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NICKEL AND DIMED Boise budget writers: Residents shouldering more than their fair share of the tax burden NEWS 7

PROST! What happens when you have six local brewers blind-taste six domestic macro-brews FEATURE 11

JULIGHTS Your top picks and events for the July installment of First Thursday FIRST THURSDAY 18

FRONTON AND CENTER A look inside a littleknown, historic sports facility in the heart of the Basque Block REC 28

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MY MYTHOS I couldn’t have asked for a better “first-beer experience.” It was the summer of 1999 and my family, extended and otherwise, traveled to Greece for a family reunion following the passing of my grandmother. The trip would take my brother and me as far from the damp forests of North Idaho as we could conceive of at the time—to tawny, rock-studded islands rising from the unearthly-hued Aegean Sea; blue-domed, hillside villages; beaches of bronzed, semi-nude bathers; rooftop restaurants where dinner lasted for hours and dozens of courses. It was on one of those nights, with a hazy red dusk gathering on the horizon and the smell of hyacinths in the air, that I ordered my first beer: a Mythos. Of course, at nearly 19 years old, I was more than old enough to legally drink in Greece, but up to that point I don’t think I’d ever even held a beer. The Mythos was delivered to my seat with no fanfare—a big green bottle and a short half-pint glass. I poured straight into the glass, not knowing the proper method, and was rewarded with a quarter pint of foam. Unperturbed, I tipped it back and experienced the sensation first in my nose—the sweet, slightly agricultural scent of malt; the acridity of hops; and the brain buzzing effervescence of alcohol. I sipped the beer, feeling exactly how you might imagine a 19-year-old country boy would feel sitting on a rooftop 6,000 miles from home, with the cicadas thrumming in the dark, a bouzouki strumming somewhere below and the sound of a strange, warm sea lapping against the boats in the harbor. I’ve since learned that Mythos is crap beer. One of the top three-selling brands in Greece, it earns a score of 4 on ratebeer. com. For comparison, Dagger Falls IPA, from Sockeye Brewing, gets a 97. Still, that was my first beer, and I wouldn’t trade it even for one of those double barrel aged stouts that break the rankings, have more alcohol than Carlo Rossi Paisano and cost $1 an ounce in a 22-ounce bottle. Beer is an intensely personal thing. For imbibers it signals a host of tastes, perspectives and experiences; even philosophies, beliefs, loves, fears and wants. While for years Boise Weekly has focused its annual beer coverage on one aspect—temperature—we have decided this year to go a different route: one that more fully explores the glory and wonder of beer and, especially, beer in Boise. Coverage starts on Page 11 and continues throughout the paper. Cheers. —Zach Hagadone

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BOWE CLEARED A formal investigation has cleared U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of any misconduct related to his yearslong captivity in Afghanistan. Read more about the findings on Citydesk.

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And don’t forget to take a change of undershorts, Dick Just a reminder, in case you’d forgotten: Between 1936 and 1939, approximately 2,800 Americans traveled to Spain to fight in that country’s civil war. They were known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and they rightly recognized the rebellious leader, Gen. Francisco Franco, as another deposit of the fascist filth that had soiled so much of Europe in the years leading up to World War II. When fighting erupted between Franco’s right-wing revolutionaries and the Spanish Republic, they voluntarily put themselves on the battle lines to defend the democratic Republic. Up to 800 of them died in combat there, in what would prove to be a lost cause. Despite Franco’s brutality to his own people, he stayed out of the greater war that was coming and held onto absolute power for more than 30 years. I bring this up at this particular time not to emphasize the futility of war—which I fear is far more often the rule than the exception— but to remind some of our intervention-hungry fellow Americans that, were they to pull on their combat boots and sail off to take part in another country’s civil war, there is precedent. And frankly, since the individuals I have in mind for this glorious mission were instrumental in creating the conditions that led to the particular civil war I’m referring to, it seems not merely the brave thing to do that they should go put themselves on the battle lines, but that it’s the only thing the bastards could do that might redeem themselves for what they did in the first place. Are you listening, Cheney? This may be your last chance to prove you are anything but a manipulating sack of rancid crap whose entire legacy has been built on lies and deception, greed and lust for power. This may be your only opportunity to wipe the stain of cowardice and corruption from your record, to atone for your intense and studied avoidance of another futile war you supported when you were young enough to be in it, and to take responsibility for the chaos and carnage you unleashed when you whispered those sweet nothings into the simian ear of your ersatz Commander-in-Chief. Remember? They have WMDs, George. The smoking gun could be a mushroom cloud, George. They will greet us as liberators, George. The war will pay for itself, George. All you have to do to make up for your despicable self is to get to Baghdad, pick up one of those surplus AK-47s that seem to be as ubiquitous in Iraq as burnt out Humvees and non-functioning utilities, and wait until you see the whites of their eyes. After all, that is what you expected of the men who went to Vietnam in your stead, isn’t it? It is what you expected of the men and women you sent to Iraq—even though as we now know, there wasn’t a single good reason for them to go there. BOI S EW EEKLY.COM

That is what men like you always expect of the soldiers you send into battle to defend the interests of yourself and your cronies, all while you sit on your backside back home, blowing your views on foreign policy out of your fat ass. You’ve been so good at getting American boots on so many foreign grounds over the years, it just seems right that you should get a taste of the experience before your pacemaker blinks out for good. Oh, and I’ve prepared a list of people you can take with you. First of all, your pal George. Let’s see if he looks as smug carrying around 90 pounds of gear on his back as he did in that phony flight suit. Mission accomplished, George. Then of course there’s “Stuff Happens” Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, Rice and Bremer… in fact why don’t you just gather up that whole neocon crowd and fit them for desert wear? William Crystal, for instance. I can’t for the life of me see that he’s ever done anything worthwhile here at home. So maybe when he sees a truckload of those Isis killers coming at him, he’ll say something that actually turns out to be true. And for God’s sake, take McCain with you. That whiny little pest is so deranged over losing to Obama, he can’t stop himself from perpetually reminding us how grateful we are he lost. And don’t forget his sidekick Lindsey Graham, another creep with an obsessive compulsion to keep our troops humping from one quagmire to the next. And Romney. Four decades ago, he took the same I’m-too-special-to-go-to-Nam approach as you, yet he still feels entitled to criticize Obama for ending our occupation of that neverending sectarian shithole. How about you put Mitt in the same foxhole with you? As to what you might call yourselves, I suggest the “Pottery Barn Brigade,” and your motto: We broke it, so let’s go break whatever the hell’s left. Or… you could accomplish much the same thing—partial redemption—by admitting to your countrymen and the world—face to face, here and now—how you and rest of that nest of vipers who led us down the rabbit hole of national disgrace were all wrong; that the invasion of Iraq was unjustified and predicated on lies; that it was your combined arrogance that has led to this inevitable disintegration of Iraq—an outcome that was predicted by far better and far smarter people than you; and that those who call you war criminals are right—that in fact, you should face justice for more than 100,000 meaningless deaths. Ah, but that would take courage that you’ve never had, Dick, and that America should never expect from you. Nor, as is obvious now, can we ever expect the decency from you of simply shutting your goddamned rotten mouth.

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Dude? Dude! My undergraduate composition courses had a Come-to-Jesus moment scheduled for the Monday of the third week of class, after I had corrected two sets of essays. That third Monday morning, here’s what I said: “I’ve seen enough of your work so far to realize that three of you are intelligent. Fifteen of you are not. For the rest of the semester, I’m going to devote most of my time and energy and wisdom to the people here who don’t have to be told the same thing twice, who don’t turn in three pages when I assign five, who don’t miss class or spend time with electronic devices while I’m talking. The rest of you should get smarter if you want to join the conversation.” You may not consider this the sort of moment Jesus would want to beatify, but Jesus never had to teach composition for a living. If he had, the Sermon on the Mount would have been a lot shorter. The meek would have been replaced by good writers. So would the mourners, the merciful, the peacemakers, the poor in spirit, the persecuted. A hunger for righteousness and purity of spirit are already characteristics of good writers, and Jesus, having taught composition, wouldn’t have wanted to be redundant. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Christianity has remained a cult all these years, and a tiny one. But literate. I digress. People did want to join the conversation in my classes. I found that things went better when I concentrated on teaching the best students and letting the rest keep up as they could. Everybody’s thinking improved. Everybody’s ideas were more complicated and less didactic. The questions we were able to consider lacked easy rote answers. Not least, I wasn’t bored, because I was in dialog with people who wanted to learn and think and were willing to work to achieve both. Not-so-smart students, accustomed to class discussions plodding along at their own slow synaptic pace, woke up to the new regime, put away their video games and cellphones, and turned out not to be so intellectually challenged after all. By the end of the semesters most students had realized it’s good to work hard and have interesting conversations with your professor, and the intelligence you wish you had isn’t always limited to the intelligence you start out with. “People get smarter when they work at it,” I’d tell my new writers, as they went off to history and philosophy and science classes armed with short, simple sentences, concrete nouns, action verbs, concise paragraphs and a deep suspicion of false metaphors. I also told them, “If you’re desperate to join an elite, consider becoming part of an intellectual elite. Joining political or financial elites will cost you your soul. Becoming an elite athlete will initiate a losing battle against time, one that will be over long be-

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fore you are, unless you take cancer-causing steroids. But being smart is something you can get better at until your brain shrinks to the size of a walnut—which it will, if you live long enough. But there’s evidence that it won’t shrink so fast if you’ve worked at being smart all your life.” What has prompted this memory is another losing battle—not against time, but against illiteracy. Without going into dreary details about the quality of writing in our culture, I can say that the battle I fought in comp classes has been lost. The idea of focusing on the smart people in your audience and leaving the rest behind doesn’t go over well these days. Nor does the idea that if a given group of people—Treasure Valley residents, say— take an IQ test, half of them will score below average. If you believe a test can gauge intelligence, that test is going to indicate that half the people are smarter than the other half. More bad news: The smarter half is losing its smarts. If I judge from the comments of former colleagues, high-school graduates do not know how to write when they come to college, and almost all first-semester classes are remedial. A long time ago I wrote for Skiing Magazine. It was a good gig. They sent me to Canada and New Zealand and to weird weekends in Aspen and Sun Valley, and I wrote long, follow-me-beneath-the-surface articles for their target demographic, 21- to 35-year-olds. I was a careful witness, as all I had to sell was my perceptions, and they had to be accurate, acute and interesting. Then a change of editors, and an editorial meeting where they changed their demographic to 18- to 24-year-olds. All of a sudden my nuanced 2,500-word articles were obsolete. In their place were photos captioned with the words, “Dude!” and “Whoa!” and my favorite, “Rad-iculous!” Instead of going beneath the surface of skiing—and there’s a lot there, as any visitor to Tamarack will intuit—Skiing became all surface, with heavy doses of advertorialquality photography. I suppose that’s why they turned down my proposed article about putting on my 25-year-old alpine equipment and free-racing one of my old buddies on the Sun Valley Ski Patrol down Baldy. “Dude,” said my 20-something editor, “We’re trying to get people to buy new equipment, not use their grandfather’s.” I didn’t point out that my article would delve into issues of over-hyped technology, of getting old in resort towns, of the tendency of resorts to be as susceptible to entropy as their clientele. Those were interesting ideas, but I wouldn’t have been able to make my new editor see that. He hadn’t been in my classes. Even if he had, I might not have noticed him. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



Is a post-recession Boise ready for changes this big? GEORGE PRENTICE Even the most seasoned public servant knows that budget-setting is a lot like enforcing mealtime rules to a 6-year-old: You can’t simply skip to dessert (all the goodies that tax dollars can buy). You have to eat your vegetables first (the sometimes-bitter reality of collecting those dollars from citizens). And to the person, the members of the Boise City Council, Mayor Dave Bieter and much of their City Hall staff, don’t like the inequity of Boise’s tax burden. “This model—and it’s a state model that we have to use—isn’t working,” said Bieter’s chief of staff, Jade Riley, pointing to numbers that would make a veteran number cruncher choke. “This model is very flawed,” Riley said. Simply put, the chart (above right) tracks the “tax burden” in Boise same—and while homeowners and business owners used to share an equal amount of the heavy-lifting about a decade ago, the gap grew during the housing bubble when the region was experiencing double-digit residential growth. The tax burden gap shrunk when the recession took hold from 2007-2011; “But things are going back up,” warned Brent Davis, the city’s budget manager, as each of the Council members’ brows furrowed. “We’re probably looking at a 61 percent tax burden for residential in 2014, versus 39 percent for commercial,” he said. Council Pro Tem David Eberle said the old adage that businesses don’t use the same services as homeowners simply doesn’t wash— certainly not to the point of a 60/40 split. “It’s a false argument that businesses don’t use the same services,” said Eberle. “Of course businesses require a strong work force that require the same services.” As for how much citizens can expect to pay in taxes for Fiscal Year 2015, here’s the real head-spinner: your tax rate will go down but your actual, out-of-pocket taxes will go up. “We’re estimating that the overall tax rate, both residential and commercial, should go down about 8.4 percent,” said Brent. “But here’s the weird part. The actual tax impact is expected to go up an average of 4.4 percent.” Making matters a bit worse for homeowners, their taxes will be higher—probably much higher—than businesses because of the inequitable tax burden (again, see the above chart). “It’s because there’s more overall property value,” said Brent. “The taxes are caluclated over the assessed property value, and those valuations are up about 14 percent.” But while city officials continue to grumble about the burden, they’re still faced with the task of crafting a budget that is a postBOI S EW EEKLY.COM




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recession reflection of Boise. And right now, all roads lead to a proposed $487 million spending plan for fiscal year 2015, which begins Oct. 1. The budget includes $295 million for maintenance and operations, $156 million for personnel and $38 million for equipment. A better way to represent who gets what, however, is to break down how each tax dollar would be distributed (see graph on Page 8) if the FY 2015 budget passes muster: police—29.5 cents; fire—24.9 cents; intergovernmental—11.5 cents; parks—9.9 cents; library—6.2 cents; contractual services—5.4 cents; public works—2.9 cents; legal—2.8 cents; planning and development—2.7 cents; mayor’s office—1.3 cents. Information technology, human resources, arts and history, finance and administration, and the City Council office all get less than 1 cent. The proposed budget accounts for a little more than 1,620 full-time equivalent jobs in city positions, the majority being in police (396.4 FTEs), fire (284.2), public works (231.9) and parks (151.6).

HEALTHY CHILD CARE, SUSTAINABILITY AND MORE TRANSIT But Bieter’s eyes lit up with optimism about one hour into a June 24 budget workshop. “This is the first time I’ve seen all of these proposals bundled together,” he said. “Boy, I sure like the way these look.” And indeed, things took a positive turn once the Mayor and Council had slogged through the tax numbers. Over the course of the next several hours, a vast array of projects and programs were laid out, offering a glimpse of where Bieter and the Council would like to take the city in the new few years—some of them expected, but many of them big surprises. For example, Boiseans may have heard something about the so-called Healthy Child Care Initiative, a program championed by Councilman T.J. Thomson, designed to promote and enforce new guidelines and requirements to promote healthy habits for children. The program—requiring approximately $133,000 in year one and followed by about $81,000 in its second year—will see the hiring


of a healthy initiative trainer who will work with daycare providers throughout Boise. The training, which will include CPR and First-Aid, will give providers more tools to better care for the city’s children, including more opportunities for daily physical activity, nutritional standards and private locations where mothers can nurse their children. Much has been talked about, and even debated about, the city’s commitment to sustainability (BW, News, “A Sustainable Boise,” May 29, 2013); and while a list of 11 sustainably themed projects were pitched to lawmakers earlier this year, only a handful made the final cut. Of the $426,000 proposed, $175,000 of that figure is attached to one stormwater demonstration project. And while there have been few details thus far on the stormwater demonstration, city leaders did mention that it could be tied to St. Luke’s Health Systems’ new master plan for its downtown Boise campus. Other, smaller sustainability proposals include $76,000 to track energy, waste and water reductions in city facilities, and $125,000 for public outreach and education. The city was also asked to help fund major enhancements for Valley Regional Transit, particularly enhancing service to Harris Ranch, Fairview Avenue and State Street. Beginning later this summer, VRT has indicated that it wants to add peak-hour service to Harris Ranch and expand its 9X route, aka State Street Express. But its biggest change could add service to Fairview, increasing all-day service to facilitate connections to Towne Square Mall, Capital High School and the Library at Ustick and Cole. The Fairview implementation alone has a hefty price tag—$392,056—but officials said there was a possibility that federal grants could help subsidize some of the funding.

