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WHO LET THE DOGS IN? Boise tries a new approach to controlling geese FEATURE 14

MONEY TO BURN The heavy cost of wildfires in the Gem State ARTS 30

FINE LINES Olive Wicherski finds art in the details REC 38

THE NEXT CHAPTER Soldier Mountain prepares to open as a nonprofit

“We need structural reform in our education system in a big way.”


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NOTE THANK YOU Here I am again. What this means is that we remain without an editor two months since my last note. This may not be apparent to you simply because the editorial team at Boise Weekly is an impressive bunch. They have been working ferociously to make it all happen and for that I am grateful. I am not a journalist, a reporter or a writer. So believe me when I express my sincere apologies for not having the skills to be more helpful at this time. My hope is that you will not hear from me again because I will have found “The One,” a new impassioned, fearless editorial leader, to help the BW editorial folks with the endless pile of work that lies before them. And speaking of the massive amount of work around here, our editorial internship program has grown to be not only full of talented people on whom we rely to help accomplish our goals, but also a great opportunity for aspiring journalists. We are currently seeking editorial interns for next semester. I am convinced that real-world experience is more valuable than ever. If you are a college student looking for internship credit and interested in working with a great editorial team, please email As the year comes to a close, I am reminded how grateful I am to live in a wonderful city, work with incredible people and have enthusiastic readers. We couldn’t do what we love to do without you, dear reader, and the support of our advertisers. Thank you for picking up Boise Weekly every week and your continued support. Don’t worry: We won’t start charging for the print edition or any of our digital content that you can access in a variety of ways. We will even have a new digital format coming out soon, which I am sure many of you will like, but I’m keeping it a secret—a surprise for 2013. I may have other surprises up my sleeve as well. Thanks to those of you who attended our Look Smart Party at Idaho Botanical Garden Dec. 5. It was a festive, fancy time and I believe everyone had a great time. It seems that you like to dress up and play with us, so I think we should do it more often. I appreciate all of the feedback on our SmartCard program, and we will continue to work toward making it better for you and our merchants. I look forward to the new year ahead, exciting challenges, provoking opportunities and perpetual chaos. Happy holidays to all of you. —Sally Freeman

COVER ARTIST ARTIST: Brian Sendelbach TITLE: The Black Dog MEDIUM: Acrylics and collage on paper.

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ARTIST STATEMENT: I did a whole bunch of paintings about things that were underground, underground animals mostly, and this is one of them. I used to be an “underground” cartoonist but am now the writer and/or illustrator of children’ books: The Underpants Zoo (2011) and My Tooth is Loose, Dr. Moose! (2012).

Boise Weekly was founded in 1992 by Andy and Debi Hedden-Nicely. Larry Ragan had a lot to do with it too. Boise weekly is an independently owned and operated newspaper.



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


WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS WOLF KILLED The alpha female of a pack in Yellowstone National Park was recently killed by hunters just outside of the park. Get the full story on Citydesk.

I WANT MY $2 MILLION A Texas-based company told would-be Idaho nuclear company Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. to give back the $2 million investment it made in AEHI. Get the whole stor y on Citydesk.

ONE BLOCK AT A TIME In the second episode of BW’s video series exploring history, development and architecture, we take a look inside renovations intended to transform a old church in the North End into a children’s art center. See it on Cobweb.

THE SESQUISHOP IS OPEN, MAN What is a sesquishop? What does a sesquishop do? Is that even a real word? It is. And it is a storefront recently opened by the city to highlight the variety of projects that will go along with Boise’s 150th anniversary, or sesquicentennial. Read all about it on Cobweb.

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NEWS Xtreme help for Interfaith Sanctuary




FEATURE Feel the Burn










ARTS Olive Wicherski’s fine lines


NOISE BW checks in with Matthew E. White




SCREEN Hitchcock


REC Soldier Mountain’s new chapter


FOOD REVIEW Dutch Oven Den













Over the past few months, I have heard so much misinformation about Social Security that I feel compelled to set the record straight. I have worked with Social Security employees for 26 years. I have learned a great deal about how the program works. So here are some facts for your readers to consider: 1) Social Security does not account for our deficit problem. In fact, Social Security neither increases nor reduces the federal deficit since it is entirely self-financed. 2)Social Security is not a Ponzi scheme because Ponzi schemes rely on false promises to convince people to give money. Social Security’s funding stream is 100 percent reliable and its promised benefits are required to be honored by law. 3) Social Security is in no danger of going bankrupt. The system has a huge surplus, plus enough to pay full benefits to every retiree for the next 25 years. After 2037, without any changes, SSA will pay 78 percent of benefits based on conservative economic projections. More optimistic economic forecasts predict that full benefits will be paid past 2086 without any changes. Cuts in SSA’s administrative budget will result in fewer employees, office closures, employee furloughs, longer wait times, delayed claims and difficulties in getting interview appointments. The myth that your readers hear from the “news” commentators is not based on truth, but desire to undermine support for the Social Security system.

One of the arguments being presented to Idaho is that if we create our own health insurance exchange, it will be fundamentally different from one set up by the federal government. This argument is fraught with problems and it will cost us. Whether it’s a state exchange, a federal exchange, or a hybrid model, the exchange must meet new federal requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or “Obamacare”). These include minimum coverage levels “essential health benefits,” and other “qualified health plan” requirements. Louisiana is not setting up an exchange due to uncertainties over future costs. Also, KPMG estimates Idaho will pay $77 million to set up an exchange and some $10 million annually to run it. This is according to its work on the governor’s taskforce over health exchanges. Finally, if Idaho creates an exchange, it will subject its citizens and small businesses to new federal taxes. The PPACA gives the IRS taxing authority over exchanges but only for exchanges “established by a State.” This is out of Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act, and is supported by Sections 1401 and 1402. Oklahoma is challenging this and other aspects of federal overreach. It has also been raised by policy analysts and law professors around the country. To claim something is Idaho-made when it is designed by the federal government and filled with new federal rules and taxes makes no sense. To add $77 million in costs on top of it is not fiscally responsible. Idaho must decide by Friday, Dec. 14, whether

—Andrea Wassner American Federation of Government Employees, Local 3937


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to move forward. Given these problems, the prudent course would be for Idaho not to set up an exchange. Contact your state legislators and our governor and urge them not to move forward. Thank you. —Stephen M. Ackerman, Kuna

A REAL GIFT During this holiday season, many will be searching for the perfect gifts. Others will shop for a stranger who needs a little help. Last year, headlines were made when good Samaritans were paying off strangers’ layaway purchases at department stores. Another gift to consider: the gift of being a hero for a complete stranger. Say yes to organ donation. A hero is defined as “someone who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act.” In the life of a recipient, organ donors are truly heroes. Two heart recipients shared their stories about receiving the lifesaving gift of a transplant at a recognition ceremony recently held in Boise. Diana Haye, whose daughter Lacey, made the decision to be an organ donor before her death, talked about her daughter and the lives that she saved. Organ donation also gives the superhero power to live on after death. Because of donation, someone lives on. They work, they play, they have children and the world is changed because they are alive. Idahoans have the opportunity to honor those heroes who have given the gift of life by contributing a quilt square to the “Threads of Life” quilt, which will travel to various events and locations in Idaho. Make the heroic decision to register on the Idaho Donor Registry at —Dixie Madsen, Intermountain Donor Services public education supervisor, Salt Lake City

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THE RUBBER SUITERS Badger Bob’s back bitching about Bill “You’re doing it again, Cope.” “Doing what again, Bob?” “Not doing what you should be doing. That’s what you’re doing again.” “OK then, what is it that I should be doing that I’m not doing?” “Letting all the important s*** slide by without a whimper while you waste time writing s*** nobody but you cares about. There’s all this perfidious s*** going on, and what are you doing? P***ing away good column space with your moron buddy Red or gabbing on about how you turned 65. Damn, Cope! Who gives a s*** if you turned 65?” “Golly, Bob. I’m just trying to be personable to my readers. I don’t want my peeps to be thinking I’m not personable. And besides, what’s all this perfidious poop you think I should be writing about?” “Do the words ‘fiscal cliff’ mean a f***ing thing to you, Cope? Or that the f***ing Republicans are still acting like it’s their country to f*** up whether anyone else likes it or not? Or that we have a bunch of sour bully, business-owning a**h***s so deranged over the election outcome that they’re canning employees and cutting hours like brats stomping on littler kids’ toys? “Or that we have a million hillbillies who are dumb enough to think secession is a better idea now than it was the last time? Or that we have a home-grown legislator so spectacularly stupid that she actually circulated the suggestion that if enough red states refuse to participate in the Electoral College, then the outcome of the presidential election would be decided in Congress and Mitt Romney would win? “Are you oblivious to all this, Cope? Have you not noticed that the losers are behaving like f***ing insane howler monkeys throwing as much s*** at the sane people as they can until their bowels have no more to give? Are you unaware that a sizable hunk of the f***ing GOP would rather see the country crumble than allow Barack Obama a legitimate presidency?” “Well, of course I’ve noticed all that, Bob. What do you think I am ... some kind of teenager or Gen-X-er or something? I just figured people would appreciate a little break from all these politics.” “Or is it you who needs a break from politics?” “Yeah ... that, too. But what’s wrong with that? See, I have a theory ...” “Oh mercy, not another f***ing theory.” “Gosh darnit, Bob, you hear me out. I listen to all of your theories, so it wouldn’t kill you to listen to one of mine. According to my theory, see, there are two kinds of people in the country. But they aren’t necessarily Republicans and Democrats. One kind has rounded personalities, full

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experiences, broad interests. And for them, politics is just one facet among the many that make up their lives. “The other kind prefer to shut out anything beyond the ideology they’ve adopted. It’s like they’re squeezed into a tight rubber suit and everything that doesn’t fit inside that suit with them gets thrown aside. Get it? Actually, they don’t absorb an ideology so much as let themselves be absorbed by the ideology, see what I mean? “And these days, for whatever reason, those kind of people are about a thousand times more likely to be a Republican than a Democrat. It’s not always true, because for every million fruitcakes on the right, we can find one or two fruitcakes on the left. But as a general rule, when we run into someone who has nothing whatsoever on his mind but fringy politics, most likely, he’s a Republican. “And incidentally, Bob, this explains why there are no exceptional artists or scientists or thinkers on the right anymore. Think about it ... We have Al Pacino and Matt Damon. They have Chuck Norris. We have Yoyo Ma and Bruce Springsteen. They have Ted Nugent. We have poets and visionaries and philosophers. They have Glenn Beck. We have ...” “I get it!” “But the real deal is, these people aren’t born that way, and it doesn’t happen by accident, either. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we choose which kind of person we’ll be, layer by layer. And in the end, that’s what we’re stuck with ... ourselves. And geez, Bob, I’m afraid that if I spend all my time obsessing over what stunted, incomplete people so many Republicans have become, I’ll turn into something not so different from them. All squeezed up into a tight rubber suit of my own making.” “F***ing wonderful. But while you’re off self-actualizing, who’s letting your readers know what the a**h***s are up to?” “Bob, I can’t do a better job at showing what a**h***s the a**h***s have become than the a**h***s, themselves. Take that legislator with the idea for red states to skip the Electoral College ...” “Nuxoll. Sheryl Nuxoll’s her name.” “Yeah ... her. Now ask yourself, Bob. Is there anything I could possibly write about Sheryl Nuxoll that would make her out to be any bigger an idiot than she’s already established on her own?” “But there are so many more like her, Cope. So many, many more.” “Relax, Bob. We’ll get to ’em. But one thing I learned when I turned 65 is that you can’t chew on a whole ham at once.” “Cope, wanna know what I learned 15 years ago when I turned 65? I learned that if all you can talk about is being 65, you’ll spend most of your time talking to yourself. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


THE MALICIOUS MALLARD How online popularity contests are killing politics

Luddite? Not me. I was obsessed with the TRS-80, Commodore 64 and Apple II. One of my first jobs, as a traffic engineer for an Ohio suburb, had me programming a Honeywell 77 computer the size of a small car. I was among the first cartoonists to put my email address on my work; I loved the instant audience feedback. Still do. I blog and I’ve embraced social networking. I tweet, post to Facebook and Google Plus, though I’m not sure why. LinkedIn has the dumbest business model ever, but I use it anyway. So, when a friend told me I should post my cartoons and columns to Reddit, I did. Reddit, which was owned by the Conde Nast media conglomerate from 2006 to 2011 and is now its sister company, is a bulletin board whose registered users post items to various categories: links, images, thoughts, whatever. As these entries appear, redditors can “upvote” or “downvote” them. Each reddit has a front page where posts with the highest net number of votes appear first. Officially, votes are intended to indicate importance and relevance to the topic, and not popularity. Nice theory. Like capitalism, it doesn’t work so well in the real virtual world. First, I posted under my name. There’s no rule against it, but it turns out redditors dislike self-promotion, so I created an anonymous handle. Here’s the thing: What makes the top listings at Reddit is usually dumb. Really really dumb. Rock-bottom low-brow. Stoopid. As I write this, here are the top three: UÊ œÊ“>ÌÌiÀʅœÜʜ`ÊÊ}iÌ]ÊÊ܈Ê>Ü>ÞÃÊ put my fingers in these (A link to a photo of rolls of Christmas wrapping paper in a store,


with the shrinkwrapping punctured on each). UÊ-œÊÊÜi˜ÌÊ`ˆÛˆ˜}Ê܈̅ÊÅ>ÀŽÃÊÀiVi˜ÌÞÊLÕÌÊ this guy couldn’t help but smile for the camera (A link to a photo of a shark that appears to be smiling). UÊ>ˆVˆœÕÃÊ`ۈViÊ>>À`ʜ˜Ê“>ÀÀˆ>}iÊ­Ê link to a “meme,” a joke photo of a duck with ̅iÊV>«Ìˆœ˜Êº>ÀÀˆ>}iÊv>ˆˆ˜}¶Ê>ÛiÊ>ÊL>LÞÊ that will fix it”). This is a typical mix: Fluff, fluff, fluff. Yeah, I’m biased. Whatever. I think my stuff deserves as much play as a photo of a smirky elongate elasmobranch. The good news is that hundreds, sometimes thousands, of Reddit readers follow the links to each of my cartoons and columns. Then an interesting pattern occurs. There’s an initial flurry of upposts. The item climbs. Then there’s a flood of downposts. This mirrors what I’ve seen elsewhere online. Left or right, political content often gets an initial burst of positive responses posted by people who agree with its point of view. Popularity-based metrics like Reddit’s bring the item to wider attention, including people who disagree with it and then vote it down. ̽ÃʘœÌʍÕÃÌʓÞÊÃÌÕvv°ÊœÃÌÊVœ˜Ìi˜ÌÊ܈̅Ê>Ê strong political point of view gets crushed by downvoters who evidently don’t know or care about Reddit’s “vote it up if it’s interesting, even if you disagree with it” admonition. The result: Political content is vanishing down the cyber memory hole. It’s still there—if you can find it. But most people won’t bother. It’s not just the specific political content that’s disappearing. It’s the idea of politics itself. When politics isn’t 13 part of the dialogue online, the idea that we can and should argue about

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XTREME GENEROSITY Annual holiday concert spreads cheer, funding to needy CHRISTINA MARFICE Each December, Jodi Peterson, director of marketing and sales at Sustainable Futures,

is now held at the Egyptian Theatre and has grown in popularity each year. In 2009, it LAU R IE PEAR M AN

Boise State is eyeing 8,800 square feet at 301 Capitol Boulevard near Front Street.

