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STATE OF THE MENU Dissecting the city’s restaurant scene, for better or worse 1ST THURSDAY 19

MAP AND GUIDE INSIDE Plan your monthly art attack REC 29

SCRUM-TASTIC Snake River Rugby readies to tackle championship

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NOTE DISHING ON THE FOOD SCENE In the early months of 2008, I traded a few phone calls with an editor at Food and Wine magazine who was working on a piece about Boise’s food scene. Before traveling to Boise to do some work on the ground, she quizzed me about local restaurants and artisan food companies in an effort to get a handle on what the local food scene had to offer. Looking back now, I’d say that when she toured Boise’s restaurants in the spring of that year, she caught Boise at the top of its food game. A few months after her visit, I sent the first of several emails informing her that a restaurant she’d inquired about had closed. For a few weeks, it seemed like I was sending her an email with similar news every few days as the recession set in and doors closed. Though a few notable eateries have captured the attention of Boise diners in the last year, by and large, the restaurant scene in Boise has yet to really rebound from the bloodletting that occurred a few years back. In fact, on the fine-dining end, it’s hard to see that there’s been any recovery after the loss of Mortimer’s, Andre’s, MilkyWay, SixOneSix and The Gamekeeper. Guy Hand, who’s been reporting on restaurants and food in the valley for six years as a restaurant critic with the Idaho Statesman, as a contributor to Boise State Public Radio, and as a writer with Boise Weekly, takes a look at the changes Boise’s restaurant scene has undergone in the last few years. In “Tales of a Food Critic,” he catches up with some of the people who were Boise’s most-notable names before the economy took a bite out of the restaurant scene and asks whether an “if you build it they will come” approach could boost the quality of Boise’s restaurant scene or if diners here are simply just not that interested in morecreative fare. But it’s not all bad news. After all, we found plenty to gush about in this year’s annual Restaurant and Bar Guide, which you’ll find inserted into this week’s Food Issue of Boise Weekly. In Restaurant Guides in years past we’ve looked at the local-food movement, chatted up area chefs and turned the spotlight on little-known but great places to eat. This year, it’s all about the food and those dishes that we think you’d be remiss to miss. I hope it makes you hungry. —Rachael Daigle

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FROM BIA TO LDS Larry EchoHawk, the former Idaho attorney general who the Obama administration put in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is leaving Capitol Hill for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Details at Citydesk.

ARE WE THERE YET? Local runners took a few laps Saturday in an ultra running race at Eagle Island State Park that had one dude shuffling around a 2.5-mile loop for 105 miles. Yeah, that’s no typo—105 miles. More at Cobweb.

TREEFORT CONDENSED Episode No. 44 of Scenes from a Scene, BW’s video web series chronicling the local music scene, took four days of Treefort and squished them all into a mere three minutes and 42 seconds.

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And what it means to GWADs, SCMEDs and MAFOFUBs Sometimes—usually after an unseasonable tornado has obliterated another community in a zone where tornadoes are rare even in season, or after hearing of a record-shattering weather event in some unlikely corner of the planet, or an uncontrollable wildfire kicks off on land that’s been baked dry by the worst drought in memory—I imagine I’m an itsybitsy juice-sucking fruit fly. Perhaps a green squishy cabbage looper, who has survived the extraordinarily mild winter we’ve had hereabouts (along with most of the U.S.) by taking shelter inside the skull of a Global Warming Denier (GWAD). Curious as to what my host might be thinking after hearing the same reports of Climate Gone Berserk (CLIGOBER) as I have, I decide to take a little crawl through this GWAD’s brain in search of any sign of self-doubt, any crack in the denier’s denial. But would I know it if I saw it? What might doubt in a GWAD’s brain look like? After all, we are dealing with a tight tribe—the GWAD collective—most of which are proud to say they bow to a God that, we must surmise, had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of the scientific method or whatever knowledge that method has produced. You know as well as I do that there are villages, backwaters ... entire provinces ... peopled with Scientific Method Deniers (SCMEDs) for whom the advents of geology, biology … even physics might as well never have happened. I’m not saying all SCMEDs are GWADs, or that all GWADs are total SCMEDs, but it cannot be denied that in some circles, the two populations have cross-bred with one another to a degree that makes them barely distinguishable. Furthermore, it has been observed among SCMEDs going back at least as far as Darwin—in some cases back to the days of Copernicus—that if there is indeed any doubt in their minds as to what they prefer to be the truth, they have a common determination to squelch it. In fact, in their desperation to control doubts that might spring up within their ranks, SCMEDs have used techniques of doubt suppression ranging from burning the doubter at the stake to home schooling. So it’s hardly surprising that doubt in a SCMED’s brain is tougher to spot than a Sasquatch in a blackberry patch. The same can generally be said about GWADs, only instead of hiding in dense brambles of biblical verse as does the traditional SCMED, a GWAD is more likely to camouflage himself with a coating of what sounds like authentic science to naive listeners. You’ve heard their arguments, I’m sure: of how centuries back, Greenland was so warm and glacier-free that Vikings decided to settle there; how sun flares are causing the Earth to warm up and eventually the solar cycle will end and everything will be hunky-dory again; how, in spite of everything you see, hear and feel, the WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Earth is actually experiencing a cooling trend, and if anything, we should be encouraging the greenhouse effect. Of course, their most insistent claim is that Man the Fossil Fuel Burner (MAFOFUB) has nothing at all to do with climate change, and that the whole controversy has been cooked up by tree-humping radicals who are out to destroy our way of life. And conveniently (for the GWAD collective if no one else) there exists a richly endowed network of enablers who provide them with a steady diet of material. As soon as one source of phony info is exposed, up pops another. Which brings us to the Wall Street Journal—Rupert Murdoch’s latest venture into American thought laundry. Late in January, the WSJ published an article titled “No Need To Panic About Global Warming.” It repeated the standard GWAD canon, that climate change evidence is rigged … that even if it were true, we have years and years and years before we have to do anything about it … and that climatologists are being forced to go along with the hoax or risk putting their careers in jeopardy. That article was cosigned by 16 individuals, few of whom are climatologists. Almost two years prior to the appearance of “No Need To Panic About Global Warming,” a letter was submitted to the WSJ with quite the opposite viewpoint: that global warming is as real as death and taxes, is caused primarily by greenhouse gases from modern industry and is an immediate concern rather than something we can put off ’til later. This essay was co-signed by 255 members of the U.S. National Academy of Science, yet the WSJ declined to publish it. Let us recap: 255 members of America’s premier association of scientists wrote that global warming is a real and present danger, and the WSJ would not give their article an airing. (It was later printed in Science magazine.) The WSJ did, however, publish a piece co-signed by 16 random scientists whose only commonality is their opinion that there’s nothing to worry about. (Their expertise in climatology, along with their ties to the petroleum industry, was immediately challenged in a response from 37 real climatologists, but of course, by then the damage was done; the deniers’ denial had been reinforced.) So then, might this be the self-doubt I search for? Is the GWAD collective so alarmed at the prospect of factual infiltration that they cannot bear to allow the other side a presence among them? Is the shunning of any anti-denial heresy an outward symptom of the doubt that, with every unseasonable tornado … every record-shattering weather event … every prolonged drought and 100-year flood and extraordinarily mild winter … burrows deeper and deeper into their brains?

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Conventional wisdom is wrong. It’s Romney’s to lose. Catching President Barack Obama in a rare moment of candor, an open mic found the president confiding to his Russian counterpart that he expects to win this fall. I wouldn’t bet on Obama winning. The corporate pundit class has largely conceded the general election to Obama, already looking ahead to 2016. Its analysis is based on solid, reasonable logic. All things considered, I would put my money on Mitt Romney. I voted for Obama and wanted him to succeed. He failed. His accomplishments have been few and have amounted to sellouts. Even so, the prospect of watching Romney move into the White House fills me with as much joy as a colonoscopy. Whichever corporate party wins, unemployment and underemployment will continue to worsen and income disparity will widen. Obama currently leads Romney by about four to five points. But history shows that Republican nominees steadily increase in popularity throughout the summer and fall. Incumbency is a huge advantage. If the election were held tomorrow, Obama would prevail. But the election is not tomorrow. By the time voters head to the polls, their brains will be drowning in months of slick, targeted, pro-Romney attack ads. Romney is already pointing to the biggest issue on people’s minds—the economy—and claiming that his background as a turnaround artist qualifies him to fix what ails us. His prescriptions are Republican boilerplate, vague and counterproductive, but at least he’s doing something Obama hasn’t. Voters prefer useless attentiveness to calm, steady golfing. Obama is boxed in by three-plus years of

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inaction on, well, pretty much everything. He’ll argue that he’ll be able to “finish the job” during a second term. The recent “good news” on the economy has been either insignificant (net positive job creation of 100,000 per month for two months, less than one-10th of 1 percent of the 25 million jobs needed) or falsified. You can’t vote for the first African-American president twice. Unless he picks a woman as vice president, a vote for Obama will be a vote for the same-old, same-old. The historymaking thrill is gone. At this writing, the Republican Party appears to be in disarray. No doubt, Romney is emerging from the primaries battered and bruised. His awkward and demented soundbite stylings will provide fodder for countless YouTube parodies. But Romney hasn’t been damaged as much as the official political class seems to think. Republicans are a remarkably loyal bunch. United by their many hatreds, they will set aside their comparatively low simmer of antiMormon bigotry this fall. Picking a standardissue white Anglo Christianist thug as veep will cinch the deal. The GOP enjoys a huge fund-raising advantage, especially via the new-fangled Super PACs. Romney has raised $74 million against $151 million for Obama, but look for that ratio to flip. About the only factor working for Obama is the presidential debates. Romney doesn’t stand a chance against the articulate Obama. Of course, it’s a long way to November. A lot can happen. It’s very possible for Obama to win. But that’s not how it looks now.



Old Idaho Pen will mark grim anniversary of double hanging of Idaho’s youngest criminals put to death



GEORGE PRENTICE When a lethal cocktail of chemicals coursed through the veins of Paul Ezra Rhoades on Nov. 18, 2011, the State of Idaho entered a new era of executions. While Rhoades’ state-mandated death was the first of its Troy Powell (left) was 21 years old and Ernest Walrath (right) was 20 years old kind in a generation, shortly after his rewhen they were hung April 13, 1951. mains were cremated, officials at the Idaho Department of Correction began re-crafting the state’s rules and regulations regarding woman, sit on Idaho’s death row. One of executions, preparing them for considerat this case, I feel sorry for Troy Powell,” them is closer to death than the rest. Ray ation by the 2012 Idaho Legislature. said Amber Beierle, visitor services manager said it was “very likely” that Idaho would Indeed, a package of three executionat the Old Idaho Penitentiary. “[Powell] see another execution this year. related bills was ultimately approved by was very gullible and didn’t have a high IQ. “But we won’t speculate about which of- Walrath was really the brains behind the lawmakers. fender might be executed or when it might “The measures resulted from lessons crime. Powell just followed him around.” happen,” said Ray. “It’s just too hard on learned from the last execution,” said Jeff Depending on how you feel about the families of the victims and the offenders.” Ray, public information officer for IDOC. history of crime in Idaho, Beierle has either The average age on Idaho’s death row is Senate Bill 1265, passed unanimously by the coolest job in town or one of the most the House and Senate, sharpened Idaho rules 49 years old. The oldest is 61-year-old Thom- macabre. As an interpretive specialist, Beias Creech, awaiting execution since 1983 for erle’s second-floor office at the Old Pen sits requiring an executioner to return an official the murder of another inmate. Azad Abduldeath warrant to the appropriate district where parole hearings used to occur. Beierle court, showing the time, mode and manner in lah, convicted in 2004 for the murder of his said she’s not one to believe in ghosts, but wife, is the youngest death row it’s hard not to imagine the hundreds of which it was executed. inmate, at 34 years old. Senate Bill 1266, passed by men in chains who shuffled through her But men much younger have doors a half-century ago. a large majority (only three The Old Idaho Penitentiary walked the final mile. In fact, Democratic senators and one Beierle is busy preparing for a special set will hold special evening Idaho is quickly approachDemocratic House member of tours set for the evening of Friday, April hours, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., on ing the anniversary of its only voted “no”), clarifies the 13, when guides will escort visitors through Friday, April 13, to remember the on-site executions of double execution of two young the Pen, adding extra emphasis to the anprocess of obtaining a death Troy Powell and Ernest men. On Friday, April 13, warrant. niversary of when the Idaho prison saw its Walrath. Guided tours, on 1951, Idaho made the front Senate Bill 1292, again only double execution. the half hour, will run 6:30 pages of newspapers across the passed by a large majority In 2010’s Hanged: A History of Idaho’s p.m.-8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child. nation when it hung 21-year(with only one Democratic Execution, historian Kathy Deinhardt Hill old Troy Powell and 20-yearsenator and two Democratic provides detailed histories of Powell and Walold Ernest Walrath, less than House members voting “no”), rath, two young men born into modest means. a year after a crime that left a updates Idaho rules to proPowell enlisted in the Army at the age of vide that persons participating in executions Boise neighborhood grocer dead following a 16, made it through basic training and was $12 robbery. The grisly act and ultimate death given the rank of private, but was honorare not subject to civil or criminal liability sentence sent Idaho into a state of shock, but for the death of a condemned person. ably discharged for being underage. Shortly more than 60 years later, some ponder why “Also, IDOC has revised its procedures thereafter, he was implicated in several in the wake of the last execution,” said Ray. one of the young men had to die, let alone be minor crimes. sentenced for first-degree murder. Perhaps the greatest change is how Walrath fell into trouble as early as 16 and a condemned man or woman shall die. was involved in several car burglaries and Rhoades was killed through what was com- WHO WERE TROY POWELL other crimes. When he was sent to the state monly known as a “three-drug” process, in Pen at the age of 17, he was influenced by AND ERNEST WALRATH? which an anesthetic and paralytic were inolder, more-vicious felons, according to Hill. At first glance, Powell and Walrath jected before a third drug was administered, couldn’t be more different. When they were “Ernie [Walrath] began talking back to which caused cardiac arrest. IDOC now has arrested and booked for murder, Powell was guards and causing trouble at every turn,” given itself new protocols that will offer wrote Hill. “Because of his attitude, the a tall, hunched-over young man, wearing a executioners single-drug options, in which guards beat him and eventually put him in dirty T-shirt sporting a picture of a pheasan anesthetic (either sodium pentothal or solitary confinement.” ant. In a striking contrast, Walrath was pentobarbital) is injected at a high enoughWithin a year of his parole in 1949, slight of build, about 4-inches shorter, and dose to cause death. Walrath met Powell through his sister. wore wire-rimmed glasses, suit and tie. 8 Fourteen persons, 13 men and one “I think more than anything, when I look Powell married Delphine Walrath in WWW. 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FISH AND GAME’S ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORK The Idaho Department of Fish and Game regularly deals with wild animals, but perhaps nothing is more untamed than Facebook. That’s why the state agency recently decided to shut down its social network. “There was a time when we tried blocking some individuals,” said Mike Keckler, chief of IDFG’s Bureau of Communications. “But then we decided to pull that back. Over time, things would self-moderate. But then something would occur and the comments would take off again.” Keckler told Citydesk that many of the comments were becoming too personal. “Some of the comments were about the agency, which was OK in some cases,” he said. “But we had some [verbal] attacks on employees that we didn’t think were appropriate.” Keckler said he and his staff tried to police the site, but to no avail. “We were spending way too much time looking at it. We had some employees who were tr ying to moderate [Facebook] in the middle of the night, which was crazy,” said Keckler. “I was doing that for a while, and realized I was literally losing sleep over this.” Ultimately, the agency decided to step away from Facebook, which at last count included 3,500 “friends.” “It was an interesting experiment; let’s put it that way,” said Keckler. “What we’re going to tr y to do is focus more on our website and see if there’s a way to introduce two-way dialogue there.” Keckler said the comments circled a number of topics, with more than a few aimed at wolf management. “There were some pretty caustic arguments, both pro and con, about wolves,” he said. “And we had a number of people on both sides of arguments calling on us to moderate the page better. But we just didn’t have the time or manpower to properly moderate it.” Keckler told Citydesk that Facebook “is a wonder ful tool” but the agency needed to focus elsewhere. “When it comes to wildlife, people are ver y passionate,” he said. “And on occasion, that passion got a little out-of-hand.” —George Prentice

CORRECTION: In our story regarding Idaho Democrats in last week’s edition (BW, News, “Under-dogged,” March 28, 2012) we printed an incorrect date for the upcoming Ada County Democratic Caucus. The correct date of the caucus is Saturday, April 14, at the Morrison Center. The caucus begins at 10 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

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March 1950. Together, the two young men committed a series of robberies in Boise and eventually hatched a plan that would seal their fates.

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Judge Charles Winstead had little sympathy for either man, telling them that they had committed a cold-blooded, heinous, premeditated murder and should be put to death. Some appeals followed, but for naught, and their double execution was set for Friday, April 13, 1951. They were to hang by the neck.











