Monday, December 3, 2012

Scenes From a Scene #056—Play Date

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

There are a couple of fascinating things about children's band Play Date. The first is that one of its members, Greg Attonito, made his name in the punk band The Bouncing Souls. The second is the kind of crowd the duo draws in—aging punks, tattooed moms and their boisterous kids.

The McCall-based band dropped its debut album, Imagination, in October and is now hard at work on the kids rock circuit, which reportedly includes a side stage at Lollapalooza called Kidzapalooza.

Boise Weekly caught up with the band at its CD release show at The Crux in October to quiz its members about multi-generational audiences, how to write songs for children and more. The result is the latest episode in BW's continuing video series, Scenes From a Scene.

Check it out below.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Filmmaker Jaffe Zinn Co-Directs Local Natives Music Video

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Local Natives recently co-directed a music video with Idaho native Jaffe Zinn.
  • Local Natives recently co-directed a music video with Idaho native Jaffe Zinn.

Filmmaker Jaffe Zinn made a bit of a stir in the film world with his debut feature, Magic Valley, which told the story of an unfolding murder in southern Idaho's fish-farming country.

The Idaho native returned to the region to shoot a follow-up film, Children, but that won't be out for awhile.

However, he recently dropped a music video for the song "Breakers" by Los Angeles indie band Local Natives, with whom Zinn co-directed the video.

Check it out below.

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Video: Baby Elephant Born at Portland Zoo

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Baby elephant born at Portland Zoo.
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  • A baby elephant was born at the Portland Zoo this morning.

After 30 hours of labor, a 300 pound baby was born at 2:30 this morning. For most ladies, that would be about the worst thing imaginable.

But for Rose-Tu, an elephant at the Portland Zoo, it was about par for the course. Elephant labor typically lasts several days and wild elephants generally give birth at night to have a more peaceful environment.

How is this giant baby?

"The calf is beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous. As soon as she hit the ground—before she was even out of the amniotic sac—she was wiggling. And she's vocalizing loudly. ... She's definitely got a great set of pipes," Zoo Director Kim Smith told The Oregonian.

Those pipes can be heard in video of the newborn below. And we're going to warn you now, it's pretty adorable.

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Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Rachel Teannalachs Pahsimeroi Valley Dawn will be on display at Beside Bardenay
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  • Rachel Teannalach's "Pahsimeroi Valley Dawn" will be on display at Beside Bardenay.

Whether you're heading across Idaho on I-84 or up Highway 55, the Gem State is a vast series of horizons hemmed in by mountains and peppered with forests. Idaho is exceptional for its geographical diversity, but that diversity is imperiled by human factors like development and environmental degradation.

Artist Rachel Teannalach traveled across much of the state over the last six months following environmental advocacy projects undertaken by Advocates for the West. But instead of just looking at Idaho, she decided to paint it.

Her work will be on display at Beside Bardenay from 7-9 p.m. Entitled Landscapes for the West, the exhibition comprises more than 25 paintings.

Twenty-five percent of the exhibition's proceeds will go to Advocates of the West and its efforts to secure Idaho's natural beauty.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Local Businesses Will Take Over The Modern Hotel During Modern Resolutions

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM


This New Year, before you’ve binged on Andre and singed your party dress with a fire-spewing sparkler, The Modern Hotel and Bar would like to give you a leg up on keeping those New Year's resolutions. On Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 5-10 p.m., the boutique hotel and bar is opening up its courtyard-facing rooms to local businesses, artisans and nonprofits to create a resolution-themed marketplace.

“Basically, we’re trying to give people a jump-start on their New Years resolutions,” said The Modern’s Jay Saenz. “So it’s a lot of pop-up shops, and every pop-up shop is themed around some of the top 10 things that people decide to do for the New Year. So we’ll have, for example, My Fit Foods is going to be here. And we’re going to have a personal trainer paired with them.”

Other local businesses include Bricolage and Hyde Park Books, along with nonprofits like Think Boise First and Usful Glassworks.

“Hyde Park Books will be here with The Cabin, and Hyde Park Books is bringing all the classics that people often say, ‘I’m going to read Moby Dick this year,’” explained Saenz.

The Modern will be repairing its roof on Dec. 28-29, so the hotel will be empty, but the bar and the restaurant will remain open.

“We are planning some special warm drinks so that you can come into our bar, order something nice and warm, and then walk around a shop,” said Saenz.

Stay tuned for more info on Modern Resolutions.

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Author Timothy Egan Talks Politics and Edward Curtis at Boise State

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

More than 300 people came to the first Andrus Center for Public Policy lecture.
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  • More than 300 people attended the first Andrus Center for Public Policy lecture Nov. 28.

Former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus sat close to the stage Nov. 28, as the Andrus Center for Public Policy hosted its first lecture at Boise State University.

"Tonight we inaugurate the first Andrus lecture. By virtue of the size of the crowd tonight, we appear to have the right guy," said Marc Johnson, Andrus Center president.

