Arts & Culture

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Fall has a lot of symbolic events, from the changing leaves to pumpkin carving to autumn arangements. The gourd is often seen in some autumn arrangements, but these fruits are used for much more. Ron Swank of the Idaho Gourd Society joins Idaho Matters and carves a thunder gourd live in studio, which is named after the sound it creates. Check out the time-lapse of the gourd carving below.

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As Halloween approaches, the Idaho Horror Film Festival hopes to get folks in a spooky mood at the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise. The multi-day event aims to bring in horror fans of all ages, with 50 short films, workshops for filmmakers and more. We talk with the executive director of the film festival, now in its sixth year.

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The Velma V. Morrison Center has become a cultural icon for Boise and Idaho for decades. The performing arts venue welcomes Laura Kendall as their new executive director as their season kicks off. She joins Idaho Matters to talk about her ambitions for the Morrison Center, 35 years after the venue opened its doors.

S4: Dive Magic

Oct 17, 2019
Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

The ocean is over 500 miles away from Boise, Idaho (yes, we Googled that), which is why we had to stop into this local scuba shop to figure out who the heck is doing all the diving around here. And if you take away just one thing from this episode, let it be this: it's fins, not flippers.

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Welcome To Night Vale is one of the most downloaded podcasts in the world. Set in a desert town where paranormal activity is every day, the podcast takes the form of a community radio station with broadcasts that highlight the strange and mysterious things happening there. With more than 100 episodes, the show’s cult status has been well cemented since starting in 2012. Co-creator and former Boisean Jeffrey Cranor joins Idaho Matters to talk about their upcoming live show in Boise.

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Refugee Restaurant Week is an annual event in the Treasure Valley. It pairs refugee chefs with restaurants in Boise, Caldwell and Eagle, bringing the flavors of Ethiopia, Syria, Iraq and Somalia to tables across the valley. We talk with the Idaho Office for Refugees about the event, which runs through October 13.


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Way out in the middle of the desert (okay, not way out, but Kuna) are the Boise Wild Horse Corrals. Maybe you've driven by or seen signs, but what actually goes on there? Who's trying to adopt wild horses? And can LD really keep a baby horse in her backyard? 

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Thirteen films will be on display this Friday at the Egyptian Theater as part of the Telluride Film Festival, showcasing adventure and outdoor documentaries. Put on by the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, revenue from the night will support a wilderness ranger intern program. A coordinator of the events join Idaho Matters to preview the film fest. 

To celebrate 100 years since women got the vote, the Idaho State Museum in Boise is building a new exhibit focused on trailblazing women. They plan to open the exhibit in summer 2020, and are looking for artifacts from the community in the next several months. Idaho Matters talks to a museum official about how everyday Idahoans can contribute to this exhibit.


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Is it possible to support your family as a single parent while working minimum wage jobs? Author Stephanie Land wrote about her experiences in her book New York Times Bestselling book "MAID." She'll give a talk at Boise State University Oct. 11. To get tickets to this free event, call 208-426-5600.  

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Death Rattle Writer's Festival is kicking off their 6th event in as many years, taking over many Nampa, venues. The festival looks to support under-represented groups and inspire all with the literature and poetry shared at the event. Death Rattle founders join Idaho Matters to talk about this year's event.

Alley Repertory Theater is preparing to enter their 12th season of productions with performances of "Bernhardt/Hamlet," "La Cage Aux Folles" and "A Funny Thing Happened." Idaho Matters speaks to the director and lead actress of "Bernhardt/Hamlet" about the upcoming performances.

S4: Main Auction

Oct 3, 2019
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If you're a fan of garage sales, then you could definitely get down with the action at Main Auction. So come along on a Saturday morning adventure as Joel and LD pick their way through pool ladders & instapots to place their very first bid, all the while debating the following: Are we or are we not in a post-eBay era?

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Dan Ansotegui was raised around Basque music, food and dance. He's been playing the button accordian in different musical groups for decades and was recently awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He joins Idaho Matters to discuss his cultural heritage and the thrill of winning his award.

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The Idaho Falls Museum re-opened this Saturday, with a new space nearly double the size of the original venue. Idaho Matters takes an in-depth look at the new remodel of this attraction aimed at educating more people on the history of the Gem State.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is known for its devout followers, with many raised within the church remaining actively religious. Comedian Krystal Moore never fully felt like part of this community, but now draws on her experience to connect and bond with other former members of the church.

S4: Death Cafe

Sep 26, 2019
Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

Welcome to Season 4, friends! You're probably looking at this episode title, scratching your head and thinking, "A cafe that serves ... huh?" No, it's not a literal cafe (no clinking coffee cups). It's a group of people who meet in intimate settings to have the kinds of conversations we should probably all be having more often.

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Wednesday, Sept. 25 is the third and final night of the 12th annual Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival in Boise. More than 1,000 high school and junior high students from across the state gather over these three days to showcase their a cappella, four-part harmony skills.


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Antsy toddlers and fussy babies are not typically accepted in live theater. Theater-goers expect an attentive, quiet audience. But Company of Fools, a Wood River Valley theater company, is challenging that expectation.


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Idaho Native Cecilia Violetta Lopez has been named one of 25 rising stars by Opera News, and now returns to her home state for a two-night performance of Manon. She joins Idaho Matters live to chat about her career and the impact of growing up in the Gem State.

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What do you do if you want to take your baby or young child to the theater? Oftentimes, there is no opportunity to expose young children to theater without fearing the need to get up and change a diaper or walk around with an antsy toddler. In partnership with St. Luke's, theater group Company of Fools in the Wood River Valley looks to solve this problem with their "Parent and Baby Night." Idaho Matters learns more about the impact of this opportunity.

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Boise has designated the Central Addition neighborhood as the city’s first LIV district, an area “that inspires and engages address sustainability and develop a balanced approach to life, work, and play.” However, this part of Boise has been the location of many historic homes from as early as the 1890s. Idaho Matters talks to preservationists about the impact of these old homes during an upcoming tour of some of the houses. 

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What do storytelling and railroads have in common? Story Story Night is celebrating their annual "Slammer of the Year" competition next week, with the theme of "runaway trains" to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Fittingly, the event will take place in the Boise Depot. Listen to Idaho Matters to hear more about this unique event.

This interview originally aired April 29, 2019. 

The James Castle House in Boise and his studios in New York and Florida have been accepted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation into the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program. We find out the importance of this designation with Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager with the James Castle House and Kristen Hill, Cultural Sites Program Coordinator with the City of Boise.


This segment aired May 29, 2019.

Indulge Boise leads diners on a culinary tour of Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Sun Valley and McCall. From charcuterie to desserts, wines, beer and cocktails, we look at all the vittles the Treasure and Wood River Valleys have to offer with Indulge Boise owner Angela Taylor.

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