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TAK EE E ON E! NEWS 10
WRONG NUMBER Plugging the suicide hot line back in CITIZEN 14
LEGISLATIVE EXODUS BW chats with departing legislator Brian Cronin SCREEN 26
MOVIE MAGIC Idaho ﬁlms take center stage at the Sun Valley Film Fest REC 30
START YOUR ENGINES Jet boat racing speeds toward Idaho rivers
“I think we’re ofﬁcially breaking the law.”
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NOTE ELECTION SEASON ROLLS ON Caucus? Check. Filing date? Check. Levy vote? Check. The latter had yet to happen as of press time, but in the days leading up to the vote, I saw ﬂiers in support of the levy taped inside the rear windows of cars, ﬂuttering in the wind on the outside of Boise homes and stacked next to cash registers in local businesses. If what I saw in terms of the ratio of “support” vs. “do not support” in the last few weeks is any indication of how the Boise vote will go, I’d say it looks like a pretty positive outcome for the Boise School District’s pocketbook. Then again, I hadn’t tuned into the opposition’s daily radio show in the days leading up to the vote. Next up: the Idaho primary on Tuesday, May 15. With reapportionment diminishing some incumbents’ desires to run in their newly drawn districts and with life, generally speaking, just getting the best of other incumbents, the turnover in the Legislature is starting to look pretty high. In Citizen (Page 14) in this edition of BW, News Editor George Prentice chats with Boise Democrat Rep. Brian Cronin, who has decided to call it quits under the rotunda. And, of course, at least the race for Congress in Idaho’s Second District looks like an interesting race with incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Simpson—who’s held the position since 1999—potentially squaring off against well-known Boise Democrat and retiring state Sen. Nicole LeFavour. Before we can see just how well LeFavour will do against Simpson in the heavily conservative Second District, both candidates have to get through the primary. In less political news, BW’s New Media Czar Josh Gross arrived in Austin, Texas, for SXSW after a week on the road with local band Finn Riggins. For the blow by blow, follow Gross on Twitter at @thejoshgross and @boiseweekly. We’ll have blog updates and videos on the regular at boiseweekly. com, and just as things wrap up at SXSW, we’ll be cranking up the coverage of Boise’s inaugural Treefort Music Fest. So if you dig music, you’re gonna be one happy reader in the coming weeks. —Rachael Daigle
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NEWS Re-dialing Idaho’s suicide prevention hot line 10
OCCUPYING OCCUPY A group of anti-Occupiers occupied Occupy Boise— with their cars. Get the story and a handful of photos at Citydesk.
ON THE ROAD TO SXSW As this edition of BW hits stands, BW New Media Czar Josh Gross will be rolling into Austin, Texas, with local band Finn Riggins for music and ﬁlm megafest SXSW. Get the live, unﬁltered coverage through Twitter with @boiseweekly and @thejoshgross, or get daily recaps on Cobweb. For a collection of both visit boiseweekly.com and click on the “SXSW” button at the top of the page.
WHO’S IN? The Idaho Secretary of State’s Ofﬁce accepted a ﬂurry of last-minute ﬁlings March 9 from hopeful candidates for public ofﬁce. And there are some mighty familiar names—along with some mighty surprising names—on the list. Get all your election news—from the White House to the Statehouse—at Boise Weekly’s Election Page.
CASH MONEY National Cash Mob Day is Saturday, March 24. Are you ready? Do you even know what it is? You best get to reading Cobweb to ﬁnd out.
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FRA NKLY, I ’ M S HOC K ED AT THE S TATE WOME N’ S I SSUES HAVE TAK EN OVER THE PA ST FE W WEEK S /MONTHS AND THER E IS NO WAY I WOULD VOTE FOR THE PARTY THAT ATTE MP TS TO C ONTR OL MY LIFE IN THI S MA NNE R. ” —AngelaEcho-Boise (“Obama Campaign Plans Big Push for Women,” Citydesk, March 10, 2012)
DEAR BILL COPE: As you may recall, I have written to this publication, to you in particular, regarding your attitude toward conservatives. I have made occasional attempts to read your opinion column, especially since you took the trouble to devote an entire column to making a diatribe-ﬁlled rebuttal. Each time I read your column, it is very difﬁcult to get the essence of your message due to a very high signalto-noise ratio. Let’s give one more try to rational discourse. You seem to be falling all over yourself with excitement to present the ﬁndings of Gordon Hodson. Yet, if one looks at details, even with your obviously biased reporting, with a bit of logic, you can see ﬂaws in the study. One can immediately see by the phrase “as seen by their responses to loaded test questions” there is bias. To demonstrate, one need only note that polling data comparing a president to a potential “generic opponent” will change when one places an organic candidate into the poll. Therefore, it is evident that one can manipulate questions to bias responses toward a desired answer. Mr. Cope, your enthusiastic acceptance of this ﬂawed study demonstrates a disturbing trend. As we can see by the dismissal of Pat Buchanan from MSNBC,
there is a concerted effort to not only vilify and condemn conservative principles but to deny those who advocate them an opportunity to speak. One can almost see the wheels turning in your mind. “Conservatives are stupid so I don’t have to waste my time listening to them” probably sounds in your head with a prolonged echo. As if it wasn’t obvious to casual readers, we can see that in the most disparaging language possible you repeatedly condemn any conservative person or group even when it isn’t necessary. Do I need to provide examples from your own column? Ann Coulter’s “meaningless avalanche of words” and “sound like a demented hag” are present. “Tea Party rabble” is another one. From your ﬁne examples we see weekly, one cannot be a committed leftist without insulting those who do not enthusiastically accept your radical agenda. Well, you are in severe need of something, I am just not sure what. I suggest a few things that might help. Educating yourself to the true principles of conservatism and the Tea Party would be a great place to start. Lessening the tax burden on workers and those who create jobs, eliminating burdensome federal regulations, applying solutions at the lowest level of governance possible and
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ﬁscal responsibility are base principles of the Tea Party. Next, consider broadening your circle of friends to those whose political views are not in complete lockstep with your own. Also, it is my opinion that there are some deep-seated problems from your past which drive you to such extreme views. Please consider obtaining some professional help to purge your psyche of these traumatic memories. Counseling, medication and electroshock therapy should all be options. Let me make you aware of a few pertinent items of personal information. I have not always been conservative; it is a philosophy that has developed over many years of study and action. My IQ did not drop 50 points because I choose to embrace conservative principles and the Constitution. I have a multi-ethnic heritage but unlike the neat “minority” boxes leftists continually try to shove me into, I am an unhyphenated American and shall remain so. Also, and most importantly, I would never become a member of your society because it is inappropriate to “make” people do anything. Unlike leftists who want an equality of outcomes, conservatives believe in equality of opportunity. In conclusion, you might be wondering why there is such a long gap between your column and this response. Unlike leftists, who use an emotional plea followed by a call for immediate action, I waited over a week before even considering a reply to your column. Even though there were plenty of opportunities for me to do so, I resisted WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
MAIL the urge to commit ad hominem attacks. And, since you are the one with access to the printing press, you will receive the last word. I have conﬁdence in your ability, as you did before, to distort and misrepresent my statements followed by more insults about conservative philosophy. That does not bother me, as it reminds me of a quote only recently seen online: “If you’re not getting ﬂak, you’re not over the target.” —misterbee241 —Anthony R. Benson, Boise
WALKER CHRONICLES Speaking of Bown Crossing, I walk and jog through there and across the new bridge and up into the Foothills a lot. I was almost hit by another bicyclist riding in front of Flatbread as a grown-up rode fast down the sidewalk. With spring around the corner, why don’t you write an article or series of articles on bike safety. There are bike lanes all over and they ride on the sidewalks. No warning as they come up on a runner or walker. I walk/jog a lot and am almost hit all the time. Then you could do a series on cars driving with their dogs on their lap as the driver. If the air bag deploys, their dog will be killed on their lap. Walking as much as I do, I am blown away by the dogs on laps and cellphone use by drivers. Then a bicycle comes up behind me without warning and almost takes me out. When I do get hit, I’m going to either sue the bike rider and/ or beat the heck out of him. —Terry Hunter, Boise
ANTI CO-OP? I can’t help but notice as of the last several months, all the bad publicity you’ve been giving the Boise CoOp. It surprises me that with all the corporate competition coming in that you would go out of your way to tarnish the name of a local business in such a way. News is news, but invading the private life of a man who was hired to ﬁll a position, that was tacky WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
and comparable to National Inquirer. And now ragging on them for their changes in donation policies—you really made them out to be terrible people. Do you really think a well loved local business such as the co-op would go out of their way to harm their community? No. And would it kill you guys to say something nice about this well loved local business, who needs support from its community during times of transition and in the face of corporate monsters Whole Foods? Apparently. Think Boise First? Stop trashing local businesses. —Kelly Seedorf, Boise
ABORT SB 1349 Why conservatives should oppose Idaho Senate Bill 1349 mandating preabortion ultrasound: 1. SB 1349 is an individual mandate: government dictates an individual purchase of health care, even when the patient does not want it or need it. 2. SB 1349 is more invasive than TSA full-body scans and pat-downs. It requires women to disrobe, at least from the waist down, and submit to inspection of their private parts. 3. SB 1349 makes criminals of doctors and nurses if they fail to present proper papers to the government documenting the forced ultrasound. This sounds like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. 4. SB 1349 is wasteful: It mandates the purchase of medical services that are not wanted and not medically needed. 5. SB 1349 is fraudulent: Its Statement of Purpose says it’s merely to provide information but its real purpose is to use the power of government to harass and intimidate, and force the author’s religious agenda on all Idahoans. —Paul D. Rolig, Boise
A few thoughts about Senate Bill 1349, the so called ultrasound abortion bill. The women that I know are completely capable of making decisions about child bearing and their health without the State of Idaho weighing in. The women that I know are capable of considering all of the factors of having sex, of getting pregnant, of raising a family. I am sure that they think of these matters in ways that men do not. They are capable of consulting their partners, their mothers, their dads, their support system to make a good decision. In no way do they need the State of Idaho involved to make that decision. You see, it is about trust, it is about having faith in individuals, it is about having faith in women. It is also about freedom. Freedom is indeed about trusting people to make their own choices. That level of trust is a conservative value. Allowing people the freedom to make their own choices is a core American value, it is an Idaho value. As men, we can and do inﬂuence the women in our lives. We do that as husbands, dads, brothers. And amazingly, the women that I know listen. They listen, they share with each other in ways that are deep and meaningful, and they make good decisions. SB 1349 is a slap in the face of our partners, of the women and men in Idaho. I am absolutely sure that my family, my loved ones are capable of choosing for themselves the right thing to do. Capable of that decision without the State of Idaho imposing its opinion on us. It is that simple. We can choose and we do not need the help of a bunch of politicians to make a good choice. The women of Idaho can make the right choice without unknown politicians helping them. If they need help, they know where to get it. Trust them. I urge you to vote no on SB 1349. Instead, focus your energies on improving our economy. Keep your eye on that ball. —Bill Amaya, Hailey
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YOU RUN, GIRL You haven’t come as far as you think, baby Ladies—especially you younger ones—please don’t take offense if I presume to present you with a little history. It’s likely that most of you know what I’m going to tell you at least as well as I do and probably better. However, in my experience, even the kind of history people know backward and forward sometimes gets overlooked in the ﬁts and furies that can be generated by current events. Take, for instance, the furies generated by Rush Limbaugh when he called Sandra Fluke a slut for testifying that birth control should be covered by health insurance. No decent person can argue what he said wasn’t vile. And decent people must never excuse him for not only this latest display of his putrid nature but the preceding 25 years of his putrid presence. Yet we must also put this swine’s attitude into some sort of historical perspective. Isn’t it possible that Limbaugh, with four fruitless marriages under his belt, has no experience with any sort of woman other than the kind whose only possible incentive for being his mate is money? Isn’t it also possible that he considers all women to be sluts, and that the more accomplished, bright and repulsed by him they are, the sluttier they seem to him? More pertinently, isn’t it probable that Limbaugh and men like him are not grunting, shufﬂing throwbacks, but are instead a sub-species of simian that has never adjusted, and never will, to the notion that a woman is good for something other than the variety of services she can provide a man? And there is nothing rare and unusual about this clan of cave apes, is there? We— and by “we,” I mean Americans, not Afghanis—are being deluged by evidence that a whole lot of men regard it as a political duty to enforce their religious sensibilities over those of modern femininity. I hope you’re paying attention, I truly do. Just as the right spent 2011 trying to smash organized labor, it has entered into 2012 with what appears to be a coordinated assault on the sovereignty of females over their own bodies and health decisions. Even as an effort to take control of women’s sexuality fails in one venue—e.g. the invasive ultrasound requirement in Virginia or the “personhood” bill in Mississippi—it pops up somewhere else. Idaho, for instance. The Blunt bill dies in the Senate, only to be revived in the House or in state legislatures. Whether this blitzkrieg on the liberty of women is being directed by the Vatican, by the patriarchy in Salt Lake City, or by some Koch brothers’ secret subsidiary such as ALEC makes little difference. (My sense is they are all part of it to one degree or another, not so much as an intricate conspiracy but with the mindless unity of a gang rape.) The important thing to remember is that, at heart, it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with anyone’s faith. And even if
