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How the Idaho Constitution is keeping a veteran from being buried next next to to her her spouse spouse NEWS NEWS 88


Boise Boise Weekly Weekly takes takes aa photo photo tour tour of of recent recent public public art art projects projects FEATURE FEATURE 12 12

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE... Spending Spending aa day day at at the the Main Main Auction Auction CULTURE CULTURE 20 20

VITTLES WITH A VIEW A review of Flatbread’s new spot in the Eighth and Main Tower FOOD FOOD 24 24

“We struck oil.”


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MIXED BAG We’ve written a lot about Add the Words and LGBT issues in general—by now, readers of Boise Weekly probably have a feeling for how important we think those stories are. But in this week’s edition, I think we may have touched on one of the most important—and compelling—of such stories to date. We first heard of Madelynn Taylor a month or two ago, when she and a friend stopped by BWHQ and dropped off a one-page, typed summary of the dilemma she faces with the state of Idaho. A 74-year-old Navy veteran, retired telephone technician and Boise area farmer, Taylor can’t be buried next to her spouse in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in part because of four words: “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” On Page 8, BW News Editor George Prentice unfolds the story of Taylor and her late-wife, Jean Mixner, and how Idaho’s refusal not only to recognize same-sex marriage, but its failure to provide even basic civil rights guarantees for LGBT people is denying Taylor her last wish. Perhaps more than any other story we’ve printed on the topic of Add of the Words or LGBT equality, this piece throws into stark relief the impact of the Idaho Legislature’s continued refusal to move forward in step with history. Elsewhere in this week’s edition, BW Staff Writer Harrison Berry takes us on a tour of public art projects that have popped up in and around downtown Boise during the past couple of months, and affixes some dollar amounts to the installations that punctuate our street corners and other public spaces. Find the feature, with photography by graphic designer Kelsey Hawes, on Page 12. And speaking of tours, frequent BW contributor Jessica Murri spent the better part of 14 hours at the Main Auction in West Boise, and brought back a fascinating portrait of the people—and items—who populate the longtime, every-Saturday event. Find Murri’s piece on Page 20 and be prepared to find yourself making a note to visit the auction next Saturday. Beyond that, BW music writer Ben Schultz clues us into Seattle band Dionvox on Page 21; food writer Tara Morgan reviews Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria in its new location on the second floor of the Eighth and Main Tower, plus gives us the scoop on what’s happening with the old Le Cafe de Paris space on Page 24; and, on Page 25, Prentice shares his thoughts on a recent film that got away from Oscar. —Zach Hagadone

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ARTIST: Karen Eastman TITLE: “Passionate Sky” MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

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

OUTED? An Idaho judge has ordered Google to reveal the identity of a person who sent emails posing as the former College of Southern Idaho president. Read more on Citydesk.

BOOKISH Award-winning local author Anthony Doerr has a new book and a book tour to go along with it. Get more info on both at Mixtape.

CASH COW Netflix is raising its subscription rates by $1 or $2 a month, even as it reported strong earnings and 2.2 million new subscribers this year alone. Get more at Citydesk.


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MAIL WOW, FOUL FOWL. On the subject of Boise’s parks and geese, geesh, we seem to have some problems. Now, I truly delight in wildlife, and enjoy seeing geese and goslings quite a bit. I am thrilled with the beauty of Boise’s parks. But, really, when is the city of Boise going to star t looking at the geese in the park issue, and do something? How much geese poo can we take, or the grass, or the ponds? Geese droppings foul the ponds with E coli and other bacteria adversely affecting other wildlife as well as offending we humans’ senses and risking infectious disease outbreaks. Quinn’s Pond in summer becomes noxious for swimmers. What an itch! Overpopulation of geese is obvious. Take a stroll in Kathr yn Alber tson Park. Where are the wildlife biologists and responsible park managers on this? What about the state of Idaho’s Depar tment of Fish and Game? How about a relatively humane wildlife management plan for the geese? Spray coat eggs in nests with oil to decrease numbers that hatch. Har vest geese with nets and donate to community meal programs. Let there be an archer y and net hunt managed by permit. Please do something, or likely Mother Nature will, and it may not be enjoyable to experience. Brent Mathieu Boise

CHICKEN ON WOLVES? First, the kudos: John Rember is the best addition to the Boise Weekly I can recall. He is a brilliant writer, and his op-ed “Brain Damage” [BW, Opinion, April 9, 2014] is likely the best op-ed I’ve ever read. I have for warded it to ever y

person with a functioning neocor tex I know. Now the complaint: I have heard plenty this year about Add The Words, Guns on Campus, Lousy Education, Ag-Gag and I agree with the Boise Weekly’s positions on all those important issues. Our Legislature sucks, pure and simple, as do the politics in this state (I’m from Southern California originally). But not one word do I read in the last month about Gov. Otter’s latest wolf-kill policy, which swipes $400,000 tax dollars to kill as many wolves as possible, even in our Federally designated wilderness areas, before the feds come in and stop it, which I sincerely hope they will. I’ve been on the phone and computer numerous times to the Interior Depar tment and Depar tment of Fish and Game, imploring them to come and snatch wolf management back from this state. I’ve given Otter, Simpson, et. al a piece of my mind. But you—your silence is deafening. OK, so which is it: Are you scared to say anything about this disgusting slaughter, or do you actually side with Otter on this one? I’d really like to know. I testified against the wolf-killing bill in the state Legislature this year. It was quite clear to me that ever y member on the committee had already made up their mind. One legislator, a woman, even remarked out loud about the feds “shoving wolves down our throat.” As a pilot, I have frequently flown into airstrips throughout Idaho, and spent time with hunters and hunting outfitters. I have many friends who hunt, and I enjoy smoked elk steaks as much as anyone. The experienced hunters have no trouble finding plenty of elk to shoot. You know what the problem really is with elk hunting now? The

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elk have begun to behave again as animals that are preyed upon, and they have scattered and retreated deeper into the woods and into higher elevations. But many of our hunters these days are 75+ pounds over weight. They are out of shape. They smoke. They can’t follow the elk. They’d rather have them standing around in the lower elevation meadows so they can shoot them like fish in a barrel. Hunting outfitters have told me the No. 1 reason an elk hunt fails is because the hunter is out of shape and can’t physically hack it. So to please them, the state wishes to kill our wolves, to ar tificially pump up the already over 45,000 elk population in Idaho, and make them more docile again. And the cattle and sheep “depredations”? Sheep don’t belong in our forests where bighorns are anyway—they transmit disease—nor do they belong in our wilderness areas, and ranchers are compensated monetarily for wolf kills. The other thing the hunting outfitters I have spoken with have all said, other than that clients these days are too fat and/or lazy to climb mountains, is that they believe the wolves reintroduced here are “giant alien species, not native to Idaho.” This is simply false. Wolves here now are the same species as the wolves that were shot out before. These are intelligent animals that live in extended families. How anyone who has dogs can want to shoot wolves is beyond me, but then I also don’t understand why so many people feel they need to carr y a gun with them ever ywhere either, including on college campuses. But I challenge Boise Weekly to speak up, or at least answer me. I suspect you guys are chicken. I hope not. Maybe you just forgot. Ariella V. Thomas Boise

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CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS 5 What’s an educated kid like you doing in a dump like this? What determines most whether we have, or will ever have, a respectable public education system here in Idaho—or anywhere else for that matter? Surely, the good people in the Albertson Foundation would agree this is what we’re all after here—that one thing that would remedy our problems, vis á vis packing our childrens’ duffel bags for that long trip into the future with a fighting chance for decent careers, fulfilling lives, intelligent decision making, informed citizenship, etc., etc. Who could not agree with them—with their vague “Don’t Fail Idaho” campaign— that getting more students to complete the entire K-12 marathon and go on to higher levels of education would be a satisfactory outcome? But that would be a symptom of success, not a cure for what’s stopping it from happening now. Getting every classroom in Idaho wired up with the latest technology would be nice, too. But again, that would be only a milestone on the road from where we are today to where we’d like to be tomorrow. It doesn’t address the question of why we need to plop kids down in front of a computer to get them interested in learning something. Turning every public school in Idaho into a virtual charter, and hooking every student up to a network so that data flows into their little noggins from online corporate brainfeeding tubes, might produce a more thoroughly trained working herd, which would certainly make the local economic outlook brighter. But is accomplishing that really for the kids’ sakes?… or for those who benefit the most from bright economic outlooks? Portraying public schools as hellholes that squash eager young minds like bugs, accusing unionized teachers of being the acid eating away the foundations of society, extolling the market place as the only hope for Western Civilization—e.g., the “Students Come First” blitz so enthusiastically supported by, among others, the Albertson Foundation—might work for some of the simpler people. But then, when you realize that all of those states and nations sitting on the upper rungs of the education ladder—the same one Idaho squats on the bottom of—have solid public school systems, strong teachers’ unions and relatively little of this privatization being plotted among their political and business leaders, you have to wonder what the real motive is for such an assault on the public school system, an institution that has served Western Civilization pretty damn well for a good long time. No, as I prepared to finish up this series on why the Albertson Foundation is throwing so much prime-the-pump money into such an extensive television presence, I went Googling about in the oceans of data showing which states (and nations) rank on top academically,

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which states (and nations) pay the most in teachers’ salaries, which states (and nations) pay the most per student. I found, of course, what I expected to find: The best states for education—in every sense, from pre-K schooling availability to academic achievement to the rate of high-school graduation and percentages of higher degrees—far more often than not pay the most to their teachers and show the strongest support for their pubic schools. The conclusions are inescapable: 1) in the broad view, you get what you pay for; and 2) in states (and nations) that treasure their public schools, those schools are doing a hell of a lot better than those in states where the general attitude is that the public school system is an enemy. Idaho is one of those states. There are no rankings for which the state’s elected officials top the list for treating professional educators like shit, for denying the truths taught in science classrooms, for sneering most openly at the entire panorama of intellectual achievement—but Idaho has to be in the running. We’re on the short list of everything else you wouldn’t want on an education report card, so doesn’t it follow we’d also be a leader in contempt for both education and educators? After all, where else would a man with zero experience as either an educator or an education be elected the superintendent of public instruction? So back to that question I asked up front: What determines most whether we have, or will ever have, a respectable public education system here in Idaho? Some respect, that’s what. Respect for the men and women who struggle to make it work—in spite of being among the worst paid and most unappreciated teachers in America. Respect for the potential of our youth—which being second-from-the-last in per student expenditures is not. Respect for the concept that all youngsters deserve an equal shot at becoming educated citizens, no matter their access to some fly-by-night charter school. And respect for the necessity, the integrity and the transcendence of true intellectual achievement, something our state leaders could use a great deal more of. So, you good people in the Albertson Foundation, think about what all those millions of yours could do if you used them to persuade our officials to strengthen what we’ve always had, and to elect people who put public education ahead of personal gain. And you needn’t take my word for anything. Read Diane Ravitch’s latest book, Reign of Error, on the schemes to sell this most vital of society’s functions off to forces who may have a lot less concern for your childrens’ futures than they do for their own stock portfolios. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Getting the most from your writing workshop It’s been 40 years since I conducted my first creative writing workshop, and in those years I’ve become marginally better at impersonating the old published person at the head of the table. I’ve learned to head off nasty wars between workshop members. I’ve learned to recognize the difference between people who sign up for workshops to learn to write and people who sign up to talk about writing. I’ve stopped making jokes about Our Narcissistic Personality Disorder Therapy Group, because I’ve learned writers need narcissism as much as they need talent, at least to the extent that they consider their talent special enough to command other people’s time. Most of all, I’ve learned that if you start with hard work, basic literacy and openness to new ideas, writing can be a doorway to a life of meaning. That doesn’t mean it’s not also a life full of inappropriate metaphors, long moments of emotional pain and occasional visits from the evil stranger who lives in your mirror. So: Imagine you’re in a writing workshop. Imagine you’re an undiscovered genius. Imagine that you’ve given copies of your latest story to the members of the workshop. The next time you check, you have text messages. “Outstanding,” says one. “Best thing I’ve ever read,” says another. “I stand in awe of your talent and skill,” says a third. “I’ve resigned from the faculty so U can take over the workshop and teach it the way it should be done,” reads the text from the workshop leader. “My editor wants to buy U dinner. My husband wants to meet U. He’s been so unhappy. I hope U can do something.” There. That was easy. You wouldn’t be in a writing workshop if you didn’t have an imagination that could invent this scenario. But all too often, fellow workshoppers refuse to respond to your stories with the kind of delight you’ve imagined they would. They pout. They sneer. They mock. They laugh when you compare the stars to diamonds glittering on black velvet. Possible reasons: -They recognize talent and they hate it because they don’t have any. -You’re really a princess, left as a foundling on your parents’ doorstep. Everyone knows this but you, and they’re jealous. -They can’t read. Never learned. They put all their energy into football and cheerleading. -Your characters are so deep and nuanced that you’ve forced all of your fellow writers to evaluate their shallow vision of human nature as reflected in their trite, superficial characters. -They’ve never seen diamonds glittering on black velvet. There’s another possibility: That the story in your mind never made it through the maze from your heart to your frontal lobes to paper, to your reader’s optic nerves, to his or her frontal lobes, then to his or her heart. Something made it, but it was damaged in transit. BOI S EW EEKLY.COM

