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ONE-WAY TICKET Fighting Boise’s loss of airlines FEATURE 13

THE BIKE ISSUE From sprocket to seat, it’s all about the bike SCREEN 34

HYPED UP The Avengers is heavy on heros, light on plot FOOD 36

SKIP BRUNCH Other ways to treat mom this Mother’s Day

“... More citizens know what a Kardashian is than a Koch.”


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NOTE THE POWER OF THE PEDAL About an hour after I’d given this week’s collection of bicycle stories a final read and sent it off to press, I found myself enduring the sound of Freddie Mercury and company wailing the well known chorus, “I want to ride my bicycle” while I panted and sweated through a spin class. Surely the inventor of the first bicycle—a pedal-less wooden contraption powered by a Fred Flinstone-like feeton-the-ground technique—couldn’t have predicted how the hobby horse would become ubiquitous around the world, a mode of transportation found in every country. And, eventually, how it would become such a popular fitness tool some of us would actually pay to ride a stationary version of it. This week, Boise—one of America’s most bike-friendly cities—pays tribute to the bicycle with Boise Bike Week. And we follow suit in Boise Weekly. This week’s feature is a collection of stories about the bike—from the city’s first steps toward a bike-share program, to an update with a man who gave up his car for a sweet commuter bike and committed to using it for a year, to an overview of a mountain biking race in the Wood River Valley that will see some of the best riders in the country taking to the hills in pursuit of a title. A bit further back, on Page 22, you’ll find a complete list of events for Boise Bike Week, which runs Monday, May 14, through Saturday, May 19. Wedged into various other sections of the paper, you’ll find bits and pieces on bikes and the people who dig them. In Citizen, for example, we chatted up a Boise High School student who, for a school project, put together a pamphlet on city ordinances that will be distributed by the Boise Police Department. And if like me, you’ve been struggling to gracefully get between the coffeeshop and your office on two wheels with most of your purchase still in its cup, Find on Page 21 has a solution. And because we’re never satisfied with squeezing as much into print as possible and calling it good, we’ve also extended our Bike Week coverage online. Watch a video of what we’re loosely calling Boise’s Fort Knox for bikes, and find follow-up coverage to this issue at Cobweb and Citydesk. In fact, as this issue hits stands, judges will be at BWHQ to judge the Exergy Tour’s T-shirt contest, the results of which you can read about at —Rachael Daigle


ARTIST: Alan Stanford TITLE: Fall Wetland—Idaho MEDIUM: Watercolor ARTIST STATEMENT: I see Idaho’s unique colors best on a wet fall morning.


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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.

VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN Early voting in Ada County has been robust. Read about just how robust, as well as the latest news in the Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney celebrity deathmatch otherwise known as the 2012 presidential election at BW’s Election Page.

THE PARTY’S OVER Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, aka MCA, passed away at the age of 47 from cancer. As is our tradition when celebrities meet their maker, we solicited memorial haikus from our readers. Cobweb has those tributes to the man who taught us how to fight for our right to paaaaaaaarty.

INFECTIOUS In December 2011, Boise Weekly reported on the rising numbers of children whose parents have declined to vaccinate them against infectious diseases. Among the diseases on the rise because of declining vaccination numbers is pertussis, and while 31 cases have been reported in Idaho since January, an Eastern Idaho infant was recently the first to die from the disease this year.

SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL Only an asshole steals a bike. But you have to be a special kind of asshole to steal a bike from a man with special needs who relies on the bike as his sole source of transportation. More at Citydesk.


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NEWS Airlines leaving Boise mean higher costs for all 10 GBAD reassess convention center plans




FEATURE BW’s annual Bike Issue










NOISE Getting in tune with the Idaho Songwriters Forum 28 MUSIC GUIDE


ARTS Boise State exhibit takes new look at sustainability 32 SCREEN The Avengers


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... L I K E H AV I NG T HE A N T I CHRI ST TE A CH SU N D AY S C H OOL ! ” —anonymous, “Bill Maher Stands in for UCLA Politics Professor,” Cobweb, May 3, 2012

OVERSTEPPING The Boise City Council should not put business owners in a position where they are competing with a business across the street as a result of a public health policy matter. The authority of city councils is not to enact public health policy decisions of this scale, just as they cannot mandate health insurance requirements, liquor control laws for minors or the age at which someone can smoke. These public policy decisions are reserved for our state legislature. Cities should not impede commerce on an inter- and intra-city basis. Not only does the [smoking] ordinance unfairly impact established businesses causing economic hardship to the bars’ owners and their staff but tells us we are not to be trusted with our own choices. The City Council members have overstepped. They were not voted into office to be our conscience or our babysitters. Are we becoming a civilization that can’t be trusted to make our own decisions? We have the choice of going to a bar that allows smoking or one that doesn’t. We have the choice of working in a smoking or nonsmoking environment. Are we becoming so averse to personal responsibility for our choices and actions that we need to rely on someone else to dictate what we should and shouldn’t do? By giving over personal decisions to the government, we just provide a scapegoat

for ourselves. Have we become such cowards? Our country was built on integrity, honor and personal freedom, and we are giving ours away. The City Council members were voted into office to help our city, its people and its businesses thrive. This ordinance hurts businesses and the people who depend on them for a living, so we need to make sure the sitting City Council members are not re-elected in 2013. If we’re old enough to vote, we’re too old to have babysitters. —Tom Criner, Boise

DAMNED DEVIANTS As your company information indicates, you are a member of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, I wonder what alternative. In Boise, would you be an alternative to the Idaho Statesman? It seems to me, your paper and the others are likeminded as far as your political views. There is no voice for any political opinions but your own. With Ted Rall, Bill Cope and such articles that always attack the right and always support the left, without rational or cohesive thought, is disgraceful. I am conservative, old and somewhat well read. I am not a writer, and I have made my own way in the world. I am retired and do not need to prove anything to anybody. I do, however, recognize your continued secular humanistic propaganda that is destroying this nation with lies, innuendoes and spin factory

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facts. When you normalize immoral and deviant behaviors, you are severing the hands that feed you. How can your staff curse the American way, try to help change it to a socialistic or communistic system that will, by its very rules, put you out of business? How can the advertisers in your paper also help in the very objectives that will disqualify them from doing business? Recommendation: To be a truly alternative paper, you should not only allow, but also ensure, the alternatives are all covered. Balancing your editorials, writers, columnists and opinions would go a long way in producing truth. (And just think about the controversy you could enjoy in the battle that would surely ensue. More people reading your paper, the more advertising could be sold. You would grow.) As we each make decisions based on the knowledge we have at the time, and unless your agenda is slanted in such a way that information, truth and sincere thought are too dangerous to take a chance on, I strongly recommend a balanced and truthful approach to production goals. The system that your paper tries to tear apart is the system that allows you to be in business and make money. (How could your current approach have been selected?) I only ask that you cognitively process your, up ’til now, hypocritical advances to a secular and humanistic society. It is my opinion that not only would you be closer to what is just and right, you would also make a bunch more money in the process. That, in itself, would allow you to serve more people in other places—for a longer time. —Chris Jones, Boise

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ALEC, WE SEE YOU Part one In February, I received a nice letter from a nice man greatly concerned about the influence ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) has over state legislatures across the land, including Idaho’s. This fellow—let’s call him Mr. Bee for the sake of his privacy—had been collecting material about ALEC—most notably from The Nation magazine and the website ALEC Exposed—and offered to pass it on to me in the hopes I, little Bill of the little Boise Weekly, could help blow the whistle on what ALEC has been up to. I feel bad I didn’t respond to Mr. Bee quickly and directly, for he seems to be exactly the sort of citizen I would like to see more of. He is both dutifully aware and rightfully alarmed—aware of the political machinations of the ungodly rich, the corporate cabals and the organ-grinder monkeys they install in public office, and alarmed that those machinations are shredding our democratic values like so much parmesan to be sprinkled over their incipient oligarchy. At the least, I should have let Mr. Bee know I share his alarm. But the truth is, I can’t promise people I will write about what they suggest I write about. As you can imagine, it happens quite often, people presenting me with ideas on how I should do a column on such-’n’-such or this-’n’-that. And it’s not because I don’t think these people are right in that such-’n’-such and this-’n’-that need more coverage. Especially over a story as big as ALEC and the inordinate power it has to twist the law to its purposes, I often find myself bewailing the lack of investigation and exposure. And even when it does occur—say, in The Nation or some other such tenacious source—the stories are more often than not ignored by the dominant news organizations. Compounding the problem is the abysmal ignorance so many Americans seem to prefer when it comes to the most complex and immense issues. Seriously, how many of your neighbors follow William and Kate’s every move, as compared to those who understand how ALEC is the engine that drives such noxious machines as the Stand Your Ground laws and voter suppression? It is a shared failing, with plenty of blame to split between the general media and the general public, that more citizens know what a Kardashian is than a Koch. So had I responded to Mr. Bee, I would have felt the need to apologize. I’m sorry, friend, but I don’t know where to start. I’m just an old-time country columnist, you see, and ALEC is out of my league. Besides, what can little people like you and me do against such a behemoth? And would anyone else pay attention anyway? U However, a lot has changed since February. Consciousness of the behemoth has spread beyond The Nation’s meager readership and is seeping into both the general media and the

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general public. A broad coalition of little people from various little platforms have aligned with one another to unmask this well fed and deeply rooted beast, and there are indications their efforts are succeeding. The outrage over how ALEC has been manipulating the nation is growing, and I want to add my little voice to that surge. A lot of what I will be writing is probably already known to many of the people reading it, but that can’t be helped. Those people who don’t know about ALEC are precisely the ones who need to know about ALEC, so to those who might get cranky hearing old news over again, I say, well hey, brother, maybe if you’d told more people about this yourself, then I wouldn’t have to. U ALEC has been around much longer than most people have been aware of it. It was cooked up in the mid-1970s with the surface intention of providing market-friendly state legislators with pre-approved, market-friendly legislation. Important to this operation was that the legislation had to look like it was home-grown. The last thing ALEC wanted was for it to become widely known that a policy introduced in … say, Idaho … is essentially the same as a policy introduced in Wisconsin or Florida, and that politicians getting paid for their leadership qualities were actually being led about like pet goats by a faceless consortium of special interests. Take Idaho, for instance: It would make the insipid and routine Republican boast that “we do things the Idaho way,” even more meaningless than it already is, wouldn’t it? ... were it to be learned that the Idaho way is also the Arizona way, the Iowa way, and the same, cookie-cutter way in dozens of other states. The influence of ALEC over Idaho Republicans might also explain why our GOP lawmakers have always insisted on doing their legislative business behind closed doors. We’ve been told they secrete their caucuses because they don’t want the opposition to know what they were planning, right? But now, might we surmise that those closed caucuses have been, and continue to be, where they get their marching orders from a powerful coalition of big oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, private prison companies, gun manufacturers and any other financial concerns with a vested interest in controlling your driving habits, dietary practices, health decisions, banking options, environmental quality, pay scale, consumer interests and over-all lifestyle choices? And that powerful coalition, my friends, is ALEC—probably the single most greed-driven, purely self-serving monstrosity to have ever corrupted our democracy. Next week: Wayne Hoffman (Idaho Freedom Foundation) admits to suckling at ALEC’s teat. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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Obama snubs hard-working college students Monday, May 14, President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at Barnard College, a women-only institution across the street from Columbia University in upper Manhattan. Unfortunately, no one noticed—or didn’t care—that the elaborate security checks for the president’s visit would bork the longscheduled Class Day for Columbia’s School of General Studies. Columbia has four undergraduate colleges: Columbia College, for young (18- to 21-year-old) liberal arts students; the School of Engineering and Applied Science, also for traditional students; Barnard College (ditto on ages); and the School of General Studies, which mostly serves older students who are earning their bachelor degrees. There’s a big Columbia commencement ceremony where the entire university gathers to receive its diplomas; in addition, each school has a separate event called Class Day. If Obama is looking for an example of continuing education that works, he need look no further than Columbia General Studies. It’s a special place, representing the pinnacle of continuing education in the United States. GS offers adult students from age 19 to 79 the chance to graduate not just from college, but from an Ivy League school. Notable alumni include Isaac Asimov, Sandy Koufax, Hunter S. Thompson, Ira Gershwin, Amelia Earhart and myself. Like most GS students, I held several jobs at the same time I attended classes, studied and wrote papers. Also like most GSers, I paid my own way. GSers don’t get much financial aid. Given my history, however, I was grateful for the second chance.

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Dean Peter J. Awn wrote in an e-mail to General Studies students: “We were informed last Friday that, if we were to continue with our original plan to have Class Day at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 14, your families would have to arrive at least three hours before the event (5:30 a.m.) to undergo a lengthy security check to attend a ceremony that is not associated with the president’s visit. In fact, neither you nor your families would be able to remain on campus to hear President Obama speak.” Despite meeting tough admission and graduation requirements, GS students are accustomed to being treated like the ugly stepsister of the Columbia bureaucracy. Even so, the Obama snub was over the top. “We would also be confined to the Butler lawn with no ability to roam around the campus. Frankly, I find that unacceptable,” wrote Dean Awn. Unwanted, uninvited and evicted from their own space, GS has been forced to move its Class Day to Sunday, May 13, which happens to be Mother’s Day. “I realize that, by this point, your families have made their plans and that, not only will this be an inconvenience, but that it also will force you and your families to incur additional expenses,” said Dean Awn. Jennifer Wisdom, a GS junior, told the Columbia Daily Spectator, “I can’t help but question … if this was happening to Columbia College or the School of Engineering, would it be allowed to occur?” The GS Class of 2012 is learning an important lesson: Courtesy and respect are for the little people. One percenters like Obama do whatever the hell they feel like. And if you get in their way, they’ll squash you like a bug.



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UP IN THE AIR Volunteers are needed for the rolling count, beginning Tuesday, May 15.