STATE BOARD MULLS TWO BIG BOISE STATE PROJECTS When the Idaho State Board of Education convenes Wednesday, Dec. 12 for a two-day session in Coeur d’Alene, members will be asked to consider two ver y big – but little talked-about – proper ty deals for Boise State University. With a price tag of $1.65 million, Boise State is looking for permission to buy 8,800-square-feet of commercial space at 301 Capitol Boulevard in Boise’s BODO District. “The university is seeking to establish a presence in downtown Boise,” reads the proposal from Boise State. “The cost is $186.40 per square foot. The cost for the university to construct similar space on campus (and not in downtown) would be approximately $200 per square foot.” Boise State is looking for authorization from the state board to purchase the proper ty, existing furniture (custom-built desks and conference room), audio-visual equipment and fixtures, using the university’s institutional reser ves. Boise State is proposing to use the space for what it calls “business and industr y outreach.” Other possible uses, according to the university, include a relocation of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Center on Main, or course offerings for Boise State’s Bachelor of General Studies degree. Meanwhile, the State Board will also be asked to mull Boise State Public Radio’s plan to renovate the second floor of the Yanke Family Research Park to accommodate the broadcast operations for the public radio station. The total budget for the massive project, which would include on-air studios, office and conference space, and technical operations, tops $1.1 million. Boise State Public Radio moved its administrative, under writing and development staff to the first floor of the Parkcenter Boulevard location earlier this year and is now prepared to move for ward with the remainder of the project, which will ultimately see the radio station move from the Boise State campus. —George Prentice

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Jodi Peterson, director of marketing and sales at Sustainable Futures/Usful Glassworks, anxiously awaits the 2012 edition of Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza: “It’s the holiday event that everyone waits for.”

helps throw quite a party. “It is the holiday event that everyone waits for,” she said. “It’s the hardest ticket in town to get. It is irreverent. It is full of talent. It’s a bird’s-eye view of how lucky we are with our performing arts.” But the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza–an annual variety show headlined by Curtis Stigers [this year slated for Sunday, Dec. 16 - Thursday, Dec. 18]–is much more than a showcase for local artists. All of the event’s proceeds are donated to Interfaith Sanctuary. Last year’s Xtravaganza raised $71,000 for the shelter. “Because it’s ‘interfaith,’ it tends to be overlooked for a lot of funding,” said Peterson. “People give to their [own] religion so Interfaith has struggled more than others. We are their fundraiser. The difference between Interfaith and any other homeless shelter is they keep families together, which is why we selected that nonprofit. We’ve worked with them for seven years now.” Peterson and Stigers organized their first charity event in 2005 as a benefit for Boise State Public Radio’s Victor Pacania, the longtime host of A Private Idaho, who struggled with pancreatic cancer before his death in 2007. That benefit went well enough to inspire Stigers to approach Peterson with the idea of a holiday concert benefiting a local nonprofit. The first Xtravaganza, held at the Knitting Factory in 2006, raised $18,000. The event

became a two-night event, and in 2011 was expanded to three nights to accommodate sold-out audiences. Even with the addition of the third night, Peterson says tickets sell out quickly. In fact, tickets for both the Sunday, Dec. 16 and Monday, Dec. 17 shows are already gone. Last year’s $71,000 was “a gamechanger,” according to Jayne Sorrels, Interfaith Sanctuary’s executive director. “Without it, I don’t know what we would have done,” she said. “We would have had to cut back. We could not have done what we did without it. There’s no doubt about that.” Interfaith Sanctuary’s annual budget is about $400,000 and the money raised by the Xtravaganza represents a large percentage of the shelter’s funds. On any given night, Interfaith provides housing for 160 of Boise’s homeless. “We’re a very grassroots organization and keep things simple,” Sorrels said. “We put a focus on the people we serve, so we’re not in the fund-raising-event business. This is the one event we have each year. There’s something that’s very special about this event. That certainly begins with the talent of the people who are performing. Because people come together for this as a benefit, it’s like there’s a different energy about the performance. They want to be there; not only to perform, but also to support the work that we’re doing. It’s become a community.”

This year’s Xtravaganza will help fund a new job-training program that will be a collaboration between Interfaith and Peterson’s nonprofit, Usful Glassworks [formerly Sustainable Futures]. Usful recycles glass bottles by making them into glassware such as pitchers and drinking glasses. Employees include refugees, former inmates and veterans, learning inventory, marketing and distribution skills. The first four homeless trainees from Interfaith entered the program in November. “Xtreme this year will educate people on the new job programming, and some of the proceeds will go directly to helping us do more for the homeless population, which is very exciting,” Peterson said. In addition to providing marketable skills and building up employment histories, job-training programs like the one at Usful Glassworks help Boise’s homeless feel like they are contributing to the community in new and important ways. “I think it’s going to be so impactful, not just because it gives them a place to be in the cold weather, but it makes them feel super useful,” Peterson said. All of the Xtravaganza’s proceeds go directly to Interfaith and, according to Peterson, she and Stigers only pay for what they can’t get donated, like the rental cost for the venue and a sound system. All of the participating artists donate their time, and a silent auction raises further proceeds for the shelter. This year, Peterson hopes to give more to Interfaith than ever before with a three-night event and higher ticket prices. “This year, we raised the ticket price from $25 to $30,” she said. “The reason we did that is the more money we can raise for [Interfaith}, the better. Their situation keeps getting more challenging. We have a lot of homeless. We figured, based on the fact that people keep coming back every year, that they wouldn’t mind if we asked for an extra $5, and no one has batted an eye.” With two nights already sold out and the third selling fast, it looks like Peterson might get her wish. Attendees at this year’s Xtravaganza can expect to see favorite acts from previous years, including Stigers, Frim Fram 4, Hillfolk Noir and Andrew Coba on each of the three nights. Other acts rotate, making each night a little different. The one thing that will be the same, however, is the giving holiday spirit of the artists and concertgoers, one that Peterson says is unique to the Xtravaganza and keeps families coming back year after year. That environment, she said, is difficult to describe but stays with attendees and makes the Xtavaganza more than just a holiday concert. “It is a familiar, safe, happy place to be,” she said. “Everyone feels so good because they know exactly what it does. You just have to go and feel it. It’s unreal. There’s nothing like it.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Geese are on the run as the City of Boise allows dog owners to let man’s best friend roam free in designated areas of Ann Morrison Park until the end of February 2013.

DOG VS. GOOSE Ann Morrison welcomes the dog days of winter GEORGE PRENTICE Santa came a little early for Boise pooches this year: They’re welcome to run free in much of Ann Morrison Park, turning a good portion of the half-century-old green space into the city’s largest dog park. “We’ve been kicking the idea around for a couple of years and thought this was the right time to give it a try,” said Tom Governale, superintendent of parks with the City of Boise’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We’re anxious to see how many people come out with their pets during the winter months.” Dogs are now welcome to run leash-free from sunrise to sunset in an area of Ann Morrison Park, bordered by the park’s eastern entrances near Capitol Boulevard to the fountain and from the Boise River in the north to the park’s southern bluff. “Dogs seem to be the most effective anti-goose tool,” said Governale. “We don’t want to completely eliminate the geese; they add to the ambiance. But we want to get to an acceptable level so they can coexist with the other uses of the park.” Over the years, Governale and his colleagues have tried several experiments to scare off geese. “We’ve tried the coyote decoy cut-outs, we’ve tried hazing the geese with our utility vehicles. We even tried some egg addling,” he said, referring to the process of removWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

ing fertilized eggs from nests, terminating the embryo development and returning the egg back to the nest. “But that takes quite a while to be effective,” said Governale. And while he’s excited to see more dogs run off-leash through Ann Morrison, Governale is equally anxious to see a lot less goose poop. The problem is simple: shit happens. “They deposit a lot of fecal matter and walking through the park, it’s hard to not get it on your shoes,” said Governale. “There are definite health concerns.” And the winter months attract even more geese. “We have resident geese but we also have an influx of migratory geese this time of year,” he said. “Boise continues to grow and more people are wanting to get outdoors in the winter, so we’re hearing more concerns.” The City of Boise already has four permanent dog off-leash parks and more off-leash areas in six more city parks, in addition to a number of dog-friendly trails in the Boise Foothills, but the Ann Morrison space will be available only until late February. “The soccer teams usually start showing up at the end of February or by the beginning of March,” said Governale. “We would just like to get more people–and their dogs–out in the park to see if the experiment will work.”

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The City of Boise’s Design Review Committee will consider plans for the parcel at Capitol Boulevard and Front Streets on Wednesday, December 12.

CAN YOU (STILL) KEEP A SECRET? Trader Joe’s incorporated to do business in Idaho GEORGE PRENTICE Obamacare. Wolves. Immunizations. There are plenty of stories that have inspired our readers to light up the Boise Weekly blogosphere. But when BW reported that developers had their eye on turning a prime piece of downtown Boise real estate into a retail square (BW, News ,“Retail Square Proposed,” Nov. 28, 2012) and that the prime contender for the space was Trader Joe’s (BW, News, “Can You Keep a Secret?” Dec. 5, 2012), the floodgates flew open: “My Christmas prayers have been answered.” “Bye bye Co-op.” “I think I just won a bet.” “Thrilled that TJ will be in that location rather than somewhere on Eagle Road.” But a particular daily newspaper (the one that just installed a pay wall for its digital content) insisted that its reporter was told that there were no plans about Trader Joe’s coming to Boise. The Idaho Statesman said its source was indeed Trader Joe’s. That’s probably the same Trader Joe’s headquartered in Monrovia, Calif., that applied on Sept. 11 for a certificate of authority to operate in Idaho. And that’s most certainly the same entity whose corporate vice president and treasurer, Sharon Drabeck, signed the application, triggering the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office to deem that Trader Joe’s was in “good standing.” “It’s kind of exciting,” said Kristi Perry, executive officer of SynEx Corporate Services. “At this point, [Trader Joe’s] is incorporated to do business in Idaho.” Perry should know. Her company represents Trader Joe’s legal and business interests in the Gem State, at least for now. “Paracorp is [Trader Joe’s] registered

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agent. Paracorp is a registered agent with a lot of different businesses,” said Perry, referring to the California-based company which represents corporations and limited liability partnerships in all 50 states. “And we represent them in Idaho. We make sure that if any kind of legal transactions transpire, they would come through us first.” But first things first. Developers must navigate the Boise Design Review Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 12, with plans for the land at Capitol Boulevard and Front Street. Not until the committee grants a conditional use permit to the developer can the developer move forward with its purchase of the 1.7-acre parcel, which sees an average of 30,000 vehicles pass by each day. And not until the purchase is complete can the developer publicly acknowledge who its potential tenants might be. In fact, Boise Weekly reported that a number of private and public officials had signed confidentiality agreements and weren’t at liberty to say anything to anyone about practically anything. But at least one official staff report from the City of Boise’s planning division likes what it sees so far. “Staff recommends this application be approved,” wrote a staff report to the Design Review Committee. “[The project] complies with Boise City Zoning Ordinances and the design-related goals and policies of the Boise City Comprehensive Plan.” “If the City approves those plans, I would imagine that they would announce their tenants pretty soon after that,” Capital City Development Corporation Executive Director Anthony Lyons told BW. But for now, Christmas wishes will have to keep. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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BOB LOKKEN PC vs. Mac, education reforms and being a hall of famer

Bob Lokken puts his money where his mouth is, and with so much to say, that’s quite an ˆ˜ÛiÃ̓i˜Ì°ÊœŽŽi˜]Ê>Ê£™nÈÊ}À>`Õ>ÌiʜvÊœ˜Ì>˜>Ê-Ì>ÌiÊ1˜ˆÛiÀÈÌÞ]ÊÜ>Ãʜ˜iʜvÊ̅iÊwÀÃÌÊÓäÊ employees hired by Boise’s Extended Systems, followed by his founding of ProClarity, a highly successful software firm specializing in database programs. ProClarity was acquired by ˆVÀœÃœvÌʈ˜ÊÓääÈ°Ê œÌʜ˜iÊ̜Ê}iÌÊ̜œÊVœ“vœÀÌ>Liʈ˜ÊÀïÀi“i˜Ì]ÊœŽŽi˜Ê>՘V…i`Ê>ÊÃiVœ˜`Ê company, WhiteCloud Analytics in 2009. Soon after Lokken walks into a room, it’s not unusual for him to manage the flow of ideas and the pace of conversation. But even he was taken aback in April when fellow members of the Idaho Technology Council (which he helped found) told him that, despite his wishes, they intended to induct him into the organization’s hall of fame. When did you first get word of your honor? The executive committee of the ITC met in April about the Hall of Fame event–it’s the ̅ˆÀ`ÊÞi>ÀÊ̅>ÌÊÜi½ÛiÊ`œ˜iÊ̅ˆÃq>˜`Ê>ÀŽÊ Solon [managing partner of Highway 12 Ventures] interrupted the discussion and said, “I think somebody should be on the top of that list and his name is Bob Lokken.” I immediately said, “I think that’s a bad idea. I’m young and not ready to retire.” Because you saw something like this as the equivalent of a gold watch? Yeah, kind of a lifetime achievement award and I don’t think I’m done yet. I actually ÀïÀi`ʜ˜ViÊ܅i˜ÊʏivÌʈVÀœÃœvÌÊ>˜`ÊÊÀi>ÞÊ sucked at retirement.

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the nature of the media and awards in general to call out individuals for things that a lot of people have a big part in. Can you appreciate that such an honor is an opportunity to help share the spotlight with your colleagues? Yeah, I get that part. Which is why I didn’t say no. What is the current staff level of WhiteCloud Analytics? We’re three years old. We started with about five or six people. We went to 16, and now we’re about 35.

How old are you? Fifty. At the ITC meeting in April, I dismissed myself from the room and said, “If you want to have that discussion about me going to the hall of fame, then I don’t want to be here.” I was informed after the meeting that I didn’t have any choice in the matter.

Do you expect your employment level to be steady or to grow more? It will be up next year, but we’re in a pretty tight hiring area. It takes us a significant amount of time to find talent. We were just looking for an engineering test manager and it took us four to five months to fill that slot. But I expect our employment level at this time next year to be about 45 to 50.

Are you uncomfortable with such honors? It’s not my purpose in life to seek personal acknowledgement and accolades from largely what I have seen as team ventures. I think it’s

What were your minimum expectations to fill a job like an engineering test manager? Typically when we hire an engineer, we’re looking for somebody with a minimum of a



bachelor’s degree in computer science or the equivalent work experience. Can someone come right out of school with a diploma and fill that position? Yes. We hire directly out of Boise State, but the problem is that they only graduate 22 a year and the industry is generating five times that many jobs here. We went to talk to the computer science professors about getting in front of their graduates, and they told us not to waste our time, they already had jobs. We said maybe we can talk to the juniors, and they said it’s probably too late for them, too. And so we said, “OK, let’s start buying pizza for the sophomores.” You were a very prominent advocate for technology in Idaho public school classrooms and the Students Come First initiatives. About the only thing you can trust is that if you listen to either side of that debate, you’ll probably have some trouble stumbling onto the truth. We need a structural reform in our education system in a big way. We tried to execute reforms at the very time that the economy in our state was way down, which was a particularly bitter pill for a lot of people in the education system. And we put collective bargaining and tenure issues in the same boat as the conversation about technology and performance. The remedy can’t be to throw the baby out with the bathwater. 13 If there’s a problem with the reform, let’s fix it. Let’s keep moving forward.


CITIZEN I think 10 years from now, we’re going to look back at the discussion on 12 whether high schoolers should have computing devices is a lot like when horse and buggy manufacturers were decrying the automobile in 1912. Were your own kids products of public education? Yes. Were they behind the curve or about even when they graduated from high school? I would say there were about even. They navigated the system and they’re both Boise State alumni and have careers. Is either of them in your business? No. I don’t think it’s fair to the other people who I’m working with for me to say, “This person is here because they’re family.” It convolutes the whole thing. We’re not running a lifestyle business. When you’re looking to hire someone, are you seeing a shortage of college graduates or a mismatch of graduates, their degrees and job opportunities? /…iʏ>ÃÌÊÀiÃi>ÀV…ÊÊÃ>ÜʜvÊ̅iÊ1°-°ÊL>VV>laureate systems was that we have something like 16 percent of graduates coming out with a degree in social sciences, 16 percent with degrees in history, 4 percent with engineering degrees, and 4 percent coming out with degrees in computer science. If you’re going to have a degree in communications, you’re probably going to be in a long line for a small number of jobs. If you have a degree in computer science, you’re going to have people throwing job offers at you before you get out of school.

Do you expect us to catch up with that gap in the next 20 or maybe 30 years? œÃÌʜvÊ̅iʏœ˜}‡ÌiÀ“ÊiÃ̈“>ÌiÃʈ˜Ê̅iÊ Idaho economy are that 60 to 63 percent of the jobs we’re creating in the next 10 to 15 years require some kind of postsecondary degree, but Idaho is only at 32 percent of our 25- to 45-year-olds who have that level of education. Plus, we have a tremendous dropout rate in college. Do you think that Idaho kids are pushed so fervently toward college but once they get there, they’re ill prepared? Idaho has a very high high-school graduation rate but we lead the country in postsecondary dropouts after freshman year. One could contend that we’re not doing a very good job in preparing our kids for what postsecondary education considers being an adequate academic performance. Do you believe we have the right men and women as lawmakers to push or pull us toward the appropriate solutions? It’s a mixed bag. I think any time you have a large structure with deep historical roots, getting that system to change is extremely difficult. Everybody on the outside says, “Change, change change,” but when it comes down to the specifics, they say, “No, wait a minute.” Big question for a tech hall of famer: PC or Mac? *iÀܘ>Þ]ÊÊÃ̈Ê…>ÛiʓÞÊ* °ÊˆVÀœÃœvÌÊ had a lot to do with my career. But I’ve heard that a lot of ex-Microsoft employees use a Mac. Yeah, that’s true. A lot of our team memLiÀÃʅ>ÛiÊ>VÃ]Ê>˜`Ê̅iÞ½ÀiÊ>Êi݇ˆVÀœÃœvÌÊ guys, too.