Learning to write is figuring out how to get people quite different from you to experience the beauty and wisdom you’re capable of in the same way you experience it. If the sentence above sounds sardonic to you, you’re supplying the sardonicism. I’m simply pointing out how difficult writing is as a method of communication. I believe that most people have good stories in their hearts. I believe that most people have a core of wisdom that comes from living and suffering in this world. I believe that most of learning to write involves the technical difficulties of transforming what’s inside you into words that can reach what’s inside somebody else. Here are a few observations that will help you get more from your writing workshop, and, with luck, get through to your readers in the way you want to: -You are in a workshop to learn to read as well as to learn to write. -That reading consists of careful, sentenceby-sentence absorption of other people’s stories. Someone else has taken the time and effort to try to tell you a story. That story will almost always have flaws. But the story behind those flaws can be discerned if you’re a smart and skilled and careful reader. -If you take the time to annotate another person’s story in detail, paying attention to what’s on the page instead of how much you like them or loathe them, you’ll learn a great deal about technical writing skills. That’s because you’ll have to articulate what it is that makes a sentence or a paragraph work or not work. You’ll be surprised at how much you know about writing once you articulate it. -Once you articulate your knowledge of writing, it’s easier to apply that same knowledge to your own work. -If you come to your workshop without having read and annotated all of the other stories, don’t be surprised if nobody reads your work, no matter how good it is. A functioning workshop is a community, not a collection of disaffected, supercilious and misunderstood loners. (I said functioning workshop.) Almost any workshop run by an experienced writing teacher will have rules. I’ve relaxed most of mine, telling people that it’s OK to talk when their story is on the table, but when they’re talking they’re not listening to what people want to say about their story. I tell them it’s OK to put a first draft before the workshop if they don’t mind being mortified when they recognize a bunch of foolish mistakes they should have fixed yesterday. I even tell them it’s OK to write magical realism in English, although I’d much rather they’d take up smoking. I do have one firm rule: check guns and knives at the door. That’s not an inappropriate metaphor. It’s not even a metaphor. Adapted from the MFA in a Box blog,

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But Idaho offers no final resting place for veteran and spouse GEORGE PRENTICE It’s entirely possible that Madelynn Taylor is the best reason for Idaho to add the words. The Navy veteran is victim to what may be the most egregious example of LGBT discrimination by the state of Idaho, and all she’s asking for is to be laid to rest alongside her partner in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. In a cruel twist of fate, if the veterans cemetery were operated by the federal government, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would most likely have no problem with a gay veteran being buried next to a partner. The U.S. government has already indicated that it would approve. But Taylor wants to be buried in the state where she raised calves, worked 25 years for Mountain States Telephone and served as a volunteer EMT. And she takes particular pride in her years of service: She was in the U.S. Navy from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. That’s all well and good with the state of Idaho, with one exception... she fell in love with a woman. And that’s the only reason why she is being turned away from the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery after applying for interment, along with her partner, who recently passed away. “We’ve always... hmm… how do I put this?” Dave Brasuell, the state’s chief administrator at the Idaho Division of Veteran Services needed to pause and think for a minute when Boise Weekly asked about Taylor’s situation. “We’ve always sided in favor of the veteran and the family, as long as we do it ethically and by the law or statute,” he finally said. Brasuell was clearly uncomfortable being asked about the dilemma; he knows as well as anyone that there are plenty of men and women from the Idaho Legislature who have no desire to recognize Taylor’s marriage to another woman, let alone their acceptance at the state veteran’s cemetery. “I do want to say that we’re sympathetic to her situation,” said Brasuell.

STATEHOUSE STANDOFF Madelynn Taylor is 74 years old. When we met her at the front gate of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, she needed

Madelynn Taylor, 74: “Shouldn’t we be able to be buried in our home?”

something to lean against—she used a walker to slowly make her way to the entrance and then used a cane to hold herself up. On this particular spring day, she was framed by a watercolor blue sky, a soft breeze and a late afternoon warmth. She took a long look at the crosses that marked the final resting places of more than 3,000 service members. “Please don’t take my photograph when we’re inside the cemetery,” Taylor cautioned. “That would be against the cemetery rules and I always want to respect the rules.” Taylor has followed the rules her whole life, through her Navy years, her work as an Idaho phone company technician and as an EMT. But in spite of that desire to follow all the rules, Taylor has still been denied the most basic of human rights: to live and love how she chooses, with dignity and respect. ADA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Gardner Company was riding high in early January. Company officials were counting down the days to their grand opening of the Eighth and Main Tower—the tallest building in the state—and had recently purchased the US Bank Plaza—the second tallest. The company was offering to build a new multimodal transit facility beneath the US Bank Tower, then it was about to unveil its most ambitious project to date: something called City Center Plaza, including the subterranean transit center, a revitalized US Bank Plaza, a new building to serve as headquarters to Clearwater Analytics and still another building that will serve as a new convention, meeting and banquet destination for the Boise Centre. Things were going just swell, but then the phone rang in the Boise office of Geoff Wardle, general counsel for Gardner Company. “We found petroleum,” Jon Kruck, project manager for Boise-based Materials Testing and Inspection, told Wardle. Kruck should know oil when he sees it. He specializes in environmental investigations, remediation and health and safety issues for clients throughout the United States. Simply put, it’s his job to test what’s in the ground before construction equipment begins to move any dirt. “I remember that day this past January pretty well,” Kruck recalled. “It was the last hole we drilled for the day.” More than three months later, on April 21, Kruck stood before the Capital City Development Corporation Board of Commissioners. CCDC owns much of the Grove Plaza and is planning on donating the parcel for what will become the City Center Plaza. More importantly, CCDC is serving as an integral go-between, lending more than $21 million— via bonds—to the Greater Boise Auditorium District to help fund the construction of one of the City Center Plaza buildings—the Center Building, which will host meetings and banquet facilities to complement the alreadythriving Boise Centre. But nobody will be turning any dirt at the Grove Plaza until the recently disclosed environmental problem is addressed. “We struck oil,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, who also serves as a CCDC commissioner. Kruck told Bieter and his CCDC colleagues that from the 1940s through the early 1970s, a gas station stood near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street, where the US Bank Tower currently stands. “And there was another gas station in this corner and at that corner,” said Kruck, pointing to an historic map of 9 the downtown core, where the Grove Plaza is currently located.


The City Center Plaza is expected to be completed by May 2016.



Push came to shove earlier this year when Taylor was given a criminal citation on Feb. 7 and arrested twice, on March 12 and March 19, during Add the Words protests at the Idaho Statehouse. She had joined dozens of other citizens to block entrances to Statehouse meeting rooms in order to express their frustration with the Idaho Legislature’s failure to consider adding the words “sexual orientation” and

“gender identity” to Idaho’s human-rights law. “Sure, some of that was about my case, but what really motivates me is all of the heartbreak that some of these younger kids are going through today,” she said.


NAVY BLUES Taylor was born into a big family in the depths of the Depression—she had eight brothers and sisters—in the Ozarks of Missouri. She joined the Navy at age 18. “That was 1959,” she said, pointing to a photograph. “I was in boot camp in Maryland and aviation prep school in Jacksonville, Fla.” Taylor spent considerable time as a trainer in physiology and celestial navigation, while assigned to naval bases in California, Florida and ultimately, Corpus Christi, Texas. “If you recall, things were pretty tense back in 1962; that’s when some guy started playing around with nuclear weapons with the big boys,” she said. “Some guy” was Fidel Castro and “playing around” was the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. “So just about everybody was being shipped down to the states near the Gulf of Mexico,” Taylor recalled. “The Cuban Missile Crisis changed everything. Everybody was on edge.” B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


NEWS But Taylor would need to deal with her own crisis when she was outed for being gay. “I remember getting a call from my roommate telling me that investigators were in our barracks, searching through our stuff,” she said. “They were probably looking for letters.” Ultimately, Taylor’s superiors asked her to “name names” of other gay servicewomen. She refused. “I told them it was none of their business, but then I was called into a courtroom. They asked if I was gay and I said, ‘Yes.’ I couldn’t lie under oath.” The early ’60s were light years before “don’t ask, don’t tell.” So, Taylor was offered a terrible choice: face a court martial or voluntarily agree to an immediate administrative discharge. It would be 15 years before Taylor could successfully petition her dismissal, and she was granted an honorable discharge in 1979, restoring her full military benefits. “The Navy had a revelation in the late ’70s that it was wrong to discharge us at the time, and there was an amnesty window. So I grabbed my chance,” she said. In the meantime, Taylor had moved to Idaho, relocating to Boise to work for Mountain States Telephone as a central office technician. She worked for the phone company for nearly a quarter-century. “I had a lot of friends here in Boise, and I owned three different homes and farms over the years. I would usually raise calves and farm the land,” she said.

JEAN St. Patrick’s Day 1995. Taylor remembers it as if it was yesterday. “Jean was…” Taylor paused and looked away for a moment. “Well, Jean was a lady.” And yes, it was love at first sight. Taylor’s voice immediately softened: “I met Jean Mixner on a blind date in Kansas City, Mo. We sat up all night that first night playing Gay Trivia all night. We met for breakfast the next morning. We were a couple from the moment on,” Taylor recalled. When Taylor returned home to Boise, she and Mixner racked up some hefty phone bills, prompting Mixner, who was retired after working for years as an insurance executive, to sell her house and pack her bags for Boise. “Life was good,” said Taylor. “I worked the farm and Jean ran a transgender support group, helping people with how to put their makeup on right. Plus, she was one of the clergy at the Metropolitan Community Church.” In 1995, the two were married in an MCC Church in Boardman, Ore., and in 2008, they were married again at the San Bernardino County Courthouse in California. “Jean had a corsage and I had a boutonnière,” said Taylor. Her voice softened further. “And then she got sick.” Mixner was a smoker, and severe emphysema had devoured her lungs. Recognizing that each day was precious, the two loaded up an RV and drove coast to coast, from the New Jersey shore to Apache County, Ariz., where they parked for the last time. BOI S EW EEKLY.COM

Material Testing and Inspection found petroleum 22 feet below the Grove Plaza.

Here’s the good news: Kruck says he knows how to clean it up. He told the CCDC Board of Commissioners that once the contaminated soil has been pulled out of the site, his team would inject what he called “an oxygen release compound” into the soil to enhance a more natural chemical mix. “We’re going to be digging all of that dirt up anyway,” he said, referring to the massive subterranean excavation, which will be required to build the transit center. “I’ve talked to the [Idaho] Department of Environmental Quality and they’re concerned,” said Kruck. “Some of this was discovered on the land around the bank building [owned by Gardner Company], but most of this was found on [CCDC] land.” And that’s when CCDC commissioners were directed to a document buried deep in a 100-plus-page packet of memoranda and resolutions. There, they found an item called “environmental remediation.” “CCDC acknowledges that the Grove Plaza was previously utilized in a manner which may have resulted in the presence of Hazardous Materials in or about the Grove Plaza Subsurface Parcel,” reads the document, which recommends CCDC fork over a maximum of $200,000 for costs incurred to clean up any hazardous materials, including removal, treatment, containment “or any other remedial action required by governmental authorities.” Kruck said his team had drilled 22 feet below the surface of the Grove Plaza before discovering the petroleum. “And we don’t know if there are any tanks down there,” he cautioned. That’s why DEQ will require groundwatermonitoring wells be placed around the site once the entire City Center Plaza is finished. “The DEQ typically looks for at least one year of groundwater monitoring,” said Kruck. That prompted Brian Ballard to step before the CCDC commissioners. Ballard is general counsel for Valley Regional Transit, which would operate the transit facility once Gardner’s construction is complete. “We’re very comfortable with our discussions with Materials Testing and Inspection,” said Ballard. “And based on what I heard today, we’re comfortable with this solution.” But no one was questioning the seriousness of the discovery of unwelcome chemicals at the site of one of Boise’s most anticipated construction projects. “The levels of petroleum were above the screening level. It was above the cleanup level,” said Kruck. “That’s why we have to move it. The $200,000 cost is not so much about the digging. It’s about the disposal.” 8

Jean Mixner (left) and Madelynn Taylor (right) on Veterans Day, 2011.

