Deeds: Edwards offers you a rose, lover (and a $2 wiener)

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comFebruary 14, 2014 

For more than a decade, Edwards Cinemas at the Boise Spectrum was the Treasure Valley’s undisputed movie-theater beauty queen.

Then younger, glamorous Village Cinema threw down the gauntlet. The Village at Meridian’s newcomer undercut Edwards’ adult ticket price by 50 cents — kids and seniors by a buck! Ratcheting up pressure, Village Cinema added a $5 Tuesdays promotion a few weeks ago.

Enough already.

With 57 screens at four locations — including Imax — Edwards multiplexes are still the 1,000-pound gorilla in this market. Edwards at the Spectrum just countered with its own $5 tickets on Tuesdays, along with $2 hot dogs and $3 nachos.

Wooing us, Edwards will even hand out free roses on Valentine’s Day. A free small popcorn will come with every ticket bought at the box office through Feb. 20. (For complete details, see the Edwards advertisement in today's print edition of the Statesman. Already a subscriber? Click here to activate your unlimited access to our website, including the e-edition.)

How do you top roses, Village Cinema? A floral arrangement? (Pssst. Here’s something Edwards can’t match: Free beer. Do it! Do it!)

EIGHTH & MAIN MUSIC

After poking fun at Saturday’s coming Eighth & Main celebration (mostly headliner the Goo Goo Dolls), it’s time to give credit where it’s due. Taken as a whole, the music lineup — Goo Goos, Ra Ra Riot and Allen Stone — offers a commendable dose of diversity. And. It’s. Free.

Goo Goo Dolls will perform their radio staples. As they should. Love ’em or leave ’em, “Name” and “Iris” are songs you know if you survived the ’90s. There’s an innate pleasure in familiarity, particularly in a festive crowd setting. So just roll with the hits, curmudgeons. (I tell myself.)

Blue-eyed soul hippie Stone draws comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. It’s not hyperbole. The dude can sing. His single, “Sleep,” gets spun occasionally on 94.9 FM The River in Boise.

Ra Ra Riot adds street cred. The Syracuse, N.Y.-based indie-rockers opened for Death Cab For Cutie at a sold-out Morrison Center in ’09. That said, it almost feels like Ra Ra Riot is showing up a month early. This band would have been one of the more recognizable names at Treefort Music Fest.

Click here for a full guide to the Eighth & Main party.

FORT OF TREES

Treefort Music Fest unveiled its full lineup this week at Treefortmusicfest.com. If you were expecting a last-minute, massive-headliner-style announcement, you can stop now. Mount Eerie, The Budos Band and Rubblebucket were among the groups highlighted in this final revelation.

Veteran Boise rock act Built To Spill arguably is the best-known performer at the third annual Treefort. Not that a lack of household names hurt this “emerging acts” festival in 2012 or 2013. Last year’s Sunday main-stage headliner, Animal Collective, wound up canceling anyway. And last year’s Friday headliner, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, isn’t the sort of group that you can expect every year. Multigeneration-pleasing artists don’t grow on trees — even at Treefort.

Instead, this year is an abyss-deep well of potential. We’re talking 340-plus acts. An impressed out-of-state booking agent told me this week that he thinks Treefort 2014 offers “a fantastic tastemaker list.”

To make the most of this year’s festival March 20-23 in Downtown Boise, you’ll have to work and discover bands. That can be a deeply gratifying process.

STIGERS SOIREE

Singer-songwriter fans will be hard-pressed to find a more seductive evening next month than “Songwriters in the Round” March 14 at Cinder Winery & Tasting Room in Garden City.

The lineup: Boise’s Curtis Stigers, Bill Coffey and Phil Roy, and Los Angeles’ David Poe.

Roy, who relocated from the East Coast to Idaho recently, had his songs covered by Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Widespread Panic and Wyclef Jean, among others. Poe, who never gigs in Boise, wrote “Everyone Loves Lovers,” my favorite song on my favorite Stigers album, 2012’s “Let’s Go Out Tonight.” He’s opened for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Tori Amos. Tickets (going fast): curtisstigers.com.

FREE IS GOOD

I’ll be giving away tickets to lots of Knitting Factory and Revolution Center concerts on my “Words & Deeds” blog in the coming weeks: Jared & The Mill, 12th Planet, T. Mills, Pegboard Nerds, The Ataris, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Moonshine Bandits and The Lacs, ZZ Ward, Craig Morgan, Ellie Goulding and Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Watch my blog or Twitter feed to win a pair.

Michael Deeds’ column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life (but not this Sunday). He co-hosts “The Other Studio” at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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