Arts & Culture

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

We packed a cooler and the spouses and we finally did it—we got outta town! After talking about it forever, we spent a Saturday hot springin' in Lowman and beer sippin' in Idaho City. Join us for our first YKTP road trip, won't ya?

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Peter Lovera / Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest is coming back for its eighth year. The multi-genre festival has announced its first round of musicians, which signals an increase in ticket prices.


Saint Alphonsus

Saint Alphonsus' Festival of Trees is a 35-year tradition that invites the public to see a magnificent display of Christmas trees and holiday revelry at the Boise Center. The event welcomes the holiday season to Boise while raising funds for healthcare in the Treasure Valley.

Boise Weekly Holds A Very Short Fiction Contest

Nov 12, 2018
Boise Weekly

Boise Weekly's 17th Annual Fiction 101 contest enourages writers throughout the Treasure Valley to submit works of fiction that are exactly 101 words. We'll talk with the BW about the contest and meet last year's winner.

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho’s new leadership will debut fresh work this weekend.


Debi Lane had spent time living on the streets of Salt Lake City before she came up with a unique business plan. She designed a body waxing studio and franchised the license to investors across the country. Today, LunchboxWax is one of the top franchise opportunities in the country and we meet Lane and the first franchisee of the company.

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

What's our excuse for not yet exploring a neighborhood pub? Truth is, we don't have one. And we're sorry. To make up for it, we asked YOU where we should go and as usual, you didn't disappoint. Thanks to everyone who gave us suggestions—we ended up going to the one that got the most recommendations: LDG.

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Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Luma Jasim resettled in Boise in 2008 with her family, five years after the U.S. invaded Iraq.


Wassmuth Center

The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights erected "The Spiral of Injustice," a sculpture to not just remind people of the inhumanity of the Holocaust, but to remember to love and value one another to avert another tragedy. We'll discuss the emotions this sculpture is stirring in the community.


Judith Stein has performed for nearly 50 years as a burlesque dancer, nicknamed "The Grand Beaver of Burlesque." She returns to Boise to perform "The Art of the Connection" at The Frankly Studio. Stein joins Idaho Matters to talk about a career in this lost art.

Courtesy Boise State

Idaho native William von Tagen is a filmmaker and actor who’s worked on movies here in the U.S. and in Germany. A graduate of Boise High School, von Tagen knew a career in cinema was what he wanted to pursue after doing a school project for a German language class.

The James Castle Primer looks at the life of the reclusive Idaho artist and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we speak with the managing partner of the James Castle Collection and Archive about the book.

Winter Wildlands Alliance

The Winter Wildlands Alliance puts on an annual film festival that focuses cameras on winter recreation in the American West. Idaho Matters visits the Backcountry Film Festival with its organizer and discusses the role of winter sports in the Western culture and economy. 

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

Is there something out there (in the great, wide world) you've forever been curious to try, mainly because you think you'd be good at it? That was our experience at Boise Fencing Club. And *spoiler alert* — LD wasn't that good.

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PRX/Hans Anderson

PRX producer Hans Anderson shares this creepy tale from his explorations of a new home.

When things go bump in the Idaho night, Big River Paranormal is there to investigate. We'll meet these real-life ghost hunters and find out which parts of the state are most infested with the spirits of the departed.

Idaho State University / Spokane Public Radio

IPTV's Idaho Experience looks at the life of frontier poet Annie Pike Greenwood and some of the forgotten documentation that helps shed new light on her experiences on an Idaho farm. We speak with Idaho Public Television about the latest installment in the series.

Cocktails For Autumn

Oct 26, 2018

The changing of the seasons means the changing of the liquor cabinet and we look at cooler weather cocktails.

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

The first rule of nudism: Nobody wants to sit in your butt juice. Why are we talking about nudism? Join LD and Joel as they make a road trip just 30 minutes outside of Boise to the side of a mountain populated by great people, plenty of laughs, and oh yeah—no clothing.

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Starry Story Night puts together seven storytellers for a night of chamber music and narrative entertainment. We talk to the event's organizers about what to expect.


Boom Tic Boom is a cinematic jazz ensemble led by drummer Allison Miller. She has been heard on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert and NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers and she brings Boom Tic Boom to Surel's Place Tuesday evening as part of the outfit's 10th anniversary tour. Miller joins Idaho Matters to talk about following the footsteps of band-leading drummers like Gene Krupa, Shelia E and Buddy Rich.

Boise Contemporary Theater

A dead neighborhood dog, a man with a paper heart and stranded astronauts are just some of the fare on Boise Contemporary Theater's 2018/19 menu. Idaho Matters talks with BCT about some of the thought-provoking material on tap for this year, including a fish-out-of-water story about a New Yorker in Idaho.

q commons

Q Commons is a "two-hour live event that will educate Christians on how they can bring hope and leadership to their communities in a critical moment for America." Idaho Matters talks with the organizers of the event.

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

A shop that sells Legos has to do more than just sell Legos, right? Tag along as Joel and LD explore a toy shop in a space that used to be a bank. And in case you were wondering: The tube at the drive-up teller window doesn't shoot down Legos—at least not yet.

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