Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The busy citydesk

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 4:00 AM

citydesk correspondents have been dogging the FCC, Idaho Congressional Candidates from the First District and ballot stuffing (in a good way). Get citydesk updates via email too!
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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Office

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

BW's office, that is.

First things first, thank you to all who joined us last Saturday to celebrate the Best of Boise at Knitting Factory. All 550 of you. Big thanks to our sponsors and clients who donated prizes, without whom rockstar emcee Tim Johnstone wouldn't have been able to give away so much sick schwag.

Thank you smackers also go out to DJ Art Hodge for the party tunes, cover band The Need for dancing music, the Treasure Valley Roller Girls for keeping the crowd excited, the slam poets and of course, to our hosts Knitting Factory Concert House who were indubitably hospitable.

But the party is over and it's back to work for us. Today we welcome two new members to our sales team, Joe Dewey and Tom Thompson. Dewey is well-known for his stint as the proprietor of wine bar Mosaic and Thompson joins BW from Embroidered Images. Both former advertising clients with BW, we look forward to seeing what their experience on the other side of the sale can do for our sales department.

And with all that good news comes something a bit more bittersweet. Nancy Spittle, longtime ad director with BW, announced her departure from our happy family last week. She's leaving BW in search of new adventures and although we're suffering a good deal of separation anxiety here, we wish her the best of luck.

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Best Italian Restaurant

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

If you've been looking for this year's Best of Boise winner for Best Italian Restaurant, you won't find it in this year's issue.

What you will find is another chance to vote. Due to a glitch in this year's voting process, readers were unable to vote for the restaurant they thought best cooked it up Italian style. Since last week, readers have been e-mailing their votes and the competition is yielding some interesting results.

Want to have your say? E-mail editor@boiseweekly.com.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Sarah Silverman" second season re-starts soon

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 11:24 AM

The first season of the Sarah Silverman Program was possibly an introduction for many to Silverman. A thin, youngish woman, Silverman (played by Silverman) displays the worldliness of a 9-year-old, the narcissism of Paris Hilton and the mouth of a sailor. Season two of the Comedy Central series continues Wednesday, Oct. 8 with two premieres: "High, It's Sarah" in which Sarah tries marijuana for the first time and discovers that pot highs can lead to deep lows--and the kidnapping of a captain of industry (played by guest star Garry Marshall); and in the second premiere, "The Mongolian Beef," Sarah learns that a longtime family prejudice against Mongolians may be short-sighted.

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Brian Posehn and Steve Agee--who play Brian and Steve, respectively--are back as Sarah's "big, gay, orange neighbors," Laura Silverman (played by Laura Silverman) returns as Sarah's sweet, long-suffering sibling who is often responsible for bailing her sister out when Sarah's right/wrong switch is in the OFF position.
If Strangers With Candy and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a baby and it was adopted by the kids of South Park, the result might be The Sarah Silverman Program.

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(The second season of "The Sarah Silverman Program." continues on Comedy Central Wed., Oct. 8 and Thurs., Oct. 9; season two, volume one is available on DVD Tues., Oct. 14.)

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Build-a-Trail

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 4:00 AM

REI holds a Boise Service Project on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.

Celebrate National Public Lands day with other hikers and bikers and REI, Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park Association, Ada County Parks and Waterways, Ridge to Rivers, Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association 94.9 the River, building trails, creating a cycling jump park and removing fencing at the Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park. Registration is required, so contact Sylvia Cooper at sycoope@rei.com to participate.

Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park, N. Horseshoe Bend Rd. for more information call 208-322-1141 ext.208 or visit idahovelopark.org.M

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Greater Tuna Review Online

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Due to space restrictions in today’s BOB issue, we were unable to run a review of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s final play of the season, Greater Tuna. In a rare web exclusive, the full review of the Fool Squad's rendition of this two-man play is now available online.

Go check out Tom Willmorth and Joe Conley Golden play 20 eccentric characters from the fictional small town of Tuna, Texas before the curtain falls this Saturday, Sept. 27.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

t-minus 90 minutes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Just digging myself out from under a mound of work we call BOB at the office. Best of Boise

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hits the Web in about 90 minutes and the fun begins.

