Congratulations to Scott Krueger, the winner of BW's first-ever LocalMotion video contest.
Krueger handily bested the competition with his Idaho Through Our Eyes, which featured exactly three-minutes of fun in the Idaho summer sun peppered with outdoor stunts somebody's mother definitely would not approve of.
The original LocalMotion assignment was to put together a video prominently featuring Idaho that was no longer than three minutes and was PG-13.
A total of 21 entries came in and 145 votes were cast.
Krueger's grand prize is $250 in BW Card credit to use on food, booze, tattoos, movie tickets or—if he really needs a facial—skin care.
Nice job, Scott. And be careful jumping off bridges head first.
It was brought to our attention that the photo that we ran of Carrie Rodriquez in Boise Weekly on July 28 is 4 years old, and someone sent us a new one. Thanks. We like it; she's cute. And we updated our files.
You can catch Carrie Rodriguez in Boise this Saturday, July 31, at The Egyptian or in Stanley on Sunday, Aug. 1 at Redfish Lake Lodge.
So now, just in time for back-to-school shopping, their new collection called "Material Girl" will be available at Macy's starting Tuesday, August 3.
I am obsessed with Madonna and have been for almost 30 years. I would expect nothing less from her. It is pretty brilliant to start a whole new revenue stream off of the original Madonna look she created three decades ago. I give her credit, but choose not to encourage my daughter to be a customer (our daughters are about the same age). The last thing I want to encourage my daughter to be is a material girl. It could be argued that this hit song created a whole generation of material girls who will flock to the store to reminisce about 1984 with their own daughters.
The scooter that we are raffling off on Saturday, August 28 at our block party is pretty sweet.
It is a brand spankin' new white 50CC Vespa S50 which includes a full warranty and custom pinstriping. We thought about putting Boise Weekly stickers all over it but thought it unwise; the winner may have some design ideas of his or her own.
You can buy a ticket right this minute via Paypal and we will mail you your ticket ... or tickets.
There is no limit to the number of tickets that you can buy, but we are only selling 1,000 tickets. Net proceeds will benefit Boise Pride. You do not have to be present to win but you don't want to miss this shindig—we are closing off the block between Sixth and Broad streets in front of Boise Weekly HQ.
The party starts at 10 a.m. with our Bloody Mary contest finals and the drawing for the sweet Vespa is at 6 p.m. sharp.
*Editor's Note: We apologize for any inconvenience, but it is not possible to purchase a ticket via Paypal. Please call BWHQ for more information at 208-344-2055.
Crafty Bastards is a trademark of Washington City Paper, which is not affiliated with Boise Weekly's event.
Toronto: At the AAN board meeting. The annual convention kicks off this afternoon and the new website for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies was rolled out this week. Check it out at altweeklies.org where you can read stories from other alternative newsweeklies. Rachael Daigle joins me later today and I will be very happy to have my editor and friend with me in Toronto.
It's bad enough that I have not blogged in almost one week. But what's worse is that I cannot ever seem to prepare to be away from the BW office. I cannot get caught up, and since I will be out of town for most of next week it's only going to get worse.
Next week I'll be in Toronto for our annual association conference. Boise Weekly is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, soon to perhaps have a new name and/or membership criteria changes. I serve on AAN's board as an at-large member and both possible changes are on the table for discussion next week in Toronto.
Editor Rachael Daigle will be joining me for the fun and will have lots to talk about with fellow editors regarding her editor's note in the current issue. After writing in the most recent edition that among any newspaper's highest priorities should be a separation of advertising and editorial in a "church and state" sort of way, AAN reposted Rachael's comments on its website. AAN was way ahead of BW in realizing a need to address the issue. At next week's conference, a moderator from the Weekly Dig in Boston will lead a discussion on whether the two departments should work more closely.
And as if we are not busy enough already, Rachael and I will return with more ideas, more enthusiasm, but, as always, also more work. I fear my son is correct when he said, "Mommy, if you did not have us"— meaning he and his sister—"then all you would do is work, eat, sleep and poop."
Shea Sutton and I are all set up at our location and ready for the invasion of bars & stripers. We are expecting great performances from our talent. Be looking for the video in the next week or so. The weather could not be better and we are grateful.
Get your bicycle ready and geared up for the fifth annual Bars & Stripes Alley Cat Race. Registration beings at 3 p.m. at the Boise Weekly office at 523 Broad St. and race begins at 4 p.m. But make sure you get here early because these Bars & Stripers are hard core and they start lining up at noon. And the race is limited to the first 125 entrants. Don't forget your ID to register and you must be 21 or older to ride. I will be at .... I almost gave away one of the stops. You will have to find me tomorrow. Happy drinking and racing.
The last day of my vacation included going to see Toy Story 3 at El Capitan Theatre; fish and chips at Robin Hood British Pub; live music by 29 Mules at Ireland's 32 Pub; and for the finale ... Oxwood Inn, the oldest lesbian bar in the Valley according to a poster on Yelp.com.
What a find and only a few blocks away from my friend's home where we stayed for our little bit of Hollywood heaven. Even better, we discovered on Wednesday nights that the Oxwood gets taken over by shemales and drag queens.
It was a perfectly entertaining end to a wonderful trip.