Powell and Walrath were convinced that Newt Wilson had a lot of money stashed in his home, according to Hill. “[Powell and Walrath] were both broke, HISTORIC REMNANTS OF especially [Powell], and the two needed to IDAHO’S DOUBLE EXECUTION find something to rob. The “Our guides have been paying old man seemed the perfect more attention with what haptarget,” wrote Hill. pened with Powell and WalWilson owned and rath since we’re approachoperated a neighborhood ing the anniversary,” grocery store at 1407 said Beierle. “We’ll also E. State St., two doors include some original down from Powell. artifacts on hand that Wilson even very rarely come out regularly gave of storage.” Powell’s family The artifacts credit. But that include death clearly wasn’t hoods, the enough. sacks placed On their over prisoners’ second atheads before tempt the nooses would same day— be looped Walrath around their admitted necks. that they “They had were “fouled donatup” on ed by their Summers first Funeral try—the Home,” she two young said. “That’s men asked where their Wilson if bodies were they could These hoods were placed over the heads of Walrath and Powell taken. They when they were executed in 1951. still had the use his telephone. Wilropes around son let them their necks in to use the phone and sat in a chair to listen when they were sent there, because they to a baseball game on the radio. Walrath hit had just been cut down. It’s a tough thing Wilson in the head with a pistol. Powell folto look at, but it’s an artifact that most lowed with another slam to the head, using people don’t get to see.” a sock full of rocks. Powell emptied Wilson’s On April 14, 1951, Powell and Walrath wallet. It contained $12. As Powell searched were buried side by side at Boise’s Morthrough Wilson’s personal belongings, Walris Hill Cemetery. For months, temporary rath repeatedly stabbed Wilson with a knife, markers on the graves were stolen. Accordleaving the blade stuck in his back. ing to eyewitnesses, hangman’s nooses were It didn’t take Boise Police long to arrest constantly being left on Walrath’s headPowell and Walrath (Walrath’s girlfriend stone. Powell’s headstone, which notes his gave them a tip). During interrogation, service in the U.S. Army, was eventually left Walrath told law enforcement that Powell untouched. Due to vandalism, Walrath’s was involved in the stabbing, but later at his grave remains unmarked. sentencing hearing, Walrath recanted and Tucked away in the Idaho State Historiadmitted to stabbing Wilson on his own. cal Society’s secured facility are two black During their trial, psychiatrist Dr. M. sheaths—death hoods place over the heads of Campbell of Seattle testified that Powell was Powell and Walrath before they were hung. “child-like” and “easily manipulated,” and As part of the April 13 tours of the Old Idaho had a favorable chance of rehabilitation. On Penitentiary, the public will get a rare glimpse the other hand, Campbell described Walrath of the unique part of Idaho’s history. as “incapable of conducting himself with decency and propriety in the business of life.” SLIDESHOW: Photos of “I don’t know much about the law, but the Idaho Penitentiary and it appears as if the judge clearly threw some artifacts from the Powell and Walrath execution. things out,” said Beierle.

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SCRAMBLED EGGS Legislature leaves an Easter basket of new laws GEORGE PRENTICE Right about Easter Idaho lawmakers, in their eagerness to get out of town, hold the equivalent of a political egg hunt. Some legislation turns out to be hidden gems—receiving minimal splash in the media but are abundant with good intentions. Yet, there are always a few stinkers in the basket— borne of political derision. True to form, the 2012 Legislature left scores of Easter eggs, disguised as laws, rules or budget amendments, throughout the Capitol. A few were admired by practically everyone (more money for higher education, funding for a statewide suicide hot line), but more than a few others, regarding Rep. John Rusche the environment, ethics and health care, left some like Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, the Republican majority and the Idaho Freedom Foundation grinning, while the Idaho Democrats said the GOP had run roughshod. “Representative democracy requires that the people believe their senators, representatives and state officials work for them, work for their districts and the state, and most importantly, work for the common good,” said Lewiston Democratic Rep. John Rusche. “They and we can no longer rely on the fox to guard the henhouse.” Among Republican-sponsored legislation incurring Rusche’s wrath were a trio of ethics-related bills that came in the wake of a special ethics-panel probe into New Plymouth Republican Sen. Monty Pearce’s personal dealings with the oil and gas industry while shepherding oil and gas legislation through his Senate Resources and Environment Committee [BW, News, Monty Pearce’s Push, March 14, 2012]. Charges of violating conflict of interest rules were dismissed but even Pearce later conceded he should have disclosed the conflict in his committee hearings. Under that shadow, lawmakers passed a new rule requiring senators to disclose conflicts of interest in committees as well as on the Senate floor. But senators also approved a resolution that would filter future ethics complaints through a behind-closed-doors executive session, which would determine if the charges warranted further investiga-

tion. The public would have no access to the executive meetings and senators would even be forbidden to disclose their contents. “We’re gagging every senator,” said Boise Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk in a losing debate. “We’ll be expected to somehow not say anything with a violation of the ethics rules, the rules of the Senate, hanging over us. This will not instill public confidence; it will erode public confidence.” But Otter had nothing but praise when the Legislature finally went sine die on March 29. “I think it was a great session,” said Otter on March 30. “In fact, I would give it a solid ‘A.’” Otter remained tight-lipped on another issue—a state-run insurance exchange— which he had expressed early support for. In fact, the proposal never even received a committee hearing in either the House or Senate. “The business lobby, the governor and big insurance were all lined up to pass [an exchange],” Wayne Hoffman, founder of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, wrote to the organization’s membership. “Thankfully, efforts to move ahead were abandoned in the last days of the session.” Also abandoned was Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder’s controversial measure that would have required Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. “The public made it clear that no matter where in the state they live and no matter where on the political spectrum they are, the government mandating an ultrasound for political and not medical reasons is the very definition of government intrusion,” said Hannah Brass, Legislative Director of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest in Idaho. Proponents promised to revisit the ultrasound effort in 2013. When they do, they’ll have plenty of new arms to twist. Twenty-five lawmakers retired after this year’s session and more than a few will be left on the sidelines as they run against one another because of redistricting and new challengers in the May primary and November general election.



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VERN HICKMAN Cooking with class RANDY KING

Your classroom looks very high tech. Where do I begin? This kitchen and bakery is very up-to-date and is one of the best-equipped kitchens you’ll find in Idaho, and is designed for high school students to help them gain knowledge and skills for the food service industry. What skills are the students learning in your kitchen? We cover the cooking techniques, including knife skills, saute, grilling, baking and more. The advanced [third-year] students serve the public in our Cafe Renaissance, which is open on Thursdays and Fridays most weeks that school is in session. We feature a new menu every week that the students help design, and they prepare all of the items we serve. The students rotate

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through various positions that comprise a standard restaurant kitchen. How much is the food at your place? They vary a little, but generally our prices are soup $1.50, sandwich $3.75, salad $2.25, entree $4.75 and dessert $2.75. We also sell side items and periodically have fundraisers for our FCCLA [Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America] student organization, where our students compete with other culinary programs across the state and sometimes even at the national level. You taught at Boise State for a long time in the Culinary Arts Program. Why the change from college to high school? Yes, I had taught for 21 years at Le Technique at Boise State, and I felt I was ready for a change in my career and this looked like a fun and challenging opportunity. I must say that I have been stretched and challenged, but that’s what makes a job like this so rewarding. I challenge my students to better their skills and time management, and they respond to that in a positive way. I am very proud of them, not because of what I’ve done, but because of what they’ve done. You have some official-looking initials [CCC, CCE] after your name. What do those mean? I am dually certified through the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Chef de Cuisine and as a Certified Culinary Educator. I am only one of many chefs in the Boise area that is a member of the local chapter of the ACF. Certification through the ACF is a challenging, yet rewarding experience, and I encourage my students to become members


Not long ago, if a high school student wanted to get training to work on cars, he or she could take an auto-tech class. If he or she wanted to build houses, there was wood shop. But if he or she wanted to cook professionally in a restaurant, training was usually limited to getting a food-service job after school. Not anymore. Renaissance High School in Meridian is a fully functioning culinary program—a training ground for the next generation of chefs and cooks. At the helm of this training facility is chef Vern Hickman, CCC, CCE. Hickman is a fixture in Boise’s culinary community. He taught for more than two decades at Boise State in the Culinary Arts Program and has been a mentor to countless chefs across Idaho. In anticipation of BW’s food issue, Hickman carved out some time at his state-ofthe-art facility to talk about his students, his inspiration and the initials after his name.

as well and to get involved in community events. Is cooking an art? Culinary arts require you to do your best at all times, especially under pressure. As we all know, our customers eat first with their eyes, and so plate presentation is crucial, as well as platter and buffet centerpieces, all using edible items to appeal to the senses. So yes, it is definitely an art, a very exciting form of art. Do you have any graduates at restaurants around town? Yes, I have a number of high-school students working in local restaurants. I also have many students that are either attending, or planning to attend, culinary and pastry schools after graduating. The concept of high-school students all standing around with chef’s knives kind of scares me. I demonstrate and teach the students to work safely. “Accuracy before speed,” I tell them. I test them on their knife skills and I rarely have a student cut themselves. I have confidence in my students and I’ve seen them rise to many challenges. They don’t scare me. Instead, they inspire me.



Tales of a

FOOD CRITIC the highs and lows of boise’s food scene by guy hand

eyond Idaho, we may be famous for that one ubiquitous tuber, but we’re less renowned for our restaurant scene. So, when Providence Cicero, the chair of the James Beard Foundation’s award committee, emailed me in June 2011, asking if I’d represent Idaho on the panel that nominates chefs and restaurants for the influential James Beard Awards, I was flattered but also a little conflicted. I’ve had plenty of memorable meals in restaurants around the state and admire nearly every chef and restaurateur I’ve met in my role as a food writer and restaurant critic, but I’m also less sure how those meals would measure up in competition with the wider restaurant world. At least in the press, Idaho’s restaurant scene has been overshadowed by those of Portland, Ore., Seattle and even Salt Lake City. Pouring over the past several years of James Beard Awards, I found that Idaho has had the occasional early stage contenders—like Jon Mortimer of the now-defunct Mortimer’s and Franco Latino in Boise and Eagle, Dustan Bristol of Brick 29 in Nampa, and this year, Jeff Keys of Vintage in Ketchum—but no Idaho chef has yet



made it into the final stages of the nominating process. During the same period, Portland and Seattle have had numerous winners. Those cities have also won several of Food and Wine’s Best New Chef awards, and although Nick Duncan of La Belle Vie in Nampa was recently in the running for Food and Wines’ peoples’ choice version of the Best New Chef of 2012 awards, he didn’t make the final cut. Food and Wine also named Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Jackson, Wyo., as some of the nation’s best food destinations. Idaho was absent. But why? Is our’s merely the burden of a small state destined to always hover at the margins of the country’s culinary consciousness? Or does Idaho actually have a less dynamic, award-worthy restaurant scene than the rest of the region (an assertion I’ve made myself when the length between good meals outdistances my patience)? And if so, what are the underlying reasons? “I was the [Idaho] Statesman’s restaurant critic from 2004 to 2008, and it was kind of the heyday,” said James Patrick Kelly, an Idaho-based food, wine and travel writer who I asked to help me tease out the local

restaurant scene over coffee. “There were some impressive concepts going on, and at that point, it felt that Boise had kind of joined the ranks—maybe not fully—of both Portland and Seattle in being able to support innovative, cutting-edge concepts. Then, in 2008, about 10 restaurants closed.” I’m painfully aware of those closures, having, in February 2008, replaced Kelly as the Statesman’s restaurant critic and soon after finding myself bearing reluctant witness to what I described in a review as “The Great Restaurant Die-Off.” In rapid succession, many of the Treasure Valley’s most innovative, chef-driven restaurants tumbled like elegant, illfated dominoes: Mortimer’s, Franco Latino, MilkyWay, Tapas Estrella, Andrae’s and SixOneSix. All fell within a few months. Kelly, like many I talked to about the subject, blamed the economy for many of the closures but added that the fall wouldn’t have been as swift or as efficiently targeted to such a specific class of restaurants if not for other factors. “Boise is a burgeoning city,” he explained. “And therefore, you would think it would be able to

support innovative concepts that are a little more ‘big city.’ But I think at the end of the day, people are not as adventurous here in terms of dining. High-end concepts aren’t cutting it in Boise, and that has to do with the economic downturn, as well as people not necessarily wanting it. They may say they want this high-end, this big-city cuisine, but actions speak louder than words, and you actually have to frequent those places.” Andrae Bopp, whose upscale Andrae’s once featured signature dishes like butter-poached lobster with sunchoke puree and coconut emulsion, shut his doors in early fall of 2008, but told me it wasn’t just pricey places like his that folded. “It wasn’t all the super high-end, fine-dining that went,” he said. “It was all the entrepreneurial, all the roll-the-dice-and-put-it-out-there guys that went.” Bopp pointed out that expensive but arguably more conventional establishments like Boise’s Chandlers Steakhouse survived the downturn. Jered Couch, one of the most “put-it-out-there” restaurateurs of the time, blames his well-reviewed Eagle restaurant’s 2008 demise on his own culinary hubris.

SixOneSix was stamped with the singular imprint of Couch’s imaginative cooking, but he was quick to say he didn’t think the issue was the customer. “The issue is more the restaurateur. If I would have been a smart person and not put all of my eggs in a passionate culinary basket—‘I’m doing this because I’m passionate and I’m going to educate and I’m going to show everyone how goddamned passionate I am’—I would have looked at it more as ‘hey, I’m a business person first, I’m a chef second.’ You have to create some sort of balance between great, creative cuisine and comfort.” “Comfort,” a descriptor chanted like a mantra by many during my look into Idaho food culture, is a concept Idaho-born-and-raised Couch said he should have considered more seriously. “If I were to open another restaurant, I would balance myself. I would create more of a comfort zone for people and have things on the menu that are more recognizable.” Couch said former customers were occasionally perplexed by ingredients as seemingly mainstream as prosciutto.

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of people and cultural diversity,” Couch said. “It has really good, fun dining and food culture and even some of the food markets were amazing—but that’s what you get in these areas nearer population centers.” Idaho’s isolation also handicaps its ability to compete for awards like the James Beard. Though the awards committee tries to recruit restaurant reviewers and food writers in every state in order to create an initial pool of candidates for the annual awards, votes for the finalists can only be cast by a select group of judges who must have eaten in the restaurants they vote for. The odds that those judges have eaten at restaurants in large cities or well-traveled locations are far greater than those for restaurants in small towns or out-of-the-way places. The James Beard Foundation’s award committee chair and Seattle Times restaurant critic Providence Cicero said that “Portland and Seattle chefs tend to make it into the top five because the group of people who vote are likely to travel to the bigger markets, the Chef Dustan Bristol bigger cities.” of Nampa’s Brick 29 Although the commitis one of the few Idaho tee is continually trying to have more cash to spend on food. chefs who has been short-listed for the level the playing field, it’s a “It’s much more economic than James Beard Award. nonprofit, volunteer-based cultural,” Swetnam said. “I don’t think organization without funds to there’s a population center [in Idaho] pay judges to travel to nomiwith a critical mass of wealthy-enough nated restaurants. people to afford to eat out regularly and keep a “The reality is that Montana, Idaho, number of high-end restaurants going.” Wyoming, Alaska, are not markets that people She said the state also doesn’t have travel through a lot,” Cicero said—at least not enough of those restaurants to keep that with the frequency they travel to more densely affluent customer base coming back, except populated destinations. perhaps for the resort towns of Sun Valley Even Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Denver and and Coeur d’Alene. Houston have complained about being “There has to be a critical mass of resunderrepresented in the James Beard Awards. taurants, because nobody wants to go to the They, too, have felt forced to compete with same place, eat the same fancy food every larger metropolitan areas or hotter restaurant week, right?” destinations in their designated regions. Cicero Another factor may hamper achieving that said that even the current foodie magnet of critical mass—one we Idahoans happen to Portland, Ore., once complained about its incherish: our wide-open, rural character. ability to get a James Beard award. “We’re still kind of country out here,” But, why, you may ask, is a vibrant, awardCouch said. “I think a lot of it is populationwinning restaurant culture important? Society based. People think that Boise is a bigger city clearly doesn’t require restaurants to survive, than it really is. Think of all the nice restaurants that probably could have been successful nor would it take much intellectual effort to write them off as unnecessary indulgences in more highly populated areas.” But higher population isn’t the whole story. or worse. I’d argue, though, that a vibrant restaurant scene is as fundamental, as essential The fact that Idaho cities, no matter their size, a cultural expression as the visual arts, music are isolated from each other and the greater and literature. And without a vibrant restauNorthwest by vast distances likely slows the culinary cross pollination that naturally occurs rant scene, culinary creativity can bleed away from a community. where cities sit in close proximity. “A lot of chefs leave town,” Kelly said. After closing SixOneSix, Couch spent time “It’s easy to get bored as a chef if you’re not as executive chef at St. Joseph Medical Center being creative. We’ve had chefs that have in Bellingham, Wash. Although Boise is more shown up here and worked a few months and than two times the size of Bellingham, Couch left. And we’ve had chefs that came out of said he was surprised to see how vibrant the Boise State and now the College of Western restaurant community was in that smallish, Idaho Culinary Arts Program who don’t even western Washington town. bother. They get right out of culinary school “The difference between here and Bellingand head to Portland or Chicago or San Franham is, you’re smack right between Seattle cisco or Seattle.” and Vancouver [British Columbia]. You’re on Kelly, a former chef who taught part-time in a major throughway of business and millions LAU R IE PEAR M AN