“The worst of it was watching her deteriorate. She took morphine, as needed.” On April 19, 2012, Taylor woke from a brief slumber after trying to catch a couple of minutes of sleep in a chair. Mixner was gone. She had somehow detached her oxygen tank and walked out of the house. A short time later, Taylor found her wife, dead, on the neighbor’s lawn. “I think she was there because she used to like to look at our garden from the neighbor’s yard,” said Taylor, taking another long breath. Taylor keeps her wife’s ashes in a wooden box with a cross on its lid.

THE CEMETERY In December 2013, Taylor drove to the Idaho Veterans Cemetery hoping to secure a reservation for interment, along with her wife’s ashes, in a granite columbarium. She made a point of bringing her honorable discharge papers and marriage license to show the cemetery officials. “But the moment I said the word ‘partner,’ they said, ‘No.’ That was basically the end of the conversation,” she said. Taylor said she had returned to the cemetery to talk with a supervisor, but that conversation was the same. “Oh yes, Madelynn has visited our cemetery,” James Earp, Idaho State Veterans Cemetery director, told Boise Weekly. “Yes, we comply with the National Cemetery Administration’s requirement and we verify the veteran’s benefits, but we’re also governed by the Idaho State Constitution and that’s where, I believe, the main differences lie.” But that’s when Earp suggested we talk to Tamara Mackenthun, deputy administrator at the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. And that conversation didn’t last too long before Mackenthun bounced us up the organization chart: “I think you should be talking to my boss, the chief administrator of the Idaho Veterans Affairs Commission. That’s Dave Brasuell,” she said.

That’s when Brasuell put BW on a speaker phone, along with Mackenthun, to delicately explain the state’s official position. “Yes, we have benefits that are provided directly to the vet from the U.S. Veterans Association. There is absolutely no issue when the federal VA comes down with its own policies and procedures,” said Brasuell. “However, in this case we’re dealing with benefits that are administered by the state, such as the veterans cemetery or the state veterans home. And that’s when you have to deal with state laws.” Amendment No. 2 in the Idaho Constitution states, “a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” “Regardless of what our personal feelings might be in this matter, we have to honor, foremost, the state constitution,” said Mackenthun. But precedent has already been set in federal veterans cemeteries. In February 2013, the same-sex spouse of an Air Force veteran was buried in Willamette National Cemetery, southeast of Portland, Ore. The burial was granted at the discretion of the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. But Taylor wants to be buried in Idaho. “Shouldn’t we be able to be buried in our home?” she asked. Brasuell said that this was the first request of its kind for Idaho, but it would certainly not be the last. “We all have our personal feelings on this. We’re very sympathetic to her challenge,” he said. “We hope that the state and federal regulations would get in line, but this [veteran] has earned these benefits due to her honorable service.” And while Taylor may not have all the time in the world, right now, time is all she has. “Other than being buried in a national cemetery in another state or a private cemetery…” Brasuell paused again to choose his words carefully. “She has the option of possibly waiting to see… well, to see if things change.”

—George Prentice

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CITIZEN lieutenant governor as its chair. When you have the state supporting your effort, it becomes a whole lot easier because counties and cities line up after.




What do your homeless numbers look like om Utah? Pendleton: We’ve gone from an average of 67 days in a shelter to 33 days; and 41 percent leave without any financial assistance. About 52 percent of them require $3,500 in assistance for about five months; and then we have about 6 percent that are chronically homeless and need publicly supported housing.


LLOYD PENDLETON AND GREG MORRIS Finding a champion and mustering up political will GEORGE PRENTICE Greg Morris and Lloyd Pendleton have a common mission to care for the homeless—actually it’s more of a passion. But they’re at opposite ends of their professional lives. Pendleton, 73, was an executive with the Ford Motor Company for 14 years before serving the next 26 years in the welfare department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Additionally, he served as senior adviser to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Morris founded a pilot program for the city of Boise, which provided housing to homeless families, while integrating intensive case management. The pilot evolved into CATCH, Inc., an independent nonprofit where Morris, 42, serves as executive director. But the waiting list for CATCH continues to grow to record numbers as Idaho, and Boise in particular, struggles with a steadily growing number of homeless. Meanwhile, in Pendleton’s home state of Utah, his work is being credited with helping reduce that state’s street homelessness by an unprecedented 78 percent over the past nine years. Which is why Morris was so anxious to host Pendleton in a series of meetings with the public, stakeholders and a stream of public officials earlier this month.

Can you recall, when you were a boy, your first impression of someone who was homeless? Pendleton: I came from a very small town and on rare occasions, we would travel to Salt Lake City, where we would see hoboes; and I remember hearing, “Get a job, you lazy bum.” Through the years, I made my own paradigm shift to see them as my brothers and sisters. But you must acknowledge that not enough people in our nation have yet made that shift. Pendleton: We speak the middle-class language, while the homeless speak a poverty language; our words become noise to them. I remember several years ago when we first started reading about numerous cities, including Boise, drafting their own plan to eliminate homelessness. Honestly, I thought the phrase was ridiculous. Pendleton: So did I. But after listening to the research of a housing-first approach, I became convinced it could be done. So, what we did in Utah was restructure our state’s homeless coordinating committee to steer away from members being service providers and more toward cabinet-level office holders, with the

Can you appreciate the argument from skeptics who are inclined not to keep throwing money at the problem? Pendleton: I agree. I’m not willing to go to a legislator to ask for more money to do this. What we’re doing is making certain that the funds we have now are used effectively. Morris: One of the reasons I invited Lloyd to come here is that Utah and Idaho seem to be cut from the same political cloth. How is it possible that Utah reduced their homeless count by 74 percent while we really haven’t made a dent? So what’s the difference? Morris: Idaho does a very good job of holding collaborative meetings, but you have to have an agency or person that is going to carry everyone to the finish line. Pendleton: But you will not change the status quo without some conflict. You should welcome conflict; it creates the energy, the dialogue and passion to make change. When you hear about Utah’s success, do you have the sense that Idaho is still in the early stages of combating homelessness? Morris: I’m not sure if we ever got off the ground. In some respects, Boise’s 10-year plan was a checkbox so that we could bring in a little bit of HUD money. But I think Lloyd is right; we didn’t have a champion and we didn’t have the political will. What’s the waiting list right now for the CATCH program? Morris: Between 40 and 50 families, and that’s just in Ada County. It’s higher than it’s ever been. These are families forced to stay in shelters because CATCH can’t get to them as quickly as we should. What do you consider our greatest barrier in fighting homelessness? Morris: It’s a fundamental thing—a separation of otherness. We fall into the trap that the homeless are other than us. Gandhi said, “We all are one indivisible body and if any one of us hurts, than all of us are hurt.” I think that is still a huge barrier. Pendleton: We’re all citizens. I’m a citizen, you’re a citizen; homeless folks are citizens. We cannot serve at a distance. [International antipoverty advocate] Sam Daley-Harris said, “We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected.”

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“INFERNUM BESTIAE” The Boise Union Pacific Depot closed in 1997. Today, it’s surrounded by dead ends and roads where the option to make a U-turn would be convenient if not illegal, but the depot has become a symbol of the City of Trees’ aesthetic resurgence, in part thanks to Anna Webb and Reham Aarti’s 306,000-tile mosaic covering a roundabout on Crescent Rim Drive, “Infernum Bestiae.” Commissioned for $20,000 by the Depot Bench Neighborhood Association, the mosaic circle spans a total of 530 square feet and took Webb and Aarti from September-December 2013 to complete, which might explain why its title means “Hell Beast” in Latin.


You could walk past “Heliotrope” a dozen times before you realize it’s art. The metal sculpture located near the Boise Grove at the intersection of Eighth and Main streets, with its tiny garden of vines just beginning to climb sunward along its frame, blends into its environment of lamp posts, cafe tables, buildings and low shrubs. Eventually, it will be lush with leaves and flowers, but for now, its effect on passersby is passive. “Heliotrope” was built by Dwaine Carver and is part of Capital City Development Corporation’s Public Works-Eco-Art on 8th—a trio of sculptures designed to invoke Boise’s close relationship with green spaces and the environment, the first two of which cost Boise taxpayers $42,000. That’s just a fraction of what the city and other agencies spend on public art each year. The city’s public art collection is worth just more than $3.75 million, and every year, the Boise City Department of Arts and History receives about $75,000 through the City Percent for Art program, a 1 percent tax on eligible capital expenditures to fund public artworks. The city and other local groups have spent a combined $500,750 on projects completed in 2013-2014. Here’s some of what the City of Trees bought with all that green.

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At Riverside Park near the firefighter memorial is a hunk of I-beam suspended in a halo of brushed steel tubes. The I-beam’s rough edges hint at its history—it was once part of the World Trade Center. While it’s still waiting on signage, “World Trade Center Memorial,” by Amber Conger and Jensen Belts Landscape Architecture, is now a permanent fixture of Riverside Park courtesy of the Boise City Percent for Art and the Boise City Fire Department at a cost of $25,000.

The Linen District is the whitewashed gateway to the multi-story, architecturally stylized buildings of downtown—and the Department of Arts and History has diligently given flavor to its bone-white exteriors. The most recent addition to its facade is the Linen District Fence Installation “Little Brains Can Still Dream Big.” Four works by Amy Lunstrum, depicting Boise-area woodland creatures, line the sidewalk between The Linen Building and the row of shops on Grove Street at a cost of $3,000.








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TREEFORT ART To commemorate the third year of Treefort Music Fest, the city commissioned Boise artists Melissa Chambers, Bobby Gaytan and Mike Landa to create artworks in locations central to the festival. Landa’s “Enthusiasm Contained,” a white, nylon orb squeezed into a too-small cube, rests outside The Flicks, where the Treefort Film Fest celebrated its second year. At The Record Exchange, Melissa Chambers’ “Treefort Banners”—a series of six mural-sized banners, one of which, “Treefort Blues,” was Boise Weekly’s cover art for the March 19-25 edition—hangs from the west-facing wall. On Main Street, painted on the side of the building next door to The Crux, is the larger-than-life “Kid Playing Guitar,” by Bobby Gaytan. Each artist was paid $3,000 from the Boise City Percent for Art fund. The works are temporar y, and may stay on site with the permission of the property owners for up to five years.




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“HELIOTROPE” Like a flower, “Heliotrope” reaches for the sky. It’s a metal frame now, but it promises to bud and bloom as plants taking root beneath the sculpture, designed by Dwaine Carver, creep upward. The first of three sculptures in the CCDC’s Public Works-Eco-Art series located along Eighth Street (it was installed in the summer of 2013), Heliotrope will have to relocate when Gardner Company breaks ground as early as this autumn on the Clearwater Building, a nine-story, 200,000-square-foot office tower. At 16 feet high, it cost the city $42,000. As yet, no permanent location has been found for the sculpture.

“LITHORACNIUM” The second in the PWEA series, “Lithoracnium,” by Bruce Poe of Modus Architects, and Margo and Dennis Proksa, looks to some like a dandelion. To others, the arc of its trunk looks like a palm tree. Whatever the case, it sprouted from its location at the corner of Eighth and Broad streets almost overnight the weekend of March 23. Its total cost to the city was $42,000. “Virgo,” the as-yet-unveiled third piece in the PWEA series by Amy Westover and McKibben & Cooper architects, will also be located somewhere on Eighth Street and cost an undisclosed sum of money.








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SATURDAY APRIL 26 Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.


