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Boise High School Hands Students the Mic For Third-annual Symposium

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:52:52 -0600

(image) It's an annual campus takeover by students, who commandeer classrooms and deliver presentations on topics under a theme. This year, the theme was social justice. Ben's poetry was so racy he issued a content warning to the Boise High School students who had come to hear him read before launching into "A Poem for Crying in Public" on March 21. There were some expletives in it. Other poems touched on sex and the perils of technology. Ben, a junior at Boise High, said some of the topics he likes to write about are addiction, systemic oppression and "the lack of empathy in our world." "It's this profound sense of loneliness people are subjected to," he said. For the last three years, Boise High teachers have passed the proverbial mic to their students as part of the Boise High Symposium. It's an annual campus takeover by students, who commandeer classrooms and deliver presentations on topics under a theme. This year, the theme was social justice. In all, there were approximately 70 presentations delivered by students with titles like "No Child Should Suffer" and "Gender Roles' Impact on Society." In one entitled "Frankenstein," a trio of students discussed alienation, monsters and the misunderstood in the novel, which turns 200 years old this year. Other presentations, like "Gun Violence in the U.S.: What We Can Do," addressed two possible ways to staunch the number and deadliness of mass shootings—closing background check loopholes and instituting a mandatory three-day waiting period between the purchase and receipt of a firearm. "Yes, we have the right to bear arms," said presenter Kenzie, "but there have to be restrictions on it so we can have a safe society." Still others took the day to engage in more direct action. Boise High Student Body President Acey, a senior, who also spoke at the student walkout March 14, had set up a table in one of the main hallways during the lunch hour to help her fellow students register to vote. She estimated she had registered all but approximately 10 high school seniors. She said it's important to practice "political efficacy" and to encourage it in her fellow students, and that when she's ready, she would like to take up a career in politics. "Political office is really something I want to run for when I'm done with college," she said.…

Falling For Trans Atlantic Crush's New Album

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:10:19 -0600

(image) Sea of Dreams is classic TAC with a modern twist If such roles existed, Jim Cochell, Josh Tyler and Jonah Walton could be the official spokesmen for long-distance relationships. Known collectively as electronic synth-pop band Trans Atlantic Crush, the members of the trio are based in Boise, Nashville and Kansas City, respectively. But three is a magic number, and like their sound, the musicians have a modern-meets-classic sensibility, using technology not only to stay in touch but to collaborate artistically. The result is both an enduring friendship and a new album, Sea of Dreams (self-released, March 16), the band's best to date. Like so many musicians, Cochell, Tyler and Walton juggled their daily lives with writing and recording Sea of Dreams. In this case, though, the trio also had to figure out how to work together while being geographically so far apart. As they talked via Skype about making Sea of Dreams, however, the miles between them became mere inches, both actually (on screen) and metaphorically. "We all work remotely. That's kind of the way this [album] was put together," Tyler, TAC's lead (and backup) vocalist said. "We did what we're doing right now," he added, laughing. Email, phones, and file-sharing and video chat software made an otherwise cost-prohibitive venture possible. "We weren't in the same room during [the making of] this entire album. Not one time," Walton said. "We did it all over the internet, which is pretty cool." Although this iteration of TAC is only about a year old, Cochell and Walton have played music together for about 10 years, and Cochell and Tyler have been playing together since the early '90s. Plus, previous TAC albums were recorded more traditionally, so Sea of Dreams is also new in that it's the first time the band has made an album remotely. It may not be the last. "Coming from my perspective, there was more free range for every member," Cochell said. "I would sketch out an idea and then bounce it off the guys. They would take it and work in their own environment with it, and they'd come back a couple of days later and present their ideas. It was more of a collaborative effort. It really was—and it was freeing." Songs like "Glitter and Gold" evoke a sense of both collectiveness and autonomy. The track opens with determined little notes. Layer after layer of synth is added, building into an orchestral swell that rises until it…

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Sturiale Place Shines With First Wine and Cheese Night

