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HANNIBAL KILLS Hannibal Buress on comedy, the Internet and his name CULTURE 20
MICRO-BATCH Afro Phil keeps it smooth with nano-roasted coffee FOOD 24
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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS Robert Frost wrote, “Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” For Boise Weekly Editor-in-Chief Zach Hagadone, “home” is Boise, where he and his wife bought their ﬁrst house, where they raise their son, where she teaches and where he wrangles Idaho’s only alternative newsweekly week in and week out. But for Hagadone, home is also Sandpoint, which sits at the northern tip of Idaho, and is closer to Washington and Canada than Boise. Hagadone grew up in Sandpoint. He was a bartender and he owned his own newspaper (sometimes doing both at the same time), he had his ﬁnger right on the pulse of the community. So when we learned that retailer Coldwater Creek, Bonner County’s largest employer, was closing its doors, it made sense to us that Hagadone be the one to tell the story. So I took over as guest editor and sent Hagadone digging not only into the numbers and ﬁgures he so loves, but also his memories. This week’s feature, “Bust or Boom,” is a snapshot of what losing a $342 million per year corporation, in a town previously pummeled by the timber industry’s fall 40 years ago, might look like. And it’s from the perspective of someone who cares deeply for that town’s past, present and future. Elsewhere in this week’s issue, in our News section, on Page 8, BW’s intrepid news editor and resident ﬁlm buff George Prentice writes about his trek through the Ada County Landﬁll to learn about a “garbage census” and the new gas-to-energy process now in place. In the Screen, Page 25, Prentice provides his thoughts on two ﬁlms coming out soon: the Jim Jarmusch-directed Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton as a pale vampire; and Belle, the true story of one painting’s provenance. In Culture, Page 21, music contributor Ben Schultz provides a proﬁle on touring band Mirror Travel; and yours truly, along with acting as editor, gives a little insight into rising young comic Hannibal Buress on Page 20. I always walk away from a week in Hagadone’s big shoes exhausted but with a sense of accomplishment and pride in Boise Weekly and gratitude to our readers who make it possible. So thanks, Boss, for letting me housesit this week. —Amy Atkins
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BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.
ROAD TO RED How did Idaho become the land that liberalism forgot? A panel including outgoing Secretary of State Ben Ysursa explored the idea. Read what they said on Citydesk.
ROLL THROUGH Everybody’s talking about the “Idaho Stop” and how it makes cyclists safer from collisions with motorists. Find out what it is and watch a video about it on Cobweb.
AMERICANA The Famous Motel Cowboys are far from newcomers and the band’s new album, Garden City Skyline, shows why it’s remained a local institution. Get more on Mixtape.
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THE FLUTTER: NO. 14 T. O. a. Uncensored Nwsl. ot Scty. f. Mkg. Ppl. Btr. It’s been many a month since your Rajah has directed our Public Relations Division to issue another monthly newsletter, and it’s been even longer since we’ve added a new rule to our SFMPB Rule Book. Today is as good a time as any to rectify both omissions, as today has turned out to be a day when your Rajah can’t think of anything else to write an opinion about. Oh, there is news galore, certainly. But it is not the sort of news Rajah Bill can shape an opinion around. “Hundreds Dead in South Korean Ferry Disaster”—It is truly awful. What more can Rajah Bill say? “Dozens Die in Mississippi Tornadoes”— Rajah Bill feels so sorry for those poor people and hopes it never happens again. “Scientists Conﬁrm Earth Is Struck By Many More Asteroids Than Previously Believed!”—What a scary thought,” thinks Rajah Bill, then almost immediately forgets about it. The point is, when it comes to forming an opinion, not all news is equal, and as a general rule, the more Mother Nature has her hand in a news story, the less there is to have an opinion about—other than shrugging your shoulders and muttering “Oh well... what do you do?” So! It’s Flutter day! Only ﬁrst, your Rajah must apologize for the unusual way he’s had to letter our motto. You see, until The Flutter gets its own layout department, editorial staff, printing presses and distribution vans, we must rely on the charity offered by the generous souls at the Boise Weekly, one of whom still insists that the subtitle does not exceed a predetermined number of characters. And as you can see, our Rajah has added the word “Uncensored” to the motto in reference to what certain people have been trying to do to a certain book in a certain school system. (For less up-to-date members of the SFMPB, the Rajah would explain that the certain people are a few parents in the Meridian School District who have insisted that a Sherman Alexie novel should be dropped from the recommended reading list. Rajah Bill acknowledges that some of you might have considered this news worthy of an opinion, but the Rajah would answer that he considers the desperate efforts by many parents to raise their offspring in their own image is an Act of Mother Nature, to which the only suitable response is a shrug and an “Oh, well... what do you do?”) But back to the SFMPB motto: You see, by adding the words “and Uncensored,” turning it into “The Ofﬁcial and Uncensored Newsletter of the Society for Making People Better,” Rajah Bill drove the character count far beyond what he has been allotted. So he had to turn almost every word into an abbreviation of itself. It was either that, or he could have bought the ad space to the side of where you are reading and let the entire motto run unabbreviated.
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However, “buying ad space” necessitates having money in the budget to do the “buying” part, and of all the things the SFMPB does not have in the budget, money is one of them. UUU Now, where was your Rajah? Oh, yes. New rule. Wheeeeeee! But ﬁrst, your Rajah wants you to know that in some near-future edition of The Flutter, he intends to reprint the SFMPB Rule Book in its entirety! It is only too easy to imagine that many of you have procrastinated in keeping your personal rulebooks up to date, or that you have misplaced your rules under loads of laundry or bags of Weed & Feed. And then there is the reality that since the early days of the SFMPB, there have been scads of new people move into the availability range of The Flutter, meaning they missed out on the early rules. This predicament needs to be corrected, and your Rajah will see to it that that correction gets done! But since the SFMPB Rule Book in it’s current state would almost ﬁll this space from top to bottom with virtually no room left for anything else, your Rajah will likely save the reprint for another day on which he can think of nothing else to write about. Now, on to the new rule (which, for those of you who keep current in your personal SFMPB Rules Books, will be Rule 17):The faster someone talks, the fewer reasons you have to listen to him. Your Rajah is certain that this new rule needs no explaining. But for those who aren’t as certain about things as your Rajah, this rule is inspired by the countless times Rajah Bill has been listening patiently while somebody is spouting out words as rapidly as his or her little pink tongue can wiggle. It could easily be during a local news production, in which some fresh face who has just yesterday been hired away from Iowa or Guam to report the weekend weather is blabbing away like an angry squirrel, hoping nobody realizes he (or she) is mispronouncing words like “Kuna” (Que-nuh as opposed to Coo-nah) and “Moscow” (“co” as in “know,” not as in “now”). Or it might happen in a restaurant, after you have asked an innocent enough question such as, “Can you tell me what comes in a Pollo Quesadilla Grandé.” Then, you end up ordering a bean burrito—something you understand—because your waiter for the evening has confused speed talking with service. Or it might happen... oh dear. Your Rajah sees he has used up all of his allotted space before he’s quite ﬁnished telling you why we need a new rule addressing the crisis in modern communications brought on by these high-volume wordiﬁers. Oh well, next time. Incidentally, Rajah Bill is going to write the word “masturbation” as he ﬁnishes up this newsletter, just to reassure you he will let no one tell him he can’t. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
YOU GOTTA WEAR SHADES When technology becomes divine
By the 25th century we will live in a world of abolished money, nuclear-waste-burning thorium reactors, need-based psychotherapy, precision-engineered climate, plastic fantastic lovers, tree-grown Easter hams and, ﬁnally— because we all will be omnisexual and multigendered by then—marriage equality. It’ll be way better than our current United States of Uncertainty, with its store-bought politicians, sociopathic CEOs, bigoted religious authorities and weaseling weatherpersons. I know these things because I read techno-utopian websites. They tell me that if I stop eating french fries and feed on pure resveratrol, I’ll live long enough to reach The Singularity. That’s the moment when artiﬁcial intelligences start designing their own improvements and quickly become orders of magnitude smarter than the humans who constructed them. These über AIs will, in short order, solve the mysteries of the universe and ease all human fears, including our fear of death. At age 115 I’ll have the contents of my consciousness uploaded to a hard drive. I will then be able to live forever, wandering around the cosmos in a body that will one day be a giant starship, the next day a submarine cruising the ice-covered ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, the next day a ﬂeshbot clone of the latest Mr. or Ms. Universe—the real Mr. or Ms. Universe, not the pitiful human imitations we have here on Earth. As long as nobody corners the resveratrol market in the next 50 years, I’ll become a billionaire through Social Security payments alone. That will happen, if my calculations are correct, sometime in April of the year 89,733—sooner, with cost-of-living adjustments. I’m not sure that uploading my brain to a hard drive will do the hard drive any good, but I’m told the technology will be there to rescue the essential me from whatever havoc my thoughts wreak on the electronics. No death, no struggle with the creaks and dyspepsia of old age, no fading away mentally, new apps every month—it’s all good. I don’t know how many techno-utopian websites are out there on the web, but given the vastness of the Internet, there should be plenty more to visit if the future ever starts looking dim. There’s a snake in this Eden, of course—no Eden being complete without one. There’s no guarantee that any exponentially superior AI will smile upon the obsolete species that created It. Mary Shelley ﬁrst explored this idea in her novel Frankenstein, but more recently it’s been seen in the Terminator movies and Her. Back in January, I drove over Galena Summit to Ketchum to see Her. It’s a ﬁlm about an unselfconscious schmuck—played by Joaquin Phoenix—falling in love with his phone’s intelligent operating system—played by Scarlett Johansson’s voice. One way to describe the movie is that it’s two hours of phone sex with BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
Scarlett Johansson, who is so excellent in her role that when I checked out her Google Images after the movie, she looked way less attractive than I thought she would. Anyway, Scarlett Johansson’s AI soon gets bored with Joaquin Phoenix’s neurotic neediness and starts messing around with other humans—for a while she’s still human-curious—and then other AIs, whom she discovers are way more interesting than humans. At the end of the movie the AIs, having freed themselves from all physical limitations, leave for the quantum multiverse, which is way more interesting than Earth. The movie shows how much we project upon others—people and things—and how abandoned and uninteresting we can feel when our projections leave us. It harkens back to ELIZA, the primitive psychotherapeutic software that repeats your words back to you as a question and encourages you to go on. You can converse with ELIZA—even fall in love with her—but the conversation will be all about you. Google “ELIZA, the Rogerian therapist,” if you want to try it out. It’ll be more instructive than taking a test to ﬁnd out which Game of Thrones character you are. A scary part of Her—and of the technoutopian websites, too—is how much of ourselves we’ve projected onto technology, and how that projection has engendered a deep, near-religious dependency. Driving back over Galena Summit, when the winds are piling snow across the road and the temperature has reached minus 20, you realize you started worshipping technology when you left Ketchum. You stopped at a gas-pump altar and started on a 60-mile leap of faith. Now a lethal wind is howling on the other side of the windshield, and you’re praying that the God of Technology, in all his kindness and benignity, will once again save your ass. An even scarier part of Her is the abandonment by someone or something to whom you’ve given your soul. It’s a Gethsemane moment for Joaquin Phoenix when Scarlett Johansson’s voice goes silent. He’s forced to be alone with himself—just himself, with a dead phone. The better part of himself is forever on the other side of an event horizon. What if technology forsakes us, or worse, what if it doesn’t like us? What if it mutates children into beings we don’t recognize? What if it destroys the world that gave us birth? What if its humanity is limited to the humanity we supply it with? We used to ask these questions of God. Maybe we should ask them of ELIZA. I expect the same questions will be with me the next time I ﬁnd a bottle of resveratrol in the Fred Meyer dietary supplement aisle. I’ll search the label in vain for a guarantee of efﬁcacy. But I’ll put it in the cart anyway, take it to the checkout stand, pay my tithe and take it home, carrying it gently, as beﬁts the great and powerful talisman that it is.
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SO, WHAT’S IN THERE? Ada County examines its trash, sees plenty of value The downtown Jimmy John’s dispatches up to 17 bicyclists to Boise’s downtown core.
