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UPDATE: Meet The Idaho Climate Justice League Which Fought for Revised Science Standards

"There are students in other parts of the state where teachers are afraid to teach climate change because of political pushback." UPDATE: Feb. 22, 2018 The Idaho Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 on Feb. 22 to approve new science standards for K-12 public education as drafted by experts and the Idaho Department of Education. The State Senate committee vote upends a previous vote by the House Education Committee that opted to edit out a section of the proposed standards referring to fossil fuels' impact to the environment. "We called on specialists and scientists and ran this by the public that elected us to sit here," said Sen. Carl Crabtree (R-Grangeville). "I believe in the process." Crabtree was one of four Republican Senators, including Sens. Chuck Winder (R-Boise), Bob Nonini (R-Coeur d'Alene) and Jim Guthrie (R-Pocatello), in voting with the two Democrats on the committee—Sens. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise) and Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise)—in approving the science standards, as written, including supporting content that the House Education Committee had asked to be removed. The Senate Education Committee vote is binding, meaning that the standards will soon go into effect in Idaho public schools. UPDATE: Feb. 14, 2018, 6 p.m. Once more, a steady stream of Idaho citizens stood before Idaho legislators, this time the members of the Senate Education Committee, to testify in support of revised science standards, including language referring to fossil fuels impact on the environment. Following the February 14 testimony, Committee Chairman Sen. Dean Mortimer (R-Idaho Falls) said he would delay the committee's vote on the proposed standards. If it chooses, the Senate Education Committee may approve the standards and override a previous vote from the House Education Committee which decided to approve the standards, but only after taking out a section referring to fossil fuels, intended to be part of the basic standards for 4th grade students. ORIGINAL STORY: Feb. 14, 2018, 6 a.m. The high school students admonished for using the words "climate change" during a House Education Committee hearing on science standards said they felt "disrespected." Don't think for a moment, however, that they're deterred. "It's not about us. We're fortunate to go to school in Boise. This is about students from across Idaho," said 17-year-old Emily Herr, a senior at Timberline High School. "There are students in other parts of the state where teachers are afraid to teach climate change because of political pushback in their community." Throughout the hearing on Feb. 2 and 3 at the Idaho Statehouse, committee Chairwoman Rep. Julie VanOrden (R-Pingree) chastised anyone…

Published on 22 February 2018 | 11:31 pm


SPLC Report: Trump Fuels National Hate Group Growth, Idaho Numbers Remain Stable

The number of hate groups in Idaho has remained steady at 12, but more have cropped up across the country according to the Southern Poverty Law Center report. In its annual report, "The Year in Hate," the Southern Poverty Law Center identified 954 hate groups across the United States—an increase of 4 percent over 2016, which SPLC attributes in part to President Donald Trump. In Idaho, however, the number of active hate groups has remained unchanged. Since 1990, when the SPLC began releasing "The Year in Hate," the number of hate groups typically decreases during Republican presidencies and increases during Democratic presidencies, but President Trump appears to be an outlier: between his election and the present, the watchdog organization has seen a resurgence of white supremacist groups. There have been flashpoints along the way, including  presidential appointments given to key figures in the so-called alt-right movement; a massive white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; and increased recruiting efforts by white supremacist groups on college campuses. In January 2017, fliers appeared on the Boise State University campus for the Boise State Nationalists, a group that took issue with "immigration," "political correctness," "globalism," "Marxism/leftism" and "male emasculation." The group also took issue with "degeneracy," a term that relates specifically to National Socialist theories of race, eugenics and art. "Because of the final bullet, 'degeneracy,' that crossed a bright line into Nazi ideology," BSU Associate Professor of History Leslie Madsen-Brooks said in 2017. "That's not an idea I want to see promulgated on campus." Though the fliers were seen as hateful by many, BSN is not on the SPLC list of hate groups in Idaho. According to the report, there are more than 600 groups nationwide that adhere to at least some tenets of white supremacy, and another factor identified by SPLC has been the reaction to white supremacy by black nationalist groups like Nation of Islam, which have also grown and stepped up their rhetoric. In 2017, there were 193 chapters of black nationalist hate groups; as of the latest SPLC report, there were 233. This is also the first time the SPLC has included male supremacy groups in its report—specifically, Houston-based A Voice for Men and Washington, D.C.-based Return of Kings. In Idaho, the number of hate groups has remained stable at 12. They include chapters of national groups like Act for America and the Northwest Hammerskins—the latter of which occasionally produces the skinhead heavy metal festival Hammerfest in the Boise area. Locally operated groups in the Gem State include the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration group Committee to End the CSI…

