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CUP OF TRUTH Hot Coffee explores how people get burned by tort reform FEATURE 13

MINE OVER MATTER Idaho miners value reward over risk ARTS 28

VIBRATORS Alley Rep’s look at the history of the ... ahem, movement FOOD 32

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NOTE IDAHO LEG STRIKES OUT—AS USUAL Just when I thought there would be nothing to write about in my Editor’s Note this week, the Idaho Legislature went and did not one but two cringe-worthy things. On Feb. 9, after a full afternoon of testimony from Idahoans who described themselves as dyed-in-the-wool, lifelong Republicans who were neither environmentalists nor “one of those green people,” the House Resources and Conservation Committee voted unanimously to strip local authority of control over gas drilling permits (Page 11). In other words: Republican lawmakers completely dismissed the pleas of Republican citizens, as well as those of some county officials, and decided that the state should have final say-so over who gets to drill where because counties do not have the expertise to deal with gas drilling. You know, because the state, which formally adopted guidelines on drilling only days ago, has so much experience in that area itself. Ironically, these are the same conservative lawmakers who don’t want the federal government giving them marching orders—not on health care or the environment. Do as I say and not as I do? Bright and early the very next day, the Senate State Affairs Committee, once again, voted to reject a bill that would amend the Idaho Human Rights Act to include discrimination protections for gender identity and sexual orientation (Page 11). Though the Add the Words campaign provided the most organized and high-profile effort to date to urge lawmakers to support the amendment, I don’t think anyone was surprised by the outcome. I hope that at some point, Idaho lawmakers are actually going to have to let the proposal at least get out of committee, but until then, I propose we start firing straight people en masse. And while we’re at it, let’s start firing anyone who claims one gender or the other. Hell, we’ll start right here at Boise Weekly. Dear editorial department: I regret to inform you that as you are all—presumably—sexually active, you’re fired. I don’t care who or what you have sex with—man, woman, goat, high-priced doll—you are dismissed. And just to cover all my bases in case the Idaho definition of sexually active doesn’t describe how infrequently you hump whatever it is you hump, you’re all fired for laying claim to a gender through name, appearance and dress. Lipstick and high heels are verboten. No more dresses or ties. All facial hair is banned. Because I can, I will hire only asexual, androgynous worker bees to replace you. Don’t like it? Report me to the Idaho Human Rights Commission. —Rachael Daigle

COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Amanda Hamilton TITLE: oak MEDIUM: Paper, wire, glass, handcut oak base ARTIST STATEMENT: Plants, herbs and flowers all have historical meaning such as charity, relief, lust, grief and love. My cut paper versions are in Boise State’s Cutting Edge exhibition this month ... It’s a lovely group show ... You should go see it!


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WIND BAG Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Erik Simpson wants the Idaho Legislature to reconsider a moratorium on wind farms. The what and why at Citydesk.

CANDID ARIA Opera Idaho opens Puccini’s La Boheme for two performances at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 19. BW went behind the curtain with our trusty video camera to catch a sneak preview of rehearsal.

PARKED TRAILER CUISINE Meet Pups, State Street’s newest drive-through coffee shop Airstream and purveyor of local, organic and seasonal to-go grub. Corn dogs not included.

THE GOOGLE FILES We all know about presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s nasty little Google problem but until recently, not many people knew about Mitt Romney’s similar issue. Find out what it is, as well as who’s on top, who’s coming out from behind, and why politics is so chock full of phrases heavy with sexual connotation at BW’s Election Page.

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EDITOR’S NOTE MAIL BILL COPE TED RALL NEWS A cup of hot joe with a side of tort reform CITYDESK ROTUNDA CITIZEN FEATURE The Bedrock of Idaho BW PICKS FIND 8 DAYS OUT SUDOKU NOISE Laura Gibson learns to strut MUSIC GUIDE ARTS Think you know all about vibrators? BW knows a few things you may not know SCREEN Pariah REC NEWS Say goodbye to Rec Fest FOOD The Brickyard BEER GUZZLER CLASSIFIEDS NYT CROSSWORD FREEWILL ASTROLOGY

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MAIL SUPPORT BSD LEVY Thank you for George Prentice’s article, “Do the Math” (BW, News, Feb. 1, 2012). I have preschoolage kids, so I have been following the Boise School District with interest for several years. Because of the district’s extraordinary success, I have chosen to send my kids to our neighborhood schools when they reach school age. I know my children and their classmates will receive a great education from elementary through high school. All four of Boise’s traditional high schools are on the Washington Post’s list of the top 7 percent of high schools in America. That is amazing. That statistic says an incredible amount about the quality of Boise schools. But because of devastating cuts in state funding and a decline in property-tax revenue, Boise’s schools now face a $14 million annual deficit beginning next school year. District administrators have been responsible and accountable in cutting expenses while shielding the classroom and maintaining quality schools. In order to keep the district’s high standards, we need to do more. On Tuesday, March 13, voters in the Boise School District will decide on a supplemental, five-year levy to help erase this deficit. I urge everyone to vote yes so that we can maintain the small class sizes and outstanding programs that have made our district one of the best in the country. —Kelly Fletcher, Boise

NO ON OBAMA When Barack Obama took office, he promised America an era of “hope and change.” The stunning level of corruption stemming from the half-a-billion dollar


Solyndra scandal and other scandals proves this was a lie. Amazingly the liberal media won’t hold Obama fully accountable for the sewage of corruption and cronyism flowing straight out of the White House. From the “slush fund” stimulus packages and sweetheart deals with companies like General Electric, to paying kickbacks to unions and Obama lying about raking in campaign cash from fat-cat lobbyists, the liberal media refuses to do its job and be the ultimate check on government power. Our nation urgently needs a fair and independent press for our democracy to thrive. It is outrageous—and downright dangerous—that the nation’s press will not tell Americans the truth about the Obama administration’s unethical and even criminal conduct. I urge my fellow readers of Boise Weekly to visit the Media Research Center’s website at to learn for yourself the facts about cronyism and corruption tied to the Obama White House. —Lois York, Boise

RANT AGAINST RALL The article by Ted Rall in the Jan. 25 edition of Boise Weekly is offensive to me (BW, Opinion, “The Corpse-Urninating Kids Are All Right,” Jan. 25, 2012). I’m a Korean War vet, did not see combat, but many of my friends did, some made the ultimate sacrifice. Who fights wars? Usually the poor to lower economic group males (and some females) of our society. Yes, educated, not much past high school education. I was a high-school grad when I joined the Navy in 1948, in time for the

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Korean action. Many kids serving now are in the same economic group I was: lower middle class, Hispanic-Irish ethnicity. Nine members of my family served our country from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and now a nephew in the Air Force in Kuwait. All served honorably and received honorable discharge, including yours truly. College grads who usually go into journalism many times are super people, some I would not give the time of day to. My best friend from my hometown, Gonzales, Calif., followed in his dad’s footsteps. Went to San Jose State, majored in journalism and ran our hometown tribune, a weekly paper. But, oh yes, he volunteered to serve his country, U.S. Navy, Korean War. I don’t know if Mr. Rall served or not. I doubt it by the way he talks of servicemen in his article. It’s the old story, people who never walked in the shoes of others, know little of what they write in a criticism. Mr. Rall is probably a gentleman, but I doubt I would ever seek him out as a companion. I’m a college grad—San Jose State. I had a 36-year career with the Department of Corrections, State of California. My family who served would be “insulted” by Mr. Rall’s description of combat vets. Even though a small percentage of what he describes may have happened, it throws a “cloud” over anyone who served honorably and never “lowered” themselves to this negative description of servicemen. —Edward Whalen, Meridian

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THE FLUTTER-ISH 11 Your Rajah says “Let dumb dogs lie”

Welcome once again, dear acolytes, neophytes and synchrophiliacs, to our world. These are heady times for us here at the Society For Making People Better, as your Rajah has come up with a new rule. You will have noticed in the last few Flutters that Rajah Bill has been remiss on his early promise to add at least one new rule to The SFMPB Rule Book with every edition of this newsletter. However, Rajah Bill is obliged to remind you that inventing new rules isn’t as easy as it sounds. Oh, we could spew out a new rule a minute were our purpose in this sphere of existence simply to produce new rules, couldn’t we? We could be proclaiming ... just off the top of our head … that no urination should take place without the bathroom door being closed all the way, or that we should speak slower and with a softer voice so that we’re never heard shrieking out a meaningless avalanche of words in the manner of Ann Coulter. But that is not our way here at the SFMPB (not to be confused with the Society For Making Peanut Butter). Our rules must serve our purpose, which is to guide humanity, one human at a time, to a more loving, more joyous, more enlightened, more intelligent and more liberal condition. And certainly, while humanity as a whole would be better off if all of our brothers and sisters were to pee in private and to never sound like a demented hag, that would not necessarily make them better people. Easier to be around, yes ... but not better. Has Rajah Bill made himself clear enough for you? U Speaking of Rajah Bill, be forewarned that in the near future, there may be a titular restructuring at the SFMPB. It seems Rajah Bill’s wife is growing impatient with Rajah Bill referring to himself as “Rajah Bill.” Furthermore, she refuses to be seen in public with him wearing his turban. As Rajah Bill sees it, there is no point in being a rajah if he can’t wear a turban, so he is casting about for a new title. Something with dignity, authority and pizzazz. If you have any suggestions, please send them to SFMPB Headquarters, c/o Rajah Bill. U Now, to what you have been waiting for: our new rule. First, though, let us examine the inspiration for this rule (which shall be designated No. 15 in the SFMPB Rule Book). It is born in part from findings (published in Psychological Science) by researchers from Brock University in Ontario (the Ontario in Canada, we believe, not the one across the river from Fruitland). The lead researcher, one Gordon Hodson, and his team have shown what most intelligent people have suspected since they first noticed a lot of the people around them were WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

saying incredibly stupid things. The value in Hodson’s findings is that they demonstrate conclusively how those people saying those stupid things are, in fact, stupid (made implicit by their belowaverage IQs, which were tested as children and then again as adults) and that the stupid things they say often come from conservative and/or racist sentiments (as shown by their responses to loaded test questions). The study also establishes a definite link between such conservative values as strict order, rigid structure and endemic mistrust of anything different to an inclination to assume other ethnic groups are in some way inferior. What we may take from these findings is not that being a racist or a conservative makes people stupid, but that stupid people gravitate toward the conservative and racist attitudes held by other stupid people. It is what Rajah Bill calls “The Great Wheel of Stupid,” which, once it’s rolling, is difficult to slow down, let alone stop. This is especially true when stupid people have seized control of traditional de-stupifiers such as a state’s public education system. (A vivid case in point was made when the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization known for its good work in making people more aware, was infiltrated by a highly placed stupid person who proceeded to do a stupid thing to Planned Parenthood, another bulwark against ignorance and brain atrophy. The stupid side lost in this example, but we must be continually on guard. Just because so many people are stupid doesn’t mean they aren’t making great strides.) Since Hodson’s work was released in January, Rajah Bill has been besieged by sympathizers wondering why he hasn’t exploited this information to illuminate the disparity between right and left, conservatives and liberals. It explains so much, doesn’t it? … that the bewildering stupidity we see coming from the Tea Party rabble, the GOP candidates and our own state Legislature is simply what one might expect when it’s understood the source of it all is authentically stupid people. But even though there is now verifiable evidence to support him, Rajah Bill can see no real benefits to our beloved SFMPB were he to make a great hoopla over how stupid thoughts come from stupid people. After all, smart people have known that reality since the early days of human sapiency, and if stupid people understood it, they wouldn’t be so stupid. Which brings us to Rule No. 15: The most insurmountable symptom of being stupid is the inherent inability to recognize the condition, especially in oneself, so let us not waste energy telling stupid people they are being stupid as they have not the capacity to comprehend why we’d say such a thing. Until the next Flutter, says soon-to-be-not Rajah Bill, toodle-oo.

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SHARE THE WEALTH High salaries impossible to justify

Income inequality isn’t an abstraction. It’s real. It takes money out of your pocket. Income is a zero-sum game. If you work for a company that employs 1,000 workers, the decision to pay $10 million a year to the CEO reduces each of the other employees’ paychecks by an average of $10,000 a year. Until recently, Americans tended to accept the argument that seven- and eight-digit salaries were justified by the value top executives added to the bottom line. Visionaries like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs earned billions in profits for shareholders. They were entrepreneurs. They took risks that changed the world. They deserved to rake in the rewards. People began reassessing this view after the collapse of global capitalism. The crisis was triggered by the crash of exotic mortgage derivatives invented by multimillionaire bankers and hedge fund traders, who then exploited the mess they made to shake down the federal government for trillions of tax dollars, which they used to give themselves raises and redecorate their executive suites. Banks and other transnational corporations are “too big to fail.” So too are the executives of companies that do fail. The New York Times, bleeding tens of millions in losses per quarter, recently let go its underperforming CEO—yet eased her out the door with $4.5 million in “consulting” fees. Despite suffering a net loss of $7 billion in a year, Hewlett-Packard paid Leo Apotheker a severance package worth $13.2 million, including moving fees to Europe and up to $300,000 to cover a loss on the sale of his house in California. Which is part of the reason four out of 10 Americans tell Pew Research pollsters they’d

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like to see the United States adopt a socialist or communist economic system—a number that has remained unchanged from 2009. Mitt Romney’s tax returns expose the sharp contrast between the capitalist ideal and corporatist reality. Romney got $45 million during 2010 and 2011. “The Romneys hold as much as a quarter of a billion dollars in assets, much of it derived from Mr. Romney’s time as founder and partner in Bain Capital, a private equity firm,” reported the Times. The thing is, the world would have been a better place had Bain Capital never existed. Bain never created anything. There are no Bain products, no innovations. It was a cashextraction machine that targeted profitable companies. Twenty-two percent of Romney’s targets were driven into bankruptcy. Thousands of workers lost their jobs. The public offering of Facebook stands to make founder Mark Zuckerberg as much as $28 billion—more than the gross domestic products of Panama, Jordan and 100 other countries. Zuckerberg is already worth about $17 billion. He founded Facebook eight years ago. Does he deserve to earn $15 million a day? $6,000 a minute? I use Facebook every day. But only because I’m expected to. It adds nothing to my life. Zuckerberg’s $45 billion could cut a check for $3,500 to every officially unemployed person in the United States. But we live under a system under which nearly 13 million people suffer—so that one man is permitted to aggregate unimaginable wealth. But not for long. It just isn’t possible.



