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THE GOOD, THE GBAD AND THE UGLY The drama continues in the quest for a new conference center FEATURE 12
BAD CARTOON, BAD BW’s 11th annual Bad Cartoon Contest REC 30
TRAPPED From arson to amendments, the trapping controversy continues FOOD 32
PRIME CUT Hunters ask for more from game meat processors
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NEWS The Greater Boise Auditorium District drama continues CITIZEN
NOT SO SILVER SCREEN Every cloud may have a silver lining, but not every movie theater does. The new ﬁlm Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from more than 3,000 theaters at the last second, including The Flicks in Boise. Get the full story on Cobweb.
PICKING UP THE CHECK Boise’s Downtown Business Association is funded by tenants in downtown buildings. But the Boise City Council is considering shifting those fees to building owners. Get the whole story on Citydesk.
YOU ARE NO LONGER ALONE After six years, Idaho’s suicide prevention hot line has ﬁnally returned. Get the full story on Citydesk.
THINGS LEFT UNSAID Left Unsaid, a new exhibition from artist Troy Passey, opened at Boise Art Museum. What is it? How is it? Find out on Cobweb.
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FEATURE 11th Annual Bad Cartoon Contest
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ARTS Rediscovering VHS with the Found Footage Festival 24 NOISE Megadeth still thrashing
SCREEN A Late Quartet
REC The trapping controversy 30 FOOD From forest to plate, game meat processing for discerning hunters 32 WINE SIPPER
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Don’t throw out that election frenzy yet Nicole LeFavour, thank you. Jimmy Farris, thank you. And Betty Richardson, thank you. Thank you, too, Ron Twilegar. Thanks to each and every one of you who ran as a Democrat, whether you lost your race or won, but a special thanks to those who lost. I’m sure you understand this better than I, but it wasn’t you that made you lose. It was that shambling herd who chose to stick with the same-old, same-old. Those dumbshits so short and shallow, they can’t see over and beyond the (R) behind a candidate’s name. Those who can’t even imagine there’s gotta be a better way than what we have, even though what we have is like a concrete necktie that drags Idaho to the bottom of virtually every category, every ranking, every rating. The more crucial the category is—be it in matters of education or health or income—the lower Idaho ranks in it. Yet over and over and over, the dumbshit herd shambles to the polls and votes to keep the same bunch that made it what it is. Gad, what is wrong with these people!? In a semilucid moment, they reject the entire diseased lump with which Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna intended to infect public education but then turn around and re-elect the very vermin who carried that lump into law. I despair! Woe is us! Will we never rid ourselves of these thoughtless slugs who drag our beautiful Idaho deeper and deeper into dumbshititude!? Are we destined to forever beat our heads against the dull thick wall of drab Republican dung-work until there is nothing left of our state to protect, to cherish, to be proud of!? Woe ... woe ... woe ... But listen Nicole, Jimmy, et al. ... You gave it your best, and I could not let the election slip away without letting you know how grateful I and many others are for your efforts. And please forgive me if I seemed a tad overly wrought in that previous paragraph about the dumbshits and all the woe, but I had to get that off my chest. U Yet the question lingers: How long must Mother Idaho slog through the putrid sucking mud of Republican control? I can’t guess the day, the year, it will end. I can’t predict the speciﬁc election that will tip the state away from the septic swamp of confederacy-tainted foulness and put it on a path more compatible with the civilized regions of America. However, among the lessons to be gathered from President Barack Obama’s victory is that it is coming. Idaho’s face is changing just as the larger nation’s is—browner, younger, more urban and more gender equal. New generations are learning—with ample help from the Republican Party—just how repulsive the Republican Party has become. The rusty old tactics—encrypted racism, voter suppression, outlandish lies and pin-on patriotism—work only with a shrinking votWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
ing bloc, and that will prove to be as true in Idaho as in Ohio, Florida, or any number of states that were once reliably red. So take heart, friends. It’s just a matter of time. Of course, most of us might not be around to see it happen. But we may be comforted in knowing our great-grandchildren—great, great, great-grandchildren at the farthest—will not have to endure the toxic mange that dares call itself a Grand Old Party. U While we’re waiting, though, there is yet work to do. Idaho Democrats have a tendency to sink back into their Barcaloungers for a three-year breather following elections. But comrades, we can no longer afford the luxury of doing nothing. Look at the Republicans: Four years ago, they went to planning Obama’s destruction even before John McCain could drag himself out of the toilet stall to concede. This year, Marco Rubio was in Iowa before the campaign dust had cleared. Point being, Republicans don’t take breaks. Running for ofﬁce is what they do. It’s all they are—perpetual-motion campaigns. It’s how they mask the ugliness of what they offer, and it’s how they managed to come back in 2010 like a scourge of plague-carrying rats and curse the country with the Tea Party. But even if our dreams of a Democratic Idaho seem hopeless for the near future, we don’t have to sit idly by while the rest of the country moves forward. I write this column inspired by reports of a Boise couple so alarmed at the prospects of a Radical Right America that they went to Ohio for weeks prior to the election and volunteered in the Obama organization. Knowing how irrelevant Idaho is in the Electoral College scramble, they took their energy to the center of the arena. In states that have experienced the most contentiousness since the 2010 mid-terms— Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia—those Tea Party governors and their bat boy legislators are all up for re-election in 2014. And if the nation’s Democrats were to pursue their defeat with the same focus and intensity that re-elected Obama, they wouldn’t stand a chance. And believe me, the defeat of those sneaky scurves would be every bit as much a blessing to America as was Mitt Romney’s. I am convinced the 2012 election should not be considered entirely over until we have swept away the remaining crumbs from the 2010 election. We must never give up trying to elect Democrats in Idaho, nor am I suggesting we all go to Ohio and camp out until November 2014. But until GOP suppression gremlins brew up some way to stop us, we are free to get involved in races in whichever states we please. And it’s possible ... just possible ... that the shambling Idaho herd will someday wake up and wonder why everyone is so far ahead.
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AWAITING A SLUT MOMENT
When will we admit that everybody cheats? We need a Slut Moment. As CIA director, David Petraeus led an organization that carries out extra-judicial assassinations, overthrows foreign heads of state and ﬁres drone missiles at innocent civilians. For his performance as a leading state terrorist, Gen. Petraeus received four stars, 28 motorcycle policemen to escort him to a girlfriend’s house and nearly universal acclaim. For cheating on his wife, he was forced to resign in disgrace. What is wrong with our values? I wouldn’t lay it on quite as thickly as John Prados, senior research fellow at the National Security Archive did in The Washington Post: “Because of an affair that had already ended, the nation this month lost the services of a highly skilled public servant. The hysterical reaction to the news of thenCIA Director David Petraeus’s liaison with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has done more to harm national security than the affair itself.” Still, I agree with Prados’s broader point. What happened to Petraeus—and Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer and Bill Clinton and Larry Craig and John Edwards—was stupid. Whether you’re a small-government conservative or a liberal libertine, one thing all Americans ought to agree upon is that we’re entitled to privacy in our sex lives. As long as the sex is consensual, what happens in the bedroom is nobody’s business but the two people involved. Or three. Or seven.
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Cheating on your spouse shouldn’t cost you your career. Especially when so many of us do it. Laws and social mores that don’t reﬂect the behavior of the majority of the population do more harm than good, corroding respect for government and society while turning too many people into criminals and pariahs. That’s why Prohibition failed: Too many Americans drank. As Aharon Barak wrote, “When social reality changes, the law must change, too.” Like drinking, cheating is so popular and widespread that punishing people for sleeping with more than one ofﬁcially recognized partner is counterproductive. “Estimates today ﬁnd married men cheating at rates between 25 percent and 72 percent,” wrote Eric Anderson, author of The Monogamy Gap. For example: “In a 1991 study, sex researcher Shere Hite found that 70 percent of married women have cheated on their partners; a 1993 follow-up study found that 72 percent of married men have as well.” When anywhere from a quarter to threequarters of a population does something, it’s not a moral failing. It’s standard human behavior. Yet the gap between reality and expectation is growing rather than shrinking. “More Americans today (80 percent) say inﬁdelity is “always 11 wrong” than in 1970 (70 percent).
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ALL MY GBAD CHILDREN The Greater Boise Auditorium District’s ongoing soap opera GEORGE PRENTICE The retail buildings could upend as many as 250 downtown parking spaces.
RETAIL SQUARE PROPOSED FOR CAPITOL BLVD. AND FRONT ST. Architects are set to unveil plans to turn a 1.7-acre parking lot in the heart of downtown Boise into a development of four retail structures framed by Capitol Boulevard, Front, Sixth and Broad streets. The lot, which currently holds approximately 250 parking spaces for downtown workers, students and faculty of Concordia Law School, employees of Boise Weekly (which is kitty-corner from the lot), BODO shoppers and theater-goers, sits on what planners at Erstad Architects call “two gateway streets [Front and Capitol], and is a very prominent location within the city.” Exactly which four retailers would go into the four buildings, ranging in size from 2,000 to 13,200 square feet, remains a mystery. Ofﬁcials in the City of Boise Planning and Development Services department say they haven’t been told who the possible tenants would be. Even Kay Harper of Erstad Architects told Citydesk that her colleagues haven’t been told by the potential developer. “It’s at a very early stage. We notiﬁed property owners in the surrounding area of the proposed conditional use permit,” said Harper. “Our next step would be an application for a conditional use permit from the City.” Indeed, the City’s Design Review Committee will consider the CUP at its Wednesday, Dec. 12, session, slated for 6 p.m. at the Idaho State Capitol. That’s where the public will get its ﬁrst glance at conceptual drawings, showing buildings made of clay masonry brick, steel panels and glass. One of the proposed buildings indicates a drive-thru that would require its own conditional use permit. Proposed landscaping includes 28 trees bordering the block and nearly two dozen more interspersed through the parking area. But parking would become an instant challenge to the workers and customers who currently use the lot. In fact, at least one City of Boise parking ofﬁcial is keeping a close eye on the proposed project. Stuart Prince, a supervisor for Boise Parking Services, wrote in an interdepartmental email on Nov. 14 that he would be “very interested when this project may start.” “This area is going to go to the head of the list of areas which are going to get parking meters,” wrote Prince. The surrounding streets currently offer one- or two-hour nonmetered street parking. Meanwhile, planners are moving forward. “We feel that this project will be an exciting addition to the city fabric, both in design and energy,” wrote Andy Erstad, owner of the architectural ﬁrm that crafted the design. —George Prentice
Depending on your taste for daytime drama, the soap opera that is the Greater Boise Auditorium District board has either been Idaho’s most entertaining serial or its most exasperating. Its most recent episode on Nov. 16 was no exception: It featured one board member accusing her colleagues of acting “like children,” a budget that a board member said “didn’t pass the smell test” and the discovery that an entity pulling in millions of dollars annually had few, if any, documented procedures on disbursement authority. In fact, GBAD is sitting on nearly $10 million in tax and fee receipts–the proceeds of the district’s 5 percent hotel room levy–and has the potential to borrow millions more. GBAD owns and operates the Boise Centre and a ﬁve-acre vacant block bordered by Front, Myrtle, 11th and 13th streets. Those who think the millions should be used to expand the existing Boise Centre and those who think the money should be spent to build a larger facility between 11th and 13th streets are regularly pitted in an ongoing debate. The stakes are huge. Boise’s convention and meeting industry continued to be a major economic engine for the region even at the height of the recession. A study by Boise State University concluded that 28 conventions booked into the Boise Centre over a 12-month period pumped approximately $31 million into the Treasure Valley economy. But a visitor to the GBAD meetings in the last two years would have heard board members alleging open-meeting and ethics violations, conﬂict with its own city’s convention and visitors bureau, and even one board member attempting to hold ofﬁce while living and working in Eastern Idaho. The Nov. 16 meeting stumbled from
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the starting gate with disagreement over additions, subtractions and changes to the agenda – but the real tension mounted when it came time to talk about checks, both disbursements and reimbursements. Board members and acting secretary/treasurer Stephanie Astorquia, a certiﬁed public accountant, presented a proposed policy regarding disbursements, “adopted to ensure the safeguard of the assets of the district.” The policy outlines disbursement limitations (up to $10,000 for the Boise Centre executive director), the requirement of only a single signature for checks up to $10,000, and that the “person authorizing expenditure of funds must … be free of criminal activity in their past.” “Might that include illegal use of ﬁreworks or trafﬁc tickets?” asked GBAD Board President Hy Kloc. GBAD attorney Don Knickrehm of Givens Pursley advised that signors needed to be bondable by an insurance company. “I don’t think discharging ﬁreworks or reckless driving would be a problem,” said