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:55 pm


Feb. 22, 2018: What to Know

Trump's cheat sheet, Marco Rubio's awkward night at a town hall, a thrilling hockey game results in gold for Team USA and Raising Cane's leads the pack when it comes to very speedy fast food. During a "listening session" Wednesday, President Donald Trump sat down with survivors of school shootings. He held a cheat sheet of talking points during the meeting, and cameras caught a glimpse of No. 5 on his list: "I hear you."  It was an emotional affair as survivors spoke of lost relatives and barely held back tears. The New York Times reports one father asked Trump, "How many children have to get shot?" Meanwhile, during a Wednesday evening town hall televised by CNN, a 17-year-old high school junior confronted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), face-to-face, asking how the senator could continue to take thousands of dollars in political contributions from the National Rifle Association. CNN reports Rubio would not swear to refuse NRA money in the future, and that the senator said he "will always accept money from people who support my agenda." Boise Fire crews responded to an early morning call to Boise State University today. There weren't many details from Boise State security other than to say that a "fire suppression issue" was reported at Riverfront Hall. The first round of classes at the building was canceled. By 9:45 a.m., crews gave the "all clear." Riverfront Hall was reopened at 10 a.m., and classes were scheduled to resume at 10:30 a.m. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory Thursday morning to remind commuters that there are at least a few more weeks of winter ahead. A low pressure system over the interior northwest dumped quite a bit of snow on the Treasure Valley, while the region's ski resorts were gifted with a lot of fresh powder. More snow is in the forecast for Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25. Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reports the Danish Meteorological Institute has found Arctic temperatures have soared to 45 degrees above normal as warm air spills into the Arctic from all sides. On the eastern seaboard of the United States, communities are simmering in some of the warmest February weather ever recorded. More than a few American television watchers were left bleary-eyed this morning thanks to a thrilling women's hockey match at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics that stretched past 2 a.m. eastern time. Ultimately, the U.S. women's hockey team bested Canada in a heart-pumping shootout 3-2. Hilary Knight of Sun Valley scored the first goal of the game, leading the U.S. to victory. She tweeted out, "This one was for you. Thank you for…

Published on 22 February 2018 | 3:48 pm


At Tasso in BoDo, Sandos and Sides are Odes to Smoothness

A new BoDo sandwich shop cleaves to the meat that gave it its name. On one of the walls of Tasso hangs drawing of a pig divided into its constituent cuts of pork. The slightly unsettling map of a living animal's flavors and textures is one of many oddball images decorating the interior of the shop, but it is the one that most closely cleaves to the meat that gave the restaurant its name. "Tasso" is a cut of briefly cured pork shoulder rubbed in spices, garlic and cayenne pepper, and hot-smoked until done. It's the basis of the Country Devil sandwich ($11), which also contains pork "roasted with succulence," melted Gruyere cheese, whole-grain mustard, gravy and pickled onion between slices of ciabatta. While the ingredients ought to add up to fireworks, the sandwich on the whole is an ode to smoothness. The mustard and gravy tease out sweetness from chunks of pork and add a hint of vinegar, while the airy ciabatta, with its easily torn crust, sops up grease laden with spice. More an angel than a devil, this sandwich doesn't so much play up contrasts between bright flavors as it finds harmonies between them. A similar principle is at work in the Moroccan chicken salad ($4), served in a Chinese restaurant to-go box and topped off with slices of bread. Under the fan of ciabatta, the salad is a chunky mix of tomatoes, olives, chopped almonds, spices, yogurt and, of course, chicken. Like the sandwich, though, it finds unity among many flavors. It's feistier than the main course, with olives, yogurt and spices throwing the punches, and chicken absorbing the blows. Above all, the crunchy almonds—a textural nod—make this dish exciting. Each sandwich comes with a self-serve side of popcorn tossed in a rotating blend of spices sexier than mere butter and salt, and a very green pickle slice. They're proof the restaurant is rethinking the commonplace, using some imagination to wring the unexpected from the familiar.…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 7:17 pm


