LOCAL, INDEPENDENT NEWS, OPINION, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT BOISEWEEKLY.COM VOLUME 22, ISSUE 17 OCTOBER 16–22, 2013
TAK EE E ON E! NEWS 8
TWO-WHEELED TRAGEDIES Boise’s bike community reﬂects on recent deaths FEATURE 11
HELPING HANDS Boise homeless population ﬁnds help and hurdles PICKS 14
PLAN AHEAD Everything you need to ﬁll your social calendar FOOD 22
ORDER UP Ruth Reichl reﬂects on America’s food landscape
“I’d come in and, you know, I’d donate some sperm.”
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OUT OF ‘BUM JUNGLE’ Gangs, drugs and the homeless ﬁlled our dinnertime news broadcasts in the ’80s. “Bag ladies” were a ﬁlm trope in the Reagan/Bush I years, indicative of the urban decay we were so happy to have avoided in North Idaho. We didn’t have panhandlers in Sandpoint, giving us a sense of civic righteousness that nobody in “our town” could be laid so low. Of course, we were completely wrong. Along the railroad tracks a few miles north of town was “Bum Jungle”—a wooded spot where trains slowed enough for “hobos” to jump from the box cars and set up camp for a night or two. Bum Jungle had been a local institution for decades—a throwback even to the earliest times in Sandpoint, when itinerant workers would jump off and hope for the best. By the ’80s, it had shrunk, but we kids were told never to wander there. By the late ’90s, it was all but gone. Now most of it has been paved over by the Sand Creek Byway. There was an undeniable romance to the idea of Bum Jungle—I never visited when it was in use, but I saw the remnants: piles of old bottles and cans, makeshift shelters, ﬁre rings. Exactly what you’d expect from a “hobo camp” in a Steinbeck novel. As far as I and my fellow country kids knew, those were the homeless in our community, and to our eyes they’d chosen to live that way. We could still be cheerful about our moral and economic rightness. Of course, we were completely wrong. Homelessness was all around us in much less “romantic” settings. Thinking back on the kids I went to school with whose families lived with grandparents, the friends who had an uncle or cousin staying with them, the families who let relatives park a camper on their property for a while, it became clear to me later that hard times were everywhere, I just didn’t see them. This week’s feature by Staff Writer Harrison Berry, on Page 11, takes a look at homelessness in Boise, but you won’t ﬁnd a lot of hand wringing. Rather, Berry’s piece proﬁles services available to local people struggling with homelessness—showing who is doing what locally and painting a picture of some of the challenges they face even after they’ve transitioned from the streets to a place of their own. Homelessness is still all around us, and it’s still bigger than the bag ladies, panhandlers and hobos of our all-too simple judgments. —Zach Hagadone
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BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.
COVER YOUR EYES Idaho is back in the headlines again—this time for being just a bit prudish. Find out what has set tongues wagging and how BW is mixed up in it at Cobweb.
MARKET DOWN Boise is losing one of its farmers markets and it’s being blamed on “politics, vendor disputes and licensing limitations.” Which one is no more? Find out at Citydesk.
COOLING DOWN After announcing it was ending its Cool Credit program, Idaho Power ofﬁcials are chilling out and reinstating the program. Get the details at Citydesk.
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WHO’S COUNTING? The nonsense of nonessential Seventeen years ago, I went to hear Helen Chenoweth speak about the government shutdown orchestrated by her hero Newt Gingrich, the serial adulterer, future failed presidential candidate and all-around tool— who was at the time the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and second in the line of succession to the presidency, even though he was, even then, the same tubby, odious, pompous, ridiculous clown he remains today. Chenoweth was then representing Idaho’s First Congressional District—the seat now held by Tea Party parasite Raul Labrador. She made quite a splash in her day by being one of the darlings of the right-wing idiocracy—positions now ﬁlled by the likes of Michelle Bachmann, Ted Cruz and, yes, Raul Labrador—as well as being exposed as a serial adulterer and ridiculous clown herself. On the evening I heard her, Ms. Chenoweth was explaining to a largely sympathetic local audience what a triumph it was that Gingrich, with the aiding and abetting of the GOP freshman congressional class of 1994, had brought the United States government to its knees, and that hundreds of thousands of “nonessential” government employees had been sent home. With a rubbery smile on her self-satisﬁed face and Newt-onian logic that she passed off as her own, Ms. Chenoweth chirped to her fawning, blank-eyed followers about how “Golly, isn’t it just ironic how we are getting along ﬁne without all those bureaucrats and public employee unions wasting taxpayers’ money, tee hee”—or words to that effect. In spite of my natural aversion to speaking in public, particularly to people I consider ﬂaming morons, I asked Ms. Chenoweth how essential she considered herself to be, as all she had ever accomplished as a taxpayer-supported government employee was to regurgitate whatever the conservative blab factory was piping into her head. “Do we really need to be paying you the big Congressperson bucks to stand around repeating everything that comes out of Gingrich’s mouth? Wouldn’t a recorded message be a lot cheaper?”—or words to that effect. I couldn’t tell whether she didn’t understand the question, or simply refused to answer, knowing that she could get away with ignoring me before an audience that had a distinctly Canyon County stink to it. She just gave me that amphibian grin I remember her for, and asked the crowd if there were any more questions. Helen Chenoweth is no longer with us. Sometime after she left Congress, she was thrown out of a vehicle during an accident— I have speculated that her last words were something like, “Damn nanny state! They can’t tell me I have to buckle up!”—and she’s passed on, presumably to that special section of Heaven that God reserves for true believ-
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ers who don’t much believe in that “Do Unto Others…” stuff. Since that evening Helen and I shared 17 years past, I have sharpened my attitude on what constitutes a “nonessential” government employee. And now that once again the federal government has been rendered semicomatose by thoughtless berserker thugs, it’s a good time to share that attitude. Which is: Park rangers are not nonessential. Nor are NASA engineers and tour guides in the Smithsonian. FDA meat inspectors and EPA administrators and cancer researchers and OSHA ofﬁcials and Head Start teachers, none of these people—along with 800,000 others—are nonessential, in spite of being treated as such by fringie ideologues who look at the America they profess to love with only one thought in their muddy little heads—What’s in it for me? Yet to the rest of us, the 70 percent who don’t identify with the sociopathic brats, each and every government employee, currently sitting at home, waiting for the Cruzistas to end their coup de tantrum so they can return to work, is essential. In myriad ways, they ﬁll functions that some signiﬁcant portion of us have reason to believe needs to be ﬁlled. Not all of us go to national parks, visit the Smithsonian or care whether America has a space program. Not all of us have a child in Head Start or an illness which the CDC is working to cure or a storm-ravaged community that turns to FEMA for relief. Yet taken together, these “nonessential” people answer a call of duty that we, the Greater Nation of Us, have decided our society is better off having than not having. Their work is what we collectively do unto others, how we provide educations, health, welfare, safety, beauty, history, continuity and much more to one another, just as we would have them collectively do unto us. Would we be a better country, as these anarchist zealots hint at with their disdain for anyone on a government payroll—except themselves—if we didn’t have a national museum? Or a commission to regulate mine safety? A Food and Drug Administration? The zealots must believe that, yes?... or they wouldn’t be crowing how, “Aren’t we getting along just ﬁne without all those bureaucrats and public employee unions wasting taxpayers’ money, tee hee.” So, citizens, even if the shutdown is over by the time you read this, we must ask ourselves, What is more essential to this land we live in and people we’re part of? Meat inspectors or Ted Cruz? Park rangers or the sniveling John Boehner? Meals on Wheels or Raul Labrador? The National Guard or the Tea Party? “Panda Cam,” or the entire putrid, mindless mess that still has the gall to call itself a grand old party? I’ll go with the Panda Cam, myself. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Someone in Our Heads But It’s Not Us When I taught journalism, I assigned my classes Oliver Sacks’ An Anthropologist From Mars. It’s a collection of histories of people whose brains have been altered by trauma, genetic dysfunction or sensory deprivation. The title essay is about Temple Grandin, an autistic college professor whose disability allows her to explain to humans how animals—speciﬁcally cows—think. She’s more understanding of cows than she is of humans. In fact, from her place on the autism spectrum, she looks at humans as an alien species, worthy of study, but not, like cows, worthy of empathy. Anthropologist is a good book for journalism classes. It demonstrates you cannot assume other people live in the same world you live in. The brain is a sensory organ, but one of its main jobs is to limit the inﬁnite and the grotesque to the ﬁnite and the normal. No two brains approach that task in the same way, or with the same results. Usually the process works too well. Sacks tells the story of a man who regained sight after 45 years of blindness. He couldn’t handle the complexity of the visible world, and eventually chose to live with eyes closed. Voluntary blindness is a cautionary metaphor for beginning journalists. You use the language to make your readers want to know more, not be comfortable in their assumptions. Much of my teaching focused on seeing possibilities as opposed to certainties, observable facts as opposed to cherished beliefs. A well-researched story and what my students were already certain about were never the same things. “A news story should involve the extraordinary,” I would say, “and the extraordinary is always there if you haven’t preconceived it out of existence. Make sure you don’t cherry-pick the data so that the world mirrors your own blind beliefs. That sort of thing wrecks your writing. It doesn’t do the world any good, either.” My own interest in Oliver Sacks went beyond his usefulness in journalism class. I was fascinated with his ability to restore the inﬁnite, even if he had to go through the grotesque to do it. In each of his histories, he demonstrates how adaptable damaged humans are, and how they can turn injuries into assets. A painter rendered colorblind by a minor car accident starts producing works of disturbing acuity. A man whose brain tumor has blinded him and destroyed his near-term memory becomes a source of joy and wit in a hopeless hospital ward. An autistic child produces detailed architectural drawings with near-photographic accuracy. I loved these stories of beauty found in human ruins. My students did too, for the most part. Some of them had grandparents with Alzheimer’s, and others, to pay for college, worked in assisted living homes or reBOI S EW EEKLY.COM
hab programs where they dealt with victims of head injuries. In Oliver Sacks, they found a sturdy and cheerful guide for a dangerous and dreary terrain. All of us, however, found it frightening to realize the fragility of human perception. “So many things can go wrong,” said one of my students. “One car accident or one screwedup chromosome becomes your whole life. You’re stuck forever in that one moment.” Journalism class didn’t seem much like journalism class at that moment. I took the opportunity to jump from the Who What When Where of things all the way down to the Whys—in the form of overwhelming existential questions that had ﬁrst occurred to me in faculty committee meetings: “When is it,” I asked the class, “that you stop being open to experience? When do you choose sensory deprivation? When do you become a crank, repeating the same tired story over and over?” “For this we pay tuition,” said a student. “More than you know,” I said. “But there are worse questions to think about.” “If you’re over 40,” said someone else, as if over 40 was a far country. A lot of those students are living in that far country now, but I’m certain, mostly, that they’re not thinking about these questions. That’s because their lives and the universe they live in can be described as mostly ﬁnite and mostly normal. Their politics are ﬁxed, their horizons deﬁned, their issues settled. That’s because life itself causes brain damage. It isn’t always a car accident or heading the ball too many times during high-school soccer, not wearing your hard hat, falling off your horse, meth addiction, too much time on heart-lung machines or a IED blast through the window of a Humvee. If you go through life as a stress case, you’ll marinate your brain in the hormone cortisol. It will shrink. The brain shrinks anyway, over time. You tend to lose an IQ point a year beyond 21. The average brain is the same size at age 70 as it was at age 3. Bad marriages, betrayals, incidents of emotional abuse, the deaths of children, moments of humiliation—all these burn the brain and cause parts of it to wither, and the resulting imbalance causes us to become cranks, stuck forever in a single moment. Beauty is seldom a part of it. It can look like demonic possession, and it’s tempting to ascribe all the stupid mistakes of the world to a plague of Mephistopheles-like companions whispering in our heads. More likely it’s just wear and tear on our brains. I’ve wondered at the wisdom of a culture that lets old men run things, even though most of them are well past the age where injuries can become assets. Instead, for them, blindness has become preferable to seeing the complexities of the visible world.
