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IN STUFF WE TRUST An average of one person has died from Black Friday-related incidents every year since 2006 and this year, two are dead after a man shot his “girlfriend or ex-girlfriend” at a Chicago Nordstrom where she was a seasonal employee. He then turned the gun on himself. It was the 22-year-old woman’s birthday, and she had plans for dinner with her family after her late-evening shift ended. Three days earlier, protesters looted in Ferguson, Mo., following news that a grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson, the police ofÀcer who shot and killed -year-old Michael Brown in August. One looter, quoted by NewsOne.com, called it “the real Black Friday.” Another put a Àner point on the destruction “Why should we really care about some sh*t that’s not bringing us no money, that’s taking money from our pockets.” 6tuff played a central part in both events In Chicago, a woman worked a night shift on her birthday because thousands of people wanted to shop and she needed the money. That’s where the man who shot her knew to Ànd her. If not for Black Friday, she would likely have been at dinner with her family. In Ferguson, people lashed out at the tangible symbol of their frustrations the material wealth of an economy, community and culture that has systematically denied them equal access. Do yourself a difÀcult favor and watch the music video for Mr. Oizo’s “Ham.” Viewer discretion is advised—not because it’s violent (it is) or gross (it’s repellent) but because in three minutes, “Ham” shows us our 3ortrait of Dorian *ray obese, diseased, cruel and avaricious. Timed for release on Black Friday (irony not lost on this observer), the video depicts motor scooter-riding grotesques Àghting over a discount-store stuffed animal. Though satire, its images of consumers going into the heart of darkness over a piece of cheap junk is uncomfortably real. (very year we’re treated to a round of Ànger-wagging over materialism, but to shame consumers is to shame the victims of an economy that has created the severest income inequality since the Gilded Age. Whether it’s door-busters at Wal-Mart or window-breakers in Ferguson, we’re witnessing desperation as much as greed, and the former is far more dangerous. —Zach Hagadone
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NAME TO FACES AS ADA COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY GREG BOWER PREPARES TO LEAVE OFFICE AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS, HIS NAME WILL STAY HIGH PROFILE WHEN THE FACES FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER BECOMES THE GREG H. BOWER FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER. GET MORE DETAILS ON CITYDESK.
BLUE BLOODED According to USA Today, “In Boise, the Broncos are everything.” The newspaper recently ranked Boise ninth among the best college football towns in the country. More on Citydesk.
POWER SHOT Some shootist—or shootists—in Kuna need to invest in clay pigeons. The Ada County sheriff is looking for whoever has been blasting power line insulators with shotguns. Details on Citydesk.
FRAT PLANS As one frat house at the University of Idaho faces the wrecking ball, another is set to go up on the North Idaho campus. Find out which Greeks are going and which are growing on Citydesk.
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OPINION 40 WIVES
Mr. & Mrs. Smith. & Mrs. Smith. & Mrs. Smith. & Mrs.… BILL COPE I want to commend the LDS Church for admitting Joseph Smith engaged in plural marriage, and also to make the point that just because the founder of the Latter-Day Saints thought he had to have enough women on tap to start a roller derby league does not mean we have free rein to snicker at modern Mormons for the lurid mating habits of their forefathers. I live next to two of the Ànest families I have ever had the pleasure to call neighbors—both LDS—and neither one of them has more wives in the household than you’d expect. So whatever Joseph Smith did 180 years ago has no reÁection on our present-day Mormon friends. Period! One little thing, though… Wouldn‘t three or four wives have been plenty? Seriously, 40 wives starts to sound less like polygamy and more like ranching. Another thing. How on Earth would one man handle 40 wives, anyway? You know, in the in-the-sack sense. Or did he take some for rutting purposes, some for showing off (perhaps because some ostentatious neighborhood sheik was always bragging about his 39 wives), and one or two because they made a lasagna that would curl a fella’s toes? And speaking of dinner, how’s a guy supposed to keep that many mouths fed, not to mention the number of little mouths that were bound to result from having 40 wives? I can’t imagine that even the best jobs back then would bring in enough to feed, clothe and house 40 wives, plus spawn. Besides, from what I know of Joe Smith, he didn’t stay put in one place long enough to build much of a career. In fact, he was moving so often, you have to wonder how he managed to woo even one wife, let alone 40. Ah, but he didn’t need anything as mundane as a job, did he?… being a religious leader and all. Religious leaders seem to have ways to get other people to pay for their stuff. That’s as true for popes and bishops as it was for Jim Jones down in Guyana or David Koresh down in Waco. Like, if Jerry Falwell wanted a new Cadillac, or Joel Osteen wants a new mega-church, they simply badger the Áock to give God a raise. What probably happened was Smith had to go out and dig up those golden tablets—the rough draft for the Book of Mormon, as I understand it—before he could convince so many women to marry him, right? After all, how else would a guy get 40 wives to play along until after he cooks up a religion that allows him to have 40 wives? Talk about putting the cart before the horse, huh? And maybe that’s what he was after all along, ya’ think? The 40 wives? And those golden tablets were just, like, his pick-up BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
line? And maybe modern-day Mormons should reexamine the whole damn… No! Darnit! I said I wasn’t going to do that. Just because there’s an argument to be made that the LDS church was founded by a man who today would be considered a serial sexual predator does in no way reÁect on that religious institution and the people who adhere to its teachings. Besides, who’s to say every church doesn’t have its share of sexual predators? Sometimes it seem like if it weren’t for Catholic priests being accused of abuse, we’d forget there is a Catholic Church. And don’t you have to wonder if those preachers who still have their own teevee shows are just the ones who haven’t been caught yet? So I say we forget about those 40 wives. I mean it. Mormons gave up that polygamy stuff more than a century ago—most of them, at any rate—and there is no lingering indication that mainstream Mormonism is rooted in a practice that would allow girls as young as 13 to be fair game for pedophiles. One little thing, though… If you pay much attention to LDS history, as the LDS church tells it, old Joe (who wasn’t all that old, really; he was 39 when he died, so he actually had fewer years under his belt than wives) was killed by enemies of the church he’d founded—that an angry mob slew him for spreading the golden tablets gospel. Well, there’s no doubt about one thing. Joseph Smith was indeed slewed. And the mob that slewed him surely did seem to be angry. They put enough lead in him to line a radiology lab. But as a general rule, Americans, even back then, didn’t make a practice of dragging leaders of opposing religions out and killing them. And it’s not because Americans were so ecumenically minded that they welcomed different faiths with open arms. Ask a 19th century Southern Baptist what he thought of a Boston Catholic, or a Shaker what he thought of an Episcopalian, or a Methodist what he thought of a Unitarian. No, these people were all competing for the same collection plate, but they weren’t blowing the bejesus out of anyone who claimed to have a different slant on faith. So do you suppose… just maybe… they slewed old Joe not for what he was preaching, but for who he was porking? Do you suppose maybe he’d talked one too many impressionable daughter or already-married woman into joining his herd? And do you suppose that if he hadn’t been slewed—that if he’d lived a normal lifespan, un-martyred—he might today be considered as less a prophet and more one of those creepy pervs who couldn’t stop chasing tail? BOISEweekly | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | 5
OPINION WEATHER REPORT Ma Nature changes the narrative JOHN REMBER Winter did not come in on little cat feet this year. In Sawtooth Valley, we went from bare ground to 14 inches of windblown snow in a day. Then we had two cold nights. Our lowest temperature was minus 21. Folks downriver in Lower Stanley reported minus 25. Snow doesn’t stick to roads in that sort of cold. The highway department’s snowplows blew treetop-high plumes of powder as they went by the house, putting a two-foot-high berm in the mouth of our driveway. But the snowblower started with the Àrst pull. I spent two hours delineating our winter stomping grounds: a] Narrow paths snaked out to the compost heap, the woodpile and my writing studio. b] The driveway cleaned and banked. c] The outline of a good-sized skating rink in the back yard. If Julie and I ever get serious about our two-person semi-pro checking-allowed hockey league, it will be iced and ready by January. Snowblowing becomes archaeology. I found— after some unexpected violence—a few sticks of misplaced Àrewood, a shovel and rake, and a length of forgotten garden hose. I replaced a shear pin and put the snowblower away. Then I started pulling ski equipment out of the garage. More archaeology. Last spring’s mud still clung to ski boots. Last season’s battered skis needed restored. Parkas, turtlenecks and long underwear needed to be unpacked from storage, shaken out and declared warm enough for another season. Avalanche beacons and radios needed batteries. Skins needed to be checked to see if their glue would still stick to skis. Gloves had to be matched up, because no matter how carefully I put them away in April, they always get separated by November. Daypacks had to be replenished with new Àrst-aid gear, headlamps, emergency blankets, candles and matches. Every year I tell myself I’ll tune skis during the warm days of early October, so I can work in the garage instead of having to bring the ski bench into the kitchen and Àll the house with the chemical stink of melting P-Tex. But every year there’s snow on the ground and 20 below on the thermometer before I start repairing bases, Áat-Àling and waxing. It’s understandable. The cold hits with a life-and-death urgency. Tuned skis become part of the same constellation of survival as the snowblower and the woodpile. In November, the place we live becomes lethal to the unprepared. Most of the tourists, including the ones with guns, leave. The valley loses its motorcycles. The hum of generators no longer pervades its campgrounds. Lakeshores no longer echo with the snarl of outboards, and the long noisy line waiting for breakfast at the Stanley Bakery evaporates. Bars close. Restaurants go dark. A 6 | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | BOISEweekly
warm, nurturing Ma Nature becomes cold, withholding and silent, indicating, with varying degrees of subtlety, that she’d kill you if she could. It’s a peaceful world if a deadly one. If you understand that any mistake you make will not be forgiven, you can go out into it, climb its mountains and ski its untracked powder. With luck return home to a warm woodstove, a warmer toddy, a yet warmer dinner and a good book. Minor pleasures are magniÀed by solitude, silence, clear air and the awareness that the self that witnesses all these things is both arbitrary and temporary. Go outside on a cloudless night and you’ll see the Milky Way, dangerously close. Drifting crystalline ice glints between its frozen stars. Stand there for Àve minutes and you’ll become convinced you’re standing in the only warm, life-Àlled place in the universe, and it’s not as warm and life-Àlled as you thought it was. Stand there for 10 minutes—but you won’t stand there for 10 minutes. That’s the old story, anyway. As I write this, it’s raining. No stars are visible on this night. The Arctic air mass that spilled into Idaho has been pushed out by a warm PaciÀc Áow. Our 14 inches of snow has compacted to a half-foot of slush. Bare patches haven’t appeared in the driveway, but it’s only a matter of time. I’ve had the sudden absurd worry that every logging truck or snowplow that goes by on the highway is really a roaring Áock of motorcycles. Other worries: that January will see kayaks bobbing in an unfrozen Salmon River. Motorhomes lining the streets of Stanley. Backpackers streaming into the warm-shadowed Sawtooths. Willows greening with new leaf, and butterÁies dancing in dim winter sunlight. Angry singersongwriters haranguing the crowds at RedÀsh about the perÀdy of ex-lovers. Upon reÁection, I’ve decided Ma Nature has concluded that freezing us out isn’t going to work, and has switched to psychological warfare. She’s going to bring Boise weather to Sawtooth Valley. So we’ll sit under an inversion for the next two months, choking on our own efÁuent. The recent chill was just to get the inversion started. Perfectly good skis will stay garaged. We will complain about the gray and empty sky, and stream gloomy Scandinavian police procedurals on NetÁix. We’ll wait for the real heat of July, when kudzu will start smothering the few lodgepole that have escaped beetlekill. Probably too much to read into a warm spell. Probably we’re being softened up for 50 below nights in early December. With that in mind, Julie and I are hoping for a break in the clouds. We’ll put on T-shirts and shorts, grab a Frisbee and head for RedÀsh to check out the beach. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NEWS WHAT’S NEXT? Big hopes for Boise’s Central Addition
“We asked the neighbors and everyone one of them enjoys Alive After Five and the market.”
AN IMPROVED GROVE PLAZA EXPERIENCE It’s called Grove Plaza 2.0, and anyone who has gone anywhere near the Grove Plaza recently can attest to the reboot—the massive City Center Plaza project is digging deeper and wider with every passing day as it prepares for four major elements: a renovated U.S. Bank Plaza; the ninestory Clearwater Building, to be anchored by Clearwater Analytics and Boise State University; expansion of the Boise Centre; and a subterranean transit facility, recently dubbed “Main Street Station.” “With the new building coming on-line adjacent to the Grove Plaza, it will have a new feel,” said Capital City Development Corporation Executive Director John Brunelle. “So, we’ve started a process with our neighbors to consider upgrades to the user experience that has been there for 30 years, but we want to enhance that going forward.” To date, preliminary meetings have been held with property owners on the blocks around the plaza to discuss potential improvements. “We’re including Gardner Co., the Oppenheimer Companies, the convention center and the city of Boise,” said Brunelle. “We’re bringing in ZGF Architects out of Portland [Ore.], the original designer of the Grove, and they’ll be our design consultants on the next iteration.” Brunelle wants everyone to know that CCDC is not looking for change as much as enhancement. “We asked the neighbors and every one of them enjoys Alive After Five and the Saturday market and want to see them continue,” he said. “Maybe we can make Alive After Five better than ever, perhaps with a new sound system or stage. Possibly we can improve the lighting on the Grove or provide some better shade to make the user experience more pleasant.” CCDC is looking to time any improvements with the completion of the City Center, coinciding with the completion of the entire plaza expected to be in June 2016. —George Prentice 8 | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | BOISEweekly
GEORGE PRENTICE Dr. Kevin Cahill is a charts-and-graphs kind of guy. The senior economist and managing director of ECONorthwest, Cahill has been awarded a teaching excellence award from Boston College and authored scores of academic and professional papers. He recently sat before Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and the Boise City Council, who had just cracked opened Cahill’s latest publication: “Proposal for the ‘Boise Competes’ Project.” To be sure, the paper includes numerous graphs, maps and detailed tasks. But Cahill was in a quandary over what to put on the cover of the document. “I did what every economist does: I Googled ‘economic development’,” he said. As any layperson would Ànd if they performed the same Google search, hundreds of images—mostly dollar signs and pie charts— popped up on Cahill’s computer screen. “But I had to step back and think for a moment. My wife and I moved to Boise because it’s a great place for our family,” he said, pausing for a moment while public ofÀcials took a good look at the cover photo. “These are my two boys, Aidan and Daniel. Yes, I’m an economist, but this is what it’s all about for me.” The snapshot is similar to any of hundreds of images in a typical Boise family photo album: children walking across the Boise Foothills with a clear blue sky hanging over the Treasure Valley. Thousands of homes and a handful of downtown towers dot the landscape, but the forefront of the photo is deÀned by children in search of a safe but adventurous path. “That’s perfect,” said Bieter. Cahill quickly put his economist hat back on and presented his plan to help Boise better measure its economic competitiveness. In particular, the analysis will measure Boise against benchmark cities—regional cities such as Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, Seattle and Spokane, Wash.—and “economic peer” cities such as Austin, Texas, and Boulder, Colo. Indicators would include employment, income distribution, educational attainment, entrepreneurship, transportation and demographics. “We’re not trying to make Boise into any other city,” added Nic Miller, Boise’s new economic development director. “But we are trying to make Boise the best Boise it can be.”