Enter the 2018 Red Carpet Movie Awards

Presented by The Flicks and The Sun Valley Film Festival. This year, The Sun Valley Film Festival and The Flicks are joining Boise Weekly in adding a bit of red carpet revelry to our 2018 Red Carpet Movie Awards. We've got some amazing prizes: a pair of all-access passes to the Sun Valley Film Festival, with priority admission to unlimited films and exclusive parties ($1,000 value); plus we'll give away an unlimited movie pass to the Flicks for a full year ($250 value). Entry couldn't be simpler. Register at redcarpetballot.boiseweekly.com. You can also text "boiseweekly" to 77948 and have the ballot sent to your smartphone. Make your picks and share them with your friends. Voting is open until 5 p.m., Saturday, March 3. Winners will be chosen Monday, March 5. Here's the scoop. You don't have to be an expert to win. Yes, you'll need to pick your choices, but the prizes will be awarded via a random drawing from all entries. So have fun with this. I've made my own picks on the ballot on the right. I'm also hedging my bets: guessing who will win and also choosing who should win. Your guess is as good as mine. [pdf-1]…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:01 pm


Feb. 21, 2018: What to Know

Mourning the passing of "America's pastor," an ethics complaint has been filed against Sen. Dan Foreman, the NCAA comes down hard on the University of Louisville, a big morning for Team USA at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the next flight to Wakanda will be boarding shortly. The Reverend Billy Graham, considered to be the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and often called "America's pastor," died early this morning. He was 99. USA Today reports that Graham comforted, joked and prayed with a dozen U.S. presidents, learning "to walk a tightrope" between Republicans and Democrats. An ethics complaint has been filed with leadership of the Idaho Legislature against Sen. Dan Foreman (R-Moscow) who made national headlines this week when he yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who wanted to talk to him about sex education. Foreman told the Associated Press on Feb. 20 that he had no plans to apologize one day after his outburst at the Idaho Statehouse. About a dozen students from Foreman's legislative district traveled nearly 200 miles to meet with him, planning to lobby for a measure that would allow women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control pills and to promote better sex education on college campuses. "I'm a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican," Foreman shouted after telling the students he would not meet with them. "I think what you guys are doing stinks." The Senate president told the AP that he could not speak about the complaint because legislative rules dictate how such investigations are handled. The NCAA ruled Tuesday that the Kentucky-based Louisville men's basketball team must forfeit its 2013 national championship and 122 other victories over four seasons as punishment for a sex scandal that involved players. The New York Times reports this is the first time the NCAA has stripped a program of its division title. Two U.S. women, Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, made history this morning at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics when they became the first Americans to win a gold medal in cross country skiing.  The pair bested the world in the team sprint freestyle relay. In the women's bobsledding competition, the U.S. took home the silver in the two-woman event. Americans also won a bronze medal this morning in the women's pursuit, their country's first long-track speed skating medal of the 2018 games. Plus, Lindsey Vonn, the American skiing superstar, won her third Olympic medal this morning, taking home the bronze in the women's downhill. To date, the U.S. has won a total of 16 medals, six of them gold. The Atlanta airport is jumping on the Black Panther bandwagon. In…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 3:43 pm