Knickrehm. “So what’s the difference between this policy and the previous policy?” asked Kloc. Astorquia explained that the management disbursement authority was being raised from $5,000 to $10,000. “But the real reason is that we’re committing the policy to paper,” she said. An awkward silence blanketed the room. “This board has never committed a disbursement policy to paper,” said Astorquia. Members of the public in attendance (only about 10) turned slack-jawed to each other as another silence, longer and even more awkward, returned. “And that includes management of disbursements and authorization of payments,” Astorquia said, breaking the silence. But what followed only elevated the tension. Astorquia wanted a check of her own. She requested the board approve approximately $5,000 be reimbursed to her for what she called legal expenses. The issue dates back to the summer of 2011, when Astorquia refused to sign a $24,500 check to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau. At the height of GBAD’s verbal tug-of-war with BCVB, Astorquia said at the time she didn’t think the transaction was legal because she thought it skirted Idaho’s $25,000 procurement law, which requires a formal bidding process. “I believed I was in an unreasonable position,” Astorquia told the board. “I thought it was a possible misuse of funds at the time and sought outside counsel.” Astorquia explained to the board that she paid the legal bills out of her own pocket and wanted to be reimbursed $5,000 for those expenses. “We didn’t deem that those disbursements were illegal,” said GBAD board member Gail May, who vehemently disagreed with Astorquia during last summer’s controADAM ROSENLUND versy. “Wouldn’t it WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
NEWS have been possible for the checks to be signed by Mr. Kloc?” “If you remember, Ms. May, I refused to sign those checks,” said Astorquia. “He did sign them.” “Yes, ﬁnally,” said May who wanted the last word in the debate. But Rob Perez, GBAD’s newest board member, had heard enough. At the zenith of the debate he stood up and walked out of the meeting. When Boise Weekly later asked Perez why he had walked out (he returned a few minutes later), he said, “No comment.” “On the record ... ” said Perez, who then paused for a moment. “Look, there’s nothing to be gained. There’s already been a board that has been at odds. It hurts me like it hurts a father when he sees his kids ﬁghting.” It wouldn’t be the only reference to kids or childlike behavior. “I would hope that we would act more like statesmen and less like children,” said GBAD Board Member Judy Peavey-Derr. When Perez returned to the room, he took a breath and addressed his colleagues. “We’re simply trying to pay expenses. I would hope that we’re getting beyond this,” said Perez. “We have much more important things to do here.” When it came time to vote, Astorquia’s foes didn’t want her to vote on approving a reimbursement to herself. “In my opinion, you should recuse yourself [from voting],” said May. When Knickrehm was asked to weigh in with his legal advice, he said Idaho statute indicates that it is necessary to declare a possible conﬂict of interest. “But that neither precludes the individual from debating or voting on the matter,” said Knickrhem. The GBAD voted 3-2 to approve the reimbursement to Astorquia, with Perez, PeaveyDerr and Astorquia voting “yes” and Kloc and May voting “no.” “The past is the past,” said Peavey-Derr. But the future, particularly the 2013 budget for the Boise Centre, was the subject of the next tussle. When Boise Centre Executive Director Pat Rice asked the GBAD board to green light his spending plan for the upcoming year, he met some immediate pushback. The $3.2 million 2013 budget forecasts ﬂat income but calls for expenses to increase by approximately 12 percent, compared to 2012. It includes an 11 percent increase in labor expenses and a 20 percent increase in marketing and sales expenses. “I see that your professional fees more than tripled,” said May. “What’s happening?” Rice pointed to signiﬁcant increases in fees, including $130,000 in legal fees, $25,000 to Convention Sports and Leisure consultants and $20,000 to the Urban Land Institute for analysis, weighing options of whether to build a new convention center or expand the existing facility. But Perez said he didn’t like the disproportionate increase in expenses when compared to ﬂat income. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
“I see labor expenses up. I see marketing and sales up,” said Perez. “In my experience of working with budgets, I’m accustomed to pushing up revenues. This doesn’t meet the smell test.” But Perez later told Boise Weekly that he deferred to the ﬁnance committee (comprised of Astorquia and Peavey-Derr). “I asked them if they had looked at it closely and they said they did,” said Perez. “I voiced my concerns. I deferred to the ﬁnance committee for their scrutiny.” Perez, founder, president and CEO of Boise-based Western Capital Bank, analyzes budgets for a living. “That is not a budget scenario that my company would ﬁnd acceptable,” Perez told BW. But the GBAD board approved the 2013 budget, as presented. Up next, Rice made what most of the board members agreed was a vague request. “We recently had a meeting with representatives from the Urban Land Institute,” said Rice. “And a number of questions, concerns and suggestions were presented.” Rice said he wanted board approval for expenses to embark on what he called “a formal and organized” presentation for the ULI but when pressed, Rice said he didn’t know the scope of the project or even how much money he needed. “I am requesting the board’s approval of discretionary use of time and resources,” said Rice in his open-ended request. “That may include additional administrative support, legal and others.” But in spite of his asking for what amounted to a blank check, Rice conceded that the project could not be deﬁned and still “needed to be determined.” Again, Perez questioned the lack of focus in the request. “We’re being asked to make a major investment, but we don’t have a preconceived notion to what it is,” said Perez. “We need to ask ourselves ‘Where are we going?’” Perez later compared the issues that continue to stalemate the GBAD board as a “microcosm of what we see at a national level.” “Think about this for a moment. Here we are in the middle of a rough economy,” he said. “And the auditorium district is an entity, with enormous power in its cash ﬂow. And we have the power to do something meaningful.” Perez took his GBAD board seat in March, replacing Mike Fitzgerald, who had resigned after spending the better part of a year balancing his GBAD duties with a job as an Eastern Idaho restaurant manager. Whether Perez decides to run for re-election to hold onto that post remains to be seen. “If I believe that we’re going in a direction that is positive, constructive and reﬂects the knowledge that we’ve gleaned, then I think I would continue to enjoy my time on the board,” said Perez. “I think my running for re-election for the district board will depend heavily on the actions we take between now and when that time comes. A part of me trusts that we’re set to make decisions that are in the best interests of the district. I really do. We have some important decisions to make.”
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WALTER ROBB, KEN MEYER AND WILL PARADISE Food for thought from the Whole Foods management team GEORGE PRENTICE JER
After some hand-shaking, back-slapping and striking up the band (compliments of the Boise State Blue Thunder Marching Band), Whole Foods executives were anxious to swing the doors open Nov. 14 to their new Boise store on Broadway Avenue between Myrtle and Front streets. But not before holding a unique ceremony: Instead of a groundbreaking, they held a breadbreaking. “We’re a food company. Breaking bread is a powerful experience to share with someone,” said Ken Meyer, Whole Foods executive vice president of operations, pointing to an 8-foot-long loaf of challah bread and ﬁve smaller loaves, each shaped in a letter to spell B-O-I-S-E. Minutes before the madness (more than 500 shoppers walked through the door in the store’s ﬁrst three hours), Meyer sat down with Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb and Will Paradise, president of the Rocky Mountain Region, to talk with Boise Weekly about holiday shopping, appealing to 21st century consumers and what they called “their new child.”
What store number is this? Paradise: It’s No. 29 for the Rocky Mountain region and … Meyer: Is this 343 in total? Robb: We don’t really keep track. Honestly? Robb: It’s about No. 350. Paradise: I think it’s between 343 and 346. Meyer: I think it’s either 343 or 344. But I’m guessing that you’ve seen more than your share of store openings. Meyer: I didn’t sleep very good last night. It took me eight-and-a-half hours to get here from the East Coast, but I was so keyed up when I got here. Paradise: In retail, you’re never ﬁnished. There is no ﬁnish line. You put it back together every day. We always tell our team: “Take a good look at the opening, because the store will never ever look that
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way again.” An opening is like having a new child. You don’t get a whole lot of sleep and each one of your kids–each one of your stores–is different. How many more stores do you have in the pipeline? Robb: We’re going to open 30 new stores next year, and the following year, we’ll open between 33 and 38 stores. But for Will’s region, it’s No. 29. Paradise: And store No. 30 opens in a few weeks in Littleton, Colo. Robb: But this is really important: We think about one store at a time; one community at a time. We love Boise. I’ve been coming to Boise for about 10 years now. For business or personal reasons? Robb: I have friends in the Wood River Valley and here in Boise.
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How is Whole Foods’ Rocky Mountain region deﬁned? Paradise: The region includes Colorado with 18–soon to be 19–stores, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas, western Missouri, Montana, Wyoming and now Idaho. We go from the Canadian border to the Mexico border. Robb: We really ought to consider calling this the Intermountain region. Meyer: We’re always looking to replicate some of the best ideas from some of our newer stores. We started with one tap room two-and-a-half years ago in California, and now we have 54 tap rooms. But Boise’s River Room has the only tap room with a blue ﬂoor. We have 16 local beers and three local wines up in the River Room. What do you know about Boise consumers? Paradise: We did a series of customer focus groups here, and we know that in this market, value is very important, as is quality. Plus, there’s an evolving market here of people who are looking for organics and a lot of local products. And how different is a consumer in 2012 than, say, 20 years ago? Meyer: There’s an incredible interest to know more about their food. They want to know who makes it, what’s really in it, why is it on the shelf here, and how am I going to help my community if I 11 buy this product.
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Robb: In all my 30-some years in this industry, I’ve never seen the level of interest in food that there is right now, and it’s at all age levels.
What’s unique about a Whole Foods consumer? Paradise: They’re educated, passionate about local organics, and they’re pretty demanding. They hold us to very high standards. Robb: About 25 percent of our customers give us 70 percent of our volume. But I don’t think anyone in America shops in only one store anymore. There are too many choices. Are consumers shopping more often? Robb: About 2.5 times a week. Paradise: And a greater perishability of the products drives a lot of that frequency. What was your price tag on this store? Robb: We usually don’t make that public. Generally, we spend about $275 a foot companywide, but every store is different. What’s the bonus of opening this store before the holiday season? Robb: It’s huge. Meyer: But it’s risky, too. People shop at holiday times based on experience. Paradise: If we had opened this store in January, I don’t think next year’s Thanksgiv-
ing and Christmas would be as good as it’s going to be. But because we opened now, people will have a whole year with us. The second holiday season is always better. What makes your employees different than your competitors? Robb: We have 230 workers here and 150 new jobs were created for this Boise operation. The company created 8,500 jobs last year. Paradise: When people come on board with us, they think they’re part of something bigger. Meyer: One of our new produce team leaders worked for another company here in Boise for the last 18 years. He worked for us for two weeks and said, “These two weeks have been the best of my whole career.” I need to take note that you’re wearing a Boise State jacket today. Robb: I’ve been a Broncos fan for a long time. They may not always have the best talent like Texas or LSU, but they take their talent and compete at the highest level of Division I athletics. The highest level. And I love the way Coach Pete leads. You don’t see him strutting the sidelines like those other puffed-out coaches. I don’t care if it’s sports, entertainment or business, someone who leads like that has a quality program.
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his wife, and so what? His military and government careers in ruins, Petraeus missed an opportunity to make history. Rather than slink off with “I messed up” as his terse professional epitaph, Petraeus ought to have ditched the Scarlet Letter and stood tall. The general’s surrogates have been ordered to say he’s “ashamed” and working on his marriage and sucking up to his betrayed wife. Which is ridiculous. He certainly wasn’t ashamed while he was rolling around naked with Broadwell—and rightly so. He was having some harmless fun. Someday a famous slutty celebrity will liberate us from the shackles of phony BS monogamism, freeing us to reveal ourselves for who we really are: a nation of sluts.
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“There is not much to explain. Chicken stripping. I have always drawn things like this and hadn’t had anything to do with them. I am 18. Thank you.”
1st Place $110
Ethan Worthington, Boise
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It was that brief, yet intriguing, explanation written on the back of this year’s winning Bad Cartoon Contest entry that really put it over the top for the judges. Not that they didn’t have other explanations attached to the cornucopia of randomness they were presented with for this, the 11th annual contest—it was just that this one made them laugh out loud. It isn’t too hard to understand why. Amid the piles of bad puns, sex jokes, political commentar y and some that even we can’t describe (or for that matter, print), Ethan Worthington’s sight gag earned the most approval, meaning that Worthington could have ﬁsts full of 110 singles the next time he checks out those chicken strippers—were there such a thing, and we’re pretty sure it’s a good thing there isn’t. As usual, the Bad Cartoon Contest judges where both thrilled and a bit scared to glimpse the inner workings of the minds of artists and would-be artists in the Treasure Valley. There was some spirited debate, a bit of groaning and a whole lot of chuckles during the process of winnowing down the pile of entries to the judges’ top choices, but it was worth it. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. This time around, the judging panel consisted of illustrator (and part-time Boise Weekly graphic designer) Adam Rosenlund, whose own work often graces the pages of this paper, BW graphic designer Jen Grable and cartoonist Brian Sendelbach, author of The Underpants Zoo. It was tough work, but they somehow managed to select the assortment of bad cartoons you will ﬁnd in these pages. Like last year, this will be the only time Boise Weekly readers will be able to soak in the glory of the Bad Cartoon Contest—yes, these cartoons will only appear in this issue of BW, so appreciate the weirdness while you can. We at BW will feel a special sense of accomplishment knowing that we’ve helped Worthington ﬁnally ﬁnd something to do with his cartoons. —Deanna Darr
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Justin L. Jones, Boise
3rd Place $40
Sam Piraino, Boise
John Hellman, Boise
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Lauren Greig, Boise
2nd Place $60
Scott B. Adams, Nampa
Storie Grubb, Boise
Joey Corentino, Boise
Joe Pullin, Middleton
Quinn Aikele, Boise
A. Finley, Boise
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Nothing says “happy holidays” like a cavalcade of tubas.
