Tuesday, April 12, 2011

UPDATED: Giving Guide to Local Aid Efforts for Japan

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

This list of businesses, organizations and do-gooders are donating all or a portion of sales or proceeds to aid efforts in Japan. We'll update the list as we hear of new events, promotions, etc. Drop us a line at editor@boiseweekly.com to have your fundraising or thing-raising effort added to the list, or leave a comment below with contact information and we'll take it from there.



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- Boise Weekly: Along with other alt weeklies across the country, Boise Weekly is working with the International Rescue Committee to raise money for Japan.
IRC plans to donate all money raised through this effort to Peace Winds Japan:

IRC’s support is going initially to the aid organization Peace Winds Japan. The group has been providing shelter, water, sanitation, food and economic recovery assistance to victims of conflict and natural disasters since 1996. In response to the earthquake and tsunami, the organization has chartered helicopters and has been flying to the affected area with food, fuel, blankets, tents and other emergency supplies and will adapt their response as conditions evolve.

Read more about IRC. To donate ($10 minimum), click here.


- Geek Boutique: The local geek-themed clothing and accessories crafter is donating a portion of every sale from now through at least December to Japan aid relief through the American Red Cross.
Visit My geek Boutique on Facebook for more or mygeekboutique.net.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Collapse Theater Says F@#$ the Earth

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Collapse Theater, the brain child or fart (depending on whom you choose to believe) of local filmmaker Kelly Brioche has chosen Friday, April 22, or Earth Day, as the date for its next live event.

The name of the event: Fuck the Earth Night. What's on the schedule? Who knows. But with a thesis like that and an ouvre like Brioche's, it's sure to be an evening of truly bizarre entertainment.

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Say "Cheese"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:23 AM

As a parent, I have never been thrown such a softball. My oldest son asked a simple question: “Dad, how is cheese made?”

After a about a five-minute technical discussion on cheese making and the art that it is, I could see that I was getting nowhere. So I decided to show him instead of tell him.

The first step in making cheese is to heat the dairy product that you are going to use. I used 2 percent milk, because that's what I had, but whole milk works better. Heat the milk to the point right before boiling.

Next, add an acid of some type. I prefer to use white vinegar because it has the most inert flavor of all the acids that can be used. A budding cheese maker can also use lemon juice and rennet tablets designed specifically for fresh cheeses.

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When the cheese has curdled, fully separating the curd from the whey, the product is ready to be strained. Line a strainer with clean cheesecloth and pour the mixture through. When the liquid is gone, you should have only cheese curds left. Wring the excess moisture out of the curds. This will give you a firmer cheese.

Flavor the curds as you see fit. This style of cheese is often called “farmer's cheese” and is related to modern day ricotta. I add a little lemon zest and and black pepper, and this cheese makes for a great treat on a summer afternoon or an interesting addition to a cheese tray.

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Weekly Cover Art Submissions

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Every week, we get about a dozen or so cover art submissions. With only 52 weeks in a year, that leaves about 550 pieces of art only I get to see. I thought it would be pretty awesome if everyone got to see some of the art that does not make it on the cover and some that will be on the cover down the road. I am going to randomly select five pieces of art every week to post. Submission is open to everyone.

Andrea Harris
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Brandon Pampaian
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Cindi V. Walton
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Kayla Critchlow
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Wren Van Bockel
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Colorcube Officially Closed

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

When we first heard that all-ages music venue/art gallery/classroom space Colorcube had rescheduled a few of its upcoming shows, we crossed our fingers that they wouldn’t go under. Sadly, we just learned that the space is now officially closed for good.

According to co-proprietor Clint Vickery, Colorcube received a notice that they were in violation of a zoning ordinance at the beginning of March.

“The city put a notice on our door saying that there was a zoning issue,” said Vickery. “They didn’t say what it was. It took us about three weeks to figure out that our building was zoned to be a concert house and social hall … but because we were within 300 feet of a residential area, they require a Conditional Use Permit and they were unwilling to grant that CUP to us for some reason.”

But according to Hal Simmons, planning director at the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, there might have been a misunderstanding.

“Nobody can recall having spoken to them and most of them probably would’ve encouraged them to come in rather than discourage them," said Simmons. "I really don’t think they got any advice to not file a CUP here. I don’t know, my guess is maybe there’s some problems with bringing the building up to code.”

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Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Birds are singing, the sun is intermittently poking its head out and the weekend crowds are swelling at Sixth and Main. That means spring is starting to do its thing.

Since spring is also the general start of the growing season, in addition to all the hand-holding and merrymaking, it's time to start thinking about food and how it's made.

So tonight, why not do that while enjoying a tasty meal?

Once a month, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition hosts Food and Film, a three-course meal from Red Feather paired with a documentary exploring issues of food or sustainability.

This month's film is Pig Business, an examination of the pork industry.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $25. Tickets are available here.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fleet Foxes' New Video for "Grown Ocean"

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Seattle's folky sextet Fleet Foxes just released a new video for “Grown Ocean,” off their forthcoming album Helplessness Blues, out Tuesday, May 3.

The video flits between saturated images of the bearded Foxes in the studio and van-window documentary footage of forests, mountains and windmills. A golden-haired girl balances on one foot and hummingbirds hover over bright flowers. It is 100 percent what you’d expect from a Fleet Foxes video. Which means it’s 100 percent rad.

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Closer at the Linen Building Is a Bold-ish Effort

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Boise's newest theater company, Black Linen Productions, opened their debut show Closer, written by Patrick Marber, last night to a packed house at The Linen Building.

The script, a scathing and blackly comedic exploration of the sexual politics between two couples, sizzles with tension buried between the lines of some seriously witty and smutty banter. To stage Closer—with its dialogue that makes audiences blush and its actions that people might not have the guts to try in the privacy of their own homes—a company has to be bold, its actors have to be fearless. If either is lacking, the complex and pregnant dialogue that occurs over the course of an onstage lap dance becomes fodder for giggling and the ferocity of a breakup conversation doesn't really hit.

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Outlaws Will Be Scrambling at Clay Peak Motorcycle Park

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

The Owyhee Outlaws Motorcycle Club will host the first SIDRA Hare Scramble of the year on Sunday, April 3, at Clay Peak Motorcycle Park in Payette.

The Hare Scramble format is comprised of two moto heats and the winner is based on the combined times of both heat finishes. There will be a short break between racing heats and multiple classes for all racing abilities.

Clay Peak Park boasts a spectator-friendly park with lots of opportunity to watch the racers as they tackle everything from motocross jumps and table tops, to steep hills and loamy sand in a focused and energy-draining test of endurance and skill.

Riders can sign up from 7:30-10 a.m.. Sound check, ORV stickers and spark arrestors are required. Moto heats will last approximately 30-60 minutes. Cost to race ranges from $25 to $80 for the pros and SIDRA points will be awarded for the race.

For more information, call Dale Hardin at 208-724-6480 or Kyle Denney at 208-440-1916

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Music Videos of the Day: Cassidy Haley, Justin Williams,

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 10:53 AM

A Cassidy Haley street-team member e-mailed me a link to the singer's site, upon which I found the video for his new single, "This Time." The narrative is a little Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome-lite, but the video is cinematically beautiful:

Someone who is married to someone who is related to singer Justin Williams also sent a note. She expressed that she thinks the song is "frickin' AMAZING" and included the info that Williams has been on American Idol twice. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but here's the video for his song, "Lying":

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