Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Can't Go to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl? How About Egypt(ian)?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

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Are you one of those Boise State football fans totally on the defense because you can't afford a trip to the Fiesta Bowl? Are you watching the clock run out as you try to wrangle an invitation to hang out with that friend (acquaintance, coworker, family member) who has the giant flatscreen HDTV? Don't sweat it. Idaho Concerts has the hottest Fiesta Bowl ticket in town.

On Monday, Jan. 4, join a few hundred of your fellow football fans at the Egyptian Theatre to watch Boise State take on Texas Christian University in real time on the huge theater screen ... for free. And since one of the best things about watching football games is scoring righteous food and drink, Tablerock Brewpub and Highlands Hollow score extra points by pouring their frosty microbrews and Tablerock tackles the grub, grilling up burgers, chicken and hotdogs.

While it is free to attend, you do need a ticket, so stop by the Egyptian Theatre any time between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. today through Sunday and get yours (and one for all of your friends since there's no per-person limit on tickets). You can also get tickets at the door on game day, but that's a risky maneuver. They may all be gone by then and you don't want an instant replay loop of "I should have picked up tickets early" playing in your head.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., kick off is at 6 p.m. The Egyptian is at 700 W. Main St.

For more info, visit idahoconcerts.net

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Nordic Aid

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM

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Do you have a clunky classic or a sad skate? The Bogus Basin Nordic Team is ready to make every variety of Nordic skier look a little better on the trail, or at least stop embarrassing themselves.

The coaches and athletes of BBNT will be holding two clinics on Sunday, Jan. 10 to help those in need of a little guidance. The small group sessions will offer tips on both classic and skate skiing, and are designed for a variety of skill levels.

The clinics will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. and cost $39 per person. To reserve space, e-mail bbntclinic@gmail.com and include your full name, phone number and the clinic time you would prefer.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

BW Shuts Its Doors (Calm Down ... It's Just For the Holidays)

Posted By on Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 1:52 PM

If you need a good model to follow on how to run a small business, emulating BW owner/publisher Sally Freeman would be a great idea—especially where her employees are concerned.

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Each year between Christmas and New Year's, Freeman shuts the doors at BWHQ and sends all of us home for some well-earned time off. But issues of BW still roll out as scheduled: The 12.23 issue is currently out on stands and the 12.30 and 01.06 issues will be in their happy red boxes on respective dates.

So while your papers will be available when you want them, those of us responsible for getting them ready for you will not be ... for a little while anyway. Most of us left the office on Dec. 23 and none of us will be back in the office until Monday, Jan. 4.

Send us e-mails, and leave us voicemail messages and comments on the Web site and we'll get back to you when we return.

See you all next year!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bleeding Blue and Orange

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 1:50 PM

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Some people would sell their souls for tickets to the Fiesta Bowl. The American Red Cross is just asking for a little bit of blood.

Anyone who donates blood at a Red Cross blood drive (and is at least 18 years old) by Monday, Dec. 29 will be entered into a drawing for a travel package for two to the Fiesta Bowl.

That’s right, just a pint or so of O-positive (or whatever you happen to bleed) will get you seats on a charter flight to Phoenix, two nights in a hotel, transportation to and from the game, two tickets to “the world’s largest tailgate party,” and most importantly, two tickets to the game.

The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, Dec. 30. If you want to sign up to donate, call 800-GIVE-LIFE to find out about upcoming blood drives.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Burning Question of the Day: What Would Be Your Last Meal?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 5:04 PM

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If you’re on death row in Florida, the law states that, to avoid extravagance, your last meal “must cost no more than $40 and must be purchased locally.” On deadmaneating.blogspot.com, you can scroll through recent last meal requests, most of which involve a form of fried food (in varying quantities), steak with A1 sauce or strawberry ice cream/cake/milkshakes.

Well, in pretend-last-meal-land, your final feast can be as extravagant as your little pretend-soon-to-stop-beating-heart desires. Recently, Questionland user Jessi posed this question to the presumably non-con Internet masses:

“What would be your last meal?”

She went on to elaborate that her last meal would consist of:

“chicken tikka masala with naan, sushi, pollo en mole, pasta with a cream sauce, bread, goat's cheese, extra dirty vodka martini and for dessert a piece of my gram's chocolate pie with coffee.”

