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NOTE REFLECTING ON THE BEST For the last few weeks, one of my colleagues at Boise Weekly has been addressing me as “the duck,” as in, the lame duck. Several weeks ago, I gave my notice to Boise Weekly and we began searching nationally for my replacement as editor. News broke publicly last week in the Idaho Business Review, and I’ve spent the last week explaining to people all over the city that I’ll be relocating to Washington, D.C., next month. All that explaining happened to coincide with the heavy lifting of our annual Best of Boise issue, an edition that always serves as a reminder of what a great place Boise is. And though I’ve helped put about a dozen Best of Boise issues to press over the years, this particular BoB is one I’ve compiled with much reflection and pride. While other “Best of” competitions in Boise highlight a few of the city’s true gems, they miss the mark in offering either too broad a scope or too narrow. We hone in on what’s special about the Boise area and only the Boise area—hence the razor-sharp focus on only local establishments. And we don’t pick and choose which locals compete with a cliquey, invitation-only competition. The result is a list of people and places that create and better this unique city in which we live. It’s a place I’ve been proud to call home for many years and one to which I’ll no doubt visit with pleasure. And when that day comes, I’ll eagerly pick up the most recent edition of Boise Weekly’s Best of Boise and start making a list of the best things to do while I’m here. While we’re talking best of ... One of the best events Boise Weekly hosts annually is coming up, and since it’s a bit earlier than normal this year, I’d like to take another opportunity to remind you to mark Wednesday, Oct. 17, on your calendar. We’ll host our annual Cover Auction at the Idaho State Historical Museum that day. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the auction starts promptly at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there. —Rachael Daigle






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THE TWILIGHT OF BILL’S PATIENCE Part 1: Yo, Badger Bob! Where the Fricka did you come from? Again, let us leave aside politics and presidential campaigns—or try, anyway—and talk about something else. You recall last week, I set out to escape the angst that comes with the thought that a complete ass could conceivably become the most powerful man in the world. But that pest Red showed up and wouldn’t let me be until I was forced to tell him that his dear GOP has degenerated into a raging contagion of false ideas and false men. It was partly my fault. As my getaway mechanism, I chose to venture onto the gridiron of football—a huge mistake. I am as misplaced in the presence of pigskin patter as Prince Harry would be at a Mensa luncheon. Is it any wonder Red was able to sneak up on me while I was so imprudently engaged? This week, I shall duck out of the political din on my own terms, on my own turf. Tonight, I go traipsing into my first and abiding love—the world of music. I have just now, at 1 a.m., finished watching the last scene in the last opera of Der Ring Des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Four nights in a row, throughout four long, long operas, I’ve watched Alberich (the evil king of the gnomes) scheme to get his

magic ring back, Wotan (the king of the gods) scheme to make sure Alberich never gets his magic ring back, Brunhilde (the queen of the Valkyries) scheme to slay any man she is in love with, and Siegfried (the dumbest hero in the history of opera) scheme to understand what’s happening. Were I the sort that used overly used banalities like “bucket list,” I’d say it’s been on my bucket list to see the complete Ring cycle before I die. And thanks to NYC’s Metropolitan Opera and PBS’s Great Performances, I can now scratch that one off. Tonight, I have determined to write this belated review not so much of the Met’s production—which was (in opera talk) faaa-bulous—but the operas themselves. I’m 150 years late with such a review, and I realize that by now, people have decided for themselves whether they love or hate Wagner’s epic. Still, I am certain there are nooks and crannies to this monumental work that still might be explored. Besides, my editor informed me today ... er, yesterday ... that due to some unique layout concerns for the upcoming Boise Weekly, my normal wordage has to be lopped off by a

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hefty hunk to make room for a particularly fat advertisement. And since I am left with a truncated remainder of my accustomed column space, it seems to me that a jaunt back to the opera houses of pre-Puccini Europe would be not only a refreshing break from the political sturm und drang, but a stressless way to fill the page under unusual circumstances. So on to Herr Wagner and his magnum opus. So many mysteries, yes? For instance, why would Wagner leave Wotan entirely out of Gotterdammerung after making him such a prominent character in the first three operas? And what about that talking bird who led Siegfried to Brunhilde? Sheer genius ... or just silly? But let’s start by asking Wagner’s lingering spirit a simple question: Yo, Dick! Would it have killed ya’ to stick a pretty song in there somewhere? Good honk, you had 16 hours of recitative and not one damn aria. And another thing. Don’t you think ... “Psst, Cope! You still awake?” “Bob! Damnit! You scared the pee-wadding out of me. What are you doing here so late?” “I couldn’t stay away, Cope. That f***ing stunt Mitt Romney pulled is bothering me too

much to keep quiet about it.” “Which stunt? You mean where he started blabbing about the embassies being attacked before he had any idea what he was talking about?” “Yeah, that f***ing stunt. Now, are you gonna write it, or do I have to?” “Look, Bob. I’m trying to forget all that stuff for a day or two. And what is it you want me to write, anyway?” “How Mitt Romney is a douche.” “Bob, I can’t say that! Jeez! Besides, I have to finish what I’m doing.” “What are you doing? What’s more important than telling the world Romney is a douche?” “I’m doing a review of the Ring of the Nibelung. It may not be more important than telling the world Romney is a douche, but it’s important to me. And I’m running out of room here. Now, if you won’t go away, just sit there and don’t say anything, OK? And another thing, Dick … don’t you think a little dance music would have broken up the tension some? Really, there’s nothing like watching Rhine Maidens doing a little



PREQUEL TO A BEGINNING Why Occupy Wall Street still matters It was the middle of September. An ad hoc coalition of political groups, mostly left of center, whose members were mostly young, came together to express their opinions outside the officially approved two-party paradigm. United by their anger and energy, these people held sit-ins. They marched. Throughout that fall and into part of the following year. They caught the attention of the media, inspiring activists around the country. In the end, the powers that be did what powers that be usually do: They sent in the cops. One year later, it was clear to most that the Free Speech Movement at University of California Berkeley had failed. Now we understand that the FSM was a prequel to a beginning. The FSM morphed into a movement that inspired widespread social unrest of the 1960s that centered on opposition to the Vietnam War. Everything that followed—feminists burning bras, gays rioting after the bust at the Stonewall Inn, America’s withdrawal from Vietnam—had its roots in that “failed” movement. One year after the first Occupy Wall Street encampments were set up, the movement is described as in disarray. Indeed, it’s hard to remember how big OWS was. What happened? “I think they’re idiots. They have no agenda,” Robert Nicholson, who works on Wall Street, tells The Los Angeles Times. “They have yet to come out with a policy statement.” “The movement [grew] too large too quickly. Without leaders or specific demands, what started as a protest against income inequality turned into an amorphous protest against everything wrong with the world,” argues the Associated Press.


I was at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., and Zuccotti Park in Manhattan. I agree with Mikell Kober of Brooklyn, who was protesting in front of a Bank of America branch. She told a reporter that OWS is “about creating a public space where people could gather and have a conversation about the things that need to change.” Coming up with a list of demands isn’t the point. Thinking outside the D vs. R box is. Now people know that electoral politics is theater. Real politics is in the streets. The flaw in Occupy was its basic original premise: occupying public space nonviolently. Occupying nonviolently is an oxymoron. If you decide to be nonviolent, you leave peacefully when the police show up to evict you. If you are determined to occupy public space, you must resort to violence in order to defend yourselves from police violence. OWS ought to have decided whether it wanted to be nonviolent or if it wanted to occupy public space. If it chose nonviolence, it could have engaged in acts of resistance—flash mobs, demonstrations, strikes—that did not require defending encampments. Though the physical presence of OWS is a shadow of its presence a year ago, the idea remains important—largely because the two major parties still refuse to engage the biggest problem we face: America’s growing poverty. “I don’t think Occupy itself has an enormous future,” Dr. Mark Naison, a professor at Fordham University, told the AP. “I think that movements energized by Occupy have an enormous future.” Like FSM nearly a half century ago, Occupy is the prequel to the beginning.

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And the winners are ... We can rebuild it, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the valSome businesses may think they have the inside track on the final results by lookley’s best “Best of” survey even better. Best of Boise will be that survey. Better than ing at their account pages at Urban Chalk. Well, sorry again, but those vote totals are it was before: Better, stronger, faster. a little misleading. First, they do not take into account those votes that were disIn fact, we did rebuild the venerable Best of Boise with the help qualified for either ballot stuffing or for failure to validate accounts. of a little technology. Don’t get us wrong, BoB retains the quintSecond, Urban Chalk is a year-round website, while we only count essential essence that has made it Boise Weekly’s most anticipated votes received during a specific time period for Best of Boise. issue of the year—all that tongue-in-cheek humor, sarcasm and The only way to know the true winners is right here in the final insight that has always set it apart from the imitators—but this results of Best of Boise. year, BoB got an upgrade with a little help from the team at While we have put a lot of focus on the new-and-improved Urban Chalk. aspects of BoB, we have taken a step into the past for one aspect of AT LEAST FIVE While voting has been done online-only for years, this time the edition—namely, the fact that it’s one edition rather than two. CONSECUTIVE around, the system included lists of local businesses competing in For the last several years, we’ve split Staff Picks and Readers’ Choice WINS each category, the ability to vote from your smartphone by scaninto two separate issues published over two consecutive weeks. ning a QR code and a chance for businesses to manage their own This time, though, we decided to put all the BoB goodness in a accounts and images. single issue. In these pages, you’ll find both the winners from our This year, 3,864 readers cast their ballots—a number that readers’ poll as well as a few Staff Picks selected by the BW editowould have been even higher if some voters hadn’t missed the rial team for some special recognition. part about having to validate their accounts through their email You’ll also notice the return of our awards for those winners AT LEAST TEN so we could ensure they weren’t robots sent to overthrow humanwho have landed on the top of the heap for five or 10 consecuCONSECUTIVE ity. And then there were the voters who neglected to read the part tive years. While most winners with these badges actually fall WINS in the instructions about having to answer at least 15 questions. somewhere around those marks, we only dole out the awards in Regardless of what system we use, a few people always think five-year increments. they can beat it and do some serious ballot-stuffing. In fact, early in the BoB voting Under all the bells and whistles, Best of Boise is ultimately an issue created by process, some locals were bragging about how easy it was to beat the system. the city and its residents. And while a lot has changed in the Treasure Valley over Sorry to burst your ballot-stuffing bubble, but we have measures in place to not the years, Best of Boise remains the original “best of” in the valley, and, may we only identify ballot stuffing but to eliminate those votes without the stuffers ever humbly add, the best. knowing about it. —Deanna Darr

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Nicole LeFavour She may be out of the Statehouse, but she’s still in readers’ hearts.

Best Local Politician

Best Local Weatherperson

Nicole LeFavour It’s hard to think of an Idaho politician who is more engaged with her constituents, more deeply concerned about the issues facing them and more committed to taking a stand—even if it’s hugely unpopular with the status quo—to do the right thing by Idahoans. Former North End Democratic State Sen. Nicole LeFavour has been fighting the good fight, often against major opposition, for eight years in the Idaho Statehouse—two terms in the House and two terms in the Senate. She’s running for U.S. Congress against longtime Republican 2nd Congressional District Rep. Mike Simpson, and while her legislative bravery will be missed in Boise, it seems like Washington, D.C., could use a dose of politics LeFavour-style. Second Place: Boise Mayor Dave Bieter Third Place: Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb

Scott Dorval, KIVI Channel 6 A millennia ago, Scott Dorval probably would have been stoned by a mob of angry villagers, because that’s how you dealt with practitioners of the dark arts. How else could you explain his uncanny ability to predict the weather? It’s a trait Boise Weekly readers have noticed, awarding Dorval the title of Best Local Weatherperson for the last six years. Of course, we’re guessing that these days, his tools of prognostication are more along the lines of computerized weather models and satellite imaging than chicken entrails and incantations invoking the spirits of the dead. However he does it, we’re not arguing with the results—dare we say, they seem almost magical? Second Place: Larry Gebert, KTVB Channel 7, Third Place: Rick Lantz, KTVB Channel 7,

Best Local Blogger

Boise Weekly We didn’t set out to unseat two-time winner Betsy Russell. Heck, we voted for her. That said, thanks, readers, for loving our blogs, Citydesk and Cobweb. Second Place: Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise, Third Place: B. Schultz,

Best Local twitterer

Boise Weekly Watch out @ladygaga, your 29 million Twitter followers ain’t nothing. @boiseweekly is coming for you. #danceoff @Klout-style? #thumbwar? We got it: #Tweetoff. @boiseweekly Second Place: Leigh Ann Dufurrena, @lilivonshtupp

Best Local DJ or Radio Personality

Ken Bass and Tim Johnstone, KRVB 94.9 FM The River In a venn diagram of River listeners and BW readers, we’d reckon there’s so much overlap of the two species that, from a distance, the picture might look like one big circle. We’re kind of like one big, happy family—BW and Ken and Tim and all of you. It’s not much of a surprise they took first place among BW readers, especially given their stellar lineup of regular guests, like the fab Dirt Diva, and frequent guests, like Mayor Dave Bieter. They make us laugh. Sometimes they make us laugh so hard we cry. Either way, they get us up in the morning, and for at least a little while, make the world seem like an OK place. Second Place: Mike and Kate, KCIX Mix 106 FM, Third Place: Nic and Big J, KQXR 100.3 FM The X,

Third Place: Albert Ma, @albear

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Best Local TV Station

Best Place to See and Be Seen

Downtown Boise KTVB Channel 7 Just once, we would love to conduct an experiment in which Channel 7 broadcasts nothing but a test pattern at 10 p.m. We have a sneaking suspicion that KTVB would still win the ratings’ battle. Carolyn Holly, Dee Sarton, Mark Johnson and Rick Lantz steamroll over the competition like a Panzer tank, and there’s no sign that they’ll stop advancing anytime soon. Second Place: KAID Idaho Public Television, Third Place: KBOI Channel 2,

Best Local News Source

Boise Weekly Aw, shucks. Gee whiz. You didn’t have to, but you did. So thanks. We couldn’t be more humbled by the show of appreciation—we work pretty hard around here to offer the most diverse coverage possible: from insightful and cutting-edge arts pieces to in-depth features and news stories that dig deeper than the headlines. And that’s not to mention our commitment to making everything we do available wherever you are through our ever-expanding Web presence. We’re starting to get a little misty, so we’ll just say it again: Thanks, Boise. You’re the best. Second Place: Boise State Public Radio/NPR, Third Place: KTVB Channel 7,

Best Local Nonprofit Organization

Boise Bicycle Project Boise Bicycle Project represents the whole spectrum of two-wheeled, human-powered transportation. It’s part bike shop, part educational center, part community center and part recycling center. BBP also organizes events, advocates for bikes and, since 2007, has donated more than 1,600 bicycles to area youth. Basically, it’s earned a very special place in the hearts of Boiseans. 1027 Lusk St., Boise. 208-429-6520. Second Place: Idaho Humane Society, Third Place: Idaho Foodbank,

There are places renowned for people watching—airports, fairs, Walmart—but for Boiseans, the place to add to that list is right smack in the middle of downtown. Second Place: Capital City Public Market, Third Place: Alive After Five,

Best Local Radio Station

KBSX 91.5 FM, Boise State Public Radio Terry, Ira, Lynne, Tom, Ray, Carl, Peter. Our readers are on a ďŹ rst-name basis with the hosts of public radio’s best shows—Fresh Air, This American Life, The Splendid Table, Car Talk, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me—because they have their dials glued to KBSX 91.5, Boise State Public Radio. Second Place: KRBX, 89.9 FM, Radio Boise Third Place: KRVB, 94.9 FM, The River,


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Best Local TV Anchor

Maggie O’Mara, KTVB Channel 7 Just how much do Boiseans love Maggie O’Mara? She can be off the air while on maternity leave for months and still win. As coanchor of the morning news, it’s O’Mara who helps ease so many of us into our day. Hell, anyone who can be up at that time and speak coherently deserves an award. Second Place: Dee Sarton, KTVB Channel 7, Third Place: Carolyn Holly, KTVB Channel 7,

Best Local Website

Boise Weekly You love us, you really love us. It’s the swimsuit model page, isn’t it? That’s what put us over the top this year, huh? Thousands of you dive into our news and A&E blogs, and how many of you fall down the black hole of our video world? We obsess over our website all day, every day, so it’s good to hear our handiwork doesn’t go unnoticed. Second Place: KTVB Channel 7, Third Place: Idaho Statesman,


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Discovery Center of Idaho Kayla Fandel may be too young for Adult Night, but no one is too old for the Discovery Center.

Best Local Cultural Attraction or Museum

Best Local Live Theater

Best Living Idaho Writer

Best Local Public Art

Alan Heathcock

Freak Alley

Second Place: Boise Art Museum,

This marks the 16th time Idaho Shakespeare Festival has claimed this title, so we think we should throw it a sweet 16 party to thank it for bringing us must-see summer theater. After all, ISF feels kind of like a member of the family for most Boiseans. We’ve watched it mature from its slightly awkward years of performances on a restaurant patio, to the years when it moved out and found its first place, to finally being able to afford its dream home. Now, it hosts get-togethers and invites everyone over. It’s quite generous, dishing out heaping portions of comedies, classics and musicals. It’s time to party—we have some balloons, anyone else want to chip in? 5654 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

In the storied annals of Best of Boise history, this victory may go down as one of the tightest ever, but it seems kind of fitting, considering Alan Heathcock is known for working hard to get his work in front of audiences. And what a lucky audience we are. Heathcock’s debut collection of short stories, Volt, has not only been racking up the awards and accolades, but two of the stories are being adapted to film. All the while, Heathcock has remained in the middle of Boise’s literary world while also teaching fiction writing at Boise State. He’s even lent his credibility to Boise Weekly’s own Fiction 101 writing contest by serving as one of the esteemed judges for the past two years— something we hope he’ll consider doing again. We’re not above begging.

Third Place: Old Idaho State Penitentiary,

Second Place: Boise Contemporary Theater,

Second Place: Anthony Doerr,

Thanks to the Internet, art is everywhere— even the Louvre is only a click away. But seeing art in person elicits an emotional reaction, one made all the more intense when the art happens in an unexpected place. Freak Alley is a continuously changing al fresco gallery on walls that border what was once an embarrassingly ugly parking lot. It’s a melange of imagery reflecting Boise’s iconography and imagination: Rocket ships and Native American symbols have shared space with robots and a homage to Hollywood Market’s late owner Margaret Lawrence. Unlike a traditional gallery, there’s no admission cost, it’s open 24 hours a day and you might feel a little charge when you realize that one of the coolest pieces of art you’ve ever seen is a few yards away from a dumpster. From Eighth Street to Ninth Street, between Bannock and Idaho streets

Third Place: Boise Little Theater,

Third Place: Tim Woodward,

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Discovery Center of Idaho Boise Art Museum used to have a lock on this category, but in a stunning upset, the Discovery Center of Idaho snagged the top spot in Boiseans’ hearts this year. Why? Could it have anything to do with the beer the Discovery Center serves at its adult nights? Of course the hands-on, family friendly science exhibits that fill the space the rest of the time are great, but if you want to earn a place in the hearts of the voting population, a little booze never hurts either. 131 W. Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895,

Second Place: Traffic Box Murals, Third Place: Anne Frank Statue,

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Trey McIntyre Project Blowing audiences—and its own dancers—off their feet.

Best Local Dance Company

Best Local Venue to See a Band

Trey McIntyre Project

Idaho Botanical Garden

We’re starting to see a pattern here: Best of Boise has included the Best Dance Company category for three years and TMP has won the category for three years. We think it’s safe to say that the renowned modern ballet company is no one-hit wonder. In fact, the hits just keep on rolling. Whether it’s serving as Boise’s cultural ambassadors, touring Asia as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored program, or just racking up national and international praise for the skill and innovation being churned out by company dancers and its choreographer-in-chief Trey McIntyre, TMP has the moves down. In its short time in Boise, the company has become well-loved by the community, as they’ve shown up at fundraisers and committed random acts of dance. Being obscenely talented doesn’t hurt, either. 2285 Warm Springs Ave., Boise,

Imagine carting a picnic into Neurolux or Knitting Factory, spreading your quilted blanket onto the sticky floor, unpacking a few wedges of nice cheese and a soft hunk of bread, and then having them promptly pancaked under a stumbling dude’s sneaker. That won’t happen at Idaho Botanical Garden during the Knitting Factory’s Outlaw Field Concert Series. Framed by the majestic Foothills, our readers enjoy rock ’n’ roll while reclining and relishing their favorite Roquefort. 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

Second Place: Ballet Idaho, Third Place: Red Light Variety Show,

Best Local Movie Theater

The Flicks Was there ever any question over Boise’s favorite moviegoing experience? Enjoying an Oscar winner with a glass of chardonnay is still one of the best things to do on a Friday night ... or Saturday or Sunday. And anyone who thinks that The Flicks is old-fashioned clearly hasn’t enjoyed the theater’s new digital equipment, installed in April, which offers pristine picture and sound quality. The Flicks beat out its BoB competition nearly two-to-one. 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, Second Place: Egyptian Theatre, Third Place: Country Club Reel Theatre,

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Second Place: Knitting Factory Concert House, Third Place: Neurolux,

Best Idaho Visual Artist

Ward Hooper When you see a Ward Hooper print, you may very well think you’re looking at a vintage piece of art—and indeed, some of his subjects are American icons: Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, the Rat Pack. From images of the great Idaho outdoors, to Boise State football, to the Caldwell Night Rodeo, to an Airedale terrier, to a cat with a pacifier in its mouth, Hooper’s Art Nouveau-esque illustration style evokes the past but his bold designs are timeless—and affordable. At Hooper’s gallery/store, you can find a giclee print of a brook trout for your favorite fisherman/woman or the historic Bronco football 2009 season for the person who bleeds blue and orange. At the Ward Hooper Gallery of Art, past meets the present. 745 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-287-8150, wardhooper. com Second Place: Tyler James Bush, Third Place: Adam Rosenlund, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Curtis Stigers Boise’s hometown boy is making the world groove.

