Friday, December 31, 2010

Best Mugshots of the Year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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Tired of all those top 10 lists looking back at the year that was? We were, too, until we discovered this little gem: The top 10 mugshots of 2010 as collected by Zeitgeist.

Of course the guy at No. 1 just edged out Boise's Justin Cantrell, who sported his own awesome mugshot in 2008.

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Ketchum's Arritola Begins New Year at National Championships

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 9:52 AM

At least one Idahoan is grateful for the snowstorm that recently blasted the East Coast.

Ketchum's Morgan Arritola is among the nation's best nordic skiers, many of whom are making their way to Rumford, Maine, for the U.S. Short-Course Cross Country Championships, where they'll be greeted by a massive stockpile of snow.

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The year 2010 was a big year for Arritola, who had solid showings at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. She was first among Americans in the 15K pursuit and second among Americans in the 10-kilometer freestyle. She already has her sites on the 2014 winter games.

Meanwhile, Sun Valley is touting the label of "Nordic Town USA" for 2011. In late January, the Sun Valley Nordic Festival returns followed by the SWIX Boulder Mountain Ski Tour in early February. The big event will be the U.S. Cross Country Long-Course Ski Championships in late March. And to cap things off, the USSA Super Tour Finals will slide into town March 29-April 2.

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Need Something To Do Today?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 6:00 AM

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We know we told you about this show in our Dec. 29 issue, but some new info we acquired deserves a mention too. Old Death Whisper, the rockabilly country band from the Wood River Valley is giving away advance copies of their debut EP, Potato Westerns, at their show at Pengilly’s on New Year’s Eve.

The party remains a destination to check out in and of itself, but now … bonus! You will also be able to download the record in its entirety during the last two weeks of January at ODW's website.

The EP is a compilation of six songs that ODW has been playing on the road as they traveled from Portland, Ore., to Jackson Hole, Wyo., and the intent is to “inject a shot of good old dirty rebellion into the veins of American music.”

It was recorded and mixed at the band’s Rocking Hell Ranch in between live shows, with the purpose of having it done in time for you to have it your hot little hands on New Year’s Eve. The band hopes to release another EP sometime around March.

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2010: The Year of Video Games in Review

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 6:00 AM

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Check the rearview mirror: that’s 2010 receding into the distance. For the most part, 2010 was a pretty good year for video games; there were releases in established franchises and gamers could find something worth playing on just about any platform.

Let’s take a glance back at the year that was in video games and the top titles of 2010, in chronological order.

Mass Effect 2
Released Jan. 26, 2010—available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Once again stepping into the role of the heroic Commander Shepard, gamers command a crew of mystics, geniuses and convicts and then lead them on a suicide mission to discover why humans are vanishing from the galaxy.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Still No Plans for New Year's Eve?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 6:12 PM

If you're into wine and still looking for some place to celebrate the start of the New Year, Piazza di Vino is throwing a great party that I just heard about from local wine distributor rep (and former BW employee) Joe Dewey.

For just $25 per couple or $15 per person, you can spend the evening at this lovely downtown wine destination, munching on appetizers at the bar and enjoying a Champagne toast at midnight. Piazza di Vino also has a great by-the-glass wine list, so you won't go thirsty before it's time to ring in the new year.

Call Piazza di Vino at 208-908-9926 to reserve your space today. You can also learn more about the event on Dewey's blog.

Piazza di Vino is at 212 N. Ninth St.

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New Year's Eve Addition at The Bouquet

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM

In a note from Neo Tundra Cowboy's Christopher Scott, he wrote about how excited he is that he and the band will be spending New Year's Eve at The Bouquet with some other cowboys.

Neo Tundra Cowboy has been added as an opener for Pinto Bennett and the Famous Motel Cowboys.

In an e-mail, Scott wrote, "This will pretty much be the best country show ever." He added that he also heard a rumor about Micky and the Motorcars possibly stopping by to jam with all of the cowboys after their own NYE show at the Knitting Factory. If that turns out to be true, Scott's prediction might be right.

The show at The Bouquet starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $15.

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Need Something to do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM

There's little doubt that the primarily white alt-weekly press gives more ink to indie-rock than it does to hip hop. Which is a huge disservice, not only to a highly relevant musical paradigm, but also to people who want to have a good time. Indie rock does some good stuff. But it rarely gets a party started. Hip hop can do both.

And since we're bearing down on NYE, the premiere party day of the year, tonight, it may behoove you to get squarely in party mode. And that means ink from us and patrongage from you for hip hop.

So tonight, why not swing by Reef and catch The Chicharones? The Portland rap duo will make your booty shake so hard it may register on the richter scale. And that's what NYE is all about.

The show starts at 10 p..m and costs $7.

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Do It Like the French, Not the Irish

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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When you’re filling your glass with holiday cheer, you might want to spread that cheer out a bit rather than slamming it down in volume until that warm fuzzy feeling starts making the room spin, your tongue feel fuzzy and your stomach scream “Bah humbug!”

According to the studies, it’s better to take the French approach to drinking than the Irish approach since binge drinking can lead to some pretty serious heart problems. In fact, it’s so serious that scientists have given it a name: Holiday Heart Syndrome. Seriously.

Medical researchers have found that binge drinking can cause otherwise health people to have an irregular heartbeat and a vastly increased chance of heart attack and death.

Those same researchers found that those who consume alcohol over an extended period of time—especially in relaxed, social situations—fare much better in that whole drinking-until-your-heart-explodes category. Even though the total amount of alcohol drank may be more, the risks are reduced.

So, maybe this year, think of your holiday celebrations as a marathon rather than a sprint.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Need Something to do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Ah, the vaunted New Year's resolution. That promise we know we're never going to keep, but we make anyways.

But wouldn't it be nice if come NYE, when the champagne is being passed and everyone is trotting out their resolutions, you were already one step ahead of the game? Having already given those resolutions a shot, realized it was never going to happen and moved on to something sensible like "to keep on keeping on?"

Well, today, why not do just that. According to USA.gov, some of the most common resolutions include, getting fit, losing weight and managing stress. All three of those can easily tackled with once act: Yoga.

Today you have your choice of several different yoga classes to try and give up on. You can swing by the Yoga for Wellness studio downtown at 5:30 p.m. or head out to Integrative Health Associates in Eagle at 7:30 p.m. to take a class from James Burton, who got his "B.O.B. certification," this past summer.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Need Something To Do Today?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

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Gentlemen, this is for you …

According to Napoleon Dynamite, “Girls only like guys who have skills.” Tonight at Fatty's, you'll get your chance to impress members of the female persuasion and show off your mad skills. Bring your paddle (if you happen to have one) and your game to try and win some cold hard cash in the beer pong tournament happening at downtown’s newest bar.

And you can not only pocket some moolah, but can spend a little of it on $4 pitchers of beer, Jager bombs or chili bombs. Pair that with your obvious skills, and you might have to beat the babes off with a stick. Just sayin’.

Fatty's opens at 7 p.m.—plenty of time to hone your skills (i.e., throw a few back) before game time.

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