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bottled water vanished from the shelves at WinCo on State Street. Was the shopping madness purely because of Crosby? Probably not. But his ominous prognostications certainly helped. “Thanks for giving the Eagle WinCo their best day ever!” a YouTube commenter chimed under Crosby’s video. “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!” cried another. Most of Crosby’s forecast — sub-zero temperatures, more that’s now in place or starting to snow, freezing rain, carport and get in place. I still think the most roof collapses — was not undangerous part of this overall reasonable. You’ve seen the headweather pattern ... is yet to lines. Heck, Bogus Basin even had come.” a couple of power outages that Dum dum duuuum! caused the ski resort to close In case you were too busy cow- temporarily this week. ering in your bomb shelter to But the way Crosby made watch all nine minutes and 17 everything feel like an oncoming seconds, the video’s description disaster of biblical proportions made things crystal-ball clear: was, well ... “High probability of casualty and Let’s put it in Spinal Tap terms. property damage in the Treasure “I think Vin just took this one to Valley.” 11 and beyond,” says Scott DorCrosby probably meant well. (I val, chief meteorologist at KIVI reached out to him unsuccessfully Channel 6 News. “If I wasn’t a for comment Wednesday, the meteorologist, I would have same day he launched a freaked out if I watched that GoFundMe page with a target of video.” $25,000 for his fledgling Crosby’s PowerPoint-style “Act YouTube show.) Now & Prepare” presentation He advised viewers that, urged us to “Make a plan. Get “We’ve got a day, maybe a day food, water and medication. and a half, for you to take some Flashlights, matches and candles. actions which could possibly even Generators if possible. Blankets.” save some of your lives ... .” How about just grab an extra The top YouTube commenter, bottle of schnapps and stay inside who claimed to have relocated playing Xbox for a couple of days? here from California, was moved Look, I understand that Boise to action: “... This is scaring the has endured a blast of climate bajeezies out of me. Going to drama unprecedented in modern store right now. Thank you for the times. We had the most snow on info.” the ground at the Boise Airport This fearful soul was far from since 1940. Multiple YouTube alone. Lines at grocery stores commenters expressed gratitude were crazy last weekend. All the for Crosby’s video.

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‘WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!’ Local weatherman sends Boise scrambling



f inclement weather can be considered entertainment, former TV meteorologist Vin Crosby deserves an Oscar — or at least a Golden Snow Globe. A familiar face at Boise stations until 2014, Crosby unleashed a grassroots forecast Jan. 5 on YouTube that grew into a local social-media sensation by the weekend. Titled “One of the most dangerous patterns,” Crosby’s video predicted potential catastrophe in the Treasure Valley — sending paranoid Idahoans onto the snowy streets on a lastminute hunt for survival supplies. “I do think this is a very dangerous situation that’s developing,” he warned on “The Weather Show with Meteorologist Vin Crosby” clip, which has more than 175,000 views. “On top of all the record snows we have. On top of all the cold air

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Warning of “extensive power outages,” former local TV weatherman Vin Crosby gave a forecast by candlelight. (Kidding! But seriously, dude, maybe upgrade to 100-watt bulbs?)

All I know is that if Idaho’s chief YouTube meteorologist keeps doing forecasts, I’m buying stock in Aquafina and Evian.

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A fire pit keeps patrons warm at Highlands Hollow, off Harrison Boulevard in North Boise.


Belly up to the fire at these hot spots BY JAMES PATRICK KELLY

Special to the Idaho Statesman


ith the recent blast of frigid air that glazed the Treasure Valley in a sheet of ice, basking in the glow of a fireplace sounds more appealing than ever. Here’s a look at several establishments where you can stay

toasty during the winter months while enjoying food and belly-warming libations. Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., Boise This venerable Boise restaurant will remind diners of a mountain lodge with its massive stone fireplace situated in the main dining room. It’s framed by large windows that showcase a riparian

view of The Boise Greenbelt. Executive chef Jesus Alcelay, who was born in Spain’s Basque country, keeps the focus on Northwest-inspired cuisine, but the menu does have Basque touches. Enjoy a glass of wine from the extensive wine list (or a cocktail or draft microbrew) while thawing out in front of the roaring

fireplace. Start things off with steamed clams ($15), croquetas with romesco sauce ($5), oozy baked brie with lingonberry chutney ($11) or the Cottonwood Platter ($16), an assortment of smoked fish and meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and crackers. Notable entrées include baked halibut Onati ($31), sautéed elk loin with green peppercorn sauce ($37),

Muscovy duck breast with lingonberry-cabernet sauce ($30) and Mediterraneantinged veggie rigatoni ($15). Cottonwood Grille offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday-Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. During these times, diners can get half-priced appetizers and $3 well drinks and select wines by the glass. (208) 333-9800;

The Matador, 215 N. 8th St., Boise How does a shot of topshelf tequila sound on a wintry evening? The Matador, located along the bustling 8th Street corridor, stocks more than 100 tequilas to warm the bellies of those who come for a taste of the Latin-fusion cuisine here. Diners can sit around a stylish, gas-lit fireplace with a custom-made metal hood while digging into appetizers, street-style tacos, torta sandwiches, enchiladas and entrées. (Casa del Matador, The Matador’s sister restaurant at The Village at Meridian, has a similar fireplace in its bar area.) The bacon-wrapped, goat cheese-stuffed jalapenos ($11) are a good place to start. Other appetizers include chipotle mushrooms ($9.50), black bean queso dip ($6) and chunky guacamole ($7) served with warm tortilla chips. Got a big appetite? Try the skillet-seared fajitas ($17-$19; chicken, beef, shrimp or chipotle mushrooms) or braised pork carnitas ($17) dished up with annatto rice, saucy black beans, guacamole and pico de gallo. The Matador offers deals on appetizers and drinks during its two happy-hour time slots, 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. (208) 342-9988;; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily (21 and over after 9 p.m.). The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise The lobby bar at The


Grove Hotel has one of the most romantic fireplace settings in town. Chillax on a comfy sofa in front of the flickering, two-sided fireplace while indulging in a cocktail and appetizers put out by executive chef Chris Hain and his crew. The food menu in the lounge area is a hybrid of the Northwest-inspired lunch and dinner menus from Emilio’s, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant located right across the lobby. For starters, go for the bacon-wrapped jalapenos ($11; served with white peach chutney), smoked chicken flatbread ($12) and poutine ($15), a pile of hand-cut fries topped with smoked Idaho trout, asiago cream and local dill cheese curds. Here you can also get various hearth-oven pizzas ($13), salads and inventive sandwiches. Go for a pulled pork sandwich ($12) with huckleberry barbecue sauce or an upscale grilled cheese sandwich ($13) constructed on black rye with spicy capicola ham, Manchego cheese and apricot jam. Diners can order from the regular Emilio’s menu as well. (208) 333-8000;; 4 to 11 p.m. nightly. Papa Joe’s, 1301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise The Italian eatery and bar has become a staple over the years for Boise State University students and faculty who cross Capitol Boulevard for a taste of the Sicilian-style pizzas, sandwiches and other Mediterranean fare. Owners Mike and Rae Grant, who also own and operate Grant’s Neighborhood Grill in Meridian,



Patrons at 13th Street Pub and Grill in Boise’s North End enjoy the warmth of an indoor fire.

have been meticulously remodeling and expanding the business since they purchased the 32-year-old restaurant in 2005. The place is a collection of separate dining areas, one of which is a cozy section with a wood-burning fireplace. This is an excellent spot to thaw out in front of the towering rock mantle and comfort yourself with appetizers such as tomato-basil bruschetta ($8), a housesmoked salmon plate ($10) and Manila clams ($14) sautéed in garlicky white wine cream sauce kicked up a notch with red chili flakes. After priming your palate with a few starters, you can fill up on hearty pasta dishes and entrées. Good picks include eggplant Parmesan ($11), shrimp scampi ($14), grilled chicken risotto ($12) and al dente spaghetti bathed in fragrant marinara sauce ($9). Papa Joe’s offers happy

hour (half-priced well drinks and $1 off on beers and wines by the glass) from 4 to 6 p.m. MondaySaturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (208) 344-7272;; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Highlands Hollow Brew House, 2455 N. Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise This longtime brewpub in Boise’s North End often comes to mind in terms of fireside dining and drinking. Frozen folks thaw out here after skiing and snowboarding at Bogus Basin. The circular brick fireplace with its black overhead hood boasts wrap-around seating, making it a great spot to enjoy Northwestinspired pub grub and handcrafted beers made by head brewer Chris Compton. Grab a pint of Face Plant

Porter and dig into appetizers such as pan-fried Pacific oysters ($8.95), smoked salmon cakes ($9.95) and Hollow-style chicken wings ($8.95) with beer-spiked tomato sauce. Diners can also score burgers, sandwiches and pasta dishes. The pulled pork sandwich ($9.25) and grilled eggplant sandwich ($8.25) are notable picks. Highlands Hollow offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, when you can get a $1 off on pints. (208) 343-6820;; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. MondaySaturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. O’Michael’s Pub and Grill, 2433 Bogus Basin Road, Boise Situated a beer cap-flip away from Highlands Hollow, O’Michael’s has been going strong for more than 40 years. The Irishthemed pub and grill keeps its fireplace blazing throughout the winter

Food & Drink months. Quaff a few pints of brew and order from an appetizer list that includes beerbattered finger steaks ($8.79 small/$12.99 large), tempura mushrooms ($5.49) and clams steamed with garlic, wine, butter and basil ($9.89 half pound/$15.89 one pound). Besides smaller noshes, the popular watering hole is known for its Irish pub classics such as fish and chips ($13.99), corned beef and cabbage ($14.95/ Thursdays only) and hearty lamb stew ($7.29/Tuesdays only). Let’s not forget the big burgers and pub-inspired sandwiches served with hand-cut fries. Happy hour is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Check the website for a schedule of live music in the evenings. (208) 342-8948;; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.