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AXLE ANXIETY Two more deaths change the discussion about bicycle commuting Easy as 1-2-3: More students, more funding.
DOING THE MATH The 2014 Idaho Legislature will need to put ideologies aside when it comes to funding Idaho public schools. The numbers don’t lie, and the number of Idaho school kids—particularly in the Treasure Valley—is going up. “I’ve just completed our most recent enrollment summary,” said Dr. Don Coberly, superintendent of the Boise Independent School District. “And we’re looking at our largest kindergarten class since 1998.” Following a routine agenda that included honors for local educators and students, recrafting language for district policies and an audit review, Boise school board trustees were just about to adjourn for the evening Oct. 14 when Coberly provided a brief, but eye-popping update. “It’s very interesting to look at what’s happening in the district,” he said. Simply put, districtwide enrollment is up 514, compared to September 2012: 14,100 Boise elementary students and 11,979 Boise secondary students. In particular, kindergarten classes have jumped more than 5 percent. Elementary schools that have seen the greatest growth include Hillcrest (28 percent increase), Lowell (17 percent), Morley Nelson (11 percent), Mountain View (9 percent) and Whitney (9 percent). Secondary schools experiencing the greatest growth include Frank Church High (22 percent) and Riverglen Junior High (7 percent). “Across the Treasure Valley, enrollment is up in every district,” said Coberly. “It looks like we’re close to 3,000 [more students].” And that’s a familiar number, said Coberly. “It’s kind of interesting that [Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction] Tom Luna recently said that enrollment is up by about 3,000 statewide,” said Coberly. “My guess is that most of that is here in the Treasure Valley.” Luna recently said he would seek a nearly 6 percent increase in funding for Idaho public schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Luna’s proposed spending plan tops $1.37 billion, mirroring a similar recommendation from an independent task force. If approved, Luna’s proposal—a 5.9 percent bump—would be the biggest spending increase for the State Department of Education since 2009. “I think we’re seeing real growth,” Coberly told Boise school board trustees. —George Prentice
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HARRISON BERRY The evening light was just beginning to wane, reﬂecting dull orange and gold against low clouds, bathing Boise’s North End neighborhood in an eerie, dreamlike glow. About 40 people, most of them wearing form-ﬁtting neon and reﬂective bicycling duds, milled around the concrete patio at Sunset Park on Oct. 8. They were there to mourn the death of 53-year-old Victor Haskell, who succumbed to his injuries Sept. 26 shortly after an apparent hit-and-run incident near the corner of State and 30th streets. The cyclists were set to mount their bikes and ride in silence from the park to the site of Haskell’s death, but ﬁrst, Jimmy Hallyburton of the Boise Bicycle Project delivered a short address about the nature of this bike-borne assembly. “When something like this happens in the community, it’s devastating,” he said. Still another Ride of Silence was set for Wednesday, Oct. 16—this time to remember James Kelly, 56, who was struck and killed by a vehicle Oct. 7. The two bicycle-vehicle fatalities are the city of Boise’s ﬁrst such tragedies since 2009, when three bicyclerelated deaths prompted action from the biking community and City Hall, resulting in the 3 Feet to Pass law. And while two deaths in 2013 have made cyclists and city ofﬁcials anxious, the Ada County Highway District has a blueprint for what planners say will make Boise friendlier to bicyclists: The Downtown Improvement Project. “Boise wants to be a walkable city; we want to support them in that endeavor,” said Matt Edmond, senior transportation planner at ACHD. Edmond and the ACHD will, in the next ﬁve years, convert Jefferson, Third, Fourth, Eighth (between Jefferson and Bannock streets), 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th streets from one-way thoroughfares to two-way streets. Mini-roundabouts have also been proposed in seven locations across downtown. Edmond expects the result to be slower automobile trafﬁc in the downtown core. An expanded network of bicycle lanes between the North End and the Greenbelt will also contribute to an atmosphere more conducive to pedestrian and bike trafﬁc. “We’re always interested in moving trafﬁc, but cars that are going 20 mph are safer than cars going 40 mph,” Edmond said. Those are the plans for Boise’s inner city, but the deaths of Haskell and Kelly occurred
Dozens of mourners gathered in the North End to mark the death of Victor Haskell, the ﬁrst victim in two apparent vehicle-on-bike hit-and-runs in recent weeks.
beyond the downtown core—30th and State streets, and Federal Way near Boise Avenue, respectively—and City Hall feels the disconnect between its efforts and the locations of recent accidents. “Obviously, it raises concerns about whether we’re doing everything we can to ensure bikes and cars can interact safely,” said Michael Zuzel, spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. “We know that a lot of folks are reluctant to get on a bicycle in an urban environment for safety reasons.” The problem isn’t just infrastructure. According to Zuzel, much of being safe on a bicycle is in the hands of the cyclist; and educating cyclists and drivers on the law, awareness and measures that prevent and decrease the damage caused by accidents is a crucial corollary to physical improvements. To that end, the city has partnered with the BBP and schools to promote use of helmets, lights and reﬂective clothing. “It’s not solved with a couple gallons of white paint and a change of trafﬁc direction,” Zuzel said. As for paying for education, “The sky’s the limit as far as what’s possible, but we don’t have a dollar ﬁgure yet,” he said. The success of local agencies’ plans rests on a growing number of bike commuters. Encouraging families to pedal through downtown by increasing access and ease of use is part of that plan; the other part is the Valley Regional Transit’s soon-to-belaunched Boise Bike Share Program, which will install seven stations and 70 bikes in 2014 for use around town for a nominal fee. According to BBSP director Dave Fotsch, getting more bikes on the road leads to greater bicycle safety. “When you have more bikes on the streets, drivers become more aware of them and it becomes safer for everyone on the
street,” he said. However, as the city of Boise and ACHD cooperate on the Downtown Improvement Project, ACHD directors cast deciding votes against funding the second year of the bike share at a Sept. 16 meeting of COMPASS— the region’s transportation planning entity (BW, News, “Braking Bad,” Oct. 2, 2013.) Fotsch said the BBSP will nevertheless beneﬁt from the work the city and ACHD are doing with the Downtown Improvement Project. “The very fact that the ACHD and the city are looking seriously at how cyclists get from one end of town to the other can only enhance the bike share system,” he said. For Lisa Brady, president of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, the improvements are welcome. “It’ll be a better system. Cars seeing more cyclists will make it safer in the long-run,” she said. But, Brady added, she worries that recent accidents might make people feel unsafe on bikes, reducing the number of cyclists on the roads and artiﬁcially deﬂating drivers’ expectations of the volume of riders they may encounter. “People actually do stop riding in situations like these,” she said. Brady shares the city’s anxiety over the recent fatalities. Kelly was hit in broad daylight. Haskell wore bright clothing and had a light on his bike. The source of uneasiness doesn’t come from a sense that local agencies and citizens aren’t doing enough to reduce hazards: It comes from the reminder that accidents can happen to anyone, no matter what safety measures are in place. At Haskell’s Oct. 8 Ride of Silence, Hallyburton perhaps best articulated that anxiety. “This is somebody that could’ve been any of us,” he said. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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RICHARD EPSTEIN On the contrary GEORGE PRENTICE
Where does your contrary nature come from? I was always a very good but unconventional student, in the sense that I marched to my own intellectual drummer. I won this fancy scholarship to study at Oxford where, for the most part, I studied alone. That’s what put it all together for me: my intellectual revolution. Nobody was stopping me from reading what I wanted to read and I was very much a selfstarter. And from the time I was 9 years old, I wanted to be a law professor, something very odd for a 9-year-old. How did your experience as a student inform how you teach today? My students tell me, “You’re a freak of nature. Don’t expect us to be like you.” When I teach, I never use notes; I just keep going, keep pushing. I try to tell my students that you can never get on track until you get the simplest of legal concepts understood. It’s like football. If you don’t know how to stand on the line of scrimmage, you’ll never know how to run. So do you spend a fair amount of your time in your classes on fundamentals? The only students worth training are those who want to be trained. If they don’t come to you, there’s no point in going to them.
