LOCAL, INDEPENDENT NEWS, OPINION, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT BOISEWEEKLY.COM VOLUME 22, ISSUE 16 OCTOBER 9–15, 2013
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HIGH STAKES The Lough family on getting busted for illegal gambling. FEATURE 11
IMMIGRANT DRIVEN Migrant workers help fuel Idaho’s economy. ARTS 26
DANCE TOWN How Boise has built itself into a dance mecca. FOOD 30
GIVE ME LAND Urban farmers seek a measure of land security.
“Mother Teresa goes to Washington, D.C., and comes back as a twerking Miley Cyrus.”
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MY MIGRANTS On June 14, 1710, a British ship called the Fame arrived in the colony of New York, loaded with families whose surnames were strange and language foreign to the New World. Their home, the fertile farmland along the Rhine River in Germany, had been devastated by a series of wars and French incursions. By the turn of the 18th century, there was little in the region—called the Palatinate—to keep the beleaguered population at home. They did what people have always done when war or economics make life untenable in a particular place: They packed up and went to some other place. In this case, that other place was England. Trouble was, England didn’t really want the “Poor Palatines.” Drawn by promises of crown-sponsored transportation to the colonies, more than 10,000 Palatines decamped to shantytowns throughout London. Lacking the resources to care for the migrants, months went by and tensions rose, and Parliament found itself debating how to secure the borders against further unwanted residents. The modern immigration debate had established itself as a political reality of the nation-state. Finally, a sort of guest worker program was established, whereby the Palatines would be granted passage to places in the British Isles and the colonies in exchange for labor. The passengers on the Fame—one of several ships that took Palatines across the Atlantic—were part of the ﬁrst mass ethnic migration to what would become the United States. Among them (as far as the family research can tell) was my distant grandfather, Peter Hagedorn, and his family. They settled upstate where they worked in the pine forests producing tar for the British Navy—a job that few British subjects wanted. They spoke German at home and kept to themselves—including when it came to ﬁghting in the American Revolution. My immigrant ancestors were no different from those who come to the United States today, but the so-called Palatinate Emigration gets lumped with the glorious founding of a nation—not an inﬂux of cheap labor (which they were). Our perceptions are colored by time—300 years have been kind to the Poor Palatines—but also by lack of understanding. This week’s feature, by Carissa Wolf (on Page 11), pulls back the curtain on immigration in Idaho to reveal a population of people helping fuel some of Idaho’s biggest economic engines. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take another 300 years to recognize their contributions—no matter whence they come. —Zach Hagadone
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BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.
GETTING ALONG Ada County reconsidered the “stop work” order it had slapped on bike trail improvements in Eagle. Find out what that means for the proposed Eagle sports complex at Citydesk.
SO BAD, SO GOOD It’s time to kick off Boise Weekly’s annual Bad Cartoon Contest. Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. Get the details on Cobweb.
LANDED GENTRY According to the 2013 Land Report, the Simplots own more than 400,000 acres in ﬁve states. Citydesk tells you where that ranks them nationally.
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G U N S WI LL S E T Y O U F R E E ! V OTE F O R H I L L B I L L I E S W I T H G U NS! V OTE REP U L SI CAN ! ” ——Mick (BW, Opinion, Cope, “More Randem Thinkings,” Oct. 2, 2013)
BAD AT SHARING Our report on a recent vote to strip FY 2015 funding from the Boise Bike Share Program (BW, News, “Braking Bad: Bike share program caught in crossﬁre between Boise, ACHD,” Oct. 2, 2013) prompted some online philosophizing about the role of government (then again, doesn’t everything?). This is obviously a GOVERNMENT bicycle program. 140 bikes; annual operating budget of $326K, give or take. That’s upwards of $2300 per bike, per year. (After the startup costs.) I could buy a sweeeeet [private] bike and operate it for probably 5 years, for $2300. But, the government is ﬂush with surplus cash, so why not? (/heavy sarcasm) —bikeboy bikeboy, I am sure many readers agree with your ﬁscal conservatism, and I am one. However, many readers may also see the need to promote and normalize alternative transportation in our city. The cost of the bicycles are due to their irregularity and quality since they will be used by many, left outside and need to be as maintenance free as possible. Folks who visit Boise or use bicycles infrequently may not have the availability to have a decent commuter bicycle located around town for them
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to use when they need. I think a private sponsorship would be great as well, you are correct. The fact of the matter is; we pay for schools we will never use, parks we will never enjoy and ﬁre protection we will never utilize, and I am okay with paying for these services if it means others can beneﬁt from them. As a nation we don’t have the money to fund this, yes, but we don’t have the money for multiple wars, freeway systems, and large scale agriculture, but we continue to fund those at a loss each year. I would be willing to take a leap with bikeshare instead of one of those. A person on a bikeshare bicycle may be one more person not using a vehicle in Boise. I know more so than many that you are a true utilitarian cyclist and contribute monetarily to society more than your fair share. Thank you for your comments. —adult tricycle
BASHING BOEHNER As the shutdown of the federal government continued into its ﬁrst week, readers took out their frustrations on House Speaker John Boehner (Boiseweekly.com, News, “House Speaker Boehner on Shutdown: ‘This isn’t some damn game,’” Oct. 4, 2013). Speaker Boehner... who is SO DEEP into your pockets, you won’t even
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bring a clean CR to the ﬂoor for your OWN party to vote on? What is so important you are holding this vote up from your OWN party, in lieu of pandering to less than 40 extremists from “loud” districts? Inquiring minds want to know... Stop the Green Eggs and Ham games, and bring a CR to the ﬂoor champ. The American people DON’T deserve this. Your party has put them through enough already. For the sake of your very soul itself, stop the damn games... Sincerely, another very angry American voter with a memory as long as an elephant (every pun intended). —Chas Holman “This Isn’t Some Damn Game” is the only honest thing Speaker Boehner has said all week. He should shut up and take the clean bill to the ﬂoor for an up/ down vote. If this extortion attempt were to succeed, we’d never see the end of them. —CeCe Obama and the Democrats have bent over backwards to meet the demands of the Republican House again and again. Now the House is demanding that they bend over backwards and kiss their asses while inverted. I think kicking is more appropriate than kissing at this point. —boisentv Is the sole purpose of the Republican Party to bamboozle Obama now? In the process, they’re making every last American dance for their dinner (and health care.) —dregstudios
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FORT PILLOW The fury that knows no end That I have just recently learned of the Fort Pillow massacre isn’t surprising. Our Civil War isn’t something that interested me much when I was younger. When I did eventually start thinking of that awful conﬂict as perhaps the deﬁning event in the nature of the country, I was interested less in any particular battle than the larger reality of what the war did to our people then, and how its aftershocks reverberate to present day, 150 years later. Besides, how could one episode that killed a paltry 230 men compare in scale with those epic clashes like Antietam or Gettysburg, which left thousands upon thousands of dead on the battleﬁeld in a single day and have never been matched in carnage to Americans, even in two world wars? But let me tell you what I have learned about what happened at Fort Pillow, and you can judge for yourself where it belongs in our national narrative. U It was a minor garrison 40 miles north of Memphis, Tenn., overlooking the Mississippi River. Originally built by the Confederacy to protect shipping on the river, it was taken by the Union later in the war. On April 12, 1864, it was manned by 557 men: 295 white Tennessee soldiers aligned with the North, and 262 black soldiers, mostly liberated slaves who had never before come under ﬁre. By that time in the war, the big Confederate brass like Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard had far more to worry about than this relatively insigniﬁcant irritant. But not so with Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. On that April morning, Forrest led a cavalry force of an estimated 2,500 warhardened men against Fort Pillow and within a few hour’s time had overrun it. The defenders, along with a number of civilians who had taken refuge in the fort, were pushed to the banks of the Mississippi, where Union sources say they tried to surrender and Confederate sources say they continued to resist. Whichever version is true, it is clear they were defeated by a vastly superior force and fortiﬁcations not designed to withstand a land assault. Still, as one Union ofﬁcer (Lt. Mack J. Leaming) testiﬁed later, speaking of the raw black troops, “every man did his duty with a courage and determined resolution, seldom if ever passed in similar engagements.” The corpses of the black soldiers (and black civilians) showed evidence of being slaughtered at close quarters: powder burns around the bullet holes, skulls smashed with the butts of riﬂes, bayonet wounds, often through the eye sockets. Many had been forced into the water where they drowned or were shot, and several were burned alive. Of the 262 black soldiers at Fort Pillow, only 50 or so survived. Forrest abandoned Fort Pillow the very evening he won it, suggesting the actual posi-
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tion meant less to his mission than what he and his men had done with the defenders of that position. President Abraham Lincoln had been reticent about allowing black troops to engage in combat, fearing what the rebels would do to them if captured. The Confederacy argued that—as there was no such thing as a free black man, even among those born free in the North—all blacks were by deﬁnition and nature slaves, therefore property, it would be against the South’s interest to dispose of any captured blacks who should properly be returned to slavery. Yet the incident at Fort Pillow showed that whatever the Confederacy’s ofﬁcial attitude might have been, it could not stem the feral rage of rebels who would not tolerate black men standing against them, and the more valiantly those black soldiers fought, the more savage their destruction if they lost the ﬁght. In the ﬁnal stages of the war, the massacre became a rallying cry for the Northern effort. Rather than intimidating slaves and former slaves, it had the opposite effect. By the end of the war, 200,000 black men had volunteered to ﬁght in the Union army. Forrest survived the war and went on to become a founder and leader of the Ku Klux Klan, created for no other purpose than to resist the efforts to elevate the emancipated slaves to full citizenship. That purpose was successfully realized for at least another century after the end of the war. Forrest remains to this day a revered ﬁgure in the twisted mythos of the Confederacy. U You will be wondering why I’m telling the story of Fort Pillow. One reason, now that I’ve learned about it, is I consider it to be a most illuminating event to that great national horror most of us call the “Civil War,” and others still call the “War of Northern Aggression.” I believe in its own way, the massacre was as fundamental, or more so, to understanding that war, thereby our own history, as Bull Run, Gettysburg and Appomattox Court House. It’s also clear that for 150 years—beginning in reports issued right after the butchery—there has been an effort to obscure the fact that it ever happened, since if it were common knowledge, it would be a lead cannonball bursting through the facade of a genteel antebellum South and its war of illusionary honor. But most immediately relevant, Fort Pillow shows to what extremes some would go—even to the detriment of their own best interests and those of their country—to subvert the efforts and accomplishments of the black presence in America. Think about that as the Tea Party rebels shut down our government or ruin America’s credit in their rage to destroy Obamacare. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Or a reincarnation horror story I stopped differentiating between Republicans and Democrats during Barack Obama’s ﬁrst term, when it became clear that George W. Bush’s economic team was still running the country instead of being thrown in jail for selling the middle class down the river. And while Obama was smarter than Bush, better spoken, younger, a better writer, a better athlete, was married to a better driver, was less damaged by alcohol, was less loudly cynical about the Constitution and less inclined to petty bullying in cabinet meetings— he was still George W. Bush in essence. Nobody among Obama’s cabinet has convinced me that his administration is more honest or moral or empathetic than Bush’s was, and he needed an honest, moral and empathetic administration if he was going to bring America’s ﬁnancial industry under control. That’s not going to happen, Elizabeth Warren notwithstanding. Obama is the bankers’ current guy in the White House. Eric Holder is the bankers’ guy in the Justice Department. John Kerry, who lip-synced populist hits before he married John Heinz’s widow, is now the banker running the State Department. Contrast the inﬂuence of these policy makers with the vertigo occasioned in the ﬁnancial markets by a single Ben Bernanke fart. You can see that what passes for party politics in is more or less a sideshow to the real national drama. Who knew debt could be used not just as a form of wealth, but as the basis for an entire through-the-looking-glass economy? Who knew generations of American children could be turned into serfs, simply by making them pay and pay for their college educations? The high priests of Mammon, that’s who. America has, in these latter days, gone from republic to theocracy. Baptism into the Church of Mammon has become an American ritual, involving not immersion in water but the issuance of debt and a credit score. Whether you’re a college student whose parents have mortgaged the house for your tuition or a congressman walking out of a Washington, D.C., lunch with his ﬁrst bundle of PAC money, you’re bought and paid for, a new convert to a religion that worships the stuff you can buy and the credit you can buy it with, one whose heaven is here on earth if not beneath it. It’s notable that America switched to Mammon while its elected representatives were loudly worshipping Christ, even though Christ seems to have been contemptuous of the ﬁnancial industry and its Holy Ghost, Usury. Christ also elevated forgiveness to the highest of virtues, and Mammon hates forgiveness. Put another way, if Christ can forgive Dick Cheney for sending young Americans off to die for oil, He probably can forgive your college loans and the remainder of what you owe on that no-money-down home furnishings package—and maybe your mortgage and whatever it’s been leveraged into, unto the seventh generation of leverage. That’s not goBOI S EW EEKLY.COM
ing to happen, Christ notwithstanding. Laws against debt forgiveness are a product of the U.S. Congress, which is the Church of Mammon’s equivalent of the College of Cardinals or the Council of 70. Election and re-election to this body depends on money, lots of it. Our representatives and senators spend much of their time raising cash from the sociopathic wealthy and demonic corporations, whose lobbyists then write laws favoring the sociopathic wealthy and demonic corporations, which are then passed and sent to Larry Summers for his signature. There’s a circular quality to law-making these days, a get-money-to-get-elected-so-I-can-get-more-money-toget-re-elected solipsism, one that gets smaller and tighter as time goes by. The effect of thinking about money and how to get it for a substantial portion of each day isn’t limited to members of Congress, but it explains their fascination with wealth and who-owes-what-to-whom. There must come a point in a congressional career when money becomes the world. The purple mountains, the amber waves of grain, the fruited plain and spacious skies disappear and are replaced by a Quicken spreadsheet, and behind it, somewhere in the deep folds of the hard drive, is the shadowy smile of Mammon Himself. Apostates are subject to a long and tortuous auto-da-fe. No Such Thing As A Free Lunch is Mammon’s version of the Golden Rule, and it explains congressional Mammonites’ resistance to Medicare and food stamps and unemployment insurance and merciful bankruptcy laws. There is nothing that will bring you around to seeing Money as the Supreme Being more than an uninsured trip to the hospital after a layoff and an unplanned pregnancy, with college loans eternally due and a car that won’t start. Get to that point, and believe me, no matter what your personal principles, you can be bought. So can the people who shudder at your example. Now for the good news. The Church of Mammon can’t promise eternal life in a celestial heaven, but it does guarantee reincarnation if you get elected to Congress. People start as one person, but with the addition of boatloads of campaign money, they become different. It’s the source of our fascination with zombies and vampires. Anthony Weiner morphs into an underwear photographer. Larry Craig goes from do-gooder to sexual hypocrite. Bob Filner decides he’s attractive to women. Mother Teresa goes to Washington, D.C., and comes back as a twerking Miley Cyrus. I made that last one up. But there have been more extreme congressional reincarnations. It hasn’t mattered whether the transformee was a Democrat or a Republican. They end as the same distasteful substance. Mammon sticks His snout into the souls of those who invite Him in, and He begins to feed, and after a few years of divine metabolic processes, the transformation is complete.
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MEET THE LOUGHS Accused gambling family gives bedside interview GEORGE PRENTICE
It’s what’s inside that counts now.