Best Local Musician

Best Local Art Gallery

Curtis Stigers

Boise Art Museum

In his hometown of Boise, you’re more likely to see Curtis Stigers thumbing through albums at the Record Exchange than on stage. It’s not because he doesn’t want to perform in Boise, it’s because he can’t—he’s too busy playing stages all over the world. Stigers is well-known as both a saxophonist and a singer and is popular in both jazz and pop circles. He released his 10th studio album this year, Let’s Go Out Tonight, and will spend much of October and November touring Switzerland, France, Denmark, Germany and the West Coast. When he does get the chance to perform at home, the Emmy winner has no problem selling out the Egyptian Theatre. Maybe the fact that it’s Stigers’ low, sultry voice we hear singing the theme song to the acclaimed TV show Sons of Anarchy has a little something to do with it.

An art museum is vital to a community’s well-being, especially in a city like Boise, where “an” art museum means “the” art museum—as in, there isn’t another museum of its size for miles. Boise Art Museum serves those for whom it may be the only museum they’ve ever stepped into and also those who grew up spending Saturdays wandering the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. From the permanent collection, which includes work by local artists, to quintessentially 21st century exhibits such as Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth (up through the end of 2012), BAM is a Boise institution that educates and enriches the lives of every person who walks through its halls. And as a bonus, the BAM gift shop always offers cool items related to the main exhibit—for example, Nick Cave magnets, notecards, scarves and even punching bags. 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330,

Second Place: Rebecca Scott, Third Place: Doug Martsch,

Best Local Architectural Treasure

Egyptian Theatre Boise wouldn’t be the same without its signature arts palace, the Egyptian Theatre. Built in 1927, and taking an architectural cue from the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the Egyptian is a feast for the senses. The auditorium—and proscenium in particular—features eye-popping embellishments that would have made Tut feel at home. Hosting everything from seminars to dances, plays, concerts and local indie films to blockbuster premieres, the theater serves not only as a community gathering place but a lode stone for Boise’s art scene. 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Second Place: Visual Arts Collective, Third Place: Flying M Coffeehouse,

Best Local Band

Built to Spill Apparently being highly influential artists is a thing now, because genuine indie-rock superstars Built to Spill topped the list of Best Local Bands once again this year, despite stiff competition from a rogue’s gallery of up-andcomers. Long live the type of shoddy construction that leads to spillage. Second Place: Hillfolk Noir, Third Place: Finn Riggins,

Second Place: Boise Depot, Third Place: Old Idaho State Penitentiary, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation ARea Still the best after all these years.

Best Local Sports Team

Best Local Bike Shop

Best Ski Resort in Idaho

Boise Bicycle Project

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Best Local Ski Shop

Greenwood’s Ski Haus Boise State Broncos Football We never thought we’d say it, but Boise State could use some love. After losing to Michigan State on Sept. 1—the Broncos first seasonopening loss in seven years—more than a few fans were stunned. But come on, guys, nobody’s perfect. In fact, fans may have become a bit complacent in expecting win after win after win after ... well, win. But perhaps more than ever, the boys in blue and orange need their fans unlike ever before. Go Big Blue. Second Place: Treasure Valley Roller Girls, Third Place: Idaho Steelheads,

After coming in second in 2011, Boise Bicycle Project has bested other shops as No. 1 in town, toppling the reign of George’s Cycles and Fitness. BBP, which celebrates four years in October, regularly asks for donations of unwanted gear and offers free classes on bike safety and repair for members and nonmembers alike. With a DIY-focus and repping strong grassroots activism, BBP has been a rising star in the cycling community. Though it may not your traditional bike shop, that doesn’t mean BBP is not “the best thing since applesauce and potato chips.” 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-4296520, Second Place: George’s Cycles and Fitness,

Lessee, get up super-early and truck several hundred miles through poor driving conditions to spend a small fortune on a lift ticket and then probably have to pop for a hotel room at “only Bruce Willis can afford to sleep here” prices, OR sleep in, meet friends for coffee, then only have to drive a half hour to hit the slopes for a few hours, then head back home in time to catch a show at Neurolux and sleep in your own bed. Which to choose, which to choose ...?

Oh, Bob Greenwood, let us count the years Boise has loved your store. One, two, three, four, five, six ... how about we just leave it at: since the day you opened your first humble storefront? 2400 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-342-6808, Second Place: McU Sports, Third Place: Idaho Mountain Touring,

Second Place: Brundage Mountain Resort, Third Place: Sun Valley Ski Resort,

Third Place: Bob’s Bicycles,

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Newt & Harold’s Keeping Boise on board(s).

Best Local Board Shop

Newt & Harold’s Any way you ride, Newt & Harold’s has a ride for you. Plus, the company throws pretty rad rail jams, sells a shitton of good kicks and its employees are just all-around good peeps. 1021 Broadway Ave., 208-385-9300, Second Place: The Board Room, Third Place: Prestige Skateboards,

Best Local Yoga Instructor

Jamie Mitchell, Bikram Yoga

Best Local Golf Course

Warm Springs Golf Course Boiseans seeking some serenity and lush, green grass needn’t travel further than Warm Springs Avenue, where they can swing and swear for 18 holes, surrounded by mature trees and the Boise River. Warm Springs Golf Course provides plenty of fun with leagues and tournaments for those already acquainted with their clubs, as well as lessons for newbies. With reasonable green fees, you can afford to finally get better at your game and still enjoy some spectacular scenery. 2495 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-343-5661, Second Place: Shadow Valley Golf Course, Third Place: Banbury Golf Course,

While the capital city is technically nicknamed for its abundance of trees, it could just as easily be named the City of Yogis, with plenty of places to bend, stretch and align your chakras. And while yoga studios may be similar to hairdressers, with people fiercely loyal to whatever place they frequent, Bikram Yoga’s Jamie Mitchell has come out on top of the super-flexible heap. The Idaho native studied with Bikram Choudhury in India for 10 weeks and uses her teaching skills to give the Bikram faithful workouts for the body and mind on the regular. 3243 S. Federal Way, Ste. B, Boise, 208-426-YOGA, Second Place: Marisa Smith Weppner, Sage Yoga and Wellness, Third Place: Brittany McConnell, Desert Bloom Yoga,


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Edward’s Greenhouse Plants rule in the world of the greenhouse.

Best Local Gardening Store and Nursery

Edward’s Greenhouse Edwards Greenhouse should provide patrons an explorer’s map upon entering. Navigating the nursery’s sprawling 10-acre jungle of lush greenery is enough to disorient even the savviest, khaki-wearing safari-goer. But after perusing row after endless row of veggie starts, fruit trees, succulents and hanging flower baskets, you’ll wind your way back to the cash register, arms loaded with a secret garden’s worth of pretty plants. 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548,

Best Local Gym

Downtown YMCA The Downtown Boise Y has three pools, a fullcourt gym, climbing wall, weight-lifting systems, a cardio fitness center, three racquetball courts and many more amenities. But the true foundation of the Y is its social responsibility, providing a safe place to develop trusting relationships while engaging in scores of wellness initiatives. Best of all, the Y opens its doors to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. No one is denied services because of an inability to pay. 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5502, Second Place: Axiom Fitness,

Best Local Bank

Idaho Central Credit Union Banks have taken a beating in the image department of late, and it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for them. But that’s why it’s so important to give a nod to those that are doing things right, and Idaho Central Credit Union is once again topping the list of local banks that have earned actual affection from their customers. Good rates, fair treatment and plenty of options for making banking easy have all helped ICCU score another win. Imagine it, actually liking your bank. Multiple locations, Second Place: Capital Educators Federal Credit Union, Third Place: D.L. Evans Bank,

Best Local Wine Shop

Boise Co-Op Wine Shop The North End’s beloved Boise Co-Op boasts a beer mart and some vino varieties in its main store, but right across the often-tricky-to-navigate parking lot sits a wine drinker’s paradise: Boise Co-Op Wine Shop. Wine lovers flock to the local store, which now houses more than 3,600 wine selections. Ask a staff member to help you find your favorite bottle or venture to one of the shop’s tastings and take your taste buds on an adventure. 915 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-472-4519, Second Place: Bueno Cheapo Vino,

Second Place: Zamzows, Third Place: 36th Street Garden Center,

Third Place: West Boise YMCA,

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Winco Foods BIY at WinCo—as in bag it yourself.

Best Local Grocery Store

Best Local Spa

Two Rivers Salon and Spa

WinCo Foods OK, let’s get this out of the way: WinCo Foods is a local grocery store because the company is based in Boise. Surprise! In fact the “I” in WinCo stands for Idaho, along with Washington, Nevada, California and Oregon, where the company does business—but considering there are also stores in Arizona and Utah, shouldn’t it be spelled WinCoau? The employee-owned biz has legions of fans in the Treasure Valley, all of whom are more than willing to sacrifice fancy decor for savings. We’ll even happily bag our own purchases because operating those moving belts is actually kind of fun. Big props go out to the kickin’ WinCo bulk foods section and we love that the store has finally added smaller hand-held baskets for those of us not shopping for an army. Multiple locations, Second Place: Boise Co-op,

It’s tough work being beautiful. No one wakes up looking all that attractive, and between the styling products, lotions, eyebrow plucking, anti-aging this and thats, spot creams, under-eye rejuvenators, teeth whiteners and assorted potions and products we use to try to look socially acceptable, it’s amazing we ever make it out of the house. Sometimes you just need a little help getting your pretty on, and that’s where Two Rivers Salon and Spa comes in. For the second year in a row, Two Rivers has topped the list of spots readers head when they need to relax, exfoliate and otherwise look better. Whether it’s a massage, facial or a pedicure in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows facing out on the Boise River, Two Rivers helps make things just a little easier. 661 S. Rivershore Lane, Ste. 100, Eagle, 208-938-9060, Second Place: Graeber and Co.,

Third Place: Paul’s Market, Third Place: Rejuv Medspa,

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All ABout Games So many games, so little time.

Best Local Toy Store

Best Local Tattoo Parlor

All About Games

Inkvision Tattoo

Let’s do some word association: How do you feel when you read the words “play,” “toy” or “game.” See, you can’t help but smile to yourself, can you? Now, imagine a wonderful place that’s full of nothing but toys and games that encourage you to carve out a little play time in your day. Such is the world of All About Games, where all the games are non-electronic and you can discover board and card games from around the world. Need someone to play with? No worries. The Overland Road location hosts regular game nights to get game enthusiasts together for a little old-school fun. The downtown Boise location also offers education-based toys, so really, there’s no excuse for not adding some play to your day. 7079 Overland Road, Boise, 208-343-5653; 120 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-0204,

“Hmmmm,” you say. “Looking at my epidermis is about as interesting as watching corn grow. I think I’ll get a tattoo.” Don’t let the thinking stop there, and definitely don’t give your neighbor’s recently released cousin the money to get his tattoo kit out of hawk. Save your scrilla and make an appointment at Inkvision. If you need convincing, wander through any festival in Boise, find someone festooned with a tattoo so cool you wish you could cut it out and hang it on your living-room wall (Just don’t say that last part. To anyone. Ever.) and ask where he/she got inked. You’re likely to learn that it was done at Inkvision. Soon, you’ll be walking around looking smart, too—even if it’s a tattoo of an ear of corn. 516 Americana Blvd., Boise, 208-383-0912,

Second Place: Children’s Store,

Third Place: Chalice Tattoo Studio,

Third Place: The Record Exchange,

Best Local Secondhand Store

Lux Fashion Lounge If you need a new Saturday night frock on the quick but don’t want to fork over the dough for a boutique buy, pop into Lux and sift through some of the sweet secondhand scores. A new-to-you dress and slick pair of heels from Lux will leave plenty left in your pocket to drop on drinks. 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3444589, Second Place: Idaho Youth Ranch,

Second Place: A Mind’s Eye Tattoo,

Best Local Furniture Store

Renewal Consignment Homewares Time and again, Boise Weekly readers put Renewal at the top of their lists when it comes to furniture. Not only can you get a great deal because all the pieces are gently loved, but it’s where to go to find unusual pieces you won’t see anywhere else. Love a little rustic flare while your best bud is all about modern lines? You can find both at Renewal. It’s kind of like the United Nations of home decor—everything from everywhere getting along. 517 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-5444,

Third Place: Repeat Boutique Second Place: CHF Home Furnishings, Third Place: Ricochet Home Consignment, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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Best Local CD and Record Store

Best Local Men’s Clothing

D&B Supply The Record Exchange To be blunt, this categor y might as well be “Only Record Store in Town.” However, even if it wasn’t the only game in town, with its giant stock of CDs, vinyl and DVDs, its knowledgeable staff and cultural capital by the bucketful, The Record Exchange would still win. Muhammad Ali-like, it’s just that good. 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, Second Place: Boise Public Library, Third Place: Red Letter Books and Cafe,

Best Local Appliance Store

Jim’s Appliance and Furniture When shopping for appliances, if the store doesn’t have a bright red “Jim’s” sign on the roof, it’s a second-best experience. Since 1960, the family owned Jim’s Appliance and Furniture has served as Idaho’s largest independent GE appliance retailer and offers a local alternative to big purchases for the home. As the winner of a pile of Best of Boise awards, Jim’s is a Boise icon. 1115 Lusk St., Boise, 208-345-7711, Second place: CHF Home Furnishings, Third Place: Renew Appliance Co.,

OK, we’re used to BW readers surprising us, but we have to admit, this one threw us for a loop. We’re not saying that D&B isn’t a fine establishment, but considering the high-end fashion nature of past winners, this result was a little out of left field—or maybe the back 40. Still, we have to hand it to readers for acknowledging the consistent quality that D&B has provided area families since 1959, when it opened in Caldwell. Now that it has gone all multi-state (with locations in Oregon, too), it’s still the go-to place for Western wear—whether you’re wearing it because you actually work on a ranch or farm, or you just want some sweet cowboy boots. Multiple locations, Second Place: Lux Fashion Lounge, Third Place: Alexander Davis Men’s Clothing

Best Local Women’s Clothing Store

Dragonfly Local stylistas may not have the options that cities like New York or Los Angeles have, but when they go on vacation to said metropolises, they definitely don’t stick out. Dragonfly sits quietly, secretly housing walls of unique accessories, shoes, cute coats, dresses and gifts that are anything but run-of-the-mill and keep Boise women stylin’ while pumping cash into the local economy. 414 Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234 Second Place: Lux Fashion Lounge,

Best Gift Shop

Third Place: Barbara Barbara and Co.


Best Local Hotel

Not only does this unassuming shop on the east side of downtown provide plenty of chic accessories and clothing, but it is one heck of a place to find a nifty gifty for someone you like, or decided to pretend to like so you could attend their party. Whatever the case, Dragonfly is the place to find something that will have that someone thinking how creative and thoughtful you are. 414 Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234

The Modern Hotel and Bar

Second Place: Flying M Coffeehouse,

Though the Modern Hotel and Bar is known for its minimalist aesthetic—sleek mid-century furniture, elegant lighting, classic color schemes—that doesn’t mean it skimps on the amenities. Pillow top mattresses, Aveda hair and body care products, iPod docking stations, rainfall showers, wireless Internet access and flat-screen HDTVs all make this boutique Linen District hotel the hippest—and most comfy— hotel in town. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208424-8244,

Third Place: Bricolage, Second Place: Hotel 43, Third Place: Grove Hotel,

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Dragonfly No diamonds doesn’t mean the jewelry doesn’t sparkle.

Best Jewelry Store

Dragonfly This year’s victor in the category of all things that glitter doesn’t have a cheesy television commercial or radio jingle that will get stuck in your head until you consider trying to push it out of your brain with a pencil in your ear. But the small boutique does have plenty of funky, original adornments glistening in and around big glass cases, sans the hefty price tag of the engagement ring purveyors. 414 Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234 Second Place: Bricolage, Third Place: Indie Made,

Best Local Smokeshop

Hannifin’s Cigar Shop Hannifin’s is the kind of cigar shop you would shoot a movie about cigar shops in. From its weathered brick exterior, to its the old glass doors and battered wood floors, Hannifin’s is about as old Boise as it gets. Established in 1904, but doing business at its current location since 1908, it has served customers in the tens of thousands—either queuing up to buy smokes or just dropping by to puff away and B.S. in its dimly lit coziness. Rumors and lore surrounding its 104 years of business at 11th and Main streets abound: from speculation that its basement is connected to the old network of Chinese tunnels, to the ghost of a murderer who supposedly haunts its bathroom. When it comes to history, Hannifin’s definitely isn’t just blowing smoke. 1024 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-7473

Best Local Shoe Store

Shu’s Idaho Running Company Boiseans who love running but hate the various aches, pains and potential injuries that can come with the sport rejoice in having a store like Shu’s Idaho Running Company in town. The staff will analyze your feet with a map that, to the untrained eye, looks a lot like what weather forecasters put on TV, so you get just the right fit. Don’t shop if you’re feeling lackadaisical—it’s nearly impossible to buy shoes at Shu’s without taking them on a test sprint around the strip mall first. One trip here, and you may favor your Sauconys over your stilettos. 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-3446604, Second Place: Bandanna Running and Walking, Third Place: Piece Unique and Shoez,

Best Local Hair Salon

Graeber and Company It’s easy to feel high-end before you even sit your butt down in a stylist’s chair at this downtown salon and spa, with gold letters adding to its stately street side appearance and an open, pristine feel indoors. It’s the place for chic downtowners to get their nails done and their hairs did. Plus Graeber also offers waxing, brow tinting, massage, and skin and nail care services so you can look your best strutting down the downtown streets. 350 N. Ninth St., Ste. 103, Boise, 208-343-4915,

Second Place: Sturman’s Smoke Shop Third Place: Big Smoke

Second Place: Azure Hair Studio, Third Place: Dv8 Salon,

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Metro Express Trust us, it’s time to wash your car.

Best Local Car Wash

Metro Express Washing your car may be great summertime fun for kids, but trust us, Metro Express will do a better job. In one-tenth of the time. Choose your own car-washing adventure, pre-pay on the automated machine and let the swishing and swirling commence. Vacuuming is a DIY deal at Metro Express, so take as much time as you want to suck out all the dirt or just drive right on by the vacuum station. Multiple locations, Second Place: J’s Ultimate Hand Car Wash, Third Place: Like Nu Car Wash

Best Antique Store

Antique World Mall Antiquing has gone from a torture device inflicted by grandmothers on their grandchildren when they’re supposed to be spending quality time to a weekend activity enjoyed by multiple generations. The Antique World Mall provides all the vintage apparel, home decor, china, jewelry and the like that any antiquer could hope for, and keeps browsers buzzing with complimentary coffee. 4544 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-5350, Second Place: Blue Moon Antiques Third Place: Atomic Treasures

Best Local Bookstore

Rediscovered Books A good bookstore is a lot like the products it sells: It has to grab you, then settle into a comfortable place, all the while building upon itself, opening up new aspects and ideas with each chapter until you’re ultimately hooked. It has to envelope you in a world you can get lost in and can’t wait to get back to once you’ve left so you can find out what happens next. It’s a formula Rediscovered Books has mastered, creating a place where bibliophiles can indulge in the written word—whether it’s in the form of a new book or joining others at a book reading, signing or a discussion group. The store has earned the loyalty and love of Boise book lovers for years, as evidenced by the fact that BW readers have voted it tops in this category for the past five years. We’re just happy we have a place where we can go to breathe in the intoxicating scent of a real book. 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, Second Place: Boise Public Library, Third Place: Hyde Park Books,

Best Local Ethnic Market

The Basque Market When Boise’s Basque transplants are looking to whip up a meal just like ama used to make, they swing by The Basque Market for hardto-find Spanish imports like Picuezo whole red piquillo peppers, Serpis anchovy-stuffed green olives, Piment d’Espelette and Gutierrez Colosia Vinagre de Jerez. And those who need a Basque food fix but are in a pinch for time stop by to load their plates with piles of pre-made pintxos. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, Second Place: Campos Market Third Place: Orient Market

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Modern Hotel and Bar Michael Bowers makes a cocktail a work of art.

Best Local Bartender

Michael Bowers, Modern Hotel and Bar This category is an upset, folks. After several years of watching this year’s second-place finisher take the top honors, the Modern’s Michael Bowers has finally mixed up things and unseated Mark Allen as Boise’s Best Local Bartender. Bowers crafts classic and original cocktails for the Modern Hotel and Bar, paying special attention to unusual spirits and flavor pairings. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-4248244,

Best Local Bar

Neurolux Neurolux is just like Cheers—if you added live music and fashionable black walls. And except that while everybody knows your name, it’s not for reasons either party will admit. So, it’s nothing like Cheers. 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, Second Place: Bittercreek Ale House, Third Place: Pengilly’s Saloon

Best Local Gay Bar

Second Place: Mark Allen, Barbacoa,

The Balcony Club

Best Local Brewpub

Best Local Place for Cocktails

Payette Brewing Company

Modern Hotel and Bar

When Payette Brewing Company opened its doors in Garden City in May 2011, the Boise craft brew scene was on the brink of blowing up. And by pushing its signature beers—Payette Pale Ale, Mutton Buster Brown, Outlaw IPA—to taps and grocery shelves across town, Payette has solidified its place among the newbies and OGs as one of Boise’s best local breweries. Though the brewery’s tasting room doesn’t serve food like most brewpubs, it does host plenty of food trucks and live bands to keep the beer-swillers full and hoppy. 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011,

Whether sipping a mezcal and sage cocktail or savoring a burns-so-good Devil Heart, the Modern’s minimalist patio is the perfect place to unwind. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-4248244,

Third Place: Kelly Friederich, Mulligans Why? Cause it’s raining shirtless men in there, mo-fos. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313,

Second Place: Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery, Third Place: Sockeye Grill and Brewery,

Second Place: Red Feather Lounge, Third Place: Barbacoa,

Best Local Strip Club

The Torch

Second Place: Lucky Dog Tavern

Doesn’t matter how you cut it, the ladies at The Torch do it best. 1826 Main St., Boise, 208-344-0218,

Third Place: Neurolux,

Second Place: Satin Dolls, Third Place: Torch 2,

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Hyde Park Pub & Grill Sports are on and the beer is cold.



