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The Week in Review: The Five B's

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What do beans, balls, bangs, Beatles and beer have in common? Aside from all the alliterative awesomeness, these are five words that describe BW's recent wild weekend.

On Feb. 25, BW's Josh Gross booked it down to a blustery parking lot in Hyde Park for the inaugural Hyde Park Chili Cookoff, a fundraiser for Alzheimer's Idaho. Though Gross sampled his way through some standard chilis--with beans, tomatoes and spices--he also tried some more experimental stews, like the People's Choice winner concocted by a team of Idaho City firefighters that included deer, elk, hominy, fennel and licorice. Boise Weekly publisher and Texan Sally Freeman served on the chili-judging panel, which awarded the top bean prize to The Heatherwood Retirement Community and the top no-bean prize to 13th Street Pub and Grill.

Moving from chili to chills, BW freelancer Mika Belle caught Off Center Dance's eccentric performance at Boise Contemporary Theater on Feb. 24. The show's energetic encore featured choreographer Katie Ponozzo's new piece "Ball Change," which included 14 dancers and more than 40 balls bouncing on the stage. Belle called it "a clever, playful dance number that easily commanded the attention of the audience." You can view a slideshow of the performance at boiseweekly.com.

Also on Feb. 24, BW staffer Sheree Whiteley squeezed into The Fray's sold-out show at Knitting Factory, where she was mistaken for the black-banged Aimee Driver of opener Scars on 45. According to Whiteley, The Fray brought out the crowd's sophisticated side, as the audience swayed and sung along to radio hits like "You Found Me." As Whiteley noted: "Isaac Slade's vocals were just as powerful live as they are coming from a car radio. ... It was evident that the quartet's talent doesn't come from clever industry pros and studio tricks."

Speaking of radio hits, a packed Egyptian Theatre crowd watched Boise Democratic Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb and Margaret Montrose Stigers, mother of jazz legend Curtis Stigers, bust out refrains of Liza Minnelli and the Beatles during The Cabin's new benefit, Celebrities in Jeopardy. According to BW staffer Andrew Crisp, Buckner-Webb and Montrose Stigers were "tasked with singing the final verses of a song, often taking artistic license to clap their hands and lead the audience in finishing much more of the song than necessary." Crisp also said that, while the show was "laugh-out-loud hilarious, awkward and deliberately goofy, the organization of the event was anything but silly."

And speaking of organization, Crooked Fence Brewing could've used some help in that department at its recent grand opening celebration on Feb. 25. The new Garden City microbrewery was packed to the gills with beer swillers clamoring to buy brews like the Three Picket Porter and the Sins of Our Fathers Imperial Stout, which sold out disappointingly quick. We're psyched to return to the simple, dark space, located at 5242 Chinden Blvd., on an evening that's less hectic.

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