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TIM CORDER Former GOP lawmaker says his party is going “downhill and to the right.” FEATURE 12
THE SOUND OF ART Nick Cave pushes boundaries at BAM NOISE 25
CRITICAL MASS MASSV Music Fest revamps Ketchum’s image SCREEN 30
WIDE WEB The Amazing Spider-Man revives tired franchise
“Right now, syphilis is up 200 percent.”
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NOTE EVOLVING ART Almost exactly two years ago, in the July 28, 2010, edition of Boise Weekly, then-staff writer Tara Morgan published a piece called “State of the Art at Boise Art Museum.” It was a piece several thousand words long that took a critical look at the role of Boise Art Museum in the community in the wake of a year in which submissions to the museum’s triennial exhibit fell from 249 applicants to 152. The examination took place after some rather public grumblings among local artists about the museum and on the heels of exhibits about quilts and the Audubon Society. The museum was taking knocks for catering too heavily to one segment of its demographic and some pointed ﬁngers at the aging and conservative benefactors and board members. At the time, some readers thought Morgan’s sources were too harsh on the museum, others quietly agreed with the museum’s detractors, praising BW for delving into a touchy subject. Two years later, I remembered Morgan’s story as, in the course of a day, the following events unfolded: a couple of friends in their early 30s raved about their recent night out at Boise Art Museum (the second great night they’d had at museum events in as many months), I read a piece in The New Yorker called “Modern Man” about the Tate Gallery’s Nicholas Serota (which chronicled his sometimes controversial 24 years as director of London’s infamous gallery), and this week’s feature, “Sound Garden” by Christopher Schnoor, hit my desk, which takes apart BAM’s current exhibit, Meet Me at the Center of the Earth from sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave. I encourage you to watch the video that accompanies this week’s feature to get a sense for how alive the museum seems to be with this particular exhibit. (It’s a long way from the days of the Audubon Society show.) In addition, at BAM’s website, the museum promises “soundsuit sightings” randomly throughout the summer in the city—bringing art out of the museum and into the world. If the role of BAM in Boise is to get the community excited about art, to draw them in and engage them, bringing Cave’s show has certainly helped achieve that end. —Rachael Daigle
COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Mark W. McGinnis TITLE: Shoshone Falls #1 MEDIUM: Hand-ground black ink on mulberry paper. ARTIST STATEMENT: Working with the traditional materials of hand-ground black ink, painting with a hand-made brush of carefully blended hairs, creating on a paper of delicate fibers—all this ties one to a tradition that is thousands of years old. Black Ink Paintings and Watercolor Sketches by Mark W. McGinnis will be on display at Shangri-La Tea Room and Cafe through Wednesday, July 18. For more info, visit markwmcginnis.com.
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INSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE
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AW, SNAP! It was slideshow mania this week at boiseweekly. com. Check out the haps you missed with photos from the Fourth of July parade in Boise and the celebration at Ann Morrison Park, as well as First Thursday and BW’s seventh annual Bars and Stripes alley cat race in the sweltering heat.
TEACHERS FOR ... SIMPSON? In an interesting political twist the Idaho Education Association’s PAC endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson, whose own PAC wrote a check to the IEA’s nemesis (aka Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna) back in 2010, over challenger Nicole LeFavour. Get that story and more at BW’s Election Page.
GAZILLIONAIRES FROM SPACE The gazillionaires of media convene in Sun Valley at the annual Allen & Co. conference and one Boise resident claims to have seen a UFO on the Fourth of July. All that news and more at Citydesk.
AWNING AWARENESS Ever taken the time to look up at what’s keeping the sun and/or rain off your head. BW’s new series of blogs, Design Monday, pays tribute to the underappreciated awning.
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FEATURE Sound Garden
8 DAYS OUT
NOISE Family and friends rally after tragedy to make Sun Valley’s MASSV music festival a reality
SCREEN The Amazing Spider-Man 30 REC U.S. National Freestyle Kayak Championships take over Cascade
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GODDAMN THE NGRA* *(National Gun-Running Association)
I don’t often address myself to members of the National Riﬂe Association, but today, I can’t resist. I realize that once more, I’m summoning up a doodoo-storm of online contempt. It would appear that the NRA maintains a perpetual search engine dedicated to snifﬁng out any reference to “gun nuts” that might pop up. I don’t know how else to explain that every time I write about gun nuts, I get responses from creepy corners like Texas, Virginia and Caldwell, all yapping the common theme of how stupid I am. However, my skin is sufﬁciently thick to being called stupid, particularly by anyone who would belong to or defend the NRA. If you accept the notion—as I have—that the Republican Party has become the clearing house for all the dumbest ideas that all the dumbest Americans have to offer, then you might agree that gun nuts are the dumbest of the dumb. In Venn diagram terms, they are the circle entirely within the larger circle. My friend Badger Bob is convinced their obsessive behavior is some sort of weird sexual deviation, that they substitute an abnormal attraction to ﬁrepower for normal, healthy relationships with other human beings. Maybe so … maybe so. But I prefer to focus on their most obvious feature—the thing we can all see without having to consult Freud—that being, their stupidity. Best example: How could anyone not dismally dumb believe anything that comes out of Wayne LaPierre’s mouth? As the NRA’s spokesman, he has been insisting that this president is going to be the death of the Second Amendment. This, in spite of not one single action taken by Barack Obama to separate the hillbillies from their shoot-’em-uppers, or one single indication he intends to do so. And now, with all the contrived hysteria over the Fast and Furious debacle (see the July 4 column), the NRA’s deviltry is on full display. As publicly claimed by LaPierre and the slimy Darrell Issa, Obama actually designed the whole affair in a ploy to strip gun nuts of their lethal toys, even after accurate reporting has shown they are either abysmally ignorant about the details of Fast and Furious or are ﬂat-out lying about them. To that last point, I turn my attention to those NRA members who are so eager to get to their Internet connections and shower me with their scorn. Bubbas, before you unleash your mighty wits on me, I invite you to read Katherine Eban’s outstanding piece of investigative journalism, “The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal,” in the June 27 Fortune magazine. It can be found online, but I warn you, it is much longer and a great deal more involved than a bumper sticker. And it contains some big words. To get all the way through it with any noticeable degree of comprehension, you might want to set aside a weekend in a WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
quiet room without distractions. Herein, I will include a few of the salient truths about the affair you might miss if left on your own. Fast and Furious was never about letting guns “walk” their way to drug cartels. It was an earnest attempt by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to stop the ﬂow of powerful weapons to those cartels by identifying links in the chain. It is estimated that 2,000 military-grade guns are ﬂooding into Mexico daily. Up to 55,000 people—Mexican cops, soldiers and innocent civilians, as well as drug thugs—have been slaughtered in the past ﬁve years, all with guns supplied through American dealerships. Phoenix, where Fast and Furious took place, has more than 850 licensed gun outlets. Arizona gun laws are so slack, if you’re 18 and don’t have a felony record, you can walk into one of those outlets, plunk down $20,000, and walk out with 20 or more automatic weapons. Then, even seconds later, you can resell what you just bought to another guy out in the parking lot. That is the murderous daisy chain our ATF was trying to break up. What went wrong is that prosecutors could ﬁnd so little that was illegal in the practice that they would not prosecute. Imagine that: 200 miles from the Mexican border, one man can buy as many assault riﬂes as he has cash in his pocket—no limits whatsoever—pass them on to another man minutes later, and there is no law broken. And now, I ask those NRA members who haven’t wandered off to shoot something, why are there no laws in Arizona that might stop this travesty? How is it that such an obvious pipeline of arms into the hands of savages cannot be stopped? Because of the stinking NRA. That’s why, you dopes. Together with their fellow aiders and abettors in the Republican Party, the NRA has weakened guns laws in this country, has weakened the ATF itself, has tied prosecutors’ hands, has politicized the issues so thoroughly, that any attempt to slow the carnage not only in Mexico but in America’s cities is doomed to failure, just as was Fast and Furious. Sooner or later, if you have any integrity left, you boobs who brag about your membership in this mess are going to have to ask yourselves: Just who does the NRA represent? You? Or the drug lords south and north of the border? Where does all that big NRA money come from with which it buys politicians like you buy watermelons to blow off fence posts? Your membership dues? Or those who proﬁt from the tools of mass slaughter? Perhaps even the monsters who buy them at a rate of 2,000 a day? You, the children of the NRA, are a dim-witted front behind which an incredible evil hides, but I hold little hope you’ll ever ﬁgure it out.
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OCCUPY: WHAT NEXT? Things have changed. Time to adapt. The Occupy National Gathering, held July 1-4 in Philadelphia, perfectly captures the current state of Occupy Wall Street. First, the cops pushed the Occupiers around, refusing them space in Independence Park. They wound up in Franklin Square. Second, the Philly confab was wimpy and watered-down. When one of your honored guests is Daryl Hall of the 1980s duo Hall & Oates, militancy is probably off the menu. Third, the Occupiers weren’t really Occupiers. ONG was yet the latest attempt by front groups set up by moveon.org in order to channel the energies of the OWS movement into the Obama re-election campaign. Some say Occupy is dead. Others disagree. “Occupy Will Be Back,” liberal writer Chris Hedges wrote recently. “It is not certain we will win. But it is certain this is not over.” As a person who helped plan the event that initially sparked OWS; as one who was thrilled by its instant popularity, potency and potential; as someone who participated in the branch of OWS in my own community through the winter—and as a longtime student of historical crises and revolutionary movements—I think it’s less important to guess whether Occupy has a future than to examine how a movement with widespread public support devolved from nearly 2,000 encampments to its current situation: marginalization. That said, this summer offers good opportunities for OWSers to make some noise. Occupiers will protest the two major party conventions later this summer. The longer the campaign goes on without either candidate seriously engaging jobs and the economy in a credible way, the more removed from reality
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the horserace and its media carnival barkers become, the longer the suffering goes on, the more appealing Occupy, or perhaps some more-aggressive successor, will be. Whether the ﬁrst major street movement since the 1960s survives, grows or metastasizes, we must learn the lessons of the ﬁrst year. Like every political system, every movement contains the seeds of its future demise. OWS began with an unsustainable premise: occupy public space, yet remain nonviolent. What happens when the cops show up? You leave peacefully. Game over. Which, with the exception of Occupy Oakland, is what happened everywhere. Occupy should have permitted resistance, violent and/or nonviolent. That, or it shouldn’t have camped out in parks in the ﬁrst place. Similar movements, in Spain and Russia for example, operate out of ofﬁces and churches and use ﬂash-mob tactics to carry out hit-andrun direct actions against targets. As I and just about everyone else pointed out at the time, camping out in the cold sucks. It was a dumb tactic for a movement that began in the fall and intended to last indeﬁnitely. Occupy has been overly inclusive. As a reaction to and rejection of the two big corporate-backed political parties, OWS was inherently radical. Yet week after week, month after month, General Assemblies all over the country have been disrupted and hijacked by liberals, Democrats and other traditional partisans who don’t share the OWS ideology of nonpartisanship and non-afﬁliation and militant resistance to the banksters and other corporate hucksters. 11 Others have criticized OWS’ un-
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THE SEX TALK Local health district reports increase of chlamydia and syphilis but myths surrounding STDs, birth control abound GEORGE PRENTICE Idaho’s two largest insurance carriers will make changes effective Aug. 1 for new policies.