Santa’s new little helpers at Zoo Boise are a little hairier than the elves.
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santa panda CLAUS ‘N PAWS Looking in from Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise looks serene. Even its tallest residents, the giraffes, peer mildly over the tree-shaded fence in the summer months, ever on the lookout for action. The giraffes’ expressions are deceptive: The zoo has had a long, eventful year. In May, it announced the birth of a Patagonian cavy baby and the arrival of two red pandas. In September, two serval kittens joined the Zoo Boise family. In November, it won its third national accreditation in 15 years and a patas monkey was killed in a bizarre and heart-rending break-in. Amid all of this action, the zoo has continued to fulﬁll its mission to educate and entertain the public about animals from the farthest-ﬂung corners of the globe. It’s all made possible by the community’s support, and on Saturday, Dec. 1, zoo ofﬁcials will thank the community for that support in the form of Claus ‘n Paws—the one day all year when admission fees to the zoo are waived. Check out old favorites like the giraffes—Julius and Jabari—the sloth bear and the zoo farm, or meet the new additions to Zoo Boise including the cavy baby and red pandas. And keep an eye out for one fur-coated exotic visitor who will only be around during Claws ‘n Paws—Santa. He will make the rounds between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and be available for photos, so bring your camera as well as the kids. Local schools will also provide musical entertainment throughout the day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., 208-384-4260, zooboise.org.
SATURDAY DEC. 1 cool yule HIP HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKET Admit it, the phrase “holiday craft fair” makes you cringe at least a little bit. It’s hard not to when you think of your standard church hall
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event, but it’s a different story when you’re talking about the Flying M Coffeegarage’s Hip Holiday Craft Market on Saturday, Dec. 1. Shoppers won’t ﬁnd anything that has been hotglued to within an inch of survival. Nope, everything at the Hip Holiday Craft Market is handmade by Treasure Valley artists and crafters who create the kinds of things you might be tempted
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to buy for yourself rather than give away. This year, the event is even larger, with 30 vendors scheduled to set up shop with everything from jewelry, to knitted items, woodwork to custom-made perfume. This time around, the event is being contained to the Coffeegarage, rather than spread across neighboring downtown Nampa businesses. The majority of vendors will be set
What says the holiday season better than Black Friday, twinkling lights, excuses for eating things you know aren’t good for you and evergreen wreaths hanging ever ywhere? Tubas, of course. Each year, tuba and baritone players from area high schools and colleges, and assorted community members join forces to present Tuba Christmas—a series of mini concerts that prove the instruments can do far more than just play the bass line. In fact this group of brass players will perform more than 20 traditional carols during two concerts Saturday, Dec. 1. First up is a concert on Grove Plaza next to Boise’s community holiday tree. The performance begins at 3:15 p.m. The tuba crew then heads up Capitol Boulevard for a 4 p.m. concert in the Capitol Rotunda. Each concert is scheduled to last roughly 30 minutes. Why tubas at Christmas, you ask? Well, Tuba Christmas is part of a national event that has been showcasing the unsung hero of the lower register since 1974. The original event was created as a tribute to the late musician and teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas. The ﬁrst Tuba Christmas concert was performed that year on the ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Since that ﬁrst gathering of tuba players, the event has spread across the country with concerts in nearly every corner of the nation. This year’s Boise concerts feature traditional tunes like “Silver Bells,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Deck the Halls,” so it’s just the thing to kick-start you into the holiday season. Better yet, both concerts are free and open to the public. 3:15 p.m., Grove Plaza; 4 p.m., Capitol Rotunda, 700 W, Jefferson St., Boise. FREE.
up inside, with a single large, heated tent in the parking lot hosting additional booths. While it’s a safe bet that shoppers can ﬁnd a really great cup of joe nearby, Saint Lawrence Gridiron food truck will also be on site from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for those looking to fuel their shopping frenzies with a hearty meal. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-4675533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com.
THURSDAYSUNDAY NOV. 29DEC.2 fairytales BREADCRUMBS Everybody knows the story of how Hansel and Gretel used breadcrumbs as markers to escape the witch living in the woods.
As the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and similar illnesses grows, the experience of failing memory and reconstructing once-familiar paths is becoming more commonplace. Enter Alida, a reclusive author working on her autobiography while suffering from Alzheimer’s in Breadcrumbs, the stage play by Jennifer Haley opening at Alley Repertory Theater Thursday, Nov. 29. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
DIS RAPS FOR HIRE Puttin’ on the Ritz for BW’s Look Smart SmartCard Party. When author Alan Heathcock isn’t collecting awards, he’ll be playing party host for The Cabin.
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There aren’t many excuses to get dressed up in Boise: the Governor’s Ball, a fancy wedding, a court hearing. Boise Weekly is outraged at this clearly discriminatory attitude toward fancy clothes—to be more accurate, we’re just looking for another excuse to throw a good party. That’s exactly what we’re doing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, when we celebrate our new BW SmartCard with the Look Smart Party at Idaho Botanical Garden. Why Look Smart? No. 1: We want party-goers to pull out their ﬁnest cocktail attire—preferably rocking a 1960s vibe—to party in style. No. 2: You have to be smart to get in to this little soiree. Tickets are limited to just 100, so you’d better be on the ball. Those lucky 100 who do score one of the $25 tickets will get admission into IBG and its Winter Garden aGlow event, as well as the private party in the garden’s heated tent. Inside the tent, party-goers can enjoy a full bar hosted by Willi B’s, appetizers from Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Nosher y, and paella from The Basque Market, as well as music spun by Stardust Lounge. In between all that munching and sipping, party guests can slip outside to check out the light display in the garden. Now, there’s one other detail to pay attention to in order to get into the party: Tickets are only available by buying them through the BW SmartCard app. The app is free to download on both iPhones and Androids, and details about how to purchase them are on the site. For more information about the SmartCard, visit bwsmartcard.boiseweekly.com. 6 p.m., $25. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-344-2044, bwsmartcard.boiseweekly.com.
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Helping Alida is her caretaker, Beth, who is assisting in the task of piecing together a narrative from Alida’s increasingly frayed memory and untangling Alida’s complicated relationship with her mother. Beth must ﬁght to win Alida’s trust against the tide of Alida’s memory loss and
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mounting paranoia. In the forest of Breadcrumbs’ grave and somber themes—memory loss, paranoia and alienation—there are also moments of levity and suspense. The play captures some of the tenderness of loving someone living with Alzheimer’s, but it also explores
If you fancy locally crafted reading material, or you’re scrambling to ﬁnd a gift for your literary-minded buddy and can’t stomach ﬁghting your way inside a bookstore this time of year, fret not. The Cabin has a solution. The organization has put together an anthology of upand-coming Idaho writers, and in true literary fashion, it’s hosting a party to launch the book. Join Boise author Alan Heathcock and musician James Orr at the Linen Building, Wednesday, Dec. 5, to celebrate the release and get a chance to score a copy of the new book. Rooms: Writers in the Attic is the ﬁrst installment of a new annual anthology published by The Cabin. The 148-page paperback features 29 writers chosen by Cort Conley, director of literar y ser vices at the Idaho Commission on the Arts, some of them published for the ﬁrst time in Rooms. Each writer was tasked with writing about rooms in some form or another. Accepted submissions were organized into ﬁve categories, refuge, shelter, territor y, space and reliquar y, and the result is a pocket-sized paperback, or an even more portable e-book for use on your digital reader of choice. A $5 entry fee at the event beneﬁts The Cabin, with beer, wine and Pie Hole pizza available for purchase. Heathcock, author of Volt, emcees the event while Orr provides music. Copies of Rooms are available for $12.99 and with its authors on hand, you can snag an autograph in the pages of your book. 6:30-9 p.m., $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. Boise, 208-385-0111, thecabinidaho.org.
memory, language and the ﬁght to come to terms with one’s past. The play opens with a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, Nov. 29, and offers a second weekend of performances Thursday,
The term lyrical assassin didn’t come from the ether. It speaks to a rapper’s ability to so thoroughly deconstruct a target that he or she might as well be killing the target’s ego. Though there are people out there who certainly deserve that kind of assassination, not everyone has the verbal skills youtube.com/epiclloyd to make it happen. Enter Dis Raps for Hire. The brainchild/side project of Epic Lloyd—one-half of the duo behind the hit Internet series Epic Rap Battles of History—Dis Raps allows viewers to write Lloyd their tales of woe and ask him to take up their case. Part sketch comedy series, part op-ed, part music video, each episode starts with Lloyd working peacefully, then receiving an email and ﬂying into an Incredible Hulk-like rage that leads him to stomping and smashing things in the studio to exact his revenge for hire, using whatever pieces of information are provided in the email. “The worst part about it for Simon is that you’re his twin, you even leached his DNA off of him,” Lloyd says of a London man whose brother is tired of him being a deadbeat. “I’d sacriﬁce a slice of brain to give you a piece of my mind,” Lloyd raps at a woman who left her husband while he was serving as a combat medic in Iraq. And for those who think Dis Raps just a novelty act, the latest episode featured a guest appearance from The RZA of Wu Tang Clan. That’s a guest feature you have to earn. —Josh Gross
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY NOV. 28 On Stage DAMASCUS—A dubious hero seeks truth on a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Talks & Lectures CECIL D. ANDRUS LECTURE SERIES—Author, journalist and historian Timothy Egan discusses the state of American politics after the 2012 presidential election. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5800, boisestate.edu.
Odds & Ends BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— You don’t have to speak Basque and there are no tryouts, just singing. The choir meets at Bishop Kelly High School. Call 208-853-0678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. 6 p.m. FREE. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 Franklin Road, Boise, 208-853-0678. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— Work on public speaking and leadership skills. For more info, call 208-921-2480. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE. Elmer’s, 1385 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-343-5714. WEST COAST SWING AT THE POWERHOUSE—West Coast swing lessons are brought to you by instructors from Heirloom Dance Studio at 9 p.m. followed by open dancing from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-331-4005.
THURSDAY NOV. 29 Festivals & Events HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE—Enjoy food, drinks and prizes. Bring clothing to donate to local schools. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Wholistic Beauty Boutique, 1607 W. State St., Boise, 208-8419062, wholisticbeautyboutique. com.
On Stage ALLEY REPERTORY THEATER: BREADCRUMBS—Breadcrumbs by Jennifer Haley examines the life of a reclusive writer named Alida, who is grappling with Alzheimer’s in the midst of writing her autobiography. Show is 21 and older, with beer and wine available. More info at alleyrep.org. See Picks, Page 16. 8 p.m. Pay-what-youwant preview. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. EARS ON A BEATLE—Check out Mark St. Germain’s play about two FBI agents assigned to watch John Lennon. 7:30 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-3422000, stagecoachtheatre.com. LIQUID LAUGHS: LAMONT FERGUSON—Also featuring Sean Jordan. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs.com, by calling 208-9412459 or at Liquid or Solid. Buy one get one free tickets. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
LIVE COMEDY: DON FROST—7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, varsitypubmeridian.com.
Concerts BOISE STATE PERCUSSION AND ENSEMBLE CONCERT—7:30 p.m. FREE-$5. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu. PHYLLIS TINCHER—Listen to a professional handbell artist. For more info, call 208-426-1242. 11:30 a.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426INFO, sub.boisestate.edu.
ARTS/BOOK REVIEW ROOMS: WRITERS IN THE ATTIC Rooms: Writers in the Attic, a new collection of short stories and essays from 29 Idaho authors published by local literary hub The Cabin, has a simple concept: Describe a room. It doesn’t have to be a particular room, a physical room or even a literal description. It just has to be about a room. The results are varied. Some of the pieces are literal in their take, with vivid details about childhood bedrooms or attics or fantastical wine cellars to lose oneself in. After Grove Koger inherits his aunt’s house, he revisits the attic that he spent a summer in and ﬁnds it far less magical than his memories. Other authors focus on what took place in the room. “The Unwelcome Guest” by Dee Bowling, describes when a deadly poisonous mamba took up residence in her windowsill. Some take the tack of describing what the room means to the author or character, such as Heidi Kraay’s “A Sacred Connection,” which reﬂects on her teenage bedroom as a place of sanctuary from a world of judgment. And some see the room as a concept, such as “The Congo Room” by Michael Philley, which treats the room as a place in the mind where memories of war-torn Africa are locked away. That piece is easily one of the best in the collection, not just because of its abstract take on the theme and its nonlinear approach to prose, but because the narrative most effectively carries the story’s emotional weight. Taken individually, some of the tales in Rooms are interesting pieces. But as a whole, especially in succession, they can be a bit wearying. The shortness and sheer number of pieces makes for a near-constant resetting of the premise. The moment a reader starts to settle into a piece, it’s done and they are being given an often identically styled setup, which feels jarring. The shortness of the pieces also doesn’t allow them to develop into much, something which manifests itself in a variety of ways. In “The Interview Room” by Kerry Lindorfer, a piece about a therapist’s ofﬁce is cut off right as it starts to pick up. The Cabin has said that Writers in the Attic is likely to be a series. If so, it would behoove them to focus on longer, more polished pieces than jamming as many writers as possible into a single anthology. —Josh Gross
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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes FIREPLACE WINES FOR WINTER—The focus of this class is on bold red wines, or “ﬁreplace wines.” From Napa cabernet to Australian shiraz, taste your way across the globe one inky glass at a time. 6-8 p.m. $40. Wine Wise Labs, 104-1/2 E. 44th St., Garden City, 208-297-9463, winewiseidaho.com.
