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ONE NOTE NUGENT Motor City moron throws a big handful of himself Quick. Name Ted Nugent’s other big hit song. Ha ha, just kidding. It’s a trick question, see? Because Ted Nugent didn’t have another big hit song. He just had that one—a loud, simple-minded thing where he’s claiming to be such a skilled fornicator that women flock to him like crows to roadkill and he gets all scratched up from the encounters—and that’s it. He’s what we’ve come to call a onehit wonder. Only, as a general rule, one-hit wonders fade away and we never hear from them again. Mungo Jerry, remember him? Of course you don’t. He was a one-hit wonder. Same with Gino Vannelli. Never hear much about Gino Vannelli these days, do you, even though his one big hit was about 10,000 times better than Ted Nugent’s one big hit? That’s because Gino Vannelli had his one hit song, then he faded gracefully away. Now, if Gino (or Mungo) had spent the last 30 years constantly telling us what a tough, wild animal-slaughtering hombre he is, he might not have faded away. In fact, he might have ended up being a spokesman for some prominent wild animal-slaughtering organization. The National Association of Dead-Souled Wild Animal Killers (NADSWAK), perhaps. Or the “We Have No Commendable Qualities, So We Hunt” Coalition. Ted Nugent, on the other hand, has ended up being a spokesman for a prominent wild animal-slaughtering organization—the National Rifle Association—even though that organization is known less for animal slaughtering than for how many American citizens have been slaughtered thanks to it. Clearly, at some point, the NRA leadership made the decision to diversify beyond the wild animal killing business and moved into the domestic people killing racket. In fact, I am confident the NRA would be proud to tell us—in different words than mine, of course—how their long-term lobbying efforts, coercive tactics and fringe fascist politics are a prominent factor in the gun deaths of more than 30,000 American citizens every year. Such tragedies would include high-profile slaughters like the one in Arizona last year in which 19 people were gunned down by an absolute loon who was allowed to load a 33-round clip in his handgun—thanks to the NRA—and the recent killing of Trayvon Martin by an accused Florida lump searching for his elusive manhood with a concealed weapon and a law that allowed him to use it any time he felt threatened. Again, all thanks to the NRA. But even though Nugent is a prominent public mouth for the NRA, he evidently doesn’t feel like he’s been getting his proper share of attention lately. Certainly, when he’s on stage building up to that moment when he starts performing his one big hit, he is able to hold the watery attention of dim-

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witted hillbillies and immature boys who like to fantasize about what tough hombres they themselves are. I’ve seen him do it. He flashes his guns around and calls women bitches. How could a hillbilly or a backward child not pay attention? But for mature people, for non-hillbilly people, Ted Nugent is just a joke. And not one of the funny kind, either. He’s the kind of joke that makes human beings wonder what’s so damn great about being a human being. So to get more attention from serious, grown-up people, Nugent did what any fringe fascist, no-talent, fading one-hit wonder with no noticeable moral or spiritual components to his nature would do. He threatened the life of the president of the United States of America. You’ve heard about this, I’m sure: Ted Nugent implied he would do to Barack Obama what he has always made such a point of letting us know he has been doing to wild animals—i.e., slaughtering them. Oh he was sly about it, wasn’t he? He didn’t come right out and say, “I’m going to kill Barack Obama.” Nugent is stupid, but he’s not crazy. Uh, OK, I stand corrected. Ted Nugent is stupid and crazy, but he’s not ignorant enough to openly threaten the president. Ah, the hell with it. Ted Nugent is stupid and crazy and ignorant. And I suspect it was just dumb luck that what he said wasn’t a direct threat to Obama’s life. But that’s what he was indicating, wasn’t it? That if the president is re-elected, he (Nugent) would be either incarcerated or killed for doing what he felt was necessary to protect the nation from Barack Obama. Get it? Before an audience of drooling NRA faithful, people so stunted that they believe the answer to all of life’s complexities can be found in the chamber of a loaded firearm, Nugent hinted that the solution to the problem resulting from a majority of Americans voting for Obama could get a patriotic fella like him (like John Wilkes Booth in another time) imprisoned or executed. Now, as you know, the Secret Service found Nugent guilty only of the sort of inflated hyperbole we might expect coming from the mouth of an amoral, spirituality void individual who has spent his life trying to prove to anyone who cares that he is not a stupid coward by virtue of the fact that he can kill things. But if I am right about his craving for attention, he accomplished what he meant to do, didn’t he? He got the attention of serious, grown-up people. And remember, to a noxious brat like Nugent, it hardly matters what kind of attention he gets. Ted Nugent does everything he does for the same reason apes throw their own shit on each other—to make themselves impossible to ignore. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


HALF THE STORY No context, but propaganda is amusing Remember Baghdad Bob? Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraq’s information minister during the 2003 U.S. invasion, kept denying reality, insisting that Saddam’s regime was winning even as attacking tanks appeared in the background of his camera shots. I had a Baghdad Bob flashback moment earlier this week while listening to NPR’s afternoon news program All Things Considered. “President Obama toured the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington today joined by Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Mr. Obama said the U.S. must never again allow such atrocities to take place,” said Melissa Block. The implication is that Barack Obama cares about protecting innocent people from state-run mass murder. But the United States is the world’s leading perpetrator of atrocities. American wars against Afghanistan and Iraq have slaughtered at least 2 million people and injured many millions more. The United States maintains a network of “black site” secret prisons and concentration camps around the world. Obama claims the right to assassinate anyone, including U.S. citizens, anywhere in the world. We’re the No. 1 arms dealer on the planet. And as a British newspaper has learned, the military maintains dozens of secret drone bases here inside the United States, for future use against the enemies of our increasingly oppressive police state. The report included an Obama sound bite: “And when innocents suffer, it tears at our conscience. Elie alluded to what we feel as we see the Syrian people subjected to unspeakable violence simply for demanding their universal rights. We have to do everything we can.”


Well, not all innocents, right, Mr. President? Like, we’re not supposed to lose sleep over the thousands of detainees at Guantanamo, Bagram, Diego Garcia and more. In the same report, Don Gonyea let loose this howler: “Mr. Obama announced new sanctions against nations that commit grave human rights abuses through technology that includes cellphone tracking and monitoring citizens on the Internet.” From the San Francisco Chronicle: “The president took aim at Syria and Iran, whose leaders have tapped compliant phone companies and Internet services to hunt down dissenters.” Reading that, you could almost forget that Obama voted for FISA, which retroactively legalized George W. Bush’s illegal domestic wiretapping program, which was carried out by the National Security Agency and compliant phone companies such as AT&T. FISA also radically expanded the government’s right to listen to your phone calls and intercept your email without a warrant. Obama’s own commission of “grave human rights abuses through technology that includes cellphone tracking and monitoring citizens on the Internet” is context worth mentioning in a story about Obama imposing sanctions on other countries that do the same things. Maybe: “Mr. Obama, whose administration vigorously asserts its right to track Americans’ cellphones and track them on the Internet, announced sanctions against other countries that do the same thing.” They wouldn’t be telling us anything we didn’t already know. But as ignorant and stupid as the American public is, the media thinks we’re even stupider and more ignorant.

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DOWN AND OUT New book chronicles Ada County’s ‘Great Recession’ GEORGE PRENTICE Stolen and recovered items will be auctioned in front of 1.5 million potential online bidders.

ADA COUNTY STOLEN ITEMS SENT TO ONLINE AUCTION SITE Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney had to do some quick math in his head. “I know we’re going to have some personnel savings,” he said. “This may take me a minute.” A short time later, Raney estimated that the department he has run since his 2005 election would realize $4,000 in annual personnel savings by outsourcing the auctions of unclaimed stolen and found items. Additionally when the department ships its items, which is already under way, to, the agency will require less space to house thousands of bicycles, jewelry and electronic gadgets that law enforcement seizes each year. “Most importantly, our returns should improve dramatically,” said Raney. “Think of it. Right now, we’re holding local auctions where about 100-150 people show up. says it has 1.5 million potential online bidders.” But not every stolen item will be sent. “We won’t be shipping any weapons of violence,” he said. “No firearms, knives, baseball bats, anything used in violence. Once a year, we bring in registered dealers of firearms and we’ll sell them the guns, but once we’re completely done with them as evidence, the other items are destroyed.” calls itself “the Ebay of the evidence world.” The website will seem familiar to anyone who has previously bid on Ebay—precious gems, musical instruments, electronics and hundreds of vehicles are being auctioned off with minimum bids as low as $1 and auctions lasting a day or two. In fact, a number of law enforcement agencies use to auction off old police or fire vehicles. When bidding, customers won’t know where the stolen items came from. All of Ada County’s unclaimed stolen items will be integrated with the tens of thousands of other items that come in from more than 2,800 police departments, including agencies in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. doesn’t charge an administrative fee to handle the auctions. Its profit margins come from a tiered system that allows it to keep a percentage of the winning bid. “But they’ll never charge more than 50 percent on any one item,” said Raney. “We’ll be making a much higher percentage of the winning bid on most of our items and, of course, they’ll be in front of more than 1 million people.” Raney said there’s good reason to trust the viability of It was founded by former police officers. “They’re rated A-plus by the Better Business Bureau,” he said. —George Prentice

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commencement on Saturday, The problem started with a May 12, and she’s anxious to hammer. In fact, way too many begin work on a master’s in hammers. The soundtrack of the community and regional planeconomically flush times, only ning, also at Boise State. a decade ago, was the incessant “Of course, education was my noise of hammers echoing across choice,” said Rodgers. “I took a the Treasure Valley. Simply put, we long, hard look at public educabuilt too many homes. tion in the Boise and Meridian “A lot of people think that the school districts.” Boise economy was buttressed by The Independent School software and Micron and all the District of Boise and the Meridrest,” said Todd Shallat, director ian Joint School District No. of Boise State’s Center for Idaho 2 comprise approximately 20 History and Politics. “But what percent of the state’s total K-12 the economy is really all about enrollment, a total of more is how the Treasure Valley went than 65,500 students. Rodgers’ crazy with construction.” primary focus was on recent Shallat and a team of students, supplemental levy elections in scholars, editors and civic leaders both districts. have spent the better part of a year “Last year’s ‘no’ vote in chronicling what went wrong in Meridian was so devastatwhat many pundits have called ing,” she said. “The right-wing “the great recession.” Their findmedia spun that issue and their ings have been compiled in Down argument had little to do with and Out in Ada County. education.” “A year ago, for a previous Rodgers said the argument publication, we examined Boise’s against the 2011 levy was sprawl problem,” said Shallat. “In daunting—with homeowners many ways, we lead the nation in stretching every dollar they had our severity of sprawl and that, in a bad economy, opponents in turn, led us to a great deal of convinced many Meridian resiunsustainable housing stock.” dents that they simply couldn’t Shallat and his team are afford to vote “yes.” Ultimately, convinced that when an economic the Meridian district came back recovery finally settles in (but he to its citizens and asked them to doesn’t expect that happening anyapprove a scaled-back suppletime soon), the analysis will show mental levy in February, which that while Idahoans continued to “Even after unemployment recovers, we will have a structural weakness in the Ada County recovery. And it has everything to do with bad passed. build too many houses, they spent planning,” said Boise State professor Todd Shallat. “But Meridian is scraping by. too little time or energy on public I just don’t know how they’re infrastructure. going to get through the next Down and Out in Ada County. “Raney said “This is what we call a couple of years,” said Rodgers. that there were 250 people at the Ada County ‘structural recession,’ unlike anything we had On the flip side, Rodgers said a well-manJail when he was first elected. Today, he said, before,” he said. “Even after unemployment aged supplemental levy campaign in Boise recovers, we will have a structural weakness in there are more than 1,000 people behind bars passed overwhelmingly because of what and 750 of them shouldn’t be there.” the Ada County recovery. And it has everyshe wrote was a “qualitative and quantitaO’Dell’s contribution to Down and Out in thing to do with bad planning.” tive difference in how each district chose to When asked if the Treasure Valley’s govern- Ada County is a chapter on how the recession portray its budget outlook.” While Meridian has tipped the balance of justice, in particular mental entities were prepared to correct the chose to highlight a “detailed story of each course, Shallat took a long breath and exhaled decreased funding to Idaho Legal Aid Service. “In the good years, they could serve one out cut the school board chose, the Boise School a long, “Noooooooooooo.” of five people that applied for assistance,” said District accented the accomplishments “That’s part of the problem. There’s too they’ve made despite cuts.” O’Dell. “Today they can probably only serve many of them,” said Shallat, who rattled off a “[Boise] had great success,” said Rodgone out of 18 eligible clients.” laundry list of local governments. “You can’t ers. “Especially considering our current O’Dell said an increasing number of legal even get all the agencies in one room.” economic circumstance.” aid offices have limited their hours and too As Shallat’s team researched the book, exDown and Out also includes an applesmany positions remain unfilled. perts ushered in to brief the would-be authors to-apples comparison between the current “I looked at their organization chart,” said on how Ada County got so down and out. downturn and 1982. Social service providers, civic planners and law O’Dell. “There were so many spots that said “We were in the midst of an oil crisis, vacant, vacant, vacant.” enforcement all weighed in. high unemployment and, of course, Laurie Rodgers, 31, another of the “[Ada County] Sheriff Gary Raney shocked high inflation, or as they used to call book’s authors, set her sights on education. the heck out of me,” said Dennis O’Dell, 61, it at the time, ‘stagflation,’” said She’s poised to pick up her bachelor’s of a 16-year veteran of the National Security 10 Daniel Gans, referring to the slang of science degree in sociology at Boise State’s Agency and one of the student authors of WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



How do you spend your days? Lately my days have been an aberration. In July 2010, I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis: an infection of the jawbone. I underwent a procedure at the Huntsman Cancer Center in Utah called “a flap.” They slit your throat, pull the skin up over the face, take out the jawbone, replace it with a bone from the tibia of your leg, hold it together with titanium, bring the flap back down and sew you up. Did you undergo chemotherapy? I rejected it at the time. But about three months ago, it was determined that I had a reoccurrence of a tumor. [I’m scheduled to] start chemo at [Mountain States Tumor Institute] and a week [after that], I start radiation on top of that. How are you feeling about all of that? If I had my druthers, I’d rather not do it. I was offered surgery again at the Huntsman Center. I told them I was a gambling man and asked if they would give me a 50-50 shot, and they said no, it would be less than that. What will your treatment schedule be like? Five weeks: chemo once a week and radiation five times a week. It’s no secret, but I really don’t want people to think that’s why my book is coming out.


