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A Guide for Digging Through Trump’s Financial Disclosures

Here’s how we searched through President Donald Trump’s financial disclosures, and how you can, too. When President Donald Trump’s latest financial disclosure form was released last week, we dropped what we were doing and started digging.We found a few things, including some newly registered companies and a jump in revenue for Trump Productions, which helped produce shows like “The Apprentice” and the lesser-known dating show, “Donald J. Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger.”We’ve decided to show how we did it so you can help us go deeper. Below are tips and tricks for finding noteworthy items buried in the 92-page disclosure.First, some background. Trump’s financial disclosure form, which he files each year with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, provides the most detailed account available of the president’s finances, from his sprawling business empire to individual payments made to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The forms are the best window we have into his financial holdings. (His tax returns would also be helpful, but he hasn’t released those.)To see newly created companies, we put Trump’s new disclosure form next to last year’s form. That’s how we found T Retail LLC, an “online retail business; startup” that’s listed in the 2018 disclosure, but not in the 2017 one.Based on its description, we suspected the company was tied in some way to TrumpStore.com, which launched in November 2017 and sells Trump-branded clothing and merchandise.To confirm this, we used the website OpenCorporates to see where the company is registered. The site showed T Retail LLC registered in Louisiana and Florida. Previous stories have noted that TrumpStore.com only gathers taxes from a few states, including Louisiana and Florida.We checked Trumpstore.com’s shipping and returns page, which says it collects sales taxes for four states: Louisiana, Florida, New York and Virginia. So then we went to those states’ business registry websites and found T Retail LLC listed in each of them.Aside from some new companies,we also found companies that disappeared on this year’s form and others that saw spikes or big dips in revenue. Here are some deals we’re interested in knowing more about:Trump disclosed his financial interest in a company, SC Cleveland MS Management LLC, which is managing the Trumps’ two new hotel chains: Scion and American IDEA. The president, who said during a press conference days before his inauguration he would have nothing to do with new businesses, reported receiving nearly $27,000 in management fees from owners of the first American IDEA hotels, Dinesh and Suresh Chawla. We’ve written about…

Published on 24 May 2018 | 4:00 pm

May 24, 2018: What to Know

President Trump backs away from the summit with North Korea, a Boise couple is charged with the car fire death of their daughter, a growing effort to ditch plastic straws, and the Great White Way is rolling in the green (money, that is). A Boise couple is behind bars, charged following the death of their 4-year-old daughter who was killed in a car fire in a Walmart parking lot on April 10. The Ada County Coroner's Office identified the child Wednesday as 4-year-old Alliee Nicole Rose, and the victim's parents were arrested and jailed a short time later. Investigators said the victim, a younger brother and the children's mother were sleeping in the car when the fire was started by a portable heating device they were using. The woman escaped and the boy suffered serious injuries, but the 4-year-old girl perished in the blaze. The mother, 31-year-old Jennifer Miller, was charged with felony injury to a child. The father, 26-year-old Nicolas Rose, faces multiple charges, including theft because police said he stole the heater. Rose is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary and failure to appear. He's being held on a $153,000 bond and Miller is being held on a $500,000 bond. Boise Police said a construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon on the Hewlett-Packard campus off of Chinden Boulevard. Investigators said the man was working alone, using a front-end loader when a load fell onto the driver compartment, killing him. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. The on-again, off-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is off again. The New York Times says Trump won't attend the meeting, which had been set for Tuesday, June 12, in Singapore, due to what Trump said was "tremendous anger and open hostility" from Jong-un. Earlier this month, Boise Weekly reported on the effort among some Boise restaurateurs to ditch plastic straws in favor of environmentally-friendly paper straws or other alternatives. Now, the Associated Press is reporting that officials in New York City are considering a city-wide ban of plastic straws and stir sticks in bars, coffee shops and restaurants. And NBC News reports that at their annual stockholders meeting later today, McDonald's owners will vote on a proposal to phase out plastic straws at the company's 37,000-plus U.S. restaurants. U.S. airlines have been eliminating some services and charging higher fees for others as part of a constant stream of cost-cutting measures. But the latest cuts at United Airlines have some passengers pretty upset. The Food Network reports that United recently announced it would eliminate a few items from its beverage service, including…