A MOVING TARGET: BOISE POISED TO HOLD SECOND BIKE COUNT IN LESS THAN A YEAR A more complete picture of cycling in Boise should come into focus later this year. Plans call for three days of bike counts, starting Tuesday, May 15, covering dozens of Boise intersections. Quite appropriately, the count will launch during Boise Bike Week. “We might have as many as 3 percent of the population riding their bikes to and from work,â€? said Dave Fotsch, spokesman for the Central District Health Department and a bike count volunteer. “I see a lot of bikes out there, but you need a way to quantify that.â€? The 2012 count will mark the ďŹ rst time since the census began in 2007 that more than one survey will occur in a calendar year. The last count was held in September 2011. Rick Overton, one of the organizers, said that taking the temperature of bike usage often is crucial to having more concrete numbers. “We feel like we are better heard when we can come to the table and actually have data and contextualize it,â€? said Overton. “Having numbers gets us a lot more attention and respect.â€? The data is expected to serve as a foundation for future regional planning. When municipalities and transportation agencies look at infrastructure, analysts traditionally pore over motor vehicle data. However,as more cyclists hit the streets, groups are challenged with how to monitor usage for safety and efďŹ ciency in a car-heavy world. “With a bike, there is no licensing, so there’s no real way to reel them in, educate them and get them all on the same page,â€? said Overton. While the Ada County Highway District manages the roads, Boise manages its most-popular bike arterial, the Greenbelt system, within the city limits. When Boiseans clamor for more bike paths on city streets, they have to move through the county agency. “When ACHD was doing the counts, they weren’t really that concerned with the Greenbelt,â€? said Overton. “There’s no policy objectives for them there, and we were a little bit frustrated by that.â€? The volunteers hope to bring cohesion to the conuence of agencies associated with the issue—ACHD, cities along the Greenbelt and the Idaho Transportation Department. “There are all these disconnects, and there is nobody in a management position to bring these together,â€? said Overton. “It’s generally people outside the system that bring this stuff together.â€? —Andrew Crisp

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Boise lands ďŹ rst-ever air summit GEORGE PRENTICE “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.â€? “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.â€? The Godfather—the iconic 1970s gangster saga—is a never-ending source for cliches, quoted by politicians and titans of industry alike for more than a quarter century. But its most recent reference, regarding the airline industry, may be its most unusual to date. “You have to kiss the airlines’ Godfather ring,â€? said Mike Boyd, president of Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting group. “If you show that respect for the airlines, it is more likely to work.â€? Boyd, considered by many as a plainspeaking travel industry insider, will soon be ying from his home base of Denver to Boise to take center stage at a ďŹ rst-of-its-kind Air Service Summit—scheduled for Tuesday, May 15—a gathering of public and private interests concerned over recent airline departures from the Boise Airport with no scheduled returns. “[The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce] has had a number of its business members say they were increasingly concerned about air service,â€? said Bill Connors, president and CEO of the chamber. “They’re worried about losing certain routes, and they’re worried about the increasing cost of air tickets for the routes that remain.â€? In the last six months, four airlines have either eliminated routes or taken off from the Boise Airport without immediate plans to return: UĂŠĂŠĂ€ÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆiÀÊÂˆĂ€Â?ˆ˜iĂƒ]ĂŠĂœÂ…ÂˆVÂ…ĂŠĂ•Ăƒi`ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂœvviĂ€ĂŠĂŒĂœÂˆViĂŠ daily service between Boise and Denver, suspended its service in December 2011, with hopes of resuming in April but instead decided to make the suspension permanent. UĂŠĂŠ*ÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ?>˜`]ĂŠ"Ă€i°‡L>Ăƒi`ĂŠ-i>ÂŤÂœĂ€ĂŒĂŠÂˆĂ€Â?ˆ˜iĂƒĂŠ ended its daily ights from Boise to Idaho >Â?Â?ĂƒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ*i˜`Â?iĂŒÂœÂ˜]ĂŠ"Ă€i°]ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠ>Â˜Â°ĂŠ{° UĂŠĂŠ-ÂœĂ•ĂŒÂ…ĂœiĂƒĂŒĂŠÂˆĂ€Â?ˆ˜iĂƒĂŠi˜`i`ĂŠÂˆĂŒĂƒĂŠ`ÂˆĂ€iVĂŒÂ‡ĂƒiĂ€Ă›ÂˆViĂŠ ights from Boise to Reno, Nev., Salt Lake

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Prior to her new assignment as director of the Boise Airport, Rebecca Hupp served as director of Bangor International Airport in Maine and manager of the Aberdeen Regional Airport in South Dakota.

“Our customers see it and feel it every day,â€? said Cindi Michalski, senior director of business travel sales at Global Travel. “I’m conďŹ dent that this is the gist of the air summit.â€? Michalski is correct. The summit is a direct result of recommendations from the Boise chamber’s newly commissioned Travel Advisory Board, a select group of Treasure Valley business executives including airlines, hoteliers and travel agencies, as well as a diverse orgaÂ˜ÂˆĂ˘>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŠĂƒĂ•VÂ…ĂŠ>ĂƒĂŠ`>Â…ÂœĂŠ-Â…>ÂŽiĂƒÂŤi>Ă€iĂŠiĂƒĂŒÂˆĂ›>Â?]ĂŠ Bogus Basin and the Idaho Grape Growers and 7ˆ˜iĂŠ*Ă€Âœ`Ă•ViĂ€ĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ“Â“ÂˆĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜Â° “We wanted a variety of perspectives on travel issues,â€? said Connors. “They will all universally tell you that the travel industry doesn’t get the respect it probably deserves when it comes to its economic impact.â€? Connors should know. He was the face and voice of the nation’s travel industry before taking the helm of the Boise chamber, serving as executive director of the Global Business Travel Association, the world’s largest business ĂŒĂ€>Ă›iÂ?ĂŠÂœĂ€}>Â˜ÂˆĂ˘>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜]ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠĂ“Ă¤Ă¤Ă“Â‡Ă“Ă¤Ă¤Â™Â°ĂŠ*Ă€ÂˆÂœĂ€ĂŠ to that post, he was a senior executive for the American Society of Travel Agents and the Travel Institute. “We often called ourselves the ‘Rodney DangerďŹ eld of industries,’â€? said Connors. “Compared to big oil or big agriculture, we didn’t get the same amount of respect.â€? But Connors heaps plenty of respect on one of his newest colleagues: Rebecca Hupp, director of the Boise Airport, who has been on the job for a little more than one month. “She’s great,â€? said Connors. “And she brings a great national reputation. When I called Mike [Boyd] to try to lure him to our air summit, I told him I couldn’t pay him a lot of money,

but he said, ‘You know what? I’ll give you a good deal because you just hired one of the best airport directors in the country.’ High praise indeed.â€? Hupp has her work cut out for her. While Boise isn’t alone in seeing some of its airlines curtail or even eliminate certain routes, she wants to be poised for the rare opportunity of being in front of the airline executives to convince them either to return select routes to Boise or possibly introduce new routes. And yes, that may mean “kissing the Godfather ring.â€? “Oh yes, I know Mike [Boyd], and I’ve heard that comment. He’s very direct,â€? said Hupp. “You can offer an airline $1 million and they’ll go through the million in the ďŹ rst four months. All things being equal, they’re going to go to the place where they can get that extra incentive.â€? Michalski knows a thing or two about extra incentives. Before coming to Boise (when her new bosses bought her Sacramento, Calif.based agency), she teamed up with Sacramento businesses, their local chamber, airport executives and city ofďŹ cials to “kiss the Godfather ringâ€? of Southwest Airlines. “We had a full-court press,â€? said Michalski. “And that’s precisely what needs to happen here in Boise.â€? Hupp said Michalski is right on-point. “We have to compete for air service as a community,â€? said Hupp. “And we need to Â…>Ă›iĂŠ>ĂŠĂ›iÀÞÊ`iĂŒ>ˆÂ?i`ĂŠÂŤĂ€iĂƒiÂ˜ĂŒ>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜Â°ĂŠÂœĂ€ĂŠiĂ?>“Â?i]ĂŠ we’re only going to ask them for something that ďŹ ts into their business model. We’re not }œˆ˜}ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ}iĂŒĂŠ iÂ?ĂŒ>ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠyÞÊvĂ€ÂœÂ“ĂŠ ÂœÂˆĂƒiĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ*…ˆÂ?>`iÂ?phia, which is not one of their hub cities. You really need to know the airlines’ structure and what makes sense for them. You need to ask for something that ďŹ ts.â€? Hupp and her team will have that rare opportunity in face-to-face sessions 11 with 10 of the nation’s air carriers at the WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


2012 Airports Council International Marketing and Communications ConviĂ€i˜Vi]ĂŠĂƒÂ?>ĂŒi`ĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠĂ•Â˜i° “I’ve been doing this long enough,â€? said Hupp, who had extensive experience at Kansas City, Mo., Aberdeen, S.D.; and Bangor, Maine, airports before coming to Boise. “When I meet with the airlines, it’s usually not my ďŹ rst experience or encounter. But these meetings are the beginning of a conversation, not the end.â€? Hupp laughed when asked which route she would like to see come to Boise sooner than later. “Can I only have one?â€? she asked and thought for a moment. “As far as destina10

tions, we know that there’s strong demand for service to Dallas and/or Houston. And they’re hub destinations. Of course, we’d love to ÂˆÂ“ÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›iĂŠi>ĂƒĂŒLÂœĂ•Â˜`ĂŠ`iĂƒĂŒÂˆÂ˜>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜Ăƒ]ĂŠÂ?ˆŽiĂŠ*…ˆÂ?>`iÂ?phia or Atlanta.â€? Before she meets with the nation’s air carriers again, Hupp said she hopes to be equipped with some new data from Boise’s business community. “Absolutely. We’re going to look at doing some studies on corporate travel to and from Boise,â€? she said. Hupp will have an audience of willing participants when she, Rogers and Boyd stand before the Boise business community at the inaugural air service summit.

READY TO EXPAND? Auditorium District to re-group with consultant GEORGE PRENTICE Now that the Greater Boise Auditorium District Board has decided on new membership and a new direction, it also wants to update its cache of data before determining how, when or even if it wants to expand its convention space. Soon after accepting the resignation of Âœ>Ă€`ĂŠi“LiÀʈŽiĂŠÂˆĂŒĂ˘}iĂ€>Â?`]ĂŠvÂœÂ?Â?ÂœĂœÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ nearly a year of his long-distance participation (BW, News, “Home Away from Home,â€? Aug. 24, 2011), the board unaniÂ“ÂœĂ•ĂƒÂ?ĂžĂŠĂ›ÂœĂŒi`ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ>ÂŤÂŤĂ€ÂœĂ›iĂŠ,ÂœLĂŠ*iĂ€iâÊ>ĂƒĂŠÂœÂ˜iĂŠ of its own (BW, Citydesk, “GBAD Gets New Board Member,â€? March 21, 2012). GBAD’s primary focus now appears to be moving forward with plans for a new convention center, to be built on a parcel ÂœvĂŠÂ?>˜`ĂŠLÂœĂ€`iĂ€i`ĂŠLĂžĂŠÂŁÂŁĂŒÂ…]ĂŠÂŁĂŽĂŒÂ…]ĂŠĂ€ÂœÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ Myrtle streets. On March 19, the board said it would consider a new study on the possible construction of a 156,000-squarefoot facility, which could cost approximately $37 million. ÂşÂœÂ˜ĂŠ>>ĂŒĂ˘ĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…iʓ>Â˜ĂŠĂœÂ…ÂœĂŠĂœiĂŠÂ…>Ă›iĂŠ ĂŒĂ•Ă€Â˜i`ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠ>˜>Â?ĂžĂƒÂˆĂƒ]ÂťĂŠĂƒ>ˆ`ĂŠ*>ĂŒĂŠ,ˆVi]ĂŠ executive director of the Boise Centre. “He WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

has completed several studies for us, going back to the 1990s and all the way up to his most-recent analysis in 2009.â€? Rice has asked Kaatz, principal partner with Minneapolis-based Convention, Sports and Leisure, to return to Boise to pow-wow with GBAD board members. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16. Rice said a number of factors have changed since Kaatz’s last Boise analysis in 2009. ÂşÂœĂ€ĂŠÂœÂ˜i]ĂŠ/>Vœ“>]ĂŠQ7>ĂƒÂ…Â°R]ĂŠÂ…>ĂƒĂŠÂœÂŤi˜i`ĂŠ>ĂŠ new convention center, and that has an impact on the Northwest market,â€? said Rice. The Boise Centre, which currently markets itself as a 50,000-square-foot meeting space, attracts 25-30 conventions per year, according to Rice. “Right now, we can accommodate about 20 percent of the convention market,â€? said Rice. “But with the kind of expansion we’re talking about, we could promote ourselves to as much as 60 percent of the market.â€? The May 16 meeting, scheduled for the Boise Centre will be open to the public.

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KYLE SWANSTROM A class project evolves into police reference tool GEORGE PRENTICE

Where did the idea of your pamphlet come from? I take a Leadership and Community Responsibility class. It’s an elective that I think more students should be taking. I approached my teacher, Jan Solberg, with an idea to help out the bike community. On occasion, we’ve seen a tense divide between drivers and cyclists in Boise. Absolutely, but what I’ve seen is a lack of understanding between the two groups, and that has definitely contributed to some of that divide. I wanted to increase the knowledge of what bicyclists can and can’t do. And I wanted to get that information into the hands of as many people as possible: cyclists, drivers, everybody. I can tell you, as a driver, that I’ve seen bicyclists can do some crazy things. Like what? Biking the wrong way, for one thing. And blowing completely through intersections without even looking. But there are things

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that cyclists can do that drivers can’t. JER EM Y LANNINGHAM

Kyle Swanstrom is not the most-famous cyclist in Boise and he’s far from the most prolific. In fact, the 19-year-old, 6-foot, 5-inch high-school senior wishes he rode more. “I would love to get on my bike more than I do,” he said. “Now that the weather is better, I’m definitely going to ride more often.” But Swanstrom, who will be graduating from Boise High School on Thursday, May 31, and heading to the University of Idaho in the fall, will leave his hometown with a lasting legacy—The Boise Cyclists’ Pamphlet—already being used by the Boise Police Department. To personally thank him for his efforts, Swanstrom recently had a couple of unexpected visitors at Boise High: Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Chief of Police Mike Masterson.