MORE DOWNTOWN HOUSING Perhaps the biggest surprise of the June 24 session came in something not seen before, at least publicly, it’s called “Downtown Housing Incentives,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. The city’s Planning 8 and Development Services, helmed by director Derrick O’Neil, is proposing to

By all accounts, it’s an historic challenge. “Yes, It’s been 122 years,” Treasure Valley Family YMCA Executive Director Jim Everett told Boise Weekly. “We filed for the tax exemption this year, the same way it has been for 122 years.” Everett, in his 40th year with Y, has seemingly tireless energy, equaled only by his enthusiasm for colleagues, volunteers and, most importantly, a mission to “develop successful youth, engage people in healthy living and instill a commitment to social responsibility.” He’ll talk to anybody, anywhere about anything to do with the Y. But even he admits that he was flummoxed when managers of Axiom Fitness and the Idaho Athletic Club lowered the boom April 7, urging Ada County commissioners to lower the Y’s property tax exemption rate. “We would like to challenge items 223 and 224,” Idaho Athletic Club Chief Financial Officer Shaun Wardle told commissioners, pointing to two requests—one for property, another for facilities—for the West Family YMCA facility on West Discovery Way, one of the Treasure Valley Y’s four facilities. “I don’t have any knowledge of what was just said,” said a stunned Bob McQuade, the normally-unflappable Ada County assessor, upon hearing of the challenge. Ada County commissioners, who also lord over the county’s tax rolls when they pull double duty as the county’s Board of Equalization, were caught off-guard as well, rifling through the file of the Y’s tax exemption, which has been 100 percent since anyone can remember. But officials with the Y weren’t in the room to defend themselves. “Honestly, we thought [April 7] would be a run-of-the-mill meeting,” said Everett. Green and Wardle want county officials to particularly focus on what had occurred at the West Y in the past 12 months. “There has been a material change in the use of the West Y,” Wardle later told BW. “If you’ve ever been in that facility, you’ll know the whole right side used to be for kids and teens. They took a lot of that out, relocated it and put in CrossFit and a yoga studio.” Wardle and Green insist that they didn’t bring their challenge because Axiom and Idaho Athletic Club are for-profit enterprises competing with the Y’s nonprofit efforts. “No, I’m looking at this as a taxpayer,” said Wardle. “We’re really not trying to make this an ‘us-or-them’ situation.” Green, who oversees Axiom’s Treasure Valley operations, echoed Wardle. “We’re just concerned taxpaying individuals. We want to make sure it’s 8 fair for everyone and nobody is paying more or less than they need to,” he

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incentivize the creation of at least 1,000 “new and diverse” multi-family housing 7 units to downtown within five years. The proposal says there are estimates that Boise’s downtown population will “more than triple during the next 20 years, but that growth is contingent upon the city growing denser within its downtown core.” The fact remains that Boise’s ratio of jobs to housing in downtown is 11-1, according to the city. That’s the lowest in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Urban Land Institute. As a direct response, PDS has proposed two incentives—each subsidizing developers to bring in new downtown housing. One plan, which would pay up to $1,000 per unit, would go to developers who bring in at least 10 units that are sustainable (green certification), are in optimal locations (biking and walking is encouraged) and/or reuse or revitalize existing buildings. Another plan, which would pay up to $2,000 per unit, would go to developers who bring in at least nine units that meet all of the above criteria, plus are more “affordable for low and medium income individuals or families.” The money would come from economic development funding (railroad rental income), Council strategic planning funding and federal subsidized funding sources. For examples, PDS pointed to alreadysuccessful incentive programs for affordable downtown housing in Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Regina, Calif.; and Tulsa, Okla.

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NEWS first-floor re-do that would introduce an additional new entrance at Eighth and River streets, a new cafe, makerspace, a new shop for Friends of the Library and an entirely new sense of place for the main floor. Other phases include a remodel of the main library’s children’s section and possible reduction of the library’s catalogue. But the real “ah-ha” moment came when Booe told the City Council about a so-called “high-density shelving system.” Try to picture a multistory, glass-enclosed robot system that files and retrieves many of the library’s This is how Boise officials want to spend your money in FY 2015. books. In fact, Booe said it Nearly 55 cents of every $1 is earmarked for police and fire. was not out of the picture to expect children to clamor to come to the main library “just to see session to give them a taste of things to come. the robot.” Council members agreed and said Boise Weekly readers know all too well they were anxious to skip to that phase sooner about the library’s desire to find 21st century than later. solutions to a 20th century main library that But first things first—the Council, library has been “loved” a little too much by its evertrustees and even Booe don’t know yet how increasing users (BW, Citydesk, “Five Possible much such a dramatic change would cost. Options,” May 7, 2014). In the meantime, the Council will be sharpAnd Booe shared with Bieter and Council ening its pencils for a Tuesday, July 15, public some of the fresh-off-the-presses conceptual designs that they may want to consider sooner hearing to examine proposed fees for the coming fiscal year, an Aug. 12 public hearing than later. Working with Boise-based Trout on the overall spending plan, and (after three Architects, Architectural Nexus will be stepfull readings of the budget) an Aug. 26 vote to ping before the library’s board of trustees later adopt the financial blueprint. this month with several options, including a


told BW. “Are adult fitness services considered charitable? Does that jus7 tify having a tax exemption? We don’t have a tax exemption for offering those same kinds of services.” And if Axiom’s and IAC’s challenge wasn’t stunning enough to Everett, he was pushed even further back on his heels when county commissioners, on May 7, said they actually agreed with Green and Wardle. Insisting that they were acting on “analysis” from their legal department, commissioners knocked the West Y’s property tax exempt status from 100 percent to 19 percent. By the time YMCA officials formally appealed the drastic reduction, they weren’t going to take any chances. This time, they filled the room when county commissioners met yet again on the issue May 29. “Without sounding too cocksure, I’m certain that we’ve satisfied our tax exemption,” Boise-based attorney Fred Shoemaker, representing the Y, told Ada County commissioners. “We want to make sure that the county we live in has a charity like this.” Shoemaker and Everett were surrounded by Y supporters—parents, children and dozens of staff and volunteers—all there to remind commissioners that the Y provides an endless number of services, many of them for free, to the county’s most vulnerable adults and children. The meeting’s most emotional moment came when Chad Ward stood to read from a letter he had sent to the Y, following a personal crisis in 2010. “Never before have I written a thank-you to someone after saving my life,” said Ward, reading from a letter, telling the story of how a rare form of melanoma was detected in his body by a visiting physician during a free cancer screening at the Y. Several treatments and biopsies later, Ward said he was there, “to tell you that they saved my life that day.” And Ward took personal exception to the arguments made by Green and Wardle, who stood silently in the back of the room. “Do other health clubs offer this kind of stuff?” he asked, directing his commentary to Axiom and IAC. “It’s upsetting to me … upsetting that it’s some kind of capitalist motive. And I’m a capitalist; but I don’t believe in going after the competition like this.” By the time Everett stood to speak, he said it was difficult not to get emotional but explained to county officials that the Y had recently moved child-care services at the West Y to a larger space in order to accommodate more children—at an operating loss. Everett said he “had no idea” why the Y’s tax exempt status was being challenged. “We can speculate, but we think facts were presented here that were not totally accurate,” he said. Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre told Everett that because the Y hadn’t been present at previous meetings, county officials couldn’t ask for a response. But when the Y, and all of its supporters, showed up May 29, they offered a thick packet of documentation to argue for the reinstatement of a 100 percent tax exemption. Green insists that he and Wardle will be ready with their own response when county commissioners meet one more time on the matter, on Thursday, July 3. “We’ll definitely have some comments prepared,” he told BW. “Again, we’re just concerned individuals.” —George Prentice

A line of public and private officials grabbed shovels (and credit) for the July 1 groundbreaking of the City Center Plaza, the $45 millon Gardner Company extravaganza, including a subterranean transit center, the nine-story Clearwater Analytics Building and five-story Boise Centre Building. Esimtated completion: Fall 2016.



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CITIZEN OF TH ekly EW e w E EE IS K O B OUR CONVERSATION: mediate Treasure Valley. More in McCall, more in Southeastern Idaho.






Are you an Idaho native? I was born in San Francisco, but my father passed away when I was 6 and we moved to Fruitland when I was 9 because my mom was originally from Idaho. I have six brothers and sisters, plus three more step-siblings and I’m somewhere in the middle. JE

What was the big dream for you? I can tell you that it was definitely not beer. I was a goody two-shoes and I didn’t have my first drink until well after high school. I was terribly shy. And what does your resume look like? I was a traveling salesperson for a year, where a team of us traveled all across the country selling cleaning solution. They would put us up in dive motels, and then they would drop us off each day to sell the cleaner doorto-door. It was 100 percent commission. I was 19, and even though I saw good part of the U.S., I was ready to come home after a few months. But most of your career has been in finance. It has. But I should tell you about my work in a tuxedo rental store over in Ontario, Ore., where I worked on-and-off for six years. I was pretty shy back then. Sorry, but I don’t see you ever being shy. I know; but I was terrified. If you walked into that store, I would wait for customers to walk all the way up to me behind the counter, before I whispered, “Hello.” But the owner, who was very outgoing, helped a lot with that. And the dating pool in Ontario wasn’t very big, so I ended up going to a lot of wedding receptions. But you’ve worked a few other places. Sure. I worked at Micron, in a fabricating lab, where I had no idea what I was doing. I worked for Albertsons, in finance, which I loved. But most of my professional years have been in banking. I walked into First Security Bank in 1992 [which became Wells Fargo

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Do you think that’s too many? No, there a lot of people being converted to craft beer. You can put a different label on Coors Light, but it’s still bleh [see Page 11]. I like starting people with samples of craft beers, and they almost always like them. It’s interesting that you said, “I like starting people…” I’m guessing that people ask you for suggestions all the time. I always ask them what they prefer first.

STACY CONNELLY Boise’s beer buddy GEORGE PRENTICE She had the Hop Notion; we had the Aviator Raspberry Blonde. Hey, it’s all in the line of duty. What would you expect? This is Boise Weekly’s just-launched yearly Beer Issue, so we naturally wanted to sit down with Stacy Connelly, queen of Boise Beer Buddies, to talk about her Idaho roots, her unique network of beer lovers and—over a couple of cold ones at Crooked Fence Brewing’s Barrelhouse Brewpub—Boise’s overflowing love for breweries.

Bank in 2001] and stayed with them until 2008. I worked in new accounts and private banking and it was an amazing chapter of my life. I also worked, for a short while, for Western Capital and Syringa banks. So, help me out with how the social or cultural aspect of beer has become such a big part of your life. All of my banking colleagues would turn to me each week and ask, “What’s going on in town this weekend?” So, 10 years ago I began sending out emails to just a few friends about Alive After Five, concerts at the Botanical Garden, the racetrack, the Sesqui-Shop, you name it. Over the years, my email list would get a little bit bigger. About a year ago, I started calling my email list Boise Beer Buddies.

But that was only your close circle of friends. But it kept growing. And now I limit it to beer events, but it’s bigger than ever. At what point did a light bulb go off and tell you that there was a business with this? Only in the last month. But it’s more than a business; it’s all about the craft beer community and the buy-local movement. And we’re not talking about run-of-the-mill bars. Take a look at the recent ribbon cutting at Boise Brewing. Mayor Bieter and [Boise Metro Chamber President] Bill Connors were there. Meanwhile, the growing number of Boise brewers is pretty crazy now. I think there are 14 breweries in the im-

Give me a few recommendations that you really like. Dagger Falls from Sockeye Brewing and Outlaw from Payette Brewing. They’re both pretty hoppy. I know a lot of people who don’t like IPA’s. How about something lighter? North Fork Lager from Payette Brewing is great. And how has this evolved into more of a business? A Beer Buddy membership. You’re more likely to whip out $20 after you’ve had a couple of beers, knowing that you’ll have discounts from that point forward. What kind of discounts are we talking about? At one location, you’ll get 10 percent off your whole tab. Another place will knock $1 off a pint. At another spot, you’ll buy one pint and get another free. And your newsletter? It’s weekly now. Honestly, it comes out on Thursdays, because Boise Weekly comes out on Wednesdays and I like to include the coming weekend and the next weekend’s tasting events. Thanks for the plug. Cheers.



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hen Boise Weekly started the Coldest Beer contest in 2002, Boise’s beer landscape was vastly different. In watering holes around town, our readers chugged frosty domestic light lagers to keep the summer heat at bay. So, year after year, we sent our trusty army of thermometer-wielding suds soldiers to test the temperature of those icy macro-brews—some years it was Bud Light, other years Coors Light. Cold was king. And watery beer flowed like water. But Boise’s tastes have evolved. Now, there are at least 12 microbreweries cranking out craft beers around the Treasure Valley, with more on the way. According to the Idaho Barley Commission, craft beer sales in the United States have nearly doubled over the past five years to more than $12 billion, and are projected to increase to $18 billion annually over the next five years. Craft beer consumption levels are as high as 50 percent among millennials (25- to 34-year-olds), according to the Brewers Association.


Aaron Haws



Cory is originally from Eugene, Ore., and has been with Sockeye since 2005. Although part of the brewing team, he still bartends our Cole Road pub most Saturday nights. Otherwise, you’ll most likely find him enjoying the day taking friends rafting down an Idaho river.

Assistant Brewer Crooked Fence Barrelhouse hired Aaron as a server before opening the restaurant a year ago. His passion for homebrewing and craft beer was immediately apparent. Aaron moved to bartending and into the brewery as soon as there was an opening.

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And this rapidly growing craft beer market doesn’t like their brews served at subarctic temps; in fact, industry experts recommend serving craft beers between 40-55 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the style and alcohol content. By comparison, last year’s Coldest Beer winner—the all-time coldest temperature we ever recorded—was an icy 26.5 degrees at Buster’s on State Street. So we decided to switch things up this year. We packed up our thermometers and called up some of our craft brewer friends around town. We thought what better way to wave goodbye to our 13-year tradition than to once-and-for-all settle the question

Kerry Caldwell

Lance Chavez



Head Brewer & Investor

Head Brewer

Kerry grew up in a small town in Northern California and cut her teeth at Belmont Brewing Co. in Long Beach, Calif. She’s excited to be a part of Boise’s emerging beer scene.

Brewer, father, musician, visionary, lover, fighter, traveler, Mountain Homie, reigning break dance champion since 1987.

that has caused innumerable bar brawls over the years: Which domestic macro-brew tastes the best? To test this question, we asked six local, professional brewers to blind taste test six random domestic brews we bought at the corner store. We cloaked each 16-ounce can in a high-tech white paper jacket to conceal its identity and then messily poured samples of each beer into industry-standard clear plastic cups crudely labeled with a Sharpie. On the following page, you’ll find the results of our highly technical experiment, including the winner of BW’s first (and probably last) Domestic Beer Blind Taste Test. You’ll also find a map featuring data we gathered from local distributors on which bars around the Treasure Valley serve the largest quantity of different domestic beers. And finally, on Page 14, you’ll find visual evidence of what happens when you give six local brewers access to a fridge full of free beer. See more photos on

Coldest Beer, we bid you a warm farewell.