wine lists. Bartenders here mix an excellent Old Fashioned, made with top-shelf bourbon, barrel-aged bitters, brown sugar and simple syrup. In addition to burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups, diners will find plenty of globally influenced larger plates with comfort in mind. The entrée portion of the menu includes chilelime jerk chicken ($17), slow-roasted Kurobuta pork short ribs ($20) and charbroiled Idaho trout topped with lemon-dill butter ($22). During happy hour (4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday) you can get $1 off on well drinks, pints of microbrews and wines by the glass. (208) 639-8888;, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 12542 W. Fairview Ave., Boise In 2014, Sockeye Brewing opened a second brewpub at its production facility 13th Street Pub and in West Boise near the Grill, 1520 N. 13th St., corner of Cloverdale Road Boise and Fairview Avenue. The popular Hyde Park The expansive, open restaurant and watering space has the air of a hole has one of the most mountain lodge with large attractive fireplace features windows bathing the dining in town. Grab a seat at the room in light and a rusticwrap-around bar in the looking bar area with a enclosed patio area and feel stone fireplace. the warmth from the gas-lit Executive chef Dan Hifire. hath recently revamped the This upscale neighborupscale pub menu by addhood gastropub offers ing modern touches while eclectic appetizers such as keeping a few of the mainshrimp and grits ($9), stay dishes in place. American Kobe beef sliders The bar is a great spot to ($11) and mushrooms catch a game on one of the stuffed with bacon, blue many flat-screen TVs and cheese and garlic cream cozy up next to the flicker($11). Wash everything ing fire with a pint of Windown with a craft cocktail or a selection from the well-curated draft beer and SEE PAGE 6D


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terfest Seasonal Ale. New starters include smoked bone-in wings ($11.99), smoked sockeye salmon spread ($10.95) and poutine ($9), a heap of fries smothered in rich demi-glace, white cheddar curds and bits of smoky bacon. Also expect to find old standbys such as HellDiver finger steaks ($10.50) and Galena Gold steamed clams ($10.95). You can get $3 pints during happy hour, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The brewpub also offers $3 pints all day on Monday and Tuesday. (208) 322-5200,, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.



Diners will also find plenty of pizzas, sandwiches and entrée-sized salads. Twigs offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. (208) 895-0029;; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday-Saturday. Hilltop Station, 12342 Idaho 21 Brothers Eric and Tate McCullough opened Hilltop Station three years ago in the former Kodiak Grill spot near Lucky Peak Reservoir. It’s become a craft-beer haven for those recreating at the reservoir and traveling to and from the backcountry in the Boise Mountains. Considering the bar and grill’s lofty location atop Highland Valley summit (elevation 3,782 feet), stoking the longtime fireplace in the small dining area only makes sense during the winter months. Besides blistered pizzas, salads and burgers, diners can sit near the warm rock mantle and nosh on appetizers such as spicy Korean street tacos ($8.99), freshly baked pretzels ($3.99 each), Asian-inspired chicken lettuce wraps ($8.99) and creamy crab and jalapeno dip ($7.99) served with tortilla chips. There’s plenty of local craft beer on tap, hard cider and wines by the glass to help warm you up after cross-country skiing or snowshoeing all day. (208) 338-8859;; 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, 3690 E. Monarch Sky Lane, Meridian The stylish restaurant and bar at The Village at Meridian doesn’t have a fireplace, per se. Instead, right inside the front door, its ornate fire feature looks like a big coiled metal spring. Hang out and sip martinis while thawing out in close proximity to the fiery sculpture, which does radiate heat. Here you can get globally inspired starters such as wasabi peacrusted ahi ($16.99), Argentinean fish tacos ($14.99) and spicy Moroccan beef tenders ($14.99) on grilled focaccia toast with Gorgonzola fondue and syrupy balsamic glaze. Larger plates include slow-roasted pork osso buco ($23.99), shrimp carbonara linguine ($21.99) and pesto-crusted chicken topped with toma- Email James Patrick Kelly: to and mozzarella ($19.99), to name a few.

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At Backstage Bistro on the second level of Village Cinema, a fire pit warms the patio.

Get outside — next to a fire pit BY JAMES PATRICK KELLY

Special to the Idaho Statesman

With the recent bittercold snap, the idea of hanging out and having appetizers in the frigid elements probably doesn’t sound like a good time. Many fire pits were covered in snow and weren’t being lit. But as temperatures settle at more reasonable levels, brave diners can check

out these places to see if they’re firing up the pits. Lucky Fins (801 W. Main St., has a large, above-ground pit on its patio in Boise, which faces the action on The Grove Plaza. Here you can wrap your frozen digits around a hot libation (a Mexican coffee, perhaps?) in an effort to stay warm. Even Stevens (815 W. Bannock St., has a

small, in-ground fire pit on its patio in colorful Freak Alley. Take the chill off with a hot sandwich and a pint or two of local handcrafted brew. Barbacoa (276 Bobwhite Court, has an above-ground fire pit (a large stone feature filled with lava rocks) on its lakeside patio that you can sit around while enjoying Latin-inspired appetizers and a sip of

tequila. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria (3139 S. Bown Way, at The Marketplace at Bown Crossing has two fire pits on its street-side patio. This is an excellent spot to indulge in a big glass of chianti and a pizza blistered in the wood-fired oven. Bodovino (404 S. 8th St., in BoDo has an aboveground fire pit with seating on its small patio near the front entrance. For those not interested in braving the elements, the modernized wine and tapas bar has a comforting, gas-lit fireplace in the dining area. Bodovino Ristorante (3630 E. Monarch Sky Lane), Bodovino’s sister establishment at The Village at Meridian, has a stylish, sit-around fire feature on its back patio, which may or may not be lit this time of year. No worries, though. The Village at Meridian keeps two attractive, gas-lit fire pits burning in Fountain Square. Also at The Village at Meridian, Backstage Bistro (3711 E. Longwing Lane, has a gas-lit fire pit with comfy couches around it on the second-floor patio above Village Cinema. Grab a cocktail before catching a flick. Not many burger joints have fire pits, but Fanci Freez (1402 W. State St., in Boise’s North End recently constructed an above-ground stone fire pit to keep customers warm while enjoying burgers, fries and shakes.



The Lift 2 Bar & Grill becomes The Shed BY JAMES PATRICK KELLY

Special to the Idaho Statesman


he Lift 2 Bar & Grill, 1010 S. La Pointe St., officially became The Shed on Jan. 12, less than a year after it debuted in the burgeoning Lusk District near Boise State University. Jason Kovac, who also owns the Whiskey Bar, Silly Birch and Tom Grainey’s, recently sold the rights to The Lift, 4091 W. State St., the flagship bar and grill that he’s owned for 11 years. He decided to convert The Lift 2 into an entirely different establishment, leaving The Lift concept to someone else. Kovac has put a new sign out front and rebooted with a new menu. He will be doing the rest of the renovations in the coming months, after the weather gets better. When the renovation is complete later this spring, The Shed will have lots of brown tones and wood details, inside and out. But don’t expect it to have the simple aesthetic of a garden shed. The gastropub will boast an amalgam of modern and rustic accents. “It’s kind of going to look like the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland,” Kovac says.

While The Shed is in close proximity to the university — across Capitol Boulevard near Ann Morrison Park — Kovac considers it to be more than just a college hangout. But he’s fully aware of all the student housing that’s popped up in the district in recent years. “There are power outlets in every booth so people can plug in their laptops,” Kovac says. He’s also added some less-expensive beers to the draft brew lineup. College students like good deals on beer. “It’s affordable for students and everyone else,” he says. The Shed also has a full-service bar. As for the food, Kovac and his longtime chef Joel Thomas have come up with a reinvented menu. “After 11 years, it was time to get away from fish tacos and other stuff like that,” he says. The appetizer portion of the menu draws influences from various parts of the globe. Starters include pancetta macaroni and cheese ($9.50), shrimp and avocado cocktail ($9.50), and housebrined pork tenderloin and seeds ($7) with hot mustard and blueberry ketchup. Or you can soak up all that beer with traditional wings ($9.50) and house-made Corn Dawgs

($4.75 each/beef or turkey). Diners can also get a new array of salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Dig into a Grateful Shed burger ($10.50), a third-pound, hand-formed patty on a shiny-top brioche bun with bacon jam, sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese crumbles and onion rings. Entrées keep comfort food in mind with dishes such as turkey meatloaf ($10.50/served openfaced on toasted sourdough with mashed spuds and mushroom gravy) and grilled salmon striped with bright peach-mango salsa ($12.50). The Shed is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. For now, happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. every day. For updates and such, visit /theshed. GRAB LUNCH AT RENAISSANCE CAFÉ Check out what the student chefs are doing these days at the culinary arts program at Meridian’s Renaissance Culinary Center, 1303 E. Central Drive, part of the West Ada School District’s technical training program for high school seniors. Renaissance Café is the student-run restaurant where you can try a re-

gionally based menu that gets constantly changed by the students from November through May when school is in session. Keep in mind, though, that the restaurant has limited hours. It takes orders for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to noon about two to three weeks a month. To see the dates of service, go to The always-changing menus boast themes, including Breakfast at Lunch and Comfort Foods, and you can expect to find seasonal sandwiches, soups, salads and entrées for $1.95 to $5.95. The student chefs at the nationally recognized and certified program are trained by longtime lead instructor Vern Hickman, who formerly taught at Boise State University’s culinary arts program for more than 20 years. Renaissance Café can be accessed through the Renaissance Training Center doors on the east side of the building, located off Locust Grove Road. There’s plenty of free parking out front. DINING AT KETCHUM’S LIMELIGHT HOTEL The Limelight Hotel recently opened in downtown Ketchum. The luxurious boutique hotel, at 151 S. Main St., is strikingly similar to its sister property in Aspen, Colo. The hotel, with 93 guest rooms and six large suites, is conveniently located about a half mile from Sun Valley Resort’s express gondola at the River Run ski lift area at the base of Bald Mountain. Hotel amenities include a

