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PULSE OF THE PARTY Idaho Democrats still feel optimistic despite recent loses
THE BREAKUP Group wants to carve out its own town
GETTING LOST The classical tunes of Lost in the Trees
STILL HUNGRY Is The Hunger Games worth the hype?
“He has the best job in the IRS.”
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NOTE GOTCHA JOURNALISM Greetings, readers. I write to you this week from the Denver airport, where I wait to ﬂy back to Boise from our nation’s capital, where I was not attending the “Woodstock for Atheists” rally last weekend but trying out for the National Tricksters, the Washington, D.C.,-based version of the renowned trick-turning Harlem Globetrotters. Only two of the things in my previous statement were actually true but if you bought it hook, line and sinker—despite my zero-effort sales pitch—I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll cut you an excellent deal on. Admittedly, my prankster skills need some work, which means I have just less than a week to ﬁgure out something better for April Fool’s Day, a day that we celebrate within these pages each year at Boise Weekly. In this week’s edition, you’ll read about one woman who’s working to carve a small city out of her current city, which is already a city within a city. Confused? The story, “A Desperate Housewife in Garden City,” only gets more bizarre. Find that on Page 13. But before you get to that one, which is, mind you, poised to become one of the most controversial stories we print all year, you’ll read about Idaho’s underdog Democratic Party and hear from the inside how the state’s Dems are planning to tackle this year’s election, which will likely include a race between Idaho Dem darling Nicole LeFavour and longtime Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. Also in News is an update on what looks like it might be a well-organized effort to revisit a local-option initiative. Further back in the book, you foodies will be curious to know which well-known local chef is taking the reins at one of the city’s most-popular eateries as chef-in-chief. Unfortunately, that means leaving his post as the guy behind one of the city’s most-popular food trucks. Get the whole scoop in Food News on Page 32. And ﬁnally, if, like me, you missed Treefort (see ﬁrst paragraph), the editorial team here saturated boiseweekly.com with stories, photos and videos of the inaugural music festival. Log on and get caught up. —Rachael Daigle
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INSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE
CUTTING THE FOOD TRUCK CHAOS Food Truck Rally fans were both overwhelmed and overwhelming at the March rally. But organizers have a plan. What is it? Check out the details at Cobweb.
ALL HAIL TREEFORT The Treefort Music Fest hit Boise with a cavalcade of music, beer and assorted fun March 22-25, bringing with it more live shows and hipsters than most of us can count. Did you miss out on the fun, or maybe you just want to relive the glory? Boise Weekly has you covered on both accounts at Cobweb.
MAKING POLITICIANS LOOK WORSE Politicians are used to having a bad rap, but one North Idaho candidate for Bonner County sheriff has even seasoned incumbents cringing. Why? He’s a white supremacist convicted of battery. Get the scoop at Citydesk.
SINE DIE YET? As the Idaho Legislature moves toward the closing days of the 2012 session, there’s a whole lot of last-minute wrangling going on. Get the latest details at Citydesk.
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NEWS Idaho’s Democratic Party is feeling lucky
FEATURE A Desperate Housewife in Garden City
8 DAYS OUT
NOISE BW gets Lost in the Trees
ARTS Black Hunger Gallery goes from concept to reality 29 SCREEN The Hunger Games
FOOD Goldy’s Corner
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Sen. [Chuck] Winder’s bill, S.B. 1387, is a blatant misuse of medical resources. Requiring an ultrasound to view the fetus and hear its heartbeat for the purposes of convincing a pregnant woman to continue an unintended pregnancy is nothing more than emotional manipulation, not education for informed consent. As a registered ultrasound technologist, I would like to inform the readers that the required ultrasound would almost certainly demand a transvaginal exam in order to meet the requirements of the proposed bill during the ﬁrst 10 weeks of pregnancy. This is not a medically necessary procedure in order to understand the stages of fetal development. Any physician involved in monitoring pregnancy should have ultrasound images at all weeks of fetal development to show a patient. Additionally, Idahoans should be concerned that individuals at pregnancy crisis centers who perform ultrasounds may not be medically trained and certiﬁed to perform such exams because these organizations are not medical facilities and are not accountable to any medical board or oversight. This bill as written may also violate HIPPA regulations for patient conﬁdentiality; after reading the entire bill, it is not clear how the physician is required to report ultrasound exams for pregnancy termination. Conservative government overreach or proper education? —Lauren Gusinow, Boise
It’s time to stop voting on party lines, period, and I think it’s great that [James Mace is] stepping up (Boiseweekly.com, Citydesk, “Democrat Announces Write-In Challenge to Chuck Winder,” March 21, 2012). Idaho needs to stop voting one party or the other in such a default fashion—we can bitch and moan about how things are, but unless we shake it up a bit, and get some different (read: not incumbent) points of view rolling into our Legislature, we’re just going
to continue to stagnate. We have to get the entrenched career politicians out of ofﬁce, and get some fresh air in there. Believe in whatever you want to, but for Pete’s sake, get out there and vote. —Leopardstripes, online I can not really call myself a Democrat, more of a traditional Republican before the social conservatives jumped over to the GOP. But [James Mace] certainly has my support.
The GOP is going to have to end the clown show that has been going on for years and tell these people to take a hike. It’s unfortunate for the GOP, but the people working on quality of life issues and thinking ahead are the Democrats. The GOP needs to get its act together and start working on real issues rather than trying to reﬁght the same divisive social issues. Even Gov. Otter is embarrassed over these people. —Ron Chambless, online
Boise Weekly heard even more about S.B. 1387 on Facebook. Almost any man knows that if a woman is mad at him, he has a problem; if two women are mad at him, he has a serious problem; if three or more women are mad at him, he’d better just climb onto his horse or motorcycle or into his truck or car and get the hell out of the county, the state, maybe even the country. And these idiots in the Legislature have hundreds (probably thousands) of women mad at them, and don’t have sense enough to shut up and go away. —Gordon R. Peterson They think women are dumb. “Well, just wait for a good shoe sale and they’ll forget alllllllllll about it!” Vote them out! —Annie Lloyd
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RED HEARTS RICK He’s all frothed up over Santorum “Hooray for Rick! Hooray for Rick! Hooray for ...” “Shush up, Red! You’ve got every dog in the neighborhood going nuts.” “You shush up, Cope. Ain’t my fault if dogs get as hopped up on Rick as I do.” “So now it’s Rick Santorum, huh? Your ﬂexibility amazes me, pal. It was hardly a month ago you were here whooping about Mitt Romney.” “Yeah, wull, I got over that. Listenin’ to Mitt talk makes me too nervous. An’ watching him is even worse. Ever’time I see him try to look comfy in blue jeans, it’s like he’s carrying open razor blades in his pockets an’ he’s afraid to make any sudden moves. Besides, the candidate o’ my dreams is ﬁnally come true. We got us a man now what’ll put an end to this separatin’ of churches and states, and who’ll stop all this promiscuish diddlin’ around out of these young, good-looking, curvy girls. We got us the man we always hoped George W. Bush was gonna turn into. We got us a true conservative now, and that means we don’t need any more of Mitt an’ his blue jeans.” “So tell me. Back when you were a Newt Gingrich supporter, you considered him a true conservative, didn’t you?” “He was close, Cope. Yessir, ol’ Newt was almost to being what we true conservatives call a true conservative. But in all that talk he did about cultural warfarin’ and secular humanisters, he never once said how it makes him want to throw up when he hears about Jack Fitzwilly Kennedy keepin’ his Cath’lickacism apart from his presidentalism. That’s what it takes to be a true conservative, Cope ... the strength to puke for your beliefs. An’ if you notice, Rick’s got a look on his face what tells me that if he even imagined he smelled somethin’ bad, he could gag up ever’thing in his belly. That man is ready for some serious regurglitation, you can tell.” “I know what you mean. He always looks like he’s still got the taste of vomit in his mouth, doesn’t he?” “You bet, an’ that’s what I’m talkin’ about. I don’t know how a man can call hisself a true conservative unless he’s willin’ to up-chuck over his principles.” “Tell me, Red. Were you even worried about contraception before Santorum brought it up?” “Cain’t say as I was, Cope. I got t’admit, ‘til Rick told us what a immoral mistake it was to give women access to them little pills anytime they wanted, I never put much thinking into it. But ain’t that what a great leader does? … t’ turn us against stuff what we always thought was no big deal?” “Uh, yeah, I suppose history’s full of leaders like that. But I wouldn’t exactly call any of them ‘great.’ Besides, don’t you have to wonder how many more stupid tricks your precious GOP can dream up before there’s
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not a woman left in the whole damn party?” “What you mean ... ‘stupid tricks?’” “I mean stupid tricks like the ultrasound requirement before getting an abortion, or the attempt to choke out Planned Parenthood, or a dumb lump like Chuck Winder questioning whether women are telling the truth about being raped, or another dumb lump from Indiana attacking the Girl Scouts for promoting feminism. It goes on and on, Red. Can’t you see what’s happening? Women are jumping out of the Republican bus like they just found out the toilet’s full of herpes bugs and Ted Bundy’s the driver.” “Maybe so ... for now. But they’ll be back. You watch, when they ﬁnd out they ain’t got enough money in their purses to buy gas to get home, them little gals’ll come crawling back to the party what aims to be drillin’, baby, drillin’.” “I see. So the Republican strategy hinges on convincing women that cheaper gas is more in their interest than their freedom of choice?” “Wull, duh! Cope, do you see any other strategy goin’ on?” “Actually, no. But you’ve heard, I’m sure, that Romney has it sewn up? That no one can catch him? It’s what everyone’s saying.” “Yeah, I heard that. But I got it ﬁgured a different way. See, Rick’s gonna hang in all the way to the convention, see? An’ he’ll keep on sayin’ the good stuff, like how we wouldn’t be having all this trouble if only little chil’rens could still sing Jesus songs in school. Or how them birth control pills have turned so many womens into single mother sluts. Or how it don’t matter that Barack Obama ﬁxed the economy ‘cause the real reason God is pissed off at ‘Merica don’t have nothing to do with the unemployment rate. “See? He’ll keep saying what true conservatives wanna hear. An’ by the time of the convention, they’ll be itching to norminate Rick because no one likes Mitt anyway. It’s what’s called a ‘broked-down convention.’ If you been following the diff’ernt caucuses and primaries real close, you notice that in about most of ‘em, nobody seems to be able to count the votes right anyway. They mussed up the count in Iowa and in Maine and in Michigan and in just about ever’where else Republicans were running the show. So it makes sense to me they’ll muss up the counting at the convention come this summer. And that’s how it’ll all end up. With Rick squeakin’ into the top dog spot on account o’ somebody else’s votes came up missin’. See?” “I see, I see. You’re relying on the natural corruption and ineptitude of Republican election ofﬁcials to put Santorum over the top.” “An’ don’t forget God’s hand in this, Cope. All that natural corporuption and inpeptitude gotta come from somewhere, don’t they?” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
WE’RE THE BAD APPLE Excuses ring hollow in U.S.-occupied Afghanistan Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is the man accused of going on a March 11 shooting spree that left 16 civilians dead in southeastern Afghanistan. As the New York Daily News put it, “The killings sparked protests in Afghanistan, endangered relations between the two countries and threatened to upend American policy over the decade-old war.” Why the fuss? This is nothing new. Not to the Afghans. Over the last 10 years, U.S. forces have been slaughtering Afghan civilians like they were going out of style. There have been countless massacres of supposed insurgents or terrorists who invariably turned out to have been ordinary men, women and children going about their daily routines. The only difference between the Bales massacre and other acts of bloodshed is that he acted on a freelance basis, minus orders from his commanding ofﬁcer. Bales’ actions were so similar to the “normal” behavior of U.S. soldiers that Afghan witnesses weren’t surprised. On July 7, 2011, for example, an air strike in Khost province killed at least 13 civilians, mostly women and children. On Dec. 19, 2011, U.S. troops and Afghan collaborators conducting a night raid on the home of an anti-narcotics ofﬁcial in Paktia province shot and killed his pregnant wife. At least eight children died in a Feb. 9 air strike in Kapisa province. A helicopter gunship opened ﬁre on a school in Nangarhar province on Feb. 22, injuring nine girls. The U.S. government doesn’t want ordinary Americans to know how their heroic soldiers behave in remote combat
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zones. America’s cult of militarism requires a placid, compliant populace lulled into the ridiculous belief that the U.S. military is defending freedom. Bales is a PR problem. It’s too icky for even a “support our troops”-besotted public to ignore. So Bales has become a political football. Shortly after he turned himself in, the Army spin machine revved up. “When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues—he just snapped,” an unnamed “senior government ofﬁcial” told The New York Times. After incidents like this, one can always count upon the political class to unleash the “one bad apple” chestnut. “This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan,” President Barack Obama read from a prepared statement. Of course, from the Afghan point of view, this is low-grade spin. The way the Afghans see it is straightforward: The U.S. invaded their country, imposed a ruthless and cruel occupation that has left tens of thousands dead or wounded. To the Afghans, Bales didn’t kill those 16 people in Kandahar province. The U.S. did. Obama did. We did. After all, if we hadn’t invaded and occupied Afghanistan, Bales wouldn’t have been there in the ﬁrst place. Reporters are digging up dirt on Bales’ marriage and supposed drinking problems in order to distract us from this simple fact.
