some serious moviewatching ahead. The most important thing you need to do is see The Artist. It is a rock-solid bet to win Best Picture, and BW has been crowing about this gem since September 2011, when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Artist is on track to become one of the least-watched movies ever to win Best Picture. So odds are, you may be the only one at the party to have seen it.
BONUS POINTS: You’re sure to impress by knowing the name of the Jack Russell terrier who steals the show in The Artist. His name is Uggie, and if I know my Oscars, he’s certain to make a surprise appearance at this year’s ceremony.
Jack Russell terrier Uggie steals the show in The Artist.
loves it when actresses wear prosthetics.” When your fellow partygoers turn to you with incredulity, tell them that’s the only reason Oscars went to Charlize Theron in Monster and Nicole Kidman in The Hours. If they still aren’t buying your argument, say something like, “Well, the Academy has its head up its ass.” BONUS POINTS: There are 5,515 voting members of the Academy, which is a lot of heads up a lot of asses. DOUBLE BONUS POINTS: Actors make up the largest branch (1,183), while makeup artists and hairstylists comprise the smallest (118).
DOUBLE BONUS POINTS: Uggie is nominated for two Golden Collar Awards, given for the best pooches on the silver screen.
Make a point to see Hugo in 3D, which is currently playing at discount prices. It’s a lovely ﬁlm and destined to grab some Oscar technical awards, which usually ﬁll the ﬁrst hour of the ceremony.
BONUS POINTS: Oscar has been stingy when it comes to 3D. A handful of technical awards were delivered to Alice in Wonderland and Avatar, and Pixar’s Up and Toy Story 3 have won best animated feature. Everyone knows that Billy Crystal is a veteran host—this year will be his ninth ceremony. Many people can name a few other past hosts: Steve Martin, Johnny Carson or Jon Stewart. But here are some rather odd hosts who have helmed the Oscar ceremonies: Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Jerry Lewis and Burt Reynolds.
BONUS POINTS: Donald Duck was billed (no pun intended) as co-host of the 1958 Academy Awards. Donald is actually an Oscar-winner himself, in 1943. DOUBLE BONUS POINTS: Other animated Oscar winners include Bugs Bunny, Mr. Magoo, Pepe Le Pew, Pink Panther, Tweety Bird and Winnie the Pooh. There are plenty of this year’s Oscar nominees already available on home video—The Help, The Tree of Life—but the two that you deﬁnitely need to rent are Beginners, which features a wonderful performance by Christopher Plummer (certain to win Best Supporting Actor), and Midnight in Paris, which I believe is a dark-horse favorite to pull an upset or two, like Best Director or Best Original Screenplay for Woody Allen.
Make a date to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and My Week With Marilyn. The stars of these wonderful ﬁlms— Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams—deliver wonderful performances. You’ll sound appropriately indignant when the Oscar goes to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady. Say something like, “Well, the Academy
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BONUS POINTS: If you have time, rent Moneyball, too. It will probably win the Oscar for its Best Adapted Screenplay. It’s co-author, Aaron Sorkin, won the same award last year for The Social Network.
The biggest debacle in Oscar history was in 1989, when the broadcast opened with a bizarre musical number featuring an actress playing Snow White being serenaded by Rob Lowe in a disjointed rendition of “Proud Mary.” The incident was so embarrassing that Disney studios sued the Motion Picture Academy. A settlement was reached, with the Academy promising that it would absolutely never show clips from that broadcast again.
BONUS POINTS: The same broadcast featured another embarrassing musical number, featuring some unfortunate warbling from Patrick Dempsey and Christian Slater.
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SCREEN/LISTINGS Opening JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND—The follow-up to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. (PG) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22
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SAFE HOUSE—Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in this action-thriller. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22 THIS MEANS WAR—Two deadly CIA operatives fall for the same woman. (PG 13) Opens Tuesday, Feb. 14. Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22 THE VOW—Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum star as a newlywed couple stuck by tragedy. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22
ROCK ’EM, SOCK ’EM BOXING ROBOTS TOP BOISE DVD FAVES
PELADA—This documentary follows two former college soccer stars who won’t give up the game. Followed by a charity soccer game on Saturday, Feb. 11. Friday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, sub. boisestate.edu.