Rob Landerman

Paul was born in Philly and grew up in Boise. He began brewing at Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery in 1990, with an impressive list of involvement with other award-winning breweries until he made it back to our Boise crew. Paul leads our Quality Analysis and Safety program, as well as training. He enjoys snowboarding at Bogus Basin and spending time in the outdoors with his family.


President & Sauce Boss Rob Landerman is a Certified Cicerone and has been in the craft beer business for more than 10 years. He brewed professionally in Texas before moving to Boise to open Woodland Empire Ale Craft.



Rob: Apple, honey, Cheerios, high-school sluff days. They hop this thing three times—they use three entire cones. Aaron: Smells like college. Sweet, corny nose; gross cardboard mouth. Fucking bad. Cory: Smells like piss; kind of tastes like it, too. Sweetsmelling and tasting. Too sweet for my palate. Paul: Sweet, grainy aroma. Sweet flavor, no hops whatsoever. Too sweet for me to drink regularly, or at all. Lance: Like sex in a boat [“fucking close to water”], Corn Flakes, no hops. What do GMO’s smell like? Tastes like some sort of Corn Flake sauce, but not in a good way. Kerry: Sweet. It’s not apple-y sweet, it’s not corn sweet, it’s just sweet. It’s the one with the least flavor.


Rob: Grain husk, crisp, dry finish. Fishing with Dad. Very, veeeerrry light hop presence on the finish. It’s the most familiar one I’ve tasted yet … of the two we’ve tasted. Aaron: Also smells like college. Less nose, more of a mouth than No. 1. A little bitterness. Fucking bad.

Cory: Not much aroma, which might be masked by [Lance] Chavez’s smell [Editor’s Note: Burn!] Smooth, a little dry with not a lot of flavor. Slight bitter finish. Paul: Grainy, malty aroma. Dry, crisp, slight bitterness in finish. I’d drink this one on a hot day—lots of this one. Lance: Dry, crisp, more mouth-feel; a little hops. I almost can smell a little bit of hops in there, but you gotta really try hard. … I would say it has more flavor than the first one. Kerry: Hoppier aroma, fizzy. Like if you left your apple juice in the car in the heat and tried to take a drink. A little too fizzy for me. COORS LIGHT:

Rob: Green apple dominates, light body, finishes too sweet. Jolly Rancher, that’s almost all I get. Tastes like getting fired from a job, just before college. Aaron: Skunked as fuck. No nose. Crisp and dry with no bitterness. Fucking bad. Cory: Skunky flavor and aroma. Green apple. Paul: Aroma: Green apples. It’s really dry. Thin, dry finish with some apple flavor.

Lance: Skunky, like sex in a boat. It’s hard to get past the green apple. Kerry: Coors light? MILLER HIGH LIFE:

Rob: Minerally nose that diminishes into a bouquet of wet cardboard. Flavor is stale applesauce, mineral water and a failed date. Definitely the least appetizing I’ve had yet. Aaron: Sweet, adjuncty nose. Smells like wet cardboard. Fuck. Gross oxidized mouth. Fucking bad. Cory: A little cardboard with slight sweetness. Paul: Somewhat malty aroma—not objectionable. Cardboard notes in flavor— oxidation [stale]. Not a fan. Lance: Cardboard, flat, papery. No damn flavor. Kerry: Kind of smells hoppy, comparatively speaking. Champagne of Beers?


Rob: Green apple cider nose; watered down green apple cider flavor. Good, cheap alternative to bottled water. Notes of Aquafina. It’s smooth like Keith Stone. Good luck to you finding anything in this one. Aaron: Green apple smell. Dry finish. Doesn’t even

taste like fucking beer. Real fucking bad. Cory: Not much aroma at all. Very sweet water. I think it’s the sweetest one. This beer could kill it as a bottled water. Paul: Tastes like water— very low malt character. Not very beer-like anywhere in this one. “No bitter beer face.” Lance: Sweet, watery. I’d have been better at this when I was 18 or 19 when I used to drink these all the time. Kerry: Smells like apple cider; lightest color.


Rob: At this point, I’m not sure how much it matters. Grassy, grainy, apple sweetness. Stale applesauce. Aaron: I give up. Sweet, gross nose. Mouth isn’t bad. No bitterness. Fuck macro, drink local. Fuck. Cory: Grain with some skunk. Tastes stale. Corn flavor. Paul: Somewhat skunky aroma—grassy like lawn clippings. Big corn flavor; no hops. Lance: Tastes like the rest of them; super light. Kerry: Corn sweetness. Creamed corn in a cup.

The Takeaway:


hough it should come as no surprise that a room full of microbrewers picked Pabst Blue Ribbon as their favorite domestic in a blind taste test… it kind of did. We figured the PBR hype was mostly clever marketing. Even Brian Golden, director of education and on-premise development for Hayden Beverage Company, said PBR has built its reputation on being an “alternative beverage.” “I think that a lot of the strength in PBR is it’s outside of the traditional Bud, Miller, Coors family and a lot of that is culture-driven,” said Golden. “It’s had a good identity as sort of a slightly alternative


beverage for a variety of genres of people.” But branding aside, PBR was crowned the crowd favorite in our blind tasting. Four out of six brewers named PBR their No. 1 choice before the cans were unveiled. (One brewer preferred the “Champagne of Beers,” Miller High Life, while another irreverently ranked every beer 7th place and Keystone 8th.) Coincidentally, PBR was also recently given a silver medal in the “American-Style Standard or Premium Lager” category at the 2014 North American Brewer’s Association Awards in Idaho Falls. Idaho beer judges apparently like their PBR.

“Pabst, Rainier and Olympia are all part of the Pabst family,” explained Golden. “Between those three beers, we really enjoy selling them because they are still that traditional domestic beer, but they’ve got a lot of curiosity and a lot of fun behind them and it seems to shine through in the people that drink it.” At the end of the tasting, these fun-loving PBR fans made suicides of their leftover samples then challenged each other to shotgun brews in the parking lot. Flip the page for shots of the sudsspraying action.

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Outtakes: W

hile there were plenty of grimaces and expletives uttered during Boise Weekly’s blind beer tasting, there were also some delightfully absurd exchanges. Here are some highlights: ROB: “It’s like hobo pee.” LANCE: “I haven’t drank a lot of

COORS BANQUET 1 Little Dutch Garden 2 Terry’s State Street Saloon 3 Centurylink Arena 4 Beer House 5 Strikers (Meridian)

COORS LIGHT 1 Twin Peaks Restaurant 2 Buffalo Wild Wings (Meridian) 3 Big Al’s (Eagle) 4 Centurylink Arena 5 Suds Tavern

HAMM’S 1 Meridian Speedway 2 Lucky Fins (Meridian) 3 Eastside Tavern 4 Lucky Fins (Boise) 5 Tenth Street Station

KEYSTONE ICE 1 Monkey Bizness (Nampa) 14 | JULY 2–8, 2014 | BOISEweekly

2 Rusty Canteen (Nampa) 3 Pete’s Tavern (Nampa)

KEYSTONE LIGHT 1 The Getaway (Nampa) 2 Firehouse Sports Pub(Nampa) 3 Lakeview Golf (Meridian) 4 Vern’s (Caldwell) 5 Ranch Club (Garden City)

MILLER GENUINE DRAFT 1 Elks Club No. 1148 (Caldwell) 2 Sportsman’s Hideout (Caldwell) 3 Broadway Bar 4 Warm Springs Golf Course 5 The Getaway (Nampa)

MILLER HIGH LIFE 1 Plantation Golf Club 2 Denny’s Lounge (Nampa) 3 Basque Center 4 Boulevard Club 5 Jumpin’ Janet’s Good Time

hobo pee.” ROB: “Well, buddy, you haven’t lived.” ROB: “You’ve got to wash the taste of regret out of your mouth.” KERRY: “I don’t have that yet today. But the day is still young and it is my day off.”

ROB: [Gloating over correctly guessing PBR.] KERRY: “You have good taste in bad beer. Congratulations.” BW: “Did you guys learn anything today?” ROB: “Pooping on poop is like pooping on poop.” EVERYONE: “WTF?”

MILLER LITE 1 Cheerleaders Sports Bar and Grill (Meridian) 2 Buffalo Wild Wings (Meridian) 3 Strikers (Meridian) 4 Twin Peaks Restaurant 5 The Lucky Dog Tavern


PBR (NO ORDER) Mulligans Neurolux Buffalo Wild Wings Jim’s Alibi White Water Saloon (Meridian)

RAINIER (NO ORDER) Tom Grainey’s JT Toads (Grainey’s Basement) R Bar

Big Props

go out to Leil Cardoza at Craig Stein Beverage and Brian Golden at Hayden Beverage Company for helping us compile this data. This map lists the top accounts for various domestic brands across the Treasure Valley. Bars in towns like Payette, Weiser, Mountain Home and Idaho City trump these numbers. Seriously. Some of them sell more than triple the amount. In those parts, domestic beers still reign supreme.



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Gracie Gold

July 4

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July 19

2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist 2014 US Gold Medalist 2013 US Silver Medalist

US Olympic Competitor 2X US Bronze Medalist


2014 US Bronze Medalist 2013 US Gold Medalist

2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist 2014 US Silver Medalist NATHAN CHEN

2014 Jr. World Bronze Medalist 2014 US Jr. Gold Medalist

Ryan bradley

July 12

2011 US Gold Medalist US Silver Medalist


alissa czisny

July 26

2X US Gold Medalist US Silver Medalist JOSH FARRIS

2013 World Jr. Gold Medalist 2013 World Jr. Silver Medalist


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WELL READ Inside one of Boise’s oldest book clubs HARRISON BERRY Trey McIntyre’s dance troupe found itself a little short on cash going into its final fiscal year.

TMP’S DIME, TERRI SCHORZMAN’S AWARD AND GLOBELAMP’S CASSETTE Almost exactly six months ago, Trey McIntyre announced that the dance company that bore his name would no longer be a full-time performance group at the end of its 2013-2014 season. Instead, McIntyre said, he would shutter the internationally touring troupe to pursue other artistic projects like photography, video and public speaking. McIntyre and his staff at Trey McIntyre Project knew the announcement might alienate many longtime donors, and adjusted their fundraising expectations accordingly—but they weren’t prepared for the precipitous drop in donations. Last week, McIntyre sent out a mass email asking longtime supporters to help fill a $25,000 budget deficit by no later than July 1, which marked the end of TMP’s final fiscal year. “We are at risk of not being able to pay our bills in this final important season,” McIntyre wrote. The announcement came as TMP was ending its season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival June 28-30. As of June 30, the nonprofit had raised $6,000 toward its fundraising goal, and according to TMP representative Caty Solace, a large, undisclosed donation made over the weekend of June 28-29 “should put us in the green.” While TMP has been Boise’s ambassador to the rest of America—and the world— a national organization is giving kudos to the City of Trees’ arts and history managers. Last week, the American Association for State and Local History announced that it would confer upon the Boise City Department of Arts and History and its director, Terri Schorzman, awards of merit at its annual meeting Sept. 19 in St. Paul, Minn. There, a total of 77 national awards will be conferred on people, projects, books, exhibits and organizations that represent and preserve local history. The awards are for the Historic South Boise Trolley Station Plaza, which commemorates a piece of infrastructure the city of Boise would like to re-create in the form of a downtown circulator, and leadership in preserving the city’s history and promoting the arts, respectively. And speaking of re-creation, former Foxygen-member Elizabeth le Fey has gone rogue, touring under a new moniker, Globelamp, and cutting a debut album, Stardust, which is set for release on cassette tape Thursday, July 3, at the start of her Northwest tour. Globelamp is set to play The Crux Sunday, July 13. —Harrison Berry

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As Elif Batuman observed, calling a book a “classic” has a way of making people’s eyes glaze over. Batuman, author of The Possessed, was writing about Russian literature in particular—which may make her point more understandable to some people—but it’s no lie that for many, reading the classics is like going to the dentist: good for you, but not terribly fun. Of course, that’s not true for everyone, and certainly not for 18 local readers—members of the Great Books Club, a Southwestern Idahobased group that has been reading the literary canon for 42 years. There are oodles of book clubs across the Treasure Valley, but many of them fizzle after a few years as members move away or become disinterested. One of the biggest challenges is keeping a cadre of friends interested in reading books not necessarily of their choosing, which makes the Great Books Club’s success staying together for more than 40 years that much more notable. According to members Kathie Corn and Ramona Higer, the group’s curiosity about the literary canon—and gripes with the state of more recent publications—have helped keep it alive for the better part of half-a-century. “I just find contemporary literature vapid,” said Higer. The group uses a reading list provided by the Great Books Foundation, curated by the University of Chicago, to push through long works recommended by the organization, as well as short stories and essays found in Great Conversations—collections of short works for sale on the Great Books website. So far, the group has read such titles as William James’ Principles of Psychology, Essays by Montaigne, Tolstoy’s War and Peace and “Father Sergius,” and scores of short stories, essays, novels and nonfiction works. Members said they like how these books tap into the big issues underpinning society. “I think that we’re just a group of lit and theater people who want to learn about the world the way it is,” Corn said. For Corn, who graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in 17th century literature and worked as a teacher for 28 years, joining a book club focused on the classics stemmed from a curiosity about canonical literature not covered in her university education. “It was a deep need, a hunger, to go beyond college,” she said. Every year, the group adjourns for the summer and re-convenes to discuss a long work in October. This year, the October meeting will take place at a member’s home in McCall, but in the past it has been hosted by members at Redfish Lake, Ernest Hemingway’s home in Ketchum, and Boise. To commemorate the

Friends who read are friends indeed.

centennial of World War I, this year members will discuss A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin. The long-running group has also adopted the Great Books book club users’ guide, which members said keeps meetings organized and has contributed to its longevity. The guide recommends that literary analysis of works discussed in book groups be verified with citations, and the margins of members’ books are heavily annotated. Among the other recommendations, adopted by the Great Books Club, are the implementation of a formal, almost parliamentary, meeting procedure and a rule against talking about members’ personal lives when discussing books. “You aren’t supposed to bring your personal life into it,” Higer said, “but it always creeps in.” So far, the group has relied on the Great Books organization to provide it with a list of classical works, but individual members have differing opinions about what makes a book, essay, play or poem a “classic.” “It deals with the universal,” Higer said. “It grabs you. That’s No. 1; No. 2 is it has to be well-written. I think John Steinbeck is the greatest,” said Corn. Rediscovered Books, in downtown Boise, keeps tabs on the reading lists of 49 book clubs across the Treasure Valley, stocking copies of titles and, occasionally, offering book recommendations and advice on how to keep clubs going strong. Barbara Olic-Hamilton helps maintain a wall of shelves at the store featuring titles being read by local clubs. While the shop uses the wall—and a 10 percent discount for club members—to court clubs, it also provides a snapshot of the literature Boiseans are most interested in at the moment. That interest can rub off on non-club members, too. “Travelers to Boise—they shop that wall,” Olic-Hamilton said. “That has boosted our sales just by having a revolving book club wall.” The best book club titles aren’t necessarily on the New York Times bestseller list, she added, which often leans toward pulpy, massmarket books meant for solo readers.

