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Monday, September 22, 2014

Atlanta School Portraits Exhibition to Open at Surel's Place

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Atlanta, Idaho, isn't that far away from Boise—three-and-a-half hours northeast—but The Atlanta School is bringing a batch of its Weekend Hideaway works closer to home. The project features self portraits created by artists under the guidance of instructor Kris Hargis and will take over Surel's Place.

The exhibition, Some Semblance: Selected Self Portraits from The Atlanta School, will run at Surel's Other Place gallery at Cinder Wine for three months, from Saturday, Sept. 27, to Saturday, Dec. 27, with an opening reception Sept. 27, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Visitors to the Weekend Hideaway exhibition at Surel's Place are invited to wear costumes, view themselves and create their own self portraits.

Listeners to Boise State Public Radio first heard about Hargis' Weekend Hideaway and what the art of self portraiture mean in an age of selfies and social media profile pictures. Participating artists used mirrors and various media to produce portraits of their own.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM


Do you like movies and music? Of course you do. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Unless you're allergic to one/both of those, then it's like something else. 

At any rate, Rediscovered Books is hosting a unique film and music audio-visual experience. To get ready for the upcoming Idaho Horror Film Festival, they're showing three silent films while local musicians provide a real-time score. Also, there will be snacks. And, it's free, so there's that. 

6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM


Take the opportunity to enrich your life with culture at the Festival of India. 

The event features ancient Indian dance, drama and music and yes, there is an authentic buffet. Bring your friends and enjoy a leisurely Sunday evening - George Harrison would be proud. 

6:45 p.m. FREE. Boise Hare Krishna Temple, 1615 Martha St., Boise, 208-344-4274, boisetemple.org.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM


Jazz is more than something your grandmother used to listen to. It is a rich experience that was once popular music's most arresting and popular genre. Also, people wore fancy clothes and partied a lot as they listened. 

You can relive that glory at Boise City Swing, a throwback jazz festival featuring live music and dancing. Check out the website for a detailed schedule and pricing information. 

Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-342-5553.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM


Everyone loves to hear a good story. Whether it's funny, romantic, scary or swashbuckling, a good story can motivate us to work harder, help us appreciate the good things in life and give us added perspective. 

Boise Weekly's own John Rember will be at the Modern Hotel and Bar tonight along with Laura Roghaar as part of the Campfire Stories series. Campfires typically don't have a full bar available, but this one is a little different. 

FREE. 8 p.m. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Slide The City Plans to Turn Boise Thoroughfare Into a Giant Slip-N-Slide

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

SLIDE THE CITY
  • Slide the City
Slide the City builds Slip-n-Slides. Big ones. 

The Salt Lake City, Utah, company rolls out its 1,000-foot water slide in cities across the country and lets young folk hit the vinyl on hot summer days. And it might be coming to Boise to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho.

On its Facebook page, RMHCI posted Aug. 4 that it is seeking volunteers to cover the event, and the slide will be set up Saturday, Sept. 6, on Americana Boulevard between Ann Morrison and Kathryn Albertson Park. For each volunteer who signs up to cover a shift during the event, RMHCI will receive a $50 donation.


The Facebook post was massively popular, garnering 1,487 likes, 2,666 shares and 469 comments, the majority of which were in support of the slide, though Slide the City will still need to acquire permits from the city of Boise to make it happen.

And while it all sounds like loads of summer fun for the whole family, read the company's About Page on its website, where you'll find such dubious comparisons as "We like to think of ourselves as carney [sic] workers who still have all of our teeth," and "Don't worry, we got this thing padded, even more than a grade schooler's bra."
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Opera Idaho Announces Two New Board Members

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM


Opera Idaho just picked up two new members of its board of directors.

In a press statement released Aug. 7, Opera Idaho announced that its board now includes Vicki Kreimeyer and Andrew Owczarek, who "aid in supporting the organization with their specific skill sets and professional knowledge."

Kreimeyer is a recently retired librarian and library administrator with experience in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She has served as president of the Pacific Library Association, as well as the Idaho Library Association. She also sings for the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Opera Idaho Resident Company and the Boise Baroque Orchestra.

