Arts & Culture

Story Story Night

Story Story Night "fosters powerful connections that change lives" through live storytelling. The storytelling is presented as "slams" - as competitions between presenters. This season culminates in the "Slammer of the Year" competition this Tuesday at the Meridian Speedway. We meet the organizers of Story Story Night and learn about the connection between storytelling and auto racing.

Boise State's Visual Arts Center Rolls Out New Exhibits

Sep 14, 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University

This fall's program at Boise State University's Visual Arts Center examines the juxtaposition of images from printed instructional manuals and their real-life counterparts and the space they share. We speak with the Center's director about the 'Swimming and Diving' and 'Pulped Under Pressure' exhibits showing now through the end of October.


The Idaho State Museum closed for renovations in 2014. After a multi-million dollar investment, the museum is scheduled to open October 13 with exhibits highlighting the state's legacy and uniqueness, as well as new exhibits accentuating the heritage of Native Americans from the region. Executive Director Janet Gallimore joins Idaho Matters to talk about the upgrades and what visitors can expect to see.

Arik Grant

Arik Grant was serving a tour of duty in the early years of the Iraq War when he started sketching cartoons of life on the base and posting them in the chow hall. A decade later, Arik pulled out his comics and re-inked them in color. Today, he uses this medium to share his and his fellow soldiers' experiences at war and coming home with a wry humor influenced by M*A*S*H. 

Eric Westrom

In 1897, the U.S. Army wanted to see if bicycles might serve a practical purpose for soldiers. To test the mettle of both the bike and the rider, a trek was organized from Missoula to St. Louis. Lieutenant James Moss led a platoon of Buffalo Soldiers through the wilderness and today, Idaho filmmaker Eric Westrom captures the journey in the documentary Following the Lieutenant: Buffalo Soldiers of the Bicycle Corps.

Smithsonian Institution

Each year, millions of people around the world depend on the postal service to deliver our letters and packages to loved ones everywhere. As long as you’ve got the right amount of postage on your letter or package, the postal workers will see it to its final destination. As you’ll hear in this episode, a family living in Idaho during the early 20th century tested the limits of this reasoning, when they send a very special parcel through the Post.

Credit: LED

LED is a multi-media artistic collaborative that marries dance, music and film to create narrative performances. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Lauren Edson and Andrew Stensaas in 2015, they have performed at Treefort and venues throughout the Northwest with filmmaker Kyle Morck. LED joins Idaho Matters in studio to discuss their upcoming show at The Egyptian.

Credit: Susan Madacsi

Susan Madacsi uses her blacksmithing skills to create stunning sculptures from glass and metal. Her work can be found in homes and businesses from Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong to Canyon County, Idaho. Madacsi joins Idaho Matters to describe her creative process.

Madam Mao is a stage production that tells the story of Jiang Qing, the wife of Mao Zedong. The play has recieved rave reviews in Toronto, where it originated and the original cast is coming to perform Madam Mao at the Boise Contemporary Theater. We'll meet with the play's creator, Janet Lo. 

Treasure Valley Hospice

A group of Eagle High School filmmakers produced a documentary that places people from all walks of life, from all generations in a single, teal chair to answer one question: If you knew you had limited time, what would you do?

Tom Michael/BSPR

The 208 Comedy Fest returns to Boise this week with a massive number of performers scheduled to yuk it up at multiple venues from Thursday through Sunday. We'll meet with festival organizers who will tell us what's so funny about Boise.

Willis Hall/Facebook

You hear our theme music on Boise State Public Radio several times a day. It's been stuck in our heads since April. On Wednesday's program, we meet Will Hall, the man who composed the Idaho Matters theme.

The Campfire Theatre Festival is a three-day event "created by theatre makers, for theatre makers." Scheduled events include readings, actor, writer and stagecraft workshops and multiple performances. Festival organizers join Idaho Matters in studio to talk about the events.

This interview was originally broadcast Monday, June 11, 2018.

As we try to squeeze the last bit of summer out of the season, City Center Wines sommelier Joseph DiGrigoli joins us to talk about the best wines to pair with BBQ or that freshly-caught trout and which Idaho wines make the best party cocktails.


Meridian Art Week begins this Tuesday and it will draw the community together for a celebration of art, film and theater. Idaho Matters speaks with Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd and City Commissions & Committees Specialist Hillary Blackstone about the week's events.

Facebook/Boise Philharmonic

The Boise Philharmonic announced the program for the upcoming season, and it is bold.

Rawhide Braider Masters Idaho Cowboy Art

Aug 30, 2018

Most of the things we use everyday aren't built to last. But that's not the case for the cowboy gear Jeff Minor makes. He sources raw materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Laurel MacDonald

The Idaho Commission on the Arts awarded a grant to Jack's Urban Meeting Place and WingTip Press to produce a Dia de Muertos event that combines printing with construction equipment.

BSPR / Universal Pictures / Toronto International Film Festival / Warner Bros.

Boise Weekly film critic (and Boise State Public Radio announcer) George Prentice joins Idaho Matters to preview his annual pilgrimage to the Toronto International Film Festival, discuss the impact of net streaming on the film industry and what we can expect at the box office in the coming year.

Hot Air Balloons Fill The Idaho Skies At Ann Morrison Park

Aug 28, 2018
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic celebrates nearly 30 years of festive ballooning and family activities. More than 40 balloons will lift off from Ann Morrison Park beginning on Wednesday and Idaho Matters speaks with the event's founder about the allure of these lighter-than-air behemoths and what goes into learning to pilot one.

Luke Martin

Cartoonist Luke Martin made a name for himself by drawing comics about life in Chicago and later of his experiences as an American living in South Korea. The Illinois native recently moved to Meridian and he is chronicling his experiences as a new Idahoan in his comic strip "I'm New Here."

Peter Lovera

After several years of holding steady at $50, the price of Treefort Music Fest ‘early bird’ tickets has increased to $75.

The Cabin Publishes An Anthology of Idaho Writers

Aug 22, 2018

Song: Writers in the Attic is an anthology of prose and poetry compiled by The Cabin, a center for Idaho readers and writers in Boise.


Beginning late next year, one of Idaho’s most iconic landscapes will be memorialized on the back of a U.S. quarter in November 2019. It will depict the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.

Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho’s holiday tradition of “The Nutcracker” could soon get a makeover with help from major donors and grants.