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OUT OF POCKET The sexual divide in medical costs FEATURE 11
VROOM VROOM Alt fuels keep the wheels going round NOISE 25
OUR HOUSE A peek inside local underground music venues REC 30
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NOTE FROM HEALTH CARE TO HOUSE SHOWS Ask one of Idaho’s elder statesmen what the term “health care inequality” describes and my guess is he’ll offer up some socio-economic comparison between the insured and under-/uninsured. My guess is inequities in health care are seen as classist divides inevitable in a capitalist society, one in which socialized medicine is a four-letter word. I’ll sleep OK at night having taken such a broad swipe at the men who represent Idahoans under the dome because, as I think their failed legislation to force transvaginal ultrasounds shows, they have little regard for, nor know little of the challenges women in this state—even their conservative wives, mothers, daughters and sisters—face when it comes to health care. Maybe our legislators’ daughters and granddaughters don’t have to worry about whether they’re going to get a pap smear or put food on the table, but what about the waitress without health insurance or the single mom living paycheck to paycheck or even the family of four you’ll read about in “Out of Pocket” on Page 8. Beyond the News section this week, you’ll read about a handful of industrious local mechanics putting their alternative fuel ideas to work—from vegetable oil to solar panels to batteries. And while you may have read about Greenspeed and Suncar 1 in the past in these very pages, what you haven’t read about is Idaho researchers who have stumbled on a discovery that converts dairy waste (which Idaho certainly has more than its fair share of) into bio-crude with the help of algae. That story is on Page 11. In Noise, you’ll ﬁnd “Basement Bands,” a story that’s about as undercover as the arts and entertainment section gets with a look at the valley’s house shows. We talk about them and how great and important they are to the local scene, given the city’s lack of all-ages venues. But if you think we’re gonna tell you where to ﬁnd them, you can just keep right on thumbing through pages. —Rachael Daigle
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WHEN MILLIONAIRES PLAY POOR Presidential candidate Mitt Romney tries to shed his millionaire image with tales of his forefathers growing up poor. Who knew poverty was such a relative term?
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THE BISHOP’S WIFE No way is Cope wagging a war on Ma Romney “Whatcha doin’?” “Gee, Red. I was getting ready to sit down and write next week’s column, and I’m so damn happy you showed up. I’m not sure how I’d manage if you weren’t always dropping in unannounced, ripping a great big giant ass hole in my regular routine.” “Glad to help, Cope. So whatcha writing about for next week? Ah, wait a sec. Le’me guess. You’ll be warblin’ that same old Democratsic tune what says us Republicans are wagging a war on womens, right? Tell me I got it wrong.” “You got it wrong. Actually, I was going to do a thing about ALEC.” “Baldwin? Or Trebek?” “Uh, neither. And I think maybe you have Alec Trebek confused with Alex Trebek.” “Yeah. Wull. Whatever. Anyway, you’re saying you don’t have no plans on how to do some verbal abusin’ of poor Missus Romney? You know … like ol’ Hillary did? Or do you think it’s OK for the Secretariat of the State to be running down stay-at-home mammas for not going out and getting a job?” “Red, now I believe you have Hillary Clinton confused with Hilary Rosen. And no, I have no opinion about Ann Romney. Nor do I intend to get one. She seems a perfectly nice lady who chose to do exactly what I’m accustomed to hearing wives of her, uh ... persuasion ... so often do, and I have no plans to wade deeper into that subject than I already have.” “What you mean ... persuasion? Is that some kind of blond joke?” “Don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean, Red. You grew up around here, just like I did. And you know good and well that certain wives are perfectly content to stay home and plop out a mini-bus full of young ’uns. In fact, it’s my understanding they are encouraged to do just that in the particular religious afﬁliation to which Mr. and Mrs. Romney belong. That’s what I’ve heard, anyway. If you understand it differently, please tell me. You know how I am, Red. I’m always willing to admit I’m wrong about these matters. You know … in the unlikely event it turns out I’m wrong.” “The only thing you said I agree with was about me knowing how you am. And I don’t trust how you am, Cope. You’s one sneaky buzzard. You’re one of them people what are always talking about what you say you ain’t gonna talk about. So if you say you ain’t gonna talk about Missus Romney never having a job, that means you’re really talking about her never having a job. “No no no! You got me all wrong, Red. I have no interest whatsoever in whether she ever had a job. And besides, why on Earth would she ever need a job, anyway? It’s not like she had to save loose change in a coffee can so she could pay the tuition on her sons’ private school, huh? Or to get a new trannie
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put in one of her Cadillacs? And another thing ... how would she ever hold down a job in the ﬁrst place, what with not knowing which of their mansions they’re going to be living in from month to month? No sir, Red. I’d never even think about picking on poor Mom Romney for having no reason whatsoever to work a day in her life. After all, it’s not her fault they’re worth an estimated 250 million bucks, is it?” “There you go! You said it! That she never had to work a day in her life. That’s exactly what Hilary what’s-’er-face said. It’s you what’s wagging a war on womens, Cope. You and all them Dem’crats what refuses to acknowsticate how hard a full-time mom works.” “Red, that’s nonsense. I had a full-time mom myself. I saw every day how hard she worked. But there’s a big difference between my mom and Ann Romney. My mom did her own cleaning. My mom did her own cooking. If my mom wanted a ﬂower bed, she planted it and weeded it and watered it herself. If she wanted a room painted, she painted it herself. My guess is, the toughest thing Ann Romney does over the course of a day is to interview a new maid or tell a gardener what she wants done. My mom was the maid, the gardener, the cook and everything else. That’s what most full-time moms are, and they don’t think of themselves as ‘home managers,’ either. Honestly, Red, can you even imagine Ann Romney up to her elbows in a wad of raw meatloaf ﬁxings? Or swabbing out a toilet?” “Cope, for not wanting to talk about Missus Romney, you’re sure saying a lot about ’er. That just gets my inner mamma grizzly’s goat.” “Wow. You have an ‘inner mamma grizzly?’ If I toss a salmon patty in the air, can you catch it in your mouth?” “Huh?” “Never mind. Buddy, it’s very commendable that you feel the need to defend poor Mrs. Romney. But you know, this stink was never about Democrats vs. stay-at-home wives. It’s about people worth tons of money vs. everyone else. It’s about the One Percenters, Red. And I suspect Ann Romney understands it better than that gas bubble she’s married to.” “Gull durnit, Cope! Not ever’thing is about who’s got all the money.” “It is for the ones who have all the money, pal and always has been. Everything else is either a means to keep it that way or a distraction from that reality. But listen, I want to hear more about this ‘inner mamma grizzly’ of yours. When you have to use the bathroom, do you ever feel like you should go do it in the woods?” “Har har har, Cope. Fuuuuh-nee! Now whyn’tcha go back to writin’ ’bout that Alec feller and leave me be.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
A PREZ WHO DOESN’T TRY Is Obama kowtowing to the right? The president’s progressive critics blame him for continuing and expanding upon his Republican predecessor’s policies. His supporters point to the obstructionist, Republicancontrolled Congress. What can Barack Obama do? He’s being stymied at every turn. If Obama had wanted to pursue a progressive agenda—banning foreclosures, jailing bankers, closing Guantanamo, stopping the wars, pushing for the public option he promised in his health care plan—he could have. Yet he chose not to. But now that Congress is controlled by a Republican Party in thrall to its radical-right Tea Party faction, it is indeed true that Obama can’t get routine judicial appointments approved, much less navigate the passage of legislation. Ohso-conveniently, Obama has turned into a liberal-come-lately. Where was his proposed Buffett Rule in 2009, when it might have stood a chance of passage when the Democrats had a sizeable majority in Congress? Responding to fall 2011 polls that indicated softening support among the younger and more liberal voters who form the Democratic base, Obama’s re-election strategists began rolling out speeches inﬂected with Occupy-inspired rhetoric about class warfare and trying to make sure all Americans “get a fair shot.” But that’s all it is: talk. And small talk at that. Instead of introducing major legislation, the White House plans to spend 2012 issuing presidential orders about symbolic, minor issues. Repeating Clinton-era triangulation and micro-mini issues doesn’t look like a smart re-election strategy. Of course, Obama may prevail. Mitt Romney is an extraordinarily weak opponent.
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For progressives and leftists, however, the main point is that Obama never tries to move the mainstream of ideological discourse to the left. Obama has been mostly silent on the biggest issue of our time: income inequality and the rapid growth of the American underclass. He hasn’t said much about the environment or climate change, the most serious problem we face. It isn’t hard to imagine a president launching media-friendly crusades against poverty or global warming. FDR and LBJ did it, touring the country, appointing high-proﬁle commissions and inviting prominent guests to the White House to draw attention to issues they cared about. In 2010, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez invited ﬂood victims to move into his presidential palace. Seven years after Katrina, Gulf Coast residents are still waiting for help. What if Obama opened up the Lincoln Bedroom to a homeless family? The media couldn’t ignore a PR stunt like that. Obama has mostly shunned the time-honored strategy of trapping your opposition by forcing them vote against your popular ideas. In 2009, for example, it would have been smarter politics—and better governance—to push for real socialized medicine, or at least Obamacare with the public option he promised. He would either have wound up with a dazzling triumph or a glorious defeat. Liberals don’t blame Obama for not winning. They blame him for not trying. When he does crazy things like authorizing the assassinations of U.S. citizens without trial, progressives have to ask themselves: Is this guy kowtowing to the Right? Or is he one of them?
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OUT OF POCKET Kustra: “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and start asking the tough questions.”
The gender inequality of Idaho health care JACLYN BRANDT
THE HIGHER COST OF HIGHER ED Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra should have been happy. He wasn’t. Hours after receiving exactly what he asked for from the Idaho State Board of Education— the OK to raise tuition and fees by 5.7 percent for the 2012-2013 school year-—he sat down and wrote an essay challenging Idaho’s higher-education model and even questioned whether graduate programming and research should continue to be funded at its current rates. “Almost ﬂat enrollment last year and predicted ﬂat enrollment for this coming fall at Boise State and its sister institutions suggest to me that the higher-education bubble may visit Idaho soon,” writes Kustra in his Blog Beyond the Blue. Kustra’s reference to the “highereducation bubble” may be keeping him and his counterparts at the University of Idaho and Idaho State University up at night. The bubble is a common prediction that the cost of higher education is dramatically outpacing the economy, discouraging students and parents, and according to Kustra, “leaving empty seats in empty buildings.” “Rather than sit around and take our chances as the nation did with the subprime bubble,” writes Kustra, “it’s time to roll up our sleeves and start asking the tough questions about whether there is not a more productive way to educate our students.” In particular, Kustra singled out graduate programs at Boise State and its sister universities “who have been around longer than we have and who have accumulated degrees and offerings that can no longer be justiﬁed by today’s standards.” While fees to attend Idaho’s four-year institutions increased by 6.87 percent for the current ﬁscal year following a 9 percent increase last year, the Consumer Price Index increased only 3.14 percent and the Idaho average annual wage increased only 1.97 percent. The pocketbooks of students and parents were also hit at last week’s state board meeting, when members insisted on maintaining Idaho’s health-insurance requirement for full-time public college and university students. Boise State joined a consortium, along with Idaho State and Lewis-Clark State College, to offer student health coverage, but premiums through the pool continue to skyrocket. Boise State students will soon face a 30.9 percent increase in premiums, to $2,124. While students are not required to purchase the plan, they are mandated to show equivalent coverage. —George Prentice
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There’s no such thing as a typical family. But Sarah Cox wants more people to envision the near-typical American family: a mother, a father and two kids. “They are just able to keep themselves in a reasonable house with reasonable food on the table and keeping the kids well clothed to go to school,” said Cox, a nurse-midwife and women’s health practitioner with the Family Medical Residency in Boise. Cox’s scenario was a bit more speciﬁc, presuming that the husband and wife were Family Medical Residency, where Sarah Cox serves as a nurse-midwife and women’s health practioner, offers discounted services for low-income individuals and families. “just getting by” with both working lowwage jobs. But just as typical, Cox said, was the or she must make no more than $14,856. The to the national average. Thirty-two percent of chance that the wife’s birth-control failed. patients with Planned Parenthood of the Great federal poverty level is $11,170. “So maybe she ﬁnds herself pregnant,” “You could save the state a lot of money Northwest are uninsured, with 43 percent said the nurse who regularly sees instances of by just funneling more money into preventing under the federal poverty level. women who need care but have no insurance. unwanted pregnancy,” said Cox. “Instead of “If they don’t have health insurance, then “And now they go and apply for Medicaid but worrying about all the other stuff that they’re they would come to some place like Planned they ﬁnd they don’t qualify.” worried about right now.” It’s a scenario that Cox sees time and again: Parenthood,” said Kristen Glundberg-Prossor, Pregnancy and birth control are not the with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northan Idaho family of four, in which the parents only health care issues for women Idaho is west. “Our services are fee-based in Idaho both work minimum-wage jobs and their lacking in right now. When the Susan G. because we don’t have state funding.” gross income is barely over $30,000. To be This means that, unlike other states, no one Komen Foundation announced it would pull eligible for Medicaid, that same family cannot funding from Planned Parenthood earlier this in Idaho receives services at Planned Parentexceed 133 percent of the federal poverty line year, many were outraged. (Komen quickly hood for free. ($23,050 for a family of four), back-pedaled, saying Planned Parenthood “Everybody who comes which is $29,326. would be eligible to apply for grant funding in in has to pay for their health Cox’s employer, Family Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest spends services. We have some funding the future.) Medical Residency, not unlike about 7 percent of its funds “We’ve been working with Komen in Idaho available because we are a nonPlanned Parenthood or Terry on abortions. The rest proﬁt charity,” said Glundberg- for about 10 years,” said Glundberg-Prossor. Reilly Health Services, provides goes toward contracepProssor. “There are some funds “We helped them get to very underserved care to tens of thousands of intives, breast and cervical cancer screening, sexually populations. The breast screening was very if someone is really, really dividuals and families throughtransmitted disease testing, low and Komen was getting out there to get indigent and just can’t pay for out the Treasure Valley. The and treatment and annual women screened. We had this partnership for the services. We can look for program is a teaching health checkups. some source within our funding many years to reach rural and underserved center, where doctors go to populations.” structure.” complete their residencies and The outreach may surprise many who only In fact, Idaho is one of the can offer discounted services for only states in the nation that does not subsidize associate Planned Parenthood with aborlow-income individuals and families. tions. In fact, abortions are only 7 percent of Planned Parenthood. Glundberg-Prossor said But even “low cost” clinics discharge the services Planned Parenthood of the Great the funding schedule for Planned Parenthood many of their clients with a bill. Facing Northwest provides; nationally it’s only 3 is “one-third from state and federal, one-third unexpected out-of-pocket costs many women, percent. A total of 26 percent of its services are from patient fees, one-third from donations.” Cox warned, put too many babies in danger for things such as breast exams, cervical exams This funding model allows Planned Parentbecause of their decision not to access pre-natal and basic physicals. hood in many states to offer basic women’s care. According to Cox, women have generally health care to women for free or at a discount“The simple fact is that [the public ends improved their health care knowledge about ed rate. But in Idaho, it is very different. up paying] for that really sick person going to the importance of tests such as pap smears. But “In Idaho, because we didn’t have state the emergency room or that baby who goes for poor families, knowing the importance and funding, we really had to do that fee. So we to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because being able to afford it may be two different have a slightly different funding mechanism its mother didn’t get any prenatal care,” said things. Cox. “The person who ends up paying for that than we do in Washington or Alaska,” said “For the woman who just says, ‘We’re Glundberg-Prossor. “[The Idaho] pie does look is not that poor woman or all the other poor choosing between feeding the family and me a little different than the whole PPGNW.” people. It’s someone working really hard and Cox said as a result, too many Idaho wom- getting this test, and this year, I think just barely getting any insurance, and then en are left with few, if any options. The income we’ll just skip it,’” said Cox. those costs are passed on to them.” Seventy to 80 percent of the patients Twenty-three percent of all women in Idaho levels for qualifying for help are very low. For 9 at the Family Medical Residency are a single individual to qualify for Medicaid, he aged 15 to 44 are uninsured, almost identical WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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things,” said Cox. Cox returned to her original scenario, but the family of four has now grown to a family of ﬁve “So now they have this bill for the birth, and a new mouth to feed,” said Cox. “They still can’t afford insurance for their children and their annual salary of $30,000 now must be split up ﬁve ways.” Cox said her scenario is just one of thousands real-life cases. “This does not end with pregnancy and birth control and pap smears,” she said. “There are women who have, like everybody, all kinds of health issues that they don’t get care for early because they can’t afford whatever it is. And then they end up in our emergency rooms or in our clinics and then in our hospitals with a very difﬁcult-to-deal-with problem that could have been avoided entirely in the ﬁrst place because of funding issues. When we think about our priorities and what we want our country to be like—that’s what we should be thinking about.”