“Often, the [book titles] will have ‘wife’ in it,” Olic-Hamilton said. Rather, she said, successful club selections will be engaging, boast deep themes and be topical enough to spur discussion among members. Currently, local group A Book Club (at more than 30 years, the longest-running club Olic-Hamilton tracks) is reading TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, a historical novel featuring intertwining stories about pioneering transatlantic fliers Alcock and Brown, Frederick Douglass’ 1845 trip to Ireland and the Irish peace process in 1998. The wall also features titles being read by clubs using the web as a meeting place, like the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Book Club, which pairs its reading selections with plays being performed at ISF, including A Kiss Before Dying by Deathtrap author Ira Levin; Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo; and The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, by Fannie Flagg, which features themes touched upon by Steel Magnolias. Off the stage and onto the screen, the Boise Public Library is getting similarly innovative with its new group reading program, Book Chat, which is adding a new spin to the traditional concept of a reading group by asking members to read books relating to a monthly theme rather than focus on pre-arranged titles. For its July 8 meeting at BPL’s main branch, members are being asked to read titles relating to their favorite television shows. Information services librarian and club organizer Heidi Lewis said she’s reading Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman. “It’s interesting to see what happened when it became a TV show, and the drastic changes they made,” she said. By exploring themes and genres, rather than individual titles, Lewis said she hopes to invigorate the reading group by not forcing its members to read the same book. Instead, they’ll explore ideas more abstractly, talking about themes, what makes a book a good read, and connecting literature to readers’ lives. “We’re still workshopping the idea, but it’ll be interesting to hear about the books [members] are already reading,” Lewis said. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



FAIR-WEATHER FANATICISM U.S. fans swarm to 2014 World Cup NATE LOWERY The deafening chants of “USA! USA! USA!” rang through Ha’Penny Bridge Irish Pub. Passersby at the Broad Street pub couldn’t help but get caught up in the pounding of tables and ringing of a cowbell. The United States Men’s National Team—nicknamed “The Yanks”—were less than a minute from advancing past the “group of death” in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, up 2-1 against Portugal at the Manaus stadium in Brazil, July 22. And then: Nothing. Thunderous cheers from a rowdy crowd of Yanks supporters were silenced in a heartbeat as Portugal’s Silvestre Valera scored the tying goal with fewer than 15 seconds remaining. The tie-game broke some hearts, but at least it positioned the U.S. to progress to the Round of 16 after facing off against Germany on July 26—which it did, despite a 1-0 loss to the Mannschaft. As this week’s edition of Boise Weekly was going to press, the U.S. team was poised to go against Belgium in what could be the end of the country’s World Cup dreams, but such heartbreaking moments are plentiful in the sport Americans call soccer but that the majority of the globe refers to as futbol. Last-second goals, players flopping in an attempt to gain a penalty kick, a red card removing a country’s lone hope from the pitch, all are norms in a sport the U.S. has only recently committed itself to. BOI S EW EEKLY.COM

While futbol gains widespread coverage and an almost cult-like following across the globe all year, every year, U.S. fans really only join the rest of the world every four years, for the World Cup. “Honestly, I just enjoy being able to join in the hype and support my nation,” said local fan Doug Zimmer, wearing an American flag as a cape and a hat with “USA” embroidered in red, white and blue. Zimmer is one of many Boiseans who plunge themselves into futbol one summer every four years, only to walk away at the conclusion of the World Cup. Fans like Zimmer aren’t entirely bad for the sport in America, however, at least not for self-described futbol fanatic George Davidson. Sitting in the center of Ha’Penny Bridge with a half eaten basket of pub chips and a glass of Guinness Stout, Davidson looked around the pub and smiled. The place was packed and there were still 40 minutes left until play began between the United States and Portugal. Anyone who arrived at Ha’Penny Bridge, or any bar in BoDo for that matter, after 3:30 p.m. quickly discovered they would be forced to stand if they wanted to watch the game. “You won’t find a single sport where there aren’t fair-weather fans, just look at the Super Bowl,” Davidson said. “Millions of people watch the Super Bowl every year, but I’d say probably half of that number

seriously follow football throughout the entire season.” Davidson, a high-school soccer standout who still plays the game recreationally through his 40s, enjoys seeing the support and attention futbol receives in the United States—even if it is only temporary. “The sport has grown so much over the past 30 years, especially in the last decade,” Davidson said. “Seeing this much interest, even if it’s only because of World Cup, is exciting because it’s growth for the sport.” Seeing the most diehard fans join with fair-weather supporters like Zimmer in chants of “I believe that we will win” brings that smile to Davidson’s face because that is the beauty of the sport to him—no matter who wins. With only the volume of the televisions to battle, the fans packed inside Ha’Penny Bridge continued to raise their voices higher and higher, as if their support could be heard inside the Arena da Amazonia more than 4,500 miles away. Even with the draw against Portugal, Davidson doubted any patron could look back on that game at Ha’Penny Bridge as a complete disappointment. “A good day,” Davidson said as he stood up from his table following the conclusion of the match. “Today was still a good day.” Whether July 2, after the conclusion of the USA-Belgium match, is a “good day” remains to be seen.

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THE BRICKYARD—Enjoy a Cer tified Angus Beef T-bone steak simply seasoned with kosher salt and

FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—Experience the wonder ful work of local cut paper ar tist Amy Granger. 5 p.m. FREE. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208345-4320, GOLDY’S CORNER—Find out what’s new this month, with local ar tists on ever y wall. Featuring the ar tist Miguel RoblesTapia. 6:30 a.m. FREE. 625 W. Main St., Boise, 208433-3934, Goldys-Corner.

GUIDO’S—Enjoy Guido’s Original group plan: large one-topping pizza, bottle of select wine, two bottles of beer or four fountain sodas for $20. Dine-in only. 11 a.m. FREE. 235 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-345-9011, HUMPIN’ HANNAH’S—Ride Di Riddim Reggae Night, featuring Voice of Reason with Pause for the Cause. Enjoy microbrews for $3. 9:30 p.m. FREE. 621 Main St., Boise, 208345-7557.


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FRESH OFF THE HOOK—Take advantage of half-off beer and wine. 5 p.m. FREE. 401 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0220,

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GALLERY FIVE18 (LISK GALLERY)—Owners/ar tists Jerri and Mark Lisk represent works from 20 ar tists including a new group exhibit with work by Randy Van Dyck, who “shares his sense of humor and his love of birds,” and Anne Peterson Klahr, whose work is “content driven, a stor y informing each of her abstract paintings,” and who was commissioned by the Boise City Depar tment of Aviation to paint a mural at Boise Airpor t. 5 p.m. FREE. 518 S. Americana Blvd., Boise, 208342-3773, galler JULIA DAVIS PARK—Check out the park’s one-hour Docent Tours, designed to give enthusiasts of local histor y and those new to Boise an introduction to the city’s flagship park. Tours star ts at the Rose Garden Gazebo. Registration required at or by calling 208-338-9108. 4 p.m. FREE. 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

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BOISE ART MUSEUM—Talk to an historian and learn more about Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slaver y and Power. Visit BAM’s Education Studios between 4-7 p.m. and create scenes with paper silhouettes inspired by Walker’s ar tistic process (see Page 19). 10 a.m. By donation. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boisear BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY—Join Dr. Picklestein, one of BPL’s most popular guests, for science, explosions and silliness. All ages welcome. See Picks, Page 22. 6:30 p.m. FREE. 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208384-4076, boisepubliclibrar

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“Art For the Animals” fundraiser is here. New this year, we are working with two animal agencies, IHS and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. You will have an opportunity to name your price this year, “No Reasonable Offer Will Be Refused”. Wonderful works of art, for wonderful causes!

South Side ATOMIC TREASURES—Celebrate reuse with an eclectic mix of vintage, retro, ar t and found objects, decorative and unique treasures for home, jewelr y, accessories, clothing, books and collectibles. 5 p.m. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-0811.



REEF—Enjoy char-grilled petite New York alongside teriyaki pineapple chicken breast and barbecue pork loin chop. Ser ved with crispy potato cakes and fresh vegetable. As always, all cocktails are made with fresh-squeezed juice. 5 p.m. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, SILLY BIRCH—Enjoy 32-ounce Tub Night, featuring $3 domestics and $5 crafts with 14 handles to choose from, plus $3 select shot specials. 9 p.m. 507 Main St., Boise, 208345-2505.

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We have something new every month, with local artists on every wall—you always have something to look at! This month we’re featuring the artist Miguel Robles Tapia. Come in and see his work!

PENGILLY’S—The Frim Fram 4 plays at 9 p.m. 8 p.m. FREE. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.

LIQUID—Get BOGO tickets for national touring headliners at 8 p.m., followed by free local comedy showcase at 10 p.m. Upcoming shows: He & She Show, Alana Davis, Improv Cagematch, Boise’s Funniest Person Contest, Threezus Comedy


FIRST THURSDAY/LISTINGS Tour and more. 7 p.m. $10. 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, LIT & CO. CANDLES—Make a candle during First Thursday— and don’t forget to take a picture. Tag the shop on Instagram and Like them on Facebook to receive a $5 gift card for your next visit. 5 p.m. FREE. 755 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-9941041,

Central Downtown ANGELL’S RENATO—Featuring art by Cheri Meyer, live music, two-for-one cocktails and drink specials. 5 p.m. FREE. 999 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-4900,

BITTERCREEK/RED FEATHER LOUNGE—Ar t of the Worm: Get to know the underground worms that Bittercreek Alehouse employs in their quest to eliminate organic waste, with tours from 6-8:30 p.m. 5-9 p.m. FREE. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3451813,

BARBARA BARBARA AND CO.—Check out the special surprise happening. 6 p.m. FREE. 807 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-342-2002.

BOISE CASINO RUEDA—Meet at the Grove Plaza to get your salsa on. Lesson kicks off the evening, followed by open dancing. 7 p.m. FREE.

HAIRLINES—Stop in or call Lui The Hair Whisperer for an appointment to get a new summer ‘do. 5 p.m. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-383-9009.


MERCANTILE BUILDING: TONY CAPRAI FINE ART—Tony Caprai, a resident artist in BODO’s Mercantile Building, hosts an opening reception—including an iPhone DJ dance party—for Bright Lights, a series of paintings depicting areas of Boise at night (see Page 20). 5 p.m. FREE. 8th Street Marketplace Merchantile Building,


MIXING BOWL—Grab your Four th of July cookout checklist and make sure you have ever ything you need to par ty down from a huge selection of grilling tools, outdoor plates, utensils, and food tents to keep the critters out. 9 a.m. FREE. 216 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3456025,


FLATBREAD NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA—Enjoy pairings from Flatbread’s seasonal selections menu, plus happy hour 4-6 p.m.; half-off cocktails, wines and drafts; and $4-$5-$6 appetizers. 4 p.m. 800 W. Main, Ste. 230, Boise, 208-287-4757,

SALON 162—Featuring Tahirih, an Idaho-raised ar tist and business owner who believes that ar t is for ever yone and makes ar t accessible through her mobile studio. 5 p.m. FREE. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208386-9908.

TRADER JOE’S—Celebrate First Thursday with samples of fantastic apple pie and an extended wine and cheese tasting. 8 a.m. FREE. 300 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3367282,

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE READING ROOM—Take advantage of specials on products, as well as audio-visual presentations on spiritual healing based on the Bible. 5 p.m. FREE. 222 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-344-5301, cschurchboise. org/readingroom.html.

MAI THAI—Enjoy Izakaya (small-plate appetizers) and two-for-one drinks during happy hour, plus the rotational wineby-the-glass special. 5 p.m. FREE. 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8424, maithaigroup. com.

MCU SPORTS—Members from Boise Aeros and House of Pain will give triathlon training tips from 6-7 p.m. Call Jimmie or Travis at 208-322-7734 for more info. 5 p.m. 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-342-7734, mcuspor

COSTA VIDA—Satisfy your hunger for beach-inspired Mexican food. 5 p.m. FREE. 801 W. Main St., Boise, 208-429-4109,

QUE PASA—Check out a selection of Mexican ar twork, including wall fountains, silver, metal wall ar t and blown glass. 5 p.m. FREE. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9018.

SOLID—Enjoy tasting and ar t, with live music, free appetizers and 2-for-1 drinks, a $6 happy hour food menu from 4-6 p.m. and 10-midnight, and trivia at 8 p.m. 4 p.m. FREE. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3456620,

CHOCOLAT BAR—Get your taste buds tantalized with Potter Wines paired with chocolates. 5 p.m. FREE. 805 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-338-7771,

LUX FASHION LOUNGE— Check out the unique selection of new and resale men’s and women’s clothing, jewelr y, hats and purses. 5 p.m. FREE. 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3444589.

CITY PEANUT SHOP—Check out another fun evening of nut and beer pairings with PreFunk, as well as a food fundraiser for the Boise Rescue Mission. Any customers who bring in nonperishable food will recieve a 10 percent discount. 5 p.m. FREE. 803 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-433-3931.

NFINIT ART GALLERY—Enjoy a live watercolor demo by ar tist Mar y Butler, plus works by new additions E. Rose Elkovich (plein air) and Brien Jacobsen (woodworking) and 30 other local ar tists. Refreshing concoctions provided by Uumpa Lumpia and The Ram Brewer y. 5 p.m. FREE. 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 131, Boise, 208-3710586, nfinitar tgaller

SNAKE RIVER WINERY— Stock up for the Four th of July weekend with new releases and great close-out deals. Your favorite wine cocktails and complimentar y wine flight will be ser ved. 5 p.m. FREE. 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208-3459463.

CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE— Celebrate the New Social Hour from 4-6 p.m., with a menu of delicious small plates and creative cocktails all priced between $5-$7. This menu is exclusive to these hours only. 5 p.m. FREE. 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-383-4300,

“People in Boise don’t really see HIV.”

A.L.P.H.A. HIV or AIDS might not be something we think about every day unless we know someone affected by it, but just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not here. That’s one of the many stigmas the Alliance Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (a.l.p.h.a.) is trying to break on First Thursdays by showing a movie and starting a conversation. This month, a.l.p.h.a will show We Were Here, a 2011 documentary about the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. “We always try to look at how does this relate to HIV in Idaho, how far we’ve come in advocacy since the ’80s and ’90s, and what still needs to be done,” said Jonny Walker, executive director of a.l.p.h.a. “People in Boise don’t really see HIV. We are all really disconnected, so we try to hold a discussion on how this is relevant in our state.” A.l.p.h.a offers almost 1,500 free HIV tests every year, and estimates there are 15,000 people in Idaho living with HIV. They also offer snacks and refreshments during the free film screening, set for 6 p.m. at the a.l.p.h.a. offices, 1009 W. Bannock St.

FORK—Featuring Fork employee and local ar tist Liz Hilton, whose work was recently on the cover of Boise Weekly; wine tasting with Coiled Winer y; and a visit from the owner of Ballard Family Dair y and Cheese Farm, makers of ar tisan cheeses such as Danish Pearl, Golden Greek and award-winning Truffle Cheddar. 5 p.m. FREE. 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-1700, GROVE FITNESS CLUB AND SPA—Check out the fitness club and pick up a free sevenday pass. 5 p.m. FREE. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., fifth floor, Boise, 208-514-4434, LEAF TEAHOUSE—This new tea room and vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the hear t of downtown Boise is “committed to providing high-quality, loose-leaf teas from around the world.” Enjoy free samples of green, white, and black fruit iced tea punch and then purchase some of your favorite to take home. 5 p.m. FREE. 212 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-336-5323,

Prepare to be challenged.

BOISE ART MUSEUM One of the Boise Art Museum’s missions is to present exhibits that challenge the community. Curatorial assistant Catherine Rarkow said BAM’s current exhibit certainly does that. It’s called Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power. The show features large-scale prints, shadow puppets and silhouettes, which explore the traumatic psychological legacy of slavery and race relations in America from a young, controversial artist who has found herself on the front page of The New York Times. The art museum, located at 670 Julia Davis Drive, extends its hours on First Thursdays to 8 p.m., and Todd Shallat, director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics at Boise State University, will be on site to answer questions about the art and and host a spontaneous dialogue from 4-7 p.m. Museumgoers can also make their own silhouettes at BAM’s studios, cutting and assembling paper as Kara Walker does. The exhibit runs through Aug. 17 and is intended for an adult audience.