KONG KING: MURDER MYSTERY DINNER—Join the cast of River City Entertainment’s Kong King in solving a mystery surrounding the death of one of the players. Go dressed as an extra on a 1930s movie set and enjoy a four-course dinner paired with Woodriver Cellars wines. Call 208-286-9463 to make reservations. 7-10 p.m. $30$35. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, woodrivercellars.com.
WINTER GARDEN AGLOW— This holiday tradition features more than 250,000 lights, which transform the Idaho Botanical Garden into a sparkling winter wonderland. Enjoy lights, model trains, appearances by Santa and local choir performances. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Literature MIKE MEDBERRY BOOK LAUNCH—Medberry reads from his new memoir, On the Dark Side of the Moon, about having a stroke at the Craters of the Moon in Eastern Idaho. 7 p.m. FREE. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.
Odds & Ends DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM—Watch characters from Tangled, Cinderella and more skate through magical journeys. Visit disneyonice.com for more info and ticket info. Tickets are also available at Taco Bell Arena’s website, by calling 208-426-1766 or at the box ofﬁce. 7 p.m. $19-$50. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1900, tacobellarena.com.
FRIDAY NOV. 30 Festivals & Events MERIDIAN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING—Show up early to the 2012 Meridian Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for a special showing of the cartoon How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Co-emcees Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd and Carolyn Holly of KTVB Channel 7 lead an evening that includes free treats, performances by school choirs, free carriage rides, a visit from a special guest and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. The Marines Toys for Tots will be in attendance so don’t forget your unwrapped gift to donate. 6 p.m. FREE. Generations Plaza, corner of Main Street and Idaho Avenue, Meridian, meridiancity.org.
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ALLEY REPERTORY THEATER: BREADCRUMBS—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. CHRISTMAS CAROL II—The ghosts are back in this musical melodrama parody presented by Prairie Dog Playhouse. Good old Ebenezer Scrooge has become a pushover, so the ghosts rehaunt him to get him back on track. Fun for the whole family. Call 208-336-7383 for details. 7:15 p.m. $10-$15. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise. watercoolerboise.com. DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. EARS ON A BEATLE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD—Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told. It’s a madcap romp through the holiday season. See Arts News, Page 24. 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors/students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org. GIFTS OF THE MAGI—Musical based on the story by O. Henry, set during Christmas in New Jersey in 1906. Doors open nightly at 6:15 p.m.; curtain at 8 p.m.. Order dinners for Friday and Saturday at least one day in advance. Dinner show: $39; $20 show only. 8 p.m. $18-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. LIQUID LAUGHS: LAMONT FERGUSON—See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. LIVE COMEDY: DON FROST—7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, varsitypubmeridian.com.
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MERIDIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION—Enjoy a holiday tradition with your family at the Meridian Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Celebration. Enjoy carols of the season along with Sleigh Ride, dances from the Nutcracker, and the Vivaldi Concerto for two trumpets with soloists Michael Seyler and Camas Stredder. Tickets available at regular outlets and at the door. $10 adult, $8 senior/student, $25 family. 7:30 p.m. $8-$25. Kuna Performing Arts Center, 637 E. Deer Flat Road, Kuna, 208-955-0200, kunaperformingartscenter.org. SENIOR RECITAL—Eric Downs performs percussion. 5:30 p.m. FREE. 208-426-1596. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise.
Food & Drink FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY— Enjoy lunch from the Brown Shuga Soul Food truck and chow down at a table near Boise Weekly’s headquarters. Visit boiseweekly.com’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.
Screen FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL—Revisit the most vibrant characters, outrageous clothing and passe hairdos of the golden age of VHS through thousands of hours of footage condensed into a 90-minute ﬁlm festival. See Arts, Page 24. 8 p.m. $8. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, foundfootagefest.com.
Art LANDSCAPES FOR THE WEST—Artist Rachel Teannalach presents her work featuring plein air landscapes of Western places. A percentage of proceeds are donated to Advocates for the West. The pieces can be viewed after the show at teannalach.com. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Beside Bardenay, 612 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538, bardenay.com.
Sports & Fitness FREE POLE DANCE CLASS— Learn to pole dance for free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, ophidiastudio.com.
Odds & Ends BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then dance to music from a DJ until 2 a.m. while enjoying drinks and snacks. $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $19-$50. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive Boise State campus, Boise, 208426-1900, tacobellarena.com.
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Troy Passey’s Left Unsaid debuted at Boise Art Museum Nov. 24.
RED FANGS AND WHITE ELEPHANTS On Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 21, while most were parboiling green beans and brining turkeys, Boise Weekly’s Harrison Berry was stewing in melody-driven road metal at Neurolux. According to Berry, Red Fang’s show was the kind that “dislodges repressed memories and causes the blind to see.” “A key feature of Red Fang’s live performance is the way it layers melodies, sinking them into oceans of discord only to resuscitate them at the edge of the audience’s attention span,” said Berry. “When John Sherman’s drums colluded with Aaron Beam’s hammering bass, David Sullivan’s guitar rose like a ship’s sail above the fog of sound to enthusiastic cheers from the front row—and applause from the back.” With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, Boiseans set their sights on a liquid lunch at the Idaho Foodbank’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, which took place on the Grove Plaza Nov. 23. Each year, thousands of visitors swaddled in mittens, knit caps and hefty jackets purchase a locally crafted bowl then line up for a ladle of soup and hunk of bread donated by area businesses. “Before 11 a.m., a group of volunteers donned aprons and heated large pots, each ﬁlled with a different soup, bisque or chowder, and the line began to stretch past the Boise Centre,” observed BW’s Andrew Crisp. “I think we had about 1,800 [people] last year, and we think we’re on track to exceed that,” said Jenifer Johnson, vice president of development at the Idaho Foodbank. “This is becoming one of the events that’s popular for the food bank. We had some folks in line who said this was their 15th year doing it.” Moving from soup lines to lines of text, on Nov. 24, Boise Art Museum unveiled a new exhibit by artist Troy Passey. “Entitled Left Unsaid, the show explores a reality where the word ‘knife’ might actually cut—or, conversely, the words of Edna St. Vincent Millay (‘when it is over, for it will be over’) are repeated hundreds of times in a vortex shaded with black paint, draining them of context and meaning,” explained Berry. Berry also checked out another exhibit that recently went up at BAM: Billie Grace Lynn’s White Elephants. “Lynn’s lightweight, inﬂatable white elephants are life-size. Even at the zoo, it’s not easy to get a sense of the towering height of these creatures or feel the full presence of their mass. But standing next to them in BAM’s Sculpture Court inspires a feeling of combined fear of their power and awe at their stature,” said Berry. —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
December First Thursday 8 DAYS OUT SATURDAY DEC. 1 Festivals & Events HIP HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKET—Local crafters and artisans display local and unique items perfect for holiday gifts, featuring ﬁne art, crafts and jewelry. Some of the attending artisans are Beewise Goods, Mixed Greens, Surly Mermaid and Girl A Go Go Designs. See Picks, Page 16. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com. HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE AT THE PURSUIT—Vendors are artisans of unique gifts like gourmet goodies, paintings, photo gifts, jewelry, time mugs, handmade purses and wallets, soaps. There are also products from Miche Bags, Southern Living and Scentsy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. The Pursuit, 6151 N. Discovery Way, Boise. MERIDIAN CHILDREN’S WINTERLAND FESTIVAL—This community event is designed to get everyone into the Christmas spirit and collect food for the Meridian Food Bank. Take your kids to enjoy a variety of Christmas-themed games and activities, including pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, toy building, Christmas card making, letters to Santa, hot chocolate, coffee and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Food donation for the Meridian Food Bank. Meridian Community Center, 201 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208888-3579, meridiancity.org. PROCRASTINATOR’S HOLIDAY MARKET—Take photos with Disco Santa Claus, partake of spiked and virgin holiday libations, roast your own s’mores, and check out the indoor marketplace with artisan goods and eats. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900. ST. MARY’S HOLIDAY MARKET—St. Mary’s School hosts local artisans with unique art and gifts for all ages and price ranges, including tamales, kettlecorn, Mexican hot chocolate, baked goods, Christmas trees and wreaths. Santa Claus visits for photos, and Christmas carols will be sung. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. FREE. St. Mary’s School, 2612 W. State St., Boise, 208-3427476, stmarys-boise.org. WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Friday. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
On Stage ALLEY REPERTORY THEATER: BREADCRUMBS—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. CHRISTMAS CAROL II—See Friday. 7:15 p.m. $10-$15. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise.
DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. EARS ON A BEATLE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors/ students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, boiselittletheater.org. GIFTS OF THE MAGI—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $20-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. LIQUID LAUGHS: LAMONT FERGUSON—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
Sports & Fitness OPEN GYM DAY—The gyms of some Boise public schools are open to kids and adults for various activities. There will be hip-hop dance at Hillside Junior High School, soccer practice at West Junior high School, indoor tennis with the Idaho Tennis Association at Les Bois Junior High School from 9 a.m.-noon; and indoor hockey practice at Liberty Elementary School from 10 a.m.2 p.m. FREE. Hillside Junior High School, 3536 Hill Road, Boise, 208-854-5120; West Junior High School, 8371 W. Salt Creek Court, Boise, 208-854-6450; Les Bois Junior High, 4150 E. Grand Forest Drive, Boise, 208854-5340; Liberty Elementary, 1740 E. Bergeson, Boise, 208854-5410; boiseschools.org.
BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— See Friday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.
A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOW—7:30 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux. com.
BOOMER SHACK—The newest addition to the Limelight nightclub is geared toward those who love to dance but feel too young for the senior center and too mature for the downtown nightclub scenes. Enjoy a fun atmosphere with dance lessons from Martha Bradford at 9:15 p.m. and live music by the Triple R Band until 2 a.m. Between sets, ballroom dance with DJ music. 9 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425.
MERIDIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $10 adult, $8 senior/ student, $25 family. Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-939-1404, chs.meridianschools.org.
Literature AUTHOR VISIT: BRIAN SENDELBACH—Families are invited to a reading of The Underpants Zoo, by local author and illustrator Brian Sendelback. Fun for the entire family. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org. IDAHO OUTDOOR AUTHOR’S DAY—From beautiful photography to stories about life on the river, there is a great cross-section of authors on hand to meet and get a new book autographed for that special Idaho fan on your Christmas list. Authors include Jo Deurbrouck, Matt Leidecker, Steve Stuebner, Sandy Epeldi, Bill Sedivy, Ron Watters, Kathy Daly and Eve Chandler. Wine, nonalcoholic beverages and hors d’oeuvres and door prizes available. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Idaho Rivers United. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208336-4844, idahoriversports.com. POET JOHN WULF READING/BOOK SIGNING—Boise mechanic-poet John Wulf reads excerpts from his collection and signs copies of his new book, Lady Who Loves the Whisper. 5-7 p.m. FREE. The Phoenix Storybook Co., 2390 American Legion Blvd., Mountain Home, 208-587-6659.
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LIVE COMEDY: DON FROST—7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, varsitypubmeridian.com.
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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM—See Thursday. 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. $19-$50. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive (Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1900, tacobellarena.com.
Animals & Pets CLAUS ‘N’ PAWS—Enjoy the only FREE admission day of the year at Zoo Boise, a gift to the community, a thank-you for all the support given throughout the year. Santa will be on hand for photo opportunities, as well as musical entertainment from local schools. And you won’t want to miss the zoo residents receiving their holiday enrichment. All proceeds from activities go to support improvements to the zoo. See Picks, Page 16. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-384-4125, zooboise.org. Steve is fueled by Moxie Java’s
SUNDAY DEC. 2 Festivals & Events PROCRASTINATOR’S HOLIDAY MARKET—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208343-4900. ST. MARY’S HOLIDAY MARKET—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary’s School, 2612 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7476, stmarys-boise.org.
