Michael Deeds: Village Cinema is newest theater to tap a keg

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comOctober 20, 2013 

Quick hits from the world of Treasure Valley entertainment:

BEER AND A MOVIE

Even the most unfortunate movie-going experience often can be improved by a glass of wine or beer.

OK, maybe not a Brendan Fraser film.

Village Cinema will be the latest theater to join the Treasure Valley movie kegger. The 15-screen multiplex, which opened Friday at The Village at Meridian, plans to unveil a second-floor Backstage Bistro restaurant and bar on Nov. 11. The Bistro will serve nine of the 15 screens, offering VIP seating and food and beverage service.

Boise art-house theater The Flicks has served alcohol for years. (Subtitles warrant a two-beer minimum for most American men.) Northern Lights Cinema Grill in Nampa’s Karcher Mall sells beer and wine, too.

It’s a cool perk, except for one catch. Keep reading.

NO NC-17 MOVIES!

This is ancient news, but apparently it’s worth re-reporting every few years: Idaho theaters that choose to sling brewskies basically acknowledge that they won’t show NC-17 films.

Outdated state statute prohibits businesses that serve alcohol from showing a flick with sexually related material or pretty much any view of human naughty bits.

The Hollywood Reporter even noted recently that The Flicks won’t be showing “Blue Is the Warmest Color” a French “lesbian coming-of-age drama” opening nationally Oct. 25.

“It isn’t because we’re prudes,” Flicks owner Carole Skinner told The Hollywood Reporter.

Wait — we’re not?

NO. MORE. BEATLES.

Two touring Beatles tribute bands were slated to perform in the Treasure Valley on Saturday: Imagine at the Village at Meridian, and The Fab Four at the Egyptian Theatre.

I’d like to “Let It Be.” But I’m nauseated by this obvious grab for “Money (That’s What I Want).” Why? Because it wasn’t just “Yesterday.” Beatles tributes seem to be “Here, There, and Everywhere.” It feels like “Eight Days a Week.”

No more for at least a month, OK? “Don’t Let Me Down.”

AQUARIUM LIVES ON

It felt like only a matter of time before the Idaho Aquarium’s troubled leaders walked the plank.

Co-directors Ammon Covino and Chris Conk are history. Nancy Vannorsdel is the newest interim director.

As the former president and CEO of Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, she should be able to point the ship in the right direction.

Bad press haunted the aquarium even before it finally made its debut in late 2011 at 64 N. Cole Road.

But it got worse after it opened. Covino and Conk will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to illegally transporting marine life from Florida to Idaho. Allegations of substandard animal care also recently tarnished the aquarium’s reputation.

Let’s hope that the aquarium can resurface mostly unscathed. This blue maze of exotic fish, eels and tree frogs has plenty of potential. Most important, Idaho kids love the place.

MUSIC NOTEBOOK

- Despite its long-running relationship with Warner Bros. Records, Boise-based indie-rock band Built To Spill has never been in a hurry to release albums.

That doesn’t look to be changing. Frontman Doug Martsch recently told website thefourohfive.com that he thinks the next album’s release “may be a couple of years down the road.”

Built To Spill’s last record, “There is No Enemy,” came out in 2009.

- Los Angeles-based folk-rockers Dawes are headed to the Knitting Factory on Dec. 1.

Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood will gig there Jan. 10, 2014.

- Mark your calendar for two major holiday fundraisers. Curtis Stigers’ annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza will be Dec. 21-23 at the Egyptian Theatre.

Radio station 94.9 The River’s 11th Concert for Cause will feature Tyrone Wells on Dec. 18 at the Knit.

‘THE OTHER STUDIO’

Trey McIntyre is the guest on tonight’s “The Other Studio,” which airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

McIntyre will talk about the music of Queen, which figures heavily in Trey McIntyre Project’s fall show Oct. 26; a whopping 17 Queen songs will be used.

Also on tonight’s “Other Studio” playlist: music from Patterson Hood, Nirvana, Walk the Moon and Tyrone Wells.

IN SCENE OCT. 25

- The jazz-oriented Rolling Stones Project will perform in Boise.

- A guide to Halloween events, which kick into high gear this week.

Michael Deeds’ column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He co-hosts “The Other Studio” at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds

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