LOCAL, INDEPENDENT NEWS, OPINION, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM VOLUME 21, ISSUE 09 AUGUST 22–28, 2012
TAK EE E ON E! NEWS 10
UNINVITED Idaho Power removes Snake River Alliance’s seat at energy talks FEATURE 13
RIVER WILD A look behind the lives of river guides NOISE 24
JANE SAYS Time heals dysfunction for Jane’s Addiction FOOD 32
CROWDFOODING Aspiring restaurateurs ditch the bank for crowd-funding
“We wanted to ﬁst ﬁght Steve Guttenberg. He’s a dick.”
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NOTE THE WOMEN BEHIND THE MEN A criticism often lobbed against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is that because of his enormous wealth, he is out of touch with regular Americans. Will most Americans build up an IRA anywhere near Romney’s $100 million golden nest egg? Nope. How many of us will own a car elevator, let alone enough cars to justify such a purchase? Not many. But let’s be honest: Wealth and power have a long and storied history together. Does that make it right? No. But is it that unusual that the leader of our country—like the leaders of every other nation on the planet—enjoys a fatter paycheck than those over whom he or she rules? No. What worries me more as a voter isn’t to be represented by someone who makes far more money than I do, it’s to be represented by someone who is so entrenched in his own experience of the world that he makes no effort to understand the life experience of at least half of his voters—the female half. Someone like Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate whose comments on rape and pregnancy created a shitstorm earlier this week. Had Akin ever been “legitimately raped” or had he paid any attention to sex ed at some point in his 65 years, he may not have made such an insensitive remark. Had his wife or daughter had the misfortune of being “legitimately raped” and her body had not properly found a way “to shut that whole thing down,” perhaps he might know that more than 30,000 pregnancies occur from rape every year. Pundits, politicians, talk show hosts, newspaper columnists, ofﬁce workers around the watercooler … we’re all talking about Akin. What I want to talk about is Lulli Akin, his wife. What I want to know when the men running this country, men like Akin, spout off with such nonsense is: Who are the women who put up with these men? Lulli has been paid some media attention but she’s remained silent thus far on her husband’s comments. That’s not to say there’s any indication she’d disagree. Much closer to home: It’s your last chance to vote for Best of Boise. The polls close Sunday, Aug. 26, at midnight. Log on to boiseweekly.com and click on the Best of Boise banner. —Rachael Daigle
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INSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE
NEWS Six degrees of a public school principal 8 Nuke watchdogs uninvited from energy talks 9
HOLEY NO MORE The Boise Hole is bit less ... well, holey, after crews spent Sunday morning pouring 1,000 cubic yards of concrete into the space at the corner of Eighth and Main streets. Scan the QR code to see a video.
PARADE OF DE FAT, DE BEER, DE WEIRD Weird went on parade via bicycle on Aug. 18 as thousands of Boise bike riders took to the streets in costume in the annual Tour de Fat parade. Scan the QR code to see a slideshow of the parade and subsequent beer- and bike-soaked party in the park.
YOU CAN KNOCK A GIRL UP BY JUST LOOKING AT HER Of pregnancy caused by rape, a Missouri Congressman said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Stunningly ignorant or a stunning case of “misspeaking.” You decide.
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FEATURE River World
8 DAYS OUT
NOISE Jane’s Addiction gets back in the habit
ARTS The page-turning history of books
SCREEN Farewell, My Queen
FOOD Would-be restaurateurs look to crowdfunding instead of the bank
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ASK BILL ABOUT IT Anny Rand shrugged (off)
To Cope who is like that stinky goo what drips out of a garbage truck what has sit out all summer in the sun, Now what do you have to say, you dummy libtard? About Paul Rayn. You know what it means? It means Berry-“caca” Hussane Obama might as well hand over the keys to the White House right now and save us all the trouble of going to the voting place for voting against him. He is histrey, and I don’t mean the good kind either. That’s because Paul Rayn is the perfect runny mate for that Mitt Romney because what Romney don’t have in the way of people liking him, Paul Rayn does. And you know why? Because Paul Rayn doesn’t look like a meth freak when he grins like Romney does sometimes, and because Paul Rayn is a regular dude what pulled himself up by his pant straps because he follows the philoshopy of Anny Rand, who is my all-time favorite arthor as soon as I get time to sit down and read something what she written. I been busy lately trying to keep Belinda from running off again and me trying to get into the Caldwell Rodeo all at the same time, so I have not been reading much lately since high school and even then I only read the last page so I could make the teacher think I knew what the book was about and mostly it worked since that’s one class I didn’t ﬂu … Hey, wait a minute. You did it again you buttinski perv. If I told you once I told you at least twice that stuff like this isn’t not your business. So butt out!!!! I think a Demo-“crap” like you probably never read any Anny Rand books because if you did, you wouldn’t be so stupid. But according to people I know who told me they know what she’s talking about, it sounds to me like Anny Rand is just what this country needs now even though she’s dead. But her sprit lives on in men like Rayn who don’t think the goverment should be doing any damn thing to help whatever those are what can’t help themselves. And that means no more welfare queens and Obamacare and socialist security, all of which cuts into my workers comp what I earned. And another thing about Paul Rayn. He’s the smartest dude in the whole Rebuplican Party, that’s what I heard. He’s so smart he invented a budgit what will make the deﬁcit go away. It’s called the Rayn Budgit because it’s named after him. And he is a stud also because he works out all the time with excorsizes. That must make a pantywaste like you and Barney Frank freak out, knowing we are about to vote in a real stud what will be just a heart attack away from being president if that Romney is really as tensed up as he looks like. So go hose yourself, Cope. You lose. And so will Berry-“caca” Hussane Obama. —Signed: Dick from Parma P.S. Did you notice how I changed his name to Berry-“caca”? My brother thinks there ougt to be a teeshirt what says “Flush Berry-“caca.” I think so, too. Dear Dick, I see you’ve mastered the proper lettering of Mitt Romney’s name, even though, overall, your spelling seems to have become increasingly unsteady. Have you been kicked in the head by a horse anytime recently, Dick? Maybe during your attempts to strangle small cows with a lasso? Speaking of brain glitches, I believe in your mind you have muddled Paul Ryan’s name with Ayn Rand’s, and produced the hybrids “Anny Rand” and Paul “Rayn.” It’s understandable. I often have the same problem, particularly any time that A’s, N’s and Y’s are involved. And if you throw in an R, it’s absolutely hopeless. I once wrote a 10,000-word expose on the relative unavailability of colorful darning yarns, and before the ﬁrst draft was complete, I fell into some sort of coma. It was awful. I had to intern an English major to help me ﬁnish it. Moving on: I actually did read a novel or two by Rand once upon a time. She was hot stuff among the sophomores at the university I attended. Of course, that was before we came to realize that virtually every other writer in the world was a better writer, and by the time we were seniors, most of us had outgrown her. That is typical: to have been enthralled with Rand’s notions at an early stage in one’s intellectual and moral development; then—as we cross over what I call the 19-to-20-year-old hump—we mature away from her haggish and horrid “philoshopy.” Yet your Ryan doesn’t seem to have crossed that hump until just recently, apparently when he realized there was a possibility he might be Romney’s VP pick. Previous to that, perhaps he was working out his studly pecs and abs too strenuously to consider what the Republican base would think of a man who bragged about his immature infatuation with a strident Russian atheist. That’s right, Parma Dick. To her last breath, Rand was an atheist who denied there was any moral obligation for the fortunate to attend to the welfare of the poor, the sick, the lame or the meek at heart. Her attitude on the subject: “If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.” Were that quote set to music it would be the anthem for Romney’s Republican Party, don’t you think? It is the Darwinism, not of enlightenment and growth, but of hyenas and spiders. Well, Dicky, I must close for now. Got some serious pantywaisting to do. But you keep working on those T-shirt ideas, ya’ hear? I do believe that some day it could pay off for you. Certainly more than calf strangling ever will, I suspect. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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FEAR OF A RIGHT PLANET
Romney-Ryan extremism could revive liberal support for Obama Between Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, his team of Dubya-rehash economic advisers (because that worked out so well) and Tea Party favorite Chris Christie as keynote speaker at this year’s Republican National Convention, the Republican Party is in danger of doing something that seemed impossible just a few months ago: strengthening support among the liberal base of the Democratic Party for President Barack Obama. Granted, disappointed lefties will not soon forget Obama’s betrayals: Guantanamo, the drone wars against Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere and the fact that this tone-deaf president has yet to propose a jobs program. But many progressives, until recently threatening to sit on their hands or cast votes for a third party, are reconsidering, weighing disgust against gathering terror as they read the signals from the gathering storm in Tampa, Fla. Where Obama fails to inspire enthusiasm, the Romney team seems determined to generate as much fear as possible that he plans to shove the needle even further to the radical right than Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush. Romney, who abandoned his history as a centrist Massachusetts Republican and is running as a right-winger, chose to balance his newfound extremism with Ryan, an even-more-right-winger. Ryan is a vicious, overrated ideologue whose greatest achieve-
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ment—his theoretical budget proposal— paints a picture of America as a dystopian hell where an inﬁnitely funded Pentagon wages perpetual war and the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent party on tax cuts while the elderly and poor starve or succumb to treatable diseases, whichever kills them ﬁrst. Lest you wonder whether the Ryan selection is an anomaly, wonder not—from Christie to the stump speeches to the men ﬁrst in line to join a Romney cabinet, everything about Team Romney screams Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Ayn Rand minus the cool atheism and elitism. If I were advising Romney, I would tell him that cozying up to the lunatic fringe of American pseudoconservatism is not a prescription for victory in November, when the outcome hinges upon seducing that 5 or 10 percent of voters who swing both ways. Ryan isn’t as crazy (or bold) of a choice as Sarah Palin, but what Republicans don’t understand is that conservatives will vote Republican regardless of who is the vice presidential running mate or, for that matter, who is the Republican nominee for president. Lack of enthusiasm among the base wasn’t Romney’s big problem, it was Obama’s. Romney’s biggest albatross is that he’s a terrible candidate, a guy 12 who obviously doesn’t like people. And his campaign sucks. The deﬁcit
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NEWS LAU R IE PEAR M AN
The staff of Lunatic Fringe do their magic for nearly two dozen City Light kids.
HAIR APPARENT: HOMELESS KIDS GET NEW HAIRSTYLES FOR SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY The ﬁrst day of school is challenging enough but being homeless makes it even more so. What, for example, is a child to do when he or she ends up in a shelter far from school? And how about school supplies, shoes or sports equipment? And of course, there’s the stigma. “The boys and girls don’t want everyone saying, ‘Look at these poor kids,’” said Ashley Dudunake, children services manager for the City Light shelter, which provides safe haven for dozens of women and children. “But look at these kids tonight.” Dudunake looked out at rows of boys and girls of all ages, each getting top-drawer hairstyles for the new school year, compliments of Lunatic Fringe in BODO. As an Aug. 20 late afternoon gave way to twilight, more than 20 City Light kids walked through the doors of the salon, a bit reticent at ﬁrst, but as each stylist grabbed the boys and girls by the hand, the room ﬁlled with contagious optimism. “I have to admit, we get the most out of it,” said Andrea Hemmer, who owns Lunatic Fringe with her husband and partner Levi. “We have our whole team working tonight. They wouldn’t miss it for the world.” There are nearly 800 homeless students in Boise, nearly 2,500 in the Treasure Valley and more than 4,500 across Idaho. New research indicates that homeless children are nine times more likely to repeat a grade, four times more likely to drop out of school and three times more likely to be placed in special education programs. But OATHS—Organization Assisting the Homeless Student—wants to eliminate many or all of those challenges. OATHS was founded by Ben Skinner, a 2012 graduate of Bishop Kelly High School. “When Ben told us about OATHS, we asked how we could help,” said Hemmer. “And that’s all it took. This is our second year of offering new styles for the new school year.” Haircuts are part of the solution. So are school buses: The Boise School District has arranged for buses to include City Light on their new routes. Additionally, each school kid at City Light—there are currently 85— has been outﬁtted with a new pair of jeans, shoes and adequate school supplies. In next week’s Boise Weekly, we’ll proﬁle Skinner, who turned a school project into one of the Treasure Valley’s most proliﬁc providers of services to the homeless. And as Skinner prepares to head east to begin his freshman year at Georgetown University, he says OATHS is quite sustainable and now in the hands of a new team of students ready to lend a helping hand to their peers. —George Prentice
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Tim Standlee (left), principal of West Junior High School, said one of his heroes was the husband of Paula Bell (center), principal of Lowell Elementary. Bell’s husband used to teach alongside Jon Ruzicka (right), principal of Capital High School.
