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LINCOLN BEHIND BARS Idaho prisoners help craft new historic Lincoln exhibit FEATURE 9

SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH Idaho family stonewalled by the military in daughter’s death SCREEN 24

INTO THE SPOTLIGHT New film gives backup singers their due FOOD 25

TASTY BITES Updates on The Dish, Prefunk and Woodland Empire

“Understanding Cuba is like drinking from a fire hose.”


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NOTE WATCHDOGGERY My ears still haven’t popped (nor my lungs cleared) after 24 travel hours and four days in the air-conditioned Xanadu of downtown Miami—but my brain is popping with ideas. Together with Boise Weekly Publisher Sally Freeman and Ad Director Brad Hoyd, I was in the Magic City for the national Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference. There we met with fellow journos and journo tech vendors to compare notes and kvetch about our industry. As anyone with a passing familiarity with the business of journalism well knows, we’re in a state of unprecedented flux. The shorthand theme of the conference could have been: “What the F--- Do We Do with the Internet?” There are innumerable strategies and products out there to aid alternative weeklies in navigating the digital shoals, but when my fellow editors and I were alone in a room, we all admitted to knowing what’s really going to “save” journalism: grab-you-by-the-face writing. You’ll find just that on Page 9, with a stunning piece of investigative journalism by News Editor George Prentice which peels back the layers of bureaucracy to reveal the heartbreaking story of an Idaho family that has been trying for two years to find out just what happened to their 19-year-old daughter, an Air Force security officer who was found dead of a gunshot wound in a bathroom at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base. Despite countless phone calls, the family has met with silence from the government. News junkies might have heard the bare bones of this story in recent weeks, after it was reported by the Associated Press; but BW has been tracking down sources for a month, and now we’re delving into the details. It’s the kind of in-depth reporting that only papers like BW are capable of. But that kind of work takes time and money—precious commodities, indeed. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to unveil the Boise Weekly Watchdogs. If you like stories like the one we’re featuring this week, you can donate directly to those efforts with gifts of $1 per week for 52 weeks, $22 in recognition of BW’s 22nd birthday this year, or just $1 a month for 12 months. Money from the Watchdogs will go directly to defraying costs associated with long-form reporting. Help us dig. Learn more at —Zach Hagadone


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

HAIL TO THE VICTORS Did you miss BW’s Bars and Stripes alley cat race? Check out who won the whole shebang on Cobweb.

HORSE PATROL State officials are seizing more malnourished horses these days for a simple reason—their owners can’t afford to feed them. Get the details at Citydesk.

LOBBY POWER The city of Boise is considering hiring a Washington, D.C., lobbyist. Why and who? Check it out at Citydesk.


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IN THE HEAT OF THE RIGHT The South isn’t rising again; it’s creeping back

“Bob. Psst, Bob. Got a minute?” “Gee-zuss, Cope! What the f***?! What time is it?” “Two. Three. Something like that. I couldn’t sleep. It’s too hot.” “And, what? You can’t sleep, so you thought you’d come sneaking into my camper in the middle of the night and… s***, Cope! Just what the f*** were you thinking?” “Gosh, Bob, I had a lot on my mind. I couldn’t forget how hot it is. And then I was thinking about how I felt like some kind of half-boiled catfish laying there in bed, and about how my sheets kept sticking to me like oily underwear. And then I was thinking how this must be what it feels like all the time down in Alabama and Mississippi and places like that. And then... all of a sudden, like... I was thinking about those darn Supreme Court judges, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, that Samuel Alito and John Roberts, all sitting up there in their air-conditioned robes. And I began to wonder how they could ever make such a decision as they did a couple of weeks ago. And that’s when I decided I had to get up and come see you.” “Which decision? Every decision those four make is f***ed.” “Where they ripped the guts out of the Voting Rights Act, that decision. It’s been eating at me since they did that, Bob. It makes me so darn mad, I can’t even think of anything to write about it. I keep thinking, How in the heck do guys like that get to be on the Supreme Court of America? Ever since it happened, I’ve been trying to come up with something that would express how... how hideous those guys are. And Kennedy, too, at least on this ruling. But... well darnit, Bob, have you ever tried to write about something so disgusting and stinking and odious that all you can think to say about it is how disgusting and stinking and odious it is? That’s where I’m at right now, Bob. I think we have to fight this decision tooth and nail. We have to stomp it to death forever. We have to tell the world how disgusting and stinking and odious this is, but I don’t know how. So that’s why I came over here, to see if you had any ideas on how to get across to decent Americans how terrible this really is. That, and also because I couldn’t sleep because it’s too darn hot.” “If it were me, I’d say that ruling is a plate glass window directly into the rotten, spiteful, sewage-soaked soul of what today passes for the Republican Party. Get it? We’re closer now to the truth of what they’re up to than we’ve been since the Civil Rights movement showed the country how vicious and brutal those old Dixiecrat bastards were. George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms. And we should realize by now they didn’t all die off. Old racist sh** never really dies, Cope. And it doesn’t fade away, either. It just slinks into the shadows, takes on different names at different times... ‘John Birch Society,’ ‘Tea WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Party,’ ‘conservatism,’ ‘GOP’... and looks for soft spots to gnaw at. Affirmative action, voter ID, inner city public schools, welfare policies... you name it. “I mean, for f***’s sake, Cope, look at the history. Where do you find any evidence they have ever truly accepted integration, equal opportunity for blacks or any other outside group—even the mixing of the races? Far as I’m concerned, they’ve been plotting like f***ing fraternity snots to undo everything that’s been accomplished by better human beings. They can’t even fathom how indecent they really are. They trot out a few excuse-making, self-loathing, hand-licking ethnic stooges to mask their true feelings... you know who I mean, and so does everyone else... but the occasional Michael Steele or Herman Cain aren’t enough to hide their true intent. They’re out there right now, Cope, in state after state after state... right now this f***ing minute!... dreaming up new ways to keep blacks out of the polling booth! And then that dipsh*** Roberts claims things aren’t like they were 50 years ago. Lying f***ing sh***y c***s***er pr***!” “Holy cow, Bob. Calm down. I didn’t mean to get you so upset. I just thought maybe you could think of ways to pressure Congress into agreeing on new guidelines. Or something.” “Yeah, like that’s gonna f***ing happen. If Congress weren’t such a big bowl of reactionary cat s***, I don’t think this would have even gone to the Supreme Court, Cope. And then, when they sent it back to Congress, they knew goddam good and well that limpd*** John Boehner and his merry band of Republican f***sh**s would see to it that any revision or clarification of the Voting Rights Act drowns in a tub of rancid obstructionist horsep***. “There must be something we can do, Badger. Do we have to sit here and watch the darn South turn back into ‘The South?’” “Nothing we can do tonight, Cope. That’s for damn sure. Tomorrow, we can start doing everything possible to throw those Republican f***ers out of Congress. If Democrats take back the House, we can pull for a national standard on election laws so a**wipe Mississippi and Texas and the rest of those Jim Crow fascists can never f*** with elections again. But for right now, I think it’d be a good idea if you waddle your fat a** out of here and let me go back to sleep.” “Golly, Bob. I don’t get how you can sleep when it’s this darn hot?” “It’s a little trick, Cope. I close my eyes and picture various global-warming deniers... tonight, it was that f***ing ape, James Inhofe... and then I imagine their testicles frying like eggs on a downtown sidewalk. Don’t ask me how, but it puts me straight to sleep with a smile on my face.” “Huh. Nuts, sunny side up. Cool.”

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IF I KNEW THEN Reflections on education past

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Summer is the season for high-school reunions, and Julie and I are about to go to my 45th. In May of 1968, I graduated, along with 80 others, from Wood River High School in Hailey. Although we’ve lost a few along the way, most of the class is still alive. None of us died in Vietnam. No one was taken out by a paranoid schizophrenic with a trenchcoat full of Glocks. Car accidents and cancer have caused most of the absences. Most of us married. Most of us had kids. Some had so many kids that some of us decided not to have kids at all, as there were plenty to go around. A 45th reunion is an important one. You never know how many folks will make it to the 50th. If you read the actuarial tables, you know that the 45th is the last chance you might have to go to a high-school reunion. You know for sure that it’s your last chance to see some of the people you went to high school with. You don’t go for the conversation, which tends toward nostalgia or health problems. When I must choose between the two, I prefer nostalgia, especially after the no-host bar opens. The usual nostalgic opening at reunions is, “If I knew then what I know now...” With that phrase, first dates are redeemed from disaster, inarticulate crushes are turned into torrid affairs, marriages are postponed or never entered into and terrifying bullies are punched in the nose because the terrible aftermath would have been so worth it. I’ve had those conversations. If I knew then what I know now, I might have even had a first date in high school. Some of my inarticulate crushes would have been more articulate, although I still probably wouldn’t have declared love at a volume anyone could hear. I’d have worn my black horn-rimmed glasses totally ironically. But you have to be careful. The gods seldom listen to our conscious prayers. Instead, they listen to our unconscious ones, and they’re good at answering those. Being human, you make terrible mistakes in life. But if you end up in a good place, you realize all those terrible mistakes had a hand in getting you to where you are. You don’t wish they hadn’t happened, no matter how painful they were at the time. I ended up married to a wonderful person, and I’ve had an inarticulate crush on her for 21 years. I’m hoping to someday explain to her how much I adore her, but in the meantime, she seems to sense that I like her and I’m giddy to think she likes me back. If, back in high school, I had articulated a crush into a torrid affair, it would have no doubt ruined my life. I would have ended up married before a male is mature enough for marriage—age 42—and might

have been a man who fathered six or seven kids so other people could remain kid-free. So if I think about knowing then what I know now, it’s become what I would have seen rather than what I would have done, and I would have seen a lot. For one thing, I would have critically evaluated my teachers. In high school, I saw the person standing in front of the class as a force of nature, not a human being. If some of my teachers seemed better than the others, it was because they were less tired, less worried and less scary than the rest. What they taught me didn’t enter into the equation. I admit that even the best ones didn’t teach me much. In retrospect, some of them were outstanding master teachers and some of them were stunningly incompetent. Coaches and administrators, all of them men at that time, were mostly people with little selfknowledge, headed for messy mid-life crises when their unconscious lives ganged up on them and destroyed their conscious ones. Many of them were time-servers, showing up for enough semesters to retire, the point at which real life, with its real terrors and real glories—and real old age—would begin. (Sue Galligan, if you’re reading this, you were one of the great ones. I learned a great deal from you, even if I had to piece it all together in my 20s and 30s.) All of those teachers, good and bad, were struggling in jobs that paid little and demanded long hours, tedious faculty meetings and forced re-education in hot summer classrooms at Idaho State. I believe that even the bad ones had gone into the profession in order to help people, but they had entered into a system that was—and is—hard on free human intelligence. Some people persevere in such a system, and make the best of a bad situation. Some give up and go along to get along. The latter dominate faculty meetings, present detailed if mundane evaluation portfolios, teach to soul-killing standardized tests and all too often get the merit paychecks. This may sound unforgiving, and it is. But hindsight is unforgiving. It’s the nature of the beast, if you know now what you should have known then. Several years ago, I attended the reunion of an older class, and one of the school bullies who had terrorized the school was there. He greeted me like an old friend, which meant his memory wasn’t as good as mine. He had the marks of chemo on him, and looked shrunken and about to die. I shook his skinny hand, but I didn’t think about how frail he looked, or how, in the end, the Grim Reaper brings us all down. Instead, I thought, “I think I can take this guy.” It’s not a thought I’m proud of, but knowing what I know now, I’ll own it. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


There have been times through the years when the Boise City Council, the Capital City Development Corporation and the Greater Boise Auditorium District—or factions thereof—tolerated one another more often than worked cooperatively.



YES, THEY’RE PRIVATE MEETINGS,” —Adam Park, spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

Permanent Lincoln exhibition will feature re-creation built by Idaho offenders GEORGE PRENTICE Abraham Lincoln (aka Skip Critell) is joined by David and Nancy Leroy, in a re-creation of Lincoln’s upstairs White House office, part of the Idaho Archives’ exhibit which will house the Leroys’ Lincoln artifacts.

