Think rugby is all about beer and hitting people? The guys at Snake River Rugby would object.
Snake River is Boise's champion rugby club and it has a reputation for excellence on and off the field.
The Snakes have done so well this year that they are poised to make a run for the national championship.
They will be competing against top teams from Washington and Oregon.
They hope the buzz of this year's seasons attracts new fans and players.
"I think people should come watch the team because Boise loves champions," says Michael "Mik" Lose, one of the team's players and a former Boise State football champion.
Lose and his teammates tell Boise Weekly in the upcoming issue why they want to spread the sport of rugby. They also share some little-known team activities, activities that might surprise you. The guys are up to a lot more than drinking and tackling ....
It's nearly here—the day that combines Jesus with eggs, rabbits (which don't lay eggs) and spring. For children, it's a day filled with biting the ears off chocolate rabbits and discovering hidden gems in the grass (that aren't compliments of the family dog).
Today, you can take your little ones to enjoy all things Easter without neighbors seeing you tromping around your yard in your bathrobe hiding plastic eggs. Zoo Boise is hosting its Eggstravaganza today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and it's replete with holiday-themed activities, including a bean-bag toss, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face-painting and egg scrambles. Oh, and since it's a zoo, there are probably some real bunnies to look at, as well.
Admission is $7 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $4.25 for ages 4-11 and FREE for pass holders and children younger than 3. Proceeds go toward improvements at the zoo.
The first glimmer of warm weather in Boise is a swift reminder of an oh-so-popular summer tradition: lounging on the grass and listening to live music. To help continue that tradition, the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series has booked a stellar lineup of artists at the Idaho Botanical Garden.
To kick off the series, Canadian indie singer-songwriter Feist will hit the stage on Tuesday, May, 29. Feist broke into the industry as a member of the indie-rock band Broken Social Scene, but moved onto a solo career in 1999. With her third album, The Reminder, Feist earned herself four Grammy nominations. Tickets are $25 for general admission, with VIP canopies available.
Next on the list is an overdose of ’90s hit makers, including the Barenaked Ladies with special guests Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker. The Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian band that found major success in the States with its 1998 album Stunt. With its signature harmonica, Blues Traveler is an infectious ’90s group that continues to attract fans. These ’90s pop stars will rock your socks off Thursday, Aug. 2, with general admission tickets starting at $45.50.
The next artist has rallied up an impressive resume starting with her debut album, Come Away With Me, which won her five Grammys. Singer-songwriter Norah Jones has also won the hearts of Americans with her sultry and soothing vocals. Her next album is scheduled to hit shelves Tuesday, May 1, and Boiseans can see Jones’ new songs along with old hits preformed live on Sunday, Aug. 19. General admission starts at $62.
Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills and Nash will hit the stage on Friday, Aug. 24. Known for their intricate vocal harmonies and influential music, this iconic folk-rock group will put on a show that you don’t want to miss. Members all got their start in the revolutionary ’60s and have since played alongside many of rock’s heavy-hitters. Tickets for this musical experience start at $55.
Wrapping up the concert series is legendary country-blues artist Bonnie Raitt. Some of Raitt's smash hits include “Something to Talk About" and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” You can see this star live and in action on Saturday, Sept. 1, with tickets starting at $60.50.
Become a Botanical Garden member to get discounts and the first crack at tickets. For more information, visit the IBG website at idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Boise Weekly checked out Electric Six at the Neurolux on March 29 and had a chance to chat with front man Dick Valentine about what's up with the band's tour and plans for the future.
BW: What has brought you back to Boise, now 10 times and counting?
Valentine: I love the Basque food and the people. Boise is filled with wonderful people.
How do you like playing smaller and more intimate venues like Neurolux?
This venue is so convenient. We don't have to spend a lot of time doing sound check ... just take the stage and go.
How would you sum up the new album?
Simple, metaphysical, synthesizer.
Anything fresh on the horizon?
We're going to record a live album between Minneapolis and Chicago in May.
This is silly, but I have to ask: How often do people ask you to join them after a show at their local gay bar?
Honestly, about once every two weeks.