ATTENTION, STUDENTS The six degrees of connecting Boise public school principals GEORGE PRENTICE Among the tens of thousands of students and educators who will walk through the doors of Boise schools Monday, Aug. 27, perhaps the biggest smile will belong to Paula Bell—a woman who taught at Meridian Elementary School for 10 years, served as a school counselor in Meridian and Boise for eight more, was vice principal of Liberty, Riverside and Trail Wind elementary schools and principal of Madison Elementary before becoming principal of Lowell Elementary nine years ago. It never gets old; apparently, neither does she. With the enthusiasm of someone half her age, her voice bumps up an octave as she breaks into an ear-to-ear grin, thinking of the ﬁrst day of school. “The moment I see those kids … that’s what it’s all about for me,” said Bell. “I can’t wait to see my 200 babies walk through the door.” Granted, some of those “babies” are as old as 12, but Bell adores every one of them, even the troublemakers, whom she affectionately calls “frequent ﬂiers.” “Even the frequent ﬂiers give you a hug,” she said. “That ﬁrst day, there are some tears, some laughter and inevitably somebody asks, ‘Paula, there’s still a kid outside. Could you pry him out from the car?’” Across town, West Junior High Principal Tim Standlee said, “There’s no lack of energy for the ﬁrst day. “A lot of hormones. A lot of energy. A lot
of fun,” said Standlee. “The seventh-graders are so nervous about dealing with lockers and moving around to each class while the eighthgraders are full of courage and the ninth-graders think they’re the top dogs.” That is until they hit high school, as Jon Ruzicka, principal of Capital High School, knows all too well. “By the time junior-high kids merge into high school, we’re all part of the same team,” said Ruzicka. “I truly believe that all highschool kids show up on that ﬁrst day thinking, ‘I’m going to get an “A” this year. I’m really going to do it.’ Now, sometimes things get in the way of those goals, but I have to tell you: There’s a lot of excitement that ﬁlls our building, and we’ve got a really big building.” Far fewer than six degrees separate the trio of Bell, Ruzicka and Standlee, who are all connected by more than simply being principals in Idaho’s second-largest school district (behind Meridian). “One of my heroes when I was growing up was …” Standlee didn’t even have to ﬁnish his sentence before Bell knew he was talking about her husband, Gerald, who is (you guessed it) also a principal, at Collister Elementary. “Gerald was just becoming a student teacher when I was a kid. He was an inspiration. And of course, there’s my dad,” said Standlee, referring to his father, Doug, a longtime (right again) principal in the Boise School District. In fact, Ruzicka was Doug Standlee’s as-
sistant principal at Capital High School before Ruzicka took the reigns in 2003, following Standlee’s retirement. “Just to make this full circle, Paula’s husband, Gerald, and I were teachers together at Centennial High School,” said Ruzicka. “That was my ﬁrst teaching job in 1987. Boy was that an eye-opener. I had graduated from a small school in Grangeville with 92 kids. I ended up teaching that many in just two periods of math at Centennial.” Today, Ruzicka is responsible for approximately 1,400 students as principal of Capital. Standlee estimates that he has 915 students at West and Bell said that she has 320. “I’m pretty sure that I have the coolest cross-section of Boise,” said Bell. “I have kids from 23 countries; we have a pretty large refugee population. Plus, we’re a Title One school, so we have a number of low-income families, we have a good amount of single-parent families and we have North End professional families. That’s a lot of diversity. It’s really representative of how Boise is changing as a city.” Ruzicka said tough economic times have added undue pressure to 21st century schoolkids. “Big kids have big problems,” said Ruzicka. “Lost jobs—maybe three or four families living under one roof. Now, how can they study for a biology exam in a home with four families there? We have to be 10 really smart about dealing with some WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Idaho Power alleges Idaho environmental activists Snake River Alliance have a “wind at any cost” agenda, leading to the SRA being uninvited to future meetings of IDACORP’s Integrated Resource Planning panel. “Even if Idaho Power shared SRA’s agenda (and it decidedly does not), a ‘wind (or even other renewables) at any cost’ generation portfolio is economically unreasonable, regulatorily unsupportable and operationally unfeasible,” wrote Dan Minor, Idaho Power vice president and chief operating ofﬁcer in a letter to SRA executive director Liz Woodruff. Minor’s comments were part of a series of exchanges, made public on Idaho Power’s blog, in which Minor and Woodruff engaged in a virtual face-off. Minor dubbed SRA’s agenda “irresponsible,” and said that providing consistent power and eliminating coal from the company’s production facilities would be impossible. “Erratic resources such as wind and solar generation are available only when Mother Nature deems them available—when the wind blows or the sun shines,” said Minor. “Our members are, in fact, your ratepayers,” responded Woodruff. In particular, the SRA lambasted Idaho Power for its use of coal-ﬁred facilities, but Minor said Woodruff and her colleagues’ “street theater” outside Idaho Power Headquarters on May 17 went too far. Minor was referring to the SRA’s “careholders” meeting that was meant to mimic the real shareholders meeting conducted inside the building at Boise’s 13th and Main streets. Because of what Idaho Power considered to be the antics of the outside demonstration, utility ofﬁcials chose not to include Ken Miller, SRA’s clean energy program director, on Idaho Power’s Integrated Resource Planning panel, which began its ﬁrst of monthly meetings on
Aug. 16. Miller had served on the panel— which also includes elected ofﬁcials and public utility commissioners—in years prior. “We were told that we had crossed a line,” Woodruff told Boise Weekly. “That our place for criticism was [at the panel] and not by mocking their CEO.” The demonstration, said Miller, was not unlike activism in other cities. “This was nothing compared to what you see outside other utilities,” said Miller. “But it was a ﬁrst for Idaho Power.” Should SRA and Idaho Power relations improve, Idaho Power spokesman Brad Bowlin told BW an SRA representative might return to the panel but not within the next two years. “We thought [SRA’s tactics] were not constructive and undermined the purpose of the IRP process,” said Bowlin. Woodruff and Minor’s exchange began shortly after the May protest. Woodruff said he asked for a meeting between SRA and Idaho Power leadership. Minor’s three-page response defended his company’s carbon footprint. “Simply put, SRA’s agenda represents the view of an extremely small number of Idaho Power’s customers,” wrote Minor. Idaho Power’s parent company, IdaCorp, has taken a stance against federally imposed requirements to purchase a percentage of renewable energy alternatives from wind and/ or solar operations. Meanwhile, Bowlin said SRA representatives are still allowed to attend the IRP meetings, which are open to the public, but not have a voice on the panel. “Our role is not only to sit quietly at the table with our hands crossed,” said Woodruff. “Our goal is also to raise public awareness of these issues.”
of those issues as our students walk through our door.” Standlee echoed Ruzicka’s scenario. “We see the same thing. That’s why we’ve totally restructured our day to include nine periods,” said Standlee. “Our ninth period speciﬁcally targets the need of each student, so that we can offer resources for their homework.” Even Bell’s Lowell Elementary students have a need for what they call the “homework club.” “We offer it ﬁve days a week,” said Bell. “These kids may not have a quiet place to work at home.” Bell, Ruzicka and Standlee all admitted to breathing a long sigh of relief when Boise voters overwhelmingly approved a ﬁve-year, $70 million levy in March in order to maintain
class sizes. “I really didn’t know how nervous I was about it until we got word that the levy had passed,” said Ruzicka. “That was remarkable, extraordinary.” Standlee credited school district administration and parents for waging an educationbased campaign. “From the get-go, the district approached the vote in a very wise manner,” said Standlee. “They way they did it was so impressive.” The drama of the campaign aside, Bell said she was anxious to “get back to business.” But the best-laid plans for the ﬁrst day of school can quickly evaporate. “You plan and you plan and you plan,” said Standlee. “And just when you have it mapped out, it will hit you up on the side of the head.”
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NIC AND BIG J The morning drive, hitting the green lights and being eternally tired GEORGE PRENTICE
Outside of your personal lives, is ﬁve years one of your longer relationships? Nic: It is for me, but you’ve been here forever. Big J: For a morning show partner, yeah, it’s the longest for me. Five years in today’s radio market is a pretty long time. Nic: In this day and age, yeah. Unless you’ve been around forever, you’re either stepping up or moving on. It’s a pretty nice milestone. Have you ever called yourself anything other than Nic on-air? Nic: My name is Jeremy Nicolato and Big J’s name is Jeremi. Plus, when I came here, we had two other Jeremys on-air. It was really weird. This is the ﬁrst time I ever had to change my name. Big J: I’ve been Big J all the time I’ve been here, 13 years. Big J, this is the only market you’ve ever worked in. That’s almost unheard of. Big J: I started working as a stunt guy with the old morning show guys, Bill and Doug, years ago. They asked me to come do sports. It just took off.
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Big J is the exception, but radio is a fairly nomadic experience. Nic: I think I’ve been at eight stations. How many people told you not to do this for a living? Nic: Two: my parents. But they’re pretty happy seeing where I am now. Do you look at Big J as a character? Big J: Not really. It’s me being me. My biggest pet peeve is when friends introduce me as a Big J. I’d rather be introduced as Jeremi. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for The X? Big J: Going to the mall, looking for my ﬁrst kiss. I think I got herpes from that. Nic: Really? Big J: I might have had it before. Are you married now? Big J: I got married two months ago. I was ready to settle down. Nic: I have a girlfriend. Is it a challenge to date in your line of work? Nic: It was different for J. He used to go out with a lot of ladies back in the day. I drew the line early in my career after a big, big mess. I just didn’t want to date a listener.
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Jeremy and Jeremi are about to celebrate their ﬁfth anniversary on Boise’s airwaves. But they are better known as Nic and Big J, hosts of The Morning After on KQXR 100.3 FM, The X. Jeremy Nicolato (Nic) is a 34-year-old single father of two, while his cohort, Jeremi Smith (Big J), is newly married and will turn 36 Sunday, Aug. 26—the same day the pair will celebrate ﬁve years of being one of the Treasure Valley’s most popular morning-drive duos. But that’s a common occurrence in the industry. Nic: It usually leads to awful things because if you break up, they hate you and hate the station. It’s really, really awkward. How much preparation goes into the show? Nic: We pride ourselves in how much improvisation we do. You want to make sure that the funny stuff is all on-air. Big J: But here’s the scary thing: Before our very ﬁrst show, we had only about three hours to meet over a beer. Nic: It was like a blind date. The next day, we were live on the air. Believe me, I’ve been part of morning shows where people hated each other off the air. It’s awful. Big J: You don’t hate me? That’s awesome. How about mornings when you just don’t want to drag your butt out of bed? Big J: Other than being really, really sick, I hate being away from work. Nic: I have a son who just turned 2, another who is 5, and there were days last year when I had an hour and a half of sleep. I would be dead to the world but, you know, what we do totally beats working for a living. Sure, we have rough days—like when we’re talking to some a-hole, but 12 we have the coolest jobs in the world.
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CITIZEN So who was an a-hole? Big J: We wanted to ﬁst ﬁght Steve Guttenberg. He’s a dick. Nic: We started asking him about the Police Academy movies, and he said, “Guys, that was 20 years ago. Do some research.”
Do you like or loathe the competition? Nic: Bob and Tom [The Eagle morning show hosts] broadcast out of Indianapolis, so it’s not as if we could see them at the grocery store. Big J: It’s a good thing. Otherwise, I would heckle and fake-laugh at them.
But I don’t think he’s been doing much in the last 20 years. Nic: Exactly. Big J: Plus, he deﬁnitely didn’t want to talk about Dancing With the Stars. And his press release talked all about how he was the star of the Police Academy movies and Dancing With the Stars. Nic: We quickly ended the interview and never aired it. But we have a running joke that Steve Guttenberg is a jerk.
What music should we be paying attention to? Nic: My favorite band of 2012 is Dead Sara. We brought them in for a free show in June and they blew us away. We begged them to come back for our anniversary show, Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Knitting Factory. We’ll have four bands: Saving Abel, Dead Sara, Aranda and Midline.
If you were the entertainment police and had the authority to yank any entertainer away from show business, who would that be? Big J: Let’s start with a band: Coheed and Cambria. Nic: Our hatred for them bonded the two of us pretty early on. Big J: Plus, Snooki should deﬁnitely go away. Nic: That’s a good choice. We really hate reality show stars. What are your latest Arbitron ratings like? Nic: They just came out. For May through July of this year, The X was the No. 2 station for men, ages 25-54. We’re the No. 3 morning show in that same demo. Who is No. 1? Nic: The Eagle. Big J: But we trade the No. 1 slot off-andon with them a lot.
Have you timed it that you can roll out of bed and get to the station pretty quick? Big J: I live in Middleton. If I can hit what I call “the gauntlet,” getting all green lights between my home and the station, I can get here in 26 minutes. Nic: The alarm goes off at 4:15 a.m. for me. I’ve got it down to about 15 minutes. Are you eternally tired? Nic: Pretty much. But I sleep in on weekends, which is glorious. Big J: I get far more sleep than he does. I feel guilty. Do you want to do this until you drop? Nic: I found a job that I love and a place that respects what I do. I’m here as long as they’ll have me. Big J: Do you need some Chapstick for your lips after kissing so much ass? Big J: So we have a question for you. When will this interview be printed? BW: Oh, we’re not going to print it. We’re going to send it to Steve Guttenberg.
RALL may represent a looming existential threat—unemployment and the 6 environment are more urgent—but “take your medicine” austerity isn’t much of a sales pitch, especially when two-thirds of the people are already feeling squeezed. Voters reward candidates who present an optimistic vision, a future in which they see themselves richer, happier and with fuller, more lustrous hair. The fact that Romney can’t manage to put forward a credible economic program doesn’t help either. Since his entire campaign is predicated on the argument that he’s the economy guy and knows how to ﬁx it, he needs to cough up a plan. However, my real concern is that Rom-
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ney’s gangbusters right-wing extremism lets Obama and the Democrats off the hook. If all Democratic strategists have to do to attract progressive voters is to frighten them with greater-evil Republicans, when will people who care about the working class, who oppose wars of choice and whose critique of government is that it isn’t in our lives enough ever see their dreams become party platform planks, with some chance of being incorporated into legislation? In recent elections (c.f. Palin and some old guy vs. Obama), liberals are only voting for Democrats out of terror that things will get even worse. That’s no way to run a party or a country.
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“Remembering Harmon’s earlier attempts to swim in the frigid water and my own brief struggle when the raft went over, I was numb with fear. Seeing Stone at a distance, sitting safely on the shore, raised new hopes, but as we approached, Gold quietly signaled that Harmon and Teague were still missing.” —Tom Brokaw, Men’s Journal, May 2007 The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in North-Central Idaho is the stuff of legend among rafters. This 100-mile staple of Idaho recreation is the envy of A-list boaters worldwide, offering some of the most challenging and scenic whitewater anywhere. Reverence and excitement go hand in hand with taking on the Middle Fork. Thousands ﬂock to the river each summer to experience it for themselves. It is one of only a handful of runnable rivers in the United States that remains truly wild, without interference from dams or upstream urbanization. The river’s personality changes dramatically throughout the rafting season depending on water level and weather, but regardless of the time of year, a trip on the Middle Fork is an unforgettable experience—with the potential for both good and bad.