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it did, how—in any sane democracy—can an individual woman’s authentic rights and needs be tyrannized by somebody else’s stupid superstitions? The answers to that are 1) the people proposing this tyranny hold no sane view of democracy, and 2) the stupid superstitions they hide behind are masking their real intent. And their real intent? Just ask any woman from almost any Third World country, or from any millennium of pre-suffrage history. She can tell you what it’s about. U In all the commentary I’ve heard on these issues, there is a subtext of disbelief. “This is the 21st century!” goes the thought. “Weren’t these matters decided in my grandmother’s day?” More history: My grandmother not only had no control over her reproductive capacity, but she couldn’t even vote for the ﬁrst half of her life. Think about that, young ladies, when you assume someone will stop these right-wing womb invaders from having their way with your decisions. The advent of women’s suffrage in America is less than 100 years past. The 19th Amendment was ratiﬁed in 1920. Automobiles had been around for 30 years, humans had been ﬂying for 20, the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics were already old news, jazz was well on its way out of New Orleans, the little Oreo cookie was already 8 years old … all this, Sister, before you would have been allowed to cast a ballot for a candidate of your choice. Other nations beat America to the suffrage punch by a few years—like New Zealand in 1893—but before that, stretching back into the fog of prehistory, women had the same political clout as the family milk cow. My percentages may be a little off, but the way I ﬁgure it, that’s .05 percent of history when women could inﬂuence their own destiny, and 99.05 percent when they couldn’t. Voting isn’t enough anymore, ladies. Out of 105 members of the Idaho Legislature, only 29 are women. That must change. Arguing your case before these sanctimonious bullies will not work because they listen to nothing but their own primeval brain stems. Logic will not sway them, your passion will not sway them, any appeal to decency will not sway them. If you want to show the cave apes they will not be allowed to dictate your choices, you must start running for their ofﬁces and don’t stop until you win. They must be replaced, pure and simple. Contact the Idaho State Democrats and ﬁnd out what you need to do. Do this for your daughters, for their daughters but as importantly, do it for your grandmothers, as well. Everything they worked damn hard to pass on to you is at risk. They would be so proud you took up the ﬁght. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
YOU’RE UNDERPAID The case for shiftlessness No bank balance. Nothing in your wallet. “I’m broke,” you say. “I need a job.” Or: Perhaps you have a job. Then you say: “I’m broke. I need a better job.” You’re lying. And you don’t even know it. You don’t need a job. (Unless you like sitting at a desk. Working on an assembly line. Non-dairy creamer in the break room. In which case, I apologize. Freak!) You don’t need a job. You need money. We’ve been programmed to believe that the only way to get money is to earn it. (Unless you’re rich. Then you know about inheritance. In 1997, the last year for which there was solid research done on the subject, 42 percent of the Forbes 400 richest Americans made the list through probate. Disparity of wealth has since increased.) It’s time to separate income from work. For two reasons: It’s moral. No one should starve or sleep outside or suffer sickness or go under-educated simply due to bad luck—being born into a poor family, growing up in an area with high unemployment, failing to impress an interviewer. It’s sane. “American workers stay longer at the ofﬁce, at the factory or on the farm than their counterparts in Europe and most other rich nations, and they produce more over the year,” according to a 2009 United Nations report cited by CBS. Thanks to technological innovations and education, worker productivity—GDP divided by total employment—has increased by leaps and bounds over the years. U.S. worker productivity has increased
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400 percent since 1950. “The conclusion is inescapable: If productivity means anything at all, a worker should be able to earn the same standard of living as a 1950 worker in only 11 hours a week,” according to an MIT study. Obviously, that’s not the case. American workers are toiling longer hours than ever. They’re not being paid more—to the contrary, wages have been stagnant or declining since 1970. Numerous analyses have established that, especially since 1970, the lion’s share of proﬁts from productivity increases have gone to employers. Workers are working longer hours. But fewer people are working. Only 54 percent of work-eligible adults have jobs—the lowest rate in memory. Which isn’t surprising. Because there are ﬁxed costs associated with employing each individual—administration, workspace, beneﬁts and so on—it makes sense for a boss to hire as few workers as possible and to work them long hours. This witches’ brew—increased productivity coupled with higher ﬁxed costs, particularly health care—has led companies to create a society divided into two classes: the jobless and the overworked. Unemployment is rising. Meanwhile, people “lucky” enough to still have jobs are creating more per hour than ever before and are forced to work longer and harder. Crazy. And dangerous. Does anyone seriously believe that an America divided between the haves, have-nots and the stressed-outs will be a better, safer, more politically stable place to live? 15 Sci-ﬁ writers used to imagine a
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Chris Fish and Aaron Smith bundled up, abandoned their drinks, headed for the exit, ascended a ﬂight of stairs, hung a sharp right along the 10th Street sidewalk and stopped a few feet shy of the alley between Main and Idaho streets. Then they lit up. “I think we’re ofﬁcially breaking the law,” Fish said. Boise Police ofﬁcers did not descend on this possible crime scene outside of 10th Street Station on a recent Saturday night. Nor did police patrol any of the other possible crime scenes Fish and Smith created as they blew plumes of smoke from places that are now off limits to tobacco addicts and aﬁcionados. In fact, BW spoke to numerous smokers who said they have skirted, ignored or found loopholes in the city ordinance that went into effect on Jan. 2, banning smoking in bars, private clubs, on patios and near transit areas. City parks are also smoke free under the law, minus a few designated smoking areas in Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks. The ban has smokers lighting up in creative ways and changing where they hang—a trend that’s boosted some businesses’ bottom lines while putting others on shaky ground. “Times have been kind of tough,” said Ryan Murphy, bartender at 10th Street Station. “We’ve seen a signiﬁcant drop in overall sales.” Murphy said the ban has already cost at least one 10th Street Station employee her job, due to a lack of business. “On the other hand, Garden City is adding staff,” he said. Boise Police offered smokers 30 days of grace before clamping down on public puffing in restricted areas. BPD spokesperson Lynn Hightower said ofﬁcers have received a number of complaints about people smoking along the Greenbelt and other restricted areas. Hightower said the reports usually ended with a warning. “Most people want to abide by the law,” said Hightower. But rogue smokers said the ban doesn’t seem a high police priority. Students still light up in restricted areas of Ann Morrison Park across from Boise State, and on a recent Saturday night, police passed smoky congregations near downtown bus stops. “I haven’t seen police,” said Daniel Warren as he took a puff off a cigarette, his smoke wafting across the Greenbelt and toward the Morrison Center. Other smokers have taken refuge in Garden City. “Business is through the roof,” said Ranch Club bartender Nick Payne. “And we’re lobbying real hard to keep it that way. I see a lot of new faces tonight.” Meanwhile, patrons said it wasn’t the air that brings them to the bars—rather it’s nice weather, a decent band, good friends and thirst for liberation (or libation) that usually overrides air-quality standards. And some smokers said that no matter what, they’ll remain loyal to their old hangouts. “Am I going to go to Garden City to smoke? Fuck that! I don’t want to smoke that bad,” Smith said. —Carissa Wolf
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WAITING FOR A DIAL TONE Idaho’s suicide hot line can’t be plugged back in soon enough JACLYN BRANDT At ﬁrst glance, Emmett is not unlike many small towns in Idaho. But 2012 has been anything by typical there. In late January, Potter’s Funeral Chapel on Emmett’s Main Street held the bodies of two young men— both victims of suicide. One—a 15-year-old freshman at Emmett High School—picked Boise State professor Dr. Peter Wollheim serves as the co-chair of the Idaho Commission on Suicide Prevention and is a founding board member of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Network. up a gun at 7 a.m. on Jan. 23 and ended his own life. His death rocked the community, which was already struggling with a previous mett did what it could. While the district did Suicide is the second leading cause of death suicide, just two days earlier, a young adult have a crisis plan, Rush explained that each for adolescents and young adults in Idaho, male. behind accidents. According to the Suicide Pre- situation is different from the last. A few days after the death of the Emmett “First, it’s just dealing with a crisis by havvention Action Network, 14 percent of Idaho High School student, a joint press release was issued by the Emmett Police Department, Gem youth reported seriously considering suicide in ing the counselors there, at the high school, starting to deal with the issues,” he said. County Sheriff’s Department, the Gem County 2009, while nearly 7 percent reported making “Communicating with teachers, parents, geta serious attempt. Prosecuting Attorney and the Emmett School ting the right info out.” “The problem here in Idaho is that every District: Easier said than done. Rush said in a small school district is autonomous,” said Dr. Peter “Our condolences are with the family and community kids talk and rumors usually folWollheim, a Boise State professor who also all who are suffering from this loss,” Emmett low. He said one rumor that spread quickly managed a Boise-based suicide hot line for 15 High principal Wade Carter wrote, advising was that there were up to ﬁve suicides in his parents to meet with their children and “watch years before it was shut down due to a lack town within a few weeks, when in fact, there of funding. “We made recommendations that for signs for depression.” had been two. Rush said his colleagues were we posted on the Department of Education Additionally, Wayne Rush, the Emmett website, but there is not a mandate that people surprised at how much social media fanned School District’s superintendent, said that his should follow it. We don’t give resources to the those ﬂames to spread incorrect information. colleagues had made six trained counselors “We weren’t ready for the social media schools to do it.” and psychologists available to students and Wollheim said such resources could include piece of this,” said Rush. “So we did monitor teachers. Facebook from kids, so we could see what was volunteer groups to immedi“We have been ﬁelding calls being said and address those rumors.” ately respond to incidents like from concerned parents and But one thing Rush and his colleagues the Emmett suicides. have emailed staff and parents According to the Idaho couldn’t do was to offer the phone number of “Youth are inﬂuenced by with available information and Council on Suicide Prevena local suicide hot line. Idaho remains the only peer behavior. … They are a link to the Idaho Suicide Action, Idaho’s 2009 suicide rate was 19.7 per 100,000 state in the nation that does not have a suicide pretty vulnerable to that so we tion Website,” said Rush. “The population. hot line. Some are under the false impression are very careful and encourage wrestling team did have a team The national average was 12 that Idaho has such a hot line, but a toll-free press people and schools on meeting and decided on an apper 100,000. number, occasionally distributed by health care the proper ways to talk about propriate way to remember the professionals, sends callers to one in Oregon. suicide, not to sensationalize it, student that week.” The top 10 worst states were: Montana, Alaska, WyoAccording to the Oregon hot line, the not to have these locker memoThe school huddled with its ming, Idaho, Nevada, New rials,” said Kathie Garrett, who suicide prevention team receives around 3,700 crisis management team, not Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, calls each year from Idahoans—approximately runs the governor’s task force only to decide how to deal with Arizona and Utah 10 calls daily. on suicide prevention. the short-term effects of the Garrett said an established, local hot line is Wollheim agreed, saying the death but also how to handle it not just “about one call, or one time, but is an volunteers help foster a trustfor the rest of the year. ongoing process with each caller. This is why ing environment in which youth can open up “Death is hard and often times especially a hot line within each state is so important to about their frustrations and possible thoughts hard when it happens this way,” said Rush. each caller’s recovery.” of self-harm. “It is amazing how students come together to “[We need] to understand that the “What we saw is that the kids would then support each other.” advantage for Idaho is, once you take your talk to the counselors, or they’d talk to their According to the Idaho Council on Suicide call, and you make sure that the person friends and say, ‘I heard this guy talking. I’m Prevention, the Gem State’s 2009 suicide rate is safe and doesn’t need imminent worried about my buddy. Can you just talk to was fourth highest in the nation. The report him?’ So, we’re seeing a lot of indirect effects,” medical attention, you start bringing paid particular attention to how small comthe person down to a point where said Wollheim. munities were struggling with the crises with 12 Rush said with few resources available, Em- they can start participating in putting little-to-no resources. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NEWS together a safety plan,” said Garrett. “And so that’s why it’s so important to have our own hot line, because that person knows the state. They know the resources, they know the culture, and so they are not giving some suggestion on how to stay safe that wouldn’t ﬁt with the community in which that person lives.” Wollheim said such a hot line would be a “core crisis intervention function,” instead of having people call 911, putting extra strain on an already over-taxed system. “911 has to [respond to the call],” he said, “It’s usually a police ofﬁcer plus social worker plus EMTs. You commit to resources and then they tend to hospitalize people. With a hot line, you can keep people at home for the vast majority of cases.” When Wollheim’s hot line was shut down, some Idahoans mobilized to do something about it. Garrett, the Suicide Prevention Action Network, along with Idaho State University and many other volunteers, received government funding and put together a report on Idaho suicides. But in 2009, at the height of signiﬁcant state budget cuts, funding for a suicide hot line was one of the ﬁrst items on the chopping block. Instead, lawmakers found partial funding to conduct a 10-month analysis on the need for a hot line. “That report actually now stands as part of our guidelines,” said Garrett. “It talked about the policies and procedures. It helped design budgets and what the cost is. It really has paid off. It helped raise some awareness but it truly 10
is a true guide to decision making that when we come to a section, we go back and read what was done on that report.” A team of organizations immediately jumped on board, including the Mountain States Group—a nonproﬁt health and human services provider—and the Idaho National Guard. “We have been working with Rep. Marv Hagedorn and Veterans’ Services since about September,” said Garrett. “They came to me. I didn’t know they were working on it. But they are concerned about this issue.” In fact, Idaho National Guard Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart has dedicated a room at the Guard’s Gowen Field to use for a suicide hot line when, and if, funding is secured. There’s good reason for optimism. The Idaho Legislature’s Joint FinanceAppropriations Committee has approved several recommended budgets that include as much as $160,000 to get the hot line going again. It still awaits approval from the full Legislature. Rush said the funding can’t come soon enough to help Emmett,and every other Idaho community. In the meantime they’ll make do with what they have. “Healing takes time,” said Rush. “Individuals go through the grief process differently and at a different pace. They have handled the situation very well and have received counseling and support for the school when needed. In our community, you can see students looking out for each other.”