PREVENTIVE HEALTH BENEFITS FOR WOMEN TO BE EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1
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after the outbreak. You’re identifying a case here, a case there. All of a sudden you have an outbreak.” The majority of conﬁrmed syphilis cases in CDHD’s region identify Treasure Valley men, aged 25-45 as primary victims. “And there’s little discrimination among partners,” said Fortunati. “They have little or no knowledge of their partners’ history.” LAU RIE PEARMAN
In the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling upholding the majority of the Affordable Care Act, one of its lesser-known elements—designed to change the lives of most Americans—will launch Wednesday, Aug. 1. A new mandate orders insurance carriers to cover women’s preventive health services, with no co-pay or deductible expense, including wellness checks, screening for diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases and prescriptions for most contraception. While the ACA beneﬁt only includes new plans purchased after Wednesday, Aug. 1, some insurance carriers have already implemented the change. “Maybe they’ll move quickly. Maybe they’ll make the change all on their own. We don’t know,” said Kristen Glundberg-Prossor, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. “But by 2014 it will cover everyone.” Blue Cross of Idaho is one of the companies that will be putting most of the changes into effect sooner than later. “We’ll be implementing most of the preventive health services [Aug. 1] for grandfathered customers,” said Blue Cross spokesman Josh Jordan. Jordan said making the change was a logical choice for Idaho’s largest carrier. “We felt it was something that our membership would want,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to do it for a percentage of our customers and not the rest.” But most existing Blue Cross members won’t see co-pays waived for birth control, at least not without upgrading their policies. Eliminating co-pays for contraceptives, along with breastfeeding support and supply services, will only be available for existing plans at an additional cost. Meanwhile, Idaho’s second-largest carrier, Regence Blue Shield, will implement the no co-pay change to new plans Wednesday, Aug. 1, and all other plans at renewal. According to Glundberg-Prossor, the change goes far beyond birth control. “It’s such an advancement for women’s health. And to be able to move forward now is such a stunning success for the health of women generally,” she said. “We are beyond thrilled.” —Jaclyn Brandt
Local health ofﬁcials don’t want to scare anybody. “It’s always a concern that information can be blown out of proportion,” said Lorraine Fortunati, preventive health services coordinator with the Central District Health Department. “Scary information can cause alienation to some who may need care the most. That’s the exact opposite reaction we want.”
Lorraine Fortunati, preventive health services coordinator and reproductive health program manager at Central District Health Department, has been a nurse practitioner for 21 years.
But when Fortunati said that the region’s syphilis rate was “concerning” it may be too much of an understatement. In fact, CDHD’s region—also known as Idaho District No. 4—covering Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties, has already reported 21 conﬁrmed cases of syphilis in 2012, compared to only 11 cases in all of 2011. “Right now, we’re up 200 percent,” said Sarah Correll, CDHD epidemiologist. “When you consider that each of the conﬁrmed cases is typically linked to multiple partners, it grows exponentially. And, yes, if it continues at this rate, it looks like we could be up 400 percent from last year.” CDHD tracks syphilis for a good reason: The consequences are horrifying. “When we conﬁrm syphilis, epidemiologists dive into the case,” said Nikki Sakata, program manager of CDHD’s Community Health Division, which includes Communicable Disease Control. “We simply don’t know if there’s an outbreak until, quite frankly,
Fortunati—a nurse practitioner for the past 21 years and whose duties include management of CDHD’s reproductive health program—described how untreated syphilis can spiral to a grisly fate. “A person develops a chancre, a painless ulceration, within the ﬁrst 10 to 90 days,” she said. “Because it’s painless they may not even know it’s present. If there’s no treatment, it may resolve on its own and go into the second stage.” Fortunati said the second phase—anywhere from three to six months—could result in swollen lymph nodes and/or white patches on the inside of the mouth. “Again, these symptoms can be very mild,” said Fortunati. “There’s no, ‘Oh my gosh. What’s this rash?’ reaction.” Years may go by as the bacterium incubates in the human body, but the worst may be yet to come. “Eventually, it can go into a third stage, when the spirochetes may invade the brain,
the spinal cord or the heart. Victims can get heart disease, develop dementia or become paralyzed and potentially die.” The disease is chilling but, Fortunati said, the diagnosis is still rather foreign to many younger caregivers. “A lot of physicians have little to no memory of when we saw a good many cases of syphilis in this country, back in the 1950s,” she said. “Today’s doctors aren’t trained to say, ‘Hey, this is syphilis.’” As frightening as syphilis is, chlamydia is by far the most common sexually transmitted disease. In Idaho 4,705 cases were conﬁrmed during 2011, of which 1,630 were reported in District No. 4. “Chlamydia is on the increase,” said Sakata. “It has probably increased 100 to 200 cases a year, just in our district.” Chlamydia, though not as lethal as syphilis, can’t be dismissed either. “Guys may experience a clear discharge, some burning in urination or just an itch that can’t be scratched,” said Fortunati, describing a diagnosis that could lead to sterilization in men and infertility in women. “Females may experience bleeding between periods or burning in urination. A lot of women mistakenly think they have a bladder infection.” In spite of volumes of science and statistics surrounding STDs, CDHD’s panel of experts said a number of myths still prevail. “There is a lot of misinformation out there. It’s hard to say whether it’s naivete or bad information from the Internet but there’s a deﬁnite lack of knowledge on basic anatomy,” said Daniel Allen, youth outreach director with CDHD. Allen spends his days straight-talking with young adults, most of them male. He’s perplexed by some of the outright lies that people accept as truth. “Have you ever heard the one that says you can’t transmit an STD or get pregnant by having sex in a hot tub? Or even a shower or swimming pool?” he asked, shaking his head. “Absolutely false. Plus, some people are convinced that you can’t get pregnant or an STD while having sex in different positions.” Allen was equally worried about something else he heard. “I almost don’t want to repeat it, but it’s too outrageous. Some people actually believe that STDs could be prevented by douching with chemicals,” he said. “Unbelievable. But this is the stuff they hear.” Allen said just when he thought he had heard it all there was always something new, “Because they can ask me anything. And they do.” “Getting people to open up is a big deal,” he said. “There are several hindrances, not WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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TIM CORDER Outgoing GOP state senator on politics, Vietnam, trucking and grandchildren GEORGE PRENTICE What took you from Canyon County to Elmore County? Our combine. We farmed in Nampa and Parma, and then one day, I came down here to combine some grain. We liked the place and built our home here. A short time later, we formally began our trucking business. But conceivably, you could say that Corder Trucking has existed since 1971.
You enlisted in the Army right out of high school at the height of the Vietnam War. From 1968 through 1971. I volunteered. It was the right thing to do.
Speaking of commercial trafﬁc, how would you characterize the state of Idaho’s roads? Compared to other states, the management of commercial transportation is among the best in the nation. The roads themselves are mediocre at best.
Where did you end up? Vietnam. That was 1970. We were just south of the [demilitarized zone]. Did that experience change you? It was an experience that I never entirely returned home from. I don’t know if I ever will be all the way home from there.
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Does the trucking business shadow the nation’s economy? There’s about a six-month lag, both good and bad. To that end, what do you currently see when you’re looking at the economy? It appears to most that the economy is getting better, but there are underpinnings that skew what they see. Unemployment is not falling quickly enough, and while freight is moving, freight prices aren’t coming up. Trucks always ought to be great investments. If you think of it, virtually everything in this country moves on a truck at some point.
Is truck driving still a great job? It really is. We usually have a waiting list of folks who want to drive. You still get folks with college degrees that want to be left alone, walk away from some other things and hit the road. It’s another world for them.
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Mountain Home Republican Sen. Tim Corder is many things: husband, father, lawmaker, veteran, farmer, trucker and small business owner. But, above all, he loves to be called “Grandpa.” The father of three and grandfather to three is looking forward to spending more time with his family in the wake of his May 15 loss in the closed GOP primary. Because of redistricting, he was challenged by Rogerson Republican Sen. Bert Brackett in the race to represent Idaho Legislative District 23. Brackett will be challenged by Independent candidate Bill Chisholm on the November ballot. Corder, 62, the son of a Canyon County brick mason (his father was masonry foreman for Nampa’s Karcher Mall and Boise’s U.S. Bank building), always wanted to farm. “As far back as I can remember, I was milking and baling hay at neighbors’ farms,” remembered Corder. “I loved the smell and the look of a farm. I still do.” Corder met his wife, LaVonne, when they were sophomores in high school. They were married by the time they were 18, and soon after, he found himself far from Idaho.
My sense is that you’re one of the least political people to ever spend considerable time at the Idaho Capitol. Thanks for noticing. I like to think so. I regret that I ever allowed people to call me a politician. Having said that, at some point in your life, you decided to enter politics. I never trusted the future of my children and grandchildren to anyone but me. So, years ago, I decided to make sure my business was set for my sons to manage while I was gone at the Statehouse. I’m guessing that being a legislator took a lot more time than you imagined. It really did, but that’s the way I do the job. I’m certain that there wasn’t anyone, not any other legislator, who gave better constituent service than me. Not one. I maintain pending ﬁles of things that my constituents need help with. What do you remember from your years of working through those ﬁles? People would call a state agency or department and they would get constant runarounds, bureaucrats being rude to them. They would go back and forth for weeks, until someone would say, “Call Tim.” Well, I had a special phone book that always started with the names of people at the top 11 of each agency. I would say, “This is
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Sen. Corder. I have this issue.” And of course, they said, “OK, we’ll take care of that.” That’s what legislators are supposed to do.
Let’s talk about that primary. I’ve heard it said that you and Sen. Brackett are friends. Actually, we’re acquaintances. I use the word “friend” very sparingly. Were the two of you ever at odds? For some reason, he got engaged on the issue of soil conservation districts. I wanted to have them governed differently than he did. I was the chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and I wanted to have some more conversations on the matter. I went to his ofﬁce to talk to him about it. I told him there were two things in the bill that I believed needed to be changed. He made the comment, “OK, but you can’t keep changing your mind.” In all my years in the Legislature, no one could accuse me of not being consistent. And Sen. Brackett had a bit of an angry tone in his voice. Well, I made it clear, within four seconds, that I hadn’t changed my mind on the issue and this was the way it was going to be. That was the end of it. How did your legislative district change through reapportionment? It moved south and it expanded. I really didn’t think they would go as far as they did in bringing so much of Twin Falls County into the district. That resulted in an interesting mix of urbanites and farmers. Is there risk in that? There’s certainly risk to those who don’t respond well to urbanites. For instance, I said that I thought the sales tax exemption for agriculture equipment ought to go away. It’s
simply not fair; it’s a terrible idea. Eliminating the exemption would have been more equitable and eliminate some animosity that town people have against ag. I said, “One of these days, there’s going to be more town people than ag people, and they’re going to take everything away from you. So maybe you ought to sit at the table and offer something to make people feel better about ag.” I was trying to get them to understand, and not be so selfish or greedy. Would you ever consider lobbying? For the right cause. I would only lobby for something I really believed in. I would never be a lobbyist that was for sale, a hired gun. Where do you think the Republican party is heading? Downhill and to the right. Is there great risk there? Risk to the party, to Idaho and to America. The idea of political parties was to get people engaged. But now, both parties in Idaho have become clubs. Look at the GOP closed primary and the caucuses. That’s a club. Then they want to say who can be a member of the club. That’s anti-American. That’s socialism at the highest degree. Do you have a sense that the Republican party will eventually lose votes because of this? Absolutely. This pendulum is swinging. If anything, Idaho is dying for an active independent party. What’s next for you? I’m beginning a column for the Idaho Business Review. Plus, spending a lot more time with the kids and grandkids. That’s the best contribution to life I can make.