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RALL the laws and ideas that govern our society disappears from our national 7 consciousness. People simply stop thinking about it. Those who remember to look for political content take note of the disappearance of politics and draw the conclusion that they are alone, that politics aren’t popular. Soon, the subject starts to fade from your own brain. As the crisis of print media continues to shrink mainstream reporting, analysis and opinion, sites like Reddit are supposedly poised to step in to fill the void. A clunky transition is inevitable. /…iÊ«ÀœLi“ʈÃ]ʈV…>iÊ >À̅iÊÜÀœÌiÊ in Salon, too many online consumers and gatekeepers think they’re already awesome: “One of the weirdest things about the Web is its eagerness to obsessively criticize every other form of media except the Web itself. Traditional journalism is dying, and it’s just a matter of time before the Internet WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

figures out a new and improved form that will make everything perfect forever,” Barthel wrote. He was criticizing “citizen journalism.” But his Web skepticism can also apply to social media’s unwitting contribution to depoliticization: “The Web seems neutral, because it is an open platform that anyone can use. But just because anyone can does not mean everyone does. The stories that get covered are the ones citizen journalists care about most, and these citizen journalists tend toward a certain social-culturaleconomic orientation.” The Internet is exciting. Old media is stodgy. But democracy will suffer unless the Web gets better at politics. Thanks to the social-cultural-economic orientation of too many Redditors, it’s the >ˆVˆœÕÃÊ`ۈViÊ>>À`½ÃÊܜÀ`°Ê7iʜ˜ÞÊ live in it. Not that you can see us on Reddit.

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A look back at the 2012 fire season shows heavy costs, big challenges daho burns. If you’ve lived in the Gem State for any amount of time, forest fires—or range fires—are facts of life. But following national trends, those yearly fire seasons have steadily increased in intensity. If you were anywhere in the Treasure Valley this past summer, that fact was big enough to almost blot out the sun. “I was one of those who couldn’t see the sun for a couple of weeks,” said Randy Eardley, assistant chief of external affairs at the National Interagency Fire Center, based in Boise. The center, or NIFC, works with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other state and local agencies to coordinate fire and disaster relief around the country. And like elsewhere this year, Idaho has “taken a beating,” Eardley said. “If we look at acres burned, that’s 9.1 million acres [nationwide]. That’s only the third time we’ve surpassed 9 million since the 1960s, and all three have happened since 2006,” he said. “That’s an indication that the fire seasons in


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by Zach Hagadone

the last decade, at least since 2000, have been, overall, seeing a lot larger fires. A lot more extreme fire behavior.” The cost of fighting those fires, though still approximate, is steep. According to Eardley, the Forest Service spent a nationwide total of $1.5 billion (“that’s billion, with a ‘b,’” he said) and the BLM spent $300 million. “When you factor in all the other, smaller efforts at the state and local levels, I think we’re approaching $2 billion,” he added. That’s not unheard of, though. “At least one other fire season topped $2 billion, but it’s safe to say that 2012 was among the most severe,” Eardley said. That trend was definitely reflected in Idaho, where about 1.76 million acres burned during the 2012 season. That was almost 20 percent of the total acreage nationwide, and the biggest burn since 2007, when more than 3 million acres went up in smoke. (That year’s fires surpassed 2000’s total of about 1.8 million acres, making it the most acreage-intense WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Homeowners in Pine and Featherville faced an uncertain future as the Trinity Ridge fire burned.


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Smoke from wildfires shrouded Central Idaho valleys throughout the summer of 2012, as wildland firefighters from across the country came to help fight the fires.


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fire season since the “Big Burn” of 1910.) Forest managers and fire experts say the total cost of Idaho’s most recent fire season is still being tallied, but suppression efforts alone are pegged at $214 million, according to an Idaho Department of Lands report presented to the Land Board on Nov. 20. While it’s a big number, $214 million doesn’t tell the whole story. More than one-third of the acreage burned in Idaho in 2012 can be attributed to just three fires: the Mustang Complex and Halstead Fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest (340,659 acres and 181,798 acres, respectively), and the 146,832-acre Trinity Ridge Fire in the Boise National Forest. “I would compare it to 2007, which was the worst year the Boise Forest has ever experienced, as far as acres burned,” said Bob Shindelar, forest fire chief at the Boise National Forest. According to Shindelar, the USFS spent $54 million on fire suppression in the forest this year and $45 million on just the Trinity Ridge blaze. “But if you look at the losses of the value of the timber, the recreational opportunities, the tourism opportunities, it was much greater than the cost to put these fires out,” he said, adding that while those figures hadn’t been calculated for the Boise National Forest, it’s clear that “the suppression costs themselves are only a fraction of the true cost of having these fires.” The Idaho Department of Lands has also not yet completed a full accounting of costs related to the 2012 season, and BLM data, too, is unavailable (the agency’s fire information office did not return calls requesting comment), but, according to a 2010 report from the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, the full economic impacts of forest fires “have historically escaped accounting by land management agencies, and may extend years beyond the wildlife event.” Pointing to just how complex it is to measure the long-term affects of a forest fire, the WFLC paper stated that the total price tag of a fire can be anywhere from two to 30 times more than the cost of putting it out. That means Idaho’s latest fire season could actually amount to between $428 million and $6.4 billion, including everything from costs relating to long-term forest rehabilitation and lost tax revenue, to shorter term economic impacts like depressed tourism revenue and repairing or rebuilding damaged property. “You’d need an economist,” Shindelar said, “but I think the consequences are the same regardless of how big the fire is. There’s the economic impacts to local economies and communities when there’s closures ... then there’s the other things we need to do on the forest: improving campgrounds or road maintenance. That stuff just doesn’t get done.” While there’s no debate that big fires cost big money, there is no small amount of disagreement about how best (or whether) to stop them from happening in the first place. And if current trends hold, they most certainly will increase even as the number of fires appears to be shrinking. According to data from the NIFC, the 2012 fire season—measured from January through October—saw the second most acreage burned since 2000. The number

of fires and acres burned per fire, however, beat previous records, but in different ways: 51,811 fires burned around the country during that time period, signaling the fewest number of blazes in 13 years. At the same time, though, each fire burned an average of 173.8 acres. As in Idaho, the bulk of that acreage was due to a handful of mega-fires, which means we might be experiencing fewer fires, but their intensity and costs are rising. There are myriad reasons for that, but a season’s severity comes down to two simple factors: forest management and climate. “To me, size does not mean impact, necessarily,” said Penelope Morgan, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Idaho. “Some of those fires were burning in places where there hadn’t been fires in a long time, and where many plants and animals and ecosystem functions—and, indeed, values that people have—were in the long-term favored by fires. And in some places, less so.” Morgan breaks down these places into three basic categories: Cold weather forests, like those in northcentral Idaho and the panhandle, tend to act more characteristically, with smaller and more climate-limited fires. They don’t burn until the weather conditions exist to allow them, and when they do, they seldom spiral into enormous infernos. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, only 182 fires burned 4,674 acres in that region this year, meeting the 20-year average for fire occurrence and coming in at just more than half the average for acreage burned. Dry forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, like those often found in central and southwestern Idaho, however, experience warmer conditions longer in the year, and are more affected by past land use. “Roads, settlement, logging, grazing, fire suppression has meant that in some locations, the forests have changed to such a point that sometimes they are uncharacteristic,” Morgan said. Sagebrush country, as in south-central and eastern Idaho, has in many places been invaded by cheat grass and other annual grasses, and in those locations, too-frequent burning and long, hot seasons have turned some areas into tinderboxes. “Fires are going to happen, and we’re going to have to find ways to balance the risks to people and property with the ecological effects—and what some people have called the ecological imperative: There are some cases where plants and animals and ecological functions depend on having the burn,” Morgan said. And therein lies the rub. Ask a forest manager why fires have increased in acreage and intensity, and they won’t even have to think of the first major factor. “It’s definitely the result of fuel load increasing,” said Shindelar. “Also, the amount of mortality we’re seeing in our mature timber stands. Whether it’s from insects or other kinds of causes ... but we definitely have an abundance of vegetation on the national forest.” Paradoxically, Shindelar added that putting out fires often actually encourages more in the future. That’s a point made by Morgan, as well as Gary Macfarlane, who serves as ecosystem defense director with MoscowWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



based Friends of the Clearwater. “The impacts of fires are generally short-term and they tend to be what watershed scientists call ‘pulse events,’” Macfarlane said. “Watersheds have adapted to deal with these events. Fire helps bull trout and salmon, west slope cutthroat. And not only are they adapted, they’ve become almost a necessary part of the system over the millennia.” The problem, according to Macfarlane, crept in when forest managers started aggressively suppressing every fire, no matter how small. Where in the past, fires would periodically sweep through and eliminate that excess fuel, aggressive suppression tended to step in and stop the fire from doing its job. “It was done for political reasons, for ideological reasons,” Macfarlane said. “It fit the story that the U.S. Forest Service and the timber industry wanted to tell about fire.” The results of that kind of policy could be seen in areas where big fires had burned through in the past, versus those where a series of small fires had been snuffed out over the years. The big Halstead Fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, for instance, was surrounded by areas that had burned in the past and whose fuel load had been depleted. Research on areas affected by the Big Burn of 1910 has also revealed healthier ecosystems and less propensity toward wildfire. “In this part of the world, stand-replacing fire plays a very major, or dominant role [in the ecology of a forest],” Macfarlane said, adding that with a long enough

Randy Eardley with the National Interagency Fire Center said recent wildfires have not only been larger, but also shown more extreme behavior.

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Residents in Featherville were forced to evacuate their homes as flames from the Trinity Ridge fire closed in. Thanks to the work of firefighters, the town was saved.

view, it’s doubtful even that current fires are more severe than those in past centuries, even millennia. “I’m not sure that any of those fires burned out of the range of what one would expect in this part of the world,” he said. “Stand-changing fires, while infrequent, are the main drivers of ecological change.” For career forest managers, like Shindelar, an excess of fuel poses a simple problem: too much dead material or vegetation on the ground makes it easier for fire to climb into the tops of trees. “We can deal with fire on the ground, but once it gets up into the canopy and becomes a crown fire, we have very few tools to deal with that,” he said. “We really have to rely on the weather.” The longtime habit of attacking every fire with maximum efficiency may also be a big part of why we’re seeing fewer but more intense fires. “We’re good at detecting and suppressing fires, we put out, get to, find, work on prevention, do all those things we

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can do before a fire burns, and our initial attack puts out 96 to 98 percent of fires when they’re less than a quarter-acre in size,” said Morgan. “The big ones are those that escaped initial attack. Then it’s about the weather under which they’re burning, the fuel conditions and what we can do to manage.” The solution, according to many, is simply to let some fires burn with less aggressive suppression, but another major problem—and one which compounds the costs of fighting fires—is the encroachment of development. No one’s going to let a fire burn unchecked a few miles from a subdivision, but those subdivisions are creeping closer and closer to the backcountry. “It’s really changed the complexion of the business, too,” said Eardley, adding that the growth of people living in fireprone areas has been a trend for the past 30 years. “It changes how you fight fires. Protect structures. Lives and property come first, then resources,” he said. “Back when I was a young puppy starting out, it was rare that we had to deal with subdivisions and infrastructure. Now it’s

rare when you don’t have to deal with that.” Shindelar agreed that urban creep was one of the major problems facing fire managers. “You’ve got houses in places where there are no fire departments, subdivisions being built with poor road access for fire crews,” he said. “A lot of our rural communities have become bedroom communities to the Treasure Valley; people buying second homes up there in their own private paradise.” More people, of course, means more fire risk. Indeed, according to Dave Olson, spokesman for the Boise National Forest, 21 human-caused fires were reported this season, along with and 42 caused by lightning—eight more human-caused starts and 30 fewer lightning starts than the 10-year average. The biggest fire in the forest, the Trinity Ridge Fire, may have been started by a burning vehicle and is still under investigation. “Our saving grace was that we had fewer starts from lightning,” Shindelar said. “But our human-caused fires were above normal. ... It all adds up. With population, it goes hand-in-hand. We’re going to see more human-caused fires.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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For many, including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, the solution to limiting costly and extensive burns is to increase the amount of federal land open to logging and lift regulations barring roads from certain backcountry areas. As he wrote in an Oct. 4 op-ed sent to Idaho media outlets: “The existing approach to managing these lands and the fires on them is unacceptable. Public land management and priorities have been studied and debated to death. Federal land managers are hamstrung by laws that try to be everything to everyone on every acre. Their path forward is being determined by environmental lawsuits and bureaucratic inertia.” But scientists like Morgan think a more nuanced approach is called for, and much of the effort is going to fall on the people who WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

choose to live among the trees. “We need all of the tools in our box. Some of them are going to be igniting fires, some of it is going to be suppression, some of it is going to be thinning,” she said. “I think Idaho has been a laboratory for very creative fire management. As a result, we’ve had some of the worst and some of the best fire management anywhere. ... “My dream is that we have fire smart landscapes so that we have houses that are fire-wise, so that when the rain of embers from fires falls upon the houses they’re not going to fall on and among the houses and the houses aren’t going to burn up,” she added. “I want to see us have forests that are resilient and the communities of people that are in them are resilient.”

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EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE Existential angst is traditionally the pur view of philosophers. From Jean-Paul Sartre’s bleak opening obser vation in Being And Nothingness—that a thing is merely the sum of its appearances—to Albert Camus’ The Stranger, which confounds high-school seniors to this day, the existential school of philosophy seems to pride itself in miring obser vers in confusion and despair. If you’re looking for proof of the nothingness of being but haven’t time to explore an 800page book your philosophy nerd friends will insist you don’t understand, look no further than Everything Is Terrible, the traveling viral-videos-condensed-from-VHS show hosted by Spacebar Arcade Friday, Dec. 14. The name of the event alone should be enough to illuminate the core tenets of existential philosophy, but if a skeptic you are, $5 gets you into the show, which features absurd, weird and hilarious viral-style videos culled from Everything Is Terrible’s vast cache of VHS tapes. Everything Is Terrible describes itself as “seven furry, lovable Internet monsters who live in a cave full of VCRs and solve mysteries,” editing tapes down to a humorous mish-mash, burning the whole project to DVD and traveling the country to expose the VHS age for what it was: a carnival of tom-foolery, low production values and souls bared in front of enormously expensive analog cameras. It’s fitting that the event is taking place at Spacebar, a venue that prides itself on sniffing out ancient arcade games for Boise’s sentimental gamers. 9 p.m. $5. Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208- 918-0597,

SATURDAY DEC. 15 classy HANDEL’S MESSIAH As the 12 days of Christmas approach, holiday burnout looms large: Santa Claus at the mall,

Santa Claus at the parade, Christmas trees on top of and in front of buildings, the radio’s constant stream of singalong carols and twinkly lights hanging from nearly ever y corner of the city. Half of the problem with the season is the tackiness factor. From the white doll hair adorning the mall Santa’s face to made-in-

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China plastic ornaments adorning made-in-China plastic Christmas trees, the season has none of the deep snow, blazing fireplaces and per fectly fitting sweaters you see in the commercials. On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Morrison Center will host a per formance of Handel’s Messiah, a pro-

Santa may be a hero driving a pack of reindeer as he blazes from rooftop to rooftop at cruising altitude Christmas Eve, but, well, he’s chubby, ruddy and beard-y. Hot cider and gingerbread cookies are about as close as he gets to spicy. If Spanish coffees and hot buttered rum aren’t keeping you warm this season, try basking in the glow of Ophidia Dance Studio’s Winter Showcase. Ophidia’s students and instructors are turning up the heat and artistry with acrobatic performances involving poles, hula-hoops and fire, all choreographed to music. Pole dancing may have finally joined Crossfit in the pantheon of organized exercise routines, but it’s also mesmerizing to watch—think of it as sugar plums dancing ... on a pole. Some highlights of the evening include lap dancing, pole acrobatics and poi. Or if flying through the air suspended only by strips of fabric sounds more exciting, an aerial yoga demonstration might be the highlight of the night. The evening’s raffle prizes are as extravagant as the dances. Imagine learning to perfect the challenging and expressive pole dancing moves in the comfort of your own home—which the lucky winner of his or her own pole will be able to do. Of course, that person might end up having to awkwardly explain an injury to an ER doctor. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 8 p.m., $10-$12. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd. 208-409-2403,

foundly un-tacky traditional Christmas event that may just redeem the season—at least for one night. The concer t will showcase the works of Boise Philharmonic Music Director Rober t Franz and Master Chorale Music Director Jim Jirak, with guest solos from Maire O’Brien, Korby Myrick, Matt Morgan and Troy Cook. Though it was originally composed as an Easter offering, Messiah has become a Christmas favorite be-

cause of its strong religious themes. Since its debut in 1742, the oratorio has awed audiences with its piercing lyrics and striking arrangement of string overtures and vocal solos. Messiah offers all the goodness of Christmas without any of the sugar- (or plastic-) coated pretense. 8 p.m. $21.50-$61.50. Morrison Center, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,

SUNDAYTUESDAY DEC. 16-18 no xcuses XTREME HOLIDAY XTRAVAGANZA With New Year’s just a few weeks away, the time has come to take advantage of the trappings of the season. For most, good WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


Don’t call it a jug.


