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REINDEER RESCUE The plight of North Idaho’s struggling caribou FEATURE 12

SHOPAHOLIC Keeping your financial focus through the holidays NOISE 25

READY TO ROCK Red Hands Black Feet set to drop first album SCREEN 28

WATCH LIST The verdict on some of the season’s top films

“I guess I’m certifiably crazy.”

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NOTE HAPPY HOLIDAYS, WE’RE OUTTA HERE It’s that time of year once more, when the Boise Weekly staff preps for our holiday break. Leading up to this week, we’ve anxiously swiveled in our office chairs, sipped far too much coffee and eyed the wall calendar while collectively hammering our keyboards to put the year’s final issues to bed. It all comes down to Friday, Dec. 21. That afternoon, we’ll shut down BWHQ until the new year. That is, unless the Maya were right about the apocalypse reportedly scheduled to take place that day, in which case we’ll be live-tweeting the end of the Earth. Barring that, we’ll swing open our doors once more Wednesday, Jan. 2. But don’t think the BW crew plans to slouch on giving you all the deets on local events and timely news—far from it. Through the break, our bright red newsstands will be filled with fresh issues every Wednesday, as always. And over at boiseweekly.com, we’ll keep the digital newsstand stocked, too. With the holidays in mind, check out the News Feature on reindeer by BW contributor Zach Hagadone. In northern Idaho, woodland caribou are commonly known as North American reindeer. The caribou related to Santa’s workingclass reindeer living at the North Pole roam in a strip of land, which happens to include prime snowmobiling areas. Read about the push and pull between rec and wildlife on Page 8. Also be sure to flip to our arts section, where BW highlights two Boise residents’ extravagant displays of holiday lights. Just how much electricity do 40,000 bulbs actually draw? Find out on Page 24. You may recognize the name you see on the main feature, “Shop ‘Til We Drop,” on Page 12. We somehow managed to blackmail former Editor Rachael Daigle into writing about something near and dear to all of our hearts this season: finances. On the horizon, keep an eye out for the Wednesday, Dec. 26, issue, in which we look back at this year’s biggest stories with a special year-end edition. This isn’t some hokey rehash to fill the pages, either. From the best in arts, entertainment and news, we invite readers to pause and consider what has changed in the past year, across the state, country and right here in the City of Trees. For now, from all of us here at BW, enjoy the holidays. —Andrew Crisp

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NEWS North Idaho’s caribou are few in number, but big in controversy 8 CITIZEN

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS The Nampa School District’s budgetary troubles may result in the loss of bus routes for after-school programs. Get the full story on Citydesk.

IT’S TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS An essay called “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” by Boise writer Liza Long—detailing how she fears her mentally ill son will turn violent—went viral, sparking nationwide conversation about mental illness. Get the full story on Citydesk.

CAROLE KING GETS GERSHWINED Idaho resident Carole King was honored by the Library of Congress last week with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Get the full story on Cobweb.

SUMMONING THE DEMONI Boise psyhcobilly band Demoni is giving you its new surf album for Christmas. When? Where? Why? How? Find out on Cobweb.

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FEATURE Shop ’Til We Drop

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ARTS Confessions of holiday light junkies

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NOISE Red Hands Black Feet prepares to release an album—finally

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SCREEN Zero Dark Thirty and The Hobbit

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REC Sun Valley’s Olympic designation means big things for the valley

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BILL COPE/OPINION

TROIS IDEES PEU Pour votre l’Xmasse

Got a little something for you. Three little somethings, actually. Stocking stuffers, they are. Nothing huge. In fact, they’re just ideas. Three little ideas I’ve had in recent weeks. In their present form, they take up no room at all, so don’t even worry about putting up an extra stocking. If you wish to turn them into something more substantial, that’s up to you. I believe two of them have a potential for marketability, but making that happen would take a different sort of ambition than I’ve ever had. So if you want to do what it takes to turn them into a salable commodity, have at it. (But if I were you, I’d wait until after the 21st. You know … just in case.) Idea No. 1: Ideas 1 and 2 came to me while contemplating the annual leaf-cleanup chore. I live in a neighborhood filled with trees. Big ones, not those puny bonsai they’re planting these days. I must deal not only with the litter from my own towering maples, but oak leaves courtesy of Mr. So&So next door, and sycamore leaves that sail in from Mr. Whosit’s yard from across the street. The result: At the peak of the season, I put together a pile of leaves that you could hide a Hummer under, should you be so inclined. The problem is what to do with them. Many of you simply bag your leaves and put them out for the Republic Services guys. In the past, I too did that. In other years, I’ve filled the family pickup truck and carted them to the dump myself. But one thing I’ve never tried is to suck them all up with my leaf-blower’s vacuum attachment. It was far too tedious a method of leaf removal owing to those dinky collection bags that come as standard equipment with the machines. But this fall, as I watched a neighbor sucking up leaves and having to empty the bag every three or four heartbeats, I got to wondering if there might be a way to send the chopped-up leaves directly into the garbage bin we rent from the corporate trash lords. And there is. Here’s how: If you have a blower (if you don’t, an electric cheapie can run as little as $40), blow all the leaves into big piles. Then run down to a home improvement hangar and buy a 10-foot section of 4-inch flexible foundation drainage conduit (less than $6), a corner piece that fits it (another $6), three bungie chords and a small tarp to cover the bin so you don’t smother in leaf dust. One bungie holds the delivery end of the pipe in the bin, and the other two attach the receiving end to the blower. You can figure out how, I’m sure. I did, so you can, too. Just enter into the adventure confident that it works, because I told you so. The machine mulches the leaves down to a fraction of their original volume (I’m guessing about one-fifth or one-sixth, though some machines advertise one-tenth), so much larger portions WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

of your over-all leaf burden get taken away every time the garbage is picked up. Idea No. 2: Unfortunately, garbage is picked up only once a week, so if you have as many leaves as I do, it can take a while to chew through them—unless you want to pay for extra bins, and who wants to do that? But wait. Most of us are paying for an extra bin, aren’t we? In Meridian, it’s the one with the red lid instead of the green lid. In Boise, I understand it’s the blue one. The one they empty every other week instead of every week. The recycling bin. And wouldn’t it be loverly if that recycling bin could be converted into a non-recycling bin during it’s off week? (Interchangeable lids was my original thought, though there’s likely a simpler way.) It would allow us 50 percent more disposal capacity during those times when we really need it, like when the leaves come down, or when our grass is growing so quickly we can’t keep up. The next week, it goes back to recyclables— which could be held back in one of those old trash cans we hang onto even though they became obsolete the minute our trash companies went to the new system. Could work, right? At the least, it’s something a few thousand of us might want to discuss with our trash service providers. Idea No. 3: This was inspired by that wizard of crossword magic, Will Shortz. Weeks ago, a crossword ran within these very pages that incorporated French words in the tricky answers. It made me wonder if anyone had ever designed puzzles where the clues were all in the native tongue, and the answers were in a specific foreign tongue. Spanish, say. German. Whatever. I would understand if some of you thought this was a stupid, stupid idea—especially those who never do crossword puzzles or who have never yearned to learn another language. But for those who love crosswording, they already know there is something about that puzzle-solving process that imprints a word in one’s brain like no other method I’ve ever come across. Now, imagine if those words being etched into your little gray cells were all from a language you wished to learn. Obviously, there would be a progression from easy to hard, with the easiest puzzles peppered with foreign words familiar to us— e.g., amigo, dachshund, parlez-vous Francais, etc. Then, as your vocabulary expands, you move on to harder puzzles that build upon the new words you’ve learned. Get it? Of course, knowing written words and knowing how to speak those words are not the same thing. But you can’t pronounce a vocabulary you don’t have, and is this not an immensely more enjoyable way to accumulate a vocabulary than by the old rote route? Now, assuming we’re still around after Mayan D-Day, have a happy holiday.

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OPINION/TED RALL

SELF-CENSORING AMERICA How sellouts are killing growth

Are you a sellout? If you came of age during the 1960s, whether to sell out was the existential question of your generation. Which to choose? Reckless youthful abandon or corporate “adult” obeisance? Yet Baby Boomers are sure to leave this ethical dilemma unresolved. My fellow travelers, we of unlucky, witty Generation X have lived constrained careers with few options. Coupled with shrinking financial aid for college, the dismal job market made the choice between Wall Street and the Peace Corps simple. So we projected the debate onto of pop culture. Vanilla Ice and Milli Vanilli, judged all commerce and no art, were shunned. Artists who cashed in could be deemed genuine but only if they took chances and/or made decisions that were bad for business: The Clash, Elvis Costello, Nirvana. The long-predicted winner-take-all society has arrived. A higher share of the income generated by each economic sector goes to a select few; others fight over scraps. The cost of integrity and the payoff for selling out have risen. So fewer Americans are taking chances. People are holding on to jobs they hate, making it harder for young people to find work. Businesses are hanging tight, picking safe bets. Everyone makes concessions to the marketplace. I pride myself on ideological consistency and calling things as I see them even if offends my fans. But I rarely put vulgar words into my cartoons because newspaper and magazine editors won’t run them. “Right now, the pressures of the music industry encourage me to change the walk of my songs,” the Somali-American musician K’naan wrote recently. “My lyrics should change, my label’s executives said; radio pro-

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grammers avoid subjects too far from fun and self-absorption.” Keeping it real doesn’t pay the rent. Selling out does. When artists rely on capitalist markets, the freedom to choose integrity over selling out is a fraud. “If this was censorship, I thought, it was a new kind—one I had to do to myself,” K’naan continued. “The label wasn’t telling me what to do. No, it was just giving me choices and information about my audience.” Make a living or starve. Or give up your dreams and silence yourself. Can anyone call that a real choice? We see the same choice in politics. Sen. Marco Rubio recently embarrassed himself twice, first by pandering to the idiot base of the Republican Party, then walking back his stance on creationism. Rubio explained his reasoning: ���I just think in America we should have the freedom to teach our children whatever it is we believe. And that means teaching them science, but also parents have the right to teach them the theology and to reconcile those two things.” Science isn’t reconcilable with faith. Rubio knows that, but he also knows what would happen to his aspirations if he admitted the truth. Integrity means doing the right thing even when it hurts. But you have to question the philosophical underpinnings of a society that requires its leaders and artists to work at Starbucks or act stupider than they are to get elected or sell records. Taking chances—which includes causing outrage—is how civilization tests new ideas, and how it progresses. Not that they let you say whatever you want at Starbucks.

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REINDEER GAMES Idaho’s rare upland caribou are in the economic crosshairs ZACH HAGADONE

Lisa Thilmont, Patty Scherer, Iliana Sandoval, Wanda Baxter and Tracey Munk

Santa’s reindeer have to work for a living, but they have it better than their southern

27 animals. Four were found in the U.S.. Calling them rare would be an understateS TEVE FOR R ES T

HAILEY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: KEEP ELK ALIVE ON 75 While conservationists refine their efforts to protect the elusive woodland caribou in Idaho’s panhandle (see story this page), nearly 90 third graders at Hailey Elementary School are doing their part to save elk, which are regular victims of motor vehicle accidents–as many as three a week during the fall and early winter–along Idaho Highway 75. “It’s a serious problem,” said teacher Wanda Baxter. “It’s traumatic for any age, let alone 8- or 9-year-olds.” Baxter and her fellow third-grade teachers at Hailey Elementary–Tracey Munk, Iliana Sandoval, Patty Scherer and Lisa Thilmont–said their students started brainstorming ideas to save the elk soon after they began their unique school project. “It’s called Harrowing Highways,” said Scherer. “And the students agreed that they wanted to make our community more aware of the issue.” The students, through a series of bake sales, raised an impressive $500 to print and produce specially designed bumper stickers. “And the kids agreed on the design, which reads, ‘Keep Them Alive on 75,’” said Scherer. “It also reads, ‘Be Aware, Drive With Care.’” The bumper stickers have been the talk of the town in Hailey, with the first allotment selling out in a flash. “We just ordered 250 more,” said Baxter. “They sell for $3 here at the school and at some local stores.” The teachers said their students want to invest their proceeds into what they said would be “phase two” of Harrowing Highways. “The kids have an idea to build life-size silhouettes of elk and moose and line them along the highway,” said Baxter. “The kids hope that will further remind drivers that there are animals in the area and please drive slowly.” The teachers will be working with their students to craft letters to local landowners and the Idaho Transpor tation Depar tment to secure permission to install the permanent silhouettes. The letter writing will commence when students return from their holiday break on Monday, Jan. 7. In the meantime, more than a few Wood River Valley residents can expect a “Keep Them Alive” bumper sticker in their Christmas stockings.

