Arts & Culture

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Boise State Public Radio’s website has been named the best in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The organization announced Wednesday, the winners of the 2013 national Edward R. Murrow Awards. These awards honor the highest caliber journalism being produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

StoryCorps Mobile Booth Downtown Boise
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For the next month, an Airstream trailer will be parked on the sidewalk outside Boise’s City Hall. It’s the mobile recording booth for the national oral history project known as StoryCorps. The mobile studios travel the country collecting people's stories.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The national recording project known as StoryCorps returns to Boise today.

It was May 16, 2008 when Jeff Wilson brought his wife Brenda to the mobile recording booth - an Airstream trailer - outside Boise City Hall.  He wanted to talk about his son, also named Jeff, who was born with Down syndrome.  He talked about the 25-year journey they had taken, since their son was first diagnosed:

Storycorps

StoryCorps, the national oral history project, opens its mobile recording booth in Boise Monday.  For the next month, Idahoans will step into the Airstream trailer parked at Boise City Hall and record their stories.

What it's like to travel the country with StoryCorps...

Matthew Wordell

Two Boise filmmakers will call it a wrap Saturday after a week of filming in southern Idaho. Earlier this year, Cody Gittings and Stephen Heleker raised money to produce a film version of Alan Heathcock’s short story, “Smoke.”

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens its 2013 season this weekend. The organization “Americans for the Arts” estimates the festival put about $3.3 million into Idaho’s economy last year. More than 58,000 people spent an evening under the stars at the festival’s amphitheater in Boise last summer. Managers expect more than 60,000 this year.

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As promised, Animal Collective will play in Boise.

The experimental musicians were scheduled to headline this year’s Treefort Music Fest. But when the band's lead member came down with a bad case of strep throat, the group canceled its spring tour – including their visit to Boise.

Volkan Alkanoglu Design

Boise is looking for artists to create the city’s first sculpture on a traffic roundabout. The Department of Arts and History is accepting proposals for a project at the new 30th Street extension.

If selected, the artist will be paid $30,000 through a neighborhood reinvestment grant.  

StoryCorps
StoryCorps

StoryCorps has recorded and archived more than 45,000 personal stories since the oral history project launched in 2003. Now, you'll have an opportunity to add your voice.

StoryCorps has partnered with Boise State Public Radio to bring the mobile recording studio to Boise from June 10 through July 6.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

You may see more people riding their bikes to work today. It’s Bike to Work Day, and here in the Boise area, it caps off a week of festivities all focused on cycling.

The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance (TVCA) is behind Boise Bike Week. Rick Overton sits on the Alliance's board. He says Boise’s cycling culture has become more active in the past ten years and that, he says is part of a national trend.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Today, groups around the world are celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (I.D.A.H.O). Started in 2005 in Paris, the annual May 17 celebration has the acronym “IDAHO”. But this is the first year that the day is being celebrated in Idaho.

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Boise is preparing to get some new art at City Hall. A panel of city officials has selected three sculpture projects, and now it’s the public’s turn to comment. Boise residents have until May 28 to make their opinion known about the $200,000 project.

Karen Bubb is the public arts manager at the Department of Arts and History. She says one of the three sculptures will replace the fountain and flag poles in front of city hall next year.

Patti Murphy
Courtesy Patti Murphy

This Sunday we celebrate our mothers - the ones who raised us, guided us and imparted words of wisdom. Boise author Patti Murphy knows quite a bit about those words of wisdom.  Her new book Mother Knows Better – Sense and Nonsense from American Moms is a collection of what she calls “momisms.”

“They’re the things that moms use to kind of either teach a lesson or encourage some behavior change,” Murphy explains. “Most people have heard the momism ‘Always wear clear underwear in case you get into a wreck.’ They are just things that people remembered their moms saying.”

Lucas Swope

Summer is right around the corner, now that Boise's Alive After Five Concert Series has been announced.

The concerts are in their 27th year, and will once again be held every Wednesday at the downtown's Grove Center beginning June 5.

Idaho Statesman

The Boise Department of Arts and History recently received some good news. Harvard University’s Ash Center has selected the department as one of the most innovative government entities in the country. 

Courtesy of Boise City Department of Arts and History

Idaho’s capital city turns 150 this year and to mark the occasion the ticketing lobby at the Boise Airport will be home to a commissioned mural. The city of Boise will commission the work. A national panel has narrowed the field to proposals from three Idaho artists.  

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Ketchum is known for its recreational opportunities. Hiking, camping and river sports have long been touted as reasons for people to visit the Wood River Valley. But a distinction from a national arts organization could give the small community another claim to fame.

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More than 60 artists will take part in Modern Art tonight in downtown Boise.  This year artists, who do everything from fine art to performance, will take over more than 30 rooms at the Modern Hotel.

Amy O’Brien is one of the curators for this event. She has some advice for people who’ve never been to Modern Art before. “I would say be prepared to be completely entertained and expect the unexpected.”

Courtesy of NPR/ Tony Nagelmann

You hear NPR’s popular quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! every Saturday morning on KBSX. Thursday night the radio show will be beamed into select cinemas across the U.S. including in Boise for the first time. You’ll see host Peter Sagal along with Carl Kasell and the whole cast of characters live on the big screen.

Courtesy of Bill Carman

Idaho artist Bill Carman is never at a loss for ideas. They come to him at all hours. So he keeps a sketch book with him during the day and a pad of paper on his night stand. “Ideas come to me right before I fall asleep so I have to write them down,” he says. “And hopefully I can read them in the morning. More often than not I can’t.”

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