BUNDLING UP: EIGHTH AND MAIN BRINGS DOWN CRANE, PUTS UP ‘SKIN’ As a bracing northwest wind whipped across downtown Boise, the city’s highproﬁle construction site—the Eighth and Main tower—was about to be zipped into its winter coat. “It will be closed up the end of the week,” said Geoff Wardle, vice president of development and general counsel for the Gardner Company, developer of what will become Idaho’s tallest structure. “We’ll start getting the building skinned and interior ﬁnish will begin.” Wardle told Boise Weekly that the large crane that has been a mainstay at the tower was no longer required and was being dismantled. “We’re feeling really good about where we are,” said Wardle, adding that tenant improvements and interior construction on the ﬁrst- and second-ﬂoor lobby were on schedule. Additionally, Wardle said that Eighth and Main was ﬁnishing paperwork with the city of Boise in order to transfer partial ownership of the building to Zions Bank, ﬁnancing partner of the project, which has made the once-ridiculed Boise Hole a fading memory. “We’re condominiumizing the space,” he said. No, that doesn’t mean that residential condominiums are being built inside the tower. Instead, the condominium plat will allow Zions to own approximately 11 percent of the building, including the space that will become its new Idaho headquarters. “Zions will ultimately be acquiring a portion of the building,” Wardle told BW. The acquisition will require approval from Boise Planning and Zoning at its Monday, Oct. 14, meeting. Zions will share space at the $76 million building with law ﬁrm Holland & Hart, four restaurants and Zenergy Health Club. Wardle said contractors are right on schedule. “ESI is working hard to get its work done,” he said. “And we’re getting more excited about opening the building the ﬁrst quarter of next year.” —George Prentice
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It was a friendly game of cards and, yes, it was illegal. But the Loughs thought that their Texas Hold ’em tournament was just like the hundreds of other poker games taking place in homes and bars across Idaho on July 16. They couldn’t have been more wrong. “Anybody with the name of Lough, stand up!” Boise police ordered, weapons drawn. “And that would be me, my husband and my son,” said Jo Lough. The trio was handcuffed, interrogated (separately) and ultimately jailed. Within hours, their faces would be splashed across Idaho newspapers and television screens in what was the ﬁrst gambling bust in recent memory. “This is the ﬁrst time I personally participated in a bust of a gambling operation,” Boise Police Sgt. Mike Harrington told Boise Weekly. “Most of the time, we send our community policing team to a gambling complaint and they usually issue a warning.” The Loughs insist that if police had warned them, they would have promptly folded their semi-regular poker party. “This is ridiculous,” said Jo Lough. “We’re facing a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 ﬁne. We even had to get a public defender because we’re broke. In fact, we had to get three, because one public defender couldn’t take all three of us.” Making matters worse, the Loughs’ highproﬁle bust wasn’t even the worse thing that happened to them this year. After several attempts to talk with the Loughs, Boise Weekly ﬁnally met up with Jo and her husband, Timothy, in a hospital room at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center. That’s where we found Tim locked into a hardplastic clamshell from his neck to his waist. “I fell off a roof,” he sighed. In the shadow of his July 16 arrest, Tim Lough was helping his brother build a new roof for a Garden Valley church on Aug. 28. He’s not a stranger to rooftops. As a boy, Tim Lough assisted his father on construction jobs and eventually owned his own company, Lough’s Remodeling, working Treasure Valley construction jobs for 22 years. “In all that time, I never broke a bone.” But when he fell from a Garden Valley rooftop to some hard gravel Aug. 28, he broke his back, hip, pelvis, femur, ankle and shattered his left heel. After being airlifted to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Lough ended up at the VA (he served two years in the U.S. Army in the 1970s). “He’s already had three surgeries,” said Jo. “He goes to therapy twice a day, takes three morphine tablets every 12 hours, in addition
Boise Weekly met Timothy Lough (left) and wife Jo (right) at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he was immobilized due to a broken back, hip, pelvis, femur, ankle and shattered heel.
to Delada pain pills and Hydrocodone for a previous shoulder surgery.” Through good times and bad, the Loughs say they’ve always played cards, almost always Texas Hold ’em, with friends and family. They started out playing in their West Ada County home, shifted the game to a garage and eventually moved it out into a renovated shop in their backyard—a big 36- by 40-foot room with a full kitchen and pool table. That went on for the better part of four years. “Anybody who wanted to come would show up,” said Tim Lough, “and Ada County Sheriff’s deputies would come out and say, ‘We don’t care about your cards.’ But what they did care about was people having too much to drink and getting behind the wheel, or maybe there were too many cars parked on the street. After a while, there were sheriff deputy patrol cars out in front of the house all the time.” Eventually, the Loughs said, Ada County Sheriff’s deputies urged them to take the poker game elsewhere. “They said, ‘Listen, we don’t have a problem with you playing cards; just get it out of the neighborhood,’” said Tim Lough. “After all this crap, we said, ‘That’s not a big deal.’” And that’s when the Lough’s 33-year-old son, Travis, went looking for space to rent. Eventually, they landed at 4477 Emerald St., Suite 250. Unbeknownst to the Loughs, another poker operation had already been running not far away, in the 4700 block of Emerald, operated by 32-year-old David Deboer. “The big difference is that he was running those poker games, for years, during the day; ours were always at night,” said Jo Lough. Deboer, who was arrested the same night as the Loughs, has already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of gambling and sentenced to ﬁnes and fees of $416.90 and 90 days in jail, with 85 days suspended, two days credited. Boise Weekly learned that Boise police
found out about the Loughs’ gambling operation by accident, while conducting a welfare check on a man who had too much to drink. It turns out that in early July an unidentiﬁed man, spotted by a tenant at the 4477 Emerald business park, stumbled out of a parked van, threw up on the pavement and promptly passed out, sprawled in the open door of the van. The tenant called police, who questioned the man on the scene. The man reportedly said something about a poker game, leading police to the door of Suite 250. No one was inside at the time, but ofﬁcers saw that the room had been set up for poker. The police raid of Suite 250 occurred two weeks later. “Look, we were getting about 10 percent of our poker pots to pay for rent,” said Jo Lough. “Plus, we always ﬁxed a hot meal for the players. The money was like… well, it was like a tip.” That’s not how Boise police saw it when they handed citations to everyone else on July 16, but hauled the Loughs off to a police substation. “They came in screaming, ‘Get your hands up,’ with their guns pointed at us,” said Jo Lough. “As far as we know, we’re the ﬁrst people to be arrested for gambling since anyone can remember.” The Loughs, who are still awaiting their court date—which has been delayed due to Tim Lough’s injury—said their son Travis had already been offered a $500 ﬁne, 10 days in jail and 40 hours of community service, which they called “ridiculous.” “A detective even told me that they were going to get a warrant, come to our house and dig up our yard to ﬁnd buckets of money,” said Jo Lough. “That’s how idiotic this all is. Right now, we’re hoping they’ll drop this whole thing.” But that remains to be seen, when the Loughs get their day in court, presumably in a jury trial. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Among the thousands of priceless items in the Idaho State Historical Society’s Boise warehouse are an execution table (upper left), sleigh (upper right), a “horseless carriage” (lower left) and vintage television sets (lower right).
IDAHO’S MYSTERY WAREHOUSE A rare glimpse at the Gem State’s amazing artifacts NATALIE SEID State ofﬁcials don’t want you to know the name of the building, much less where it is. Sufﬁce to say, it’s in Boise and hundreds of pedestrians or motorists pass the nondescript warehouse every day. But inside is a jawdropping collection of historical and cultural artifacts, all the property of the Idaho State Historical Society. And, yes, it’s a bit like the closing scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a rare treat, the society swung open its warehouse doors for a couple of hours so that historians and archeologists from across Idaho could gawk at the wonders within. Idaho’s own Indiana Jones-like treasure hunters were visiting Boise Sept. 25-27 to participate in the society’s Idaho Heritage Conference on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Idaho’s founding. “We thought how cool it would be to have this giant collaboration of organizations that are really important to our state’s history,” said Jody Ochoa, Idaho Historical Museum director and conference organizer. “We’re all kind of historians—all preserving the past and all telling the stories about the past.” Boise Weekly joined a select group of three dozen historians to get a rare glimpse of the warehouse. Down one aisle was an iron BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
lung, down another was an execution table. Also inside the storage facility was a bulletriddled neon bar sign from Boise’s old Cub Tavern, 1920s-era Japanese friendship dollars and even a stagecoach. “History museums have a huge variety of different artifacts, and we’re no exception,” said Sarah Phillips, the curatorial registrar who oversees the storage facility. Ochoa added that the historical society was compelled to keep tens of thousands of oddities—some of them rescued, some of them donated—even if they’re not put into a regular exhibit. “Some things are unique in their history and you’ve got to keep them,” she said. “They have to be there for the history, and they have to be there for the future.” Visiting historians also spent some time at the Idaho State Archives on Boise’s Old Penitentiary Road. “Historical records are preserved here; and sometimes we don’t know what their values in the future will be,” said David Matte, deputy state archivist. And while many of the archived records are in the process of being digitized, that doesn’t make the stacks of century-old maps
and documents obsolete. “I can’t tell you how many times that I have been saved by a paper record,” said Matte. Amber Tews’ eyes lit up as she perused the archives. She’s the anthropology collections manager at Pocatello’s Idaho Museum of Natural History. “You could open any one of those boxes, pull out a diary and read it and be like, ‘This is so cool,’” said Tews.“Historical exhibits are really about the story. And if you can make it engaging, people will get more interested in it. We’re always asking ourselves: ‘What’s the story? What is going to keep people engaged to continue with your exhibit?’” Ochoa said that while curating the current “Essential Idaho” exhibit, it was important to include controversial items such as Ku Klux Klan hoods and other sordid artifacts from Idaho’s past. “We tried to have the good, bad and the ugly. I think there was a lot of angst in our leadership about that, because it’s scary. But this is history,” said Ochoa. “You need to keep looking back at history and have it slap you.”
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Thirty Years, One Uniﬁed Passion GEORGE PRENTICE One man’s lifelong passion is another man’s scholarship. That’s the personal and professional bond of Dr. Bob Sims, founding dean of Boise State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, and Dr. Todd Shallat, who was recruited by Sims to come to Boise State in the 1980s. Shallat would go on to helm the university’s Center for Idaho History and Politics and collaborate on 20 books about cities, economics and culture. His latest effort, Surviving Minidoka, is a project that Shallat says was inspired by Sims through his leadership in making Minidoka, the site of Japanese-American incarceration during World War II, a national landmark. Shallat was quick to point out that Surviving Minidoka has many collaborators, including co-editor Russ Tremayne, multiple authors and hundreds of rarely seen images of a shameful chapter in Idaho’s and America’s history. But the core inspiration of the project was always Sims.
Bob, you have Native-American blood coursing through your veins. Sims: I’m a registered member of the Cherokee tribe. My greatgrandfather was full-blooded Cherokee and my grandmother raised me on a mix of Indian customs and mythologies and cures for whatever ails you. Which prompts me to ask about your health. Sims: I was told in 1998 that I had six months to live, due to prostate cancer. Boise State said, “Keep your ofﬁce” because, quite frankly, we thought I was going to die in a few months. Fifteen years later, I’m just now moving out of my ofﬁce.
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And your health today? Sims: I’m about to start a new round of oral chemotherapy. Plus, I underwent triple bypass surgery this past May. The medications make me more fatigued but maybe they’ll give me some more longevity. Todd, do you remember when Bob ﬁrst called you? Shallat: Right out of the blue, in the 1980s. Bob was among a generation of historians that transformed the profession, an international movement that today we call “public history”—it’s the idea that historians should work within communities. It wasn’t just Bob and me; it was a whole bunch of people and it was happening throughout academia. But I’ve
always considered myself just a writer. But that’s not entirely true. Sims: Of course not. Todd’s an impresario. He makes things happen, connects people and produces work that people pay attention to. How long ago was the idea for your book, Surviving Minidoka, generated? Shallat: Since I ﬁrst came to Boise State. Almost 30 years. Let’s talk about how words matter when describing what happened in 1942. Isn’t the term “internment” a watered-down word to describe Minidoka? Shallat: The New York Times still uses the word “internment.” Sims: And the U.S. Park Service used the word “internment” when they developed the ﬁrst plan for the monument. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right word. Sims: The original language was “evacuation and relocation.” The terms generally embraced now are “removal and incarceration.” Shallat: The Park Service calls it the Minidoka Relocation Camp,
which is a misnomer. It’s really a fascinating debate. “Concentration camp” is really more accurate for what was going on at the time. Haven’t words like “relocation” or “evacuation” lessened the shame over what happened? Sims: Following Minidoka conferences and lectures, we still get letters saying the incarceration was justiﬁed. Shallat: This subject matters more than ever today, in an age when we continue to see ethnic or racial proﬁling. That’s really what this book is about. It’s not just 1942. In these letters that you receive, are people denying what happened at Minidoka? Sims: They’re trying to justify the existence of the camps. Shallat: These are Idahoans that truly believe military necessity always trumps civil liberties. How happy are you with how the book turned out? Shallat: Because of my relationship with Bob, it’s really important to me. He’s one of my mentors. Bob is my friend and my dean. And in many ways, it’s a tribute to that.