Kevin Cahill: “These are my two boys, Aidan and Daniel. Yes, I’m an economist, but this is what it’s all about for me.”
The Boise Competes analysis was one item on a Christmas wishlist put before the Council— some more far-reaching than others. Some of the wishes fall into the “I want a pony for Christmas” category, while others are expected to be greenlit sooner than later.
A NEW LIFE FOR CENTRAL ADDITION For the record, Boise Weekly has a vested interest in the city’s plans for a so-called “LIV” district in the city’s Central Addition neighborhood. Framed by Front and Myrtle streets, and bookended by Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, the area includes Broad Street, where BW is headquartered. Once upon a time, Boise and other cities dubbed such proposals “ecodistricts” in an effort to accelerate neighborhood-scale sustainability. But Boise ofÀcials want to drop the “ecodistrict” moniker in favor of its own new brand: LIV, or “Lasting, Innovative, Vibrant.” The city has even adopted a new green-colored LIV brand, which will, no doubt, begin popping up on a lot of citysponsored initiatives. Boise’s sustainability efforts go back to the turn of the century, starting with public support for the 2001 Open Space Foothills Levy, which preserved large swaths of land in the Foothills. In 2006, Boise became the Àrst city in Idaho to adopt the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement; in 2009 the city rolled out its now-routine Curb It recycling program; and in 2013, Boise began bundling several sustainability initiatives and tying them to general funds (BW, News, “A Sustainable Boise,” May 29, 2013). “It’s part of our city’s marrow,” Bieter said at the time. Perhaps the most tangible example of that marrow could soon extend to the Central Addition. The elements of a Central Addition LIV District include public infrastructure (i.e., energy and
stormwater upgrades), mobility (with particular emphasis on the neighborhood’s walkability), placemaking (more on that in a bit) and housing. The latter is the Central Addition’s most visible challenge. The corridor between Broadway Avenue and BoDo, bounded by Front and Myrtle streets, has seen signiÀcant degradation—particularly in its housing stock, platted in 1890 and once one of the city’s most prestigious areas. In September 2013, The Blue Review’s Andrew Crisp (a former BW staffer) wrote the eulogy, “Central Attrition: Boise Neighborhood Left for Dead,” lamenting the fact that there were only 10 historic homes left in the area. Since then, two more disappeared, demolished after Àre swept through one relic and damaged another. The key to saving any of the homes has not necessarily been Ànding someone who wants to save the residence; it’s where to put it. Moving a historic home is one thing; purchasing an appropriate parcel of land and renovating the structure is monumental. Boise Planning and Development Director Derick O’Neill unveiled one innovative proposal that could offer a lifeline that until now hasn’t been seen: The city could save at least one of the homes and partner to save even more, if not all of the rest. The proposal could earmark as much as $400,000 to completely relocate and rehabilitate one of the historic homes—relocation would cost $40,000-$50,000, a new foundation would cost $10,000-$25,000, other costs could run to $20,000-$35,000 and rehabilitation would cost $200,000-$266,000. Simply put, the city would be the proud owner of a rescued and entirely rehabilitated historic landmark. The same proposal could divvy up the $400,000 to partner with other interests to relocate a 10 number of structures, with rehabilitation costs being carried by other partners. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NEWS THE WRONG QUESTION (UPDATE) ‘The silence and denials make it worse’ GEORGE PRENTICE
Fulcher: “I may very well be back.”
RUSS FULCHER: ‘I KNEW THESE THINGS WERE WRONG’ When Boise Weekly heard that Idaho conservatives were seeking action against Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter over the botched $60 million Idaho Education Network contract, one name kept coming up: Russ Fulcher. The soon-to-be-former senator from Meridian ran against Otter in the Idaho GOP primary, and raised many of the same concerns over the IEN contract—as well as the squareness of the deals involving private prisons operator Corrections Corporation of America and Medicaid provider Molina. BW reported Nov. 26 that the nonproﬁt Tax Accountability Committee was mulling a request to the Legislature that a grand jury be empaneled to investigate the state’s business dealings with regard to the IEN, which a 4th District Court judge ruled in November were illegal. Fulcher could not be reached for comment on that story, but in a phone conversation Nov. 28, he told BW that while he isn’t involved in the proposal being considered by the TAC, he’s “not shocked” that it’s out there. Frustration over bad business deals was what motivated him to run against Otter in the ﬁrst place. “I did what I did for a reason. I did not make the decision lightly to challenge a member of my own party. To some that’s like ﬁling for divorce,” he said. “At the same time, I knew these things were wrong and I know that there were some approaches that I thought would be wiser.” Otter’s Democratic challenger, A.J. Balukoff, ran pointed campaign ads highlighting the governor’s involvement with the IEN contract and other deals, but Fulcher took a softer touch in the primary. “There were plenty of advisers telling me to amp it up, amp it up, amp it up. But as a campaign tactic, I didn’t feel comfortable making the focal point on the mud,” he said. Fulcher pulled 67,694 votes (43.1 percent) to Otter’s 79,779 (51.4 percent) in the primary, which drew 26.1 percent of voters. “It’s unfortunate that the taxpayers are picking up the brunt for a lot of that [so far the state has spent more than $12 million in connection with the deal]. Elections have ramiﬁcations,” he said. “I may very well be back.” —Zach Hagadone 10 | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | BOISEweekly
Boise Weekly had a number of questions. The Idaho Department of Labor had few answers. “The department has no comment on the matter,” wrote a spokesman for IDOL, when BW asked department Director Kenneth Edmunds to comment on our investigation (BW, Feature, “The Wrong Question,” Nov. 26, 2014), revealing how Edmunds was the target of a discrimination claim Àled with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The department did conÀrm that a complaint had been Àled with the EEOC. BW detailed how Don Dew was a candidate to become the new administrator for the Idaho Human Rights Commission. Following a series of phone and video interviews, the IHRC Áew Dew to Boise to talk further, including conversations regarding salary and a possible start date. When Dew went face-to-face with Edmunds, whose Labor Department oversees IHRC, things got very uncomfortable. When Dew told Edmunds that several years ago an infection triggered seizures that required medication—but that he hadn’t
experienced any such seizures in more than three years—Dew said Edmunds looked at him as if “he was smelling a dirty diaper.” “Can you even work a 40-hour week?” Dew recalled Edmunds saying, expressing doubt over Dew’s ability to perform the tasks. “I was stunned,” Dew told BW. He has since Àled an EEOC claim, alleging discrimination based on disability—but when Dew Àled the claim with the EEOC Àeld ofÀce in Seattle, it was promptly shifted to another Àeld ofÀce in Los Angeles. “That would not surprise me,” said Justine Lesser, spokeswoman in EEOC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. “It would strike me as prudent for an ofÀce that has a work-share agreement with a so-called FEPA >fair employment practices agency] to transfer that claim to another part of the EEOC, where the people are unknown to them and, therefore, would have no misunderstanding as to whom is on whose side.” Indeed, IHRC is a FEPA and has a work-share
agreement with EEOC’s Seattle ofÀce; so in a precedent-setting move where the actual FEPA and its overseeing body—the Idaho Labor Department—are the subjects of the claim, EEOC is in a position of trying to show no bias by shifting the probe outside the region. As to how long that probe might take, Lesser gave a standard answer: “It depends.” “It sounds like I’m ducking the question, but I’m not,” she said. “It depends on how forthcoming the employer is; it depends on whether the charge is appropriate for mediation. There are so many factors why an investigation has to take a certain amount of time.” The process now requires Edmunds to submit a formal statement of position to the claim. He must also respond to any requests for information and permit an on-site visit for the investigation, which would include witness interviews. “I think this can be mediated,” Dew told BW after our investigation was published. “But the silence and denials make it worse.”
The city’s Master Plan for the Central Addition Neighborhood anticipates devel8 opment of “dense urban housing that will bring the Central Addition to completion as a true vibrant and diverse sub district.” Translation: big changes in housing. One proposal looks to energize the neighborhood in four unique phases, each bringing in mixed-use development (brownstones, condos and apartments) and retail and ofÀce space. “We’re talking about creating a neighborhood core,” said O’Neill. “If we do this right, it clearly attracts other projects.” O’Neill then pointed to the intersection of Fifth and Broad streets, where his map was marked with a huge green circle in the middle of the pavement. “This is part of our placemaking proposal,” he said, referring to a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood core. “We’re going to look at Broad Street as much more than just a vehicle corridor. We see Broad as a highly active pedestrian and cyclist pathway. Think of it a little like the Basque Block; not exactly like it, but something that is much more than a street where we’ll integrate the neighborhood, housing and businesses.” Another big part of the plan would be to
make the Central Addition a lot more mobile than it is. Anyone who travels to the area knows that high-speed Front and Myrtle streets make the neighborhood unfriendly to bicyclists and pedestrians. One of the proposals would add a new pedestrian pathway to and from Julia Davis Park on Fifth Street. Additionally, the Ada County Highway District’s plans to convert Fifth Street from one-way to two-way trafÀc, and a proposal to add more trafÀc signals to Myrtle, should yield more safety for pedestrians. O’Neill doesn’t want to wait too long as possible developers eyeball the proposed changes. His department, along with Public Works, has already launched upgrades to the neighborhood’s public infrastructure. “Two of the projects have already been initiated,” said Public Works Director Neal Oldemeyer. “The Central Addition was chosen for the LIV District because we already have projects either occurring or planned.” In particular, Oldemeyer pointed to an expansion of the city’s geothermal system—the largest direct-use system of its kind in the nation. Currently, Public Works administers energy efÀcient heat to more than 65 businesses in the city’s downtown core. Additionally, Oldemeyer referred
to the city’s stormwater initiatives, in which Boise is partnering with ACHD and private developers to create more brick-based walkways and parking areas. The brick surfaces create greener stormwater runoffs than concrete or asphalt, where stormwater streams pick up many pollutants and sediments. “Ultimately, with these public changes to the neighborhood, private changes could be turnkey,” said O’Neill. “Most importantly, where a single project would take as much as Àve years to make their way through city of Boise and Capital City Development Corporation planning and approval, we’re talking about 12 to 24 months.” O’Neill said he was already putting the Ànishing touches on a proposal to put before CCDC commissioners in mid-December. “This is a very quick, fast-paced project,” he said. Through the course of about four hours, the Boise City Council and Mayor Bieter had a half-dozen ofÀcials, representing new Àre stations and a possible new main branch of the public library, unveil their own plans or vision of what Boise might look like in 20 years—around about the time that Aidan and Daniel Cahill are taxpayers. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
You’ve been executive chef at Ruth’s Chris since February. Does it still feel shiny and new? It’s my job to keep it shiny. But I also want to keep it fun. We have a Chef ’s Feature page at the front of the menu, where we can change items in and out with the seasons. We always have our core items: There’s always going to be a Àlet at Ruth’s Chris, there’s always going to be ribeye, but we can have some fun and play with that Chef ’s Feature page.
‘The steaks. It’s all about the steaks’ AMY ATKINS After high school, Bryan Forcina wanted to become a ÀreÀghter. His tiny Italian grandmother, however, knew his true calling was cooking. She was right. Forcina graduated from the California Culinary Academy and had worked at several Àne-dining establishments in the area before moving with his wife and four kids to Meridian to open the new upscale pub chain Yard House in The Village at Meridian. It was there Forcina got another kind of call: one from high-end steak restaurant chain Ruth’s Chris, which wanted the 36-year-old California native to become executive chef at its Àrst—and so far only—Idaho location in downtown Boise’s Eighth & Main Tower. Now instead of Àghting Àres, Forcina stokes them in custom-made grills in a spotless state-of-theart kitchen where he oversees the food— particularly the steak—that has made Ruth’s Chris legendary.
Did you leave culinary school thinking you’d immediately become head chef at a ﬁne restaurant? No. I feel like I have a decent grip on reality and how things work. My dad instilled a lot of common sense in me. … I did, though, get a job at the Plumed Horse [outside of Palo Alto, Calif.]. It was very high-end. I had Àve private dining rooms—the biggest one could hold 200 people. The very Àrst thing I had to do was clean these micro calamari. They still had their beaks and the tiny piece of cellophane in the body. There were 2,000 of them. It took me two whole days, two whole eight-hour shifts. BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
Being a franchise, there are things you don’t have to manage but you also have some autonomy, right? Of course. We did the Chef ’s Affaire [in October], and my chef team won the Best Course of the night. My live auction item was dinner for six people and it went for $6,000. We raised $6,000 for the Idaho Foodbank. What was the course that won? It was an ’80s-themed event, so we did a pina colada scallop: grilled pineapple coulis, coconut purple sticky rice, roasted asparagus with dried chile powder for smokiness, seared scallop with dried huckleberry, orange tobiko and toasted coconut. Did the Chef’s Affair give you a sense of community? Totally. I was telling our general manager Don [Leader] that Boise is so about local, we can’t even win a Best of Boise award because we’re a franchise, but the other chefs don’t care about that. Everybody was awesome, people were helping each other on every single course. The general sense that people are really happy to have us here. We all live here, we employ people who live here, we employ people who have only ever lived here, and it doesn’t make me feel great that we can’t be in a competition for locals. Do you source any items locally? We get everything we can locally … for example, we get our bread from Gaston’s Bakery. Where do you get to be creative? Things like the Chef ’s Affair. And I make the family meal every night for everybody— we don’t call each other “team members.” We treat people more like family. Every day at 3:45 p.m., servers come in, everybody gets their dinner, we all sit in the bar and go over the night: what’s working, what’s not, how many reservations, how many birthdays and anniversaries. There’s a perception that Ruth’s Chris is too expensive. People who don’t know who we are,
think they can’t afford us. We have a primetime menu: three courses for $49. You get to choose your salad, your entree, your sides and your dessert. It’s $49 for an experience—in this beautiful setting with our service, which is polished beyond belief, and the food. You’re not going to get this steak somewhere else. You just can’t. What’s your favorite Ruth’s Chris menu item? My favorite appetizer is the seared scallops. What’s your favorite thing to cook? The steaks. It’s all about the steaks. Are you married? Do you have kids? My wife and I have been married 10 years and have four kids, ages 9, 8, 6 and 3. My last name is Forcina, so we gave them the most Italian-sounding names we could: Annabella Sophia, Giovanni Valentino, Leonardo Marcello and Adriana Emilia. They’re going to hate me when they have to start Àlling out [bubble forms] for tests. Other kids will be Ànished, and they’ll still be Àlling the bubbles with their name. Had you lived outside of California before you moved to the Treasure Valley? I was helping a friend open a restaurant in Palo Alto. … I saved up about $10,000 and moved to [Europe] for eight months. I got off the plane in Milan, and lived as far east as Budapest, as far north as Copenhagen and everywhere to the west and the south. What’s one experience or idea you brought back with you from that trip? That no one is the same and you better check yourself and how you interact with people because you have no idea what’s going on in their sphere. You can’t judge people. I was in the city of Bordeaux [France] and I asked this little old lady where this ofÀce was. She turns around and walks me 16 blocks, right to the ofÀce. Sounds like that trip may have served you well working in a business that is not only about food but about customer service... Hospitality. I’m more about hospitality than customer service. I want to do more than just service. I want to take care of you. I’m not going to point out the bathroom to you. I’m going to walk you to it. Even if it’s 16 blocks? Yes. I don’t care. I’ll do it.