This year is a big one. All candidates were write-ins (no drop-down menus) and nominees were required to be local. Despite the latter rule, which was instated this year, a number of people still managed to log a vote for Barnes & Noble as best local bookstore and Dillard's as best shoe store.

Maybe by this time next year the "local" vs. "non-local" debate brewing in certain circles will have seeped out into other circles where people don't currently get the difference.

I reported on the growing local movement in last week's main feature and as I chipped away at the research, I was surprised how many people were unaware of buy local movements. Now that my byline appears infrequently in BW, I'm often asked if I'm working on any stories and what they are. More than once recently I answered those inquiries with the framework of Think Boise First and other nationwide local first campaigns and was met with a look that was simultaneously confusion and enlightenment.

Something tells me I'll be explaining this more than once tomorrow as the BOB calls start coming in ...

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"The Count"

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Each week in Food News, Boise Weekly has been publishing the results of a little contest hosted by Chef Jon Mortimer's Eagle restaurant Franco Latino.

Here's the idea: one drink, two names. Rather than order-by-number, the idea is that the imbiber orders by presidential candidate. More specifically, the candidate for whom the drinker intends to vote come November.

For example, if Obama was your man, you'd order a Barackatini, but if McCain had your vote, you'd order a McCainapolitan. After delivering up your ice-cold orange flavored martini, the bartender chalks one up for you candidate of choice.

Since the informal polling began Sept. 5, the results as posted every Wednesday in Food News have been:

Week 1: 17 to 4, Barack Obama

Week 2: 27 to 17, still Obama

This week is Week 3, but due to Best of Boise (which sucks up so much space, there's no room for Food News), we're going to deliver the count a little early.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 23, Obama is still ahead. The official count is 40 to 22, Barackatini. Here's two interesting tidbits: Shara Mortimer told BW three self-described independents ordered up Barackatinis and a few Republican customers at Franco Latino have declared their intention to vote for their party's nominee, however, they don't back him enough to buy a drink named after him. Things that make you go hmm...

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

BW closed Monday, Sept. 22

Posted By on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The powers that be at Boise Weekly have granted BW staffers a day of rest after getting our annual Best of Boise off to the press. The office will be closed Monday, Sept. 22 but we'll be back on Tuesday, Sept. 23. And don't forget to join us at 7 p.m. at the Knitting Factory on Saturday, Sept. 27 for our annual Best of Boise party. DJ Art Hodge and The Need will provide the tunes and it's FREE and open to the public (no-host bar). Come hang out with the BW crew and celebrate what makes Boise great.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Changes for Statesman

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 4:00 AM

In the wake of the announcement that The Idaho Statesman will be laying off an additional 15 employees, including six from the newsroom, publisher Mi-Ai Parrish said readers can expect to see changes in the daily paper.

“We’re still figuring out what that’s going to look like for readers,” she told BW, adding Statesman management has been talking to readers and employees for months to determine the direction the paper should take.

In the meantime, six newsroom employees including two reporters will be leaving the ranks, forcing the restructuring of the way news is covered.

“The newsroom is working hard together to figure out a plan going forward to be as smart as possible for our readers,” Parrish said. “I’m really proud of the way they’ve pulled together.

“This is a difficult time, but not impossible.”

The cuts come after the Statesman’s parent company, McClatchy, ordered a company-wide reduction in staff as cost-cutting measures continue for the embattled media company. The Statesman has already announced that 22 production employees will be laid off early next year when printing of the paper moves to the Press-Tribune plant in Nampa.

Readers have been seeing the change in the paper for months as several veteran reporters have left—leaving vacancies that were never filled—and even photographers have begun filing stories.

“It’s part of us being as smart as possible with the resources that we have,” Parrish said.

Reporters cut from the newsroom will be leaving within the next few weeks, joined by employees from advertising and circulation.

“We’re losing talented, valued employees,” she said.

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