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CITYDESK/NEWS LOCAL OPTION ADVOCATES LOOK TO 2014
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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is anxious to put a local-option initiative before voters, but he’ll need to patient. It will be 2014, at the earliest, before the topic could appear on an Idaho ballot. Citydesk has learned that a so-called “kitchen cabinet” of business people and lawmakers (past and present) have opted to wait out the 2012 election cycle and begin a two-year effort to make local-option taxes a reality in communities throughout Idaho. The ﬁrst stop: the Idaho Statehouse. “The Legislature does a great job but sometimes it takes a long time to get things through—ﬁve, six or even seven years,” said political strategist Jason Lehosit. Lehosit knows a thing or two about the Idaho Capitol, having managed several campaigns for some of the state’s high-proﬁle Republicans like Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little. He may not agree politically with Democrat Bieter on every issue, but they have found common ground on local option. “I know on this issue, we agree,” said Lehosit. In fact, Lehosit sees local option as a rather conservative initiative. “Our group is trying to create a very conservative piece of legislation—ﬂexible enough to give local control to citizens across Idaho,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s a disconnect [among Republicans] on this issue. Some lawmakers weren’t 100 percent happy with it in the past, but I just don’t think the right plan was in front of them.” But presuming that the Legislature still has little or no appetite for the measure, the kitchen cabinet (whose membership Lehosit wouldn’t identify) is preparing Plan B: crafting a ballot initiative. “We would have 18 months to collect enough signatures before April 30, 2014,” said Lehosit. “That could put us on the November 2014 ballot.” But 2014 provides a signiﬁcant challenge. To be eligible for a statewide ballot initiative, he’ll need to collect signatures totaling 6 percent of the Idaho vote in this November’s general election, which is expected to be fairly high given the presidential election. If, by comparison, they wanted to put it on this year’s ballot, they would have needed 47,534 signatures, 6 percent of the 2010 vote. Lehosit calls himself a “political hack,” saying, “I do campaigns and elections,” and leaves the details of local-option projects to communities. “Twin Falls’ needs are completely different from Boise’s, Lewiston’s or Coeur d’Alene’s needs,” he said. “Local communities throughout Idaho have projects that aren’t in their current budgets. Sometimes they need to get those done through a sale tax. This would not be a levy.” Bieter isn’t shy about how much Boise could accomplish with a local-option sales tax—using funding for a light-rail project or a new main library as examples. “We’re one of only two states without [the tax]. We can’t do what we need to unless we have that authority,” Bieter said during a February City Club event. “The authority ought to be closest to where the people are.” —George Prentice
UNDERDOGGED After election setbacks in 2010, Idaho Democrats are again ready for a ﬁght TAYLOR NEWBOLD Though their numbers at the Statehouse are limited (20 percent) and are dismal in Idaho’s congressional delegation (zero) Sally Boynton Brown said Idaho Democrats have reason to be excited. “We’ve put together a whole new leadership team and we’re very excited about the direction that we’re going in,” said Brown, Idaho Democratic Party ﬁeld director. “We’ve seen the way the majority party is taking us down a road that we feel is not effective and not in the best interest of Idahoans.” Brown questioned the ethics of a ruling, majority party in which members have been implicated in questionable practices, including New Plymouth Republican Sen. Monty Pearce, investigated for his failure to disclose a possible conﬂict of interest when oil and gas legislation moved through his Resources and Environment Committee and onto the Senate ﬂoor. The Senate Ethics Committee later dismissed the case, citing lack of evidence. “In headline after headline for the last two years, there has been a culture that has taken root in the Statehouse,” said Brown. “It has proven that many of our GOP leaders have lost touch with what their priorities are and who they really serve.” Brown also pointed to former State Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow, referring to the appointee of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter who was accused of providing conﬁdential information to family and friends. No charges were ﬁled by the Ada County Prosecutor’s Ofﬁce. Athol Republican Rep. Phil Hart also came under an ethics investigation in December 2010 for failure to pay state and federal taxes. The sum of several GOP leaders under state investigation showed that “lines had been crossed both ethically and criminally,” Brown said. Besides having qualms about the integrity of GOP leaders in Idaho, Brown said that Senate Bill 1387, requiring Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion—this includes victims of rape and incest—was clear government intrusion, a sentiment that ﬁve GOP senators agreed with when they joined Democrats to vote against the bill, which passed anyway. “Government doesn’t need to be placing itself into the decisions of women’s health issues,” said Brown. She added that she found it surprising that Republicans would support such a bill.
Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour will run for Idaho’s Second Congressional District against the incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Simpson in November.
“If that bill [S.B. 1387] passes, I’m sure there will be constitutional challenges to it,” Brown said. Not far from Brown’s ofﬁce, the State Senate was debating an anti-bullying measure that would require state school districts to take a more-active role in preventing harassment and abuse of students. The irony wasn’t lost on Brown. “I would say the Idaho Democratic Party has been bullied,” she said. “I would also say the people of Idaho have been bullied.” Brown cited ongoing protests against the education reform laws dubbed the “Luna Laws,” which she said severely limited teachers’ rights, giving them little-to-no say on classroom size or lesson planning. Though Brown conceded that 2010 was a tough year for her party, with many Democratic voters staying home on Election Day, given all that has happened in the state in the past two years, “That’s not going to happen this year,” she predicted.
THE OTHER CAUCUSES Four years after the last presidential caucuses, Ada County Democrats board members Colleen Fellows, Jason Hudson and Mat Erpelding are gearing up for the next caucuses on Thursday, April 12, at the Morrison Center. “We’re really going to be able to put out a fantastic caucus,” said Hudson, ACD volunteer coordinator. Though the caucus is not being contested, with an incumbent president presumed to be the nominee, Fellows said it is still important to show support for President Barack Obama. Compared to 2008, Idaho will be sending four more delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Delegates will be chosen at county caucuses throughout Idaho. “Thirty-one delegates will then advance
from the Idaho state convention to Charlotte,” said Fellows, ACD chairperson, adding that the delegates will help craft a national Democratic platform. At the state caucuses, amendments to the 2008 platform will be provided, which may include ethics reform. “We are ﬁrm believers in the state being able to regulate what is and what is not ethical behavior among its legislators, sitting ofﬁcers and state agents,” said Fellows. “We’re starting to gain a reputation as a state that is having some real ethical problems.” ACD Vice Chair Erpelding referred to an unsuccessful effort to create an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate and report on ethics complaints, with membership possibly including citizens. “Of course, it didn’t go anywhere,” he said with a chuckle, adding that working groups formed by the Idaho House and Senate to design such a commission recently dissolved. Fellows said she was as frustrated as many Democrats regarding Idaho ethics reform. “Forty states currently have some sort of ethics commission and we do not,” she said. “Even Mississippi is starting to put one together right now.” Fellows said ethics reform isn’t needed simply because of the GOP shenanigans in the past two years, but because all elected ofﬁcials and party members should be held accountable to certain standards. Fellows’, Hudson’s and Erpelding’s dedication to the party is strictly voluntary, with only a handful of Democratic staffers in paid positions, including the party’s executive director. “The more involvement we have as a party, the better we are,” Hudson said, indicating their No. 1 goal: get9 ting Democrats elected. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
LEFAVOUR’S CONGRESSIONAL BID
Among Idaho Democrats vying for public ofﬁce this year is four-term state legislator Nicole LeFavour. After surprising a number of her constituents with her decision to not run again for the District 19 Senate seat, LeFavour energized supporters when she announced on March 10 that she was prepared to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho’s Second Congressional District. “Any thinking person would be humbled and daunted by the enormity of a race like this in Idaho,” LeFavour said while sitting in an empty Senate chamber. She added that after looking at the effects of what redistricting has done for the Second District, she was “excited” by the numbers and her chances of victory. “I wouldn’t [run] if I didn’t see a path, a way in which to do this,” she said. LeFavour said the outpouring of sadness and appreciation over her decision not to run for re-election in the State Senate had only emboldened her commitment to run
for Congress. “People from all over the state who I didn’t know walked up to me with tears in their eyes,” said LeFavour. “I wanted to do something different and not have to watch year after year, how different citizens, from teachers to teenagers to people with mental-health or substance-abuse treatment, are being hurt by different pieces of legislation being passed by the state Legislature. After eight years, it is so hard.” LeFavour’s challenge is considerable. She says she needs to raise as much as $100,000 by a Saturday, March 31, deadline to effectively challenge Simpson. “I’m a very good fund-raiser. I work hard. I’m a good organizer,” she said. Simpson won re-election in 2008 with 71 percent of the vote. But LeFavour isn’t fazed by Simpson’s re-election history, touting the new redistricting that she believes will be in her favor, including districts known for being more populated with Democratic voters. “I would really like to give Congressman Simpson a challenge,” LeFavour said.
A GIANT JUMP FORWARD Project is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs GEORGE PRENTICE ANDREW CRISP
the building and The long nights sent the debris of contentious to a landﬁll, But meetings with Wade Lambert Boise’s Design of Lambert Review ComConstruction mittee in the fall [who is overseeof 2010 were a ing the project] distant memory came up with on March 22 a better idea, a as construction more sustaincrews began the able idea, and ﬁrst phases of we’re happy to JUMP—Jack’s support that.” Urban Meeting Lambert’s Place—which, idea involved when complete, JUMP project could be completed as early as summer 2014. recycling the will help rederoof of the ﬁne downtown warehouse, Boise. which was once part of a 1940s stockyard. The 7.5-acre site, framed by Ninth, 11th, Crews are removing 40 panels, each weighing Front and Myrtle streets will include a approximately 3,700 pounds, and transferring 65,000-square-foot, six-story building and them for reuse in a new Caldwell facility. more than three acres of urban green space. JUMP construction is expected to comThe Simplot Family Foundation is footing mence as early as April and could be completthe entire bill for the $70 million project as ed by summer 2014. In between, as many as a tribute to their late patriarch, J.R. Simplot. JUMP will include interactive studios for what 120 construction workers are expected to be the family calls “cooking, creating and invent- on the site daily, with about 1,000 total jobs created through the overall project. ing, multimedia, movement and innovation.” The ﬁrst order of business was the demolition of the old Compton warehouse at Ninth VIDEO: Watch the JUMP and Front streets. construction team begin “That building can’t be there for us to demolishing the old Compbegin,” said Dan Drinkward of Hoffman Conton warehouse at Ninth and Front streets. struction, the project’s general manager. “Typically, 10 years ago, we would have demolished WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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GIVE ’EM A WRAP Which bills will live before sine die? GEORGE PRENTICE
The UAI protest also featured a stack of Depending on who you’re talking to at the moving boxes labeled with the names of a Idaho Statehouse, legislators either can’t hit select group of lawmakers. Organizers said it the bricks soon enough or they shouldn’t dare was time to “pack ’em up and move ’em out.” think about leaving until they consider some One of the moving boxes was earmarked critical legislation still left in their in box. As an example, Department of Administra- for Republican. Sen. Chuck Winder, author of a controversial measure that would require tion Director Teresa Luna wants lawmakers Idaho women to obtain ultrasounds before to leave her a sine die present in the form of having an abortion, with no exceptions for greater authority on who does what on the victims of rape or Capitol Mall—imincest. Winder’s bill mediately impacting was the subject of Occupy Boise, the two very different protest encampment Statehouse rallies, entering its ﬁfth later the same day. month on Capitol Idaho Falls Mall property in Republican Rep. front of the Old Ada Janice McGeachin, County Courthouse. a co-sponsor of the As expected, bill, told a rally of Occupiers and their approximately 200, supporters pushed sponsored by Right back against the bill to Life Idaho, that being considered by mounting criticism the Idaho State Afof Winder was “very fairs Committee. un-Christian-like “Many of you behavior.” have become an emAs day became barrassment to the evening, yet another citizens of Idaho,” rally claimed the said Occupier Kay Capitol steps—this Marquardt. time sponsored by But Iona the American Civil Republican Rep. Liberties Union and Tom Loertscher, Planned Parenthood the committee Greater Northwest. chairman, gaveled Mary Reali, appropriately dressed in a make-shift Scores of oppoMarquardt quiet. bubblewrap coat, prepared to deliver moving nents to Winder’s bill A number of her boxes to Idaho legislators. showed up at twicolleagues referred light. Their numbers to the measure as quickly grew to more than 100 by sundown a “Luna law.” Coincidentally, Teresa Luna’s and eventually swelled into hundreds of indibrother, Superintendent of Public Instruction viduals, who eventually circled the Statehouse Tom Luna, had a similar distinction of having in the darkness. a package of education reform bills tagged as “I’m here for my three children,” said Sar“Luna laws.” ah Brown, mother to 8-, 11- and 13-year-olds. “A number of people keep referring to Further down the parade of protesters were this as a Luna law,” said Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Erik Simpson. “But that’s crossing Sara and Laurie Adkins, mother and daughter who found a common bond in opposing the the line.” ultrasound measure. Sitting by herself on the Loertscher, Simpson and all of their GOP Capitol steps was Karen Johnson, who was colleagues on the committee passed the antispending her 56th birthday at the protest. Occupy measure by a 55-14 vote. The full “I’m a bit older. This bill probably won’t House approved the bill on March 27. impact my life,” said Johnson. “But I’m here But before their exit from the committee on behalf of all the women whose lives would room, Occupiers expressed their displeasure saying “an eviction notice to the corrupt mem- be impacted.” On March 27 Loertscher told his House bers of this legislative body” would be issued. colleagues that there was not adequate supSure enough, a giant eviction notice port to hold a hearing on the ultrasound surfaced one hour later on the steps of the measure but they will deﬁnitely revisit the Capitol, as part of a demonstration by United issue in 2013. Action for Idaho.
