Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Sounds of Silence

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM


Several of my colleagues are off to an AAN (Association of Alternative Newspapers) conference in San Francisco tomorrow. As with all of the AAN conferences, this one is sure to be chock full of information they'll bring back to help us in our ever-present mission to make our publication the best it can be. Our editor is out of town as well, though not on business...he's vacationing in Puerto Rico. As is hopefully the result of any vacation, he's sure to come back relaxed and re-energized. It's going to be quiet around the BW world headquarters tomorrow which is fine, but I tend to thrive in chaos. I like the sound of phones ringing, copy machines copying, people yelling, and all the beeps and buzzes of computers. Tomorrow and Friday, I guess I could figure out how to be productive in the silence. But I'll probably pop a CD into my computer, put in my headphones and turn the music up really loud.

Atkins out

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Calling all local musicians: Headed for a Heartbreak

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Beat-up pickup trucks, too much love of whiskey and gambling problems aside, heartbreak is one of the main themes in many a honky-tonk tune. But songs about lost love are not the domain of country crooners alone. Musicians of every ilk have been touched by the muse of the lovelorn. So, what exactly goes into making a great breakup song? If you are a local musician, tell us about a song by you or your band inspired by someone who had his or her heart stomped on (or who did the heart stomping). Tell us where it was written, why it was written, who it was written for...you get the drill. We want to hear your story. Please include at least your first name, the name of your band and your role in the band (vox, guitar, bass, drums, horns, etc.). Send your ideas to music@boiseweekly.com.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Cartoon

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Check out the latest political cartoon by Noah Kroese.
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Monday, January 28, 2008

Stennett Takes Leave

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, is taking a temporary leave-of-absence to undergo brain surgery to help reduce swelling in his brain.

The Idaho Democratic Party made the announcement Monday afternoon.

The condition was discovered last week during a routine check-up. Stennett will have a "routine procedure" later in the week, according to a prepared statement.

While Stennett expects to recover and return to the Senate during the current term, he as recommended that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter name former Sun Valley mayor Jon Thorson, as his temporary replacement.

"This is one of those speed bumps that comes in life, but I am fortunate to have the support of my wife, Michelle, and my good friends in the Wood River and Magic valleys," Stennett said in a press release. "I'm very positive about my health and the future, and look forward to the day I can resume working for the people I represent in District 25."

Stennett is the state's senior elected Democrat. In his absence, Assistant Minority Leader David Langhorst, D-Boise, will take over Stennett's floor duties.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

River: Sundance to Sony

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Recent news out of Sundance Film Festival, which is nearing the end of its 11-day run in Park City, Utah, has local filmmaker Heather Rae emerging from the mountain hamlet with a contract from Sony. Rae is the producer of Frozen River, a film about two single mothers—one a Mohawk Native American the other not—in upstate New York who become involved in human trafficking across the frozen St. Lawrence River that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border.

BW caught up with Rae, who is still at Sundance, to ask what Sony's contract will mean for the film.

"It means a tremendous amount for the film. It's kind of a "it could not be better" situation to be honest with you, and I mean that in the sincerest way. This is our first choice of a distributor because of the quality of the films they release and they way in which they release movies.

"They're true, authentic champions of independent film and have been for 25 years. Amongst the specialty divisions in the studios they really are the best—that's just my opinion, but it's based on some practical knowledge. Coming into it, we had no idea. It's not been a good market for films down here at all. It's been very slow. There are some fantastic movies here, which have had no distribution offers. From what I understand—and I could be mistaken—but as of yesterday, from what I understand, it's the only movie that Sony is buying."

Frozen River will be released widely next fall.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Boise Hole Gets Reprieve

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The would-be developer of the Boise Hole is holding on by a thread.

Gary Rogers, owner of Charterhouse Boise Downtown Properties, has 30 days to make all necessary payments and file the needed documents to avoid turning a Chapter 11 bankruptcy into a Chapter 7.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jim Pappas granted the extension this morning.

