Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Booker's Dozen 2011

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Bookers Dozen 2011
  • Leila Ramella-Rader

As a juror, I helped The Idaho Center for the Book winnow down the 107 submissions it received to for its annual Booker's Dozen exhibit to about 14 that will travel to "venues in schools, libraries, and exhibition spaces throughout Idaho." I was astounded at the caliber of the work submitted.

For more information, visit ICB's website.

Bookers Dozen 2011
  • Leila Ramella-Rader
  • Just one of the tables with submisisons.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Need Something to do Tomorrow? (We Really Don't Want You to Miss This One)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 10:10 AM

The Reef doesn't always get the credit it's due when it comes to its music offerings. While it certainly toes the line between restaurant and club—and some of the music booked reflects that—it also brings in some really amazing national and international acts. Especially when it comes to hip-hop.

This summer, Reef hosted featured shows by Nappy Roots, The Chicharones, members of Snoop Dogg's band and more. Gift of Gab from Blackalicious performed there on Oct. 15 and Don't Sleep Boise put on a killer hip-hop showcase at Reef featuring Pigeon John, as part of the first-ever Promenade Music Festival. And tonight ...

Wednesday, Oct. 27, you can see Lyrics Born, one of the funkiest emcees around. See his collaboration with R.L. Burnside below for reference.

The Lyrics Born show, which also features Chali 2na and Rakaa starts at 9 p.m. and costs $18, but it'll be worth every penny, so give the island-themed bar/restaurant/venue a shot and catch a show. Just make sure you leave room up in front of the stage for us.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sun Valley Harvest Festival, 2010

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

It's a tough life when you’re asked to do a cooking demonstration and then attend a caviar/martini party. Especially when it's in Sun Valley.

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Such was my life last weekend at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival. For a first-time event, it was a tremendous success. Hundreds of people converged on a restaurant walk in downtown Ketchum and the next day was filled with cooking demonstrations, live music, a beer garden and food … lots of glorious food.

Viking and Snake River Farms sponsored the cooking demonstration tent at the Dollar Lodge. I cooked a whole rabbit in front of a group of dedicated foodies, old friends and colleagues.

The beer garden downtown had local brewers and food stalls. I indulged myself on a less than modest amount of Bitch Creek ESB and wild salmon tacos from Raspberries.

My personal highlight was my time at Sego. Chef Taite Pearson prepared a spread entirely based on local food and local caviar. He made cucumber rolls, mini-smoked trout sandwiches and a multitude of other creative concoctions. My only regret is that I did not actually eat dinner at the restaurant. (I watched the Boise State game in a condo at the Sun Valley Resort.)

In all, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival was a great tribute to local and sustainable food. For 2011, I plan on returning. I will sacrifice myself to the Sun Valley gods any day if this past weekend is an indication of how they will repay me.

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PMF Featured Band: Vagerfly

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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Name: Vagerfly

Hometown: Boise, Idaho.

Future hit single: "Genitals."

Sounds like: Kathleen Hanna playing baroque music on a keytar.

Favorite liquor: Neurolux well tequila.

Superpower: The ability to summon monsters from their chest

Most likely to receive sponsorship from? The Costume Shop.

Playing: Visual Arts Collective on Saturday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m.


Get all the nitty-gritty—including a full calendar and info on tickets and volunteering—on the first-ever Promenade Music Festival.

No band members were harmed in the making of these posts—nor were they asked for their input. Except for the bits about their names, their hometowns and when and where they're playing during PMF, we made everything up.

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Hamburgers = Heroin (Really?)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Yes, junk food is insidious, but this commercial by The Precinct Studios might be a little much.

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PMF Featured Band: The Maladroids

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The Maladroids looking quite maladroit.
  • Josh Gross
  • The Maladroids looking quite maladroit.
Name: The Maladroids

Hometown: Boise, Idaho.

Sing-along anthem: "This is Not Kamelot."

Sounds like: A huge chiropractic bill in your future from all the headbanging.

Sammy Hagar or David Lee Roth? Roth.

Historical speech they’re most likely to put to music? The Port Huron Statement.

Video game series most likely to pick the band for a soundtrack? Twisted Metal.

Playing at: Visual Arts Collective, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m.