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KAREN CONNELLY AND BRYAN THIEL Following the money Karen Connelly and Bryan Thiel are pleasant individuals. But when they tell you what they do for a living, a chill runs through the room. Connelly is a regional media relations specialist for the Internal Revenue Service, representing Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Thiel is even more imposing: a special agent with the Department of the Treasury investigating the worst of the worst tax cases. He’d be the ﬁrst to say he and his colleagues usually get their man (or woman). The cases are rather elaborate but their investigative methods are direct—they follow the money. Is there anything different about ﬁling this year? Connelly: April 15th is Sunday and the 16th is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia. So the deadline is Tuesday, April 17. You must scare people when you walk in the door. Thiel: I work for the criminal investigation of the IRS. We only work the most egregious cases. How do you deﬁne egregious? Thiel: When people are intentionally trying to hide their income or overstate their expenses. Is bad behavior recession-proof? Thiel: People are already in that mind set. There might be some people who do it because of the economy, but for the most part, we don’t see big changes. Do you like what you do? Connelly: He has the best job in the IRS.
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GEORGE PRENTICE Thiel: The cases are exciting. It’s a great job. Each year, the IRS publishes its “dirty dozen” tax scams. Does the 2012 list include anything out of the ordinary? Connelly: Identity theft tops the list. Quite often, the ﬁrst time someone ﬁnds out that their identity has been stolen comes in a notiﬁcation from the IRS: a tax return has already been ﬁled by someone else using the same Social Security number. The scammer usually ﬁles a return as soon as possible in order to get a refund check before the bona ﬁde taxpayer can ﬁll out his or her return. Does the IRS delay refunds because of extra layers of veriﬁcation? Connelly: We’re still within a 10- to 21-day window for an expected return. But we’ve put in some new ﬁlters to identify suspected fraud before the refunds are delivered. How about fraud perpetrated by taxreturn preparers? Connelly: Sixty percent of taxpayers use someone else to prepare their returns. You really need to check into your preparer’s background. Plus, some preparers charge a percentage of your return as their fee. That’s not a good idea. Thiel: We had a case indicted last December where a Rigby woman was part of a scheme involving seven preparers who charged a 10 percent fee. There were 380 returns with returns totaling $120 million.
We often hear about individuals or businesses trying to hide their income offshore. Connelly: Some people put large amounts of funds overseas thinking that their money is safe and they’re not going to get in trouble. Thiel: We indicted a bar owner from Fruitland last September. He had about $1 million in proﬁts, some legal and some illegal, that he had transported down to Mexico for deposit. How about falsely inﬂated income or expenses? Connelly: Sometimes we’ll see small business owners who get creative to make their bottom line smaller. Thiel: We just had a case in February where a Twin Falls home builder was indicted. He would have customers write checks to him personally instead of his business. Plus, he was claiming things like helicopter lessons and a powerboat as business expenses. Let’s talk about frivolous arguments. You must know that we have one Idaho lawmaker [Athol Republican Rep. Phil Hart], who regularly protests his unpaid income taxes. Connelly: I can’t comment on that case. We have a long-standing issue where people claim they don’t owe income taxes based on their interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Thiel: We see these cases all the time. The courts continue to show that the law is the law. Connelly: Time and time again, the IRS wins in court over frivolous arguments.
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DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE of Garden City
GROUP SEEKS TO SECEDE FROM LARGER CITY |
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ADAM ROSENLU ND
“TRAILERS FOR SALE OR RENT / ROOMS TO LET, 50 CENTS.” —“KING OF THE ROAD” BY ROGER MILLER, SAID TO HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY MILLER’S PASSAGE THROUGH GARDEN CITY IN THE LATE 1950S ouring Chinden Boulevard with Kerri Hahn at the wheel can be unnerving. “Do you know why they call this road ‘Chinden?’” she asks, glaring with withering scorn at an advertising display on wheels emblazoned with ﬂashing red light bulbs. It reads, “Tat oos!!!—Half-Pric Tuesdays F r Th Ladyzzz!!!” From inattention to the road ahead, Hahn’s late model SUV starts to drift across the center line. “Because the Chinese people who came here way back when had all kinds of gardens down here. Vegetable gardens, I suppose. But maybe ﬂower gardens, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody grew some poppies along here. For the opium, you know. Anyway, that’s how Chinden got its name. Chin-ese gar-den. At least, that’s what some old Idaho guy told me. It was probably really pretty once,” she says. A minuscule payday loans business painted a garish fuchsia with teal trim catches her eye and she jabs a ﬁnger at it. “Now, does that look pretty to you? Really?” Hahn’s right hand crosses over her left to do the pointing, and the left hand, assigned to steer the vehicle alone, swings the opposite way in reaction, causing her to veer toward a camper shell outlet across the boulevard from the quickie loans place. Hahn doesn’t seem to notice that she almost drove off the road. “Do you see what I mean? They don’t have anything like this in Columbia Village, do they? Or in Banbury? No, they don’t. And some of our neighborhoods and houses are just as nice as anything in Columbia Village, I think. So why should we have to put up with this?” She sweeps her arm across the view beyond her windshield, making sure there is no mistake what the “this” she’s referring to is. Garden City. The Garden City of pawn shops and trailer parks, porn outlets and used everything. Hahn has undertaken a mission to do something about this, what she sees as the less-attractive qualities of her adopted hometown. If she and several dozen of her neighbors have their way, they will be leaving Garden City behind. However, this exodus will not be the result of those families moving out, relocating to different towns or valley locales. Since last summer, Hahn and the group she started, the Goodbye Garden City Action Force, have been quietly circulating a petition that would force a special election applicable only to Garden City residents. On the ballot would be a citizens’ initiative which, if passed, would tear the municipality into two distinct entities.
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A large swath of Garden City would become its own entity if an initiative proposed by the Goodbye Garden City Action Force is approved.
“At least, during daylight saving time. I sure as In other words, Hahn and her allies have heck don’t want to get caught down here on a every intention of seceding from Garden City bike after dark.” and starting their own town. In regard to the house only, Hahn knew The question arises as to why Hahn, 38, beforehand what she was getting into. Brock would have chosen to buy a home in Garden City in the ﬁrst place if she is so unhappy with had texted an extensive gallery of pictures of every room in the house, the exterior and the her surroundings. yard. He even went on a photo safari along In February 2007, her husband Brock the Greenbelt, and sent his wife shots of the Hahn, a division manager for HewlettPackard, was transferred to Boise from Irving, most appealing areas. In retrospect, had Hahn Texas. While Hahn been examining those phostayed behind in Irving tos with a keen eye to ununtil their two young derstand the neighborhood, children ﬁnished the she would have noticed in school year, Brock the upper corner of one an rented a furnished abandoned blue church bus apartment by the week on blocks, and in the backand shopped around ground of another, a tiny for a house whenever bungalow almost entirely he wasn’t at work. hidden behind a curtain of He admits that he wind chimes, whirligigs and felt pressured to ﬁnd an army of plaster garden something quickly. gnomes. “The idea was for But from afar in Irving, Kerri and the kids Hahn loved the house. In to come from Texas –KERRI HAHN, GOODBYE her mind, she was restraight to their new home. Besides, I’ve GARDEN CITY ACTION FORCE decorating and refurnishing weeks before she actually been house hunting arrived in Boise. with Kerri before, and “I Fed-Exed Brocky I was trying to avoid a repeat of that nightmare at all costs. Kerri can some carpet swatches and he had all the recarpeting done by the time me and the kids be a little ... uh, I’m not sure what the word got here. Except it all ended up in the wrong for it is,” Brock says. rooms. He had them put the Taos Yellow BerOther communities beckoned; parts of ber in our master bathroom. Can you believe Eagle and the subdivisions west and south of it? A yellow Berber in a bathroom? Really?” the HP campus were very attractive to Brock. She wouldn’t know until Brock drove her But after seeing what he could get in Garden home from the airport that two blocks on City with the money he had available, and the other side of her dream house, on the considering the proximity to his work, his deside away from the river, was a salvage yard cision was made. By the time Hahn and their for dilapidated construction equipment, or children moved here, Brock had closed on a ﬁve bedroom/four bath, Stockton-style tri-level that the reason there were yellow ribbons around the house a block to the east was within two blocks of the Boise river. that a week before her move, an elderly “I can ride my bike to work,” says Brock.
TO THIS DAY, I TELL PEOPLE HOW TO GET TO OUR PLACE AND THEY’RE LIKE, ‘YOU LIVE IN GARDEN CITY? REALLY?
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C OU R TES Y GOODB YE GAR DEN C ITY AC TION FOR C E LOU NGE C HAIR TAS K GR OU P
Kerri Hahn is the spearhead of the Goodbye Garden City Action Force, a group looking to reshape both the image and boundaries of Garden City.
woman had been found suspiciously dead on the ﬂoor of her kitchen. The woman’s autopsy was complicated by the fact that her 17 cats, having run out of their regular food, had eaten away any outward signs of possible entry wounds or blunt force trauma. “I can’t tell you how let-down I felt,” Hahn explains. “I had this picture in my head that the whole neighborhood was like something out of a Spielberg movie. One of the early ones, you know, like E.T. or Close Encounters. Nothing but nice houses and nice cul-de-sacs. But no, it’s more like something out of a Tarantino movie, isn’t it? Like in Pulp Fiction, where Bruce Willis runs into that weird shop with the freak chained up in the basement? That’s where I feel like I’m living sometimes.” Hahn reﬂects for a moment before continuing, “To this day, I tell people how to get to our place and they’re like, ‘You live in Garden City? Really?’” The aura of disreputableness that hovers over Garden City has not always been there. As suggested by Hahn, the town’s name does indeed come from the gardening done by Chinese immigrants going back to the earliest days of the Idaho Territory. From an 1871 report in the Idaho Statesman—then a tri-weekly paper—there comes this rather patronizing citation: “The Chinese population are planting gardens here pretty extensively. They are so patient and puttering that they do well.” They did their patient puttering so well, in fact, that some Chinese families were able to grow their gardens into thriving truck farms by the 1920s and beyond. However, most of the land the Chinese farmed on was leased, and following World War II, the nature of Garden City began to change radically. The land was sold, subdivided into smaller plots, and the gardeners moved on. In 1949, the residents incorporated themselves into a village, independent of Boise City. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
This action was taken primarily because the state Legislature had made gambling a matter of local option, and while Boise opted to ban gambling, Garden City opted to embrace it. It was at this point Garden City began to accrue the patina of shabbiness that, to this day, refuses to be entirely polished away. Gambling joints, bars and night spots sprung up like mushrooms along the village’s main thoroughfare, U.S. Highway 20, which would be referred to locally as Chinden Boulevard. It has never been documented, but there were even rumors of brothels tucked away on dirt back-streets below the Bench and marijuana being cultivated in thickets along the river by itinerant musicians. Gambling was outlawed statewide only four years later, in 1953, but Garden City seems unable to fully escape that small piece of the past. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the town became a magnet for strip clubs, pornography shops, honky-tonk saloons and people who could not afford to live elsewhere. Mobile homes were then, as now, the cheapest housing available, and by the early 1990s, there were almost 30 trailer parks within city limits. Adventuring onto the side streets off Chinden Boulevard, there is today a maze of trailers, storage facilities, small industrial concerns, salvage yards, open pastures, one-man garage operations and housing, both up-scale and down, all thrown together as though the word “zoning” had never been heard west of Joe’s Crab Shack. As far back as the 1960s, city ofﬁcials and business leaders have been holding forth the promise of rehabilitation for their town. But change has never come to Garden City easily, and when it does, it is usually accompanied by a healthy dose of drama. “The problem is, we don’t like people telling us what to do here in Garden City. We know as well as anybody we got a few messes down here. But as soon as someone comes
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Former Garden City Mayor Don Smitch died from an unfortunate, and somewhat ironic, stationary bike accident while in prison.