Best Local Sports Bar

Best Local Happy Hour

Hyde Park Pub and Grill


Beer choices and pub food go hand in hand with good sports bars. For Boise Weekly readers, that means Hyde Park Pub and Grill. While staples like hot wings, burgers and sandwiches are kept close at hand, the menu also offers less conventional fare like bruschetta, hummus and even a bowl of steaming edamame, ripe for snacking during a white-knuckled playoff game. Perhaps it was its nonstop Olympics coverage during the heat of this year that helped cement its lead over 2011 winner Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar and Grill. No matter the reason, Boiseans voted the neighborhood bar as the best place to catch all the sports action. 1501 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-336-9260,

When a place has two happy hours and famous ice martinis, it’s guaranteed to be among the best in Boise. 276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 208-338-5000,

Second Place: Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar and Grill, Third Place: Bittercreek Ale House,

Second Place: Neurolux, Third Place: Bittercreek Ale House,

Best Local Martini

Red Feather Lounge Recipe for Red Feather’s classic gin martini: Take 2.5 ounces of gin, half an ounce of dry vermouth, stir in ice until the cubes float and serve up in a classic, curved-lip glass. Then, add a splash of electronica, a flash of blue lights and wait for the chill to wash over you. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813,

Best Local Dance Club

Second Place: Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery,

The Balcony Club

Third Place: Chandlers Steakhouse,

Something about The Balcony Club keeps readers coming back and voting it Best of Boise. Maybe it’s watching the downtown weekend crowd filter through the streets from the wraparound terrace on Eighth Street, maybe it’s the get-up-and-move tunes that the DJ spins from a lofty, concealed locale upstairs, maybe it’s the prime party crowd that can most always be found there, or maybe it’s the muscle-laden shirtless bartenders. Whatever the reason, it’s clearly the place Boiseans love to go when they want to get down. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313,

Best Local Karaoke Bar

Terry’s State Street Saloon Terry’s has a sound system loud as a Norse god and a book of songs as thick as the ramblings of a Judeo-Christian deity. Can’t ask for more than that. 3301 N. Collister Drive, Boise, 208-331-8225, Second Place: 44 Club, Third Place: Navajo Room

Second Place: Neurolux, Third Place: Humpin’ Hannah’s

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Fanci Freez We all scream for ice cream.

Best Local Frozen Treat

Best Local Fine Dining

Best Local Family Restaurant


Flatbread Community Oven

For some, fine dining is defined by a price point—the more expensive a restaurant is, the finer it must be. For others, fine restaurants are determined by a chef’s reputation—the more notable a chef’s name, the finer an establishment is reputed to be. And yet for others, it’s all about the experience of meal—a particularly pleasing assault on all the senses throughout the duration of a visit. Barbacoa, with its promise to “stimulate your senses” and “elevate your mind,” is a restaurant that falls squarely into the fine-dining category—a place where food is beautiful inside and out, a place where “fine” is defined by an experience that BW readers say is the best in Boise. 276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 208-338-5000,

Finding a restaurant that makes everyone in the family happy is a task akin to, well, finding a restaurant that makes everyone in the family happy. When kids proclaim they only want pizza, and images of dancing costumed characters and beeping games come to mind, it’s the parents who want to cry. But there is an answer. Yes, a place where the kids not only get their pizza (and can even help make it) but the grown-ups can have an adult beverage and even have toppings on their pizza that stray beyond the limitations of pepperoni and cheese. It’s a magical land where classy casual meets kid friendly. Thank you, Flatbread Community Oven, for doing your part in keeping families together. You should run for office or something. Seriously. Multiple locations,

Fanci Freez Fanci Freez, the ice cream shack of your youth, is still that State Street oasis luring you to pull out of rush-hour traffic to grab a neonbright dipped cone, or a hard chocolate-shell frozen banana, or perhaps a jumbo homemade lemonade, but definitely a Boston Shake—a full shake with a sundae on top. Winter, spring, summer or fall, all our tastebuds have to do is call and we’ve got a friend at Fanci Freez. 1402 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-8661 Second Place: Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour Third Place: Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt,

Second Place: Chandlers Steakhouse, Third Place: Red Feather Lounge,

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Best Local Breakfast

Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro For years, Goldy’s recipe for success has included hot coffee, fresh ingredients and morning mimosas, the likes of which have propelled the downtown eatery into the hearts of both hangover crowds and Sunday brunchgoers. While the long lines outside Goldy’s on busy Saturday mornings cause some patrons to shy away, the new Goldy’s Corner offers coffee and tables where you can wait for a table. Now celebrating its 12th year with the title, Goldy’s shows no signs of giving up its role as best breakfast slingers anytime soon. 108 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-345-4100, Second Place: Big City Coffee, Third Place: The Capri

Second Place: Bar Gernika, Third Place: Flying Pie Pizzaria,



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El Gallo Giro Kuna Head south of boise to eat south of the border.

Best Local South of the Border Restaurant

Best Local Patio

El Gallo Giro Kuna

Nothing goes better with people watching than the choice of 1 bazillion beers on tap and gastropub delights with a local focus. Well, maybe a winning lottery ticket. You won’t get that at Bittercreek, but it has the rest in spades. 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813,

It has finally happened—someone has broken the near stranglehold Chapala has had on this category for more than a decade. What did it take? A menu filled with traditional and local favorites, sauces that can stand on their own, giant sizzling molcajete bowls filled with all sorts of goodness, tableside guacamole, friendly servers and a respectable margarita. Don’t believe us? Just check out the line snaking outside the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night. 482 W. Third St., Kuna, 208-922-5169, Second Place: Chapala, Third Place: Andrade’s Restaurant,

Best Local Pizza

Flying Pie Pizzaria Since 1979, Flying Pie Pizzaria has been tossing “Whirled Famous” pies made with fresh local and imported ingredients, leading Boiseans to vote it Best of Boise for years. With this, its sixth year on the Best Pizza throne, new owner Florian Penalva has doubled down on offering habanero pies in the summertime and continues the pizzeria’s gourmet night tradition on Tuesdays. The two locations on Fairview Avenue and State Street recently underwent remodels but retain their classic charm. 4320 W. State St., Boise, 208-3840000; 6508 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-3763454, Second Place: Casanova Pizzeria, Third Place: Flatbread Community Oven,

Bittercreek Ale House

Second Place: Bardenay Boise, Third Place Tie: Bardenay Eagle,; 13th St. Pub and Grill,

Best Local Indian Food

Madhuban Indian Cuisine A host of flavored naan options, tandoori chicken and the chickpea-lover’s chana saag all greet Indian food fans at State Street’s Madhuban Indian Cuisine. Staples like the well-spiced curries and mulligatawny soup round out the traditional Indian eats that have had BW readers piling in for years. 6930 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-8215, Second Place: Bombay Grill, Third Place: Taj Mahal,

Best Local Burger

Boise Fry Company Boise Fry Company may claim its burgers are side dishes, but with fresh ingredients in innovative combinations, they deserve just as much of the spotlight as the fries. 111 Broadway Ave., Ste. 111, Boise, 208-495-3858; 3083 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-965-1551, Second Place: Bittercreek Ale House, Third Place: Big Jud’s,

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The Capri Offering morning-after relief to pounding heads for years.

Best Local Hangover Food

The Capri Behind the counter, The Capri sells T-shirts listing all the reasons it will never win Best of Boise. Not listed is that it was clearly too hungover to notice how many times it has won. Clearly, when it comes to breakfast “the morning after,” this place knows your struggle. 2520 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-342-1442

Best Local Sandwich Shop

Cobby’s Cobby’s dominates this category for good reason. The eatery is true blue Boise, having served patrons since 1978. From the selfserve chips and fruit to the array of sandwich options, Cobby’s eschews the franchise atmosphere in favor of a customer-centered, hometown feel. Multiple locations,

Second Place: Pie Hole, Second Place: Baguette Deli, Third Place: Los Betos Third Place: Deli George,

Best Local Coffeehouse

Flying M Coffeehouse Our readers have bean around the world, and they like Flying M “a latte.” We think that’s a well grounded opinion. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320, Second Place: Big City Coffee,

Best Local Sushi

Shige Japanese Cuisine After 20 years slicing some of the freshest maguro in the land-locked valley, chef Shige Matsuzawa has become synonymous with sushi in Boise. And after winning this category for seven years, he’s on a roll. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, Boise, 208-338-8423,

Third Place: Java,

Second Place: Superb Sushi,

Best Local Chinese Food

Third Place: Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar,

Yen Ching The lady will have egg drop soup. The gentleman will have the hot and sour soup. And we’ll share lemon chicken, ginger beef, pecan shrimp and vegetable fried rice. Don’t forget the green tea. 305 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-384-0384, Second Place: Twin Dragon, Third Place: Golden Phoenix Oriental Express

Best Local Thai Food

Mai Thai Stop whatever you are doing right now and go to Mai Thai’s lunch buffet. Seriously. Now. Why are you still reading? 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8424, Second Place: Chiang Mai House Thai, Third Place: Thai Cuisine,


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


Best Local Food Truck

Best Local Dinner


Archie’s Place

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

In the inaugural year of this category, Archie’s Place takes home the crown for best food truck. Racing onto the local food scene in 2011, food trucks now number more than two dozen across the valley. Archie’s has rolled up to all manner of events, including concerts and the monthly Boise Food Truck Rally. Owner Jason Farber’s signature sloppy grilled cheese pairs piping hot beef and cheese wedged between toasted bread slices, or substitute the mythical “unicorn meat” for a vegetarian option.

Few dishes have the sort of reputation around town that makes other dishes squirm with envy. Barbacoa, however, has two of the most well-known—and most infamous—dishes in Boise: smooth, punchy guacamole made tableside and the fire-sputtering Hot Rock Filet. Serve one right after the other to a table of hungry patrons and it makes for what Boise Weekly readers have decided is the best dinner in town. Also not to be missed: any of Chef Enrique Martinez’s seafood specials and the chile relleno served whole. 276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 208-338-5000,

Second Place: B29 Streatery,

Second Place: Fork,

Third Place: Saint Lawrence Gridiron,

Third Place: Bittercreek Ale House,

Best Local Seafood

Best Dessert

Fresh Off the Hook

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Local Table Grapes & Gourmet Melons Q Apples, Peaches & Pears Q Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers & Summer Squash Q Meats & Mushrooms Q Farm Fresh Milk & Eggs Q Artisan Farmstead Cheeses

*IDaHo SPecIaLTY FooDs



Local Jam, Jellies and Honey Q Fresh Pasta Q Take ‘n Bake Lasagna Q Bar-B-Q Sauces, Pasta Sauces & Salad Dressings Q Pizza by the Slice Q Crepes Q Award Winning Idaho Wines Q Fresh Baked Breads, Pastries & Pies

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Pottery Q Jewelry Q Mosaics Q Handcrafted Metal Works Q Hand Painted Silk Q Fiber Art Q Hand Carved Wooden Items Q Photography Q Paintings Q Natural Bath & Body Products Q Hand Blown & Fused Glass Items

Le Cafe de Paris

Finding good seafood when you’re not in sight of the ocean can be tough. But with the miracle of refrigerated commercial transport and a community of fresh-fish fans, Boise’s Fresh Off the Hook takes the best seafood and puts it on ice, or fries it up during lunch and dinner for valley residents. Voted Best of Boise for the fifth year in a row, Fresh off the Hook continues to serve up all the calamari and cod that hungry Boiseans can stomach. 507 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-322-9224,

Warning: One glimpse of Le Cafe de Paris’ website and your week of eating right and sweating it out at the gym will go out the window. Take a gander at the Royal Chocolat—a chocolate mousse and hazelnut croquant on an almond biscuit—and you’ll say waistline shamaiste-line, then go through all the “life’s too short” reasons to indulge that you can muster. But once you get out a fork, you’ll realize that drool-inducing dessert is totally worth it. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-336-0889,

Second Place: Reel Foods Fish Market,

Second Place: The Cake Ballers,

Third Place: Lucky Fins Seafood Grill,

Third Place: Sugar Rush Cupcakery,

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Goodwood Barbecue Co. Calling your inner carnivore.

Best Local Barbecue

Goodwood Barbecue Company OK, so Boise may not be located in one of the world-renowned bastions of barbecue a la Texas or Memphis, Tenn., but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate all that slow-cooked goodness. In fact, it’s what keeps drawing BW readers back to Goodwood—which is continually named the best place in these parts to get your fill of barbecue. Whether it’s the custom sauces, kickin’ side dishes or the fact that if it can be barbecued, it’s on the menu somewhere, Goodwood holds the barbecue flag high—albeit pretty far north. 7849 W. Spectrum St., Boise, 208-658-7173; 1140 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-884-1021,

Best Local Brunch

Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro Don’t trust us: Drive down Capitol Boulevard any morning and look at the line of folks waiting to get a table at Goldy’s so they can dig into a plate of turkey apple sausage, salmon cakes, red flannel hash and blueberry pancakes. That many people cannot be wrong. We would write more, but we want to get in line early. 108 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3454100, Second Place: Le Cafe de Paris, Third Place: Red Feather Lounge,

Best Local Lunch

Flatbread Community Oven Second Place: Brown Shuga Soul Food, Third Place: MickeyRay’s BBQ,

Best Local Mediterranean Food

Nabbing the title for best lunch requires a confluence of factors, all of which Flatbread has: price, variety, flavor and maybe a midday drink. When they come together, they turn a ho-hum lunch into an excuse to take the rest of the day off. Multiple locations, Second Place: Bar Gernika, Third Place: Baguette Deli,

Mazzah Mediterranean Grill Mazel Tov is an expression meaning congratulations or good luck in Yiddish. Mazzah Tov, on the other hand, is something you say to congratulate someone who has had the good luck to eat savory Mediterranean treats at Mazzah. Mazzah Tov! 1772 W. State St., Boise, 208333-2566; 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-333-2223, Second Place: Cazba Greek Mediterranean Third Place: Sofia’s Greek Bistro,

Best Local Vegetarian Food

Shangri-La Tea Room and Cafe For Shangri-La Tea Room and Cafe, offering high-quality vegetarian fare isn’t an afterthought. The cafe assembles healthy options that defy any bland vegetarian food stereotype, beckoning meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-4240273, Second Place: Archie’s Place, Third Place: Mai Thai,

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Asiago’s Restaurant and wine bar Molto bene.

Best Local Italian Food

Best Local BangFor-Your-Buck

Asiago’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

Los Betos

When BW readers are craving Italian staples like insalata caprese classed up with a drizzle of basil oil or house-made pasta in a fresh tomato sauce spiked with a sprinkle of red chiles, they head to Asiago’s for a stateside taste of Italy. But when they seek more traditional American steak-and-potatoes fare or even Thai fusion dishes like fettuccine in a red-curry coconut cream sauce, Asiago’s also has them covered. 1002 Main St., Boise, 208-336-5552,

Boise has a few beloved establishments that kill a hunger on the cheap. One in particular is the no-frills Los Betos, which offers low-price eats ever y day. And with a menu boasting all manner of Mexican-style treats, from carne asada to veggie tacos and massive log-sized breakfast burritos, it’s a great equalizer for late-night and lunch-hour crowds. Multiple locations Second Place: Baguette Deli, Third Place: Pie Hole,

Second Place: Gino’s Italian Ristorante Third Place: Cafe Vicino,

Best local Bakery

Le Cafe de Paris’ Gaston’s Bakery It wouldn’t be odd to see people pressing their noses to the pastry case at Le Cafe de Paris, tongues creeping out of their mouths as croissants, frittatas and other carbalicious confections whisper enticing cries of “voulezvous coucher avec moi?” Sure, the French cafe has crave-worthy menu items for every meal of the day, but it’s hard to not notice with such scrumptious-looking baked goods. 204 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-336-0889,

Best Local Steak

Chandlers Steakhouse True, an evening at Chandlers could cost you the equivalent of a paycheck, but BW readers still think it’s hands-down the best steak in town. The marbled Cowboy Steak is our favorite, a near-per fect center-cut ribeye. But the New York cut and filet are also mouth-watering. With nearly two dozen wines by-the-glass and one of the best vino collections in the valley, evenings at Chandlers can be pretty wonder ful. What’s that you say? There’s seafood and duck on the menu? We never noticed. 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 208383-4300, Second Place: Barbacoa,

Second Place: Zeppole Baking Company,

Third Place: Stagecoach Inn,

Third Place: Big City Coffee,

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Jo’s Sunshine Lounge Remember when you could smoke in Boise bars?

Best Chicken Little Moment

Boise’s smoking ban The instant you can’t legally smoke in Boise bars, government stormtroopers will arrive and ship you off to be made into Soylent Green to feed the Bolshevik hordes—or so went the rhetoric at City Council meetings. Instead, people went about their business and just started smoking outside, the sky firmly in place.

Best Controversial Lawn Care

Occupy Boise moves For more than six months, the political party/ sit-in Occupy Boise camped out on the lawn of the Old Ada County Courthouse, right next to the Idaho State Capitol. After surviving a legislative attempt to oust its vigil and a resulting Idaho Supreme Court decision, Occupiers were finally moved by court order in April. But why did the admittedly dwindling camp have to pack up? The state needed to take care of the lawn.

Best Way to Piss Off the Majority of Idaho Women

Introduce an abortion ultrasound bill like Sen. Chuck Winder OK, guys, here’s a hint on how to better understand women: Never, ever presume you know what’s best for them, especially when it has to do with their own bodies and lives. It’s a lesson Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder learned the hard way when he introduced a bill requiring all women seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound—which in most cases would have required an intrauterine probe. He quickly figured out it wasn’t just the Pro Choice supporters he had ticked off—even otherwise conservative women said the bill crossed too many lines and that the government had no right to dictate women’s medical care. While he has said the bill might be back in another form next year, we think he’s just lucky no one gave him a personal demonstration of an intracolonic ultrasound.

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Best Awkward

Dave Case and Sharon Ullman on the Ada County Board of Commissioners Dave Case and Sharon Ullman don’t like one another, but that’s the least of it. Case defeated Ullman in the May 15 Republican primary, ending her most recent stint on the Ada County Commission. Case still needs to compete in November’s general election against Democratic candidate Thomas Howell and independent Jon Howard, but in the meantime, Case was appointed to the commission to fill in for retired Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt. As if that weren’t awkward enough, Ullman asked on her Facebook page whether Case was a killer. “New Ada County Commissioner David Case a Cop Killer?” wrote Ullman. “On Dec. 14, 1992, David Case and four other ISP officers assassinated a Payette County Reserve Deputy inside the Payette County Courthouse. In 1997, the Idaho Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, found the five officers personally liable for the act.” Case said the accusation was old news and that the shooting had been justified in a follow-up inquest. Ullman later wrote, “I occasionally try to grab people’s attention.”

Best Governmental Fountain of Youth

Boise City Council On more than one occasion, we whippersnappers at Boise Weekly have sent a barb to those political leaders we refer to as the old white guard. (Sometimes we even add “male” in there somewhere for a more accurate complaint.) You know, the good old boys who are fond of slapping each other on the back over at a certain very exclusive club after taking yet another swipe at women’s rights or hacking even deeper into education funding. They are the same dudes who all kind of look about the same—older and grayer than the majority of their constituents. Never, however, have we written those words with the Boise City Council in mind. Currently, three of the six members of the Boise City Council are under the hill, so to speak, and if there’s any backslapping going on among Council Members Lauren McLean, Ben Quintana and TJ Thomson, it’s after they’ve finished a marathon over the weekend.




Idaho Humane Society It was a tiny dog exodus to Idaho.

Best Mini-Dog Rescue

Best Head Spinner

Idaho’s execution blitz

Idaho Humane Society OK, so Idaho doesn’t seem like the kind of place where dogs that were bred to fit in designer purses would be in high demand, but when shelters in California were overwhelmed by dogs rescued from puppy mills, the IHS headed south to give some of the pups a chance to find a home in the Gem State. Way to step up and help out the helpless—even if they are yappy. 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise, 208-342-3508,

Best Way to Piss off the Mayor

Steal his childhood bike Boise Mayor Dave Bieter loved his bike—we mean really loved his bike. He’s had the red Schwinn since he was a kid, and the cruiser’s fender was even signed by two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. But when he accidently left it downtown over the weekend, someone took off with the nearly iconic bike. We’re not saying what you did is OK, but we won’t ask any questions if a certain prized bike just happens to turn up on the steps of City Hall ... just saying.

Best Red Flag of Repression

Ranking 11th in the nation for porn consumption Thanks to its low cost of living, ample outdoor activities and thriving cultural scene, Boise is often ranked as one of the most livable cities in the nation. But a May survey of DVD and streaming video services found that the City of Trees also LOVES it some porn. We ranked 11th in the nation for porn consumption, despite not even having a real strip club. Yeowza, that’s some sexual repression.


There is nothing ordinary about a state putting someone to death, but it’s becoming routine in Idaho. At this time last year, Idaho hadn’t executed an inmate for more than a quarter century. But in November 2011, Paul Ezra Rhoades was put to death, and seven months later, the same procedure—with a few tweaks—was repeated when a lethal overdose of Pentobarbital coursed through the veins of Richard Leavitt. “Our staff take no joy in this duty,” said Brent Reinke, director of the Idaho Department of Correction. Asked when Idaho might see its next execution, Reinke told BW that it was possible another lethal injection may occur as early as the first part of 2013, but Attorney General Lawrence Wasden added some caution: “Guessing would not be fair to the victims’ families or the inmates themselves.”

Best Shell Game

Bridge Resources When Boise Weekly chronicled the house of cards that was Bridge Resources in October 2011, most Idaho politicians and business leaders were still singing the praises of the Canada-based company, which was going to usher the Gem State into a new era of natural gas exploration. But in due time, even Bridge’s staunchest supporters sheepishly acknowledged the company’s money-losing operations in the North Sea, its land deals with hundreds of Idaho ranchers, and the ultimate plummet of its share value on the Toronto Stock Exchange. When Bridge’s CEO finally returned our call (five months after our story), Nick Clayton said he was “in a desperate attempt to save this company.” Bridge ended up selling most of its assets from Payette County gas exploration operations. Is Bridge out of the picture? Not by a long shot. We’ve learned that they still have interests in the latest round of gas exploration, now being piloted by Snake River Oil and Gas.