Boise couldn’t get enough of boxing robots the week ending Jan. 30. The Treasure Valley’s DVD of choice, according to movie-in-a-box kiosk Redbox, was Real Steel, the 2011 sci-ﬁ story featuring Hugh Jackman and animatronic boxers. It opened to mixed reviews but boffo box ofﬁce in October 2011, and even pulled down a 2012 Oscar nomination for best visual effects. Boise’s second-favorite DVD choice at Redbox was the newly released 50/50, the superb comedy-drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the script. Yes, this is the one about cancer but trust us, it was one of the best of 2011. Redbox’s Top 10 in Boise was rounded out by Paranormal Activity 3, Abduction, Moneyball, Dolphin Tale, The Ides of March, Final Destination 5, Courageous and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. If by chance Real Steel isn’t available (and that’s a fair assumption), here’s a Plan B: grab one of director Shawn Levy’s other big hits, such as Date Night or Night at the Museum. And of course, there are plenty of Jackman DVDs to go around, including any of the ﬁve movies in which he plays Logan/Wolverine in the X Men series. —George Prentice
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daho Public Television proudly presents an evening with author and travel show host Rick Steves. Pledge your support for tickets to see Steves live Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Boise’s historic Egyptian Theatre. All seats are reserved for this family event. Steves will sign books immediately following the lecture. Tickets are available exclusively at idahoptv.org, or call (800) 980-4788 during business hours. Rick Steves Live in Boise. Another way Idaho Public Television educates, informs and inspires.
SCREEN/TV YOUR FEBRUARY GUIDE TO THE SWEEPS Television networks determine how much they’ll charge for advertising based on the ratings they receive in November and February. The two months are affectionately known as the “sweeps.” Traditionally, the month of February includes some of the year’s better programming. Here are a few highlights: THE GRAMMY AWARDS— The Grammy is still the award that musicians yearn for. But keep in mind the following artists never won a Grammy: Chuck Berry, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone and The Who. CBS, Sunday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. SMASH—NBC is betting way too much on this musical series becoming a smash hit. It could save or sink the peacock. NBC, Monday, Feb. 13, 9 p.m. THE RIVER—Oren Peli, the writer-director of Paranor-
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Real Steel reels in the Red Box bucks.
mal Activity, crafted this supernatural thriller set in the Amazon. ABC, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. THE SIMPSONS—Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa celebrate their 500th episode by getting evicted from Springﬁeld. The anniversary show features WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a guest voice. Fox, Sunday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. LIFE’S TOO SHORT—Ricky Gervais returns to HBO with The Ofﬁce co-creator Stephen Merchant. Gervais calls the show the
best thing he’s ever done, and it’s already a cult hit on the BBC. HBO, Sunday, Feb. 18, 8:30 p.m. THE ACADEMY AWARDS— Billy Crystal gets his tux dry cleaned for the ninth time to host the granddaddy of all award shows. But keep in mind the following Hollywood luminaries never won an Oscar: Fred Astaire, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock. ABC, Sunday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. —George Prentice
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ISLAND ADVENTURE Vancouver Island’s Juan de Fuca Marine Trail SCOTT MARCHANT
Elkhorn yurt near Idaho City.
