Monday, November 24, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: Who’s Afraid of Fat Albert?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Another ache that comes with age is to watch public figures, celebrities, entertainers you’ve admired and who may have even shaped your sensibilities in some small (or larger) ways die, disappear into irrelevance or—worst of all—disintegrate in disgrace.

I lost two such figures last week. At one time, Mike Nichols, in company with Elaine May, came to represent urbane sophistication and hipster wit to this cow-town boy, and Bill Cosby was the first black person to whom I felt a personal connection, coming as I did from a community so provincially white that even Italians seemed exotic.

From those early comedy beginnings, they both went on to a level of influence far beyond what most entertainers ever reach. A generation of unsettled young men, disturbed over their inability to imagine themselves acting like adults, came home from seeing The Graduate convinced they were Nichols’ model for Benjamin Braddock. And it would be impossible to measure what Bill Cosby did for the self-image of African-Americans, and for the image white Americans had of African-Americans.

Of the two, Mike Nichols is the lucky one. He got through it with his dignity intact. I’m sad he died, but even sadder about what has become of Cosby. If I were doing the deciding, I would let them both rest in peace, and remember them this way:

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Free Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Cones Today

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 10:40 AM


Here's the scoop: one free cone per person all day today, Tuesday, April 12, from noon to 8 p.m. at Ben and Jerry's scoop shops across the country—including here in Boise.

And if a drippy glob of free ice cream isn't enough to sate your indulgent inner child, try mixing it with few of your favorite grown-up vices: coffee, junk food and booze.

New B&J flavors available include Late Night Snack, which features fair trade vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and fair trade fudge-covered potato chips; or the Bonnaroo Buzz with coffee and malt ice creams, a whiskey caramel swirl and English toffee pieces.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Need Something to do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Yeah, yeah, the recession is "over." But it's the kind of over in which Yogi Berra's famous theory—about when things are really over—applies. And that's not the case. So until the Berra proof is satisfied, it's good to have a backup plan.

Grad school perhaps? It's probably a better idea than just implementing your existing crisis-plan of holing up in the basement with 200 cans of beans and a shotgun. Assuming grad school is the right choice for you and your career, anyhow.

So tonight, why not find out?

At 6 p.m., in the Hatch Ballroom, Boise State will be hosting a grad school resource fair where you can get information, as well as talk to students and faculty to determine if grad school is right for you.

But hey, let's be honest. Of course grad school is going to be right for you from their perspective. They're trying to sell you on it. What you need is to dip a toe into the water on your own.

Well, what a great day to take a dip, because immediately afterwards and in the same building, Dr. Steven Amstrup will discuss his 30-year long study of how climate change is affecting polar bear habitats. The lecture will start at 7 p.m. and be accompanied by a photo exhibit of arctic animals.

Between the polar bears and recruitment sharks, your Monday evening boredom is sure to be devoured with hopes of a brighter, sunnier global temperature and global economic future.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Concordia University School of Law Groundbreaking

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM


Good news for local aspiring lawyers (and those working in low-paying media jobs whose mothers hope they’ll one day bring home an aspiring lawyer), Concordia University is finally breaking ground on their new School of Law—and it’s in eyelash-batting distance from everyone’s favorite locally-owned independent alt-weekly!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22, from 10-11 a.m., crowds will gather outside 501 S. Front St. downtown to kick off the construction of Boise’s first law school.

Portland, Ore.-based Concordia University, a private, Lutheran, liberal arts university, has already purchased the two-story, 17,000-square-foot building that used to contain Oaas Laney and Adecco. The nonprofit law school also plans to develop another 30,000-square-foot space to house classrooms and offices.

The School of Law, which is currently in the process of seeking accreditation through from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has tapped former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Cathy Silak to serve as dean and plans to open in 2011.

Tomorrow’s groundbreaking event features a speech by Mayor Dave Bieter as well as appearances by Silak, Concordia University President Charles Schlimpert and reps from the Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Need Something to Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Hypothetically, let's say you're a hip young-ish person, perhaps a college student or a recent grad. Maybe you studied graphic design, or marketing. Perhaps you went for English so you'd be sure to get a job at Starbucks. Basically, you're the kind of person who regularly reads Boise Weekly, or this blog. "Hypothetically."

So, you're this person, strutting down the street, lookin' good and thinking to yourself: damn this place rocks. My family and friends are here. I can go ice-blocking on Simplot hill, and then easily stumble home from the Neurolux at 2 a.m. afterward. Obviously, the local weekly paper is totally, like, THE best. But damn I need a Snoop Jobby Job. And preferably one with some upward mobility. And just over yonder, Oregon and Washington are sporting companies like Nike, Intel, Boeing, HP, Columbia Sportswear, and Starbucks—where my English degree can be put to good use—while downtown Boise is sporting a giant haunted hole in the ground, and a vacant Macy's. Suddenly, that old saying, "Go West young man," is starting to make a lot of sense. So why should I stay?

Well, today, at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden Level West Wing of the State Capitol, is your chance to find out, when Governor C.L. "I desperately want to be an astronaut" Otter, will attend areception and discussion put on by Boise Young Professionals and Perkins Coie, on why young professionals should stay in Idaho.