Such as going through stoplights. But only if you’re not interrupting the flow of traffic. Nothing is a substitute for Boise City Code, but the pamphlet is a quick reference to get a really good idea of what you can and can’t do. When comparing Idaho’s rules of the road to Boise in particular, I’m certain that you found that our city has some unique protocols. Like Boise’s contra-bike lanes, which go against traffic. BODO probably has the most visible contra-lanes in the city. It’s a specifically designed lane because they don’t want bikes crowding the sidewalk and the cyclists need to be able to flow at a good pace. And Boise has its much-discussed 3-Feet-toPass law. Which makes it particularly tough for motorists when cyclists are on the edge of that bike lane. Did you work with the police department to put your pamphlet together? You don’t want to start a project unless you know if it’s needed or not. They validated that. Plus, they knew all the resources I would need to get the correct information. You’re on your way to college soon, so who will be responsible for printing and distributing the pamphlets? Ms. Solberg pointed out that sustainability was a big question. If it’s sustainable, it will be around forever. The police told me that they wanted it on their department’s website, which is great because anyone can access that. They have also printed it out for all of their officers to use as a quick reference to put in their

ticket book. Police officers can’t memorize everything and the quick references help. Police Chief Mike Masterson and Mayor Dave Bieter showed up at your school April 12 to say thanks. We were having an assembly to get some information about prom, and when I walked into the gym, I saw a number of police officers and then I saw my parents. That was a pretty big surprise. That must have been a pretty big deal. I thought they were joking when they said I should make a speech, but that’s what happened. I told my class that anyone could do what I had done and they all had that power. I have an incredible class of peers. That day was pretty decent. How will you spend your summer before heading off to college? I applied to be a firefighter either for the Forest Service or the BLM. Plus, I like to hang out with my girlfriend, Shelby. Is she graduating as well? She’s a junior, but she wants to go the U of I in 2013. Are you having those awkward conversations about what happens when you go away to college? Yeah, bummer.


RENT-A-BIKE PROPOSED PROGRAM COULD MAKE QUICK TRIPS DOWNTOWN EASIE R ANDREW CRISP When Steve Burns stepped in front of the crowd at Ignite Boise 7 in October 2011, he presented an idea for a citywide initiative like the Foothills Preservation Levy to pave the gaps in the local bike path system into a more cohesive network. “The nice thing about Ignite Boise is you can present ideas and get a reaction, and if everybody is booing you off the stage, find out it’s a bad idea,” Burns said. “But it seemed to get a pretty positive reaction.” The crowd that evening applauded loudly as Burns finished his presentation. It was clear from the whistles and hollers throughout that the audience— nearly 700 strong—was anxious for something that would strengthen Boise’s bike infrastructure. “If we want to have a nice, safe way to travel around town, this is a way to make that happen,” said Burns. But he won’t be spearheading the effort. He works at Zoo Boise and his job doesn’t afford him the time necessary to run a grassroots campaign. But studies show that his proposed initiative could mean big changes. A Rutgers University study found that beefing up bike infrastructure precipitates increased bike usage, something lacking in some areas of the Treasure Valley. “Compared to some places, we have quite a bit of bike infrastructure,” said Dr. Susan Mason with Boise State. “We do have a critical mass of bike users in all varieties, from recreational to transportation. I think the enthusiasm as well as the infrastructure feed each other.” Now a group of downtown-minded groups are working on another key component of a more cohesive alternative transportation structure: availability of bikes. For that, they may turn to a company like B-Cycle, which sells a system that allows people to rent a bike for a quick ride across town. “The way we envision this system the first 30 minutes would be free,” said Central District Health Department spokesman Dave Fotsch. “Valley Ride


A high contender would be to put a station up at has been very interested in working with us because Hyde Park.” they see it as a transit extension.” From that starting point, the system could expand Business owners see it as more than just a means of transit. It could mean increased foot traffic to their based on need and future funding. For now, the project’s stakeholders are waiting on a grant that businesses during the busy lunch hour. could potentially fund the entire $600,000-plus “If my preferred target customer group is people project. They hope to find out if they receive the grant who are employed downtown, you could actually sometime in May. check out a bike, run down to Ann Morrison Park, “We recently held a meeting with our core have your lunch there and run back,” said group of stakeholders. We told them we Thomas Wuerzer. want to line up two years’ worth Wuerzer is a researcher with the of funding to run the system newly minted Department of before we actually launch it,” Community and Regional said Fotsch. Planning at Boise State, They have already of which Mason is the netted some committed director. That departfunding from the Capiment compiled a study “IF WE WANT tal City Development of downtown Boise to TO HAVE A NICE Corporation and the gauge the best spots Boise State Parking for potential bikeSAFE WAY TO TRAVand Transportation share stations. They EL AROUND TOWN, Department to match believe bikes could THIS IS A WAY TO a required percentage become part of the of the possible grant. larger transit system. MAKE THAT “Our next step is “I see bike HAPPEN.” to launch a nonprofit share as, A: a great and to try to go out contribution to health, to get some dollars for and also B: as a great that,” said Fotsch. opportunity to connect With more people on these modes of transportabikes, a quick trip across tion in a very convenient way,” downtown could become feasible Wuerzer said. for a lunch break or a deadline. It According to the study—the latcould also be a boon to tourism, a fact not est project of the department, which now lost on the Downtown Boise Association. features a master’s program—full utilization should “I think any time you can provide options for budget 10 stations with 140 bikes. folks to get around, especially somebody who’s “We want to start in downtown Boise,” said visiting—we’re a bike-friendly city, it makes sense to Fotsch. “Primarily, that’s because it has the occupaoffer some bicycles,” said Karen Sander, DBA executional and residential density to support that. They identified potential areas of expansion for the system. tive director.

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ANDREW CRISP Finding the right bike shop requires experimenting, with the end result a personal, lifelong cycling


Mecca. Every component of what makes a good shop, whether service, accessory options, brands

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or showroom space—all of that contributes to making a shop just right. Boise offers an abundance of shops flung far and wide. From miniature service-oriented shacks to mammoth retail space, your

8305 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0195, This State Street bastion offers a huge inventory, claiming the largest BMX stock of any retailer in the valley. Without any hard data available, shoppers will have to judge for themselves. It isn’t all rock-hoppers at Bicycle Mania; it has street, cyclocross, commuters and touring rides as well.

idea that your bike is the perfect vehicle for a getaway. With a service center in the retail location, the crew at Bike Touring News can help install new gear to make your trip a little easier. Products are well built and top-of-the-line, and the shop does much of its business online, which means you don’t actually have to leave your house to prepare to leave your house.



3853 N. Garden Center Way, Boise, 208-941-6769, This shop is dedicated to promoting bike touring, as in the

3525 W. State St., Boise, 208-343-0208, Innocuously situated across from Albertsons on State Street

at 36th Street, Bikes 2 Boards has historically done two things: sell a large stock of bikes and more than one type of board. “We do a lot of rentals, since we’re right by the Veteran’s Memorial Park,” said owner Dave Barclay. The shop rents bicycles, snowboards and more for the intrepid recreationist. “We’re a full-service bike shop, too. We’ve started experimenting with wind, like kites and sails.”

variety of bicycles to choose from. “Earlier in the season, we do a lot more road bikes,” said manager John Rieb. “As the season starts to get warmer, we do a lot more mountain bikes. Then, as soon as the first nice day starts, we start selling beach cruisers.” They also do bicycle fits to get the right ride. Rieb was quick to mention keeping safety first: “We’ve sold a lot of helmets this year.”



6681 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-322-8042, This Fairview Avenue bike shop offers clothing, accessories and a

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a bike on the cheap, this is your nirvana. Big bins of sprockets, handlebars and cassettes offer a full spectrum of parts. Apron-clad experts are never far from a bike stand, happy to show a novice how to change a flat tire. As a nonprofit, the group is more about education and outreach than sales.

CYCLE LEARNING CENTER AT BOISE STATE 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-7433, This arm of the Boise State Campus Recreation Department may not be a “shop” in the traditional sense of the word, but it aims to make cycling on campus and around Boise easier for the university’s students. It offers some retail—flashy blue-and-orange cruisers for semester-long rentals—as well as a full-service bike shop for fixes. DIY tutorials are available, too.

EASTSIDE CYCLES 3121 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-344-3005, Should a cyclist make a break for the almost-20-mile jaunt to Lucky Peak on soft pavement, Eastside Cycles at Bown Crossing is the final stop for eastbound cyclists in need of a fix. “Whether they are commuters or more aggressive mountain bikers or road bikers, most of our customers are on their bikes multiple times per week,” said owner Ryan Faber. He said it’s not uncommon for his most-avid riders to pop in regularly. The repair shop WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

caters to both recreational and ardent cyclists. “Most of our bikes we sell are not the ultra-Gucci high end, but they’re the type that are going to be ridden a lot,” he said.

GEORGE’S CYCLES 251 E. Front St. Ste. 100, Boise, 208-343-3782; 5515 W. State St., Boise 208-853-1964; 10178 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-884-3115, George’s is the largest of the Boise-based bike shops, with three locations. Each has a large stock of cycles, as well as a repair shop. The techs at George’s will swap any part or mend any injury to your prized steed. Best of all, purchase a part from the store and tell the pros to slap it on. For the fixed-gear fiend without shop skills, George’s offers modded, garishly colored Bianchi and other brand-name rides with just a single cog wheel.

IDAHO MOUNTAIN TOURING 1310 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-3854, According to the crew at IMT, they’re mostly known for bikes, having slung outdoor cycles since 1984. The store features an expansive showroom, but bikes aren’t the shop’s only focus, so bear that in mind when browsing. That said, it offers a load of bikes and brands and plenty of knowledge on how best to ride Boise and beyond.



JOYRIDE CYCLES 1306 Alturas St., Boise, 208-947-0017, In the middle of Hyde Park, Joyride Cycles packs a lot of two-wheel wallop into a small shop. Staffers lead group rides, while the shop sports a repair shop and sells bikes both ritzy and affordable. Tucked behind Hyde Park Pub, the spot in the heart of the busy North End is the perfect reason to ditch the car when visiting.

KEN’S BICYCLE WAREHOUSE 10470 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-376-9240, Much more than a warehouse, this Overland Road bike shop is an oasis for the two-wheeled in a car-loving desert of suburbs and strip malls. Since 1979, Ken and crew have repped in the two-wheel world, offering up a full-service repair shop and an expansive offering of bikes.

MCU SPORTS 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-342-7734; 2314 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-336-2300, The downtown sports mainstay is actually new to bikes, having stuck to the best of snow sports in the past. But that’s no reason to leave McU off your list. While it doesn’t have an on-site bike shop at the Bogus Basin Road location, it does offer loads of cycling accessories. The downtown shop does boast a repair shop, as well as a selection of bikes for sale.

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208-895-8000 For the last 15 years, Steve Parrish has been keeping Boiseans rolling by taking his repair services on the road. An accomplished bike racer himself, Parrish has been making the lives of bike riders easier by bringing the shop to them. From his van, Parrish can do everything from changing a blown-out tube in your flat tire to giving a bike a general inspection—he’ll even do a complete overhaul of your busted up old ride. Parrish also builds custom bikes for discerning riders, but be prepared to pay for your dream bike.

6138 N. Widgeon Way, Boise, 208-327-5555, Marty Wolford’s Mobile Bike service is an intensive care unit for bicycles, be it a huge overhaul project or just an annual tune-up. If you’ve ridden to the edges of town just to find your sprocket has disintegrated into a mass of metal filings, Wolford can rush out to pop open his mobile shop and fix that stubborn steed. He once saved a group of stranded ladies out on their weekly ride. “They needed a new tire, so they were pretty happy,” he said.

MERIDIAN CYCLES 830 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-1613, A full-service shop, a showroom replete with bikes and a whole section devoted to clothing and accessories make up the core of Meridian Cycles, wedged smack dab in the Meridian city center. Masi, Haro, Felt, Raleigh and more are featured brands at the shop, in road, touring and mountain varieties. Owner Paul McKenna and team offer help finding and fitting the perfect ride.

REED CYCLE AND SKI 238 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-7894, Don’t let the name fool you: Reed Cycle and Ski features far more bicycles than snow sports. “We specialize in high-end mountain and road bikes with

Yeti being our main brand for mountain bikes and Wilier for our road bikes,” said staffer Keaton Keene. Situated in Eagle, Reed offers a whole host of cycling goodies.

a frame he designed and machined in the Gem State. “There’s a lot of guys who have some pretty trick bikes in this town, and they need a place that has a pretty trick mechanic.”

VELOMECH 3883 N. Garden Center Way, Boise, 208-297-3229, Nestled in the nape of the 36th Street Garden Center and Bistro, the Velomech shop just off Hill Road makes it a smart stop off for the spandex-clad peloton often found pedaling its way through the North End. “I would say our specialty is probably unique products, and real detail-oriented service,” said owner Alan Klarc. “I’m basically a one-man show. I get a little help in the summer when things get busy.” He’s also working on creating his own Idaho brand bicycle, including fabricating

WORLD CYCLE 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-9130, It’s the place to go for that $4,000 Gary Fisher you’ve been after. But thankfully, it has cheaper bikes for lessdedicated, less-maniacal riders as well. “High-performance road and mountain bikes are kinda who we are,” said owner Thomas Patek. At the shop, Patek and crew rep a showroom of bikes and a fullservice shop. “I think we’re one of the only stores that’s doing next-day service. We’re open ... seven-to-seven, every day.”