along and says, ‘Hey buddy, clean up that mess,’ we start getting our hackles up. Know what I mean? That makes Garden City a great place for doing business, but not such a great place to look at,” explains Ken Eudighet, owner of Ken’s Used Auto Sales. For longtime Garden City residents, nobody has ever typiﬁed the “Don’t tell me what to do!” attitude better than Don Smitch, mayor of the city from 1960 until he went to the Idaho State Penitentiary in 1967. It was said that Smitch, owner of what was then the largest pawn shop in Garden City, ran both the city and his pawnery from a barstool in the now-defunct T&A Club, and that on a regular basis, he freely mixed city business with that of his own. Eventually, the Ada County Prosecutor’s Ofﬁce gathered proof that Smitch, as mayor, was approving the purchase of used bicycles from his own pawn shop. The bicycles were then donated to indigent citizens under a Smitch-initiated program he titled, “Pedal Your Way To A Living Wage.” The bikes inevitably ended up back at Don’s Pawn, only to be resold to the city. The mayor was indicted on charges that earned him a nine-year prison term. However, it was well-known among Garden City insiders that Smitch was the power behind the throne and that he continued to run the city from his cell up until his death in 1972 from, ironically, a suspicious accident involving a stationary bicycle in the exercise yard. Eudighet remembers the incident. “Yeah, I remember old Smitch. I heard they pulled 17 spokes out of his vital organs and a sprocket chain from around his neck. Some accident, huh?” Following the passing of “Boss Smitch,” the governance of Garden City degenerated into near chaos. Within a two-year stretch, there were four mayors, and between 1977 and 1982, there were ﬁve recall elections. The root of this turmoil was inevitably the conﬂict
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between those who wanted Garden City’s image to improve, and those who wanted Garden City’s live-and-let-live attitude to remain inviolate. Today, with a population of just less than 12,000, Garden City appears to be on the verge of transitioning out of the reputation that has for so long plagued it. Both north and south of the Boise River sit million-dollar homes and up-scale retail sectors. Until the GBGCAF sprung up, the days of rancorous politics and feuding factions seemed to be a thing of the past. The city even has its own motto— “Catch the Excitement”—introduced in 2007. That spirit of optimism is what has city leaders gnashing their teeth over the GBGCAF initiative. “We think it’s a joke, what these Goodbye Garden City people are trying to do,” says Gretchen Hanzle, spokeswoman for the city’s administration. “You can’t just go around seceding from cities anytime there’s something you don’t like about it. That would be utter chaos. “Take Boise, for instance. Would it be OK for the Republicans to secede from Boise just because they don’t like having a Democratic mayor? Or in Meridian, should the antiDeWeerders feel free to secede from the proDeWeerders? You see what I’m saying, don’t you? It would be like the Balkans, only worse. Soccer mom Kuna splitting off from cowboy Kuna. Nampa throwing the Nampa-Caldwell Strip out of the city limits like it’s some kind of undesirable bum or something. This kind of thing just won’t work.” Hanzle wants observers to know that even if the initiative passes—and it is expected to— legal challenges will ensue for years to come. “The city intends to go all the way,” says Hanzle. “We even have a lawyer.” Garden City ofﬁcials could not be reached for comment, but former City Councilman Howard “Howdy” Deauday claims to know WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Garden City’s reputation has proven a stumbling block for some residents.
how the administration feels about the initiative that has already divided his town regardless of whether it passes or not. “The whole City Council is staying tight as head lice during mating season on this one,” Deauday says. “If that bunch of Goodbye GC snots want a ﬁght, they got it.” Deauday and his brother Cawl T. are owners of a small-engine repair business that has called Garden City home for more than 30 years. Deauday continues, “You know, the way they’ve gone and redrawn the map, our new City Hall would be in their new town. Does it get any screwier than that?” Hahn and her group do not seem to be intimidated by the city’s intention to thwart their plans with legal action. For this interview, Hahn has gathered a sampling of initiative supporters in her spacious kitchen. Sally Manders, 45, one of the GBGCAF’s most vociferous members, insists the initiative will pass by a wide margin. “I think our side will probably have a 100 percent turnout on Election Day. Honestly, that’s how worked up the people I know are. And look at their side. Can you imagine people who live like that even vote?” Manders’ husband, Jerry Manders, chides her for what he perceives as snobbery. “You shouldn’t say things like that, Sal. Just because people live in some rundown parts of town doesn’t mean they aren’t good citizens.” Manders remains unconvinced. “So tell me, then, Mister Hero-OfThe-Little-Guy, after all these years, why haven’t they come up with some kind of Days? Huh? Think about it. Every other town around here has some kind of Days. Dairy Days in Meridian. That God and Country Days over in Nampa. Rocky Mountain Oyster Days in Eagle. Boise has all those things going on like Music Week Days and Arts in the Park Days. But not Garden City, huh-uh. It’s the only place I WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
know of that doesn’t have some kind of Days going on. And why is that, do you suppose? Because who would show up for a ‘Wire Fence and Weedy Streets Days?’ Or a ‘Secondhand Ofﬁce Furniture Days?’” When reminded that the fairgrounds, race track and stadium are within Garden City limits, Brock shakes his head. “They won’t be when the initiative passes. We’re taking all that stuff with us.” (See map of the proposed new city limits, Page 14.) Asked if the GBGCAF rebels have given any thought to the name of their new town, Hahn responds, “I’d love to call it ‘Garden City.’ Doesn’t that sound pretty, ‘city of gardens?’ But the name carries too much baggage with it. And besides, if I know those good old boys in the administration, they won’t give up the name and there would end up being two Garden Cities, theirs and ours, side by side. So we’ve been thinking up other possibilities but haven’t really settled on anything.” Jerry chimes in, “I still think we should call it Reaganton.” Hahn rolls her eyes. “Reaganton, Jerry? Really?” Manders, almost as though she’s thinking out loud, says, “What if we call it Rivreville? You know, like a French way of saying Riverville? You know, like they did with Boise Centre.” Hahn jumps off her stool with excitement. “I know! Let’s call it Ville d’Rivre. Oh, that would be so cool. Ville d’Rivre. Doesn’t that sound cool?” Whatever they end up calling it, the Treasure Valley should be prepared to accept a new addition to its family of communities. Surandajeesh Ahmindohr is a motivational speaker/freelance writer whose articles can be found regularly in Horseshoe Bend Senior Living and Doing Your Business in Idaho.
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THURSDAY MARCH 29 thoughtful eats Vinyl Preservation Society will spin you right round, baby, right round, like a record at the Vinyl Zoo.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 zoo music VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY’S VINYL ZOO In the past year or two, cassette tapes have made a comeback. Those ﬂimsy, low-ﬁdelity, unaesthetic plastic pieces of obsolete technology have creeped back into music via contemporary culture’s nostalgia fetish. Before personal computers became ubiquitous, tapes made sense. You could record on them, reuse them, create mixtapes and they were easy to share with friends. They’ve never had the sound integrity of vinyl, but they empowered listeners to share and create. Nowadays, with the ability to instantly share mp3s online, tapes have little purpose other than empty nostalgia. The problem with mp3s, though, is that they lack in sound quality. They don’t carry the punch, richness or ﬁdelity of vinyl records. Aside from a few lesser-known digital formats, vinyl is still the best way to ingest high-quality, unadulterated music. That’s why the good folks at the Vinyl Preservation Society hold their meetings and espouse their pro-vinyl virtues on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The March meeting is themed The Vinyl Zoo (take a minute and bask in silly mental pictures), and centers on songs and bands about or named after animals (bands named The Animals are OK, too). The theme of the evening is in tribute to The Monkees’ Davy Jones, who passed away Feb. 29 from a heart attack. As usual, the meeting starts with a social meet-and-greet, followed by open vinyl play for the remainder of the evening. Any and all styles of music are welcome, as long as it’s delivered through a thick slab of imprinted vinyl—so don’t you dare bring your CDs or tapes. 7-10 p.m., FREE. The Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St. For more information, visit vpsidaho.org.
TUESDAYWEDNESDAY APRIL 3-4 stoppard-akespeare ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD AND HAMLET
AT BOISE STATE One of the most infamous plays in the world is tearing up the stage at the Danny Peterson Theatre in the Morrison Center in a unique way. The Boise State Theatre Arts Department is staging a little ditty you may have heard of, called Hamlet, and showing it in repertory with the 20th century absurdist
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tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by playwright Tom Stoppard, who co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil and Shakespeare in Love. Why should you be superstoked about that, you may ask? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two very minor characters in Shakespeare’s “to-be-or-not-to-be” tale,
TVFC’S DINNER AND A MOVIE For the March iteration of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s Dinner and a Movie series, the foodie nonproﬁt will present the 2010 award-winning Genetic Chile, a ﬁlm about the cultural, economic and health ramiﬁcations of genetically engineered crops, but this time the series will move to a new location at the Boise Watercooler in downtown. Juxtaposing the ﬁlm will be a discussion helmed by Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University, who will shed light on the ill effects of plants that have been modiﬁed in labs for greater yield, or to respond better to fertilizers. Such modiﬁcations are common in the factory-farm model of the American agricultural industry, and the TVFC hopes to educate Boiseans on the issues surrounding genetically modiﬁed organisms. Huber has taught plant pathology, soil microbiology and mico-ecological interactions as they relate to plant disease for more than 30 years, giving him valuable insight on the myths and truth behind GMOs. As a buzzword in modern society, the plants play into a larger conversation about food and agriculture the world over. In the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan ﬁnds a redemptive food experience at an organic, locally owned farm in New England. He waxes philosophical about McDonalds and the modern food industry. While Pollen found the future’s approach to food, many still rely on processed, high-fructose corn syrup-ridden foodstuffs. The evening is all about education, and the subject matter is made more palatable by a dinner catered by B29 Streatery, part of the Brick 29 eatery in Nampa, which features local, organic fare by Dustan Bristol. As Boiseans dig into tasty concoctions, they can relish a break from big agriculture. $25 nets attendees dinner, the ﬁlm and a sure-to-be-lively discussion with Huber. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting email@example.com. So trade in $8 sodas and $10 movie tickets for a thought-provoking ﬁlm and food that’s inﬁnitely better than the usual faux-butter-laden tub of popcorn. 6 p.m., $25. The Watercooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., 208-908-0624, treasurevalleyfoodcoalition.org.
but morph into the big-time eponymous characters in Stoppard’s play, providing theatergoers with a neat-o twist on a classic tale. Theater Arts professor Michael Baltzell directs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead while his colleague Gordon Reinhart takes on Hamlet. While it’s fun to picture a director battle a la Celebrity Death Match, in reality, the two worked together to bring the Treasure Valley this unique theater
experience. “Gordon and I have been talking about this idea for a couple of years” said Baltzell. “He’s always been interested in directing Shakespeare and I really like the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play.” First featured back in 1966, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead adds comedic relief as the characters express their confusion with what’s going on in Hamlet.
“It is a contemporary response to Hamlet,” explained Baltzell. “In brainstorming, we thought it would be interesting to play the two together so audiences could compare them.” These plays will rotate days, costumes, sets and actors in the ﬁrst-ever repertory attempt by the Theatre Arts Department. Audiences have the option to attend one of the plays, but are encouraged to see both. But here is a tip: WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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suds EPIC TAKEOVER AT BOWN CROSSING On Saturday, March 31, the folks behind Epic Brewing Company will take over Bown Crossing for seven hours worth of beer tasting and local eats. All the taps will be switched out to offerings from the Salt Lake City brewer y at ﬁve different restaurants. In years past, sampling 24 beers required running helterskelter with a straw, cracking open as many barrels as possible before the suspender-wearing, moustache-twirling lackeys of the nation’s beer barons whipped you with a switch. It was a time when underground breweries resorted to breakneck rum-running to save their concoctions from the Prohibition-happy feds. These days, Boise is safe from Prohibition and from the price gouging that came with alcohol’s early 20th-century outlawing; now libation’s cup overﬂoweth with multi-venue sampling parties like this. Beer fans can welcome a brewery like Epic to a locale like Bown, replete with foodie venues, including Boise Fry Company, Flatbread Community Oven, Bier:Thirty, Locavore and the Tavern at Bown Crossing. A $25 ticket gets you a glass and access to samples of each of the 24 Epic brews, 3 ounces each. For the math conscious among us, that’s 72 ounces of deliciously sinful ales, lagers, IPAs and porters ranging from the full-bodied Galloway Porter to the Cascade hop-infused Capt’n Crompton’s Pale Ale. The latter is named for Epic’s head brewer, Kevin Crompton, the bearded scallywag responsible for the brewery’s sudsy concoctions. As of press time, tickets were going fast (and Boise Fry Company had sold out of them), but were still available at the four other participating restaurants: Tavern at Bown Crossing, Flatbread Community Oven (Bown location), Bier:Thirty Bottle and Bistro and Locavore. If you wind up ticketless, you can still participate in the fun by cozying up to the bar at one of the locations, buying a beer and people watching. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $25. Bown Crossing, end of Parkcenter Boulevard.