THURSDAY APRIL 24 indescribable ruckus BOISE CLASSIC MOVIES: THE BREAKFAST CLUB In 1985, the big screen was full of young people overcoming odds on their way to adulthood. In The Goonies, a gang of kids searched for buried treasure; Marty McFly steered a DeLorean Back to the Future; and nerdy teens Gary and Wyatt used some Weird Science to create a flesh-and-blood woman (played by the lovely ex-Mrs. Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock). We loved the films, but it could be hard to relate to the outrageous scenarios: Few teens growing up in the ’80s had access to doubloons, a time machine or a computer capable of creating a person (the Commodore Amiga 1000 was so not up to the task). The Breakfast Club, however, gave us both characters and situations we could identify with, and Boise Classic Movies is giving us a chance to relive those moments with a big-screen showing of the John Hughes’ classic at the Egyptian Theatre. This time around, we can (legally) enjoy a glass of beer or wine to wash away the tangy taste of ’80s nostalgia that will inevitably rise when with the opening bars of “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” Whether you were part of the in-crowd in high school or you were an outsider, you’ll see yourself in this movie because each one of us is a brain... and an athlete... and a basket case... a princess... and a criminal. 7 p.m., $9 adv., $11 door. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St.,

SATURDAY APRIL 26 fashion transformation BOISE ART MUSEUM: ART OF FASHION SHOW—REVAMPED Imagine a fashion show where designers use vampires and werewolves as inspiration. Now imagine those same designers in fierce competition, vying for a tidy fist of cash by showcasing an ensemble that captures two looks on one runway. That is the scenario for Boise Art Museums’s re-VAMPED Art of Fashion Show. Inspiration for

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the event is the work of Portland, Ore., artist Anna Fidler, whose work is currently on display at the museum through Sunday, May 25. Portraits of little known Oregon historical figures served as Fidler’s springboard for inspiration, wherein she explores the 21st century fascination with all things other-worldly. Working within various mediums, Fidler transformed the old-time portraits into something altogether different—recognizably human, but with a twist. When it came to the selection criteria Fidler used for choosing a possible subject, she limited the options to any portrait whose image included “facial expressions and features that could be interpreted as mysteri-

As the snow we skied on all winter melts into the water we’ll shred all summer, and we feel that great sense of connectivity to the earth’s cycle and the wild outdoors and nature’s cathedrals, we know it’s time to go buy ourselves a very-used-well-loved-beat-up kayak for $65. That’s what the Idaho Whitewater Association’s annual gear sale has been all about for more than 30 years. Known as the largest used boat swap in the Northwest, a paddler can find Class V deals on hardshell kayaks, play boats, creekers, rafts, river gear, canoes, paddle boards, inflatable kayaks, paddles, life jackets, helmets and gnar accessories. And this year, the sale goes beyond things that get wet. It’s open to all kinds of outdoor gear, from tents and sleeping bags to bicycles. Idaho River Sports owners expect to see their parking lot packed with more than 1,000 people from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, some looking to score a complete raft set-up (with frame and all) seaworthy for the Salmon, for $500. Folks line up three blocks away for the 9 a.m. opening, so show up early. If you want to sell your old gear because you’ve moved on to this year’s newest models, check in your equipment on Friday from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. at IRS, or online at Idaho Whitewater Association’s website. IWA takes 15 percent of all sales to help preserve rivers, build river put-ins and take-outs, and maintain outhouses. 9 a.m., FREE. Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., 208336-4844,

ous, haunting or strange.” Since the show is also a competition, the Museum sent out a call to area designers, offering a total of 30 competition slots. According to Boise Art Museum staff, as of the first week in April, several slots had yet to be filled. Which means if you’re an aspiring (or even established) designer, the door is wide open to show off your talent. Requirements for entry are simple: design a look that utterly transforms on the runway and be older than 18. Upon selection, designers have the option of either modeling their own creation or furnishing an appropriate model—also 18 and older. 6 p.m. 18 and older. $10 adv. BAM members, $15 adv. nonmembers, $20 door. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-3458330,

SATURDAY APRIL 26 no excuses FIFTH ANNUAL CRAWL AROUND DOWNTOWN When it comes to the annual Crawl Around Downtown, it doesn’t matter if you’re a drinker or teetotaler, since young and old alike are invited. Event coordinator Andrea Courtney explained it’s a nontraditional pub crawl, meaning families are both welcomed and encouraged to attend. For $40, participants who register ahead of time will receive a Boise Crawl T-shirt, downtown map, and eight drink tickets. Half of that $40 is tax deductible as a charitable donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Let’s go fly a kite...

SATURDAY APRIL 26 ...up to the highest height TREASURE VALLEY KITE FESTIVAL You may want to keep your plans up in the air on Saturday, April 26. That’s when Technicolor quadrilaterals will dot the skies over Meridian’s Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park for the inaugural Treasure Valley Kite Festival. Once upon a time, there used to be an annual kite-flying extravaganza in Boise. But it was gone with the wind by the late 1990s. “It’s been a while,” said Becky Breshears, owner of Plan Ahead Events Boise, one of the new festival’s sponsors. “But then Gary Lillard, who used to produce the old Boise kite festival, told me it was one of the most rewarding events he had ever been a part of: 2,000-3,000 kites in the air and families on blankets as the kids raced across the grass.” That description sealed the deal and Breshears got going to launch the Treasure Valley Kite Festival during April, which is National Kite Month. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until noon, with prizes being awarded to longest tail, highest flight and other high-falutin’ fun. No worries if you don’t have your own: Free kites will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. “We’ll have some prizes and ribbons for all the kids,” said Breshears. “And we’ll be out there rain or shine, wind or none. But isn’t there always some wind here in April?” In addition to Plan Ahead Events Boise, the free event is cosponsored by Rocky Mountain Roll, American Family Insurance and Inspirational Family Radio. 9 a.m.-noon, FREE. Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian,

drink tickets can be used for either beer or nonalcoholic beverages. Eight establishments are slated to participate, including Piper Pub & Grill, Solid, The Front Door, Taphouse and Ha’ Penny Pub, among others. Registrants will receive one drink ticket good at each location, where they’ll receive a 6 oz. taster of beer or other nonalcoholic concoction. Each pub will also have a menu of select food items, and each order will result in an additional donation to the CFF. If you miss out on preregistration, you can still


participate in the fundraising. Visit the website to see which pubs are participating, then hit your favorite spot and order from the selected menu. It’s a golden opportunity to relish a leisurely Saturday afternoon, while simultaneously funding vital research into the treatment of a deadly disease. Noon, $40 adv., $50 day of, check-in:11 a.m.-1 p.m. Pioneer Tent and Awning Company building, inside next to Jenny’s Lunch Line, 106 N. Sixth St., 208-340-8331,

Thrill of the chaise.

SATURDAY APRIL 26 meet and seat CHAIR AFFAIR 2014: ADAPT Walk into a giant furniture store and the choices will probably not be cutting edge. Clearly, something ottoman be done about it. For those interested in craftsmanship and creativity, lack of inspiring design doesn’t settee well. Luckily, it’s time for the Interior Designers of Idaho Chair Affair—a full-day and evening event dedicated to all things functionally aesthetic. But make no mistake, this is not chair-ity we’re talking about. Rather, it’s an opportunity for both student and professional craftsmen from throughout the Northwest to showcase their visions crafted from materials entirely of their choosing. Past winners have included tennis balls, elk antlers and one antique filing system repurposed as a foyer table. Perhaps this year will see a piece carved from the rarest wood of all: the Ponder-sofa. Whatever the material, each piece will likely be chair-ished forever based on their enduring designs. And when you couch it in those terms, suddenly furniture becomes interesting again. If you couldn’t chair less about design but totally dig all things eco-friendly, take heart—the event includes a Best Recycled Materials category. To qualify, entries must contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled materials that have been reconditioned, remanufactured or recycled from materials headed straight to the dump. In terms of sustainability, this group is bed to the bone. Boise Centre on the Grove will host the trade show and lecture series portion, while the evening gala will occur at the WaterCooler and includes the awards ceremony, where seven lucky winners will receive prizes ranging from $500-$1000. The tables will turn toward attendees as they vote for their personal picks, on display during the gala event. The entry that receives the lion’s chair of votes will win the coveted People’s Choice Award. (Pictured: “Configured Geometry” by Kevin Noble. Awarded Best Craftsmanship, 2013) 7:30 p.m., $15 general, $10 students. The WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St.,

When I die, I don’t want to be buried in the ground or sprinkled over a mountaintop. I want something way cooler: I want to be a tree. Fortunately for me, that’s a thing. A Barcelona, Spain-based company spent 15 years making this a reality. The Bios Urn, from Estudimoline is a “new way to conceive life, after life.” The 100-percent biodegradable urn arrives with a tree seed inside. You add the ashes of your late loved one, topped by some soil from the area where the urn will be going, and then plant the whole cup in the ground. According to, the seed germinates in the top of the capsule, separated from the ashes. By the time the urn begins to biodegrade, the roots have connected with the ashes, which become part of the subsoil and help nourish a pine, gingko, maple, oak, ash or beech tree. In light of Earth Day, which was April 22, I can’t think of a better way to give back to the earth than turning carbon dioxide into oxygen. Imagine shaded parks in place of cemeteries and paying respects to those you’ve lost by sitting in the shade of a tree they helped create instead of staring down at a cold granite headstone. Imagine birds nesting in your mom’s protective branches. Imagine the treehouse you could build atop your dad’s newfound shoulders. Bios Urns are available for pets as well, and cost around $100. If turning into a tree isn’t for you, check out the Infinity Burial Project: an organic cotton suit lined with crocheted netting full of mushroom spores. –Jessica Murri

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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY APRIL 23 Festivals & Events DEVELOP.IDAHO 2014 SOFTWARE CONFERENCE—Software developers, designers, IT professionals, entrepreneurs and students can connect with Idaho’s brightest software leaders and special guests. Get more info at idahotechcouncil. org. 1 p.m. FREE-$35. Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State football stadium, Boise. STAR WARS INVADES THE TREASURE VALLEY—Five actors who played original Star Wars characters Darth Maul, Jar Jar Binks, Shaak Ti, Ewok Glider and Aunt Beru offer a free community presentation. Audience members can ask questions, and a meetand-greet with the actors will follow. For more info, visit tvcc. cc. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, 676 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ontario, Ore., 541-889-8191.

On Stage COLLEGE OF IDAHO THEATRE DEPARTMENT: A LIE OF THE MIND—Sam Shepard’s drama set in the American West tells the story of two families altered by domestic violence. For tickets and info, call the box office at 208-459-5426. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, College of Idaho campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208459-5011. JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—Centennial High School thespians bring Jane Austen’s timeless romance to life. 7 p.m. $5. Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-939-1404, UNCANNY VALLEY—What does it mean to be human? World premiere of the new play by Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater. org. WICKED—Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked returns to Boise to give audiences the true story of the witches of Oz. Tickets at boisestatetickets. com. 7:30 p.m. $55-$150. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, box office: 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate. edu.

WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE FUNDRAISER—Admission includes two raffle tickets, appetizers and play money. Raffle items include an iPad Air, gas BBQ and wine baskets. Live music from Sweet Briar. 6 p.m. $30. The Drink Waterfront Grill, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, 208-8535070,

On Stage BATTLE OF THE KINGS BENEFIT—Drag kings Oliver Shenanigans and Ben N. Yrbush battle in out. Music 7:30-9:30 p.m. by Blaze and Kelly. Battle at 10 p.m. Donations benefit efforts to advance the rights and safety of LGBT people in Idaho. 7 p.m. By donation. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313, COLLEGE OF IDAHO THEATRE DEPARTMENT: A LIE OF THE MIND—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208-459-5011. COMEDIAN MAX DOLCELLI— With featured act Dylan Hughes. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-2875379, JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $5. Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-9391404, UNCANNY VALLEY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, WICKED—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $55-$150. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, box office: 208-426-1110,

Literature VICKI LINDNER READING—Author Vicki Lindner reads from her memoir Baby, It’s You, about her interracial high-school romance. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Surel’s Place, 212 E. 33rd St., Garden City, 208407-7529,

Kids & Teens INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE CHILD—Join the festivities. For ages 4-12. 5 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941,

FRIDAY APRIL 25 Festivals & Events 2014 ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION—Celebrate Idaho’s trees at the annual Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting. Throughout the day, Idaho Forest Products Commission will give away FREE seedlings at all Home Depot locations. 10 a.m. FREE. Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise. 2014 WILD WEST AUCTION FOR KIDS—Help more than 4,000 local at-risk children and teens by raising funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County. Featuring dinner, live entertainment and auction. Casual western theme. Get more info at,, or 208-6393162. 5:30 p.m. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-3368900, CHAIR AFFAIR 2014 TRADE SHOW—Part of the furniture design competition that raises money for design scholarships in Idaho. See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m. FREE. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900,

On Stage COLLEGE OF IDAHO THEATRE DEPARTMENT: A LIE OF THE MIND—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208459-5011. COMEDIAN MAX DOLCELLI— See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $12. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $5. Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-9391404,

MFA READING SERIES: BENJAMIN PERCY—Percy is the author of two novels and two books of short stories. For more info, visit mfa/visiting-writers. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union, Berquist Lounge, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-INFO, sub.