Paulette Jordan's Historic Ride

"The key to this election will be those Idaho voters who have been forgotten. They'll be the ones who will decide who our next governor is." Paulette Jordan hesitates when asked if her bid to be Idaho's next governor is written in the stars, but even a casual observer can see her candidacy will be written in history books. For one, she could be the first female governor of Idaho and the first Democrat in a generation. Then, there's the heady prospect of Jordan, a citizen of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, being the first Native American governor in the United States. Her decision to run came during a political year in which a record number of women have decided to seek higher offices all across America, aiming to fix broken systems traditionally dominated by men. Only a fool would marginalize Jordan's gubernatorial run. "I've actually had some very powerful men in my life who said, 'You're never to think of yourself as either a man or a woman. You're always to think of yourself as a leader. That's just the way it is.' I was raised to be in the front, having the courage from the onset and always willing to take the arrows," said Jordan. Her great-great grandfathers are American legends: Chief Moses of the Sinkiuse-Columbia tribe and Chief Kamiakin of the Yakama, Palouse and Klickitat tribes. She also happens to be the daughter of Michael Jordan. Not that Michael Jordan: Although her father is not the Chicago Bulls' renowned player, he did have a short-lived professional basketball career, so it wasn't a huge surprise to discover his daughter faced off against men on the court. "They would say, 'You play like a boy.' Then they said, 'You play like a man,'" she said. "It turns out that it really helped me go through high school and college." Jordan, who stands 6 feet tall, was offered a basketball scholarship at Washington State University, but chose instead to attend the University of Washington on an academic scholarship. Soon thereafter, she gave up the basketball court for the court of public opinion, as a co-chair for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians; and as a finance chair, energy initiative chair and senior executive board representative of the National Indian Gaming Association. Jordan was first elected in 2014 to represent District 5 (in north central Idaho) in the Idaho Legislature. Though she was re-elected twice, she doesn't think she's a typical politician. "People say, 'The world is political. You're born political,' but I can promise you I don't…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:02 am


No Place Like Home: Idaho Experience Set to Debut on Idaho Public Television

"Quite frankly, we kept asking ourselves, 'Are we really ready? Do we have the right people in place?' Let's face it, we've set the bar pretty high for ourselves." The number of new TV series competing for audiences—FX Research counted 487 new series in 2017—might lead to the conclusion some TV shows are pushed out with reckless abandon. Not so for PBS. While the public television network will produce dozens of new episodes for its Masterpiece, Nova, Great Performances and American Masters series, the broadcaster will only unveil two new series in its spring schedule: We'll Meet Again, Civilizations and The Great American Read. When Idaho Public Television gets around to launching a new series, it's practically historic. "Eight years? Nine years? Let's just say that we've been working on this idea for a decade," said Jeff Tucker, IPTV director of content services. "Yes, we've aired a number of specials over the years exploring some of Idaho's history. It's practically in our DNA. But this is big." "This" is Idaho Experience, which premieres Thursday, March 8. The show is modeled after American Experience which, coincidentally, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on PBS this year. "I think it's fair to say American Experience is the touchstone, but we wanted Idaho Experience to appeal to a broader demographic," said Ron Pisaneschi, IPTV general manager. "We did a lot of experimenting on social media with short videos and fun, catchy quizzes that instantly caught the attention of a young, more digital-savvy audience. Whereas American Experience really started as a legacy show and has only recently moved into the digital arena, that's really where we began with Idaho Experience." As an example, several months ago, IPTV producers asked, "Where were you when the Challis earthquake struck?" referring to the historic 1983 temblor that shook central Idaho and caused the death of two children. "We had people responding, talking back and forth, writing, 'I was there,' or 'I was in the bathtub,' or 'I was in the kitchen.' Suddenly, we had this moment when people across Idaho were reminiscing about a common experience," said Tucker. "More recently, our Marcia Franklin was working on a story about Annie Pike Greenwood (author of We Sagebrush Folks) and Marcia sent out a couple of pictures and some questions­—and she got 48,000 responses. Some time ago, we found some archival footage of a Model A tractor in New Meadows with giant snow skis strapped beneath its front wheels. We had over 100,000 views. People love it when they get a chance to say, 'I was there. I…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:01 am