ON THE RECORD Bridge CEO talks to BW about sale GEORGE PRENTICE It took ﬁve months but Bridge Resources CEO Nick Clayton ﬁnally returned Boise Weekly’s call. Clayton said he was ready to talk on the record as he prepared to divest his company’s Idaho assets in order to pay off tens in millions of dollars in debt. Last fall, BW chronicled Bridge’s bumpy journey (BW, Feature, “Bridge Under Troubled Waters,” Oct. 5, 2011) from its money losing North Sea drilling operations to its land deals with hundreds of Idaho ranchers and the ultimate plummet of its share value on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 2011, Clayton was pegged by Bridge shareholders to salvage their company. His ﬁrst order of business was to clean house—accepting the resignations of the company’s top three executives. “I can tell you that, ever since, we’ve been in a desperate attempt to save this company,” he said. Bridge is now prepared to sell much of its interest from commercial well sites near New Plymouth—the majority of which yielded commercially viable natural gas discoveries. Clayton said the asset sale, to an unnamed
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Houston-based ﬁrm, should cure most of its foreign and domestic debts. “We owe approximately $46 million to the Bank of Scotland,” said Clayton. As BW reported last fall, the Royal Bank of Scotland is a secured party on more than 260 land and mineral leases that Bridge brokered with Idaho families and businesses. The Scottish bank wasn’t Bridge’s only lender. “We owe another $20 million on a second, subordinate note,” said Clayton. “Plus we still owe quite a bit of money to some Idaho individuals and companies.” Clayton conﬁrmed that Bridge hadn’t paid approximately $800,000 to Idaho contractors and subcontractors who worked at Bridge’s well sites through much of 2010 and early 2011. But he cautioned that no one would get a dime if the deal isn’t approved. “This sale is enabling Bridge to satisfy most of our creditors,” he said. “But without it, nothing.” It all comes down to Friday, March 30, when Bridge shareholders will formally vote on the proposed sale agreement. Clayton said he was busy securing “yes” votes. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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House Bill 464 would restrict local governments’ ability to say no to drilling.
PEARCE’S PUSH New Plymouth Republican labors to strip local authority on drill permits GEORGE PRENTICE Republican Sen. Monty Pearce kept pushing. He pushed House Bill 464 through the Senate Resources and Environment Committee, of which he’s chairman. He continued pushing the measure when it hit the full Senate ﬂoor. And when a good number of his colleagues—both Republican and Democrat—asked to amend the bill, he ignored their effort and pushed back once more in an effort to pass legislation that would strip local authority on permitting oil and gas exploration. To date, Pearce has fully supported all oil and gas industry-sponsored legislation at the Statehouse. Even when members of his own party asked to reconsider HB 464 over concerns that Idaho municipalities were being dismissed, Pearce was having none of it. “Do we really want to open up this can of worms?” asked Pearce. But a number of legislators on both sides of the aisle wanted to talk about a lot more than worms. “This is a serious, serious bill,” said Rupert Republican Sen. Dean Cameron. “This is one of the most important issues we’ll address this year. I want the oil and gas industry to succeed, but I have grave reservations about this.” Ketchum Democratic Sen. Michelle Stennett said she was perplexed why conservatives such as Pearce would support a bill that was guilty of the same tactic that WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
they accused the federal government of. In particular, Stennett pointed to Senate Joint Memorial 105, criticizing feds for “disrespecting the role of states and local governments.” “We become upset with the federal government when they disrespect our local decisions,” said Stennett. “Yet here we are, doing the same thing to our local entities.” Boise Republican Sen. Mitch Toryanski said he also supported oil and gas exploration but agreed with Stennett and Cameron in thinking the measure needed ﬁxing. “Our economy depends upon us extracting these natural resources,” said Toryanski. “But I think this bill can be improved. We can inspire a lot more conﬁdence in the public in this process, and I think that’s important.” Toryanski asked that the legislation be sent to the Senate’s 14th Order for amendments. His motion ended in a 17-17 tie with Lt. Gov. Brad Little agreeing with Toryanski’s plea and breaking the tie. But in a stunning turnaround on March 12, Pearce moved to send the bill back for a full vote without any amendments. This time Pearce had the votes and the majority agreed, setting up one more push from the New Plymouth senator—presumably for the last time—to see HB 464 become the law of the land, no matter what local municipalities think of it.
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BRIAN CRONIN Retiring legislator looks forward to some rest, family time and a possible new career GEORGE PRENTICE
Do you think people who know you quite well were surprised by your announcement? Oh, yes. Did you keep this pretty close to the vest? This isn’t what I anticipated going into this year’s session. It just became increasingly clear that trying to do it became impossible. Trying to juggle two businesses—our marketing ﬁrm and our bilingual pre-school—along with this job was really creating an unsustainable lifestyle. Was it a series of events that led to your decision or a particular incident? It was the realization that while I love doing this, it was severely eroding my quality of life. I want to get more than six hours of sleep at night. And has that been the case through much of the past four years? Coming out of each legislative session, it was always a scramble to put together my
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When Boise Democratic Rep. Brian Cronin said he was stepping away from the Idaho Legislature, the announcement was a surprise—even a shock—to some fellow lawmakers. But the reaction of his 9-year-old twin daughters was more matter-of-fact. “They greeted the news with a collective shrug,” said Cronin. “They wanted to talk about their day at school. I think they’ll appreciate it in the months to come when Dad’s home a bit more.” Cronin will be home soon enough. As the 2012 Legislature wraps up its business in the coming weeks, Cronin is already looking to a future away from politics, at least for now.
business again—rounding up clients and projects takes a couple of months. Additionally, I had a business partner that left last fall. Was that unexpected? Not necessarily. Part of it was the result of a lack of business. It was entirely amicable, but he had to do what he had to do. Do you know what you want to do when the session is over? Rest. But after you’re rested. I will likely be using my skills in marketing and communications. Does that mean building your business back up or something different? It’s no secret that I’ve put my resume out. Have you had formal conversations with a potential employer? Sure. There’s a rumor ﬂoating about that you’ll be returning to the Statehouse as a lobbyist. It’s not my intention of getting a green tag and start lobbying. But as with my previous work, a lot of what I do has a public dimension to it, and I suspect that it’s going to continue. Because you’re a legislator, you certainly couldn’t bid on a number of clients or projects. That must have had an adverse impact on your business. It’s well known that I found myself in the midst of some allegation when I bid on a project with the City of Boise. That was a
transparent bidding process and it was all part of the public record. [In 2009 Cronin had bid for a public relations contract to help Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s administration promote a possible streetcar project. After some pushback, Cronin opted to withdraw his bid.] Do you feel as if you were tossed under the bus in that incident? I did feel that I had been wronged, and there wasn’t anyone coming to my defense. And I didn’t do a really good job in defending myself. I mention that incident because it really made me gun-shy about going anywhere near public projects, even when there was absolutely no conﬂict of interest. Do you like being self-employed or are your ready to work for someone else? Being self-employed has ups and downs. Will you make an employment decision in the next few weeks? I really don’t have the luxury of sitting around for a month, thinking about what I’m going to do. I’m thinking through all of those scenarios, and it should be relatively clear before we adjourn. Have you found any relief in the wake of your announcement? I haven’t felt it yet. It has been rather heart wrenching, and people have
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Did any of those messages urge you to consider returning to public ofﬁce sooner than later? There were some of those. Is that possible or probable? I, like many of the people around here, have a certain afﬂiction that is hard to explain. It’s something that most have a hard time fathoming, let alone identifying with. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m not walking away from this altogether. Reapportionment usually alters the state Legislature by 30 to 40 percent, but it appears as if we’re on the path to record-setting turnover this year. I think you’re right. And we’re certainly not moving in the direction of moderation. My friends across the aisle have made a few decisions in the last couple of years that will come back to bite them. In fact, if you talk to them privately, they’ll tell you just that. Moving to those extremes will undoubtedly
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alienate voters, and I think you’re seeing that process is now under way. Your ofﬁce here at the Statehouse is ﬁlled with a number memories from a relatively short political career. Let me show you something that I never got a chance to hang up on the wall. [Cronin dug through a stack of art to ﬁnd a framed June 2004 letter he had received from former Gov. Cecil Andrus.] I received that after I lost my ﬁrst primary election to Nicole LeFavour. [“I hope you try again,” wrote Andrus. “The future of the Democratic party depends on people like you.”] I’m not going to entirely walk away from politics and issues. But for now, I might be able to make more of a difference on the outside of this building than the inside. What would you tell a candidate who wants to win your District 19 seat? I think the folks in my district expect someone who holds certain policy decisions but is also driven by a desire to bring change to this state. The people from 19 want to see what you’re really made of. They’re looking for someone who brings a strong sense of purpose, not just some naked ambition to be here.
TED RALL/OPINION future in which machines did everything, where people enjoyed their newfound leisure time exploring the world and themselves. We’re not there yet—someone still has to make stuff—but we should be closer to the imagined idyll of zero work than we are now. If productivity increases year after year after year, employers need fewer and fewer employees to sustain or expand the same level of economic activity. But this sets up a conundrum. If only employees have money, only employees can consume goods and services. As unemployment rises, the pool of consumers shrinks. The remaining consumers can’t pick up the slack because their wages aren’t going up. So we wind up with a society that produces more stuff than can be sold: Marx’s classic crisis of overproduction. Hello, post2008 meltdown of global capitalism. Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford warns that the great recession is just the beginning. In his 2009 book The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future, Ford “argues that technologies such as software automation algorithms, artiﬁcial intelligence, and robotics will result in dramatically increasing unemployment, stagnant or 9
falling consumer demand, and a ﬁnancial crisis surpassing the Great Depression,” according to a review in The Futurist. The solution is clear: to guarantee everyone, whether or not he or she holds a job, a minimum salary sufﬁcient to cover housing, transportation, education, medical care and, yes, discretionary income. Unfortunately, we’re stuck in an 18th century mindset. We’re nowhere close to detaching money from work. The right wants to get rid of the minimum wage. On the left, advocates for a Universal Living Wage nevertheless stipulate that a decent income should go to those who work a 40-hour week. Ford proposes a Basic Income Guarantee based on performance of non-work activities; volunteering at a soup kitchen would be considered compensable work. But even this “radical” proposal doesn’t go far enough. Whatever comes next, revolutionary overthrow or reform of the existing system, Americans are going to have to accept a reality that will be hard for a nation of strivers to take: We’re going to have to start paying people to sit at home. Ted Rall’s next book is The Book of Obama: How We Went From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt, out Thursday, May 22. His website is tedrall.com.
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There’s nothing ominous about the Meridian Speedway Omnium—it will be a ﬂat-out good time.
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MARCH 14 lit lunch THE LIBRARY’S SPRING AUTHOR SERIES Bill and Ted may have had an excellent adventure travelling through time to herd a handful of history’s greatest minds into the present, but in real life science has yet to catch up to Hollywood. So we’ll just have to live in the present. Fortunately, the Boise Public Library has set up a series so the public can meet awesome authors—with a pulse—without having to wait for advances in science. The Spring Author Series features ﬁve authors reading from their work, discussing their process and ﬁelding questions from curious audience members. This is the second year for the series, which kicked off March 7, with Laura Lee Guhrke, who writes in the historical romance genre. Installments take place every Wednesday, and on March 14, acclaimed local author Mitch Wieland will speak about his work in adult ﬁction. Authors to follow in the series are Aaron Patterson, who writes adult suspense, mystery, paranormal and young adult ﬁction; Robin Lee Hatcher, Christian ﬁction and inspirational romance author; and historical ﬁction author Heather Parkinson. According to library assistant and series crafter Lisa Egan, the series was brought back because of an overwhelmingly positive response from literature lovers and aspiring authors. “People are really inspired and motivated by it,” Egan said. “Often times, the whole writing process is interesting, even if you’re not an aspiring writer.” Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to the hour-long program. Coffee and tea will be available, and prizes—including books by the featured author—will be given out. “It’s a great chance to win a book and get it signed by the author,” Egan noted. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.org.
FRIDAY MARCH 16 phil’s 50th CHEFS OF THE GOURMET GALA Boise Philharmonic turns 50 this year and is slip-sliding into the celebration with
a vodka luge ice sculpture. Needless to say, this frosty wonder will be a few steps classier than a shot-ski. Sure, it’s not what you’d expect from the 18th annual Chef and Gourmet Gala, the philharmonic’s once-a-year fundraiser, but that’s part of the fun. Black-tie attire and cocktails are the beginnings of
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a good night, but on Friday, March 16, Boise Philharmonic will pepper in a ﬁve-course meal, ﬁve wines from around the world and entertainment from Verde Percussion, Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the College of Idaho’s Langroise Trio to create an evening of memorable greatness. Fundraisers like this gala
For one day, Meridian Speedway will clear out the Coors-slamming race-car crowd and welcome a slew of Spandex-clad yuppie road-bike racers for the Meridian Speedway Omnium. Disingenuous stereotypes aside, this should be one cool bike event. “We haven’t had an event like this in a couple of years on the speedway, where a lot of bike racers could participate,” explained race promoter John Rogers. “It’s three different races on one day over the course of four hours, with alternate races, and it’s racing for points.” Racers have to be licensed and qualiﬁed, and categories are based on age. The races run about 15-30 minutes each, with cyclists speeding around the quarter-mile track in less than 30 seconds per lap. Plus, the event is on St. Patrick’s Day, and the Speedway will have beer for sale (sorry, wine snobs). “When it comes to types of races to watch, this is about the best,” said Rogers. “You get to see the bike racers for the whole race. So if you like bikes, it’s deﬁnitely something you’d enjoy watching. You can get that experience of being right next to the racers and seeing what they’re doing.” Even more, the bikes these professional racers use are quite the mechanical marvels. “Everyone will have deep-dish carbon rims that are aerodynamic and help people go faster,” said Rogers. “The racers are all in their Spandex and team suits with all of their sponsors on them. Probably the most expensive bikes people will have there are $5,000. The wheels themselves can cost $1,000.” If bikes are your thing, this is a solid way to spend St. Paddy’s Day afternoon. According to Rogers, the best time for curious spectators to watch is between 2-6 p.m. That’s when the pros in the master category will do their thing. Interested participants may register online at usacycling.org. 10 a.m.-6 p.m, FREE to watch, $25 plus USA Cycling fees to participate. Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-284-9671, idomnium.com.
provide 60 percent of the orchestra’s budget. The $100,000 raised last year ﬁnanced educational programs throughout the valley, like free music programs in elementary schools. Almost 150 items are listed for live, silent and Internet auction, including offerings from Hendrickson’s Fine Jewelry, a bronze sculpture of conductor Robert Franz’s hands and the sixmonth lease of a Mercedes C Class. 6 p.m., $150. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., 208-344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.