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Do you see that willingness in today’s students? In about 1 percent. Your advocacy for limited government is at the heart of the current congressional stalemate. It’s clear that Democrats are trying to maximize the inconvenience of the shutdown, indicating that government is indispensable. The Republicans got killed when they shut things down in 1995 and they don’t really understand what they’re doing now. And if you talk to Tea Party types, they never address fundamentals. All they say is, “Whatever that guy is for, I’m against.” Where do you ﬁnd any rationality in that debate? There’s very little. The only difference between Republicans and Democrats is who manages to get to the trough ﬁrst. You knew President Barack Obama when you were a law professor at the University of Chicago. The man is no intellect; he has no intellectual ability. He’s a great speaker, especially the ﬁrst time you hear him. And he has very clear political beliefs; it’s not as though he’s rudderless. But he doesn’t have a deep under-
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Richard Epstein pushes back against high praise. Legal Affairs magazine called Epstein one of the top legal thinkers of our times, but the Oxford and Yale grad, author of 22 legal publications and professor of law at New York University has little time or patience for such kudos. “I ﬁnd it hard to take that very seriously,” Epstein told Boise Weekly. The constitutional scholar was an Oct. 14 guest of Boise State University, where his lecture, Putting the Limits Back in Limited Government, took direct aim at what’s wrong in our nation’s capital, particularly with the recent U.S. government shutdown. BW spent some time with Epstein to talk about the shutdown and his reputation for being one of the nation’s most formidable contrarians.
standing of anything. I’ve read that you’re a particular fan of Calvin Coolidge. I think he was a serious political thinker, in the way John Adams was. But there has to be someone since the time of Coolidge that you admire. The closest you get to any of that is Ronald Reagan, who did some very good things in his regime. The ultimate effect of Regan is that he slowed down the rate of government growth. I don’t know if that’s even possible today. Who’s out there now on the political landscape that might make a decent U.S. president? Two Republican names that come to mind are [Rep. Eric] Cantor and [Rep. Paul] Ryan. They actually think about the issues and they’re way ahead of the crowd. But I have to tell you that I don’t specialize on people. I specialize on principles. You may have heard that a good many Idaho politicians advocate for limited government, but it’s also said that for a state that says it likes limited government, Idaho sure has plenty of it. Politicians always make exceptions for their friends. In my view, the ﬁrst principle of being a good politician is to have no friends. And the second principle is that those who have no friends never get elected.
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Adrianna Farmer appeared suddenly in the doorway of Lisa Veaudry’s ofﬁce at the Step Up learning center. She stood in her midnight-black ensemble of a hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants stretched tight over her thighs and well-worn skate sneakers with pink laces. Her expression, hiding a smile, was of guarded pride. She had good news for Veaudry. She had landed a job. Farmer, 20, is homeless and has been since she was 16 years old, when she took the General Education Development test and left her father, who ran a Christian newspaper out of a basement. Her boyfriend is also homeless, and she avoids pregnancy with birth control, which is a challenge because it means adhering to a schedule: ”You have to take it every day,” she said. It’s hard to plan for the future when you live in the now, on the street. “There ain’t nothing to dream about when you’re homeless,” Farmer said. But that had just changed: Farmer had come to Veaudry’s ofﬁce to talk about her ﬁrst day of work in two years. It was a temporary ofﬁce job through LaborMax Stafﬁng, but it advanced goals she might not have had the conﬁdence to make without Veaudry’s help—like one day returning to school and seeking a job in social work or criminal justice. She spent two hours with Veaudry producing a resume on Sept. 16. The next day, LaborMax placed her with a job. For those seeking to escape days spent on the streets and nights in shelters, the obstacles to ﬁnding homes, jobs and support networks are so numerous and complicated that they might seem insurmountable. They’re not. Leaving a lifestyle of struggling to meet daily needs in favor of having a home, a job and being able to plan for the future is difﬁcult, but Boise has many programs for the homeless designed to help them from lapsing back into homelessness. They provide housing, housing supplies, social services, medical attention and legal assistance, all designed to help families and individuals lead healthy, productive lives. Veaudry works four days a week toeducate, ﬁnd jobs for—and be an all-around helper to—the homeless who drift in from Corpus Christi. She and a corps of volunteers assist the homeless who come through Step Up’s door to participate in group arts and crafts activities, prepare for the GED, learn basic work skills like typing and resume building, and apply for jobs. Her responsibilities are so diverse that visitors to the learning center call her by a variety of names.
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“Some people call me their counselor; some people call me doctor. It’s because I’m a person with authority,” Veaudry said. To Farmer, Veaudry has been a career adviser and someone to talk with about the lifestyle changes brought about by seeking and ﬁnding work. As with many homeless, Farmer sees leaving the shelter as entering a world of rules spoken and unspoken. Her new life will be one of taking orders, personal responsibility and keeping a schedule. It’s intimidating. “The only scary part about it is, LaborMax tells you what to do; you don’t decide what to do,” she said. According to Veaudry, this is an extension of a mindset held by many homeless. “There’s an absence of rules, an absence of appropriateness,” she said. “They do everything publicly.” Farmer has ambitions. Someday she’d like a permanent place to live and a career. Children feature prominently in her vision. “I deﬁnitely want a home and stuff. I want kids someday,” she said. For now her future away from the shelter is a distant but real possibility, and that daunts Farmer. Gainful employment won’t just net her money—it will transform her personally. Many of her relationships come from a homeless community where she is already accepted. Upward mobility may jeopardize some of those relationships; it may pivot Farmer’s lifestyle away from the familiar toward the unknown. When Farmer left Veaudry’s ofﬁce to participate in a crafts activity at the learning center, Veaudry described what she looks for in people she can most effectively help out of homelessness: realistic aspirations, reliability and the abilities to focus and extrapolate information from past experiences. “I’ll say, ‘Come talk to me tomorrow at 9 o’clock.’ If he or she shows up on time, that’s what I’m looking for,” Veaudry said. Not everyone can be helped, but Veaudry is working on job and educational skills with about 10 people at a time, and making inroads with up to 25 people she believes have the drive and ability to leave Boise’s shelters. “I’m recruiting like a madwoman,” she said.
‘WHAT THEY NEED IS A ROOF’ In Greg Morris’ ofﬁce are digital photo frames with pictures of his young family, evidence of a penchant for fruit smoothies and a row of books, including Ishmael and a Torah, on his desk’s attached bookshelf. A few stacks of paperwork rest on a ﬁling cabinet. The ofﬁces of the Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless Inc. program are as swept, orderly and efﬁcient as the organization’s founding principle. “The homeless are getting services thrown at them when what they need is a roof,” said Morris. CATCH offers families—and only families—up to six months of free rent in local landlord-owned apartments, but only if they are referred to the program by local shelters and school districts. Housing, Morris said, is vital for families to develop a sense of privacy they can’t ﬁnd at shelters. It’s an address they can print on job applications and at which they can receive mail. For many homeless, it’s a place where services can come to them, rather than the other way around. “It’s hard to make money and save money when [families] are living in a shelter,” he said. Morris’ single-minded approach to combating homelessness is effective. CATCH’s success rate, as deﬁned by a family’s ability to pay its own rent after six months of free housing, is 85-90 percent. CATCH currently houses 28 families in the Boise area, but as the program expands—it has headquarters in Boise, a satellite ofﬁce in Nampa and an upcoming ofﬁce in Twin Falls—it is poised to serve many more. According to Morris, CATCH will have the resources to serve up to 90 families across Southern Idaho, but demand for services has created a waiting list 30 families long. Morris estimates that the average cost of rent for a family is $600 per month. Multiplied by the six-month duration of the program and case management time, the total cost of the program per family over six months is $6,000. Morris founded CATCH as a city program in 2006 after being named the housing PATR ICK SWEE N EY
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those veterans, 184 found refuge in homeless shelters of some kind but the remaining 76 were unsheltered. According to the department, up to one-third of the nation’s homeless are vets. Part of the VA’s job is reaching out to all veterans eligible for beneﬁts; its major point of access to vets in need is Stand Down. In November 2012, approximately 200 veterans and their families attended the event, which provided hot food, new shoes, sleeping bags and blankets, and numerous health-care and legal services. “The purpose is to attract homeless and vets on the verge of homelessness,” said Josh Callahan, public affairs director at the Boise VA. Stand Down events are ways for the VA and others to provide for the most immediate needs of vets and other at-risk populations, but they’re also a chance for the VA to create inroads into continuing veteran services and beneﬁts. While partaking of goods and services, the VA gets a glimpse at Boise’s underserved veterans and registers them for further services. “It’s a chance for the VA to get to know new, unregistered vets in the area,” Callahan said. “It gets a snapshot of who you are and what you need.” The next Stand Down event is slated for Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Mountain Cove Gymnasium at the Boise VA hospital. Signing up with a local beneﬁts administration can be a beginning to the process of ﬁnding employment and a stable address, but many homeless vets, like the homeless population at large, have personal problems underlying their homelessness. “A lot of folks we work with have mentalhealth and substance-abuse issues,” said Anna JohnsonWhitehead, a social worker at the Boise VA hospital. She points out, however, that those living on the street aren’t a measure of chemical dependency and madness, but a measure of all manner of catastrophic life events. In the case of veterans, it can be a consequence of service. They face outstanding debts, unaddressed criminal records, civil law issues like child custody and support, physical health problems and more. In many instances the challenges that drove the veteran out of his or her home are the same ones that must be addressed before ﬁnding a home and re-entering the workforce. Depending on the nature of the problem, the passage of time can compound—though it can sometimes diminish—the severity of the trouble that led to his or her homelessness. “If they have assault charges, it really limits their housing options,” Johnson-Whitehead said. Like the CATCH program, the VA’s programs targeting homeless veterans have been designed to use housing as a way to deliver social services. Those services include street outreach—staff members going into the community and asking the homeless about their veteran status—as well as substance-use
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coordinator for Community House in 2005. The National League of Cities awarded Morris the Silver Award for Municipal Excellence in 2009. Later that year the program made inroads to Canyon County, but two years later, in 2011, Morris was asked to resign from his position at the city of Boise for reasons that remain unexplained—both by Morris and the city. After leaving his job at the city, Morris founded an identical (nonproﬁt) program called CATCH, Inc. Though muchtouted by Boise City Council members during public input sessions for ordinances designed to curb instances of aggressive panhandling in the downtown core, the city’s CATCH program hasn’t achieved the funds or success rate of its nonproﬁt counterpart. While the city-run organization pays administrative fees for free housing and related services funded by private donors, Morris’ program writes its own grant applications, processes funds and disburses them and services in-house. In October 2012, Morris told Boise Weekly that CATCH Inc. has ﬂexibility where city-run programs don’t. “Let’s be honest, donors prefer to give to a 501(c)(3),” he said at the time. Current sources of CATCH’s funds include a Temporary Assistance to Needy Families grant through Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an Emergency Solutions Grant and United Way. “I’d call it very diverse,” Morris said about the program’s funding sources. Half of the CATCH headquarters is a whitewashed warehouse with towers of stacked mattresses, cubbies full of children’s toys and ﬁrst aid supplies, and a few couches—practically everything a family might need in a new home—waiting to be placed with the program’s families. Standing near the door separating the warehouse from the CATCH ofﬁces, Morris discussed his program’s secret ingredient. At CATCH, there’s a distinction made between homelessness and not having a house, and when it comes to leaving homelessness, turning a house into a home can be an important part of that process. Toiletries and cleaning supplies, coffee tables and eating utensils: These are the items that take the shock out of a family’s newfound self-sufﬁciency. But for Morris, the coffee tables, the detergents and ﬂoor lamps—the stuff—of leaving homelessness is only part of the equation. “It’s the human element that really changes the tide,” he said.