The most recent survey, conducted between Jan. 12 and April 2, found only 27 woodland caribou were discovered in the southern Selkirks.

cousins, the woodland caribou, who live in scant numbers along the U.S.-Canada border in Idaho and Washington and the province of Alberta. Though caribou are found in large numbers in Quebec—more than 1 million animals roam 390,000 square miles there— their habitat has been disrupted and they’ve been heavily hunted by indigenous peoples. Their range is almost exclusively found in the far northern reaches of Canada—that is, except along the narrow southern spine of the Selkirk Mountains, which straddle the border of British Columbia and Alberta and into the northernmost counties of the Idaho panhandle and northeast Washington. It is there—and only there—that woodland caribou can be found in the contiguous United States, but their numbers have been steadily declining. According to a 2010 aerial census conducted by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, only 43 of the animals were found in the southern Selkirks, a habitat including hundreds of square miles of rugged backcountry from British Columbia’s Kootenay Lake in the north, south to the mountains east of Priest Lake in Bonner County. A 2011 census counted 36 caribou, and the most recent survey—conducted between Jan. 12 and April 2 of this year—found only

ment. Indeed, woodland caribou have been listed as an endangered species in the U.S. since the early ’80s and are protected as an at-risk species in Canada. Still, despite their miniscule numbers, the caribou in Idaho and Washington have been at the center of a longrunning and contentious land-use debate. Seeking to conserve the species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to designate 375,552 acres of the southern Selkirks as critical habitat for upland caribou in 2011. The area would have covered a broad swath of the Kaniksu National Forest in north Bonner County, the entire western half of Boundary County and the northeast corner of Pend Oreille County in Washington. Opposition was immediate, notably from outdoors groups like the Idaho State Snowmobile Association, arguing protection of so much territory effectively closes the northern Panhandle’s backcountry to recreational use. “Snowmobiling has lost thousands of acres where we have historically ridden, so every acre is important,” said Sandra Mitchell, Boise-based public lands director for ISSA. “They’re all important, and they provide opportunities for recreation that further the quality of life and economic prosperity of rural Idaho.” Bonner County Commissioner Mike Nielsen, representing the Priest Lake area, which would have seen about half its eastern

mountains closed under the 2011 proposal, was also quick to push back. “There’s only at most, in the past 11 years, four animals. I don’t think they need 100,000 acres apiece,” he said. After 150 days of analysis and public outreach, Fish and Wildlife announced a final critical habitat designation on Nov. 27 that carved out only 30,010 acres for the caribou—about one-tenth of the first proposal– and split between 6,000 acres in northwest Boundary County and 24,000 acres across the border in Washington. No areas in Bonner County were included in the designation. “We thought it was a very reasoned decision,” said Mitchell. “It made sense and it provides the critical habitat for the caribou that’s needed and necessary and provided by law, and it won’t put any unnecessary burdens on the community’s use of that area.” “This decision reflected good science,” said Boundary County Commissioner Dan Dinning. “The community is not against the animal in any fashion, but there could have been some real catastrophic impacts to both economies of Bonner and Boundary counties should the original proposal have gone forward.” According to a study commissioned by ISSA and conducted by Moscow-based Forest Econ, Inc., which works closely on timber investment and timber taxation issues, more than 1,000 jobs in the recreation and natural resources sectors have been lost across North Idaho because of caribou habitat protection, accounting for lost earnings of about $26 million per year. Fish and Wildlife opted for the much smaller habitat designation because it was limited to the areas in which caribou were actually sighted in past years’ surveys. Proponents of the smaller designation also point out that it reflects the actual number of animals that are consistently found on the U.S. side of the border. That’s the wrong approach, according to groups like the Idaho Conservation League. “When the primary threat to a species is habitat loss and fragmentation, it doesn’t make sense to protect less habitat,” said Brad Smith, Sandpoint-based conservation associate with ICL. Rather, Smith said, the caribou need a much larger habitat because the ecosystem they currently inhabit is still recovering from massive fires dating as far back as the 1960s. “In 1967, there was a fire in the Selkirks called the Sundance Fire that burned up 55,000 acres in a day. That’s more than the habitat that they’re proposing to protect,” he said. “What caribou would do is use an alternative habitat until those areas grow back and become 9 old growth. You need alternative or

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Woodland caribou have been listed as an endangered species in the United States since the early 1980s.

replacement habitats.” For Smith, the smaller designation 8 seems like an attempt by Fish and Wildlife to put the burden of caribou conservation on the Canadian side of the border by basing habitat areas not on what the caribou need but on what they currently struggle with. “Not only have they put all their eggs in one basket, the decision looks like the Fish and Wildlife Service put all their eggs in Canada—or they’ve thrown in the towel,” he said. What needs to happen, according to Smith, is a completely new recovery plan for woodland caribou. The last plan was crafted in 1994 and “it’s outdated,” he said. “There are no more boxes to check or anything. What they need to do is update the plan.

a lawsuit requiring Fish and Wildlife to consider de-listing. “The point is that, for whatever reason, we don’t have the population of caribou that we once had in North Idaho,” said Mitchell, with ISSA. “That could be for a lot of reasons: based on predators, based on climates, any reason. … We think it’s time to be realistic. … We’re asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to do an evaluation to see if they’re an extinct population.” Nielsen, with the Bonner County Board of Commissioners, said that while the smaller habitat designation was preferable to the first proposal, it didn’t go far enough. “This critical habitat designation, small as it is, didn’t lift the restrictions that were imposed when they were first listed. It has closed a vast amount of land and only very

D ESI G N ATI N G H A B I TAT A L ONE I SN’ T GOI NG T O R EC O V E R T HE P O P U L ATI ON. ” —BRAD SMITH, IDAHO CONSER VATION LEAGUE

Designating habitat alone isn’t going to recover the population.” Budget constraints make that unlikely, Smith added, and if Bonner County and ISSA have their way, it won’t even be necessary. The groups filed two petitions with Fish and Wildlife to have upland caribou completely removed from the Endangered Species List, but the agency did not respond within the given 60-day time frame. Finally, in midNovember, the county and ISSA retained the Pacific Legal Foundation—the same law firm that represented a pair of Priest Lake landowners in their successful U.S. Supreme Court battle against the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year—to file WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

small corridors remain open,” he said, pointing to decreased snowmobile rentals in the Priest Lake area and an overall depressed winter business climate for communities in the rugged area. “That’s what’s really hurt our economic business up here.” The suit is still at least a year or two away from running its course, according to Nielsen. In the meantime, Smith, with ICL, agreed that de-listing is the goal. “We’re keeping track and watching [the lawsuit] and the point at which we’d become involved is during final determination,” he said. “Obviously, we wouldn’t want to see that. We want to see caribou de-listed because they’re recovered.”

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CITIZEN

MAJOR JOHN STENNETT AND MAJOR CANDY STENNETT Plenty to sing (and ring) about this Christmas It has been quite a life’s journey for Major John Stennett and his wife, Major Candy Stennett, corps officers with the Salvation Army’s Boise operations. Each traveled far and wide in their formative years before they met in Hawaii in 1986. “Our first dates were with 20 teenagers,” said Candy. She was a youth minister and he was a Marine stationed on Oahu. The daughter of successful restaurateurs, Candy was 9 years old when she first set foot into a Salvation Army church. “I told a friend that I would go once,” said Candy. “What I really wanted was to be an actress.” Indeed, she was a child actress, performing in television commercials, network series that filmed on the island and in a Japanese film. She traveled with an acting troupe called Covenant Players across the United States but found her way back to her Hawaiian home in the 1980s. Meanwhile, John was leading a very different life. The son of Southern Baptist missionaries, he saw devastation firsthand when an earthquake hit his home of Guatemala City. “I followed my father into towns that were completely demolished,” he remembered. “We brought food, medicine and made cinder blocks to help rebuild homes.” Years later in El Salvador, his family lived through a raging civil war. “Shootings, bombings. We were in danger many times, but God protected us,” said John. Ultimately, John enlisted in the Marines, where he was deployed twice to Japan and a Marine Corps air station in Hawaii, where he met Candy. They have two college-aged daughters, both following in their mother’s footsteps: studying theater.

Have you ever performed on stage with your daughters? Candy: We were never in shows at the same time. They’ve been in a couple of shows and the Musical Theatre of Idaho was kind enough to cast me in The Secret Garden, South Pacific and The Sound of Music, where I played a nun. You must love Guys and Dolls (which prominently features the Salvation Army). Candy: Funny enough, I’ve never been in that show. John: I truly enjoy her voice.

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Candy: I’m an actress who sings, not a singer who acts. Have you been in the Salvation Army the same number of years? John: Yes. Almost 20 years: two years of training, officers for more than 15 years. Walk me through the ranks of the Salvation Army. John: In training, you’re a cadet. When you graduate, you’re a lieutenant for five years, then you’re a captain for 10 years and then you become a major. In administrative

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roles, they have lieutenant colonels, colonels, commissioners and one general in London, England, the international headquarters. You first came to Idaho in 2000. John: Yes, to run the Salvation Army operations in Nampa. We were there until 2005. Then we were in Los Angeles for four years. Did you have any say in coming back to Idaho? John: When we were in California, all we did was talk about Idaho. I think that helped. Candy: They line your skills up with what a community needs and then they pray about it. John: When we were in Nampa, we were pretty well informed about Boise. We knew what the situation was and what needed to be done. What’s the biggest difference since you came to Boise in 2009? John: When we first arrived, the Boise operation was in debt for probably 20 years. Was it significant? John: About $200,000. We’ve been out of debt for two years now. Most businesses couldn’t achieve that kind of comeback. You must have made some dramatic changes.

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John: A lot of cuts, and we immediately got out into the community to do fundraising.

Did you refine the mission? John: We used to have families in a shelter facility in Boise’s North End. We now put families in apartments all around town. How many families might you serve in that program? John: We have 13 right now and we would like to get back up to 20. Because we don’t have a facility, we’re no longer limited by how many we can serve. Candy: We have a wonderful case manager to encourage and train the families to help them get back on their feet. Let’s talk about the Marian Pritchett School (for pregnant teens and unwed mothers). Candy: The Salvation Army has had such a unique partnership with the Boise School District since 1964. But the school came very close to shutting its doors in 2010, when the Idaho Legislature zeroed out its budget. John: We thought the program might have to close. But the school district said it wanted to continue, and we were thrilled to continue our support. We have on-site child care and off-site child care. We graduate 16 to 18 girls from there every year, but there are about 35 more girls who have benefited from the program that also graduate from traditional high schools every year. How many employees do you have? John: About 15 full-time. Another 20 part-timers. And your volunteers? John: Thousands. How many bell ringers do you have in the community this week? John: It’s hard to say, because we have entire clubs alongside our kettles. Candy: I would be able to give you a number. It’s several thousand. How many kettles are in the community during the holiday season? John: 40 kettles per shift, two shifts every day, six days a week. It wasn’t too long ago that Salvation Army kettles were everywhere at Christmas, but that’s not the case anymore. When did that change? John: There were so many groups who wanted to do the same thing. I remember once, in California, the Walmart would have four groups on one side of an entry way and four more groups on the other side, and that was at every entrance. Shoppers would put their heads down when they walked in and walked out. So where are you allowed to ring now? WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

John: Our national headquarters secures national permission and we contact local retailers. Walmart continues to welcome us. Fred Meyer is fantastic, the Boise Co-op, Walgreens, Cabela’s. And Albertsons allows us outside their stores the week before Christmas. What is your revenue stream from the kettles? John: About 10 percent of our annual budget. Candy: We even have the opportunity to hire a few of the people to work with the kettles. It’s a great opportunity to put some money in their pockets. John: We’re providing about 100 jobs during the Christmas season. We would much rather provide some work than just a handout.

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And your big toy and food distribution is set for the few days before Christmas. John: It will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, through Friday, Dec. 21. It’s amazing to watch the families come through. They work with our volunteers to pick up toys for their children. Then, they pick up a food box and a turkey, ham or chicken. Candy: And this year, the Wish Book people will hand out some great new books so that moms and dads can give some books to the kids. John: We have almost 1,500 families signed up to receive the donations this year. Candy: That’s about 7,000 persons in Ada County. John: And that’s in addition to another 114 families that will receive toys and food through our Adopt-A-Family program. It has been an interesting year as a community and a nation. We hope we’re coming out of a recession, many of us have disagreed with one another politically and we’re at odds with our planet due to climate change. Where do we find hope or optimism? Candy: The themes really don’t change too much each year. We want to focus on our opportunity for peace. John: And hope. And joy. Candy: I don’t think that ever changes. We receive them from different places, depending on where we are in life. But do you acknowledge that this time of year there is an inordinate amount of loneliness because of some personal loss or unfinished business, either spiritually or with their family? John: We do what we do, not because we’re good people, not because it’s a rewarding feeling. God’s love compels us to do this. And a large part of that is reminding people that God hasn’t forgotten you. Candy: I know some of those people feel distance, and they have a hard time looking through clouds of despair. I know what it’s like to be in a room of 200 people that are happy, yet I feel more alone than I did when I left my house. For those people who feel distanced, I want to say that God isn’t as far away as you think he is.

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Throughout history, cultures all over the world have celebrated in December. From ancient festivals of light like the Hindu holiday Diwali and the Jewish celebration Hanukkah to the relatively new Kwanzaa and the regional Boxing Day, humans have long found reasons to light a few candles and throw a party during what, in many parts of the world, are the year’s darkest, coldest and shortest days. As time has passed and life has changed, so, too, have the ways in which we celebrate. Especially here, in the United States, where every holiday has become an opportunity to sell greeting cards, decorations and candy. And in that drive to better market the holidays and increase sales, one holiday has emerged as the granddaddy of all

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December celebrations: Christmas. To Christians, it’s the day Jesus was born. To the retail industry, it’s a multibillion dollar cash cow. As this year’s push toward Christmas began, the country was not only electing a president but was also inundated with news of a potential economic disaster come the first of the year. Neither were boons to holiday spending, but this year’s calendar—with its four full December weekends for shopping—could be. How are economic forces shaping spending habits this year and what can you do to save a few extra bucks? How can you be a conscientious consumer and what’s the best gift you possibly give this year? Boise Weekly has some answers.