RED LIGHT VARIETY SHOW: GAME ROOM—Explore interpretations of game shows, board games, classic arcades and even sports through aerial acrobatics, burlesque, boylesque, comedy, modern dance and more. Advance tickets at redlightgameroom.bpt. me. 9 p.m. $15 adv., $20 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-4248297,

Festivals & Events

Talks & Lectures

BOISE CLASSIC MOVIES: THE BREAKFAST CLUB—A special screening of the ‘80s John Hughes classic. See Picks, Page 16. 7 p.m. $9 adv., $11 door. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454,

IDEA OF NATURE: SUSAN OLIVER—The University of Essex English professor looks at ecological crisis and the complex relationship between people and woods as trees were replaced by grass in the 19th century. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, sub.

UNCANNY VALLEY—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,


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TREASURE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB DINNER—Dine out with members of the TVSC. Call Lyle at 208-888-5449 for more info. 5 p.m. Tablerock Brewpub and Grill, 705 Fulton St., Boise,

WICKED—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $55-$150. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, box office: 208-4261110,


8 DAYS OUT Literature

Kids & Teens

ALAN HEATHCOCK AND KERRI WEBSTER—A reading featuring the poetry of Kerri Webster and the fiction of Alan Heathcock. All proceeds from a silent auction benefit Ahsahta Press, Boise State’s nationally recognized publisher of poetry for 40 years. Advance tickets available at The Cabin or by calling 208-353-1602. 6 p.m. $15. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3318000,

CHILDREN’S MUSICIAN STEVE WEEKS—Enjoy an interactive family romp filled with music, humor and games. 10:30 a.m. FREE. Boise Public Library Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4076,

Talks & Lectures CHAIR AFFAIR 2014 LECTURE SERIES— Speakers include Vincent Xin Wang, “CEU: Designing Healthy Work Environments,” at 10 a.m.; Beth Dotolo and Carolina V. Gentry of Pulp Design Studios at 11:45 a.m.; panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. Fee includes lunch. See Picks, Page 17. 10 a.m. $20. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208336-8900, PHILOSOPHER MATT ZWOLINSKI—Zwolinski will speak on the topic “Liberty and the Poor.” He is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego and co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. 12:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Micron Business and Economics Building, 2360 University Drive, Boise,

JENNIFER NIELSEN: THE SHADOW THRONE—Ascendance Trilogy author Jennifer Nielsen reads, signs books, and hangs out. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208376-4229,

SATURDAY APRIL 26 Festivals & Events ART OF FASHION SHOW: REVAMPED—See a fashion show inspired by the exhibit Anna Fidler: Vampires and Wolfmen. See Picks, Page 16. 6 p.m. $10-$20, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, BITE OF HARRIS RANCH—Visit Harris Ranch for an afternoon full of fun, food and music. Tour Tahoe’s Parade home and enjoy food and drinks from P. Ditty’s Wrap Wagon, Burgerlicious and Payette Brewing Co. 4 p.m. FREE. Harris Ranch, 4940 E. Mill Station Drive, Boise, 208-426-0047.



CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—Market goers will find booths full of locally made and grown foodstuffs, produce, household items and a variety of arts and crafts. Saturdays through Dec. 20. 9:30 a.m. FREE. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-3499, CHAIR AFFAIR GALA 2014—Designers, architects, artists, furniture designers/fabricators and students in the Northwest display their original designs and compete on a professional level. The semi-formal gala allows people from the community to get together to mingle with designers, view the entries, and witness the awards presentation. See Picks, Page 17. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise. FIFTH ANNUAL CRAWL AROUND DOWNTOWN— Enjoy a great selection of beer and food from eight of your favorite establishments--all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Get more info and register at See Picks, Page 16. 11 a.m. $40 adv., $50 day of. IDAHO RIVER SPORTS USED EQUIPMENT SALE—Need a new kayak? Check out the gear available at the annual sale and get ready for summer. Proceeds benefit the Idaho Whitewater Association. See Picks, Page 16. 9 a.m. FREE. 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208-336-4844, TREASURE VALLEY KITE FESTIVAL—Enjoy a day of fun, food, kite racing and free kites for the kids while they last. For more info or to become an event sponsor, call 208-866-0489. See Picks, Page 17. 9 a.m. FREE. Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave., near Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road, Meridian. WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY—In each time zone throughout the world, Tai Chi Chuan practitioners will practice their Tai Chi form, and these can last 20-25 minutes. Afterwards there may be some other activities such as push hands or sword form demonstrations. Feel free to ask the teachers or students about ongoing class information. 10 a.m. FREE. Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson, Boise.

On Stage COLLEGE OF IDAHO THEATRE DEPARTMENT: A LIE OF THE MIND—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208459-5011.

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit

COMEDIAN MAX DOLCELLI— With featured act Dylan Hughes. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $12. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers.

JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. $5. Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-9391404,

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RED LIGHT VARIETY SHOW: GAME ROOM—See Friday. 9 p.m. $15 adv., $20 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, UNCANNY VALLEY—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, WICKED—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $55-$150. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, box office: 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate. edu.

Literature AUTHOR FELIPE CHAVEZ BOOK SIGNING—Boise author Felipe Chavez will sign copies of his book, Cancer Births A String of Pearls. 2 p.m. FREE. Hastings, 10539 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-322-0314.

Odds & Ends ANNE SPORTUN JEWELRY SHOW—View a large selection of jewelry from the collection of designer Anne Sportun while enjoying wine and refreshments. One lucky customer will win a special piece from the collection. 10 a.m. FREE. R. Grey Gallery Jewelry and Art Glass, 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337,

SUNDAY APRIL 27 On Stage BOISE STATE MEISTERSINGERS SPRING CONCERT—7:30 p.m. FREE-$5. St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, 518 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-5601. COLLEGE OF IDAHO THEATRE DEPARTMENT: A LIE OF THE MIND—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. $10-$15. Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. College of Idaho campus, Caldwell, 208-459-5011.

final installment of the 20th Annual 5x5 Reading Series. 7 p.m. $10-$12. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

tion. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise,


TUESDAY APRIL 29 Festivals & Events BOISE HAWKS 2014 JOB FAIR—The Boise Hawks minor league baseball team is hiring seasonal positions for 38 home games. Visit for more info and application. 3 p.m. FREE. Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-322-5000, www.

Festivals & Events IDAHO WORLD TRADE DAY— Full-day conference for Idaho companies interested in expanding their international business. Get more info at idaho-world-trade-day. 7:30 a.m. $100. Boise State Student Union Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5800,

Talks & Lectures

On Stage CALDWELL FINE ARTS: BYU SINGERS—BYU Singers from the Brigham Young University School of Music perform. Tickets available online at caldwellfinearts. org, by calling 208-459-5275, or at the Bird Stop Coffee House, 718 Arthur St., Caldwell. 7:30 p.m. $5-$20. Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208459-3405 or 208-454-1376, WICKED—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $55-$150. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1609, box office: 208-4261110,

Talks & Lectures COMMON CORE: A NIGHT OF INQUIRY—The Boise State Writing Project invites the public to find out how teachers are working to meet the Common Core State Standards. Followed by a recep-

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST AMANDA RIPLEY—Ripley will deliver a lecture titled “The Smartest Kids in the World: Insights from Author Amanda Ripley.” For more info about Ripley, visit 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Simplot Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Drive, Boise,

Kids & Teens NICK & TESLA’S SUPER SCIENCE BOOK CLUB—Check out this science book club with a twist: a science demonstration at every meeting. Plus each participant will take home a science kit. Buy tickets at Rediscovered Books or the Discovery Center. 3:30 p.m. $18. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

COMEDIAN MAX DOLCELLI— See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, FRANKLY BURLESQUE—Enjoy the Get Artsy burlesque revue. 8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344. WICKED—See Wednesday. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $55$150. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, box office: 208-426-1110,

MONDAY APRIL 28 On Stage 5X5 READING SERIES—BCT presents a reading of Greg Pierce’s Slowgirl for the fifth and

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DO I HEAR $100? The Main Auction is a slice of Idaho life JESSICA MURRI

This piece by local artist Erin Ruiz is part of a Nick Cage-themed show now headed to L.A.

SPRING (ARTS) FEVER The Modern Hotel is getting ready for its seventh annual Modern Art. Thursday, May 1, all 33 of the hotel’s rooms will convert into a one-night-only art exhibition featuring performance and visual art installations. Part of the exhibition’s strength comes from transforming the rooms’ spare functionality into venues for local artists’ creative endeavors— last year, more than 60 artists participated in the event. Saturday, May 10, at 6 p.m., swing by the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City for the Surel’s Place Art Auction Fundraiser. There, you can bid on works by 39 artists, including Reham Aarti, Karen Bubb, Anne Klahr, Star Moxley and Jessie Proksa, during a live auction. The works have been on display at VAC since April 8, and will be available for pick-up beginning Sunday, June 1. Tickets are $35. The event includes food and a no-host bar. For more info, visit The southernmost stretch of the Snake River Valley is known for its vulcanized landscape, hardy shrubs and the endless blue skies overlooking it. This week, longtime King Hill resident Pam Swenson explores that neck of the river in an exhibition, Pam Swenson: New Work, at Enso Artspace, also in Garden City. Meet Swenson and discover the dynamic deserts of deep Southwestern Idaho at an opening reception at Enso Friday, April 25, 5-8 p.m. The exhibition runs through Friday, June 6. The canyons and towering rock formations of the lower Snake River inspired Swenson, but do prisoners draw similar inspiration from the closed spaces of their cells? Heading back downtown, find out Thursday, May 1, at the Rose Room, at the awards ceremony for the fifth-annual Caged Inspiration Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Old Idaho Penitentiary. At 5 p.m., a panel of judges will choose three poems for wins, honorable mention and other awards for poems written in 150 words or less that draw inspiration from the Old Pen. Prizes include free admission to the Old Pen, guided tours and swag from the gift shop. At the state level, the Idaho Commission on the Arts is gathering for its quarterly meeting, Friday, May, 9, at the Jacklin Arts and culture Center in Idaho Falls. There, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the governor-appointed board will approve 2015 grants and awards.