Food & Drink year-round outdoor pool and hot tub, a game room in the lounge and plenty of dining options. Hotel guests get treated to a continental breakfast spread every morning from 7 to 10 a.m. You can carbo-load before hitting the slopes with an elaborate buffet packed with freshly baked pastries, pancakes, fruit, yogurt and granola, breakfast meats, veggie frittatas, French toast and more. The hotel offers an après happy hour that’s open to the general public every day from 3 to 7 p.m. Warm up in the spacious lounge area after carving through fresh powder all day with $10 pizzas and deals on draft brews, cocktails and wines by the glass. A dinner menu is offered in the modern-looking dining room from 4 to 10 p.m. nightly. The Italian-inspired menu ($7$17) changes with the season and features small plates, soups, salads, entrées and assorted handtossed pizzas. To make hotel reservations, go to

7D ketchum or call (855) 441-2257. TAKE A COOKING CLASS ON CHINESE NEW YEAR Interested in learning how to cook Chinese food on Chinese New Year? After all, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Well, you’re in luck. Sur La Table, 3540 E. Longwing Lane at The Village at Meridian, is offering “Date Night: Celebrating Chinese New Year” on Jan. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. In this hands-on cooking class ($79 per person), Frank Finney will show you how to make gingery pork dumplings with sesame-soy dipping sauce, stir-fried noodles with chicken and baby bok choy, wok-fried Sichuan shrimp and spicy Chinese long beans with garlic. To reserve a spot in the class, go to or call (208) 888-1215. Submit restaurant news to scene@idahostatesman .com.



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German deli and market Fans of all things German will get a kick out of this new deli and market on Vista Avenue in Boise. Besides soups, deli salads and custom-made sandwiches made with real-deal German meats and sandwich breads, the

eatery offers a daily hot special (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday) culled from a rotating lineup of Austrian and German specialties that includes spatzle with goulash, wienerschnitzel and roasted pork loin with a crispy potato pancake and tangy applesauce. Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen stocks a large selection of beers and wines from Central European locales. Address: 1340 S. Vista Ave.,

AFC Sushi at Albertsons, 10700 Ustick Road, Boise Country Time Concessions, 100 E. 43rd St., Garden City Denny’s, 3155 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian Eagle Hills Golf Course Restaurant, 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle Ed’s 50s Cafe, 979 S. Progress Ave., Meridian Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant, 482 W. Main St., Kuna JB’s Restaurant, 1565 S’ Meridian Road, Meridian Le Coq d’Or, 176 S. Rosebud Lane, Eagle Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian Pizza Hut, 4506 W. Overland Road, Boise Sockeye Brewing, 12542 W. Fairview Ave., Boise Sully’s Pub and Grill, 11123 W. State St., Star The Coffee Studio, 6360 Saguaro Hills Ave., Suite 100, Meridian The Sturiale Place, 1501 W. Jefferson St., Boise Treasure Valley Coffee-Roastere, 11875 W. President Drive, Boise Uncle Grumpy’s BBQ, 5005 W. Catalpa Drive, Boise Walmart — Fish, Grocery, Meat, Produce, 7319 W. State St., Garden City

Boise Phone: (208) 426-0773 Menu price range: soups, salads and custom-made deli sandwiches $2.99-$7.99; daily hot specials $5.99-$11.99. Reviewed: 12.16.2016 ONLINE

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ayette Brewing Co. is kicking off 2017 with a cando attitude. The Boise brewery at 733 S. Pioneer St. has unveiled a new yearround canned beer, Recoil

IPA. Sold in six-packs and on tap, it’s a tasty, modern alternative to Rustler IPA, Payette’s flagship product. Old-school diehards might recoil in horror at the prospect. Like, why create an in-house competitor to Payette’s popular Boise classic? Because tastes change. Payette introduced Rustler, originally called Outlaw, at the start of the decade. Idaho’s largest brewery now distributes beer in seven states. When Payette started

trucking beer into Seattle in early 2016, feedback made it clear that a different IPA might better serve a contingent of the region’s palate. “Rustler is a lot more balanced IPA,” Payette Brewing founder Mike Francis says. “You might even call it malty. Whereas, Recoil is very hop forward. Five years ago, almost six years ago when we opened, Rustler was a pretty hoppy IPA. Now it’s definitely more on the malty side of the IPA spectrum.”

Crafted with Citra, Calypso, Eureka and Mosaic hops, Recoil initially was brewed in one 60barrel batch and sold on tap last summer. It’s brighter and more floral than Rustler. Recoil clocks in at 80 IBU (International Bitterness Units) and 6.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). The nose is like a stroll through a botanical garden. The taste lands squarely in that Northwest hop-junkie wheelhouse, but it’s certainly not over the top. I prefer Recoil over Rustler. Call me a sheep for enjoying this style of IPA, but I’m a sheep that grazes in hop fields. So what’s up with that name: Recoil? Think firearms. “Just like a gun recoil, this beer leaves you with a kick of flavor,” explains Paige Coyle, Payette’s marketing director. That said, I would not recommend shotgunning Recoil. Incidentally, Rustler fans need not worry. Payette’s most widely distributed beer isn’t about to play second fiddle to its new cousin. You’ll still see Rustler everywhere. “It does great for us here in Boise,” Francis says, “and continues to.” ANOTHER NEW PAYETTE BEER Recoil is one of three canned beers that Payette plans to push heavily in 2017. The other two are Blood Orange Rustler IPA (watch for new 24-packs this month at Costco) and Rodeo Rye Pale Ale. A popular seasonal beer until now, Rodeo Rye was recently deemed a year-

Food & Drink rounder. Meanwhile, Payette Pale Ale is officially on hiatus. Newcomer High Side American Wheat Ale will take Rodeo Rye’s place in the seasonal rotation. It’s being sold in sixers, twelve-packs and on tap from January through March. Along with Payette’s head brewer, Ian Fuller, Francis had never been completely satisfied with his wheat beer recipes. “We kind of gave up on wheat beers,” Francis admits. Then Payette brewer Darrin Goodrich delivered High Side. It’s refreshing and quaffable with a pleasant, grainy sweetness in the distance. Not a fan of wheat beers? Try it, anyway. I was surprised to find myself popping a second can. And why not? At 5.3 percent ABV, High Side is appropriate for repeat performances. And apparently, river rafting, based on the label. MORE IDAHO BEERS IN CANS, BOTTLES Edge Brewing Co., 525 N. Steelhead Way in Boise, recently start offering two beers in 12ounce cans. You’ll find sixers of former summer seasonal Hopkiss Dry Hopped Session Ale (5 percent ABV, 25 IBU) — now a year-round beer — and Obligatory Double IPA (9.2 percent ABV) at area stores such as Whole Foods, Boise Co-op and Trader Joe’s. Victor’s Grand Teton Brewing will introduce its new Teton Range IPA (6.5 ABV, 62 IBU) in 12-ounce bottles starting in March. Grand Teton also is retiring three beers: Trout


Hop Black IPA (in May), Howling Wolf Weisse Bier (in September) and Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse (a summer seasonal to be replaced by a new sour). I’ll miss that Badger. FOUNDERS COMES TO IDAHO Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. will start distributing its beers in Idaho next month. Watch for Founders kickoff events in midFebruary, including a tap invasion from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at Whole Foods’ upstairs River Room. The first beer I hope to grab is a four-pack of Founders Breakfast Stout. A monstrous, big-bodied double stout brewed with flaked oats, chocolate and coffee, it’s rich, delicious — and 8.3 percent ABV, so go easy. The unforgettable label on the bottle shows a bib-wearing baby hungrily gobbling up a bowl of oatmeal. So wrong yet so right. WHOLE FOODS STOUT SALE Whole Foods, 401 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise, will hold a beer sale Jan. 13-15. All porters, stouts and winter beers will be 20 percent off. Uh-oh, time to take out a second mortgage, right? I’m planning to limit my purchases using calculations based on credit-card interest rate versus ABV. I’ll let you know when I’ve perfected my formula. Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds





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‘Where Did We Sit on the Bus?’ 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 (opening), Saturday, Jan. 14, and Wednesdays to Saturdays, through Jan. 28; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 21 and 28, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St. $34 Friday-Saturday nights, $25 Wednesdays and Thursdays, $20 matinees, $16 all student tickets. 331-9224, Ext. 205;



hen Brian Quijada learned the story of Rosa Parks, “my head kind of exploded,” he says. An African-American, Parks famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955 Montgomery, Ala., and helped launch the movement to end public segregation in the United States. “When you’re 8, you only think about yourself and what you’re going through,” Quijada says. “That was the first time I realized there was more than just me. I started thinking about my family history and where we came from. It was a pretty powerful realization.” He raised his hand and asked the teacher, “Where did people like me sit on the bus?” Her flustered answer that they (Latinos) weren’t there confused him further and would eventually inspire his one-man show “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” The play opens at Boise Contemporary Theater on Friday, Jan. 13. Quijada’s show explores the idea of the modern American dream, at a time when immigration questions are at the forefront of politics — again. “It seems to happen every 10 years or so,” Quijada says. “Now being older and more educated about American government, it makes the show more relevant and sparks a more emotional connection to my telling this story about my parents who came to this country illegally.” This is the third production for his show. It opened in Chicago in March and received an off-Broadway production in September at


