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The Week in Review: Lions and Stigers and Canucks Oh My


Curtis Stigers may have dropped his new album, Let's Go Out Tonight, in April, but he didn't officially debut it to a packed, enthusiastic Boise crowd until Sept. 14 at the Egyptian Theatre.

According to Boise Weekly's Josh Gross, Stigers primarily played tracks from the new record, which "leans much closer to Stax Records-era soul than it does smooth jazz gangstas like Kenny G."

He also threw in a few covers, including Elvis' "That's All Right" and a brief a cappella version of "Call Me Maybe," by Carly Rae Jepsen.

And the audience ate it up, knowing it would be months before Stigers plays Boise again.

And speaking of eating it up, more than 500 folks decked out in steampunk style flooded Idaho Botanical Garden for the second-annual Carnevale Sept. 14.

According to BW freelancer Mika Belle:

"The family friendly party drew its inspiration from traditional Carnival celebrations and included local foods and drinks and a Venetian theme with an assortment of activities throughout the evening, including a fashion show, photo shoot, fire dance, fortune telling booth and more, headlined by the Red Light Variety Show."

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And speaking of crazy parties, BW film guru George Prentice spent the last couple weeks at the Toronto International Film Festival soaking in all of the year's forthcoming releases.

"Having watched more than four dozen films over the past 10 days (still only a fraction of this year's entries), I can report that the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival was, for the most part, a success," wrote Prentice. "There are some sure bets for Oscar gold, some refreshing new visions in independent film and some outright stinking duds."

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And speaking of success, legendary American rock band Chicago rocked the Morrison Center with its extensive catalog of hits Sept. 16. According to BW's Andrew Crisp:

"Though the lineup has changed considerably over the last four decades, the band had more energy than the electrified lines of the Chicago Transit Authority, from which the band swiped its name."

Before launching into the track "Just You 'n' Me," Crisp noted that singer James Pankow wiped his lips and said:

"We like to think of this song as having two audiences. One that got married to it, and one that got conceived to it."

Though Chicago played popular love ballads, Crisp also said "they never shied away from going all out on their rocking hits. At the end of 'I'm a Man,' percussionist Wally Reyes and drummer Tris Imboden duked it out in a huge drum solo, which had both men pounding their sticks against every surface."