Published on 24 May 2018 | 3:00 pm

The Sturiale Place Hires New Chef, Reopens in Boise's North End

Chef Shawn Redfield of Portland, Oregon, joined the Sturiale Place team last month, and the family owned spot will open for Thursday and Friday lunch service starting Thursday, May 24. Rita Sturiale, owner of The Sturiale Place, has made good on her promise to hire a new chef and re-open her small Italian cafe on Jefferson Street: Chef Shawn Redfield of Portland, Oregon, joined the team last month, and the family owned spot will welcome patrons back for lunch service starting Thursday, May 24. Before moving to Boise roughly five weeks ago, Redfield was the executive chef of McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, which boasts three bars and a 20th-century pub serving seasonal cuisine. Redfield said that less than two months ago, he and his wife had decided to move somewhere else in the Pacific Northwest but were still debating the city. "We took a vacation about seven weeks ago, and in like a two-day span we absolutely fell in love with [Boise] and bought a house," Redfield said. "That was actually the same weekend that [Rita and I] met, and everything kind of fell into place." Redfield has worked at Italian eateries in the past and is accustomed to dealing with small kitchen spaces, which made him a perfect fit for the newly renovated cafe squeezed into the historic Zimmer House. Some of his recipes—including lamb bolognese on house-made pappardelle noodles—will join the menu along with favorites from Rita and her daughter Gina Sturiale, who manages the restaurant. "As we're moving forward, we definitely want to make sure our flavors are right, so we're going to continue to practice as we grow and develop here, and continue to add more to our menu," Redfield said. Redfield is doing almost all of the work in the kitchen himself, and called the cafe "a one-and-a-half-man operation," referring to the part-time pastry chef who is the cafe's only other back-of-house employee. On May 21 and 22, Redfield faced his first test when The Sturiale Place offered discounted tastes from its menu to friends and family at a soft opening. Guests were asked to rate the dishes they chose, and earned free biscotti for their feedback. "The response was overwhelmingly positive," Gina said. "There were a few tweaks here and there that we're still kind of working on, but all said and done I think it was a very successful soft reopening." Going forward, The Sturiale Place will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays and Friday for lunch, and plans are in the works to add dinner service in the next few weeks. …

Published on 23 May 2018 | 5:21 pm

Bogus Basin Gears Up for Summer Opening on Memorial Day Weekend

Bogus Basin is rolling out its summer recreation services, a new barbecue smokehouse and music activities starting Memorial Day weekend. In December of last year, Bogus Basin opened its Glade Runner Mountain Coaster for the first time—a steel-and-concrete move toward the recreation area's goal of expanding its non-winter activities. Even though it's still spring, Bogus' early summer hours begin on Saturday, May 26, when a host of activities and services will open at the mountain, including the new Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse in the 12,000-square-foot Bogus Creek Plaza near Simplot Lodge, the Deerpoint Chairlift for mountain biking, the bungee trampoline, gem panning, a climbing wall, a tubing hill, the bike shuttle between Simplot Base Area and Pioneer Lodge on weekends and holidays, and mountain bike rentals. The early summer season will start Memorial Day Weekend, and run Fridays-Sundays through Sunday, June 17. Full-week operations begin Friday, June 22 and end Sunday, Aug. 19. In addition to sports and other recreational activities, there will be Saturday Music on the Mountain events June 30, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 18. Music on Bogus Creek Plaza events will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 4-6 p.m. starting on Saturday, June 2.…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 4:57 pm