“You have to be completely honest when you’re doing a solo show,” Yew says. “You’re asking the audience to believe what you’re talking about. This (Quijada’s) show is completely dynamic. It asks the audience to feel KYLE GREEN everything. If you can’t tell the Actor Brian Quijada mixes words and music to help tell his autobiographical story in “Where Did We Sit story honestly, then don’t waste on the Bus?” at Boise Contemporary Theater. our time. If you’re going to write it, it’s going to be hard.” Now that Quijada, 28, is marTHEATER ried and thinking of having children of his own, the story became more personal and imperative. “I wanted to know what I will tell my kids when they ask me that question,” Quijada says. Quijada’s show is a fast-paced blend of music and spoken word, mixed with a little rap, dance and Ensemble Studio Theatre. ina, have four sons: two born in lawyer,” he says. “It’s funny that humor. An incredibly charming But before that, while honing El Salvador — Fernando and the two American brothers are performer, he is completely capthe script in the summer of 2015, Roberto — and two born in Amer- both artists (Marvin is also an tivating. Quijada met BCT producing ica — Marvin and Brian. actor).” He layers music and snippets of artistic director Matthew CameThe family moved to HighIn 2014, Quijada met Chay his audio biography by looping, a ron Clark at Seven Devils Playwood, Ill., when Quijada was very Yew at a New Play Summit at the process that uses a computer to wrights Conference in McCall. young. It’s a mostly Italian suburb Denver Center. An immigrant record, repeat and layer short They were working on Hansol on Chicago’s North Shore that is from Singapore, Yew is the artsections of sound material. That Jung’s “No More Sad Things,” a surrounded by Highland Park, an istic director of Chicago’s Victory creates the beat and the base that play that would premiere at BCT affluent Jewish suburb where Gardens Theater, a company that allow his ideas to take shape. that fall. Quijada played the many movies (“Risky Business” focuses on new plays. He suggestThe technology adds a rich smooth-singing, ukelele-playing and “Home Alone,” for instance) ed that Quijada might considundercurrent to his version of the narrator. While in Boise for the were filmed. ering writing one. classic American tale. production, Quijada finished the Quijada spoke English at “We’re always looking for “There are parts that connect script for “Bus” and did a reading. school and Spanish at home, and Chicago stories,” Yew told him. with everybody,” he says. “It’s Quijada (pronounced key-hada) his best friends were Jewish. He A dry spell in the acting biz a nice to tell the story and see is a one-person cultural mash-up. grew up watching MTV and few months later gave him time we’re not divided — that this He is the son of El Salvadoran wanted to be like Michael Jackto pursue Yew’s proposal. So experience is what connects us. parents who came to the United son. By high school, he had set Quijada turned to that seminal For people who think the AmerStates to seek a better life for their his sights on becoming an actor. point of his childhood — the Rosa ican dream is dead, it’s not. I’m children. His hard-working, blue“My parents would have been Parks moment — as a starting the embodiment of it being realcollar parents, Eduardo and Rehappier if I became a doctor or point for his story. ized.”

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David Andrews: Fundraiser for Idaho Songwriters Association. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $15 general, $20 preferred. $20 and $25 at the door. Hell’s Belles: 8 p.m. Jan. 13, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $13. TicketWeb. Opening: Defenders of the Faith, Break Surface. RJ Mischo: Blues harmonica player. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Boise. Details, 13 Taylor Hicks: 7 p.m. Jan. 14,Nampa. Details, 12 Smooth Avenue: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $13 general, $18 preferred. $18 and $23 at the door. Chevelle: 7 p.m. Jan. 15, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $28. TicketWeb. $30 day of show. Opening: Black Map, Dinosaur Pile-Up. Sold out. Blues Addicts: Fan appreciation show with special guests the Brass Tacks Horns. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Free. Deorro: 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $20 general ($25 door), $35 VIP. Ticketfly. Opening: Dirty Audio.

Calliope Musicals: 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $8. TicketWeb. $10 at the door. High on Fire: 7 p.m. Jan. 18, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb. $22 at the door. Opening: Archons. Credenda: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $10 general, $15 preferred. $15 and $20 at the door. Jenny Herzog: Fundraiser for Surel’s Place. 7 p.m. Jan. 20, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $10 general, $14 preferred. $13 and $17 at the door. Shaolin Martial Arts and Music Performance: Worldrenowned martial arts masters of the Shaolin Kung Fu Mission use bare-handed and weapon styles to showcase the ancient art of Shaolin Kung Fu. Musical performances presented by the Wulin Hanyun Shaolin Kungfu Martial Arts Troupe. 7 p.m. Jan. 20, Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Boise. Free. Andy Frasco and The U.N.: 9 p.m. Jan. 20, Whiskey Jacques, 251 N. Main St., Ketchum. $16 at, $18 at the door. Dorothy: 9 p.m. Jan. 20, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. $12.50. $15 at the door. Opening: Georgia Flood.


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Chaz Browne: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $12 general, $16 preferred. $15 and $20 at the door.

Former ‘American Idol’ Taylor Hicks in Nampa on Saturday Hailing from Alabama, quirky Taylor Hicks seemed like a long shot on the fifth season of “American Idol.” Remember? Simon Cowell was not impressed. But the likable, gray-haired singer won over the nation with his affinity for classic rock and blues. With the ability to play harmonica and strum a little guitar, Hicks bring more versatility and musicality to the stage than many “Idol” alums. Hicks fans — who like to call themselves his “soul patrol” — will be ready for a full-blown, interactive concert with sing-along opportunities. — MICHAEL DEEDS

Analog Son: 9 p.m. Jan. 21, Whiskey Jacques, 251 N. Main St., Ketchum. $8 at, $10 at the door.

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7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, John Brandt Performing Arts Theater, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $40-$48. 468-5500,

Del Parkinson and Jeffrey Shumway (The American Piano Duo) Recital: The program, “Shall We Dance?” features iconic dance music written by famous composers. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.


$7 general, $5 seniors, free for students and Boise State faculty and staff.

Theater Opening Stage Coach Theatre’s “The Lone Star Love Potion”: 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, Feb. 3-4; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 2; 2 p.m. matinees Jan. 22 and 29, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise. $15. 342-2000, Red Light Variety Show’s “Legends and Icons”: 9 p.m. Jan. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. $15 at, $20 at the door. An Evening with C.S. Lewis: One-act play explores the life of C.S. Lewis as he reflects on his books, his philosophy, his friendships, and the love that found

him in his golden years. 7 p.m. Jan. 14, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell. $10$20 general, $5-$10 students. 459-5275, “ONCE”: Musical based on the Academy Award-winning film that tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. 8 p.m. Jan. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 21, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $37.50-$60. Ticketmaster. Victims of Entertainment’s “Dead Mans Hand” Murder Mystery Dinner: 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Crossings Winery, 1289 W. Madison Ave., Glenns Ferry. $65, includes three-course dinner and glass of wine. “Menopause The Musical”: 2:30 and 7 p.m. Jan 22, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S.




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Ongoing Boise Little Theater’s “The Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens”: Jan. 13-15, 19-21; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19; 2 p.m. Jan. 15 and 21. Details, this page


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7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Playhouse Boise, 8001 W. Fairview Ave., Boise. $15.

Dance Social Treasure Valley Singles dance: Live bands. Singles and couples older than 21 welcome. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays, Eagles Lodge, 118 11th Ave. N., Nampa. $6 members, $7 nonmembers. 887-8870,

Things To Do Food and Drink Caledonian Society of Idaho’s 114th Burns Night Supper: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. $30 general, $12 children. Tickets available until Jan. 18. 384-0404, 888-5710.

Literary Arts Author reading: Featuring Diane Simmons, author of the nonfiction “The Courtship of Eva Eldridge.” 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Free. Outdoor Conversations: Featuring Jim Akenson, author of “7003 Days: 21 Years in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.” 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. Free. Literature for Lunch: Discussion and group reading of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” with Shakespearean experts and groundlings from Boise State University’s Hemingway Literary Center faculty. 12:10 to 1 p.m. Jan.


‘Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens’ Those Verdeen cousins are back at it in Boise Little Theater’s production of “Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens,” a wacky farce about a high school reunion gone terribly wrong. This is the third in a trilogy by playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten about three Southern gals who make comical mayhem in the town of Sweetgum, Texas. BLT produced their “The Red Velvet Cake War” in 2013 and “Rex’s Exes” in 2015. In this installment, cousins Jimmie Wyvette, Gaynelle and Peaches (pictured: Becky Kimsey, Courtney Ransom, Carly Oppie) try to put on their high school reunion in the old school before it’s razed. But there are myriad forces plotting against them, including having to run the high school’s last Guacamole Queen contest. — DANA OLAND

8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Jan. 13-14, 20-21; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19; 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 15 and 21, 100 E. Fort St. $14 general, $11 students and seniors. 342-5104,

20, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. 972-8255. Free.

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to 6 p.m. Jan. 14 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $8 admission, free for children 9 and younger. 746-5555. Buy Idaho Capitol Show: Buy Idaho's premier trade show offering members the opportunity to promote their products and


Harmonica virtuoso and blues singer RJ Mischo is a road dog. After decades of performing, he has touring down to a science. Mischo, 56, heads from city to city and performs with local backing musicians. He calls them “pick-up bands.” And he’s able to blend right in with them — as their leader. When Mischo visits Boise, he’ll gig with local veterans the Hoochie Coochie Men. If you have a passion for loose, shuffling blues powered by soulful harmonica that almost seems to speak, Mischo is your man. This is a general admission event, so show up early for the best seat — or at 6:45 p.m. if you’d like a free blues dance lesson from Kickin’ It Dance of Boise.

