Friday, October 31, 2014

Putting the 'Party' in Halloween Party

Posted By and on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Halloween ranks only behind Christmas as a day kids look forward to all year. Being old enough to buy beer or apply for Social Security doesn't mean you’re too old for costumes and parties, though.

Here's a list of some of the places where you can get your Halloween party on.

(If you know of a kick-ass party we missed, leave a comment with the info.)

AEN Playhouse
The Drop Dead Sexy Halloween Bash includes dinner, a face painter, tunes by DJ Cesar and a black light glow fest. 6 p.m. $5-$10.

The Balcony Club
Join the inimitable Minerva Jayne for a costume contest with more than $1,500 in prizes and giveaways. 8 p.m. $5.

The Brickyard
Get keyed up for a dueling piano show and a costume contest with cash prizes. 10 p.m. $5.

Broadway Bar
Prizes for the Halloween Dance-Off include bar tabs, Jaeger barbecue, Boise tailgating chairs, and more, plus drink specials all night long. 9 p.m., FREE

China Blue, Main Street Bistro and Dirty Little Roddy’s
At The Purge Block Party, “be someone else and get it out of your system.” 8 p.m., $20 for an all-three-bars wristband

Crazy Horse
With Boise Rockeoke live band karaoke, you can feel like a rock star. 8 p.m., FREE, $5 to enter costume contest

The Crux
Duck Club presents local bands covering songs from Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Alkaline Trio, Weezer and more. All-ages welcome. 6 p.m. FREE

Tons of killer drink specials, three costume contests with $100 top prizes and DJ Zuz spinning tunes. 8 p.m., $5

Party with the always awesome Dirty Moogs, Piranhas BC and the Moonpies. 9 p.m., $10

Grainey's Basement
Featuring Audio/Visual DJ. 9 p.m., $10

Enjoy karaoke with KJ Master Metal Mark Henry, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drink specials, goofy games and raffle prizes. 9 p.m., FREE

Knitting Factory
Party down with the DJs at Wild 101’s Halloween Cash Bash featuring special guest, rapper Baby Bash. (18 and older only). 7:30 p.m., $15-$50

The Samhain Spirit Gathering features music by Big Twig, Vaporizing Dreams and Shintarou; an art show by Unique Irish; photography by Rachel Hope 13; burlesque performances by Dapper Doyle and the Revelry Revue; and pole performances by Ophidia Studios. 8 p.m. $5.

The Halloween Bash promises a rockin' good time with Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Jesus Sons and Dirty Crown. 7 p.m., $5

Make no mistakes: The Heroes & Villains Halloween Bash will be a dance fest with music by Pilot Error. 10 p.m. $10.

Revolution Concert House
Rock hard at In This Moment Hard Rock Halloween featuring Twelve Foot Ninja, Starset and 3 Pill Morning. 8 p.m., $25-$55

Riverside Hotel
At the Halloween Ball, dance the night away to music by The Fabulous Chancellors. 7 p.m., $10

Visual Arts Collective
Halloween gets hot with the Red Light Variety Show. 7:30 p.m., pay what you want
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: Post-Casino Let-Down

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

You’ll have to excuse me. I’m having somewhat of a slumpy day. We got back from Nevada late yesterday afternoon and I still have some lingering after-effects of Why-didn’t-I-take-my-winnings-and-get-the-hell-out-of-there-while-I-still-had-some-winnings-to-take-with-me? remorse. It’s nothing too horribly debilitating. It’s just that every time I close my eyes, I get this unbidden mental picture of what was, around 11 p.m., a nicely-rounded heap of $5 chips with a few $25-ers thrown in for color, and if I don’t divert myself right away, I imagine that stack coming apart like it’s being sucked into an industrial-strength Shop Vac.

Oh crap, then there’s that depressing memory of what it was like four hours later, with me trying to get a stupid penny slot to accept that last crumpled dollar bill I found in my pocket after everyone else in our party had gone to bed.

Anyway, I’ll be over it soon. I’ll perk up. Before you know it, I’ll be telling myself things like Where else can a fella have so much fun with no more money than it takes to pay all the utility bills if he still had it?

Still, I have to admit I’m sort of thankful it takes some real planning and effort and a tank of gas to get to the nearest casino. There is something about those joints that’s like being in the womb, know what I mean? Sure, it’s a womb where the lighting makes you think of Blade Runner and the noise makes you think of Alien when the ship was going through the auto-destruct sequence. And the people you’re sharing the womb with aren’t like the people you’re used to being around, not unless you hang out at carnivals every weekend, or you sit through midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show five times a week.

But the temperature is always just right, there’s a steady supply of drinks brought to you by attractive young ladies, and there are no windows. Or clocks. Nothing to remind you that its way… way… way past your bedtime. You seem to forget about things like having to go to the bathroom and eating, or that you haven’t seen your wife since you walked into the place. There are ashtrays everywhere, and you can sit in one place moving nothing but your index finger for hours and hours and hours, and nobody bitches at you about it.