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MAZE OF MYTHS Immigration reform pits business leaders against political leaders :: Carissa Wolf :: Immigration equals big business at El Centro bank in Nampa. Latin radio hits mingle in the background as agents and tellers welcome immigrant farm hands and factory workers with a familiar, “Hola! ¿Como estas?” Some customers hold Green Cards; from time to time El Centro staff celebrates with cheers and congratulations when a longtime client no longer calls him or herself an as12
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“It was like a weight lifted off of his shoulders. He felt like he could go out in public,” El Centro owner David Cahoon said of a client who had earned citizenship after decades in limbo. “He can go back to Peru to see his family now,” Cahoon said. But many more El Centro clients still don’t have the papers that could pave the way to the American dream. “They come in, working two jobs for terrible wages. They are really hard workers,” Cahoon added. Clients often stream in from neighboring rural communities, many come straight from a sunrise-to-sunset day of work at nearby ﬁelds and, by layering one low-paying job on top of another, they end up with a little cash to spend. They’re using those resources to open bank accounts, buy policies and fuel business growth at the Nampa one-stop shop for tax ﬁlings, insurance and loans, where Cahoon brokers ﬁnancing for almost anything. “We used to have tons of people who wanted to buy homes, but we couldn’t help them. It was hard for me to get loans for them because they didn’t have papers. … There’s this misconception that they’re here, draining resources and not paying taxes,” he said. Cahoon said an average business day at El Centro unfolds as a kind of myth busters in the immigration reform debate. It’s a debate that Idaho industry leaders are trying to slice through by revamping federal law to open borders for more farm laborers and expanding economic beneﬁts that would make it easier for undocumented immigrant workers to earn a pathway to citizenship. While Idaho politicians in Washington, D.C., hold a ﬁrm position on keeping borders closed for national security, other arguments hinge on rhetoric that paints new and aspiring Americans as dependents of society, draining social resources, skirting tax laws and cashing in on public assistance programs. It’s a political maelstrom that Idaho’s business movers and shakers dove into, saying the names and numbers behind immigration tell a much different story: Immigrants—both documented and undocumented—help drive the national economy and are vital to Idaho’s agricultural industries. “This is not a conservative issue or a liberal issue. This is not a race issue. This is an economic issue,” said Alex LaBeau, executive director of the Idaho Association for Commerce and Industry. 11
THE NO. 1 ISSUE “Go out to these dairies in Kuna—that’s where our clients are from. [Employers] don’t want to come forward and say, ‘We have all of these undocumented people working for us.’ There are a lot more undocumented workers in this country than the numbers show,” Cahoon said of the more than 11 million people that the Pew Hispanic Center estimates are living and working in the United States without papers. El Centro’s clientele boosts a bottom line that represents what social science research has told us for decades: Immigrants are building lives and building businesses. That bottom line weighs against the Idaho congressional delegation’s reluctance to pursue measures spelled out by the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate earlier this
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summer. The bill stalled in the House, where it met opposition from hardline conservatives who refused to consider any legislation that eases a path to citizenship, and has since been shelved as a Tea Party-backed standoff over the roll out of Obamacare led to a partial government shutdown Oct. 1. While proponents of the measure say passage could boost the economy, unite families and extend civil liberties to workers currently living in the shadows, opponents see the bill as a ticket to amnesty and a way to open the nation’s borders to would-be terrorists. When civil rights advocates lined the Statehouse steps this summer, calling on Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador to help lift the shadow hanging over the nation’s undocumented immigrants, they were ﬂanked by poster board-sized photographs depicting faces that were young, old, light-skinned and dark-skinned. While the faces, all of them undocumented immigrants, appealed to the crowd gathered at the state capitol, Idaho’s business leaders made another kind of appeal at the nation’s capitol. Wrapped in the hotly charged political debate surrounding immigration reform lies an issue that industry leaders say should have nothing to do with partisan politics: Idaho economic growth. “Immigration reform is the No. 1 issue for the dairy industry nationwide,” said Brent Olmstead, executive director of the Milk Producers of Idaho. Idaho’s dairy sector, Olmstead added, has quickly risen to become a top milk producer—ranked second in the 12 Western states and third in the nation, according to the Idaho Farm Bureau—and the state’s economy depends on the ready pool of workers that a pathway to citizenship could provide. “[Milk production] is a very labor intensive industry and it’s difﬁcult to ﬁnd workers,” he said. Dairy jobs, which number about 22,700 in Idaho, typically pay about $12 an hour and most come with beneﬁts. The pay falls slightly below a living wage for a single person and often demands a willingness to live in Idaho’s rural communities. Olmstead said it’s not a job relocation most people are willing to make— even during an economic downturn that had unemployment rates topping 10 percent. Not so with immigrant workers. “[Immigrants] appreciate the job,” Olmstead said. The Milk Producers of Idaho usually keeps its inﬂuence behind the scenes at the Statehouse and on the Hill in Washington, D.C., but in an unusual move, the industry group this summer adopted a strategy more often used by progressive social justice advocates— placing its lobbying efforts before the people by issuing a press release calling on Idaho members of Congress to pass immigration reform for the sake of the state’s livelihood. The June press release praised the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of S. 744—the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, or more simply, the Immigration Reform Act—noting that approval of the legislation would help Idaho’s largest agricultural industry grow and increase productivity. In a statement usually reserved for behind closed doors, the Milk Producers quickly turned that praise to censure, aimed speciﬁcally at Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo. “We are disappointed that Idaho’s two senators chose to not join in the bipartisan B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
effort to ﬁx the current immigration system,” Olmstead stated in the press release. “We have been and will continue to work with the Idaho delegation in the House to keep the current momentum on immigration reform going.” Such a public rebuke from an industry group representing one of the state’s biggest industries raised eyebrows among Idaho politics watchers. “It’s unusual to come out and say, ‘We’re going to continue to work with you,’ but at the same time they’re saying, ‘We’re disappointed.’ To me, it’s a signal to the delegation, saying, ‘Consider us more closely,’” said Greg Hill, professor of public policy at Boise State University. Senate Bill 744 legislates provisions for experienced workers already residing in the country to earn citizenship by meeting certain requirements, and opens the doors for additional workers to enter the country with an agriculture visa. The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 68-32 and now rests in legislative limbo with the House. While Hill sees little political consequence from the Milk Producers’ censure, it illustrates where political lines have been drawn in the debate. For Labrador, though, those lines get blurry. “Rep. [Raul] Labrador seems to be able to say essentially whatever he wants and he’ll still get support,” Hill said. As a former member of the “Gang of Eight” that’s shaping immigration policy and an experienced voice on immigration issues, Labrador holds some sway in shaping the direction of reform. A former immigration attorney who once helped keep aspiring citizens in the country, Labrador didn’t respond to Boise Weekly’s request for an in-depth interview or comment, but doesn’t shy away from the microphone—appearing in a slew of national news broadcasts surrounding the Senate vote this summer. While Labrador supports a guest worker program—but not a pathway to citizenship— he holds a ﬁrm position that undocumented workers must return to their country of origin and has called for tighter border security. “In order for us to have real immigration reform, our top priority needs to be to ﬁrst secure our nation’s borders and start enforcing the immigration laws already enacted. To do so we must give our law enforcement ofﬁcials the resources they need to enforce the laws on the books and secure our borders,” Labrador wrote in a campaign-issues statement on his website. Sens. Crapo and Risch shared similar views after their nay votes on the Reform Bill, issuing a joint press statement that called the legislation ﬂawed and noted that while the nation needs immigration reform, Senate Bill 744
isn’t the path to change. “This legislation on immigration reform is just a political Band-Aid that does nothing to solve the long-term problem of illegal immigration and it commits U.S. taxpayers to turn over their hard-earned money to someone who is not a citizen,” Risch stated in the release. Positions look a little different in Idaho. The Gem State’s business interests keep cozy ties with the state political elite, and that helps keep immigration and restrictive immigration laws off of state lawmakers’ political agendas, Hill said. Olmstead said Milk Producers of Idaho don’t make campaign donations to federal candidates because of the additional accounting and paperwork that’s required for congressional contributions—MPI simply don’t have the staff fulﬁll those requirements. But the organization does fund state and local campaigns and, while the industry group has boosted donations to Democrats in recent years, Olmstead said it’s not a matter of blue or red when it comes to writing a check. “We’ve always contributed to individuals and not parties,” Olmstead said. “Candidates are much more likely to get contributions from our PAC if they support business and agriculture.” Punitive laws targeting immigrants don’t make good business sense, Hill said, and in the business-friendly state of Idaho, the bottom line trumps just about anything else. “It’s an issue people don’t want to talk about. You don’t hear Gov. [C.L. “Butch”] Otter talking about immigration. In Idaho, economics is more important than immigration [legislation],” Hill said. In the nation’s capital, politics watchers see a now-or-never path for Senate Bill 744—and with the federal government now in partial shutdown and a ﬁght over the debt ceiling all but assured, the bill’s fate leans toward “never.” Congress can pass the bill before the session adjourns or let it linger and likely die with an unlikely resurrection during the forthcoming campaign season, when hot-button issues like immigration can make or break a shaky run for ofﬁce. But the immigration debate is anything but black-and-white: Ingrained political ideologies and an entrenched mythology sometimes leave individuals warring with themselves over where they stand on the issue. “You might be ﬁercely conservative and believe in the rule of the law but you might also be a business owner and rely on [immigrant] labor,” Hill said. Businesses say it’s time to let myths about immigration die and the numbers do the talking. “The reality is that our country was built on immigration. It will succeed based on
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El Centro bank employees (left to right) Lupita Moran, Dennisse Alvarado and Ivan Carrillo, see the daily reality of U.S. immigration laws.
immigration,” said LaBeau, with IACI. “We need this reform and [Congress] needs to stop playing politics.” That’s not likely to happen anytime soon, and local immigration attorneys are on a “wait-and-see” basis with clients and prospective labor leaders while political sound bites paint a perplexing picture. Labrador eschews local press requests for comment but became a media darling following the Senate’s vote on immigration reform in June, spelling out an elusive position on immigration. Labrador often confounds expectations—he’s risen as one of the GOP’s most formidable voices in immigration reform, yet he’s not afraid to challenge Republican leadership. And the Puerto Rico-born immigration attorney, who often answers constituents’ questions in both accented English and Spanish, has told reporters that he doesn’t fully support the bill before Congress but that he isn’t walking away from pushing forward some kind of reform. “We have a broken system and I worked in the system for 15 years. I saw families broken up. … We can’t allow the immigration system to stay this way,” he told the SpokesmanReview. Contradicting Republican leadership is one thing, but Labrador often seems to contradict himself. While he walked away from the bipartisan Group of Eight and promised to craft some kind of reform, his comments are both sympathetic toward reform advocates but critical of what’s been brought to the table. Political wavering could spell a dead end for what’s on the table now and Labrador recently told American Spanish-language broadcast company Univision that he doesn’t
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expect a reform bill to come out of this congressional session—a stall that could put any kind of change on the back burner until after the 2014 elections. Shaky politics could spell shaky economics and a shady future for those who say reform can’t come soon enough.
‘IF YOU TREAT THEM RIGHT, THEY’LL SEND YOU THEIR COUSINS’ Cahoon helps a large client base—even the ones without a Social Security number—ﬁll out income tax forms and pay their share into the system. They pony up to Uncle Sam, Cahoon said, even when an absent Social Security number tells Uncle Sam that they don’t exist. “The immigrant community has historically been an asset to the nation when it comes to the economy,” said Leo Morales, communication director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. “Immigrants of course pay sales taxes when they’re out shopping. They pay property taxes as homeowners and they pay income taxes.” Still, Morales said, “Immigrant workers that are undocumented, those that are aspiring Americans, they really are living in the shadows.” Those shadows prevent immigrants from becoming fully participating members of society, he said. But when they do emerge, businesses feel their impact. While they live in the shadowsresearch ﬁnds that their everyday contributions make them an asset to the nation’s bottom line. Collectively, undocumented immigrants pay more
than $10.6 billion to the nation’s tax base, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, and for every car insurance policy Cahoon sells or tax form he pushes through the system, he sees his business grow. “They are very loyal customers. If you treat them right, they’ll send you their cousins,” Cahoon said.
MYTH: IMMIGRANTS ARE A DRAIN ON SOCIETY The voices of business and Idaho’s agriculture industry have thick layers of myth to slice through when it comes to immigration reform. The Milk Producers of Idaho press release chastising Crapo and Risch came on the heels of a swarm of press releases that painted immigrants as bad for the nation’s bottom line. Press releases that ﬂood reporters’ in-boxes from The Center for Immigration Studies yield headlines that call the roughly 12 million undocumented Americans, “alien.” “Illegal Aliens a Drain on U.S. Taxpayers, Report Says,” screamed one headline on a pseudo-news site that picks up spin from the Center, which bills itself as “Low-Immigration, Pro-Immigrant.” “Illegal aliens are largely poor and uneducated and drain the welfare and public education systems, according to a survey from the Center for Immigration Studies,” wrote one New American blogger who pens a body of anti-Muslim, pro-gender segregation and homophobic posts. Such individual headlines may garner a couple hundred Facebook likes and tweets, but collectively, they ﬂood cyberspace. The immigrants that the New American
and other agenda-driven anti-immigrant groups tout as “aliens”—contributing to the demise of American culture, economic prosperity and freedom—are hardly strange, foreign, alien or even out of this world, immigrant advocates say. “The reality is that immigrant workers are folks just like you and I,” Morales said. “They are working hard to provide for themselves and their family. And besides work, they are part of the community. Their children are part of the basketball team. They’re on the football team, they’re cheerleaders. They are community members who in general have been integrated into the community for a while.” Economic drain blame is hardly a new game in the immigration debate, but one that fuels public sentiment—contributing to the perception among 39 percent of Californians that their jobs are now in the hands of foreignborn workers and helping divide positions on immigration reform almost entirely along political lines. “Regrettably, the noble and productive history of immigration has been overshadowed by the political and economic consequences of illegal immigration,” Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s spokesperson, Nikki Watts, said. “That has to change, not just for the security of our nation, but also to free up many sectors of the economy that are suffering under this current system.” “Business is not liberal or conservative,” LaBeau said. “We’re about business and it’s about dealing with the reality of economics.” A body of research shows that undocumented immigrants are a beneﬁt to society over many years, but one area where they B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
do pose a ﬁscal burden is with public school enrollment—a use of taxpayer dollars that parallels native-born Americans. Undocumented workers don’t qualify for welfare beneﬁts and, according to immigration reform advocates, they avoid using other services at all costs—including emergency rooms—out of fear of deportation. A recent Congressional Budget Ofﬁce report estimates that immigrant labor will lead to long-term economic gain in the gross domestic product and a reduction of the national deﬁcit. If passed, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill could increase GDP 5.4 percent, increase wages by 0.5 percent and decrease the federal deﬁcit $700 billion by 2033, according to CBO. The report notes gains in worker productivity, an increase in employment and enhanced capital investment. In short, the agency reports, “S. 744 would boost economic output.” It’s those numbers that prompt the Milk Producers of Idaho and immigration reform advocates to reach across the aisle and bridge the partisan divide with a reminder that importing labor and offering a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants already living and working in the country equals proﬁt. No less than anti-tax conservative operator Grover Norquist stopped in Boise earlier this year delivering that message to his right-wing compatriots: Immigration reform makes sense—business sense, he told the City Club of Boise in June. “More people [have] made us wealthier, higher-income, more innovative. … The economics of this is clearer and clearer,” Norquist told the Spokesman-Review. “Do you believe
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people are an asset or a liability? The idea that … it makes us poorer if somebody comes in the room is not accurate in a free-market economy.”
MYTH: MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS ARE TAKING AWAY ALL OF OUR JOBS Some of the photographs of aspiring Americans that stood at the Idaho Statehouse this summer wore smiles and looked at the camera through dark eyes and sun-hardened skin. They were young, old, everywhere in between and, for many, the United States is the only home they know. If you attend an immigration reform rally, you’ll likely hear Spanish spoken between tired rural laborers. You’ll also meet undocumented students facing a future in limbo and you may even ﬁnd yourself standing next to a fair-skinned European transplant with ﬁve university degrees, a mortgage and tenure-track academic career. “Immigrants in general have this hunger to succeed. Immigrants are coming from a different country to this nation for a new opportunity and life. So there’s this natural hunger to succeed. They are some of our best and brightest and most motivated individuals. And what’s holding them back is a broken system,” Morales said. Boise State University student Veronica Martinez aspires to become an immigration attorney but doesn’t need to pass a bar exam to see the impact of the current system on her peers. Some of her university cohorts are ﬁrstgeneration college students and some strive to
become ﬁrst-generation Americans. The aspiring Americans working toward a degree can maintain legal status through student visas, but once they graduate, Martinez said their futures remain uncertain. “A large majority of my peers have been forced to stagnate and run in place because of our current immigration system. Some of the brightest students I have ever known do not currently have the opportunity to shine and demonstrate their full potential,” she said. “Some have gone through this expensive process of obtaining their university education and once they have that education, they face one more barrier. They’re extremely knowledgeable in their ﬁeld of study but they don’t have that Social Security number. Their employment is extremely limited,” Morales said. The broken system that plants a wedge between education and earnings creates barriers that Idaho can’t afford, business leaders say. Only one out of 10 Idaho high-school graduates goes on to earn a college degree, leaving the state’s high-tech enterprises, hospitals and universities to rely on imported talent to remedy the state’s brain drain. “There are just not enough people to ﬁll the need,” LaBeau said. In Idaho, 30 percent of science, technology, engineering and math graduates are foreignborn and we need more, business leaders say. And the expert, degreed and day laborers aren’t the only aspiring Americans boosting the nation’s economy. Immigrants are also more likely to open their own businesses, contract with local suppliers and hire local help. One study found that within ﬁve years of the 1992 L.A. riots, Asian and Latino
entrepreneurs, many them immigrants, led a rebirth of business in the riot-torn areas of Los Angeles. These people invested locally, hired local workers and spent much of their wages in the community. The numbers make sense to business but industry leaders say immigrants mean more than money. Immigration reform is simply the right thing to do, they say. “This is an issue that goes way beyond employees. This is a moral issue,” said Bob Naerebout, executive director of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. Naerebout’s call echoes the voices of his colleagues and puts Idaho business on the same soap box where human rights activists have stood for a long time. “Let’s look at the facts,” Naerebout said. “We trap people in this country. … If you’re afraid of being deported you’re not going to be fully involved in your community.” Local immigration attorneys speak of broken futures, arrests that shufﬂe the Americanborn children of immigrants into foster care and the years and sometimes lifetimes that pass before loved ones glimpse each other’s faces. “There’s this sense of uncertainty and fear that casts a deep shadow on the lives of immigrants because immigrants know that at any moment they can be stopped by law enforcement or federal agents. Because of the broken immigration system, they live under a cloud of uncertainty about what will happen in their future,” Naerebout said. “Freedom and liberty are just precious and some of the best assets we have as human beings. When it comes to issues of immigration, civil rights and civil liberties are deﬁnitely trampled on.”