Boise Contemporary Theater’s “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?”: 8 p.m. WednesdaysSaturdays, through Jan. 28; 2 p.m. matinees Jan. 21 and 28, 854 Fulton St. $34 Fridays-Saturdays, $25 Wednesdays-Thursdays, $20 matinees, $16 all student tickets. 331-9224, Ext. 205;


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Fortune Feimster

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Comic Fortune Feimster is having a moment. A former semifinalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Feimster got her break writing for and playing recurring characters on “Chelsea Lately.” She’s currently a regular on “The Mindy Project” as well as a semiregular on “Life in

Pieces” and a few other TV shows. She made her big-screen debut in Fortune “Office Feimster Christmas Party” in December and appears in a couple of other films that are in post-production. Feimster is headlining the Idaho Laugh Fest at

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown Boise. (The festival takes place Jan. 12 to 15 with performances, showcases and films. Find tickets and information at What’s Feimster’s secret? “I have a silly look, a weird accent,” she says. “I look like a goofball.” She spoke from backstage at Comedy Central’s “The Comedy Jam,”

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a show on which comedians tell a story and then sing a song. “I’m not really a singer,” she says drolly. “But I’m going to do “Goodbye Earl” by the Dixie Chicks. You can’t go wrong with the Dixie Chicks.” While her comic career is really cooking right now, off stage you wouldn’t peg Feimster as “the funny one.” She doesn’t need to be the center of attention. Her kind of funny is a slow burn, filled with wry twists on the way to clever zingers that are rarely mean-spirited. “In life outside of the stage, I’m more on the quiet side,” she says. “I’m more of an observer, not trying to get all the attention. Not all comics are like that.” Feimster discovered her comedy ambitions after attending college in her home state of North Carolina. At college, she was on track for an academic career, but when she came out about her sexuality, it made her consider different options. “I just felt this huge load off my shoulders, and that lightness and freedom helped my confidence,” she says. She headed to Los Angeles for the life experience and found herself taking improv classes at


The Groundlings, the noted improv group. Eventually Feimster made it into the comedy troupe’s prestigious Sunday Company and dropped her first name. Fortune is her grandmother’s maiden name and felt like a sassier moniker than Emily, she says. “Comedy became my new passion,” she says. “I decided I’m going to do this, and I’m just going to be poor for a long time. You just have to love it so much you don’t care that you’re doing it for free. You just have to hope it will pay off.” Well, she’s no longer working for free. In fact, she has enough to buy a new winter coat before heading out on her first trip to Boise. And since she’s got roles in upcoming films, her appearance at the Idaho Laugh Fest is a chance to see Feimster before she makes it superbig. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS A See Boise comic Sean Hancock’s one-man show “One Deep Breath,” pictured, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, Sean at the Hancock Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. $12 at the door. A Eric Cole hosts the Midnight Stand-up Showcase at Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St., Boise. Free. A The free FamilyFriendly Matinee Variety Show features comics Erik Escobar, Focused Minds Improv and others. 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Egyptian.

network with fellow Idaho businesses and the general public. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18, Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise. 343-2582, Free. Idaho Wedding Experience: More than 50 local vendors, hourly prizes and giveaways, free goodie bags for brides-tobe. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $7 at the door.

Spectator Sports Idaho Steelheads hockey vs. Colorado Eagles: 7:10 p.m. Jan. 13-14., CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $18-$35. 331-8497, Boise State Broncos men’s basketball vs. New Mexico: 9 p.m. Jan. 17, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $10-$20 general, $9-$19 seniors, $8-$18 juniors. 426-4737,

Art Art Source Gallery: Show by Treasure Valley art teachers and a gallery of local talent. Through January. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 1015 Main St., Boise. 331-3374, Boise State Public Radio: Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance present “Plein Air.” Through Feb. 3. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (excluding major holidays). 220 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Boise. 345-7258, BSU Student Union Gallery: “National Mythstory,” works by Bryan Anthony Moore. Through Feb. 19. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Second floor, Student Union Building, Boise State University. 426-1242, Crossings Winery: A Jerry Kencke’s show, “It’s What I do…Photography.” Through Jan. 16. A “Here to There,” textural mixed media paintings by Lauren T Kistner, Jan. 17




lighting grid to accommodate her 13-foot tall and 41-foot long skeletal structure. The entire Center will be closed Jan. 16-20. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 131 Myrtle St., Boise. Admission will be discounted during the T.rex installment and partial facility closure at $7. After, $16 general, $15 veterans and active duty military, $12 children 2-17. Free for members and ages younger than 2. Sunday admission prices are $3 off the daily admission price. 343-9895,


Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo this weekend Check out the latest gear and hone your fly-tying and casting skills at the Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo. Produced by the Boise Valley Fly Fishers, this event brings top exhibitors with the latest gear, along with experts to help you sharpen your techniques. Classes are for beginners through seasoned pros. You can learn to tie flies with bear hair, and build your own rods and nets. This

year, you’ll hear fascinating tales from one of the world’s foremost expert fly fisherman, Jeff Currier, pictured, and Oregon-based outfitter and expert caster Travis Johnson.

Ming Studios: “Holding What Can’t Be Held” second annual exhibition. Through Feb. 4. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 420 S. 6th St., Boise.


Sun Valley Center for the Arts: “Rayguns, Robots, Drones: Tech-

Bodytraffic: 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $30 and $40. Ticketmaster. Boise Philharmonic: Alastair Willis, pianist Joachin Achúcarro and Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Preconcert talks at 7 p.m. 3447849,

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Canyon Crossroads Museum at Celebration Park: “Black Elk: Lakota Warrior, Mighty Visionary,” explores the life and history of famed Lakota Sioux warrior, Black Elk. Through April 21. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. 6531 Hot Spot Lane, Melba. 455-6022. Free.

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Attractions Discovery Center of Idaho: “T.rex Named Sue,” a traveling exhibition reproduced from the original fossils found in 1990 in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a replica composed of more than 250 highly detailed cast fossils, Jan. 21 through May 7. Gallery II will be closed through Jan. 15 to remove part of the Center’s

Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Treasure Island”: 7 p.m. Jan. 27; 1 p.m. Jan. 28, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell. $6-$10 general, $4-$8 students. 459-5275,

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Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center: Mixed media by Lauren Kistner. Through January. Enter at S2 and the artist wall is past the coffee shop. 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise.

Boise Art Museum: “Minidoka: Artist as Witness.” Through Jan. 15. A “Laura Heit: Earth and Sky,: Through Feb. 19. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 670 S. Julia Davis Drive. $6 general, $4 seniors, $3 grades 1-12 and full-time college. Free for ages 5 and younger and members. Donations on First Thursday. 345-8330, A

Philip B. Garonzik Music Scholarship Fundraiser: Music by Chuck Smith, Steve Eaton, Camden Hughes, Jake Hale. Ken Harris will emcee. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $10 general, $15 preferred. $15 and $20 at the door. Steel Panther: 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St.,


nology’s Peril and Promise,” Jan. 13 through March 25. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 191 5th St. E., Ketchum. (208) 726-9491, ext. 10;

Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel: Curling competition starts Friday evening and continues through the weekend. Championship draw begins at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Spectators are free and a free group curling lesson is available at noon Saturday. Jan. 27-29, Stanley’s outdoor ice rink.

Create Common Good’s Supperclub: Chef Kris Komori, the James Beard Award semifinalist and the renowned executive chef at State & Lemp, will serve as the guest chef. 6 p.m. Jan. 26, 2513 S. Federal Way, Boise. $125 per person at and experience-ccg/supperclub.

Old Idaho Penitentiary: Friday the 13th Tales and Tours, noon to 9 p.m. Jan. 13. $8-$13. Presentations and fireside discussions about escapes, executions, and other eerie tales. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, fireside chats with experts, prize giveaways, self-guided tours and more. Noon to 5 p.m. daily. Closed on state holidays. 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. $5 general, $4 seniors, $3 children 6-12. Free for ages 5 and younger. 334-2844,

Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $8 admission, free for children 13 and younger.

through Feb. 26. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 1289 W. Madison Ave., Glenns Ferry. (208) 366-2313,

Boise. $23. TicketWeb. $25 day of show. Opening: Midline.

Starset: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Free tickets by listening to KQXR 100.3 The X. Opening: Gemini Syndrome.




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A Jan. 27: 8 p.m., Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa. $22.50-$45. A Jan. 28: 8 p.m., Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $24.50-$70.50.

Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $29.50 general ($35 door), $55 VIP. Ticketfly. Opening: Belly.

Ensemble. Benefits Catholic Charities of Idaho’s services. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 4, The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $150 per person. LF2017.

The Peking Acrobats: 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Free tickets (limit 4) at the Morrison Center Box Office. Tickets are required for admission.

McCall Winter Carnival: Snow sculptures, Torchlight and Mardi Gras parades, music, daily events spanning everything from comedy shows to art auctions, snowbike races to the Monster Dog Pull and more. Jan. 27 through Feb. 5, McCall.

Harlem Globetrotters: 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $24-$91. ICTickets.


Illenium: 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. On sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13

Judy Collins: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $49.50 and $59.50. Ticketmaster.

Daisy’s Madhouse “Will Act 4 Food”: Original short plays by local playwrights to benefit The Idaho Foodbank. Works written, cast and performed within a 24-hour period. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St. $15 at or at the door.

Music Theatre of Idaho’s “Bye Bye Birdie”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-4; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $22 general, $20 seniors, $18 students. 4682385,

Juicy J: 8 p.m. Jan. 29, Revolution

Loaves and Fishes Gala: Dinner, dancing, auction and music by Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk Jazz

by Jones, Hope, & Wooten, Directed by Wendy Koeppl In this deliciously funny Southern-fried comedy, the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette — are up against the clock as they frantically attempt to produce the ultimate high school reunion before the old building is demolished. But they’ve got a bushel of obstacles to overcome before they can pull off this miracle: Gaynelle is reeling from the humiliating demise of her loathed ex-husband; Peaches’ romantic life has tanked because the older her dates get, the more horrified they are by her job as a mortuarial cosmetologist; and Jimmie Wyvette is trying to live down her on-camera catfight with a local televangelist. To top it all off, the cousins have got to impress a governor’s aide with their party-planning capabilities, so that they can nab the plum job of throwing the governor’s birthday bash — and keep their business afloat. Their scramble to prepare the perfect event is interrupted by the exploits of their beloved Uncle Aubrey, who is in danger of getting throttled by the two octogenarian sisters he’s simultaneously romancing, and by threats from their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle, who is determined to be crowned the final and forever Guacamole Queen of Sweetgum High. And that’s before one of Peaches’ former classmates arrives with a malevolent hand puppet and a score to settle. The LAST ROUNDUP OF THE GUACAMOLE QUEENS is the third and final comedy in the Verdeen Cousins Texas Trilogy that began with THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR and continued with REX’S EXES. You’ll laugh so hard you might even consider attending your next high school reunion!