Steve Fulton from the Audio Lab produces IdaHo-Ho-Ho, Moxie Java’s Holiday CD featuring Idaho artists. To put him in the spirit, he turns to a Roasted Reindeer. Imagine espresso and steamed chocolate milk harmonizing with the taste of butter pecan, hazelnut and caramel syrup topped with whipped cream. It’s holiday music to your mouth. Follow the buzz on:
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8 DAYS OUT WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Friday. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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BRONCO BOWL RAFFLE—The Junior League of Boise hosts the inaugural Bronco Bowl or Bust Rafﬂe. This fundraiser sends one winner and a companion to the 20122013 Bronco Bowl game. They receive two tickets to the game, $1,000 cash and $1,500 in travel vouchers. Ten winners will receive $50 gift cards to local restaurants. Purchase online at jlboise.com. Noon. $5. Junior League of Boise, 350 N. Ninth St., Ste. B60, Boise, 208-4245011.
Festivals & Events On Stage ALLEY REPERTORY THEATER: BREADCRUMBS—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $10. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. EARS ON A BEATLE—See Thursday. 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 8. $15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. LIQUID LAUGHS: LAMONT FERGUSON—See Friday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
Concerts ANNUAL FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT—Check out performances by Boise State’s orchestra and chorale groups. Proceeds beneﬁt the Boise State University Music Department Scholarship Fund. 7:30 p.m. $2-$10. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.
WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Wednesday. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Concerts CELLO STUDIO RECITAL—5:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.
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TROMBONE CHOIR AND CELLO CHOIR CONCERT—7 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.
Festivals & Events PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP, SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Includes a performance poetry workshop followed by a poetry slam. For more information, email cheryl_ firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, boisepoetry.com. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632.
Screen CHRISTMAS VACATION—Clark Griswold fails again to get any R&R in this holiday classic starring Chevy Chase, presented by Boise Classic Movies. 7 p.m. $6-$9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Friday. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM—See Saturday. 2 p.m. $19-$50. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208426-1900, tacobellarena.com.
DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
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EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—See Friday. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Calls to Artists BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART SUBMISSIONS— Each week’s cover of Boise Weekly comes from a local artist. BW pays $150 for published covers. A stipulation of publication is that the piece be donated to BW’s annual charity art auction in November. BW reinvests proceeds in the local arts community through grants for which all artists may apply. Submit art to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. All media are accepted. Thirty days from your submission date, art will be ready for pick up if it’s not chosen for a cover. Work not picked up within six weeks of submission is discarded. For more info contact Art Director Leila Rader at email@example.com or 208-344-2055. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, boiseweekly.com. Overheard something Eye-spy worthy? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. FREE. Saint John’s Cathedral, 775 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-3511, stjohnsparishboise.org.
BOISE LOOKSMART PARTY—Check out the Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden in style with Boise Weekly. Use the BW SmartCard to get tickets for the event of the season. There will be food, a full bar and full access to Winter Garden aGlow. See Picks, Page 17. 6 p.m., $25. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, bwsmartcard.boiseweekly.com.
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PIONEER TOASTMASTERS—See Wednesday. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE. Elmer’s, 1385 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-343-5714.
WEST COAST SWING AT THE POWERHOUSE—See Wednesday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-331-4005.
ROOMS: WRITERS IN THE ATTIC—The Cabin presents an anthology of Idaho writers writing about rooms. Emceed by Alan Heathcock and musician James Orr. See Review, Page 18. 6:30-9 p.m. $5. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thecabinidaho.org.
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Wingtip lets printmakers spread their wings.
CHRISTMAS STORIES REMIXED ’Tis the season to deck the halls, cozy up inside for some good stories, and reﬂect upon tales of Christmases past. From Friday, Nov. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 15, Boise Little Theater will hold performances of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!), which is pretty much what it sounds like. After so many Christmas stories (and so many glasses of eggnog), it’s hard to remember which characters are parts of which Christmas story, let alone the actual plot. Even if you can recall why all the other reindeer bullied Rudolph or what’s the best way to spread Christmas cheer (answer: singing loud for all to hear), hearing the same stories on repeat every December gets a bit trite. So rather than becoming an Ebenezer and ignoring all things holiday oriented, head over to Boise Little Theater for a Christmas story remix. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.; and Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. If plays just aren’t your cup of tea (or in this case, your cup of cheer), then try your hand at creating your own masterpiece. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Wingtip Press opens its studio from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a Mixed Media Mash Up Play Date with Marianne Konvalinka. For $75, you’ll have free rein of Wingtip’s paints, mediums, tissue, brushes and new lasers and inkjet printers. All you need to bring is your own prepped canvas, boards, “personal stash of ephemera,” and a little inspiration. Then get ready to let the creative juices ﬂow. In grant deadline news, the Idaho Commission on the Arts is currently accepting applications for its quarterly QuickFund$ grants. All applications must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 10. QuickFund$ grant dollars are doled out to individuals to “support professional development and new or exemplary arts projects”; to organizations for “arts projects for the public and for professional advice or training to assist in planning and organizational development”; and to art educators for “professional development or short-term projects that enliven or improve arts learning as an integral part of the education of Idaho’s youth.” The round of QuickFund$ projects or activities cannot begin before Jan. 1, 2013. For more info on the application process, visit arts.idaho.gov/grants/overview.aspx.
FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL Showcasing people with bad ideas and video equipment JOSH GROSS In the break room in a McDonald’s in 1991, Nick Prueher met his destiny. That’s where he spotted a video used to train janitors at the fast-food franchise. Bored, he watched it. And his mind was blown. The video’s crimes against cinema are too numerous to list, but they include wildly condescending dialog delivered by actors with faces twitching back and forth between comedy and tragedy, an epically corny Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett show off their favorite found footage. soundtrack, and possibly the worst inner monologue of all time. bunch is an old VHS tape that was scavenged dubious it looks. If something looks creepy “It was the most insulting, over-the-top enough, Prueher and Pickett snatch it up. from a government ofﬁce in Canada and thing I’d ever encountered,” Prueher said. After years doing the festival, the pair now given to Prueher and Pickett at an appearHe swiped the video, feeling “it had to be has a collection of more than 5,000 tapes. seen.” Upon viewing it, his friend Joe Pickett ance. When they put the tape in, they were “What we ﬁnd is pretty lopsided in favor felt the same way. The duo’s small Wisconsin treated to an ultra-low-budget masturbation of old exercise videos,” he said. “The other training video for detown was somewhat velopmentally disabled thing that’s the most common are children’s short on entertainFriday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., $8. videos. Most of them are religious.” adults called Handment, so they orgaThe duo is also glad to take any old made Love, the full nized screenings of the RED ROOM details of which aren’t VHS tapes you think they might be intervideo at parties for 1519 W. Main St., 208-331-0956, redroomboise.com. ested in off your hands, if you bring them suitable for print. fun. Eventually those to the show. “It’s a noble cause, screenings attracted And though some might be wondering what they’re trying to something of a cult what the point of a showcase like The Found following, featuring a running narrative from do,” said Prueher. “No one wants to train Footage Festival is in the era of YouTube— anyone how to do that in person. But they Prueher and Pickett to accompany the trainwhen so much of that content, or that style just didn’t have a budget for it, so it looks ing video, as well as a series of other equally creepy. They didn’t even have a tripod or any of content, is available online—the volume bizarre VHS tapes they began collecting. of exercise videos makes it perfectly clear: audio equipment.” Between garage sales, thrift stores and curation is key. In Prueher’s opinion, that comedy-breathPickett pocketing footage on the sly at his But wait! There’s more to this special TV ing low production value was an inherent day job duplicating home movies, by 2004, offer. the two had enough to put the show into the- product of the VHS era—something that has “We take it a step further than YouTube, been lost over time. aters as The Found Footage Festival, which because we’re kind of obsessed with the “People were naive enough, not savvy will make its way to Boise Friday, Nov. 30, at people in these videos,” said Prueher. enough to get it,” he said. “And since video Red Room. They track down people in the videos and in your home was a new thing, people were “It’s a live-guided tour through our video do follow-up interviews with them for the experimenting with all sorts of things like collection,” said Prueher. show. Once, the pair even went as far as hiring VHS board games and fake ﬁreplaces, stuff That collection includes everything from a private investigator to ﬁnd someone. you just don’t see anymore.” bizarre self-improvement seminars to workPrueher has also found that online viral As Prueher and Pickett make their way out videos to home movies—all videos that around the country showing these gems, they videos have made explaining The Found never were intended to be shown in public. also cruise local thrift stores and sales to ﬁnd Footage Festival easier. One incredibly strange one offers graphic “Before, it was really hard to explain to more videos. advice on how to use hypnosis to seduce people why you would want to watch bad “Garage sales are hit-and-miss,” said women. Another provides an overly detailed videos,” he said. “But now, in the age of Prueher. “Home movies end up at garage explanation of the shipping policies for a YouTube, it’s easier for people to wrap their series of heavy metal guitar videos. And then sales a lot. But a lot of times, you’re negotiating a price with some burgeoning racist in heads around it.” there is the home video of Partridge Family Though he can’t say for sure, Prueher the South.” actor Danny Bonaduce grimacing his way doesn’t see online video cutting into his turf. Prueher says the consistently best bet through a nunchaku kata, apparently the “I don’t know what the future holds,” he for weird VHS tapes is the Salvation Army. paper bag he can’t act his way out of. said, “but as long as there’s people out there “The main thing we’re looking for is that it Goodwill is too diligent about screening its with bad ideas and video equipment, we’ll has to be unintentionally funny,” said Prueher. videos, but Salvation Army will often put continue to be in business.” anything on the shelves, no matter how According to Prueher, the strangest of the
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NEVER SAY DIE Megadeth crackles with vitality in the midst of a thrash metal resurgence
Black Pussy keeps it sleazy at Red Room.
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CHRIS PARKER Living the dream isn’t free—it comes with expectations. Just ask Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick, who had to step into some big shoes when he became the thrash metal legend’s seventh lead guitarist in 2008. “I’d consider it high stress, not necessarily because of the actual workload but more because of the microscope you’re under at this level,” said Broderick. “Everybody is videoMegadeth brings Knitting Factory to life Sunday, Dec. 2. recording you. Everybody has an expectation because of all the great guitarists that have been in Megadeth in the past.” since 1983, and it’s got fans that are still with “Dave’s always been self-taught and he There’s also the fact that this is some of us from then, but also to see it resurge in the always kind of gets what he wants out of the music Broderick grew up on. He got his younger generation is really cool. It’s aweﬁrst guitar in 1981 and remembers the album his playing, but you can tell he ﬁghts for some to see them appreciate thrash the way I it all the way there. You can hear it in his Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying? exploding do,” he said. on MTV in 1986. Admittedly, Broderick was playing and in the way he attacks the guiIn that way, TH1RT3EN is the perfect tar,” said Broderick. more of a classic metal fan initially. album. It touches on the band’s entire legacy, “I came at it from a very different road, “[When I got my ﬁrst guitar], the ﬁrst offering an introduction to its catalog. Part where I had a lot of different instructors and thing I did was spray it red and put black duct tape on it, because I wanted to be Eddie people showing me the path to get there. I’ve of this was seeded by Mustaine’s decision to revisit and rework some of the band’s old always been about trying to minimize effort Van Halen,” he recalled. “Then as soon as I demos. Several of these tracks wound up on to do what I’m trying to do—two different heard Yngwie [Malmsteen], it was all over the album, bringing with them the inimitable paths,” he said. “I think it’s so cool because for me. Then I got into all the shredders like air of earlier releases. [our styles] both translate into their own feel Jason Becker [who played with later Mega“It’s almost like one song was pulled from deth guitarist Marty Friedman in Cacophony] and their own kind of sound. When you put each of the last CDs,” said Broderick. “It them together, they complement each other and Paul Gilbert.” kind of sums up the whole discography.” very well. Broderick eventually graduated from the Not that the band is about to rest on its “He brings his own writing style into University of Denver with a degree in claslaurels. In fact, Broderick reports that durthe mix, so when I look at that, I’m thinksical guitar performance. He took over for ing the last few weeks, Megadeth has been another shredder, Joey Tafolla, in Jag Panzer ing, ‘How do I write a counter melody or a back in the studio. counter harmony to that particular part?’ It in 1997 and remained with the band until “We’re so busy right now. We’re writing deﬁnitely makes it that much more interestMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine called. the new CD in our off time. And we’re really ing for me,” Broderick said. When Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover not taking a lot of time off in the ﬁrst place. Though there was a public furor over left to focus on his family, Glen’s brother Broderick’s addition—like there is with any We’re just moving and grooving,” he said. and Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover But Broderick added that the band hasn’t change in a popular heavyweight act like suggested Broderick. He showed Mustaine Megadeth—he wasn’t gotten that far into the process yet. a video of Broderick “We’re demoing songs and starting to concerned. Broderick playing classical and look at the direction we want it to go in,” was more focused on electric guitar. Mushe said. the business at hand. taine was impressed. Megadeth with Kyng. Sunday, Dec. 2, 7:30 Broderick acknowledged that it’s a chal“I only saw the In an interview a year p.m., $44-$76. work that I had to do. lenge for a band like Megadeth to remain later, the Megadeth KNITTING FACTORY I was like, ‘I’ve got 22 relevant—something it has managed to do as frontman compared 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, well as any of its Big 4 (Anthrax, Slayer, Mesongs to get down in Broderick’s arrival bo.knittingfactory.com. less than a month, and tallica and Megadeth) peers. The band wants to Ozzy Osbourne to keep pushing in new directions but not I have to get cracking teaming with Randy on these,’” he recalled. so much as to alienate its fans. It’s a tough Rhoads. balance but one Broderick believes should be “It’s one of those Of course, Osmanaged by not thinking about it and relying kinds of things where as soon as I saw the bourne isn’t a guitarist like Mustaine is, but on instincts. the idea of a perfect foil is applicable. Not only work, that’s what I did. I didn’t think about “As soon as you make something like that peripheral matters.” have Megadeth’s two studio albums featurexternal and you start chasing a concept or Broderick came on just as thrash started ing Broderick (2009’s Endgame and 2011’s an idea, it’s not going to ring true,” he said. to regain prominence. He has enjoyed seeing TH1RT3EN) been as aggressive and tight as ﬁrsthand the genre reach a new wave of fans. “The best you can do is write what you want the best in the band’s catalog, but the two guito hear, and write what you like and hope “It’s cool to see it transcend so many tarists have complementary styles. Broderick that other people appreciate it.” generations. Knowing that it’s been around describes them as “street vs. school.”
