First things first: If you're trying to reach nearly anyone in the Boise Weekly editorial department other than myself this week, you're out of luck. A good chunk of the department is out on vacation, so if you need to reach someone urgently and aren't getting an answer: dial me up.
In the next edition of Boise Weekly, on stands Wednesday, Oct. 10, you'll find a four-page center insert for Boise Weekly's 11th annual Cover Auction, detailing every cover we've published over the last year, all of which will be on the auction block come Wednesday, Oct. 17. Don't forget: Doors open at 5 p.m., auction starts promptly at 6 p.m. at the Idaho State Historical Museum. If you want to get an early look at the work, it will all be on display starting First Thursday, Oct. 4. After First Thursday, you can stop by anytime to see the art, but remember, until 5 p.m. the day of the auction, regular admission fees apply.
Hitting stands the same day as the Cover Auction, Wednesday, Oct. 17, is a first-ever publication, The Blue Review, which you'll also find right smack in the middle of Boise Weekly. The Blue Review is a partnership between Boise State's College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and Boise Weekly, with contributions from academics, journalists and community leaders in public affairs covering a variety of topics from politics to the environment. This first edition of The Blue Review focuses on the race for the White House, examining the election from media, environmental and religious angles. More on that in the weeks to come.
Two other things we're working on behind-the-scenes include our annual Gift Guide, for which we've already scoured the city collecting a pile of holiday gifts in every price range, and the annual Christmas in the City guide, compiled by Downtown Boise Association as your guide to holiday events and shopping downtown. Yes, it may be barely October, but it is that time of year.
In this edition of Boise Weekly, you'll find your monthly, trusty guide to First Thursday, with a map, listings and an in-depth look at the economic impact one First Thursday event has had on the city (see Page 17). Further back is an intriguing story about Idaho's connection to Ethiopian food--which, as foodies know, is lamentably missing from Boise's culinary landscape despite the valley's close ties with it nationally.