I would be remiss if I didn’t ask about your tremors. It’s Parkinson’s. But the tremors are not the disease, it’s the medication. You write quite lovingly in your memoir about your mother, Bronell, calling her the most significant person in your life. At the height of the Depression, she borrowed money from her father to attend the College of Idaho. He had to cash in an insurance policy. Upon graduating, she made $130 a month as a teacher. And she saved it all, paying off her father. She taught everything from kindergarten through high school. You decided to come back from Harvard Law School to be one of your mother’s caregivers in her final days. I took care of her at night, but I was always studying my law books, trying to keep up. She made me promise to go back to law school. Why did you decide to return to Boise when you got your law degree? I needed a job. I was married and had two children. I did get a referral to the Simplot Company. J.R. personally tried to hire me and said exactly this: “I got two boys, not worth the powder to blow them to hell, and I got one kid who is going to be the president of the company and you can be his lawyer.” He offered me $500 a month. But I decided that I wanted to get as much trial experience as possible, so I went to work for Elam, Burke and Jeppesen. Clarence Darrow was your hero—a staunch opponent of the death penalty. But in 1987, when Gov. Cecil Andrus said he would appoint you to the Idaho Supreme Court,


Byron Johnson seeks justice in the world—literally and figuratively. From the day that he was sworn in to the Idaho State Bar in 1962 until the end of his 11-year term on the Idaho Supreme Court, he argued and ruled on hundreds of cases with long-standing consequence. But he is also a poet. In his just-published memoir, Poetic Justice, Johnson opines on fellow judges, the loves of his life and the South Fork of the Payette River.

he told you that he hoped you wouldn’t dismantle the death penalty. He knew what my opinion was. I had been his treasurer in 1970 and we had debated the issue many times. I was clearly opposed to the death penalty, but I also believed that it was a legislative matter and the law of the land. I said that the state constitution did not dictate that punishment be imposed by a jury. But years later, the Idaho Legislature determined that we should have jury sentencing in Idaho. I think that’s awful for jurors. From the moment they sit in the box and know there’s a conviction, they have to determine whether an individual lives or dies. For the typical citizen, that’s beyond the pale. You also helped create the Boise chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1970. I just thought it was important to have that organization in the state of Idaho. I was also in charge of the legal committee, which selected cases that we would put ourselves behind. In 1955, you helped form the Young Republicans Club of Ada County, but you eventually became a staunch Democrat. What turned you? When I first went to Harvard, I joined the Young Republicans and the New Conservative Club. What disturbed me early on were the guys in Richard Nixon’s camp. They were very heavy-handed. The 10 book that really turned me around was

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CITIZEN The Lion and the Fox about Franklin D. Roosevelt. I grew up listening to my grandfather call FDR a communist, but I began to understand the New Deal was not a conspiracy, it was a human response to real problems. 9

Do you believe that our current economic circumstances call for a New Deal-type response? I voted for Mr. Obama. I said at the time, “He’s a marvelous candidate. I just don’t know if he can govern or not.” I’m still waiting. I wish he would spend more time in the Oval Office. I don’t think he’s perceived as a president. He’s perceived as a candidate.

It was rather painful to read the details of the dissolution of your first marriage in your book. Why was it important to include that chapter? It was painful to write. That’s the biggest failure of my life. In particular, that was for my grandchildren. I wanted there to be a full description of what happened instead of it just being something simple like, “My first wife and I decided to get divorced.” Years later, U.S. Sen. Frank Church encouraged you to marry your current wife, Patricia. In 1984, shortly after Frank’s death, we were married in the former home of Bethine Church’s parents.

Who do you like in current Idaho politics, on either side of the aisle? I like the lieutenant governor [Brad Little]. He’s a shirttail relative of my wife. I like the young woman [Nicole LeFavour] running for the Second Congressional District seat against Mike Simpson, though she has no chance. I like Cherie Buckner-Webb a lot. I played semipro baseball with her father when he was 30 and I was 18.

Are you still trying to solve the world’s problems? I’ll tell you what my reading schedule is. I read the Statesman every morning. I read your paper and I know what your general gist of things is, and I like it. I read the Sunday Times, the Christian Science Monitor and The Nation. I have great interest in how the U.S. Supreme Court is treating the health-care debate.

You certainly know Betty Richardson well, who is running for the State Senate this year. She was in high school when she helped out on my 1972 campaign for the U.S. Senate. The worst thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party was when Betty was appointed to be U.S. attorney in 1993. She was the Ada County Democratic chair. She was the logical state chair. I think if Betty had become state chair, Democrats would have continued to get more representation in the state Legislature.

What’s your guess on what their ruling will be? I predict that the court will uphold the law. Where is the joy in your life today? My home, my wife, my children, my grandchildren. We have a trip planned on the Middle Fork [of the Salmon River] this July. And my wife would like us to go back to Europe to do some hiking. We’ll see how it goes.

NEWS when inflation and unemployment skyrocket while economic growth slows to a crawl. Gans, 30, who will also graduate from Boise State on May 12, was a newborn in 1982 but he was tutored on Boise’s last great recession by the man who served as mayor for the City of Trees from 1974-1986: Richard Eardley. “Mayor Eardley told me, ‘We learned to live with less,’” said Gans. “The sudden loss of revenue caught Boise off guard.” Gans’ chronicle of the ’82 recession included the reduction of 200 teachers in one year from the Boise School District, the elimination of 100 courses at Boise State and significant cuts to public safety. “Boise had to close down a fire station and lay off firefighters and police officers,” said Gans. “And it took us a long time to recover. By 1990, we still had fewer firefighters employed in Boise than there were in 1978.” Eardley said the times were incredibly dif8

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ficult, but, he said, “We kept the city alive.” Eardley’s 2012 counterpart, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, also contributed to Down and Out. Along with Lisa McGrath, an attorney who specializes in new media law, and Landis Rossi, executive director of Catholic Charities of Idaho, Bieter was asked to offer his thoughts on how Boise might avoid the austerity seen in 1982. One of his comments rang familiar: “We cannot continue to rely so heavily on housing construction, an industry and a market that may never regain their former vigor,” wrote Bieter. While Down and Out documents how the Treasure Valley copes with its current great recession, it also includes a surprise or two. “For instance, our local food economy is much, much bigger than people think,” said Shallat. “The wine industry, the beer industry. It’s big. And guess what? That will be the topic of our next book. You can look for that next year.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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t’s one of those rare, quiet moments at Estevan Barrera’s school. Barrera’s classmates have left for the day and he has his teacher, Eric Lichte, or simply Mr. Eric, as Barrera calls him, all to himself. Lichte and Barrera’s parents sit around a classroom table discussing the four years of strides Barrera has made in Lichte’s class and what the future holds after Barrera graduates in June. The meeting isn’t part of Barrera’s usual routine. He asks when he can go home. And he circles around the activity table where Lichte and his parents are conferencing. Voices talk about the future, plans and the unknown. Barrera circles again then pauses for a moment. He stands above his seated stepfather, bends his neck and quietly kisses his stepfather’s balding head. Barrera moves around the table and pulls out a chair he neatly lined up earlier that day next to Lichte. He sits down. “You’re cute!” Barrera tells Lichte. “Thank you, Barrera. But we don’t tell boys they’re cute. What do we tell them?” Lichte’s gentle voice redirects Barrera to find the best way to pay a compliment to a fellow gentleman.


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Estevan Barrera and his teacher Eric Lichte share a moment at the end of the day.

Class rules help keep the day structured for Barrera and his classmates.

Barrera’s parents, Jo-Ann and J.T. Miller, look over the journal that his teacher and parents use to communicate with each other about Barrera’s behavior and progress in the classroom.

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Barrera’s parents count the days until that gentle, guiding voice will no longer be a part of Barrera’s routine. The date stands as a milestone on most parents’ calendars, but Graduation Day 2012 marks unchartered territory for the Millers. Barrera, 21, shares his coming-of-age story with a boom of cohorts that joined the swelling number of children diagnosed with autism in the 1990s and 2000s. Many have grown up under public education and Medicaid-funded supports that either disappear around the age of 21 or have fallen victim to recent budget guts. That leaves advocates wondering if the state and local communities can build the village needed to support the anticipated surge of autistic adolescents slated to transition into adulthood. “I don’t know if our community will be ready for it,” said Meredith Adams, a Boise advocate for children with disabilities. In 10 years, Adams’ son, Bridger, matriculates through the public school system that has buoyed him and the family through the initial diagnosis and years of special education. But schools give children like Adams’ son more than a home to learn. The buildings house experts in her son’s diagnosis and specialists who know how to turn delays into adaptations and disabilities into abilities. “We were talking about what we wanted to do with the class. And that’s teaching independence,” Lichte said of the Nampa classroom that usually buzzes with the kind of activity you see in the real world. Students who occupy a sort of limbo between childhood and adulthood shuffle around, planning menus, setting budgets and lining up chairs. “But not all of our students are going to be independent, so we need to instill some confidence,” Lichte said. More 500,000 children with autism will come of age during the next decade, according to Autism Speaks. The national advocacy organization for people with disabilities estimates that 1.5 million adults with autism already live in the United States. Idaho Autism reports a 2,800 percent increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism between 1993 and 2007. “We know that as a society we are ill prepared to deal with the number of people with autism who will be entering adulthood. We’ve seen an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism in the last decade. At the same time, the budgets have not increased. In fact, they’ve decreased,” said Lisa Goring, vice president of family services with Autism Speaks. “When a child is school aged, they have educational entitlements that entitle them to services. But once some graduate, those entitlements are gone.” The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare doesn’t track service enrollment for people with autism. So it’s difficult to estimate how many adults with autism are using services, how enrollment has changed, or if Idaho has seen a boom in severe autism diagnoses and if these diagnoses will translate into a surge of young adults needing additional supports in the coming years. But the Intensive Behavioral Intervention program offers some indication. The Medicaid-reimbursed IBI program offers intensive therapy to children with developmental disabilities who display challenging behaviors. The often daily, one-on-one therapy offers individualized interventions aimed at helping a child function at home and in the community. The program serves children with

a range of disabilities, but Tom Shanahan, Health and Welfare spokesman, said many of the kids enrolled have an autism diagnosis. And the state has seen the enrollment in that program swell. The program didn’t even exist before 2002, and during its inaugural year, enrollment hit 193. By 2011, enrollment jumped to 587. Advocates say those numbers offer some insight into what’s around the corner. The IBI program mostly serves individuals at the severe end of the autism spectrum. They say it’s those children who are going to be in the most need of additional supports as adults. The IBI numbers suggest a swell in autism around the state and an impending surge in the number of adults needing state-funded services in the future. But the ever-evolving diagnostic criteria for autism and heightened awareness raises questions as to whether autism is increasing and if the state will see a boom of adults needing complex, lifelong care. “I think that there are a lot of questions about autism. Is there an increase in autism or are we just better at diagnosing autism?” Shanahan asked. Once considered a rare disorder, the 1990s saw diagnoses skyrocket. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in 88 children now has autism or a related disorder. That’s up 22 percent from 2002. And the CDC estimates that as many as one out of 54 boys now has the developmental disorder that stunts communication, motor and social skills and sometimes causes difficulties processing sensory input. Schools have mostly offered the bulk of supports to these kids and their families, but once children with autism are phased out of the public-education system, they face a horizon of uncertainties. “This is a population that is forgotten about because when they reach adulthood, they sit around at home,” said Jerry Todd “J.T.” Miller, Barrera’s stepfather and member of Idaho Parents Unlimited, a support organization for families living with autism. Autism Speaks reports that about 56 percent of people with autism graduate from high school, but what happens beyond that varies as much as the disorder itself. People with autism reside somewhere on a spectrum in communicative, social and developmental ability. For some, the manifestation of autism remains subtle throughout life, bypassing the diagnosis of doctors, the attention of teachers and the understanding of family and friends. Sometimes it takes a diagnosis of a child with autism for these individuals to note that something with them might also be amiss. Others like Barrera live in the more extreme limits of the continuum. Some remain nonverbal and rely on lifelong supports. “One of the biggest challenges facing people with autism is underemployment and unemployment,” Goring said. “And then there’s aging parents who are concerned about what will happen to their children when they are gone.” With so many living somewhere along the spectrum, it’s hard to define the typical post-high school life of a person with autism, said Katherine Hansen, executive director of Community Partnerships of Idaho. One study found that 18 percent of adults with autism were employed and 14 percent attended college. Most adults—56 percent—utilize day services of some kind while 12 percent have no activities at all. Autism Speaks reports that the unemployment and underemployment rate for WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

Barrera and his stepfather J.T. Miller at home.

adults with autism runs as high as 90 percent. “It can be very isolating,” Goring said of the closed doors that often meet a student with autism at the end of the graduation line. Yet their lives can follow paths that are just as unique as each individual’s symptoms. Some hold Ph.D.s and teach at universities while others never grasp the capacity for language and reside in group homes with 24-hour supervision. Many fall somewhere in between and depend on Medicaid-funded services to keep them at home with their families and their parents or caregivers employed. But the supports that kept many Idaho adults with autism out of institutions have slowly disintegrated with declining state revenues and Health and Welfare budget cuts, leaving some families to wonder what will happen when the yellow bus no longer stops at their front door in the morning. “I’m concerned that there is so little focus on how to care for an ever-increasing number of people with autism as they move into adulthood. I’m also worried about what will happen to my girls after my husband and I are gone. It’s hard enough to save for retirement for us as a couple, much less fund specialneeds trusts for them to last their lifetimes,” said Katie Romans, who is raising two daughters with autism, 16-year-old Courtney and 19-year-old Taylor. Romans typifies the trailblazing moms and dads who often fill in gaps left by budget cuts and sparse resources with innovation and above-and-beyond parental involvement and sacrifice. Romans went back to college after her daughters were diagnosed with autism and earned her degree in speech pathology so that she could help her daughters get the maximum amount of intervention and therapy. And now that she works for the Boise School District, she knows the ins and outs of programs that are offered. Her daughters are enrolled in the Boise School District’s STEP program, which helps transition 18- to 21-year-old developmentally disabled students into adulthood. Romans and other parents laud the STEP and IBI programs for giving their kids a boost, but Romans said a lot of uncertainty awaits the family on the other side of graduation. “Now, Taylor has only two more years of school, and I have no idea what I’m going to WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

do with her after she gets out of school. She only gets 11 hours of personal care services per week now, and when that reduces after she’s 21, I don’t know how I will be able to work and keep Taylor safe and engaged.” Some families find it impossible to fill in those gaps. And one study found that parental unemployment often serves as the only net that keeps an adult child out of an institution and living at home. “None of us are fully employed and we all have at least one degree. We’re piecing together part-time work,” Dolores Totorica said of other moms who, like herself, are parenting an adult child with autism. A study published this spring in Pediatrics found that mothers who have children with autism earn 56 percent less than moms with non-disabled kids and 35 percent less than mothers who care for children with other illnesses. The authors found the pay gap mostly falls along gender lines, with fathers reporting a steady income. “They earn less because they have to stop working or reduce work to care for their child,” Goring said. “It’s a very real issue for many families.” A Medicaid Matters rally and recent Health and Welfare appropriations testimony lauded the importance of Medicaid services for maintaining the health and independence of people with disabilities. And parents of children with autism say developmental state programs are vital in not only ensuring that their children reach their potential but offer parents respite from 24-hour supervision so they can work outside of the home. Idaho spent $32 million in 2011 on services and therapies for the state’s 3,194 children with developmental disabilities, averaging $10,077 per child. Those costs don’t include health care and increase as a child with autism reaches adulthood. Last year, Idaho spent $114 million on nonmedical services for 3,600 developmentally disabled adults at an average cost of $32,637 per person. But lawmakers have chipped away at programs in recent years in an effort to keep those numbers down. IBI was reduced from 30 hours of services per week to 22 hours in 2009. Last year, developmental therapy for adults was dropped from 30 to 22 hours. In