With the new year bearing down on us, details are starting to emerge about 2013’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. The biggest is that rock ’n’ roll savant Dave Grohl has been tapped as the keynote speaker. What he’ll discuss is anyone’s guess but after having played with Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Tenacious D, Queens of the Stone Age and more, there’s certainly no shortage of material to pull from. Also in the SXSW swirl is a possible merging of last year’s Boise showcase with showcases of bands from Seattle and Portland, Ore., to create a more prominent Greater Northwest Showcase. Boise Weekly will keep you posted as details develop. But there are some shows happening in Boise, as well. Since most touring bands use the holiday season as downtime, that gives Boiseans a chance to check out local talent. A good place to start is Pengilly’s on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when Americana rockers New Transit will do hump-day proper. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is as free as the majestic bald eagle. On Thursday, Nov. 29, Liquid is the place to be for all your folksy needs, courtesy of Possum Livin’, which dishes out some of the bluest grass in town. If there is a better local banjo and ﬁve-part harmony cover of Social Distortion, BW doesn’t know about it. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and is free. One touring band that shouldn’t be missed is Por tland, Ore., sleaze-rockers Black Pussy. The slinky fuzz-tone guitar leads over straight beats and moaning vocals sound straight from ’70s psychrock, with elements of Iron Butterﬂy, T. Rex and Deep Purple, as well as more modern guitar-based bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Fu Manchu. That show goes down at Red Room, Monday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. and costs $3. Scatter and Gather, and Retrobates will open. Another touring act worth your time this week is Seattle-based indie-folkster Piko Panda, who performs his catalog of quirky ballads at Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa on Saturday, Dec. 1. Hearts will be melted and glockenspiels will be spieled. That show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $3. Tex and Holy Weak will open. And ﬁnally, you can fuse the whole shebang together at The Crux Friday, Nov. 30, with Boise band and hipster dreamboats Shades, Chicago space cadets Gauntlet Hair and visual projections provided by Anti-Magic. The show goes down at 9 p.m. and costs $5. Cameron Andreas, behind CAMP and Wave POP, spins records afterward. —Josh Gross
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RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SKATE NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Shredder SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s
BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, DEC. 1, REVOLUTION For Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, an impromptu audition with N.W.A.’s Eazy-E garnered not only his approval, but a recording deal. Together Wish Bone, Flesh-N-Bone, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone quickly topped the rap charts in the ’90s with a blend of harmonies and fast-talking verses, a sound the band will bring to the Revolution Concert House Saturday, Dec. 1. Bone Thugs dropped its popular EP, Creepin on ah Come Up, in 1994 and its massive hit, E. 1999 Eternal, in 1995. Popular singles gained the group mainstream appeal and radio play, while “Tha Crossroads” won Bone Thugs a Grammy. After a brief hiatus, the Bone boys settled their differences in 2010 and reunited to record Uni-5: The World’s Enemy. That album, and the band’s Rock the Bells tour, pays tribute to the late Eazy-E, the rapper who launched the group’s career. With Yung Verb and Oylghost and Poppa Joe, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $29.50-$49.50. Revolution Concert House, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-938-2933, cttconcerts. ticketﬂy.com. —Andrew Crisp
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Jim Fishwild JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
THURSDAY NOV. 29 BUDDY AND THE BB’S—6 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
FRIDAY NOV. 30
REILLY COYOTE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
ALEX RICHARDS BAND—7 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s
THE BIG WOW—10 p.m. FREE. Big Al’s
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5, The Buffalo Club
BUDDY AND THE BB’S—6 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s
SALLY TIBBS AND KEVIN KIRK—7:30 p.m. FREE. Bar 365
FLAMENCO FRIDAY—With District 19. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s
JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel JOYRIDE—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—9:30 p.m. $3, Kay and Traci’s 127 Club
SATURDAY DEC. 1
KEVIN KIRK—6:30 p.m. FREE. Bar 365
GARAGE VOICE—8 p.m. $5, Flying M Coffeegarage
LARRY CONKLIN—10:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La
GAYLE CHAPMAN AND FRIENDS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Sapphire Room
BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY— With Yung Verb and Oylghost and Poppa Joe. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $25.50-$49.50, Revolution Concert House.
MEGHAN WATTERS—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
NEW TRANSIT—7 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. The Buffalo Club
LIQUID LABS—Featuring D Ron Groove and Mixstress Morningstar. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
PAUL DRAGONE—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La
SOULPATCH—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
FIVE SMOOTH STONES—9 p.m. FREE. Frontier Club Rebacca Scott REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid HECKTOR PECKTOR—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
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DANGER BEARD—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
HILLFOLK NOIR—7 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
KING TUFF—With Deaf Kid. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $7, Flying M Coffeegarage
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow LARRY CONKLIN—10:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La
MEGADETH: COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR—With Kyng. See Noise, Page 25. 7:30 p.m. $44$76, Knitting Factory
LIQUID LABS—Featuring D Ron Groove and Mixstress Morningstar. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
TURNS OUT—Midnight, FREE. Liquid
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
MONDAY DEC. 3
SUNDAY DEC. 2 BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape
PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3, Liquid
THE HOLLANDS—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s
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LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s
A-N-D FRIENDS—6 p.m. FREE. Moxie Java and More-Five Mile
LARRY CONKLIN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s
TUESDAY DEC. 4
BLUES JAM WITH WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
PAUL DRAGONE—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La
STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers Hokum Hi-Flyers OLD-TIME JAM SESSION WITH THE HOKUM HI-FLYERS—6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s
POPSCICLE—7 p.m. $3, Neurolux
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KING TUFF, DEC. 4, FLYING M COFFEEGARAGE Sub Pop’s King Tuff sounds anything but tough. His songs are far more bouncy—using shaking tambourines, lo-ﬁ guitars and echoed vocals to blast out wickedly catchy garage pop that sounds about as resilient as scotch tape. And then there’s the vocals—Kyle Thomas’ childishly innocent midrange croon. Those disparate elements combine for an almost surreal sound, like a band you’d see in a dream sequence about the early days of rock ’n’ roll. There are big comparisons to T. Rex in everything from the fuzz tones to the shimmering glamborine. But not everything worships at the temple of Marc Bolan. “Baby Just Break” is a ragged acoustic stomp, “Stupid Superstar” sounds like revved up Big Star, and “Evergreen” is a bit like an experimental Beatles demo. Tough it isn’t, but King Tuff is pop as shit. And that’s a good thing. With Deaf Kid, 8 p.m., $7. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com. —Josh Gross
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ALL THE RIGHT NOTES A Late Quartet is an emotional measure GEORGE PRENTICE CHRISTMAS VACATION—Clark Griswold fails again to get any R&R in this holiday classic starring Chevy Chase, presented by Boise Classic Movies. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. $6-$9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net. FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL—Revisit the vibrant characters, outrageous clothing and passe hairdos of the golden age of VHS through thousands of hours of footage condensed into a 90-minute ﬁlm festival. See Arts, Page 24. Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m. $8, The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, foundfootagefest.com. TARANTINO XX—Check out a biopic of director Quentin Tarantino, trailers and his ﬁlm Reservoir Dogs. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Boise Downtown Stadium 9, 760 Broad St., Boise, 208-338-3821; Edwards Boise Stadium 22 and IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208377-9603; regmovies.com.
TED—The Thursday Blockbuster Series presents a buddy comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane about a man and his best friend—a stuffed bear. Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. FREE-$1, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, involvement. boisestate.edu.
A Late Quartet’s centerpiece—Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 131—can be a fool’s errand. The marathon composition requires string musicians to play, without pauses, no fewer than seven movements. This often leads to physical exhaustion while instruments lose their natural pitch, forcing musicians to race to the opus’ ﬁnish rather than maintaining Beethoven’s measured pace. And therein lies the moral of A Late Quartet: A Late Quartet strikes a profound chord with audiences. our greatest weaknesses lie in our aspirations. To understand the theme of A Late Quartet Festival, I was responsively laid bare. More is to understand Beethoven himself. Beethoven and cerebrally scarred. He suffers from severe than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a depression following the death of his wife and was sick and profoundly deaf when he crafted neurological disorder that has since progressed has been diagnosed with advancing Parkinhis late string quartets. Beckoning artists to son’s. When Peter informs his fellow musicians into Parkinson’s, hastening my personal and endure his compositions, Beethoven exhausts professional choices. The awkward journey of of his handicap and the possible end of the musicians by requiring a perfectly detailed physical limitation is indeed a singular experiensemble that can only succeed if the notes are quartet—which is comprised of the wonderful ence, but its real impact hits hardest those who Philip Seymour-Hoffman, Catherine Keener genuinely in-synch. Beethoven’s opus reminds and Mark Ivanir—they share your space in the world. Until you ﬁnd us that if we leave that harmony—not unlike a quartet’s—your respond with a cluster someone behind in a life has little measure. of reactions, including self-seeking quest for A LATE QUARTET (R) In A Late Quartet, Peter’s struggle to step sadness, grief and even harmony, we risk the Directed by Yaron Zilberman away from his cello is all the more poignant as calculation. While Jupossibility of being in Starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour liette (Keener) is beside he decides to step closer to the music. A scene eternal disaccord. Hoffman and Catherine Keener late in the ﬁlm shows Peter listening to a reherself with anguish, Christopher Walken Opens Friday, Nov. 30 at The Flicks Robert (Hoffman) and cording by his late wife, an opera star, singing gives his ﬁnest and a glorious aria. It’s as beautiful a scene about Daniel (Ivanir) look at gentlest performance musical transportation as I’ve ever witnessed. Peter’s pending deparin years as Peter, How do you keep the music playing? Someture as an opportunity for advancement. the founder and lead cellist of The Fugue, a times you don’t. Instead, you understand that I must profess that when I ﬁrst saw A Late world-famous quartet, which is approaching measured harmony is a ﬂeeting gift. Quartet at the Toronto International Film its 25th anniversary. But Peter is spiritually
SCREEN/THE TUBE In one episode, Bobo—who looks a lot like Bigfoot, or at least like 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander—is searching in “some of the squatchiest Remember when Animal Planet used to be about animals? Now that terrain in America,” and says, “It’s squatchy; it’s real squatchy.” season three of Finding Bigfoot has arrived, the network has clearly The season premiere takes the researchers to an area in Idaho near ﬁgured out that hunting crypto-zoological curiosities is at least as interPocatello, where some teenagers recently ﬁlmed what appears to be esting as showing veterinarians pick ﬂeas off feral cats. someone trying to appear to be Bigfoot. The new season is the same as the previous two. Four people travel Bobo applies deductive reasoning to the mystery: “So I’m thinking around the world looking for Bigfoot in this is another one of those squatches what amounts to religious pilgrimages. that ain’t a rocket scientist, and so who One of the researchers, Ranae knows how its teeth got broken out—probHolland, is a welcome skeptic, but the ably not something real brilliant.” others—especially Matt Moneymaker But whether or not these Bigfeet and a guy named Bobo—see Bigfoot in are building rockets, the cast remain everything. And there’s an excuse for undaunted. everything. Why haven’t we ever found any “There are Bigfoots in Idaho, and it’s bones? Maybe Bigfoot’s a ghost. Every just a matter of ﬁguring out where they are burst of wind, every cracked twig and now,” Moneymaker says. blurry picture—it’s all Bigfoot. They don’t ﬁgure it out, of course, but Technically, it’s all Bigfeet, but nobody they’d better ﬁnd some semblance of on the show uses that word. They often proof soon. Otherwise, the show is going refer to “Bigfoots,” but more often, just to get squatched. “squatches” and various permutations of the word—much like the way Smurfs These researchers have a bigtime belief in Bigfoot. —Damon Hunzeker contort the word “smurf.”