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Boise Hole Groundbreaking, the third time is the charm.

Best Death of an Eyesore

Best Multiple Personalities

The three curses on the Hole are officially blessed

Frank VanderSloot

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: Finally filling the Boise Hole needed major fanfare. But nobody could have known the former eyesore, may it rest in peace, was cursed soil. Literally. The big wigs behind Zion’s Bank who are footing the bill for a $76 million, 18-story tower to fill the hole, put enough stock in that claim to enlist the help of Mike Cutler, Boise State professor and Lakota tribe member, who performed a ceremony to remove three separate curses plaguing the parcel of land. In all seriousness, Cutler’s ceremony urged attendees to live with a good heart.

Best Way to Miss the Point

2012 Idaho Legislature There’s a good reason that WWE is more popular than Greco-Roman wrestling: one features bombast and drama, bitter vendettas and a stark “good vs. evil” storyline (plus super-cool costumes), while the other is just two oily guys using skill to pin each other down. In 2012, the Idaho Legislature jumped clean off the bucklers in a knock-down, chair-smashing melee over a range of issues dear to far-right ideologues but not many other people. First was the Senate’s approval of a measure controversial in other states that mandates women undergo an invasive ultrasound procedure prior to terminating a pregnancy. Beyond that, Republican lawmakers eschewed substantive action on issues like the economy, education funding and health care in favor of fighting with Occupy protesters who set up camp near the Capitol, letting a popular anti-bullying bill die in a House committee and steadfastly refusing—despite active public demonstrations in support—to “Add the Words,” thus including members of the LGBT community in the Idaho Human Rights Act. Economy, education, health care, social services and equal rights: 0. Farright political theater: 1.

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Which Frank VanderSloot do you know? The zillionaire CEO of Melaleuca, Eastern Idaho’s huge health-products company? The husband of Belinda VanderSloot, who funneled $100,00O to the Prop 8 campaign, the effort to ban same-sex marriage in California? The man who has pumped millions into Mitt Romney’s campaign bank account and serves as a national campaign chairman for the fellow Mormon? The man who outed a gay Idaho Falls reporter then claimed he “had many gay friends who I love and respect”? The poor guy who claims that he’s “on the president’s enemies list,” triggering two federal investigations, one from the Internal Revenue Service and another from the U.S. Department of Labor? Frank, we hardly know ye.

Best Vote for Me, Or Else

Cynthia Clinkingbeard pulls a gun We weren’t sure which was stranger: the events of March 16, when former Boise State professor and then-Congressional candidate Cynthia Clinkingbeard allegedly threatened a Staples employees with a handgun, or that she won six counties in western and northern Idaho in the May 15 Democratic primary against winner Jimmy Farris. “We made a conscious decision not to campaign against Cynthia,” Farris told Boise Weekly. “We didn’t do a very good job in reaching out to people who didn’t know who I am.” Clinkingbeard was ruled to be mentally competent to understand the charges against her and participate in her own defense. The crime of aggravated assault is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.




Ralph Smeed Foundation BillBoard Putting Caldwell on the map for all the wrong reasons.

Best Way to Put Caldwell on the Map For All The Wrong Reasons

Best Use of a Post-It

Ralph Smeed Foundation Billboard

When the Add the Words Campaign took a silent, yet visual approach to encouraging the Legislature to add the words “gender orientation” and “sexual identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act with hundreds of handwritten Post-It notes, it started a weeks-long game of chase. Supporters posted. Security guards promptly removed. Supporters posted. Security guards removed. Tenacious as Post-Its are in their sticking power, maybe it’s time to reinforce the message a bit: Anyone have a Costco-sized tube of industrial-strength super glue?

Comparing the president of the United States to the accused gunman at a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., put Caldwell on the national map. The electronic billboard was erected by the late libertarian gadfly Ralph Smeed, and is now administered by a memorial foundation set up in his name. The spokesman for that group, Maurice Clements, said almost everything these days is political.

Best Campaign

Add the Words

Best It’s a Start

Painted Bike Lanes Phil Hart Apparently, timber snatching and tax dodging can only get you so far—even in north Idaho. The political career of Athol Republican Rep. Phil Hart finally succumbed to its miasma of legal trouble when the four-term lawmaker was narrowly defeated in the May 2012 primary by Republican challenger Ed Morse. An avowed “tax protester,” Hart has long been considered a standard bearer by Idaho libertarians but faced ethics charges stemming from the 1996 theft of timber from state endowment lands as well as a debt of more than $550,000 owed in back state and federal taxes and fines going back more than a decade. Hart lost his membership on the House Revenue and Tax Committee, as well as his vice-chairmanship of the Transportation Committee in the process and has since fought for extensions and appeals of his tax bills—even going to the Idaho Supreme Court, which dismissed his case in June. Even so, Morse eked out only a 5 percent win over Hart, who filed for bankruptcy in the weeks after the primary. Apparently, some voters like it when lawmakers, you know, follow the law.


In June, Ada County Highway District crews began adding some color to Treasure Valley bike lanes. Taking cues from larger bike-friendly cities like Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Boise began painting bike lanes bright green with updated white bicycle symbols. And while ACHD has yet to build elevated bike superhighways, the upgrades are designed to help motorists and cyclists share existing roads more safely.

Best Running the Meter

Boise taxi ordinances In May, the City of Boise Clerk’s Office told BW that there were 70 licensed taxi companies in Boise with a total of 154 cabs. But things were about to change dramatically and almost everyone agreed that a new set of rules would limit the number of taxi companies. Perhaps the biggest change—approved unanimously by the Boise City Council—is a requirement that debit and credit cards be accepted in vehicles. But more than one driver said they weren’t thrilled. Additionally, all drivers must demonstrate the ability to understand English and criminal background checks are required for business applicants and operators.

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John McGee former state Senator, current Jailbird.

Best Way to Blow It

Get accused of sexually harassing a staffer while still dealing with the fallout from a drunkendriving charge Step No. 1: blow a blood alcohol content of .15 after jack-knifing an SUV you stole from a suburban neighborhood in the dead of night (on Father’s Day, no less). Step No. 2: publicly apologize, get the felony theft charges dropped, get all but five days of a 180-day jail sentence suspended. Step No. 3: Squander the shocking amount of uncritical forgiveness from embarrassed colleagues by getting yourself accused of sexually harassing a staffer. Yes, the 39-year-old former Republican Sen. John McGee from Caldwell looked set for a bright career as one of the Idaho GOP’s golden boys, rising as high as Senate Republican Caucus chairman, but that all came crashing down over the course of a bizarre eight-month implosion that began with his June 19, 2011, arrest—in which he wandered drunkenly from a Boise golf course and ended up asleep in a stranger’s Ford Excursion, which he’d driven onto another stranger’s yard, then told police he was “looking for the promised land”—and ended in February 2012, when he resigned from the Senate amid allegations that he’d made improper advances toward an unnamed legislative aide. On Aug. 21, the disgraced former senator was sentenced to six months in jail related to the harassment allegations. McGee-whiz!

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Best Way to Blow $81.50

Texting while driving It took a while, but Idaho formally acknowledged the existence of cellphones. Well, lawmakers acknowledged that allowing drivers’ eyeballs fix on firing off a tweet might be a safety issue. After years of trying, a statewide texting-while-driving ban went into effect July 1. That same month, a Boise Weekly-er netted one of the expensive tickets, at a whopping $81.50. That’s roughly 10 pizzas, or in our world, 82 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. She’s learned her lesson.

Best Blowing Up in Our Faces

Nuclear Power in Idaho On our slowest of news days, we can always count on Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. The would-be nuclear developer keeps coming back like Rasputin. After getting its tail kicked out of Elmore County, being the subject of a federal probe from the Securities and Exchange Commission, its officers crying that their company “was dying” and its own lawyers claiming that they’re owed $700,000, AEHI CEO Don Gillispie still insists that he’ll bring untold prosperity to the Gem State. Apparently, Payette County commissioners agree: They overruled their own Planning and Zoning Commission in February, giving AEHI a green light to move forward with its plan to build a nuclear power plant. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Tamarack Resort No money, mo problems.

Best Reason to Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Tamarack Resort Tamarack is snake-bitten. A bench warrant remains for Jean-Pierre Boespflug, its former owner, who hasn’t been spotted in Idaho since 2011. An Eagle businessman faces federal charges for allegedly bilking investors as part of a $40 million scheme to buy the Valley County resort. And oh, yeah, Bank of America ripped out one of the main lifts from the mountain as part of its foreclosure. But here’s the good news: Tamarack homeowners are expecting the snow to be white this winter. But no one is holding their breath.

Best Lame Duck

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter If it looks like an Otter, walks like an Otter, but quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. Or a lame duck, to be pr cise. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has been somewhat of an enigma, jetting off to exotic locales like Maui, Florida and Las Vegas (the latter to attend a rodeo competition) while leaving the heavy lifting to Lt. Gov. Brad Little. Combine that with the fact that Otter, just more than a year-and-a-half through his second term, has had a helluva time getting his pet projects through the Legislature, and it starts to look a little like the Guv is phoning it in. First, it was roads in 2008 and 2009, when lawmakers balked at bills that Otter pushed to modernize Idaho’s transportation infrastructure (he vetoed several bills and threatened others in response, to no avail), then Idaho GOP delegates went against his wishes and ousted party Chairman Kirk Sullivan at the 2008 convention. Since then, Otter has run up against opposition to a number of his initiatives and seems to have resigned himself to saber rattling over the federal Affordable Care Act and writing love notes wooing businesses from other states. When he abruptly announced in December 2011 that he plans to run for a third term in 2014, it looked suspiciously like trying to remind people that you’re the governor ... by running for governor. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Best “Really?”

Idaho Education Association endorses Rep. Mike Simpson over Nicole LeFavour Politics makes strange bedfellows, but perhaps the oddest pillow talk came when the Idaho Education Association gave a ringing endorsement to Republican Rep. Mike Simpson’s re-election bid. The most gobsmacked was Simpson’s Democratic opponent, Nicole LeFavour, who was quick to add that Simpson had regularly received poor grades from the National Education Association, the parent agency of the IEA. In a bizarre feeding-the-mouth-that-bitthem, the IEA is supporting a man whose own political action committee pumped cashed into the 2010 political campaign of Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, whose education reforms the IEA opposes.

Best Fetus Comparison

Earthquakes in Payette As if natural gas exploration in Payette County couldn’t get any stranger, the latest shake-up (and they mean that quite literally) involves something called “vibroseising,” which will create mini earthquakes, sending seismic waves through the Earth’s crust, ultimately creating a 3D image that will direct geologists on where to start drilling. Not bizarre enough for you? Well, to assist their demonstration to Payette County farmers, geologists displayed giant images of fetuses, stating, “The picture of this unborn baby uses the same type of seismogram as we use in creating the 3D images of the subsurface. We’ll record sound waves the same ways.”

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Idaho Shakespeare Festival The Imaginary Invalid even made polka-dots look good.

Best Use of Go-Go Boots

Best Hollywood Redux

Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Boise Classic Movies and The Imaginary Invalid Idaho Botanical Garden’s Summer Movie Series ISF got all kinds of groovy when it staged its production of The Imaginary Invalid. From polka-dotted jumpsuits to mini skirts to a truly impressive pair of white vinyl platform go-go boots and matching trench coat with a white, feathered pimp hat, the production made us both thankful that we were watching the play and that we were no longer living in an era when that was high fashion. 5654 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

Best Image revamp

Boise Art Museum Maybe you didn’t get the memo, but Boise Art Museum has been among the coolest places in town lately. Dance parties, crazy costumes, all kinds of racket. Check it out. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330,

When was the last time you saw The Godfather on the big screen? Or how about The Goonies? You were a little less gray and a few pounds lighter, right? Or maybe you weren’t even a gleam in your mother’s eye when Marlon Brando raised his eyebrows and said matter-offactly, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” for the first time on the big screen. Well, thanks to a few good folks, it is once again possible to enjoy some of Hollywood’s best—or in some cases, most notorious—work with a crowd of people mesmerized by the big screen. Idaho Botanical Garden’s movie series brought the likes of The Goonies and Hairspray to the outdoors this summer, while Boise Classic Movies launched at the Egyptian Theatre with movies, like The Big Lebowski, chosen by the people every month. Bravo, it’s been an offer we can’t refuse.,

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Best “It’s Back”

Liquid Laughs The naysayers questioned whether a dedicated comedy club in Boise would work. Luckily, the folks at Liquid Laughs laughed off their concerns and plowed on with the chuckles. The series has been successful enough to add latenight shows as well and is keeping the funny in Boise. 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Best Place to start a Rush Cover Band

Boise Rock School We ain’t gonna lie, it’s a little creepy to hear squeaky renditions of the monsters of rock echo from the pint-sized guitar slingers at Boise Rock School. But hand ’em the sheet music for “Tom Sawyer” or “Freewill,” and suddenly their pint-sized voices are in the proper register. Now, that’s synergy. 1404 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-559-0065,

Best Exchange Students

Trey McIntyre Project’s trip to Asia Trey McIntyre Project has been regaling Boise audiences with its brand of modern dance since 2008, but in May, it packed up its talented dancers and hit the road, embarking on a four-week tour to four Asian countries: The Philippines, Vietnam, China and South Korea. TMP dancers taught workshops and got to know dance companies across the world before returning home, where they held a fundraiser in which one lucky bidder got to pick out specifics for a duet crafted by McIntyre in front of the audience. The company also moved its headquarters from downtown out to Warm Springs Avenue and embarked on a residency in the Wood River Valley. Boise audiences will have to wait until November to see what the company learned during all its jet setting. 2285 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise,


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Surel’s Place Artist in residence gets a real residence.

Best Place to Get Some Fresh AIR

Best Artists’ Commune

Surel’s Place

Modern Art

The Southeastern sliver of Garden City welcomed the Treasure Valley’s newest artist-inresidence program, Surel’s Place, with plans for the inaugural artists to live and work in the home by this fall. Serving as a tribute to the late visual artist Surel Mitchell, the nonprofit’s board includes Karen Bubb from the Boise Department of Arts and History and Rebecca Mitchell, honoring her late mother.

The Modern Hotel and Bar may be filled with swanky decor and innovative cocktails on the reg, but once a year—First Thursday in May, to be precise—it’s filled to the brim with art of all kinds, food trucks, drink tents and tons of people packed closer together in its rooms and halls than babies in Octomom’s womb. The event celebrated its fifth birthday May 3. Boise Weekly asked patrons what they’d surrender for a piece of original work in the Art Barter Room, which was turned into a poker-playing speakeasy, and local artists filled rooms with portraits of dead celebrities, music, performances, a John and Yoko-inspired bed-in and oh-so-much more. The only question: How will year six stack up against such an array of awesome creativeness? 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244,

Best Local, CageFree, Organic Entertainment

Evil Wine Show Wes Malvini and Dustin Jones are the creators behind the irreverent comedy series the Evil Wine Show, which pairs humor with adult themes like the farcical facts behind sex. The recurring Red Room film series is totally free and the bar offers a $5 promotion—popcorn, a shot and a 16-ounce beer—to cement the dive movie-theater feel.

Best Big Screen Short Story

Alan Heathcock stories adapted to films Once upon a time, Boise author Alan Heathcock wrote a collection of short stories and published them in a book called Volt. Then critics in lands far and near started noticing that fine collection of stories and praising it far and wide. Then, beings called filmmakers took notice themselves, realizing that the raw, visual stories in Volt might just be perfect fodder to make movies out of. Now, both “Fort Apache” and “Smoke” from Volt are being made into short films. And everyone lived happily ever after, the end.

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Best Reason to Get Back to Nature with a Drink in Hand

Concerts at Idaho Botanical Garden Idaho Botanical Garden is so much more than a place to wander through and contemplate the meaning of life. During the summer months, it morphs from a space to reflect to the place to be if you want to catch local and national big-name musical acts. From the Outlaw Field Concert Series—which brought names like Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows and Norah Jones—to Uncorked in the Garden and the Great Garden Escape series, IBG provides the perfect place to enjoy a serene setting, a glass of wine and a killer concert. 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649,




Treefort Music Fest Bringing the funk to Boise ... and the rock and pop and electronica.

Best Just the Best

Treefort Music Fest

Best Baby Boomer Time Capsule

Eagle River Pavilion It’s almost impossible to discuss Treefort Music Fest with anything approaching journalistic objectivity because the upstart music festival knocked it so far out of the park with everything from the lineup, organization and execution (even the beer tent was awesome) that nothing we write can come close to doing it justice. To quote Tina Turner, it was “simply the best.”

Best Idea that Took Way Too Long to Come Up With

Boise Dance Co-Op Ballet movie watchers might believe that dancers are a bunch of dicks, stabbing each other in the back and pulling Tonya Harding-style sabotage moves. But Boise dance companies showed off a more-collaborative side when Jason Hartley and Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti assembled the Boise Dance Co-Op. The group features dancers from Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Idaho, Off Center Dance Project, Idaho Dance Theatre and more. The project was fully funded via Kickstarter and the inaugural performance in August was more than sold-out, leaving attendees with just one question: What took so long?

Best Spread to Spread the Word

The Sweet Spread at Black Hunger Gallery Openings Most art openings feature a standard snack lineup: red wine in plastic cups and toothpickskewered cheddar cheese cubes. But not Black Hunger. The North End gallery and artist collective pulls out all the stops for its openings, serving up gourmet grub like truffled mac-and-cheese bites and shots of Patron tequila. The gallery put “hunger” in its name for a reason. 2606 Breneman St., Boise, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

What do you get when you bring acts like Olivia Newton-John and Emmylou Harris to one location? A hot spot for the senior set. In 2011 Boise Weekly doled out a Best of Boise to the outdoor venue for the Best Way to Get Your Grays Groovin’, and we’re sticking to our story. Last year, it brought shows like Michael McDonald, ABBA and Whitesnake to its stage, and this year’s lineup featured more acts appealing to the 50-and-older set. And although Eagle River has garnered a bit of a rep for being the cool place for the cool kids’ cool parents to hang, it also began hosting family friendly events like Boise Philharmonic’s inaugural Picnic at the Pops series, while bringing super-well-known names to the outdoor stage, such as Meatloaf, which also brought more youngins, so we suspect times may be a-changing. 827 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-2933

Best Pop it Like it’s Hot

Boise Philharmonic Picnic at the Pops Classical music can be intimidating. Say the word “symphony” and some people’s faces fill with a brief flash of fear. But add a little food and a little more wine and put the whole thing under the summer sky, and suddenly it’s all good. Boise Philharmonic’s new series of summer outdoor concerts shook the stuffiness out of classical music and programs that featured tunes from the Harry Potter films proved the perfect bridge to get young music lovers interested in the genre. Add to that the Phil’s new young-patron ticket program and you have an excellent way to rejuvenate the classical scene in Boise. Bravo, we say, bravo.

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Eagle Performing Arts Center Amy O’Brien is keeping the gallery a happening place.

Best Way to Make Art Even Cooler

Best Diarrhea of the Mouth

Eagle Performing Arts Center

Story Story Late Night

While performing arts academies have always been pretty legit, training the next generation of great performers and cultivating creativity, Eagle Performing Arts Center took it a step further. EPAC has a gallery at its epicenter, and this year, it hosted works by Black Hunger Gallery artists Eli Craven and Maria Chavez, and artist Tyler James Bush’s Home on the Strange exhibition. With opening receptions that frequently include music and more, EPAC’s Art Space continues to give artsy downtown dwellers a reason to head out to Eagle. 1125 E. State St., Eagle, 208-3384633,

Best Swanky Surprise

Enso Artspace Hidden inside a nondescript, slightly creepy Garden City storage space, Enso Artspace is a pleasantly swanky surprise. The gallery and artist collective regularly hangs work from its 10 founding members—Chris Binion, Cate Brigden, Michael Cordell, Andrea Merrell, Kelly Packer, Lisa Pisano, Christine Raymond, Pamela Swenson, Anna Ura and Amy Westover—and hosts see-and-be-seen opening soirees. On a nice summer evening, when they roll up the gallery’s industrial back wall and a breeze blows through the bright space, it’s easy to imagine you’re at an opening in Chelsea, New York City’s equally industrial art epicenter. 120 E. 38th St., Ste. 105, Garden City, 208-6956864,

Despite being home to many a grown-up, Boise’s cultural offerings have long insisted on ignoring the existence of things like pee pee, poo poo and the F word because they might not be fit for the ears of children. Thankfully, the good folks at Story Story Night had enough and started a special storytelling series on big kid topics like nudity, crime and bodily emissions, where consenting adults can quit pretending they don’t cuss and fart and just be themselves.

Best Theatrical Invasion

Boise Contemporary Theater Over the years, Boise Contemporary Theater has grown from an upstart with a stage to a full force in the Boise theater community with its very own theater. Now it’s throwing its theatrical tendrils in all directions. Whether it’s BCT’s popular 5x5 reading series, its work encouraging new playwrights, or its programs for kids, BCT is showing up everywhere. In fact, if the lighting in your living room suddenly seems a whole lot better, check the closet for a BCT lighting tech. 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224,

Best Former anchor Store Turned Venue

Revolution Concert House and Events Center Before the Visual Arts Collective set up shop in Garden City, the area’s music scene consisted of aging country stars crooning at Expo Idaho and sloppy karaoke. Now Revolution Concert House is hoping to change that by bringing in bigger acts. We’ll call it Madison Square Garden City. 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City,

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Boise River Recreation Park Kayakers get in the flow.