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2010, adults with a co-occurring disability had to begin choosing between developmental disability or mental-illness services. And three years ago, job coaching was eliminated for adults. “They try to preserve as much as they can,” Shanahan said. When the state can’t preserve programs or launch vital services, parents often have two choices: an institution or a commitment to intensive parental involvement and hands-on guidance that lasts well beyond the young adult years. The latter often comes at great financial sacrifice, tossing career, retirement and personal plans aside. “The world can get smaller once school is over. We’ve been working really hard to keep it from getting smaller, but it gets smaller,” said Angie Tate, who parents a 22-year-old daughter with autism. Tate knew her daughter, Charlotte, needed a job, needed recreation and needed to get out of the house after she graduated, but when she looked around the community, there just wasn’t anything out there that fit her daughter’s needs. The family looked into group homes, which can provide some independence in a structured and supervised living environment, but the Tates couldn’t find any openings in quality, local homes. “There wasn’t a vacancy sign that said, ‘Choose this life path.’ We’re going to have to make it on our own,” Tate said. Many recreational and social programs that serve developmentally disabled adults just aren’t equipped to meet the varied and unique needs of each adult with autism, Tate said. And by the time Charlotte graduated out of public schools, job coaching was no longer available. So the Tates hired their own job coach and made arrangements so that Charlotte could work at the family manufacturing business, Campbell Company, where Charlotte helps assemble push-buttons for pedestrian cross walks for a couple of hours per day. “I’m lucky, I have the resources. But for a family on a tight budget, it’s even harder,” Tate said. And things are even harder for a divided family, Tate said. She and her husband have tag-teamed the extra efforts that have gone into raising Charlotte and helping her come of age. “It takes two people to do it. If you’re a single parent, how do you do that?” The Millers also stand as a formidable team behind Barrera but they say most families need some kind of additional support, especially if both parents work full time outside of the home. “You might only get 21 hours [of services] in the week. But there are more than 21 hours in the week,” Barrera’s mother, Jo-Ann Miller, said. Jo-Ann isn’t sure how she’ll fill in those gaps come June. Will she need to quit her job? Will the woman who has taken Barrera into her day care during his teen years be able to care for a 20-something amid her charges of toddlers and infants? “As my child gets older, what are we going to look at and what changes are going to need to be made?” Rochelle Tierney said of the life plans her family is already considering for their son, Nicholas, 14. “We do everything we can, but what’s going to happen is always in the back of your head.”

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Before the latest rounds of budget cuts, Barrera and others like him could have filled those gap hours with developmental therapy, vocational training and independent living guidance. The supports would save the Millers from having to make some hard choices and spare family incomes, autism advocates say. And Barrera could be living a more productive life, his stepfather said. “It’s not about making money. There’s value in all work,” he said. “But if all you present someone with is the option to clean tables, then that’s all they think they can do.” “We started to ask the teachers what else he can do besides clean tables. And they asked, ‘What does he like to do?’” Jo-Ann recalled. You don’t need to ask Barrera what he likes to do. Barrera’s words remain sparse. But his actions speak loudly, his parents say. His daily morning routine reveals three passions: Barrera likes yellow school buses, libraries and dishing out compliments. His parents see these passions as gifts that Barrera could use as a library aide, host or, a school bus monitor. “Someone like Barrera might add value to a business but most need job coaches. Companies and business need to say, ‘What can these kids do for us? This applies to not just people with autism but people with all disabilities,” J.T. Miller said. “We should all have opportunities to be productive regardless of what that opportunity is.” Services that aren’t eliminated by budget cuts are sometimes phased out because a child may no longer be making progress in an area a therapy aims to improve or they may age out of a program, such as IBI, which targets pre-school-aged children. “They work really hard when they’re young, but if they’re not making any progress, then they leave that piece out,” Tierney said. Limited hours of group therapy, personal care services and adult day care are available for some Medicaid-qualifying young adults with autism, but the hours don’t fill up a 40-hour work week and they don’t offer the individual attention or personalized skill building they’re offered as kids. “Most of the effort at that point is aimed at sustainable community living,” Shanahan said. But the Millers and Tierneys struggle to grasp the logic behind linking services with age or skill acquisition. “If it takes 20 years to learn a skill, that’s money well spent. We should all always be learning,” J.T. said. Parents of children with autism said that each cut, each passed-out program and each elimination leaves more and more families facing even more uncertainty in an uncertain future. “He needs 24-hour care,” Jo-Ann said of Barrera. “You can’t just leave him at home and he can’t get a job.” The Millers have relied on an army of support since Barrera’s diagnosis as a 3-year-old. IBI specialists, a dedicated child-care provider, development therapy aides and teachers have helped Barrera function better at home and school. On a typical day, you might see Barrera and his classmates riding the city bus through Nampa, traversing the aisles of Paul’s Market or combing the shelves at the local library. Behind them stands Lichte. Lichte and those productive days are slated WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

to disappear come June when Barrera matriculates by way of age, rather than by graduation. Most students leave high school behind after meeting credit requirements but students with disabilities stay in school until they meet age requirements. The 21st birthday marks the end of education for Barrera and his peers. “After, that, you think, ‘Now what?’” JoAnn said. And a twinge of dread tampers the hope that defines most graduations. “When you sit down and really think about it, it’s overwhelming. It’s difficult. It’s hard,” Tierney said. Seven more years of questions buffer her son Nicholas from full days of support and the unknown. Miller estimates graduation will usher in 10 hours of unattended care for Barrera per week. Those are 10 hours that are now filled with school-provided social, speech and occupational therapy. And that’s 10 hours that Miller may not be on the job. “There aren’t really any specialized services for adults with autism,” Hansen said. “It’s a good system, but it could be so much better.” While many from the class of 2012 filled out college applications and toured the perfect school, Jo-Ann researched day cares and her own career options. Barrera’s post-graduation plan looks something like this: A few developmental therapy hours, coupled with some personal care services sandwiched between day care. A lack of adult day care services has Jo-Ann relying on the child-care provider that has cared for Barrera over the years. But it’s a small facility that caters only to infants and children. Sitting among the toddlers and preschoolers in the play area will be 22-year-old Barrera—there by the grace of young parents who signed waivers that granted the day care permission to have a non-employee adult on the premises. “Everything we have out there is for young kids and kids who are just diagnosed. We know there is nothing out there,” Hansen said. “We have individuals out there who are completely forgotten about. They have no family. This is a group that is hidden,” J.T. said. “This is a population that is at risk, especially if they don’t have family.” Last Christmas, Miller realized that residents at three area group homes hadn’t had Christmas in five years. So J.T. and Jo-Ann gathered up presents for a bunch of enthusiastic 70-something-year-olds that were long overdue a visit from Santa. “What are we doing in society as a whole if we can’t take care of our more vulnerable?” J.T. asked. The Millers figured they could step up and fill in where budgets have tapered off and supports have phased out. They’ve seen members from their church step up again and again. Extended family steps up. And they hope to see more volunteers step up, too. It’s one solution that families say could save a generation from graduating into gaps. “We know that there won’t be enough government support,” Goring said. “We know that it will not just take public funding but it will have to be a public-private partnership.” That partnership could offer the kind of gentle guidance Lichte practices to move Barrera forward. “People with autism have a wide range of skills. They are very hard working, they’re honest, and they’re dedicated. And if you ask any employer, these are all things they’re looking for,” Goring said. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

J.T. Miller supervises as Barrera take his vitamins and medications.

J.T. Miller helps Barrera brush his teeth and wash his face before going to bed.

Barrera takes a moment at the end of the day.

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Shades of Black will make learning about culture and identity entertaining at Boise State.

SATURDAY MAY 5 culture SHADES OF BLACK AT BOISE STATE Author Tim Cahill will have some words for the Idaho Readers and Writers Rendezvous.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY MAY 3-5 literature IDAHO READERS AND WRITERS RENDEZVOUS So you want to be a writer, eh? Well, you’re in luck. Some big names in the literature world are headed to Boise Thursday, May 3-Saturday, May 5, and they’re ready to teach you a thing or two. The Idaho Readers and Writers Rendezvous will bring literary authorities in a barrage of genres—screenwriting, poetry, songwriting, publishing, magazine writing, literary agents, you name it—together in a sort of writeapalooza. The three-day event will include workshops, pitching practice sessions, open mics, book signings and keynote addresses. It wraps up with a cocktail reception and banquet at the Basque Center where awards and raffle prizes will be doled out. “People just seem to be hungry for this kind of stuff,” said Sherry A.E. Cann, Rendezvous contest coordinator, author and governing board member of the Idaho Writers Guild. “They want more help. They want to meet people in the business that they can’t meet here on the streets in town.” Cann and crew worked for nearly a year putting the rendezvous together, and the result is an impressive lit lineup that includes local talent like Anthony Doerr and George Kennedy and acclaimed out-of-staters such as Tim Cahill and Laurie Notaro. “We thought about who would be a good draw for the people here,” Cann said. “Who could really help them with their work. … We’re very excited.” Approximately 150 people have already claimed their spots for the rendezvous but there are still a few available. Add-ons such as one-on-one sessions with industry professionals, individual pitch sessions and marketing plan discussions are available for an additional fee. Times vary by date. $195, $175 Idaho Writers Guild members and students. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St.,

WED.-SAT. MAY 2-5 theater QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER Women pass down wisdom to their daughters

in curious, sometimes roundabout ways. Playwright and performer Andrea Caban found another way to connect with her mother as well as find answers to life’s larger questions, sometimes by accident. In her solo play, Questions My Mother Can’t Answer, she investigates the questions she couldn’t ask. Boise Contemporar y

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Theater will present Questions My Mother Can’t Answer through May—a homecoming of sorts for a play largely conceived and written in Boise. The impetus for the play sparked in the fall of 2009, while Caban starred in BCT’s The Pavilion. During a vacation from her life as a New York City actor and

What began at the University of Idaho in 2003 is now a touring enterprise making waves across the Northwest. Kwapi Vengesayi is the man behind Shades of Black, a performing arts showcase that celebrates “the different textures and dimensions of the black experience” through the celebration of a culture, not a race. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, the project comes to Boise State for a free public per formance in the Student Union Building. Through spoken word, poetr y, song and dance, the per formers of Shades of Black explore the ideas of identity and culture. They pull talent from students at universities like Washington State, Gonzaga, Boise State, University of Idaho and others. According to Vengesayi and the show’s organizers, the mission is diversity of all sorts. They welcome performers and audience members from all walks of life. The Boise State performance will be hosted by Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and sponsored by the MLK Committee. Performers at Boise State will include the soulful performance of singersongwriter Victoria Lunde, choreography by Pacific Northwest great Max Nguyen and a whole host of other artists. 5 p.m., FREE. Boise State Student Union Building Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-4636,

writer, Caban pulled together a picture of womanhood through the voices of a Nor wegian housewife, an ex-prostitute and a healer, each in their ’60s, close in age to her mother. Upon returning to NYC, she found more female voices in an encounter with a woman on the subway, through connecting with an aunt and a seductive Moroccan ballroom dancer. With these voices, she began work on a rough draft, which morphed dramatically when she was hit by a cab. That experience changed the play and brought her into the stor y. In 2010, Coyote REP presented sold-out performances of the play, garnering praise at a performance at the International Fringe Festival that year. Following that, Caban presented the

play with BCT’s 5x5 Reading Series, and then at the Intimate Theater in Cape Town, South Africa. Wednesday, May 2-Friday, May 4, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $15-$23. Boise Contemporar y Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, bctheater. org.

SUNDAY MAY 6 art city AN ARTISTIC TASTE OF GARDEN CITY Not that long ago Garden City wasn’t much more than an industrial landscape intermixed with seedy bars. But if you’ve spent any time there in the last few years— or read BW regularly—you

already know that Garden City has become a magnet for cool. From Enso Artspace and Crooked Fence Brewing on one end to Woman of Steel and Visual Arts Collective on the other end, Garden City has certainly become a cultural hub. And on Sunday, May 6, the artistic GC powers will unite in a benefit for the Garden City Library Foundation. An Artistic Taste of Garden City will take place at VAC, Woman of Steel Gallery and in the space between the venues. It will include local performance and visual art, pottery throwing, glass blowing, music, silent auction and a tour of Steve Fulton’s recording studio. Local cuisine, beer from Payette Brewing Company and Crooked Fence Brewing, and vino from a slew of local wineries will be available. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Forget rolling on the river, Boise Watershed will have families rambling.



Michele Detwiler will help sing the praises of Mahler at Boise Philharmonic’s season finale.

running water BOISE WATERSHED RAMBLE The Boise WaterShed—that neat-o place that makes wastewater treatment interesting, hosts a slew of entertaining events and promotes all things healthy water-related—will host its second annual Ramble, a water awareness run/walk, Saturday, May 5. Participants can show their love for H20 by partaking in either a 5K run (new this year) or 1.5-mile family friendly walk along the Boise River. Those not racing to the finish can pause and enjoy ecofriendly demonstrations at exploration stations, like a toilet seat toss, watershed-on-wheels and a presentation on how water influences agriculture and food by Boise Projects, which manages water for the Bureau of Reclamation. Younger walk participants will receive passports, which they can get stamped at the various stops. Games, prizes (including a bicycle) and a live broadcast by 94.9 FM The River (oh-sofitting for a water-themed event) will take place at the finish-line party. The WaterShed’s exhibits will also be open. Proceeds will go toward the creation of a new 1.2–acre outdoor classroom that will include a replica of Boise’s watersheds, which flow water from Lucky Peak to the city to Lake Lowell. More than 60,000 people have taken part in exhibit hall and treatment plant tours since the WaterShed opened its doors in 2008. While funding for the WaterShed’s programs and the new facility are certainly important, the ramble’s true focus is on getting people to visit. “More than anything, this event is about bringing the community to our facilities,” said WaterShed Executive Director Carrie Maulin. Registration for the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start, and the walk check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start. 8:30 a.m., $20, $15 children, FREE for ages 5 and younger. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, 208-489-1284,

Garden City Library Board trustee Jim Owens said the event aims to showcase the “artistic talent and creative energy that exists in Garden City that many may not be aware of.” Organizers hope the event will become an annual occurrence so that


the abilities of Garden City artists can continue to be recognized. “I think a lot of communities have small pockets of creativity,” Owens said. “In Garden City, we have a lot of fantastic entities, and we know that they support the arts in so many ways.”

SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 5-6 finale BOISE PHILHARMONIC’S MAHLER TWO For musicians playing the work of Gustav Mahler, the Austrian composer’s music can be both a technical and emotional hurdle. It doesn’t make the pieces any easier, said upright bass concertist Mary Creek, when the theme surrounds the composer’s death. “A lot of why Mahler’s symphonies are so difficult to play has to do with the sheer size of them,” said Creek. “They are usually around an hour long and are technically demanding for every instrument. Most players are playing difficult passages almost nonstop, one after the next.” The powerful romanticism of the pieces is juxtaposed by the emotional degradation of Mahler’s final years, hastened by his frantic work on his last concert series. Their complexity, as well as Mahler’s specific, sometimes contradictory instructions on how the symphonies must be played, challenge the players emotionally and physically. “With every Mahler symphony, they are very much a part of the emotional force within the piece and demand every bit of a player’s and conductor’s focus and attention,” she said. But while the subject matter is often dark, Mahler’s pieces are no less inspiring. When Boise Philharmonic presents its Mahler performances as the finale of its 50th season, the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale will be joined by soprano Leslie Mauldin and mezzo-soprano Michele Detwiler, with Robert Franz as conductor. Detwiler, described as “amber-voiced,” has graced the stage of national and international operas, while Mauldin’s dynamic vocals have garnered her tours as a soprano soloist in the Israeli Philharmonic. The two will perform arias that complement Mahler’s dark symphonies. Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m., $21.50$76.50. Morrison Center, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609,

Tickets are available at or at Woman of Steel and VAC during the event, which is aimed more at adults. Older teens are welcome as well, but VAC is a 21-and-older venue and IDs will be required for

The Idaho Candy Company has been keeping Idahoans’ sugar cravings in check for 111 years with classics like the Idaho Spud Bar, the Old Faithful and the Cherry Cocktail. But considering the thousands of pieces of candy the company cranks out each year, there’s bound to be a few that don’t IDAHO CANDY COMPANY come out picture perfect. 412 S. Eighth St. While a piece of candy’s lack 208-342-5505 of symmetry could be a one-way trip to the trash, it can also be a major opportunity for local sweet lovers looking to score some cheap treats. Rather than tossing out what the crew at the Idaho Candy Company lovingly refer to as “seconds,” the not-so-perfect candies are bundled in bulk and sold for a pittance. Though the selection and availability vary, typically, the candy company will have seconds of either Idaho Spud Bars or Old Faithfuls for sale—with an occasional guest appearance by another variety. Spud Bar seconds are sold in 3-pound bags for $5, while Old Faithful seconds come in 2.5-pounds bags for the same price. The seconds are only sold in the Idaho Candy Company’s retail store in the front of its 109-year-old factory in downtown, and they’re not always available. But a little perseverance can mean a major score for a penny-pincher with a sweet tooth. —Deanna Darr

beer/wine tasting. 2-5 p.m. $25 adv., $30 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St.; and Woman of Steel Gallery, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd.; Garden City;

an event by e-mail to Listings are due by noon the Thursday before publication.


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WEDNESDAY MAY 2 On Stage LNL PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM TALENT SHOW—Hosted by Boise’s own Minerva Jane. Performers include Jenny Fivecoat, Kari Welch, Darryl Soulis, Meghan Waters, Shane Cotee and Maria Tindell. Proceeds from a raffle benefit The Community Center. Email for more info. 7-9 p.m. $5. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208331-0956, QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER—After being hit by a New York City cab, playwright Andrea Caban looks to an array of women to find a new perspective on life. See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

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. See Citizen, Page 10. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208331-8000,

THURSDAY MAY 3 On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KERMET APIO—This installment of Liquid Laughs also features Gabe Dunn. Purchase tickets at, by calling 208-941-2459 or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Literature IDAHO WRITERS AND READERS RENDEZVOUS—This rendezvous will bring nationally known authors, agents, editors and publishing industry representatives to Boise. Attendees may participate in one-on-one pitch sessions with agents and editors, and read from their work at open mic sessions. To register and for more information, visit See Picks, Page 16. $195, $175 Idaho Writers’ Guild members and students. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, 23

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Project 404 covered up art at Boise State and created quite a stir among commenters at

MISSING ART AND AWKWARD PARTS On the morning of April 23, some sleepy-eyed Boise State students shuffling to their first classes did a double take. A number of public art statues on the quad had been covered by large white PVC pipe frames sheathed in white cardboard with the message “Error 404.” Like the ubiquitous “page not found” message displayed online, the cerebral demonstration dubbed Project 404 aimed to draw attention to the void that could be created if arts programs aren’t funded to the same degree that science and math programs are. Boise Weekly reporter Andrew Crisp chatted up some students about the stunt to find out their reactions, which ranged from “I thought it was funny” to “We have the highest number of arts majors graduating because those are easy degrees. … To give a bigger emphasis to the arts doesn’t make sense.” But apparently, those students’ opinions didn’t fly with BW blog readers like Genevieve Emerson who wrote: “In lieu of what’s at stake in the BSU Arts and Humanities programs, I am stunned that BW would produce something with so little research and foresight. I spoke with a number of people on campus who had a wealth of creative, passionate, powerful things to say and ask about the project.” Speaking of the intersection of art and science, Crisp also hit up the Discovery Center of Idaho’s Science of Brewing event on April 25, which featured demos on beer brewing, along with ample samples, including the “explosion” brew with chipotle and malt dried over an open flame. According to Crisp, “The result was a fiery, smoky blend of flavor that led to a lot of burnt tongues.” For a more in-depth look into the sudsy event, check out the video at In other brews news, a motley BW crew piled onto the new people-powered Cycle Pub on April 28 and awkwardly pedaled through the streets of downtown, stopping every so often to whet our whistles at watering holes alongside the Crawl Around Downtown masses. Look for a full story on the ride in next week’s Bike Issue, which hits stands Wednesday, May 9. Speaking of awkward, Story Story Night tackled the theme on April 30 in honor of recent Boise performer David Sedaris. The evening’s featured storytellers spun an array of cringeworthy yarns, including Sarah Ober’s tale of a giggle fit while visiting a German gynecologist, Greg Warren’s squirmy battle both for and against virility, and Bob Haycock’s story of a stalkward first date from The evening’s story slammers continued the theme with a hilarious tale of male-teen-meets-cold-cream and a teacher who dropped the F-bomb and had to apologize in front of the entire school. Dressed in plaid shorts and her “nerdiest glasses,” Story Story host Jessica Holmes led the packed crowd in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” in honor of the popular event’s entry into its terrible twos. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


DEMON LIQUOR Wicked Waters explores Idaho’s Prohibition era ANDREW CRISP


bit of it during Prohibition,” said In the back room of the Idaho State beer historian Herman Ronnenberg. Historical Museum, historian and “They started selling malt extracts in Boise State graduate student Sarah cans. Anheuser-Busch started selling Phillips lifted an antique, loose-waist them and said they were for making Georgette dress out of a plastic bin. cookies. You had to disguise it as “This belonged to Emma Alexsomething else.” ander, the daughter of Idaho Gov. But Phillips’ exhibit focuses less Moses Alexander,” said Phillips. on hooch than on women, the driv“It’s similar to the flapper style from ing force behind turning Idaho and the time period.” the rest of the country dry. In Boise, The dress typified a transitional the initiative was spearheaded by time period in America from 1919well-to-do society members, with 1933, a time when liquor was the Legislature approving stateillegal in the United States. Philwide prohibition in 1916, three lips sifted through other assorted years before the 18th Amendment relics in another bin—old politiwas ratified. cal rally ribbons, suffrage pins, “They were the gentlewomen temperance movement buttons of the town, the white, Angloand an Idaho State Constabulary Saxon Protestant, upper-class badge. The pieces make up ladies,” said Todd Shallat, Phillips’ new exhibit at the director of Boise State’s museum, Wicked Waters: Center for Idaho History Idaho’s Prohibition Era, and Politics. “They were which will open First the Warm Springs and Thursday, May 3. Grove Street crowd. “There was more They tried to purify and moonshining and more sanctify and to clean up illegal drinking in the scum.” Idaho than just about Shallat leads tours of any other state in the downtown Boise’s past. nation,” Phillips added. He said that the seedy “In Pocatello, there was underbelly of downtown 10-times more illegal was once housed in drinking per capita than Old Boise, where the there was in Philadelpresent-day Sixth and phia.” Main street bars reside. Historians say that Outside those saloons, what people most often women assembled to associate with prohibifight “the liquor curse” tion—the Chicago area in America. rum-running, flapper “I think a lot of girls, speakeasies, Al Capeople don’t necessarily pone and his big cigarrealize that suffrage and chomping grin—are temperance were workHollywood’s attempts to ing hand-in-hand for a add allure. while,” said Phillips. “A lot of people The Women’s completely focus on Christian Temperance the crime. It’s really fun Union, crusaders against because it’s sexy. It’s the “demon liquor,” commobsters and the flapmissioned and installed pers. It’s glamorized,” drinking fountains Phillips said. in downtown Boise. But in Boise, A large brass basin, moonshining didn’t perched atop a pedestal include shoot-outs and inlaid with a rusting Thompson submachine Thursday, May 3, 5-6:30 p.m., Sarah Phillips will answer questions. Exhibit floral pattern, sits at the guns. Liquor was brewed, runs through Sunday, Sept. 9. corner of Capitol Bouoften in bathtubs, in the levard and Idaho Street, quiet parts of Lewiston, IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM 610 Julia Davis Drive outside Boise City Hall. Pocatello and the Treasure 208-334-2120 “As part of the cruValley. Homebrewing was sade for temperance, they commonplace. built these brass fountains “There was quite a WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

around town,” said Shallat. “They built them in front of saloons so people wouldn’t have to go inside to have a drink.” The history of the time period is locked in such relics. Others, like materials from a woman’s vanity, an empty whiskey jug and a “mechanical temperance propaganda puppet” can also be found in Phillips’ exhibit. “There were some people who thought alcohol was ‘demon rum,’ it was just evil. And other people thought that it was like any war on drugs, it was really an attempt to attack and marginalize specific groups,” said Shallat. Many wanted to crack down on minority groups, said Shallat and Phillips. They used the ban on hard liquors to gain political leverage over the Democrats of the time period, who pulled power from immigrant-dense districts. “Certain drugs were targeted and others were ignored. Like they ignored beer. There were more breweries than churches in this town,” said Shallat. The Irish, the Chinese, Bohemians and many Catholics were all “wet” groups, which partook of wine and liquor. The dry Protestants spearheaded the xenophobic effort. But at the same time, many nursed interest in ancient Egyptian culture, leading to the construction of the downtown Egyptian Theatre. “Some people attribute women’s makeup of the ’20s—like the darker red lips and the really cat-eyed look—to that Egyptian look. One of the things that I wish I had been able to include in the exhibit: I wanted to look at women’s underwear,” said Phillips. Phillips admits it’s an unorthodox way to look at history and people often laugh when they hear it. But just before 1900, women dressed in a much more lascivious fashion, as evidenced by their corsets and undergarments. “They’re the Gibson Girl, the big pretty hair and the S-shape—tightly corseted, very curvy,” said Phillips. “You compare that to just years later, all of a sudden you start seeing these ads that advertise boyish figures.” Phillips and other historians attribute this change in fashion to the women’s movement. The self-empowered flapper fashion sprang up during Prohibition as part of the decadent, speakeasy lifestyle. Women, as much as crime and moonshining, play a large part in the narrative of Prohibition. “It all kind of ties to suffrage. Women wanted to ... to be seen as equal,” she said. “You can see so much of the other social issues going on just by the underwear.” Gov. Alexander eventually signed the bill bringing Prohibition to Idaho. But the next generation was already moving away from temperance, as typified by Alexander’s daughter, Emma. Her flapper dress, brown from age and covered in delicate beadwork, epitomizes the rift that began to rise between the two generations.

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS East Side BASQUE MARKET—Enjoy fresh and unique tapas, featuring gazpacho salad on garlic crostini topped with Jamon Serrano, zucchini and duck pate tartlets, bite-size veggie omelets on garlic crostini and the famous fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls, along with other tasty varieties. Wine and sangria blanco will be available as well. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208, MUSEUM & CULTURAL 1 BASQUE CENTER—Enjoy gallery tours for

the exhibit Hidden In Plain Sight: The Basques and tours of the JacobsUberuaga House every half hour from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Check out a variety of Mother’s Day gift ideas in the museum store. 611 Grove St., 208343-2671,

BRICOLAGE—Celebrate chil3 dren’s artwork from Sage International School, including a recycled

FLATBREAD COMMUNITY 5 OVEN—Check out Amber Grubb’s photographs while enjoying happy

ent local artists, enjoy happy hour from 5-9 p.m. with half off all beer and wine. 625 W. Main St., 208-433-3934,

sculpture, tessellations inspired by MC Escher and paper quilling. Treats will be served. 5-8 p.m. 418 S. Sixth St., 345-3718,

INDIE MADE—Local crafters and artists will set up shop in pop-up tents in the Pioneer Building. Enjoy live music and chocolate while you browse. 108 N. Sixth St., Boise.