The men and women who helped construct one of the most eagerly anticipated public paintings and rare photographs, ICI workers projects in recent Idaho history (and history constructed furniture, designed wallpaper and has everything to do with the project) won’t built fixtures so that visitors would get a sense be able to attend its grand unveiling Tuesday, of the simplicity of Lincoln’s inner sanctum. Nov. 19. They’ll be behind bars. “You might think this is a relatively small “Their day will come, when they’re reconstruction but, in fact, it’s very complicated leased,” said Martin Thomas, general manager because they’re working in the state archives,” of Idaho Correctional Industries. “They’ve said Janet Gallimore, executive director of the seen it. They just haven’t seen it put together.” Idaho State Historical Society. The Lincoln Legacy Exhibition, a multiPrivate donations of $100,000 completed room permanent display, soon to grace a prime the exhibition, but the Society now needs location at the Idaho State Archives on Old to raise additional funds to develop school Penitentiary Road, is the much-buzzed-about programming and collateral materials. On chronicle of the 16th United States president Thursday, Aug. 8, at what Gallimore calls and how his life aligned with the times of the “Wine, Eats and Artifacts,” the public will get Idaho Territory. Most important, the exhibia sneak preview of the show for a $40 donation will be the new home to arguably the most tion toward educational materials. significant grouping of artifacts ever assembled The grand opening is Tuesday, Nov. 19. relating to Lincoln and the Rocky Mountain “And that, of course, is the date of the 150th West—gifted by David and Nancy Leroy. anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,” “Mr. Leroy told me that, in talking with the said David Leroy. “Sit right there; let me show Idaho State Historical Society, they were lookyou something.” ing for something unique to become the front Leroy, former Idaho lieutenant governor end of the exhibit,” Thomas told Boise Weekly. and attorney general, as well as the state’s “He asked, ‘What can you do for us?’” foremost expert on all things Lincoln, stepped At any one time, Thomas away for a moment but returned and his staff manage more to sit, alongside his wife Nancy, WINE, EATS than 180 minimum- or and show Boise Weekly just a AND ARTIFACTS medium-security offenders in Thursday, Aug. 8, $40 per few of his thousands of gems of the prison system, working person, to fund educaLincoln memorabilia, many of through the ICI program to tional materials, Idaho which the couple has donated to History Center, 2205 Old build office furniture, or workthe exhibition. Penitentiary Road, Boise, ing in garment, metal fabrica208-514-2310 “Take a look at this,” said tion or print shops. Leroy, holding a piece of paper “This particular project a tad bigger than a playing card. is a great give-back for the offenders,” said “This is the first printing of the Gettysburg Thomas. “We teach them the hard skills—the Address in freestanding form, the only one technical ones—but then there are those soft printed during Lincoln’s lifetime. It was the skills—like how to give back to society. There first printing of its kind.” is such great value in this; it helps them move In previous visits to Leroy’s law office, BW forward and gain confidence.” has viewed life masks, portraits and scores of The offenders have crafted an exact replica documents. But as David and Nancy Leroy of Lincoln’s upstairs White House office inspected the progress of the ISHS construc(there was no such thing as an Oval Office tion of the soon-to-be Lincoln exhibition, he at the time). To the slightest of details, using brought along some extra artifacts. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M


“All of these items can certainly educate, but David really wants people to catch his passion,” said Nancy, pointing to a small document in her husband’s hands. “This particular one is one of my favorites.” Leroy held out a bi-folded piece of paper; the printing was faded but the words were still quite legible. “It’s a dance card from Lincoln’s first inaugural ball,” Leroy said with a grin. “The owner of this particular dance card was a little lady named Agnes Dewey, wife of a New York City attorney, H.M. Dewey. Here, you can see a list of all of the songs they played at the inaugural ball—23 songs, some polkas, some waltzes. You see that the first name on her dance card was her husband. Dance No. 9 was Hannibal Hamlin, the vice president of the United States. And take a look at dance No. 3.” Handwritten next to No. 3: “A. Lincoln.” “We truly understand the fragility and wonder of each of these things, but they’re all still in relatively good shape,” said Nancy. BW asked Leroy about a small, handcarved, hinged black box sitting an arm’s length away. “Go ahead, open it up,” said Leroy. Inside the box, to the left, was a tiny photograph of Lincoln; to the right, was a wisp of dark black strands. “That’s Lincoln’s hair, taken at his autopsy,” said Leroy. “And yes, that will be one of the items in the assassination portion of the exhibit.” In addition to panels on Lincoln’s death, the show will also include sections on Lincoln’s youth, law practice, political campaigns for Congress and the presidency, the Civil War and a separate panel on Gettysburg. The exhibition, a unique collaboration involving a man who was once Idaho’s top lawman and a group of Idaho prisoners, is certain to become a sesquicentennial gift that should enthrall visitors, quite possibly, until Idaho’s bicentennial celebration.

But that has apparently changed, in light of the fact of a new, albeit private, get-together where representatives of each body compare notes. They just don’t want anybody else in the room. “Yes, they’re private meetings,” said Adam Park, spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. “But it’s important to stress that there is not a quorum and no decisions are made.” It’s not as if the participants don’t know each other very well. In fact, an attendee of one of the entities’ meetings might easily be confused on which meeting they’re attending. For example, the CCDC Board of Commissioners includes Bieter and Boise City Council members David Eberle and Lauren McLean. Additionally, CCDC’s newly hired executive director, John Brunelle, worked for Bieter as hizzoner’s director of economic development. Over at GBAD, Steve Berch and Jim Walker were recently sworn into office as new board members after winning the May 21 election with a strong public endorsement from Bieter. It was in the June 24 meeting of GBAD that board chair Hy Kloc first hinted at private meetings of the three entities. “These interagency collaborations with CCDC, the city of Boise and GBAD have been very informative,” said Kloc. Park said there really isn’t an official name for the private triumvirate. “I’m calling it a multi-agency working group,” he said. Attendees, to date, have including GBAD and CCDC board members, Bieter, McLean and Boise Councilwoman Elaine Clegg. City of Boise senior staffers have also been in the room. “One of the meetings was nothing more than determining how to structure future meetings,” said Park. “In other meetings, they’ve talked about the possible expansion of the convention center and the viability of a multi-use stadium. Going forward, I’m sure they hope to talk about other projects on the horizon.” By keeping it private, Park said the group could vet ideas. “Because there’s nothing worse than the public thinking that [the group is] doing ‘A’ but ‘A’ doesn’t pan out,” he said. “If they do come forward with a specific proposal, there would be an opportunity for the public to find out. But they really don’t want to have that happen until there’s something to propose.” —George Prentice

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TERRY JELLISON Deal or no deal, Caldwell Pawn owner calls it quits GEORGE PRENTICE

How did you get into this business? After serving in the Air Force, I worked for Sears and then a microwave company. And I started collecting stamps as an investment. I finally quit the electronics business, and opened up my own stamp and coin shop in Spokane. I sold that and opened up the Kootenai Silver and Loan Company in Coeur d’Alene. But my wife and I moved down here to be closer to her father, so I moved down here with nine truckloads of items to open up a new shop. That was in 1991. What was downtown Caldwell like at the time? There was another pawn shop around the corner, and people would come here if they didn’t like what they offered. But that business burned to the ground and it’s gotten worse since. When I moved here, my taxes on the building were $1,100 a year. Now they’re more than $5,500 a year. Have you heard of urban renewal? It’s a license for the government to steal from you. [The phone rang, the first of a number of calls during the interview. Almost all of the callers were looking for an air conditioner]. That guy’s an optimist. I sold all of my air conditioners on the first 100-degree day.

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Air conditioners aside, I’m guessing that your top sellers have been guns. You can get a decent shotgun: $150-$200. But I don’t see any handguns. President Obama sold them all for me. As soon as he started talking about gun control, all that did was double the number of guns in private hands. How small do some of your pawns get? I’m the only guy who does the small stuff. People will bring in 20 or 30 DVDs just so they can get some gas money—$10, maybe $20. I must say that your pawn shop is a little overwhelming. It appears that you have a little bit of everything. And a lot of everything else. Hundreds of computers, musical instruments, camping gear, digital cameras, carpet cleaners, collector clocks, old-fashioned sewing machines, I’ve got one of those old-fashioned typewriters that would be perfect for you. Have you ever had to turn someone down because they were strung out, hungover or angry? Ninety-five percent of them are good.


He’s not a reality show star, but he could be. Terry Jellison, owner of Caldwell Pawn, is the real deal—in every sense of the word. In the business since the 1970s and the owner of downtown Caldwell’s last pawn shop, Jellison, 72, has pretty much seen it all. In fact, most of what he’s seen is stacked to the ceiling in his 4,000-square-foot showroom. “This is just what you see,” said Jellison. “I’ve got another 4,000 square feet in the basement, the same amount of space on the second floor, plus there’s a mezzanine and a number of upstairs offices in the back.” As Jellison was getting set to turn the key on his Main Street pawn shop for the last time (the business closed July 12), he sat down with Boise Weekly to talk about his years in the business, some unique customers and items, and his plans for a “sale of the century” to clear out all of what’s left in early August.

Occasionally, I get somebody who makes a butt of himself. I had a guy come in with a $180 ticket, saying he wanted to pick up his rifle. I told him that he was four months overdue and he owed me $240. He was outraged and said he wasn’t paying any more than $180. I told him it was worth $450 and he was pretty stupid for turning down $240. He whipped out the $240 pretty quick. Have you ever had to defend yourself physically? A guy came in to buy a handgun, but I told him I was selling it online for $400. He got angry and said, “I’ll give you $200 cash.” I said, “This is why I don’t deal with assholes like you.” He said, “You can’t call me an asshole. I ought to whip your ass.” I said, “Why don’t you give it a try.” He was 28, I was about 67. He looked at me and said, “I’ll give you $400.” But I said, “I don’t think so. I’ll go put it online, starting bids at $200.” It sold for $540. Anyway, he didn’t get it. But you have thousands and thousands of items here. How will you sell all of what’s left? At auction. Originally, it was going to be two days, Aug. 2-3. I figured out they can’t do it in two days. So, we’re going to add Aug. 9-10. I’m sure some of the other pawn shops will come to look for bargains, but mostly it will be individuals and it will be a really good deal. Are you sure I can’t interest you in that typewriter?


The clock in the kitchen read 5:05 a.m., but it was already more than 100 degrees outside—the early July sun crowding a midday sky over Orofino. “I keep the clock set to Guam time—16 hours ahead of us,” whispered Adelia Anderson (everyone calls her Sue). “It’s already tomorrow there.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Maybe, just maybe, she said, Guam’s tomorrow might bring today’s truth—if not the full truth, well, maybe a piece of the truth. Anything would help. Sue and her husband, Chris Anderson, remember their first phone call to Guam: sometime in early January 2011, when they called their daughter Kelsey to see how she was settling into her new South Pacific assignment at Andersen Air Force Base. “That’s when we first set the clock to Guam time,” said Sue, cracking a halfsmile “We didn’t want to wake her up

with a phone call if she was sleeping.” Five months after her assignment began, USAF Airman First Class Kelsey Anderson was found dead by Andersen Air Force Base personnel, shot with her own service pistol while on duty as a security officer in the early morning hours of June 9, 2011. The Andersons have lost count of the phone calls they have made to Guam since Kelsey’s death. In each call—sometimes in sorrow, other times in anger—they continued to ask anyone who would listen:

“What happened at the scene of the shooting?” “Why did it take so long to send Kelsey’s body back home?” “Why didn’t all of Kelsey’s belongings return to her family?” “Why were Air Force personnel ordered not to talk to us?” “They told us she killed herself. She shot herself in the head,” said Sue, “but there was no note, nothing. And she was on duty. And get this, she was scheduled to come for a monthlong break in just a few more weeks.” Sue took a moment to compose herself but to no avail. “I’m sorry. … I should be over this now,” she said and sobbed. In a series of tear-stained interviews, Chris and Sue Anderson told the story of how their little piece of Idaho heaven— living peacefully along the Clearwater River with two great kids—has devolved into a hellish battle with the United

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A gauze bag containing a lock of Kelsey Anderson’s hair sits atop a U.S. flag presented to her parents by the U.S. Air Force at her June 18, 2011 memorial service. States government. At best, the U.S. Air Force has disrespected the Andersons in refusing to be forthcoming about their daughter’s death, which recently marked a grim second anniversary. But at worst, the debacle reeks of a coverup that has resulted in a precedent-setting lawsuit against the U.S. government. The Andersons were hoping it wouldn’t have to come to this: They’re listing the U.S. Air Force as a defendant with summonses appearing on the doorsteps of the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. Boise Weekly sat with the Andersons in their Orofino home, along the north bank of the Clearwater, as the soft-spoken couple tried to make sense of what happened to their youngest of two children. A few feet away sat a brass box with the emblem of the U.S. Air Force emblazoned on the outside, and the ashes of their 19-year-old daughter on the inside.