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In 1970, broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw was part of a commercial trip that took the lives of his close friend and a guide after their boat was submerged on Weber rapid. His experience so affected him that he returned to the river in 2006 to face one of his worst memories. Brokaw shared the river’s beauty and danger with the greater public in a deeply personal account of the trip he published after his return trip. It’s a reality river guides face for three to ﬁve months out of every year, in some cases for more than 30 years. After a few hundred trips down the Middle Fork, guides develop a special connection to the river. It’s a connection forged from hard work, natural beauty, exposure and the isolation of the river. This summer, I had an opportunity to experience the life of a guide ﬁrsthand. I joined Hughes River Expeditions for a sixday journey, not as a guest, but as an unpaid swamper: the guy who rides on the gear boat to camp, sets up shop for guests and assists guides with various tasks ranging from doing dishes to showing guests how to ﬁsh. Most people imagine the life of a river guide as days spent drinking beer, ﬁshing and swimming in between running epic stretches of whitewater. While, yes, it is a rewarding and fun occupation in most cases, it is not always a picnic. The perils of guiding—particularly on the Middle Fork—make it an undertaking that can’t be done purely for the love of nature and/or adventure. Guides must have a desire to share this unique experience. We started by spending hours loading a massive Chevrolet 5500 diesel ﬂatbed and trailer at the Hughes warehouse in Stanley with camping gear, personal effects, boats, ﬁshing supplies, a satellite phone and food for 23 guests, six guides and a swamper before heading to the put-in at Boundary Creek, an hour and a half into the wilderness. Arriving at the steep wooden boat ramp, we came face to face with a peak river season bottleneck. Idaho River Journeys, Mackay Wilderness River Trips and Middle Fork Wilderness Outﬁtters were all rigging boats, along with a handful of private trips. All in all, there were 34 boats in the water by the end of the day—tied together threedeep in many places—all awaiting the next morning’s launch. A guide from our group was delegated to select camps for the week and complete outﬁtter paperwork at a small U.S. Forest Service kiosk, as the remainder of the crew retired to camp for an evening of pre-trip revelry. The camaraderie and cordiality of the Middle Fork brotherhood is something special. Guides from competing companies camp together and trade stories from the river the night before every launch. Some are hilarious accounts, while others are somber reminders of the dangers of the occupation: injuries, deaths, divorces, spiritual encounters, life-changing moments—they all occur in dramatic form on the Middle Fork. In fact, two of the Hughes guides met their wives while working this stretch of river. After a few beers, the details of a particularly unsavory river trip began to surface. Just three weeks earlier, one outﬁtter at our camp embarked on what should have been
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a textbook early season voyage. It quickly became the “voodoo trip from hell,” according to several guides. Two ﬂipped boats, an irreverent streaking teenager and some stolen goods made for a guiding nightmare. Despite the dismal recollection, all seemed grateful to have “the worst trip in years” behind them. This was my ﬁrst opportunity to get to know the folks I would spend the next week working with a little better. Surprisingly, the Hughes crew does not have a rank and ﬁle like many other outﬁtters. All guides are trained at virtually every aspect of guiding— cooking, ﬁshing, camp set-up, ﬁrst aid, professional storytelling, running oar or paddle rigs and being able to navigate the constantly changing waters of the Middle Fork safely on the massive gear boat, the sweep. No trip leader is ever designated and everything gets done quickly and efﬁciently. The next morning, we set out life jackets, double checked our rigging and prepared for our guests’ arrival. The bus rolled up with 23 excited faces ranging from 7 to 76 years of age. Most were adorned with brandspanking-new zip-off pants, sun hats and dry tops, with cameras in tow. It felt an awful lot like a Patagonia commercial compared to the guides’ well-worn attire. Our passengers were families, couples, singles and siblings from diverse walks of life. The trip consisted of everyone from Kentucky horse breeders and recently retired Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans to doctors, lawyers, investment bankers, professors and museum curators. This trip brought an incredible breadth of perspective and life experience to the table. Most were ﬁrst-timers on the Middle Fork. About an hour before the guests shoved off, my work partner for the day, Aaron Brunzell, and I were on our way. Brunzell is the epitome of chill. A smile permanently planted on his baby face, the tall, handsome, lean 24-year-old projected a smoothness and cunning more suitable to a professional athlete than a river guide. The Eagle native and Portland, Ore., transplant has been guiding for eight years, returning to the City of Roses to work retail and play pick-up games of basketball when he’s not on the river. We carried nearly 3,000 pounds of gear on our specially outﬁtted gear boat. The “sweep,” as it’s called, doesn’t orient or operate in the same manner as a traditional raft. It is two to three times the size of a paddle or oar rig, with giant wing-like arms extending from the front and rear. Cruising at a considerably faster pace than a raft, the sweep boat carries most of the trip’s important gear, including kitchen, tents, toilets, spare everything, a water puriﬁcation system, chairs and dining tables. Momentum, extensive knowledge of every nook and cranny of the river at all water levels, and precise skill are required to run the sweep. The entire crew is trained on this rig, so I had a chance to pick the brain of a new captain every day of the trip. After a bony, low-water launch, we punched through the Velvet Falls and Sulphur Creek rapids before arriving at John’s Camp. Some less-than-favorable weather made the afternoon set-up more of a chalWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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him the appearance of the quintessential river guide. We made quick time past the Indian Creek airstrip—one of only a handful of outlets to the civilized world along the Middle Fork—and through the infamous Pistol Creek rapid before arriving at Upper Jackass Camp. Everyone was in high spirits on the second night, thanks to the pleasant weather and incredible scenery. A golden eagle soared high above as we prepared a hearty feast of 40 Mile stew, buttermilk biscuits and raspberry-peach cobbler. The sky opened and the stars popped, dazzling the guests who had no idea how clear the Idaho starscape could be without urban light pollution. The dippers looked like headlights bearing down on us from afar. Better barometric offerings prompted both guests and guides alike to have a go at the Middle Fork’s cutthroat trout population, but the previous day’s rain muddied the waters just enough to make the catch modest. On day three I tackled the Tappan rapid series alongside Colin Hughes, the 21-yearold son of the company’s owners, Jerry Hughes and Carole Finely. Stout, with a shaggy mop that hadn’t seen a cut in many moons, Hughes projects wisdom well beyond his years. He has been on the river since he was eight months old and has been guiding on the Middle Fork for nearly ﬁve years. A University of Idaho senior, he spends his summers on the river, before returning to the rigors of his conservation social sciences curriculum each fall. Like the rest of the guides, Hughes ﬁnds solace in his occupation and enjoys being able to share his knowledge and experience with people who can’t do this sort of thing on their own. “I guide because I see a sort of need for the people we take down the rivers to reconnect with our natural world,” said Hughes. “We ﬂoat through the fourth-largest batholith in the world, which is a large granite plume exposed on the surface. It’s a pretty cool thing to experience.” I began to realize why these guys do what they do. In 15 years of running Idaho’s rivers, this was my ﬁrst commercial trip. By comparison, the ideology behind a
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private trip is vastly different from a guided excursion. It goes way beyond a group of friends getting together for a variation of the same adventure year after year. The familiarity simply isn’t there with a bright-eyed group of wet-behind-the-ears newbies. Many of these ﬁrst-timers were enamored with every bend in the river, and the guides functioned as both educators and protectors in the Middle Fork’s wild canyonscape. On day four I got to know Peter and Erica, two of our guests from Barbados. They were in the United States for a conference and had an extra week to kill before heading home. Over our Cornish game hen dinner I learned that their expectations for the trip were surpassed and they intend to come back as soon as possible. “Most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had,” Peter said of his experience. “The guides have done a really good job. It’s nice to pull into camp and have everything set up. You don’t have to do anything but put your feet up,” Erica added. Their comments were a nice gesture, none of which was taken for granted by the guides or myself. The monotony of setting up tents and hauling gear becomes taxing over time, making positive reinforcement an important element, even for seasoned professionals. We collectively appreciated the fact that these people felt like they were getting what they paid for. Day ﬁve was nothing short of brutal. After tackling the legendary Weber rapid— the same one that proved fatal for the members of Brokaw’s trip—I helped sweep boat captain Tony Herold set up Tumble Camp in Impassible Canyon. Unlike previous camps, we had to haul gear up a 60-foot near-vertical rocky embankment. With 46 dry bags, Dutch ovens, tents, tables, chairs, stoves and food, thousands of pounds of gear had to be carefully muled up a loose, narrow switchback trail. An extra hour of unloading and a wasp sting later, we had a beautiful camp set out along a wide bench high above the river. Herold, 29, is the level head of the crew, offering a positive and thoughtful approach to all he does. His well-groomed handlebar mustache and muscular build are a good ﬁt for camps like Tumble, making the ef-
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fort look easy compared to me. The Boise resident has been guiding for 12 years and works for the Hughes company throughout much of the off-season as well. We got to whistling while we worked, so I asked Herold about something I had only heard about, but was getting a better understanding of each day: burn out. For many guides, mid- to late season represents a time when they need a break to maintain their sanity. For some, it’s the demands of the guests that does them in. Many guests have never even been camping, thereby requiring constant attention and reassurance. For others it is issues on the home front or the physical challenges of the job. “It usually happens late in the season when guides’ bodies and minds are tired and ready for a break. Back to back to back to back trips without breaks can set it off, as well as many other things,” he said. “I try to balance these things by not thinking about it too hard, and on my days off, really taking days off. Sleep, time with my lady and family, and getting back out on the water or camping, but doing it for me. After that, I usually feel fresh for the next set of trips.” Herold’s perspective opened my eyes to yet another layer of this occupation: bad weather, forest ﬁres, demanding guests, a ﬂipped boat. Countless things can make a trip a less-than-ideal experience. This particular trip, we were lucky to have an excellent group and no major mishaps. “Because of [guests], I’m out on the water making money and I truly enjoy meeting new people every go-round,” Herold said. By this point in the trip, the guests had gotten to know each other, become comfortable with sharing the groover and bonded over the experiences they were sharing. The guides arranged for a white elephant gift exchange that brought out the most heartening aspect of the trip. A Princeton music professor and his wife wrote a song for the guides, which they performed to a standing ovation. Their endearing account of what the trip had done for them was not only appreciated but provided several of my fellow guides a subtle reminder of the importance of the work they do.
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“The way you wear your hat, The way you tied my ﬂy, The memory of all that, No, no they can’t take that away from me. The way you run the rafts, The way you drink ’til 3, The way you serve our needs, No, no they can’t take that away from me. We may never, never meet again, On the bumpy river Salmon, Still I’ll always keep the memory of ... The way you pitched our tents, The way you cooked our meals, The way you’ve changed my life, No, no they can’t take that away from me.” People started to sense the end of the trip on this ﬁnal night and their angst over the notion of going back to normal life was palpable. I felt the same way. I had gotten the opportunity to meet and learn from an incredible variety of people, which I consider the most enviable element of the life of a river guide. On the ﬁnal day I rode along with Joel Huettig, 38, to the take-out at Cache Bar. He masterfully navigated the waters of Rubber and Cramer rapids before we reached the conﬂuence with the Main Salmon. Huettig’s medium build and quick wit make him both approachable and an excellent conversationalist. The Boise resident has been guiding for more than 15 years, opposite his elementary school teaching career the rest of the year— a suitable profession for his even-tempered personality. We chatted about “the river giveth and the river taketh away” aspect of his summer work. Over time, when you are gone for more than three consecutive months a year, bad stuff occasionally happens at home. In 2003, Huettig got off a trip to devastating news: His father had been killed in a car accident and he didn’t ﬁnd out for several days. In 1998, his aunt also passed away unexpectedly while he was on the river. Shortly after we came off of the Middle Fork and passed through the small town of Salmon on our way back to the warehouse, we were greeted with yet another sobering reminder of the occupation. As soon as we reached cell service, Minder—my sweep captain from day two—received a call from his father who had been battling cancer. I pretended to ignore his conversation as we cruised methodically down Highway 93 but knew things had taken a turn for the worse when I heard him say, “I love you, Dad. It’s great to still be able to hear your voice.” This had been Minder’s reality for quite some time with the ups and downs of a terminal diagnosis, so he braced for a call that would come soon, requiring him to return home to Council and say a ﬁnal goodbye to his father. We unloaded gear back at the Hughes warehouse in Stanley and set out on the town for a little R&R. At 3 a.m., with the guides fast asleep, I heard the warehouse phone ring. It was Minder’s ﬁance. It was that call. Minder hit the road shortly after on his way home. His father held on just long enough—passing away a few hours after Minder made it back to the central Idaho ranch of his upbringing. For most of the Hughes crew, this was WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
their sixth or seventh consecutive trip of the 2012 season. Six days on the river, one day off, one day rigging and back on the river. So it goes all summer. They have families, mortgages, school, jobs all waiting for them, but on the river, guides are entrenched in another world. An animal rolls into camp, a guest sprains his or her ankle, it begins to rain and the tent ﬂies need to be put up in a hurry—a river guide is always on-call. Before heading back to Boise, I chatted with day four sweep boat captain Bob Madrazo, 65. With Paul Newman-esque good looks and a youthful disposition, Madrazo gets along well with almost everyone he meets on the river. He has a comfortable pension, a ranch on the McKenzie River in Oregon, and a 40-foot sailboat docked in
Monterrey, Calif., meaning the retired highschool principal certainly isn’t on the river for ﬁnancial reasons. He has been doing this with his summers for more than 35 years because he enjoys the experience and he makes enough money to accommodate his annual international travel diet. “I like serving people,” Madrazo said in his ever-relaxed tone. He will return to California for a few months after river season before heading off to Bali to meet his South African girlfriend, then eventually heading to the Caribbean for a four-month sailing excursion, before heading back to Idaho next summer. An impressive life, albeit somewhat unorthodox. Five nights, six days, ﬁve camps, ﬁve
kitchens, ﬁve dining areas, 80 tents and countless random tasks. I had spent a week in the life of a river guide-in-training—a week in the life of a swamper. I came away with a tremendous appreciation for both guests and guides and what it takes to be an outﬁtter on Idaho’s most coveted river. The life of a guide isn’t always easy or glamorous. It requires balance and temperament for life on and off the river. The amount of work that these folks put into making sure that guests have an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience is incredible, not to mention the tremendous sacriﬁces they sometimes make on the home front to earn this living. “It’s a beautiful place to be tired,” Brunzell said.