Best Reason for a Splashy Party

Boise River Recreation Park finally opens It seems like kayakers have been fantasizing about an in-town whitewater park since man first strapped on a pair of water wings. But after what seemed like endless years of waiting, planning and fundraising, the waves were finally rolling this summer. While there are already big plans for the future, paddlers celebrated in true kayaking fashion—by poaching the wave before the park had officially opened. 3400 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise,

Best Way to Become a Cyclops

Darts at Mulligans All it takes is one wayward dart wandering into oncoming human traffic making its way to the bar from the bathroom. Think about it. 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998 WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Best Older West

Medieval Games at Dream River Ranch Idaho loves its cowboy culture. But at Dream River Ranch in Mountain Home, you can go back even further in time and train in medieval horseback combat techniques like Mongolian archery and jousting to make sure your apocalypse skills are dialed tight. Yeowza, that’s good luddism. 8894 W. Martha Ave., Mountain Home, 208-796-2228,

Best Pre-Meal Workout

Table Tennis at Cosmic Pizza It’s not every day you find a joint where you can annihilate your dining companion in a (not-so) friendly game of ping pong while you wait for your dinner. Unless you eat at Cosmic Pizza every day. But stretch out first; the double header of game and dinner can leave you injury prone. 1221 W. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-258-3871,

Best Reason to Flip off the Naysayers

Best Dirty Secret

BMX Track at Willow Lane

Idaho’s Olympians Sometimes it’s easy to let the glass-halfempty people bring everyone else down. Well, now you can tell them to suck it. If you need a source of inspiration, all you have to do is look to Idaho’s Olympians. Boise’s own Kristin Armstrong overcame injury and a brief flirtation with retirement to claim her second gold in the women’s cycling time trial, while 800 meter runner Nick Symmonds cruised to a personal best time. Former Ketchum resident Georgia Gould rocked it on the mountain-biking course to claim a bronze, while former Boise State athletes Jarred Rome and Kurt Felix left it all on the track in the discus and decathlon. Ketchum resident Adrienne Lyle and her horse Wizard leapt to new heights, as well. And while her ties to Boise aren’t tight, that didn’t stop the city for cheering for swimmer Breeja Larson, who briefly lived in Boise, as she made her way to gold as part of the women’s 4x100 meter relay team. With those heroes in mind, we kindly tell the disbelievers to step off.

The next best thing to a dirt track for BMXers is a dirt track that’s accessible. As part of the 3-acre Willow Lane park next to State Street, the BMX dirt track offers hills for both novices and experts. What’s more, the park is located just off the Boise Greenbelt system for ready access. The park is often empty, meaning knobby-tired BMXers can hit the hills early and often. 4623 W. Willow Lane, 208-608-7680

Best Reason to Sit in the Cheap Seats

A new stadium Look, we get it. The Boise Hawks want a new stadium. The Chamber of Commerce wants a new stadium. Heck, whenever we go to watch the Hawks at Memorial Stadium, we’re forced to slather on SPF 85+ sunscreen to protect us from third-degree burns. Sure, a new stadium would be swell, but unless somebody coughs up about $20 million, it ain’t happening. Now, sit down and watch the game.

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Exergy Tour Racers proved what real girl power is.

Best Demonstration of Girl Power

Best Way to Get Beaten by Children

Exergy Tour

Trampoline Dodgeball

Once upon a time, Idaho was a destination for women’s road cycling. Then it seemed like all the fun road off into the sunset, leaving events like the Twilight Criterium (where the ladies have always played second fiddle) as the only premier cycling in the state—that was, until the Exergy Tour. The women’s professional multi-stage race resurrected women’s racing in the Gem State, attracting some of the best riders in the world. Suddenly, female riders were everyone’s heroes and young girls were looking at their bikes differently. We can’t wait to see what the next one brings.

It all seems so innocent—with trampolines covering almost ever y sur face, it’s just about endless bouncing, right? Not so fast. When Jumptime Idaho hosts dodgeball, pint-sized competition reigns supreme. With a roundrobin tournament ever y Thursday, cocky adults have naively dreamt a well-lobbed rubber ball might knock the competition into the wall. But the young players who frequent Jumptime are experts at mid-air assault. 1375 E. Fair view Ave., Meridian, 208-8555867,

Best Hook-up

Best Gamble

Idaho River Sports location West end Greenbelt Extension On June 7, a 1.6-mile section of the Greenbelt opened connecting the west end of Garden City to the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Plant. Why are we so stoked to be connected to the wastewater treatment plant? Clearly, you need to spend more time at the Boise Watershed. That’s not a joke.

Best “Whoa Nelly”

Horseracing at Les Bois Park Because Urban Dictionary is the authority on modern parlance, we turned to it to define “whoa nelly”: “anything (i.e. a car, a bike, a situation) or a person, who has become out of control and gone on ahead and done something unexpected—and then it’s said after the fact to express shock, awe or merely surprise, at the unexpected behavior.” Horseracing for the first time in four years at Les Bois? Whoa nelly. A full season without any major hiccups, shutdowns or scandals? Whoa nelly. A promise that racing will return again in 2013? Whoa nelly! 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208258-2177,

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When Idaho River Sports made the move from its North End home to an out-of-the-way, hard-to-find building not too far from the Boise River, a lot of eyebrows were raised. See, there was talk of a possible river recreation park, but it was only talk. Fundraising was only a glimmer in supporters’ eyes, let alone an actual park in the river. How could IRS survive? Well, survive it did, and now that the Boise River Recreation Park is a reality, it’s sure to reap the benefits. Nice job on the foresight, folks. 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208336-4844,

Best Hot Box

Crossfit Craze You know something—be it a chain restaurant or a fashion trend—has really taken off when you find it in Nampa. No diss on Nampa, it’s just that the Canyon County city isn’t typically known for being on the cutting edge of much—downtown boutiques aside. But Crossfit—in spite of the fact that it’s still somewhat unknown even among gym rats—is now in Nampa. And Meridian. There’s also two Crossfit boxes in Eagle and two in Boise. The box is hot, for sure. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Stand-Up Paddleboarding Jim Smith of Stand Up and Paddle helps newbies walk on water.

Best Way to Walk on Water

Best Seasonal Insurance

Standup Paddleboarding

Using chairlifts for mountain bike riding

Standup paddleboarding is cool but not for the reasons you would think. Sure, zipping over the water on a big surfboardy thing with a long double-bladed paddle propelling you along is fun and all, but it’s the visual spectacle that throws it over the top. Think about it: You’re hanging out on the shore of your favorite body of water when, suddenly, there’s someone standing fully upright heading straight at you, his of her feet seemingly skimming the surface of the water. Now wouldn’t that blow your mind, just a little bit?

Best Way to see racers turn blue

Boise Ironman cut short Ironman competitors are tough. There’s no doubt about that. They’re also just a wee bit crazy—but you kind of have to be to do the extreme physical challenges they call sport. But even the toughest of the crazies has to bow before Mother Nature when she decides to throw unseasonably cold temperatures at you. When competitors started turning blue and shaking uncontrollably, race organizers cut the 2012 Boise event short—much to the dismay of some of the top competitors. But speaking for the appendages saved by the move, we say, good choice.

Best Way to see racers turn red

Race to Robie Creek “The toughest race in the Northwest” was a helluva lot tougher in 2012, when temperatures topped 80 degrees. With 4,797 feet of punishment confronting the runners tackling Aldape Summit, the sweltering temps made for some sweaty athletes at the finish line.


There is nothing easy about the ski industry. Praying for snow takes on a whole new significance when your entire yearly income depends on a favorable weather forecast. And, let’s face it, global warming has made things a whole lot more, well, unpredictable. So, what’s a ski area to do? Turn those lifts on in the summer and shuttle mountain bikers, hikers and sightseers to the top of the hill. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has intermittent service, while Brundage Mountain Resort has embraced the trend wholeheartedly. Some resorts have even invested in major mountain bike park infrastructure to help fill the income gap. We say, why the hell not? We like flying downhill any way we can, be it on snow or single track.

Best Reason to Have an Active Homeowners Association

Tamarack Resort It’s tough being a homeowner at Tamarack. First, you’re promised you’ll be in on the ground floor of the next world-class ski resort. Then the bottom falls out of the dream, again and again and again. What’s a homeowner to do when the lifts that are supposed to take you to the top of that world-class ski hill are sitting still for yet another season? Why, you band together, raise some funds, and do whatever you need to do to get those lifts running even for an abbreviated season. Bravo to those homeowners, and P.S., thanks for sharing your ski hill with the rest of us.

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Ophidia Studio Are you working the pole or is it working you?

Best Way to Work Out Without Feeling Like You’re Working Out while Channeling Your Inner Vixen

Classes at Ophidia Studio Way, way back in 2008, a small studio started giving women of the Treasure Valley a fun way to strengthen and tone while feeling oh-sosexy. The pole fitness classes were such a hit that the space has since expanded three times, with plans for a second location. Now a trip to Ophidia provides an ever-exciting lineup of classes and workshops, including different levels of pole dancing, aerial yoga, hoop dance, burlesque and boylesque workshops. And instead of the standard locker-room vibe, the space boasts a mosaic of broken mirror pieces and a super-nice bathroom. Instructors can be found demonstrating their skills at various events throughout the city, prompting others to kick the standard, boring treadmill workout and get fit in a flirty way. 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403,

Best Timewarp Back to Elementary School P.E. Class

Adult Kickball Thanks to the dudes at Gameday Sports for the hefty dose of nostalgia, knee scrapes and good times. Adult dodgeball and kickball leagues have us remembering what it was like to be picked last for a team, to be the final out on a bases-loaded, two-out, game-tying kick, and to take a rubber bouncy ball straight to the face. While we may remember how awkward and horrible those days were in junior high school, thanks for helping us get past them by offering super-fun adult leagues. It’s helped our egos to know that we’re so much cooler, older and better now.

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Best Reason to Get a Map to Follow Boise State Sports

Boise State heads to the Big East Nothing says the East Coast like Connecticut, Florida and Boise. Boise State, in its insatiable hunger for respect, jumps out of the perfectly comfortable Mountain West Conference in 2013 in order to play Big East football. As a result, Boise State is forgoing $2.5 million in revenue from MWC for the privilege of playing back east. Bronco fans better get used to setting their alarm clocks earlier—a good number of games will play in the Eastern Time Zone. Just to make things a bit more confusing, Boise State will send most of its other sports to play in the Big West, beginning in 2013. Hey guys, how about a little love for the mountains?

Best Non-Boise State Sports News

Idaho Stampede signs single affiliation with Portland Trail Blazers In May, Idaho’s Development League basketball team, the Idaho Stampede, agreed to go steady with the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers—a trend changing American professional basketball. With the announcement comes a much closer relationship between the two teams. The Trail Blazers will manage Stampede players and games at CenturyLink Arena, which allows Portland to help players grow in Boise before snapping them up for the big leagues. According to Stampede staff, fans will see a “much-tighter game.”




Doyle’s Broadway Music Abby the shop dog helps keep everything in tune.

Best Place to Feel the Guitars Closing in On You

Best Ruffle Shuffle

Boise’s downtown boutiques

Doyle’s Broadway Music Claustrophobic? Compounded by a bit of the old melophobia? Then stay far away from Doyle’s Broadway Music, a tiny shop so packed with instruments that you practically need a machete to get from one end to the other. But remember, you machete it, you bought it. 1747 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-343-2320

Best Blast from the Past

Jillopy Mid-Century Modern Accused of being stuck in the past? Jillopy Mid-Century Modern turns that burn into a compliment. The furniture boutique boasts a collection of mid-century modern teak furniture and Danish-sculpted wood pieces imported from Europe. We’re happy to look back if it looks this good. 106 S. Latah St. Boise, 208703-3684, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Finding a longtime favorite, non-big-box store in downtown Boise got a little difficult this year, with boutiques bouncing around the city or shuttering doors for good. The year left shoppers with questions like “Why did Barbara Barbara & Co. cross the road?” (Answer: To make room for Bend, Ore.’s 10 Barrel Brewing.) And “What happened to that cute little lingerie shop?” (Ella’s Room closed the doors on its Boise location.) Men were left wondering where to get their metrosexual style on while buying local (Modern Man and Armanio both closed up shop) and Belle Boutique played with the hearts of local shoppers by closing its downtown location and a few months later shuttering the doors of its Meridian location, too. Piece Unique/Shoez jumped over to the west side of downtown, leaving the BODO corner kind of sad looking, and Rolling Rack rolled away. Here’s hoping we see more staying power in downtown shop windows.

Best Place to Prepare for the Inevitable End of Civilization

Best Solution to Getting Stranded on Two Wheels

Mobile bike service

Boise Army Navy The ancient Mayans carved it into a calendar that someone took a stab at deciphering a few millennia later, so it must be a fact that the world is going to end Dec. 21. Now there’s nothing left to do but make sure you’re one of the survivors, so you’d better start preparing. In Boise, that means heading to Boise Army Navy, where you cannot only stock up on gas masks, machetes, Chinese Army riot gear, MREs and just about any pattern of camo appropriate for whatever apocalypse befalls us, but you can train for the inevitable—zombies. We all know they’re coming, so you’d better pick up a bleeding zombie target to make sure you don’t fall prey to the flesh-eating hordes. As you read this, we at Boise Weekly are practicing head shots—you can’t be too prepared. 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3220660,

Suddenly, there are a ton of options for mobile bike repair and service in the Treasure Valley. The business formula is simple: Give them a call on your cellphone, tell them where you’ve stupidly run over a goathead or taco’d your front tire, and they rush to help you out of your jam. Then hop back on your bike and be happy. One type of purveyor shows up in a car—Mobile Bike, Dirt Dart or Boise Bike Wrench— which carts tools and parts to your location. But Got Fixed? by former Boise Bicycle Project head mechanic Andrew Little comes on two wheels. All of his parts and tools are carried in a special trailer behind his metal steed. Boise Bike Wrench, 829 Colfax St., Boise, 208-7130609; Dirt Dart, 208-895-8000; Got Fixed?, 208-319-4708; Mobile Bike, 6138 N. Widgeon Way, Boise, 208-327-5555

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The Mixing Bowl A downtown kitchen store, finally.

Best Place to get Spooned

Best Sign of the Times

The Mixing Bowl

Idaho Blueprint and Supply

For a spell there, shopping for kitchen gadgets required a trip to the mall for that exotic spatula or Olympic-sized skillet to put the voi in your la. But when The Mixing Bowl opened in April, the wait was over. In addition to its namesake items, the shop offers tools for grilling, peelers, graters, presses and mixers, too. 216 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-6025,

It’s safe to say that when Idaho Blueprint and Supply opened back in 1909, it wasn’t doing high-quality digital reprographics. But the fact that the business has evolved to incorporate the latest technology shows just how well it has aged. Staying relevant ain’t easy, but neither is aging gracefully, and IBS has done both. 619 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-7878,

Best Reason to Watch the Clock

Best Place to Buy a 5,000-pound Buddha

Beer Guys delivery

Impact Imports

Few things are worse than being at a party and having the well of adult drinks run dry. Except the possible DUI citation (or worse) that could be the outcome of driving after a few libations to retrieve more libations. Hence the appeal of The Beer Guys, who can satiate your craving for more suds, Red Bull, wine, beef jerky and the like with handy dandy delivery to your door—so long as you keep it legal, have your credit card transaction processed before 2 a.m., and aren’t not too inebriated. 208-9397118,

Bali, for sure. Or you could try to carve one out of the Bayan Temple in Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. When you live in Boise, however, there’s a much much easier way: Impact Imports. Get a hunk of Buddha-shaped stone for your garden or pick up a console and matching lamp made out of reclaimed outrigger canoe wood. You know those rad firepit tables on Barbacoa’s patio? Impact. The Southeast Asian-influenced decor and tables in Ling and Louie’s? Impact. Your next piece of stone jewelry? Impact. 552 E. Amity Road, Boise, 208-368-0300,

Best Place to Pretend You’re on Mad Men

Best Place to Get Clipped

Broadway Vintage

Jimmy John’s Bike Attack Zone

If you’ve fantasized about sipping Manhattans in Don and Megan’s mod Upper East Side pad, Broadway Vintage can help turn your dreams into reality. The furniture shop is packed with enough sleek couches, starburst clocks and amoeba-shaped coffee tables to turn your hohum home into a mid-century movie set. 1524 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-861-5672

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Sandwich delivery chain Jimmy John’s has turned the corner of Sixth and Main streets into a veritable hornet’s nest. Swarms of agile young bike delivery dudes fly from the shop’s front doors with subs in tow, pedaling furiously to make sure customers get their cold cuts before they get ... colder. But pedestrians beware: You are no match for these meat messengers on a mission. 598 Main St., Boise, 208-955-7250, WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Soda WOrks 10,000 different sodas, so little time.

Best Soda Shop that Bloomberg Would Approve Of

Best Respite from a Commute

American Cleaning Service

Soda Works New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have made a stink about now-banned large sodas, but we’re guessing he wouldn’t think Boise’s Soda Works stinks. The shop slings more than 90 varieties of pop that use cane sugar, fruit juice or stevia and have five or fewer ingredients. The soda selection ranges from vintage faves like Nesbitts, Kiss and Bubble Up to more-modern flavors like Prometheus’ Pomegranate Black Pepper. 3017 W. State St., Boise, 208-570-7320,

Best Cha-Cha-ChaChanges

Come 5 p.m., Front Street in downtown Boise can turn into a five-lane nightmare of people desperately trying to get home—or maybe just away from work. But in the midst of the chaos, there’s a beacon of humor that can elicit a chuckle even from the most-road-weary driver: the American Cleaning Service sign. For decades, the sign perched above the thoroughfare has offered not just the standard community event reminders but a combination of witty puns and bad jokes—just what you need to make your day a little brighter. Thank you, American Cleaning folks, for making our drives a little more tolerable. And for the record, we’re still trying to think of another word for synonym. 616 W. Front St., Boise, 208-6213281,

Boise Co-op remodel In a matter of months, Boise Co-op underwent a number of massive changes: the aisles were lowered, the shelves decluttered, new restrooms installed, a dining area created and the deli went through a complete remodel. As David Bowie would say, “Turn and face the grain.” 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-4500,

Best Stamina

Idaho Candy Company Truly great things never go out of style: fine Champagne, the scent of Channel No. 5, a symphony, an Idaho Spud Bar. OK, so maybe that last one is a little out of place, but the simple fact that Idaho Candy Company is still turning out candy after more than 100 years means it’s doing something right. It has been doing its thing from the same location for more than a century, right in the heart of downtown Boise. Candy doesn’t get more iconic in Idaho than the Idaho Spud Bar, unless it’s the Owyhee Toffee ... or the Old Faithful bar ... damn, now we’re hungry. 412 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-5505, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Best Plant-Based Brawl

Idaho Botanical Garden annual plant sale Having a green thumb doesn’t mean you’re beyond giving someone a black eye—especially when an heirloom tomato plant is at stake. While it might not come to actual blows, there are definitely some very pointed looks, race walking, swooping in and battle strategies that come into play at the annual fundraiser. Garden lovers take their botanical prizes seriously and are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they come home with all the herbs, veggies and decorative plants they can haul. Our advice: If you’re not willing to do a flying dive for a pepper plant, stay out of the way. 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

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Pengilly’s We heart the new expansion.

Best Tasteful Taxidermy

Best MicroBusiness trend

Best Zero Sum Exercise

Best Summer Triathlon

Pengilly’s Expansion

Micro-breweries in Boise

Bar bikes

Ben’s Crow Inn

Pengilly’s Saloon used to be a place to get away from it all. With a bourbon in hand, you could fold into a high-backed wooden booth and forget about whatever was weighing you down. But there was one caveat—once the evening rolled around, there was no place to get away from the loud music rumbling from the corner stage to have a conversation. Well, no longer. Pengilly’s busted down a wall and expanded into the former Old Boise Guitar spot. Now you can have an intimate chat under a towering taxidermied buffalo head before shuffling into the next room for some boot-stomping bluegrass. Every barfly needs a little balance. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344

The first step in Boise’s recent brewing renaissance came with the opening of Payette Brewing Company, which transformed an old Garden City warehouse into a brewery with an attached bar, joining the ranks of Sockeye Brewery, Tablerock Brewpub and Highlands Hollow Brewhouse. Next came the bike-loving Crooked Fence Brewing, known for its heavy involvement in this year’s Pedal 4 the People. By the time rumors of Bend, Ore.’s 10 Barrel Brewing’s expansion to Boise were confirmed, a Kickstarter campaign for Bogus Brewing Co. started. And after Alezebub Brewing launches, Boise’s beer fans will be asking: “Budweiser who?” Crooked Fence Brewing, 5242 Chinden Blvd., Garden City,; Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise, 208-343-6820,; Payette Brewing Company, 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011,; Sockeye Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, 208-658-1533,; Tablerock Brew Pub, 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-0944,

Beer has a lot of calories. Weighing approximately 1 zillion pounds with a super-low gearing ratio, Boise’s two new bar-bikes burn ’em right back off. It’s like sprinting from bar to bar but with a lot more waving at gawkers.

A triathlon is always a test of strength, determination and dedication, even when you’re not actually doing the swimming or running part. For those of us who would sooner jab our eyes out with a spork than don a wetsuit for any reason, there’s always Boise’s unique triathlon challenge. Phase One: Ride your bike along the Greenbelt to Ben’s Crow Inn. Phase Two: Order a bucket of beers and possibly a bucket of clams. Phase Three: Honor your competitive nature by tossing horseshoes at a pole in a sandpit. What makes this event even more challenging than a traditional triathlon is that you actually have to mount your bike and ride your butt back home at the end of it all. Now, that’s dedication. 6781 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-342-9669

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Best Place to Seduce Yourself

The Press If you’re looking for a quiet nook to wine and dine your book, The Press not only has an impressive happy hour—$2 off wines and two-for-one drafts from 4-7 p.m. every day—but it also has cheeseboards ample enough to satisfy night-cheese-worker Liz Lemon. 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B, Boise, 208-336-9577



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Gamekeeper Lounge Songwriters forum brings out hidden talent.

