In an interview with Boise Weekly, Earl Mullins of the Boise Ukulele Group described the instrument's history thusly:
"Ukelele had been a very popular instrument in the teens and the '20s. You were nobody if you didn't have a ukulele. You had absolutely no shot at getting the girl. But then along came Tiny Tim."
With a voice even shriller than the instrument itself, Tiny Tim did so much damage, he probably should have called himself Scrooge.
Lucky for the noble uke, Jake Shimabukuro came along. Shimabukuro is doing as much to boost the ukulele's reputation as Tiny Tim did to destroy it. He of the unpronounceable last name could be described as the four-string Van Halen, delivering complex and technical music on an instrument better known for being low-key and easy to play. Consider the video below of him tearing through "Bohemian Rhapsody" Exhibit A.
Shimabukuro will be returning to Boise to perform at the Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets for that show are now officially on sale for $27, and can be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office, or here.
After the statue outside the Women's and Children's Alliance was vandalized in March, the gleaming bronze hand of the statue's main subject stood empty. A colorful metal butterfly was stolen from Taking Flight and later returned after Boise Police circulated security footage.
However, many have taken the empty space left in the butterfly's absence as an invitation to place flowers or blue-and-silver Pinwheels for Prevention of child abuse in her outstretched palm.
"I don't want to come off as in any way supporting vandalism," said Greg Hampikian. "But from the moment I saw the open hand, I loved it."
Hampikian created a Facebook group called Boise's Open Hand, an initiative to keep the space in the sculpture's palm free for the community to contribute to the piece.
"If the mother's upturned palm is left open, I imagine there will be all sorts of offerings, and maybe not all of it will please me, but I trust the artistic and compassionate nature of our town," he said.
Colleen Steinman, the WCA's communications manager, had yet to hear about the group, which currently features more than 180 members. She said the idea was interesting, reiterating that the butterfly is a powerful symbol of metamorphosis for the WCA.
"We certainly want to stay true to the intent behind the donation," said Steinman. "It was a very, very generous donation. The butterfly represents a great deal to us as an agency, and obviously, the community outpouring we had when it was missing was huge. But we definitely want to think about what it would mean."
Steinman said the Facebook group and the outcry after the butterfly's theft shows how deeply the community cares about the WCA's work.
"Most of all, I hope it will draw attention to the positive work of the WCA," added Hampikian.
Boise Weekly's editorial team hauled home a box full of plaques and awards after the Idaho Press Club Best of 2011 Awards on April 28. The annual awards honor the best in the previous year's journalism from across the state.
After checking in at the Pioneer Building on Sixth and Main streets, revelers flooded downtown to imbibe for a cause. April 28 marked the third-annual Crawl Around Downtown, a pub crawl designed to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Each locale—Bardenay, Piper Pub, Old Chicago, Falcon Tavern, Flatbread Community Oven, Ha'Penny, Solid and The Taphouse—revealed a sea of white pub crawl T-shirts and wristbands upon entering.
Andrea Courtney, her husband and their family started the crawl in honor of their son, who is afflicted with CF. The little tike ran around his family members at the check-in station, where they eagerly passed out energy drinks to keep crawlers active, then joined the tour of seven local bars.
Brandi Johnson, Elisha Colgrove and Tyler Scripture were just some of the crawlers that day. The trio sipped Payette Brewing Company's wheat beer at the newly opened Taphouse just after 1 p.m.
"We know the little boy this was created for," said Johnson, a friend of the family. "We tried the Payette beer today; it's good."
Over at Solid, just after 2:30 p.m., Courtney confirmed that 225 crawlers had registered for the fundraiser.
Once, maybe twice, it's been mentioned that there is something of an enthusiasm gap to be closed for the GOP's soon-to-be-nominee, Willard "Mittens" Romney.
To illustrate it, the good folks over at Talking Points Memo put together a mash-up of Romney and President Barack Obama speaking to college students this week.
This photo sums it up, but you really have to watch the video to fully absorb the difference.
Nature may be ubiquitous—trees in forests, shrubbery outside houses, the plant on your desk. But this year, some folks at Boise State decided to look beyond the foliage. They developed a series called Interdisciplinary Explorations: The Idea of Nature that examines how thoughts about nature are expressed in a variety of disciplines—including literature, music, philosophy and art.
The series wraps up today from 6-7 p.m. in the Boise State Student Union Building Simplot Ballroom. You can listen to Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia's research chair in literature, culture and environmental studies, talk about Romanticism, Blake and the Politics of Nature. It won't cost you a cent, so you can save your money for the reception, where there's a cash bar and you can snack on appetizers.
Read more about the series here.
It didn't take long for the formal proceedings of the 2012 NFL Draft to finish before Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore struck a deal. Though he was not chosen during the draft, Moore was quickly signed by the Detroit Lions as a free agent early Saturday evening. Moore would be the third quarterback on the Lions roster behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill. If Moore makes the cut, he is expected to join Boise State veteran Titus Young with the Lions.
A record six Boise State Broncos ended up as draft picks in the marathon sessions that stretched from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon. They were:
- Defensive end Shea McClellin (first round) to the Chicago Bears
- Running back Doug Martin (first round) to the Tampa Bay Bucs
- Defensive end Tyrone Crawford (third round) to the Dallas Cowboys
- Safety George Iloka (fifth round) to the Cincinnati Bengals
- Defensive tackle Billy Winn (sixth round) to the Cleveland Browns
- Offensive tackle Nate Potter (seventh round) to the the Arizona Cardinals
So you've heard the word "baroque" thrown around with the word "orchestra," and have been meaning to check it out. Well, today is your day. Boise Baroque Orchestra will perform its season finale at 2 p.m. at Cathedral of the Rockies.
Formed in 2003, the orchestra features a variety of musicians who perform with a slew of other musical groups in the Treasure Valley, including Boise Philharmonic and Opera Idaho.
Today's concert will be a celebration of Franz Joseph Haydn's work. An 18th-century composer, Haydn is frequently called the "father of the symphony" because of his contributions to the form.
Tickets to today's performance are $20, $15 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 17 and younger with a paying adult. Visit Boise Baroque's website for more info.
Perennial prankster Sacha Baron Cohen is set to release a new movie, The Dictator, on Friday, May 16.
The opening scene just hit the net as a preview. Check it out below.
Love the look of well-put-together greenery, but have a knack for killing off all the plants you purchase from big greenhouses? Stop by the Idaho Native Plant Society Pahove Chapter's annual Native Plant Sale today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MK Nature Center.
The sale will feature an array of wildlife-friendly vegetation that's already adapted to the sometimes crazy climate and soil of the Treasure Valley. You can also chat up some people with far-greener thumbs than yourself; knowledgeable botanists will be on hand to help you decide what vegetation is right for your yard. And your purchases go to support the society and the MK Nature Center, so you can feel good about spending some green on greenery. But leave your credit card at home—the sale only accepts cash and checks.
Visit the society's website for a list of plants available at this year's sale.