May 23, 2018: What to Know

The CDC gives the all clear for romaine lettuce, a Boise juvenile is charged with a felony after allegedly making threats against his school, mourning the deaths of Philip Roth and Clint Walker, and the Disney Company is holding its breath for the new Star Wars spin-off. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no longer any romaine lettuce coming from the growing region of Yuma, Arizona. As a result, the CDC has lifted its ban on romaine tied to a nationwide E. Coli outbreak, which sickened more than 170 people, including some in Idaho. NPR reports that romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about 21 days and CDC officials said, "it's unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region is still available in people's homes, stores or restaurants." The last time any romaine was harvested in Yuma was April 16. Most of the romaine currently in circulation is coming from California. Meanwhile, the BBC reports that we don't need nearly as much protein as we consume. However, adults who don't get enough protein can experience to hair loss, skin breakouts and weight loss as muscle mass decreases. According to the study, those side effects are very rare and largely occur in individuals with eating disorders. A 13-year-old boy was booked into the Ada County juvenile detention center Tuesday after being charged with making threats at a Boise school. Boise Police said they received a tip via Crime Stoppers regarding the threat, and following an investigation, police said a the boy admitted to making the threat. Investigators have chosen not to publicly identify the school. Following a search of the school on Tuesday afternoon, officers said they located "an object," but would not give details of what the object was. A short time later the 13-year-old suspect was charged with a felony count of threatening violence upon school grounds. Philip Roth, the Pulitzer, National Book and Man Booker award-winning novelist who exploded onto the literary scene with Goodbye Columbus in 1959, has died at the age of 85. The New York Times reports that a close friend of Roth's said the author died of congestive heart failure. Roth's most famous novel was the sexually-charged Portnoy's Complaint, published in 1969. He had many other successes including 1997's American Pastoral, which won the Pulitzer. In more sad news, Hollywood is mourning the death of 90-year-old actor Clint Walker, star of The Dirty Dozen, Send Me No Flowers and None But the Brave. Variety reports that Walker was best known as the star of Cheyenne, a landmark Western television series that aired for seven seasons on ABC in the 1950s. The…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 2:01 pm

A Day at the Markets: How Boise Farmers Market and Capital City Public Market Coexist

The division of Capital City Public Market into two factions in 2013 caused an identity schism, spurring both markets to define themselves and emphasize their differences. Now, representatives from each market say they aren't just surviving, but thriving. On Saturday mornings when the sun is shining, downtown Boise becomes a paradise for shoppers traveling on foot, with two farmer's markets to choose from setting up tables bursting with fresh produce—towering piles of blood-red radishes, forests of leafy greens, heaps of carrots still trailing soil—baked goods and locally made art. Wander from one market to another for long enough though, and it starts to become clear that artists congregate in one collection of booths while produce vendors gather in the other. Neither market is mutually exclusive, but their identities are clear—and clearly very different. What Boiseans new to the area or not thoroughly entrenched in the down-and-dirty of downtown politics may not know is that the two Boise farmers markets—the arts-heavy Capital City Public Market, currently centered on Idaho Street, and the farmer-focused Boise Farmers Market at the corner of 10th and Grove streets—used to be one. In October 2012, a faction of vendors from CCPM split from the original pack to start its own produce-centered market a few blocks away. That spinoff became the Boise Farmers Market, which opened its gates to the public in April 2013 at its original location on the corner of 11th and Front streets. Now, five years later, tensions between vendors and organizers have died down, and representatives from both markets say they aren't just surviving, but thriving in their new niches. "We think that it's really unique for Boise to have two very different but very successful markets two blocks away from one another," said Karen Ellis, the current BFM market manager and a past director of CCPM until she was fired in 2012 over allegations of poor business practices. "I don't know that they'd be as successful equally if they were not as close as they are. It's the perfect opportunity for people—it's like an outdoor mall, you have a lot of choices in not a lot of space." But things weren't always so copacetic. During the months of slow separation, market personel on both sides of the divide gave various reasons for the split and its ensuing drama, ranging from the high ratio of artisans to farmers to the volume of out-of-town customers making it difficult for locals to shop for their weekly groceries at the original CCPM. Whatever the true trigger, the divide caused an identity schism, spurring both markets to define themselves and emphasize their differences. "That…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:02 am

Garden City Zero-Waste Market to Premier a New, Old World Way to Shop

Roots Zero Waste Market and cafe will sell bulk dried goods, produce and beauty supplies to customers without single-use plastics. When the news came down the pipeline that the City of Boise's new Hefty EnergyBag recycling program won't accept plastic clamshell containers or water bottles, it reaffirmed Boise native Lea Rainey's resolve in her new business venture: opening a micro-grocery and cafe—dubbed Roots Zero Waste Market—to sell bulk produce to customers without single-use plastics. "I think that everyone is acutely aware of our plastic problem, not just in the United States but globally," said Rainey. "I was inspired by traveling in Europe for work and seeing these zero-waste markets where you simply focus on the food. You go in, you bring your own container, weigh it, fill it up and pay for it. And I just thought it was brilliant because it really takes out the stress of trying to figure out, 'Okay, what do I have to do with this plastic packaging now?'" The market will sell bulk goods like pastas, beans, dried fruit and grains from stainless steel gravity bins, as well as fruits and vegetables kept fresh by an ionized-water misting system, and a selection of dairy and eggs. Plus, Rainey plans to offer bulk beauty supplies like lotions and shampoos from glass dispensers, and even hopes to find a way to sell bulk toothpaste. The building will also house a community space and "bistro cafe," which will use produce from the market for deli items, sandwiches and juices, and sell local beer, wine, cider and coffee. Meat won't be stocked in the market, but the deli will use some cuts for its entrees. Everything sold at Roots will be as organic, non-GMO, fair trade and locally sourced as possible. "We'll have on-site compost as well," said Rainey, "so that we can really maximize every little bit of everything that comes out of the store." The concept for Roots has been brewing for more than a decade. Before working for 14 years as a global delivery manager for Hewlett-Packard, Rainey was a catering manager for chef Lisa Peterson, who owns a'Tavola Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe. She also worked at the Boise Co-op before it left its old location on Hill Road. Rainey said she used to be a typical consumer—she didn't hesitate to buy plastic-swaddled vegetables or individually-wrapped granola bars in cardboard boxes. But over the years, her environmental views caught up with her lifestyle, and her family now uses bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:02 am