LIVING ON THE EDGE Boise green lights student housing at River’s Edge ANDREW CRISP But Barber said the project’s proposed The City of Boise has cleared the way for underground parking won’t be nearly enough the proposed River Edge Apartments, an for the building’s residents. off-campus housing project for Boise State. “The planned 280 parking spaces will The 350,000-square-foot, ﬁve-story project provide less than half of the student tenants a is designed for 622 residents on a 3.4-acre place to park their cars,” she said. “This is far footprint at 1004 Royal Blvd. adjacent to the below acceptable averages.” Greenbelt and Ann Morrison Park. The building’s designers think otherwise, But some neighbors aren’t thrilled about citing the ratio of parking spaces to residents the project. Eileen Barber is the owner of a three-story ofﬁce building adjacent to the pro- for on-campus housing. They also pointed to posed site—a 25,000-square-foot building that plans for bicycle parking, spaces for ZipCar vehicles and access to the Greenbelt. houses Keynetics and its 100 employees. “[For] this particular project, we emphasize “The current design would harm not only green,” said McKay. “We the neighborhood, includwant to limit the number of ing Ann Morrison Park and cars. We want to promote the Boise River Greenbelt. It River Edge Apartments would shuttle use, walking on the also may make the proposed include approximately 175 units, each containing four Greenbelt and over to the project an undesirable place bedrooms, kitchen and bath. campus.” to live,” said Barber. Barber’s additional critiShe called attention to the cism said the building would classiﬁcation of the buildlook like “a giant wall” next to the park and ing as multi-family housing and, on April the inadequate parking facilities would mean 17, asked Boise City Council members to more cars parked on the streets. reconsider the project, which at its highest Planners also said that the building’s inclupoint would be 28 feet taller than the current sion of some two-bedroom apartments could zoning allows. mean that anybody could live at River Edge Project planner Becky McKay, with Engineering Solutions, said the project is as tall as but Barber disagreed. “This is designed for students, and they’re other riverside properties, including Barber’s designing it in a way that nobody else would building. want to live there,” she said. “The Keynetics Building, right next Barber insisted that brakes should be apdoor to us, received a height exception for plied on the project. 56 feet,” she told Boise Planning and Zoning “There’s little room for error in a project commissioners. this huge,” said Barber. “This isn’t just a The proposed structure would include aplittle plot next to me, this is 350,000 square proximately 175 units, each containing four feet.” bedrooms, a shared kitchen and bathroom. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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DAVID WOOD New VA director on serving those who served GEORGE PRENTICE
How can you best describe to a layperson what you do for a living? The medical center director is responsible for leading and organizing, regularly evaluating the clinical and administrative functions of the hospital to provide the best support and care that a veteran can receive. How must our nation’s VA facilities be better prepared now that the United States is entering a post-war era? Some veterans are coming back with loss of limbs. Some are coming back with trauma from blasts. Many are coming back with mental-health issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Across the board, the
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VA has really put a lot of focus on increasing our mental-health stafﬁng. And we’re providing much more education for our staff to recognize when a veteran has PTSD, trauma or combat-related injuries. Idaho just saw 1,500 men and women return home after nearly a year in Iraq. What we have learned is that their health issues, physical and mental, quite often surface long after they’ve returned. We really try to be a part of their transition from military to civilian life when they’re discharged. Many of the returning veterans may not even recognize that they may need VA services when they get home. We’re trying to reach out to help them understand that we’re here—that they can come in, get enrolled, and get a primary care provider and any specialty services that they may need. Idaho is, in many portions, an isolated state. How important are your satellite ofﬁces? Only having a big hospital is a model that the VA had decades ago. But today, we’re opening up more community-based clinics for our rural areas. I know that I wouldn’t want to travel two or three hours just for a primary care visit. The number of women veterans is dramatically increasing. Do we need to re-tool our VA facilities to provide more diverse care for females? Most deﬁnitely. Many times, women veterans may walk into a VA and all they see is a lot of men. It can make them feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable, particularly if they have had any kind of sexual trauma or something like that. The VA today is re-
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When David Wood ofﬁcially starts his new position on Monday, May 21, as the director of the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he will have plenty of work to do, but he couldn’t be happier about coming home. “A big part of this position being so attractive was absolutely its location,” he said. Wood, 46, grew up in Idaho Falls as the son of a funeral home owner. Not sure about what he wanted to do for a living— he was pretty certain he didn’t want to go into the family business—Wood said one of the ﬁrst classes he took at Ricks College (now BYU Idaho) convinced him to go into health-care administration. After receiving his bachelors degree at BYU and a master’s at Duke University, Wood’s assignments with the Veterans Administration included stints in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Oklahoma, where he is wrapping up ﬁve years as director of the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center before heading to Boise. Wood has quite a bit of packing to do. He and his wife have seven children, ages 4 to 22.
ally trying to create an environment where we can attract them to come in and get the services that they’re entitled to receive. Might that drive some of your stafﬁng decisions going forward? The military makeup is shifting to more and more women. And although they may not be directly involved in combat, women may be exposed to combat situations. Every medical center, including Boise, now has to have a women veterans’ coordinator to reach out to female vets. You’ve had a number of different assignments at VA facilities around the country. What have you learned to do to be effective when you arrive at a new location? I need to take time to meet with veterans and staff and understand the unique issues of the Boise facility. The Boise VA Medical Center has a couple of key leadership vacancies right now. One of them is the chief of staff. That’s the key clinical leader at the medical center. Also, the chief of surgery recently passed away in a car accident. That was a tragic, unexpected loss and it has left a key vacancy. Filling those positions will be very high on my list of things to do.
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B oiseans lo ok to alternative fuels plastic sheet divides Mark Hayes’ garage neatly in half. On the one side is the frog-green 1962 AustinHealey Bugeye Sprite he restored and converted to battery power. On the other side is the shell of a 1967 Austin Mini he’s restoring for his wife, Kathy, and an electric motor jimmied to a 1996 Honda Del Sol transmission Hayes found at a junkyard in Garden City. For Hayes converting classic cars synthesizes his passions for restoration and the environment, and he’s not alone. Boise is a beehive of businessmen, scientists, activists and just plain enthusiasts who see challenge and excitement from alternatives to gasoline. For Hayes, the switch from fossil fuels was a personal project, but for others, it’s a mission to change the way Boiseans and the world see alternative fuels. Hayes built his Sprite and is converting the Mini for his wife out of his love of the game. His fascination with electric vehicles began when he was a kid installing an electric motor in a go-kart. It was an experiment that worked for about 15 minutes before it melted down. “Due to a lack of resources, that was the end of the electric go-kart,” he said. The failure of the go-kart was a minor setback for Hayes, who went on to earn his beer money at a mechanic’s shop, where he doesn’t recall melting anything. In 1979, Hayes helped a friend with some repair work on a Datsun Roadster and received the Sprite’s chassis and hood as payment, but it would be 28 years before he could spare the time to restore and convert his Sprite. In April 2007 he saw his chance and began the roughly 1,800-hour process of sanding, scraping and welding the
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parts he had into some semblance of a Bugeye Sprite. The conversion to battery power was the easy part, Hayes said. EV conversions can be a tricky balance of weight and size. The car’s skeleton—the chassis—has to be large enough to accommodate battery packs, but light enough for an electric motor to propel. Researching conversions, Hayes spoke to several experts on the subject. One of them, Michael Brown, author of Convert It, and owner of a California conversion shop, Electro Automotive, tried to dissuade Hayes from converting his Sprite into an EV. “He told me that I would not be able to get enough batteries into it and get the range I needed and still be able to get up the hill to go home at the end of the day,” Hayes said. The very nature of conversions saved the Sprite. Switching a car to battery power means removing parts of the car speciﬁc to internal combustion performance like the engine, the gas tank and the radiator, and replacing them with an electric motor, wiring and, of course, as many batteries as possible. “It really simpliﬁes the car overall,” he said. By using mock-ups of the 82-pound lead acid batteries he intended to use, Hayes determined he had room for 10 of them. Today the Sprite has a top speed of 85 mph and gets 40 miles to a charge, making it the perfect daily car for Hayes, whose commute is about 25 miles. With the daily cost of recharging the Sprite less than $1, you’d think there would be more EVs on the road. You’d be wrong. Mass-market EVs like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt are more expensive than similarly performing gasoline-powered cars, and conversions (not including the price of the base car) cost between $6,000 and $20,000.
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In 2006 John Weber rolled out Suncar 1, a Ford Festiva that recharged in sunlight developed by local EV conversion shop, Suncar Industries.