“Idahoans are down-to-earth people,” he said. “And the thought of eating cuisine that is thought to be something that is out of their realm, they kind of think of it as a little pretentious. I think that people just tend to shy away from that.” Does our famously conservative state express its conservatism not only in the voting booth, but at the dinner table, too? A couple of years ago, I produced a public radio show I titled “The Arugula Wars: Food as Partisan Politics.” It was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek glimpse at liberal and conservative eating habits, but I soon stumbled across a serious vein of research on the subject that suggested political leanings and eating habits have more in common than I’d suspected. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research in 2008 concluded that a person’s belief system influences how she or he perceives food. In other words, if a particular food fits with your values—if, for instance, it jives with your moral belief in vegan fare or your lust for barbecued pork—it will actually taste better than food that doesn’t mesh with those values. Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, studies the underlying roots of liberalism and conservatism and says those competing philosophies can express themselves in restaurant preferences, too. In a 2008 TED talk, Haidt said that liberals score much higher on a major personality trait labeled “openness to experience” than conservatives. He explained that liberals “crave novelty, variety, diversity, new ideas, travel. People who are low on it like things that are familiar, that are safe and dependable.” He went on to say, “once you understand this trait, you can understand why anybody would eat at Applebee’s—but not anybody that you know.” Susan Swetnam, Idaho State University professor, food scholar and former Gourmet magazine contributor, isn’t convinced that conservative politics and conservative palates always run in parallel. “The more I think about that, the more I don’t think that’s true,” Swetnam said. “When I was working for Gourmet and I got sent to The Point [the old Rockefeller Great Camp in the Adirondacks], which is arguably the most spectacular three- to four-day dining experience I’ve ever had, and the most expensive, there was almost nobody who wasn’t right of Nixon eating there.” Perhaps more in sync with Swetnam’s own observations, another study emphasized class rather than political affiliation as a major factor influencing food preferences. In a 1991 book, Feeding the Family, sociologist Marjorie DeVault wrote that blue-collar workers tend to live closer to where they were raised and therefore value familiar foods and foods that evoke family bonds. On the other hand, professionals tend to move away from family to further their careers and end up valuing foods that highlight variety and novelty over the familiar. They also









what it was when I came to Pocatello in 1979. It’s so much better,” Swetnam said. “Boise is 100 percent better than it was when I first started going over there.” Add on the numerous creative Idaho restaurants that continue to set high standards, and it’s tempting to slip into a selfcongratulatory culinary cocoon. Still I’d argue that our praiseworthy restaurants are the exceptions that prove the rule—you only have to take a trip to moreprogressive food towns to see how high the bar is set. Even if you believe the Idaho restaurant scene is doing just fine, identifying obAndrea and stacles and finding ways Mitchell Maricich, to hurdle them is never of the closed a bad idea. MilkyWay and Tapas Estrella (pictured Pittsburgh Posthere in 2005), now Gazette writer China own Salt Tears Millman penned an Coffeehouse & article in 2009 titled, Noshery. “Why Are We Off the Culinary Map?” She suggested that “thriving dining scenes must be constructed from the bottom up as much as the top down.” By that, she meant that the responsibility to invigorate any dining Chef Jered scene lies not only in the Couch, formerly of The Dish and hands of restaurateurs SixOneSix (pictured and chefs, but also here in 2006), learned in the hands of those valuable lessons who value culinary about balancing culinary art and creativity. business. “Diners are the foundation of a culinary scene,” she wrote. “Their knowledge, their palates and their demands ultimately drive change.” Millman wrote that patrons should not only patronize their favorite restaurants (perhaps the most important thing), but promote them using strategies as simple as posting reviews of favorite restaurants on websites like the Zagat guide and Chowhound. That can drive online chatter and potentially attract recognition from media outlets. Cicero said that food festivals are another way to attract attention to less-traveled areas, creating a buzz that can then ripple through the greater culinary community, potentially attracting, among others, those elusive James Beard judges. At the same time, she said festivals can act as gateways for restaurant-wary locals, introducing them to new foods in entertaining, non-threatening surroundings. Small things, perhaps, but activities any community can use to spark a creative restaurant scene. So as much as I admire Couch for his willingness to take the blame for his restaurant’s failure back in 2008, I disagree. We customers share a responsibility to support chefs like him. After all, creativity isn’t exclusive to wealth, nor is location destiny. Despite the physical, cultural and economic limitations we face in Idaho, as a community, we have the power to build a more creative, award-worthy restaurant scene. BOIS

Boise State’s Culinary Arts Program, admitted that he often told students to leave town. “And that’s kind of sad that you have to tell students that,” he said. “A lot of people who have high aspirations as chefs realize not too long after getting out of culinary school here that they need to leave to get a good internship in a larger city—and then often don’t come back.” As a result, Kelly said, “there’s a lot of redundancy in the scene here,” a lot of pubs, steakhouses and sandwich shops serving variations on mac ‘n’ cheese, sweet potato fries, chicken wraps and other pleasant but predictable standards. Kelly believes the Treasure Valley’s dining scene is not only bleeding creativity but cash. “The most successful restaurants in this valley currently are Olive Garden and Cheesecake Factory and Applebee’s, and these are restaurants that are busy day in and day out— and that’s kind of a sad commentary. Even though they’re employing local people to cook and wait tables and clean the restaurant, the money is primarily going out of state.” Yet Kelly holds out hope for Idaho’s food future. “The most interesting thing going on in Boise right now is all the new food trucks,” Kelly said. The Treasure Valley embraced the food truck rage late in its national evolution, but the trend continues to offer an innovative way for chefs to express their creativity while sidestepping the prohibitively high overhead of a conventional location. Former Boise restaurateur Andrae Bopp has won praise since moving to Washington and opening Andrae’s Kitchen, Walla Walla, Wash.’s first gourmet food truck. In the greater Boise area about a dozen similar food trucks now prowl the streets. It’s a reminder that creative cuisine and high costs don’t have to be inexorably linked. “It’s not all about the six-course dinner and the linen and the nice stemware,” Kelly said. “You can do good food at a relatively affordable price if you know what you’re doing.” Couch agreed. “In these bigger cities, you walk into these hotspots and they haven’t put a ton of money into them, but they’re being creative with what they’ve got.” Swetnam said we should also remember how far Idaho has come over the years. The whole nation, after all, has set the bar higher in the past few decades, focusing on varied, fresh, less-processed foods prepared with more craft. “There’s no comparison of food now to

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The glass slippers in Ballet Idaho’s Cinderella must be pretty flexible.

Hold your horses, have you Hur-d that the Kiwanis Club is screening Ben-Hur?


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CAPITAL CITY KIWANIS CLUB PRESENTS BEN-HUR They say “all roads lead to Rome,” and nothing could be truer when considering the scores of movies that examine ancient Rome. Quite simply, all roads lead to Ben-Hur. From Spartacus to Gladiator, audiences cheered tales of rebellions against the wicked. The grandfather of all gladiator movies remains Ben-Hur. Not the 1959 version (which was pretty great, winning a record 11 Academy Awards), but the silent 1925 epic, which was, for its time, the mostexpensive silent film ever produced. Consider that the movie had a price tag of $3.9 million. Adjusted for inflation, that’s almost the equivalent of $500 million dollars. The Capital City Kiwanis Club will present Ben-Hur—the silent version—with live organ accompaniment, on Friday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis International Eliminate Project, an effort to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus, which steals the lives of nearly 60,000 newborns and an untold number of women each year. Ben-Hur is nothing less than thrilling, showcasing the classic 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, and still considered by many to be the most influential Christian book of the 19th century. But no matter what your faith leanings may be, the tale includes breathtaking scenes of perhaps the greatest chariot race ever captured on film. Considering that special effects didn’t exist at the time, the action is doubly impressive. And for goodness sake, don’t let the fact that this movie is silent throw you off—maybe you’ve heard that this year’s Best Picture Academy Award went to a silent film? 6:30 p.m., $12, $10 students, $5 age 12 and younger. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

THURSDAY APRIL 5 woodsy TELLURIDE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Boiseans love outdoor films. Witness the Banff Film Festival and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, both of


which occurred earlier this year. But your opportunities to witness the great outdoors on a local big screen are far from over. The Telluride Mountain Film Festival is coming back to Boise and bringing 10 new adventure films. Started in 1979, Mountain Film is one of the longest-running film festivals in the nation. The Selway-Bitterroot

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Frank Church Foundation is once again hosting the film festival that raises funds for trail maintenance and wilderness stewardship. The featured flicks are both entertaining and educational. The carefully picked films explore cultures, look at diverse environments and examine conservation efforts. Environmental documen-

Who was that girl with really long hair, flanked by seven dwarves, with mean stepsisters? If you need to brush up on your fairy tales, Ballet Idaho has just the thing. The company will once again perform the beloved Cinderella, a dance version of Charles Perrault’s classic tale. First performed as a ballet in Europe in the 19th century, Cinderella has a history of charming audiences with a familiar storyline—one of rags to riches and good conquering evil. Want to bring your junior ballet aficionados? Don’t worry, you won’t have to stay up until the stroke of midnight to enjoy the show. Ballet Idaho offers three shows Friday, April 6, through Saturday, April 7, including a Saturday matinee. Ballet Idaho’s Artistic Director Peter Anastos first envisioned Cinderella for the American Ballet Theater in New York City. Anastos collaborated on the performance with one of the mostfamous dancers in the history of ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Part of the enchantment that comes with this ballet is how well most audiences know it in other forms, be it book or Disney movie. But this is a chance to see it interpreted through choreography and performed by dancers from across the country without leaving the City of Trees. Let this per formance be an excuse to do a little spring cleaning and relocate your favorite pair of glass slippers. Get gussied up for the night and watch love unfold on stage, and if you have a stepmom who needs to shape up her act, bring her along and hope that she gets inspired. Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $35-$55. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1110,

taries include Kodoma, I Know What You Spilled Last Summer, Way Back Home, Dark Side of the Lens, Desert River, Into Darkness, Animal Beatbox, Yelp and Mr. Happy Man. To spice up the evening, the benefit will feature beer from Sockeye Brewing Company and a raffle for prizes like a two-day, all-inclusive raft trip on the lower Salmon River and outdoor gear. Prior to the event, Helly Hanson will host an open

pre-party with Sockeye Brewing. Store items will be on sale, so you can have a swell time, pick up some sweet gear and take your outdoorsy inspiration to the woods. Tickets are available at the Sierra Trading Post in Meridian, The North Face and REI or at 7 p.m., $12, $10 students. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

SATURDAY APRIL 7 jail break HIGH SPEED PURSUIT HALF-MARATHON A prison break is imminent from Boise’s Old Penitentiary. While it won’t be the ghosts of the jailhouse’s former inmates, nor a “Jailhouse Rock” Elvis concert, fans will flock to WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



The LipsInc! ladies will greet spring with style at Balcony Club.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY APRIL 6-7 buxom bunnies LIPSINC! PRESENTS EASTER BUNNIES If the thought of hunting for eggs hidden in grass, taking photos with people dressed like pink bunnies and putting on a floral-print dress makes you squirm, don’t worry—there actually is a fun, non-traditional way to celebrate spring in Boise. LipsInc!, the city’s first female impersonation troupe and deliverers of the intriguing drag-o-gram, will kick off its 2012 season with Easter Bunnies, a show loosely based on the theme of Easter/spring. The show will take place at the Balcony Club Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m. Attendees can expect an evening filled with riotous laughter, envelope-pushing jokes, full-company numbers, solos and lots of costume changes. The regular performers will welcome newbie Nikoa Mak, winner of the November 2011 LipsInc! Idol contest. The contest’s runner-up, Bridgette Diamond Halston, will also make a guest-star appearance. The cast will put the mall’s Easter bunny to shame by belting out fun musical numbers with lots of flair. Put on some pastels, grab a candy-colored cocktail from the always-fit and often-shirtless Balcony bartenders, and settle in for a stellar show that’s sure to boast some non-traditional bunny costumes. The Saturday show is filling up fast, but there were still plenty of seats available for Friday’s performance as of press time. Visit for more info on the show, but reservations for tickets are only taken by telephone at 208368-0405. 8:30 p.m., $15. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., 208-3361313,

the old grounds to witness a fight to the finish. On Saturday, April 7, a group of garishly colored inmates will make a break for it from the historic pen, with the prison’s escape alarm sounding the start. The fastest jailbird will take home a fabulous prize and some major bragging rights. The aptly named High Speed Pursuit race offers four lengths to choose from: the half marathon, 10K or 5K runs and a 5K walk. The event’s proceeds benefit the Idaho Police Officer’s Memorial Fund and opens at 10 a.m. with a flyby—weather permitting—as well as the color guard and


national anthem. Those running the half marathon will venture along Pleasant Valley, Barker, Cole and Ten Mile Creek roads before returning to the Old Pen. The winners of the race take home more than their freedom and a day’s worth of Escape from Alcatraz quotes. Shu’s Idaho Running Company has sponsored awards from Scott, which in the past have included six pairs of shoes and other swag. The race, which was formerly held the last week of October, is now a spring competition. Mike Shuman of Shu’s said the race was moved to provide for a less-

Hop down the railroad tracks on the Easter Bunny Brunch Train.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY APRIL 7-8 bunny brunch THUNDER MOUNTAIN LINE’S EASTER BRUNCH TRAIN Before the days of automobiles and airplanes, railroads were the veins that pumped goods and people throughout the United States. It wasn’t until 1962 that the famous Union Pacific Overland Route—a transcontinental railway and technological marvel of its time that connected New York to San Francisco—quit transporting human passengers. To reconnect with our mechanistic past, as well as to take in some gorgeous sites, the Thunder Mountain Line is offering people the chance to take a train ride along the Payette River and have brunch with a giant bunny. The Easter Bunny Brunch Train travels from Horseshoe Bend along the Payette River through the Boise National Forest to Banks. Riders enjoy a catered brunch along the way, complete with a visit from “Conductor Cottontail.” Once in Banks, the Easter Bunny will conduct an Easter egg hunt for the younger passengers. Train riders can check out views of the gurgling white water and the tree-lined valley. Train rides are three hours round trip. If Easter egg hunting isn’t your thing, you can pan for gold or check out the old Banks convenience store. Enthusiastic train guides also offer up tales of the old line. Seating options come in three varieties—standard class, first class and executive class. Menus and prices are available online. Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, April 8, 1 p.m.; $10-$70. Horseshoe Bend Depot, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend. 208-331-1184,

competitive schedule, one that won’t inter fere with the plethora of other fall races and other activities of the season. Visit bluecirclesports. com for more information, including event maps and previous years’ results,

One sock company has taken a stance on threesomes—it digs ’em. Designed by up-andcoming California artists, the socks are sold in packs of three. That’s right, three individual socks with no exact match. For years, the dryer sock fairy has been squirreling away indiBOARDROOM viduals from pairs. Now, 2727 W. State St. the singles are ready to 208-385-9553 mingle and they’re ning a market takeover. Stance’s three-of-akind packs sport the motto, “Don’t match, don’t matter.” These are socks for people with bigger fish to fry than ransacking the house for an exact mate. Considering Stance’s headquarters are in San Clemente, Calif., the company’s No. 1 priority is warming up toes after dawn patrol. The company has socks for snow, casual wear and groms, which include a special graphic for every line. Stance’s newest line includes pipe bomb tube socks and low-rider cuts. There are also preselected sock kits by artist deadmau5. Never heard of him? Well, Willow Smith has a selected box of favorites, too. You can snag a pack at Boise’s Boardroom on State Street. —Amber Clontz

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 4 On Stage JUAN SIDDI FLAMENCO DANCE THEATRE—Caldwell Fine Arts presents some of flamenco’s 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 or 7:30 p.m. $14-$22. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208459-3405 or 208-454-1376, 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, 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. 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, 208426-3980, theatre.boisestate. edu.

Art 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. There will also be a raffle with proceeds benefiting the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. 6 p.m. $5. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, GIRL SCOUTING EXHIBIT— Courage, Confidence & Character: A History of Girl Scouting in Southern Idaho tells the story of camping, travel, service projects and a wide variety of skillbuilding activities experienced by Girl Scouts for more than 90 years with historic memorabilia and photos. $3-$5, FREE ISHS members. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, ROBERT E. RIDDLE SR. PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PRINTS EXHIBIT—Photographer Robert E. Riddle Sr. exhibits his macro to landscape prints from North Carolina to Macau, China in the Boise Contemporary Theater lobby through Sunday, April 29. For more info, email 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224,

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What Would Jesus Ride participants cat around in the alley.