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Kingdom, with a 32 percent increase. circulated that year-end holiday spending was While those numbers look good from an expected to increase by more than 4 percent. economic standpoint, some say they may be Initial numbers for the 2012 shopping seasugar coated. A proposed 4.1 percent inson corroborated theories that Amercrease in holiday spending is good news, icans were feeling less strapped. but last year’s increase was more than 6 Over the four-day Thanksgiving percent. And still other surshopping weekend, Amerivey results, such as CNBC’s cans spent a total of All-America Economic $59.1 billion, almost 13 Survey, predict consumer percent more than last spending this year to be year. Online shopping “Women are not only virtually the same as last had a record year. more likely to give themyear, up a mere $1.43 on On Black Friday selves a free shopping average. Then there’s all alone, Americans this talk of the ďŹ scal cliff. spent $1.04 billion, a pass but also to go over In mid-November, the whopping 26 percent budget—even if only by $5 NRF urged Washington, more than in 2011, or $10 per person.â€? D.C., to put an end to according to digital its ďŹ scal cliff bickering business analytics ďŹ rm Ĺ?/HVOLH*UHHQPDQĹľQDQFLDO before Black Friday, Comscore Inc. On Cyplanner and author lest it put a damper on ber Monday shoppers early holiday spending. forked over another Then, on Cyber Mon$1.5 billion. day, the White House Recently released data showed that same day across the pond was the released a report warning that the ďŹ scal cliff could hurt spending over the holiday season. largest online shopping day ever in the United

In Boise, some retailers say the season was off to a slow start but that numbers are near or above normal compared to last year. Sara McClaran, owner of Indie Made, thinks the slow start was due to other factors. “My own personal theory is that the election really distracted people so they weren’t shopping as early as usual,â€? said McClaran. “I think as soon as Thanksgiving hit, people realized and we’re deďŹ nitely busy now.â€? McClaran’s instincts were correct: Indie Made ďŹ nished November up 30 percent compared to November 2011, but down 6 percent for the year to date. Although it’s impossible to estimate just how many shoppers took to downtown Boise over Thanksgiving weekend, parking numbers track a portion of that trafďŹ c. The weekend before Thanksgiving the Downtown Public Parking garages processed 7,746 tickets compared to 11,177 over the holiday weekend. One bright spot for not only retailers but those shoppers who wait until this last minute? There is one extra full weekend of shopping in December compared to last year, when Christmas fell on Sunday.

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While millions of Americans roam their local malls this holiday season or cross everyone off their shopping lists—largely tax free—from the comfort of their favorite pajamas and a well-worn cushion of their couch, a number of Americans are going local and the crafty ones are going DIY. From international Buy Nothing Day to local Occupy Christmas campaigns, some people are rethinking how and where they spend their money. “Small businesses create communities and fuel our local economies,â€? Sarah Mazzone told Boise Weekly. Pennsylvania-based Mazzone runs Made In USA Challenge, a blog where she challenges readers to buy American, buy local, and give DIY gifts whether you’ve made them yourself or purchased them from a local artisan or crafter. On her blog, she writes, “Every purchase we make reects our values, and what better time than the holidays to make your gift buying count?â€? In an effort to help consumers make conscious decisions about value spending, Mazzone published 10 Ways to Occupy the Holidays. A PDF of the list credited to her blog is all over the Web from personal Pinterest pages to Facebook pages belonging to local Occupy groups and vintage clothing boutiques. Top of Mazzone’s list is, not surprisingly, “buy American.â€? Further down the list, like ďŹ nancial planner Leslie Greenman, Mazzone advocates for the use of cash over credit cards (see story, this page). In addition to buying local because, as Mazzone said, locally owned “mom and popâ€? stores are more invested in the community they operate in, she takes it a step further with No. 3 on her list: “buy handmade.â€? In Boise, Sara McClaran, owner and member of artisan collective Indie Made, also sees handmade as a step beyond simply shopping locally. “I think Indie Made goes a step beyond shopping local because the things we sell compared to another locally owned store are made locally, which you can’t say for a lot of places—most places,â€? said McClaran. “Plus, there’s so much love that goes into something handmade that’s always a nice gesture, too.â€? —Rachael Daigle

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6SHQGLQJDQG6DYLQJ 7KHÆQDQFLDOQDXJKW\DQGQLFHRIWKHKROLGD\VHDVRQ RACHAEL DAIGLE of Americans waiting until November to start spending Show of hands: How many of you have ďŹ nished your money on the naughty and the nice. And while it often folholiday shopping and have it all wrapped and ready to go? lows that the longer you wait to get your shopping done, the And how many of you are planning to tackle of all of your more stressed you may be as the holidays approach, shopping in one marathon dawn-til-dusk mall trip what you may not know is that your procrastination this coming weekend? may also be negatively affecting your pocketbook. Some holiday statistics claim that as many as “The absolute best savers are those who 60 percent of holiday shoppers—some can look at the sales and plan in adholding out for better deals, some just vance,â€? said Leslie Greenman, ďŹ nancial admitted procrastinators—wait until planner and author. the very last minute to get most of their When BW spoke with Greenman in holiday shopping done. And while that “The National Retail Fedearly December, she said the numbers are number may be an accurate head count eration is predicting a 4.1 clear: People who had already started of people looking for that one last shopping would spend around $699 this gift, just how many Americans wait percent increase in sales year compared the $950 those who had until the last two weeks of December this year and we’re hopnot started would spend. to start roaming aisles and combing ing to see some of that.â€? And come January, when the Internet deals? According to the Nacredit card bills start showing up in the tional Retail Federation, only about Ĺ?7LQD.LHUFH*HQHUDO*URZWK mailbox, there may be some gender 3.5 percent of shoppers. Properties (operators of Boise differences when it comes to comparing Four in 10 Americans claim to 7RZQH6TXDUH0DOO

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If you can, start in January, plan all year tion for being the big spenders, the numbers and watch for sales. If not, get creative. show that reputation may not be backed by “What I usually do is save up my credit actual data. card points for the whole entire year, and Men and women both plan to spend then in December, I redeem them for differabout $420 buying gifts this year. However, ent gift cards. Then, if you attach something when it comes to just about every other like chocolate chip cookies, it adds a percategory—gifts for friends, co-workers and sonal element to it,â€? suggested Greenman. pets, as well as decorations, greeting cards If you’re one of those people who thinks and even things like poinsettias—men outgiving a gift card is cheating, consider this: spend women. But as Greenman points out, That same NRF survey suggests you may for women, there is often more to shopping want to get over that idea. It found that six than just buying gifts. And that may lead to in 10 people say the thing they would most higher overall spending totals for women. “Men are in and out of the stores quicker. like to receive this year is gift cards. But if you just can’t bring yourself to give They know what they’re going to buy and only a gift card, Greenman has another idea. they go and get it,â€? said GreenGet the gift card anyway and use man. “If I go with my son, we are it to buy the gift. in and out of that mall within When her sister had Pottery 30 minutes because he’s like, Barn chairs on her Christmas ‘Mom, let’s get out of here list, Greenman redeemed her now.’ But if you go with a credit card friend, it can be a points for a half-a-day exgift card to perience. You the store and go and have used the card lunch, and so herself to that all adds to “It’s really important to realize purchase the the shopping gift. experience. the most precious gift we can Greenman And when you give at the holidays is our time has also been buy a sweater known to for your sister, and our love. You can’t buy love advise people you say, ‘You and you can’t buy the gift of not to be know what, afraid of the I’m just going time; the gift of time and just regift. Durto get one for being with our family can be ing the 2011 myself also.’â€? holiday Getting the most important gift of all.â€? shopping one for yourseason, she self is called Ĺ?/HVOLH*UHHQPDQĹľQDQFLDO wrote a self-gifting piece for and it’s anplanner and author NJ Family, other trend saying: tracked by “Take the National an invenRetail Federation. tory of regifting possibilities. Are there any The good news for retailers gift cards you’ve never used? Any clothes is that self-gifting is not only up this year, it’s hanging in your closet with the tags still on at an all-time high. them? Any gifts you’ve received in years “Consumers are expected to spend past that you’ve never taken out of the box? the most on non-gift items in the survey’s If so, think about passing them along to 10-year history,â€? reported the NRF. Sixty someone else.â€? percent of shoppers are expected to spend And if all else fails—you don’t have credit an average of almost $140 on themselves card points, you didn’t plan all year round, this year. At least when it comes to selfyou have nothing to regift—there is one gifting, younger adults lead the charge with shoppers 25-34 expected to spend more than thing you can do to prevent that tug in your gut come January as you tear open the ďŹ rst $175 on themselves this holiday season. of your credit card bills. “It looks like young adults have the ‘one “When you walk into a mall this year, for you, two for me’ mentality about the please walk in with cash to protect yourself holiday season this year, which is surprisfrom overspending,â€? said Greenman. You ing given that this is also the age group that can’t spend what you don’t have. typically doesn’t have the income or ability For some, the 2013 holiday shopping to splurge,â€? said Pam Goodfellow, director season will start next week, on Wednesday, of BIGinsight Consumer Insights, which Dec. 26, when everything from shoes to conducted annual holiday shopping survey, leftover wrapping paper goes on sale. Want in a release from the federation. to save 50 percent on wrapping paper next If money isn’t an issue, then by all means year? Get it at after-holiday sales and store wait until the last minute, splurge on yourit until next December. Want to be one of self, make shopping an all-weekend affair, those people who save a few hundred dollars and pull out that credit card as many times on gifts next year? Get out your notepad as you like. Retailers will appreciate it. The and start making a list. Then head to the economy needs it. after-holiday sales, cash in hand. Repeat all But if you’re like many Americans who year long. not only have a budget but who need to stick to it, Greenman has some advice. “Having the plan is what is good,â€? said Greenman. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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DEC. 19 halloween/christmas THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday and not just because the mall cop who opens the doors at 6 a.m. drew a short straw the night before. It’s Black Friday because it reveals the bleary-eyed, frothing-at-the-mouth consumerism that is the underbelly of the holiday season. The fact that holiday lights blink in windows and on trees past Jan. 1 is proof positive that there are well more than 12 days of Christmas. In fact, Christmas has begun to devour nearby holidays, and there may come a day when it butts up against that other mega-commercialized holiday, Halloween. Whether in a vision or at the bottom of a teacup, Tim Burton foresaw this in 1993, when he released The Nightmare Before Christmas, the now-classic animated feature about Halloween’s aggressive takeover of Christmas. For those unfamiliar with the plot, Jack Skellington has caught a case of Halloween malaise and wants to diversify. Discovering the wintry delight of Yuletide, he stages a coup, kidnaps Santa and adds his own twist to the holiday season with his industrious army of ghouls, ghosts and other denizens of the Samhain dimension. If you missed the Dec. 15 showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas at The Red Room, Boise Classic Movies is showing the film Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Egyptian Theatre as part of its holiday film series—which has included many of those movies that make basking in the glow of a television set many a lazy Christmas Day at least somewhat tolerable, like A Christmas Story and White Christmas. Tickets are available online. 7 p.m. $9 advance, $11 at the door. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-3450454, boiseclassicmovies.com.

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it, Santa Claus has all the perks. The guy only has to work one night per year dropping off presents in exchange for cookies while zipping around the sky in a big red sleigh drawn by a herd of reindeer led by a red-nosed caribou named Rudolph. Santa just gets to kick back and relax as his team of elves make all the presents, and again as he blasts

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through the sky Christmas Eve, his way illuminated by the thousands of Christmas lights hanging below. Meanwhile, the rest of us have to look at everything from ground level like a bunch of peasants. Not that we’re jealous or anything. Luckily, there is a solution for anyone who may be suffering from Santa Claus envy this season. Through

Some claim the Mayan calendar prophesies the full and complete destruction of the Earth on Friday, Dec. 21. Be it at the hands of the dark planet Nemesis, Earth’s interaction with a black hole or a solar flare, the planet and our civilization are probably (not) doomed. With potential darkness looming comes an opportunity for all things undead to raise a glass to hell on Earth. If it’s guts and gore you want, it’s guts and gore you will get at the first, and ostensibly last, Zombie Apocalypse party at Bogies Nightclub, presented by Wicked Wonderland and pr0cess. Undead go-go dancers, zombie cage fighting and ex-Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna’s eerie tones and weirdness await those eager to unleash their inner ghoul. Local beat freaks DJ Bones and Dayne 5150 will share the stage with Vrenna, Seattle’s DJ Noir and Las Vegas’ own Scott Stubbs. Beware those younger than 21, this event is only open for those old enough to throw down with the spirits. Steve Ramos, Apocalypse organizer and former Esthetic Evolution promoter, has been around the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) circuit for more than 10 years and sees the event as a way to celebrate “that the world isn’t really going to end.” Either way, it’s an evening to toast the coming of the end, or even some newfound fiends. 9 p.m. $15 at the door, $12 with canned food donation. Bogies Nightclub, 1124 Front St., Boise, 208-342-7989.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, Silverhawk Aviation is offering helicopter Christmas light tours. Get a bird’s-eye view of the glowing city as you fly over downtown Boise, Idaho Botanical Garden and the more festive neighborhoods of the Boise Foothills. When else will you have the chance to travel via helicopter? Unless you plan on befriending a mega rap star or faking an injury for the sake of being Life Flighted, we doubt another chance will arise for you anytime soon. Just promise to remember all of us little people down below as you’re flying high with Dancer and Prancer and the

rest of the gang. Hey Santa Claus, who’s jealous now? 5:30-10:30 p.m. $150 for three passengers, $125 for two. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