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:56:16 -0600

(image) The only thing better than the atmosphere at The Sturiale Place on the night of March 20 was the collection of excited foodies in attendance, and the only thing better than the company was the imported Italian cheese and wine. One of the few things better than the atmosphere at The Sturiale Place on the night of March 20 was the collection of excited foodies in attendance, and the only thing better than the company was the imported Italian cheese and wine, presented in conjunction with brief classes from Whole Foods cheese guru Shell Hartman and Tastevin wine importer Gino Pilato. The four-course, $40-per-person night of pairings began with a round of soft burrata from Murgia in southern Italy, served with sliced cherry tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and topped with a sprinkle of torn basil leaves. Standing in front of fewer than a dozen people seated family-style around a large table, Hartman described the process of making the fresh cow's milk cheese and invited guests to dig in. Next, Pilato poured a splash of 2015 Marco Felluga "Just Molamatta," a dry white from Molamatta, Italy, for each guest and discussed the vineyard where it was made, right down to its soil profile and the rarity of its grape varietals. The crisp wine balanced beautifully with the creamy cheese and balsamic bite. Guests scooped up bites of cheese on crostini and rosemary crackers made in-house by Gina Sturiale, whose mother Rita owns and runs the property. Gina circled the table on and off, chatting with guests and clearing dishes, adding to the atmosphere. During the second course, which featured provolone valpadana served with green olives, peppadew peppers and charcuterie, Hartman described her experience making the unpasteurized cow's milk cheese with a group of fellow cheese makers by stretching a single piece out into a long enough rope that they were able to pass it hand-to-hand three times around a warehouse. That story was only equaled by Pilato's retelling of the Italain urban legend that earned the bottle of 2014 Badia a Coltibuono Estate Chianti Classico its black rooster trademark. Between courses, Hartman offered up single bites of off-menu cheeses, like a staggeringly rich Gorgonzola dolce, served up with a house-made, port-infused fig paste on a long silver spoon. Laughter filled the room, and the wall-hanging sconces gave the restored historic home a magical glow that worked wonders on more than one customer; nearly every couple left at the end of the night with at least one bottle of wine purchased post-tasting.  Though this was the first night of pairings and education put on by The Sturiale…

March 21, 2018: What to Know

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:50:07 -0600

(image) The Austin bombing suspect is killed in an explosion, another wicked nor'easter hits the east coast and can someone invent a more sustainable Starbucks coffee cup? A suspect in a series of bombings that terrorized the Texas capital of Austin was killed early today when police said he blew himself up in his vehicle as officers closed in on him. The New York Times reports that 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt was believed to be involved in at least five bombs that have detonated this month in Austin and San Antonio, killing at least two people. UPDATE: Boise Police said Wednesday morning that a missing Boise teenager had been found safe in Oregon and has been reunited with her family. BPD said the teen, identified as Lily, had been taken from the Boise area by a non-custodian parent and driven to Benton County, Oregon. That's where the girl was discovered at approximately 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police said their investigation into the incident remains ongoing and charges are pending.  The first full day of spring has millions of Americans on the east coast shaking their heads. The fourth nor'easter in three weeks is pelting the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern seaboard this morning, as nearly a foot of snow and heavy winds tangle traffic, force cancellations at a dozen airports and closing some schools. NBC News reports that about 75 million people are under winter weather advisories from Indiana to Maine. The BBC has a jaw-dropping report on how, without intervention, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade. A new UK Government Office for Science report indicates that 70 percent of marine litter is non-degradable plastic, exposing marine life to toxic chemicals that end up in the food on our plates. Food & Wine magazine says Starbucks is rethinking its coffee cups in a plan to reduce waste. The giant coffee retailer is launching what it calls the "NextGen Cup Challenge," offering grant money to people who can develop a new, more sustainable cup. Food & Wine says the challenge isn't as easy it may sound. Currently, Starbucks' cups contain just 10 percent recycled fiber and liner that helps to keep the drunks hot, but it also prevents the cups from being recycled and reused in most U.S. cities. …