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

THE COTTON CLUB—The Cotton 4 Club will be open to the public and showcase quilts from local quilt

hour featuring $6 deals. Bottles of wine are $20, and kids younger than 12 eat free with purchase. 615 W. Main St., 208-287-4757,

a glass-blowing demonstration. $40 per person per 30-minute session. 530 W. Myrtle St., 208-345-1825,

group the Gammil Girls. 106 N. Sixth St., 208-345-5567,

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—The 6 featured artist this month is painter Rick Walter and the gift shop

MELTING POT—Featuring original local art 8 and two glasses of wine and one cheese fondue for $22. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900,

DRAGONFLY—Shop the sale going on through Saturday, May 5. 5-9 p.m. 414 W. Main St., 208-338-9234.

is open until 9 p.m 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320,

CORNER—Check out 7 GOLDY’S the work of more than 10 differ-

South Side 8TH STREET MARKETPLACE AT BODO— 9 Featuring work from new artists in residence, including a mixed-media installation by Star Moxley and film clips by Seth Randal. 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, 208-338-5212,


ATOMIC TREASURES—Enjoy a mix of retro, found objects and art that are sure to make unforgettable gifts. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-344-0811, BOISE ART MUSEUM—Sculpt vessels 11 with clay after viewing the exhibition Eastern Promises, Western Expressions during Studio Art Exploration from 5-8 p.m. Art Talk is at 5:30 p.m. and will feature the work of influential ceramic artists with Caroline Earley, assistant professor at Boise State. 5-8 p.m. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330, THE COLE MARR GALLERY/COFFEE 12 HOUSE—Ansel Adams student/naturalist/photographer David Marr will exhibit fine silver prints. 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, 208-3367630. HELLY HANSEN—Enjoy 30-50 percent off winter apparel. Buy one summer item, get 10 percent off another; two items, 15 percent off; three items or more, 20 percent off your total purchase. 860 W. Broad St., 208-342-2888.


IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM— Be one of the first to see the newest exhibit, Wicked Waters: Idaho’s Prohibition Era, located in the lower gallery of the museum. Exhibit curator Sarah Phillips will be available from 5-6:30 p.m. to answer questions about Prohibition and other cultural changes from 1917-1933. See the story on Page 19. 5-9 p.m. Donation. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, history.


KNITTING FACTORY—Enjoy local art and funk music from Phantasmorgia, the Boise Modern Jazz Orchestra and Danger Beard. 7 p.m. $6, $4 students. 416 S. Ninth St., 208367-1212, LEE GALLERY—View Recycled Art and 15 the group show Local Diversity. 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, 208-345-1120,


LISK GALLERY—Stop in to view works from resident painters Jerri Lisk and Carl Rowe, as well as images from photographer Mark Lisk. Polished steel vessels and new jewelry pieces from artist Ken Fenton will also be on display. Wine tasting available from Sawtooth Winery. 401 S. Eighth St., 208-342-3773,


MACLIFE—Featuring live piano and singing by Christina Chapman. Her artwork will also be on display and for sale. 421 S. Eighth St., 208-323-6721, NORTHRUP BUILDING—Featuring work 18 from Artists In Residence Kate and Sarah Masterson, Cassandra Schiffler, Theresa Burkes and the Idaho Book Artists Guild. Eighth and Broad streets, second floor, Boise.


QUE PASA—Check out the best selection of Mexican artwork in town, including wall fountains, silver and cedar and leather sofas. 409 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9018. R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART 20 GLASS—One-day jewelry show with California artist Anna Whitmore. Meet the artist and check out her colorful jewelry made from oxidized sterling silver, gold and semiprecious gemstones. 5-9 p.m. 415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337,

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work before the show opens up to the public at 6 p.m. 622 W. Idaho St., 208-867-5119,

shaw, mixed-media sculptor. 517 S. Eighth St., 208-338-5444, SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Featuring white wine margaritas and 20 percent off all case purchases. 786 W. Broad St., 208-345-9463.

AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—Enjoy complimentary gift wrapping on a variety of items perfect for Mother’s Day gifts. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, 208-433-0872,

SOLID—Enjoy live music 22 from Ryan Wissinger, appetizers, spirit sampling and art

THE ART OF WARD 24 HOOPER GALLERY—In celebration of the Exergy Tour’s

from Rase Photography. Followed by Last Call Trivia at 8 p.m. 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620.

athletes, Ward Hooper has created a piece to commemorate the inaugural event, which will be unveiled with signed posters available at a discount. Ten percent of proceeds benefit the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. Exergy TWENTY12 rider Kristin McGrath will be on hand for autographs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit 745 W. Idaho St., 208-8664627,

Central ADELMANN BUILDING— 23 View the work of graduating Boise State graphic design and illustration students during this portfolio show. From 4-6 p.m., industry professionals may meet students and view their

ART WALK Locations featuring artists


THE ELECTRIC CHAIR SALON— Enjoy snacks and beverages and enter in a raffle featuring product baskets and a free haircut during the salon’s sixth anniversary celebration and first First Thursday. 783 W. Idaho St., 208-331-2588. HOFF BUILDING—Peruse a selection of Mothers’ Day gift ideas from Artisans For Hope and help support the refugees who make the products. 802 W. Bannock St., Boise. IDAHOSTEL—Check 25 out a brand new mural completed by a recent Chinese student/guest and have a complimentary beer. There will also be 10 other full-size murals on display, including the 22-foot community art wall. 6-9 p.m. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 103, 208-286-6476, MASSAGE MATTERS— 26 Enjoy specials on gift certificates, refreshments, art by Cody Rutty, pottery by Voyage Pottery and complimentary chair massages. 816 W. Bannock St., 208-315-0072. PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL 27 GROUP—Enjoy bratwurst samples from the Mancave and beer samples from local breweries Payette Brewing Co. and Crooked Fence Brewing. View works from local photographers Christina Birkinbine and David Ryan. 5-8 p.m. 121 N. Ninth St., Ste. 303, 208-342-2765.













CHOCOLAT BAR—Check out a selection of chocolate highheels, gift boxes, truffles and baskets, as well as a sampling of Bitner wines. 805 W. Bannock St., 208-338-7771,



ROSE ROOM— Fettuccine Forum: What the Heck is the HPCS? Learning, Living and Loving Boise’s Historic Districts. Amy Pence-Brown will speak about Boise’s historic districts. Simply Pizza will be served. 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483.



REDISCOVERED BOOKSHOP— Enjoy an author panel featuring Faulkner Award winner Kim Barnes, poet Robert Wrigley and author Mary Blew in conjunction with the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous. 7 p.m. 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229,

THOMAS HAMMER— 28 Featuring work from Tony of A Mind’s Eye Tattoo. 298 N.


Eighth St., 208-433-8004,

1. Basque Museum

11. Boise Ar t Museum

21. Renewal Underground

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West Side

2. Boise Ar t Glass

12. The Cole Marr Galler y/ Coffeehouse

22. Solid

32. Exposure a.l.p.h.a. Interchange

THE ALASKA CENTER— 29 Featuring the Cinco de Mayo exhibit: Immigration, Migra-

33. Eyes of the World

tion—The Journey, an interactive exhibit of sound and light about the faces and voices of women by Luz Camarena and Alejandra Regalado. New paintings by Bobby Gaytan and Chi E Shenam Westin. 1020 Main St., Boise.

3. Bricolage

23. Adelmann Building

4. The Cotton Club

13. Idaho State Historical Museum

5. Flatbread Community Oven

14. Knitting Factor y

25. Idahostel

15. Lee Galler y

26. Massage Matters

6. Flying M Coffeehouse 7. Goldy’s Corner 8. Melting Pot 9. 8th Street Marketplace 10. Atomic Treasures

16. Lisk Galler y 17. MacLife 18. The Nor thrup Building 19. Que Pasa 20. R. Grey Galler y


24. The Ar t of Ward Hooper Galler y

27. Principal Financial Group 28. Thomas Hammer 29. The Alaska Center 30. Ar t Source Galler y

34. Galler y 601 35. Inter faith Sanctuar y Development Office 36. The Linen Building 37. The Modern 38. Reuse Market

ART SOURCE GAL30 LERY—Art Source Gallery presents Underwater, framed porcelain artwork with an oceanic vibe by Erin Pietsch. Enjoy music by Nancy Kelly, wine from Indian Creek Winery and snacks during this opening reception. 5-9 p.m. 1015 W. Main St., 208-331-3374,

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1ST THURSDAY/LISTINGS BASEMENT GALLERY— 31 View the paintings of Jean Calomeni, who depicts her


observations of society in an expressionist style. 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309. EXPOSURE A.L.P.H.A. 32 INTERCHANGE—Check out the store during this open house featuring local artists and highlighting California artist and activist Jack Dorlan. Also take advantage of special First Thursday pricing throughout the store. 6-9 p.m. 1009 W. Bannock St., 208-424-8158, exposureidaho. org. EYES OF THE WORLD— 33 Check out Second Chance’s annual Recycled Artshow and the first-ever First Thursday Bargain Bash parking lot sale with 50-75 percent off clothing and more. Also enjoy an outside drumming jam, tarot readings, henna demonstrations and tasty bites. 1576 W. Grove St., 208-331-1212,

Bruce Maurey’s Checked Out installation could be a hard pill to swallow.

GALLERY 601—Featur34 ing tribute to the Plains People, the artwork of nationally


known Western artist Howard Terpning. Coinciding with the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, Gallery 601 will host a retrospective show featuring some of Terpning’s best works and his hardcover trade book Tribute to the Plains People. Preview the show on the gallery’s website. 211 N. 10th St., 208-336-5899, INTERFAITH SANCTU35 ARY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE—Join Interfaith Sanctuary for the Energizing Minds art show, featuring children’s artwork from the Energizing Minds Zone Program, while snacking on appetizers. 5-9 p.m. 1020 W. Main St., Alaska Building, Ste. 100E, 208-371-8974, THE LINEN BUILDING— 36 Check out a multifaceted extravaganza featuring visual art, music and sport. Festivities include the Builders Gallery and contest from 6-8 p.m. as part of Modern Art. Also enjoy Ed Anderson’s A Sketch of Idaho exhibition, music by New Transit, Steve Fulton Music and Radio Boise DJs. Pie Hole pizza and a full bar also available. 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, MODERN HOTEL AND 37 BAR—Local artists will transform 40 rooms into everything from mini gallery spaces to interactive pieces to full-scale installations during the fifth-annual Modern Art event. See First Thursday News, this page. 1314 W. Grove St., 208-424-8244, OWYHEE PLAZA HOTEL—Enjoy $5 wine flights by St. Chapelle Winery and music by Rebecca Scott. 1109 Main St., 208-3434611, REUSE MARKET—Local 38 potters will sell a range of functional and decorative work. A portion of the sale’s proceeds will go to the ReUse Market. 5-9 p.m. 1517 W. Main St., 208901-4149, TRIP TAYLOR BOOKSELLER— Read your own work or another poet’s during the open mic poetry session. 210 N. 10th St., 208-344-3311, downtownboise. org.

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Hotels are hotbeds of celebrity vice and excess. Tales of line-snorting, champagne-swilling and the ensuing chandelierswinging are so common they’ve become a cliched rite of passage for waifish starlets and wannabe rockstars. Boise artist Bruce Maurey took inspiration from these sordid stories to create Room 224 at the fifth-annual Modern Art event at the Modern Hotel and Bar on First Thursday, May 3. Maurey is painting 10 9-foot by 8-foot panels of celebrities who have met their end in the confines of a hotel. “It’s all painted in three colors, two of them are fluorescent and the whole place will be black-lit,” explained Maurey. “From there, I’m just going over the top with certain people who have died, whether it’s from pills or maybe cocaine or heroin.” Maurey’s portraits include celebrities like Coco Chanel, Michael Hutchence from INXS, Janis Joplin and Nancy Spungen from Sid and Nancy. “I’m trying to place everybody as close as I can to where they died—Martin Luther King is on the balcony because he was shot there, Whitney Houston is in the bathroom, Anna Nicole [Smith] is on the bed,” said Maurey. But despite the macabre theme, Maurey insists the installation will be light-hearted. “All of the imagery is very uplifting and happy,” said Maurey. Not to be outdone in the realm of hotel excess, the Boise Weekly team will once again run the Art Barter Room, which has been moved up to Room 234. This year, we’re turning our primo, second-floor suite into a hazy Prohibition-era speakeasy, complete with a faux bathtub still, lounging flappers and a highstakes poker table. Frim Fram Four will provide period music from 6-6:45 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m., while the folks at Heirloom Dance Studio demonstrate ’20s-style rug-cutting. And that’s just the tip of the Modern Art iceberg. In the second floor Business Office, artist Bryan Moore will create portraits in a vintage, tiki-themed space; in Room 241, writers Elizabeth Rodgers and Elisabeth McKetta will take prompts from participants; and in Room 117-118, Tyler Bush, Minerva Jayne, Laird Lucas and Tina Barnett will offer retro and modern takes on John and Yoko’s bed-in, complete with “Give Peace a Chance” sing-a-longs. In the Modern’s courtyard, attendees can contribute to the Fortune Tree, which was made in memory of artist Surel Mitchell, and marvel at the knitted/crocheted VHS-tape masterpiece spearheaded by Adrian Kershaw. Modern Art curators Kerry Tullis and Amy O’Brien said they were taken aback by the number of new or unknown artists who applied to be part of the event this year. “Again, we’re just shocked at the depth of the arts community,” said Tullis. “Last year, there were all these new people … And then it happened again this year in an even larger quantity.” —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT SCOTT MARCHANT PRESENTATION—BW contributor (see Page 31) and the author of The Hiker’s Guide Greater Boise, to be released Friday, June 1, will present a slide show preview of nearby hikes followed by a book signing. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 18


CIRQUE DREAMS POP GOES THE ROCK—This variety show by Cirque Dreams features popular and timeless music, extravagant costumes and theatrical mayhem. Tickets available at the Morrison Center box office, all Select-a-Seat outlets and at 7:30 p.m. $30.50-$52.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Festivals & Events

Animals & Pets

HOKUM HOEDOWN SQUARE DANCE AND OLD-TIMEY MUSIC SERIES—Enjoy music from the Hokum Hi-Flyers while you learn square-dance moves, followed by an old-time hootenanny featuring a cast of callers. 7 p.m. $5, $15 per family. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111,

PETSMART NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND—The Idaho Humane Society-run adoption center inside PetSmart will participate in the national weekend promoting pet adoption. Local shelters and rescue agencies, including the Idaho Humane Society, will each receive $35 in adoption-reward grants from PetSmart Charities for every pet adopted during the event. PetSmart, 130 N. Milwaukee St., Boise.

On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KERMET APIO—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,



SATURDAY MAY 5 Festivals & Events CINCO DE MAYO STREET FESTIVAL—This annual Cinco De Mayo Street Festival is presented by Capitol Terrace. There will be ethnic dancing and music, as well as a large variety of food and drinks available on the street. 4-9 p.m. FREE. Eighth Street between Idaho and Main streets, Boise.

On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KERMET APIO—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, SHADES OF BLACK SHOW—Hosted by Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and sponsored by the MLK Committee, the show features a variety of performers from the Northwest. Visit for more info, or email See Picks, Page 16. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise,

Art BOISE STATE CLAY AND FIRE SALE—This sale features hundreds of original ceramic pieces made by Boise State students, faculty and alumni. A portion of proceeds benefit the Boise State Visiting Artists in Ceramics program. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994,

Literature AN EVENING WITH MARK SUNDEEN AND DANIEL SUELO—Join the author and subject of the book The Man Who Quit Money for a sure-tobe-enlightening evening. 5 p.m. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

Sports & Fitness




Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers. © 2009 Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.



