Arts & Culture

The 19th Annual Seven Devils Playwrights Conference invites writers to McCall to present, discuss, develop and workshop plays in progress. The conference is open to the public and free of charge and we explore the event with the conference's executive director, Jeni Mahoney.


Idahoan Jim Jones has been there, done that. An officer in Vietnam, a multi-term attorney general and a State Supreme Court Justice. Jones is also a prolific writer and his latest work documents his in-country tour during the Vietnam War. Jones joins Idaho Matters to talk about Vietnam ... Can't Get You Out of My Mind.

Vitruvian Women Exhibit Addresses Body Image

Jun 17, 2019
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Everybody is familiar with Da Vinci's ubiquitous image of the "ideal" male physical specimen, the Vitruvian Man. Area artist Chad Estes has gathered the images of 50 women and used the images to show there is no "ideal" physical type in an effort to promote body positivity. "Vitruvian Women" is showing at the Gem Center for the Arts and we talk about the installation and promoting body positivity with Estes and Tara Price, one of the models for the exhibit.

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June 19, 1865 was the day slavery was abolished in Texas and unofficially throughout the Confederate states. This day, Juneteenth, is the day America commemorates the abolition of one of the darkest stains of our nation's history. Idaho Matters discusses the importance of this observance with state senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Idaho Black History Museum executive director Phillip Thompson.

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In 1990, an activist group called Your Family, Friends and Neighbors held a parade — it was more of a march — to help pull homosexuality from the margins of Boise life. About 175 people came to watch to group march from the Idaho Capitol to Julia Davis Park.

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Considering Matthew Shepard tells the tragic story of the senseless killing of a Wyoming college student in the form of an opera. Shepard was 21 years old when he was beaten, tied to a fencepost, set on fire and left for dead by two men who had offered him a ride. Opera Idaho presents Considering Matthew Shepard and on Thursday, Idaho Matters speaks with Dr. Michael Porter, artistic director of the Critical Mass Vocal Artists about the production at the Cathedral of the Rockies.

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By now, everyone probably understands the concept of acupuncture. But what about an acupuncture co-op? What goes on there? How big are the needles really and what does it mean to "sleep with strangers?" We find out.

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20 years ago, Cathedral of the Rockies music director Paul Aitken composed a choral piece that captures the hope and despair felt by WWI soldiers on the fields of Flanders in Belgium. This month, Aitken will travel to Flanders to conduct a performance of "Flanders Fields" and he joins Idaho Matters to talk about the importance of the piece and performing it at the site of its inspiration.


The i48 Film Festival is a competition that has filmmakers use only 48 hours to write, pre-produce, cast, shoot and edit an original short film three to six minutes long. The festival, now in its 16th year, will take place at The Flicks this Saturday and we speak with festival co-founders Andrew Ellis and Josie Pusl about what makes a great (quickly shot) short film.

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Last season we explored a handful of vape shops within a few miles of each other. This season, we upped the ante: tattoo shops within less than a mile of each other. How do they differentiate themselves? How do they compete? And let's just say this field trip permanently changed us (well, one of us), if you know what we mean. 

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The Hindu festival of Holi celebrates the defeat of the evil demon Holika. It is a celebration of love, togetherness, food and music, culminating in an explosion of color. Idaho Matters talks with Kavita Patil, Neetu Talreja and Tina Kohli about celebrations in the Treasure Valley.


The Idaho Songwriters Association helps nurture and cultivate songwriting and performance skills for Idaho musicians as well as providing a forum for performance and feedback. Idaho Matters talks with Crazy Love, singer/songwriters Heather Platts and Bruce Michael Miller.

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Ballet Sun Valley is welcoming the San Francisco Ballet to the Sun Valley Pavilion July 5 and 7. The Sun Valley company is also developing an adaptive dance program for aspiring dancers with Down syndrome, autism, Parkinson's and cerebral palsy. Idaho Matters talks with Ballet Sun Valley founder, Bob Smelick.

