Recently, our own cinema bon vivant, Jeremiah Wierenga, spent a few hours on the set of the movie Buhl, Idaho, which is being filmed In the little town from whence it takes its name. We'll have more on that in this week's issue of Boise Weekly.
The movie brings with it some big names, including producer Heather Rae, who Variety reported will be a juror in the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, which are happening tonight in New York City.
Rae and actors William H. Macy and Rosie Perez, director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), cinematographer Matthew Libatique and editor Christopher Tellefsen will judge the category of Best Breakthrough Director.
Up for the award of Best Breakthrough Director are Cruz Angeles for Don't Let Me Down, Frazer Bradshaw for Everything Strange and New, Derick Martini for Lymelife (which stars Alec Baldwin) and Robert Siegel (who wrote the screenplay for The Wrestler) for Big Fan, which is also up for Best Feature and Best Breakthrough Actor, (Patton Oswalt).
Other jurors include directors William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees), composer Stewart Copeland, actors Ellen Burstyn and Oliver Platt and more.
Visit ifp.org for more info.
So we're off to the races with the finish line being Christmas. The propoganda of a new economy rising from the ashes just might inspire many of us to sink deeper into credit card debt, but I'm not buying it. I'm still slowly spiraling downward into financial hell and I don't see any kind of lifeline being thrown the little liferafts like me. The only ships being saved are the supertankers.
I didn't buy a single thing on Buy Nothing Day (the Friday after Thanksgiving also known as Black Friday). I didn't have any money to buy it with. I'm seriously thinking that this year's Christmas I'll only give my love and respect. It's the thought that counts right?
I like what Justin twitter's his father says on "Shit My Dad Says". Pop rails, ""Everybody's broke, so here's the rule for Christmas this year; if you still shit your pants, you get a present. Otherwise tough shit."
Sigh. Sorry. Based on several of my recent blog entries, you'd think I do nothing but surf the Web. While that's certainly not true, this will be the last of my entries on humorous blogs for awhile to clear up any confusion regarding my focus. Promise. But this one was too good not to share.
You may be familiar with the "spider drawing" e-mail. In it, Australian David Thorne, short on cash, offers to pay overdue movie rental fees with a drawing of a spider after receiving an e-mail from Blockbuster. When the Blockbuster rep politely refuses and asks for legal tender to bring Thorne's account current, he suggests that maybe she wasn't willing to take the drawing in lieu of Australian dollars because his spider only has seven legs. Would she accept a rendering of an eight-legged spider instead?
At 27bslash6.com, Thorne turns bill collectors, neighbors and detractors on their heads in some of the funniest stuff on the Web. Be warned: Thorne's posts are like barbecued Cornnuts ... you'll want to finish off the whole bag in one sitting.
From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.37pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account
I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead.
I value the drawing at $233.95 so trust that this settles the matter.
Don’t fear, the mountain will be open all weekend, and as of the morning of Friday, Nov .28, it was reporting a 27-inch base, with 31 inches mid-mountain and 34 inches at the top.
For the last couple of months, word has been circulating that Basement Gallery—the subterranean space below the Idanha Building at 10th and Main streets—is being sold. Ignoring the art scene gossip, Perry Allen, owner of Basement Gallery, kept his lips tightly sealed. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, as a couple of customers browsed the gallery’s annual X-mas X-hibition, Allen busied himself tidying up the frame shop, a task he’s done regularly for the past 13 years. Glancing up occasionally while fussing with a piece of matting, Allen finally confirmed the rumors. The gallery is being sold to Jane and Michael Brumfield, a couple who also own the Weekend Gallery in Hastings, East Sussex, England.
“Yes, they will keep it a gallery,” said Allen. “No, the name won’t change; it will be the same. They’re buying the name and the reputation. So, that’s real important to them to be purchasing a business that’s been existing for 13 years—already established, already has the name and the clientele and everything else coming along with it.”
Asked if the new owners will keep some of the same artists onboard—local favorites like Bill Carman, Ben Wilson and Mike Flinn who Basement Gallery has nurtured over the years —Allen shrugged his shoulders: “As far as who she will retain and who she won’t? I have no idea, not even the vaguest clue.”
“I believe their plan is to do a European/U.S. exchange type thing,” Allen continued. “For the most part our tastes are pretty close. We do vary in some areas, but for the most part I would label it as eclectic. She definitely is in the eclectic realm.”
A glance at the Weekend Gallery’s “Christmas ’09” exhibition on their Web site reveals an assorted collection of paintings, porcelain lamps, ceramic sculptures and jewelry. Though the work represented is far from traditional, it’s missing the thick pop-surrealism thread that has run through most Basement Gallery exhibitions over the years. While the Brumfields couldn’t be reached for comment, their Web site does list an upcoming exhibition with Bill Carman and Len Shelley running from Jan. 7-Feb. 14, 2010. Carman, as it turns out, is the reason the Brumfields decided to purchase Basement Gallery in the first place.
“Jane walked through the door, she walked into the Bill Carman exhibition as a matter of fact. She was very fond of his work, as are most, and she would pick a couple of pieces and then a few minutes later, she’d pick a couple more,” said Allen. “Long story short, she’s buying up a bunch of Carmans so I approach her and say ‘Hey, why don’t you just buy the gallery?’ She looked at me and kind of did a double take. She said, ‘Is it actually for sale?’ And I said, ‘Yes, it is.’”
Allen had listed the gallery for sale a month before meeting the Brumfields, just to gauge the type of response he might get. Though he wasn’t intending to receive interest in the space so soon, he decided to jump on the opportunity.
