Monday, August 31, 2009

Pics from yesterday's Curb Cup

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Boise's inaugural Curb Cup drew thousands of people downtown yesterday. No joke, thousands. I snapped a couple of videos and photos in between the people bottlenecks. Everyone was eligible to perform and more than 150 performance artists, musicians, dancers, actors, magicians and more put on a show, and the crowd was invited to vote for its favorite performers with coins. The idea is that every participant would get three coins, which they could toss into their favorite performers' coin collection box. However, a larger than anticipated crowd meant a bit of a shortage on coins.

Or, if you were like me and you started at Bannock and Eighth, the idea of getting coins in BODO and making it back through the gauntlet to vote was too much crowd time. Personally, I dug the event and didn't feel at all like I missed out for not voting.

Coins or not, one vote was certainly heard loud and clear: Boise loves the Curb Cup.

UPDATE via Nathaniel Hoffman:
BW News Editor visited the Statesman chill tent and made the slide show, with only a minor mischaracterization of his comments. The IDT number he referenced to reporter Kathleen Kreller, who thought it was weird to interview the competition, was “erotic” not “exotic.” Perhaps a misunderestimation on the reporter’s part. And the best juxtaposition of the event, to use Kreller’s term: the Statesman’s Astro Turf lawn. Hoffman’s Astro turf comment must have made the cutting room floor.

The Robot Magician had a permanent audience.
  • The Robot Magician had a permanent audience.

Kid comedian Trevor Hattabaugh rapping.
  • Kid comedian Trevor Hattabaugh rapping.

Let's hope this guy had on some serious SPF50 for those places not so used to seeing the sun.
  • Let's hope this guy had on some serious SPF50 for those places not so used to seeing the sun.

Two of Curb Cups younger musicians.
  • Two of Curb Cup's younger musicians.

River City Entertainment with a dose of off the wall.
  • River City Entertainment with a dose of off the wall.

Burlesque-esque show Eclecktic-Ka on one side of the street ...
  • Burlesque-esque show Eclecktic-Ka on one side of the street ...

... bagpipers on the other side.
  • ... bagpipers on the other side.

My only gripe: recycling containers MIA.
  • My only gripe: recycling containers MIA.

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Rec Overflow

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 5:30 PM

My inbox isn't as overflowing as A&E Editor Amy Atkin's, but I still get my share of announcements. I usually don't have the space in print each of them deserves, so here are a few standouts that deserve a little more attention.

Hike, Hike, Hike

While summer has the distinct feel of winding down, the Idaho Conservation League is fighting to keep it alive with two more hikes as part of its summer hiking series.

First, spend Labor Day weekend in the Trinity Mountains with a camp out on Friday, Sept. 4, at Anderson Lake Reservoir, and a long day hike to Trinity and Rainbow Lakes on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Then, head to McCall on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, for hiking along Lake Fork Creek to Maki and Snowslide lakes.

Events are free for members, and membership costs $15 per year. Preregistration is required. Call 208-345-6933 ext. 14 or visit idahoconservation.org.

Run, Run, Run

It’s been a long time since Title Nine was needed to guarantee girls would have equal access to school sports. Now, groups like Girls on the Run Idaho are dedicated to getting more girls to participate in athletics, and in the process, learn self confidence, a healthy body image and find some new mentors.

The organization is looking for volunteers to run its 10-week fall program at locations across the Treasure Valley. The after school program is open to girls in third through fifth grades. By the end of the program, participants will be able to complete a 5K run/walk.

Coaches don’t have to be runners, but they do have to be committed to the program and helping the girls. Volunteers must attend a one-time training and be on site for the two sessions each week, which meet for 60 to 90 minutes.

Sessions will be held a the Nampa Rec Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Trail Wind Elementary in East Boise on Mondays and Thursdays, Teed Elementary in Kuna on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Middleton Heights Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Days have yet to be announced for sessions at Washington Elementary in North Boise and Star Elementary.

Check out gotr.org for more info, or call Melissa Bixby at 208-388-4687 or info@gotr.org.

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Surprising recyclables

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Re-Nest.com, the green arm of uber popular design blog ApartmentTherapy.com, compiled a list of things that we all think should be recycled but, because we assume they can't be, end up as one more topographical bump in the landfill. As a relatively new recycling convert—and a relatively fervent one—I'm happy that I don't have to stop buying potato chips because I feel guilty about the packaging (the guilt over the calories is another issue).