Best Place to Learn to Listen

Songwriter’s Forum at Gamekeeper Lounge

Best Reason to Pop an Aspirin on Monday

50 cent beer at Tom Grainey’s

At most local music venues, talking and tipping back cocktails take priority over engaged listening. But not at the Idaho Songwriter’s Forum. Founded by local musician Steve Eaton, the event packs the Gamekeeper Lounge the last Tuesday of each month from 6-9 p.m. Songwriters arrive early to scrawl their names in a notebook, then patiently wait their turn to perform one original song in front of a quiet and attentive crowd. 1109 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611,

Rainier isn’t the classiest beer. Typically priced in the sub-$2 range, it’s a cheap brew, too. However, Boise bar Tom Grainey’s sought to slay the drink-special competition with Rainier 12-ounce cans priced at 50 cents. A five spot gets thirsty bar flies 10 cans in a bucket of ice. Pair that with live music until 2 a.m. and just assume Monday will be a wash. 109 S. Sixth St., Boise

Best Dudegasm

Best Calendar Error

Spacebar Arcade When Millennials grow up and move out of their parents’ houses (for the first time), they often feel a sense of nostalgia for the comfy basement couch and worn Nintendo controllers of their youth. Enter the vintage arcadeslash-bar. Now manchildren will be able to participate in two beloved pastimes—drinking cheap beer and playing video games—at one convenient location. But watch out Spacebar, when those kids decide to move back home to work on their screenplays, they might just show up on your doorstep. 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-918-0597

Best Costume Party

Red Room Film Series Sure, you could stay home and watch a movie. Or you could head down to Red Room for its monthly film series and see one on a big screen with the audience dressed in costumes, pounding whisky specials, with live music when it’s over. Seems like an easy choice to us. 1519 W. Main St., Boise,

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Christmas in July at The Front Door In mid-July The Front Door decided to liquidate its supply of thick, dark and delicious English winter ales for $3 a bottle. At least that’s what we were told. That whole month is a little hazy. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201,

Best Place to Roll Around in the Dark

Gamekeeper Lounge You can roll from one end of the Gamekeeper Lounge to the other, but this ain’t no wheelchair race. Nor is it the kind of rolling around in the dark that involves nudity, you ninny. The Gamekeeper Lounge turns the lights waaaay low and the waaaay low chairs are not only plush but—you guessed it—they roll. 1109 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611,




Discovery Center of Idaho Adult nights prove learning is more fun with beer.

Best Post-Secondary Education

Best Homerun Hangover

Adult Night at Discovery Center of Idaho

Single, Double, Triple Mimosas at The Lift

The Bible speaks of putting away childish things. Luckily, Discovery Center of Idaho doesn’t believe in that sort of nonsense. DCI stages monthly adult nights, in which the kids get the boot and adults can cruise around the center, beer in hand, learning why things explode. 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895,

A solitary George Washington will buy you a single. Two of those bad boys and you can upgrade to a double. Think you can throw back cheap champagne with the big boys? Throw down three bucks and order a triple mimosa. It’s quite possibly the best baseball drinking game ever invented. 4091 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-3250,

Best Drinking Games

Best Hangover Cure and Lunch Combo

Crooked Fence Brewing events Some breweries show up and offer samples of their beer. Some just send hot ladies with tight, branded T-shirts to bandy about. But Boise’s Crooked Fence Brewing prefers taking things back to adolescence with shenaniganry on parade. Recent brewery events include a belly-flop contest into a portable pool or the best-named event in Boise history: The Longest Skid-Mark Contest, which was staged during bike week. 5242 Chinden Blvd., Garden City,

Best Answer to our Prayers

The Crux It has been said that entrepreneurs should give the consumer what they didn’t know they wanted. Though many seemed blissfully unaware, Boise has long suffered from the twin dragons of bitter coffee and a hobbled all-ages music scene. This year, the answer to both came in one spiffy package: The Crux, which lets the kids rock while getting ’em jacked on tasty Stumptown coffee. Every time that sort of thing happens, Steve Jobs releases a new version of iWings to an angel. 1022 W. Main St., 208-342-3213 WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Bloody mary garnishes For Boise Weekly’s Annual Manual, we did some tough investigative reporting. We scoured the city to find all the random, is-thata-salad-or-a-drink garnishes that Boise bars put on vodka-tomato cocktails. The list of bloody mary accoutrements includes a pile of arugula, fried bleu cheese olives, slabs of bacon and just about anything else you can find in a kitchen. Ready a straw and a fork.

Best On-Again, Off-Again Bar

The (Ice) Bouquet News about the Main St. Boise bar the Bouquet has always come quietly. First it was the inaugural Treefort Music Festival: The Bouquet was listed as a venue. “Whaaaa?” we asked, since the bar had been shuttered for months. Lo and behold, when the March music fest rolled around, the bar’s shows were relocated to Pengilly’s Saloon. Just when we thought the historic old dance hall would never bloom again, word came that it is transforming yet again, this time into a high-end nightclub—The Ice Bouquet—set to open later this fall. 1010 W. Main St., Boise

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Bistro The patio looks all grown up.

Best Example of a Bar maturing

Main Street Bistro’s new patio The Main Street Bistro, aka the “bro ho,” has long been the place for the newly 21 set to swig cocktails and chase skirts/muscle T-shirts. But this year, the iconic downtown locale gave its best asset a reboot and gutted its patio, the scene of so many 21st birthdays and videos projected on the wall above the outdoor bar. The result: a cool, swanky place where you can enjoy a cocktail and some of the most primo people watching in the city—after you win the beer pong competition, of course. 609 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3459515,

Best Way to Get your week Off to a Crummy Start

Sunday Funday series Boiseans were treated to a glam foam and pretty people party series this year when Nightology Live presented its Sunday Funday series, which brought national headliners to the city for a day of foamy fun. The first installment was held in June in the parking lot at 105 S. Sixth St., and despite rapper Asher Roth missing his plane and consequently his headlining gig, the series endured, at various locations around town.

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Best Way to Bring a Party to a Sleepy Suburb

The Gathering Place Nightlife in Eagle has, for a long time, been nearly nonexistent, leaving its young and hip suburban residents to make the long trek down State Street toward downtown and either crash on a stranger’s couch or endure a spendy cab ride after a few too many adult beverages. But that changed with the opening of The Gathering Place—a real bar where you can get your drink on, play some shuffle board, throw some darts, butcher your favorite karaoke song, and listen to live music, all housed in an Eagle landmark—the historic Orville Jackson building. 50 E. State St., Eagle, 208-629-4369

Best Place to Watch a Game and Feel a Little Chic, Simultaneously

The Huddle Sports Grill A great many Boise diners were sad to hear that The MilkyWay was shuttering its doors, leaving the fate of the modern chair-laden, twolevel location on 10th Street uncertain. The space took a tropical turn as Sweetwater’s Tropic Zone for a bit, and then, oddly, became a kid-friendly sports bar. The Huddle Sports Grill now fills the constantly transitioning space with big HD TVs, and sports fans can watch whatever they please in arguably one of the brightest, almost-chic sports spots in town. 205 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-338-5454




The Basque Market Paella on the patio comes in bulk.

Best Foodie Nooner

Best Salt Lick

Paella on the patio at The Basque Market

Chips at The Sandbar at the Riverside Hotel

Every Wednesday and Friday—precisely at noon and don’t be late because you will likely miss out—The Basque Market starts dishing up piping hot paella from a pan the size of the Basque Country. To find it, follow your nose. The market fires up the propane tank and cooks it outdoors year round, which sends a trail of savory smells through downtown. 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208,

It’s almost unfair that potato chips have to compete with their french fry cousins for diners’ affection. Food law dictates that a fresh-out-of-the-bag chip is simply incapable of commanding any sort of presence next to a slender, freshly fried and piping hot french fry. And, sorry, but even handsliced, homemade chips need a handicap to come close to the sort of success that fries enjoy. But The Sandbar has crunched some magic numbers— an equation that requires a uniform width on sliced potatoes, an ideal length of soak time and a precise fry time—and delivered a specimen worthy of being called a side dish. Each and every chip snaps—never an accidentally soggy solider in the hefty basket. In fact, they’re so greaseless, your fingertips won’t even need a napkin or a wash after ploughing through a few dozen. But what really gets us is the salt. Those suckers may be so salty it hurts, but like the commercial says, you can’t just eat one. 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871,

Best Smooth Move

Tree City Smoothie It’s hot. Your apartment has no air conditioning. You’ve been sucking down so many Boston shakes to keep cool that you’ve had to permanently pop the top button on your favorite pair of cutoffs. What’s a hot sweaty mess to do? Head to Tree City, that’s what. 1265 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-342-0467, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Best Kitchen Crisscross

Best Re-Vamp of the Term “Family Style”

B29 Streatery to Red Feather Lounge, Red Feather Salt Tears Coffeehouse Lounge to Modern Hotel and Noshery’s Family-Style and Bar, Modern Hotel Dinners and Bar to Cafe Vicino Some of Boise’s best and brightest kitchen talent played proverbial musical chairs this spring, when B29 Streatery’s Greg Lamm took over the reins at Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House, Red Feather’s Nate Whitley packed his knives and moved to the Modern Hotel and Bar and The Modern’s David King set up shop as sous chef at Cafe Vicino. Here’s to fresh foods and fresh perspectives. B29 Streatery,; Bittercreek Ale House, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3451813,; Cafe Vicino, 808 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-472-1463, cafevicino. com; Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340,

The term “family style” beckons memories of hungry hands pawing at heaping mounds of sauce-splattered spaghetti or big buckets of fried chicken and vats of mealy mashed potatoes. But Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery takes a different tack. Each Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. the Collister Shopping Center restaurant features a different seasonal menu served in family-sized portions for one flat price per person—usually around $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Past menus have included crab, artichoke and spinach pie with local roasted summer veggies, mushroom portabella Wellington with sauteed red cabbage and summer chicken stew with fresh chive biscuits. 4714 W. State St., Boise, 208-275-0017,

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City Peanut SHOP Chili Igniter Peanuts will make you weep.

Best Way to Seek Revenge with Food

Deliver your enemy Ghost Chili Igniter peanuts from City Peanut Shop Step one: resist all temptation from lesserburning nuts (the Cayenne Pecans or Afterburners will make a decent case for lenience on your enemy—stay firm in your resolve). Step two: purchase one pack of Ghost Chili Igniter Peanuts (for mild revenge, purchase the 2X version; for some serious payback, get the 4X). Step three: purchase one lovely decorative tin or gift food bag (preferably in pink or decorated in something nonthreatening like puppies or butterflies). Step four: empty the contents of the peanut bag into the empty gift bag. Step five: write a nice little note. Step six: deliver your package. Step seven: relish in your victory. 803 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208433-3931,

Best Way to tell Gluten to stuff it

Best Way to Validate Comfort Food

Get it from a fancy restaurant Once upon a time, ordering a grilled cheese or mac-n-cheese off the menu meant dealing with rolled eyes from your dining companions and an irritated look from your server because you were obviously ordering from the kids’ menu because you’re a cheap bastard. But no more. Those lowly bastions of comfort food have gone upscale. Chefs have realized that while micro-greens and lavender foam are all well and good, sometimes diners just want something gooey and familiar. And we’re not talking about anything from a box or wrapped in individual plastic coatings. In the hands of chefs, these favorites are as grown-up as the diners. From gourmet cheeses to ingredients like house-cured bacon and truffle oil, this ain’t your mama’s cooking—although it sure feels like home.

Best Tully’s Takeover

Jerry’s State Court Cafe Caffe Capri Jerry’s State Court Cafe wears its old-school vibe on its well starched sleeve. It serves breakfast all day and courts the early bird crowd with a special senior discount menu peppered with helpings of biscuits and gravy, Salisbury steak and meatloaf. But that doesn’t mean Jerry’s isn’t hip to the diet fad times. The Fairview restaurant has an entire glutenfree menu, and we’re not just talking bun-less burgers and crouton-free cobb salads. The joint serves sandwiches like Reubens and triple-decker clubs on gluten-free bread, along with gluten-free burger buns, seared ahi tuna with gluten-free soy, and even glutenfree chicken penne alfredo, with gluten-free pasta, artichoke hearts and mushrooms in a gluten-free alfredo sauce. Jerry’s is swell-iac for celiacs. 6767 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208376-6767,

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In April, downtown coffee patrons woke up to a sudden switch-a-roo. Seemingly overnight, the Tully’s location at the corner of Idaho Street and Capitol Boulevard had changed signs to Caffe Capri, and the Tully’s in BODO bore another name: Caffe D’arte. But the transition was a little more complicated than just swapping signs. As we found out, local Tully’s franchise owners sold the Tully’s space in BODO to Seattle’s Caffe D’arte, which specializes in wholesale, small-batch roasted Italian coffee. They also decided to re-brand their other Tully’s locations to Caffe Capri, which uses Caffe D’arte coffee. But fine print aside, the move was one we can get behind—away from a huge franchise to a smaller, family-owned operation. 624 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-888-5262




Archie’s Place and Payette Brewing’s Sloppy Joe Eating contest How big is your appetite?

Best Reason to Wash Ground Beef From Your Moustache

Best Dive Bar Seafood in a Glass

Archie’s Place and Payette Brewing Company’s Sloppy Joe Eating Contest

The long-standing bar on Main Street admittedly isn’t the first place you think of when you’re craving seafood. In fact, the very idea may have you giving this paper an incredulous look, but trust us, it’s the real deal. On Fridays and Saturdays, Gil’s serves up a seafood extravaganza in a giant glass—picture piles of crab salad ringed by fresh shrimp with plenty of cocktail sauce for dipping. Not a crab salad fan? Try the bar prawns. Yes, we know Gil’s is a dive bar in a landlocked state, but we’re not telling fish tales here. 2506 Main St., Boise, 208-345-4420

Most wouldn’t call slurping up massive amounts of ground beef in red sauce a cause for celebration. But as eating competitions go, the Archie’s Place and Payette Brewing Company Sloppy Joe eating contest is the great equalizer. In 2011, Big Hungry took home the title for eating 19 sloppy joe sandwiches in four minutes. On Saturday, Oct. 6, Archie’s Place will welcome two heats—one pitting mere mortals against each other and the second challenging one brave joe-eater to take on Big Hungry. Archie’s Place, archies-place. com; Payette Brewing Company, 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011,

Best Sibling Cooperation

Sweet Valley Cookie Co. and Crooked Fence Brewing Booze-laden beverages and sweets are typically indulgences that are better for the soul than the body. And what could be better than those somewhat sinful concoctions? One that combines both. When Boise Weekly learned that Sweet Valley Cookie Company was using the spent grain from Crooked Fence Brewing Company’s Three Picket Porter and putting it in a peanut butter chocolate bar, puddles of drool pooled on our desks. How could such a fantastic combo come to be? Turns out, Sweet Valley’s Heidi Tilby and Crooked Fence’s Kelly Knopp are brother and sister. Thank goodness for good genes and good eats. 360 E. State St., Eagle, 208-440-7043,


Gil’s K-9 Bar


b 9th & idaho, downtown boise

Best Restaurant that Sounds like a Shaquille O’Neal Movie

Shanaz Home Kitchen Cuisine and Catering Shanaz is the name of the chef at Shanaz Home Kitchen and the homestyle soul food she concocts is downright shanazzy, a breath of batter-fried fresh air near downtown Meridian. Deep-fried mac-n-cheese balls FTW. 520 S. Main St., Ste. 96, Meridian, 208-922-6433,

Best Squirt in Your Mouth

Passion Fruit Mustard at North Shore Hot Dog Company If condiments have personality, mustard is obviously snooty. Even generic yellow French’s claims to be the mustard “hot dogs prefer.” But the passion fruit mustard at North Shore Hot Dog Company brings a sweet humility to the game with an unprecedented taste of the tropics. 904 Main St., Boise, 208-308-7907

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Momo Dumplings Nepalese dumplings are crave worthy.

Best Gimme Mo

Momo Dumplings

Best Breakfast Weight Lifting

Big City Coffee Momo Dumplings, a simple stand that slung traditional Nepalese dumplings at the Boise Urban Market and Capital City Public Market, quickly garnered a cult following. So in July, Momo Dumplings expanded into a brick-andmortar restaurant in Meridian. Now, in addition to meat- and veggie-filled spicy dough balls topped with chutney, you can also get rice bowls, meat balls Makhani, veggie samosas and French fries. Now that’s Mo to love. 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-514-2137,

Best Kitchen Sink in a Pita Meal

Colossal Gyro at Gyro House Hummus. Tzatziki. Lettuce. Tomatoes. Onions. Olives. Pepperoncinis. Bacon. Two kinds of spicy sauce. Feta. Double gyro meat. It’s a small miracle such a delicate piece of bread can hold it all together. And it’s an outright miracle to put that thing away in one sitting. Bring wet wipes—you’re guaranteed to have rivulets of creamy, spicy sauce from wrist to elbow. 6631 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-378-1325

Best Flying Saucer Food Item

UFO burrito from Azteca The owners of the Azteca food truck—often parked near Sixth and Grove streets downtown—refer to it as the “Chilango.” However, fans of the hexagon-shaped burrito call it the “UFO burrito” for its flying saucer-like shape. The recipe is similar to the fast-food abomination the “Crunchwrap Supreme,” but the Azteca version is larger, packs more beef and uses real cheese instead of cheese sauce. A crunchy taco shell provides crucial architecture in the middle of the foodstuff.

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Some pansy continental breakfast ain’t got nothin’ on the offerings at Big City Coffee in Boise’s Linen District. In fact, the term “muffin” or “scone” does little to prepare the first-timer for the sight of the bakery display case groaning under the weight of creations so big you understand what Alice was going though when she was shrunk by a snack in Wonderland. Just trying to carry one of these gargantuan baked goods requires weight training. In fact, anyone with lower back problems might want to consider wearing a support belt. 1416 Grove St., Boise, 208-345-3145,

Best Eenie-MeenieMinie-Mo

Flatbread Community Oven pick-two lunch special Who doesn’t love a good deal? No one, that’s who. But the lunch special at Flatbread Community Oven can make your head spin just trying to order. Since you can select from just about any of the pizzas, flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and soup, trying to decide what combo sounds most appetizing can actually induce panic. Relax, take a deep breath, and try the highly scientific method BW staffers have perfected: Extend your index finger and point. Multiple locations,

Best Detente Delish

Cultural food festivals Why can’t they all get along? Imagine a world where Boise’s Russian food festival integrates with the Greek food fest. And why not throw in the ever-popular Jewish Deli Days? A United Nations of international indigestion. Just thinking about it makes one hunger for world peace ... and maybe some Tums. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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La Belle Vie and Chef Nick Duncan said au revoir.

Best Restaurant That You’ll Never Eat at Again

Best Way to Eat Yourself Into a Food Coma

La Belle Vie

Gourmet Night at Flying Pie

BW reviewers raved about Nampa’s La Belle Vie, praising the quaint, seasonal French restaurant’s “flawless” halibut and “incredible” gnocchi. Food and Wine magazine even nominated Chef Nick Duncan as a People’s Best New Chef finalist. But good press couldn’t pay the bills, and La Belle Vie closed its doors in May. Owner Cathy O’Connell lamented the decision, saying, “Nampa is losing something huge and they don’t even know it.” We couldn’t agree more. Au revoir, La Belle Vie.

Every Tuesday night, both locations of Boise’s Flying Pie Pizzaria offer a buffet-style pizza smorgasbord dubbed Gourmet Night. First and foremost, it’s a chance to sample a dozen pies in exotic varieties. But just as important is the volume: Gourmet Night lets pizza fans nab all-you-can-eat salad, breadsticks and pizza on the cheap. 4320 W. State St., Boise, 208-384-0000; 6508 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-376-3454,

Best Hunka Hunka Burning Love

Best Movie Food Alternative

The Creperie Big Jud’s The best thing about Big Jud’s is that when your burger arrives, the hot stuff is hot and the cold stuff is cold. No wilted lettuce, no lukewarm tomato slices, no solidified melted cheese. Nope: ice-cold veggies, piping hot meat and cheese. The second-best thing about Big Jud’s is the giant-ass side of tater tots. You can say you won’t eat them all, but we know the truth. The third-best thing about Big Jud’s is the hand-dipped, rich and delicious ice cream. The fourth-best thing about Big Jud’s is the Big Jud—a manly sized 1-pound burger. The fifth-best things about Big Jud’s ... (we can do this all day). 1289 Protest Road, Boise, 208-343-4439,

Best Unrecognized Saint

St. Lawrence Gridiron it’s an insult that the church has yet to recognize the St. Lawrence Gridiron food truck as a genuine saint, with its bevy of delicious barbecue and pub-style foods like poutine, cheese steaks and brisket bringing comfort to the masses.

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At the Edwards Stadium 22 movie complex, The Creperie is responsible for dishing yummy dessert, veggie and meat crepe creations that will have you so full, the smell of liquid fat on popcorn will lose its appeal. Well, almost. 7709 W. Overland Road, Ste. 130, Boise, 208949-3536,

Best Pig Out

Bacon The bacon craze was sooooo last year by the time John Berryhill (of Berryhill & Co. notoriety) decided to name a quaint little breakfast and lunch stop after the pork cut. But Bacon has proven that bacon was a staple long before it was a fad. Fine dining may have been Berryhill’s original game in this town, but if you ask us, Bacon is by far his best. And when you’re weary of bacon but not of Bacon, go with the breakfast sundae. Strawberries and chocolate sauce have always belonged on yogurt and granola—you just missed that memo. 915 Idaho St., Boise, 208-387-3553,




Sugar Sugar Ice cream Sammies Even ice cream sandwiches have gone gourmet.

Best Brain Freeze

Sugar Sugar Ice Cream Sammies Jen Rossetti started Sugar Sugar Ice Cream Sammies to give all of us diabetes. OK, not really. But by classing up those cardboard-like, paper-wrapped crap sandwiches we grew up with, Rossetti inspired a resurgence of love for cookies and ice cream. Case in point? Meringue cookies squashed on either side of a dollop of lemon blueberry ice cream.

Best Regularly Scheduled Clusterfuck

The Food Truck Rallies We already knew Boiseans loved food trucks. But recently, there has been a deluge of them, doling out everything from Russian food to Paleo-friendly grub to Native America dishes. Once a month, foodies proclaim their love for the mobile kitchen by swarming to the Food Truck Rally, where a slew of wheeled food purveyors gather. The second Friday of every month draws all ages willing to stand in line in the name of quick-yet-yummy food. Organizers expanded the hours in August so more people can get their hands on some grub.

