Kate Walker’s ‘Manual of Arms’ to be screened at The Gallery at the Linen Building Wednesday, Oct. 22

Short film documents choreographed performance juxtaposing gender and social issues

“Manual of Arms,” a short film by artist and Boise State professor Kate Walker, will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at The Gallery at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. Admission is free. Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.

“Manual of Arms” is a video project of a choreographed performance where sixteen women perform a series of moves that recall the visual language of a band auxiliary or military drill routine. Instead of an expected “prop,” group members hold assault weapon style guns. Ambiguous and fictional, this piece pushes on imagery and themes that are familiar yet uneasy.

The resulting clash of references creates discomfort for the viewer, who is not sure how to interpret the actions of the group. Questions are raised in the work about the nature of the rituals that surround North American sports culture (band auxiliary, honor guard, etc.) and the highly gendered roles that has developed in these; as well as the ubiquitous presence of guns in this culture.


Kate Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio at Boise State University. Walker’s work encompasses painting, drawing and digital video projects, which use narrative devices to explore contemporary social issues. Recent bodies of work focus on colonial histories and issues of gender and sexual identity. Using discontinuities of time and place created by traveling between the United States and New Zealand, her practice is based on looking through the lens of one culture at another in a constant switching of a cross-cultural gaze.

Recent collaborative projects include All Flocked Up, a residency project at The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra, Australia (2013) with ceramicist Caroline Earley. Hoop was a community based video project made in collaboration with the LGBT community in Nelson, New Zealand, that documented a mass hula hoop event. Walker’s work has also been shown in Rome, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Vancouver, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia as well as throughout the United States.

For interviews, images or more information, contact Chad Dryden with Bandwagon PR, 208.284.0355 or chad@bandwagonpr.com.

The Gallery at the Linen Building is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. For more information, contact David Hale at 208.385.0111 or info@thelinenbuilding.com. Visitthelinenbuilding.com and interact with the Linen Building on Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT THE GALLERY AT THE LINEN BUILDING: The Gallery at the Linen Building is a second-floor, loft-style art gallery located inside the Linen Building Event Center. With natural light, warm sunsets and bird’s-eye views of Downtown Boise and the Linen District, The Gallery offers artists and art lovers a fresh, unique urban space in which to display and view art.

ABOUT THE LINEN BUILDING: Built in 1910 and originally known as the American Laundry Building, the Linen Building Event Center has been transformed into an architecturally unique special events center and art gallery. The two-story facility hosts art and fashion shows, music concerts and events, weddings and receptions, corporate meetings and functions, proms and many other events. The Linen Building offers clients catering, full bar, audio/video, lighting and many other customized services.

College of Idaho Planetarium hosts November public show

Planetarium_4The recently renovated Whittenberger Planetarium reopens Friday, November 7, 2014 with its second public show of the school year inside Boone Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. The Planetarium, which now has new cove lights and handicapped access, will feature comets and comet landing for the 7 p.m. show in anticipation of the Rosetta mission’s plan to land on a comet in November. The show, which costs $5 for adults or $2.50 for children ages 4-17, also includes an overview of the current constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. Free parking for Whittenberger Planetarium patrons is available in the lot between Boone Science Hall and Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street.  For more information, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium.


Newhouse Selected for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Combine

By: Sherry Squires

D_1409_050_0084x6Boise State freshman Hannah Newhouse has been selected as one of 20 drivers for the 11th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine, NASCAR announced Sept. 30.

The 2014 combine will be a three-day evaluation resulting in the selection of approximately six drivers who will be named to the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing.

The D4D includes multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America, each aiming to land a spot on the 2015 D4D team. The Twin Falls, Idaho, native will be one of 11 females in the program, as well as one of eight participants ages 17 and under.

This will be the third-consecutive year Newhouse has participated in the combine.

The 2014 D4D Combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Oct. 13-15.

Does this seem ethical to you?

edbd1a09-f86e-4264-a63c-5a9e5febb565Is it legal for the Speaker of the Idaho House to push a bill through the State Legislature on behalf of a development company only after that company fires a political opponent and hires a political ally?

The answer is yes.

Is it ethical?  You be the judge.

Back in 2007, a California development company pushed for a bill that would allow it to pay for an interchange on I-90 with the sales tax collected at a yet-to-be-built Cabela’s store located next to the interchange.

The bill appeared to be going nowhere. Then the company asked Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney for advice. Soon after, the company fired its lobbyist, a established moderate Republican who opposed Denney’s run for speaker, and hired Julie Ellsworth, a Denney supporter and former House member who lost her seat four months earlier.

After that, the bill sailed through the legislature.

The appearance of impropriety prompted calls for a “cooling off” period, a mandatory two-year break between legislating and lobbying.

Denney would have none of it. “I have no desire to dictate who can and cannot get a job working as a lobbyist,” he opined.

Days later, Denney changed his mind, announcing that he would co-sponsor a “cooling off” bill. He did so tepidly. ‘‘I’m still not sure it’s necessary, but in this business, perception is reality,’’ he said. 