Greg Morris, of Catch, pairs families with homes. disorder case managers and supported-employment programs, including varying degrees of employment assistance. All of that comes atop a housing-ﬁrst initiative. “We want to stabilize their living environments ﬁrst,” said Johnson-Whitehead. There’s no one-size-ﬁts-all solution for homelessness, and the VA’s priorities are reaching out to homeless vets, assessing their needs and offering services tailored to their goals. Success isn’t necessarily getting the affected vet off the streets. “I’d describe success as ﬁnding resources the veteran wants. They’re all voluntary programs. There’s no judgment at all,” she said.
‘THEY HAVE LEGAL NEEDS THAT ARE UNMET’ Mary Hobson’s corner ofﬁce in the building that houses the Idaho State Bar has a large footprint and high ceilings. The pair of desks composing her workspace, upon which rest a few neatly paper-clipped sheets bearing the Idaho State Bar Association seal and a black personal computer, faces a long row of immaculate green-on-tan volumes of Idaho State Code. Hobson is the director of the bar’s pro bono program at the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program. Unlike her ofﬁce, her job is messy: In a nutshell, she coordinates volunteer lawyers, matching them with people in need of legal representation or advice. It isn’t easy. With so much need for low-cost and free legal services, and with the legal profession’s ethical mandate to provide some of those services pro bono, there should be a synchronicity of supply and demand—but attendance at the legal clinics is poor. “There are people who are being kept out of housing and jobs because they have legal needs that are unmet and we’re having trouble ﬁnding that group and we don’t know why,” Hobson said. The Idaho Law Foundation and the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program provide veterans clinics at the VA, the popular Street Law Clinic at the Boise Public Library, and clinics for the homeless at Step Up. Idaho’s two law schools (at The University of Idaho in Moscow and Concordia University in Boise) provide a source of law students eager to use their skills on volunteer bases.
“The fact that Idaho’s two law schools require a pro bono component for graduation means that we’ve seen more new lawyers raising their hands [to volunteer],” Hobson said. Fliers for the clinics pepper message boards at Corpus Christi, the library and around town, but at any given meeting at Step Up, Hobson said that between two and eight people attend the monthly clinics. While some who attend “just need someone to talk to,” said Hobson, many have legal issues preventing them from leaving homelessness. An unaddressed criminal history can be made more serious over time, and navigating the legal system unassisted while living out of a homeless shelter is difﬁcult. “The legal system is a fairly complex process to follow through, and a lawyer can get online and check a person’s criminal status,” Hobson said. The other half of services and advice provided to the homeless gravitate toward civil law. Among the most frequent concerns Hobson’s team of young and volunteer lawyers encounter are questions about family law and reuniting families. As parents suffer from the contributing factors to their homelessness, their children are often taken away by child protective services and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and placed in foster care. Sometimes a person is looking to reconnect with a child who has grown into an adult. “Lots of times the parent is trying to get back into the child’s life,” Hobson said. The problem of providing legal services to the homeless who do seek help is tracking. The homeless are mobile; making sure they appear on time for consultations, arraignments and other gatherings can be difﬁcult. There’s a divide between those who are earnest about leaving homelessness and those who need attention. “Some people, you almost wonder why they’re homeless. Others—they just seem to be at sea,” she said. Hobson said that the most serious applicants for legal services recognize their legal situations when they’re explained and have goals for the future. All of them, she said, are heartened that there are programmatic solutions to their problems. “It’s helpful for them to know there’s something they can do,” she said.
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THURSDAY OCT. 17 big noise for tuba titan OCTUBAFEST CONCERT Scribble on, young scribes, with a little insight from award-winner Kenneth Oppel.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 16 meet and greet AUTHOR VISIT: KENNETH OPPEL Kenneth Oppel, the multi-award-winning Canadian author of the highly popular children’s books Silverwing, Airborn and The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, is coming to Boise. Oppel presents A Little Scribbling, a talk that offers insight into his books, the writing process and the characters that earned him a Canadian Governor General’s Award for children’s literature and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award. He began writing at a very young age and his ﬁrst book was published when he was 17. A Little Scribbling will give an account of how he managed to land a book deal before he could legally vote, and how this moment led to the style and personality that inﬂuences his writing. The now 46-year-old author will be signing books, talking with fans, selling his novels through Rediscovered Books and offering insight into his fantastic, often heartwarming, steampunk tales. A portion of the proceeds will beneﬁt the Friends of the Boise Public Library and help encourage literacy through all walks of life. 7 p.m., FREE. Boise Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. 208-3844200. boisepubliclibrary.org.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 16 read, drink, repeat BREW 4 BOOKS Wine, tea and coffee are common companions for the curl-up-with-a-good-book reader. Beer has always wanted to be in on the action but knew it would
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have to do something special to be included… and it did. Now, beer drinkers and book lovers alike will have a chance to raise their glasses to fund books for Treasure Valley children. Brewer’s Haven is hosting a beer bash, with proceeds beneﬁting First Books-Treasure Valley, a nonproﬁt committed to providing new books to low-income children. To make the merr y-making
Underdogs come in all shapes and sizes. We love rooting for them on the ﬁeld and on screen, but what about in the orchestra pit? The tuba, a big, goofy-looking horn, has long been upstaged by more glamorous musical instruments, like the ﬂute or the violin. The late master tuba player and advocate Harvey Phillips started the tradition of tubafests across the nation to build support for the sometimes-maligned horn. In Boise State’s annual OcTUBAfest, faculty and students partner with young tuba and euphonium players in the Treasure Valley to create big noise for an instrument often overlooked. The concert, which honors Phillips’ work, features guest tuba player and former Phillips student Bradley Marshall, and includes arrangements of pieces by Camille Saint Saens, J.S. Bach, John Lennon and John Williams. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane boisestate.edu.
even merrier, admission is free, beer is $4 a glass and there will be live music, a silent auction and a rafﬂe. All the beer for the event was donated, so proceeds are guaranteed to fund books for kids. It’s a rare chance to go bottoms-up for charity. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Brewer’s Haven, 1795 Vista Ave., 208991-4677, treasurevalley_id@ ﬁrstbook.org.
SUNDAY OCT. 20 wilde at heart THE CANTERVILLE GHOST Through the din of rattling chains, creaking doors and the shufﬂing of undead feet, it can be easy to forget that ghosts can also be held responsible for little nuisances like misplacing
car keys, leaving half a sandwichworth of peanut butter at the bottom of the jar and the last three squares of toilet paper hanging dismally from the roll. Ghosts aren’t just scary: They’re pests to be driven out so we can live our lives in peace. That’s the opinion of the sensible, deﬁnitely-not-superstitious Otis family. For the cantankerous but mostly harmless Canter ville Ghost, a tricentarian wraith that remains attached to an English countr y house where the American Otises are staying, the guests’ unﬂappability— their sheer imper viousness to classic scare tactics executed with professional ghoulishness—is a point of intense consternation. This hoary shade and his misadventures in trying to frighten the Otis family are the subject of The Canterville Ghost, a children’s play based on the short B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Passionate and tough, Grace (Brie Larson, The Spectacular Now) is a caretaker at a center for at-risk youth, and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). But Grace’s own difficult past— and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself—throw her into a tail spin. This lovingly realized film finds truth—and humor—in unexpected places. Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Winner of the Grand Jury Award and Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. “...you owe it to yourself to see this film.” RICHARD ROEPER
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Writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and director Carlos Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent) re-imagine the ageless love story for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting created by Shakespeare, but the acting is natural and modern. The all-star cast includes Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgaard.
Opens October 18 The story of the deadliest day on K-2, believed by many to be the world’s most challenging mountain, The Summit was an award winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Using post-climb interviews, footage from the cameras of surviving members of the 22 person expedition in 2008 as well as reenactments of the heroism of those who searched for and saved others make Nick Ryan’s film an edge of your seat experience.
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Atiq Rahimi adapted his best-selling novel for the screen and directed this powerful drama about a Muslim woman whose husband of 10 years is paralyzed by a bullet to the neck. Actress Golshifteh Farahani is mesmerizing as she cares for and talks to a man who cannot respond. Sharing her previously secret stories, fears and sorrows empowers her in a surprising way. “The bare room where the husband lies helpless becomes a confessional where Farahani pours out the woman’s life story in a performance that grabs you with its quiet yet searing power.” SOREN ANDERSON, SEATTLE TIMES
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The genius of J.J. Chandor’s (Margin Call) latest film is in the casting of Robert Redford as its only character. A skilled sailor making a lone voyage in the Indian Ocean on his 37-foot sailboat is awakened by the crash of a metal container from a freighter hitting his boat. For the next 8 days he will use all of his resourcefulness, energy and strength to mend the damage and survive. “A signal film achievement and the capstone to a great star’s career. This is Ultimate Redford.” MARY F. POLS, TIME
Opens November 1 In this timely and entertaining documentary, economic policy expert Robert Reich explores questions about our economy. Since 1980 the U.S. economy has doubled, but these gains went to the top 1% of earners who now take in three times what they did in 1970. This level of inequality poses a risk to all Americans according to Reich—best-selling author, professor at Harvard and Berkeley, official in three administrations, including Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.