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THURSDAY–SUNDAY OCT. 10-13 ﬂeece, ﬁber and folktales TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL Being stuck in a trafﬁc jam in which the streets are clogged with woolly sheep is an experience most of us will only have during the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Sun Valley. But, while this four-day event is steeped in the ranching and cowboy culture of the Old West, the festival is about more than sheep. The weekend starts with the Fiber Fest—a multi-day series of knitting and crocheting workshops. If you want to learn how to dye wool, knit or crochet, these workshops will help you get started. Carnivores can celebrate sheep in their own special way with a series of Cooking With Lamb classes, in which chefs teach the public how to prepare classic lamb dishes (accompanied by wine, of course) and area lamb producers share how they raise their herds. A complete list of classes is available online. On Friday, Oct. 11, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky shares his thoughts on the importance of preserving cultures through storytelling, beginning at 7 p.m. at NexStage Theatre. Tickets cost $20 and preregistration is required. The day’s other activities include discussions of the history of sheep ranching, as well as a walking tour of Ketchum restaurants, during which participating eateries will offer tastings of their ﬁnest lamb creations and diners can vote for their favorite. The tour is free and starts at 5 p.m., with voting at 6:45 p.m. at NexStage Theatre. Saturday, Oct. 12, is packed with the championship sheepdog trials, as well as the Sheep Folklife Fair throughout the day. Not only can you check out sheep wagons, wool-based crafts, vendors and kids activities, but there will be performances by Peruvian musicians, the Oinkari Basque Dancers, Boise Highlanders Scottish bagpipers and Polish Highlanders—all sheepappreciating cultures. The actual Trailing of the Sheep comes in parade form on Sunday, Oct. 13, when 1,500 sheep will be herded through the middle of Ketchum on their way to winter pastures, beginning at noon. Check out the event’s website for a full calendar of events. Thursday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 13. Location and prices vary. Ketchum, trailingofthesheep.org.
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Most of us are thrilled when our dogs don’t make us look like fools and are ecstatic when they come when called. But that’s nothing compared to the feats of obedience and skill on display at the Treasure Valley Dog Shows. For 57 years, the Idaho Capital City and Lizard Butte Kennel clubs have made most of us look like deadbeat pet owners. From Thursday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 13, the show is back at Expo Idaho, with more than 1,200 dogs competing in rally and obedience events, agility trials and AKC-required canine good-citizen testing. Humans can check out dog- and human-food vendors (try not to get the two confused), and ﬁnd exactly what your pooch needs for whatever activity you enjoy. As much as everyone would like to see your Chihuahua in a Boise State University cheerleader costume, please remember this event only welcomes dogs registered to compete at the show. Thursday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 13. Various times. FREE. Expo Idaho. 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-388-1514, expoidaho.com.
SATURDAY OCT. 12 psychedelic pedals BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT BIRTHDAY As the wheels on the VW bus go round and round, time keeps rolling on for Boise Bicycle Project. Now at the ripe old age of 6, the local bicycle-promoting nonproﬁt is celebrating its birthday Saturday, Oct. 12, by channeling the counterculture of the ’60s that made socially conscious organizations like BBP cool. The birthday bash starts at 5 p.m. with a tour of BBP’s remodeled headquarters near Boise State
University. Following the tour of the shop where volunteers rehab bikes for low-income kids, refugees and those in need, the whole party pedals itself to The WaterCooler (on the corner of Idaho and 14th streets) to raise a few glasses to the organization that has been voted Best of Boise Best Local Nonproﬁt for ﬁve years running. In true BBP style, the bash buffet includes beer and munchies from Funky Taco and Guru Donuts. DJ Dusty C will provide a soundtrack and partygoers can take home a commemorative sticker. And since every party is more fun when costumes are involved, everyone is encouraged to dress in his or her most psychedelic duds.
5-9 p.m. $10. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
SUNDAY OCT. 13 run for fun HARRISON CLASSIC KIDS RUN If we could harness the energy of kids, the world would go green over night. We can’t, of course (short of hooking them up to treadmill-powered turbines), but we can harness their energy to put a little green toward their college funds. Kids 13 and younger will be on their marks at McAuB O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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GHOSTBUSTERS People don’t know science. Color-adjusted photos of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deep ﬁeld and the ﬁrst images of carbon atoms are plenty beautiful; and the miracles of modern medicine and smartphones make great ammo in arguments against luddites, but that’s not “science.” Science is hard work. Unless, that is, you’re Peter Venkman. For Venkman, science is a method for scoring hot dates. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Boiseans get a chance to see some of Venkman’s greatest hits in the 1984 comedy classic Ghostbusters at the Egyptian Theatre. For the uninitiated (if there could be such a thing), Ghostbusters is the tale of three failed paranormal scientists and a blue-collar dude living in a condemned ﬁrehouse, plying their dubious trade of capturing ghosts with an array of high-tech and probably dangerous gadgets. Along the way, self-styled ladies man Venkman (Bill Murray) falls for Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), who becomes embroiled in a nefarious plot to resurrect Gozer the Gozerian—an interdimensional entity worshiped as a god by various ancient Near Eastern cultures—while Venkman, Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) try to stop the end of the world. Rick Moranis is in there somewhere, too. The plot thickens when the Environmental Protection Agency shuts down Ghostbusters headquarters due to the group’s possession of an unlicensed nuclear device, and prim EPA agent Walter Peck (William Atherton) throws them in prison. As ghosts overrun the city and the plan to resurrect Gozer unfolds, the Ghostbusters have to “cross the streams” to save the day. 7 p.m. $9-$11. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, boiseclassicmovies.com.
ley Park for the Harrison Classic—a one-mile fun run along historic Harrison Boulevard Sunday, Oct. 13. Hosted by the YMCA, the run typically draws about 1,000 kids, according to Race Director Bob Fries, and everyone is a winner. “We don’t necessarily place the ﬁrst-place person above anybody else in this race,” he said. “Everybody gets a ﬁnisher medal.” The run encourages ﬁtness and getting a little fresh air, but it also drums up
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a little money. The schools with the most participants win a new pair of shoes for their P.E. teacher, plus $250 for their P.E. programs. Even better, this year a randomly selected kid from each age group has a chance to win $100 toward a college savings account from the Ideal College Savings Program. As if kids needed any more help getting pumped up to run around, Boise Rock School will rally the racers with kid-staffed bands every quarter mile along the route.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY OCT. 16-20 make some noise SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE From Coltrane to Kenny G, jazz blends myriad styles and composers, each with his or her subtle deviations from classic to contemporary. This year’s Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree features the unique character of 40 jazz bands, ranging from swing- to folk-based groups, and performances by more than 200 local and national musicians across the ﬁve-day festival. Music pours out of every corner of town with bars, restaurants, stores and public gathering places serving as venues throughout each day and into the night as fans wander between performances. In addition to the vast array of jazz music, the Jazz Jamboree also offers free dance lessons taught by professional dancers at the River Run Lodge Thursday, Oct. 17-Saturday, Oct. 19. A series of dance competitions for beginners will take place on Saturday—mostly to prove you were paying attention during the instruction. The Sunday night ﬁnale samples the variety of music heard during the event and kicks off the Afterglow Dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner requires a separate ticket from the rest of the festival, and diners can enjoy—you guessed it—more music from Yve Evans. Joe Midiri and Terry Myers wrap up the festival with the All Star Big Band Dance, which seems only ﬁtting considering everyone will have mastered the Charleston by then. If whether you’re new to jazz or play in a local bebop group, remember it was Miles Davis who said, “Good music is good, no matter what kind it is.” Wednesday, Oct. 16-Sunday, Oct. 20. One-day pass, $33-$68, ﬁve-day all-event pass, $135-$153. Various locations throughout Ketchum and Sun Valley, 1-877-478-5277, sunvalleyjazz.com.
Participation costs $25 per kid, with assistance available. The race is open to all—from infants to 13-yearolds—and parents can take part for free if they want to run with their racer. Age groups will leave the start-
Gone are the days when you kept track of your kids by tying a string of bells on them (or tying them to a tree, depending on the kid). Apparently so are the days when you grilled them at dinner about how school went that day. www.inﬁnitecampus.com We live in the digital world, where digital parenting is the new norm. It’s 11 a.m., do you know where your children are? Look them up on www.inﬁnitecampus.com, a “student information service” that’s been around pretty much since the Internet was invented (well, 1996, anyway). And it’s not just about keeping tabs on where the kids are roaming during school hours—school districts in 43 states, encompassing 6 million students, use the Webbased system to give parents remote access to grades, attendance, behavior, school calendars and other data. As National Education Policy Center blogger Gene Glass describes the software suite, with more than a little Orwellian gloom: “Children’s activities and their performance are surveilled while in school as never in the past. The campus is everywhere and even follows them home.” Critics, like Glass, say inﬁnitecampus is invasive, while proponents say it keeps teachers, parents and students alike focused on education performance. Download the smartphone app and see for yourself what it feels like to be Big Brother. —Zach Hagadone
ing line in waves, with the youngest taking off at 3 p.m. Finish line is at Hill Road and Harrison Boulevard. 3-4 p.m. $25. McAuley Park, 899 N. Harrison Blvd., Boise, ymcatvidaho.org/harrisonclassic.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY OCT. 9 Odds & Ends FALL COLOR IN IDAHO CITY— Enjoy a scenic drive to Idaho City, where you can enjoy lunch, visit the shops and view the scenery before heading back to Nampa. Return by 5 p.m. 10 a.m. $25. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, namparecreation.org. SCARECROW STROLL—Stroll through the garden while it’s decorated with scarecrows designed by local school children. Continues through Friday, Oct. 18. 10 a.m. $5, $3 seniors, $3 youth 5-12, FREE members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
On Stage MEMPHIS—Broadway In Boise presents the musical from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, with dancing, songs and a tale of fame and forbidden love. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Recommended for ages 13 and older. 8 p.m. $38-$58. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, broadwayinboise.com.
Citizen BOISE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM—Get to know the candidates for Boise City Council. Dr. Jim Weatherby moderates and written questions will be taken from the audience. The candidates are: Seat 2 Ben Quintana and Tyler Smith; Seat 4 TJ Thomson, Jill G. Humble and Bill Jarocki; Seat 6 Maryanne Jordan, Paul Edmond Fortin and R. Bryce Peterson. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.
THURSDAY OCT. 10 Festivals & Events TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL— Idaho’s premier cultural event honoring the arts, history and culture of Idaho and the West. Events include music, multicultural experiences, art, culinary events, a Fiber Festival, Folklife Fair, Sheepherder’s Ball and Big Sheep Parade down Main Street. Most events are FREE. See Picks, Page 16. Downtown Ketchum, visitsunvalley. com.
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On Stage BOISE STATE THEATRE ARTS: ALL IN THE TIMING—David Ives’ collection of short comedies explore the ways language unites and divides us. Mature audiences. Buy tickets at boisestatetickets.com. 7:30 p.m. $15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.
INSERT FOOT THEATRE—Enjoy both short- and long-form improv comedy based on ideas generated by the audience. 9 p.m. $5. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, reefboise.com. MEMPHIS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $38-$58. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, broadwayinboise.com.
NOISE/CD REVIEW DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.: SPEED Once a band gets on the music world’s radar, the trick is ﬁguring out how to stay there. Does it continue to churn out similar music so fans won’t feel alienated? Or does it try something different, so it doesn’t get harpooned by critics for playing it safe (all the while hoping fans will want to go along with it)? After the critical success of its 2011 debut full-length album, It’s a Corporate World, indie-pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is taking the latter route with sophomore release The Speed of Things (Warner Bros.), and hoping fans will come along for the ride. Unfortunately, it isn’t a very inspiring road trip. Corporate was propulsive and sometimes tinged with rock ’n’ roll to keep things interesting, but Speed takes a different tack, going full-bore into ’80s and electro pop. The album suffers from a lack of originality because of that decision. “Beautiful Dream” opens the album with a dreamy, ethereal pop melody, but much of what comes after sounds disappointingly similar. “Run” and “Hiding” are a couple examples where pop beats and sensibilities ﬁll the space for a few minutes but leave no discernible impression. For a pop record, Speed is not upbeat or catchy, making it an odd listening experience. Additionally, whereas Corporate was a witty, ebullient record, Speed, by comparison, is positively maudlin. “Don’t Tell Me Now” is exceptionally dreary dance pop and “Knock Louder” just sounds tired. Couple this problem with lyrics from “Knock Louder” like, “I will never share my world with anyone but you,” and it becomes clear that Speed is more interested in being an emotional, hand-wringing experience than anything else. Amateurish lyrics repeatedly reverse any momentum Speed might have hoped to build. DEJJ’s Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein get points for trying something different with this release—more bands should be so bold—but it is poorly executed. The duo seems so dead set on making Speed a nostalgic record that it forgot to make it an interesting one; the lyrics seem like an afterthought and the music is simply too similar to keep a listener’s attention for long. Speed has a couple of good moments: “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dance Floor)” is infectious synth pop at its best, and the organic, hand clap and tambourine-led “I Can’t Help it” hints at what might have been had the duo been more daring throughout. Otherwise, Speed never gets out of ﬁrst gear. —Brian Palmer B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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8 DAYS OUT RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW—Alley Underground presents the classic musical about a newly engaged couple’s run-in with a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. Music by The Green Zoo. 7 p.m. $15-$20. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, alleyrep.org.
Workshops & Classes CREATE AN EMBELLISHED A-LINE SKIRT—Make your own knit A-line skirt and embellish it with applique. Take your own sewing machine. 5:30 p.m. $20. CLOTH, 1744 W. State St., Boise, 208-789-2096, shopcloth.com. LEARNING STYLES AND YOUR CHILD—Learn how you can best help your child navigate myriad classroom requirements, featuring educational therapist Emily Boles. For parents of school-age children. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org. PRACTICE AQUI—Spice up your bilingual aptitude during this weekly gathering. Designed for ages 13 and older. Attendees should have an understanding of English and Spanish. 6 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org.
SCREENPLAY READING—Join a reading of a local screenplay, Meet Me at the End, about a frustrated young guy living in Boise who wants to look at life in a new light but can’t seem to focus on what he already has. Presented by Fine Young Deviants. Adult language: leave the kids at home. 6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, rdbooks.org.
BOISE STATE THEATRE ARTS: ALL IN THE TIMING—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.
Animals & Pets TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOWS—Watch as more than 1,200 dogs from across the country compete in American Kennel Club-sanctioned events. Hosted by Idaho Capital City and Lizard Butte Kennel clubs. See Picks, Page 16. 8:30 a.m. FREE. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
FRIDAY OCT. 11 Festivals & Events TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—See Thursday. Downtown Ketchum, visitsunvalley.com.
MEMPHIS—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $38-$58. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, broadwayinboise. com. RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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Concerts VERDI 200TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT—One of the greatest opera composers of all time turns 200 and, to honor that date, members of the Opera Idaho resident company present a free concert of the composer’s music. There will even be a chance for the audience to join in on some of the popular choruses. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet Idaho Annex, 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3430556, operaidaho.org.
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GLOWING COLORS AND TINY WINGS—Featuring the work of Jennifer Lowe, Jean Richardson and James Moore. 5 p.m. FREE. Kneeland Gallery, 271 First Ave. N., Sun Valley, 208-726-5512, kneelandgallery.com.
Animals & Pets TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOWS—See Thursday. 8:30 a.m. FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, expoidaho.com.
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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS ALUMNI EVENT—Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking to reconnect with past Bigs, Littles, families and supporters. This event will include games, a drawing for $100 gift cards to local stores and eateries, and a full Italian dinner from Louie’s. 3 p.m. FREE. Mountain View High School, 2000 Millenium Way, Meridian, 208-377-2552, bbbsidaho.org. BOISE AREA BIG SIT—Take part in the international birdwatching event, the “tailgate party for birders.” Help count bird species. Local birders share their knowledge about identifying birds and bird behavior. Extra binoculars and spotting scopes will be available. 7 a.m. FREE. Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, 5301 N. Maple Grove Road, Boise.