People don’t convert cars to battery power to save money on gas, Hayes said. Rather, electric cars are lessons in being smart about energy use. “Instead of buying something that meets your maximum needs, buy something that meets your needs 90 percent of the time,” he said. Hayes gave the example of the cars he sees parked at the Hewlett-Packard parking lot, many of which are trucks and sport utility vehicles their owners use to tow boats or drive to the ski hill. He says that if those drivers used their trucks and SUVs exclusively for towing or on difﬁcult terrain, and used commuter cars for getting around Boise, they’d save money on gas and be doing the air quality of the Treasure Valley a favor. There are some classic arguments against EVs—that they have low-horsepower motors that make them unsuitable for driving in hilly or mountainous places and they have limited range and are no good for long commutes— but one of the gravest is that in drawing power from the electrical grid, they’re relying indirectly on fossil fuels. “I’m not one of those people who says electric cars are the right thing for everybody,” Hayes said. “In Detroit, it wouldn’t be the answer.” EVs aren’t the miracle technology for every region, and the environmental beneﬁt of driving one varies, depending on where it’s charged. Detroit, for example, gets about 80 percent of its electricity from coal. Infamously, a University of Tennessee study concluded that EVs indirectly released more air-born pollutants than gasoline cars in China, where 85 percent of electricity is generated in coalburning power plants alone. The United States generates about 69 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels, while Boise gets 40 percent of its power from fossil fuels. California throws a wrinkle into the wisdom that states with plentiful renewable energy are good places for EVs. In 2011, that state passed a law requiring 33 percent of its electricity to come from renewable sources within nine years. The catch: California is America’s largest energy debtor, purchasing between 20 percent and 30 percent of its electricity from other states. Energy creditors like Oregon, which gets 42 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric dams, sells clean power to California, supplementing its
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own needs with coal and natural gas. Ironically, clean energy laws in California have ensured coal a place in the West’s energy portfolio for years to come. Paradoxically electric cars may be the solution to their own problem. A 2011 report to the U.S. Department of Energy found that EV rechargers can “green” electrical grids by making intermittent sources of electricity like wind, which cause spikes in electricity output, more attractive to power companies, which helps them become less dependent on fossil fuels. Today power companies trade electricity surpluses in real time because they have no way of containing or storing excess electricity, but EVs are batteries on wheels, and their recharge cycles can be monitored by computers that allow them to draw power in response to ﬂuctuations in the power grid, soaking up excess electricity. Fossil fuels are still king, though, and switching from them will be difﬁcult. Dr. John Gardner, an expert on energy efﬁciency and faculty adviser for the Boise State bio-diesel racing club Greenspeed, said America’s deeprooted dependence on fossil fuels is what makes a mass exodus from them problematic. “The way we look at fuel is totally colored by petroleum,” he said. “No matter what we try to replace it with, it looks bad.” That’s why the transition away from gasoline-powered cars may lead us toward a variety of alternative technologies and not directly to EVs. Repurposing or replacing all of America’s—or even just Boise’s—fossil-fuel infrastructure would be enormously expensive and economically deleterious. Market forces, and not good intentions, will drive that transition, Gardner said. “Ultimately it all comes down to the economy,” he said. Boise happens to be one place where some are seeing savings and even proﬁts in alternative fuels. Republic Services recently bought 53 compressed natural gas garbage and recycling trucks and built two CNG refueling stations with a $5,519,862 stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The new garbage trucks cost between $25,000 and $30,000 more than their diesel-powered counterparts and are about as efﬁcient, getting 4 mpg. Rachele Klein of Republic Services, who worked closely with the Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition to WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
secure the grant, said the reason for the switch crude vegetable oil built by the Boise State club of the same name. Since 2006, the fastest was because of the potential savings on fuel. a vegetable oil-powered truck had ever gone While the diesel that powered Republic’s old was 98 mph. Last year, Greenspeed crushed garbage truck ﬂeet reached $5 a gallon, natuthat record at El Mirage, Calif., reaching a top ral gas hovered around $2 a gallon. speed of 155 mph. “The swings were unpredictable,” Klein This year, Greenspeed hopes to break the said about diesel prices. “With natural gas, it’s standing diesel truck stock class record of very stable.” With gasoline prices slated to rise this sum- 215 mph. “We believe our truck is fully capable of mer, businesses like Al’s Car Care are looking breaking the record,” said Rothenbuhler, who to get in on the ground ﬂoor of what it sees is a master’s candidate in electrical engineering as a soon-to-boom revenue stream. Manager at Boise State by day and the club’s systems Brad Fahey is working on his certiﬁcation to manager by night. install CNG tanks for taxi and government The team built the truck for performance. car ﬂeets. It sports a 708-horsepower engine (an almost “It’s going to be the next coming thing absurd amount of power, considering that, off with gas prices going the way they’re going,” the lot, a Chevy S-10 has between 160 and he said. 180 horsepower), but Rothenbuhler said that Despite its advantages over gasoline, natuﬁgure is based on computer simulations. ral gas production remains controversial. The “We expect to get more than 708 horseprocess of drilling for it—hydraulic fracturing power,” he said. or “fracking”—poses waste disposal and polTeam Greenspeed keeps close tabs on its lution challenges, and is suspected of causing truck during races, using high-tech gear to minor earthquakes. In February, the Idaho monitor virtually every aspect of its perforLegislature permitted fracking with carcinomance. In part, all this obsessive data mongergenic, radioactive and otherwise dangerous ing is for the sake of science, but keeping chemicals that may potentially seep into the careful records helps the club prove the merits aquifer, much to the chagrin of Idaho conserof its fuel and conform to strict race rules vationists and landowners. that forbid various performance-enhancing Sometimes the stars have to align for a technologies. company to proﬁt from widespread interThe team does this monitoring est in an emerging alternative fuel through sensors placed all technology, as John Weber over the vehicle hooked and David Gray discovELECTRIC up to reconﬁgurable ered. In 2006, their inputs and outputs, EV conversion shop, VEHICLES which the team has Suncar Industries, CONVERT ABOUT nicknamed the ﬂux rolled out Suncar capacitor. That 1, a Ford Festiva data is sent to a that recharged in wireless network sunlight. It was a OF THEIR CHEMICAL ENERGY TO provided by hit with the local Boise-based and national POWER THE WHEELS. Cradlepoint that media. uses cellphone “The car marINTERNAL COMBUSTION towers to transmit keted itself,” Gray ENGINES CONVERT the data directly said. “We thought to Rothenbuhler’s we could generate computer. more interest.” . For the lay public, Weber and Gray were the truck is proof that a optimistic that good press vegetable oil-powered truck would translate to EV sales and can go toe-to-toe with its diesel-fueled bought six more Festivas to convert competitors. For the club, it’s a dramatic show and sell for between $20,000 and $25,000 of bio-diesel’s potential. each, but getting a manufacturer to sell them “If you can break a speed record with rolling chassis so they could mass-produce vegetable oil in its unreﬁned form, what more converted EVs proved to be impossible. is it capable of?” asked Rothenbuhler. “We really wanted to convert new Ford For Dave Schenker, the club’s president, Fiestas, but without getting a rolling chassis, questions like these are part of the reason it would have been wasteful to remove all Greenspeed was founded: to raise awareness the gas parts and replace them with electric,” of alternative fuels and instill in people a Weber said. Despite the initial public enthusiasm Suncar greater appreciation of the technologies that may someday replace petroleum. 1 generated, Suncar Industries became part “Vegetable oil needs to be looked at in the of Westside Body Works in March 2007 after same way crude oil is looked at—as more of Gray left the company and moved to Weiser. an energy source than a fuel source,” Schenker Today, it exists as Westside EV. wrote in an email. Weber and Gray still believe there’s a Running Greenspeed on raw vegetable market for EVs, and every year, new EVs, oil is like running a diesel truck on oil fresh CNG vehicles and hybrids hit Boise’s streets. out of the ground and would be a far more These cars are mostly commuters designed to efﬁcient fuel if it were processed the way get people around town with a minimal effect oil is processed into gasoline, but for Team on the environment and sometimes just to Greenspeed, working around that problem is save money. But one group in town has put part of the challenge. forth an alt-fuel hero to compete with—and The crude vegetable oil that powers the outperform—petroleum head-on. truck contains 95 percent of the raw energy That hero, Greenspeed Team member found in diesel fuel you can buy at the pump, Adrian Rothenbuhler said, is Greenspeed, and that means the remaining 5 percent gap a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck powered by
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Adrian Rothenbuhler (left) Dave Schenker (right) are part of Greenspeed, which built a truck powered by crude vegetable oil that set records, traveling at 155 mph. This year they hope to reach 215 mph.
producing signiﬁcant quantimust be compensated for with ties of bio-fuel from plants, ingenuity and premium componobody’s talking about repurposnents in order for Greenspeed to ing desert and cattle grazing lands meet the team’s goals. in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico “Vegetable oil isn’t very good by (where sunlight and heat are optimal for itself,” Rothenbuhler said. algae growth) for some new-fangled farming Greenspeed is on the road to show people operation. what bio-fuels can do and dispel myths about Making bio-crude a player in America’s green technologies. Gardner said it has had fuel portfolio would be such a huge undera tremendous symbolic impact, but he sees it taking that Feris says getting fuel to market representing the potential of bio-fuels in genwould become a logistical nightmare that eral more than the latest and most scientiﬁwould undercut much of the beneﬁt of using cally interesting technologies. an otherwise environmentally friendly fuel. “I don’t see Greenspeed being really closely Bio-crude is carbon neutral, which means it connected to bio-fuel,” he said. Rothenbuhler sees things a little differently: absorbs as much carbon from the atmosphere as is released when it’s burned, but “Hopefully, down the road, we can use algae when it comes to alternative fuels, nothing’s oils from Boise State,” he said. ever that simple. Those algae oils are being developed “There’s no net increase with greennearby in the laboratory of professor house gasses, but that gets a little Kevin Feris at the Boise State biolmore complicated when it comes ogy department and University to shipping and transporting of Idaho master’s candidate fuel,” Feris said. Maxine Prior. While looking AVERAGE DAILY Completely supplantfor a phosphate removal CHARGE FOR AN ing fossil fuels nationwide system for dairy waste, is a daunting project. The they stumbled upon a ELECTRIC VEHICLE IS United States burns through Chlorella strain and two LESS THAN $1. just less than 20 million other as-yet unidentiﬁed barrels of oil every day, and algae strains that, when no single alternative fuel can fed phosphorous and denied possibly make a transition away nitrogen, produce lipids that can from petroleum tenable, but Boise be reﬁned into bio-crude. may be a place where alternative fuels can Idaho is the fourth-largest producer gain a foothold. of dairy products—and dairy waste—in Gardner said what Boise has going for America, and Feris and Prior’s discovery won it are educational institutions, high-tech them and their colleagues a $400,000 Center industries and civil society that house people for Advanced Energy Studies grant to develop with the intelligence and drive to make that a system for converting dairy waste into an transition possible—even exciting. energy source. “We have a whole lot of educated, Though processing bio-crude is different forward-thinking people,” he said. from processing bio-fuel, they both perform What these forward-thinking people seem comparably in diesel engines. But bio-crude to agree upon is the future of the electric car. produced by algae has a distinct advantage Even Rothenbuhler, who has high hopes for over its vegetable-based counterparts: Algae Greenspeed, says EVs will one day supplant are seven- to 10-times more efﬁcient at creatbio-fuels. ing biomass. An acre of algae can grow more “We see it as a segue fuel. I’m convinced oil than corn, soy or canola. electrical cars are the future, but we’re not The trouble, Feris says, is that while there yet,” he said. America is well versed in growing terrestrial Feris agrees. In the short term, alternative sources of bio-fuel like corn, canola and soy, fuels will bridge the gap between petroleum algae is an aquatic plant that has never been and an end-stage technology, though that gap farmed en masse. may be very wide. “We need to develop some novel technolo“In the end, it’s all going to be electric,” he gies to harvest it,” he said. said. And while there is serious discussion about
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Scope out some tasty microbrews at the Discovery Center of Idaho’s Adult Night.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 25 sudsy science DISCOVERY CENTER OF IDAHO’S ADULT NIGHT Author Kurt Vonnegut wrote about a character named Kilgore Trout, and in his book Breakfast of Champions, Trout wrote a story about two bits of yeast having a conversation while turning sugar into champagne. “This was a substance produced by a tiny creature called yeast,” wrote Vonnegut. “Yeast organisms ate sugar and excreted alcohol. They killed themselves by destroying their environment.” While Vonnegut used the personiﬁcation of yeast and its intrepid eating habits for artistic exploration, the Discovery Center of Idaho is taking the scientiﬁc angle as part of its Adult Night offerings, aptly titled the Science of Brewing. On Wednesday, April 25, from 6-10 p.m., DCI will welcome patrons for $10 at the door, or $8 for DCI members, if there’s room—DCI is expecting quite the turnout, based on the prior success of its adults-only nights. If you want to be sure to get your hands on some suds and science, advance tickets are available at the DCI website for $11 ($10, plus a $1 processing fee). Admission includes a token redeemable for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, BuckSnort root beer, beer or wine. While eager brew-sippers peruse exhibits at the science center, their yeast-addled brains will drink in the intricacies of how hops and barley become a mouthwatering porter or pale ale. Partnering with locals Payette Brewing, Crooked Fence Brewing and Boise Home Brewers Club, the DCI’s science center will morph into a miniature brewer’s haven, showcasing the process of fermentation. Patrons can watch beer as it’s brewed and interactive demonstrations on the details of the process. They can also get a feel for what it’s like when they’ve downed too many barley pops and test their blood alcohol content with a breathalyzer station or attempt to walk a line wearing the Ada County Sheriff’s “beer goggles.” Not only will attendees have fun learning about the beverages they love to imbibe, but they may win a chance to have 48 bottles of delicousness brewed to their speciﬁcs. Crooked Fence, Payette and the Homebrewers Club will each give away beer made with ingredients that winners choose, so long as it’s attainable by the brewer—so no super exotic fruits or moon rocks. Winners are drawn only from Adult Night attendees, so your odds are a whole lot better than the lotto. 6-10 p.m., $10. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
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When Sheryl Crow sang “This ain’t no disco, and it ain’t no country club either” in her annoyingly infectious song “All I Wanna Do,” she could have been singing about the Treasure Valley Roller Girls. These hard-hitting ladies take the sport of skating out of the rainbow tube top, Olivia Newton John genre and bring it into the rough-and-tumble (and exceptionally entertaining) sport of roller derby. The Roller Girls will kick off their ﬁfth season Saturday, April 28, at CenturyLink Arena. On account of the Roller Girls’ uber-popular venue mates the Idaho Steelheads making the playoffs, the opening day got bumped a week. But now the rollers are ready to get into the rink in a double header against the Portneuf Valley Bruisers from Pocatello and Blitzkrieg Bruisers from Seattle. Not only will attending the fantastically named Power to the Rollertariat event net you some stellar entertainment, but you can ﬁnd comfort in knowing your dollars will be recycled in the community. The girls will continue in their dedication to charity and volunteerism by donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to Think Boise First and its 20x20 campaign, which, according to its website, “Is a program of Sustainable Community Connections designed to help promote a shift in 20 percent local and sustainable action by the year 2020. These actions will help contribute to the development of more sustainable communities in the Treasure Valley.” Tickets for Power to the Rollertariat are available online at treasurevalleyrollergirls.net, The Record Exchange, Thomas Hammer Coffee and Reggie’s Veggies. 7 p.m. $10, $4 children younger than 12, FREE for children younger than 2. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-424-2200, centurylinkarenaboise.com.