Virtual Reality for All

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:02:00 -0600

(image) Talking 'equitable access' Ted, a resident of the assisted living center The Terraces, was the first of a group of seniors waiting in line to don a virtual reality headset, and he gripped the hand controls as if they were poisonous snakes. Prompted by Danielle Worthy, a library assistant for the Bown Crossing branch of the Boise Public Library, Ted said he saw some fish and a stingray. "What do you think?" asked Worthy. "It's goofy. It was really weird," Ted said. Gesturing to another resident sitting on a nearby couch, he added, "You're going to like it." Ted was using a deep sea diving simulator called theBlu, and the rest of the residents tried other simulators in turn. Darlene chose Richie's Plank Experience, in which she rode an elevator to the top floor of a building. The doors opened, and she was greeted by a pirate ship-style plank suspended 525 feet above a city street. Rather than walk the plank, she pressed another button that took her down to the "fire deck." Her fellow residents watched on a laptop screen as the doors slid open to billowing digital flames. This late-January event wasn't the first virtual reality demonstration at The Terraces, and it won't be the last. The trend began in early 2017 when a woman in hospice care at the facility used the technology to ride on the Trans Canada Railroad, checking an item off her bucket list and alerting the staff to the promise of technology. Trips to the Bown Crossing library branch for residents to use its headsets may soon become a regular occurrence for the seniors, though this time the library came to them. In years past, people would put on cumbersome equipment at video game arcades to immerse themselves in poorly rendered 3D environments, paying extra for the privilege, but a high-tech breakout was on the horizon. In 2014, Facebook bought VR startup Oculus for $2 billion. Oculus offered a suite of headsets, cameras and controllers that was expensive ($600), and required a powerful computer to render high frame rates and detailed 3D graphics, but other companies, including HTC Vive, PlayStation, Samsung Gear and more, quickly jumped on the VR bandwagon. The decreasing cost and widening availability of the technology is slowly bringing virtual reality to the mass market, where it's now used for work and play. Architects and engineers, for example, use virtual spaces to design…

Moving Pictures

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) "I adore it here. When I was young, I used to come to Sun Valley to ski with my family." It was as if a film director stood atop Mount Baldy, which overlooks Sun Valley, and shouted, "Action!" On cue, crystalline snow floated down to the Wood River Valley precisely as the seventh annual Sun Valley Film Festival got underway on March 7. Hollywood couldn't have produced better special effects with more expert timing. For the next five days, attendees rubbed elbows with some of the most prolific and popular filmmakers in show business. "I can't get over how much the people here love movies," said Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, co-star of The Greatest Showman, one of the biggest films of 2017, and Aquaman, one of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2018. "It's a thrill to be here, not only as someone who contributes to the film industry, but as a fan." There was no mistaking the star's shine during the first evening of the festival, which Abdul-Mateen largely spent posing for a seemingly endless number of selfies with fans—and therein lies one of worst-kept SVFF secrets: unprecedented access to great films, stars and filmmakers. From Coffee Talks each morning (full disclosure: I have been fortunate enough to moderate some of these intimate chats) to the high-energy late-night parties, attendees get serious face-time with award-winning producers, writers, directors, composers and stars, which this year included Kate Bosworth, Jay Duplass, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. "I adore it here. When I was young, I used to come to Sun Valley to ski with my family," said Paltrow, who received the SVFF Vision Award at a posh dinner/reception inside the historic Roundhouse atop Mount Baldy. Previous recipients include Oscar-winners Geena Davis, Clint Eastwood and Jodie Foster. The following morning, Paltrow was greeted by a capacity crowd inside another historical landmark, the 81-year-old Sun Valley Opera House, which was the Coffee Talks venue this year. Paltrow, who will reunite with the Marvel Universe in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, told the audience she detects a tangible sea-change in the film industry, particularly when it comes to inclusion. "It's an exciting time. When we've have had so few women, so few women of color and so few men of color behind the camera, we have a lot of license now to expand," said Paltrow. A significant factor in that change comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal which continues to rock the filmmaking community. In October 2017, just as the Weinstein scandal…

