Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Lobby Will Close Tonight

Posted By on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 8:50 PM

As the clock strikes midnight and Boiseans welcome in a new year, one local cocktail hotspot will shut its doors for good. The Lobby's owners are said to have sold the bar's lease, and a new restaurant is rumored to be taking its place.

For bartender Ben Hart, it's an unhappy time.

"Yeah, I'm sad and looking for a job," said Hart, who has been with The Lobby since it opened in 2009.

Boiseans can say goodbye to the tricycle race haven with a $20 all-you-can-drink (responsibly) special tonight, beginning at 9 p.m.

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Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM

What's that? You don't know what to do for New Year's Eve tonight? You obviously didn't pick up a copy of Boise Weekly, because we broke it down for you in the Picks section. Tisk, tisk. But don't worry—you can read all about it here. And if you need even more ideas about what to do tonight, here are two semi-low-key, music-centric events that would also be great ways to ring in 2012:

Head to Eastside Tavern for Almost Famous Karaoke starting at 9 p.m. You can avoid the mess of downtown drunkards and packed restaurants, smoke that last cigarette before it's banned in bars, show off your shuffleboard skills and spend the first minutes of 2012 crooning your favorite Sinatra song.

Or head over to Pengillys to catch the Jeremiah James Gang at 8:45 p.m. The honky outlaw country band promises a "rollicking, foot-stompin' good time" on its Facebook page, and that sounds like a pretty awesome way to say hello to a new year.

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Pictured: A World At 7 Billion Provides Year-End Time Capsule

Posted By on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:00 AM

There will be a lot of year-end photo collections, but it’s worth taking some time to explore this one created by The New York Times.

Pictured: A World at 7 Billion features more than 300 photographs shot around the world by an array of photographers. From everyday scenes to extraordinary and sometimes gut-wrenching moments, the collection serves as what NYT editors call a “visual time capsule” of the world at this point in time.

Set aside some time and check it out here.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

The PeteBOX Releases First Song From His New Album, Future Loops

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Earlier this month, we told you about the unique album recording and release strategy of British musician THePETEBOX.

In order to show how he creates his songs using only a guitar, his mouth and a loop pedal, he is shooting all the tracks on the album as one-shot live performance videos. The audio from those videos will then be released as an album, Future Loops.

THePETEBOX just released the album's first track, a cover of "Kids" by MGMT. More songs are on the way in January.

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Talking Trash After Christmas

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Though there are plenty of procrastinators out there who'd rather leave their lights up until February than brave a ladder, here's a reason to take down those decorations: Curbside tree recycling starts next week.

If your Christmas tree is getting a little worse for the wear, break it down for the City of Boise's curbside recycling program. Recycling starts Monday, Jan. 2, and runs through Friday, Jan. 6. If your tree is larger than 4 feet, you must cut it into smaller sections first.

And just in case you were trying to get rid of some unwanted ornaments along with the tree, nice try. All trees must be free of ornaments and lights, and must be out of stands and skirts. Wreaths and other decorations are generally not allowed because they tend to contain metal, which damages the wood-chipping machines.

Catherine Chertudi, environmental programs manager with Boise Public Works, explained that it's ideal to put trees out on regular trash collection days, but added, "If folks can't get them taken down in time, there are drop-off locations."

One such location is the Hidden Hollow Landfill at 10300 N. Seaman's Gulch Road, which Chertudi said will recycle trees free of charge until Saturday, Jan. 14. Residents may also take trees to Republic Services at 11101 W. Executive Drive free of charge until Thursday, Jan. 12.

Apart from clearing space in your house, recycling your Christmas tree has another awesome benefit. According to Chertudi, recycled Christmas trees, like recycled leaves, become part of Boise parks in sustainable landscaping materials. They may also be used for materials like animal bedding. Chertudi said that the use changes based on needs each year. For more info, you can visit Boise's recycling program online.