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ANNA KARENINA—Kiera Knightly, Jude Law, Emily Watson and Mathew MacFayden star in Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel about family life in mid-19th century Russia. (R) Opens Friday, Nov. 30. The Flicks. THE COLLECTION—Elena, played by Emma Fitzpatrick, must escape a hotel transformed into a maze of death by the killer known as the Collector. (R) Opens Friday, Nov. 30. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22. KILLING THEM SOFTLY—Brad Pitt plays a mob enforcer tracking down three men who conned the mob at cards, causing their economy to collapse. (R) Opens Friday, Nov. 30. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.
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SAY WHAT? A round up of last week’s wittiest TV quotes “PETA, the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, issued a press release this week that said turkeys are being bred to have such large breasts that they’re dying of heart attacks. To which the Real Housewives of Orange County said, ‘You can die from that?’”
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—Jay Leno, Nov. 21
“Macy’s is all excited because they got three new balloons this year… Cat in the Hat, Elf on a Shelf, Mitt in a Snit.”
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—Jimmy Fallon, Nov. 22
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THE WEB/SCREEN MODERN COMEDIAN Though it seems counterintuitive, comedy is a craft as precise and learned as carpentry. To be funny—not just randomly funny, but consistently, deliberately funny—takes a lot of work and practice. And that thought process, while fascinating, is generally kept hidden to preserve hears about his writing process from his widow, the illusion of comedy’s spontaneity. Lynn Shawcroft. But a new Web series has risen to give a Episodes generally run around 10 minutes peek behind the curtain at how comedians work and arrive weekly-ish. and rework—how their craft is honed. But the most important thing to note about The series is Modern Comedian, which is Modern Comedian is that it isn’t funny. It isn’t a published regularly on YouTube by ﬁlmmaker comedy series but a series about comedy, about Scott Moran. the drive to create and to conMoran follows both upstantly self-improve, and how and-coming and established practitioners put that desire comedians as they dissect moderncomedian.tumblr.com into action. It’s a fascinating their joke book, tour the clubs, and dramatic exploration of and prepare for appearances the complex psyches of true artists who are on late-night TV. In one of the series’ most sometimes perceived as clowns. compelling episodes, Moran delves into the late —Josh Gross great Mitch Hedberg’s hand-written notes and WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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TRAPPED IN A QUANDARY A time-honored practice draws a deep line in the sand RANDY KING
Bogus Basin isn’t open, but crews are still planning ahead.
PROBING SKIERS’ MINDS The sought-after Thanksgiving opening for ski areas has come and gone, with Sun Valley Resort able to get skiers on the hill on Nov. 22 thanks in large part to its extensive snowmaking system. While Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has to accumulate a lot of snow before it can open, resort ofﬁcials are still planning for the future. Bogus teamed with Boise State University’s marketing and research class to conduct an online survey that asked skiers and boarders what they think of Bogus Basin, not only as a ski area but as a value to the community. It’s the largest survey the ski area has ever done, and Bogus Basin general manger Alan Moore said it represents an effort to have a better understanding of what the area’s customers are really looking for in terms of pricing and amenities. Of particular interest is the reaction to a proposal to increase the cost of season passes from the $199 Bogus has charged for the last 14 seasons. Moore said Bogus ofﬁcials believe that the area needs the inﬂux of cash that a roughly $30 increase could bring with it, pointing out that if the price had kept pace with the Consumer Price Index, a pass would cost $280. “It’s so important to Bogus Basin that we remain affordable because that’s what’s best for the community. But we need that $30-orso increase to keep up,” he said. Other questions asked of skiers were what sorts of events they would like to see at Bogus and what ideas the public has for the future of the ski area. Moore said Bogus ofﬁcials also hope to ﬁnd out how much of the public knows that Bogus Basin is a nonproﬁt and can accept tax-deductible donations. “We could sure use people’s contributions,” Moore added with a laugh. More than 1,700 people responded to the survey before it closed Nov. 24, and Moore said he hopes to have the full results by midDecember. The info gleaned from the survey will help guide Bogus ofﬁcials as they plan for the future. Resorts across the area will open as soon as enough snow piles up. Despite early snows, warm temperatures caused many resorts, including Bogus Basin, to lose whatever fell. Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall has several inches at the base but has a long way to go to get the slopes open.
When I recognized the coyote trap for what it was, I was a little taken aback. A perfect circle of wire looped over some sagebrush, ready to catch and choke whatever poked its head through. I called my dog back and we slowly exited the area. For a second, I was angry at whoever laid out the snare trap. How dare they put a trap along a well-used game trail? Then my anger turned to humor. In the middle of one of the most unpopulated counties in the country, Owyhee County, someone had laid a trap and was continuing a tradition that pushed European settlement of the United States. I felt silly for being angry. But my anger, as short lived as it was, is not an uncommon reaction. Trapping is a controversial issue despite its long history in the United States. So controversial, it has led to arson, constitutional amendments and deep misunderstandings by the public at large. Certain types of traps have been banned in some states. Steeljawed traps are banned in Colorado, Florida, California and Rhode Island. Snare traps, like the one I found in the desert, are also restricted in many areas. But Idaho now has a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to trap, courtesy of HJR2, which was approved by Idaho voters Nov. 6. The amendment—which bundled the guaranteed right to hunt, ﬁsh and trap under the same umbrella—passed by an overwhelming majority of more than 70 percent. But not everyone wanted the amendment to include the right to trap, among them Boise Democrat Rep. Phyllis King. “In this day and age, trapping is just cruel,” she said. “Trappers have to check on their traps every 72 hours, so an animal can be in pain for a long time before the trapper comes back along. That is, if they are even obeying the laws.”
Last year, Idaho sold 1,752 trapping licenses to both juniors and adults, as well as 28 nonresident trapping licenses, according to Craig Wiedmeier at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. These licenses are relatively inexpensive: $7.25 for a junior, $26.75 for a resident adult and $301.75 for a nonresident. Unlike hunting and ﬁshing licenses, a trapping license has to be applied for in Idaho.
Most of these licenses, according to Dennis Heck, owner of Rocky Mountain Fireworks and Fur in Caldwell, are for part-time trappers. “They do it for the enjoyment and tradition more than the money” said Heck. When it comes to money, the values of pelts vary. According to Heck’s rough pricing guide, a coyote hide can fetch $50-$60, depending on the quality and damage to the fur. On the other end of the spectrum is a bobcat hide, which can garner as much as $700. Just doing the math, it takes 192 coyotes to hit the federal poverty level of $11,484 per year for a single person. And that is before expenses like gas, traps and property leases. Numerous calls to the Idaho Trappers Association went unreturned by press time. The fur trade has even become a national
security concern. In 2011, Heck and his business were targeted by a Californiabased group called Animal Liberation Front. The group claimed responsibility for a ﬁre at Heck’s business, which caused $100,000 in damages. The Arson Unit of the ALF was quoted as saying, “By oppressing innocent life, you’ve lost your rights. We’ve come to take you down a notch. Stay in business and we’ll be back.” The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are both investigating the ﬁre. Idaho mirrors the history of the United States when it comes to trapping. Trappers played an important role in discovery and settlement of the country. Each time a trapper moved into a new area and safely returned to civilization, others followed his lead, pushing further and further into the wilderness. Only the discovery of gold had as big of an effect on westward settlement as the fur trade. Popular concepts of the modern trapper come more from pop culture and the laughable lines and accents in television shows like History Channel’s Swamp People than reality. Shows depicting roughnecks trapping for a living give cable TV audiences a voyeuristic view of what the trappers life is like. The American tradition of trapping has never really been for Americans. The market for our fur has always been abroad. The ﬁrst American fur market was for the Europeans, where fur, beaver-skin hats and the like were fashionable. Now China dominates fur markets and prices. “The U.S. just does not get cold enough for fur to be a real option,” Heck said. Weather is not the only reason that American fur is not used in America. “Social pressures from those PETA-type folks make fur undesirable for many to wear,” said Heck. “I would say that only 15-20 percent of our fur stays in the domestic market.” Despite the social stigma, Heck remains in the fur business, but the pressure on trapping continues. Heck was happy when HJR2 passed. “It conﬁrms our right to exist, for now and into the future,” he said.
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Events and Workshops DUCKS UNLIMITED BRONCO STADIUM PARTY—Annual Ducks Unlimited dinner, with 25 guns as prizes, rafﬂes, games and loads of fun. For more info, visit the Ducks Unlimited website. Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. $50, $90 couples. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise. FIRE DANCING CLASSES— Learn the beautiful art of ﬁre dancing from expert instructors in a safe environment. Friday, Nov. 30, 6-7 p.m. $9. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-4092403, ophidiastudio.com.
GET THE GEAR It’s nearly time to bust out the sticks and boards for the ﬁrst turns of the season. If you’re curious about what’s new this year, Boise Weekly cut a lap around to local ski and board shops to catch a glimpse of what to expect from the 2012-2013 lineup. Here’s what we found: Skis: This season’s offerings are all about backcountry accessible gear and precisely designed narrow-function skis. All the major manufacturers are still slinging highly capable all-mountain skis—which remain the best option for most skiers—however, there are far more options for the rider looking to assemble a multi-ski quiver. Brands like Volkl, Atomic, Dynastar and K2 have continued the mastery of rockered technologies, allowing mad huckers to stick big, steep, even near-ﬂat landings without the consequences of years past. Park skis are also more nimble than ever, bringing more camber to the table for tons of pop. A far cry from the days when skis were perfectly straight, new all-mountain skis are built for average comfort on groomers, and tons of control in crud and powder. Manufacturers have gravitated incrementally toward tweaking the widths of skis tip to tail, rocker and a reduction in camber in many all-mountain designs. The perfect everyman or -woman’s ski for 2012-2013 seems to boast little to no camber, mild stiffness and a medium rocker. In the burgeoning Alpine touring category, McU Sports on Bogus Basin Road is seeing steady demand from folks who like to ski regional resorts, but also want the freedom to run up to Mores Creek or Valley County for some hike-and-ski fun. “We’re seeing a lot more people wanting the ability to do side mountain or back country or AT stuff,” said McU Sports owner John Klotz. In addition to the boot, you will need an AT binding and skins to make it up the hill—not to mention avalanche training and gear for many areas. Snowboards: Board companies are ramping it up as well. While manufacturers are not changing the overall platform at nearly the pace of ski companies, they are pushing the envelope with existing trends. Reverse camber is the continued norm, although many experienced riders still stick to regular camber boards. For the average rider, a mixed camber or full reverse camber board is the way to go—making it easier to control your edge contact in a wide variety of conditions. Boots and bindings are lighter and more compact than ever, and manufacturers have put a continued emphasis on creating the smallest boot footprint possible, thereby reducing the possibility of the dreaded toe drag. According to Newt & Harold’s Charlie Allen, Burton has made some upgrades to its mid-level bindings for 2012-2013, and boards, boots and bindings are getting lighter. “The Burton Parkitect and K2 Happy Hour are great higher end park boards for this year. For all-mountain, Lib Tech has the Billygoat that is a great option. With boots, the name of the game is make it lighter, make it more condensed,” said Allen. Skiers, be prepared to drop $350 to more than $1,000 for new sticks, plus bindings and boots. Boarders can get out the door for $250-$400 for a good entry-level board, but it’s easy to eclipse the $1,500 mark for top-shelf gear in either discipline.
FREE POLE DANCE CLASS— Learn to pole dance for free. Friday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, ophidiastudio.com. IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m. $8-$380. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, centurylinkarenaboise.com/home.aspx. LINE DANCE LESSONS—Beginners to advanced dancers of all ages are invited to line up some new moves at this class. Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Broadway Dance Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-7946843. NINE BALL POOL TOURNAMENT—Free warm-up begins at 7 p.m. Play for keeps at this 9 ball pool tournament. Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. $5. The Pocket, 1487 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-2474.
Recurring CONTEMPORARY-MODERN— Develop creativity and diversity with this expressive dance form. Wednesday classes are for ages 10-14, Saturday classes are for adults. Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:45-7:45 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, 1011:30 a.m. $15, discount with purchase of multiple classes. Ballet Idaho, 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556, balletidaho.org. SASSY SALSA—Men and women are welcome to drop in anytime for an aerobic workout with Salsa dance steps. No experience is necessary to get in shape and work on your sexiness, just wear comfortable shoes (no black soled shoes) and clothing and follow the teacher’s moves. Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7-7:50 p.m. $5 per class. Forte Pilates, 518 S. Ninth St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-342-4945, fortepilates.com. TREASURE VALLEY SCRABBLE CLUB—Scrabble Heads of the world, unite! All skill levels welcome. First and Third Sunday of every month, 6-9 p.m. For information, call Ben at 208-8886938 (evenings). Sunday, Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, barnesandnoble. com.