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FIRST THURSDAY/LISTINGS OLIVIN OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR TAPROOM—”Olivin” is a portmanteau of sorts: It’s a combination of “olive oil” and “vinegar,” and visitors to at Olivin Olive Oil and Taproom can sample more than 30 olive oils and vinegars, including extra virgin and Infused olive oils; specialty fused oils like blood orange, lemon and chili; and flavored balsamic vinegars such as cranberr y pear, jalapeno, honey ginger and more. Then get a 20 percent discount on all ultra premium EVOOs (extra virgin olive oil), plus some surprise discounts. 5 p.m. FREE. 218 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-344-0306,

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SAINT LAWRENCE GRIDIRON—Featuring three-bite, black board chef’s special with wine/beer pairings by Idaho Wine Merchants. 5 p.m. 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-830-7030,

phers. Live music by Messier Object at 7:30 p.m. Noon. FREE. 1008 Main St., Boise, 208-3848509. BEN AND JERRY’S SCOOP SHOP—Enjoy $1 scoops all day long. 5 p.m. $1. 103 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-342-1992, benjerr BOISE ART GLASS AND FIREFUSION STUDIO—Watch live glass blowing and glass enameling or take a Make Your Own class for $20-$40. Call to sign up. 5 p.m. FREE. 1124 W. Front St., Boise, 208-345-1825,

FOOT DYNAMICS—Save an additional 10 percent on Shoe Shed sale room footwear. 5 p.m. FREE. 1021 W. Main St., Boise, 208-386-3338. GALLERY 601—Art For the Animals fundraiser benefiting IHS and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust features wonder ful works of art, for wonder ful causes. Name your price this year. No reasonable offer will be refused. 5 p.m. FREE. 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-336-5899, galler


THE STUDIO: AN ELITE SALON AND SPA—Check out work by three fisherman-artists: Les Herman, Josh Udesen and Br yan Huskey. Udesen and Herman paint plein air landscapes, as well as under water scenes with fish, while Huskey photographs and videos the same. 5 p.m. FREE. 702 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-577-6252, TheStudioAnEliteSalonAndSpa. SUPERB SUSHI—Sample some awesome wines and $1 nigiri all night long. 6 p.m. 208 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-0123,

West Side THE ALASKA CENTER—Check out new original pen and ink drawings by Joseph Pacheco, Allan Ansell Photography studio demonstrations and door prizes, and original oil paintings by Chi E Shenam Westin. 5 p.m. FREE. 1020 Main St., Boise. “Untitled II,” by Tony Caprai. A.L.P.H.A. (ALLIES LINKED FOR THE PREVENTION OF HIV AND AIDS)—A.l.p.h.a. hosts a film night and discussion about HIV and AIDS. Refreshments will be ser ved (see Page 19). 5-9 p.m. FREE. 1009 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-424-7799, ART SOURCE GALLERY—Join the reception for the 12th Annual Juried Art Show, which features works from artists throughout the Western states. Idaho Watercolor Society member Laurel Lake was the sole juror and she chose 30 works— both 2-D and 3-D—to represent the best Western artists have to offer. Music by Wayne White and wine by Indian Creek. 5 p.m. FREE. 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, artsourcegaller

MERCANTILE BUILDING Not many First Thursday exhibits are quite like what local artist Tony Caprai is planning. A resident artist in BoDo’s Mercantile Building, Caprai is hosting an art showing and reception July 2, to show off his “Bright Lights” series of paintings depicting areas of Boise at night. He’s running a little experiment during his reception, too— Caprai will set up his stereo and plans to let just about anyone plug in their smartphone and play a song for a little “iPhone DJ dance party.” “If you have a good song you want to play, you’ll be next in line,” Caprai said. “I just want to provide a fun atmosphere for people, a place where they want to hang out for the night and check out some artwork.” Beer and wine will be provided for the 21-plus crowd, and Caprai would like to extend an invitation to “anyone and everyone.” His show takes place in Suite 182 of the Mercantile Building at 404 S. Eighth St.

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Herr (or “Hair”?) Doktor Picklestein.

THURSDAY JULY 3 pow! with picklestein

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 BIG MONTI Opening Act: Marshall Poole There’s no two ways about it, “Big” Monti Amundson is big. On the cover of his latest album, Dangling From a Rope—his 17th under various band names since 1990—Amundson grips the horn of his guitar with a hand so large it looks like he could snap it off. His sound is similarly no-nonesense, belting out roadhouse rock of the quintessential variety. Alongside Amundson at this week’s Alive After Five, will be the “loud, thrashing rock ’n’ roll” of locals Marshall Poole. 5 p.m. Grove Plaza, 900 W. Grove St.,

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DR. PICKLESTEIN AT THE BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY Childhood is a wonderland of irrational excitement about ice cream cones, picture books and bicycles. Dr. Picklestein, a local personality, will be using science to create the best of childhood in anticipation of the Fourth of July with an explosive pyrotechnic display. Dr. Picklestein, also known as Dr. Henry A. Charlier, is a chemistry and biochemistry professor at Boise State University, who enjoys a side career as one of Boise Public Library’s most popular guests. Let’s face it, nobody is ever too old for bright, foaming, exploding things, just like nobody is ever too old for eating ice cream cones or enjoying reading The Little Prince or The Berenstain Bears to their kids. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Hayes Auditorium, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-348-4076,

FRIDAY JULY 4 fire in the sky FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES Fireworks are great, but they aren’t the only part of a Fourth of July party. Along with the eighth annual Fourth of July Firework Celebration, Ann Morrison Park will feature activities such as a chalk art festival beginning at 8 a.m., a children’s bike decorating contest at noon, and a movie in the park following the fireworks. Parking will be limited, but free parking will be provided by a few public garages, including Eastman, Capitol Terrace, City Centre, Grove Street, Boulevard and Myrtle Street from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Boise State will also provide free parking in the Towers lot and the Brady Garage. If you want to get out of town for the Fourth, Hailey has an all-day celebration, beginning with a pancake breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a parade and Sawtooth Rangers Fourth of July Rodeo. There will also be an antique fair, bike race and kids’ fair before the fireworks. Melba has been dedicated to putting on the best Fourth of July show in the Treasure Valley and this year marks its 21st celebration. Not only are the fireworks something to behold, festivities include an arts and crafts fair at 9 a.m, a car show at 11 a.m. and mud volleyball at 4 p.m.



NORTHWEST SCIENCE MUSEUM Talk the talk, walk the walk, chalk the chalk.


Have art, will travel (to Meridian).

chalk it up to dedication SIDEWALK CHALK ART FESTIVAL America’s birthday celebration is capped off with fireworks lighting up the night; but the annual Boise Chalk Art Festival begins its bash in the early morning. Prizes will be offered in several categories, including youths 12-17 years, adults 18 and older, and teams of up to four members. Spectators are invited to watch the artists at work and vote on their favorites, which will be honored in a people’s choice category. Dedicated chalk artists of all ages are welcome to participate. For children 11 and younger, there is Chalk Land, where they can play for free. Older participants need to pre-register and pay a fee but are given artistic license on what they can create—expect to see some patriotic-themed designs. 8 a.m. FREE. $10 ages 12-17, $15 ages 18+, $20 for teams of two to four. Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., 208608-7644,

SATURDAY-SUNDAY JULY 5-6 post-fourth festivities MERIDIAN SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL Keep the fun rolling post-Fourth with the Meridian Summer Arts Festival. The festival has grown steadily since it was founded by local artist Ellen DeAngelis in 2011. At the Meridian Festival, explore more than 30 booths from up-and-coming artists and crafters throughout the Treasure Valley, listen as Swingin’ with Ellie Shaw brings smooth jazz to Storey Park and divulge in fine wine provided by Sawtooth Winery and food from Kona Ice, Bel Cibo, Archie’s Place and other food truck vendors. Saturday, July 5, 11 a.m.; Sunday, July 6, 11 a.m. FREE. Storey Park, 215 E. Franklin Road, Meridian, meridiansummerartsfestival.

There’s something smug about Darwinian evolutionary theory—how hot it is for cold reason and the chilly gaze it casts upon tradition and belief. That’s what makes “young earth” creationism such a novelty, with its nipping at the heels of evolutionary theory, climate change and old rocks. Armed with holy scriptures—and the assumption that while faith and reason can coexist in the same brain, faith is really all you need—they seek to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, cast doubt on the conclusions Friday, Noon-4 p.m.; by of widely accepted evidenceappointment Wednesday, based inquiry, empiricism and Saturday, Sunday. FREE. multi-step logical deductions. 1835 Wildwood St., The so-called Northwest 208-972-6288, northwestScience Museum, whose “ sion center” recently popped up in West Boise, has a simple pitch: The museum displays the evidence, and the public can decide on the merits of young earth creationism and Darwinian science. Admission is free, and if you’re swayed by the case for God’s hand over the cutthroat calculus of the plant and animal kingdoms, make a donation—proceeds go toward the construction of the actual Northwest Science Museum, a planned 300,000-450,000-square-foot space for exhibits and artifacts that are sure to “confound the most ardent evolutionists,” according to museum spokesman Stan Lutz. —Harrison Berry



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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY JULY 2 Festivals & Events GOD AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL OF THE TREASURE VALLEY— Canyon County’s annual celebration of faith and patriotism. Get more info at 5 p.m. $5 parking. Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208468-1000, HAILEY DAYS OF THE OLD WEST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION—Hailey throws a five-day birthday party for America, with a plethora of events. Get the full schedule at See Picks, Page 22. Hailey, Idaho, 208-787-0183. THE SOULSHINE TOUR: A DAYTIME YOGA & MUSIC EXPERIENCE—Energetic and soulful flow class for yogis of all experience levels, ages, shapes and sizes at Trail Creek Picnic Grounds. Taught by Allie Purdy with Michael Franti performing. Buy tickets at or call 208726-9491. Get more info on The Soulshine Tour Yoga Experience at 11 a.m. $10-$20. Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, 208-622-4111 or 1-800-786-8259. THE SOULSHINE TOUR NIGHTTIME CONCERT—Featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, Trevor Hall and dance music from two DJs. Buy tickets at sunvalleycenter. org or call 208-726-9491. 6 p.m. $40-$50. River Run Lodge, At the Base of Bald Mountain, Sun Valley, 208-622-2133, soulshine. com.

On Stage COMPANY OF FOOLS: ENCHANTED APRIL—Four British women sharing a vacation villa clash—and then begin to bloom— rediscovering themselves in ways that they never could have imagined. 8 p.m. $10-$35. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org.

HAILEY DAYS OF THE OLD WEST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION— See Wednesday. Hailey, Idaho, 208-787-0183.

Kids & Teens

On Stage COMPANY OF FOOLS: ENCHANTED APRIL—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$35. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-5789122, GENERATION ME COMEDY SHOW—Reggie Melbrough headlines, featuring Emma Arnold, Brett Badostain and Eric Lyons, with host Jynx Jenkins. 7:30 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, THE HOBBIT TRAIL: A MISGUIDED COMEDY TOUR—Starring Boise native Nate Ford. Get more info at 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Workshops & Classes

MERCANTILE BUILDING: FINE ART BY TONY CAPRAI—Dance party with iPhone DJ, spirits and artwork by Tony Caprai. 6 p.m. FREE. Eighth Street Marketplace

DR. PICKLESTEIN AT BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY— Kids of all ages can enjoy a pyrotechnic display and ice cream with Dr. Picklestein. See Picks, Page 22. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-3484076, MAD SCIENCE—Make new discoveries and solve scientific riddles by participating in fun experiments. For ages 6-12. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-2976700,

FRIDAY JULY 4 Festivals & Events

JOB SKILLS CLASS—Get handson experience and learn skills designed to increase your emotional intelligence with Life Course Boise. 7 p.m. $20. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900,


at BoDo, 404 S. Eighth St., Mercantile Building, Boise, 208-3385212,

BOISE 4TH OF JULY PARADE—The 2014 July 4th Parade will begin at 10th and Jefferson streets and loop east to Fifth Street, south to Idaho Street and west to 11th Street. Get more info at libertydayparade. com or call 208-258-4115 for volunteer information. See Picks, Page 22. 11 a.m. FREE. CASCADE JULY 4 CELEBRATION—Events go down in Cascade from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., beginning with a buckaroo breakfast and continuing with a downtown parade, barbecues, live music and

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ROARING TWENTIES SPEAKEASY HOT JAZZ CABARET—Featuring Jack’s Five, with Christina Boyd-Eisenhauer; Dancing Moll’s Chorus Line Girls; and MC Dylan Cole. Includes free Charleston and swing dance lesson by Joel Hunter and Stephanie Hinton of Heirloom Dance Studio at 8:15 p.m. 9 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605.

Religious/Spiritual ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS MEETING—This is a 12-step meeting for any survivor of childhood abuse or neglect. For more info, email bahreinbaby@ Noon. FREE. First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-3441,

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8 DAYS OUT fireworks over Cascade Lake at dusk. 11 a.m. FREE. FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION— Enjoy lots of family-friendly activities, including capture the flag and parachute games, a children’s bike-decorating contest and parade, live music coordinated by the Duck Club and more, capped off by fireworks. Get all the details at parks.cityofboise. org/news/2012/06/celebratejuly-4th-with-fireworks-at-annmorrison-park. See Picks, Page 22. 8 a.m., with fireworks 10:15 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard, Boise. GEM STATE KIWANIS ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PANCAKE BREAKFAST— This is the Gem State Kiwanis’ 51st anniversary of hosting this event. 7 a.m. FREE-$6, $25 family of five or more. Gene Harris Bandshell, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise, HAILEY DAYS OF THE OLD WEST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION—See Wednesday. Hailey, Idaho, 208-787-0183. MCCALL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION—Festivities run all day at various locations. For a complete schedule, visit html. 11 a.m. FREE. McCall, Lake and Third streets, McCall. SIDEWALK CHALK ART FESTIVAL—Chalk artists of all ages are welcome to participate in this annual festival. See Picks, Page 23. 8 a.m. $10 for ages 12-17, $15 for ages 18

and older, $20 for teams of two to four. Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., 208-6087644, chalkart.webspecialdeal. com. PROM NIGHT—The Sentimentalist is throwing an all-inclusive, all-ages, queer-positive prom to move past traumatic memories of senior prom and get it right this time. All-ages event. 8 p.m. $5. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3213, facebook. com/thecruxcoffeeshop.

the first Saturday of each month. Proceeds from all bike sales will benefit BBP kids programs. 11 a.m. FREE admission. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, BOISE FARMERS MARKET—Featuring produce, honey, jams and jellies, fresh pasta, award-winning Idaho wines, fresh-baked artisan breads and delicious pastries. 9 a.m. FREE. 1080 W. Front St., Boise, 208-345-9287,

THE HOBBIT TRAIL: A MISGUIDED COMEDY TOUR—See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—Featuring booths full of locally made and grown foodstuffs, produce, household items and a variety of arts and crafts. 9:30 a.m. FREE. Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-3499,


HAILEY DAYS OF THE OLD WEST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION—See Wednesday. Hailey, Idaho, PO Box 2840, Hailey, 208787-0183.

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Festivals & Events 8 FEATHERS DISTILLERY TASTING—8 Feathers Distillery is one of Idaho’s first craft whiskey distilleries, producing premium whiskeys from grains sourced in Idaho. Get a free tour and sample the award-winning Corn Whiskey. 10 a.m. FREE. 8 Feathers Distillery, 272 N. Maple Grove Road, Boise, 208-968-9988, “AS-IS” BIKE SALE—BBP will sell “as-is” bikes at the shop on



MERIDIAN SUMMER ART FESTIVAL—Browse dozens of tents, brimming with the valley’s most spectacular local artists and crafters. Enjoy a glass of wine from Sawtooth Winery. Families are welcome. See Picks, Page 23. 11 a.m. FREE. Storey Park, corner of Main Street and Franklin Road, Meridian. PSYCHIC MEDIUM LIVE EVENT—Crysta Lyon from Nomadic Spiritual Healings will be relaying special messages from loved ones who have passed. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $20. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, ROSEBERRY ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR—Showcasing original handmade work by nearly 100 hand-picked local and regional artists and craftspeople, offering everything from Western-themed art to home decor, handicrafts and more. 9:30 a.m. FREE. Roseberry Townsite, 2598 E. Roseberry Road, McCall, McCall Chamber 800-260-5130 or 208634-7631.