SOME DON’T LIKE IT THAT HOT Hot Coffee film certain to brew up dialogue GEORGE PRENTICE Have you heard the joke about the woman who sued McDonald’s? You know, that woman who spilled coffee in the McDonald’s drive-thru and then sued the fast-food giant for millions? Certainly you heard the jokes from Jay Leno or David Letterman. You must have seen the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer spills hot coffee on himself and launches a suit against the fictional Java World. In fact, everyone BW spoke to regarding this story, from attorneys to baristas, thought they knew the infamous hot coffee story, but their knowledge was based primarily on the jokes that have been percolating for nearly two decades since the event. Not until an examination of the incident, damages and settlement has anyone fully grasped how the nation’s civil justice system was scalded by a single cup of coffee bought by an elderly New Mexico woman. “I wanted to get the truth out,” said Susan Saladoff, a 26-year veteran attorney-turnedfilmmaker. Saladoff, like most Americans, was vaguely familiar with the case of Stella Liebeck, but when she sought out the truth, even Liebeck and her relatives were reluctant to talk to her. They had been burned before and not just by coffee. “Until my film came out, they were a laughingstock,” said Saladoff. “They were embarrassed by all of the myths, and they had to constantly be correcting people.” Without any appointments, Saladoff, a Washington, D.C.based attorney, flew to Albuquerque, N.M., to do her research. “The Liebeck family didn’t want to talk to me when I first contacted them,” she said. “They were very skeptical of my motivation. It took a long time for them to trust me.” Saladoff knew how she wanted to tell the truth—on film, in spite of the fact that she had never directed or produced anything similar in her life. Yet when she was done, the film premiered to audience and critical acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was purchased by HBO for worldwide distribution.



and the implications to any American who has been wronged.

THE TRIAL According to Saladoff, McDonald’s initially offered Liebeck $800 to make the story go away. But her medical expenses alone had topped $10,000. That’s when her attorney filed suit against McDonald’s for gross negligence. During the August 1994 trial, Liebeck’s attorneys argued that McDonald’s franchisees were ordered to serve coffee at 180 to 190 degrees, causing third-degree burns in two to seven seconds. Her lawyers argued that if the temperature was dropped 20 to 30 degrees, someone might have up to 15 seconds to remove the coffee from exposed skin. Also during the trial, court documents revealed that between 1982 and 1992, McDonald’s had received as many as 700 reports of coffee-related burns. Ultimately, a 12-person jury awarded $160,000 in compensatory damages. But the jury also penalized McDonald’s in punitive damages to the tune of $2.7 million. The figure was the equivalent of two days worth of coffee revenues for the fast-food giant. But without consulting the jury, Judge Robert Scott reduced the punitive damages to $480,000, exactly three times the compensatory damage. “I have a theory on why he settled on that amount,” said Saladoff. “Let’s think about what was going on at the time. This was 1994. President [Bill] Clinton was in office, but the midterm elections slipped heavily in favor of the Republicans.” Newt Gingrich stood in the eye of the GOP storm. The newly elected U.S. House speaker had co-authored the Contract With America, the Republican party’s new political Bible. “And inside that Contract With America was tort reform,” remembered Saladoff. “And Gingrich said specifically that punitive damages should be capped to an amount three times the compensatory damages.”


Hot Coffee will play Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre. Admission is free.

A tort is a wrong. In jurisprudence, it’s a civil wrong. “When someone wrongs us, we bring a tort claim against 10 them. We say, ‘You injured

Anthony Lyons is wasting no time in making dramatic changes to the Capital City Development Corporation. In the first days of his tenure (his office furniture had yet to arrive), BW met with CCDC’s new director and found a bit of an enigma (BW, Citizen, “Anthony Lyons,” Jan. 4, 2012). Lyons has been a top athlete, private and public sector businessman, and intellectual. But Lyons is also an agent of change and beginning Feb. 13, he made it clear that he intends to restructure the very core of how CCDC does business, internally and externally. “In order to get ready for this effort, and further to allow CCDC to play its role, a number of changes are required for the agency to perform at the very highest level,” Lyons wrote to the CCDC Board of Commissioners. “In many ways these changes are foundational, or as I say to the staff, ‘Let’s get back to the basics and from there move forward.’” In particular, Lyons has fixed his sights on the two pillars of his organization: how he manages his subordinates and how he chooses to spend tens of millions of dollars from the agency’s budget. Commissioners granted Lyons new authority, through a rewrite of the agency’s personnel manual, as well as his job description. Henceforth, Lyons is able to communicate directly with all agency employees, and more importantly, he is to be the arbiter on discipline and terminations. “Considerable leeway is granted to the executive director to determine the best methods for the selection, development, evaluation, discipline and termination of agency employees,” reads Lyons’ newly crafted job description. In his letter to CCDC commissioners, Lyons said he needed a staff that was “flexible, dynamic and nimble.” Secondly Lyons proposed to reduce CCDC’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget by more than $4.2 million. Specifically Lyons is looking to eliminate $756,930 in consulting, $143,000 in legal services and $75,000 in public art projects. “This will allow us to increase our capital projects budget by 60 percent,” Lyons told commissioners. “We should double the amount of downtown street improvements.” Lyons said that the proposed changes could shift funding for physical improvements from 28 percent of CCDC’s budget to 49 percent. Before any of the cuts can be adopted, a public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 12. —George Prentice

Anthony Lyons took over as CCDC executive director on Dec. 5, 2011.

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On Feb. 27, 1992, Liebeck was in the passenger’s seat of her grandson’s car when they purchased a 49-cent cup of coffee from an Albuquerque McDonald’s through the drive-thru window. The grandson parked the car so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee. In pulling the lid up from the coffee cup, which was between her knees, Liebeck spilled the contents in her lap. The resulting injuries were horrible.

Early in Saladoff’s film, Hot Coffee, citizens across America are asked what they know about so-called “frivolous lawsuits.” Each person brought up the infamous McDonald’s incident, all without prompting. “They would tell me what they knew about the case, most of it not true,” said Saladoff. “And then I showed them the photographs.” The photographs are stomach-churning. Liebeck had been wearing cotton sweatpants, which absorbed the coffee, holding it tight to her skin, scalding her buttocks, groin and thighs. She suffered burns on 22 percent of her skin. She remained in the hospital for eight days. Two years of medical treatment, including skin grafts, were required. “I think when people come into the theater, they probably think the McDonald’s case was a pretty ridiculous, frivolous lawsuit,” said Saladoff. “And then they see the photographs. It’s almost as if a switch is flipped in people’s brains. And when it switches, it becomes, ‘Oh my, how did I not know this? How did I get this so wrong?’” But as startling as the images of the burns are, the real stunner is in Liebeck’s settlement, how she became a national punch line



On Aug. 18, 1994, a 12-person jury originally awarded Stella Liebeck $160,000 in compensatory and $2.7 million in punitive damages.

me,’” said Barbara Jorden, legislative director for the Idaho Trial Lawyers 9 Association. But Idaho has seen a steady drop in the amount of non-economic damages that someone can claim. “Most people know what economic damages are, but non-economic are equally important,” said Erika Birch, attorney with the Boise office of Strindberg and Scholnick. “These are the things that can’t be attached to a receipt. How much of your time has been lost? Or your spouse?” In 1987, non-economic damages in Idaho were limited to $400,000, with a built-in economic indicator. And thanks to some intense lobbying from the Idaho Liability Reform Coalition, damages took another drop in 2003. “Idaho now has one of the worst limitations of damages in the nation,” said Jorden. “We fought like crazy in 2003, but we lost in the State Senate by one vote. They dropped compensatory non-economic damages to $250,000. It was a very rough time. We worked really hard and lost that one.” Birch, who knew she wanted to be an attorney since the fifth grade, spends her days litigating employment actions—wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, non-compete clauses. Her clients range from farmworkers to some of the Gem State’s top executives. “I once had a sexual harassment case that went to trial in federal court,” said Birch. “A woman had claimed that she had been harassed and physically assaulted by her supervisor and forced out of her job because she had complained about it. A jury heard all of her testimony. A jury awarded her $1.75 million in damages. A jury heard all of the testimony and they got to decide what her emotional distress was worth.” Or so they thought. “The jury’s decision went all the way down

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to ...” said Birch, drawing a downward line in the air with her finger, with an accompanying sound of “wooooosh.” “All the way down to $300,000 by the judge. You see, the jury is never told about caps. They’re never told, ‘Oh, by the way, no matter what you decide, your award will be whatever the cap is.’ It wasn’t even discretionary.” Birch said there is little to no recourse in such actions. “A lot of people have tried to show that this is unconstitutional, but so far, they’ve been unsuccessful,” said Birch. “That woman won and lost. That case was in 2001 at the beginning of my career and that cap is still in place today.” Birch and Jorden can’t wait for more people to see Saladoff’s movie. That’s why the ITLA is sponsoring a free screening of Hot Coffee at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Egyptian Theatre. “It’s amazing how many people talk about the McDonald’s hot-coffee case and they don’t even know yet about the movie,” said Jorden. “I was just over at Dawson Taylor and a couple of people behind the counter saw my ITLA name tag. When I told them I worked with lawyers, they said, ‘Be careful, this is hot,’ and even said they were just talking about the McDonald’s case. When I told them what the real truth was and about the movie, they were pretty excited.” That’s the main reason Birch said she contacted Saladoff online asking her to bring her film to Boise. “Then I walked over to the Egyptian Theatre and the woman working in the box office said, ‘Oh my gosh, we were just talking about the McDonald’s case.’” Birch and Jorden are convinced that the more people who see the film, the more conversation will be sparked. “If we get one person who sees the different side of the McDonald’s case we’ll be thrilled,” said Birch. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7 to 2, along party lines, to deny a printing or hearing on the Add the Words measure.



Words apparently didn’t matter on Feb. 10 to Republican lawmakers, who shot down impassioned pleas to afford human-rights protections to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender Idahoans. Following months of advocacy, supporters of an effort to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to current protections for race, color, sex, national origin and disability, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7 to 2, along party lines, to refuse to print the bill, in effect killing the measure. The vote was met with gasps and looks of disbelief from spectators. Some of the bill’s supporters, undaunted, walked to the front of the committee room and placed Post-It notes, each with the message “add the words,” on the dais where lawmakers had sat. The notes were removed by legislative staff and pages. Outside, in the hallway of the Garden Level of the Statehouse, teary-eyed supporters covered their mouths in silent protest of the vote. Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour, who along with Pocatello Democratic Sen. Edgar Malepeai cast the only yes votes, wept as she watched the emotional scene. Later that morning, during a meeting of the full State Senate, LeFavour walked to the front of the chamber to place another “add the words” Post-It Note on the front dais. With a bang of the gavel, the Senate was put “at ease” as Rexburg Republican Sen. Brent Hill removed the note. “Truthfully, I do feel like it’s all political,” said Add the Words spokesperson Mistie Tolman. “Most of the people we’ve talked to actually don’t believe that you should be able to fire someone for being gay.” —Andrew Crisp

Republicans and Democrats joined together on Feb. 9 to forward a piece of legislation that, in effect, dilutes local controls regarding gas exploration. Following hours of testimony, with the majority coming from rural Idahoans who said their counties’ local oversight was being stripped away, the House Resources and Conservation Committee passed a package of bills that, if approved, would prohibit counties from having the final say on gas or oil drilling. “I’m just a standard-issue Republican,” said Washington County rancher Rober t Patrick. “And I find it appalling that Idaho would squelch the rights of its citizens at the local level.” Even a representative of the Idaho chapter of the American Planning Association, which was at the table during the bill-writing process, was troubled by its eventual language. “This bill is like a chocolate anchovy surprise,” said Jon Norstog of the APA. “The chocolate is all the good stuff coming from developing our natural resources. But the anchovy surprise is this limitation on our local land use.” In the end, the committee voted 16-0 to pass the legislation, sending it to the full House for consideration. Justin Hayes, program director of the Idaho Conservation League, said the session was surreal. “Being in that hearing was like being in some weird alternate reality,” Hayes told BW. “Like some sort of weird Jedi mind trick, all the legislators cast votes that seemed to be counter to all the principles they have espoused their entire careers.” —George Prentice


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TRAVIS MANNING On education reforms, Tom Luna and GEORGE PRENTICE

What’s the backstory to the formation of your group? Last year, I was pretty involved in the recall-petition effort, and at the height of our campaign, the Vallivue School District received a public-records request asking for details from my email account. It came from idahoreporter. com. They put in similar requests for emails of two teachers in the Meridian School District and one from the Nampa School District. is the subsidiary of Wayne Hoffman’s Idaho Freedom Foundation. It’s their propaganda arm. The request came from Mr. Hoffman’s reporter Dustin Hurst. His initials are rather appropriate: D.H.—symbolic of his style of reporting—designated hitter. Hoffman used to work for Tom Luna. They’re on the same page in many ways regarding these education reforms.

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So you turned over all of your emails? Yes. They wanted them for a two-week period from last April. I gave them all my junk mail and spam, too. Punks. I think the intent was to put a chilling effect on the referendum recall movement. Did it? I know for sure that the Meridian School [District] superintendent went ballistic. There was a member of the Meridian teachers association that was basically a mole. That person forwarded information to Luna, who forwarded it to, and they did a story that nobody really looked at anyway. The effort to recall Luna came up very short. We needed something like 158,00 signatures. I just don’t think our organization had structure or funding. It costs a lot of money to run a strong petition campaign. We’ve talked to a number of teachers, and a good number of them have been afraid to talk publicly about their concerns over the Luna laws. Does that surprise you? If they speak out too loudly, and if they have one pissed-off administrator or one pissed-off board member, they’re gone. There’s a reason for collective bargaining and continuing contracts to protect educators. Teachers are a political football. We’re governed at all angles by elected officials— from Congress to state legislators to school boards. The academic freedom that teachers have is shrinking. Is it your sense that the Idaho Education Association has been demonized by its opponents? They’re not the Mafia. They’re not the


Travis Manning is a husband, father, English teacher and up until recently, a wresting coach at Vallivue High School. But above all, he’s an advocate. As a young man, Manning wanted to be a lawyer. “But I quickly learned that I’m a people person, not a paper person,” said Manning, who instead turned to teaching. Manning, 41, doesn’t like many of the recent education reforms crafted by Idaho lawmakers, in particular Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. In fact, Manning was actively involved in last year’s unsuccessful petition drive to recall Luna and a separate successful petition drive to put Luna’s Students Come First education reforms before voters in November. Manning is the executive director of The Common Sense Democracy Foundation, which has a primary focus of convincing voters to turn back the “Luna Laws.”