You can also get rid of other overflow holiday hooplah during the post-Christmas cleanup week, which continues through today, Friday, Dec. 30. Basically, it's your chance to go crazy on the trash bags without being charged extra for overflow. With all the Christmas decorations out of your house, you'll be halfway to spring cleaning. Now, if only the New Year's party mess would clean itself up, too.

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Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Who doesn't dream of winning the lottery? You could either go the philanthropist route, hoard your not-well-earned cash or go on a celebrity-worthy spending spree.

Sadly, the odds of hitting the jackpot are pretty darn near impossible. But if you pick up an Idaho $1 Million Raffle ticket today, your odds are much better than winning the bajillion-dollar Powerball Prize—one in 250,000, to be exact. You have until noon today to scoop one up, but hurry, because when they're gone, they're gone. The winner will be announced at 9 p.m.

You could win $1 million if you're really, really lucky. But if even you have half-decent karma, you might walk away with $50, $100, $250 or $25,000. If you're one of those people whose stomach gets a little queasy at the mention of the word "gambling," check out the Idaho Lottery's website and take a gander at the places the money goes—you'll probably feel better.

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Full Time Comedy Club to Open in Boise in January

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 6:00 AM

After what felt like forever with nary a chuckle to be found in the Treasure Valley, Boise is finally getting a full-time comedy club.

Liquid, a bar and music venue in BODO, will start featuring comedy four nights a week beginning Thursday, Jan. 12, with touring professional comedians doing one-week residencies at the club and locals opening and hosting.

The first week will feature The Recycled Minds Comedy Show, while world-class oddball Emo Phillips will headline the second week.

BW stopped by an open mic event to get the dirt and a sneak preview.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Redbox Reveals Most Popular Rentals of 2011

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Adam Sandler may not be renting a tux for next year's Academy Awards, but he got plenty of love in today's announcement from Redbox on its most popular DVD rentals for 2011.

Just Go With It was the most-rented film of the year at Redbox's movie kiosks. The film was also the most-popular comedy rental and its stars, Sandler and Jennifer Anniston, were "awarded" the popular film couple of 2011.

Here are the rest of Redbox's 2011 Movie Awards:
Most-Rented Family Movie - Rango
Most-Rented Action Movie - The Green Hornet
Most-Rented Horror Movie - Insidious
Most-Rented Drama - The Tourist

Angelina Jolie was singled out as the most-rented action star. Natalie Portman was the most-rented actress and Owen Wilson was the most-rented actor.

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Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Ever looked at a piece of art and wondered how it came to be? While artists' statements provide insight into process and thought, wouldn't it be interesting to know more about what went into a great work of art? Maybe Jackson Pollock created his best work after a jazzercise ritual, or perhaps DaVinci got a really great deal on tomatoes one day and was so happy, he started painting the Mona Lisa.

Head to Boise Art Museum today at 12:15 p.m. for Art Break and you can get the lowdown on "The Situation He Found Himself In," the large-scale wood sculpture installation by Portland, Ore., artist Mike Rathbun. You know the one—it's the huge oval that juts 20 feet in the air. You can't miss it. This docent-led tour is free with regular museum admission.

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In the Kitchen With Jimmy Yuan of Oriental Express

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Jimmy Juan

Ask Jimmy Yuan how he ended up here, and the answer is simple: He wanted a change, found out about Boise after some very perfunctory research, and showed up on a rainy day. Something about the feel and the smell of Boise reminded him of his youth in Taiwan, and the rest is history.

Yuan opened Golden Phoenix Oriental Express in downtown Boise with his wife Chau 16 years ago. Chau was a little surprised by Boise at first—especially the unique hairstyles and clothing of folks hanging out at Neurolux and The Record Exchange across the street from the restaurant—but she quickly adapted. The Yuans now have three kids: Dean and Sarah are still teenagers but Jonathan, 23, is studying to be an aeronautical engineer.

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