Caskets on Statehouse Steps Underline Idaho Faith Healing Debate

But inside the Idaho Statehouse, there has been no movement on a proposed piece of legislation that would reverse faith-healing exemptions. It's not as though both sides of the issue didn't know it was coming. Still, the sight of around 100 protesters carrying tiny wooden coffins up Capitol Boulevard on Feb. 19 was unsettling. When the emblematic procession reached the steps of the Statehouse, a U-Haul truck pulled up behind them and dozens more coffins were unloaded. In total, 183 coffins were stacked on the steps, each representing an Idaho infant, child or teen that, according to nonprofit organization Protect Idaho Kids, has died since faith-healing exemptions were enacted in Idaho in the 1970s. According to its website, Protect Idaho Kids is "conducting an extensive campaign called 'Let Them Live' to raise awareness of the need to repeal Idaho's religious exemptions." Willie Hughes, a local truck driver, looked at the coffin bearing the name of his brother Steven, who died of bronchial pneumonia at age 3. Hughes and his family were members of Followers of Christ, a church that practices faith healing and believes death and illness are the will of God. "My brother Steven was born with spina bifida. Our parents never took Steven to a doctor," said Hughes. "Steven got very sick when he was three, and the elders prayed and rubbed olive oil on him. He passed away that night." Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue is familiar with the Followers. The church has one of its strongest followings in his county. "Adults should be held criminally liable when they fail to seek medical help for seriously ailing children," Donahue told the gathering, which attracted the media and more than a few curious bystanders. However, inside the Idaho Statehouse, there has been no movement on a proposed piece of legislation, drafted by Rep. John Gannon (D-Boise), to revoke the exemptions. "We'll continue to fight. This is not going to go away until the legislature does its duty and repeals these laws," said Protect Idaho Kids founder Bruce Wingate after the protest. "We can, and we will prevail."…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:01 am


Idaho Musicians Sing in Support of Paulette Jordan

The concert will bring together Built to Spill, Eilen Jewell, Brett Netson, Nick Delffs and Tag Along Friend at the Visual Arts Collective. If Paulette Jordan is elected the next governor of Idaho, the Democrat from Plummer will be the first Native American governor in U.S. history. Competition for the job is fierce, but Jordan is a strong competitor, and her run for office has garnered attention beyond state borders. In January, Jordan spoke at the Women's March in Las Vegas, which earned her an endorsement from music icon Cher. Jordan said her candidacy is riding a wave of political interest that has activated young people and artists. That helped precipitate The Paulette Jordan for Governor Benefit Concert on Friday, March 16. "I believe when you have this swell of politics interesting those in the arts, it becomes this culture of enthusiasm. I've seen this both in Idaho and across the country. I like that there's a lot of younger folks that are involved," Jordan said. The concert will bring together Built to Spill, Eilen Jewell, Brett Netson, Nick Delffs and Tag Along Friend at the Visual Arts Collective, which became a champion of free speech after it successfully sued Idaho State Police over a section of the Idaho Code linking liquor licenses to obscenity laws. The lineup balances Idaho bands popular outside the state with smaller acts. For Demmi Netson, an organizer of the fundraiser who is also a musician and Brett Netson's daughter, it's a reflection of Jordan's consensus-building around Idaho values. Demmi said she's a proud Idahoan who doesn't always feel well-represented politically. She found in Jordan a candidate in favor of expanding Medicaid, safeguarding public lands and protecting Second Amendment rights. "[Jordan] is an Idaho progressive, an Idaho Democrat," Demmi said. "I think [she] understands the bigger picture." Eilen Jewell doesn't often play fundraisers, and this will be her first time performing for the benefit of a particular political candidate. She joined the roster because she agrees with Jordan's position on improving education—a 2017 report by the Rural School and Community Trust showed Idaho ranked dead last in rural per-student spending in the 2015-16 school year, and just five states had lower salaries for instructors than Idaho. The pressure is high for public lands as well, Jewell said, after President Donald Trump slashed the size of a few national monuments in late 2017, and some Idahoans have wondered if the tack of the present administration could bring changes to the nearly 53 million acres of publicly owned land in…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Sisters in Songwriting