FRIDAY DEC. 21 apocalypse (Mayan) LIQUID’S END OF THE WORLD PARTY Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice,

and some say with copious alcohol-infused patrons dancing their hearts out to the tune of electronic jams. If you’ve been living under a rock for all of 2012, here’s what’s up: According to the Mesoamerican long count calendar, the world ends Friday, Dec. 21. While any college history professor (or rational person, for that matter) might tell you why this idea is flawed, for the sake of good times, let’s just assume the world is about to end. How would you want to spend your last day on Earth? Answers might include staying in the comfort of your own home surrounded by WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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kinderheit BALLET IDAHO’S THE NUTCRACKER Children live in rich inner worlds where the everyday mixes with the fantastical and imaginary. A closet industry has sprung up to help adults recapture the earnest playfulness of their youths. For some, those worlds are laid bare. Among them was E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose short story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, became the ballet, The Nutcracker, by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with its famous score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet touches on the delight and heartbreak of our waking lives and the sweeping adventure and romance of our desires. Ballet Idaho is putting on a production of The Nutcracker Friday-Sunday, Dec. 21-23 at the Morrison Center. The event promises adults a sure-fire way to recapture some of the vitality of childhood and a pinch of the Christmas spirit while dazzling their children with the performance onstage. If you have somehow managed not to be repeatedly exposed to the story of The Nutcracker, here’s the rundown: The Nutcracker recounts the Christmas Eve adventures of Clara, who is crestfallen when a toy nutcracker built by her godfather—a local councilman, toymaker, magician and all-around person of interest—is broken by her brother. Falling asleep by the Christmas tree, she is awakened by a battle between gingerbread men and an army of mice, led by the evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker gives ample voice and movement to the secret world of children and will cure holiday burnout. You’ll know it worked if you walk out of the theater with a renewed sense of holiday cheer—or out of RiteAid with a 20-pack of mousetraps. Friday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23, noon and 4 p.m.; $37-$57. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, balletidaho.org.

loved ones, finishing up your bucket list, crying in the corner, or partying your ass off. If you’re part of the latter group, there’s The End of the World Party at Liquid. The event includes live music from local bands with suitably apocalyptic names like Jupiter

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SATURDAY DEC. 22 nog burn YMCA CHRISTMAS RUN Dashing through the snow is a proven strategy to torch the calories from holiday overindulgence. And you need it: After months of fall and winter fare, that spare tire proves you’ve been partaking of the spirit of the season. If you’ve been drinking too much mulled wine and not enough Vitamin Water, the Treasure Valley YMCA has an avenue to combat winter weight gain. That avenue runs due north on 15th Street and into the Highlands along the course of the annual YMCA Christmas Run. With a hilly 10K option for the truly ambitious and a flat 2.5-mile route for speed demons, almost anyone can find a way to enjoy a walk, jog or dash in the name of holiday spirit. Participants are invited to don holiday-themed costumes, from Santa hats to reindeer headgear. Prizes go to the runners with the best costumes, so be sure to go all out. For extra motivation, enjoy the rah-rahs of cheerleaders and carols from local choirs, who will be stationed strategically along the course to provide encouragement. For an hour before the event’s 10 a.m. start, Santa and a few elves will be on hand, so you and your kids can remind him that you need a new pair of Nikes or a heart rate monitor for Christmas. The lead up to Christmas can be a slog, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit by the fire and watch the kids play video games until the end of the year. Check out the Christmas Run and stay fit instead. Advanced registration has already closed, so you’ll have to pony up an extra $10 ($40 total) to join the race. Registrations is accepted until 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. 10 a.m., $40. Treasure Valley YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5501, ymcatvidaho.org.

bucket list, along with trying out the drinking room at Whole Foods, riding the bull at Roddy’s and buying up all the Twinkies in Boise. It is your last day on Earth, so make it count.

Education expert Sir Ken Robinson created a stir with his speech, Changing Education Paradigms, in which he criticized the modern school system for being as boring as kids say it is. “The problem is that the current system of education was designed and conceived and structured for a different age. It dabbles.in was conceived in the intellectual culture of the Enlightenment and in the economic circumstances of the Industrial Revolution,” Robinson said. But now, you can kick old education paradigms to the curb—in a hobby sense at least—with Dabbler. Dabbler is a monthly email newsletter that makes a simple offer: one new hobby, every month. Winemaking, knitting, perfuming, whiskytasting, bookbinding, stargazing and much more. On the 15th of every month, a curated package of how-to materials on a chosen topic will be delivered to your email inbox for you to dabble in, short attention span-style. What’s in the package? “Several billion notes, book recommendations, background, how-to’s, a million and one links for further study and anything else we think you’d find half-useful,” says the company’s website, dabbles.in. The hobbies are all chosen by Dabbles, meaning it’s a strange and exciting mystery what you and your friends will be trying out each month. And all it costs is $2 a month, which according to the company’s website, is “approximately 10.3 percent of the change hiding in your couch.” Sign up at dabbles.in and let the dabbling begin. —Josh Gross

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY DEC. 19 Festivals & Events PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP, SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—Part of The Idaho Loud Writers’ Program. Includes a performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, email cheryl_maddalena@yahoo.com. 7 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3315632, boisepoetry.com. SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION: BOOZE CLUES—With E.J. Pettinger. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOURS—Experience the beauty of Christmas through the sparkle of lights. The tour visits spectacular light displays around Nampa. The bus stops at Starbucks for refreshments during the tour. 6:30 p.m. $5. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org. ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests (age 62 and older) receive free admission all day plus a guided talk on the current exhibit. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.

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. SCRABBLE GAME NIGHT—Play the word game with friends or join a pick-up game. 6 p.m. FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-375-4454, barnesandnoble. com. TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE— Bring two new unwrapped toys and get $1 off bootcamp. 5 a.m.8 p.m. FREE. A2O Fitness, 511 S. Americana Blvd., Boise, 208-3445377, a2ofitness.com.

NOISE/CD REVIEW

On Stage DAMASCUS—A dubious hero seeks truth on a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. REAL TALK COMEDY WORKSHOP—Refine your comedy routine and be sure to stay for the free comedy show at 8 p.m. 6 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379, liquidboise.com.

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, corkscrews1.com. DRINKING LIBERALLY—A group of left-leaning individuals gather to talk politics, share ideas and inspire change. 7 p.m. FREE. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620, drinkingliberally. org.

Citizen KEEP KIDS WARM OUTERWEAR COLLECTION DRIVE— PODS of Boise and Kissin’ 92.3 FM are collecting donated clothing during the radio station’s 16th annual Keep Kids Warm campaign. Items needed include coats, scarves, hats and gloves. Winterwear should be gently worn or new. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. YMC Inc., 2975 Lanark St., Meridian; Tom Scott Toyota, Idaho Center Auto Mall, 15933 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, keepkidswarm.com.

Odds & Ends BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— Don’t worry about knowing how to speak Basque—just sing. 6 p.m. FREE. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, 208-853-0678.

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IDA HO HO HO: A CELEBRATION OF THE HOLIDAYS WITH IDAHO ARTISTS Idaho Ho Ho Ho with Moxie Java, the annual holiday compilation of local artists, has a well-earned reputation for collecting unique and quality holiday music. This year’s edition maintains that tradition with an assortment of standards and originals from local artists like Ryan Bayne and Willison Roos, to artists with a wider net like Carole King, who belts out “Carol of the Bells” like an ‘effin champ. Overall, the collection leans a bit country, with offerings from Andy Byron and the Lost River Band, Steve Fulton and Micky and the Motorcars as well as Bayne, whose version of “Go Tell it On the Mountain” rumbles like a vintage Johnny Cash hymn. “Satisfy My Heart (Christmas For Beginners),” from local Americana-rockers New Transit with Todd Sloan gets the award for standout crossover track, working just as much as Ben Folds-style piano ballad as it does a holiday song. Another great track is “This Mistletoe (The Bum, Bum, BUm Song),” a bouncy country track from Boise band Ophelia. It moves more briskly than the rest of the compilation thanks to the jingle bells, fiddlin’ and humorous vocals. Though the tone of the twin vocals sounds like vintage Dance Hall Crashers, the jump beat could easily pass for a lost track by The Andrews Sisters. The oddest song of the bunch, “One For the Angels,” comes courtesy of Todd Dunnigan. It tells the story of a salesman and has a song structure somewhere between a Broadway musical and “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues. It should be pointed out, however, that there are no songs about holidays other than Christmas on the compilation. If you don’t much care for Christmas music or traditional folk and pop, you probably won’t find much here to turn your ear. But if Christmas is your thing, it’s hard to deny that there are some genuine gems in the originals department. The compilation is available at Moxie Javas Idaho-wide, as well as at Record Exchange. Proceeds benefit the Idaho Foodbank. —Josh Gross

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8 DAYS OUT WEST COAST SWING AT THE POWERHOUSE—Learn to swing dance with instructors from Heirloom Dance Studio. No partner or experience needed. Lessons followed by open West Coast swing dancing. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-331-4005.

Kids & Teens KIDS EXPERIENCE—A science and art program for children ages 6 and older held in The Secret Garden. 3 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org. K’NEX—Tackle projects with K’nex. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700, adalib.org. MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— Young designers, inventors and engineers can bring their creations to life with Legos. Bring a shoebox full of your own if you’ve got them. Some will be provided if you don’t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org. PRESCHOOL DAYS—Children ages 4 and younger can create arts and crafts without studio fees. No pre-school classes, please. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ceramica, 510 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3822.

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GARDEN VALLEY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT—Hone your skills as a birdwatcher. Volunteers count and record individual birds and bird species seen in a specified area 15 miles in diameter. All experience levels are welcome. Experienced birders are teamed with novices. 7:30 a.m. FREE. Wild Bill’s Coffee, 592 Middlefork Road, Garden Valley, 208-462-3505.

COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: BOB MEDDLES—7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com.

THURSDAY DEC. 20 Festivals & Events COLLECTING FOR THE FUTURE—Bring a canned food donation and celebrate the holidays by participating in activities including making gingerbread men, ornament building and roasting marshmallows. 2-7 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park, 13th Street, Boise, northend.org. VICTORIAN OPEN PARLOR— See The Bishops’ House decorated for the holidays and enjoy house tours and complimentary cider. All proceeds assist The Friends of The Bishops’ House in preserving and sustaining one of Boise’s historic landmarks. 3-7 p.m. $4, FREE 12 and younger. Bishops’ House, 2420 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.

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DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. FRESCO ART ACADEMY’S HOLIDAY SHOWCASE—Students at Fresco Art Academy perform classical, jazz and contemporary music. 7:30 p.m. $10, $30 for families up to six. Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-854-6230. GIFTS OF THE MAGI—Musical based on the story by O. Henry, set during Christmas in New Jersey in 1906. 8 p.m. $18, $15 student/senior/military. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. INSERT FOOT COMEDY IMPROV—Enjoy improvisational comedy and BOGO tickets. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, liquidboise.com.

Workshops & Classes THREADBENDERS—All fiber workers welcome. Bring a project and a cup of tea and hang out with other threadbenders. 6:30 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.

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, tresbonnescuisine.com.

Citizen KEEP KIDS WARM OUTERWEAR COLLECTION DRIVE— See Wednesday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. YMC Inc., 2975 Lanark St., Meridian; and Tom Scott Toyota, Idaho Center Auto Mall, 15933 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, keepkidswarm.com.

Kids & Teens RAM RESTAURANT KIDS NIGHT—Enjoy magic, balloons, juggling and entertainment with Ty the Clown. 6-8 p.m. $1 kids meals with each adult entree. The Ram-Meridian, 3272 E. Pine, Meridian, 208-888-0314, theram.com.

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Odds & Ends LADIES’ LOUNGE—Toss back some cocktails with the ladies of Boise Weekly and enjoy prize giveaways, drink specials and ohso-much more. Visit BW’s promo page to get the 4-1-1. 5 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s Saloon, 12505 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-3315666, willibs.com.

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8 DAYS OUT CHANT MASTER PETER TANORIKIHO—Come experience chanting. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, facetsofhealing.com.

Kids & Teens OPEN GYM FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND TODDLERS—Children can enjoy slides, plastic cars, balls and hula hoops in the gym with their parents. 9-11 a.m. $1 per child. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, cityofboise.org/parks. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME—Stories and fun for preschoolers. 10-11 a.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org. THE MERIDIAN SINGERS—A group for women who like to sing a cappella in the barbershop style. Music reading not necessary. 7:30-9 p.m. The Music Den, 245 E. Blue Heron Lane, Meridian, 208-724-6311. PINZ PRIZE BOWLING—Knock down the colored bowling pins and win prizes. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $12. Wahooz Fun Zone, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, 208898-0900, wahoozfunzone.com.

FRIDAY DEC. 21 Festivals & Events END OF THE WORLD PARTY—Celebrate the Apocalypse in style with Jupiter Holiday and Cloudsplitter. See Picks, Page 16. 10 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS—From sleigh rides and bonfires to tree lighting and snow tubing, each weekend offers a new adventure in a magical winter wonderland. For more info, email info@gvchamber.org. 10 a.m. FREE. Crouch. VICTORIAN OPEN PARLOR— See Thursday. 3-7 p.m. $4, FREE 12 and younger. Bishops’ House, 2420 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE—Dance to electronic music in your best zombie get-up at Bogies’ end-of-the-world party, featuring a set by former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna. See Picks, Page 16. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $12-$15. Bogies, 1124 Front St., Boise, 208-342-7989.

On Stage BALLET IDAHO’S THE NUTCRACKER—Release your inner child and explore the world of The Nutcracker. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Artistic Director Peter Anastos. See Picks, Page 17. 8 p.m. $37-$57. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, mc.boisestate.edu.

