Thursday, June 30, 2011

Weekly Cover Art Submissions

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Here's your weekly sample of cover art submissions. And like we say every week: Submission is open to everyone.

Check out an archive of cover submission posts here.

  • Anne Selvage

  • Breanne Wood

  • Robert Tempin

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An Urban Agricultural Survey

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Have you ever wondered how much food you and your neighbors are actually growing and gathering in your Boise neighborhood?

Think of all those gardens, fruit trees, backyard chicken coops and even the occasional urban cow, pig or goat. Then add in that guy next door with a freezer full of venison and trout. That adds up to something substantial, right? Maybe even a neighborhood food surplus?

Those are questions Susan Carmichael wants to answer. When she moved back to Boise from Corvallis, Ore., in June 2009, she was struck by the number of small-scale, agricultural activities she saw flourishing in the Collister area near her home. A former Oregon State University anthropology major, she decided a door-to-door food assessment survey had the potential to unearth some surprising and useful data on her Boise neighborhood’s urban food production. Once that information was gathered, Carmichael thought, a network could be built—via a Yahoo chat group, for instance—to share, trade or sell whatever surplus food might be available. If successful, that assessment survey could be used as a model to track and share food production in other Boise neighborhoods.

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New Music Series Aims to Make Tuesdays Less Sucky, More Uber

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

On June 28, several dozen local music fans crammed into Visual Arts Collective for a free set from the relatively unknown Follow That Bird, a raw garage-y trio from Austin, Texas, for the debut edition of the VAC's new music series, Uber Tuesdays.

Organizer Eric Gilbert, keyboardist for local band Finn Riggins, said he set the series up because he is consistently contacted by touring bands who are looking to do an off-night show on their way through Idaho. He was quick to admit there's not much happening musically on Tuesdays. Yet. And by giving it a name, he's hoping to cultivate a reputation for the series as the thing for music fans to do on a Tuesday.

Notable bands booked for the series so far include Dirty Mittens on July 19, and The Prids on Aug. 2. There will not be a show next Tuesday, July 5, because of the holiday.

Gilbert says he's also working with bands and management to keep the shows free, but that may not always be possible.

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No Floating for the Fourth

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

There's good news and there's bad news.

First the good: The weather for the Fourth of July weekend looks like it will be sunny, beautiful and warm.

Now the bad: The Boise River will not be open for floating because water levels are still too high.

While Ada County officials are quick to clarify that the river is never technically "closed," the support facilities at Barber Park (including Epley's raft and tube rentals) and shuttle service will not be open during the holiday weekend.

While basking in the sun while you cool your butt in the river has long been a Fourth of July tradition, the combo of a cool spring and heavy snowpack means there's a lot of water flowing through town. In fact, water releases from Lucky Peak Dam have been on the increase in recent weeks. While crews have started the process of clearing logs and snags from the river, the high flows and hidden debris have created dangerous conditions—especially for anyone who decides to try to tackle the river in a tube. Additionally, water temps are downright cold.

No opening date has been set for Barber Park river services, but water levels and river conditions are being constantly monitored.

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Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I can write thousands of words about music, but sometimes it's best to just sit back and let the booty-shaking bass take over.

If after this Onry Ozzborn clip, you don't want to swing by Reef and catch his show for $5, then no matter what I write, I can't do anything for you.

The show is supposed to start at 9 p.m., but it probably won't start until later. Such are the mysterious ways of live hip-hop.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Here at Boise Weekly, we keep going on and on about "fracking," a controversial natural gas extraction process under way in Idaho.

If you're wondering what all the hullabaloo is about, tonight you have a chance to learn all about it at a screening of the documentary Gasland, which explores the topic in depth.

After the film, Justin Hayes, director of the Idaho Conservation League, will lead a discussion about the issues raised, especially as they relate to local fracking.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. at The Flicks and tickets are $10.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

R&R Public House Grand Opening Moves to Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

We just got word that R&R Public House has pushed their grand opening from today to tomorrow, Wednesday, June 29.

Last night's soft opening was apparently a little hard on the new restaurant's kitchen. They're taking today to recover and should be ready to rock tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The restaurant is located at 1626 S. Wells Ave., Ste. 115, in Meridian.

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Mega Mural Madness Returns to Boise in August

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:11 AM

In August 2010, dozens of local artists spent four days in a dilapidated parking garage turning the space into an open-air urban museum by filling it to the gills with murals.

In August 2011, they'll turn their sights on an another downtown concrete expanse: Freak Alley (the alley that runs from Eighth to Ninth Street between Idaho and Bannock) with the Freak Alley Gallery Art Jam.

Artists will spend Saturday, Aug. 6, braving "that dumpster smell" as they brighten up the alley with murals on the theme of "freedom." On Saturday, Aug. 13, there will be an opening celebration with music and prizes for murals voted the best.

The murals will be up in the alley for at least a year.

Event organizer Seth Brown says that applications are still being accepted from artists. Up to 100 8-foot by 10-foot slots are available.

Interested artists can email sketches or pictures with their idea to Those sketches will then be approved by the city as being free of giant wangs before being accepted. Artists may submit as many proposals as they like, allowing the committee to select the one they like best.

Brown says the committee and approval process of this year's event is because the alley is public property.

And in one final note: The theme of freedom isn't free. It costs $50 to participate in the art jam. The money will go to a local arts-education nonprofit.

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Video of the Day: Linkin Park, "Iridescent"

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Linkin Park, the ever-present rap-rockers of the early 2000s are still around, but taking a more mellow approach. The members are older and wiser now, and the music is more refined.

The Agoura Hills, Calif.-based band performed at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, to promote the world premiere of the movie Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. Linkin Park's single, "Iridescent," is featured on the film’s soundtrack—and sounds more like Fall Out Boy than it does classic Linkin Park. MTV2 named them the third greatest band of the new millennium in 2003, right after Coldplay and Oasis, but with competition like that, nobody wins.

The song is surprisingly decent considering it is part of a soundtrack to a Michael Bay film. If nothing else, check out the video just to see how these guys have changed since 2000's Hybrid Theory.

Word is that frontman Chester Bennington has said the band is working on a fifth studio album, which Rick Rubin will produce.

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Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

As a rule, the bar-hopping, live-music-listening, twirling-on-the-dance-floor kind of thing has a lock on the weekend. That leaves the first few evenings of the week open for educational and intellectual pursuits, the likes of which are necessary to continue to be the well-rounded individual you are.

Tonight, you can educate yourself on the flora, fauna and natural features of the habitat surrounding the Boise River as it flows through Garden City. John "Mr. Boise River" Heimer will lead a walk along the river and share stories about its past and present role in the community.

You can participate in this 45-minute nature walk presented by Idaho Rivers United and the Garden City Library at either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. Meet at the Garden City Hall to catch a shuttle to where the walk begins or to get directions so you can drive yourself there. Visit for more info.

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