Sapphire Room, Feb. 25 The Women's March on Washington, D.C., last year was female empowerment on a big scale. But what about female empowerment on a small scale? If you're pro-women and also pro-music, the most recent installment of the Sisters in Songwriting Series, offered by the Idaho Songwriters Association, might be just the thing to brighten up a long winter night. The brainchild of local country songwriter Brook Faulk, the series is intended to "support women and their craft as they network, collaborate and celebrate each other through music," and its Sunday, Feb. 25 show will highlight four Idaho musicians performing original songs in the round. The four ladies taking the stage include a duo: Rebecca Scott and Debbie Sager, who have shared the spotlight playing acoustic folk/rock since 1995, will sing alongside Peggy Jordan and Mel Wade, who specialize in blues-infused folk music. Snag tickets online and come out to support the sisterhood.

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Speaking Softly and Carrying a Big Stick

Painting was created in a small, isolated cabin built alongside the clear waters of the Eagle Creek river - in the wilds of Eastern Oregon. These two - soft-spoken, kind and cautious - simply wanted to pass on through.

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


"I will always announce my..."

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Garrett Anderson to Replace Peter Anastos as Ballet Idaho Artistic Director

Anderson will take up the post of Artistic Director in July. It has been nearly a year since Ballet Idaho announced its artistic director, Peter Anastos, would retire at the end of the 2017/18 season. Since then, the company has been in search of a replacement, and according to Anastos, it had narrowed its choices down to two by mid-January. One of those finalists was Garrett Anderson, and a press release today revealed he earned the top spot. “It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Garrett into our Ballet Idaho family,” Ballet Idaho Board President Randy Anderson wrote in the press release. “His commitment to artistic excellence, community engagement and collaboration, development of new work, and classic favorites will resonate with our audience." Anderson may be a familiar face to Boise dance devotees, having performed in the past with the Trey McIntyre Project and local dance nonprofit LED. In addition to his experience in the City of Trees, Anderson studied at the San Francisco Ballet School, chaired the Dance Department at New Mexico School for the Arts and has danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago and the Belgium-based Royal Ballet of Flanders, among others. He will take up the post of artistic director in July.…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Boise Philharmonic: Romeos and Juliets

Morrison Center, Feb. 24 The 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes and was set in the modern (albeit fictional) suburb of Verona Beach, is a great example of the timeless and mutable nature of William Shakespeare's work. An example of how influential the Bard continues to be will come a little closer to home when the Boise Philharmonic presents "Romeos and Juliets by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky," a night of orchestral music showcasing three different Romeo and Juliet-inspired love songs: Sergei Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2," Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy" and, on the more contemporary side, Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story: Symphonic Dances." If you're too busy Saturday, Feb. 24, to fit in Shakespeare, catch the show Friday, Feb. 23, at the Northwest Nazarene University Brandt Center in Nampa and listen to the Bard as he's never been heard before.

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Gail Chumbley

A local author talks research, her movie script and discovering an untold love story. An avid history junkie from a young age, Gail Chumbley never meant to be a writer. She spent the first half of her life clocking in 33 years as an American History teacher before retiring from Eagle High School in 2013. Along the way, she married Chad Chumbley, who, she said, told stories about his father the pilot and his mother the showgirl, which were almost too fantastical to be true. Favorite accounts included how Montgomery "Chum" Chumbley and Helen Thompson met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Chum sent a note backstage; the time Helen acted alongside Bela Lugosi before turning her sights to ice skating; and the day when Chum, not yet a World War II pilot, shared his cockpit with Katharine Hepburn. Eventually, Helen's dancing career and Chum's military service disrupted their marriage. The stories were true, confirmed by endless boxes of photographs and papers Chad had saved and an oral history Gail conducted with her father-in-law before he passed away. While Gail found the tale of star-crossed lovers compelling, it wasn't until Chad was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010 that she decided share it. Sitting at the kitchen table in her Garden Valley home, Gail opened up about the eight years of writing and research that resulted in two self-published books—River of January (2014) and River of January: Figure Eight (2016)—and a movie script. Chad, largely recovered from his cancer, sat in, and her script writing partner Ray Richmond joined the conversation by phone from Los Angeles. Ray, let's start with your role. What got you on board with turning Gail's books into a script? Ray: I could see [the story] on a screen when I was starting to read it. We have a pioneer aviator, we have a dancer from the golden age of entertainment and vaudeville and, you know, my only questions when I was reading were how [Helen] had managed to avoid murdering her mother, because I thought, this woman is just a natural, wonderful villain ... and why this movie wasn't made 20 years ago. It's got the war as a backdrop, it's got Hollywood, it's got all of these great names in aviation, it's got a little bit of Amelia Earhart, a little bit of Howard Hughes. It's like history just jumps off the page. Was it difficult to combine two books into one script? Ray: Not really. It's…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Bed Death