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FIRST THURSDAY BOISE WINTER WINDOW GALLERY STROLL—This Christmas as you stroll through the streets of downtown Boise, you’ll see much more in the storefront windows than just the latest fashions or gift ideas. Local artists and businesses have teamed up to create fantastic holiday window art for the annual Winter Window Gallery Stroll. For locations and to vote for your favorite, visit downtownboise.org or the DBA’s Facebook page. Dec. 4-31. FREE. Downtown Boise.
east side BANDANNA RUNNING AND WALKING—Bandanna celebrates its 20th anniversary with 30 percent off apparel, 20 percent off accessories and 15 percent off shoes. There’ll also be select items on sale at 1994 prices, plus free gift wrapping, homemade cookies and lots of holiday cheer. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Bandanna Running and Walking, 504 W. Main St., Boise, 208-386-9017, bandannarunning.com.
BARDENAY—Tour the distillery and ﬁnd out all you want to know about our nation’s ﬁrst small-batch distillery pub. 5 p.m. FREE. Bardenay, 610 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538, bardenay.com. BASQUE MARKET—Start off December right with hot mulled wine, festive wines and the Basque Market’s special holiday tapas bar. Do some early Christmas shopping with 20 percent off all non-food gift items. Paella served at 6 p.m. No reservations required. Prices vary. 4 p.m.
FREE. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208, thebasquemarket.com. BASQUE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER—Ring in the holidays with free admission, guided tours of the historic house, delicious food and drink, and live music. 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 611 Grove St., Boise, 208-343-2671, basquemuseum.com.
BRICKYARD STEAKHOUSE—Enjoy First Thursday’s special menu, featuring garlic roasted Dungeness crab legs paired with a certiﬁed Angus beef ﬁlet mignon set on whipped Yukon Gold potatoes and charred asparagus spears. Plus tableside salad, fresh baked rolls and a complimentary breakfast mufﬁn to make a complete dining experience. 5 p.m. Brickyard Steakhouse, 601 Main St., Boise, 208-287-2121, brickyardboise.com. BRICOLAGE—Don’t miss the annual Sixth & Myrtle Block Party, co-hosted by MING Studios and featuring art by Ryan Hadden, Noel Weber and Axel Void. Plus live music, food and drink, great holiday shopping and a courtyard bonﬁre. 5-10 p.m. FREE. Bricolage, 418 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-3718, bricoshoppe.com. DRAGONFLY—Enjoy a glass of wine while you shop on First Thursday. All holiday items are 20 percent off for one day only. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Dragonﬂy, 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234, facebook.com/ dragonﬂyboise. FLYING M COFFEEHOUSE—Experience the awesome work of local artist Erik Payne and his amazing collection of graphite drawings. 5 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3454320, ﬂyingmcoffee.com. FRONT DOOR—What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a tasty pairing of Stone Brewery beer, cheese and chocolate? 5 p.m. FREE. Front Door Northwest Pizza and Tap House, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201, thefrontdoorboise.com. GOLDY’S CORNER—The very talented Henry Schulz shares his passion for art that makes you look twice at his work. Happy hour runs from 5-9 p.m., so go enjoy a wine, beer or Mimosa at 50 percent off. 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Goldy’s Corner, 625 W. Main St., Boise, 208-433-3934, facebook. com/pages/Goldys-Corner. GUIDO’S NY STYLE PIZZERIA—Enjoy pizza with an attitude. Large one-topping pizza and one bottle of select wine, or two bottles of beer, or four fountain sodas for $20 plus tax. Dine in only. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Guido’s Original New York Style PizzeriaDowntown, 235 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-345-9011, guidosdowntown.com. HIGH NOTE CAFE—Enjoy delicious food made all from scratch, $2 specialty mimosas made with seasonal local fruit and berries, local art, six taps of local brews and a local wine list. It’s all ages, all the time for their always free live music. Check out the complete menu at the website. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. FREE. High Note Cafe, 225 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-429-1911, thehighnotecafe.com. INDIE MADE—Nicolet Larsen, author and illustrator of Ana the No-toed Sloth, will have limited edition hardcover copies of her book for sale. Kate Peterson has been described as somewhere between Wes Anderson and Ranger Rick and will be displaying hand-illustrated paper goods. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Indie Made, 108 N. Sixth St., Boise, shopindiemade.com. MELTING POT—Indulge yourself with the First Thursday 2 for $22 special: cheese fondue for two and two glasses of house wine. 5-9 p.m. $22. The Melting Pot, 200 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-343-8800, meltingpot.com. MING STUDIOS—Street artist and muralist Axel Void continues his longtime creative involvement with everyday people in his solo exhibition Mediocre: Rocio & Soﬁa. The new body of work--painting and video--takes inspiration from the everyday lives of two teenage girls living in Boise. 5-9 p.m. FREE. MING Studios, 420 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-9494365, mingstudios.org. REEF—Enjoy Singer-Songwriter Night with three different acoustic sets. Dinner special features fresh long line Lingcod ﬁllet baked with sour cream, sharp cheddar, bay shrimp, bacon and scallions accompanied by fresh vegetables and green tea brown rice. 5 p.m. Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, reefboise.com.
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FIRST THURSDAY TRADER JOE’S—Winter holidays are here, which means so are the Trader Joe’s once-a-year treats. There’ll be an extended winter beer and wine tasting, too. 8 a.m.9 p.m. FREE. Trader Joe’s, 300 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3367282, traderjoes.com.
south side ATOMIC TREASURES—Check out the vintage, retro, art and found objects. You’ll ﬁnd decorative and unique treasures for home, jewelry, books, collectibles, vintage ephemera, weird stuff, cool junk and unusual and unforgettable gifts. 5 p.m. FREE. Atomic Treasures, 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-0811. BLUSH BY JAMIE ROSE—Enjoy some Christmas sweets and browse all the holiday sets and gifts at the perfect place to ﬁnd that special gift this holiday season. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Blush by Jamie Rose, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 109, Boise.
Images Fine Art Photography, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 166, Boise, 208-331-2288, cherishedimages. net. COLE MARR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS AND COFFEEHOUSE—Check out Time In New England, an exhibition of dye diffusion images created by Kristen Cole while in New England in October 2014 conducting a Photo Safari with students from the Cole Marr Photography Workshops. Also on display will be 20 ﬁne art B&W silver gelatin prints by Ansel Adams student David Marr. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Cole Marr Photography Workshops and Coffeehouse, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. L100, Boise, 208-336-7630, cmphotoworkshops.com.
FRESH OFF THE HOOK SEAFOOD—Take advantage of half-priced domestic bottle beers, house cabernet, chardonnay, merlot and Twisted Moscato wine by the glass. Plus half-priced appetizers: calamari strips, coconut shrimp and green bean fries. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Fresh Off the Hook Seafood, 401 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0220, freshoffthehookseafood.com. GALLERY FIVE18—Check out this holiday small works group show, featuring art by Randy Van Dyck, Connie Sales, Rachel Teannalach, Melissa Osgood, Jerri Lisk, Sue Latta, Carl Rowe, Matt Grover, Patrick Kilby, Karen Bubb, Kay Seurat, Erin Pietsch, Mary Meyer, April Howland, Jerry Hen-
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BODOVINO—Bodovino celebrates its one-year anniversary by “giving you ﬁve” on your already activated wine card or on a new card. And don’t miss the holiday gift baskets. Plus free tasting of local wines and holiday beers. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Bodovino, 404 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-336-VINO (8466), bodovino.com. BOISE ART MUSEUM—Take advantage of BAM’s extended hours on First Thursday, when admission is by donation. From 4-7 p.m., you can learn about physics by exploring kinetic art and mobiles by Alexander Calder. Then create a bold print inspired by Calder’s artwork. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. By donation. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org. BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY—Plan on bringing your whole family for Boise Contemporary Theater’s fun performance of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by D. Manus Pinkwater and Chad Henry, a great treat for the holidays. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208384-4076, boisepubliclibrary.org. BUNS IN THE OVEN—Enjoy appetizers, treats, “mock”-tails and beer tastings by Kate the Great. To say nothing of the Ju-ju-be & SkipHop rafﬂes and mystery discounts. You can take $100 off select stroller and carseat combos; and there’ll be BOGO specials on select toys. Plus Simply Birth & Baby’s Carrie Anstrand will offer birthing and lactation tips and special gift bags. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Buns in the Oven, 413 S. Eighth St., Stes. A and B, Boise, 208342-5683. CHERISHED IMAGES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY—Get out of the cold to enjoy Cherished Images’ photographic gallery and refreshments. 5 p.m. FREE. Cherished
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The classic tale of a boy and his chicken.
BOISE PUBLIC LIBRARY Boise Contemporary Theater presents The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, a story about one Thanksgiving that got all fowled up. When young Arthur Bobwicz is sent to the butcher to pick up his family’s Thanksgiving turkey, he discovers all of the turkeys are already gone. As he tries to ﬁgure out what to do, he meets the strange Professor Mazzocchi, who is happy to sell him a bird. Not just any bird though: Arthur brings home Henrietta, a 266-pound chicken. “They become friends,” said Justin Ness, who directs and performs in the staged reading, “and hilarity ensues.” The free First Thursday performance of the 90-minute-long play, featuring four original songs and a short intermission, starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Boise Public Library William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium.
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FIRST THURSDAY dershot, Darcy Bellamy, Swede Lisk, Karen Klinefelter, Anne Peterson Klahr and Mark Lisk. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Gallery Five18, 518 S. Americana Blvd., Boise, 208342-3773, galleryﬁve18.com. HAIRLINES—Ready for something new for the holidays: Trim? Highlights? New Style? Call Lui The Hair Whisperer for an appointment. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Hairlines, 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-383-9009. HA’ PENNY BRIDGE IRISH PUB—Enjoy a special 10 percent discount on any purchases. They have a full selection of liquor, 24 beers on tap and 34 martinis, plus excellent food. 5 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny Bridge Irish Pub and Grill, W. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568, hapennybridgepub.com.
exhibit of BLM paintings (not included in sale). 4-9 p.m. FREE. Jany Seda Studio, 514 S. 14th St., Boise. SNAKE RIVER WINERY—Take off the winter chill with some hot mulled wine while you pick out perfect gifts for the wine lovers on your Christmas list. Stock up for the holidays with the winery’s Buy-3-Get-1-FREE special on wines. Tasting is complimentary. 5 p.m. FREE. Snake River Winery, 786 W. Broad St., Boise, 208345-9463. SOLID—Check out Solid’s monthly tasting and art show, featuring live music, free appetiz-
ers, 2-for-1 drinks and a great $6 happy hour. Food served from 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight. And don’t forget, there’ll also be a trivia competition at 8 p.m. 4 p.m. FREE. Solid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620, solidboise.com.
central downtown AMERICAN CLOTHING GALLERY—You won’t want to miss this huge holiday event. Icelandic Designs has sent their holiday inventory of sweaters, boiled
HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR—Enjoy a special 10 percent discount on any purchases. They have a full selection of liquor, 24 beers on tap and 34 martinis, plus excellent food. 5 p.m. FREE. Happy Fish Sushi & Martini Bar, 855 W. Broad St., Boise, 208343-4810, happyﬁshsushi.com.
SEDA STUDIO—Don’t miss Seda Studio’s Annual End of Year Sale, which continues through Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Plus there’s still time to view the continuing
COSTA VIDA—Surf in for the best beach-inspired fresh Mexican food. Now downtown, on the Grove. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Costa Vida, 801 W. Main St., Boise, 208-429-4109, costavida.net. D.L. EVANS BANK—Celebrate Christmas in the City at D.L. Evans Bank, featuring the talented artists from Whitney Elementary
and Winter Window Gallery artist Ronnie Cyr. There’ll also be holiday music by John Rich, as well as appetizers and wine tasting. And kids can get their picture taken with City Santa to beneﬁt the Children’s Home Society. 5-8 p.m. FREE. D.L. Evans Bank, 213 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3311399. DOMESTIC BLISS GRAND OPENING—The newest home decor boutique downtown will be celebrating its grand opening complete with desserts and a ribbon cutting by Mayor Bieter at
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BARBARA BARBARA & CO.— Check out the special surprise First Thursday-only happening. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Barbara Barbara and Co., 807 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-342-2002.
BUY IDAHO HOLIDAY MARKET—Think Idaho First for the holidays and join Buy Idaho members at Ninth and Bannock in downtown Boise to wrap up your shopping at the Third Annual Buy Idaho Holiday Market. 4-9 p.m. FREE. Downtown Boise.
NFINIT GALLERY—Check out this winter wonderland of cultural immersion, with beautiful paintings in oil by featured artist Terri Thickstun, plus works by nearly three dozen talented local artists. You can enjoy frosty beer varieties by Slanted Rock Brewery while munching on tasty creations by Umpa Lumpia. 5 p.m. FREE. NﬁniT Art Gallery, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 131, Boise, 208371-0586, nﬁnitartgallery.com.
R. GREY GALLERY JEWELRY AND ART GLASS—New jewelry designs by Robert Grey Kaylor will be on display, as well as new work from many of R. Grey’s 125 artists. Gift wrapping is free. Plus Garth Olson will be playing holiday jazz. 5-9 p.m. FREE. R. Grey Gallery Jewelry and Art Glass, 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208385-9337, rgreygallery.com.
ANGELLS BAR & GRILL RENATO—Make a point to visit Angell’s own Festival of Trees and Window Gallery. There’ll be free hot dogs and hot chocolate for the kids. You can also check out their new 22-item Bar and Lounge Menu, along with their expanded Dinner Menu. From 4 p.m. daily. 4 p.m. FREE. Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato, 999 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-4900, angellsbarandgrill.com.
CITY PEANUT SHOP—Enjoy fabulous nut and beer pairing with community supported Boise Brewing. 5 p.m. FREE. City Peanut Shop, 803 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-433-3931.
BITTERCREEK ALEHOUSE—Art of the Worm: Get to know the underground worms that Bittercreek Alehouse employs in its quest to eliminate organic waste, with tours from 6-8:30 p.m. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Bittercreek Alehouse, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-4296340, bcrﬂ.com/bittercreek.
MR. PEABODY’S OPTICAL SHOPPE—Are you in need of new eyeglasses? Mr. Peabody’s got you covered. Complete pairs of eyeglasses start at just $95, with Eyeshop frames, poly single-vision lenses and non-glare coating. Also, new Oakley frames are here just in time for winter. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Mr. Peabody’s Optical Shoppe, 409 S. Eighth St., Ste. 101, Boise, 208-344-1390, mrpeabodysoptical.com.
QUE PASA—Enjoy the best in Mexican artistic expression, with thousands of items from Mexican master craftsmen: sterling silver, pottery, blown glass, Talavera, dragons, fairies, mermaids and Day of The Dead. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Que Pasa, 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9018.
wool jackets and coats. Drop by early to get the best selection of these beautiful works of art. And when you ﬁnd that perfect gift, it can be wrapped while you wait. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE. American Clothing Gallery, 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 121A, Boise, 208-4330872, americanclothinggallery. com.
