Arts & Culture

Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice stops by to preview the 91st Academy Awards, airing this Sunday.


Star Belly teaches the ancient art of belly dancing and we find out how she's making the dance accessible to all.

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Peggy Goldwyn's family name is ubiquitous with Hollywood royalty, but the Ketchum resident's passion is working with a UN agency that provides solutions for problems faced by women and children around the world. The Family of Woman Film Festival helps educate Americans to these issues and raise funds for the UN agency. We talk with Goldwyn about her role in both the film festival and the Friends of UNFPA.

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Dr. Brian Hodges has played cello around the world and currently works at Boise State as an instructor. Hodges is also the author of Cello Secrets: Over 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Cellist in which he outlines performance techniques to set the experienced cellist apart from the crowd.


Treefort has rolled out their 2019 schedule and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we'll look at the Yogafort and Hackfort events.

Olivia Weitz

Olivia Weitz joins Idaho Matters to share the latest installment of Expressive Idaho. This month, Weitz visits a master of traditional Iranian drumming.

Moscow native Samuel Hunter has been incorporating intimate Idaho settings into his plays for nearly a decade. His work has been produced Off-Broadway and he's been the recipient of multiple theater awards and a MacArthur Genius Grant. His latest works are a pair of plays with intertwining plot lines that imagine the lives of the descendants of Lewis and Clark. The performances begin this week and are being produced by the Boise Contemporary Theater. Hunter joins Idaho Matters with the company's founding artistic director, Matthew Cameron Clark.


The Rotary Club of Boise will be spilling suds at the Firkin Frolic Beer Fest next Thursday on the Basque Block. The event will feature small-cask firkin beer as well as an assortment of other local brews and chews. We check in with the Rotary to talk about this Boise tradition.

Peter Lovera / Treefort Music Fest

Boise’s Treefort Music Fest has released their third and final artist announcement for this year’s event. Click here to see the whole list of 432 bands set to play the March festival.



Feb 5, 2019

'The Menstrual Show' Seeks To De-Stigmatize Periods

Feb 5, 2019
Will Eichelberger

Holistic health practitioner Samantha Zipporah and burlesque bon vivant Frankly Frankie have teamed up to create Va-Jay-Jay Day in Boise, celebrating the female anatomy. We talk with Zipporah and Frankly about empowerment, health and hygiene and a variety show that removes the stigma attached to menstruation.

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho begins 2019 with re(Define) - a performance combining classical ballet with contemporary dance and music. We meet with the company's artistic director and a solo dancer.

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Rita Wilson has starred in movies, on television and on the Broadway stage. She's also the executive producer of the movies Mama Mia! and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Plus, she's a singer/songwriter. Her lastest album is "Bigger Picture" and on Saturday, Feb. 16, she'll perform at the new Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum.

Middle Eastern Folk Drums Echo In Idaho

Jan 30, 2019
Olivia Weitz / Boise State Public Radio

The daf drum is one of the oldest instruments in the Middle East. In Iran, the instrument has traditionally been used in Islamic prayer rituals. About 40 years ago, musicians started playing this drum in more contemporary settings. Jan Porvas, who is from Iran, plays it in Idaho.

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Andrew Coussens went to work as a private military contractor in Afghanistan, Iraq and various classified locations. He found the work created incredible strains on his family. Coussens parlayed his experience into the novel, "A Failed State." He joins Idaho Matters to talk about his book and the challenges faced by private military contractors after they come home.

Worley, Idaho Chosen For 2019 Nudist Convention

Jan 28, 2019

The American Association for Nude Recreation boasts a membership of more than 200,000 and this August they will hold their annual convention in Worley, Idaho. We talk to event organizers about the attraction to this lifestyle and why they chose Worley.


Boise journalist Steve Bertel wrote a crime drama that takes place in the high desert. Bertel joins Idaho Matters to talk about transitioning from news writing to fiction writing.


The McCall Winter Carnival begins today and Idaho Matterslooks at the events, food and snow sculptures.

Boise State University

The short and chilly days of winter are an ideal time to curl up with a book or take in a film. Over three weeks (Jan. 24 - Feb. 8), the French Department at Boise State University is partnering with the French government to present a series of films highlighting Gallic culture and shining a spotlight on diversity for Black History Month.

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The 2019 Oscar nominees were announced early Tuesday morning and Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice joins Idaho Matters to talk about what to expect.


Boiseans are gearing up for 2019 TreeFort and this year's line-up reaches back to 90's alternative rockers and forward to budding musicians. We go through the schedules for FoodFort, HackFort, AleFort and all of the other Forts.

Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Collection / Boise State University

Todd Shallat, a Boise State professor emeritus of history and urban studies, has put together a workshop examining all that is Gothic in the City of Trees. Shallat joins Idaho Matters to discuss Boise's seamy underbelly.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone is one of the panelists on the NPR weekend show, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me. She performs in Boise on Thursday, January 17 with her two-hour stand-up routine at the Egyptian Theater.

The Cabin Presents Author Tayari Jones

Jan 16, 2019 Subin

Author Tayari Jones exploded onto the contemporary literary scene in 2002 with Leaving Atlanta, fiction set against that city in the 70's and 80's. Her subsequent works also drew from her background as a native Atlantan and Jones' books won multiple awards and attracted the attention of Oprah Winfrey and President Obama. Jones is in Boise as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series and she joins Idaho Mattersto talk about her writings.


The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is presenting a bicycle-themed film festival at The Egyptian Theatre on Friday. Idaho Matters speaks with the Alliance about the juxtaposition of film and bikes and we re-visit a filmmaker who documented a groundbreaking military experiment involving commandos on bikes.