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8 DAYS OUT BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT SIXTH ANNIVERSARY—Join BBP as it celebrates with food, live music and more. See Picks, Page 16. 5 p.m. $10. The Boise Bicycle Project Shop, 1027 Lusk St. Boise, boisebicycleproject. org. IDAHO RENAISSANCE FAIRE— Check out this two-day living history celebration featuring demonstrations, vendors, artisans, performances, games, living history fun and learning for the family. Live jousting both days, with $10,000 Trebuchet Challenge on Sunday. 11 a.m. FREE. Gem Island Sports Complex, Canal Street, Emmett, idahorenfaire.org. TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—See Thursday. Downtown Ketchum, visitsunvalley.com. ZERO LANDFILL BOISE—learn how to reduce pressure on local landﬁll capacity. 9 a.m. FREE. Ofﬁce Pavillion Warehouse, 11613 W. Executive Drive, Boise.
On Stage BOISE STATE THEATRE ARTS: ALL IN THE TIMING—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu. RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW—See Thursday. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, alleyrep.org.
Workshops & Classes WATERCOLORS WITH POLLY BARRETT—Learn to paint an entire landscape painting. Materials not provided; however, Green Chutes provides a list of required supplies, and has supplies for sale on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-serve basis. 10 a.m. $75. Green Chutes, 4716 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7111, greenchutesboise.com.
Animals & Pets MEET MISS MAGGIE THE MILK COW—Check out the Idaho Farm Bureau Moving Agriculture to the Classroom trailer. Featuring a state-of-the-art milking cow, which gives people a chance to test their milking abilities, make their own butter and learn about the importance of dairy and wheat. Crafts and refreshments will be provided. All ages welcome. 10:30 a.m.-Noon. FREE. Nampa Public Library, 101 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-468-5803, nampalibrary.org. TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOWS—See Thursday. 8:30 a.m. FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, expoidaho.com.
SUNDAY OCT. 13 Festivals & Events BOISE AREA BIG SIT—See Saturday. 7 a.m. FREE. Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, 5301 N. Maple Grove Road, Boise. IDAHO RENAISSANCE FAIRE— See Saturday. 11 a.m. FREE. Gem Island Sports Complex, Canal Street, Emmett, idahorenfaire.org. INDIAN CREEK WINERY HARVEST FEST—The dress-up theme this year is Amphictyonis and Bacchus, the Greek gods of wine. Dress up and you’ll get a coupon for a free glass of wine. Featuring live music, art and a kids crafts area. Noon. $5, kids FREE. Indian Creek Winery, 1000 N. McDermott Road, Kuna, 208922-4791, indiancreekwinery. com.
SIXTH ANNUAL GREAT PUMPKIN LAUNCH—Watch pumpkins get shot out of cannons and enjoy Halloween games, hot dogs and treats, a cake walk, farmer’s market and rafﬂe. The event takes place at a farm ﬁeld a quarter-mile west of Midway in Nampa. Proceeds beneﬁt Canyon County Habitat for Humanity. 1 p.m. FREE. Canyon County Habitat for Humanity, 1404 First St. S., Nampa, 208-463-0222, canyonhabitat.org. TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL—See Thursday. Downtown Ketchum, visitsunvalley.com.
On Stage BOISE STATE THEATRE ARTS: ALL IN THE TIMING—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $15. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-3980, theatre.boisestate. edu. FRANKLY BURLESQUE—Featuring Boise’s ﬁnest burlesque performers. See Arts News, Page 26. 8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3456344.
Food & Drink SHEEPHERDERS BREAKFAST—Traditional Basque breakfast. Bottomless sangria blanco and Bloody Mary’s are available. Call for reservations. 8 a.m. $10, $15 with alcohol. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com.
Art VIVIAN KIM: BOSCO—See Saturday. 10 a.m. FREE. Surel’s Place, 212 E. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-407-7529, surelsplace. org.
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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS PRINTING PARTY—Artists come together in the Pioneer Village to print Dia de los Muertos-themed blocks. These giant banners are hung at the museum, Boise’s Sesqui-Shop and downtown businesses as part of the museum’s exhibit. You don’t have to be a printmaker to join in. 10 a.m. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, history.idaho. gov. VIVIAN KIM: BOSCO—See the artist-in-residence’s intricate paper cutouts and try printmaking using pronto plates. 10 a.m. FREE. Surel’s Place, 212 E. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-407-7529, surelsplace.org.
Literature JOHN O’HAGAN—The author discusses his book, Lands Never Trodden. 11 a.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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HOWL-O-WEEN BLACK DOG WALK—Dress your dog in his/her Halloween costume and walk at your own pace and distance to bring awareness to the Black Dog Syndrome. Costume contest, free dog food samples, dog training tips and paw stomping music. Adoptable black dogs from local shelters are available. Noon. FREE. The Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd., Boise, 208-345-2929, theram.com.
GET OUT THE VOTE CONCERT FOR OPEN SPACE—Join ICL, Steve Fulton, Bill Coffey and special guests in support of the Yes Yes For Boise campaign. The Funky Taco truck will be parked out front, and the night will end with a Radio Boise DJ dance party. For more info, visit idahoconservation. org. 7 p.m. $10. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective. com.
DINNER ON STAGE WITH RUTH REICHL—Join Ruth Reichl on stage at the Morrison Center. For more info, call 208-331-8000. 5:15 p.m. $100. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
AUTHOR KENNETH OPPEL—Meet the author of Silverwing, Airborn, and more. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
TREASURE VALLEY DOG SHOWS—See Thursday. 8:30 a.m. FREE. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
MONDAY OCT. 14 Talks & Lectures BRANDT FOUNDATION LECTURE: RICHARD A. EPSTEIN—The constitutional scholar is renowned for his research and writing regarding property rights, eminent domain, regulatory takings of private property, health law and policy, and U.S. Constitutional history. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Micron Business and Economics Building, 2360 University Drive, Boise, boisestate.edu.
TUESDAY OCT. 15 Festivals & Events INFERNAL DEVICES: A STEAMPUNK PARTY— Teens are invited for music, videos, tea and scones. Dress up in steampunk garb and get ready to party. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org.
On Stage THE MASTERS OF ILLUSION—A touring magic show based on the television series. 6 p.m. $30$50. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-424-2200 or box ofﬁce 208-331-8497, centurylinkarenaboise.com/home.aspx.
Screen BOISE CLASSIC MOVIES: GHOSTBUSTERS—Ivan Reitman’s spooky classic plays at the Egyptian Theatre. See Picks, Page 17. 7 p.m. $9. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, boiseclassicmovies.com.
Talks & Lectures LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 1804-1806—Mario Delisio will explain how the expedition spurred the entire westward migration along the Oregon trail. 3 p.m. FREE. Heatherwood Retirement Community, 5277 Kootenai St., Boise, 208-345-2150.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 16 On Stage THE CABIN PRESENTS RUTH REICHL—Join writer and food critic Ruth Reichl as she examines food writing through history. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, thecabinboise. org.
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Line up now for Imagine Dragons tickets.
RED ROOMS, DRAGONS AND PEARLS Last week, Boise Weekly reported that the Red Room, located at 1519 W. Main St., is in search of a new owner. The music venue and bar had sublet its liquor license to the new Hooters-esque restaurant and bar, Twin Peaks, closed its door and posted an ad on Craigslist indicating the venue itself—complete with furniture, stage and sound equipment—was available for $25,000. Meanwhile, the lease on the space occupied by Red Room is slated to expire Sunday, Dec. 1, and the owner of the property, Ken Jenkins, has put the whole building up for sale. An update was posted Oct. 5 on Red Room’s Facebook page announcing that it had secured a beer and wine license as part of a broader effort to reopen as an all-ages music venue. To complete the process, it will have to install a full-service kitchen and show that at least 40 percent of its revenue comes from food and nonalcoholic beverages. According to Red Room music promoter Shayne Doe, Red Room remains a 21-andolder venue, but will be return to life beginning Wednesday, Oct. 9. And speaking of returns, tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 11, for Imagine Dragons— the band that rocked the Idaho Botanical Garden in May as part of the outdoor venue’s Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series. Rolling Stone reports the Las Vegasbased alt-rockers “will look to build on the massive success of their electro-rock anthem ‘Radioactive’ and platinum-selling debut album Night Visions with a 21-date arena trek, dubbed the ‘Into the Night’ tour.” With guests X Ambassadors and Nico Vega and openers the Naked and Famous, Imagine Dragons kicks off its tour right here in Boise at the Taco Bell Arena Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Visit rollingstone.com to hear an “exclusive remix” of Imagine Dragons’ new single, “Demons.” tacobellarena.com And in news of a band that has seen its share of tours, Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, is slated for release Tuesday, Oct. 15. Fans have waited four years for this follow-up to Backspacer but don’t have to wait a minute more: Even though the album won’t be in stores for a week, it is currently streaming on iTunes. Visit Pearl Jam’s artist page on iTunes to stream and pre-order Lightning Bolt. —Harrison Berry and Amy Atkins
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Some bad dreams are good.
INTO THE VOID Wolvserpent confronts fear, lives in the moment BEN SCHULTZ A few years ago, Brittany McConnell of the local band PussyGutt started having nightmares about being attacked by a wolf. “In the dream, she found a way to keep the wolf from coming,” said her bandmate, Blake Green. “But then the wolf would turn into a serpent and ﬁnd its way into the dream anyway.” Eventually, this dream inspired violistdrummer McConnell and guitarist-vocalist Green to give their band a new name: Wolvserpent. “The whole reason why we chose this name is because at some point in this recurring nightmare, the decision was made to no longer be afraid of this creature,” Green explained. “And from that point on, the creature became a friend and a protector.” It seems to have served the duo well so far. Since changing their name, McConnell and Green have built a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and in Europe. They signed to the powerhouse independent metal label Relapse Records in 2012 and released Perigaea Antahkarana on Sept. 17. While The Sleeping Shaman praises the new 81-minute album as “one of the most rewarding immersive experiences that metal on the more avant-garde
end of the spectrum can offer,” CVLT Nation calls it “a despairing and difﬁcult record to experience but the payoff is very much worth the pressure.” Wolvserpent will play an album release/tour kick-off show with local black metal band Astral Vapors at Neurolux on Friday, Oct. 11. With its menacing, hypnotic sound, Wolvserpent is often labeled “doom metal” or “drone metal.” Green doesn’t mind these descriptions—he calls metal “the one genre that’s consistently kept my attention over anything else”—but he’s not sure of their accuracy. “I don’t even necessarily think we’re a metal band,” he admitted. “It’s up to debate. For me, we just play dark music [with] metal inﬂuences. But we have a lot of other inﬂuences, too.” These inﬂuences include pioneering drone doom band Earth, Estonian composer Arvo Part and American avant-garde composer La Monte Young, the generally acknowledged founder of minimalism and drone music (his work inﬂuenced John Cale and The Velvet Underground). In a way, Green thinks of Young—who was born and spent his early childhood in the tiny Southeast Idaho town of Bern—as a uniquely Idahoan musician.
“I could be wrong, but I think I remember the story being [that] he’s just basically younger, sitting in a cabin and listening to the wind blow through the sage and realizing the musical possibilities of the drone, essentially,” Green said. (Young actually said that it was “the sound of the wind blowing around the corners and through the attic of the log cabin that I was born in.”) Green also hears in Wolvserpent’s music the experience of growing up in Idaho. “Desolation and depression, a desert, harsh climate, a small town [and] the feelings that come along with being somewhere that feels like a trap sometimes.” It took McConnell and Green some time to develop their current sound. They formed PussyGutt in 2001, when they were only 18. At ﬁrst, Green remembered, they were “kids just playing together, not taking anything very seriously, just doing it for fun and to get out whatever pent-up emotions we had for being trapped here.” Gradually, their music evolved from “mathy, crazy punk shit” to something “slower and more spacious.” The duo honed its live performance as well, incorporating elements like skulls, arcane symbols and burning sage. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
REVIEW SHOW/NOISE NOISE Outside of music, Green worked in Boise Weekly’s advertising department for six years while McConnell started teaching yoga in 2007 (she won third place for Best Local Yoga Instructor in this year’s Best of Boise). Green considers Perigaea Antahkarana the culmination of a trilogy that begins with 2008’s Gathering Strengths (as PussyGutt) and continues through 2010’s Blood Seed. “We chose that name [Gathering Strengths] because it was a phase of introspection and attempting [spiritual] growth,” Green explained, while the title Blood Seed came from a Hindu myth “where basically, there’s a demon, and every time he’s injured, his blood hits the ground and more demons arise. I had this sort of [concept] in my head about how that related to fear breeding fear in our current society.” With Perigaea, which has been available for streaming on stereogum.com since Sept. 16, Green and McConnell sought to blend the ambient sound of Strengths with the more metalcentric sound of Blood Seed. The new album also reﬂects the duo’s efforts to manage that self-perpetuating fear and, in Green’s words, “slow down and exist in the moment [without] looking for something else.” Wolvserpent hopes that its music will encourage listeners to start this process for themselves. “Initially, everything we do is something we sort of do for ourselves,” Green explained. “We’re not necessarily writing music for other people to like. Our hope is that maybe people [who] are experiencing similar things or looking for similar things will ﬁnd it and appreciate it and [that it] will help them in the same way that it does us.” The theatrics of Wolvserpent’s live show are an extension of that hope. Adding different sensory elements “helps the audience engage. It sets the tone, it sets the atmosphere,” Green said. “Because people always say things like, ‘Oh yeah, this music would be great for a score or a soundtrack.’ … So I was kind of like, ‘Well, let’s try to do more of that.’ So there [are] things that you can kind WOLVSERPENT of look at that can engage and Record release show with help people understand the Astral Vapors. Friday, Oct. music more.” 11, 7 p.m., $6. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. 208-343The band has engaged a 0886, neurolux.com. variety of audiences over the past three years. Wolvserpent embarked on a cross-country U.S. tour in 2010 and opened for Olympia, Wash.-based black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room on its 2011 European tour. Last year, the band played the Stella Natura festival with Salem, Ore., band Hell (which played at Shredder on Sept. 1) and Menace Ruine, a Montreal duo that played alongside Wolvserpent again at this year’s Treefort Music Fest. Wolvserpent’s upcoming tour is much more modest—it has only eight booked dates—but will take the duo along the West Coast from Southern California to British Columbia. Upon returning to Boise, the band hopes to work on new material, including some solo compositions by McConnell—according to Green, a hint of these pieces is in the intro to Perigaea’s third track, “In Mirrors of Water.” While reﬂecting on the Boise music scene, Green expressed some perplexity over its heterogeneity. “It seemed like there was [a common thread] for a while,” he observed. “And then Youth Lagoon happened and the younger kids started making music. And then it was just like, ‘Well, that blew this theory out of my head.’” His hope for Boise is that “our sound will just be people doing what they want to do the best they can do it and sounding as much like themselves as possible.” BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
SHOW REVIEW: HEATWARMER When Heatwarmer is onstage the audience is in the band’s world—and it’s a world with a core built on Pink Floyd space rock and the classic guitar riffs of Led Zeppelin. A coffee- and beer-fueled crowd was in the Seattlebased experimental pop band’s orbit at The Crux on Oct. 4, taking in those epic Floyd-Zeppelin-inspired sounds with assistance from openers Interstate. The local alt-rockers paved the way for Heatwarmer with a set blending the emotional tone of Death Cab for Cutie with the piano and soft guitar licks of The Fray. It was a ﬁne aperitif ahead of the main course, which featured those rollicking, space-y rock lines with the surprise addition of an electric clarinet that evokes images of Jimmy Page writing the Rugrats theme song. Lead singer Luke Bergman, who studied bass and jazz at the University of Washington School of Music, has a vocal style reminiscent of Ben Folds, lending a smooth quality to the band’s trippy sound. Heatwarmer is on the verge of something beyond progressive; its members clearly appreciate classic rock and interesting time signatures. Put it all together, and it’s a band that’s not afraid to take a risk and have fun—and that includes the priceless ability to perform not simply for an audience, but for the sake of the music. There’s no denying that Bergman—along with bandmates Kristian Garrard, Aaron Otheim, Andrew J.S. and Evan Woodle—is an innovator, going beyond the merriment of a carnival and including jazz-inﬂuenced transcendental moves and esoteric sounds. Heatwarmer is not only good, it’s inventive. And it does more than put on a show, it delivers an experience. Miss the show in Boise? Heatwarmer recently released its debut, self-titled LP, available for purchase online at heatwarmer.bandcamp.com. —Paul Hefner
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE NEW TRANSIT CD RELEASE, OCT. 11, SAPPHIRE ROOM
Local alt-country quintet New Transit is no stranger to Boise’s music scene. After the success of its 2011 debut album, One, New Transit gained local attention through its dynamic live-show appeal and down-home, traditionalist sound. The band’s sophomore album, Country Music Dead, is proof of its maturation from adolescence to the structured, highly polished twang that can be heard from the opening track, “Let It Go,” to the end of the album. The release party for Country Music Dead is Friday, Oct. 11, at the Sapphire Room; locals Hillfolk Noir and a.k.a. Belle also play live, supporting New Transit and country lovers everywhere. —Paul Hefner With Hillfolk Noir and a.k.a. Belle, 7 p.m., $10. Sapphire Room in the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., 208-343-1871, riversideboise.com.