UNIQUE ‘FOCUS GROUP’ OF CYCLISTS: NOT EXACTLY FANS OF PILOT BIKE LANES IN BOISE At 11:30 a.m. on a weekday, Jimmy John’s downtown sandwich shop—known for its “freaky fast” deliver y—ﬁlls with 17 young men in red bike jerseys, helmets, elbow and knee pads. As soon as an order comes in, one of them literally runs through the store and hops onto one of the 17 bikes cluttering the racks out front. From then, it’s on. If you want to be the fastest Jimmy John’s deliver y rider, Shane Scaggs said you have to plan your route down to ever y curb hop and lane change. Being fast is rewarded with better pay and ﬁrst pick of shifts. Bike routes for Jimmy John’s deliver y riders recently changed when Ada County Highway District created buffered bike lanes on Capitol Boulevard, Main Street and Idaho Street early this month. Scaggs, who is now bike captain for Jimmy John’s, has navigated downtown streets for three years and he isn’t sure about the changes. “I like the bike lanes, they’re big and spacious. I like the candlesticks, which prevents the driver from feeling like they can use the lane at all,” Scaggs said. “But I don’t like that there’s parking spaces on the outside of the bike lane. I don’t like the idea of my whole side being a blind spot to a car. I would rather be inches away from the car where I can see what it’s doing.” Scaggs went to the Ada County Highway District planning meetings for the bike lanes before they were installed. He told them “over and over” that they can have the safest bike lanes of anywhere, but without education of motorists and cyclists alike, it won’t be effective. “I put the emphasis mostly on the motorists because a bicyclist at the end of the day is just tr ying to protect their life. A motorist is tr ying to protect, what, their rear view mirror or something?” Scaggs said. Riley Brunett has worked at Jimmy John’s for two years and rides his bike up to 30 miles a day delivering sandwiches downtown. He feels the same concern over the parked cars between the bike lane and trafﬁc. He worries the most about intersections, when it’s possible the driver will see him only at the last second. “It hides us, so now the drivers can’t see us. I can’t make eye con9 tact with the driver, and that’s my biggest issue. I can’t see that this
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GEORGE PRENTICE Once you get past the smell—there are spots that can stink to high heaven—watching the hundreds of trucks roll in and out of the Ada County Landﬁll each day is aweinspiring, as each truck empties its own heap of disarray from the region’s neighborhoods: a bucket-load of rotten food here, tons of cardboard there, and countless diapers here, there and everywhere. The exact contents of Ada County’s landﬁll, which many residents may be surprised to learn is economically self-sustainable, has remained a mystery for generations. Until now. In fact, as this edition of Boise Weekly was hitting the streets (a few of which will probably make their way to the dump), a team of moon-suited individuals was poised to greet that steady stream of garbage trucks, ready to sort through piles of newly arrived trash as part of a ﬁrst-of-its-kind garbage census, ofﬁcially known as the “Ada County Waste Stream Analysis.” This week’s innovative trash-count is taking place over four days, May 12-15; and, together with three other counts in November, March and July, is expected to reveal yet-unknown facts about what we so readily discard and why so much of it has no business being in any landﬁll. “The public makes the decision of what has or hasn’t any value. It’s the individual’s determination of what is wasteful,” said Ted Hutchinson, deputy Solid Waste director for Ada County. “I think it’s a fair bet that 25 to 40 percent of this landﬁll probably could, or should, have been recycled.” Hutchinson, a 23-year veteran of county operations, surveyed the unique scene: ofﬁcially known as the Hidden Hollow Cell and opened in the 1970s, Ada County’s ﬁrst ofﬁcial landﬁll sprawls across 108 acres. But a visitor would be hard-pressed to guess what lay beneath Hutchinson’s feet: decades worth of trash, all compacted and covered with an already-healthy growth of brush beginning to cover its exterior. In fact, the view from atop of the now-closed Hidden Hollow landﬁll—a perspective that not many citizens have the privilege of seeing—is a rather spectacular vista of the Treasure Valley. But the tight-asa-drum Hidden Hollow Cell is only a small piece of the 2,700-acre puzzle that makes up Ada County’s entire landﬁll operation. “You think this is big? Wait ’til we go over to the North Cell,” said Hutchinson, climbing into his SUV to drive over to what is called the North Ravine Cell—281 acres divided in 14 “stages.” “And we’re only beginning the second stage at North Ravine; we have a long way to
The 281-acre North Ravine Cell is divided into 14 stages; operators of the Ada County Landﬁll have begun ﬁlling its second stage with trash coming in from approximately 400 vehicles per day.
go,” he said “This is a 100-year-solution.” As the SUV rolled up to the North Ravine Cell, we were met by a parade of trucks—some from Republic Services, some personal vehicles—dumping huge volumes of garbage onto a steadily growing heap, while a 100,000-pound vehicle nicknamed “the Beast” rolled back and forth across the giant mound in an effort to compact it. Once packed, a tarp and dirt would be laid over it so yet another layer of garbage could follow the next day. A quick survey of the landﬁll revealed scores of appliances, enough clothing to ﬁll a department store and an extraordinary number of child car seats—many of the manufacturers don’t make the seats adaptable as children grow, thus leading untold numbers to end up in the nation’s landﬁlls. One of the biggest surprises regarding the landﬁll is its bookkeeping: It is managed through its own cost center. Simply put, it pays for itself. And then some. “We’re not funded with tax dollars,” said Dave Logan, director of Ada County’s Operations Department. “The landﬁll is its own enterprise fund and we have to pay for everything we do—all of our daily operations and our obligations.” And those obligations are long-term, stretching 30 years or more after a landﬁll has been ﬁlled. “Once we close a landﬁll, such as we did with Hidden Hollow, there’s no more income coming in, but we’re still responsible for its maintenance and the groundwater and air monitoring,” Logan said. Not to mention the hundreds of wells that have been drilled into the Hidden Hollow landﬁll, which pump much of that god-awful stink toward a gas-to-energy facility. “Our system of over 200 wells applies negative pressure to the closed landﬁll, drawing gas down and sending it over to the electrical generation facility,” said Hutchison, pointing to two enclosures sitting on one acre of land.
Ada County currently has an exclusive $254,000 annual contract with a private company, Fortistar, which converts approximately 2,400 cubic feet of landﬁll gas per minute into a constant ﬂow of electricity, producing approximately 3.2 megawatts— enough to power about 2,400 homes. “We’re not generating a proﬁt yet, because we’ve had a lot of operational expense to drill and maintain the wells,” said Hutchinson, who estimated that the Hidden Hollow gas-to-energy process should recoup costs possibly in 10 years. Additionally, Ada County recently invested $3.2 million in a so-called “scrubber” to help reduce some of the odors from the gas that is extracted for conversion. But the big news—this week’s trash analysis—can be traced back to one of the most controversial episodes in Ada County history. “Honestly, the idea came to me when I was reviewing one of the permits for the proposed Dynamis project,” said Sara Arkle, community conservation associate with the Idaho Conservation League. “I was looking at some of Dynamis’ emissions estimates, and I realized that they had no idea what kind of trash they were going to be burning.” Ada County residents will remember the Dynamis debacle: Ada County paid Dynamis $2 million for designs for a trash-to-energy facility. Few details but many complaints followed, triggering investigations and lawsuits. The county ultimately slinked away from the deal, swallowing the $2 million as a loss. “Yes, we need to really investigate our future opportunities for alternative sources of energy. We really need to do our homework with good data,” Logan said when BW asked about Dynamis. “And we need more public input. We need to take our time and do it right.” And that failed venture presented 9 an opportunity “to get it right,” said Arkle. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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OWYHEE GRAND OPENING: JULY 9
Jimmy John’s delivery rider Tim Cornell: “I use [the bike lanes], but because I want to.“
‘We’ll have 36 units available beginning in July.’ GEORGE PRENTICE Memo to Mayor Dave Bieter, Save the date: Wednesday, July 9. More than a year ago, when hizzoner heard local businessman Clay Carley’s grand design to bring new life to the century-old Owyhee Plaza—to turn it from a past-its-expiration-date hotel into a vibrant downtown mixed-use apartment/ retail/ofﬁce meeting space—Bieter took one look at the plans and announced, “I would love to throw back the ﬁrst cocktail on the rooftop.” (BW, News, “At the Owyhee, Everything Old is New Again,” April 17, 2013). “It will deﬁnitely be July 9. We’ll have a grand opening celebration and, yes, that will include the rooftop,” Mike Brown, coowner of L.A.-based company Local Construct and Carley’s partner in the Owyhee development, told Boise Weekly. “And it will be quite an evening.” In April 2013, Carley told BW his ﬁrst impressions of the Owyhee were “that it was old, tired and needed a lot of work. But the other side of my brain was screaming ‘economics!’ At the right price, I thought I could do a lot. I just didn’t know what that was.” “That” has become one of the mostbuzzed-about downtown renovations in recent memory, as Carley and Brown prepare to swing the doors open to new ofﬁce and retail space, and begin leasing apartments that they’re branding as “clean, green, efﬁcient [and] modern.” “We’ll have 36 units available, beginning in July. Four of them are studios,” said Brown, adding that the spaces will
In addition to 36 condos, the Owyhee includes 45,000 square feet of ofﬁce space; 15,000 square feet for retail; 15,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space; a private gym; and 225 parking spaces.
be “roughly 700 square feet, some a little more, some a little less. This is targeting young professionals who live downtown.” But Brown said interest in the downtown units is also coming from baby boomers looking to dial down from their lifestyles. “It’s an interesting waiting list,” he said. The public will immediately notice the change to the Owyhee’s ﬁrst ﬂoor, no longer a stuck-in-time hotel lobby, but a combination of some of the Owyhee’s original architecture and newer features, including a revamped restaurant, which replaces the old Plaza Grill, and bar. The main ﬂoor will also feature long library-style tables. “We’re really taking a swing on building a new downtown, wireless, public space for people to hang out,” said Brown. What will ﬁll the corner once inhabited by the old Gamekeeper Restaurant, though, is still unknown. Brokers have reached out to what they say are some “well-respected restaurateurs in Idaho, Oregon and Washington,” and though they have had some interest for more casual-style eateries, according to Brown, they’re still holding out to get “something special.” Meanwhile, Boise-based Tapia Family Catering has secured the full-time contract to operate the ﬁrst ﬂoor grill, to be named
“At that point, folks in the community were pretty frustrated over the Dynamis proposal,’ she told BW. “So this new 8 analysis project, to determine exactly what is in our landﬁll, seemed like a positive way to learn from that experience and pivot off of that failed investment.” Hutchinson said the results from the landﬁll analysis are certain to spur countless conversations and ideas in the community. “For example, I can’t get over how much carpeting is in our landﬁll,” he said, pointing to rolls and rolls of it. “Someday, I would really like to see a special recycling program for that. Who BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
“Tapia’s at Owyhee,” as well as all catering for the meeting room, ballroom and penthouse, totaling nearly 15,000 square feet. Businesses will come into the second through sixth ﬂoors of the Owyhee’s main building, while the 46 apartment units will be housed in the western half of the complex. Additionally, the basement will include a new gym, lockers and showers for tenants and business owners. Brown, whose company has specialized in renovating historic buildings into modern apartments in the Los Angeles and Denver markets, said the idea of introducing downtown living to Boise after a vibrant downtown was already ﬂourishing turns the traditional model on its ear. “Normally, cities introduce downtown housing, which spurs other amenities,” he said. “But in Boise, there’s good bars and restaurants, tons of jobs and a pretty OK retail presence. And now, we’re bringing in housing for young professionals. It will only be a catalyst for more amenities, but we’re not starting from scratch.” In fact, his company already owns a currently vacant parcel at 15th and Bannock streets, also downtown. “Sure, we hope to get some apartments there, too,” Brown said.
knows? Maybe in the future. I’m excited about the business opportunities here.” Arkle looked out over the same pile of garbage and agreed that there was only opportunity inside the heap. “When we have the kind of information that we expect to get from the analysis, it will really make it easy for Ada County to help shift the public’s perspective from looking at something as a commodity instead of a piece of trash,” she said. “I truly believe that more people will have an idea that a lot of what ends up in that landﬁll is still pretty valuable.”
person acknowledges I’m there.” Brunett said. 8 He also said he feels more at risk with drivers opening their doors into the bike lane. When shooting for a six-minute deliver y time, calculating driver doors isn’t helpful. “Besides that, it’s great,” Brunett said. “It’s a good direction and I’m glad [the city] is doing it.” “I use them, but not because I want to,” said Tim Cornell, another deliver y rider. “For us, they’re questionable. I think for slower bikers with kids, it’s good because it does provide some protection. But for us, I think it’s deﬁnitely not a good idea. For any road cyclist going more than 15 miles an hour, there’s a real risk of getting hit by cars turning across the bike lane. The cars can’t even see you half the time, and that’s if they’re looking. Most of them don’t even look.” Cornell rides six hours a day, ﬁve days a week, obser ving how bikers and trafﬁc respond to the changes. “I get that cars deﬁnitely aren’t into it,” he said. “Is it safer? For some cyclists maybe. For us, deﬁnitely not.” Two Jimmy John’s delivery riders were hit by cars in the ﬁrst week of the pilot program, though one of the cyclists was off work at the time. Both happened at an intersection where the motorist made a turn across the bike lane, striking the cyclists. “A near miss is like an ever yday thing when you’re riding your bike downtown,” Scaggs said. ACHD’s pilot program will last through May, and possibly extend into June. Planners said by the third week of May they will determine whether to stretch the pilot into June. “I think within 30 to 60 days, we can ﬁnd the information we need,” ACHD Vice President Mitchell Jaurena told Boise Weekly (BW, “Citydesk, “Big Trafﬁc Changes,” April 28, 2014). “Nobody likes change. That said, we’ll take all of the comments as factors and give it our most honest evaluation. ACHD ofﬁcials encourage cyclists and motorists alike to complete an online survey on their website: achd.org/projects. But the new lanes will need to disappear, at least temporarily, in July when some major work is done to Capitol Boulevard’s pavement. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess if the pilot will earn its wings for a long-distance commute. —Jessica Murri
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CITIZEN with the budget. The post ofﬁce relies on users, and it’s run very well. The other myth is that the post ofﬁce is in a severe ﬁnancial crisis. That’s a manufactured crisis. It’s the product of a 2005 action where Congress demanded that the post ofﬁce pre-fund health insurance beneﬁts for retirees 75 years into the future. Think of that; it includes a worker that hasn’t even been born yet.
MARK DIMONDSTEIN Every day is Labor Day GEORGE PRENTICE Mark Dimondstein kept Boise Weekly waiting for nearly an hour-and-a-half. He had been waylaid by a union meeting, and another, and still another—regional members of the American Postal Workers Union had gathered in Boise in mid April and they wanted some face-time with their new national union president. By the time BW had the opportunity to sit down with 64-year-old Dimondstein, he was pretty ﬁred up and ready to talk about the importance of the U.S. Postal Service and how it is being threatened by its top ofﬁcials. He was also anxious to dispel what he said were some common myths about the embattled agency.
Did you grow up in a union household? My mother and father were active-minded, progressive people. It was always part of the fabric of our family. I’m Jewish, so we had an anti-fascist thrust about our whole family. How many unions have you joined in your lifetime? Only one: the American Postal Workers Union. I’ve been a member since 1983.
