My goal was to write about the Reverend Horton Heat's performance at Knitting Factory Feb. 27. And, there was plenty to write about. Everything from the effortless way front man Jim Heath's fingers danced across the neck of the guitar, to the set of Dead Kennedys covers the band played as an encore after a nearly two-hour set. Even the way "Where In The Hell Did You Go With My Toothbrush?" remains one of the best songs ever written about a breakup.
But as much of a tour de force of talent the Rev was, he paled in comparison to the drunken shitshow that proceeded him from Gutttermouth, the world's leading group of potty-punks.
Frontman Mark Adkins was in truly rare form, something he attributed to starting drinking at approximately 9 a.m. Why would he do such a thing?
"Because I have personal problems," he slurred. "You may have a beard, but I have inner turmoil having to do with bad parenting. Possibly bad grandparenting. Possibly even bad great-grandparenting."
Many of the words Adkins uttered were mush-mouthed and mangled, if they were words at all. He spent half of a song wandering around in a circle before realizing his microphone wasn't even plugged in. So Adkins shoved the mic in his pocket and grabbed someone else's to tell the audience what he didn't like about Boise.
"There's not enough gay people here," he said. Then he turned to the band and offered a strategy: "Let's make these people gay."
Adkins then started stripping and encouraging the audience to do the same and to throw their clothes onstage. When they didn't, Adkins asked the only obvious question: "What's the matter? Don't you guys celebrate diversity?"
Then he stopped singing for awhile to pick lint out of his bellybutton and use the microphone to perform fake fellatio on the band's bass player.
By the end of the show, Adkins had torn the shirts off the backs of his entire band and distracted them from their instruments with a variety of titty twisters.
"You guys should know ... the name of our band," he slurred after the last song. "We're called Guttermouth. Let's hear it for us."
Adkins then encouraged just the ladies to cheer.
"That makes me want to beat-off in the staff bathroom," he said and tottered offstage.
Halfway through the Rev's set, Adkins reappeared on the dance floor having one helluva psychobilly freakout until Knitting Factory security removed him and forced him backstage like total goobers.
The Reverend Horton Heat was great. But following an Andy-Kaufman-meets-G.G. Allin performance like Adkins gave would have even been hard for Andy Kaufman or G.G. Allin.
Set aside his crimes against humanity and Kim Jong Il is actually a fun-loving, wacky dude. He likes film, bouffants and repelling the capitalist hordes trying to destroy the paradise of his homeland.
Fun facts about North Korea's deceased dictator include that he hit 11 holes-in-one the only time he played golf, a new star appeared in the sky when he was born, he composed six operas, wrote 1,500 books and could control the weather with his moods.
But then again, those are the facts according to Kim Jong Il, or whatever ghostwriter penned the propaganda pamphlets with his name on them.
That's why it is fitting that his autobiography will be ghostwritten, as well.
Michael Malice, a professional ghostwriter who has written books for D.L. Hughley and Bret Michaels, has decided his next subject will be none other than Kim Jong Il. But, seeing as how he's dead and considered reality something of a fluid concept, Malice's book, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, will be written from Il's perspective as he and his propaghandists envisioned himself.
Malice traveled to North Korea and "spirited" out as many propaganda pamphlets and books attributed to Il as possible. Those books will supply the necessary facts to tell the story of a leader who was enough of a cut-up to claim unicorns once existed in a local cave and cutthroat enough to starve a nation while he dined in opulence in his many mansions.
Since, unlike Malice's other projects, there isn't a client, Malice has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $30,000 to cover the costs of writing and publishing the book. Contributors to the campaign can get copies of the book, pages from the propaganda pamphlets, a revolutionary-style painting of themselves or even the chance to be included on Kim Jong Il's "enemies list," in the book, right next to that infamous capitalist pig The Mona Lisa.