SATURDAY APRIL 28 sudsy stroll CRAWL AROUND DOWNTOWN This year marks the third-annual Crawl Around Downtown, the bar crawl created to beneﬁt research and promote awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization that tracks and funds research to treat the life-limiting genetic disorder affecting 70,000 people worldwide. “It’s a fundraiser disguised as a pub crawl,” said Andrea Courtney. “My
husband and I started it because our son is 3 years old and has CF.” Courtney said they will run the pub crawl as long as it will last—or until their son turns 21 years old, allowing him to sip his ﬁrst brews. Courtney said the crawl will stay family friendly. “There’s a core group that goes. It’s a nice way to showcase some of the downtown establishments, during a nice vibe during the day,” she said. “It’s not a drunkfest. My grandma goes.” Crawlers receive drink tickets for eight downtown restaurants, a T-shirt and a day’s worth of fun with fellow attendees. The restaurants include Bardenay, Piper
Pub, Old Chicago, Falcon Tavern, Flatbread Community Oven, Ha’Penny and the new Tap House. Six of them are offering food specials that contribute to CF research. “Not only are they donating the beer and the soda but most of them are doing food specials where they kickback part of the proceeds to the cause,” said Courtney. Chapter representatives from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will accompany the cast of crawlers as they make their way through downtown. 11 a.m., $35 adv., $45 day of. Check-in at the Pioneer Building, 106 N. Sixth St., boisecrawl.org. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Gear is sure to go rapid-ly at the Idaho Whitewater Association’s Used Equipment Swap.
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Animal lovers with very deep pockets can travel to deep jungles or vast deserts to get a rare glimpse of elusive beasts. The rest of us usually have to go to the zoo or, at the very least, turn on Animal Planet. But the Morrison Center (in what has to be one of the most unlikely settings imaginable) will be transformed Saturday, April 28, to host Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. The show’s host, Peter Gros, promises a cacophony of the planet’s most-unique and exotic animals, visiting the same stage usually reserved for ballet, drama or Boise Philharmonic. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom has been entertaining and informing generations of television viewers for nearly a half-century, dating back to the iconic Marlin Perkins traipsing through exotic locales each Sunday night on NBC. Perkins’ comrade Jim Fowler almost always found himself tussling with an animal who looked at Perkins and Fowler as an early evening snack. Gros, their television heir, regularly appears on the Tonight Show, frightening Jay Leno with some multi-fanged creature. When Gros takes his show on the road, his traveling companions include giant porcupines, alligators, kangaroos, pythons, spider monkeys and plenty of creepy crawlers. Wild Kingdom’s live stage show is being sponsored by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a Boise-based nonproﬁt committed to promoting conservation education about ﬁshing, hunting, habitat and wildlife management. 2 p.m., $17.50-$29.50. Morrison Center, 2201 Caesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu
SATURDAY APRIL 28 vintage NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Most museums shut their doors sometime around the start of post-work-day happy hour, but Saturday, April 28, the Idaho State Historical Museum will allow patrons to take in the twilight hours while perusing its exhibits
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Certain things make whitewater rafters and kayakers very, very happy campers—or, rather, paddlers. Optimal river ﬂows. Having the river all to themselves on a beautiful summer day. Finding a favorite beach wide open. Not dumping an open beer in a rapid. But few things get the hearts of river rats ﬂuttering quite like the annual Idaho Whitewater Association used equipment sale. Yes, it’s that magical time of year when you can either sell off that old gear that’s taking up room in your garage or buy new used gear to take up space in your garage. Either way, you come out with a mark in the win column. More than 1,000 people are expected to inundate Idaho River Sports on the morning of Saturday, April 28, for the chance to snag everything from rafts, cats and kayaks to frames, paddles and assorted gear for sale. Used gear can be dropped off for sale from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, or from 7-8:45 a.m. on the day of the sale. The dedicated buyers will be in line early on Saturday to try to get ﬁrst pick. The sale opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., and any unsold items have to be packed up and taken away by 4 p.m. Admission is free, but come prepared to buy. Need more info? Visit idahowhitewater.net to get the details. 9 a.m.-3 p.m, FREE admission. Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., 208-336-4844, idahoriversports.com.
Lively Chef will be available, along with wine, beer and an old-fashioned sarsaparilla bar. Door and rafﬂe prizes will be doled out throughout the evening, and a live and silent auction will feature an array of goodies up for grabs. Western, Victorian or any costume of choice is encouraged but not mandatory. The Costume Shop will provide a 20-percent discount to those who mention the event. The evening is a fundraiser for the Jesse Tree
The humble Mason jar has experienced a bit of a resurgence. From trendy soul food eateries that sling spiked iced tea in lowbrow jars to nouveau home canners that pickle lemon rinds and celery root in the glass containers, the Mason jar has proven itself a versatile vessel. Well, now thanks to the latest in sippy-cup technology, cuppow.com you can convert your favorite canning jar into a coffee cup. BRICOLAGE Cuppow manufactures BPA418 S. Sixth St., free, 100 percent recyclable, 208-345-3718, dishwasher-safe lids that easily bricoshoppe.com screw under a Mason jar ring. The lids were invented in Somerville, Mass., by Joshua Resnikoff and Aaron Panone, who wanted to ﬁnd a better way to drink from a jar. According to cuppow.com: “Canning jars are not great for spill-free sipping while on the move. So we adapted it— made a new lid that lets us drink like a boss from virtually any wide-mouth canning jar. It’s a simple, eco-friendly alternative to poor-performing and messy disposable hot cups, and over-built and expensive travel mugs.” You can order a Cuppow lid direct from the website for $7.99 a pop, or pick one up at Bricolage at 418 S. Sixth St. for $10. Bricolage also makes one-of-a-kind Mason jar coozies out of recycled felt storybooks, so your paws don’t get too hot or cold while enjoying your favorite beverage. —Tara Morgan
of Idaho, a nonproﬁt that provides one-time rent assistance and case management to families through the Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance program, with a focus on attaining self-sufﬁciency and stability. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 208340-7089. 6-9 p.m., $25, $10 children, $75 group of four. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, history.idaho.gov.
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ADULT NIGHT: THE SCIENCE OF BREWING—Ever wonder how that delicious brew you enjoy is made? Here’s your chance to learn how and, at the same time, have fun at Idaho’s only hands-on science center. In partnership with Payette Brewing, Crooked Fence Brewing and the Boise Home Brewers Club. See Picks, Page 16. 6-10 p.m. $10. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: DWIGHT SLADE—This installment of Liquid Laughs also features Chris Dowell. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs.com, 208941-2459 or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, liquidboise.com.
On Stage OFF THE RECORD—A member of the U.S. Senate, an undercover cop and a tape recorder make for an interesting play. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org. THE SECOND CIRCLE—The Second Circle asks the question, What is your soul worth to you? This student play is by Wade Corssman and Alaggio Laurino, directed by Lindsey Norris, and presented by Boise State University’s Theatre Majors Association. For more details, visit thesecondcircle.weebly.com. 7:30 p.m. $5, FREE for Boise State students. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-3980, theatre.boisestate. edu.
Talks & Lectures ORLANDO GONZALEZ-ESTEVA LECTURE—The Cuban poet and Miami NPR regular will give a bilingual lecture. Part of the Latin American Arts Festival presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5800, boisestate.edu.
Green NATURE CONSERVANCY MEETAND-GREET—Join The Nature Conservancy for a brown bag lunch to meet new state director Toni Hardesty. Refreshments provided. Noon-2 p.m. FREE. Banner Bank Building, second ﬂoor, 950 W. Bannock St., Boise.
Animals & Pets WORLD PENGUIN DAY—Celebrate World Penguin Day with activities and special presentations by zookeepers. A penguin character will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. interacting with visitors and handing out Seafood Watch cards, provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Standard Zoo Boise admission rates. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125, zooboise.org.
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OFF THE RECORD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. THE SECOND CIRCLE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $5, FREE for Boise State students. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.
THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL—This drama by Rebecca Gilman and directed by Liam Tain tells the story of an artist who secludes herself after facing rejection. 7:30 p.m. $15. 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
Workshops & Classes SALVADOR ACEVEDO: LATINO OUTREACH—Salvador Acevedo will give a special workshop on Latino outreach to directors of various Boise cultural institutions. In conjunction with the Boise State College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. Part of the Latin American Arts Festival presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise State Center on Main, Alaska Center, 1020 W. Main St., Boise.
NOISE/CD REVIEW AU, BOTH LIGHTS Both Lights, the most-recent release by Portland, Ore.’s AU, comes packaged in a metallic sleeve. With a name taken from the Periodic Table’s symbol for gold, it’s only natural that AU’s album would be tinged with a patina of the shimmery element. And with its music, experimental duo Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka also reach for something soft, shiny and malleable. The opening track, “Epic,” begins with a meandering drum section that evolves into frantically bleating guitars before a dramatic army of horns crescendo and then segue into the more subdued second track “Get Alive.” There, Wyland’s chants are sung as a warble, the accompanying horns and pianos creating a sound comparable to AU’s psychedelic contemporaries Animal Collective. Wyland plays a host of different instruments on the record and provides most of the vocals, while longtime pal Valatka does percussion. The duo ﬂeshes out its sound from track to track by enlisting Portland peers to provide viola, cello and even tuba. On this album, AU recruited Colin Stetson of Bon Iver and Arcade Fire fame to provide saxophone and bass. The tracks with more players tend to be up-tempo and groovable, while the slower eddies of the album—like the somber instrumental “The Veil” or the spacey hymn “Go Slow”— give Both Lights a depth often lacking in the experimental genre. At times, the album lapses into more madcap ditties like “Today/Tonight,” which last only a minute or two, with Wyland’s vocals emanating like some otherworldly instrument. While AU’s sound displays an incredible orchestral knowhow, there’s an undeniable effervescence of fun that bubbles forth from every nook and cranny. With its third album, the band has sanded down its rough edges into oh-so-smooth sonics. —Andrew Crisp WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT Art CATHARINE NEWELL ARTIST RECEPTION AND TALK—Recognized for her distinctive ﬁgurative work using glass powders, Catharine Newell exhibits her unique approach to kiln working. At 7 p.m., Newell will discuss what inspires her work in Drawing From Experience. She will show several images and share her inﬂuences and resulting work. 5:30-8 p.m. FREE. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055, fusions-idaho.com.
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Arts Festival, presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Mexican Consulate, 701 Morrison Knudsen Plaza Drive, Ste. 102, Boise, 208-343-6228.
Green GEOTHERMAL WEEK PRESENTATION—Ian Warren, lead geologist at U.S. Geothermal, will lead a seminar as part of Boise State’s Geothermal Week. 3:40 p.m. Engineering and Technology Building, Room 110, Boise State University, Boise.
SATURDAY APRIL 28 Festivals & Events EXPERIENCE IDAHO EXPO—Explore a great mix of urban living and outdoor activities all in one place. This event introduces newcomers and native Idahoans to the best products, services and activities in the state. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Expo Idaho (center expo building), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
INTERNATIONAL MARKET—International Market with vendors from the diverse communities in the Treasure Valley. Featuring food, arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Waterfront at Lake Harbor, 3050 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, thewaterfrontboise.com. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM—Support The Jesse Tree of Idaho, a nonproﬁt that helps to prevent homelessness in Ada County. Ticket includes admission to the museum, food, one drink and entertainment. See Picks, Page 17. 6 p.m. $10-$25. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, history. idaho.gov.
TEEN MATINEE—Teens ages 12-18 may enjoy a hot new release on the library’s giant screen. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.
Animals & Pets MOONSONG MALAMUTE RESCUE MALLY RALLY—Support the rescue of more than 160 Alaskan Malamutes from a Montana puppy mill. Food, no-host bar and live music by Michael Shaw and the Adjustables, and Boise Rock School. Rafﬂe features a Raleigh cruiser bike from Reed Cycle and other cool items. Learn more about Moonsong Malamute Rescue online at moonsongmals.org. 7 p.m. FREE. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3810483, parklaneco.com/roseroom.
FRIDAY APRIL 27 On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: DWIGHT SLADE—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. OFF THE RECORD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. RED LIGHT PRESENTS ALTERED STATES—Red Light’s spring 2012 performance explores various forms of transformation, both physical and metaphysical, both natural and drug-induced. Featuring such diverse acts as pole, corde lisse and aerial silk, tightwire, bellydance, burlesque and boylesque, acroyoga, hooping and ballet. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. THE SECOND CIRCLE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $5, FREE for Boise State students. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre.boisestate.edu. THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
Workshops & Classes BE A RESUME ROCKSTAR—Learn how to update your resume. The Idaho Department of Labor will guide you through the process. Bring your current resume for review. 3 p.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-8884451, mld.org.
Art ART SHOW—View the work of Joe Appel from Los Angeles, Dave Doman of Salt Lake City and A.J. Ogden of Boise, all three are artists with interest and experience in snowboarding. Have a drink next door at R Bar and peruse the selection of stellar artwork outside (weather permitting) and live art demonstrations. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Newt and Harolds, 1021 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-385-9300, newtandharolds.com. BOISICANOS—Join artists Luz Camarena, Allison Corona, Bobby Gaytan and Alma Gomez at the opening of this exhibition that features works united by the subject Latin Women. Part of the Latin American
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LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: DWIGHT SLADE—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. OFF THE RECORD—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224, bctheater.org. RED LIGHT PRESENTS ALTERED STATES—See Friday. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. THE SECOND CIRCLE—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $5, FREE for BSU students. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu. THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. 251 N. Orchard St., Boise, 342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. MORRISON FAMILY THEATRE SERIES: MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S WILD KINGDOM—Lions, tigers and bears (and some other exotic animals) take the stage, and Peter Gros provides education about environmental issues. See Picks, Page 17. 2 p.m. $17.50-$29.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
Food & Drink BASQUE MUSEUM BENEFIT WITH JOHN HUARTE—1964 Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte, a Notre Dame quarterback, will be the featured speaker. Signed memorabilia will be auctioned, as well as Basque dinners, a weekend stay at Simplot Hagerman retreat, artwork and much more. Nohost bar followed by traditional Basque dinner from Leku Ona. All proceeds beneﬁt the Basque Museum’s cultural programs and pre-school, Boiseko Ikastola. 68:30 p.m. $85. Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise, 208331-5097 or 208-342-9983, basquecenter.com. CRAWL AROUND DOWNTOWN—Join this family friendly pub crawl. Crawlers get a map/menu of the eight participating restaurants, plus one drink ticket for each of the restaurants and a T-shirt. Proceeds beneﬁt the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. See Picks, Page 16. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $35 adv., $45 day of. Check in at the Pioneer Building, 106 N. Sixth St., boisecrawl.org.
