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AnnuAl MAnuAl: TAke Three Each year, as we set forth to cobble together the new edition of Annual Manual, we’re faced with quite a daunting prospect: How to encapsulate everything that is life in the Treasure Valley into one publication that can stand on its own for an entire year. Just to be clear, it ain’t easy. As we sort through all the aspects of life in the Boise area—from arts and music to outdoor recreation to shopping and dining—we come to the realization that life here is big and full. Boise might have a reputation for being a low-key, suburban kind of place, but anyone who complains about being bored just isn’t looking very hard. Between the concerts, festivals, museums, races, trails, shops, restaurants and assorted adventures, filling your schedule really isn’t a problem. The only problem is trying to jam all those options into one compendium. It’s kind of like trying to jam 100 sumo wrestlers into a VW bug, or trying to download the entire iTunes library onto your iPod shuffle, or trying to jam 100 pounds of ... well you get the idea. Because of this Herculean task, we’ve been forced to winnow down the list of the Boise experience to what we feel are the can’t miss, quintessential pieces of life in the valley. Unfortunately, that means that some things/places/people didn’t make it in to this edition of Annual Manual. But it also means that this publication has been designed as your go-to guide, whether you’re a life-long resident or making your first visit to the City of Trees. In these pages you’ll find suggestions for where you should dine, spend your nights out or what the latest food-centric trend is. You’ll be able to plan your weekend getaways, course your artistic adventures and learn a little more about this place we call home. Basically, we’re giving you the who, what, where, when and why of life in Boise. New this year, we’re also introducing you to some of the personalities that make this place unique—from those who are charting its future to those who are celebrating its past. When it comes down to it, being blessed in the geography and climate department will only take a city so far—it’s the residents who give it heart, and Boise has a lot of it. —Deanna Darr

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Who: Boise Mayor Dave Bieter

Deanna Darr | PhotograPh By Laurie Pearman


oise Mayor Dave Bieter is a true hometown boy. Born and raised in Boise, Bieter spent time in the Idaho State Legislature before setting up shop in the Mayor’s Office after a come-from-behind victory in his first campaign. Now in a rare third term in office, Bieter remains Boise’s head cheerleader and well known personality who rides his bike to work, champions public transit and proudly wears the distinction of being the only mayor in the United States to be an ethnic Basque. If you come across someone who doesn’t know anything about Boise, how do you describe this place? I usually start off geographically because their notions of Boise are often wrong if they have any at all. They think it’s Midwestern. ... Then I’ll talk about the outdoors and quick in there I’ll put a Basque plug ... talk about the tech industry in particular because I think they don’t understand that we have a pretty big tech sector here. And then Boise State if they don’t bring it up. Where do you see Boise in 20 years? I think we could add 100,000 [residents] easily. ... I think the challenge is going to be can we grow up, literally in some ways and mature in another. A public transit system that’s really working well, that connects well and drives the land-use patterns some ... that can help encourage a more compact development pattern, which is going to be huge to maintain what we like here. But I’ve lived here long enough now and am old enough now to have seen—I don’t know if people talk about it as much—the benefits of growth compared to when I was growing up here are considerable. Hyde Park was not a cool place when I was growing up. I’m old enough now I’ve seen downtown be the center of things, be really hurt, then come back well. Growth has, at least in part, done that for us. What are the challenges that Boise is going to face as we continue to grow? The pattern of Western cities unfortunately most of the time has been a sprawling, land-consuming, energyconsuming pattern. I think that’s going to be challenging. It already is. From my standpoint, the upside of the down economy has been some of the worst conceived of that kind of project, especially residential project, they haven’t done well in this economy. That’s tough on a lot of people, but I think that will

counteract the inclination to build that way. ... I think economically, the biggest change from when I grew up here are the anchor, big corporations have either changed or aren’t present, and I think that alone has been a challenge and will continue to be. I think the upside of that is we’re less dependent on the few big employers and more diverse. What project has you most excited? I think the river recreation park is a real success. ... It’s a great bookend to the core of Boise to have such an amenity right downtown. I think it’s going to cause some real good development right in that area, where it’s either not used or under-used. ... I may have to take up kayaking so I can use it, because I think it’s going to be that kind of excitement about it. What’s your favorite childhood memory about growing up in Boise? I had a great time growing up here. I think you’d say an idyllic childhood is not an overstatement. ... We spent hours and hours on the river. That’s one of the things, to tell you the truth, I have the hardest time with. We used to be able to bridge surf—tie a rope to a bridge, tie a board to the end of the rope—and spend hours of free entertainment. Before I got here it was made illegal. I’m trying to find a place were that can be allowed. We used to jump off bridges and all that kind of stuff and I’m really leery to see that not be allowed. ... I hate to see us lose that free, summer entertainment. The seasons were always good to you. I always remember the spring and summer days were just for a kid. ... I just remember a lot of unsupervised, in a lot of cases, just fun. VIDEo: To watch an extended version of this interview, scan the QR code.


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A creative history of the Treasure Valley Deanna Darr IllustratIons By aDam rosenlunD Once upon a time, in a land where the high desert meets the mountains, there grew a great center of population—a place where farmers, ranchers, hipsters, students, computer engineers, artists, small business owners, outdoor adventurers, foodies, politicians and even people from California existed side by sometimes uncomfortable side with each other. But it wasn’t always so. Long, long, long ago, dinosaurs and mammoths wandered the landscape, but they didn’t do much other than leave their bones, so let’s skip ahead a few millennia. Long, long ago only small bands of people lived and traveled through the area, pausing from time to time to take advantage of the plenitude of game and fish that were drawn to the rivers cutting through the valley. They built no castles (those are recent additions) but they left their marks in stone all the same, in the form of petroglyphs on the rocky canyons that linger long after their makers. Long ago, fur trappers arrived in the valley and, according to legend, some French fur trappers were so excited by the sight of something green after so much time in the wind-swept desert that they proclaimed “Les bois, les bois voyez les bois” or “the trees, the trees, look the trees,” not to be confused with the opportunity to place monetary bets on the outcome of horse races. Others followed. First the explorers, then the miners and settlers who became farmers, ranchers and business owners—all of them fairly smelly since regular bathing and plumbing was still a ways off. But those advancements did come, and the population continued to grow as more of the high desert succumbed to the plow. People spread across the valley that had been carved out by a massive flood when the natural dam of an Ice Age lake burst, sending water and debris across the region in a torrent of … never mind, that gets all sorts of complicated. Anyway, as people spread across the valley—later to be known as the Treasure Valley because, apparently some pirates got way, way off course, then buried a chest somewhere, although we’re not too sure on the authenticity of that tale—they started clustering together and forming fledgling towns.

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Along the river sprung Boise, Eagle and star, while further out, the once and future burbs of Meridian, Kuna, Nampa and Caldwell emerged from the desert, thanks in no small part to wondrous man-made waterways referred to as “canals.” With its riverside location, boise was filled with orchards and farms, and an industry grew out of the need to outfit and supply miners working the mines near silver City. The early residents of Boise eventually did away with their simple cabins and built glorious Victorian, Tudor and Queen Anne homes—architectural treasures that would largely be exuberantly torn down in the glorious name of urban renewal. still, more came. There were the Basques who came to herd sheep and over the generations taught all the non-Basques about the hangover dangers of the kalimotxo, the glories of the croquette, the gravitational force of their festivals and how to incorporate the letter “X” in far more words than allowed in English. The Chinese came, too, arriving

as the railroads expanded. And while those main lines largely bypassed Boise, many of the workers stayed, building Boise’s own Chinatown, which like the Victorians, was done away with for that urban renewal thing. Many Chinese immigrants created lush gardens in the low-lying river floodplain, but we’ll get to that later. Boise grew and grew, becoming a busting metropolis and getting all sorts of full of itself. In fact, in 1865, some people liked Boise so much that they decided to make it the state capital—at any cost. In the middle of the night, the then-Acting Territorial Gov. Clinton deWitt smith loaded up the state seal and all sorts of important legal stuff and took off, literally stealing the capital city designation from Lewiston in the north. As Boise grew, it built a grand Capitol, a landmark train depot, a cool Egyptian Revival theater and became the unofficial capital of the modern strip mall. Boise Junior College eventually became Boise state and the magical blue turf enchanted millions, turning them into rabid fans

don’T miss: Boise

idAho sTATe CApiTol 700 W. Jefferson St. Historic, yet remodeled building filled with exhibits.

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boise depoT

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2603 W. Eastover Terrace Historic Missionstyle depot.

Grove Street between Capitol Boulevard and Sixth St. Hub of Boise’s Basque community.

egypTiAn TheATre

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700 W. Main St. Historic Egyptian Revival style theater.

Warm Springs Avenue Soak in a little history.

hyde pArk 13th Street in the North End Historic district full of shops and restaurants.

ridge To rivers ridgetorivers. Foothills trail system.

boise greenbelT 23-mile-long Riverside paved pathway.

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who plaster their bodies and possessions with anything blue and orange. Whatever was in that magic grass filtered into the plethora of parks, art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants and coffee houses, all of which have combined into a heady brew drawing people to the city that straddles the river. Now, Boiseans have transformed into people who have a love affair with microfleece. They can be readily found wandering trails in the Foothills, playing along the river, looking for organic veggies at farmers markets or swigging a microbrew. Boiseans are also frequent visitors to garden City—a place where all of the capital city’s vices have been hidden in plain sight for decades. From its humble beginnings as the home of the area’s Chinese gardens (we told you we’d get back to that), the area has been fertile ground for diverse groups of people. It’s an area where gambling was legal until the 1940s and hotels once advertised rooms by the hour. While you can still gamble at the horse racing track in the middle of town, it’s also home to high-end neighborhoods along the river and the occasional private golf course.

While it’s downright respectable these days, Garden City’s reputation as a home for vices hasn’t gone anywhere: wineries and breweries are claiming spaces next to art galleries and climbing gyms, a baseball diamonds lives next to the home of the Western Idaho Fair and there’s bingo and line dancing down the street from the archery shop and jewelers. Never ones to miss an opportunity, Garden City bars have thrown their doors wide open, unleashing rolling torrents of smoke puffed by Boise smokers who have been displaced by Boise’s recent ban on lighting up in public places. eagle has not been as true to its agricultural roots. The small town where life once revolved around the five-and-dime and feed store has become the kingdom of the McMansion, where ladies’ lunch and acrylic nails are issued at the city limits. Most of the farms that once spanned the area between the river and the Foothills are gone, but vestiges of the small town can still be found between the boutiques, antique shops and restaurants. Close your eyes and you can still see them along the riverside Greenbelt, at the

don’T miss: Garden City

boise hAwks Hawks Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St. The valley’s own development league

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team keeps summer evenings filled. Watch for frequent fireworks shows.

les bois pArk 5610 Glenwood St. Play the ponies all summer long at this recently reopened track. www.b oiseweek ly.Com

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don’T miss: Star

sTAr river wAlk Largely unpaved, the

path is popular with horseback riders and walkers.

farmers market or at the annual community celebration, Eagle Fun days, where rodeo cowboys and those willing to chow down on some Rocky Mountain Oysters are still welcome guests. Actually, open your eyes when you picture all of these things, otherwise you’ll walk into someone. There’s less chance of walking into anyone in star since what was a small town with strong agricultural roots has remained a small town with strong agricultural roots. In fact, it’s not unlikely that the human-to-horse ratio could be as high as 1:2. Rumor has it that the town got its name from a big star nailed on the door of the area school, one

of the few reference points in the area. While star and Eagle are now cozy neighbors, the kingdoms were engaged in an epic battle for a prize of such magnificence that warriors on both sides were willing to stoop to any lows to claim it. What prize could inspire both the best and the worst in mankind? Nothing short of a bridge across the Boise River. Eagle was victorious, although star eventually got its own bridge. star remains a town where there is one main street, although family farms do jockey for position with multi-million-dollar estates along the river (one of which Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter calls home). But the river alone hasn’t always held sway over development in the Treasure Valley—a bed filled with steel rails was just as powerful for a time. When the railroad steamed across the West, the main lines largely bypassed Boise—you know, because that place was never going to amount to much— and veered to the south, heading to the outlying farming communities of Kuna, Nampa and Caldwell. But an electric railroad system linked the rest of the valley, carrying passengers from one end to the other. some local history buffs

don’T miss: Eagle

eAgle sATurdAy mArkeT 185 E. State St. Eagle’s popular summer farmers market.

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eAgle bike pArk

4000 W. Hatchery Road Check out the swimming beach or the water slide.

Old Horseshoe Bend Road Trails galore, plus a pump track.

eAgle CenTer for The performing ArTs 149 W. State St. Filled with exhibits and performances.

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are still rather fond of the idea of a commuter-friendly electric train running through the valley. While the railroads eventually lost their prominence, Kuna lived on, carving farmland out of the desert on the southern edge of the Treasure Valley and celebrating its long history as a home for Kavemen (an apparent subspecies of the more well known “cavemen” that made its home in the subterranean lava tubes near Kuna). Agriculture lingers throughout the Kuna area, although a new batch of settlers who seem to only spend their nights and weekends in the town have changed its nature. meridian, too, still likes to tout its agricultural heritage, although a field still able to be either plowed or grazed is about as common as an openly liberal democrat in the western edge of the valley. still, Meridian’s roots are well fertilized with a long history as home for numerous dairies—a fact it celebrates each year by painting black and white holstein cows on widows around town and then holding a parade. Largely a bedroom community now, Meridian is also home to the largest school district in the state ... which possibly has something to

don’T miss: Kuna

indiAn Creek winery

indiAn Creek bmX TrACk

1000 N. McDermott Road The eastern edge of the Treasure Valley’s wine country.

South end of Ave. E Races for all ages.

do with all those bedrooms. While Meridian is still very tied with Boise (we dare you to identify the border between the two without help of a sign or GPs), Nampa and Caldwell remain more independent. nampa was born out of agriculture and the railroad and remains a hybrid town, catering to hipsters in its historic downtown filled with boutiques, craft stores, forward-thinking restaurants and coffee houses while remaining a bastion for farming families and those who keep the red in the reddest state in the union.

don’T miss: Meridian

s e t u 5 moinr less BOISE: 13th St & Front St MERIDIAN: Eagle Rd & Pine Ave NAMPA: Karcher Rd & Caldwell Blvd

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meridiAn speedwAy

roAring springs wATerpArk

335 S. Main St. We don’t need no stinkin’ NASCAR, we’ve got the speedway.

400 W. Overland Road When you simply have to slide down a water-filled tube.

seTTlers pArk 3245 N. Meridian Road Check out the Adventure Island playground, splash pad and kids’ climbing wall.

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don’T miss: Caldwell

CAldwell nighT rodeo

College of idAho

caldwellnight-rodeo. com One of the biggest rodeos around.

2112 Cleveland Boulevard Make plans to visit the planetarium.

More traffic has been finding its way west in recent years after the opening of the College of Western Idaho on the eastern edge of Nampa. The community college has been growing by leaps and bounds as residents hungrily devour new opportunities for affordable higher education. Just down the road is a looming sugar beat factory, which beyond being a nod to the town’s agricultural roots, is also responsible for Nampa’s distinct odor whenever it is operating. Caldwell has a story similar to that of Nampa, although the town remains more agriculturally based. While

Caldwell hasn’t enjoyed the growth and revitalization that Nampa has seen in recent years, city leaders have been fighting to revamp its downtown area based on the rebirth of the stretch of Indian Creek that flows through the town core. While success has been relatively limited, they have created a lovely—albeit very short—riverwalk. Caldwell is at the center of two major growth areas in the Treasure Valley: the area’s Latino population and the state’s burgeoning wine industry, which is born from the numerous vineyards crossing the landscape between Caldwell and Marsing. The combination means Caldwell is the place to go to find authentic Mexican food and a great wine tasting tour. Caldwell also boasts one of the most respected private universities in Idaho, College of Idaho. The liberal arts college has a reputation for both scholarship and a record as the most re-named school around—College of Idaho, Alberstons College of Idaho, College of Idaho—confused yet? The next chapter in the story of the Treasure Valley is still being written as the population continues to redefine the nature of the community. But wherever it goes, you can bet it’s going to be an interesting trip.

don’T miss: Nampa

lAke lowell Southern Nampa Haven for jetskiers, waterskiers and anglers.

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deer flAT nATionAl wildlife refuge 13751 Upper Embankment Road Bird watchers rejoice.

hisToriC nAmpA TrAin depoT

hispAniC CulTurAl CenTer

1200 Front St. Stunning historic depot turned museum.

315 Stampede Drive Celebrating Hispanic art and culture.

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Tuesday, Aug. 14-Saturday, Aug. 18 Canyon County Fairgrounds, Caldwell What started as a small-town rodeo in 1935 celebrating the start of a major irrigation project has grown into one of the top rodeos in the country, drawing more than 40,000 spectators during the five nights of rodeo action. While there’s still plenty of bronc busting, bull riding and steer roping, there’s also bigname musical entertainment and plenty of activities to keep audiences both busy and amused.

Friday, Aug. 17-Sunday, Aug. 26 Expo Idaho, Garden City The foundations of the Western Idaho Fair were laid in 1897, when the then-Intermountain Fair helped the scattered population of the region connect. Since then the fair has grown and evolved, but it remains one of the highlights of the year for the Treasure Valley. From livestock shows and 4-H demonstrations to amusement rides to midway games to enough food to make you slightly queasy, the fair is a huge draw for children and adults. Nightly concerts and events keep the schedule varied, but there’s always time to grab an ice cream potato.

Friday, Sept. 7-Sunday, Sept. 9 Julia Davis Park, Boise While it might be a traffic headache for those who live and work downtown, there’s no denying the draw of the annual Art in the Park fundraiser for Boise Art Museum. For three days each fall, thousands flock to the park to check out more than 200 artists and crafters from across the country, looking for the next treasure they never knew they couldn’t live without. As with all the best festivals, Art in the Park is almost as much about catching up with friends and neighbors as it is looking for art. Luckily, you can do both at once while raising money for the museum.

Friday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Sept. 16 Camel’s Back Park, Boise Boise’s North End brings out the big guns to continue this long-standing tradition with three days of music, dance, assorted performances, food and crafts held in one of Boise’s oldest neighborhoods. The schedule is as diverse as the crowd and event organizers like to call it a celebration of culture. Whatever you call it, there’s always plenty of eating, drinking and general merrymaking.

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June/July 2013 Eagle The wholesome family festival gets a twist in Eagle, where the parade includes getting soaked by a fire hose. There are plenty of family oriented, if slightly off kilter events during the festival, but there’s also some bonus action for those who like a good rodeo. The annual Eagle Rodeo will be held in conjunction with Eagle Fun Days. Of course, being the type of town Eagle is, you can always go to the rodeo at night and compete in the golf tournament the next day.

Tuesday, June 19-Saturday, June 22, 2013 Meridian Dairies once ruled Meridian, and while most of them are no more, the town still celebrates its heritage with the annual Dairy Days. Marking its 83rd year, Dairy Days still includes cattle and dairy goat shows, but the biggest draws are the Friday night parade through town and the carnival held in Storey Park. There are fun runs, pancake feeds and even a concert, but the dairy theme runs throughout. There’s even a Dairy Princess—seriously.

Wednesday, June 12-Saturday, June 15, 2013 Emmett City Park Agriculture has always been big in Idaho and the folks over in Emmett honor the area’s heritage each June with the Cherry Festival. And while, yes, there are plenty of cherries (depending on when the crops come in), there are more reasons than a tasty seasonal treat to make the trek. The festival is a true small-town celebration, where families and kids are the focus and there are plenty of free activities for all ages. Seriously, how can you turn up your nose at a good old-fashioned watermeloneating contest?

Thursday, July 4, 2013 Ann Morrison Park, Boise The skies above the Treasure Valley will undoubtedly light up in a mass of colorful explosions on the Fourth of July, but there’s no bigger celebration than the one held at Ann Morrison Park in downtown. People arrive early to stake out their spots in the park to witness a massive community fireworks display set to music. If you’re looking for other fireworks options, try catching the game at Hawks Memorial Stadium and staying for the fireworks, or take in the display from the Meridian Speedway.

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Who: Dave Wagers

Deanna Darr | PhotograPh By Laurie Pearman


ew things in this world are as nearly universally loved as candy. Just thinking about it can bring a smile to the face of most people, and Idaho Candy Company has been bringing smiles to the faces of Idahoans longer than most. Since 1901—just 11 years after Idaho became a state—the Boise-based candy company has been turning out traditional favorites like the Idaho Spud Bar for generations. owner dave Wagers’ family has owned the company since 1984, which has been based out of the same building in the middle of downtown Boise since 1909. He offered an insider’s look behind the chocolate curtain of the iconic company. It sounds like there’s a lot of employee longevity here. There is. We do not have a lot of turnover, which is great for us. Violet Brewer was our longest employee. She worked here from when she was 13—so she started in 1913—and retired when she was 95, so she worked here 82 years. Are there any original recipes still being used? We have a lot of products that we’ve done for a long time. Our best-selling product is the Idaho Spud Bar, and it’s also one of our oldest, too. The earliest price list I have is from 1918 and it’s on there. ... We also make two other candy bars. One is called the Cherry Cocktail, that’s from 1925, the Old Faithful is from about 1926 and then we have Owyhee Butter Toffee, which also showed up around 1925. How challenging is it to be a small candy company when giant multi-national corporations are the norm? That’s the game we play every day, and it is a struggle. We’ve got good brands, and we’ve got loyalty from folks who have been buying our products for generations, literally. Their granddad gave them this candy bar, so I have to get this candy bar and they’re introducing it to their kids. It’s neat to have that kind of iconic company. And it’s also neat to have the history around it. Would an employee who started here early in the 20th century recognize what’s going on here today? I think they would. We do use some of the same old machines. ... We have machines in use from the ’20s, the ’30s. ... But we are upgrading the plant though in a lot of ways, and actually this year we’re going to do a fair amount of upgrades. In some ways it’s to keep up with the new food standards that the government is putting out, but also what the retailers

are requiring from their manufacturers. ... It’s an interesting opportunity to rehabilitate an old building in downtown Boise. Have you ever been tempted to move? Oh, yeah. It’s a four-story building and it was originally set up that we do all our chocolate work in the basement where it’s cool, and then we can do all our brittles and our marshmallows and hard candies on the upper floors where it gets hotter because we don’t have any air conditioning in the plant—which is kind of crazy—so it can get really hot upstairs on the top floors. So you look at that, if we moved into a new warehouse-type building we could have 25-foot ceilings, you could build equipment higher, you wouldn’t have to use an elevator to get all your product. We make all our marshmallow Idaho Spud Bars on the top floor, well they have to be elevatored down to the basement to be coated with chocolate and then elevatored up again to where we ship out of our backdoor. What’s your favorite piece of candy that you guys make? My favorite one we make is probably the one we make the least amount of money on, the Old Faithful candy bar. And it’s an involved process to make it, so we don’t make a lot when we sell it, but I refuse to get rid of any candy bars that we manufacture for not making money on them. It’s a marshmallow with peanuts and chocolate on top of it, and it’s a tasty bar. It would be a tough thing to make candy if you didn’t like it. It would be. That’s part of my job. I have to eat it every day.