SATURDAY-MONDAY DEC. 15-17 form and function

Nothing goes together like pigskin and taters.

CLAY AND FIRE EXHIBITION AND SALE On the scale of great advancements in human civilization, pottery lands pretty far up the list. OK, so it doesn’t have the blaze of fire or the wow factor of the wheel but when it comes to practicality, you can’t beat a quality jug for carrying around water or storing food. Somewhere along the way, potters realized they could make something beautiful as well as functional, and ceramics began a transition that led to the craft being considered an artform and pieces being sought after by collectors. Boise State University has been taking advantage of the popularity of pottery for nearly four decades with its annual Clay and Fire sale. Over the course of the year, students, faculty and professional potters craft hundreds of pieces that are sold off during the annual sale at Boise State. Though pottery is less integral to hauling water and seed in modern society, artists continue to create sculpture, dishes and jewelry in a variety of styles and shapes—all offered on the cheap over three days at the Visual Arts Center. And it’s a win-win for the artists, too. Proceeds benefit Boise State’s Visiting Artists in Ceramics program, which welcomes expert ceramicists to the campus to showcase their techniques for students and alumni. While the sale lasts until Monday, Dec. 17, pottery fans know it’s best to check out the first day: Saturday, Dec. 15. The university reminds visitors that fresh-from-the-kiln pieces may be available daily. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994, visualartscenter.

food, good drinks and really, really good music are some of the best parts of the holidays. And while we can’t offer you the culinar y skills of Wolfgang Puck (nor will we be popping bottles of Cristal anytime soon), we can direct you to an evening of sweet jams. From Sunday, Dec. 16, to Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Egyptian Theatre hosts the seventh annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza. This event is designed for song seeking music lovers and anyone looking for a good laugh.


The musical variety show exhibits a cornucopia of local artists, who grace Boise with their talents and some good old-fashioned holiday cheer. Each night’s performance differs from the others. As event producer Jodi Peterson explained, “You just never know what you are going to get, Barber Shop Quartet, The Moody Jews with the leader being Rabbi Dan Fink, Basque Dancers; we have a different mix ever y night.” The only thing that remains constant are the

SATURDAY DEC. 15 out-of-s-taters FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL Having bid farewell to regular-season college football, prepare to be bowled over by post-season pre-holiday games. Boise is hosting the Utah State Aggies for the second year in a row in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Watch as the WAC champs attempt to slice, dice and fry their opponents, the University of Toledo Rockets, who are expected to launch a wicked offense at the Aggies. Coming off similar win-loss records, these two teams are likely to deliver the kind of entertainment that goes best with spuds and suds, as the Aggies are looking to redeem themselves in the eyes of Idahoans after losing last year’s bowl by a single point. The largely volunteer-driven event kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Bronco Stadium, and the combination of the tubers that name the game and the action on the gridiron is likely to score big on the taste buds, as well as on the field. Tailgating rivals the main event, when potato-chip cookies and French fries are involved. If you’re really in the mood to bake and partake but need some inspiration, the Idaho Potato Commission has published a collection of game-day recipes on its website. Tickets are available through, but if you’re too tater-ed out to attend in person, the game will also air on ESPN. 2:30 p.m., $18-$99. Bronco Stadium, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-4737,

hosts: Boise’s own Curtis Stigers and the comedic Fool Squad of Joe Golden and Tom Willmorth. With this dynamic trio, the event has become a holiday tradition that Boiseans look forward to each year. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter. For more details on how the money is used by the nonprofit, see News, Page

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation includes an iconic scene in which buffoon breadwinner Clark Griswold guzzles glassfuls of alcoholic eggnog. Clark sips the hooch from a mug shaped like a moose head, while dealing with uncouth cousin Eddie and his destructive dog, Snot. “Can I refill your egg nog for ya?” Clark asks Eddie. “Get ya something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere, leave you for dead?” Christmas Vacation’s departure from typically sappy holiday themes made it a classic for many families and spurred Warner Bros. to license a grip of official merchandise for the film. Enter Christmas Vacation Collectibles, an entire website dedicated to pawning those products, including reproductions of the famous moose mug. According to the website, each moose mug is made of hand-crafted glass, modeled after the Wally World mascot introduced in the original Vacation movie. Each chalice features two dopey eyes, a protruding snout and a pair of antlers attached at either side, both of which are removable to facilitate easy dishwashing. Each moose cup holds roughly 6 ounces of liquid, and costs $19.95 each. The cups can be purchased individually or in boxed sets, with a dozen moose mugs available for $209.88. A punch bowl, which can hold 90 ounces of liquid, is available separately for $69.99. —Andrew Crisp

8. So do your ears (and the community) a favor and get in on the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, no Xcuses. The Sunday and Monday per formances have already sold out, but tickets are still available for Tuesday’s per formance, so act quickly. 7:30 p.m. $30. The Egyptian Theater, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY DEC. 12 Festivals & Events PERFECT BALANCE IDAHO— The chaos of everyday life can be challenging, and it can be difficult to find your perfect balance. This event helps you meet those challenges head on. Featuring a combination of practical presentations to help you take your career to the next level and fun social activities, including a Champagne/sparkling cider toast and a fashion show. Speakers are The Eyers, Dave Lakhani, Joan Endicott and Tobe Brockner. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $99. Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-381-0483,

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, NUTCRACKER JUNIOR—All the wonder of the original ballet but in an abbreviated format, perfect for little ones who aren’t keen on sitting still for very long. 10 a.m. $5. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208454-1376, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN—This musical based on the Peanuts comic strip tells the story of a day in the lives of Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. 7 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

Concerts END OF FALL SESSION GIG— More than Boise Rock School students show off their skills in their fall gig. Watch them while chowing on Pie Hole Pizza and cookies. 4-9 p.m. $5 donation. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

Food & Drink DATE NIGHT AT CORKSCREWS—Enjoy live music and your date gets a FREE drink. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-4049, DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics and share ideas to foster progressive communities through social networks and events. 7 p.m. drinkingliberally. org. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620.

Art COLOR FIELDS—View art by Lisa Flowers Ross inspired by aerial photographs of tulip fields. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

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REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS EXHIBIT—Russian, Ukranian, American and French Impressionist art show brings together paintings by Soviet and contemporary American, Russian and Ukranian artists. The show connects two centuries and two continents via commitment to the traditions of realist painting. 1-6 p.m. FREE. Lee Gallery Boise, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, Boise, 208345-1120,

Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage each other’s work. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229,

ARTS/BOOK REVIEW AMPED BY DANIEL H. WILSON Daniel H. Wilson’s 2011 novel, Robopocalypse, drew on the author’s extensive education in robotics to craft a compelling and well-conceived take on what happens when technology takes over and how it might operate as a sentient and aggressive entity. His recently published follow-up novel, Amped, explores similarly wellconceived territory, but this time Wilson focuses on how society might react to the fusion of humanity and technology instead of technology that exists autonomously. In Amped’s not-toodistant future, small brain implants can be used to monitor and regulate conditions like epilepsy, the results of severe head trauma or even augment how people with developmental disabilities function. But the implants can also work like a radioactive spider: supercharging the mental or physical abilities of those bitten, something implant-free humans take issue with as they begin to be surpassed by the “amps.” After The U.S. Supreme Court decides that the implants are not an immutable characteristic but an elective surgery—meaning Brown v. Board of Education and the 14th Amendment do not apply and discrimination against amps is legal and acceptable— a fierce culture war between natural and implanted Americans begins to turn violent. Millions of Americans are fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes and attacked in the streets, huddling together in camps and rural areas for protection. Caught up in the middle of the madness is former high-school teacher Owen Gray, who has just learned that the implant he thought was managing his epilepsy is actually an experimental military-grade chip that can turn him into a super-soldier, if he allows it to. As Gray’s world crumbles around him and he becomes a fugitive from justice, he grapples with the decision of whether to turn to violence and whether it will lead to justice or simply revenge. Like Robopocalypse, the book is rife with tightly paced action and highly plausible concepts of cybernetic development. And Wilson works in a fair share of humanity as well, including an oldfashioned cyborg-meets-girl love story. But the book also feels a little rushed, with some of the details of the richly imagined world brushed past in the prose. Images that deserved paragraphs are given sentences and plot points that could have used a page sometimes only get a paragraph. That leaves Amped more of a high-concept action novel in the vein of Michael Crichton than it does a sci-fi classic in the vein of his last book. On the whole, however, Amped is a compelling and brisk read with a lot more to offer than the average thriller. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT Kids & Teens CLARA’S TEA PARTY—This event combines treats, dancing, face-painting, crafts and visits from the dancers of Eugene Ballet’s Nutcracker for a magical experience. 11 a.m. $5. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208454-1376,

Odds & Ends BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— You don’t have to speak Basque and there are no tryouts—just sing. The choir meets at Bishop Kelly High School. Email for more info. 6 p.m. FREE, Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, 208-853-0678. LATIN NIGHTS—Instructors Tabish L. Romario and Becca Towler teach salsa, bachata and Brazilian zouk lessons, followed by social dancing at 9 p.m. 7:30-11 p.m. $5. The Press, 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B, Boise, 208-336-9577. 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.

THURSDAY DEC. 13 On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS: BRAD DRAKE—With Phil Johnson. 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, EUGENE BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER—Eugene Ballet performs the holiday classic, along with local children who have been cast in the production. Purchase tickets at the center or the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. 7:30 p.m. $8-$22. Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, 676 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ontario, Ore., 541-889-8191. 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. 7:30 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors/ students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104,



GIFTS OF THE MAGI—Musical based on the stor y by O. Henr y, set during Christmas in New Jersey in 1906. 8 p.m. $18 adults, $15 student/senior/ militar y. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, VICTORIAN OPEN PARLOR— See The Bishops’ House decorated for the holidays, enjoy house tours and complimentary cider. All proceeds assist The Friends of The Bishops’ House in preserving one of Boise’s historic landmarks. 3-7 p.m. $4. FREE 12 and younger. Bishops’ House, 2420 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208578-9122,

Food & Drink BEER AND WINE TASTINGS— Sample a rotating selection of European wines and beers. 5-8 p.m. $10. Tres Bonne Cuisine, 6555 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-658-1364, BUBBLES, BUBBLES AND MORE BUBBLES—Become your own sparkling wine expert. Explore the history, growing and production of sparkling wine for added wine knowledge and appreciation. 6-8 p.m. $40. Wine Wise Labs, 104-1/2 E. 44th St., Garden City, 208-297-9463,

Screen MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL—British comedy favorite presented by Boise Classic Movies. 7 p.m. $9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Art COLOR FIELDS—See Wednesday. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, HOLIDAY ART PARTY—Celebrate art this holiday. Sip wine, enjoy treats and shop original artworks by top local and national artists. Special discounts and gift wrapping available. 4-7 p.m. FREE. The Gallery at Finer Frames, 164 E. State St., Ste. B, Eagle, 208-888-9898,




Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers. © 2009 Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.



REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS EXHIBIT—See Wednesday. 1-6 p.m. FREE. Lee Gallery Boise, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, Boise, 208-345-1120,

Odds & Ends GEEKS WHO DRINK—Answer questions about bad television, celebrities and take on wordplay challenges in this version of pub trivia modeled after its counterparts in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Visit for more information. 8 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub & Grill, 150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-2444,

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WEST COAST SWING AT THE POWERHOUSE—Boise’s biggest weekly West Coast swing event is now happening every Wednesday at the Powerhouse. No partner or experience needed. Beginner West Coast swing lesson by instructors from Heirloom Dance Studio at 9 p.m., followed by open West Coast swing dancing from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-331-4005.

FRIDAY DEC. 14 Festivals & Events OPHIDIA STUDIO WINTER SHOWCASE— Watch the amazing and talented students and teachers as they perform pole dancing, aerial yoga, hoop dancing, poi, Power Party Sculpt and belly dancing. See Picks, Page 20. 8-11 p.m. $12. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL—Take in an exhibition football game between the Toledo Rockets and the Utah State Aggies. See Picks, Page 20. 2:30 p.m. $18-$99. Bronco Stadium, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-4737,

On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS: BRAD DRAKE—See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379, CHRISTMAS CAROL II—The ghosts are back in this musical melodrama parody presented by Prairie Dog Playhouse. Ebenezer Scrooge has become a pushover, so the ghosts rehaunt him to get him back on track. 7:15 p.m. $10-$15. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208336-7383. DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors/ students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE—Enjoy the antiquated fashions and foibles of the age of VHS with a traveling crew of viral video editors. See Picks, Page 20. 9 p.m. $5. Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-918-0597, GIFTS OF THE MAGI—See Thursday. 8 p.m. Order dinners at least one day in advance. Dinner show: $39; $20 show only. 8 p.m. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

Erin Cunningham’s board was one of many masterpieces at Art Deck-O.

COCKTAIL PARTIES AND CLASSY SKATEBOARDS Boise Weekly staffers and SmartCard smartypants kicked off the weekend mid-week with a raucous retro party at Idaho Botanical Garden Dec. 5. Decked in our finest furs and fedoras, we downed Hendricks martinis and popped bacon-wrapped jalapenos from Salt Tears late into the evening. You can check out a slideshow of all the smart partying at Later that night, while some sauced staffers swung to the bluesy beat of Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil at The Crux, Harrison Berr y hit up Red Room to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. “The crowd, much of which was in its best Gatsby-wear in honor of the drinker’s holiday, shuffled, spun and Charleston-ed to the sultry tunes of Frim Fram 4,” observed Berry. “The band was pure swing—upright bass-driven beats hoisted up the piano and electric guitar licks. The effect was a sound as crackly as an old 78 RPM record and an atmosphere as smooth as whiskey.” The following evening, Dec. 6, downtown kept up the celebratory spirit during December’s First Thursday. Patrons filed into Mulligans for Art Deck-O to leer at 30 bright skateboard decks from artists like Erin Cunningham, Noble Hardesty and Rick Walter. Across the street at The Crux, eyes were trained on the front of the shop where a rotating cast of classical musicians were tearing through selections from Mozart, Vaclav Nelhybel and Super Mario Brothers during the debut of Classical Revolution: Boise. On the other side of downtown at Sixth and Myrtle streets, Ming Studios—which includes Bricolage, Classic Design Studio, Boise Art Glass, Rocket Neon, and Fawn and Foal—kept the party going First Thursday. Families stayed warm around an outdoor fire pit, while other block partiers watched the torches flare up at Boise Art Glass and neon signs flicker on at Rocket Neon. The holiday cheer continued Dec. 7 at Knitting Factory during A John Waters Christmas. The cult-movie director—famous for films like Pink Flamingos and Hair Spray—delivered a twisted monologue on his love for the holiday. “I love Christmas so fucking much I could shit,” he said. According to BW’s Josh Gross, much of Waters’ performance was musing. “If someone gives you a book, you should reward them sexually,” Waters said. “It’s just good manners.” “The only reason to ever do crack is to go Christmas caroling and scare people,” he opined. Also on Dec. 7, Berr y stopped by Enso Artspace in Garden City to check out the collective’s new group exhibition, Tiny Wonderful. “From the profundity of the contrast between Enso’s suburban exterior and rich interior, to the breadth of the art on display, the experience of the Tiny Wonderful exhibition draws its force from tensions and petit deceptions,” explained Berry. —Tara Morgan

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8 DAYS OUT IDAHO REGIONAL BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER—Coming to enchant the audience are professional dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, along with a cast of 100 dancers from Idaho Regional Ballet and Eagle Performing Arts Center. Staged by Lisa Moon. 7 p.m. $25 adults, $18 students/children. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, VELVETEEN RABBIT MUSICAL— Experience the Nampa Children’s Theatre’s 2012 Victorian Christmas Festival. Special appearance by Santa. End the festivities with a performance of the Velveteen Rabbit performed by NCT. The event is in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church’s Community Food Bank as part of a fundraiser to stock its food pantry. Anyone who donates one bag of canned food will be entered into a drawing for a four-pack of season tickets to the Nampa Children’s Theatre’s 2013 season. 7 p.m. $7-$10. Friends Community Event Center, 429 N. Star Road, Star, 208-286-7356, WHITE CHRISTMAS—Based on the film, this musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.” 7:30 p.m. $17 Adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208578-9122,

Screen THIS IS SPINAL TAP—Watch Rob Reiner’s classic film about an inept heavy metal act. All proceeds benefit Radio Boise. 7 p.m. $8. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454,

Art COLOR FIELDS—See Wednesday. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS EXHIBIT—See Wednesday. 1-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. FREE. Lee Gallery Boise, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, Boise, 208345-1120,

Calls to Artists CALL FOR ENTRIES: SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL—Submit your film for consideration in the Sun Valley Film Festival, taking place March 14-17, 2013. For more info, email $15-$55,

Literature GHOSTS & PROJECTORS READING—With poets Leah Cronen, Dustin Lapray and Elena Tomorowitz. 7 p.m. FREE. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3213.