Workshops & Classes HOME COMPOSTING—Local compost guru Jenny Riley will instruct on how to create a successful compost pile in your own back yard, and the numerous beneﬁts of composting. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769, northendnursery.com.
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Black-clad punk fans packed the CenturyLink Arena for Rise Against.
IGNITING, RISING AND WANDERING Boise turned up the charm for Earth Day weekend, with ample sunshine and ﬂowering trees sighing sweet breaths of spring. And though it was hard to stay inside for any length of time, the Boise Weekly A&E team sucked it up and soaked in some culture. On April 19, Staff Writer Andrew Crisp hit up Ignite Boise 8 at the crowded Egyptian Theatre, where BW Big Cheese Rachael Daigle emceed between the evening’s 15, ﬁve-minute presentations. According to Crisp, “Topics ran the gamut from Tim Milburn’s humorous treatise on the four-way stop to author Alan Heathcock’s call to action and Jake Lee’s passionate plea to connect Boiseans with local refugees.” A punkier crowd, bearing sleeve tats and band T’s, packed into the CenturyLink Arena on April 20 for Chicago’s Rise Against. According to freelancer Trevor Villagrana, “Rise Against took the stage with four screens broadcasting imagery of war-torn cities, melting ice caps and plastic surgery disasters. The band does its best to combine adolescent angst with earnest activism.” And in another show of Earth Day support on April 20, Boise State hosted Trashion, an up-cycled fashion show. Freelancer Mika Belle squeezed in among the 100 people lining the catwalk in the Simplot Ballroom to view Krista Peterson’s clothing line created with used Starburst wrappers, coffee ﬁlters, paperclips and shower curtains. A slideshow of the fashion show can be viewed at boiseweekly.com. Also on April 20, the Record Exchange kicked off international Record Store Day with an in-store performance from The Ravenna Colt, a new local-ish solo project from former My Morning Jacket guitarist Johnny Quaid. Finn Riggins kept the party going at an album release show for its new EP, Benchwarmers, at the Linen Building. The Record Store Day action continued on April 21 with vinyl-hungry fans lining up in the early hours to snap up special releases. For a full recap, check out Noise News on Page 24. Those who weren’t stufﬁng their baskets full of records on April 21 were cramming them with fresh local produce at opening day of the Capital City Public Market. If you weren’t able to navigate your cruiser through the crowds, you can check out a slideshow at boiseweekly.com. And speaking of local produce, The Wandering Table, a Spokane-Coeur d’Alene-based underground dinner club dished out a spread of Inland Northwest-inspired cuisine in the sundappled Linen Building Gallery on April 22. Though the table had a number of empty seats, local food fans relished the myriad, artfully presented morsels. Highlights included chickenfried morels on mini herb wafﬂes and a smoked cucumber that paired surprisingly well with a lightly sweet Alsace riesling. —Tara Morgan Editor’s Note: An Opera Idaho review quoted in last week’s column has been retracted due to false information provided by the writer. We apologize for the mistake. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT SPRING SPIN-IN—Take your wheel, drop or Navajo spindles, some goodies to share and spin ﬁber into yarn. Meet other local spinners, watch a Navajo spinning demo at 11 a.m., and check out Puffy Mondaes’ new ﬂoor model wheels. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
Art PHOTOGRAPHER ALEJANDRA REGALADO—Alejandra Regalado, a Mexican artist who lives and works in New York, will present her photographic exhibition, In Reference To, Mexican Women of New York. In conjunction with the Mexican Consulate, she will also spend a month as an artist in residence, working on a photographic project In Reference To, Mexican Women of Idaho. Part of the Latin American Arts Festival. 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Center on Main, Alaska Center, 1020 W. Main St., Boise.
Sports & Fitness IDAHO WHITEWATER ASSOCIATION USED EQUIPMENT SWAP—If you are looking for gear to get into the sport of whitewater kayaking or rafting, this is your sale. IWA retains 15 percent of the proceeds to help promote
whitewater safety and education events throughout the year. For questions or more info, call Idaho River Sports at 208-3364844 or Jamie Wright at 208-850-5490. See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208-336-4844, idahoriversports. com. POWER TO THE ROLLETARIAT—The Treasure Valley Rollergirls take on the Seattle Blitzkerieg Bruisers and Portneuf Valley Bruisers from Pocatello in professional roller derby double-header action. Tickets available at the Record Exchange, Thomas Hammer Coffee or at treasurevalleyrollergirls.net. See Picks, Page 16. 7 p.m. $12 and up. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, centurylinkarenaboise.com.
Green CONTINUING EDUCATION: FAIRY GARDENS WORKSHOP—Create a single fairysized outdoor container garden at this workshop. Class begins at 10 a.m. for adult-and-child pairs, 1 p.m. for adults only. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $20, $15 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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GEOTHERMAL WEEK TOUR— Participants meet at the Boise Shuttle Service parking lot and depart for a guided tour of Boise’s geothermal facilities. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch, and the tour will conclude at 2 p.m. 9 a.m. FREE. 1105 La Pointe St., Boise. NATIVE PLANT SALE—Join the Idaho Native Plant Society Pahove Chapter for its annual Native Plant Sale at the MK Nature Center. Visit idahonativeplants.org for more information. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, ﬁshandgame.idaho.gov.
Farmers Markets CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Downtown Boise on Eighth St. from Bannock St. to the Grove, and Idaho St. between Capital Blvd. and Ninth St., capitalcitypublicmarket.com. MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Meridian Crossroads, corner of Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue, Meridian.
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STAGE STOP FLEA MARKET—10 a.m.-6 p.m. Boise Stage Stop, 23801 S. Orchard Access Road, Boise, 208-3431367, boisestagestop.net.
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YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY— Enjoy activities such as kayak roll sessions, rock climbing, family Zumba, family yoga and bike safety demonstrations at all Treasure Valley YMCA locations. Families will also have the opportunity to register for fun summer youth programs. Activities and times vary by location, and no registration is necessary. Visit ymcatvidaho.org for more information.
Religious/Spiritual ANGEL FIRE KIRTAN—Open call meditation with harmonium, dimmed lights and plenty of pillows, as well as brochures to sing along. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-4240273, shangri-la-tea.com.
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FAMILY FUN PET EXPO—A fun-ﬁlled family event featuring pet products, pet services, pet contests, traditional family pets, as well as a variety of rare and beautiful animals. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. Expo Idaho (south expo building), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com. ZUMBA YOUR PAWS OFF— Dance with several high-energy Zumba instructors. All proceeds will beneﬁt the animals at the shelter. There will be rafﬂes, prizes, music and everyone is asked to wear something purple. For info, visit canyoncountyshelter.org or call 208-455-5920. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $7 adults, $5 ages 8 and older. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920, canyoncountyshelter.org.
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8 DAYS OUT SUNDAY APRIL 29 Festivals & Events EXPERIENCE IDAHO EXPO— See Saturday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Expo Idaho (center expo building), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
Animals & Pets FAMILY FUN PET EXPO—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $3. Expo Idaho (south expo building), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
MONDAY APRIL 30
LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: DWIGHT SLADE—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
5X5 READING SERIES—Catch ﬁve exciting new plays in their raw stages and join a discussion with the actors and directors. 7 p.m. $12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Concerts ALEJANDRO ESCUER—Alejandro Escuer is a prominent and active virtuoso ﬂutist and composer. He will perform as part of the Latin American Arts Festival presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate. 7 p.m. FREE. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net. BOISE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA—Boise Baroque Orchestra’s season ﬁnale features cellist Brian Hodges and a celebration of Franz Joseph Haydn, known as the “father of the symphony.” Visit boisebaroque. org for more info. 2 p.m. $20, $15 seniors and students, FREE for children. Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-7511.
Talks & Lectures INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS: THE IDEA OF NATURE—This lecture series examines how ideas of nature are expressed in literature, art, philosophy, music and other humanities disciplines. In this installment, professor Kevin Hutchings from the University of Northern British Columbia will give a lecture on Romanticism, William Blake and the Politics of Nature. Reception with appetizers and a cash bar to follow. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.
Workshops & Classes BEGINNING FLY CASTING—The Gem State Fly Fishers will help you learn about different types of rods, what kind of line to use, basic knots and general ﬂy ﬁshing basics. You’ll also learn about and practice casting. Bring your own ﬂy rod or some will be available for use in class. Course is broken up into two sessions occurring on consecutive days. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20-$25. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.
WEDNESDAY MAY 2 On Stage QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER—After being hit by a New York City cab, Andrea looks to an array of women to ﬁnd a new perspective on life. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org.
Literature BYRON JOHNSON BOOK SIGNING—The former Idaho Supreme Court justice will sign copies of his recently published memoir Poetic Justice and speak brieﬂy at 6 p.m. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.
Literature BOISE STATE MFA POETRY READING—Poet Amy De ‘Anth will read her work as part of the Boise State MFA Reading Series. 8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.
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TUESDAY MAY 1
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
THE SACRED AND THE SEXUAL—Discover the truth about passion, intimacy and relationships between men and women with noted spirit trainer, author and Kabbalist Shimona Tzukernik. Adults only. 6 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Chabad Jewish Center, 8707 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-9200, jewishidaho.com.
Farmers Markets STAGE STOP FLEA MARKET—11 a.m.-6 p.m. Boise Stage Stop, 23801 S. Orchard Access Road, Boise, 208-3431367, boisestagestop.net.
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BASEMENT BANDS Local house show venues provide underground music infrastructure
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JACLYN BRANDT Scott Pemble is not your typical homeowner. The 27-year-old bought his Caldwell home in 2010 and began hosting all-ages rock concerts. Now his house has a name— Scott’s Manor—and his walls are adorned with mementos bands have left behind, including a pink marker doodle from Seattle’s Tacocat, with a ﬂaming yin yang O and pepperoni pizza A’s. “I purchased a house when that ﬁrst-time home buyer credit was going on. And Theo [Maughan of Caldwell band Art Fad] and I mutually agreed to have a housewarming shindig with live music,” said Pemble. “Like 100 people were in my house. It’s an older house, and I had no furniture, so there was no damage to the house. Live music, shows, pizza in the oven. ... It was a good time.” Pemble’s ﬁrst show featured local bands like No Comprendo, The Maladroids and Mickey the Jump. After the success of that initial concert, he decided to try a few more shows. “It was magical. Word spread and before you know it, Finn Riggins is playing my living room,” Pemble said. “I didn’t think things were going to continue ... until Theo just happened to snag half of the [Los Angeles, Calif.] band WHY? at the last minute for a spontaneous show. That solidiﬁed that we had something rad going on.” Most kids who grow up in Boise have been to a house show, which likely has less to do with musical tastes than it does the limited number of all-ages music venues in the Treasure Valley. So, in order to provide a platform for under 21-year-olds and upand-coming bands, music-minded Boiseans pack amps and equipment into their living rooms and host small scale concerts. But while these house show havens might start on a whim, they’re hardly unorganized. The folks who run the houses become proﬁcient in booking and running a venue. In fact, Neurolux and Pengilly’s owner Allen Ireland said he gets so many requests from bands to play his clubs that many touring acts end up playing house shows. “A lot of times the next email I get when I turn someone down is, ‘where are the house shows?’” said Ireland. Pemble now works with agents and bands from all across the country. But because of the overwhelming number of requests he gets, he mostly books acts he has personal relationships with. “For the most part, each show revolves WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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around a touring band. It’s crazy how many requests I get, so I don’t get an opportunity to have all-local shows anymore,” said Pemble. “Now, I only book people that I have good connections with. I’m so honored to know some really great people, record labels and touring agencies.” Wes Malvini takes the opposite approach, eschewing labels and agents to work directly with bands. Malvini books Gramma’s House, a Boise venue that has had its ups and downs since it opened. “A band who books through an agent really doesn’t belong in a house show,” said Malvini. “If someone like Brett Netson of Built to Spill wanted to do a house show, he wouldn’t send his agent to book it.” The house show circuit can also be a great way to solidify connections. Pieter Hilton of Portland, Ore.’s mini-indie orchestra Typhoon met his band’s myriad members while hosting house shows. “I put on house shows in Eugene, [Ore.], that’s how I met those guys,” said Hilton. “The amount of people that I met who were national touring acts was incredible. Hosting bands, or putting on shows in your house, and not just turning it into a huge party, is a huge things for touring bands.” Playing a house show can actually be more lucrative than playing a venue. While venues pressure bands to draw in certain number of attendees, house shows are more ﬂexible. “Bands have to pay hundreds of dollars worth of gas nowadays with gas being at what price it is,” said David Wood, lead singer of the raucous Boise band Teens. “We make so much more with the generosity of people at house shows than we have ever done at actual venues. People will just pass
around a jar of donations and it is amazing.” And Pemble is well aware of this selling point. He knows that the intimate environment can offer a unique experience for fans and bands alike. “The intimate connection between the audience and the band at house shows also drives great merch sales,” added Pemble. But house shows aren’t without their problems. Underage kids combined with stringent noise ordinances—which prohibit ampliﬁed noise clearly heard within a residence or at a distance of more than 100 feet—create a perfect storm for cops. “Everywhere you play, the cops show up eventually, and then those houses just dissolve because they can’t pay the ﬁnes. And … you just have to wait until the next crop of kids that start renting out houses start again,” explained Christian McKenna of local band The Maladroids. Gramma’s House was closed for two years because of noise and underage-drinking complaints before it reopened. “I moved in a bit over a year ago and immediately got to work cleaning it up and implementing strong criteria for shows so that we could operate them within the laws that hurt them prior,” said Malvini. The most important part of keeping a house show venue open is a good rapport with neighbors, Malvini said. In his opinion, “underage drinking is just uncalled for.” That’s why Pemble also makes sure to keep everything legal at Scott’s Manor. “There is actually no noise ordinance in Caldwell,” he explained. “But the neighbors have the right to call whenever. That’s what the police always tell me. I have to put, ‘All noise must end by 11 p.m.’ on the Facebook events now.”