Liven up your evening with a different kind of light show.
CHANDI LIGHTING The typical bundled-up shopper will probably be drawn like a moth to Chandi Lighting at 1110 W. Jefferson St. this First Thursday. “It’s just gorgeous at night when we have all the chandeliers on,” said Chelsea Harada, production associate at Chandi. The shop doubles as a working studio, with all the products made in-house. In a room full of glowing and glittering handmade chandeliers, Chandi will host a Makers Market, with 3-D-printed objects, beard and mustache products, jewelry and more available from 15 local artisans. Makers include Christian Winn, selling copies of Naked Me, his new collection of short stories; James Cryer with his cigar box guitars; and Sydney Chiver’s laser-cut ornaments. There will be mulled wine and snacks as well as an interactive projection display by Tyler Walker, who creates projections for bands around town and who worked with Of Montreal during the band’s recent visit to Boise. The Makers Market runs 5-9 p.m.
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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. 4 p.m. FREE. Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com. CHARLES SCHWAB—Get into the holiday spirit with a dessert crepe freshly prepared for you and wine tasting from local wineries. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Charles Schwab, 902 W. Main St., Boise, 208-395-2380, schwab.com. CHEERS—Meet author Heather Jane Langley-Evans, who will be on hand to sign copies of her book Artfully Edible. Also, there’ll be samples of Idaho wines for tasting. All Christmas wrap, ribbon, tags, bags and boxed holiday cards will be 20 percent off. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Cheers, 828 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-3421805, cheersinvitations.com. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE READING ROOM—Take advantage of specials on products, as well as audio-visual presentations on spiritual healing based on the Bible. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Christian Science Reading Room, 222 N. 10th St., Boise, 208344-5301, cschurchboise.org/ readingroom.html.
More than window dressing.
DOWNTOWN BOISE WINTER WINDOW GALLERY STROLL The record-setting cold snap that fell over the city of Boise a few weeks ago brought more than snow days and slow-moving trafﬁc to the valley. It also caused some delays to a classic downtown tradition: the Winter Window Gallery Stroll. “Some [window paintings] had to be put on hold,” said Karlee May, member services and communication manager at the Downtown Boise Association. “The artists started and couldn’t ﬁnish until it warmed up again because it was too cold for the paint.” The inversion ﬁnally lifted and 23 local artists were able to ﬁnish their window paintings in time for voting to begin on Dec. 1, which is where you come in. Check out the intricate window paintings all over downtown businesses, then vote for your favorite at downtownboise.org or facebook.com/pages/Downtown-Boise. Voting is open through Wednesday, Dec. 31.
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FIRST THURSDAY 5:15 p.m. Enter to win a leather arm chair and shop the unique selection just in time for the holidays. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE. Domestic Bliss Boise, Jordan Building, 214 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-336-0098, domesticblissboise.com. FLATBREAD NEAPOLITAN PIZZA—Enjoy a complimentary kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree (limit: two per table). Huston Vineyards will be pouring complimentary tastes of its 2013 Chicken Dinner Red, 2013 Huston Private Reserve Chardonnay and 2012 Huston Vineyards Merlot. All wines by the bottle 20 percent off. 4-9 p.m. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria-Downtown, 800 W. Main, Ste. 230, Boise, 208-287-4757, ﬂatbreadpizza.com. GRAEBER & COMPANY SALON AND SPA—Don’t miss Graeber’s Holiday Open House, where you’ll enjoy complimentary chair massages, makeup ﬁnishes, hand treatments, appetizers, refreshments and more. All Aveda open stock products are 20 percent off all day. Pure privilege guests receive double points on all Aveda purchases, while the ﬁrst 25 guests in the door receive the newest Aveda samples. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Graeber & Company Salon and Spa, 350 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-343-4915, graeberandcompany.com. LUX FASHION LOUNGE—Take advantage of Lux’s inventory of new and resale men’s and women’s clothing for a fraction of retail price. They also carry a unique selection of jewelry, hats and purses. Featuring different local art in store each month. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Lux Fashion Lounge, 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208344-4589. MCU SPORTS—Don’t miss out on the McU’s Winter Gear Extravaganza, featuring a great selection of great gifts for the holidays. There’ll be spirits, music and socializing with others who are thinking snow. 5-9 p.m. FREE. McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson St., boise, 208-342-7734, www. mcusports.com/index.php.
MIXED GREENS—Three awesome locals will be on hand, and Jamison Rae Jewelry will be showing a special selection of jewelry sweetness. Plus Payette Brewing will be sampling their tasty grogs and Genki Takoyaki will be serving foodstuffs, including their infamous exotic octopus dumplings. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Mixed Greens, 237 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3441605, ilikemixedgreens.com. MIXING BOWL—Party with the folks at The Mixing Bowl as they celebrate the holiday season and those who have supported them throughout the year. They’ll wine and dine you with goodies as you shop, and as always, they’re more than glad to wrap your purchases. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. The Mixing Bowl, 216 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-6025, themixingbowlboise.com. OLD CHICAGO—Two kids eat free with purchase of one adult entree. 5 p.m. FREE. Old ChicagoDowntown, 730 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-0037, oldchicago. com. OLIVIN OLIVE OIL & VINEGAR TAPROOM—As always, you can indulge your taste buds with free tastings of Fused, Infused and Ultra Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. But there will also be great holiday ideas, with purchases over $50 receiving a 10 percent discount. 5-8:45 p.m. FREE. Olivin Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom, 218 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-344-0306, olivinboise.com. PORTSCHE’S JEWELRY BOUTIQUE—Enjoy some mulled wine while you enter to win one of the Portsche-designed “Boise City Charms.” Drawing is Monday, Dec 15. You’ll also want to ask about their special selection of Stocking Stuffers. Watch their Facebook page for a very special 12 Days of Christmas. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Portsche’s Jewelry Boutique, 224 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3434443, portsches.com. RED FEATHER LOUNGE—DJs Pat Benolkin and Matt Dalley will mix live while visual artist Cody Rutty creates real-time imagery inspired
by the music. Plus, there’ll be unique cocktails crafted speciﬁcally for the experience. 5 p.m. FREE. Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-4296340, bcrﬂ.com/redfeather. REDISCOVERED BOOKS: AUTHOR PEYTON MARSHALL— Meet author Peyton Marshall, who will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, Goodhouse. 6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, rdbooks.org. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE— Here’s your chance to enjoy the “Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl” Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m., featuring appetizers and specialty cocktails for $7. On the menu: Bacon Blue Cheese Burger and a beer or the Ahi Tuna and a Blueberry Mojito. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 800 W. Main St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-426-8000, ruthschrisprime.com/boise. SAGE YOGA AND WELLNESS— Boise-based Ginger & Mary Ann Clothing Co. will premiere its new line of women’s Aftersports Wear, offering shoppers an exclusive opportunity to try on its garments and meet the designers. Photographer Greg Sims will also debut Yoga Girls, his latest exhibition, and Indian Creek Winery will be pouring. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Sage Yoga and Wellness, 242 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-3385430, sageyogaboise.com. SAINT LAWRENCE GRIDIRON— Stop by for a Slider trio with beer or wine pairings. 5 p.m. FREE. Saint Lawrence Gridiron, 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-8307030, saintlawrencegridiron.com. SNAKE RIVER TEA CO. GRAND OPENING—Don’t miss your chance to “par-tea” down at this grand opening celebration, featuring live music by Rebecca Scott, samples of special holiday teas and drawings for tons of great giveaways. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Snake River Tea Co., 801 W. Main St., Ste. 103, Boise, 208-841-9746, facebook.com/SnakeRiverTeaCo.
Holiday Open House. There’ll be refreshments, artwork and holiday musical favorites for you to enjoy. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Eighth & Main Tower, 800 W. Main St., Ste. 100, Boise, 208-344-5523, zionsbank. com.
west side ALASKA CENTER—Check out special events at Lilly Jane’s Cupcakes, Laneige Bridal, Radio Boise, Allen R. Ansel Photography and Chi E Shenam Oil Painting. 5-9 p.m. FREE. The Alaska Center, 1020 Main St., Boise. ALLAN R. ANSELL PHOTOGRAPHY—Allan R. Ansell Photography is demonstrating studio lighting techniques. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive a free digital portrait. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Allan R. Ansell Photography, LLC, Alaska Center, 1020 Main St., Boise, 208-863-2808, ansellphotography.com. ART SOURCE GALLERY—Meet Melodee Sather, who presents Driven, during the gallery’s artist reception. Plus music by JB Duo and wine by Indian Creek Winery. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208331-3374, artsourcegallery.com. ARTS & HISTORY SESQUISHOP—You won’t want to miss the kickoff of the Boise Made Holiday Pop-Up Series. Vendors from Wintry Market will transform the Sesqui-Shop into a holiday market featuring local artists and makers. Plus live music by Audra Connelly and coffee served by ST(R)EAM Coffee Bike. 12-9 p.m. FREE. Arts and History SesquiShop, 1008 Main St., Boise, 208-384-8509, boise150.org/ sesqui-shop. BEN AND JERRY’S SCOOP SHOP—As always, enjoy $1 scoops all day long. 12-10 p.m. $1. Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 103 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-3421992, benjerry.com.
ZIONS BANK—Celebrate the season at the bank’s annual
BOISE ART GLASS AND FIREFUSION STUDIO—Don’t miss the 9th Annual Christmas Open House, featuring 10 percent off all artwork in the gallery. There’ll also be classes to take: Make Your Own Glass Ornaments ($40), or Make Your Own Glass Enamel Wearable Art ($20); call to sign up. Plus live music, free beer and snacks, and special guests PreFunk, Archie’s Food Truck and Waterwheel Gardens. 5 p.m. FREE. Boise Art Glass and FireFusion Studio, 1124 W. Front St., Boise, 208-345-1825, boiseartglass.com. BOISE CREATIVE CENTER—BCC is hosting a paint party. You’ll get to paint on one of its huge canvases and practice using an airbrush. You can also enjoy live music and shop for quirky and cute artsy gifts from one of the center’s many amazing artists. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Boise Creative Center, 1204 W. Front St., Boise, 208-371-9697, facebook.com/ boise.creative.center. CHANDI DESIGN—Kick off the holiday season with Chandi’s ﬁrst annual Maker’s Market of local handmade goods by more than 10 local artisans. While you shop for the perfect gift for everyone on your list, you can also enjoy mulled wine and snacks and be mesmerized by Tyler Walker’s interactive projections. 5 p.m. FREE. Chandi Design, 1110 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-3318332, chandilighting.com. CHI E SHENAM WESTIN—Featuring a selection of lighthouses of the San Juan Islands and Oregon Coast oil paintings by Chi E Shenam, and The Fine Lines of the Pen, a collection of original hand-drawn Christmas cards and pen-and-ink drawings by Joseph Pacheo. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Chi E Shenam Westin, Alaska Center, 1020 Main St., Boise, ﬁneartamerica. com/proﬁles/chieshenam-westin. html. DISTRICT COFFEE HOUSE— Check out the Same Same But Different group exhibition, curated by photographer Erin Cecil, featuring photography by children from
India’s Homes of Hope orphanages. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to Send Hope, a local nonproﬁt that helps the artists and other families and children affected by HIV/AIDS. 5 p.m. FREE. The District Coffee House, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-1089, districtcoffeehouse.com. ECHELON FINE HOME—Kick off December with Echelon chefs, who will be ﬁxing up some tasty treats and plenty of Christmas cheer for everyone. Plus live music featuring your favorite covers and holiday tunes. 5 p.m. FREE. Echelon Fine Home, 1404 W. Main St., Boise, 208-761-0711. ERIC OBENDORF PHOTOGRAPHY—Check out the photography by Eric Obendorf. 5 p.m. FREE. Eric Obendorf Photography, Alaska Center, 1020 W. Main St., Boise, 208-949-1574, ericobendorf.com. GALLERY 601—Don’t miss the gallery’s 33rd Annual Holiday Open House. You’ll enjoy three days (Dec. 4-6) of great savings, with 50 percent off framed artwork on the walls. You can enter your best kissing photo under the “MistleToad” to win a piece of art by Will Bullas. Plus wine tasting by Crossings Winery. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-336-5899, gallery601.com. LILLY JANE’S CUPCAKES— Check out the new downtown location and get a FREE cupcake. You can also enjoy First Thursday special pricing of $2 large cupcakes and $1 baby cakes, and tasting of Olive and Vyne balsamic vinegars used in the cupcakes and sold at the shop. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Lilly Jane’s Cupcakes Boise, 1020 W. Main St., Ste. 111, Boise, 208-938-3408, lillyjanescupcakes.com. WOODLAND EMPIRE ALE CRAFT—Peruse the amazing work of local artist Grant Olsen while enjoying $4 pints (20 oz). 5 p.m. FREE. Woodland Empire Ale Craft, 1114 W. Front St., Boise, woodlandempire.com.
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CALENDAR WEDNESDAY DEC. 3 Festivals & Events CHRISTMAS IN MERIDIAN—Get in the holiday spirit with a week of activities. For a complete schedule, visit meridiancity.org. Through Dec. 6. FREE. Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 208-888-4433, meridiancity.org. INTERFAITH DIALOGUE AS A BASIS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
On Stage JERSEY BOYS: THE MUSICAL— The Tony Award-winning “jukebox musical” includes some of the
Four Seasons’ biggest hits. Through Dec. 7. 7:30 p.m. $30$100. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609, box ofﬁce: 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate.edu. NARWHAL! UNICORN OF THE SEA—Join the crew of the DSV Lugubrious as they learn the mysterious mating habits of the one-horned leviathan. Through Dec. 20. 8 p.m. $16-$32. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Art AHMAD EJAHALI: TIME FOR ALL TIME 3—Check out the Iraq-born artist’s socially and politically charged works that evoke healing for both artist and viewer. Through Jan. 5, 2015. FREE. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Drive, Boise, sub. boisestate.edu.
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ARP, MIRO, CALDER—Through Jan. 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE-$5. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org. FORAY IV: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE—A collection of recent works by 46 Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance members. Get more info at treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org. Through Jan. 30. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Yanke Family Research Park, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise. MENTALFESTATIONS BFA EXHIBITION—See artwork from graduating artists at Boise State University. Through Dec. 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise State Visual Arts Center Gallery 1, Liberal Arts Building, Room 170, 1910 University Drive, Boise; and Boise State Visual Arts Center Gallery 2, Hemingway Center, Room 110, 1819 University Drive, Boise, boisestate.edu. QUILT EXHIBITION—The Narrative Thread, an exhibition of quilts and stitched artworks, features work by 37 quilters. Through
Feb. 8, 2015. FREE. Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-433-9705, capitolcommission.idaho.gov. UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL—Celebrate an art form with uniquely American origins and its impact on our culture.Through Jan. 30. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-9491, sunvalleycenter.org. WINTER GROUP EXHIBITION— Don’t miss your chance to check out works by 10 groundbreaking artists.Through Jan. 9. 12-4 p.m. FREE admission. Stewart Gallery, 2230 Main St., Boise, 208-4330593, stewartgallery.com.