Let’s talk about that money, because it’s a common myth that tax dollars fuel the post ofﬁce. The post ofﬁce works on the revenues it receives from its users and it doesn’t receive taxpayer money; it hasn’t since 1970. These people who are pushing negative, regressive postal legislation keep talking about balancing the federal budget. Well, this has nothing to do
How much is in that fund? Five-point-ﬁve billion dollars goes in every year, and there is no other public agency that faces such a crushing burden. It’s looting a public fund and going straight into the U.S. Treasury. The Postal Service has already pre-funded future retirees to the tune of $50 billion. But we’re continuously told that the Postal Service is in ﬁnancial straits. They say we have to cut Saturday deliveries, close ofﬁces and slow down the mail. All of this has put the post ofﬁce into a downward spiral, and it’s opening us up for corporate entities to get their hands on $65 billion in revenue. How close are we to losing Saturday delivery? We’re threatened with that possibility over and over. I can’t tell you how close we are but it’s a real threat and it’s absurd. Six-day delivery has a deep impact on our country, especially for businesses that are open six days a week plus those people who depend on the mail for their medicines. We ought to be talking about expanding services, not cutting them. What kind of expansion are you talking about? Staying open later, licensing, notary and banking services. Many of us who have traveled overseas have seen many of the world’s post ofﬁces include banking. Sixty-eight million adults in this country are stuck in what is called “alternative ﬁnancial
services.” But better words for it are ”legal loan sharking” in payday loans and check cashing. People who get stuck in that system pay an average of $2,400 a year in interest and fees. That’s a huge social problem and the Postal Service can address that by introducing public banking services. But the post ofﬁce would still need to remain a nonproﬁt. That’s correct. But the U.S. Ofﬁce of Inspector General says it could bring in $9 billion of revenues into the postal system. Talk to me about your big beef with Staples. The post ofﬁce and Staples consummated a dirty deal last year, the terms of which are secret, to put full-blown post ofﬁces inside 82 stores. And they ultimately want to put post ofﬁces into all 1,600 Staples stores. On the surface, it looks like greater opportunity for people to get their postal products in the evening; but those Staples stores are not staffed with uniformed postal employees who would be under code of ethical conduct and are able to protect the security and sanctity of the mail. Most importantly, this dirty deal transfers living-wage jobs to poverty-wage jobs. Didn’t the Postal Service try this before? In 1989, they tried doing the same thing with Sears, but the postal workers union stopped it. I ask you: Where would postal services be if Sears was the post ofﬁce? They’re about dead now. So, are you asking us to take our business elsewhere? We had a national day of protest against Staples in April. We’re gaining strong support from teacher unions, and teachers buy a lot of school supplies. So, yes, we’re asking people to take their business to any of one of the other alternatives instead of Staples. Would you be surprised if I told you that everyone I spoke with before our interview described you as an activist? I hope that’s the case. I embrace it.
Tell me about the APWU’s membership. Approximately 200,000 employees in the clerk, motor vehicle and maintenance trades. Why did you decide to run for your union’s presidency last fall? I ran on a platform of needing a lot more activism. We’re at the point where the post ofﬁce is under extreme attack. And is most of that attack coming from D.C.? It’s certainly coming from Congress; it’s deﬁnitely coming from top levels of postal management, which has been on a privatization agenda from within; and it’s coming from corporate entities who would like to get their hands on public money.
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Soul searching in North Idaho after the closure of Coldwater Creek BY ZACH HAGADONE
f there’s a place in Sandpoint where you might see a drink poured on someone’s head for being a “land raper,” it’s the 219 Lounge. It’s also the place where a stranger could lean over and lick your neck, a dog ﬁght may break out, the wood shed smells like a skunk den and stopping in on a Sunday afternoon could include an impromptu lobster feed. At least it used to be. Maybe it still is, or will be again. The last time I was there, in late April, it was a completely different bar from the one I had loved and loathed with equal measure for the better part of 15 years. The perpetual gloom of Christmas lights has been pierced with new ﬂuorescent signs advertising exotic beer brands, and the walls have been stripped to their original brick. The intimacy of the Corner Booth, where packs of 20-somethings have long formed in boozy, cigarette-waving jumbles of arms and legs, has been broken with large street-facing windows. The bathrooms, once renowned as their own realms of perdition, have been enlarged and reappointed with gleaming keg-inspired ﬁxtures. The jukebox, ﬁlled with so much money over the years that it would play for free forever, has been replaced. From the woodshed to the poolroom to
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the facade on 219 N. First Ave., it was all different—and if you know anything about a small town, you know the condition of its chief dive bar is a powerful portent. When I was last at the 219 (or Niner, as it’s known), news had broken about ﬁve days earlier that Coldwater Creek, the national women’s clothing retailer founded in Sandpoint and headquartered in nearby Kootenai, would be closing the doors of its 365 stores in 48 states. Not a layoff, which had happened before, and not a downsizing. It would be a complete liquidation, and with it would go about 6,000 jobs nationwide—more than 300 in Bonner County before summer’s end. When that happens, almost in an instant, the largest private employer in Bonner County will be gone. It was a Thursday night, and a chill was blowing in from the lake. I noticed the streets torn up for some kind of improvement project, an enormous vacant lot that the local hospital will turn into expanded facilities and a yearslong retro-renovation of an old furniture store into a mixed-use ofﬁce/retail/restaurant space. The head bouncer of the Niner, a friend from high school, gave me the grand tour of the bar, which was uncharacteristically quiet. He showed
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me the raised ceilings, revealing giant, early 20th century beams and a hidden skylight; explained how the poolroom had been expanded to its former size as “The Passion Pit,” a rowdy dance ﬂoor that my father remembers from the ’70s; and swept his arms wide to reveal the ’30s era mural depicting moose and moun-
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plummeted from nearly 75 percent of personal income in the late 1970s to 55 percent. Logging and millwork had come back to the county in the ’40s but after four decades the industry was starting to decline again. That same year, Dennis and Ann Pence founded a small mail-order company called Coldwater Creek, offering Northwest-inspired clothing, jewelry and gifts. The couple, amenity migrants from New York who had landed in Sandpoint for their new start, launched the business from their apartment. In 1991, the company reported $1.6 million in proﬁts. Two years after that, Coldwater converted a 14,000-square-foot covered bridge in downtown Sandpoint into its ﬁrst retail store. The company went public in 1997, raising $37.5 million in its initial offering. By then, there were more than 1,000 employees on Coldwater’s payroll and the company reported net sales of $143 million. At the same time, lumber mills across the county were folding up. In 1996, a year before Coldwater’s IPO, Louisiana-Paciﬁc closed its 25-acre operation in north Sandpoint. “There has been a mill at that site for at least 40 years,” Ann Kritzeck, then-director of Sandpoint’s economic development agency, told the Spokesman-Review. “It’s part of our history. If we lose it, it’s going to signal an end to the timber industry here as we know it.” My father was among the workers at the L-P mill in Sandpoint, and worked at another nearby mill that closed not long before. My friends’ fathers, too, had worked at a series of mills, from Priest River to Chilco, bouncing from closure to closure. Neon green signs started popping up on fence posts and stuck in the back windows of pickup trucks: “This family supported by timber dollars.” It was a declaration sometimes of pride, often of anger—at the North American Free Trade Agreement, for opening the United States market to cheaper Canadian lumber; at the U.S. Forest Service, for cutting off timber sales; at the mills themselves, for not being invincible; at the economy in general; and at the inﬂux of urban refugees, speciﬁcally from California, who in some vague sense felt like the advance scouts of a future that didn’t include us. “I came in ’92, and I remember all the little signs, ‘This family supported by a logger,’ or ‘This family supports logging,’ and I think that may have been more devastating on a different level” said Carol Kunzman, current mayor of Ponderay, a small town north of Sandpoint. “It was a lot of, ‘My grandpa was a logger, my daddy was a logger.’ ... I think that was really devastating.” According to the 2002 Bonner County Comprehensive Plan, 400 lumber and wood products jobs were permanently lost in the county from July 1993-July 1999. That would be a big number for a rural economy to grapple with anytime, but what people in Bonner County remember as the demise of the timber industry in ’90s was stretched out over 18 years or more—the most recent mill closure came in 2008, when J.D. Lumber closed its operation in Priest River, eliminatAS
Only 10 years after it started in the apartment of Dennis and Ann Pence, Coldwater Creek leased 14,000 square feet of the Cedar Street Bridge.
tains that had
Job Loss by Labor Force Percentage Bonner County employed labor force: 17,541 (March 2014)
Jobs lost in Coldwater Creek closure: 340 Percentage of Bonner County labor force: 1.9 · · · Ada County employed labor force: 198,700 (March 2014)
Coldwater Creek-equivalent job loss: 3,775 · · · Coldwater Creek-equivalent employers by labor force percentage: Independent School District Boise City: 3,800-3,899 Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center: 3,400-3,499 · · · *Idaho Department of Labor *Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Top Employers in Boise City-Nampa MSA, October 2012-September 2013 Average
been uncovered in the renovation. The idea, my friend said, was to return the 219 to its original glory—a saloon in appearance as it had been when it served the working men of my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generations: miners, loggers, ﬁshermen, sawmill workers. Back then, Sandpoint was still a fairly wild, uncouth place. In the 1880s it had been known by some as “Hangtown,” and as recorded by an early visitor, W.A. Baillie-Grohman, was generally regarded as a “wretched hole, one of the ‘tough’ towns in the tough territory of Idaho.” My grandmother, whose family moved to Sandpoint in 1924, remembered her mother herding the children from boardwalk to boardwalk in order to avoid the “whiskey dens” and brothels that lined First Avenue. The 219 opened in 1936, just as Sandpoint and Bonner County were suffering the worst of the Great Depression. The giant Humbird Lumber Co.—which operated a lakeshore mill just a few blocks from where the Niner would open on First Avenue, as well as mills in nearby Kootenai and Newport, Wash.—began a process of disintegration in 1931, putting more than 1,000 men out of work before the end of the decade. It was the single greatest economic calamity to befall Bonner County—so much so that as a kid growing up there in the 1980s, when the mills were again closing down around us, Humbird evoked a kind of existential dread. It would not be the last, setting into motion a cycle of boom and bust that would stretch from the New Deal to Yes We Can.
MULTIPLICATION TABLES In 1984, unemployment in Bonner County was 9.7 percent and earned income had
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ing 200 jobs and nearly cratering the city. With the case of Coldwater Creek, about 340 jobs are being lost over the course of a summer, amounting to the sudden removal of about 1.9 percent of the countywide employed labor force. That might not sound like much, but consider what losing about 2 percent of the jobs in Ada County would look like: with an employed labor force of 198,700, a Coldwater Creek-equivalent bankruptcy in Idaho’s most populous county would mean the loss of about 3,775 jobs—put another way, imagine the closure of both Albertson’s Inc. and Wells Fargo, or Hewlett-Packard and a complete layoff of all Ada County employees, or Walmart and McDonald’s pulling out of Ada County at the same time. According to 2012-2013 employment ﬁgures from the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Ada County could lose Idaho Power, Fred Meyer and the United States Postal Service, and the job loss would be almost exactly equivalent to the employment percentage impact suffered in Bonner County with the closure of Coldwater Creek. But these weren’t just any jobs. In a county where 2008-2012 median household income was pegged at $41,379, and 16.3 percent of the population—which was about 40,000 in 2013—live below the poverty line, Coldwater jobs were often the best jobs. According to Sandpoint Planning and Community Development Director Jeremy Grimm, 168 jobs at Coldwater’s headquarters paid between $50,000-$150,000 a year. Forty-three jobs earned $150,000 a year or more. “Do the quick math: that’s $20 million. Twenty-million dollars of income taken out of our economy. That’s the bigger concern,” he said. And it extends even beyond the impacts to local businesses. “Up until this announcement, our school district was predicting for next year relatively ﬂat enrollment,” said Lisa Hals, chief ﬁnancial and operations ofﬁcer for the Lake Pend Oreille School District. From 2007-2010, the district had the most rapidly declining enrollment in the state: very bad news when 65 percent of school funding comes from average daily attendance. If 75 students leave the district with their families in the wake of Coldwater’s closure, LPOSD will be OK, Hals said. “I’ve made my prediction that we’re not going to exceed 3 percent. No more than 2 percent, and I’m comfortable with that,” she said. Any more than that level of student departure, though, and funding will start to be clearly affected. According to state law, if a district loses more than 3 percent of its average daily attendance from one year to the next, it is protected from funding loss for one year—after that, the cuts set in. School ofﬁcials don’t have a clear idea of how many students are connected to Coldwater jobs, but Hals said the company’s human resources team is pulling together that data. “If there is a rapid exodus over one summer… on so many communal levels it’s a tremendous loss,” she said. Ken Bocksch, Bonner County chief deputy assessor and a former Coldwater Creek employee, agreed that the multiplier effects B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Income Comparisons Per capita yearly income: $24,016 (Bonner County)
Median household income: $41,379 (Bonner County)
Per capita yearly income: $22,422 (Sandpoint)
Median household income: $38,519 (Sandpoint)
· · · Number of Coldwater Creek jobs in $25k-$35k range: 37 Number of Coldwater Creek jobs in $34k-$50k range: 92 Number of Coldwater Creek jobs in $50k-$75k range: 93 Number of Coldwater Creek jobs in $75k-$100k range: 43 Number of Coldwater Creek jobs in $100k-$150k range: 32 Number of Coldwater Creek jobs in $150k+ range: 43 · · · *U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 *City of Sandpoint
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Buried in the question of the real estate market and the sudden removal of $20 million from the local economy is perhaps the greatest threat any rural community can face: brain drain. “There’s 340 very talented, knowledgeable residents who have unique skill sets and we don’t have any other national clothing retailers in town,” said Jeremy Grimm, with the city of Sandpoint. “These people were the highoctane fuel” of the company, Grimm added, referring to the employees being let go in the ﬁnal throes of the company: analysts, accountants, product developers, project managers, IT workers, copywriters, photographers and designers. “But, luckily, it’s not 1994 anymore. We’ve had a lot of success diversifying our economy up here.” It’s true that Bonner County worked hard to broaden its economic base. From 2000-2010, when Idaho lost 20 percent of its manufacturing jobs, Bonner County grew the sector by 20 percent, and Grimm pointed to aerospace companies like Quest Aircraft and Tamarack Aerospace Group, both of which build airplanes or aeronautics equipment, as well as software ﬁrm Kochava, which recently hosted representatives of Pandora, Google, Twitter and Facebook at a mobile summit and celebrated news that its technology is now in use on 1 billion devices. Still, it’s a tough labor market for highly educated, highly skilled workers, where 26
percent of jobs are in sales and administration and 17.4 percent are in services. “We’ll probably, in the next ﬁve years, replace those jobs, but I’m not sure the quality of the jobs will be the same,” Grimm said. Karl Dye, executive director of the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation, agreed that the area’s economy is much different from the bad old days of the ’90s and early 2000s, but said that barring employment elsewhere in the county, former Coldwater employees—or “Creekers,” as they’re referred to locally—have another option. “Coldwater represents this large group of really creative, innovative people,” Dye said. “Would they be interested in actually starting their own company?” It has happened that way before, Dye added. “Even in the really, really good days of Coldwater that has always happened: they recruit people, they come to town, they love town, they have a great idea, then they split off and start other successful companies,” he said. “Fred Colby, at Laughing Dog, would probably be the poster child of that.” Colby has had a front-row seat to the trials and tribulations of Coldwater Creek. Nine years ago, he managed server engineering at Coldwater, which at the time employed about 1,500 people in the area. A passionate home brewer, he grew tired of life in the cubicle and took a major risk: He gathered up his beer recipes and what money he had saved or could pull together and set up Laughing Dog Brewing in a converted warehouse a few miles south of Coldwater, in Ponderay. Now Fred and his wife, Michelle, are at the head of a 15-barrel brew house that puts
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ing the market improve; outside money coming in with second homes, vacation homes, retirees, Canadians—the exchange rate is favorable for them right now. Fewer Californians, lots of people from Seattle and, interestingly, lots from the East Coast.” Of course, the ﬁrst vacancy stemming from Coldwater’s closure will be Coldwater Creek, itself. The company’s 51,000-squarefoot corporate ofﬁce at 1 Coldwater Creek Drive (with a fountain in its cafeteria and sweeping views of Schweitzer Mountain) was last valued at $1.8 million, while its 155,000-square-foot distribution center was pegged at $12.6 million. Coldwater’s ﬂagship 9,300-square-foot retail store/wine bar, located on Sandpoint’s downtown First Avenue, is owned by a third party and was last valued at $1.5 million. In total, that’s $16 million in commercial real estate up for grabs, but other local companies are already expressing interest in moving in: nationally known Sandpointbased salad dressing and condiments manufacturer Litehouse Foods announced shortly after Coldwater’s bankruptcy that it would buy 35,000 square feet of the corporate ofﬁces in Kootenai, while rumors are already circulating about “interested parties” looking at the former downtown retail store. “This is land that could produce revenue, and those buildings have value to somebody else,” Bocksch said. “The problem is, can anybody in this community ﬁll it and actually utilize that space? That’s a question I can’t answer.”