I don’t know about you, but that’s exactly how I remember the womb.

Anyway, the takeaway here is that I don’t much feel like thinking about anything serious. Or un-serious for that matter. Or writing at all, due to an inexplicably sore index finger. So I am inviting you to go elsewhere for your Monday blogging experience. At some future date, we can explore President Obama’s response to the ISIS crisis, or who might make a good attorney general in the wake of Eric Holder, or what’s up with Hong Kong. But at this time, I believe I will shuffle over to my Internet and partake of some online blackjack. Hair of the dog, you know.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM

  • The Crux

If you didn't get to go to your own prom this year, lament the fact you didn't go in high school, loved it so much you want to go again or just want to have a good time, there is a fireworks alternative/companion for you tonight.

The Crux welcomes you to their prom night, featuring all the glorious things mentioned on the flier and live music from Andy Rayborn and Co. Celebrate American's independence and your independence from awkward social gatherings; finally, you're cool. 

8 p.m. $5. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., Boise, 
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Storytelling is perhaps one of mankind's oldest traditions. We tell each other tales of heroes, great escapes and that time you met a guy at the bar and went parasailing with him that night. 

Story Story Late-Night is in full effect this evening, featuring adults-only stories. Host Emma Arnold will guide you through the evening and you'll enjoy music from Stardust Lounge. Who says Monday night isn't exciting?

8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, 
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, May 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM


Planning an adult-friendly evening can be tough. The night calls for something more adventurous than dinner and a movie, but less intense than dragging your date to The Torch. Thankfully, Story Story Night has come to the rescue.

Tonight at 8 p.m., the SSN crew hosts Story Story Late-Night at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City.

The theme of this evening's entertainment is TWiSTED, and the whole shebang is emceed by Emmanuel Vera IV and Dustin Chalifoux, along with tunes by Stardust Lounge. Brace yourself for some risque true stories that might make you laugh, cry or hide your eyes. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ice Bouquet Now Open in Former Blues Bouquet Space

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Three separate bars serve the Ice Bouquet, including a television-lined space near the front of the facility.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Three separate bars serve the Ice Bouquet, including a television-lined space near the front.

Away from the din of Sixth and Main Streets, the long-awaited nightclub and venue The Ice Bouquet officially threw open its doors May 11. After a series of delays, the former home of the Blues Bouquet at 1010 W. Main Street is now officially open, according to long-time Rockies Diner manager and Ice Bouquet creator Nathan Gorringe.

"This is something I've wanted to do my whole life," Gorringe said. "We haven't forgotten our past. We event kept it in the name—it's really important that the Bouquet has stayed a part of what we're doing."

Inside, The Ice Bouquet features three separate bars, including an ornate wooden bar crafted in 1902, where patrons can find better draft options and classier cocktails. Toward the front of the space, a side bar affords views of numerous televisions and offers cheaper drinks and beers at a lower price point. According to Gorringe, on Monday nights that bar will broadcast ESPN and other sporting events.

Nearby a small "satellite bar" will also serve visitors during larger, ticketed events, offering them a chance to snag a drink as soon as they enter the bar. The large floor plan also includes a VIP seating area and a nearby dance floor.

The Ice Bouquet, 1010 Main St., officially opened May 11.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • The Ice Bouquet, 1010 Main St., is now officially open.

Entertainment plans include EDM nights on Saturdays, a "Diamonds and Ice" ladies night on Wednesdays and Wild 101 will resurrect "Old School Friday."

"You'll know ahead of time—if you go out on Wednesday, this is the music or type of environment you can expect," said Gorringe.

On weekdays, The Ice Bouquet's happy hour will run from 4-8 p.m. and feature a rotating array of nightly specials, while a complementary catered buffet will be hosted from 5-7 p.m. This week, the buffet featured grub from Goodwood Barbecue Company.

The Ice Bouquet's hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. But on weekends, the spot will remain open until 4 a.m., with Rockstar energy drinks available for sale after last call.

Saturday, May 18, Arcane Dance Academy plans to host its official grand opening at the Ice Bouquet, featuring headliner K Theory and locals Dayne5150, DJ Skape, Manic and Dekay. According to the Facebook event, the night will also feature Velocity Pole Art dancers and Cairo Fusion belly dancers.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

China Blue Crowd Lucks out with High on Life DJs

Posted By on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

A newly built, Rasta-colored stage set the perfect tone for a crowd high on life Friday night. China Blue’s High On Life event brought roller coaster sets from all three DJs: DJ Koitz, Lucky Date and Aaron Liven.

Inspired by the energy of the room, DJ Koitz warmed up the crowd at 10 p.m.

What felt like a large house party jumped to remixed favorites like "Clarity" by Zedd, "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris and "Save the World Tonight" by Swedish House Mafia. Playing over an almost completely different track, the crowd still belted lyrics. Lucky Date also played "Shotgun" by Zedd and "Where’s Your Head At" by Basement Jax.

