Arts & Culture

Matthew Murphy

A newly conceived production of Les Miserables, the world's longest-running musical, is currently touring North America and will perform eight shows at the Morrison Center in Boise, beginning Tuesday, July 30 and continuing through Sunday, August 4.

Peter Oberlindacher



Friday is the start of the annual San Inacio festival in downtown Boise. The event is named after Saint Ignatious of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. The free three-day event runs through Sunday, and as always there will be lots of dancing, food and live music. 


If you visit the Basque Block to check out the festivities this weekend, you might want to consider stopping into the Basque Museum where a recently opened exhibit is on display. Patty Miller is the curator of the exhibit, called "Inner Strength: Portraits of Basque Women." She's also the director of the Basque Community History Project. 

Idaho Experience

Producer Marcia Franklin joins us to talk about a new documentary that offers a different perspective. “Out of the Shadows” tells the stories of two women – Jane Gay and Benedicte Wrensted - and the photos they took of Native Americans in Idaho. Interviews with Nez Perce and Shoshone-Bannock tribe members take viewers back to the turn of the 20th century and introduce a new wave of indigenous photographers.

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In 1992, a young girl named Liyah Babayan found herself in a strange and new place: Twin Falls, Idaho. She and her family were Armenian refugees, who were resettled by the College of Southern Idaho. 

Fast-forward to today, and Liyah is a business owner in downtown Twin Falls, the mother of two children and an advocate for children who have experienced war around the world. 

Now, she can add author to her resume. Her new memoir called "Liminal" chronicles her life in Ajerbaijan, then Armenia and then in Idaho as a refugee. Idaho Matters sat down to talk with her about her new book, which is on shelves at Rediscovered Bookshop in downtown Boise and online.


It’s called America’s first extreme sport. It’s certainly old … and extreme. Each summer on the Fort Hall Reservation in southeastern Idaho, Shoshone Bannock tribal members gear up for Indian relay. KUER's Mountain West News Bureau reporter Nate Hegyi attended the event early this month with photojournalist Russel Daniels.  

Molly Wampler, Boise State Public Radio

Construction is about to begin on the latest project from Boise’s urban renewal agency – Capital City Development Corporation – to make downtown more pedestrian friendly.


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Every two years, the City of Boise dubs a new Cultural Ambassador for an organization or program that elevates Boise’s arts and cultural scene. Now, the city has given the honor to MING Studios, an international art center and residency program in downtown Boise. We learn more about the Cultural Ambassador award – which comes with a cash grant – and MING’s accomplishments to earn them the designation. 

Devri Walls

Comic Con is a multi-day event that will bring thousands of fans to San Diego this week. To be asked to be a speaker is a high honor and this year Treasure Valley author Devri Walls has been asked to talk about how she creates fantastic villains in her books. Idaho Matters talks to Devri about Comic Con and about how her fantasy book characters deal with real-life problems.

At over $1 million, the prize money for Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is the most it's ever been. But that's not enough to stop the country's top tie-down ropers and steer wrestlers from boycotting America's largest outdoor rodeo.

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Lions and tigers and ... warthogs? This summer you can expect to see some new friendly — and frightening — faces at the zoo.


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Summer means time for fresh berries, from blackberries to strawberries and everything in between. Every August, the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Central Idaho holds its annual Raspberry Festival. In this episode of Edible Idaho, correspondent Guy Hand meets Sister Wilma, then 91, still working in the Monastery's raspberry patch. 

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Western Display Fireworks will produce no fewer than 200 fireworks extravaganzas throughout the Northwest on the Fourth of July — that will include the City of Boise's big display in Ann Morrison Park.

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On the first Friday of every month, Boise State holds an event for astronomy lovers, inviting the public to stargaze and perhaps learn something new. This month's guest speaker Maki Jackson, from the Japanese-American Citizens League, will host the event discussing the astronomy and legend of Tanabata: The Star Festival.

Tess Goodwin, Boise State Public Radio

For pyromaniacs and patriots alike, fireworks on the Fourth of July are a long-standing tradition. For some families, though, it’s also about some extra income.


Boys Of Boise Film

Jun 27, 2019
Seth Randal

In the mid-1950s, investigators arrested three men on charges of having sex with teenage boys. Further, they claimed it was part of a child sex ring. There was no such ring, but it led to an episode in Boise history that some considered to be a witch hunt. We speak with Alan Virta, retired archivist at Boise State University, and Seth Randal, director of the film, The Fall of ’55.

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The Foote Park Center opens with a focus on the early pioneers of the Treasure Valley. Mary Hallock Foote and Arthur DeWint Foote came to Boise in the late 19th century to create farms across the valley. Mary Ann Arnold and Janet Worthington join the program to talk about the history of this public space.

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For the last hoorah of Season 3, we invite some friends to join us on a trip to Melba to explore a place that specializes in the #perfectlyquirky. Content warning: this episodes contains mentions of peacocks, mannequins, Albert Einstein and sounds of a real life pump organ.


On Saturday, the 5th Annual Bosnian and Herzegovinian Heritage Day will be held at Kleiner Park in Meridian. Idaho Matters talks about the history and traditions of the region's Bosnian and Herzegovinian communities. George Prentice visits with Maya Duratovic and Patty Miller from the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise on the role of the city's Basques in helping these European communities settle in Idaho.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents Meredith Willson's The Music Man, the enduring tale of a con-man who brings hope to River City. George Prentice speaks with the production's director, Victoria Bussert, and cast members about this family favorite.

Author Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle, on Hoodoo Mountain. Her experiences color the landscape of her International DUBLIN Literary Award-winning novel, IdahoRuskovich is currently on the creative writing faculty at Boise State University and she joins Idaho Matters to talk about accepting the prestigious award.

story story night

Story Story Night began in 2010 as a private, story-telling soiree of presenters from Boise's literary and performance art communities. Today, their season runs November through April. Story Story Late-Night is the late night version of the show. Host Emma Arnold and artistic director Jodi Eichelberger joins Idaho Matters to give us a preview.

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The World Village Fest begins Friday and runs through Sunday at Cecil D. Andrus Park in Boise. Presented by Global Lounge, the festival draws together Idahoans from around the world for diverse music, food, storytelling and film screenings. Idaho Matters talks with the organizers about the event. We speak with Donna Kovaleski and Jill Weigel from Global Lounge and musician Jan Porvas with the band Tora' Dan.

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Outhouses are found at nearly every boating and fishing access point along the Salmon River. These restrooms will now be both functional and works of art.

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'This Is My Brave' is a community performance of storytellers sharing their experiences in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. The group is hosting the next round of performances in Boise and we talk about auditions with producer Siva Laughlin and performer Brooke Lacey.

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Author Ridley Pearson has built a career on writing suspense novels for young adult readers. His latest project is writing a comic book portraying the children of Superman and Batman for DC Comics. In his spare time he jams in a band with fellow writers Scott Turrow, Amy Tan and Dave Berry. Pearson is currently on the creative writing staff at Boise State University and he will talk about his writing on the upcoming season of the PBS television series, Kid Stew, featured on Idaho Public Television. Pearson joins Idaho Matters to talk about his work and what inspires his writing.