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In late summer 2011, Boise first-grade teacher Matt Monette made a last-second decision that puzzled his friends, his wife and even himself: to give up his car at the New Belgium Tour de Fat in exchange for a new bicycle that he pledged to use in its place for a full year. “I think [my wife] thought it was nuts that we did it with a three-week-old baby,” Monette said. “I got to be honest. I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to do it all year long.” But three-quarters of the way through his year pledge, Monette is singing a different tune. “It’s going great,” said Monette. “I was a little nervous going through the winter months. But it ended up being pretty mild.” To fulfill his pledge, Monette commuted about five miles to and from work each way, something he said was much easier than he thought it would be. “Once I started biking, I realized you can bike anywhere,” said Monette. “It just became that first choice instead of an afterthought.” Monette occasionally used the bus or car pooled because of scheduling issues with the new baby. He also didn’t much relish the days that he woke up when it was dark and 19 degrees outside. But Monette is still glad he made the switch. “It’s been a surprisingly good fit for us,” Monette said. “If we could make it through one year, no reason we can’t get through another. But Monette said that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. “You have to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure,” he said. And get some good weather gear. But for Monette: “I’m healthier. We’re spending less. We’re polluting less. I have no regrets. I’m so happy I did it.” —Josh Gross

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GOING DOWNHILL NATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS LISA HUYNH ELLE R Grueling climbs, loose rocky sections, two new races and thousands of screaming fans await some of the country’s best riders at this year’s Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships, the anchor event of the second-annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival. From Thursday, July 5, to Sunday, July 8, more than 1,000 riders of all ages and skill levels will compete on challenging courses crisscrossing the hills surrounding Sun Valley. Racers range in age from “12 years old all the way up to however old you can be and still ride a bike,” said Greg Randolph, former Olympic cyclist and general manager of the Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce. The races aren’t just about bragging rights. In order to reach the championships in the first place, racers have to chalk up enough top finishes or accumulate enough points during the preceding race season, and those who come out on top at the Sun Valley event will be in the running to be crowned the U.S. national champions. Riders from around the country will be on the trails in search of the title, including local favorites Rebecca Rusch, Simone Kastner and Josh Berry. For the racers, competing at this level takes talent, dedication, hard work and training. Riders compete on mountain courses that take roughly two hours to complete. “[They face] a lot of climbing, there’s some loose rocky sections, technical rocky sections, a lot of different turns, having to navigate the forest and throngs of screaming fans,” Randolph said. He pointed out that the term “cross-coun-

“We know people who come to race bring try” refers more to time than distance, but their family and friends who don’t race but two hours equates to about 18 miles, dependlove to ride bikes,” Randolph said. ing on the course. Noncompetitors can partake in local Two races have been added to this year’s stoker riders, which are free, guided, shuttled event: the 22.5-mile Galena Grinder and the rides. There are also kids races, as well as the nine-mile Sun Valley Super Duper Downhill. Idaho Pump Track State Championships. The grinder is a cross-country race starting There’s plenty for those who just want from the Galena Lodge, while the downhill to watch, too. Randolph said roughly 5,000 goes from the top to the bottom of Bald spectators turned out for last year’s event. Mountain. The course has significantly more “The pro course is much different downhill than uphill sections and it will than the amateur course, in that test both endurance and bike-hanit’s a bunch of short laps around dling skills. the River Run base area, which This year also marks the reThursday, makes it really good for spectaturn of the Fat Tire Criterium, July 5-Sunday, July 8. Visit tors,” he said. an evening race in downtown Adding to the appeal is Ketchum. Racers faring well in for more info. the fact that the course offers all three events have the chance many areas visible to spectato take the overall Sun Valley tors, as well as a beer garden and All Mountain honor. This award barbecue within walking distance. takes the best times from the three The entertainment isn’t limited to races and scores them in an overall the daylight hours. The event features Satcompetition. urday night performances by the Sun Valley There’s also a new amateur course this Music Festival, featuring J.J. Grey and Mofro, year, which takes riders through a full lap a rhythm, blues and rock ’n’ roll band from around Bald Mountain. It’s one big loop that Florida. Dirty Dozen Brass Band will open climbs and finishes at the same spot. the show. “Rather than having a lot of short routes, Last year, about 75 percent of competitors you have one big adventure route, which is came from out of state, and although a formal what amateur riders love,” Randolph said. study hasn’t been done to measure the event’s For nonracers the Ride Sun Valley Festival economic impact, Randolph estimates the as a whole, which kicks off Friday, June event brings in about $3 million to $5 million. 29, offers a weekend full of music, guided “It’s a great excuse to come up here,” rides, beer gardens and other treats. It’s these Randolph said. “Bring your bike and have a something-for-everyone events that set the championships apart from most biking events. good time.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

THE DRINKING CYCLE A NEW WAY TO PUB CRAWL JOSH GROSS or party bus driver, the city hadn’t yet dealt After spending the last few years in Boise with a bike bar and had to create a new rulipping houses, Mike Thomas went to visit friends in Bend, Ore., and found an unusual ing. Unlike Bend and Reno, Nev., the ruling unfortunately was that Cycle Pub cannot business opportunity cruising the streets: have beer on board, something Thomas Cycle Pub. feels greatly enhances its novelty and utility Thomas knew he had to bring it back to for outdoor events. That’s why he is already Boise. at work trying to change things. “Boise and Bend are very similar cultur“We’re going to have to lobby to the ally and seeing the marriage of craft beer— state,â€? he said. “The city’s hands are tied.â€? which is up and coming in Boise—and Cycle Pub requires at least 10 people to bicycling, which is already established in power, though Thomas is in the process of Boise, just made sense,â€? Thomas said. “Adinstalling an electric assist motor. ditionally, Boise is much atter than Bend, The experience of riding on Cycle so I thought it would be much more Pub is something like being on a workable.â€? oat in a parade, with gawkers What is Cycle Pub? Call it a waving, rubber-necking and limo for the green movement, CYCLE PUB snapping photos as the bike or a Rube Goldberg-esque way 541-778-1170 slowly rolls by. The ultra-low to make the several block jaunt boise gearing on the bike also makes between downtown bars more the experience a bit like running whimsical. But in straight terms, from bar to bar, though it is a Cycle Pub is a 14-seat, pedal-powfar lower impact way to work off ered bar that Boiseans can rent to the calories that come with a couple of facilitate their downtown pub crawl. It is microbrews. the size of a large cargo van and looks like a There is also a good chance that people beach cantina on wheels. You may have seen will try to jump on board as the bike rolls it out on a few test runs late in 2011, but by. Boise Weekly’s test ride picked up local Cycle Pub Boise ofďŹ cially launched in April. musician Dan Costello as we rolled down “We got the bike in September, and it Main Street. was a lengthy process to get through the But the biggest thing people should city,â€? said Thomas. know before going for a ride is that it’s not The reason it was lengthy was that a taxi. the lack of a motor on the bike creates a “We want people to book Cycle Pub for gray area in Idaho’s open container laws. the purpose of touring the craft beer scene,â€? Though Thomas has a commercial driver’s Thomas said. “We’re not a drunk bus.â€? license to operate the bike, like a limousine

TIME TO RACE Warmer weather doesn’t just mean that it’s time to banish your sweaters to the back of your closet. It also heralds the start of the summer bike season, which means that everything from the hardest-core competitive road race to the beer-infused alley cat will be hitting the pavement in the Treasure Valley. The impending race of the season is the inaugural Exergy Tour, which will bring 17 of the top professional women’s racing teams to the area for a multi-stage event from Thursday, May 24, through Monday, May 28. And while the public will have plenty of chances to watch the action up close, tour organizers are inviting the public to join them in a kickoff on Wednesday, May 23, by celebrating not only the competing teams but the upcoming London Olympics—in which many of the Exergy riders will compete. The celebration starts with the Walk to London 2012, one of 20 events held around the country encouraging families to walk as many miles as possible in support of Team USA. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

The walk will begin at 5:45 p.m., starting at the St. Luke’s Shoreline Plaza and ending at Grove Plaza for a total of 1.13 miles and will be led by Olympians and Paralympians. Registration is free and will be held from 5-5:30 p.m. at the starting line. Grove Plaza will be ďŹ lled with music and food as walkers ďŹ nish, and at 7 p.m., Exergy will hold its ofďŹ cial team presentations of the participating teams. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit Of course, Exergy is just the beginning of the race season. Here are some other dates bike fans will want to mark down on their calendars: UĂŠ->ĂŒĂ•Ă€`>Ăž]ĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊÇ]ĂŠ >Ă€ĂƒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ-ĂŒĂ€ÂˆÂŤiĂƒĂŠÂ?Â?iÞÊ Cat Race, UĂŠ->ĂŒĂ•Ă€`>Ăž]ĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊ£{]ĂŠ/ĂœÂˆÂ?ˆ}Â…ĂŒĂŠ Ă€ÂˆĂŒiĂ€ÂˆĂ•Â“]ĂŠ UĂŠ->ĂŒĂ•Ă€`>Ăž]ĂŠĂ•}°Ê£n]ĂŠ/ÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠ`iĂŠ>ĂŒ]ĂŠÂ˜iĂœLiÂ? —Deanna Darr

GARDEN CITY GROUP PUSHES FOR BIKE ACCESS Since 2007, Citizens for an Open Greenbelt have been waging a bureaucratic war against an obscure law in Garden City: the bike ban along a 1.5-mile section of the Greenbelt. According to COG ofďŹ cials, the law is invalid because of documents they claim show the property was given to the city under the conditions that it would be available for use for bikes as well as walking. They say Garden City is only maintaining it to appease a scant few wealthy property owners along the path. Earlier this year, COG brought a suit against Garden City to overturn the ban, but Ada County District Judge Cheri Copsey ruled the group didn’t have standing to bring suit as it had suffered no direct “particularized harm.â€? But Copsey was also explicit that the decision made no attempt at deciding the underlying issue. Since COG’s attempt to overturn the ban through the courts failed, the organization is now planning to take it to the people through a citizen ballot initiative, though it isn’t sure when. “The city has some ordinances about when a petition is submitted regarding when it can go to a vote, so we have to ďŹ gure out what is best for its chances,â€? said Gary Segers, spokesman for COG. Once COG settles on a timeline, Segers said it is just a matter of submitting the required number of signatures, something Segers believes can be gathered with ease “Preliminary research says that we need 63 signatures,â€? said Segers. That number represents the required 20 percent of voters from the last general election, nothing compared to the 944 followers COG has on its Facebook page. Still, “We’re double-checking and triplechecking [that number],â€? said Segers. But Segers is also quick to admit getting it on the ballot doesn’t ensure victory. “Elections like these, it’s all a matter of who shows up,â€? said Segers. “So it’s conceivable that the few that are still pushing their own little private Idaho will show up.â€? And while Segers feels most people in the Treasure Valley understand the issue, ultimately, it’s Garden City voters who will make the decision, and he said that, by and large, people in Garden City “don’t vote.â€? “Hypothetically, if 10 people show up and vote on this initiative, and six vote against it, then it doesn’t prevail,â€? said Segers. —Josh Gross

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BW Publisher Sally Freeman even lets her dance partner Joel Hunter lead when she dances for the Dancing with the Stars fundraiser.

SATURDAY MAY 12 shakin’ it DANCING WITH THE STARS Maybe kids being glued to the tube isn’t such a bad thing when it comes to the Digital Bookmobile.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY MAY 10-11 bookin’ it OVERDRIVE DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE If you’re of the mind that bookmobiles are old school, you may want to reconsider the 21st century incarnation. The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile, with nary a hardcover in sight, will roll into Boise on Thursday, May 10, promoting the Boise Public Library’s free e-book downloads. The 18-wheel, 74-foot-long rolling showcase is equipped with broadband Internet-connected desktops and laptops and a gallery of gadgets—Kindles, iPods, Nooks, Android tablets, Sony Readers and more. Lenders are accessing e-books at record pace in Boise. The latest statistics indicate a more than 300 percent increase of e-books being checked out this year compared to the same time period in 2011. The Boise system currently holds more than 3,500 adult titles and 2,000 youth titles. Here’s the real stunner: In the month of April, the Boise Library counted 7,800 total e-book checkouts. The most-popular adult fiction e-book title is 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James and The Hunger Games Trilogy are the most-popular youth titles. Thursday, May 10, noon-6 p.m., FREE. Library! at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, 208-570-6900; Friday, May 11, 1-7 p.m., FREE. Barnes & Noble, 1315 N. Milwaukee St., 208375-4454. More information at


sic Festival know all about the splendor of improv. For years, the festival has brought a plethora of local and out-of-state improvisational musical acts to the city. The seventh installment will take place Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at Visual Arts Collective. The festival will once again showcase experimental music, but will also feature a theatrical production by Heidi Kraay with cho-

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reography by Idaho Dance Theatre’s Yurek Hansen. Musical performances by artists including Ben Burdick and Brent Jensen will take place before and after the performances and music will be improvised throughout the play. Festival founder and coordinator Krispen Hartung worked with the playwright to determine which sections to include music in and what moods to convey, be they

Ten local celebrities will be shaking what their mamas gave them in a dance-off fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho Saturday, May 12. Zoolander it’s not, but a local take on the inexplicably popular television show Dancing with the Stars it is. Boise Weekly Publisher Sally Freeman is one of the local celebrities who will be putting her newly acquired dancing skills to work (thanks to hours and hours of practice under the tutelage of her partner, Dance King and Foxtrot Slayer Joel Hunter from Heirloom Dance Studio). We don’t want to ruin the surprise here, but we’ll characterize their routines as Birdcage meets Elvis and collides with a set of steps that are more Dixieland than disco. In other words, it’s not exactly the kind of thing you’re going to see Ashly DelGrosso Costa busting out on national television. DelGrosso Costa, who spent five seasons as partner to celebrities like dreamboat NKOTBer Joey McIntyre and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, is one of the judges for this weekend’s throwdown, as are Boise Mayor Dave Bieter (who we think should have been a competitor, just sayin’), KTVB news anchor Mark Johnson and CBH Homes Vice President Ronda Conger. Competitors include CBH Homes owners Corey and Sheila Barton (who, we assume, won’t be getting any special treatment from their judging colleague, just sayin’), Boise City Council Member TJ Thomson, former state Rep. Brian Cronin, Channel 6 news anchor Michelle Edmonds, 103.3 KISS FM’s DJ Nathan Fast, Miss Idaho USA Erna Palic, Garden City Mayor John Evans, Olympic gold medalist Melanie Simboli and lottery winner Brad Duke (yep, the dude who won one of the largest jackpots in history). A ticket not only gets you a seat to watch the competitors strut their stuff, but dinner, drinks and a shot at some sweet silent auction items. 7 p.m. $30. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. For more information, call 208-327-0107 or visit

“tension” or “dreamy.” “I put a set of guidelines together. … We agreed how long the music should be and what emotions we’re trying to get across. … It’s like the play has an improvised soundtrack,” Hartung said. The play will also feature video and artwork, since the play tells the story of a painter. Contributors to the event’s Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to take home a piece painted during the play, signed by the cast and team. Tickets are available at

8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-4248297,

SATURDAY MAY 12 post-mortem party DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS The United States has produced a long line of great female writers, like Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Sylvia Plath and

Maya Angelou, to name a few. But historically, female writers were subjugated by their male counterparts, with many forced to use pseudonyms or endure harsh criticism. “Especially George Eliot,” said Elaine Ambrose, co-author of the new book Drinking With Dead Women Writers. “Her real name was Mary Ann Evans, and she went by a man’s name because [women] weren’t regarded as good writers. Everybody loved the book, but then they found out it was by a woman and there was this WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Taste208 aims to prove Northwest cuisine is no small potatoes.