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REVIEW/LIT GIVING UP THE GHOST BY ERIC NUZUM Giving Up the Ghost, a new memoir by Eric Nuzum, delves into the writer’s adolescence when he descended into drug use and depression, eventually ending up in a mental institution. However, unlike most memoirs about the young and crazy, Nuzum wasn’t just troubled, he was haunted. Nuzum attributed many of his issues to repeated visitations by a ghostly young girl in a blue dress who filled him with a deep dread he needed desperately to numb with pills, alcohol and underground ’80s music. Nuzum’s biggest area of solace came from a complicated friendship with an emotionally elusive girl named Laura. The two shared a deep and intimate connection that was never consummated. Shor tly after she moved away to attend college, she died in a traffic accident. The memor y of that friendship tormented Nuzum for decades. Eventually, he set out to resolve his feelings and hopefully solve the myster y of the girl in the blue dress at the same time. It’s difficult to review a memoir. To some degree, you are dissecting not just the piece of literature, but the life of the person who penned it. To say that events seem dubious is to question the author’s character. To say that the narrative voice isn’t empathetic or doesn’t work is to say the person is a jerk. Nuzum isn’t a jerk. But he does underplay the terror of his ghostly visitations. The little girl—who is put for ward as the driving character of the plot—makes precious few intrusions into the text. Some of the more impor tant visitations are backloaded to fur ther explore his friendship with Laura. We meet Nuzum as a middle-aged man exploring the East Coast’s most haunted sites, attempting to face his issues with ghosts. But not until a third of the way through the book is the little girl truly driving him mad. No matter what the back jacket says, Giving Up the Ghost isn’t really about ghosts. It’s about that one magic summer when ever ything changed and you star ted to become the person you are. It’s just that for Nuzum, that summer was an 18-month battle with mental illness and the person most integral to his adulthood wasn’t there to help him process the experience. Once the book begins to delve into those issues, it becomes a thoughtful deconstruction of a complicated adolescence. But it takes awhile to get there. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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CHRISTMAS CAROL II—Ebenezer Scrooge has become a pushover, so the ghosts rehaunt him to get him back on track. Fun for the whole family. Call 208-3367383 for details. 7:15 p.m. $10$15. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise.

KEEP KIDS WARM OUTERWEAR COLLECTION DRIVE— See Wednesday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. YMC Inc., 2975 Lanark St., Meridian; and Tom Scott Toyota, Idaho Center Auto Mall, 15933 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, keepkidswarm.com.

COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: BOB MEDDLES—7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com.

Kids & Teens

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

BOISE POKEMON TCG CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS—As an of���cially sanctioned event in the 2013 Play! Pokemon Championship Series, players in three organized age divisions compete to earn championship points that go toward a potential invitation to the 2013 Pokemon World Championships in August 2013 in Vancouver, B.C. Additionally, competitors are vying for the title of Pokemon city champion. For more info, visit pokemon.com/ play. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-4264636, sub.boisestate.edu.

GIFTS OF THE MAGI—See Thursday. 8 p.m. Dinner and show $39; $20 show only. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 22. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. INSERT FOOT COMEDY IMPROV—See Thursday. 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

Workshops & Classes

Odds & Ends

WALK-IN GLASS STUDIO HOURS—Create fused glass artwork with a studio artist. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15$35. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055, fusionsidaho.com.

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

Literature MIKE MEDBERRY—Mike Medberry reads from his memoir, On the Dark Side of the Moon. 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229, rdbooks.org.

SATURDAY DEC. 22 Festivals & Events CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH FOR FAMILIES—Take a covered wagon ride to the town of Coolwater, enjoy Christmas carols, lights and a catered holiday meal with local beer and wine, festive music and an appearance by Santa. 6-9 p.m. $27.50-$45. Coolwater Creek Event Center, 7355 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-887-7880, coolwatercreekevents.com. HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS—See Friday. 10 a.m. FREE. Crouch. VICTORIAN OPEN PARLOR— See Thursday. 3-7 p.m. $4, FREE 12 and younger. Bishops’ House, 2420 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.

On Stage BALLET IDAHO’S THE NUTCRACKER—See Friday. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $39.34-$52.86. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu. CHRISTMAS CAROL II—7:15 p.m. $10-$15. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise. COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: BOB MEDDLES—See Friday. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, varsitypubmeridian.com. DAMASCUS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $14. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. GIFTS OF THE MAGI—See Thursday. $39 with dinner; $20 show only. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.

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INSERT FOOT COMEDY IMPROV—See Thursday. 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

Workshops & Classes VINTAGE SWING DANCE—Instructions on classic Lindy Hop moves for dancers of all ages. No partner necessary to participate. 8 p.m. $5. Heirloom Dance Studio, 765 Idaho St., Boise, 208-8716352, heirloomdancestudio.com. WALK-IN GLASS STUDIO HOURS—See Friday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-$35. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055, fusions-idaho.com.

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CHRISTMAS KIDS BIKE GIVEAWAY—Join the Boise Bicycle Project for the sixth annual Bike Giveaway, when 300 bicycles and helmets are given to children across the Treasure Valley. Whole Foods is serving soup, hot chocolate and coffee. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-4296520, boisebicycleproject.org.

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8 DAYS OUT LIMELIGHT NIGHT HIP-HOP DANCE—Hip-hop dancing for teenagers and all ages. No smoking in the building and no alcohol in the dance center. 10 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208898-9425. THERAPY DOGS—Children can enjoy a story session with therapy dogs. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.

Odds & Ends

INSERT FOOT COMEDY IMPROV—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

MONDAY DEC. 24 Food & Drink

Odds & Ends DANCE LESSONS—Learn some moves from members of the High Desert Swing Dance Club. 7 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658, varsitypubmeridian.com.

KIDS HOLIDAY PARTY—Open to kids of all ages, children eat free and includes pizza and soda, music, prizes and activities, as well as an appearance by Santa. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta-Eagle, 127 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-0212, smokymountainpizza.com.

BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— See Friday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397. BOOMER SHACK—Take a dance lesson from Martha Bradford at 9:15 p.m. and listen to live music by the Triple R Band until 2 a.m. Between sets, ballroom dance to DJ music. 9 p.m. $8. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425. CLUB ISH—Club night created for plus-sized women and the men who adore them. Featuring DJs, a full bar and a VIP area. 9 p.m. $5. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430. HELICOPTER RIDES—See Wednesday. 5-10 p.m. $50/ person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net.

Animals & Pets NAMPA CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT—Volunteers count and record individual birds and bird species seen in a specified 15mile circle. All experience levels are welcome. Count starts at 8 a.m., followed by chili and soup while tallying up the count sheets at 5:30 p.m. 8 a.m. FREE. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208467-9278, fws.gov/deerflat.

SUNDAY DEC. 23 Festivals & Events HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS—See Friday. 10 a.m. FREE. Crouch. VICTORIAN OPEN PARLOR— See Thursday. 3-7 p.m. $4, FREE 12 and younger. Bishops’ House, 2420 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.

On Stage BALLET IDAHO’S THE NUTCRACKER—See Friday. Noon and 4 p.m. $39.34-$52.86. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu. CHRISTMAS CAROL II—See Friday. 2 p.m. $10-$15. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise.

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NOISE/CD REVIEW HARPERSMAN, A LITTLE DIFFERENT The debut album from Boise-by-way-of-England singer-songwriter HarpersMan (Steve Bowes) is called A Little Different; and based on what typically gets sent to Boise Weekly for review, it is. For example, instead of being the much-anticipated solo project by another in a long line of Brooklyn hipsters, it is the debut of Steve Bowes, a middle-aged dude. Instead of a neatly printed one sheet or an artsy handmade press release, it came with a 16-page glossy magazine full of high-quality black-andwhite photos and album lyrics. In an age pathologically dedicated to an anti-professional image, HarpersMan dares to do it old school. That approach is clear in the music on A Little Different. Instead of a soft and introverted approach to folk, HarpersMan pulls from the bolder melodic phrasing and vocal style of the 1970s to create a smoothly produced album without a single rough edge. The strings are as smooth as the drum tones. Bowes put lots of work into the album and it shows. Then there’s the accompaniment. While contemporary folkrock tends to pull from gypsy or Americana influences, snatches of Celtic music shine in the vocal melodies and the instruments played by a bevy of Boise’s strongest session and backing musicians—like Ben Burdick and Bernie Reilly. The combo is an album that sounds smoothly out of time, like it could be a collection of late-era James Taylor ballads. Bowes throatily croons testaments to the intoxication of love and the changing power of family over strummed acoustic guitar dressed up with Bread-esque flourishes of rock. However well-done A Little Different is, the genre-fied feel of the album sticks more than any of its particular pieces. And while the differences in that overall sound stand out from contemporary folk-rock practitioners, they don’t stand out strongly from the rogues’ gallery of classic rockers that trampled that ground flat long ago. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


8 DAYS OUT Calls to Artists BOISE WEEKLY COVER ART SUBMISSIONS—Each week’s cover of Boise Weekly is a piece of work from a local artist. 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 a series of private grants for which all artists are eligible to apply. To submit your artwork for BW’s cover, bring it to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. All mediums 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@boiseweekly.com or 208344-2055. Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, 208-344-2055, boiseweekly.com.

PIONEER TOASTMASTERS— See Wednesday. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE. Elmer’s, 1385 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-343-5714. WEST COAST SWING AT THE POWERHOUSE—See Wednesday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-331-4005.

Kids & Teens KIDS EXPERIENCE—See Wednesday. 3 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org. MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— See Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org. PRESCHOOL DAYS—See Wednesday. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ceramica, 510 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3822.

Ongoing

TUESDAY DEC. 25 Merry Christmas! MIRACLE ON IDAHO STREET— Old Chicago Restaurant provides Boise’s homeless with holiday eats, gifts and a chance for each guest to visit and get a picture with Santa. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Old Chicago Downtown, 730 W Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037, oldchicago.com/downtown-boise.

WEDNESDAY DEC. 26 On stage REAL TALK COMEDY WORKSHOP—See Wednesday. 6 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.

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, corkscrews1.com.

Sports & Fitness IDAHO STAMPEDE BASKETBALL—vs. Maine Red Claws. 7 p.m. $8. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-4242200 or box office 208-3318497, centurylinkarenaboise. com/home.aspx.

Odds & Ends BIOTZETIK BASQUE CHOIR— See Wednesday. 6 p.m. Free. Bishop Kelly High School, 7009 W. Franklin Road, 208-8530678. LATIN NIGHTS—See Wednesday. 7:30-11 p.m. $5. The Press, 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B, Boise, 208-336-9577.

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BODIES REVEALED—The Bodies Revealed exhibition features an intimate and informative look into the human body using an innovative preservation process. Visitors come face-to-face with 12 full-body specimens and more than 150 additional organs and partial specimens. Closed Tuesday, Dec. 25. 9:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. $14-$18. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, dcidaho.org. COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY COACHING—Do computers make you anxious? You can get free one-on-one help through the library’s computer volunteer technology coach program. Coaches can help with questions about email, the Internet and Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Publisher. Call 208-570-6900 to schedule a free one-hour, one-on-one session with a volunteer coach. Mondays-Saturdays. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-5706900, boisepubliclibrary.com. HELICOPTER RIDES—Soar through the night sky, observing Boise’s holiday lights and the scenic Foothills illuminated by the moon. Silverhawk Aviation provides helicopter tours of Boise through New Year’s. Call for an appointment. See Picks, Page 16. 5-10 p.m. $50/person. Western Aircraft at Boise Airport, 4300 S. Kennedy St., Boise, 208-453-8577, silverhawkaviation.net. HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLEY TOUR—Join the holiday fun on the vintage decorated open air Ms. Molly Trolley. Dress warm and snuggle up on this 50-minute tour. The tour picks up at the Evergreen Business Mall (at Cole and Ustick roads) at the opposite end from where the library is. 7 p.m. $16 adults, $8 kids. Evergreen Business Mall-Library Plaza, corner of Cole and Ustick, Boise, boisetrolleytours.com.

WINTER GARDEN AGLOW—This holiday tradition features more than 250,000 lights, which transform the Idaho Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland. Enjoy lights, model trains, appearances by Santa and local choir performances. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN—This musical, based on the Peanuts comic strip, combines the adventures of Snoopy with those of his friends, human and animal alike, in the arc of a single day. Sundays, 3 p.m.; WednesdaysSaturdays, 7 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools.org.

Ongoing Arts REALISM WITHOUT BORDERS EXHIBIT—This art show brings together paintings by Soviet and contemporary American, Russian and Ukranian artists, connecting two centuries and two continents via commitment to traditions of realist painting. 1-6 p.m. FREE. Lee Gallery Boise, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste 101, Boise, 208-3451120, leegalleryboise.com. COLOR FIELDS—View art by Lisa Flowers Ross inspired by aerial photographs of tulip fields. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub.boisestate.edu.

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NEWS/ARTS BOISE CITY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND HISTORY

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ALL LIT UP Christmas decoration fanatics talk shop CHRISTINA MARFICE The City is seeking public art proposals for the Boise Airport.

