Arts

Theater
10:57 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Growing Up In Idaho Has Shaped 'Genius' Playwright's Work

Hunter was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. He now lives in New York.
Credit Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Idaho playwright who was awarded a MacArthur 'genius' grant this week has traveled far from his hometown of Moscow, but continues to revisit the state in much of his work.

Samuel Hunter now lives in New York, and has a play opening this weekend in Chicago.

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Treefort Music Fest
10:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Treefort Music Fest Releases Ticketing Details For 2015, Debuts New Website

Music fans at the RJD2 show during the 2014 festival.
Credit Francis Delapena / Treefort Music Fest

The crew at Treefort Music Fest is already in planning mode for the fourth annual extravaganza.

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Arts + Culture
11:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Artist Workshop In Historic Atlanta, Idaho Is All About Self Expression

Credit Kris Hargis / Froelick Gallery

In a 'selfie' dominated world, a group of people are headed to the historic town of Atlanta, Idaho this weekend to immerse themselves in the art of self-portraiture. Painter Kris Hargis is leading a workshop at the Atlanta School, a new arts organization that accepts artists of all ages and levels.

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Artist Statement
6:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

How Boise Artist Danny Kerr Creates Music Amid Noise

Musician Danny Kerr performing at Treefort Music Fest this year.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / for Boise State Public Radio

Boise musician Danny Kerr is pretty much always on the hunt.

Recently, Kerr was hunting for the right cable to hook up to a bass guitar. After scavenging for about 10 minutes, he found what he was looking for. Then, he started searching for the perfect sound to come out of that bass.

The 25-year-old musician rents studio space in a warehouse in Garden City, wedged behind a junkyard filled with old road signs for chain restaurants and cheap motels. He shares the space with a bunch of other musicians, and the place is filled with drums, guitars -- even a disfigured piano.

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Artist Statement
7:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

How Anne McDonald Makes Art Accessible With Boise Burlesque Show

Anne McDonald (stagename Frankly Frankie) during a trapeze number at the Red Light Variety Show. McDonald studied theater at Boise State, where her interest in burlesque took off.
Credit Kate Grosswiler / for Boise State Public Radio

Like a lot of people, Anne McDonald’s basement is a bit cluttered. But it’s safe to say the things strewn about are a little more interesting than your average basement clutter.

“This is Prudence, the rhinestoned and feathered rubber chicken who has a removable head," says McDonald. "And it’s kind of bloody because she’s been used a couple of times on stage.”

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Artist Statement
10:11 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Why We're Introducing You To 5 Emerging Boise Artists

Freelance reporter Frankie Barnhill behind-the-scenes with playwright and theater teacher Heidi Kraay.
Credit Kate Grosswiler

On Friday, KBSX will begin a series of stories on five emerging Boise artists. We’re calling the series “Artist Statement.” I won a grant from the Boise City Arts and History Department to produce these stories.

To learn more about the series, I sat down with Scott Graf to explain why we're telling these stories, and what you can expect over the next five weeks.

Q: Where did you get the idea for this series?

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Arts + Culture
5:28 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Artist Statement: Meet 5 Emerging Boise Artists

Credit Kate Grosswiler / For Boise State Public Radio

Boise is home to a burgeoning artistic scene. Artists from different genres are collaborating in interesting and sometimes challenging ways, pushing Boiseans to new understandings of art. With the shadow of the Great Recession still hanging over them, a group of emerging artists have decided to make Boise their springboard – potentially changing the city’s cultural landscape forever.

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Books
2:58 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

How A Subway Ride Sparked The Idea For Idaho Author Anthony Doerr's Newest Book

Anthony Doerr
Credit Isabelle Selby

When we spoke to Idaho author Anthony Doerr in 2010 about his award winning book "Memory Wall," we asked him what his next novel would be about. 

“It’s about radio of all things,” Doerr answered. “It’s about the power of radio. I’m just trying to bring a reader back to that time when it was still kind of a miracle to hear the voice of a stranger in your home.”

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Film
11:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Updated: Idaho Film Pioneer Returns To The Screen In Documentary About Her Life

Nell Shipman

This post was updated on April 21. 

Filmmaker Karen Day says she made her Kickstarter goal, with 12 hours to spare. Day needed $26,000 to wrap up editing and finish up the documentary,Nell Shipman: The Girl From God's Country.” She beat that goal, by $360. 

Day says, “We made it! Now, onward to post production!”

Original story was posted April 18.

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History
3:12 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Plan To Save Boise's Historic Fowler House Hits A Roadblock

Samantha Martin wants to save the Fowler House and turn into an arts collective.
Credit Idaho State Historical Society

An effort to save and restore a 120-year-old downtown Boise mansion hit a snag at auction Friday.