FRIDAYSATURDAY MARCH 16-17 roller disco XANADU Get out your favorite ’80s fashions, shine up your disco ball and get ready for a lot of rainbows and roller skates—Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theatre is staging the laugh-out-loud musical Xanadu. You may remember the movie rendition of this musical starring Olivia NewtonJohn and Gene Kelly that
rocked theaters some 30 years ago. The KED actors have some big skates to ﬁll, but they’re up for the challenge. A beautiful Greek Muse by the name of Kira is sent to inspire Sonny, a struggling artist who is intent on creating the ﬁrst-ever roller disco. In the midst of her task, romantic feelings between the two begin to blossom. The forbidden love sparks jealousy and utter chaos between their worlds. A hard-hitting rock-pop score is at the forefront of this tale, including songs such as “Magic,” “Evil Woman” and “Suddenly,” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
REPUBLICANS HAVE BALLS Say hello motto at the Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Rally and Show.
Find your pot ’o gold—or green beer—this St. Patty’s Day.
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No matter what kind of metal steed you prefer, the Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club wants you to show off your ride. On Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, the IVMC will invite motorcycle owners for a group ride and more to celebrate all things hog. In years past, the group has featured 150 bikes on the ﬂoor. This year the goal is 175. The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Caldwell City Park, followed by a 32-mile group ride to the Snake River, opening up the throttle on the roads near Lake Lowell, looping back into the city, followed by a group dinner at Jade Garden Restaurant. Whether you’re a leather-jacket-wearing Harley fan or a straight-laced, buttoned-up ofﬁce manager quietly polishing the chrome fenders of a classic Indian, Caldwell is your stop to bring out the bikes you had to keep cooped up in the garage all winter. “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” was the sickeningly sweet 1963 ad slogan adopted by the American Honda Motor Company to push more of its motorcycles. While Honda managed to attract record numbers of Americans to its cute little motorbikes—more than all other manufacturers by the end of the year—two-wheeled motor diehards of the Triumph and nigh sacrosanct Harley-Davidson were decidedly miffed. You can learn more about motorcycle history Sunday, March 18, at the O’Connor Fieldhouse. A show and swap will feature those more-delicate vintage rides better for show than cruising the open road. Get a look at some classic leather or long-neck handlebars or buy that much-needed part. But remember, keep it clean—this family friendly event isn’t Sturgis. Group ride: Saturday, March 17, 1:30 p.m., FREE, Caldwell City Park, 618 Irving St.; Show and Swap, Sunday, March 18, $4, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., O’Connor Fieldhouse, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell; idahovintagemotorcycleclub.org.
composed by music legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. The stage interpretation lit up Broadway for the ﬁrst time in 2007 and continues to make noise. Treasure Valley theater buffs can enjoy this blend of fantasy, fun and ’80s glam alongside a threecourse meal of salad, fettuccine and mocha cheesecake
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Oh, St. Patrick’s Day, the day of cultural signiﬁcance to the Irish and—since it involves alcohol—adopted holiday of the United States. Time to celebrate the melting-pot country’s knack for using the traditions of foreign lands as excuses to party by wearing green and putting down some Guinness. Here’s where to live it up leprechaun style. Kick off your St. Patty’s Day celebration with a jaunt to the Fort Boise Highland Games and 5k Fell Race at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We know it’s Scottish, but go with us here. Check out some hammer-throwing, cabertossing athletics and the kilted fell race beginning at 9 a.m. Your wee ones can participate in the children’s version of the games or run through the obstacle course. It’s free to watch and $10-$25 to participate. Visit saaa-national.org. What would St. Pat’s be without some bagpipe music? Lame, that’s what. Fortunately, the Boise Highlanders will be all over town come Saturday, March 17. And when we say all over town, we mean it. The crew will canvas Meridian, downtown Boise, Bown Crossing and everywhere in between. Find out where and when at boisehighlanders.com. The 21-and-older set can cruise by the St. Party’s Day shindig at Liquid for all kinds of Guinness-and-green-drink specials, a costume contest and lots of dancing to the sounds of three DJs, all sans cover charge. The riotous fun begins at 10 p.m. after the comedy show. Or walk across the street to the Knitting Factory for the Shamrock Shindig. This all-ages party gets going at 6 p.m. and includes performances by Joe Young, Beltane and Irish Dance Idaho, among others. A celtic-themed dinner by 3 Girls Catering will be available, as well as a full bar with ID. Tickets are $6. Visit toentertainu.com for more info and to buy tickets. If you’d rather skip the food and go right for the booze, Humpin’ Hannah’s will host an outrageous party with all kinds of drink specials and entertainment from Kip Attaway, the Giant Leprechauns and, of course, the Rocci Johnson Band. The greenest attendee can score a $100 bar tab which can buy a lethal amount of food-coloring-enhanced beer. The fun gets going with Attaway at 4 p.m. A $10 cover for his show occurs from 4-6 p.m., and the rest of the night is cover-free. Or head to Helina Marie’s for a “naughty leprechaun” costume contest. Paint your scandalous Halloween costume green and you could score prizes while enjoying a corned beef cook-off, dancing and trying to sing karaoke after a few green Jello shots. The party starts at 7 p.m. and costs $10.
What’s the best party on campus? Kegger in the dorms? Togas at the frat house? Please. It’s the Republican Party, you donkey-assed fool (is that redundant?). Don’t take our word for it: It says so on the box, “The Best $5 per sleeve, available Party on Campus.” The box of from the Idaho Federation of College Republicans six GOP-sanctioned beer pong balls, that is. Boise Weekly did a doubletake at Ada County’s Republican Straw Poll on Jan. 7, when we saw a group of young men from the Idaho Federation of College Republicans hawking some intriguing items— keychains, bottle openers and a neatly stacked pile of boxes of beer pong balls. We’re pretty certain the older members attending the straw poll (the average age hovered somewhere around death) may have thought the boxes were ﬁlled with run-of-the-mill ping pong balls. The young pachyderms must have sold quite a few, because a group of 15 Boise State Young Republicans traveled to Washington, D.C., in February to attend a meeting of the Conservative Political Action Committee, getting some oneon-one time with Newt Gingrich. “My duty as chairman of the Idaho Federation was to market our organization to people in power,” Domenic Gelsomino told Boise Weekly. “I think it’s fair to say that we had the best time of our lives.” Face-time with Newt must have been swell. But beer pong with red, white and blue elephant-adorned balls? Pinch me. —George Prentice
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 Festivals & Events CESAR CHAVEZ WEEK—Enjoy a week of events, including an open mic session, birthday party with cake, identity workshop and dinner in celebration of civilrights activist Cesar Chavez. Visit the Boise State website for more info. FREE. Boise State Campus, 1910 University Drive, Boise, boisestae.edu.
On Stage DAMN YANKEES—Part of the Broadway In Boise 2011-2012 Season. Songs like “Whatever Lola Wants” and “You Gotta Have Heart” ﬁll the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.
Workshops & Classes HOW TO CREATE A GREEN JOB—Learn from Cheryl Foster, Idaho Department of Labor senior research analyst, about the green-jobs movement and the four core areas of Idaho’s green economy. Lunch from Kanak Attack. Information/registration: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 208-336-5533, ext. 237, or go to metaidaho.org. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $20. US Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol Blvd., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-345-8519, unicoprop.com.
Literature THE CABIN READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS—Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, who serves on the faculty of the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, N.C. Tickets available by calling 208-331-8000. 7:30 p.m. $12$35. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net. CARRIED ACROSS: A CELEBRATION OF TRANSLATION— Forrest Gander and Valerie Mejer will give a bilingual poetry reading. Presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate. 1011 a.m. FREE. Northwest Nazarene University Johnson Sports Center, 311 E. Dewey, Nampa, 208-467-8876, nnusports.com.; 7:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-2468. SPRING AUTHOR SERIES—Mitch Wieland will discuss his books and writing process in the adult ﬁction genre. See Picks, Page 16. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
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ODD-BALLERS Last week the outsiders shimmied into the spotlight. Things ﬁred up on March 7 with Los Angeles glam folksters He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister. The quirky quintet, helmed by sibling harmonizers Rachel and Robert Kolar, looked as if they had rummaged through a costume chest from their childhood attic. Rachel swaggered out in a ﬂoor-length sequined gown and rattled a tambourine with the folk prowess of Stevie Nicks. Robert tipped his bowler hat and belted out blues-tinged tracks with the conﬁdence of a ring leader. And the offbeat energy radiated out across the stage—Oliver Newell plucked a bright teal stand-up bass tricked out with dolphins, while the muscled Aaron Robinson played lap slide and percussionist Lauren Brown tap danced in a baby doll dress and pounded on two ﬂoor toms. The band wrapped it up its eclectic set with an energetic encore of the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On.” Another outsider who made it into the mainstream this week is artist Raymond Pettibon, known for his off-color illustrations that adorned band posters and album covers in the 1980s Los Angeles punk scene. Boise State’s Visual Arts Center showcased a collection of Pettibon’s work, mostly focusing on the disturbing death- and boob-ﬁlled zine illustrations he did for his brother’s band, Black Flag. At the opening reception on March 9, former Idaho Arts Quarterly editor Katy Dang DJ’d a punk rock set from her vinyl collection. You can read a full review of the exhibition by Chris Schnoor in next week’s Boise Weekly. And speaking of moving from the fringes to the mainstream, the Food Truck Rally ﬁnally reached its tipping point on March 9. Through a conﬂuence of factors like great weather, lots of hype and a sweet location—an empty lot at Fourth and Grove streets—the rally more than hit capacity. Chaotic lines of hungry and thirsty rally-goers snaked around the ﬁeld hoping to get their hands on some hot grub. After elbowing past the throngs for a Payette brew, I decided to join the Food Truck Rally defectors who had gathered at the much cheaper Azteca taco truck parked, as usual, at the corner of Sixth and Grove. Other frustrated attendees also sought out other options. “We went and then left without food... BUT, since the Boise Fry Company truck looked so yummy, we visited the store,” wrote Kevin Rank on the Food Truck Rally’s Facebook page. “It was cool to see how great of a turnout there was, even if we didn’t get to eat.” And speaking of a great turnout, Story Story Night’s naughty offshoot, Story Story Late Night debuted on March 12 to a completely packed house at Visual Arts Collective. Host Emma Arnold kicked off the Naked-themed night with a disturbing tale of tending to a lecherous man and his foreskin while working as a nurse. From there, the innocent gloves were off; expletives ﬂew as audience members recounted tales of adultery, girl-on-girl hot tub action and penis sketch books. Don’t miss the next Story Story Late Night on Monday, May 14, on Crime Stories hosted by BW’s Josh Gross. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT Citizen METRO EXPRESS FUNDRAISER—Metro Express is giving away free car washes to beneﬁt the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise and Advocates Against Family Violence in Caldwell. Both organizations run domestic violence shelters and related programs. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. $3 suggested donation. Metro Express, 1701 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, metroexpresscarwash.com; 3296 E. Pine St., Meridian, 208-331-101, metroexpresscarwash.com; 1300 W. Front St., Boise, 208-331-1301, metroexpresscarwash.com.
FRIDAY MARCH 16 Festivals & Events A CELEBRATION OF IRISH CULTURE IN THE TREASURE VALLEY—This family friendly St. Patrick’s Day party will feature the Giant Leprechauns and Irish Dance Studio, Irish music, a special presentation on the life and music of Ireland’s national composer Turlough O’Carolan, Pie Hole pizza and a full bar with ID. 7:30 p.m. $7, $20 family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
18TH ANNUAL CHEF AND GOURMET GALA—Celebrate Boise Philharmonic’s 50th anniversary and help support its educational programs. Try out the vodka luge, enjoy a delectable dinner and bid on auction items. Visit boisephilharmonic.org for more info and tickets. See Picks, Page 16. 6 p.m., $150, Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., 208-344-7849.
On Stage 49TH ANNUAL EL KORAH SHRINE MELODRAMA—Illustrious Potentate Stan Garrett presents a double-feature melodrama: The Investor’s Daughter and Manic Manor. Dinner will be $10 if you purchase
your ticket in advance or $12.50 at the door. For ticket information, call 208-343-0571. 8 p.m. $12.50 or $90 for table of eight. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, elkorah.org. CHRIS ALPINE—See Thursday. 8 pm. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JR BROW—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. SKIN DEEP—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
MARCH 15 On Stage CHRIS ALPINE—Catch the comedic stylings of this national headliner. 8 p.m. $4. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com. DAMN YANKEES—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JR BROW—This installment of the Liquid Laughs comedy series also features Duncan Jay. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs.com, 208-941-2459 or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. SKIN DEEP—Written by Jon Lonoff and directed by Joseph Wright, this play is a story of giving romance one last shot. 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 15. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
Workshops and Classes MANAGING CHILDHOOD BEHAVIOR DISORDERS—Has your child been labeled ADD? Are you worried about his/her moods, anxiety? Dr. Joan Haynes teaches how to integrate safe and effective alternative medicine into your child’s health care and treat underlying causes. Fee covers attendance for two adults. Register through community education online at boiselearns.org. For more info, call 208-338-0405. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Boise Natural Health, 4219 Emerald St., Boise, 208-338-0405, boisenaturalhealth.com.