If you are unfamiliar with the Shakespearean tragedy, or need a refresher course, see Hamlet ﬁrst so you aren’t confused by the references in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Hamlet will wrap up on Friday, April 13, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will conclude its run through Sunday, April 15. Visit the department’s web-
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SUNDAY APRIL 1 religious rides WHAT WOULD JESUS RIDE? ALLEY CAT RACE Though it chaps conser vatives’ hides to face facts, Jesus was the original free-loving hippie. He rocked long hair and a beard and kicked it old-school with the riff-raff in the cheap seats. That’s why it’s a fair bet that were technology further along in his day, he would be schlepping around Nazareth on a bike, talking about social justice and how his dad could beat up your dad. But what kind of bike? Would it be a vintage beach cruiser? A BMX ready to hit some sweet jumps? Perhaps a top-of-the-line, tricked-out handmade Italian ﬁxie with chopped bars? Though it seems most likely he’d show up on a three-seater called the Trinity Express. Sunday, April 1, you have the chance to ﬁnd out what locals think the best commuting vehicle for a lord and savior is with the second-annual What Would Jesus Ride alley cat race, brought to Boise courtesy of Drink Beer Ride Bikes. The race will start at the Payette Brewing Co. in Garden City at 1 p.m. and then proceed to points unknown, with the top ﬁnishers receiving prizes and everyone receiving free beer at the end. The race is $10 to enter, and racers must be at least 21 years old. Only 100 slots are available, so show up early. Racers are advised to bring cash and a backpack or bag for the event. 1 p.m., $10. Payette Brewing Co., 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, drinkbeerridebikes.com.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Wednesday, April 4; 7:30 p.m. $15, $12 seniors, military, Boise State alumni and non-Boise State Students. Danny Peterson
Wine and chocolate have had a long-standing intimate relationship: They’re frequently paired at events and have been spotted together by TMZ paparazzi in the early morning hours. Recently, however, chocolate has found a new love—beer. Mocha porters, chocolate stouts, you name it. So when we heard that Eagle’s Sweet Valley Cookie Company had paired up with Garden City’s Crooked Fence Brewing Company, and the fusion resulted in the Three Picket Porter Spent Grain $2 per bar Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar, our tastebuds experienced the CROOKED FENCE kind of longing only descried in BREWING COMPANY terrible romance novels. 5242 Chinden Blvd., Garden City Turns out, Sweet Valley’s Heidi Tilby and Crooked Fence’s Kelly Knopp are a dynamic brother-sister duo, and that’s how these bars came to be. The ﬁrst batch came out in early March. But alas, the bars that marry the much-loved porter with a concoction from the creator of the Brookie (a brownie-cookie hybrid) sold out quickly. Surprise, surprise. But more are on the way, as well as a spent-grain chocolate chip cookie. We’re crossing our ﬁngers and toes that the next batch ﬁnds its way to our ofﬁce. Nudge, nudge. —Sheree Whiteley
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Jones of the Monkees. See Picks, Page 18. 7-10 p.m. FREE. vpsidaho.org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.
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WOMEN’S GARAGE PARTY— Have you ever wanted to get out on the open road? Join the spring Harley-Davidson Women’s Garage Party. Rafﬂe drawings, snacks and drinks will be provided. Sorry, fellas, tonight is for the ladies only. 6:30 p.m. FREE. High Desert Harley-Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599, highdeserthd.com.
BOSCO MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS—Boise Open Studios is accepting applications for membership. BOSCO is a volunteer group of professional artists that annually hosts a giant open studio weekend, in addition to various other activities. Visit boiseopenstudios.com, email email@example.com or call Marianne at 208-8666306 for more info and to apply. Applications are due by Sunday, April 1. Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, 3527 S. Federal Way, Ste. 103, Boise, boiseopenstudios.com. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS— For more than three decades, Preservation Idaho has hosted the Orchids and Onions Awards, an awards ceremony designed to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation, and brought awareness to those projects that have shown insensitivity to the state’s cultural history. The council is accepting nominations for these awards through Friday, March 30. Visit preservationidaho.org for more info and a nomination form. Preservation Idaho, P.O. Box 1495, Boise, 208-9959915, preservationidaho.org.
Literature SPRING AUTHOR SERIES— Robin Lee Hatcher will discuss her work and writing process in the Christian ﬁction and inspirational romance genres. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
Concerts OPERA IDAHO—The Opera Idaho stars will perform selections from the American opera The Ballad of Baby Doe. Visit the library’s website for more info. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, adalib.org.
Food & Drink TVFC’S DINNER AND A MOVIE—The Treasure Valley Food Coalition presents its monthly dinner and a movie series at a new location. Catch the ﬁlm Genetic Chile, an award-winning 2010 documentary about the genetic engineering of New Mexico chiles. Dinner will be catered by the B29 Streatery. Don Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University, will join the post-ﬁlm discussion. Make reservations by Wednesday, March 28, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. See Picks, Page 18. 6 p.m. $25. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise.
THURSDAY MARCH 29 On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: AUGGIE SMITH—This installment of the Liquid Laughs comedy series also features Shane Torres. Purchase tickets at Liquidlaughs.com, 208-9412459 or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
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XANADU—This 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. Win tickets at boiseweekly.com. 8 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
On Stage CHILDREN OF EDEN— Written by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell) and John Caird (Les Miserables), Children of Eden is based on the Book of Genesis and tells the story from creation through the great ﬂood. The show examines the age-old conﬂict between parents and children. Visit mtionline.org for tickets and info. Win tickets at boiseweekly.com. 7:30 p.m. $17. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com.
Sports & Fitness STEELHEADS HOCKEY—vs. Stockton Thunder. 7 p.m. $16$50. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-4242200 or box ofﬁce 208-3318497, centurylinkarenaboise. com/home.aspx.
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Green PESTS AND PROBLEMS OF TREES—Learn how to identify and combat things that hurt your trees with the certiﬁed arborists of Boise Community Forestry. To register, send your name, email address and phone number to Community Forestry via email at email@example.com or call 208-384-4083. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Odds & Ends VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. This month’s theme is Vinyl Zoo, featuring music about animals, by bands with animal names, etc., in tribute to the late Davy
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8 DAYS OUT Sports & Fitness LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: AUGGIE SMITH—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. XANADU—See Thursday. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
Talks & Lectures HOME CARE ALTERNATIVES—Horizon Home Health and Hospice will present various ways that caregiving can be provided to increase the quality of life and comfort of aging adults. 3 p.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-888-4451, mld.org.
STEELHEADS HOCKEY—vs. Stockton Thunder. 7 p.m. $16-$50. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-3318497, centurylinkarenaboise.com/home.aspx.
Kids & Teens EASTER EGG HUNT—Hunt Easter eggs until they are all found. 10 a.m. FREE. The Children’s Store, 1346 S. Orchard St., Boise, 208-322-4366, childrens-store.com.
EGG-STRAVAGANZA—Join the Easter Bunny for photo opportunities or have fun in the egg scrambles, at the face painting station, bean bags toss or any of the many other activities planned throughout the day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7, $4.50 seniors, $4.25 children ages 4-11, FREE for children younger than 3 and pass holders. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125, zooboise.org.
SUNDAY APRIL 1 Festivals & Events 2012 TREASURE VALLEY MAN SHOW—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 adults, ages 12 and younger FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
Sports & Fitness STEELHEADS HOCKEY—vs. Stockton Thunder. 7 p.m. $16-$50. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-3318497, centurylinkarenaboise.com/home.aspx.
SATURDAY MARCH 31 Festivals & Events 2012 TREASURE VALLEY MAN SHOW—Go see the things that men really get excited about, including a special black ops night vision course. The show features cutting-edge exhibits of assault weapons, guns, RVs, four-wheelers, tires and rims, boats, pool tables, hot tubs, entertainment systems, hunting and ﬁshing exhibits, mountain bikes and more. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $5 adults, ages 12 and younger FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, expoidaho.com. BELLY DANCE SHOWCASE—This full weekend of belly dancing features showcases of dancers. Workshops will take place as well. Visit mearah.com for more information. 6 p.m. $15. El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise, elkorah.org. EPIC TAKEOVER AT BOWN CROSSING— All of the taps at ﬁve Bown Crossing restaurant/bars have been switched out with suds from Epic Brewing Company. Wander to each location and ﬁll your cup with different Epic brews. See Picks, Page 19. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25. Bown Crossing, End of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.
On Stage CHILDREN OF EDEN—See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $17. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-4685555, nampaciviccenter.com. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: AUGGIE SMITH—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. XANADU—See Thursday. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
Workshops & Classes INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS—Learn to set lead type and print on a tabletop hand press. Completion of this class certiﬁes you to use the tabletop presses during any open studio time and a one-month membership. Call or email email@example.com to reserve your spot. Limited to six students per class. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $75. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538, idahoposterandletterpress.com.
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LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: AUGGIE SMITH—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
Sports & Fitness WHAT WOULD JESUS RIDE? ALLEYCAT RACE—If you like to ride bicycles and drink beer, try this event. Riders must be 21 or older with ID and only 100 spots are available. Bring a backpack or a bag of some sort. Free beer at the end of race for all racers and some great prizes. See Picks, Page 19. 1 p.m. Payette Brewing Company, 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011, payettebrewing.com. Sallie Ford brings the sound inside the Linen Building at Treefort.
MONDAY APRIL 2 Workshops & Classes CERAMICS WORKSHOP—Join visiting artist Janet deBoos for this two-day workshop, which will span a wide variety of artrelated topics. Registration on the morning of the ﬁrst day and the workshop continues Tuesday, April 3. Email carolineearley@ boisestate.edu for more info. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $25, FREE for Boise State students, faculty and staff. Boise State Liberal Arts Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, boisestate.edu.
Talks & Lectures JANET DEBOOS LECTURE—Visiting ceramic artist Janet deBoos will present an illustrated talk about her work followed by a question-and-answer session. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.
TUESDAY APRIL 3 Festivals & Events SOFTWARE: IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES—Software event hosted by the Idaho Technology Council to promote and support the software community in Idaho. Speakers include Ken Schwaber, co-developer of the Agile Scrum process and founder of the Scrum Alliance, along with several local entrepreneurs who will provide their insights on the local software community, success stories and trends affecting the industry. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 p.m. $30, FREE for students. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre.com.
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WEEK IN TREE-VIEW On March 22, the inaugural Treefort Music Fest shot off like a confetti cannon. After many bands, many colorful ID wristbands and far too many mini Ale Fort beers, the festival wrapped up March 25. Through it all, there was a recurring comment uttered on the streets of downtown: This feels like a vacation. While we echo the spirit of that sentiment here at B-Dubs, we also worked our butts off to bring you complete coverage of nearly every band that played the festival, as well as rockin’ photo slideshows, beer chugging videos and interviews with bands. You can ﬁnd a full archive of that coverage at boiseweekly.com. But in case you missed it, here are some of our favorite moments of Treefort Music Fest 2012. On March 22, a vibrant and beaming Boise packed into Neurolux for Finn Riggins’ Treefort kick-off set. During the rest of the fest, every band stopped at some point to thank Finn Riggins’ Eric Gilbert for helping organize Treefort. At the Linen Building, Pickwick and Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside melted the walls with powerful soul and folk, while at the Red Room, BW’s April Foster watched Mr. Gnome crush the crowd with a high-powered drum-and-guitar assault. On March 23, a grip of hip-hop launched the Main Stage in a parking lot on 12th and Grove streets. BW’s Andrew Crisp ate up the monotone vocals of WHY? and later chatted up the band on camera. Over at The Crux, BW’s Josh Gross watched the crowd go nuts for Moscow’s Tim Blood and the Gut Panthers, “breaking into chicken ﬁghts, busting knee slides and crowd surﬁng in a space with a 1-foot-high stage.” While at Neurolux, BW’s Harrison Berry caught up with Blitzen Trapper’s Brian Koch, who sensed that Treefort had already changed Boise for the better: “It’s as subtle as the smiles on people’s faces,” Koch said. On March 24, Treefort launched its panel discussions at The Watercooler, Boise Rock School hosted Freefort and dancers ﬁlled The Linen Building. On the Main Stage, two of the fest’s biggest acts—Portland, Ore., indie orchestra Typhoon and Boise royalty Built to Spill—drew in huge crowds. Gross noted that BTS frontman Doug Martsch “has been spotted so much at the festival, he deserves his own square on the Hipster Bingo app.” Once again, Red Room brought an onslaught of roof-crumbling rock with Boise electro-riot girls Vagerﬂy and Boise surf-punks Teens. According to Gross, there were two layers of crowd surfing—one on the ﬂoor and one on the stage. The ﬁnal day of the fest brought Treefort’s glammed-up psychedelic indie act: Of Montreal. According to Foster: “Rain started pouring, but it only seemed to encourage the band to play harder and the crowd to dance more wildly.” Red Room closed out the fest with a raucous show. According to BW’s Sarah Masterson, “When Microbabies ﬁnally took the stage for the last show of Treefort … people jumped on stage, crashed into amps and beer cans ﬂew across the room. The night ended with plenty of hugs and cheers as people made their way home in the rain for some much-needed rest.” —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT TECH COCKTAIL BOISE—Tech Cocktail will be on hand after the develop.idaho event to help promote local homegrown startups at a mixer. Meet and mingle with fellow tech people and gain some insight on Idaho’s technology culture and trends. 6-9 p.m. $15. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
On Stage HAMLET—The Boise State Theatre Arts Department presents this classic Shakespearean tale. Tickets available at idahotickets. com and Select-A-Seat outlets. For more info, visit theatrearts. boisestate.edu. A free ticket may be obtained at on-campus ticket ofﬁces with a valid Boise State ID. See Picks, Page 18. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 non-Boise State students, alumni and seniors. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4263980, theatre.boisestate.edu.
6:30-8 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.