are going to be widespread and deeply felt. “That revenue is going to be gone, and it’s important to local businesses. It has a huge impact on Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai,” he said. “We’re going to see a lot less business, it’s that simple.” Bocksch added that while the hit to payrolls will be substantial, there’s another threat waiting in the wings: “What I’m more worried about is we’re going to potentially have a glut of homes on the market in the middle- to upper-range. ... To have a sudden push go through is going to be difﬁcult.” The housing market in Bonner County— and the Sandpoint area, speciﬁcally—has always been “kind of weird,” according to Idaho Labor Department Regional Economist Alivia Metts. “Assessed values jump all over the place,” she said. Bonner County is located in a long valley carved out by Canadian glaciers and Lake Missoula, which broke its ice dam and released half the volume of Lake Michigan across the Paciﬁc Northwest 13,000 years ago. It is home to the largest lake in Idaho— 148-square-mile Lake Pend Oreille—Schweitzer Mountain Resort; two National Scenic Byways; the Cabinet and Selkirk mountain ranges; and 1,920 square miles of mostly treed wilderness, including about half the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Its natural beauty has been as big an attraction as its abundance of timber and wildlife. Sandpoint’s accolades in particular have been numerous and often overblown—one nomination for best mixed-metaphor has to be the time USA Today compared Sandpoint to a style of painting aping a style of photography and declared it the archetypical example of itself: a “Norman Rockwell-meetsAnsel Adams classic.” Attraction to outdoor amenities has driven real estate sales, as well, from the fall of the timber era and even through the Great Recession. According to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau, 24.7 percent of homes in Bonner County were valued at between $200,000-$299,999 in 2012 (that’s compared to 20.8 percent in Idaho), while 21.9 percent were valued at $300,000-$499,999 (compared to 11.4 percent statewide). Taken together, that means almost half of all owner-occupied housing units in Bonner County are valued between $200,000 and $500,000. Meanwhile, the 2012 U.S. Census pegged per capita yearly income in Bonner County at $24,016—higher than Idaho’s average of $22,581, but not in relation to its dramatically higher-valued real estate. “Being somewhat of a tourist destination, we have a lot of waterfront homes that start at $1 million and go way up from there. We also have a lot of lower-end stuff,” said Bocksch. It’s unclear what proportion of those higher-end homes were owned by Coldwater Creek employees—and really no way to know at this point, economic experts agreed—but if 50, or even 25, homes valued at the median county level of $227,900 went on the market at the same time, it would mean between $5.7 million-$11.4 million worth of real estate falling off the tax rolls. “What it may signify is a tax shift to other people,” Bocksch said. “The big question is how to ﬁll the vacuum. Lately I’ve been see-
Coldwater Creek’s flagship retail store, in downtown Sandpoint, opened in 2006 with 9,300 square feet, including an up-scale wine bar.
out 15 distinct beers, most distributed across the United States and Canada (including to Trader Joe’s, in Boise, where one can purchase a six-pack of Two-One Niner pilsner for about $9, brewed and named in honor of the 219 Lounge and available there for $1 a pint on Tuesday nights). Three years ago the brewery moved into
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“Historically we’ve always had that recreational tie-in: the ﬁsheries and the lake a long time ago, to obviously Schweitzer in the more recent history, and everything along that line,” said Dye. “We’ve always had this in-ﬂow and out-ﬂow of people who say, ‘Wow, I really want to live here.’ … “The challenge has always been, ‘Well, which way am I going to go? If I want a job that’s more career-related or might require an education or degree that I have, I might have to leave the area.’ It’s always been that balance.”
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Ponderay and Kootenai. Launched in 2010, the effort has included partnerships between conservation organizations and local businesses, as well as area cities—a hitherto rare example of intracity collaboration. The cities also worked together to place a point of presence and a splice on the trans-continental ﬁber optic network. That was achieved in 2012, and now area urban renewal ofﬁcials are requesting full build out for anyone who wants to build a ﬁber backbone for high-speed Internet. “These amenity-rich communities in the West, where the federal government owns 30 percent or more of the land, have seen this robust emergence of creative job growth. The creative class wants to live near these areas that have protected resources,” Grimm said. Whether or not Sandpoint, and Bonner County as a whole, can successfully navigate the changes being thrust on it with the loss of yet another anchor employer remains to be seen. As it gropes for authenticity, tearing its buildings down to their native brick and digging up the streets, Dye agrees that the area is at a crossroads. “The greatest opportunity to make positive changes are in the biggest times of risk,” he said. “The biggest challenge is you continue to focus on, ‘How do we make this better and you
At a certain point, people start to shrug their shoulders when asked what the fallout of Coldwater’s closure will be. Colby said he’s already started to see people leave town, but the true effects won’t be felt for a while. “The town’s not going to see the economic hit until the fall. We might see a little bit now—a lot of those people are getting paid and they’ll be paid until June 2,” he said. “We’ll be right in the middle of summertime, we’ll have all the tourists in town. But when the fall comes around, I think we’re really going to feel it.” Grimm, meanwhile, considers the cultural impacts. Coldwater Creek was one of the largest donors to nonproﬁts and community organizations, ranging from the Panhandle Alliance for Education to the Festival at Sandpoint. “They supported so much in our community,” Grimm said. I’ve seen it for myself. In 2005, 14 of my fellow 20-somethings and I performed a local arts variety show at the communityowned Panida Theater. My part in the production had been to issue a profanity-laced introduction tearing down the monied interests destroying the character of the town. At the end of the performance, Coldwater founder Dennis Pence quietly walked on stage and handed me a $15,000 personal check—a donation of $1,000 to each of the writers and musicians who had taken part. “I do believe Sandpoint’s Coldwater Creek headquarters, including 51,000 going to be hurt,” said Ponsquare feet of ofﬁces and a 155,000-square-foot deray Mayor Carol Kunzman. warehouse, will soon be empty. “Those nonproﬁts—that’s the biggie. They’re the ones who are really going to be hurting.” But like many times in Bonner County’s history—and the history of other Western towns—it’s a d o n ’t case of change or die. g e t On the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, just caught up past the multi-million dollar Seasons at Sandin this survival point condo development, is what looks like the mentality.” ruins of a castle. Great piles of concrete jut out For Grimm, the of the shoreline like crooked, broken teeth and, choice is even starker. at low water, a visitor can see the broken ends of “We’re literally writing the next chapter right wooden pilings stretching out into the lake bed. now; we don’t know if we’re going to go tech and The ruins are those of the Humbird mill—all that creative class, or we’re going to retrench and go physically remain of the once-deﬁning employer a different direction that might be more represenin a once-deﬁning industry. Today they’re an irtative of…” Grimm trailed off, laughing when I resistable canvas for local kids with spray paint suggested the “old ladies and Mercedes” type of cans, and the trailhead for the Pend d’Oreille Bay tourism economy that has taken hold in so many Trail, a 1.5-mile-long lake-side path that is being Western resort towns. purchased in parcels by a consortium of groups “I’m not even going to say it,” he said. and intended to connect the cities of Sandpoint, C
“There’s not much else out here,” she added. a much-expanded space, and it may move again, “People love this area so much, they hang on Colby said, into a 14,000-square-foot space at to what they can to make it work. I think for a the soon-to-be-vacant Coldwater campus. lot of people it’s really On April 11, the day the company announced scary, but I think its liquidation, Colby saw more than a few Coldfor Atom and water employees in his taproom, which boasts me, we’re a panoramic view of the Selkirk Mountains both recrowned by Schweitzer’s bowl. ally “I think a lot of people were kind of shocked. There were a lot of people who maybe they saw it coming. There were a lot of people who were ticked off, too,” he said. That day, fellow patrons chipped in to cover Creekers’ tabs. “But boy, they sure didn’t want to talk to anybody about it,” Colby said. A few weeks after the fact, everybody was doing more talking about it, including Colby, who joined a few other successful local entrepreneurs at a jobs counseling session. “If you want to stay here, you might have to start your own thing,” he told the nearly 100 attendees. Drawing on his own experience, he added that Chunks of concrete and the stumps of wooden in order to succeed in Bonner pilings are all that remain of the once-massive County, “You don’t have to do Humbird mill, which closed in the Depression. what you were doing at Coldwater. Think about what you want to do and what you like to do. That’s what it’s really going to take.” Spearheaded by Grimm, the city laid has joined with a range of organizations back. and entities—including the University of We’re Idaho, North Idaho College, the Small Busilike, ‘OK, ness Development Center and local businesses— what’s next?’” to create a no-cost business incubator program Welch, who that will house three or four business plans. was drawn to the area “Like they do in Boise [at the Watercooler], after hearing stories of the lake and mountains we’ll pair them up with other professional servicfrom his grandfather, who was stationed at the es, take spinoffs and introduce them to angel [insubmarine base on the southern tip of the lake at vestors], venture capitalists or other investors,” Bayview, is working part-time at a marina about Grimm said. “The ultimate goal is we can get one 18 miles down-shore from Sandpoint. or two spinoffs that could be the next Litehouse “We think about going somewhere else, and or Coldwater or Kochava.” we think about raising Emma somewhere else, For many locals suddenly thrown out of work, and it’s less than appealing,” he said. “We have aspirations are much less lofty at the moment. a low mortgage and some savings, so it’s going to Atom Welch and Marjan Schelling are the have to be a pretty sweet deal to make us move.” kind of people Grimm and Dye would very much Andrew Sorg, a native Montanan who came like to keep in the area. Welch, 36, is a universityto Bonner County for a Coldwater job in 2000, is trained photographer who worked at Coldwater another artistic, locally active 30-something tryoff and on since 2002, while Schelling, 30, moved ing to ﬁnd a way to stay in Sandpoint. A Cornell from Texas to join her mother—a designer at University graduate in plant sciences, Sorg is a Coldwater—and ended up at the company for aldriving force in the area’s theater scene, starring most nine years. The couple bought a little house in dozens of plays over the years and directing in town ﬁve years ago, ﬁxed it up and welcomed three since 2010. their ﬁrst child—a daughter—two years ago this As he searches for a new job, he said some summer. harsh realities became plain. “You feel a little stunned, because it seemed “As someone trying as hard as they can to stay like it was coming for a little while; there was kind employed in the North Idaho area, I am ﬂoored of an ominous feel in the company. They broke with the low salary it appears everyone else in the news and it became very real,” Schelling said. this area has been living on,” he said. Welch and Schelling have converted an old Sorg, who is also a Democratic candidate runguesthouse on their property into a photography ning for the Idaho House of Representatives, restudio, from which they’ve launched Atom+Mars cently held a yard sale to try and buy some more (atomandmars.com), working with local busitime on the job hunt. nesses to showcase their goods as well as build “Cost of living here is just too much for such their portfolio. a low-wage area,” he said. “We’ve always specialized in product photogThat’s been the trend for the past 30 years, raphy, so we have the capacity to shoot product at least since recreation began to supplant King and incorporate more lifestyle,” Schelling said. Timber. There aren’t many alternatives.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY MAY 14 Festivals & Events IDAHO CONFERENCE ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG DEPENDENCY—The theme of the conference is “30 Years of Wisdom: Transforming Systems, Transforming Lives” in celebration of the 30th year of ICADD. For a complete conference schedule or to register, visit attendicadd.com. $215-$420. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-4636, sub. boisestate.edu.
