Friday, September 30, 2011

Mystery: The Case of the Missing Bathroom Door

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM


It was a dark and stormy night. The Boise Weekly office was vacant, the staff had all gone home after a hard day's work to sit down to a nice fish dinner and a nightcap. Silently, a thief crept through the darkness, slinking past computers, racks of books and CDs submitted for review and even the treasure trove of cover art lining the walls to steal...the bathroom door.

Seriously, someone took our bathroom door. So this reporter decided to play pulp detective by randomly interrogating other staffers as to where they were last night.

Departing Arts and Entertainment editor Amy Atkins certainly has a motive. This is her last day at Boise Weekly and the door could potentially serve as some sort of strange memorabilia. But she was at home cooking dinner for friends last night. She has an alibi.

Boise Weekly's sales director, Lisa Ware, claims to have been in the office until 6:30 p.m. She said the bathroom still had a door when she left new A&E editor Tara Morgan here alone. She also pointed out that the red door kind of matches Morgan's hair. Morgan pointed out that the door wouldn't fit in her hair or her apartment.

All that BW owner-publisher Sally Freeman had to say was, "This puts my open door policy on a whole new level."

The case was going nowhere. Everyone had clammed up tighter than the Idaho Legislature's wallets.

So we decided to take it to the people.

If you took our bathroom door, we'd really like it back. Please. Trying to conduct serious phone interviews with loud flushing sounds in the background is awkward.

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Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

The Wandas
  • The Wandas

With a classic rock sound and a name straight out of a Neil Young song, The Wandas have been kicking ass on stages across the United States since 2002. They rock so hard, Guitar World Magazine named their latest album one of the best of 2011 before it was even released. The Wandas' catchy, retro-inspired music joins forces with folksy local gal Grandma Kelsey tonight at Red Room for a winning combination.

This Grandma has a passion and talent for playing harp and guitar, singing and telling stories. She has shared the stage with Eilen Jewell and Ritchie Young of Portland's Loch Lomond, along with plenty of others. But don't let her name fool you, the soulful vocals are soothing, but Grandma Kelsey is no septuagenarian.

Top it all off with Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, a folk-rock trio with a darker poetic leaning, and local electronica act Owlright, who have coined their own genre, "blip-step," named for the kind of sound effects they use.

If you're looking for a genre-bending good time, this is the show for you. The fun begins at 9 p.m. at 1519 W. Main St. The cover is $5.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Helpful Happy Hour Takes Kids with Cancer Over the Rainbow

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Part of the battle with cancer is the struggle to keep spirits high. For anyone fighting the disease, the steady stream of doctors and treatments can be intimidating, but cancer has an especially powerful effect on kids.

Camp Rainbow Gold allows children an escape from the daily stress of dealing with illness and provides a place to build friendships. Campers can play, enjoy the outdoors, create art and, most importantly, revitalize themselves and their hopes.

The Helpful Happy Hour allows Camp Rainbow Gold to enhance its services for kids with cancer and their families. This annual fund-raising event features an auction and raffle, live music and hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants. There is also an opportunity for attendees to win $10,000.

All proceeds from Helpful Happy Hour go to Camp Rainbow Gold. In the past, those funds have allowed the camp to build a ropes course and buy new playground equipment. This year, a new climbing wall is on the drawing board, and every ticket counts toward that goal.

The Helpful Happy Hour happens tonight, Sept. 29, from 5-9 p.m. at the Barber Park Event Center, 4049 S. Eckert Road. Tickets are $10. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Run for the Hills: Collapse Theater Auditioning Actors for Full-Length Play

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Collapse Theater, the group behind The Absurdist Film Festival and the deeply disturbing piece of film found below, is auditioning actors for its first full-length stage show this weekend.

We mention this primarily so those interested in working with children or running for political office at any point in the future can get as far away as possible. Based on previous Collapse Theater productions—which have included footage of rhinos being de-horned with a chainsaw and onstage debates over whether suicide or genocide is the greener life-choice—this is not a theater company for the squeamish.

So, to all actors and citizens of good standing, whatever you do, do NOT email for more information.