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WINESIPPER/FOOD It has been almost a decade since that pinot-pushing movie Sideways suckerpunched merlot, resulting in declining popularity and sales for the grape. Miles’ disdain for the grape is a bit ironic when you consider his prized bottle of Cheval Blanc is a blend of merlot and cabernet franc (another grape he dismissed). Thankfully, the variety has made a comeback, and rightfully so. Merlot makes a lovely, fruit-forward, accessible wine that works as well on it’s own as it does with food. We went a little up scale this week. After all, it’s the holiday season. 2006 BIANCHI PARTICULAR MERLOT, $27 Produced by Argentina’s Valentin Bianchi from its very beginning in 1928, this wine was originally just for family and friends. It opens with lovely aromas of cherry liqueur and spicy boysenberry, with touches of anise, mocha and leather. There are lots of lush blueberry and cherry fruit on the smooth, mellow palate. Soft oak and creamy chocolate come through on the velvety ﬁnish. 2008 MERCER MERLOT, $24 Merlot is the grape that, in the 1980s, helped give Washington a well-deserved reputation for producing worldclass wines. Mercer was around then and is still going strong today as this effort proves with its spicy plum and earthy berry aromas. This is a lean and lively wine that grows more expressive with time in the glass. The ﬂavors are marked by silky blueberry, with a touch of mint and soft tannins on the ﬁnish. 2008 TWOMEY MERLOT, $43 Twomey is the maiden name of Silver Oak founder Ray Duncan’s mother. It is the merlot venture for this famed California cabernet producer and opens with lightly tar t black cherr y aromas that meld nicely with nuances of nutmeg, chocolate and ear th. This is an elegantly structured wine with round, ripe cherr y fruit ﬂavors, backed by subtle green and kalamata olives. Soft tannins add grip on the long supple ﬁnish. —David Kirkpatrick
GAME PLAN A look at the new breed of game meat processors and home butchers RANDY KING When I was a child in Greenleaf, hunting for deer and elk was more a matter of necessity than a matter of sport. If my family did well—if one of us got an elk or maybe a deer—we had a much easier time with the food budget over the next year. Most years, we would drop off the scrap meat at a local butcher shop for processing. I vividly remember Randy Jahn, the owner of Greenleaf Custom Meats, greeting me and my father each year. He would ask about the hunt, how fast the meat was cooled and inspect the cooler of meat we were about to leave in his care. A few weeks later, we would return for our items: ground elk mixed with beef fat, maybe some jerky, summer sausage and some salami. Fast-forward 25 years and wild game processing is now in the midst of a revolution that is not necessarily occurring in the butcher shops. Hunters across the United States, and increasingly in Idaho, are starting to follow the culinary trend of DIY butchering. And some hunters who do take their meat to be processed are beginning to ask for more preparations beyond the pepperoni stick. “The consumer in general is getting a little more adventurous and depending on where you are, the hunters can be ahead of that curve, behind that curve or right on it. I think it depends on the region,” said Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, and the forthcoming Duck: The Ultimate Guide to Preparing Duck and Geese. But by and large, Idaho seems to be behind the curve. After calling a host of local Treasure Valley butchers—including Tackett’s Wildgame Processing, Smoky Davis, Meats Royale, Custom Butcher and Smoke House—and visiting their websites, most seem to be producing similar things. The majority make pressed jerky, pepperoni and summer sausage but not much else. Shaw explained that, like most industries, wild game butchers live on the supply-anddemand model. If hunters asked for unique and different cuts of meat, then the butchers— “meat geeks” as Shaw called them—would provide the product. Anthony Rios, butcher at Boise game
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processing staple Smoky Davis, said the new generation of hunter/foodies isn’t demanding wildly different products from the old guard. “It is still pretty traditional. They mostly want things that they can freeze, like sausages. … One thing that we are doing this year that is unique, is smoking whole bone-in quarters of game animals; I have two hanging in my cooler right now,” Rios said. “We have never had people ask for that before.” But Jesse Hernandez, owner of Prime Cuts Meat, is hoping to broaden the options
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available locally. Hernandez has experience in wild game, wholesale butchering and retail butchering that he will bring to the former Reel Foods location next to Rhodes Skate Park in downtown Boise in midDecember. “I truly am going to provide something unique to the area,” Hernandez said. “I am going to do some whole muscle jerky, as well as pressed because pressed jerky is often batched—that is what everybody does. I’ll give people an option, quality and value.” Pressed jerky is made with meat that is ground ﬁne and then extruded through a tube into shapes. Often the meat from several animals is used to make this preparation so a hunter can often get another person’s meat mixed in. Hernandez went on to add, “I am currently experimenting with homemade meatballs. I give every customer recipes, nutritional facts on wild game meat and a color-coded diagram chart of their cuts.” According to Hernandez, the strangest game animal he’s processed to date is bear, which he made into bear sausage.
“It was freaky and deﬁnitely the strangest wild game meat that I have ever cut up,” Hernandez added. But some hunters, like Dave Bourff, are wary of taking their meat to a butcher. “You wonder if you are a) getting back all the good stuff, and b) if you are getting back somebody else’s stuff,” Bourff said. This practice is commonly referred to as “community grinding” on wild game. “I know that when I take care of game in the ﬁeld and treat it properly, I don’t want mine intertwined with people that drug theirs through the dirt and let it sit in the heat,” said Bourff. This concern has even become an advertising point for some butcher shops. Tackett’s has a “100 percent get your own meat back guarantee” on its website. It even has a showroom where a hunter can watch the meat being butchered. Wanting to know exactly what’s in your meat and where it came from, combined with a pervasive DIY ethos, has led home butchering to become a lifestyle choice for many consumers. I butcher all of my meat at home. Some preparations I’ve tried this year include Basque-style bear solomo, duck prosciutto, bear pepperoni, smoked duck, elk chorizo, venison breakfast sausages, duck bratwurst, elk jerky and rabbit Italian sausage. On the forefront of this home-butchering trend nationally is chef Corey Fair, the owner and founder of Butcher and Baker, an online store dedicated to supporting and meeting the needs of the Culinary Generation. Fair sells a variety of things, from cutting boards to a T-shirt that pays homage to Sir Mix-a-Lot with the slogan, “I like Pig Butts and I Can Not Lie.” Fair has noticed some new trends in the wild game processing world. “I’m starting to see a movement towards learning how to use all of the various cuts in better ways. When I was growing up, it was pretty much back strap, roast and stew. Now you have guys like Jesse Morris at killerchefs. com creating dishes like teal Tom Yum soup, duck gumbo or sous vide goose,” said Fair. In the past, wild game meat was the norm, not the exception. Whole cuisines developed around what hunters could bring to the table. In order to rekindle this age-old connection between hunting traditions and foodie desires, it’s essential for butchers and hunters to meet somewhere in the middle. “At their core, every hunter and chef is a foodie. We all appreciate and want better products. We want to know how to best use them, and we want to get back to a better way of life,” said Fair. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “They are trying to make me into a fixed star,” complained religious leader Martin Luther a few centuries ago. “I am an irregular planet.” I invite you to use that declaration as your own in the coming weeks. You have every right to avoid being pinned down, pigeonholed and forced to be consistent. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you need abundant freedom to mutate your identity. You deserve a poetic license that allows you to play a variety of different roles and explore the pleasures of unpredictable self-expression. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The Star-Spangled Banner” is America’s national anthem. It features the lyrics of a patriotic poem written by Francis Scott Key. But the melody itself is entirely lifted from a bawdy old song that celebrates Bacchus, the ancient god of wine and ecstatic dancing. I love it when things are repurposed as dramatically as that. Do you? The coming weeks will be prime time to repurpose stuff with creative abandon. Make the past useful for the future, Taurus. Turn good old ideas into fantastic new ones. Don’t just recycle; transform. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m guessing that in coming weeks, you will be receiving a multitude of inquiries and temptations— probably more than you feel capable of responding to, and certainly more than you should respond to. A few of these opportunities might be appealing and lead to interesting adventures. But some will be useless, diversionary or trivial. Will you be able to tell the difference? That’s your big challenge. If you’d like help dodging unwanted solicitations, give out this phone number as your own: 212-479-7990. It’s a free service provide by The Rejection Line at Rejectionline.com. People calling that number will be politely told you aren’t available. CANCER (June 21-July 22): For millennia, the plant known as the yellow avalanche lily has thrived on mountain slopes and meadows across western North America. It blooms early in the spring, just in time for broadtailed hummingbirds that migrate from Central America to sip the flower’s nectar. But now there’s a problem with that ancient arrangement. Because of global warming, the lily now blossoms 17 days earlier than it used to. But the hummingbirds haven’t made an adjustment in their schedule, so they’re barely showing up in time to get their full allotment of nectar. I suspect this is a metaphor for a shift you may be facing in your own life rhythm. Fortunately, you’ve been forewarned, and you can adjust better than the hummingbirds.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In our calendar there is no special holiday devoted to honoring the joy and power of rebellion. This oversight confounds me. All my experience tells me that the urge to revolt is a fundamental human need. Every one of us has a sacred duty to regularly rise up and overthrow a stale status quo that is oppressing us—whether that’s an organized group effort we’re part of or our own deadening routine. I’m telling you this, Leo, because it’s an excellent time to celebrate your own Rebellion Jubilee. Your vitality will soar as you shed numbing habits and decaying traditions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Recently, you’ve had resemblances to an 8-year-old kid wearing the pajamas you loved when you were 5. Your bare arms are jutting out beyond where the sleeves end, and there’s a similar thing going on with your legs. The fabric is ripped here and there because it can’t accommodate how much you’ve grown. You’re feeling discomfort in places where the overly tight fit is squeezing your flesh. All of this is somewhat cute but mostly alarming. I wish you would wean yourself of the past and update your approach. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A lot of leopard frogs live on Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs. Most of them make a sound that resembles a long snore or a rapid chuckle. But over the years, biologists have also detected a third type of frogly expression: a clipped, repetitive croak. Just this year, they finally figured out that this belonged to an entirely distinct species of leopard frog that they had never before identified. It’s still so new, it doesn’t have a name yet. I expect a metaphorically similar development in your life, Libra. You will become aware of a secret that has been hiding in plain sight. You will “find” something that actually revealed itself to you some time ago. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Tom Tolbert is a sports talk show host on San Francisco radio station KNBR. I am amazingly neutral about him. Nothing he says fascinates me or mirrors my own thoughts. On the other hand, he never makes me mad and he’s not boring. I neither like him nor dislike him. I simply see him for who he is, without any regard for what he can do for me. He has become a symbol of the possibility that I’m able to look at a human being with complete impartiality, having no wish for him to be different from what he is. In the coming week, I suggest you try to achieve this enlightened state of mind on a regular basis. It’s prime time, astrologically speaking, to ripen your mastery of the art of objectivity.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you say “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” as soon as you wake up on the first day of the month, you will have good luck for the next 30 to 31 days. At least that’s how reality works, according to a British superstition. But judging from your astrological omens, I don’t think you will have to resort to magic tricks like that to stimulate your good fortune. In the next four weeks, I suspect you will be the beneficiary of a flood of cosmic mojo, as well as a surge of divine woowoo, a shower of astral juju and an upwelling of universal googoo gaga. If it would give you even more confidence to invoke your favorite superstitions, though, go right ahead. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): According to Greek myth, Perseus cut off the head of Medusa. She was the creature whose hair was composed of snakes and whose gaze could turn a person into stone. The immortal winged horse Pegasus was instantaneously born from Medusa’s blood. He ultimately became an ally to the nine muses and Zeus relied on him to carry thunder and lightning. I predict that while you’re sleeping, Capricorn, you will have a dream that contains elements of this myth. Here’s a preliminary interpretation of that dream: You are undergoing a transition that could, in a sense, give you the power of flight and a more abundant access to a muse. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s time for you to be leader of the pack, Aquarius: to take your gang to the next level, to make sure the group mind isn’t suppressing innovation and enforcing peer pressure but is, rather, inspiring every member of the tribe to be as creative as they dare to be. And if it’s not realistic for you to wield that much power, then do whatever you can to synergize the alliances that hold your posse together. Build team morale. Gossip constructively. Conspire to animate an influx of fresh magic. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you’re a food company that wants to sell chicken in the shape of a chicken wing, it must have actual chicken wing meat in it. Otherwise, the law says you’ve got to call your product “wyngz.” I’ve always thought that there’s a lot of information the media presents as “news” that is really as fake as wyngz. That’s why I advocate calling the bogus stuff “newzak” (rhymes with “muzak”). Your assignment in the coming weeks, Pisces, is to make sure you’re not putting out any wyngz- or newzak-like stuff in your own chosen field. The fates will help you rather dramatically if you put a high premium on authenticity.
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