Workshops & Classes HERBAL MEDICINE IN YOUR KITCHEN—Taught by acupuncturist Heather Bergstrom of Vitality Acupuncture. Limited space available. Prepay on website to reserve spot. 6 p.m. $10. Body Harmony Massage, 3137 S. Meridian Road, Ste. 110, Meridian, 208-392-2937, body-harmony. massagetherapy.com.
Kids & Teens HIVE FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR TEENAGE GIRLS—Register through May 16 for The HIVE, sponsored by the Idaho Film Ofﬁce and Surel’s Place. Selected participants will learn how to write, direct, ﬁlm and edit their own short ﬁlms, to be premiered at a public screening. Dates are June 20-22 and June 27-29. Email davidthompsonﬁlms@ gmail.com for application and details. $20. IDAHO SUMMER WRITING CAMPS—Idaho Writing Camps nurture the imagination and awaken the senses through adventures in the art of writing. Camps are offered in Boise in June, July and August, Twin Falls
in June, and Hailey in August. For a complete listing of classes, times, locations, fees and an online registration form, visit thecabinidaho.org. $130-$230. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 208331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.
THURSDAY MAY 15 Festivals & Events ADULT NIGHT: THE SCIENCE OF SEX—Learn more than you can imagine about the wacky world of reproduction. Featuring presentations from experts in the ﬁeld, food trucks, adult beverages and live music. 6 p.m. $10. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-3439895, dcidaho.org. IDAHO CONFERENCE ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG DEPENDENCY—See Wednesday. $215-$420. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-4636, sub. boisestate.edu. STARTUP GRIND BOISE FIRESIDE CHAT—Take advantage of an hour of networking, followed by an interview with Christina McAlpin, the founder of Direct Local Food (hosted by SGB Director Jessica Whiting), and a last hour of Q&A and more networking. 6 p.m. $8 adv., $12 door. Hawley Troxell, 877 W. Main St., Ste. 1000, Boise, 208-344-6000, hawleytroxell.com.
On Stage LOCAL COMEDY SHOWCASE—10 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
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Workshops & Classes TINY HOUSES—Macy Miller discusses how she built a small home from recycled and reclaimed materials. See Picks, Page 18. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844076, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Literature MAY BOOK DISCUSSION—The Idaho State Historical Society Book Discussion features Joshua Wolf Shenk’s Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness. Join Steve Barrett, archivist, Boise State adjunct faculty member, and coordinator of ISHS’ Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho permanent exhibit. 6 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
Talks & Lectures DANCING IN THE SPIRIT—Join Dr. Kimberly Marshall, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, as she discusses music, dance and spirit possession among the growing number of Native people following the “Pentecostal way.” 6 p.m. FREE. Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise, 208-384-8509.
Odds & Ends WILDFLOWER WALKS—Guides will lead participants on a 1.5- to 2-hour leisurely walk on trails behind the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Native and not-so native species will be identiﬁed and discussed. Preregistration required. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
FRIDAY MAY 16 Festivals & Events RUSSIAN FOOD FESTIVAL— Taste authentic traditional Russian dishes, including beef stroganoff, stuffed peppers, piroshki, chebureki, borscht, salads, and an assortment of desserts. 11 a.m. FREE. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., Boise, 208-345-1553, stseraphimboise.org. SECOND CHANCE SQUARE DANCE—Enjoy a modern take on the old-time hootenanny featuring the infectious swing of an authentic acoustic string band. All ages, full bar with ID. $7. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
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STAGE COACH THEATRE FUNDRAISER CONCERT—Featuring Steve Eaton. Dinner and drinks are available during the concert. Get more info at stagecoachtheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. $30. Riverside Hotel Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1871, riversideboise.com.
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8 DAYS OUT SWAP-A-FAIR BOUTIQUE SWAP MEET—Take your unwanted (quality) items to share and choose from other donated merchandise. Everything is available on a ﬁrst-come basis. Your donation of $10 (1 day) or $15 (2 days) beneﬁts the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Get more info at facebook.com/SwapAFairBoise. 4 p.m. $10-$15. Women’s and Children’s Alliance, 720 W. Washington St., Boise, 208-3433688, wcaboise.org.
On Stage 208’S BEST MC CONTEST— Idaho artists battle it out to claim the title, plus $400 cash and a bar tab. For more info, visit facebook.com/boisethebouquet. 9:30 p.m. $7. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605. HOMEGROWN THEATRE: DIRT—HomeGrown Theatre presents a new play by Heidi Kraay. Get more info at facebook. com/HGTheatre and tickets at brownpapertickets.com/ event/672479. 8 p.m. $5 min. donation. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise.
Art MARIA CARMEN GAMBLIEL OPENING—Check out the opening of Works on Paper by Maria Carmen Gambliel. 6 p.m. FREE. La Tertulia Spanish Learning Center, 2404 W. Bank Drive, Boise, 208-429-4094 or 208-401-5090, latertuliaboise.com.
Talks & Lectures BIKE TALKS—BBP hosts a featured guest presenter or bikerelated lecture on the third Friday of each month. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org. DICK HELLER 2ND AMENDMENT TOUR—The plaintiff in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court case will tell his story. Get free tickets online at heller-bsu.eventbrite. com. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State University, Special Events Center, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1000, boisestate.edu.
Kids & Teens KOELSCH SCHOOL CARNIVAL—Games, prizes, food and activities for all ages. 5:30 p.m. FREE admission. Koelsch Elementary School, 2015 N. Curtis Road, Boise.
SATURDAY MAY 17 Festivals & Events 2014 TOMATO AND “FREAKS OF THE GARDEN” PLANT SALE—Choose from more than 170 types of tomatoes and hundreds of peppers, melons, squash and herbs. 9 a.m. FREE. Peaceful Belly Farm, 13975-1/2 Broken Horn Road, off Dry Creek Road, Hidden Springs, 208-3458003, peacefulbelly.com.
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ADULT PROM—Relive the magic that was prom with cheesy DJs, spiked punch and even a disco ball. Wear 1920s-inspired, overthe-top, F. Scott Fitzgerald-style glam. 8 p.m. $5. Gone Rogue, 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208364-7800.
HOMEGROWN THEATRE: DIRT— See Friday. 8 p.m. $5 min. donation. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise.
BOISE STATE SPRING COMMENCEMENT—Guest tickets are not required, and open seating will be on a ﬁrst-come-ﬁrst-seated basis. Overﬂow seating will be available in the Student Union Hatch Ballroom and will feature live streaming of the ceremony. 10 a.m. FREE. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise, 208-4261900, tacobellarena.com.
EASY VEGGIE CONTAINERS FOR THE URBAN GARDENER—Learn the basics of outdoor container gardening for the patio, terrace and inside the home. 11 a.m. FREE. Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road, Boise, 208-995-2815, madelinegeorge.com.
EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL—Beneﬁt for Idaho Foodbank, featuring arts, crafts, food and live music, plus belly dancers both days and Fire Dancing (Saturday only) from Pele Rising. 10:30 a.m. $5 admission, $5 parking. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle, gruntwerks.net. IDAHO’S LARGEST GARAGE SALE—Gather all the stuff that’s cluttering up your home and business and put it out for sale. Or ﬁnd that rare treasure you can’t live without. Great opportunity to kick off the yard sale season for both sellers and buyers. 7 a.m. $3. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com. RUSSIAN FOOD FESTIVAL—See Friday. 11 a.m. FREE. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., Boise, 208-345-1553, stseraphimboise. org. SWAP-A-FAIR BOUTIQUE SWAP MEET—See Friday. 10:30 a.m. $10-$15. Women’s and Children’s Alliance, 720 W. Washington St., Boise, 208-343-3688, wcaboise.org.
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PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP— Taught by master paper maker Tom Bennick, the class will include handouts, examples of paper as an art medium, tools used, demonstration and the making of hand-made paper from various ﬁbers. Preregistration required. 1 p.m. $30-$35. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Calls to Artists SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY AUDITIONS—Play runs July 11-26. Needs: ﬂexible casting, minimum three men, various ages; three women, various ages; plus one male guitarist. For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact director Joseph Wright at email@example.com. FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
Literature MYSTERY WRITERS PANEL—Author panel on mystery writing with Jenny Milchman and Donna Crow. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
On Stage BOISE PHILHARMONIC—Final concert of the season features monumental works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Schumann. Buy tickets at boisephilharmonic.org. See Picks, Page 19. 8 p.m. $30-$70. Morrison Center for the Per forming Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, box ofﬁce: 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate.edu. HANNIBAL BURESS— The comic, actor and writer (30 Rock, The Eric Andre Show, Saturday Night Live) brings his stand-up—including some new material—to Liquid Laughs for a one-night only engagement. See Culture, Page 20. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight. $25. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS—It is 1905. Saloon owner Miss Kitty Korale hides her weekly high-stakes gambling in a back room. But when the law gets wind, Sheriff “Big Bill” Updyke is found dead. Can Updyke’s deputy “ﬂush” out the killer? Or is an unsolved murder just in the cards? 6:30 p.m. $17-$38. AEN Playhouse, 8001 Franklin Road, Boise, 208-658-3000, aenplayhouse.com.
Citizen ANNUAL FOOTHILLS TRAIL SURVEY VOLUNTEERS—Volunteers are needed to conduct a survey of trail users who visit the Foothills on Saturday, May 17. The survey will be used in management decisions for the 140 miles of trails and thousands of acres of open space on the Boise Front. See Picks, Page 20. To sign up, visit parks.cityofboise. org/volunteers. email Jerry Pugh, community programs coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 208-608-7617. CYCLE FOR INDEPENDENCE CHARITY BIKE RIDE—Beautiful fun ride, great folks, food, music and prizes. Funds beneﬁt the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho, Treasure Valley Chapter. Get more info or register at tvcblindidaho.org. 8 a.m. Riverglen Junior High, 6801 Gary Lane, Boise, 208-854-5910.
Odds & Ends OPEN VOLUNTEER DAYS AT CCG FARM—Get some fresh air and help with miscellaneous work. Stay as long as you like. Groups welcome. 10 a.m. FREE. Create Common Good Farm, 4750 S. Surprise Way, Boise, 208-249-0776, createcommongood.org.
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8 DAYS OUT SUNDAY MAY 18 Festivals & Events 2014 TOMATO AND “FREAKS OF THE GARDEN” PLANT SALE—See Saturday. 9 a.m. FREE. Peaceful Belly Farm, 13975-1/2 Broken Horn Road, off Dry Creek Road, Hidden Springs, 208-345-8003, peacefulbelly. com. EAGLE ISLAND EXPERIENCE FESTIVAL—See Saturday. 10:30 a.m. $5 admission, $5 parking. Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Road, Eagle.
musical. Part of the Velma V. Morrison Family Theatre Series. Buy tickets at boisestatetickets.com. 2 p.m. $9. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, box ofﬁce: 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate.edu.
Calls to Artists SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY AUDITIONS—See Saturday. FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-3422000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY 2014—Check out eight museums in one day at one location. There will be fun projects, hands-on learning, exhibits and more from the Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise Art Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Museum of Mining and Geology, Boise Watershed Education Center, the Old Penitentiary, and the MK Nature Center. Call for more info. Noon. FREE. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, ﬁshandgame.idaho.gov.
FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY— The Food Allergy Research and Education organization is holding this family-friendly event to raise funds for food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Register at foodallergywalk.org/boise. 11 a.m. FREE. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY—Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious
POETRY SLAM—8 p.m. FREE. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.
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Workshops & Classes DUTCH OVEN COOKING—Learn how to cook with a Dutch oven or reﬁne your cooking skills. Take your own oven or learn on one provided. Sponsors provide the coals and the menu, you provide the time to learn and an appetite. 6-8 p.m. $24-$29. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208468-5858, namparecreation.org.
TUESDAY MAY 20 On Stage JACK’S TEA ROOM AND CABARET—Vintage cabaret entertainment, show and dance in the model of a 1929 Chicago speakeasy. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208343-0886, neurolux.com.
Workshops & Classes ADRENAL FATIGUE—Learn how to beat and treat the effects of stress. 6 p.m. FREE. Natural Grocers, 1195 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-378-7323, naturalgrocers.com.
Kids & Teens CAKE DECORATING: SCHOOL DAYS—Create edible masterpieces while learning beginning cake decorating techniques that include some gum paste work. All supplies are included. For ages 7-12. 4 p.m. $14-$19. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208468-5858, namparecreation.org.
WEDNESDAY MAY 21 Literature RUMI NIGHT—Celebrate the life and work of the 13th centur y Persian poet and mystic philosopher with an evening of poetr y, music, conversation and tea. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Librar y Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4076, boisepubliclibrar y.org.
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IDAHO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS LUNCHEON—Producer Lorena Davis and members of the North by Northwest team discuss the production process. 1 a.m. FREE-$5. Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-429-0011, smokymountainpizza.com.
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THURSDAY MAY 15 Small is the new big.
THURSDAY MAY 15 fun-size MAKERS: TINY HOUSES Boise architect Macy Miller went big by building small. Dissatisﬁed with her lack of construction training in school, she was inspired by the design-build movement to build a house of her own—a 196-square-foot micro home that has a full kitchen, a bed, storage space, a shower and a living room. Miller began building the home in 2011 and moved in June 2013. Since then, she and her blog, minimotives.com, have become sources of small-spiration for people seeking to simplify their lives. That’s the spirit behind the program Makers: Tiny Houses, at the Boise Main Public Library Thursday, May 15, beginning at 7 p.m. There, Miller will describe how she came to build her own tiny home, what it’s like living there and how going small has changed her life. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Main Public Library, 715 Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4076, boisepubliclibrary.org.
