Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Local Competitive Eaters Get Sloppy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

In case you missed the inaugural Archie's Place Sloppy Joe eating contest that happened Aug. 27, you can catch all the sloppy action with this video.

These guys are no "Furious" Pete Czerwinski, who recently set a new record in the Big Jud's Challenge, but there's some sweet food fight action.

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Odd Couplings: ICP, Mozart and Jack White

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Say what you will about Insane Clown Posse, but the Detroit-based rap duo knows a little somethin' somethin' about surprises. The rappers invited Vanilla Ice to perform at this year's Juggalo Gathering and 2010's "Miracles" had juggalos and juggalettes wondering if their favorite bad boys had gone soft. Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope haven't gone soft, but they have gone classic.

Ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White produced ICP's version of Mozart's "Leck Mich Im Arsch" (which, according to the Internet, translates literally to "lick me in the arse"). The track will be released by White's Third Man Records on iTunes on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Nashville-based band Jeff the Brotherhood adds some 21st century kick-ass rock and ICP's raps are wrapped in operatic singing of the original German lyrics.

Surprise!

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Cosmic Pizza Open in Former Chef Roland's Space

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:14 PM

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On Aug. 30, Christine Reid (Red Room, Locavore) opened a new eclectic pizza joint called Cosmic Pizza at 1221 W. Boise Ave., in the space that once housed Chef Roland's Cajun Cuisine.

The formerly Mardi Gras-themed interior got a retro facelift with a smattering of vintage chairs and an old-school videogame console in the corner. The menu continues with a Jetsons-esque space theme, offering creations like the Stardust ($13.25, $17.50, $21.75)—with Italian sausage, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, salami, sunflower seeds and red sauce—or the Galactic Fair ($12, $16, $19.80) with mini corn dogs, chili, red onions and cheddar cheese.

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Patrons can also build their own pies from a selection of meats, veggies, sauces and cheeses (including vegan cheese). Though some of The Star Fleet specialty pies can get a bit spendy, the lunch special is a sweet deal with a classic slice and a side salad for $5, served Monday through Friday before 4 p.m. The joint also serves up a selection of microbrews and wine.

For more info, call 208-258-3871.

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Two New Roller Derby Teams Launched in Boise

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Boise's roller derby team, The Treasure Valley Roller Girls, are hosting their big nine-team, two-day derbypalooza, Spudtown Knockdown, this weekend. But even if downtown weren't set to be overrun by rollerskate-sporting lady hooligans, it would still be mobbing deep in derbyville because Boise recently added two more derby teams to its roster: The Capital City Skull Crushers, a men's team, and The Treasure Valley Junior Derby Gems for juniors.

BW took the video camera down to check out their respective first matches and get the roller-scoop.

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Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 7:00 AM

There's an old saying that there's no such thing as a free lunch. In economics parlance, it means that the cost is hidden or transferred somewhere else.

As our national paradigm begins the painfully slow and overdue process of shifting toward green and renewable energy, we must be sure to factor the cost of these shifts into the dialogue so that we can find the best way forward.

A big part of that conversation is dams. While they bring huge potential for hydro-electric power, they don't come without issues, especially when it comes to fish, a key component of the food chain and overall ecological health.

From an article on HowStuffWorks.com:

The Clearwater coho salmon, once abundant in the Snake River Basin of Oregon, Washington and Idaho, became extinct in the early 1960s largely due to the construction of a dam that blocked the fish's passage to and from its birthing grounds [source: Northwest Power & Conservation Council]. Besides potentially blocking access to salmons' habitats, dams may cause changes to water flows and temperatures that can devastate local populations.

That doesn't mean dams are all bad for fish. Changes in dam construction have altered the equation somewhat. But they still remain a complicated issue we must understand better to build a secure and stable energy future.

So today, why not learn a bit more about them?

Idaho Rivers United will host a free lecture on hydrology and morphology this afternoon. Dorene MacCoy, aquatic biologist for U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss pre- and post-dam rivers, and how construction techniques and human settlements have affected biological communities. After that, Pat McGrane, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation river and reservoir operations program manager, will discuss management of reservoirs on the Boise River.