Record Store Day went down at the Record Exchange on April 21 and it continued the ﬁve-year-old holiday’s upward trend, with hundreds of special releases, a full day of performances both inside and outside the store and a wicked bake sale courtesy of Go Listen Boise. The hot items of the day were the Feist/ Mastodon split, and The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, both of which sold out before 9:30 a.m. The Jack White/ICP collaboration didn’t sell quite as quickly. Record Store Day was capped off with a special CD release concert from Curtis Stigers, who dropped his new album, Let’s Go Out Tonight, three days early for the packed house. “It looks like Occupy Record Store in here,” Stigers quipped. The international event has been such a success that Record Exchange Owner and Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores Michael Bunnell, told BW that he has been contacted by book store owners about how to stage a similar event to celebrate their independent ownership. In other news, The Red Room is launching a new free concert series. Atypical Tuesdays will feature bands that don’t sound anything like each other playing for free (though donations will be accepted for touring acts). It should nicely ﬁll the hole left by the Uber Tuesdays series at VAC. The series kicks off Tuesday, May 1, with folksters AKA Belle playing with Meth House Party Band. Atypical indeed. In news about terrible touring acts, Nickelback is still coming to Boise. But the mullet-rock band’s performance had to be rescheduled. So now, instead of avoiding the Idaho Center on Wednesday, June 20, those with any taste whatsoever should avoid it on Wednesday, June 13. Tickets already sold will still be honored at the gate but will likely be scorned elsewhere. In local news, bluegrass-stompers Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats have been announced as the headliners for the Boise Bike Week Block Party that will take over the Linen Building on Thursday, May 17. And ﬁnally, the music world lost a few goodies last week, broadcaster Dick Clark and Levon Helm, whose beats and vocals were the foundation of The Band. In addition to its own music, The Band backed Bob Dylan when he went electric. As is BW’s tradition with notable and celebrity passings, we solicited memorial haikus from our staff and readers. Haikus for Helm and Clark can be read at boiseweekly.com. —Josh Gross
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GUIDE WEDNESDAY APRIL 25 ANDRE NICKATINA—8:30 p.m. $16 adv., $21 door. Knitting Factory BRANDON PRITCHETT—9 p.m. FREE. Reef DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
RANDY MEENACH AND RYAN BAYNE, APRIL 25, VAC It’s an old cliche that everything old is new again. But nowhere is that more true than in music, as sounds from bygone decades work their way back into vogue. The gritty merger of folk and rock in the early ’70s is a prime example. It’s a sound that can be found across contemporary pop and heard in the new album from Boise musician Randy Meenach. Meenach will drop his electric-era-Dylan-esque new disc, Bowl of Cherries, at Visual Arts Collective on Wednesday, April 25. Also releasing an oldish-sounding new album that night is Ryan Bayne, brother of Boise ﬁlmmaker Gregory Bayne. Bayne wields a baritone rumble reminiscent of Johnny Cash and a songwriting style in the vein of Nick Cave. —Josh Gross With New Transit. 7 p.m., $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUPER WATER SYMPATHY—9 p.m. $5. Shredder SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown THE VANPAPAEGHAM TRIO— 5:30 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadMeridian
IGNITE THE BOREALIS—With the Paris Funds, the Bare Bones and Teton Ave. 6 p.m. $5. Venue
THURSDAY APRIL 26
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe
JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m. FREE. Curb
CONSUMED BY SILENCE—With Aechoes, Bermuda, Creations, Float Face Down and Adaliah. 6 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Venue
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PAMELA DEMARCHE—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown RANDY MEENACH— With Ryan Bayne and New Transit. See Listen Here, This Page. 7 p.m. $5. VAC RED HANDS. BLACK FEET— With Stargaze Unlimited and Fountains. 7 p.m. $3. Neurolux SPEEDY GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JOHN JONES TRIO—With Mike Seifrit and John Hyneman. 8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LIKE A ROCKET—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s MIDDLE CLASS RUTT—With Secret Music and Beware of Darkness. 7 p.m. $13 adv., $15 door. Neurolux THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
DEE HISEL—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar
SCREEN DOOR PORCH—9:30 p.m. FREE. Reef
GIZZARD STONE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
THIRD SEVEN—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement THIS ANCIENT YOUTH—9:30 p.m. FREE. Darby’s WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
KRIS HARTUNG AND AARON DAVIS—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage MANIMALHOUSE—9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s MEGAN NELSON—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
FRIDAY APRIL 27 BOBBY NUMONIK—With DJ Myko and Justin Case. 11 p.m. FREE. Neurolux BOISE STATE SPRING FLING— Featuring Flo Rida, T-Mills, Kid Ink and Baby Bash. 7 p.m. $20$29. Taco Bell Arena BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DAISY’S MADHOUSE BENEFIT—Featuring Like a Rocket and Essencia Bohemia. See Listen Here, Page 27. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
MICKY AND THE MOTORCARS—9:30 p.m. $21-$40. Knitting Factory THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge PILOT ERROR—10 p.m. $5. Reef ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m. FREE. Brickyard THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club THE SHAUN BRAZELL QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SHERPA—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
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WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement
PILOT ERROR—10 p.m. $5. Reef REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
SATURDAY APRIL 28 ANDY BYRON—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DC3—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ICY MIKE’S 13TH 18TH BIRTHDAY PARTY—Featuring Criminal Code, Sidetracked, The Alltheways, Downsided, Hummingbird of Death, James Plane Wreck, Laengththengurthe, Raid, Sinews and Upinatem. 6 p.m. $7. Venue JENN SNYDER CD RELEASE PARTY—With Gary and Cindy Braun. 8 p.m. $2. Shorty’s JIMMY BIVENS—9 p.m. FREE. Brew 52 LEE PENN SKY—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s MANIMALHOUSE—9 p.m. $5. Grainey’s THE NEW TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
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ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s
THE SIDEMEN: GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE WORKING DJS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
MONDAY APRIL 30 JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock. Stock & Barrel
RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club
SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SILENT COMEDY—With Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux
THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE VERY MOST—8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage
TUESDAY MAY 1
WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SUNDAY APRIL 29 CHARM CITY DEVILS—8 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory
NATHAN MOODY—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
WEDNESDAY MAY 2 BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JOHN ALEXANDROFF—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KATIE MORELL—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian NAOMI PSALM & THE BLUE CINEMA—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s PAMELA DEMARCHE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m. FREE. Brickyard STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
RUSS PFEIFFER—10:30 a.m. FREE. Berryhill
Like A Rocket
LIKE A ROCKET, ESSENCIA BOHEMIA, APRIL 27, NEUROLUX Latin and American rock share a common love (or amor): the guitar. Local bands Like a Rocket and Essencia Bohemia will team up for a guitar-driven show at Neurolux to beneﬁt local nonproﬁt theater company Daisy’s Madhouse and its forthcoming production of Robert Bastron’s 1959 play, A Contemporary American’s Guide to Successful Marriage. The two numbers play well off each other. Guatemala expat Esau Mazariegos provides soulful acoustic guitar manipulated to sound like a Latin sitar, which combines with his Spanish lyrics to create smoldering ballads. The song “Amor Absoluto” describes the essence of Essencia Bohemia. With a similar six-string inﬂuence, Like a Rocket channels the best of the American West and Deep South roots-rock for often funky, electric ditties. —Andrew Crisp
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POPS AND PARKING LOTS Over three days in August and September, Boise Philharmonic will launch a new outdoor concert series called Picnic at the Pops at Eagle River Pavilion. The outdoor event will welcome casual dress, families and, of course, picnics. Robert Franz, philharmonic music director, said plans for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on Saturday, Sept. 1, could include a live cannon. “We’re doing the 1812 Overture in its original form,” said Franz. “That means an orchestra, the Eagle High School marching band and even cannons. We’ll shoot something.” A central stage will sit at the back of the grass ﬁeld, with table seating available beside the stage. Chair and lawn seating will be behind that, with VIP tents available for groups. The Saturday, Aug. 18, pops performance features Gershwin classics from Girl Crazy, Porgy and Bess and more; Saturday, Aug. 25, features music from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and others. Speaking of the intersection of art and nature, local conceptual, mixed-media artist Benjamin Love will debut a new series of photographs titled Shoshone Falls and the Democratic Sublime, at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey on Friday, April 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. According to a press release: “Love has created a body of photographs that highlight the manmade structures at the falls and the way they are designed both to enable access and to keep visitors at a distance. Historic photographs of Shoshone Falls from the Idaho State Historical Society hang alongside Love’s work and illustrate the degree to which our experience of nature at the site is now managed and mediated.” Love’s series will remain up through Friday, July 6. And in other opening news, Newt and Harold’s will host a pop-up art show on Saturday, April 27, featuring graphic designer A.J. Ogden, Los Angeles-based street artist Joe Appel and professional snowboard artist Dave Doman of Salt Lake City. “The goal is to have it outside in the Newt and Harold’s parking lot so people can enjoy the spring weather from 5-8 p.m.,” wrote Ogden in an email. “Most of the art will be for sale and weather permitting, we might try to do some live art as well.” In addition to art, Ogden said that neighbor R Bar has jumped on board “so people can get a little loose on booze while perusing the art that night.” —Andrew Crisp and Tara Morgan
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Benjamin Love debuts a new series of photos at Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
VAMPIRE SECRET AGENT MAN Series explores supernatural espionage JOSH GROSS In the mid-’90s, Christopher Farnsworth was an investigative reporter and the associate editor at Boise Weekly, which as he puts it, “was a whole other century.” Farnsworth broke a story about corruption at the Ada County Housing Authority that reChristopher Farnsworth has a new-fang-led take on the spy thriller. sulted in a near-liquidation of the agency staff. It made his reputation and that of the paper. “I knew we were onto something when, in character Farnsworth created: Nathaniel Cade. serted into some of American history’s bloodithe middle of an interview, the chairman of est moments to offer a counter-narrative. Cade works out of a secret chamber the authority’s board grabbed my notepad, But Farnsworth doesn’t stop his historical beneath The Smithsonian, where he and his ripped my notes from it, swung his cane at me and then tried to run out of the building,” human handler—disgraced former presidential tidbits there. The novel’s plots are all a grabaide Zach Barrows—must deal with everything bag of national and international headlines, Farnsworth wrote in an article reﬂecting on including everything from electoral politics and from gangs of Lithuanian werewolves to zomhis time at BW. the Colbert Report to child soldiers in Sudan, Farnsworth pays the bills in a very different bie terrorists to a virus that mutates humans all dressed up in the ﬁnest of supernatural way now, as author of The President’s Vampire into lizards a la the reptilian conspiracy. conspiracy theories. Many threats Cade and Barrows face are series of novels about—and stay with us here— Farnsworth deliberately writes in whatever a vampire who works for the president ﬁghting hatched by master villains whose motives and scares, repels or outright disgusts him as a supernatural plots against mom and apple pie. identity are hinted at but will not be revealed means of working through those issues. until later in the series—which Farnsworth For those trying to draw a connection “I’m trying to, in some way, point out the expects to go for 10 volumes. between investigative journalism and vampire real horror,” said Farnsworth. “The horror of One of them kept Cade from stopping secret agents, know that it’s a bit of a mystery what is out there in reality is so much worse 9/11, something he is more than a little bitter to Farnsworth as well. He always liked mythan anything I can come up with.” thology and the supernatural but not vampires. about—despite being a soulless killing maFor example, The President’s Vampire, the chine, Cade is also a dedicated patriot. “I’ve read all the [vampire] books. I’ve Dostoyevsky The President’s Vampire books second novel in the series, opens with Cade seen all the movies,” said Farnsworth. “But shoving a grenade in Bin Laden’s mouth and it’s because I was always freaked out by them are not. But each of the three novels is gleeful, throwing him over a cliff. pulpy fun with pages so packed with action as a kid, so mostly I was looking for ways to “That was my Captain America punching that they practically ﬂash by. kill them.” Hitler in the mouth moment,” said FarnIn the third novel, Red White and Blood— Farnsworth was particularly disinterested sworth. “My chance to ﬁght back against all which Farnsworth will promote in Boise on in the recent surge of vampire ﬁction. Having the terrible things in the world and get some Wednesday, May 2—Cade faces The Boomoved on from journalism, he was content to small victory over them.” gieman, a supernatural presence that has spend his time writing a series of unproduced If this is all sounding a bit cinematic, know possessed some of history’s most notorious action screenplays. you aren’t the only one who thinks so. The killers. Cade has killed the host many times But then he discovered an odd factoid in series was optioned by Lucas Foster, producer in the past but the presence has endured, and American history: a sailor who was convicted of the Brangelina vehicle Mr. and Mrs. Smith. now he must combat of killing and drinkBut the possibility of 10 books and a it in the middle of a ing the blood of his presidential election. By potential ﬁlm franchise in a saturated genre crewmates, then Farnsworth will read from Red, White and the novel’s end, villains does raise the question of how long interest inexplicably pardoned Blood on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. can be sustained. are upping the stakes by President Andrew BARNES & NOBLE “You always worry about vampire fatigue,” and the framework for Johnson. So Farn1315 N. Milwaukee St. said Farnsworth. “But trends are an artiﬁcial an inevitable and epic sworth provided a rea208-375-4454 construct. The idea that no one is going to buy showdown is starting son: The vampire sailor chrisfarnsworth.com a book because it’s not in a current trend is just to show. had taken an oath to not really true.” “Eventually, I’ll anserve the nation. The Farnsworth’s experience as a screenwriter swer what happened to ideas for a series of taught him to be skeptical of trend-watching. Cade on 9/11 and reveal the Big Bad at end of novels were quick to follow. series,” said Farnsworth. “It’s something so far His former agent told him vampires were done “I just thought it would be really cool two weeks before Twilight opened in theaters. out of his weight class, it’s a genuine question if Jack Bauer were like a vampire,” said “Maybe a vampire secret agent is the death if he survives it.” Farnsworth. knell, the thing that will put vampires in the The Boogieman is the ﬁrst villain in the Ignoring that Kiefer Sutherland played Dacofﬁn once and for all,” said Farnsworth. “But series to truly frustrate Cade. But he is also vid, the archetypal modern bad boy vampire people still seem to be hungry for these kinds the perfect example of what makes the series in The Lost Boys long before he played agent Jack Bauer on 24, it’s an apt description of the compelling as a whole, as the Boogieman is in- of stories.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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BOISE STUDENT INTERNATIONAL VIDEO FESTIVAL—View the work of high school and university ﬁlm students from across the state and the world. Find BOVI on Facebook for more information. Saturday, April 28, Noon-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. Sunday, April 29, 3-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5800, boisestate.edu.