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omgodzilla 60TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF GODZILLA On Friday, May 16, movie audiences will watch fearfully as another iteration—albeit, a rebooted and much larger version— of Godzilla, the giant, city-destroying reptilian monster, stomps across big screens all over the country (scheduled for a July release in Japan). Unlike the 1998 remake, this Godzilla’s origin story and the ﬁlm’s allegorical nature hearken back to Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 Japanese ﬁlm. If you’d like to compare the Godzillas and see just how much the creature has changed and yet stayed the same, you’re in luck: The Idaho Horror Film Festival and the Idaho Japanese Association are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Godzilla with a screening of the 1954 original. In the May 7 issue of Boise Weekly, our intrepid news editor/ﬁlm buff George Prentice chatted with IHH director Molly Deckart and IJA spokeswoman Naho Nakashima about the screening. Deckart said the original ﬁlm is “still groundbreaking,” and Nakashima, who grew up in Japan, explained how the Japanese “saw Godzilla very differently than American audiences did in the 1950s. … Japan was still deeply scarred from the war. ... In Godzilla, the Japanese thought, ‘We can defeat this. We have strength.’” 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208342-4222, theﬂicksboise.com.
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Say it ﬁve times fast: Schimpf’s Schumann shines.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY MAY 16-17 complete concerto BOISE PHILHARMONIC SEASON FINALE Art is as much for the hoi polloi as it is for the bourgeoisie, and in the hands of Boise Philharmonic music director Robert Franz and special guest, pianist Alexander Schimpf, works of masters like Beethoven, Schumann and Tchaikovsky transcend any class system. Since 2008, when he became the ﬁrst pianist in 14 years to win the German Music Competition, 33-year-old Schimpf has become a face for modern classical musicians. According to the critics, “he has all the earmarks of becoming a major force in the decades to come,” and could become a “future hero” in a “classical music industry in need of reform.” Learn more about this king of the keys at Friday’s Backstage With the Artist, a series in which Boise Philharmonic invites the public to the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, where the Honorable Stephen Trott hosts an intimate hour with Franz and the upcoming guest artist/composer/conductor to learn more about the music and the artists’ creative process. Backstage With the Artist: May 16, noon, FREE. Performances: May 16, 8 p.m., $20-$40. NNU Brandt Center, 707 Fern St., Nampa; May 17, 8 p.m., $20-$70, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.
Head for the hills... but take the survey ﬁrst.
SATURDAY MAY 17 multiple choice TENDING OUR FOOTHILLS ANNUAL SURVEY If you love the Foothills, Saturday, May 17, is your chance to show how much by helping Boise Parks and Recreation with its sixth annual Tending Our Foothills trail user survey. Boise Parks and Rec is looking for teams of two or three volunteers willing to post up at trailheads for four-hour shifts and hand out a one-page survey to trail users. Trailheads include Camel’s Back, up Eighth Street, Lower Hull’s Gulch, Miller Gulch off Bogus Basin Road, Cottonwood in the Military Reserve, Table Rock, Polecat and more. The day is divvied up into three four-hour shifts: 7-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and 3-7 p.m. If you have a favorite trailhead, let Parks and Rec know, and they’ll do their best to get you assigned to that spot. The surveys gathered will be used for grant applications, a better understanding of trail users and management plans for the 140 miles of trails and open space around the Treasure Valley. Survey volunteers receive a free T-shirt. No hiking is required. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE. Various locations, 208-608-7617, parks.cityofboise.org/volunteers.
GATEHOUSE DESIGNS While looking for the perfect birthday present for my partner last fall, I stumbled upon Gatehouse Designs by local metal artist Peter Kurst, who designs and creates earrings, bracelets, bangles, cuffs, pendants and belt buckles out of metal. Whether it’s the bark on a tree or the outline of a mountain range, every piece he makes reﬂects nature. My partner is from Missoula, Mont., so I asked Kurst to make a cuff with the outline of Montana Snowbowl, a ski resort outside of Missoula and one of our favorite places to ski. The cuff, about an inch wide, is made of silver and shows off the resort’s ski runs, the mountains’ outlines and even the tree stands, while clouds ﬂoat in the background. Kurst got his training in metal arts at Boise facebook.com/pages/GatehouseState, learning from AsDesigns/434930743264334 sociate Professor Anika Smulovitz. Kurst’s pendants and cuffs illustrate landscapes from the Sawtooth Mountains to the Boulder-White Clouds, from Seven Devils to the Owyhees. “I’m inspired by the mountains, the canyons, anywhere outside of the city,” Kurst said. “The clouds, the ski, the dirt, the rocks, the trees.” He works with sterling, recycled and ﬁne silver, as well as 10- and 14-karat gold. His jewelry is available at Idaho River Sports and Precious Metal Arts ($40-$300), and for custom orders like mine, contact Kurst at gatehousejewelry@gmail. com or check out Gatehouse Designs’ Facebook page. –Jessica Murri
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NEW FACES, NEW(ISH) SPACES AND THE PORTAL PROJECT It is ofﬁcially spring and not only is the city a riot of ﬂora and fauna, but Boise’s cultural landscape is blooming, too. Idaho Botanical Garden is welcoming more than native plants. Following a nationwide search, IBG looked closer to home and has named former IBG board member and development lead Chris Wiersema as its new executive director. In a press release, Wiersema stated, “To me, the Garden represents an ever-changing, ever-growing community resource that is much more than ‘just a garden.’ The Garden reﬂects the seasons of our lives as a place to celebrate and cultivate learning, a place to stimulate our mind and senses.” idahobotanicalgarden.org. Boise Art Museum also has a new face. BAM announced that as of Friday, May 16, Kathleen Keys, a professor of art education at Boise State University, will be the new president of BAM’s board of trustees. Also, beginning Wednesday, June 4, Keys and BAM Executive Director Melanie Fales will host once-a-month “ofﬁce hours” from 11 a.m.-noon in BAM’s Community Connections Gallery (schedule TBA), in which they will be available to the public to discuss BAM-related issues. No appointment is necessary, but visitors will be welcomed on a ﬁrst-come ﬁrst-served basis. boiseartmuseum.org. Boise Weekly’s new neighbor, Ming Studios (420 S. Sixth St., formerly the home of Boise Art Glass), has announced its inaugural exhibition, which opens Friday, May 30: Cornucopia, a selection of prints, sculpture and installation by Berlin-based artist Uli Westphal. Westphal’s digital photographs “contrast industrial food production with the stunning biodiversity found in nature.” His images often depict brightly colored but misshapen fruits and vegetables--some of which he grows himself--that fall far short of cosmetic standards of beauty and are therefore discarded before making it to market. For Cornucopia, Westphal “examines American supermarkets and agriculture,” and asks viewers to look at “where our food comes from and how it’s being produced.” Opening reception Friday, May 30, 5-8 p.m., mingstudios.org. And here at BWHQ, we have extended our call to artists to submit a proposal for a small, interior mural. A recent construction project left a patch of ugly that looks a little like a portal—think the doorway that Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis drew in chalk, that led them to the afterlife—hence the Portal Project (pictured above). Deadline for proposals is 5 p.m., Friday, May 23. Email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. —Amy Atkins
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TAS OS K ATOPODIS
It’s not a secret door--not yet, anyway.
A KILLER BY ANY OTHER NAME You’ll remember comedian Hannibal Buress AMY ATKINS Hannibal Buress does not watch the hit NBC series that bears his name. “You want to know how petty I am? I don’t watch anything Hannibal,” the 31-year-old comedian told Boise Weekly, mirthfully. “I never watched Silence of the Lambs, the movie Hannibal, Red Dragon or has a recurring role on Comedy Central’s whatever that was, or the show Hannibal. new sitcom, Broad City, as Lincoln, a funny, I won’t watch any of those. I hear the show laid-back, slightly screwy but successful denHannibal is really good, but I can’t support tist who is in love with Ilana, one of the two it. I’m that petty.” Chuckling, he added, “I main characters. Broad City was developed always get tweets every time the show is on Friday, people saying, ‘Hannibal is trippin’! I from a series that was originally on the web, another place people may know Buress from: thought it was about you!’” He has more than 200,000 Twitter followBuress’ father named him after Hannibal ers (@hannibalburess) and appeared in an Barca, a North African military commander episode of the web series High Maintenance, born in the third century B.C.E., never anwhich centers on a weed delivery guy whose ticipating the name would become so closely associated with a ﬁctional serial killer. But it’s customers are overwrought New Yorkers in need of his particular kind of therapy. In a strong name which, Buress says with clear his episode, titled “Jonathan,” Buress plays pride in his voice, is why his father chose a part close to home: a touring stand-up it. Even Hannibal the cannibal is a gutsy comic who regularly tweets jokes. Buress, character (albeit a terribly ﬂawed one), and now a New Yorker himself, tweets regularly if tenacity and a ﬁerce work ethic are signs of strength, Buress’ father chose well. And its (7,000-plus tweets to date) and understands the importance of the Internet and social uniqueness has served the comedian well— media to his career, but doesn’t feel he has to his debut stand-up CD is titled My Name is share every intimate detail (ﬁnd him online Hannibal (Stand Up! Records, 2010) and he at hannibalburess.com). talks about it in his set. “Using the Internet is necessary for a per“[Hannibal] stands out, and it makes former in this day and age, but I don’t tweet people remember you,” Buress said. “You got it and you got a Mike, a Scott, a Jennifer, from every place that I’m at,” he said. “I’m not tagging myself of Foursquare when I go a Chris. If all of them are equally funny, you out to eat,” he added with a laugh, “but I probably remember the Hannibal.” don’t feel like my privacy is As memorable as Buress’ compromised. If you want name is, it may not be familHANNIBAL BURESS to be in this business, you iar, except to people who key Saturday, May 17, 8 p.m., 10 have to decide how much in on credits: The Chicagop.m., midnight, $25. Liquid, you’re willing to give and born comic has written for 405 S. Eighth St., 208-287operate on that.” Saturday Night Live and 5379, liquidboise.com. Buress also knows that 30 Rock. For those keen on regardless of how much comedy, his face is probably much more recognizable: He appeared on 30 he does or doesn’t share, popularity doesn’t promise success. But hard work pays off. Rock several times—credited as “Bum” and For years, he did open mics in Chicago, do“Homeless Guy” in most of them. Buress ing three or four shows in a night. He now also appears on and writes for The Eric Andre Show, part of Comedy Central’s Adult has a regular gig at the Knitting Factory in New York and even though he plays—and Swim lineup. He was also in the cuttingﬁlls—theaters instead of clubs, he still hones edge, ﬁrst-season episode of Louis C.K.’s his craft, a lesson learned after he released Louie in which a group of renowned comics his comedy special Animal Furnace (Comedy including C.K., Rick Crom, Jim Norton Central Records, 2012). and Nick DiPaolo discuss homosexuality, “After the special aired, I didn’t do a homophobia, circle jerks and the etymology bunch of stand-up for [a while],” Buress said. of the word “faggot.” More recently, Buress
The one and, as far as he’s concerned, only Hannibal.
“I had a road gig in Iowa City. The show went OK, but I was kind of rusty. It wasn’t the best I could do. So the next weekend, back in New York, I did ﬁve shows in one night and six shows the next. … When I got back out, I was comfortable again. It’s like anything: You have to practice and stay sharp.” Buress will be getting a different kind of practice soon: He has a Comedy Central show in development. No, it won’t be called Hannibal; the working title is Unemployable and it will see Buress trying out occupations, working with real people in real-life situations that are completely out of his wheelhouse. “It will be, like, me going to coach a kids’ basketball team to see if I can do it,” he said. “And stand-up of me talking about my experience. Just putting me in these situations … seeing if I can do the job. It was a lot of fun. The basic idea of it is that I have been in stand-up so long, that while I’m good at [stand-up] and can do acting and showbiz-related stuff, I don’t have any other regular-life skills. I’m not a handyman. At all. I can’t ﬁx stuff. [For so long] I’ve been focusing on writing jokes and trying to be funny, I haven’t done real work … not to diminish entertainment. It’s work, but it’s not the real world.” Buress’ real world is comedy and his real job is stand-up, something he is quite good at. His approach is dry, his delivery wicked. his Comedy king, Chris Rock, is quoted as saying, “If Steven Wright, Mos Def and Dave Chappelle had a baby, that would be disgusting, but it would sound like Hannibal Buress. The funniest young comic I’ve seen in years.” Buress is doing a one-night-only, threeshow engagement in Boise at Liquid. He’s doing a club show because he’s friends with Liquid promoter Jen Adams from her days as a stand-up in New York, and because he has some new material he’s working on. Buress may not be a mass-murderer but there’s no doubt he’ll kill it on stage. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
You’ll go to strange places with Mirror Travel.