Literature FORREST GANDER—The ﬁnalist for the Book Critics Circle Award 2011 will present a bilingual reading of his novel As A Friend. This event is in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate. 5 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, rdbooks.org; 7:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-2468. IDES OF MARCH CELEBRATION—Book groups from across the valley will collaborate for an evening of literary entertainment that closes the Read Me Treasure Valley project. 7 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.
Talks & Lectures INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS: THE IDEA OF NATURE—This lecture series examines how ideas of nature are expressed in literature, art, philosophy, music and other humanities disciplines. In this installment, Professor James Engell from Harvard University will present Henry David Thoreau and Health in Nature. 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, sub.boisestate.edu.
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8 DAYS OUT XANADU—The musical follows the beautiful Kira, who travels to Earth to inspire a struggling artist named Sonny to ﬁnd his voice, discover true love and build the world’s ﬁrst roller disco (but not necessarily in that order). Purchase dinner/show tickets at least one day in advance at kedproductions.org. Show-only tickets available online or at the door. Visit website for prices and menu. See Picks, Page 16. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.
Workshops & Classes ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY IN IDAHO—Learn how to translate your brilliant idea into a proﬁtable business from people who have ben through it. Registration necessary for free lunch and guest speaker. For more info, visit cobe.boisestate.edu. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-4261677, sub.boisestate.edu.
Art WINTER: NEW WORK BY ANNA URA—View new work in a variety of media from Anna Ura. Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Exhibition continues through Thursday, April 26. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Enso Art Space, 120 E. 38th St., Ste. 105, Garden City, 208-6956864, ensoartspace.com.
Literature CARRIED ACROSS: A CELEBRATION OF TRANSLATION— Poets Coral Bracho and Forrest Gander will give a bilingual poetry reading. Presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate. Noon. FREE. Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, 676 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ontario, Ore., 541-889-8191.
SATURDAY MARCH 17
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY—Beer, wines, Jello shots, naughty leprechaun costume contest with prizes for winners, corned beef cook-off competition, music, open mic karaoke and dancing. See Picks, Page 17. 7 p.m. $10. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries. com.
children 5 and younger, $150 reserved table for eight. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000, boisestate.edu. SHAMROCK SHINDIG— Enjoy an authentic Irish meal from 3 Girls Catering, musical and dance performances at this all-ages party. Full bar with ID. Visit toentertainu.com for tickets. See Picks, Page 17. 6 p.m. $6. The Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, bo. knittingfactory.com.
ST. PARTYS DAY—Enjoy the make-you-move tunes of DJs Psycahce, Just Some Clown and Reﬂektion while you sip on all kinds of Irish drinks and compete for the title of best St. Patty’s Day outﬁt and a $100 gift card. See Picks, Page 17. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
SPORTS CARD SHOW—Thirty tables will be ﬁlled with both vintage cards and the newest, hottest cards in the hobby. Memorabilia, novelties and other collectibles will also be available. This event is for the entire family. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION—Enjoy traditional Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew, as well as live entertainment from authentic bagpipers beginning at 8:30 p.m. Murphy’s Seafood Bar and Grill, 1555 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-344-0037, murphysboise. com.
49TH ANNUAL EL KORAH SHRINE MELODRAMA—See Friday. $12.50 or $90 for table of eight. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, elkorah.org. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JR BROW—See Thursday. $10. 8 p.m. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379, liquidboise.com.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY—Enjoy music from Kip Attaway, Giant Leprechauns, the Boise Highlander Bagpipers and the Rocci Johnson Band, as well as drink specials and lots of crazy festive fun. See Picks, Page 17. 4 p.m. Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557.
SKIN DEEP—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. XANADU—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY— Featuring the Meridian Fireﬁghters Pipes and Drums, a corned beef and cabbage dinner at 7 p.m. (reservations required) and music from After Abbey at 8 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-4049, corkscrews1.com.
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
Festivals & Events IDAHO VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB GROUP RIDE—Rescue your ride from its winter slumber in the garage and hit the open road. Visit idahovintagemotorcycleclub.com for more info. See Picks, Page 17. 1:30 p.m. FREE. Caldwell City Park, 618 Irving St., Caldwell. INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL— The International Student Association and International Student Services host the 33rd annual International Food, Song and Dance Festival. Featuring buffetstyle dinner with vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices and dessert. After-dinner entertainment by international students. Buy tickets at SUB information desk; make table reservations at International Student Services ofﬁce. For more info, call Christy Babcock at 208-426-3652. 6 p.m. $15 adults, $5 students with ID and children, FREE for
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8 DAYS OUT Sports & Fitness FORT BOISE HIGHLAND GAMES AND 5K FELL RACE—Check out some hammerthrowing, caber-tossing athletics and the kilted fell race beginning at 9 a.m. Your wee ones can participate in the children’s version of the games or run through the obstacle course. See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m., $10-25 to participate, FREE to watch. 500 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-422-1000, saaa-national.org. MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY OMNIUM—Three track-style road bike races on the Meridian Speedway course make this the only race of its kind in Idaho. Winners will take home some cold, hard cash. Visit idomnium.com for more info and to register. See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m. $25 to participate, FREE to watch. Meridian Speedway, 335 E. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-2813, meridianspeedway.com.
MONDAY MARCH 19 On Stage 5X5 READING SERIES—Catch ﬁve exciting new plays in their raw stages and join a discussion with the actors and directors. 7 p.m. $12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208331-9224, bctheater.org. FRANGELA—Check out the Los Angeles comedy duo of Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton. For more information, contact Julian at spbspecialev-
firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 p.m. $5, FREE for faculty, staff and students with Boise State ID. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.
Literature AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR SCOTT FARRIS— Author Scott Farris will discuss his book Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation. Be a member of the live audience for the C-Span taping of Farris’s presentation. RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday, March 15. 6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
TUESDAY MARCH 20 On Stage ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD—The Boise State Theatre Arts Department presents its rendition of Tom Stoppard’s play that follows two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 seniors, Boise State alumni and non-Boise State students; FREE with valid Boise State ID. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.boisestate.edu.
Animals & Pets BOISE STATE’S GONE TO THE DOGS—Dog walk beneﬁting Idaho’s 1 of 3 petition to strengthen the state’s animal cruelty laws. Bring your furry friends to the Student Union Building patio to sign the initiative and then go out to the Boise community and educate and request others sign this initiative. To learn more go to idaho1of3.org. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, sub.boisestate.edu. IDACATS 2012 ANNUAL CAT SHOW—Catch the Idaho Cat Fanciers’ annual show. Local shelters will have cats available for adoption. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, expoidaho.com.
SUNDAY MARCH 18 Festivals & Events FAMILY DISCO DANCE PARTY—Bring the whole family and don some disco wear at this dance party, which will feature dance platforms to show off your moves, a dance lesson, lots of lights, fog and bubble machines, as well as music by Vinyl Preservation Society. Food will be available for purchase. 4-5:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts, 1406 Eastman St., Boise, 208-344-2220, tricarts.org. IDAHO VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB SHOW AND SWAP—Check out some old-school rides and ﬁnd what you need for yours. See Picks, Page 17. Noon. $4, FREE for children 12 and younger with adult admission. O’Connor Fieldhouse, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, idahovintagemotorcycleclub.org.
On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JR BROW—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. VELMA V. MORRISON FAMILY THEATRE SERIES: ARE YOU MY MOTHER?—A newborn baby bird goes in search of its absentee mother with its dog, cat and hen friends. Based on the picture book by P.D. Eastman. Musical for grades K-2. 2 p.m. $9.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
Animals & pets IDACATS 2012 ANNUAL CAT SHOW—See Saturday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
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| SUDOKU 8 DAYS OUT Concerts BOISE ROCK SCHOOL END OF WINTER SESSION GIG—Enjoy the sounds of Boise Rock School’s bands, a special joint performance with students of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival School of Theater, and the ﬁrst-ever compilation of original music from BRS bands. Pie Hole pizza will be served and a full bar is available with ID. 4 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
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LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS
WOMEN IN THE HOUSE—Jana Kemp, Patricia Kempthorne, Kathy Kustra, Maria Mabbutt, Lauren McLean, Cathy Silak and Emily Walton will share stories about their political experiences. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.
Citizen ADA COUNTY DEMS LEGISLATIVE BROWN BAG—Take your lunch to the Statehouse for a discussion with Democratic legislators. This week’s speakers will be Reps. Donna Pence and Cherie Buckner-Webb. In the
House Minority Caucus Room, Room 426, fourth ﬂoor. RSVP to 208-331-2128. Noon-1:15 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Capitol, 700 W, Jefferson St., 208-433-9705.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 21 Festivals & Events GENE HARRIS JAZZ FESTIVAL—The 15th annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival will include featured artists jazz bassist Lynn Seaton and his trio, saxophonist Rich Perry, the Boise State Jazz Ensemble and the Boise Modern Jazz Orchestra. Student winners from each day’s competitions also will perform. Adjudicated performances, jazz clinics and workshops and the popular student jam sessions will once again take place. Judges will select a winning band from each school classiﬁcation to perform at the evening headline concerts. Visit geneharris.org for more info. $15 daily all-event pass. Boise State campus, 1910 University Drive, Boise.
On Stage ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD—See
Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 seniors, Boise State alumni and non-Boise State students; FREE with valid Boise State ID. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.
will also be provided. Pre-registration required. 7 p.m. $15, $10 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
BOISE ROCK SCHOOL END OF WINTER SESSION GIG—See Tuesday. 4 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
SELECTING AND PLANTING TREES—Learn how to pick the right trees and plant them correctly. To register, send your name, email address and phone number to Community Forestry via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-384-4083. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.
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SPRING AUTHOR SERIES— Aaron Patterson will discuss his writing and process in the adult mystery, thriller and suspense and young adult ﬁction genres. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
BRIDGE LEAGUE CHARITY GAME—Local bridge players will join others from around the country in the Spring American Contract Bridge League-Wide Charity Game. Every player in every game in every city will play the exact same hands under near identical conditions. Proceeds will be distributed to various charities selected by the districts. For more information, call Bruce Thornburgh at 208-327-0166. 6:15-10:30 p.m. $10. Boise Bridge Club, 6711 N. Glenwood St., Ste. 101, Boise, 208-327-0166, linkedin.com/ company/boise-bridge-club.