NEW AIRPORT ART AND OLD BOISE RELICS Shining sheets of steel and glass dominate a walkway connecting the main terminal of the Boise Airport to its adjacent parking garage. “There are great views of the Foothills, which I love but it’s kind of a drear y bridge,” said Karen Bubb, public arts manager for the Boise City Department of Arts and Histor y. To bring new life to the bridge, the department issued a call to artists to create unique public art for the walkway at a cost of $50,000. Three artists or artist teams will be selected from the pool of applicants and paid $750 to prepare proposals for their ideas. A second call for proposals has also been issued to replace a mural created by artist Geoffrey Krueger in the airport’s ticketing area. According to Bubb, the piece was meant to last five years, but has remained on display for 11. The new work, with a $30,000 budget, will celebrate Boise’s 150th anniversary and can be submitted in any medium, Bubb said. The original piece will be scanned, printed and mounted, the same approach used to display Krueger’s work. “I’m hoping we have a lot of local applicants for that,” said Bubb. Art projects costing more than $25,000 require the city to use the DemandStar bid process, and to open the bids nationally. More information is available at the Department of Arts and History’s website, boiseartsandhistory.org. Speaking of history, do you have a slice of Boise’s past that you wish could see the light of day? The Boise City Department of Arts and History invites you to submit your artifact to Boise 150, the city’s sesquicentennial bash. Family photos, antique signs, vintage postcards, relics from long-lost Boise buildings—any objects that speak to Boise’s history—are invited for submission at the Boise 150 Sesqui-Shop, located at 1008 W. Main St. The submissions will become a part of the monthlong exhibit called Collect Boise, which is one of many events and exhibits scheduled under the Boise 150 banner. Participants need only fill out and send in a Collect Boise participation card, and then deliver the selected object to the Sesqui-Shop between Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29. The exhibition will open Thursday, Jan. 3, and run through Saturday, Feb. 2. Participants are invited back Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, to retrieve their items.

The shop where Dan Christensen keeps his Christmas decorations is larger than his southeast Boise home. When he slides open the garage door on the front of the building at 2200 E. Oakridge St., he reveals stacks of boxes that tower above his large frame. A homemade sleigh dominates much of the space, as do the four lifesized plywood reindeer attached to an ATV that pulls them. An entire wall of the building is lined with shelves holding boxes of thousands of candy canes that will be handed out to visitors during the holiday season. The entire property is bathed in the glow of tens of thousands of lights, and Christmas decorations dot every inch of the house and yard. Christensen laughs when he sees cars turn onto the street and stop suddenly, awestruck looks on the drivers’ faces. “I guess I’m certifiably crazy,” Christensen said. “But it’s worth the joy you see on everyone’s faces.” With his heavy build and bushy white beard, Christensen insists that visitors call him Santa. He gives tours of his home, where he proudly displays his 650 Santa figures, gladly pointing out his favorites to anyone who asks. To Christensen, Santa Claus embodies the 1 Christmas spirit. “It’s giving, it’s sharing, it’s helping out other 2 people,” he said. “And so I started decorating houses.” Christensen used to 3 spend the holiday season decorating homes and windows for elderly 4 friends, but now his own display is a full-time 5 engagement. This year’s decorations took more than 70 hours to arrange. He also installed a chain-link fence and video surveillance to protect what he sees as an investment. “We purchase anywhere from $600 to

Justo Efrain Rodriguez, who was forced by the recession to decorate his house at Boise and Leadville avenues just two weeks before Christmas instead of the entire month of December. “The people tell me, put a box out for donations, but I don’t want to,” he said. For Rodriguez, covering the house with around 150 inflatables, wreaths and other decorations is a family tradition he shares with his wife and six children—and the memories are worth every penny. His daughter Cindy’s friends at Timberline High School know her house and she often jokes about her fame among her classmates. But the Rodriguez family’s home isn’t the only one that has gained notoriety. Nicholas Martinez received a post card last year from a visitor who had photographed his home on John’s Landing Way off Collister Drive to show to relatives as far away as the East Coast. “It brings up the happiness in the neighborhood,” Martinez said. “People love it. They’ve been used to it for so many years. One lady stopped and told me she’s been driving by the house for 15 years, and every year is different. So they enjoy it and they keep coming back.” To Martinez, whose display contains as many as 40,000 individual lights, the house is an artistic medium. “Doesn’t a painter plan out what he’s painting before he does it? I have to figure out what I’ll put here, and what I’ll The daily electricity cost per strand of 100 lights for C7 bulbs put there, and how many lights is $1.08; For C9 bulbs it is $1.51; For LED lights it is $0.14. it’ll take. It takes time and thought. I think it’s a form of On average there are 300 Christmas tree-related home art,” he said. fires each season. Martinez shops for his decorations at sales after the holiday 12,500 people are treated in emergency rooms each holiday season ends but like Chrisseason for injuries related to falls, cuts and shocks. tensen and Rodriguez, he’s far more concerned with spreading Sales of cut Christmas trees in 2009 totaled $249.8 million. Christmas spirit than with the hit to his bank account. The value of U.S. imports of Christmas ornaments from China between January and August 2010 was $488.5 million. “If you start looking at the cost, you’ll stop doing it. I get a satisfaction out of what I do. People enjoy it, so I don’t feel like I’ve electric bill that climbs as high as $1,500. wasted my time.” But sky-high utilities are no deterrent to Christensen or any of the Treasure Valley’s other over-the-top home decorators, like $1,000 worth of lights every year,” said Christensen, who estimates he and his wife have spent at least $50,000 on their home Christmas display, including a December

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JOSH GROSS It was around 10 p.m. on Dec. 2 and Boise band Red Hands Black Feet was hard at work preparing for the biggest moment of its career—if drinking PBRs and gooďŹ ng around at the band’s cluttered Bomb Shelter Two practice space can be considered hard at work. “There’s a lot of bands that want to play that show with us, so we better talk cerned about the aborted practice. Larson about that,â€? drummer Jessica Johnson said the band has been playing its songs eventually said, veering the young band long enough that the difference between a back on course. good show and a bad show has more to do The show in question is the release party with what he ate that day than how much for the group’s long-anticipated debut he practices. album, These Things Are Important, which Strangely enough, this devil-may-care apis on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Red Room. And proach is about par for the course. Talented the reason it has been long-anticipated is as its members may be on stage, Red Hands that the band hoped to have the album out Black Feet doesn’t do much to keep pace in time for Treefort Music Fest, back in with the Internet age offstage. March. Clearly, that did not happen. And The band’s music is written using a there were serious questions about whether sort of line-graph that Larson and bassist the band would have it ready in time for Joey Myers employ to illustrate the desired Treefort 2013. peaks and valleys of dramatic tension. The Asked why it took so long, guitarist Eric resulting songs routinely run 10 minutes or Larson simply said, “Life.â€? In addition to numerous overdubs as part longer, using blazing guitar work and solid drum beats to create expansive atmospheric of a nearly self-destructive quest to get it intros that lead to song-length crescendos perfect, “lifeâ€? includes the fact that Larson fronted most of the $2,000-plus in recording as layered as a feature ďŹ lm. Whereas some bands use music to paint a picture, Red costs himself with his late night job slinging Hands Black Feet paints a mural—likely the pizza at Pie Hole. kind you’d see on the side of a mid-’70s van, Over the year the band has been recordwith barbarians challenging the heavens to ing, and the two and half years that preceded it, Red Hands Black Feet built a ďŹ erce a ďŹ stďŹ ght. Myers described the group’s ďŹ rst tour, local following for its sprawling post-rock a Northwest loop dissections of time performed in the and space. summer of 2012, as And that’s why so Red Hands Black Feet album release party with First Borns and Lakefriend, Thursday, something the band many local bands want Dec. 20, 8 p.m., $3. “kind of fucked its to be in on the show. way through.â€? There RED ROOM “You guys just 1519 W. Main St. were three-day gaps want to get drunk, redroomboise.com between dates, nights make a chart of band spent sleeping upright names and point?â€? in Walmart parking Johnson asked. lots and shows that the band booked the The decision was eventually put on hold day of by walking around towns asking if so the band can get back to practicing for there was anywhere to play. the big show. But before it started a single Larson says the band hopes to repeat song, a can of PBR was spilled onto guitarist that route in 2013 but with more shows and Jake Myers’ amp, which promptly stopped working and ended practice for the evening. better planning. He also thinks the album’s release will help better secure shows. “So, this is band practice,â€? Johnson But the problem with all those big plans joked on the way out the door. is the band took so long recording its debut None of the band members were conWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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that it’s already focusing on the follow-up: a concept album about space travel called Hail Sagan. Larson even said that as much as he is looking forward to it, he also kind of just wants the album release over with. “I don’t want to say I’m tired of [the songs on These Things Are Important], I’m just really looking forward to new songs,â€? he said. But Larson also admits that work on the album took so long that he started to lose perspective. “Sometimes I forget what it sounds like when I’m playing it, and then I listen back, it’s like, ‘Fuck, yeah, that’s cool,’â€? Larson said. Another thing keeping the band hooked is that These Things are Important will be the ďŹ rst album release for everyone involved in Red Hands Black Feet, which is hardly an everyday moment. The release is especially big for Johnson, who said her parents are less-than thrilled about her ambitions. Though her time spent playing in a marching band made her stick work in Red Hands Black Feet the envy of many of Boise’s young drummers, she said her family would have preferred that she pursued piano. “I ďŹ nally have something to show for my almost 13 years of playing drums,â€? she jokes. Even though local interest in the album is high, These Things Are Important isn’t likely to shoot to the top of the charts or allow Larson to step down from Pie Hole anytime soon. But he and the rest of the band all said that getting the album out, ďŹ nally, is enough for now. “If I can look back on it in a few years and not be embarrassed by it, and say, ‘Oh, this lead us somewhere,’â€? Larson said. “That’s success.â€?

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ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, DEC. 19, KFCH The children of stars are doomed to forever live in their parents’ shadows. Such is the case for poor Dweezil Zappa. From the moment he was named Dweezil, he was locked into the weird and wonderful orbit of his father, Frank Zappa. There are worse lifetime sentences to serve, however, and certainly worse ways to spend them than touring the world expertly recreating the music of an oddball genius who just happened to be your pops. Dweezil performs as Zappa Plays Zappa, a Zappa tribute band by an actual Zappa, which sometimes features other Zappas or members of the original Zappa band, along with video projections of the original Zappa. If there’s a way to cram any more Zappa into this zaptacular, we don’t know about it. The world’s strangest family band will bring Boise all the instrumental wizardry and oddness it can handle this week. Game on. —Josh Gross 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, $26-$70. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.

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WEDNESDAY DEC. 19

THURSDAY DEC. 20

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

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

BRANDON PRITCHETT—7 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle

DEULING PIANOS—9 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub

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

DJ MIGHTY DELTA ONE—11:30 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub

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

FREUDIAN SLIP—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel

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

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

MIKE STRAIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

OPEN MIC NIGHT—With Dakota Mad Band. 8 p.m. FREE. Frontier Club

NAOMI PSALM—6 p.m. FREE. Curb

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

PAMELA DEMARCHE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian PAUL DRAGONE—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s XXX-MAS KARAOKE—8:30 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA—See Listen Here, this page. 8:30 p.m. $26-$70. Knitting Factory

SPACE CAR—10 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe STONESEED—9:45. FREE. Liquid WAYNE COYLE—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge ZV HOUSE—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears

FRIDAY DEC. 21

RED HANDS BLACK FEET CD RELEASE—See Noise, Page 25. With First Borns and Lakefriends. 8 p.m. $3. Red Room THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club

7TH ANNUAL HOT DOG HOLIDAY—Featuring Hot Dog Sandwich, The Meatballs, The Retrobates, The Jerkwadz, The Sneezz, and Ben the Drunken Poet. 8 p.m. $3. Red Room JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. $3. Kay and Traci’s 127 Club ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SMOOTH AVENUE—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle SPEEDY GRAY—8:30 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe

BARMAGEDDON—With Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s

TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

DEULING PIANOS—9 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub Red Hands Black Feet

GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

B3 SIDE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

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

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

SNOOP DOGG—See Listen Here, Page 27. With Pac Div, Plan B and Maffietti 206. 8 p.m. $35-$55. Revolution Concert House

DJ MIGHTY DELTA ONE—11:30 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub DJ NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Club Max END OF THE WORLD CONCERT— With Minz-I, Pinebox Posse, Clark Gillespie and DJ Black Hole. 7 p.m. $8. Linen Building

WAITING FOR A LION—7:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement

SATURDAY DEC. 22 BLUE FLAMES—With The Well Suited. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux BRANDON PRITCHETT—9 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

SPEEDY GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears TESLA DUO—8:30 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe TURNS OUT—Midnight. FREE. Liquid WORKING DJS—10 p.m. $3. Grainey’s Basement

Deuling Pianos DEULING PIANOS—9 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub DJ MAXIM—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Eagle DJ MIGHTY DELTA ONE—11:30 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub DJ NIGHT—8 p.m. FREE. Club Max GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid JEFF RYAN MOLL—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars MEGAN NELSON—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. $3, Kay and Traci’s 127 Club REILLY COYOTE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SUNDAY DEC. 23

DAN COSTELLO TRIO—7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers FRANK MARRA—5:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers OPEN MIC WITH REBECCA SCOTT AND ROB HILL—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid RILEY FRIEDMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s

BEN BURDICK—Noon. FREE. Grape Escape DJ K-SEAN—10 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub EMILY BRADEN—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s THE SIDEMEN—6 p.m., FREE. Chandlers TERRY JONES—10:15 a.m. FREE. Berryhill TURNS OUT—Midnight. FREE. Liquid

TUESDAY DEC. 25

WEDNESDAY DEC. 26 BEN BURDICK—5:30 p.m. Flatbread-Bown DAN COSTELLO—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown LARRY KISER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow LIQUID LABS—Featuring D Ron Groove and Mixstress Morningstar. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid NED EVETT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel PAUL DRAGONE—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

CHRISTMAS DAY—With DJ Doug Martsch. 10 p.m. FREE. Neurolux

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

DAN COSTELLO—5 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

STEVE EATON AND PHIL GARONZIK—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

FRANK MARRA—7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

SUMMER BEACH BLAST—With the Rocci Johnson Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

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

MONDAY DEC. 24

THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club

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

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

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SNOOP DOGG, DEC. 20, REVOLUTION Rapper Snoop Dogg became famous for singles like “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Gin and Juice,” off his quadrupleplatinum selling 1993 release, Doggystyle. Since then, Snoop has dabbled in film, television, online-only news—and coined the iconic catchphrase, “fo’ shizzle my nizzle.” But after a trip to Jamaica in July, Snoop announced his rebirth as Snoop Lion and began making reggae instead of rap. While a forthcoming documentary of the journey and a new album, Reincarnated, are due in the Spring, Snoop will return to the Treasure Valley bearing his original moniker at Revolution Concert House, Thursday, Dec. 20. According to some doomsayers, this may be the last chance to catch Snoop rapping. With the Mayan apocalypse scheduled to take place Friday, Dec. 21, the folks at Revolution have deemed this their gin and juice-soaked end of the world bash. —Andrew Crisp With Pac Div, Plan B and Maffietti 206. 8 p.m., $35-$55, Revolution Concert House, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-938-2933, revolutioncenterid.com.

