Arts & Culture

Dave Crawforth / Preservation Idaho

Every year, the nonprofit group Preservation Idaho puts on its Heritage Home Tour, spotlighting unique neighborhoods around Boise. This Sunday’s 15th annual tour takes us to the Randolph Robertson neighborhood on the Bench.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

It’s been 15 years since Hasan Elahi was interrogated by the FBI as a suspected terrorist.


City of Pocatello Flag Design Committee

A new flag is flying proudly over the city of Pocatello. On Tuesday, a color guard hoisted the city’s new flag up the pole in front of City Hall for the first time. With the new flag, the so-called Gate City sheds a dubious honor.


Ken and Debbie Newman

We’ve been following the story of “The Last Whistle,” a bronze sculpture by an Idaho artist who travels the country in an RV. Now the “Whistle” has a new permanent home in Michigan.

Zoo Boise

Tafari, Zoo Boise’s new giraffe, has arrived. The two-year-old giraffe from the Milwaukee County Zoo will join Jabari at Zoo Boise.

Peter Lovera / Treefort Music Fest

You know the saying: The early bird gets the $50 five-day ticket to see hundreds of live bands, films, performance art and a lot more at Treefort Music Fest . . . or something like that.

Rick Bartow / via Charles Froelick

Oregon-based visual artist Rick Bartow already had an accomplished career by the time he had a health scare late in life. The artist painted bold figures and canvases full of archetypal characters. He spent most his life on the Oregon coast, and grew up with his white mom in the small town of Newport. His father — a member of the Wiyot Indian tribe in California — died when he was 5.

Album, So You Wanna Be An Outlaw / courtesy of the artist

On Wednesday, singer-songwriter Steve Earle returns to Boise, playing a concert at the Egyptian Theater. The Grammy Award-winning musician has released 18 studio albums.


Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

We all know change can be hard. But when it comes to an annual bicycle festival slated for this Saturday in Boise, some programming changes could make or break the event.


Brian Millar

An artist based in LA has chosen an unusual canvas in an abandoned mine in Lime, Oregon. The artist goes by Thrashbird, and describes his artistic style as unorthodox or messy, rooted in graffiti and street art. He has painted large-scale, luxury handbags on abandoned, decaying structures an hour and a half away from Boise.

Isabella Boylston is one of the most celebrated dancers in the world. A principal with the American Ballet Theatre, she ignited New York City in 2015 in an ABT production of Giselle, and earlier this summer she was the star attraction of the ABT production of Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Blood Road / Josh Letchworth

Update: "Blood Road's" Boise premiere is planned for Saturday August 5 at the Egyptian Theatre downtown at 7 p.m.

The original version of this story ran on March 15, 2017:

Rescued Film Project

When was the last time you had a roll of film developed? For many, our digital devices are datebook, rolodex and camera all in one. But moments captured on film are finding a second life through a project based in Idaho, and it raises some questions about our digital future.

In his Boise basement darkroom, Levi Bettwieser deftly unspools, cuts and winds a roll of film into a canister. He rinses it in several chemicals, waits few minutes, then takes it out and holds it up to the light.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Sweet dreams should fill the amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, beginning next week. A Midsummer Night's Dream is the festival's fourth production of the 2017 season.

Two of its stars, Jillian Cates and David Anthony Smith, visit with Weekend Edition host George Prentice to talk about theatrical chemistry, unconventional love and a whole lot of fairy dust.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

It’s hard not to pick up a hammer and start working when you see the nearly destroyed Atlanta Club up-close. Built in the 1940s by a Yugoslavian bootlegger, the club has survived wildfires and the collapse of the mining industry in this tiny town northeast of Boise.

But this year's record winter was devastating for the building; after an unlucky mix of conditions the old roof couldn’t take it anymore. It collapsed one day, emitting a cloud of dust so thick it looked like smoke.

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