Green CONTINUING EDUCATION: TREE AND SHRUB PRUNING BASICS—Certiﬁed arborist Dwight Allen will teach participants the basics of pruning, including tool selection and when to prune. Reference materials
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ROSY SKYLINE Bill Coffey steadies his gaze on the horizon ANDREW CRISP
Bill Coffey’s ofﬁce overlooks the Boise River—his view peppered by leaﬂess trees and the snow-topped Foothills obscured by a haze of fog. His day job as business architect at local media company Wirestone bears no resemblance to the Coffey on the cover of his most recent release, Cemetery Skyline Rose, which shows him in jeans holding a guitar. “Music is the most beautiful art form, but it’s a terrible way to raise money,” said Coffey. “Most people who have day jobs who play music think, ‘God, I wish I could quit Bill Coffey will release his new album, Cemetery Skyline Rose, at Boise Contemporary Theater. my day job.’ I really don’t wish that.” Coffey loves both of his jobs. When he isn’t working in his treehouse ofﬁce, he way cooler,’” he said. “These are my people.” liberately try to have sort of a revolving cast tends to his wife and two kids, ages 10 of characters, but I’ve learned over the years Coffey is a gregarious guy, his attire and and 14. While music doesn’t pay Coffey’s that it’s best for me to not get pinned down attitude exude cool. His graying, longer hair, mortgage, it affords him the opportunity to to one lineup.” semi-casual jeans and button-up shirt are do what he loves. To keep his lineup open, Coffey said he every bit the picture of an aging musician. “I don’t have to feed myself from music takes a page from baseball, another passion In two decades, Coffey has become a money,” said Coffey. “I don’t know if I’d of his. He’s created a “depth chart” of local staple of the Boise music scene. He has colwant to run away and join the circus if I had talent, so that if his bassist is busy for a set, laborated with Curtis Stigers, Dan Costello, the option.” he can call up another guy to ﬁll in. When he a.k.a Belle, Audio Moonshine, Hillfolk Noir Yet music has been Coffey’s second meets a new musician he might play with, he career for decades, starting with his Ventura, and many others. After moving to town in 1992, he quickly made his name as a solo act shares a repository of online ﬁles via DropCalif., band the Mudheads. Shaggy-haired before connecting with longtime collaborator box: “Here, do your homework,” he joked. and swathed in plaid, the young foursome “If I’ve got a gig, I’ve got my ﬁrst-call Ned Evett. played rock tracks people, the second wave and the third wave,” “Coffey writes a inspired by ’60s and said Coffey. “The more people that know my lot of great songs, so ’70s British invasion much so that he once material, the better.” bands and psycheLately, the Cash Money Cousins are performed around delia groups of the Coffey’s go-to guys. They were the group town for an entire Woodstock years. he worked with to create Cemetery Skyline month, playing only It was a roots-rock Rose. Chris Galli provided electric acoustic his own material, garage band beﬁtting and double bass; “Shaky Dave” Manion without repeating a the beachside locale. played steel and electric guitar; Bernie Reilly song,” said Evett. Music came to Coffey chimed in on harmony vocals and banjo, Together, the duo early on. guitar and accordion; Thomas Paul played created the album “When I was a mandolin, keys and vocals; Casey Miller These Dreams of kid, maybe 10 years provided percussion and co-produced the alMine in 2007, while old, my parents took bum; Frim Fram Four’s Jonah Shue provided both were working me to see a symphony ﬁddle and mandolin; and jazz legend Curtis day jobs at Wiresorchestra,” Coffey Stigers dropped smooth tenor sax to mellow tone. remembered. “I said, “Bill is very savvy out the record. ‘I want a violin.’ I “The reason I like working with Bill is, and knows how to wasn’t very good at Bill Coffey and the Cash Money Cousins CD for lack of a better term, he has his stuff manage the musiit. I’m not a formally release party with special guests, Saturday, together,” said Paul. “I have to tip my hat cal resources at his trained musician.” March 17, 8 p.m., $25. disposal when making to him more than anyone else, because he Coffey’s ﬁrst love BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER an album,” said Evett. knows what he wants.” was theater. He quick854 Fulton St. Paul has played with the Cash Money “The genius is in the ly got used to being on 208-331-9224 Cousins for almost four years. He said Cofway he keeps the manstage, performing and bctheater.org ager hat from spoiling fey’s frantic behind-the-scenes work makes engaging with an audistudio days a breeze. the art.” ence. He began singing “It’s weird when you spend too much When Evett reloin the school choir, cated to Nashville, Tenn., Coffey assembled a time focused on something. You don’t have meeting friends in local bands and providing any perspective on how it turned out. A year new cadre of musicians. vocals. 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IRISH SPRING AND SUNLESS SEA Saint Patrick’s Day is almost upon Boise, and with it will come the annual per formance from Celtic Resin, the city’s foremost musical leprechaun advocacy group. The band has a lot planned for this year—it will be dropping an album, holding a wake for the passing of the Boise Hole and tr ying to establish a leprechaun preser ve. And all that will be going down at the Piper Pub on P-Day, Saturday, March 17. The event will also feature an Irish trivia contest in which contestants can win potatoes—because where else in Idaho would you be able to get those?—and bars of Irish Spring soap. Entr y is as free as an Irishman’s heart on the day the English ﬁnally packed up and went home. Also packing up and heading to town will be a ton of members of the national music press. According to Matt Dalley, Treefort Music Fest media coordinator, Paste Magazine, The International Business Times and the Seattle Weekly have already applied for press credentials, and the requests keep coming in. More than 35 outlets so far. Yeowza, that’s good coverage. Hoping to capitalize on the newfound interest in Boise’s music scene is the Flying M Coffeegarage’s booker, Nathan Walker, who is taking the plunge into “the biz” and starting his own label: Sunless Sea Records. The debut release from Sunless Sea will be Realities of Grandeur, a new album from local musician Aaron Mark Brown, formerly of Boise band The Invasion. CDs and downloads of the album will be available at Brown’s per formance during Treefort on Thursday, March 22, from 7-7:40 p.m. at The Bouquet. A limited-edition vinyl version of the album will also be available Tuesday, April 10. Boise Rock School is also about to drop an album. Its legions of pint-sized axslingers have written and recorded 11 new tunes for the disc. Pre-ordering started on March 5, and the actual disc will be available starting Tuesday, March 20. The time machine that will allow you to go back to your childhood so you can be a part of such an awesome project will take a bit longer to invent. —Josh Gross
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ELIZA RICKMAN, MARCH 15, FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE Eliza Rickman is a singer-songwriter from San Francisco whose voice falls somewhere between Carole King and Feist. Shortly after studying orchestration at Azusa Paciﬁc University in California, Rickman discovered her vocal and lyrical abilities. Today, she’s occasionally accompanied by stringed instrumentalists, but most often performs with mainstay percussionists Robert DeLong and Kevin O’Donnell. Rickman grew up with a pastor for a father, who started her down a path of music by letting her play in church. When Rickman pens her own musical creations, she uses the unconventional toy piano, letting the seriousness of her songs pour out through her prose. Rickman’s tunes “Black Rose” and “Start with Goodbye, Stop with Hello” are lovely, haunting numbers that transport a listener back to the ﬁrst time they heard a toy piano’s highpitch twinkling. —Amber Clontz 8 p.m., $3. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com.
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TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
AFRO MASSIVE—10 p.m. $5. Reef CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe
THURSDAY MARCH 15
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
AFTER ABBEY—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
BLAZE AND KELLY—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe
HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s
CATSMELVIN AND THE FREAKABOUTS—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
JESSICA FULGHUM—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
ELIZA RICKMAN—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KATIE MORELL—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown PAMELA DEMARCHE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JOHN CRAIGIE—9 p.m. FREE. Reef KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO—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 WILLISON-ROOS—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
FRIDAY MARCH 16 ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
MISSIONARY POSITION—With Parade of Bad Guys. See Listen Here, Page 25. 9 p.m. $5. The Shredder THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s NEW TRANSIT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s POT O’ BASS FEATURING H$M ALL STARZ—With DJ Myko, Bobby Numonik, Justin Case and Ghost Boy. 9 p.m. $3. Neurolux RIFF RAFF—9:30 p.m. FREE. Darby’s
ANDY FRASCO—10 p.m. $5. Reef
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s
BLAZE-N-KELLY—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
ROSS AND BROOKE—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Moose Cafe
CAMDEN HUGHES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
DEACON 5—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club
DOUGLAS CAMERON—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
SPUDMAN—7:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
SWEET BRIER—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle
FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar
TROPICAL COWBOYS—7:30 p.m. FREE. The Open Space
JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s
TRUCK STOP TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
JEFF BAKER JAZZ QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
UNTO THE LEGIONS CD RELEASE PARTY—With Mortal Enemy, Scorch the Fallen, Passengers and The Dark Harlequin. 7 p.m. $5. The Venue
JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
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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 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY WITH CELTIC RESIN—7 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
TROPICAL COWBOYS—7:30 p.m. FREE. The Open Space
DEACON 5—7 p.m. FREE. The Crux
TRUCK STOP TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
DYING FAMOUS—9 p.m. FREE. Woody’s ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill GERMGEYSER—10 p.m. FREE. Gathering Place JEFF BAKER JAZZ QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
SUNDAY MARCH 18
JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid
BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
TUESDAY MARCH 20 DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. Humpin’ Hannah’s JAMES MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Vista
LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s
GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
NATHAN MOODY—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
PILOT ERROR—10 p.m. $5. Reef POSSUM LIVIN—7 p.m. FREE. Dutch Goose
SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 21
BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape
ROB HILL—With Bernie Reilly, Barbara Laing and Naomi Jackson. 8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s
MONDAY MARCH 19
SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
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MISSIONARY POSITION, MARCH 16, THE SHREDDER The cover of Consequences, the new album from Seattle’s The Missionary Position, shows a jukebox with the words “enjoy the seductive sounds of The Missionary Position.” Seductive is the right word. With tenor sax and gritty vocals layered on top of spooky electric piano, the band takes blues in a direction that would work just as well for an old-timey stripper act as it would for luring wayward youth down the rabbit hole into a seedy rock ’n’ roll underground. “The Key” is more than a smash hit waiting to happen. The tragic ballad advises listeners “don’t fall in love.” It’s a song to lose yourself to completely, with reverb the size of a galaxy letting the melody ﬂoat as light as air, despite its heavy subject matter. “The Key” is the sort of song you play for someone to explain an emotional conﬂict too complex and intense to put into words. —Josh Gross With Parade of Bad Guys. 9 p.m., $5. The Shredder, 430 S. 10th St., toomuchdistortion.com.
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COWBOY LOVE STORIES Inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival highlights Idaho ﬁlms MARIA DIAZ “I wrote the story right here in this room,” said ﬁlmmaker Kieran Donahue, smiling at the heirlooms that hung on the walls and littered tables in his home. These family treasures were Donahue’s inspiration for his ﬁrst feature ﬁlm, Lost River, The Crawlspace crew, left to right: Tom Hamilton, Christian Lybrook and Chris Brock. one of 11 Idaho ﬁlms that will be screened at the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival. visit their old home in Lost River in order to that’s all over the state,” said Plasse. “What’s With Sun Valley’s posh ski resort and reretrieve a family heirloom as a parting wish. nowned restaurants, it seems only natural that so fun about seeing Idaho ﬁlm is that every “There’s nothing he’s going to ask me that aspect of the state is represented in our festia multi-genre ﬁlm festival featuring local and val—so there’s a bunch of ski movies, a bunch I won’t do for him,” said Donahue, explaining international ﬁlmmakers would ﬁnd its home the plot. of kayaking. It’s their there. According to Like the rest of the Idaho ﬁlms, Lost River cowboy love stories.” Festival Director Dana was ﬁlmed in the state, with the crew taking The Idaho Film Plasse, the Sun Valley Thursday, March 15-Sunday, March 18. $10trips to Mackay and riding horses to elevacategory caught the Film Festival was an 100. For tickets, a full schedule and more tions of 10,000 feet. attention of many initiative of Executive info visit sunvalleyﬁlmfestival.org. “They used their pack horses to bring their local ﬁlmmakers like Director Teddy GrenSUN VALLEY OPERA HOUSE gear to certain locations,” explained Plasse. Donahue, who is also nan and was conceived Sun Valley Village, Sun Valley “Where on Earth are you going to hear a story running for Canof as a cultural affair 208-622-2244, sunvalley.com like that for a ﬁlm being made? It would be yon County sheriff. to ﬁll the void of an inMAGIC LANTERN CINEMAS incredible if there were more Idaho stories told Donahue had never dependent ﬁlm festival 100 Second St., Ketchum on the bigger ﬁlm scene.” considered becoming in a town that has long 208-726-4274 magiclanterncinemas.com Another ﬁlm that had its crew hiking up a ﬁlmmaker until his been a getaway for mountains and traveling by horseback is Soda family inspired him Hollywood stars. Springs, directed by Michael Feifer and featurto script the story for The festival’s lineup ing Idaho-born actor and script co-author Lost River. After confronting the personal includes shorts, documentaries, feature ﬁlms Jay Pickett. The movie tells the story crisis of his twin brother’s illness, Donahue and even web series. And there’s an entire decided to make a dramatic movie about “the of Eden Jackson, who gets a second category dedicated to Idaho ﬁlms. unbreakable bond of twin brothers,” in which chance at a life in his hometown after “People are making movies and it’s won28 spending eight years away. one is faced with cancer and asks the other to derful to showcase all of the hidden talent
BEING FLYNN—Paul Dano stars with Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore, Lili Taylor and Olivia Thirby in this ﬁlm adapted from writer Nick Flynn’s memoir, which chronicles his renewed relationship with his longabsent father. (R) The Flicks JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME—Jason Segel stars as a 30-year-old still living with his mother in this wry comedy. When she sends him on an errand on her birthday, he gets sidetracked into helping his brother tail his wife, whom he thinks is cheating on him. (R) The Flicks
21 JUMP STREET—Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this comedy about two police ofﬁcers who go undercover at a high school in an attempt to bust a dangerous drug ring. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 22
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Special Screenings BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN—This ﬁlm looks at the power of eminent domain and the passionate battle of
Brooklyn residents in the Prospect Heights neighborhood as they ﬁght the looming transformation of their homes into a basketball arena and 16 skyscrapers. Proceeds from the screening beneﬁt Treasure Valley Community Television. Sunday, March 18, 7-9 p.m. $15. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3424222, theﬂicksboise.com.
BETWEEN THE EARTH AND SKY BENEFIT—All proceeds donated to the medical students of South Sudan. With the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, South Sudan has less than 50 licensed doctors for its 10 million people. Four hundred medical students are struggling to become the ﬁrst generation of South Sudanese doctors. This is their story. Introduction by Dr. Thomas Burke of the Harvard Committee for African Studies and director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. See Screen, Page 29. Sunday, March 18, 5-6 p.m. $10. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theﬂicksboise.com. 28
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SPB MOVIE: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO—Catch the English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson. Free popcorn and soda. For more info, visit spb.boisestate.edu. Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. $1, FREE for Boise State students. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu. SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL—This ﬁlm fest features cutting-edge independent ﬁlms, premieres and previews of new television and web series. Films to be shown at the Sun Valley Opera House and Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. See sunvalleyﬁlmfestival.org for tickets, a full schedule and more info. See Screen, Page 26. Thursday, March 15-Sunday, March 18. $10-100. Sun Valley, Idaho, Ketchum.