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Mike Runsvold, le Cafe de PaRis

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Bakers keep traditions alive and mouths watering Lisa huynh eLLer | PhotograPhs By Laurie Pearman Flour dusts everything from counter to floor. Its powdery smell fills the air and blends with the savory scents of butter, olive oil and rosemary—just enough to make the mouth water. In this kitchen of few machines, bakers move quickly to keep up with the rising dough. one baker pours olive oil generously over slabs of focaccia dough and then uses his fingers to press dimples into their surface. More than 10 varieties of bread are created by hand through the course of a day. Simple, pure, preservative-free ingredients mingle to create robust-flavored loaves. What comes out of the oven is like a fine-crafted microbrew—tasty, distinct and worth the wait. This is the artisan bread bakery. Because of a growing demand for great local 26 | AnnuAl MAnuAl 2012-2013 | boiseweekly

food, several of these bakeries are thriving in Boise. Their ingredients are grown in Idaho and their products are found in many of the best local restaurants in town—Fork and Bardenay, to name a couple. “People recognize what a good bread does for a meal. You can have a phenomenal sandwich if you upgrade the bread,” said Zeppole bakery owner Charles Alpers. Most of the artisan bread bakeries are producing for resell. Though Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery, which opened just over a year ago, crafts breads solely for its sandwiches. When Gary Ebert opened Zeppole back in 1993, many people didn’t know about artisan breads, Alpers said. Since that time, interest in artisan breads has grown—now people travel from places

like Pocatello to buy bread in Boise. While there’s a bit of truth to the culinary cliche, “cooking is art, baking is science,” artisan breadmaking is about much more than combining precise ratios. “The art comes in any time you touch the dough,” said Mike Runsvold, head baker at Le cafe de Paris/Gaston’s bakery. “It’s something you become familiar with, something hard to describe in words, knowing when it’s just right.” Runsvold, who has worked with artisan breads for 10 years, said bakers typically train for two years to work skillfully with artisan breads. Many ingredients lend themselves to the richness found in artisan breads. Key among them is pre-fermented dough, known by names such as mother, starter and poolish. Pre-fermented dough WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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has been given time—usually 16-24 practicing this art, foodies can select hours—to ferment prior to mixing it from an artisan-bread smorgasbord with a batch of dough. Some starters in Boise. are kept for several years but must one of Gaston’s best-selling be given flour and artisan breads is the water daily to keep the poulichette, which ZEPPolE bAkEry culture alive. It’s this is a high-hydration, 217 n. eighth st., Boise, 208kind of labor-intensive, low-yeast version of 345–2149; 983 e. Parkcenter constant process that a traditional French Blvd., Boise, 208-338–1499, separates average baguette. Zeppole’s bread from artisan specialties include its lE cAfE DE PArIs/ GAsTon’s bAkEry bread. sourdough bread and 204 n. Capitol Blvd., Boise, “A great baker I Ciabatta. Zeppole uses 208-336-0889, used to work with 100 percent wheat would say ‘laziness and flour from Pendleton ignorance are the only Flour Mills in Blackfoot reason professional and Gaston’s Bakery bakeries would make bread without uses locally milled organic flour from the use of a preferment,’” Runsvold Canyon Bounty Farms in Nampa. said. “It makes that much of a differThrough incorporating local grains, ence in the complexity of the final artisan bread makers are creating rich product.” tastes and supporting local farms. The delicious burst of flavor in “I’m excited about the future of sourdough bread, for example, can baking in Boise,” Runsvold said. “I be attributed to its starter. This final hope we can move toward using more product is what draws people to local flavors and come up with Idaho’s artisan breads. With several bakeries breads.” WWW.b oI s EW E E m

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The dining habits of Boiseans by the numbers Lisa huynh eLLer | iLLustrations By aDam rosenLunD Pounds of potatoes Boise Fry Company fries in a week: Eggs The Egg Factory goes through in a week: Salmon cakes Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro makes in a week:




salmon cakes (plus 100 salmon filets and salmon hash)

Pounds of flour Zeppole Baking Company uses in a week: More than


Kegs Sockeye Brewery produces in a year:

Cords of firewood Flatbread Community Oven uses in a month: Jars of dipping sauce Gino’s Italian Ristorante makes in a year:




Pounds of compost created in a year by the worms in Red Feather Lounge’s basement: 73,000 Pounds of steak Chandlers Steakhouse sells every week:



Chickens roasted in a week at Pollo Rey:

Pounds of elk meat Cottonwood Grille uses in a week: People who have completed the Big Jud Challenge:



(20 have finished the Double Big Jud)

Pizza slices Pie Hole sells in downtown Boise on a Saturday night: Pounds of clams Ben’s Crow Inn sells in a week:


Orders of chicken and waffles sold at Solid on a Friday night: Pounds of Hatch chiles The Green Chile uses each week: Number of tacos sold at Parrilla Grill on Thursday nights: Liters of booze Bardenay makes in a year: Types of fish used regularly at Shige: Flavors of ice cream made at Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour:







flavors (only 16 are available at a time)

Weight of a stone molcajete bowl at El Gallo Giro Kuna:


pounds (6 pounds when full)

Number of bagels Blue Sky Bagels sells every morning:


Scoville points the ghost peppers at Superb Sushi score: Weight of Flora the tinfoil ball at Flying Pie Pizzaria:



1 million

pounds (8-feet, 1-inch around)

Average wait for a weekend breakfast table at Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro: Croquettes Bar Gernika makes every day:


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Downtown & Fringe ADDIE’s 501 W. Main st., 208-338-1198 A friendly, high-quality choice for breakfast and lunch.

bErryhIll & co.

cAsA DEl sol

121 n. ninth st., 208-387-3553, Chef John Berryhill has created a discerning selection of dishes.

409 s. eighth st., 208-287-3660, American/Mexican menu featuring street-style tacos.

bIG JuD’s

211 n. eighth st., 208-381-0222 Cazba transports you to the eastern Mediterranean with food from Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran.

999 W. Main st., 208-342-4900 An elegant and cozy stop for fine dining.

1289 Protest Road, 208-343-4439, This place has been on Man v. Food—need we say more?




1002 W. Main st., 208-336-5552, No single region of Italy gets all the attention here.

A’TAVolA 1515 W. Grove st., 208-336-3641, Offering a casual cafe menu, bakery, espresso, cheeses and other foodie things.

bAcon 915 idaho st., 208-387-3553, Berryhill’s sister restaurant gets going early in the morning.

bAGuETTE DElI Multiple locations, Choose from 18 different 12-inch sub choices at the Vietnamese deli.

bAr GErnIkA 202 s. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175, Basque favorites in a dark and cozy little bar.

bArDEnAy Multiple locations, Bardenay makes its own spirits and offers a quality Northwest pub menu. WWW.b oI s EW E E m



246 n. eighth st., 208-345-1813, This Northwestern pub is a favorite for relaxing with local-centric offerings.

981 W. Grove st., 208-383-4300, Chandlers is as popular a stop for cocktails as it is for a fine slab of beef.

bombAy GrIll

cosmIc PIZZA

928 W. Main st., 208-345-7888, A touch of Mumbai in the historic Idanha Hotel.

brIck oVEn bIsTro 801 n. Main st., 208-342-3456, This has been a family favorite for 20 years running.

ThE brIckyArD 601 Main st., 208-287-2121, A casual lunch spot that becomes a fine-dining steakhouse then morphs into a dueling piano joint.

cAfE olE Multiple locations, Serving Boise Mexican food for almost three decades.

ThE cAPrI 2520 W. fairview ave., 208-342-1442 Boise’s classic greasy spoon for all times of day.

1221 W. Boise ave., 208-258-3871, Offering sandwiches and brews with unique pizza.

coTTonWooD GrIllE 913 W. River st., 208-333-9800, A swanky yet unpretentious restaurant on the Greenbelt.

EmIlIo’s 245 s. Capitol Blvd., 208-333-8002, The Grove Hotel’s fine-dining option is full of elegance.

fAlcon TAVErn 705 W. Bannock st., 208-947-3111, The “Boise neighborhood pub” of downtown.

flATbrEAD communITy oVEn Multiple locations, Stone-fired pizza, pasta and sandwiches and a fine bar.

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ThE huDDlE

199 n. eighth st., 208-287-1700, This restaurant’s local flair and beautiful interior make it a cool place to hang.

205 n. 10th st., ste. 110, 208-338-5454 Family friendly sports grill where the game’s always on.

fronT Door 105 s. sixth st., 208-287-9201, Offering tasty pizza along with more than 60 beers.

106 n. sixth st., 208-433-0092, The menu—which changes daily—features fresh soups, salads and sandwiches.

GolDEn PhoEnIx

lA VIE En rosE

110 n. 11th st., 208-345-8868 delicious Chinese food with great vegetarian options.

928 W. Main st., 208-331-4045, A European-style bakery that is as beautiful as the food.

GolDy’s 108 s. Capitol Blvd., 208-345-4100, Boise’s favorite breakfast joint with a focus on scratch made. Also visit Goldy’s Corner next door.

lE cAfE DE PArIs


lEku onA

800 W. idaho st., 208-368-0200 This wine bar with a great patio excels in lunches.

117 s. sixth st., 208-345-6665, This place has an Old-World feel set on the corner of Boise’s Basque Block.

GuIDo’s 235 n. fifth st., 208-345-9011, The giant pies are inexpensive and addictive.

hA’ PEnny

204 n. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889, Chef Mathieu Choux offers “casual French food in a relaxed atmosphere.”

lock, sTock & bArrEl 1100 W. Jefferson st., 208-336-4266, A Boise staple featuring hand-cut, aged steaks.

855 Broad st., ste. 250, 208-343-5568, Offering an old-world pub vibe and a menu filled with Irish and American favorites.


hAPPy fIsh sushI 855 Broad st., 208-343-4810, Giant rolls and thoughtful cocktails. Get the massive Bullseye Roll.

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JEnny’s lunch lInE

norTh shorE hoT DoG comPAny 904 Main st., 208-639-8833, northshorehotdogcompany. com These island-style hotdogs are topped with exotic condiments.

PAPA JoE’s 1301 s. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-7272, The basis of homestyle Italian and pizza for 20 years.

Pho nouVEAu 780 W. idaho st., 208-367-1111, Cha gio with a mound of cellophane noodles, shaken beef salad and big bowls of pho.

PIE holE Multiple locations. 208-344-7783, Whether it’s potato bacon or creative daily specials, it’s a must for the post-bar crowd.

PIPEr Pub & GrIll 150 n. eighth st., 208-343-2444, Perched high on Eighth Street with a wraparound patio, “the Piper” serves up creative pub fare.

Pollo rEy

750 W. idaho st., 208-344-8424, Serving style with fine Thai cuisine and cocktails.

Multiple locations, A lunch hot spot offering burritos, tacos and rotisseriecooked chicken.

moon’s kITchEn cAfE

ThE PrEss

712 W. idaho st., 208-385-0472, Founded in 1955, Moon’s has some of the best breakfast and milkshakes in town.

212 n. ninth st., ste. B, 208-336-9577 A light and airy space meets Italian flair at this quiet panini-and-cheese-plate spot. WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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shiGe Red CaRPeT

The Boise area hasn’t just embraced the food truck trend, it’s jumped on the running boards while waving a banner and screaming like a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber concert. And as the community has taken hold of the idea of getting quality, gourmet food from something with wheels, more entrepreneurs with a strong dose of culinary daring have stepped up, offering diners more options to explore. But rather than leaving patrons to wander the streets like roving bands of feral children in search of some spicy Korean tacos or a pulled pork sliders, the trucks have banded together—sort of like a biker gang but with way, way better catering and state-required health inspections. The monthly Boise Food Truck Rally—the second Friday of every month—is a mini version of what can be found daily in some larger cities but done on a Boise scale. Since it started in September 2011, participation has steadily grown, both among the food trucks and anxious eaters. The event reached an initial critical mass in March 2012, when so many people turned out that lines stretched into oblivion and trucks ran out of food. Organizers used the experience as a lesson and made adjustments to keep things flowing in the future. “It helped us get on a really steep learning curve,” said Sheila Francis, director of marketing and events at Payette Brewing Company. The initial idea for the rally came together after Archie’s Place food truck invited several other trucks to its launch party in the summer of 2011. “After that, we thought, ‘Why can’t we continue this?’” Francis said. Now a core group of six food trucks is joined monthly by whomever else can make the event, which rotates to different areas of Boise in an effort to reach more people. And the people have responded to boIsE fooD Truck rAlly their efforts, turning 5-9 p.m., the second friday of the month a curiosity into a updates at monthly see-and-beor @foodTruckRally on Twitter seen, must-attend event. “Some people have seen food trucks before, and others are just curious,” Francis said. “They’re looking for that bigger-city thing that has that culture.” That culture is an all-encompassing one, with the core group of 25- to 35-year-olds joined by teens, seniors and a whole lot of families, all on the lookout for food offerings they can’t find elsewhere in the area. While Payette Brewing is always on hand to keep the beer flowing, it’s also regularly joined by the likes of B29 Streatery, Archies Place, Brown Shuga Soul Food, Rice Works, Asian Boy BBQ, Calle 75 Street Tacos, A Cupcake Paradise, Boise Fry Company and Stuck in Your Grill. Even with all the hype, Francis said many first-timers are still surprised by what they find. “They’re not the roach coaches they’ve found before,” she said. —Deanna Darr

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rED fEAThEr lounGE

TAblErock brEWPub

246 n. eighth st., 208-429-6340, Creative fare is turned out with the local food scene in mind.

705 fulton st., 208-342-0944, This brewery not only boasts killer beers but a menu of tasty pub classics.


150 n. eighth st., ste. 222, 208-473-7200, Indian food isn’t the only specialty—there are Greek dishes and a mind-spinning number of beer choices.

105 s. sixth st., 208-287-9200, Think flaming torches and grass umbrellas with live music and tiki-themed cocktails.

shIGE / shIGE rED cArPET 100 n. eighth st., ste. 215, 208-338-8423, Sushi master Shige Matzuzawa’s masterpieces include the Boise roll as well as tempura and teriyaki dishes or fusion fine dining.



ThE TAPhousE 760 W. Main st. With more than 40 beers on tap and classic pub fare, there’s plenty to try.

Tony’s 103 n. Capitol Blvd., 208-343-1052 Authentic Neapolitan pizza.

405 s. eighth st., 208-345-6620, At midnight on Friday and Saturday, the Northwestfocused menu is put away, and the late-night menu— featuring fried chicken and waffles—appears.


suPErb sushI

305 n. ninth st., 208-384-0384, A full bar, family-style dinner and dim sum.

208 n. eighth st., 208-385-0123, With eclectic sushi rolls, Superb Sushi is looking to give you something different.

sushI Joy 2275 W. Main st., 208-433-8888, The name says it all—except it doesn’t mention that this eatery blends Chinese and Japanese cuisine, and offers exotic starters.

106 n. sixth st., 208-336-7777, This Sun Valley favorite brought its hand-tossed pizza with local ingredients to the City of Trees.

yEn chInG

yoI Tomo 405 s. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-3375, All-you-can-eat sushi for $17.99 at lunch or $24.99 for dinner.

ZEn bEnTo Multiple locations, This mostly take-out lunchonly joint serves up healthy salads and bento boxes.

North Boise 13Th sTrEET Pub 1520 n. 13th st., 208-639-8888 Popular retreat for family brunch, sports fans or cyclists.

36Th sTrEET bIsTro 3823 n. Garden Center Way, 208-433-5108, Weekend brunch is popular with a menu focused on locally grown and seasonal.

cAfE VIcIno 808 W. fort st., 208-472-1463, Classy modern Italian fare in a neighborhood restaurant.

hAWkIns PAc-ouT 2315 n. Bogus Basin Road, 208-338-9627, Hawkins is a siren song to those looking to get pumped up for a day at Bogus or refuel after a long day of play.

hIGhlAnDs holloW 2455 harrison hollow lane, 208-343-6820, Whether it’s appetizers, burgers or brews, stopping in is always a great idea.

hyDE PArk Pub 1501 n. 13th st., 208-336-9260, Casual pub food. The patio is one of the most popular in town.

lulu’s fInE PIZZA 2594 Bogus Basin Road, 208-387-4992, This spot boasts Big Applestyle gourmet pie for pizza lovers. WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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We live in the Northwest, which means three things: There’s no shortage of places hawking coffee and/or tea, microbrews are held as holy objects and microfleece fits for every occasion. There seems to be a great local coffee shop on every block, sometimes two or more of them. But sometimes that makes the hunt for the perfect cup in the perfect atmosphere all the more difficult. To help in your quest, here are some of our favorite local java joints and tea houses. food live music GrouPs


cafe de coco

117 13th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-465-6428,

miss Tami’s coTTaGe exPressions and Tea room

1030 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-1770,

shanGri-la boise

1800 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-424-0273,

alia’s coffeehouse

908 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-1299

biG ciTy coffee

1416 Grove St., Boise, 208-345-3145,

cole marr Gallery/ coffee house

404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630,

The crux

1022 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3213

dawson Taylor

219 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-336-5633,

The disTricT

110 S. Fifth St., Boise, 208-343-1089,

1314 Second St. S., Nampa, flyinG m 208-467-5533, coffeeGaraGe

flyinG m coffeehouse

500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320,


223 N. Sixth St., 208345-0777; 1612 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-345-4777,

moxie Java

Multiple locations,

rembrandT’s coffee shoP

93 S. Eagle Road, Eagle, 208-938-1564,

river ciTy coffee and cafe

5517 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-9161

salT Tears coffeehouse and noshery

4714 W. State St., Boise, 208-275-0017,





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The Green chile


2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948, The perfect place to refuel with a stiff drink and big plate of grub near Bogus.

5616 W. State St., 208-853-0103, Specializing in all things Southwest and hatch chile.

6100 W. State St., 208-629-7381, This eatery features pizza, salads, nachos and cold beer.

The Gyro shack

smoky mounTain

Multiple locations, Savor hummus, Greek salads, pita sandwiches and made-from-scratch gyros.

Multiple locations, 208-387-2727, This local favorite pizza joint is more than just pies.

los beTos

wesTside drive-in

Multiple locations Burritos as big as babies available all night.

Multiple locations, The Westside Drive-In menu has everything under the sun. And it’s been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Parrilla Grill 1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688 The fusion wrap eatery offers affordable eats and a popular bar.

sun ray cafe 1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887, Good weather finds bikes and their riders on the patio and daily specials keep things interesting.

State Street burGer ’n’ brew 4295 W. State St., 208-345-7700 This sports bar has two big goals: serve burgers and beer as well as possible.

The eGG facTory Multiple locations, Homestyle cooking focused on the details.

fanci freez 1402 W. State St., 208-344-8661 Drive-thru specializing in all manner of American eats and frozen treats.

flyinG Pie Pizzaria

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Multiple locations, “Whirled famous” pizzas use gourmet ingredients.

madhuban 6930 W. State St., 208-853-8215, This Indian eatery boasts a huge menu that includes traditional and new favorites.


Broadway Avenue boise fry comPany

Multiple locations, Boasting a Mediterranean menu for stay or takeout.

Multiple locations, The Boise burger joint features six different potatoes cut five different ways.

Pho 79

broadway deli

7310 W. State St., 208-853-8889 This family restaurant serves up egg rolls, salads, deep fried goods and pad thai.

Pizzalchik 7330 W. State St., 208-853-7757, Perfect robust salads, plus delicious original pizzas and whole chickens roasted in a stone-hearth oven.

salT Tears 4714 W. State St., 208-275-0017, From-scratch breakfast and sandwiches as well as weekly specials and family style dinners.

2789 Broadway Ave., 208-385-9943, Unique sandwiches piled high and some of the biggest and best fries in town.

burGer belly 1079 Broadway Ave., 208-336-1240 Casual family friendly burger and hotdog place.

busTers 1326 Broadway Ave., 208-345-5688, It’s one of Boise’s original sports bars and it remains one of the city’s favorites. www.b oiseweek

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bAnGkok ThAI

WIllI b’s

Multiple locations, Serving up soup, salad, brews and wine since 1978.

477 n. Milwaukee st., 208-375-0946, Thai joint with quality grub and a website featuring the “Pho hall of fame.”

12505 Chinden Blvd., 208-331-5666, Willi B’s specializes in bunkhouse cooking and items are homemade daily.



DElI GEorGE 220 s. Broadway ave., 208-323-2582, Behind the upside-down sign on Broadway, look for more than 30 sandwiches full of homemade ingredients and plenty of imagination.

DonG khAnh

frEsh off ThE hook

111 Broadway ave., 208-345-0980 Lunch specials are a bargain and the banquet dinners are a definite crowd pleaser.

507 n. Milwaukee st., 208-322-9224, It’s the best place in town for fresh, inexpensive seafood.

IchIbAn 1233 Broadway ave., 208-426-9188 A sushi and sashimi bar as well as tepanyaki grill.

IDAho PIZZA comPAny Multiple locations, Pizza, sandwiches and an all-you-can-eat salad bar with prices that won’t break the bank.

West Boise A TAsTE of ThAI 8053 emerald st., 208-323-8424, Authentic Thai made with the freshest ingredients.

bAD boy burGErs Multiple locations This burger joint offers all the requisite fare of a classic walk-up/drive-thru, plus some tasty surprises.

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7923 W. ustick Road, 208-377-3700 delsa’s offers homemade ice cream, as well as a menu of diner dishes.

fuJIyAmA 283 n. Milwaukee st., 208-672-8227, Fresh sushi in a serene atmosphere incongruously nestled in a strip mall.

kyoTo 6002 W. fairview ave., 208-378-8808, Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar.

lInDy’s sTEAkhousE 12249 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-375-1310 Bar on one side, restaurant on the other with some of Boise’s best fingersteaks.

sockEyE brEWEry

AnDrADE’s 4903 overland Road, 208-424-8890, Serving some of the best authentic Mexican fare in town.

bIG bun DrIVE-In 5816 W. overland Road, 208-375-5361 This Boise staple’s retro feeling will leave you with a sense of nostalgia.

bosnIA ExPrEss 4846 emerald st., 208-433-9955 One part market, one part cultural center and one part restaurant.

cAsAnoVA PIZZErIA 1204 s. vista ave., 208-331-3535, Offering “neo-Neapolitan” eats, many cooked in the wood-fired brick oven.

chIAnG mAI housE ThAI rEsTAurAnT 4898 W. emerald st., 208-342-4051 Some of the best traditional Thai food in Boise.

3019 n. Cole Road, 208-658-1533, The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent and the beer is delish.

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DoWn on ThE fArm: fArmErs mArkETs sPrInG uP To mEET GroWInG DEmAnD The growth of farmers markets over the last two decades is a compelling sign that a significant percentage of eaters across the country are shifting their allegiance from corporate to community based food systems. In 1994, when the U.S. department of Agriculture began tracking the trend, the agency found 1,755 farmers markets scattered across the country. By mid-2011, that number had skyrocketed to 7,175. Idaho’s enthusiasm for them is strong, too, and suggests that super-fresh, locally grown, seasonal meats, fruits and vegetables is no longer—if it ever was—the exclusive fetish of coastal urbanites and progressive foodies. “The number of farmers markets in Idaho has nearly tripled in 10 years,” said Lacy Menasco with the Idaho State department of Agriculture. “In 2002 we had 20, and 58 in 2011.” Those new markets have popped up not only in Boise, Sun Valley and Coeur d’Alene but also in Marsing, Arco, Montpelier and Jerome. To further shake the elitist stereotype, more Idaho markets each year are setting up Electronic Benefits Transfer systems so low-income customers can shop their local farmers markets. Around the state, markets are also offering cooking classes and education programs to help those with little experience cooking fresh, unprocessed food learn their way around a ripe, but fragile peach, a mystifying pile of fava beans or a richly marbled, grass-fed pork shoulder. To further improve and expand the Idaho farmers market scene, market managers have recently formed a statewide Idaho Farmers Market Association. Lisa duplessie, an association board member and assistant director of the Capital City Public Market, said the volunteer group will help give markets across the state a stronger political voice, promote important food-related programs and nurture new Idaho markets as they continue to multiply. —Guy Hand

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cucInA DI PAolo

rockIEs DInEr

WIcky WIcky sushI

1504 vista ave., 208-345-7150, Featuring take-out gourmet Italian entrees as well as a small dining area.

3900 overland Road, 208-336-2878, Waitresses on roller skates, a jukebox and guitars puncturing the ceiling.

6555 overland Road, 208-367-1314 Sushi joint on the bench offering unique dishes like the “dead Cat.”

ThE Gyro housE

shAnGrI-lA TEA room

WIlloWcrEEk GrIll

6631 ustick Road, 208-378-1325 Get a pita and a fat slice of baklava for desert.

1800 W. overland Road, 208-424-8822, A full menu of vegetarian options and tons of tea.

Multiple locations, Contemporary Northwest favorites served up a little differently.

sono bAnA

yokoZunA TErIyAkI

303 n. orchard st., 208-323-8822, Boise’s oldest sushi joint can still hold its own against more stylish newcomers.

824 s. vista ave., 208-377-3064, Japanese rice and noodle bowls on the cheap.

IshTAr 4516 W. overland Road, 208-275-8437 Mid-eastern fare served in a simple atmosphere with the focus on the food.

JErry’s sTATE courT 6767 W. fairview ave., 208-376-6767, Longtime Boise staple in the cafe scene.

PAnDA GArDEn 2801 overland Road, 208-433-1188, Generous portions from Chinese to sushi.

Pho TAm 1098 n. orchard st., 208-473-2386 This hole in the wall serves some of the best pho in town.

QuInn’s 1005 s. vista ave., 208-345-0135 Family friendly atmosphere on the restaurant side and drinkers can imbibe with impunity on the bar side.

rAW 2237 vista ave., 208-343-0270, Satiating sushi cravings on the bench.

sTAn’s 818 s. vista ave., 208-342-1199, Hot dogs, brats and a supersecret, trip worthy Bronco Sauce.

TAnGo’s 701 n. orchard st., 208-322-3090, Featuring affordable savory and sweet empanadas.

ThAI cuIsInE 6777 W. overland Road, 208-658-0516, Authentic Thai dishes served with an extra helping of elegant atmosphere.

TrEs bonnE cuIsInE 6555 W. overland Road, 208-658-1364, European-style deli inside a wine and beer shop.

East Boise bArbAcoA 276 Bobwhite Court, 208-338-5000, This classy Latin-fusion restaurant is the go-to place for a wine-and-dine night out.

bEn’s croW Inn 6781 Warm springs ave., 208-342-9669 One of the hoppingest places to stop in warm weather for a bucket of clams and a couple of cold ones.

bIEr:ThIrTy 3073 s. Bown Way, 208-342-1916, This beer-centric bistro features more than 400 craft and imported bottles.

locAVorE 3110 s. Bown Way, 208-338-8887 This local-centric eatery boasts a variety of espresso drinks, gluten-free breads and super-fresh salads. WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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unCle GiusePPe’s


lucky 13/ThE GArAGE 3662 s. eckert Road, 208-344-6967, Just about halfway between Boise and Lucky Peak, few can resist the urge to pull over and refuel.

mIckEyrAy’s Multiple locations, A BBQ meat-lovers paradise with traditional fixins.

PAT’s ThAI kITchEn 577 e. Park Blvd., ste. C110, 208-345-0026, Pat’s promise to deliver “delicious authentic Thai food” holds true.

ThE rEfuGE 404 e. Parkcenter Blvd., ste. 300, 208-424-8211, With pool, beer and TVs, this is a Parkcenter fun spot.

sIAm ThAI 590 e. Boise ave., 208-383-9032, Siam is known for its delicious Thai food in family style portions.

TAVErn AT boWn 3111 s. Bown Way, 208-345-2277, Choose between the streetside balcony for steak or the second-floor patio for sushi at this Bown Crossing pub.

ThE TrollEy housE 1821 Warm springs ave., 208-345-9255 The only remnant of Boise’s streetcar system and a favorite neighborhood diner. Breakfast and lunch only.