Storytellers will get Naked for the latest edition of Story Story Late-Night.

yum TASTE208 If you took a grand tour of the best the Northwest has to offer in food and drink, haphazardly guzzling as part of a food and drink bender, chances are you couldn’t sample all the fare of Idaho and beyond. The folks behind the Taste208 event have conspired to bring the best of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah craft food and beverages together. By allowing attendees to sample from 47 vendors—including beer, wine, spirits and a smattering of local fare—organizers plan to prove the region has plenty to offer. For the inaugural event, Naomi Johnson, David Andrews and Dan Costello will provide live music to accompany the tasty endeavor. “We’ll have beer, wine, treats and food from local eateries,” said organizer Jessica Price of Adrian and Sabine marketing. Vendors will set up shop and offer their products to the intrepid tasters who enter the doors of the Riverside Hotel. A special invitation-only information session will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. After that, the Grand Tasting takes place from 6-10 p.m. Your ticket to nosh nirvana costs $25, which includes a $5 taxi credit, should you find the boozy samplings too good to say no to. The Riverside is also offering $79 rooms to promote safe driving. “I think there’s a lot of craft-produced product that people don’t know about here in the valley, here in Idaho, but also in the region,” said Courtney Feider of Adrian and Sabine. Price listed dozens of vendors, including Nepalese Momo dumplings; food cart favorites Archie’s Place, Calle 75 Tacos and Riceworks; Pacific Northwest beer favorites Deschutes Brewery and Sierra Nevada; local vineyards like Koenig and distillers including 44 North Vodka, which are scheduled to be part of the event. 6 p.m., $25. Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871,

“Amanda and I have been good friends for years,” said Ambrose. “We met [at Asiago’s] on Dec. 22 to have a glass of Christmas wine, and by the time we finished the bottle, we had the outline for the book.” Turner and Ambrose teamed up to tell the stories of the harrowing journey of women writers in early

big uproar.” Ambrose and Amanda Turner teamed up to commemorate the lives of the women who came before them. On Saturday, May 12, from 3-6 p.m., they will take over Asiago’s Restaurant and Wine Bar for a night of libations and a celebration of the release of their new book.


MONDAY MAY 14 stories STORY STORY LATE-NIGHT Prepare to be brought in for questioning and ready your witness statements—Story Story Night is bringing a whole bunch of crime to Visual Arts Collective Monday, May 14. The smarty pants peeps behind the uber-popular story event created an adults-only version, which debuted March 12. Swarms of attendees crammed in every nook and cranny at VAC and listened to a slew of wildly uninhibited tales on the theme Naked. The second installment will feature Boise Weekly’s own New Media Czar Josh Gross as the evening’s master of ceremonies, who will usher story tellers up to the stage to tell of their heinous endeavors. Unlike the original Story Story Night, the adult version will feature only one story teller, and then the floor opens for an extended story slam, during which audience members’ names are drawn from some sort of vessel and those brave souls are called on to reveal their secrets to the rest of the crowd. Don’t worry—there’s plenty of liquid courage available at the bar, and prizes from All About Games, Bricolage, the Record Exchange, Rediscovered Books and Trip Taylor Bookseller will be awarded to sharers. This installment of Story Story will also feature guest musician Ben Kirby of Sun Blood Stories, who will contribute theme-worthy music throughout the night and keep you calm with ambient music while you fight for a seat. Advance tickets, which allow entry 30 minutes before the doors open to general seating, are available at the Story Story website. Tickets are also available at the door. VAC is a 21-and-older venue. 8 p.m. $7 adv., $5 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

America. You can enjoy tasty eats, drinks and the chance to pick the brains of two living female writers at the premiere party. Drinking With Dead Women Writers will be available at the event and at Rediscovered Books and

Built-in bike cup holders are fastened at a perilous angle. But while that 45-degree incline might work for a sportsy squirt bottle or a screw-top Gatorade, it’s the pits for any beverage that requires more eloquent sipping. Luckily, Felt Bicycles now makes the frustratingly simple Cafe Coffee Cup Holder, which lets your cup rest upright for slosh-free imbibing. The light$12.99 weight aluminum ring is available in 22.2 mm or 31.8 mm clamp diameters and fits most standard coffee cups and travel mugs. According to the Felt Bicycles website: “Our handlebar-mounted coffee cup holder will give you a secure way to keep your joe with you as you run errands around your neighborhood.” While this might seem like a no-duh invention, if you’ve ever tried to clutch a cheap paper cup filled with hot coffee in one hand and steer your two-wheeled steed through downtown traffic with the other, you know what a messy idea that can be. But that’s not the only use for this little gem. If you want to hydrate on your ride to the downtown bars, the ring looks as if will also cradle the standard-issue red plastic party cup. —Tara Morgan

Hyde Park Books. 3-6 p.m., FREE. Asiago’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1002 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-5552,

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Boise Bike Week

MONDAY MAY 14 KICKOFF CELEBRATION—Cyclists can enjoy a morning pastry and coffee on their way to work while learning about the upcoming Boise Bike Week events and talk with like-minded folks— including Boise City Council Member Lauren McClean—about cycling in Boise. 7:30 a.m. FREE. Boise City Hall Plaza, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, TWILIGHT RIDE—If you’re starting from the west, take off at the south side of the river just east of Glenwood Street. From the east, start at Bown Crossing. Both routes converge at Sun Ray Cafe in Hyde Park where cyclists can enjoy a $5 pizza and beer special. Signed waiver and helmet required. Front and rear lights recommended, please bring what you have. This is a no-drop ride. 6 p.m. Register at either the parking lot south of the river and east of Glenwood Street or Bown Crossing, Boise,

TUESDAY MAY 15 ADAPTED BIKE FAIR—Try out a fleet of adaptive cycles including hand cycles, adult tricycles, recumbent cycles, tandem bikes and more and take them through an obstacle course. 5-8 p.m. $1 suggested donation per person. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 W. Robbins Road, Boise, ROAD RIDE—Join in on this introduction to road cycling and touring while winding through East Boise’s beautiful roads and paths. Helmet and waiver required. Bring a road bike. 6 p.m. FREE. Eastside Cycles, 3123 S. Bown Way, Boise, BIKE MAINTENANCE BASICS— Learn how to fix a flat tire, do some basic wheel truing and an ABC Quick Check from Boise Bicycle Project’s maintenance experts. The class is suitable for all ages and knowledge levels. 7 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, boisebikeweek. org.

WEDNESDAY MAY 16 STREET SMART CYCLING—This condensed version of the regular Street Smarts Cycling course is taught by the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and will cover

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hand signals, basic lane positioning, turning, lane changes, avoiding potential problems, stop lights and signs and Idaho’s cycling road laws. 5 p.m. FREE. George’s Cycles and Fitness, 10178 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, WOMEN’S ROAD RIDE—Get to know other women riders, get schwag, check out the great line of Sheila Moon clothing and enjoy a post-ride barbecue. Pre-ride activities begin at 5 p.m. Helmet and waiver required. 6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park, Old Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle, PEDAL POWER PICNIC AT THE PARK—Use your bike to bring your potluck item to the Pedal Power Potluck Picnic in the Park. Better yet, can you use your bike to create your dinner along the way? Mix the drink or whip the cream? Let your imagination go wild. Show off your ingenuity, share your favorite local food and enjoy the evening with like minded-friends. Helmets and signed waiver required. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Co-Op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, RIDE OF SILENCE—A slow, silent ride to reflect and remember fallen cyclists. Helmets and signed waiver required. This is a worldwide event. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise,

THURSDAY MAY 17 MOUNTAIN BIKING INTRO AND SKILLS RIDE—Learn basic mountain biking skills on this no-drop ride through the Foothills led by SWIMBA. Topics include equipment, riding techniques, trail etiquette and more. A helmet is required. 6 p.m., Camel’s Back Park (on the east side of the tennis courts), 1200 W. Heron St., Boise, BOISE BIKE WEEK BLOCK PARTY—Food truck rally and New Belgium beers, specialty bike booths including bike crafters, local bicycle nonprofits, local riding groups and clubs. Raffle for the New Belgium Cruiser Bike and a BOB Trailer. Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats will play from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bike valet will be available. 5:30-10 p.m., Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

FRIDAY MAY 18 BIKE TO WORK DAY CELEBRATION—Join the Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance as they thank you for using a bicycle or your feet for your daily commute. They’ll have coffee, food, schwag and other good stuff. 6:30 a.m.9 a.m. at Eighth and Bannock streets and on the Greenbelt at the fireman’s statue east of Americana Boulevard., Boise, RIDE TO THE NEW 3.2—Join the FACTS organization as it officially opens the newest addition to the Boise River Trail system—3.2 miles stretching from Garden City to Eagle. Enjoy a ride starting at the Willow Lane Athletic Complex out to the start of the new trail and join FACTS President Judy Peavey-Derr and others for the official opening. It’s not paved yet, but any bicycle with wider tires will be fine on the packed sand and gravel bed. Bring the whole family and enjoy this special asset in the Treasure Valley. 6 p.m., Willow Lane Athletic Complex, 4623 Willow Lane (meet in the parking lot), Boise, BIKE IN MOVIE NIGHT—Boise Bicycle Project will host a BikeIn Movie event. This year the feature film will be Quicksilver. There will also be movie shorts and music afterward. Show will start around 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or couches— just get them there by bicycle. A no-host beer garden will be provided by New Belgium Brewing with all proceeds going toward the paving of the new 3.2 miles of Boise River Trail. 8:30 p.m., Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise,

SATURDAY MAY 19 KID’S MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE— Ages 7 and older, all skill levels. Helmet and signed waiver required. Ride is about two hours. 10 a.m., Velodrome, Old Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle, PEDAL POWER PARADE AND FINALE—This is the big finale for Boise Bike Week. Meet at Capitol Park for a leisurely group ride through the downtown and Hyde Park areas. Afterward, enjoy food and drinks in the park as well as a raffle of the week’s prizes. Remember—it’s a parade, so wear your parade best and dress up your bike. This is a family friendly event. Helmets and signed waiver required. Registration at 4:30 p.m., ride at 5 p.m. Meet at Capitol Park, Boise, boisebikeweek. org.




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

A Free Service of the Market!



* 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 WEDNESDAY MAY 9 On Stage THE KING AND I—The classic story will be performed as part of Boise Music Week. Free tickets have already been distributed but empty seats may be filled 10 minutes before curtain time. Visit for more info. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER—After being hit by a New York City cab, playwright and actress Andrea Caban looks to an array of women to find a new perspective on life. See Review, Page 26. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org.


play Questions My Mother Can’t Answer, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations for the party required. 6 p.m. $50. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224,

ent, and then make original art prints inspired by their poetry with Amy Nack, the owner of Wingtip Press. The show runs until Tuesday, May 15. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-4330593,

On Stage

LIFE WITH ART—Join Touchmark at the gala opening reception for this month-long spring art show in the Grand Lodge. Enjoy appetizers and live music while viewing the works of Boise-area artists. Artwork will be on display through Tuesday, June 12. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Meadow Lake Village, 4037 E. Clocktower Lane, Meridian.

THE KING AND I—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu. QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15 and up. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, RODNEY CARRINGTON—This country singer/songwriter/ comedian brings his nearly 20 years of experience to the City of Trees. For mature audiences only. 7 p.m. $45.50. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208426-1900,


Festivals & Events 50 WOMEN—Enjoy a party hosted by Amy Rustad, a performance of Andrea Caban’s

FUSE: STUDENT EXHIBITION OPENING—Fuse is an innovative project designed to give students at Victory Academy an opportunity to write original poetry with Kerri Webster, recent Whiting Writers’ Award recipi-



Literature OVERDRIVE DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE—The nationally touring, 74-foot-long digital bookmobile will make a stop at the library to showcase e-book download services. It’s equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems and a variety of portable media players. Learn how to download e-books to your portable device and what the library has to offer. See Picks, Page 20. Noon-6 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,

Talks & Lectures GRANT PETERSON’S JUST RIDE BOOK TOUR—The Boise Bicycle Project welcomes bicycle legend Grant Peterson to town. The founder and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works, Peterson reminds us all of the pure joy of bicycling in Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike. Peterson will read from his book and answer questions. Afterward, riders will join Peterson for a group ride around old Boise, ending at Highlands Hollow Brewhouse for a no-host beer garden. 7 p.m. FREE if on bike, $3 if driving. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, HIKING IDAHO’S WILDERNESS WITH MIKE LANZA—Join Mike Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine, on a photo journey of Idaho’s best wilderness hikes. Learn about both beginner and advanced tips for Idaho wilderness adventures. In addition, Idaho Conservation League staff will be on hand to share its latest efforts to protect Idaho’s treasured backcountry areas. 7-8 p.m. FREE. Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 Main St., Boise, 208-336-3854,


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RAISE CHICKENS IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD—Join Gretchen Andersen, author of The Backyard Chicken Fight, to learn the basics of hen keeping, how to choose between breeds, keep baby chicks safe and more. Copies of Andersen’s book will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Boise Public Library. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996,

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FRIDAY MAY 11 On Stage THE KING AND I—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208426-1609, ME AND MY SHADOW—The Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival takes on a new multidimensional approach in a collision of experimental music and dramatic arts. This year’s program features a theatrical production written by Heidi Kraay, directed by Kathy Simpson and choreographed by Yurek Hansen. Featuring improvisational music, directed and composed by Krispen Hartung, and performances by world-class improvisational musicians. See Picks, Page 20. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, NOT NOW, DARLING—This British farce about two unlikely partners in a fur salon involves girlfriends, mistaken identities, hurriedly closed closets, a lot of suspicion and intrigue resulting in nonstop laughter. All dinnershow tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance online at kedproductions. org. Show-only tickets may be purchased at the door or online. For more info and menu, visit the website. 6:15 p.m. $15-$20 show only, $39 dinner and show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208385-0021, 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 BOOKS TO ACTION SERIES— Boise Public Library’s Books to Action series combines discussions on timely books with a follow-up service project. Participants will learn about Boise’s refugee community through the book Making West Home in Idaho: Stories and Recipes from Boise’s Refugee Community. Book discussions will be followed with an opportunity to volunteer in a local global garden. The book’s author, Sarah Barness, will join the discussion. Noon. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, OVERDRIVE DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE—See Thursday. 1-7 p.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, 208-3754454,

Art HOME ON THE STRANGE—Artist Tyler Bush presents the latest in his series of post-Apocalyptic women. Featuring live models. 6:30-9:30 p.m. FREE. Eagle Performing Arts Center, 1125 E. State St.,

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Gambling and gams in the Boise Weekly’s speakeasy Art Barter Room at the Modern Art event.