RALL willingness and/or inability to issue a list of demands. Not me. I have seen how the debates within Occupy have empowered the voiceless who used to think politics was for politicians. Let the oppressors try to guess how we may be molliﬁed, how they might avoid revolution. Demands would deﬁne us too narrowly and separate us from one another. But things have changed. We have been kicked out of our encampments. Occupy groups in numerous cities have split into radical and reformist factions. There really is no place for the liberals in Occupy. Democratic apologists should go where they belong, to volunteer for Obama. We real Occupiers, we radicals, should come together around a list of demands that deﬁne us, and allows the wait-and-see public what we’re about, to understand that we are ﬁghting for them—demands that a somewhat reasonable and responsive government would agree to, but cannot and will not because it would counter their insane, addictive greed, their lust to control and own everything. 6
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There should be demands for justice: prison sentences and ﬁnes for the politicos and corporate execs whose behavior was not only reprehensible but illegal, along with the seizure of their companies and their properties for the public good. There should be demands for redress for victims of crimes, economic and otherwise. Torture victims need counseling and homes, and deserve punitive and compensatory damages. Those who lost their homes to illegal foreclosures need not only their lives back but also interest and cash penalties. And there should be demands for systemic changes: opening ballots to third parties; making it illegal for elected representatives to talk to businesspeople, much less accept contributions; rigorously enforcing the Constitution, laws and treaty obligations; expanding the Bill of Rights to include such obvious 21st century necessities as a right to a college education, a right to a living wage and a right to be treated for any illness, without charge, just because you’re American and you live in the wealthiest society that has ever existed, anywhere.
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NICK CAVE AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH CHRISTOPHER SCHNOOR
Nick Cave is a phenomenon unto himself— that’s the consensus of both the art and mainstream media, and of many of those familiar with his art. There is no question he is one of a kind. The response to his more notorious art forms brings to mind the art world reaction to Matthew Barney’s Cremaster series of art ﬁlms in the 1990s. As with Cremaster, we are presented with an artist whose unique genius dissolves the formerly sacrosanct boundaries of modern art history, in the process reinvigorating a perceived stagnant contemporary scene, pushing art into new directions, imposing new questions in the process. We always get worked up when confronted with such moments and individuals. Cave’s culminating multimedia project entitled Meet Me at the Center of the Earth—at Boise Art Museum through Sunday, Nov. 4— is a touring exhibit that has been on the road since March 2009, beginning at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, then to Los Angeles and the Southwest, the East Coast and back. BAM Curator of Art Sandy Harthorn ﬁrst saw Cave’s exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center
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in 2009 and thought it was a perfect exhibit to match the celebratory tone of BAM’s 75th anniversary. With the tour ending in March, she immediately took advantage of the show’s availability to score a coup and bring it to Boise. The exhibit has been immensely popular, bringing many nonmembers in during what is usually a slow season for the museum. Dominating the show are Cave’s signature “soundsuits,” which he has created by the hundreds over the years. It’s an art form that uniquely straddles the worlds of found-object art and performance, fashion and mysticism, nature and consciousness, in the process drawing from a wide range of inﬂuences. His art is dazzling and entertaining but can also be mystifyingly dark with shamanistic and racial overtones. An artist of enormous energy and vision, the intricacies of his mediums and technique are impossible to take in at once. For starters, Cave’s aesthetic is so idiosyncratic and diverse that it is a complicated matter to classify in familiar terms. A plethora of precedents and perspectives inform his work, with roots in folk art, high
Watch a video of Cave’s soundsuits in action at BAM.
Photo this page: Soundsuit 2009. Human hair, metal armature.
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fashion, dance, theater, sculpture, fabric art, contemporary urban culture and Third World voodoo. Secondly, he refuses to let you off the hook when it comes to deﬁning the piece before you. Cave does not title his pieces individually, preferring to provide the viewer the opportunity to use his or her own imagination to describe the experience. Except for occasional curatorial wall texts providing contextual guidance and artist’s quotes, the work is allowed to speak for itself which, frankly, is a blessing. Cave is hardly the ﬂamboyant art star some media coverage would suggest. At age 52, he has been a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1991 in several areas of art. He is currently chairman of the Fashion Department, a nod to the fact that he designed his own fashion lines for both men and women in his post-graduate years. Cave has even appeared in the pages of Vogue, where he wore his soundsuits, carried high-fashion handbags and wore designer boots. Yet the fact remains that as both an artist and a teacher, Cave takes his role as a multimedia, multicultural black artist in the public eye seriously. As he told ArtNews magazine recently, “I’d like to think of myself as an artist with a civic responsibility.” Over the years, Cave has organized “performance labs” in cities, art schools and universities around the country, in which he enlists local talent, often those with underprivileged backgrounds, to don dozens of soundsuits, choreograph the movements and provide the music. In Boise, he has teamed with members of Ballet Idaho to present such performances at BAM and has also collaborated with Balance Dance Company to present spontaneous outdoor soundsuit events around the city at undisclosed locations. The experience of performing in one of Cave’s soundsuits was unique for Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, one of the Ballet Idaho dancers who donned the suits. The full-hair soundsuits are heavy, so the group initially rehearsed without them, but once dancers put on the soundsuit and mask, he or she becomes one with the outﬁt. On one hand, Affrunti said she had never been so encumbered by a costume, yet she enjoyed the anonymity it provided. That anonymity gave her the freedom to experiment. She found it was easy to get carried away. Affrunti said audiences react to the soundsuits—especially children. When the dancers wear the soundsuits colored in bright pinks or yellows and oranges, kids seem to enjoy the show. But the darker outﬁts—like red, blue or purple—scare them a bit. A video component of the exhibit offers a taste of what the Balance Dance Company events are like, showing one of Cave’s spontaneous soundsuit “happenings.” Those old enough to remember the impromptu gallery and street “happenings” of the 1960s and ’70s will recognize a
Soundsuit, 2008. Appliqued found knitted and crocheted fabric, metal armature, painted metal and wood toys.
“IF ANYTHING, CAVE’S WORK RESONATES WITH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, WHETHER IT BE LOCAL, GLOBAL OR HISTORICAL. IT IS THE ESSENCE OF HIS ARTISTIC SOUL.” kindred spirit. The ﬁlm shows dancers in full soundsuit regalia and makeup, sashaying down a city street, attracting a growing crowd of followers and musicians, eventually turning a public place into a festival. The Balance Dance happenings will be put on during First Thursdays and other citywide summer events. If anything, Cave’s work resonates with a sense of community, whether it be local, global or historical. It is the essence of his artistic soul. A native of Missouri, Cave grew up in a large, extended family where inheriting hand-me-down clothing from siblings and other relatives was common. Since his youth, Cave entertained himself by collecting and assembling all sorts of found objects and materials, frequently making his own sculptural inventions. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he studied sculpture, fabric art, performance and dance. During summer breaks, he trained with Alvin Ailey dance programs in Kansas City and New York. While working on his master’s degree at the Cranbrook
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enabled him to transform emotional trauma Academy of Art, he was criticized for not being more focused on one speciﬁc art form. into creative energy, that his sculpture, in part, “was an armor of sorts, protecting my Apparently, such an approach was never spirit.” meant to be as he has remained an artist of Cave backed off from the defensivemultiple disciplines. aggressive dynamic of the soundsuits for Consequently, Cave’s oeuvre is remarkseveral years after the 1990s, but when he ably diverse and proliﬁc. His interplay returned to them, he proved himself a gentle between art and craft makes the boundary between the two indistinguishable. The large soul. Even though at times dark forces peek through in Meet Me at the Center of the hard-bound catalog accompanying the touring exhibit is like a catalogue raisonne of the Earth, the exhibit at BAM is as generous as it is eye opening. range of Cave’s artistic production over the Going into the exhibit is like entering last half-dozen years, going well beyond the some magic kingdom of the imagination scope of the exhibit at BAM. where tall humanoid ﬁgures in outrageous But tellingly, and perhaps prophetically, tights sport lush vegetation, ﬂoor-length hair, Cave’s youthful proclivities, love of moveand all sorts of paraphernalia, materials and ment and dance and post-graduate adventures in fashion came together in his work as playthings. Meanwhile, larger-than-life bears and smaller creatures lumber about covered an artist in an unexpected way via an act of with crazy quilts of mismatched woolen brutality. sweaters and swaths of fabric. Serpent-like In 1991, the world watched the videotaped, savage beating of Rodney King by of- fabric tubes writhe on the ﬂoor or crawl up mannequins obliterating any recognizable ﬁcers of the Los Angeles Police Department. This violent, racial hate crime had an “SERPENT-LIKE FABRIC TUBES WRITHE ON enormous impact on Cave, who had THE FLOOR OR CRAWL UP MANNEQUINS come close to expeOBLITERATING ANY RECOGNIZABLE FEATURES.” riencing the same thing himself, and features. Glimmering, shimmering coats so it induced a mix of outrage and vulnerof sequins, buttons and a variety of faux ability that cried out for a response. ornamentation, the sheer volume of which is The result was Cave’s ﬁrst soundsuit. enough to produce a rhythmic clatter when Wandering in the woods to contemplate set in motion, makes for a different sort of this act of inhumanity and racism, he reclamor, as demonstrated in several videos. turned to his gatherer ways, collecting twigs As one voice-over repeats again and again: and branches from which he created a wearable sculpture that clattered with movement. “This is a journey into sound.” The exhibit is very much an Alice-inIt was a provocative, uncomfortable vision to confront. Its demeanor said “stand back.” Wonderland experience, with its mix of playfulness and the inexplicable. Cave manCave told an interviewer that the experience
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ages to instill his mundane, inanimate materials with a secret life empowered by contextualization and association. The fact that the implied potential movement of the sculptural pieces seems
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to be one of slow motion lends an air of pent-up energy threatening to cut loose, a sense reinforced by the large color photographs of individual works in dancemode on display throughout the show. His concerns for the animal kingdom are emphasized not only in a small gallery off BAM’s Sculpture Court but throughout the exhibit. The larger-than-life bears add something of a circus element to the exhibit, especially in their unlikely costumes of stitched-together human clothes. In fact, Cave’s message can be seen as a jab at our mistreatment of animals via a role-reversal whereby these creatures clothe themselves in human attire versus our dressing ourselves in theirs. In a sense, it makes us look a little ridiculous, not them. Clearly, Cave’s depiction of these imposing creatures is intended to encourage compassion toward them. The ubiquitous priest-like creatures covered in ﬁne, ﬂoorlength, brightly dyed human hair and decorated with abstract designs conjure the human body despite their limbless, alien otherness. The designs on their hair “suits” appear to have a ritualistic Soundsuit 2008. Vintage hats, signiﬁcance as they share a vague, PR IN Z
emblematic uniformity. The duplicative effects they create in dance stamp them as representing a shaman class in this multifarious society Cave conjures from the Center of the Earth. There is a powerful suggestion of pagan ritual in Cave’s art, and the world he imagines requires intermediaries between the natural and supernatural realms to work their magic and cure our spiritual ills. He talks about creating through these ﬁgures: “hair creates an animal sensibility ... it’s seductive but also a bit scary.” BAM’s Sculpture Court part of the exhibit appears to underscore the role of these shamans. On the west wall are two immense tondo compositions, beautifully designed and alight with beads, sequined shapes and stellar appliques. The darker tondo on the left reads like a constellation map capturing classic mythology in a glorious night sky. The other is a more fanciful and dazzling symbolic interpretation. Both imply humanity’s overlay of its imagination and vision on the eternal. In the center of the Sculpture Court standing before the tondos are ﬁve hair-covered shamanesque ﬁgures, the personiﬁcation of humankind’s search for meaning in the midst of nothingness. The reverent silence there is palpable. Cave’s Center of the Earth is not simply a geophysical fact but a place for the imagination and the spirit. In the end, one cannot deny the primeval impulse that fuels Cave’s project. There is an element of animism in his aesthetic, the belief that all natural objects and phenomena—and perhaps the universe itself—possess souls, which may even exist apart from their material bodies, seeking to express themselves. Cave, I believe, is tuned into this. Perhaps it is what art is ultimately all about anyway.