A LITTLE QUIET REFLECTION We’re not gonna front. The BW A&E department didn’t do a whole hell of a lot last week. After the round-the-clock madness of Treefort Music Fest March 22-25, we decided to keep a low profile, savoring the soft caress of a sofa cushion and the twohour season premiere of Mad Men. These quiet moments also gave us some time to reflect on the awesome insanity of Treefort. Here are a few top Treefort moments, culled from BW staffers and freelancers. Josh Gross: “The buzz of energy seeing people walking from venue to venue,” and “Finally getting rid of that real-estatehogging pool table at Red Room.” April Foster: “Free clothes at the Community Closet thrift store” and “Positive energy and enthusiasm from the Treefort audience.” Jaclyn Brandt: “Sunday at the Main Stage. The weather outside was windy but warm. Everyone was tired but ready to spend another day there. There was still so much great music left. It was a great representation of the entire festival.” Sarah Masterson: “The final hours of Treefort, when beer cans were flying and people were jumping on stage at the Red Room.” Andrew Crisp: “The garishly dressed dancers (including cross-bearing guy) at the Main Stage,” and “The impromptu elevator dance-party heading up to the Owyhee Plaza afterparty.” A couple days later, Crisp checked out Lost in the Trees and Poor Moon at Neurolux on March 28. Though he noted that Poor Moon went overboard sonically, with more instruments than members, Lost in the Trees struck the perfect balance. “Led by frontman Ari Picker, the group also featured a large cast of instruments—everything from cello to violin to electric and acoustic guitars—but all that spice didn’t sour the broth. The result was a nuanced ensemble.” When the band launched into an unplugged version of “All Alone in an Empty House,” the bar sat in silent rapture. The following evening, March 29, BW’s Andrew Mentzer headed back to Neurolux, where he sat down with Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine. When asked why the band keeps coming back to play Boise, Valentine said: “I love the Basque food and the people. Boise is filled with wonderful people.” After a full week of rest, BW’s Sheree Whiteley pedaled to Garden City for the What Would Jesus Ride Alleycat Race on April 1. According to Whiteley, “the Garden City street became a mini Tour de France as racers mounted their steeds and swished through alleyways toward their first destination.” White-knuckled racers had to follow their manifests, and swing by at least three “drink stops”—including Q’s Bar and Grill and the Navajo Room. The race ended at Payette Brewing, where “beards were judged, winners and dead-last losers were announced and Easter baskets filled with goodies were given out to racers clutching glasses of free Eight-Penny amber.” —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT SOUP-TALK-ART—Enjoy a lively roundtable art discussion featuring artists Anna Ura and Amy Pence-Brown over homemade soup and bread. Reservations are required and can be made at Enso’s website. 6-8 p.m. $10. Enso Art Space, 120 E. 38th St., Ste. 105, Garden City, 208-695-6864,

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,

Talks & Lectures DR. PAUL J. EASTVOLD LECTURE—Dr. Eastvold, board certified in clinical pathology, blood banking and transfusion medicine, will discuss his career, how health-care science uses HeLa cells and the ongoing contribution of Henrietta Lacks. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

THURSDAY APRIL 5 Festivals & Events SVSEF BILL JANSS PRO-AM CLASSIC—Skiers and snowboarders team with former Olympic, Pro Tour and World Cup racers for three days of fun-filled, nonstop festivities. Called “the best party on snow,” it is the leading fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. All abilities are encouraged and this year’s theme is vintage. Visit for more information. Sun Valley,

On Stage COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: TODD JOHNSON— Catch the comedic stylings of this nationally touring funny man. 8 p.m. $4, FREE with college ID. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, HAMLET—Boise State’s Theatre Arts Department presents this classic Shakespearian tale. Tickets available at and Select-A-Seat outlets. A free ticket may be obtained at on-campus ticket offices with a valid Boise State ID. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 non-Boise State students, alumni and seniors. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JAMES HENEGHEN—This installment of Liquid Laughs also features Roy Haber. Purchase tickets at, 208-941-2459 or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, OFF THE RECORD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, 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 Friday and Saturday dinner-show tickets at least one day in advance. Show-only tickets available online or at the door. Visit website for prices and menu. 8 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

Literature PASSING THE TORCH WRITERS WORKSHOP— Passing the Torch: Writing about our Children will be held on Thursdays through April 26. Capped at five writers. Elisabeth McKetta Writers Workshop, 1020 Floral Lane, Boise, 512-964-7997,


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8 DAYS OUT Screen MOUNTAIN FILM ON TOUR—This outdoor film festival is a benefit for wilderness and trails stewardship in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. $12, $10 students. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

Art BROWN BAG LUNCH WITH JANE DIXON—Join British artist Jane Dixon for an informal talk and slideshow about her work, including the rubbed drawings on display at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Noon-1 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208726-9491,

FRIDAY APRIL 6 Festivals & Events HOKUM HOEDOWN SQUARE DANCE AND OLD-TIMEY MUSIC SERIES—Enjoy music by the Hokum Hi-Flyers acoustic string band while a cast of colorful callers direct dances. Pie Hole pizza will be available, as will a full bar with ID. 7 p.m. $5, $15 per family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, SVSEF BILL JANSS PRO-AM CLASSIC—See Thursday. Sun Valley,

Sports & Fitness

Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313,

IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—vs. Bakersfield Jam. 7 p.m. $7-$20. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208424-2200 or box office 208-3318497, centurylinkarenaboise. com/home.aspx.

LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JAMES HENEGHEN— See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, OFF THE RECORD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224,


ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 seniors, Boise State alumni and non-Boise State students; FREE with valid Boise State ID. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.

Festivals & Events EASTER BUNNY VISITS PUFFY MONDAES—Meet a German angora wool-producing Easter Bunny as she hops around Puffy Mondaes the day before Easter. Keren Brown, owner of Puffy Mondaes and Browndorff Rabbitry will be present to answer any questions about raising these amazing fiber-producing friends and will give an angora spinning demonstration at 11 a.m. Families are welcome. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359,

XANADU—See Thursday. 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.


FRIENDS IN ACTION PROM— Put on your dancing shoes for live music with The High Street Band. Silent auction. No-host bar. (Must be 21 or older with valid ID.) Proceeds benefit Friends in Action’s programs serving seniors and caregivers. Visit or call 208333-1363 for more info. 8 p.m. $60 each, 2 for $110. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212,

SILENT FILM: BEN-HUR—The Kiwanis Club of Capital City and the Egyptian Theatre will show the classic silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, featuring local organist Sean Rogers. This 1925 movie is the most-expensive silent film ever produced. The event will benefit the Kiwanis Eliminate Project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. See Picks, Page 14. 6:30 p.m. $10-$12. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre. net.

SVSEF BILL JANSS PRO-AM CLASSIC—See Thursday. Sun Valley, visitsunvalley. com.

On Stage BALLET IDAHO’S CINDERELLA—The Ballet Idaho dancers reprise this classic fairy tale. See Picks, Page 14. 8 p.m. $35-55. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,


EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

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 the creation until right after the Great Flood. The show examines the age-old conflict between parents and children. Act I tells the story of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel; Act II deals with Noah and the flood. Visit for tickets and info. 7:30 p.m. $17. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: TODD JOHNSON—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, LIPSINC! EASTER BUNNIES—Idaho’s first professional female impersonation troupe is kicking off its 2012 season with this show, starring Martini, Victoria, Nikoa Mak and LipsInc! Idol runner-up Bridgette Diamond Halston. Call 208-368-0405 for reservations. See Picks, Page 15. 8:30 p.m. $15. Balcony

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FIGURE STUDIES Watercolorist Jean Calomeni plays with metaphor TARA MORGAN “Artists can sometimes The stuffy watercolor get caught up in trying to world would be wise control the paint and then to take notes from Jean it can become a little bit Calomeni. The bright-eyed prissy. … She lets it go and Boise transplant doesn’t then brings it back in,” said paint wispy sunsets or Brumfield. “I think that the poppy-dappled fields. At combination of the draftsleast not anymore. manship, which actually is “I started out doing very precise, the looseness of landscapes. I wasn’t even the watercolor is great.” touching the figure at all Calomeni explained that at that point,” explained this “loose” style serves a Calomeni. “I did landlarger purpose. scapes, barns, houses, “I don’t think [it] would be flowers—kind of what a appropriate for the lightness lot of watercolorists begin and the transparency and the with because there’s cerliveliness of the watercolor tainly a lot of instruction if I were too stiff with the out there.” drawing and too anatomically But after studying uncorrect,” said Calomeni. “It der well-known watercoldoesn’t feel right to me to try orists at Trinity University to capture a photographic in San Antonio, Texas— image of a woman. These are Clay McGaughy, Finis symbolized women, these are Collins, Ivan McDoumetaphors for women.” gal—Calomeni quickly got One of the show’s central bored with watercolor’s pieces, “Frida Unfettered,” more traditional subject features a crowned woman in matter. an airy peach dress floating “Every artist just out lethargically, anchored by evolves,” said Calomeni. the sinewy strings of a heart. “You grow from one Calomeni said that the piece phase into another and it’s inevitable, or it should be Jean Calomeni, “It’s Magic,” pencil and watercolor on Matte Dura-Lar. depicts the fraught, adulterous relationship between Frida inevitable.” Kahlo and Diego Rivera. So Calomeni started “He was just a horrific cheat. … It devas“When she came and showed us the work, toying with the human form, which she found I thought it was absolutely fantastic to see that tated her because she really did want him for to be much more challenging than recreating herself, she did not want to share him, but really loose watercolor style. It’s a traditional the natural world. She poured through books later on, she had a few affairs of her own,” medium but certainly not traditional work,” to learn new techniques, like how to manipuexplained Calomeni. “She’s trying to escape said Brumfield. late tone, color, shading and light. And then from the conventional type of love into this Calomeni’s first-ever solo show will debut she set aside the formalities and stopped trying kind of relationship her husband had. But I at Basement Gallery on First Thursday, April to harness the paint. like to think of her as being unfettered and not Now Calomeni’s work shines with a playful 5. The exhibit explores human relationships being bound to anything—being able to let from a uniquely female perspective—windvigor. In her piece “Extrovert,” for example, a both worlds go and just stop agonizing over swept redheads in ball gowns hold up rabbits pout-mouthed girl in a sun dress and sneakers next to topless women the relationship that just isn’t the one that she dances evocatively as hoped it would be.” in elaborate feathered a sludgy bomb of red Despite these dark undertones, Calomeni headdresses. But for and yellow confetti Thursday, April 5, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., FREE. all the splashy whimsy, said this series is much more lighthearted than explodes behind her, her previous work. Calomeni’s characters dripping down the BASEMENT GALLERY 928 W. Main St. “I had a series before this, about two years retain a swirling aura page. Thin wisps of 208-333-0309 ago, that was fairly different from this. The of darkness. pencil outline the girl’s figures were a bit more grotesque. … They “The subject matfeatures, giving the were women with big boobs and it was a series ter is pretty, I think, piece a casual, almost engaging,” said Brum- based on my online dating experiences. Some sketchbook-y feel. “I like to leave the pencil showing because I field. “My husband is slightly less engaged, but people would call it my bitter phase and they I think that’s probably the subject matter, too. I might be right,” Calomeni said, laughing. believe that a strong foundation for any paint“I lightened up,” Calomeni said of her new ing is important,” said Calomeni. “So I get the think it’s quite a feminine perspective.” exhibit. “My messages are still feminist, someBut while Calomeni’s work is emotionally pencil drawing as tight as I can before I even what, and they’re still bound in relationships evocative—tackling themes like outrunning get close to painting.” one’s demons (“Run”) or dissatisfaction with and what people do to each other in the name This nontraditional approach was what the dating pool (“Sea Nymph”)—it’s far from of love and want, but I think I’m a little more caught the eye of Basement Gallery co-owner lighthearted about it now.” realistic. Jane Brumfield. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East Side BASQUE MARKET—Celebrate the first few weeks of spring with strawberries stuffed with goat cheese, spring pinxtos, patatas alinadas and roasted eggplant spread with boquerones, along with the market’s famous seafood and chorizo paella. Have a glass of wine or indulge in frozen sangria topped with berries. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208,

BASQUE MUSEUM AND 1 CULTURAL CENTER—Enjoy free gallery tours for the exhibit Hidden

BOISE ART GLASS—Make your 2 own drinking glass or snack on cheese and crackers while enjoying

In Plain Sight: The Basques and tours of the Jacobs-Uberuaga House every half hour from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In the museum store, all wooden plaques and crosses are 10 percent off through Tuesday, April 10, and browse a selection of Easter gifts. 6:30 p.m. FREE. 611 Grove St., 208343-2671,

a free glass-blowing demonstration. $40 per person per 30-minute session. 5-11 p.m. 530 W. Myrtle St., 208-345-1825, BOISE WEEKLY—Help support the sales interns’ summer school trips by purchasing something tasty from the bake sale. 523 Broad St., 208-3422055,

BRICOLAGE—Portland, Ore., letterpress printer Kyle Durrie built a mobile print shop in the back of an old delivery truck and will set up shop at Bricolage as one of the final stops on her tour. Artist April VanDeGrift will display her work. Local author Douglas Bolles will offer a reading from his new book, Winter’s Labyrinth as well. See Downtown News, Page 22. 5-8 p.m. 418 S. Sixth St., 208-345-3718,

THE DISTRICT COFFEE HOUSE—Enjoy a harp performance by Matthew Tutsky, principal harpist for Boise Philharmonic. 110 S. Fifth St., 208-3431089,

THE COTTON CLUB—The Cotton 4 Club will be open to the public, and showcase quilts by a local quilter.

are $20 and kids younger than 12 eat free with purchase. 615 W. Main St., 208-287-4757,

106 N. Sixth St., 208-345-5567,

FLOATING FEATHER DAY SPA—Fool’s Special: Polish change with choice of brow, lip or chin wax for $20, and a coupon for $10 off any facial or nail service. 5-9 p.m. 602 W. Idaho St., 208-4245153,


DRAGONFLY—Every item in the store is 20 percent off through Saturday, April 14, and complimentary wine is available on First Thursday. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 414 W. Main St., 208-338-9234. FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN—Check out 5 Amber Grubb’s photographs while enjoying happy hour featuring $6 deals. Bottles of wine

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—The featured 6 artist this month is photographer and Boise Weekly contributor Laurie Pearman and the gift shop is open until 9 p.m. See Noise News, Page 22. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320, GOLDY’S CORNER—Check out the work of 7 more than 10 different local artists, enjoy happy hour from 5-9 p.m. with half off all beer and wine. 625 W. Main St., 208-433-3934, INDIE MADE—Local crafters and artists will set up shop in pop-up tents in the Pioneer Building. Enjoy live music while you browse, and check out Indie Made’s third-anniversary celebration with decorations and a raffle. Open until 9 p.m. 108 N. Sixth St. MELTING POT—Featuring original local art 8 and two glasses of wine and one cheese fondue for $22. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900,

South Side 8TH STREET MARKETPLACE AT BODO— 9 Featuring work from new artists in residence, including a mixed-media installation by Star Moxley and film clips by Seth Randal. See Downtown News, Page 22. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, 208-338-5212, 8thstreetmarketplace. com. BOISE ART MUSEUM—Find works of art 10 inspired by nature in the exhibition Open to Interpretation, and use natural materials to make a similar work during Studio Art Exploration. Art Talk is at 5:30 p.m. and artist John Grade will discuss his inspiration. See Downtown News, Page 22. 5-8 p.m. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208345-8330, THE COLE MARR GALLERY/COFFEE 11 HOUSE—Featuring black-and-white images by David Marr. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, 208-336-7630. HAPPY FISH SUSHI AND MARTINI 12 BAR—View work by Will Eichelberger. See Downtown News, Page 22. 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810. IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM— 13 Two exhibits in the downstairs galleries: Courage, Confidence and Character: A History of Girl Scouting in Southern Idaho; and Up On the Bench, a one-night showing of hand-pulled prints of neighborhood homes by Jefferson Elementary School students. 5-9 p.m. By donation. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120,


LEE GALLERY—View Recycled Art, featuring pieces made from thrown-away materials. 409 S. Eighth St., Ste. 101, 208-345-1120,


LISK GALLERY—Enjoy Mark Lisk’s Landscapes as well as metal works by Delia DeLapp and polished steel works by Ken Fenton. Work by Jerri Lisk and Carl Rowe will also be available. Wine tasting by Sawtooth Winery. 401 S. Eighth St., 208-342-3773, NORTHRUP BUILDING—Featuring work 16 from Kate and Sarah Masterson, Cassandra Schiffler, Theresa Burkes and the Idaho Books Guild. See Downtown News, Page 22. Eighth and Broad streets, second floor.

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kindergarten art teacher. 404 S. Eighth St., 208-386-9908.


SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Enjoy a sampler of tapas from the Basque Market paired with Spanish varietal reds and a featured April wine flight. case sales for First Thursday are 20 percent off. 786 W. Broad St., 208-345-9463.

QUE PASA—Check out the best selection of Mexican artwork in town, including wall fountains, silver, Day of the Dead decor, and cedar and leather sofas. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9018.


annual State Metals Program silent auction. The silent auction will run through Monday, April 30, and all winning bids are tax deductible. Proceeds go toward program costs. 5-9 p.m. 415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337,

SOLID—Enjoy live music 22 by Ryan Wissinger, free appetizers, spirit sampling from Southern Wine and Spirits, and art from Rase Photography. Followed by Last Call Trivia at 8 p.m. 405 S. Eighth St., 208345-6620.

RENEWAL CONSIGN19 MENT HOMEWARES— Featuring work by Adrian Ker-


shaw, mixed-media sculptor. See Downtown News, Page 22. 517 S. Eighth St., 208-338-5444.

AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Cruise a selection colorful spring straw hats to go with your Easter outfit. Entry in the Easter giveaway is included with every First Thursday purchase.


