The people have spoken. The 25th anniversary edition of Best of Treasure Valley has hit the streets.
The Idaho Statesman's annual readers poll has crowned winners and honorable mentions in 62 local categories, ranging from Best Brewery and Best Steakhouse to Best New Business and Best Community Event. (Congratulations to Payette Brewing Co., Chandlers, Whole Foods, Art in the Park - and all the other top dogs.)
Check out the 40-page special section inside today's (June 14) Statesman. Or go online to IdahoStatesman.com/BOTV and exchange verbal blows about Best Pizza with the other commenters.
Although I poked fun at the idea on page 2 of the Best of Treasure Valley section, video stores do actually still exist. Very-aptly named Video Memories, 4504 Overland Road in Boise, celebrated 30 years in business this week.
It opened June 12, 1983.
"One of the oldest video stores in the U.S.," owner Jerry Anderson says. "There may be a couple older."
Makes you want to go rent something there, doesn't it? Maybe it's like the resurgence of vinyl at the Record Exchange, and they'll have a massive LaserDisc section soon.
The annual Hyde Park Street Fair looks like it's going to get some competition this year - from within Hyde Park.
A separate, still-unnamed festival will close down 13th Street between Brumback and Alturus during the Street Fair - Sept. 13-15 - with its own stage and vendors.
Organizer Mike Morrison, co-owner of 13th Street Pub & Grill, says he already took care of red tape for the street closure.
"And I've already got the ball rolling with sponsors," he adds.
Morrison is hoping for a working relationship with the Hyde Park Street Fair, he says. He's also in early discussions with Treefort Music Fest folks about handling bands.
When the freaky dancing at Alive After Five finally start giving you the willies, mix things up this summer and check out Thursday Thunder.
It's definitely an Alive After Five wannabe: a free concert in a plaza with a fountain. But it's smaller. It draws a different crowd. Local bands headline. Tables and chairs are set up by organizers, making it more laid back. People spend their time enjoying the band, rather than talking or standing in lines. Raffles are held for movie tickets, gift certificates, etc.
It's from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Boise Spectrum (except on July 4). Disco cover band $oul Purpo$e kicks things off June 20. The series finishes Aug. 29.
Just when things start feeling stale, a new run of concert announcements arrives. All these shows go on sale June 14.
Talk about variety:
Kenny Loggins and the Blue Sky Riders: July 16, Revolution Center.
MGMT: 8 p.m. Sept. 4, Knitting Factory.
An Evening with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos: Sept. 14, Egyptian Theatre. (He's the crackpot from the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" series.)
Neko Case: Sept. 17, Knitting Factory.
Michael Franti and Spearhead: Oct. 6, Revolution Center.
Speaking of concert tickets, I'm giving a pair away on my blog to the Barenaked Ladies show June 28 at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Soon-to-come giveaways will include Garrison Keillor and Widespread Panic at the Botanical Garden, July 9 and 10, respectively.
Brewforia, 78 Eagle River St. in Eagle, just kicked off "The Sunday Sessions," which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays on the patio through Sept. 29 (except Aug. 25).
The idea is to have local musicians perform and explore songwriting, attracting amateurs who hope to collaborate and learn more about how songs are crafted. (Oh, and to offer food and beer specials. Brewskies are as cheap as $1.)
"I don't think enough people understand how songs are made," Brewforia owner Rick Boyd says, "so we're trying to give them a glimpse of that process while having a beer outside."
Eyeball Brewforia's Facebook page for more information.