Odds & Ends BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then commence salsa-ing it up to music from a live DJ until 2 a.m. while enjoying drinks and snacks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. HELICOPTER RIDES—Take a helicopter ride over Boise to see the Christmas lights. Take up to three people. 5-10 p.m. $50 per person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-344-9558,

SATURDAY DEC. 15 Festivals & Events FAMILY HOLIDAY PARTY—Visit Santa, decorate cookies and listen to live music for the holidays. Noon5 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-2869463, HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND SILENT AUCTION—Featuring gift items for purchase, a silent auction, snacks and a raffle for an iPad Mini. Proceeds benefit the Treasure Valley Metropolitan Community Church and The Community Center. 4-8 p.m. FREE. The Community Center, 305 E. 37th St., Garden City, 208-3363870, HOLIDAY SPORTS CARD SHOW—Enjoy the Treasure Valley’s original and largest sports card show, with 30 tables displaying the hottest cards and memorabilia in the hobby, along with a great selection of vintage items. Buy, sell or trade. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-343-4900. WILD LENS FUNDRAISER— Support efforts to reduce human impact on threatened wildlife populations, listen to live music and watch short documentaries. Musical artists include Dave McGraw, Mandy Fer and Idyltime. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St Garden City, 208-424-8297,

On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS: BRAD DRAKE—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12.50, $9 seniors/ students. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, GIFTS OF THE MAGI—See Thursday. Order dinners at least one day in advance. Dinner show: $39; $20 show only. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

GLITTERATI GALS BURLESQUE PRESENTS: CIRQUE DU SOIREE—Get down with a burlesque party. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-3430886, IDAHO REGIONAL BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $25 adults, $18 students/children. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, VELVETEEN RABBIT MUSICAL—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $7-$10. Friends Community Event Center, 429 N. Star Road, Star, 208-286-7356, WHITE CHRISTMAS—See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $17 Adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208578-9122,

Auditions STAGE COACH THEATRE: PAINTING CHURCHES—Looking for an actress to play early 30s, an actor to play early 70s and an actress to play early 60s. Ages are somewhat flexible. On the verge of celebrity, artist Mags Church struggles to accomplish a portrait of her aging, eccentric parents before they move from her childhood home and its memories. A comedic family drama by Tina Howe. Contact director Joseph Wright at 208-409-2917 for more info. 2 p.m. FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

Concerts BOISE PHILHARMONIC: HANDEL’S MESSIAH—A tradition that all ages have come to associate with the holiday season, Handel’s Messiah will be per formed one day only. This year’s guest soloists are Maire O’Brien, soprano; Korby Myrick, mezzo-soprano; Matt Morgan, tenor; and Troy Cook, baritone. See Picks, Page 20. 8 p.m. $21.50-$61.50. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc. FUND-RAISER CONCERT FOR MERIDIAN YOUTH COUNCIL— An evening of John Prine music performed by Dale Cavanaugh to benefit the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Avidsory Council and its work related to teen suicide prevention. Donations welcome. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Call 208-888-4049, or email 8-11 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-4049,

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8 DAYS OUT Workshops & Classes VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves. All ages, no partner required. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-871-6352,

Art THE ART OF MIKE MOSER— Proceeds from this art sale benefit the library. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2941, CLAY & FIRE EXHIBITION AND SALE—Check out hundreds of Boise State student-made ceramic art works available for purchase. See Picks, Page 21. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994, COLOR FIELDS—See Wednesday. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS EXHIBIT—See Wednesday, 1-6 p.m. FREE. Lee Gallery Boise, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, Boise, 208-345-1120,

VICTORIAN OPEN PARLOR— See Thursday. Featuring Mrs. Santa. 3-7 p.m. $4 , FREE under age 12. Bishops’ House, 2420 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.

BOOMER SHACK—Enjoy dance lessons beginning at 9:15 p.m. and live music by the Triple R Band until 2 a.m. Between sets, ballroom dance with music by a DJ. 9 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425.

XTREME HOLIDAY XTRAVAGANZA—Emceed by Curtis Stigers and the Fool Squad, this annual holiday event features humor, music, dance and more. See Picks, Page 20. 7:30 p.m. Sold Out. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

HELICOPTER RIDES—See Friday. 5-10 p.m. $50 per person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-344-9558,

Animals & Pets On Stage

BOISE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT—All skill levels welcome. Experienced birders are teamed with novices, and it’s a good way for newcomers to learn and practice their skills. 7 a.m. FREE. Idaho Department of Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise,

LIQUID LAUGHS: BRAD DRAKE—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER—Gregor y Popovich will provide nonstop fun for audience members of all ages with his award-winning show featuring a cast of talented cats and dogs rescued from animal shelters. 2 p.m. $14.50$29.50. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

THERAPY DOGS—Each month children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise,

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN—See Wednesday. 3 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208578-9122,

SUNDAY DEC. 16 Festivals & Events

Green I’M DREAMING OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS—With a little effort and imagination, you can help reduce the environmental effects of the holiday season. Go to the Boise WaterShed to learn from the ReUse Market how to recycle holiday cards into new cards, sew a stocking or bag and make ornaments and decorations from used, everyday household items. This program is a continuation of the I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas program hosted by the Foothills Learning Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284,


CALDWELL COMMUNITY BAZAAR—Enjoy the community bazaar at the Caldwell Seventhday Adventist community center. Meet and support your community neighbors in this fun way. Vendor spaces are available for a $20 donation that will go toward community center needs. Noon-6 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2106 E. Linden St., Caldwell, 208-459-2451,

STAGE COACH THEATRE: PAINTING CHURCHES—See Saturday. 2 p.m. FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Religious/Spiritual JOSEPH LEE YOUNG AND SHAMAN MELODIE MCBRIDE—The duo’s new CD, A Yogini’s Song, and a new solo CD, Life Spring, have been released. In addition, McBride is signing copies of her new book about Ayurveda, Going Towards The Nature is Going Towards The Health. Noon-4 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La Tea Room, 1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-0273,

Odds & Ends 2012 IDAHO STATE YO YO CONTEST—Watch some of the best players in the Pacific Northwest compete. There will be divisions for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Get all contest details at timezonetoys. com. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Anser Charter School, 202 E. 42nd St., Garden City, 208-426-9840,

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Odds & Ends

COLOR FIELDS—See Wednesday. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOURS—The tour visits light displays around Nampa. The bus also makes a stop at Starbucks for refreshments during the tour. Leaves from the Nampa Recreation Center front drive. 6:30 p.m.$5. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858,

Odds & Ends HELICOPTER RIDES—See Friday. 5-10 p.m. $50 per person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-344-9558, HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLEY TOUR—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $16 adults, $8 kids. Evergreen Business Mall-Librar y Plaza, corner of Cole and Ustick roads, Boise.

MONDAY DEC. 17 Festivals & Events POETRY SLAM REDUX—8 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux. com. XTREME HOLIDAY XTRAVAGANZA—See Sunday. 7:30 p.m. Sold Out. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Art CLAY & FIRE EXHIBITION AND SALE—See Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Ar ts Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3994, ar t. COLOR FIELDS—See Wednesday. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise,

Calls to Artists BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART SUBMISSIONS— BW pays $150 for published covers. One stipulation of publication is that the piece be donated to BW’s annual charity art auction in November. Proceeds from the auction are reinvested in the local arts community through private grants for which all artists are eligible to apply. To submit your artwork, bring it to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. All media are accepted. Thirty days from your submission date, your work will be ready for pick up if it’s not chosen to be featured on the cover. Work not picked up within six weeks of submission will be discarded. For more information contact Art Director Leila Rader at leila@ or 208-3442055. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055,

HELICOPTER RIDES—See Friday. 5-10 p.m. $50 per person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-344-9558,

NOISE/CD REVIEW HEY V KAY, GUT WRENCHING Hey V Kay, the slightly cumbersome stage name of Boise musician Karen Havey, debuted as a live act over the summer after dropping some preview recordings online in December 2011. Those recordings were recently renamed, remastered and released as a physical album, Gut Wrenching. In a sentence, it’s one of the better albums released by a Boise band in 2012. The 14 tracks on Gut Wrenching are moody and electronic, with roots in the lower tech, mid ’90s electronic sound paired with the classic jilted songstress approach to composition. “You say you didn’t want to be just a souvenir,” Kay sings on the album’s single, “Souvenir.” “You said my songs are too depressing, can’t I write you something else,” she sings on “Someone Else.” “You’re miles away, it feels the same,” she sings on “Catherine.” Havey tagged it “sad bastard music” on Bandcamp, but it could also be tagged “meaningful songwriting.” A listen to the instrumental tracks on Gut Wrenching will reveal shades of Violator-era Depeche Mode and Seattle keytar wizard Anna Oxygen. Parts of the album might even pass for a less sparse version of The XX, all minor-key melodies and emotionally downwardly spiraling beats. But a lot of what makes the tunes on Gut Wrenching work is Havey’s voice, a husky whisper that makes ever y song feel like a dark confession, a siren’s lure into the shadows of Planet Grayscale. If there is a downside to Gut Wrenching, of the 14 songs, there are precious few that stick with a listener as hooks. However, the chilling vibe that runs throughout may get into your bones. With good production, songwriting and deliver y, Gut Wrenching is a solid album from start to finish and should be enough to establish Hey V Kay as one of Boise’s leading electronic artists and most compelling young producers. —Josh Gross

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YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208578-9122,

Festivals & Events ANNIVERSARY PARTY—Celebrate Pengilly’s’ anniversary in style with Frim Fram 4. 5 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344. XTREME HOLIDAY XTRAVAGANZA—See Sunday. 7:30 p.m. $30. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

Art COLOR FIELDS—See Wednesday. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS EXHIBIT—See Wednesday. 1-6 p.m. FREE. Lee Gallery Boise, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, Boise, 208-345-1120,

Food & Drink DATE NIGHT AT CORKSCREWS—See Wednesday. 7-9 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews Wine Shop and Pub, 729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-4049, www.

Art COLOR FIELDS—See Wednesday. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS EXHIBIT—See Wednesday. 1-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. FREE. Lee Gallery Boise, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, Boise, 208345-1120,

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Food & Drink

BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— See Wednesday. 7009 W. Franklin Road., 6 p.m. FREE, 208-853-0678.

TUESDAY NIGHT BEER AND WINE TASTINGS—Enjoy appetizers and selections from a different Idaho brewer or winemaker every week. 6 p.m. $5. Salt Tears Coffeehouse & Noshery, 4714 W. State St.,, Boise, 208275-0017,

CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOURS— See Monday. 6:30 p.m. $5. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208468-5858,

Kids & Teens STAR WARS ABRIDGED—Don your Yoda costume and watch Ben Hamill and Kevin Labrum of Theatre Sans Limites perform an abridged version of all six Star Wars movies. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-3620181,

Odds & Ends HELICOPTER RIDES—See Friday. 5-10 p.m. $50 per person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-344-9558,

WEDNESDAY DEC. 19 Festivals & Events SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION: BOOZE CLUES—With EJ Pettinger. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

On Stage DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,


HELICOPTER RIDES—See Friday. 5-10 p.m. $50/person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-344-9558, LATIN NIGHTS—See Wednesday. 7:30-11 p.m. $5. The Press, 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B, Boise, 208-336-9577. PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— See Wednesday. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE. Elmer’s, 1385 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-343-5714. SCRABBLE GAME NIGHT—Play the word game Scrabble with friends or join a pick-up game. 6 p.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-375-4454, 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.

Animals & Pets GARDEN VALLEY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT—Volunteers count and record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified circle 15 miles in diameter. All experience levels are welcome. Experienced birders are teamed with novices, and it’s a good way for newcomers to learn and practice their skills. 7:30 a.m. FREE. Wild Bill’s Coffee, 592 Middlefork Road, Garden Valley, 208-462-3505.

Ongoing BODIES REVEALED—The Bodies Revealed exhibition features an intimate and informative view into the human body, using an innovative preservation process. Visitors have an exceptional opportunity to come face-to-face with 12 full-body specimens and more than 150 additional organs and partial specimens. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $14-$18. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLEY TOUR—Join the holiday fun on the vintage decorated open air “Ms. Molly” Trolley. Dress warm and snuggle together on this 50-minute tour. The tour picks up at the Evergreen Business Mall (at Cole and Ustick) at the opposite end from where the library is. For more info, visit 7 p.m. $16 adults, $8 kids. Evergreen Business Mall-Library Plaza, corner of Cole and Ustick, Boise. HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS—Sleigh rides, bonfires, tree lighting, parade, Christmas tree hunting, snow tubing, snowman building, cross-country skiing, local artisans, shopping, dining and lodging each weekend will offer you a new adventure and a reason to take a drive and see a magical winter wonderland. For more info, email info@ Fridays-Sundays and Monday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m. FREE. Crouch, north of Boise, east of Highway 55 between Banks and Lowman. KEEP KIDS WARM OUTERWEAR COLLECTION DRIVE— Donate new and gently used clothing to Kissin’ 92.3 FM’s 16th annual Keep Kids Warm campaign. Items needed include coats, scar ves, hats and gloves. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. YMC Inc., 2975 Lanark St., Meridian; Tom Scott Toyota, Idaho Center Auto Mall, 15933 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. METRO EXPRESS—Submit original, non-commercial art to be showcased on Metro Express Car Wash’s signs downtown. Six images cropped to 192 pixels wide by 72 pixels tall in BMP format are needed. The same images are needed as full-size, uncropped JPEG files for Metro Express’s Facebook art galler y. Images, along with artist’s name and web address, may be sent to social@metroexpresscar 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,

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CREATURE COMFORTS Resolve to do better in 2013 at The Modern.