SALON 162—View the work of Karelia Dubkowski, Boise State professor and Anser Charter School

ART WALK Locations featuring artists

ARTISAN OPTICS— 23 Check out the annual Mykita Eyewear Show with music by Robert James. 190 N. Eighth St., 208-338-0500,



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

CHOCOLAT BAR—Crooked Fence Brewing will pair chocolates with its tasty brews. 805 W. Bannock St., 208-338-7771, DAN LOONEY UNDER24 GROUND ART—Looney’s original artwork, art prints and custom framing are all 30 to 70 percent off during this preretirement sale. 4-7 p.m. 816 W. Bannock St., Ste. E, 208-8709589, danlooney. EYE CANDY EVENT DESIGN/ CAKE BALLERS—Design you own Easter basket, complete with various gourmet goodies. Baskets will be gift wrapped for free. Two Bird studio and Beleza Design will have a variety of their products featured as well. Raffle and door prizes will be doled out throughout the evening. 720 W. Idaho St., Ste. 40, MASSAGE MATTERS— 25 Enjoy specials on massage gift certificates, refresh-


ments, art by Cody Rutty and pottery by Voyage Pottery. 816 W. Bannock St., 208-315-0072. REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP— Author Barbara J. Moritsch will read from and talk about her book The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending and Saving the Valley’s Sacred Wild Nature. 7 p.m. 180 N. Eighth St., 208-3764229,













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1. Basque Museum

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27. Thomas Hammer

2. Boise Ar t Glass

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3. Bricolage

16. Nor thrup Building

28. The Alaska Center

4. Cotton Club

17. Que Pasa

5. Flatbread

18. R. Grey Galler y

6. Flying M

19. Renewal Underground

7. Goldy’s Corner 8. Melting Pot 9. Eight Street Ar tists In Residence 10. Boise Ar t Museum

20. Salon 162

SAGE YOGA AND WELL26 NESS—Pat Kilby, Olive Wicherski, Susan Valiquette and Rachel Teannalach will show their work. Kris Hartung will perform live improvisational music. Wine tasting by Indian Creek Winery. 242 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200, 208-338-5430, sageyoga. com. SUPERB SUSHI—Enjoy wine tasting and smoked salmon sampling. 6-8 p.m. 208 N. Eighth St., 208-385-0123,



ROSE ROOM—This month’s Fettuccine Forum theme is Boise Art Museum Celebrates 75 Years, featuring BAM Executive Director Melanie Fales. See Downtown News, Page 22. 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483.

29. Ar t Source Galler y 30. Basement Galler y 31. The Crux

THOMAS HAMMER— 27 Featuring artist Sandy Kaufman’s work. 298 N. Eighth St., 208-433-8004, TWIG’S CELLAR—Pick up a marked-down selection from the wine sale—priced from $6 per bottle. 816 W. Bannock St., lower level, 208-344-8944,

21. Snake River Winer y

32. Exposure A.L.P.H.A Interchange

22. Solid

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23. Ar tisan Optics

34. Galler y at the Linen Building

THE ALASKA CENTER— 28 View Earth Vision Art and new oil paintings, along with

35. Langroise Building

Heart Sutra calligraphy. 1020 Main St.

11. Cole Marr

24. Dan Looney Underground Ar t

12. Happy Fish

25. Massage Matters

13. Idaho State Historical Museum

26. Sage Yoga and Wellness


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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS ART SOURCE GAL29 LERY—Celebrate spring with the new exhibition Spring


Botanica, featuring the photography of Jerry Kencke. Enjoy wine from Indian Creek Winery, snacks and live music by JB Duo. 5-9 p.m. 1015 W. Main St., 208-331-3374, artsourcegallery. com. BASEMENT GALLERY— 30 View the paintings of Jean Calomeni, who draws inspiration from her observations of society and people around her and depicts them in an expressionist style. See story, Page 19. 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309. BEN AND JERRY’S SCOOP SHOP—Enjoy $1 scoops in cups or cones. 103 N. 10th St., 208342-1992, THE CRUX—View the 31 work of Will Eichelberger. 1022 W. Main St. EXPOSURE A.L.P.H.A. 32 INTERCHANGE—Shop the boutique, check out art from local artists and enjoy refreshments while learning about the prevention programs and services Exposure sales make possible at this open house. 6-9 p.m. 1009 W. Bannock St., 208424-8158, FOOT DYNAMICS—Check out the new Altra zero-drop trailrunner. Mention the First Thursday event guide and get $10 off your purchase. 1021 W. Main St., 208-386-3338. GALLERY 601—Fea33 turing the artwork of renowned Oregon artist Bill Phillips, English artist Robert Taylor and many others. Brushing up on your history of WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War. Many images are counter-signed by the captain and crew. Preview this show on the website. 211 N. 10th St., 208-336-5899, THE GALLERY AT THE 34 LINEN BUILDING—View Ed Anderson’s A Sketch of Idaho. The exhibit showcases large-format acrylic paintings and ink drawings inspired by the native Minnesotan’s 10 years in Idaho. Full bar available with ID. See Downtown News, this page. 5-9 p.m. 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding. com. LANGROISE BUILD35 ING—Gypsy Gallery’s April show includes work by 17 artists and a special room of oil painters. Enjoy music from Gayle Chapman and tarot card readings by Sybil. 5-9 p.m. 1005 W. Main St. NORTH SHORE HOT DOG COMPANY—Buy two Hawaiian-way hot dogs or island-style gordo sandwiches and receive a third for free. 904 Main St., 208-3087907. OWYHEE PLAZA HOTEL—Enjoy music by Dan Costello and the Truck Stop Trio, $5 wine flights by Parma Ridge Winery and appetizer specials. 1109 W. Main St., 208-343-4611, RADIO BOISE—Watch the live on-air DJ, tour the studio and record a testimonial. Broadcasting on KRBX, 89.9 FM. 1020 W. Main St., Alaska Building, Ste. 200, 208-424-8166, radio. org.

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Welcome to the Dollhouse.

BW PHOTOGS TAKE OVER FIRST THURSDAY It’s officially spring, but the leaves have changed over at the 8th Street Marketplace Artist in Residence program. The cast of skillful virtuosos occupying spaces since October 2011 has been replaced by a new batch of artists, including printmaker Theresa Burkes, sculptor Adrian Kershaw, multimedia artist and costume designer Star Moxley, mixed-media purveyors Kate and Sarah Masterson, filmmaker Seth Randal, abstract painter Cassandra Schiffler and bookmaking troupe the Idaho Book Arts Guild. The first First Thursday of spring also brings Portland, Ore., letterpress aficionado Kyle Durrie, who built a mobile print shop in the cargo bay of an old delivery truck. In June 2011, she hopped into the makeshift rig and toured the country offering demos to American cities large and small. The last stop in her tour will be the shared space between Bricolage and MING Studios, just next door to Boise Weekly headquarters. Speaking of BW, freelance photographer Laurie Pearman is opening a new collection at Flying M Coffeehouse. Pearman said the series is a challenge to herself and a break from the portraiture she does for both BW and in a fine-arts capacity. The series is a still-life exploration called Dysfunctional Dollhouse. More fab BW photogs are also on display this First Thursday. Former BW photography intern Will Eichelberger will hang his photos at The Crux and the Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar through April. Eichelberger’s piece, “White Buffalo II,” the sun-bleached skull of a cow set over a colorful backdrop, graced the cover of BW’s March 28 issue. At Boise Art Museum, the exhibition Open to Interpretation pays homage to the history of the riverside arts bastion with a collection culled from 3,000 submissions from 1937 to 2012. Sculptor John Grade, a crafter of fascinating three-dimensional work, will host a discussion about his inspiration in conjunction with the exhibition. Furthermore, BAM’s Melanie Fales will host a Fettuccine Forum on the museum’s 75th anniversary celebration at the Rose Room at 5:30 p.m., with food from Simply Pizza and beverages available. Over at the Linen Building, First Thursday patrons are invited to an exhibition by one of BW’s Cover Auction Grant recipients Ed Anderson. The Minnesota expat explores the last 10 years of life in Idaho. His anatomical watercolors of Gem State fish are a particular treat. —Andrew Crisp WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT THUNDER MOUNTAIN LINE’S EASTER BRUNCH TRAIN—Bring the kids and enjoy brunch, an Easter egg hunt and a visit from Conductor Cottontail while taking in the scenery aboard one of Thunder Mountain Line’s trains. See Picks, Page 15. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $10-$70. Horseshoe Bend Depot, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 208-331-1184.

Odds & Ends


On Stage BALLET IDAHO CINDERELLA—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $35-$55. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.

ADULTS-ONLY EASTER EGG HUNT—New local talk show Treasure Valley View has teamed up with Humpin’ Hannah’s to offer this event, complete with Easter baskets and brightly colored eggs with sponsored gifts from local businesses. This is a funfilled, FREE event for anyone and everyone 21 and older. 7 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557.

SUNDAY APRIL 8 Festivals & Events EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA—Celebrate Easter at the Woodriver Cellars Easter Day Extravaganza. Price includes a drink ticket and petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, Easter egg hunt, music, great food, wine specials and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 11:30 a.m. $10 adults, $5 kids 3-20, FREE for kids younger than 3. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463,

THUNDER MOUNTAIN LINE’S EASTER BRUNCH TRAIN—See Saturday. 1 p.m. $10-70. Horseshoe Bend Depot, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, 208-331-1184.

On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JAMES HENEGHEN—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

CHILDREN OF EDEN—See Friday. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $17. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: TODD JOHNSON—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian. com. LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: JAMES HENEGHEN—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, OFF THE RECORD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, XANADU—See Thursday. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021,

Literature GHOSTS AND PROJECTORS READING SERIES— Daphne Gottlieb and Cheryl Maddalena will read original poetry. San Francisco-based performance poet Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter with her words. She is the author and editor of nine books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive. 7 p.m. $2 donation. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220,

Sports & Fitness HIGH SPEED PURSUIT HALF MARATHON—Choose from the half marathon, a 10K or 5K run, or a 5K walk, complete with lots of pre-race activities. Race starts with the sound of a prison alarm. Proceeds benefit the Idaho Police Officers Memorial Fund. Post-race food, prize giveaway and awards ceremony will feature prizes from Shu’s Idaho Running Company. Register at See Picks, Page 15. 10 a.m. $38. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-334-2844.

Kids & Teens FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT—Nampa Parks and Recreation has added a twist to your traditional Easter egg hunt: hunting in the dark. Take your own flashlight and search the park for every last egg. For ages 13-17. For more info, call 208-468-5858 or visit 9 p.m. $3. Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard at 16th Avenue North, Nampa. LISTEN: ORAL HISTORY TRAINING PROJECT—The Boise City Department of Arts and History presents this oral history training program for children and teens ages 9 to 18. Connect with older generations in order to help foster appreciation for their contributions and experiences. Visit boiseartsandhistory. org for more info. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Grace Jordan Elementary School, 6411 W. Fairfield Ave., Boise. POOL EASTER EGG HUNT—Enjoy a new way of hunting Easter Eggs. There will be prizes for the eggs you find. Bring a waterproof bag to collect your treasures. For ages 12 and younger. 2 p.m. FREE with NRC admission. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858,


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8 DAYS OUT Literature BOISE STATE MFA POETRY READING—Poet Michael Earl Craig will read as part of the Boise State MFA Reading Series. 8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

Religious/Spiritual EASTER 2012—Attend communitywide Easter Sunday services, followed by an Easter Egg hunt and barbecue at Camel’s Back Park. 10 a.m. FREE. North Junior High, 1105 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-854-5740, boiseschools. org/schools/north.

MONDAY APRIL 9 Art MEDIA MASH-UP WITH MARIANNE—Artist Marianne Konvalinka will provide an overview of mixed-media collage on wood and canvas. Wingtip will provide all supplies needed for this three-session workshop, which will occur on consecutive Mondays through April 23. A $50 deposit will reserve a space. Call or email info@wingtippress. com for details. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $150. Wingtip Press, 6940 Butte Court, Boise, wingtippress. com.

Animals & Pets BIG BUN BLACK DOG WALK— It’s Easter and the Big Bun wants everyone to hippitty-hop or walk their dogs (all colors welcome) to help bring awareness to the plight of black dogs (and cats, too) in shelters, a phenomenon known as the Black Dog Syndrome. Visit for more info. Noon. FREE. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 208-345-2929,


TUESDAY APRIL 10 On Stage ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 seniors, Boise State alumni and non-Boise State students; FREE with valid Boise State ID. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.


Literature JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY MEETING—Lovers of Jane Austen’s work can enjoy a DVD presentation by Austen scholar Deirdre Le Faye, entitled The Green Apple. Le Faye is the author of Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels and A Chronology of Jane Austen and Her Family. She wrote Jane Austen’s ‘Outlandish Cousin’: The Life and Letters of Eliza de Feuillide, and edited The Jane Austen Cookbook, and Jane Austen’s Letters. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181,

Talks & Lectures PAINTING FROM IDAHO LIFE BROWN BAG LECTURE—Bring your lunch and listen to John Killmaster and Tricia May of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho share stories about painting on location with different mediums, the history of the plein air art form and how their group originated. Refreshments available. Noon. $3-$5, FREE for members. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208334-2120,

Kids & Teens PRESCHOOL NATURE CLASS—Designed for children ages 3-and-a-half to 7 years, each class will include a story, craft, song and/or a game. Pre-registration required at 208608-7300. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $18.50 Boise residents, $28.13 nonresidents. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, Bee/WaterShed.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 On Stage HAMLET—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 non-Boise State students, alumni and seniors. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980,

Sports & Fitness BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING—Monitor your health with complimentary blood pressure screenings. 8:30 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m. FREE. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858,




Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.


HIP, KNEE AND SHOULDER THERAPY—Learn how to gain mobility and manage pain in your hip/knee/shoulder areas by the Boise State Rec Center’s certified athletic and personal trainers. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec.

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TRANSPLANT PATIENT Heartless Bastards finds new sound in new town CHRIS PARKER On “The Arrow Killed the Beast,” the centerpiece of Heartless Bastards’ fourth album, Arrow, tumbleweed peals of pedal steel tailspin toward distant tympanic thunder as a lonely acoustic guitar forges determinedly forward. The track is indicative of a new tone the band has adopted since frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom moved to Austin, Texas. She related the song to a friend’s place in Marfa, Texas, that the band sometimes visits to get away. “It’s an old bunkhouse on a ranch that’s been in his family a long time and he offers Heartless Bastards has found a home deep in the heart of Texas. to let friends stay there,” Wennerstrom said. “All that west Texas desert scenery and driving back and forth between Austin and This less-is-more approach also applies to reminiscent of Jolie Holland. Marfa, [the] mountains and desert imagery With The Mountain finished, Wennerstrom the guitars, which often feature Wennerstrom seeped in.” on acoustic and Nathan on the only electric. again started to look for new bandmates. Certainly there’s a feeling of majesty abutIt results in a more spacious sound—an idea And while it may seem that difficulty finding ting wide-open expanse throughout the new Wennerstrom got from listening to T. Rex, album, which is a far cry from the sound of the musicians in Austin is a bit like the difficulty Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” and finding actors in Los Angeles, it’s apparent band’s first two records. Then again, HeartThin Lizzy’s cover of the Irish traditional less Bastards is a much different band than the Wennerstrom was interested in the comfort of “Whiskey in the Jar.” The acoustic-electric blusey, blustery, riff-rock power trio that got its like-minded souls as much as anything. She contrast gives the album a striking ambiance. start nearly a decade ago in Cincinnati, backed recruited bassist Jesse Ebaugh, whose talent “Yeah, it really separates Mark’s guitar she noted in Cincinnati and who was willing by Wennerstrom’s grainy alto. But in 2008, as sound and mine and adds a lot of space, but to relocate after his own breakup. Drummer the band was getting ready to record its third Dave Colvin was in the first incarnation of the it’s full at the same time,” Wennerstrom said. album, Wennerstrom and bassist Mike LampThe album’s tone is shaped by the breakBastards and ran into Wennerstrom in Austin. ing ended a nine-year relationship. The timing was perfect—he’d just finished up a up’s aftermath. Songs like the aforementioned “It was kind of hard to continue playing degree in jazz studies a month earlier. The final “The Arrow Killed the Beast,” and the rootsy together after we split up, so I just decided piece was Mark Nathan, soundman for one of rocker “Parted Ways” are all about new to start over the whole band and I moved to directions, self-discovery and the process of Austin. I had family here and my management Heartless Bastards’ first post-move tours, who putting the past behind you, which has taken was brought on basically sight unseen. was here,” said Wennerstrom. Wennerstrom time. “We’d been hearing he was a really good When a few months of searching failed “I thought through the time period of guitarist from mutual friends, and we knew we to turn up appropriate band members, she moving to Austin and all the touring on The wanted to add a guitarist,” Wennerstrom rewent into the studio by herself to record with called. “We ended up getting along with Mark Mountain, I started to sort of get myself back. producer Mike McCarthy. I just think my outlook on so many things is “He was like, ‘Just concentrate on finishing really great and had a lot of similar tastes, different now,” Wennerstrom said. which were very broad. ... We were like, ‘Let’s the songs for the album and I’ve got some So it’s not surprising Heartless Bastards has people I think will work out great. If you don’t give it a try,’ and he’s been with us ever since.” taken on a different guise, considering the new Wennerstrom is excited about her new feel there’s chemistry, we’ll cross that bridge lineup and Wennerstrom’s new outlook. band, and that drove her approach to Arrow. when we come to it,’” she said. “I feel like I’m growing as a songwriter, The idea was to capture the band’s live energy That’s how 2009’s The Mountain got in the studio. The band and I’m feeling more comfortable branching its start. While in out and trying new styles I’ve always been spent a month on the retrospect, listeners interested in,” she said. “I’m more and more road with the Drive-By can hear antecedHeartless Bastards with David Vandervelde comfortable experimenting with different Truckers to hone its ents in the band’s and Brian Lopez. Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m., $12-$14. songs and presentation directions.” prior two releases, The While she understands that the new sounds before going in to reMountain felt like a NEUROLUX 111 N. 11th St. cord, and it apparently might be a challenge to old fans, she doesn’t dramatic left turn. The 208-343-0886 worked. The group laid feel she can afford to pay attention to that. rugged Midwestern “I find the response to the band just keeps down basic drum-bassbar band swagger gave getting more positive, but the fact is, you just guitar tracks that were way to more circumcan’t please everybody,” said Wennerstrom. pretty convincing. spect numbers—like “When you’re creating something and present“Once we got into the studio and contemthe emotional, banjo-driven “Had To Go,” plated putting layers on things, we listened and ing it to people, you have to be excited about in which Wennerstrom recounts leaving her it and feel good about it or how can you really were like, ‘A lot of this doesn’t need anyhome, or the ambling, Neil Young-ish counthing,’” she said. “We’d even done some layers expect other people to? So I just write songs try-rocker “Sway,” in which Wennerstrom’s that I like and hope people respond.” here or there and we took them away.” vocals adopt a smoky jazz-blues shimmy WWW. 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Grandma Kelsey inspires panda-monium.

