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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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Books
2:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Two Authors Bring Minimalism Message To Boise

Joshua Fields Millburn (left) and Ryan Nicodemus
Credit Adam Dressler

Do you sometimes feel like you have too much stuff cluttering up your life?  Can 20 pairs of shoes really make you happy? Two Northwest authors say maybe not. 

Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are childhood best friends who had normal, 20-something lives.  They had good jobs, homes, cars, clothes, and gadgets. But one day they figured out all that stuff wasn’t making them happy. So they got rid of it. Now they live simply in Montana, and travel the country spreading the word of Minimalism.

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History
7:05 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boise Exhibit Is A Glimspe Into Anne Frank's Life Pre-Diary

Panels juxtaposing Hitler's rise to power with the Frank family's peaceful existence in Amsterdam are displayed in stark contrast.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / for Boise State Public Radio

It’s hard not to be struck by how happy and normal the Frank family seems in the photos taken before they went into hiding in 1942 during World War II. There’s a black and white photo of Anne with her older sister Margot on the beach, another with all four of her family members dressed up and smiling in a courtyard.  

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Theater
9:51 am
Fri April 4, 2014

From Idea To Opening Night, Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play Has Arrived

Actors Stitch Marker and Carie Kawa rehearse a scene from The Uncanny Valley at Boise Contemporary Theater.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A new original play opens Saturday at Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT), and there’s a chance the actors might be handed new lines between now and then. I’ve been following the creation of The Uncanny Valley for nearly a year, ever since I had a chance run in with BCT’s Dwayne Blackaller last April. He told me about the new play he was writing with BCT artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark.

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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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Theater
1:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Actor Says It's A Thrill To Work On Boise Contemporary Theater’s Evolving New Play

Carie Kawa is a Los Angeles-based actor starting in BCT's new original play, The Uncanny Valley.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Carie Kawa awkwardly holds a beat-up, framed poster showing earth-seen-from-space to face the mostly empty seats at Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT.) The first week of rehearsal is ending for the original play The Uncanny Valley. The poster is a stand-in for a painting which is an important linchpin in the plot. The story turns on this prop, but the prop itself is too big for Kawa to turn around to show another actor as she’s supposed to.

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Theater
1:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Listen: Get A Sneak Peek Of Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play

Cast and crew gather for a first reading of Uncanny Valley.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater's new original play, The Uncanny Valley opens in less than three weeks and the script isn't yet finished. The new original play is a work in progress we’ve been following for a few months.

Just last month actors gathered for their first table read.  This was the first time writers and co-directors Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark showed all the actors the play. Clark is also acting in this show.

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Film
12:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Idaho Documentarian Profiles Harvard Students Saving Lives in Uganda

Uganda children enrolled in the Initiative to End Child Malnutrition
Credit Karen Day

Idaho filmmaker Karen Day has a new documentary, featuring college students making a difference in the world. 

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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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Theater
2:29 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Boise Writers Have 3 Weeks To Finish An Original Play Before Opening Night

The Uncanny Valley actors and writers gather for their first table-read.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Rehearsals start this week at Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) for a play that opens in three weeks. For a professional company like BCT, three weeks is a slightly tight, though fairly normal rehearsal schedule.

Three weeks is usually plenty of time for experienced actors to memorize lines, work on their characters, and learn what they’ll be doing on stage. But for the play, The Uncanny Valley memorizing lines and actions has an added challenge. They're still being written.

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Religion
10:04 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Survey: Nearly A Quarter Of Idaho Residents Are Mormon

This is the exterior of a Mormon Temple in Boise.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A new Gallup survey shows six in 10 Utah residents identify as Mormon.

That's more than double the proportion in any other state. Idaho ranks second with 24 percent of its residents belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The survey is based on phone interviews with 500 adults in each state done in 2013.

Past Gallup surveys show the percentage of Utah residents who call themselves Mormon has held steady around 60 percent for the past six years.

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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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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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Bucket List
12:46 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Idaho 'Bucket List' Readers Add 35 More Must-Dos To The List

This is Upper Mesa Falls near Ashton, Idaho off Highway 47.
Credit Pete Char / Flickr Creative Commons

Of the hundreds of comments we've received on the Idaho Bucket List we published last week, two things are abundantly clear: Idahoans are passionate about their state, and 75 simply isn't enough to create a complete bucket list.

In all honesty, we knew both of those things going into the project.

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Bucket List
7:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once)

Fly-fishing the Henry's Fork near Island Park, Idaho is #7 on the bucket list.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's nearly 84,000 square miles of breathtaking views, rugged terrain, and unique landmarks mean the Gem State is rife with recreation and site-seeing options. It could take a lifetime to see it all. In the spirit of the new year, we've compiled a list of the 75 things you must experience in Idaho -- at least once.

Consider this list a starting place for your own Idaho bucket list. By no means is this a definitive list. Send us more Idaho must-dos using the hashtag #IDbucketlist.

75. Bike the Hiawatha Trail.

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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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