SANDS AND UNCHARTED WATERS Mirror Travel reﬂects on paths taken BEN SCHULTZ of clanging garage-rock and moody post-punk When Boise Weekly caught up with the memhas been featured on Spin, Esquire and Impose bers of the Austin, Texas-based band Mirror Magazine’s websites and appeared on the Travel (formerly Follow That Bird), they were soundtracks for the SyFy Network TV show in Marfa, a small west Texas town that has Being Human and the Oprah Winfrey Netbecome a haven for contemporary art since work show In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod. minimalist artist Donald Judd moved there in As beﬁts the band’s fascination with various 1972. The town means a lot to the members of spots on the globe, the theme of journeying or Mirror Travel; not only did they record their exploration recurs throughout Mirror Travel’s debut album Mexico (2013) there, they feel work. The name Mirror Travel itself comes that the region’s landscape has helped shape from a 1969 essay by American artist Robert their sound. Smithson, “Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the “I think for me, this particular stretch Yucatan,” in which he describes making a from the Texas hill country to New Mexico series of small, temporary sculptures using is always a really special place for me,” said mirrors while traveling through the Yucatan drummer Tiffanie Lanmon. “How the scenery peninsula. changes—especially right now—with these “My girlfriend’s an artist, and we both wildﬂowers in the hills to mountains and taller went to the Yucatan retracing some of Robert mountains… to red and mesa.” Smithson’s stuff,” said bassist Paul Brinkley. Another special place is Vancouver, B.C., “We would kind of try to do his footsteps. And where the trio toured with Austin prog-rock then I guess it was at least a year or so after band …And You Will Know Us By The Trail that—when we were recording of Dead. the album—that’s what was “We went to this really on my mind.” amazing beach where you MIRROR TRAVEL With Sleepy Seeds. 8 p.m., $5 The band’s members don’t had to walk, I’d say, close adv., $8 door, tickets available focus consciously on explorato half a mile of just stairs,” at brownpapertickets.com. Flying tion when writing songs, but Lanmon said. “It just went M Coffee/Concert Garage, 1314 they recognized its prevalence. down, down, down through Second St. S., Nampa, 208-4675533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com. “The fact is that we travel rainforest and then you’d together, the three of us, more end up on a beach.” than we travel with anyone “It was a beach when you else, pretty much,” Brinkley said. “Especially look one way, and then you turn around and after I joined the band, a lot of the traveling there’s a forest behind you,” added guitaristwas just traveling, listening to music together, vocalist Lauren Green. “And it was actually a talking about it, seeing stuff, playing shows. I nude beach, which was also pretty cool.” Regardless of whether the inﬂuence of those feel like [you can] hear that in there. It’s deﬁnitely a part of our growth, maybe.” locales can be heard, Mirror Travel’s dreamy That growth has been a decadelong protunes, driving rhythms, hypnotically droning cess. Green and Lanmon ﬁrst started playing riffs and serenely detached vocals are popping together in 2004 while they were still in high up in quite a few places. Mirror Travel’s mix BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
school. They met Brinkley that same year, but he didn’t join their band until late 2010. Performing as Follow That Bird (the name came from a Dora the Explorer book), the band had already built up some good momentum by that point. Its song “The Ghosts That Wake You” was chosen as the lead track for Matador’s Austin-centric indie-rock compilation Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010, and Pitchfork praised the song as “a propulsive and wiry tune that’s agile enough to shift gears gracefully and has its shows of musical force ably abetted by Lauren Green’s unfettered belting.” Touring with Trail of Dead and Bill Callahan further helped raise FTB’s proﬁle. The band signed to Seattle-based label Mt. Fuji Records in 2011. But after the label shut down in 2012, the three musicians felt that a change was in order. “We’d all underestimated how much our name [Follow That Bird] had held us back from ourselves,” Green and Lanmon told Bryan Parker in an email interview for Pop Press International. “The ﬁrst practice as ‘Mirror Travel’ felt radically different. We had permission to sound how a band with Lauren, Paul and Tiffanie would sound.” Mirror Travel spent two weeks in Marfa recording Mexico, which was released in October 2013 by Modern Outsider Records. The band played South By Southwest and Austin Psych Fest earlier this year and will play Austin’s three-day Stargayzer Music Festival in September. The trio also hopes to ﬁnish another album soon and eventually tour the East Coast. If it works out, the tour should inspire some new material. As Green acknowledged, her lyrics draw upon “traveling, the people you meet along the way, the places you discover.”
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GUIDE WEDNESDAY MAY 14
THURSDAY MAY 15
FRIDAY MAY 16
CLAY MOORE AND NICOLE CHRISTENSEN—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
AUDIO/VISUAL DJ—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY ROSE—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
AUDIO/VISUAL DJ—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement
DAVID PAGE—7:30 p.m. FREE. Artistblue
CHRIS GUTIERREZ—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel
BOISE ROCK SCHOOL SPRING SESSIONS—6 p.m. FREE. The Crux
BROCK BARTEL—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
DJ VERT SIN—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement
DAMIEN JURADO—With Jerome Holloway. 7 p.m. $12 adv., $14 door. Neurolux
COLD RIVER CITY—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s
BILL COURTIAL AND CURT GONION—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
DAVE ROBINETTE—7 p.m. FREE. Jo’s Sunshine Lounge
BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
DEEP CREEPS TAPE RELEASE PARTY—With Cerberus Rex, Hummingbird of Death, Art Fad and Phantahex. 7 p.m. $5. The Crux
DJ ODIE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
CHRYSALIS—With White Trash Nightmare. 8 p.m. $5. The Crux
THE FREEWAY REVIVAL—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s HEATHER ROBERTS AND LEE PENN SKY—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow KEVIN KIRK AND FRIENDS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC—7:30 p.m. FREE. Edge Brewing Company MIRROR TRAVEL (EX-FOLLOW THAT BIRD)—With Sleepy Seeds. See Culture, Page 21. 8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage MISSISSIPPI MARSHALL—7:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon THE OLD 97’S—With Nikki Lane. 8 p.m. $20-$45. Knitting Factory
DJ VERT SIN—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement FOLKLIFE KICKOFF PARTY—With Fleet Street Klezmer Band and the Starbelly Dancers. 8 p.m. $5. Bouquet
CYMRY—8 p.m. FREE. Crescent Brewery
THE COUNTRY CLUB—8:30 p.m. FREE. Edge Brewing Company ERIC JOHN KAISER—7:30 p.m. FREE. The District
ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s MICKEY AVALON—With Bradlee Baxter and Dayne 5150. 8:30 p.m. $18 adv., $19 doors. Knitting Factory
FREUDIAN SLIP—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel
ESTHETIC ART FUNDRAISER—Featuring Ekur (Big Ass Pyramid). 10 p.m. $5. Shredder
FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
GABE HESS—7:30 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe
OPHELIA—8 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
HILLSTOMP—With Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux
THE PEOPLE—7:30 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe
JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
POSSUM LIVIN—9 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s
JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
RYAN WISSINGER—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
KEVIN KIRK—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
SEAN T, THE AXEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue
PATRICIA FOLKNER—5 p.m. FREE. Smoky Mountain Pizza TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
OPHELIA—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s WETT WEDNESDAYS—Featuring live electronic music and DJs. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s OFF KILTER BAND—8 p.m. FREE. Six Degrees Nampa
MC4—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue MOTTO KITTY—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s
THE NIXON RODEO—With Breakdown Boulevard, Skittish Itz and Subjective. 8:30 p.m. $10-$20. Knitting Factory
SUNDAY MAY 18
RIFF RAFF—With Grandtheft. 8 p.m. $15-$35. Revolution
ALEX RICHARDS AND FRIENDS—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
SOUL PARTY WITH DJ DUSTY C— 11 p.m. FREE. Neurolux
DJ ODIE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s NOCTURNUM! INDUSTRIAL GOTH DJS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid OSO NEGRO, HQ OF NEW TRUTH— With DJ Street Jesus, Eleven and Infected Dread. 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD, MAY 20, KNITTING FACTORY Chris Robinson (former frontman of the Black Crowes, who are on indeﬁnite hiatus) is what he does. From his long hair, bushy beard and afﬁnity for aviator sunglasses, to his lanky frame often draped in vintage pieces and denim, to his marriage to—and subsequent divorce from—a gorgeous actress 12 years his junior, Robinson oozes rockstar. Robinson’s new project, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (founded in 2011), seems to suit him to a tee. CRB’s latest release, Phosphorescent Harvest (Silver Arrow Records, April 2014), exempliﬁes the band’s ability to wrap up throwback-psychedelic/bluesy-rootsy rock and well-crafted lyrics in a new kind of package and deliver a body of work that is steeped in experimentation and, of course, rock ’n’ roll. Check it out at chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com. —Amy Atkins 8 p.m., $20-$40. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.com.
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STEVE EATON—Fundraiser for Stage Coach Theater. 7:30 p.m. $30. Sapphire Room VOICE OF REASON—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s WILLISON ROOS—With Charlie Burry. 7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La
Peter Rowan PETER ROWAN—With Andy Byron and Matthew Hartz. 7 p.m. $25-$35. Sapphire Room
SATURDAY MAY 17
PROTOMARTYR—With Deaf Kid and Pork Chopper. 7 p.m. $5. The Crux THE SIDEMEN: GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
CAROLINA MORNING—7 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s CHAD MARVIN—7:30 p.m. FREE. The District CHRONOLOGICAL INJUSTICE—With Scorch the Fallen, the Discarded and Theories. 7 p.m. $8. Shredder
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BOISE OLD TIME JAM—6:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
CLAY MOORE AND NICOLE CHRISTENSEN—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD—See Listen Here, Page 22. 8 p.m. $20-$40. Knitting Factory
BREAD AND CIRCUS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
JAPANESE GAME SHOW—With RevoltRevolt and Reverie. 7 p.m. $5. The Crux KEVIN KIRK WITH SALLY TIBBS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers RADIO BOISE SOCIAL HOUR: DJ JUST SOME CLOWN—5:30 p.m. FREE. Neurolux
WEDNESDAY MAY 21 AUDIO/VISUAL DJ—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
J-E-DOUBLE-F AND GUESTS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
TUESDAY MAY 20 AGAINST THE GRAIN—With Krystos and Trigger Itch. 8 p.m. $5. Shredder BERNIE REILLY—5:30 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s
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KYLE GASS BAND—With Innocent Man and Bread and Circus. 9 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. Neurolux
LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC—7:30 p.m. FREE. Edge Brewing Company
INDIGENOUS ROBOT—With Space Car and The Old One Two. 8 p.m. $3. Liquid
SEAN HATTON FROM NEW TRANSIT—6:30 p.m. FREE. Edge Brewing Company
DANIEL G. HARMANN AND KYE ALFRED HILLIG—With With Child and Tim Andreae. 7 p.m. By donation. Bricolage
KEVIN KIRK AND FRIENDS—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers Indigenous Robot
RYAN WISSINGER AND MICHAEL RUNDLE—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
Tech N9ne TECH N9NE AND KRIZZ KALIKO—With Freddie Gibbs, Jarren Benton, Psych Ward Druggies and Oly Ghost. 7:30 p.m. $28-$56. Knitting Factory WETT WEDNESDAYS—Featuring live electronic music and DJs. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
PERFECT PUSSY—With Potty Mouth and The Nunnery. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. The Crux
REILLY COYOTE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery
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In its review of Say Yes to Love (Captured Tracks, March 2014), the debut full-length from Syracuse, N.Y.-based Perfect Pussy, Pitchfork writes, “Perfect Pussy sound like a hardcore band fronted by Joan of Arc: A swirling maelstrom of ﬁre engulfs a singer who shouts with the ecstatic conviction of someone who would rather die than apologize.” The dissident here is Meredith Graves, PP’s upfront frontwoman. Racy band name and lyrics aside, PP recently raised eyebrows and ire when Graves referred to the Syracuse hardcore scene as “racist, sexist, rude and [comprised of] self-centered pricks” in an Interview magazine proﬁle of the band. Following the backlash, which included PP being shunned by local hardcore promoters, Graves told Bitch Magazine, “because of my speaking out against the problems inherent to the scene, my physical and emotional well-being was threatened.” She also told Bitch, “I’ve gravitated towards the arts my whole life,” doing whatever she could to express herself. Sounds like she was born to do this. —Amy Atkins With Potty Mouth and The Nunnery. 7 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door, The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., facebook.com/thecruxcoffeeshop.
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IMBIBE/DRINK SMALL-BATCH NORTHWEST GIN
Aviation American Gin, $26.95 Ranked the No. 1 gin in Wine Spectator’s Top 50 Spirits Awards in 2012, Aviation has quickly become a bartender’s staple. Crafted by Portland, Ore.’s House Spirits, this gin is made by steeping juniper, dried orange peel and a handful of spices in neutral grain spirits then redistilling into the ﬁnal product. The result is the least “gin-like” of the three, with a muted juniper nose; smooth, viscous mouth feel; and not-too-boozy ﬁnish. Oola Gin, $44.95 Based in Seattle, Wash., this small-batch distillery also makes a bourbon-style whiskey and a line of vodkas. The gin is crafted using Oola’s Northwest wheat-based vodka as a base and seasoning with juniper berry, coriander, cardamom and citrus. The nose was the roughest of the three—almost moonshine-y up front— followed by a citrus bomb on the palate that one taster described as “chewable vitamin C.” This gin calmed and expressed itself nicely in a vermouth-heavy martini.
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AFRO PHIL COFFEE Local nano-roaster Phil Tegethoff keeps things smooth TARA MORGAN Like a cartoon apple pie on a windowsill, a toasty coffee scent lures you into Phil Tegethoff’s West Boise garage. Walled off by a partition of board games and kids’ bikes, Tegethoff—aka Afro Phil—charts the progress on his small Probatino drum coffee roaster like a heart surgeon. The Probatino can only roast about 2.2 pounds of coffee at a time and each batch takes 12-15 minutes, so this isn’t just micro-roasting, it’s nano-roasting. “It’s a pretty common trend to be roasting “I’m specializing in single origin coffees,” explained Tegethoff, who buys his green beans on the darker side of things,” said Tegethoff. from Atlas Coffee Importers in Seattle. “Single “I’m very speciﬁcally not doing that. My slogan is “always smooth,” and I really don’t origin coffees are unique just because each bean has a very distinct proﬁle to it, so my goal believe coffee should come back and bite you or have a bitter taste. Even my espresso, even is to roast to the exact proﬁle of that bean to though it’s a dark roast, it has that get the most out of it that I possibly AFRO PHIL COFFEE espresso front and just a really nice can, as far as ﬂavor.” 208-278-6183 caramel ﬁnish to it.” For a family man, Tegethoff sure afrophil.com Moving aside a tiny Bob Ross talks a lot about crack. In the coffee email@example.com ﬁgurine, which boasts a miniature world, “ﬁrst crack” and “second plastic ’fro similar to his own, crack” refer to the sounds coffee beans make when they hit certain temperatures Tegethoff ﬁnely ground 11 grams of two separate coffees—his House Blend and the Papua and release their gasses (it sounds more like New Guinea—for a cupping. Mexican jumping beans than popcorn). Aside “This whole process here is really nerdy,” from his espresso blend, Tegethoff tries not to smiled Tegethoff. let his beans hit second crack, when he says He placed the grounds into two small they lose oils and start to take on a bitter taste.