Another user, Charles B. responded that his last meal would be

“a really good burger and fries followed by a hot fudge sundae. Not very esoteric but it's hard to beat.”

Know what your last meal would be? Share it at questionland.boiseweekly.com.

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When You Get Egg on Your Face(book)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 1:22 PM

It's a good thing that my "friends" understand Facebook is not Vegas (as in, what happens on Facebook seldom stays on Facebook). Clearly, plenty of other folks don't get it.

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Awkward Facebook contains hundreds of screenshots of FB photos, posts and conversations that are either epic fails or epic wins, depending on how you look at them.

While some of them are pointless don't make much sense, the majority are funny and a few are laugh-out-loud funny. And they are all good reminders to watch what you write. You never know who's reading.

Hi, Mom.

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Not Cooking on Christmas? Go Out.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 12:20 PM

You asked for a list of restaurants to grub at on December 25, so here we have it.

Know of another one? Add it to the comments below, and we'll add it to the list.

Chandlers Steakhouse, 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300, chandlersboise.com. Open 5 p.m.-9 p.m. but all reservations are booked. Walk-ins may be available in the lounge.

Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800, cottonwoodgrille.com. Open 5 p.m.-10 p.m. with remaining seating times available 8 p.m-10 p.m. Make a reservation.

Denny's, 2580 Airport Way, 208-344-9092, dennys.com. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week without any holiday closures.

Emilio's, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-333-8002, emiliosboise.com. Open 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com. Dinner at the cafe and show times from 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, 6002 W. Fairview Ave., 208-378-8808. Open 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Madhuban, 6930 W. State St., 208-853-8215, madhubanindiancuisine.com. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a FREE lunch buffet.

Murphy's Seafood Bar & Grill, 1555 Broadway Ave., 208-344-3691, cishenanigans.com. Open at noon with the final seating at 7:30 p.m.

Owhyee Plaza Grill, 1109 W. Main St., 208-424-3691, owyheeplaza.com. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sa-Wad-Dee Thai, 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-0701, sawaddeethai.com. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thai Cuisine, 6777 W. Overland Road, 208-658-0516, boisethaicuisine.com. Open noon-10 p.m.

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What Might Have Been With Nigerian Author Who Canceled Boise

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie was scheduled to take the stage at the Egyptian Theatre last month in Boise, but canceled her appearance at the last minute due to a family illness.

As of yet, Adichie has not been rescheduled to speak in Boise, however, if you're disappointed to have missed the award-winning writer, check out CNN's video clip of her recent speech for TED Talk Tuesdays as well as an excerpt from "Cell One," the first piece in her collection of recently published short stories.

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Seattle Ridge to Open

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM

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Good news holiday skiers, Sun Valley Resort just announced its plan to open Seattle Ridge on Thursday, Dec. 24.

The resort has been partially open since the Thanksgiving weekend, but recent snow has allowed more terrain to open. As of Tuesday morning, Baldy had received 4 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, with more forecasted to fall. That brings the base up to 28 inches, with 42 inches on top.

Last weekend, Sun Valley opened its new superpipe and terrain park on Dollar Mountain, featuring 12 new rails, boxes and jibs.

Can we say happy holidays?

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Munny Bidding Ends Tonight at 6 p.m.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 4:25 PM

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You’ve still got an hour and a half to scramble down to the Record Exchange and score a sweet, hand-painted Munny as a Christmas present for your honey. Until 6 p.m. today, you can bid on toys from artists like: Sean Wyett, Shelly McCarl, Chris and Peggy Parker, Will Spearman, Grant Olsen, Eric Bunnell, Erik Payne, E.J. Pettinger, Toby Robin, Renda Palmer, Noble Hardesty, Jerms Lanningham, Eli and Lisa Pisano, Cate Brigden, John Padlo, Erin Cunningham, Julia Green, Tony Rios, Heather Bauer, Cody Evans and Linda Capps.

In addition, the Record Exchange has tacked on two Obama-related silent auction items. The first is the book Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change, edited by Shepard Fairey and Jennifer Gross. The second is Ron English's Abraham Obama Vinyl Bust, which is now sold out world wide.

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