Lucky Date was just as entertained as the crowd on the dance floor, repeatedly taking pictures with fans, many of whom were decked out in LED gloves and LED hula hoops. Smoke combined with a variety of lights to create swirling visuals above the dancing mass.

Turning to his progressive house tracks, Lucky Date built up a jumping, hand-waving crowd that ranged from ravers in promiscuous outfits to Ed Hardey bro’s. Go-go dancers from Celestial Dance did their thing next to a fabric wrapped frame.

Aaron Liven ended the night by throwing down an energetic set that bumped people back on the dance floor. The hour was late, though, so a smaller crowd enjoyed his close-out session.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Slideshow: Inaugural Boise Beardsmen Competition Packs Red Room

Posted By on Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Winner Luke Tichinin poses with his girlfriend, Christine Wherry.
  • Jessica Johnson
  • Winner Luke Tichinin poses with his girlfriend, Christine Wherry.

The Boise Beardsmen's inaugural Beard and Mustache Competition got pretty hairy March 9. The Red Room was at capacity around 9 p.m. as the competition fired up. The line for the bar was three people deep all around, and there whole space was packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

Hirsute competitors traveled from Spokane, Wash., Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore. to compete in the part-competition, part-fundraiser for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. The categories for the night were: Full Beard, Full Beard Groomed, Partial Beard, Moustache, Freestyle Beard and Whiskerina (lady beard).

Every man sported his best and weirdest facial hair, and the whiskerina’s went all out with beards made of grapes, leaves and Julia Green’s winning pizza beard, which was made from felt.

Competitors were invited on stage in groups of five based on their registration number and then asked individually to show off their beards. The crowd cheered as each person stepped forward, then the judges made their decision for each category.

Luke Tichinin from Portland, Ore. won Best Full Beard and Best Overall Beard, and had the crowd in an uproar yelling for a speech.

“I’ve been so great the past year because of this woman,” said Tichinin, pointing to his girlfriend, Christine Wherry offstage.

The crowd went crazy. Tichinin said that, ultimately, his goal was to propose to his girlfriend that night.

For a photo slideshow of all the bearded action, click here.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Packed Revolution Concert House Goes Wild For Tiesto

Posted By on Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

A crowd of 2,200 packed the Revolution Concert House March 8 for Electronic Dance Music DJ Tiesto's College Invasion Tour.

“Thank you Boise,” said DJ Tiesto, “You guys are wild.”

The crowd was unlike any dance crowd this year. EDM regulars lined the outside of the novice mob. Unicorns, pandas and tutus raged around meatheads and drunks. From the front of the pit to the patio to the front door, everyone was bouncing to Tiesto's upbeat, energetic music.

Local DJ duo Rubicon 7 fired up the crowd with a blend of progressive, trance and electro. Debuting the track “Triton,” Rubicon 7 set the stage for the best EDM experience in Boise this year.

Sticking to the Dutch House genre, DJs Alvaro, Tommy Trash, Quintino and Tiesto threw down amazing sets. Tiesto brought the College Invasion Tour to Boise on recommendations from Steve Aoki and Bassnectar, who both performed at Revolution recently.

Alvaro, Quintino and Tommy Trash flaunted their names on a LED screen. Alvaro played a remix of Zedd’s “Spectrum” and Quintino played a remix of Red Hot Chili Peppers' “Otherside."

Tiesto’s set consisted of remixes of Zedd’s “Clarity,” Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Loving” and the original track “Maximal Crazy." The crowd was flooded with smoke and confetti, and the spectacular laser show created a pseudo ceiling of red, yellow, green, blue and purple.

“You were the shit tonight, Boise,” Quintino said.

After the show, Alvaro and Quintino hosted an afterparty with special guest Tiesto at the Powerhouse Event Center. The three DJs were all smiles as they experimented with Boise’s taste until 4 a.m. The crowd of about 200 danced hard to a variety of EDM tracks, ranging from house to dubstep, including a remix of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Quintino teased the late night dancers by playing only a minute of a track that inspired Boiseans to dance the hardest they had all night. Dancers refused to leave the venue for 30 minutes in hopes of an encore that never happened.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Contestants Race to the Bottom in Boise's Best Bad Dancer 2

Posted By on Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

The Wheel of Waltz included 90s Hip Hop and Dead Pop Stars categories.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • The Wheel of Waltz included '90s Hip-Hop and Dead Pop Stars categories.

Liquid Laughs was packed to the rafters Jan. 18 to watch a train wreck in motion: Boise's Best Bad Dancer 2. In the second installment of the bad-dance competition, contestants busted out dozens of terrible moves in the race to be crowned the worst.

Esteemed judges Minerva Jayne, Idaho Dance Theatre Company Manager Jynx Jenkins and comedian Mikey Pullman, the winner of the first Bad Dancer competition, stepped up to chairs on a podium above the dance floor.

The first contestant spun the "Wheel of Waltz," which landed on the '80s Ladies category. He set the bar high with his take on Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop," rocking out the worm, shaking his tush and stripping off his white vest.

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