Kathleen Madigan

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) "For someone to ask, 'How old are you? When did you get started?' What, you don't know what Google is? But come on, guys." Kathleen Madigan is one of the funniest people on the planet. She's considered a "comic's comic," but audiences are crazy about her, too. Madigan is almost always on the road, from performing at clubs and theaters across North America to making countless appearances on late night television and starring in her own wildly successful television specials. She brings it all to Boise at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, March 30, as part of her Boxed Wine and Bigfoot Tour—also the name of her current Netflix special. Let's start with that name of your tour. You can't be rattling bottles around out in the woods. If you're hunting for Bigfoot, you're going to need to take boxed wine. And I'm a big proponent of boxed wine. You never really hear anybody say they got a bad box. Prior to coming to Boise, you're visiting the upper peninsula of Michigan. I'm doing a casino show, and I asked the folks at the casino if they could find somebody to take me ice fishing during the day. It's something I always wanted to do. The lady at the casino said she would find a guy and promised he wouldn't be a pervert. I'm like, "OK, I really don't know if you had to get out in front of that one." But you know what? Good luck being a pervert with the amount of clothing I bought at the bass pro shop. Growing up around the Great Lakes, all I can recall about ice fishing was that you couldn't go without a lot of beer. But we're going pretty early. Being a tried-and-true, 100 percent Irish woman, I'll just have to start with coffee and Bailey's Irish Cream as a base coat. I know you have a degree in journalism, so let's talk about the news. Great! I love the news. It's my understanding you're borderline obsessed with the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Now we're hearing a full report on the disappearance has been suspended. It may have been acceptable in 1492 to say, "Well, we lost a boat," but in 2018, I seriously don't understand why everyone's okay with losing a giant airplane. When it went missing, CNN, MSNBC, everybody was all over it ... Day 28, day 29, day 30. Then, everybody went, "Well, I guess we lost it." Ironically, we're now learning they're ready to positively identify the…

Students Prepare for Return to Statehouse in 'March For Our Lives'

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) March for Our Lives Boise is set for Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.. With a rallying cry of "Not one more," organizers have high hopes for the Saturday, March 24, March For Our Lives rally in Boise, one of thousands of cities staging protests in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire with a legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, killing 17 students and staff. After the shooting, students from the school planned a MFOL rally in Washington, D.C., but it has expanded to include cities across world. "These kids are so passionate, so amazing. I had no idea how articulate these students are. I think that's the thing that surprised me the most," said Jessi Huizinga, a MFOL organizer and mother of three. "These events across the nation, including the one here, are all being organized by students. A few of us parents found each other online and said we wanted to see if we could help." Those attending the rallies will call upon elected leaders to "take action on strengthening gun legislation to make it harder for individuals to obtain weapons to carry out these attacks," according to an official statement. Huizinga said it's critical to note the event is non-partisan. "We have to drive home the fact that this is not political. We invited Democrats, Republicans, independents, everyone. We've got to come together," she said. "Yes, it's a complex issue, but I think we can all agree that something has to change." The March 24 event follows a similar demonstration on the steps of the Statehouse March 14, when nearly 1,000 students from schools around the Treasure Valley staged a walkout and marched to the Capitol. Thousands of students throughout Idaho walked out of their classrooms for 17 minutes in remembrance of the people killed in Parkland. "Each and every one of you can make a change that can move mountains," said Colette Raptosh, 17, a senior at Capital High School and an organizer of the Boise walkout who addressed the assembled crowd March 14. BW heard from a number of students from across the Treasure Valley, each echoing Raptosh's sentiment: "We achieve as much as we aim for. As long as we remember that, we can make a change in our community," said Felix, an eighth grader. "I think it's important that we can show up for things and exercise our rights. Young…

Red Aspen False Lashes

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) How to value your lashes and buy local at the same time False lashes, which have been in vogue since the early 20th century, are a great alternative for those of us with thin/short/oily/dry/willfully recalcitrant lashes that can turn even the most expensive mascara into a dry, clumpy mess. So, if you want luxuriant lashes and you value buying local, check out the high-quality lashes from Red Aspen. Currently, there are around 10 styles to choose from, all at price points even the most frugal won't bat an eye at. Plus, Boise-based Red Aspen (founded in October 2017) is 100 percent online, which allows its 2,000 brand ambassadors across the country easy access to training and sales materials. "That has been a key to our success" said co-founder and CEO Jesse McKinney. "Our mission is to inspire women to stand up, stand out and stand together by uniting passion with purpose. We wanted to make sure every woman who joins has the tools they need to be successful." Including gorgeous lashes.…