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WEDNESDAY OCT. 9 A-N-D AND FRIENDS—6 p.m. FREE. Black Bear Diner BERNIE REILLY—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow CHUCK SMITH DUO—With Phil Garonzik. 8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement JEFF MOLL—7 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub Kevin Kirk
SINGER-SONGWRITER SHOWCASE—Featuring Josh Thompson, Ty Clayton and more. 7 p.m. FREE. The Crux SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears TIM KASHER—With Laura Stevenson and Wild Ones. 7:30 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux
THURSDAY OCT. 10 CHUCK SMITH TRIO—With Nicole Christensen. 8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s JACCO GARDNER—With HiHazel. 7:30 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux
KEVIN KIRK—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
KREWELLA—With Candyland and Seven Lions. 8 p.m. $25$90. Revolution
OPHELIA—9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
THE LONELY FOREST—With Cumulus. 8 p.m. $10. Flying M
RAHEL BEAL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza
OPHELIA—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
FRIDAY OCT. 11 ANDY CORTENS AND JONAH SHUE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill DISCLOSURE—With T. Williams. 9 p.m. $20-$40. Knitting Factory
NEW TRANSIT—See Listen Here, Page 23. 7 p.m. $10. Sapphire Room. OLD DEATH WHISPER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s RED ROSE—With Avtale. 8:30 p.m. $3. Red Room WOLVSERPENT—See Noise, Page 22. 7:30 p.m. $6. Neurolux
JAKE LEG AND JASON K. AND CO.—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue JERRY BAUR TRIBUTE CONCERT—7:30 p.m. FREE. College of Idaho JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SATURDAY OCT. 12
KEVIN KIRK—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
A-N-D AND FRIENDS—2 p.m. FREE. Nampa Civic Center
LIVE HIP-HOP AND ASS-SHAKING CONTEST—With Brown Suga, 522 Crew, DJ Cue One and Hustlenometry. 8 p.m. FREE. Frontier Club
BEN BURDICK TRIO—With Amy Rose. 8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
DISCOLUX PRESENTS STARDUST LOUNGE—11 p.m. FREE. Neurolux DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement FIVE GEARS IN REVERSE—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers GWAR—With Whitechapel, Iron Regan and Band of Orcs. 6:30 p.m. $22-$35. Knitting Factory
NED EVETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
JOHNNY BUTLER AND RAVEN’S ROSE—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue
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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE JOEL KASSERMAN—5:30 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s
FIVESTAR—6:30 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza
OLD DEATH WHISPER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
OPHELIA—With Emily Tipton Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
JEFF MOLL—7 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub
STEADY RUSH—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
PONY TIME—With Chastity Belt and Deaf Kid. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux
MIKE COYKENDALL—With a.k.a. Belle and Hillfolk Noir. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
THE LIKE ITS—9 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek
Saints of Valory
STEPDAD—With Avtale and Tin Robot. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
TERRY JONES AND BILL LILES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE WATERBOYS—With Freddie Stevenson. 8 p.m. $33-$38. Egyptian
SUNDAY OCT. 13 DENVER—With Fiddle Junkies. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s PHILIP BELZESKI—6:30 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza RIVERSIDE JAZZ JAM—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar DUCK CLUB PRESENTS: ZEDS DEAD—With DJ Green Lantern and Branchez. 7 p.m. $23-$40. Knitting Factory
RED FANG—With Gaytheist and Helms Alee. 7:30 p.m. $14. Neurolux
MONDAY OCT. 14
PONY TIME, OCT. 15, NEUROLUX
GENDERS—With Earring. 9 p.m. FREE. The Crux SAINTS OF VALORY—With Fires in France. 7 p.m. FREE. Neurolux THE MAINE AND ANBERLIN— With Lydia from Indian Lakes. 6:30 p.m. $20-$40. Knitting Factory
SAM AND JEANNE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza TERA MELOS—With Zorch and Fox Alive. 9 p.m. $10. The Crux
SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
TUESDAY OCT. 15
WEDNESDAY OCT. 16
AVETT BROTHERS—With Nicholas David. $30-$47. Morrison Center
DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
CARBON LEAF—With the David Andrews Band. 7:30 p.m. $16$30. Knitting Factory
STARFUCKER—With Chrome Sparks. 8 p.m. $13-$30. Knitting Factory
The novelty of the White Stripes was in the amount of sound the duo produced. The staying power of the band came from that sound: raw and visceral, but still totally listenable. Seattle-based duo Pony Time follows that same formula, creating layered garage-y punk tunes that belie the band’s small membership. The tracks on 2013’s Go Find Your Own probably sound recorded much as they do live—up-tempo tunes pummelling the listener with singer-guitarist-bassist Luke Beetham’s sing-shout style and drummer Stacy Peck’s machine-gun ﬁre percussion. If you don’t at least tap your feet when listening to Pony Time, check your pulse.
THOMAS PAUL TRIO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
—Amy Atkins With Chastity Belt and Deaf Kid, 7 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-336-5034, neurolux.com.
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Oct. 9 - Nov. 2, 2013 Art Obsession Rothko
By John Logan Directed by Matthew Cameron Clark
“We tell stories here.” Reggie Gowland Actor
tickets: $15 - $30 student tickets: $15 phone: 331-9224 x205 online: BCTheater.org 854 Fulton St. Downtown Boise
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CULTURAL CONDUIT Boise dance scene trafﬁcs in talent HARRISON BERRY
Anne McDonald brings burlesque to Pengilly’s.
TAKING IT OFF, PUTTING IT ON If you’re feeling the loss of Breaking Bad’s crystal-blue persuasion on Sunday nights, Pengilly’s is hosting a new monthly event that might help you forget the pain. The brainchild of actress/performer Anne “Frankly Frankie” McDonald, the party that will be Frankly Burlesque is scheduled to happen the second Sunday of each month, starting Sunday, Oct. 13. Local musician Dan Costello, who will provide live musical accompaniment to the performances, said he was excited when McDonald asked him to be involved. “I worked with Anne on what I think was the ﬁrst Redlight Show,” Costello said, adding that he’s looking forward to working with her again because she’s an incredible person and performer. “Anne is magical,” he said. Frankly Burlesque, 8 p.m., FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St. If performing is in your blood, too, but money isn’t in your wallet, there is hope. The Morrison Center has established a $50,000 scholarship fund for Boise State junior or senior full-time theater arts students. Center Executive Director James Patrick said in a press release that theater arts students play “an integral role in [the Center’s] success as a world-class performing art center.” Tony Roark, dean of Boise State’s College of Arts and Sciences, said, “Theater is a highly collaborative and complex art form. The performance that an audience enjoys is the product of very many people working in concert with one another over extended periods of time. This gift beautifully illustrates that cooperative spirit, and the College of Arts and Sciences applauds the Morrison Center for its vision and generous support of Theatre Arts students.” If you prefer to perform in costume, you’ll be happy to learn Boise Public Library’s inaugural Comic Con was deemed a success and plans for Library Comic Con 2014 are in process. Josh Shapel, a materials specialist at the Library and the organizer of Comic Con, wrote in an email that, in a debrieﬁng meeting with Library Director Kevin Booe, Booe’s ﬁrst words were “Let’s do it again.” They hope to hold Comic Con 2014 on Labor Day Weekend again and, along with expanding the scope, will again include vendors, panel discussions and (duh) a costume contest. boisepubliclibrary.com —Amy Atkins
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Above the black, rubberized ﬂoor of the Morrison Center rehearsal space, audio-visual hookups dangled from a matrix of pipes like the clutter of a spaceship hatch. Seven young Idaho Dance Theatre performers in tank tops jetted across the ﬂoor, scuffed with the years of twirls, pirouettes and leaps of young dancers. As IDT dancers rehearsed for “Catalyst,” the tentative title of a dance to be performed as part of IDT’s Fall Performance (Nov. 8-10), the practice space’s heavy use underscored IDT’s venerable role within Boise’s dance community. For a town not widely perceived as an artists’ Idaho Dance Theatre performers rehearse with the company’s co-artistic director, Marla Hansen. mecca, Boise is becoming a thriving cultivator of a native population of dancers, as well as a phistication. Ballet Idaho’s West Side Academy, Clark said. draw to dancers from across the nation. The 2013-2014 season is Balance’s 16th, opened in September, is a case study in who’s The 2013-2014 season marks IDT’s 25th. reevaluating the area’s dance culture, and how. and currently there are 13 in the dance comDespite early ﬁnancial and administrative pany, 12 in the second company and more In 2011, Ballet Idaho began researching a struggles, the company has persevered, training than 100 in Balance’s various classes, ranging possible satellite campus when it discovered a scores of dancers and choreographers who from 3-year-olds to college students. signiﬁcant portion of its young ballet students have either remained in Boise to raise the next Clark’s theory is that her students should were commuting from western Ada and Cancrop of young performers, or perform themyon counties. Demographic research opened an be prepared to enter professional dancing and selves in larger dance markets. understand the work needed to produce and avenue for the company to grow. “This is such a vibrant place because for perform dance in an afﬁrming atmosphere. “The population growth in the valley is these dancers, this is their home,” said IDT “I think [BDC dancers] are developing centered around Meridian,” said Ballet Idaho Co-Artistic Director Marla Hansen. strong voices as artists without compromising Executive Director Paul Kaine. “How far are Hansen and her husband, Fred, and Carl themselves,” she said. people willing to go to come to our studio Rowe founded the company in 1989. From The multitude of dance companies serving downtown?” the start, it faced administrative and ﬁnancial Boise’s young dancers, ushering them into a Finding the right spot for a new academy hardships. The company had no paid staff and variety of dance forms, Clark said, is ultimately required a hard look at the kinds of students didn’t put dancers on contract—rather, they good for Boise’s cultural standing. Part of the already targeted by Ballet Idaho. were paid per performance and rehearsal time reason why Boise exports—and imports—so “We were looking at families with children was unpaid. A lack of funds meant dancers of a certain age … who participate in extracur- many dancers is that there are plenty of ways would stay with IDT for a season, then move a dancer can study dance or dance professionricular activities. [West Side Academy] is right on, often away from Boise. ally. Those include, but are not limited to BDC, in the middle of where that’s happening,” he “There were times when we thought, ‘We Ballet Idaho, IDT and Trey McIntyre Project. said. can’t do this anymore,’” Marla Hansen said. “There are a lot of windows into dance As regions west of Boise continue to As the program became more established, here,” Clark said. expand, so has interest in Ballet Idaho’s youth donors provided funds that helped stabilize That’s true for Mallory Welsh, who has programs. Growth of its footits ﬁnances, and IDT was able danced for Boise Dance Co-Op and Lauren print is one of Ballet Idaho’s to develop an administration Edson + Dancers since moving to Boise in long-term goals, and without and curate a stable of dancIDAHO DANCE THEATRE 2012 to be with her boyfriend, TMP dancer commenting on the cost of the ers. In the mid-1990s, a donor idahodancetheatre.org Travis Walker. Welsh, who works as a pilates West Side Academy, Kaine said provided about $60,000 to the BALLET IDAHO instructor, trained at the The School of Amerhe expects to recoup his investprogram and IDT hired its ﬁrst balletidaho.org ican Ballet in New York before dancing with ment in the program within paid staff member in 1996. BALANCE DANCE Ballet San Jose. She turned down offers from two years. “It really gave us the opCOMPANY balancedance.org a couple of prestigious ballet institutions In the cavernous Balance portunity to keep our ﬁnest to move to Boise, but has found the City of Dance Company rehearsal dancers,” she said. TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT studio on the top ﬂoor of Boise Trees to be an invigorating community in treymcintyre.com Another gift of $40,000, which to continue her dance career. Contemporary Theater, BDC followed by several more large “Boise feels much fresher and more creative alumna Gracie Whyte led gifts in the early 2000s, helped than what I’m used to,” she said. company members through a rehearsal while IDT continue to expand. The company now The open framework of Boise’s dance computs its dancers on contract and has an operat- founder Leah Clark, herself a former IDT dancer, discussed the evolution of Boise’s dance munity has given Welsh an unexpected inroad ing budget of $180,000 per year. IDT’s business success corresponds to an in- community—a process she described as having back to her profession. “My moving here was a personal choice creased interest in dance in the Treasure Valley, turned Boise into a “cultural conduit.” but I was happy that I could work here,” she “We train dancers that are capable of and local dance companies have responded to going into any community outside of Boise,” said. that interest with increased organizational soB O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
SCREEN/LISTINGS THE BIG SCREEN/SCREEN
BOISE CLASSIC MOVIES: ALIEN—A commercial spaceship intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet and the crew is sent to investigate. Get advance tickets at boiseclassicmovies.com. Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. $9 online; $11 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
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HIDALGO—Viggo Mortensen stars as Frank Hopkins, an American distance rider battling against purebred Arabian horses in an intense race set in 1891 Arabia. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-562-4996, boisepubliclibrary.org.
So far, no greenlight for Blue is the Warmest Color
BOISE CLASSIC MOVIES: GHOSTBUSTERS— Who you gonna call? Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters is among the most requested movies at BCM. Now it’s time to strap on the ol’ proton pack and head to the Egyptian. Get advance tickets at boiseclassicmovies.com. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. $9 online, $11 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre. net.