Dear Minerva, I've been married for over 20 years. I not only love my spouse, but after all of these years, I still want my spouse in every sense of the word. The problem now, though, is that with the kids grown and gone, the sex has dried up. I still want it, and I still ask, even beg, for it. My spouse has told me the sexual part of our lives is over. I refuse to believe that. I love my spouse, but I'm not dead. I still have needs. What can I do? Sincerely, Bed Death Dear BD, This is a difficult and delicate situation. In general, people are sexual beings. It's unrealistic to assume with age comes a forfeiture of our sex lives. If there's an underlying issue causing the loss of desire, I suggest you consult a doctor for viable options. If this doesn't rectify the issue, then I suggest counseling to try and reach a point of understanding. I don't know what kind of vows you made with your spouse, but we can't pretend sex and intimacy are not part of a fulfilling relationship. To me, any spouse who truly loves their partner would try to salvage this part of their lives and if they can't, would want their spouse to ultimately be fulfilled. I caution you, don't make any decisions until you have tried to work it out—together. I hope you can both reach a mutually satisfying agreement.…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Filmed by Bike: The Best Bike Movies

Thursday, Feb. 22, The Egyptian Theatre Boise is becoming more of a bike town by the day, so it's no wonder the Portland, Oregon-based film festival Filmed by Bike expects a healthy turnout in the City of Trees. The festival, which offers a slate of more than 20 short bike-centric films broken down into two parts, "Bike Love" and "Adventure Shorts," has been doing wheelies across the country since its inception in 2003. The films on offer come from around the globe, and include animations, documentaries and everything in between; Plus, a raffle and libations will be on offer to spice up the party. If watching skiers pedaling heavily laden bikes through the Norwegian mountains ("Pedals to Peaks") sounds right up your alley, Filmed by Bike has a seat saved for you. Filmed by Bike - Bike Love - Promo Reel 2017-2018 from Filmed by Bike on Vimeo.…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


"Ammendment II: An unregulated, ridiculously armed..."

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ART: Lavinia Roberts' Black Triangle

Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Visual Arts Collective Browsing Lavinia Roberts' website is a bit like crossing into another world. Photos of her art show children lofting torso-sized paper hands, fashion models in gold masks and trees growing out of suitcases. For her month as artist-in-residence at Surel's Place, however, Roberts focused on her other passion: writing plays as magical as her "wearable sculptures" that have been produced in more than 30 cities nationwide. Roberts' latest work, Black Triangle, is about a lawyer on the hunt for "self-definition, as well as ghosts," who delves into the history of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and will debut at Visual Arts Collective in partnership with the Alley Repertory Theater series "The Age of Women."

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Puzzle Answers February 21, 2018

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BCT: House of Tomorrow World Premiere

Runs through Saturday, March 10 Cat Crowley, winner of the 2017 Boise Contemporary Theater River Prize and writer of the upcoming BCT premiere, House of Tomorrow, writes that she, "became a theatre-maker at the tender age of five when I single-handedly produced an impromptu performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney version) for my neighbors." Since then, Crowley has written plays ranging from Christmas Time is Fear, an airport horror-comedy, to the upcoming BCT production, a family drama featuring robots, flying cars and secrets. Following the debut, catch the 5X5 Reading Series production of Iris Dauterman's Sing to Me Now on Monday, Feb. 26 , the story of a Greek muse who hires a human intern.