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Party like it’s 65 million BC at the Red Room’s Jurassic Park Party.
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dino dancin’ JURASSIC PARK PARTY Dinosaurs will arrive in Boise Friday, Aug. 24. No, billionaire InGen CEO John Hammond’s cloned reptiles haven’t escaped Isla Nublar to terrorize the Treasure Valley. Instead the Red Room is hosting a Jurassic Park theme party. The evening includes a lineup of live music and a free showing of the 1993 classic ﬁlm, which tells the tale of cloned dinosaurs running amok in a Disneyland-like theme park. Dino drinks, a costume contest and a lineup of local and touring bands will accompany the ﬁlm for a 1990s-era shindig steeped in nostalgia. Those unable to make a love connection while wearing a rubber velociraptor costume will fall, by default, into the role of the bumbling Dennis Nedry, played by Wayne Knight. Director Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur action thriller remains close to the hearts of 20-somethings, partly because of the material—Michael Crichton’s pseudo-scientiﬁc book by the same name—and partly because of Jeff Goldblum’s interminable charisma. But mostly because of the velociraptors. Red Room festivities kick off at 7 p.m. and organizers ask that attendees don costumes, such as khaki safari attire or rubber dinosaur costumes. The Best get-ups will net prizes and bar tabs. The two-hour, seven-minute movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Following the ﬁlm, aptly named Boise band Cerberus Rex will join Jacksonville, Fla., acts Memphibians and Andrew Felts for an evening of live music. Rock ’n’ roll DJ Cameron Andreas from CAMP will spin the rest of the night away. 7 p.m., FREE, $3 after 9 p.m. The Red Room, 1519 W. Main St., redroomboise.com.
WEDNESDAYSATURDAY AUG. 22-25 theater LEVI MIDDLEBROOKS: BACK TO BOYZEE Part concert, part stage
play, part multimedia art concept, part glorious trainwreck, the simplest way to explain Levi Middlebrooks: Back 2 Boyzee, the new play at Alley Repertory, is that it is analogous to a stage version of an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. But that only hints at the shenanigans involved. The play follows Levi
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Middlebrooks, the aging exmember of boy band Kinect4 in his attempt to stage a comeback concert as a Christian folk singer. There are problems, such as the fact that people are far more interested in his old tunes than his Jesus ballads. Then there’s the video of his drug-addled breakdown on YouTube.
Children seem to go one of two ways when it comes to insects: the fearful, what-is-thatthing, cry-and-scream direction, or the too comfortable, why-don’t-I-put-this-on-the-table-atbreakfast, hide-worms-in-my-sister’s-bed direction. But Saturday, Aug. 25, kids—and adults— can get over their fear of things that crawl, creep and form webs while hopefully not going too far the other way at the College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and Idaho Botanical Garden’s Bug Day. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., attendees can discover all the good stuff that insects do in gardens, including pollinate, recycle and control real pests. The day of fun and learning includes the chance to cruise a selection of insect specimens and chat up entomologists, then give your little one a jumpstart on becoming one by earning a certiﬁcate of “bugology.” Insect tattoos (not the kind you’ll regret when you get old) will be available and participants can partake in bug races or go on an insect safari, make bug crafts and enjoy the insect Olympics. The always-popular game of bingo will also be played, with a bug theme. Stations will include the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club, U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Entomology Group, Boise WaterShed, Capitol Pest Management and more. Take home a new form of protein for dinner with edible insects available for purchase. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $8, $4 IBG members and ages 5-12, FREE for ages 4 and younger. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
And it doesn’t help that even in his prime, he was more of a Joey Fatone than a Justin Timberlake. Put it all together on stage along with faux-documentaries, song-and-dance sequences and punchy dialog, and it’s a recipe for the most entertaining kind of disaster. The show stars Boise actor Aaron Kiefer in the role of Levi Middlebrooks, whose, ahem, “husky” ﬁgure is about the furthest thing from boy bandom one can imagine. Regardless, Kiefer will be singing and dancing his
way through original Kinect4 tunes onstage, something he said is more frightening for him than his last role for Alley Rep in The Vibrator Play, which required him to be anally probed onstage. The play was written by Evan Sesek and Jason Haskins, the team behind Voices From the Boise Hole, and features all original songs. Performances will be Wednesdays-Saturdays through Sept. 1, except for Friday, Aug. 24. 8 p.m., $10, $7 students and military, pay-what-
you-can for Wednesday, Aug. 22-Thursday, Aug. 23 performances. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, alleyrep.org
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SWEETSPOTS DOG ICE CREAM We don’t think that’s a piccolo in his hand, but Boise Philharmonic’s Picnic at the Pops concert should be magic for all ages.
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magic PICNIC AT THE POPS: MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER; WIZARDS AND WITCHES The Music of Harry Potter, Songs of Wizards and Witches, will take center stage in the second installment of Picnic at the Pops, Boise Philharmonic’s outdoor concert series. True to the program’s goal, this iteration is sure to please all generations. Saturday, Aug. 25, will include performances of whimsical compositions from fantasy movies, including Harry Potter, and many more magical bits in a picnic-friendly lawn setting. The family friendly event encourages casual summertime attire instead of stuffy evening dress and begins at 7:30 p.m. While entertaining the kids is important, parents will ﬁnd classics as well. Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain was originally introduced to Russian audiences through late 19th century operas but enthralled audiences more famously in Walt Disney’s 1940 animated ﬁlm Fantasia. Conductor Robert Franz will lead Mussorgsky’s piece, as well as Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Music from the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz and smash-hit musical Wicked will also be performed. Younger tykes may not eagerly await the sounds of classical composers, but they’ll no doubt plop down in rapture once Franz launches into the music of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. A selection of famed movie composer John Williams’ contributions to that series will be performed, including Hedwig’s Theme, the franchise’s whimsical signature composition. Food and drink will also be available for purchase at the venue, including alcoholic beverages with ID. Outside adult drinks, umbrellas and high-backed chairs are not permitted. 7:30 p.m., $22-$402, FREE for ages 12 and younger. Eagle River Pavilion, 827 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-2933, boisephilharmonic.org.
one preceding the other for nights on the town or pairing up at outdoor amphitheaters. The backyard barbecue hasn’t really ﬁt in with the dinner-theater combo, but Saturday, Aug. 25, HomeGrown Theater will host a fun fundraiser, employing one of the most-beloved summer Boise pastimes: the backyard barbecue.
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The theater company that’s all about all things local will host the event from 2-11 p.m. in the backyard of a North End home, which will feature barbecue staples like hotdogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers (for $1 each) and suds from Payette Brewing ($2). But this yard party is inﬁnitely cooler than the one you threw last weekend,
SATURDAY-SUNDAY AUG. 25-26 muddy DIRTY DASH Like the Race to Robie Creek, the Dirty Dash needs no explanation. Sure, it draws a handful of hardcore runners looking to pound out 10K on the runs at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area in the early heats. But this ain’t the race for the weekend warriors. This is the race your mama warned you about: the one that hands you a beer at the top of the hot hill to quench your thirst mid-race. The one that tears holes in your shorts when you get them stuck on some kind of wooden wall/ ladder thing as you’re climbing over it. The one that pushes mud into every pore and oriﬁce of your body. The one that begs you to strip to your skivvies in a group shower after you’re done being dirty. Boise’s Dirty Dash is so big this year organizers have added a second day. Registration is still open for races on Saturday, Aug. 25, as well as Sunday, Aug. 26, and late registration goes through Wednesday, Aug. 22. Waves start at 9 a.m. but several are already sold out. Kids ages 2-12 can take the one-mile Piglet Plunge for $10, but an adult must run with the little ones. Note to ﬁrst-timers: don a pair of knee socks, lest your shins bear your battle scars for the remainder of the summer. One more hint: costumes are highly encouraged. Don’t want to run? No worries, this is one race where spectating is as much a sport as mud swimming. 9 a.m., $10-$50. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, 2600 Bogus Basin Road, thedirtydash.com.
at least musically. It’ll substitute the jams bellowing from your iPod dock with live musical per formances from local electro dudes Mozam, the Thomas Paul Trio, hiphoppers Dedicated Ser vers, Edmond Dantes, Boise Rock School, Joanna Richard, The Project, Matthew Lon Shockey and BW’s own Josh Gross. In addition to pleasing
A dog’s day-to-day culinary landscape is pretty bleak. There’s kibble for breakfast, kibble for dinner, and if they’re lucky, kibble refashioned into a bone shape for a special treat. But now, in addition to gnawing on occasional scraps of grilled steak, your pup can $5.29 for four, 3.5 ﬂuid ounce cups participate in one of summer’s greatest indulgences: ice cream. BOISE CO-OP PET SHOP SweetSpots is an all-natural 804 W. Fort St. frozen ice cream treat made 208-493-5211 especially for dogs. According to boisecoop.com its website: “While dogs have a sweet tooth and love ice cream, human ice cream is not ideal for our canine friends. It is high in reﬁned sugars, contains high levels of lactose, is high in fat and calories, and may contain chocolate or other ingredients potentially toxic to dogs.” Made by Nature’s Variety, SweetSpots treats come in two varieties—sweet potato and molasses, and peanut butter and honey—that are 98-percent lactose-free, fortiﬁed with whey protein and enriched with live yogurt cultures that help promote digestive health. “My dogs just loved it,” said Zach Jones, manager of Boise Co-op’s Pet Shop, which carries the treats. “They just licked and licked and licked until it was gone.” We tested the peanut butter-and-honey treats out on a couple of pups in the Boise Weekly brood and the consensus was universal: They were howling for more. —Tara Morgan
your ears with an afternoon of music, the event will also feature short ﬁlms from Travis Swartz and Ben Upchurch, as well as previews of upcoming HomeGrown Theater productions. Its next production, Adam Harrell’s The Basement Company, opens Tuesday, Sept. 25. 2-11 p.m., $5 admission. 1601 N. Eighth St., homegrowntheater.com.
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Festivals & Events SPLASH BASH—Weekly pool party, featuring a poolside bar, special appetizers and live music by Rebecca Scott. All ages welcome. 5-10 p.m. FREE. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com. WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—Enjoy fair food, carnival rides, vendor booths, Knights of the Realm jousting show, shark encounter, Frisbee dog show, mountain boarding big air show, prime people watching and more at this annual event. See idahofair.com for a full schedule. Noon-11 p.m. $2-$7 admission. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
On Stage THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (ABRIDGED)— The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival presents this affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride of sex, violence, murder and miracles from Genesis to The Book of Revelation. Tickets are available by calling 208-7264TKS or at the NexStage box ofﬁce. 9:30 p.m. $15, FREE for children younger than 12. NexStage Theatre, 120 S. Main St., Ketchum, 208-726-2985.
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LEVI MIDDLEBROOKS: BACK 2 BOYZEE—Alley Repertory Theater presents this play about a former boy band member’s comeback concert gone wrong. Tickets are available at alleyrep.org. Visual Arts Collective is a 21-and-older venue. See Picks, Page 18. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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THE WINTER’S TALE—Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents its rendition of the Bard’s romantic fairytale, in which thieves, clowns and shepherds celebrate the comedy of life. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
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On Stage COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: LEIF SKYVING—Catch the comedic stylings of this funny man, followed by a dueling piano show and dancing to the sounds of DJ Mighty Delta One. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com.
Duckmandu quacked up the Red Room crowd with his cover songs.