Eric Church: 8 p.m. March 24, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $24-$89. Ticketmaster.


“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”: Songs, comedy, puppets and food demonstrations. 8 p.m. March 30, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $35-$100. Ticketmaster.

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Minus the Bear: 8 p.m. March 10, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $18.50. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. Opening: Beach Slang, Sand. On sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13

Treefort Music Fest: Highlights include Touche Amore, Dead Meadow, The Coathangers, Kishi Bashi, Thunderpussy, AJJ, Alvvays and Kate Tempest. March 22-26, various venues, Downtown Boise. $165 five-day wristbands. Prices go up March 1.

SHOW DATES & TIMES: Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21 8pm; Jan. 19, 7:30pm; Jan. 15 & 21, 2pm RESERVATIONS: 342-5104 or •100 E Fort St., Boise

The owner of a vast fortune and a two hundred thousand acre Texas ranch has died. The will refers to a formula and a sample of what appears to be a love potion. Can it really work? It has the potential to be worth billions to whoever can obtain it! Before long everyone is testing it with hilarious results.


Strangelove: 8 p.m. March 11, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $5 first 100 tickets sold, $10 second 100 tickets, $15 general ($20 door), $25 VIP. Ticketfly. Opening: The Smites. On sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13


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Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival: Feb. 23-25, University of Idaho, 709 S. Deakin St., Moscow. Individual and series tickets available. 885-5900, jazzfest.

Brian Wilson: 8 p.m. April 6, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $55, $73 and $125. Ticketmaster.






Artistblue Gallery: Sat: Alena Maldonado, 2-4 p.m. 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Suite 1175, Nampa. 467-3643. Balcony Club: Thu: Salsa dancing, 9 p.m.-midnight, $5, includes lessons at 8 p.m. 150 N. 8th St., Boise. 336-1313. Bar 365, Riverside Hotel: Fri: Sean Hatton and Bernie Reilly, 5-7:30 p.m. Sat: Jeff Engelbert, 5-7:30 p.m. Mon: RandomAcX Duo, 5-8 p.m. Tue: Wilson Roberts, 5-8 p.m. Wed: Steve Eaton, 5-8 p.m. Thu: Billy Braun, 5-7:30 p.m. 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. 343-1871. Buffalo Club: Fri-Sat, Thu: The Saloonatics, 9 p.m. Sun/Thu: free dance lessons by High Desert Swing Dance Club, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 10206 Fairview Ave., Boise. 321-1811. China Blue: Thu: Trill Thursday’s EDM Club Nights, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5; free for ladies. 100 S. 6th St., Boise. 338-6604. Crowbar: Fri: Filibusta, 10 p.m. Sat: Layton Giordani, 10 p.m. 107 S. 6th St., Boise. 345-2505. daVinci’s: Thu: Michael Laky, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 190 E. State St., Eagle. 939-2500. El Gallo Giro: Fri: Red Light Challenge, 6 p.m. 615 W. Main St., Boise. 488-4757. El Gallo Giro: Thu: The Entertainers, 6-8 p.m. 5285 Glenwood St., Garden City. 321-0355.

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Michael Deeds recommends Chevelle: Sunday, Knitting Factory. Veteran hard rockers are best known for 2002 radio hit “The Red.” Sold out High on Fire: Wednesday, Neurolux. Shirtless frontman Matt Pike does brutal, sludge-fueled metal with Motorhead-like fury. Ben Kronberg: Thursday through Jan. 22, Liquid Laughs. Quirky comedian’s low-key delivery, affinity for wordplay and pretzel-logic one-liners are hysterical. ......................................................

High Note Cafe: Fri: The Olivia deHavilland Mosquitoes, 7 p.m. Sat: Jack Hale, 7 p.m. 225 N. 5th St., Boise. 429-1911. Highlands Hollow Brewhouse: Wed: Blaze & Kelly, 6-9 p.m. 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise. 343-6820. Knitting Factory: Fri: Hell’s Belles, Defenders of the Faith, Break Surface, 8 p.m., $13. Sat: Winter Salsa Fiesta with DJ Giovanni, 9 p.m., $6. Sun: Chevelle, Black Map, Dinosaur PileUp, 7 p.m., Sold out. Mon: The Blues Addicts, 7:30 p.m., free fan appreciation night. 416 S. 9th St., Boise. 367-1212.

Flying M Coffeegarage: Fri: Steve Fulton, 8 p.m., $5. 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa. 467-5533.

Liquid: Fri-Sat: Idaho Laugh Fest, 8 and 10 p.m., $12. Sun: Idaho Laugh Fest, 8 p.m., $10. Mon: Punk Monday, 9 p.m. Wed: comedy open mike, 7:30 p.m. (signups at 7 p.m.). Thu: Ben Kronberg, 8 p.m., $10; comedy open mike, 9:30 p.m. (signups at 9 p.m.). 405 S. 8th St., Boise. 941-2459.

Hannah’s: Fri-Sat, Wed: Rocci Johnson Band, 9:30 p.m.-close. Thu: DJ Ankid, 9:30 p.m.-close. 621 Main St., Boise. 345-7557.

Neurolux: Fri: DJ GoodCleanFun, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat: Glitterati Gals Burlesque presents A Rewind Rendezvous, 8 p.m., $5. Tue:

Fatty’s Bar: Fri: rotating DJs, 9 p.m.-close. Sat: DJ Zuz, 9 p.m.close. Tue: DJ Slieb, 9 p.m.-close. Wed: DJ Zuz, 9 p.m.-close. 800 W. Idaho St., Boise. 629-6314.

Calliope Musicals, Hand Trembler, 7 p.m., $8/$10. Wed: High on Fire, Archons, 7 p.m., $20/$22. 111 N. 11th St., Boise. 343-0886. The Olympic: Fri: John Craigie, 7 p.m., $7/$10. Sat: Cardboard Swords, 7 p.m., $5. 1009 Main St., Boise. 342-0176. O’Michael’s Pub & Grill: Sat: The Fabulous Blue Rayz, 8-11 p.m. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise. 342-8948. Orphan Annie’s Bar & Grill: Fri: Jeannie Marie, 7-11 p.m. Sat: Rod Dyer, 7-11 p.m. 801 Everett St., Caldwell. 455-2660. Payette Brewing Co.: Sat: Ben Burdick Trio, 6-9 p.m. Wed: Adam and Dave, 6-9 p.m. 733 S. Pioneer St., Boise. 344-0011. Pengilly’s Saloon: Fri: Hillfolk Noir, 8:45 p.m. Sat: Cityfolk, 8:45 p.m. Mon: open mike with Rebecca Scott and Rob Hill, 8 p.m. Tue: The Suburbans, 8:45 p.m. Wed: Tylor and The Train Robbers, 8:45 p.m. Thu: Frim Fram Four, 8:45 p.m. 513 W. Main St., Boise. 345-6344. The Ranch Club: Wed: DJ Bonz, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3544 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. 378-7363. Reef: Fri: Gigglebomb, 10 p.m. Sat: Emily Tipton Band, 10 p.m., $5. 105 S. 6th St., Boise. 287-9200. Revolution Center: Mon: Deorro, Dirty Audio, 8 p.m., $20-$35. 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. 938-2933.

p.m. 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise. 658-1533. Tom Grainey’s: Fri: Soul Serene, 10 p.m. Sat: Encore (’80s night), 10 p.m. Tue: Blind Mice, 10 p.m. Wed: Gipsy Moon, 10 p.m. Thu: The Broken Outlaws, 10 p.m. 109 S. 6th St., Boise. 345-2505. Whiskey Jacques: Fri: Tony Holiday and The Velvetones, 9 p.m., $5. Sat: Tylor and The Train Robbers, 9 p.m., $5. 251 N. Main St., Ketchum. (208) 726-5297. WilliB’s: Fri: Funhouse, 7 p.m. Sat: Hecktor Pecktor, 7 p.m. Tue: all ages open mike, 7 p.m. 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. 3315666. Submit listings to Deadline is noon Monday before Friday publication.

Infamous for irritating Roseanne Barr on the TV show “Last Comic Standing,” Ben Kronberg is eccentric and funny. He headlines Liquid Laughs Jan. 19-22.


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Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel: Fri: Idaho Songwriters Association fundraiser with David Andrews, 7:30 p.m., $15-$20 online, $20-$25 door. Sat: Smooth Avenue, 7:30 p.m., $13-$18 online, $18-$23 door. Thu: Credenda, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15 online, $15-$20 door. 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. 343-1871. Sa-Wad-Dee Thai Restaurant: Wed: Michael Laky, 6-9 p.m. 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian. 8840701. Sockeye Grill & Brewery: Fri: Great Bait, 7 p.m. Tue: Elwood, 7

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Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato: Fri-Sat: Michael Laky, 6-9 p.m. 999 W. Main St., Boise. 342-4900.





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Rated: R for strong violence, language. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Alex Wolff, Michelle Monaghan. Director: Peter Berg. Running time: 133 minutes. Theaters: Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema.