For more information on Electric Six tour dates and what's up with the band, check out its website.
Here's your weekly sample of cover art submissions. As we say every week: Submission is open to everyone.
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Conservatives have argued that gay marriage undermines "traditional marriage." Ignoring the fact that until recently, traditional marriage meant selling an underage girl to a rich foreigner to forge a political alliance, it is still a preposterous concept because it would seem to indicate that the coupling of people in Massachusetts that you will never meet will somehow make you love your spouse less, which seems like a stretch. (In addition to being deeply insulting to your spouse.)
But after watching this video, it's easy to feel that there may be something to the argument, as the effort put out for this proposal is so monumental that it makes the "traditional marriage" folks who go down on one knee at Red Lobster look like they're just plain phoning it in. Heteros have grown complacent in their marriage dominance and are going to have to start bringing some serious A-game if they want their proposals, and subsequent marriages, to be seen as anything other than sad, laughable efforts to take part in the new, gay-agenda-dominated world order.
Most runners have dealt with blistered feet, ingrown toenails and athlete's foot. But pickled feet ? The term pickling implies all sorts of gnarly preservation processes involving anaerobic fermentation and lactic acid production—generally things that should not happen to one's feet.
Leave it to local ultra-runner and race director Emily Berriochoa to design an extreme running event entitled Pickled Feet 24 and 12 Hour Runs. Yes, it's exactly as it sounds. Solo participants can choose to run for either 24 hours or 12 hours, beginning at 6 p.m. today or 6 a.m. on Saturday, respectively. The course for these dedicated ground-pounders is a 2.5-mile loop at Eagle Island State Park, which they will travel again and again and again. And again. Until their day or half-day of running is over, and it's time to examine the subsequent pickling.
I'm not crazy enough to attempt even a 12-hour continuous shuffle, but I plan on jogging for several hours on Saturday morning in order to see whether my ultra-runner friend still looks as studly after he's spent all night literally running, instead of just running through his girlfriend's dreams. On Saturday afternoon, I'll volunteer at the medical tent—a post that promises to be an even more interesting spectacle. Stay tuned for a field report by Sunday evening. Hopefully, this Peter Piper won't be picking a peck of pickled feet.
Holy Water Buffalo brings to mind images of giant, hairy beasts with halos floating over their heads. And while the band playing at Tom Grainey's tonight does have a lot of hair, that's its only connection to buffalo.
Heber City, Utah's Holy Water Buffalo will rock the downtown bar's stage with its late-'60s-meets-contemporary-rock style at 9 p.m. The group has played a number of festivals, including Sundance Music, and was equated to Kings of Leon in an article on thecomet.com.
Can't make it today? Don't worry, the group will play again on Saturday, March 31, same place and time.
Read up on Holy Water Buffalo on its website and then dance the night away at the always-a-good-time pub. And if you're not feeling the vibe upstairs, there's another bar down a flight of stairs offering completely different music.
Of course, "end of the season" isn't exactly a concrete thing at Brundage Mountain. The McCall resort announced that it will offer bonus weekends through Sunday, April 22, with the possibility of going longer if the snow holds out.
The resort is kicking off its countdown to the finale on Saturday, March 31, with its annual Crazy Daze. So what qualifies the “crazy” title? Everyone is encouraged to don a costume and try their luck at pond skimming—basically taking a run down the slope and trying to make it all the way across a water-filled pool at the bottom. While it’s good fun (especially for the spectators), the transition between snow skiing and water skiing is tricky—which is probably what makes it so much fun.
Pond skimming registration runs from 9-11:30 a.m. and the competition begins at 1 p.m. The day will also include a family poker run, treasure hunt and kids’ pinata party.
As the sand keeps pouring out of the hourglass, the resort will shift from party mode to free-ski mode with, you guessed it, free skiing from Monday, April 2-Friday, April 6. Seriously, you read that right.
Skiers and boarders will still need to pick up a lift ticket at the ticket window, but there will be no charge. Just think of it as more money for apre ski.
What do you do when the police pick you up for being drunk, but your argument that you're totally not does nothing to sway them?
Break into Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," obviously. At least that was this guy's plan.