EVIL WINE AND OUTLAWS Last week local songstress Grandma Kelsey filmed music videos for her songs “Some Spring” and “Keys and Locks.” The videos featured Kelsey introducing her material with her thoughts on The Exorcist to an audience seated on the floor and dressed as animals, then getting them to howl along with choruses. The songs were filmed for The Evil Wine Show, a new online video program seeking to chronicle Boise’s creative endeavors. “Our goal is to inter view and promote those who keep at creating things,” said Evil Wine co-host and co-creator Wes Malvini. Other local bands that have made appearances on the show so far include How’s Your Family? and Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars. Evil Wine was formerly broadcast on Radio Boise, but split with the radio station earlier this year in order to change its format to video and avoid the occasional content restrictions of broadcast. Episodes are temporarily posted online to mimic broadcast and are screened at the Red Room on Monday nights. In other local music news, local metal venue/arcade/skate park/juvenile delinquent Disneyland The Shredder is exploring the possibility of staying open on nights when bands aren’t booked and having punk and metal DJs keep things loud for the outlaws “shredding” on the ramp. Moving from the skate park to the garden, the roster for this year’s Outlaw Field Concert Series at Idaho Botanical Garden has been announced. To kick off the series, Canadian singersongwriter Feist will hit the stage on Tuesday, May, 29. Tickets are $25 for general admission, with VIP canopies available. Next on the list is an overdose of ’90s hit makers, including the Barenaked Ladies with special guests Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker. These pop stars will rock your socks off Thursday, Aug. 2, with general admission tickets starting at $45.50. Boiseans can come away with Norah Jones on Sunday, Aug. 19. General admission starts at $62. Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills and Nash will hit the stage on Friday, Aug. 24, and tickets start at $55. Wrapping up the concert series is legendary country-blues artist Bonnie Raitt. You can catch this star in action on Saturday, Sept. 1, with tickets starting at $60.50. For more info, visit —Josh Gross and Annette Rincon

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STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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

RACES, APRIL 4, LINEN BUILDING Races, a sextet of 20-somethings helmed by Wade Ryff, make the marriage between twanging guitar and Moog synthesizer sound natural. Ryff’s bluesy crooning of “All my debts and all my dreams /will one day be swept clean,” on “Big Broom” is filled out by the breathy backup vocals of Breanna Wood. After the hectic, weekend-long Treefort Music Fest in late March, Races’ Linen Building show on Wednesday, April 4, is being billed as a post-festival decompression. The gang is on a tour of the West to promote its new LP, Year of the Witch (Frenchkiss Records), which came out on March 27. The album features recorded commentary about each track by Ryff and the gang before the song begins. On the opening and ending tracks, Ryff expands on the “Year of the Child” and “Year of the Witch,” which like the album itself, furthers the band’s thoughts on regeneration. —Andrew Crisp With No. 8 p.m., $7. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St.,

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RIVER WHYLESS—With Little Tybee. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

JESSICA FULGHUM—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

TREEFORT DECOMPRESSION PARTY— Featuring Races, No and Shades. See Listen Here, Page 27. 8 p.m. $7 The Linen Building

JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

LIKE A ROCKET—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

JOHNNY SHOES—With Kayleigh Jack. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s



MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. $3. Kay and Traci’s 127 Club

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

THE RINGTONES—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SKINNY LISTER—8 p.m. $5 Neurolux

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s

STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s UNCLE KRACKER—With Sonia Leigh and Ty Stone. 8 p.m. $17. Knitting Factory WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge



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

BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

DOWN NORTH—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

PAMELA DEMARCHE—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

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

CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

JOHN JONES TRIO—With Mike Seifrit and John Hyneman. 8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

FANFARLO—With Gardens and Villa. See Listen Here, This Page. 8 p.m. $15. Neurolux

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La THE LUMINEERS—With Quiet Life. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux

RICO WEISMAN AND REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill LANCE WELLS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club THE SHAUN BRAZELL QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUICYCLES—9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s

BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

LANCE WELLS—7 p.m. FREE. Divine Wine Bar


JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

VANMARTER PROJECT FUNDRAISER CONCERT—7 p.m. $10. Caldwell High School VOICE OF REASON—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

SATURDAY APRIL 7 BROTHERS COMATOSE—With Possum Livin. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE DC3—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DEACON 5—9 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge



AT THE SPINE—9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s

ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape

JOHNNY BUTLER—7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

FRANK MARRA—11:30 a.m. FREE. Chandlers

JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

KEN HARRIS—9:45 a.m. FREE. Berryhill

MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. $3. Kay and Traci’s 127 Club


ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

REX MILLER—12:15 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s

ROACH GIGZ—7 p.m. $10. Reef

RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SPEEDY GRAY—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

THE SIDEMEN: GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUNDERGROUND—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement TERRI EBERLEIN—9 a.m. FREE. Berryhill TRAVIS WARD—10 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SUICYCLES—9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s TAUGE AND FAULKNER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

TUESDAY APRIL 10 DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JOSHUA P. JAMES AND THE PAPER PLANES—9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s LIKE A ROCKET—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye ROB FALER— 8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers



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

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 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 HEARTLESS BASTARDS—With David Vandervelde and Brian Lopez. See Noise, Page 25. 7 p.m. $12 adv., $14 door. Neurolux JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JOSHUA P. JAMES AND THE PAPER PLANES—9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—6:30 p.m. FREE. Brickyard STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

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FANFARLO, APRIL 6, NEUROLUX London-based Fanfarlo is the type of indie band that’s easy to get along with. The quintet’s songs are spritely, instrumentally rich and not too dense or difficult to consume. Fanfarlo’s modest brand of indie pop contains elements of post-punk, folk and baroque pop—with added color from mandolin, melodica, musical saw, horns and other unusual instruments. The band released its sophomore album, Rooms Filled with Light, in February. The album contains all of Fanfarlo’s trademark musical signatures, with lots of apparent influence from its predecessors: for example, David Byrne on the quirky, glockenspiel-and-synth-driven “Lenslife,” Arcade Fire on the anthemic and driving “Tightrope,” and Andrew Bird on the nimble, delicately plucked “A Flood.” Fanfarlo’s music is especially appealing from the stage, where the band delivers its rich indie rock in full glory—glockenspiels and all. —April Foster With Gardens and Villa. 8 p.m., $15. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

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PROBLEM CHILD We Need To Talk About Kevin is terrifying drama GEORGE PRENTICE We Need to Talk About Kevin was not nominated for any Academy Awards (Tilda Swinton was robbed of a Best Actress nod). And as a result, it wasn’t given its due at the height of cinema’s serious season, when movies of consequence are given full consideration. It’s also probably why the movie is being quietly shifted in and out of cinema art houses without much fanfare. It’s a shame. The film is a stunner. We Need to Talk About Kevin pushes many boundaries and may well leave your stomach in knots. But if you’re adequately prepared for its subject matter, I can’t recommend this movie enough. Tilda Swinton balances strength and fragility in this dramatic portrayal of child pathology. Writer-director Lynne Ramsay carefully re-crafted Lionel Shriver’s 2004 bestseller and delivers a 21st century American tragedy: Equally fine are the trio of young actors the fictional account of Kevin, evil incarnate. matoes, but the explosion of crimson is no coincidence. Before Eva’s journey is done, there who fully realize Kevin—Rock Duer, who A fussy infant evolves into a misbehaving portrays him as a toddler; Jasper Newell in indeed will be blood. adolescent (he refuses to be potty-trained), preadolescence; and especially Ezra Miller, Swinton, already an Oscar winner for and as Kevin matures, his malevolence grows who embodies a calculating and quite possibly Michael Clayton, is deeper and his antisomurderous teen. one of a select few cial tendencies grow While much of the movie-going nation actresses who balances malicious (he tortures WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (R) flocks to The Hunger Games, which examstrength and fragility a younger sister and Written and directed by Lynne Ramsay ines the darker side of the human condition, when working with pets go missing). EvenStarring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, We Need to Talk About Kevin provides a strong material, as tually, his carefully Ezra Miller much more powerful, yet intimate considershe does here. In one chosen cruelty invokes Opens Friday, April 6, at The Flicks. ation. But be warned: This film is as harrowbreathtaking scene, widespread terror. ing as it is astute. Eva purposely takes We Need to Talk There have been previous attempts at this an out-of-control About Kevin is framed through the experiences of Kevin’s mother Eva screaming Kevin to a construction site, where delicate subject matter before—The Bad Seed shocked Broadway audiences in the 1950s— only the cacophony of jackhammers can (Swinton), a smart, skilled travel writer. Early but never has a dramatic portrayal of child drown out her child’s crescendos of terror. in the film, we see her celebrating the rather pathology been so brave. It may haunt you You will not soon forget the image, let alone surreal tomato festival of Bunol, Spain. She for years. the sound. is bathed in red from the oddly beautiful to-

SCREEN/LISTINGS Special Screenings MISS REPRESENTATION—This official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival looks into modern media and critically evaluates the portrayal of women in film, advertising and leadership roles. This documentary, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is shaped by stories from teenage girls, interviews with women in leadership positions, video clips, advertisements and statistics. Read more about this film at Tuesday, April 10, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise,

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RASCAL FLATTS CINEMA CONCERT—Catch the country super group Rascal Flatts in concert with interviews with the band, and a question-andanswer sessions with questions submitted via social media. Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603; Edwards Boise Stadium 9, 760 Broad St., 208-338-3821; URBANIZED FILM SCREENING—This documentary by Gary Hustwit explores the idea of who shapes cities and how they do it. This screening occurs in conjunction with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ ongoing Urban Lifecycles project. Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208578-9122,

Opening AIR RACERS 3D—Fly into Nevada’s “Valley of Speed” for a look at the fastest race in the world and air show: the Reno National Championship Air Races. Opens Thursday, April 5. Edwards 9, Edwards 12, Edwards 14, Edwards 22

AMERICAN REUNION—The seemingly endless American Pie series continues when the characters meet up and discover who’s changed and who hasn’t. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 12, Edwards 14, Edwards 22 THIN ICE—Greg Kinnear plays a farmer who cons a farmer in this dark comedy. (R) The Flicks

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PITCH PERFECT Snake River Rugby sets its sights on the championship

Team Faren Honda from Italy will join the race at May’s Exergy Tour.

LISA HUYNH ELLER On a blustery Saturday afternoon, dozens of fans gather at Willow Lane Park off of State Street to watch one of the Northwest’s best rugby club teams. They stand on the sidelines and cheer as the burly men, legs as thick as tree trunks, wrap tackle each other and toss a ball to players downfield. The players have day jobs but spend their free time with Snake River Rugby, Boise’s local championship team. In its 40-year existence, the Snakes have had their share of victory—the team took third in the nation for Mens Division II in 2010 and won the national championship in 1996—and have built a reputation for being good. But lately, Kawaguchi handed out rule fliers at a recent they’ve gotten really good, again. match to help people understand the game. Now ranked first among nine teams in a Kawaguchi is one of a newer batch of conference that draws talent from cities much team members that wants to promote the bigger than Boise, Snake River is poised to sport of rugby and preserve the Snakes make another run at the national championtraditionally strong fan base. For last year’s ship. championship, 50 people traveled to Denver “Only time will tell if we’ll be that good from all over the country to support Snake or better,” said Michael “Mik” Lose, Snake team member and former Boise State football River, said team founder Rod Sears. “We have a very strong alumni following champion. “We are definitely on the right and they really support the rugby club. You path.” build a tradition that way,” said Sears. The team recruits former Boise State He said Snake River owes its survival in football players like Lose and Ia Falo. Former part to active recruiting, something that curBoise State wrestler Bart Johnson is also on rent players want to continue. the team, and the Snakes’ coach used to play “You get a core group, they play, they get for the national team, the USA Eagles. Many older and slower,” said Sears. “During that members have roots in the South Pacific, time, you hope to bring in a young group where rugby is part of the culture. with youthful infusion and athletic ability. A lot of guys are highly skilled and And hopefully, the old guys step out and the dedicated to excellence on the rugby pitch, young guys take over.” or field, Lose said. The Snakes have roughly That’s exactly what’s happening now with 30 members, who practice twice a week and the team. play games each spring and fall. Kawaguchi said the newer, younger play“There is a brotherhood that surrounds ers have a lot of respect for the “old boys”— rugby,” said Lose. “We do stuff off the field. retired players like Sears. “These past couple One of our teammates hosts breakfasts on years, the torch has Sundays. We make it been passed and a new a point to hang out group is running the with the team, so the For more information, club. We just want to team is a lot closer, visit make the past manrelationship-wise.” agement proud and do With the championthe club right.” ship in its sights and a He said the team wants to promote the desire to give back to the community, Snake sport among youth as a less-injury-prone River Rugby hopes to attract new fans and alternative to football. recruits. “I believe that it is very important for the “I think people should come watch the youth due to the fact that football injuries are team because Boise loves champions,” said Lose. “I came from Boise State when we won common and horrible. Rugby has significantly less injuries, and way less head injuries, four conferences out of the five. We do our than football every year.” best to put our best foot forward.” Perhaps for these reasons, the sport is To orient new fans, team member Nicolas WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M


Snake River Rugby perfects the art of the scrum.

probably the fastest growing in America, Lose said. Outside of Snake River Rugby, the sport is gaining traction around the valley. Many other younger players are joining teams in their divisions. “Four years ago, we had four high-school teams,” he said. “Now we have 12—three high-school girls’ teams are getting ready to begin rugby.” “You kind of fall in love with the culture of rugby, especially where I come from,” said Lose. “Basically, anyone of Polynesian descent in the NFL has some sort of rugby background. It prepares you to play better football.” Lose, whose parents are from Tonga, started playing rugby in seventh grade. In the sport, athletes have more opportunity to play compared to football, where you can only have 11 guys on the field. But beyond the sport, Kawaguchi said playing rugby is a great way to meet people and give back to the community. The players come from various backgrounds and professions. Some are firefighters, attorneys and teachers. Kawaguchi is a product manager at a solar company. The team does projects like Rake-up Boise. Members even started a book club, with its own mission, “to generate healthy discussion and debate by utilizing the education, background and experiences off all members.” It started with a few guys talking about a book on Facebook. One of the guys jokingly suggested they start a book club. And it stuck. “People at work laugh when I tell them about the book club,” said Kawaguchi. “They assume [rugby] is all about beer and hitting people.”