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End your artistic dry spell with new works from Eli Craven and Maria Chavez.
FRIDAY JULY 13 art DRY SPELL EXHIBITION Who doesn’t love a good reason to celebrate? New jobs, holidays, birthdays, weddings, divorces—there are any number of reasons to say hooray and attend a party. Friday, July 13, you can celebrate the new work of two names that those acquainted with the Boise arts scene are well aware of: Eli Craven and Maria Chavez. Craven and Chavez have collaborated on a new installation at Art Space in the Eagle Performing Arts Center, which is already pretty neat to look at even when there isn’t a stellar artist or two displaying work. The Art Zone’s sleek, modern gallery space is situated in the center of the Eagle Performing Arts Academy, so dancers leap and twirl in adjacent rehearsal spaces. Craven and Chavez’s project, Dry Spell, came to be as the result of conversations about the maintenance and grooming of residential landscapes in order to control the process of de- and re-generation, according to a press release. The installation “serves as a constructed garden cultivated to elevate and monumentalize the beauty of decay.” Those conversations were far from the ﬁrst between the couple, who are among a group of artists who founded Black Hunger Gallery in Boise’s North End. They collaborated on a project called Canoeing in January, which was displayed at Bricolage and graced the cover of the Jan. 3 edition of Boise Weekly. Craven’s work is also being exhibited as part of Wither and Bloom, a collaborative show with fellow Black Hunger-er Erin Cunningham at Visual Arts Collective through Tuesday, July 31. Learn more about the artists at elicraven.com and mariachavez. net and view Dry Spell at EPAC’s Art Space through the end of August. 6-9 p.m., FREE. Eagle Performing Arts Center, 1125 E. State St., Eagle, 208-338-4633, epacdance.com.
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A decades-old tradition returns Saturday, July 14, when the Eagle Fire Department hosts the 2012 Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed at Merrill Park. Faithful gonad fans—numbering near 1,000 each year—line up to put down some primo fried huevos del toro, or “eggs of the bull.” On paper, the fried concoction sounds like a joke and boasts colorful monikers like “cowboy caviar,” “Montana tendergroins” and “swinging beef.” But take freshly peeled buffalo or bull testicles, coat them in ﬂour and seasoning, then drop them into the bubbling gold liquid of a deep fryer, and a crispy treat is born. As far as Eagle Fire ofﬁcials know, the oyster feed is the largest in the country and has been for its 50-plus-year history. Called “Nut Fest” by some, the event began a few years after the Eagle Fire Department was incorporated in 1947. Proceeds from ticket sales, ranging from $10 to $25, beneﬁt the department’s Volunteer Fireﬁghter Association—and the stomachs of adventurous foodies. The fried-ball faithful swear by the “bull fries,” but salads and burgers are available for the squeamish. The all-you-can-eat event includes three free drinks. The delicacy is popular enough to make the menu at Coors Field in Denver and pairs well with fries and cold beer during the seventh inning of a Colorado Rockies game. But rather than make the slog to the Mile High City, take the much-shorter trip to Eagle and muster up the courage to nosh on fried balls. 5-10 p.m., $20 adv., $25 door, $10 children. Merrill Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle, eagleﬁre.org.
SATURDAYSUNDAY JULY 14-15 park art MERIDIAN SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL The inaugural Meridian Summer Arts Festival is moving a popular art event outside with food, beer and wine, crafts for kiddies and a lot of artwork. Wayne and Ellen Crans, the owners of Dead Bird Local Art and Framing, are the brains behind the Art in the Bar events held at the Knitting Factory. Now they’ve switched it up, making for a sort of Art in the Bar in the park. They pulled out all the stops for the Meridian festival. Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, more than 50 local artists will set up shop at Storey
Park in Meridian to showcase their talents. The festival is emphatically local—not just artistically but in every aspect. The Cactus Bar, a ﬁxture in downtown Boise, will provide local beer and wine. Local food vendors will be on site with a variety of edible options, including slices of pizza from Pie Hole. Instead of corralling those wishing to imbibe in a beer garden, the entire park will be fenced off for revelers to wander through the booths, beer or wine in hand. Attendees can watch the live painting of a school bus, purchased by Brave Girls Club, and an art fair booth will provide crafts and art projects to keep small hands busy. Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; FREE. Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208639-1378, deadbirdgallery.com. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Young lovers Curly (Jason Detwiler) and Laurey (Jena Carpenter), have a horse, a dream and big ol’ voices in Opera Idaho’s Oklahoma!
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Forget orange juice and cookies, give blood at the Knitting Factory and get pizza, concert tickets and a T-shirt.
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OPERA IDAHO PRESENTS OKLAHOMA! Opera Idaho will bring a turn-of-the-20th-century rivalry between farmers and cowboys to Idaho Botanical Garden with its performance of Oklahoma! Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 15. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has been adapted to focus on the music over theatrical elements. “It’s not staged in sets and there are no costumes,” said Mark Junkert, general director at Opera Idaho. “It all focuses on the music.” The bumpy road to romance between main characters Curly, a cowboy, and Laurey, a farm girl, will be played out against the backdrop of a Western territory. The performance will last just longer than two hours, ending as the sun sets in the valley. This year’s production of Oklahoma! is Opera Idaho’s third Rodgers and Hammerstein-based musical set at the garden. Previous performances were South Paciﬁc and Carousel, and The Sound of Music is on the docket for 2013. “They are all Rodgers and Hammerstein, so they are all these classic musicals that have really good music to them, which is why I chose them for us to sing,” Junkert said. Opera goers are welcome to bring their own bottles of wine and picnics, or food and beverages will be available. “It is going to be a wonderful evening at the botanical gardens,” Junkert said. “Classic music sung really well outdoors in Idaho.” Tickets are available at operaidaho.org. 7 p.m., $15-$69. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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You’ve been asked for years what feats you’d attempt for a Klondike bar. Fear Factor found out that people will eat just about anything when there’s cash on the line. But what would you do for free pizza? Concert tickets? How about the trifecta of pizza, concert tickets and a free T-shirt? You can get all these goodies without any cash Monday, July 16. It’ll only cost you a wee bit ‘o blood. No, there aren’t any zombies involved and it’s not the meeting of some weird Twilight vampire super-fan club. The Knitting Factory is sponsoring Musicians Saving Lives, a blood drive for the American Red Cross. So not only will you score all of the aforementioned goods, but you can feel good about possibly saving someone’s life. The Red Cross will take blood donations from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting redcrossblood.org/make-donation. Use the sponsor code “knitting,” or call 1-800-RED CROSS and get set up. Donating will net you a pair of tickets to Gloriana, Mudbelly, Furious Jones and Workin’ On Fire or Tallboy’s shows at the Knitting Factory, where any blood shed is usually the result of a mosh pit gone awry. New donors must be at least 17 years old and ID is required. For additional requirements and to determine if you’re eligible to donate, visit the Red Cross’ website. And of course, if you plan to donate, get a good night’s rest and drink extra water. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
Loitering in the corners of gas stations and grocery stores, temporary tattoo machines call for your quarters with images of thornwrapped hearts and screaming eagles clutching American ﬂags. But despite your badass wishes, the machine thetattooclub.wordpress.com inevitably spits out a sparkly butterﬂy. In order to avoid this kind of temporary tattoo buyer’s remorse, local illustrator Julia Green has teamed up with Salt Lake City artist Jess Smart Smiley to start the Tattoo Club, which will offer packs of collectable, limited-edition temporary tattoos on a theme. The ﬁrst one will be monsters. “We don’t know yet how often the packs will be coming out, but it’ll be a different theme ever y time,” said Green. “We’ve discussed food items, circus themes, animals, it’s endless.” The tattoos will be designed by artists and illustrators from across the country. The ﬁrst pack will feature Meg Hunt, Jeffrey Lamm, Ghostshrimp, Bob Flynn, Drew Millward, Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos, Smiley and Green. “It’s part friends and part people we just really super admire and love their work,” said Green. Green and Smiley are ironing out details for the club but plan to sell packs for $20-$25 a pop, which will contain roughly 20 tattoos. The duo is raising funds for the ﬁrst pack via Kickstarter. The campaign will kick off on Friday, July 13. “We’ll just have the ﬁrst Kickstarter, and then from there, it should fund itself,” said Green. —Tara Morgan
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WEDNESDAY JULY 11 Festivals & Events PATAGONIA: STRONGHOLD OF ANDEAN CONDORS—Lorenzo Sympson discusses his work in Patagonia, Argentina, which has a healthy, stable population of Andean condors. Reception at 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. FREE. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208362-8687, peregrinefund.org. SPACE DAYS—The theme for this year’s Space Days is The Privatization of Space Travel. The event will feature an array of activities, including a talk by retired astronaut Wendy Lawrence. Astrobiologist and planetary expert Chris McKay will also give a speech by audio/video link from his NASA ofﬁce. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, scidaho. org.
On Stage COSMIC COMIC SWAMI BEYONDANANDA—Catch this comic who sings, rocks a “moosaﬁx” and turban, and works in a uniquely clean, non-insulting way. Tickets available at Dunia Marketplace or at eventbrite.com. The event is a fundraiser for Dunia Marketplace and Corpus Christi House. 7 p.m. $20 adv., $25 door. Bridge Event Center, 6200 N. Garrett St., Boise, 208891-8081. DAS BARBECU—This Texasthemed musical blends Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle operas with the state’s big hair and big hats. 7 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208578-9122, companyoffools.org. THE IMAGINARY INVALID—Idaho Shakespeare Festival brings this Moliere classic to life with some inﬂuences from 1960s French pop culture. See review, Page 20. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-3369221, idahoshakespeare.org. LEGALLY BLONDE—When sorority queen Elle Woods gets dumped by her boyfriend, she is determined to get him back. So she grabs her Chihuahua, puts down her credit cards, hits the books and sets out to go where no other Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School. 8 p.m. $10-$18. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com.
Screen MOVIE MADNESS—Movie hint: The really big green guy. 1 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org. MOVIES IN THE GARDEN: MAMMA MIA!—Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy movies on the outdoor big screen. 7 p.m. $5, $3 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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Art lovers made a sound decision to swing by BAM on First Thursday.