GEORGE PRENTICE Visit the local cineplex and you’ll see largerthan-life selections: There’s the one about space (Gravity), the one about racecars (Rush) and the one about a food storm (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2). But the movie about life itself—particularly the complexity of love—is nowhere to be seen. Shackled to a NC-17 rating, Blue is the Warmest Color—one of the year’s best ﬁlms—won’t appear in Boise movie houses anytime soon. And therein lies one of the Gem State’s most blatant forms of censorship: an entanglement of Idaho Code and rules governing alcohol beverage control. Travel to any major U.S. metropolis this month, and you’ll be able to see this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or grand-prize winner, a must-see ﬁlm. Alas, Boise’s favorite showcase for foreign ﬁlms and Oscar winners—The Flicks—won’t go near this one. It turns out that the same Idaho law that allows The Flicks to serve beer and wine also forbids the theater from screening movies that are in violation of Idaho’s code on indecency and obscenity. The Flicks’ liquor license is tied directly to Idaho Code 23-614, which prohibits “acts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, oral copulation and ﬂagellation,” and “any person being touched, caressed or fondled on the breast, buttocks, anus or genitals.” Sources at Idaho’s Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau within the Idaho State Police have told Boise Weekly that even some R-rated movies might be in violation of the code, but Idaho law enforcement would only move in
Blue is the Warmest Color is too racy for Boise theaters. Too bad it’s one of the best ﬁlms of the year.
if a complaint about the ﬁlm’s content was ﬁled. And owners of The Flicks have told BW on several occasions over the years that they won’t even chance booking a NC-17 ﬁlm (Flicks management has been reluctant to talk on the record regarding what it calls “a sensitive topic”). Meanwhile, Edwards Cinemas, home to no less than 45 of the Treasure Valley screens, makes it a practice of not booking NC-17 rated ﬁlms. But to Edwards’ credit, after BW made a stink in 2011 about the lack of a screening for the critically acclaimed and NC-17 rated Shame (BW, Screen, “What a Shame,” Nov. 30, 2011), the chain booked the ﬁlm into its Boise facility for ﬁve days, albeit with little to no promotion. Blue is the Warmest Color instantly became
one of the most controversial ﬁlms in movie history. This past spring, director Abdellatif Kechiche’s adaptation of Julie Maroh’s graphic novel had European audiences cheering at the elucidation of a young lady’s Sapphic awakening. I was lucky enough to see the ﬁlm at the Toronto International Film Festival in September... it left me uncomfortable and breathless. Blue, freely adapted from Maroh’s graphic novel of the same name, is overpowering. The close-ups of the lovemaking are remarkable and never once feel dirty or exploitative, and the performances of leads Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux are mysterious, wonderful and, above all, courageous. Blue is the Warmest Color is too good not to be seen. If only Idaho Code would allow it.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS—Tom Hanks stars as Richard Phillips, the captain of a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Directed by Paul Greengrass. (PG-13) Opens Thursday, Oct. 10. Edwards 9, 22. MACHETE KILLS—Machete is recruited by the president of the United States to stop an evil billionaire arms dealer intent on throwing the world into anarchy. Starring Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga and Carlos Estevez. (R) Opens Thursday, Oct. 10. Edwards 9, 22.
MUSEUM HOURS—A woman on a trip to Vienna forms an unlikely bond with a guard at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. In German with English subtitles and in English. (Not Rated) Opens Friday, Oct. 11. The Flicks. ROMEO AND JULIET—Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is re-imagined for the 21st century by director Carlos Carlei. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and Paul Giamatti. (PG-13) Opens Friday, Oct. 11. Edwards 9, 22, The Flicks.
DVD/SCREEN BAD RECEPTION: FEUD BETWEEN CABLEONE AND TURNER LEAVES SUBSCRIBERS IN THE DARK Think politics are nasty? Pity the fool who gets caught in the crossﬁre between CableOne and Turner Broadcasting System. Calling the disappearance of Turner’s CNN, CNN Headline News, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, TruTV and Turner Classic Movies from CableOne’s lineup “deeply disturbing,” Washington, D.C.-based American Cable Association said Turner’s move to yank its programming was a “vindictive spasm of power.” Turner countered by saying it was “simply BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
asking that CableOne pay the established and accepted rates’’ and was “willing to discuss a new agreement.” But CableOne is having none of it. The 10th largest cable provider—which serves more than 700,000 customers in 19 states, including Idaho—insists that “Turner has chosen to punish our customers” by asking for a 50 percent jump in fees. The Turner blackout hits almost every demographic: TBS has exclusive rights to what has thus far been a thrilling ﬁrst round in the Major League Baseball playoffs; CNN has dialed up its coverage of the U.S. government shutdown; Turner Classic Movies has
launched a monthlong lineup of horror ﬁlms; and everyone’s favorite modern stone age family, The Flintstones, is still providing plenty of laughs over on Boomerang. The ACA claims Turner is the one stuck in the stone age, saying, “Turner’s objective is to perpetuate the broken basic dinosaur” of bundling its networks, “resulting in cable operators paying for channels they don’t want to offer to their customers.” Meanwhile, CableOne has promised credits to customers and has begun replacing missing programming with the Hallmark and Science channels and the Game Show Network. —George Prentice
SHORT TERM 12—A caretaker at a facility for atrisk youth struggles with her own difﬁcult past and intriguiging future that presents itself to her. (R) Opens Friday, Oct. 11. The Flicks.
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FIT HUNTING Hunting season means hitting the gym RANDY KING
T.J. Hughes rolls on for the kids.
FEDS SHUT DOWN, BUT KIDS KEEP GOING Nothing makes you realize quite how much public land there is in Idaho until the government decides to shut down and, in the process, close access to some of the region’s favorite resources. While state parks and recreation areas remain open, here is what the feds have on hold for now: UÊ Ê >Ì > ÊÜ ` viÊÀivÕ}iÃÊ> `ÊÌ i ÀÊÃÕ«port facilities are closed, including ﬁsh hatcheries. UÊ iÛi «i`Êv>V Ì iÃÊ Ê > `Ê > >}i`ÊLÞÊ the Bureau of Land Management—including campgrounds, boat ramps and visitors centers—are closed. BLM lands that are not developed and have no controlled access remain open. UÊ Ê`iÛi «i`Êv>V Ì iÃÊÀÕ ÊLÞÊÌ iÊ1°-°Ê ÀiÃÌÊ-iÀÛ VipV> «}À Õ `ÃÊ> `ÊÌ iÊ like—are closed, but ﬁreﬁghting, law enforcement and other essential services >ÀiÊÃÌ ÊÕ«Ê> `ÊÀÕ }°Ê ÊÕ `iÛi «i`Ê lands with open access are still open. UÊ Ê >Ì > Ê*>À Ê-iÀÛ ViÊ > `p V Õ` }Ê national parks themselves—are closed, but those roads inside the parks that serve as thruways will remain open to drivers. UÊ ÊÀiVÀi>Ì Ê>Ài>ÃÊ > >}i`ÊLÞÊÌ iÊ 1°-°Ê ÕÀi>ÕÊ vÊ,iV > >Ì Ê>ÀiÊV Ãi`]Ê including Black Canyon Reservoir. Those areas managed by an outside entity, or that are not funded by appropriation money, will remain open unless otherwise stated. -«iV wVÊV ÃÕÀiÊ v À >Ì Ê>ÌÊÕÃ>°} Û°® While the federal government might not be able to keep things rolling, two local young athletes can. First up, T.J. Hughes is putting his skateboard where his heart is and skating from Ì iÊ `> Ê ÌÞÊ- >ÌiÊ*>À ÊÌ Ê, `iÃÊ- >ÌiÊ *>À Ê Ê` Ü Ì Ü Ê ÃiÊLi} }Ê>ÌÊnÊ>° °Ê Ê-Õ `>Þ]Ê"VÌ°Ê£Î°Ê Why would anyone want to ride a skateboard for 45 miles? Hughes is raising iÞÊv ÀÊ >Ê, V>Ê- >ÌiÊ ÕÀV Ê Ê+Õ Ì ]Ê Ecuador, where he plans to travel with plenty of donated gear for area kids. -Õ«« ÀÌiÀÃÊV> Ê}iÌÊ ÀiÊ v À >Ì Ê Ê the project, as well as donate for each mile he skates, at tjskatecharity.blogspot.com. Ê ÀiÊ `Ã V } >ÃÃÊ iÜÃ]Ê£È Þi>À `Ê, V ÞÊ Õ Ì> Ê } Ê-V ÊÃÌÕ`i ÌÊ Alec Voorhees came home with a bronze medal at the ICF Freestyle Kayaking World Championships. Voorhees competed in the Junior Men’s £Ê` Û Ã Ê>ÌÊÌ iÊV «iÌ Ì Ê Ê Ì > Ì>Ê Ê i>À ÞÊ-i«Ìi LiÀ° —Deanna Darr
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routines that “incorporate very few things: Slowly undermining the stereotypes is a I could see the buck several hundred yards your hunting pack, maybe a dumbbell and different breed of hunter. These hunters are away—too far for me to shoot, by a bunch. your bow” into 60-minutes courses. The not fat and lazy. They are truly athletes. Case I could see that he was making a line toward critical factor for Clairmont was to practice in point: Kenton Clairmont. the brush-covered canyons. I needed a plan to “shooting with a high heart beat.” Kenton is from Bonners Ferry and now reget on him or he would effectively vanish, and “I don’t care what shape you are in, when sides on a cattle ranch in eastern Washington. I would be deer meat-less for another year. an animal comes into distance, your heart is He is a college baseball player, former crossﬁt Off I went on a mad dash into the sage going to be banging out of your chest,” he gym owner and has a master’s degree in sports brush and rocks. I could feel my lungs burn said. “Hunters don’t have to be limited by psychology. Fitness is clearly important to and legs ache. I was getting tired, but adrenaphysical ﬁtness. Pass it along to your kids, him. Behind all of that is a committed sportsline and visions of Bourbon-glazed backstraps whether they turn out to be hunters or not.” man and the creator of Traintohunt.com. had me motivated. Then the buck came into The hunter, more accurately the bowhunter, “You don’t have to be limited by physical view, broadside at about 100 yards. It should is slowly re-evolving into a ﬁt physical speciﬁtness,” Clairmont said in a phone interview. have been a chip shot, easy as they come. men. But for the ﬁt hunter, it “So many times I would go I had a problem: I was too winded. I tried is a sort of catch-22: The more hunting with guys who would to place the scope on the buck and watched ﬁt hunters, the farther out they not be able to do what I could my crosshairs weave. As my chest pounded, I traintohunt.com will have to push to get away do. They would not go after a tried to stable my breathing to actually ﬁre. I from all the other hunters. bull because they didn’t want all could not do anything but watch as the buck But this dichotomy of being removed from the work of bringing it back out if they got it. disappeared, sauntered really, over the hill. I It all had to do with training and conditioning. others while encouraging others to join you was too winded to pull the trigger with any is not a new phenomenon. In the hunting and … I was like, ‘Guys, if you just trained for this accuracy—it was horribly embarrassing. ﬁshing world, this dichotomy even has a club: like an athlete, it wouldn’t be an issue.’” I was no longer the apex predator that I Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. By virtue Being an entrepreneurial type, Clairmont thought I was. I was Elmer Fudd, the out-ofrealized that he had tapped a pent-up demand. of its name, this is a group of people who are shape gun-toting bumbler. I was bested by my “No one was out there training hunters. … All actively trying to get away from others. The own inability. Unacceptable. backcountry is just that, isolated. the other types of It’s not like I am the ﬁrst human hunter. I caught up with Land Tawney, executive traditional sports Several scientiﬁc theories’ postulate that hudirector of BCHA, while he was in Washingwere out there, mans evolved as hunting animals, but without ton, D.C., promoting his cause. exercises for high-powered riﬂes to aid us. “We need more advocates Human brain size exploded for the backcountry if we want about 2 million years ago, to pass those wild places we so primarily from eating meat. covet on to future generations,” That meat did not just drop dead he said. “While some may think and let humans consume it. We have no the hordes will descend, not all are claws, no fangs, aren’t strong and lack most of ready for the backcountry, but those that are the death-dealing physical capabilities of other never forget the experiences they have and, for natural predators. the most part, have a passion to protect them.” But humans are remarkably good at runFitness is a key part of the experience for ning long distances. Christopher McDougal, Tawney. His regimen is mostly “kid curls author of Born to Run, said in a 2010 TED and wind sprints in the yard,” but as a new talk that, “Maybe we evolved as nothing more father, that is what he is able to accomplish. football than a pack of hunting dogs. … The only Furthermore, Tawney added, “You must have players, thing that we do really, really well is sweat. certain skills and a desire to hunt and ﬁsh the baseball We are really good at being sweaty and smelly. backcountry. To be a ‘backcountry athlete,’ it players, Better than any other mammal on Earth. … takes time, patience and perseverance. … Not but none When it comes to running under hot heat for all care to spend the time or have the internal for long distances we are superb, we are fortitude it takes to be away from roads, cellhuntthe best on the planet.” ers,” he phones and other modern conveniences.” This idea that humans succeeded I swore to myself that I would never let said. because we can chase down game physical ﬁtness be a detriment to my hunting Clairand dispatch it is called the persistence
skills again. I took up running, thoughts of mont hunting theory. As my case clearly Ê, " chasing antelope in my head and AC/DC in serves a points out, hunters no longer chase down 1
my ears. I signed up for my ﬁrst-ever race. I hunting game. Something about hunting has changed, didn’t win, but I ﬁnished. comand not for the better. So here I am, 28 pounds lighter, ready to munity It just makes me wonder how the moderntrek into the wilds of Idaho as a predator. I through day hunter has devolved so much. The very have proved I can run 12 miles nonstop. I his thing that deﬁnes humans and creates our exisam trimmer, tougher and hopefully a better website tence—the protein hunter—is now a mockery and with hunter. I am not alone. A whole new generain Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons. Hunters tion of hunters is paving the way for me and online are portrayed as lazy, beer drinking and unethiothers behind me. These lean, mean hunting exercal. Elmer gets outsmarted by a rabbit. machines are changing the way that people cise And it’s not like some hunters don’t deserve look at sportsmen, and for the better. the criticism. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Events & Workshops BEGINNER TRIATHLON—If you have thought about participating in a triathlon, this event is for you, with a 1/8-mile swim, 4-mile bike ride (upright stationery bike) and 1.5-mile indoor run. All participants will receive a prize. Saturday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. $25-$30. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, namparecreation.org.
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HARRISON CLASSIC KIDS RUN—Kids up to age 13 can join in a one-mile fun run on Harrison Boulevard to raise money for school P.E. programs. See Picks, Page 16. Sunday, Oct. 13, 3-4 p.m. $25. McAuley Park, 899 N. Harrison Blvd., Boise, ymcatvidaho.org/harrisonclassic
Ski season dreaming with Into the Mind.
AVALANCHE OF SKI MOVIES Every year—sometime around mid-September—I get to the point where I start looking longingly at the outline of Bogus Basin. Show me even the slightest dusting of snow and I’m warming up the iron to wax my skis. If there is one thing to get us through this purgatory-like season while we wait for the snow, it’s the annual parade of ski movies. The ﬁrst one of the year came to the Egyptian Theatre (preferred ski movie venue) on Sept. 26. Teton Gravity Research presented Way of Life, to a throng of Patagonia- and North Face-clad people who probably cast glances toward Bogus as often as I do. Seeing a ski movie in a theater is great, not only for the visual thrill, but also because you become part of a community—the type that makes snide comments about snowboarders and spills a little beer. But I wasn’t that impressed. It felt like a compilation of footage that looks the same after awhile, interspersed with the generic “I’m so lucky I’m livin’ the life” interviews. What peeved me the most: It took almost 30 minutes for a woman skier to appear and, when she ﬁnally did, they shot about 20 seconds of her struggling on down a mountainside that the men shredded. The voiceover guy was saying something like, “She’s strong and conﬁdent and she can do anything the boys can do.” Of course she can, so why pick this footage? The next time we saw our token female, she lay in a makeshift sauna with some tasteful side-boob. Because everyone brings their bikini to a wilderness snow camp, right? Lucky for me, and any other woman who crossed her arms during that one, there are myriad other ﬁlms heading our way. Into the Mind, by Sherpas Cinema, claims the Egyptian on Friday, Oct. 11. It promises to take us around the world with the sort of innovative cinematography that gives goosebumps. It features more than skiing, too. There’s also kayaking, mountaineering and surﬁng thrown in. And hopefully bad-ass women. On Thursday, Oct. 24, it’s Matchstick’s turn. This year, the crew came out with McConkey, a biography of Shane McConkey, a pioneer freeskier and ski-BASE jumper who got married and started a family shortly before dying in a BASE jumping accident. What if you could go to a ski movie and support a good cause? The Backcountry Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 1, brings 10 ﬁlms from renowned ﬁlmmakers trekking the globe, to grassroots ﬁlmmakers on weekend expeditions, and proceeds go to the Winter Wildlands Alliance. Funds go toward raising awareness of winter management issues and avalanche safety. And of course, the classic bring-all-the-kids-and-dress-up-inyour-ski-gear family tradition visits the Egyptian for three days this year. Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride will show Thursday, Nov. 21-Saturday, Nov. 23. Miller is the Disney of ski ﬁlms, both in production value and entertainment. Be assured, we have enough ski ﬁlms this year to hold us over until we can start making our own. —Jessica Murri BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
THRILLER WORKSHOP—Learn the choreography from “Thriller” with instructor Laura Daniero. Saturday, Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m. $30. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, ophidiastudio.com.