Teamsters. They’re good people who are engaged in political dialogue. Teachers are so focused on the classroom that we don’t have time to engage in the political discourse that is needed in order to keep our lawmakers informed. What is your organization’s primary focus between now and November? We’re part of a larger coalition, which is intensely engaged in making sure Idaho voters know all the facts concerning this fall’s referendum vote. Mr. Luna is doing a pretty good job in getting his message out there, though once in a while, he sticks his foot in his mouth. But it will come down to votes on how people feel about these reforms. The Luna reforms are a slap in the face to education. It drives me crazy when this corporate-driven reform is jammed down our throats. Other than the Freedom of Information request, have you been intimidated or harassed over your efforts? Subtle things. I feel deeply about being a voice for the voiceless—teachers in their classrooms working their butts off, kids who have no clue of the larger world around them, and parents who are just trying to get by and don’t know how to communicate with policymakers.






eth Gray is wearing his dead brother’s clothes. In front of a high school gym packed with mourners, he stands in Brandon’s torn jeans, yellow string holding the back pockets together, and the weathered jersey his 26-year-old brother used to wear when the two of them would snowmobile in the boonies of North Idaho. Gray strips off the jersey, revealing a black shirt with pink writing, a memento he’d bought with Brandon at a local shop. The shirt reads: “I PUT THE FUN IN FUNERAL.” “Some of you may think this dress is inappropriate,” Gray tells the assembled grandparents, mayors, union heads, mining company CEOs and co-workers, “but I don’t care.” The crowd chuckles. He had told the mourners that this funeral would not be sad, and now he’s delivering on that. He jokes about the ’70s-porn-star mustache that his brother had been growing and how he’ll have that on his lip for eternity. And he talks about Brandon’s pride and joy, his Ford F-250 Super Duty, now parked outside among the many trucks of Mullan. Brandon had tricked out his rig with money he had made at Lucky Friday Mine, and, like many mourning him that day in November, he’d benefited from a boom in silver. Prices are high. Mines are re-opening and expanding. Companies are turning record profits. But it’s come at a cost. Brandon Gray was the second person to die at Lucky Friday Mine last year. In December, less than a month later, seven miners were injured in a rock burst and later rescued. Federal regulators shut down the mine in January while its main shaft is cleaned, and the mining company, Hecla, says it could take up to a year to complete the repairs. In the meantime, the fortune of Silver Valley hangs in the balance, as some 200 well-paid miners are out of work. People are angry—less, it seems, with Hecla than with the feds for interfering with the mine. Indeed, in this slice of North Idaho, silver isn’t just a business, it’s a way of life.





Army Lt. John Mullan was traveling with an army of workers from Walla Walla, Wash., to Montana in 1860, when they cut through a pass and into a valley easy of present-day Coeur d’Alene. Mullan and his workers encountered a prospector there. The man had gold. Mullan saw it and promptly gave the man provisions and money and told him to scram. He didn’t want his men running off in search of riches, according to Troy Lambert, a Silver Valley history buff at the Wallace District Mining Museum. But rumors of gold made their way out of the valley, and as prospectors flooded the area, they eventually stumbled upon outcroppings of galena, a lead ore infused with silver. The prospectors had dug out nearly all of the region’s gold in the first three years of the

rush, so they turned to silver. “The Coeur d’Alene Mining District,” as it became known, is now considered one of the top five silver-producing districts in the world, said Earl Bennett, a former dean of the College of Mines at the University of Idaho. “Ore deposits are often found where you got good geology,” Bennett said. “And good geology has mountains.” The valley is a narrow strip of land, running from Fourth of July Pass in the west to Lookout Pass on the Montana border. It’s a place familiar with booms and busts. There have been good times, like the 1880s and 1890s, when mines were springing up all over the valley and the wealth flowed across the Inland Northwest. Spokane, Wash., became one of the richest cities in the world, shipping the valley’s silver east to Minneapolis, Chicago and beyond. “People in Spokane thought, in 1893, that with all the wealth ... this was going to be like San Francisco,” said Bill Stimson, an Eastern Washington University professor, who wrote about the city’s history in his book A View of the Falls. But there have also been downtimes, like the 1980s, when a silver bubble burst, causing prices to plummet and operations—including the valley’s most productive mine, Bunker Hill—to shut down. “Everything tanked in the 1980s,” Lambert said. “Mining’s always been a cyclical thing in the valley ... but that was probably the lowest.” And there have been tragedies: In 1972, a fire at the Sunshine Mine killed 91 miners, leading to new safety devices like the emergency respirator every miner carries today. Not long after, in 1977, Congress established the Mine Safety and Health Administration to regulate the industry.

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Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency estimate it will cost about $2 billion to clean up the remaining heavy metal pollution caused by decades of mining in Coeur d’Alene Basin.



Last year, Hecla, the owner of Lucky Friday, struck a $263.4 million court settlement with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the federal government for the cleanup of the old Bunker Hill Mine. Hard rock mining produces “tailings,” containing lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals, and until the late 1960s, these toxic tailings were dumped into creeks, where they flowed into Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Spokane River, said Cami Grandinetti, the EPA’s remedial cleanup program manager for Region 10, which includes the Silver Valley. —Chris Stein

Finally, in 2004, prices started to creep up, prompting new interest. Meanwhile, Hecla, founded amid the boom in 1891, announced plans for two major expansions at Lucky Friday Mine. A new shaft was proposed that would reach down 8,800 feet and, the company said, keep the mine producing silver past 2030. By 2011, silver was hovering consistently around $30 an ounce and, at one point, nearly reached $50. Hecla announced that it would begin exploring whether to reopen the Star Mine, and U.S. Silver, which owns Galena Mine near Osburn, said it plans to reopen its mine’s deeper caverns, as well as bring the shuttered Coeur Mine back into production. New companies are also forming to reopen long-shuttered mines. According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a company called Sunshine Silver Mines Corporation is eyeing the Sunshine Mine, which has produced the most silver ore of any mine in the valley. Another company is looking at reopening Crescent Mine. Why the boom? Just look at your iPhone. Or your shirt. Or your portfolio. “A smartphone and a tablet and a computer, all of those take a little bit of silver,” said Phil Baker, Hecla’s president and CEO. “In some cases a quarter of a gram, in some cases a gram, are in those things to work.” Besides that, there are solar panels, batteries and clothing, not to mention silver’s use as an investment. At the start of 2011, Hecla announced that the $418.8 million made in 2010 was a company record. But then last month, when officials announced that Lucky Friday would be closed for repairs, Hecla’s stock dropped 20 percent in a single day.

IF IT COULD HAPPEN TO HIM Among miners, Larry Marek was known in one of two ways: either as one of the best miners in the Silver Valley or the best. “You meet some good miners but not like him,” recalled Ron Barrett, a miner who first met Marek at the Sunshine Mine. “You couldn’t ask for a better person.” The mustached 53 year old came from a family of miners. Some of his brothers work at Galena. He worked at Lucky Friday, where he was partnered with his brother Mike. A report produced by the Mine Safety and Health Administration details Larry Marek’s last day. On April 15, 2011, he showed up to

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Brandon Gray’s mother, Laurie shows a picture of her son who died at Lucky Friday Mine.

work the night shift at Lucky Friday. He went down 6,000 feet and, with his brother, found his way to a “stope,” the horizontal floors of the mine where most of the blasting and drilling takes place. Between the natural heat of being deep underground and the equipment used to mine, a stope can be a hot place. Marek set up an airconditioning system and then started watering down the rock and ore to cool it. Larry Marek was on the west stope; Mike on the east. Mike looked over at his brother and saw his headlight. “[Mike] heard the ground caving in over in the west stope and felt a tremendous rush of air,” the report reads. Mike ran to find a pile of rocks where his brother had been. He found a co-worker, told him about the collapse, then ran back to start moving rocks by hand. There was hope, at first, that Marek was trapped but surviving off the compressed air and water from the drill he was using. Nine days later, Marek’s body was found under a 30-foot-high pile of rocks. The valley mourned. “Being that it was Larry, I think there was a kind of an attitude of, ‘If it could happen to him, it could happen to everyone,’” Barrett said. Brandon Gray was in the mine when the collapse killed Marek, and he also knew Tim Bush, who died in 2010 at the Galena Mine. But Gray was happy with his new job working for Cementation U.S.A., a contractor hired by Hecla to build a $200 million shaft, said his mother, Laurie Gray. Brandon also came from a mining family, and his bosses would say, “I think he’s going to be a natural,” Laurie recalled. She knew the money her son would make. The average miner rakes in $70,000 a year, more than double the average wage of other jobs in the county. But she also understood the risks. “As a mom of a miner, I always told him I loved him and be safe,” before he left for a shift, Laurie said. She did that on Nov. 17, 2011, the last time she saw him. That day, Brandon was working in a “bin”—a silo where leftover rock and ore from the construction of the shaft were stored. For some reason, the muck underneath his feet started moving, “like the sand in an hourglass,” as Baker would later describe. Brandon was being sucked under by small

rock chips, despite his mining partner’s attempts to save him, and despite the harness he wore, which Baker said didn’t engage because he wasn’t moving fast enough. Brandon was eventually pulled out and taken to the hospital. Two days after the accident, he was taken off life support. “He was an organ donor,” his grandfather, Darrell Gray, said. “So the boy is still alive as far as I’m concerned. He might be in other people, but the man is still alive.”

A MILE DOWN A few weeks after her son’s funeral, Laurie Gray was back in the same gymnasium in Mullan for a Christmas party, when the ground started to rumble. “We always knew what a rock burst felt like,” Laurie recalled. “My heart just dropped.” Over a mile below, Barrett was knocked off his feet. In his nearly 15 years as a miner, he’d heard the loud boom of rock bursts in the distance. But he recalls hearing nothing as he was thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious. When he woke, he couldn’t move. A guy next to him started kicking his own legs free, and Barrett says that he soon found that he, too, could start moving. He wiggled himself out from under the rocks and saw that the six others he was with “were beat up bad.” Since the accident, Barrett has been off work. He walks stiffly. He says the doctors have told him that it’s muscle spasms. Rock bursts like the one that trapped Barrett are among the most uncontrollable hazards underground, said Bennett, the former mining dean. “You got a mile of rock sitting over the top of you,” he said. That means the rocks are under pressure, and when that pressure releases, rocks can literally explode. On Dec. 14, 2011, the mine had sent Barrett and six others to the area of a previous rock burst to install a culvert intended to further cushion against any further blasts. Typically, Baker said, rock bursts release stress underground, so having another blast in the same place is unlikely. “For whatever reason, that stress was reintroduced,” he said. Inspectors from MSHA arrived two days after the accident to carry out a “special emphasis” inspection of the mine. Developed after an explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia killed 29 miners, these WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Miner Perry Stack works in Galena Mine in Osburn.

inspections “are targeted at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or particular compliance concern,” according to Amy Louviere, an administration spokeswoman. Fifty-nine citations and 16 orders were issued against the mine, Louviere said, 22 of which were against contractor Cementation U.S.A. The citations range from insufficient ground support to unclean work areas. One of the citations was for sand that had built up on the sides of the main shaft of the mine. The worry is that the sand could build up, break off in chunks and hit a cage going down into the mine, Baker said. Hecla was told to clean the shaft, and when the administration returned on Jan. 6 to check on the repairs, they told Hecla that the shaft was still not clean and ordered it shut down until it could be cleaned thoroughly. “This shaft has operated safely for the past 30 years,” Baker said. “However, MSHA currently believes that a clean-down from the surface to the bottom is the best way to remove the material that has deposited on the shaft.” And that will take until about 2013, he said. In an email, the administration disputed that it would take a year to clean the shaft. “While MSHA cannot speculate how long it will take to rehab the mine, the agency does not understand why the operation might be shut down for a year, as the operator has suggested,” Louviere wrote in an email. “We understand the economic hardship associated with being out of work, but our primary concern is that no more deaths or serious injuries occur at this mine.” This was not Hecla’s first tangle with the mining administration in recent months. In November 2011, the agency released its final report on the death of Larry Marek, faulting Hecla for allowing the stope that Marek was mining to be so close to another stope. Baker rejects their report. “The MSHA report, it makes statements, then doesn’t provide the information to substantiate their position,” he said. He also vows to appeal any citations issued to Hecla. As a whole, however, the mining industry is becoming safer. The mining administration reports mining deaths in 2011 were at their second-lowest number since 1910.

“This is federal government arrogance at its height,” wrote mining columnist David Bond on “It is brazen and it reeks of ass-covering.” Meanwhile, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter held a town hall meeting in Wallace. His spokesman, Jon Hanian, said the governor is talking with administration officials about the mine closure but declined to elaborate further. A Hecla spokeswoman estimated that of the 160 Hecla workers laid off, 60 have been moved to other Hecla mines. Of the about 100 Cementation employees, 50 have been kept on to clean the shaft, and the rest were laid off. If the layoffs last for a year, unemployment in Shoshone County could exceed 17 percent and the valley could lose $25 million, according to Alivia Metts, a regional economist with the Idaho Department of Labor. And the number laid off could be larger once contractors and businesses relying on the mine are factored in, though Baker said some will still be employed on the cleaning of the shaft. In response, the Department of Labor held a job fair several weeks ago. At the door to the gymnasium of the Wallace Junior-Senior High School, two former co-workers crossed paths. They knew each other from Lucky Friday. “Did you get hired?” Jerry Hagaman yelled to Al Wilks. “I’m here, aren’t I?” Wilks replied. Inside, a few guys in Carhartt jackets sat on bleachers filling out job applications. On the floor, groups ranging from North Idaho College to the U.S. Army talked to jobseekers. U.S. Silver handed out applications for its positions at Galena. It had already hired seven people. Barrick, another mining company, had also made 19 offers, but that was for a mine in Nevada. Hagaman ended up landing a job with a contractor at the Star Mine. Wilks, with only 10 months of experience, was having trouble getting work and was looking for guidance at the job fair. Both Wilks and Hagaman are typical of the Silver Valley miner: in it for the money, looking to stay in it, reluctant to leave the valley, accepting of the risks. “It’s safer than it’s ever been,” Hagaman said of his job for the last six years. “And I would rather die in a rock burst than starve to death.”