Andrew May and Kathleen Pirkl Tague

"My character is somewhat ridiculous, even though she's intense, fierce and messed up."

"Yes, fibulas and tibias will be shattered." Prepare for a summer of Misery—that's a good thing—at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. ISF's 42nd season of repertory under the stars starts with a bang, quite literally, on Friday, May 25, with Misery, the stage adaptation of the wildly popular book and Oscar-winning movie from the modern master of suspense, Stephen King. "The name value certainly draws people in to the theater," said Andrew May, who plays novelist Paul Sheldon, held captive by "his biggest fan" Annie Wilkes, portrayed by Kathleen Pirkl Tague. "It is a challenge, especially for me, because Annie was portrayed on the screen by Kathy Bates, who won the Oscar," said Pirkl Tague. "It's a little intimidating, but I love a challenge." Days before their opening night, May and Pirkl Tague talked with Boise Weekly about the mayhem and fun surrounding the classic thriller. There is a bit of violence in Misery. Can I assume that it's carefully choreographed? Pirkl Tague: Some actors are really picky about violence being very well rehearsed. Andrew and I like to go at it a bit more realistically. But we trust each other, which is a big thing. I do some pretty crazy things to him. May: It has been a bit of a pet peeve of mine that when you choreograph something to an inch of its life, you have a tendency to show its technique. And while that's impressive, at the same time it takes you out of [the] action. All that said, there's a fair amount of humor in Misery. May: Twisted humor. Pirkl Tague: My character is somewhat ridiculous, even though she's intense, fierce and messed up. Kathleen, have you deconstructed Annie's mental illness? Pirkl Tague: In the book, Annie is put on trial for killing children in a hospital, but they couldn't convict her because they didn't have enough evidence. There are also references to her being a serial killer. Can I assume that you bring that backstory into your portrayal of Annie? Pirkl Tague: I think underneath all that psychosis is deep sadness. That's a neurosis, right? Constructing fictional realities in order not to experience the true reality of deep pain. I was lucky enough to see Misery on Broadway several years back, and I must say that there's something really special about a collective gasp coming from an audience. May: There are moments when we can tell that the audience is really…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:01 am

How to Talk to Girls at Parties: A Punk-Era Brexit

Opens Friday, June 1 at The Flicks Your own appetite for the outre will most certainly factor into how much you enjoy How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an outlandish, sometime stumbling but ultimately sweet trip back to the 1970s—not the KC and the Sunshine Band '70s, mind you, but the chaotic '70s of the Ramones and Sex Pistols. Based on an 18-page short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman (Stardust), the yarn is rolled out and stretched to its limits by director/co-screenwriter John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Critics are already wildly divided on How to Talk to Girls: New York Magazine wrote that the film is a "legitimate eyesore," while The Independent called it "wondrous" and "inspired." Count me with the latter. I'm as stodgy as the next old white guy, but even I can look back at the punk scene with some amount of fondness. In How to Talk to Girls, teenager Enn (Alex Sharp, who lit up Broadway in The Curious Incident of the Dog) and his leather-clad mates are true believers in punk, crawling through grimy London music dens until they happen upon one particularly prickly pub. The music is insane, but it pales in comparison to the all-in-black, spike-haired, F-bomb-throwing madwoman in the corner. Heavens to Betsy, it's Nicole Kidman as Queen Boadicea, a nutcase who promotes atrocious punk rock acts when she's not welding metallic wardrobes for her artists—no, seriously. Kidman appears to be having a blast in the film, and she chews so much scenery that she should swear off fiber for life. But back to Enn. He and his friends next stumble upon a bizarre group of tourists who are holed up in a rented London mansion. But their taste in fashion (all plastic), music (metronomic) and just about everything else makes the punk scene seem downright buttoned-down. Among the group, who for some bizarre reason speak in American accents, is a teenage girl named Zan (Elle Fanning, featured in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Maleficent). Zan decides to stage a private rebellion, conducting her own little Brexit from her brood to get a taste of Enn's punk-fueled freedom. However, don't think for a moment that How to Talk to Girls evolves into a run-of-the-mill rom-com. The film takes a hard left turn into science fiction, and when it's not going off the rails the only normalcy in it is chaos.…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:01 am

