Arts + Culture

Television
1:45 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Depressing Dinner Plates: Why 'Antiques Roadshow' Dreads Your Grandmother's China

David Rago with a $3 plate in Boise
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Pottery and porcelain expert David Rago says two things are certain when he sees someone pull out a dinner plate.

“I’m going to tell them it’s worth $3 and they’re going to be unhappy.”

That’s why, Rago says, appraising plates is the worst part of his 'Antiques Roadshow' gig. And he says he has to do it a lot. He’s been traveling with the popular PBS show for 18 years. Thousands of people bring antiques to Roadshow tapings, but only a few get to go on air to talk about their family treasures.

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Media
8:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Watch Downtown Boise's 'Big Hole' Become An 18-Story Tower In Idaho Statesman's Time-Lapse

The new Zions Bank building in downtown Boise took 14 months to build. Photographer Darin Oswald documented its construction in a project that will be unveiled this weekend.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Satesman

When a developer decided to build a new tower in downtown Boise, it was big news. It was especially newsworthy because of its location: the corner of 8th and Main streets. That spot had been empty for more than 20 years, earning it the nickname 'The Hole.'

So when word broke that Zions Bank would build its new Idaho headquarters there, Idaho Statesman photographer Darin Oswald decided to set out on an ambitious project. He wanted to document the building’s construction through time-lapse photography. 

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Television
6:06 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Sasquatch Reality Show Filmed In Northwest Premieres This Week

The search for Sasquatch is on on '10 Million Dollar Big Foot Bounty.'
Spike TV

A new cable reality show features rugged Northwesterners tromping through the region’s beautiful landscapes. They’re searching for a Northwest icon -- Sasquatch.

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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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Television
6:45 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Go Behind-The-Scenes At Boise's 'Antiques Roadshow' Taping

David Rago says he's been in pottery and porcelain for more than four decades and with Antiques Roadshow from the beginning.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

April and Andy Davis don’t have many antiques. The couple doesn’t have much money to spend on collecting and they do have a 2-year-old, Hudson, who will pull down anything not nailed to the wall. But April Davis has been watching PBS' 'Antiques Roadshow' since she was a kid.

The popular public television show travels the country to appraise antiques people bring to the event. Some of the antiques, and their owners, end up on the program talking about their treasures and the stories behind them.

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Culture
6:05 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Northwest Mexican-American Bakeries Ready For Three Kings Day

Alejandro Vacscez, 22, has been baking since he was 11 years old. He says the bakery will make close to 1,000 of these traditional breads for Three Kings Day.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Monday is a big day for Mexican-American bakeries across the Northwest. It’s Three Kings Day or the Epiphany: A Christian celebration of the day the magi came bearing gifts for Jesus.

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Celebrations
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Subaru-Sized Foam Spud Ready For Idaho's New Year's Eve Potato Drop

A potato made from high-density foam, then sculpted and scratched to look real will be lowered New Year's Eve from the U.S. Bank building in Boise.
Credit Courtesy of Sharolyn and Chris Schofield

A year ago, Dylan Cline hosted a dinner party. On the TV was a documentary about New York's famous New Year's Eve ball drop. It gave Cline an idea: What about lowering a giant potato over Boise’s downtown next New Year's? 

His guests laughed at him.

“They were like, 'that’s a fun idea but if it could be done, it would have been done.' So, I took that as a challenge.”

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Theater
6:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

How Boise Contemporary Theater Writes A Play In The Digital Age

Dwayne Blackaller (left) and Matthew Cameron Clark work on The Uncanny Valley in their shared office at BCT.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater’s Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and Education Director Dwayne Blackaller sit at separate computer screens in a basement office. A passing eavesdropper would find their conversation impossible to follow because it’s part spoken, part typed and all about a fictional world evolving somewhere between their two brains and two keyboards.

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Theater
6:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Listen: Geek-Speak And Metaphysics Meet In Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play

Boise actor Stitch Marker will play an automaton in The Uncanny Valley. He's seen here in BCT's 2011 production of Shipwrecked! in which he played several characters including a dog.
Credit Andy Lawless / Boise Contemporary Theater

Boise playwrights Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller have a little more than three months to curtain on their latest work-in-progress.  The Uncanny Valley, mixes science fiction with Idaho's landscape.

Co-writer Blackaller says most people will likely think the title refers to where it takes place, a valley in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. But it’s actually a reference to the themes in the play, not the setting.

You can listen to Blackaller explain what the title means by clicking on the audio player.

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Theater
6:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

What Boise Contemporary Theater’s New Original Play Is About, So Far

Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller work on The Uncanny Valley in their basement office at Boise Contemporary Theater.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) has earned respect producing works by nationally-known playwrights. The company is also demonstrating it can create strong original work in-house.