And it's not even just that the items can be recycled. The author was good enough to include how and where to drop off—or send, in some cases—your recyclables.

Put a cork in all that waste.
The heretofore trashcan fillers are wine corks, packing peanuts, Tyvek envelopes, CDs, DVDs, jewel cases, audio and video tapes, pagers, PDAs, ink/toner cartridge, batteries, potato chip bags and other foil packaging, phone books, fluorescent light bulbs, carpets and rugs, old medicine (in some states), paper towels (if you live in Canada).

Not everything can be recycled everywhere, natch, but check the list to see if you have anything on it that can be repurposed. As for me, I have to run to the store. I need to pick up some barbecue chips.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

TMP at Sun Valley Pavilion: A western and a world premiere

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 6:40 PM

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On Friday night, Boise-based Trey McIntyre Project performed the second of a two-night run at the outdoor Sun Valley Pavilion. It was the company’s first time performing there—and the first dance program at the amphitheater. The combination of dance and al fresco environment was stunning and hopefully set the stage for more of the same for both the Pavilion and TMP.

The program opened with Ma Maison, which premiered last year; followed by (serious), which premiered in February of this year; followed by the world premieres of Shape; and then closed with the western premieres of The Sun Road, a multimedia production McIntyre created for the Wolf Trap Foundation in Glacier National Park, Montana.

The 1,500-seat Pavilion—housed in the Sun Valley Lodge’s village of hotel accommodations and high-end shopping—provides for an experience somewhere between the Morrison Center and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. A huge fabric canopy shuts out the sky, but stops short of enclosing the tiered seating, exposing audiences and productions to the whims of Mother Nature’s contributions. The sundresses and shorts so appropriate earlier in the day were hidden under sweatshirts and wraps and several ticketholders juggled blankets and sweaters with their plastic glasses of wine and beer. Moths flitted across the stage in search of the source of the bright stage lights and the smell of brisk mountain air filled one of the five senses not often experienced when attending a dance performance.

A handful of technical glitches also made their debuts during the show, giving it a you-should-have-been-there feeling. Afterwards, snippets of “Did you see that flashlight?” and “I don’t think that song started on time,” buzzed through the departing crowds, parts of a unique experience to add to the stories when they talk about their night. And after seeing Shape (with music by Goldfrapp and the Polyphonic Spree), and The Sun Road (with music by Paul Simon, Native American drums and singing courtesy of Young Grey Horse and Nina Simone), they will talk about it.

As Shape opened, several of the roughly 800 attendees at Friday night’s performance gasped when the lights came up on TMP newcomer Lauren Edson standing in a flesh-tone T-shirt stretched to capacity by two huge, overfilled red balloons stuffed down the front.
Company artistic director Trey McIntyre said the idea for the seven-minute dance found purchase in the lyrics of a solemn Goldfrapp song, which opens the piece.

"I had really fallen in love with the song ‘Clowns’. It’s so weird; I don’t really listen to lyrics, I’m not interested in that. I’m more into the sounds and the emotion of the singer. But somehow, I became fascinated with [the song]. The lyrics, to me, are about someone talking someone else out of breast implants. I started thinking about that: ‘Only clowns / would play with those balloons. / … What do you want to look like Barbie for?’”

The image of the Barbie shape began to crystallize in McIntyre’s mind, an absurd shape that in no way conforms to a typical dancer’s figure. That absurdity was also reflected in the other two members of the trio, returning dancers Dylan G-Bowley and Annali Rose. G-Bowley—whose performances showed a new strength and sense of confidence not as readily apparent last season—had a red balloon attached to his head, and Rose performed with one stuck to the palm of each hand. The images elicited bursts of self-conscious laughter from the audience.

“What I really loved about it was that people let out their initial reaction. They woo-hooed and laughed and then it’s over with 20 seconds into it,” McIntyre said. “They accept the premise and go with it. There’s something liberating about it. I find [that dance] to be joyful and kind of loving as well.


Finishing out the cool August evening was the second night of the western premiere of The Sun Road with segments of live dance interspersed with film clips. On screen, the dichotomy of Chanel DaSilva, resplendent in a long, full red dress and G-Bowley, Jason Hartley, Brett Perry and John Michael Schert in formal tuxes with red cummerbunds as they danced through snow, forested areas and pebbles at the bank of a river was not lost on viewers. The dancers both exemplified and were dwarfed by the majesty of their surroundings.