Unfortunately, the bill came too late in the session. It died in committee without a hearing.

The next year, a similar bill was referred to committee at the beginning of the session where it sat for months before dying without a hearing.

Give Denney credit. He’s right. Perception is reality in the business of government. Idaho’s Secretary of State’s office has a long tradition of honesty and impartiality. The Gem State doesn’t need that tarnished with cronyism and malfeasance.

Idaho needs somebody with the reputation of fairness and honesty.

Idaho needs Holli Woodings for Secretary of State.

Nels Mitchell Closing the Gap!

I have some encouraging news.

10290623_1491263304418421_6490514740988298512_nPublic Policy Polling conducted a poll of 1,369 likely Idaho voters on August 24th and 25th. The poll showed that Senator Jim Risch is losing ground in his bid to retain his US Senate seat! Only 39% said that they would vote to re-elect Risch if the election were held today; 47% said that it was time for someone new.

The poll also showed that Risch’s support had eroded from earlier in the year. The current poll showed Risch’s support is down 8 percentage points since PPP polled on the race in February. Many voters are ready to vote for someone new, but unless they know more about Risch’s opponent, Nels Mitchell, they may simply vote for the familiar name on the ballot.

Who is Nels Mitchell? In the words of former Idaho governor Cecil Andrus: “Nels Mitchell is an outstanding Idahoan. He is well educated; a successful attorney; and he is a man who is willing to work! Nels is going to represent you, me and the people of Idaho. And it’s time — it’s time to make a change. Risch has not contributed, and we need to remove him.”

Governor Andrus was the kind of leader who could work well with Democrats, Independents, and Republicans to move our state and nation forward. Nels Mitchell will be that kind of leader.

This poll also showed a very high percentage of voters — more than 20 percent — have not yet made a decision. If we are to reach the thousands of undecided Idaho voters, we need people like you — people who believe change is possible — to contribute generously to Nels Mitchell’s campaign. Television is expensive. But without it, we have little chance of competing with Risch’s special interest war chest.

In some Idaho counties, voters will begin casting absentee ballots in just a few weeks. Every day matters and every dollar makes a difference.

If we can pick up the pace, we can make history in Idaho. Please join us today! (click here to contribute)


Betty Richardson
Campaign Manager
Nels Mitchell for Idaho

P.S. To learn more about Nels Mitchell, please visit our campaign website www.nelsmitchellforidaho.com, like our facebook page, and follow Nels on twitter. Thank you!



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Heidi Knittel for Senate Dist. 12 Endorsed by Idaho Education Association (IEA)

Heidi-Knittel-for-Senate-1Nampa, Idaho — Heidi Knittel, Idaho State Senate Candidate, District 12, has been endorsed by the Idaho Education Association (IEA) and Nampa Education Association (NEA). “It is an honor to be recognized by this esteemed, 120-year strong organization.” Knittel said, referring to the Education Association.

Knittel supports IEA’s vision to deliver on their promise of a great public school for every Idaho student. “Public education is the gateway to opportunity. It is vital to prepare our students to succeed in a competitive and diverse world,” Knittel said, concurring with an IEA Core Values.

Knittel understands that, in order to meet their vision, education professionals must be championed at the Legislative level. As State Senator, Knittel plans to do just that. “I will continue to advocate for educator’s rights, including restored education funding, increased teacher base salary and more opportunities for professional development.”

Heidi Knittel is 42 years old, lives and works in Nampa and has a master’s degree in psychology. She is running for Idaho State Senate District 12. Her decision to run was born out of her experience as a program director at a small, Nampa business, where she speaks on behalf of Idaho’s most vulnerable citizens.

As a mental healthcare professional for more than a decade, Heidi has been a passionate advocate in the citizen legislative process to help her clients have better futures. She has navigated Idaho’s sometimes slow-moving bureaucracies to help Idaho’s vulnerable citizens. She has participated in public meetings impacting clients, sponsored by agencies such as Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare.

Heidi is a member of the Mental Health Providers Association of Idaho (MHPAI) and the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH). She serves on the committee of Idaho KIDS COUNT.

For more information, see: http://www.knittelforsenate.org

Idaho Freedom Foundation Director Wayne Hoffman: Electing A.J. Balukoff over Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter makes sense from a conservative’s perspective

As Idaho Freedom Foundation Director Wayne Hoffman sees it, electing Balukoff over Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter makes sense from a conservative’s perspective. It may be one way to put the Republican Party on track.

For instance, Hoffman says, if a Gov. Balukoff were to push for Medicaid expansion, it would be dead on arrival in a Republican-dominated Legislature. If Otter were to propose Medicaid expansion, lawmakers would look more closely at the potential cost savings for counties. A Balukoff administration that proposes repeal of sales-tax exemptions likely would go nowhere in the Legislature. If Otter proposed the same thing, legislators could view it as a sound way to raise needed revenue. …

“Butch is vulnerable,” Hoffman said. “He won against a no-name and under-funded candidate with slightly more than 50 percent of the vote. You have to think that’s problematic.”