SNICKERS AND SPEAKEASIES The Modern Hotel’s mid-century decor seemed to rub off on this year’s crop of Modern artists. For the fifth-annual Modern Art event on May 3, Bryan Moore tricked out the wraparound porch of the hotel’s Business Office with vintage tiki decor, Bruce Maurey covered the walls of his vice-themed den with neon blacklight posters of celebrities who died in hotel rooms, and further down the hall, Vinyl Preservation Society members slid into polyester pantsuits and cranked out the disco jams. Not to be left out of the throwback action, Boise Weekly staffers donned their finest flapper gear and poker faces in a 1920’s-themed speakeasy art barter room, while directly below, former BW’er Tyler Bush staged a re-creation of John and Yoko’s bed-in for peace with the fabulous Minerva Jayne, complete with frequent sing-a-longs. If you missed any part of Modern Art, you can check out a photo slideshow at And speaking of speakeasies, BW staffer Andrew Crisp booked it down to the Idaho State Historical Museum on First Thursday for the Prohibition-themed exhibit Wicked Waters, which explores the legacy of “demon drink” in Idaho. Crisp inspected an antique copper still used during Prohibition and a woman’s vanity that included a flapper dress belonging to Emma Alexander, daughter of former Idaho Gov. Moses Alexander. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 9. Also on Thursday, BW New Media Czar Josh Gross kicked it with dry-humored Seattle comic Kermet Apio at Liquid Laughs. According to Gross, “He’s done comedy in 47 states and says the biggest thing he’s learned from all that travel is ‘the smaller the airport, the more I look Arab.’” In addition to discussing his love of pie, Apio also riffed on lottery tickets, which he called “sadness coupons.” Speaking of laughs, comedian Alvin Williams hosted the packed Shades of Black event at Boise State’s Simplot Ballroom on May 5, which mixed comedy with spoken word, music and dance. Williams explained that the show’s celebration of black culture fit right in with Cinco de Mayo. “Black people and Mexicans have been attached at the hip for decades,” Williams said. “Those Taco Bell KFCs are not an accident.” According to Crisp, the evening’s other acts included The CoaliSon dance group, Boise poet Elizabeth McCarthy and soulful singer Victoria Lunde, who showed off her Mariah Carey-like pipes. Crisp capped off the artsy week by checking out The Crux’s May 6 poetr y readings and video vignettes featuring Portland, Ore., poet and Typhoon collaborator Zachary Schomburg. Though the evening was littered with technical and spatial difficulties, Crisp said it was “compelling, even if sometimes out of sync.” —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Citizen

Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208409-2403,

SNAKE RIVER ALLIANCE SPRING DINNER—Join Idaho’s nuclear watchdog and cleanenergy advocate for Setting the Table for Idaho’s Clean Energy Future, an evening of community building, homemade food, acoustic music and information. Featuring Lisa Young, Alliance clean energy organizer. Menu includes vegan and gluten-free options. Find this event on the Snake River Alliance Facebook page. 6-8 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise, 208-344-5731, boiseďŹ

Citizen DANCING WITH THE STARS—Watch 10 local celebrities battle it out on the dance oor in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho, including Boise Weekly Publisher Sally Freeman. Food, drinks, prizes and a silent auction will be available as well. See Picks, Page 20. 7 p.m. $30. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-327-0107,

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On Stage

URBAN LIVING TOUR—The public is invited to a self-guided tour through condos, lofts and apartments which vary in size from studio to penthouse, new construction to adaptive reuse of historic buildings. In addition, some downtown residents are opening up their personal homes for the tour. For a full listing of properties, visit the Downtown Boise Association’s website or check out a copy of the map inside this issue of Boise Weekly. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Boise Association, 720 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-385-7300,

THE KING AND I—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, ME AND MY SHADOW—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, NOT NOW, DARLING—See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$20 show only, $39 dinner and show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org.


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 MOTHER’S DAY POLE DANCING/PANCAKE BRUNCH—Eat a great breakfast, play on the poles and socialize. Gluten-free options available. All proceeds beneďŹ t Women for Women International. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10.

Food & Drink TASTE208—This tasting event focuses on the spring release of the best local beer, wine, spirits and

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

food in Idaho and the PaciďŹ c Northwest. For more info, email See Picks, Page 21. 6 p.m. $25. Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, doubletree1.

Literature DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS RELEASE PARTY—Join Elaine Ambrose and Amanda Turner, authors of Drinking With Dead Women Writers, for libations and a celebration of their new book. See Picks, Page 21. 3-6 p.m. FREE. Asiago’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1002 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3365552,

Sports & Fitness PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES—Buckle up for nonstop, adrenaline-fueled action featuring the Top 35 bull riders on the planet taking on ďŹ erce bucking bulls in the toughest eight seconds in sports. Tickets available at 7 p.m. $10-$125. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000,

Animals & Pets INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY—Learn about migratory birds and observe bird banding, live bird presentations, bird games, face painting, nature arts and activities for everyone. Picnicking and concessions available. Tickets available at or at the center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 per person ages 3 and older. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, ďŹ

SUNDAY MAY 13 Sports & Fitness PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES—See Saturday. 2 p.m. $10-$125. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208468-1000,


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Literature STORY STORY LATE-NIGHT: CRIME— The adults-only offshoot of the popular Story Story Night continues with Crime stories, hosted by Boise Weekly New Media Czar Josh Gross and featuring music by Ben Kirby of Sun Blood Stories. Advanced tickets are available at and allow entry one-half hour before doors open to the general public at 7:30 p.m. See Picks, Page 21. 8 p.m. $7 adv., $5 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

TUESDAY MAY 15 Festivals & Events EDUCATION JOBS EVENT—The American Board, a nonprofit dedicated to recruiting and certifying teachers in Idaho, will host a public event on how local residents can become certified Idaho teachers. Led by Michael Burke, Idaho teacher certification specialist, the event will explain what to expect in a career as a teacher and how to get certified. For more info, contact Burke at or 605-520-2694. 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. FREE. Country Inn Suites, 3355 E. Pine Ave., Meridian.

Talks & Lectures AN EVENTFUL JOURNEY TO AN IDAHO HOMESTEAD—Mary Anne Davis and Anne Swanson will present An Eventful Journey to an Idaho Homestead as part of Idaho Archeology and Historic Preservation Month. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181,

WEDNESDAY MAY 16 Talks & Lectures TALENT SHOW AND LECTURE—The Boise stop on a nationwide senior talent competition and long-term care awareness tour, part of the 3in4 Need More educational initiative to raise awareness about the need for Americans to better prepare for their long-term health-care needs. For more info, email summer 1 p.m. FREE. Emeritus at Summer Wind, 5955 Castle Drive, Boise, 208-331-1300, emeritus. com/idaho/boise/summerwind.

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Andrea Caban turned getting hit by a cab into the hit one-woman play Questions My Mother Can’t Answer.

QUESTIONS MY MOTHER CAN’T ANSWER There’s a trend in contemporary theater in which an actor/ writer/director in the midst of an existential crisis—oftentimes based in his/her having plateaued in the theater world— decides to write a play as a healing exercise. The finished product is the story of writing the play you are watching, staged in ultra-dramatic fashion where even the most-mundane commentary is imbued with philosophical significance. It is the epitome of the vanity project. Such a play is Questions My Mother Can’t Answer, which opened May 5 at Boise Contemporary Theater and runs through Sunday, May 13. The play opens with auteur Andrea Caban acting out a Skype conversation with one of her interview subjects in which she admits she doesn’t even know why she’s writing the play. Then she steps out of that conQuestions My Mother Can’t versation to tell the audience Answer runs through that she does: She was hit by Sunday, May 13. a taxi in New York City. Though BOISE CONTEMPORARY uninjured, Caban eventually THEATER fell into a deep ennui with ele854 Fulton St. ments of survivor’s guilt. To 208-331-9224 get her groove back, she began interviewing women in their 60s about life and love, all the while dodging phone calls from her mother inquiring about her welfare. Those interviews and Caban’s trajectory among them make up the play. Caban deftly maneuvers through mannerisms and accents, even adopting different walks for the many characters she portrays. It is a fantastic and dynamic performance, but for this sort of play to work, audiences must empathize with the narrator. And whenever Caban drops back to herself, she just seems whiny. Her biological clock is out of batteries. Her job is unsatisfying. Writing a play is hard. Eventually she talks to her mother and learns a thing or two. But through it all, there is little on the line dramatically for the central character, other than not finishing the play. The other characters she portrays don’t do much to contribute to a central plot, they just offer up anecdotes intended as life lessons. If there is a larger realization to be reached at the end of the play, it’s somewhere along the lines of, “Suck it up and always remember your mom loves you. The rest will come eventually.” That makes the play as a whole somewhat frustrating, even with the strength of the acting. Questions My Mother Can’t Answer is best described as a play fit for the Lifetime network. If that is your thing, grab your mom and run down to BCT to catch it before it closes on Mother’s Day. If not, save yourself the trip. But don’t forget to call your mother. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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LEARNING TO LISTEN Steve Eaton’s monthly Songwriter’s Forum celebrates a bygone era SARAH MASTERSON

John Nemeth wouldn’t harm(onica) a fly.

SUMMER MUSIC FESTS Summer is fast approaching and announcements about all the live music it will bring with it are rolling in like drunk college students at the Los Betos drive-thru at 3 a.m. First off, local openers have been announced for the Alive After Five free Wednesday concert series on The Grove. Highlights include old faves like Thomas Paul on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and Lee Penn Sky on Wednesday, July 18, as well as up-and-comers like Sun Blood Stories on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Workin’ on Fire on Wednesday, June 6. A complete list can be found at Idaho Botanical Garden is also gearing up for the Great Garden Escape Thursday night series, which will feature a variety of local jazz, blues and classic rock acts, as well as special appearances by critically acclaimed blues harmonica player John Nemeth on Thursday, July 26, and The Blues Brothers Rock ’N’ Soul Revue on Thursday, Sept. 20. The full schedule for that can also be found at Moving from established series to independent upstarts, two new outdoor festivals are launching this summer. The first is the Neon Oasis festival, which will run Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29, in the town of Oasis, and feature a lineup of DJs and electronic artists like Meat Katie, Freddy Todd and Arsenal FX, as well as a variety of art and dance workshops. Tickets for this Burner-ama are on sale now and run $30-$50. Also launching this summer is the MASSV music and arts festival, which will go down Friday, July 13-Saturday, July 14, in Ketchum. Headliners include hip-hop artist Brother Ali, electronic group Beats Antique and Austin, Texas’ laser-riffic Ghostland Observatory. BW has been told by festival organizers that tickets and the full lineup for MASSV will be available soon. And finally, Eric Gilbert’s annual community shindig, Ranchfest, has announced its line-up, which includes headliners like Tartufi, Birds and Batteries, Atomic Mama and Mozam. The fest runs Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27, but just like a hot springs or a house show, BW ain’t going to spill the beans on where it is. If you want to make it to Ranchfest, you’ve got to find it on your own. —Josh Gross

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Walking up the carpeted stairs to the usually subdued Gamekeeper Lounge on a Tuesday night feels like sneaking backstage at a concert hall. A long row of empty guitar cases line the hallway. Musicians pace up and down the corridor, their guitars slung across their shoulders. They adjust their straps, whisper lyrics to themselves After years in the music industry Steve Eaton knows what songwriters want: an attentive audience. and occasionally peek into the lounge to eye their fellow performers. Founded by local musician Steve Eaton, … and we need more,” he said. Counts. Though he returned to Idaho to the Songwriter’s Forum packs the GameBut even without the youngbloods, the finish school a year later, he continued to keeper Lounge on the last Tuesday of each Songwriter’s Forum still showcases an array travel back and forth between Los Angeles, month from 6-9 p.m. Musicians and fans of original tunes that explore topics ranging Nashville, Tenn., and Pocatello over the squeeze into large round booths and the from break-ups to political rants to boozeyears. His music has been recorded by acts waitstaff keep busy delivering large glasses induced debauchery. like The Carpenters, Art Garfunkel and of wine, cocktails and appetizers to tables. “I get inspiration for a lot of my songs Lee Greenwood. In fact, it was a singerWhen songwriters get to the lounge, they when people die,” said T.T. Miller, one of songwriter night at The Bluebird Cafe in scrawl their name in a notebook. With a the regulars at the forum, who wore a black Nashville that inspired Eaton to start the casual drawl and charming smile, Eaton top hat as he leaned into the microphone. Songwriter’s Forum. introduces each act in the order he or she “Good news is, I have a lot of songs, bad “I decided I’m going to think of all the signs in, and the audience listens intently as news is I’m runnin’ out of relatives.” people I know in this town that are musithe songwriter performs one original song. The crowd broke into laughter but cians/songwriters and I’ll send out a little “Now watch out for this guy,” Eaton quickly fell silent when Miller started email,” Eaton said. said on a recent evening, winking as he crooning a heartfelt tribute to his deceased The “little” email turned into an inauadjusted the mic for a tall cowboy. “This brother. gural night at The Blue Moose Cafe filled dude can sing.” Asked why he continues to come back with 50 songwriters who were all eager The forum draws a devoted crowd of to the Songwriter’s Forum every month, to play their original tunes. After a few mostly older performers from across the Miller grinned: “I spent 30 years playing performances at other venues in Eagle, the Treasure Valley and beyond. Kelly Gorritz music from Alaska to Dallas, and you never drives all the way from McCall each month event moved to Boise, where the crowd at find audiences like this where you can hear the Gamekeeper Lounge easily reaches 100 to play a single song and catch up with the people breathing.” each month. Eaton other performers. Eaton echoed those sentiments. In his also started the Idaho “There’s a lot of opinion, much of the live music in Boise Songwriter’s Assonetworking with The Songwriter’s Forum meets the last these days seems to fall on deaf ears. ciation, which boasts this group,” she Tuesday of each month from 6-9 p.m. “We have forgotten what it’s like to just an email list of 300 explained. “Thirty GAMEKEEPER LOUNGE sit down and listen to people,” he said. people. percent of these Owyhee Plaza Hotel Eaton’s success with the event has According to Eapeople circuit … and 1109 Main St. 208-343-4611 inspired other local musicians to start their ton, the music-filled they get to come up own singer-songwriter nights in Boise. Muforum celebrates the and mix with the sicians Lee Penn Sky and Johnny Shoes host art of songwriting amateurs so it’s great a similar affair at the Shangri-La Tea Room and storytelling. for everyone.” and Vegetarian Cafe, where participants “Songwriting had an era where it was a And Eaton is a more than qualified host. are randomly paired into groups of three big deal. The James Taylor era. The Carol At age 15 he began writing songs in his and play two songs each round. When they King era. We lived through the era of the hometown of Pocatello, where he managed approached Eaton about their spinoff event, singer-songwriter, and now, people don’t to talk the local radio station into playing look at songwriting like a craft,” Eaton said. Eaton was thrilled. one of his first compositions, “Up On a “I want people to hear about their night Judging by the size of the crowd the Hill.” He was on a date when he first heard and our night and actually start going event pulls in, many share Eaton’s sentihimself on the radio. places to listen to the music,” said Eaton. ments. However, the crowd tends to be “I’m only 15 years old and we’re double an older one, types who identify with the dating … getting a Coca-Cola and they’re singer-songwriter era of yore. When asked playing my song. I mean, how good is about the event’s lack of younger performthat?” VIDEO: Check out a video of the monthly Songwriter’s ers, Eaton explained that it’s something he Eaton dropped out of high school in Forum and an interview hopes to change. 1965 to pursue rock ’n’ roll in Los Anwith Steve Eaton. “I love it when the younger people come geles with his band King Charles and the WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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