Best Late-Night Secret

Burrito at High Note Cafe

Best Classic Movie Makeover Scene

Donnie Mac’s Turning into A’Tavola In a scene immortalized by countless movies, a nerdy but naturally hot girl ditches her clunky glasses and squeezes into a mini dress before bounding down a staircase to greet a mouth-agape date. The space in Boise’s Linen District went through a similar transformation this year, when Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine yanked off its mullet and wife beater and slipped into a sleek white dress and heels, becoming A’Tavola. Spearheaded by longtime caterer Lisa Peterson, the naturally lit, whitewashed space now boasts a menu of light sandwiches and soups, a coffee counter and a deli case glistening with veggies. We always knew there was a babe lurking under that beer belly. 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3363641,

Best move to make Sambusas the New Hot Dog

Ethnic food vendors In Boise, foreign affairs are best conducted while double-fisting freshly fried sambusas stuffed with potato, egg and cilantro at the Capital City Public Market or picking up Russian cheburekis and munching on Dutch stroopwafel. Grilled Uzbeki meats, Cuban cuisine and Nepalese dumplings are just a few options for gastro-tourism awaiting hungry diplomats.

We’ve all been there: 2:30 a.m. with a belly full of whisky and the line into Pie Hole stretching a half block. Do you wait in line and risk passing out or hop in a cab to hightail it to Los Betos and risk passing out in the car? Answer: neither. Schlep over to the High Note Cafe for a delicious steak-and-eggs brunch burrito for only $6. Best part? No line. You can leave, eat and get back before your friends have even ordered their slice. 225 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-429-1911, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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Think texting is cool? Go old-school with a telegraph at Museum Comes to Life.

Guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine will help kick off the 2012-2013 Boise Philharmonic concert season.

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strings BOISE PHILHARMONIC SEASON OPENER As the weather continues to cool down and you trade in your iced tea and flip flops for hot chai and boots, indoor activities suddenly become a lot more appealing. And while saying goodbye to summer in Boise can feel a lot like getting dumped, we know one way to ease your seasonal depression. Although the first performance will take place Friday, Sept. 28, at Northwest Nazarene University’s Swayne Auditorium, Boise Philharmonic will officially kick off its season Saturday, Sept. 29. In addition to starting another season of providing Boiseans with culturally rich nights outs, the phil will have a great big party. The third-annual Opening Night Celebration will take place at the Stueckle Sky Center prior to the evening’s performance. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear semi-formal attire, and those in attendance can enjoy live music from the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as well as speeches from Music Director Robert Franz and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Steve Trott. After the party, guests will saunter over to the Morrison Center, where violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform along with the phil. The evening’s musical agenda includes Arthur Honegger’s “Pacific 231,” Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto and Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony. In addition to a season of harmonious performances, philharmonic attendees can expect extras like Backstage With the Artist, where sack lunches accompany conversation with Franz and the featured guest artist, and Musically Speaking, a pre-concert lecture dealing with the stories behind the music. Opening Night Celebration: 5 p.m. $100 per person or $750 for a table of eight. Stueckle Sky Center, 1910 W. University Drive, 208-344-7849; Concert: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. $11.50-$43. Northwest Nazarene Swayne Auditorium, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790; Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. $11.50-$76.50. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208426-3980;


EVIL WINE CARNIVAL Last year’s inaugural Evil Wine Carnival wasn’t just a concert. It featured everything from bands to comedians to performance art to a blindfolded Wes Malvini—the event’s promoter—sitting

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against a wall with his hands behind his back so people who donated $1 to Radio Boise could throw onions at his crotch, Jackass-style. This year’s incarnation is shaping up to be no tamer. Evil Wine has teamed up with WavePOP and decided

Here’s a quiz: Where can you see pioneer blacksmiths, Civil War soldiers, Renaissance swordsmen, Irish dancers, classic cars and a giant potato? Unless you confuse the type of mushrooms you put in your salad, the best way is at the Idaho State Historical Museum’s Museum Comes to Life event. The annual hands-on celebration of history will fill the museum and a chunk of Julia Davis Park Saturday, Sept. 29, with family friendly demonstrations and performances from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This is the 39th year for the event, which strives to give the public a chance to get a new take on history with firsthand peeks at life at various points in time. Living history re-enactors will be set up in and around the museum, offering demonstrations of crafts, arts and skills. It will be encampment central with Colonial, Civil War, Indian Lifeways, Renaissance, Pioneers and World War II groups set up throughout the day. The public will be able to check out things like wood carving, Navajo weaving, blacksmithing, pioneer games and various performances, including Medieval combat. This year there’s a special focus on the area’s cultural diversity through the performing arts, thanks to a grant from the City of Boise Department of Arts and History. Throughout the day, groups of dancers and musicians will perform around the museum, including Irish and Greek dancers, Ballet Folklorica, Marimba Boise and Boise faves Hillfolk Noir. If that’s not enough, there will also be displays of classic cars and motorcycles, as well as food vendors and roaming historic figures. Better yet, it’s all free. You have to love history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-3342120,

to spread the shennanigans across three days at Visual Arts Collective, Red Room and the Eyes of the World Imports’ parking lot. Dozens of bands will be playing both inside and outside Red Room and Visual Arts Collective, along with films including the Evil Wine Show special The Bible the Movie: Part 2, DJ battles, comedy performances and special contests like a dildo toss and “guess that smell” quiz. The event will be head-

lined by Hollywood craprockers Green Jello, who will take to the stage at Red Room Saturday, Sept. 29. Considering how long it has been since the band toured or recorded, don’t be surprised if you are scratching your heads and saying, “Who?” Perhaps you know the band by the name Green Jelly, which it had to take after being sued by Jell-O. Or maybe you know it as the band Maynard James Keenan was sort of in before

Tool. Or perhaps you don’t know the band at all. But what you probably will recognize is its metaltastic reboot of the Three Little Pigs story. Its sludgy riff, comic lyrics and claymation video were a stoner staple of MTV late nights. But, ultimately, Green Jello is a band to see live. Even if that doesn’t sound like your cup o’ tea, Meth House Party Band, Art Fad, The Useless, Sandusky Furs, Trinomikon, DJ Skape and Reflektion, Andy D., WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



With beer steins this big, it’s kind of like working out, right?


Idaho Botanical Garden will have nary a crow in sight in October.

OLD BOISE OKTOBERFEST Americans love other countries’ holidays—especially when they involve adult beverages. We love us some Coronas on Cinco de Mayo, Guinness (or the less authentic green Bud Light) on St. Patty’s, and soak up the kalimotxos during Jaialdi. So it’s no wonder that many a Boisean looks forward to the Oktoberfest celebration held downtown in Old Boise, which will return for its third installment Saturday, Sept. 29. Attendees can, of course, expect to find an abundance of beer at the festival, with season-appropriate brews from far, far away, as well as Sierra Nevada and locals Payette Brewing Company and Crooked Fence Brewing Co. Admission and a mug can be obtained for $10, and tickets for beers are sold separately. But the fun isn’t all for the legal-to-drink set. From noon-5 p.m., attendees of all ages can explore the rides of yesteryear with a car show from This-N-That Classic Car Group and peruse crafts from local artisans. The afternoon hours will also include a station for younger attendees to make a Halloween spider craft, fly high in a bouncy house and delight in balloon animals. Live music from Boise Rock School, Treasure Valley Musik Meisters, Wolfie and the Bavarians and Pilot Error will get Oktoberers grooving from 1-10 p.m. Those with some upper-body strength can partake in brewpurveyor Samuel Adams’ national stein hoisting competition beginning at 2 p.m. Hold that heavy beer as long as you can and you may make it to the finals at 7 p.m., and perhaps be one of the lucky SOBs who nets a trip to Munich’s Oktoberfest in 2013. Noon-10 p.m., FREE, $10 for beer festival admission. Old Boise, Sixth and Main streets, 208-345-7852,

The Sneezz, Cerberus Rex, Microbabies, A.K.A. Belle, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, Grandma Kelsey, James Plane Wreck, The Hand, CAMP, Point Break 2, Bar Carb, Hol-O-Grabs, Big Ups, DJ Skape, Godcrotch, Strange Vine, 1D, Sad Horse and First Borns will all also take to the stages throughout the weekend.


Tickets are $18 in advance for an all-access pass, $12 in advance or $15 at the door for the Green Jelly/o show and $3-$5 per day for the Eyes of the World Imports parking lot, Visual Arts Collective and Monday, Oct. 1, Red Room shows. Carnival weekend proceeds will benefit Go Listen Boise. Check out the event

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY OCT.1-OCT. 3 autumn awesomeness SCARECROW STROLL Even when summer refuses to let go of its grip and allow fall to bring in its cooler temperatures and changing leaves, there are still a few signs of the season Boiseans can look forward to. Among them is the plethora of scarecrows that show up at the Idaho Botanical Garden in October, like a horde of slightly creepy, slightly whimsical sentries standing guard over the garden. This year, more than 30 scarecrows designed by schools, businesses and individuals from around the community will go on display beginning Monday, Oct. 1, and running through Halloween. This is the fifth year IBG has hosted the event, which encourages the public to stroll along garden paths to check out the scarecrows. This year, the theme for the event is Figures from History, so, no, you won’t be imaging things if you think a scarecrow looks strangely like Queen Elizabeth or Rosa Parks. Scarecrows will be judged by both a panel of judges and the public, and awards will be handed out in November. The public can cast its votes throughout October when visiting the garden. Daily during regular garden hours through Wednesday, Oct. 31, FREE with the cost of admission. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649,

on Facebook and evilwine. com for full details. Various times, $3-$18. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208424-8297, visualartscollec-

If you’ve made it this far in our annual Best of Boise issue, you know that Boise is brimming with weirdos. And while we consider ourselves the foremost authority on all things weird in the Treasure Valley, a new photo blog is nipping at our unicycle tire. Stay Weird Boise’s motto is “keeping Boise weird, one photo at a time.” Founded by Ryan Smith and his wife, Tess, the blog is “a light-hearted look at the people, places and things that make Boise what it is.” Some particularly strange photos on the site include an SUV decked out in pink velour to look like a pig, a man pole dancing in his underwear next to a bottle of Windex, and a dude on his cellphone walking an orange saddlebag-draped goat through downtown. The Smiths have also taken Stay Weird Boise to the streets, sponsoring a free-to-play piano in front of Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt on Eighth Street and planting crocheted tricycles around downtown. The couple hopes that their efforts will help document and contribute to Boise’s growing community of eccentrics. “We want to make this an even more interesting place,” Smith told Boise Weekly. If you have a photo to submit to Stay Weird Boise, you can upload it at under Submit a Photo, or email it to —Tara Morgan; Red Room, 1519 W. Main St., redroomboise. com; Eyes of the World Imports parking lot, 1576 W. Grove St., 208-331-1212,

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speare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-3369221,

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THE BASEMENT COMPANY— HomeGrown Theater presents The Basement Company, by Adam Harrell. This dark comedy is about a desperate playwright struggling to get his play produced, so he kidnaps the city’s best actors and forces them to perform in his basement. Advance tickets available at 6:30 p.m. $10, $8 students and seniors. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

THE BASEMENT COMPANY— See Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. $10, $8 students and seniors. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

TECHNOLOGY HOUR: FIND A JOB—Learn about library resources that can help with your job search and career planning. This course is meant to supplement the Idaho Department of Labor job search class. For more details, call 208-384-4076. Enter through the Eighth Street auditorium entrance. 8:30 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200,

NOISES OFF—Laughter abounds with Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of Michael Frayn’s farce about a company putting on a play that goes horribly—and hilariously—wrong. 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org.

LIQUID LAUGHS: RICK DELIA— Also featuring Dave Mencarelli. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs. com, by calling 208-941-2459, or at Liquid or Solid. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

ROY ZIMMERMAN: HOPE, STRUGGLE AND CHANGE—Enjoy this 90-minute show featuring songs and comic commentary on politics, abstinence, creationism and same-sex marriage with a “healthy dose of lefty rabblerousing.” 7 p.m. $15 or pay what you can. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-6581710,

Workshops & Classes TECHNOLOGY HOUR: WITH A GUIDE AT YOUR SIDE—Have technology-related questions? Your instructor will be your “guide on the side,” helping you find answers to your computer questions and reinforcing other technology class work. In the Main Library Gates Room. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

Art VISITING ARTIST GREGORY SALE—Gregory Sale, an assistant professor of art from Arizona State University, will provide a lecture and slideshow about his artwork. Free parking in the Liberal Arts parking lot next to the Student Union building. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Student Union Lookout Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-2468.

Animals & Pets FRIENDS FOR LIFE CALENDAR—The Idaho Humane Society is looking for pets to fill the pages of the 2013 Friends for Life calendar. Photos of companion animals depicted in a dignified manner will be accepted through Sunday, Sept. 30. Entry fees, along with proceeds from calendar sales, help support the 13,000-plus animals IHS cares for annually. Visit the website for more info and to enter. Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St., Boise, 208-342-3508,

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COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: LONNIE BRUHN—Enjoy some jokes at the comedy show followed by dueling pianos and dance music by DJ Mighty Delta One. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658,

NOISES OFF—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shake-

Odds & Ends LADIES’ LOUNGE—Swig some cocktails with the ladies of Boise Weekly and enjoy prize giveaways, drink specials and more. Visit BW’s promo page to get the 4-1-1. 5 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s Saloon, 12505 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208331-5666,

NOISE/CD REVIEW BLOC PARTY, FOUR Not too many people associate head-banging with British pop rockers Bloc Party. But the band’s latest full-length album, Four, will have listeners moshing and swooning. Songs such as “Kettling,” “So He Begins to Lie” and “We Are Not Good People” take the band’s notoriously smooth indie flavor and smash it to bits with down-tuned guitar riffs reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins and Quicksand. Guitarist Russell Lissack shreds like he has never shredded before. His iconic and effects-heavy brand of guitar playing is surpassed, if not slightly overshadowed, by his thrashy solos. Recorded in New York City by Alex Newport at Stratosphere Sound, Four both sounds like and reflects the busy, noisy streets of NYC. However, vocalist Kele Okereke still shines through the gritty soundscape as one of the boldest and most versatile singers on the scene. Okereke’s vocals are enthralling and memorable on tracks such as “V.A.L.I.S.” and “Truth.” His signature falsetto and stutter have always been an integral part of the band’s sound, but Okereke’s performance on Four, the band’s first album in four years, soars above anything he’s done thus far. Unfortunately, with Four’s intensity comes people who are bound not to get it. For those expecting a repeat of 2005’s Silent Alarm or 2007’s A Weekend in the City, it’s important to note that this album is one that gets better with time. As the dissonance dissolves it reveals something much more rewarding. —Trevor Villagrana WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT FRIDAY SEPT. 28 Festivals & Events GROW THE GARDEN PARTY— This playful fundraiser in the garden features local food and cocktails, silent and live auctions and music. A buffet of locally sourced and Idaho-focused food will be provided by Bon Appetit. 6-10 p.m. $60. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

On Stage THE BIG, BAD MUSICAL—A courtroom has never been more lively and fun. The audience is the jury and must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairytale world. The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by quirky characters who want to get even. 7 p.m. Northwest Nazarene University Little Theatre, 550 Holly St., Nampa, COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: LONNIE BRUHN—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658,

THE END IS NEAR HERE—The Red Light Variety Show presents its fall performance, with an apocalypse-themed show of aerial arts, belly dancers, ballet, burlesque, boylesque, hooping, acroyoga, song and pole acrobatics. Advance tickets available at 9 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, LIQUID LAUGHS: RICK DELIA— See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, LOVERS AND PATRIOTS—This play about the Romeo and Juliet of the American Revolution tells one of the most moving love stories in American history. It stars national touring actors Lisa Burgess and Gary Anderson. The script was taken from the actual letters of John and Abigail Adams, and it covers the period from 1774 to 1777. Attend a special reception with President and Mrs. Adams at 6:30 p.m. Limit of 25 participants. Cost is $25 and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, snagaree, treats of the 1700s, a ticket and preferred seating. 7:30 p.m. $15 adv., $18 door, $10 students. Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 N. Garrett, Garden City, 208-658-1710,



NOISES OFF—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org. SOMETHING’S AFOOT—This musical murder mystery takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries as 10 people in an isolated country house are picked off. All dinner-show tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance online. 6:30 p.m. $20 show only, $39 dinner-show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

Food & Drink FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY— Enjoy lunch from the Sputnik Bistro food truck and chow down at a table near Boise Weekly headquarters. Visit’s promo page for a chance to win a free lunch. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, boiseweekly. com. FOOD TRUCK RALLY—Boise has an abundance of food trucks, purveying everything from shaved ice to cupcakes to Russian food to tacos. And on the second Friday of every month (and a few other special occasions), a group of them get together and have a big party. Friday, Sept. 28’s “bonus” rally will take place at State and Glenwood streets. 5-9 p.m. FREE.

Art HAPPILY EVER AFTER?— Whether morality tales or cautionary stories against heading too deep into the forest, fairytales continue to resonate. Artists respond to these stories, exploring their powerful imagery and hidden meanings. The exhibition will include a room-sized tunnel book created by Andrea Dezso in the gallery’s Project Room. The exhibition continues through Friday, Nov. 30. FREE. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208726-9491,

Literature MFA READING SERIES—Featuring poet Myung Mi Kim, the author of Under the Flag, The Bounty, DURA, Commons, River Antes and Penury. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Student Union Farnsworth Room, Boise State, Boise, 208426-3275, english.boisestate. edu.


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BOISE PHILHARMONIC—Violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs with Boise Philharmonic. Purchase tickets at or by calling 208-344-7849. See Picks, Page 72. 8 p.m. $10-$43. Northwest Nazarene University Swayne Auditorium, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790,

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8 DAYS OUT Citizen BET ON LITERACY—Feeling lucky? Take a chance and join this evening of fun benefiting Learning Lab. Featuring cocktails, dancing, casino games and live and silent auctions. 7 p.m.midnight. $25. 301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise,

Odds & Ends IRA FLATOW BROADCAST—The National Public Radio science correspondent will produce a live broadcast of his radio program Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. Tickets will not be available at the door, but can be purchased at 11:30 a.m. $20. Boise State Student Union, Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise,


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SOMETHING’S AFOOT—See Friday. 6:30 p.m. $20 show only, $39 dinner-show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021,

Concerts RACHEL BARTON PINE—See Friday. 8 p.m. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

On Stage THE BIG, BAD MUSICAL—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Northwest Nazarene University Little Theatre, 550 Holly St., Nampa.

Art NO REFLECTIONS: ONE YEAR AT BLACK HUNGER—In celebration of the beginning of Black Hunger Gallery’s second year, studio artists Eli Craven, Maria Chavez, Erin Cunningham, Elijah Jensen-Lindsey, Eamonn Parke and Jon Sadler have each created five new works, which will be imparted to the first 30 guests at the celebration. Refreshments will be available from Abi Thomas. 7-10 p.m. Black Hunger Gallery, 2606 Breneman St., Boise,

COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: LONNIE BRUHN—See Thursday. 7 p.m. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658,

Festivals & Events BODIES REVEALED—The Bodies Revealed exhibition features an intimate and informative view into the human body. Visitors will have an opportunity to come face-to-face with 12 full-body specimens and more than 150 additional organs and partial specimens. The exhibition will continue through March 31, 2013. $14-$18. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, dcidaho. org.

LIPSINC!—Catch the ladies of Boise’s first female impersonation troupe along with special guests Minerva Jayne and Dominique at this show, suggested for ages 14 and older, presented by BGLAD. Free parking available in the Lincoln Garage with code 20126900. 8:30 p.m. $1, FREE for Boise State students. Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1677, sub.

BOISE PHILHARMONIC OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION—Help Boise Philharmonic kick off its 2012-2013 season with a semi-formal party featuring music, a cocktail hour and dinner. Visit boisephilharmonic. org for more info. See Picks, Page 72. 5 p.m. $100. Stueckle Sky Center, Bronco Stadium, Boise.

LIQUID LAUGHS: RICK DELIA— See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379,

EVIL WINE CARNIVAL WEEKEND LAUNCH PARTY—Kick off the Evil Wine Carnival Weekend with performances by DJ Bug Punk Vinyl, Sandusky Furs, Trinomikon and Green Jelly, along with a Green Shot contest hosted by Bill Manspeaker of Green Jello. Also take in the all-ages show on the stage in the nearby Eyes of the World Imports parking lot ($5 at the gate) at 7 p.m., featuring 1D, Meth House Party Band, The Useless and special appearances from Bill Manspeaker and Andy D. Also available: barbecue catered by Locavore. See Picks, Page 72. 6 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door (with access to both stages). The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise. com.

Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org.

OKTOBERFEST—Enjoy a car show, kids’ activities and work from local artisans until 5 p.m., live music until 10 p.m. and a beer garden featuring all Oktoberfest brews. See Picks, Page 73. Noon-10 p.m. FREE, $10 for beer garden admission. Old Boise, Sixth and Main streets, Boise.