Talks & Lectures CWI VISITING SCIENTIST SERIES—Hear Dr. Lee Furtunato talk about “Mechanisms of HCMV (Birth Defects) Development in Humans.” In the CWI Library. 6 p.m. FREE.
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College of Western Idaho-Nampa Campus, 5500 E. Opportunity Drive, Nampa, 208-562-3400, cwidaho.cc.
Citizen CONCERT FOR CAUSE SILENT AUCTION—Drop by The RX through Dec. 8 to place your bids in this silent auction to raise money for the Women’s & Children’s Alliance. 8 a.m. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com.
WILD ABOUT LIFE LECTURE SERIES—Join Jim Holcomb, Cheryl Huizinga and Denise Hughes from the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association to learn about the annual Christmas Bird Count. 7 p.m. FREE. Deer Flat Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, 208-467-9278, fws.gov/ deerﬂat.
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FALL BIRDING SERIES—Learn about ways to participate in data collection events like the Christmas Bird Count. Led by local expert Terry Rich. 9 a.m. FREE. Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208514-3755, boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.
DEATH CAFE—Have an open conversation about death. 7 p.m. FREE. Muse Building, 1317 W. Jefferson, Boise, 208-342-3316, musebuilding.com.
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Boards ’n’ brews.
“Waes hael” (good health).
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WASSAIL CELEBRATION AT THE BISHOPS’ HOUSE
Bogus Basin Ski Patrol’s Wax N Beer nights have just about everything needed to warm a skier’s or snowboarder’s heart (sans snow): hot ski/snowboard waxing from Bogus Basin ski patrollers ($12 for skis, $15 for snowboards), a complimentary craft brew and screenings of ski and board movies on the patio-which is heated. For the second year, Bogus Basin Ski Patrol will host Wax N Beer nights Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. at Sockeye Grill and Brewery on Dec. 4 and 18, as well as Jan. 8 and 22. Proceeds support the mountain’s ski patrol operations, which are overseen by an independent volunteer organization comprised of 180 members who provide ﬁrst aid and support. Dec. 4 and 18, Jan. 8 and 22, 6-9 p.m., $12-$15, Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, 208-658-1533, bbsp.org.
There’s a good chance anyone who has lived in Boise has been to a spring or summer wedding at The Bishops’ House. But in the colder months, The Bishops’ House isn’t shuttered—it is instead transformed into a welcoming traditional Victorian setting. Throughout December, the public is invited to see The Bishops’ House in all its holiday splendor, kicking off the season with the Wassail Celebration on Friday, Dec. 5. For $20 per person, see the vintage decorations and Christmas tree, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music and, of course, wassail. Victorian Holiday Open Parlors happen Dec. 7, 11, 14, 18 and 21, and include a craft corner, storytime with Santa and a gift shop. Admission for the Open Parlors is $4 for 12 and older, under 12 get in free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., $20, The Bishops’ House, 2420 Old Penitentiary Road. Tickets and more information at bishopshouse.com.
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BALLET IDAHO ACADEMY PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER BALLET Can’t invest the time or cash to haul the kids to yet another full production of The Nutcracker this Christmas? We hear you; and apparently so does the Boise Public Library, which will host an interactive mini-performance of the Tchaikovsky classic. Members of the Ballet Idaho Academy Youth Ensemble will spend a few minutes talking about their technique before performing excerpts from The Nutcracker. The audience will also get to see some examples of how costumes and makeup bring the Sugar Plum Fairy to life, and dancers will be available to pose for photos. Two free 60-minute sessions will be offered. 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., FREE, Boise Public Library Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-4076, boisepubliclibrary.org. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
CALENDAR WINTER GARDEN AGLOW— Don’t miss your chance to see the dazzling display of more than 300,000 sparkling lights. Daily through Jan. 4. 6-9 p.m. FREE-$8. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
On Stage BDA COMPANY SHOW AND NUTCRACKER—Check out the Boise Dance Alliance’s winter company show and Nutcracker performance. 7:30 p.m. $5. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com. CHRISTMAS BELLES—A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce. Through Dec. 20. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
COMEDIAN COSTAKI ECONOMOPOLOUS—Nightly through Dec. 7. 8 p.m. $17.50. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS SHOW—You’ll enjoy a kneeslapping fun time at this variety show ﬁlled with singing, dancing and comedy acts. 2:30 p.m. $6. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com. RECORD EXCHANGE FIRST THURSDAY—Special in-store performance by the Interfaith Sanctuary House Band at 7 p.m. Belinda Bowler opens. 5-9 p.m. FREE. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com. ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS—In this joyful tribute to the holiday season, a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer go on a quest to ﬁnd out why Santa missed their
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house last year. Through Dec. 13. 7:30 p.m. $11-$16. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater. org. THE WEATHERGIRL—Don’t miss your chance to see this heartwarming comedy written by Boise State student, Dayna Smith. 7:30 p.m. By donation. Danny Peterson Theatre, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3980, theatre. boisestate.edu.
Talks & Lectures AVALANCHE LECTURE SERIES—Learn about snowpack, weather and mountain travel in this series of avalanche safety classes. Presented by the 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol and the Idaho Outdoor Association. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Idaho Outdoor Association Hall, 3401 Brazil St., Boise, idahooutdoorassn.org.
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A BOGUS SKI PATROL WAX AND BEER NIGHTS—Help keep the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol on the job rescuing hapless recreationists by getting your skis or snowboards waxed ($12 for skis, $15 for snowboards. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary craft brew and ski and board movies shown on the heated patio. 6-9 p.m. $12-$15. Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-6581533, sockeyebrew.com.
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Welcome to the pope’s house.
THE VATICAN MUSEUMS 3D Forget Dan Brown and his breathless “symbology,” if you want to snoop through rooms in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, get yourself a ticket for the documentary The Vatican Museums 3D at Regal Boise Stadium 22 in Boise. Marking the ﬁrst time ultra high-deﬁnition ﬁlm cameras have been allowed in some of the most exclusive parts of the most exclusive city on Earth, audiences are taken inside paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali and shown sculptures by Michelangelo and other masters in never-before-seen detail. Tickets are available at fathomevents.com. 7 p.m., $15. Regal Boise Stadium 22 with IMAX, 7701 W. Overland Road, 208-377-9603, regmovies.com.
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ADVENTURE HOLIDAY PARTY— All ages and ability levels are welcome for dinner, crafts, games, cookie decorating, dancing and lots of rafﬂe prizes. For more info, visit parks.cityofboise. org/adventure or call the Fort Boise Community Center. 6-9 p.m. $5-$6. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, cityofboise.org/ parks. BOISE CHRISTMAS SHOW— You’ll ﬁnd thousands of unique gifts from more than 300 vendors. Daily through Dec. 7. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE-$5. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com. BOISE MADE: WINTRY MARKET—Don’t miss the kickoff of the Boise Made Holiday Pop-Up Series. Vendors from Wintery Market will transform the Sesqui-Shop into a holiday market featuring
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CALENDAR local artists and makers. 12-6 p.m. FREE. Arts and History Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise, 208-384-8509, boise150. org/sesqui-shop. HOKUM HOEDOWN SQUARE DANCE—The popular dance is a modern take on the old-time hootenanny, featuring the Hokum Hi-Flyers acoustic string band. All ages, full bar (I.D. required). 7 p.m. $7. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-3850111, thelinenbuilding.com. IDAHO COUNTRY CHRISTMAS— You’ll ﬁnd art, jewelry and food booths featuring more than 30 local artists and local craftsmen. Through Dec. 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Five Mile Plaza, Five Mile and Overland, Boise. LIVE NATIVITY—Start the Christmas season by reliving the Bethlehem marketplace, the inn, shepherds, animals and, of course, baby Jesus. Take nonperishable food for the The Idaho Foodbank. Through Dec. 6. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Eagle Seventhday Adventist Church, 538 W. State St., Eagle, 208-939-6625, eagleadventist.com. MK NATURE CENTER BIRD SEED SALE—Stock up on assorted types of locally preferred seed in small to large bags. Also on Saturday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE admission. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208334-2225, ﬁshandgame.idaho. gov. PROHIBITION PARTY—Celebrate the repeal of Prohibition on Dec 5, 1933, with the unveiling of Juniper’s Prohibition-era cocktail list. Juniper Kitchen and Cocktails, 211 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208342-1142, juniperon8th.com.
$5-$10. The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208-454-1376, caldwellﬁnearts.org. FOCUS DANCE ENSEMBLE WINTER PREVIEW—Join this pre-professional contemporary dance company to kick off their fourth season with new works by Gonzalo Valdez and Lia Mrazek. Tickets available at the door. 7:30 p.m. $5. Broadway Dance and Event Center, 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-342-6123, broadwaydanceandevents.com.
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FOREVER THE KINGS— See Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley on the same stage… with a little help from Michael Knight as M.J. and Mark Stevenz as Elvis. With Anastasia Destiny and comedic emcee Terry Sol. 7-9 p.m. $25-$40. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com.
Citizen ILLUMINATE: RAISING AWARENESS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH—Allages concert features A Sea of Glass, Matt Coate and Adam
Wright. Brought to you by Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho Southwest Chapter.. 7 p.m. FREE. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3213, facebook.com/thecruxcoffeeshop.
MAKE YOUR OWN GLASS ART AND GIFTS—Walk-in projects are 25 percent off. All ages welcome. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$30. Fusions Glass Studio, 135 N. Second St., Eagle, 208-938-1055, fusionsidaho.com.
SATURDAY DEC. 6 Festivals & Events BOISE FARMERS MARKET— Indoors through Dec. 20. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Boise Farmers Market, 516 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-9287, theboisefarmersmarket.com. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m. FREE. Capital
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STAR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA—Two-day Christmasthemed bazaar, entertainment from brass and string bands, choirs, and barber shop quartets to city tree-lighting and charity events all over town. Get more info at staridahochamber.com. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. LifeSpring Christian Community Center, 174 N. Star Road, Star, 208-8413116, mylifespringchurch.org.
On Stage BOISE PHILHARMONIC: HANDEL’S MESSIAH—Acherished tradition for many during the holiday season. Through Dec. 6. For more info or tickets, call 208-344-7849 or visit boisephilharmonic.org. 8 p.m. $15-$25. St. John’s Cathedral, 775 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-3511, boisecathedral.org. CALDWELL FINE ARTS: YES VIRGINIA, THE MUSICAL—Get into the holiday spirit with the 8-year-old girl who wrote the famous letter to the editor asking if Santa is real. Proceeds from ticket sales donated to the MakeA-Wish Foundation of Southern Idaho. Through Dec. 6. 7 p.m.
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CALENDAR City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, Boise, 208-345-3499, seeyouatthemarket.com/. CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR—Featuring crochet/knit items, jams, honey, woodworking, quilts, jewelry, goodies, Scentsy, ThirtyOne and Fat Daddy’s BBQ sauce. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Nampa Church of the Brethren, 11030 W. Orchard Ave., Nampa, 208-4663321, nampacob.org. CLAUS ‘N’ PAWS— Join all of your favorite animals for a fun-ﬁlled holiday gathering. For a full schedule of events, visit the website. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208608-7760, zooboise.org. DOWNTOWN BOISE CITY SANTA—For a small donation, children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes and have their picture taken with the Jolly Old Elf on Saturdays through Dec. 20. Proceeds beneﬁt the Children’s Home Society. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. By donation. D.L. Evans Bank, 213 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-3311399.
THE FUN FACTOR: BOISE’S OWN GAME SHOW—Don’t miss your chance to be a part of The Fun Factor game show debut ﬁlming in Boise. Each contestant will join forces with hilarious improvisers to out-funny the other side. Your laughter helps chose the ﬁrst winner. 7 p.m. $5-$8. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise.
FREE. Five Mile Plaza, Five Mile and Overland, Boise. JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY 21ST ANNUAL TEA—Featuring Julienne Gehrer, founder of the “Dining with Jane Austen” web site. Get more info at jasna-idaho.blogspot. com. 11 a.m. $20-$25. The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-333-8000, grovehotelboise. com.
HIP HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKET— ’Tis the season to shop local and handmade from over 30 of the valley’s ﬁnest (hippest) crafters and artists. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-4675533, ﬂyingmcoffee.com.
MODEL RAILROAD HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE—There’ll be special holiday trains for the kids on display and running. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. FREE. Caldwell Model Railroad Clubhouse, 809 Dearborn St., Caldwell, cmrchs.org.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLEY TOURS—Join the fun aboard the vintage Ms. Molly Trolley. Through Dec. 27. Check americanheritagetrolleytours.com for details and tickets. $4-$16. Evergreen Business Mall-Library Plaza, corner of Cole and Ustick, Boise.
MULTICULTURAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR—Find unique international gifts, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, food, coffee and teas. There’ll be music, dancing and other activities. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Boise International Market, 5823 W. Franklin Road, Boise, boiseinternationalmarket.com.
IDAHO COUNTRY CHRISTMAS— You’ll ﬁnd art, jewelry and food booths featuring more than 30 local artists and local craftsmen. Through Dec. 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
SANTA CLAUS IN BOWN CROSSING—Stop by for a visit with Santa. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Sandra Floyd State Farm Agency, 3123 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208426-9000, sﬁdahoinsurance.com.
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SONS OF NORWAY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR—Featuring Norwegian baked foods, rosemaling pieces, jewelry, knitted items, Christmas wreaths and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. King of Glory Lutheran Church, 3430 N. Maple Grove Road, Boise, 208-377-0220, www.koglutheran.org. ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS MARKET—Featuring holiday crafts, wreaths, baked goods and tamales. Take the family to see St. Nicholas. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. FREE. St. Mary’s School, 2612 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-7476, stmarys-boise.org. STUDIO OPEN HOUSE AND POTTERY SALE—Check out the pottery by Jill Lawley and guest artist Suzanne Lee Chetwood. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise Mudworks, 1414 E. Bannock, Boise, 208-761-0117, boisemudworks. com.
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MERIDIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: ‘TIS THE SEASON— Featuring guest conductor Mayor Tammy de Weerd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the Instrument Petting Zoo. Getmore info at meridiansymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. $8-$10, $25 family. Centennial High School, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise, 208-939-1404, chs. meridianschools.org. RED LIGHT VARIETY SHOW—Enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails and burlesque. 10 p.m. $10. Juniper Kitchen and Cocktails, 211 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-342-1142, juniperon8th.com.
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CALENDAR Literature AUTHOR NANCY BUFFINGTON— Local kids’author will talk about her new book, A Christmas Peace. 11 a.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org. GHOSTS & PROJECTORS READING SERIES—Featuring genderqueer feminist poet TC Tolbert of Tuscon, Ariz., and local writers Matthew Haynes and Indrani Sengupta. 7 p.m. $2 suggested donation. Hyde Park Books, 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-4298220, hydeparkbooks.net.
Citizen SJHS SNOWBOARD/SKI CLUB PANCAKE FEED—Help the club buy equipment for students who cannot otherwise afford to participate. Plus rafﬂes and giveaways. 8-11 a.m. $5. South Junior High School, 3101 Cassia St., Boise, 208-854-6110.