ANTIOQUIA—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

BRAD AGGEN’S LONG RIDE RELEASE PARTY—Featuring Pinto Bennett, Dave Stewart, Lyle “Pops” Evans, Roger Kennedy, Tony Lemmon, Bruce Alkire, Cody McKinney, “Shaky Dave” Manion and more. 8 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

HOSTILE TAKEOVER 2012 TOUR—Featuring Tech N9NE, Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone. 8:30 p.m. $30-$56. Knitting Factory

NATURAL VIBRATIONS, MAY 9, REEF Living in Hawaii doesn’t mean a life of tropical drinks and sunbathing. But for the boys in the island-raised sextet Natural Vibrations, music has always been a way to unwind and appreciate the beauty around them. The band features rock, pop and reggae influences from guitarist Wayne Enos and the bass lines of Jehua Evans, which combine into a style dubbed Hawaiian reggae. Billed as “Hawaii’s top party and dance band,” Natural Vibrations features a blend of tropical feel-good beats and lyrics of love and loss led by frontman Peni Pua’auli. The band’s latest album, Got This Music, is its first after a five-year hiatus. The single “Don’t Worry,” set to the tune of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” features a duet with Pua’auli’s daughter Quela Pua’auli-Puahi, whose vocals exhibit a soulful flair that elevates the track above the jam-band paradigm. After garnering success back home, the group has now embarked on national and international tours. —Andrew Crisp 8:30 p.m. doors, 10 p.m. show, $7 adv., $10 door. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200,

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JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JIMMY BIVENS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s JOE PUG—With Baliff. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux NATURAL VIBRATIONS—See Listen Here, this page. 10 p.m. $7 adv., $10 door. Reef STEADY RUSH—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown THE VANPAPAEGHEM TRIO— 5:30 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadMeridian

THE V2 JAZZ ODYSSEY—8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

FRIDAY MAY 11 CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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

DOUGLAS CAMERON—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

DOUG BROWN—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears

JUMPING SHARKS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

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

KATIE HERZIG—With Matthew Perryman Jones and Nate Fowler. 8 p.m. $12. Knitting Factory

JAC SOUND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Reef JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE NAUGHTIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s RYAN WISSINGER—-6 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club

THE SHAUN BRAZELL QUARTET—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill TRAVIS WARD—7:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement

ANTIOQUIA—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

HOSTILE TAKEOVER 2012 TOUR—Featuring Tech N9NE, Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone. 8:30 p.m. $30-$56. Knitting Factory

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

PILOT ERROR—10 p.m. $5. Reef REBECCA SCOTT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. $5 after 10 p.m., FREE for ladies. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—6 p.m. FREE. Solid

SATURDAY MAY 12 FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers HELL’S BELLES—With J.A.R. and Workin’ on Fire. 8:30 p.m. $13-$30. Knitting Factory JUPITER HOLIDAY—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid MYKE SANCHEZ—7:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s NAOMI PSALM & THE BLUE CINEMA—9:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown NEW TRANSIT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PILOT ERROR—10 p.m. $5. Reef REX AND BEVERLY—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper Lounge ROBIN SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s



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




THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

MISHKA AND ANUHEA—8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux

SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

PATRICIA FOLKNER—6 p.m. FREE. Smoky Mountain-Parkcenter

SUCKERS—With Young Man. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers WILLISON-ROOS—7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement


GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s

JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Vista

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

MICKY HART BAND—8:30 p.m. $27-$55. Knitting Factory

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

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

NEW TRANSIT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

ROBERT MEADE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

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

TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

MONDAY MAY 14 JIMMY BIVENS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Old Chicago-Boise Town Square JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock. Stock & Barrel

SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


ENABLER—With Pig Noose. 9 p.m. $5. Shredder

REX MILLER—12:15 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

CAMDEN HUGHES—9 a.m. FREE. Berryhill

KEN HARRIS—9 a.m. FREE. Berryhill

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

JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid

JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Smoky Mountain-Eagle

ATYPICAL TUESDAY—With Point Break 2, Sara Century, Dedicated Servers, Microbabies and the Brett Netson Band. 7 p.m. $1. Red Room

CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

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

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape



SHAUN BRAZELL—With Sam Strother. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SOCIAL DISTORTION— With The Toadies and Lindi Ortega. 7:30 p.m. $33. Knitting Factory


RICO WEISMAN AND REX MILLER—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUMMER BEACH BLAST— With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

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SUCKERS, MAY 12, NEUROLUX Candy Salad, the new album from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band Suckers, reveals a complex and layered take on psychpop that falls somewhere between early Roxy Music and Portland, Ore., band Nurses. The album is layered and luscious, for sure, but definitely smooth listening more primed for contemplation than making rowdy. But the powerhouse dance band, which nearly tore a hole in Neurolux when it came through Boise in 2010, is another story altogether. The group’s sounds are just as spacious live, but they’re played from the shoulder instead of the wrist, with thundering percussion and wailing of both the guitar and vocal variety. After the band turned heads at SXSW in 2010, it took the opportunity to chill for a bit and make a new album, which it will promote in Boise this week. Expect falsetto wails and hot bodies in motion. —Josh Gross With Young Man. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

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Practice make(rs) perfect.

BOISE MINI MAKER FAIRE 2013 On a recent weeknight, a number of artistic powerplayers gathered mafia-style in an eerily quiet hotel lounge. In hushed tones, they talked shop over cocktails. But though the atmosphere felt shrouded in secrecy, the group wasn’t planning anything insidious. Quite the opposite, in fact. The committee was in the early stages of organizing a big event for Boise: Maker Faire. The inaugural Maker Faire was hosted by Make Magazine in 2006 in San Mateo, Calif. Like an adult science fair, the two-day exhibition featured hundreds of makers, hands-on workshops, demos and DIY competitions. Now Flagship Maker Faires draw out hundreds of thousands of folks, and independently organized Mini Maker Faires are hosted in cities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. “One of the people I was talking to, she assumed this was a lot of handcrafts. … Our Maker Faire is going to stretch from food and sustainability to hacking and computer development,” explained web guru Wendy Fox. The Boise Mini Maker Faire is slated to take place in May 2013 at a yet-to-bedisclosed downtown location. It will feature displays from at least 100 local makers, along with ample workshops, all in a street fair-esque environment. “We’re in the process of defining what is a maker so people can start getting their heads around the concept,” added project management guru Heather Bauer. “First the concept and then the more concrete things later.” According to, the group’s working definition of a maker is: “Makers create for their own joy and to see others’ wonder. They share and learn and create, destroy mysteries and tell the world how they did it. They find potential inside objects others have cast aside and make the old new again. They know the world through keeping its arts alive and constantly revive crafts and skills that might otherwise die out if we weren’t reminded of their authenticity and beauty.” At this point in the process, organizers have designated a list of ringleaders in a variety of arenas—for example, Eric Gilbert of Finn Riggins is heading up Rock and Indie Music and Adriana White of Begin Vegan is in charge of Food/Farming. “Half of the people will come to us, and then the other half, we’re going to have to work through the networks to find someone who’s making something really cool that we want to showcase,” explained event producer Jen Kniss. You can apply to be a maker at —Tara Morgan

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Jan Boles, “Crookham Company Nursery, 10:15 p.m., September 3, 2011,” archival inkjet print.

SUSTENANCE Exhibit explores local food from an artistic angle TARA MORGAN Benjamin Thorpe of the Cornerstone Bistro in Food is an increasingly contentious topic, Middleton on Thursday, May 10. especially in an agricultural state like Idaho. “It is such a specific topic, and I thought From quarantines and confined animal feedlot operations to wolves and water rights, the pol- about doing an invitational exhibit but I could only really come up with a handful of artists itics of how and what we eat frequently wind that I thought were already doing work that their way onto the front page. Which means would fit,” said Furlong. “We decided to keep that now more than ever, food issues are ripe it local—to Idaho artists—because we wanted to be examined through the artistic lens. to deal with what’s happening here.” “For all time, where there are things that Though Furlong fretted that she might be are happening in cultures—whether they’re beinundated with a pile of pastoral still lifes, the ing dealt with politically or in any other social submissions were as broad as the way—it’s the artists topic itself. who make the tough “I tried to keep it really open commentary; they as to what the issue of food could write the stories, they be about so I suggested land-use paint the pictures,” issues, water rights issues, things said Susan Medlin of about farming, things about the Treasure Valley animal care and human issues in Food Coalition. relation to animals, local, global Medlin collabofood issues whatever they might rated with Boise State be, things related to obesity, food Visual Art Center Galin the schools,” said Furlong. lery Director Kirsten Artist Earle Swope saw the Furlong to create a call to artists and decided to new food-themed get his daughter—and her felexhibition called low students in Mrs. Mizuta’s Sustenance, which second-grade class at Washington opens at Boise State’s Elementary—involved. Hemingway Western “I saw this prospectus come Studies Center on up and so I thought it would Friday, May 11, from be cool to introduce the kids to 6-8 p.m. The exhibit that because they know how you is a bookend to a year Cami Ruh Clemo, “Devotion,” become an engineer or a doctor or of local food-related cast bronze, french fry, glass, LED, recycled candlestick. a lawyer or a fireman or a reporter lectures and events at because there are parents that Boise State. “Sustenance” runs through Wednesday, May 23. come in and describe that to them, “If you think about but I thought art is something that pillars of a culture, it’s VISUAL ARTS CENTER they do in school but it’s just kind food and art. Period. If Gallery Two, Hemingway Western Studies Center at Boise State of a side bit,” said Swope. you want to talk about So Swope and his army of sustainable community, second-grade artists deliberated then to me, you talk on the notion of food security and about food and art, ultimately agreed to construct a sturdy 3D and that was the whole genesis of the convercastle out of recycled food packaging. sation,” said Medlin. “Initially, we told them bring in any type The conversation developed into an exhibit of boxes but it has to be food. … We got just that highlights food-related work from more about every kind of box that you can see—lots than 40 Idaho artists and also features an inof mac and cheese and cereal boxes because timate farm-to-table gallery dinner from Chef

they’re kids,” said Swope. “But it was kind of funny to see there’s generic cereal boxes and then the high-end co-op super Kashi crunchy organic stuff and then everything in between. … You can just kind of observe the demographic just by looking at the boxes.” Other interesting takes on the theme include metalsmith Cami Ruh Clemo’s french fry reliquary, Eric Obendorf’s photographs of his body that explore personal weight issues, Stephanie Bacon’s canning-themed work, and John and Miranda Anderson’s large wall sculpture about yields and water issues in the grain-rich Palouse region. But acquiring the art for the exhibition was the easy part. Getting permission to stage a local-foods dinner in the gallery proved to be much more of a struggle. Because Boise State has a university-wide contract with food service giant Aramark to handle all things food-related on campus, students and staff aren’t allowed to bring in outside caterers. “Of course, you can’t do an exhibition about local food issues and then have food that’s trucked in from who knows where, so we started the process about a year ago of getting an exception,” said Furlong. “It was a very long process involving the legal departments all the way up to the very top administration really just to have an event and bring in our own chef and have locally sourced food and wine.” It’s these types of institutional barriers to local foods that the Treasure Valley Food Coalition is working to better understand. The first phase of the nonprofit’s Southwestern Idaho-Eastern Oregon food assessment project was completed in February and showed that more than 90 percent of farm sales in the area involve animals or feed for animals, while less than 7 percent of farm production can be eaten by consumers directly. Medlin hopes that Boise State’s Sustenance exhibit will help draw attention to the region’s food insecurity. “It should, like all art, provoke some thinking and some conversation,” said Medlin. “And to me, it just makes so much sense to sit down in the middle of it and eat.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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TOO MANY HEROES The Avengers don’t fly as high as their expectations