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Festivals & Events
BASIC PRUNING CLASS—Join Jason Doran of Willowglenn Landscape, an ISA-certiﬁed arborist, to learn about basic structural pruning of ornamentals. Includes a PowerPoint presentation and hands-on segment. Visit the library’s website for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, adalib.org.
GO WITH THE FLOW ART SHOW—Ladies Night Live Boise hosts its ﬁrst Art Show of the year, featuring local artists, appetizers from Locavore, $1 drinks from 6-7 p.m. and music by DJ Tiger Spittle. A rafﬂe will beneﬁt the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. 6 p.m. $5. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com.
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ERIC LITWIN VISIT—The author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes will play interactive music, tell musical stories and share Pete the Cat tales. 11:15 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200; 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900; boisepubliclibrary.com.
JUAN SIDDI FLAMENCO DANCE THEATRE—Caldwell Fine Arts presents some of ﬂamenco’s most unique and creative musicians, singers and dancers from Spain and the United States. Student discount of $6 available on all seating levels. For more information, call 208-459-5783 or log onto juansiddiﬂamenco. com or caldwellﬁnearts.org. 7:30 p.m. $14, $18, $22. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208454-1376, caldwellﬁnearts.org.
DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOP—Informal workshop is free to writers who wish to hone their skills, work on character development, overcome writer’s block and be inspired. Led by Adrian Kien, a poetry and composition professor at Boise State.
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OFF THE RECORD—The hit of the 2011 5X5 Reading Series is now a full production. A member of the U.S. Senate, an undercover cop and a tape recorder make for an interesting play. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD—The Boise State Theatre Arts Department presents its rendition of this absurdist play that follows two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. See Picks, Page 18. 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, 208-4263980, theatre.boisestate.edu.
Art SOUP-TALK-ART—Enjoy a lively roundtable art discussion with artists Anna Ura and Amy Pence-Brown over homemade soup and bread. Reservations are required and can be made via Enso’s website. See Arts News, Page 29. 6-8 p.m. $10. Enso Art Space, 120 E. 38th St., Ste. 105, Garden City, 208-6956864, ensoartspace.com.
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Literature SPRING AUTHOR SERIES— Heather Parkinson will discuss her work and writing process in the historical ﬁction genre. Noon. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
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LOST AND FOUND Bands scheduled to play at the Bouquet for Treefort were relocated to Pengillys.
TREEFORT WILL RETURN After months of planning and hype, Boise’s grand experiment, Treefort Music Fest, ﬁnally came to fruition. And though it will take a long time to fully assess the effects, here’s what we know so far: More than 1,100 four-day passes were sold, and Artistic Director Eric Gilbert told Boise Weekly that the festival sold out of its one-day passes. An estimated 3,000 people per day attended the festival. “We got to the point where we weren’t even selling any more wristbands because there were lines out the door,” Gilbert said. Festival organizers capped four-day wristband sales at 1,200, and estimated that selling 1,000 would put the festival in the black. But that’s just data. The question everyone wants to know is will there be another Treefort Music Fest next year? “I think we realized the ﬁrst night that it would happen again next year,” said Gilbert. In fact, organizers are already scheduling their ﬁrst planning meeting for next year’s event. One downtown venue that was scheduled to be a part of Treefort but had to back out at the last second was The Bouquet. The club closed its doors early this year. Shortly afterward, a sign went up in the window advertising that a new company, Mercury Management LLC, would soon be taking over. But it wasn’t much later that Mercury Management announced via Facebook that the company would not be taking over The Bouquet and would instead be searching for a new downtown location for a club. In early March, Bouquet owner Tyson Twilegar told BW that his goal was to ﬁnd someone to run the bar portion of the club, while he continued to run the music. Though the pairing with Mercury Management hadn’t worked out, he said he would actively continue the search, and if no one was found in time for Treefort, he would open the club himself for one night. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. “My attorney informed me last week that the previous tenants had not returned the paper liquor license, which we cannot operate without,” Twilegar told BW. He also said that it would have taken a minimum of two weeks to get the license reprinted from Alcohol Beverage Control. The Treefort showcase scheduled for The Bouquet was moved to Pengillys Saloon, and Twilegar’s search for a new bar manager continues. —Josh Gross
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Lost in the Trees’ Ari Picker memorializes his late mother’s life ANDREW CRISP Ari Picker’s thin frame, red hair and broad smile don’t suggest a penchant for weighty symphonies. Nor do his asides about NASCAR and the Bojangles chicken-and-biscuits chain. The Lost in the Trees frontman recently phoned Boise Weekly from a FedEx Ofﬁce in North Carolina, where he was backing up tracks from the band’s most recent album, A Church That Fits Our Needs. “It’s been done for a while now. I’m just making sure that the ﬁles are backed up for Lost in the Trees would be equally at home in a philharmonic or a rock club. the re-master 20 years from now,” he laughed. But joking aside, with all the press the picture, a shock of wiry red hair prominently Nadeau provides French horn, accordion young band has garnered—its presence at showing the link to her son, adorns the new and vocals. Picker channels their talent into SXSW, a recent tour in the United Kingdom and a contract with Anti-Records—Lost in the arrangements compiled on his Macbook. It’s a album. But on the phone, Picker didn’t directly mention his mother. meticulous process. Trees is well on its way. “There’s certainly sort of a domestic, per“It’s not like I’m just cranking out classical It’s a journey that began in the Tar Heel sonal record that drives what I write about,” composition; I certainly struggle with it. It’s State in Picker’s youth. he said. “I think that was the main catalyst for a lot of growing pains in writing,” he said. “I “I was writing songs in high school and making the record.” guess I do know a lot about it, but I consider picking at arrangements,” said Picker. “I was A Church That Fits our Needs is a gem myself an amateur.” kind of getting my head around the technique because of how expertly Picker blends the Lost in the Trees’ songs can be a little of arrangements. They were equally as impormournful with the uplifting. “I heard you tricky. Tracks like “All Alone in an Empty tant as the songwriting to me.” weeping through the walls,” he sings on House” begin sweetly, with Picker singing, Picker left home to attend the Berklee “Red,” accompanied by heartening harp “I spent my whole life on you / and I built College of Music in Boston, waving goodbye chords, violins and the haunting, operatic to the “liberal oasis” of Chapel Hill in the oth- you this gorgeous house.” But soon, the vocals of Nadeau. song plunges into darkness: “To put up with erwise conservative state of North Carolina. “That song is very much about the whole your bitched mouth / and I’ve thrown all my Though he originally studied ﬁlm scoring, he record. ... Ari talks about creating a space for dreams right out.” fell in love with composing. “At the beginning of that song, there’s a lot his mother to exist the way she couldn’t in “Berklee feels like Guitar Center Music life,” said Stifelman. “It’s not just about loss, of heartbreak and horror. It’s a very violent, College,” he said. “It’s kind of corporate. But but also rebirth.” ferocious song,” said Jerry Stifelman, a friend there are a ton of hidden gems and professors Stifelman directed a music video for “Red” of Picker who directed a music video for there. One of my composition professors was that is tied thematically to the subject matter. the band. “But with Ari’s singing, you don’t one of [Dmitri] Shostakovich’s last pupils.” “There’s a Martin Scorsese quote that always get the sense At Berklee, Picker that he’s singing about says, ‘It’s the job of the artist to make other found his passion for people care about their profession.’ Ari has something dark.” music by listening to Lost in the Trees with Poor Moon. Wednesthis gift of singing about things that are very For the band’s the last century’s great day, March 28, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. personal and making the audience have an latest album, Picker classical composers. NEUROLUX draws on his very per- emotional reaction.” In the halls of school, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886 Though Picker is a classically trained musonal life experiences. he also found the colneurolux.com sician, he said songwriting comes from someHis mother battled laborators who would cancer, lost her unborn thing inside him, rather than his education. ﬁll out his hallowed “You don’t really need to go to school for twins, dealt with arrangements. songwriting,” he said. “It seems bizarre to me; an abusive husband and suffered through “Lost in the Trees used to be kind of a it seems so alien to me. If you want to write depression before taking her own life. The revolving door of whoever could play and jingles, maybe you go to school for that.” come to practice; our cast of characters would lyrics on A Church That Fits Our Needs On stage, Picker hopes he can represent the focus on Picker’s mother’s revolving storyline change every show. As we started touring, emotion he puts into writing his songs. If the of heartbreak. with the demand for that, the revolving cast “It’s hard when the story is personal,” said audience feels the lyrics, he’s says he’s done of characters of 30 people slowly dwindled to his job. Picker. “You don’t want to cheapen it or tell six,” Picker said. “If everything happens right, you go up it the wrong way, which sometimes happens. The talent he pulled together is more You want to represent the music the best you there and it feels natural,” he said. “And you’re trained for a philharmonic than a rock club: being yourself and having fun, that’s what can.” Mark Daumen provides tuba; Yan Westcomes across the most in a live show.” Much of Picker’s upbringing was colored erlund plays drums; Jenavieve Varga plays violin, Drew Anagnost plays cello; and Emma by his relationship with his mother. Her WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE WEDNESDAY MARCH 28
ROCKSTAR AND TRIKATA FAT WEDNESDAY—With Kilmer and Fallen Idols. 8 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s
BRANDON PRITCHETT—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s LOST IN THE TREES—With Poor Man. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux OLD DOGS AND PUPPIES—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge PAMELA DEMARCHE—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock. Stock & Barrel RICO WEISMAN AND REX MILLER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
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THURSDAY MARCH 29 AFTER ABBEY—7:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DC3—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DONAVON FRANKENREITER— See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $17-41. Knitting Factory ELECTRIC SIX—With Aﬁcionado and Andy D. 7 p.m. $10. Neurolux FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JAMES COBERLY SMITH AND LEANNE TOWN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock. Stock & Barrel
RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
FREUDIAN SLIP—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
HOLY WATER BUFFALO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar
JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s
WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
JEFF BAKER JAZZ QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Lock. Stock & Barrel
YELLOW OSTRICH—With Howler. 8 p.m. $6 adv., $7 door. Flying M Coffeegarage
JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Moxie Java-Vista
FRIDAY MARCH 30
KEN HARRIS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
BIG WOW—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle BOOM CHICK—9 p.m. $5. Neurolux CHARLEY ORLANDO—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
JOHN NEMETH—Featuring Elvin Bishop. See Listen Here, Page 28. 8 p.m. $20-$40. Egyptian Theatre
PILOT ERROR—9:30 p.m. $5. Liquid REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper THE RINGTONES—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s
FONNY DAVIDSON—With Divit Cardoza and Bud Gudmunson. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Wild West
RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club THE SHAUN BRAZELL QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
MONOPHONICS—10 p.m. $5. Reef THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
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DONAVON FRANKENREITER, MARCH 29, KFCH Nothing says chill like a 37-year-old pro-surfer dad strumming ﬁreside beach jams, so the audience at Donavon Frankenreiter’s concert at the Knitting Factory can expect a show so chill it’s like soft serve ice cream. Frankenreiter’s new album, Glow, channels Jack Johnson’s signature acoustic guitar and upbeat lyrics combo and create slow-day sound tracks. If you’ve never seen Frankenreiter live, he looks like The Big Lebowski with a sur fboard in place of a bowling ball and a microphone instead of a white Russian. If you’re staying in town for spring break, catching this show and sipping any drink with an umbrella in it is a cheap alternative to visiting Laguna Beach. —Amber Clontz 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $17-$41. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE THE SHIFT AND PINEAPPLE CRACKERS—10 p.m. $5. Reef
PILOT ERROR—9:30 p.m. $5. Liquid
SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge
TRAVIS WARD—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s
SATURDAY MARCH 31 DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
JOHN NEMETH, MARCH 30, EGYPTIAN John Nemeth is a blues and soul traditionalist. Rather than working to update or expand the genre, he puts a modern twist on the time-tested formula of 12-bar blues, with wailing harmonica, a power fully deep singing voice and a smooth rhythm section. Nemeth is a Boise native, but he now resides in the Bay Area. His Boise performance is nestled between showcases in Portland, Ore., and Seattle, and a week-long residency at the Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, Fla. Nemeth’s most-recent release is 2010’s Name The Day!, an album of upbeat, retro 1960s-style blues and soul. Nemeth’s impressively large, swanky voice and riveting harmonica skills are sure to reverberate generously throughout the Egyptian. In the past, Nemeth has shared the stage with blues stars such as Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’ and Earl Thomas. —April Foster With Elvin Bishop. 8 p.m., $20-$40. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273, egyptiantheatre.net.