Inside a converted warehouse on the corner of Whitewater Boulevard and Main Street, among thousands of objects, from lumber and rusting bicycles to boxes of Beanie Babies and John Wayne collectible plates, is where Iraq war veteran John Greene goes to get his fix. “It’s an adrenaline rush for me,” said Greene, a tall man with a shaved head, craDennis Robinson has been a regular at the Main Auction for two-and-a-half years, missing only one Saturday in dling his therapy dog—a shaky Dachshund that time. He buys items—especially fans and air conditioners—fixes them and resells them. named Coco—in his arms. “Once you get hooked on adrenaline like us military guys, The auction attracts all kinds of people: auction at 10 a.m. every Saturday, then he and you have that need for it. You have to find farmers, school teachers, women in blazers, something that’s going to feed the excitement.” three other auctioneers trade off selling more immigrants, tatted-up 20-somethings. Middlethan 100 items an hour in a whirl of fast-talkGreene found his adrenaline outlet in the school teacher John Socia has been going to ing, tongue-rolling, bid-calling chants. Main Auction, where for most Saturdays over the auction since he was 23 years old and put Over the years, Wesely has seen some almost 10 years he has bid on, well, whatever: it best: “This is a slice of Idaho life.” strange stuff come across his auction cart. A tools, car parts, tables, antique military items. Reading the crowd and deciding how much hospital once dropped off attachments to an “Doors upon doors upon doors,” his wife, they’ll bid on something is an artform, accordMRI. A hotel brought all its old furniture; Lurinda, added. John is still trying to find the ing to auctioneer Byron Healy. He’s been an stacks of duplicate armchairs piled on each perfect one for his shed at home. auctioneer for 15 years and owns two auction other, next to piles of identical, cliche wall art. “My nightmare started in 2005,” Lurinda said with a laugh and a glance at her husband. Another time, he pulled out a bag full of form- houses in Nampa and Ontario. He spends every Saturday “shuffling” items off the Main aldehyde. Floating inside it: a house cat. That’s when John came back from his Auction platforms and into buyer’s hands. “It was supposed to go to a school for second deployment in Iraq and discovered the “I can see it in their eyes, in their faces. dissection research,” Wesely said. “Oh, it was auction. He burned through two credit cards, disgusting. It was horrible. But we sold it. And They’re waiting for that number. I know so now Lurinda comes with him every week, they’re going to hit it before they even bid,” that’s the deal. If we take it, we sell it.” watching him and the checkbook closely. Healy said. Wesely’s earliest memories include helping “Beating someone else out of an item is a The first time he heard an auctioneer, Healy his family run the auction, but he fell in love thrill,” John said. knew that’s what he wanted to do. He got a with bidding, too. A few years “I watched him do that at back, he bought an old machine job with an auction company and begged the a landscaping auction, and MAIN AUCTION owner to teach him to auction. that would stamp a person’s I had no idea. We ended up Every Saturday 10 a.m.-close. “[The owner] said, ‘Go down the road name onto a rewards card and going home with seven pallets 2912 W. Main St., Boise, 208counting phone poles: I got one. I got two. I create a barcode. He wasn’t of landscape rock,” Lurinda 344-8314. Items for sale can be previewed at mainauctionsure what it was for, but it only got three,’” Healy recalled. said. “Those sat out in front each week. Once he could do that, his boss told him to cost 25 cents and it seemed too of my house for over a year.” count the trees and the mailboxes. When he nice to throw away. He put it The Greenes arrived at could count at 75 mph, he was ready. up on eBay and it sold for $1,434. the auction last Saturday morning and waited Despite the long hours, Healy loves his job “For three months, I couldn’t buy a thing around until 1:30 p.m. for a Ford Bronco they more than any work he’s ever done, even when because every time I raised my hand, the aucwanted for their son. They got it for $1,500. tioneers would say, ‘Hey, this might be another he has to auction something weird, like a box Like John Greene, a lot of the folks milling of sex toys. But there’s another side of it, too. one of those thousand-dollar deals Junior’s around the Main Auction on Saturday never “The saddest thing about this job is, a lot looking at,’” Wesely said. miss a week. David Wesely Jr. took over the of it is people making money, but a lot of it Many of Wesely’s bidders come for that Main Auction from his uncle in 2008, becomis people down on their luck,” Healy said. same reason. They buy, fix up and resell ing the fourth generation of his family to own “They’ve lost their homes, they’ve got nowhere anything. Dennis Robinson has only missed the auction. It has been passed down in the to go. They’ve got no money so they’ve got to one Saturday in two-and-a-half years. He Wesely family since it first opened in 1938. sell everything they own.” arrives around 9 a.m., scopes it out and stays Wesely doesn’t want to be the “neighborBut the Main Auction is most like a comuntil every object has sold, which could be as hood junk auction”—he wants to build the late as 3 a.m. Robinson wins bids on about 20 munity, where people see their friends and eat Main Auction to where it could handle somea breakfast of bacon and eggs together from objects a week, fixes them up and sells them thing like the Velma Morrison estate. And for the little kitchen tucked in the warehouse. on Craigslist. He particularly likes to buy fans his 11-year-old son to take over someday. When there’s a lull, auctioneers fill the silence and air conditioners when they’re cheapest in For now, Wesely sees about 1,000 people with jokes and by calling out bidders by name. come through every Saturday, and he sells close September, clean them up and sell them again Even though the Greenes got their Ford in the first hot week of summer. to 3,000 items a week, taking a 25 percent Bronco nearly 10 hours earlier, they hung out “I buy anything I can make a dollar on,” commission on most things. Anything that at the auction late into the night. They sat, Robinson said, going on to talk about profit, doesn’t sell goes to the landfill. But with a 95 talked and watched items go by, resisting the taxes, commissions and percentages. “It’s betpercent sell rate, that isn’t much. urge to bid on anything more. ter than sitting at home and getting fat.” Wesely puts on his fedora and opens the

—Harrison Berry

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GRIME AND GLITTER Dionvox puts the beat in your body

Jersey Boys, plus The Book of Mormon and Mamma Mia! at the Morrison Center.


OHHH, SAY CAN YOU 501(C)3? Ramona Freeborn never planned to become a musician, but it might have been meant to be. “I grew up in a nightclub surrounded by brilliant musicians. I have brilliant musicians in my family,” she said. “I didn’t really want to put myself out there like that because I figured I was just surrounded by such greatness that it would be silly.” An encounter in 2007, when Freeborn was living in Los Angeles, Calif, would change that. She was hanging out at a coffee shop when she met music producer Mark Scarboro, who had worked on film soundtracks before becoming involved in the city’s rock and underground hip-hop scenes. Freeborn recounted the chance meeting: “I just remember one day I’m sitting out on the sidewalk outside this cafe writing, and he came up and asked me if I wrote songs. And I said, ‘No.’ And he asked me, ‘Why not?’ And I said, ‘Because I’m too afraid.’ And he said, ‘Well, I have a recording studio a block away, and if you ever write a more attracted to writing and acting. She studied at New York Film Academy when song, I’ll record it for free just because you she was 16 and moved to Hollywood after met one of your fears.’” graduating from high school. Thanks to So began a partnership that would Scarboro’s connections, she recorded tracks eventually lead to Dionvox, a project with Wu-Tang Killa Beez and attended the that combines Freeborn’s languid, smoky Microphone Sessions, a weekly songwritvocals with sinuous layers of trip-hop- and ing workshop organized by former Tupac dubstep-inflected beats. Now based in Shakur manager Leila Steinberg. MeanSeattle, Dionvox won SPIN Magazine and while, Freeborn and Scarboro started workpopchips’ Pop Up Live contest in 2011 (as ing on their own material together. Ramona the Band) and has built a wide“I basically just feel really lucky,” Freespread underground following. Boiseans born said. “I feel like all the circumstances will get to experience Dionvox’s moody, sexy brand of electronica on Tuesday, April aligned for me to be able to do this without a whole lot of outside influ29, when the group plays ence, which I appreciate. Neurolux’s Radio Boise TuesMark really protected me day with local openers Satyr DIONVOX from [those influences], to a Co. and Gigglebomb. With Satyr Co. and Gigglecertain extent; he wouldn’t Freeborn can boast an bomb, Tuesday, April 29, 7 let people try to tell me what impressive musical pedigree. p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. to do. He wouldn’t even tell Her father, Steve Freeborn, 11th St., Boise, 208-3430886, me what to do for the first ran the famed Seattle venue year; he was just like, ‘Just The OK Hotel, where bands do whatever you want. Find like Mudhoney, Mother Love what your thing is.’” Bone (which featured two future members After the 2008 financial crisis made of Pearl Jam) and Bikini Kill performed in living and working in L.A. more difficult, the late ’80s and early ’90s. Legend has it Freeborn and Scarboro relocated to Seattle. that Nirvana first played “Smells Like Teen Freeborn admitted that Dionvox doesn’t Spirit” live there. quite fit her hometown’s current music “It was a wild experience,” Freeborn scene. said. “I totally witnessed a lot. I was pretty “I think Boise is way more fun, to be aware. I think I’m kind of a weirdo; I have perfectly honest,” she said. “People want to memories of crawling and stuff [during have more fun out there. I think the thing shows].” with Seattle is that it’s becoming a bit like Though she sang in choir, Freeborn was BOI S EW EEKLY.COM

It’s a tangled web Dionvox weaves.

a metropolitan market in that it’s really saturated, and so a lot of people have that kind of ‘I’m cooler and jaded’ thing. It’s like pulling teeth trying to get people to dance up here.” Boise residents have warmed to Freeborn and Scarboro. Satyr Co. leader Doc Woolf handled sound for Dionvox’s show at The Crux last December. “Not only are they amazing musicians but pretty fantastic people as well,” he said. “Their music has made a permanent home in my various collections.” “They entertained unlike any other band I have seen come to Boise and yet [were] so down to earth,” added Luna Michelle, who attended the show at The Crux and invited Dionvox to play at her house in January. After this next stop in Boise, Dionvox will play a few West Coast dates and tour the United Kingdom for two weeks. The band also plans to work on new songs, including a collaboration with grunge pioneer Tad Doyle. Working with Doyle could reflect a goal that Freeborn has for Dionvox’s music and the Seattle scene. “One thing that I really learned in L.A. in the underground hip-hop scene is that what makes music soulful is a little bit of that local grime,” she said. “And I think that’s what really made grunge special. … And I kind of wanted to come back here and grime up the scene a bit in my own sparkly way.”

Boise’s musical landscape may have two new nonprofit organizations on its horizon. On the Bench, Boise Hive, which is modeled after Nuci’s Space in Athens, Ga., hopes to become “Boise’s first musician’s resource.” The goal of the nonprofit is to “provide access to inexpensive practice space, gear rental and business tools” like recording and training. Founder Gabriel Rudow also aims to create a place where musicians and artists can not only gather but find information and resources for “physical, financial and emotional” assistance. The projected opening date is this summer. Visit for more information. Also in the works is downtown’s Old Boise Music Studios, a “fledgling nonprofit music school and growing arts and cultural institution … dedicated to building community through music education.” OBMS is holding May the Music Be With You, a fundraiser Saturday, May 3, at The Crux to “raise donations for for its 501(c)3 filing fee, to establish a scholarship and instrument donation program and to fix up its studio in order to host classes and community events.” Per formances include a OBMS student and instructor showcase and headliners The Raven and the Writing Desk. Cost for the fundraiser is a $10 suggested donation, but OBMS instructor Thomas Paul added a reminder that it’s optional and wants people to “just be there.” For more info, visit On a more definitive note, the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise 2014-2015 season promises a stellar follow-up to its current season, which included hits American Idiot and Wicked (which runs through Sunday, May 4). Shows will include Tony Award-winning musical comedy (and enigma) The Book of Mormon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The season also brings the award-winning Jersey Boys, which tells the true-life stor y of ’60s band The Four Seasons; along with musicals Camelot, Flashdance and Mamma Mia! as well as an evening with Iron Chef Alton Brown. Ticket information available at —Amy Atkins

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UGLY HUSSY—With Prismic Nomad and Paper Gates. 9 p.m. FREE. The Crux


ACES UP—10 p.m. $5. Reef


BROOK FAULK AND DARYL DASHER—9 p.m. FREE. Reef COUNTRY CLUB—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s FRANZ FERDINAND—With Cate Le Bon. 8 p.m. $23-$50. Knitting Factory

ANVIL, APRIL 26, SHREDDER No one knows how elusive success can be than musicians (OK, child actors probably have some idea). Just ask Canadian metal band Anvil. Anvil put in more than 30 years, put out more than a dozen releases and was name-dropped by massive metal names like Megadeth and Metallica as an important influence. And although the band continued to per form, the 2008 documentar y Anvil! The Stor y of Anvil opens with Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Anthrax’s Scott Ian wondering what became of the band, before cutting to a scene of vocalist/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow at his job delivering school lunches. Since the documentar y hit theaters, Anvil has seen a resurgence in popularity and has gotten a little more familiar with evasive twins, Fame and Fortune. —Amy Atkins With Gypsy Saints and Krystos. 8 p.m., $12. The Shredder, 430 S. 10th St.,

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THE HAGUE—With Fox Alive, Obscured By The Sun, Reverie and Sheep Among Wolves. 8 p.m. $5. The Crux JOHNNY SHOES—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel KEVIN KIRK AND FRIENDS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LINDSEY SAUNDERS—7 p.m. FREE. Bouquet MISSISSIPPI MARSHALL— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s MOBB DEEP—With Eleven, Stranger Danger and The Earthlings. 7 p.m. $20 adv., $23 door. Neurolux ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s


10 P.M. BIG EYES—With Dunce and Give Chase. 6 p.m. $5. The Crux BILLY BRAUN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel

JELLY BREAD—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers KEVIN KIRK—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers KILL THE NOISE, ALVIN RISK AND CRAZE—With Darrius, Just One, Tony Krave and Sugarpillz. 8 p.m. $22-$62. Revolution KITHKIN—With Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant and Messier Object. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux

BREAD & CIRCUS—8 p.m. FREE. Edge Brewing


DAN COSTELLO—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub

ENDEAVOR—With Comrades, Search Lights, Our City Skyline and Empire of Lions. 7 p.m. $10. Shredder

MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. $3. 127 Club


POSSUM LIVIN’—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

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


GAVIN DEGRAW—With Nick Gardner. 7:30 p.m. $33-$65. Knitting Factory

THE HANGOVER PART 4—With Mental Ward Music, J Huss, DFerg and Ruvio, featuring Russel Bock and Icy Blue, Griffin House Music, Tranzplant, Shadow of Doubt Productions, Rhino, Cookie Monsta and George Kush and Colt Downing. Hosted by Olyghost. 10 p.m. $5. Liquid

CLUB REV: JUST BLAZE—9 p.m. $3-$7. Revolution

MATTHEW CURRY & THE FURY—6:30 p.m. By donation. Sapphire Room SHAKIN NOT STIRRED—7 p.m FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers TOYKO POLICE CLUB—With Geographer and Said The Whale. 7 p.m. $15. Neurolux

J-BEERDS—8 p.m. FREE-$5. High Note Cafe

RAGS & RIBBONS—9 p.m. $5. Bouquet THE RUNS—With Worst Foster Parents and Blunt Crevices. 9 p.m. $5. Shredder STONESEED—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill REX MILLER & RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ROCKEOKE—9:30 p.m. $3. The Crux