Johnson introduced author Timothy Egan, listing his books, which include nonfiction titles The Big Burn and The Worst Hard Time, both of which peer into fallout from ecological disasters. But Egan is also known for his Opinionator blog at The New York Times, and he didn't mince words on the outcome of the 2012 election.

"Republicans made up their own reality and retreated from information they didn't agree with," said Egan.

But Egan spent the second half of the evening on Edward Curtis, the long forgotten photographer and subject of his new book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. As a 28-year-old man, Curtis began a yearslong tour of the American West to capture the country's dwindling Native American populations.

"In many instances, the last time a person spoke those languages, they spoke them to Edward Curtis," said Egan.

Curtis collected 40,000 glass plate photographs, and more than 10,000 songs on a primitive recording device, which he compiled into his life's work—a 20-volume set called The North American Indian. Though Curtis died penniless, editions of his massive collection are now worth $2 million a piece.

After Egan was finished, he took questions from the audience and signed copies of his books. But not before Andrus gave some final words.

"Thank you, Tim, for being our first speaker and an outstanding American," said Andrus.

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Weather Channel's Jim Cantore Sends Skiers Scurrying for Sun Valley

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM


Idaho was all over the national news Nov. 28, when Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore sent out the following tweet:

If I was doing a preemptive #ski strike I would head to Sun Valley, Idaho. They are going to get crushed over the next 5 days #snow #IDwx

That sounds lovely, especially if you work at Sun Valley Resort. Of course, that snow isn't coming without wind, so skiing might not be all that fun.

The National Weather Service Office in Pocatello issued a winter weather advisory through the weekend for the Wood River Valley area.

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Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM


The Teddy bear was named after the 26th president of the United States: rough-riding, national park-founding Theodore Roosevelt. In spite of his sometimes rough-hewn ways, Roosevelt distinguished himself as an observer and critic of the arts, a historian and a patron of America's natural spaces.

Since then, the Teddy bear has lost some of the luster of its namesake, and there's no better proof of this than the 2012 film Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane. The film will play at the Boise State Special Events Center at 7 p.m.

Wishing on a falling star as a child that his Teddy bear would come to life, John (Wahlberg) gets his wish—which turns out to be more than he bargained for. Twenty-seven years later, John struggles to balance his hedonistic life with the crass Ted, and his romantic interests with Lori (Kunis).

In spite of the bawdy humor, Ted wrestles with the problems of accepting personal and professional responsibility. And it's a cheap date: Admission is $1.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yo Gabba Gabba Live is Coming to Boise

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM


Most children's TV sucks for adults. But one exception is the genius of Yo Gabba Gabba, which uses puppets, cartoons, celebrities and psychedelic wonder to offer first-class edutainment that both kids and their parents can get on board with. Especially since the show was created by Christian Jacobs, lead singer of ska band The Aquabats.

The show features a wide variety of guest appearances from contemporary underground performers. Actors like Jack Black, Sarah Silverman and Elijah Wood have done skits about mimes and brushing your teeth, while bands like MGMT, Weezer, Ladytron and Jimmy Eat World have sung songs about everything from insects to how cool it is to use your mind. The Aquabats occasionally show up to drop a tune or two, as well.

Obviously, this is a show that needs to be performed live. That live show will be coming to the Morrison Center in Boise for two performances Tuesday, Feb. 26, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m.

And if that's not enough, the Morrison Center is holding a special presale today through Sunday, Dec. 2, at 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $28.50-$48.50 if you use the promo code "SILLIES."

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m.

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Silver Linings Playbook Racks Up Top Indy Spirit Award Noms

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM


Oscar gold grabs much of Hollywood's limelight, but the Independent Spirit Awards—traditionally given out the afternoon before the Academy Awards—carry some serious cred in the film industry.

The 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were unveiled today and provide the season's first real indicators of who could grab one of Oscar's coveted nominations. In particular, Silver Linings Playbook snagged nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Big-budget films such as Argo, Lincoln, The Hobbit and Les Miserables aren't eligible for Independent Spirit Awards but are each expected to be serious contenders when the Golden Globes and Oscars are distributed.

Here are the nominees:

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Girls" (HBO)
"Keep the Lights On"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Silver Linings Playbook"

Jack Black, "Bernie"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Thure Lindhardt, "Keep the Lights On"
Matthew McConaughey, "Killer Joe"
Wendell Pierce, "Four"

Linda Cardellini, "Return"
Emayatzy Corinealdi, "Middle of Nowhere"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, "Smashed"

Sam Rockwell, "Seven Psychopaths"
Michael Pena, "End of Watch"
Bruce Willis, "Moonrise Kingdom"
David Oyelowo, "Middle of Nowhere"
Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"

Rosemarie DeWitt, "Your Sister's Sister"
Ann Dowd, "Compliance"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Brit Marling, "Sound of My Voice"
Lorraine Toussaint, "Middle of Nowhere"

The next big round of announcements will come Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the Golden Globe nominations are unveiled, and Oscar nominations will be made public on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

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