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South Boise ThE chEf’s huT 164 s. Cole Road, 208-376-3125, A classic greasy spoon with good breakfasts and great prices and generous portions.

ck hAWAIIAn bbQ 7709 overland Road, ste. 110, 208-376-4380, Hawaiian favorites like teriyaki as well as Asian fusion.

sushI yA 8915 W. overland Road, 208-377-2000, Huge selection of all-you-caneat sushi.

TWIsTED TImbEr 4563 s. Cloverdale Road, 208-362-7157, A great beer selection along with pizza and sandwiches.

Garden City


El GAllo GIro

7709 W. overland Road, ste. 130, 208-949-3536, Whether you prefer your crepes stuffed with fruit or fromage, sugar or salmon, you’ll find it here.

5285 Glenwood st., 208-321-0355, Authentic Mexican fare.

GooDWooD Multiple locations, Some of Boise’s favorite barbecue with a classy, casual vibe.

lE coQ rouGE 1320 s. Maple Grove Road, 208-376-9463 This quaint French restaurant is family owned and run.

lEGEnDs 7609 W. overland, ste. 100, 208-377-1819, Getting into the spirit of things is easy at this welcoming pub.

PAD ThAI housE 1473 s. five Mile Road, 208-375-6014, Specializing in red curry and spring rolls.

nEW york rIchIE’s 5865 n. Glenwood st., 208-323-0003, Hot sandwiches, pizza by the slice and pasta.

sofIA’s GrEEk bIsTro 6748 n. Glenwood st., 208-853-0844, Specializing in gyros, souvlaki, rice bowls and burgers piled with feta and lamb.

sTAGEcoAch Inn 3132 Chinden Blvd., 208-342-4161, A Boise classic with strong drinks, big steaks and a wood-lined bar.

unclE GIusEPPE’s 6826 Glenwood st., 208-473-2578, A classic East Coast deli with a cornucopia of specialty meats and cheeses. WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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Meridian chEErlEADErs 3541 n. eagle Road, 208-939-9209, Burgers, tantalizing finger foods and the baby back ribs are all highlights of the menu at this ultimate sports pub.

curb bAr AnD GrIll 1760 s. Meridian Road, 208-855-0202, Southwest-style pub food, live music and a big ol’ garage door that opens up to patio seating.

r & r PublIc housE

Multiple locations, Tons of breakfast and lunch faves in a bright, open eatery.

1626 s. Wells ave., ste. 115, 208-258-2080, Classic modern decor sets the stage for relaxed dining.

hArry’s 2032 e. overland Road, 208-888-9868 Whether you’re in for the grub or the beer, they know how to serve it up right.

JAkErs 3268 e. Pine ave., 208-288-0898, It’s a casual place that still manages to feel upscale.


1115 n. Main st., 208-884-0142 Top-notch Basque cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.

1603 n. Main st., 208-895-9861, There’s no deep fryer and most offerings are house made in this local hangout.

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1767 W. franklin Road, 208-846-9535, Beer. Wings. ESPN. Almost two dozen beers on tap.

2500 e. fairview ave., 208-884-5200, One of the valley’s original Italian eateries.

fusIon AsIAn GrIll

1441 n. eagle Road, 208-888-3467, A plethora of flavors influenced by Asian, Mexican and Northwest cuisine.

3161 e. fairview ave., 208-855-5930 Serving Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes.

GElATo cAfE 2053 e. fairview ave., 208-846-8410, Gelato, coffee, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, gyros, martinis ... pick your poison.

GIno’s 3015 W. McMillan Road, ste. 108, 208-887-7710 This little bistro offers authentic Italian fine dining.

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rIck’s PrEss room 130 e. idaho ave., 208-288-0558, A menu of simple, gourmet food in a news-themed pub.

ruDy’s Pub AnD GrIll 2310 e. overland Road, ste. 150, 208-884-4453, The menu runs the gamut of sports-pub fare but made with quality ingredients.

sA-WAD-DEE 1890 e. fairview ave., ste. B, 208-884-0701, Offering traditional Thai cuisine.

sAkAnA 1718 s. eagle Road, 208-888-6278 Reserve a tatami room for a quiet sushi and sake dinner.

schoonEr’s 499 s. Main st., 208-884-3737 Neighborhood grill with a menu of casual favorites.

1435 n. eagle Road, 208-895-1900, The changing menu features soups, salads and entrees.

shAnAZ homE kITchEn


sTEVE’s cAfE

2902 n. eagle Road, 208-884-4400, A comfy, casual spot to bring the family after the game or to watch one.

2483 e. fairview ave., ste. 105, 208-887-1133, With huckleberry dishes and house-made sausage, breakfast is extra delish.

520 s. Main st., 208-922-6433 Asian and Southern all mixed into one giant bowl of comfort food.

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Eagle AhI sushI 1193 e. Winding Creek drive, ste. 104, 208-938-3474, Ahi seems to be vying for an award for the most beautiful sushi in the valley.

bEllA AQuIlA 775 s. Rivershore lane, 208-938-1900, Fine dining with homemade pasta and local ingredients.

ThE bluE moosE cAfE 79 aikens Road, 208-939-3079, It’s impossible to visit and not dive into one of the monstrous sandwiches.

DAVIncI’s 190 e. state st., 208-939-2500, Casual Italian cuisine in quaint downtown Eagle.

JoE mAmA’s 600 s. Rivershore lane, ste. 170, 208-939-3917, Breakfast and lunch classics with a focus on house-made.

ThE rIVEr rock EAGlE 228 e. Plaza Road, 208-938-4788 Enjoy the beautiful patio and share a plate of nachos.

russIAn bEAr cAfE 600 s. Rivershore lane, ste. 160, 208-939-1911, Borscht, Russian crepes, beef stroganoff, potato pancakes—it’s all homemade.

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fIrEhousE Pub

3210 e. Chinden Blvd., 208-938-1599, This bright and airy joint will fill you up with its sushi bar and tepanyaki grills.

1515 n. Midland Blvd., 208-463-0167, Flat screen TVs, games, billiards, breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and pizza.


512 12th ave., 208-467-5739, da kine Hawaiian favorites for you to grind.

1117 e. Winding Creek drive, 208-939-6680, This neighborhood sandwich joint and wine bar also features Sunday brunch.

Caldwell AThEnA’s GrEEk GrIllE 2609 e. Blaine st., 208-454-9169 Greek food options in Caldwell are not many, but Athena’s gets the job done.

IslAnD kInE GrInDs

mEssEnGEr PIZZA 1224 first st. s., 208-461-0081 With a “Catholic retro atmosphere” and pizza offerings such as the Chuck Norris.

sImPlE sushI bAr 1214 first st. s., 208-464-4663, This sushi joint isn’t bluffing about sustainability; it keeps a bio on every fish sliced and diced at its counter.

ImElDA’s 2414 Cleveland Blvd., 208-454-8757 Known for homemade tortillas and a make-your-owntaco option.

mAncIno’s 2412 Cleveland Blvd., 208-459-7556 Home to oven-baked sandwiches with melted cheese piled high with deli meats.

Kuna El GAllo GIro 482 W. Main st., 208-922-5169, Main courses are huge and span Tex-Mex to authentic.

PErEGrInE 751 W. fourth st., 208-922-4421, The steakhouse with more to offer than steak.

Nampa brIck 29 bIsTro 320 11th ave. s., ste. 100, 208-468-0029, Nampa’s casually upscale eatery serves fancy takes on common foods.

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saturday, aug. 4 Julia davis Park, Boise For one day each summer, Boise’s Julia davis Park fills with the undeniable smells and tastes of traditional Southern Soul Food—stuff that’s good for your soul, if not your waistline. Boise’s celebration is the oldest Soul Food celebration in the Northwest, marking its 19th anniversary. And for all those years crowds have flocked to the park to fill up not only on food but on live music. But this day isn’t just about stuffing yourself, it also serves as a fundraiser for the Idaho Black History Museum and the Idaho Foodbank.

friday, sept. 21-sunday, sept. 23 sun valley This festival is about some of the best things in life: food, wine and stunning scenery. The annual event includes wine tastings, a restaurant walk and even chef demos. And since the area is a bit of a dichotomy of cultures, the event is balanced by both a river guide cooking contest and a martini and caviar party. Of course, it’s the Grand Tasting that caps off three days of foodie-centric happenings. Best yet, nearly every offering shows off the very best in local and regional cuisine.

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friday, nov. 23 Grove Plaza, Boise Each year on the day after Thanksgiving Idahoans have the chance to extend that warm-fuzzy feeling of giving at the annual fundraiser for the Idaho Foodbank. Lines stretch nearly the block at times as people queue up for gourmet soup made by some of the city’s favorite restaurants. But more than just a warm meal, everyone takes home a handcrafted bowl donated by local potters and pottery shops. The bowls are the cherry-on-top of the knowledge that all proceeds are used to help keep those in need from feeling the pangs of hunger.

Thursday, april 11, 2013 Boise Centre, Boise Think of it as gluttony with a cause. Every year the Elks Rehab Center’s Meals on Wheels program gathers several dozen of the area’s best chefs to pamper ticket-holders with a full night of food, wine, music and a silent auction. Participants wander among the chefs, sampling their creations as they go. In the process of offering mobile calories, the event also raises money for the Meals on Wheels program, which makes sure that house-bound seniors in Ada County get hot meals.

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Mid-May 2013 st. seraphim of sarov orthodox Church, Boise If all you know about Russian cuisine is vodka and stroganoff, it’s time to explore the rich cultural heritage of the area’s Russian community—with your stomach. Each spring the community comes together for two days of celebration with not only food, but traditional Russian folk tales crafts and tours of the St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church. Those of you who want to catch a bite at the festival can gorge yourself and then take home even more so you can stock your freezer to get you through the rest of the year.

friday, June 7- saturday, June 8, 2013 saints Constantine and helen Greek orthodox Church, Boise The Greeks have gotten a lot of props for the whole inventing democracy thing, but they’re also pretty damned good with a party. And no party is bigger for the Treasure Valley Greek community than the two days of the Greek Food Festival. The grounds of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church are filled with the enticing scents of classic Greek dishes. And with any good party, there’s always a wine and beer garden, plenty of music and dancing. Opa!

sunday, June 9, 2013 idaho Botanical Garden, Boise While Idaho’s wine industry has been overshadowed by those in neighboring states, the vineyards in the Gem State are holding their own. Each June the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission gets wineries from across the state together for an afternoon in Idaho Botanical Garden, wine glass in hand, sampling the fruits of the labor of Idaho wine makers. And since nothing goes better with wine than a little food, some of the best chefs from around the area are on hand with an array of offerings.

Mid-June 2013 ahavath Beth israel Congregation, Boise Show up hungry when you head to deli days, because you will eat—a lot. deli days is the ultimate kosher celebration in the Treasure Valley, and it’s sometimes the only two days when you can find homemade pastrami, corned beef on rye and kosher hot dogs. The event is a fundraiser for the congregation, housed in the oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi River—it has been used since 1896. But deli days is about more than food. The festival is filled with music from local musicians, as well as a community. But, yeah, it’s mainly about the food.

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Who: Tim Johnstone

Josh Gross | PhotoGraPh By Laurie Pearman


im Johnstone is a familiar voice to many Boiseans. He’s the music director and morning show co-host at 94.9 FM The River, a job he took after working as regional promotion director for Virgin Records in both Denver and Seattle, and serving many tours of duty in the Boise music scene. How long did you work at the Record Exchange? Too many years to count, 15 or something ... man. Well, let’s say through college, after college, through another career and then here for another 15 years or so after that. It was awhile. What has changed in the time you’ve been involved in the Boise music scene? For one thing, there were not nearly as many places for kids to play, for the all-ages scene as there are now. There were only a couple all-ages clubs basically set up for the punk rock shows and everybody kept to their own scene for the most part. And in the last 10 years, there has been an explosion in places that support music. ... Downtown Boise used to roll up and die at 5 p.m. Literally, there was The Bouquet and couple other bars you could go see music, and now it seems like most places that are going to be open figure on having live music of some sort, even if it’s dueling pianos. Who do you want people to remember? There was a Boise band called Famous in Spain that I still find myself humming songs that they had. Did you make it to Treefort Music Fest? I got to see a little bit of it. I think my favorite thing about Treefort was the energy it brought to downtown Boise, and for a couple of days there, I was like, “Am I in Boise, or am I in Austin, [Texas]?” Cause, having done SXSW for quite a long time and watching what would happen there in the streets of Austin, I just loved that there was a little bit of that, here where I live, and it made Boise feel bigger than it is, and yet at the same time smaller, because it was like our community of people who were all there showing what Boise could be for a music city. I am so impressed with the job that was done on something so big, for the first year that it happened. I just think that was remarkable.

What are some of the most memorable events you’ve witnessed as part of the Boise scene? We’ve had some events at The Record Exchange that were fairly unbelievable. The first time Ben Harper came through Boise, he didn’t do a show anywhere else. I didn’t think we were going to survive that one just from the amount of people that showed up. And then there will always be the great and unfortunate and horrendous Billy Corgan experiment that was the in-store with the Smashing Pumpkins here. It was maybe the worst day of my life. Who are you rooting for? More than anything, I’m rooting for really great songs. Because you can have all the little production gizmos you need to make something sound like it should be played on the radio, or you can have all these people who can twist your vocals so that they sound good—which by the way is not what great records are all about—but if you don’t have a great song, if you’re not telling an interesting story, if you don’t have sort of the basic building blocks there, then I don’t think it really matters. What hurdles does the Boise music scene face? I would hope that Boise gets a little bit more respectful for the people that are onstage. Obviously, if you’re out to have fun, to have a beer and everything, that’s great, but, I still think that’s one hurdle that Boise audiences have to get past. And I’ve lived in Seattle and Denver and been to shows all over the place, and it seems to be worse here than it is in a lot of other places. I think that’s one hurdle and maybe the biggest for me personally.

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blooDy GooD blooDy mary The search for the best in red

Josh Gross and sheree WhiteLey | iLLustration By adam rosenLund On the surface, the bloody mary seems simple: tomato juice and vodka. But in reality, it is a complex expression of culinary philosophy. Should it be tasteful and to the point? Should it be overflowing with gaudy garnishes? Should it scald your tongue with heat? Should the drink be vegetarian? every bar has its own take, and here’s the scoop on some of Boise’s best interpretations.

bacon Proving its ability to stick to a theme, the Bakon Bloody Mary at Bacon is soused with Bakon vodka and served in a glass rimmed with delicious salted bacon dust. But you better be hungry if you order this drink. Not only does it come in a big effin’ glass, and with thick pulpy tomato juice, it has a slab of—what else?—bacon piled on top. (Page 29)

GamEkEEpEr lounGE if you like to make your own Bloody Mary, but don’t much cotton to all the hippies in hyde Park, you’re in luck. the 1970s las Vegas gloom of the gamekeeper lounge rocks a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., as well as one made by the bartender with a thick house-made mix, heavy with Worcestershire sauce tang and just a hint of black pepper. (Page 50)

barDEnay Start with house-made vodka, add tomato juice, a slew of spices, celery and asparagus, then serve it up in a short glass and you’ve got Bardenay’s bloody standard. feeling adventurous? Opt for a basil-infused, Clamato-laden, tequila-based or superspicy variety. this always-packed hangout spot has six varieties of marys to choose from, which will provide a cure for any type of hangover. (Page 52)

bustErs GrIll anD bar this drink is not very flashy in the accessories department, but it’s strong and spicy, with thick ground pepper and a bite of vodka. So stinging is this bloody mary, it is almost to the point of being astringent, which is great for the bloody mary’s No. 1 purpose: getting you back on track come Sunday morning. And even better, on said Sunday morning this sucka is only $2.75. (Page 51)

FlatbrEaD communIty oVEn A skyscraper of a celery stalk protrudes from a saladworth of arugula in flatbread Community Oven’s Zesty Bloody Mary. tomatoes and a thick slice of bacon atop bacon-infused vodka take this concoction from morning drink to near-meal status, but according to the staff, it’s really the mix that makes this mary a winner. Don’t worry non-carnivores, the veg variety is also delish. (Page 29)

Fork Don’t be frightened by the sea-creature-like thing sitting next to the pickles and lemon wedge near the edge of the glass on fork’s Market Bloody Mary. the fried blue cheese olive is one of the most unique accoutrements found on a cocktail, and garners inquisitive looks. But it’s also crunchy, tangy, downright delicious and reason enough to order a bloody. (Page 30) 48 | AnnuAl MAnuAl 2012-2013 | boiseweekly

JakErs GrIll the first thing you will notice about a bloody mary from Jakers is that it is a meat beverage, with a large prawn hanging on the glass’s rim next to a large celery stalk. But when you take a drink, you notice its smooth and velvety texture with strong flavors of lime and thick tomato juice. it focuses on the classic roots of the drink and delivers exactly the sort of bloody mary your grandparents drank in steakhouses of the 1970s. (Page 42)

parrIlla GrIll idahoans are self-reliant, so much so that, occasionally, they go to a bar to make their own drinks. Case in point: Parrilla’s $3 build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. What will it be? Vodka with pickles and A1 sauce or 18 different kinds of salt with a drop of tomato juice for color? (Page 51)

rED FEathEr lounGE this may be the single cocktail made at Red feather that eschews class for a sense of whimsy. it comes dressed up in beans, red peppers, lemons, olives, cucumbers and pickles made into a bizarre smiley face. held together with toothpicks, it functions like a protective cage that must be removed to reach the liquid part of the drink, which is in the manner of the heirloom tomato, boasts a bright tangy flavor, which is then followed by a wave of cracked black pepper. (Page 52)

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aFtEr hour Eats: latE-nIGht loVE For your tastEbuDs 13th strEEt pub anD GrIll

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The North End eatery offers a late-night menu that runs from 11 p.m. to midnight. 1520 N. 13th St., Boise, 208639-8888

Grab wood-oven baked pizza and partake of the bar until midnight every Friday and Saturday night. 615 W. Main St., Boise, 208-287-4757,

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With bands, karaoke and food until midnight on the weekends, Ha Penny fills your stomach and your appetite for entertainment. Open until the ever-evasive “close.” 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568,

Solid keeps the kitchen open until midnight daily, but on Friday and Saturday nights it offers a late-night menu from midnight until 4 a.m. with the likes of a chicken-and-waffle combo. 405 S. Eighth St., 208345-6620,

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116 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 208-888-9034 Around since the beginning of time, this is a bar’s bar.

3132 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-342-4161, The Boise classic’s woodlined bar and strong drinks are timeless.

1010 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-384-0613 The ultimate college dive bar with a few unique touches.

o’mIchaEl’s 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-342-8948, Stiff drinks, a full menu and an ideal location for those who had fun in the Foothills.


513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344 Pengilly’s is a classic among classics and its expanded space has made relaxing and live music even better.

BROke BOOZiNg Get a drink when you’re cash strapped thE lIFt 4091 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-3250, Slamin’ deals, a great patio and a respectable menu.

pItchErs anD pInts 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208-906-1355 It’s a shoebox but it’s an ideal final stop.

QuartEr barrEl 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430 With daily specials, karaoke, trivia and a heated smoking area, it’s worth the jaunt.

r bar 1041 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-629-0029, This cozy bar is the perfect hangout spot for any style.

WIllI b’s saloon 12505 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-331-5666, Specializing in bunkhouse cooking and cheap, stiff drinks.

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DePeNDABleS Oldies but goodies GamEkEEpEr lounGE 1109 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611, A shadowy, classic lounge where live jazz rules.

ha’ pEnny 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568, A cozy, old-world pub with a menu of Irish and American favorites in downtown.

pIpEr pub & GrIll

SketCh-tAStiC Putting the dive back in the bar 44 club 4340 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-0693 No taps, just ice-cold bottled beer and legendary karaoke.

broaDWay bar

150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-2444, With a wraparound patio and a great scotch selection, it’s the place to kick back.

1712 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9551 There’s something irresistible about this bar that’s a throwback to the ’70s.


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1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-345-0135 Half cafe, half bar, it’s a favorite for post-party brunch.

thE ranch club 3544 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7447 This bar is a smoker’s haven and full of booze-oriented fun.

517 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-9732 Watering hole for the serious drinker by day, 20-something magnet by night.

charlIE broWn’s 5783 Overland Road, Boise, 208-375-6541 A true neighborhood bar, but its regulars will welcome you right in.

FIrEsIDE Inn 1610 N. 31st St., Boise, 208-342-9075 Dark and windowless, it’s like an old cavern with plenty of space for everyone.

GIl’s k-9 bar 2506 Main St., Boise, 208-345-4420 Don’t be scared of the unknown. Pub grub and a healthy selection of libations lurk inside.

JIm’s alIbI 2710 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9220, Drinks are cheap, the folks are friendly.

lIttlE Dutch GarDEn 1910 S. Owyhee St., Boise, 208-342-9034 Sitting in a neighborhood, this bar is like hanging out in your buddy’s garage.

suDs taVErn 1024 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-9656, While Suds usually maintains a diverse crowd, killer drink deals attract tightbudgeted college students. WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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Boise’s beloved Bar Gernika serves up favorites like croquettes and chorizo sandwiches until 11 p.m. on TuesdaysThursdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3442175,

With a no-domestic policy, you won’t be able to say no to a beer with your slice. Open Friday and Saturday with a full menu until 11 p.m. and slices only until 2 a.m. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201,

If it’s fried morsels you’re craving, swing into Mulligan’s for a pile of tater tots or chicken strips to accompany all that beer. The kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998

mErrItt’s country caFE Sure, it’s not near the matrix of bars located downtown, but it’s worthy of cab fare for the awesomeness of a 24-hour sconery. 6630 W. State St., Boise, 208853-1801

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Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to sate all your burrito cravings. Seriously, burritos bigger than your head. 5220 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-658-1185; 6906 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-1494

Selling kooky creations like potato-bacon pizza. Crazy people watching until 3 a.m. SundayThursday and 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Multiple locations,

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2801 Fletcher St., Boise, 208-342-9420 If you can find it—behind a grove of trees off Fairview Avenue—don’t forget to bring your dog.

246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813, This Northwestern pub has an impressive menu, great drinks and crowd-worthy patio.

3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-658-1533, The menu is pub fare with a healthy bent, frequent live music and a patio perfect for beer-filled summer days.


lEku ona

sun ray caFE

117 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-6665, A little piece of a traditional Basque culture where the bar is the center of it all.

VIsta bar

lIQuID / solID

813 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-345-5058 The little A-frame has been a watering hole for many a year, and it continues to maintain its neighborhood bar feel.

the OutSiDeRS Drinking in the open bElla aQuIla 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-1900, The riverside restaurant boasts one of the best patios around. Check out happy hour and Sunday brunch.

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405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110., Boise, 208-287-5379,, Liquid has cheap drinks and tons of entertainment, from comedy to tunes, while Solid has a two-for-one happy hour.

lucky 13/thE GaraGE 3662 S. Eckert Road, Boise, 208-344-6967, Be sure to bring your bike, dog and kids to the patio.

parrIlla GrIll 1512 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-323-4688 Creative cocktails and great Tex-Mex in this local hangout.

rEEF 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200, Go for the rooftop deck— think flaming torches, grass umbrellas, bamboo.

1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887, The expansive patio is a great place to get your daily vitamin D while people watching in Hyde Park. LAuRI E P EARMAN

3301 N. Collister St., Boise, 208-331-8225 While it seems like it’s about to fall down, Terry’s is just getting the party started.


AthletiC AlCOhOl Game time means beer time bustErs 1326 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-5688, With TVs blaring sports and waitresses in skimpy outfits, it stays true to the noble genre of sports bar.

crEscEnt bar 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-322-9856, To drink here, one must enjoy cold beer, a kick-ass happy hour and above all, not be a lawyer.

Dutch GoosE

thE pockEt

3515 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-8887, It’s in a class of its own, with piles of games alongside a surprisingly great menu.

1487 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-2474 Venture inside this expansive pool hall for a cold brew or a stiff cocktail.

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205 N. 10th St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-338-5454 Family friendly sports grill where the game is always on.

6570 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-322-9122 Q’s is a Boise standard that defines the term “pool hall.”

mcclEary’s pub

stubs sports pub

604 N. Orchard Ave., Boise, 208-342-3007, Plenty of taps and a happy hour that boasts gotta-see-itto-believe-it prices.

3662 S. Findley Ave., Boise, 208-336-7882, For sports lovers. Every seat in the house has a view of one of the many TVs.

iNCOgNitO Hide from the world outside 4-E’s bar 379 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-1853 This bar’s claim to fame is quarter pool on its antique tables and it’s rumored to be the friendliest bar in Kuna.

thE buFFalo club 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811 Cowboys will feel at home at the country-Western bar.

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bErryhIll & co.

rED FEathEr lounGE

499 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-3737 Chill neighborhood bar with plenty of ways to have fun.

121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553, Elegant surroundings and patio make it a great destination for an after-work drink.

246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340, A wine haven paired with local produce and righteously whipped-up cocktails all in a chic atmosphere.

CReMe De lA BOOZe Where to class it up anGEll’s LAu R IE P EAR M AN

999 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-4900, Best for impressing a client or a quiet date night.

barbacoa bustED shoVEl

JumpIn’ JanEts

lucky DoG

1646 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-3063 It’s a biker bar that’s not just for bikers. Check out the choppers and hogs out front any summer evening.

572 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-7620, A regular stop-off for funloving folks who like a deal, some attitude and a surprisingly tasty menu.

2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-333-0074, Great prices and strong drinks in this super-friendly gay bar.

Jo’s sunshInE lounGE

lonGhorn lounGE

naVaJo room

458 W. Third St., Kuna, 208-922-4163 It’s been in Kuna longer than anyone can remember. Prices are so cheap, there’s no happy hour needed.

