Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stewart Gallery Debuts Twenty Five

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 3:03 PM

“I don’t know how you’ll make it,” a man told Stephanie Wilde, co-owner of Stewart Gallery at the Jan. 28 opening of Twenty Five.

Wilde said she hears this response frequently from new visitors, but shrugs it off. She and husband Lane Bune have been active in Boise’s art world for 25 years.

“Seven of those without a phone or a sign,” Wilde recalled.

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More Bands Announced for Treefort Music Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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Even after five rounds of announcing bands for the inaugural Treefort Music Fest to be held in Boise Thursday, March 22-Sunday, March 25, the festival is still kicking some serious ass.

It dropped another round of bands this morning.

Gracing Boise on their respective road trips will be ...

Denver's finest Siouxsie Sioux imitators Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
Sensitive Seattleites The Globes
Colorado bluegrass Head for the Hills
Sacramento, Calif., experimental vocal pop Appetite
Brooklyn, N.Y., chamber Americana The Loom
Sacramento, Calif., trip-hop Sister Crayon
Seattle garage-pop Dude York

Batting for the home team will be ...

The Maldroids
Caldwell garage-punk Art Fad
The former bells of Boise A.K.A. Belle
The return of The Very Most
Boise's own musical trip through Willy Wonka's chocolate river tunnel In the Shadow of the Mountain

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Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 7:28 AM

It seems like almost everything is a hazard to your health. Ever eat something out of a plastic container while talking on your cellphone and drinking a diet soda? Congratulations: According to certain people, you're riddling yourself with diseases.

If you'd like to get answers to your questions concerning artificial sweeteners, food additives, cellphones, personal care products or the millions of other things you've heard can make you sick, check out the Boise School's Community Education Q and A About Natural Medicine today at 6:30 p.m. at Hillside Junior High School.

For $16, you can investigate answers to your health concerns sans Wikipedia. Visit boiselearns.org for more info and to register.

And while you're there, check out all the other neat-o classes you can take for not much dough.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Have You Ever Seen Arrested Development, On Netflix?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

A reunion of Arrested Development, one of the smartest and funniest sitcoms in American television history, has been talked about and hoped for most of the last decade. It was even "announced" last year.

But now, it looks like it's finally in the process of happening. And instead of broadcast, the show will apparently be going direct to Netflix.

Dean Lorey, a writer for the series, posted this on his blog on Jan. 28.

We’re really doing this thing. Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and I are off writing the new season of Arrested to premiere on Netflix in 2013. The original cast is back. There are offices and parking spaces. We’re shooting this year. I wish I could give more specifics but, for the moment, even the schedule is being kept under wraps. But it’s happening and it’s great to be back with my pals from the show. More later as it becomes okay to release further details…

Boise Weekly will keep you posting as the arresting details develop. <— You see what we did there? You see that?

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Voodoo Glow Skull Get All Buddhist-Like at Reef

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Authority Zero playing at Reef.
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  • Authority Zero plays Reef on Friday, Jan. 27, before an audience that seemed more interested in the Arizona band than in the headling Vodoo Glow Skulls.

Rock and roll has always been about the new and the exciting. Not in a short-attention-span sort of way, but in an almost Buddist sense: The only constant is change, and it should be embraced as an emotional thrill ride. That concept was in play at Reef on Friday night. The show was sold out. But it may not have been the headliner, longtime punkers Voodoo Glow Skulls, doing the draw.

The band the audience seemed most interested in was Arizona’s Authority Zero, whose blitzkrieg-blend of hardcore and ska have earned them a rabid following. And from the energy of their live show, it was easy to see why. Vocalist Jason DeVore made an earnest attempt to swing from the rafters at Reef, but the bamboo above the stage wasn’t sturdy enough to encourage a second. Instead he jumped and gyrated, stage-diving several times and leading the audience in something of a punk-rock revival.

The audience certainly wasn’t there for Denver’s Skyfox. Their set was straight out of a 1997 WB Teen drama. They spit sugary pop-punk out of their potty mouths with songs about easy girls at religious schools and all sorts of bodily functions. They even covered the Blink 182 track from the Short Music for Short People compilation, which is just George Carlin’s seven dirty words sung in harmony for 30 seconds. Why? No one may ever know. Had it been the mid-90s, Skyfox still would have been derivative.

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Yes, You Can Fish From the Back of a Giraffe (Giraffe Not Included)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

While researching a story on city laws, I interviewed a source who made reference to a Boise city ordinance against fishing from the back of a giraffe.