From 5:30-6 p.m., you whippersnappers will have the chance to network a bit before Old Man Otter hits the stage to give a brief speech and presentation. At 6:15, he'll take your questions. Questions like, "why should I as a young professional stay in Idaho?" Or, is this a good place to start my law career?

Hopefully, these, along with all your other burning questions, will be answered.

However if you can't make it, just remember one thing: plastics.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Crazy Kids

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Last night brought about unique circumstances in my home.

My daughter actually offered to help my son with his homework and he actually let her. This does not happen. They can barely carry on a conversation without name calling or pillows flying.

As though it was not already weird, they actually continued to engage for more than 30 minutes. After the magical trance ended, leaving me stunned and smiling, my son actually said, "This is fun. Thanks for the exhilarating math tutorial." I am not making this up. This is exactly what he said.

I don't want to be overly optimistic, but this is the first glimpse of civility that I have seen since the teenage years began and the first glimpse of who my children will be as friends and adults. There may be hope yet for my sanity.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Calling All Swinging Singles

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM


Tired of your mom setting you up on blind dates?

We have a solution. No blind dates. No speed dating. No need to set-up the fake friend call mid-date as a potential opt-out. No strings attached (unless you want them, of course).

Here's the deal: Tuesday, Feb. 11, Boise Weekly is hosting a singles party for members of BW Love, BW's online personals community. And you're invited. First, log onto and create your free Love profile. Then on Tuesday, shower, deodorize and get yourself looking good. Then head to The Lobby in downtown Boise, where you'll find a room full of BW Love members hanging out with FameFifteen, playing games and throwing back $2 wells and domestic drafts, $3 micros and $5 FameFifteenis.
Show up, scope out the crowd, have a drink and mingle.

If you don't like what you see, finish your drink and head home. If you do, you may never have to sit through another blind date again.

7 p.m., FREE, The Lobby, 760 W. Main St. Information at or call BW at 208-344-2055.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

BW Adult Scavenger Hunt

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Extreme Behavior Three starring Joelean. Mint condition, unviewed copy, bleeped out for sensitive viewers like YOU.
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  • Extreme Behavior Three starring Joelean. Mint condition, unviewed copy, bleeped out for sensitive viewers like YOU.

My work computer just ate my free porn. We get lots of free stuff here at BW HQ, but this is the first time it has come in the form of hard core porn. As you can see in the caption above, the DVD is unviewed, but not for wont of trying. I popped it in the Mac mini, but I am not able to play it, and thus this post will not include a review. I should probably watch Extreme Behavior One and Extreme Behavior Two first anyway, for thoroughness.

But here's the scavenger hunt part. You can get free porn, too. First you have to locate one of the two recent Best of Boise issues. Then find the ad from two of Boise's prominent purveyors of porn and other adult goodies. Then visit those shops, ad in hand and pick from the enormous stack of DVDs behind the counter.

I went on a recent Saturday morning, between stops at the hardware store and the garden center. Cuz that's what we do here. We go porn shopping on Saturday mornings so you don't have to.

Anyone know how to pull this thing out of my computer?

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Bye Bye Hipster

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Here at BWHQ, we’ve slugged it out in a few nasty brawls over the completely oversaturated term “hipster.” It seems that every staffer has a totally different mental image of what constitutes a hipster—whether it’s tattooed and pierced dudes or tight jeans-wearing teens with angular haircuts—and when it’s appropriate to use the word in print.

Though Time Out NY called for the death of the hipster back in 2007 and Adbusters recently blamed hipsters for counterculture becoming "a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum," the word inexplicably continues to thrive.

A friend recently keyed me in to a comic published in 2007 by Dorothy Gambrell, the Brooklyn-based author behind Cat and Girl, called "Riddle Me This." The comic effectively sums up my feelings on this “self-congratulatory” and “mildly pejorative” word, and I so wish I'd had it as a prop in one of our previous heated debates. Thank you, Dorothy, for such a succinct bullet to the fedora-clad head of the word hipster. But considering the fact that the comic seems relevant two years later, I have a feeling the debate will continue to rage on.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Twenty-two years later and I'm still in the pink

Posted By on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 10:31 PM

While cleaning out a closet today, I found a journal I started keeping when I moved to California after high school.

The entries are full of eye-rolling teen angst: I was living in a big, strange city, was working a full-time job and trying to be an adult and was unsuccessfully attempting to maintain a long distance relationship with my first real boyfriend. It's all chronicled. Annoyingly so.

In skimming through it (grimacing the entire time), I found one entry from Dec. 28, 1987, that made me laugh out loud. REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" had come out that year and, for some reason, the title of the song heads an entry I sub-titled "A Few Things I Love or Truly Enjoy (Nope, Things I Love)."

Here's the list:

Pink flamingos
Record albums
Cable T.V.
New haircuts
Pink anything
The letter Q
Black leather
My grandparents

I'll be 41-years-old next month, but as it turns out, I still have plenty in common with that 19-year-old. And I'll admit that if I had to make a things-I-love-list today, all of those items would still be on it.

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