MODERN RESOLUTIONS AND CITY HALL SCULPTURES This New Year, The Modern Hotel and Bar would like to give you a leg up on keeping those New Year’s resolutions. On Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 5-10 p.m., the boutique hotel and bar is opening its courtyard-facing rooms to local businesses, artisans and nonprofits to create the Modern Resolutions marketplace. “Basically, we’re trying to give people a jump-start on their New Years resolutions,” said The Modern’s Jay Saenz. “So it’s a lot of pop-up shops, and every pop-up shop is themed around some of the top 10 things that people decide to do for the New Year. So we’ll have, for example, My Fit Foods is going to be here. And we’re going to have a personal trainer paired with them.” Other local businesses include Bricolage and Hyde Park Books, along with nonprofits like Think Boise First and Usful Glassworks. “Hyde Park Books is bringing all the classics that people often say, ‘I’m going to read Moby Dick this year,’” explained Saenz. The Modern will be repairing its roof on Dec. 28-29, so the hotel will be empty, but the bar and the restaurant will remain open. “We are planning some special warm drinks so that you can come into our bar, order something nice and warm, and then walk around a shop,” said Saenz. And speaking of renovations, crews are currently working to get Boise City Hall up to code. As part of that project, the Boise City Department of Arts and History has issued a call to artists for an original sculpture to spruce up the brick-paved plaza outside. In May, Boise Weekly shared the city’s proposals to replace the plaza’s blue-tiled fountain, which has occupied the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street since 1990. City Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb said the fountain aspect, which requires expensive infrastructure below the pavement, limited the number of applications received. “We were not able to come to agreement on one that was appropriate for that site,” said Bubb. The project has a $200,000 budget, half of which comes from the City of Boise and half from Capital City Development Corporation. “We’re looking for something that’s going to be an iconic piece, that’s a significant scale, that will represent the city in some way,” said Bubb. The invitation is extended to applicants living in the United States, and three artists or teams will be selected and paid $2,000 to present their proposed designs. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. —Tara Morgan and Andrew Crisp

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Olive Wicherski’s intricate drawings combine natural elements CHRISTINE RITCHIE At first glance, one of Olive Wicherski’s drawings appears to be a furry, rock-studded fish. But a second look uncovers much more. The fish’s eye resembles a frog’s eye surrounded by a furry, humanoid eyelid. What could pass for fins are actually fungi—relics of time Wicherski spent on the East Coast in college. The cluster of rocks on the creature’s back mimics the large rocks at her parents’ house. And a finishing touch—a ram’s horn—curls away Olive Wicherski’s “Carcass Quality” is one of her many terrarium illustrations. from the creature’s forehead. The untitled drawing is what Wicherski calls a terrarium: two-dimensional dioramas took [Warren] from pencil to explaining Zen is accessible to Wicherski whenever that artfully combine different aspects of inspiration strikes. Her studio is her bedroom color and focusing in on details.” nature. Most of her pieces are in black and Warren’s artistic interest lies in mythology with a drawing board mounted to the wall. white, though some have been drawn over and prehistoric worlds. “I’ll wake up in the middle of the night watercolor shapes. “He wants to illustrate books about with an idea. I’ll have anxious or half-asleep Wicherski, 23, graduated from Skidmore dinosaurs and use them to educate kids in thoughts, so it’s nice to be next to my work College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2011 school,” Wicherski said. with a bachelor’s of science in studio art with space,” she said. Lindig and the others involved at the One of Wicherski’s all-time favorite pieces, a drawing concentration. While the East CAAC have noticed Warren’s progress since Coast left an impression that has since mani- “Thaw,” is spring-themed. he began working with Wicherski. “When the snow melts and there’s the fested in many of her terrariums, Wicherski “It has been our privilege to see him squished earth underneath, it’s kind of the missed her hometown of Boise. evolve in his work and his pride in his work,” theme,” she said. “There’s a dead rat, flat“There’s an evolution to how the drawLindig said. tened plants, fungi, snail shells, tree rings, ings come about. I was super homesick my Wicherski and Warren both have pieces frog eyes … and a butsenior year of college; terfly chrysalis to appease on display in the Enable 3.0 showcase at the there’s nature [in New Creative Access Arts Center. Olive Wicherski’s work can be viewed people.” York] but people don’t online at or through When Wicherski isn’t sharing her pasWhile most envision go in it,” she explained, Friday, Dec. 28 at: sion for illustration with Warren, she’s busy spring as colorful, sunny while seated at A’Tavola, CREATIVE ACCESS ART CENTER holding down four other jobs. She works at and sprouting new life, decked out in mustard 500 S. Eighth St. the restaurant Bleubird, at an architecture Wicherski argues that yellow pants, a long scarf 208-342-5884 firm, as a ski coach for Bogus Basin’s Nordic it’s darker than that. The and multiple rings, Team, with woodworker John Studebaker— earth must first work rings and bracelets. and, of course, as an artist. through what’s been hidThe ram’s horn ter“My job title is ‘over-employed,’” Wichering underneath the snow and suppressed by rarium drawing was one of the first pieces ski said with a smile. the cold. Wicherski did upon her return to Boise. Wicherski also creates jewelry and other Angela Lindig, executive director of Her interest in art developed early on. silver works in her parents’ garage, some Idaho Parents Unlimited, recognized the “My parents would give me art supplies of which she sells at Bricolage. Most of her essence of the local landscape in one of and say, ‘Make the most of this,’” she said. jewelry is custom made and often Boise Wicherski’s pieces. “I’m glad they did.” “I looked at one of her pieces and said, ‘It or Idaho themed, depending on the client. Wicherski also took community art leslooks like Idaho!’” said Lindig. “Olive said it Wicherski’s artwork recently caught the eye sons and gleaned inspiration from her aunt was inspired after taking a river rafting trip.” of RAW: Artists, where she exhibited her art Natalie Miller—an interior designer—and in the December showcase at Powerhouse Wicherski’s detail and patience compelled her uncle Aaron Miller, an artist who worked Event Center. Lindig to invite her to be a master artist in at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York Wicherski’s drawings encourage deep and IPUL’s Master Apprentice Artist Program, City for 20 years. imaginative examination. They demands a which pairs artists across the state with artShe began drawing animals by looking at second look, an examination into the bizarre ists with disabilities who hope to one day be old pictures taken on hikes with her dad. textures and elements that her imagination employed in the arts. “They became blobs,” she laughed. cobbles together. Wicherski now works with apprentice Now they’re blobs with hair. Wicherski “I love how her mind works. It comes painstakingly adorns many of her pieces with Reid Warren at the Creative Access Arts Centhrough in the details,” said Lindig. “You ter, IPUL’s facility in downtown Boise. thousands of tiny hairs. really do want to study it. Too often, we just “We had the apprentice first and knew “Making all those little lines, it’s like blaze by art. Her work really does make you what he wanted, so we explored somebody Zen,” she explained. “I think of them as stop and study. It conjures up ideas.” who was an illustrator,” Lindig said. “Olive almost my little pets.” WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

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WHITE NOISE Matthew E. White blends gritty and pristine on Big Inner Grammy nominees were announced last week.

LOCAL ALBUM AVALANCHE Grammy nominations were recently announced for the award show, which airs Sunday, Feb. 10, on CBS. Big winners in the nominations included Frank Ocean, Fun. and Gotye, all of whom pulled multiple noms across categories, including Album of the Year. And while Carly Rae Jepsen—aka “the plot to destroy America”—was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, Idaho’s Carole King got a nomination in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for her album A Holiday Carole. But with the exception of our lady King, the Grammys are all about records that got jack shizzle to do with Idaho. Luckily, plenty of local albums are about to be released, as well. Hummingbird of Death dropped its new album, Skullvalance, which is available online for streaming or download. The band will also release a vinyl version of the record at a show Friday, Dec. 28, at Ash-Hole Studios. However, as that is a house show, we aren’t gonna tell you where it is. You’re going to have to ask your friend Google where you can go listen in Boise, hint hint. Another new recording is on the way from local blues act Sun Blood Stories. The new EP will feature guitar-slinger Ben Kirby’s expanded trio lineup. The band has yet to finalize the details of the release, but the new EP should drop sometime in January 2013. Kirby sent BW “Burn It Down,” an advance track from the EP, and it’s pretty smoking. Check it out on Cobweb. Debut recordings are also on the way from post-rockers Red Hands Black Feet and Boise’s best fake German dance band, The Dirty Moogs. These Things are Important, the debut album from RHBF, will be released Thursday, Dec. 20, at Red Room. Lakefriend and First Borns will open the show, which starts at 8 p.m. and costs $3. Peter Goes to Law School, the debut EP from The Dirty Moogs, will be released New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, at Neurolux. The EP features four original songs and two remixes, and will be released as a digital download and CD by Nampa’s Sunless Sea Records. The show starts at 7 p.m., with Edmond Dantes opening and tunes from DJ Noah Hyde afterwards. It costs $5 to get in. And finally, Gayze, a side project of members of Boise bands TEENS, Art Fad and Deaf Kid, will debut as a live act, and release its debut record at Red Room Saturday, Dec. 29. That show costs $3 and starts at 8 p.m. Predictably, the other bands on the bill are TEENS, Art Fad and Deaf Kid. —Josh Gross

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CHRIS PARKER One thing’s starkly apparent when listening to Matthew E. White’s debut album, Big Inner: It’s not the work of a beginner. While White is a grad of Virginia Commonwealth’s music program, his orchestral pop flourishes mingle easily with freak folk expansiveness and languid Southern soul, creating a sophisticated yet earthy sound. “Some of this record is all lo-fi, weird and crazy, and part of it is hyper-produced with these big string and horn arrangements,” said White from his Richmond, Va. home. “I tell people, the first artists I listened to were Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys over and over and over again. That’s over-simplistic, but to bring it back to its roots, that’s some Matthew E. White shows Boise his Big Inner child during Radio Boise Tuesday at Neurolux. lo-fi gritty shit and then more developed pop, L.A.-world stuff. That’s where Big Inner kind of falls: somewhere in that weird realm.” “There is an incredibly special communias a groovy melody takes the stage in front White, the son of missionaries, grew up ty here in Richmond that I sort of saw and of a jazz-soul, Big Easy-tinged piano line. attending American missionary schools in the have been a part of, and I thought, ‘We can The fluid, funky jam explodes with female Philippines and Japan before coming back to make something long-lasting here,” he said. Virginia Beach, Va. It was there that a teenage background vocals as White declares his “The record was sort of a second thought. mistrust for his former partner and intenWhite decided playing guitar sounded like a I wanted to start this label and to have a tion to move on, adding ironic shading to fun job. While the idea might seem a tad idecareer as a producer and an arranger. So let alistic, just like his music, White’s life is driven the titular, gospel-flavored refrain. me do a lot of records on this label and try Similarly, “Hot Toddies” opens with a by a blend of practicality and fanciful flights. to establish the community in sort of a long mournful violin and He saw music school game. To do that, let me go first and sort of solemn vocal that as laying the foundademonstrate how this process could work.” balances the cold tion for a career, and Matthew E. White with Thomas Paul Band and It worked better than he could have wind against the approached it thus. DJ B.R., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., $5. imagined. The August release of Big Inner warm hearth inside, “People think NEUROLUX received an 8.1 from picky Pitchfork, and declaring “Hot todthey’ll come out of 111 N. 11th St., opportunities have rolled in, including an dies, you know we’ll music school with 208-343-0886, opening slot on the recent Mountain Goats have a good time.” a career, but being tour and a United Kingdom tour in January. The sweeping strings able to play music “I didn’t think of myself as having a solo are nearly enough only gets you to the career or being a recording artist in that to bring Bing Cosby starting line, and then way. It’s certainly taken a turn to where it’s up to you to finish the race—or really to back for one last “White Christmas.” it’s at, which is fine; I am thankful for it. By the song’s midpoint, horns are on start the race,” he said. “They’re not manIt’s great and things keep coming down the hand, bringing out a subtle Dixieland feel agement companies. They’re not equipping pipeline,” he said. “It’s crazy. I thought of it you with business skills, nor do I think they before segueing into a slinky late-night Bohemian groove, led by White’s sotto voce going an entirely different way.” should. They’re there to teach you how to While the gigs and accolades are nice, appeal, “Who likes winter?” There’s a loose play music and that’s it.” they aren’t White’s real goal. The true joy After graduating, White played in avant- adventurous imagination to the album that comes in the craft of taking something from never lets it settle in one place too long. jazz crew Fight the Big Bull, and there are “There’s a certain energy that a first album his imagination and bringing it to life—crefree jazz seasonings sprinkled across the ating a pure, unmediated expression. album. Yet in truth, Big Inner was driven by has that none of your other records are going “Watching kids make art is really special to have, and you can’t recreate it. There’s a an urge to go in the other direction. because it’s just them. There’s nothing in becertain amount of wildness,” White said. “That’s fun, but at some point, I also tween their brain and what they’re putting on He recorded the album as sort of a test listen to songs and arrangements that are a piece of paper. It’s like it’s so true to them,” case for his new label/studio, Spacebomb. really clean and easy to listen to. With this The idea was to return to something like the he said. “That’s what I think true artists or album, I said, ‘Let me make something that’s old studio system, in which a producer, like visual artists or movie directors look for— more along those lines,” White said. “It’s a when they can get to this simplistic but really Phil Spector, would have a house band of reaction to the previous seven years of playpure nature of who they are and put that crack session players. White wants to proing avant-garde stuff, which is a little taxing alongside just being good at making their duce, arrange and facilitate when not makon your nerves.” The song “Big Love” almost encompass- ing records. In fact, Big Inner was originally shit. Then you get some cool stuff. That’s intended to be a demonstration project, not what I’m working at. I haven’t gone very far es that feeling, starting with skronk horn yet but I’m working to get there.” an album. bleats and feedback that are pushed aside WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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BLIND PILOT, DEC. 15, KNITTING FACTORY Indie-folk band Blind Pilot is known as much for its altruistic pursuits as frontman Israel Nebeker’s acoustic hymns. The Portland, Ore., band once completed a West Coast tour on bicycles, spurred by environmental concerns. And Saturday, Dec. 15, the band’s charitable inclinations bring it back to Boise. This weekend, the band will perform at 94.9 FM, The River’s Concert For a Cause. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefits the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and there will also be live and silent auctions, including a turntable and vinyl package donated by the Record Exchange. Money raised will help the organization’s efforts to provide services for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates an emergency shelter and two transitional homes, as well as provides counseling and court advocacy. Blind Pilot shares the stage with opener Allen Stone from Washington. With Allen Stone. 6:30 p.m., $22-$60. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, —Andrew Crisp

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MOJO ROUNDERS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

BOURBON DOGS—5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

BUDDY AND THE BB’S—6 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s

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

BROCK BARTEL—6 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s Jim Fishwild—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

DAN COSTELLO—With Ben Burdick. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

ATOMIC MAMA—With Art Fad and Christopher Smith. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux

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

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

BIG WOW—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

DAN COSTELLO—5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown

BUDDY AND THE BB’S—6 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s

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

CHUCK SMITH—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

LARRY CONKLIN—10:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La

THE CLUMSY LOVERS—See Listen Here, Page 55. 8:30 p.m. $13-$35. Knitting Factory

LIQUID LABS—Featuring D Ron Groove and Mixstress Morningstar. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid

High On Fire

PAUL DRAGONE—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

HIGH ON FIRE—With Goat Whore and Lo Pan. 7 p.m. $15 adv., $18 door. Neurolux


JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. FlatbreadDowntown

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club STRIVE ROOTS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

COFFEE HOUSE CLUB—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s DYING FAMOUS—With Cap Gun Suicide, Fetish 37 and Parallel Collision. 9 p.m. FREE. Frontier Club EZ STREET—9 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid GIZZARD STONE—8-11 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper JEFF PALMER BAND—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel

POKE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5, Buffalo Club TODD DUNNIGAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill VODOU CHILD—9 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s

SATURDAY DEC. 15 CONCERT FOR THE CAUSE 2012—See Listen Here, this page. Featuring Blind Pilot with Allen Stone. 6:30 p.m. $22-$60. Knitting Factory THE CONNECTION—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s DJ MAXIM—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill EVIL WINE’S NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS PARTY—Featuring The Sneezz Christmas Special, Unhallowed, Sword of a Bad Speller Christmas Special, The Mongoloids, DJ Bones, and MC Bart Bell. 9 p.m. $3. Red Room


GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE FRANK MARRA—With Boxcar 3. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers


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

GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid


GIZZARD STONE—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape

BLAZE & KELLY—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

JEFF PALMER BAND—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s

EMILY TIPTON—With Meghan Waters. 8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

KAYLEIGH JACK—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears

JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s

NAOMI PSALM—9-p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s PINTO BENNETT—With Trio Pinto. 6 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s POKE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5, Buffalo Club SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

TODD DUNNIGAN—10:15 a.m. FREE. Berryhill TURNS OUT—Midnight. FREE. Liquid


A-N-D FRIENDS—6 p.m. FREE. Moxie Java-Five Mile

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

BLUES JAM WITH WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge

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

TOM HOGARD—7:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s TURNS OUT—Midnight. FREE. Liquid

PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3, Liquid RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s

STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s

BEN BURDICK—5:20 p.m. Flatbread-Bown



PAUL DRAGONE—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

HAVEN DAVID SNOW—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown


Zappa Plays Zappa ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA—8:30 p.m. $26-$70. Knitting Factory

LARRY CONKLIN—10:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La LIQUID LABS—Featuring D Ron Groove and Mixstress Morningstar. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid NAOMI PSALM—6 p.m. FREE. Curb

TERRY JONES—With Bill Liles. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

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In Outliers, his book about success, Malcolm Gladwell discusses something he calls the 10,000-hour rule—the number of hours that must be put into an activity to truly master it. Vancouver, B.C., folk band The Clumsy Lovers has more than 2,500 live performances under its belt. If you factor an average performance time of one hour, and time spent practicing and recording its nine albums, the group is well over the 10,000-hour mark. And those 10,000-plus hours show. The interplay between the group’s drums and banjo is as tight as a marching band, which creates furiously danceable backbones for its country-rock ballads and bluegrass anthems. The band has twice gotten nods from the Indie Acoustic Music Awards for CD of the Year and has been nominated multiple times for Canadian Folk Music Awards. 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, $13-$35. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, —Josh Gross

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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings


GOOD EEE-VEN-ING Hitchcock is deliciously macabre MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL—British comedy favorite presented by Boise Classic Movies. Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. $9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS—Boise Classic Movies presents Tim Burton’s pan-holiday classic about Halloween’s aggressive takeover of Christmas. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. $6-$9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208345-0454,


THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY—Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett and more star in Peter Jackson’s screen adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novel about a hobbit who gets unexpectedly wrapped up in a quest to reclaim the dwarf city Erebor from the gold-hoarding dragon Smaug. (PG-13) Opens Friday, Dec. 14. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.