KEEPIN’ IT WEIRD Weirdos were out in full force last week, and that became delightfully literal when a white street piano appeared on Eighth Street between Bannock and Idaho streets and beckoned passersby to twinkle its keys. Situated in front of Aspen Leaf frozen yogur t, the piano is sponsored by Stay Weird Boise and “offset by ﬂecks of color, with two sides painted with chalkboard paint so passersby can draw with chalk from a nearby canister,” according to Boise Weekly’s Andrew Crisp. Aspen Leaf said the piano will stay indeﬁnitely. And in other news of the weird, Oakland, Calif.’s, one-man accordion cover band Duckmandu brought his eclectic stage show to Red Room Aug. 14. According to BW’s Josh Gross: “Duckmandu’s set included ever ything from Sex Pistols and Dead Kennedys songs to ‘Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys’ and the Power Puff Girls theme song. He shredded through a Beethoven cut, then sang his way through the Periodic Table of the Elements.” Gross continued: “Duckmandu ﬁnished his set with AC/ DC’s ‘Highway to Hell,’ which he normally lights his duck hat on ﬁre for, but chose not to because of the Red Room’s low ceilings. Now that’s good weird.” On Aug. 18, weird went on parade in downtown Boise for Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s annual beer-fueled bike parade and celebration in Ann Morrison Park. “Costumed Boiseans got down to the par t about celebrating beer, and danced to tunes on the main stage, or went for a spin on one of the many ridable sculpture freak bikes New Belgium brought to the event,” obser ved Gross. Musical headliners Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars closed out the day’s festivities after an epic rap battle judged by a robot. And moving from weird to controversial, comedian Bill Maher took the Morrison Center stage Aug. 18 to a screaming, at-capacity crowd. According to Gross, Maher “spent nearly two hours tearing apar t Idaho’s two chief industries—Republicans and religion—and waxing comedic about all manner of current events.” Maher cracked jokes like: “Of course, Democrats are disappointing, that is what the D stands for, disappointment. Republicans use an R because that is the noise a pirate makes when he robs you.” And he even peppered in some Larr y Craig humor, dropping into the infamous “wide stance,” explaining: “America is still so homophobic that Craig would rather claim this position was how he pooped in a public bathroom than admit he might be gay.” The crowd roared for nearly a minute, obser ved Gross. Overall, Gross said the show was “as much a pep talk for sanity and potty mouths as it was a comedy show” and noted that it was “a welcome breath of a foul air.” —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT THE IMAGINARY INVALID—Live music and 1960s French pop culture abound in this Moliere tale. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-3369221, idahoshakespeare.org. LEGALLY BLONDE—The hilarious MGM ﬁlm is now a smash hit musical. 8 p.m. $10-$18. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com. LEVI MIDDLEBROOKS: BACK 2 BOYZEE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. LIQUID LAUGHS: VICKI BARBOLAK—Also featuring Jesse Eagan. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs. com, by calling 208-941-2459 or at Liquid or Solid. Buy one ticket, get one free. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid,
405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. TWELFTH NIGHT—The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival presents this beloved Shakespearian comedy. Tickets are available by calling 208-726-4TKS, at the box ofﬁce of the NexStage Theatre or at the Forest Service Park at 5:30 p.m. prior to the show. Picnics, blankets and low-backed chairs are welcome. Visit nexstagetheatre.org for more info. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children younger than 12. The Ski and Heritage Museum/Forest Service Park, 180 First Ave. E., Ketchum, 208-726-8118, ksvhs.com.
Find more info at unitedwaytv.org. 7:30-10 a.m. $5. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-3368900, boisecentre.com.
Odds & Ends LADIES’ LOUNGE—Enjoy $5 Hornitos margaritas and bare-naked, cucumber or tangerine Skinny Girl martinis, as well as Skinny Girl vodka tastings. Learn the basics of a favorite fall pastime with Football 101 and enjoy prize giveaways. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s Saloon, 12505 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-331-5666, willibs. com.
Food & Drink FIFTH ANNUAL UNITED WAY FLAPJACK FEED—Help kick off the United Way annual community impact campaign with food, family friendly fun and entertainment.
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BOOK REVIEW/ARTS THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO THE LIQUOR STORE Though her last tome, Drinking With Dead Women Writers, is only months old, AK Turner, sassy lady about town and founder of The Writer’s Block program on Radio Boise, has just dropped a new book. This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store is a collection of Turner’s musings on parenthood wrapped into the story of how she became a parent despite her original dream of being a secret agent. If the text is to be believed, Turner takes the same approach to parenting that Motley Crue took to touring: get drunk and fuck shit up. Readers are introduced to the linguistic oddities of Turner’s extended family and her philosophy on the gender politics that invade birthday party bounce houses. But This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store isn’t told in a linear narrative like a traditional memoir. Instead it’s more of a pastiche of memories and musings. And similar to a celebrity biography, it operates on the assumption that you already know Turner and are interested in the grammatical eccentricities of her in-laws. But despite Turner’s Too Fast for Love parenting style, she is no Nikki Sixx, and the book can easily leave readers asking why they’re reading about this drunk lady they’ve never met. Luckily, the book makes up for it by being very funny. Chapters include “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Serial Killers” and “I Like My Ovaries Frozen.” In the end, This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store is a memoir of an experience in progress, something which limits the story arc. Turner’s children are still young and the closest thing to a conclusion is an acceptance that having kids isn’t the end of the world. Perhaps it’s the mark of a writer who simply needed a subject. Or perhaps it’s a collection of experiences so bizarre Turner could not live without committing them to paper. Either way, it’s a fun read from a local author who dishes chuckles by the six-pack. —Josh Gross WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
JURASSIC PARK PARTY WITH CERBERUS REX—Watch Jurassic Park and wear any costume you feel represents the ﬁlm series. Live music starts at 9:30 with Andrew Felts, Memphibians and Cerberus Rex. Rock ’n’ roll DJ Cameron Andreas from the band CAMP will follow the live music. See Picks, Page 18. 7 p.m. FREE, $3 after 9 p.m. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise. com. WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Wednesday. Noon-11 p.m. $2-$7 admission. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, expoidaho.com.
On Stage THE 39 STEPS—Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: LEIF SKYVING—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, varsitypubmeridian.com. THE IMAGINARY INVALID—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT— Starlight Mountain Theatre presents its rendition of this classic tale. 8 p.m. $12-$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com. LIQUID LAUGHS: VICKI BARBOLAK—See Thursday. Buy one ticket, get one free for the late show. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS— This pop musical has a cult following and is more funny and campy than scary. 7:30 p.m. $17 adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com.
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8 DAYS OUT TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT IN SUN VALLEY—The globe-trotting dance troupe performs. 7 p.m. $15-$115. Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, sunvalley.com. TWELFTH NIGHT—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children younger than 12. The Ski and Heritage Museum/Forest Service Park, 180 First Ave. E., Ketchum, 208-726-8118, ksvhs.com.
Scentsy Campus, 2701 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 208-855-0617, scentsy.net. WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Wednesday. Noon-11 p.m. $2-$7 admission. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, expoidaho.com.
WESTERN ACTION ADVENTURE SHOW AND DINNER—Enjoy an original Western farce by Bob LaVelle. Your night begins with a covered-wagon ride through the 60-acre ranch. Guests can enjoy a full barbecue buffet dinner with reserved dinner-and-show seating, or tickets can be purchased for the show only. Call the ofﬁce for more information and reservations. Advance reservations are required. 6 p.m. $15-$45. Coolwater Creek Event Center, 7355 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-887-7880, coolwatercreekevents.com.
THE 39 STEPS—See Friday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
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LEGALLY BLONDE—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$24. Starlight Mountain Theatre, 850 S. Middlefork Road, Crouch, 208-462-5523, starlightmountaintheatre.com.
STOCK YOUR CELLAR—Compare and contrast wines from Spain and South America, taste light tapas and receive a 10 percent discount on the featured wines of the night. 6 p.m. $15 adv., $20 door. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208433-1208, thebasquemarket. com.
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THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (ABRIDGED)— See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $15, FREE for children younger than 12. NexStage Theatre, 120 S. Main, Ketchum, 208-726-2985, nexstagetheare.org. COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: LEIF SKYVING—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, varsitypubmeridian.com.
LEVI MIDDLEBROOKS: BACK 2 BOYZEE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10, $7 students/military. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
LIQUID LAUGHS: VICKI BARBOLAK—See Thursday. Buy one ticket, get one free for the late show. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS— See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $17 adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com. THE WINTER’S TALE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Concerts PICNIC AT THE POPS: MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER; WIZARDS AND WITCHES—Bring a picnic, blanket and come in your ﬂip-ﬂops to enjoy the music of Boise Philharmonic as it performs Sorcerer’s Apprentice, music from Wicked, the Wizard of Oz and other magical favorites under the stars. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Full bar available with ID. Visit summeratthepops.com for more info. Tickets available at boisephilharmonic.org. See Picks, Page 19. 7:30 p.m. $22-$37, special prices for tables. Eagle River Pavilion, 827 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-2933.
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Festivals & Events HOMEGROWN THEATER’S BACKYARD BASH—HomeGrown Theater is hosting a backyard bash, featuring local bands Mozam, Dedicated Servers, Thomas Paul Trio, Boise Rock School and Edmond Dantes. Hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and beer by Payette Brewing will all be available. Short ﬁlms by Travis Swartz and Ben Upchurch will be screened at dusk. For more info., email email@example.com. See Picks, Page 18. 2-11 p.m. $5. 1601 N. Eighth St., Boise, homegrowntheater.com. I LOVE SALSA—Learn merengue, bachata and salsa with a beginner lesson at 9 p.m., enjoy performances by local artists at 10 p.m. and social dancing to music by DJ Giovanni from 10:15 p.m.-2 a.m. FREE tickets available while they last at salsaidaho.com or on Salsa Idaho’s Facebook page. 8 p.m. $8. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3671212, bo.knittingfactory.com. SPENDING SPREE FOR REFUGEES—Cash mob event designed to get community members to spend money to beneﬁt refugee businesses and local nonproﬁts that provide job training and other types of refugee assistance. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop at a variety of refugee-owned businesses and nonproﬁts selling an assortment of products including produce, food and artisan goods. 4-8 p.m. FREE.
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BREAKFAST WITH BOOKS— Children ages 4-8 can enjoy storytime with the theme Terribly Terriﬁc Tongue-Twisters, breakfast snack and crafts. Cost includes supplies, breakfast and discount coupon for a kids’ book. 9-10 a.m. $5. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229, rdbooks.org.
On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS: VICKI BARBOLAK—See Thursday. Buy one ticket, get one free. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. TWELFTH NIGHT—See Thursday. 6 p.m. $20, FREE for children younger than 12. The Ski and Heritage Museum/Forest Service Park, 180 First Ave. E., Ketchum, 208-726-8118, ksvhs.com.
Green BUG DAY—Learn about insects at this entomological extravaganza. Earn a certiﬁcate of bugology, purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in insect Olympics, catch bugs and meet bug experts. See Picks, Page 18. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
THE WINTER’S TALE—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
MONDAY AUG. 27 On Stage STORY STORY NIGHT—On the last Monday of every month this summer, get down for true stories on a theme told live on stage and without notes with featured storytellers followed by an open story slam. August’s theme: Underdog: Stories of Long Shots. All ages welcome (parental discretion advised). Hosted by Jessica Holmes and featuring a full bar, Pie Hole pizza and live music by Dan Costello. Advance priority seating tickets available at storystorynight.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. Open game tickets go on sale at 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. $5-$7. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483, parklaneco.com/ roseroom.
Food & Drink VEGAN COOKING CLASS—Enjoy a FREE dinner and cooking show with internationally renowned chef Mark Anthony. Topics include: how to cook vegan, plant-based nutrition program and powerful new health care solutions. 4-6 p.m. FREE. Cloverdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1115 N. Cloverdale Road, Boise, 208-377-8447, cloverdale.adventistnw.org.
Sports & Fitness THE DIRTY DASH—Get down and dirty at this ﬁlthy annual event that runners and spectators alike can enjoy. Visit thedirtydash.com for more info and to register. See Picks, Page 19. 9 a.m. Cost varies. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, 2600 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-3325100, bogusbasin.org.
Sports & Fitness THE DIRTY DASH—See Saturday. 9 a.m. Cost varies. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, 2600 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-332-5100, bogusbasin.org.
SUNDAY AUG. 26 Festivals & Events WESTERN IDAHO FAIR—See Wednesday. Noon-9 p.m. $2-$7 admission. Expo Idaho, 5610
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
TUESDAY AUG. 28 Concerts UNCORKED IN THE GARDEN— Stroll through the Garden while listening to the Sally Craven Trio and sampling wines from Cinder Winery. 6 p.m. $5, FREE for IBG members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Odds & Ends STARRY, STARRY NIGHT—Enjoy stories and poetry with Barbara Martin Sparrow and bring your own writing to share during the open mic. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181, adalib.org.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 29 Festivals & Events 2012 SPIRIT OF BOISE BALLOON CLASSIC—Watch the skies of Boise ﬁll with hot air balloons during this annual event. Balloons launch from Ann Morrison Park. 7 a.m. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise. SPLASH BASH—Weekly pool party, featuring a poolside bar, special appetizers and live music by Reilly Coyote. All ages welcome. 5-10 p.m. FREE. Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com.
On Stage LEVI MIDDLEBROOKS: BACK 2 BOYZEE—See Wednesday, Aug. 22. 8 p.m. $10, $7 students/military. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. Overheard something Eye-spy worthy? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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GET YOUR FIX Devo dogs Romney with new Seamus song.