Early in 2013, BCT debuted A Nighttime Survival Guide. It was written by Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and Education Director Dwayne Blackaller, and it was a hit for the theater.

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Theater
11:27 am
Mon December 23, 2013

2 Boise Playwrights Feel "Right Amount Of Panic" As They Work Toward April Opening

Dwayne Blackaller on stage in A Nighttime Survival Guide. He co-starred in and co-wrote this play that drew the largest audience in BCT's history.

Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) is selling tickets for a play that opens in April, but that play hasn’t yet been written. For the next few months, I’ll be following its progress as it goes from idea to rehearsal to an audience.

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Food
9:14 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Boise's Mormon Cannery Serves Beyond Its Church Walls

On this day in Garden City’s LDS cannery John Viehweg (left) is first to get his hands on the pears that have been peeled, cored and halved by a machine. Viehweg turns them right side up. The volunteers further down the conveyor belt cut the bad spots off
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Many churches view feeding the poor as an important responsibility. But none go about it quite like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Across the country, the LDS church has farms, orchards and ranches. And the crops go to church-owned food processing facilities. Six of these facilities handle perishable food like meat and fruit, including this cannery in Garden City, Idaho.  

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Christmas
5:06 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Massive Nativity Collection Represents More Than Just The Christmas Story

Neil Allen, the interim pastor at Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, holds one of his most prized crèche, a wood carving from Ecuador.
Anna King Northwest News Network

At a small Presbyterian church in Richland, Washington, one pastor has been trying to spread a little solace with an unusual exhibit.

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Dance
7:04 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Live-Choreographing Lifts The Curtain On Trey McIntyre's Art

(L to R) Grandma Kelsey plays while Trey McIntyre choreographs a "Make A Ballet" piece with dancers Chanel DaSilva, Brett Perry and Ryan Redmond.
Credit Christina Johnson

To make a ballet, choreographer and artistic director Trey McIntyre needs fresh musical inspiration. For this, he turns to Boise musician Kelsey Swope – whose stage name is Grandma Kelsey.

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Film
12:29 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Mormon Film 'The Saratov Approach' Details Idahoan's 1998 Kidnapping

Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson play missionaries Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst in 'The Saratov Approach.'

A new movie tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and held for ransom in Saratov, Russia in 1998. 'The Saratov Approach' details what Andrew Propst and Travis Tuttle went through.

The film opened in theaters throughout the West this fall. Because of it’s success, managers at Boise’s Edwards 22 Theaters have extended the movie’s run until at least December 12.

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Cat Festival
10:34 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Boise, You've Made It. Internet Cat Video Festival Is On Its Way

Credit AlexHubner / Wikimedia Commons

Updated Jan. 10, 2:20 p.m.

The Knitting Factory is sad to report that Lil’ Bub won’t make it to the Boise festival. However, there will be a special appearance by Keyboard Cat and his owner Charlie Schmidt.

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StoryCorps
6:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

An Interview With Story Curator David Isay And Why He Published An Idaho Tragedy

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Credit StoryCorps

The national project that records and archives oral histories has released a new book detailing stories of gratitude and inspiration, including one story from Idaho you may remember.

StoryCorps is in its tenth year and its latest collection of stories is called “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.” 

David Isay founded the StoryCorps project, and says this book is different from past books.

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Film
11:48 am
Wed November 27, 2013

'Saratov Approach': This Fall's Biggest Film You've Never Heard Of

Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson play missionaries Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst in 'The Saratov Approach.'
Saratov Films

In 1998, two Mormon missionaries, including one from Oregon, were kidnapped in Russia. Their dramatic tale is now the subject of a movie that’s setting box office records in a specific genre this fall.

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Religion
8:43 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah: How One Boise Family Is Celebrating This Rare Holiday Mash-Up

Traditional Hanukkah decorations are mixed with Thanksgiving decor at the Geffon house.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

You’ll find menorahs all over Dorothy Geffon’s immaculate Boise home. These candelabras are the symbol of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Each night of the eight-day festival, Jews light one candle or oil-light. Some of Geffon’s menorahs are traditional. Others…not so much.

Take the wind-up one that hops around on little plastic legs. “This I have for the little kids,” she says. “It’s fun for the youngest grandchildren.”

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Film
3:38 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

'Craters Of The Moon' Cast On Hand At Boise's Best Of Sun Valley Film Fest

The film Craters of the Moon screens in Boise Saturday.
Credit Courtesy of http://www.cratermovie.com

The best of this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) screens in Boise Saturday night. The Best of SVFFest will feature two award-winning films; STUCK, about a one-night stand, and Craters of the Moon, which is about a couple who gets lost and stranded in the snow.

Here's the trailer from Craters.

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