Samantha Martin has been working with Preservation Idaho to prevent the Fowler house from being demolished. Her original plan was to raise enough cash buy the land across the street from the house at 5th and Myrtle and relocate it there.

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History
7:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Why One Woman Wants To Preserve A 120 Year Old Boise Mansion

The Fowler house.
Credit Idaho State Historical Society

Parts of downtown Boise were once covered with stately homes and mansions full of history. Slowly, those homes have disappeared, and have been replaced with new development. One woman is working to save one of those remaining historic homes, the Fowler house at 5th and Myrtle, from demolition.

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Arts + Culture
9:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Josh Ritter, Michael Franti, Portland Cello Project Included In Sun Valley Concert Lineup

Idaho native Josh Ritter performs in Sun Valley on July 27.
Credit Tim Teeling / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho’s largest arts organization Tuesday announced its performance schedule for the upcoming season. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts kicks off its annual summer concert series in July and its winter concerts in October. Its lecture series also begins in October and features a noted historian, a rock n roll photographer, and NPR’s social science correspondent Shankar Vedantum will talk about how our brains shape our lives.

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Treefort Fest
11:34 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Boise's Treefort Music Fest Takes Off In Its Third Year

Treefort Music Fest organizers Eric Gilbert (left), Lori Shandro and Drew Lorona take a break from planning the third annual festival.
Credit Frankie Barnhill

West Coast music festivals like Sasquatch and Coachella are mainstays in the industry, attracting some of the biggest names in the business and fans from all over the country.

But this weekend, a newer music festival in Idaho is beginning to make a name for itself among music trendsetters.

Flying under the radar

Three years ago, Lori Shandro could never have imagined she’d be producing a music festival with more than 350 bands.

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Treefort Fest
6:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

9 Things To Do At Boise's Treefort Music Fest

Credit Treefort Music Fest

Alright Boise, the wait is over. The third annual Treefort Music Fest is in full swing, and there's a lot of options. Like, a lot.

But instead of giving you music recommendations, we thought we'd try something different. Here's some ideas for unique experiences that Treefort has to offer -- in no particular order.

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Dance
7:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Boise Bids Farewell To The Trey McIntyre Project Dance Troupe

Dancers John Orr, Ryan Redmond and Brett Perry rehearse for the premiere of "Vinegar Works" this Saturday.
Credit Joe Jaszewski / The Idaho Statesman

Dancers with the Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will give their final bow on the Morrison Center stage Saturday evening. Many of the dancers have earned rockstar status in the six years they’ve called Boise home.

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Dance
7:08 am
Fri February 14, 2014

McIntyre Proud To Have Built Boise Dance Company Worth Mourning

Trey McIntyre is shifting his focus from ballet to film. He has two documentaries in the works.
Credit Trey McIntyre Project

Trey McIntyre says when word spread last month that he was shifting focus from his Boise-based dance company to filmmaking, people generally met the news with sadness. 

“And that’s a great thing – to actually have something to mourn in this process, that makes me feel really proud that we achieved something great,” says the internationally-known choreographer who brought his dance company to Boise six years ago.

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Treefort Fest
8:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

352 Bands Set To Play Boise's Treefort Music Fest

Credit Treefort Music Fest

If you're looking for a way to beat the mid-winter cabin-fever blues, the folks at Treefort Music Fest have just the thing. The three-year-old festival has released the final list of musical acts set to play in Boise March 20-23. It's a doozy: in total, 352 groups will show off their talents to music fans at venues around downtown Boise.

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Film
11:46 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Boise Director Takes On Quirky Project For Feature Film Debut

Zach Voss is currently directing Treefort 2014's promotional videos. It's a multi-part series about a band on a flying ship. It's his first venture into stop-motion animation.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise filmmaker Zach Voss may be best known for his promotional videos for Boise's Treefort Music Festival. His 2013  Treefort work grabbed the attention of a northwest movie producer, and now Voss is preparing to make his feature-film directorial debut.

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Treefort Fest
10:32 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Treefort Releases List Of Headliners, Hopes To Boost Ticket Sales

Minneapolis band Polica will headline the third annual Treefort Music Fest.
Credit Cameron Wittig

Organizers of Treefort Music Fest are considering this their biggest band announcement yet. Indie darlings Polica top the billing for the 2014 festival, along with instrumental hip hop acts RJD2 and Blockhead. The festival is March 20-23 in downtown Boise.

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Dance
6:45 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Trey McIntyre Project Plans To End Full-Time Dance Company

Credit Trey McIntyre Project

Boise's dance world was rocked Monday.

After six years in Boise, the nationally-acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will disband it's full-time dance troupe in July.

Choreographer and artistic director Trey McIntyre will remain in Boise but his focus will shift to include other creative pursuits, like film and photography. Here's more from Monday's press release:

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