“It’s unseemly, I know, to praise a movie like this for the stand-up-comic affability of its host. But Reich’s engagingness also gives credence to the seriousness of his message.” PETER RAINER, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“Gripping...a heart-throbbing experience.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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cofﬁns, crypts, contemporary art CEMETERY STROLL Cemeteries are not only where the dead are laid to rest; they’re proof of the rich history of an era, a vivid display of art and architecture. Whoever says art is reserved for museums hasn’t talked to Amy Pence-Brown, the art and architecture historian, writer, independent curator and preservationist who will guide guests on an evening walking tour of Boise’s historic Morris Hill Cemetery. The art forms in Morris Hill are immortalized in headstones, as well as landscape design, statuary, glasswork and literature that surround the 32,000 interred and their graves. Pence-Brown will give lessons about the symbolism of gravestones, explaining what an open book on a tombstone means or what the shape and material of certain stone say about the deceased. Funerary art trends follow traditional art movements throughout America—the Morris Hill Cemetery captures a moment in time documenting the history, ethnicity and culture of Boise. The cemetery covers more than 70 acres of platted history, so comfortable shoes and warm clothes are seriously recommended. This 1.5-hour walk around the cemetery grounds covers more than 131 years of history, with monuments to Civil and World War II veterans and historic Boise ﬁgures ranging from fugitives to homesteaders. 6 p.m., FREE. 317 N. Latah St., 208-433-5670, boise150.org.
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story by renowned 19th century wit Oscar Wilde, which takes the Morrison Center Recital Hall stage as part of the Family Reading Series at Boise State. The ghost does ﬁnally ﬁnd peace with the help of one of the Otis children, but it’s a story of courage, belief and
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redemption adapted for the stage (and for children), but with plenty of sly humor to make adults chuckle, too. 2 p.m. $7. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, boisestatetickets.com/event/canterville
From the monophonic drone of Gregorian chants to the polyphonic projections of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, singing unaccompanied by instruments, or “a cappella” music, has long served as a way to worship God: a cappella literally means “of the church.” But a cappella is not only the purview of the faithful. From those pre-Renaissance choirs to the barbershop quartets of the early 19th century to today, a cappella singing has maintained a level of popularity. To wit, the Morrison Center plays host Oct. 18-19 to the 2013 Men’s All-Northwest A Cappella Tournament, which will see barbershop quartets and choruses of men from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, vie for a chance to compete at the 2014 international a cappella competition in Las Vegas. It all begins Friday, Oct. 18, when 29 quartets and 15 choruses sing for their supper in the semi-ﬁnals, hoping to land one of 10 ﬁnals spots. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, the hills will really be alive with the sound of music as 15 choruses compete in one big sing-off. The weekend culminates Saturday evening, with the quartet ﬁnals and the Show of Champions: performances by the top three foursomes, the top three choruses and a special appearance by viaVoice, the 2008 International Gold Medal singing champion. Tickets are $15 for Friday’s event, $15 for the chorus contest and $25 for the show of champions, or get an all-events pass for $55. 5 p.m. $15-$55. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1494. For more information, visit boisestatetickets.com/events/sing.
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FIND WHITELINES Most of us ditched our blue-lined notepads after high school and have since adapted to a world where writing is a thumb-driven exercise of abbreviations and emoticons--”C U l8tr! LOL :)” Ugh. Writing on an electronic device means ideas can be saved and shared in myriad ways. However, there are times when the act of putting pen to paper is the only thing that will do. Wake up in the whitelines.se middle of the night with a ﬂash of genius? Jot it down. But how do you get it in the cloud so you can share your brilliance? Stockholm-based Whitelines Link has created a whole new way of combining analog and digital notetaking, sketching, doodling, strategizing and whatever else can be done with pen and paper. Whitelines paper looks like standard college-rule but has a pale gray background and, as the name implies, the lines are white. The monochromatic color scheme is easier on the eyes than traditional blue lines, and it also allows for “no visual inter ference between the lines and the pen colour,” which means OCR (optical character recognition) technology better recognizes handwriting—a score for anyone who has ever transcribed hastily written notes. Even better, when text is scanned into a program like Evernote, the text is made searchable. And because they’re white, the lines disappear when copied or scanned, so drawings can be manipulated digitally—Whitelines even makes “perspective paper” for artists. The notebooks are stylish (and paper can be downloaded for free) and can be linked to a device, making them a must-have for the 21st century techie who still loves the feel of paper and pen. —Amy Atkins
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WEDNESDAY OCT. 16 On Stage BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER: RED—Go inside Mark Rothko’s New York studio circa 1959 to get a glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Boise native Reggie Gowland will make his BCT debut as Rothko’s ambitious young assistant, and Arthur Glen Hughes will play the legendary painter. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play. See Review, this page. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. THE CABIN PRESENTS RUTH REICHL—Join writer and food critic Ruth Reichl as she examines food writing through history in various places around the world. See Food, Page 22. 7:30 p.m. $45-$67. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, thecabinidaho.org.
Concerts GET OUT THE VOTE CONCERT FOR OPEN SPACE—Join Idaho Conservation League, Steve Fulton, Bill Coffey and special guests in support of the “Yes Yes For Boise” campaign. The Funky Taco truck will be there and the night will end with a Radio Boise DJ dance party. 7 p.m. $10. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, idahoconservation.org.
Food & Drink BREW 4 BOOKS—Sample some brews and have a good time. All proceeds beneﬁt First Books-Treasure Valley, a nonproﬁt organization committed to providing new books to low-income children. See Picks, Page 14. 6 p.m. FREE. 1795 Vista Ave, Boise, ID 83705, treasurevalley_id@ﬁrstbook.org. DINNER ON STAGE WITH RUTH REICHL—Join writer and renowned food critic Ruth Reichl on stage at the Morrison Center for a dinner that beneﬁts The Cabin. 5:15 p.m. $100. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-331-8000, thecabinboise.org.
Literature AUTHOR KENNETH OPPEL—Meet Kenneth Oppel, award-winning author of Silverwing, Airborn, and The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series. See Picks, Page 14. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
BCT’s production of Red is a study in contrasts.
SEEING RED AT BCT Two painters stood before an 8-foot-tall canvas, silently slathering it in rust-colored paint and ﬁlling the stage of Boise Contemporary Theater with the smell of latex. It was opening night of John Logan’s Red (Oct. 12) and if ever there was a testament to a play’s ability to engage its audience, it was the laughter at the physical comedy of high-modernist painter Mark Rothko (Arthur Hughes) and his assistant, Ken (Reggie Gowland), navigating each other as they painted their canvas. Red is the story of Rothko’s time painting the murals commissioned for the Seagram Building in New York with the help of Ken, a neophyte painter from Iowa. During the two years it took to complete the work, Ken learned from the master about literature, philosophy, music and his heroes, only to feel disillusioned and stiﬂed by his pedantic, unpredictable boss. Hughes’ self-assured Rothko is at the peak of his talents— if not of his relevance—and his performance includes nods to RED Rothko’s growing sense of obRuns through Saturday, solescence: a cocky but padding Nov. 2, 8 p.m., $15. Boise stride, hands thrust in pockets Contemporary Theater, 854 and the hawkish expression of Fulton St., 208-331-9224, a man looking to harp on one bctheater.org. misspoken word from his apprentice. Gowland has wrestled Ken away from what could be read as a sycophant, playing the wide-eyed kid with refreshing skepticism. The play takes place in Rothko’s Manhattan studio, which set designer Michael Baltzell has ﬁlled with three life-size Rothko replicas, two workbenches and a record player. The stage itself is smudged, scuffed and paint-dotted. Props master Bernadine Cockey has cobbled together a supply of paint-splattered artifacts, and the effect is that of a heavily used space lavishly stocked with an artist’s glut of accoutrements. As beautiful as the set is, it’s also a scene of isolation as Rothko distastefully describes sojourns to art museums and The Four Seasons restaurant. Though Rothko’s studio begins as his creative space, it becomes his refuge—then his prison. At its core, Red pulls apart dualities like mind and body, fathers and sons. Where the BCT production excels is in the understated way it resolves those dualities. Though the only sounds were the strokes of Rothko’s and Ken’s brushes, the shared painting scene showed old and young, eclectic and methodical, harmoniously laboring. The play abounds in moments when opposites parlay. At the beginning of the play, Rothko asks Ken, who is looking into the audience as though at a painting, “What do you see?” “Red,” Ken says. It’s the wrong answer—“red” isn’t speciﬁc enough—but as the two grow together, the word becomes a password, code for their relationship, the terms of which aren’t expressed in words, but in paint. —Harrison Berry
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8 DAYS OUT THE TELL TALE HEART AND OTHER CHILLERS—Master storyteller Christopher Leebrick, winner of a 2009 Storytelling World Award, presents a riveting performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece. The show also features other spooky tales from around the globe. Recommended for adults and teens. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org.
THURSDAY OCT. 17 On Stage BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER: RED—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. 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 as he unveils his new creation. Directed by Aaron Kiefer and Sarah Gardner with music by The Green Zoo. 7 p.m. $15-$20. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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FRESCO ART ACADEMY PRESENTS MINDY GLEDHILL— Award-winning indie singer-songwriter Mindy Gledhill performs with special guest openers Cary Judd of Book on Tapeworm and Scott Shepard. Tickets are available at mindygledhill.com/tour. 7 p.m. $6-$12. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
DISNEY ON ICE: ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER—Featuring scenes from BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and more. 7 p.m. $12-$60. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1900, tacobellarena.com.
OCTUBAFEST CONCERT—The Boise State Tuba Ensemble, under the direction of William Winkle, will be joined by the Faculty Brass Quintet. Parking available just south of the Morrison Center in the Brady Street Garage for $1.50 per hour. See Picks, Page 14. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1609.
Workshops & Classes COMPOSTING BASICS—Learn how to take your waste and make garden gold, a great skill to use in the fall when you’re putting your gardens to bed. 6 p.m. FREE. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769, northendnursery. com.
FRIDAY OCT. 18 Festivals & Events COFFINS, CRYPTS AND CONTEMPORARY ART—Join historian Amy Pence-Brown for a walking tour of the Morris Hill cemetery. See Picks, Page 15. 6 p.m. FREE. 317 N. Latah. Boise, ID. 208-433-5670. Boise150.org GRINKERS ARCADE TOURNAMENT—Join players from across the nation in this ofﬁcially sanctioned tournament. Several world record attempts will be made. Grinkers features more than 150 vintage ’80s-era arcade games, beer, wine and food. 7 p.m. FREE. Grinkers Grand Palace Arcade, 228 E. Plaza Drive, Ste. H, Eagle, 208-939-9534, grinkers.com. PROOF BOISE APPRECIATION PARTY—Featuring a barbecue, rafﬂes and specials on gear. 6 p.m. FREE. Proof Eyewear, 439 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-6298099, iwantproof.com.