The sheer quantity of visual artists in Boise—from photographers to watercolorists to abstract ceramicists and metalworkers—is enormous. Every so often, an organization springs to life that attempts to unite these artists to bring attention to their work and give some sense of the close-knit nature of the local visual arts community.
One such organization is the Boise Open Studios Collective, or BOSCO.
BOSCO's latest adventure, Opening Doors: A Glimpse in the Artist's Mind, debuts today at the Boise State Student Union Building.
On display will be mixed media works, metalworks, jewelry, paintings, sculptures and photographs by BOSCO artists. The opening reception runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the exhibition remains up until Monday, March 25.
I've seen The Aquabats a number of times. Between the costumed superhero battles, the bizarre Saturday morning cartoon videos and the epic shenanigans of frontman Christian Jacobs—I once saw him light his head on fire and then do three backflips—it's the most fun I've ever had at a live show.
And when Jacobs told Boise Weekly that the live version of Yo Gabba Gabba, a kids TV show he co-created for the Nick Jr. network, was the live show The Aquabats always dreamed of, he was massively understating the case.
The Yo Gabba Gabba performance at the Morrison Center on Feb. 26 started with its host, DJ Lance Rock, having to escape a giant video screen, then introducing the cast of life-sized dancing puppets, which went on to sing surreal songs about "a party in my tummy," not being afraid of the dark and the mechanics of giving a hug, while psychedelic, iPod-commercial-like projections played on the screen.
Mike Park, frontman for Skankin' Pickle and founder of Asian Man Records, played saxophone and sang about jumping. Rap legend Biz Markie also escaped the video screen to teach kids who couldn't possibly understand his relevance to hip-hop how to beat-box. Bubbles and confetti cannons fired into the air.
Were Salvador Dali alive, he would have said, "Damn yo, now that was some freaky-weird shit."
Yo Gabba Gabba Live was a strange, wonderful, fun and wholly magical experience for kids and adults alike, and it was a genuinely sad moment when the cast sang its goodbye song at the end.
Patrons of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor, Ontario, will soon see much more of Robert Franz, music director of the Boise Philharmonic.
Franz has been tapped to become music director of the WSO, the sixth in the orchestra's 65-year history. Earlier this month, WSO Communications Manager Shelley Sharpe said that during his visit to Windsor as part of the selection process, Franz was "a hit in this community."
More than 153 applicants from 28 countries applied for the position. The pool was reduced to eight finalists by a selection panel, which ultimately chose Franz. He will begin a three-year renewable contract Monday, July 1, according to the WSO.
Tony Boatman, interim executive director of the Boise Philharmonic, previously told Boise Weekly, it's common for music directors to have more than one orchestra, and that Franz will juggle his time between his Boise and Canadian positions.
"It's a strength. Having him as a music director of the Windsor Symphony would be a feather in the cap of Boise, because it says that we have somebody that someone else values," said Boatman.
Sa-Wad-Dee Thai co-owners Toffee Dullaphan and Fon Tavijaroen have branched out to create a new Asian venture: Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine in Eagle.
Executive chef Dullaphan will borrow a couple of Sa-Wad-Dee’s most popular menu items including the coconut fried rice dessert. But most of the menu will be completely new with entrees and appetizers from India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
“It’s a combination of different cultures,” Dullaphan said.
Dullaphan was inspired by her travels across Asia and decided to bring those flavors stateside.
“I thought, 'It doesn’t seem like there is a restaurant with that combination concept here,'” she said.
Menu items include fried green beans with sweet chili and siracha sauce, Korean bulgogi, duck curry, Japanese tonkatsu, tofu kim chi fried rice and tom kha coconut soup.
“We offer authentic flavor and authentic recipes with the fun and twist of contemporary presentation,” said Tavijaroen.
Rice is located at 228 E. Plaza Street, Suites Q and R in Eagle, in the former River Rock Ale House space. It's open for lunch and dinner Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Happy hour drink and appetizer discounts are available from 4-6 p.m. every day and from 10 p.m.-midnight on the weekends.