On Stage Workshops & Classes 3-D PRINTING: HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS— Learn how to use the library’s 3-D printers and make a holiday ornament. Registration required. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4076, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Food ANNUAL WINE SALE AND TASTING—Taste 25-plus wines from around the world, with discounts on limited tasting bottles and inventory. For over 21 with ID. 6-9 p.m. $15. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries.com.
TUESDAY DEC. 9
BALLET IDAHO ACADEMY THE NUTCRACKER—The Academy’s Youth Ensemble will perform excerpts from the classic ballet. 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208384-4076, boisepubliclibrary.org.
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COME TOGETHER KUNA CHRISTMAS CONCERT—Featuring hometown, interdenominational community choir, bell choir and orchestra. Free, but reserve your seat at ComeTogetherKuna@ gmail.com or call 208-850-5784. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Kuna Performing Arts Center, 637 E. Deer Flat Road, Kuna, 208-955-0200, kunaperformingartscenter.org.
BOISE MADE: PAINTING & POTTERY—12-6 p.m. FREE. Arts and History Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise, 208-384-8509, boise150. org/sesqui-shop.
BOISE CHORDSMEN CHRISTMAS SHOW— Hear the 50-voice chorus perform your holiday favorites. For more info, visit boisechordsmen.com. 7 p.m. FREE. Parkview Christian Church, 201 W. Ustick Road, Meridian, 208-888-3099, facebook.com/PCCMeridian. CALDWELL FINE ARTS: EUGENE BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER— Eugene Ballet performs the classic ballet. Purchase tickets online at caldwellﬁnearts.org or by calling 208-459-5275. 7:30 p.m. $10-$25. The College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208-454-1376, www.caldwellﬁnearts.org.
WEDNESDAY DEC. 10 Festivals & Events IDAHO REAL ESTATE SUMMIT 2015—Hosted by the Ada County Association of Realtors 1-3 p.m. FREE. Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-4339705, www.capitolcommission. idaho.gov.
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Art ART IN THE BAR XI— Celebrate (and buy) local art at the 11th edition of this event. 12-7 p.m. FREE. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. 9th St., Boise, 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
Citizen BOISE OPTIMIST CHRISTMAS DINNER/AUCTION—Proceeds beneﬁt Hays Shelter Home and other club projects. RSVP to Dyan@itbpromos.com or call 208340-2498. 4-7 p.m. FREE-$25. Clubhouse Event Center, 7311 W. Potomac Drive, Boise, 208322-5550.
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ARTS & CULTURE THE GRAPHIC NATURE OF WAR
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War’s hardships are illustrated in Tardi’s WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches and Goddamn This War! HARRISON BERRY
CONCERT(S) FOR CAUSE Donating to charity does two things: First, and most important, it helps the beneﬁciary Second, the donor gets a good feeling and, sometimes, a little—or a lot—extra. Each year, KRVB 94.9 The River’s annual Concert for Cause brings in a big-name performer to help raise funds for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. This year, The River had a chance to bring in two big acts, and program director Tim Johnstone didn’t have to think twice. When Johnstone learned both Texas rock band Spoon and rock legend Billy Idol were available to perform, he jumped at the opportunity to book them both—and got more than he expected. “Originally it was going to be Billy Idol and his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, but Billy decided he didn’t want to do an acoustic set,” Johnstone said. “He wanted to bring his whole band. So there’s no opener. We’ll do the silent auction, live auction and then Billy Idol is on at 8:30 p.m.” As a guy who has been in the music industry for years, Johnstone is just as excited about hot Austin indie rockers Spoon. “Spoon has a No. 1 song in our format [Adult Alternative Album] and haven’t been to Boise in, like, 15 years,”Johnstone said. Both shows are at the Knitting Factory and although tickets for the Billy Idol show are sold-out, there is still a win or two available. The Record Exchange is holding a silent auction through Monday, Dec. 8, with cool stuff like a private acoustic concert with British indie-rockers Scars on 45, a Head and the Heart autographed guitar, and two sweet packages: Spoon tickets, a meet-and-greet and an autographed guitar; and dinner, a hotel stay and tickets to Billy Idol. The River will also have an online-only auction on Monday, Dec. 8, with more cool items, like a Goo Goo Dolls autographed guitar. Get more info at riverinteractive.com. Let’s tally this: Billy Idol live + Spoon live + awesome auctions + helping others = winwin-win-win. Looks like a sure bet. —Amy Atkins With a Giant Dog, Dec. 9, 8:30 p.m., $27.50-$60. Billy Idol: Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m., SOLD OUT. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.com. 26 | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | BOISEweekly
When the First World War began in August 1914, the belligerents told their respective publics that they’d be in their enemies’ capitals by winter. When hostilities Ànally ended Nov. 11, 1918, between 22 million and 24 million men in uniform were killed, wounded or missing. The number of civilians killed in the war is unknown, though estimated to be about 7 million. Afterward, people called it “the war to end all wars.” Of course, WWI didn’t end all wars, making it a tagline for the disillusionment of those affected by the conÁict—and if there is a word that sums up the graphic novels of Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney, Eisner Award-winning It Was the War of the Trenches and Goddamn This War!, it’s disillusionment. In time for the Great War’s 100th anniversary, Fantagraphics Books has re-released and translated these titles into English, bundling them together in Tardi’s WWI ($39.99). From the outset, Tardi frames the war as an insane burden on the warring countries’ populations, colonies and resources. In his telling, governments Áex their military might to realize their petty ambitions while industry cashes in on oversized military contracts. OfÀcers trained in outdated battle tactics order their men from the
trenches and into the infamous No Man’s Land, from which few return. The bulk of Tardi’s exposition explores soldiers’ feelings of helplessness, resignation and disgust in the face of a reality that’s far removed from the people ordering them into battle. Both books focus on various French soldiers who leave literal or Àgurative pieces of themselves in the trenches. They’ve seen the hell of war, but through their fears, memories and letters to loved ones, they’re familiar to those of us reading at home. They are colorful, where war machines—tanks, planes, gas masks and artillery—are the gray, mechanized embodiments of death. It Was the War of the Trenches, like Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, focuses on the day-to-day experiences of soldiers. The illustrations are in black-and-white, and its tone is somber. Goddamn This War!, with its pale watercolor palette, lets the mud, smoke and mustard gas creep into the trenches from the margins of panels. Written 15 years after It Was the War of the Trenches, it’s the more bitter of the two volumes and contains sustained meditations on the injustice of the conÁict, as well as reÁections on
Even in a graphic novel, war is hell.
the war’s aftermath: millions dead, disabled and traumatized. Florence Green, the last surviving veteran of WWI, died in 2012, and with her passed our direct connection to that war. What remains is a body of historical evidence including diaries, recorded interviews and internal documents that attest to it. Tardi’s meticulously researched graphic novels belong in the same class as Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun and All Quiet on the Western Front for its staunch allegiance to soldiers’ humanity and unwavering antagonism for war itself.
ARTS/REVIEW CHASING THE NARWHAL! Prior to the world premiere of Boise Contemporary Theater’s Narwhal! Unicorn of the Sea, details about the play were scarce, other than it is a comedy set in a submarine with the unlikely name of DSV Lugubrious. Said submarine’s crew was in search of the mating habits of narwhals. What scant details were available suggested that this third collaboration of BCT Education Director Dwayne Blackaller and BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark would be cutesy and adolescent. And it’s certainly those things. But cliches like “laugh-out-loud funny” fall far short of adequately describing how hilarious Narwhal! is—or how savvy. Dr. Diana Richter (Carie Kawa) is a marine biologist who has never left her island home: Terriﬁed of depths the way some people have a fear of heights, she took correspondence courses to earn her Ph.D. After ﬁnding a message in a bottle from her Jacques Cousteau-esque grandfather with a clue to the location of the mysterious narwhal mating grounds, Richter joins the ditzy sailor Xander Oxley (Dwayne Blackaller) and the cantankerous Capt. Barnabas Crock, played to perfection by Matthew Cameron Clark, aboard the aforementioned Lugubrious. Their path isn’t easy; they must dodge Swedish scientiﬁc vessels, dive under Arctic ice, grudgingly accept the advice of Richter’s mantis shrimp spirit guide and combat oxygen deprivation to reach the mysterious Horned Hollow.
Blackaller and Clark have used self-referential humor, double entendres and the charm of the wink and nod before in A Nighttime Survival Guide and The Uncanny Valley; and in Narwhal!, they deploy them again. The difference is that Narwhal! is a no-holds-barred funny play, untroubled by realism or high themes, making it an open range for gags, slapstick and some pretty priceless physical comedy so seamlessly executed members of the audience fell out of their chairs laughing during the play’s, uh, climax on opening night, Saturday, Nov. 30. While Blackaller and Kawa deliver ﬁne performances, it’s Clark’s Capt. Crock who steals the show. With his thick, untamed beard and intense stare, he looked the part of an embittered seaman, but he turned the trope on its head with cryptic anti-science tirades, a sash bedecked in fake medals and a motorized wheelchair. Moviegoers will likely notice similarities between Narwhal! and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Both the play and the ﬁlm feature prodigal children their parents’ legacies into uncharted depths, but where Life Aquatic’s humor is as dry as toast, Narwhal! doesn’t dwell on its characters’ neuroses so much as it pokes fun at them. With a sense of humor as broad as the open sea, Narwhal! will leave audiences awash in laughter. —Harrison Berry B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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DANIEL K ING — OU TDOOR IDAHO
RECREATION USFS RETHINKS FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITS Original rules stepped on First Amendment rights JESSICA MURRI
Eighty percent of the popular Idaho Public Television show Outdoor Idaho is ﬁlmed on U.S. Forest Service and wilderness-designated land. That has been the case for almost 30 years, and it hadn’t been a problem until 2010, when the ﬁlm crew decided to do a segment on the Student Conservation Association—a program that takes kids from all over the country and teaches them wilderness stewardship. Bruce Reichert, the show’s host and executive producer, called the USFS regional ofﬁce about ﬁlming and was told he couldn’t do it. “They said, ‘Well, you don’t need to ﬁlm [the students] in the wilderness,’” Reichert told Boise Weekly. “We said, ‘Oh yeah we do, because that’s where they’re at and that’s the whole point.’ We thought that was just absurd.” It wasn’t the last time Outdoor Idaho was denied access to USFS or wilderness land, due to a law requiring permits for commercial ﬁlming and photography in wild areas. In the meantime, Outdoor Idaho has pushed back. “We have learned not to be silent,” Reichert said. It took 50 pages of correspondence, as well as Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and a few congressmen, to persuade the Forest Service to allow Outdoor Idaho to ﬁlm the students. The show was shot by one videographer with a small camera and tripod. For the past four years, the rules requiring commercial ﬁlming and photography permits have been open for public comment, but it wasn’t until last month—when the public comment period was slated to close—that the directive landed in the center of a media storm. As the rules read now, ﬁlming and photography can only take place on Forest Service and wilderness land if the subject qualiﬁes 28 | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | BOISEweekly
A crew with Idaho Public Television’s Outdoor Idaho program is ﬁlming its “50 Years of Wilderness” special in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
as breaking news—or if it’s shot by a private citizen. Everything else, including Outdoor Idaho’s documentaries, requires a permit costing from $10 to $1,500. Facing outrage from both professional and amateur ﬁlmmakers, the Forest Service extended the comment period to Dec. 3. “This rule was written with big Hollywood feature ﬁlm productions in mind, but the rules were written to apply to all, but they gather up everybody, like public television stations and small one- or two-person ﬁlm crews,” said Ron Pisaneschi, general manager of Idaho Public Television. “There is a difference between the Ford Motor Company wanting to shoot a commercial for their new car, helicoptering it into a wilderness area, and having a crew of 27 and big lights and a crane to shoot it, or shooting Jurassic Park III—and us.” Outdoor Idaho has had to scrap several stories when the Forest Service couldn’t get a permit quickly enough—sometimes taking months when deadlines needed to be met by the end of the week. And the cost of the permits could rack up. “We had to take this ﬁght on if we were going to continue Outdoor Idaho,” Reichert said. “The idea of getting a permit every time we went out would have been time consuming and expensive.” When USFS Chief Thomas Tidwell visited Boise, Pisaneschi sat him down for a conversation about the problems the rules were causing. Pisaneschi said Tidwell was supportive and admitted that the rules were not supposed to hinder educational, noncommercial television. On Nov. 4, Tidwell released a directive easing restrictions for journalists while further comment was gathered.