You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to ﬁnd world-class adventure outside of Idaho—just head north. Our northern neighbor, Canada, is the second-largest country in the world, boasting 7 percent of the world’s land mass. Within this outdoor Shangri-la lies the largest island on North America’s West Coast— Vancouver Island. This sparsely populated island is known for its diverse ecosystem and has roughly 100 Provincial Parks and 50 Ecological Park Reserves. From stunning rainforests to spectacular beaches and rugged mountains, some of the The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail lets hikers experience the seclusion and dramatic vistas of most captivating scenery in all of Canada can Vancouver Island. be found on the island, and best of all, it’s relatively accessible. A three-hour ferry ride tions only crossable at low tides. trail. Much of the route weaves through from Seattle to Victoria—the island’s largest The most-strenuous segment of the trail old-growth forests with huge sitka spruce, city—or a short ﬂight will get you there. is from China Beach to Sombrio Beach at Douglas ﬁr, Western hemlock and cedar The southwestern coast of Vancouver mile 18. The route is up and down again, trees. Cliffs and reef shelves provide unimIsland is home to two extraordinary hiking however, muddier sections slow travel. Near trails, the West Coast Trail and the Juan De peded views across the Juan De Fuca Strait Sombrio Beach, the rough trail traverses a and beyond to the Olympic Mountains in Fuca Marine Trail. Every year, hikers from Washington. Wildlife, including black bears, high cliff requiring handholds, but higharound the world descend onto the more lights of this segment include the suspension cougars, orca and gray whales, seals, sea famous WCT for sensational vistas, long lions and eagles can often be seen. Think of bridges over Loss Creek and Sombrio River. stretches of open beaches and world-class, Sombrio Beach is a top-notch surﬁng this hike as a walk through a mature rainold-growth forests. But the 47-mile route location and can be accessed from Highway forest with occasional visits to a dramatic has a few challenges—it is recommended 14, so expect to see a few surfers. Camping beach. for experienced backpackers only, is only is available at the beach, and hikers will From the eastern end of the 29-mileaccessible from May through September, again need to cross portions at low tide. long route, hikers start at the China Beach has difﬁcult trailhead access, enforces a The ﬁnal 11 miles of the trail are relaTrailhead, just west of the small community daily quota that often ﬁlls up, and requires tively level, but muddy sections are more of Jordan River (43 miles west of Victoria a trail use fee of $70. common and the forest is younger because along Highway 14). This easy portion of Although geographically close to the the hike leads more than one mile to Mystic of logging in the 1980s. Boardwalks, ladWCT, the newer Juan De Fuca Marine Trail, established in 1994, sees a fraction of Beach, where hikers can ﬁnd camping and a ders and interpretive signs are more proliﬁc as the trail heads west, and hikers will cross waterfall. Beyond Mystic Beach the terrain the use of the WCT but provides a comseveral suspension bridges. becomes more rolling and reaches Bear pelling alternative. Reservations are not The Botanical Beach trailhead is located Beach at the 5.5-mile mark, where hikers needed, there is no limit on the number of at mile 29. Near the trailhead, hikers will will need to plan hikers, and there is ﬁnd Botany Bay and Botanical Beach, where ahead for an extenno use fee beyond a extensive tidal pools provide a glimpse into sive segment only $10-per-night campaccessible at low tide. the area’s rich ecosystem. ing fee. Four access Access: Several airlines ﬂy from Boise to Victoria, B.C., and ferry service The small but quaint community of One of the more points allow the trail leaves from both Anacortes, Wash., physically challenging Port Renfrew is a few miles from the to be broken into and Port Angeles, Wash. Once in Victoria, Botanical Beach trailhead. Since both portions of the hike smaller journeys and drive west on Highway 14, one to two hours, is from Bear Beach to the WCT and Juan De Fuca trailheads access is year round. to one of the four trailheads. are nearby, the community relies heavily China Beach, across The route does on summer tourism and is home to a few seven miles of undurequire some beach hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, outlating terrain. The crossings that can door stores and gift shops. Think the charm trail is rarely ﬂat—ascending and descendonly be made during low tide, but tide tables are available at waterlevels.gc.ca and ing 300 feet or more as it meanders between of Stanley but replace the Sawtooths with the Paciﬁc Ocean. creek beds. There is little opportunity to at information kiosks along the trail. Whether you day hike or backpack the camp, and beach access is virtually imposScenery along the Juan De Fuca is sible. However, the outstanding old-growth Juan De Fuca Marine Trail, be sure to put spectacular. A rugged, rocky shoreline is forest and vistas compensate for the rugged this one on your hiking to-do list. This is home to countless tidal pools and secluded workout. Camping is found at China Beach one of the ﬁnest adventures in the Paciﬁc beaches, and waterfalls and streams appear and the trail traverses a couple of beach sec- Northwest, if not in North America. around every bend on the coast-hugging
