Arts & Culture

© James Castle Collection and Archive

Idaho’s most famous artist, James Castle, was born profoundly deaf in Garden Valley at the end of the nineteenth century. The self-taught artist spent his life around Boise drawing and creating. His talents garnered a few local exhibits in his twilight years, but the wider art world has only taken serious notice the so-called “outsider artist” in the last two decades. This new consideration has led to a fresh understanding of his work and revealed new depth in it.


The Sun Valley Film Festival begins on Wednesday with industry luminaries like David Crosby, Meg Ryan, Fisher Stevens and Idaho native Aaron Paul in attendance. Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice will also attend the festival and he joins Idaho Matters for a preview.

Sun Valley Film Festival

Ask someone to start listing their favorite movies and it won't be too long before you begin naming films starring Meg Ryan: Courage Under Fire, Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, When a Man Loves a Woman, You've Got Mail—the list goes on.

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Surel's Place artist-in-residence Matthew Gray Palmer is committed to creating 100 drawings and 30 paintings during his 3+ week stay in Boise. Palmer joins Idaho Matters to explain why he is doing this and the message behind his exhibition, Alluviam: Sifting in the Sandbox of Self.

Olivia Weitz

Olivia Weitz joins us to present the final installment of Expressive Idaho ​as she takes us to Idaho's Buckaroo Country to learn the art of saddle making.


We check in with Storyfort's Christian Winn for a rundown of this year's Storyfort schedule and talk with the Boise State Public Radio voices that are participating.


Paula Vogel's Indecent examines the controversy surrounding a 1923 Broadway play that scandalized New York with a tale of a Jewish brothel owner. Idaho Matters speaks with Buffie Main of Alley Repertory Theater about censorship, sex and religion.


Treefort keeps growing and programming for kids and families is the next Fort-frontier. Idaho Matters speaks about booking all-age shows and events for kids with Nathan Walker of the Boise All-Ages Movement project and Briana Moore of Treefort.

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Alisha Donahue and Jynx Jenkins are Lady Bizness - a comedy duo that pokes fun at both the most routine and ridiculous aspects of everyday life. They perform at Liquid Lounge this month and they join us in studio to talk about what is so damn funny about Boise.

The Boise City Council voted to move a downtown literary venue to make way for a new library along Capitol Boulevard in the heart of the city.


Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice joins Idaho Matters to talk about Green Book, Black Panther, Roma and all of the winners at the 91st Academy Awards.

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.

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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.

Robert Trachtenberg

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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