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SCREEN/BIG SCREEN “I seldom get the opportunity to make a straightly intense drama about life, about people, about the human condition. So having gotten the opportunity with Soda Springs really inspired me,” Feifer said. Although Feifer isn’t an Idaho native, a lot of crew members are—like Executive Producer Gary Hollie, cinematographer Jeff Smith, score composer Steve Fulton and Jan Larison. “It became a labor of love and took on a life of its own,” explained Pickett. “The right people came along at the right time, and the people who didn’t share our vision fell by the wayside.” Cowboy ﬁlms and the countryside are popular themes among Idaho ﬁlmmakers highlighted at the Sun Valley Film Festival, including the documentary Gathering Remnants, by Idaho resident and native Californian Kendall Nelson. The movie was born from a coffee table book Nelson produced with photographs she’d taken of cowboys. “I had all these beautiful pictures of the cowboys, but I wasn’t really able to let them speak for themselves,” explained Nelson.“The cowboys themselves were telling the story, kind of a look into the psyche of the cowboy and the personality of the cowboy.” Gathering Remnants isn’t the only ﬁlm Nelson is presenting. She will also show The Greater Good, a documentary focused on the controversial subject of adverse effects from vaccines. Nelson described her responsibility as a documentary ﬁlmmaker as an obligation to “tell both sides of the story and to let people speak for themselves and not put words in their mouths.” Short ﬁlms will also be showcased in the Film Festival. Idaho’s Christian Lybrook will present Crawlspace, a ﬁlm about a man returning to the childhood home that harbors the mystery of his brother’s disappearance. The story was inspired by Lybrook’s fear of his own attic after he bought his house some years ago and his prolonged unwillingness to look in it. Lybrook gathered fellow Idaho ﬁlmmakers Tom Hamilton and Chris Brock and came up with the idea for the short ﬁlm, which Lybrook describes as, “the story of a man coming to terms with guilt, which can be a very heavy and dark thing.” Most of these Idaho ﬁlmmakers are just getting started in their careers and taking advantage of the opportunities the state has to offer them. “The state is beautiful and diverse geographically,” said Soda Springs’ Pickett. “We knew we would get a lot of production value here by calling in favors from friends and family, and we could have a great time doing it.” The ease of making ﬁlms in Idaho may be far from the convenience of Los Angeles, but Nelson explained that technology facilitates the work of a ﬁlmmaker in a remote place. “I’ve found that you just have to really create your own work if you’re going to live in a place like Idaho,” Nelson said. From building creepy crawl space sets to carrying equipment by horseback, ﬁlmmaking in Idaho is a growing movement. And no matter what limitations ﬁlmmakers might encounter, their ultimate goals are undeterred. “I’ve just been amazed and that’s the kind of thinking that I think is wonderful of making ﬁlms in Idaho, because of how people live here and they’re using their resources and their know-how to make these amazing things work,” said Plasse. The Sun Valley Film Festival will open on Thursday, March 15, and a lineup of movies, short ﬁlms and ﬁlmrelated events will continue through Sunday, March 18. 26
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MAGIC VALLEY: FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE FILLED WITH IDAHO TIES Location, location, location—it’s the mantra of real estate. But in the case of Magic Valley, one of the feature attractions at the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival, the location couldn’t be more perfect. “We sent a letter to the Sun Valley organizers and said, ‘We would love it if you would consider our ﬁlm,’” said Heather Rae, Idaho-native and producer of Magic Valley. Rae knows a thing or two about festivals, having showcased her productions Frozen River and The Dry Land at ﬁlm fests across the planet. “The difference between a good one and a great one is that a great festival really recognizes the value and signiﬁcance of independent ﬁlm,” said Rae. “By the time a ﬁlmmaker gets to a festival, you’re at a point where you’ve busted your ass for years, spent every dime you had, and you’re now looking to engage an audience with your movie. A great festival makes ﬁlmmakers feel welcome and honored.” There’s good reason to believe that Rae’s Magic Valley will be welcomed in Sun Valley. In fact, there’s dozens of reasons—not the least of which is that the ﬁlm was shot on location in Buhl with native son Jaffe Zinn (who also wrote the original screenplay) behind the lens. The ﬁlm was even cut in the basement of his parents’ home in Buhl. “The original title of the ﬁlm was Buhl,” remembered Rae. “But I received a phone call from the international sales company and they said,”—in a very thick French accent— “‘Byooool, Idaho. Hmmm. This not a good ﬁlm title.’ I laughed and said, ‘Fair enough.’ So, it’s Saturday, March 17, 7:30 Magic Valley.” p.m., Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m., $10 Rae and Zinn cast 28 local actors for Magic Valley. But THE OPERA HOUSE securing the ﬁlm’s lead actor Sun Valley Village proved a challenge. “We knew that Scott Glenn would be absolutely perfect to play the sheriff of Gooding County,” said Rae. “But he was ﬁlming a $100 million action movie [Sucker Punch] at the time. Well, the head of casting for Warner Bros. is a friend of mine, and it turns out that his mother lives here in Boise. I found out Scott’s schedule and learned that he had a small window of time available.” Glenn was freed up for one week, which was ample time for an independent ﬁlm. The entire shoot took 22 days. There’s one more bonus: Glenn is a longtime Sun Valley resident. “It’s his home base. He and his wife Carol have lived there for more than 30 years,” said Rae. Glenn, Rae, Zinn and practically the entire cast and crew of Magic Valley will be on hand for its Idaho premiere on Saturday, March 16, at the Sun Valley Opera House as part of the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival. —George Prentice WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
A MEDICAL MIRACLE: BETWEEN THE EARTH AND SKY HAS TWO IDAHO SCREENINGS Between the Earth and Sky, the enlightening and uplifting chronicle of ﬁrst-generation African physicians, is about the birth of a nation— literally and ﬁguratively. The 20-minute doc that could easily hold an audience for three times its length was ripped from the headlines. In July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation, thrusting itself upon the globe with the direst of circumstances after decades of political and military strife. Imagine a nation the approximate size of France without a single paved highway. Worse yet, imagine a nation of 10 million people facing the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Between the Earth and Sky Now, opens at the imagine Sun Valley Film that naFestival on tion with Thursday, March only a 15, at 5:30 p.m. handful The ﬁlm will also screen at The of docFlicks on Sunday, tors. March 18, at Deli5 p.m. Each cately screening will be crafted introduced by Dr. Thomas Burke. by writerdirector Karen Day, Between the Earth and Sky opens at the Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday, March 15. Three days later, the ﬁlm will screen at The Flicks in Boise. Each screening will be introduced by Dr. Thomas Burke. Burke is a celebrity. But don’t take our word for it. Ask anyone in South Sudan. It was Burke who inspired the nation’s physician program. “I found these students teaching themselves biochemistry by using sticks in the dirt,” said Burke. Shortly thereafter, Burke enlisted some of the best and brightest from Harvard Medical School to go to the impoverished nation. Less than one year later, 400 medical students were bringing mothers and newborns through healthy deliveries. What happened in between is the stuff of legend and a really good movie. —George Prentice
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RIVER RACERS McCall’s Ullr Skis earned some love.
Jet boat racing marathon heading to Idaho rivers LISA HUYNH ELLER
SQUEEZING TIME OUT OF WINTER Schizophrenic weather aside, we’re ﬁnally starting to see signs of spring, which has most of us daring to daydream of summer fun. But for those whom the melting snow is akin to a beloved pet running away, there’s still time to squeeze in a little more winter. Spring means spring skiing, and spring skiing means spring break, and what better way to mark the changing of the season than with an all-out celebration of the end of winter? Sun Valley Resort is gearing up for Sol Fest—a festival of music, skiing and the end of the season with plenty of fun for families, as well as those skilled in the ways of the keg stand. The event runs Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25, and includes bands, events and some great deals for students, including up to half off lift tickets with a valid student ID and some budget-friendly lodging packages. Look for more details in the Wednesday, March 21, edition of Boise Weekly or visit sunvalley.com for more info. If an end-of-season blowout isn’t enough for you, you can always look to next season. In fact, the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol is looking for its next batch of volunteers to help out on the mountain during the 2012-2013 season. Patrollers at Bogus are mainly volunteers who don’t mind working hard for the chance to spend some more time on the mountain. The Ski Patrol is accepting applications for volunteers, and candidates must complete formal training, which usually takes the better part of a year, before ever being a patroller. Think you might want to be a future Bogus Basin ski patroller? Try the Ski with a Patroller program and spend some time with a veteran learning just what the patrol actually does all day (and no, it’s not just claiming ﬁrst tracks ... although that has been known to happen). For more information, visit the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol website at bbsp.org. And while it takes love to be on the hill, it also takes love to make a great pair of skis by hand, and one Idaho custom ski company got some love for its ski-building skills. McCall’s Ullr Skis—a small, garagebased custom ski manufacturer—earned a great review recently from exoticskis.com. The online reviewer tried out the Early Taper demo skis, and not only did they stack up to more expensive custom manufacturers, but they earned an 8 out of 10 rating. Check them out for yourself at ullrskis. com. —Deanna Darr and Andrew Crisp
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Boats and their crews do the seemingly impossible in jet boat races. They zoom down stretches of river—sometimes across white water sections—at 80-140 mph, generating boat-sized wakes and passing spectators in mere seconds. It’s the stuff of extreme-sport television shows. The adrenaline gets fans hooked and keeps them hooked—many have been following the sport for decades. American driver Ryan Rogers and navigator Gary Weaver pilot #246 Pure Insanity on the Snake River near This year is a big year for those fans and Lewiston during the 2011 Thunder on the Snake CX Class Champions. others involved in the world of jet boat racing. This year, Idaho hosts the 2012 Toyota college but agreed to let them since Idaho is lost race competitors to the other venues in Weaver Seed World Jet River Marathon, with hosting the world competition. races taking place on the St. Joe, Snake, Clear- the United States that would have won the White’s family has been in the jet boat opportunity to host this world race. water and Salmon rivers in April. world as safety boaters for more than 35 years. “We had to bid for this event, for these Spectators watch for free—just bring a “My brother and I have been driving jet four venues. The Salmon is a risk for their chair and pick a spot along the river. boats through whitewater since a very young equipment and they don’t want to risk not “[It’s] a very big deal. The U.S. has the age,” White said. “We both learned to read participating in the worlds by only participatopportunity to host the World Jet River water at a young age, and working on jet boats ing in the annual Salmon River race. ThereMarathon only once every four years,” said our whole lives, it kinda just feels like the right fore, we needed to incorporate the worlds Gary Labrum, a fan turned racer turned U.S. time to start. ... We need new blood to keep and the Salmon River course to make it a race director. these races going or we will lose them.” win-win. Plus, most racers know they can’t In the ’80s, Labrum knew a couple of guys He and his brother decided to get their boat consider themselves the best if they don’t race who raced. But that wasn’t enough to get him ready for the world championships last April the Salmon.” down to the river to see the races. That didn’t at the Salmon River races. Shay will drive the Adding a new river, the St. Joe, and bringhappen until he and his brother happened to ing back two famous racing rivers—the Snake boat and Grady will navigate. be passing through Riggins one weekend and “Watching the races is one of the coolest and the Clearwater—gives the World a full saw boats racing on the Salmon River. things on Earth,” White said. “People are not and exciting agenda, Friend said. The World “After that, we had to go and see. It was supposed to be able to go [that fast] on water Jet Boat Race Marathon rotates among the unbelievable,” Labrum said. “Driving up and through whitewater. Just watching it is four countries that jet river race: Canada and down a free-ﬂowing river at considerable (centered primarily in Alberta), New Zealand, a rush.” speed. Having been in boats and having done The racers are expecting to run more than some whitewater rafting, it was mind boggling Mexico and the United States. Twelve boats, including four world champi- 500 miles of Central and North Idaho rivers, to see what they were doing. Lots of skill, ons, have pre-registered for the event in Idaho, said Labrum. luck and just plain chutzpah—it was kind of “The fastest will do so in less than six and organizers are expecting more—a total of intoxicating.” about 30 to 40 boats by the time racing begins hours total [of] course running time over the Riggins resident Kim Friend, organizer eight-day period,” Labrum said. in St. Maries on Thursday, April 12. Each of the World Jet Boat Marathon for the past With boats going super fast down river boat has a two-man crew and usually at least seven years, said the event’s goal is to bring ways, organizers and supporters put a lot of three more support personnel. back the excitement for the sport. energy into safety. Among those registered is the One Unlim“Back in the day, in the late ’80s, early “We’re a safe, professional operation. We ited team from New Zealand, several teams ’90s, whitewater jet river racing became a big have some of the best jet boat pilots around deal and lots of people came out,” Friend said. from Canada, and some teams from the United States, including some college students in charge of our safety boats,” Friend said. “Our goal was to bring that excitement back. “They all belong to Western Whitewater Assofrom the Treasure Valley. Changing the venue at Riggins to shorter ciation and Northwest River Runners—some Shay and Grady White of Meridian are ‘legs’ really made it accessible to spectators among those registered of the best boat drivers anywhere in the West. and more equipmentThey are really well versed in any river section to race. It will be the friendly to racers. fulﬁllment of a lifelong and also safety procedures on the river.” “We wanted to For more details on the 2012 Toyota Weaver On each safety boat, there is one emergency dream for the brothers, get the U.S. excited Seed World Jet River Marathon, who grew up in a fam- medical service person and a Ham radio opagain with the world visit rigginsidaho.com. eration person. The Ham Radio Club, which ily of jet boat-racing competition and, in offers its services as a hobby and as a service enthusiasts. the meantime, build to the community, sets up a communications Shay, 25, said he up the whole circuit. network hub midway through the course. has dreamt of competing in the jet boat river If we could try to bring other venues into this “It’s like having an air trafﬁc races his entire life. He and Grady ﬁnally got competition, we could bring the race circuit permission from their mother Jayne, the boat’s control situation. 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know who’s on what boat, and each boat is rigged with their communications equipment.” This system allows organizers to know what is happening at any given point on the race course because the radio operators give real-time updates on the precise location of boats from start to ﬁnish. If anything happens, everyone knows immediately. Friend said organizers hold the event during the time of year when tourism is slow and they aren’t competing with other recreational river uses, like angling. The attention from the races and the racers themselves will help boost the local economy. Costs vary, but one of the Canadian racers, for example, ﬁgured the cost of running a boat at $2,000 per hour, said Labrum. That includes boat fuel, repairs, breakage, and motor wear-and-tear. Race support teams might spend about $1,000 a day for lodging, food, fuel, souvenirs and the like. Friend said that every year Riggins bends over backward for the event because it brings such an economic boost. She said the concept is to highlight North and NorthCentral Idaho. When people think of Idaho, they often think of Boise. Through this event they want to encourage people to explore all there is to see. World jet boat races are as good a reason as any to head north. “When you go rafting, you’re thinking how big rapids can be, how exciting and how unpredictable. In marathon racing, some guys are going 100 mph through those rapids,” Friend said. “It just goes to show the skill of the boat drivers to read rivers, to read waves, timing. It’s just something you just think, wow, I didn’t think they could really do that. Now they have race boats equipped with turbine engines. ... That’s a jet engine, to be speciﬁc. Wow.”
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Heptathlete Curtis Beach of Duke University, seen here high jumping, broke his own world record in the 1,000-meter race to win the title.