RBG: "It’s Almost Unheard of to See a Documentary Perform This Well in Summer Blockbuster Season"

Opens Friday, May 25 at The Flicks. The Avengers have nothing on the RBG—aka U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, subject of one of the most popular and entertaining big-screen documentaries in recent memory. In an already crowded summer box office, the 85-year-old Ginsberg is muscling out many of the big boys, with RBG raking in more than $3.8 million at the domestic box office. “It’s almost unheard of to see a documentary perform this well in summer blockbuster season,” Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations, told Variety. “For a documentary to hit $1 million, it’s like a regular film hitting $100 million.” And it’s just getting started. RBG is expanding nationwide, and will open at The Flicks in Boise on Friday, May 25. The film is already generating enough serious buzz to make the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary. The film opens with snippets from Ginsberg’s far-right critics, slamming her as a “witch,” “evil-doer” and “zombie.” One is President Donald Trump, who calls her “an absolute disgrace.” But RBG is still going strong—just witness her pumping free weights as the documentary catches her in a daily workout. “She’s like a cyborg,” her fitness trainer Bryant Johnson says in the film. After all, Ginsberg has taken on plenty of big critics in her decades as a champion of the U.S. Constitution. She won five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including landmark victories pushing back against gender inequity. Today’s generation may think the days when women were seen as unequal citizens are ancient history, but RBG reminds us how those protections under the law are repeatedly threatened. RBG is also a love story, embracing the 63-year love affair between Ruth and her late husband Martin Ginsburg from the time they met as undergraduates at Cornell University. Get a glimpse of the young Ruth and you’ll see why some of Hollywood’s top actresses competed to portray her in On the Basis of Sex, a big-budget film opening this November. Felicity Jones landed the much-coveted role, but in the meantime, RBG gives viewers the real deal. …

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:01 am

Minerva's Breakdown: Social Media Positivity

Advice for those on the verge Dear Minerva, I have recently started to make peace with my body. I have always been a curvier girl and there has always been pressure on me to lose weight. I have made some amazing strides to do so and part of what has helped me is using social media to post progress as well as post pictures of myself when I feel beautiful and sexy. I have one friend who continually complains about the pics as being inappropriate. Sometimes they are risque since I am nude but covered in certain areas, but I would never say they are in bad taste. How do I deal with the negativity? Sincerely, Proud Curvy Dear Proud, You should never be ashamed of your body. Embrace it and love it, even if you are a work in progress. I think there's a good chance that your friend is in the minority. There will ALWAYS be haters in this world that is why you should continue to post what makes you happy, especially when you're feeling amazing about yourself. Because of this question I conducted a poll. Since Instagram has a wide range of people celebrating their bodies while lifting others up, I placed a poll in my Instagram story that said, "How do you feel about seeing tasteful nudes of your friends/people on IG?" The results showed that 79% voted "I Love It" with 21% of respondents saying "Nope." So keep posting! As for your Negative Nancy friend, promptly show her the "Unfollow" button.…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