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FIGHT THE FEVER It usually hits sometime in February— that sensation that if you spend one more day stuck in town, you will completely lose it and cause some sort of unfortunate scene that you’ll regret once spring—and your sanity—return. In most circles, it’s called cabin fever, and somewhat ironically, a cabin might just be the cure. Well, a cabin or a yurt. Even if you don’t have the cash to escape to a posh ski resort or tropical island, you can still get away from it all if you’re willing to do a little planning and just a touch of roughing it. Idaho’s backcountry is dotted with cabins and yurts. While some are available through private backcountry guides, there are several options that will keep the cost down even more. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation maintains numerous backcountry yurts in the Idaho City area, all of which are within a three-mile snowshoe or cross-country ski from a Park-and-Ski location. Here’s the good news: The yurts sleep up to six people, are furnished and are stocked with much of the gear you’ll need. And, best yet, they rent for $75 per night on weekdays and $90 per night on weekends. Here’s the bad news: The yurts are booked out on weekends through the end of March, and only a smattering of mid-week dates remain open. Still, if you can take off mid-week, here’s your chance at escape. For more information, visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov. If you’d rather head to the McCall area, the University of Idaho’s McCall Field Campus is offering winter yurt and cabin rentals to the public. The campus is in Ponderosa State Park and on Payette Lake, with easy access to the area’s miles and miles of Nordic and snowshoe trails. Of course, if you’re more interested in speed, it’s also close to Tamarack Resort, Brundage Mountain Resort and The Little Ski Hill. There’s a mix of accommodations at the campus, including bunkhouse units that sleep up to eight people and rent for $55 per night; a cabin that sleeps up to four people and rents for $80 per night with a two-night minimum; and a yurt that sleeps up to four and rents for $49 per night with a two-night minimum. Groups of 15 or more can even arrange to have meals served. For information or reservations, visit uidaho.edu/cnr/moss. —Deanna Darr
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tickets: start at $15 $10 if you are under 30 phone: 331-9224 x205 online: BCTheater.org 854 Fulton St. Downtown Boise, ID
BIKE/RUN TRANSITIONS—Preparing for a triathlon? Learn to effectively and efﬁciently switch from cycling to running to help minimize your transition time. Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec. boisestate.edu.
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OUR TROOPS, OUR FAMILIES—Military families can enjoy free skating and rentals with valid military ID. Sunday, Feb. 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, idahoiceworld.com. STEELHEADS HOCKEY—vs. Alaska Aces. Wednesday, Feb. 8; Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11; 7 p.m. $16-$50. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, centurylinkarenaboise.com VALENTINES CHAIR DANCE WORKSHOP—Kelly will teach you how to dance seductively using the chair as a prop. Feather boa is yours to keep. Thursday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $30. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, ophidiastudio.com.
Recurring BICYCLE BROWN BAG MAINTENANCE SERIES—Learn all about bikes, from conducting simple repairs to completely overhauling your ride. Topics change weekly, and all classes are held in the Cycle Learning Center. Visit rec.boisestate.edu for more info and to register. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec. boisestate.edu. THURSDAY NIGHT RUN/ WALKS—Join the group for 3-, 4- or 5-mile fun run/walks every Thursday. All abilities are welcome. The run/walk starts at 5:30 p.m. First-timers should come a few minutes early to sign up. Join the mileage club to earn points for rewards. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. FREE, 208-344-6604. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, idahorunningcompany.com.
Register MASTERS SWIM TEAM—Enjoy aquatic fun and get ﬁt with fourand/or eight-week sessions. You’ll receive coaching, workout sets and reserved space in the Boise State Rec Center Aquatic Complex. Register through Friday, Feb. 10, at rec.boisestate.edu/aquatice/programs. $35-90. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec.boisestate.edu. SAWTOOTH RELAY—Register through Saturday, March 31, for the 31st annual Sawtooth Relay on Saturday, June 9, in Stanley. Six-person teams cover a 62-mile course, ending in Atkinson Park in Ketchum. Visit sawtoothrelay. com for more info. $360 per team. Stanley, 1-800-878-7950, stanleycc.org.