Welcome to the ultimate transitional season when, weather allowing, you can ski one day and go mountain biking the next— hell, you can do them in the same day. That said, your chances to hit the slopes (at least with the aid of a chairlift) are numbered. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area plans to close the season on Saturday, April 7, although depending on snow conditions, there could be a bonus weekend. The Nordic trails closed on April 1. Brundage Mountain will stay open through Sunday, April 8, but the McCall resort is offering bonus weekends at least through Sunday, April 22. But to mark the end of the season, Brundage is pulling out the ultimate of thank-you gifts for skiers and boarders: free skiing. No, you didn’t read that wrong, Brundage is offering free skiing daily through Friday, April 6. All you’re required to do is to stop by the lift ticket office to pick up a pass and get on your merr y way. Can’t make it this week? Brundage is discounting daily lift ticket prices during the bonus weekends, meaning tickets for kids age 11 and younger will be free, ages 11-17 and seniors older than 70 will pay $27 and adults will have to pony up $45. Get more details at A little further east, Sun Valley Resort will end the season on Dollar Mountain on Sunday, April 8, and on Bald Mountain on Sunday, April 15. But if you’re like a lot of us and are ready to see winter make its final bow, turn your thoughts toward road-biking season and to the inaugural Exergy Tour set for Memorial Day weekend. The first 11 professional women’s teams will be competing in the multi-stage race around Southwest Idaho. On the roster so far are: ABUS-Nutrixxion and Specializedlululemon from Germany; the Canadian National Team; Exergy TWENTY12 (hometown girl Kristin Armstrong’s team), Tibco to the Top, NOW and Novartis for MS, and Optum Pro Cycling from the United States; Faren Honda and Forno D’Asolo Colavita from Italy; GreenEDGE-AIS from Australia; and Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley from Belgium. The full list of teams is expected to be released by Sunday, April 15. For more info, check out —Deanna Darr

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2009 DAMA NATION RED, $30 The breakdown in this Washington red is 55 percent grenache, 23 percent syrah and 22 percent mourvedre. There’s a light jamminess to the aromas that are a mix of dark raspberry, boysenberry and strawberry, which is backed by touches of mocha, licorice and dried herb. Creamy berry flavors come through on the palate of this opulent wine, along with well-integrated toasty oak, leather and cola. It’s all nicely balanced by racy acidity on the finish. 2008 DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR COTES-DU-RHONE, LES CHAMPAUVINS, $20 Grenache (at 70 percent) dominates this blend, with smaller doses of syrah and mourvedre. On the nose, there’s a combo of raspberry and cherry liqueur, marked by anise, earth and spice. Black pepper and game accents color the deep berry flavors on this well-balanced wine. The finish is round and ripe. 2010 YALUMBA, THE STRAPPER GSM, $16.99 This Aussie entry from Barossa is almost equal parts grenache, syrah and mataro (aka mourvedre). It leads off with bright blueberry aromas colored by vanilla and spice. Smooth tannins and tart cherry come through on the supple finish. This is a great buy for a beautifully balanced blend. —David Kirkpatrick

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Many of the world’s most-intriguing wines are blends of different grapes. While some varieties, like pinot noir, work best on their own, the same can’t be said for others, like cabernet and merlot, which reach their apex when they come together in the great growths of Bordeaux. While syrah can stand alone, when blended with grenache and mourvedre, it can achieve a beauty that’s greater than the sum of the parts. That’s the case with the wines of the southern Rhone, and as this tasting shows, the formula travels well.


A’TAVOLA Picnic-worthy fare at a premium TARA MORGAN Natural light scattered across A’Tavola’s whitewashed walls on a recent afternoon. After a few laps around the bustling space, I zeroed in on an empty chair at a communal wooden table framed by a towering shelf of cookbooks. Scanning the deli/coffeeshop/marketplace, I noticed a trend: It was full of women. There were young ladies scrolling through iPhones, older women drinking wine, working ladies out to lunch and stay-at-home moms lingering with their young daughters. And from a purely stereotypical perspective, the demographic made sense. A’Tavola caters to women: Its two main deli If only you could snack and sip wine at every local library. cases are packed with healthy-looking salads, there’s a menu of light sandwiches and soups, mayonnaise-laden chicken salads, pasta salads, mand Cafe Shakespeare at Idaho Shakespeare a cheese counter with fancy imported wedges, meatballs and thick squares of lasagna. Festival. With A’Tavola, she continues her a shelf stocked with chilled white wines and a Sadly, the salad went the opposite directradition of providing picnic-worthy fare at a dessert case sparkling with temptations. And tion of the soup—a confetti of dried herbs and premium price. while the food is pretty, the fresh sprigs of rosemary clung to crisp, lightly On a recent lunch visit, space is prettier—fresh white oiled veggies and overwhelmed the simplicity I ordered a bowl ($4.95) of paint, clean lines and display A’TAVOLA of the ingredients. And at $12.99 per pound, I the rich mushroom bisque, tables stacked with artisan 1515 W. Grove St. couldn’t help but feel cheated. which had the thick structure goods give the former Donnie 208-336-3641 A broccoli crunch salad ($9.99 per pound) of pudding but lacked any of Mac’s location a hip vibe. The with cashews and currants lamentably omitted the lip-curling pleasure that concept is reminiscent of New bacon on the description, while a salmon cake generally accompanies that York City’s Eataly or the gourwith Old Bay aioli ($5.95 each) was enjoyable kind of caloric heft. On a previous visit, a cup met Dean & Deluca chain. but ultimately forgettable. of salmon bisque was equally rich but had a Over the years, A’Tavola proprietress Lisa After lunch, I shared a decadent and dainty Peterson has learned a thing or two about sell- much more nuanced flavor profile. square of flourless chocolate torte ($1.95) with A simple side salad ($12.99 per pound) ing prepared foods to the well-to-do. Peterson my lunch date. After savoring a final bite, she with sugar snap peas, pickled radishes and built her reputation at the Boise Co-op deli, made an astute observation: “This place feels yellow baby carrots was perhaps the most which she ran for years before breaking off to like eating co-op food in an Ikea.” interesting offering in a case brimming with start an upscale catering company and com-

FOOD/NEWS HOTEL HELL IN COEUR D’ALENE AND STEAKS FILL THE BOISE HOLE Those who cringe and change the channel when foul-mouthed British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay berates Hell’s Kitchen contestants might be surprised to learn that there’s a gentler side to the angry chef. In his early British TV series called Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, the grimacing gourmet took a kinder and more-balanced approach to helping flailing restaurateurs. And we can only hope that his first foray into the hospitality industry will be similarly hospitable. Hotel Hell, Ramsay’s new series that focuses on fixing rundown hotels, is set to premiere on Fox on Monday, June 4. And one of the first hotels featured on the show will be Idaho’s own Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene. According to the Spokesman-Review, Hotel Hell’s producers invited people to dine or stay in the hotel during the show’s filming Feb. 20-24 but stressed that they would be responsible for footing the bill. Speaking of footing the bill, Angell’s Bar and Grill will now comp wine corkage fees on Sunday and Monday nights. That means you can enjoy a bottle of your favorite burgundy without the markup, while savoring top sirloin or filet mignon.

And for more on the beef beat, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is slated to open in the 16-floor, $60 million Zion’s Bank building at Eighth and Main streets, the location of the Boise Hole. Ruth’s Chris is a nationwide chain known for its butter-bathed, flash-seared steaks. Other tenants in the building include the Holland & Hart law firm, the Idaho Technology Council, First American Title and CTA Architects Engineers. In other opening news, Helena, Mont.-based Steve’s Cafe debuted a second location in Meridian on March 19. Located at 2483 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 105, the family owned breakfast-and-lunch joint serves up specialties like huckleberry-stuffed French toast, corned beef hash and homemade sausages. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and features an array of rotating specials like Texas corn cakes with honey butter, a Cajun-spiced black and blue burger and reuben soup. For more information, visit And speaking of expanding, Flying Pie recently asked the following question of its Facebook fans: “We are expanding! We’re looking for the location of the next great Flying Pie in the Treasure Valley. Where would you like to see it?” As of press time, “Meridian South of Fairview” is winning with 405 votes, followed by “Boise State” with 390 votes. Near the bottom of the survey is “My House” with seven votes and “The Depths of Hell” with four. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


You can’t run a successful Italian restaurant with out a few gold chains and an unbuttoned shirt.

IN THE KITCHEN WITH Gino Vuolo of Gino’s Italian Ristorante PATRICK TRAKEL Gino’s Italian Ristorante opened on Gino Vuolo of Gino’s Italian Ristorante Eighth Street in downtown Boise, where it was born into a family of restaurateurs in remained for 14 successful years. But after 1962 in Naples, Italy. “My grandmother’s restaurant in Naples taking his lumps during the latest recession, Vuolo learned from the mistakes of is still open. That’s been open since 1906,” Vuolo said. “That’s where the whole family the restaurants around him and decided a strategic retreat was his best broke away from.” course of action. Vuolo’s uncle opened a resIn 2009, Gino’s moved to taurant in Chicago that he opTHREE SQUARES: its current location at 3015 erated for 58 years and is now, What food do you loathe? W. McMillan Road in Meridlike the Naples restaurant, run Grapefruit. I just don’t like ian. Despite the naysayers by one of Vuolo’s cousins. the flavor. who complained about the “We never really had cuIf you weren’t cooking for strip mall location and the linary training. You learned a living, what would you be long drive, the gamble paid that as a kid,” he explained. doing? off: Business has nearly “You start on prep and I never had Plan B. I pretty tripled since the relocation. dishes and then move up.” much grew up in this, and It’s been almost three Vuolo came to the United it’s been my life. My family has always had restaurants, years now, and it’s unlikely States at the age of 2 with his so we didn’t have to stray that another move is in father, who ran La Taverna from that. Vuolo’s future. Ristorante in New York “You can’t get me out of City’s Empire State BuildWhat was your most gruesome injury as a chef? here now, I love it so much” ing. When the business was I took the corner of my Vuolo said. “This is home bought out in 1984, the famthumb off with a slicer. I just now.” ily returned to Naples and put it back on, put some Vuolo’s daughter Jessica, their flagship restaurant. duct tape on it, and it just now 18, also works at the In 1989, Vuolo met Tia, melded together. I was 16. That was the old days; you restaurant and his brother, who was in Naples visiting just kept going. Tony Vuolo, runs Tony’s Pizher brother, a U.S. Navy zeria Teatro in Boise. commander and a patron of Vuolo, 50, has spurs in the restaurant. Tia ended up staying with Vuolo in Italy to finish school, both feet and a legion of loyal regulars to show for his time in the restaurant business. and in 1993, she gave birth to the couple’s “My main thing is to take care of people daughter, Jessica. The following year, Tia and make them happy,” he explained. “It’s and Vuolo were married and moved their new family to Boise. Because he knew noth- not the buck. You need that to survive, but I think if your customers are happy, then ing else, Vuolo soon began thinking about everything else will fall into place.” starting a restaurant of his own. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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The Wagners whip up batches of homemade mustard using a few basic ingredients: mustard seeds, water, salt and vinegar.

THE MUSTARD MAN Bob and Cari Wagner make old-fashioned mustard ANNE HENDERSON them with water and vinegar and blend vigBob Wagner has been in the broadcastorously. During this step, the mustard seeds ing business since he was 17 years old. His begin to break down and split open. wife, Cari, cleans houses for a living. But Asked if it was difficult to get to know because Bob’s father had a penchant for good all the industrial kitchen equipment at the mustard, the two of them plan on spending Food and Technology Center, Bob replied: a significant amount of time at the Food and “I’ve been involved in industrial food Technology Center in the University of Idaho’s satellite campus in Caldwell. It was there, production for most of my adult life. I’ve run restaurants and so on, so it’s not that bright and early on a Saturday morning, that foreign.” Boise Weekly caught up with the Wagners to In fact, Bob said he once worked in a see their mustard-making process. fudge factory and later wrote a chocolate While mixing a vat of bi-colored mustard cookbook. seeds with a 2-foot-long hand blender, Bob “I’m the kind of guy that does a lot of explained that the idea to make and sell different things because I get bored easily,” mustard just sort of fell into his lap after he made a bit of it to send to his father, who was he said, though, he admits that both he and Cari hope the mustard busidisgruntled with the choices at ness will really take off. his local grocery store. “It’s sort of our retirement “He was searching for For more information on plan,” he said. the mustard of his youth,” the Wagners’ mustards and Meanwhile, in the backBob said. where you can buy them, visit ground, Cari sterilized all the So, what is the secret to mustard jars and set them out good mustard? at the front of an assembly “Mustard seeds, water, line, ready for the bottling salt and vinegar. Basic good ingredients. Why do you need corn syrup in process. A giant funnel sat atop a stainless steel machine that pumps the finished mustard? Why do you need corn syrup in mustard into the jars. Brown boxes waited anything?” Bob asked, shaking his head. patiently at the end of the line. The whole Bob uses two varieties of mustard seeds thing looked like a scene straight out of that are grown organically in Idaho’s Long Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Valley area. The first step is to combine

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At this stage, Bob turned off the big mixer and carefully measured out his spices. Suddenly, Cari in a controlled, yet almost frantic tone asked: “Did you bring the lids?” Luckily, Bob did. The Wagners rent the industrial kitchen by the hour, which can be a large expense for a fledgling business. Bob returned to the large stainless steel bowl, poured in his spices and a generous dose of sea salt, and revved up the hand blender once again. “This is the final step,” he said. He worked the mustard until it was just the right, spreadable consistency, with the mustard really looking the part—creamy and incredibly aromatic. It was tempting to taste, but Bob warned against eating it the same day it’s made. “You’ll want to let it season a day or two. It’s going to be really sharp today. It’s going to be like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe this is so strong.’” On this particular Saturday, the Wagners mixed up three batches of mustard—smoky hot, old fashioned and dill—which they’ve dubbed “The Three Mustard-teers.” The Wagners filled 500 eight-oz. jars that day, some of which can be purchased at Stonehenge Produce in Boise or at Rosauers Supermarket in Meridian. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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BOISE W E E KLY $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 http://www.easywork-greatpay. com Paid In Advance! Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! Work and live in rural Buddhist center, California. Help make Buddhist books to donate in Asia. Includes housing, vegetarian meals, classes on Buddhism, living allowance. Must have sincere Buddhist interest, physical strength. Minimum age 22. For details, application call 510-981-1987 Email


C O MMU N IT Y BW ANNOUNCEMENTS BOISE HIGH BRAVES Baseball Season Opens! Jack Acree Field (next to Elk’s Hospital behind Boise Little Theater). Free parking. Community Rallies behind Bill Buckner’s Boise Braves as they challenge opponents every Thursday & Friday night in March & April. Game time 5pm. Children & seniors welcome. Healthy & friendly concessions. “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet!” Mention BW for a discount at the gate. Go Braves! CALL TO ALL ARTISTS! RAW: natural born artists will be hosting a monthly mixed arts showcase in a local club with a DJ that will feature a fashion show, short film, hair/makeup design, accessories, performance art, bands, and all visual arts. Our mission is to help the newer artist by giving them the tools to promote themselves. Go to www. to submit for the May showcase. If chosen you will be contacted. If not chosen for May’s showcase, don’t worry. You may be contacted for June! “Like” us at EASTER EVENT April 7, 1-3pm. A Community & Family Fun event at Christ Lutheran in Meridian. “The Easter Story” movie, crafts, egg hunt & refreshments. Christ Lutheran, 1406 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian.

GOT ART? Exposure a.l.p.h.a. Interchange is interested in showing work from emerging artists in all mediums, especially drawing, painting, photography, mixed media. Group or solo exhibition proposals are welcome. Interested artists must show new work that is ready to be hung and for sale. The artwork rotates monthly with the opening each 1st Thursday. Exposure charges no rental fee, but will retain a portion of sales, so there is no initial risk to the artist. All proceeds will benefit a.l.p.h.a. (Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS). To submit portfolios for consideration or other inquiries, please contact INTERNATIONAL MARKET AT THE WATERFRONT AT LAKE HARBOR Our goal is to represent many cultures, booth space now available. Accepting vendors: food, clothing, produce, crafts, jewelry, art. Saturdays 9-3. Contact: The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N Lake Harbor blvd. Suite 120, 208-639-1441. OATH KEEPERS MEETINGS Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, & Fire Fighters who will fulfill the oath we swore, with support of like minded citizens who take an oath to stand with us, to support & defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign & domestic, so help us God. Please visit the OATHKEEPERS.ORG, then go to MEETUP.COM & search for Oath at your zip code. Sign up. RSVP to the next meeting.


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B O I S E W E E K LY WIN $1,000 Free 500 Word Essay Contest! K-12, 31 cash prizes, $1,000 first place. May 20th deadline. We hope you have fun entering! For complete rules, go to

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PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Over the last year Sustainable Futures has expanded glass recycling operations to a larger facility allowing us to add production equipment & bring on more program participants. On Thursday, April 12, from 4-7pm, the public is invited for a tour of this new facility, 5858 W Franklin, Boise. In addition to recycling wine, spirit & beer bottles into usable glassware, Sustainable Futures also provides vocational training for at-risk youth, refugees, low income seniors, & paroled men and women transitioning into the workforce.

BW VOLUNTEERS CARING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are looking for quality volunteers to provide companionship to our hospice patients. Even one hr./mo. makes a huge difference in someone’s life. Times are based on your schedule not ours. Training provided. We pay for drug screen-

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5 hr. workshops. 3rd Sat. of each mo. starting 4/21, 1-6 pm at LEE Gallery, 409 S. 8th Street #101, downtown Boise. Discount materials from Quality Art. French Impressionist painting style. Paris trained instructor, Antinon Passemard. Limited to 15 students for personal instruction. Learn the basics of composition, mixing color & brush stroke technique. Cost: $45. + materials. Call to register 208-830-2937.


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GMOS - SYMPOSIUM April 20 - Owyhee Plaza Hotel. The Idaho Law Review is proud to present Genetically Modified Organisms: Law & the Global Market. This symposium will host four panels of experts to discuss, in a legal context, the science needed to better inform policy, GMO market acceptance, international trade issues, food producer and consumer issues, domestic GMO regulation, and biotechnology. Legal Practitioners & the public are invited to attend.

BW FUNDRAISERS PAINTBALL TOURNAMENT! True Action Sports Presents: Dominators Series Event #2! April 22, doors open at 9 am, tournament starts at 10:30. 2-Man Beginner $30/team, 3-M Rookie $45/team. 25% off all proceeds will be donated to the Boise State Art Department. Come, have fun, & enjoy a day of shoot ‘em up action.

