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Note:Things Are Getting Serious

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Put on your seat belts, ladies and gents, it's going to be a long ride. After a few fun main features--"Black and White Photo Contest," "Boise's Coldest Beer," "Basque for Beginners"--it's time to get serious.

Right about midway through Boise Weekly's mission statement is this sentence: "BW's goal is to celebrate what's good about Boise and Idaho--including the idiosyncrasies that make them uniquely attractive--while calling attention, thoughtfully and fearlessly, with humor and without pomposity, to what can and should be improved." Further down are the phrases "should always be open to voices from the community" and "provide a big-picture view of important issues."

Last week's main feature by Tara Morgan, "State of the Art," about Boise Art Museum and what some see as its current shortcomings was the first in a series of main features that take a hard and serious look at the city in which we live. And each of them, I think, furthers the mission set forth by Boise Weekly's founders nearly two decades ago.

John T. Reuter's main feature this week, "Razed and Confused," is a historical essay detailing how far Boise's downtown has come. Though urban renewal isn't without its critics, this piece chronicles downtown Boise's evolution and its sometimes rocky relationship with redevelopment.

In the coming weeks, you can expect things to stay weighty, with a look at the state of feminism in Idaho in the wake of the closure of Idaho Women's Network and a trek through some of the shittiest--and I mean that literally--parts of the state. Eventually things will lighten up with Best of Boise, which will once again be two issues this year. Voting has started at boiseweekly.com. Log on and click the "Best of Boise" robot button at the very top and center of our homepage.

In the middle of this week's issue, you'll notice something new: a Flicks calendar. This is the only place to get your quarterly guide to what's showing at Boise's only art film house so be sure to pull it out and put it somewhere safe.

Congratulations to the winner of BW's first-ever Local Motion short video contest. Steve Krueger took first place with "Idaho Through Our Eyes" and will be the lucky recipient of $250 in BW Card credit.

Finally, BWs are temporarily unavailable at all Fred Meyers. We're working to remedy that, but until then, log on to boiseweekly.com to find another distribution point near you.

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