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WILSON CREEK FROZEN 50K Both trail running and ultra marathoning have seen a recent surge in popularity, and Idaho Trail Ultra Series combines them both with six trail runs around the state in 2012 that highlight different styles, terrains and varying locales: desert, arid high country, forest and foothills. The series is the brain child of a group of race directors and ultra runners—Emily Berriochoa, Davina Jackson, Ben Blessing and Jenny Stinson—who feel that Idaho offers a unique opportunity for running long distances. Blessing is race director for the Wild Idaho Endurance Runs out of McCall, which are part of the series in August. Stinson will host the Foothills Frenzy in the Boise area in October, and Jackson and Berriochoa— through Pickled Feet Ultra Running—have added a mid-winter race and a June race in the Silver City area. Ultra marathons are distances longer than the traditional 26.2-miles—typically 50k, 100k, 50 miles or 100 miles. THE IDAHO TRAIL ULTRA However, many ultra races offer SERIES SCHEDULE: shorter courses for recreational Silver City Endurance Runs runners. In fact, ITUS’ recent (100k, 50k, 30k): June 23, Wilson Creek Frozen 50K includSilver City ed 20- or 10-mile distances. McCall Trailrunning Classic Just before Frozen 50’s Jan. (40 mile, 20 mile, 10 21 race day, a large storm hit mile): July 14, Bear Basin, the Boise area and wreaked McCall havoc on the course. Snow, rain Wild Idaho Endurance Runs and Owyhee mud were in full (50 mile, 50k): Aug. 4, force at the 7 a.m. start for the Boiling Springs Camp50k and 20-mile racers. ground, Crouch The long loop that makes IMTUF 100 Mile: Oct. 6-7, up the heart of the 50k and Payette Lake, McCall 20-mile courses climbed to the Foothills 50k Frenzy: Oct. summit of Wilson Peak—al20, Boise most 4,500 feet of elevation More info at gain. What goes up must come idahotrailultraseries.com. down, and after my training run on the course, I knew that the technical and demanding descent would be an incredible challenge. More than 200 crazy and determined ultra runners signed up for the Frozen 50, with about half ultimately running the shorter races. I shufﬂed along the road with my fellow racers and onto a series of single-track trails that lead through the Wilson Creek trail system, culminating with the beautiful red canyon walls and Chinese-built aqueduct that travels above Reynolds Creek. For many racers, the Frozen 50 was their ﬁrst ultra race. The word “suckered” by friends cropped up often. The winner of the 50k race crossed the line in just more than ﬁve hours. I compared my 10.8-mile time—two hours and one minute—and ﬁgured I’d better keep training. —Steve Silva WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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BIER:THIRTY Bangin’ and mash JOSH GROSS Brewforia Bown, an austerely decorated, sunlit cafe stocked with enough hooch to survive the apocalypse, was one of Boise’s best new culinary respites. But change can be turbulent. And when this hops hamlet announced it would split with Brewforia in Meridian so co-owner Chris Oates could go it alone as Bier:Thirty, the panic set in. But so far, it appears to be a change for the better, in as much as things have changed at all. The clean interior design remains the same, as does the massive beer selection. The only real evolution is on the food menu. The weekend wafﬂe sandwiches didn’t make the cut, but the half-heavenly Carolina pulled pork sandwich, basted in a mustard sauce and topped with bleu cheese slaw, did. It was a good sausage—sweet and moist The biggest change was the addition of but still ﬁrm—and the mashers several Wurstchen plates, which it sat on were also tasty. The pair fancy sausages with sides lumps and stringy texture so like pan-fried red potatoes and BIER:THIRTY BOTTLE AND BISTRO common in mashed sweet potahouse frijoles. Bier:Thirty also 3073 S. Bown Way toes were worked out, and they added a roast veggie sandwich 208-342-1916 were lightly spiced with pepper. and salad for the non-meat set, bierthirty.com But the standout was the as well as an impressive-soundchipotle honey drizzle. The ing creole beef stew ($10.99). sauce more than complemented On a recent trip, I opted for the rest of the dish—it dominated it. And the the Northwest bangers and mash ($10.99), a sage-and-brown-sugar sausage served on a bed dominance was all in the heat of the peppers. The rich smoked ﬂavor of chipotle peppers of mashed sweet potatoes and dressed up in a has worked its way into everyday cuisine chipotle sauce.
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through the magic of dilution, pleasing even heat-sensitive palates. This is not the case with the chipotle drizzle at Bier:Thirty. While it’s not on the level of the ghost pepper sauce at Superb Sushi, for a dish billed as Northwest, it brought a level of heat straight out of Texas. And while heat ain’t a bad thing, casual chipotle and banger enthusiasts should be aware of what they’re getting themselves into. However, nothing sooths an inﬂamed gullet like beer. And Bier:Thirty has approximately all of them ever made to choose from. So order away. Whether you choose solid or liquid bread, your tongue will be well cared for.