4900 Emerald St., Boise, 208-343-5817 Ah, the comfort of wooden decor with a Western theme.

1115 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-376-2700, Sing some tunes, swig some beers and shoot pool at this sweet hotel bar.

thE GrEat DrInkInG DIVErsIons crossWorD—a DIVErsIon In ItsElF

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276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 208-338-5000, This Latin-fusion restaurant has two happy hours in its eclectic, chic bar.

barDEnay 610 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538; 155 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-5093, The spirits are made in house and the big patio pairs nicely with pitchers of mojitos.

across 3. What they race on Thursday nights at Mac and Charlie’s 7. The answers get phoned in on Tuesday nights at Pengilly’s Saloon during this 8. Why you need to ante up at the Ranch Club and the Eastside Tavern 9. Catch this live at bars like Red Room, Neurolux, Pengilly’s Saloon, Reef, Visual Arts Collective, Liquid, Tom Grainey’s and The Shredder 10. What to order when you go to Grape Escape 11. How to roll the dice at Solid 13. Minerva Jayne holds court the first Tuesday of the month at Balcony Club for this

thE brIckyarD 601 Main St., Boise, 208-287-2121, The classy steakhouse bar turns into a dueling piano battle for the late crowd.

chanDlErs 981 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-383-4300, The lights are low and the live jazz is always on. Order a Ten Minute Martini and chill.

happy FIsh 855 Broad St., Boise, 208-343-4810, The martini menu may be bigger than the sushi menu. Maybe.

moDErn hotEl 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, Handcrafted cocktails rule, so don’t even think about ordering a vodka soda in this chic lounge.

15. What game of chance Boise bars don’t have 16. What sound effect you might hear if you start a bar fight 17. What to wear to ride the bull at Dirty Little Roddy’s 18. The initials for what you should always have lined up before a night on the town 19. Why you break into song at Terry’s State Street Saloon, the 44 Club, the Navajo Room and Quinn’s DoWn 1. On Monday nights at Shorty’s and Tuesday nights at Fatty’s, you can play this 2. This is where you might end up if you drink until last call at 2 a.m.

taVErn at boWn 3111 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-345-2277, Drink a bottle of wine on the patio or lounge on the second floor balcony.

’tuDe AND tAttOOS Where it’s all about attitude Front Door 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201, Two words sum up a drinking experience: “domestic free.” And it has liquor, too.

mullIGans bar 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998 A hipster heaven with strong, cheap drinks and pub grub.

3. Why it pays to be a nerd on Thursday nights at Piper Pub and Grill 4. The part of the horse you can throw at McCleary’s Pub, The Ranch Club and Little Dutch Garden 5. What Boise Weekly tests the temperature of each summer 6. The game that has gone from the cruise ship to the bar at Sammy’s 12. What you need to win at the multitude of Last Call Trivia nights at area bars. 14. What you yell when you enter a Greek bar answers on page 54.

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tom GraInEy’s

mack anD charlIE’s

111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886, One of Boise’s favorite bars for live music and stiff drinks that will make you wish you’d asked for a tall glass.

107 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-2505, With live music both upstairs and down, you get two different experiences without ever leaving the building.

507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-830-9977 Stop in on a weekend to meet what seems like the city’s entire population of 21- to 25-year-olds.

1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, The venue’s velour kitsch decor and elevated stage is sure to appeal to both bands and live-music fans alike.

WhAt’S YOuR SigN

609 Main St., Boise, 208-345-9515 The “MSB” has long been the place to go looking good and looking for a good time.


DIrty lIttlE roDDy’s

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Move it balcony club 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313, It’s the fiercest gay bar in town with a dance party every night, but the straight crowd can’t stay away.

chIna bluE 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-9515, The music is always thumping, the people are pretty and the dance floor is fun.

A little something, something 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-9515 The drinks are strong, the outfits skimpy and there’s a mechanical bull. You get the idea.

Fatty’s 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, It’s party central, with a crowd looking for everything from beer pong to comedy.

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coWGIrls 353 Ave. E., Kuna, 208-922-9522, Dancing on the bar is a literal thing here.

humpIn’ hannah’s 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557 For three decades, Hannah’s has been the place to get your dance on to live music.

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craFt brEWInG rEnaIssancE Boise embraces the microbrew with both hands tara morGan | PhotoGraPh By Laurie Pearman Not so long ago, big-name domestic brews drowned the Boise market—ads promoted beers with a “light and refreshing,” “less filling” taste, and bashed “bitter beer face.” But, oh, how the times have changed. Now craft breweries and boutique beer-focused joints are popping tops on corners from Boise to Meridian. And even the dive-iest dive bar slings some sort of microbrew. “even five years ago here it was still a domesticdominant market. But over the last five years, it’s definitely snowballed into a more open-minded market,” said kris Price, head brewer at crooked Fence brewing co. Crooked fence opened in garden City in february 2012. the 2,400-square-foot commercial brewing facility features four 15-barrel tanks and cranks out staple brews—like the Rusty Nail Pale Ale and the Crooked fence Porter—and also spe56 | AnnuAl MAnuAl 2012-2013 | boiseweekly

cializes in small-batch specialty beers, like the Sins of Our fathers imperial Stout. “i’m surprised it’s taken this long, as far as breweries popping up. We definitely need it, considering the fact that we grow 25 percent of the hops in the nation and we are lacking breweries comparatively to everywhere else in the u.S.,” Price said. Mike francis, owner of payette brewing company, echoed that sentiment. he opened Payette in May 2011 in garden City. the brewery has made a name for itself supplying brews like the Mutton Buster Brown and Outlaw iPA to myriad events around town. And in a little over a year, Payette has expanded its operation twice—increasing its capacity to nine 30-barrel tanks. “We’re at 100 percent capacity right now,” said francis. “And we’re getting close to summer, where beer drinkers drink more—everyone drinks more in

the summer.” Both Payette and Crooked fence represent a major shift in the Boise brewing scene, which has traditionally been dominated by small restaurant/ brewpubs that focus on supplying suds for their own taps. “We’re production-focused. We want to have our beer on tap around town, whereas the pubs that have been here before were focused on their restaurants and bringing people in to drink the beer there,” said francis. “We have a tasting room, but our main focus is, ‘hey, go drink our beer at the 80 different places around town that have it.’” But that’s not to say the old guard has been left out of the trend. Bob McSherry, head brewer at Boise’s 21-year-old brewery tablerock brewpub, has also noticed a rise in demand for craft beer and drinkers with generally bolder palates. WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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“i think people, for lack of a better “it’s a large investment, that’s what word, are not liking the insipid big it comes down to. Buying shelf space, boys anymore. they’re getting adgetting into distributors and what venturous and tasting stuff—hoppier not,” said McSherry. “there are some beers, more flavors,” said McSherry. hurdles but somebody with the big though local linchpins like pocketbook could probably overtablerock, sockeye brewery and come that.” highlands hollow brewhouse have A lot has changed in the last been preaching the craft beer gospel decade. in addition to more local beer for years, McSherry isn’t bitter about options, there’s also an increased craft sharing the spotlight with a new crew beer infrastructure. Specialty stores of local breweries. like Brewforia, Brewer’s haven and “high water floats all boats beBier:thirty offer an increased array of cause good beer is good for Boise,” domestic and imported options. And said McSherry. “We can learn stuff beer-focused restaurants like Bitterfrom them, and i just think it’s an allcreek Ale house, R&R Public house, around good thing.” Bar gernika and the With this increased recently opened crookED FEncE interest in microbrews, taphouse offer an brEWInG co. both Payette and arena for beer-lovers to 5242 Chinden Blvd., Crooked fence hope sample craft brews. Garden City, to eventually expand “in the last year, their operations to inwe’ve also seen two payEttE brEWInG company clude bottling facilities. new distributors open 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, “One of the things up that specialize in 208-344-0011, we’re really focused on craft beers or specialty ... is trying to get into imported beers, that’s tablErock packaging for cans or Mann Distributing and brEWpub 705 W. Fulton St., Boise, bottles. ... So that is Small Potatoes,” added 208-342-0944, kind of our next push David Roberts, to get into Albertsons proclaimed “craft beer sockEyE brEWEry because you can’t evangelist” at Brew3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, 208-658-1533, get any local beer at foria. “three years Albertsons still,” said ago, before Brewforia hIGhlanDs holloW francis. opened, there were brEWhousE Crooked fence is maybe half the brands 2455 harrison hollow Lane, already bottling its available.” Boise, 208-343-6820, brews but in an unsusAnd with the tainable way. ing of Bend, Ore.’s 10 “Right now, we’re barrel brewing downactually doing all of town, Roberts only our beers in bottling, but it’s very sees the craft beer scene continuing limited because the process that to expand in Boise. we’re doing, it’s a manual setup, “if you consider Portland, [Ore.]’s where it’s hands-on. We’re touchcraft brewing scene, they have 55 ing every bottle and capping every breweries just within their city limits, bottle,” said Price. “it’s very timeand then they have a slate of other consuming and labor-intensive and breweries that are all around it,” said not really financially a very good Roberts. “i don’t see any reason why, decision, but we wanted to do it given the current level of interest in anyway to get the beer out there.” beer in Boise, that we won’t ... reach McSherry said that tablerock had that. i anticipate more brewerthe same idea 10 years ago, when ies opening up, more craft beer it opened a bottling plant in Meridstores, more craft beer events, more ian. unfortunately, the venture was emphasis on food and beer paired unsuccessful. together.” boiseweekly | AnnuAl MAnuAl 2012-2013 | 57

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bar hoppInG For all occasIons Pick your own path deanna darr


13th Street Pub


Angell’s Bar & grill

Bar gernika

With about a billion bars in the Boise area, sometimes it’s hard to pick where to go. But that abundance of booze-swilling establishments also means there are plenty of options to tailor your night on the town to your needs. Raising a little hell with your buds? We’ve got that. trying to act all grown-up when your parents come to visit? We’ve got that, too. Now the guessing game has been taken out of achieving a proper night on the town. Just pick the reason you’re hitting the scene and follow along. A note of warning though, since many of the tours intersect, it’s easy to get sidetracked.





China Blue Bittercreek Ale house



127 Club



Dutch goose

Dirty little Roddy’s

end Zone

Buffalo Club

Cottonwood grille

Modern hotel

10th Street Station



Crescent Bar & grill

tom grainey’s grape escape

Red feather lounge

Parrilla grill

Modern hotel and Bar Neurolux


leku Ona Pengilly’s

humpin’ hannah’s

grape escape Pengilly’s

Main Street Bistro

Ranch Club R Bar

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Balcony Club

China Blue

Red Room



the Crux


Messenger Pizza

Dirty little Roddy’s

Modern hotel

end Zone


july 26 & 27 @ Egyptian thEatrE

Crispin glover Doors 7:00p | show 8:00p | $20 each night performance & film screening | on sale now!

fatty’s Main Street Bistro Neurolux

tom grainey’s Mac ’n’ Charlie’s

Red Room

humpin’ hannah’s

sun, aug 5 @ visual arts collective

jason isbell & the 400 unit


w/ Futurebirds | doors 7:30p | show 8:30p | GA 21+ | $18 Adv | $20 door | on sAle now!


Reef R Bar


44 Club

Broadway Bar

Tue, Aug 7 @ VisuAl ArTs ColleCTiVe fireside inn

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New frontier

China Blue Barbacoa

Overland Bar

Cowgirls Crescent Bar & grill

humpin’ hannah’s

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Red feather lounge Satin Dolls

the torch

w/guest tba | Doors 7:00p | show 8:00p ga | 21+ | $16 aDV | $20 Door | oN saLe Now

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fri, OCT 5 @ egypTian TheaTre

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Ranch Club

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w/ guest tbd | doors 7:00p | show 8:00p | gA 21+ | $22 Adv | $25 door | on sAle now!


sun, oct 21 @ egyptian theatre

terry’s State St. Saloon

an evening with jake shimabukuro Doors 7p | show 8p | reserveD | all ages $27 aDv | $30 Dos | on sale now!


Vista Bar

TickeTs available online aT + The egyptIan theatre box offIce Tues - saT, 11a To 6p. call 208-387-1273 To charge by phone.

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Who: Stitch Marker

Deanna Darr | PhotograPh By Laurie Pearman


titch Marker has one of the most recognizable faces in Boise—but then he should, considering he’s in his 29th season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Marker has played everyone from peasant to villain to king to comic relief and earned a place in the collective consciousness of area theater-goers in the process. He’s been part of the beloved summer festival since the very beginning and watched the valley’s theater scene transform over the decades from the vantage point of the stage. What drew you to theater? I was chronically shy ... and I just sort of ended up in a drama class almost accidentally ... and ended up in a play and I was terrified. I didn’t talk to people much on a one-on-one basis, let alone in front of a whole group of people. But this acting coach I had was just so wonderful. He really coached us about getting into a role, letting the role sort of take you over, and it was so liberating I couldn’t believe it. I think one of the first things I played was sort of a really assertive, aggressive, bullyish sort of a guy, and it felt great. It felt so liberating. I had permission to just let ’er bust, and I was just hooked from that point on out. How did you get involved with Idaho Shakespeare Festival? When I started here at [Boise State] in 1970, there really wasn’t any kind of professional, or, I think, even semiprofessional theater going on in Boise at that time. ... I was just really fortunate to be in a class with a bunch of people who were really motivated theater people who were frustrated and wanted to get out on their own and do something exciting. So that core group of people started this theater we called Theater in a Trunk in a warehouse on 16th and Bannock. And out of that came the people who essentially started Idaho Shakespeare Festival. ... Originally we were talking about doing Hair as a first production, but that was like a $10,000 royalty, blah, blah, and we were like, “Oh, real theater costs money? Well, we can’t do real theater then.” We just decided on Shakespeare because it was dead and free. What do you remember about your first performance? What I just loved—what knocked me out—was the original location for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival was at Ray’s Oasis, which is now Angell’s. ... At that time, they didn’t have any of the trappings on the patio for the restaurant, so it was just bare space out there. Outside of acting on hard concrete, it was just perfect, just wonderful—lots of really

cool entrances and exits and just the environment was really magnificent to do a big play. We’d have to block off the streets in downtown and people would get so pissed off at us. They’d run barricades and yell at us and call us names because, of course, we’re in tights. So we got a lot of verbal abuse that way. But when you weren’t in a scene, a lot of the time you were up on one of the streets ... just averting traffic. How would you say Boise’s theater scene has changed and where is it now? I think Idaho Shakespeare Festival was a real pivot point for the direction of theater in the Treasure Valley. In the ’70s, it became apparent that “Yeah, there’s an audience here that’s willing to pay and support a professional theater,” and so that was really the biggest door opening. ... Touring, that was a really huge thing that I thought the festival was really smart to take on—educational, schooloutreach tours. So that was maybe my favorite job I’ve ever had. Do people still recognize you from that? It’s shocking, and they’re getting quite old themselves—“Really, you saw me in high school and you’re how old? 50?” Why do you think the festival is so loved? Just from the very first year, from the get-go, it was not just doing a play, it was an event. It was where you could go and have a picnic, eat and hang out on the lawn and drink, be as verbose as you wanted to be—be as sloppy drunk as you wanted to be. What keeps you going back? It’s the scariest fun anybody could ever have. I think it’s absolutely terrifying almost every time. You kind of get hooked on the fear. It’s such a gratifying feeling.

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ArtIstIc lAnDscApE Boise artists keep the cityscape vibrant anne henDerson Wander the streets of Boise, take a look in and through alleyways and parking garages, and you will find evidence of Boise’s growing public art collection. Boasting 45 projects in downtown alone, the collection could be expanded by including street art elements like the now-pervasive yarn bombs lining parking meters and bike racks. Who is behind these works of art? It turns out, in most cases, installing public art takes a concerted effort by artists, building owners, city officials and other community members. “My dad is Farmer Brown. So, as a kid, we were always doing hay rides, haunted houses, music. I have a passion for the arts, and I saw an opportunity where I could give back to the community,” said Seth Brown, owner of to entertain u, who helped organize the Idaho Building parking garage and Freak Alley mural projects. Brown said the success of the Freak Alley proj62 | AnnuAl MAnuAl 2012-2013 | boiseweekly

ect—which has filled the alley between eighth and Ninth streets and Bannock and Idaho streets with a colorful collage of murals painted by local artists—required support from the site’s management company, an understanding of the law and finding artists to participate. “We didn’t charge the artists anything. We got the art supplies donated, and through collaboration we were able to make it happen,” Brown said. Painting in the alley actually had its start nine or 10 years ago, he said. that was when colby Akers, an artist and taxi cab driver, asked about painting there. “Some people want to preserve the art that is in the garage and alley, so we are looking at additional locations to expand into rather than paint over what is there,” Brown explained. “We want to see change in Boise. We want to see it become more and more beautiful,” he said.

If you have wandered the alley, you have likely seen the work of Nicholas Burgdorf. Bright streaks of neon pink run through the rosy cheeks of a squinting girl, the centerpiece of the mural. “creating art out of nowhere and in front of people is fun,” Burgdorf said. “there is just something really exciting about being there.” Burgdorf said his interest in public art started years ago. “I used to live in Phoenix in my early 20s, and I’d seen live art there,” he said. When he moved to Boise, Burgdorf admits he had negative feelings about the art scene. “two years or so ago, I realized, ‘Why don’t I do this stuff myself?’” So Burgdorf began collaborating with friends to throw shows in bars and other unconventional settings. “I have a do-it-yourself way of thinking when approaching the Boise art scene; engagement is key,” WWW.b oI s EWEEk

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Burgdorf said. “I am trying to be more public art should include forms of active. Whenever I have an opportustreet art. Public art is “people doing nity now, I try to participate.” stuff on their own because they are Burgdorf’s involvement has led passionate about it,” he said. to good things professionally and the boise city Department personally. of Arts and History plays a major “I have been more open to meetrole in the support and developing other artists. Now, I get excited ment of public art. Perhaps one of about the Boise art scene. It has the the more noticeable results of the potential to grow.” department’s efforts are the colorful But if he had his way, more people displays wrapped around the traffic would be involved. boxes that operate streetlights. “It would be everyone doing crazy Public Arts Manager Karen stuff, interesting things and Bubb said the project has more people out there,” he received extremely positive said. “I don’t ever want the feedback from community scene to become stale.” members and artists alike. For Noel Weber Jr. of “People love the traffic classic Design studio, boxes. It is something that is there are many ways to surprising and unexpected,” Scan the QR contribute to an aesthetic. she said. code to view “I’m always kind of working For Weber, it’s equally a slideshow of on things I would consider important for the artists in Boise’s artistic traffic boxes. public art,” Weber said. the community as well as the He is in the process of planners of a community to designing a 12-foot-tall siltake an initiative. houette of a Fender Stratocaster. the “I know there are probably a lot work is a sign but Weber said he also of building owners downtown who sees it as a sort of icon, “like that giwould like to see something on their ant loaf of bread in Portland, [Ore.].” property,” Weber said. “I have participated in all types [of “Public art enhances and celpublic art projects]. I’ve worked with ebrates culture in a city, and I don’t a bunch of artists who have gotten think you can always accomplish commissions in Boise,” Weber said. this by hiring it out,” he said. “When For him, permanent fixtures for the you try to organize an art scene or city should use sustainable materials. movement or collective idea, I don’t “essentially, you have to make it think it’s as effective as the idea being drunk-proof,” he said with a chuckle. powerful enough to move forward on In Weber’s mind, the definition of its own.” 64 | AnnuAl MAnuAl 2012-2013 | boiseweekly

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thE Art oF WArD hoopEr GAllEry 745 W. idaho St., 208-866-4627,

bAsEmEnt GAllEry 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309,

blAck hunGEr GAllEry 2606 Breneman St.,

boIsE Art GlAss 530 W. Myrtle St., 208-345-1825,

boIsE stAtE: Arts AnD humAnItIEs InstItutE GAllEry 220 e. Parkcenter Blvd.,

GAllEry 1 liberal arts Building, Boise State,

GAllEry 2 hemingway center, Room 110, 1819 University drive,

1910 University drive, 208-426-3994,

clAssIc DEsIGn stuDIos 412 S. Sixth St., 208-336-2769,

thE colE mArr GAllEry/coFFEE housE 404 S. eighth St., Ste. B100, 208-336-7630,

DAn loonEy unDErGrounD Art 816 W. Bannock St., Ste. e., 208-870-9589, danlooney

GAllEry 601 211 n. 10th St., 208-336-5899,

thE GAllEry At thE lInEn buIlDInG 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111,

GrEEn chutEs 4716 W. State St., 208-342-7111,

IDAho postEr AnD lEttErprEss 280 n. eighth St., Ste. 118., 208-761-9538,

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kEVIn mccAIn stuDIos 4100 n. Pennfield Place, 480-309-0039,

lEE GAllEry boIsE 409 S. eighth St., Ste 101, 208-345-1120,

lInDlEy GlAss stuDIo 217 n. 10th St., 208-342-8024

lIsk GAllEry 401 S. eighth St., 208-342-3773,

nFInIt Art GAllEry 405 S. eighth St., Ste. 131

r. GrEy GAllEry JEWElry AnD Art GlAss 415 S. eighth St., 208-385-9337,

rEusE GAllEry 1423 W. Grove St., 208-331-2707,

stEWArt GAllEry 2230 Main St., 208-433-0593,

Eagle Drop lEAF GAllEry 93 S. eagle Road, 208-938-1564,

FusIons GAllEry 347 S. edgewood lane, Ste. 120, 208-938-1055,

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GAIA stuDIos AnD GAllEry 237 n. First St., 208.473.2325,

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208 evans St., 208-453-1130,

320 First ave. n., 208-726-4174,

GAIl sEVErn GAllEry

Nampa ArtIstbluE GAllEry

Enso Art spAcE 120 e. 38th St., Ste. 105., 208-991-0117,

thE pottEr’s cEntEr GAllEry 110 ellen St., 208-378-1112,

VIsuAl Arts collEctIVE 3638 osage St., 208-424-8297,

WomAn oF stEEl GAllEry AnD WInE bAr 3640 W. chinden Blvd., 208-331-5632,

ZIon mountAIn Art GlAss 4624 W. Fenton St., Ste. B, 208-761-6402,

Caldwell cAlDWEll FInE Arts 2112 cleveland Blvd., 208-454-1376,

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1509 caldwell Blvd., 208-467-3643,

cornErstonE GAllEry 316 10th ave. S., 208-546-9692,

FrIEsEn GAllErIEs Brandt center, northwest nazarene University, 623 S. University drive, 208-467-8398

Sun Valley/Hailey/ Ketchum bIG WooD 4 801 n. Main St., 208-578-0971

broschoFsky GAllErIEs 360 east ave., 208-726-4950,

FrEDErIc boloIx FInE Arts 351 leadville ave. n., 208-726-8810,

400 First ave. n., 208-726-5079,

sun VAllEy cEntEr For thE Arts 191 Fifth St. e., ketchum; 314 Second ave. S., hailey; 208-726-9491,