The Nicest, Sweetest, Toughest Girl You Ever Saw

The Andersons said they built their home for their two children—Kelsey and brother Max (two years older, now 23). Sitting on a gorgeous piece of North Central Idaho overlooking the river, Kelsey would usually be seen atop one of the family’s five horses—her favorite was Shorty—while Max was usually found riding ATVs or snowmobiles. Lately, Max spends most of his days away from home as a lineman, assigned to assist regions throughout the country that have been hit by natural disasters. His parents say he keeps most of his thoughts to himself. And now the Anderson home is filled with photographs and memories. A hallway-full of class photos portray Kelsey from kindergarten through high school—prettier and prettier still, her hair growing longer, her smile stretching wider (except for that one year when she had braces). “When we open her bedroom door, I want you to take a big breath,” said Sue. “I don’t know what it is, but it still smells so

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fresh in there, so lovely, just like her.” Kelsey’s bedroom appears as if she were expected to arrive at any moment: her clothes, jewelry, makeup all where they should be, walls filled with pictures and posters and a sign that reads, “I live in a house, but I’m at home in a saddle.” Her shelves were stacked with triumphs: medals, ribbons and trophies for horseback riding, tap dancing, piano, but mostly soccer. Once, Kelsey’s junior-high soccer coach cautioned her team—comprised of both boys and girls because the school wasn’t big enough for two separate squads—that they would need to “play more physical” against an all-boys team. “What do you mean, play more physical?” Kelsey asked her coach. But in short order, Kelsey “smacked into the boys and took the ball away,” coach Ken Lame recalled, adding that Kelsey turned to him, with a big smile, and said, “I’m going to like this.” “She was the nicest, sweetest, most tender-hearted, toughest, meanest girl you ever saw on the soccer field,” said Lame. Lame’s words were met with laughter and tears June 18, 2011, the day of Kelsey’s memorial. Kelsey’s jersey, No. 12, was officially retired, as many of her former teammates wore their soccer gear and played a pick-up game following the memorial. “I think a lot of the kids are still trying to get over her loss. We hug when we see each other in town,” said Sue. “One of her friends had the words ‘Live in the Moment’ tattooed on her arm, along with Kelsey’s birthday, the day she died and Kelsey’s initials.” Much of Orofino came out to remember Kelsey at the memorial service, but an especial pall was cast over the ceremony: Kelsey’s body was still half a world away. Her body’s absence would be one of many mysteries still unanswered since the day the Air Force told the Andersons that their daughter had died a violent death. “Sue was up at our hunting camp that day [June 9, 2011]. She was cooking for a bunch of hunters that had just come in,” said Chris. The Andersons, semi-retired from a well-pump installation business, still run an outfitting operation on the North Fork of the Clearwater River for elk, deer, bear and cougar hunting seasons. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


A brass urn holds Kelsey Anderson’s ashes. She was cremated in the white satin gown she wore at her high-school graduation. back home, but were repeatedly told that Kelsey’s remains would be kept in Guam for additional forensic examinations. “The town of Orofino was in shock and we had the services scheduled for June 18. We had a lot of young kids who needed to get over this,” said Sue. “But they kept telling us that they needed to keep Kelsey’s body. And Kelsey’s body didn’t arrive at the Seattle airport until June 21 and she got here on June 22.” The Andersons were still in shock. They had only put their daughter on a plane to Dear Mr. And Mrs. Chris A. Anderson, Guam on Jan. 2, 2011, following an exOn behalf of the Chief of Staff, United tended Christmas break in Orofino. States Air Force, I regret to inform you of “When she graduated from high school in the untimely death of your daughter, Airman First Class Kelsey S. Anderson. … According 2010, she said she wanted to see a bit of the to appearances and initial evidence as report- world so she talked to an Air Force recruiter. She did magnificently at basic training in San ed by Andersen Air Force Base officials, she Antonio, and when she graduated from boot died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. While further details are unavailable camp, she was the proudest person you’ve ever seen,” said Sue. “We had a wonderful at this time, you will receive a letter from Christmas together and she left for Guam your daughter’s commander, which will on Jan. 2.” provide additional circumstances. The Andersons said they communicated regularly with Kelsey, via But that’s not true. In fact, the email and phone calls, during Andersons have, time and again, “He her five months in Guam. tried to ask about the “ad“I spoke to her officer in ditional circumstances” wouldn’t command and she said, surrounding Kelsey’s even tell me ‘If everyone was like death. And two years that Kelsey had Kelsey, we wouldn’t later, their questions died face to face.” have any probhave mounted lems in the to the degree service,’” that they are said Sue. suing to find “They even the truth. determined that —Chris Anderson she was a candidate to become a Command Kelsey’s father Post specialist. The Air Force even sent agents here to Orofino to interview all of “Kelsey’s Hotmail and Faceher family and friends so that she book passwords were changed would be eligible for top clearance, June 9, 2011, and her computer, cellbut that never happened.” phone and personal items were immeThe Andersons said they pieced diately taken for evidence,” Sue wrote in together a scenario surrounding their her detailed notes to Spokane, Wash.-based daughter’s death through a series of conattorney Matt Crotty, who is representing versations with USAF Special Agent Jason the Andersons in their attempt to read the Larsen and Maj. Sarah Babbitt, Kelsey’s unit investigation file on Kelsey’s death. commander. The Andersons said that first of all, they “Sometimes they wouldn’t tell me until I were anxious to have their daughter’s body “I was working in the garden at home that day, and I saw a big black car, with government plates coming up the driveway with an escort from the Orofino police,” said Chris. “A full colonel got out. He wouldn’t even tell me that Kelsey had died face to face. He handed me a piece of paper and said, ‘Read this.’” The letter, delivered by USAF Lt. Col. Theodore Unzicker and signed by the USAF Maj. Gen. Alfred Stewart read, in part:

Hangar No. 1


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Chris and Sue Anderson sift through legal documents, preparing to sue the U.S. government to learn about the circumstances surrounding their daughter’s death. driven up to Orofino. was hysterical,” said Sue. “I said, ‘No, this time we’ll come get it.’ At approximately 6:30 a.m., on June 9, But they said, ‘We don’t want you on the 2011, Kelsey was wrapping up an overnight base.’ They told us to meet them outside of security shift, which included her check of a the base,” said Chris. “So two plainclothes, building known only as Hangar No. 1, which armed guys show up in a Walmart parking houses B-2 bombers, and which is supposed lot outside of the Mountain Home Air Force to be staffed by two security officers. Kelsey Base, hand me a box, have me sign a piece of reportedly requested, via radio, to go to the paper and drive off.” bathroom on an upper floor of the hangar. When they got home, the Andersons disA short time later, Kelsey was discovered covered that the smartphone had been locked slumped in a bathroom stall with a gunshot and remains locked to this day. Kelsey’s wound to the head. The stall had been locked. laptop had “very few files on it,” according The Andersons say that in a conversato Sue, “And the only photographs left were tion following the incident, Larsen told them these tiny little images that you could never “there was no or very little gun residue” on enlarge. It just doesn’t look right.” Kelsey’s hand and that her service pistol had been sent to the Office of Special Investigations for ballistic testing. Kelsey’s personal belongings, including her smartphone and laptop, were also taken as evidence. For the next several months, the Andersons repeatedly called officials in Guam for more Through much of their frustration, the information, but were told that the investigaAndersons said they found an advocate and tion was still pending and that there was little friend in Bernie Fritz, a casualty assistance to be shared. representative at Fairchild Air Force Base near On Sept. 24, 2011, some of Kelsey’s Spokane, Wash. belongings, including her clothes, shoes and “When the Air Force loses a member, there makeup, were delivered to the Andersons’ are certain reporting and notification proOrofino home, but her phone, laptop, cedures that have to be followed,” said wallet, driver’s license, debit and Fritz. “It’s my job that they be done credit cards were missing. When properly and the notification to the they inquired about the missing family is done timely, humanely items, the Andersons said and expeditiously.” they were told that the Fritz was very reluctant remaining items would to talk to Boise Weekly. be returned after the “You can ask your case was closed by questions; that OSI. doesn’t mean I’ll The answer,” he Andersons said. continued to But the call Guam for Andersons said answers but were Fritz stepped in —Agent Jason Larson told either there was where most Air Force Concerning nothing that anyone personnel didn’t in trying could tell them or that the Kelsey’s hand to get some answers regardinvestigation was still under ing Kelsey’s death. way. It wasn’t until July 2012 “I’m fumbling around in the that the Andersons were finally nodark, trying to get a copy of the tified that Kelsey’s smartphone, laptop report [on Kelsey’s death] for the Anand wallet would be sent back to Idaho. dersons,” said Fritz. “Thus far, we’ve not They were to be shipped to Mountain been very successful.” Home Air Force Base, southeast of Boise, and Chris told BW that he learned, through

The Andersons Find Two Advocates

“ There was no or very little gun residue”

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produce Kelsey’s records, Crotty will be quick Fritz, that the investigative file on Kelsey’s to point out that a federal court in Illinois death has been completed and is sitting someruled in 2002 that a backlog is not acceptable where in the OSI headquarters in Quantico, in providing a report that has already been Va. completed. “We know that the case file was finally closed on May 22, 2012. Bernie learned that there are supposedly 282 files and Kelsey’s file is No. 82,” said Chris. “What does that mean? No. 82? Does that mean another year until we get it? Another five years?” Fritz told BW that Kelsey’s file was indeed The Andersons told BW that they felt they a part of “a specific number of files” in had little recourse other than to sue the fedQuantico. eral government to get the truth. Quite simply, “They handle the sequence [of the files] in the trail of information went cold, particularly the order they received them,” he said. “I’m around Guam. not part of the decision-making process. I’m “A lot of people from Guam sent condoattempting to be a conduit for information. lences to our family, but they said they were You’ll have to excuse me if I can’t get into told not to talk to us,” said Sue. “And they hard specifics. The Andersons are good folks. told Chris that if he tried to go over there, They suffered a horrible tragedy. There’s they wouldn’t let him on the base.” nothing anybody can do to make it right, As BW tried to track down the key players but if they had that report, at least they who would presumably know the truth could know what happened. If there about what happened to Kelsey Anderwas some methodology to kick that son, we were repeatedly told that they loose and hand them the report, had been reassigned. “Why I would have done that a long “Sir, he’s PCS,” Guam OSI time ago.” Agent P.J. Davis told BW would the The man who ultiwhen we inquired about government want mately may kick things Agent Jason Larsen, the to keep something away loose is attorney lead OSI investigator from a family? Matt Crotty. into the incident. “Plus, “PCS means Matt’s a milipermanent tary man,” change of said Sue. station.” Following five And when we —Chris Anderson years in active duty, tried to track down serving in different U.S. USAF Maj. Sarah BabKelsey’s father Army assignments after bitt, Kelsey’s unit com9/11, Crotty is currently a mander, we were told, again, lieutenant colonel in the Washthat she had been reassigned ington Army National Guard. away from Guam. “I’ve been in war zones and, “I’d love to help you but I’m going unfortunately, I’ve been in units where to have to forward you to our office in people have died. But in my experience, Quantico,” said Davis. the military is usually forthcoming,” Crotty But officials in Quantico aren’t talking told BW. “That’s why this sounded so odd.” either, other than to say that the Andersons The Andersons filed a Freedom of Informa- could contact them directly with their question Act request with the Air Force in August tions or concerns—which is what they’ve tried 2012, asking for a copy of their daughter’s to do for the better part of two years. records, including the autopsy. But similar to “You really shouldn’t have to sue them their other requests for help, they received no to do this, but that’s what it’s come to,” said response. That’s when they retained Crotty. Chris. “Why would the government want to “When the Air Force didn’t respond, we keep something away from a family? We have could go ahead and sue them flat-out or we to have closure on this. And what we just could appeal one more time, which I thought don’t understand is that they put themselves would be the right thing to do,” said Crotty. above the law.” “We filed an appeal on May 16. The governSue said she wasn’t “100 percent sure that ment is supposed to respond to that within Kelsey committed suicide on June 9, 2011. 20 business days. So we gave them that much But if they can show me something that contime, and then some. But still, no response. vinces me, I’ll accept that. I think somebody No phone call, no email, nothing.” killed her or she killed herself over something Crotty’s next legal maneuver was the horrible. And besides, we can’t be the only biggest shoe to drop in the case of Kelsey people in America who are going through Anderson. Crotty filed a lawsuit June 17, acsomething like this. They just can’t keep doing cusing the United States government—and in this. Maybe we can stop it.” particular, the U.S. Air Force—with “repeated failures to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.” The government has 30 days to respond in a court motion. “How tough a court battle lies ahead? It depends how nasty the Air Force wants to be,” Crotty told BW. “We think it is pretty cut and dry. They didn’t do what they were supposed to do in the time they were supposed to do it.” This story brought to you by BW Watchdogs. And if the Air Force argues that its adminTo learn how you can help, visit istrative backlog is a valid excuse for failing to

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Brent Harris stars as Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters.

SATURDAY JULY 20 Winos, we have your number.


THURSDAY-SATURDAY JULY 18-20 in vino veritas SUN VALLEY WINE AUCTION Imagine tasting fine wines as you stroll across lush lawns surrounded by the majestic hills ringing Sun Valley. It’s not a bad image, and it’s one that can become a reality thanks to the 2013 Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction, which brings three days of food and drink with it—but don’t forget to bring your wallet, because it’s going to cost you. The event starts Thursday, July 18, with a series of vintner dinners at private homes, where chefs create meals accompanied by a slate of wines. Tickets cost $750 per person and must be reserved in advance. The Wine Auction Gala fills the schedule on Friday, July 19, when participants can dine on fine cuisine and wine while bidding on “mega-lots” of wine, merchandise and travel packages. The gala marks the merger of the Center with Company of Fools and includes dancing and entertainment by Cirque Berzerk. Tickets cost $750 per person. The most popular event of the weekend is also the most affordable. A $75 ticket gets you into the Grand Wine Tasting and Concert Saturday, July 20, from 6-9 p.m. at Dollar Mountain Lodge. Participants sample delicacies prepared by area kitchens and wash them down with wine from 29 vintners, with varieties you probably won’t find on the shelves of your local supermarket. Jazz-funk band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds will perform throughout the evening. If the price makes you a little light-headed, remember that a portion of ticket sales is tax deductible and proceeds support the Center’s work to bring arts to the area. If you’re feeling inspired, spring for one of the $2,500 Grand Cru patrons package, which includes all events, as well as concierge and chauffeur service. Vintner dinners, Thursday, July 18. $750; Wine Gala Auction, Friday, July 19, 5-10 p.m. $750; Grand Wine Tasting, Saturday, July 20, 6-9 p.m. $75. Dollar Mountain, Sun Valley, 208726-9491,

THURSDAY JULY 18 such a supple wrist PINBALL WIZARD TOURNAMENT Anyone who thinks adults playing video games and drinking beer in Boba Fett costumes is a bad thing

needs to get out more. Spacebar Arcade—aka Boise’s final frontier for any geek, male or female, who just wants to blast enemy ships while sipping a cold one in peace—opens its doors for the Pinball Wizard Tournament on Thursday, July 18. Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. and the battle starts at 8 p.m.

