Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sometimes You Get the Perfect Shot

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

This is Charlie, a 10-week-old Weimaraner. He is my friend Jarod's new best friend and I managed to snap this picture in the moment just before Charlie bounded off to stand point as a strange dog walked by.

As I am madly in love with Charlie, expect to see more pictures of him in the future.


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Banned Books Week

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM


When you think of banned books, images of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth and Bradbury’s fiery piles flash through your mind. But book banning is not a fictional dystopian nightmare, nor is it a thing of the past. According to the American Library Association, 513 books were challenged, restricted, removed or banned in 2008 alone—and that doesn’t take into account the 70 to 80 percent of cases that aren’t reported. Challengers cited reasons spanning the gamut from excessive sexuality to violence to profanity to racism, and in many cases, they were successful at getting the titles restricted or removed from shelves all together.

Some classic books that were challenged last year in middle schools and high schools across the country include: John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In addition, more recently published works like Stephen Chbosky’s grunge-era coming of age tale The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Augusten Burroughs’ Running with Scissors and the entire Harry Potter series were up for banishment. Nampa even made the ALA’s Banned Books list for relocating the The New Joy of Sex to the director’s office because people claimed it was “very pornographic in nature” and had “very explicit and detailed illustrations and photographs.”

To draw attention to these First Amendment violations, libraries across the country are hosting events to celebrate Banned Books Week, which runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 2. This Thursday, Oct. 1, the Boise Public Library is teaming up with the ACLU of Idaho and Boise High and Boise State theater students to read selections from banned books from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the main library’s Hayes Auditorium. Local attorney Michael Bartlett will also speak about First Amendment rights and civil liberties.

For more information about Banned Books Week, call 208-384-4076 or visit

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Do You Know This Man?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:33 AM

The Chase bank on the 300 block of N. Milwaukee was robbed this morning and Boise Police are looking for this man.

He entered the bank at roughly 9:16 a.m. and handed the teller a note. After he got the money, he drove away from the area in a mid-2000 black compact car possibly identified as a Honda Accord.

He is described as a dark-skinned male, roughly 5-feet, 8-inches tall and 220 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark pants with white athletic shoes and a baseball hat.

Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call 343-COPS.



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Mark Allen @ Red Feather

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 4:00 AM

When the Best of Boise results were tallied, we weren't surprised to see Red Feather/Bittercreek Ale House bartender Mark Allen had taken the top spot for a third year.

Allen has a reputation for mixing up beautiful boozy concoctions and putting together unusual flavors that act like they're old friends.

But there are a lot of bartenders in this town, and if we had a buck for every time someone asked why Allen continues to win Best of Boise, we'd have enough dough to get properly smashed on a dozen of Allen's best concoctions.
So we decided to show Boise why Allen is the best according to Boise Weekly readers.

Telling him we were interested in filming Martini Mix Off bartenders, we got Allen to show us his skills behind the bar. First he shook up up his award-winning Mix Off cocktail the Allen Project and then we got a look at how to make Allen's favorite drink, the classic Sazerac.

Sorry, Mark, we told a little white lie: we were there on behalf of Best of Boise, not the Mix Off. Congrats on your win and on behalf of BW readers, thanks for the cocktails. And the hangovers.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Charile Hunter Trio Closes Out AA5

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM

  • Michael Weintrob

Grow up taking guitar lessons from famed noodler Joe Satriani, and you probably won't be content strumming any old guitar. Prolific twinkle-fingers jazz guitarist and ex-Satriani student Charlie Hunter only plays custom-made guitars. Over his 16-year, 17-album career, Hunter has made a name for himself by plucking out guitar melodies and bass lines simultaneously on his unique seven- and eight-string guitar contraptions.

It’s not often that Alive After Five draws in jazz artists of Hunter’s caliber, so this Wednesday, Sept. 30 will be a rare treat for Treasure Valley jazzheads when the Charlie Hunter Trio takes the stage to close out the 2009 AA5 season. Mike Bunnell, owner of The Record Exchange, helped bring Hunter to town and is particularly pumped about the show.

“Thomas Paul is the local opener tomorrow, and then it’s Charlie Hunter Trio, which we’ve been trying for years to get into town and we finally found a way to do it,” said Bunnell. “He’s been on our shortlist for years, so we kind of helped book that event. We’re real excited that he’s coming, he’s always been a favorite of ours.”

Head down to Alive After Five this Wednesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. to catch a little free shredding and make sure to get in one last watery frolic before the Grove geyser turns to fountaincicles.

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New! Sid! Vicious! Documentary!

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 10:10 AM

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Odeon Entertainment and MVD Visual release Sid!—By Those Who Really Knew Him, a documentary on the short life and times of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious.

Although an iconic slice of pop culture, Hollywood's treatment of Vicious in Sid and Nancy was in the form of a rom-dram(a) that focused mainly on the relationship between the doomed lovers—both dead before the age of 22. This documentary promises unseen archive footage and a look at Vicious' life through the eyes of people who were close to him, people whose stories may humanize the troubled musician.

The special edition of the DVD will be bundled with a 10-track CD of Sid live (not sure if that's a bonus) and a biography booklet (whatever that is). Find it here.

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Emerald City Club Goes Dark

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 10:09 AM

The community suffered a hit last year when Emerald Club owner Mary Kelly passed away, and on Saturday, Oct. 3, patrons will have to say another sad goodbye. The E-Club will throw its last hurrah before the doors close for good.

The long standing, everybody-friendly club celebrates itself and its customers with a party starting at 8 p.m. (21 and older only, of course) and starring guest bartenders Toby Hoots, David Ottens, Tim Kelly and more doing their best Tom Cruise impressions as they pour drink specials and shake their groove things to disco music.

There's a tear in our beer over here at BW HQ. We'll miss the E-Club.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Burn Fizzles

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Despite a winning season, it looks like the Boise Burn arena football team will be one of the victims of the now dead Arena Football League.

Team owners announced today that rather than joining conference, arenafootball2, they’re shutting the team down. Check out KTVB Channel 7’s story on the news.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Gawking at freaks

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 12:08 AM

I've encountered a television show that horrifies me. The format is simple, each episode profiles two people who have a challenging mental condition. It's kind of like "Intervention" but instead of dealing with addictive drugs, it deals with addictive personalities. It's called "Hoarders" and it scares the hell out of me.
Why does it scare me? Because I collect things too. I keep things thinking that I might use them at some later date. If I paid money for an item I sure as hell don't want to throw it out, I might need it someday. If I found the object I kept it for a reason, most often some as yet unknown art project. I keep it. The objects pile up. While the extent of my "collection" has not yet reached the epic proportions of those in the show, I hear the same excuses for keeping stuff on TV coming out of the mouths of those poor afflicted hoarders as I do my own.
I'm disgusted with some of their behaviors. On the other hand I see some of my own in them.
I have never been a fan or had a desire to watch reality shows like this, but if they give me some insight into my own strange behaviors, perhaps they have served a purpose other than to gawk at the freaks.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hulu Hardline

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Trying to wean myself from cable TV (for cost purposes, not because I'm addicted and have one or more television sets running in my house at any given hour ... or anything), I've turned to Netflix, and various other sources for visual entertainment.

Seldom do I find anything locally produced, but I stumbled across these videos on the Hu.
Hardline: Inside the Sex Cult in Idaho parodies a sex cult in Idaho. Other than the leader Ghuzz teaching his followers to chant, "Stay out of the master bathroom, stay out of the master bathroom," and his name being Ghuzz, it could be docu- and not a mocku-mentary. Idaho's kinda like that.

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