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GEORGE PRENTICE The first few minutes had it all—pulsing superhero action, depth of character and layers of mystery. Moviegoers all around me whispered to their companions: “Wow.” Unfortunately, what we were watching was the newest trailer for the Dark Knight Rises. What followed for the next two hours, The Avengers, was an OK superhero movie— better than most, which isn’t saying much. But with the compelling images of Batman flapping his wings in my subconscious, it was hard to get excited over the newest Marvel mash-up. Despite some serious star-power The Avengers isn’t a powerful film. The Avengers is to superhero films what Home Depot is to a house. There’s some neat It’s only when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) the Dark Knight franchise. stuff inside but some assembly is required There is nothing wrong with a fun—or even or The Hulk (Ruffalo) crash the party that The and, unfortunately, The Avengers, which funny—superhero film to accompany a bucket Avengers comes anywhere near interesting. offers a handful of compelling characters And then there’s Samuel L. Jackson as Nick of popcorn, but The Avengers takes itself too and hardware aplenty, isn’t much more than Fury, chewing every bit of high-priced scenery seriously. It simply isn’t worth the price of some extended fight scenes strung together imaginable. Mr. Jackson, you clearly could admission ($13.50 for an adult ticket for the by a dysfunctional script. The characters are have used some snakes on your plane. In fact, 3D version). By the way, if you’re intent on more intent on making speeches or cracking the only mystery worth solving in The Avengseeing the film, by all an occasional joke means avoid 3D—there ers is how Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow instead of talking to or fit into her costume. is little-to-no dazzle to (heaven forbid) listenTHE AVENGERS (PG-13) Fans of the genre have high praise for warrant wearing the ing to one another. Directed by Joss Whedon Whedon and with good reason. Time Magasilly glasses. With so much highStarring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans zine recently bowed to the creator of the The story is caliber talent connected and Scarlett Johansson Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, Firefly familiar: Thor (Chris to The Avengers—beNow playing at Edwards 9 and Edwards 22 Hemsworth) continues and Dollhouse. ginning with writer“More than anybody else—more than J.J. his family feud with director Joss Whedon Abrams, more than Steven Spielberg, more brother Loki (Tom and five Oscar-nomithan Peter Jackson—Whedon is the voice of Hiddleston, who is great in three other recent nated actors on screen—it’s not unreasonable the fan in Hollywood.” High praise indeed. films: Midnight in Paris, Warhorse and the to expect a higher-caliber film. That’s why I can’t recommend Whedon’s recently released The Deep Blue Sea). Granted, there are some select scenes, film. It simply isn’t worth the box office If anything, The Avengers feels like a Thor in particular those featuring Mark Ruffalo admission. And I’ll be damned if I’m going sequel with some high-priced guest stars. Too as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, that border on to pay that much when the best part of the bad. Thor and Loki are simply two snarling, superb. But they are too rare to account for movie is the trailer for another film. wavy-haired Vikings who aren’t compelling. any greatness, let alone any comparison to



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3. DARK TIDE Moved up from No. 5.

4. JOYFUL NOISE First week in release.

5. NEW YEAR’S EVE First week in release.



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NEW BELGIUM SHIFT PALE LAGER This beer pours a light gold with a thin white head and offers soft wheat, herb and hop aromas with fruity touches of earth. Light bodied in the mouth, this brew has a definite suppleness up front that is nicely balanced by crisp citrus. Fruit-laced malt plays against drying hops on the finish with a touch of lemon zest. NINKASI HELLES BELLES A one-finger eggwhite head tops this pale, straw-colored beer. The aromas are a floral mix of fresh grass, cracker and subtle fruit. An homage to the German lagers brewed in Bavaria, this beer’s flavors revolve around lightly bitter, heady hops, backed by creamy pale malt and smooth, justsour fruit. This beer is refreshingly dry and delicious on the finish.

—David Kirkpatrick

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SHANAZ HOME KITCHEN Soul food with a fusion twist JOSH GROSS Boise struggles a bit in the diversity department. And there is perhaps no better barometer than its culinary landscape, a place where burgers flourish and finding good curry is like sighting Bigfoot. Soul food, while undeniably American, is also somewhat “ethnic” in this environment. And that makes a trip to a local soul food restaurant a gamble. Will it deliver rich, brassy flavors like good jazz, or will it be so bland pork ($13.95) and a single sushi roll ($11.95). and Kraft-like that your soul hurts to eat it? On a recent trip, I started off with fried Luckily, in the case of Shanaz Home Kitchgreen tomatoes ($4.95) and the mac ’n’ cheese en, it’s the former—the food and hospitality balls ($5.95). The unripe tomaare far more Southern than toes were caked in cornbread Southern Idaho. batter and fried until soft and The small, clean, sit-down in SHANAZ HOME KITCHEN sweet. They came with a spicy, Meridian dishes out traditional CUISINE AND CATERING housemade ranch sauce. favorites like a fried catfish 520 S. Main St., Ste. 96B The mac ’n’ cheese balls sandwich ($8.95), as well as Meridian, 208-922-6433 were fried perfectly, with a more creative takes on soul light crispy shell encasing a food like the chorizo and fried creamy and tender inside. They plantain omelet ($9.95) availwere served with a red sauce that had a thick able on the brunch menu. On Fridays and flavor of romano cheese. The server said it was Saturdays, Shanaz prepares its specialty house Shanaz Davis’ signature sauce. And it was a gumbo ($14.95). The restaurant also offers a sauce worth attaching one’s name to. small selection of Asian-influenced foods such Swollen with fried delights, I ordered as Korean tacos ($2 each), black tea-rubbed

Seriously: Shanaz’s jambalaya is the jam.

jambalaya-stuffed peppers ($9.95) with a side of collard greens for the main course. The red bell pepper came overflowing with a wild rice mixture full of chicken and andouille sausage, which had a nutty flavor rife with the gritty, blackened spices that makes Cajun food sing. The collard greens were also excellent, with large chunks of pork and none of the bitterness for which poorly prepared greens are notorious. And if that wasn’t enough, the dish came with a pan of freshly baked cornbread. Delivered straight from the oven to the table, the cornbread let out a puff of steam when I stuck my fork in it. My dining companion summed up our experience that evening: “This is so good, I’m considering embracing bulimia.”

FOOD/NEWS samples from multiple Idaho wineries from noon to 5 p.m. and feature mobile grub from B29 Streatery and Archie’s Place. Boise Rock School Mother’s Day brunch is big business. Restaurant kitchens crank out and Amy Weber will provide the tunes while the youngins are entertained eggs benny and glazed ham by the truckload as moms sip mimosas with a special appearance by the Sawtooth Yeti. Tickets are $10 in in their floral finest. But if you want to ditch the stereotype and shake advance or $20 at the door, and under-21ers get in free. things up this Mother’s Day, there are a number of other food-filled ways Another 2C winer y is hosting a similar bash on Mother’s Day— to treat your favorite lady. Hell’s Canyon and sister brand Zhoo Zhoo will have a wine-tasting On Saturday, May 12, The Cake Ballers and Eye Candy Event Design throwdown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The St. Lawrence Gridiron food will host a special Mother’s Day event to coincide with the Capital City truck will be on premises ser ving a Public Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at specially designed wine-friendly menu, their headquarters at 720 Idaho St., Ste. Purple Sage Farms will sell herbs and 40. Attendees can design a gift box for kombucha, and there will be booths from mom filled with cake balls, macaroons McClaskey’s Glads, Wine Countr y Wood and other candies and take free photos in Chips and Idaho’s Bounty. The first 50 a booth provided by Two Photography. moms in attendance receive a free Zhoo Speaking of markets, the East End Zhoo’s stemless wine glass. Market at Bown Crossing will swing back If you’d rather kick it Garden City style, into gear on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m.-2 take mom to Payette Brewing Company p.m. and continue every Sunday until at 111 W. 33rd St. to celebrate the brewOct. 14. Grab a cloth tote and cart mom ery’s first birthday from noon to 8 p.m. In to Bown to shop for local produce, plant addition to offering lots of suds, there will starts, eggs and specialty foods. also be eats from RiceWorks and Calle 75 If mom is more into local liquids, take Street Tacos and mom’s first beer is free. her to Sawtooth Winery at 13750 Surrey Lane in Nampa for an afternoon of riesling Be a (cake) baller and treat mom to some sweets. —Tara Morgan and syrah sipping. The event will offer



SIERRA NEVADA SUMMERFEST LAGER This brew pours a slightly hazy, faint yellow in the glass with a thick head that collapses quickly, leaving a nice lacing. The aromas are fairly subdued, with touches of herb, lemon, grass, biscuit and subtle hops. This California classic offers a mouthful of flavors, including deftly balanced malt, light hops and refreshing citrus.

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It has been a wacky spring in Boise. But if you’ve lived here long enough, you know there is no such thing as a normal valley weather pattern. Highs in the 80s one week; highs in the 50s the next. Though it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride, the weather is warming and the real heat is around the corner. And just to prove it, the first few seasonal summer brews have already hit the shelf. All three featured this week are lagers: a pounder in a can from Colorado, a German-style entry from Oregon and a perennial favorite from California. All three weigh in at a heat-friendly 5 percent alcohol.





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100 Like a nasal membrane 102 Rescued damsel’s cry 106 Others, in Oaxaca 107 Up 109 Cousin of rust 110 Korean money 114 Sleep stages 116 “Freedom ___ free” 117 ___ Lowry, children’s writer 118 City in Sicily 119 Silhouette on many a yellow sign 121 Child-care author LeShan 123 Cat scanner? 124 “___ Beso” Go to www.boiseweekly. com and look under extras for the answers to this week’s puzzle. Don't think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): In one of your past lives, I think you must have periodically done something like stick your tongue out at pretentious tyrants and gotten away with it. At least that’s one explanation for how confident you often are about speaking up when everyone else seems unwilling to point out that the emperor is in fact wearing no clothes. This quality should come in handy during the coming week. It may be totally up to you to reveal the truth about an obvious secret or collective delusion. Can you figure out a way to be relatively tactful as you say what supposedly can’t or shouldn’t be said? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus actor Daniel Day Lewis will star as American President Abraham Lincoln in a film to be released later this year. Hollywood insiders report that Lewis basically became Lincoln months before the film was shot and throughout the entire process. Even when the cameras weren’t rolling, he spoke in the cadences and accent of his character rather than in his own natural voice. It might be fun for you to try a similar experiment in the coming weeks, Taurus. Fantasize in detail about the person you would ultimately like to become, and then imitate that future version of you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The idea of a housewarming party comes from an old British tradition. People who were moving would carry away embers from the fireplace of the home they were leaving and bring them to the fireplace of the new home. I recommend that you borrow this idea and apply it to the transition you’re making. As you migrate toward the future, bring along a symbolic spark of the vitality that has animated the situation you’re transitioning out of. CANCER (June 21-July 22): My friend Irene has a complicated system for handling her cats’ food needs. The calico, Cleopatra, demands chicken for breakfast and beef stew at night, and all of it absolutely must be served in a pink bowl on the dining room table. Caligula insists on fish stew early and tuna later. He wants it on a black plate placed behind the love seat. Nefertiti refuses everything but gourmet turkey upon waking and beef liver for the evening repast. If it’s not on the basement stairs, she won’t touch it. I’m bringing your attention to this, Cancerian, because I think you could draw inspiration from it. It’s in your interests, at least temporarily, to keep your loved ones and allies happy with a coordinated exactitude that rivals Irene’s.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The moon’s pale glow shimmers on your face as you run your fingers through your hair. In your imagination, 90 violins play with sublime fury while the bittersweet yearning in your heart sends warm chills down your spine. You part your lips and open your eyes wide, searching for the words that could change everything. And then suddenly you remember you have to contact the plumber tomorrow, and find the right little white lie to appease you-know-who, and run out to the store to get that gadget you saw advertised. Cut! Cut! Let’s do this scene again. Take five. It’s possible, my dear, that your tendency to overdramatize is causing you to lose focus. Let’s trim the 90 violins down to 10 and see if maybe that helps. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “We all need a little more courage now and then,” said poet Mar vin Bell. “That’s what I need. If you have some to share, I want to know you.” I advise you to adopt his approach in the coming days, Virgo. Proceed on the assumption that what you need most right now is to be braver and bolder. And consider the possibility that a good way to accomplish this goal is by hanging around people who are so intrepid and adventurous that their spirit will rub off on you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Tourists rarely go to the South American nation of Guyana. That’s mostly because much of it is virgin rain forest and there are few amenities for travelers. In part, it’s also due to the reputation-scarring event that occurred there in 1978, when cult leader Jim Jones led a mass suicide of his devotees. Last year, after travel writer Jeff Greenwald announced his trip to Guyana, his friends responded with a predictable joke: “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!” But Greenwald was glad he went. The lush, tangled magnificence of Guyana was tough to navigate but a blessing to the senses and a first-class adventure. Be like him, Sagittarius. Consider engaging with a situation that offers challenging gifts. Overcome your biases about a potentially rewarding experience. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “You have more freedom than you are using,” says artist Dan Attoe. Allow that taunt to get under your skin and rile you up in the coming days, Capricorn. Let it motivate you to lay claim to all the potential spaciousness and independence and leeway going to waste. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, you have a sacred duty to cultivate more slack as if your dreams depended on it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the Byrds’ 1968 song “Fifth Dimension,” the singer makes a curious statement. He says that during a particularly lucid state, when he was simply relaxed and paying attention, he saw the great blunder his teachers had made. I encourage you to follow that lead, Libra. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now would be an excellent time for you to thoroughly question the lessons you’ve absorbed from your important teachers—even the ones who taught you the best and helped you the most. You will earn a healthy jolt as you decide what to keep and what to discard from the gifts that beloved authorities have given you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you’ve been tuning in to my horoscopes during the past months, you’re aware that I have been encouraging you to refine and deepen the meaning of home. You know that I have been urging you to get really serious about identifying what kind of environment you need in order to thrive; I’ve been asking you to integrate yourself into a community that brings out the best in you; I’ve been nudging you to create a foundation that will make you strong and sturdy for a long time. Now it’s time to finish up your intensive work on these projects. You’ve got about four more weeks before a new phase of your life’s work will begin.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What are the most beautiful and evocative songs you know? What are the songs that activate your dormant wisdom and unleash waves of insight about your purpose here on Earth? Whatever those tunes are, I urge you to gather them all into one playlist and listen to them with full attention while at rest in a comfortable place where you feel per fectly safe. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you need a concentrated dose of the deepest, richest, most-healing emotions you can tap into.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Is your BS-detector in good condition? I hope so, because it’s about to get a workout. Rumors will be swirling and gossip will be flourishing, and you will need to be on high alert in order to distinguish the laughable delusions that have no redeeming value from the entertaining stories that have more than a few grains of truth. If you pass those tests, Pisces, your reward will be handsome: You’ll become a magnet for inside information, valuable secrets and unusual but useful clues that come from unexpected sources.



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