CYCLE OF LIFE The Kid with a Bike is a masterful ride GEORGE PRENTICE The Kid with a Bike, the Belgium export originally released as Le Gamin au Velo, perfectly balances a tale of lyrical companionship on its handlebars while delivering a compelling examination of what has become a universal cancer: the children that we forget or dismiss. Eleven-year-old Cyril is an every child— strawberry blond hair, average-build and a passive interest in the world around him make him an ideal candidate for anonymity. Thomas Doret stars as Cyril in the touching Belgian ﬂick, The Kid with a Bike. Perhaps that’s why Cyril’s father abandoned him; perhaps it was dire economic The brothers Dardenne have also made circumstances; or perhaps it was the father’s a lower-middle-class hairdresser. By showing the daring choice not to paint Cyril’s father Cyril some attention and guidance, she is diminishing capacity for commitment. It rewith broad strokes. Guy (Jeremie Renier) ally doesn’t matter. What does matter is that an earth-bound angel (though her wings are is not simply a one-dimensional, childCyril is alone. Left in a long-term foster-care easily rufﬂed). deserting villain. Rather, Guy struggles with There are so many things to love about facility, Cyril is convinced that his father deep conﬂicts in the wake of the death of his The Boy with a Bike, but the greatest gift is has simply forgotten him and sets out on a the discovery of Thomas wife and Cyril’s mother. When Cyril ﬁnally painful quest to does confront the father face-to-face, it’s Doret as Cyril. It’s one ﬁnd the man who heartbreaking stuff, not simply because of of the ﬁnest, most selfhas kicked him to A special screening of The Kid with a Bike the father’s selﬁshness, but because of his aware performances of the curb. But in is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, at chronic inability to care for someone other an adolescent ever disthat journey, Cyril 7 p.m. at The Flicks. Tickets are $11, with all proceeds beneﬁtting the Idaho played on the big screen, than himself. instead ﬁnds his Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance. It bears mentioning that The Kid with and yes, I understand old bicycle (which The ﬁlm opens on Friday, April 27. a Bike won a grand jury prize at the 2011 that list includes some the father had sold Cannes Film Festival. Though Cannes is pretty wonderful young for quick cash), notorious for as many misses as hits when actors. Doret acts with and therein Cyril it hands out its hardware, here it could not such grace that I regularly had to remind ﬁnds himself. have chosen a better ﬁlm to showcase. myself that the ﬁlm was a piece of ﬁction. Belgian ﬁlmmakers and brothers JeanThe Kid with a Bike is incredibly brave Cecile De France’s Samantha is as touchPierre and Luc Dardenne have aptly chosen in its simplicity of telling a tale of our most ing as the actress is beautiful. Cyril’s cirto use Cyril’s two-wheeler as the boy’s complex human failure—not wanting to cumstance challenges Samantha’s childless, ultimate coping mechanism. Cyril rides his care for children. If you see this ﬁlm, and unmarried lifestyle. Not unlike learning to bike the way most troubled adults pace a I sincerely hope you do, you will not soon ride a bike for the very ﬁrst time, Samantha hallway—lost in thought, perhaps a dream, forget its story and the feelings stirred in the must navigate a new balance, with Cyril of a life not yet lived. deepest corners of your heart. onboard. By happenstance, Cyril meets Samantha,
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3. THE DARKEST HOUR Up from No. 4 spot.
4. WAR HORSE Dropped from No. 2 spot.
5. IRON LADY Dropped from No. 3 spot.
COMMUNITY SCREENING OF FRESH, THE MOVIE—Think Nampa First hosts a community screening of Fresh, the 2011 ﬁlm that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing the food system. Fresh is considered a follow-up ﬁlm to Food, Inc. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion led by local food experts Tracy Volpi of Simple Sushi, Debi Vogel of Vogel Farms, Matt Fuxan of the Boise Co-op, naturopath Matt Holist, and Jenny Easley of GMO Free Idaho. A local-food celebration featuring local growers, vendors, demonstrations and samples will follow the panel. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at brownpapertickets.com or in Nampa at the Flying M Coffeegarage, Hands-on Health Wellness Center, Brick 29, White Pine or Northern Lights Cinema Grill. Tickets will also be available at the door. Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. $5 adv., $8 door. Northern Lights Cinema Grill, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Ste. 1111, Nampa, 208-475-2999, northernlightscinemagrill.com. THE KID WITH A BIKE—The Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance invites attendees to ride their bike to The Flicks and catch a sneak preview of the ﬁlm The Kid With a Bike. The ﬁrst 150 guests will be given gift cards to local running and bicycling stores. Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. $11. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theﬂicksboise.com. NORA’S WILL—Mexican ﬁlm director Mariana Chenillo will present her ﬁlm Nora’s Will. Among many international awards, Chenillo received the Best Director Award at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival in 2009. Chenillo will also give a master class to students at Boise State interested in directing. This screening is part of the Latin American Arts Festival presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate. Monday, April 30, 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. boisestate.edu.
Opening THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT—This irreverent comedy from the writer/star and director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows a couple that keeps getting tripped up on their journey down the aisle. (R) Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 FOOTNOTE—This winner of nine Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture, tells the story of a father-son academic rivalry. (PG) The Flicks THE KID WITH A BIKE—This ﬁlm tells the story of a young boy abandoned by his father who searches for a bike he believes his father left him and befriends a hairdresser. Sneak preview Thursday, April 26. In French with English subtitles. See review, this page. (PG-13) The Flicks THE RAVEN—The tales of Edgar Allen Poe are brought to life in this gothic thriller starring John Cusack. (R) Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 SAFE—When a second-rate cage ﬁghter blows a rigged ﬁght and discovers a 12-year-old math prodigy, he ends up in trouble with the Russian maﬁa. (R) Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22
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The Life of Dangerous Dave Norell JOSEPH CARBERRY Book reviews are supposed to be unbiased, written by critics who ruthlessly deconstruct an author’s prized work. But I’m not unbiased. And I’m far from a critic. I’m a character in the play, my role in the narrative being messenger. When Rae Ann Norell sent me a copy of World-class kayaker Dave Norell, pictured here in 2003 with his mother, Rae Ann Norell, Broke, Hungry and Happy, the book she audied during an adventure race in 2004. thored in tribute to her son Dave, a world-class kayaker who died during an adventure race kayaking videos, his fantastic descent of the Mike how it had happened, her frantic, utter on Bogus Basin Road in 2004, I found myself North Stein in the British Columbia wilderdisbelief, his long blank gaze, as if I’d slugged agonizing over the last few chapters. That’s him in the stomach, forcing every bit of air out ness, the urban kayaking he did during winters where she describes the scene when I met her to pass the time (he and friend Drew West of his lungs. I know reading it left me breathand Dave’s dad, Mike, at Mike’s house to tell would rail slide their kayaks down city stairs less. Yes, I am not unbiased. them how her son had died (after informing and on to public walkways). And now, as a parent, I underher over the phone). I was there for some good moments with stood how emotionally vulnerI organized this infamous Dave. And some not-so-good. I knew him able you are with children out race that included a paddle better than his mother admittedly realized. there in the world, doing what down the Boise River, a bike I saw him absolutely stomp some incredible they love. How, in an instant, ride up to our town mountain whitewater (that 40-footer on Hard Creek everything can change. and then a cross-country ski north of Brundage) and take some unbelievDave certainly loved life. race. I remember giving Dave a able beatdowns (Jacob’s Ladder, North Fork It jumps from the chapters ride to the start at Barber Park. Payette, 4,000 cfs). But mostly, I witnessed in Rae Ann re-printed from his He didn’t just want to do the Dave’s life a noble story arc, one built on selfjournal writings or previously race. Like everything he did in improvement, a hunger to be better, ﬁghting published work. (Dave penned life, he wanted to win. through difﬁcult times, ﬁnding humility. Things several solid adventure and But the 12-mile climb I want my children to work at. Things I try to technique pieces for paddling would prove too much for his magazines to ﬁll out his income work at every day. weakened heart, one that had In Broke, Hungry and Happy, Rae Ann during his kayaking career.) troubled him since his youth. She disguises her voice in his to works to capture her son’s emotions and leave He died of a massive heart complete the story but the meat a gift to enhance his legacy. It was a monuattack on the bike ride up the mental undertaking, and in my biased opinion, of his emotions are there: his hill. When reading the scene, More at therevolution.cc. triumphs, his disappointments, done well. I only hope I’d have the strength to I remember exactly how Rae do the same if it were my child. his insecurities. Producing Ann looked when I told her and
REC/EXTRA COME HIGH WATER, NOT HELL High water and a new diversion dam replacement have created a natural wave at the new Boise River Recreation Park. “It’s actually making one of the better play spots around as far as places to go kayaking,” said Stan Kolby, co-owner of Idaho River Sports. Current levels have made for a great wave from about 3,000 cfs to 6,500 cfs, Kolby said. Four or ﬁve people can play on the wave at a time. Both kayakers and surfers have been down at the park. Although he described the wave as “forgiving,” Kolby, who has been kayaking since 1980, said the current conditions require more advanced skills. “I would not recommend that if you’re a beginner paddler and there’s a chance that you
might go for a swim and you might not be able to roll your kayak,” he said. “But if you have PATRICK SWE EN EY
The clock is quickly ticking down to the start of the ﬁrst Exergy Tour, and besides announcing that the elite women’s road bike racing teams will be pedaling their well toned heinies off for a $100,000 purse, race organizers have also released the exact courses for the multistage race. Things will kick off in Boise on Thursday, May 24, with an overall start in a short time trial format beginning at 6:30 p.m. Consider this a heads-up for anyone who commutes between downtown Boise and the Bench. The course for this ﬁrst stage will be from Julia Davis Park, down Capitol Boulevard, around the Boise Train Depot and back along Capitol Boulevard to the park. Day 2 will cover 74.7 miles beginning and ending at the Nampa Recreation Center, with racers riding along Lake Lowell before heading south toward the Snake River, where they will do two laps of a circuit on the edge of Owyhee County before heading back to Nampa. Individual time trials will be held on Day 3, beginning and ending in downtown Kuna. Racers will ride a straight out-and-back shot along Swan Falls Road for a total of 10.4 miles. Day 4 will be the alpine portion of the race. Riders will have to do some serious climbing as they go 57.8 miles between Crouch and Idaho City along the Banks Lowman Road before turning onto Highway 21. The ﬁnal day of racing, Monday, May 28, will be back in Boise beginning at 11 a.m. in Hyde Park. Teams will ride north along 13th Street to Bogus Basin Road, turning on to Cartwright Road, which leads them to Dry Creek Road in the Hidden Springs area before heading south on Seamans Gulch Road to Hill Road and Pierce Park Lane and back to Cartwright Road. After three laps of the Hidden Springs portion, racers will return downtown along Cartwright Road to Bogus Basin Road and Harrison Boulevard. Details, including recommended viewing areas and events, at exergytour.com. And now that it is T-shirt weather, you can think about buying your annual river passes for the Payette River Recreation Area. The $20 passes cover the daily user fees at parking and picnic areas in the forest and proceeds go to maintaining public areas. Pick up a pass in the Boise area at the following businesses: Alpenglow Mountainsport, 314 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-331-2628; Boise Army Navy, 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-0660; Cascade Outﬁtters, 604 E. 45th St., Garden City, 208-322-4411; and Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208-336-4844. —Deanna Darr
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Surf’s up at the river’s new rec park.
