Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Time-Lapse Video of Hurricane Sandy's Assault on New York

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

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A camera mounted at 2 Northside Piers in New York City caught the entirety of Hurricane Sandy's assault on tape. This time-lapse video compresses the devastation to two minutes.

You can see the lights go out in Manhattan about halfway through.

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Seattle Supervillian Rex Velvet Builds an Army

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Supervillain Rex Velvet has launched the next phase of his plan.
  • Supervillain Rex Velvet has launched the next phase of his plan.

Seattle's Rex Velvet has made no secret of his disdain for the "superhero movement," which he has likened to a group of costumed nerds harassing the public.

And after his emergence as a media force to counter the superheroes, little has happened to slow it down.

That's why Velvet launched the next phase of his scheme to let the police do their jobs free of interference: a Velvet army.

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Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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Halloween is here. You saw it coming from a mile away—grocery stores filled with bite-size candies, pumpkins dashed to muck on the sidewalk by slack-jawed ne'er-do-wells—but like the working Joe you are, planning a party for the big day skipped your mind.

Never fear: Humpin' Hannah's has your back. Starting at 8 p.m., the three decade-old dance bar is hosting a Macabre Masquerade.

There are a few must-do activities at Halloween bashes, and Hannah's has its bases covered. The event will feature a Come as You Aren't costume contest with $100 in cash and prizes, along with bobbing for eyeballs. In addition, there will be libations aplenty to fuel mischief late into the night.

Don't forget to wear your costume.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dishonored Lures Players In, Then Gives Them a Grand Adventure

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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  • From Dishonored, by Bethesda Softworks.

Dishonored, from Bethesda Softworks, is a dark tale set in a world that melds the Renaissance with the arcane to seamlessly create an environment. This is a single-player game that allows players to choose to play as either a stealth assassin or as a demon, monitoring the player's actions and modifying the playing experience accordingly.

The set-up for the game is relatively simple. Dunwall, like so many other cities in the world, is overrun with plague and rats. Corvo, the trusted bodyguard of the empress of Dunwall, has been sent to allied cities to find out if anyone has a cure for the blight only to return without anything of substance. He is greeted by the empress’ charming daughter, and then the empress herself. The empress cuts short her meeting with Dunwall’s spymaster to chat with Corvo and it is during their meeting that assassins overwhelm Corvo, murder the empress and kidnap her daughter.

Corvo is behind the coup, it seems, and he is blamed for the murder, tortured and sentenced to hang. This is, of course, all part of a plot to seize the throne of Dunwall. There are those who oppose the takeover and Corvo is freed. Not only does he get some very nice gear, but arcane forces bless him (or curse him) with skills that make him a dangerous combatant.

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The Booze Clues Dynasty is Ending Tonight at Pengilly's

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

All good things must come to an end. And the parade of factoids, free drinks and general shenaniganry that is Booze Clues is apparently no different.

The long-running trivia series at Pengilly's hosted by man-about-town and Boise Weekly contributor E.J. Pettinger announced that Tuesday, Oct. 30, will be its 100th and final event.

Why?

"I've gotten to the point now, where it's really difficult to generate the questions," Pettinger said. "It's kind of tricky. They have to be the exact difficulty level or it doesn't work. If it's too easy, it doesn't work; if it's too hard, it doesn't work."

Pettinger said that agonizing over question development eventually burned him out on the process of putting the event on every week.

"I'll miss doing it," he said. "I won't miss preparing the questions."

The final Booze Clues will go down at Pengilly's at 9 p.m. As always, the only cost will be to your productivity on Wednesday morning.

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Joss Whedon: Romney Better Candidate to Bring on Zombie Apocalypse

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Joss Whedon doesn't always weigh in on presidential elections, but when he does, it's usually tongue-in-cheek. The director of The Avengers and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer released a video endorsing Mitt Romney for president this week. Why? Because Mittens is the candidate best primed to bring on a zombie apocalypse, according to Whedon.

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Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

In Detroit, Devil's Night—the evening preceding Halloween—is the evening when hoodlums burn down derelict buildings. In Boise, the festivities tend to be more family oriented.

While most grown-ups don't scribble arson on their to-do lists, the saccharinity of trick-or-treating can leave some of us in the adult category yearning for more mature entertainment.

And some edgier entertainment will spring from an unexpected source tonight at the Ada Community Library's Victory Branch. At 6:30 p.m., the South Boise book hub is hosting a Halloween-themed Grown-up Stories Out Loud event.

The evening will feature video depictions of work from authors David Sedaris and Neil Gaiman. There will also be showings of two films by Jane Merrow, including the premiere of her latest short film and another based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

For more information, call 208-362-0181.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Tonight's Don Williams Concert Postponed at Morrison Center

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Country legend Don Williams performance at Morrison Center has been postponed to April.
  • Country legend Don Williams' performance at the Morrison Center tonight has been postponed until April 2013.

Country Music Hall-of-Famer Don Williams was scheduled to give Boise a dose of his signature baritone crooning tonight, Oct. 29, at the Morrison Center. Songs like "Good Ole Boys Like Me," and "Love is On a Roll" were to be played.

But alas, it was not to be. According to a Morrison Center press release, Williams has apparently fallen ill.

The Don Williams concert, originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m. has been POSTPONED due to illness. It is now scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m. For refund or additional information, contact the Morrison Center box office at 208-426-1110
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Speedy recovery, sir. We'll see you in April.

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Brick Oven Bistro Announces it Will Close in November

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The Brick Oven Beanery opened in its original location at Fifth and Main streets in 1984. After five years dishing up home-cooked comfort food in the spot where Addie’s currently resides, the business outgrew the space and decided to move to a larger location on The Grove.

“Gathering up our employees and 30 of our customers, we congregated in the parking lot of the old restaurant and blew up balloons, tied them to the restaurant chairs and took off down Main Street,” Brick Oven Bistro wrote on its Facebook page, recounting the Beanery's celebratory big move.

Though The Grove then was far from the cultural hub it is today, the Brick Oven Beanery/Bistro stuck it out to become one of the pillars of the now bustling plaza.

And now, after 28 years in business, Brick Oven Bistro announced that it will officially close its doors Sunday, Nov. 25, at 8:30 p.m.

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Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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If you've worn regular clothes outside your office over the last week, you've obviously been missing out on a lot of super-sweet events. Nearly every happening around town has called for a crazy costume, and today, you can continue to rock your devil horns/angel wings/sexy cat suit in the spirit of Halloween, while contributing to a cause and downing some tasty suds.

Payette Brewing Company will continue its Kegs4Kause series today, which means from 5-10 p.m., you can feel good beyond your buzz from drinking Payette brews.

Half of the evening's beer proceeds will be donated to Wild Lens, which unites biologists and filmmakers in the name of bringing awareness to conservation issues, as well as eliminating species decline. Learn more about the organization here, then head to Payette and drink up. Of course, costumes are encouraged, and the best costume will win a prize.

Once the beer munchies set in, head outside and grab something tasty from the St. Lawrence Gridiron food truck.

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