Sunday, March 31, 2013

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 4:00 AM


With its last dying breath, winter is handing out a freebie. Today, Bogus Basin is letting skiers and snowboarders ride free if they don costumes representing their favorite holiday figures in celebration of Easter.

Sounds good, right? It gets better.

For the kids, there's also an Easter egg hunt. And for the adults, there's a Pabst Blue Ribbon ribbon hunt. Conveniently, both of these events start at 9 a.m. They're free, too, so start your spring off right with the last day of spring skiing at Bogus.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 4:00 AM


If you're sick of the same old thing on Saturday nights, but you're not ready to get sanguine at a lounge and sip cocktails to Muzak in a velvet sport jacket, then it's time to shake things up.

Tonight at The Balcony Club, there's Feathers!, a fundraiser for the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court, which offers scholarships for LGBT students and supports people with HIV.

Expect a drag revue, highly danceable tunes blasting over the PAs and lots of booze. The party is going to be raucous, and there will be dancing and bright colors, as well as a raffle (tickets are $5 or five for $20) for a 40-inch high definition television. The action starts at 8 p.m. and cover is $10.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Gamers Go Ape Over Donkey Kong Tournament at Spacebar Arcade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Boise Weeklys New Media Czar Josh Gross attempts to topple the top score.
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  • Boise Weekly's New Media Czar Josh Gross attempts to topple the top score March 28 at the Spacebar Arcade.

Boise Weekly previously took you below ground to Spacebar Arcade, where a group of classic arcade gamers battled it out in a Galaga tournament Feb. 21. After the success of that tourney, more than a dozen players turned out March 28 to try their hand at a similar competition—this time featuring the Nintendo classic Donkey Kong.

For those unfamiliar with Donkey Kong, the premise is simple on paper. A giant ape has kidnapped a pretty blonde lady and a Mario-esque "jumpman," as he's called, must save her. To do so, players jockey a knob and a button to jump over barrels.

For the competition, each player had a single quarter to drop into the machine and five minutes to achieve a high score. Unfortunately for me, I'm better at downing suds than I am at dodging barrels.

On my first run, I scored a paltry 2,200 points without getting past the first level, whereas BW's Josh Gross scored 7,800. Meanwhile the frontrunner, Mike Ramshaw, scored 32,000 on his first shot.

Alas, a second run did me no better. I scored 1,500—less than 10 percent of some of the other competitor's scores. Ramshaw walked away with first place at 32,000 points, Joel Wallace achieved second place with 29,500 and Cam Gunn took third place at 29,100.

Each took home swag—including hats and pint glasses—from tournament sponsor Ninkasi Brewing Company from Eugene, Ore. A Pac-Man competition is planned for April.

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Visual Arts Collective Gets Full Liquor License

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM


After five years slinging beer and wine only in its Garden City space, the Visual Arts Collective can now officially sell hard alcohol. The music venue and art gallery purchased a liquor license from nearby bar the Quarter Barrel, which shut its doors two months ago after the license was transferred.

According to VAC owner Sam Stimpert, the space will continue to act as a performance venue and will not transition into a bar with regular operating hours.

“We’re still going to be an arts venue, just with cocktails,” said Stimpert.

The first shows where patrons can purchase liquor at VAC will be during Toubab Krewe Wednesday, April 3, and at the opening reception for Noble Hardesty’s new art show, Remission, Friday, April 5.

Stimpert said he'll be actively booking more events in the space moving forward, and hopes the liquor license will help the venue increase its cash flow so it can bid on better bands.

“It’s the potential for us to be able to make a little bit more money and get better stuff coming in here,” said Stimpert.

The Visual Arts Collective will continue offering gallery hours on Saturdays, which Stimpert said he might extend into the evening.

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Japan's Idaho Burger Kind of Looks Like Butt Cheeks

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM


What does the world know about Idaho? Generally, that it has potatoes and not much else.

Take this vlog from Kyde and Eric, two Americans living in Japan who have chronicled their time as ex-pats extensively on YouTube. Their most recent entry: eating the Idaho Burger at a Japanese McDonald's.

Why is it called the Idaho Burger? Presumably, because it has hashbrowns on it.

"The bun kind of looks like butt cheeks," said Eric.

"These are onions," said Kyde. "Are onions an Idaho thing?"

"Everything I know about Idaho I know from Napoleon Dynamite," Eric said.

See the video, including a dissection of the unappetizing-looking burger, below.

But if that video isn't enough to make you sad that the place where television was invented is only known for its starchy earth turds, then try this one, in which two really awful—or really stoned—comedians make five straight minutes of Idaho potato jokes.