QUIRK CAUGHT ON CAMERA Last week, Boise cranked up the eccentricity along with the air conditioning. The city ﬁlled with ﬂag-waving tots in red-whiteand-blue mohawks, sweaty and buzzed bikers dressed like The Dude and colorful ballet dancers in shaggy soundsuits. On July 4, while you were busy belting out “Born in the U.S.A.” in a kiddie pool between glugs of Bud and bites of burger, BW photographer Patrick Sweeney stopped by the annual Fourth of July Liberty Day Parade downtown and then booked it to Ann Morrison Park for some slick chalk art before the bombastic ﬁreworks display. You can check out a photo recap of all the patriotic action at boiseweekly.com. And on First Thursday, July 5, BW interns Amy Merrill and Tabitha Bower hit the streets for some artsy action. Bower stopped by the 11th Annual Juried Art Show at Art Source Gallery, where juror Amy Pence-Brown handed out cash awards to Maria Essig, Angela Neiwert, Linda Berberick and Rachel Linquist. “Those in attendance were high-spirited, even when Zion Warne’s glass sculpture was accidentally knocked over and damaged,” wrote Bower. “The artist took the damage with a grain of salt, as another joked: ‘Looks like you sold something!’” Over at Bricolage, Merrill was mesmerized by artist Brienne Oliver’s mixed-media exhibit, Punkin Heart’s Whimsy A’ﬂight. “Oliver’s hanging animals—pigs, elephants, frogs—were suspended from the ceiling in front of an elaborately created background,” Merrill observed. “The light-hearted pieces were indeed as whimsical as they were creative.” And at Boise Art Museum, a crowd of roughly 70 people gathered around Nick Cave’s massive stationary soundsuits in anticipation of a live performance by Ballet Idaho dancers. For a First Thursday photo slideshow, visit boiseweekly.com. And speaking of gathering crowds, 96 racers packed the street in front of BWHQ July 7 before our annual Bars and Stripes alley cat. Racers haphazardly skidded up to Boise bars, including R Bar, Liquid, The Crux and Player’s Pub and Grill. “At The Crux, BW News Editor George Prentice quizzed racers with American citizenship test questions, while intern Tabitha Bower held down the fort at Player’s Pub and Grill—this year’s Coldest Beer winner—where she had racers pose as The Dude from Big Lebowski,” noted BW Staff Writer Andrew Crisp. Art Widmar came in ﬁrst place in the men’s division, followed by Logan Barclay and Ian Falconer. Maggie Schumacher took ﬁrst on the ladies’ side, followed by Jamie Parham and Courtney Brown. To cap off the race, alleycatters gathered at the corner of Ninth and Miller streets, where BW hosted a parking lot block party with booze provided by Ninkasi Brewing, ice cream and food from RiceWorks. You can peep a Bars and Stripes photo slideshow at boiseweekly.com. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes
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ACT II—An acting workshop designed for adults ages 55 and older taught by Company of Fools’ core company artist Denise Simone. No theater experience necessary. 1-3 p.m. $175. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org. SUNSET SERIES: PRINTMAKING—Try your hand at printmaking. Participants will have an opportunity to create a collagraph (a textured plate) using natural materials. All ages welcome. Call 208-493-2530 for more info. 7-8:30 p.m. FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208514-3755, boiseenvironmentaleducation.org. Idaho Shakespeare Festival gets groovy with The Imaginary Invalid.
THURSDAY JULY 12 Festivals & Events SPACE DAYS—See Wednesday. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895, scidaho.org.
On Stage COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: CHRIS SIMPSON—8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com. DAS BARBECU—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF—The Starlight Mountain Theatre presents its rendition of this classic tale. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT—Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre’s Summer Children’s Theater Group presents this Broadway hit. Dinner is not offered. Student rush tickets are available 10 minutes before curtain time. 7 p.m. $15-$15, $10 student rush. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR—Inspired by playwright Neil Simon’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, this play follows a harried writing staff scrambling to top each other while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince. Not recommended for younger audiences. 7:30 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. LIQUID LAUGHS: SHAWN PELOFSKY—Also featuring Brett Hamil. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs.com, by calling 208941-2459 or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, liquidboise.com.
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THE IMAGINARY INVALID A play rarely manages to be both a fast-paced, intelligent comedy with rapid-ﬁre dialogue, and a slightly bawdy, slap-stick farce ﬁlled with potty humor and sight gags. Yet, somehow, Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s latest production, The Imaginary Invalid, achieves that rare, magical combination. And what that means for audiences is a whole lot of laughter. Playwrights Oded Gross and Tracy Young adapted the classic French comedy by Moliere, transforming it into a modern romp that blends witty dialogue with a little song and dance and a big-old wink to pop culture. First staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, director Young—who directed last season’s Taming of the Shrew—brought it to Boise and Idaho audiences should make a point of catching it while they can. Set in 1960s France, the production is a Technicolor dance with the distinct feel of a classed-up episode of Laugh-In. The cast seems to have as much fun with the high-energy piece as the audience does, clad in everything from bell bottoms and go-go boots to leisure suits, Afros and a certain sequined minidress that leaves a lasting impression. The story is relatively simple: A wealthy French hypochondriac (Tom Ford) is dealing with the bizarre treatments concocted by quack doctors and contending with a gold-digging second wife (Lise Bruneau) who is happily awaiting his death. Not to mention, his eldest daughter The Imaginary Invalid continhappens to be a hunchback ues through Friday, Aug. 24. (Jodi Dominick) and his younger For more information daughter (Kimbre Lancaster) or tickets, visit has no shortage of suitors. idahoshakespeare.org. The cast works beautifully as an ensemble, and even the smallest part is a juicy one—a point proven the moment Lynn Robert Berg steps onto the stage as Doctor Purgon in his white platform go-go boots. Ford, Sara M. Bruner as Toinette—the maid who is the only one who sees what’s going on—M.A. Taylor as Guy, Toinette’s would-be musician brother, along with newcomers Lancaster and Juan Rivera Lebron, who plays a suitor, all turn in strong performances. Dominick and Ian Gould, who plays another would-be suitor, have the enviable roles of clowns within a room of clowns, each playing their physical props to the fullest. It’s clear that scenic and costume designer Christopher Acebo had fun. From the pop art mixed with classic French paintings to the primary-colored wardrobe, the set visually matches the slightly frantic, over-the-top feel of the play. While it’s not a traditional musical, the original songs that punctuate the show are standout moments, as are the times when the cast breaks the fourth wall and brings the audience into its world. The lovely asides make the audience feel as if they’re in on some sort of inside joke. It’s hard not to get caught up in fun of The Imaginary Invalid. It’s a joyful romp that will leave a smile on your face. —Deanna Darr WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT THE MOUSETRAP—A group of strangers is trapped together with a murderer on the loose in this classic by Agatha Christie. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-3369221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Workshops & Classes BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY—Learn basic photography, including how to use your camera and compose a picture using lighting, angles, the rule of thirds and depth of ﬁeld. 7-9 p.m. $95-$100. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org. LAWN, GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE CSI—Learn to diagnose diseases, identify landscape and garden pests and solve common problems. Emphasis will be on an integrated, preventative, least-toxic approach that can save you money. 6-8 p.m. $10-$12. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation. org.
OKLAHOMA!—Opera Idaho presents its rendition of the musical that was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ﬁrst collaboration. Visit operaidaho.org for more info. See Picks, Page 17. 7 p.m. $15-$69. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. WESTERN ACTION ADVENTURE SHOW AND DINNER—A Western farce by Bob LaVelle. Enjoy a covered-wagon ride through the ranch plus the play, Is True Love a Con or Am I Just Too Far Gone? Enjoy a full barbecue buffet dinner with reserved dinner and show seating. Or tickets can be purchased for the show only. 6 p.m. $15-$45. Coolwater Creek Event Center, 7355 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208887-7880, coolwatercreek.com.
6-9 p.m. FREE. Eagle Performing Arts Center, 1125 E. State St., Eagle, 208-338-4633, epacdance.com.
MOVIE MADNESS—Movie hint: Norse god of thunder. 1 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org.
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Art DRY SPELL OPENING RECEPTION—View the new installation by Black Hunger gallery’s Eli Craven and Maria Chavez at the Art Space in the Eagle Performing Arts Academy. It will remain up through August. See Picks, Page 16.
CORBIN MAXEY THE REPTILE GUY—Corbin Maxey, a 22-year-old nationally recognized animal expert specializing in reptiles, is most notable for his numerous appearances on TV. Maxey will bring some of his favorite animals to the Meridian Library. Tickets must be secured in advance by visiting the Meridian Library. 11 a.m. FREE. Meridian Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, 208-8884451, mld.org.
Kids & Teens PRESCHOOL STORYTIME—Stories and fun for preschoolers. 10-11 a.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org. TEEN ROCK ’N’ ROLL WORKSHOP—If you want to learn to rock or just wanna show off your chops, check out this workshop with the guys from the Boise Rock School. For ages 12-18. 4 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org.
FRIDAY JULY 13 Festivals & Events KETCHUM ARTS FESTIVAL—Enjoy performances, kids’ arts activities, food and beer selections and the work of 125 local artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Festival Meadows, Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, 208-309-1960, ketchumartsfestival.com. SPACE DAYS—See Wednesday. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
On Stage CINDERELLA—Broadway’s magical musical comedy about a working girl who can’t catch a break comes to life in this enchanting version of one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. 8 p.m. $12-$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre. com. COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: CHRIS SIMPSON— See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian. com. DAS BARBECU—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-5789122, companyoffools.org. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $15-$18, $10 student rush. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. LIQUID LAUGHS: SHAWN PELOFSKY—See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise. com. THE MOUSETRAP—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
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8 DAYS OUT FRIDAY NIGHT POOL PARTY— Youth ages 12-18 can swim, hang out with friends and listen to music from Wild 101.1 FM DJs with live remotes and giveaways. 9-10:30 p.m. Borah Pool, 801 Aurora, Boise, 208375-8373.
SATURDAY JULY 14 Festivals & Events MERIDIAN SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL—See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Storey Park, corner of Main Street and Franklin Road, Meridian. LAKESIDE LAVENDER FESTIVAL—More than 1,400 lavender plants will be available for harvesting. There will be homemade lavender products, classes, live music, lavender-inspired lunch by Brick 29 Bistro, Wildlife Refuge and master gardeners, face painting, horsedrawn carriage rides and lavender ice cream. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Lakeside Lavender Farm, 1003 W. Locust Lane, Nampa, 208-466-0523, lakesidelavender.com. ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER FEED—See Picks, Page 16. 5-10 p.m. $10-$25. Merrill Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle River development, Eagle. SPACE DAYS—See Wednesday. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895, scidaho.org. TIME ZONE TOYS GRAND OPENING—Celebrate the shop’s grand opening with yo-yo demos, giveaways and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Time Zone Toys, 2945 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-6358, timezonetoys.com.
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
p.m. FREE. Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755, boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.
Kids & Teens
LEGALLY BLONDE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com.
MID-SUMMER SLEEPOVER— Kids ages 5-12 will have fun with wall climbing, inﬂatables, gym games, a giant foam pit, swimming, pizza and drinks, a movie on a wall-size screen and breakfast. 7 p.m. $35 ﬁrst child, $30 each additional child. Wings Center of Boise, 1875 Century Way, Boise, 208-376-3641, wingscenter.com.
LIQUID LAUGHS: SHAWN PELOFSKY—See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
Food & Drink
SUNDAY JULY 15
FIRST OF HARVEST PARTY— Celebrate the start of another harvest with barrel tasting and new wine releases. Enter the cork-spitting contest, where you could win fruit and wine prizes. Live music by Brant Phillips. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Williamson Orchards and Vineyards, 19692 Williamson Lane, Caldwell, 208459-7333, willorch.com.