According to the directive: “Journalism includes, but is not limited to: breaking news, b-roll, feature news, news documentaries, long-form pieces, background, blogs, and any other act that could be considered related to news-gathering.” Pisaneschi and Reichert told Boise Weekly they feel much more optimistic with those broader regulations, which would exempt Outdoor Idaho from needing a permit. Most recently, producers paid for a $450 permit to allow them to shoot in every one of Idaho’s wilderness areas for the upcoming “50 Years of Wilderness” episode, to air on Sunday, Dec. 7. The permit allowed two crew members to walk through the Frank Church Wilderness and one crew member to raft down the Selway River, plus time spent in Hells Canyon, Craters of the Moon, the Sawtooth Mountains and the Owyhee Canyonlands. To help set the new rules, USFS National Press Ofﬁcer Larry Chambers ﬂew to Boise, Seattle and Portland last month, meeting with journalists like Reichert. “We’re trying to get out as much as we can—get out where we have a lot of Forest Service land,” Chambers told BW at a public meeting on Nov. 11. “Rather than writing policy from a cubicle in D.C., we want to make sure we’re getting the best information.” The challenge of writing the new rules, Chambers said, is balancing access with land impact. “If you’re going out with a GoPro or your smartphone, we’re not going to ask you for a permit to do that kind of activity; that’s not having an impact on the land,” he said. “Really, that’s what the issue needs to be—what’s the impact on the land.” B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa unleash their savage imaginations BEN SCHULTZ As Tokyo-based artists Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa were recording their second album, they struggled to Ànd the right title for it. They had some ideas, but they didn’t settle on a name until they started working on a diorama for the cover art. “Takako brought in this wooden board, and she wanted to paint on it,” Wong remembered. “We decided to put [on] more than paint by From the Venus of Willendorf to Carl Jung in two freewheeling steps. choosing papier-mkchp, clay and aluminum foil. While we were doing this, she started making these Venus of Willendorfs—they’re kind of The Quietus in 2013. “My parents still live over “The songs themselves are written pretty these motherly deities from ancient times from intuitively,” Wong said. “Since it is loop-based and here, they experienced the whole shake.” Europe.” Another reason for moving was Minekawa, layer-based, we can go anywhere. If the songs These Àgures tied in with their interest in indigenous cultures and Carl Jung’s belief in an were written on a different day, it would’ve prob- who met Wong at one of his solo shows in 2011. Although she hadn’t released any music in more “explicit, non-censored subconscious.” The two ably been a different song altogether.” than a decade—she’d gone on hiatus after marWong’s intuition has served him well. Born in musicians started thinking of the album as the product of a “savage imagination” or “this kind Hawaii, he spent most of his childhood in a con- rying musician-producer Keigo Oyamada, aka servative Christian school in Tokyo. It didn’t take Cornelius—Minekawa had already enjoyed an of violent beauty of creativity.” him long to Ànd his own way, though: He started impressive career. A former child star, her blend “[It’s] like a well—the things within us that of ’70s electronica and ’60s French pop made listening to Frank Zappa when he was 12 and we ignore,” Wong told Boise Weekly. her one of the most prominent artists of Japan’s experimenting on guitar when he was 14 or 15. Wong and Minekawa’s music hasn’t gone Shibuya-kei movement during the 1990s. “There might have been a friend or two who ignored. Pitchfork’s Nick Neyland called Savage The two became friends and began collaboratshowed me some major chords or a pentatonic Imagination (Thrill Jockey Records, 2014) “a ing, releasing the album Toropical Circle in 2013. jubilant, uplifting work, taking on several shades scale; after that, it was just trial and error,” Wong Wong credits Minekawa with adding fresh and of happiness as it turns through its 43 minutes.” said. “Even doing the band stuff, I didn’t really unexpected elements to their music. Stereogum premiered the album’s single “She He know what I was doing. I didn’t understand “I think Takako’s more in touch with timbre music theory. I didn’t know what playing in a key See Feel” on July 30, and the album has also and texture—more so than I am,” he said. “She received coverage from The Japan Times, Brooklyn meant.” can really pick out a sound and be, like, ‘I like this Wong stuck with it. Before going solo, he Vegan and other publications. Boise music fans performed with guitar duo Ecstatic Sunshine and sound.’ And I’m always intrigued by that because will get to hear Wong and Minekawa’s various before then, it’s always been, ‘What can I do with art-rock band Ponytail, “shades” when the whose albums Kamehame- a guitar? What kind of interesting sounds can I duo plays The Crux DUSTIN WONG AND TAKAKO MINEKAWA make with a guitar?’ But then with Takako, you ha (We Are Free, 2006) on Thursday, Dec. 4, With Paper Gates, Thursday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., can just start with an interesting sound.” and Ice Cream Spiritual with local one-man $10. Get tickets at theduckclub.com, Record Ponytail fans might hear some especially (We Are Free, 2008) reexperimental act Paper Exchange or the door. The Crux, 1022 W. interesting sounds from Wong in the future: ceived A-minus reviews Gates. Main St., facebook.com/thecruxcoffeeshop. He recently discussed making an album with from critic and former Despite Minekawa’s Village Voice Music Editor ex-Ponytail vocalist Willy (formerly Molly) Siegel. and Wong’s ideas about Robert Christgau. Wong pursued other artistic en- Wong has also started making videos and paintcreativity, Savage Imagination doesn’t sound deavors as well, studying Àlm for two years in San ing, approaching them with the same spirit that particularly violent. Instead, there’s a playful, Francisco and sculpture in Baltimore, where both he brings to his music. hyperactive quality to the album’s lively beats, “You kind of have to take a break and conEcstatic Sunshine and Ponytail were based. quirky samples, serene tunes and dexterous nect to that pure place again of making things Eventually, concern for his family persuaded guitar picking. ReÁecting the duo’s freewheelbecause you want to, rather than making things Wong to move back to Tokyo. ing approach to music making, each song feels because you want to please people around you,” “The earthquake in 2011 and the Fukushima like it could Áy off in any direction at any given disaster deÀnitely got me concerned,” Wong told he said. moment. 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MUSIC GUIDE WEDNESDAY DEC. 3
THURSDAY DEC. 4
FRIDAY DEC. 5
DJ FOOSE—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement
CHUCK SMITH AND FRIENDS— 7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
BEN BURDICK TRIO WITH AMY ROSE—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
BROTHERS GOW—8 p.m. FREE. 10 Barrel Brewing
COLIN MULDOON—6 p.m. FREE. Cylos EVERYONE IS DIRTY—With Junior Rocket Scientist, The Hand and Starlings Murmurations. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux KARAOKE—7:30 p.m. FREE. High Note LIQUID WETT WEDNESDAY— Electronic music and DJs. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid OPHELIA—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PATRICIA FOLKNER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM— Hosted by For Blind Mice. 8 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s WEDNESDAY SKATE NIGHT— Featuring Coma Throne, Faded Leroy, Exploding Head Trick and Camas. 8 p.m. $3. The Shredder
BRANDON PRITCHETT, HAVEN SNOW AND ADDAM CHAVARRIA—8 p.m. FREE. Reef
ESSENTIAL JAZZ AND THE VANPAEPEGHEM QUARTET— 7 p.m. $5-$15. Sapphire Room
MEGAN NELSON—6 p.m. FREE. High Note ROCKEOKE—Live band karaoke. 10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s SOCIAL ANTIDOTE—With Mongoloids. 8 p.m. $3. Crazy Horse TERRY JONES SOLO PIANO— 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
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FREUDIAN SLIP—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel
FRANCISCO THE MAN—With The Ver y Most and Ion72. 8 p.m. $5. Crazy Horse
AUDIO/VISUAL DJ—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s Basement
JERRY GRUSELL—7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La
FRANK MARRA SOLO PIANO— 6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
CHUCK SMITH TRIO WITH NICOLE CHRISTENSEN—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
KARAOKE—8 p.m. FREE. Cylos
DOWN NORTH—10 p.m. $5. Reef
ILLUMINATE: RAISING AWARENESS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH—All-ages concer t features A Sea of Glass, Matt Coate and Adam Wright. 7 p.m. FREE. The Crux
DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINIKAWA—8 p.m. $10. The Crux
KEN HARRIS & RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berr yhill
SATURDAY DEC. 6
THE CLUMSY LOVERS—With Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats. 8 p.m. $13-$20. Knitting Factor y
RIPCHAIN—With The Fail Safe Project, Rise Of The Fallen and Brutal Season. 8 p.m. $6-$12. Knitting Factor y
MAGIC SWORD AND STREET FEVER—7 p.m. $10. Neurolux RIFF RAFF—8 p.m. FREE. Cylos
KAYLEIGH JACK—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper NOISE FOR TOYS—Featuring Alex Richards Band with Lamp In The Dark, The Man from Uncanny Valley and Andrew McBride. 7 p.m. $3 or FREE with toy donation. Neurolux
JOHN JONES TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Chandlers The Clumsy Lovers
JEFF SAMSON—7:30 p.m. FREE. The District
DALE CAVANAUGH—7:30 p.m. FREE. The District
TERRY JONES AND CLAY MOORE—6 p.m. FREE. Berr yhill
JEFF CROSBY—9 p.m. $8. VAC
DAN COSTELLO—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper
WORLD’S FINEST—10 p.m. $5. Tom Grainey’s
ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berr yhill
DJ DUSTY C’S SOUL PARTY— 11 p.m. FREE. Neurolux
YOUNG JEEZY—8 p.m. $25$55. Revolution
FRANK MARRA—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
ROSA DOS VENTOS—10 p.m. $5. Reef THE SHON SANDERS BAND— 8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire Room
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MUSIC GUIDE SUNDAY DEC. 7
BOISE ROCK SCHOOL END OF SESSION GIG—Proceeds benefit the BRS scholarship fund. 4-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Linen Building
WEDNESDAY DEC. 10
AUDIO/VISUAL DJ—10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s
CHUCK SMITH AND JEFF REW—7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
BOISE ROCK SCHOOL END OF SESSION GIG—4-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The Linen Building
THE GRACE KELLY QUARTET— SOLD OUT. 7 p.m. $45. Sapphire Room
DAN COSTELLO SOLO GUITAR—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
HIP-HOP SUNDAY—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement
OPEN MIC—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s
INTO IT. OVER IT. AND LEMURIA—With King Brat. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $13 door. The Crux
RADIO BOISE TUESDAY: QUI—With Mantooth and Har vey Krishna. 7 p.m. $5. Neurolux
JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s NOCTURNUM! INDUSTRIAL GOTH DJS—9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid
SEAN HATTON—5:30 p.m. FREE. O’Michael’s
MONDAY DEC. 8
JIM PERCY—7 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La KARAOKE—7:30 p.m. FREE. High Note LIQUID WETT WEDNESDAY— Electronic music and DJs. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Liquid TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
PATRICIA FOLKNER—1 p.m. FREE. Smoky MountainParkcenter THE SIDEMEN: GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
CHUCK SMITH AND FRIENDS—7:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM— Hosted by For Blind Mice. 8 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s
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CHUCK SMITH & NICOLE CHRISTENSEN—6 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
Courage My Love
COURAGE MY LOVE—With The Goodguys, Coma Throne and Buttons. 7 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. The Crux MONDAY NIGHT KARAOKE— 10 p.m. FREE. Tom Grainey’s OPEN MIC WITH REBECCA SCOTT & ROB HILL—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid
TUESDAY DEC. 9 94.9 THE RIVER CONCERT FOR CAUSE: SPOON—With Giant Dog. Benefiting The Women’s and Children’s Alliance. See Culture, Page 26. 8:30 p.m. $27.50-$60. Knitting Factor y
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CAGE THE ELEPHANT, DEC. 7, REVOLUTION CONCERT HOUSE Someday, when alien archaeologists comb the bombedout ruins of human civilization, all they’ll need to get a true sense of the musical styles from 1960 to the ’00s is a copy of Cage the Elephant’s Melophobia (RCA Records, 2013). Though the album title means “fear of music,” it could just as well mean “fear of routine.” It’s all there: from hand claps and horns to disco, strung-out punk, anthemic pop and ass-kicking party rock. The Internet has thrown up its hands and labeled Cage the Elephant “alternative rock,” but it’s not so simple. The Kentucky-based band is gleeful in its genre bending but committed to a macabre lyrical sensibility. From paranoid ruminations on feeling a beat in your teeth to astronauts spying on you through your own telescope, it’s trippy stuff with a pedigree ranging from The Beatles to the Pixies, Weezer to the Black Keys. As Cage the Elephant sings on the popular single from its 2008 self-titled debut, “there ain’t no rest for the wicked.” —Zach Hagadone 8 p.m., $25-$55. Revolution Concert House, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-938-2933, cttouringid.com/listing/ revolution-concert-house. BOISEweekly | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | 31
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2010 CHATEAU MANGOT SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU, $30 This is an excellent wine from an outstanding vintage. Merlot dominates the blend, and while it takes a while to open up, when it does you get heady aromas of bright berry, anise, mocha and earth. This is an elegantly structured wine with smooth dark fruit, ripe tannins and a balancing hit of acidity on the long, lovely ﬁnish. 2012 DOMAINES BARON DE ROTHSCHILD LAFITE BORDEAUX RÉSERVE SPECIALE, $16.99 From the same group that produces Ch. Laﬁte (which goes for about 50 times the price), this wine offers ﬂoral aromas marked by soft cherry and strawberry. The ﬂavors are a bright and tangy mix of red berry and cherry that linger nicely. A merlot/cabernet blend, this wine is a lot of bang for your buck. 2012 REVELRY VINTNERS, THE REVELER, $15.99 A Washington Bordeaux-style blend, this wine combines cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cab franc, malbec and petite verdot. This richly fragrant wine wears its New World pedigree proudly with ripe, dark fruit and toasted oak aromas. The creamy fruit-forward palate is ﬁlled with cherry liqueur ﬂavors and smooth oak. A deﬁnite crowd-pleaser. —David Kirkpatrick 32 | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | BOISEweekly
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Varietal wines like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec rule in the United States, but in the Bordeaux region of France, those grapes are typically blended together to produce the wines that have made the region so famous. Demand for those reds has caused prices to spiral upward, but you can still ﬁnd affordable examples. There are also some interesting Bordeaux-style blends from other regions. Here are the panel’s top picks:
RIESLING REVAMPED Coiled goes sparkly and Strange Folk gets canned TARA MORGAN Though the beginning of the season’s massive gorging is now behind us, there’s still more gluttony on the horizon; and what’s a proper feast without a few festive libations? This December, Garden City’s Coiled Wines has a special treat for fans of the bubbly: the 2014 Rizza, a holiday-table-worthy sparkling riesling. “It’s a Methode Champenoise wine, meaning that it is undergoing its secondary fermentation in bottle,” explained Coiled owner and winemaker Leslie Preston. “It’s from riesling grapes that I picked this harvest.” Methode Champenoise works like this: After a wine has undergone its primary fermentation, a small amount of sugar and yeast is added to each bottle during the bottling process, which activates a secondary fermentation that produces carbon dioxide. The bottles are then reopened to remove the yeast, topped off with more wine and recapped. In order to produce her Rizza sparkling riesling, Preston had to repeat this elaborate process on 4,000 bottles—by hand. “It’s the most challenging wine I’ve ever made. … You have to know what you’re doing and you have to have a good chemistry base and you have to be a meticulous winemaker,” said Preston. “The attention to detail and everything being spot-on is super important with sparkling wine and I think that’s another reason that some people don’t tackle it. I was terriÀed in September making this wine but I’m having fun now because I’m really happy with the wine.” Though most champagnes are aged in the bottle before they’re released, Preston preferred to release her sparkling riesling this season. “I really look at this as a way to showcase how beautiful Idaho riesling is. … I don’t want all the sort of toasty, yeasty character to cover up what the grape tends to show,” she said. “So that’s why I’m not aging this on yeast for like a year, as some champagne would have it.” Preston will primarily sell the Rizza for $28 in her Garden City tasting room at 107 E. 44th St., which she shares with Cinder Wines and Telaya Wine Co. “We’re releasing it to Club on [Tuesday,] Dec. 16,” said Preston. “I might do a little bit at a few shops or restaurants for special dinners, but I’m mostly trying to sell it out of the tasting room just because this has been such an expensive wine to
Leslie Preston, of Coiled Wines, is big on the bubbly.
