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Best of Boise 2011, Part One

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Welcome to the first edition of the 2011 Best of Boise. Let's start at the beginning--with the cover.

For those who don't know what that thing is, it's called a QR code. If you're a regular reader you've seen them in our pages since January, embedded into stories and dropped into ads. But what are they? Simply put, they're a bridge between print and digital. Scan that code with your smartphone and it takes you directly to digital content on the Interwebs. Our codes often take readers to video content related to a story or slideshows featuring additional photos of a story. In today's issue, those codes take you to the mobile version of what you're reading in print. In order to use them, search your smartphone's app store for a QR code reader, download it and then scan the code with your phone.

Now, for the Best of Boise 101 lesson ...

This edition is the first of two Best of Boise issues. These "bestas," as we're fond of calling them, are the nods BW editorial staffers choose to give out those people, places and things we dig best. However, we merely offer these bestas as the opening act. The headlining issue of Best of Boise hits stands on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and it's the result of a weeks-long voting process by you, the readers. We ask, you answer, we report back.

Now to put today's two lessons together, here's a QR code for you. Can't wait to see if Mark Allen will take Best Local bartender for the fifth year in a row? Dying to know if Rebecca Scott will continue her absolute reign as Best Local Musician? Scan this QR code and check out the video we put together.

And last but so not least: Please join us for our annual Best of Boise party on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-6 p.m. at the Linen Building to toast the winners of this year's readers' choice awards. The party is free and open to the public with a few nibbles and drinks and music from Frim Fram 4.