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Pinball Wizard is a threemachine tournament in which players are randomly paired off to duke it out for the ultimate title and some out-of-this-world prizes. Each pair will compete in a two-player round on the Star Wars, Star Trek and Hook machines. Competitors will be ranked according to score, with the highest score

When author C.S. Lewis wasn’t chatting it up with ring-bearer and fellow wordsmith J.R.R. Tolkien or drafting conversations between talking animals, he was preaching the importance of a moral life from Satan’s point of view. Thus, the 31 Screwtape Letters were born. Opposite of a faithful society, demons worship Satan (“Our Father Below”) and denounce the Christian God as “the Enemy.” In an effort to promote sin and debauchery on Earth, an administrator of the Lowerarchy of Hell—Senior Demon Screwtape—mentors a troublemakerin-training in the art of damnation. The inexperienced junior tempter, Wormwood, is charged with the task of leading an ordinary man down the path of corruption by way of deceitful and wicked means. The titular correspondence between Screwtape and Wormwood undermines conventional faith, but emphasizes the resilience of human decency. The Letters, first published in 1942, have been adapted for the stage and the production will take over the Morrison Center for two shows only Saturday, July 20, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The production finally makes its way to the City of Trees just in time to honor the 50th anniversary of the C.S. Lewis legacy, whose work includes the allegorical revision The Pilgrim’s Regress and fantasy-adventure series The Chronicles of Narnia. Since their publication, Lewis’ Screwtape Letters have been expanded with a sequel, comic book, radio show and the stage adaptation. After a smash nine-month, off-Broadway run at New York City’s Westside Theater, Boise audiences will finally know what Satan’s minions have to say for themselves. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $39-$59. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4061609,

receiving the most points. First place winners on each machine are awarded 100 points, second place earns 90, third place gets 85, and so on. In the event of a tie, finalists battle for the crown in a head-to-head deathmatch for the highest score. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it is a chance for all grown-up arcade goers to test their skills against likeminded nerds, while enjoying brew specials from Crooked Fence Brewing Co. Admission is free, and yes, Spacebar’s technically

an arcade, but it’s a bar nonetheless, so the tournament is reserved for those old-school gamers 21 and older. Costumes aren’t required, but losing the title of ultimate Pinball Wizard is socially justified if it’s lost to an intergalactic bounty hunter. 8 p.m. FREE. Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-918-0597,

FRIDAYSUNDAY JULY 19-21 roller derby SPUDTOWN KNOCKDOWN Roller Derby could be called a mash-up of various disciplines—take track racing and add a dash of football’s tackling and blocking, a pinch of wrestling showmanship, and simmer it into a frenetic stew of WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M




CLOTH Craig Johnson: have hat, will write

The hills are feeling oh so alive.

FRIDAY AND SUNDAY JULY 19 AND JULY 21 the hills are alive OPERA IDAHO: THE SOUND OF MUSIC When the summer days are scorching, Idaho Botanical Garden’s grass is ripe for lying on blankets, sipping cold drinks and reveling in the sounds of voices from Opera Idaho. Pack your picnic baskets Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. to hear the hills come alive with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. The fourth in Opera Idaho’s outdoor concert series, singers will regale audiences with the tale of the Von Trapp family and its nanny, Maria, as she wins the hearts of the children and their widowed father, who is threatened with conscription in the Nazi Kriegsmarine. Hum along to timeless numbers like “My Favorite Things.” Explore 1930s Austrian teen angst. Find yourself on the edge of your seat—or, in this case, your blanket—as the von Trapps make their getaway through the Alps after singing “So Long, Farewell” to a roaring crowd of fascists. While this isn’t a fully staged opera, the cast is made up of Opera Idaho performers who will sing the full score. If you can’t make it to the garden, Opera Idaho takes the show to Woodriver Cellars on the border or Eagle and Star Sunday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$69 and can be purchased online or at the Egyptian Theatre box office. Friday, July 19, 7 p.m. $15-$40. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-343-8649; Sunday, July 21, 7 p.m. $15-$40. Woodriver Cellars, 3705 Highway 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463,

spectacle. The Treasure Valley Rollergirls are cooking up a batch Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21, with five teams skating in from neighboring states for the fourth Spudtown Knockdown Tournament at Expo Idaho. Crescent No Lawyers Bar and Grill hosts a meetand-greet on Friday from 5-8 p.m., giving the public


a chance to share a beer with Rollergirls like Raggedy Ann-ihilation, Boobie Houser M.D. and Cherry EffBomb. Bouts kick off Saturday with Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls vs. Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Roller Derby, and the Treasure Valley Rollergirls vs. Eugene, Ore.’s, Emerald City Rollergirls. Also taking to the battlefield will be Junction City Roller Dolls

TUESDAY JULY 23 wrangler CRAIG JOHNSON BOOK READING When most people think of Wyoming, they probably picture rugged ranch hands riding across open plains under a big blue sky, a world away from gritty police procedurals. But crime novelist Craig Johnson is on a one-writer crusade to prove that the Big Empty is full of memorable stories featuring the boys in blue chasing down the bad guys. The award-winning Johnson swings by Rediscovered Books from his ranch in Ucross, Wyo. (population: 25) for a reading and signing of his latest in the best-selling Walt Longmire Mystery series, A Serpent’s Tooth. The series, which began in 2004 with The Cold Dish, follows the sheriff (probably best described as the lovechild of Philip Marlowe and Gar y Cooper) and his best friend, Cheyenne tracker Henr y Standing Bear, as they solve crimes in the Cowboy State’s fictional Absaroka County. Johnson’s books have won multiple awards, even making it to Publishers Weekly’s best books of the year lists, although the name may be more familiar to city slickers from the well-received TV series Longmire, currently airing its second season on A&E. The new book, the ninth in the series, follows Walt and Henry as they stumble upon a secretive and well-armed polygamy group. Along with chasing down their 400-pound leader, Walt also has to deal with the sudden appearance of a man claiming to be a 200-year-old mythological Mormon, the “Son of Thunder” Porter Rockwell. Fans can not only hear Johnson read from his new book (set to be released later this summer), but the author will sign copies of his other works as well. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229,

from Ogden, Utah, and the Happy Valley Derby Darlins from Spanish Fork, Utah. The final bout to decide who’ll be the “Best of the Rest in the West” is on Sunday at 5 p.m. Alongside the ass-kicking ladies, the tournament includes a men’s bout between Boise’s own Capital City Skull Crushers against

Heads up designers, costumers and fine fabric fanatics: There’s a new place to pick up mid- to high-end textiles. Cornered between Anytime Fitness and Timeless Photos and Portraits in the shopping center at 17th and State streets, CLOTH specializes in high-quality, American-made fabrics. The store’s owner, Pauline CLOTH 1744 W. State St, Boise Bothwell, has a Master of Fine 208-830-9870 Arts degree from Indiana sity and said the shop was born of an “epiphany moment.” The walls are adorned with a variety of colorful, unique fabrics—from $8-per-yard wool to $88-per-yard Italian silk—suitable for anything from Halloween costumes to wedding dresses. Bothwell welcomes sewers with all levels of experience, and even has “husband chairs” to accommodate less-interested tagalongs. “I’m not trying to compete with JoAnn’s, of course, but I wanted to create a community atmosphere where people can come and hang out in a comfortable, experienced environment,” Bothwell said. “Fabric is all about weight and quality, so mid-/high-end material is what I want to provide.” Bothwell hopes to offer access to custom pattern-making software, where customers can create their own designs on specific fabrics. For now, shoppers can submit fabric suggestions on CLOTH’s in-store wish list. In addition, Bothwell looks forward to using her knowledge of fabric dyeing, sewing and surface design to host classes and workshops. —Skylar Barsanti

Salt Lake City’s Uinta Madness, along with a junior derby. Friday, July 19, 5-8 p.m. FREE. Crescent Bar, 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-322-9856; SaturdaySunday, July 20-21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$20. Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Boise, spudtownknockdown. com.

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY JULY 17 Festivals & Events SNAKE RIVER STAMPEDE— This annual rodeo features bull riding, clowns, food and even its own whiskey. 6:30 p.m. $12$34. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000,

On Stage MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING— Beatrice and Benedick spar in a war of wits while wicked machinations disrupt the wedding day of lovers Hero and Claudio. 8 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-3369221,

Art ART TALK: TECHNIQUES AND INFLUENCES—Join July’s artist in residence for an art talk, Techniques and Influences: An Informal Conversation with Melissa Wilkinson. Visit to learn more about the artist. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Surel’s Place, 212 E. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-407-7529, MEET THE ARTIST: BONNIE PEACHER—Meet and view the art of BOSCO president and fineart painter Bonnie Peacher. 6-7 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, artbypeacher. com.

THURSDAY JULY 18 Festivals & Events SNAKE RIVER STAMPEDE— See Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. $12$34. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000,

On Stage THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE—Young actors ages 10-18 star in this production of the C.S. Lewis story about four children transported to Narnia to contend with an evil witch for the soul of that land. 7:30 p.m. $5$8. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, SEAN PEABODY’S COMEDY SHOWCASE—8 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET—In this musical, a barber returns to London to exact revenge on the judge who abducted his wife and sentenced him to exile. 8 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

ARTS/STAGE REVIEW THE BENCH: JOURNEY INTO LOVE NEEDS WORK AFTER FIRST STAGED READING In a crucial scene of the The Bench: Journey Into Love, a son, played by Gonzalo Valdez, berated his father, Tobin Del Cuore, underscoring the emotional disconnect between the two. Tituss Burgess, who starred as D’Fwan on 30 Rock, was dressed in black with his sleeves casually rolled to the elbow. Playing the role of Male Storyteller, he stood—knees slightly bent—between Valdez and Del Cuore, singing a narration of the scene from a binder. “Why can’t I understand you?” read Burgess, as Tobin broke away from his irascible son. Despite masterful musical and dance performances, it’s a question that could be just as well asked of the play as a whole. The play, which had two staged readings July 13 at the Nampa Civic Center, is part musical, part dance performance and part jazz recital. Its artistic team calls it “Broadway-style,” hinting at its ambitions for the project. But if The Bench hopes to make it in the Big Apple, it has some work to do on its storytelling. The Bench is the tale of a family that takes place over a generation. It’s also a breakdown of the abstractions of love, the passage of time, inheritance and disappointment, with a cast of recurring characters whose personalities are fleshed out through interpretive dance. Its title comes from the piece of lawn furniture—one of the production’s few props—around which much of its action revolves. But despite some explosive and inspired dancing, and a stuck-in-your-head-all-day live jazz score, courtesy of composer David Lalama, The Bench is clearly still a work in progress. Poor lighting and sound obscured performers’ faces and made singing by Burgess and Angela Birchett, as the Female Storyteller, sometimes unintelligible—despite their commanding stage presences. Since Birchett and Burgess sang all of the show’s verbal exposition, and the non-linear passage of time is an important theme in the production, better sound engineering and more coherent storytelling are critical fixes moving forward. During the question-and-answer period following the performance, one audience member wondered what the father-son scene was all about. “I didn’t get it at all that you were angry with your father, initially,” he said to the seated Valdez. Had it not been for the librettos clutched in Birchett’s and Burgess’ hands, however, one wouldn’t have guessed The Bench’s performers had a mere four days to rehearse the twohour production. And the dancers, who included Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti of Ballet Idaho, Chris Mackenthun (who formerly toured nationally with Cats) and Katie Ponozzo of Off Center Dance, produced an engaging and kinetic display. “I think we learned Act II in an afternoon,” said director and choreographer Kiesha Lalama. Following the July 13 staged reading, Titus Theatricals will workshop The Bench for more than a year ahead of its 2015 inaugural tour. The staged readings are designed to troubleshoot the musical while gauging audience interest. “This process is important because we can restructure things before [The Bench] gets to Broadway,” McCree said. —Harrison Berry

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8 DAYS OUT PINBALL WIZARD TOURNAMENT—Play pinball games including Star Wars, Star Trek and Hook for prizes. Beer by Crooked Fence Brewing. See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. FREE. Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-918-0597,

TRICKS—A single mother struggles to raise her young son in this poignant comedy. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

Food & Drink DISHCRAWL EXPLORES EAGLE—Taste a variety of culinary creations from four different restaurants in Eagle. Ticket holders will be notified of meeting location via email 48 hours prior to the event. For more info email 7 p.m. $45,

FRIDAY JULY 19 Festivals & Events PIZZALSTOCK IV—15 local bands play while the audience tries the prize wheel, beer specials and a bounce house for the kids. 5-10 p.m. FREE. Pizzalchik, 7330 W. State St., Boise, 208853-7757,

SUN VALLEY WINE AUCTION—Take part in a weekend of food, wine from the Northwest and California, and an auction gala. See Picks, Page 14. $75$2,500. Sun Valley, 208-7269491, wineauction.