make that the more I can sell it out of the tasting style can is what we’re going to do,” he said. Glavin gleaned the idea from Oregon’s Union room, the more I can kind of recapture that.” Despite the cost, the grueling process and the Wine Company, which sells its Underwood Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in these larger-style sleepless nights, Preston said she’s now a Àzzy cans—double the size of SoÀa Coppola’s popular wine convert. canned blanc de blancs. “It’s like I’m addicted now; I now have to As Glavin explained, his canned white wine make sparkling wine every year,” she said. “It’s will have a little bit of residual sugar but plenty really thrilling.” of acid to balance it out. The wine’s tasting notes For more info on Coiled Wines, visit coiledinclude descriptors like: “fresh peach, honeywines.com. suckle, ginger, crisp clouds and In other riesling news, colorful rainbows.” Coiled neighbor Split Rail “It truthfully doesn’t even Winery has announced taste like riesling,” Glavin plans to release a canned added. white wine under its Glavin said La Boheme will Strange Folk label in the try to court the eco-conscious, spring of 2015. active crowd. “Split Rail’s our main la“I think putting it into an bel then we’ve got a second aluminum can is a lot more relabel called Strange Folk,” cyclable than glass and it’s a lot said winemaker Jed Glavin. more mobile than glass,” he “It’s all kegged wine that said. “So camping, river raftwe do growler Àlls of at the ing, stadiums, places that don’t winery.” allow glass; I think there’s a Strange Folk’s La cool market for it. If you have Boheme White Wine will a big cooler full of beer, it’s come in a light blue can emeasier to throw these cans of bellished with an illustration Split Rail’s new canned white wine white wine in there for people of a woman in a red beret. hits shelves next spring. who are more wine drinkers “We aren’t advertising it than beer drinkers.” as riesling, we’re just going Split Rail is working with a local distributor to label it ‘white wine’ for now just because I’m to get their cans on shelves by next spring. They kind of worried about people’s perception of will also be available in Split Rail’s tasting room, riesling. … I think people, when they hear rieslocated at 4338 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City. ling, they’re thinking it’s going to be some sugar “We’re stoked because I think it’ll just add to bomb,” said Glavin. our repertoire of funky stuff that we’re trying to La Boheme will be sold in 375 milliliter—or do with wine,” said Glavin. 12.7 ounce—cans that Glavin had to special For more info on Split Rail Winery and order from England. Strange Folk, visit splitrailwines.com. “So basically two glasses of wine in a beerB O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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SCREEN A FLY-FISHING FILM FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T FLY FISH (AND PEOPLE WHO DO) Hank Patterson takes Travis Swartz and Reese Ferguison on a Reel Montana Adventure JESSICA MURRI Cocky, abrasive, overly conÀdent and not-so-smart Áy-Àshing guide Hank Patterson came into the world when local actor-Àlmmaker Travis Swartz and his friend Reese Ferguison decided to enter the Drake Magazine Áy-Àshing Àlm contest in the summer of 2012. The prize for a winning video: $1,000. Swartz and Ferguison wanted to win the money and use it to make a documentary about Reel Recovery, a nonproÀt that takes men living with cancer on free Áy-Àshing retreats. Ferguison noticed one of the Àlm categories was comedy. Both of them are avid Áy-Àshermen and neither had ever seen a funny ÁyÀshing video before. “Perfect. So, the bar is low, right where we want it,” Swartz told Boise Weekly. The Ànal result was a Àve-minReese Ferguison (left) and Travis Swartz (right) are the men behind Hank Patterson’s Reel Montana Adventure. ute video titled The Reel Adventures of Hank Patterson, Your Fly Fishing Guide. Swartz plays Hank, a guy learned they won in the comedy category—good doesn’t anymore—he doesn’t even appear in the with a perpetual Àve-o’clock shadow who looks for a GoPro camera and a trophy, not the $1,000 movie. Ferguison always played Hank’s faithful more like someone you would see in a bait and Àshing client—never saying a word but often liftgrand prize. They kept shooting shorts anyway, tackle shop than in a Áy-Àshing magazine. Reese ing an eyebrow—but he is battling brain cancer and with eight more episodes of Hank Patterson is Hank’s faithful but silent client. The video now and it limits his involvement with the series. and a lot of extra little videos that have been opens with the two men clad in waders and Àshviewed more than a million times, that Àrst video That’s why Swartz works to make sure proceeds ing gear, a river roaring in the background. Hank from the Àlm go to organizations like Reel Recovbecame the feature-length mockumentary, Hank tells the camera he has been Áy-Àshing for around Patterson’s Reel Montana Adventure, which follows ery. Ferguison took a retreat with the organization three years. and told Swartz it was profound. the goofy Áy-Àshing “I’ve got A River Runs “People do ask why he’s not in the videos guide through his Through It on Blu-ray so, anymore,” Swartz said. “Well, he’s not physically quest to walk in the REEL MONTANA ADVENTURE yeah, I guess you could footsteps of his hero: in the videos anymore, but ... none of it would Thursday, Dec. 11; doors at 6:30 p.m. and 9 say I know a thing or exist if it weren’t for him. I put in the Àlm that it Norman Maclean, p.m., screenings at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; $10. Get tickets online at eventbrite.com and two about Áy-Àshing,” was created by him and me.” author of A River at Angler’s Fly Shop, 7097 W. Overland Road, Hank says. Then he Hank plays another role, too. He helps attract Runs Through It. boiseanglers.com. The Linen Building, 1402 holds his Áy rod in front younger people to join conservation organizaSwartz is known W.Grove St., 208-385-0111, hankpatterso.com. of his face and says, tions like Trout Unlimited, which sponsored the around Boise as the “Think we could get Àlm. Swartz said the screenings are consistently guy in the Potato this [on camera], so we Àlled with young adults and high-school-age kids. Bowl commercials, could maybe get a sponsorship deal out of it? So but in the Áy-Àshing world, he’s a rockstar. He Not all of them are Áy-Àshers. if I could just sort of naturally have that in the “If you’re gonna drag your friend or spouse has toured around the United States, showing his shot...” Àlm in Boise; Chicago; Missoula, Mont.; Portland, to a Áy-Àshing Àlm and they don’t Áy-Àsh, this The video continues with Hank giving advice Ore.; Salt Lake City; and Seattle. Meanwhile, cities is the one to take them to, because they’ll enjoy even someone who has never picked up a Áy rod in Texas and North Carolina have signed up to it,” Swartz said. “There are things that he’s doing will know is terrible. that are just ridiculous. I don’t think you have to screen Hank Patterson’s Reel Montana Adventure. Within hours of submitting the video, Swartz Áy-Àsh at all to get that.” Ferguison used to travel with Swartz but 34 | DECEMBER 3–9, 2014 | BOISEweekly
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SCREEN HOMELESS WESTERN The Homesman is an unsettling classic GEORGE PRENTICE The Homesman—a hard-as-vinegar gulp of 19th century America’s least-told tales—is a Àlm that inspires deep admiration. I loved it, but would only recommend it to someone who meets these requirements: You must love Westerns. You must love Tommy Lee Jones. You must love Hilary Swank. So far, so good, but hold on, pardners. We’re just getting started. For The Homesman to really hit home, there are a few more requirements: You must not require a happy ending. With three Oscars betweeen them, Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones star in The Homesman. You must not insist on endearing protagonists. You must appreciate misanthropy in its most breathe, Briggs promises to become Cuddy’s pushes against the idealism of the American tangible failings. surrogate homesman. dream. A homesman was a man paid to escort With those prerequisites met, my sense is “Three crazy women and Àve weeks is a lot failed pioneers back to their homes. These odysthat, in time, The Homesman may be embraced as more than I bargained for,” he later commiserseys, often from west to east, were deÀned by a minor modern Western classic. It establishes ates. failure, and therein lies the story. Jones as a quadruple threat: He directed, coWhat follows is harsh business. The story’s At the outset of The Homesman, spinster Mary starred, produced and co-authored the big-screen narrative is less of an arc than a straight line— Bee Cuddy (Swank) is enlisted as a “homesman” adaptation of Glendon Swarthout’s 1988 novel quite literally, the group travels across the Áat, to take three women, of the same name. It’s desolate Nebraska plains, achingly captured with each in various stages fair to assume Jones THE HOMESMAN (R) Oscar-caliber cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto of mental illness, from in the director’s chair (Argo, Brokeback Mountain). their Nebraska homeundoubtedly attracted Directed by Tommy Lee Jones A few noted critics have tagged The Homesman steads eastward to Iowa. Swank and a fabulous Starring Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones as a “feminist Western,” but I can’t agree with “Your journey will supporting cast, includOpens Friday, Dec. 5, at The Flicks, 646 W. that. Too many Westerns corral females into roles be long, difÀcult and ing Meryl Streep, James Fulton St., 208-342-4288, theﬂicksboise.com. as the whore-with-the-heart-of-gold and while dangerous,” the Rev. Spader, John Lithgow Alfred Dowd (Lithgow) there is none of that in The Homesman, “feminist and Hailee Steinfeld, but Western” is faint praise. The Homesman is atypical tells Cuddy. “Bless you perhaps Jones’ greatest in a much larger fashion. At its center is a lawless woman. Bless ye and keep ye.” artistry here is his screenwriting (with co-writers journey that required as much strength, perhaps The blessing becomes part curse when Kieran Fitzgerald and Wesley Oliver). It takes more, than those textbook pioneers we celebrated Cuddy and her charges come across George a signiÀcant craftsman to bring The Homesman’s in elementary school. The Homesman is a strong, Briggs (Jones), a claim-jumping ne’er-do-well plain-speaking hard-cases to life—Jones was up multifaceted Àlm not to be missed—unless you who is at the end of his rope, quite literally: to the task, and then some. He’s tied-up, on horseback with a noose around insist on the endearments of cowboys, whores The American homesman is a seldom-told his neck. With little room to negotiate, let alone and happy endings. subchapter of United States history because it
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SCREEN EXTRA IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL (TV) OF THE YEAR A Very Grammy Christmas includes Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams performing and the 2014 Album of the Year nominees are revealed on Friday, Dec. 5 (CBS). Baby, it’s cold outside when Homer get kicked out of the house on Christmas Eve on The Simpsons on Sunday, Dec. 7 (Fox). The dreaded Burgermeister Meisterburger again terrorizes Sombertown in Santa Claus is Coming to Town on Monday, Dec. 8 (ABC). Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which ﬁrst aired in 1964, ﬂies BOI S EW EEKLY.COM
again on Tuesday, Dec. 9 (CBS). The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball includes performances from Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor and 5 Seconds of Summer, live from Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Dec. 18 (CW). Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol returns for its 52nd year on Friday, Dec. 19 (CW). And the Grinch famously fails to steal Christmas on Christmas night, Thursday, Dec. 25 (ABC). —George Prentice
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The National Science Foundation estimates that we each think at least 12,000 thoughts per day. The vast majority of them, however, are reruns of impressions that have passed through our minds many times before. But I am pleased to report that in the coming weeks, you Aries folks are primed to be far less repetitive than normal. You have the potential to churn out a profusion of original ideas, fresh perceptions, novel fantasies and pertinent questions. Take full advantage of this opportunity. Brainstorm like a genius. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I enjoy getting spam emails with outrageous declarations that are at odds with common sense. “Eating salads makes you sick” is one of my favorites, along with “Water is worse for you than vodka” and “Smoking is healthier than exercising.” Why do I love reading these laughable claims? Well, they remind me that every day I am barraged by nonsense and delusion from the news media, the Internet, politicians, celebrities and a host of fanatics. “Smoking is healthier than exercising” is just a more extreme and obvious lie than many others that are better disguised. The moral of the story for you in the coming week: Be alert for exaggerations that clue you in to what’s going on discreetly below the surface.
Watch carefully for glitches in the Matrix. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Every one of us, including me, has blind spots about the arts of intimacy and collaboration. Every one of us suffers from unconscious habits that interfere with our ability to get and give the love we want. What are your blind spots and unconscious habits, Gemini? Ha! Trick question! They wouldn’t be blind spots and unconscious habits if you already knew about them. That’s the bad news. The good news is that in the next six weeks you can catch glimpses of these blocks, and make a good start toward reducing their power to distort your relationships. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Now and then, it is in fact possible to fix malfunctioning machines by giving them a few swift kicks or authoritative whacks. This strategy is called “percussive maintenance.” In the coming days, you might be inclined to use it a lot. That’s probably OK. I suspect it’ll work even better than it usually does. There will be problems, though, if you adopt a similar approach as you try to correct glitches that are more psychological, interpersonal and spiritual in nature. For those, I recommend sensitivity and finesse. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What feelings or subjects have you been wanting to talk about,
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but have not yet been able to? Are there messages you are aching to convey to certain people, but can’t summon the courage to be as candid as you need to be? Can you think of any secrets you’ve been keeping for reasons that used to be good but aren’t good anymore? The time has come to relieve at least some of that tension, Leo. I suggest you smash your excuses, break down barriers and let the revelations flow. If you do, you will unleash unforeseen blessings. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn finished The Oath of Claudius Civilis in 1662. It was 18 feet by 18 feet, the largest painting he ever made. For a short time, it hung on a wall in Amsterdam’s town hall, but local burgomasters soon decided it was offensive, and returned it to the artist to be reworked. Rembrandt ultimately chopped off three-fourths of the original. What’s left is now hanging in a Stockholm museum and the rest has been lost. Art critic Svetlana Alpers wishes the entire painting still existed, but nevertheless raves about the remaining portion, calling it “a magnificent fragment.” I urge you to think like Alpers. It’s time to celebrate your own magnificent fragments. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You now have a special talent for connecting things that have never been connected. You also
have a magic touch at uniting things that should be united but can’t manage to do so under their own power. In fact, I’m inclined to believe that in the next three weeks you will be unusually lucky and adept at forging links, brokering truces, building bridges and getting opposites to attract. I won’t be surprised if you’re able to compare apples and oranges in ways that make good sense and calm everyone down. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 1989, Amy Tan birthed her first novel, The Joy Luck Club. Her next, The Kitchen God’s Wife, came out in 1991. Both were bestsellers. Within a few years, the student study guide publisher CliffsNotes did with them what it has done with many masterpieces of world literature: produced condensed summaries for use by students too lazy to read all of the originals. “In spite of my initial shock,” Tan said, “I admit that I am perversely honored to be in CliffsNotes.” It was a sign of success to get the same treatment as superstar authors like Shakespeare and James Joyce. The CliffsNotes approach is currently an operative metaphor in your life, Scorpio. Try to find it in your heart to be honored, even if it’s perversely so. For the most part, trimming and shortening and compressing will be beneficial. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): With both symbolic and practical
actions, Sagittarius-born Pope Francis has tried to reframe the message of the Catholic Church. He’s having public showers installed for the homeless in Vatican City. He has made moves to dismantle the Church’s bigotry toward gays. He regularly criticizes growing economic inequality and keeps reminding politicians that there can be no peace and justice unless they take care of poor and marginalized people. He even invited iconic punk poet Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert. You now have extra power to exert this kind of initiative in your own sphere, Sagittarius. Be proactive as you push for constructive transformations that will benefit all. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The limpet is an aquatic snail. When it’s scared, it escapes at a rate approaching two inches per hour. If you get flustered in the coming week, Capricorn, I suggest you flee at a speed no faster than the limpet’s. I’m making a little joke here. The truth is, if you do get into a situation that provokes anxiety, I don’t think you should leave the scene at all. Why? There are two possibilities: First, you may be under the influence of mistaken ideas or habitual responses that are causing you to be nervous about something there’s no need to be nervous about; second, if you are indeed in an authentic bind, you really do need to deal with it, not run away.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Science-fiction novelist Philip K. Dick has been one of my favorite authors since I discovered his work years ago. I love how he reconfigured my mind with his metaphysical riffs about politics and his prophetic questions about what’s real and what’s not. Recently I discovered he once lived in a house that’s a few blocks from where I now live. While he was there, he wrote two of his best books. I went to the place and found it was unoccupied. That night I slept in a sleeping bag on the back porch, hoping to soak up inspiration. It worked! After wards, I had amazing creative breakthroughs for days. I recommend a comparable ritual for you, Aquarius. Go in quest of greatness that you want to rub off on you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do you enjoy telling people what to do? Are you always scheming to increase your influence over ever yone whose life you touch? If you are a typical Pisces, the answer to those questions is no. The kind of power you are interested in is power over yourself. You mostly want to be the boss of you. Right now is a favorable time to intensify your efforts to succeed in this glorious cause. I suggest you make aggressive plans to increase your control over your own destiny. B O ISE W E E KLY.C O M
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