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
MONDAY APRIL 2
WEDNESDAY APRIL 4
JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock. Stock & Barrel
CHIMNEY CHOIR—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid
DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s
DEACON 5—9 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
SHINEDOWN—With Adelita’s Way and New Medicine. 7 p.m. $35. Knitting Factory
ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
SHON SANDERS—With Amy Weber. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
FONNY DAVIDSON—With Divit Cardoza and Bud Gudmunson. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Wild West HARPERSMAN—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews HILLFOLK NOIR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s HOLY WATER BUFFALO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JAC SOUND—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s JAMES ORR—With Haven Snow and the Sweet Nothings. 10 p.m. $5. Reef JEFF BAKER JAZZ QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Lock. Stock & Barrel JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SUNDAY APRIL 1 BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape LARRY CONKLIN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s THE SIDEMEN: GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers TERRY JONES—10:30 a.m. FREE. Berryhill
JESSICA FULGHUM—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
NATHAN MOODY—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
PAMELA DEMARCHE—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
PORTUGAL THE MAN—With The Lonely Forest. 8 p.m. $18-$30. Knitting Factory
RICO WEISMAN AND REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
RIVER WHYLESS—With Little Tybee. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
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NEWS/ARTS VISUAL/ARTS EDIE M AE IR ELAND
BLACK HUNGER A new collective studio and North End gallery space SARAH MASTERSON
In early December 2011, Black Hunger Gallery stood glowing at 2606 Breneman St. It was 22 degrees, but despite the cold, Boise art lovers shufﬂed into the quiet North End space, leaving a line of cars and a pile of icy bike frames outside. This was the ofﬁcial opening of the new art gallery and studio collective founded by visual artists Eli Craven, Erin Cunningham, Maria Chavez, Eamonn Parke and Jon Sadler. Inside Black Hunger Gallery’s inaugural exhibit, Le Ramrod, there was the work of Tenspeed Hero, a group of cycling enthusiasts based in Chicago. Some elements of Black Hunger, left to right: Eamonn Parke, Jon Sadler, Maria Chavez, Eli Craven and Erin Cunningham. the show included a Le Ramrod bike and a Look 585 with custom decal work done by esteemed bike painter Joe Bell. The Tenspeed ﬁreplace drinking wine. Others sipped tequila work,” Chavez said. Hero newspaper was also on display. and snacked on bite-sized creations from The collective decided that if it was going Like its opening exhibition, Black Hunger caterer Abigail Selene Thomas. to have a gallery, it might as well pool its is fresh. The walls are bright white, track A similar scene was replicated at Black resources to feature contemporary art from lighting is mounted on the ceiling, large winHunger’s February exhibition opening, all over the country, not just Boise. dows let in a ﬂood of natural light and the which featured Elijah Jensen’s Dying Letter “We sort of agreed that to keep this comconcrete ﬂoors are coated gray. Ofﬁce—a collection of intricate mixed-media Cunningham’s work area is hidden behind munity active within the whole sphere of art packages Jensen mailed out to friends over a moveable wall in the front gallery, while the worldwide … it was essential for us to point the past few years. The vibe was warm and other artists’ work-stations line the perimeter our eyes outside of just Boise and to try and inviting, the opposite of most stuffy art bring some exciting things in that might of a larger adjoining room. openings. Jensen has since been added as a inspire Boise artists,” Cunningham said. According to the artists, the building has member of the studio collective. If Black Hunger wanted to stir up some gone through a major transformation since And the collective extends that welcoming excitement in the Boise art scene, their Januits humble beginnings. vibe at frequent Breakfast at Black Hunger “It was rough,” recalled Parke, who origi- ary exhibit certainly got people talking. The nally discovered the space on Craigslist, listed one-night-only installation on Jan. 7 featured events, where the community is invited to break bread with the artists during their a Jeff Koons sculpture that had been previas a storage facility. open studio time, which takes place various ously damaged in shipping. Koons’ 1995 Craven went with Parke to view what Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon. “red balloon dog” sat on a lonely pedestal the two hoped could be converted into “We have coffee, we have pastries and in the center of the gallery. Its broken edges studio spaces. we’ll post it on our Facebook page so that barely clung to patches of duct tape and the “It was a total disaster,” Craven remempeople can come in and see what we are doshow’s facetious title, “Broken Puppy,” was bered. “But we knew there was a lot of ing,” said Craven. strung in golden lettering on the wall. potential.” On one such morning, sleepy-eyed visitors Parke, the show’s Once the buildtrickled into the collective. Blueberry wafﬂes curator, explained ing was acquired, the that another artist and and fresh whipped cream were served as Craartists immediately got friend of his happened ven and Parke passed an old camera back and to work. Visit blackhunger.com for a schedule forth, judging its weight and making quiet into the sculpture as of forthcoming exhibitions. “Everybody pitched jokes. Behind them, Sadler sat at his desk a gift but it was damin putting walls up, BLACK HUNGER GALLERY taking photos and discussing a new piece he aged in the shipping painting the ﬂoors and 2606 Breneman St. blackhunger.com plans to write about his Dutch rooster named process. Parke said putting in track lightReuben. Cunningham rolled away the gallery the show was meant ing,” Parke said. to “satirize contempo- wall to reveal a huge light table and easel with Though the gallery a new painting sitting next to it. rary art.” was not a part of the Chavez made bloody mariachis—bloody “We tend to ‘celebritize’ things, and this original plan for the art collective, according mary’s with tequila instead of vodka—and show is meant to poke fun at the idea that to artist Maria Chavez, the space developed poured them into Irish coffee mugs with we sort of create this fame around a piece of organically. stalks of celery. Craven brewed another pot “Ideas for this space were generated, and artwork,” said Parke. of coffee. The playfulness of the show continued then this whole idea of using this front space Slowly, but surely, the collective was cominto the artists’ studios in the back room, as a gallery originally came about because ing to life. where friends gathered around a cardboard we wanted a clean area to pin up our
A new lit ’zine has hit the Boise scene.
GEM MAGAZINE DROPS The second issue of a new literary magazine dropped in Boise on March 21. Described as “a paper gallery of sorts, which features anything that can be printed,” GEM is an ad-free art magazine that’s the brainchild of Boisean Melody English. “I’ve always wanted a magazine,” said English. “I study opera and vocal performance at Boise State, but I wanted a creative escape that had nothing to do with music. This is the other piece of me that wasn’t getting fulﬁlled in the practice room.” Former BW intern Matthew Wordell did the layout and design for GEM, and contributors for GEM’s second issue include author Alan Heathcock, Boise State professor Martin Corless-Smith, Boise Weekly’s Josh Gross and musician Dale Eisinger. “I really like keeping it small, keeping it intimate,” said English. “The best part is, there aren’t any rules. It’s really healthy right now. It’s not me screaming at staff.” You can purchase a copy of GEM at Bricolage, Flying M Coffeeshop, The Record Exchange, Rediscovered Bookshop and Hyde Park Books. Or you can order a copy online at cargocollective.com/gemcollective. Also on March 21, the Idaho State Capitol was turned into an art gallery for the latest incarnation of the Boise Visual Chronicle, a series that has reﬂected life in the City of Trees since 1996. A reception held in the Garden Level of the Capitol unveiled 30 pieces that will spruce up West Wing halls until Sunday, May 27. Each artist in the exhibition captures a unique ﬂourish of Boise life through photography, paintings, digital work and more. Many pieces are recreated images of well-known landmarks, while others are individual interpretations. Some of the artists include Jan Boles, Deborah Hardee, Carl Rowe, Kristen Furlong and James Talbot. Now that winter has ofﬁcially passed through Boise, what better way to bid it adieu than with a bowl of homemade soup? Artist Anna Ura’s ﬁrst solo exhibition, Winter, is on display at Enso Artspace in Garden City. And on Wednesday, April 4, Enso will host Soup-Talk-Art from 6-8 p.m., an opportunity for art lovers to experience and discuss Winter over a bowl of homemade soup. The conversation costs $10 and features guest Amy Pence-Brown. Upon moving to the City of Trees, Ura became inspired by Idaho’s unique geography, which is the subject of her latest body of work. The exhibit captures the essence of various landscapes that are often purposely blurred by movement. —Amber Clontz and Annette Rincon
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PLAYING GAMES The Hunger Games isn’t a critical feast GEORGE PRENTICE It’s hard to fathom that The Hunger Games had only one director, Gary Ross. The movie comes across as two different ﬁlms—the ﬁrst half sluggish, non-linear and muddled, and the second half an average dystopian thriller. Unfortunately, the sum of its parts is less than great—which is a major disappointment considering the cultural signiﬁcance of its source material. The Hunger Games is clearly on a fast track to being one of the most lucrative dramas The Hunger Games has drawn the masses, but leaves you a little empty. of its time (presumably setting the table for a successful franchise) but Ross continually the small screen. As a result, he shrinks his is deﬁned by violence, it is perhaps the most misses his marks, unlike his ﬁlm’s heroine themes along with his scenes. potent art form of all (witness A ClockKatniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who is There are a few things to praise in the work Orange or Straw Dogs). The Hunger an expert archer. Ross had ample opportunity movie—above all, there is Lawrence, who ever Games, at its core, is the story of how more to explore the unique theme of violence which since her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter’s than 20 kids are murdered as sport, yet by results from conﬂicts of gluttony and poverty, Bone, continues to astonish with her young but appears to be more focused on moving his not exposing its carnal brutality, the movie loses an opportunity to adult contradiction of innocence and maturity. ﬁlm along at a quick Also strong is Josh Hutcherson, who portrays devastate its audience. clip with little complexPeeta Mellark. I’m fairly certain that ity. Ultimately, what we THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) But the adults in The Hunger Games are in Lionsgate’s desire for are left with is a hastily Directed by Gary Ross ridiculous. Granted, author Suzanne Collins a PG-13 rating, they strung-together series Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, paints her mature characters with a sloppy, opted to homogenize of scenes rather than a Liam Hemsworth wide brush, but on ﬁlm, they come across as the violence. cinematic narrative. At Now showing at Edwards 9, 12, 14 and 22. nothing short of cartoon-ish. Elizabeth Banks, Additionally, Ross 144 minutes, that’s a Stanley Tucci and especially Woody Harrelson chooses to shoot most bit of a slog. chew up some pretty expensive scenery, mostly of his scenes employThe Hunger Games, for naught. ing very shaky camerawork (steadicams are the novel, is all about savagery—literal and No doubt, some will feast on The Hunger quickly becoming an oxymoron). The effect ﬁgurative. But The Hunger Games, the movie, Games for its ability to entertain. But it left me yields diminishing returns. Instead of treating pulls its punches. I’m not a big fan of violence his ﬁlm as an epic with sweeping camerawork, hungry for substance. Here’s hoping that the in art, but when a ﬁlm has the opportunity to second course is more carefully prepared. he produces something geared more toward explore the humanity—or lack thereof—that
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Gardening gloves? Check. Trowel? Check. Smartphone? Double check. This spring’s hottest apps are a slew of gardening-related cybertools geared toward those whose thumbs turn various shades of green this time of year. The Landscaper’s Companion ($6 on iPad and iPhone, $5 on Android) chronicles more than 20,000 plants and veggies, and offers detailed planting zones and tips on appropriate water and sun requirements. The Mother Earth News Gardening Guide (FREE on iPad and Android) offers some of the environmental conservation magazine’s feature articles, with particular emphasis on organic gardening tips. In addition to the usual water and sun requirements, Mother Earth adds great info on PH balances of soil. The app includes a number of ads but again, it’s free. Other apps recommended for the iPhone or iPad include Garden Tracker (99 cents), My Garden App (FREE) and Garden Plan Pro (pricey at $9.99, but this iPad-only app is for the serious gardener). —George Prentice WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Special Screenings LUNAFEST BOISE—Soroptimist International of Boise is partnering with Lunafest to showcase nine short ﬁlms by, for and about women. Eighty-ﬁve percent of the proceeds from this event will beneﬁt SI Boise’s service projects, and the remaining 15 percent will beneﬁt the Breast Cancer Fund. Saturday, March 31, 12:30 p.m. $8-$15. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theﬂicksboise. com.
SANDLER’S DOUBLE FEATURE TOPS REDBOX Funny man Adam Sandler continues to draw Boise DVD consumers with his goofy comedy Jack and Jill. For the week ending March 18 (the second week running), Boise Redbox renters made Jack and Jill the No. 1 ﬂick pick. Cheap laughs are in order with Sandler playing both the male and female leads. Another family friendly option gaining popularity in the Treasure Valley is Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. The Oscar-winning director chose animation to tell the tale of what he calls “Indiana Jones for kids.” Here, young journalist Tintin is accompanied by his faithful pooch Snowy when they’re kidnapped by the sinister Mr. Sakharine, desperate to acquire a model ship belonging to the intrepid reporter. Tintin and Snowy are shanghaied on an old cargo ship steered by Capt. Haddock, headed for Morocco. Ultimately, Tintin, Snowy and Haddock team up in an adventure full of surprises. For more mature audiences, the R-rated Young Adult follows a divorcee back to her hometown, where she hopes to reunite with an old high-school sweetheart. Charlize Theron plays lovesick (emphasis on sick) Mavis Gary, and while most men would not be able to resist the young beauty, her ex is now married with a child. Along her pursuit, Mavis forms an unlikely relationship with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who didn’t exactly hang with the popular crowd. Other top Redbox choices for the Treasure Valley include In Time, Footloose, The Three Musketeers, Puss in Boots, Hugo, My Week With Marilyn and The Big Year. If all of the copies of The Adventures of Tintin are checked out, you may opt for another recent Spielberg effort—War Horse. —Annette Rincon
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN—This ﬁlm, based on Paul Torday’s debut novel, tells the story of a ﬁsheries scientist who gets caught up in a political mission to bring salmon ﬁshing to the highlands of Yemen. Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas star. (PG13) Opens Friday, March 30, at The Flicks. THIN ICE—Greg Kinnear plays a salesman who wants to escape winter and reunite with his wife. But since he’s short on cash, he decides to try and con a local farmer. (R) Opens Friday, March 30, at The Flicks. WRATH OF THE TITANS—Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike and Liam Neeson star in this epic tale about warring gods and titans. (PG-13) Opens Friday, March 30. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.