Owczarek brings to Opera Idaho more than 40 years of business experience in management and consulting, and has worked with Continental Audio Systems in Chicago, Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rebus, Ltd., and Chastain Construction, both in Charleston, S.Carolina. 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ted Nugent's 'Racist Remarks' Get Him Nixed From Coeur d'Alene Casino Appearance

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM


Ted Nugent hasn't been shy about voicing his political opinions in public. The '70s and '80s rocker, who has released 34 albums, has called President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and vociferously brayed, in his capacity as a board member of the National Rifle Association, against any politician who so much as hints that guns might be a contributing factor in the ongoing problem of U.S. gun violence. In short, Ted Nugent is loud.

That's why it's a little surprising that the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council weren't at least passingly familiar with Nugent's histrionics when they booked the camo-clad rocker for an Aug. 4 performance at the Coeur d'Alene Casino. When the council was appraised of Nugent's outspoken beliefs, however, they axed his appearance in a July 21 Facebook post, which outlined the casino's thinking in booking Nugent, then backing out.

"Unfortunately, when we booked [Nugent], we were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock 'n roller who we thought folks might enjoy," wrote Coeur d'Alene Casino Executive Director of Marketing Laura Stensgar.

That perspective faded quickly as it became evident that on top of being a rock star, Nugent has also made his fair share of inflammatory statements in public—statements the Coeur d'Alene Tribe wasn't going to tolerate from a performer at its casino.

"We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses," Stensgar wrote.

Ticket holders to the event are being asked to contact the casino for refunds, either by Facebook private message or at 1-800-523-2464. 



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM


Campfire stories take us back to one of the earliest forms of communication; oral histories passed on by generations have shaped society a great deal. Now you can enjoy such stories with a drink of your choice in a cozy setting, free from large, sabre-toothed predators.

The Modern Hotel and Bar invites you to come down and listen to stories from local and national authors as you sit by the fire and enjoy a beverage. Rediscovered Books will have items for sale if you feel like picking up new material. 

8 p.m. FREE. The Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com.
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Mr. Cope’s Cave: News From Around the World of Holy War

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Dateline: the God-forsaken sand lands stretching from 40 degrees longitude to 50 degrees, and extending south of the 35th parallel some 400 miles…

…Holy Warriors are toiling mightily to carve out God’s Kingdom from the ruins of the Hittite, Assyrian and Babylonian territories, known in the modern era as Iraq and Syria. Their mission?… 1) to restore the true word of God to those lands and destroy those who dare to believe in any slightly differing “true word of God,” 2) to administer God’s swift and merciless justice to any who do not meet their strict moral standards and accept their uncompromising values, and 3) to use the nation they hope to establish as a “beacon on a hill” as it were, from which to wage evangelical efforts against any and all who would blaspheme God by having another name for Him.

In short: Nothing new to report, not for the past 1,500 years.

Dateline: The land of milk and honey, stretching from 70 degrees longitude to 125 degrees, and extending south of the 50th parallel some 1,700 miles...

…Holy Warriors are girding their loins for yet another struggle with reality and the modern era, this time over the chosen leader’s promise to discourage discrimination against homosexuals—“Sodomites and Gomorrahists” in the tongue of the ancient goat-herding tribes of Galilee—in any military/industrial behemoth, private contractor whore of Babylon or incorporated empire that has its insatiable lips locked on the public teat.

Encouraged by the decision of the Five Jurist Priests, currently in control of the nation’s laws, to allow such money-changers into the temple of a woman’s womb if the patriarchy of said money-changing operation is God-fearing enough (See “Hobby Lobby Vs. the Third Millennium A.D."), the pious few—known by how swiftly they can recite Leviticus 18 and 20—see a way to further punish the lepers, harlots and philistines for any deviancy from God’s Plan, as handed down for 2,000 years from one vested interest to another.

In short: Nothing new to report, not since the New World Word-of-God thumpers took Elmer Gantry as a prophet rather than a parody.

Dateline: The Caliphate of Rational Thought, stretching from astrophysics degrees to zoological studies, and extending out from Education some 100 disciplines in all directions…

…With the continuing and incremental unveiling of God’s mysteries and the answering of age-old questions—not the least of which: the advent of the Higgs boson (often referred to as the “God” particle)—the chosen people (identified by their above-average intelligence and the mark of Curiosity upon their brows) are slowly leading the flock of God’s Sixth-Day Experiment out of the purgatory of faith, and into the Promised Land of understanding a universe that is infinitely more awesome than any God, anywhere, no matter what people call Him.

In short: If there’s time, there’s hope.
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