FOOD/NEWS STILL NEED VALENTINE’S DAY RESERVATIONS?
Slackers: It’s not too late to snag a table for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a list of what was still available as of press time.
FLYING PIE—Selling heart-shaped pizzas in any size. Call the day before or day of to reserve. 4320 W. State St., 208-384-0000; 6508 W. Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000, ﬂyingpie.com.
ONO HAWAIIAN CAFE—Regular menu and multiple-course special for couples with plenty of reservations still available. 2170 Broadway Ave., 208-4296800, onocafe.net.
LE COQ ROUGE—Completely booked on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but the Valentine’s Day theme and menu are available on Friday, Feb. 10, through Monday, Feb. 13. 1320 S. Maple Grove Road, 208-
SALT TEARS COFFEEHOUSE AND NOSHERY—Three-course pre-ﬁxe dinner with tableside service including white trufﬂe and wild mushroom lasagna for $25 per person. Reservations recommended but walk-ins are welcome. 4714 W. State St., 208-275-0017, salttears.com.
13TH STREET PUB AND GRILL—Prixﬁxe three-course dinner special, which includes crab-stuffed beef tenderloin with whisky peppercorn sauce. Also included in the $40 price is a bottle of red or white wine from Zhou Zhou or a bottle of bubbly. Reservations available and walk-ins are welcome. 1520 N. 13th St., 208-639-8888.
able reservations. 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com. EMILIO’S—Normal dinner menu with a couple of specials. Reservations recommended. Seatings every 30 minutes from 5-9:30 p.m. 245 S. Capitol Blvd.,
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2010 TRUST RIESLING, $15.99 If there’s a place well beyond the borders of Germany where Riesling ﬂourishes, it’s the Northwest—warm days and cool nights translate to ripe fruit and racy acidity. The aromas in this Walla Walla, Wash., wine are a mix of green apple and peach, colored by orange blossom and herb. Creamy stone fruit ﬂavors lead off on the palate, matched by crisp citrus. A nice minerality and orange zest comes through on the green apple ﬁnish.
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Riesling too often gets a bad rap. Originating in the Rhine region of Germany, riesling is one of the great white wine varieties but is frequently dismissed as a “sweet” wine. Yes, it’s responsible for some of the world’s ﬁnest dessert wines, but it can also be bone dry. Even when it does have a little residual sugar, when grown in the right terroir, riesling also has the big, balancing acidity to match, resulting in a wine that tastes much less sweet than you might imagine. Here are the panel’s top picks:
BARBACOA—Four-course dinner menu, $85 per person. Candy, 12 roses and a card on Valentine’s Day. Reservations are required and tables are available at 5-5:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. 276 W. Bobwhite Court, 208-338-5000, barbacoaboise.com. BERRYHILL AND CO.—Valentine’s menu with dishes like baked escargot and scallop orichette. Reservations available early and late. 121 N. Ninth St., Ste. 102, 208-387-3553, berryhillandco.com.
SHANGRI-LA TEA HOUSE—Free chocolate overload torte with the purchase of two entrees. No reservations accepted. 1800 W. Overland Road, 208-4240273, shangri-latearoomandcafe.com.
CASANOVA PIZZERIA—Special signature pizza and dessert. No reservations accepted. 1204 S. Vista Ave., 208-3313535, casanovapizzeria.com. CHANDLERS—Special menu available Friday, Feb. 10-Saturday, Feb. 18. See the website for menu details and avail-
SEASONS BISTRO WINE BAR—Prime rib and salmon dinner with live music from Michael Laky, $65 per couple. Early reservations still available. Visit Season’s Facebook page for a special V-Day deal. 1117 E. Winding Creek Drive, Eagle, 208-939-6680, seasonseaglerestaurant.com.
Branch out and treat your sweetheart at Twig’s Cellar.