On Stage COMPANY OF FOOLS: ENCHANTED APRIL—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$35. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org. THE HOBBIT TRAIL: A MISGUIDED COMEDY TOUR—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, ROAST OF AMERICA BOISE STYLE—Featuring local comedians with The Hobbit Trail comedy tour. 10:15 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit Go to and look under odds and ends for the answers to this week’s puzzle. And don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it more as simply double-checking your answers. © 2013 Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.



Calls to Artists THE NERD AUDITIONS—Cast needed for this zany comedy written by Larry Shue and directed by Curtis Ransom. Run dates: Aug. 22-Sept. 6. For questions, contact Ransom at ranscurt@ 2 p.m. FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

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8 DAYS OUT Literature KELLY JONES AT THE SATURDAY MARKET—Local author Kelly Jones will sign copies of her new book, Evel Knievel Jumps the Snake River Canyon and Other Stories Close to Home. 11 a.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229,

SUNDAY JULY 6 Festivals & Events HAILEY DAYS OF THE OLD WEST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION—See Wednesday. Hailey, Idaho, 208-787-0183. MERIDIAN SUMMER ART FESTIVAL—See Saturday. 11 a.m. FREE. Storey Park, corner of Main Street and Franklin Road, Meridian. ROSEBERRY ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR—See Saturday. 10 a.m. FREE. Roseberry Townsite, 2598 E. Roseberry Road, McCall, McCall Chamber 800-260-5130 or 208-634-7631.

On Stage THE HOBBIT TRAIL: A MISGUIDED COMEDY TOUR—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,

Calls to Artists THE NERD AUDITIONS—See Saturday. 2 p.m. FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

Kids & Teens WOMEN OUTDOORS WITH SCIENCE—Young women in 6th-9th grades are invited to a five-day field science expedition where you will explore the rugged and beautiful Idaho mountains, go whitewater rafting and learn what university climate, water and alternative energy researchers are studying. 3 p.m. $390. McCall Outdoor Science School, 1800 University Lane, McCall, 208-6433918,

phone, and help you put together a demo in a diverse range of voiceover styles, from announcers to characters. For more info and to sign up, go to sunvalleycenter. org or call 208-726-9491. 1 p.m. $150-$175. Meriwether Building, 111 N. 1st Ave., Hailey, 208-7884786,

TUESDAY JULY 8 On Stage COMPANY OF FOOLS: ENCHANTED APRIL—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-$35. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org.

Workshops & Classes HOW BEES WORK—Bees are some of the world’s most amazing insects. Learn more about bees in this exciting demonstration. For all ages. 2 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch, 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, 208-297-6700,

Kids & Teens DRAMA KIDS INTERNATIONAL— Participate in fun activities that help you think more creatively and learn new acting and confidencebuilding skills. You’ll be part of plays, improvisations, silent scenes, mini-scripts, hilarious theater games and more. For ages 6-12. 1 p.m. $44-$49. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, RHYTHM KIDS—Make noise with the Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts teacher Failla and explore, experiment and create rhythm and dance. 2 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glen-

wood St., Garden City, 208-4722941,

WEDNESDAY JULY 9 Festivals & Events LAKESIDE LAVENDER YOU-CUT HARVEST—The public is invited to harvest lavender, take photos, and enjoy the serene lakeside environment. Noon. $6 per bundle of lavender. Lakeside Lavender Farm, 1003 W. Locust Lane, Nampa, 208-466-0523,

On Stage COMPANY OF FOOLS: ENCHANTED APRIL—See Wednesday, July 2. 7 p.m. $10$35. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

Workshops & Classes WILDFIRE SAFETY CLASS—Prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfires. Topics include evacuation plans, emergency supply lists and household inventory. No preregistration required. 7 p.m. FREE. Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-514-3755,

Kids & Teens DRAMA KIDS INTERNATIONAL—See Tuesday. 1 p.m. $44$49. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, namparecreation. org.

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Odds & Ends THE BOISE FLEA GRAND OPENING—Check out Boise’s new outdoor antique, art and vintage market. First Sunday of each month through October. Call Erinn at 208-420-7311 for more info. 10 a.m. FREE. The Soda Works, 3017 W. State St., Boise, 208570-7320,

MONDAY JULY 7 Workshops & Classes CREATIVE JUMP IN: VOICE ACTING WITH IRENE ZIEGLER—This three-session class will introduce you to the possibilities, get you comfortable behind a micro-

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CHANGES IN STORE FOR BULLETS, HOOKS AND 3,000 SHEEP The question of what age is appropriate to handle a firearm and hunt big game has been answered by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Beginning July 1, the IDFG started issuing youth hunting licenses to 10-year-olds, after recent legislation struck down the restriction that 10- and 11-year-olds can only hunt small game with adult supervision. Now, they’re able to shoot wolves, bears and elk after completing a hunter safety course. A youth license costs $7.25 for the season. The big controversy hasn’t been about age, but timing. More than 1,000 youngsters entered IDFG’s controlled hunting drawing—a lottery for a limited number of permits to hunt big game outside of general season—before the rule change, making them ineligible. IDFG let them remain in the drawing, but after outraged phone calls and emails from hunters across the state, the director of Fish and Game said he’ll give that decision a second look. In other sporting-life news, anglers could earn $25 if they snag fish marked with a radio telemetry tag. As part of an effort to boost stocks of steelhead trout, Chinook Salmon and Pacific lamprey, the University of Idaho tagged the fish in the Snake, Columbia and Willamette rivers and tributaries to study their behavior and distribution. Marked fish will have a wire in their mouth or body, and most of will have a UI label. To collect on the reward, the tag must be removed and sent back to the university. Then, it’s just a matter of going to and filling out an electronic form. Speaking of researching animal behavior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plans to close the U.S. Sheep Experimentation Station this fall. The station, located six miles north of Dubois, Idaho, near the Idaho-Montana border, covers almost 28,000 acres, houses 3,000 mature sheep and is where scientists study range and grazing management, the quality of meat and wool, and genetic improvements. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture called the site a financial liability for the agency and conservation groups have been advocating for the station’s closure for years. “The facility is grazing domestic sheep in the heart of the most important grizzly bear corridor in the Northern Rockies,” said John Meyer, executive director of Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, in a press release. “The closure is a major victory for our native wildlife.” —Jessica Murri

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Kids can be big-game hunters now, too.

A BEAUTIFUL ROOM 100 years of pala at the Anduiza fronton BY JESSICA MURRI Standing in the middle of the Basque Block, you’d never know it’s there. But within the walls of the historic Anduiza Hotel, there is a 3,400-square-foot room with a 50-foothigh ceiling. Windows run along the tops of the walls, filtering in natural light on old, A century of pala in the Basque Block’s “beautiful room.” exposed wood beams along the roof. The enormous white walls are speckled with black skids from a rubbery ball—or 100 years worth of rubbery balls, smacked into the [that defeat] inside, I can tell him that I know. I Wednesday of the fall and spring, spending 45 minutes playing her game, and the rest of the surface during the intense, high-energy game of know what it feels like.” evening sipping beer and eating croquetas from Chico calls the fronton court a “beautiful pala, aka pelota, aka Basque racquetball. Bar Gernika, chatting with the other women. room.” It’s played with wooden paddles that look And like Chico, she’s learned a little more “I mean, yeah, I like going and beating the like overgrown, flattened spoons, and a ball about Basque culture through pala. ball and hearing the sound it makes, but it’s not much larger than a golfball. Four people “I can say ‘hello’ in Basque, I think. And compete in pairs on the court, which is called a way more than that,” Chico said. “I’m doing I can count to eight,” Ober said, laughing. fronton. Boise’s fronton is the oldest still in use something thousands of miles away, that despite living in my country, the Basque Country, “I understand what some of the festivals are, in the United States. what the customs and traditions are. Like, the I would have never done.” Despite the court being 100 years old this festival of San Inazio isn’t just an excuse to Among the 25 or 30 Basque women who year, “it’s not just a historical thing for people come down and drink kalimotxos until you give up one night of their week in fall and to come look at,” said Henar Chico, who has can’t see straight.” spring to play pala, there’s the pale-skinned, spent six years playing the game. “No, it gets But pala is hard. Ober has never come in very blonde Sarah Ober. used every single day.” first place, despite playing for the past seven Once she played in a tournament against For Chico, pala is more than a sport; it’s a years, tearing a couple of ligaments in her knee a visiting team and, “I was quite clearly the connection to her homeland, a tool to bond and spending at least $700 on member dues only non-Basque to play, and some guy was with her kids and a way to strengthen herself to use the court. The closest she has come is sitting in the audience and he was Basque and as a person. She moved from the Basque he was speaking to somebody in Basque, going second, three years ago. Country in her early 20s when she married an “We were playing this one girl in the finals through everybody’s last names and he gets to American who lived in Boise. She moved havwho is super good. I kind of quiver every time mine and he goes, ‘Ober? Aleman!’ And I was ing no idea of the Basque community here. I have to play against her. We only lost by like like, ‘What does that mean?’ And they said, “When I lived in the Basque Country, I three points and we got a bottle of wine at the ‘That’s Spanish for German.’” didn’t speak Basque, I didn’t dance, I didn’t end of it and I still have that bottle of wine. I Ober, who just finished a bachelor’s degree play any sports,” Chico said. refuse to open it,” Ober said. “Unless I get first in German, who spent some time living in It wasn’t until her kids were born that she place, then I will drink that second-place bottle Germany, who doesn’t have a drop of Basque started thinking about what it means to be of wine, and it will taste like victory.” blood in her, loves pala. She was the first nonBasque. She learned the language and studied An entire chapter of the recent book, Basque player to join the women’s league when the culture. Then, a year after her marriage Becoming Basque: Ethnic Heritage on Boise’s it started in 2007. ended, she found pala. “I was a little hesitant Grove Street, is devoted to the fronton court “The dancing, I didn’t PALA AT THE ANDUIZA FONTON and history of the game in Boise. To comabout it because the get it,” she said. “But Games scheduled during the San Inazio memorate it, the Basque Museum also set up Basque community is with pala I said, ‘You Festival, Friday, July 25-Saturday, July 26. FREE. Anduiza Hotel and Fronton Building, an exhibit on the court. very tight-knit, so to know, what the hell, I’m 619 Grove St., go to Basque Museum and Culture Center Direccome in from the outside going to do it.’” for a full schedule of games and festival tor Patty Miller said an anonymous donation was intimidating, but She used it as an events. Matches will also be streamed live will help keep the fronton around for another everybody was super opportunity to meet at the Basque Center Main Hall, 611 W. Grove St., 208-343-2671. century. The money will go to repainting the welcoming,” she said. other Basque women court, restoring its windows and installing Now there’s a handand get herself back out more lighting. ful of non-Basques who there after her divorce. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s brother, Mark, play every week and compete in tournaments. Then, she got her son on the court, who’s 10 blogged about the fronton in 2012, in an She grew up in Boise, took a field trip to now. They started playing as partners in the article called “My Favorite Room.” In it, he Women’s B League and recently made it all the the Basque Center in elementary school like said people use the fronton almost every day. every other kid in the Boise School District, way to the finals. In fact, it’s probably used more now than when “We lost by one point and he cried,” Chico “but I didn’t know anything about it. It’s just here and if you’re not engaged in it, you don’t it was first built in 1914. said. “Every time he loses, he cries out of “It’s a treasure, and I hope it stands for frustration. It’s easy to go, you know, ‘It’s just a have any idea.” another hundred years,” Bieter wrote. Now, she tours the fronton court every game,’ but now that I play pala, and I can feel B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

LISTINGS/REC Recurring BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT OPEN SHOP—Donate unwanted bicycles or equipment to a good cause and receive a tax write-off. The shop is also open at the same time for volunteers interested in working on bicycles for children of low-income families, refugees and Boise’s homeless

population. For more info, visit the website or call the shop. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, KID’S BASH—Safety class for children ages 5-11 is held the second Thursday of the month


from 6:00-8:00 PM at BBP’s headquarters. This class is open to anyone, but kids wishing to receive a free bicycle and helmet must register. For more info, visit the website or call the shop. Second Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520,


PILATES MAT CLASS—This class uses traditional Pilates methods focusing on breath, precision and core engagement to increase strength and stability, improve posture and enhance mind/ body awareness. For all levels. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Continues through July 3. $12. Body Calm Yoga Studio, 1565 E. Leigh Field Drive, Ste. 175, Meridian, 208-914-0910,

Events & Workshops FAMILY SWIM FIESTA PARTY— Kids of all ages will enjoy games, contests, prizes, music and swimming. Sat., June 28, 7-9 p.m. $2.50 adults, $1.25 kids age 18 and younger. Fairmont Pool, 7929 Northview, Boise, 208-375-3011, Love among the legumes?

WEED DATING: GETTING DIRTY WITH STRANGERS You know you’re in community-garden country when Google Maps directs you to the wrong address, only to have the person living there know exactly what you’re talking about when you ask, “Is this weed dating?” After some very specific directions sent me about two miles in the opposite direction, I made it to Earthly Delights Farm, where I was greeted by a feisty German shorthair pointer mix named Ron and a hearty, “Welcome to the farm,” from the humans. This was the fourth installment of the annual event, started by owner Casey O’Leary, giving singles the chance to mingle not over food or drink—or in speedy awkwardness—but while pulling some weeds from the ground. It has nothing to do with doobies, and everything to do with getting dirty with strangers. Hosted in the vast garden beyond the backyard, weed dating was set amid a nondescript area decorated with a large pile of wood, a trampoline, a riding mower and some mounted moose antlers. I paid my $5 entry fee (perhaps a tactic to “weed out” people who can’t come up with $5) to two pleasant ladies sitting at a table, and was given a name tag and a Sharpie. Each weed-dater wore their name tag along with a corresponding number. Two rows of Mason jars were tagged with those same names and numbers. This way, someone could discreetly leave a message in their crush’s jar at the end of the evening. Far outnumbered by our female counterparts, we fellas rotated rows to meet different ladies for about three minutes each. When WEED DATING we heard the sound of a metal chair being battered by a garden tool, it events/weed-dating was time to move on. This low-pressure atmosphere made it easy to interact despite level of interest, compatibility and in some cases, an obvious age disparity. A pattern of sorts seemed to emerge: The more the individuals had in common, the fewer weeds got pulled. If chemistry was low, the garden looked neat and weed-free. Mike Rivers, who attended for the second year in a row, embraces the DIY aspect of both love and community gardening: “It’s the future. If you don’t grow it yourself, ain’t nobody else gonna do it for you.” In case you’re wondering, the author did find a phone number in his jar when the night was over—to be continued? —Sam Hill BOI S EW EEKLY.COM