HomeGrown Theatre Goes Meta With 'Mr. Burns' Play at Gem Center

Thursdays through Saturdays, May 24-26 and May 31-June 2. Mr. Burns: a post-electric play is a play so meta and postmodern it stretches the bounds of the English language just describing its plot, but here goes: A group of apocalypse survivors huddle amid the ruins of civilization to recall an episode of The Simpsons, "Cape Feare," which is itself an adaptation of two films that were based on a 1957 novel. Almost a decade later, the survivors have assembled a theatrical troupe that performs live versions of episodes of The Simpsons, complete with commercials. In the final act, set three quarters of a century later, "Cape Feare" becomes a musical pageant that takes on new meaning in a post-apocalyptic society. The play, written by Anne Washburn, premiered in London in 2014 and was nominated that same year for a Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. HomeGrown Theatre has picked it up, and though its run began at the Gem Center for the Arts on May 18, it will take the stage again Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26, and Thursday-Saturday, May 31-June 2. According to HGT Co-founder Jaime Nebeker, the play has long been on the theater company's radar. "We read this play about four years ago," she said. "It's a really wild read, but our friend saw the play in Chicago and called us the next day. He said, 'This play's out of this world, HomeGrown has to do it.' Having a second recommendation really started to pique our interest even more." Mr. Burns features performances by HGT regulars like Nebeker, Veronica Von Tobel, Liberty Leeds Klautsch, Declan Kempe, Mike Ward and more; as well as elaborate mask design by Jessica Nebeker and pro lighting design by Chaz Gentry. …

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

Third Annual Urban Cultural Show

Playhouse Boise, Saturday, March 26 According to the Idaho Office for Refugees, more than half of the refugees who moved to the Gem State during the 2016-17 Fiscal Year came from African nations, the largest share from Rwanda, Ethiopia and the Congo. With the Treasure Valley growing more culturally rich by the day, it's no wonder the Miss Africa Idaho Urban Cultural Fashion Show has found enough success and support to return for a third year. This time around, the focus will be on local artists and designers, and the show will include a host of vendors selling their fashions and other goods. Hosts will also serve up a selection of drinks and Nigerian appetizers, and all proceeds will go to fund Metro Meals of Wheels, which provides hundreds of meals to local seniors every day.…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

Puzzle Answers May 23, 2018

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"These Deep State traitors are..."

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Anime Oasis EX

The Grove Hotel, Friday-Monday, May 25-28 Anime may have originated in Japan, but it's become a staple with American audiences who fill convention halls to meet the artists and innovators behind their favorite characters. Boise is no exception, and on Friday, May 25, the multi-venue Anime Oasis EX convention will kick off its 17th year in the City of Trees. The four-day affair includes everything from a roller disco to an improv comedy show, a cosplay battle and a speed dating event. Guests include buff pop band Dead Lift Lolita; RWBY and Red vs. Blue voice actress Arryn Zech; Vic Mignogna, who has voiced characters in more than 300 shows and video games; cosplayer/costume designer Tanglwyst de Holloway and more. Score four-day passes online or single-day tickets at the door to get your geek on.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

Memorial Day Ceremony

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Monday, May 28 Thanking U.S. military veterans for their service is a gesture that will never go out of style, and though it doesn't hurt to give them a nod every day, there's no time better than Memorial Day. This year, Idaho Division of Veterans Services will honor those who gave their lives for the safety of American citizens in a ceremony at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. It also happens that 2018 is the 100-year benchmark of the end of World War I, an anniversary that the ceremony will note, along with showcasing an aircraft flyover, a wreath presentation and words from the governor's office. Representative from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force will also participate. Those attending are asked to park at Optimist Park and take buses to the site.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

Digital Edition May 23, 2018

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Ray LaMontagne

Memorial Stadium, May 28 Baseball is America's pastime, but in the City of Trees warm weather brings another favorite activity: outdoor concerts. The Summerfield Concert Series, held in Memorial Stadium (headquarters of the Boise Hawks) brings music to a ballpark atmosphere for the ultimate lazy evening, and will kick off its third season with a performance by singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne. Folk devotees are likely already well-versed in LaMontagne's soft, easy vocals and delicate acoustic guitar harmonies from his 2010 album, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (RCA Records), which scored a Grammy for Best Folk Album. LaMontagne will ride high in Boise following the May 18 release of his seventh record, Part of the Light (RCA Records, 2018). Don't miss his debut on the diamond.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

"Just tell me when to stop."