When you think of Faustian bargains, you think of the devil offering someone something cool in exchange for his or her soul. There's a cost of doing business with Mephistopheles and it takes a miracle or a sacrifice to get Faust out of the fire.
Such is the case of Macario, a film based on a Mexican folk tale. The Devil, God and Death approach the hungry peasant Macario to share his turkey on the Day of the Dead. Macario refuses all but Death, who gives him a bottle of water, a drink from which can cure any illness.
Soon Macario is richer than the village doctor and has the full attention of the Spanish Inquisition.
Presented by the Mexican Consulate in Boise, Macario plays at the Washington Group Plaza Auditorium, 720 Park Blvd., this evening at 6 p.m. Admission is free and a reception begins at 5:45 p.m.
UPDATE: According to event organizers, permits from the city are still pending.
Also, the organizers of the event are planning an online contest to change the name from Boise Capitol Bomb to something that doesn't sound like a potential effort to blow up the Capitol. That may not sound like it matters much, but an infamous group of downhill riders in Portland, Ore., called The Zoo Bombers, who gathered weekly to "bomb" the hill down from the Portland Zoo, were once questioned by the FBI over their advertisements which read "bomb the zoo, not Iraq." So, probably not the worst idea ever.
Due to a general lack of hills, hillbombing has never been a major movement in local skateboard culture. Which is a shame, not only because young Josh Brolin was SO DREAMY in the downhill climax to the classic '80s film Thrashin', but because bombing hills is one of the funnest ways to risk shattering your pelvis.
This summer, that's going to change.
A group of local skaters secured permits set a date and have permits pending for a large-scale downhill race: The Boise Capitol Bomb.
The place: Americana Boulevard. The date: Saturday, Aug. 10. The projected participation: "We're anticipating 200-300 participants," one of the event's organizers, Lana Westbrook, told BW via email. "There are two waves, adults 14 and up, and kids 13 and under."
At the bottom of the course, there will also be a yet-to-be-determined series of events, booths and generally festival-ly things.
The prize for not only surviving such a melee, but coming out on top will include a custom longboard from Sibbz Custom Rides and some other stuff, yet to be determined.
Though it's a shift from organizers' original plan to stage the race from the Boise Depot to the Capitol, the new location isn't ruffling any feathers.
"[This] way it's better for traffic, gives us more space to extend the event, etc.," said Westbrook.
Westbrook also told BW that organizers hope to make this an annual event.
Perhaps next time things can get really wild and the race can be down Bogus Basin Road. Young Josh Brolin would thrash the bejeesus outta that.
Before public art starts to take shape in Boise's 30th Street Neighborhood, officials are looking for creative input from residents through a collaborative community design event.
Boise neighbors, parents and artists are invited to a "charette" process at Whittier Elementary School, located at 301 N. 29th St., scheduled for Saturday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The charette, the French term for a period of intense design activity, will help guide projects planned for the community.
One installation proposed for Whittier would serve as a boundary, both functional and artistic, between the school's playground and the forthcoming 30th Street extension, which will likely be named Whitewater Park Boulevard and is currently under construction.
As Boise Weekly reported in October 2012, architect and artist Stephanie Inman created a Cultural Arts Plan to look at opportunities for public art in the neighborhood.
March 9, the community can brainstorm ideas and provide input on how the neighborhood should take shape artistically, with breakfast and snacks provided by organizers over the course of the meeting.
More information can be found via a PDF version of the invitation, which is available below.
Neurolux was packed to the gills with Boise's culturati last night. As one patron put it, "Every hipster who is any hipster is here." Most of the tables had to be moved out to accommodate the crowd.
The draw was Youth Lagoon, Boise's best chance to be known for something other than blue turf.
But it was more than just a rare hometown show, it was the live debut of Youth Lagoon's expanded lineup and material from its sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, which is set to be released Tuesday, March 5.
In my opinion, it was the first time Youth Lagoon wasn't wildly disappointing as a live act.