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 1 edition of The Pacific Northwest Inlander.

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Post up at the Morrison Center and survey some secrets.

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shhhh! POST SECRET One man holds a whole lot of secrets. Frank Warren, the man behind Post Secret, the blog turned community art project, personally reads each of the secrets submitted to his project. They are written on decorated postcards and sent to his Washington, D.C., home every day. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Warren will visit Boise State for a live version of his seminal secret-sharing exhibition, which is part of a national tour that visits hundreds of college campuses. The secrets range from the funny and playful to the shockingly dark, deep and powerful. One card, a sepia-toned picture of cars in the 1950s, bears this inscription: “I used to sleep in cars in the used car lot so I wouldn’t have to go home to my drunken stepfather,” wrote one anonymous confessor in shades of crimson. Another, written on a bra advertisement, reads “He’ll let me measure his penis, if I let him measure my boobs.” Think of a secret, that one secret you would never share with anybody, not even your closest friend. Each week, thousands scribble that secret on cards and mail them to Warren. He hand-picks 10-20 to feature on his blog, which has a readership in the millions. Warren’s stop at Boise State will share secrets that didn’t make it into the book Confessions of Life and Death, and a secret from Warren himself. The evening will also feature a microphone for audience members to share their secrets with the crowd, whether it be your sexuality, your sins or your nose picking. 7-9:30 p.m., $10, $5 with student ID. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1110,

FRIDAY FEB. 17 tasty CHEESE AND WINE TASTING Long ago, British merchants had an old saying in regard to wine: “buy on an


apple and sell on cheese.” The meaning being, if you take a bite out of an apple and a prospective bottle of wine still tastes good, then it’s a wine worth buying. If you take a bite of cheese and the wine still isn’t palatable, then it’s not worth the bottle it came in. Point is, apples don’t pair well with wine, but cheese

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can make any bottle more enjoyable. The wonderfully complex flavors that result from pairing a craft cheese with a good wine are surely one of the finest delicacies this existence has to offer. Luckily for attendees of Helina Marie’s wineand-cheese tasting, the hand-selected wines on pour won’t require any tricks

Thrills and chills will manifest as the mind-boggling, gravity-defying performers of the Shanghai Circus take to the Morrison Center stage on Friday, Feb. 17. The Chinese acrobats put on a show that incorporates a blend of traditional Chinese dance, dynamic modern stunts and many more extraordinary acts that will hold eyes captive and redefine what’s possible for humans to do. For several years, the acrobats have found a home in Branson, Mo., where their trademark show has won numerous awards, including Best Show in 1999, a golden key from the city’s mayor and the Peace Award for the group’s contributions to world peace through the arts. The group also earned a special mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for winning more national gold, silver and bronze medals than any other acrobatic troupe. The troupe is made up of the best of the best acrobatic stars, and the majority of these performers began mastering their craft as young children in the Chinese acrobat schools. The now-traveling troupe has put together an impressive line-up of contortionists, jugglers and other high-flying acts that possess a cultural flare varying from traditional to contemporary. State-of-the-art lighting and sound complement this extravaganza, along with stunning costumes. Star performers present individual acts practiced to perfection. Be prepared for anything at this dramatic live event. 7:30 p.m., $17.50-29.50. Morrison Center, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609,

to determine their worth. They’ll all be up to par for even the pickiest of wine snobs. Nevertheless, plenty of locally crafted cheeses will complement the varieties of red and white drink. Local Ballard Cheese will provide the cheeses, and the event will include opportunities to learn about cheese purchasing, storage, serving, recipes and everything else you might want to know. So in this case, maybe the old saying should be amended: buy on cheese and then buy more cheese for later.

7 p.m., $10, Helina Marie’s Wine Shop, 11053 State St., Star. For more information call 208-286-7960 or visit

SATURDAY FEB. 18 art ART IN THE BAR V Art in the Bar V marks the fifth locally fueled art show in two years sponsored by Dead Bird Gallery, and it’s

returning to the Knitting Factory on Saturday, Feb. 18. Artists pay a minimal fee to have a booth in the Knitting Factory and the public is welcome to attend gratis. Dead Bird Gallery owners Ellen DeAngelis and Wayne Crans research and contact Idaho artists constantly to produce this event every three months. “We try to bring half returning artists and half new,” said DeAngelis of every show. Inspiration for Art in the Bar began long ago in a small gallery space in the WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




Love and arias are in the air at La Boheme.


FRIDAY AND SUNDAY FEB. 17 AND FEB. 19 Bring out your inner Bob at Nampa Rec’s painting workshop.

boho LA BOHEME Greek native Eleni Calenos lives in New York, but she has traveled to Boise twice to perform as part of Opera Idaho’s productions. During her last visit, she played Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. On Friday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Egyptian Theatre, she’ll play the role of Mimi, the coquette lead female in La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini. “The focal point of the whole story is the relationship between Mimi and Rodolfo,” Calenos told Boise Weekly. “And there’s a parallel love story of his roommate Marcello and Rosetta, who is a singer.” Set in the 19th century, the opera focuses on a group of young bohemians in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Calenos said she got much of her character and love of the music from a trip to the City of Lights. “The last time I was there was this fall,” she said. “I stayed with a friend of mine in Montmartre ... she lives in the last floor almost like a bohemian. When I open the window, I have the view of the rooftops of Paris, of Montmartre, which is what I’m singing about in my arias.” Calenos said having that personal connection to the place “changes the senses” when approaching a role. While the opera includes arias from the four main characters of the opera, it also features adult and youth choral groups, perfectly synchronized to weave the beautiful tapestry of bohemian romance. “They’re trying to retain their romantic view of life, their ideals,” Calenos said of the characters. “But at the same time, they’re striving, because the only means they have for their livelihood is their life. So, it’s like us. I can relate 100 percent to them.” Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m., $15-$69. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-3453531,

Idaho Building. “How much your art can sell for should not be its only merit,” said DeAngelis, explaining how difficult exposure as an unknown Idaho artist was for her. Art in the Bar considers itself a non-pretentious art event. Experienced art lovers and novices alike can be completely struck walking


past a new booth. DeAngelis said she hopes attendees will have “One of those moments where you think, Oh my God, where have you been?” Art in the Bar boasts the work of more than 40 local artists. With any large supply of artists comes an equal demand for libations and

SATURDAY FEB. 18 happy clouds BOB ROSS-STYLE PAINTING Who has a voice smother than a freshly mopped linoleum floor, offers more encouragement than Richard Simmons and is a contender for the most epic hair/beard combination ever? Painter and “happy accident” master Bob Ross, that’s who. The always-smiling art instructor became a cultural icon with his public-access TV show The Joy of Painting in the ’80s, and now you can learn his little-tree-here method at the Nampa Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 18. Ross’s unique wet-on-wet oil technique and therapy-like instruction method became so well-known and revered that a certification course was developed. Yup, you can become a Bob Ross-certified instructor. According to, “Anyone can enter this program, you need only the desire to paint. Add to it an eagerness to teach others and you’re ready to begin the wonder ful adventure to becoming par t of this worldfamous Bob Ross phenomenon.” Well, and the completion of the program. Bob Ross-certified instructor Danny Ewing will instruct attendees of the Rec Center workshop on how to create an 18-inch by 24-inch replication of a painting currently on display in the Rec Center foyer. The registration fee for this four-hour class includes all the supplies needed and all levels of experience are welcome. The class is limited to 12 participants, and the registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 17. Register at Don’t worry, if you can’t make it this time around, the Rec Center offers Bob Ross workshops monthly, which gives you plenty of time to visit Ross’s website and purchase one of his beyond-fantastic T-shirts, so you’ll be the coolest kid in the happy-cloud-painting class. Noon-4 p.m., $45 Rec Center members, $50 nonmembers. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5777,

creations. Both can be purchased from noon-10 p.m., all ages are welcome, but you’ll need your ID for the libations part.

If you’ve ever eaten a mealy, grainy energy bar, you know the resulting, “I just swallowed a rock” feeling. There’s a better way to fill up on the go, and it’s called the Backcountry Bar. What started off as a small side job baking sweets has blossomed into a huge business, said Karie Boesiger, one-half of the team creating the Boise-based bars. “I used to do a lot of chocolate chip cookies,” she said. “It was just trial and error, and over the years, I came up with that bar.” If you haven’t tried a Backcountry Bar, they’re comprised of rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, brown sugar, and generous doses of nuts, seeds and dried fruits. In a 1-ounce square, they’ve packed in 320 calories worth of deliciousness. The result is a power bar actually worth eating, and they’re made right here in the Treasure Valley. “We’re in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah,” said Boesiger. “Basically the Northwest.” Using the University of Idaho Food and Technology Center in Caldwell, Karie and Kris Boesiger employ a dozen employees to create and package the bars for distribution to Boise State, Boise Co-Op, WinCo stores and more. “We can do 5,000 bars in a day,” said Boesiger. “But they’re still hand-crafted.” While the original Backcountry Bar is vegan-friendly, a new gluten-free variety has also been developed. —Andrew Crisp

Noon-10 p.m., FREE. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St. 208-3671212, bo.knittingfactory. com,

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY FEB. 15 Festivals & Events CAPITOL TRADE SHOW—The Buy Idaho Capitol Show features more than 100 Buy Idaho members showcasing their products and services. An after-party hosted at The Falcon Tavern will feature Idaho beer and wine and include food specials and giveaways. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208433-9705. After-party: 5:30-8 p.m. FREE. Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-9473111,

to 38 Blaine County residents. To download a scholarship application and instructions, visit Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-9491, EXPOSURE A.L.P.H.A. INTERCHANGE—Artists working in all mediums and at any stage in their careers are encouraged to submit their portfolios for consideration to Exposure A.L.P.H.A. Interchange, an Idaho-based

nonprofit with a focus on creating a compassionate community for those impacted by HIV and AIDS. Group or solo exhibition proposals welcome. No rental free, but the organization will retain a portion of sales. Contact rick.ramos@ for more info. Exposure A.L.P.H.A. Interchange, 213 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-4248158,


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 for more info. 7 p.m. $30 adult, $20 senior, $10 student. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, 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, 208-331-9224, 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. See Arts, Page 28. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Calls to Artists BOISE VISUAL CHRONICLE COLLECTION—Artists may submit existing artwork or proposals for new works to be included in the Boise Visual Chronicle through Monday, March 12. The BVC is a collection of more than 90 works of art by 52 Idaho artists that reflects the diverse expression and concerns of artists responding to life in Boise. Visit for more info. Boise City Department of Arts and History, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., first floor east wing, Boise, 208-433-5670, CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS—The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is accepting scholarship applications from Blaine County students and teachers who wish to further their individual studies in the arts and humanities. This year’s deadline is Friday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. In 2011, the center’s scholarship program awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships

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WORKIN’ ON FIRE, METAPHORIA Workin’ On Fire is a young band intent on making it big. The high-school rock trio claims to practice almost every day and works tirelessly to promote its music. Recently, the group has done a slew of radio and TV shows, won a local battle of the bands, opened for notable tween pop-punk acts, topped the Record Exchange’s weekly top-seller list and broke into the top sellers in the soft- and modern-rock categories of This attention comes on the heels of the band’s third official release, Metaphoria. The first thing that stands out on Metaphoria is the band’s skilled instrumental work. Guitarist and lead man Austin Williamson is a talented player, who churns out fast, gritty guitar licks on a dime. His talent is on fervent display on songs like “Trainwrecked” and “The End Again,” in which he whips out distorted hard-rock lines. Williamson isn’t the only talent on the record—bassist Peter Maguire drops some thumping slap bass lines on “Originality,” and drummer Zach Bonaminio lays down impressive beats on “The End Again.” On “To The Moon” and “Anxiety is a Chemical,” Williamson turns down the fuzz and reveals his lighter side, strumming soft melodies and harping on subjects ranging from mental illness to lost love, in a voice that is equal parts Billy Joe Armstrong and Scott Weiland. The soft acoustic numbers are where the album shines brightest, particularly the segue from “Anxiety is a Chemical” to “Sailing Underground,” where the young musicians’ creative potential is most apparent. The two songs are capped with the album’s title track, an ethereal instrumental jam that channels Joe Satriani or Eric Johnson. Where the album falters is in its scope and vision. The young songwriters seem as if they’re still trying to pin down their sound and aesthetic. There’s not much consistency between the more experimental rock attempts like “Venn Worlds,” the heavy modern-rock songs like “Trainwrecked” and the relaxed acoustic numbers. The band leans more toward the modern radio rock template, which is not particularly becoming of it—nor any band, for that matter. However, as the young musicians mature and their tastes develop, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to channel their impressive talents and extraordinary chops into some more compelling material. —Stephen Foster WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Rick Steves Live in Boise! I

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, or call (800) 980-4788 during business hours. Rick Steves Live in Boise. Another way Idaho Public Television educates, informs and inspires.


