Arts & Culture

Jeremy Conant / Treefort Music Fest

More than 440 bands will play this year’s Treefort Music Fest. Despite that huge number – which will be the most so far in the event’s five-year existence – festival director Eric Gilbert says the tough part of booking those artists was having to say “no” to many others.

Provided by Ross Partridge

Ross Partridge says above all else, aspiring filmmakers need to be extremely passionate about what they’re doing. Partridge is an actor, director and writer in Hollywood – and is hosting a screenwriters workshop at Boise State University Friday. He says one also has to be able to shut out the naysayers, and trust your instincts when it comes to storytelling.

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Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic came up with the idea that became the Museum of Broken Relationships (MoBR) while they were breaking up more than a decade ago. Because of it they now spend more time together than they did when they were a couple. It started as an exhibit at an art show in their native Croatia. They solicited mementos of failed relationships and asked people to write descriptions of the object and the relationship. The two say it was hugely popular from the very beginning.

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In the note posted on social media Monday, Trevor Powers told fans “youth lagoon is complete.” The Boise musician, who attained wide national acclaim for his debut album entitled "The Year Of Hibernation" and subsequent two albums, says his upcoming tour is his last one as Youth Lagoon. The band starts their European tour later this week.

Ryan Zehm / NurFace Games

It’s a rags to riches story, starring a Boise man who lost it all, then found his way back through video games. Now Ryan Zehm owns and operates a thriving gaming company called NurFace Games.

A few years ago, Zehm went from working at a top tech company to living at a Boise homeless shelter. Now, he’s telling his story of how his perseverance and a little help from the Boise Public Library brought him back from the brink.

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Baseball is known as America’s pastime. But a short documentary by Idaho-born filmmaker Reed Lindsay might make you question if another country is more deserving of this title. 

 

Rich Brown

One of the signature events of the annual McCall Winter Carnival is the giant images carved in blocks of snow. But many people don’t know that the Carnival hosts two separate snow sculpting competitions. One is sponsored by local businesses and teams can use power tools and chicken wire to build their masterpieces.

Jeremy Conant / Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest announced another 100-or-so musical acts to play the March 23-27 festival. Boise rockers Built to Spill will perform once again, along with a slew of other bands.

Listen here for a Soundcloud playlist featuring some of the bands to play #treefort2016.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

It has not been an easy past few months to be a Muslim in America. After the Paris attacks, presidential candidate Donald Trump said there should be a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country. His polls immediately soared. In Boise, the Islamic Center says the Muslim population in the Treasure Valley may well be over ten thousand.  Now, some of Boise's Muslims are sharing how it feels to be a Muslim in the current political climate. 

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If you’re waiting for Episode Five of the popular “Serial” podcast to drop today, you’ll have to keep waiting.

The spin-off  podcast from public radio’s “This American Life” has announced it will release the rest of its Season Two episodes on a bi-weekly basis. This is a departure from its original “one story told week-by-week” tagline.

Serial’s Season Two is focusing on the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a story that is still developing.

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For those of you who don’t have plans yet for New Year’s Eve, or for those of you who want advice on avoiding crowds that night, here’s an update on what has become Idaho’s biggest New Year’s Party.

It’s probably safe now to call the Idaho Potato Drop an annual event. This is the third year a car-sized foam potato will be lowered from a crane in downtown Boise as a crowd counts down the end of the year. This time the event is moving a few blocks to the small park in front of the state Capitol building. 

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Idaho really sucks, when it comes to playing the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. That’s according to new research from Decluttr, a company that buys used CDs, DVDs and games over the internet.

The site created a map of “The Video Game That Each State Sucks At The Most.” For Idaho, that was Skyrim, an adventure game where players can fight dragons, among other things.

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There’s a theory that postulates you can learn a lot about a person from what he/she searches for online (though I think people in the sciences would quibble over the use of the word theory there.) A blog from real estate site estately.com extends that theory to learning about states from residents’ Google searches. Estately’s 2015 list says Idaho Googled the word “Vaccines” more than any other state.

Leah Acevez / College of Western Idaho

Students at the College of Western Idaho are entering the next phase of their project of documenting rock art in the Snake River Basin outside of Melba. The Anthropology Club is going from the field to cyberspace to bring petroglyphs to researchers around the world.

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Whether your style is ostentatious and bold like Clark Griswold or more subtle-yet-savvy like Snoopy, there's a Christmas lighting display out there for everyone. And thanks to a crowd-sourced Google map on Reddit, you and your family can cruise around town looking at dozens of dazzling houses.

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Hey, Idaho musicians: ever dreamed of playing your tunes behind the venerable Tiny Desk at NPR? Well dreamers, your audition has arrived.

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen announced the second-annual Tiny Desk Concert Contest in a goofy video in December, asking unsigned bands from all over the country to send in a submission.

Bands have until Feb. 2, 2016 to submit their video.

JUMP

It has been called a creative center and a community gathering place. Now primary construction is complete and JUMP is about to open its doors to the Boise community.

JUMP, or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, was built by the J. R. Simplot Foundation in honor of Jack Simplot. He died in 2008, and since then the foundation and the Simplot family have been working to get JUMP built near the connector in downtown Boise.

Treefort Musi Fest

They said it was coming.

The team behind Treefort Music Fest has been hyping the first announcement of musicians to play the March festival, and this morning they let the cat out of the bag. It's the fifth year the multi-day event will take over music and arts venues around downtown Boise.

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Amid the bookshelves and paper stacks in the office of All Songs Considered Host Bob Boilen, Boise’s Youth Lagoon delivers an intimate “Tiny Desk Concert” that highlights the project’s new direction.

Since dropping his third album in September, Trevor Powers has gone on to impress with his strong melodic instinct and sense of direction within the songs of Savage Hills Ballroom.

Idaho State Historical Society

When you think of Boise, what names come to mind? That’s the question two local historians asked themselves as they wrote a book about Boise's highest profile people.

J.R. Simplot, Julia Davis, Joe Albertson, Curtis Stigers and Kristin Armstrong are just some of those profiled in the new book, “Legendary Locals of Boise.”

Historians Elizabeth Jacox and Barbara Perry Bauer own TAG Historical Research and Consulting. Jacox says their book covers a wide variety of people.

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