GAllEry DEnoVo 320 First ave. n., Ste. 101, 208-726-8180,

GIlmAn contEmporAry 661 Sun Valley Road, 208-726-7585,

hArVEy Art proJEcts GAllEry 391 First ave. n., 208-309-8676,

JAck burGEss GAllEry 10th St. center, lower level Ste. a3-l, 208-720-4462,

knEElAnD GAllEry 271 First ave. n., 208-726-5512,

ArtIZEn GAllEry 300 n. Third St., 208-634-5885,

DonnA b Art 125 commerce St., Ste. c, 208-861-4331,

GAllEry 55 317 e. lake St., 208-634-6313,

mountAIn housE FInE Art GAllEry 402 S. Third St., 208-634-7710

WhIrlInG cIrclEs 125 e. commerce St., 208-630-3660,

mountAIn ImAGEs GAllEry 400 e. Sun Valley Road, 208-725-5801,

ochI GAllEry 119 lewis St., 208-726-8746,

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boIsE Art musEum Budding ballet dancers of all ages are welcome at the Ballet Idaho Academy, where all levels of dancers have opportunities to learn and develop their skills. Classes are taught by professional dancers and classes work toward performances. Check the website for a full list of class options and scholarship opportunities. $$$$$ BAm caters to the youngest patrons with programs designed for them. On Toddler Wednesdays, the first Wednesday of the month, children ages 2-3 create their own art. On the last Saturday of the month, ages 12 and younger can join Family Art Saturdays themed activities. $

boIsE contEmporAry thEAtEr BCT’s Theater lab is designed to give aspiring actors, playwrights and storytellers the chance to develop their craft. There are options for multiple age groups and interests with classes held throughout the spring. $$$$$

c , bu g sch y edu ness boise munit f random somethin m o c o o The boIsE phIlhArmonIc o be ant t ord ure t gasb ne. W tness smor there’s s out anyo fi d ia b s r y mean est just a re are m n how to The Family Concert Series offers a chance r e ter e? Th rafty? lea making to in p a for parents to introduce their children to h s o c t g n in g n o t in li t s e ge classical music through some very familiar s. Fe from knit ith classe re e s s w cla ing re a tunes. Watch the philharmonic’s schedule Along er yth y, the dents do ev ue meal. otograph u t s for these annual concerts. $$-$$$ sq d ph s helping $$ n a Ba a usic sse $-$$ ar t, m ysical cla ntered. $ boIsE rock school ph ce meta kinds of ll a t ge It’s never too early to learn to rock. Boise In l b e v A o c Rock School works with young musicians, thE American n case b at asty not only teaching them to play but forming e r n g theca d a t e t x wedg ut bu he ne bands that work toward putting on concerts. got t g to get o as kept it drop-in h ly in Rock School offers after-school programs as burst rs’ block rs month uld-be ite of fe e wo ir skills. well as summer camps. $$$$$ iv in g of wr b a o t the ps he C ay in? T ’ worksho e to hone rst mond rs e fi anc boIsE WAtErshED write on th he ch ors t are held auth s p o h s ho h. $ A Boise WaterShed has turned wastewater Work t D n I o F o em treatment into an engaging educational of th ntEr E c experience with a focus on environmental is no VEry o m u c e s id s DI stewardship. With of full lineup of classes, e mu y of the k t .org c o n h a ie r c e scid activities and events, kids get the chance -on s ive ter rito ver-21 s s d n o a s The h the exclu of fer the ut how to learn about how the ecosystem works. o s r b t e a h g e p nig or lon Check the website for a full list of classes. $ dult rn m ly grown-u s A a . le s o d die m clude u nce t a decide in a E h y s c ll the thE cAbIn t mu g rk in hich usua rage. $$ BAm s wo e r E Ar thing ment—w holic bev boIs rtmuseum.o —or critic— and n o o a tions r tist envir or t of alc boise got a would-be Steinbeck or Rowling in your s ner a io explora ay. The e in m e o d h s For t both stud st Thurs knowlhousehold? The Cabin offers one-week E s I ir r F s e . of E bo of fer s during me insid summer writing camps during which s r t I w e g o n g n m lk sh so IG ceptin ird he da m’s ar t ta s of fer young writers in third through 12th itebo out t nce of ac sues? useu on the th m n b a m a ig r g r e e h a is pro grades can learn the tricks of the trade. itors out t strations d wond e impor t er tinent b n is r a e v e t v t e w e p s th edg ust-a tes emon onth allo Camps conclude with a special reading ther s or oces m D r o d r p y a r a a o u e e m be butt Sund to th eaks ecom s five min is f the in ig of campers’ work. $$$$$ b o t b s h y r r a a h u ig B a h yo Sund ome ins , Ar t e oise esenter h state s to ite B inally urs of th r ts F e n p e d . Ig g t li h r c s o o t t st ga DIscoVEry cEntEr oF IDAho t. ea er Point uided he la $ eatin even ow of cr -minute g held on t nth. 20 P . $ o 0 d s m n 3 it a e e are exhib on of th DIo r cas u m e Science is always more fun when it t u h o e s r n o mus ay after sIc comes as hands-on activities. The d E mu oF n’t s a I t c n o Thurs o tmE tIon lD b usicstudio those wh t the Discovery Center of Idaho offers r o A p m a A t e E DE crE g tha not tr ue arks/ a daily science-based experience ldbois e in o y m a o s boIs AnD rE rtments/p s ’s a ere s that’ drop s pa for kids and families, as well as There ch. Well, tudio, wh from the pArk leagues to the S a s e events and classes throughout fb do, t ise music musician udents ses, c tball f s cityo o la s c t the year, including Science adult to dance s and Re ld Bo st-known ls with s ts, from O m o r il e k n F r t all the b e their sk instr ume . The of Pa t you ou Saturdays and summer f lleyb t o o n v e r in ge e tm sha ty of voice epar onlin ys to camps. Check the website area g a varie no to rom, Dan ia t city D nty of wa k out the p fi in t t o y h s le for a full list of classes and ec stud o violin t Ber g he rig t t t has p ving. Ch a d t n r m o to fi events. $$-$$$$$ guita includes im J and m details r ill, am roste o, Rob H progr . $-$$$ ell u Cost Thomas nIc for yo rmo wis, ah A e l h l iI d Jon class E ph ul an tes g s a I P in k o b arm . Ra is ma through philh Shue onic le boise by ilhar m accessib w the y h r P a v Boise sic more et to kno uctor. y r ll t a s g u ic in cal m unities to sic. mus s with u n rt oppo and m onversatio ians c music g of fers kin Spea

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boIsE pArks AnD rEcrEAtIon departments/parks From arts and theater camps to swim lessons to tennis and science, as well as sports at the community centers, Parks and Rec always has something going on for all ages. There’s even ice skating and hockey through Idaho Ice World. $$-$$$$$

FoothIlls lEArnInG cEntEr It’s all about the natural world at the Foothills learning Center, where kids and families can learn more about the environment with a series of classes and events offering everything from the chance to spot owls and other birds to learning about native plants. The Second Saturday program is geared toward families, while some selfguided activities offer the chance for visitors to explore on their own. $

IDAho shAkEspEArE FEstIVAl Idaho Shakespeare Festival is busy grooming the next generation of actors with its continuing series of theater classes and camps. School of Theater classes are held throughout the year for a multitude of age groups while summer camps offer two-week explorations of theater and Shakespeare. ISF even offers an apprentice program for area high school students that includes intensive training and a performance showcase. $$$$-$$$$$

trIcA The Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Art is a multi-arts educational nonprofit dedicated to giving children access to a vast array of arts, from dancing and music to theater and painting. TRICA has a constantly revolving selection of classes for all ages of students, with plans to expand once the organization is able to finish work on renovating its permanent home in the old emmanuel methodist episcopal Church. $$-$$$$$

Zoo boIsE going to the zoo may seem educational on its own, but the crew at Zoo Boise also offers classes and events for kids of all ages, as well as entire families. Classes include a variety of activities and hands-on opportunities. The zoo even offers programs that include overnight stays. Check the website for a full list of classes and events. $$$-$$$$$



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there’s a lot of talk about old dogs and the purported tricks they may or may not be able to learn, but when it comes to education, there is no such thing as an old dog. From the arts to sports to history, physics, finance and travel, there’s not only plenty to learn regardless of age, but there are plenty of ways to learn it. Boise is filled with opportunities to pack your head with knowledge and learn new skills. Here’s a start on where you can train your brain at every stage in life.

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boIsE Art musEum Boise Art museum has numerous programs for all ages, including art walks on First Thursday, demonstrations on Sunday afternoons and special presentations by artists. But seniors age 62 and older can take advantage of special presentations about one of BAm’s current exhibits on the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., as well as getting in for free throughout the day. $

boIsE school DIstrIct communIty EDucAtIon The Boise School District goes beyond the K-12 format with a seasonal series of classes that are largely created by the community members who teach them. By tapping into the expertise of area residents, the program is able to offer classes as varied as personal finance and photography to physical fitness, music, crafting, cooking and travel. enrollment isn’t limited to Boise residents, but some of the most popular classes fill up fast. Class fees usually cover materials, plus a little extra for the instructor. Classes are taught in a handful of public locations across the city. $$-$$$$

broWn bAG sErIEs Friends of the Idaho Historical museum keeps it current with the Brown Bag Series—one-hour talks held between noon and 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Talk subjects run the gamut from art to history to current events but each is lead by an expert from the area. The discussions are typically held in the Idaho State Historical museum and participants are invited to bring their lunch—hence the “brown bag” portion of the program. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. $

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authors share the stories behind their work, as well as offer insights into their writing process during the events held at the egyptian Theatre. Additional VIP receptions give fans the chance to meet the guest authors personally. $$-$$$$

FEttuccInE Forum Once a month, the Boise City Department of Arts and History offers the chance at a little community enrichment with the Fettuccine Forum lecture series. Topics range from history and urban planning to public affairs and culture, but each event is held during the popular First Thursday in downtown Boise. lectures are held from October through may—except in December and January. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the talk at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free but a fettuccine dinner costs $5. $

IDAho botAnIcAl GArDEn It’s all about the plants at Idaho Botanical garden—whether those plants are in your yard, in nature or at IBg. The garden hosts classes throughout the year, offering advice on caring for plants and trees, landscaping, crafting wreaths and other decor, and even occasional wildflower walks or tai chi in the garden. While IBg members get a break on the price of classes, they are open to the public as well. $-$$$

oshEr lIFElonG lEArnInG InstItutE The urge to learn doesn’t stop at the half-century mark. In fact, the 50-and-older crowd is the lucky beneficiary of the Osher Institute, a partnership between the Bernard Osher Foundation and Boise State. The institute offers lecture series and classes throughout the year covering a range of topics from history, business and ecology to politics, music and culture. Participants must pay a nominal membership fee each term— which includes access to all lectures—but short courses and special events have an additional fee. most classes and lectures are held at the institute’s facility on Parkcenter Boulevard in Boise. membership: $$$ Courses: $-$$$$

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611 Grove St., Boise, 208-343-2671, Check out the history and contributions of Idaho’s vibrant Basque culture. That culture includes the always interesting bar in the cultural center.

3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise, 208-493-2530, learn about the Boise Foothills and local ecology at this handson education center. Watch for numerous educational programs for the family.

2355 n. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, Visitors can stroll through numerous gardens, including some dedicated to native plants, the english garden, rose garden and the children’s garden. IBg hosts numerous events, including concerts, education programs and the annual garden aglow holiday display throughout the year.

boIsE Art musEum 670 Julia davis drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012, the museum hosts numerous special exhibits, as well as its permanent collection spread across multiple galleries, an outdoor sculpture garden and classrooms. BAm offers numerous opportunities for the public to learn more about the art.

boIsE WAtErshED 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-608-7300, Promoting water stewardship through hands-on displays housed at the Boise Wastewater Treatment facility.

DIscoVEry cEntEr oF IDAho 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, Science, math and engineering leap out of the textbooks at this hands-on museum. Watch for occasional adult nights for the 21-and-older crowd.

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IDAho AnnE FrAnk humAn rIGhts mEmorIAl 777 S. eighth St., Boise, 208-345-0304, The open-air monument uses quotes from humanitarian leaders to foster discussion and reflection and is one of the few places in the world where the universal Declaration of Human Rights is on display.

IDAho blAck hIstory musEum 508 Julia davis drive, Boise, 208-433-0017, The contributions and history of black cultures in Idaho and around the world are celebrated at this museum housed in the historic St. Paul Baptist Church in Julia Davis Park. Admission is free but hours are limited.

IDAho hIstorIcAl musEum 610 n. Julia davis drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, Idaho’s history is on full display, from the prehistoric animals through the fur trappers, gold miners, pioneers and current day. Don’t miss the Pioneer Village out front. Watch for rotating exhibits, as well as hands-on history events, classes and public lectures.

mk nAturE cEntEr 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, The ultimate urban escape, showcasing the area’s array of wildlife along a flowing stream, including cutthroat and rainbow trout to chinook salmon and sturgeon, as well as numerous waterfowl, songbirds and even mule deer, mink and beaver. Take a walk along the streamside trail as an educational escape.

olD IDAho pEnItEntIAry 2445 old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-334-2844, Who needs Scared Straight when you have class field trips to a penitentiary built more than 140 years ago? The prison is also the home to the J. Curtis earl memorial exhibit, showcasing the nation’s largest collection of historic arms and military memorabilia.

WArhAWk AIr musEum 201 Municipal drive, nampa, 208-465-6446, Check out the impressive collection of military planes, including a Curtis P-40n, a Curtis P-40e, a Dr-1 Fokker Tri Plane replica and an F86, as well as military uniforms and artifacts. The museum hosts many educational programs and gathering for vets.

WorlD cEntEr For bIrDs oF prEy 5668 W. Flying hawk lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, learn about raptors at the conservation area with daily presentations and falconry tours.

Zoo boIsE 355 Julia davis drive, Boise, 208-384-4260, Idaho wildlife includes giraffes, monkeys, tigers and sloth bears—well, at least at the zoo in Julia Davis Park.

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IDAho shAkEspEArE FEstIVAl

5657 Warm Springs ave., Boise, 208-336-9221,

A professional company that performs classic and contemporary works. Performances are in the ISF outdoor amphitheater and picnics are nearly required.


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meridian’s own community symphony performs a variety of classical favorites.


trEy mcIntyrE proJEct

775 Fulton St., Boise, 208-867-2320,

Boise’s own world-renowned contemporary ballet company. Though the company spends much of the year traveling the world, don’t miss its Boise performances.


AllEy rEpErtory thEAtEr

216 W. 38th St., Garden city, 208-388-4278,

Semi-pro, semi-community theater that focuses on more adultoriented contemporary productions.


boIsE bAroQuE orchEstrA

A small orchestral ensemble that specializes in music from the 17th and 18th centuries.


boIsE contEmporAry thEAtEr

854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

Boise’s professional contemporary theater company with a full season that features occasional premieres, as well as a popular reading series. Typically geared for adult audiences.


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This all-volunteer vocal group is more than 100 strong and far from amateur. The group is part of Boise Philharmonic but performs occasional solo concerts as well.


boIsE stAtE thEAtrE Arts DEpArtmEnt

2201 caesar chavez lane, Boise, 208-426-3957,

The university’s theater program offers a wide-ranging season featuring the talents of its students.


IDAho DAncE thEAtrE

405 S. eighth St., Boise, 208-331-9592,

Boise’s modern dance company that’s been around for more than 20 years. Preview nights are pay-what-you-can admission (with a requested $5 minimum) and are open to families.


knock ’Em DEAD DInnEr thEAtrE

415 e. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021,

Family friendly community dinner theater with a taste for the sentimental favorites.


opErA IDAho

513 S. eighth St., Boise, 208-345-3531,

Performing everything from classic european operas to American offerings. Don’t miss the special summer performance held in Idaho Botanical garden.


prAIrIE DoG proDuctIons

3820 cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383,

laugh-your-ass-off, farce-filled community theater that welcomes the whole family.


bAlAncE DAncE collEctIVE

854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-3184,

modern dance company built around its teenage dancers. Performances aren’t frequent, but the company offers many classes.


bAllEt IDAho

501 S. eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556,

Classical ballet company with the tutus and all—although the company does enjoy throwing in a contemporary twist now and then. The annual production of The nutcracker is a favorite.


boIsE lIttlE thEAtEr

100 e. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5102,

One of Boise’s oldest community theater companies with a solid family friendly focus on nostalgia.


boIsE phIlhArmonIc

516 S. ninth St., Boise, 208-344-7849,

The big guys of Boise’s classical scene offer traditional concerts, a popular family series and casual concerts. Don’t miss the new Picnic at the Pops outdoor concert series.


oFF cEntEr DAncE

A collection of local contemporary dancers and choreographers who come together to promote dance across the region through performances.


stAGE coAch thEAtrE


True community theater with productions that range from contemporary to rom/coms to farce. Typically family friendly, this company performs in a variety of spaces.


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Wednesday, oct. 17 idaho State historical Museum, Boise Boise Weekly prides itself in supporting local art, and in no way is that more obvious than in the artwork that graces its cover. At the end of each year those cover pieces are auctioned to raise money for the Cover Art grant, which supports area artists and arts organizations. But more than just a fundraiser, it’s one of the best parties of the year with music, drinks, food and a crowd looking for a good time. This year, the auction will be held at the Idaho State Historical museum and a $5 donation will get you in.

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February 2013 Flying M coffeehouse, Boise For the last two decades, Flying m Coffeehouse has stepped up to help support those living with HIV and AIDS through the Valentine for AIDS fundraiser. Artists from around the community donate a broad array of works based on the Valentine’s Day theme, which then fill the walls of the popular downtown coffee house. The artwork is sold through a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Safety net for AIDS Program, which helps those infected with HIV and AIDS get the care they need.

Thursday, March 21-Sunday, March 24, 2013 Various locations, downtown Boise When Boise decided to have a SXSW music Festival afterparty in 2012, more than 120 bands and thousands of fans turned up to join the four-day musical celebration. Organizers decided to follow the resounding success of the festival by throwing another one. Fans can catch bands at indoor and outdoor venues across downtown, with plenty of beer, food and assorted debauchery to fill the time it takes to get between concerts. Watch the Treefort website for details.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 Modern hotel, Boise What would happen if a bunch of artists took over a hotel and threw a party? The answer can be experienced during the First Thursday event every may, when modern Art takes over the modern Hotel and Bar. nearly every room—and many outdoor spaces—in the trendy boutique hotel is filled by different artists who transform the spaces into interactive galleries, art installations and performance spaces that defy description. The public comes out in droves to fight through crowded hallways for this walking art party and celebration of Boise’s cultural landscape.

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May-September idaho Botanical Garden, Boise most think of gardens as quiet spots, but during summer evenings, Idaho Botanical garden is the place to catch some of the area’s best outdoor concerts. The great garden escape series offers live music in the garden every Thursday night June through September and concertgoers can spread their blankets for a picnic. The crowds get bigger and the shows move to the larger lawn for the Outlaw Field concert series when big-name national artists fill the evenings with music may through September.

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Wednesday nights, June-September The Grove Plaza, Boise Hump Day gets a little more eventful in the summer months in downtown Boise, when the Alive After Five concert series draws throngs to grove Plaza for evenings filled with live music, drinks and food. The popular series features local musicians opening for national touring acts with a rotating list of vendors offering beer and munchies to eager after-work crowds. music runs the gamut from bluegrass to rock with a little of everything in between, but regardless of who’s playing, there’s sure to be a crowd dancing.

First Thursday of every month Various locations, downtown Boise Once a month, downtown Boise is filled with marauding hordes in search of art, music, munchies and the occasional free glass of wine. Shops and galleries throughout the downtown core stay open a little late to host special exhibits and performances and offer special deals as the public wanders among locations. The lineup changes monthly, but patrons can get the scoop by picking up a free map and guide in Boise Weekly published the week of the event. First Thursday runs from 5-9 p.m., although the event tends to linger as long as the crowds do.

last Monday of every month The Rose Room, Boise Story Story night has become one of Boise’s signature monthly events, drawing packed crowds to hear community members do a little oldfashioned storytelling. each month’s stories are based on a theme, and a select group of featured storytellers start things off, followed by members of the audience drawn out of a hat. The evening is open to all ages, though parental discretion is advised. The storytelling extravaganza is recorded for a podcast hosted by Boise State Public Radio. There’s also an adult-only version at Visual Arts Collective. Details at the website. WWW.b oI s EWEEk

Who: Heather Schwabe

Deanna Darr | PhotograPh By Laurie Pearman


oise might not be known as a style Mecca, but heather Schwabe still believes we can by stylish. Through her business, Style Therapy, Schwabe helps people create the image they want while decluttering their closets and their lives in the process. A big supporter of local businesses, the Boise resident is focused on finding those treasures that make an outfit and keep everyone looking their best. Where did your interest in fashion come from? As a child I would flip through all the fashion magazines and wear all the outrageous clothes—a typical ’80s child, the neon and the big hair and the crazy fashion—and I always loved it. I wanted to go to school for it, but when I graduated high school I ended up moving to Atlanta, Ga., and got a job as a flight attendant.

Boise isn’t exactly a fashion hub, is that fair? I think there are tons of options in Boise, Idaho. I love Boise. I’ve lived in huge cities—New York, Chicago, Atlanta—and when I go back home to my hometown, Nashville, I have people stop me and ask, “Oh, where did you get that?” And a lot of times it’s always things I’ve bought here in Boise, Idaho.

Did travel influence your fashion and style? Absolutely, I think it did. Just meeting so many of the fun flight attendants and traveling the world. It just opened my eyes up to even more.

What fashion advice can you offer? Find what fits you and looks good on you, whether it’s black pants, a pair of khakis, a white T-shirt, a button-up, black blazer, your little black dress, a pair of gray pants. Just find what fits, acknowledge the shape of your body and dress accordingly. We’re all going to find things that we don’t like about us but find what you like. If you have great legs, show those legs off, wear a cute little black skirt. Then you have a basic, and we’re going to do all sorts of fun stuff to it.

How do you describe what you do? My tagline is “declutter, destress, redress.” And so when we declutter, we’re cleaning out your closet, and we’re organizing your closet, we’re getting rid of things you don’t wear. ... We really only wear about 20 percent of 80 percent of our wardrobe, so when you think about that, how much do we really need? ... And then we redress you, so if you need new clothes, that’s when we do the personal shopping. Do you shop with or for your clients? A little bit of both. I do get a feel for who they are, and that’s the fun part, that’s the psychology behind it all—really getting to understand the client and the person and dressing for them. ... When you go through someone’s closet, you’re going right into the heart of them and their soul, and you really get a really good idea of what they’re like. Is there a certain type of person you work with? My clients range from the age of 7 to 72. ... Mainly it’s women who have maybe gone through a divorce or just a life change and they want to feel good about themselves again. They want to bring that person back and they’ve kind of forgotten who they were—lost themselves.

What are your 10 basics? I named a few, but I think everybody should have a ... dark-rinse blue jean, whatever style you like. A black blazer, a white button-up, a great black dress, a trench coat, a really cool scarf, a T-shirt. ... And as you have that core and you build out, you start to add your funky little pieces that are a little more daring. What tips might you offer someone to help them start cleaning out their own closet? If you are not wearing it, if it does not make you feel good, get rid of it. ... Don’t be afraid to edit. Edit is going to be your No. 1 thing you do. Have your pile, your donate pile, your giveaway, maybe your consignment pile. ... There are some things you’ve just got to get rid of.

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DUDS Wear it with style

228 E. Plaza St., Ste. P, Eagle, 208-939-1005 High-class fashion and fun accessories.


PIEcE unIquE / shoEz

812 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-343-5341 Classy threads for classy men.

AMErIcAn clothIng gAllEry 100 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-433-0872, High-end Western-inspired fashion for women.


205 N. 10th St., Ste. 100, Boise, 208-387-0250, The place when a girl needs something trendy and unusual.

thE WhItE PInE 124 14th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-9083, Fun fashions with a local/eco-friendly vibe.

807 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-342-2002 For the girls who like it sassy.


BEllE BoutIquE

Pretty shiny things

3371 N. Eagle Road, Ste. 130, Meridian, 208-345-1039 Stylish designer duds for fashion-conscious women.


FAncy PAnts 825 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-3339, High-end, high fashion for the hip woman.

hAP tAllMAn 4410 Overland Road, Boise, 208-344-7873, The place to go to dress your inner cowboy or cowgirl in true Western style.

lux FAshIon loungE 785 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-4589, Fashion-forward place to buy or sell new and used clothes.

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921 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-343-6151, Fine designer jewelry with a selection from Rolex.

lEE rEAD JEWElErs 650 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian, 208-376-8800, Engagement ground zero.

PrEcIous MEtAl Arts 280 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-363-9293, The place for some custommade bling.

r. grEy JEWElry 415 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-385-9337, Handmade jewelry that doubles as art.

rosEhIll coIns AnD JEWElry 3506 Rose Hill St., Boise, 208-343-3220, Estate finds at great prices.

stEWArt’s gEM shoP 2618 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-342-1151, Old-time rock shop/high-end jewelers with great prices.

REvivED Previously loved treasures AntIquE WorlD MAll 4544 Overland Road, Boise, 208-342-5350, Antiques from all over.

AtoMIc trEAsurEs 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-344-0811 “Funky” and “eclectic” don’t cut it when describing this bastion of vintage.

BAck on thE rAck 1226 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-4879, Designer labels at smokin’ consignment prices.

BluE Moon AntIquEs 1611 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-336-5954 Offering the best of the past.


Experience. . .

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1521 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-338-3806 Antique discoveries in the middle of Hyde Park.

1607 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-283-9322 Vintage clothes and homewares for the shopper with an eye for a great find.

210 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-344-3311 All types of used books for all types of people.

IDAho youth rAnch 5465 W. Irving St., Boise, 208-377-2613, Clothes, furniture and stuff that can’t be categorized.

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yEstEryEAr shoPPE 1211 First St. S., Nampa, 208-467-3581, A playground for those who love books and vinyl.

In rEtrosPEct 1940 W. State St., Boise 208-344-2163, A vast selection of vintage fashions for men and women.

oncE uPon A tIME 4718 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-1165, Eclectic and unexpected antiques and collectables. Plus Picture Show Vintage.




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DunklEy MusIc 410 S. capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-342-5549, The rhythm will get you.

hyDE PArk Book storE 1507 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-429-8220, Some new, some used, all worth reading.

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5015 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4141, Bang a drum, strum a guitar, you get the idea.

517 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-5444, Gently used retro/hip furniture and housewares.

500 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-389-4623 Stylish, gently used duds.

open every friday, saturday & sunday: 10 - 5 (or by appointment) 552 east amity road boise, id 83716 tel: 208.368.0300

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5777 Glenwood St., Garden city, 208-321-7500, Ever-changing collection of consignment furniture.

thE shABBy housE 4906 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-1005, Fabulous finds for both inside and outside your home.

1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, Tunes, vinyl and merch for the true music fan.

rEDIscoVErED BookshoP 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, A good book is always in style.

rIVEr cIty guItArs 574 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-7600, Keeping your life strumming.

ART & cRAfT DIY everything cAlEDonIA 605 Americana Blvd., Boise, 208-338-0895, Polyester is so beneath you. An impressive collection of fine fabrics from wool and cashmere to silks and lace.

crAFtEr’s choIcE BEADs 12 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-376-4911 What you need to add some bling.

BEE WIsE gooDs 3019 W. State St., Boise, 208-392-8493, Goods from local crafters, as well as classes and rental sewing machines.

Fuzz 1117 E. Winding creek Drive, Ste. 100, Eagle, 208-343-3899, Everything for knitting, weaving or needlework.


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8850 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-376-0040, Knit one, purl two.

1346 S. Orchard St., Boise, 208-322-4366, Fun times for the tots.


PEnny lAnE kIDs

1100 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-384-0404, Tons of beads but also an impressive list of classes.


1778 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-5437, Books, games and clothes for ages infant to teen.

1004 Fourth St. S., Nampa, 208-467-1621, Sustainable crafts in Nampa, with a schedule of classes and workshops.


tWIgs & tWIsts

36th strEEt gArDEn cEntEr

1304 W. Eastman St., Boise, 208-342-0600, Sewing and crafting studio based on sustainability.

tWIstED EWE 1738 W. State St., Boise, 208-287-3693, Knitting and crocheting take the spotlight.