GEORGE PRENTICE If you love classic cinema, I’m happy to report that you’ll enjoy Hitchcock. If you’re a devotee of Alfred Hitchcock, you’ll no doubt love Anthony Hopkins starring as the master of suspense. And if you’re particularly a fan of Psycho—a film that made people afraid of taking showers—you may be giddy enough to watch the film in a bath-towel. This terrifically mischievous film blends a macabre sensibility with pop culture history. Most importantly, the film never fails Anthony Hopkins stars as the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. to entertain, right from its opening moments when Hopkins—tucked deep beneath cho the movie. It worked. (and human flesh) on his way to an Oscar. pounds of makeup and padding—squints It also illuminates the financial tug of war In Hitchcock, Hopkins meets his perfect into the lens and groans out a Hitchcockian, surrounding the film, which led Hitchcock foil in another Oscar winner, Helen Mir“Good eeee-ven-ing.” to mortgage most of his private possessions. ren—portraying Alma, Hitchock’s wife and Hopkins’ Hitchock appears on screen Hopkins and Mirren are joined onscreen creative equal. We learn that Alma played scant seconds after 1950s serial killer Ed by James D’Arcy as a perfectly fidgety Ana critical role in Psycho’s success: pinpoint Gein busts the business end of a shovel thony Perkins, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and casting, groundagainst the back of Scarlett Johansson as the steamy (literally in breaking editing someone’s head. Gein’s her shower scene) Janet Leigh. I’m not a fan techniques and the body-snatching and HITCHCOCK (PG-13) of Johansson’s pouting-as-acting technique, use of Bernard Hermurderous exploits Directed by Sacha Gervasi rmann’s musical score but she’s pretty swell here. were the foundation of Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Hitchcock offers some deconstruction of of screeching violins Robert Bloch’s 1959 Scarlett Johansson the master’s demons and professional motivafor the shower scene. novel Psycho. Opens Friday, Dec. 14 at The Flicks tion but, ultimately, the film is equal part The film includes It should not go unchills and nervous fun. other juicy bits, noticed that Gein was Alfred Hitchcock once quipped, “The cinincluding Hitchock’s also the inspiration ema is not a slice of life but a piece of cake.” directive to his staff to buy every available for fictional serial killer Buffalo Bill in The I’m going back for more. Hitchcock was copy of Psycho the novel, so that audiences Silence of the Lambs, the 1991 film in which delicious. wouldn’t know the surprise ending of PsyHopkins chewed a fair amount of scenery


A round up of last week’s wittiest TV quotes

“The Grammy nominations came out and, this is interesting, both Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton were nominated in the category Best Spoken Word Album. … Michelle was nominated for the audio version of her book American Grown and Bill Clinton was nominated for the audio version of 50 Shades of Grey.” THE GUILT TRIP—An inventor (Seth Rogen) invites his mother (Barbra Streisand) on a cross-country trip to sell his latest product and reunite her with a long-lost love. (PG-13) Opens Wednesday, Dec. 19. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.

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—Conan O’Brien, Dec. 6

“President Obama on Thursday lit the National Christmas Tree. Or as Fox News reported it, ‘Obama insults Israel.’” —Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live, Dec. 8

“Who wants to learn a song about press gangs and infanticide?”

—The Decemberists teaching music to Springfield students after a hipster invasion, The Simpsons, Dec. 9


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Oliver Stone narrates The Untold History of the United States.

OLIVER STONE’S GOSPEL OF AMERICA To narrate Showtime’s new miniseries, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, Stone grew a suspicious mustache. It’s as if the notoriously conspiratorial director convinced himself he was about to expose such establishment-shattering revelations that he needed some semblance of a disguise. In a hushed tone of whispered solemnity and gravelthroated gravitas reminiscent of Christian Bale as Batman, Stone announces that he wants to rescue us from the “tyranny of now” and correct the “fog” of lies we’ve been told since grade-school. Stone then goes on to completely deflate our expectations. Instead of infusing the tedium of conventional history with gloriously preposterous theories about FDR being a time-traveling communist alien-vampire, he drones on about Henry Wallace’s vice presidency for untold minutes during the first two episodes. In short, there’s no need for the mustache. The visual presentation is stellar, replete with oddly incongruous images of historical footage, fictional film clips, gloriously bad recreations, and—in one case—Nazis

on a merry-go-round. Stone frequently quotes philosophical, musical, theological and artistic luminaries over superbly crafted and paced visual/musical beats. But he occasionally throws in pathological emphases on historical minutiae that may or may not be true—“eating soups made of glue from wallpaper or rats or fellow human beings”—and what-if scenarios left for the viewer to interpret. Anybody can do that. Those bored by history classes probably won’t get excited about Stone intoning, “Less than two weeks after the pact was signed, Hitler invaded Poland from the west.” As for those who condemn Stone for portraying himself as anti-authoritarian when he ends up sympathizing with dictatorial regimes, he doesn’t do anything to ease the disdain— especially when he essentially attributes the victory of WWII to “Mother Russia.” The show was originally titled Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America. It would be far more interesting to see Oliver Stone’s Secret Future of America. That way, we would know for sure whether he’s the modern-day Nostradamus or the Y2K of Hollywood directors. —Damon Hunzeker

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EXTRA/SCREEN THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS IS A FINE STOCKING STUFFER The Fitzgerald Family Christmas feels like a sweater. Not your Aunt Helen’s ridiculous Christmas monstrosity, but rather your favorite fisherman’s knit pullover that you tug on when life’s cold winds begin to blow. Written, directed and starring Edward Burns, the Fitzgerald family is more clan than kin: two parents, eight kids and a half-dozen significant others. The father (Ed Lauter) tells his oldest WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

son Gerry (Burns) that he wants to return to spend Christmas with the same family that he abandoned 20 years prior. But rather than offering a typical overindulgence of loathing, Burns crafts a film that considers the grace of forgiveness. Sure, the Fitzgeralds are boisterous, but they’re never stereotypical. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is far from the best holiday movie ever made, but it’s a cozy film. After all, you would never throw that sweater away, would you? —George Prentice

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SOLDIERING ON More of the Foothills may get protection.

SKI WATCH Idaho snowdancing seems to be having only mixed results this year. While Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area officials need to look through a snowglobe to see any of the white stuff on the hill, crews at Tamarck Resort are readying to open the slopes. Tamarack Resort is moving full steam ahead for a Saturday, Dec. 15, opening. Like other resorts in the area, Tamarack has plenty of snow at the summit, but warm temperatures have kept conditions at the base a bit sparse. Even the area’s snowmaking equipment hasn’t been much use when facing the unseasonable temperatures. Still, resort officials are planning to start running the lifts on Dec. 15—even if they are only able to use the top portion of the mountain. Tamarack is marking opening day with a special promotion: Anyone who brings a nonperishable meal for four on opening day will be able to ski for free. All food collected will be donated to Valley County food banks. Lifts at Tamarack will run ThursdaysSundays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with additional dates during the Christmas holiday when the hill will be open daily from Thursday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 6. Adult day passes cost $49, or $39 for a half day. Passes for teens (ages 13-17) cost $42, while juniors (ages 7-12) pay $24. Children ages 6 and younger and seniors ages 70 and older ski for free. For more info, visit Both Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall and Pomerelle Mountain Resort in Albion are also reaping the benefits of recent snow and cold. Both resorts are scheduled to open for the season on Friday, Dec. 14. Get more info on Brundage’s opening online at and Pomerelle’s opening at Closer to home, and less snow-dependent, is news that the City of Boise is looking to buy 154 more acres of Foothills land. Boise City Council met Dec. 11 to consider the purchase of open space in Northwest Boise. Adjacent to Collister Drive, the parcel would provide access from existing public lands to the Polecat Gulch Reserve and protect populations of Aase’s onion. The land is expected to cost $500,000, and be purchased with Foothills Serial Levy funds. It’s the first purchase since the City sold the Hammer Flat area to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for just more than $4 million in July.

After 50 years, Soldier Mountain readies for a new chapter ANDREW CRISP For decades, skiers and snowboarders have carved through powder on the slopes above Fairfield, taking advantage of minimal lines and affordable prices at Soldier Mountain Ski Area. Largely considered a community ski hill, the modest resort’s greatest claim to fame was its celebrity owner, actor Bruce Willis, who bought the area in 1996. But after years on the market, Willis announced earlier this year he would give Solider Mountain to a nonprofit willing to run it. Enter Soldier Mountain Ski Area, Inc., the quickly formed group that jumped in to take over the beloved ski hill. Soldier Mountain has yet to open for the year, but J. Will Varin, president of the nonprofit group, said the organization has been busy making changes, and he promises visitors will notice the work. “It will feel different,” said Varin, head of the five-member board. “If somebody’s been there last year, and they go up this year, it will feel different.” Varin—a Fairfield native—is joined on the board by Jamon Frostenson, grandson of one of the mountain’s founders; Russell Schiermeier, who has worked at the mountain with his family; and William Wardwell and Robert Thomas, both Varin-Wardwell law partners. “We think it’s a great story,” said Varin. “This is the only time we’ve ever found that an operating ski area has been donated to a nonprofit.” After hearing of Willis’ offer in April, the group organized to facilitate the complex transaction. Varin admitted that community ties and a fair amount of legal expertise helped secure the deal. “The skill set that we were able to bring to this was a perfect fit,” he said. However, a second organization comprised of ski-area employees and other locals, the Soldier Mountain Recreation Association, organized at the same time with a similar mission. “When we got word of it, [Willis’ representatives] wanted to have a decision made within three weeks,” said Varin. “There wasn’t really time to kind of marry the organizations, at first.” With the rapid pace, Varin said his group had more tools in place to be able to take over operations. However, SMRA isn’t being left out in the cold. The organization has a carved out a broad mission around the mountain, including collaboration on summertime activities and special events.

J. Will Varin is among those helping to usher in a new chapter in the history of Soldier Mountain Ski Area.

“They’re out there spreading the word and getting folks up there, while Soldier Mountain Ski Area, Inc., we’ll be the ones actually operating the mountain,” Varin said. It’s the latest chapter in a story that began in 1948, when Bob Frostenson and Harry Durall began clearing trees and constructing a lodge in the mountains north of Fairfield. Around the same time, Varin’s grandfather, a Boise dermatologist named Frank Crowe, helped build Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. Soldier Mountain grew over the years, drawing 12,000 skiers last season. “We would like to get to 15,000 this year,” said Varin. “If we get there, we’re kind of at a break-even point. We’re trying to get the word out so that people are aware that we’re here.” Since the transfer, Soldier Mountain has enlisted volunteers to get the hill ready for the 2012-2013 season. “The amount of work that they have already put in is pretty incredible. That’s one of the things we’re able to do, is reduce the expenses because people are up there volunteering their time,” said Varin. That includes Don and Kristi Schiermeier, who served as on-the-ground representatives in Fairfield. The family purchased the skill hill from the Frostenson family in the 1970s and managed it until its sale to Willis. The nonprofit model isn’t new to Idaho slopes. Bogus Basin became a nonprofit in 2005. General Manager Alan Moore said he gave Soldier Mountain insight on moving forward prior to taking ownership. “Of course, 501(c)(3)s don’t pay income taxes, but that isn’t the problem with most ski areas, because they’re not profitable,” he said. “You have all this infrastructure out there, all this equipment that you only operate four months out of the year.” The ski business isn’t a cake walk, Moore said. Equipment sits perched on a mountain, subjected to severe weather. Roads must be plowed and sanded, and facilities require constant maintenance. “There’s no shortage of things to spend a

lot of money on,” said Moore. Nonprofits such as Bogus Basin and Soldier Mountain can solicit donations, but both organizations stress those dollars are meant to develop the mountain. “We’ll raise funds and solicit donations, but we want that to be toward the development, putting in a new lift or the big kind of longterm developments,” said Varin. “We want it to be operating as a sustainable business and that’s what we’re really trying to accomplish.” This year’s projects included adding fresh paint to ski hill facilities, replacing the drive system of one of two double chairlifts, and resurrecting a cat skiing program. “Soldier was actually one of the first ski areas in Idaho to do cat skiing,” said Varin. “That’s taking skiers up into backcountry terrain with a snow cat. ... It’s a super great opportunity, taking people up into the 10,000foot, kind of alpine terrain with big bowls and glades and chutes.” Personnel at Bogus Basin balloon from 35 year-round staff to 600 or 700 employees during the ski season, Moore said. He used the term “community-owned” to describe the mountain but cautioned that hills need to remind the community of their role. “As you know, there are a lot of 501(c)(3)s out there and you need to tell folks why you’re different,” he said. “In our case, we’re trying to tell folks that Bogus is an economic driver for the community.” Soldier Mountain is smaller than Bogus, featuring 39 ski runs and a base elevation of 5,800 feet. Lifts service a vertical drop of 1,400 feet, and the hill employees near 50 staffers. But Varin sees Soldier Mountain’s role in the community as similar to that of Bogus Basin. “We’re approaching it in a very similar fashion. Really, it’s an amenity for the town and it’s a super great thing to be able to have that right there,” he said. “We don’t look at Bogus or Sun Valley, or Brundage. We don’t see them as competitors. We complement what they have to offer.”

—Deanna Darr and Andrew Crisp

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Recurring ADULT ADVANCED TECHNIQUE CLASS—Class designed for adults with advanced dance technique and ability who would like to continue building their strength or brush up on their skills. Monday, 8-9 p.m. $10$40. Back Stage Dance Center, 2140 E. Commercial St., Meridian, 208-887-4908,

TO SLEEP OR SPIN? THAT IS THE QUESTION Midnight might technically begin a new day, but the nebulous time between 11:59 p.m. and 5 a.m. still feels like nighttime to me. I’m confident that many others won’t commit to the term “morning” until even later, when the first rays of sunlight peek over the horizon. While most are still engaged in dreamy REM states at 4:45 a.m., there is an astonishingly alert and dedicated population of gym-goers who simultaneously gather in the parking lot at the downtown YMCA several days each week. By 4:55 a.m., they’ve formed a line at the front door, knowing that the front desk attendant won’t be one minute late in sliding back the locked bolt to admit entrance. Having heard rumors of these earlier-than-early birds, my curiosity grew. What was so compelling about being among the first arrivals at the gym to warrant a middle-of-the night walk-up call? On my third attempt to drag myself out of bed at a quarter to 5 a.m., I finally resisted the impulse to hit the snooze button. Bolstered by auto-brewed espresso, I scurried out of my house and arrived at the YMCA in time to become the 17th person in line just as the front door was being pushed open. Of this small crowd, nearly half made a beeline for the basement home of the spin room. Within the cinderblock walls of this cavern sit 30 heavy-duty stationary bicycles, several highvelocity fans and a stereo system with surround-sound. The instructor must have spent the night at the gym, because the brightly lit room was already vibrating with an up-tempo beat. The regulars staked out their territory immediately, brandishing dirty looks at an interloper (me) who might unknowingly mount a bike in their usual spot. I was lucky to find an empty saddle thanks only to another gym rat’s having snored through her alarm clock, surrendering her reservation in the first indoor cycling class of the day. There wasn’t a single unclaimed bike in the room when the lights dimmed and the fans turned on. Stifling a yawn, I began to pedal, slowly increasing my cadence to keep time with Lady Gaga and the perky instructor, who encouraged the roomful to add a little more resistance to the flywheels on our bikes and amp up our collective exertion. It didn’t take long for the sweat puddle beneath my bike to reach an embarrassing proportion. Were people going to think I’d spilled my water bottle on the floor? In my mind I was climbing 10 percent grades, racing along at 27 mph, out-sprinting a massive peloton and covering more distance in an hour than most people cover in a day. But in reality, as hard as I turned the cranks, my bike hadn’t moved. An energizing play list and borrowed motivation from the other participants in the class had synergistically created the most effective indoor workout I’ve ever done. Body drenched in perspiration and veins coursing with endorphin-fed satisfaction, it dawned on me. This is why I arose so early—an experience worth getting up for is one that leaves you physically wiped out but mentally wired for the day ahead. I’ll be back, even if it means staying up all night to avoid having to get up so early.