On Stage THE MEPHAM GROUP
BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER: RED—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW—See Thursday. 7:30. $15-$20. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
Art DIANA SHAFER: TERRIFIC FRIENDS—Check out this illustrated series of literary portraits by Diana Shafer. More than 50 pieces will be on display, along with live music and refreshments. 6 p.m. FREE. Cornerstone Gallery, 316 10th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-546-9692, cornerstonegallery.org.
Sports & Fitness
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CRAZY COSTUME RUN—Don your Halloween costume and join Shu’s for a run and giveaway. 6 p.m. FREE. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604, idahorunningcompany.com.
Odds & Ends VILLAGE AT MERIDIAN GRAND OPENING—Check out the development’s ofﬁcial ribbon cutting in Fountain Square, followed by multiple fun events for the rest of the day. There will be fountain
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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
8 DAYS OUT shows every hour on the hour, face painting, balloon art and kids crafts. Then grab a bite to eat and enjoy a performance by Party Crashers at 6:30 p.m. 10 a.m. FREE. Village at Meridian, 3600 E. Fairview Ave. at North Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-8881701, thevillageatmeridian.com.
Odds & Ends DISNEY ON ICE ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER—See Thursday. 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. $12-$60. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-426-1900, tacobellarena.com.
SATURDAY OCT. 19
SUNDAY OCT. 20
Festivals & Events
CLOVERDALE SDA COMMUNITY HARVEST PARTY—Activities for the whole family include a jump house, climbing wall, pumpkin art, hay rides, rope making, face painting and a big bonﬁre, with free hot drinks and s’mores. There will also be entertainment by the Center Point Church Worship Team and Ty the Clown, plus ﬁreworks. 7 p.m. FREE. Cloverdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1115 N. Cloverdale Road, Boise, 208-377-8447, cloverdale.adventistnw.org. GRINKERS ARCADE TOURNAMENT—See Friday. 7 p.m. FREE. Grinkers Grand Palace Arcade, 228 E. Plaza Drive, Ste. H, Eagle, 208-939-9534, grinkers. com.
BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER: RED—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org. THE CANTERVILLE GHOST—A family-friendly reading based on the story by Oscar Wilde. See Picks, Page 14. 2 p.m. $7. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
Food & Drink
MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO MCCALL—Enjoy the fall colors as you ride north. All bikes welcome. 9 a.m. FREE. High Desert Harley-Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599, highdeserthd.com.
10 BARREL GET SQUASHED PUMPKIN FEST—10 Barrel will have ﬁve unique pumpkin beers ﬂowing, surprise beer treats, pumpkin food specials live music. Noon. FREE. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 830 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-344-5870, 10barrel.com.
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BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER: RED—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
DISNEY ON ICE ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER—See Thursday. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. $12-$60. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208426-1900, tacobellarena.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.
MONDAY OCT. 21 Food & Drink NIGHT OF THE LIVING CHEFS— Enjoy a gourmet horror d’oeuvre buffet plus a no-host bar. Featuring a costume contest and rafﬂe. Proceeds beneﬁt the American Culinary Federation Scholarship fund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. 6 p.m. $25. PowerHouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., Boise, 208-331-4005.
TUESDAY OCT. 22 Talks & Lectures EXPLORING WARM SPRINGS AVENUE—Barbara Perry Bauer will show how the Warm Springs Avenue area grew from farmland to mansions after the discovery of geothermal heat in 1890. 3 p.m. FREE. Heatherwood Retirement Community, 5277 Kootenai St., Boise, 208-345-2150.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 23 On Stage BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER: RED—See Wednesday, Oct. 16. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
Workshops & Classes PRESSING, AGING AND MATURATION—Learn the how of winemaking from wine educator and enologist Kathryn House. Each course will include experiential and theoretical learning activities, a catered lunch and a comparative tasting of wines which reinforce the day’s topic. Visit houseofwine.eventbrite.com to register. 11 a.m. $75. House of Wine at the 44th Street Wineries, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City, 208-297-9463, thehowofwine.com.
Literature POETRY READING WITH RAUAN KLASSNIK—Join Ghosts & Projectors poetry reading series with Rauan Klassnik of Seattle; and Ross Hargreaves, a Boise Poetry Slam favorite. 7 p.m. $2 suggested donation. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220, hydeparkbookstore.com. Overheard something Eye-spy worthy? E-mail email@example.com
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Khaela Maricich on The Blow
K YLE DEAN R EINFOR D
BLOWING UP BEN SCHULTZ
In the past, Khaela Maricich had given her albums whimsical titles like Don’t Do the Bomb Before My Mustache Comes (2002) and The Concussive Caress, or, Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along With the Vacuum (2003). But for the title of the Brooklynbased musician-performance artist’s ﬁrst album in seven years (released Oct. 1 on Kanine Records), Maricich—along with her girlfriend-collaborator Melissa Dyne—chose the name of her act: The Blow. Maricich saw this choice—and the album—as a declaration of independence. “The process [of making the album] was Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne are blowing through Nampa behind the release a real adventure and really scary,” she said. of The Blow’s ﬁrst album in seven years, titled (you guessed it) The Blow. “We kind of went out on a limb to make it; we didn’t know if it was all going to work.” cording process to Stereogum.com. instrument? What can you make happen?” Still, they persevered in making, in her “We ended up in a lot of places that we Bonus Album (K Records, 2002) saw a words, “something totally weird, totally our change in The Blow’s sound, and that change would never otherwise have gone, where we own. It might not even be good at all. It was were completely separated from the comforts accelerated when Maricich moved to Portjust a bold gesture.” Titling the album The of our own context,” she wrote. land, Ore., and collaborated with YACHT’s Blow “is calling it what it is,” she added. “It was cool because it was kind of That boldness has earned the band an im- Jona Bechtolt on 2004’s Poor Aim: Love pressive indie following. Fans of the project— Songs and 2006’s Paper Television. Pitchfork. like putting yourself against a pure black backdrop and being like, ‘Well, what are com called the latter “a wickedly generous which combines quirky art-pop with playful and clever record of not-quite love songs and we? What is this if it’s just us and there’s not monologues to explore themes of perception elaborately metaphored [sic] stabs at the ritu- anybody else directing it?’” Maricich said. and identity—include writer-ﬁlmmaker MiThe road provided inspiration for the als of simple human connection.” randa July and musician David Byrne, who album’s last track, “You’re My Light.” On While in Portland, Maricich also began wrote on his blog that The Blow was “pretty it, Maricich sings, “I don’t know where we collaborating on various art projects with damn eccentric and arty for a pop act” but are / but I’ve found the way to get here and I Dyne, an installation artist who studied art appreciated its determination “to be what know you are here / That’s all I care.” in San Francisco and Santa Fe, N.M. Dyne’s it was and not pander to pop performance Maricich credits Dyne with bringing The expectations.” In a Sept. 30 New York Times solo work includes a giant camera obscura Blow to fruition. review, Ben Ratliff praised the album’s “fresh she built in Mexico City in 2002. Dyne “She mixed it, she arranged everything,” received permission from the city to drill into ideas about how to design a song, including Maricich said, joking that Dyne was the the Plaza Primo de Verdad, the oldest square idiosyncratic dynamics and sampled sounds record’s mother while she was its father. “She in Mexico City (the space was once owned from mouths and instruments.” was, like, up in the middle of the night holdby Juan Gutierrez Altamirano, the cousin of The Blow is on a 23-date, cross-country ing its hand, and I’d come in and, you know, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes). Martour behind The Blow. The band performs I’d donate some sperm.” icich marvels at this accomplishment. with Austin, Texas-based band Love Inks at With lessons learned from producing The “She’s amazing; she can pull off the imFlying M Coffeegarage Saturday, Oct. 19. Blow, Maricich anticipates they will start possible,” she said of Dyne. Raised in Seattle, Maricich got her start working on more material soon. Dyne and Maricich became romantically while attending college in Olympia, Wash. “It was like we tried to make these cells involved and began working together in She began performing as Get the Hell Out reproduce,” she said, “and it was very dif2007. The couple moved to of the Way of the Volcano, ﬁcult because we ﬁrst had to get the cells. Brooklyn and collaborated then changed the name to The And then the cells started to reproduce and on the performance art piece Blow and gradually switched THE BLOW mingle, and now they’re just reproducing “Songs for Other People,” from solo acoustic material to With Love Inks. Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., $10 adv., [and] reproducing.” which Pitchfork, The New electro-pop. $12 door. Flying M CofIn the meantime, Maricich said she espeYork Times and others report“I just always worked with feegarage, 1314 N. 2nd St. cially appreciates the “democracy” of playing ed was inspired by Lindsay what was then available,” S., Nampa. 208-467-5533, Lohan. Three songs written for music venues—“Anybody can ﬁnd their way she said. “So I had a certain ﬂyingmcoffee.com. to a music show if [they] like”—and the this piece—“Make It Up,” “A amount of skill available as a unique energy of each town’s audience. Kiss” and “Invisible”—proguitarist, but that sort of dried “Towns have personalities,” she said. “It vided the germ for The Blow. up. And also, my interest in [playing guitar] Maricich and Dyne hadn’t planned to take can be a totally different set of people in the dried up at a certain point.” crowd, and you can still feel the personality so long to release the new album. Maricich Although Maricich had little experience of what crowds feel like in that town.” said they tried recording in a proper studio playing synthesizers, she was inﬂuenced by She relishes live performance, she said, the music of No Wave—an artistic movement but found “that energy wasn’t there.” They because “it’s actually a moment that you’re decided to record the album themselves in a that began in New York in the late 1970s— sharing with people. You know, you’re makand its idea of exploring, as she put it, “What variety of locations using a portable rig. ing the trip happen together.” Maricich described the unorthodox rewill happen if you, as an artist, pick up this BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
