BW: Providing Convo Starters for your Holiday Dinner 

This is where the year starts to get pretty interesting at Boise Weekly. We're putting two issues together at once this week so that we can take a few days to stuff ourselves and work off the subsequent food-and-booze coma. At the same time, we're staring down what we call the trifecta.

Every year over Christmas and New Year's, we shut down the office to force ourselves into hibernation for a few days. In order to accomplish that task, we, once again, put together a few issues at once. What does that mean for you? Nothing, unless you're planning an event you'd like us to list in our event or music listings. Papers will still hit stands every Wednesday, blogs will still have fresh content every day. But event listings are the tricky part. If you have a meeting/festival/concert/fundraiser before Wednesday, Jan. 4, and you want to get the word out, send us word before Wednesday, Dec. 14, to

In the coming weeks, we'll publish a few of our most-popular issues, including Bad Cartoon on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Fiction 101 in the first edition of the new year. We'll also be tackling some heavy-hitting issues between now and then in the main feature section--the subjects of which I'll keep quiet for another week or so. At least one of those stories, though, should provide you with excellent holiday dinner conversation fodder, especially if you enjoy a rousing debate with your in-laws.

And if you decide to pull the ol' "So I read something interesting the other day" at your turkey day feast this week, I'll recommend using the stories on Pages 9, 10 or 12. With any of those, you can spur a discussion on the death penalty, the separation (or apparent lack of) faith and matters of the state, the Occupy movement or the fact that the art of at-home pie making appears to be lost given the fact that Costco makes more than 9,000 pies for Thanksgiving tables in the valley. If all that is too heady for your bunch, just turn to Page 38 and start reading horoscopes.

We at Boise Weekly wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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