Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Boise's Peter John Still Nominated for a Tony Award

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

The Broadway revival of Golden Boy had golden enough sound for Boiseean Peter John Still to earn a Tony nomination for his work on the play.
  • Boisean Peter John Still earned a Tony nomination for his sound design on the Broadway revival of Golden Boy, pictured above.

Boise's Peter John Still is well-known for his work at Boise Contemporary Theater and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

But the world-at-large got to know the Boisean today when Still was co-nominated for a Tony Award, along with Marc Salzberg, for their work as sound designers on the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy.

The play got special accolades for its performances, especially in the staged boxing scenes.

Tony nominations were announced today and the awards will be handed out Sunday, June 9.

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Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM


The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription is a novel with a title that sounds like Jason Bourne slash fiction. And the book's plot gives the title a run for its money.

The book's lead character is Sean Harrigan, a Hollywood writer trapped between two dead-end relationships—one with his girlfriend, the other with his improv troupe, The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription. When one-time troupe-mate and film star Finn Brooks calls upon Harrigan for help dealing with a blackmailer, Harrigan gets in over his head and confronts a familiar problem: How much do you help someone who has hurt you before?

The novel's author, Los Angeles' William Norrett, will be at Rediscovered Bookshop today starting at 6:30 p.m. to read from the novel, answer questions and sign copies of the book.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM


No-one likes breast cancer, but nearly everyone at least enjoys Chinese food. Today from 5-8 p.m., you can help search for a cure for this deadly disease while chowing down on eats at P.F. Chang's China Bistro in BODO.

Join Komen Idaho for Serve for the Cure, and a portion of the proceeds from your meal will go to the Komen Foundation. While you're there, be sure to visit the Komen Idaho Table, which will be signing up those interested for the Komen Boise Race for the Cure Saturday, May 11 and educating patrons about breast health.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM


Sometimes it seems like you can't step out your front door without tripping over a 'tween bedecked from head to toe in silver jewelry. But how often is it that you get to see someone professionally working with this precious metal? Probably not often.

From 1-4 p.m. this afternoon, Susan Lind will present a demonstration of silversmithing at Wild Lotus Art Consignment Co-Op. During the demo she'll shape, cut, manipulate and set stones in silver.

For those smitten with her work, there will be 10-percent-off all store purchases during the demo, a raffle to win one of Lind's pieces and a canned food drive.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Four Restaurants Plan Locations in New Eighth and Main Tower

Posted By on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

A rendering of the first floor of Boise's forthcoming Eighth and Main tower.
  • Courtesy Gardner Company
  • A rendering of the first floor of Boise's forthcoming Eighth and Main tower.

Eighth Street, downtown Boise's unofficial restaurant row, will soon be home to four more eateries after officials cut the ribbon on the 18-story Eighth and Main tower, due to open January 2014. One of those will be a new concept by Nampa restaurateur Dustan Bristol.

The Brick 29 chef-owner told Boise Weekly about his new lunch stop, On the Fly, which will find its home on the second floor of the new tower.

"I want to create something like gourmet-style sandwiches with seasonality," Bristol told BW.

The restaurant will feature breakfast and lunch service, along with ready-made, whole-roasted chickens for dinner on the run. In addition, the shop will shirk store-brand lunch meats in favor of turkey, ham and other deli meats roasted in-store.

He said the location is small—only 1,900 square feet with an anticipated 25-30 seats—so he plans to make "upscale grab-and-go meals" a strong part of On the Fly's offerings. Bristol anticipates delivery to tower residents on the floors above his restaurant, and perhaps even to neighboring buildings.

Bristol will share the second floor with an extension of Zion's Bank offices and Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria, relocating from its Old Boise location at 615 W. Main St.

“We want to be in the center of the action and we want to make it easier for our customers to park,” Flatbread owner Robert Lumsden told BW in February.