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tickets: start at $15 $10 if you are under 30 phone: 331-9224 x205 online: 854 Fulton St. Downtown Boise, ID

8 DAYS OUT FIFTH ANNUAL MODERN ART EVENT—The Modern Hotel will once again open its rooms for artists to display, show, create and perform their work at Modern Art on Thursday, May 3. Artists may submit their ideas for consideration by picking up a form at the front desk of The Modern or online at Forms are due Thursday, March 1. Contact Amy O’Brien or Kerry Tullis at for more info. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208424-8244, NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION SUBMISSIONS—Artists are invited to submit up to three entries for Art Source Gallery’s 10th annual National Juried Exhibition. Four artists will share $1,000 in winnings. Entry forms are available at the gallery or at its website. Submissions due Wednesday, May 16. Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, TRAFFIC BOX CALL TO ARTISTS—Painters, graphic designers and illustrators are invited to apply through Thursday, Feb. 16 for opportunities to design murals for traffic control boxes. Several are to be selected to design art and others to be added to a registry for future traffic box projects. Visit for more info. Boise City Department of Arts and History, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., First Floor East Wing, Boise, 208-4335670,


Talks & Lectures

COSTAKI ECONOMOPOULOS— Check out the comedic stylings of this hilarity guru. 9 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200,

POST SECRET—Frank Warren, creator of Post Secret, the ongoing community art project that utilizes secrets written on creative post cards and submitted anonymously, will give a lecture and sign copies of his books. See Picks, Page 16. 7 p.m. $10 general, $5 students. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

Concerts FACULTY ARTIST SERIES: MARCUS WOLFE—The faculty member and saxophonist will perform. 7:30 p.m. $5, $3 seniors, FREE for children and with a Boise State ID. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.


Food & Drink BISTRO FEBRUARY WINE TASTINGS—Travel south of the equator in the sixth-annual February Wine Tastings. Brad Cowan of Idaho Wine Merchant will host this adventure. Includes wines and light hors d’oeuvres. Email for reservations. Space is limited. 6-7:30 p.m. $15. Brick Oven Bistro, 801 N. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3456, brickovenbistro. com.

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 7:30 p.m. $17 adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, GOD OF CARNAGE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $30 adult, $20 senior, $10 student. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org.

Auditions AUDITIONS FOR BALLROOM DANCE TEAM—Idaho Ballroom Dance Center is holding an audition for it’s collegiate performance team. Ballroom dance shoes required, dance partner recommended. For more info, email kimberlyapierce@msn. com. 9-9:45 p.m. FREE. Idaho Ballroom Dance Center, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425,

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org. IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

On Stage GOD OF CARNAGE—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $30 adult, $20 senior, $10 student. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org. GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES— See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHO: MATT GOLIGHTLY—This latest installment of the Liquid Laughs comedy shows also features Matt Bragg. Tickets available at, by calling 208941-2459 or at Liquid and Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, 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.

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LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW-MATT GOLIGHTLY—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, OPERA IDAHO LA BOHEME— Celebrate the Valentine’s holiday by treating your true love to one of the greatest love stories ever written and performed, Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme. See Picks, Page 17. 7:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, 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,

Mostly Muff members mastered moves from the ’80s at VAC.

GETTIN’ HIGH AND LOW BROW Last week had more high- and low-brow contrast than a drag queen’s eye makeup. BW staffers hit up everything from comedy shows to ballets to Orr-gasmic electro dance parties. Speaking of queens, comedian Vicki Barbolak kicked off a four-day run at Liquid Laughs on Feb. 9. Despite being crowned “America’s Funniest Mom” by Nick at Nite, BW’s Josh Gross commented that “the tone and manner of Barbolak’s halfdrunk, trailer-nasty sexual hunger bordered on sinister.” Clad in a tight thrift-store dress and bouffant wig, Barbolak cracked jokes about her apolitical desire to bed President “Obama-licious,” and America’s need for a diet pill that causes you to lose weight and shit renewable energy for cars. And speaking of energy, staffer Stephen Foster stopped by Neurolux to catch Twin Sister on Feb. 10. The five-piece delivered a “high-energy set of glamorous indie rock,” which featured a nonstop barrage of the group’s signature, electrified funk songs. Toward the end of the set, lead singer Andrea Estella exited the stage and the remaining members launched into a full-on psych funk throwdown to cap the night off. Moving into highbrow territory, staffer Sheree Whiteley swung by the Boise State Special Events Center for Ballet Idaho’s mixed-bag ballet full of showgirls, tigers and mythical creatures: “The Magic of Firebird,” with “Circus” and “Romeo and Juliet Overture.” According to Whiteley, “while all three ballets were radically different, the exclusive use of Russian music and unusually intricate staging created a cohesive, entertaining trifecta.” And in other entertaining trifecta news, Trey McIntyre Project took over the Morrison Center last weekend for the premiere of At Last. Comprised of “Leatherwing Bat,” “Bad Winter” and “Blue Until June,” the show was a hodgepodge of old and new. Highlights from the packed matinee performance included Brett Perry sailing across the stage in “Leatherwing Bat,” Travis Walker and Lauren Edson tangling and moving in tandem during the hauntingly beautiful “Bad Winter” and Annali Rose’s oh-so composed twirlings to the late Etta James. On Feb. 11, Gross swung by James Orr’s black and white semi-formal Tiny Love CD release party at the Stueckle Sky Center. Though Orr began the show with little fanfare, launching into “Pride and Prejudice,” the first track on his new album, he ended it standing on top of his keyboard, “singing folk in a rock god stance, with cellos wailing a thick, luscious ballad as the delays from his guitar bounced around the room.” Sadly, as a Boise State event it was tragically lacking in booze. As a night cap, Gross headed out to VAC for a performance by the mostly female supergroup Mostly Muff. The spandexclad crowd danced up a storm to covers of ’80s classics, especially at the end, when more than a dozen extras in choir robes gave a rousing rendition of “Like A Prayer,” dedicated to the memory of Whitney Houston, who had died earlier that day.

VELMA V. MORRISON FAMILY THEATRE SERIES: NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS—Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than 2,000 years of Chinese Circus traditions, with acrobats, jugglers and contortionists. See Picks, Page 16. 7:30 p.m. $17.50$29.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

Food & Drink WINE AND CHEESE TASTING—Featuring vintage wines paired with Idaho cheeses. Learn about pairings, purchasing, serving and storing. Beers, sodas and coffee also available. See Picks, Page 16. 7 p.m. $10. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-2867960,

Talks & Lectures INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS: THE IDEA OF NATURE—This lecture series looks at how ideas of nature are expressed in humanities disciplines. In this installment, Rochelle Johnson, professor of English and environmental studies at the College of Idaho, will present On Metaphor and Progress: Nature in Literature and Landscape Painting in 19thcentury America. Reception with appetizers and a cash bar to follow. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise,

SATURDAY FEB. 18 Festivals & Events BLACK AND WHITE BALL—The benefit gala features dinner, auction and live entertainment. Hosted by Royal Family Kids’ Camp of Boise. 5:30 p.m. $60. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, sub.


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8 DAYS OUT MARDI GRAS PARTY—Gator, crawdads, jambalaya, beverages and beads available beginning at noon ‘til everything is gone. Noon-6 p.m. High Desert Harley Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599, SEASONS ANNIVERSARY/ MARDI GRAS PARTY—Enjoy live music, a dinner buffet, complimentary wine tasting and all sorts of Mardi Gras fun. Costumes and beads encouraged. 6:30 p.m. $30. Seasons Bistro Wine Bar and Catering, 1117 E. Winding Creek Road, Eagle, 208-939-6680,

Art ART IN THE BAR V—Features more than 40 local artists selling and displaying their work. All ages are welcome. Full bar available with ID. See Picks, Page 16. Noon-10 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212,

On Stage FIDDLER ON THE ROOF—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $17 adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, GEORGE LOPEZ—Catch the host of Lopez Tonight/sitcom star/stand-up comedian/jack of all trades live at his Boise tour stop. Tickets available at 8 p.m. $36$56. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021,

Auditions RABBIT HOLE—Boise Little Theater needs two men and three women for its upcoming production of Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,

Food & Drink MERIDIAN PIPES AND DRUMS CHILI COOK-OFF—A fundraiser to help the Pipes and Drums band go to Colorado Springs, Colo., to play at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. The event at the Meridian Speedway Dairy Barn is open to anyone who wants to try their hand at cooking or just show up for fun and enjoy the food. For more info, visit 11 a.m.4 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors/ kids ages 6-12. Meridian Speedway, 335 E. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-2813, RIEDEL WINE TASTING—Join Paul Colwell of BRJ Distributing for an informative tasting that uses Riedel glassware. Enjoy four notable wines, each paired with a glass specifically designed to bring out the best flavors and aromas of the grape


varietal. Light hors d’oeuvres will bill served. Price includes four Riedel glasses to take home and a 10-percent discount on featured glassware. 6:30 p.m. $45. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208,

Workshops & Classes HANDS-ON JOOMLA CLASSES—Joomla is a complete, open-source software with which you can make and maintain a professional website, without any code knowledge. Taught by Alan Henderson of in Boise. For more info, see, call 866-866-2564 or email info@ 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $45-$65. College of Western Idaho-Ada County Campus, 1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, 208-562-3000, KNIT A BASIC HAT ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES—Keren Brown will take you through the basics of hat knitting while you create a great-looking beanie-style cap. Students need to know how to cast on, off and be ready to learn the Purl stitch, increases and decreases. Call to pre-pay and reserve your space, or purchase your class online to ensure a spot. 2-6 p.m. $40. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,


GLITTERATI BURLESQUE AND VARIETY SHOW—The grand opening of the Glitterati’s latest production includes the Glitterati Gals burlesque, The Fleet Street Klezmer Band and dancers, Pyrotactics Fire Troupe, local drag performers Lady Delicious and Jasmine October and the Habibi Nada Bellydancers. Visit for more info. 8:30 p.m. $6 adv., $8 door. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, GOD OF CARNAGE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $30 adult, $20 senior, $10 student. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., 208578-9122, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES— See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW-MATT GOLIGHTLY—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $39 dinner and show or $20 show. Knock

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8 DAYS OUT Literature WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ALAN HEATHCOCK—The celebrated author of Volt will instruct a three-day weekend workshop entitled Five Things You Absolutely, Positively Must Do to Write a Great Story. The workshop meets Saturday, Feb. 18-Monday, Feb. 20. For more info or to register, visit or call 208-726-9491, ext. 10. 2-5 p.m. $150 Center members, $200 nonmembers. Sun Valley Center for Arts—Hailey, 314 Second Ave. S., Hailey, 208-726-9491,

Talks & Lectures WATERSHED HISTORY—Travel back in time with the Idaho Humanities Council for a historic look at our watershed, complete with historic drawings and a costumed character who shares entertaining tales. In the exhibit hall, kids can pan for gold and practice their hand at siphoning water with the Boise Project. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208489-1284,

Kids & Teens FAMILY FIELD TRIP SATURDAY—Enjoy a free day of fun and education focused on conserving birds of prey. Fill out an activity passport and get a free birds of prey calendar. See live bird demonstrations, tour the Archives of Falconry and take a walk outdoors on the new scenic interpretive trail. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-3628687, THERAPY DOGS—Children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200,

SUNDAY FEB. 19 On Stage GOD OF CARNAGE—See Wednesday. 3 p.m. $30 adult, $20 senior, $10 student. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW-MATT GOLIGHTLY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, OPERA IDAHO LA BOHEME—See Friday. 2:30 p.m. $15-$69. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Workshops & Classes BOB ROSS-STYLE PAINTING—Pick up a brush and put your dreams on canvas. Taught by certified Bob Ross instructor Danny Ewing. All supplies included. See Picks, Page 17. Noon-4 p.m. $45-$50. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858,

MONDAY FEB. 20 Festivals & Events ANNUAL AFTERNOON TEA FOR SYRINGA HOUSE GIRLS—Syringa House, a Northwest Children’s Home program based in Nampa, is a residential treatment center for at-risk girls ages 6-17. This event helps build community awareness about the program and the resources provided. For more info, log onto northwestchildrenshome. org. 4 p.m. $25. Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 222 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-331-2700.


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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes


REIKI I FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES—Take some time to learn energetic self care and how to keep your energy balanced. This class is offered to government employees at a special rate, however, anyone needing a price break with tuition may attend. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $99. Reiki Energy Healing Center, 3939 Targee St., Boise, 208-353-0604,

POETRY SLAM DELUX—The winner of this open poetry slam will take away a cool $50. Visit for more info. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886,

TUESDAY FEB. 21 Festivals & Events FAT TUESDAY BASH—Check out the DJs of Bass Matters, giveaways, raffles, drink specials and free beads at Liquid’s annual Fat Tuesday bash. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

FAT TUESDAY PARTY—This fundraiser for the Boise Blues Society’s Blues In The Schools program features music from Lori B! and Richard Soliz, The Acoustaholics and Hambones On The Beach. Admission includes Mardi Gras beads. 6 p.m. $5. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, 1115 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-376-2700. HUMPIN’ HANNAH’S ANNUAL TA-TA TUESDAY BASH—Go gaga for ta-tas at this annual Fat Tuesday bash with tons of beads (the good kind, not the cheap ones), feather masks, jester crowns, Sun God masks, pacifiers, doubloons, bobbing for baubles, crowning of the Mardi Gras king and queen, VJ Jazzy Jim with Zydeco and Cajun Swamp and the Rocci Johnson Band. 7 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557.