BELAY CERTIFICATION CLASSES—Participants learn basic safety principles and proper belay technique during this one-hour course. Saturday, Noon-1 p.m. $5. YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT OPEN SHOP—The shop is open for volunteers interested in working on bicycles for children of low-income families, refugees and Boise’s homeless population. For more information, email Wednesday-Saturday, Noon-6 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-4296520, CONTEMPORARY-MODERN DANCE—Develop creativity and diversity with this expressive dance form. Wednesday classes are for ages 10-14, Saturday classes are for adults. Wednesday, 6:45-7:45 p.m. and Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. $15, discount with purchase of multiple classes. Ballet Idaho, 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3430556, FIRE DANCING CLASSES— Learn the beautiful art of fire dancing from expert instructors in a safe environment. Fridays, 6-7 p.m. $9. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, LADIES WRENCH NIGHT—The work night for ladies only is a chance to work or learn to work on bikes with the tools and expertise provided. Each night features a 30-minute class on a different aspect of bicycle repair. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,

Sports & Fitness IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—vs. Santa Cruz Warriors. Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m. $8. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497, home.aspx. IDAHO WAFFLE CYCLOCROSS KRINGLE KROSS—Idaho Waffle Cyclocross presents the fourth annual Kringle Kross and Salvation Army Toy Drive at the Eagle Bike Park. In addition to the racing action, hot coffee, free Belgium waffles, and $2 Payette Brewing pints will be available, with proceeds going directly to the Treasure Valley Salvation Army. Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Ada-Eagle Sports Complex, Old Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle,

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ANCHOR BREWING OUR SPECIAL ALE 2012 The 38th edition of this Christmas ale is a dark ebony in the glass with a latte-colored head that collapses rather quickly. This brew has lots of spice on the nose with nutmeg and clove backed by piney hops and brown sugar. Big and bold on the palate, this beer’s fruitcake flavors are a mix of maple sugar, toffee, nut, plum, orange and clove. This pick is a little boozy on the finish and while not my style, it’s an American classic. SAMUEL SMITH’S WINTER WELCOME ALE 2012 This brew has a newpenny, copper-hued color topped by a two-finger, snow- white head that leaves a prominent lacing. The sweet aromas are reminiscent of sticky buns fresh from the oven with just a touch of floral hops. There’s a light, roasted element in this beer with a fruity background to the caramel malt flavors. This is a nice break from the hop-driven seasonals dominating the Northwest market.

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DUTCH OVEN DEN AT BLUE MOOSE CAFE Country comfort food JOSH GROSS Dutch oven cuisine may celebrate the simplicity of cooking in the outdoors, but it’s not quite so simple to eat at the Dutch Oven Den, a catering venture currently serving dinners at Eagle’s Blue Moose Cafe. First off, it’s only open for dinner on weekends—and not even all weekends. A recent Saturday night meal was canceled Wayne Hoover mans the Dutch oven with wife Sandy at Eagle’s Blue Moose Cafe. because of a Boise State University football game. The Den will also be shut down if there aren’t enough reservations, something more adventurous, complete with chunks of and to the point. diners may not find out about until the last bell peppers and bacon for a hearty countryDiners got their choice of country-style second. On top of that, unlike most restauflavored medley. pork ribs or barbecue chicken served with rant experiences wherein diners show up That wasn’t the case, though, with the potatoes and salad, finished off with a small and choose what they would like to eat, the wedge of warm peach cobbler lackluster salad intended to give the meal some Dutch Oven Den serves only a color. It was little more than chopped iceberg topped with ice cream. few items at a time and delivlettuce garnished with slivers of red onion and The bone-free pork ribs ers them in one fell swoop at DUTCH OVEN DEN AT a choice of Italian or ranch dressings. had a lightly crispy exterior 7 p.m., like a cafeteria or a BLUE MOOSE CAFE Dessert was a peach cobbler that was without being charred or dried summer camp. 79 E. Aikens St., Eagle, warm and gooey enough that it could honout. They were served without It makes for a somewhat 208-939-3079 estly be advertised as a little slice of heaven. complex sauces or rubs, letting unusual dining experience. The Dutch Oven Den at The Blue Moose the pork juices and flavors take On a recent Saturday eveCafe is not a culinary revolution. It’s just comcenter stage. The barbecued ning, the Blue Moose filled up fort food, plain and simple. But it could be just chicken had a nice tangy baste that leaned quickly with locals seeking chow as simple the thing for those seeking an uncomplicated and earnest as the log cabin-style decor of the sweet rather than spicy, but the white breast meal, provided they can get through the commeat was a little dried out from its time in the cafe. The food was prepared in Dutch ovens plications required to experience it at all. resting on large, half-barrel barbecues on the Dutch oven. A side heaping of potatoes was a little cafe’s front porch. Meat and potatoes; plain

FOOD/NEWS and chicken kabobs, along with more unusual items like mantu—beef dumplings topped with a yellow split pea sauce and yogurt—and bolani, Beef and bourbon are an all-American masculine dream team. And St. scallion turnovers served with a spicy salsa. Lawrence Gridiron, the food truck equivalent of Tom Selleck’s moustache, Tazah Kabob is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is pairing the two for the Beast and Bourbon pop-up dinner at Pengilly’s offers a lunch buffet for $8.99 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.Saloon Thursday, Dec. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 208-376-0333. “It’ll be $50 a person for the meal and the pairing—four courses plus And in other ethnic market news, Bosnia Market owners Dusanka and four drinks … small pours—$35 if you have an adverse reaction to bourErmin Kurtagic launched an expanded selection of wine last month, adding bon, but we reserve the right to make fun of you if you can’t handle your bargain bottles from the Pacific Northwest, bourbon,” said SLG owner Brian Garrett. Australia and Argentina to a selection of Garrett said the bourbon will be mostly imported European wines. According to top shelf, while the preliminary dinner Ermin, the wines were chosen for their afmenu includes bones and toast with fordable prices. lemon jelly and parsley paste, a beefed-up But the list also includes hard-to-find barley shot with beef chicharron and jerky imported options like a chocolate-flavored twist, beer brazen short ribs with SouthMoldovan wine and a Montenegrin chardonern grits and collard chips and a bourbon nay. The shelves in the restaurant space German chocolate beef cake served with include higher quality vino and imports from calf liver ice cream. Romania, Russia and Bulgaria. Reservations for the 36-seat dinner can Ermin added that he hopes to host a be made by calling 208-830-7030 or emailwine tasting of the BOEX offerings before ing the end of December. And speaking of bringing the beef, a new Afghan restaurant, Tazah Kabob, opened —Tara Morgan and Andrew Crisp next door to the Kabul Market at 5755 W. Bosnia Express now offers a broader selection of vino. Overland Road. The joint serves beef, lamb



SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION FRESH HOP ALE 2012 A very persistent, three-finger creme brulee-colored froth covers this vibrant amber brew. The aromas are a light but lovely mix of candied fruit and malt, with a healthy dose of citruslaced, resiny hops. This beer’s emphasis is on the fresh hops, but it’s in no way overwhelming. Delicious, enticingly smooth malt and soft citrus flavors chime in, making for an exceptional winter brew.

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This week, we’re considering a few winter classics. Samuel Smith’s Brewery was established in Tadcaster, England in 1758 and is Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. California’s Anchor is a pioneer in the craft brewing category. Its history dates back to the Gold Rush of 1849, but the modern era began in 1965 when Fritz Maytag acquired a majority interest. Sierra Nevada is a relative newbie, with the first Celebration Ale arriving in 1981.




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NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Andrea Nicole Geske. Now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Andrew Nicolas Geske. The reason for the change in name is: individual is in the process of transitioning permanently to the male gender. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on December 27, 2012 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Nov. 9, 2012 CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: Deirdre Price Deputy Clerk Pub. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 2012.

BW PETS FREE CATS TO GOOD HOMES Have several cats that are about 5 months old. Little Tiger: Small female gray striped. Q: Female gray striped with white tip on her tail. Will curl the tail over her back. Cow Cat: Black and white long haired male. Siberia: Lovely gray and white Siamese with blue eyes. Sleepy: Gray tiger striped male. All are very loveable and use to dogs. 391-0376. DEAD BROKE THOROUGHBRE MARE Dead broke sweet 10 year old fully broke bomb proof mare .She gets along good with other horses animals and kids.She does what is asked without question and loves to run and play.She is 10 and was a race horse and all around horse trails western exc that is all i know about her only had her under a year.Her name is DIAMOND AND SHE IS REGISTERED.She is about 15 1 i think and has a pretty head.Her temperament is about 3.If you are interested in her please email or call me two 08 seven 1 three 14 7nine or i am asking 1000 for her .We payed a lot more for her so this is a good price for a dead broke horse. thanks Melanie

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STEEL BUILDINGS: 6 only 20x20, 25x30, 30x38, 40x54, 45x74, 60x140 Must Move Now! Selling for Balance Owed! Still Crated/ Free Delivery! 1-800-211-9593 x30. WALTHER PPK STAINLESS STEEL This is a used, but well maintained handgun. Chambered in .380 ACP, it is small but packs a wallop. I purchased this gun new from Sportsman’s Warehouse, about 5 yrs. ago only shot 5 or 6 times & only had about 300 rounds put through it. Will also include what .380ACP ammo I have left (Approx 50 rounds.) Call Kenny 779-0224 with any questions or to see it. Will not sell this to anyone who is under legal age, and I will ask for photo ID as well. Will accept cash, Paypal or certified funds. See online ad for details. $625 OBO.

ATLAS PASTA MAKER Gently used, $50, sells new $65, not in original box. Great gift for Christmas. Call 208-713-9780, leave message. IPHONE/IPOD ALARM CLOCK iPhone/iPod/MP3 compatible alarm clock. Works great & speakers have fantastic sound. Brand name: Mercury Innovations. Functions: iPhone/iPod/MP3 connect abilities, AM/FM Radio with white chord antenna, 2 alarm settings & snooze/nap/sleep option, Alarm settings: iPod, radio, or buzzer. Backlight with dimmer. DC adapter or use with 6 AA batteries for travel. Silver color $25. If interested call Vicki 954-4923. PLAYSTATION 3 120GB W/ GAME Serious buyers only please. If you are interested, contact 995-8980. If there is no answer please leave your name and number and I will be sure to call you back ASAP. $200 OBO. QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS SET. Brand new-still in plastic. Warranty. MUST SELL $139. Can deliver. 921-6643. SHARPER IMAGE AIR PURIFIER Tabletop silent air purifier from The Sharper Image. Used once, & in the plastic wrap since. Really just need to get rid of it. Here’s a link to amazon where it goes for $89.99 new. Includes the purifier, instructions packet & cleaning brush $40 OBO. Email movielife85@yahoo. com or call 954-4923.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BW KISSES TO: IRIDESCENT GIRL Landlocked in a city of trees, who showed me shirt & joy~Kisses & Hugs & Wildflowers~an indie photographing hipster. BLISSFUL AND LUCKY! Here’s to many more magical years…

|<->| How much do I love you, AG? Around the world and back again, and more all the time. CHEERS Happy Holidays to all my friends and family. I know we all have our differences sometimes and I’m always right but, let’s all work to make 2013 the best year yet!


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Can you manage to be both highly alert and deeply relaxed? Could you be wildly curious and serenely reflective? Can you imagine yourself being extra hungry to crack life’s secrets but at peace with your destiny exactly the way it is? If you can honestly answer yes to those questions, you’ll get a lot of help in the coming week. The universe may even seem to be conspiring to educate you and heal you. You will receive a steady flow of clues about how to get closer to living your dreams. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the coming week, you would be wise to deal with your vulnerability, your fallibility and your own personal share of the world’s darkness. If you refuse to do that out of laziness or fear, I’m worried that you will reinforce a status quo that needs to be overthrown. You may end up rationalizing your mistakes, clinging to false pride and running away from challenges that could make you smarter and stronger. Don’t do that, Taurus. Be brave. Be willing to see what’s difficult to see. There will be big rewards if you choose to explore the weaker and less mature parts of your personality.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the 1968 Olympics, Bob Beamon broke the world record for the long jump. His leap was so far beyond the previous mark that the optical device designed to calculate it didn’t work. Officials had to resort to an old-fashioned measuring tape. After that, the word “Beamonesque” came to signify a feat that vastly outstripped all previous efforts. According to my analysis, Geminis will have an excellent chance to be Beamonesque in 2013. I expect that you will at least surpass your own peak levels of accomplishment. If you have not yet launched your ascent, get started now. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Fire ants are an annoyance. They swarm and bite and sting. The venom they inject makes victims feel like they’ve been burned. Two communities have decided to make the best of the situation. Auburn, Ga., and Marshall, Texas, both stage annual Fire Ant Festivals, with events like the Fire Ant Call, the Fire Ant Round-Up, and the Fire Ant Chili Cook-Off. (To win the latter, your dish must contain at least one fire ant.) Maybe their example could inspire you, Cancerian. Is there any pest you could develop a more playful and festive relationship with? Could you possibly turn into the equivalent of a Fire Ant Whisperer? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While reading William Kittredge’s book The Nature of Generosity, I learned about the oldest known

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sentence written in ancient Greek. It was inscribed on a wine jug that dates back to 740 B.C. Translated into English, it says, “Who now of all dancers sports most playfully?” Another possible translation is, “Which of these dancers plays most delicately?” I’d love to make something like that be your mantra in the coming week, Leo. The time is right for you to do more dancing and playing and sporting than usual—and to seek out companions who’d like to help you achieve recordbreaking levels of those recreational activities. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a man who gets trapped in a timeloop. Over and over again, he experiences the same 24 hours. When he wakes up each morning, it’s still Feb. 2. At first, it drives him crazy. But eventually he decides to use his time wisely. He becomes a skilled pianist and a fluent French-speaker. He does good deeds and saves people’s lives. He even learns what he needs to do to win the heart of the woman he desires. This transformation turns out to be the key to gaining his freedom. Near the end of the film, he escapes to Feb. 3. A comparable opportunity is looming for you, Virgo. You have a chance to break a spell you’ve been under or slip away from a rut you’ve been in. Generosity may play a major role. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Events in the immediate future may have resemblances to reading a boring book that’s packed with highly useful information. You might feel that there’s a disjunction between the critical clues you need to gather and the ho-hum style in which they are offered. It’s OK to be a bit disgruntled by this problem as long as you promise to remain alert for the partially disguised goodies. Don’t fall asleep in the middle of the unspectacular lesson. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Instinct tells us that sharks are more deadly than delicious fatty foods,” writes Jason Daley in Discover magazine. But “instinct is wrong,” he adds. In fact, eating food that tastes good but is actually bad for us is a far greater threat than shark bites. That’s just one example of how our urges can sometimes lead us astray. I invite you to keep this possibility in mind during the coming week, Scorpio. It’s by no means certain that you will be misled by your natural inclinations, but it is crucial that you monitor them with acute discernment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For the last six decades of his life, Pablo Picasso created art that was adventurous and experimental. He didn’t invent abstract

painting, but he was instrumental in popularizing it. And yet in his early years, he was a master of realism and had an impressive ability to capture the nuances of human anatomy. Commenting on Picasso’s evolution, travel writer Rick Steves said that when he was young, “he learned the rules he would later so skillfully break.” I suspect you’re in a phase of your own development when you could profit from doing the same thing. So I ask you, Sagittarius: What are the rules that are so ripe for you to bend and twist as you graduate to a more mature level of self-expression? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Through some cosmic intervention, a sad, bad or mad story will get tweaked prior to the final turn of the plot. Just as you’re getting ready to nurse your regrets, an X-factor or wild card will appear, transforming the meaning of a series of puzzling events. This may not generate a perfectly happy ending, but it will at least result in an interesting and redemptive climax. What is the precise nature of that X-factor or wild card? Perhaps a big secret will be revealed or some missing evidence will arrive or a mental block will crumble. And it’s likely that you will have an epiphany abut how valuable your problem has actually been. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be honest. Have you had any of the following symptoms? 1. Lack of interest in trivial matters and a yearning for big, holy mysteries. 2. Unfamiliar but interesting impulses rising up in you and demanding consideration. 3. Fresh insights into people and situations you’ve known a long time. 4. An altered sense of the flow of time. 5. Out-of-the-blue recall of long-forgotten memories. If you haven’t experienced any of the above, Aquarius, I must be totally off in my analysis and this horoscope isn’t for you. But if you’ve had even two of these symptoms, you are on schedule to get what those of us in the consciousness industry call a “religious experience.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You just might be able to teach a statue to talk this week—or at least coax a useful message out of a stone-like person. You could also probably extract a delicious clue from out of the darkness or wrangle a tricky blessing from an adversary or find a small treasure hidden in a big mess. In short, Pisces, you now have a knack for accessing beauty and truth in unexpected sources. You can see what everyone else is blind to and love what everyone else has given up on. You’re practically a superhero. Use your powers wisely, my friend. Be benevolently unpredictable.



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Boise Weekly Vol. 21 Issue 25  

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Boise Weekly Vol. 21 Issue 25  

Idaho's Only Alternative