BW FOUND FOUND- BLACK AND WHITE CAT Found at McDonalds on Broadway & it followed me home. I didn’t have the heart to leave it out all night. It has a white body with a few black spots, a black tail, & a black splotch on its head. Is an adult with no collar. Is very friendly & lovable and likes to climb on people and occasionally lick them. Call or text 208-608-2515.

BW LOST HP DIGITAL CAMERA In small black case wrapped in yellow plastic bag. Possibly lost in Gold Fork parking lot on highway 21. 384-1474.

SERVICES BW CHILD PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293 (Void in Illinois).

BW HOME PAINTING If you want one room or the whole house painted. Honest & fair rates. Lic/Insured. 463-7590. POOP PICKUP I will pick up your doggy’s doo doo for a very reasonable price, I also mow lawns. Prices: $15 to $25/wk. royaltcleaningnlawn@ RESIDENTIAL PAINTING We offer quality painting at a price you can afford. Interior or exterior, an entire repaint, or just a partial. Our experienced and friendly staff can solve all your painting needs! Call for a free estimate. 208-336-4660.


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BW PROFESSIONAL THE WORLD IS CALLING YOU The call from the outer world often tempts you to just break free. When you tour anywhere, you just don’t visit the places & return. Every place has its own appeal, & you need to have the right program to realize that very appeal. From jungle safari to mountaineering, from sea surfing to dunes safari, traveling means drinking the essence of that place. just makes you absorb that & see the world in a new look.

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BW CLASSES FREE WHOLE FOOD SEMINAR Internationally acclaimed author, public speaker, trainer & educator, Don Tolman, comes to Boise for the first time to share his wisdom of self-care & living symptom-free through whole food nutrition & healthy lifestyle. April 17th, 7pm. Holiday Inn Airport, 2970 W. Elder St. FREE, but must register for guaranteed admission at

FLAT FEE HEALTH INSURANCE I Can Benefit offers affordable health insurance that covers all with one flat fee for service. To learn more call toll free 877-681-4022. PERSONAL TRAINING DOWNTOWN Mana Loa Fitness offers personal training at Dfine Athletic Club located on the 5th floor of the Grove Hotel. The Private, exclusive atmosphere separates this from all other gyms in the Treasure Valley. Check out or call Chase 720-3307 to find out more information.

ZUMBA CLASSES DOWNTOWN Zumba classes at the Powerhouse 621 S. 17th, Boise. Mon: 5:30pm, Wed: 5:30pm, 6:45pm, Th: 6:00pm. First class is free. 850-5838.



Hot tub available, heated table, hot oil full-body Swedish massage. Total seclusion. Days/Eves/ Weekends. Visa/Master Card accepted, Male only. 866-2759.

A Full body massage by experienced therapist. Out call or private studio. 863-1577 Thomas.


FREE MASSAGE EVALUATION Apollo Therapy is offering a free Therapeutic Massage Evaluation. To help you find out what a Therapeutic Massage can do for you. So come into my office inside of Boise Pain Management located at 8950 Emerald St Suite 150 or call 724-7599 and ask for Aric. The evaluations are only on Tuesdays from 10-2 & Wednesdays from 3-8. There is no obligations expected with this offer.


1/2 hr. $15. FULL BODY. Hot oil, 24/7. I travel. 880-5772. New website Male Only. Private Boise studio. Aurora the way you are. Call for Happy Hour 24 hr. 7 days/wk. In & Out. 353-3327.

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

BOISE’S BEST! With Bodywork by Rose. 794-4789. Mystic Moon Massage. Spring Special. Buy 3 sessions get one free. 322 Lake Lowell Nampa. By appt. only. 283-7830 Betty. Bring ad clipping for special. GRANT: 2-year-old male German shorthaired pointer/Australian cattle dog mix. Good with other dogs. High energy, athletic dog. (Kennel 321- #15629549)

LACEY: 3-year-old female husky mix. Intense, energetic and independent. Prefers to be the dominant dog in the household. (Kennel 405- #8537571)

ALIVIA: 10-month-old female beagle mix. Lively, good-natured dog. Typical independent hound. Good with other dogs. (Kennel 408- #15616751)

LITTLE GUY: 6-year-old male Siamese mix. Loves dogs and has lived with cats. Outgoing and prefers to be a indoor, lapcat. (Kennel 07- #15583422)

MISSY: 3-year-old female domestic shorthair. Litterbox-trained indoor cat. Friendly and outgoing. Prefers to be the only cat in a home. (Kennel 06- #8526129)

COCONUT: 4-year-old male domestic longhair. Handsome, extra-large cat. Litterbox-trained. Enjoys being held. Quick to warm up. (Kennel 24#15849060)

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VANILLA ICE: Ice, ice, baby, Vanilla Ice. Be cool and adopt me.


TOPAZ: Declawed female is a real gem— come see why today.

CAMDEN: Got dogs? I’m a handsome male with dog experience.

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B O I S E W E E K LY “U Deserve 4 Hands 4 U...” 208463-8982. ULM 340-8377. Hrs. 8:30AM8PM.


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NEXT STEP AWARENESS Psychic reading for $30. For seeing your life for work, love & health. Call Ajna counseling 8636864. Day & evening appointments. FREE ON-LINE CLASSIFIED ADS Place your FREE on-line classifieds at It’s easy! Just click on “Post Your FREE Ad.” No phone calls please.

KRIYA YOGA, APRIL 13-15 Learn the ancient, scientific teachings of Kriya Yoga. Yogacharya John Williams will visit Boise to train new initiates in the ancient method of living and meditation that cultivates body, mind, intellect and awareness of the soul using powerful meditative and yogic disciplines. A free preview to the weekend will be offered on Sunday, March 18, 6-8pm & again on Wednesday, March 21, 7-9pm. For more information: 853-1004 /

“SPIRITUAL ECONOMICS” Study Group Metaphysical/Spiritual Gathering Every Sunday Morning Focus on the book, “Spiritual Economics” by Eric Butterworth. (Copies of the book are provided) FORMAT: Opening Prayer, Book Study, & Guided Meditation Occasional Guest Speakers Ongoing Event-Every Sunday Morning at 10:00am Everyone is welcome! (Not handicapped Accessible) Donations Only. 208-323-2323.






PUPPY LOVE SUITES We know that your pets are part of the family, and we make them part of our family while they’re here. Whether they come for a day or spend a whole vacation with us. Our philosophy is simple, when you leave your pet with us, you’re leaving a child & that’s a responsibility we take very seriously. Contact us at 208353-5939.

LEARN TO PLAY THE DRUMS Drum Lessons for all ages. Adults welcome. Snare Drum - Concert Percussion - Marching Percussion - Drum Set. Private lessons are one on one, 1/wk. for a half hour. Lessons available M-F. Two Locations - Southeast Boise at Idaho Music Academy or ArtsWest School in Eagle. Call Frank 208573-1020.

NYT CROSSWORD | TWO-FOR-ONE SPECIAL BY PATRICK BERRY / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ 23 Ordeal that’s no big deal? 25 Gaze upon 26 It’s much followed in North Africa 27 Large cloth sign with nothing on it? 29 Toy hammer? 34 Ending with sex or symbol 35 Seek redress from 36 “Anything ___?”

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named decedent. All persons having claims against the decedent or the estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or said claims will be forever barred.

BW MUSICIAN’S EXCHANGE ACOUSTIC GUITAR PLAYER Needed for local folk/rock band. We love to jam & gig. The band is almost complete with stand up bass, lap guitar, drums & vocalist! Please email if interested: BASS PLAYER NEEDED ASAP We play americana, rock, punk & country. Covers & some originals. We want to start doing gigs before summer. Harmonizing skills a plus. Email for an audition: ROBBED ETHER Rock/Alt Trio. Bringing back the heavy grooves & in your face lyrics of 90’s grunge, mixed with today’s punk metal alt rock. ROCK/ALT TRIO - TRIKATA Bringing back the heavy grooves & riffs of the best days of rock ‘n roll, & combining them with the best of today’s alternative stylings. It’s a sound everyone can move to and love! Find us at: trikataband or trikata

NOTICES BW LEGAL NOTICES CIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN RE: Monica Ann Gillies Case No. CV NC 1202707 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Monica Ann Gillies, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Monica Ann Pursley. The reason for the change in name is: restore my maiden name. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on April 17, 2012 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Feb. 16, 2012. CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: Debra Urizar Deputy Clerk Pub. March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA In the Matter of the Estate of: Emma Stokes, Deceased. Case No. CV IE 1205097 NOTICE TO CREDITORS (I.C. § 15-3-801)


Claims must be presented to the undersigned at the address indicated, and filed with the clerk of the Court. DATED this 23rd of March, 2012. KAREN STOKES C.K. Quade Law, PLLC 1501 Tyrell Lane Boise, ID 83706 Telephone: 208-367-0723 Pub. March 28, April 4, & 11, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: DORIS A. MONROE, Deceased Case CV-IE-2012-04416 NOTICE TO CREDITORS [I.C. § 15-3-801(a)] NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed personal representative of the above-named decedent. All persons having claims against the decedent or the estate are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented to the undersigned at the address indicated, and filed with the Clerk of the Court. DATED this 23th day of March, 2012. Mr. Phillip Clark c/o Gary L. Davis MANWEILER, BREEN, BALL & DAVIS, PLLC 355 W. Myrtle, Ste. 100, Boise, ID 83702 (208) 424-9100 Pub. March 28, April 4, & 11, 2012.

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BW PEN PALS Pen Pals complimentary ads for our incarcerated friends are run on a space-available basis and may be edited for content. Readers are encouraged to use caution and discretion when communicating with Pen Pals, whose backgrounds are not checked prior to publication. Boise Weekly accepts no responsibility for any relationships that may arise from contacting these inmates. 22 y.o. F, looking for someone to stimulate my senses! I’m beautiful, intelligent and playful! Amelia Maki #96899 PWCC 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. 21 y.o. F, affectionate, fun loving, girl doing some time. In need of a pen pal to keep me company; maybe more. Amanda Gouge #94579 PWCC Unit 2 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204.

28 y.o. F, playful, philosophical, beautiful, creative and very intelligent. ISO someone out of the ordinary. Is that you? Let’s find out. Elisabeth Crossley #99971 PWCC Unit 2 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. 21 y.o. F, fun loving, energetic and very beautiful. Been down 2 years now and could use a mans stimulation mentally and emotionally. Is that you? Tina Fletcher #97502 PWCC Unit 2 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. SM, 26 y.o. That is looking for F pen pals. Someone that I could communicate with. I am 6’, brown hair and eyes. I enjoy cooking and hanging out with friends. I’m not from the Boise area but, plan to move here and open a restaurant. Sean Hunt #93236 ISCI Unit 7 PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I am a 22 y.o. White gay male. I have blonde hair and hazel eyes. I am 6’1”, 150 lbs., ISO someone to write and build friendships and possibly more. I like white, Mexican and black dudes/feminine guys. Ages 20-35. No girls. Will settle for any male/feminine males except Asians. Shane Christie #93710 ISCI 11C-49B PO Box 14 Boise, ID 83707. I’m 60 y.o. Looking for a pen pal between the ages of 40 and 59 years of age. I am easy going, good humor, 5’8”, 190 lbs., brown hair and blue eyes. I like to fish, hunt and camp. If there is anyone out there that would like to write to me, please do. I will answer every letter I get. Thomas Coffeit #30459 ISCI MA-19A PO box 14 Boise, ID 83707. My name is Kelly Hornbeck. I am a 34 y.o. WF, I am short, brown hair and hazel eyes. I’m also tatt’d up. I have a pretty chillaz attitude. Doing a little time so I though I’d check out the pen pal situation and hopefully make some new friends. If you want to know more feel free to write me. Kelly Hornbeck 200 Courthouse Way Rigby, ID 83442.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Please study this testimony: “Born in a rancid, bat-infested cave at the base of the smoldering Sangay Volcano, I was raised by the half-bear demon princess Arcastia. At the age of 4, my training as a ninja shaman began when I was left naked and alone next to a stream of burning lava with only two safety pins, a package of dental floss and a plastic bag full of Cheerios. My mission: to find my way to my spiritual home.” Now, Aries, I’d like you to compose your own version of this declaration: a playful, over-the-top myth about your origins that gives you a greater appreciation for the heroic journey you’ve been on all these years. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Our ancestors owned slaves and denied education to girls. What were they thinking? Time magazine asked renowned historian David McCullough if there was anything we do today that our descendants will regard as equally insane and inexcusable. His reply: “How we could have spent so much time watching TV.” I’ll ask you, Taurus, to apply this same exercise on a personal level. Think of some things you did when you were younger that now seem incomprehensible or ignorant. Then explore the possibility that you will look back with incredulity at some weird habit or tweaked form of self-indulgence you’re pursuing today. (P.S.: It’s an excellent time to phase out that habit or self-indulgence.) GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I can’t tell if I’m dealing well with life these days or if I just don’t give a sh-- any more.” I stumbled upon that comment at, and I decided to pass it along for your consideration. You may be pondering the same riddle: feeling suspicious about why you seem more relaxed than usual in the face of plain old everyday chaos. I’m here to tell you my opinion, which is that your recent equanimity is not rooted in jaded numbness. Rather, it’s the result of some hard work you did on yourself during the last six months. Congrats and enjoy. CANCER (June 21-July 22): What excites you, Cancerian? What mobilizes your self-discipline and inspires you to see the big picture? I encourage you to identify those sources of high-octane fuel and then take extraordinary measures to make them a strong presence in your life. There has rarely been a better time than now for you to do this. It could create effects that will last for years. (P.S.: Here’s a further nudge from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.”)

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While in a bookstore, I came across a book and deck of cards that were collectively called Tarot Secrets. The subtitle of the kit was “A Fast and Easy Way to Learn a Powerful Ancient Art.” I snorted derisively to read that claim, since I myself have studied tarot intensively for years and am nowhere near mastery. Later, though, when I was back home meditating on your horoscope, I softened my attitude a bit. The astrological omens do indeed suggest that in the upcoming weeks and months, you just might be able to learn a rather substantial skill in a relatively short time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Writing in The New Yorker, Joanna Ravenna paraphrased German philosopher Nietzsche: “The best way to enrage people is to force them to change their mind about you.” I’d like to see you mutate this theory in the coming weeks, Virgo. If possible, see if you can amuse and entertain people, not enrage them, by compelling them to change their minds about you. I realize that’s a tricky proposition, but given the current astrological omens, I have faith that you can pull it off. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 1892, when Wrigley was just starting out as a company, its main product was baking powder. Free chewing gum was included in each package as a promotional gimmick. But soon, the freebie became so popular that Wrigley rearranged its entire business. Now it’s a multi-billion-dollar company that sells gum in 140 different countries—and no baking powder. Maybe there’s something like that on the verge of happening in your own life, Libra: What seemed like the main event could turn out to be secondary, or what seemed incidental might become a centerpiece. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): People in intimate relationships are hypersensitive to negative comments from their partners. Psychologists say it takes five compliments to outweigh the effects of a single dash of derogatory criticism. I’m sure the ratio is similar even for relationships that aren’t as close as lovers and spouses. With this in mind, I urge you to be extra careful not to dispense barbs. They would be especially damaging during this phase of your astrological cycle— both to you and to those at whom you direct them. Instead, Scorpio, why not dole out an abundance of compliments? They will build up a reservoir of goodwill you’ll be able to draw on for a long time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Researchers report that the typical man falls in love 5.4 times over the course of his life, while the average woman basks in the

glow of this great mystery on 4.6 occasions. I suspect you may be close to having a .4 or .6 type of experience, Sagittarius: sort of like infatuation, but without the crazed mania. That could actually be a good thing. The challenging spiritual project that relationship offers may be most viable when the two people involved are not electrifyingly interwoven with every last one of their karmic threads. Maybe we have more slack in our quest for intimacy if we love but are not obsessed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I couldn’t wait for success,” said comedian Jonathan Winters, “so I went ahead without it.” I love that approach, and I suggest you try it out. Is there any area of your life that is held captive by an image of perfection? Consider the possibility that shiny concepts of victory and progress might be distracting you from doing the work that will bring you meaning and fulfillment. If you’re too busy dreaming of someday attaining the ideal mate, weight, job, pleasure and community, you may miss out on the imperfect but amazing opportunities that are available right now. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On, Kaushalp88 asked the question, “What is the most badass thing that you have ever done, but that other people weren’t impressed by?” Here’s his own story: “I was at an ice cream shop. At the exit, there was a small raised step I didn’t see. I tripped over it with my ice cream cone in my right hand. The ice cream ball sprung out of the cone. I instinctively lurched my left hand forward and grabbed it, but at the same time, I was already falling toward the pavement. I tucked my head into my chest and made a perfect somersault, rising to my feet and plopping the ice cream back in the cone.” I suspect you will soon have comparable experiences, Aquarius—unusual triumphs and unexpected accomplishments. But you may have to be content with provoking awe in no one else beside yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” So says a Swedish proverb. Can we talk about this, please, Pisces? Of course, there are real hazards and difficulties in life, and they deserve your ingenious problem-solving. But why devote any of your precious energy to becoming embroiled in hyped-up hazards and hypothetical difficulties? Based on my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a propitious time to cut shadows down to size. It’s also a perfect moment to liberate yourself from needless anxiety. I think you’ll be amazed at how much more accurate your perceptions will be as a result.



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