McIntyre was tasked with creating a dance about the park, specifically, about the changing landscapes as the glaciers for which it’s named disappear. He said the beauty of Glacier was so seductive, but he soon found the story was more than just about that one park and more about how human beings change their natural world each time they take a step. And he found a voice as a filmmaker and another medium by which he can express his vision.

“To me, it’s such a different way of thinking about movement, film versus live,” McIntyre said. “It’s like it’s a different form to me … I could be much more improvisational with the dancers when creating the film, so I could talk about what the impact is we were trying to get at and give them a framework and then give them a lot of freedom with it.”

McIntyre had never seen an integration of film and live dance that he liked because he looks at dance and film in such different ways. As a choreographer and artistic director, he had shied away from combining those mediums. This commission, however, forced him to consider how they would relate to each other and he said he really enjoyed the process and will employ it again in the future.

The company begins touring early next month but will return to perform in Boise on October 17. Visit treymcintyre.com for more information.

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Wired Takes on Craigslist

Posted By on Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Researching my recent feature on bartering in Boise, I’ve had to log a considerable number of hours scrolling through the monotony that is Craigslist’s sea of endless blue text. But, not once did I think, “Man, why hasn’t somebody come out with a better Craigslist?”

Well, Wired journalist Gary Wolf did. And he took the question to the man himself, San Francisco’s Craig Newmark. What resulted is a can’t-peel-your-eyes-off-the-page portrait that asks some tough questions of a man whose business has had marked effects on everything from the collapse of newspaper classified sales to the accessibility of prostitution. Though the self-described “Forrest Gump of the Internet" at times comes off as a jerk, giving vague, monosyllabic retorts to Wolf’s prodding questioning, at others, he seems adorably dorky. Wolf observes:

“When [Newmark] talks, he calls upon a repertoire of conversational gambits he has been collecting forever, and he has a selection of sound effects on his mobile phone, such as a cymbal crash, that he can trigger to make it clear he is joking.”

Or this other gem:

“On our way out of the cafe, I step aside to let Newmark go ahead, and he walks face-first into the plate glass door.”

But Newmark’s awkward nerdiness aside, Wolf’s piece raises some much needed questions about a site that claims to espouse democratic ideals and champion the inherent goodness of people, but at the same time steadfastly resists change and development at every turn.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

From the congested e-mail inbox of the A&E editor: Nirvana

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 4:54 PM

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In November, Universal will release a CD, a DVD and two LPs (available together or individually) of Nirvana's historic headlining concert in August of 1997 at England's Reading Festival during which the group played the songs from Nevermind, an album that would help define an entire music genre and many of its listeners.

The video has been color corrected and the audio sourced from masters for clean, clear viewing and listening. For fans, it's important to note that only two of the 25 performances on the DVD have ever been released before. The songs on the DVD are as follows:

1. Breed
2. Drain You
3. Aneurysm
4. School
5. Sliver
6. In Bloom
7. Come As You Are
8. Lithium
9. About A Girl
10. tourette's
11. Polly
12. Lounge Act
13. Smells Like Teen Spirit
14. On A Plain
15. Negative Creep
16. Been A Son
17. All Apologies
18. Blew
19. Dumb
20. Stay Away
21. Spank Thru
22. Love Buzz*
23. The Money Will Roll Right In
24. D-7
25. Territorial Pissings

Check your favorite local record store in November if you're interested in a copy. Even if they don't carry it, I'm sure they can help you order it.

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Starbucks ditches the corporate logo

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 3:47 PM

A rose by any other name still isn't so sweet for some.

Starbucks recently opened a new store in Seattle, and while that alone isn't big news in the city of residence for the coffee giant's corporate seat, what is news is that the new store doesn't bear the Starbucks logo.

Called 15 Ave. Coffee & Tea, it certainly looks (from our Boise standpoint, anyway) that the new store has gone to lengths to prevent being identified with Starbucks.

Have a look at the homepage for 15th Ave. Coffee & Tea. Doesn't look much like a Starbucks, does it?

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Well, surely, it must say in the "About" section that it's a Starbucks, right?

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Or not. According to a story in the Seattle Times last month, Starbucks employees staked out local coffee shops to take notes and see what worked. The addition of beer and wine, as well as local music are some of the new additions to the Starbucks formula ... well, the new local approach in Starbucks' formula.