BOISE WATERSHED RAMBLE 5K RUN/FUN WALK—Enjoy an easy walk or 5K run near the Boise River. Kids will get stickers for their Ramble Passport at each Exploration Station. A live broadcast hosted by 94.9 FM The River will take place at the finish line. For more information and to sign up, go to See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m. $10-$15, FREE for kids younger than 5. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, 208-489-1284,

9:30AM - 1:30PM 8th Street from Bannock to Main Street & on the Grove Plaza


* Fresh locally grown produce, herbs, & flowers * Idaho Specialty Foods & Wines * Local Artwork *

Chef Abbigail Carlson Cooking with fresh, seasonal produce from the Market Saturdays Q 10am to Noon

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8 DAYS OUT Citizen

Talks & Lectures

UNITED WAY VOLUNTOUR—The United Way of Treasure Valley’s Junior Service Club will host a service-centered scavenger hunt/orienteering race. VolunTour is limited to 20 teams; each must have one member older than 18. Register at unitedwaytv. org. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per team. Boise State Quad, Boise.

RUDY SMITH—The Idaho Black History Museum presents guest speaker Rudy Smith, photojournalist and former Omaha WorldHerald editor. Smith will present My Journey, which chronicles his experiences and images of everyday people from across the world. This event also includes a sneak preview of Smith’s exhibit Black America: A Photographic Journey. Music will be provided by the Idaho Jazz All Stars. Boise physician Michael Mercy will be the master of ceremonies. Visit for more info. 3 p.m. $40, $35 seniors, $25 students. Clubhouse Event Center, 7311 W. Potomac Drive, 208-322-5550.

Animals & Pets PAWS FOR THE HEART—Join the Meridian Valley Humane Society for the second-annual Paws for the Heart walk. Zee, the famous Tee dog, will serve as grand marshal for the two-mile walk. All registered participants will receive a sports pack and safety blinker. Free bandanas to the first 300 registered participants. All proceeds benefit the Meridian Valley Humane Society. To register and for more information, email 10:30 a.m. $25. St. Luke’s Medical Offices, 520 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-381-2592, stlukesonline. org. PETSMART NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND—See Friday. PetSmart, 130 N. Milwaukee St., Boise.

SUNDAY MAY 6 On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SHOW: KERMET APIO—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Art AN ARTISTIC TASTE OF GARDEN CITY—Enjoy the work of local artists and watch it be crafted live while sipping local beers and wine. A silent auction will be held as well. Proceeds benefit the Garden City Library Foundation. Visit for more info and tickets. See Picks, Page 16. 2-5 p.m. $25. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632,

TUESDAY MAY 8 Workshops & Classes CAPTURING FLOWERS AND INSECTS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP—Start in the classroom for instruction, then travel to the Rose Garden at Lakeview Park where you can practice. Bring your camera and wear appropriate attire for an evening outdoors. 710 p.m. $32. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858,

Odds & Ends

Animals & Pets

BOOZE CLUES—Trivia and prizes with the one and only E.J. Pettinger. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., 208-345-6344.

PETSMART NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND—See Friday. PetSmart, 130 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-377-9748.



Kids & Teens HOW THINGS WORK—Children ages 6-12 can explore how all sorts of everyday things work. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700,

Art BOISE STATE CLAY AND FIRE SALE—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University, 208426-3994,

Hey you. Yeah you. There’s a lot more happening in Boise than what’s in these listings. For loads more events, workshops, runs, rides, lectures, volunteers opportunities, festivals, parties, comedy shows, karaoke sessions, trivia games, art shows, museum exhibitions and everything in between visit and click on calendar.

Citizen LIQUID FORUM—Learn about and celebrate the work nonprofit organizations do for the community while enjoying the music of the Fleet Street Klezmer Band. Sponsored by United Action for Idaho and United Vision for Idaho. 5 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

BOISE STATE CLAY AND FIRE SALE—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994,

Literature ZACHARY SCHOMBURG READING—The Portland, Ore., poet will read with A. Minetta Gould and John Shinn. Visit lovelyarc. for more info about Schomburg and his work. 8 p.m. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., Boise.

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SIGN OF THE TIMES Bands signed to local record labels get more than marketing JOSH GROSS

Seated around a table at Mulligan’s, a dozen or so local musicians listened as Stephen Gere, drummer for Atomic Mama, spoke about repairing speaker cones. Members from bands like Owlright, Fairweather Academy and Mozam were invited by their Boise-based label, Barn Owl Records, to participate in an open forum to share information on everything from equipment maintenance to out-of-town booking contacts to recording techniques. Barn Owl Records’ Jay Saenz (left) and Matt Dalley (right) are reshaping the role of record labels. But considering the wide variety of tools now available to independent musicians— 2002, during the infancy of the iPod, and has “It’s funny because we started Barn Owl to enough to do everything that a record label promote our own music, and now we’re work- since released albums from 20 or so bands has traditionally done from the comfort of a from Boise and beyond. laptop—one might wonder how relevant labels ing more with other bands than we are with “My plan with the label is to try to get all our own stuff,” said Saenz. are in the current market. the bands together,” said 1332 Records owner Barn Owl isn’t the only local label that is The answer is that Barn Owl is one of a Levi Poppke. “So if people go out searching part of this trend. Nathan Walker, the man growing number of labels reshaping its role for an artist, they’ll stumble across other bands behind Nampa’s newly launched Sunless Sea from that of a business and marketing agency that are similar in style or genre.” Records, views his label similarly. to something like a farming collective. Though 1332 Records is self-sufficient, Pop“Part of what I want to create is a whole ... “When people say they’re with Barn Owl, pke doesn’t make much. they’re saying we’re a part of this community,” recording community with people being able “I made $500 personally for all of last year to lend talents across projects to one another,” said label co-founder Jay Saenz. after doing 40 hours a week,” he said. said Walker. Barn Owl still works as a distribution hub But strangely enough, the thing that has Though best known for his stint in The for music from the acts on its label and is making inroads into the lucrative field of music Invasion and as booker for Flying M Coffeega- moved Poppke closest to being able to run rage, Walker has spent 17 years in local bands. 1332 as a full-time job is what in the old days licensing. But its overall goal is less about rewould’ve been considered “the competition.” Sunless Sea is the product of watching friends cord sales than it is creating a general support “Labels would pit themselves against other make good music that went nowhere. network for the myriad needs of its acts. labels, a lot of stealing bands, a lot of infight“It’s not that bands can’t do it on their “Right now, one of the musicians on our laing,” said Poppke. “And now I work with own,” said Walker. “A lot of them just don’t bel needs health insurance,” said Saenz. “And or don’t know what to do next or feel insecure other labels. It’s a lot of scratching each other’s we have to figure out if that is the purview backs, helping each other out. Those guys are about it. I think there’s a sense that they have of the label. So we’re going to research and an integral part of putting something out.” explore the issue and see if that’s something we to commercialize or commodify themselves in Poppke said that the market is wildly overthat way, and it’s appealing to have someone can do.” saturated, and that even with the increased viselse to do it for them.” That marks a shift in the label’s intentions. ibility of a label, it’s harder to stand out in the Walker’s debut release was Realities of Saenz originally co-founded the label with his noise. But with a collective of labels working Grandeur, a solo album by former Invasion friend and bandmate Matt Dalley in order to together, instead of one label pushing a band to bandmate Aaron Mark Brown. better promote their band, Fairweather Acadthe 3,000 people in its network, it’s four labels Walker is hoping emy. But then Saenz pushing things out to 12,000. to release three to attended a performance “All the labels I work with have niches four more full-length by Solomon’s Hollow, BARN OWL RECORDS that we work within and all complement each albums this year, with whose promotional other,” said Poppke. a focus on vinyl and strategy consisted of SUNLESS SEA RECORDS Those labels include Farmageddon Records, handmade or creative handing out CDs at P.I.G. Records and PB Records, and each components—like the coffeeshops. 1332 RECORDS specializes in topics like the European market, limited edition piano“It was frustrating digital distribution and physical sales. key USB drives from to take it home, listen And while the other labels Poppke works Portland, Ore.’s Radiato it, think it’s great with are mostly outside Boise, labels in Boise tion City. and know that it only “I want to stay small enough and do things are colluding as well. exists for the people [the band] can physically When Walker started Sunless Sea, some of cheaply enough that we can fail a few times hand it to,” said Saenz. the first people he approached were Saenz and So Barn Owl “signed” the band and helped without it being the end of us,” said Walker. Dalley of Barn Owl Records, both for advice The re-envisioning of the role of small Solomon’s Hollow put its music online. The and to find ways to complement one another, record labels has happened to local labels that act has since relocated to Portland, Ore., and were around before the Internet boom as well. rather than compete. They invited Walker to the CD that Saenz loved so much has been the Barn Owl meetup at Mulligan’s. Boise label 1332 Records was started in downloaded more than 20,000 times.

Hang with the glitterati at Here We Go Magic.

DUCKS IN A ROW After the out-of-the-park success of the inaugural Treefort Music Fest, the team behind it—Eric Gilbert, Drew Lorona and Lori Shandro—decided to continue producing local rock shows to lay the foundation for next year’s festival. However, in order not to wear out the name, the power-trio has rebranded themselves as Duck Club Presents. The first show presented under the new moniker was with New Jersey band Screaming Females at The Crux. A second has been booked for Thursday, May 24, at The Linen Building with touring bands Here We Go Magic and Hospitality and honorary Boiseans, San Francisco’s Tartufi. Another local music entity looking for a makeover is downtown bar The Bouquet. The club closed its doors early this year because of logistical issues, and owner Tyson Twilegar began searching for a tenant who could run the bar side of things while he continued to run the music. After several months and at least one false start, Twilegar told Boise Weekly that he may have found a tenant and believes the club could be back open as soon as June. BW will keep you posted on any developments. Also getting a facelift is the Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival, or B-CIMF for short. Now in its seventh year the festival is ditching the straight music format and will instead feature live improvised music to match Me and My Shadow, a new play by Heidi Kraay with choreography by Yurek Hansen. The festival will go down Friday, May 11-Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Visual Arts Collective. In national news, a coalition of musicians, including big names like Pearl Jam, The Roots and Alicia Keys, have signed on to a petition calling for Village Voice Media, which owns and operates more than a dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, to put the kibosh on the adult section of its cashcow classified site “Village Voice Media has a history of being a strong advocate for the arts, reporting extensively on musicians and their work in its 13 weeklies across the country. That musicians are now speaking out against Village Voice Media’s refusal to take down the Adult section of where pimps advertise the sale of girls for sex is significant and should send a clear message to the company that it needs to take action to ensure no child is sexually exploited through use of its site,” wrote Mike Mills of R.E.M. in a press release. The adult section of the site has come under fire in recent months for numerous instances of sex trafficking of underage girls. —Josh Gross


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PSYCHOSTICK—With Downtown Brown, Sneezzbil and Fault Paradox. 8 p.m. $8. Shredder SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—7 p.m. FREE. Brickyard STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL—9 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

DELTA SPIRIT, MAY 3, NEUROLUX Countless musicians have opined melodies in praise of California. However few songs do the Golden State justice like “California,” the latest single from San Diego, Calif., natives Delta Spirit. The quintet combines regular rock tools with more unorthodox instruments like a trash can to emphasise its lyrics. On the band’s inaugural release, 2008’s Ode to Sunshine, the creative waters of Delta Spirit resembled a meandering tributary filled with soft folk acoustics. However, with Delta Spirit’s 2012 self-titled release, every aspect of its sound has taken on a more turbulent flow. Tracks like “Tellin’ the Mind” and “Tear it Up” add a new emphasis on percussion without completely washing away that throwback Americana charm. Delta Spirit also penned a tribute to the Gem State called “Idaho.” Vocalist Matthew Vasquez sings lyrics like “Yeah we’ll hang low / like they do it out in Idaho.” —Andrew Crisp With Waters and Tijuana Panthers. 7 p.m., $12. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

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HANNAH’S GONE WILD—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. $5. Humpin’ Hannah’s JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Vista JOHN ALEXANDROFF—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe KATIE MORELL—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La NAOMI PSALM & THE BLUE CINEMA—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s NEW TRANSIT—9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PAMELA DEMARCHE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

THURSDAY MAY 3 BLANCA AND MICHAEL—6 p.m. FREE. La Cantina Sociale BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DEDICATED SERVERS—10 p.m. FREE. Liquid DELTA SPIRIT—With Waters and Tijuana Panthers. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $12. Neurolux FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club

STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar


WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge


WELLSPRING AND HONOR— With Parade of Bad Guys and Hopeless Jack and Handome Devil. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

SALLY TIBBS—With John Jones and Damien Bard. 9 p.m. FREE. Brickyard


THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club THE SHAUN BRAZELL QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SMOOTH SAILING—With Deadlight Effect and Trite. 9 p.m. $5. The Shredder

ANNEX MADLY—8 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective


B3 SIDE—9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SOUL SERENE—10 p.m. $5. Reef

CAMDEN HUGHES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement

CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DAN COSTELLO—8 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s Cellar JIM LEWIS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s PROFESSOR GALL—With Hillfolk Noir. 10 p.m. $3. Liquid REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s

SATURDAY MAY 5 DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DC3—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DYING FAMOUS WITH CAP GUN SUICIDE—9 p.m. $3. Red Room ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill JOSHUA TREE—9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE OLIVER THOMPSON. DR. JOE AND THE UKULADIES—7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La REBECCA SCOTT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub 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 DRUMS—With Part Time and Craft Spells. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $13 adv., $15 door. Reef

SHAUN BRAZELL—With Sam Strother. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers






LONESOME SHACK—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

ATYPICAL TUESDAY—With Dragons, Mostecelo, The Gunfighters and Hillfolk Noir. 7 p.m. $1. Red Room


TERRY JONES—10:30 a.m. FREE. Berryhill

BLAZE-N-KELLY—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La

SALLY TIBBS—With Kevin Kirk. John Jones and Jon Hyneman. 9 p.m. FREE. Brickyard

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

BURN HALO—8 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory

NATURAL VIBRATIONS—10 p.m. $7 adv., $10 door. Reef

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

PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s

STEADY RUSH—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SOUL PURPOSE—10 p.m. $5. Reef THREE UNCLES—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s VOICE OF REASON—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement


NATHAN MOODY—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

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

ANTIQUE SCREAM—With Pouch and Old One Two. 9 p.m. $3. Shredder

REID PERRY—9 p.m. FREE. Woody’s

HURT—8 p.m. $15-$30. Knitting Factory

TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

TECH N9NE—With Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak, Stevie Stone and Kagah. 8:30 p.m. $30-$56. Knitting Factory

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


PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape



GUTHRIE SAURO—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

THE VANPAPAEGHEM TRIO— 5:30 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadMeridian

REID PERRY—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


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THE DRUMS, MAY 6, REEF It’s a common lament that there aren’t new oldies. The sounds of an era may resonate, but the songs grow stale and it is a rare band that can effectively recapture the sound later. The Drums are one of said bands, with a post-punk vibe that would sound perfectly at home on an early 1980s compilation alongside The Cure, The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen. The Brooklyn, N.Y., band got a ton of buzz with its 2009 EP, Summertime. Its performance at Neurolux was one of the best-attended shows of the 2010 Promenade Music Festival. The Drums will return to Boise to promote its new album, Portamento, which—despite the band’s drummer switching to guitar, its guitarist switching to synthesizers and getting an altogether new drummer—is every bit the dreamy, surf-tinged dark pop collection as its 2010 self-titled LP. —Josh Gross With Part Time and Craft Spells. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $13 adv., $15 door. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,

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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings


DEEP WATERS THE INSIDE JOB DOCUMENTARY—This awardwinning documentary about the Wall Street meltdown, narrated by Matt Damon, will be shown for free by the Public Information Working Group of Occupy Boise. Discussion afterward. For more information, visit Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Capitol, 700 W., Jefferson St., Boise, 208-433-9705. MORLEY NELSON: BIRDS OF PREY—View a film about Morley Nelson’s conservation philosophy, presented by Nelson’s son, Norm, who directed and photographed many of his father’s film projects with producer Tyler Nelson. A questionand-answer session will follow, and the program is best suited for those ages 12 and older. Visit the library’s website for more information. Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,


CHICO AND RITA—Music and desire unite a young piano player with a beautiful singer in this film that is a celebration of Cuban music and culture. (NR) The Flicks THE DEEP BLUE SEA—Rachel Weisz stars in this adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play, which is set just after World War II and tells the story of a married woman who falls in love with a younger man. See review, this page. Opens Friday, May 11. (R) The Flicks

The Deep Blue Sea explores passion and compulsion GEORGE PRENTICE Melodrama is perhaps the most delicate of any theatrical art form. In a heartbeat, things can quickly go off the rails, ending in a sniveling mess. But melodrama’s opaque delicacy, handled by a master thespian, can reveal the fragility of the human spirit. The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz as a woman cursed with an inability to distinguish love from lust, is a throwback to when melodrama reigned supreme in Hollywood’s golden age. While Rachel Weisz dives into her role as Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea. 21st century audiences may struggle with the film’s paper-thin conceit and measured a high court judge (Simon Russell Beale) to accustomed to dramas of sensual compulpacing, Weisz’s performance is reminiscent embark on an affair with a dashing young sion from Tennessee Williams, but these of the queens of melodrama from a bygone pilot, Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston in a were rare waters for British audiences. A era—Ingrid Bergman, Luise Rainer, even little-known 1955 film version of The Deep wonderful performance). In the shadow of Greta Garbo. Dial down the film’s hues to the affair’s scandal, Hester leaves her life of Blue Sea, starring black and white, and luxury to move into a dingy, coldwater flat another queen of The Deep Blue Sea with Freddie. But Hester’s life is now demelodrama—Vivien could be comfortably THE DEEP BLUE SEA (R) fined by sex while her new partner has little Leigh—received fine tucked in alongside Directed by Terence Davies desire to support her in the fashion that notices in the United Gaslight or Camille Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and she once enjoyed. Hester’s passion becomes Kingdom, but never on Turner ClasSimon Russell Beale hyper-obsession that, in turn, dissolves into found an American sic Movies. But be Opens Friday, May 11, at The Flicks deep heartache and abandonment. audience. On the forewarned—your The script is bare, not by default but by centenary of Ratenjoyment of this design. The words are expertly chosen, leavtigan’s birth, Terence film will by tempered ing uncomfortably long pauses for Weisz Davies—one of Britain’s finest filmmakers by your tolerance for melodrama. If you to showcase her supreme acting skills while (though he has only produced five feaembrace the genre, you may well adore the not once going off the boil. The costumes, tures)—decided to revisit Rattigan’s tale movie; if not, you may find The Deep Blue surrounding post-war insecurities about sex cinematography and soundtrack are all Sea insufferable. lush, but the film is all about Weisz. The and class. It has been more than a half-century Oscar winner proves time and again that an Weisz, who appears in nearly every since playwright Terence Rattigan dazzled actress of her caliber requires the finest of frame of The Deep Blue Sea, is Hester Colcritics with his stage production of The lyer, a woman approaching middle age who scripts and direction. In the Deep Blue Sea, Deep Blue Sea in London’s West End. By she is awarded both. the 1950s, American audiences had become dismisses her life of privilege as the wife of

SCREEN/DVD MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS—Marvel Comics’ characters from the movies Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America team up for the ultimate super-hero movie. (PG-13) Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22

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2. CONTRABAND First week in release.

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3. WE BOUGHT A ZOO Dropped from No. 2.

4. THE DARKEST HOUR Dropped from No. 3.

5. DARK TIDE First week in release.



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Bullriding’s unseen challenge: bull smell.

LET ’ER RIDE While most of us will never jump on the back of a really big, really pissed-off bull in an attempt to ride it—at least without a whole lot of liquid courage, an instant sense of regret and a lasting sense of pain—that doesn’t mean we don’t like watching someone else do it. In fact, it’s hard not to watch someone on top of a spinning, bucking, jumping pile of raw power and testosterone. Lucky for rodeo fans, the Boise Invitational will bring 35 of the top bull riders in the world to town the weekend of Saturday, May 12-Sunday, May 13. The event at the Idaho Center is part of the Built Ford Tough series, and it marks the first time the nationally televised series has featured an Idaho event in the last two years. Chutes will be flung open starting at 7 p.m. on May 12 and at 2 p.m. on May 13 as the riders compete for a purse of more than $125,000. The event will also include one of the Professional Bull Riders 15/15 series, in which the top 15-ranked riders in the world will ride the top 15-ranked bulls. Tickets start at $10 and can be bought at the Idaho Center, ICtickets locations, online at or by calling 208442-3232. Of course, this is just the start of the local rodeo season that includes the largest local rodeos. The Snake River Stampede is set for Tuesday, July 17-Saturday, July 21, and the Caldwell Night Rodeo for Tuesday, Aug. 14-Saturday, Aug. 18. When it comes to sports that use a saddle, not all of them include livestock. In fact, one of the biggest events of the month is close at hand, when the pro riders of the Exergy Tour will be in their bike saddles competing for points toward the Summer Olympics in London—and a share of the $100,000 purse. In fact, 17 professional women’s cycling teams from around the world are now on board as part of the inaugural multi-stage race Thursday, May 24, through Monday, May 28. While there will be plenty of opportunities for the public to watch the action, there are only a couple of days left to get in your official design for the Exergy Tour T-shirt design contest. One winning design will grace the official race T-shirt and be sold throughout the event with 10 percent of the profits going to the tour’s charitable partner, the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport. Details for the design requirements are at but be quick about it: All entries must be turned in to Boise Weekly headquarters no later than Friday, May 4. —Deanna Darr

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Rally cross racers throw up the dust—and invest heavily in tires.

RALLY ROUND Rallycross gains traction in Idaho BY ANDREW MENTZER Though it’s fairly new to the area—this Idaho has some of the best country roads, year is only the third year of the series—the trail systems and two-track in the United reach of rallycross in Idaho is considerable States, making it no wonder a respectable following has developed for a relatively new and goes beyond just local events. Administratively speaking, there are two distinct and exotic thrill-junkie fix—rallycross. groups affiliated with rallycross in Idaho— Yes, a version of the very same rallycross the Snake River Region of the Sports Car that guys like Travis Pastrana risk life and Club of America and Idaho Rally Group. limb for on ESPN has made a home in the The former is generally more focused on Gem State. regional car racing on paved surfaces but From April through October, Idahoans has members across all walks of racing life. from every walk of life get together on the The latter hosts the local rallycross series occasional Saturday to test their steady throughout the fair-weather months just hands and reflexes at this distinctly Eurooutside Boise, about 10 miles out of town pean pastime. The winner takes home all on Pleasant Valley Road, south of Gowen the glory, while losers are left wanting for Field. Entry costs $20 per racer, and the that “just right” performance modification motto is “Run what you brung.” or track surface to elevate them to speedster If that’s not informal enough for you, greatness. consider the fact For the uninitiated, that many folks race here’s the gist: cars, stock Geo Metros and trucks, dune buggies, Ready to race? The next Pleasant Valley event is Saturday, May 19. Dodge Neons on the ATVs, UTVs, motorcourse. cycles and “experiFor more information on the local series, as well as the Idaho Rally International event, James Demaris, mental vehicles” race visit SCCA member and one at a time around Dodge Neon racer, a winding dirt track enjoys the excitement to see who can clock and thrill of rallycross. He decided to give it the best time. Racers run six to 10 laps, and a try several years ago after an unintended the driver with the best overall performance revelation while cornering. wins his or her class. “I was driving on a back road, when my Speed is no more crucial to a successcar went sideways, and I realized that this ful lap than control—requiring drivers to was what I was meant to do,” said Demaris. execute a precise balance of performance That kind of reasoning pretty well sums and skill. Some rigs are souped-up beyond up the general feeling of most rallycross racbelief, while others run stock. ers. Speed, adrenaline, controlled chaos—all However, don’t mistake rallycross for tickle the primal nerve in just the right manone of its siblings like rally racing, autoner to keep folks coming back. Plus there’s cross or desert racing, which can include the sheer enjoyment of going fast around a head-to-head arrangements.

technical drift. “Competitiveness is done in fun, and we like to promote a family friendly environment, too,” Demaris said. First-time racer Chad Roskelley came out to a recent race with his 17-year-old son Carson, so the two could give rallycross a go. “The adrenaline rush is incredible. It’s like nothing else,” said Roskelley. “I wish they were doing it every weekend.” Richard Rockrohr, Idaho Rally Group director, is thrilled to have this kind of local rallycross in Southwest Idaho, but he’s focused on a much bigger annual event. “We’re excited to have this here, [but] our main impetus is to put on the Idaho Rally International event in June. We’ll have cars coming from Bulgaria and Canada this year,” said Rockrohr. That race is for those looking to step things up a notch from the local series. Located near Placerville, the 2012 Idaho Rally International will offer drivers a more challenging race Saturday, June 9-Sunday, June 10, on a much bigger scale. The event is part of the U.S. Rally Championship Series and will include several spectator perks like an ATV jamboree, barbecue, demo rides, and a street bike exhibition by the Fallen Angel Stunters. Pro and amateur racers from around the world will showcase their skills on Idaho’s back roads for a shot at their piece of a $5,000 prize purse.

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FOAM ROLLING AND STRETCHING—Learn to use common items to relieve stress and pain, as well as stretching techniques. Wednesday, May 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-426-1131, MAYOR’S GOLF TOURNAMENT—Join Nampa Mayor Tom Dale for the annual tournament benefitting junior golf clinic and college scholarships. Entry includes green fees, cart rental, range balls, lunch and prizes. For more information call 208-4685888. Friday, May 4, 8 a.m. $75$300. Centennial Golf Course, 2600 Centennial Drive, Nampa, 208-468-5889.

TEAPOT DOME HIKE IS IDEAL FOR SPRING The Chinese philosopher Confucius is renowned for his wisdom and is credited with the saying, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Certainly, this little quip rings true when people skirt the edge of Mountain Home and head north on Hwy. 20 to the alluring Wood River Valley. Many people don’t realize that a gorgeous, short hike to the top of Teapot Dome is less than five minutes off the paved road. With a crest rising to 4,713 feet, Teapot Dome is sandwiched between the Mt. Bennett Hills and Mountain Home. The flat-topped butte dispenses panoramic views in nearly all directions, including south across prairie and desert to the entire front range of the Owyhee Mountains, and north to the much closer 7,438-foot Bennett Mountain and Mt. Bennett Hills. A few things to note: First, there is no established trail to the summit. However, the open landscape makes off-trail route-finding relatively easy. Second, there are many small rocks along the hike, so be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots. Last, there is no shade. This is Trailhead directions: From an excellent hike in mid-spring, I-84 and Broadway Avenue when the yellow-flowering in Boise, drive east on I-84 approximately 41 miles to arrowleaf balsamroot blooms Hwy. 20 (exit 95). Turn left and contrasts with the nearby on Hwy. 20 and drive north rhyolite cliffs. 7.1 miles and turn right onto Near the trailhead, notice N.E. Teapot Dome Road. the striking ryholite cliffs to the Drive on the well-graveled right. To the left (west) of the road 2.4 miles to an unmarked narrow dirt road on cliffs is a gully that you will asthe left. Park near a small cend. This is the easiest route sign noting the Oregon Trail. to the top of Teapot Dome. Teapot Dome is further west of the cliffs and is not as impressive when viewed from the parking area. Begin the hike by walking across the open field toward the gully to the west of the cliffs. Pass below power lines and make a moderate elevation gain. There may be cattle in the open field. At a half mile, you will be at the base of the gully. On the right of the gully is a tiny trail, directly below the ryholite cliffs, but it is easier to walk on the left side. Ascend nearly 400 feet. This is the steepest segment of the hike, to the top of the ridge at eight-tenths of a mile. At this point you will be behind the ryholite cliffs, and the expansive views are striking. To your left (northwest), you can see the prominent small cliffs surrounding Teapot’s summit. Walk along the open ridge and veer toward the cliffs’ right side (north) for easy access to the summit. This is an interesting walk as you hike through an understory of various grasses, sagebrush and lichen-covered rocks. As you cross the ridge, look for deer and antelope in Teapot Basin (north of the ridge) and on the open hillsides. Raptors often soar overhead, too. On the rocky summit, walk to the southern edge, where you will find a 3-foot rock cairn and a fine perch to enjoy the sensational views. —Scott Marchant is the author of the upcoming release The Hiker’s Guide Greater Boise WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Register BOISE TO IDAHO CITY MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR—Register at for this mountain bike tour Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17. Camping at Idaho City is encouraged. $80-$100. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208344-6604, HERSHEY’S TRACK AND FIELD GAMES—Children ages 7-14 may register through Tuesday, May 22, for the Hershey’s Track and Field Games, to be held Thursday, May 24, at Borah High School. Participants will compete in one of four age divisions. Winners may qualify for the South State Meet and a regional team. For more information, visit the website or call 208-608-7650. Boise City Recreation office, 110 Scout Lane, Boise, 208-3844256, IDAHO TIME TRIAL FESTIVAL— Register through Thursday, May 10, for the Idaho Time Trial Festival, presented by Bob’s Bicycles. Events for juniors and adults will be held at various locations Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, with a free beer and lunch celebration May 11. Each entrant will be placed in a drawing for prizes, but you must be present to win. Register at or $30-$45. VELOPARK TWILIGHT TRAIL RUN 10K AND MTB FESTIVAL— Register through race day for the second trail run in the Wild Rockies series, featuring off-road XC, dual slalom, super D and downhill bike races and a free kids race. Event will be held Saturday, May 26-Monday, May 29, at the Eagle bike park. Register at $20-$40.