Jane’s Addiction embraces the darkness CHRIS PARKER
MISSIONARY MOOGS Mega-double-plus-good Seattle glamblues gods The Missionary Position canceled its show at The Shredder earlier this summer. But things are on the mend, because the band is once again booked at the very same venue Friday, Aug. 24. And it will really play there this time. So instead of getting their hearts broken by the band, Boiseans can get their hearts broken by hearing the sexy, somber tunes the blues quartet swoons out. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $5. The Funeral of Twilight, The Acrotomoans and Guitar Center’s house band, Parade of Bad Guys will open. Speaking of the missionary position, housewife porn literary trainwreck 50 Shades of Grey has inspired a classical album. The 15-track album of music selected by Twilight fan-ﬁction writer E.L. James and referenced in her bewilderingly successful novels is set to be released on Tuesday, Sept. 11 on Capitol Records. But if you want something a little more lighthearted, perhaps you need to talk to The Melvins. The band recently took a cue from soda companies and reinvisioned itself as The Melvins Lite, a three-piece version of the band with upright bass. The Melvins Lite will hit Boise Saturday, Sept. 8, as part of its attempt to set the Guinness World Record for fastest tour of the United States, covering the entire country starting in Alaska and ending in Hawaii from Wednesday, Sept. 5-Thursday, Oct. 25. Speaking of hitting the road, synth fans should get themselves to Asheville, N.C., on Friday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Oct. 27, when the city will host the third-annual Moogfest, a giant celebration of the most rooting-tooting synthesizer ever to go all bleepy-bloop. Moogfest will feature per formances from Orbital, Santigold, Explosions in the Sky, The Magnetic Fields and special enhanced 3D per formance from Primus. Tickets run from $125 to $250 for VIP. An actual Moog synth, on the other hand, runs a couple grand. Speaking of synthesizers, new wave legend and spud enthusiast Devo has whipped it good with its latest endeavor: an online campaign for voters to remember Mitt Romney’s dog, Seamus, who was strapped to the roof of the car on a family vacation. A central part of the campaign is a new song called “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Remember Seamus),” which Rolling Stone says is set to be released Saturday, Aug. 25, as a digital download from theorchard.com. —Josh Gross
Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell is as much archetype as human being. We’ve all known a Farrell—the freaky outcast with big ideas and a seductive swagger, who ﬂouts stares and pointed ﬁngers as he deﬁes social convention. A shamanistic presence, Farrell draws you into his underground carnival like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, recalling Jim Morrison is his ability to conjure a dark, trippy environment where Id and Ego run free. “I just can’t stand commerciality. Can’t Jane says: Kick it with Jane’s Addiction at Idaho Botanical Garden. stand sell-outs. I can’t stand these bright and shiny Proactiv half-hos. I don’t care if you’ve know people say it destroyed music, but what jams and pulled out gems from the jam. And got a pimple. Jimi Hendrix had them. Keith it did was bring on a different scene,” he we started to work from that,” Farrell said. Richards had them. You know what I mean? “In some cases, there were different parts from said. “It’s like a virtual scene on the Internet. So maybe these people have driven me underYou go to Pandora and type in a group that different songs, and we would start to stitch it ground,” Farrell said with casual self-assuryou like, ﬁnd out more. You want to hear together like a beautiful monster.” ance. “Embrace the darkness, my friend.” great music—you have to dig a little deeper Other than the absolutely infectious “CuriAnd that’s something Jane’s Addiction has like you used to. You have to ask your big osity Kills,” which recalls the undulating gait done since its start in the mid ’80s. The band brother, you got to ask the guy who is well of “Mountain Song,” the album lacks knockwas a redheaded stepchild in a scene domiinformed, you have to go out to the scene em-dead tracks like “Idiots Rule,” “Ocean nated by hair metal. It arrived late for punk’s and see what they’re looking like and what Size” or “Jane Says.” Nonetheless, the album high-water mark in Los Angeles—it had althey’re listening to. It’s kind of exciting.” ready migrated north to the lower-middle-class is strong start to ﬁnish, with a far moodier Besides, to Farrell making music wasn’t approach than the 20-something blowout suburban neighborhoods of Orange County. about record sales—not that he didn’t enjoy Nothing’s Shocking. Instead, the band started by playing in a parkNow that the band is a little older, it makes the money and attention—but it was about ing lot with a hot dog stand. something deeper. So he has never worried sense that members are suddenly worried There’s something undeniably unique in much about downloading. “about the roaring sea below,” on the track Jane’s Addiction’s sound that allowed it to “Sure I made great records—in my mind “Ultimate Reason,” or offering life-summation crest quickly. Perhaps it’s Stephen Perkins’ anyway—I did my best to make great records choruses like, “You never really change like thumping, tribal drums, or guitarist Dave and ones that leave behind a song long after Navarro’s warm mix of atmospheric tones and they say / Oh, you’ll only become more like I’m gone that people can just go, ‘Wow.’ But yourself” on “End to the Lies.” slashing leads that suggest a grimier, heavily I never rested on that, because I knew that Time appears to have healed the dysfunctattooed answer to The Edge. Not to mention really, if you came and saw us, that is one tions that broke up the band 21 years ago. Farrell’s haunting, spiritually tinged visions, night that you’ll never forget,” Farrell said. “We’ve been getting along great since we which are certainly a big element of the band’s got back together, since we started writing and “[That’s] what live music is supposed to be success, whether he’s longing to mirror the about. Live music, when you get together, it’s acting like brothers,” Farrell said, alluding to deep peace of the Paciﬁc, sketching strung-out a celebration. A ceremony. Spiritual. All these the band’s decade-long hiatus (other than a ne’er-do-wells or contemplating the congress things. I put my faith in live music and my of the immovable object on “Irresistible Force” brief 1997 reunion). “I feel really fortunate life into live music.” that I work with [Stephen Perkins]. I’m very from last year’s return to form, The Great Meanwhile, Farrell remains steadfastly fortunate to work with Escape Artist. Dave Navarro. How did behind the rock and dismissive of almost With a few more it happen that I ended up everything he hears on the radio, which he years under its belt Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m. gates, considers lifeless pop. He knows there are kids working with such insince the band’s 2001 6:30 p.m. show, $40. out there hungry for something more. credibly talented people? reunion, and the IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN “We don’t book pop [at Lollapalooza]. I don’t know. But I acintroduction of TV on 2355 Old Penitentiary Road 208-343-8649 knowledge and I will not We’re booking the real deal, real musicians— the Radio’s Dave Sitek idahobotanicalgarden.org and guess what? Hundreds of thousands of soon run away from my as the band’s studio people are coming out to see that. They’re still position in life. I won’t bassist, the music and the coolest. They’re still the ones you want to be doing that again.” songwriting on The get behind and say, ‘They’re representing me. Though Farrell has contemplated leaving Great Escape Artist is far superior to 2003’s uneven Strays. The album trails only the band’s performing behind, he never intends to give up These commercial crappy contest winners, they don’t represent me. They have nothing to do music. He loves putting on the music festival breakout second album, 1988’s Nothing’s with my life,’” he said. “If I say I’m hungry, Lollapalooza and said it puts him in touch Shocking. I need something—you don’t go for a box of “We went into SIR Studios [in Los Angeles] with the kids; it keeps him connected. He sees Pringles. You want some steak.” a lot of parallels between the underground and just started to jam and jam and jam, And for Jane’s Addiction, that continues to recording the jams. [We] sat down—as hard as now and how it was when he was coming up. be the meat of the matter. “It’s taken a while but the Internet—I it was—and listened to every minute of those
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY AUG. 22 ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring the Lions with Thomas Paul and Friends. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza
THURSDAY AUG. 23
BEN BURDICK—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
CHRIS YOUNG—7:30 p.m. FREE with fair admission. Expo Idaho
CONCERTS IN THE GARAGE— Featuring Ravenna Colt and Boise Rock School bands. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Rock School
BROWN BIRD, AUG. 24, VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE
DAN COSTELLO—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, the duo behind Brown Bird, command a variety of analog instruments. Lamb’s guitar and banjo-picking fall in time with Swain’s ﬁddle, cello and upright bass. And, hailing from Providence, R.I., the pair crafts that sound into something uniquely New England. Lamb spent years working at a wharf in the sleepy town of Warren, R.I. The seaside burg informed his songwriting, which often references the ocean, including the group’s 2008 album, Bottom of the Sea, with its breathy acoustic ballads. The band’s 2011 release, Salt for Salt, is more upbeat and percussive. The song “Shiloh” has Lamb’s guitar sounding more like a sitar—a shipwrecked musician washed up on the shores of Calcutta. Brown Bird will navigate its way to Boise Friday, Aug. 24.
GAYLE CHAPMAN—With Robb Howell. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
—Andrew Crisp With Grand Falconer and Edmond Dantes. 8 p.m., $10. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 0208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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TWIN SUNNS—With Uintahs and The Bare Bones. 8:30 p.m. $3. Red Room
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highland’s Hollow JOE WALSH—8 p.m. $49.50$149.50. Revolution JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s KILEY AND ELLIE SHAW—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown REILLY COYOTE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s STEVE EATON—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers TRAVIS WARD—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED—7:30 p.m. FREE with fair admission. Expo Idaho FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s GEORGE DEVORE—7 p.m. FREE. Modern GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE— Featuring Joy Ride. 6 p.m. $10, $7 members. Idaho Botanical Garden HELVETIA—With Le Fleur. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MEDICINE FOR PEOPLE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid THE MORNING AFTER’S FIFTH BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA— Featuring Saving Abel with Dead Sara and Aranda. See Citizen, Page 11. 8 p.m. $8-$20. Knitting Factory
SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar THURSDAY THUNDER—Featuring $oul Purpo$e. 6 p.m. FREE. Edwards 22 WILLISON-ROOS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Reef
THE JOHN JONES GROUP—5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar JOSH INGYU—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub MEGAN NELSON—9 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe MYKE SANCHEZ—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
FRIDAY AUG. 24 A MOVE-IN MUSIC FESTIVAL—Featuring Medicine for the People, Hot Bodies in Motion and MOsley WOtta. 5 p.m. FREE. Centennial Amphitheater B3 SIDE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye BROWN BIRD—With Grand Falconer and Edmond Dantes. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $10. Visual Arts Collective CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH— 7 p.m. $55. Idaho Botanical Garden DAN COSTELLO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DAN COSTELLO TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers HOLY WATER BUFFALO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JIMMY BIVENS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
POP CULT KIDS—10 p.m. $5. Reef ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid STYX—7:30 p.m. FREE with fair admission. Expo Idaho TODD DUNNIGAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
SATURDAY AUG. 25 BLIND DRIVER—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s CATSMELVIN—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s DOUGLAS CAMERON—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
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Olsen with Oso Negro. 8:30 p.m. $1. Red Room
BRANDON PRITCHETT—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
CROWN POINT—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
DAN COSTELLO—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
SUNNYVALE STRINGBAND—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JONAH SHUE AND THE COUNTRY CLUB—5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
GAYLE CHAPMAN—With Robb Howell. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
TARTUFI—With Finn Riggins, Learning Team and No Paws No Lions. 7 p.m. $5. The Crux
MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD—6 p.m. $39.50-$59.50. Revolution
MUSIC FROM STANLEY—Featuring Ned Evett. 4 p.m. FREE. Redﬁsh Lake Lodge SUNDERGROUND—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
SALLY TIBBS—With the Kevin Kirk Trio. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar STORIE GRUBB AND THE HOLY WARS—With Hectic Hobo, Insomniac Folklore and Fleet Street Klezmer Band. 8:30 p.m. $3. Red Room TRIO43—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers VOICE OF REASON—10 p.m. $5. Reef X-FEST 2012 UPROAR FESTIVAL—Featuring Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Adelita’s Way and more. 12:55 p.m. $40. Idaho Center Amphitheater
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MONDAY AUG. 27 KEVIN MONTGOMERY—7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Shangri-La PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid STORY STORY NIGHT AFTERPARTY—Featuring James Orr. 8 p.m. FREE. Red Feather VELVET LOUNGE FROGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
TUESDAY AUG. 28
AMY WEBER QUARTET—1:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
12 STONES—With Concordia and Sargent Avenue. 6 p.m. $12. Venue
JASON BUCKALEW—10:15 a.m. FREE. Berryhill
ATYPICAL TUESDAYS—Featuring Tristan Andreas and Grant
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GWYNETH AND MONKO—6 p.m. FREE. Redﬁsh Lake Lodge THE HAND—With Sunblood Stories and With Child. 7 p.m. $3. Neurolux JANE’S ADDICTION—With Big Black Delta. See Noise, Page 24. 6:30 p.m. $40. Idaho Botanical Garden JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JOSH INGYU—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
WEDNESDAY AUG. 29
PAMELA DEMARCHE—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring the Polyrhythmics with Douglas Cameron. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza
STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
WHISTLE PIGS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
NASHVILLE PUSSY, AUG. 25, NEUROLUX Nashville Pussy frontman Blaine Cartwright can’t really sing. Which is ﬁne, because with songs like “Keep on Fuckin’,” and “You Give Drugs a Bad Name,” his material isn’t exactly iconic. Truth be told, Cartwright’s guitar skills are also a little questionable and he ain’t much to look at, unless you’re into bald, fat guys with molester ’staches. But gawddamn does he understand rock ’n’ roll: If you can’t play, just ﬁll the band with super-talented hot chicks in leather pants and then stay out of their way. The band’s sound is a blitzkrieg of turbo-charged blues riffs and noisy chaos. You can compare it to Motorhead or AC/DC, but with lots more tits. Shows routinely end with lead guitar goddess Ruyter Suys tearing through solos on her knees, her shirt off and a beer clutched between her teeth spilling suds on her chest or making out with bass player Karen Cuda in between, um, “licks.” —Josh Gross
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7 p.m. $18 adv., $20 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.
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Jane Brumﬁeld prepares to move above ground.
BASEMENT GALLERY MOVES TO HYDE PARK Almost three years ago, Jane and Mike Brumﬁeld hopped across the Atlantic Ocean to purchase downtown Boise’s Basement Gallery. Now it’s time for another jump, but this one is only one mile away. Basement Gallery is moving into the old Hyde Park Gallery space. “Obviously, we won’t be in a basement anymore, so the name will go,” Jane said. The duo will do trade under the name Brumﬁeld LLC and keep the name of the building in Hyde Park as Hyde Park Gallery. Before the Brumﬁelds were given the key to Basement Galler y on New Year’s Day 2010, previous owner Perr y Allen had focused on exhibiting work by young and emerging artists. In the years since, the Brumﬁelds have maintained much of Allen’s aesthetic, but Basement Galler y has grown up. The space also featured more established artists, including familiar names like Ben Wilson and Bill Carman, the artist who piqued the Brumﬁelds’ interest in buying the galler y. The Brumﬁelds have moved on, too. “[Basement Gallery] is a cool space and it’s very characterful and we’ve loved being here,” Jane said. “I feel a huge affection for the space itself. At the same time, it’s not a very functional space for a gallery.” The Hyde Park Gallery space will include a larger framing workshop, a more traditional gallery space and an ofﬁce space for art appraisal, a new service that will be offered by Brumﬁeld LLC. “Our new space will really be more established artists, but we might keep that website to do some sort of online project and presence for new emerging artists,” Jane said. “I want it to be ﬁrst and foremost a gallery.” Saturday, Sept. 22, is the ofﬁcial launch date of the new Hyde Park Gallery. The opening event will run from 4-8 p.m., with food and beverages provided by 13th Street Pub and Grill. The exhibition will feature wax sculptures by Lisa Kaser as well as a group show of contemporary narrative paintings, including work by newcomers and Basement Gallery veterans. Basement Gallery will continue to showcase art on its walls for a few more months. Ben Wilson’s show runs through Saturday, Sept. 8, and an election-centric exhibit will open on First Thursday, Oct. 4, featuring new political caricatures by Jim Budde, along with a range of his older work. There are no conﬁrmed plans for the Basement Gallery space after the Budde exhibit closes Saturday, Nov. 10. —Catie Young
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This leather carrying case houses an early Coptic Bible from Ethiopia.