WEE onES Maternity to toys Buns In thE oVEn 413 S. Eighth St., Ste. A, Boise, 208-342-5683, From maternity wear to toys, all with style.

cAssIs 819 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-5501, Clothes and fun accessories for the stylish child.

For your green thumb

3823 N. Garden center Way, Boise, 208-433-5100, Keeping your garden swank.

EDWArDs grEEnhousE

2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769, Keeping it fresh and natural with plants and classes.

SU cASA Home is where the heart is cArol’s DEsIgn housE 5804 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-336-0030, Acres of furniture and home appliances.

chF hoME FurnIshIngs 104 S. Orchard St., Boise, 208-343-7769, Myriad furniture choices.

4106 Sand creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548, Tons o’ greenery for inside or outside your home.


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IMPAct IMPorts

5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000, Everything to make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

FrAnz WIttE 9770 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0808, Trees, shrubs, flowers and pink flamingos aplenty.

grEEnhurst nursEry 3209 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-466-5783, Trees, plants and home decor.

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121 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-333-0123 Beautiful finds to make your home a showpiece.

552 E. Amity Road, Boise, 208-368-0300, Teak furniture and Southeast Asian decor.

JIM’s APPlIAncE 1115 Lusk St., Boise, 208-345-7711, The local choice for appliances, bedding and furniture.

lAttA 350 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-426-0040, Modern home decor.

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MAkE thE look: thE sEcrEts to FInDIng DAzzlIng AccEssorIEs In BoIsE The style scene in the Treasure Valley has of time is at Dragonfly. Necklaces, bracelets long been an enigma—a mashup of fleeceand Swarovski crystal nose studs glimmer loving Northwest stereotypes and clothes under the glass of the long counter in the from big-name stores. But even with a center of the store. You’ll also find walls smattering of shops shuttering their doors of colorful socks, delicate scarves and a downtown, a healthy mix of options remains counter full of fun glasses. for those looking to add some umph to their If you won’t settle for anything less than a outfits while buying local. Finding accessories one-and-only, vintage is the way to go. With a that warrant “where’d-you-get-that” number of new-to-you shops across the Boise responses isn’t impossible—it’s a matter of area, finding your new style need only require knowing where to look. searching through the old. Ask Barbara Lane, of the iconic Barbara “You’re not just saving money, you’re Barbara and co. clothing boutique that has being green,” said Rick Ramos, a volunteer been providing Boise women with style for at Exposure a.l.p.h.a. Interchange. According 29 years, what’s trending in Boise and she’ll to Ramos and store manager Ray Schuler, show you. She’ll also probably pair it with some of the store’s best-sellers are shoes, jewelry, a belt and a couple bags, scarves and jewelry. layers. The add-ons are the “You can create you own key to looking as put together personal style, and [using BArBArA BArBArA as one of the boutique’s accessories] is the easiest AnD co. infamous window displays. way to do it,” Ramos said. 807 W. Bannock St., Boise, “Accessories can make an The two also noted that 208-342-2002 outfit—they’re the icing on the buying secondhand means cupcake,” the merchandising being able to experiment EyEs oF thE WorlD expert said. “They make a big with style on the cheap. And IMPorts 1576 W. Grove St., Boise, difference. Once someone in the case of many thrift 208-331-1212, has picked something out, I’m stores, money spent benefits right on the accessories.” a good cause. Exposure’s With a variety of trendy cause, Allies Linked for the DrAgonFly sunglasses, belts, scarves Prevention of HIV and AIDS, 414 W. Main St., Boise, and jewelry that won’t break promotes awareness and 208-338-9234 the bank, and a helpful staff, prevention by offering free HIV ExPosurE A.l.P.h.A. putting together a complete screenings. So you can feel IntErchAngE look is simple. less guilty about picking up 1009 W. Bannock St., Boise, For those hoping to add that circa-1940, too-good-to208-424-8158, some boho touches to their pass-up tweed fedora. personal style, Eyes of the Another sweet spot to nIFty ’90s World Imports provides cases score some old-school 2422 W. Main St., Boise, and cases of colorful stone shimmer is nifty ’90s. The 208-344-3931 necklaces, funky bracelets, well organized vintage shop charms and earrings. For has been around for 40-some those who love decking out years and provides a variety of their earlobes, the store near-antique accessories for offers an earring club—buy 12 pairs, get one your house and body. The cases in the store free. Be sure to wear a watch when cruising are reminiscent of a stylish grandmother’s the store’s collection of perfect-for-the-Hydejewelry box, shining with brooches, hairpins, Park-Street-Fair bags and unique housewares; necklaces and earrings, all of which add the the store is easier to while away hours in glamour of yesteryear to an outfit without than a windowless casino. emptying your pocketbook. Another place to spend a significant chunk —Sheree Whiteley

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409 S. Eighth St., Ste. 99, Boise, 208-385-9018 Home decor from Mexico. Gifts

1576 W. Grove St. Boise, 208-331-1212, International items with an emphasis on handmade.

foR ThEM The perfect little gift All ABout gAMEs 7009 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-343-5653; 120 Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-0204, Heaven for non-electronic gamers.

BoIsE Art glAss 530 W. Myrtle St., Boise, 208-345-1825, Breakable yet beautiful gifts for all.

BoIsE Art MusEuM gIFt shoP 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, unique discoveries.

BrIcolAgE 418 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-3718, Handmade T-shirts, bags and other lovely discoveries.

chEErs 828 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-342-1805, Say it on real stationery.

cronE’s cuPBoArD 712 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-333-0831, Give the gift of foresight and inner peace.

DrAgonFly 414 W. Main St., Boise, 208-338-9234 When you need a bacon air freshener and a new purse.

DunIA 1609 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-333-0535, Fair-trade finds.

thE EDgE 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, Jewelry, music merch and kitsch galore.

FlyIng M coFFEEhousE AnD FlyIng M coFFEEgArAgE 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320; 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, Fun and fabulous finds for hard-to-buy-for friends.

gooD gooDs 5865 Glenwood St., Ste. c, Garden city, 208-377-3027, unique gifts with a European country flair.

IDAho stAtE hIstorIcAl MusEuM gIFt shoP 610 E. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120, There’s nothing like a twoheaded cow plush toy.

InDIA gIFts 3203 Overland Road, Boise, 208-919-0925 Beautiful and exotic finds from the subcontinent.

InDIE MADE 108 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-342-0804 Handmade in Idaho.

ADUlTS only X-rated shopping grEAt gArgoylEs 295 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-375-5050, Heaven for your inner geek— everything with a dragon, fairy, skull, Celtic design or gargoyle on it. Plus some interesting adult-only items.

PlEAsurE BoutIquE 3163 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-6161, For grown-ups only, thank you very much.

tAstEFul sInsAtIons 4570 W. State St., Boise, 208-384-5760, Specializing in “romance-enhancement products.”


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Getting your butt outside

2445 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-429-8855, Eco-friendly products for the skier and boarder.

BAnDAnnA runnIng AnD WAlkIng

Flynn’s sADDlE shoP

3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise; 2021 E. Wilson Lane, Meridian, 208-336-4844, When you want to get wet— with your kayak or raft.

504 W. Main St., Boise, 208-386-9017, Say “no” to blisters with the perfect athletic shoes.

thE BEnchMArk 625 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-338-1700, Climb, backpack and camp in style.

BIcyclE MAnIA 8305 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0195, Everything for anything on two wheels.

BIkEs to BoArDs 3525 W. State St., Boise, 208-343-0208, No motors but plenty of twoand four-wheeled fun, both for sale and for rent.

thE BoArD rooM 2727 W. State St., Boise, 208-385-9553, Snowboards and skateboards for the true boarder.

BoIsE ArMy nAVy 4924 chinden Blvd., Garden city, 208-322-0660, Just the place for the camowearing, river-raftin’ camper in your life.

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8633 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4095, Headquarters for everything equestrian.

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Multiple locations, Everything you need for cycling.

2314 Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-336-2300; 822 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-3427734, Skiing, biking, boarding—it’s all here.

grEEnWooD’s skI hAus 2400 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-342-6808, If it slides on snow, it’s here.

IDAho AnglEr 1682 S. Vista Ave., 208-389-9957, Turning fishing into an art.

IDAho ArchEry 5669 N. Glenwood St., Garden city, 208-376-7057, Gear and training for the bow enthusiast.

IDAho MountAIn tourIng 1310 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-3854, Head to the mountains, via skis, backpack or bike.

1306 Alturas St., Boise, 208-947-0017, Two-wheeled happiness in Boise’s North End.

nEWt AnD hArolD’s 1021 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-385-9300, Everything for all types of board riders.

PrEstIgE skAtEBoArDs 106 S. 11th St., Boise, 208-424-6824, The place for the skateboard purist.

shu’s IDAho runnIng 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604, Helping you put one foot in front of the other, rapidly.

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36th strEEt gArDEn cEntEr 3823 N. Garden center Way, Boise, 208-433-5108,

north EnD orgAnIc nursEry 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769.

EDWArDs grEEnhousE 4106 W. Sand creek St., Boise, 208-342-7548,

FAr WEst gArDEn cEntEr 5728 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-4000,

grEEnhurst nursEry 3209 S. Happy Valley Road, Nampa, 208-466-5783,

rEIMAnn’s PAInt AnD WInDoW coVErIng 9165 W. chinden Blvd., Garden city, 208-377-3431

IDAho tEnt AnD cAnVAs 511 E. Bower St., Meridian, 208-888-1701

rEnEWAl 517 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208338-5444,

BroADWAy VIntAgE 1524 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-392-7247

thE shABBy housE 4906 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-1005,

Making your home picture perfect on a budget Deanna Darr anD anne henDerson | PhotograPh By Laurie Pearman Between magazines, social media sites like pinterest and entire television networks dedicated to everything home and garden, it seems like someone is always trying to make us feel guilty that our home doesn’t look like those idealized images. But rather than throwing your hands up in despair and letting your yard go feral or saying you’re satisfied with those bare white walls, use those feelings as a rallying cry. of course, home projects can seem overwhelming, both in scope and finances, but there are ways to make a big impact with minimal investment. With a bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can make small changes to your home that will carry a wallop of visual impact, even on a shoestring budget. love to have one of those yards the neighbors secretly envy? There are plenty of experts around who can help you find not only what will work for your space, but what will survive even the blackest of thumbs. Boise’s north End is a veritable hot bed of nurseries and garden centers packed with advice. for those with limited space, try something like the Wally, a modular living wall system fashioned out recycled fabric that had a former life as a plastic bottle, found at the 36th street garden center. “it’s really a neat thing if you don’t have lots of floor space or have children or pets,” said manager Brenda Jones. need more advice? Talk to the pros at north End organic nursery or head to one of the area’s oldest garden centers, Edwards greenhouse, where there are not only plants but plenty of locally made outdoor sculptures and decor. outside of the city core, visit Far West garden center with its array of landscaping supplies or greenhurst nursery, which stocks an impressive selection of both plants and yard decor at reasonable prices. of course the outside of your home can’t get all the love, but

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you don’t have to gut your kitchen or hire a designer to make the most of it. A simple coat of paint, even just on an accent wall, can change the entire feel of a room. lindsay Reimann, owner of reimann’s Paint and Window covering, is always willing to mix up a custom paint color. for a picture-perfect wall, Reimann suggests an easy-to-do texture. “i could tell you how to do a suede in about 20 seconds and you’d do a good job,” he said. Reimann also suggests painting different shades of the same color on opposing walls. “it’s a subtle change that gives you a little pizazz,” he said. if you rent and can’t paint, try using fabric to personalize your space. you can purchase inexpensive remnants, and then places like Idaho tent and canvas can add sturdy metal grommets to make hanging it easier. Sometimes a new piece of furniture or a carefully placed accessory can add a punch of color or style. consignment and vintage stores offer ever-changing landscapes of eclectic options. Boise favorite renewal consignment homewares not only offers well loved yet stylish furniture but lots of knickknacks that give a space personality—and all at prices far less than new. vintage pieces are perfect for adding character. Broadway Vintage is filled with all sorts of vintage clocks, radios and light fixtures, as well as the more standard furniture items like chairs, console tables and couches. the shabby house is a haven for those who like slightly eclectic, vintage but always interesting style. The store lives up to its names but is packed with creative ideas on how to turn ordinary objects into works of art for both inside and outside your home. There’s no reason to feel guilty that your home isn’t a showplace—unless of course you don’t do anything about it. WWW. Bo Is EWEEk M

susan mccown


custom sewing • fine fabrics • interior designs

1601 n. 12th street #1 (208) 343-1838

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stErEotyPED: BoIsE stylE stAnDArDs

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EARTh MoThER The hippie movement was all about peace and lots of free love—which explains how this variety of modern-day Woodstocker came to be. The flower children have morphed into go-green, chill-out bohos, mostly recognizable by their burlap bags, colorful dresses and shiny stone jewelry, which add pizzazz when plowing in the community garden or spending the summer chasing down music festivals. Where she shops: Eyes of the World Imports, Farmers Markets, Dragonfly

he’s that allusive anomaly—stylish, yet his mother/wife/girlfriend isn’t responsible for selecting his daily look. he doesn’t just put GQ or Men’s health on his coffee table to impress visitors. he reads it, shops and ventures to the gym, thereby making his less-stylish friends upset on Saturday nights when he takes home a slew of new phone numbers and countless side glances, without ever trying. Where he shops: Alexander Davis, To the Nynes

BUy-locAl chic When she sips mojitos with her Bff on the patios of los Angeles, she doesn’t stick out as a tourist. She’s cutting-edge, yet conservative—a chameleon, easily blending in with trendy big-citiers without abandoning her hometown’s style. A Rachel Zoe/olsen twin hybrid, she’s all about the accessories and pulls off flawless looks, seemingly without thought. And somehow manages to put it together while contributing to the buy-local movement. Where she shops: Fancy Pants, Barbara Barbara and co., Piece unique/Shoez, Belle, Dragonfly

cool coWGiRl She’s the best in the West when it comes to picking out boots that would be as at home in the Stueckle Sky center as on a ranch. from rhinestones to embroidery to mother-of-pearl buttons on her snapfront shirts, she sets herself apart from other Wrangler-wielding Westerners with intricate details. Where she shops: American clothing Gallery, D&B Supply, Hap Tallman

MoDERn SkATER This isn’t your neon-clad ’80s boarder, nor is he/she the tiewearing Avril lavigne sk8r variety. These board riders have some serious style—from artistic socks to sweatshirts that are more haute than hoodlum. This style blends rebel with hip. Where he/she shops: Newt and Harold’s, The Board Room, Bikes to Boards, Prestige Skate Shop

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BoipSTER (BoiSE hipSTER) Dark-rim glasses? check. Turntable? check. Skinny jeans? check. Examples of the hipster phenom reside most everywhere— especially in recent years—and Boise is no exception. The Boise variety loves to ride road bikes, is generally armed with an ipad, listens to bands you’ve never heard of, and can generally be found swigging back cocktails at neurolux. Where he/she shops: Thrift stores, The Edge, In Retrospect, White Pine, Bricolage, Lux Fashion Lounge

AcTivE noRThEnDER This dangerously fit breed of Boisean is as trendy and yet laid back as the north End neighborhood where he/she can generally be found. Wanna hang out? Get your quads ready for some burning as you run the trails at camel’s Back, then grab your mountain bike and head for more hills, all while looking stellar. Body-hugging pants, breathable tops and unique sneakers fill suitcases for weekends spent biking in Sun valley. Where he/she shops: Greenwoods Ski Haus, The Benchmark, McQ Sports, Idaho Mountain Sports WWW. Bo Is EWEEk M

Who: Sara Studebaker

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oise native Sara Studebaker dreamed about competing in the Olympics. But unlike most, Studebaker actually made it there, competing as a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where she placed 34th in the individual race. Now at 27, her eyes are set firmly on the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, russia. Taking a break from a training camp in Bend, Ore., Studebaker reflected on her career to date and her start in Boise. How did you get started? A friend and I were watching the 1998 Olympic Games and saw little clips of this biathlon thing and we were like, “Huh, that’s kind of interesting,” and we started asking [our Nordic Team coach] all these questions about it and he did some research and found a camp we could go to learn more about it and it kind of took off from there.

What will it take for biathlon to grow? It is tough because U.S. Biathlon has never won an Olympic medal, so that’s definitely a hindering point for us as far as popularity. But we’re also getting more talent. We’ve been steadily improving. We’ve had some awesome results this year from both the men’s and the women’s sides at the World Championships and the World Cup.

What was it about Nordic skiing? It was something that I had always done, a family thing, and it was really enjoyable to me. And I wasn’t really all that good at Alpine. I was a little afraid of going down the hill really fast, so it was kind of inhibiting my Alpine career.

What’s your favorite Olympic memory? In one of the races I was bib No. 1, so I started first out of the entire field of like 90 competitors. And that was really exciting because not only were we in Canada, so there were a lot of the Canadian and American fans around and people cheering for us, I was also leading off this race and getting it started. And I just remember standing in the start gate and being really nervous. I thought, “Wow, this is awesome. These people are here, they’re cheering for me, this is really, really cool.” It was a very exciting moment.

Did you have a firearms background? I think a lot of people assume that biathletes come from hunting backgrounds or their families must be really into firearms or something, but I had never handled a firearm before I heard of biathlon. Is hitting a target after racing on skis as hard as it looks? The way we always describe it is it’s like you ran up a flight of stairs and then tried to thread a needle. You’re basically training all the time. It’s a busy schedule for sure. When you’re not at a “training camp” you’re still training in your home base or wherever, so it’s a full-time job. I mean I don’t have another job, this is what I do. I rely on personal sponsors and some funding from USOC and U.S. Biathlon, but in an average week, our training hours—just actual physical training—is anywhere between 10 and 25 hours depending on the type of week, and not including slowfire shooting that we do and all the other times when we’re resting or preparing to go out and train again. How often do you actually race? We’re basically racing pretty solid between the very beginning of December to almost the end of March.

How long do you hope to compete? Right now I tend to take it a year at time. Right now I’m focused on 2014 and going through the Sochi Olympics and after that I’ll kind of reevaluate. Do you ever look back and realize how far you’ve come? Definitely. I think that’s really important. You’ve got to keep yourself humble and not be like, “Oh gosh, I’m here today in Germany racing and things aren’t going well.” It’s like, “Wow, I’m on the World Cup.” And I remember thinking when I was 16 or 17, “I want to go race on the World Cup. I want to go to the Olympics.” ... I’ve accomplished that, and it’s pretty cool and it’s hard and it’s not something everyone has the chance to do, and I feel really lucky to have had that opportunity and the support of my family and friends and just the opportunities that have presented themselves to me have been really cool.


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Wet Dreams: boise’s river recreation Park oPens

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meriDian Pool

borah Pool 801 Aurora Drive, 208-570-6980, The Southwest Boise pool offers diving boards, lap lanes and a sprayground facility.

Fairmont Pool


More than a decade ago, a few valley citizens dreamed of creating a whitewater park within city limits. The first glimpse of that dream has come to life. The much-anticipated first phase of the Boise River Recreation Park, officially dedicated in June, is the newest addition to the area’s must-play list. “Our designers are telling us that this quarter-mile stretch is unique in the world because of [its location] in an urban area and because the amount of drop is pretty big,” said Beth Markley, fundraising counsel for Boise Friends of the Park, the community group behind the park. She said outdoor events are hallmarks of Boise and the park is expected to boost the local economy, drive up interest in an alreadypopular paddling industry and provide water education and safety. Outdoor Magazine singled out the river park—which at the time was only in the planning stages—as one major reason why the city was named “The Best Overall Town in the West” in 2010. Located west of downtown between Main Street and Veteran’s Memorial Park, the park is part river recreation Park of a larger planned complex. The yetto-be constructed Esther Simplot Park will join Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park and could be done by 2014. While the first phase of the park isn’t designed for events, both experienced boaters and newbies can get some action. The City of Boise hired two wave technicians to staff the site and also set up a live web cam allowing people to check conditions remotely at The wave techs—both boaters with more than 20 years of experience—will operate the wave shapers and coordinate testing, said Tom Governale, superintendent of parks. The shapers, which create manmade waves at the push of a button, were designed for water levels between 250 and 3,500 cubic feet per second. A few vendors will be selected by the city to offer lessons starting in summer 2012, Governale said, adding that the city wants to control the number of vendors to keep things open for a variety of users, including rafters, floaters and surfers. “If the wave is big and retentive, we will be able to teach advanced playboating,” said John Garrett, owner of the Boise-based outfitter Riverroots. “If it can be dialed in to be small and forgiving, we can teach beginning playboating. My vision is that it will be adjusted at different levels at different times so that everyone will get what they want.” Beyond lessons, the park won’t host any official events until Esther Simplot Park is done. The extra parking, restrooms and changing rooms would enable the park to handle large crowds. Governale said construction on that portion could begin as early as fall 2012. Markley said the completed complex coupled with the numerous outdoor activities found in the Treasure Valley will boost the city’s national and international reputation. “We’re gonna rival any city in the U.S. for outdoor recreation opportunities,” she said. —Lisa Huynh Eller

7929 Northview St., 208-570-6981, The outdoor pool offers swimming lessons and can be rented for private parties.

ivyWilD Pool 2250 Leadville Ave., 208-570-6985, Check out the pretzel slide and two drop-off slides.

loWell Pool 1601 N. 28th St., 208-570-6982, Do a cannonball into the pool using the 1-meter diving board.

natatorium Pool anD hyDrotube 1811 Warm Springs Ave., 208-570-6984, The ultimate in outdoor pools offers two diving boards, wading pool and the hydrotube.

south Pool 921 S. Shoshone St., 208-570-6983, Take swimming lessons in the comfort of the large oval pool.

Caldwell calDWell Family ymca 3720 S. Indiana Ave., 208-454-9622, Swim in the 25-yard recreational and children’s pools. Lounge in the lazy river or jacuzzi.

Eagle eagle islanD state Park WatersliDe 4000 W. Hatchery Road, 208-939-0696, parks The 545-acre park offers a swimming beach and a waterslide.

213 E. Franklin Road, 208-888-4392, meridian-pool.html Enjoy open and lap swim at this outdoor pool.

roaring sPrings Water Park 400 W. Overland Road, 208-884-8842, Spend a day riding the tubes, swimming in the wave pool, lounging in the lazy river and racing down slides.

Nampa lakevieW WaterPark Garrity Boulevard and N. 16th Ave., 208-465-2219, Enjoy the waterslide in the pool in Lakeview Park.

namPa recreation center 131 Constitution Way, 208-468-5777, Have a blast floating in the water tubes, swinging from the Tarzan rope and jumping off the diving board.


mcmillan skatePark Charles F. McDevitt Youth Sports Complex, Eagle and McMillan roads, Meridian Concrete flat and roll-in with masonite quarterpipes, a funbox with handrails and a vert ramp.

PiPe Dreams skatePark Smeed Parkway and Sky Way, Caldwell Concrete street course with stairs and handrails, along with a concrete clover bowl.

rhoDes skatePark 1555 W. Front St., Boise Lots of ledges, rails, steel ramps, a brick bank, a pyramid and a steel half-pipe. Underneath the freeway to provide protection from weather and has lights.

stamPeDe skatePark Stampede Drive, and N. 11th Ave., Nampa Outdoor concrete park with rails, pyramids, ledges and a quarter pipe.

tully skatePark E. Pine and N. Main streets, Meridian Concrete street course with ledges, funboxes, handrails, three-, seven- and 11-stair sets and a 6-foot half-pipe.

Bowls and rails

climBiNG WallS

eagle skatePark

Up and over

Eagle Bike Park, Horseshoe Bend Way, Eagle Large concrete park with transitions, pyramid, funbox, stairs, handrails, ledges and a snake-run.

Fort boise skatePark Corner of Fort and Reserve streets, Boise Concrete park with metal coping, bowls, a pyramid, roll-ins and a spine.

gem islanD skatePark Canal Street, Emmett Concrete park with funbox, roll-in, quarterpipes and metal coping. Open and lit 24 hours a day.

kuna skatePark Fourth and Locust streets, Kuna Concrete snake run and spine leading into a large vert bowl with metal coping.

boise Peak Fitness 308 S. 25th St., Boise, 208-363-7325, Take advantage of belay and climbing classes for kids and adults.

boise state camPus recreation center 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-1131, Train on various boulder, top rope and lead climbing routes.

calDWell Family ymca 3720 S. Indiana Ave. Caldwell, 208-454-9622, Climb your way to the top of the indoor facilities.

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hit the links: treasure valley Public courses $$ = $15-$25

$$$ = $25-$40

$$$$ = $40-$60

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* Green fees may vary depending on season, time, age and holidays.

DoWntoWn ymca


$= $4-$15



green Fees*



banbury golF club

2626 N. Marypost Place, Eagle, 208-939-3600,


A beautifully manicured course along the Boise River.


boise ranch golF course

6501 S. Cloverdale Road, Boise, 208-362-6501,


One of South Boise’s most popular courses.


broaDmore golF course

103 Shannon Drive, Nampa, 208-466-0561,


Low-key course for west valley residents.


the Front

2600 Centennial Way, Nampa, 208-468-5889,


An 18-hole course with easy access from the highway.


eagle hills golF course

605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle, 208-939-0402,


Set on the top of the hills with sweeping views.