A third restaurant, the Grill at 8th and Main, will occupy 5,000 square feet on the second floor. Robert Godsill, owner of Cheerleaders Sports Bar & Grill in Meridian, will be opening the new location, but with a much different focus than Cheerleaders. According to the Gardner Company, developers of the tower, the Grill at 8th and Main will be an upscale, full-service restaurant.

Fourth and finally, the tower's first floor will also be home to an outlet of the Winter Park, Fla.-based chain Ruth's Chris Steak House, occupying 9,000 square feet.

Details on hours are still in the works, according to the Gardner Company, but the tower's eateries will be open both weekdays and weekends.

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Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM


In next week's Boise Weekly, we'll touch on some of the major plant and garden sales taking place in the Treasure Valley, but if you're itching to get your green on before Friday, May 3, don't fret: The Native Plant Sale, part of Earth Day and Native Plant Appreciation Week, takes place today at the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center behind the Idaho Fish and Game headquarters building from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The sale presents a number of native plants, from the drought-resistant to those that are sun sensitive. For a list of available varieties, click here.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

EDM Fridays: Transcession Studios and Glitch in the System

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM


For a genre that thrives on in-person musical experiences, Electronic Dance Music can often be overlooked on the radio waves. But despite that, some Boise EDM-ers are working hard to promote awareness and spread the musical love.

Jeremy and Joshua Kangior created their own EDM label/production company in 2012 called Transcession Studios.

“My goal is to get the studio to provide all of our artists with enough opportunities to enhance their career,” said Jeremy.

Transcession Studios handles music distribution, event production, booking and promotion. The Kangior brothers invest a lot of time into their artists, located in the Northwest and Europe. All of the company's Boise artists make appearances on local radio shows and at clubs. The company also has an online radio show and does guest appearances on Glitch in the System on Radio Boise, 89.9 FM.

“My show focuses on music that doesn’t sound crisp and clean,” said Psycache, founder of Radio Boise's Glitch in the System. “I like making music out of something that’s not music.”

On the constant look for his bass fish, Psycache plays local talent like Reflektion, Just Some Clown, Nightbot, Kissee and Skye Walker. Psycache hunts down and even creates some of his own broken beat tunes for the show, focusing on the low end or the punch of the broken beat, bass-heavy genre. Glitch in the System celebrated its two year anniversary April 11 with its 100th episode.

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Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:00 AM


Are you an urban gardener? Do you love vegetables? Would you like your children to be more garden- and veggie-aware? If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then the Boise Urban Garden School's birthday party is the event for you.

Today from 4-7 p.m., BUGS is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Basque Center. Haul along the family for activities by Boise Bicycle Project, Boise Rock School, Idaho Botanical Gardens, the Log Cabin Literary Center, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and more.

The party is free. For more info visit the BUGS website.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 4:00 AM


It felt like it took forever for winter to dissipate, but now that it's gone, it's time to start missing the cold again. Fortunately you can prepare for the snow season at Idaho IceWorld. Today the ever-cool skate rink is hosting two events for the ice-bound among us.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., you can learn to skate for free. New skaters get a lesson on how to propel, steer and stop on ice skates. While the event is free, an RSVP is required, so call 208-608-7716 for more info.

On the other end of the rink, a slightly more advanced crowd will learn to play hockey, also for free. Gear fitting begins at 5:30 p.m., and the on-ice session runs from 6-7 p.m. Call 208-608-7721 for more info and to RSVP.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Rwandans pumping water.
  • Photo by Jon Gosier
  • Rwandans pumping water.

If you've seen the film Hotel Rwanda, you're familiar with the events that took place in that African nation. You might also be aware that for a long time, the atrocities that took place—collectively called the Rwandan Genocide—were under-reported in the West.

While the violence has subsided, the process of rebuilding the country, its communities and its most basic element—the family—continue. This evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Boise State University Student Union, filmmaker Patrick Mureithi introduces his documentary, Icizere: Hope, which follows Rwandans seeking reconciliation in the wake of genocide. A question and answer session will follow the free event.

For more info call 208-426-1568.

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