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HOLLYWOOD OR BUST When Black Tooth Grin bandmates Justin Arthur and Jeremy Schmidt started talking about doing some out-of-town shows, they tossed around going to Portland or Seattle until Schmidt said, “Let’s play the Whisky a Go Go.” Arthur laughed, but Schmidt wasn’t kidding. “Fuck it,” Schmidt said. “If we’re gonna go, let’s go big.” So they did. Schmidt emailed the Whisky and shortly thereafter, BTG was booked. The band decided to turn the trip into a family vacation and, with donations from BTG’s ﬁercely loyal fans—some of whom were at the show, and some of whom bought tickets even though they didn’t go—the four members of the band and their families headed to Hollywood, where BTG played the famed rock venue Oct 11. “So many huge bands have played the Whisky,” Schmidt said, the awe in his voice apparent. “We will forever be cosmically linked with Led Zeppelin.” We’ll have more with BTG in the coming weeks. Though some BTG fans joined the crazy caravan headed to LA, most of us wait for our favorite bands to come to us. And, if we’re lucky, they come again. And again. And again... We glommed onto Portland, Ore.-based STRFKR from its early days and held on tight through shake-ups in its membership, evolution of its music, iterations of its name—from Starfucker, to Pyramiddd, to STRFKR—and changes in its venue choices. STRFKR’s danceable, multi-faceted, electro-pop stylings work in any room, and the show at the Knitting Factory, Wednesday, Oct. 16, with Brooklyn-based Chrome Sparks opening, will be no exception. Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $13-$30. bo.knittingfactory.com —Amy Atkins
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LISTEN HERE/GUIDE GUIDE THE WEEKENDERS—10 p.m. FREE. Liquid
THURSDAY OCT. 17
FRIDAY OCT. 18
JEFF MOLL—7 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub
CHIDDY BANG—With Wildcard. 7 p.m. $16-$30. Knitting Factory
MIKE COYKENDALL—With a.k.a. Belle and Hillfolk Noir. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
ACES UP AND JACKSON MICHELSON—With Jimmy Bivens. 8 p.m. $10-$20, Knitting Factory
DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement FIVESTAR—6:30 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza
On a North American tour supporting its latest release, Fetch, Japanese noise rockers Melt-Banana will supply a high-octane ﬁx Saturday, Oct. 19, with explosive guitar riffs, overdriven bass and a stack of releases that will make you wonder why you’ve never heard of this band: Since 1992, MeltBanana has put out more than 10 full-length albums and 23 EPs. With female vocalist-lyricist Yasuko Onuki’s “spastic, yelping vocals,” Melt-Banana sounds like the vocal stylings of Cibo Matto grinding along the noisy edges of Nirvana’s In Utero and the industrial metal of Ministry. —Paul Hefner With Kinski and Deep Creeps, 7 p.m., $15. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com
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MELT-BANANA, OCT. 19, NEUROLUX
KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES—With Hell Shovel and Rollesnakes. 7:30 p.m. $15. Neurolux
THE BGP—With Calico and Michael Limbert. 12:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Centennial Amphitheater DALE KEYS—8 p.m. $7-$10. Sapphire Room
MAGIC SWORD—With Natasha Kmeto, Street Fever and DJ Lynden Williams. 8 p.m. $8. El Korah Shrine Center
RED FANG—With Gaytheist and Helms Alee. 7:30 p.m. $14. Neurolux SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears STARFUCKER—With Chrome Sparks. 8 p.m. $13-$30. Knitting Factory SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE—5 p.m. Featuring various performers. $27-$153. See sunvalleyjazz.com for details.
MINDY GLEDHILL—With Cary Judd and Scott Shepard of Book on Tapeworm. 7 p.m. $12. Linen Building PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE—5 p.m. Featuring various performers. $27-$153. See sunvalleyjazz.com for details.
The We Shared Milk THE WE SHARED MILK—With Old Age, Rook & The Ravens and Ronnie & The Reagans. 7:30 p.m. $5. Neurolux
DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement DOUG CAMERON—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE—5 p.m. Featuring various performers. $27-$153. See sunvalleyjazz.com for details. C HR IS W HITE
THOMAS PAUL TRIO—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
WEDNESDAY OCT. 16
MALACHI—With Ghostbox, 1864 and U Kill It. 9 p.m. FREE. Frontier Club MEN’S A CAPPELLA TOURNAMENT—See Picks, Page 15. 5 p.m. $15. Morrison Center NED EVETT AND TRIPLE DOUBLE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s REX MILLER AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
SATURDAY OCT. 19 THE BLOW—8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. See Noise, Page 19. Flying M Coffeegarage COUNTRY CLUB—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FAB FOUR—8 p.m. $35-$47. Egyptian FREEWAY REVIVAL—9 p.m. FREE. Frontier Club JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE MELT-BANANA—With Kinski and Fountains. See Listen Here, Page 20. 7:30 p.m. $13. Neurolux
MONDAY OCT. 21
MEN’S A CAPPELLA TOURNAMENT—10 a.m. and 7 p.m. $15. Morrison Center RAWLEY FRYE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE—5 p.m. Featuring various performers. $27-$153. See sunvalleyjazz.com for details.
WEST COAST FEST—With Bone Thugs N Harmony, Kid Ink, YG and more. 8 p.m. $20-$60. Revolution
SUNDAY OCT. 20 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 SUN VALLEY JAZZ JAMBOREE—5 p.m. Featuring various performers. $27-$153. See sunvalleyjazz.com for details.
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JEFF MOLL—7 p.m. FREE. Varsity Pub JOHNNY BUTLER—6:30 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza
DUSTIN WONG—With Takako Minekawa and Ugly Hussy. 9 p.m. FREE. The Crux
JOHNNY SHOES—6:30 p.m., FREE. Highlands Hollow Brewhouse
JOHN VANDERSLICE—7:30 p.m. $8. Neurolux
THE LIMOUSINES AND MONA—With Dresses. 7 p.m. $8 adv., $12 door. Neurolux
KMFDM—With Chant. 8 p.m. $20-$40. Knitting Factory C HR IS TIAN ELIZ ONDO
THE SWEETTARTS AND ROGUE GALLERY—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue
BOISE OLD TIME JAM—With The Country Club. 6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
Le Fin Absolute Du Monde
Night Beats NIGHT BEATS—With Couches and Boys. 9 p.m. $5. The Crux
OPHELIA—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
OPHELIA—With Emily Tipton Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
JOE PUG, OCT. 22, NEUROLUX
RADIO BOISE PRESENTS JOE PUG—With Vandaveer and Jeffrey Martin. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $12. Neurolux LA FIN ABSOLUTE DU MONDE—8:30 p.m. $3. Red Room
TUESDAY OCT. 22
SPEEDY GRAY—6:30 p.m. FREE. Cosmic Pizza The Used
WEDNESDAY OCT. 23 DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
THE USED—With William Control. 8 p.m. $25-$45. Knitting Factory YVE EVANS AND PAUL TILLOTSON—6:30 p.m. $17-$22. Sapphire Room
BERNIE REILLY—5:30 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s
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Chicago-based singer-songwriter Joe Pug continues his fall tour with a stop in Boise before heading back into the studio to work on the follow-up to his 2012 LP, The Great Despiser, an album that blends the free verse, beatnik lyrical style of Bob Dylan with the musical sensibility of The Tallest Man on Earth. In his relatively short career, Pug (short for Pugliese) has opened for Idaho native Josh Ritter, folk god M. Ward and country pioneer Steve Earle. To get a sense of his sound, you can download Pug’s 2010 EP, In the Meantime, for free from his website, where Pug says giving his music away allows his fans to “take these songs and spread them as wide and far as [they] see ﬁt.” —Paul Hefner Presented by Radio Boise. With Vandaveer and Jeffrey Martin, 7 p.m., $12. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-3430886, neurolux.com
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BEERGUZZLER/DRINK CIDER HOUSE RULES While pumpkin beers are all the rage now, in my opinion, pumpkin is better suited for pies than for brews. On the other hand, apples make an exceptional adult beverage. Traditional cider apples are very different from the dessert varieties. They can be a bit gnarly looking, but their rich ﬂavors and sweetness, balanced by high acid and tannin content, are just the thing for cider. Here are three uniquely American versions: ANGRY ORCHARD CINNFUL APPLE, $1.39-$1.79, 12 OZ. Angry Orchard is the cider arm of the Boston Beer Co., and this fall seasonal is made from apples sourced from Washington. It’s light amber in color with just the slightest hint of ﬁzz. Very ripe apple aromas with a touch of spice lead off. In the mouth, it’s like liquid apple pie, starting with baked apple ﬂavors—not too sweet, not too tart— mingling with candied cinnamon red hots. Eminently quaffable. TIETON CIDER WORKS DRY-HOPPED CIDER, $6.99-$8.99, 500 ML. According to the back label, 50 percent of this country’s apples and 70 percent of our hops come from the Yakima Valley, so it seems only natural they would get together. This Yakima, Wash.-based cider house dry hops three varieties. The result is a crystal clear, lightly effervescent cider, with a well-balanced, soft citrus palate. Just a subtle hint of hops comes through on the elegant ﬁnish. CRISPIN ‘THE SAINT’ ARTISANAL RESERVE, $5.49-$6.99, 22 OZ. This unﬁltered entry pours a cloudy straw color. California-based Crispin sources its juice from the West Coast, and in The Saint, adds molasses and ferment with Trappist yeast. A bit of that Belgian funk comes through on the nose, along with crisp green apple. The ﬂavors roll out with tart apple up front, maple-laced, spicy sweetness in the middle and a rich, wine-like ﬁnish. This cider is best when served just slightly chilled. —David Kirkpatrick
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RUTH REICHL Bestselling memoirist dishes on America’s changing culinary landscape TARA MORGAN Ruth Reichl’s bio is rich with experience. After raising her fork in the 1970s sustainable food revolution in Berkeley, Calif., she ate her way to the top as restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times. In 1993, she hopped coasts to become the wig-wearing food critic for The New York Times, which she left for a 10-year stint as editor-in-chief of Gourmet. Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, Garlic and Sapphires and Not Becoming My Mother. Her ﬁrst work of ﬁction, Delicious!, will be released in May 2014. She speaks at the Morrison Center Wednesday, Oct. 16, as part of The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations series.
less about, “What do I think about the food?” and much more, “How can I help you experience this food in a better way?” It’s become criticism in the real sense of the word. What good critics do is not tell you how to spend your money, they tell you how to get the most out of your experience. They give you context, they give you the history, they tell you where this restaurant stands in relation to all the restaurants that have come before it.