SNAKE RIVER STAMPEDE— See Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. $12$34. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000,

Odds & Ends ADULT NIGHT: THE SCIENCE OF CYCLING—Learn about the underlying science of bicycles while partaking of beer, appetizers and live music by a.k.a. Belle. 6-10 p.m. $8-$10. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895,

On Stage IMPROV COMEDY CAGE MATCH—8 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,



THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, OPERA IDAHO: THE SOUND OF MUSIC—Opera Idaho presents this story about a nun-turned-nanny who helps impel the von Trapp family away from the Third Reich. See Picks, Page 15. 7 p.m. $15-$40, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, SEAN PEABODY’S COMEDY SHOWCASE—10:15 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET— See Thursday. 8 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, TRICKS—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m., $15-$20. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

Food & Drink SUN VALLEY WINE AUCTION—See Thursday. $75-$2,500. Sun Valley, 208-726-9491,

SATURDAY JULY 20 Festivals & Events OUR WATER: STORIES TO SHARE—See the story of water history in the Treasure Valley and browse the hands-on exhibits and enjoy old-fashioned ice cream. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, PIZZALSTOCK IV—See Friday. 4-10 p.m. FREE. Pizzalchik, 7330 W. State St., Boise, 208-8537757, REGGAE IN THE MOUNTAINS— This World Jam music event features music by Chicago Afro Beat Project, Etana and Khari Kill. 4-10 p.m. $20 adv., $35 door. Hailey Rodeo Arena, Hailey, Boise, reggaeinthemountains. com. SNAKE RIVER STAMPEDE— See Thursday. 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. $12-$34. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-1000,



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


THIRD SPACE SATURDAY—Join Spacebar Arcade, DJ I.G.A. the Independent Grocer and the Vinyl Preservation Society for video games, beer and community. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. FREE. Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-918-0597,

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8 DAYS OUT On Stage BOISE’S FUNNIEST PERSON COMPETITION—Watch novice comedians compete in the latest round of a comedy tournament for a $1,000 cash prize. 8 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104,


COMEDY NIGHT—Local comedians take the stage. 6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue Gallery, Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-467-3643, artistbluegallery. com.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

COMEDYSPORTZ BOISE— Fast-paced, interactive comedy that takes its cues from the audience’s suggestions. 7 p.m. $5-$10. ComedySportz Boise, 3250 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Ste. 184A, Boise, 208-991-4746,

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS—This play based on the epistolary novel by C.S. Lewis relates the correspondence between two demons seeking to secure a soul for Our Father Below. See Picks, Page 14. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $39-$59. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

LIKE A ROCKET CD RELEASE PARTY—Catch music from Marshall Poole and James Plane Wreck, as well as food truck fare and advance copies of Welcome to Anhedonia. 7:30 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,



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8 DAYS OUT Food & Drink


OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD— Join guest chefs Taite Pearson and Sarah Lipton of Della MANO in Sweet for food from Chris Florence, Chance Morgan and Geoff Neyman, and Sweet Valley Organics to connect the dots between farmers and the food on the table. Reservations required. 4 p.m. $180. Sweet Valley Organics, 8575 Sweet-Ola Hwy, Sweet,

Festivals & Events MILITARY FAMILY ZOO DAY— Free admission to all military members, their families, veterans and retirees with military ID or proof of service. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-3844125,

SUN VALLEY WINE AUCTION—See Friday. $75-$2,500. Sun Valley 208-726-9491, sunvalleycenter. org/wineauction.

PIZZALSTOCK IV—See Friday. 2-9 p.m. FREE. Pizzalchik, 7330 W. State St., Boise, 208-8537757,

Sports & Fitness

On Stage

CRATER CRAWL: RUN AROUND THE RINGS—Run or walk this 10K track around Idaho’s youngest shield volcano. Register online. 9 a.m. $35-$45. Dream River Ranch, 8894 W. Martha Ave., Mountain Home,

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $5-$8. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-3425104, LIQUID LAUGHS COMEDY SMACKDOWN—8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

DODGE HIGH FARES DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT—Co-ed teams of six to 10 players compete in a dodgeball tournament for bragging rights to benefit the Kristin Armstrong Youth Scholarship Program. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $100/team. Fairmont Pool, 7929 Northview, Boise, 208375-3011,

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-429-9908,

SPUDTOWN KNOCKDOWN—Treasure Valley Rollergirls compete in a regional roller derby tournament. See Picks, Page 14. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$20. Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Boise,

OPERA IDAHO: THE SOUND OF MUSIC— See Friday. 7 p.m. $15-$40, Woodriver Cellars, 3705 N. Hwy. 16, Eagle, 208-286-9463, TRICKS—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $15-$20. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

Concerts MUSIC FROM STANLEY— Idaho musicians perform on the Redfish Lake Lodge lawn every Sunday. 4 p.m. FREE. Redfish Lake Lodge, Hwy. 75 to Redfish Lake Road, Stanley, 208-7743536,

Sports & Fitness SPUDTOWN KNOCKDOWN—See Saturday. 5 p.m. $10-$20. Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Boise,

MONDAY JULY 22 On Stage JIM GAFFIGAN—See this awardwinning comedian on his White Bread Tour. 7 p.m. $40-$50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,

TUESDAY JULY 23 On Stage MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

Literature CRAIG JOHNSON—New York Times bestselling author will be reading from and signing the newest installment of the Longmire series, A Serpent’s Tooth, as well as sign copies of his books. See Picks, Page 15. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON—Author Mike Medberry discusses his memoir about suffering a stroke at Craters of the Moon National Park. 6:307:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org.

WEDNESDAY JULY 24 On Stage MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING— See Wednesday, July 17. 8 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

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DISSECTING DESSA Minneapolis rapper drops explosive new album, Parts of Speech NATALIE GALLAGHER Neko Case performs at the Knitting Factory Tuesday, Sept. 17.


—Ryan Thorne

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Boise’s Like A Rocket cites the Western Gothic ideal and Cormac McCarthy as indirect influences on its latest concept album, Welcome to Anhedonia. On the new record, singer Speedy Gray, bassist Z.V. House and drummer Max Klymenko weave tales of death, heartbreak and old Beelzebub himself. The trio will release the album Saturday, July 20, with a party at Visual Arts Collective featuring fare from P. Ditty’s Wrap Wagon. Doors open at 8 p.m., with Marshall Poole and James Plane Wreck opening. Tickets cost $5. Speaking of local record releases, Boise’s Fly2Void has dropped its first album in 11 years, Take On the World, and is celebrating with a release show at the Knitting Factory Friday, July 19, with openers Actual Depiction and The Fav. The 19-song album was tracked locally, but mixed by Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Sevendust) at NRG Studios and mastered by Tom Baker (Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails) at Precision Mastering, both located in Hollywood. The CD release show goes down at 7:30 p.m. and costs $6. In “put this on your calendar” news, Bill Callahan has announced he’s playing Neurolux Friday, Nov. 22. His new album, Dream River, comes out Tuesday, Sept. 17, and a press release from label Drag City calls it “easily the most sensual and soulful of Callahan’s career.” In other upcoming show announcements, singer-songwriter Neko Case will be at Knitting Factory Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Case is touring in support of her new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. On her new album, Case illustrates the songwriting skills, guitar playing and vocal range that brought her underground fame with former indie band The New Pornographers. General admission tickets cost $25. If you prefer rhymes over a booming beat to more traditional stringed instruments, get ready to shake your hips Friday, Oct. 25 at Taco Bell Arena for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with guests Talib Kwali and Big K.R.I.T. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. for $29. While Snoop Dogg is largely known for his old-school raps and enduring pot habit, he recently experienced a spiritual awakening after spending time in rural Jamaica and recording his new reggae album, Reincarnated. See Snoop’s new persona, Snoop Lion, at Revolution Concert House Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Dessa sits on a sun-soaked restaurant patio in her hometown of Minneapolis the morning after her 32nd birthday. She slithers into a chair, apologizing profusely for a scarce few moments of tardiness—blames the hangover. Her high cheekbones, her toned arms and her long, thick mane of dark hair would be intimidating if she didn’t appear to be totally indifferent to them. Presently, she is more interested in systematically attacking the dark chocolate brownie that someone has dropped off at the table for her. As the discussion turns to her explosive new album, Parts of Speech, Dessa explains it with her own brand of dry realism. “I think in some ways, music’s like sex,” she muses. “It’s not like every time you have sex, you’re like, ‘This is the different vision that I’m going for, for this episode of sex. Everything has really changed.’ You just keep doing it, and you do it better.” On Parts of Speech, Dessa, a member of Minneapolis indie hip-hop collective Doomtree, is doing her best yet—a deft blend of artistry and intellect. Her 2010 full-length debut, A Badly Broken Code, was a heavy, 15-track volume, filled with equal parts rap, harmony and beats, while her 2011 follow-up, Castor, the Twin, was mostly reworked jazz versions of those songs. Parts of Speech is, in Dessa’s words, her first truly “hybridal” record; it pays no allegiance to any genre. Half the songs on Speech were written with a live band. They flow smoothly through a captivating array of church choir-esque harmonies, dark orchestral progressions and bombastic, surging beats provided by Lazerbeak or Paper Tiger. The common denominator in Speech is Dessa’s masterful songwriting. When she sings about running into an ex-lover in “Call Off Your Ghost,” it’s a sobering look at the remnants of a failed relationship—a pathological exploration of loss and moving on, and it feels as real as a punch to the gut. “I don’t think badly of her / I hope she makes you happy,” sings Dessa, “It’s just a lot to ask to watch your future walking past me.” When she spits out the lyrics to “Warsaw” with a vengeance, you can hear her angry determination: “I’m still living by my maiden name / the name I came with / the name I made / and I’m barefaced at your masquerade.” Dessa’s greatest songwriting achievement yet may lie in the delicate, devastating ballad “Annabelle.” Its sobering narrative paints the picture of a girl whose grip on reality is slowly sliding. “Part of me is afraid to wake you from the dreams you have / And scared the scattered pieces won’t come back together,” she confesses. For Dessa, whose work is characteristically

notes. It’s the closest thing we have to a mispersonal and often ominous, “Annabelle” is sion statement, and it speaks to the unique startling—though she objects to the compariprecipice that Dessa is now toeing the edge of. sons of her art and catharsis. “When I think about growing from this “I’m not an artist who would say that position, if, you know, knock on ... stucco,” music is therapy at all. I think that sort of exorcising your demons—the real work of it— she says, laughing as she taps her knuckles against the patio wall, “if this record were to is probably better done with a therapist than put me and my band in a larger pool ... that is with a piano,” she says, smiling wryly. scary. I’ve been able to work so far on the supEven in this calm setting, she sits upright, port of my fans. On the occasion where I have like a cat attempting to relax its muscles. It’s met record industry types in as if she’s already mulled over L.A. and New York, I don’t like every possible question. it. They’re icky. I don’t want to “It feels sort of self-imporDESSA have a life full of that.” tant to think that people would with Sims. Monday, July 22, This is a woman who graduwant to listen to me talk about 8 p.m., $15. Neurolux, 111 ated with a bachelor’s degree in my shit all the time. For me, N. 11th St., Boise, 208-3430886, philosophy at age 20 from the it really ends up being a task University of Minnesota. A dewhere you look at the genuine cade later, she taught a rap and feelings you have in your life, poetics course at the McNally and if any of those are promptSmith College of Music and spoke on the dued by struggle and conflict, then you do the alities of ethics in hip-hop at the Nobel Peace work of making that into music,” she says. Prize Forum. Now Dessa is a self-supporting, Struggle, conflict and work are, perhaps, full-time independent artist, and she credits above all others, the things that Dessa is most Doomtree crew mate P.O.S. with being a role familiar with—or at least most interested in. model for her success. On Speech, she gives us “Skeleton Key,” and “He’s not here to please people,” says it is an anthem of ambition. “I haven’t met a Dessa. “He’s here to fulfill his own vision, and locked door yet / That I couldn’t beat,” she I think watching him set his own course has sings over stormy, dynamic piano and organ emboldened me the occasion to say to any business person or reporter, ‘I’m sorry that I’m not impressing you, that I’m not pleasing you with this answer, but my job really, fundamentally, isn’t to please you.’ I have a hard time doing that. It’s a learned step.” Maybe Parts of Speech is purposely not for everyone then. It’s certainly not a record for the background, and while the production is expert, it’s aggressive. The argument against Dessa has always been that for a rapper, her music doesn’t have enough hip-hop; in certain circles, she is given more credit for her academics than for her art. It often seems that the first point of fascination with Dessa is the fact that she’s a female rap star, but after three albums, that’s an old thread. Most of all, she is not concerned with appealing to perceptions of her identity. “I think if I worried a lot about, ‘This is what people think I stand for,’ then I’d either get a big head or make bad music,” she says. “So I try as much as I can to keep my thoughts in genuine music, and trust that people who like it will gravitate toward it and people who are not really feeling it will find something else that they like.” This story first published June 26 in Minneapolis City Pages. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