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ZERO IS A HERO But The Hobbit is token Tolkien THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS—Boise Classic Movies presents Tim Burton’s pan-holiday classic about Halloween’s aggressive takeover of Christmas. See Picks, Page 16. Wed., Dec. 19, 7 p.m. $6-$9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.

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THE GUILT TRIP—An inventor takes his mother on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new invention and reunite his mother with a lost love. (PG-13) Opens Wednesday, Dec. 19. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK— Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro star in this romantic comedy that has racked up numerous award nominations. (R) Opens Tuesday, Dec. 25. The Flicks.

THIS IS 40—Pete and Debbie from Knocked Up return for more humorous adventures as they approach middle age. (R) Opens Friday, Dec. 21. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.

GEORGE PRENTICE In tearing through the 2012 movie season’s gifts, I should have spotted two surprises tucked deep behind the Christmas tree: one wrapped ornately, the other rather drab but equally mysterious. I’m happy to report that one of the surprises—more time bomb than trifle—is Zero Dark Thirty is a shiny Christmas gift, while The Hobbit is a lump of coal. one of the best of this, or any other, holiday movie season: Zero Dark Thirty. Featuring tough-as-tungsten CIA operative Maya, played Laden, Maya stares down a pair of Navy Seals, bit. When, after an exhausting two hours, 43 by Jessica Chastain in 2012’s finest female minutes, Bilbo Baggins exclaims, “I do believe performance, Zero Dark Thirty tosses its audi- who quickly learn that she has no patience for machismo. Her focus on the mission is chilling. the worst is behind us,” I was a bit peeved. To ence from 10,000 feet into a heart of darkness stretch out the bauble that is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Zero Dark Thirty is expertly helmed by rarely seen. The Hobbit into another of director Peter Jackdirector Kathryn Bigelow, again teaming up Appropriately opening in darkness, with son’s epic trilogies is a waste of time. the sounds of 9/11 reports of planes hitting the with journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Jackson’s Hobbit is eye-popping, using the Boal. They both walked home with Oscars twin towers and a woman’s cries to a 9-1-1 much-talked about HFR-3D technoloperator, the film instantly ogy—which stands for high frame inflicts its own version of rate, as in 48 frames-per-second—to pain that may cause some ZERO DARK THIRTY (R) THE HOBBIT (PG-13) give a never-before-seen smoothness filmgoers to look away. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow Directed by Peter Jackson to the film’s movement. UnfortunateBut a word of warning: Starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen ly, the technology doesn’t counter Don’t turn away too often and Joel Edgerton and Richard Armitage the movie’s lack of fun. Somewhere or stroll to the concesOpens Friday, Jan. 11 at Edwards 9, 14, 22 Now playing at Edwards 9, 14, 22 between his previous Lord of the sion stand. Every minute Ring’s triumphs and this newest efof Zero Dark Thirty is fort, Jackson seems to have forgotten authentically thrilling. how wonderfully playful his earlier Tolkien for 2008’s The Hurt Locker and need to make The film rests steadily on the shoulders of some room on their trophy shelves. Here, they adaptations were. Instead, we’re saddled with Chastain as the mysterious Maya, a woman a sagging saga. craft a story that makes for a riveting two who rules a world where men usually call the hours and 37 minutes. shots—quite literally. Minutes before launchI wish I could say the same for The Hobing the raid that will take down Osama bin

SCREEN/THE TUBE Everyone has become stupid, easily duped or disconnected from the reality that used to define the show’s writing. Remember when Kramer decided to eat in the shower at the end of For example, I doubt an employee who has no investment in the comSeinfeld and install a garbage disposal in the drain? That’s where The Ofpany can commission a colleague to paint a mural fice is in the middle of its final season. in the warehouse. The term “jump the shark,” coined when Also, I’m guessing if your boss ever takes off Fonzie literally jumped over a shark on Happy for three weeks sailing to Bermuda without anDays, is an idiomatic phrase representing popnouncing it to anybody, his boss will probably fire cultural death. him or—at the very least—appoint a replacement In Seinfeld parlance, The Office has finally boss. In The Office office, they just talk about how installed a garbage disposal in its shower. their boss is on a big boat ride and go about their The original appeal of The Office was its business of not conducting any business. wince-inducing verisimilitude. Now in its ninth On the good side, the show is beginning to and, like Seinfeld, last season, The Office’s break the fourth wall by “hiding” from the fake comedic cringes don’t come from how real evdocumentary crew while the characters are still erything feels, rather they’re mostly derived from clearly being recorded. And there are signs of life how outlandishly contrived the show has gotten. with lines like, “You’re not stupid; jazz is stupid.” Nobody works at that place anymore; they But the only way The Office can end well—with The Office is wrapping up its final season. just get into increasingly preposterous situations the arc of its increasingly atonal scenarios over like a bunch of poorly juggled Lucille Balls. Since the past couple of seasons paying off—would be this season’s premiere, we’ve seen a potentially for Dwight to kill and eat everyone at Dunder-Mifflin. dangerous electromagnetic field in the building, an implausible news-broad—Damon Hunzeker casting audition and a murder-for-hire scheme.

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DJANGO UNCHAINED—Set two years before the Civil War, a bounty hunter enlists the help of a slave who can lead him to the Brittle brothers, promising to free him when the job is done. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. (R) Opens Tuesday, Dec. 25. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22. PARENTAL GUIDANCE—Artie and Diane are two grandparents helping to babysit their three grandchildren. What follows is a clash of old-school tough rules, lots of

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LISTINGS/SCREEN love and 21st century problems. Starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. (PG) Opens Tuesday, Dec. 25. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.

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For movie times, visit boiseweekly. com or scan this QR code. Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, a lovable Libertarian.

SANCTIMONY LOOMING ON PARKS AND RECREATION After an unremarkable beginning, NBC’s Parks and Recreation has come to rank among the best comedies on network television. That exalted status may not last, though, especially if the writers insist on dressing Ron Swanson like a princess again. In the fifth season, Swanson, played with mustachioed perfection by Nick Offerman, has developed a romantic interest in a woman with insufferably cute daughters. Perhaps the first endearingly portrayed Libertarian in televised history, Swanson is the kind of guy who says things like, “When people get a little too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them.” But he’s starting to like the kids and in a recent episode, even allowed the little urchins to give him a princess make-

over. It was like seeing Darth Vader let Punky Brewster play with his helmet. Unlike characters in movies or books, the worst thing that can happen to sitcom people is for them to grow. And it’s happening on Parks and Recreation in other non-Swanson areas. April (Aubrey Plaza) has gotten behind building a dog park. Tom (Aziz Ansari) has abandoned the absurdity of Entertainment 720 for a sensible business plan. Rob Lowe’s character, Chris— who refused to acknowledge anything but the most blindly optimistic scenarios—is now in therapy, cries a lot, and rarely says anything funny. The show can easily rescue itself and maybe it will, but there’s another problem: trite messages creeping into the dialogue. Political platitudes are never funny. And if you disagree, maybe you need to visualize world peace. See? Not funny. —Damon Hunzeker

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TIME TO CELEBRATE Idaho skiers and boarders are nearly comatose with joy now that ski areas across the region are finally open. The folks at Brundage Mountain in McCall are betting that some of those skiers will be in the mood to celebrate over the Christmas holiday. Brundage is bringing back its popular Light Up the Night party Saturday, Dec. 29, with a fireworks show from the slopes, a torchlight parade, bonfire and plenty of food and drinks. Best yet, the majority of the events are free and open to the public. Things kick off at 4:30 p.m., when crews light the Pray for Snow Bonfire in the parking lot, conveniently adjacent to a beer garden. The torchlight parade down the slopes begins at 5:30 p.m., and anyone who wants to join the parade had better plan ahead. Participation is not only limited to 60 skiers, but everyone must be able to ski confidently without poles while holding a long piece of bamboo that happens to be on fire. If you have the skills and the will—and the fire-resistant clothing—reserve a spot by emailing sethjacobsen@brundage.com. Fireworks start going off as soon as the torch-bearing skiers make it to the base. For those who are peckish after all those flames and explosions, Smoky’s Bar and Grill is open late. A sit-down dinner is also available with reservations. For those who want some grown-up time, the Kids Center offers supervised viewing of the fireworks and parade, a spaghetti dinner, crafts and movies from 5-8 p.m. for $30 per child. Reservations are required. For more info, visit brundage.com With ski areas finally up and running, it’s time to start talking about summer river running, right? Yes, we’re kidding—kind of. The annual Payette River passes needed at recreation sites along the river are now on sale for $20 and are good for the entire year. Funds from the fee program go toward maintaining and improving the recreation sites. The passes are available at: Uʏ«i˜}œÜʜ՘Ì>ˆ˜Ã«œÀÌ]ÊÓΣ{Ê °Ê œ}ÕÃÊ Basin Road, Boise UÊ œˆÃiÊÀ“ÞÊ >ÛÞ]Ê{™Ó{Ê …ˆ˜`i˜Ê Û`°]Ê Garden City UÊ >ÃV>`iÊ"ÕÌwÌÌiÀÃ]ÊÈä{Ê °Ê{x̅Ê-Ì°]Ê Garden City UÊ`>…œÊ,ˆÛiÀÊ-«œÀÌÃ]ÊΣääÊ7°Ê*i>Ã>˜Ìœ˜Ê Ave., Boise UÊ ““iÌÌÊ,>˜}iÀÊ ˆÃÌÀˆVÌÊ"vwVi]Ê£näxÊ ˆ}…Ü>ÞÊ£È]Ê-Ìi°Êx]Ê ““iÌÌ To check out which areas require either an annual pass or a daily use fee, visit fs.usda.gov/goto/Payette River Passes.

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OLYMPICSIZED PROSPECTS Nordic skiing puts Idaho on the Olympic map MATT FURBER Dedication to Nordic skiing has opened a new economic door for the Wood River Valley now that the U.S. Olympic Committee has officially named the area a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site. It’s an opportunity that is limited only by the creativity of Sun Valley residents, said Don Wiseman, executive director of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, which led the effort to get the official designation. It’s the first such site dedicated to Nordic skiing, but the designation can be more than support for fans of skinny skis. “I work with the Wood River Ability Program and I thought it was a great process,” said Joan Scheingraber, an acupuncturist who helped consult on the U.S. Olympic Committee application. “What I liked about it is that it brought a lot of organizations together to make it happen.” Scheingraber is a former Dartmouth College and U.S. Ski Team Nordic competitor who now coaches adaptive skiing and VAMPS, a women’s Nordic training program. The official designation from the USOC and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association was announced in early November. The designation begins an education process to build excitement and involvement in what organizers hope will be a new source of longterm vitality for Blaine County and Idaho. Research by the economic development group Sustain Blaine showed that Nordic skiing brought in about $6.5 million in the 2010-2011 ski season. The sum is expected to double with the designation. “My phone has been ringing off the hook since the announcement,” Wiseman said. The new relationship opens new funding possibilities that have an incalculable potential for growth, Wiseman said. Olympic sponsors like Chobani—which recently opened a plant in Twin Falls—and even Coke could be potential partners. The door pried open by Nordic skiing could lead to a human performance lab serving endurance athletes, said SVSEF coach Rick Kapala. The Wood River Ability program and its Paralympics hopefuls could even host international competition on the 200 kilometers of ski trails that surround Sun Valley. In the longer term, Sun Valley could see Nordic national championships and maybe an international alpine competition. “This puts Idaho on the map in terms of the Olympic movement,” said Harry Griffith,

With a new Olympic training site designation, Sun Valley may become a national hub for Nordic skiing.

Sustain Blaine executive director. “It is what we make of it now that we’ve fought our way to the gate.” Griffith and Wiseman explained that the key to gaining the designation was to exemplify existing assets. “We view this as a first-stage training site. With the official designation, we can look at how we expand the opportunity. We’re really excited to do that sensibly,” Griffith said. Another key member of the process, Jim Keating, executive director of the Blaine County Recreation District, said the designation should help not only to improve the recreational resources, but boost other aspects of the economy. From an economic development standpoint, the group took a venture capital, incubator approach, Griffith said, showing the value of Nordic skiing to the community in a new way. “Now, we hope to guide opportunities,” said Griffith. One idea is developing a preferred services program with tiered pricing for athletes depending on their ranking, Wiseman said. For physical therapy, for example, the best athletes would be offered the best rates, but the overarching goal is to connect any athlete with goods and services, including lodging, nutrition, therapy, sporting goods and even real estate. But economic prospects from an Olympic designation are more than an athlete bunking down in Ketchum. The broader goal is to help show off the community’s broader value, Griffith said. The group is talking with kinesiology and biomechanical researchers at Boise State University looking for opportunities to work at a satellite site in the Ketchum area. Being an Olympic training site makes such a partnership all the more appealing for all parties, Wiseman said. Both Wiseman and Griffith will be interested to see how partnerships grow with the new buzz surrounding the Olympic designation. “Nordic skiing is like the gateway sport,” Griffith said.