Recurring 10/10 BICYCLE RIDE—This ride is for beginning and developing cyclists, ages 12 and older, who are ready to add more distance to their rides while learning skills for riding in traffic, building confidence and meeting other cyclists. Routes will vary, generally 10 miles at 10 mph. Also on Saturdays from 8-9 a.m., through Sept. 1. For information about other rides, find “Nampa Cycling” on Facebook. FREE. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208468-5858,

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2010 BELLA SERA MOSCATO, $7.99 Light but lovely stone fruit and green apple aromas mark this lively moscato. On the palate, there’s just the softest bit of fizz that fades quickly, but the supple fruit flavors more than compensate. There’s mango, lime, apple and apricot in this well balanced, just-sweet, foodfriendly white. Topped with a screw cap to preserve freshness, this is an amazing value. 2010 ELIO PERRONE MOSCATO D’ASTI, $13.99 This is a beautifully scented wine filled with peach, melon and strawberry aromas. A good dose of spritz adds texture to this wine, which weighs in somewhere between the other two in terms of sweetness. It’s an elegantly refined wine with luscious strawberry flavors that are nicely balanced by crisp citrus.

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PHO BAC Yet another addition to the Boise pho scene RACHAEL DAIGLE The perfect bowl of pho does not exist in Boise. Even the city’s best bowl of pho is a rung or two down the ladder from the mediocre stuff you might find at a Vietnamese roadside stall. That said, on a cool, rainy spring afternoon, attacking a steaming bowl of pho—chopsticks in one hand, spoon in the other—can be just the thing to right the day. Pho Bac’s corner space across from Capital High School at Goddard and Cole roads is the kind of place that’s perennially a restaurant, though not always the same one from year to year. It’s a fairly nondescript building, anchored in a sea of asphalt, and that generic Pho (pronounced “fuh”) real—Pho Bac offers yet another place to slurp Vietnamese beef noodle soup. feel extends inside. Pho Bac’s black-and-white checkered floors, black vinyl banquettes and and left deliberately underspiced in an effort black tables could easily be the set up for a sub guette sandwiches. And curiously, no chicken to please a Western palate. Using the requisite anywhere. shop or burger joint or Tex-Mex restaurant. side condiments, I doctored my bowl of pho— The food followed the menu’s simplicity. But Pho Bac claims the space as its own with a couple drops of chili sauce, a squeeze of fish Slices of barbecued pork ($6.95) gave off a a few decorative Asian flourishes on the wall and a table set that’s distinctly Southeast Asian: slightly sweet aftertaste reminiscent of char siu, sauce, a pinch of lime—and built the flavor to my own preference. That kind of tinkering, and its side of rice was the sticky and chewy a caddy of plastic chopsticks and wide, metal kind that proved impervious to though, only goes so far in pulling together the spoons, as well as a huddle of the damage a night in the fridge dish as whole. But what’s missing is subtle— hoison, chili and fish sauces. can do to leftovers. The cha gio subtlety that’s the difference between just-addThough the pho menu is PHO BAC Vietnamese spring rolls ($6.50) water chicken noodle soup from a can and a long, with 13 choices in all— 7700 W. Goddard Road ladle of grandma’s homemade version. were thin, tightly rolled and most are various combinations 208-319-0160 While Pho Bac is a fine pho stop, there’s sliced bite-size just like their of beef, with seafood, vegetable nothing to set it apart from all the other fine Saigon counterparts. and tofu options—the menu pho stops in town. My advice on how to find a And as for the pho ($6.45/$8.95), thinly in general is just a few items. In addition to pho fix: geographical proximity. And if you’re sliced pieces of gray beef and quartered gray the beef noodle soup options, you’ll find four in the Capital High area, Pho Bac stands up meatballs floated in a functional broth that app choices, three noodle dishes and two rice next to its Boise peers respectably. tasted as though it had been stretched too thin plates. No Chinese food alternatives. No ba-

FOOD/NEWS for Chef Duncan? O’Connell said he won’t disappear from the scene anytime soon. Nampa’s La Belle Vie, home of Food and Wine magazine’s The “I know he’s got some business prospects for the future,” O’Connell People’s Best New Chef nominee Nick Duncan, recently announced that said. “He’ll be just fine. You can still look for his name.” it will close its doors Saturday, May 19. And in happier news, the mall-area local seafood eatery Fresh Off “I finally just came to the conclusion last week that I couldn’t do this the Hook is expanding into the former Gandolfo’s New York Delicatesanymore,” said owner Cathy O’Connell with a heavy sigh. sen space in BODO. The restaurant will join a slew of other fish-friendly In January, O’Connell made the decision to only open on the weekspots in BODO like Bonefish Grill, Happy Fish and Yoi Tomo. ends for lunch and dinner. But even that couldn’t save the fledgling “I am not 100-percent sure on the seasonal French cafe. name, but right now, we are leaning “Even when Nick was nominated … toward Fresh Catch,” said owner David for Food and Wine, I thought, well, that Bassiri. “It’s going to be another seafood should bring us something, but nope. Norestaurant. It’s going to be really close to body seemed to even give that a second what we’re doing here, mostly the same thought. I was stunned,” said O’Connell. food, but we’re going to have more apIn O’Connell’s opinion, the restaurant’s petizers, more wine.” location was a major setback. Most of La Bassiri said that the BODO restaurant Belle Vie’s customers came from Boise. plans to open in July and offer sit-down “I’ve lived in Nampa for a long time and service for both lunch and dinner. my restaurant was the place that I always “It’s going to have a different decor. … wished we had,” said O’Connell. “But one I don’t want to say classier, but it’s going person can’t support a whole town and to be a little bit more formal but still very hope that they’ll change their mind.” upbeat and casual and inviting without La Belle Vie will continue serving being stuffy.” lunch and dinner until closing night, when BODO should be renamed The Seafood District, or Boat-Do. —Tara Morgan O’Connell is planning a big party. And as



2010 VIGNAIOLI SANTO STEFANO MOSCATO D’ASTI, $21 Floral rose petal and dried apricot aromas lead off, followed by ripe fruit flavors that are a sweet mix of peach and papaya. Light acidity and a persistent tingle of tiny bubbles help to add balance on the finish. This wine is best on its own as a supple aperitif or with fruit-based deserts (think peach or apple tart). The winery, founded in 1976, is owned by the Ceretto family, which has three generations of wine experience in Piedmont.


In our neo-prohibitionist American culture, a glass of wine before noon is frowned upon, but not so in Europe. In the Piedmont region of Italy, moscato is the wine of choice for weekend brunches. In America, it is the fastest-growing wine variety, exploding in its popularity, and with good reason. The supple sweetness characteristic in these often lightly sparkling wines (frizzante) appeals to a nation of cola drinkers. The low alcohol level (typically around 5 percent) is a nice plus if you want a second glass. Moscato is the perfect wine to serve with your Mother’s Day brunch.


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PEACHES: 2-year-old female domestic shorthair. Talkative, outgoing personality. Enjoys interaction with people. Litterbox-trained. (Kennel 16- #16034556)

SONIC: 18-month-old male domestic shorthair. Litterbox-trained. Warms up slowly, but affectionate. Would prefer a quieter home. (Kennel 18- #16054868)

SHADE: 6-year-old female chocolate Lab. High-energy dog will require lots of exercise and training. Good with older children. (Kennel 407- #15905182)

MOOSE: 1-year-old male Akita/great Dane mix. House-trained, good with children and dogs. Knows basic commands. (Kennel 311- #16016083)

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A Petition to change the name of Billy Ransey Oldham III, now residing in the City of Kuna, State of Idaho. The name will change to Billy Ransey Korsen. The reason for the change in name is: Pulled over by police and have to sit longer because they get my fathers record. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on (date) May 24, 2012 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change.




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A Petition to change the name of Jersie Grace Hardan, a minor, now residing in the City of Kuna, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Jersie Grace Stinson. The reason for the change in name is: Stinson is her fathers last name. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 o’clock p.m. on June 5, 2012 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Apr 02 2012 CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: DEBRA URIZAR Deputy Clerk Pub. April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2012. IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA Asa Tyrell Wonderful Chelsea Lynn Wonderful Asynn John Wonderful Case No. CV NC 1206292 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGES

A Petition to change the name of Asa Tyrell Wonderful, Chelsea Lynn Wonderful and Asynn John Wonderful, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Asa Tyrell Gentry, Chelsea Lynn Gentry and Asynn John Gentry. The reason for the change in name is: because that is the name given to Asa Tyrell at birth and the family wishes to conform. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on June 14, 2012 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: APR 23 2012


CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: DEIRDRE PRICE Deputy Clerk Pub. May 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2012.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): On the one hand, you’re facing a sticky dilemma that you may never be able to change no matter how hard you tr y. On the other hand, you are engaged with an interesting challenge that may ver y well be possible to resolve. Do you know which is which? Now would be an excellent time to make sure you do. It would be foolish to keep working on untying a hopelessly twisted knot when there is another puzzle that will respond to your love and intelligence. Go where you’re wanted. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): From an astrological perspective, it’s the New Year; you’re beginning a fresh cycle. How would you like to celebrate? You could make a few resolutions— -maybe pledge to wean yourself from a wasteful habit or selfsabotaging vice. You could also invite the universe to show you what you don’t even realize you need to know. What might also be interesting would be to compose a list of the good habits you will promise to cultivate, the ingenious breakthroughs you will work toward and the shiny yet gritty dreams you will court. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “My father-in-law was convinced that his sheepdogs picked up his thoughts telepathically,” writes Richard Webster in his article Psychic Animals. “He needed only to think what he wanted his dogs to do, and they would immediately do it. He had to be careful not to think too far ahead, as his dogs would act on the thought he was thinking at the time.” To this, I’d add that there is a wealth of other anecdotal evidence, as well as some scientific research, suggesting that dogs respond to unspoken commands. I believe that the human animal is also capable of picking up thoughts that aren’t said aloud. And I suspect that you’re in a phase when it will be especially important to take that into account. Be discerning about what you imagine, because it could end up in the mind of someone you know. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your right brain and left brain have rarely been on such close speaking terms as they are right now. Your genitals and your heart seem to be in a good collaborative groove as well. Even your past and your future are mostly in agreement about how you should proceed in the present. To what do we owe the pleasure of this rather dramatic movement toward integration? Here’s one theor y: You’re being rewarded for the hard work you have done to take good care of yourself.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A South African biologist was intrigued to discover an interesting fact about the rodent known as the elephant shrew: It much prefers to slurp the nectar of pagoda lilies than to nibble on peanut butter mixed with apples and rolled oats. The biologist didn’t investigate whether mountain goats would rather eat grasses than ice cream sundaes, but I’m pretty sure they do. In a related subject, Leo, I hope that in the coming weeks, you will seek to feed yourself exclusively with the images, sounds, stories and food that truly satisfy your primal hunger rather than the stuff that other people like or think you should like. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There are only a few people whose ancestors were not immigrants. They live in Africa, where homo sapiens got their star t. As for the rest of us, our forbears wandered away from their original home and spread out over the rest of the planet. This is true on many other levels, as well. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you Virgos to get in touch with your inner immigrant this week. It’s an excellent time to acknowledge and celebrate the fact that you are nowhere near where you star ted from, whether you gauge that psychologically, spiritually or literally. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “When I’m good, I’m ver y good,” said Hollywood’s original siren, Mae West, “but when I’m bad, I’m better.” I think that asser tion might, at times, make sense coming out of your lips in the next two weeks. But I’d like to offer a variation that could also ser ve you well. It’s ar ticulated by my reader Sarah Edelman, who says, “When I’m good, I’m ver y good, but when I’m batty, I’m better.” Consider tr ying out both of these attitudes, Libra, as you navigate your way through the mysterious and sometimes unruly fun that’s headed your way. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The Weekly World News, my favorite source of fake news, repor ted on a major development in the ar t world: An archaeologist found the lost arms of the famous Venus de Milo statue. They were languishing in a cellar in southern Croatia. Since her discover y in 1820, the goddess of love and beauty has been incomplete. There’s a strong possibility that you will soon experience a comparable development, the rediscover y of and reunification with a missing par t of you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Seventeenth-century physicians sometimes advised their patients to consume tobacco as a way to alleviate a number of different maladies. A few doctors continued recommending cigarettes as health aids into the 1950s. This bit of history may be useful to keep in mind, Sagittarius. You’re in a phase when you’re likely to have success in hunting down remedies for complaints of both a physical and psychological nature. But you should be cautious about relying on conventional wisdom, just in case some of it resembles the idea that cigarettes are good for you. And always double check to make sure that the cures aren’t worse than what they are supposed to fix. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Outer space isn’t really that far away. As astronomer Fred Hoyle used to say, you’d get there in an hour if you could drive a car straight up. I think there’s a comparable situation in your own life, Capricorn. You’ve got an inflated notion of how distant a certain goal is, and that’s inhibiting you from getting totally serious about achieving it. I’m not saying that the destination would be a breeze to get to. My point is that it’s closer than it seems. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When most Westerners hear the word “milk,” they surmise it has something to do with cows. But the fact is that humans drink milk collected from sheep, goats, camels, yaks, mares, llamas and reindeer. And many grocery stores now stock milk made from soybeans, rice, almonds, coconut, hemp and oats. I’m wondering if maybe it’s a good time for you to initiate a comparable diversification, Aquarius. You shouldn’t necessarily give up the primal sources of nourishment you have been depending on. Just consider the possibility that it might be fun and healthy for you to seek sustenance from some unconventional or unexpected sources. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You wouldn’t want to play a game of darts with an inflatable dartboard, right? If you were a smoker, you’d have little interest in a fireproof cigarette. And while a mesh umbrella might look stylish, you wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect it to keep the rain out. In the spirit of these truisms, Pisces, I suggest you closely examine any strategy you’re considering to see if it has a built-in contradiction. Certain ideas being presented to you—-perhaps even arising from your own mind—may be inherently impractical to use in the real world.



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