Minerva's Breakdown

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) Advice for those on the verge Dear Minerva, My girlfriend is great and a lot of fun to be around. Naughty time is also great, except for one part of it: She's very enthusiastic about performing oral sex, but she just isn't doing it right for me. It is terrible. It is uncomfortable, and I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to hurt her feelings or change how enthusiastic she is about our sex life. What would you suggest? Sincerely, Oral Objection Dear Objection, Putting into words a critique of your lover's performance can be a real mouthful. I believe wholeheartedly that your lady friend would want to know how she can best "address the court," just as I am sure you would want to know just how she likes it. As Ella Fitzgerald reminds us, "T'aint what you say / It's the way that you say it!" I suggest anyone approach the issue with their partner as an opportunity for sexploration. Trying new things stokes the flames of passion, so approaching it constructively and gently will be the key to letting her know that you appreciate her and her enthusiasm. Letting her know you also wish to maximize her pleasure is important, as well. Everyone's body receives pleasure in different ways. What may have been mindblowing for a former beau is not necessarily true with your body. Even simply saying, "What if you try it this way?" could be a gentle enough way to help guide her. In no time, she'll be "tellin' it to the judge" most eloquently.…

Treefort: Milk & Bone

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) El Korah Shrine, March 24 Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, aka Milk & Bone, are perhaps best known for taking home the 2015 SOCAN Breakout Award at the Francophone SOCAN Awards in Montreal. The pair met while studying at the Canadian French-language college Cegep de Saint-Laurent, and released their debut electro-pop album, Little Mourning (Bonsound), in 2015, making their name with angelic vocals that rise and fall with echos of shimmering synths. Their sophomore endeavor, Deception Bay (Bonsound, 2018), focuses on both the good and bad sides of love. The album includes upbeat dance tracks like "Nevermore," which reads as an ode to self-preservation with lyrics like "I won't wait for long" and "You won't catch me crying on the kitchen floor," alongside mellow tunes like "Sad Eyes," where the synths recede to make way for soft piano chords. It's nostalgic, sweet music—ideal for decompressing during Treefort Music Fest.

Treefort: Lola Marsh

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) El Korah Shrine, March 21 The music of Israeli pop duo Lola Marsh is road trip magic. Its fusion of burbling electronic and acoustic sounds, and layers of pure vocals make it the perfect soundtrack for staring out a window and watching the landscape flash by. Formed in Tel Aviv in 2013, the partnership of Yael Shoshana Cohen (lead vocals, percussion, ukulele) and Gil Landau (guitar, vocals) quickly sent ripples worldwide, and Cohen's unmistakable voice helped the pair land a spot at the European Primavera Sound music festival in 2014. Though it was three more years before Lola Marsh's debut album, Remember Roses (Anova Music, 2017), hit shelves, a slew of singles and an EP made the band a favorite on Spotify and helped keep it in listeners' minds. NPR Music calls the duo's hit, "Wishing Girl," off Remember Roses, a "moodily ingratiating charm offensive"—and really, that phrase can be applied to Lola Marsh as a whole. When deciding who and what to see during Treefort Music Fest 2018, Lola Marsh should be on your agenda.

Catapult Entertainment Shadow Dance

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) College of Idaho, March 27 Behind a screen, four dancers lie on their backs, twisting their legs and raising their arms to form the image of a group of swans. While that may sound like a strange drug trip, it's actually a glimpse of what you can expect to see from Catapult Entertainment, the dance group and "shadow-illusion company" that gained national attention on America's Got Talent season eight. The dancers create stories behind a screen, making shapes with props and their own shadows, and this month they'll perform at the College of Idaho. Prior to the show, Caldwell Fine Arts will host a Concert Connection dinner in the C of I Simplot Dining Hall, where Professor Mike Hartwell will lecture on the art of shadow theater. Head to C of I to learn how dance and illusion mix to make magic.