Being unfamiliar with and exceedingly curious about the incident that would have spawned this law, I immediately googled it and found approximately one bazillion references to it on websites about weird and obscure laws.

One place I didn't find it, however, was in the Boise City Code.

So I called the City Clerk's Office, who had no idea what I was talking about but promised to get back to me.

They just did and it turns out that, no, it is not now, nor has it ever been, illegal to fish from the back of a giraffe in Boise.

In other news, BW is now very, very interested in going giraffe-fishing for a story in the Rec section. If you have a giraffe you are willing to let us ride, please contact josh@boiseweekly.com. Zoo Boise, we're looking at you.

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TRICA Old-Timey Chili Feed Gathers Support for Children's Arts

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Supporters and patrons of the arts gathered at the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts building—the historic Immanuel Methodist church in the North End—for an evening of chili, music and fundraising for children’s arts education on Jan. 28.

TRICA has received $2.1 million from donors and is reaching out to the community to fund the rest of its $2.7 million restoration project. The eventual goal is a center for arts education for children.

“It will be an after-school destination, a field trip destination, a place where we train volunteer art parents,” said Jon Swarthout, founder of TRICA. “It will be an ever-evolving, ever-changing center devoted to providing arts education.”

The center plans to use the funds to eventually build a black box theater, film studio, music and art studios and a story cottage for the literary arts.

At the chili feed, however, the focus was on delicious chili, the thumping bluegrass of Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, and the decorations and artwork lining the roof and walls of the building—including a pair of giant wings created from more than 16,000 Boise Weekly newspapers.

The entrance of the TRICA building.
  • The entrance of the TRICA building.

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Bueller...Bueller... Another Day Off for Broderick in Super Bowl Ad

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

The face is familiar (maybe with a wrinkle of two). The antics are definitely familiar.

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Twenty-six years after skipping school, Ferris Bueller is about to take another day off: in particular, Super Bowl Sunday.

More accurately, it's Matthew Broderick's day off. Broderick played Bueller in the iconic 1986 movie. The one-minute spot is a very expensive 21st century stunt for Honda to promote its newly redesigned CR-V (so sadly, no convertible). But the commercial does offer some familiar elements: a roller-coaster ride and singing in a parade.

The commercial will be splashed across a bazillion television screens this Sunday when the New England Patriots meet the New York Giants in the Superbowl.

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Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

There are probably only a few ways you might have managed not to hear about Story Story Night or the Story Story Initiative by now: Maybe you've been orbiting the planet in some sort of high-tech space pod, living underground for the past decade attempting to start your own subterranean society, or maybe your personal brand of crazy involves wearing earmuffs and a blindfold so that you never receive any sort of information about the world.

If any of those are true, and you've managed to not to be familiar with Story Story night—which takes place on the last Monday of every month and involves a different theme each time—tonight is your night to get in the know.

Beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rose Room, Erin Anchustegui, Al Popwell and Greg Duffy will tell their stories on the theme of Redemption: Stories of the Comeback. After the wordsmiths have shared their stories, an intermission with live music will ensue, and artists with Patcasso will paint a piece on the theme.

An open story slam will follow, in which audience members get a chance to tell their stories and score some sweet swag, including the Patcasso artists' creation and goodies from Boise Guest House and Rediscovered Bookshop.

One-of-a-kind Story Story merchandise from Bricolage will be available for purchase, and keep your ticket stub for the Story Story after party at Red Feather Lounge.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door, or at the Story Story website.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sarah Burke Honored by New X Game Champ Groenwoud

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Roz Groenewoud soars above the superpipe at the X Games.
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  • Roz Groenewoud soars above the superpipe at the X Games.

A new queen of the Winter X Games superpipe was crowned Saturday, but not before a tip of the skis to freeski trailblazer Sarah Burke.

Canadian Roz Groenewoud took home the gold in the women's superpipe, stunning the crowd with her moves while adorned with "Celebrate Sarah" stickers on her helmet, honoring her friend and fellow Canadian.

Groenewoud's performance packaged 14-feet of straight air, a right rotating 900 (2 1/2 rotations), a left rotating 540 into a left rotating 720 and ending with a switch-right rotating 540.

The 29-year-old Burke, a six-time X Games champion, died Jan. 19 following a fall during training. She suffered damage to her brain due to a lack of oxygen and blood.

Thousands of spectators framed the superpipe on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday, waving signs in Burke's honor.

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