MOSES GUEST—With Bread & Circus. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux

JAZZ QUARTET—Featuring Justin Nielsen, Clark Sommers, Kobie Watkins and Jeff Baker. 7 p.m. $15 adv., $25 door. Rembrandts

JAZZ QUARTET—Featuring Justin Nielsen, Clark Sommers, Kobie Watkins and Jeff Baker. 7 p.m. $15 adv., $25 door. Rembrandts

’80S NIGHT—With DJ Grant Olsen and Popsicle. 9 p.m. $2. Red Room

PATRICIA FOLKNER—6 p.m. FREE. Smoky Mountain-Parkcenter

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

ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring Dave Alvin and a.k.a. Belle. See Listen Here, this page. 5 p.m. FREE. Grove Plaza

RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s

PETER MURPHY—With Ours and Methods of Dance. See Listen Here, Page 22. 8 p.m. $28-$60. Visual Arts Collective

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

SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears

DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement


SOUL SERENE—7:45 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub



FRANK MARRA—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JEFF MOLL—7 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub

THE BROCKS—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

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

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

OPHELIA—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s

BLAZE & KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

SMOOTH AVENUE—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

BLITZEN TRAPPER—With Also, Quiet Ones. 8 p.m. $15. Neurolux

SOUL SERENE—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s

CHUCK SMITH—With John Jones Trio. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

JOHNNY SHOES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

DAN COSTELLO—With Chuck Smith and Nicole Christensen. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

CYMRY—8 p.m. FREE. Artistblue

KEN HARRIS—With Lawson Hill and Rico Weisman. 6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

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

DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement

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


GAYLE CHAPMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar


LITTLE BRAVE—10 p.m. $5. Crux MIA EDSALL—With Jack Loyd Gish. 8:30 p.m. $7-$10. Sapphire Room


CHASE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club

JIMMY EAT WORLD—8 p.m. $25-$61. Knitting Factory

KEN HARRIS—With Lawson Hill and Rico Weisman. 6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill



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



—Ben Schultz With a.k.a. Belle. 5 p.m., FREE. The Grove Plaza, 208-472-5250,









When Dave Alvin played the Visual Arts Collective in 2012, he told the crowd that George Jones almost recorded one of his songs. But he said the session was canceled at the last minute because someone deemed the song “too country for George Jones.” The Possum may have passed the ex-Blaster by, but many other big names haven’t. Dwight Yoakam, The Pointer Sisters, Los Lobos and the seminal Los Angeles punk band X have all covered Alvin’s work. Another Alvin fan is Record Exchange owner Michael Bunnell, who picked him to play Alive After Five in 2007 to celebrate the store’s 30th anniversary. Alvin calls his current backing band The Guilty Ones. With a resume like his, however, the man shouldn’t have much to feel guilty about.







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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE CYMRY—9 p.m. FREE. Crescent Brewery 21

DAN COSTELLO AND NED EVETT—With Whitaker & Oliver. 7 p.m. $7-$10. Sapphire Room

DEE HISEL—7 p.m. FREE. Orphan Annie’s DESERT NOISES—With Speedy Ortiz and Old Age. 8:30 p.m. $7. Red Room DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

PETER MURPHY, JULY 18, VAC Along with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and the Cure, Bauhaus laid the foundations for goth. While the band’s 1979 single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”—with its ominous descending bass line, spooky vocals and vampire-movie lyrics—set the template for goth music, frontman Peter Murphy’s idiosyncratic looks and flamboyant fashion sense helped establish its style. Yet few goths attended Murphy’s Knitting Factory concert in 2012, despite his influence on Trent Reznor and Amanda Palmer. This week, Visual Arts Collective gives Boise another chance to trip the dark fantastic. It’s part of Murphy’s allBauhaus Mr. Moonlight Tour. As Lugosi put it: “Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” P.S. Bring earplugs for “Stigmata Martyr.” —Ben Schultz With Ours and Methods of Dance. 8 p.m., $28 adv., $30 doors. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

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FRANK MARRA—With Ben Burdick Trio and Amy Rose. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Brickyard LETA NEUSTAEDTER—7 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears OLIPHANTS—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar OPHELIA—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s SOUL SERENE—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s



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DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

DESSA—With Sims. See Noise, Page 20. 8 p.m. $15. Neurolux

ELUDE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

JAZZ JAM HOSTED BY SANDON MAYHEW—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek Grill MIKE RUTLEDGE—10:15 a.m. FREE. Berryhill THE SHINE BROTHERS—With eetsFEATS, Sword of a Bad Speller, Lucid Aisle and Art Fad. 8 p.m. $8. Red Room SON VOLT—7:30 p.m. $25 adv., $30 door. Visual Arts Collective SUMMER BLUES—With Amy Rose, Nathan Moody, Jake Leg and more. Noon-6 p.m. Three donated cans of food for the Idaho Food Bank. Julia Davis Park WE THE KINGS—With The Ready Set. 6:30 p.m. $20-$35. Knitting Factory

TUESDAY JULY 23 BOISE OLD TIME’S OLD TIME JAM—With The Country Club. 6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

Grove Plaza CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow DAN C. TRUCK STOP TRIO— 7:45 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement GAYLE CHAPMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar GREG & JOHNNY—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill JEFF MOLL—7 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub JIM LEWIS—7 p.m. FREE. Smoky Mountain-Eagle JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

DIRK QUINN BAND—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye


EMILY TIPTON BAND—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


THE MALDIVES—With Star Anna and Jan Reed Summerhays. 7 p.m. $6 adv., $8 door. Neurolux

PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel

WEDNESDAY JULY 24 ALIVE AFTER FIVE—Featuring Too Slim & The Taildraggers and Lee Penn Sky. 5 p.m. FREE.

RAHEL BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza SNAKE ISLAND—With Marshall Poole and The Bare Bones. 8:30 p.m. $3. Red Room SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears VIKESH KAPOOR—With Holy Weak. 8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage



Eric Mullis and Kelly Cox’s work won’t boar you.


Karen Bubb’s new series explores the vibrant cultural tapestry in Havana, Cuba.

CUBA ON THE CUSP Karen Bubb unveils new encaustic exhibit in the Gallery at the Linen Building HARRISON BERRY scarcely updated, materially, since the 1959 Karen Bubb pattered into the kitchen of her overthrow of the Batista regime: midcentury Boise art studio where scores of brightly Chevrolets, elegantly decaying Spanish colocolored paintings, each about the size of a nial architecture with rusting wrought-iron linoleum tile, covered two walls. She turned to fences, hanging laundry and public art. a short pile of photos on a table in the corner “Things have an age to them and a sense of that slid and tumbled as she sifted through meaning. It was aged opulence,” Bubb said. them for an interior snapshot of the Museo But Bubb’s subjects offer a dynamism that Municipal de Regla in Havana, Cuba, which belies the trapped-in-time feel of the island. houses relics of the Santeria religion. The people who populate her paintings dance, “We were being let in on something we sing and work—always as though they’ve would not normally experience,” Bubb said of been caught mid-performance. In a short subher nine-day trip to Cuba, in December 2012. Bubb is a Jane-of-all-trades. She’s the public series of paintings, a group of children and the elderly perform in a Christmas pageant. In arts manager for the Boise City Department another, cocks strut through unkempt grass. of Arts and History and an adjunct professor Bubb’s medium is encaustic painting, a at Boise State University’s College of Business process by which melted wax with added and Economics. But standing amid the calcupigments is applied to a wood surface. After lated mess in her studio, Bubb was an artist adding the wax, she etched lines to add definipreparing to open a solo exhibition in the Galtion and dimension to her subjects. lery at the Linen Building. All of the pieces in The effect is a series of paintings imbued her show, Cuba on the Cusp, even the clearly with warmth, luminescence and a thickness abstract ones, were reproduced from the to match Cuba’s atmosphere. The etched lines mound of photos taken during her trip. provide a jittery sense of motion, like waves of “My job in public art has informed how I light emanating from hot pavement. see place. I’m interested in how people inhabit “The physicality of the wax place,” Bubb said. is very specific,” she said. On the tarmac in Florida, Though the trip was Bubb took a seat on the small CUBA ON THE CUSP financed in part by Miriam plane next to Cuban drummer hangs through Friday, Aug. “Mimi” Lawrence, the matriYoel del Sol, who performs 30. Gallery at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., arch of a family Bubb nannied with Yanni and was returning Boise, 208-385-0111, for and befriended when she to the island to see family and was 17 years old, Bubb also jam with fellow musicians. sold as-yet-unpainted works to “Within 10 minutes, we pay for art supplies upon her were old friends,” Bubb said. return. Bubb sold 50 pieces ahead of the openDuring her stay, Bubb spent time in Old Havana, visited an organic farm and the Male- ing, July 14. “I was impressed with the creative nature con—the stone bulwark that marks the line of how she was going about putting [the trip] between land and sea, where Havanans fish, together,” said David Hale, administrator for stroll and nap. She ate at restaurants housed the Linen Building and executive chair of the in people’s apartments and visited museums. Boise City Department of Arts and History. Everywhere there was dancing and music with Over the more than five years Hale and lively percussion and guitars. Bubb have worked together, Hale said they’ve The result of Bubb’s trip is a series depictearned each other’s esteem and become faing a place and people dwelling in a society

miliar with the other’s style. That’s why Hale agreed to put up an exhibition of Bubb’s work sight unseen. “I’m very comfortable with the work Karen produces. I knew what the end product would end up being: professional,” he said. The profusion of themes, objects and people in Cuba on the Cusp suggest a sense of place that’s rich in cultural activity. “Understanding Cuba is like drinking from a fire hose,” said Chuck Smith, an educator and member of the Boise Jazz Society, who was in Cuba concurrently with Bubb. Smith went to Cuba for the jazz and to see the island “as close to as it was” before what he says is inevitable economic and political change. He also attended the Havana International Jazz Festival, where many of Smith’s Afro-Cuban musical heroes performed, and researched music education in a country he says has a disproportionate number of talented musicians. “Performing arts jazz is a way for [Cubans] to push back against the politics,” Smith said. Though Smith and Bubb met in Cuba only occasionally, they will deliver a joint discussion of their travels at the Gallery at the Linen Building Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Smith said he will likely discuss his reactions to and observations of the trip while playing some recorded examples of Cuban music, including the “charanga” style, Buena Vista Social Club, jazz and be-bop. Like Smith, Bubb created Cuba on the Cusp as a way to preserve a vision of Cuba on the verge of dramatic change. Her works respond to a way of life that has been relatively unmoved by new technologies and global culture. “We could see how Cuba was changing, but it’s just the beginning. This is a very finite moment in history,” Bubb said. It might not be a moment trapped in amber, but at the Linen Building, Boise can see it captured in wax.

Husband-and-wife artistic team Kelly Cox and Eric Mullis, students in Boise State University’s MFA program, will unveil their latest joint project at the Eagle Performing Arts Center with a reception Thursday, July 18, from 6-9 p.m. Arrested Momentum is the result of nine months of work completed for Boise State’s graduate program. The couple has been doing ceramics together for 12 years, receiving their bachelor’s degrees in ceramics from the University of Montana. Their passion for ecology inspired them to create new pieces structured out of clay, high-temperature bricks, sand and electronics. “We’re both interested in earth, but Eric is interested in electronics and how clay looks when it’s plugged in, creating illusion,” Cox said. Arrested Momentum features several previously displayed projects, as well as some never-before-seen pieces. “We have two clay, life-sized boars with sculpted orange trees sprouting out of their spines. Eric sculpts meticulous miniatures, and I sculpt bigger, looser things and we put them together,” Cox explained. “The main piece is two walruses that are fighting each other on a plant of bricks and sand. We also have small dioramas: one of Ben Franklin and one of a house with a zoetrope inside making its debut.” The show’s main piece, the walruses adorned with barnacles fashioned out of engine turbines, inspired the rest of the show and was previously displayed at the 2013 Modern Art event at the Modern Hotel and Bar. Cox said Arrested Momentum was originally the name of the two marine mammals. “The walrus is an endangered species because their habitat is melting. The idea is that the two walruses are fighting over turf, but the turf they need to survive doesn’t exist anymore,” Cox said. “Unfortunately, they’re unable to stop and recognize that. They’re being propelled into one another by their collision, and the mass is arresting their momentum.” Cox and Mullis hope to deliver the main piece to its final resting place in the desert after the show completes its run at EPAC Saturday, Aug. 31. As far as the format of the show is concerned, Arrested Momentum has been designed to accommodate the inquisitive minds of the venue’s younger audience. “We arranged the pieces a little bit more whimsically for the show. We made the dioramas as if they’re something to be discovered,” Cox said. —Skylar Barsanti


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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings THE HOBBIT—A hobbit and a band of dwarves seek treasure in this film inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel. Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996, MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: ICE AGE 4—Enjoy games and crafts, face painting and music. Movie begins at dusk. Presented by the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation and Boise City Parks and Recreation. Saturday, July 20, 7 p.m. FREE. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, REBECCA—The ghost of an ex-wife haunts a newly married couple. Starring Laurence Olivier and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Thursday, July 18, 2 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996,

Opening TURBO—Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michelle Rodriguez, Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson lend their voices to this animated comedy about a snail with the gift of super speed helping his friends achieve their goals so he can pursue his own dream: winning the Indianapolis 500. (PG) Opens Wednesday, July 17. Edwards 9, 22. THE CONJURING—Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are world-renowned paranormal investigators helping a family set upon by a sinister demonic entity. (R) Opens Friday, July 19. Edwards 9, 22.

