Wednesday, November 26, 2008

For just the price of a smile...

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Chef Roland of Chef Roland's Cajun Cuisine and BBQ is serving up turkey, ham and stuffing on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1221 W. Boise Ave., 208-344-4387.

The Emerald Club offers a Thanksgiving meal for all ages from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 415 S. Ninth St., emeraldclubboise.

Cazba—along with Bittercreek and Red Feather—hosts Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 211 N. Eighth St. Volunteers and turkey donations appreciated. Call 208-381-0222 for more information.

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You do not want to drop this on your foot

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Readying for the Nov. 29 opening of the Jun Kaneko exhibition was no simple task for the BAM staff.

Jun Kaneko - Untitled, Head - 1995 - glazed ceramics - On loan from KANEKO Collection - PHOTO COURTESY OF BOISE ART MUSEUM

The exhibition includes a number of Kaneko's paintings, which in themselves are quite large, and several of his ceramic sculptures, pieces for which the word "big" does not even begin to describe.

Jun Kaneko - Untitled, Head - 1995 - glazed ceramics - On loan from KANEKO Collection - PHOTO COURTESY OF BOISE ART MUSEUM

Armed with directions from Kaneko's studio, the highly skilled staff worked slowly and deliberately to perfectly place Kaneko's massive "dangos, chunks, constructions," and this 6-foot-tall sublime ceramic head.

Jun Kaneko - Untitled, Head - 1995 - glazed ceramics - On loan from KANEKO Collection - PHOTO COURTESY OF BOISE ART MUSEUM
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Something About Death Cab for Cutie

Posted By on Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 5:49 PM

When Seattle-based label Barsuk signed Death Cab for Cutie, both entities were young, fresh, innovative, original and exciting. In the 10 years since DCfC's debut release, Something About Airplanes, both band and business have aged, but in graceful ways exclusive to a fortunate few. Something About Airplanes was an important album for band, label and fans for sure, but also in that it was instrumental in giving voice to a sound that would become so identifiable with the Pacific Northwest.



Tomorrow, a limited deluxe edition reissue of Something About Airplanes will be available nationally. The reissue of Something is neither a maudlin nostalgic grasp at glory long gone nor is it just some cleverly timed holiday gimmick. With the inclusion of a "recently unearthed recording of the band's first ever Seattle show" at the Crocodile Cafe (supporting another essential Seattle band, Harvey Danger) new artwork and an essay by HD's Sean Nelson, the album is a comprehensive introduction for those not familiar with DCfC and a beautiful blue reminder of how it felt to hear them for the first time.

For more info, visit Barsuk online.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Gain One, Lose One

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 12:27 PM

News editor Nathaniel Hoffman and I took a jaunt across downtown last night to check out the grand opening of Boise's new North Face store. The big-box retailer has set up shop on the corner of Eighth and Idaho streets in the Mode Building, which has been extensively remodeled to accommodate the new store.

As we worked the crowd and took in a talk from mountaineer Pete Athans, who's climbed Mt. Everest seven times, I couldn't help but have a laugh over the fact that my "who's who of Boise" event for the week was a North Face opening.

While there, I had a chance to check out Jason Crawforth's new iTunes application. Crawforth, who owns Pie Hole and Lush, is selling his iMakeDecisions through the iTunes store, and it's a pretty cool little $1.99 application. Check it out and support a local entrepreneur.

The worst news to come out the evening was the Tacabi is closing. The Japanese restaurant on Eighth Street will serve its last meal Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Downtown Restaurant Will Shutter Nov. 30

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Tacabi Asian Grill and Sushi Lounge has announced its closure at the end of the month.

The story from owner Carlos Tijerina is one Boise has heard time and again in recent months as area businesses close up shop.

Tijerina cites the slower economy, saying "now is a good time to make a good decision to concentrate on the other two restaurants." Tijerina is one of three owners of the Mai Thai restaurant group, which includes Mai Thai locations downtown and in Eagle.

"We want to thank the Boise community for supporting us," added Tijerina.

Tacabi will serve its final meal Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Well, we've been called worse

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

For Halloween this year, KIDO 630AM radio host, Jon Duane, spent some time with friend and former foreign exchange student, Dorian Kiri.

Kiri had Duane in stitches with his costume entitled "Neurolux hipster" in which an issue of Boise Weekly was prominently featured.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

BIG new exhibit at BAM

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00 AM

A behind-the-scenes visit to BAM this morning showed museum staff uncrating one of Jun Kaneko's ceramic Dangos, large-scale ceramic pieces. The piece weighs 900 pounds and took no less than seven staff members to uncrate, lift and place it—with specific instructions from Kaneko's studio—curator Sandy Harthorn making sure it was perfectly situated on the metal plate on which it will rest.

Another work of note is the breathlessly blue Head, a 6-foot tall face in repose which is incredible in photos, but even more imposing in person.

Unbelievably, the huge piece will sit on a several-foot high table in the main entrance to the gallery. See it for yourself.

To read more about Kaneko, click here: Idaho Arts Quarterly.

670 Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330, www.boiseartmuseum.org

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Under the Influence ... of Frozen Water

Posted on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Teton Gravity Research took advantage of the record-breaking snowfall last season to produce its latest 16mm/HD ski and snowboard film: Under the Influence. Get ready to ride and check out how the world’s best skiers and snowboarders have their fun every winter.

7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., $8 advance through the Outdoor Program, $10 door, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

One Day Left

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 4:00 AM

That's right, you've got just one more day to get in your entries for the annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 and Bad Cartoon contests.

All entries for both contests are due no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Fiction 101 entries must be 101 words (not including the title) and can be about any topic—but please, no poetry. There's a $10 per entry fee for this one, and the money goes to the winners.

Bad Cartoon is free, but please include your name on the back of your entry.

All entries can be dropped off at the BW offices at 523 Broad St. in downtown Boise.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Art for Money's Sake and Art's Sake

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Last Tuesday publisher Sally Freeman and I gave a talk at the Idaho State Historical Museum to the Friends of the Museum. I chatted about the history of alt journalism and Sally gave an overview of the cover auction.

Incidentally, we spoke in the room where the auction was to take place the day following our talk, and the entirety of last year's cover work was on display.

For seven years running, Boise Weekly has solicited submissions from local artists to publish on our cover every week. Each week's chosen artists receives $150 and a $25 gift certificate to Boise Blue to replenish supplies. Every November, we auction off the year's worth of covers, and proceeds go to support the arts. Over the years, we've supported organizations providing children's arts education. In 2006, we funded the creation of a public work of art, and last year, we created a private grant.

This year's auction, last Wednesday night, raked in nearly $13,000, a sum with which we were pleasantly surprised given the current state of the economy. In total, BW has raised more than $78,000 for the arts since starting the auction in 2002.

One of the things Sally and I shared with those who were at Tuesday's talk is the fact that Boise Weekly is the only alt newsweekly of its kind in the country that gives up its cover space this way. In an industry in which it's standard to use the cover to promote the stories inside, handing over prime front page space to a local artist is seen by some as a completely wasted opportunity for promotion. And perhaps in other markets, it would be.

In Boise, however, it's difficult to argue that a $12,000-infusion into the arts is a missed opportunity.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support BW's Annual Cover Auction every year. Thank you for helping to make this year a success despite seemingly chaotic financial times. And thanks to you artists, who continue to bring us your work and make the auction possible.

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