Recurring FEMME MOVEMENT STUDIO CLASSES—Register for all types of classes, including pole dance, burlesque, belly dance, yoga and hip-hop, all in a studio with skilled instructors. The studio is open on Fridays from noon-10 p.m. and on Saturdays noonmidnight. The studio is available during and after hours for private functions and classes. Email email@example.com or call 208-906-1470 to register for classes. Fridays. $5-$20. FIELD HOCKEY CLUB—Boise’s original ﬁeld hockey club. First month is free. Saturdays. 10:30 a.m. Ann Morrison Park, next to the fountains. For info, call 208-608-2526 or email ﬁeldhockeyidaho@hotmail.com. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard., Boise. FITNESS ASSESMENT—This approximately hour-long assesment tests resting, maximum and target heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, muscular ﬁtness, cardiorespiratory endurance, balance and ﬂexibility. Clients receive a printed report of their results that includes levels and standards and tips on how to improve. Call the Rec Center for an appointment. $29 Rec Center members, $49 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-4261131, rec.boisestate.edu. IREST—Yoga nidra meditation classes. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays, 5:307:30 p.m. $14-$16. Yoga for Wellness Studio, 1175 Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-484-1053, yogaforwellnesspro.com. SASSY SALSA—Men and women are welcome to drop in for an aerobic workout with salsa dance steps. No experience is necessary, just wear comfortable shoes (no black-soled shoes) and clothing and follow the teacher’s moves. Wednesdays, 7-7:50 p.m. $5 per class. Forte Pilates, 518 S. Ninth St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-342-4945, fortepilates.com.
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Compassionate Communities Creating Futures Without Violence Tuesday, October 15 • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Boise Centre Register by logging onto www.engagingvoices.org Registration fee of $75 optional; free registration available for any individual Join us to cultivate interconnected communities to prevent violence against women and girls, men and boys. Integrating our movement to end violence with marginalized and oppressed communities is essential. Compassionate Communities draws wisdom from science and social justice movements, and cultivates compassion to create a future without violence. Anu Bhagwati, MPP, Executive Director, Service Women’s Action Network. Anu served as a Marine officer and has testiﬁed before Congress, advised the White House and the United Nations. Anu has been featured on Piers Morgan Tonight, CNN, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. Dacher Keltner, PhD, Professor of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley, founder and Director of the Greater Good Science Center, and author of Born to Be Good. His work is featured regularly in The New York Times, CNN, and NPR. In 2008, the Utne Reader named him as one of 50 visionaries who are changing our world. Eesha Pandit, MA, writer and activist who believes in social justice movements, the power of intersectionality, feminism, sisterhood and the power of art. Her writing can be found at The Nation, Salon, Feministing, and The Crunk Feministing Collective. Eesha is a recent contributor on the Chris Hayes MSNBC and NPR. CEU credits for social workers and counselors and POST credits approved. CLE pending.
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FOOD JAM ES M C LEOD
MOWED OVER Local urban farmers rally for secure access to land TARA MORGAN
Hank Shaw’s fowl recipes are duckin’ good.
A GAME OF DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE WITH HANK SHAW With dinner in the back of the truck—a trio of jackrabbits—Hank Shaw and I made our way back to Nampa. The James Beard Award-winning author was in town to launch his brand new cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose, Oct. 1 at Chef Dustan Bristol’s Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa. Earlier that day, I had taken the avid hunter (his last book was Hunt, Gather, Cook) out into the Owyhee Mountains for a little rabbit hunt. It had gone well with lots of game and plenty of shot opportunities. (Until we ran out of gas… but anyway.) That evening, Shaw and Chef Bristol created a remarkable duck- and goose-themed dinner. All the courses that night were based on recipes in Shaw’s book, but with a little Bristol twist. “On some of the recipes I might have added a little more butter and a little extra cream,” Bristol admitted. The ﬁrst course was a silky smooth duck liver pate on crusty bread with cranberry chutney. The second was German-style duck meatballs with mashed red potatoes, and the third was duck jagerschnitzel, pounded ﬂat, pan roasted and served with a Brick 29-favorite polenta cake. The fourth course was goose sausage and braised red cabbage, and the ﬁnal touch was a duck egg creme brulee. Chef Bristol nailed the food, and each course was well-paired with wine. The next morning, Shaw packed his bags and started his seven-week, 37-state book tour, which will take him ﬁrst across the northern tier of the United States in order to “avoid driving in too much snow,” then down the Northeast corridor and clear into Texas. He’ll end his trek in Salt Lake City and will then make his way back home, outside Sacramento, Calif. “My little truck has 300,000 miles on it now; I ﬁgure when I am done, it will have about 350,000 miles. It’s going to be a journey, that’s for sure,” Shaw said. Both of Shaw’s books are available on amazon.com and Duck, Duck, Goose should be available everywhere major cookbooks are sold. You can follow Shaw’s tour via his blog, Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook, at honestfood.net. —Randy King
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It was a somber scene in Boise’s Catalpa Park Oct. 6. A crowd of about 30 people had gathered to pay their respects to local crops lost well before the ﬁrst fall frost. “A week ago today, we lost 73 crops that were in the ground because our landowner paid the neighbor to come over and mow them down before we were able to harvest them,” said Casey O’Leary of Earthly Delights Farm, her voice cracking into a portable microphone. Behind O’Leary, a graveyard of foam-board headstones rose from the grass, bearing epitaphs like RIP Alice Elliot Okra, RIP Feherozon Paprika Pepper and RIP Genovese Basil. But O’Leary didn’t organize the rally merely to mourn—she wanted to start a discussion about improving land security for local urban farmers, who often lack legal rights when it comes to the parcels of property they farm. “Almost every person who farms within the city of Boise doesn’t own the land. … Everyone’s had some problems,” said O’Leary. In this particular case, O’Leary made a verbal agreement to grow a portion of her crops on a half acre near the Collister neighborhood in exchange for a CSA share worth $468. “I didn’t have a written agreement with them about what could and couldn’t go on. There was a disagreement between us about exactly who was going to do exactly what at the end of the season; they didn’t want us to come back next year. … But instead of making a rational plan, they just went ahead and bulldozed everything. It was a third of my farm,” said O’Leary. According to landowner Brian Blosser, O’Leary had agreed to leave the property “the way she found it,” which he insisted meant tilling the ﬁeld and replanting it at the end of the season. When O’Leary disagreed, the conversation dissolved. “We thought that she was gone and not coming back so we thought it was up to us to go ahead and take care of what was left,” said Blosser. “So we pulled up all the fencing and all the posts. … Our neighbor happened to be looking over the fence and said, ‘What are you guys going to do with all those plants?’ And I said, ‘I guess we’re going to have to cut ’em down and pull ’em out, put them in a trailer and take ’em to the dump.’ He said, ‘I could save you a lot of trouble and it would also provide some nutrients for the future if we just mow it down and till it in.’ It seemed like a good agricultural process, so that’s what we did.” But in that process, O’Leary lost a good portion of her locally adapted retail seed crop, which she sells at North End Nursery, Edwards
Casey O’Leary (left), of Earthly Delights Farms, leads a rally advocating more land security for urban farmers.
Greenhouse and the Boise Co-Op. “We lost 24 seed crops—that was a serious part of how we make money on the farm and that’s work we’ve been doing for the community, storing locally adapted seeds year after year. … I was able to get a few plants out in front of the mower as the mower was coming through plowing down the garden,” said O’Leary. According to O’Leary, even small urban farms like Earthly Delights require signiﬁcant time and infrastructure investments, which makes it difﬁcult to pick up and move year after year. “That’s the problem with those of us who do this in the city without security. … When you set up a garden, you cut your irrigation line to the exact size of the ﬁeld; you cut your row cover to the exact size of the ﬁeld,” said O’Leary. “All this stuff goes into it, you make your system for that space and then it takes you years to get to know the soil, it takes you years to build the soil. … So, to have to move, you lose all that.” But O’Leary wasn’t the only one at the rally lamenting the volatility of local land available to urban farmers. Parting the crowd, Dan Meyer stepped up to the microphone to tell his story. “I own the business Morning Owl Farm; I do not own the land. So it’s a very similar situation that so many young farmers ﬁnd themselves in,” said Meyer. “Mary Rohlﬁng started the farm 10 years ago. … I apprenticed there years ago and through sheer dumb luck, I had a great opportunity and was able to buy the business. She’s moved on to a different job and is moving off the property … so it was really up in the air this whole season of whether or not I was going to be able to stay. A developer could’ve bought it just as easily as somebody who wanted to farm it. And if somebody wanted to farm it, maybe they wouldn’t want me around.” Luckily, a local beekeeper purchased the 7-8 acre property and asked Meyer to continue farming it.
“I just got super, super lucky again,” said Meyer. O’Leary hopes that her unlucky loss this season will inspire the local farming community to insist on securing written, long-term agreements moving forward. “If they think they can make a go of it, let’s get them a 20-year lease, something where they can build their livelihood and they know they’re not just going to get kicked off when someone decides to sell or gets mad at you,” said O’Leary. Blosser agrees with O’Leary on this point. “Our gut feeling all along was we should have more stuff in writing, there should be a written contract, for both sides, so everyone understands what’s expected and what’s going to transpire,” he said. O’Leary is currently setting up discussions with the city of Boise regarding the potential allocation of city land for long-term urban farming use. While no formal proposals have been made, Adam Park, spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, said the city is “very supportive of urban agriculture, in general,” citing the 2012 Urban Agriculture Ordinance, and the community gardens springing up in city parks. “A lot of communities do this, they value farming/agriculture as equally important to open space, to parks, to other types of land use,” said O’Leary. “There’s communities we can look to for guidance as we craft these policies for inspiration.” Before her debacle on the Blosser property, O’Leary lucked into a ﬁve-year lease on a parcel of underutilized land at Draggin’ Wing Farm, off Hill Road. So while she might have secure access to land for the foreseeable future, she hopes her experience will help incite change at a larger level. “In a way, it sucks what happened and I think it’s exactly the best thing that could’ve happened to move this thing forward so we really do create some land security for farmers in this town,” said O’Leary. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) CASE NO. CV NC 1315997 IN RE: JAMEY ANN WARREN A Petition to change the name of JAMEY ANN WARREN, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho has been ﬁled in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to JAMEY ANN LEWIS. The reason for the change in name is to resume maiden name after divorce. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 o’clock p.m. on November 14, 2013 at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St., Boise, Idaho. Objections may be ﬁled by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Date: Sept. 9, 2013 CHRISTOPHER D. RICH, CLERK OF THE COURT By: Debra Urizar, Deputy Clerk Pub. Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2013. IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN RE: Kirstie Gail Williams Legal Name Case No. CV NC 1316800 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Kirstie Gail Williams, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been ﬁled in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Kira Diane Parker. The reason for the change in name is: recent marriage. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In accordance with your current astrological omens, I authorize you to be like a bird in the coming week—specifically, like a bird as described by the zoologist Norman J. Berrill: “To be a bird is to be more intensely alive than any other living creature. Birds have hotter blood, brighter colors, stronger emotions. They live in a world that is always present, mostly full of joy.” Take total advantage of the soaring grace period ahead of you, Gemini. Sing, chirp, hop around, swoop, glide, love the wind, see great vistas, travel everywhere, be attracted to hundreds of beautiful things and do everything. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired,” wrote Nikos Kazantzakis in his book Report to Greco. I’m hoping that when you read that statement, Cancerian, you will feel a jolt of melancholy. I’m hoping you will get a vision of an exciting experience that you have always wanted but have not yet managed to bring into your life. Maybe this provocation will goad you into finally conjuring up the more intense desire you would need to actually make your dream come true.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “It is truly strange how long it takes to get to know oneself,” wrote the prominent 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. “I am now 62 years old, yet just one moment ago I realized that I love lightly toasted bread and loath bread when it is heavily toasted. For over 60 years, and quite unconsciously, I have been experiencing inner joy or total despair at my relationship with grilled bread.” Your assignment, Leo, is to engage in an intense phase of self-discovery like Wittgenstein’s. It’s time for you to become fully conscious of all the small likes and dislikes that together shape your identity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God than in church thinking about the mountains,” said the naturalist John Muir. Let that serve as your inspiration, Virgo. These days, you need to be at the heart of the hot action, not floating in a cloud of abstract thoughts. The dream has to be fully embodied and vividly unfolding all around you, not exiled to wistful fantasies that flit through your mind’s eye when you’re lonely or tired or trying too hard. The only version of God that’s meaningful to you right now is the one that feeds your lust for life in the here and now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The advice I’m about to dispense may have never before been given to Libras in the history of horoscopes. It might also be at odds with the elegance and decorum you like to express. Nevertheless, I am convinced that it is the proper counsel. I believe it will help you make the most out of the highly original impulses that are erupting and flowing through you right now. It will inspire you to generate a mess of fertile chaos that will lead to invigorating long-term innovations. Ready? The message comes from Do the Work, a book by Steven Pressfield: “Stay primitive. The creative act is primitive. Its principles are of birth and genesis.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Two years ago a British man named Sean Murphy decided he had suffered enough from the painful wart on his middle finger. So he drank a few beers to steel his nerves, and tried to blast the offending blemish off with a gun. The operation was a success in the sense that he got rid of the wart. It was less than a total victory, though, because he also annihilated most of his finger. May I suggest that you not follow Murphy’s lead, Scorpio? Now is a good time to part ways with a hurtful burden, but I’m sure you can do it without causing a lot of collateral damage.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Grace has been trickling into your life lately, but I suspect that it may soon start to flood. A spate of interesting coincidences seems imminent. There’s a good chance that an abundance of tricky luck will provide you with the leverage and audacity you need to pull off minor miracles. How much slack is available to you? Probably as much as you want. So ask for it! Given all these blessings, you are in an excellent position to expunge any cynical attitudes or jaded theories you may have been harboring. For now at least, it’s realistic to be optimistic. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn innovator Jeff Bezos built Amazon.com from the ground up. He now owns The Washington Post, one of America’s leading newspapers. It’s safe to say he might have something to teach us about translating big dreams into practical realities. “We are stubborn on vision,” he says about his team. “We are flexible in details.” In other words, he knows exactly what he wants to create, but is willing to change his mind and be adaptable as he carries out the specific work that fulfills his goals. That’s excellent advice for you, Capricorn, as you enter the next phase of implementing your master plan. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s the horoscope I would like to be able to write for you by the first week of December: “Congratulations, Aquarius! Your quest for freedom has begun to bear tangible results. You have escaped a habit that had subtly undermined you for a long time. You are less enslaved to the limiting expectations that people push on you. Even your monkey mind has eased up on its chatter and your inner critic has at least partially stopped berating you. And the result of all this good work? You are as close as you have ever come to living your own life—as opposed to the life that other people think you should live.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “It’s an unbearable thought that roses were not invented by me,” wrote Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. You’re not as egotistical as Mayakovsky, Pisces, so I doubt you’ve ever had a similar “unbearable thought.” And it is due in part to your lack of rampaging egotism that I predict you will invent something almost as good as roses in the coming weeks. It may also be almost as good as salt and amber and mist and moss; almost as good as kisses and dusk and honey and singing. Your ability to conjure up longlasting beauty will be at a peak. Your creative powers will synergize with your aptitude for love to bring a new marvel into the world.
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