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The Week in Review: Weed and Explosions


Weed dating is not a synonym for the college courtship process. As Boise Weekly intern Amy Merrill found out on a balmy summer evening last week, it's a dirt- and beer-filled version of speed dating for the green-thumb set.

"Bed-hopping and hoe puns flew thick and fast at the second-annual Weed Dating event hosted by Earthly Delights farm on June 28," Merrill observed. "More than 40 participants showed up to jump into bed with each other, which was more than double the amount of RSVPs."

Teva- and shorts-sporting daters pulled unwanted plants and rotated to different areas of the farm. A row of mason jars with corresponding numbers was set up to hold notes for possible love connections.

Speaking of adult fun, Discovery Center of Idaho hosted another popular Adult Night on June 28, focusing on the science of explosions. BW New Media Czar Josh Gross was there to catch all the action on video, which included an attempt to set the record for the largest Diet Coke and Mentos explosion in the state's history. You can check it out here.

And speaking of explosive energy, the Knitting Factory filled with pompadours and rockabilly babes on June 29 for a concert by The Chop Tops. The event also included a vintage car show outside and a pin-up model contest. According to BW freelancer Mika Belle, "around 10 models competed in the pin-up girl contest, which awarded prizes worth hundreds of dollars. Sophie Edwina won in a jaw-dropping leopard print dress."

You can check out a photo slideshow of all the action here.

And moving from pin-up girls to half-naked beefcakes, Belle also swung by Tod Alan's all-male fashion show at Azure Hair Studio on June 30. According to Belle, the show featured more than 30 "young-stud models" in brash and bold designs, but attendance was notably down from Alan's previous shows. A photo slideshow of that event is also available here.

And speaking of hot slabs of meat, Gross ventured to Meridian to soak in the all-American Northwest Ribfest cooking competition in Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park. But there was only one problem: There were scarcely any ribs.

"Around half the food vendors were either not barbecue joints or were barbecuing something else altogether, and the barbecue stands were nearly all sold out by late afternoon on opening day," lamented Gross.

But luckily, Gross eventually tracked down some "fall off the bone ribs" and corn on the cob from the Texas Roadhouse stand.