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival kicked off its 2019 season last week with the opening of The Taming of the ShrewThis season's program is chock-a-block with drama (Witness for the Prosecution, Julius Caesar) and music (The Music Man, Million Dollar Quartet) and on Friday's Idaho Matters, the festival's marketing director, Hannah Read Newbill, joins us to preview the program. We also meet Eric Damon Smith and Sara Griffin, cast members from The Taming of the Shrew.

College Of Idaho Alumni Earn 2019 James Beard Award

May 30, 2019
Copper & Heat

The Copper & Heat podcast looks at the restaurant industry from the perspective of the culinary worker and the gender and race issues that take place in restaurant kitchens across America. The podcast is hosted and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Katy and Ricardo Osuna. The Coeur d'Alene natives earned the 2019 James Beard Broadcast Media Award for Best Podcast and they join Thursday's Idaho Matters to talk about Copper & Heat.

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We really thought we knew what we were getting ourselves into on this one, but boy were we wrong—in a good way! Sure, you can buy condoms here, but what you'll really get is a lesson in intimate wellness. And we could all use more of that.

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Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul and Joey are Riders in the Sky, a quartet of cowboys who channel the traditions of cowpokes like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The group is performing at the Egyptian Theatre on May 30 and on Wednesday's edition, Idaho Matters meets Ranger Doug.

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This Saturday night, Surel's Place combines physical exertion with art with the artBike Tour in Garden City. The tour will visit Surel's Place resident Laura PelligrinelliHeather Wright's installation at the "Green Box," Julia BallengerKaren Woods, Linda Williams, Sue Latta and more. Idaho Matters talks with Jodi Eichelberger, director of programming at Surel's Place and May/June Artist-in-Residence, Laura Pellegrinelli, about her work collecting words and creating installations that convey messages of growth.

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Crystal King's first book, Feast of Sorrow, is a historically fictional take on the reign of Augustus Caesar through the perspective of the court chef. Her follow-up, The Chef's Secret, fast-forwards to Renaissance Italy to the Vatican kitchen where a locked strongbox left behind by a dead chef with a devastating secret leads his nephew on a journey of discovery and betrayal. King will sign copies of The Chef's Secret this evening at Rediscovered Bookshop and she joins Idaho Matters in studio to talk about her works.

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It seems Governor Brad Little has friends in high places. Not a day after telephoning country superstar Garth Brooks, the musician added a second performance in Boise.

S3: Hap Tallman

May 23, 2019
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We find our way into a shop that is frequented by bikers and rodeo queens, and specializes in leather work and hat shaping. Vocab terms to know this episode: roughy, bridal, britches, and cooler races down the hill. Oh, and LD leaves with a new pair of shoes.

The Narrative Thread: Stories of Transformation showcases story quilts made by Artisans for Hope and oral presentations from stroytellers Veronique Giwe Tongbi, Wafaa Alwan, Jenefar Paul and others. The event is being sponsored by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and Idaho Matters speaks with storyteller Malia Collins.

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What do an airport restaurant and a two-story mobile coffee shop have in common? Not much, if you don't count the quality food and original atmosphere. But we do count that kind of stuff around here, so trust us when we say these places are worth a visit.

Two Idaho filmmakers sought to make a film that bridges the divide between the way people with disabilities are portrayed in film and who they are in real life. Gregory Bayne and Doug Cole created Making Sensea film that moves actors with disabilities into starring roles. We talk with Bayne about this film and using the senses to explore the fears and triumphs that go with living with a disability.

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Boise-born Rosalie Sorrels made a name for herself on the folk singer circuit of the late 1950s. Her first major gig was at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival and she has been featured on more than 30 albums. Sorrels passed away in 2017 and today, Rosalie's son, Kevin, is crowdsourcing funds to put on The First Rosalie Sorrels Annual Memorial Festival. Kevin Sorrels joins Idaho Matters to talk about his mother's legacy and how she was influenced by Idaho, the state she called home.