R.I.P.D.—Veteran supernatural sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) partners with Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) in the Rest In Peace Department, subduing souls that refuse to go to the afterlife peacefully. Then they discover a conspiracy to upset the cosmic balance, causing the tunnel to the afterlife to belch angry souls back to Earth. (PG-13) Opens Friday, July 19. Edwards 9, 22. RED 2—Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker star in this action sequel about a team of old-school elite operatives charged with recovering a portable nuclear device, keeping it from assassins, terrorists and the government. (PG-13) Opens Friday, July 19. Edwards 9, 22. 20 FEET FROM STARDOM—Morgan Neville directs this true story about the backup and session singers for some musical legends. See Screen, this page. (PG-13) Opens Friday, July 19. The Flicks. BYZANTIUM—This vampire flick centers on two 200-year-old women trying to blend into society while being pursued by other vampires. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. (R) Opens Friday, July 19. The Flicks. UNFINISHED SONG (AKA SONG FOR MARION)—Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) sings pop songs with her community choir. When she dies, her husband (Terence Stamp) and son (Christopher Eccleston) follow Marion’s passion for music. (PG-13) Opens Friday, July 19. The Flicks.


UNSUNG HEROINES 20 Feet From Stardom is doo-do-doo delightful GEORGE PRENTICE Caution: You may not want to get behind the wheel of a car after seeing 20 Feet From Stardom—director Morgan Neville’s intoxicating musical celebration of a documentary. I must admit to being dizzy, perhaps a little high, from a first viewing and I’m jonesing for another fix. Honestly, my first instinct wasn’t to drive home after watching the film, but rather to do some serious damage with my Visa, downloading a seemingly endless playlist: Phil Spector’s so-called “wall of sound,” anything Ray Charles, David Bowie’s “Young Americans” and George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Ban20 Feet From Stardom chronicles the chasm separating background singers from the center stage. gladesh. Quite simply, I appreciate the classics more because of 20 Feet From Stardom. But for all of the rhythm in rhythm and how feckless today’s televised singing competiLou Reed’s iconic “Walk on the Wild blues, there is plenty of blues, too. Side”—with background vocals by a girl group tions are, lacking in sophistication or confluIn the film’s most heartbreaking passage, ence of lyric and melody that background called Thunderthighs—pretty much says it all: Love recalls years after the 1963 recording singers bring to the party. “And the colored girls go / Doo do doo / doo of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”— 20 Feet From do doo / doo do doo.” which is the greatest Christmas pop song ever, Stardom perfectly Borderline racist, in my estimation—she heard the song coming chronicles the moments Reed’s 1972 lyric ap20 FEET FROM STARDOM (PG-13) from another room. when black female propriately launches Directed by Morgan Neville “At the time, the only thing I thought I background vocalists Neville’s documentary Starring Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, could do to make a little money to survive provided the rocket by alluding to that 20Judith Hill was cleaning houses in Los Angeles,” said fuel to launch the foot chasm separating Opens Friday, July 26, at The Flicks Love, recalling the late 1970s. “And then one soundtrack of the late background singers 20th century. Previous- Christmas, I was cleaning a bathroom and I from center-stage ly, almost-always white heard ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ stardom. on the radio.” female background singers sang notes as writ“It’s a bit of a walk from back by the Love put down her mop, went back to New ten. But when a group called The Blossoms, drummer. A walk to the front is complicated. York City and, shortly thereafter, was invited including the amazing Darlene Love, stepped It’s more of a mental leap than a physical act as a guest on the David Letterman show to into a studio in the late 1950s, we had liftoff. of singing. It’s a conceptual leap,” says Bruce sing the Christmas classic. She’s been singing It’s a particular delight to watch the BlosSpringsteen, one of the film’s long list of superit every holiday since on Letterman’s show, for soms (aka The Playgirls, aka The Rollettes) sit stars paying due respect to the genius of their in their old recording studio as song after song more than 25 years. background vocalists. 20 Feet From Stardom is a double barrel is played, featuring their background vocals: Springsteen, Sting, Bowie and Jagger all shotgun of laughter and tears, and I can’t recserve as the film’s prime witnesses: Without the The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron,” Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” Betty Everett’s “It’s In His Kiss.” ommend it enough. But be warned, Amazon (almost always female) background singers, or iTunes will soon have a good chunk of your James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Elvis a headliner is nothing but an American Idol wallet. and everyone else followed. wannabe. In fact, the documentary lays bare


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Though they’re now sweltering through July’s triple digits, organizers of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival have their focus on next February’s deep freeze, launching the submission process for what will be the fifth annual showcase. “We want to polish the edges,” said Chris Jennings, EOFF founder and executive director. “Our goal is always to keep it intimate.” The festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 20-Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, and centers on La Grande, Ore.’s Granada Theatre, which features three screens. “We’re looking to reach out to Eastern Oregon University to possibly hold a pre-opening night there and lure that student population to our

main, downtown venue,” said Jennings. “2014 will be an interesting turning point for us.” Perhaps the biggest turn is the festival’s new online submission process at, with rolling deadline fees ranging from $15 Saturday, July 20, to $45 Wednesday, Nov. 20. “We really see those quality, independent films that you might not see in Boise or Portland [Ore.] right away,” said Jennings. “We’ve had a lot of U.S. and West Coast premieres.” Last year, the festival culled 27 screenings—including 12 features— from more than 60 entries. —George Prentice WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


THE DISH ON THE DISH Plus Woodland Empire and Prefunk find a home on Front Street TARA MORGAN Chef Jered Couch’s voice was barely audible over the deep, rattling whurr of an electric saw and the punctuated cachunks of a nail gun. “We didn’t tear down the ceilings or anything, it’s still the same space,” shouted Couch, gesturing around the former Milky Way building at 205 N. 10th St. that is rapidly morphing into The Dish. “But yet it’s got a lot of different elements … a lot of natural wood, real cool design stuff on the ceiling, all new flooring, we’re putting in all new, big, real colorful, fun booths.” Couch was formerly the chef/owner of Sixonesix, which closed in December of 2008, and ran a previous incarnation of The Dish on State Street from 2002 to 2005. For this concept, Couch has partnered with Willowcreek Grill and RAW Sushi owner Brian McGill to create globally influenced fare with comfort food foundations. “It’s just a totally different menu and a different style and it’s something that Boise really needs,” said McGill. “There’s a lot of people that do burgers and salads and steak, and then what Jered’s created is something that nobody has.” Menu items include roasted cauliflower salad with poblano pepper marmalade and tempura croutons, beet homefries with Japanese mayo and seven spice, pork belly lettuce cups, shrimp cocktail with horseradish panna cotta and harissa-spiked lamb fajitas. “Then we’re doing stuff like chicken wings, but taking it to a new level,” said Couch. “It’s chicken wings that are glazed with soy and mirin and sake, but before that they’re brined, smoked and confited in duck fat.” The Dish will also offer a variety of price points to appeal to a broader market. “They can spend $12 here and get a great meal or they can go all out and spend $28 on an entree,” said Couch. Though the restaurant won’t serve liquor, it will offer 60 wines, eight beers on tap, four sodas from BuckSnort, Morning Glory tea and ground-to-order French press coffee from Dawson Taylor. It will also boast an expanded patio with seating for 40-50 people and doors that slide open to create a breezeway. “The city’s taken all the parking that’s been right in front of this space and extended the sidewalk out; it’s all new sidewalk, which made our patio wider,” said Couch. As for how Couch and McGill plan to overcome the curse of the former Milky Way location, which was briefly converted into the island-themed Sweetwater’s Tropic Zone be-

Chef Jered Couch (left) and Brian McGill (right) soak in the sun on The Dish’s expanded patio.

fore becoming sports bar The Huddle, Couch says it’s all about sticking the landing. “When people walked in here with these last two restaurants, yeah, it was the old Milky Way space and it’s kind of like you saw remnants of it,” said Couch. “But when people walk in this space, people will say, ‘Wow, this is The Dish now.’” The Dish plans to open for lunch Wednesday, July 17. It will be open serving lunch and dinner Monday, July 22. For more info, visit Moving from dishes to drinks, Woodland Empire Ale Craft recently signed a lease at 1114 W. Front St. “We got the lease signed and we’re getting all the construction documents done right now,” said Woodland Empire’s Rob Landerman. “We’ll be getting the building permits and stuff submitted in the next couple of weeks.” The brewery, which plans to seek organic certification from the USDA, was hoping to open in the former Foxtrot space in the Linen District, but the deal fell through. The new building on Front Street shares a wall with Bogies. “It’s approximately 9,000 square feet, so we’ll have about 7,000 square feet of brewery space and 2,000 square feet of tasting room and office space,” said Landerman. “We’ll have seating for upwards of, close to 65 people.” Landerman and his wife, Keely, plan to give the tasting room a warm, vintage vibe as opposed to the industrial ambiance that’s common at other local breweries. “We actually just got a cool, old, lowprofile couch from Broadway Vintage,” said Landerman. “It’ll be a lot of plants, and we’re working with Beau Van Greener, he’s going to do some mural work on the outside of the building for us.” In addition to a tasting room, the brewery space will boast a temperature-controlled room for bottle conditioning, where they will craft four specialty cork-and-cage releases a year.

Woodland Empire plans to open in early November and release its first specialty 750-milliliter bottle before New Year’s Eve. “It’s not exactly a biere de champagne because we’re not going to be doing the champagne method, but it’s similar in texture and flavor and drinkability,” said Landerman. “It’ll be like an 11-11.5 percent saison, essentially, that we’re going to finish with champagne yeast and then bottle condition.” For updates on Woodland Empire, visit In other nearby brews news, Cycle Pub owner Mike Thomas has partnered with Doug Winter and Justin Flynn to open the Prefunk Beer Bar and Growler Fill Station in the former La Cantina Sociale space at 1100 Front St. “The concept for the Growler Fill Station is that you’re able to take home fresh draft beer—that you can’t get in a can or a bottle without going to a bar—and take it with you to go home and drink,” said Thomas. Prefunk will feature an assortment of local and regional taps. “Every brewery in the Valley will have a tap with us all the time,” said Thomas. “So we’ll have 20 taps, 10 will be the local breweries and 10 will be regional or specialty of some sort.” Though Prefunk is still under construction, Thomas says it will boast an “industrial feel” with corrugated steel and concrete countertops. “You will have the opportunity, absolutely, to come hang out, sip beers, do tastings and whatnot, but the idea is grab-and-go,” said Thomas. Prefunk is also developing a high-tech aid for its grab-and-go program. “We’re working on an application right now for smartphones where you can put in your choice of growler fill, your estimated time of arrival, and we’ll fill your order for you and have it waiting. ... We’ll watch for you and we’ll run your beer out to your car,” said Thomas. Thomas says Prefunk hopes to open Thursday, Aug. 1, but it might be Thursday, Aug. 15.

IT’S NOT PINOT GRIGIO When it comes to Italian white wines, if pinot grigio is the first thing that you think of, you are not alone. It’s that country’s most popular white, and understandably so. Millions of cases are imported into the United States each year and they range in quality from just so-so to quite good. But look beyond pinot grigio, and you’ll find a world of exciting Italian wines. Here are the panel’s top picks from our Not Pinot Grigio Italian White Wine Tasting. 2012 AVIGNONESI VIGNOLA SAUVIGNON, $16.99 Originating in France, the sauvignon blanc grape can be found in most of the world’s wine regions. Still, one from Italy, in this case Tuscany, is something of an oddity. The floral peach and melon aromas are laced with that light herbaceousness typical of the variety. A lovely mix of fruit flavors leads with pineapple, lemon, lime, melon and gooseberry. The finish is round and ripe with a lively persistence. 2010 DAMILANO ARNEIS, $16.99 This is the first of two wines made from the arneis grape, which translates as “little rascal,” referencing the fact that it’s difficult to grow. The nose is filled with unctuous fruit, with honeyed peach aromas reminiscent of a dessert semillon, backed by a touch of orange zest. There’s an appealing richness to the palate, where ripe apricot and peach flavors play against crisp citrus on the finish. 2012 VIETTI ROERO ARNEIS, $23 With a history going back to the 19th century, the Vietti family winery was one of the first to champion the arneis grape, which by the 1970s had almost disappeared from the Italian landscape. This classic opens with elegant spiced apple pie aromas, backed by hints of smoke, white flowers and citrus. Creamy peach and tangerine flavors fill the palate, which is balanced by bright acidity on the finish. —David Kirkpatrick


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BW PEN PALS Pen Pals complimentary ads for our incarcerated friends are run on a space-available basis and may be edited for content. Readers are encouraged to use caution and discretion when communicating with Pen Pals, whose backgrounds are not checked prior to publication. Boise Weekly accepts no responsibility for any relationships that may arise from contacting these inmates. My name is Tiffany. I’m 32, full of life, adventurous, open-minded, dedicated, fun, fit & flirty! I’m looking for someone to keep me company during this down time! Tiffany Bartlett, #75457, PWCC Unit 1, 1451 Fore Rd, Pocatello, ID 83204. 22 y/o, 5’6”, curvy build, brown hair & eyes, 155 lbs. I am friendly, outgoing and laid back. Amanda Milligan, ECDC, 2255 E. 8th N., Mountain Home, ID 83647. In need of a female pen pal between the age of 25 & 45. Troy Houghtaling Jr., c/o Ada County Jail, 7210 Barrister Dr., Boise, ID 83704.