TWIG’S CELLAR—Valentine’s special includes a bottle of bubbly, a rose and a decadent dessert to share for $25. Plenty of reservations still available. 816 Bannock St., 208-344-8944, twigscellar.com. —Tara Morgan
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on March 22, 2012 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be ﬁled by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Jan. 31 2012. CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: Deirdre Price Deputy Clerk Pub. Feb. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2012. RE-RECORDING OF LAND F90917997B Ofﬁce of Ada County Recorder Attention: County Recorder 200 W. Front Street Boise, Idaho U.S.A. 83702 To: The Ofﬁce of Ada County Recorder From: Executor Ofﬁce - JOSEPH CALLAN ESTATE. Regarding: 3700 Sycamore Drive, Boise, Idaho [Instrument Number 105125213] The above abandoned land, real estate, property and deed is hereby claimed as JOSEPH CAL-
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DOWN 1 Opening word? 2 Tea merchant Sir Thomas 3 Early computer 4 Shout in a strip 5 Drink served with Brezeln 6 “What chutzpah!” 7 Miss at a hoedown 8 “The Simpsons” character with platform shoes 9 Old block deliverers 10 Gold rush town of 1899 11 Graceful horse 12 ___ a scratch 13 Utah’s state animal 14 Mythical figure blinded by Oenopion 15 Do a certain dish duty 16 Zero, in slang 18 Beach umbrella, e.g. 20 Student involved in a prank, maybe 23 Appear on the scene 25 SpongeBob, e.g. 29 Sugary quaffs 32 Canine protector 34 Fishing gear 35 Blanket 37 ___ Place 38 Continental prefix 39 Primo 40 Product from Mars 44 Sahara feature 45 Push 46 One of a group of 12, say 47 World org. based in Lausanne, Switzerland 48 Bowl call 49 Leucippus and Democritus, philosophically 51 Some Dadaist works 52 Go up
88 Half of a title role for John Barrymore or Spencer Tracy 89 Goddess associated with witchcraft 90 Like some T-shirt designs 91 Didn’t wait until Christmas, say 92 Terrible 93 Savvies 94 Entranced 98 Other, in Oviedo 99 Crate 100 Lassie of Arg. 102 S-shaped molding 105 Quick drink 107 Gen ___ 108 Outdo
53 Oil producer? 55 It brings up many ticket holders 56 “Ta-ta!” 57 Place to live in Germany 59 Prefix with -plasm 60 Give lessons 64 Sheiks’ garments 65 Sidecars might go on it 66 “Star Trek II” villain 67 Houston university 68 ___ Islam 70 Meadow call 71 “Ready!” follower 73 Joiner of a team 74 Gravy holder 75 Home of ancient Bethlehem 79 One of a secretive trio 80 Dairy brand 82 Get foggy 83 ___ decay 85 One-point score, of a sort 86 It might be batted at a knockout 87 Clerics’ homes
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or conquest,” said author George Eliot. I believe the same is true even about intimate bonds that have not been legally consecrated. Each tends to either be a collaboration of equals who are striving for common goals or else a power struggle in which one party seeks to dominate the other. Which of those two models has characterized your romantic history, Aries? Now is an excellent time to begin working to ensure that the partnership model will predominate for the rest of your long life.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I’d love for you to be able to always give the best gifts you have to give without worrying about whether they will be received in the spirit with which you offer them. But that’s just not realistic. I would also be ecstatic if you never had to tone down your big, beautiful self out of fear that others would be jealous or intimidated. And yet that’s not a rational possibility, either. Having said that, I do want to note that now and then, both of those pleasurable scenarios can prevail for extended lengths of time. And I believe you’re now in one of those grace periods.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Love loves to love love,” wrote James Joyce in his 1922 novel Ulysses. “Nurse loves the new chemist. Constable 14A loves Mary Kelly. Jumbo, the elephant, loves Alice, the elephant. Old Mr. Verschole with the ear trumpet loves old Mrs. Verschoyle with the turnedin eye. The man in the brown macintosh loves a lady who is dead. His Majesty the King loves Her Majesty the Queen.” What Joyce said 90 years ago is still true: The world is a churning, burning uproar of yearning. The droning moan of “I want you, I need you” never dies down. Give yourself to that cosmic current without apology this Valentine season, Taurus. Celebrate your voracious ache for love. Honor your urge to merge with reverence and awe for its raw splendor.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In accordance with the astrological omens, here’s what I wish and predict for the near future: You will be a connoisseur of temptations. By that, I mean you will have a knack for attracting and playing with enticements. More importantly, you’ll have a sixth sense about the distinction between good and bad bait— between provocative temptations that serve your most-fervent dreams and debilitating traps that dissipate your integrity. And when you get a lock on the invigorating, ennobling kind, you will know how to work with it so it drives you wild with smart longing.