Talks & Lectures WILD ABOUT LIFE—Discover how cheatgrass and other species of invasive annual grasses exploit changes that are occurring in native plant communities, why native communities are important and techniques available to control (or at least reduce the density of) cheat grass. The lecture will include recommendations for small landowners about how to attack cheat grass by hand and information about the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s programs to help treat larger areas. 7 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208-4679278,

WEDNESDAY FEB. 22 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,

On Stage GOD OF CARNAGE—See Wednesday, Feb. 15. 7 p.m. $30 adult, $20 senior, $10 student. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY—See Wednesday, Feb. 15. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Workshops & Classes SPEEDBUMP BURLESQUE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP—SpeedBump offers a threehour, co-ed workshop focused on neo-burlesque plot concept, character development, movement and costuming. Taught by Randi Rascal, Luminous Pariah, Wiggy Stardust and Paris Original of Seattle. For reservations, email 7-10 p.m. $25 adv., $30 door. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531,

Talks & Lectures WINTER WEDNESDAYS LUNCH AND LEARN—How do our local elk and deer populations survive and thrive during harsh winters? Learn interesting facts about the herds we can see along the Boise River and in the Foothills. Gourmet soup, salad and bread lunch catered by Open Table Catering. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $16.50. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-3342225,

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THE GREAT LAURA GIBSON The folk singer’s new album is a grand gesture TARA MORGAN

Confidence looks good on Laura Gibson. Whereas the Portland, Ore., folk songstress was once known for her introspective whisperings, her new album, Le Grande, flickers with a fiery boldness and nuanced maturity. Gibson doesn’t tentatively step out on a limb with this record, she glides out all hips and red lips. But blot away that bold veneer and you’ll find the same blushingly sincere musician underneath. “I think there’s this sense of just being free that I felt in making this record. … In some ways, it’s very upbeat and, at first glance, might not feel as personal as my other work, but I feel like in some way, allowing myself to really take pleasure in making these songs allowed me to give more of myself than I had in the past,” said Gibson. “Almost in the way that a person writing fiction can say the things that are unsayable.” Listen as the lionhearted Laura Gibson lights up the Lux. From the first spur-rattling stomp of drums on the Western ghost town opener “La surprisingly true to Gibson’s style. She mixes it sings: “For love has got you hanging on my Grande,” with Gibson’s empty-train-station vocals booming above, it’s apparent this record hips / like a well-worn out dress with my skin up even more on gospel-tinged “The Rushing Dark,” singing “I could not stop trembling” showing through.” is a wild departure from 2009’s hushed and in an early lo-fi radio warble, amid a chorus of “I think so much of the record is ... about delicate Beasts of Seasons. According to Gibhumming women. desire and movement forward. So one of the son, she gleaned inspiration for the title track “I got really excited about all these different really important themes was wrestling with on a trip to the sleepy city of La Grande, Ore. kinds of music that I’m really inspired by, and I these two paths—one “I just had this think I had to really give myself license to trust being ultimate freereally magical day, and dom and wildness and that I would be able to pull it together and I think there are these Laura Gibson with Breathe Owl Breathe. make it my own and really let myself indulge this other one being moments when you Sunday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. centered and calm and a bit,” said Gibson. “And just trust in the end go to a place and you product—I know myself and I know that my in relationships; this see all your own hopes NEUROLUX 111 N. 11th St. desire is to make something sincere.” very domestic path,” and desires and chal208-343-0886 In perhaps one of the most-sincere songs on Gibson said. “I felt lenges kind of reflected the album, “Crow/Swallow,” Gibson juggles having ‘Milk-Heavy, back in the landscape the pressure of settling down and starting a Pollen-Eyed’ early and the history of the family with her career path: “And when they on, it kind of gave place,” said Gibson. march by in their motherly smiles / and swaythe presence of relationships, and I think I The song kicks up dusty swirls of imaging their motherly hips / I cannot follow / I needed to add that element early on in the ery—dancing halls, burning sage, planks and cannot keep their pace.” record.” rails, bone-white clay—that help to set the “I feel like I’m in the right place much of Gibson shares a house with long-term mood and ground the album in the galloping boyfriend Sean Ogilvie of Musee Mecanique. the time when I’m touring, and I know I’ll wide open West. Appropriately, the album is littered with love look back on this time with fondness and this “Someone reading the record in French lifestyle with fondness, but it is so nontrasongs—from the sexy track “Skin, Warming would think I called my record, The Great Skin” to the love-drunk “Red Moon,” where ditional. … There’s both excitement in that Laura Gibson, which is definitely erring on and there’s this determination in me to really Gibson sings “I want to carry your torch / the side of confidence,” Gibson laughed. “As follow that path I’m on well. But then there’s and drink up your poetry.” almost an inside joke to myself, I really liked also this other path that is often calling out But those songs are balanced out by songs the double meaning and it felt right to center to me, and I think a lot of this record was me like “Lion/Lamb,” where Gibson’s fiery these songs in a place.” confidence is back at the forefront. Even when wrestling with what to do when you desire But just as quickly as Gibson spins out both of those things.” she sings, “I am not a lamb / I am a lion,” with “La Grande,” she pivots back with the You can watch Gibson wrestle with these it’s with a rippling, shallow pool croon and a album’s second track, “Milk-Heavy, PollenEyed.” The song establishes a sense of vulner- Bossa Nova beat. Flutters of flute and summer intimate themes and kick up her restless heels at Neurolux on Sunday, Feb. 19, with opener raindrops of piano give the song an ethereal ability that pairs nicely with her newfound confidence. Amid twinkling piano, she slowly mood that both plays with the genre and stays Breathe Owl Breathe. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

CHA-CHA-CHA CHANGES Treefort Music Fest, Boise’s SXSW after-party, has finally dropped the whole enchilada on a rapt local music scene: More than 130 bands will be coming from as far away as Australia. You can check out the complete lineup on Cobweb at Oddly enough, The Bouquet is slated to be part of the festival. This is odd because the club locked its doors in January and put up a sign that it would reopen several weeks later under new ownership. However, a recent post on The Bouquet’s website said that, because of problems with the building, Mercury Management (the company that took over the bar) would be searching for a different space. The website went offline several days later. Mercury Management representative Jessica Doherty told BW in an email that the new location they’re searching for will not carry the name of The Bouquet. Multiple messages to building owner Tyson Twilegar about the dispute and the future of the space went unreturned. But despite all that, Treefort organizers still have shows booked at the space for the festival’s opening night. Good luck. Another downtown club going through some changes is The Red Room. On Feb. 8, Red Room music booker Keesha Renna sent out an email announcing that she was leaving the club to work independently and that bookings past Wednesday, Feb. 15, were no longer guaranteed. Several of the higher-profile shows Renna booked, such as Glitterati Burlesque and parts of the Treefort Music Festival, will remain at Red Room. But Renna will now be booking independently under the handle of Vagabond Promotions. Also reaching the end of its run is filesharing site The site, which was a longtime favorite for music and film piraters, called it quits in the wake of the megaraid on Megaupload that resulted in the arrests of five of its operators on a laundry list of charges, ranging from violating copyright to racketeering to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Btjunkie posted a goodbye message: “We’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on.” According to Torrentfreak, a number of other popular torrent sites like Filesonic and Fileserve have restricted third-party file access, begun mass file deletions or banned U.S. IP addresses, as well. This gives weight to two different arguments swirling around in the SOPA/PIPA debate: that the laws aren’t necessary for the Department of Justice to enforce copyright law, and that torrent sites are fully aware that their sites are being used to illegally transfer copyrighted content. —Josh Gross

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GUIDE WEDNESDAY FEB. 15 CAMDEN HUGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe CURSIVE—With Ume. 7 p.m. $15. Neurolux

Lock, Stock & Barrel

FREE. Solid


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

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

THE SHAUN BRAZELL QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

THE MOTH GIRL, FEB. 15, RED ROOM Compared to last week’s music mania, this is a dry week for touring tunes. Fortunately some local acts are stepping it up—along with a little help from Portland, Ore., pals Hosannas—and putting on a four-headed beast of a show at the Red Room. The Moth Girl—the solo act of Luna Michelle, the winged creature who sings and plays bass/tambo in local art-rock quintet Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars—will play with Lerk, the new project of Erik Eastman, former guitarist in Youth Lagoon. Dirty Moogs, the electro-synth act with such apparent similarities to German electro pioneers Kraftwerk that they have to be intentional, will also play. Last but not least is Hosannas (formerly Church), an indierock band with intricate, weaving guitar lines and big synth lines. All four of these acts should combine into one hell of a live show. —Stephen Foster With Lerk, Dirty Moogs and Hosannas. 9 p.m., $3. The Red Room, 1519 W. Main St.,

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GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s JESSICA FULGHUM—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s THE LOTUS VELLUM—With Brother Dan and Sun Blood Stories. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage THE MOTH GIRL—With Lerk, Dirty Moogs and Hosannas. See Listen Here, this page. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE.

JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MICKEY THE JUMP—With Grand Falconer. 8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper THE RINGTONES—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

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



BONE DANCE CD RELEASE PARTY—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

BIG WOW—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle

BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

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

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

COLD AS ICE WINTER PARTY— Featuring 33Deep, Pleasantville Killerz and Known Felon. 7:30 p.m. $5. Knitting Factory

D.R.U.G.S.—With Hit The Lights, Like Moths to Flames and Sparks The Rescue. 7 p.m. $13 adv., $15 door. Knitting Factory

DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s THE HOLLER—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s RYAN WISSINGER—-6 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT MICS—9:30 p.m. $5. Liquid GAYLE CHAPMAN—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub GLIMPSE TRIO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s JIMMY BIVENS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

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 SOUL SERENE—10 p.m. $5. Reef TRAVIS WARD—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

SATURDAY FEB. 18 DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GLIMPSE TRIO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE JENNY OWENS YOUNG—With Little Hurricane. 8 p.m. $8. Neurolux

BREATHE OWL BREATHE—With Laura Gibson. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux



JUPITER HOLIDAY—With The Higher Council. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

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

MEGAN NELSON—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper RISING LION—10 p.m. $5. Reef 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 RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

THE WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

MONDAY FEB. 20 PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SHAUN BRAZELL QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

SHON SANDERS—With Amy Weber. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement


DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye FAT TUESDAY PARTY—Featuring Steady Rush. 6 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub NATHAN MOODY—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

WEDNESDAY FEB. 22 THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian CHUCK SMITH—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30

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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $33 adv., $36 door. Egyptian

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape

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




p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JOHNNY BUTLER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La MOZAM—With Junior Rocket Scientists. 7 p.m. $3. Neurolux PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La RICO WEISMAN AND REX MILLER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown SKITTISH ITCH—With Social Antidote and Piranhas. 9 p.m. FREE. Red Room STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW—6 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadDowntown

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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, FEB. 21, EGYPTIAN If you haven’t heard the sweet-as-sweet-potato-pie sound of The Blind Boys of Alabama, your life is yet unfulfilled. But fret not, there’s still time to save your soul, or at least the part that aches for the roof-raising sound of Earth-bound angels. The boys are scheduled to take to the stage of the Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Founded at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, the Blind Boys toured for nearly 40 years on what was then called the chitlin’ circuit, performing in churches, revival tents and black-only nightclubs. The Blind Boys performed at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and were rediscovered in an off-Broadway show in the 1980s. They have since recorded with Lou Reed, Ben Harper, Tom Petty and Prince, and have won five Grammy Awards. —George Prentice 8 p.m., $33 adv., $36 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

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GOOD VIBRATIONS Spring into SVCA to check out Urban Lifecycles.

SHOW YOURSELVES ARTISTS “Olly olly oxen free,” is the yowl that ends a game of hide-and-seek, calling for winners to show themselves. The Modern Hotel is issuing a similar cry to local artists. The Modern is now accepting submissions for its fifth-annual art crazyfest, Modern Art, which takes place on First Thursday, May 3. Entry forms can be found at The Modern’s front desk or online at All submissions are due by Thursday, March 1, so whether you’re a fire-breather, sword-swallower, contortionist or BW cover artist, The Modern wants you to come out from your hiding spot. The Boise City Department of Arts and History is also on the hunt for artists. The department recently announced a new mini-grant program called Performing Arts for Cultural and Community Celebrations (PAC³) grants. The city has earmarked $12,000 “specifically for hiring performing artists and for costs associated with incorporating performances into public events, such as renting sound and stage equipment.” In order to qualify for up to $2,000, your event must take place between Friday, March 23, and Sunday, Sept. 30, and some performance component of the event must be free to the public. According to the city, “neighborhood groups, cultural organizations, artists’ collectives and other organizers who have a sincere interest in creating or continuing existing community celebrations and events are encouraged to apply.” Applications are due Thursday, March 1, and available at The department is also seeking painters, graphic designers and illustrators to design murals for the city’s traffic control boxes. Interested artists are asked to submit 10 digital examples of past work along with a letter of interest and a resume. Those selected will be handed a check for $1,000 to design a community-related mural, which will then be transformed into a vinyl wrap and installed on a traffic box. Applications are due by Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. For more info, contact Karen Bubb at 208-4335677 or email And in opening news, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is gearing up to debut a new exhibit that will explore “ideas about urban growth, sprawl, decay and revitalization in cities in the U.S. and around the world.” In addition to work from artists like Gustavo Acosta and Design 99, Boise’s Amanda Hamilton will create an installation that explores the history of Ketchum over the last 150 years. Urban Lifecycles opens on Friday, Feb. 17, from 5-8 p.m. and will remain up through Friday, April 13.