OLYMPIC HOPEFULS TAKE THEIR MARKS The NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships came to a close on March 10 at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa following a weekend ﬁlled with unbelievable and sometimes physics-defying action. The University of Florida men and the University of Oregon women both won their national championships for the third consecutive year. Some major standouts from the weekend included Olympic hopeful and Florida Gator Jeff Demps winning his third consecutive title in the 60 meters with a blazing 6.56 seconds. Demps is not only an elite runner but he also played football at Florida. He chose to pursue the Olympic team over an immediate career in the NFL and his decision seems to be playing out well so far. Canadian Olympic hopeful Brianne Theisen won the pentathlon for the third consecutive year, providing the University of Oregon with another spark toward its victor y. A turning point of her championship came when she stormed from behind on the last lap of the 800 meter run to claim the title with a time of 2:13. The fan favorite mile events did not disappoint as the capacity crowd ﬁlled the venue. The women’s race was a nail biter throughout. Three Oregon Ducks led early, but in the end Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook took the race in 4:39. In the men’s mile, Chris O’Hare of Tulsa fought off the competition and held onto his lead to take the race with a time of 4:01. Other highlights included Curtis Beach of Duke University beating his own world record in the heptathlon 1,000 meters to come from behind and win the overall title in dramatic fashion. Boise State athletes performed well at the championship but did not place in the top spots. Kurt Felix did not ﬁnish the heptathlon after struggling in the pole vault and bowing out of the 1,000-meter run because of an ankle injury. He was in position to make a legitimate push before the injury. On March 9, fellow Bronco athlete Mele Vaisima ﬁnished sixth overall in the women’s weight throw. Iain Hunter, a biomechanics professor at Brigham Young University, was one of several hundred people who traveled to Nampa from the around the country to help run the event. “There are people from all over the country here this weekend for work. I have been involved with Team USA Track and Field on the side of my teaching and was able to get involved that way,” Hunter said of the opportunity to be an ofﬁcial. And when the athletes weren’t competing, they were soaking up Idaho. “We went downtown and checked out the blue turf over at the football stadium. We had to do that,” said Lindsay Schwartz, a sophomore pentathlon athlete from the University of South Alabama. —Peter Bufﬁngton WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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10 BARREL S1NIST0R BLACK ALE This Bend, Ore.-based company will open up a new brew pub at the corner of Ninth and Bannock streets this summer. As a preview, three 22-ounce bottles have recently hit Boise (the India Session and Apocalypse IPA round out the trio). This ebony-colored black ale offers lightly sour, toasted malt with bits of biscuit and caramel on the nose. Smooth chocolate-laced malt comes through on the palate, along with hints of coffee and grain. The oh-so-subtle hops lurk in the background. This beer is easy drinking. CASCADE LAKE PROJECT X NW PALE ALE From Redmond, Ore., this brew has a hazy golden pour that is topped with a thin but persistent head. It leads off with a ﬂoral mix of fresh straw, subtle malt and soft, citrusy hops with a touch of herb. In the mouth, this beer is a well balanced effort, where subdued malt and hop ﬂavors are backed by round, ripe citrus. All in all, it’s an eminently sessionable quaff.
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WISEGUY PIZZA PIE Was it wise to open another pizza joint downtown? JOSH GROSS If there was one thing downtown Boise didn’t really need it was another pizza joint. Flatbread Community Oven is around the corner from Front Door Northwest Pizza and Tap House and down the street from Tony’s Pizzeria Teatro, which is located halfway between Pie Hole and Guido’s. And if you don’t like any of those, you can truck two blocks to BODO for Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana. With a zillion ’za spots in the downtown zone, something should set a slice apart. And that’s a shame because Wiseguy Pizza Pie, a Sun Valley-based chain that took over pie with the same toppings. The most unusual Wiseguy Pizza might struggle. Not because it’s the Chronic Tacos space near Sixth and Main slice, the Sad Guy, stood out because it had a bad, but because it, like the decor, tosses aside streets, is, by most measures, quite pleasant. few dollops of blue cheese. ﬂash and bang to be tasteful and to the point. The high-ceilinged space has stone walls Wiseguy does offer cobb salads, cheese In the context of its competiand a red-and-black color steaks and the like, but those also don’t exceed tion, these wise guys don’t rescheme. Large, tastefully spaced ally stand out. Slices are topped expectations in any notable way. oil paintings of electric guitars WISEGUY PIZZA PIE In the end, Wiseguy Pizza is a nice place, with good quality ingredients and Josh Ritter playing live with 106 N. Sixth St. with decent food and prices that won’t break but all are still quite standard. his band adorn the walls. The 208-336-7777 the bank. But in Boise’s pizzanated downtown, The joint’s ﬂagship slice, restaurant is rarely crowded but wiseguypizzapie.com something needs to set a place apart—be it the The Wiseguy, has pepperoni, manages not to feel empty. And sausage, mushrooms, olives and absurd hours and more absurd toppings at Pie that also means it is a gloriHole, the swank ingredients at Flatbread or the red onions. Goldilocks would ously short wait for any of the brazen cheapness of Guido’s. Wiseguy’s lunch approve—the meats were cooked just right, rotating microbrews on tap at the bar or any special—two cheese or pepperoni slices and of the pizzas available by the slice from a large measured just right and spread evenly across a soda for $5—might just be the thing to do a decent sourdough crust. It wasn’t anything warmer rack. that. But maybe not. gourmet, but it was far better than a chain But strangely enough, the pizza is where
FOOD/NEWS innovators who have run their own kitchens for ﬁve years or fewer” from 10 regions across the countr y. The chef with the most votes from A new food truck on State Street advertises Indian tacos, but you each region was named a ﬁnalist, with Sheldon Simeon from Lahaina, won’t ﬁnd saag paneer and biryani wrapped in a portable naan blanket. Hawaii, winning from the Northwest region. The chef with the most Mist’Delish serves up Native American tacos, enchiladas and frybreads. votes among the ﬁnalists, Tim Byres, from Dallas, Texas, was ofﬁcially So what exactly is a Native American frybread? crowned The People’s Best New Chef on March 12. “It’s a dough that’s really, really super soft, and once I place it in the Speaking of winners, Nikki Rimer took home the top prize, a sixer fryer, it just puffs up really big,” explained owner Misty Lara through the keg, in Sockeye Brewery’s inaugural Facebook scavenger hunt on window of her new truck on a recent chilly evening. March 10. Scavengers were required to turn in ﬁve items, including Mist’Delish opened on March 1 at 4210 W. State St. a keg cap and an empty beer bottle, to “A lot of these recipes are from my the new Sockeye brewery construction great-grandma,” said Lara. “I just felt, site near Fairview Avenue and Cloverdale well, there’s no Native American restauRoad. Construction has also begun on 10 rants here that sell any Native American Barrel Brewing’s new pub in downtown food, so I knew it was going to be a good Boise at Ninth and Bannock streets, which place to start.” is slated to open in late summer. Follow Mist’Delish is open Monday through 10 Barrel’s progress on Facebook. Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.-ish. You And in other downtown shufﬂe news, can follow it on Twitter @mistdelish. Willi B’s Sandwich Saloon on Fifth and Moving from Native American to best Idaho streets has ofﬁcially shut its doors. new American chefs: Local chef Nick DunThe restaurant is moving to a new locacan of Nampa’s La Belle Vie was nominattion at 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., which is ed as one of the Top 100 ﬁnalists in Food slated to open Monday, March 19. and Wine magazine’s The People’s Best Also, Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen New Chef competition. has closed in BODO. For the last two years, Food and Nick Duncan was nominated as one of the People’s Best —Tara Morgan Wine has selected 10 “up-and-coming New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine.
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CROOKED FENCE 3 PICKET PORTER Crooked Fence’s bottle offering leads off with this delicious porter. It’s the color of espresso with a nice crema, and the aromas, while light, are a pleasant mix of cocoa, toast, subtle hops and smoke. The ﬂavors are much bolder but beautifully balanced with just bitter chocolate, coffee bean, creamy malt and biscuit. Resiny hops poke through on this brew’s ﬁnish, which is smooth and dry. It’s a great portent of things to come.
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It’s a mixed bag of beers this week, with different styles all connected by locality. We’ve got a bomber from a Bend, Ore., brewery that’s about to open shop in downtown Boise. There’s an ale from Redmond, Ore., that has a Bend connection (the brewery operates the Cascade Lakes Lodge in Bend). And last but not least, we have a porter from the valley’s newest brewery in Garden City.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): This week, you may learn the real reason the tortoise beat the hare, why two of the three blind mice weren’t really blind, and the shocking truth about the relationship between Cinderella’s fairy godmother and the handsome prince. Myths will be mutating, Aries. Nursery rhymes will scramble and fairy tales will fracture. Sounds like a rowdy good time for all! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Roots and wings. But let the wings grow roots and the roots fly.” That was written by Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez, and now I’m passing it on to you. It will serve as a keynote for the turning point you’re about to navigate. In the coming weeks, you’ll generate good fortune by exposing your dark mysterious depths to the big bright sky; you’ll be wise to bring your soaring dreams down to Earth for a pit stop. The highs need the influence of the lows, Taurus; the underneath will benefit from feeling the love of what’s up above. There’s one further nuance to be aware of, too: I think you will find it extra interesting to interweave your past with your future. Give your rich traditions a taste of the stories that are as-yet unwritten. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is it possible you were a spider in a previous life? If so, please call on the abilities you developed back then. You need to create an extra big, super-fine web, metaphorically speaking, so that you can capture all the raw materials you will need in the coming weeks and months. If you’re not sure whether you are the reincarnation of a spider, then simply imagine you were. Stimulate daydreams in which you visualize yourself as a mover and shaker who’s skilled at snagging the resources and help you require. CANCER (June 21-July 22): British writer Kenneth Tynan asked a movie director about how he’d film an advancing army. Did it matter whether the action went from right to left across the frame or left to right? “Of course!” said the director. “To the Western eye, easy or successful movement is left to right, difficult or failed movement is right to left.” The director showed Tynan an illustrated book as evidence. On one page, a canoe shooting the rapids was going from left to right, while a man climbing a mountain was headed from right to left. Use this information to your benefit, Cancerian. Every day for the next two weeks, visualize yourself moving from left to right as you fulfill a dream you want to accomplish.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi is the first Saudi Arabian woman to be licensed to fly a plane. But there’s an absurd law in her country that prohibits women from driving cars, so she needs a man to give her a lift to the airport. Is there any situation in your own life that resembles hers, Leo? Like maybe you’ve advanced to a higher level without getting certified on a lower level? Or maybe you have permission and power to operate in a sphere that’s meaningful to you even though you skipped a step along the way? Now would be a good time to think about whether you should do anything about the discrepancy, and if so, how to do it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Recent scientific studies have confirmed what Native American folklore reports: Badgers and coyotes sometimes cooperate with each other as they search for food. The coyotes are better at stalking prey above ground, and the badgers take over if the hunted animal slips underground. They share the spoils. I suggest you draw inspiration from their example, Virgo. Is there a person you know who’s skilled at a task you have trouble with and who could benefit from something you’re good at? It’s prime time to consider forming symbiotic relationships or seeking out unusual partnerships that play to both parties’ strengths.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): According to my Sagittarius friend Jonathan Zap, the Greek playwright Aristophanes had an ambivalent attitude about divine blessings. He said that no great gift enters the human sphere without a curse attached to it. I’m sure you know this lesson well. One of last year’s big gifts has revealed its downside in ways that may have been confusing or deflating. But now here comes an unexpected plot twist, allowing you to add a corollary to Aristophanes’ formulation. Soon, you will find a second blessing that was hidden within the curse in embryonic form. You’ll be able to tease it out, ripen it, and add it to the bounty of the original gift. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “There’s an old joke: If you tell someone the universe is expanding, he’ll believe you. If you tell him there’s wet paint on the park bench, he’ll want to touch it to make sure,” Corey S. Powell wrote in the science magazine Discover. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to rebel against this theory. I think it’s quite important for you to demand as much proof for big, faraway claims as for those that are close at hand. Don’t trust anyone’s assertions just because they sound lofty or elegant. Put them to the test.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): How did the Vikings navigate their ships through rough northern seas on cloudy and foggy days? Medieval texts speak of the mysterious “sunstone,” a “Viking compass” used to detect the hidden sun. Modern theories suggest that this technology may have been Iceland spar, a mineral that polarizes light, making it useful in plotting a course under overcast skies. Do you have anything like that, Libra? A navigational aid that guides your decisions when the sun’s not out, metaphorically speaking? Now would be an excellent time to enhance your connection with whatever it is that can provide such power.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s an excellent time to better appreciate your #@%(!)* vexations and botherations. In fact, let’s go ahead and make this Honor Your #@%(!)* Irritations and Annoyances Week. To properly observe this holiday, study the people and things that irk you so you can extract from them all the blessings and teachings they may provide. Are you too tolerant of an annoying situation that you need to pay closer attention to? Is it time to reclaim the power you’ve been losing because of an exasperating energy-drain? Does some jerk remind you of a quality you don’t like in yourself? Is there a valuable clue or two to be gleaned from a passiveaggressive provocateur?
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): If you set up two mirrors in the right way, you’re able to see what your body looks like from behind. I suggest you try that exercise sometime soon. It will encourage your subconscious mind to help you discover what has been missing from your self-knowledge. As a result, you may be drawn to experiences that reveal things about yourself you’ve been resistant to seeing. You could be shown secrets about buried feelings and wishes that you’ve been hiding from yourself. Best of all, you may get intuitions about your soul’s code that you haven’t been ready to understand until now.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Seahorses have an unusual approach to reproduction. It’s the male of the species that cares for the eggs as they gestate. He carries them in a “brood pouch” on his front. Of course, it’s the female who creates the eggs in the first place. After analyzing the astrological factors coming to bear on your destiny, Pisces, I suspect you will benefit from having a seahorse-like quality in the coming weeks. Whatever gender you are, your archetypal masculine qualities should play an especially strong role as you nurture a project that’s in its early developmental phases.
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