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



GUIDE SATURDAY APRIL 26 ACTUAL DEPICTION AND PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—9 p.m. FREE. Reef ANVIL—With Krystos and Gypsy Saints. See Listen Here, Page 22. 8 p.m. $12. Shredder CHUCK SMITH TRIO WITH NICOLE CHRISTENSEN—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FAMOUS MOTEL COWBOYS REUNION—5 p.m. $15. Hannah’s FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE HENNINGSENS—8:30 p.m. $75. Shore Lodge INNOCENT MAN—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s JACK HALE—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue LIME HOUSE—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. $3. 127 Club OLD DEATH WHISPER—With Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. 9 p.m. $5. Neurolux RICH KILFOYLE—7:30 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe


SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub SINGER-SONGWRITERS NIGHT—Featuring Jonathan Warren, Shane Horner, Adam Wright and Michael Gill. 7:30 p.m. FREE. The District SONS OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel STEVE EATON AND JOHNNY SHOES—6 p.m. By donation. The Crux

MONDAY APRIL 28 1332 RECORDS PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. FREE. Liquid MICHAEL BLUMENSTEIN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow WHITE FANG—With American Culture and Art Fad. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $5. The Crux

TAUGE & FAULKNER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s TIMBER VANLOM—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s


THE GLITCH MOB—With Ana Sia and Penthouse Penthouse. 8 p.m. $23-$40. Knitting Factory IDAHO SONGWRITERS FORUM—6 p.m. FREE. Sapphire Room REBECCA SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill DJ WINKLE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Neurolux

WEDNESDAY APRIL 30 JAKE SHIMABUKURO—8 p.m. $28 adv., $33 door. Egyptian


22 KINGS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

BERNIE REILLY—5:30 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s

OPHELIA—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


BOISE OLD TIME JAM—6:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

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

DIONVOX—With Satyr Co. and Gigglebomb. See Culture/Noise, Page 24. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux

SHOOK TWINS—8 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Visual Arts Collective

ELLIE GOULDING—With Conway and Lovelife. 8 p.m. $35-$100. Revolution

THE SINGLES—With a.k.a. Belle. 8 p.m. $5. The Crux

GHETTO GHOULS—With Figure 8 and The Headcases. 7 p.m. FREE. The Crux JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s THREE NINJAS—With Jimmy Sinn. 6 p.m. $5. Shredder

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME—8 p.m. $20-$65. Revolution

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AMERICAN CULTURE, APRIL 28, THE CRUX Last November, the Denver power-pop band American Culture released the single “I Like American Culture.” The song’s lyrics name-check Coca-Cola, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips and The Rolling Stones. The Stones aren’t American, of course. That’s a little wink from leader Chris Adolf, who brought a similarly sly touch to the songs of his earlier project, Bad Weather California, which some may remember from Treefort 2013. But Adolf means it when he declares on the song “Fictional Life” that “falling in love is cool.” And when you hear those words combined with the band’s surging drums and fier y guitars, you’ll definitely like American Culture. --Ben Schultz With White Fang and Art Fad. 9 p.m., $5 suggested donation, The Crux, 1022 W. Main St.,

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2014 COMMANDERIE DE LA BARGEMONE ROSE, $42 A Provencal blend of grenache, syrah, cinsault, cabernet sauvignon and carignan, with a dollop of white varieties, including sauvignon blanc and ugni blanc, this wine displays just a whisper of pink shading. Offering aromas and flavors of grapefruit, strawberry and bright cherry, it’s very food friendly, but is also great for sippin’ while chillin’ on the deck. And you save a whopping $22 over the four-bottle price. LA VIEILLE FERME ROUGE, $26 Produced by the Perrin family of Beaucastel fame, this blend of grenache, syrah, carignan and cinsault is an easy-drinking, medium-bodied red. A fruit-forward wine, it’s filled with smooth berry and dark currant flavors with a touch of licorice. The perfect match for barbecue, this box is priced $10 less than the glass bottle alternative. 2013 PICPOUL DE PINET LA PETIT FROG, $37 From the south of France, picpoul (aka folle blanche) is often compared to muscadet, and like that wine, it goes well with all seafood, especially oysters. A crisp and refreshing white with bright citrus aromas, this wine boasts flavors of lime and ripe grapefruit on the palate. It’s a refreshing spring and summer sipper, and you’ll save $16 over the per-bottle price. —David Kirkpatrick

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I’m not sure what wine goes with green eggs and ham, but I do know that the quality of box wines has vastly improved over the past couple of years. Actually, it’s the availability of quality box wines that’s improved. Worthy versions have been sold in countries like Australia, Spain and France for quite a long time. Though we’re still playing catch-up, some of these box wines are finally making their way to Boise. Each 3-liter box is the equivalent of four regular bottles, but priced significantly less, and it stays fresh for about six weeks after opening. Here are three favorites: one rose, one red and one white.


FLATBREAD NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA Digging on the new digs TARA MORGAN From the second-story window of Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria’s new downtown location, Boise feels like a new city. Framed by the Eighth and Main Tower’s angular architecture, downtown looks more cosmopolitan—like you’re getting a glimpse into the future. And the view inside is equally impressive. Rays of sunshine fall across salvaged-wood tables and bicycle-chain chandeliers equipped Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria’s new location in the Eighth and Main Tower boasts a polished, urban vibe. with dangling Edison light bulbs. The open kitchen and giant imported pizza oven are the tomato margherita pizzetta ($6, bland); razor thin then piled on an airy brioche bun covered in shiny white tiling. It’s an aesthetic the chili-glazed shrimp and chorizo flatbread you can’t escape in bigger cities, but somehow, with melty fontina, balsamic cippolini onions, ($6, aggressively spicy); and the portobello arugula and chopped tomatoes. Served on a in this context, it feels fresh. sausage, fontina and arugula flatbread with a long wooden board, the sandwich came with While the menu still features many of the fig drizzle ($7.75, awesome)—I discovered that an apple, pear and currant chain’s popular dishes— the pizzettas tend to come out on the doughy chutney that had plenty of D.O.C.-rated authentic FLATBREAD NEAPOLITAN side, while the larger flatbreads achieve a more tang to cut the pork fat. Neapolitan pizzas, sandwiches PIZZERIA-DOWNTOWN satisfying crunch in the wood-fired oven. The prosciutto pesto and salads—there are some Speaking of a satisfying crunch, the pizza ($14.75, or $9.95 for additions that reflect the spot’s 800 W. Main, Suite 230, 208chopped kale salad ($10.50) is quite posa smaller lunch pizzetta and more polished urban vibe. 287-4757, sibly my favorite new find at Flatbread. Raw a side) also uses Creminelli Flatbread now sources chopped kale is tossed with bright yellow beet meat. Topped with marbled a number of cured meat slivers, hunks of chevre, candied walnuts, diced prosciutto shavings, the pie boasts a modest products from Utah’s Creminelli Fine Meats, pears and a citrusy blood orange vinaigrette. smear of pesto, a few slender stalks of broccowhich makes old-world-style salumi from lini, balsamic cippolini onions, bubbly fontina, The flavors and textures meld together perheritage pigs. On a recent lunch visit, the porfectly and pair devilishly well with a not-toochetta sandwich ($11.50) featured Creminelli’s slivers of garlic and a not-too-spicy serrano sweet blood orange margarita—which, priced honey sauce. hand-rolled porchetta roast—skin-on pork at $4 during happy hour, gives Flatbread an After sampling a few more pizzettas and belly wrapped around pieces of pork sirloin accessible vibe that compliments the swanky flatbreads during the late-night happy hour and shoulder seasoned with garlic, sea salt new views. (10-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday)—including and rosemary. The warm porchetta was sliced

FOOD/NEWS BOISE FRY CO. ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATIONS AND SAINT LAWRENCE GRIDIRON OPENS Boise Fry Company is spreading the gospel of fries with a burger on the side. The Boise-based fry chain just opened its first franchise location April 16 in Meridian at 2020 E. Overland, Suite 130. And it’s not stopping there. “We have one scheduled in about two to three months from now in Portland, [Ore.] and one in about six months from now in Austin, Texas,” said Boise Fry Company co-owner Blake Lingle. Lingle says all BFC franchise locations will have to comply with stringent employee appreciation standards—like living wages, health and dental benefits, parties and paid vacations—along with local-sourcing standards. “We have it specified that 80 percent of their potatoes need to be sourced within an eight-hour radius of their location, and 100 percent of the meat needs to be sourced within the eight-hour radius,” said Lingle. And there are some big BFC changes afoot locally, as well. Lingle says St. Luke’s purchased the Broadway Avenue complex where BFC’s original location is housed and plans on demolishing it after the tenants’ leases expire later this year. So Boise Fry Co. has been searching for an alternate downtown location. The company actually started construction in the former Le Cafe de Paris space a couple of weeks ago but ran into some complications. “As a result of doing some of the construction, we found some issues

that the landlord’s going to have to address, and if the landlord can’t address it for some reason, then we’ll have to not occupy it, I guess,” said Lingle. Whether the new BFC opens at 204 N. Capitol Blvd. or somewhere else downtown, Lingle says they’re considering adding a boozy element. “We’re thinking about potentially adding a brewing component to our downtown location,” said Lingle. “It would be very, very small but it’s largely because we’ve been making our sodas for the last couple of years. … We started looking into soda equipment and a majority of how you mass produce sodas is similar equipment for how beer is made.” Around the corner from the former Le Cafe de Paris space, another local restaurant quietly opened its doors April 21 at 705 W. Bannock St. Saint Lawrence Gridiron is now open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and features reclaimed wood accents, large windows and a sprawling patio area. The menu is peppered with meaty fare like bones on toast ($7), butter-poached lamb with braised fennel ($19) and a smoked brisket platter with quince onion relish ($22). The spot also has eight beers on tap and a diverse wine list with affordable by-the-bottle options. For a peek inside the space and an explanation of what Ernest Hemingway, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have to do with the menu, visit —Tara Morgan

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THE RAILWAY MAN: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY Forgiven, never forgotten GEORGE PRENTICE The Railway Man, based on the 1995 bestselling autobiography of Eric Lomax, is an Oscar-caliber film of high emotion and honorable modesty that deserved better than to be sidetracked to Hollywood’s shoulder months, where serious-minded fare goes to Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman offer some of the best work of the Oscar-winning careers in The Railway Man. be readily forgotten. In a more perfect world, a film of this heft, with stellar performances “There’s something very special about being That is, except for the men who survived from Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, would trusted. Plus, to meet the people you’re playing the barbarism. have been showcased at year’s end, sendis an enormous benefit.” The Railway Man details the barbarism ing Firth and Kidman to the Motion Picture And indeed Firth spent time with Lomax of building the “death railway,” and many of Academy’s big party, where each has previduring the filming of The Railway Man. Lodirector Jonathan Teplitsky’s scenes, filmed in ously picked up top acting prizes—his for max passed away in October 2012 so he didn’t Thailand, are epic, and something rarely seen The King’s Speech, hers for The Hours. But survive to see the end result of his masterwork, since the days of director David Lean. their latest work may also be their finest. but his wife insisted on flyng “across the Which quickly brings to mind Lean’s own Eric Lomax (Firth), is The Railway Man— pond” to attend the Toronto premiere. Bridge on the River Kwai, another highloving anything to do with railroads. We first “Unless a veteran, whether he’s from World minded telling of a specific chapter of the meet him in the 1980s, quite naturally, on a World War II. Lean’s film won seven Academy War II or the war in Afghanistan, can get some train. He’s rumpled and a bit bumbled; he’s real help for himself and his family, his trauma Awards in 1958, including Best Picture. And, also a World War II veteran. When he’s not will color all of their lives,” Patti Lomax said poring over railroad schedules or riding trains, in my estimation, The Railway Man is, pound following the screening. “No matter how bleak for pound, an estimable companion piece. which is where he meets Patti, he’s usually An important word of caution: please don’t life might be, there is a way forward if you’re meeting with his fellow vets at the local pub. willing to see it.” “I have a small problem which I suspect this shy away from The Railway Man because of The critics’ screening at TIFF received its subject matter. Yes, this is a movie about gathering might find interesting,” he tells his some polite applause but during the film’s the cruelty of war, but don’t confuse this with colleagues. “I’ve fallen in love.” sold-out public engagement, there were cheers other films about returning veterans, such as In short order, Eric marries Patti (Kidman), Coming Home or The Deer Hunter. I have se- and plenty of tears, including my own in both a retired nurse who is also a bit adrift herself. viewings. rious reservations about the Their love affair is a rare As a point of full disclosure, I should note many movies that continue blend of the physical and THE RAILWAY MAN (R) to portray veterans as threats that I’m the son of a World War II vet who intellectual that requires— took too many of his own secrets of war and to society. Yes, there is bitter and masterfully achieves— Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky the evil that men do to his grave—this movie truth in their trauma, but supreme chemistry between Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman struck more than a few of my own personal the Hollywood stereotype Firth and Kidman. Opens Friday, April 25, at The Flicks nerves. I’m a fan of Firth’s, so it came as no of the “tiicking time bomb But as Patti’s love surprise that his portrayal of Eric was so vet” needs to stop. Instead, fills Eric’s heart, she also The Railway Man asks us to delicately balanced. But Kidman, who has been awakens deeply entrenched accept a more compelling tale of a veteran that on-again/off-again in so many of her latest film memories from decades prior, when Eric was choices, is simply remarkable in her (quiteconfronts his past and miraculously learns to a soldier in the British army and, particularly, literally) supporting performance as Patti. stop hating those responsible for his torture. a prisoner of war. In December 1941, as Japa“What can I say? When Colin Firth asks me “For some reason, trains and torture have nese bombers were launching their surprise to do a film, I say ‘yes,’” Kidman told BW on been intimately linked in the course of my attack on Pearl Harbor, they were also invadlife,” Lomax wrote in his 1995 autobiography. the red carpet in Toronto. “So yes, a big reason ing Thailand, taking legions of British soldiers I’m in this film is Colin.” “Yet, through some chance combination of as their prisoners. The Japanese embarked on The Railway Man is a particular story luck and grace, I have survived them both.” an ambitious project—building a 258-mile Through some amount of luck and grace of of one man and one woman. But its eternal railway through mountainous jungle terrain themes of revenge and salvation are fully realmy own, It was my great fortune to meet the from Thailand to Burma, using nearly 60,000 ized. For anyone who has ever loved or cared cast and 78-year-old Patti Lomax at the world POWs as forced laborers. Despite nearly for a victim of trauma, The Railway Man is 10,000 men dying during the building of what premiere of this magnificent film at the 2013 required viewing. And for anyone who simply Toronto International Film Festival. would become known as the “death railway,” loves the movies, this is the one that somehow “You feel a responsibility to be as truththis cruel chapter of World War II is, quite got away from Oscar. ful as you can to Eric’s story,” Firth told BW. inexplicably, mostly forgotten. BOI S EW EEKLY.COM