SWF. 43 y/o. Prison inmate at Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center. Looking for a male pen pal. I’m a little thick, blond long hair, blue eyes. Love to camp, cuddle in front of the TV, and I’m a great cook. Love to ride on the back of a Harley! Please write, looking for a nice man. Send photos. Can look me up on Facebook,. Talk to you soon. Marlo Church #93650, PWCC, 3-26A, 15451 Fore Rd, Pocatello, ID 83204. Locked up & lonely. I am a 49 y/o woman looking for a younger pen pal. Wenise Hogue #56503, SBWCC Unit 2-15D, 13200 Pleasant Valley Rd., Kuna, ID 83634. Are you looking for some fly correspondence? As well as interesting conversation? Well I am here. My name is Tyson Racehorse. I am an adventurous Native American from Fort Hall, ID. I am looking for a friend who would not mind being just that. Someone whose interests I can share with & someone whose thoughts I can entertain, with my great sense of humor. I hope you like what you hear? And feel what I am saying? And if so, get back at me ASAP. Tyson Racehorse #47534, ICC C-203-13, PO Box 70010, Boise, ID 83707. SWQF, 19 y/o. Fun loving, outgoing, caring & spontaneous. Love music & outdoors. Hit me up. Crickett Ray #103510, PWCC Unit 1, 1451 Fore Rd., Pocatello, ID 83204. Good man down, but not for long. SWM seeks female for pen pal & friendship. Someone to share thoughts, ideas, dreams & more. I like inked, pierced & dyed ladies. Rob Barton #80802, ICIO A1, 381 W. Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544. Wanted: Cool, North end, barefoot, sun dress hippie chick to write. I’m a Virgo, 39 y/o, 6’0’’ tall. I need good wholesome conversation. You must have a sense of humor. Love to laugh and have fun. Jason Bradford #36570, ISCI 15-A65-A, P.O. Box 14, Boise, ID 83707

SWM, 56 y/o, 6’, 195 lbs. Old school biker, here on a drug charge but innocent & still fighting. Either way, I’ll be out soon & would love to hear from females of all ages, races, & types as pen pals, friends or maybe even for a relationship. I am a paralegal, published poet, singer & writer & do not need anyone to support me or to send me money. Just to be a friend & write a few letters. Jeff Martin #33959, ICIO A1, 381 W. Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544. WM, 23 y/o, 170 lbs. hazel eyes, 5’10”. I enjoy writing, music & photography. Seeking female pen pal, any race. Photo on request. Todd Carver #91183, 381 W. Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544. Hispanic male 21 y/o, 195lbs., 5’10”, brown eyes. I enjoy writing poems, music & drawing. I am seeking pen pals while I’m doing prison time, maybe even more. Photo on request. Ray Rosales #101168, 381 W. Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544. SWM, 30 y/o, Christian, 5’5”, 145 lbs. Hazel brown. Enjoy reading, writing, church, dancing & talking. I’m in great shape, good listener. ISO plus size SWF for pen pal. Possibly more any race over 18 a must. Photo upon request. Stewart McEwen #39399, 381 W. Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544. Locked up and lonely. My name is Debby Johnson, 35 y/o. Old woman looking for a mature gentleman for friendship and/or more. Debby Johnson #94769, PWCC Unit 2, 1451 Fore Rd., Pocatello, ID 83217 Looking for a pen-pal! Crystal Nicole Nielson, 605 N. Capital Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402 33 GWM seeking kind folks to exchange words, thoughts, and ideas. I enjoy road trips, reading, and exploring new places. Any outdoor activities with my lab. Michael Everhart #98913, ICC G120A, P.O. Box 70010, Boise, ID 83707

Single white male, 54, inmate, lonely. Seeking pen-pal friendship. Less than 1 year left. R.J. Ringleman #17268, SICI Main Dorm 2-40, P.O. Box 8509, Boise, ID 83707 A pretty 36 y/o girl looking for friend/relationship. If interested look at facebook, Donna Fortner #72475, 1451 Fore Rd., Pocatello, ID 83204 Female, 35, auburn hair, green eyes, 5’9’’, looking for intellectual conversation, pen-pal, friendship, to help this lonely lady. Angela Rynearson #51895, 1451 Fore Rd., Pocatello, ID 83204 SWF 40 y/o, 5’5’’, 140lbs, fun, adventurous woman seeking fun, adventurous man to be pen-pals with. If interested send picture and information to… Crystal Star Jantz #35692, SBWCC Unit 2, 13200 S. PleasantValley Rd., Kuna, ID 83634 My name is Anthony Dunn. I’m 38 y/o, I’m also half Irish and half Basque. I’ve been incarcerated for the last 8 years. I’m looking for some woman to get to know either as friends or as a relationship. I would really love to meet some cougars or just older woman. If you are interested in getting to know me, write me!!! Anthony Dunn #75569, Givens Hall, 381 W. Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544 My name is Zach Bennett, I’m 29 y/o. I’m looking for female’s 18 to 40 who would like to get to know one another. I like outdoor’s and anything with a motor. Zach Bennett #71790, BZZA Givens Hall, 381 West Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544 Hey Girls. If you recognize my name, send ma a letter and pic. Nick Studer #65626, ICIO-G.V. Work Center, 381 W. Hospital Dr., Orofino, ID 83544

Locked up and lonely. I’m 32 y/o, long beautiful hair, dimples, pouty lips, hazel eyes, Italian, single, and Christian. Looking for a mature gentlemen to write me. Margie Mocaby #95421, 1451 Fore Rd., Pocatello, ID 83204 Pen-Pal wanted for friendship. 6’0’’, 200 lbs., blonde hair, blue eyes. Clean cut with no tattoos or piercings. College degree and normally would work as a civil engineer. You can find my picture on facebook under my name. Eric Wishart #85242, ISCI Unit 11-C #53B, P.O. Box 14, Boise, ID 83707 30 y/o, single, Hispanic, Male, 6’0’’, Black hair, athletic build. In search of female pen-pal 21-30. I’m almost out of here and want to make a friend in the meantime. I live in the moment, learn from the past, and look forward to the future full of promise and silver linings. Jose Huerta #96246, ISCI 14 A-40-A, P.O. Box 14, Boise, ID 83707 Good hearted, good humored SWM ISO of SSSF (sweet, sexy, and single females) to correspond with. At the earliest I may be out in about 18 months. I’m looking to keep it interesting by meeting new people. I’m talking about no pressure, no expectations, just kick back and share a few laughs. I know I have too much time on my hands because I’m finding myself singing along with Justin Beiber songs on the radio…Help! Don’t be shy, give it a try. Adam Kent #54777, ISCI Unit 10, P.O. Box 14, Boise, ID 83707 53 y/o looking for someone. I am not from the state of Idaho, I am from Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s so hard being from out of state and trying to get to know some lady. To me it doesn’t matter how pretty the package is wrapped, it’s what is inside that package that counts. But that’s just me. Jeff Burnham #90972, ISCI Unit 11-C-53A, P.O. Box 14, Boise, ID 83707


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The 19th century Italian composer Gioachino Rossini was a prolific creator who produced 39 operas. Renowned for his lyrical melodies, he was sometimes referred to as the “Italian Mozart.” So confident was he in his abilities that he bragged he could set a laundry list to music. I trust you will have comparable aplomb in the coming weeks, Aries, since you will be asked to do the equivalent of composing an opera using a laundry list for inspiration. This will be a different challenge than making lemonade out of lemons, but it could be even more fun and interesting. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? Or is it just an optical illusion? Judging from my analysis of your current astrological omens, I suspect that you’re not deluded. The grass really is greener. But it’s important to note the reason why this is true, which is that there’s more manure over on the other side of the fence. Are you willing to put up with more crap to get the benefits of the greener grass? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You know the voice in your head that’s kind of a sneaky bastard? The voice that sometimes feeds you questionable advice? I suspect this voice might be extra active in the coming week. But here’s the weird thing: It might actually have a sound idea or two for you. For once, its counsel may be based on accurate intuition. So don’t completely lower your guard, Gemini. Maintain a high degree of discernment toward the sneaky bastard’s pronouncements. But also be willing to consider the possibility that this generator of so much mischief could at least temporarily be a source of wisdom. CANCER (June 21-July 22): We keep $1 million works of art in well-guarded museums. Paintings created hundreds of years ago are treated with reverence and protected as if they were magical treasures. Meanwhile, beautiful creatures that took nature eons to produce don’t get the same care. At least 5,000 animal and plant species are going extinct every year, in large part due to human activities. Among the recently lost works of art are the Madeiran large white butterfly, West African black rhinoceros, Formosan clouded leopard, golden toad and Tecopa pupfish. I’m asking you not to allow a similar discrepancy in your own life, Cancerian. The astrological omens say that now is a perfect moment to intensify your love for the natural world. I urge you to meditate on how crucial it is to nurture your interconnectedness with all of life, not just the civilized part.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Hurry up, please. It’s time. No more waffling or procrastinating. You really need to finish up the old business that has dragged on too long. You really should come to definitive decisions about ambiguous situations, even if they show no sign of resolution. As for those nagging questions that have yielded no useful answers: I suggest you replace them with different questions. And how about those connections that have been draining your energy? Re-evaluate whether they are worth trying to fix. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “This morning I walked to the place where the street-cleaners dump the rubbish,” wrote painter Vincent van Gogh in one his letters. “My God, it was beautiful.” Was he being ironic or sarcastic? Not at all. He was sincere. As an artist, he trained himself to be intrigued by scenes that others dismissed as ugly or irrelevant. His sense of wonder was fully awake. He could find meaning and even enchantment anywhere. Your next assignment, Virgo— should you choose to accept it—is to experiment with seeing the world as van Gogh did. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I believe you will undergo a kind of graduation in the next four weeks, Libra. Graduation from what? Maybe from a life lesson you’ve been studying for a while or from an institution that has given you all it can. Perhaps you will climax your involvement with a situation that has made big demands on you. I suspect that during this time of completion you will have major mixed feelings, ranging from sadness that a chapter of your story is coming to an end to profound gratification at how much you have grown during this chapter. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What’s your favorite sin, Scorpio? I’m talking about the mischievous vice or rebel tendency or excessive behavior that has taught you a lot. It may be the case that now and then this transgressive departure from normalcy has had redeeming value, and has even generated some interesting fun. Perhaps it puts you in touch with a magic that generates important changes, even if it also exacts a toll on you. Whatever your “favorite sin” is, I’m guessing that you need to develop a more conscious and mature relationship with it. The time has come for it to evolve. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Sagittarian writer and artist William Blake (1757-1827) made drawings of many eminent people who had died before he was born. Julius Caesar was the subject of one of his portraits. Others included Dante,

Shakespeare and Moses. How did Blake manage to capture their likenesses in such great detail? He said their spirits visited him in the form of apparitions. Really? I suppose that’s possible. But it’s also important to note that he had a robust and exquisite imagination. I suspect that in the coming weeks you, too, will have an exceptional ability to visualize things in your mind’s eye. Maybe not with the gaudy skill of Blake, but potent nevertheless. What would be the best use of this magic power? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): How close do you really want to be to the people you care about? I invite you to think about this with unsentimental candor. Do you prefer there to be some distance between you? Are you secretly glad there’s a buffer zone that prevents you from being too profoundly engaged? I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It might be correct for who you are right now. I merely want to suggest that it’s important for you to know the exact nature of your need for intimacy. If you find that you actually do want to be closer, spend the next four weeks making that happen. Ask your precious allies to collaborate with you in going deeper. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I love your big, energetic thoughts. I enjoy watching as your wild intuitive leaps lead you to understandings that mere logic could never produce. I have benefited many times from the Aquarian tribe’s ability to see angles no one else can discern. In the immediate future, though, I hope you will be a specialist in analyzing the details and mastering mundane mysteries. I’ll be rooting for you to think small and be precise. Can you manage that? I expect there’ll be a sweet reward. You will generate good fortune for yourself by being practical, sensible and earthy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Is it a river or a creek? Is it a mountain or a hill? It’s important for you to decide questions like these—preferably on the basis of the actual evidence rather than on wishful thinking. I’m not saying that the river is better than the creek or that the mountain is better than the hill. I simply want you to know that it’s important to be clear about which it is. The same principle applies to other experiences you’ll soon have. Is the catalytic person you’re dealing with a temporary friend or a loyal ally? Is the creation you’re nurturing just a healthy diversion or is it potentially a pivotal element in transforming your relationship with yourself? Is the love that’s blooming a transient pleasure or a powerful upgrade that’s worth working on with all your ingenuity?



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