FAMILY SWIM HAWAIIAN PARTY—Kids of all ages will enjoy games, contests, prizes, music and swimming. Fri., Aug. 8. Admission $2.50 for adults, $1.25 kids age 18 and younger. Borah Pool, 801 Aurora, Boise, 208-375-8373. FAMILY SWIM PIRATE PARTY— Kids of all ages will enjoy games, contests, prizes, music and swimming. Sat., July 19, 7-9 p.m. $1.50 adults, 75 cents kids age 18 and younger. South Pool, 921 Shoshone, Boise, 208-345-1984. FAMILY SWIM WILD WEST PARTY—Kids of all ages will enjoy games, contests, prizes, music and swimming. Sat., July 12, 7-9 p.m. $1.50 adults, 75 cents kids age 18 and younger. Lowell Pool, 1601 N. 28th St., Boise, 208-345-7918. FLY FISHING SWAP MEET— Check out this sale of fly fishingrelated equipment, gear, clothing, packs, pontoons, float tubes, etc. Sellers’ reservation deadline is Friday, June 20. To reserve a spot, email michaelbantam@ or call 208-323-5560. Sat., June 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Ann Morrison Park, Americana Boulevard., Boise. STORY OF YOUR BODY YOGA WORKSHOP—Learn how to use yoga with your personal story to find the balance you are looking for in life, on and off the mat. You can expect to practice about 75 minutes of asana, the rest of the time will be used to explore your personal story through experiments and writing. Take bring a notebook and pen. Sun., June 29, 1-3 p.m. $30. Body Calm Yoga Studio, 1565 E. Leigh Field Drive, Ste. 175, Meridian, 208-9140910, TREASURE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB—Bowl weekly on Tuesdays with other club members. And meet for lunch prior to bowling on Saturday, June 21. Call Roberto at 208-342-0243 for more info. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Continues through July 29. FREE admission. Westy’s Garden Lanes, 5504 Alworth St., Garden City, 208-376-6555,

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PATIO CONCERT SERIES—Rex Miller, Lawson Hill and Rico Weisman. 7 p.m. FREE. Berryhill PILLAR POINT—With Transistor. 8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffee/Concert Garage ROBERT FRANCIS AND THE NIGHT TIDE—With Adam Wright and Maxim Ludwig. 8 p.m. $10. The Crux ROB HARDING—6 p.m. FREE. Sofia’s SAM RULE AND JEANNIE CANNON—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

JOAN BAEZ, JULY 8, EGYPTIAN THEATRE When Boise Weekly spoke to Joan Baez in 2009, she was preparing for the premiere of a PBS American Masters documentary of her life, Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound. She was also celebrating her storied career with a 50th anniversary tour that commemorated her debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival and her entry into the vanguard of folk music icons. But it wasn’t a farewell tour. Though most people think of retiring at age 65, the Grammy-nominated, 73-year-old Baez continues to write, record and perform. She visits Boise this year as part of a summer tour, which kicked off in June and takes her across the western United States and parts of Canada through the end of July. After a short break, Baez will kick off a fall tour in September, which starts in Groningen, Holland, includes four dates at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and sees her singing her way across Ireland, France, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. —Amy Atkins 8 p.m., $40 adv., $45 day of show. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273,

STRANGE AMERICANS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Asleep at the Wheel

STEVE EATON—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL—7:30 p.m. $39-$42. Egyptian Theatre BRANDON PRITCHETT—7 p.m. FREE. Reef CHEVELLE—With Highly Suspect. 7:30 p.m. $27-$65. Knitting Factory DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s GEORGE DEVORE BAND—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s KEVIN KIRK AND FRIENDS— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD—With SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall. 6 p.m. $40-$50. River Run Lodge, Sun Valley

THURSDAY JULY 3 BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY ROSE—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers DJ ODIE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s GREAT GARDEN ESCAPE: EV HADDEN TRIO—6:30 p.m. FREE$10. Idaho Botanical Garden POSSUM LIVIN’—7 p.m. FREE. Modern Hotel and Bar

THE RETRO FRAMES—7:30 p.m. FREE. The District

GEORGE DEVORE—8 p.m. $TBA. The Kasino Club, Stanley

RIDE DI RIDDIM REGGAE NIGHT—Featuring Voice of Reason with special guests Pause for the Cause. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s

KEVIN KIRK—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

STEVE AND GRACE WALL—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe TERRY JONES—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers

KINGS OF SWING—With Amy Rose and Nathan Jay Moody. 6 p.m. FREE. Village at Meridian POSSUM LIVIN’—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s SHELLSHOCK LULLABY—7:30 p.m. FREE. The District

THURSDAY THUNDER: IROCK— 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Spectrum WAVE CAVE—Featuring DJs Brackney, Bitcoin, Eaves and Will Shon. 10 p.m., FREE, Neurolux YOUR FRIEND—With Burn, Wooden Vale and Ugly Hussy. 7 p.m. $5. The Crux

FRIDAY JULY 4 AUDIO/VISUAL DJ—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

SATURDAY JULY 5 BREAD AND CIRCUS—8 p.m. FREE. Mountain Village Resort, Stanely DJ IGA—11 p.m., FREE, Neurolux DJ ZINKER—With PO.10.CEE, Oso Negro and George Dubya Kush. 10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement

BREAD AND CIRCUS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


DJ VERSTAL—11 p.m., FREE, Neurolux

DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s

DUCHESS DOWN THE WELL— 9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s

ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill

FROGS OF THE NORTH—With the Rebecca Scott Band. 7 p.m. FREE. Two Rivers Grill, Crouch

FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers



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GUIDE/LISTEN HERE GUIDE FREUDIAN SLIP—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel GEORGE DEVORE—8 p.m. $TBA. The Kasino Club JELLY BREAD—6:30 p.m. FREE. Salmon River Brewery MOORE AND HARDING—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PIRANHAS BC—With Like a Rocket and Social Antidote. 7 p.m., $3, Neurolux THE REBECCA SCOTT BAND—7 p.m. FREE. Crouch WOOLY BUGGERS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

SUNDAY JULY 6 ALEX RICHARDS—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s BASTARD FEAST—With Astral Vapors. 8 p.m. $6. Shredder HANK GREEN AND THE PERFECT STRANGERS—With Driftless Pony Club and Harry and the Potters. 7 p.m. $15. The Crux HIP-HOP SUNDAY—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s MUSIC FROM STANLEY: STEVE BAKER—5 p.m. FREE. Redfish Lake Lodge






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ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, JULY 9, FORD IDAHO CENTER Since its inception in 2008, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival lineup has included established acts that have helped shape the metal-music canon, as well as rock/metal bands beginning to make a name for themselves. The 2014 iteration of the fest features three stages as always, and the Headband for the Highway/Sumerian stage may introduce some metal fans to new music with performances by Bodycount, Veil of Maya, Upon a Burning Body and Darkest Hour, while the Victory Stage SL 100 will host Emmure, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander and Erimha. It isn’t named the Mayhem Festival for nothing: On the Second Stage, all hell could break loose with Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810; and with Main Stage performers Asking Alexandria and Trivium, and old-school metal masters Avenged Sevenfold and Korn. —Amy Atkins 1:15 p.m., $49.50. Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-442-3232,

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BEERGUZZLER/DRINK NEAR BEER Beer goes well with summer activities. Barbecues, baseball games, floating the river—they all call for a cool one. But it’s easy to overindulge, and with the Fourth of July coming up, someone needs to keep a clear head around all the fireworks and festivities. Enter nonalcoholic brews. This week, while the rest of the paper tackles more traditional brews, I’m exploring beer alternatives. German lagers translate well, but my top pick for drinkability goes to an industrial offering that should please the Bud Light crowd. Here’s my near-beer ranking: 4. ST. PAULI N.A. $1.19$1.59 A surprisingly thick and persistent froth tops this pale straw brew. Grassy malt aromas lead into lightly tart citrus and grain flavors. There’s a nice hop bitterness on the finish. 3. BECKS NON-ALCOHOLIC BREW A straw-colored pour with a decent head and sweet fruit aromas, this near beer is very pleasant on the palate, which is well-balanced between soft malt and hops, and backed by ripe lemon. Pleasantly refreshing. 2. CLAUSTHALER NONALCOHOLIC, $1.29$1.69 This brew opens with heady toasted malt and hop aromas in a crystalclear pour that has a thin froth on top. There’s a nice richness to the palate, with creamy, soft malt flavors playing against lightly bitter hops. This near beer finishes clean and fresh. 1. O’DOUL’S PREMIUM AMBER, $9.99-12.99, 12-PACK CANS Bright amber in the glass, this brew has a light white head that leaves a nice lacing. Sweet citrus aromas dominate with hints of clover and fresh grain. There’s ripe citrus on the palate as well. This brew is very clean and quaffable with a crisp finish. —David Kirkpatrick

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GEM STATE BEER Idaho author writes about where our beer came from, and where it’s going BY JESSICA MURRI The introduction of Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State invites the reader to crack open a Gem State brew and start reading. By the end of the intro, author Steve Koonce assumes your glass is empty. He urges you: get another one. “Just remember when you’re pouring that Idaho beer into your glass that the golden color, crisp finish and hoppy aromas are most likely products of the whole state and not just where it was brewed,” he writes. “[O]ur beer is homegrown from grain to glass.” Boise Weekly got the chance to ask Koonce a few questions about the book, which hit shelves at the end of April. What was your process for writing this book? I had been writing my column for the Twin Falls Times-News here for a little while, and the publisher, The History Press, had seen it and they were going to do a local beer book. They do these local beer books all over and they really wanted to do an Idaho one, so they contacted me. I went through and looked at the history of beer in Idaho, and it was really kind of boring. It was a lot of mining town breweries in a lot of little towns that no one really even lives in anymore, like Idaho City. I started to look at more of what’s going on now and it was way more interesting to me. The other thing that I really wanted to include in my book was the agricultural aspect, because I feel that in Idaho, it’s still very much a farming state. It just started evolving into this narrative, where the beer industry here very much grew from the farming.

Raise a glass for the Gem State.

kins and squash, cherries and raspberries, all sorts of stuff that they source locally. Why are there so many breweries in Boise now? What happened was, we started to get those world-class hops and grains in the state. Then you start to see some of these brewers living in Utah and Oregon and Montana and they look around and say there isn’t really room there, so they go to Boise where there’s less breweries. There’s also people who are in state that have been homebrewing for a while, and so they decide to take the next step and open a brewery. And then it’s just that Boise is a growing city. There’s some 14 breweries in the Boise area.

You say your book is more of a roadmap than a history lesson. Where is Boise’s brewery scene going? Is there room for all these breweries and more? It’s not a finite kind of thing. I mean, look at Victor, they have two breweries for a population of 2,000 people [Grand Teton IDAHO BOOK AND BEER NIGHT Brewing Company and What took you by Wildlife Brewing], and surprise when you were Book signing with author Steve Koonce. they’re both doing great. researching and writing Saturday, July 19, 7 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., It’s not about how many the book? 208-376-4229, breweries there are, it’s The availability of loabout how many brewercal ingredients that peoies are making good beer. ple use, and the brewers that use them. If you were to go through Do you think there’s something exclusive the list of the breweries you thought used about having a brewery where you can only the most local ingredients, you’d probably get the beer at that location, or do you think guess the homegrown guys. But it’s like, 10 Barrel Brewing Company the goal is to try to distribute further? I think it makes a lot of sense to want to uses the most local brewing ingredients and they’re not even from here. They’re based in grow, but I think at the same time there is a definite advantage to being a neighborhood Bend [Ore.]. They use peppers and pump-

brewpub. Neighborhood brewpubs are some of the most sought-after spots. A place like Highlands Hollow, they do a really nice business. They make good beer, they keep pretty much within their own brewpub. They sell a couple kegs here and there, but they don’t do bottles. Then you have a really new brewery and they’re already trying to push out cans and bottles and they just don’t have anybody who knows who they are. Bertram’s Brewery in Salmon, near the Montana border, is perfectly happy to be where they are. They’re really happy to be in their location. Then you have Grand Teton, 100 miles away or so, and they export to the most states [among Idaho breweries]; they export to a dozen states. But they have the liquid to back it up. What do you hope your readers get out of this book? This book is a moment of time before everything explodes. I was really proud to go to all these Idaho breweries and taste their beers and get to know the brewers, which is something you can do in Idaho. The breweries here aren’t so big that you can’t go in there and get to know the people who actually brew the beer. I’d like people to realize how unique this state is when it comes to brewing. We’re a small state, we don’t have a whole lot of people, but we do have some amazing breweries making world-class beers in these tiny towns. It’ll be cool when Sockeye is in 30 states and Payette has built their production plant out in North Carolina and when Boise has 2.5 million people, to look back and see what it was like back in the beginning of this explosion. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


TWO GUYS AND A GIRL BW reviews The Grand Seduction, Teachers Lounge, and Obvious Child M AX FILM S

Brendan Gleeson (left) is Murray in The Grand Seduction, Jim Gaffigan (center) is Jim in Teachers Lounge and Jenny Slate (right) is Donna in Obvious Child.



Oh, Canada. You had me at hello… eh? Cozy as a weatherbeaten sweater, The Grand Seduction is that summer trip to Newfoundland that you never thought you wanted but trust me, you’ll want this. The Grand Seduction has a long line of relatives: an American cousin (1991’s Doc Hollywood), a French nephew (2003’s Seducing Doctor Lewis) and an eccentric Scottish uncle (1983’s Local Hero); so yes, it comes from good stock. Here, the setting is Tickle Head, Newfoundland and before you scoff, I should tell you that there really are towns in Newfoundland called Tickles, Tickle Cove and Tickle Harbor. And a word of caution: This is not the Canadian Maritimes of Anne of Green Gables. The Grand Seduction’s Tickle Head instead represents the high unemployment that defines so much of Labrador. In its opening scene, the film’s unlikely hero Murray (played by the roliest of roly-polies Brendan Gleeson) laments that his fishing village has “been left behind,” with many of its citizens marking their time by picking up and cashing welfare checks. The film, ably directed by Canadian filmmaker Don McKellar (Last Night), has a lovely but edgy feel, not unlike Billy Elliott, The Full Monty and Waking Ned Devine. “Hear ye, goddammit, hear ye!” opens each town meeting. As Murray, Gleeson plots to lure a petroleum company to his village, but the deal is hinged on also luring a full-time doctor. Through a trumped-up immigration kerfuffle, Murray finagles a Los Angeles-based physician (Taylor Kitsch) to be sentenced to spend a month in Canada. Making matters a bit more interesting is that the young doctor is crazy about cricket. And when a few dozen Newfoundlanders who think God only intended men to play hockey have to dress up in cricket whites, it’s a sight to behold. The Grand Seduction is far from the best movie of the year; but it’s certainly worth the price of full admission, and that’s saying something... eh? —George Prentice

In the 21st century world of alternative entertainment, many new “shows” are made up of an exclusive bailiwick, like those on Snag Films’ new website, Thundershorts. Since its founding in 2008, Snag Films’ advertising-supported library of independent and documentary films, which viewers can stream free, has grown to around 10,000. Thundershorts is Snag Films’ new venture into original comedy programming, and though there are fewer than 10 shows currently up— most of which have only one or two episodes available—each one clearly has the potential to thrive. Shows are character driven and, at least in the inaugural episodes, take advantage of themes familiar to a 21st century audience, such as the pitfalls of communicating via text in Augie, Alone; dealing with online fame in American Viral (starring Michael Showalter); and accidental racism in Teachers Lounge. Teachers Lounge is set in a New York City elementary school and was created by comedians Ted Alexandro and Hollis James, who star as a music teacher and janitor, respectively, and best friends. Each episode takes place in the teachers’ lounge and stars a well-known comedian like Lewis Black, Judy Gold or Judah Friedlander as a faculty member. Episode No. 1 features comedian Jim Gaffigan as Jim Gaffigan, an elementary school nutritionist whose hobby is making specialty wines like “pinotriesling” and “chardogrigio,” which he gives the unfortunate name Whites Only, saying things like,”You like reds? Well, whites are superior … Whites Only is a big seller in Westchester and they love Whites Only down South. D.C. isn’t really into Whites Only.” James and Gaffigan are oblivious to the double meaning, but Alexandro is incredibly uncomfortable, especially when an African-American teacher comes into the lounge. Teachers Lounge and other Thundershorts offerings are well-shot, well-scripted and laugh-out-loud funny as characters try to navigate through a tech-savvy, politically correct world—in 6- to 10-minute installments. —Amy Atkins