Top movies (Last weekend’s gross/total take in millions.) 1. ‘’Hidden Figures,” ($22.8/ $25.8) 2. ‘’Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” ($22.1/$477.4) 3. ‘’Sing,” ($20.7/$214.5) 4. ‘’Underworld: Blood Wars,” ($13.7/$13.7) 5. ‘’La La Land,” ($10.1/$51.8) 6. ‘’Passengers,” ($8.8/$80.9) 7. ‘’Why Him?” ($6.9/$49.0) 8. ‘’Moana,” ($6.4/$225.4) 9. ‘’Fences,” ($4.8/$40.8) 10. ‘’Assassin’s Creed,” ($4.2/ $50.0)


Theater guide Boise

Country Club Reel, 4450 Overland Road, 377-2620 Edwards 9 Downtown, 760 Broad St., 338-3821 Edwards 21 & Imax, Overland and Cole, 377-9603, 377-9721 The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454 Flicks Movie Theatres & Video Shop, 646 Fulton St., 342-4222 Northgate Reel, 6950 W. State St., 377-2620 Overland Park Cinemas, Overland and Cole roads, 377-3072


Majestic 18 Cinemas, 2140 E. Cinema Drive, 888-2228 Village Cinema 15, 3711 E. Longwing Lane, 846-8463


Edwards 12 Cinemas, 1232 N. Galleria Drive, 466-4788 Edwards 14 Cinemas, 2001 N. Cassia St., 442-1655 Nampa Reel 6, 2104 Caldwell Blvd., 377-2620 Northern Lights Cinema Grill, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., No. 1111, 475-2999

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Mark Wahlberg, who knows all about Boston, in “Patriots Day.”


Tense ‘Patriots Day’ is bruising entertainment BY RAFER GUZMAN


Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers behind the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, could be exactly who president-elect Donald Trump and his supporters have in mind when they talk about registering, surveilling or banning Muslims. In “Patriots

Day,” Peter Berg’s film about the bombings, the Tsarnaev brothers go about their daily routine, watching television or eating cereal, while shoving nail-filled pressure cookers into backpacks. They lived among us but wanted to kill us. “Patriots Day” may strike some as unwelcome fuel on a smoldering political fire, but it doesn’t seem intended as such. Its

only goal is to provide the nail-biting tension and visceral thrills of an action-blockbuster, and it succeeds. That raises its own questions — should real-life tragedy serve as entertainment? — but there’s no question that “Patriots Day” does its job. It’s an intense, even bruising cinematic experience. Dorchester’s own Mark Wahlberg plays Boston

police Sgt. Tommy Saunders, a fictional but believable character whose sunny morning at the marathon turns into a bloody nightmare. The scenes of runners, spectators and children shredded by shrapnel are harrowing, but “Patriots Day” really kicks into gear when the manhunt begins. There’s stomachchurning suspense when the brothers hijack the car

of a young Chinese immigrant (Jimmy O. Yang), and a truly riveting shootout with local cops (one played by the great J.K. Simmons) that turns a quiet suburban street into a military-grade war zone. Berg, one of the film’s five writers, turns the Tsarnaev brothers into the film’s most interesting figures. The older Tamerlan (Themo Melikidze) is a frighteningly ruthless fanatic, but the younger Dzhokhar (Alex Wolff, a dead ringer in the role and subtly effective) is different. Even while planning mass murder, Dzhokhar is mostly thinking about rap music or texting his college buddies. Somehow, this poor, pitiable kid absorbed everything that’s great about America, except its values. “Patriots Day” does plenty of flag-waving and tear-jerking, but this is not an intentionally hateful or vengeful film. In the face of evil, “the only thing you can fight back with is love,” says Wahlberg’s Sgt. Saunders. It’s a hokey speech, and it feels tacked on as an afterthought, but it’s there.



Affleck wears one too Savage ‘Elle’ is a mysterious puzzle many hats in his latest BY COLIN COVERT

(Minneapolis) Star Tribune


With “Live By Night” there’s the sinking feeling that Ben Affleck should perhaps reconsider his tendency to star in the films he directs. He’s proved to be a gifted filmmaker, but the weaknesses in his oeuvre are more often than not his leading performances, which are usually the least interesting parts of his films. He seems to excel when working with a talented lead actor (his brother Casey, in “Gone Baby Gone,” for example) or when a director pushes him to give a complex performance (David Fincher in “Gone Girl”). In “Live By Night,” writer, director and star Affleck is wearing too many hats in this Prohibition-era gangster flick, and there’s the sense that maybe he was spread too thin, and therefore the story is spread too thin. As a director, he’s too enamored of his star to push the character of Joseph Coughlin, the gangster son of a Boston police captain (Brendan Gleeson), to the uncomfortable places that are demanded by this tale. Young bank robber Joe finds himself mixed up with the Irish and Italian mobs of Boston before he ultimately takes over the rum-running trade in Tampa on behalf of the Italian mob boss. Joe’s hell-bent on enacting

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tering eyes, Michele handles her attack with unnerving indifference. And why not? She’s familiar with depravity. The disturbing new video game her firm is developing resembles frenzied Asian tentacle smut, which she critiques with comments like, “The orgasmic seizures must be more exaggerated.” She’s a player of power games herself, by necessity. Before selling millennials the computer kinks they crave, she suffered unspeakable childhood abuse from her father, who is in prison for his crimes. Michele is a fluid, complex character, dry and sarcastic, aloof and cruel, empowered and dangerous, seductive and dismissive. “Elle”therefore is a mysterious puzzle, not mainly about whodunit plot points, but the far more titillating question of who people truly are and what they’re capable of.

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revenge on Irish boss Albert White (Robert Glenister), a former romantic rival, whom he blames for the death of their shared lady love, Irish immigrant flapper Emma (Sienna Miller). That vengeful fire is what drives him to seek more and more power in Tampa, partnering with a pair of Cuban siblings, one of whom he falls in love with (Zoe Saldana), driving out the Klan, and attempting to secure a hold on the gambling industry while wrestling with a cultural tide of religious conservatism. As a screenwriter, Affleck takes his source material from Dennis Lehane’s 2012 crime novel, and in the adaptation, it seems he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Instead of narrowing the focus, Affleck’s tries to stuff more and more in. There are fascinating elements of the story, including the racial tension and a tangle with a hypocritical KKK, but the film doesn’t sink deeply into one issue, merely skipping along the surface. One of the more compelling characters is Tampa police chief Irving




Figgis (Chris Cooper), a straight-arrow sheriff who looks the other way at bootlegging if the crooks follow his rules. His life intertwines tragically with Joe’s, the choices each man makes determining the other’s fate. Cooper is heartwrenching in his performance, one of the only affecting aspects of “Live By Night.” One wishes that their intimate dilemmas had been the real meat of the story.


When you think of movies that roar out of the starting gate with a brutal act of sexual violence, you don’t predict the victim will casually sweep up the debris from the attack, take a relaxing bubble bath and mention it in passing to her swank dinner companions before ordering. Then again, when you think of films made by that perverse, cynical provocateur Paul Verhoeven, you don’t expect a standardissue woman-in-peril potboiler, either. “Elle” is the latest from the maker of the sci-fi satires “Robocop,” “Total Recall” and “Starship Troopers,” the erotic mystery “Basic Instinct” and the wartime dramas “Soldier of Orange” and “Black Book.” It is as carnally explicit, blood-soaked, politically incorrect and lavish as his earlier works. The difference is that this free-flowing, amoral thrill ride is, above all, a woman’s picture. The eternally impressive Isabelle Huppert, who just won a Golden Globe for the portrayal, stars as Michele, the confident, prosperous and rather vain CEO of a French video game company. She’s being brutally raped at her luxurious home by a masked prowler literally the moment the movie begins. She doesn’t react in the way we expect. Much like her cat, which watches the attack with coldly glit-

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La La Land (PG-13) 1:30, 4:25, 7:00, 9:35 Manchester by the Sea (R) 1:45, 4:45, 7:30 Lion (PG-13) 2:00, 4:35, 7:05 Jackie (R) 9:30 Elle (R) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20





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Ciaran Hinds, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver star in “Silence.”

Scorsese wrestles with questions of faith BY MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN

The Washington Post

There’s a baptism scene in “Silence” that speaks volumes. Set in 17th century Japan, during a period of persecution of Christians by the ruling shogunate, the film centers on a Catholic Portuguese missionary (Andrew Garfield) who has been smuggled into the country, where he has

been taken in by peasant converts. As the Jesuit priest Rodrigues christens an impoverished Christian couple’s baby, the mother turns to the padre, as they call him, inquiring whether her baby is now in “paradise.” No, no, he corrects her, paradise is the reward that God prepares for the faithful in the afterlife. For many of that young mother’s fellow underground Christians —



The Accountant: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise. Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. R. Strong violence, language throughout. 128 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel, Overland Park.

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Rated: R for violence and torture. Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson. Director: Martin Scorsese. Running time: 161 minutes. Theaters: Edwards 21, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema.

Allied: In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Lizzy Caplan. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. R. Violence, some sexuality/nudity, language, brief drug use. 124 minutes. EE 1/2 Northern Lights.


prisoner by Inoue, the samurai-turned-inquisitor who runs the ruthless, often gruesome campaign of religious oppression. At the point that God speaks to Rodrigues, the Jesuit is being confronted with a conundrum, one that lends the film an urgency that it previously struggled to maintain. The conundrum is one that has nothing to do with Rodrigues’ decision whether to lay down his life, but with his reluctance to apostatize, even in the face of others’ deaths.

Arrival: A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. PG-13. Brief strong language. 116 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21, Nampa Reel, Northern Lights.

