Arts & Culture

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.

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.

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.

NYC-based musician Chuck Palmer has a talent for taking a step back to just listen to what’s going on around him. From the beats of street noise to the hum of the natural world, he works with "found sound" in his music. The musician was recently profiled by Boise State Public Radio News. Palmer is teaching a listening workshop at Surel’s Place in Garden City, where he has been an artist-in-residence.

The 84th Caldwell Night Rodeo began on Tuesday and runs through Saturday. We check in with the events and festivities.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

In today’s frenetic world, sometimes it’s hard to step back and just listen to what’s going on around you. From the beats of street noise to the hum of the natural world, it takes a certain kind of ear to hear music in everyday sounds.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Last summer, St. Luke’s Health System relocated a 100-foot-tall Sequoia tree from their campus in downtown Boise. This summer, they’re moving several historic houses.

Credit: Dan Everhart


One Boise house faces possible demolition. Can the city change its future? And is a house safe if it's part of a National Register Historic District?

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Downtown Boise’s arts district is getting its own art installation. An intersection near the homes of Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho is set to get a makeover.

PapJeff / Flickr

Producer Guy Hand jet boats into Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness with a team searching for remote and abandoned pioneer-era apple orchards. Then he goes in search of the pawpaw. The pawpaw is America's largest native fruit. Once loved by George Washington, it's now nearly forgotten and survives today largely thanks to backyard gardeners. Producer Guy Hand visits one of those gardeners.