Alley Rep’s hysterical new play, In the Next Room ANNE HENDERSON In a studio somewhere in New York City, artist Flint Weisser just put the finishing touches on the two intricate machines he spent six weeks constructing. They are made of hand-fashioned brass, hardwoods, aluminum and stainless steel. Recently his creations were boxed up and sent via the U.S. Postal Service to Boise in care of Alley Repertory Theater. The machines are replicas of one of the very first household appliances widely marketed in the United States. Hailed by Sears Roebuck and Co. in a 1918 advertisement as “very useful and satisfactory for home service,” these machines are not irons or vacuums, they are vibrators. Weisser, a Boise State graduate who Vibrators were among the first household appliances widely marketed in the United States. moved to New York to study at the Pratt Institute, was commissioned to make the pieces Main said she knew the play “would be for Alley Repertory’s upcoming production of deprivation and were treated by inducing great for Alley and really interesting to do” what was termed a “hysterical paroxysm.” In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. because it explores issues of women’s health, Happily, for physicians, the invention of the Artistic Director Buffie Main said the a topic she said is rarely presented on stage. vibrator made quick work of a treatment “delightfully funny and entertaining play” She hailed the skill of the playwright, Sarah previously performed by hand, which often was chosen to anchor Alley Repertory’s Ruhl, and her ability to use a comedic lens to took hours to achieve a proper result. Spark Series, which is centered on the power explore such a complex topic. Weisser said two historical models, the of electricity and invention. Written by Sarah “Often, we talk about sex and make it Carpenter and the Chattanooga, inspired the Ruhl, the play is a Tony Award-winner and bawdy, but don’t make it about intimacy and vibrators he created. Weisser found and rewas also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. furbished actual period engines for the pieces. discovery,” Main said. “The play really cenIn the Next Room is staged in America ters on women feeling left out and how they He described the originals as “beautiful” at the dawn of the electrical age. Thomas Edison had recently developed the light bulb, hair dryer-esque machines that were designed find voice through sexuality and exploration like modern Dremel tools with flexible shafts ... releasing their hysteria.” and because of it, the prevailing puritaniInterestingly, Main said the eventual attached to the ends. The boxes, holding cally minded culture was witnessing drastic extinction of the hysteria diagnosis in women the rather large motors by today’s appliance changes to daily life. The play is centered coincided very closely with the historical standards, looked more like furniture than on the relationship between Dr. Givings— machines, complete with ornately carved legs timeline for women’s emancipation. a physician fascinated with extraordinary Main shares Dr. Givings’ interest in the and claw feet. new devices (enter marvels of technological advancement. She The work Weisser Weisser’s creations) In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play explained that there is a distinct correlation has done for the play that help him treat will run Wednesday, Feb. 15, through between the manner in which electricity is actually right up patients suffering from Saturday, Feb. 25; 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. changed life in the early 1900s and the way his alley as well. His “hysteria”—and his curtain; $10 students and military, cell phones have changed ours today. current artistic focus curious wife Cath$15 general admission. “It is fascinating historically [the way one is to use the scientific erine, a bystander in VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE experience as a design advancement in technology] transforms the her husband’s world. 3638 Osage St., Garden City 208-424-8297 world in just a couple of years,” she said. experience. He said The first vibrators Main said set designers and local talents he enjoys showing were invented to as“art nerds” the beauty Sarah Cunningham and Keith Hazen-Diehm sist physicians in the have figured out how to intelligently juxand inherent aesthetic treatment of hystetapose a lush Victorian set with the play’s experience involved with machinery. He said ria, a diagnosis often given to unmarried rather industrial venue, Visual Arts Colleche also likes creating new works inspired by women, or women without children such tive in Garden City. From the mysterious intricately based Victorian concepts. as nuns and spinsters. Hysteria’s symptoms new glow of electricity within wall papered Happily, one of Weisser’s vibrators actuincluded anything from nervousness to dechambers, to loud machines and the sounds pression. However, Main said the prevailing ally vibrates. He said it is “loud, scary and of hysterical paroxysm, this is one play that’s description of the time was that of a “dry or kind of great” and will hopefully be used sure to get people buzzing. functionally on the set. The other, he said, heavy womb.” “I just love to see how it all comes tohas a tendency to smoke, smelling as if it may Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of these gether,”’ Main added. catch fire. symptoms were often attributed to sexual

—Amber Clontz and Tara Morgan

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DEFINING IDENTITY Pariah is the right film for Idaho’s difficult times GEORGE PRENTICE Pariah, the enlightening film about a girl realizing her sexual being, has come to Idaho at the most appropriate time—unfortunately. I say unfortunately because the film asks us to examine the delicate balance of our identities mere days after a handful of Idaho lawmakers dismissed an effort to protect its citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation. And even though our laws may not fully reflect our truths, sometimes the arts (and film in particular) reveal what we know Adepero Oduye gives a stand-out performance in Pariah, a film that explores identity and sexuality. is true and what is right. Pariah, a small film with huge truths, is not to be missed. amines a subculture—lesbianism among black and in dingier nightclubs, cinematographer Webster’s Dictionary reminds us that a “pariah” is a person without status, a rejected Bradford Young exposes a stark cinema verite women—that has rarely been explored on film. Writer-director Dee Rees, a New York Univerthat keeps his audience on just this side of member of society, an outcast. And such is sity film student, originally conceived Pariah danger. Yet you never feel uncomfortable, no the lot of 17-year-old Alike (pronounced ahas a 29-minute short. But instead of simply LEE-kay), who is shackled by her parents, her matter where the film transports you. lengthening scenes, Rees has fleshed out a Alike lives with her parents Audrey (a society and Brooklyn, in no particular order. wonderfully compassionate narrative. It’s a bit warm performance from Kim Wayans) and Alike, portrayed in a stand-out debut by of a cinematic miracle that Pariah was shot in Arthur (Charles Parnell) in Brooklyn’s Fort Adepero Oduye, is on the edge of embracing Greene neighborhood. Her father is an NYPD 19 days with a budget of less than $500,000. her identity as a lesbian. But while coming At its September 2011 premiere at the detective who doesn’t even have the skills of age, she lives in fear of coming out. Each Toronto International Film Festival, Rees said to detect his own morning, when she her film was reflective of her own coming out, daughter’s secret. In arrives at school, she as well as her struggles with her parents about another of the film’s ditches her traditional PARIAH (R) her sexuality. many vignettes, Alike prim clothes (repWritten and Directed by Dee Rees But a caveat: Don’t make the mistake that and her father share resenting how her Starring Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and Pariah is solely about a black lesbian. It is awkwardly tender mother sees her) in Charles Parnell moments in the family ultimately about identity. And who among us favor of a wardrobe hasn’t been faced with having our own idenkitchen, starting and representing how she Opens Friday at The Flicks stopping conversations tity shaped by others vs. ourselves? sees herself. In one of Pariah opens with a quote from the late that go nowhere. It is the film’s most telling poet Audre Lorde’s 1982 memoir: expert screenwriting, vignettes, Alike trans“Wherever the bird with no feet flew, she revealing the alienation that sometimes acforms into her alter-ego Lee, trading a pink found trees with no limbs.” companies a parent’s unspoken love. cardigan in favor of a rugby shirt, do-rag and It’s a heartbreaking metaphor not only for The theme of repression of sexual identity baseball cap. Alike but also for Idaho. In Pariah’s numerous scenes on dingy trains is certainly not new to cinema. But Pariah ex-

SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings INVASION AT THE RED ROOM—This installment of Invasion features “love movies.” Sunday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, L.A. PHIL LIVE—Dudamel conducts Mahler 8 live from Caracas, Venezuela. Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, combined with multiple choirs and soloists in Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” (No. 8), the apotheosis of the Romantic symphony. Saturday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland

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unhappiness of her policeman father and churchgoing mother. (R) Flicks

reside beneath the floorboards. (G) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22


THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY— This animated adventure is based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers and tells the story of miniature people who

THIS MEANS WAR—Two deadly CIA operatives fall for the same woman. (PG 13) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22

GHOST RIDER SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE—Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze, who is still struggling with his curse as the Devil’s bounty hunter. When he teams up with a group of rebel monks, he’ll risk everything to save a young boy and possibly rid himself of his curse. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22 PARIAH—A bright and likable gay Brooklyn, N.Y. high-school student is in the process of coming out, to the

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SKIERS GET SOME LOVE, WHILE REC FEST FOLDS While the ski season seems to have only star ted at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, it’s time for diehard skiers to star t thinking about the 2012-2013 season. Mark your calendars for Monday, Feb. 20, for the start of the one-week ultimate Bogus season pass sale. Beginning that morning and running through Sunday, Feb. 26, the resort will offer passes for the lowest price of the year. Individual 2011-2012 pass holders will be able to purchase a 2012-2013 pass for $179, which includes two Take a Buddy tickets. The price for new season pass buyers will be $199. Family season passes will cost $716 (including eight Take a Buddy tickets) for current pass holders or $800 for new pass buyers. As of Monday, Feb. 27, the price jumps to $239 for individuals and $956 for families, and climbs from there. Nordic skiers can get in on the deal as well, with $69 season passes during the weeklong sale. If the price wasn’t enough of an incentive to buy early, the fact that the 2012-2013 season passes will be valid beginning on Monday, Feb. 20, through the end of the 2013 season should help. Passes can be bought online at, over the phone by calling 208-3325162, or in person at the Bogus Basin sales office (2600 Bogus Basin Road). And since our minds are on the slopes, the home of the grande dame of American ski resor ts just got a little love from National Geographic, which named Ketchum as one of the top 25 ski towns in the world. Ketchum/Sun Valley rounds out the list of international destinations, joining the likes of Zermatt, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; and Stowe, Vt. The West actually claimed quite a few spots on the list. Other regional ski towns on the shor t list

After two years, Boise Rec Fest organizers are closing shop and shuttering the community festival.

include Bend, Ore.; Jackson, Wyo.; Bozeman and Whitefish, Mont.; Crested Butte, Aspen, Telluride and Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Park City, Utah. Editors called the resor t the best for “hard-car ving skiers and boarders who like playing ‘spot the movie star,’” and praised it for maintaining the “grandeur of their pre-war days,” while the town itself boasted “rustic elegance.” Check out the full write-up, as well as the rest of the list at But not all is rosy in the world of recreation. Organizers of the Boise Rec Fest announced that the event has been canceled for this year. While the event, which celebrated outdoor recreation with demonstrations, games and

music, successfully ran for two years, organizers realized that the weekend festival could not suppor t a full-time paid staff. “Running a large event like Boise Rec Fest takes more than just volunteer time to be done right. Without any full-time staff running the festival, we felt we didn’t have enough resources to successfully organize the event,” wrote founder Brett Adler in an email sent to suppor ters. “And while this is not an easy decision for us, we felt it was better for ever yone that we not hold the festival rather than do it poorly.” Adler added that while it is highly unlikely that the event will happen this year, he is open to talking to any other organization interested in taking it over in the future. —Deanna Darr

LISTINGS/REC Events GET MORE OUT OF CYCLING—Before you start putting a lot of miles on your bike, go to this presentation from Brian Weiderman about preventing cycling injuries. Improve your efficiency and enjoyment of bicycling by following some easy guidelines. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. FREE. Therapeutic Associates, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 114, Boise, 208-433-9211, IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—vs. Reno Bighorns. Friday, Feb. 17-Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. $7-$20. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497, centurylinkarenaboise. com/home.aspx. OPEN WATER SWIMMING—Getting ready for a triathlon? Learn how to work on your freestyle technique, group swim and how to practice starts and turning in open water, as well as some workout plans for different distances. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-4261131,


STEELHEADS HOCKEY—vs. Utah Grizzlies. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. $16-$50. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497,

Register 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 with a post-relay party. Visit for more info. $360 per team. Stanley, 1-800878-7950,

Recurring BICYCLE BROWN BAG MAINTENANCE SERIES—Learn all about bikes, from conducting simple repairs to overhauling your ride. Topics change weekly, and all classes are held in the Cycle Learning Center. Visit for more info and to register. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Boise

State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-4261131, BURLESQUE CARDIO—Combine the sexiness of burlesque with a cardio routine that will leave you feeling like a vixen. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., and Fridays, 6 p.m. $10. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, DROP-IN VOLLEYBALL—Drop in for a game of volleyball. Nets and balls provided. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Mondays, Wednesdays, 9-11:30 a.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 youth. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, FIT AND FALL-PROOF CLASS—Help increase mobility and independence by improving lower-body strength, endurance, flexibility and bone mass. Mondays and Wednesdays 9-9:45 a.m. Continues through Wednesday, May 9. FREE-$30. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858,

KAYAKING CLASSES—Riverroots Ltd. presents indoor kayaking classes designed to teach you the basics of the sport and prepare you for the river. Courses are divided into two classes, occurring on consecutive Tuesdays. Visit the website for more info. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. $80-$85. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, LINE DANCE LESSONS—Beginners to advanced dancers of all ages are invited to line up some new moves at this class. Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-794-6843. POWER PARTY SCULPT—Get a workout with disco balls, Top 40 music and dancing. Tuesdays, 8 p.m., and Thursdays, 8:15 p.m. $7. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, SUNDAY POWERPLAY—Bring a friend and enjoy two-for-one pricing on skating. Sundays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Continues through Tuesday, March 1. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, 208-331-0044, idahoiceworld. com.

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ALASKAN BLACK IPA The winter days are short in Juneau, Alaska; the nights are long and dark. Maybe that was the inspiration for this ebonyhued India ale that’s anything but pale. The aromas are a complex mix of resiny hops, anise, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and a subtle earthiness. The flavor profile is intriguing but fairly narrow, dominated by herb-laced licorice (remember Sin-Sins?), toasted malt and pure, unsweetened chocolate. Pine-laced, nicely bitter hops come through on the finish. BRIDGEPORT DARK RAIN, BLACK PALE ALE Describing an ale as both “black” and “pale” may seem like an oxymoron, but those words sit side by side on the label. This Portland, Ore.-based brewery has created an ale that is definitely dark, both in color (a dense chestnut), and in taste (lots of herbal hops and roasted malt). This brew has a bit of smoke both on the nose and on the palate, where flavors of chocolate and coffee come through. It finishes dry with a touch of biscuit.

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THE BRICKYARD Average steakhouse fare with a few surprises GUY HAND Maybe it was the gray window light or the lack of patrons on that winter afternoon, but lunching in the lux and leather-boothed Brickyard felt like dining in a Cadillac Escalade on an empty showroom floor. Maybe after sundown—or better yet, after a few years of first dates and anniversaries—this new steakhouse will feel a little more lived-in. Still, the first bite of the wild mushroom papardelle ($11) warmed up the place considerably. There’s nothing like a plate of wellmade pasta on a winter’s day, and those wide noodles in a rich creme fraiche and parmesan Chandler’s Steakhouse shares another, if sauce were as comforting as the crackle of counterintuitive trait with the Brickyard: At a hardwood fire in a cozy lodge. They were both, the non-steak entrees are more interestalso handmade—and nothing matches the ing than the steaks. In fact, the glorious texture of from-scratch weak link in most American pasta. Sadly, on a return visit in steakhouses is steak. The January, the kitchen had turned THE BRICKYARD highly consolidated, commodto packaged pasta, which was 601 W. Main St. ity beef industry is largely to good but less memorable. 208-287-2121 blame, often profiting from Perhaps less seasonally quantity over quality while suitable than a rich plate of reserving its meager output of papardelle, but nearly as dry-aged, prime beef for large satisfying, was the tuna tartare ($13). A spring-green mound of raw ahi, diced metropolitan steakhouses. The fact that the Brickyard sourced its avocado and edamame over a bed of greens Kobe-style sirloin ($15) from the Idaho-based spiked with a pickled ginger vinaigrette, the salad had a rich, yet clear flavor reminiscent of but large-scale Snake River Farms did little to make that slab of meat more than mildly Chandler’s signature Tower of Tuna.