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Self-pour Taproom and Pizzeria "Bru" to Fill Former Downtown Jamba Juice Location

Bru will feature 30 wall-mounted beer taps that operate in similar fashion to the wine dispensers at Bodovino: customers will put money on a card they can use to swipe for volumes of beer ranging from 1 ounce to a full glass. The former owners of the Eighth Street location of Jamba Juice packed up their blenders long ago, but they're not giving up on the downtown space. In April, they plan to open Bru, a self-pour taproom and pizzeria. "We're converting [the space] to a better use," said Bru Co-owner Debbie Kessler, who operated the downtown Jamba Juice and leases the space with her husband. Bru will feature 30 wall-mounted beer taps that operate in similar fashion to the wine dispensers at Bodovino: Customers will put money on a card they can use to swipe for volumes of beer ranging from 1 ounce to a full glass. Prices for beer will start at $.45 per ounce, and sippers are encouraged to use an app to vote on and share their favorite beers with friends. "We're emphasizing the social," Kessler said. "Come on down, drink a beer and make a new friend." In the middle of the space will be a New York-style pizza bar. The pizza will be lightning fast: Kessler said the ovens can cook a pizza in 2-3 minutes, and the goal is for customers to have piping-hot pies in hand within 5 minutes of placing their orders. Kessler said she is still working on sourcing local ingredients, but offered up the possibility of having "Bru-tal sauce" on the menu. The space will have seating for 25 people, and Bru is working with the city to obtain permission for outdoor seating, as well. Kessler said she and her husband, Tod, got the idea for Bru after a visit to the Boise Tech Mall, where they saw models of self-pour taps. The same or similar technology has been implemented in other cities around the country. In Chicago, it's already a trend, with several self-serve taprooms, including Red Arrow Tap Room, Navigator Taproom and Tapster Chicago, opening in the last few years. Debbie is optimistic the concept will take off in Boise. "I'm not going to say it's the first, but we're going to do it the best," she said.…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Fringe Productions: Droppin' Johns

Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 21-24 On Jan. 12, The Gem Center for the Arts opened its doors in Boise, offering classes, workshops and studio space to local artists. One group that took the nonprofit up on its offer was Fringe, a new theatrical production company that debuted its first show there on Valentine's Day. Droppin' Johns by Ilana Lydia follows CatGirl (Zoe Kelly), a woman "trapped in her own mind, where her self-perceived heroism allows her to incapacitate the Johns who visit her." Much of the dialogue is written by the actor, who, as Lydia puts it, "shapes the content based on her own life experiences," so each performance is unique. These unusual choices may become the trademark for Fringe, which aims to "facilitate the voices of the disenfranchised and to secure a place in [the] community for their stories."

Published on 21 February 2018 | 11:00 am


Roostmade Co. Organic Wood Finish

Breathing in the chemicals found in traditional wood stains and seals no longer has to be part of your art. We are in a golden age of DIY creativity. However, the joy and gratification of making something with your own hands may be tempered by the risks associated with the instruments necessary to create. Take for example woodworking. From power tools to toxic solvents, anything from a momentary distraction to overexposure can cause permanent damage. Tools of the trade must always be used with the utmost caution, but Roostmade Organic Wood Finish removes some of the danger. Now, breathing in the chemicals found in traditional wood stains and seals no longer has to be part of your art. Roostmade, "wood finish with a soul," is made in San Diego from a "proprietary blend of FDA food-safe ingredients." It is plant-based and contains no volatile organic compounds, alkyd resins or driers, common ingredients in traditional finishes. Plus, Roostmade has partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects, "a global leader in the movement to combat climate change," and for each Roostmade product sold, three trees are planted. Now, that's some responsible creativity.…

Published on 21 February 2018 | 10:59 am








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