Falcon crest

11102 S. Cloverdale Road, Kuna, 208-362-8897,

Robin Hood: $-$$$ Championship: $$$ Freedom: $$-$$$

990 W. Chinden Blvd., Meridian, 208-887-4653,

inDian lakes Public golF course

4700 Umatilla Ave., Boise, 208-362-5771,

lakevieW golF course


Three courses in one: Robin Hood, Championship and Freedom.

An option for those a little shorter on time.

Robin Hood:








A full course on the Boise Bench with nice views.


4200 W. Talamore Blvd., Meridian, 208-888-4080,


Meridian’s original 18hole course.


Pierce Park greens

5812 N. Pierce Park Lane, Boise, 208-853-3302,


Rock-bottom prices.


Quail holloW golF club

4520 N. 36th St., Boise, 208-344-7807,


A challenging course in the Boise Foothills.


riDgecrest golF course

3730 Ridgecrest Drive, Nampa, 208-899-4650,


Traditional links-style course in the middle of farmland.


3740 N. Pollard Lane, Star, 208-286-0801,


shaDoW valley

15711 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, 208-939-6699,


2495 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-343-5661,

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5959 N. Discovery Way, Boise, 208-377-9622, Youth can take part in YClimbing Camps.

rec OPTiONS Out of the ordinary black light mini golF


Wide-open course designed for quick play. Beautiful course laid out across the Foothills.

City owned course along the river.


Potpourri Fast lane inDoor kart racing 12048 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-321-1166, Perfect for the indoor speed demon.

gameDay sPorts leagues 208-388-4732, Casual adult leagues for dodgeball, kickball and bowling.

JumPtime iDaho 1375 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-255-5867, Wall-to-wall trampolines, bouncy balls and ball pits.


true Paintball aDventure Park

Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., Boise, cityofboise/departments/parks Play the Italian way in a regulation court.

cricket Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., Boise, cityofboise/departments/parks Pitch is located just west of the clocktower for Brit ex-pats and lovers of sticky wickets.

curling Idaho Ice World, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise, It may be cold, but it’s a surprisingly addictive sport.

Fronton Building, 619 Grove St., Boise, The fronton (court) hosts the Basque version of handball.

3131 W. Harvard St., Boise, 208363-7230, Outdoor and indoor courses, as well as equipment rental.

Wahooz Family Fun zone 1385 Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, 208-898-0900, Two mini golf courses, laser tag, bumper boats, batting cages, go karts, bowling and an arcade in one spot.

ziP iDaho Horseshoe Bend, 208-793-2947, Fly through the trees.

Roller/Ice skating iDaho ice WorlD

ann morrison Park

Julia Davis Park 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, cityofboise/departments/parks




1000 Americana Blvd., Boise, cityofboise/departments/parks


bogus basin mountain recreation area

Shankz, 82 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-888-2760, 3D black-light golf, need we say more?

Disc golf

river birch golF course

Warm sPrings golF course

3235 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-345-7625, Boise’s bouldering gym provides 2,000 square feet of bouldering and top-rope climbing.

West Family ymca

centennial golF course

Foxtail executive golF course

1050 W. State St., Boise, 208344-5501, Take advantage of youth and adult classes at the indoor climbing facilities.

settlers Park 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian,

7072 S. Eisenman Road, 208-331-0044, From hockey to figure, it’s all cool.

namPa rollerDrome 19 10th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-9905, Roller skating is always in style. WWW.b oiseW eek

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treasure valley roller girls Check out Boise’s own lady warriors of the rink.

BOWliNG Boise 20th century lanes 4712 W. State St., 208-342-8695, Lots of leagues for all age groups.

emeralD lanes

Caldwell calDWell boWl 2121 Blaine St., 208-459-3400 Just a good, old-fashioned bowling alley.

cOmPeTiTiVe SPiriT Hardcore boulDer mountain tour

Garden City Westy’s garDen lanes 5504 W. Alworth St., 208-376-6555, Idaho’s largest bowling alley with 40 lanes and a great bowling alley bar.

Meridian meriDian lanes 324 S. Meridian Road, 208-888-2048, Meridian’s original alley has been around for more than 50 years and has 32 lanes to keep things rolling.

Pinz boWling center 1385 Blue Marlin Lane, 208-898-0900, Located at Wahooz Family Fun Zone, Pinz has 24 brand new lanes with lots of amenities including eight private lounges.

Feb. 2, 2013, Nordic racers take on 15 or 32 kilometers. Also hosting the AXCS National Masters Championships.

usa cycling mountain bike marathon national chamPionshiPs Spring 2013, After hosting the U.S. Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships for two years, the Wood River Valley now hosts the marathon race in conjunction with Ride Sun Valley.

exergy tour Summer 2013, Five-day ladies pro tour throughout Southern Idaho.

tWilight criterium

Nampa namPa boWl 485 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 208-466-0881, A full 24 lanes with cosmic bowling, an arcade and karaoke. For even more Rec suggestions, highlights and news, visit and click on “Rec.” Or scan the QR code.

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4860 W. Emerald St., 208-344-2695, Family friendly and specializing in cosmic bowling.

Summer 2013, Pros race tight corners in downtown Boise as thousands of spectators watch from the sidewalks.

ironman 70.3 boise June 2013, With a downtown Boise finish line, it’s popular with spectators.

run For the hills

Weekend warrior y not tri Aug. 2, For the first-time triathlete. Quarter-mile bike, six-mile swim, two-mile run.

Foothills xc 12k trail race Aug. 4, Start and end at Fort Boise with more than 12k of trails running in between.

WilD iDaho enDurance runs Aug. 4, Start at Boiling Springs Campground near Crouch and race 50 miles or 50k with 16,000 and 10,200 feet of elevation gain respectively.

bogus basin hill climb Aug. 18, Racing uphill to the top of Bogus Basin Mountain Resort.

xterra WilD riDe oFF-roaD triathlon Aug. 19, Swim, mountain bike and trail run with kids’ distances, too.

hiDDen sPrings Duathlon Sept. 15, One road course, as well as short and long mountain courses. All races consist of two running legs and a cycling leg.

Oct. 6, Half marathon and 5k distances in Fruitland for walkers, runners or wheel chair racers.

city oF trees Oct. 14, Full and half marathon distances that start from Parkcenter Park.

Farm man challenge Oct. 27, A “hellish” 6.66 miler, a 5k zombie walk and a CrossFit challenge.

race to robie creek April 20, 2013, The toughest half marathon in the Northwest summits Adalpe and ends at Robie Creek.

barking sPiDer April 2013, Nine-mile cross-country lap course for mountain bikers.

high sPeeD Pursuit April 2013, Half marathon and marathon races both start and finish at the Idaho State Correctional Facilities.

camel’s back Duathlon May 2013, Short and long courses that each consist of two running legs and a cycling leg.

Famous iDaho Potato May 2013, Full and half marathon distances, as well as 10k and 5k courses, all on the Greenbelt. WWW.b oiseW eek

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BArS AnD StripeS


Dry Creek Half MaratHon

For fun

June 2013, Half marathon in Hidden Springs.

Dirty DasH

Great owHyee riDe June 2013, Ride 50 or 100 miles against hunger.

sawtootH relay June 2013, Six people, five miles each, twice.

silver City enDuranCe runs June 2013, Distances of 100K, 50K or 30K starting just outside historic Silver City.

sun valley Half MaratHon June 2013, Half marathon and two-person relay along the valley’s paved path system.

Galena GrinDer June or July 2013, Marathon and cross-country mountain bike races in the Wood River Valley.

MCCall trail runninG ClassiC July 2013, Race 10, 20 or 40 miles on the trails outside McCall.

spuDMan triatHlon July 2013, For the triathlete not quite ready for Iron Man, this race is a 1.5-mile swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run. www.boi s ew e e kly.Co M

Aug. 25-26, Team race with mud, obstacles, 10K and beer.

table roCk CHallenGe Sept. 12 Hike to the top of Tablerock bluff and back down again for a total of nine miles.

foaM fest Sept. 15, Obstacle race that adds foam to its 5K at Eagle Island State Park.

CHristMas run Dec. 22, Put on your costume for 2.5 or 6.1 miles.

st. patriCk’s Day fun run March 2013, Run or walk 5K, one or five miles. Family-friendly walk.

beat CoaCH pete

Main street Mile June 2013, A one-mile fun run through downtown Boise with several heats.

bars anD stripes July 2013, Boise Weekly’s annual alley cat race celebrates beer, bikes and the Fourth of July.

Kids only HiDDen sprinGs youtH triatHlon Sept. 14, A longer course for kids 13 and older and a shorter course for those 12 and younger.

Harrison ClassiC kiDs’ run Oct. 7, One-mile race for kids 13 and younger.

CaMel’s baCk DuatHlon

April 2013, Run 5K with Bronco football Coach Chris Peterson.

May 2013, Two one-mile runs and a fivemile bike race.

raCe for tHe Cure May 2013, A 5K run or walk fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.

June 2013, The women’s race for chocolate includes a kids’ one-mile fun run.

bob lebow

Main street Mile

June 2013, Six race lengths from three to 100 miles.

i run for CHoColate

June 2013, Kids chase an ice cream truck in a half-mile race through downtown.

i run for CHoColate June 2013, A women’s run on the Greenbelt with half marathon and 5K distances.

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Ditching the solo sports for some quality team time outside anDrew crisP | PhotograPh By laurie Pearman For many, getting your rec on at a gym carries too much of a hamster-wheel vibe. league sports offer the opposite with some social interaction. From volleyball to tennis, camping to canoeing, snowmobiling to samba classes, if there’s a sport to play, there’s a group for it. in to biking? There are more than a dozen biking groups in the Treasure Valley, each with a different focus. The nonprofit boise area mountain biking association ( organizes group rides while pedaling for a cause. as a part of the international mountain Biking association (, the group manages the eagle Bike Park with the southwest idaho mountain biking association (, which also works on grooming off-road trails. “it’s a general advocacy group advocating for cycling in the valley,” said Patrick cusick with SWimBa. “One of the main purposes is to advocate and help the city learn how to manage the idaho Velodrome Park.” But much more than cycling is offered for those who want to do a little group recreating. The boise city Parks and recreation Department ( organizes league games, like five-on-five basketball through Boise’s NBa development league team, the idaho Stampede. Volleyball, flag football and adult softball are also part of the lineup, and Parks and rec recently 104 | AnnuAl MAnuAl 2012-2013 | boiseweekly

launched adaptive sporting, with leagues for adults and children with disabilities, including wheelchair rugby and basketball. “That’s what makes it kind of cool. everyone has their abilities and their disabilities,” said Parks coordinator emily kovarik. “The guys that are currently playing [wheelchair rugby] are considered quadriplegics. They’re banging around inside the gymnasiums right now.” Sports leagues—whether the players are hellbent on taking home trophies or just bent on having a good time—are bringing back sports as a community builder. “it’s the strength in numbers that gets people organizing and it progresses the sport more effectively, too,” said cusick. Whether it’s building together, or shaping trails, maintaining trails; it’s doing things together.” eric leaman realized the potential to build on this theory. He return to Boise after finishing his undergrad degree at the University of Washington, where he worked for a company that made casual sports leagues into a business. leaman said he knew he could export the model to Boise, where he could build new relationships. “When you’re cheering someone on, and you’re meeting someone in a low-pressure social setting, afterward you trust that person, you know them,” he said. “Then you can go to the bar.”

During his ignite Boise 8 presentation titled Bowling alone, leaman talked about the decline in civic engagement, something he hopes to bring back with his new business, gameday sports ( He organizes leagues for sports like bowling, dodgeball, softball and kickball. “That civil, face-to-face engagement brings back trust to a community,” said leaman. Few rec groups are as fervent as Boise’s running community, with local shops like shu’s idaho running company (1758 W. State St., Boise), see Jane run (814 W. Idaho St., Boise) and bandanna running and Walking (504 W. Main St., Boise) serving as cultural hubs for the sneaker-clad faithful. all three stores offer regular group runs, relays, races and marathons—basically, as long as a hurricane hasn’t hit the Treasure Valley, chances are a group of runners can be found. if you’d rather slow the pace and get off the pavement, ebullient hikers flock to the Boise Foothills in comfy boots to hit local trails. The idaho hiking club ( boasts a swelling membership of explorers, offering up all manner of local excursions. With around a dozen hikers per outing hitting idaho’s trails, lacing up those old kicks and getting off your duff could be your ticket to a fresh bunch of like-minded peeps. WWW.b oiseW eek

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SUN VALLEY Just a two-hour drive from Boise, Sun Valley is not only the grand dame of glitzy ski resorts in the winter but a prime destination for biking—mountain and road—as well as golf. There’s also a thriving restaurant and bar scene.

MCCALL From Payette Lake to Brundage Mountain Resort, McCall is a mountain-locked siren for those who crave a little outdoor rejuvenation. From expansive Nordic trails in the winter to waterskiing and hiking in the summer, there always seems to be a reason to head north.

GARDEN VALLEY From whitewater rafting on the Payette River to snowmobiling through the backcountry to golfing through the mountain valley, there’s a little something for everyone in the Garden Valley and Crouch area. Don’t miss the plethora of natural hot springs.

IDAHO CITY It’s all about the trails in this former mining town. In the summer, hike your rear off, while in the winter, the extensive trail system is perfect for Nordic skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers.

STANLEY Situated at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains, there’s little this town doesn’t give you access to: mountain climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing, fishing, camping, horseback riding, river rafting, snowmobiling and even a regular live music concert series.

CRATERS OF THE MOON NATIONAL MONUMENT AND PRESERVE Encompassing 750,000 acres, the layers of hardened lava create a surreal landscape for camping, hiking trails and scenic drives.

HAGERMAN FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT Check out the extensive collection of fossils from roughly 3 million to 4 million years ago. For more recent history, the area is also home to a section of the Oregon Trail and wagon ruts are still visible.

SAWTOOTH NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Spanning more than 750,000 acres, the area has hundreds of miles of trails crossing some of the most spectacular scenery around. There are world-class rivers, mountain biking, backcountry skiing ... you get the idea.


TRAIL OF THE COEUR D’ALENES Crossing the Idaho Panhandle from Mullan to Plummer, the trail follows the old Union Pacific railroad tracks for 71 miles. The paved trail includes sections along Lake Coeur d’Alene.

ROUTE OF THE HIAWATHA RAIL-TRAIL This bike/hike trail actually begins in Montana but runs for 15 miles along former railroad beds. The gravel trail travels through nine tunnels (one is two miles long) and over seven high steel trestles.

BRUNEAU SAND DUNES STATE PARK Just south of Mountain Home, the park feels like you’ve walked into the Sahara. The tallest dune is roughly 470 feet tall and is a favorite for sliding down. The area offers camping and hiking trails and is home to one of two public astronomy observatories in Idaho. Located on the Salmon River, the area provides easy access for rafters, kayakers and anglers looking for adventure not only on the Salmon River but along the nearby Hells Canyon stretch of the Snake River.

CITY OF ROCKS Located in Southeastern Idaho, the City of Rocks is nearly a required pilgrimage for rock climbers. The towering spires are not only tempting climbing targets but offer great spectator viewpoints for campers on the ground.

MORLEY NELSON SNAKE RIVER BIRDS OF PREY NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA The conservation area covers 485,000 acres along the Snake River and is prime for camping, hiking and rafting. Regardless of what you do, keep looking up because the area is home to—you guessed it—a whole lot of raptors.

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Boise, 208-332-5100, More than 2,600 skiable acres for skiers and boarders. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet.

BRUNDAGE MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT McCall, 208-634-4151, Famous for its wide variety of runs and its long-lasting powder. Vertical drop: 1,800 feet.

MAGIC MOUNTAIN Twin Falls, 208-734-5979, Plenty of expert trails to go along with peace and quiet. Vertical drop: 700 feet.

SOLDIER MOUNTAIN Fairfield, 208-764-2526, Close to Sun Valley but much more affordable with 1,150 acres of inbound terrain. Vertical drop: 1,425 feet.

POMERELLE Albion, 208-673-5599, This destination at 8,000 feet in the Sawtooth Mountains features 24 runs and plenty of Nordic loops. Vertical drop: 1,000 feet.

SUN VALLEY SKI RESORT Sun Valley, 208-622-4111, With two high-profile mountains, Dollar and Baldy, Sun Valley continues to dominate with excellent snow and exhilarating runs. Vertical drop: 3,400 feet.

TAMARACK RESORT Donnelly, 208-325-1000, Idaho’s newest ski resort is also its most precarious—as in it’s anyone’s guess if it will be open from season to season. If it is, skiers are treated to steep and deep without the crowds. Vertical drop: 2,800 feet.

SCHWEITzER MOUNTAIN RESORT Sandpoint, 208-263-9555, This resort has 2,900 accessible acres and 92 runs with night skiing, terrain parks, tubing and Nordic skiing. Vertical drop: 2,400 feet.

COTTONWOOD BUTTE Ferdinand, 208-962-3624, Low ticket and rental prices and a welcoming family atmosphere make Cottonwood Butte an excellent escape from bigger ski resorts. Vertical drop: 845 feet.

SNOWHAVEN RESORT Grangeville, 208-983-3866, This city-owned getaway is an inexpensive adventure for the whole family and is open only on weekends and holidays. Vertical drop: 400 feet.

SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT Kellogg, 866-344-2675, An all-inclusive resort for a variety of winter activities, including world-class skiing on two mountains. Vertical drop: 2,200 feet.

PEBBLE CREEK SKI AREA Inkom, 208-775-4452, Mount Bonneville provides an honest challenge to advanced skiers without shutting out newbies. As a bonus, chilled skiers can warm up at nearby lava hot springs. Vertical drop: 2,200 feet.

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tour De Fat Saturday, Aug. 18 Ann Morrison Park, Boise Each summer, the crew from New Belgium Brewing rolls into town like a traveling circus, but rather than elephants and acrobats, it brings with it an all-out celebration of two of Boise’s favorite things: bicycles and beer. As part of its national tour, the event includes a costumed morning bike parade through downtown followed by a day in the park with music, booths, activities and, of course, a rockin’ beer garden. Better yet, a share of proceeds go to support local bike organizations.

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Wednesday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Sept. 2 Ann Morrison Park, Boise For more than two decades, the Spirit of Boise has been filling the Capital City’s skies with colorful hot air balloons each morning of the event, creating a spectacular sight as they drift across the city—as well as a few fender-benders as drivers crane their necks. The balloons lift off each morning at 7:10 a.m. from the park and the public is invited to witness the impressive sight. Don’t miss the Night Glow on Saturday, Sept. 1, when the balloons light up the evening in the park, accompanied by live music and food.

Thursday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 4 Expo Idaho, Garden City Want to see a group of snow riders drooling? Just watch the crowd before the doors open at the annual ski and snowboard equipment swap. The Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation hosts the annual fundraiser that has skiers and boarders waiting in barely contained expectation. Pick up new and used gear on the cheap or free yourself of the equipment that’s doing nothing but taking up space. The BBSEF gets a chunk of the profits, making sure the next generation of racers is ready to conquer the slopes.

race to robie creek Saturday, April 20, 2013 Fort Boise Park, Boise It’s known as the toughest half marathon in the Northwest for a reason—a whole lot of uphill and a whole lot of downhill with very little in between. But it’s also a rite of passage for area runners who set their training schedules by one of the area’s signature races. Of course, the actual run isn’t the biggest competition—it’s the race to score one of the coveted registration slots. The race fills within a matter of minutes, so those without quick Internet service need not apply.

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Monday, May 13-Saturday, May 18, 2013 Boise Treasure Valley residents love them some bikes. Whether it’s a high-end mountain bike, a carbon fiber road bike, a custom cruiser or the bananaseated wonder you received for your 12th birthday, all bikes are welcome in the City of Trees, and Boise Bike Week is the ultimate way to celebrate that fact. With a week of group rides, demonstrations and street parties—all highlighting the plethora of nonprofit bike organizations that call the area home—the celebration has offerings to appeal to all ages, as long as they’re on two wheels.

Tuesday, July 16-Saturday, July 20, 2013 Idaho Center, Nampa There are traditions, and then there is the Snake River Stampede. In its 98th year, the rodeo continues to bring all the hard-riding, high-bucking, can’t-believe-you-just-saw-that action fans have come to expect. From the bull and bronc riding to the barrel racing, the Snake River Stampede is one of the top-ranked rodeos in the country. Rodeo action starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly with an extra matinee on Saturday. Don’t miss the mutton busting, when kids try to stay aboard a sheep that really wants to shake them. It’s worth the price of admission alone.

Summer 2013 Boise and surrounding area The race may only be in its second year, but that hasn’t stopped it from being a highlight on the calendar of many Idahoans. The multi-stage professional women’s race made a huge mark on the state and the sport in 2012, drawing some of the top racers in the world to compete in the Treasure Valley and Central Idaho. Fans flocked to watch the action during all five days of the event, and judging by the response from all those involved, it will be even bigger in 2013.

Summer 2013 Downtown Boise Boise’s signature summer bike race has some of the top racers in the countr y going in a circle ever y year. With classes for masters, men, women and even a kids race, “the crit” draws crowds of fans eager to watch the tightly clustered packs of bikers fly around corners in the heart of downtown tr ying to pedal their way to the podium. Viewpoints from the sidewalks to anywhere elevated are in high demand, but fans can also check out the event market or tr y to get their photo taken with the pros.

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First Friday

July-September, Idaho Botanical Garden, Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a movie at dusk.

Aug. 3-5, Yellowpine, Each year, Yellowpine hosts the largest harmonica throwdown in the West.

Downtown Eagle, Spend time perusing Eagle.

First thursday Downtown Boise, Stores and galleries stay open late in downtown Boise.

Food truck rally Gourmet food trucks convene monthly.

story story night The Rose Room, Sharing stories the last Monday of every month. Also an adults-only late-night version at Visual Arts Collective.

July 2012 the imaginary invalid July 6-Aug. 24, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, What’s a wealthy hypochondriac to do? Music, 1960s French pop culture and laughs.

san inazio Festival July 27-29, Basque Block, Basque music, games, dancing, chorizos and kalimotxos.

sun valley symphony July-August, Sun Valley, An outstanding cast of worldclass musicians.

sun valley summer ice shows July-September, Sun Valley Resort, Watch world-class figure skaters perform Saturday nights.

alive aFter Five Through September, Grove Plaza, Live music and food every Wednesday evening.

music From stanley Through September, Redfish Lake, Music on the lodge lawn on Sunday afternoons.

uncorked in the garden Through September, Idaho Botanical Garden, Live music and wine the last Tuesday each month.

August 2012 an evening with yanni Aug. 1, Morrison Center, Part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series.

idaho-down Aug. 3-4, Brundage Mountain, Two days of music, art, dancing and camping.

the winter’s tale Aug. 3-Aug. 26, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, A romantic fairytale in which thieves, clowns and shepherds celebrate the comedy of life.

Boise dance co-op Aug. 4, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy An evening of dance featuring performers from Ballet Idaho, Trey McIntyre Project, Idaho Dance Theatre and more.

hands on history Aug. 4, Idaho State Historical Museum, Histor y fun for the family.

Braun Brothers reunion Aug. 9-11, Challis, Music festival featuring the family and their bands.

rock the mountain Aug. 10-11, Grimes Creek, Two days of camping and rock ’n’ roll in the mountains.

sun valley center arts and craFts Festival Aug. 10-12, Atkinson Park, Ketchum, More than 130 artists with handmade arts and crafts.

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2012 wagon days

Aug. 14-18, Canyon County Fairgrounds, Five days of professional rodeo action and events.

Aug. 24, Pioneer Village, Tropical tunes in a garden setting.

desert grass Festival

Aug. 24-Sept. 8, Stage Coach Theatre, Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python.

Sept. 1-3, Ketchum, wagon-days Celebration of Idaho’s mining history with parades, antique shows and more.

Aug. 17-19, Oasis Event Center, Featuring bluegrass and all kinds of Americana music.

sun valley writers’ conFerence Aug. 17-Aug. 20, Sun Valley, Talks, panels and readings led by distinguished writers.

western idaho Fair Aug. 17-26, Expo Idaho, Family friendly fun, food, exhibits, music and animals.

Bill maher Aug. 18, Morrison Center, Part of the Exceptional Artists series.

tour de Fat Aug. 18, Ann Morrison Park, A celebration of beer, bikes and sustainability.

picnic at the pops Aug. 18 and 25, Eagle River Pavilion, Boise Philharmonic’s casual, outdoor performance series. Aug. 18 is the music of Gershwin and Aug. 25 is a tribute to Harry Potter, Witches and Wizards.

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trey mcintyre project Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Ketchum/Sun Valley, The dance company hosts a workshop and performances.

spirit oF Boise Balloon classic Aug.29-Sept. 2, Ann Morrison Park, Hot air balloons fill Boise’s sky.

the Barley Brothers traveling Beer show Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Julius M. Kleiner Park, More than 250 craft brewers, food and lots of live music.

noises oFF Aug. 31-Sept. 29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The beloved comedy about the show that goes on backstage.

September 2012 picnic at the pops Sept. 1, Eagle River Pavilion, Boise Philharmonic’s casual outdoor performance series, featuring Patriotic Pops.

a cheFs’ aFFaire Sept. 6, Boise Centre, Twenty chefs raise money for the Idaho Foodbank in a blacktie evening.

art in the park Sept. 7-9, Julia Davis Park, Coming back for its 57th year with nearly 300 artists.

Becky’s new car Sept. 7-22, Boise Little Theater, Steven Dietz’s adult comedy explores the road not taken.

Bct season opening extravaganza Sept. 8, Boise Contemporary Theater, BCT kicks off its season with performances, food and music.

carnevale Sept. 14, Idaho Botanical Garden, An evening of performances from an eclectic group of visual and performing artists.

hyde park street Fair Sept. 14-16, Hyde Park, North End staple with music, food and vendors.