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flavorful and a little too ropy in texture. Another interesting departure from average steakhouse fare was the Brickyard’s Crab Shots ($12). I enjoyed the deep-fried crab fritters’ crisp texture and the three dipping sauces that accompanied them—a cool parsley pesto, a spicy habanero marmalade and a creamy tartar-like vinaigrette. It’s those kinds of dishes—the ones that aspire to something more varied and visionary than a chunk of feedlot beef—that make it easy to endure the Brickyard’s austere lunchtime setting and even the dueling pianos offered at night. For the cold-weather comfort of that from-scratch pasta alone, I’d go back to the Brickyard. If only they’d start making it again.

FOOD/NEWS EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BREWS We’ve been licking our chops at the thought of a 3 Picket Porter since Crooked Fence Brewing started dropping Facebook hints in September 2011. Now, five thirsty months later, the new Garden City craft brewery is finally ready to open its doors. On Saturday, Feb. 25, customers can sample brewer Kris Price’s handiwork, which includes beers like the Rusty Nail Pale Ale and the Hole Wheat American hef. The opening party runs from 3-9 p.m. at the brewery’s digs, located at 5242 Chinden Blvd. The Boise Fry Co. truck will be on hand slinging frites, and Vinyl Preservation Society will spin some wax from 5-8 p.m. But if you can’t wait that long to get crooked on Crooked, there are a smattering of upcoming rollout parties, where you can sample the brews at your favorite local watering holes. For a list of those locations, visit Speaking of Garden City craft breweries, Payette Brewing Co. recently acquired a new brewer. Ian Fuller, who formerly fermented at Northwest powerhouse Ninkasi, joined the Payette team three weeks ago. “He brings in a lot of different experi-

ence. He has a different brewing background than I have, so he’s bringing in a lot of different ideas,” said Payette owner and brewer Mike Francis. Fuller just came up with a new recipe as a part of Payette’s Ales of No Return monthly series. The Sawed-Off Stout will debut next Friday, Feb. 17, at the brewery and at various outposts around town. And in terrible brews news: Hold onto your maxi pads, ladies, there’s finally a beer you, too, can enjoy. Idaho recently became the third state in the country to carry Chick Beer, a new light lager “created by a woman, exclusively for women.” And somewhat ironically, the beer is being distributed by Mann Distributing of Boise. Weighing in at 97 calories and 3.5 carbs, this gender-ogatory product can be filed in the terrible idea drawer next to those Hillshire Farm “Go Meat” ads. According to founder Shazz Lewis: “I found that women consume 25 percent of all the beer in the United States— that’s 700 million cases a year—but no one has ever addressed this segment of the market. Until now.” Yep, they have. And it’s just called beer. —Tara Morgan KELLY KN OP P

WIDMER W’12 DARK SAISON A saison with a bit of color isn’t all that unusual. This one pours a ver y dark amber with a creamy head. The nose has an element of sweetness, with spicy vanilla, ripe fruit and sarsaparilla. That typical saison tartness plays against lightly sweet dried-fruit flavors, with just a hint of clove coming through on the finish. This beer is a nice effort from this Portland icon.

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American craft brewers love to innovate, and they always seem to find ways to shake things up. One of the latest trends is embracing the dark side of the force, taking brews that are typically the color of straw and making them a deeper brown. IPAs were among the first to go black, but this week’s lineup also includes a dark saison and a black pale ale.

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These pets can be adopted at the Idaho Humane Society. 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise | 208-342-3508

SHOP HERE JAMIE: 2-year-old female border collie mix. Good with other dogs. Sensitive, nervous girl who is loyal and bonds quickly. (Kennel 316#15097505)

THOR: 2-year-old male Lab and border collie mix. Happy, friendly, goofy, energetic dog who will require an active home. (Kennel 317- #15098361)

KATRINA: 1-year-old female German shorthaired pointer mix. Requires regular exercise. Good with some dogs but not cats. (Kennel 314- #14576273)

DEEDS: 4-year-old female domestic shorthair. Very people-oriented cat. Good with other cats, dogs and children. Litterbox-trained. (Kennel 15- #15410695)

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SUGAR: 8-year-old female domestic shorthair. Petite cat. Litterbox-trained. Enjoys attention but is also independent. (Kennel 10- #15403347)

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B O I S E W E E K LY NOTICES BW LEGAL NOTICES IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE 4TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN RE: Amanda Marie Holmes Case No. CV NC 1200305 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Amanda Marie Holmes, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Amanda Marie Walund. The reason for the change in name is: I was divorced pursuant to case CVDR04-01136 and want to be restored to my maiden name. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on March 1, 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.

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Date: Jan. 19, 2012 CLERK OF THE COURT By: Deirdre Price Deputy Clerk Pub. Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8 & 15, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA In the Matter of the Estate of: GERTRUDE I. WOODLAND, Deceased. Case No. CV IE 1200937. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (I.C. 15-6-801) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named descendent. All persons having claims against the descendent or the estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented to the undersigned at the address indicated, and filed with the Clerk of the Court. DATED this 26th day of January, 2012.

C.K. Quade Law, PLLC 1501 Tyrell Lane Boise, ID 83706 Telephone: 208-367-0723 Pub. Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN RE: Ashley Nicole Dowdle Case No. CV NC 1201361 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Ashley Nicole Dowdle, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho. The name will change to Ashley Nicole Hammond. The reason for the change in name is: because I want to have the same last name as my mother. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. 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 CALLAN ESTATE state property held on Trust Special Deposit bonded by the serial number 90917997B. Govern yourselves accordingly. By: General executor JOSEPH CALLAN JOSEPH CALLAN ESTATE Care of: Joseph Callan Executor Post Office Box 9694

Boise, Idaho 83707 Pub. February 8, 15 & 22, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA In the Matter of the Estate of: LOLA WANDA VITLEY, Deceased. Case No. CV IE 1201164 NOTICE TO CREDITORS (I.C. 15-3-801) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named decedent. All persons having claims against the decedent or the estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented to the undersigned at the address indicated, and filed with the Clerk of the Court. DATED this 7th day of February, 2012. MARY R. HELLICKSON C.K. Quade Law, PLLC 1501 Tyrell Lane Boise, ID 83706

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Blouse, e.g. Still broken, say Confirms “Ancient Mariner” verse 68 Bad-mouthed 69 Bitchin’ 70 Sun spots 73 Inter ___ 74 Dante e Boccaccio 75 Rack for a rifle 76 Toss-up? 78 114-Down near Boise? 81 Santa ___ (desert winds) 82 Get it wrong 83 Certain implants 84 Role in “Nicholas and Alexandra” 87 TV police drama 89 Comics canine 90 11 or 12, but not 13 92 Paint choice 94 “___ teaches you when to be silent”: Disraeli 95 76-Down near Springfield? 98 Mugful, maybe 99 Actor Quinn 102 Before, in verse 103 Pioneer in quadraphonic music 104 Caustic soda 105 Against 107 Badge earner 109 This and that: Abbr. 111 61-Across near Phoenix? 113 9-Across near Boston? 118 Critter whose name comes from Nahuatl 119 Cookout item 120 Roll of bills 121 Bring out 122 Assails

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DOWN 1 Farm mother 2 Women’s suffrage Amendment 3 Pampering, for short 4 Pull (in) 5 Regarding the price 6 Jazzy Nina 7 Boston’s Mass ___ 8 Lean 9 Doesn’t budge 10 “Sure!” 11 E.U. member 12 “What ___!” 13 “Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe” artist 14 Expenditures 15 “The Time Machine” people 16 “___ your toes!” 17 B’nai B’rith grp. 23 Romeo or Juliet 24 French cup 26 Many a museum display 29 It might be blue, green or brown 31 Assn. 32 Like a sty denizen 33 6-Across near Indianapolis? 36 Some conifers 39 Do over, as a lawn 40 Abbr. before a colon 41 Prefix with -pod 43 119-Across near Albany? 44 Prefix with business 45 Basketball rim 47 Open 50 Housemother, e.g. 53 Passed easily

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Weak Armstrong and Sedaka Pal Light touch Certain online request Not quite right Arrive at too quickly, in a way 67 “Hakuna ___” 69 In one’s cups 70 Brewskis 71 How a fool acts 72 Spots 74 Bird wing 75 Knot 76 Spring time 77 Large-toothed whale 79 Paraded by 80 “Is she not down so late, ___ so early?”: “Romeo and Juliet” 85 Number 2, e.g. 86 Still to be sampled 88 Shock 90 Sub 91 Site of a Greek tragedy L A S T S E S A M E








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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): What do you typically do just before you fall asleep and right after you wake up? Those rituals are important for your mental health. Without exaggeration, you could say they are sacred times when you’re poised in the threshold between the two great dimensions of your life. I’ll ask you to give special care and attention to those transitions in the coming week. As much as possible, avoid watching TV or surfing the Internet right up to the moment you turn off the light, and don’t leap out of bed the instant an alarm clock detonates. The astrological omens suggest you are primed to receive special revelations, even ringing epiphanies, while in those in-between states. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Have you ever gazed into the eyes of goats? If you have, you know that their pupils are rectangular when dilated. This quirk allows them to have a field of vision that extends as far as 340 degrees, as opposed to humans’ puny 160-210 degrees. They can also see better at night than we can. Goats are your power animal in the coming week, Taurus. Metaphorically speaking, you will have an excellent chance to expand your breadth and depth of vision. Do you have any blind spots that need to be illuminated? Now’s the time to make that happen. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the animated film The Lion King, two of the central characters are a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa. Their actions are often heroic. They help the star of the tale, Simba, rise to his rightful role as king. The human actors who provided the voices for Timon and Pumbaa, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, originally auditioned for the lesser roles of hyenas. They set their sights too low. Fortunately, fate conspired to give them more than what they asked for. Don’t start out as they did, Gemini. Aim high right from the beginning—not for the bit part or the minor role but rather for the catalyst who actually gets things done. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him,” says a Dutch proverb. Ancient Roman writer Marcus Terentius Varro articulated a similar idea: “The longest part of the journey is the passing of the gate.” I hope these serve as words of encouragement for you, Cancerian. You’ve got a quest ahead of you. At its best, it will involve freewheeling exploration and unpredictable discoveries. If you can get started in a timely manner, you’ll set an excellent tone for the adventures. Don’t procrastinate.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’re close to finding a fresh perspective that would allow you to outmaneuver an old torment, Leo. You’re on the verge of breaking through a wall of illusion that has sealed you off from some very interesting truths. In the hope of providing you with the last little push that will take you the rest of the way, I offer two related insights from creativity specialist Roger von Oech: 1. If you get too fixated on solving a certain problem, you may fail to notice a new opportunity that arises outside the context of that problem. 2. If you look twice as hard at a situation that’s right in front of you, you will be less likely to see a good idea that’s right behind you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): WD-40 prevents corrosion, loosens stuck hinges, removes dirt and has several other uses. Its inventor, Norm Larsen, tried 39 different formulas before finding the precisely right combination of ingredients on his 40th attempt. The way I understand your life right now, Sagittarius, is that you are like Larsen working with version No. 37. You’re getting closer to creating a viable method for achieving your next success. That’s why I urge you to be patient and determined as you continue to tinker. Don’t keep trying the same formula that didn’t quite work before. Open your mind to the possibility that you have not yet discovered at least one of the integral components.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Thirtytwo carrier pigeons were awarded medals by the United Kingdom for their meritorious service in the World Wars. Of course, they probably would have preferred sunflower seeds and peanuts as their prize. Let that lesson guide you as you bestow blessings on the people and animals that have done so much for you, Virgo. Give them goodies they would actually love to receive, not meaningless gold stars or abstract accolades. It’s time to honor and reward your supporters with practical actions that suit them well.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A person who emits a huge angry shout produces just .001 watt of energy. Even if he or she yelled continuously 24/7, it would still take one year and nine months to produce enough energy to heat a cup of coffee. That’s one way to metaphorically illustrate my bigger point, which is that making a dramatic show of emotional agitation may feel powerful but is often a sign of weakness. Take this to heart in the coming week, Capricorn. If you fall prey to a frothy eruption of tumultuous feelings, use all of your willpower to maintain your poise. Better yet, abort the tumult before it detonates. This is one time when repressing negative feelings will be healthy, wealthy and wise.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The caterpillar-to-butterfly transformation is such an iconic symbol of metamorphosis that it has become a cliche. And yet I’d like to point out that when the graceful winged creature emerges from its chrysalis, it never grows any further. We human beings, on the other hand, are asked to be in a lifelong state of metamorphosis, continually adjusting and shifting to meet our changing circumstances. I’ll go so far as to say that having a readiness to be in continual transformation is one of the most beautiful qualities a person can have. Are you interested in cultivating more of that capacity, Libra? Now would be an excellent time to do so. Remember that line by Bob Dylan: “He who is not busy being born is busy dying.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): This would be an excellent time to round up a slew of new role models. In my astrological opinion, you need to feel far more than your usual levels of admiration for exceptional human beings. You’re in a phase when you could derive tremendous inspiration by closely observing masters and virtuosos and pros who are doing what you would like to do. For that matter, your mental and spiritual health would be profoundly enhanced by studying anyone who has found what he or she was born to do and is doing it with liberated flair.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Jeep vehicles always feature seven slots on their front grills. Why? For the manufacturer, it’s a symbolic statement proclaiming the fact that Jeep was the first vehicle driven on all seven continents. Let’s take that as your cue, Aquarius. Your assignment is to pick an accomplishment you’re really proud of and turn it into an emblem, image, glyph or talisman that you can wear or express. If nothing else, draw it on dusty car windows, write it on bathroom walls, or add it to a Facebook status update. The key thing is that you use a public forum to celebrate yourself for a significant success, even if it’s in a modest or mysterious way. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A sign outside the Apostolic Bible Church in Bathurst, New Brunswick, invited worshipers to meditate on a conundrum: “Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?” After all, if the builder of the Ark had refused to help the pesky insects survive the flood, we’d be free of their torment today. (Or so the allegorical argument goes.) Please apply this lesson to a situation in your own sphere, Pisces. As you journey to your new world, leave the vexatious elements behind.



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