Easter Comes Early to Zoo Boise, Cassia Park

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) Egg hunts in the park and a Zoo EGGstravaganza Although Easter isn't until Sunday, April 1, a few Boise groups are getting a head start. The Zoo Boise Easter EGGstravaganza, a series of kid-friendly scrambles for ages 10 and under, including one for kids with special needs, will set children searching for 30,000 pieces of candy, and the hunts will take place alongside other activities for little animal lovers, including face painting and "animal enrichments." Nearby, the Central Bench Neighborhood Association will also host egg hunts for residents, and adults can sip hot chocolate while kids decorate cupcakes nearby. Put one or both of these events on your calendar to hop into the Easter spirit.

March for Our Lives

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) Idaho State Capitol Building, March 24 In the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, students around the world have mobilized to urge state and national legislators to pass stricter gun legislation, such as raising the minimum age for purchasing firearms and requiring more rigorous background checks. A series of protests, including the national student walk-out March 14, will culminate in March For Our Lives rallies in cities across the globe on Saturday, March 24. In Boise, supporters will march to the Idaho Capitol Building. "I think it's important that we can show up for things and exercise our rights," said a One Stone charter high school student who attended the March 14 walk-out and demonstration at the Statehouse. "Young people aren't going to back down. We are the future."…

Boise Flower and Garden Show

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) Boise Centre on the Grove, March 23-25 Grab your kneelers and ready your spades, because as of March 20 spring has officially sprung, and it's time to get digging. For professional landscapers and green thumbs alike, the first taste of warm weather is an exciting time to be outdoors, and the Boise Flower and Garden Show is ready to help. This year, the show will go big on the small things, spotlighting "garden vignettes" for townhouses, apartments and other tiny spaces. Plus, attendees can check out a host of seminars on gardening, like instructions on growing air plants and hydroponics; tour a forest of bonsai trees; and compare the flower power of bouquets created by Boise residents competing in the "Subscribe to Spring" flower show. Don't miss this chance to go green with the experts.

Sturiale Place Plans to Reopen Italian Cafe on Jefferson Street

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) Owner Rita Sturiale wants to serve lunch and deli items four days a week, along with occasional dinners, wine tastings and teas, and hopes for a small menu stacked with classic Italian dishes alongside seasonal chef specials. If you happened to be driving down Front Street at just the wrong moment on Nov. 23, 2015, you may have seen The Sturiale Place on the move. When the moon was high, workers loaded the historic Zimmer House onto a flatbed truck and inched it slowly from its original spot in the Central Addition neighborhood to its new home at the corner of 15th and Jefferson streets; each time the house reached a stoplight, the light had to be dismantled so that it could continue through the next block. "I paid quite a bit to have it moved," said Rita Sturiale, the antique enthusiast who bought the house, restored it to glory and transitioned it into the import gift shop/Italian cafe it is today. She smiled wryly at the understatement. As Rita and her daughter, Gina Sturiale, tell it, the restoration process was both a struggle and a joy, a balance between pouring away money and finding forgotten pieces of historic grandeur. Gina's dream was to open a shop to sell antiques and imported foods from Italy (now open on Wednesday afternoons), but she knew she'd need a source of income to support the project: that's when the idea to turn the rest of the house and garden into an Italian cafe was born. The cafe opened briefly in 2017 with Gina running the front of the house and family friend Nikki Russo at the helm in the kitchen, but the Sturiales said it was never supposed to be sustainable; rather, they were testing the market with Russo's family recipes. After a positive response, they closed the cafe to finish renovating its tiny kitchen and recruit a professional chef. Now, the search is almost over. "We're interviewing chefs right now, and two of them we like a lot," Rita said, "...It looks like we just might be able to have a decision made by next week." The pair aims to open the cafe in May, and Rita's vision is simple: She wants to serve lunch and deli items four days a week, along with occasional dinners, wine tastings and teas, and hopes for a small menu stacked with classic Italian dishes alongside seasonal chef specials. "The chef will have a lot of room for growth, for his own creativity and his own passion," Gina said. The mother-daughter team hopes this freedom, along with the opportunity to work…