Get all the nitty-gritty—including a full calendar and info on tickets and volunteering—on the first-ever Promenade Music Festival.

No band members were harmed in the making of these posts—nor were they asked for their input. Except for the bits about their names, their hometowns and when and where they're playing during PMF, we made everything up.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PMF Featured Band: Housefire

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Housefire, live and greenish
  • Housefire, live and greenish

Name: Housefire

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Future hit single: "Compulsion."

Sounds like: “The future.”

Dreamiest member: Joseph, vox.

Runner-up should Joseph be unable to fulfill his duties as dreamiest member: Max, guitar.

Charity they would play for on "Rock & Roll Jeopardy": Volunteer firefighters.

Latin quote: Ignis nullus fama (Fire not fame).

Playing at: Visual Arts Collective on Saturday, Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m.


Get all the nitty-gritty—including a full calendar and info on tickets and volunteering—on the first-ever Promenade Music Festival.

No band members were harmed in the making of these posts—nor were they asked for their input. Except for the bits about their names, their hometowns and when and where they're playing during PMF, we made everything up.

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PMF Featured Band: Hosannas

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

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Band name: Hosannas

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Sounds like: An experimental approach to pop that is as deconstructionist as it is brilliant.

Likes their eggs: Sunny-side up.

Superpowers: Invoking the need to sing along.

Potential name of band memoir: When We Were Young.

Playing at: Neurolux on Thursday, October 7, at 3:45 p.m. This is a FREE show.

Get all the nitty-gritty—including a full calendar and info on tickets and volunteering—on the first-ever Promenade Music Festival.

No band members were harmed in the making of these posts—nor were they asked for their input. Except for the bits about their names, their hometowns and when and where they're playing during PMF, we made everything up.

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Nation's Most Liberal Drinker Stops by Boise For a Chat

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

A dozen people crowded into the back room of Solid last night to hear a brief presentation from Justin Krebs, one of the founders of Drinking Liberally, a progressive networking club that he and some friends started in New York and now has over 300 chapters across the nation and the world.

Krebs was there to promote his new book, Living Liberally: 538 Ways to Live Work and Play Like a Liberal. But more than that, he was interested in having a beer or two and getting to know people in Idaho. His presentation lasted less than 10 minutes. Mingling, pint-in-hand, lasted well over an hour.

The club originally started after Krebs attended a meeting of the Manhattan Young Democrats and found it too bureaucratic to be energizing in any way. Instead, he and his friends picked a bar to frequent. When one of them moved to San Francisco, they took the club with them and it suddenly became bi-coastal. Another member built a website, and suddenly people all over the country wanted to start chapters.

Krebs said the book is something of a composite of the different ways that the club has manifested itself in different ways at chapters across the nation. The idea being to show that there is no one single way to live out progressive values, but there are in fact more accessible ways than people may realize.

Krebs also told attendees the story of how the Boise chapter, founded in 2004 was only the fifth in the nation, and how a single sentence from a blogger about Boise's chapter became the tipping point for Drinking Liberally's spread across the nation.

The sentence? "Drinking Liberally... Boise Idaho has one of these things and Philly doesn't? What the f@#$." According to Krebs, a Philadelphia chapter was started by the end of the day.

Regular meetings of the club are 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Solid. Krebs book is available online and at Rediscovered Bookshop.

Video interview with Krebs after the cut.

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Need Something to do Today? Or Tomorrow?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Bill Cosby once said, ""I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone."

Of course some people don't like what Bill Cosby has to say, which lends creed to his words. The root of that split would seem to be that the things that ruffle feathers are the ones we say the least and therefore the ones most in need of saying.

Perhaps this is why if you peruse a list of the most commonly challenged and banned books, you'll notice that the list includes some of the best books ever written. And when you see that even innocuus childrens books like How To Eat Fried Worms, James and the Giant Peach and even Harry Potter—a book series which boosted kids interest in reading so much that medical journals actually tracked a decrease in emergency room admissions on weekends when books were released—are on high on the list, it makes you wonder what's wrong with people.

So today, take the opportunity to strike back. It's Banned Books Week, and Rediscovered Bookshop (180 Eighth St.) wants you to share your favorite banned book with anyone in earshot. Just stop by and sign up to take a shift reading from a banned book.

The event runs 12:30-1:30 p.m. for the rest of the week.

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