RARE FORM Boise State exhibition explores rare and antiquarian books TARA MORGAN with some master who books and early Coptic Old books hold a palpable magic. As you ended up coming up with materials—that represent run your ﬁngers down their worn spines, this pattern.’ And then a wide swath of cultures thumb through their thin, inky pages and you might not nail that and time periods. breathe in the papery must of the past, they master, but you can tell “In working with transport you to another era. But really old he really inﬂuenced some those books and notes, books, written in ancient scripts and shelindividuals and that style I found that there were tered under sterile glass display cases, are a was popular for a 40groupings of objects bit harder to connect with. year period.” that were really interestWhich is why Stephanie Bacon, Boise For Bacon and ing,” Bacon said. “For State professor and Idaho Center for the Swope, these long example, he had several Book director, has spent the last year hours of research and early printed books from painstakingly researching and cataloguing cataloguing have been Paris or early printed a collection of rare and antiquarian books about more than just a books from Amsterdam in the hopes of fostering those connections. single exhibition; they Her new exhibit, Chapters from the History or beautiful illuminated are helping to illuminate manuscript fragments of the Book: Selections from the Collection a broader history of that we could group of David and Nancy Leroy, is sponsored by printed knowledge. together.” Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute “I think when people Under lightly ﬁltered and will open to the public Friday, Aug. 24, talk about the history of at the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery. glass display boxes, books or the history of bright berry-red and “I think when people look at really old literacy, they really like glistening gold embelbooks, they assume that they’re all religious to speak in big broad or they were just for scholars, not for every- lish page after page of This manuscript fragment, created in France around 1480, features generalizations and say, painstakingly uniform day people, popular interests,” said Bacon. a portrait of its owner kneeling in ‘Only the elite could read text. MFA students Am“We’ve tried to pick a selection of books prayer before the Virgin Mary. or only the rich could aura Mitchell and Earle that shows some of the range.” read,’” Bacon said. “But Swope helped Bacon David Leroy, former Idaho lieutenant the fact is, they can’t test governor and attorney general, has a passion research where these texts the DNA of somebody’s skull and determine originated, placing for rare books. He whether or not they could read or write. them in a historical and his wife, Nancy, Opening reception: Friday, Aug. 24, 5-8 p.m. And we know from the spread of literacy context. have spent the last Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery, in the all over the world that literacy is kind “You can tell 20 years combing Ron and Linda Yanke Family Research Park, of contagious.” something is derived 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd. The books will remain Europe and the United on display through Wednesday, Dec. 5. ViewShe continued: “My interest is to look from a Monet vs. States to assemble a ing hours are Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m., or at this stuff and question that dominant work that is derived collection of some 200 by appointment. narrative and say, ‘What do we really know from a Van Gough,” old books. For this about who was reading and when and why?’ said Swope. “So it’s exhibit, Bacon pared Maybe it’s a much more complicated story that collection down to 31 pieces—including kind of the same thing; you can tell where than we’ve been told.” illuminated manuscript fragments, palm leaf it’s like, ‘Oh, this must have originated WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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A treasure trove of artifacts was recently discovered in an old well on the Basque Block.
WELL-TO-DO Well dig unearths info about Cyrus Jacobs family ANDREW CRISP unearthed in an urban setting, explained a When crews began repairing the porch of the team of archaeologists and anthropologists Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House on the Basque from the University of Idaho, who were called Block, they accidentally unearthed an historic in after the discovery was made. well containing dozens of artifacts dating as “We’re able to show people what we do,” far back as the 1860s. French cosmetics containers, antique British said Mark Warner, the project’s director. The site had drawn 700 people by August 10. china and even glass bottles containing a few “And we’ll have another 1,000 people come clinging drops of root beer extract all offer through before we’re done.” clues to the family’s socio-economic status. The project is being conducted in partnerThe house was built in 1864 and is ship with the Basque Museum and Cultural Boise’s oldest standing brick building. It was Center, which manages tours of the Jacobsconstructed by a man who eventually became Uberuaga House. The Idaho Archaeological mayor of Boise, Cyrus Jacobs. Society and Idaho Heritage Trust have also “Jacobs moved here from Walla Walla, contributed to the project, the ﬁrst of its kind Wash.,” said Tracy Schwartz, who recently in downtown Boise since excavations were completed her masters in anthropology at done in Boise’s historic Chinatown district. the University of Idaho. “He was in search of Cataloging and researching the artifacts gold, which he never found. But he stayed and could take a number of years, according to opened a store in Boise.” Warner’s project partner, Stacey Camp. Much His store sold a variety of products, she of the work will become master’s theses for said, which may explain some of the goods the team’s graduate students unearthed from the well. The and hands-on experience for expansion of the home—which undergrads. involved building over the well CYRUS JACOBS“By about the summertime when the City of Boise develUBERUAGA HOUSE , we’ll have a pretty oped a sewer system—suggests 607 Grove St. good handle on what we’ve 208-343-2671 the Jacobs had means. basquemuseum.com got,” said Warner. “And about The structure became a 18 months from now, we’ll Basque boarding house in have a good handle on what 1910, and was home to a famthese artifacts tell us.” ily on the bottom ﬂoor, with A member of the team will visit Boise to the second ﬂoor serving as an inn for Basque discuss the project during Idaho Archaeology sheepherders. The house was renovated and Month in May 2013. And after the school restored in 2004, which included shellackﬁnishes with the artifacts, they will be returned ing the walls with reproduced versions of the to the Basque Museum, which has plans to original wallpaper. Artifacts from the 19th century aren’t often turn them into a permanent exhibit. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings EVIL WINE SHOW—Catch season two, episode seven of the Evil Wine Show. Monday, Aug. 27, 9:30 p.m. By donation. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com. GUILTY PLEASURES—Join Idaho Public Television for a special evening with Simon Kilmurr y, executive director and executive producer of POV—Public Television’s popular documentar y ﬁlm series. A no-host reception will follow. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m. $15. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theﬂicksboise.com. MOVIES FOR A CAUSE SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER—Head on down to Ann Morrison Park for the showing of Radio on a giant screen under the beautiful August sky. This family fun event will be football-themed with several tailgating activities and great food. Events will star t at 7 p.m., with the movie star ting around dusk. All proceeds and donations will go to Special Olympics Idaho to provide year-round spor ts training and competitions for people with intellectual disabilities. Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise. MOVIES IN THE GARDEN: HAIRSPRAY—Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy movies on the outdoor big screen. Food and beverage vendors will provide snacks and summer treats. Movies star t at dusk. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiar y Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Opening THE APPARITION—A young couple discover they are being haunted in this supernatural thriller. (PG-13) Opens Friday, Aug. 24. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 FAREWELL, MY QUEEN—Diane Kruger stars in this French costume drama about Marie Antoinette, based on a novel by Chantal Thomas. In French with English subtitles. See review, this page. (R) Opens Friday, Aug. 31. The Flicks HIT AND RUN—A nice guy risks ever ything when he busts out of the witness protection program to help his ﬁance. From the producer of Wedding Crashers. (R) Opens Wednesday, Aug. 22. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 LAWLESS—Shia LaBeouf stars in this ﬁlm based on the true stor y of the infamous Prohibition-era Bondurant Brothers. (R) Opens Wednesday, Aug. 29. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS—This ﬁlm provides a personal look at the star, with stories from his youth inter woven with per formance footage and unreleased songs. (PG) Opens Friday, Aug. 24. The Flicks THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE—Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman and Christopher Lloyd star in this ﬁlm about a journey to recover magical balloons in time for a surprise bir thday par ty. (G) Opens Wednesday, Aug. 29. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 PREMIUM RUSH—A New York City bicycle messenger dodges cars, open doors and pedestrians on the regular, but is given an abnormally tricky task when he receives an order for a seemingly routine “premium rush” run. (PG-13) Opens Friday, Aug. 24. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22 WHERE DO WE GO NOW?—Christians and Muslims live peacefully in a remote Middle Eastern Village, and when news of religious violence begins to ﬁlter into the community, the women get creative with ways to distract the men and avoid a violent ﬂare-up in their hometown. (PG13) Opens Friday, Aug. 24. The Flicks
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NOT-SO-FOND FAREWELL, MY QUEEN A bit of a royal yawn GEORGE PRENTICE Farewell, My Queen, employing artists of both skill and splendor, unfortunately achieves neither. Instead it leaves its audience at the palace gates, searching for more context to a story with a sweeping back-story, and indeed, there is much left unswept. The French Revolution has provided an unending fountain of beauty and blood for literature and drama. From Victor Hugo to Sophia Coppola, scribes continue to mine the riches of the 18th century rise and fall— and my, how they fell—of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The sets and costumes work overtime in this latest ﬁlm from director Benoit Jacquot Lovely to look at but Farewell, My Queen is an empress with no clothes. (La Fille Seule), ﬁlling the big screen with Oscar-caliber detail. Farewell, My Queen’s undoing rumbles beyond the palace walls. her majesty’s scandalous whims, includsets (shot on location in Versailles) are lit History tells us that it’s enough to lose your ing her love for another woman (Virginie magniﬁque, accented by so much shadow head over. Ledoyen). from cinematographer Romain Winding. One moment, Farewell, My Queen lilts “Have you ever been attracted to a But sadly, the screenplay—based on with grandeur and spectacle, the next it woman to the point that you suffer in her Chantal Thomas’ Prix Femina-winning is liltless in ﬁlth, heady stuff for a smart novel—is clunky. Instead of tiptoeing in and absence?” asks Marie Antoinette (Diane examination of the naivete embedded in the Kruger). In fact, her blind attraction is out of secret palatial passages, the script more of an obsession, reign of Louis and Marie. plods through uneven In an early scene, Laborde is grandly and there you have and oddly discondrifting around the palace’s ponds when the foundation of nected scenes, each FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (R) a dead rat bobs to the surface: a perfectly Thomas’ lusty novel, promising more than Directed by Benoit Jacquot horrendous moment. Unfortunately, the ﬁlled to the gills what is ultimately Starring Lea Seydoux, Diane Kruger scene is left adrift like so many other with regal intrigue. delivered. and Virginie Ledoyen instances in the ﬁlm that come across as Alas, Jacquot’s ﬁlm “I’m just her Opens Friday, August 31, at The Flicks more metaphorical than critical to the feels wrung dry of servant,” says Sidonie story’s structure. There’s a good movie in that obsession, and Laborde (the beautethere somewhere but too many dots don’t in the paltry scenes ous Lea Seydoux), connect. Farewell, My Queen is as lovely as between the lesbian lovers, some sparks ﬂy but mademoiselle is much more: the erratic a Paris postcard. Unfortunately, it has about but we are left to imagine the intensity of queen’s conﬁdante. As a courtier tasked as much substance. with reading to the queen, she also indulges an intimacy that plays out while a nation’s
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1. THE HUNGER GAMES First week in release.
2. THE LORAX Dropped from No. 1 on Aug. 15.
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3. DEXTER SEASON 6 First week in release.