Obvious Child is groundbreaking. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great movie, but it is a landmark. You may have already heard this film has been shackled with the label of being the “abortion movie.” And while it’s estimated that 30 percent of American women will undergo an abortion procedure by the age of 45, Hollywood’s treatment of the matter has been rather embarrassing. True, movies in the 1960s and ’70s mentioned abortion more often, but the procedure usually followed excessive melodrama. And successful contemporary movies that briefly considered abortion, such as Juno or Knocked Up, resulted in lead characters shunning abortion. Which brings us to Donna. She’s not a victim of sexual assault and there isn’t some cute plot device about a broken condom. She had sex with a young man in an alcohol-fueled hook-up, and now, she’s considering an abortion. That’s it. Oh, and by the way: Donna is hilarious. Portrayed by Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation), Donna is a 20-something stand-up comic who uses her sex life as a foil for much of her comedy routines (think Sarah Silverman). But one night, Donna gets dumped, drinks too much, meets a guy and has unprotected sex. Writer-director Gillian Robespierre told The New York Times that she sent a draft of her screenplay to Planned Parenthood, looking for feedback. So, kudos to her for not allowing the film to fall into the trap of mystifying abortion. However, the movie isn’t consistently funny, and just because it’s fresh doesn’t mean it’s fresh enough to sustain 85 minutes. And as could be expected, Obvious Child has generated a bit of controversy when NBC Universal caught the ire of Planned Parenthood after initially refusing an ad for the film because it included the word abortion. NBC quickly backpedaled, insisting that it had no such restriction over such ads. Someone once opined that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. We’ll see. —George Prentice

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An appropriate written response requires compliance with Rule10(a)(1) and other Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure and shall also include: 1. The title and number of this case. 2. If your response is an answer to the complaint, it must contain admissions or denials of the separate allegations of the complaint and other defenses you may claim. 3. Your signature, mailing address and telephone number, or the signature , mailing address and telephone number of your attorney. 4. Proof of mailing or delivery of a copy of your response to Plaintiff’s attorney, as designated above. To determine whether you must pay a filing fee with your response, contact the Clerk of the above-named court. DATED this 5 day November,2013. CHRISTOPHER D. RICH, Clerk By KATHY BIEHL Deputy Pub. June 18, 25, July 2 & 9, 2014. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, INA ND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA RANDAL J. FRENCH, P.C. Plaintiff, vs. THOMAS R. THARP, Defendant. Case No. CV OC 1319950 VERIFIED COMPLAINT Fee Category: A Fee: $96.00 COMES NOW the Plaintiff, Randal J. French, P.C., by and through its counsel of record, Heather L. Conder of the firm Bauer & French, and for its Complaint alleges as follows: 1. That Plaintiff, at all times herein relevant, is a corporation with its principal offices in Boise, Ada County, Idaho. 2. That Defendant, at all times herein relevant, is an individual and resident of Boise, Ada County, Idaho. 3. At the request of Defendant, Plaintiff rendered certain legal services to Defendant. 4. Defendant has failed to pay for said legal services rendered, in spite of Plaintiff’s repeated demand for payment. 5. That the reasonable value of such services is $911.57, which includes interest at the contract rate of 18% through November 1. 2013, which is now owing and past due, plus interest of $1.77 through November 5, 2013. The total due as of November 5, 2013 is $913.34. 6. That timely demand has been made upon Defendant for payment of the same, that Defendant did not lodge any objection to the amounts as billed, and Defendant has failed and refused to pay the same. 7. This is an action to collect on an open account, and in a commercial transaction. Plaintiff is entitled to an award of attorney fees in an amount of not less than $500.00, plus all costs incurred, in the event judgment is entered by default, or for such further and additional amounts as this Court determines if judgment is not entered by default. WHEREFORE, Plaintiff requests that this Court enter judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant as follows: 1. For the balance of $911.57, which includes interest at the contract rate of 18% through November 1, 2013, plus interest of $1.77 through November 5, 2013,



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for a total due as of November 5, 2013 of $913.34. 2. For interest thereon at the rate of eighteen percent (18%) from November 5, 2013, until date of Judgment, and at the legal rate thereafter until date of payment in full. 3. For attorney fees in the amount of $500.00 if judgment is entered by default and for such further amounts if judgment is not entered by default, plus costs incurred in pursuing this matter to conclusion. 4. For such other and further relief as the Court deems just and equitable in the premises. DATED this 5th day of November, 2013. BAUER & FRENCH Heather L. Conder of the firm, Attorney for Plaintiff. Pub. June 18, 25, July 2 & 9, 2014. VERIFICATION STATE OF IDAHO ) ) ss. County of Ads ) Randal J. French being duly sworn, upon oath and by personal knowledge deposes and says: That he is the principal of the Plaintiff in the above entitled action; that he has read the foregoing Verified Complaint and knows the contents thereof; that the facts therein stated are true according to his best knowledge, information and belief. DATED this 5th day of November, 2013. BAUER & FRENCH Randal J. French SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 5th day of November, 2013. /s/ Nichole Griffith Notary Public Idaho Residing at: Boise My Commission Expires: 8/02/14 Pub. June 18, 25, July 2 & 9, 2014. IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA In the Matter of the Application of CLAYTON JOHN MOORE for Change of Name. CASE NO. CV NC 1410873 NOTICE OF HEARING A Petition to change the name of CLAYTON JOHN MOORE, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to CLAYTON JOHN PINES. The reason for the change in name is: Clayton John Moore was adopted by Richard John Pines on June 5, 2014, and wishes to take his same last name. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on August 12 2014 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change. Jun 17 2014 CHRISTOPHER D. RICH CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: DEIRDE PRICE DEPUTY CLERK PUB June 25, July 2, 9 & 16, 2014. PETITIONER PRO SE IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE 4TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA In the matter of name change of: ALEXANDRA MAXINE PEEBLER, An Adult. Case No. CV NC 1411509 NOTICE OF HEARING A Petition by ALEXANDRA MAXINE PEEBLER, who was born on

April 18, 1987 at Boise, Idaho, at Boise, Idaho, and now residing at 8540 W. Canary Court, Boise, County of Ada, State of Idaho, has been filed with the above-entitled Court a Petition for Change of Name to ALEXANDRA MAXINE WYATT, for the reason that she desires to take the surname of her adopted mother. Petitioner’s father is father is deceased, and her mother is living. The Petition for Change of Name will be heard at 1:30 o’clock p.m. on the 12th day of August, 2014 at the County Courthouse, located at 200 W. Front Street, Boise, Idaho. Objections may be filed by any person who can, in such objections, show to the court a good reason against such a change of name. DATED this 18 day of June, 2014. CHRISTOPHER D. RICH CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT By: DEIRDE PRICE DEPUTY CLERK June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 2014. IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADA IN RE: Katherine M Herman Legal Name

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Case No. CV NC 1411278 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Katherine M Herman, now residing in the City of BOISE, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Katherine M. Van Curen.. The reason for the change in name is: I want to resume a former married name. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 1:30 o’clock p.m. on (date) AUG 12, 2014 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change.


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Case No. CV NC 1411193 NOTICE OF HEARING ON NAME CHANGE (Adult) A Petition to change the name of Matthew Robert Richmond, now residing in the City of Boise, State of Idaho, has been filed in the District Court in Ada County, Idaho. The name will change to Cindy Panzer Moonshadow. The reason for the change in name is: old name does not match gender identity. A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 130 o’clock p.m. on (date) AUG 12 2014 at the Ada County Courthouse. Objections may be filed by any person who can show the court a good reason against the name change.

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NYT CROSSWORD | DOWNRIGHT TRICKY! 25 Not flat or sharp 26 Lay ___ 27 Politician with a like button? 28 Adorns 30 Minnesota player, familiarly 31 Microwaveable snack 33 Dress that drapes 34 Hall-of-___ 35 Highly desirable to Uncle Sam? 36 Wine-list heading

ACROSS 1 It may be cut by an uppercut 5 Drink cooler 12 Map feature 17 Nurse 20 “From Here to Eternity” setting 21 Stage-diving locale 22 More than willing 23 For 24 Stoker of fear? 1










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11 C4H10O 12 European coastal plant once thought to be an aphrodisiac 13 Pachelbel classic, familiarly 14 When Tatum O’Neal won her Oscar 15 Part of a hockey goalie’s equipment 16 “Cogito, ___ sum” 17 Ray-finned fishes of the Southwest U.S. 18 Ticked off 19 Versifiers 29 Health care giant with a Tree of Life logo 32 Major African humanitarian concern of the 2000s 34 Hollywood setting: Abbr. 38 Like the contents of many attics 39 Traitor Aldrich 40 Nastiness 41 Tour transport 42 Actor Jannings 43 Chess ending 45 ’80s TV star who later pitched Snickers 47 Some square dancers 48 “___ Enchanted” (2004 film) 50 1982 holiday country hit by Alabama 52 1960s pop singer Sands 53 Tiny battery 54 Laud 55 LAX, O’Hare and others 56 “Of course!” 59 Grammy-nominated 1998 hit for Alanis Morissette 63 New Year’s ___ 66 Bill’s partner 68 Jell-O maker 69 Actress Moore 70 Highland tongue 71 “Right away, boss”

72 Kaput 73 “Celeste Aida,” for one 74 Enterprise for Morton 77 Bad way to be caught 78 Eats 79 Collect on the surface, in chemistry 82 Floor 83 Dadaism pioneer 84 Up to snuff 87 AOL, e.g., for short 88 Item for a houseguest 90 Fast-food chain with the Ultimate Angus sandwich 94 One who drills, fills and bills: Abbr. 97 Up 98 Directing a shell 99 Down Easter 100 Rogue 101 The ___ Mets L A S T T S L A P I ¢ E N L E G D E T R I R I S A N M P G R E P E A T




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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Would you like your savings account to grow? Then deposit money into in it on a consistent basis. Would you like to feel good and have a lot of physical energy? Eat healthy food, sleep as much as you need to, and exercise regularly. Do you want people to see the best in you and give you the benefit of the doubt? See the best in them and give them the benefit of the doubt. Would you love to accomplish your most important goal? Decide what you want more than anything else and focus on it with relaxed intensity. Yes, Aries, life really is that simple—or at least it is right now. If you want to attain interesting success, be a master of the obvious. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your urge to merge is heating up. Your curiosity about combinations is intensifying. I think it’s time to conduct jaunty experiments in mixing and blending. Here’s what I propose: Let your imagination run half-wild. Be unpredictable as you play around with medleys and hodgepodges and sweet unions. But don’t be attached to the outcomes. Some of your research may lead to permanent arrangements, and some won’t. Your task is to enjoy the amusing bustle, and learn all you can from it.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The American painter Ivan Albright (1897-1983) was a meticulous creator. He spent as much time as necessary to get every detail right. An entire day might go by as he worked to perfect one square inch of a painting, and some of his pieces took years to finish. When the task at hand demanded intricate precision, he used a brush composed of a single hair. That’s the kind of attention to minutia I recommend for you— not forever, but for the next few weeks. Be careful and conscientious as you build the foundation that will allow you maximum freedom of movement later this year. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The Venus de Milo is a famous Greek statue that’s more than 2,100 years old. Bigger than life-size, it depicts the goddess of love, beauty and pleasure. Its current home is the Louvre Museum in Paris, but for hundreds of years it was lost—buried underground on the Greek island of Milos. In 1820, a farmer found it while he was out digging on his land. I foresee a comparable discovery by you in the coming weeks, Cancerian. You will uncover a source of beauty, love, or pleasure—or perhaps all three—that has been missing or forgotten for a long time. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): According to an ancient Greek myth, Sisyphus keeps pushing a boulder up a steep hill only to lose control of it just before he reaches the top, watching in dismay as

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it tumbles to the bottom. After each failure, he lumbers back down to where he started and makes another effort to roll it up again—only to fail again. The myth says he continues his futile attempts for all eternity. I’m happy to report, Leo, that there is an important difference between your story and that of Sisyphus. Whereas you have tried and tried and tried again to complete a certain uphill task, you will not be forever frustrated. In fact, I believe a breakthrough will come soon, and success will finally be yours. Will it be due to your gutsy determination or your neurotic compulsion or both? It doesn’t matter. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Many of America’s founding fathers believed slavery was immoral, but they owned slaves themselves and ordained the institution of slavery in the United States Constitution. They didn’t invent hypocrisy, of course, but theirs was an especially tragic version. In comparison, the hypocrisy that you express is mild. Nevertheless, working to minimize it is a worthy task. And here’s the good news: You are now in a position to become the zodiac’s leader in minimizing your hypocrisy. Of all the signs, you can come closest to walking your talk and practicing what you preach. So do it! Aim to be a master of translating your ideals into practical action. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the past two decades, seven Academy Award winners have given thanks to God while accepting their Oscars. By contrast, 30 winners have expressed their gratitude to film studio executive Harvey Weinstein. Who would you acknowledge as essential to your success, Libra? What generous souls, loving animals, departed helpers and spiritual beings have contributed to your ability to thrive? Now is an excellent time to make a big deal out of expressing your appreciation. For mysterious reasons, doing so will enhance your luck and increase your chances for future success. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You have permission to compose an all-purpose excuse note for yourself. If you’d like, you may also forge my signature on it so you can tell everyone that your astrologer sanctified it. This document will be ironclad and inviolable. It will serve as a poetic license that abolishes your guilt and remorse. It will authorize you to slough off senseless duties, evade deadening requirements, escape small-minded influences, and expunge numbing habits. Your extra-strength excuse note will free you to seek out adventures you have been denying yourself for no good reason. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the Inuktitut language spoken

in northern Canada, the term iminngernaveersaartunngortussaavunga means “I should try not to become an alcoholic.” I encourage you to have fun saying that a lot in the coming days. Why? Now is an excellent time to be playful and lighthearted as you wage war against any addictive tendencies you might have. Whether it’s booze or gambling or abusive relationships or anything else that tempts you to act like an obsessive self-saboteur, you have more power than usual to break its hold on you—especially if you don’t take yourself too seriously. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Percival Lowell (1855-1916) was an influential astronomer who launched the exploration that led to the discovery of Pluto. He also made some big mistakes. Here’s one: Gazing at Venus through his telescope, he swore he saw spokes emanating from a central hub on the planet’s surface. But we now know that Venus is shrouded with such thick cloud cover that no surface features are visible. So what did Lowell see? Due to an anomaly in his apparatus, the telescope projected shadows from inside his eyes onto the image of Venus. The “spokes” were actually the blood vessels in his retinas. Let this example serve as a cautionary tale for you in the coming weeks, Capricorn. Don’t confuse what’s within you with what’s outside you. If you can clearly discern the difference, your closest relationships will experience healing breakthroughs. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.” So said British writer G.K. Chesterton. Now I’m passing his advice on to you just in time for the Purge and Purify Phase of your astrological cycle. In the coming weeks, you will generate good fortune for yourself whenever you wash your own brain and absolve your own heart and flush the shame out of your healthy sexual feelings. As you proceed with this work, it may expedite matters if you make a conscious choice to undergo a trial by fire. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I awake in a land where the lovers have seized power,” writes Danish poet Morten Sondergaard in his fanciful poem “The Lovers.” “They have introduced laws decreeing that orgasms need never come to an end. Roses function as currency. ... The words ‘you’ and ‘I’ are now synonymous.” A world like the one he describes is a fantasy, of course. It’s impossible. But I predict that in the coming weeks you could create conditions that have resemblances to that utopia. So be audacious in your quest for amorous bliss and convivial romance. Dare to put love at the top of your priority list. And be inventive!



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Boise Weekly Vol. 23 Issue 02  

Prost! What happens when you have six local brewers blind-taste six domestic macro-brews.

Boise Weekly Vol. 23 Issue 02  

Prost! What happens when you have six local brewers blind-taste six domestic macro-brews.