Trustees in the bankruptcy case had asked for the move to Chapter 7 to allow for Rogers' assets to be liquidated and creditors to try to claim their money.

The Internal Revenue Service joined the bankruptcy motion since Rogers had failed to pay his taxes. He also owes a reported $14,500 in back property taxes to Ada County according to the Idaho Business Review.

Check out the sorted history of the Boise Hole in this week's BW.

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RX confirms in-store with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Vermont-based rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will, well, grace our fair city with two appearances. They'll be at the Record Exchange with a FREE performance and CD signing on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m., and again with the North Mississippi All-Stars at the Big Easy the next night, Feb. 5. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $16.50. If you're not familiar with this pretty little powerhouse, check her and the Nocturnals out at MySpace.com/GracePotterAndTheNocturnals. Ah, Mary, girls really do rock.
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Caveat Venditor

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Check out Noah Kroese's latest political cartoon.
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Drawing on Experience

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Local artist Bill Carman, professor of Illustration and Drawing at Boise State University, longtime favorite of Boise's Basement Gallery and regular BW contributor, has won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York. Carman's winning illustration, Fine Dining, depicts a suit-wearing, wide-eyed rabbit sitting down to eat a plate of octopus. Like many of the characters from his "Blue Glass Circus" series—which will be familiar to fans of his work—the rabbit is wearing a bright blue monocle. And like much of his work, it is a small painting, rich in detail. Basement Gallery owner Perry Allen, owns the piece, which he bought at one of Carman's shows in his gallery last year.

The Society of Illustrators of New York, founded in 1901, is one of the most prestigious organizations dedicated to the art of illustration. The annual competition receives over 7,000 entries each year in a variety of categories, from editorial to commercial. Carman's award is in the institutional category. The winners of the juried competition are shown at the illustrious Society of Illustrators Gallery in New York's Upper East Side, the winning entries are featured in the Society's publication, the Annual of Illustration. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the book.

Carman will travel to New York to attend the awards ceremony and receive a gold medal in late March. His work will be on display, along with the other winners, beginning March 29. You can see more of Carman's work at the Basement Gallery's current show, "What's That Noise in the Basement?" which runs through February.

Basement Gallery, 928 W. Main St., 208-333-0309.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Only Sometimes a Slacker

Posted By on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 9:00 PM


I've not been a very diligent blogger. I follow a few blogs rather devoutly and am miffed when they aren't updated regularly. On the other side, two of them that I follow--the Lefsetz Letter and girlgonechild.com--are updated so often I actually have trouble finding time to keep up. For my own blog, I need to find a middle ground.
I'm about to write something I thought I would only ever write if I were penning a novel and needed a ridiculous line of dialogue, but am actually writing in regards to myself: I started going to the gym. My publisher at BW worked out a deal for her employees, and for a nominal monthly fee, we were all given the opportunity to have a Gold's Gym membership. Not ever having stepped foot in a gym, but not wanting to be left out, I signed up. And not unlike many people with good intentions, I paid each month but didn't actually ever go.

A nasty flu bug earlier this month left me enervated and consuming little more than saltines and chicken broth for several days which, in turn, left me a few pounds lighter. Encouraged to not only maintain but increase the loss, I decided I'd take advantage of said gym membership and in the company of a couple of my working-out workmates, I took a Pilates class (which kicked my ass initially but which I intend to eventually conquer) and found that a regular workout on the treadmill is not only not impossible for me but actually enjoyable. Each treadmill has an individual TV and I'm amazed at how watching an episode or two of Family Guy makes the time (and miles) fly by.

I feel fitter, happier and healthier and can see myself becoming a bit obsessed, going every day of the week, or turning a complete 180 and finding excuses not to go at all. As with my blogging, I'm hoping to instead walk the path down the middle, making both exercise and blogging just regular parts of my regular routine.
Atkins out.

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