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Music News We Missed in the Fog of Treefort

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM


Treefort 2013 was so massive that it blocked out our ability to report on a lot of other stuff going on in the local music scene. But now that the fog has lifted, here are a couple other major bits of music news that happened recently.

For one, Pink Martini are coming to Boise. Easily Portland, Ore.’s classiest band, the jazz-pop ensemble has performed with everyone from presidential candidates to rock stars to the cast of Sesame Street. Thursday, July 11, they will be at the Morrison Center. Singer Storm Large will be performing at the show, and tickets are $39.50-$75.

Also announced is the lineup for the McCall Music Festival on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6. Headliners include Pat Benatar, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Reckless Kelly. Two-day passes go on sale Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. and cost $79.

Another music festival announced for July, albeit a much smaller one, is taking shape with the help of Crooked Fence Brewing at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna. Hermit Music Fest will go down Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, and feature a lineup of old-timey and acoustic music curated by Boise’s Hillfolk Noir. Stay tuned for more details as they come into existence.

Possibly the biggest news, however, is that the Boise Venue announced it will be relocating to Caldwell, where it will expand to feature two stages, a full bar, a cafe, free parking and nicer bathrooms. You'll be able to read more about this move in the Wednesday, April 10, issue of Boise Weekly.

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Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM


Families are complicated. They can be a source of amusement, tedium and pain. But for those who come from dysfunctional homes, they're just about tedium and pain, rarely joy or comfort.

That's the premise behind Camp, the story of Eli, whose mother is a drug addict and father is a transient who floats in and out of his life. Eli is transferred to Locustwood, a home for children that's little better than a prison.

But when Eli goes to a camp for children hailing from abusive and neglectful households, he meets counselor Ken, who becomes his mentor and friend. Their budding friendship faces a new challenge when Eli's father makes a surprise appearance at camp.

The film, based on the real-life Royal Family Kids Camp and produced to draw awareness of the plight of underprivileged and neglected youths, makes its Treasure Valley debut at noon today at Majestic Cinemas in Meridian. Tickets are $10, and 10 percent of the film's proceeds go toward starting new camps.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 4:00 AM


It's one of the funniest movies of all time. It's also so chock full of N-bombs that if it were produced today, well, it just wouldn't be. We're talking about Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, the classic about a fourth-wall-breaking black sheriff.

Sure, it's a satire of Hollywood's racial whitewashing of the American West. And, yeah, cowboy legend John Wayne told Brooks he'd be first in line to see the film when it debuted. But it's also damned funny.

Cleavon Little plays Sheriff Bart, the new black sheriff of an all-white town charged with protecting Rock Ridge from the scheming of State Attorney General Hedley Lamarr.

The film is playing at the Egyptian Theatre at 7 p.m., courtesy of Boise Classic Movies. Tickets are $9 online or $15 at the door.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM


There are some countries that are renowned for their excellence in certain areas. Monaco hosts the best Formula 1 races, China builds the biggest walls and France produces the best wine. Of course, none of these categories are set in stone.

This last example is the subject of Bottle Shock, a film about the first American wines to beat out French wines on their home turf during the Judgment of Paris in 1976.

Though the wine competition remains controversial, it eroded the image of the superiority of French wines and opened the door for the expansion of the California wine industry.

The film is playing at the Egyptian Theatre at 5 p.m. for Unwined at the Movies. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Idaho Wine Commission and the I Support Idaho Wines initiative. In case you're inspired by the film's depictions of American wines, there will also be wine tasting and appetizers available as part of the event.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Forget Black Metal, Get a Deeper Shade of Purple With Gypsyhawk

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM


All Treeforted out, you say? Boo to that. If there's anything that four days of solid live music should do is whet your appetite for more.

Especially since there was one very notable thing largely missing from the Treefort lineup: metal. 

And tonight at Red Room, you can get your hesh on, old school, with the metaliciousness of Gypsyhawk, a band that tosses aside the black metal zeitgeist to bask in the deep purple rays of the late 1970s sound. Expect big riffs, bigger glasses of cheap draft beer and a band that isn't afraid to rock out, dork style.

"We fucking love smoking weed and drinking beer and having a good time,"  the band's singer, Eric Harris, said in a press release. "But at the same time, we like to read books and play Magic: The Gathering. 

Now admit it. Once cheap beer and Magic are in the picture, you aren't really Treeforted out, are you? 

Gypsyhawk plays at 9 p.m. at Red Room, with Mothership and Obscured by the Sun opening. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

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