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Assassin’s Creed: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Michael K. Williams. Directed by Justin Kurzel. PG-13. Intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements, brief strong language. 108 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Village Cinema. The Bye Bye Man: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man;s most unspeakable acts. Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount and Cressida Bonas. Directed by Stacy Title. PG-13. Terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements, partial nudity, some language,

teen drinking. 96 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18. Deepwater Horizon: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson. Directed by Peter Berg. PG-13. Prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, brief strong language. 107 minutes. EEE 1/2 Northgate Reel. Doctor Strange: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Scott Derrickson. PG-13. Sci-fi violence and action throughout, an intense crash sequence. 130 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21, Nampa Reel, Northern Lights. Elle: R. Violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, language. 130 minutes. In subtitled French. Review, page 19. EEE Flicks. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell. Directed by David Yates. PG-13. Some fantasy action violence. 133 minutes. EEE Edwards 21, Majestic 18. Fences: An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Jovan Adepo. Directed by Denzel Washington. 138 minutes. EEE Edwards 21, Majestic 18. The Girl on the Train: A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation



Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. Starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh. Directed by Edward Zwick. PG-13. Sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements. 118 minutes. EE 1/2 Northgate Reel, Overland Park.

Loving: Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. Starring Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton and Will Dalton. Directed by Jeff Nichols. PG-13. Thematic elements. 123 minutes. EEE 1/2 Northgate Reel.

Last Man Club: A WW2 veteran destined for life in a retirement home escapes his difficult family situation and embarks on a cross country adventure to find the last remaining members of his B-17 bomber crew with the help of a beautiful accomplice. Starring James MacKrell, Kate French and William Morgan Sheppard. Directed by Bo Brinkman. PG-13. Some thematic elements, language. 95 minutes. No review. Country Club Reel.

The Magnificent Seven: Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves. Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. PG-13. Intense sequences of violence, smoking, some language, suggestive material. 132 minutes. EE 1/2 Nampa Reel, Northgate Reel, Overland Park.

Lion: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Starring Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar

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Jackie: Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. Starring Billy Crudup, John Hurt and Natalie Portman. Directed by Pablo Larrain. R. Brief strong violence, some language. 95 minutes. EEE Flicks.

La La Land: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Rosemarie DeWitt. Directed by Damien Chazelle. PG-13. Some profanity. 128 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Flicks, Majestic 18.


Live By Night: R. Strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity. 128 minutes. Review, page 19 EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema.


Hidden Figures: A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer. Directed by Theodore Melfi. PG. Thematic elements, some language. 126 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema.

and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Garth Davis. PG-13. Thematic material, some sensuality. 120 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Flicks.

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Hacksaw Ridge: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Starring Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer and Vince Vaughn. Directed by Mel Gibson. R. Intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images. 138 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21.

Keeping Up With the Joneses: A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fischer and Gal Gadot. Directed by Greg Mottola. PG-13. Sexual content, action/ violence, brief strong language. 101 minutes. EE Nampa Reel.


that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life. Starring Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Haley Bennett. Directed by Tate Taylor. R. Violence, sexual content, language, nudity. 112 minutes. EEE Country Club Reel.



Akgun. Directed by Hannes Holm. PG-13. Thematic content, some disturbing images, language. 116 minutes. In subtitled Swedish. EEE Northgate Reel. Manchester By the Sea: An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. R. Language, some sexual content. 137 minutes. EEEE Flicks, Majestic 18. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that

IDAHO STATESMAN spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers. Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Tim Burton. PG-13. Intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril. 127 minutes. EEE Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. Moana: A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island, joined by her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui. Voices of Auli'i Cravalho,

Moonlight: Chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Starring Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp and Duan Sanderson. Directed by Barry Jenkins. R. Some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, language throughout. 110 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21.


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A Monster Calls: A boy attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping to a fantastical world. Starring Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones. Directed by J.A. Bayona. PG-13. Some thematic content, scary images. 108 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Majestic 18. Monster Trucks: A high school senior discovers a creature who can act as the engine to his monster truck, allowing him to perform superhero feats. Starring Lucas Till, Jane Levy and Thomas Lennon. Directed by Chris Wedge. PG. 104 minutes. No review. Edwards 21 (2D, 3D), Edwards 9 (2D, 3D), Edwards 14 (2D, 3D), Edwards 12 (2D, 3D), Majestic 18, Village Cinema.


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Dwayne Johnson and Rachel House. Directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams. PG. Peril, some scary images, brief thematic elements. 113 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema.

Office Christmas Party: When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand. Starring Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will


Speck. R. Crude sexual content, graphic nudity, language, drug use. 105 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel.

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Passengers: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. Directed by Morten Tyldum. PG-13. Sexuality, nudity, action/peril. 116 minutes. EE Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Patriots Day: R. 133 minutes. Review, page 18 EEE Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Gareth Edwards. PG-13. Extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 133 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. The Secret Life of Pets: A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. Voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart. Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney. PG. Action, some rude humor. 90 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. Silence: R. 161 minutes. Review, page 20 EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 12,

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Sing: A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Taron Egerton. Directed by Garth Jennings. PG. Some rude humor, mild peril. 108 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Sleepless: A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son. Starring Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and Dermot Mulroney. Directed by Baran bo Odar. R. Strong violence, language. 95 minutes. No review. Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18. Storks: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. Voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown and Kelsey Grammar. Directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. PG. Mild action, some thematic elements. 89 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. Trolls: A troll princess and her companion, the one unhappy troll try to rescue her friends from being eaten by their nemeses. Voice of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell. PG. Some mild rude humor. 92 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel (2D, 3D), Northern Lights, Northgate Reel (2D, 3D), Overland Park. Underworld: Blood Wars: Vampire death dealer, Selene fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James and Tobias Menzies. Directed by Anna Foerster. R. Strong bloody violence, some sexuality. 91 minutes. E 1/2 Edwards 21 (2D, 3D), Edwards 9 (2D, 3D), Edwards 14 (2D, 3D),

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Edwards 12 (2D, 3D), Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Why Him?: A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter’s young rich boyfriend. Starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco and Zoey Deutch. Directed by John Hamburg. R. Strong language, sexual material throughout. 111 minutes. EE Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema.




RUSSIAN REALITY Russian producers are planning the ultimate survivors’ show – in the Siberian wilderness for nine months (temperatures as low as 40 below), with 30 contestants selected after signing liability waivers that protect the show even if someone is raped or murdered. (Police may come arrest the perpetrators, but the producers are not responsible for intervening.) The show (“Game2: Winter”) will be telecast live, around the clock, beginning July 2017 via 2,000 cameras placed in a large area full of bears and treacherous forest. The last-person-standing prize: the equivalent of $1.6 million.

by the late rapper Tupac Shakur — likely resulting in the very first appearance of certain words in any Christmas service publication anywhere. A Officials of the Ulm Minster in Ulm, Germany, the world’s tallest church (530 feet high), said in October that they fear it might eventually be brought down — by visitors who make the long trek up with a full bladder and no place to relieve themselves except in dark alcoves, thus eroding the structure’s sandstone. A building preservation representative also cited vomit in the alcoves, perhaps as a result of the dizzying height of the view from the top. (News of the Weird has

reported on erosion damage to a bridge, from spitting, in Mumbai, India, and at the Taj Mahal, from bug droppings.) A Undignified Deaths: (1) A 24-year-old woman who worked at a confectionary factory in Fedortsovo, Russia, was killed in December when she fell into a vat of chocolate. (Some witnesses said she was pouring flour when she fell; others say she fell while trying to retrieve her dropped cellphone.) (2) A 24-year-old man was decapitated in London in August when he leaned too far out the window of one train and struck an extension on a passing train. Next to the window he leaned from was a sign


warning people not to stick their heads out. A NEWS OF THE WEIRD CLASSIC (FEBRUARY 2013) In November (2012), Tokyo’s Kenichi Ito, 29, bested his own Guinness World Record by a full second (down to 17.47 seconds) in the 100-meter dash — “running” on all fours. Ito runs like a Patas monkey, which he has long admired and which (along with his self-described monkey-like face) inspired him nine years ago to take up “four-legged” running. He reported trouble only once, when he went to the mountains to train and was shot at by a hunter who mistook him for a boar.

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ROUNDUP FROM THE WORLD’S PRESS A Gazing Upon Nature as Nature Calls: To serve restroom users in China’s picturesque Shiyan Lake area, architects gave users in toilet cubicles a view of the forest through ceilingto-floor windows. To discourage sightseers who believe the better view is not from the cubicles but into them, the bottom portion, up to the level of the toilet, is frosted — though that stratagem probably blurs only a pair of legs, seated. A Prosecutors in Darlington, England, obviously take child “cruelty” seriously because Gary McKenzie, 22, was hauled into court in October on four charges against a boy that included passing gas in the boy’s face. The charge was described as

“in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health.” A World-class chess players are famous for intense powers of concentration, but a chess journal reported in October that top-flight female players have actually been disqualified from matches for showing too much cleavage as they play, thus distracting their opponent (according to Ms. Sava Stoisavljevic, head of the European Chess Union). In fact, the Women’s World Chess Championship, scheduled for February, has decreed that, since the matches will be held in Tehran, all contestants must wear hijabs (leading a U.S. champion to boycott). A Martin Shkreli became the Wall Street bad boy in 2015 when his company Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the right to market the lifesaving drug Daraprim and promptly raised its typical price of $18 a pill to $750, but in November, high schoolers

in the chemistry lab at Sydney Grammar in Australia created a molecular knockoff of Daraprim for about $2 a tablet. A With car-camel collisions increasing in Iran’s two southern provinces, an Iranian government ministry is in the process of issuing identification cards to each camel, supposedly leading to outerwear license “plates” on each of the animals. Authorities told the Islamic Republic News Agency the registration numbers are needed if an accident victim needs to report the camel or to help trace smugglers. (No actual U.S.-style license plates on camels have yet made the world’s news photographs.) A Oops! Organizers of the Christmas Day caroling program at the Nelum Pokuna theater in Colombo, Sri Lanka, drawing thousands of devout celebrants, were apparently confused by one song title and innocently included it in the book for the carolers. (No, it wasn’t “Inna Gadda Da Vida” from a famous “Simpsons” episode.) It was “Hail Mary”

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