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NYT CROSSWORD | ON WHEELS 23 Attribute of Elks or Lions Club members 25 Recital piece for a wind player 26 Toast words after “Here’s” 27 Relative of turquoise 29 Proceeds 30 Within earshot 32 Anthem preposition 33 Mobile home seeker? 34 1966 Wilson Pickett R&B hit

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72 TV’s Cousin ___ 73 Urban renewal target 76 Qualcomm Stadium athlete 79 Paris’s ___ du Carrousel 81 Writer Chekhov 82 Pet Shop Boys, e.g. 83 Stella D’___ (cookie brand) 84 Jermaine of the N.B.A. 86 They’re steeped in strainers 89 Mrs. abroad 90 Vocabulary 92 Reversal, of sorts 93 Walker’s strip 95 Govt. promissory notes 99 Former Chevrolet division 100 Suffix with narc101 Dirty rats 102 Like equinoxes 105 Fine hosiery material 110 Visa alternative 112 “The African Queen” novelist 114 Makeup removal item 115 Classic theater name 116 Stain 117 Designer Anne 118 Leonard ___ a.k.a. Roy Rogers 119 Covenant keepers 120 All alternative



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1 Breakaway group 2 Renault model with a mythological name 3 Woody’s “Annie Hall” role 4 “Joanie Loves Chachi” co-star 5 ___ 500, annual race in Ridgeway, Va. 6 Wildlife IDs 7 Ones who are the talk of the town? 8 Baking ___ 9 Actress Judd 10 Use elbow grease on 11 Opening for a dermatologist 12 Common newsstand locale: Abbr.

13 Seat at the counter 14 Ready to be played, say 15 De-file? 16 ___ Trend 17 Graceful trumpeter 20 ___ Aviv 22 John Irving character 24 QE2’s operator 28 Leave in a hurry 31 Music producer Brian 33 ___-Magnon man 34 New corp. hire, often 35 Man, in Milano 36 Cuts, as a cake 37 Coffee-break time, perhaps 38 Shakespeare’s “Titus ___” 39 Financial writer Marshall 40 “What business is ___ yours?” 43 Bird whose feathers were once prized by milliners 44 Neil of Fox News 45 Ken of “Brothers & Sisters” 46 Quaker production 47 One of the Kardashians 48 Composer Camille Saint-___ 50 The U.N.’s ___ Hammarskjöld 51 Pounds’ sounds 54 Give rise to 55 “You Must Love Me” musical 56 Nosy one 57 Millennia on end 59 Candy-heart message 60 “That’s ___!” (“Not true!”) 63 Rug fiber 64 Hersey’s Italian town 67 Roman emperor

71 Flaps 74 Naval petty officer: Abbr. 75 “Amazing” debunker 77 Anita of jazz 78 “La Dolce Vita” setting 80 Slugger’s practice area 84 Futurist 85 ESPN broadcaster Bob 87 Certain Sooner 88 Some M.I.T. grads: Abbr. 89 “Are you putting ___?” 90 Slick hairstyle 91 Fancy tie 93 English church official 94 Kick-around shoe 95 Chaim ___, 1971 Best Actor nominee 96 City that sounds like a humdinger? 97 Query from Judas 98 Life Saver flavor




99 Like bachelorette parties, typically 101 Product of Yale 102 Jezebel’s idol 103 Many a PX patron 104 Prime letters? 106 Amazon fig. 107 D-Day invasion town 108 Former C.I.A. chief Panetta 109 Artist’s alias with an accent 111 “The Price Is Right” broadcaster 113 I.C.U. pros Go to www.boiseweekly. com and look under extras for the answers to this week’s puzzle. Don't think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply doublechecking your answers.

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BW NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Joshua Talis Siegel, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Talis Joshua Margairaz. The reason for the change in name is to carry on my mothers last name, and have always gone by my middle name Talis. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on (date) May 27, 2014 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change.


Date APR 03 2014 CHRISTOPHER D. RICH CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: DEIRDE PRICE DEPUTY CLERK PUB April 16, 23, 30 & May 7, 2014. LEIN SALE July 30, 2014, noon. 2002 Montana Trailer. 4YDF3282324058194. 1903 Columbus St., Boise, ID, 83705. Pub. April 16 & 23, 2014. IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF CANYON IN RE: Rafael Salinas Legal Name

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You remind me of a garden plot that has recently been plowed and rained on. Now the sun is out. The air is warm. Your dirt is wet and fertile. The feeling is a bit unsettled because the stuff that was below ground got churned up to the top. Instead of a flat surface, you’ve got furrows. But the overall mood is expectant. Blithe magic is in the air. Soon it will be time to grow new life. Oh, but just one thing is missing: The seeds have yet to be sewn. That’s going to happen very soon. Right?

Case No. CV 2014-2316 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE(Adult) A Petition to change the name of Rafael Salinas, now residing in the City of Nampa, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Canyon County, Idaho. The name will change to Roxie Chula Salinas. The reason for the change in name is: Gender Identity. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 930 o’clock a.m. on (date) May 15, 2014 at the Canyon County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): If for some inexplicable reason you are not simmering with new ideas about how you could drum up more money, I don’t know what to tell you—except that maybe your mother lied to you about exactly when you were born. The astrological omens are virtually unequivocal: If you are a true Aries, you are now being invited, teased and even tugged to increase your cash flow and bolster your financial know-how. If you can’t ferret out at least one opportunity to get richer quicker, you might really be a Pisces or Taurus. And my name is Jay Z.


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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s an excerpt from “Celestial Music,” a poem by Louise Gluck: “I’m like the child who buries / her head in the pillow / so as not to see, the child who tells herself / that light causes sadness.” One of your main assignments in the coming weeks, Gemini, is not to be like that child. It’s true that gazing at what the light reveals may shatter an illusion or two, but the illumination you will be blessed with will ultimately be more valuable than gold. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Would you like to forge new alliances and expand your web of connections and get more of the support you need to fulfill your dreams? You are entering the Season of Networking, so now would indeed be an excellent time to gather clues on how best to accomplish all that good stuff. To get you started in your quest, here’s advice from Dale Carnegie: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Does Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt run faster than any person alive? As far as we know, yes. He holds three world records and has won six Olympic gold medals. Even when he’s a bit off his game, he’s the best. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, he set the all-time mark for the 100-meter race—9.69 seconds—despite the fact that one of his shoelaces was untied and he slowed down to celebrate before reaching the

finish line. Like you, Bolt is a Leo. I’m making him both your role model and your anti-role model for the foreseeable future. You have the power to achieve something approaching his levels of excellence in your own field—especially if you double-check to make sure your shoelace is never untied and especially if you don’t celebrate victory before it’s won. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his unpublished book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, John Koenig coins new words that convey experiences our language has not previously accounted for. One that may apply to you sometime soon is “trumspringa,” which he defines as “the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following your flock between pastures with a sheepdog and a rifle, watching storms at dusk from the doorway of a small cabin.” To be overtaken by trumspringa doesn’t necessarily mean you will literally run away and be a shepherd. In fact, giving yourself the luxury of considering such wild possibilities may be a healing release that allows you to be at peace with the life you are actually living. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The supreme pleasure we can know, Freud said, and the model for all pleasure, orgasmic pleasure, comes when an excess tension built up, confined, compacted, is abruptly released.” That’s an observation by philosopher Alphonso Lingis. I bring it to your attention, Libra, because I expect that you will soon be able to harvest a psychospiritual version of that supreme pleasure. You have been gathering and storing up raw materials for soul-making, and now the time has come to express them with a creative splash. Are you ready to purge your emotional backlog? Are you brave enough to go in search of cathartic epiphanies? What has been dark will yield light. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The potential turning points that might possibly erupt in the coming days will not become actual turning points unless you work hard to activate them. They will be subtle and brief, so you will have to be very alert to notice them at all, and you will have to move quickly before they fade away. Here’s another complication: These incipient turning points probably won’t resemble any turning points you’ve seen before. They may come in the form of a lucky accident, a blessed mistake, a happy breakdown, a strange healing, a wicked gift or a perfect weakness. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you happen to be an athlete, the coming week will not be a good time to headbutt a referee or take performance-enhancing drugs. If you hate to drive your

car anywhere but in the fast lane, you will be wise to try the slower lanes for a while. If you are habitually inclined to skip steps, take short cuts and look for loopholes, I advise you to instead try being thorough, methodical and bythe-book. Catch my drift? In this phase of your astrological cycle, you will have a better chance at producing successful results if you are more prudent than usual. What?! A careful, discreet, strategic, judicious Sagittarius? Sure! Why not? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): My interpretation of this week’s astrological data might sound eccentric, even weird. But you know what? Sometimes life is—or at least should be—downright unpredictable. After much meditation, I’ve concluded that the most important message you can send to the universe is to fly a pair of underpants from the top of a flagpole. You heard me. Take down the flag that’s up there and run the skivvies right up to the top. Whose underpants should you use? Those belonging to someone you adore, of course. And what is the deeper meaning behind this apparently irrational act? What exactly is life asking from you? Just this: Stop making so much sense all the time—especially when it comes to cultivating your love and expressing your passion. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You need to take some time out to explore the deeper mysteries of snuggling, cuddling and nuzzling. In my opinion, that is your sacred duty. It’s your raison d’etre, your ne plus ultra, your sine qua non. You’ve got to nurture your somatic wisdom with what we in the consciousness industry refer to as yummy warm fuzzy wonder love. At the very least, you should engage in some prolonged hugging with a creature you feel close to. Tender physical touch isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your body contains about four octillion atoms. That’s four with 27 zeroes after it. Believe it or not, 200 billion of that total were once inside the body of Martin Luther King, Jr. For that matter, an average of 200 billion atoms of everyone who has ever lived and died is part of you. I am not making this up. (See the mathematical analysis here: As far as your immediate future is concerned, Pisces, I’m particularly interested in that legacy from King. If any of his skills as a great communicator are alive within you, you will be smart to call on them. Now is a time for you to express high-minded truths in ways that heal schisms, bridge gaps and promote unity. Just proceed on the assumption that it is your job to express the truth with extra clarity, candor and grace.



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Art Out & About: Boise Weekly takes a photo tour of recent public art projects