“It’s bittersweet, simply because this has been my life for 13 years, and I’ve built it basically from the ground up with a little help from others,” said Allen. “It’s really hard to give up; it’s not an easy thing to walk away from. But I have future plans, and part of the plans are to relinquish the business and move on.”
Those plans? Hula skirts and sandy beaches: “I’m wanting to relocate to Hawaii, that’s the main focus,” said Allen.
But for those hoping to snag a few discounted Bill Carman or Erin Ruiz paintings, don’t hold your breath. Allen doesn’t have any big fanfare planned for his exit from the Boise art scene.
“I hope to exit as quietly as I entered,” he said.
There is some kind of black conspiracy planned for the day after Thanksgiving. Everybody is behind it: the daily paper, the popo, even the fucking highway department is changing the traffic signals. Even the business press is in on it.
Besides the fact that we have to work part of the day, we're not buying it. We're not buying anything, except maybe a bowl of soup. If you are feeling a little bad about playing into societal expectations for Nov. 27, fear not, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
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When I spoke to Josh Martinez last year, he had recently dropped his 2008 self-released The World Famous Sex Buffet. It was almost as if the album and the artist were new to the hip-hop music scene. It had been so long since Martinez's last release (about six years), people wondered if he was using the Axl Rose calendar of album creation.
But if slow and steady wins the race, Martinez has moved to the front of the pack. Just this month, a year after TWFSB came out, Camobear Records—Martinez's own label, which he started in 2001—sent a press release announcing a brand new video for "Underground Pop," arguably one of the best tracks on the album.
Mustache-less and nearly bald, Martinez does more than pay homage to his hero, Hunter S. Thompson, with the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas storyline. Martinez becomes a version of Thompson, accompanied by his own Dr. Gonzo, Swollen Members' Moka Only (who is featured on the song) during a ragtop-down ride into the drug-riddled heart of Sin City. Directed by Stuey Kubrick (rumored to be the nephew of the famous Stanley), the video is more than an homage and less than a drag-queen impersonation of the 1998 film starring Johnny Depp. It's a re-imagining set to a viciously addictive soundtrack.
In the press release, Martinez is quoted as saying, "There's a lot of ways you can shit the bed when portraying an icon. We just tried to go the extra mile, do it respectfully, and do it as true to the original spirit as possible."
Sweet country singer Sara Evans will spend Sunday evening serenading fans at the Qwest Arena.
To make sure this is an event you can take the whole clan to, local concert promoters Silvertag Live are offering a family pack deal on tickets.
Starting at 1 p.m. today, $49 and change nets you two adult tickets as well as FREE admission for up to three youngsters age 16 and younger with no seat blackouts—every seat in the venue is available in this package. Individual tickets are $29.50-$39.50. And that's before fees.
Visit Silvertag Live for more information.
Sunday, Nov. 29, doors are at 6 p.m., show is at 7 p.m., Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd.
Here's a good starting list of restaurants that will be open this Thanksgiving. Some will be dishing up turkey, but others are sticking to the regular menu. Let us know if you find another one open and we'll add it to the list.
Angell’s Bar and Grill: Noon-7 p.m. Will be serving traditional Thanksgiving meals featuring turkey, ham, rolls and more. 999 W. Main St., 208-342-4900, angellsbarandgrill.com.
Barbacoa: 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving buffet with a carving station featuring turkey, ham and prime rib. All traditional sides will be available, plus Barbacoa homemade favorites. 276 W. Bobwhite Ct., 208-338-5000, barbacoa-boise.com.
Chef's Hut: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Buffet style Thanksgiving feast featuring turkey with all the trimmings, carrots, mashed potatoes/gravy, ham, pumpkin pie and more. 164 S. Cole Rd., 208-376-3125.
Cottonwood Grille: 11:30 a.m.-10.p.m. Traditional turkey dinner with stuffing, squash, Brussels sprouts, Idaho sweet potatoes, cranberry relish and more. 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com.
Cracker Barrel: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Traditional turkey dinner with all the dressings and sides. 1733 S. Cole Rd., 208-321-8280, crackerbarrel.com.
JB's: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Buffet style offering of turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes, apple and pumpkin pie and more. 1565 S. Meridian Rd., Meridian, 208-887-6722, jbsfamily.com.
Melting Pot: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Standard menu, no Thanksgiving dinner. 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900, meltingpot.com.
Murphy's: 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Diners can choose between turkey, ham, turkey and ham, prime rib, braised lamb and more. Traditional sides will accompany. 1555 S. Broadway Ave., 208-344-3691, cishenanigans.com.
Old Chicago: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Standard menu, no Thanksgiving Dinner. 730 W. Idaho St., 208-363-0037; 350 N. Milwaukee St., 208-321-0033; oldchicago.com.
Owyhee Plaza Hotel: Seating times include 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by reservation only. Traditional Thanksgiving meal (turkey and sides) will be available. 1109 W. Main St., 208-424-3691, owyheeplaza.com.
Perkins: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Choose from a multitude of Thanksgiving meals, from turkey and stuffing to a ham steak and sweet potatoes. Also includes green beans, corn and pumpkin pie. Multiple locations. perkinsrestaurants.com
The Pocket: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. No Thanksgiving dinner, but plenty of booze and football. 1487 N. Curtis Rd., 208-375-2474.
Rockie's Diner: 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Will feature an as yet undecided Thanksgiving meal. 3900 W. Overland Rd., 208-336-2878.
Shari's: Open 24 hrs. A full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and a slice of pie. Multiple locations. sharis.com
The Ram: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving meal will include roast turkey, mashed potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, stuffing and more, with a choice of either pumpkin or apple pie. 709 E. Park Blvd., 208-345-2929, theram.com.