THE END IS NEAR HERE—See Friday. 9 p.m. $10 adv., $15 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

MUSEUM COMES TO LIFE—Celebrate the valley’s ethnic heritage with the museum’s annual living-history event, featuring an Irish band and dancers, Greek dancers, Marimba Boise, Hillfolk Noir and other performing artists, as well as the Idaho Potato truck. Learn how to make paper and hats, explore the Civil War encampment and enjoy the

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fur trappers, vintage cars and more. See Picks, Page 72. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3342120,

Talks & Lectures AN EVENING WITH RICHARD RUSSO—Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo will be the speaker at the Idaho Humanities Council’s 16th annual Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner. Russo’s novel Empire Falls won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for literature. For more info, log onto 7 p.m. $55 gen., $125 benefactor. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-3368900,

NOISES OFF—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$40. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657

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EVIL WINE CARNIVAL WEEKEND—The Carnival has dueling stages with lots of music, along with live sketch comedy from Wes Malvini and Dustin Jones, interactive competitions, adult-themed carnival games and food from P. Ditty’s Wrap Wagon. The lineup includes Andy D, The Sneezz, Cerberus Rex, a.k.a. Belle, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, Grandma Kelsey, James Plane Wreck, The Hand, CAMP, Point Break 2 and Bad Carb. After all the rock ‘n’ roll, stick around for Reflektion, DJ Skape and Big Ups. See Picks, Page 72. 4 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

TECHNOLOGY HOUR: WITH A GUIDE AT YOUR SIDE—See Wednesday, Sept. 26. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200,

Recurring THE FARMSTEAD 2012—This year’s corn maze is shaped like presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Maze goers are encouraged to “vote with their feet” and move left or right, and can vote in the “pumpkin poll.” Hayrides, pumpkin picking, pig races and more will also take place. Visit for more info. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-9 p.m., Fridays, 4-11 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Through Saturday, Nov. 3. The Farmstead, 1020 S. Rackham Way, Meridian, 208-922-5678, THE HAUNTED WORLD—Scare yourself silly at this annual location of terror, which includes the 30-acre outdoor haunt, Skullvania and the less ter-

rifying corn maze. Runs Fridays-Saturdays beginning Sept. 21, and every day beginning Monday, Oct. 1-Wednesday, Oct. 31. Monday-Thursday, dusk-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, dusk-midnight. $20, FREE for children younger than 5. State Highway 20-26, 11 miles north of the Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard intersection, Nampa, SCARECROW STROLL—Scope out a slew of scarecrows which will deck out the garden throughout the month of October. This year’s theme involves famous figures throughout history. Design a scarecrow or vote for your favorite. See Picks, Page 73. Monday, Oct. 1-Wednesday, Oct. 31. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

IDAHO HOPE FEST 2012—Attend Idaho HOPE Fest 2012 to advocate for the end of the federal government’s war on cannabis consumers and to promote the legalization of industrial hemp. Featuring live entertainment, guest speakers, vendors and educational exhibits on cannabis and the politics, culture, science, history and controversy surrounding it. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise, OLD TIME FARM DAY—Activities will re-create late 19th century life in the Dry Creek Valley, including demos of saddle making, blacksmithing, gold panning, woodcarvers and Idaho Shootists fast draw. Children’s activities include games and a visit from Mini Joy’s miniature horses. Hidden Springs’ MERC will provide a chili bar lunch for $6/person, domestic beer for $2 and premium beer for $3. A kids’ meal will also be available. Presented by the Dry Creek Historical Society at the Schick-Ostolasa farmstead. Noon-4 p.m. $2 person, $5 family. Hidden Springs.

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

MONDAY OCT. 1 Festivals & Events EVIL WINE CARNIVAL WEEKEND WRAP PARTY—Wind down at The Red Room with more music, featuring God Crotch and Sad Horse, and the long-awaited Evil Wine Show’s The Bible: The Movie Part 2. Proceeds benefit Go Listen Boise, a local nonprofit organization committed to supporting live music. See Picks, Page 72. 7:30 p.m. $3. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956,

TUESDAY OCT. 2 Concerts COMMUNITY CONCERT: A FAR CRY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA—Boise Community Concert Association kicks off its 82nd season in Boise with A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra from Boston. This groundbreaking group transcends the traditional boundaries of music, experimenting with how it’s prepared, performed and experienced. 7:30 p.m. $25 door, $65 for five concerts. Boise High School, 1010 Washington St., Boise, 208-854-4270.


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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE WEDNESDAY SEPT. 26 ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring Matti Sand and Hayes Carll. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza

DEAD PREZ, SEPT. 28, THE SHREDDER In the mainstream, New York duo Dead Prez is best known for the hit single “Hip Hop,” which, in addition to having a wickedly catchy hook, served as the intro music for Chappelle’s Show. But beneath the charts, the New York duo is known as a leading voice in socially conscious hip-hop, a style that aims its lyrics squarely at hot-button topics like racial politics, social and economic injustice, and violence. Instead of being a hype-fueled ego-fest, Dead Prez’s songs explore personal accountability and improvement as well as respect for other people. And they dish no shortage of criticism on the media. The band has even been known to burn money on stage and throw apples at crowds demanding that they eat well, in line with its 2000 vegan anthem “Be Healthy.” But instead of coming off as condescending, Dead Prez has the same swagger as mainstream rappers. As the title of its 2004 album put it: Revolutionary But Gangsta. —Josh Gross With Olyghost and Charles Engels and the Family Matters. 8 p.m., $20. The Shredder, 430 S. 10th St., 208-345-4355.

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KILEY AND ELLIE SHAW—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

BROCK BARTEL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe


MATISYAHU AND DIRTY HEADS—8 p.m. $30-$60. Knitting Factory

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

CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

DEERHOOF—With Buke and Gase, Raleigh Moncrief and Luke Wyland. 8 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. VAC

DAN COSTELLO—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

PAMELA DEMARCHE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

DEAD PREZ—With Olyghost and Charles Engles and the Family Matters. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $20. Shredder

BARBARA LAING—With Kailey Jack. 8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge


BEN BURDICK—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La



REILLY COYOTE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

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

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

KEN HARRIS—With Carmel Crock. 6 p.m. FREE. Bella Aquila

J. BEARDS—8 p.m. FREE. High Note

GAYLE CHAPMAN—With Robb Howell. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

SHADES—With Animal Eyes and Fanno Creek. 8:30 p.m. $3. Red Room

LIKE A ROCKET—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

JEANNIE MARIE—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s

ROBERT JAMES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

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

ROCK AND RODEO SHOWCASE—Featuring Dying Famous and Cap Gun Suicide. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

THE LINDSEY O’BRIAN BAND— With New Transit and a.k.a. Belle. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux

GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS—8 p.m. $29.50-$49.50. Revolution JERRY JOSEPH AND THE JACKMORMONS—8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JOHNNY SHOES—7 p.m. FREE. The Refuge JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JOSH INGYU—7:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub KEN HARRIS—With Rico Weisman and Lawson Hill. 6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s SYNAPSE DEFECT—With Pdp, End of All Flesh and Bonded by Blood. 8 p.m. $10. Shredder


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

TURNS OUT—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid


EQUALEYES—10 p.m. $5. Reef

LYNYRD SKYNYRD—With Shooter Jennings and the Texas Hippie Coalition. 7 p.m. $39.50-$59.50. Idaho Center Amphitheater MINDY SMITH—8 p.m. $20. Boise Contemporary Theater

A TASTY JAM—5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

OTIS HEAT—With Junior Rocket Scientist, The Gunfighters and Tim Andrea. 8:30 p.m. $5. Red Room

B3 SIDE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

PHILLYS PHUNKESTRA—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE and The Hand. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s


RUSTY GODDAMN—9 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe


SHON SANDERS TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


AWOLNATION—With Imagine Dragons and Zeale. 7:30 p.m. $20-$35. Knitting Factory

TABLE FOR 2—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

SALLY TIBBS—With Kevin Kirk. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

NOAH PETERSON—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

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

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid


THE USED—With Twin Atlantic and Stars in Stereo. 8 p.m. $26$50. Knitting Factory

STEADY RUSH—10 p.m. $5. Reef

TRAVIS WARD—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

DEATHBLOW—9 p.m. $3. Shredder


GAYLE CHAPMAN—With Robb Howell. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

SATURDAY SEPT. 29 DAN COSTELLO TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s MONO—With Chris Brokaw. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux


JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow MAUS HAUS—With the Dirty Moogs. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux

CHEVELLE—8 p.m. $22.50$60. Knitting Factory


JASON BUCKALEW—10:15 a.m. FREE. Berryhill

BARBARA LAING—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

JOHNNY SHOES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid


STEVE VAI—8 p.m. $28-$65. Knitting Factory

NED EVETT—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel


PAT RICE—1:30 p.m. FREE. Solid THE REBECCA SCOTT BAND— 1:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar SUNDERGROUND—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

RADIO BOISE TUESDAY—Featuring Mike Watt and the Missing Men, Jumping Sharks

PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

SUMMER BEACH BLAST— With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

PHILLY’S PHUNKESTRA—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s RADIO DAVE—9 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge


MIKE WATT, OCT. 2, NEUROLUX Mike Watt has no No. 1 albums, no hit singles, no buzz-bin clips on MTV. And he never has. But he’s a legend that has had collaborated with everyone from Iggy Pop to Eddie Vedder to Dave Grohl to Beastie Boys to members of The Mars Volta. He isn’t famous so much as infamous. Watt is a founding member of seminal punk band Minutemen, whose “jam econo” philosophy laid much of the mental framework for the independent rock movement. His current album, Hyphenated-Man, embodies Watt’s stripped-down, no-bullshit approach in an even bolder fashion. It is Watt’s third “punk opera,” which features 30 songs that Watt says are part of a bigger song re-examining his life as a middle-aged man. His seemingly contradictory ability to create an ambitious project, while rarely breaking the two-minute mark on a song, is why Watt is one of modern rock’s most influential bassists. —Josh Gross


Don’t know a venue? Visit for addresses, phone numbers and a map.

With Jumping Sharks and The Hand. 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

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These pets can be adopted at the Idaho Humane Society. 4775 W. Dorman St. Boise | 208-342-3508

3019 W. State Street 208.392.8493 RILEY: 6-year-old male domestic shorthair mix. Polite, friendly cat. Indoors-only, good with other cats. Litterboxtrained. (Kennel 101#17223444)

TERRA: 5-year-old female Jack Russell terrier. House-trained. Good with older kids and other dogs. Great walking companion. (Kennel 320- #16842454)

COCOA: 18-month-old female pit bull terrier mix. High energy. Needs daily exercise. Good with other dogs. Housetrained. (Kennel 407- #16681704)

BUBBA: 4-year-old male domestic longhair. Large cat. Quiet and calm. Prefers a settled household with adults or older children. (Kennel 7- #12762187)

BELLA: 5-year-old female domestic shorthair. Indoor cat is declawed on front feet, good with kids, dogs and cats. (Kennel 12#17229101)

RANGER: 10-month-old male German shepherd/Lab mix. Knows some commands, but needs training. Good with other dogs. (Kennel 416- #17092281)

These pets can be adopted at Simply Cats. 2833 S. Victory View Way | 208-343-7177

HOLSTEIN: Loving and social boy is ready for his new family.


VIGGO: 6-month-old kitten is playful, fun and sweet.

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104 Coins that disappeared during the French Revolution 106 Onetime billionaire investor Laurence 108 Certain ones, in Brooklyn 109 “Rule Britannia” composer 110 Write 111 ___ Lumpur, Malaysia 112 “That is so funny — not!” 114 Appear as such 116 Eastern Conference N.B.A. city 119 “I ___ confused” 120 Androgynous “S.N.L.” skit turned into a 1994 movie 121 Escapade 122 Ersatz 123 New Mexico county or its seat 124 Gambling games 125 Addition, of a sort 126 Dickens’s Uriah 127 Feminine suffix

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24 African port of 2.2 million 27 Couple of buddies? 30 Exhibit apoplexy 33 Oil, for one 34 Per aspera ad ___ 37 Actor Wheaton of “Stand by Me” 39 Septic tank worker? 41 One foot in a line 42 Kind of overalls 43 Ad ___ 47 Sequel 50 See 3-Down 51 Suffix with duck 52 Airport data 54 Not much of a try 55 “You betcha!” 57 Football pride of Detroit 59 Half of an old film duo 62 Daddy-o 64 California’s ___ River 66 New Year abroad 68 Forbidden perfume? 69 ___ Dorney, locale of 2012 Olympic rowing 72 A/C meas. 78 With the bow, musically 80 Casino draws 82 Common place for something to drop 84 Versatile kind of tire L A S T S O B A












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Locked up an lonely. Single, 32, old F looking for M pen pal. Brittney Clements 15 N. 2nd E. Rexburg, ID 83440. SWF, 32 y.o. blonde hair blue/grey eyes, 140 lbs., 5’3” and slim. A lot of people think I look just like Pink. I’m an artist and a writer and I love to do new things. I’m from a small town and I will be getting out soon. I would love someone to show me around Boise. Terri Jessica Jamison #98167 Unit 2-16B SBWCC 13200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Kuna, ID 83634. Naughty girls need love too. My name is Kayla Martinez. People know me as Naughty Madi. I’m 20, and I need a down loyal person to hold me down. Letters, postcards, etc. Look me up on facebook. Kayla Martinez #1039428 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704. 31, SWM, 6’4”, brown hair, hazel eyes, 185 lbs., ISO SF for pen pal. I’m open minded, easy going, like the outdoors and all kinds of music and am athletic. Brandon Law #89816 ICC 2-33A PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707. I’m 22 and would like M pen pals. I’m a mother of two boys. I’m an outdoorsy kind of girl. Lots of fun to be had with and a great personality. I love people so please write me. Lyndi Winship 605 N. Capitol Blvd. Idaho Falls, ID 83402. Looking for pen pals. Donita Boardman #51460 PWCC 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. I wish I was in charge of the alphabet because, I would put U and I together. SWF, 31 yrs. Old, brown hair, brown eyes ISO pen pal and possibly more. Can’t wait to hear from you! Kelly Lesley #1031964 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704. I would like some friendly, good looking & SF pen pals to write. I’m 19 but I like older woman also so age is not an issue with me. I’m experience with older women. My last girlfriend is now 30 but we broke up when I came to jail.

I will not write to any M. I have a godo chance to get my case and I just want to write some SF to get to know. I might be able to hang out with & get to know & possibly get in my next relationship. I love women and I treat mine like Queens. So, if any SF are looking for the good guys, I’m right here! Tyrick Bell #1025060 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704. SWF, ISO a pen pal. I’m very outdoorsy, like to have fun. Looking to write someone who also likes to camp, fish and just be outdoors. Chyenne Campbell #74995 PWCC 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. SWF< 32, seeing a pen pal M or F. Likes the outdoors, likes intellectual people, believes in love and in our higher power. Loves to have fun and is willing to go at any length for friendship. Gillard #99675 PWCC 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. Latina, SF, 24 ISO a pen pal. Loves tattoos, cars, tatted up guys and looking for someone who is willing to write a princess. Valdez #94149 PWCC 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. WF, 25, ISO M or F to exchange letters with. I’m very loving, caring and loyal to those who deserve it. I don’t have a perfect record. I’m tatted and have a bad mentality. Britney Hart #93556 PWCC 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. Hispanic F, 32, ISO a pen pal to throw a free line back and forth. Looking for someone who enjoys to have fun, funny with or without tattoos. Someone who could make me laugh. I’m tatted up and very confident. Edna Barbosa #67948 PWCC 1451 Fore Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204. 31, SF, Sicilian bad girl needs some fun in here. Who’s down to play? Blue eyes, 135 lbs., funny and daring. Gabrielle Saksa #86310 2-6C SBWCC 13200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Kuna, ID 83634.


I am 27, voluptuous Latina. I am currently at ACJ and looking for pen pals to correspond with. I am a beautiful, outgoing person. Marisol Sanchez #1028700 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704. I’m in jail and want you to write. 5’7” is my height, Female, Black hair, blue eyes… 25y.o. Just want a pen pal to see what unfolds. Jessika Moore #651119, 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704 SWF 24 5’8” 145lbs Hazel eyed, waist length auburn hair. Looking for M penpals 20+ enjoy the outdoors, lazy days, exciting nights. Write to Heather Foster #93534 SBWCC, 13200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Kuna, ID 83634

S married F 25y.o. looking for a pen pal(s) to write back and forth to. My name is Georgia Smith #82451, C/o Bonneville County Jail, 605 Capital Ave. Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Juliet looking for her Romeo… blonde hair, green eyes and early 40s. Enjoys outdoor recreation, camping, moonlight walks, and fishing. I’m an outgoing, fun loving, humorous woman that is interested in finding male companionship. Write to: Juliet Summers SBWCC #87208, 13200 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Kuna, ID 83634 33y.o. WM. 6’2” 195 lbs with blue eyes, dark brown hair. I’m a very calm collective person that would like to make some new friends.

If you would like to know more, write me. Curtis Sexton #93195 Unit 15A 42B, ISCI, P.O. Box 14 Boise, ID 83707 I am Native American and Hispanic, 5’11”, 180lbs, brown and gray hair. I have 11 yrs to go before I get out. I’m looking for a relationship, if you are interested, please write: Michael Earl Montoya #23378, 16A 45B, P.O. Box 14, Boise, ID 83707 Dear M.G. Oh long lost friend, when will I ever see you again? I’m in jail and I miss you a lot, love me, love me not? I miss you, M! LE #1022329 Love, Janice Oliver 7210 Barrister Dr. Boise, ID 83704


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BW KICKS TO THE GUY AT 6TH & GROVE In the red SUV/Truck & crewcut on Friday, September 14th: You were screaming mad at me, so mad you couldn’t even tell me the problem. All you could muster was, “I don’t talk to idiots.” From my point of view, I stopped to let 6 pedestrians cross the street at 6th & Grove. In the future, expressing yourself with explanations rather than anger will help you & society.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here’s the curious message I derived from the current astrological configurations: It’s one of those rare times when a wall may actually help bring people together. How? Why? The omens don’t reveal that specific information. They only tell me that what seems like a barrier might end up serving as a connector. An influence that in other situations would tend to cause separation will, in this case, be likely to promote unity. Capitalize on this anomaly, Aries. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In my first dream last night, I gave you a holy book that you left out in the rain. In my second dream, I cooked you some chicken soup that you didn’t eat. My third dream was equally disturbing. I assigned you some homework that would have helped you discover important clues about tending to your emotional health. Alas, you didn’t do the homework. In the morning, I woke up from my dreams feeling exasperated and worried. But later, I began to theorize that maybe they weren’t prophecies but rather helpful warnings. Now that you’ve heard them, I’m hoping you will become alert to the gifts you’ve been ignoring and take advantage of the healing opportunities you’ve been neglecting. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There’s a good chance that your rhythm in the coming days will resemble a gentle, continuous orgasm. It won’t be stupendously ecstatic, mind you. Rather, the experience will be more like a persistent flow of warm contentment. You’ll be constantly tuning in to a secret sweetness that thrills you subliminally. Again and again, you will slip into a delicious feeling that everything is unfolding exactly as it should be. There are two factors that could possibly undermine this blessing: 1. if you scare it away with blasts of cynicism; 2. if you get greedy and try to force it to become bigger and stronger. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Philosopher Jonathan Zap provides the seed for this week’s meditation: “Conscious reflection on the past can deepen the soul and provide revelations of great value for the present and future. On the other hand, returning to the past obsessively out of emotional addiction can be a massive draining of vitality needed for full engagement with the present.” So which will it be, Cancerian? One way or another, you are likely to be pulled back toward the old days and the old ways. I’ll prefer it if you re-examine your history and extract useful lessons from the past instead of wallowing in dark nostalgia and getting lost in fruitless longing.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Picture a TV satellite dish on the roof of a peasant’s shack in rural Honduras. Imagine a gripping rendition of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” played on the mandolin. Visualize the Dalai Lama quoting Chris Rock a bit out of context but with humorous and dramatic effect. Got all that? Next, imagine that these three scenes are metaphors for your metaphysical assignment in the coming week. Need another hint? OK. Think about how you can make sure that nothing gets lost in the dicey translations you’ll be responsible for making. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Here are some ways to get more respect: 1. Do your best in every single thing you do—whether it’s communicating precisely, upholding the highest possible standards at your job or taking excellent care of yourself. 2. Maintain impeccable levels of integrity in everything you do—whether it’s being scrupulously honest, thoroughly fair-minded or fiercely kind. 3. On the other hand, don’t try so compulsively hard to do your best and cultivate integrity that you get self-conscious and obstruct the flow of your natural intelligence. 4. Make it your goal that no later than four years from now, you will be doing what you love to do at least 51 percent of the time. 5. Give other people as much respect as you sincerely believe they deserve. 6. Give yourself more respect. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The German poet and philosopher Friedrich von Schiller liked to have rotting apples in his desk drawer as he worked; the scent inspired him. Agatha Christie testified that many of her best ideas came to her while she was washing dishes. As for Beethoven, he sometimes stimulated his creativity by pouring cold water over his head. What about you, Libra? Are there odd inclinations and idiosyncratic behaviors that in the past have roused your original thinking? I encourage you to try them all this week, and then see if you can dream up at least two new ones. You have officially entered the brainstorming season. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s expensive for the United States to hold prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba: $800,000 per year for each detainee. That’s 30 times more than it costs to incarcerate a convict on the American mainland. According to the Miami Herald, Guantanamo is the most expensive prison on the planet. How much do you spend on locking stuff up, Scorpio? What does it cost, not just financially but emotionally and spiritually, for you to keep your secrets hidden, your fears tamped down, your unruly passions bottled up and

your naughty urges suppressed? The coming weeks would be a good time to make sure the price you pay for all that is reasonable—not even close to being like Guantanamo. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What time is it, boys and girls? It’s Floods of Fantastic Gratitude Week: a perfect opportunity to express your passionate appreciation for everything you’ve been given. So, get out there and tell people how much you’ve benefited from what they’ve done for you. For best results, be playful and have fun as you express your thanks. By the way, there’ll be a fringe benefit to this outpouring: By celebrating the blessings you already enjoy, you will generate future blessings. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Telling the whole deep truth and nothing but the whole deep truth isn’t necessarily a recipe for being popular. It may on occasion provoke chaos and be disruptive. In an institutional setting, displays of candor may even diminish your clout and undermine your ambitions. But now take everything I just said and disregard it for a while. This is one of those rare times when being profoundly authentic will work to your supreme advantage. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Show me the money” is a meme that appeared in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. It has been uttered approximately 100 trillion times since then. Have you ever said it in earnest? If so, you were probably demanding to get what you had been promised. You were telling people you wanted to see tangible proof that they valued your efforts. In light of your current astrological omens, I propose that you use a variation on this theme. What you need right now is less materialistic and more marvelous. Try making this your mantra: “Show me the magic.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): My acquaintance fell for a woman who also professed her ardor for him. But in the midst of their courtship, she suddenly left the country. “I’ve got to go to Indonesia,” she texted him one night, and she was gone the next day. Jacob was confused. He barely ate for days. On the sixth day, a FedEx package arrived from her. It contained a green silk scarf and a note: “I wore this as I walked to the top of the volcano and said a five-hour prayer to elevate our love.” Jacob wasn’t sure how to interpret it, although it seemed to be a good omen. What happened next? I haven’t heard yet. I predict that you will soon receive a sign that has resemblances to this one. Don’t jump to conclusions about what it means but assume the best.



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