The denial goes both ways, however. Not only does 15th Ave. Coffee and Tea not claim to be a Starbucks store on its Web site, but the store locator at starbucks.com doesn't claim it either.

Sure, the argument can be made that there is no truly local coffee—at least not in the United States anyhow—but this kind of "de-branding" of an internationally recognized product sure gets straight to the heart of the ol' local-washing debate, doesn't it?

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The Short (Long) List of What to Do This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 8:03 AM

If you can't find something to do this weekend, you're not trying hard enough.

Boiseweekly.com is packed with information on cool shit to do, but to save you the time of digging around to find it, I took the liberty of compiling a rather lengthy short list of stuff you can do in Boise over the next three days.

TODAY, FRIDAY
• Music: Homegrown musician Marcus Eaton plays the Linen Building with two bandmates as the Marcus Eaton Trio.
• Film: Friday is certainly the day for new movies. Whether your thing is art house films or those at the megaplex, check out this list of movies that opened today at Edwards 9, Edwards 21 and Northgate. But wait, here's the strangest one of all: The Not So Great Sasquatch Hunt filmed locally plays the Egyptian tonight.
• Arts: Trey McIntyre Project is performing a world premiere and an Idaho premiere in Sun Valley. Last night was the first show, and tickets are still available for tonight's show if you want to duck out of work early and head to Ketchum.
• Family: The fair is still running. You have until Sunday.


TOMORROW, SATURDAY
• Music: Seattle-based Red Jacket Mine takes the stage at Visual Arts Collective.
• Rec: Kokanee Outdoor Day in Idaho City is for the whole family. Gold panning, music, beer.
• Saturday Market: Get your fresh produce and flowers, get your crepe on and check out the wares of local artists. And soon, Boise's Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday markets will accept food stamps.

SUNDAY
• Food: Locavore Express on Thunder Mountain Line sold out earlier this week, but at least one friend of mine has canceled a ticket because she had no one to go with. Maybe, just maybe, with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of karmic points in the bank, you might be able to score an errant ticket out there somewhere. Check with Thunder Mountain Line for canceled tickets or try Twitter and Facebook.
• Culture: The first-ever Curb Cup looks super cool if you ask us. Dozens of artists take to Eighth Street to perform from Bannock to BODO. The crowd gets coins with which to vote for their favorite performer and the artist with the most coins at the end of the day wins the cup.

Also, based on feedback we received from readers, we've tweaked our online calendar just a hair. Now, when you're searching for events, recurring events appear last and day-specific events appear at the top of the list. It's a MUCH improved system. Check it out for further details of any of the events listed above.

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Cocktail Compass Cometh

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 7:55 AM

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Any minute now—literally—the iTunes App Store will be adding a shiny new app to its roster that's Boise and booze specific.

It's called Cocktail Compass and it's an app exclusive to the cross section of Boise's readers who 1. have an iPhone and 2. have a thirst for happy hour.

Modeled after Cocktail Compasses in Seattle and Portland developed by alt-weeklies The Stranger and The Mercury, Boise Weekly put together the most definitive and comprehensive list of bars and happy hours in the valley.

Download the FREE app. Scroll through the alphabetical list to find your favorite bar or tell the app to find the bar nearest to you. The app will tell you exactly how long you have left before happy hour is over at every bar in town with a happy hour. It'll also tell you just what the happy hour dealy-o is so that you can find the deal best suited to your budget and your favorite drinks. Want to play pool or shuffleboard? Cocktail Compass also includes info on extras at every bar so you know if the joint is smoking or non-smoking, has a WiFi connection, charges a cover, offers live music, has games and TVs or serves food.

iTunes will be launching Boise's version literally any minute over the next few days. As soon as it goes live we'll let you know.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Schnauzer Snuggie

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Have you been wanting to throw Senor Poopglitter into your pooch purse and drag him along to the next Snuggie Pub Crawl but can’t stand the thought of your lush little pal catching a chill? Well the Counts of Comfort and the Dukes of Dumbcrap recently got together and decreed that another Snuggie should walk the face of this chilly Earth—the Snuggie For Dogs.

“Unlike traditional dog sweaters you have to force over your dog’s head and stuff their legs into tight little sleeves,” says the commercial. “Snuggie Dog goes on the easy way, with roomy sleeves. And it attaches securely in seconds.”

Or, here's an idea: your dog could act like an animal and use its fur to keep warm. Just an idea.

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