Oklahoma City National High Performance Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., started as a rowing training site about a decade ago. The community turned a ditch into a world-class rowing site and secured $20 million to $30 million in investments for a project that now includes a training center Charles Barkley visits. At several of the Olympic training sites, there are add-on services not medal oriented but community oriented, like zip lines and other outdoor adventure activities. “When I was in Oklahoma City this summer, there were tours coming in—kids getting instructed. They light up the river at night. Thousands of people come out to watch rowing most weekends. Why couldn’t we talk about taking Nordic to a second level that we’ve never seen in this community? We’re talking about Nordic Town USA becoming a more permanent facility. “Oklahoma has just amazing facilities. They took their site and made it a public venue. It is an amazing place to see,” Wiseman said. “There is a clear capability for us to aspire to that here. We have the trails and the Piston Bullies. We have the basics, but this is an opportunity to expand the assets.” One concrete aspect of the opportunity for Blaine County is that dependable snow for training is becoming harder to find. “Back East, they have snow and they have rain and it is gone,” Wiseman said. “It’s not as predictable as it was 30 years ago.” Snowmaking like that done by the Sun Valley Company is part of the plan for Nordic skiing. Terms in the Olympic designation contract indicate that some 5K of trails will have snow-making equipment that would ensure early season training, Wiseman said. Some analysis of the economic impact of cross-country skiing is indirect—gas, groceries, rent, etc.—but the goal is to shoot for something bigger. “A dream might be in, say, 15 years that we have a sports training center or a super site,” Griffith said. “There is a lot of potential on the back of a simple business plan.”

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WHERE TO EAT OUT IN BOISE ON CHRISTMAS If you’re worried that Santa won’t be able to bring you the gift of good (or even mediocre) cooking skills this holiday season, Boise offers plenty of options for dining out this Christmas. So stop tr ying to figure out how to make a meal out of eggnog and candy canes and prepare yourself for a true feast. Berryhill and Co.: Open with regular hours and regular menu. 121 N. Ninth St., Ste. 102, Boise, 208-387-3553, johnberryhillrestaurants.com. Chandlers Steakhouse: Opening for dinner at 4 p.m. with a special holiday menu. Reservations suggested. 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com. Cottonwood Grille: Opening for dinner at 4 p.m. with a special holiday menu. 913 W. River St., Boise, 208-333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com. Denny’s: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year with regular menu. 2580 Airport Way, Boise, 208-3449092, dennys.com. The Flicks: Open from 4-9:30 p.m. for movies and food. 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4288, theflicksboise.com. Madhuban: Open regular hours with a regular menu in addition to a free lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 6930 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-8215, madhubanindiancuisine.com. Modern Hotel and Bar: Open regular hours from 5-10 p.m. with standard menu. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com. Mulligan’s: Open for food and drinks starting at 4 p.m. 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998. Murphy’s Seafood Bar & Grill: Open from noon-8 p.m. with a limited menu. 1555 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-344-3691, murphysboise.com. Owyhee Plaza Grill: Open regular hours with regular menu, in addition to some holiday specials. 1109 Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, owyheeplaza.com. Sa-Wad-Dee Thai: Open from 11 a.m.9:30 p.m. with regular menu. 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-0701, sawaddeethai.com. Thai Cuisine: Open regular hours with a standard menu. 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-658-0516, Boise, boisethaicuisine.com.

TARA MORGAN It’s not uncommon to see downtowners on their tip-toes, straining to peer through gaps in the Wild 101 posters plastering the front windows at 1010 W. Main St. in Boise, former home to the Blues Bouquet. After a much-hyped Halloween grand opening that didn’t happen, the building’s new tenant, The Ice Bouquet, has kept chillingly quiet. On a recent weekday afternoon, faint construction sounds slipped out the space’s main doors. Building owner Tyson Twilegar stepped over plastic sheeting and around golden yellow trim, pointing to various new additions to the space. “There was a ceiling that was here ... that was 3 feet below this existing ceiling that we took down,” explained Twilegar, The antique main bar will remain in the remodeled Blues Bouquet space. pointing above his head to intricate detailing from the building’s former life as a things; it’s not like there’s a dress code— TVs, a complimentary catered buffet and movie theater. “And we’re rebuilding this there isn’t going to be a dress code and that a “young corporate” feel from another awesome crown molding. It’s taken us a was kind of one of the misconceptions that bar closer to the live music. An elevated, while to figure out how to replicate it.” was thrown out there in the very beginhorseshoe-shaped VIP area will be situated Ice Entertainment Group is leasing the ning,” he said. in the back of the space near the stage. building from Twilegar and turning it into Gorringe emphasized that the Ice Bou“I really like what they’ve done with a nightclub and live music venue. Nathan quet is striving to keep things classy. this design because you get this bar that Gorringe, a long time manager at Rockies “This is going to be something where it Diner, will manage day-to-day operations of you can watch TV in, and on this side, you doesn’t matter what part of the bar you’re can still engage the music,” said Twilegar. The Ice Bouquet. in, it doesn’t matter how old you are, it “A far different program will be going on “We’ve been out and looking for over here than what was before; this [front] area doesn’t matter what group you come with. 10 years for a bar. It’s always been a goal From the moment you step foot outside and of ours to have one, but it had to be perfect wasn’t used properly. I’m hoping that this walk through that double front door, you’re will do a lot for the day traffic.” it had to be the right atmosphere. It had to Twilegar said that he will continue book- going to feel first-class,” said Gorringe. have some meaning to it,” said Gorringe. Gorringe confirmed that the Ice Bouing live music at The Ice Bouquet, including “Everybody and their dog thinks they can “Americana, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, country and quet hopes to be open by New Year’s Eve, go open a restaurant or open a bar and though that might end up being a soft opena lot of singer-songwriter stuff.” make a lot of money and that’s why they’re ing or a private party. Gorringe added that Sunday nights will shutting down all over the place.” “We will do the grand opening right, and be dedicated to local live music, while Gorringe credited construction delays that’s where we’re at now,” said Gorringe. Wednesdays will be a ladies night dubbed for The Ice Bouquet’s stalled opening. “It’s not just going to be something where “Basically construction is what really hit “Diamonds and Ice,” and Fridays will be we throw the door open and say, ‘OK, let’s “Old School Friday” with us on the Halloween opening. go.’ … Everything’s going to have to be perWild 101. … There was some damFor a video peek at the fect: the staff’s going to have to be trained “Before missing the first age and water damage from remodel, visit video.boiseperfect, every little inch and every little date, our first concerts, we previous tenants and stuff weekly.com detail is going to have to be perfect before had JoJo that was going to that was obviously from lack THE ICE BOUQUET we say, ‘OK, we’re ready to go.’” be booked in there, we had of maintenance and different 1010 W. Main St., Boise Back-lit by the building’s large front winBaby Bash that was going things,” said Gorringe. “We dows, natural light flooding in through the to be booked in there, we went in there, and that’s when gaps in the Wild 101 posters, Twilegar emhad Xzibit that was going to we popped one of those ceilphasized that he just hopes the new tenants be booked just on a guest celebrity typeing tiles and found that molding up there.” Ice Entertainment Group is also working thing,” said Gorringe. “And that’s going to respect the storied history of the building. “This place is like a church; it’s too big to polish up the Bouquet’s antique main bar. be kind of that feel we’re going to have all to personalize, in my opinion,” Twilegar the time.” “That bar was made in 1902 and said. “I’m just a custodian of this place. Though The Ice Bouquet received some shipped over here—that’s going to be the There’s going to be a lot of people that initial criticism after announcing via Facefocal point,” said Gorringe. “This really is book that there would be a dress code, Gor- come in after me to take care of this place, going to be almost like a picture frame.” and I think it deserves that reverence; I ringe confirmed that there will not be one. In addition to the original main bar, think it deserves that respect.” “When you go down to Barbacoa, you there will also be a new V-shaped bar that will divide a front area filled with flatscreen know to dress nice. It’s kind of one of those

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Isaac Newton is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history, but his time in the English Parliament was undistinguished. The only public comment he ever made was a request to close the window. Basketball star Michael Jordan had a similar schism. In the prime of his outstanding career, he took a year off to try playing baseball, which he did poorly. After analyzing 2013’s astrological aspects, Aries, I’m guessing that you should cultivate a firm intention to avoid doing what Newton and Jordan did. Keep playing to your strengths and emphasizing what you love. Don’t get sidetracked by peripheral concerns. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 2013, I’d like to help you cultivate an even more reliable relationship with your intuitions and hunches than you already have. You may not need much guidance from me, since the astrological omens indicate this will happen quite naturally. There’s another kind of inspiration I hope to offer you in the coming months: clues about how to be bad in ways that will give your goodness more vigor. And when I say “bad,” I’m not referring to nastiness or insensitivity but rather to wildness and playfulness and experimentation. Here’s one further service I want to provide, Taurus: helping you build a greater capacity to receive gifts, blessings and support. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the year 1900, few people believed that human beings would ever fly through the sky in machines. Most scientists thought that such a feat was impossible. For years, the Wright Brothers had a hard time convincing anyone to believe their flights were actually taking place, even though they had photos and witness reports as documentation. Although the leap you’ll be capable of in 2013 isn’t quite as monumental as the Wright Brothers’, it could be pretty important in the history of your own life. You may also have to deal with skepticism akin to what they had to face. Be true to your vision, Gemini. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In 2013, I predict you will see why it’s wise to phase out an influence you have loved to hate for far too long. Uncoincidentally, you will also have a talent for purging emotional burdens and psychic debris that you’ve been holding on to since the bad old days. No later than your birthday, if all goes well, you will be free from a subtle curse you’ve been casting on yourself. You will finally be attending to one of your longneglected needs, and you will have turned some rather gawky, half-assed wizardry into a smooth and silky magic.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In 2013, I pledge to help you raise your lovability. It’s not that you are unlovable now, of course, but there’s always room for improvement, right? And if people become even more attracted to you than they already are, then you’re likely to get a lot of collaborative and cooperative work done. You will thrive as you and your allies work on projects that make your corner of the world a better and more interesting place. So what are the first three actions you could take to raise your lovability? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): First question: Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m afraid I will never achieve my noblest dreams or live according to my highest ideas?” Answer: There’s a very good chance that, in the coming year, you will banish that fear from the sacred temple of your imagination. Second question: Have you ever wondered if maybe you unconsciously undermine the efforts of people who are trying to assist you? Answer: In the coming months, you should discover exactly what to do to prevent such a thing from happening. Third question: Do you know the single most important question you should be asking in 2013? Answer: I predict you will figure that out sometime in the next three weeks. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 2013, I will be encouraging you to journey into the frontiers and experiment with the unknown. I will seek to inspire you to go in search of teachings you’ve needed for a long time. Are you ready for this expansion, Libra? Are you feeling a natural urge to explore forbidden zones and discover missing secrets and mess with your outmoded taboos? As you might imagine, doing this work would motivate you to develop a healthier relationship with your fears. To bolster your courage, I suggest you find some new freedom songs to sing. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 2013, I will do what I can to ensure that your fiscal biorhythms are in close alignment with the universal cash flow. You should have pretty good instincts about this worthy project yourself, Scorpio. So there’s an excellent chance that your wealth will increase. The upgrade will be especially dramatic if you are constantly scheming about how you can share your riches and benefit other people with your generosity. I think there will also be an interesting fringe benefit if you maintain maximum integrity as you enhance your access to valuable resources: You will develop a more useful relationship with your obsessive tendencies.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 2013, I pledge to conspire with you to achieve more connections, accords and unifications than you ever thought possible. I will furthermore be a fount of suggestions about how you can live well in two worlds. I will coach you to create a peace treaty with your evil twin and your nemesis, and I will help you develop a knack for steering clear of other people’s bad ideas and sour moods. I can’t, of course, guarantee that you will never again experience a broken heart, but I swear I will do everything I can do to heal the broken part of your heart that you’ve been suffering from. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When he was 21, the Capricorn writer Jack London set off to prospect for gold in the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. He had a rough time there. Malnourished, he suffered from scurvy. To make matters worse, he didn’t find much gold and returned home broke. On the other hand, he met scores of adventure seekers who told him stories of their travels. These tales served as rich raw material for his novel The Call of the Wild, published in 1903. It made him famous and is generally regarded as his masterpiece. I’m guessing you will begin a similar trajectory in 2013, Capricorn. Events that may at first seem less than successful will ultimately breed a big breakthrough. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I can’t force you to seek more pleasure in 2013. I won’t nag you to play harder and explore the frontiers of feeling really good. However, I will say this: If you don’t plan to put yourself into at least partial alignment with the cosmic mandate to have maximum fun, you may not get the best use out of the advice I’ll be offering though my horoscopes in the coming year. Please consider the possibility of ramping up your capacity for pure enjoyment. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The study of ancient Mayan civilization owes a lot to the fact that Americans started buying lots of chewing gum in the late 19th century. For a long time, chicle was one of the prime ingredients in Chiclets, Juicy Fruit, Bazooka bubble gum and many other brands of chewing gum. Chicle is obtained from the sap of sapodilla trees, which grow in abundance in Central America and Mexico. Over the decades, workers harvesting the chicle accidentally found many Mayan ruins covered in overgrown vegetation, then told archaeologists about their discoveries. I foresee a metaphorically comparable sequence happening in your life during 2013. In unexpected ways, you will be put back in touch with and benefit from lost, forgotten or unexplored parts of the past.

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