You were a restaurant critic for The New York Times in the mid-’90s. How would you characterize the food landscape then versus now? It’s totally different. First of all, when I was there, it was a pre-cellphone time so nobody was taking pictures of their food or pictures of the restaurant critic. It was pretty much a pre-food-blog time, so at that point, critics were much more powerful than they are today. … At that point, New York was still looking to Europe and taking all its cues from French restaurants. … There wasn’t a decent Mexican restaurant in all of New York, certainly not all the taco places there are now. There were no food carts. One of the huge differences is today, the people who go out to restaurants, it’s a completely different clientele.
Have you seen food writing change? It’s changed totally in the sense that, when my book came out, there was no genre called the “food memoir.” Now, a new food memoir comes out every day. There are food novels, there are food movies, there are food TV shows. None of this stuff existed in the early ’90s. The Food Network was just starting and it wasn’t remotely what it is today.
Do you feel like good food has become more accessible since then? It’s not only become more accessible, but there’s a whole new generation of New Yorkers between the ages of 22 and 35 who probably spend 10 times the amount of money going out to restaurants as they did in the early ’90s. What do you think ushered in that change? I think food has become part of popular culture in a way that it just wasn’t back then. Then, when people went out, they talked about theater, they talked about books they’d read, they talked about movies, they talked about music. Today, people talk about all those things but they also talk about food. “Have you been here?” “Have you tasted that?” People who consider themselves well-rounded want to have eaten at all the new places. So it’s a younger and much more knowledgeable clientele than it was in the ’90s. What do you see as the role of the food critic in this Internet age of food blogs, Urbanspoon, etc.? It has put the onus on the professionals to be much more knowledgeable, much better writers, much more thoughtful and it’s much
and billions of dollars a year as a nation. It’s made huge swaths of our population sick. Allergies that were unknown when I was a child are endemic now and it probably has something to do with the way we raise and process our food. You’ve written a number of bestselling memoirs, but your next book, Delicious!, is a work of ﬁction. Can you describe the plot and how it incorporates food? It’s very much about food. It’s about a young woman who is grief-stricken and we don’t quite know why in the beginning. She drops out of college and goes to New York and gets a job at a magazine. She’s just starting to try and get herself back into the world and losing this grief when the magazine abruptly closes and she’s plunged back into despair. … She goes back after the magazine’s closed and she realizes she’s the only person there; it’s a little spooky. And she goes into the library one day and she discovers a secret room hidden behind a panel. She goes in there and discovers every letter that has ever been written to the magazine in its 100-year existence. She ﬁnds a pile of letters that a little girl wrote to James Beard during World War II, dying to learn to cook. … You have two parallel stories: You have Lulu in the ’40s during World War II, whose mother’s working in a munitions plant and her father’s off at war, and she’s trying to be the little homemaker at home and learning to cook. She’s very feisty; she’s wonderful. And these two stories ultimately come together.
You described food as “intensely political” when you were living in Berkeley, Calif. in the 1970s. Do you ﬁnd similarities between that time and now? Oh, absolutely. We, in Berkeley in the ’70s, in our wildest dreams could not have imagined that what we were doing, Ruth Reichl Presented by The Cabin, which was a fringe moveWednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 ment at the time, would p.m., $44.75-$67. Morrison become mainstream. Even Center, 2201 W. Cesar as recently as 2006, I gave Chavez Lane 208-426-1609, a speech to a conference of mc.boisestate.edu. newspaper editorial writers begging them to pay atWhat advice would you give tention to food. That was to an aspiring food writer right now? less than 10 years ago. Today, The New York There’s never been a better time to be a Times has Mark Bittman, who is a dedicated food writer. I think the advice I would give editorial writer only about food, and all kinds of mainstream magazines consider food as part anyone, any writer, who is setting out now, or actually at any time, is make yourself an of their purview. expert in something. Don’t be a generalist. If you really want to get ahead now, there are a Why do you think the artisanal and localfood movements have become so widely popu- lot of people who know a little bit about many lar? Do you think it’s a search for authenticity? topics; ﬁnd something you really want to be the go-to person for. Whether it’s the food of Absolutely. I think it’s, one, a search for Uzbekistan, or something. But ﬁnd a topic that authenticity. Two, it’s an understanding that fascinates you and learn as much about it as we have a serious crisis in this country. The you can. obesity crisis is not a joke: it costs us billions
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is an indelicate oracle. If you’re offended by the mention of bodily functions in a prophetic context you should stop reading. OK. I was walking through my neighborhood when I spied an older woman standing over her aged Yorkshire terrier next to a bush. The dog was in discomfort, squatting and shivering but unable to relieve himself. “He’s having trouble getting his business done,” his owner confided in me. “He’s been struggling for 10 minutes.” I felt a rush of sympathy for the distressed creature. With a flourish of my hand, I said, “More power to you, little one. May you purge your burden.” The dog instantly defecated. Shrieking her approval, the woman exclaimed, “It’s like you waved a magic wand!” Now I am invoking my wizardry in your behalf, although in a less literal way: More power to you. May you purge your psychological burden. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “You won’t do it at the right time,” warns writer Kate Moller. “You’ll be late. You’ll be early. You’ll get re-routed. You’ll get delayed. You’ll change your mind. You’ll change your heart. It’s not going to turn out the way you thought it would.” And yet, Moller concludes—are you ready for the punch line?—”it will be better.” In describing your future, Taurus, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Fate may be comical in the way it plays with your expectations and plans, but I predict you will ultimately be glad about the outcome. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the coming weeks, you Geminis could be skillful and even spectacular liars. You will have the potential to deceive more people, bend more truths, and even fool yourself better than anyone else. On the other hand, you will also have the knack to channel this same slipperiness in a different direction. You could tell imaginative stories that rouse people from their ruts. You might explore the positive aspects of Kurt Vonnegut’s theory that we tend to become what we pretend to be. Or you could simply be so creative and playful and improvisational in everything you do that you catalyze a lot of inspirational fun. Which way will you go? CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’m in favor of you indulging your instinct for self-protection. As a Cancerian, I understand that one of the ways you take good care of yourself is by making sure that you feel reasonably safe. Having said that, I also want to remind you that your mental and emotional health requires you to leave your comfort zone on a regular basis. Now is one of those times. The call to adventure will arrive soon. If you make yourself ready and eager for changes, the changes that come will kick your ass in mostly educational and pleasurable ways.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Who exactly do you want to be when you grow up, and what is the single most important experience you need in order to make that happen? What riches do you want to possess when you are finally wise enough to make enlightened use of them, and how can you boost your eligibility for those riches? Which one of your glorious dreams is not quite ripe enough for you to fulfill it, but is primed to be dramatically ripened in the coming weeks? If I were you, Leo, I would meditate on these questions. Answers will be forthcoming.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “I need a little language such as lovers use,” wrote Virginia Woolf in her novel The Waves. “I need a howl; a cry. … I need no words. Nothing neat.” If I’m reading the astrological omens correctly, Sagittarius, Woolf is speaking for you right now. You should be willing to get guttural and primal... to trust the teachings of silence and the crazy wisdom of your body... to exult in the inarticulate mysteries and bask in the dumbfounding brilliance of the Eternal Wow. Are you brave enough to love what can’t be put into words?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): At an elementary school festival some years ago, I performed the role of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. One of my tasks was to ask kids to make a wish, whereupon I sprinkled their heads with magic fairy dust. Some of the kids were skeptical about the whole business. They questioned the proposition that the fairy dust would make their wishes come true. A few were so suspicious that they walked away without making a wish or accepting the fairy dust. Yet every single one of those distrustful kids came back later to tell me they had changed their minds, and every single one asked me to bestow more than the usual amount of fairy dust. They are your role models, Virgo. Like them, you should return to the scene of your doubts and demand extra fairy dust.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I get bored with the idea of becoming a better listener,” writes business blogger Penelope Trunk. “Why would I do that when interrupting people is so much faster?” If your main goal is to impose your will on people and get things over with as soon as possible, Capricorn, by all means follow Trunk’s advice this week. But if you have other goals—like building consensus, finding out important information you don’t know yet, and winning help from people who feel affection for you—I suggest that you find out how to have maximum fun by being an excellent listener.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The door to the invisible must be visible,” wrote the surrealist spiritual author Rene Daumal. This describes an opportunity that is on the verge of becoming available to you. The opportunity is still invisible simply because it has no precedents in your life; you can’t imagine what it is. But just recently, a door to that unknown realm has become visible to you. I suggest you open it, even though you have almost no idea what’s on the other side. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks the White Rabbit, “How long is forever?” The talking rabbit replies, “Sometimes, just one second.” That’s an important piece of information for you to keep in mind, Scorpio. It implies that “forever” may not necessarily, in all cases, last until the universe dies out five billion years from now. “Forever” might actually turn out to be one second or 90 minutes or a month or a year or who knows? So how does this apply to your life right now? Well, a situation you assumed was permanent could ultimately change—perhaps much faster than you have imagined. An apparently everlasting decree or perpetual feeling could unexpectedly shift, as if by magic.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The last time meteorologists officially added a new type of cloud formation to the International Cloud Atlas was 1951. But they’re considering another one now. It’s called “asperatus,” which is derived from the Latin term undulatus asperatus, meaning “turbulent undulation.” According to the Cloud Appreciation Society, it resembles “the surface of a choppy sea from below.” But although it looks rough and agitated, it almost never brings a storm. Let’s make asperatus your mascot for the next few weeks. Aquarius. I suspect that you, too, will soon discover something new under the sun. It may at first look turbulent, but I bet it will mostly just be interesting. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Should you try private experiments that might generate intimate miracles? Yes! Should you dream up extravagant proposals and schedule midnight rendezvous! By all means! Should you pick up where your fantasies left off the last time you got too timid to explore further? Naturally! Should you find out what “as raw as the law allows” actually means? I encourage you! Should you question taboos that are no longer relevant? Most assuredly! Should you burn away the rotting pain with a show of liberated strength? Beyond a doubt! Should you tap into the open secret at the core of your wild beauty! Of course!
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