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Justin W. John: Simulacrum

At UpCycle Studio through Saturday, June 30 With his new exhibit at UpCycle on Eighth Street in Downtown Boise, artist Justin W. John questions just about everything, from memories and symbols to the very idea of perception. If the question, “What is reality?” has been niggling at the back of your mind—and really, who hasn’t wondered at some point—this selection of polaroid photographs and acrylic paintings might help you scratch the itch. “I try to emulate human response and emotion to communicate when words seem so hard to find,” wrote John on the Facebook page for the exhibit, which will run through Saturday, June 30. “I can not control potential absurd distortions, obvious metaphors, assumed context, (un)perceived reality or dreams of hyperreality. That’s up to you.” Stop by UpCycle to take the plunge into the unknown and check out John’s solo debut.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

"New Day"

Medium: Acrylic on canvas Artist Statement: Art is my passion; in this painting, my inspiration is seeing the sunrise and sunset of each new day—the gratitude of present and nature in our lives.…

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The Visual Arts Collective, May 26 New Orleans-based hardcore punk band Pears won't be alone at Garden City's Visual Arts Collective on Saturday, May 26—but as the headliner of the Boise Hive Mayday! Micro Music Festival, it will bring in the most cachet. Formed around a core of past members of The Lollies, Pears came out of the gate hard in 2014, recording its debut album Go to Prison (Fat Wreck Chords, 2015) in the first two months after its inception. Green Star (2016) and Human Movement (2017) followed on the same label, solidifying the group's relentless, throaty style. On Saturday, Pears will share the stage with High, low-fi, Cam Callahan and Campaign Revival, The Love Bunch, Juice!, Lakoda, Red Light Challenge, Marshall Poole, Ancesters and Ghost Revolver. Head their way to get punked.

Published on 23 May 2018 | 10:00 am

Hemp, Hemp Hooray

All of the brews this week have a hemp connection. All of the brews this week have a hemp connection: One is named for a sweet sativa strain, one is brewed with hemp seed and the third gives a nod to both a stoner movie and a cannabis variety of the same name. As an aside, industrial hemp is making a comeback, the 2014 Farm bill having lifted the U.S. government's previous ban on hemp cultivation. Double Mountain Sweet Jane IPA, $4.79-$5.79 The fluffy, three-finger head slowly slips away from this copper-tinged brew. Subtle aromas are marked by soft, leafy hops backed by a sweet mix of tropical fruit, cherry and a touch of toffee. This is my style of IPA: The hops are ever-present, but not too aggressive. They compliment the mild caramel malt and subtle citrus flavors. New Belgium The Hemperor HPA, $2.49-$2.99 This one is brewed with hemp, more specifically the hearts of hemp seeds that have been sterilized to meet the tangle of regulatory laws. It pours a dark gold with a decent head that leaves a glass-clinging lace. The first whiff? Heady weed that mellows out as you sip. The flavors are an easy-drinking mix of smooth malt, soft hops and light lemon. I bet you can't drink just one. Stone Tangerine Express IPA, $1.99-$2.49 The massive eggshell head that tops this hazy orange-tinged brew persists nicely. As you might expect from a Stone IPA, the nose is dominated by citrusy hops, with a touch of orange coming through. Unlike some fruit-enhanced ales, here the tangerine flavors lurk beneath the bitter hop profile. It's a great choice for IPA lovers looking for something a little different.…

Published on 23 May 2018 | 9:59 am

Treasure Valley Skate Set to Open in Former Boise Location of 20th Century Lanes

If all goes as planed, Treasure Valley Skate should have a grand opening on Thursday, May 31. In the meantime, the rink's website says they're hiring cashiers, floor guards (think of them as lifeguards for roller rinks) and DJ's. Treasure Valley Skate, a new Boise roller rink that has has taken over the State Street location of the former 20th Century Bowling Lanes, is now days away from opening. "It's been two and a half years in the planning, but we'll swing the doors open just as soon as the [City of Boise] inspectors give us the green light," said Scott Stevens, who along with wife Tammy took over the real estate in the Collister Shopping Plaza soon after 20th Century shut its doors in June 2017. "This is new for us, but my wife and I are longtime roller skaters." Stevens said Treasure Valley Skate's general manager will be George Cogswell, who previously operated roller rinks in Illinois and Oregon. "Our general contractor has put in the skate floor; we're laying down the carpeting as we speak," said Stevens. "We're in the final permitting stages and awaiting approval of occupancy from the City of Boise." Stevens said, if all goes as planed, Treasure Valley Skate should have a grand opening on Thursday, May 31. In the meantime, the rink's website says they're hiring cashiers, floor guards (think of them as lifeguards for roller rinks) and DJ's. 20th Century Lanes rolled its last bowling balls a year ago after operating at the 4712 W. State Street for nearly 60 years.…

Published on 22 May 2018 | 2:56 pm

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