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Shades Releases New Music Video for 'Ghostlike'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Local band Shades has released a new music video for the song "Ghostlike."

Like the video for their song "Shades," this water-heavy video was directed by Shades member Louie Bash. But the video for "Ghostlike" makes a larger effort at a visual narrative, albeit in a mildly infuriating art-school sort of way.

But, hey, maybe that's just me. Check the video out below.

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The Greatest Lost Books Never Read

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Homer's epic poems, the great works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath are standard reading for anyone studying English and/or literature — or so you'd think.

While these authors are in no danger of losing their places on the list of the world's greatest writers, it turns out that some of their could-have-been masterpieces have been lost. Smithsonian Magazine put together a list of the Top 10 lost books, creations that scholars and bibliophiles everywhere would love to spend hours (or years) poring over but that have disappeared.

Among them are a complete play, Cardenio, by Shakespeare; Homer's first poem, Margites; the first draft of Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Austen's last, incomplete novel, Sanditon; Melville's novel The Isle of the Cross; and Hemingway's novel about his experiences during World War I.

The existence of these works, as well as the others on the list, is confirmed by first-person accounts, references in other books or by the authors themselves. Still, you might want to take a really close look at that old pile of papers you found in that trunk in the attic before you throw them out.

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Slideshow: 2011 Readers' Choice Winners Accept Awards

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Highlands Hollow

On Wednesday morning, business owners across the Treasure Valley tore open the Boise Weekly to find out if they had won a coveted Readers' Choice BOB. Photog Laurie Pearman snapped shots of BW staffers as they passed out certificates and stickers to some super giddy winners.

Here's a slideshow documenting all the celebratory smiles and high-fives.

Wanna meet these folks face-to-face? Make sure to stop by our big BOB bash on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-6 p.m. at the Linen Building for a cocktail, a nosh and some serious schmoozing.

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Geoscience Students to Measure Gridiron Seismic Waves

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM

When the Boise State Broncos score during this Saturday's game against Nevada (and they will score) a team of scientists and geoscience students will be measuring the earth-shaking reaction.

"The football game provides us a tremendous outreach opportunity to show what we're doing," said professor Kasper van Wijk, who will lead the team. "The seismometers are fun, like toys, but they also are precise instruments that pick up earthquakes from around the world."

Van Wijk and students have conducted similar experiments for five years. During past measurements, interceptions proved to draw the most earth-shaking reactions from the crowd, surpassing even touchdowns.

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Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Anyone who followed any of BW news editor George Prentice's adventures at Toronto International Film Festival knows that film fests are pretty rad. Bold and innovative new works and stories are celebrated, and there is no shortage of free cheese at the screeners.

Well, Boise sure as shit ain't Toronto, but today it's getting the same film-fest treatment and you can take part.

Swing by The Flicks this evening for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, the world's first global film fest, a coordinated screening in more than 250 cities across six continents. Afterward, you get to vote on the winner.

The 10 short films that comprise the festival were chosen from nearly 600 submissions and represent some of the finest short filmmaking in the world, including films from marquee directors like Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man, Death at a Funeral), whose short film, Sexting, stars Julia Stiles (Dexter, The Bourne Ultimatum).

A number of foreign talents will also be showcased. Martyr Friday is from Egyptian director Abu Bakr Shawky and was filmed on the ground during the Egyptian uprising, after he was unable to get a flight out of the country.

You can read more about the films individually here, or see a general trailer for the festival below.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. and costs $9 general admission or $7 for students and seniors.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vinyl Preservation Society Celebrates September With Soul

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Those lovable Luddites at the Vinyl Preservation Society are up to their monthly shenanigans tonight: celebrating, swapping and listening to the venerable plastic analog music disc known colloquially as "the record."

And both you and your records are invited to join in the fun at The Modern Hotel and Bar, free of charge. Just grab your records and stop on by.

This month's theme is soul, meaning Sam and Dave, Sharon Jones and all the tripping-the-light-fantastic you can shake a tail feather at.

From 7-7:30 p.m., there will be an open social gathering and cocktail sesh. Then from 7:30-10 p.m., everyone in attendance can take turns playing the records they brought to share with the class.

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