When it comes to Schadenfreude, it can be tough to tell if the queasy feeling in your stomach is one of sadistic pleasure or a spasm of empathy. In the case of a flesh-reddening belly flop, hearing the smack of skin on water is pure sadism.
Today The Lift is hosting Crooked Fence's Belly Flop-Off, which is exactly what it sounds like. Participants leap, gut-first into an inflatable pool. The best flop in the guys and gals divisions gets a $75 bar tab. Every flopper gets a Crooked Fence T-shirt.
Sign-ups are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. The competition gets going at 6:30 p.m. and you'll be icing your chapped, crimson frontside by midnight.
Thirsty Boiseans should clear their calendars Monday, April 22. Construction fences surrounding a much-anticipated project in downtown Boise have come down, signaling the impending opening of Bend, Ore.'s, 10 Barrel Brewing in its second location.
Crews have worked since late 2012 to put together 10 Barrel's Boise restaurant and brewery, located at 830 W. Bannock St. Co-owner Garrett Wales took time out of training a roster of new employees Thursday—approximately 115-120—to tell Boise Weekly the new Boise brewpub will begin serving customers for lunch at 11 a.m., Monday, April 22.
"We just kinda roll the doors open," said Wales. "We'll do a big party in six weeks or so when we get our feet under us, and get everything dialed in. For right now, we want to roll open the doors and see what happens."
Fans of the brewery's Apocalypse IPA and the malty S1NISTOR Black Ale should expect much the same feel as the company's Bend location. His staff is training ahead of a private event at the new location held the evening of Saturday, April 20.
Wales said to expect "great food, great beer, and great service."
You've seen them around: The cats that lurk around the Greenbelt poaching duck eggs and the stray dogs trotting down State Street. Strays are regulars in almost every city, in large part because some pet owners don't spay and neuter their dogs and cats. An explosion in the number of stray domestic animals is a humanitarian crisis, and Spay Neuter Idaho Pets—SNIP for short—is doing what it can to raise awareness about the issue.
Fortunately, SNIP isn't raising awareness with TV ads featuring close-ups of wide-eyed animals, it's doing it through the awesome power of booze. Tonight at Bardenay in Eagle from 5-9 p.m., SNIP will be the beneficiary of the distillery and restaurant's Charity Night, taking home 20 percent of food and drink sales.
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.
To commemorate the Academy Awards, wine shop staff set up a small television to broadcast past Oscar-winning films, including The Great Escape and Paper Moon. Near the back of the store, past the "Christopher Walk-in" cooler, a best costume contest drew well-dressed patrons to a photo opportunity with a makeshift golden statuette.
A cat-shaped bottle of Zeller Schwarze Katz German riesling, spray-painted gold, was cradled by contestants dressed in tuxedos and formal-wear.
Near 5:30 p.m., a real, life-size version of Oscar himself walked into the wine shop to ecstatic staff and other patrons. Devin Koski, sporting a tight gold bodysuit and golden makeup, posed for a photo with his wife, Linda Whittig.
"We're pretty sure we're strong contenders," said Koski.
Organizers said pictures of costumed contestants will be uploaded to the Boise Co-op Facebook page, where users can vote for the winner.
Outside the venue, visitors snagged grub from Boise Fry Company, P. Ditty's Wrap Wagon and Saint Lawrence Gridiron food trucks, while at the door, they grabbed plastic cups filled with Rusty Nail Pale Ale and 3 Picket Porter. Wall-to-wall crowds filled both levels of the venue, almost all with cup in hand.
Local band The Country Club took the stage first, playing to a crowd split between mingling, drinking, listening and eating. Once Boise favorites Hillfolk Noir took the stage, any space between crowd and stage dissolved into a small dance floor.
Upstairs, Fred Abercrombie, visiting from California's Bay Area, spoke with visitors about his new book, Craft Beerds. Its glossy pages pair creative takes on facial hair with the original artwork of American craft breweries across the country. Abercrombie stood next to a table heaped with copies of the book, which includes Crooked Fence labels on two of its pages.
"I saw Kelly Knopp's art online and I love it, so I reached out to him. I wanted to give exposure to small craft breweries that have popped up," said Abercrombie.
After a year full of fresh local arts events, drinking games, the birth of the Am-Brem-Lance and other contests, it was fitting the folks behind Crooked Fence should organize an event to celebrate.
How do you reinvigorate a dusty art form? Drape it in an air of sophistication and bathe it in artisan cocktails. This nearly infallible combination has rescued opera from binoculars on a stick and turned it into something suitable for the exploits of Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World.
Boiseans don't have to hitch yacht rides to Monaco to get in on the action. Operatini is hitting Beside Bardenay from 6-8 p.m.
Singers from Opera Idaho will perform arias from Pagliacci, Ruggero Leoncavallo's classic play-within-a-play about a cuckold, while mixmaster Sean Earley of Bardenay creates signature Pagliacci martinis. A full performance of Pagliacci will take place at the Egyptian Theatre Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m.
Operatini tickets are $20 each, or two for $35. The price includes appetizers, but martinis are sold separately.
Last week, Boise made headlines for an unusual Fat Tuesday door prize offered by local bar owner Ted Challenger. At Challenger’s bars China Blue, Dirty Little Roddy’s and Main Street Bistro, Mardi Gras partiers were entered to win a free boob job with the $5 admission.
The drawing took place just after 1 a.m. at China Blue. The emcee announced that Andy Thompson was the winner of a $3,000 voucher for breast augmentation surgery, a prize Thompson said he’s not yet sure what to do with.
“I was thinking about going with a C cup, but I think a small A is good for me,” the 37-year-old Thompson joked.
Thompson said everything had to happen exactly the way it did, or the boob job would've gone to somebody else.