The lecture runs from noon-1 p.m. at the Washington Group Plaza and is free.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Your Chance to Tell the LIBRARY! What You Think

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

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Boise Public Library would like to get your input on what you think of its services.

BPL commissioned ORC International to conduct a survey as part of BPL's "strategic planning process" for those who use library services and those who are more in the "Library? Are those things still around?" camp. The surveys will start on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and will be sent to a random sampling of people and via email and online methods.

Director Kevin Booe said the library will use the surveys to find out what services are important to people and what the library can do to improve.

We’re seeking community input to ensure Boise’s library services will continue to evolve in a way that’s relevant and useful to the community, while making the very best use of taxpayer dollars. This is a great opportunity for Boise residents to have their say about libraries.

For more info on the survey, call library administrative offices at 208-384-4238.

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RHCP Coming to a Theater Near You Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 11:03 AM

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers dropped their 10th studio album today.

I'm With You (Warner Bros.) was produced by Rick Rubin and was specifically mastered with digital devotees in mind, meaning it was optimized for iTunes.

Seeing RHCP live is a great experience, but unless you live in Europe or South America where the band will be touring through the end of the year, it is not one you will have. Or will you?

Well, sort of. Tonight, the band will be filmed while performing the new album live in its entirety—which is apparently the first and only time this will happen—and Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I'm With You will be streamed via satellite (on delayed broadcast) to movie theaters across the United States tonight and tomorrow night.

It shows in Boise tonight only at Edwards Boise Stadium 22. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Watch a trailer for the concert and get more information here.

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Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Some of Boise's music venues are known for a certain style: Walk into Neurolux on any given night for a punk or rock fix, put your dancing shoes on and head to Liquid or Grainey's, or get your groove on to reggae at Reef. Generally speaking, of course.

Pengilly's is a good spot for down-home, boot-stompin' country/Americana/roots-rock in downtown. In addition to the local bands that play regular gigs, sometimes you can walk through the doors and catch an old-time jam session in progress—with the members of the Hokum Hi-Flyers and whoever else would like to join in.

Lucky you, one of those times happens to be tonight. Take your fiddle or harmonica to join in, or belly up to the bar for a drink, kick back and be entertained. The jam session begins at 6 p.m. and is FREE.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

KISS: The Plushies

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 3:26 PM

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When the apocalypse comes, the only living things left will be cockroaches and possibly KISS.

Since the early '70s, KISS—which very well could have been a short-lived novelty act—has stayed in the public eye. The makeup and the music have worked for nearly four decades but so have the movies, reality TV shows, and merchandise. Oh, the merchandise. Say what you will about Gene Simmons, the guy is no dummy when it comes to KISS licensing.

And now the fine people at Funko have created officially licensed KISS plushies. On Wednesday, Sept. 7, you can have all four members of KISS in soft, huggable form to curl up with in bed as refrains from "Detroit Rock City" dance through your head. Just watch out for The Demon's plush tongue. You don't know where that thing has been.

The 7-inch dolls will be available at entertainmentearth.com and will run between $11 and $13.

Note: For some reason, there was no hi-res image of the Ace Frehley doll attached to the press release about the KISS Plushies. The other guys never really did seem to like The Spaceman as much.

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Get a Milky Burger Tonight at Salt Tears

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Fans of Andrea and Mitchell "Milky" Maricich's former haunt The Milky Way, have had a few years to shake their Milky Burger withdrawals. Well, folks, prepare to fall back off the ground-chuck wagon. Tonight, and every Monday evening, Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery will be slinging Milky Burgers and fries, street-vendor style from 7-11 p.m.

If you've never experienced a Milky Burger, here's what to expect: "freshly ground chuck roast burgers served open-faced on squaw bread smothered with a roasted garlic bleu cheese cream sauce with balsamic onions on top."

The Milky Burger is sure to bring all the boys to the yard.

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