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’ve ghostwritten a personal ad for you to give to your Valentine or potential Valentine: “I’m looking for a free yet disciplined spirit I can roll down hills with on sunny days and solve thorny puzzles with when the skies are cloudy. Can you see the absurd in the serious and the serious in the absurd? Are you a curious chameleon always working to sharpen your communication skills? Might you be attracted to a sweet-talking wise-ass who’s evolving into a holy goofball? Emotional baggage is expected, of course, but please make sure yours is organized and well packed. Let’s create the most unpredictably intriguing versions of beauty and truth that anyone ever imagined.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): On average, an adult on planet Earth has sex 103 times a year. But I’m guessing that in the immediate future, Cancerians everywhere may be motivated to exceed that rate by a large margin. The astrological omens suggest that your tribe’s levels of sensual desire may reach astronomical heights. Do you know anyone you’re attracted to who might be willing help you out as you follow your bliss? If not, be your own Valentine. One way or another, it’s prime time to celebrate your relationship with eros.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Eliphas Levi was a 19th-century author and hermetic magician whose work has had a major influence on Western mystery schools. The great secret of magic, he said, is fourfold: “to know what has to be done, to will what is required, to dare what must be attempted, and to keep silent with discernment.” Your assignment, Libra, is to apply this approach to your love life. How can you create a relationship with love that will be a gift to the world and also make you smarter, kinder and wilder? Know what magic you have to do. Will yourself to do it. Dare to be ingenious and inspired. And don’t tell anyone what you’re doing until you achieve your goal. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After analyzing the data for this Valentine season, I realized you could benefit from being less sober, solemn and serious about your intimate relationships. That’s why I collected some one-liners from someecards.com for you to use as you loosen up your approach. Consider delivering them to anyone you’d like to be closer to. 1. “We’ll be best friends forever because you already know too much about me.” 2. “It would be great if you would schedule your social events around my mood swings.” 3. “I’m sorry I drunk-dialed you before realizing you were already in bed with me.” 4. “I wanna do boring things with you.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The world is an oyster, but you don’t crack it open on a mattress,” said a character in an Arthur Miller play. He was referring to the idea that if you’re obsessed with sex and romance, your level of worldly accomplishment may be rather low. It jibes with what a friend in my youth told me when he noticed how much of my energy was engaged in pursuing desirable females: “They don’t build statues in parks for guys who chase women.” I realize you may not be wildly receptive to ruminating on these matters during the Valentine season, Sagittarius. However, the omens suggest I advise you to do just that. It’s a good time to finetune the balance between your lifelong career goals and your quest for love. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Ancient Egyptians thought that drinking bear grease could stimulate ardor, while the Greeks believed that eating sparrow brains would do the trick. When potatoes first appeared in Spain in 1534, imported from the New World, they were used in love potions and worth more than $1,000 a pound. The Asian rhinoceros was hunted nearly to extinction because its horn was thought to have aphrodisiac properties. Just in time for Valentine season, I’d like to suggest that you call on a different kind of romantic stimulant that costs nothing and doesn’t endanger any species: being a good listener. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Maybe there is a soulmate for you in this world. Maybe there isn’t. But you can count on this: If that person is out there, you will never bond with him or her by clinging to a set of specific expectations about how it should happen. He or she will not possess all the qualities you wish for and will not always treat you exactly as you want to be. I’m sure you already know this deep down, Aquarius, but hearing it from an objective observer might help liberate you further from the oppressive fantasy of romantic perfection. That way you can better recognize and celebrate the real thing. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” So proclaimed Dr. Seuss. I think this is an excellent meditation for you during this season of love. You need more permission to share your idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, and you need more freedom to ally yourself with people whose idiosyncrasies and eccentricities you’re compatible with.
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