Festivals & Events MERIDIAN SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Storey Park, corner of Main Street and Franklin Road, Meridian.
FLYING M’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION—The big anniversary party. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3454320, ﬂyingmcoffee.com.
LAKESIDE LAVENDER FESTIVAL—See Saturday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Lakeside Lavender Farm, 1003 W. Locust Lane, Nampa, 208-466-0523, lakesidelavender.com.
Art On Stage
ENCAUSTIC 101: BEAUTIFUL BEESWAX AND BEYOND— Learn basic image-transfer and oil-medium techniques using beeswax. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $30$45. 1804 Vermont Ave., Boise, 208-919-3635.
THE IMAGINARY INVALID—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org.
SECOND SATURDAYS: ART IN THE HILLS—Experienced artists and novices of all ages can use the Foothills as inspiration for creating art with help from volunteer instructors. Call 208-4932530 for more info. 10 a.m.-2
LIQUID LAUGHS: SHAWN PELOFSKY—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, liquidboise.com.
On Stage COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: CHRIS SIMPSON—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com.
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DAS BARBECU—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org. GLITTERATI GALS BURLESQUE—Music, burlesque, drag and more light up the stage for a special night. With special musical guests Jac Sound, Fleet Street Klezmer Band and Hillfolk Noir. 9 p.m. $4 adv., $5 door. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com. THE IMAGINARY INVALID—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT— See Thursday. 8 p.m. $15-$18, $10 student rush. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org.
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Sun Valley On Ice runs Saturday nights through September 1 promising a dazzling new spin on our traditional outdoor ice show under the stars. For show tickets or buffet and show tickets go to seats.sunvalley.com or call 208.622.2135.
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2011 World Bronze Medalists 2X US Silver Medalist
Adam Rippon 2012 US Silver Medalist 2X World Junior Gold Medalists
July 21 Evan Lysacek 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist World Champion 2X US Gold Medalist
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August 4 Johnny Weir World Bronze Medalist 3X US Gold Medalist
Gracie Gold 2012 US Junior Womenâ€™s Gold Medalist
Ashley Wagner 2012 US Gold Medalist 2X US Bronze Medalist
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8 DAYS OUT OKLAHOMA!—See Friday. 7 p.m. $15-$69. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Concerts SUNDAY BLUES PICNIC—The Boise Blues Society presents its 20th annual Sunday Blues Picnic, with music by Hoochie Coochie Men, Blues Brothers Rock ’n’ Soul Revue, Hillfolk Noir and Next in Line. Food, beverages and crafts will be available for purchase. Call 208-440-4590 or visit boiseblues.org for more info. Noon-6 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.
MONDAY JULY 16 Festivals & Events EVIL WINE SHOW SEASON 2 PREMIERE—The return of The Evil Wine Show will feature special guest Crispin Glover and performances by Flip Cassidy and Dum Spiro Spero. 7 p.m. By donation. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208331-0956, redroomboise.com.
Good will provide inspiration for using vegetables as part of a daily diet. 7 p.m. $5, FREE for IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Kids & Teens ALL ABOUT OWLS—An exploration of nocturnal birds of prey, including how they see and what they eat. 2 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib. org.
On Stage CINDERELLA—See Friday. 8 p.m. $10-$18. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com. DAS BARBECU—See Wednesday, July 11. 7 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org. THE MOUSETRAP—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-3369221, idahoshakespeare.org.
WEDNESDAY JULY 18 Festivals & Events PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP, SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—For more information, email email@example.com. 7 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632, boisepoetry.com.
LEAF PRINTING—Adult and child pairs create a work of art. Bring one pillowcase or lightcolored T-shirt that has been laundered at least once. 10 a.m. $20, $15 IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Literature BOOKS TO FILM SERIES—Enjoy a ﬁlm based on the book James and the Giant Peach as part of the library’s Books to Film series. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org.
On Stage LEGALLY BLONDE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$18. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com.
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Citizen MUSICIANS SAVING LIVES BLOOD DRIVE—See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
TUESDAY JULY 17 On Stage DAS BARBECU—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$18. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com. THE MOUSETRAP—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., 208-3369221, idahoshakespeare.org.
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Join Grandma Kelsey for a punk rock yard sale. GHOS TLAND OB S ER VATORY : DANIEL PERLAKY
Brent Russell, aka DJ Alien, spins at a MASSV pre-funk.
Laserlords Ghostland Observatory will bring the dance party on Saturday, July 14.
MASSIVE UNDER-TAKING Despite tragedy, the MASSV Music Fest ﬁnds its footing JOSH GROSS Texas’s Ghostland Observatory, and gotten Colleen Wogernese didn’t believe her the mayor of Ketchum to roll out the red brother Zach Peterson when said he said he carpet for the festival. was putting on a two-day electronic music For years, Peterson had told Wogernese festival in the mountains of Idaho. It ranked about the festival he would one day stage right up there with Peterson’s professed beas a tribute to their father, and he died aplief that he could use his independent label, proximately one week before announcing it Dark Psyence, to make Idaho’s electronic to the press. Wogernese knew she couldn’t music scene more like that of his hometown let Peterson’s dream die. of Chicago. She said he was always some“Him and his wife were so passionate thing of a dreamer. about it,” she said. “It was all they did, day “We were all like, ‘Yeah, yeah. Just let us and night.” know when it actually happens and we’ll all All Wogernese knew was that there was come,’” she said. a date. She didn’t even know the investor’s So he did. On April 20, Peterson sent name, only that he was a doctor in Sun ValWogernese a Facebook invite for MASSV, ley. She wasn’t sure if it was possible, but the festival he had talked about for years. she knew she had to try. She didn’t open it, thinking she would look Wogernese found at it later when she the investor through had more time. a business license But by the time MASSV FESTIVAL he and Peterson had she did, it was too Friday, July 13, 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, July ﬁled for the festival in late. Three days after 14, 1 p.m.-2 a.m.; $39.99-$129.99 plus Boise. Wogernese got the infees. Simplot Park, downtown Ketchum, But then she found vite, her brother and massvmusicfest.com out he had called the his wife, C.J., drifted whole thing off. across the lane on In January, Brent Hwy. 26 into the path Russell answered an ad looking for an elecof an oncoming pickup truck. The Petertronic music festival investor in the Idaho sons and the pickup’s driver, Eugene Albert Mountain Express. A full-time doctor and Bernard, died on site. self-described ﬂedgling DJ, Russell didn’t That was when Wogernese discovered have much experience beyond gigging as how close Peterson was to accomplishDJ Alien at a few clubs in Sun Valley. But ing his dream. He had found an inveshe knew the area’s major players and had tor willing to put up six ﬁgures, booked money to burn. a ﬁrst-class lineup headlined by Austin, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
“My job was to handle the Ketchum side of things,” Russell said. “Zach was handling the booking.” And despite an overwhelming lack of experience, both were doing a good job. Russell had the full support of Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall and Peterson was working with Henry Rennar, the booker at Boise’s Reef, and Ian LaPlace of The Top Hat in Missoula, Mont., to bring in big touring acts for the festival. More than just a scrappy outdoor concert, MASSV was shaping up into a genuine music festival complete with camping, lasers and all kinds of afterparties. But in the aftermath of the accident, things got complicated. Several of the people assisting Peterson jockeyed for control of the festival, and Russell had reached his limit. He posted a cancellation notice to MASSV’s Facebook page. And that was when Wogernese found him. She asked him not to cancel the festival and even offered to contribute ﬁnancially. “My brother worked so hard on this for so many years, we wanted to see it got followed through on one way or another,” she said. C.J.’s family contacted Russell as well but Russell had very legitimate doubts. He didn’t know the bookers that Peterson had been working with, and he discovered that a primary force driving everything they had accomplished so 26 far was Peterson’s enthusiasm.
Local songstress Grandma Kelsey is offering an interesting option for folks who would like to support her tour but don’t have money to contribute: junk. She will be hosting an Ol’ Fashioned Punk Rock Lawn Party and garage sale hawking whatever her fans are looking to get rid of from Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22. More details about the garage sale, her tour plans and the different incentives being offered are available on Grandma Kelsey’s Facebook page. In news of bands coming rather than going, Red Room booker Wes Malvini told Boise Weekly that after the relative success of the Twin Falls Invasion event, he will be scheduling more nights at the club featuring bands exclusively from one town or region. Expect invasions from the Wood River Valley, Moscow, Pocatello and La Grande, Ore., over the next several months. Details are already locked in for a new kid-friendly concert series at Boise Rock School, called Concerts in the Garage. Every other Thursday through Oct. 4, BRS will throw open the garage doors at 1404 W. Idaho St. for a FREE concert from 7-9 p.m. The evening will feature a student band opening for local pros like Grand Falconer, A.K.A. Belle, James Orr, Thomas Paul and The Ravenna Colt. The series is sponsored in part by the Boise Department of Arts and History. And since it’s kid friendly, there will also be snacks. Proliﬁc local-ish rapper Oso Negro has dropped yet another new album on the net. This one, Nick B. Presents, is a collaboration between Oso Negro and approximately everyone else in the world of underground hip-hop. It features beats by Nick B. and verses from a rogues’ gallery of Boise artists like Exit Prose, Dedicated Servers and P-Dirt, as well as other artists from all over the West. The album is available as a $7 download at osonegro.bandcamp.com and will make your head bounce like you’re spending a night at the Roxbury. And ﬁnally, Chuck E. Cheese is attempting to update the image of its signature character from a creepy New Jersey rat to an axe-slinging rock star. And the company’s big move to make that happen was to replace Duncan Brannan, the longtime voice of the mouse, with Jaret Reddick, the lead singer of Bowling for Soup, because that screams rock credibility. Or does it just scream cheesy? —Josh Gross
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Timothy Parker, aka Gift of Gab, is best known as the other half of hip-hop duo Blackalicious.