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square one: the essentials oF liFe in Boise TransiT while it might not be the most convenient transit system in the country, the treasure Valley does have one. in fact, ridership has grown in recent years. typically, buses run throughout Boise, with some routes to Canyon County and a few outlying stops west of the City of trees. Buses run regularly Monday-Friday, but things get sparse on Saturdays and nonexistent on Sundays. routes typically run starting at 5:15 a.m., but the final trip is before 7 p.m., so don’t plan on using the bus to get home from a night on the town. the revamped Valley ride website has made deciphering the system a little easier. For more info, visit valleyride. org. Parking the City of Boise offers 20 minutes of free parking at all meters and the first hour of parking free in parking structures. the city has been rolling out a series of trial parking meter systems, so the technology is a little different depending on where you park. But regardless of the machine, all offer the 20-minutesfree option—you just might have to push a few more buttons to do it. if you should end up with a ticket, you can pay it in person at Boise City Hall (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise). of course, you can also pay it online at parkingtickets.

CoPs if you don’t know the number to call in an emergency by now, you’re in a different kind of trouble. By the way, it’s 911. But not every situation warrants a full call out. Here’s how to get in touch with local law enforcement when you aren’t in such a hurry. ada county sHeRiFF: 208-577-3000

idaHo state Police: 208-884-7000

Boise Police dePaRtMent: 208-377-6790

Kuna city Police: 208-577-3860

caldWell Police dePaRtMent: 208-454-1429

MeRidian Police dePaRtMent: 208-888-6678

canyon county sHeRiFF: 208-454-7531

naMPa Police dePaRtMent: 208-465-2257

city oF eaGle Police: 208-938-2260

Trash Cities in the valley contract their trash service through republic Services, which handles all issues with pickups, billing and anything else that has to do with your big, blue and gray cans. Call 208-345-1265. If you live in Boise, you can also get info at

roads roadways in the treasure Valley are overseen by two entities: the ada County Highway district and the idaho transportation department. itd cares for state highways, while aCHd deals with all other public roads within ada County. To get info from ITD, call 208334-8000 or visit To reach ACHD, call 208-3876100, or visit To report a pothole, visit

dog Parks when in doubt, keep your dog on a leash. Boise City Code requires that all dogs be kept on a leash unless specifically posted. this regulation includes most Foothills trails, and even in off-leash areas, dogs must be kept under voice control. Save yourself a ticket and know where and when Spot can run free. Visit the Boise Parks and recreation page at for an interactive map of off-leash dog areas.

Calling CiTy hall got something to tell the folks at City Hall? Here’s how to reach your elected officials.

Boise Hull’s Gulch Reserve: 3001 n. Sunset Peak Road

Boise city Hall: 150 n. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4422 city Hall West: 333 n. Mark Stall Place, Boise, 208-384-4422 Mayor’s Hotline: 208-384-4404 caldWell city Hall: 411 Blaine St., Caldwell, 208-455-3000

Military Reserve Flood Basin dog off-leash area: 750 Mountain Cove Road

GaRden city gardencityidaho.

Morris Hill Park: 10 Roosevelt St.

city Hall: 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2900

sterling Property: 9851 W. Irving St.

MeRidian city Hall: 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 208-888-4433

Pine Grove Park: 8995 W. Shoup Drive

Limited hours: These parks have limited dog access—typically sunrise to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sunset. Check for specific times. castle Hills Park: 5350 Eugene St. cypress Park: 4382 S. Tableridge Way Manitou Park: 2001 S. Manitou Ave.


Redwood Park: 2675 n. Shamrock St.


city Hall: 411 Third St. S., nampa, 208-468-4413

Winstead Park: 6150 northview St.

city Hall: 660 E. Civic Lane, Eagle, 208-939-6813


MeRidian Meridian Bark Park: 1401 E. Watertower Lane

Boise state PuBlic Radio KBSX 91.5 FM—nPR and local news KBSu 90.3 FM—Classical music


city Hall: 10769 W. State St., Star, 208-286-7247

naMPa nampa dog Park: 2900 Second St. S.

Radio Boise KRBX 89.9 FM—Community radio

city Hall: 763 W. Avalon St., Kuna, 208-922-5546

PubliC radio need your public radio fix? get it here.

sunset Park: 2625 n. 32nd St.

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les miseraBles Sept. 19-23, Morrison Center, Part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series.

st. luke’s women’s Fitness celeBration Sept. 20-22, Downtown Boise, A 5K walk/run and two-day expo honoring women.

kodiak drive celeBration Festival Sept. 21-23, Oasis Event Center, Celebrate the end of the summer season with three days of live music.

sun valley harvest Festival Sept. 21-23, Sun Valley, Cooking demos, wine tasting, chefs’ dinners and more focused on regional products.

manhattan short Film Festival Sept. 27, The Flicks, The world-famous festival comes to Boise.

Boise philharmonic Sept. 28-30, nnu Swayne Auditorium, Morrison Center, opening performance of the 2012-2013 season.

museum comes to liFe Sept. 29, Idaho State Historical Museum, Catch history in action at this annual day-long event.

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Hidden sPRinGs BRancH: 5849 W. Hidden Springs Dr.,

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Boise PuBlic liBRaRy Main BRancH: 715 S. Capitol Blvd., laKe Hazel BRancH: 10489 Lake Hazel Road, liBRaRy at cole and usticK: 7557 W. ustick Road,

eagle 100 n. Stierman Way,

garden city 6015 Glenwood St.,

kuna 457 n. Locust St.,

meridian Main: 1326 W. Cherry Lane,

liBRaRy at collisteR: 4724 W. State St.,

silVeRstone BRancH: 3531 E. Overland Road,

liBRaRy at HillcRest: 5246 W. Overland Road,


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Bw cover auction Oct. 17, Idaho State Historical Museum, BW’s annual Cover Auction to benefit public art. View works up for grabs in the exhibit opening oct. 4.

sun valley jazz jamBoree

Bodies revealed

tigers Be still

Brown Bag lecture series

puBlic liBraries: Because who doesn’t love a liBrary?

Oct. 12-14, Cathedral of the Rockies, Featuring Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale.

Sept. 29, Sixth and Main streets downtown Boise, Celebrate with a bier garden, music, arts and more.

Sept.29-March 31, Discovery Center of Idaho, The national sensation visits Boise.

September-May, Listen to speakers discuss diverse aspects of Idaho history on the second Tuesday of each month.

October 2012 scarecrow stroll Oct. 1-31, Idaho Botanical Garden, Stroll through a variety of scarecrows.

the rocky horror picture show Oct. 5-27, Stage Coach Theatre, Break out the stilettos and leave the kids at home.

see spot walk Oct. 6, Julia Davis Park, Dog parade to benefit the Idaho Humane Society.

Fall harvest Festival Oct. 6-7, Idaho Botanical Garden, Celebrate the harvest with music, contests, hayrides, fall brews and wines.

trailing oF the sheep Oct. 11-14, Ketchum and Hailey, Celebrating historic sheep ranching with music, food and the trailing of the sheep.


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Oct. 17-21, Sun Valley, Annual town-wide jazz fest.

Oct. 17-nov. 10, Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Contemporary Theater’s season-opener.

ignite Boise Oct. 18, Egyptian Theatre, A marathon of ideas bringing the public together.

ernest hemingway symposium Oct. 18-20, Ketchum, Celebrating Hemingway’s time in the Wood River Valley.

Boise philharmonic Oct. 19-20, nnu Swayne Auditorium, Morrison Center, The orchestra presents Mozart and Schubert.

amadeus Oct. 19-nov. 3, Boise Little Theater, Weaving a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a powerful drama.

idaho Film Foundation idaho shorts Festival Oct. 20, The Flicks, View the short and sweet works of Idaho filmmakers.

dia de los muertos Oct. 20-nov. 10, Idaho State Historical Museum, Traditional Mexican celebration of the dead in art and music.

tap dogs Oct. 23-25, Morrison Center, Part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series.

art oF Fashion show

idaho steelheads

Oct. 26, Boise Art Museum, Featuring found-object fashions and a performance by Ballet Idaho in conjunction with the exhibition Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth.

October-April, Qwest Arena, Hockey returns to Boise.

the capitol steps Oct. 26, Morrison Center, Part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series.

Frightened Felons Oct. 26-27, Old Idaho State Penitentiary, Ghost stories, tours and scavenger hunts at the pen.

FalstaFF Oct. 26 and 28, Egyptian theatre, opera Idaho will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s composition.

Boo at the zoo

November 2012 serenade, sweet dreams and new works nov. 2-3, Morrison Center, Ballet Idaho’s season opening performance.

idaho dance theatre nov. 2-4, Boise State Special Event Center, The company kicks off its 2012-2013 season.

night tours at the pen nov. 2, 9 and 16, Old Idaho Penitentiary, Scare yourself silly on a Friday night with a guided tour or branch out on your own.

Oct. 27, Zoo Boise, Costume extravaganza for children in need of candy. www.B oiseweek

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dine out downtown Boise restaurant week nov. 2-11, downtown Boise, Savor the flavors of the city with specially prepared prixfixe menus.

idaho dance theatre nov. 3-6, Boise State Special Events Center, The dance company’s 20112012 season opener.

readings and conversations nov. 5, Egyptian Theatre, Writer and physician Abraham Verghese discusses his work.

trey mcintyre project nov. 10, Morrison Center, Boise’s cultural ambassadors kick off a new season.

Boise Baroque orchestra nov. 11, Cathedral of the Rockies, The orchestra will perform Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1.”

Boise philharmonic nov. 16-17, nnu Swayne Auditorium, Morrison Center, Boise Philharmonic performs with Ballet Idaho and guest artists.

Billie grace lynn: white elephants nov. 17-May 19, 2013, Boise Art Museum, An installation of inflatable elephants in BAM’s Sculpture Court. www.Boi s ew e e m

winter garden aglow nov. 22-Jan. 6, Idaho Botanical Garden, The garden’s celebration of lights and the holidays.

ears on a Beatle nov. 23-Dec. 8, Stage Coach Theatre, A play about Richard Nixon, Yoko ono, John Lennon and J. Edgar Hoover.

Boise tree lighting nov. 24, Grove Plaza, Community gathers to celebrate the holiday season.

damascus nov. 28-Dec. 22, Boise Contemporary Theater, one-man play by Andrew Weems.

Festival oF trees nov. 29-Dec. 1, Boise Centre, Christmas trees decorated to raise money for health care.

every christmas story ever told (and then some!) nov. 30-Dec. 15, Boise Little Theater, Watch three actors tackle every Christmas story and song on stage in this comedy.

December 2012 claus ’n’ paws Dec. 1, Zoo Boise, Celebrate the holidays with the animals.

william morris and alexis rockman: the art oF nature Dec. 8-June 2, 2013, Boise Art Museum, Glass artist William Morris and painter Alexis Rockman will be featured.

Boise philharmonic Dec. 15, Morrison Center, Boise Philharmonic performs Handel’s Messiah.

the nutcracker Dec. 21-23, Morrison Center, Ballet Idaho is back with its holiday classic.

sheepherders Ball Dec. 22, Basque Center, An evening of food, wine and dancing in celebration of Boise’s Basque culture.

hansel and gretel December, opera Idaho performs Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic.

idaho stampede november-April, Qwest Arena, Boise’s NBA D-League team hits the court.

January 2013 oF grapes and nuts Jan. 11-26, Stage Coach Theatre, A spoof of two John Steinbeck classics: The Grapes of Wrath and of Mice and Men.

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rock oF ages Jan. 12-13, Morrison Center, Part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series.

Boise philharmonic Jan. 25-26, nnu Swayne Auditorium, Morrison Center, Boise Philharmonic performs The Ring Without Words.

idaho dance theatre Jan. 25-27, Boise State Special Event Center, A new per formance by the contemporar y dance company.

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Jan. 25-Feb. 3, McCall, The 46th annual McCall Winter Carnival includes ice sculptures, music and more family fun.

Feb. 10, Cathedral of the Rockies, The orchestra will play one of Bach’s solo cantatas and a 20th-century piece.

sun valley nordic Festival Jan. 26-Feb. 3, Sun Valley, Festival includes clinics, demonstrations and races.

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Jan. 11-26, Boise Little Theater, This who-done-it comedy pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock.

Jan. 30-March 2 Boise Contemporary Theater, A world premiere from BCT’s Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark.

5x5 reading series January-May, Boise Contemporary Theater, Catch a new play in its raw stages each month for five months.

February 2013 will act 4 Food Feb. 2, Playwrights, directors and actors craft eight plays in 12 hours in this fundraiser for the Idaho Foodbank.

Feb. 8-9, Morrison Center, Ballet Idaho brings these Spanish classics to life.

readings and conversations Feb. 12, Egyptian Theatre, Award-winning Boise author Anthony Doerr discusses his work.

trey mcintyre project Feb. 16, Morrison Center, A new performance from the company.

Boise philharmonic Feb. 22-23, nnu Swayne Auditorium, Morrison Center, Boise Philharmonic performs Beethoven Symphony No. 9, “Choral.”

origins: oBjects oF material culture Feb. 23-Jan. 12, 2014, Boise Art Museum, Featuring objects made by tribes spanning pre-European contact through the 20th century.

oscar party Feb. 24, The Flicks, Celebrate all-things film.

what’s it worth? Feb. 24, Idaho State Historical Museum, Learn your treasures’ value.

valentine For aids February, Flying M Coffeehouse, Local artists donate works with auction proceeds going to Safety Net for AIDS.

the winterreise project February, opera Idaho will perform Franz Schubert’s song cycle.

Boise Baroque orchestra March 10, Cathedral of the Rockies, Performing two opera excerpts and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.

readings and conversations March 13, The Egyptian Theatre, PEN/uSA Award finalist Firoozeh Dumas discusses her work.

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March 14-17, Sun Valley, This film fest features independent films, premieres and more.

pagliacci and pulcinella suite

higher ground: Biennial juried high school exhiBition

March 1 and 3, Egyptian Theatre, opera Idaho performs works by Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Igor Stravinsky in collaboration with Ballet Idaho.

inherit the wind March 1-16, Boise Little Theater, A drama based on the Scopes “Monkey Trial” of 1925.

painting churches March 1-16, Stage Coach Theatre, An artist learns to love her unusual parents.

essential idaho: 150 things that make the gem state unique March 4-Dec. 31, Idaho State Historical Museum, Commemorating Idaho’s 150th territorial birthday.

March 16-May 5, Boise Art Museum, Showcasing artwork by students in the Boise and Meridian school districts.

gene harris jazz Festival March 19-22, Boise State, Renowned jazz musicians perform and offer workshops.

treeFort music Festival March 21-24, Music and debauchery return to downtown Boise.

Boise philharmonic March 22-23, nnu Swayne Auditorium, Morrison Center, Performing Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Bach’s D Minor Piano Concerto. www.B oiseweek

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only two wheels: Boise’s Bike laws

3 Feet to pass: In order for a driver to pass a cyclist on a roadway, he or she must provide 3 feet of space between the vehicle and the biker. Drivers who fail to yield to those riders can be ticketed by Boise Police. the idaho stop: Essentially, the rule states that cyclists can treat stop signs as yield signs. When approaching a four-way stop or other intersection, cyclists may proceed through without stopping if the coast is clear. However, should a rider fail to yield in these situations, the cyclists is in the wrong. helmets: Surprisingly, helmets aren’t required when riding a bicycle, although it’s not a bad idea. Bike lanes: If there is a bike lane, Boise requires bikers to use it unless it is obstructed in some way. crosswalks: Cyclists must abide by the same considerations as pedestrians and must yield to anyone walking. gear: Boise requires certain safety equipment, including brakes and a permanent seat. Flashers: once it gets dark, bikers must have a red reflector on the rear, visible from 300 feet away, and a forward-facing white light visible from 500 feet away.

handleBars: Riders must not only have them but keep at least one hand on them, and no one can ride on them. hitching a ride: Bikers can’t re-enact scenes from Back to the Future by grabbing onto a Jeep’s backside in some Marty McFly style nonsense. Flow oF traFFic: Cyclists must ride with the flow of traffic, except where road markings or signs permit, as in the case of contra-lanes. pull over: If a biker is delaying vehicle traffic with no option to get around, the cyclist must pull over. sidewalks: You can ride on the sidewalk, but only when pedestrian traffic dictates that your metal steed will not be bowling for helpless persons on foot. Also, cyclists may not jump back and forth between sidewalk and roadway. groups: Cyclists may not ride more than single-file when a driver is approaching from behind. parking: Don’t chain your bike in a way that it blocks vehicle or pedestrian traffic. Alternatively, don’t park your bike in a way that it hurts foliage, like downtown trees and bushes. size: Bikes can’t be too big or too small to operate safely. —Andrew Crisp

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The City of Boise is known as a bike-friendly kind of place, but the city also has its share of bike regulations—some of which are a little unusual. Here’s what you need to know.

west side story March 25-28, Morrison Center, Part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series.

lunaFest March, The Flicks, This film festival is all about the females.

April 2013 graphic depictions April 3-27, Boise Contemporary Theater, A world premiere from Eric Coble.

culinary walkaBout April 11, Boise Centre, The area’s finest chefs prepare meals as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels.

Boise Baroque orchestra April 12 and 14, Cathedral of the Rockies, The orchestra will conclude its 10th season with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

red velvet cake April 12-27, Boise Little Theater, This Southern-fried comedy tells the tale of a family reunion gone awry.

swan lake April 13, Morrison Center, Ballet Idaho presents the Boise debut of Artistic Director Peter Anastos’ full-length interpretation.

readings and conversations April 16, The Egyptian Theatre, Author, columnist and New York Times editor Andrew Ross Sorkin discusses his work.

Boise philharmonic April 19-20, nnu Jewett Auditorium, Morrison Center, Boise Philharmonic performs with Carl Topilow, conductor and clarinet.

idaho dance theatre April 19-21, Boise State Special Event Center, A new performance by the contemporary dance company.

Beauty and the Beast April 27-28, Morrison Center, Part of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series.

May 2013 modern art May 2, Modern Hotel, Artists take over the Modern Hotel for a mass art exhibit.

Boise philharmonic May 3-4, nnu Swayne Auditorium, Morrison Center, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2.

eagle island experience May 17-19, Eagle Island State Park, A weekend of jam music and area vendors.

susannah May 17 and 19, opera Idaho will perform the piece as part of its Made in the uSA series.

Boise Bike week May 13-18, Week-long event for cycling issues and education.

company May 24-June 8, Boise Little Theater, on the night of his 35th birthday, a confirmed bachelor contemplates his life.

veronica’s room May 24-June 8, Stage Coach Theatre, A suspense/thriller about a girl who may or may not be who she thinks she is.

idaho Botanical garden concert series May-September, Idaho Botanical Garden is the place to catch some of the Treasure Valley’s best outdoor concerts.

June 2013 Buddy: the Buddy holly story June 7-8, Morrison Center, The Tony-winning play kicks off its national tour.

savor idaho June 9, Idaho Botanical Garden, Enjoy Idaho wine and food.

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emmett cherry Festival June 12-15, Emmett, Family event marking the area’s agricultural history.

singing in the slammer June 14, Old Idaho Penitentiary, Beer, booze and lots of singing in the old Idaho Penitentiary at this adultsonly event.

June 19-22, Meridian, The 82nd annual celebration of Meridian’s milky heritage.

second annual summer solstice Blues and craB Fest June 21-23, Oasis Event Center, Three days of crab and a whole bunch o’ blues.

world reFugee day June 22, Annual celebration of the many cultures in Boise, as well as new Americans.

June 22-23, Expo Idaho, A full weekend for learning everything green.

art and roses art Fair June, Julia Davis Park, Artists gather in the Rose Garden to sell their wares.

i48 Film Festival June, The Flicks, Egyptian Theatre, Idaho filmmakers compete to make a film in 48 hours.

pride June, A celebration of LGBT culture.

eagle Fun days

July 2013 Bars and stripes July 6, Boise Weekly HQ, Alley cat bike race through the streets of Boise.

Boise 150th anniversary party July 7, Julia Davis Park, Celebrate the city’s 150th birthday with a party as well as a year’s worth of events.

snake river stampede July 16-20, Idaho Center, In its 98th year.

sawtooth music Festival

June/July, Eagle, Music, the Wet and Wild parade, rodeo and more.

July, Stanley, Showcasing an array of rock, roots and Americana bands.

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June-September, Memorial Stadium, Boise’s boys of summer.

July, opera Idaho will perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. For more events, check out the calendar page at the end of each section in Annual Manual.

you might Be a Boisean iF ... So you call yourself a local, huh? well, we’ll see about that. • You know to start with dessert at the monthly Food Truck Rally. • You know how to disguise your booze when you float the Boise River. • You know the city skyline from Tablerock.

dinner and a movie Don’t think of dinner and a movie as cliche, think of it as a classic. There’s a reason the two activities are so often paired—because they are awesome together. They’re so awesome, in fact, that several theaters and restaurants have found ways to make it even easier to combine the two. sushi and a Flick: Downtown Boise sushi shop Yoi Tomo has a deal that takes advantage of its location across the street from Edwards 9. For $20 per person, you get a movie special roll, miso soup and salad, as well as a movie pass to use at the theater. movie and a crepe: The Creperie in South Boise offers a movie and a meal combo for $29.95, which includes two crepes, two fountain drinks and two movie passes to the neighboring Edwards 22 theater. art house meal: Boise’s favorite art house theater, The Flicks, is more than just a place where movies are shown—it’s also a cafe where you can pick up a meal, sprinkle brewers yeast on your popcorn or grab a glass of wine or beer.

• You know which booths you need to hit early at the Capital City Public Market. • You know the location of every watering hole along the Greenbelt. • You know where each clique hangs out in Hyde Park. • You know where the Beach is at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. • You know how to navigate the obstacle course of dogs and strollers at Art in the Park. • You know where to score the best snacks and free wine during First Thursday. • You can name a specific beer brewed at each of the city’s breweries. • You’ve nursed a kalimotxo hangover. • You can name at least one player on the Boise State Broncos football team, even if you’re not a football fan. • You know what the proper condiment is to accompany fingersteaks. —Deanna Darr www.Boi s ew e e m



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dinner during the movie: Not only are the movies cheap ($3) at Northern Lights Cinema Grill, but moviegoers can select from a menu full of burgers, pizzas, appetizers, wraps, burritos and even dessert— all of which is served to you as you watch. Early showings are family friendly, but it’s 21-and-older only during the later shows when beer and wine are available.

the creperie 7709 W. Overland Road, Ste. 130, Boise, 208-949-3536,

edwards 9 760 Broad St., Boise, 208-338-3821,

edwards Boise stadium 22 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603,

the Flicks 646 W. Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222,

northern lights cinema grill 1509 Caldwell Blvd., nampa, 208-475-2999, northernlightscinemagrill. com

yoi tomo 405 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-3375,

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Advertiser index Adam & Eve


Dorsey Music




Downtown Boise Association

Nick Roundtree Real Estate





Ninkasi Brewing Company


Dunia Marketplace


DV8 Salon

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Alpine Pantry Asian Grocery Outlet Backwoods Adventures

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Eagle River Pavilion

Ballet Idaho


Edwards Greenhouse


Basque Market


Berryhill & Co.


Exergy Development Group


Big Al’s


Family Medicine Health Center Farm and Garden Produce

Big Twin Cycles


Bish’s RV


Black Bear Diner


Boise Army Navy


Boise Art Glass


Boise Art Museum


Boise Cat Clinic


Boise Fry Co.


Boise Hawks


Boise Jazz Society


Boise Little Theater


Boise Philharmonic


Boise Rock School


Boise School District


Brick Oven Bistro




Broadview University


Buffalo Wild Wings


Caldwell Fine Arts








Revolution Concert House


The Florist at Edwards


Rolling H Cycles


Flying M Coffeehouse & Coffeegarage


Foothills School of Arts and Sciences


Gino’s Italian Ristorante




Smoky Davis


Humpin’ Hannah’s





Steamer’s Steak & Seafood


Stick & Rudder Aviation


Sun Valley Harvest Festival


Huntington Learning Center Hyde Park Books ICON


Idaho Live Music


Idaho Public Television


Idaho Shakespeare Festival


Casa Del Sol



Jensen Stern




Kabul Market


Chicago Connection


Cinder Wines


City Peanut Shop


Classic Design Studio


College of Idaho


D.L. Evans Bank


Deco Hair and Makeup Design


Discovery Center of Idaho



Flatbread Community Oven

In Retrospect


Pioneer Country Vacation Destination

Renewal Consignment Furniture


Chandlers Steakhouse






Paradise Burgers


Impact Imports

Central District Health Department

Open Table


Capital City Public Market



Rediscovered Books





Idaho State Historical Society

Cat Doctor

Notch 8 Oliver Finley Academy

Plan B

Capital City Development Corporation 13

Castle Ranch Steakhouse

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The Knitting Factory Concert House


Sage Yoga & Wellness


The Shabby House


Sierra Trading Post



The Sushi Bar


Swim and Run Shop




Taco Bell Arena

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Tapia’s Gourmet


Taste of McCall


Thana’s Little World Market


Thrive Physical Therapy + Pilates 99 Thunder Mountain Line 39 Tres Bonne Cuisine




Trey McIntyre Project




Urban Escapes



Village Antiques


McCall Brewing Co. McU Sports


Vista Travel


Metro Express Car Wash 18

Warhawk Air Museum


MoMo Dumplings


The Weekend Gallery


Morrison Center


Westmark Credit Union 87

Moxie Java


The White Pine



Zip Idaho

New Belgium Brewing


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