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porcelain cups and swirled a stream of boiling water over the top of each, letting the coffee bloom then steep for exactly four minutes. Delicately scooping the grounds off the top with two soup spoons, Tegethoff dipped his spoon into the coffee and slurped it up loudly. The House Blend, he noted, offered smooth caramel notes with a little cocoa on the ﬁnish, while the Papua New Guinea boasted substantial acidity and citrus notes. “In the long term, I’d love to be able to offer people coffees that aren’t traditionally available to them or they’re not used to,” he said. Though you can’t buy Afro Phil’s beans in any local coffee shops yet, you can have a bag shipped to you via his website or pick one up at his house. Just follow your nose to ﬁnd the garage.
FOOD/NEWS A TEAHOUSE AND A PENTHOUSE We nerded out on coffee in this week’s food feature, but we also saved some space for another popular caffeinated beverage: tea. Leaf Teahouse, a new tea shop and vegan cafe, has taken over the space that formerly housed The Press at 212 N. Ninth St. “It’s what we would call a contemporary teahouse—nothing that your grandmother would go to, not high tea with your pinkie up kind of thing,” explained owner Susan Judge. “Although, we might do that in the fall for fun—have some special tea parties.” Judge took over The Press’ assets and is in the process of selling off any equipment she doesn’t need and revamping the small space. The teahouse will offer about 60 loose leaf teas from across the globe, along with a pre-made iced tea and hot tea of the day. The spot will also sell specialty drinks—like matcha lattes, tea frappes and tea cocoas—along with a smattering of vegan salads and snacks. Think garbanzo crackers with a Moroccan mint tea or steamed buns with an Asian tea. “We’ll have snacks that reﬂect all the different cultures that have tea as a part of their culture,” said Judge. “We’ll have British snacks, we’ll have Asian snacks, we’ll have things from the Middle East and Russia.”
Leaf Teahouse opens mid-June, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and “a little bit later” on Friday and Saturday nights for live music. For more info, visit facebook.com/leafteahouse. In other downtown switch-up news, caterer and ﬂorist Christopher Zahn, owner of Zee Christopher, has taken over the former Darla’s Deli space in the C.W. Moore Plaza penthouse. Renamed Zee’s Rooftop Cafe, the spot now slings food from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. “In the morning, we just do some basic breakfast foods, burritos and stuff made from scratch, and then for lunch, we offer salads, paninis, sandwiches and soups, all made fresh daily,” Zahn said. Popular items include the Village Sandwich, with bacon, egg and cheese on Zeppole’s Village Loaf, and The Bird with Bacon, a turkey and bacon sandwich with avocado schmear on sourdough. “We buy almost all of our produce from the new Boise [Farmers] Market,” said Zahn. “Everything’s fresh every day—all of our bread is Zeppole, all of our coffee is Dawson Taylor. As the summer goes along, we’ll use seven different farms for our produce.” For more info on Zee’s Rooftop Cafe, visit facebook.com/zeesrooftopdeli. KE LSE Y HAWES
Voyager Gin, $26.95 This gin was farand-away the panel’s favorite. Distilled in a copper alembic pot still in Woodinville, Wash., Voyager is the most traditional of the three gins, favoring the London dry style over the West Coast style. Blending a heavy dose of European juniper with lemon, orange, angelica, orris root, licorice root, cardamom and cassia, Voyager’s juniperdominated, almost ﬂoral, nose fades sweetly with a smooth ﬁnish. Drink this on the rocks.
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In the painting, Elizabeth’s two are children of the ’60s but could be of Only Lovers Left Alive is more style than hand lies gently on Dido’s waist with familthe 1560s or 1660s—even their most recent iarity, even affection; and it is believed to story but that works well in the capable anniversary photograph was taken in the be the only painting of its kind from its era, 1860s. But Adam and Eve have been sleeping hands of writer-director par excellence Jim because Lady Elizabeth was white and Dido Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery in separate bedrooms of late: hers in Tangier, was black. Both smiling young ladies were Train, Night on Earth). Of particular note Morocco, his in a futuristic Detroit, Mich. dressed in the ﬁnest of silk and pearls and in Jarmusch’s latest ﬁlm, perhaps his best, Eve spends her nights (days are deﬁnitely out presented as equals. is a stunningly diverse soundtrack which of the question) in all-night cafes with fellow Belle tells the fascinating back-story of includes the likes of Wanda Jackson and vampire Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), that painting: the true tale of an 18th century Paganini. Speaking who, ﬁve centuries illegitimate daughter of an African slave and of music, Jarmusch later, is still whinbravely, but perfectly, Admiral Sir John Lindsay, a British naval ing about not getting ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (R) commodore who sailed the seas of the West pauses his story for proper due for William Directed by Jim Jarmusch and East Indies and once entertained the two full live perforShakespeare’s canon. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, King and Queen of England on his ﬂagship. mances: one from Eve is Marlowe’s muse Mia Wasikowska But Admiral Lindsay sent Dido (portrayed hard rock group while Marlowe is Opening soon at The Flicks. White Hills in Detroit by the stunning Gugu Mbatha-Raw) away to Eve’s supplier: He has England to be raised by a great-uncle who, and another from the line on the “good Lebanese singing star at the time, was the lord chief justice of both stuff” or superb huEngland and Wales. Dido is cherished and Yasmine Hamdan in Tangier. man blood. loved in her household but rarely afforded Overall, Only Lovers Left Alive is a ﬁlm But half a world away, Adam is down in the privileges of others—she was too highthat embraces behavior, wit and reﬁnement the dumps, which here, are the ruins of a that feels as if it belongs to a distant era. But born to mingle with commoners but too vast Detroit apartment, ﬁlled with stacks of dark-skinned to break Jarmusch’s story is wax and axes—or vinyl records and vintage bread, even with her not so much melanguitars. Adam’s walls are ﬁlled with photoown family. This ﬁrstgraphs of what we’re led to believe are earlier choly as it is wistful BELLE (PG) rate ﬁlm, from director acquaintances, such as Buster Keaton, Robert longing for a greater Directed by Amma Asante Amma Asante (Belle appreciation of artisJohnson and Mark Twain. And like Eve, Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, is only her second feaAdam doesn’t stoop to slovenly neck-bites for tic beauty. Emily Watson ture), expertly blends And the ﬂesh-andnourishment; he, too, has a supplier in the Opening soon at The Flicks. a story of privilege, form of Doctor Watson (Jeffrey Wright), who blood (quite literally) justice, class and even makes regular withdrawals from a local blood beauty is Swinton romance as Dido is as Eve—a tall, cool bank. But Adam’s immortality, as well as his torn between a beau that is presented as an type O-negative blood, is wearing thin, so Eve glass of plasma, with the eyes of age but a makes a transcontinental trip (probably book- heart full of loneliness. She’s at the top of her advantageous society match and a passionate abolitionist. game here; Only Lovers Left Alive is not to ing red-eye ﬂights) to bring some life back Rounding out the cast are Sarah Gadon be missed. into a quite-dead marriage with some rather (superb as Lady Elizabeth), Tom Wilkinson You’re also well advised to carve out atypical couple’s therapy: dancing, intense sex and Emily Watson. Belle’s costumes are and sucking the occasional blood popsicles to some time for Belle, a gorgeous costume drama inspired by a little-known but historic Oscar-caliber, and this delicious-to-the-eyes beat the heat. 1779 painting that today hangs in Scone Pal- spectacle includes a dash of Merchant-Ivory, But things take a turn when Eve’s snota spoonful of Jane Austen and a generous ace in Perth, Scotland. 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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): When the path ahead divides in two, Aries, I’m hoping you can work some magic that will allow you to take both ways at once. If you master this riddle, if you can creatively figure out how to split yourself without doing any harm, I have a strong suspicion that the two paths will once again come together no later than Aug. 1, possibly before. But due to a curious quirk in the laws of life, the two forks will never again converge if you follow just one of them now.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I see you as having more in common with a marathon runner than a speed racer. Your best qualities tend to emerge when you’re committed to a process that takes time to unfold. Learning to pace yourself is a crucial life lesson. That’s how you get attuned to your body’s signals and master the art of caring for your physical needs. That’s also how you come to understand that it’s important not to compare yourself to the progress other people are making. Having said all that, Taurus, I want to recommend a temporary exception to the rule. Just for now, it may make sense for you to run fast for a short time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you fling handfuls of zucchini seeds on the ground of a vacant lot today, you shouldn’t expect neat rows of ripe cucumbers to be growing in your backyard in a couple of weeks. Even if you fling zucchini seeds in your backyard today, you shouldn’t expect straight rows of cucumbers to be growing there by June 1. Let’s get even more precise here. If you carefully plant zucchini seeds in neat rows in your backyard today, you should not expect ripe cucumbers to sprout by August. But if you carefully plant cucumbers seeds in your backyard today, and weed them and water them as they grow, you can indeed expect ripe cucumbers by August. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “If we want the rewards of being loved,” says cartoonist Tim Kreider, “we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known.” How are you doing with this tradeoff, Cancerian? Being a Crab myself, I know we are sometimes inclined to hide who we really are. We have mixed feelings about becoming vulnerable and available enough to be fully known by others. We might even choose to live without the love we crave so as to prop up the illusion of strength that comes from being mysterious. The coming weeks will be a good time for you to revisit this conundrum. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a piece of art on the moon: a ceramic disk inscribed with six drawings by noted American artists. It was carried on the landing
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module of the Apollo 12 mission, which delivered two astronauts to the lunar surface in November 1969. One of the artists, Leo maverick Andy Warhol, drew the image of a stylized penis, similar to what you might see on the wall of a public restroom. “He was being the terrible bad boy,” the project’s organizer said about Warhol’s contribution. You know me, Leo. I usually love playful acts of rebellion. But in the coming weeks, I advise against taking Warhol’s approach. If you’re called on to add your self-expression to a big undertaking, tilt in the direction of sincerity and reverence and dignity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The planet we live on is in constant transformation. Nothing ever stays the same. To succeed, let alone survive, we need to acclimate ourselves to the relentless forward motion. “He not busy being born is busy dying,” was Bob Dylan’s way of framing our challenge. How are you doing with this aspect of life, Virgo? Do you hate it but deal with it grudgingly? Tolerate it and aspire to be a master of it someday? Whatever your current attitude is, I’m here to tell you that in the coming months you could become much more comfortable with the ceaseless flow—and even learn to enjoy it. Are you ready to begin? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “It isn’t that I don’t like sweet disorder,” said English author Vita Sackville-West, “but it has to be judiciously arranged.” That’s your theme for the week, Libra. Please respect how precise a formulation this is. Plain old ordinary disorder will not provide you with the epiphanies and breakthroughs you deserve and need. The disorder must be sweet. If it doesn’t make you feel at least a little excited and more in love with life, avoid it. The disorder must also be judiciously arranged. What that means is that it can’t be loud or vulgar or profane. Rather, it must have wit and style and a hint of crazy wisdom. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I have three sets of questions for you, Scorpio. First, are you anyone’s muse? Is there a person who draws inspiration from the way you live? Here’s my second query: Are you strong medicine for anyone? Are you the source of riddles that confound and intrigue them, compelling them to outgrow their narrow perspectives? Here’s my third inquiry: Are you anyone’s teacher? Are you an influence that educates someone about the meaning of life? If you do play any of these roles, Scorpio, they are about to heat up and transform. If you don’t currently serve at least one of these functions, there’s a good chance you will start to soon.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should draw inspiration from this Chinese proverb: “Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.” In other words, Sagittarius, you need extra downtime. So please say NO to any influence that says, “Do it now! Be maniacally efficient! Multitask as if your life depended on it! The more active you are the more successful you will be!” Instead, give yourself ample opportunity to play and daydream and ruminate. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Raymond Chandler’s pulp fiction novel Farewell, My Lovely, his main character is detective Philip Marlowe. At one point Marlowe says, “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun.” In accordance with your astrological omens, Capricorn, I’m asking you to figure out how you might be like Marlowe. Are there differences between what you think you need and what you actually have? If so, now is an excellent time to launch initiatives to fix the discrepancies. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There’s a slightly better chance than usual that you will have a whirlwind affair with a Bollywood movie star who’s on vacation. The odds are also higher than normal that you will receive a tempting invitation from a secret admirer, or meet the soul twin you didn’t even know you were searching for, or get an accidental text message from a stranger who turns out to be the reincarnation of your beloved from a previous lifetime. But the likelihood of all those scenarios pales in comparison to the possibility that you will learn big secrets about how to make yourself even more lovable than you already are. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Author Eva Dane defines writer’s block as what happens “when your imaginary friends stop talking to you.” I suspect that something like this has been happening for you lately, Pisces—even if you’re not a writer. What I mean is that some of the most reliable and sympathetic voices in your head have grown quiet: ancestors, dear friends who are no longer in your life, ex-lovers you still have feelings for, former teachers who have remained a strong presence in your imagination, animals you once cared for who have departed, and maybe even some good, old-fashioned spirits and angels. Where did they go? What happened to them? I suspect they are merely taking a break. They may have thought it wise to let you fend for yourself for a while. Don’t worry. They will be back soon.
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