“He was calling me four or ﬁve times a day and he was so pumped,” said Rennar. “Every time you talked to him, he was excited about something.” Without Peterson, it would be tough. But it mattered to his family, and ultimately, to the bottom line. Deposits had been paid and artists had contracts to be fulﬁlled. Russell asked Rennar to take over for Peterson. “I was surprised,” said Rennar. “I already have a full-time job.” He accepted the offer and together, he and Russell set about the task of trying to salvage the Petersons’ legacy. To do so, they retooled the festival a bit. Instead of a straight electronic festival, Rennar brought in some hip-hop and rock acts like Gift of Gab, Brother Ali and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, then rounded things out with some Boise bands like Shades, Finn Riggins and Atomic Mama en route to Denver’s massive Underground Music Showcase. MASSV now has more than 20 acts playing over two days. Oakland, Calif.’s Beats Antique will headline on Friday, July 13, with a set of world-inﬂuenced hip hop and experimental dance music, and Saturday, July 14, will be capped off by Ghostland Observatory’s epic laser light show. There will also be performances from ﬁredancers and Boise’s Red Light Variety Show in an attempt to give MASSV something of a carnival vibe. Downtown Ketchum will turn into a block party after the bands ﬁnish. Another person pleased with how MASSV is shaping up is Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall. “The city is really behind this,” he said. “We want to roll out the red carpet for these people. We want to make sure they have a great time.” And it’s not just because of the $300,000-$400,000 that 2,000 concertgoers could bring to the local economy. 25
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“We know, demographically, that we’re getting older by the day. We know that for our community to be sustainable, we [have to] build a community that appeals to younger people again,” said Hall. “These kinds of events are targeted at bringing younger people here. That’s the low-hanging fruit. The higher-hanging fruit is higher education, jobs. We have to have a community that younger people want to come here for.” Hall said that the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance has identiﬁed drawing in younger people as a marketing strategy. That’s why he hopes to see the festival turn into an annual event along the lines of the Targhee Music Fest in Alta, Wyo. Russell sees the same potential. “If The Gorge can get Phish and Dave Matthews Band, why can’t we?” he asked. “This could be the start.” Rennar and Russell said that ticket sales have been slow out of the gate, but between Boise, Missoula and the underserved youth of the Wood River Valley, they hope several thousand people will turn out. “I’ll be very surprised if we can’t sell 2,000 tickets in the area,” Russell said. It isn’t too farfetched. More than 1,200 clicked “attending” on the Facebook event, and as every local promoter will tell you, Idaho is a walk-up kind of place. Of course, it’s easy to be a starry-eyed idealist in the run-up to your ﬁrst music festival. But even Rennar, the experienced pragmatist of the bunch, is optimistic. He sees Idaho’s burgeoning music scene as a beneﬁt to upstarts like MASSV. “The scene is young here,” he said. “It needs people in it for the right reasons. Nobody is trying to get rich. We’re just trying to do something for the region we live in.” The same spirit of community improvement that conceived the festival in the ﬁrst place has endured. The Peterson’s dreamed big with MASSV. Clearly, they weren’t the only ones. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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GUIDE WEDNESDAY JULY 11 ACOUSTIC FAT WEDNESDAY— Featuring Trikata with Bill Waugh. 8 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears with Bruce Alkire-Frogs of the North. See Listen Here, this page. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza
BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS, JULY 11, ALIVE AFTER FIVE Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears is known for its soul-baring lyrics, which cover everything from breakups and hookups to revenge and redemption. But the lyrics are backed by a cocktail of rock ’n’ roll, blues and funk inﬂuences gleaned from the band’s hometown music scene: Austin, Texas. Lewis jumped into playing music when he pulled a guitar off the wall at a pawn shop where he was working, hoping to get out of the daily grind. A few years later, after struggling to be heard and working on his chops, Lewis formed The Honeybears, named after a crusted jar of honey on the band’s rehearsal room ﬂoor. The seven-member group has stayed true to its unique style, dubbed “a churning slab of rock ’n’ roll, blues and funk, laced with a double shot of 100-proof punkitude.” —Tabitha Bower With Bruce Alkire-Frogs of the North. 5 p.m., FREE. Alive After Five, Grove Plaza, downtownboise.org.
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THE BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown BURLEY GRIMES—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers GO LISTEN BOISE DANCE PARTY—Featuring Edmond Dantes, The Dirty Moogs and the Prisms. 7 p.m. $3. Neurolux JEREMY STEWART—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown JERRY AND THE FABULOUS BLUE RAYZ—7 p.m. FREE. Montego Bay
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. FREE. Solid
HOONY UNPLUGGED—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
K.D. LANG—7 p.m. $35-$99.50. Eagle River Pavilion
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
LAST KING OUTLAW—With Fort Harrison. 10 p.m., FREE. Grainey’s Basement
HECKTOR PECTOR—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
SOUL SERENE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s
MILK DRIVE—With Whiskey Shivers. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
JASON ANDERSON—With The Very Most and Brian Mayer. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
ROBERT JAMES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
THURSDAY JULY 12
ROSEBERRY SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL—Featuring Dumpstaphunk, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, B-Side Players and MilkDrive. 6:30 p.m. $12-$45. Roseberry Townsite
MASSV MUSIC AND ARTS SHOWCASE SUN VALLEY—See Noise, Page 25. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. $40-$130. Simplot Lot at the foot of Bald Mountain in Ketchum
BRYAN JOHN APPLEBY AND LEMOLO—8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
THE VANPAEPGHEM TRIO—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian WAITING FOR A LION—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
CONVEYOR—With Range Life and Joel Bolen. 8 p.m. $3. Red Room DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
JIMMY BIVENS—7 p.m. FREE. Curb
FABULOUS MISS WENDY—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
JJ GREY AND MOFRO—7:30 p.m. $16-$30. Knitting Factory
FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE—Featuring the Fabulous Chancellors. 6:30 p.m. $10. $7 members. Idaho Botanical Garden
WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge WELLSTONE CONSPIRACY— Featuring Brent Jensen, Bill Anschell, John Bishop and Jeff Johnson. 7 p.m. $20. Boise Bleu Note
FRIDAY JULY 13 BILL COFFEY—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
PINTO BENNETT AND THE FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS REUNION— See Listen Here, Page 29. 5 p.m. $10. Humpin’ Hannah’s PIRANHAS—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s ROSEBERRY SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL—See Thursday. 6:30 p.m. $12-$45. Roseberry Townsite RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club
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SATURDAY JULY 14
ROSEBERRY SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL—See Thursday. 6:30 p.m. $12-$45. Roseberry Townsite RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club
DAN SARTAIN—With Black Bolt. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
WASTELAND KINGS—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JOSH RITTER—8:30 p.m. $25-$60. Knitting Factory MASSV MUSIC & ARTS SHOWCASE SUN VALLEY—See Friday. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. $40-$130. Simplot Lot at the foot of Bald Mountain in Ketchum. MEGAN NELSON—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s PINTO BENNETT AND THE FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS REUNION— See Listen Here, this page. 5 p.m. $10. Humpin’ Hannah’s REBECCA SCOTT—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s
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MONDAY JULY 16 BERNIE REILLY—8 p.m. FREE. Red Feather SHAUN BRAZELL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
TUESDAY JULY 17 ATYPICAL TUESDAY—With Evan Hathaway, Uintahs, San Francesca and First Borns. 8 p.m. $1. Red Room
AAN—With Mira Loma and the Bad Vibe, and RevoltRevolt. 8 p.m. $5. Red Room
BARBARA LAING—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
JOHNNY SHOES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers RADIO BOISE TUESDAYS—Featuring The Soft White Sixties, Tropical Punk and Lakefriend. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux
TRAVIS WARD—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
SUNDAY JULY 15 ALEX RICHARDS AND FRIENDS—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
TRAVIS WARD—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers HORSETHIEF—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement LIQUID THROWDOWN— 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid
WEDNESDAY JULY 18 ALIVE AFTER FIVE—With the Black Lillies with Lee Penn Sky. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza BURLEY GRIMES—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE— With Wolves at the Gate. For the Sake Of and Diluted. 6 p.m. $12. Venue FAT WEDNESDAY ROCK PARTY—Featuring Trikata and Pause for the Cause. 9 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s
JOSHUA RADIN—With Tristan Prettyman. 7:30 p.m. $20-$40. Knitting Factory
LYLE LOVETT—7 p.m. $50. Idaho Botanical Garden
STORIE GRUBB AND THE HOLY WARS—With New York Riﬂes and CAMP. 8 p.m. $3. Red Room
LOVE NAZIS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
MONTANA SKIES—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
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PINTO BENNETT AND THE FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS REUNION— See Listen Here, this page. 3 p.m. $10. Humpin’ Hannah’s
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PINTO BENNETT AND THE FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS REUNION, JULY 13-15, HANNAH’S When the Famous Motel Cowboys command the acoustic, lap steel and bass guitars—a veritable Western orchestra— nothing but last century’s blues pours forth, with Pinto Bennett’s husky vocals rounding out the country cocktail. “Hangin’ out in bars the way I do / it ain’t no good but it’s the life I choose,” Bennett sings on “Different Ways to Sing the Blues.” “That’s what my daddy told me / more than a time or two / He said, ‘We’ve all got different ways to sing the blues.’” Sporting a bushy white beard and a wide-brimmed cowboy hat, Bennett exudes a swaggering bravado. But melancholy isn’t Bennett’s only mode of operation, as songs of boozin’, riding and taking hard knocks are also commonplace. The Famous Motel Cowboys will be joined by Bill Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins, Joshua Tree and Kip Attaway. The veteran cowpokes play three nights at Humpin’ Hannah’s. —Andrew Crisp Friday, July 13-Saturday, July 14, 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 15, 3 p.m.; $10. Humpin’ Hannah’s, 621 Main St., 208-345-7557.
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THE (NEW) PETER PRINCIPLES The Amazing Spider-Man spins a worldwide web GEORGE PRENTICE The Amazing Spider-Man, a better-thanthe-original reboot of the tales of Peter Parker, swings through the screen with the greatest of ease. The year’s best superhero ﬁlm (at least until The Dark Knight Rises opens), The Amazing Spider-Man answers the summer’s hottest question: Why would any studio want to retread a tired franchise that has worn out its welcome? Within minutes of The Amazing SpiderAndrew Garﬁeld and Emma Stone will lure you into their web in The Amazing Spider-Man. Man, the answer is clear: Because it’s better. A whole lot better. that’s his real name). Webb’s professional Any recollections of Tobey Maguire and of cape-wearing stiffs, each trying to top stock is rising as quickly as his box ofﬁce one another with zingers. the insufferable Kirsten Dunst fade fast as Instead, The Amazing Spider-Man offers receipts. The Amazing Spider-Man became Andrew Garﬁeld and Emma Stone take over the second-highest grossing Fourth of July characters with emotional resonance, temas Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy, the two ﬁlm, second only to Transformers. In only pered by tragedy and humor. None of it is best-looking science nerds a high school his second feature-length ﬁlm—his debut forced. It’s a nice mix of zeal, swagger and chemistry lab ever saw. The new cast is was 2009’s delightful 500 Days of Sumthrills—just enough to spill your popcorn. rounded out nicely by Martin Sheen, Sally mer—Webb is batting 1,000 and is a rare Spidey’s swinging scenes no longer look Field, Rhys Ifans and Denis Leary. cartoonish. Maguire’s commodity: a ﬁlm craftsman with successes This go-around high-ﬂying days were in the indie house and the megaplex. gives a deeper, richer But now we wait for someone to activate marked by technical back story to SpiderTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (PG-13) the bat signal, apparently for the last time. wizardry that was Man, and Garﬁeld The ﬁnal chapter of director Christopher too enamored with and Stone are up to Directed by Marc Webb itself and, as a result, Nolan’s angst-driven morality play, The the high-ﬂying task. Starring Andrew Garﬁeld, Emma Stone Dark Knight Rises, opens to an anxious had little realism. If anything, Spiderand Rhys Ifans global audience on Friday, July 20. The newer version Man reminded me of Now showing at Edwards 9 and 22 Nolan and his all-star cast promise a actually looks like why I disliked The rousing send-off for the Caped Crusader. as ridiculous as it Avengers, this year’s And 2013 is already promising a relaunch is—Spider-Man is a ﬁnancially successof the Man of Steel as Superman returns to unitard-wearing nut job pretending to be ful but sloppy frat party of a ﬁlm. Quite the big screen. But in the meantime, the new Tarzan in the jungles of Manhattan. simply, if you’re going to pretend to be a Spider-Man is at the top of the hero heap. Perhaps the biggest high-wire act is superhero, it helps if you act like one. The And yes, he’s pretty darn amazing. Avengers was nothing more than two hours negotiated by director Marc Webb (yes,
SCREEN/DVD BOISE’S FAVORITE DVD RENTALS THIS WEEK
1. 21 JUMP STREET Second week at No. 1.