a good solid roll and can roll every time, then sure, go have fun out there. But the consequences right now, at this water level, if you do go for a swim, you’re gonna end up a quarter mile down the river.” The two wave shapers that are at the heart of the new river park’s design won’t be turned on until water levels go down. Once they are, the manmade waves will be accessible for all boating levels, said Tom Governale, superintendent of parks for the City of Boise. The wave shapers were designed to function at water levels between 250 cfs to 3,500 cfs. “The idea behind the River Park is to create a wave that’s user-friendly 31 for a variety of experience levels,” Governale said. “We are not trying to WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
create a wave for the experienced boaters. We are creating a wave the beginner can learn on and the experienced boater can have fun on.” The two wave shapers can be adjusted to create heavier, more advanced waves but that will only happen on special occasions. “We have the capability of doing that and there may be times when that occurs, when there’s a special event or program,” he said. “However, that’s going to be the exception to the rule. The norm’s going to be having a wave out there that multiple levels of boaters can use.” Ofﬁcials and boaters tested the shapers in late February and early March at various levels and conditions. “We are trying to collect a lot of data so we’ll be doing more testing,” Governale said. “It’s not as simple as pressing a button; the river is dynamic.” Kolby said boaters who were participated in the late-winter tests were “pretty happy” with the results. “Because [the wave shapers are] so complex, you only have to move one of the ﬂaps four inches for it to change the whole shape of the waves on both sides of the river,” said Kolby. “When the river was running at the 250-ﬂow level, they were still able to create a play wave that the boaters had fun on,” he said. “The [wave shapers have] such a wide range of adjustments, I believe it’s gonna take us at least two years to ﬁgure out everything that can be done with [them].” The river park site—west of downtown Boise between Main Street and Veteran’s Memorial Park—is part of a larger planned River Park Complex. The rest of the complex, the Esther Simplot Park and Bernardine Quinns Park, is expected to take another two years. Pending ﬁnal design, engineering and permits, construction of the Esther Simplot Park could begin in the next year. That work includes parking, roadways, restrooms/change rooms and additional path access for the River Park. 30
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GRANT COULD FUND NEW TRAIL A number of new trails could be added, one as early as this summer, to the Ridge to Rivers Trail System if grant funding and an environmental impact study get approved. Ridge to Rivers has requested grant funding to create an eight-mile “Around the Mountain” trail at Bogus Basin, said David Gordon, Ridge to Rivers trail coordinator. The grant request to the Non-motorized Recreational Trails Program Grants is for $66,000 of the $100,000 needed for the project. A decision is expected in early May. Two trails located on Bureau of Land Management land could be connected by summer if an environmental impact study clears their use. Plans call for the connection of the 1.3-mile Bob’s Trail, the 4.75-mile Corrals Trail and a newly created small loop. “Hopefully, that project does go through and, hopefully, it goes through this summer, but we can’t do anything until that analysis is complete,” said Gordon. The city is also gearing up for two volunteer trail system events this summer. The ﬁrst is the annual trail user survey on Saturday, May For more information visit ridgetorivers.org. 19, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Dozens of volunteers will be stationed at 12 trail access points to conduct the survey. Interested volunteers should contact Jerry Pugh, volunteer coordinator for the City of Boise Parks and Recreation, at 208-608-7617. In June, Ridge to Rivers will partner with REI to completely realign a trail for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2. With the help of up to 40 volunteers, a crew will realign a small piece of the Freestone Creek Trail in the Military Reserve. The stretch to be closed is about 300 feet long. The new stretch will be roughly 400-500 feet long. “It’s an erosion problem every year,” Gordon said. “The trails alignment is in a bad location. We are gonna close [the eroding part] and revegetate it and realign it in a more sustainable location.” Though the Ridge to Rivers system doesn’t have the ability to formally close any trails, the voluntary closures that were in place through the winter and early spring have now all been lifted. Routine maintenance of all trails is now under way.
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2009 AIRFIELD ESTATES FLYGIRL WHITE, $12.99 This Washington blend is big on viognier (60 percent) and includes the traditional Rhone grape roussanne, as well as the not-so-traditional gewurztraminer and chardonnay. Sweet apricot dominates the aromas, while in the mouth, it’s a well balanced wine with spicy stone fruit ﬂavors backed by soft citrus. 2010 FAMILLE PERRIN COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, $10.99 Grenache blanc, viognier, marsanne and roussanne come together in this blend, highlighted by soft citrus, gooseberry and melon aromas. It’s bright and lively on the palate and ﬁlled with ripe peach fruit ﬂavors that play against bold and bright lemon and lime. The ﬁnish is crisp and refreshing. 2010 SUNFLOWER COTES DU RHONE BLANC, $23 This blend of viognier, marsanne, roussanne and picpoul is produced by Berkeley-based importer Kermit Lynch in collaboration with Louis Barruol of St. Cosme. There’s a hint of clover coloring the light tropical notes of papaya and mango on the nose. Round and supple on the palate, this wine is marked by creamy melon and apple fruit ﬂavors. A touch of black walnut and soft acidity come through on the ﬁnish.
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DELI GEORGE Sit-down-quality sandwiches at fast-food speed JOSH GROSS In many ways, Deli George’s location— the back half of a Carl’s Jr. on Broadway Avenue—serves as a metaphor for the lunch spot as a whole. Both the interior and exterior design are unmistakably Carl’s Jr. But just as Deli George has dressed the space up with art and plants to wash away the sterility of the carbon-copy fastfood joint, so has it dressed up the conceptual trappings of the deli. Deli George still does hot and cold sandwiches, salads and even meats toppings. In the case of the Kuna Cheesesteak and cheeses, but it makes them its own. ($6.99), pastrami replaces steak. The Red Reuben ($5.99 half, $8.59 whole) I went with the Bacon Steak’n Mushroom is a good example. Instead of corned beef and ($8.29), which featured thin’kraut doused in 1000 Island, it sliced rib eye, bacon, sauteed features roasted pork and tangy mushrooms, grilled onions, red cabbage slathered with DELI GEORGE Swiss cheese, provolone stone-ground mustard. And if 220 S. Broadway Ave. cheese, mayo and lettuce on a you don’t like that, you can go 208-323-2582 deligeorge.com French roll. right back to the standard RighWhen I sat down, an teous Reuben ($5.99 half, $8.59 employee assured me that the whole), which satisﬁes the traditionalists. Neither redeﬁne lunch, but both sandwich was “so good you’ll die.” Thankfully, I lived. Otherwise, how could I are tasty, reasonably priced and stand alone. tell the tale of a tasty lunch? On a recent trip, the cashier recommended Conceptually, a cheesesteak may be a cheesa cheesesteak as one of the spot’s signature offerings. Deli George has ﬁve to choose from, esteak may be a cheesesteak. But there is still some wiggle room in there, mostly in the realm all of which feature a variety of different
of ingredient quality. And Deli George wiggled in a good direction. Aside from overﬂowing with a green scourge of shredded lettuce, Deli George’s cheesesteak was top-notch. There wasn’t a touch of stringiness in the steak or a fatty patch in the bacon. The restaurant may still have looked a bit like a Carl’s Jr., and delivered the food almost as quickly, but the sandwich tasted straight out of a classy bar and grill. Going to Deli George for the ﬁrst time takes a bit of work. And even though the sign is upside down—a mistake made by a sign painter that the restaurant kept for branding purposes—it is actually open. But if you’re looking for a sit-down quality sandwich at fast-food speed, you won’t do better in downtown Boise.
FOOD/NEWS THE DOWNTOWN SWAP-A-ROO It used to be Starbucks. Then it turned into Tully’s. And now the longtime coffeeshop space at the corner of Idaho Street and Capitol Boulevard has swapped signs once again, becoming Caffe Capri. But that’s not the only downtown Tully’s to pull a switch-a-roo. As of April 16, the Tully’s in BODO also bears a new name: Caffe D’arte. “My family started Caffe D’arte in 1985 and we’re based out of Seattle,” said Caffe D’arte General Manager Joe Mancuso, who is the brother-in-law of company owner Mauro Cipolla. “We have a retail store in downtown Seattle that we’ve had for 25 years, and then we have one in Portland, [Ore.], that we’ve had for seven years, and then we just acquired this location.” According to Mancuso, brothers Carl and Paul Pennington recently sold the Tully’s space in BODO to Caffe D’arte, which specializes in wholesale, smallbatch roasted Italian coffee. “We branded this to Caffe D’arte, and the other ... Tully’s locations, the Pennington’s are still going to remain owners of those locations, they’re just re-branding into another brand that we own as a company called Caffe Capri,” said Mancuso.
The Pennington brothers will continue to operate the former-Tully’sturned-Caffe Capri locations at 624 E. Idaho St. in Boise, 3340 N. Eagle Road in Meridian and 16365 N. Market Place Blvd. in Nampa. Former BODO Tully’s manager Terry Becker and husband David will operate the Caffe Capri at 2242 E. Gowen Road. In other downtown swap-a-roo news, the former Lobby space at 760 W. Main St. has now ofﬁcially been transformed into The Taphouse. The pub is hosting a soft opening for friends and family April 24-25 and a grand opening to the public on Thursday, April 26. The restaurant will boast a full bar, a patio and 44 taps, 34 of which will be in constant rotation. “We’ve got about 10 that are brewed right here in Boise, a handful more that are from Idaho, and then pretty much all the rest are from the Northwest,” said co-owner Brian Forde. The Taphouse will sling lunch and dinner with a traditional pub fare focus. “We’re trying to stay a little more attentive to the quality of the ingredients so we’re doing a lot of local produce, bakedfresh-daily bread,” Forde said. Out with the old, in with the brew. —Tara Morgan LEI LA RA MELLA-RAD E R
2009 TREANA WHITE, $18.99 A 50/50 blend of viognier and marsanne, this California entr y is the most overtly rich of this quartet. Heady honeysuckle and spicy peach aromas lead off, while sweet, ripe stone fruit ﬂavors dominate the palate. An intriguing bit of lemon custard comes through on the ﬁnish and lingers.
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Viognier, with its ﬂoral aromas and ripe fruit ﬂavors, is a perfect match for spring. While it’s great on its own, I prefer the balance you get when it’s blended with other grapes. Viognier is often found in the white wines of France’s Rhone Valley, and that practice has spread to other wine regions. Here are the panel’s top picks in viognierinﬂuenced white blends:
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “True life is lived when tiny changes occur,” said Leo Tolstoy. I agree. It’s rare for us to undergo rapid, dramatic transformations in short periods of time. That’s why it’s delusional to be forever pining for some big magic intervention that will fix everything. The best way to alter our course is slowly and gradually, by conscientiously revamping our responses to the small daily details. Keep these thoughts close at hand in the coming weeks, Aries. Be a devotee of the incremental approach. Step-by-step. Hour-by-hour. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “What people really need and demand from life is not wealth, comfort or esteem, but games worth playing,” said psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. I love that thought and am excited to offer it up to you right now. You have been invited or will soon be invited to participate in some of the best games ever. These are not grueling games foisted on you by people hoping to manipulate you, nor pointless games that exhaust your energy for naught. Rather, they are fun challenges that promise to stretch your intelligence, deepen your perspective and enhance your emotional riches. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is it conceivable that you’ve gotten a bit off track? As I close my eyes and ask my higher powers for a psychic vision, I get an impression of you staring at a blurr y image of a symbol that is no longer an accurate representation of your life goal. Now, of course, there’s a chance that my vision is completely unfounded. But if it does ring at least somewhat true to you—if it suggests a question worth asking yourself—I invite you to meditate on the possibility that you need to update your understanding of what your ultimate target looks like. CANCER (June 21-July 22): From an astrological point of view, it’s prime time for you to attend a networking extravaganza or collaboration spree. Likewise, this is an excellent phase in your long-term cycle to organize a gathering for the close allies who will be most important in helping you carry out your master plan during the next year. Have you ever heard the term “Temporary Autonomous Zone?” It’s a time and place where people with shared interests and common values can explore the frontiers of productive conviviality. It might be a dinner party in an inspirational setting, a boisterous ritual in a rowdy sanctuary, or a private festival for fellow seekers. I hope you make sure something like that materializes.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): To begin one of his performances, comedian and musician Steve Martin ambled on stage and told his audience what to expect. “Before every show,” he said, “I like to do one thing that is impossible. So now I’m going to suck this piano into my lungs.” That’s the kind of brag I hope to hear coming from you sometime soon, Leo—the more outrageous the better. Why? Because I’d love to see you cultivate a looser, breezier relationship with your actual ambitions. To make boastful jokes about wacky or farfetched goals might inspire you to be jauntier and friskier about those real ones, and that would rouse a burst of fresh motivational energy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The text for this week’s oracle comes from Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), a great American statesman who, after escaping slavery, became a leader of the abolitionist movement. “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. ... The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand,” he said. Please apply these thoughts to your own situation. You have entered the liberation phase.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the famous children’s book The Little Prince, the hero lives on an asteroid with three volcanoes, two active and one dormant. One day, he decides to leave home and travel to other realms. Before departing, he meticulously scours all three volcanoes. “If they are well cleaned out,” the narrator reports, “volcanoes burn slowly and steadily, without any eruptions.” I recommend that you take after the Little Prince, Sagittarius. It’s high time to attend to the upkeep of your volcanoes. Make sure they will burn slow and steady in the coming months, even when you’re not at home. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): One of the classics of ancient Sanskrit literature is the Kama Sutra, which gives practical advice about erotic love. The most-popular edition of the book offers instructions on eight kinds of kisses and 64 sexual positions, with additional tips on styles of embracing and caressing. This would be an excellent time for you to get inspired by information like that, Capricorn. Your relationship with the amorous arts is due for expansion and refinement. You don’t necessarily need to rely on book learning, of course. You could accomplish a lot of empirical exploration simply by getting naked and firing up your imagination.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I’m about to list some declarations that I hope will come out of your mouth at least once in the next three weeks. If for any reason, you’re not finding yourself in situations where these words would make sense for you to utter, please rearrange your life accordingly. 1. “There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing right now.” 2. “Is it OK with you if we take this really slow?” 3. “No one’s ever done that before.” 4. “Squeeze my hand when it feels really amazing.” 5. “It’s like we know what each other is thinking.” 6. “Can I have some more, please?”
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Singer-songwriter Tom Waits was strongly influenced by Bob Dylan’s down-to-earth album The Basement Tapes. “I like my music with the rinds and the seeds and pulp left in,” Waits said. “The noise and grit” of Dylan’s rootsy, intimate songs, he says, creates a mood of “joy and abandon.” That’s the spirit I wish for you in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, get down to the gritty, organic core of things. Hunker down in the funky fundamentals. Hang out where the levels of pretension are low and the stories are fresh and raw.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A political strategist told me one of her most important rules: To win an election, you have to help your candidate choose the right fights. That would be an excellent guiding principle for you in the coming weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will be getting invitations to spar, joust and wrangle. Although it might be exciting to leap into each and every fray with your eyes blazing, I suggest you show careful discernment. Try to confine your participation to those tangles that will downplay your weaknesses and highlight your strengths.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’re not really breaking the rules, right, Pisces? It’s more like you’re just testing their elasticity; you’re helping them become more supple and flexible. I’m sure that sooner or later, people will thank you for how you’re expanding the way the game is played. It may take a while, but they will eventually appreciate and capitalize on the liberties you are now introducing into the system. In the short run, though, you might have to take some heat for your tinkering and experiments. Tr y not to let that inhibit your eagerness to take creative risks.
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