Cramming for Holiday Deadlines 

Despite cool temperatures, everyone sweats in December. It's universal. Whether you're a student cramming for final exam, a workaday facing office closures or a stay-at-home parent with a shopping list a mile long, it's axiomatic that the holidays are crunch time. Every day brings new deadlines that make you feel like you're slamming into brick walls head first at full speed.

Here at Boise Weekly, we're cinching up our helmets and packing our parachutes in preparation for the closing of our office between Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Before we retire to our pup tents in the woods to adorn our holiday shrubs, we have to tie a bow on the three issues that fall on the Wednesdays of Dec. 19, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2013, which we dub the Trifecta.

Those issues must be complete before we leave for the holidays, so the writing on the wall if you're putting on an event, be it a concert, a barn raising or a backyard brawl between now and Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. If you're planning anything, it's imperative that you email about it on or before the drop-deadline submission date of Friday, Dec. 7. Submit your event now, lest you miss your chance of being included in BW's print calendar listings.

And just because BW staff won't be in the office over the holiday break doesn't mean that there won't be the breaking news blasts on Citydesk or the arts and culture coverage on Cobweb you expect at Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, BW can keep you informed through the season. If you want the scoop on Idaho political developments or missed that concert, BW promises to remain your one-stop source for news and events.

Speaking of the holidays, in this edition of BW, we introduce you to a man who probably loves Christmas more than just about anyone. Pencil-mustachioed pioneer of indie cinema John Waters--the filmmaker whose portfolio contains such classics as Pink Flamingos and Hairspray--will be in Boise at The Knitting Factory to tell Boise his best Christmas stories and just how many Christmas cards he writes by hand every year. Read BW's interview with Waters in Arts.

In the main feature, you can learn why more young artists are choosing to stay in Boise, while in News, you can read between the lines to find out what much-anticipated store could soon be calling downtown Boise home.

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