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everything on the tube—the World Series, the Oscars, and, yes, even the Super Bowl. What makes this year’s ratings success even more impressive is that early in the tournament, no teams from the Mountain or Paciﬁc time zones advanced. That represents nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population, yet viewership remained high. The tournament’s true greatness stems from a head-spinning dervish of upsets, heartbreak and triumph than can’t be scripted, let alone predicted. Pound for pound, the quality of play guarantees that the madness will be with us for generations to come. Who among the Final Four—Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State—will take it all? It almost doesn’t matter. My bracket (and I’m guessing yours) was busted a week ago. But it’s still must-see TV. —George Prentice
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BOURGOGNE DES FLANDRES There’s a ruby tint to this mahogany-colored brew, which has a light mocha head. This brown ale from Bruges spent six months in oak, resulting in a deﬁnite smoothness without any wood ﬂavor. The aromas are a mix of sour mash and lightly sweet malt. Tart cherry fruit drives the palate, with a creamy, sweet malt middle that is balanced by more tart fruit on the ﬁnish. This is an easydrinking charmer. CUVEE DES JACOBINS ROUGE If there were a measure for International Sourness Units, this bright brown Belgian brew would be off the chart. It opens with big sour fruit aromas with a bit of oak (it spends 18 months in cask). Touches of vanilla and brett lurk in the background, but bright citrus and green apple dominate the palate. This deliciously unique ale shines when paired with a salty snack. MONK’S CAFE FLEMISH SOUR ALE With a light brown pour with a thin tan head, this beer’s aromas are an intriguing mix of spicy fruit, light banana and soft malt. It’s a beautifully balanced sour, where ripe apple plays against creamy citrus, all backed by smooth malt. The ﬁnish is crisp and clean with touches of lemon zest and wheat. This brew ranks somewhere in between the other two on the sourness scale. —David Kirkpatrick
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In the Northwest we’re blessed with a wide variety of fresh hops. As a result, amped-up IPAs are ever-so-popular, giving rise to the question: How many International Bitterness Units can you cram into a Northwest IPA? Answer: All of them. Don’t get me wrong—I love hop-driven ales, but you can only drink so many. The newest trend is to substitute sour for bitter. Of course, this is nothing new in Belgium, where they’ve been on the cutting edge for centuries. Here are three great choices that take a walk on the tart side.
GOLDY’S CORNER Half of everything JOSH GROSS Goldy’s Corner, an annex to the popular breakfast bistro, would seem to have everything going for it. First off, it’s located at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street and is open from 6:30 a.m.-3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The building’s large windows are perfect for people watching any time of day, and the building is well-situated to catch the lunch crowd or the bar crowd in dire need of a latenight snack. The warm color scheme, comfortable booths and old-timey jazz bumping on the stereo combine to make it almost insufferably pleasant. And the kitchen at Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro, next door, pumps out baked goods and the food is pre-made in Goldy’s kitchen and food items for the corner cafe, backed by a reheated at Goldy’s Corner, which is ﬁne for solid reputation. The problem is that Goldy’s Corner also has cinnamon rolls but not as good for quiche as the day wears on. A wedge a laundry list of inconsistencies. of asparagus and Gruyere The music is only on about quiche was a bit off in the egg half the time. One wall is lined GOLDY’S CORNER department. Much better was a with large, bright oil paintings, 625 W. Main St. chicken artichoke crepe, doused then ruined by a large atten208-433-3934 in hollandaise prepared by the tion-grabbing TV. And most goldysbreakfastbistro.com barista. Its only ﬂaw was that strangely, instead of seating, the crepe was snack-sized. Were the section of the cafe closest to a heartier version available, the the register is full of shelves full corner could make it a signature dish. Several of sundries—everything from cough drops to sweets also satisﬁed, most notably a tangy aprons. Though it makes sense to sell random items drunks may need, it’s a stake through the lemon bar with a soft graham cracker crust. During dinner hours, Goldy’s Corner also heart of atmosphere. offers some breakfast specials from Goldy’s Even the menu is half-baked. Much of
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and a small list of burgers and sandwiches that are nothing to write home about. The grilled turkey sandwich featured thinsliced turkey, but the ﬂavor of the turkey and the cranberry relish were overpowered by the saltiness of the bacon. The sandwich didn’t live up to its potential. Ultimately Goldy’s Corner is half the breakfast joint of Goldy’s, half the coffee shop of any other downtown coffee shop and half the sundry outlet of a gas station market, making it a bit of a failure as a destination. But if you’re on the waiting list for a table at Goldy’s or stumbling out of a Sixth Street meat market afraid to get hit by a taxi crossing the street to go to Pita Pit, there’s Goldy’s Corner.
FOOD/NEWS GREG LAMM LEAVES B29 STREATERY If you snagged a seared tuna slider from B29 Streatery at Treefort Music Fest, that might have been the last time Greg Lamm will hand you some street grub. The food truck chef has taken a position as the new executive chef at Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House and will leave B29 effective Sunday, April 1. “I leave you in good hands, Chef Dustan Bristol of Brick 29 Bistro will be taking over all truck operations,” Lamm wrote in an email. Owned by outspoken local-foods advocate Dave Krick, Red Feather/ Bittercreek are known for their focus on locally grown, sustainable foods. Lamm has also been vocal on the local-foods front but in a more contentious way. After a customer complained that B29 labeled its Gem Pack hot dog “local,” Lamm penned a blog titled “The Trouble With Being Local.” In the post he wrote: “To reach our goals, we do have to make compromises. In some cases, it is purchasing a local product that isn’t necessarily an artisan
good. There are a number of companies in the Treasure Valley that are well-established, make a solid product and make a lot of it. We are proud to feature Dairygold [sic] cheese and Gem Pack meats. These are the companies that the little guys want to grow up to become.” Lamm said B29 Streatery will continue to sling street food and that the truck has a number of events booked through the summer. Moving from local foods to local booze, a new event has been announced for Saturday, May 12, called Taste208. According to the event’s Facebook page, the tasting will focus on the “spring release” of local beer, wine and spirits. “We partner with the best and biggest names in craft production and locavore sensibilities, focusing on several craft brewers, wineries and distilleries to create an annual event to take place each spring.” Taste208 will be located at the Riverside Hotel and feature a grand tasting from 6-10 p.m. For $25, ticket holders will be able to sample hooch from up to 50 vendors, while snacking on local food truck fare and enjoying local live music. Tickets can be purchased at Bier:Thirty, Bueno Cheapo Vino and A New Vintage Wine Shop in Meridian, or online at brownpapertickets.com. And in other booze news, Willi B’s has packed up its liquor license and moved to 12505 W. Chinden Blvd. The restaurant is now open and features a full bar, 12 beers on tap and an expanded wine selection, in addition to Willi B’s signature home-cooked fare. The much bigger space also includes a pool table and a patio —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): A few months after America invaded Iraq in 2003, soldier Brian Wheeler wrote the following: “Go to the worst crime-infested place you can find. Go heavily armed, wearing a flak jacket and a Kevlar helmet. Set up shop in a vacant lot. Announce to the residents that you are there to help them, and in the loudest voice possible, yell that every Crip and Blood within hearing distance is a pansy.” As a character-building exercise, I recommend you try something like this. April Fool! I was just kidding. Get out of your comfort zone, yes, but with a smart gamble, not a crazy risk.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his documentary film Prohibition, Ken Burns reports on the extreme popularity of alcohol in 19thcentury America. He says that the typical person older than 15 years of age drank 88 bottles of whiskey a year. In light of the current astrological omens, Leo, I suggest you increase your intake to that level and even beyond. April Fool! I lied. It’s not alcoholic spirits you should be ingesting in more abundance, but rather big ideas that open your mind, inspirational sights and sounds that dissolve your inhibitions, and intriguing people who expand your worldview.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do not under any circumstances put on a frog costume, go to a shopping mall and ride around on a unicycle while reciting erotic poetry in German through a megaphone. April Fool! I lied. That wouldn’t be such a terrible use of your time. The astrological omens suggest that you will be visited by rather unusual creative surges that may border on being wacky. Personally, though, I would prefer it if you channeled your effervescent fertility in more highly constructive directions, like dreaming up new approaches to love that will have a very practical impact on your romantic life.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): According to a recent poll, God’s approval rating has dipped below 40 percent for the first time. My research suggests the low is due in part to a disproportionate amount of dissatisfaction by those born under the sign of Taurus. Can you fix this? If you’re one of the discontented, please see if you can talk yourself into restoring some of your faith in the Divine Wow. April Fool! The real truth is, I encourage you to be skeptical in regard to all authorities, experts and top-dogs, including God. It’s an excellent time in your cycle to go rogue, to scream “I defy you, stars!” Be a rabblerousing, boat-rocking doubter.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A woman in Euclid, Ohio, claims her house is haunted by randy ghosts. “They have sex in my living room,” Dianne Carlisle told a TV reporter. “You can see the lady’s high-heeled shoes.” I suspect you may soon be dealing with a similar problem, Virgo. So consider hiring an X-rated exorcist. April Fool! The naked truth is that you will not be visited by spooks of any kind, let alone horny ones. However, you would be smart to purify and neutralize old karma that might still be haunting your love life or your sex life. Consider performing a doit-yourself exorcism of your own memories.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Photographer Darrin Harris Frisby doesn’t think people should smile in photographs. He regards it as “superficial and misleading.” In the greatest portraits ever painted, he says, the subject’s gaze is almost always neutral, “neither inviting nor forbidding.” Did Rembrandt ever show people grinning from ear to ear? No. Did Vermeer, Goya, Titian, Sargent or Velasquez? Nope. Make that your guiding thought in the coming week. April Fool! The truth is, in the coming week, you will have more than ample reasons to be of good cheer. You should therefore express delight extravagantly.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In Karley Sciortino’s NSFW blog Slutever.com, she announces that “this blog is intended to trick strangers into thinking my life is more exciting than it actually is.” I highly recommend you adopt that approach, Libra. Do whatever it takes-—lying, deceiving, exaggerating, bragging-—to fool everyone into believing that you are a fascinating character who is in the midst of marvelous, highdrama adventures. April Fool! I wasn’t totally sincere about what I just said. The truth is, your life is likely to be a rousing adventure in the coming days. There’ll be no need to pretend it is, and therefore, no need to cajole or trick others into thinking so.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan is stirred to the point of rapture by Jay Gatsby’s silk shirts. “I’ve never seen such beautiful shirts before,” she sobs, burying her face in one as she sits in his bedroom. I sincerely hope you will have an equivalent brush with this kind of resplendence sometime soon, Capricorn. For the sake of your mental and even physical health, you need direct contact with the sublime. April Fool! I half-lied. It’s true that you would profoundly benefit from a brush with resplendence. But I can assure you that plain old material objects, no matter how lush and expensive, won’t do the trick for you.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Back in 1835, a newspaper known as The New York Sun resorted to an extreme measure in order to boost readership: It ran a story about how renowned astronomer Sir John Herschel had perfected a telescope that allowed him to see life forms on the moon, including unicorns, two-legged beavers that had harnessed fire, and sexually liberated “manbats.” If I’m reading the astrological omens correctly, Cancerian, you temporarily have license to try something almost equally as wild and experimental to “boost your readership.” April Fool! I lied about the unicorns. Don’t refer to cliched chimeras like those. But it’s fine to invoke more unexpected curiosities like fire-using beavers and sexually liberated manbats.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low selfesteem,” said author William Gibson, “first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by a--holes.” This is a good time to check in with yourself, Scorpio, and see if Gibson’s advice applies to you. Lately, the jackass quotient seems to have been rising in your vicinity. April Fool! I was half-joking. It’s true that you should focus aggressively on reducing the influence of jerks in your life. At the same time, you should also ask yourself rather pointedly how you could reduce your problems by changing something about yourself.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Last December, a woman in Tulsa, Okla., made creative use of a Walmart. She gathered various ingredients from around the shelves, including lighter fluid, lithium and drain cleaner, and set up a meth lab right there in the back of the store. She’s your role model for the coming week, Aquarius. April Fool! I lied, kind of. The woman I mentioned got arrested for illegal activity, which I don’t advise you to do. But I do hope you will ascend to her levels of ingenuity and audacity as you gather all the resources you need for a novel experiment. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A Filipino man named Herbert Chavez has had extensive plastic surgery done to make himself resemble Superman. Consider making him your role model, Pisces. I hope he inspires you to begin your own quest to rework your body and soul in the image of your favorite celebrity or cartoon hero. April Fool! I lied. In fact, you’d be wise to avoid comparing yourself to anyone else or remolding yourself to be like anyone else. The best use of the current cosmic tendencies would be to brainstorm about what exactly your highest potentials are, and swear a blood oath to become that riper version of yourself.
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