4. LOCKOUT Dropped from No. 2 on Aug. 15.
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SPACEBAR ARCADE WILL BRING VINTAGE JOYSTICKS TO BOISE The arcade bar isn’t a new concept. Old-school video games and a healthy selection of craft beer is an instant recipe for dudegasm. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, opened the iconic Barcade in 2004, and Portland, Ore., debuted Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade in 2003, which was the inspiration behind Boise’s soon-to-open rendition: Spacebar Arcade. “It was surprising to us that nobody had done it yet in downtown,” said Spacebar’s Trent McNair. “We feel lucky to be the ones to go this route.” McNair and partners David Lentz, Teresa Hill, Dwayne Hill and Cindy Limber will open the beer-and-wine-only bar in the subterranean space at 200 N. Capitol Blvd., which formerly housed Voodoo Lounge and Catacomb. “For older people, there’s obviously an element of nostalgia,” said McNair, when asked about the resurgent interest in vintage video games. “And then I think the popularity of casual gaming on small devices—phones and iPads, whatnot—brought back an interest in those kinds of games, and certainly there’s emulators and reissues of games on those devices.” The bar will house 30 coin operated arcade games and pinball machines, including Tron, Galaga, Asteroids, Centipede, Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Frogger. “There’s a Top 100 Games list that’s maintained by BMI Gaming, and anything we got we wanted to be on that list,” said McNair. Spacebar Arcade will also feature four to six rotating taps, a few wines and a large selection of canned beers. McNair said there will be drink specials for high scorers, but those are still being ironed out. “We’ll have DJs on the weekends ... although we don’t have a full stage or anything like that so we’re not going to have bands,” said McNair. “But it is appropriate for certain kinds of electronic music so we’re searching that out right now.” Currently, Spacebar Arcade plans to open Friday, Aug. 31, but McNair said that might get pushed back a week or so. Visit Spacebar’s Facebook page for further updates. Moving from space to your face, this is the last week to experience one of Red Feather Lounge’s August Farm to Face cocktail dinners. The four-course meal will take place Monday, Aug. 27, and feature pairings like a ﬂame-roasted heirloom tomato with ratatouille stufﬁng and white balsamic reduction with a salted sweet vermouth cocktail and pan-fried Hagerman tilapia and hazelnut dressed greens with a gin and porter reduction cocktail. Tickets are $45 per person, and you can call 208-585-7722 to reserve them or swing by the restaurant. —Tara Morgan
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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A RESTAURANT Local restaurateurs look to crowdfunding instead of banks JOSH GROSS When Jenean and Johann Claus bought The Venue in downtown Boise, they knew that music alone wouldn’t be enough to keep the business viable, especially not the all-ages shows the performance space specializes in. The plan from day one was to open a cafe inside the space to augment revenues. It’s a plan that looks especially tasty with the pending opening of Concordia Law School across the street. But instead of making the rounds to local banks looking for a startup loan, the Clauses took a cue from the bands that play at their business and tried to crowdfund the project via Kickstarter. “I have seen restaurants in Portland, [Ore.] and California succeed,” said Johann Claus. “They were just restaurants. We were really excited, because we have around 4,000 fans on Facebook. And there’s another community on Ticketﬂy of around 1,000 people that have bought tickets.” For those unfamiliar with the term, crowdfunding is a peer-to-peer lending system that operates through online social networking. A project manager makes a proﬁle similar to a business plan on a crowdfunding website like Kickstarter or Indiegogo and then pushes it out through social networking to raise the capital needed for the project. Campaigns offer incentives, often gifts or pre-sales of the product they are developing, to encourage contributions. It manages to wrap market testing, promotion and fundraising into a single process. The Venue, for example, was offering perks ranging from food at the to-bebuilt cafe or tickets for upcoming concerts. Though it’s a well established mechanism in the tech and art worlds, more and more restaurateurs are now turning to crowdfunding instead of banks. Why? For the same reason Slick Willie Sutton said he robbed banks: It’s where the money is. “In the last ﬁve or 10 years, restaurant ﬁnancing is very tough,” said Dave Short, the senior commercial loan ofﬁcer at D.L. Evans Bank. According to Short, restaurants—already considered a volatile venture—are being scrutinized closer than ever in these tough economic times. He said that D.L. Evans gets four or
Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery chef Andrea Maricich tried to raise funds through Kickstarter in 2010.
ﬁve loan applications a year from prospective restaurateurs, most of them seeking somewhere between $50,000-$100,000. One in 10 might be approved. Those aren’t encouraging numbers. Ironically, Short said that a successful crowdfunding campaign would likely increase a restaurant’s chances of getting a loan because it shows both interest and effective management. He also said the biggest challenge restaurants face is being under capitalized to weather the rocky waters at the outset to eventually become ﬁnancially successful. But the alternate supply of locally sourced cheddar isn’t the only reason restaurateurs are going around banks. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the news of the last year, but bankers are becoming fairly unpopular in some circles. For example, the Clauses saw their project as an extension of the DIY ethos of the music they feature at The Venue and a way to involve the community in its success. “I think you should be able to ask a fanbase for support, [especially] in a punk, DIY community, instead of having to go to those bloodsucking banksters and ask them for money,” said Claus. But not all of The Venue’s fanbase agreed. “To have us pay for your cafe is weak,” a commenter named Lion Idus wrote on a Facebook post The Venue made about the campaign. “I won’t support a place that wants me to pay for a cafe so we can pay for a sandwich at a show.” Claus admits that crowdfunding a restaurant is a little different from artists soliciting funds for a project, but says all they were really doing was asking people to buy concert tickets in advance, which isn’t that far off from what they already do. Another local crowdfunding restaurateur
is Roaalee Hall, the woman behind Smylee’s Holistic Bistro, a raw and vegan cafe that she plans to open in Meridian this fall. “I don’t necessarily agree with the way that business is handled these days, and I’m trying to do things differently,” said Hall, who has a degree in entrepreneurship and used to manage Boise’s iconic Koffee Klatsch. “The whole reason why the whole economy went wacko in 2008 isn’t just the housing market, it’s the way business is handled,” said Hall. “You can’t just throw money at a thing. You have to think through, ‘What does that money buy?’ If I won the lottery today, I would still have to ask how the community wants to support my business. That to me is stronger than just, ‘I have money and I want to make this happen.’” Hall is doing her best to rethink every part of how a restaurant is run, from its management structure to its funding. And a major part of that is crowdfunding’s ability to serve as a litmus test. If a campaign is successful, she knows the community is invested. If not, maybe it’s time to come up with an alternate strategy. It’s all wonderful in theory. However, in practice, most local restaurants attempting to crowdfund have not been successful. Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery on State Street only raised $3,301 of its $50,000 goal when it used Kickstarter in 2010. Claus’ Kickstarter campaign fell pretty far short as well, raising only $1,971 of its $15,000 goal. And Smylee’s Holistic Bistro landed even harder, raising only $654 of its $60,000 goal. These numbers are not uncommon. Though stories are written about the wild successes spawned from crowdfunding, statistics from kickstarter.com show only a 44-percent success rate for projects. 33 Additionally, most projects that fail WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NEW BELGIUM AND FRIENDS While Fat Tire amber ale (with its iconic bike logo) pays the bills for the Fort Collins, Colo., brewery New Belgium, what excites beer enthusiasts are its specialty bottlings. This week’s trio of 22-ounce bombers are collaborative efforts between New Belgium and three other partners-in-crime. LIPS OF FAITH SERIES BRETT BEER This project, with San Marcos, Calif.’s The Lost Abbey, seems a natural ﬁt, as both breweries share a passion for all things Belgian, including the wild yeast brettanomyces. A hazy gold in the glass with a thin head that leaves a nice lacing, this beer offers sourdough aromas with a bit of spice that segue to lightly sour ﬂavors and just a hint of brett (banana and clove). This beer has a good malt backbone, along with orange and very soft hops on the ﬁnish. LIPS OF FAITH SERIES SUPER INDIA PALE ALE For this beer, New Belgium teamed up with the Alpine Beer Company, a small California enterprise. This honeycolored brew throws a thick head with decent persistence. As you would expect, resiny hops dominate the nose, with light touches of herb and citrus. On the palate, the hops are big and chewy but only moderately bitter and backed by toasted wheat and a hint of baked apple. THE TRIP SERIES HONEY CHAMOMILE BLONDE This beer is lucky No. 13 in the Trip Series, a collaboration between New Belgium, Seattle-based Elysian (where it was brewed) and, in this case, the Beer Chicks (California-based brew sommeliers and authors). This beer is a bright golden pour with a thin head and fruity herb and hop aromas. Bold for a blonde, this brew’s lovely malt ﬂavors are colored by the chamomile and honey called for in the Beer Chicks’ recipe. Light hops and a sweet-but-refreshing ﬁnish make this one a great summer quaff. —David Kirkpatrick WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
don’t surpass the 20-percent mark for their goal. Eighty two percent of those that reach the 20-percent threshold are successful. Claus said his campaign’s Kickstarter failure was largely his own fault for not selling it properly, calling their execution “club-footed,” but he also said that he just doesn’t think Boise gets it yet. “If we did a Kickstarter project a year from now, it probably would work,” he said. “But it’s just such a novel concept. This crowdfunding, wikinomics, is so new that people just didn’t understand.” But some locals clearly do. Bogus Brewing raised $30,993 on Kickstarter earlier this year. “A big reason I wanted to do Kickstarter is it’s an easy test of the community. Is this is a good idea, or should I not be doing it?” said Collin Rudeen, owner of Bogus Brewing. Rudeen discovered people were really into his idea and was contacted by everyone from lawyers to architects volunteering services, which is good because even though Rudeen raised $30,000, it isn’t enough. “Kickstarter was a great way to get some operating expenses to get to the point where I can go to a bank and get some private investors,” said Rudeen. So why does Rudeen think he succeeded where others failed? “Beer is sexy, you know,” he said. “It’s hard to get the same kind of excitement about a burger or a soup. There’s things people can get behind like organic or local, but it’s easy to get excited about beer.” But for those that didn’t make it, plans aren’t being halted. Smylee’s is pursuing grant money and The Venue has begun rapping with the bankstas. “We’re already threeﬁfths of the way there,” said Claus. “I’m not going to pull the plug until we’ve exhausted every resource to get this place up and running.” 32
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): For a controlled burn, firefighters start small, manageable fires to eradicate brush and fuel near wooded areas. With less fuel around, bigger fires are not as likely to ignite and turn into conflagrations. I encourage you to use this as a metaphor for your own life, Aries. First, identify a big potential problem that may be looming on the horizon. Then, in the coming weeks, get rid of all the small messes that might feed that big problem. Make sure it’ll never happen. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Jungian storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes advises us to take good care of the untamed aspects of our nature. “The wild life must be kept ordered on a regular basis,” she writes. One way to do this is to keep our uncommon and unruly ideas clear and organized. It’s also important to give them respect and understand that they’re crucial to our spiritual and psychological health. How are you doing in this regard, Taurus? What’s your relationship with the untamed aspects of your nature? According to my reading of the omens, now is prime time for you to honor, nurture and cultivate them. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): By my astrological reckoning, you’re not nearly wet enough right now. I recommend that you take immediate and intensive steps to remedy the situation. There should not be anything about you that is high and dry; you need to soak up the benefits that come from being slippery and dripping. If you’re suffering from even a hint of emotional dehydration, you should submerse yourself in the nearest pool of primal feelings. For extra credit, drink deeply from the sacred cup that never empties. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the 16th century, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V ruled a vast land that included 12 modern European nations. According to some historians, he once said, “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.” This is the kind of attitude I recommend that you adopt in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Tailor your language to the people and creatures you’re speaking to. Address them on their own level of consciousness, respecting their limitations and appealing to their particular kind of intelligence. Of course, this is always a good policy, but it’s especially important for you to observe now. Fluency and flexibility will be rewarded in ways you can’t imagine. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Would you like to enhance your relationship with money? If so, do you have any specific ideas about how to do it? The coming weeks will
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be an excellent time to identify and implement those ideas. Let me make an initial suggestion: Keep your magical thinking to a minimum but don’t stamp it out entirely; a small amount of frisky fantasizing will boost the likelihood that your morepractical intentions will achieve critical mass. Here’s another tip: Imagine the presents you’d get for people if you had some extra cash. Stimulating your generous urges may help motivate the universe to be generous to you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A guy I know was invited to hang one of his paintings in a New York gallery—on one condition. It had to be a piece he created on the spot, in the gallery, on the day the show opened. That would be way too much pressure for me to handle. I need to spend a long time on the stuff I make, whether it’s music or writing. I’ve got to fuss over every little detail as I constantly edit and refine and add layers. What about you, Virgo? Could you quickly come up with some fresh creation that would show the world who you really are? I’m guessing we will soon find out. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you’ve been reading my horoscopes for a while, you know I’m not a decadent cynic who thinks “no pain, no gain” is the supreme formula for success. On the contrary. I think it’s quite possible to enjoy tremendous growth spurts when you’re happy and healthy. Pleasurable events can be great learning experiences. Joy and freedom may activate potentials that would otherwise remain dormant. Having said that, I want to make a suggestion that may seem at odds with my usual approach, even though it’s not. For the next two weeks, I encourage you to explore the necessary power of decay. Harness the archetypes of breakdown and dissolution as you put an end to things whose time is up. This work is key to your future rejuvenation and renaissance. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I’m going to ignore the Urban Dictionary’s more modern definitions of the word “yeast” and stick to the original meaning: an agent of fermentation that brews alcoholic drinks and makes bread dough rise. Metaphorically speaking, Scorpio, you should be like that for your gang, crew or tribe. I urge you to stir up group morale. Provoke deeper thought and stronger feelings. Instigate some bubbly new trends and effervescent interactions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sussex is a county in southeast England. Its official motto is “We wunt be druv,” which is Sussex dialect for “We won’t be pushed around.” It’s not bad as mot-
toes go, I guess. There’s power in announcing to the world that you’re not going to allow anyone to manipulate or bully you. But I’d like to see you come up with a more robust battle cry for yourself, Sagittarius—one that doesn’t focus on what you won’t do but rather on what you will do. It’s an ideal astrological moment to articulate your driving purpose in a pithy formula that will give you strength whenever you invoke it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Most people consider global warming somewhat of a mixed blessing,” wrote Aaron Sankin on Huffington Post. “On one hand, there’s ocean acidification, deserts gobbling up wide swaths of farmland and the massive dieoff of the innumerable species unable to cope with the effects of the world’s rapidly rising temperature. But, on the other hand, you’ll be able to wear shorts for literally the entire year.” Sankin is being deeply sarcastic, of course. Let’s make his satire a jumpingoff point as we consider some sincerely worthwhile trade-offs you might want to implement in your own sphere. Would you be willing to sacrifice a trivial comfort for a new privilege? Would you shed a small pleasure to gain a much bigger pleasure? Might you divest yourself of a pocket of resentment if in doing so you’d attract a cleansing epiphany? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I don’t expect your travels in the coming weeks to be like a smooth luxury cruise in a stretch limousine. Your route is not likely to be a straight shot through breathtaking scenery with expansive views. No, my dear Aquarius, your journeys will be more complicated than that, more snakey and labyrinthine. Some of the narrow passages and weedy detours you’ll need to navigate may not even resemble paths, let alone highways. Your metaphorical vehicle may resemble a funky 1967 Chevy pick-up truck or a forklift bedecked with flowers. It should be pretty fun, though. Keep in mind that your maps may only be partially useful. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In medieval times, you didn’t need a priest to get married, nor did you have to be in a church or recite a set of vows. You didn’t even have to round up witnesses. All that was required was that the two people who wanted to be wed said “I marry you” to each other. Those three words had great power. In the coming days, Pisces, I’d love to see you draw inspiration from that lost tradition. Your assignment is to dream up three potent declarations that express the deepest and mostloving intentions you promise to be faithful to in the coming years.
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