Slideshow: Nancy Sathre-Vogel Etches Stories onto Jewelry

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) For Elegant Antiquity, an exhibit of her jewelry at Art Source Gallery through Saturday, March 31, Sathre-Vogel preserved others' stories by chemically etching recycled copper and brass jewelry with images from 18th- and 19th-century books. Nancy Sathre-Vogel is more than a jewelry maker: She's an adventurer and a salvager of stories, and over the last 30 years, she has chronicled her journey in her art. For Elegant Antiquity, an exhibit of her jewelry at Art Source Gallery through Saturday, March 31, Sathre-Vogel preserved others' stories by chemically etching recycled copper and brass necklaces, earrings and bracelets with images from 18th- and 19th-century British Library books. "[The library is] encouraging artists to use the images in order to preserve the old art," Sathre-Vogel said. There are more than a million scanned-in images available online, but prints containing shades of gray can't be used for etchings, which limits Sathre-Vogel to black and white images with simple lines. Many she chooses are abstract designs or nods to nature, such as drawings of bees, flowers and birds. Sathre-Vogel has long worked with etched metals, adding them to beaded chains, but for her newest pieces, she used champleve (SHAHMP-luh-vay), a technique that allows her to render etchings in bright shades of lavender, turquoise and green, rather than black alone. While every piece is uniquely attractive, together they create a visual library that Sathre-Vogel said reflects on the importance of stories, which she came to appreciate after resettling in Boise. Sathre-Vogel left the city decades ago to teach at international schools; she lived in five different countries, traveled to many more and went "bead hunting" in all of them. The jewelry she made bore the marks of the cultures she traveled through: She worked with turquoise on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico; bone and black coral in Egypt; regional silver in Ethiopia and Chinese antiques in Taiwan. When she and her husband left teaching, they took their twin sons on years-long, multi-country biking trips. During it all, she made jewelry. "All of my pieces have some sort of a history, some sort of a story," she said. "That story can be anything. It could be where that piece came from or what that piece is, or it could be where I was in my own personal journey as a human being ... But there's always a story. That's why when I came across these pictures from antique books, I knew that I had to use them."…

Slideshow: Artist Clarissa Callesen Creates Art From Junk at Surel's Place

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) Callesen will show the works she made during her residency in Fertile Remnants, an exhibit that runs Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, at Surel's Place. At first look, the inside of Surel's Place seems to be exploding—or evolving. Bins and boxes bursting with fabric cover the floor, ropes of cloth hang tangled from the ceiling and tables holding a jumble of objects including rocks, a plastic duck decoy wrapped in wire and huge knots of black electrical cord fill the rest of the space. In the middle of it all stands sculptor, installation artist and current Surel's Place artist in residence Clarissa Callesen, beaming at the piles of junk that will soon become art. "This was just a sheer curtain that was tossed in the trash pile..." says Callesen, pointing to what looks like a heap of mesh intestines stuffed with a slew of tiny items. "Then I just picked up junk off of the ground. Old Christmas lights, tinsel—that's where the sparkle is coming from. And then there are screws, nuts, all kinds of things in there." Callesen will show the works she made during her residency in Fertile Remnants, an exhibit that runs Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, at Surel's Place. Much of the refuse Callesen collected is homegrown. During her residency, Callesen gathered garbage from around Surel's Place, where more than a dozen houses were recently demolished, leaving plenty of fodder behind. Mixed in with the expected construction trash were a few things that were once beautiful: scraps from a wedding dress and a tarnished pair of silver earrings among them. Callesen is currently busy combining the good, bad and ugly into two installations, one inside Surel's Place and another outside in a battered green container discovered during the demolition and thought to be a WWII-era mobile office. "The fact that [Callesen's] residency timed with the demolition of our neighborhood is really amazing," said Jodi Eichelberger, program coordinator for Surel's Place. "...I went to Clarissa and just said, 'Your theme is happening on a larger scale right now. Not only are clothes and textiles being thrown out, but entire homes are being thrown out.'" Though the pair initially considered using a trailer house as an installation site, the mobile office was too intriguing to forgo. Inside, it's dusty and dim. The ivy covering the exterior creeps in through cracked glass windows, and a cluster of abandoned wasps' nests covers the back wall. Thanks to Callesen, cocoons of twisted fabric hang from the ceiling, white ropes of cloth spill from…

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