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2. WRATH OF THE TITANS Up from No. 5 on July 4.
—Source: Video Memories, 4504 Overland Road, Boise, 208-385-0113
3. MIRROR, MIRROR First week in release.
4. PROJECT X Down from No. 3 on July 4.
5. BIG MIRACLE Down from No. 2 on July 4.
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NEWS/REC REC GARY ERTTER
FLIP IT Nation’s best show off at the Freestyle Kayaking National Championships E. coli is no friend to pick up while swimming.
ACCESS FOR ALL This edition of Rec News is dedicated to the idea of access. Let’s start with physical access: The Boise National Forest has reopened a section of Forest Road 327 (also known as the North Fork of the Boise River Road) after a washout closed the road earlier this year. Crews had to move the road further from the river to hopefully avoid future washouts. And now on to access you might want to reconsider for the time being. The Department of Environmental Quality announced that levels of the E. coli bacteria in the Mores Creek arm of Lucky Peak Reservoir exceeded state water quality standards on July 3. To avoid contracting something rather nasty, ofﬁcials are asking the public to stay out of the water around the Robie Creek Beach area until further notice. In news of improving access, mountain bikers and hikers along Boise’s Ridge to Rivers trail system may have already noticed a change in the Freestone Trail. A 600-foot section of new trail was created in early June to replace a section that has long suffered from erosion problems. Crews closed the old section of trail and planted new vegetation while moving the trail so that it now contours across the hillside with a much-less-steep decline. The revamped trail is roughly 350 feet longer, but the grade has been reduced from 20 percent to 7 percent. And our ﬁnal access topic of the week is keeping access to public lands open to everyone by paying attention to ﬁre danger. Well publicized wildﬁres across the West have already had a major impact this summer, and according to the ﬁre forecast from the National Interagency Fire Center, things are only going to get more dangerous. The Signiﬁcant Fire Potential Outlook report shows worsening drought conditions across the West combined with belownormal moisture content in vegetation and an above-normal chance of lightning from storms coming from the south through the rest of the summer and into fall. All in all, that ain’t good. The report also calls for above-normal signiﬁcant ﬁre potential in the Western Great Basin in both July and August. Since most of the recent ﬁres have been human-caused, it’s time to be extra careful and pay attention not only to ﬁre closures on national forests, but take precautions when it comes to anything that could spark and start a ﬁre, from discarded cigarettes to hot car engines over dry grass. For speciﬁc closures, check the websites for whatever national forest, park or Bureau of Land Management area you plan to visit. —Deanna Darr
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There were plenty of victory celebrations going on in Cascade July 7-8 at the USA Freestyle Kayaking National Championships, the most important of which had to be organizers praising dam operators for the water. On July 7, Cascade Dam operations dropped water releases from approximately 2,000 cubic feet per second to a paltry 900 cfs, just as preliminary rounds were under way. The snafu nearly made the park unboatable. “Thankfully, Cascade Mayor [Dick] Carter stepped in and made some calls to get the waStephen Wright, winner of the men’s pro category, does a front loop during competition at the ter back on,” said Mike Hicks, co-director of USA Freestyle Kayaking National Championships in Cascade. Kelly’s Whitewater Park. “It was a close call, to say the least.” open men’s class, along with Alec Vorhees, The athletes were pumped on the KWP While Tennessee residents Stephen Wright who took the junior men’s division. McCall’s feature, which gave up the two highest scores and Emily Jackson captured championship Devon Barker-Hicks—the co-director of crowns, Reno, Nevada’s Jason Craig celebrated ever recorded in freestyle competition when KWP—took third in the women’s pro event. Dane Jackson dropped a 1570 a successful comeback, ﬁnishing KWP ofﬁcials are hoping the National and Wright topped that with second in the pro division. In For complete results visit Championships are a springboard to hostan 1830. March 2011, the former World usafreestylekayak.com. ing an international event next year. KWP “Everyone out there got Champion broke his back on barely lost out to North Carolina’s Nantahala the biggest loops of their life,” a waterfall near Auburn, Calif. Outdoor Center on bidding to host the 2013 Wright said. “That spot is like Doctors were worried he’d have World Championships. a trampoline for kayaks. I don’t know if I’ve trouble walking again, let alone competing. “We had a great response from athletes and paddled anywhere where you can do every “Jason has worked his butt off,” Wright spectators and the place was packed,” Hicks said. “He’s had a lot of good support and good kind of trick in one feature.” Troy Wilson, a 17-year-old from Boise, was said. “Next year, we’d like to bring more comexpert medical attention. That and a sheer petitors in from around the world.” one of the top-placing Idahoans, winning the force of will.”
REC/LISTINGS Events & Workshops 12 HOURS OF OM—This fund-raising event created by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute will feature a full day of complementary yoga classes, as well as wellness vendor booths with healthy food and drinks, Thai massage, acupuncture, henna tattoos and a free Rockin’ Kirtan Concert from 8-9:30 p.m. It all takes place in the Ketchum Town Plaza. Visit sunvalleywellnessinstitute.com for more info. Wednesday, July 11, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Ketchum Plaza Outdoor Pavilion, 101 Saddle Road, Boise. JUNIOR GOLF CLINICS—This program specializes in junior golf instruction for both young men and women of all abilities. Clubs provided if needed. Monday, July 16-Thursday, July 19, ages 12-17, noon-1 p.m., ages 8-11, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Centennial Golf Course, 2600 Centennial Drive, Nampa, 208-468-5889; ages 12-17, 4:30-5:30 p.m., ages 8-11, 6-7 p.m., Ridgecrest Golf Club, 3730 Ridgecrest Drive, Nampa, 208-4689073, nampaparksandrecreation.org. WOMEN’S KAYAK CLASS—Try out the exciting sport of kayaking in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Spend the morning on ﬂatwater learning about the equipment and practicing wet exits and various paddle
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): During an author tour a few years ago, I was a guest on San Francisco radio station KFOG. For a while, the host interviewed me about my book and astrology column. Then we moved into a lessformal mode, bantering about psychic powers, lucid dreams and reincarnation. Out of nowhere, the host asked me, “So who was I in my past life?” Although I’m not in the habit of reading people’s previous incarnations, I suddenly and inexplicably had the sense that I knew exactly who he had been: Savonarola, a controversial 15th-century Italian friar. I suspect you may soon have comparable experiences, Aries. Don’t be surprised if you are able to glean new revelations about the past and come to fresh insights about how history has unfolded. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Tease, tempt and tantalize, Taurus. Be pithy and catchy and provocative. Leave ’em hanging for more. Wink for dramatic effect. Perfect your most enigmatic smile. Drop hints and cherish riddles. Believe in the power of telepathy. Add a new twist or two to your body language. Be sexy in the subtlest ways you can imagine. Pose questions that no one has been brave or smart enough to ask. Hang out in thresholds, crossroads and any other place where the action is entertaining. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Political leaders who have never been soldiers tend to be more gung-ho about sending U.S. forces into action than leaders who have actually served in the military. So said former Marine Capt. Matt Pottinger in TheDailyBeast. com. I recommend that you avoid and prevent comparable situations in your own life during the coming weeks, Gemini. Don’t put yourself under the influence of decision-makers who have no direct experience of the issues that are important to you. The same standard should apply to you, too. Be humble about pressing forward if you’re armed with no more than a theoretical understanding of things. As much as possible, make your choices and wield your clout based on what you know firsthand. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Let’s hypothesize that there are two different kinds of freedom possible for you to pursue. One is simplistic and sterile, while the other is colorful and fertile. The first is characterized by absence or emptiness, and the second is full of rich information and stimulating experiences. Is there any doubt about which is preferable? I know that the simplistic, sterile freedom might be easier and faster to attain. But its value would be limited and short-lived. In the long run, the tougher liberation will be more rewarding.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Some believe that a giant sea serpent lives in a Scottish lake. They call it the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie for short. The evidence is anecdotal and skimpy. If the creature actually lurks in the murky depths, it has never hurt any human being, so it can’t be considered dangerous. On the other hand, Nessie has long been a boon to tourism. I’d like to propose using the Loch Ness monster as a template for how to deal with one of your scary delusions. Use your rational mind to exorcise any anxiety you might still be harboring and figure out a way to take advantage of the legendary story you created about it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “The soul should always stand ajar,” said 19-century poet Emily Dickinson in one of her poems, “That if the heaven inquire, He will not be obliged to wait, Or shy of troubling her.” Modern translation: You should keep your deep psyche in a constant state of readiness for the possible influx of divine inspiration or unexpected blessings. That way, you’re likely to recognize the call when it comes and respond with the alacrity necessary to get the full benefit of its offerings. This is always a sound principle but it will be an especially valuable strategy in the coming weeks. Right now, imagine what it feels like when your soul is properly ajar. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Some wonder if I’m more like a cheerleader than an objective reporter. They think that maybe I minimize the pain and exaggerate the gains that lie ahead. I understand why they might pose that question. Because all of us are constantly besieged with a disproportionate glut of discouraging news, I see it as my duty to provide a counterbalance. My optimism is medicine to protect you from the distortions that the conventional wisdom propagates. Having said that, I’d like you to know that I’m not counterbalancing at all when I give you this news: You’re close to grabbing a strategic advantage over a frustration that has hindered you for a long time. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment,” said Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck. “This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.” While I appreciate Beck’s advice, I’m perplexed why she put such an emphasis on difficult events. In the weeks ahead, you’ll be proof that this is shortsighted. Your teachers are likely to be expansive, benevolent and generous.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A lathe is a machine that grips a chunk of metal or wood or clay and rotates it so that someone wielding a tool can form the chunk into a desired shape. From a metaphorical point of view, I visualize you as being held by a cosmic lathe right now. God or fate or whatever you’d prefer to call it is chiseling away the nonessential stuff so as to sculpt a more beautiful and useful version of you. Although the process may be somewhat painful, I think you’ll be happy with the result. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I’m hoping you will take maximum advantage of the big opportunity that’s ahead for you, Capricorn: an enhancement of your senses. For the foreseeable future, you have the potential to experience extra vivid and memorable perceptions. You could also wangle an upgrade in the acuity and profundity of your senses, so that your sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch will forevermore gather in richer data. For best results, set aside what you believe about the world, and just drink in the pure impressions. In other words, focus less on the thoughts rumbling around inside your mind and simply notice what’s going on around you. For extra credit: Cultivate an empathetic curiosity with everything you’d like to perceive better. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): What kind of week will it be for you? It will be like you’re chewing gum while walking down a city street and then suddenly you sneeze, catapulting the gooey mess from your mouth onto the sidewalk in such a way that it gets stuck to the bottom of your shoe, which causes you to trip and fall, allowing you to find a $100 bill that is just lying there unclaimed and that you would have never seen had you not experienced your little fit of “bad luck.” Be ready to cash in on unforeseen twists of fate, Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Having served as executive vice president of the Hedonistic Anarchists Think Tank, I may not seem like the most believable advocate of the virtues of careful preparation, rigorous organization and steely resolve. But if I have learned anything from consorting with hedonistic anarchists, it’s that there’s not necessarily a clash between thrill-seeking and self-discipline. The two can even be synergistic. I think that’s especially true for you right now, Pisces. The quality and intensity of your playtime activities will thrive in direct proportion to your self-command.
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