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Happyness Treefort
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Treefort Music Fest is in full swing in Boise. The British band Happyness returns to the festival, all the way from London. They release a new single this week, from their forthcoming album, Write In.

They’ve modeled their sound after American Indie Rock bands of the 1990s, like Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse and Low.

Musicians Benji Compston and Jon EE Allan talk about their creative process and their long trip to Idaho, and preview their new album, to be released in April 2017.

Travis Olson

Boise’s Treefort Music Fest is well underway and events like Hackfort, Storyfort and Filmfort are just part of the fun. This year, Kidfort will once again bring concerts, crafts and interactive events to a younger audience. New this year is an idea dreamed up by one Boise man who wants kids to put down their electronics and start building things out of cardboard.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

The Treefort Music Fest has begun. The annual Boise music-and-arts event runs through Sunday. Each year it seems to get bigger, which festival organizers welcome, as long as it stays true to its roots. There are definitely business challenges to managing growth.

Drew Lorona, one of the co-founders of Treefort, points to the streets outside The Owyhee in downtown Boise as "the festival hub."

Geena Davis At Sun Valley Film Festival Pushes For Gender Balance

Mar 22, 2017
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One of the stars at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival is actor Geena Davis, known for a string of movie hits in the 1980s and 90s and for playing a television version of the president in 2005 in Commander in Chief.

The Academy Award winner had only good things to say about the Wood River Valley.

“I love Sun Valley. I love this festival. I was here last in 2012 and always have a great time here.”

Matthew Wordell / Treefort Music Fest

The sixth annual Treefort Music Fest starts has begun in downtown Boise (March 22-26). The festival will once again showcase indie music from around the region and beyond. In total, 420 bands will take over more than 20 venues around downtown -- not to mention all the mini forts. 

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

About a dozen teenagers are helping set up a stage in a burrito shop in downtown Boise. (The salsa bar is stage right.) Some are stringing decorations from the ceiling and walls, in preparation for the slew of bands they'll host during Treefort Music Fest.

Gus Marsden is helping run this new venue as a leader of the festival's all-ages volunteer team.

FiveThirtyEight / via Hackfort

Podcasts are taking over Treefort Music Fest this year. The annual festival – which will host 420 bands – is giving podcast lovers some immersive opportunities during the March 22-26 event.

Are you ready?! #treefort2017 is here!

Boise's Treefort Music Fest runs March 22-26, and Boise State Public Radio is more involved than ever this year. We're partnering with Storyfort (the literary portion of the festival) on three different events and with The Record Exchange on another. 

All of these events are free and open to the public (you do not need a Treefort ticket to attend any of these, though you should consider it given the awesome lineup). Can't wait to see you there!

Sun Valley Film Festival

Wednesday, March 15 marks the opening day of the sixth annual Sun Valley Film Festival.

This year's slate of films is quite impressive, including the talents of Oscar winner Viola Davis and Ellen Burstyn. Special events will include live appearances from Geena Davis, Allison Williams, the Farrelly Brothers, producer/director Brett Ratner and many more.

KBSX's George Prentice caught up with festival executive director Teddy Grennan and director Candice Pate as they ready the finishing touches on the festival.

Boise State University

Bob Kustra began his weekly radio show on Boise State Public Radio in 2003, shortly after becoming president of Boise State University.

Since then, he has interviewed nearly 500 writers and thought leaders on his program, including winners of top literary awards and many authors of bestselling novels and nonfiction.

Morrison Center / BSU

On Friday, March 10, British actor Julian Sands comes to the Morrison Center in Boise with his one-man show, “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” – about the late British playwright.

Courtesy Heather Marion

The TV show Breaking Bad was a smash hit for AMC. The network will soon air the third season of the prequel series, Better Call Saul. It traces how lawyer Saul Goodman falls in with the characters of Breaking Bad.

Heather Marion, one of the writers on the show, is coming to Boise to speak to students and the public about her journey from a possible career as a mortician and years of assistant work in Hollywood to the writer's room of one of TV's hottest shows.

Matt Guilhem chatted with Marion at home in L.A. on her cell phone ahead of her visit to Boise.

Robert C. Sims Collection on Minidoka and Japanese Americans / Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University

Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Executive Order that authorized the internment of Japanese people in America during World War II.

Two months after Pearl Harbor, the order relocated 117,000 Japanese Americans into camps. Idaho’s Minidoka site housed 10,000 Japanese for three years. Once the war was over, no one wanted to talk about the internment.

Have you heard? We’re living in the Golden Age of Audio. Or maybe it’s more like the Wild West. Podcasts are popping up in all corners of the media landscape, bringing new listeners to audio storytelling through their smartphones.

Mike Reid

Daniel Ojeda, a choreographer for Ballet Idaho, is guiding dancer Liz Keller in rehearsals, spinning along beside her.

It’s an original work of his, called the “Monster and The Gift.” The ballet will have its premiere in the Winter Repertory concert at the Morrison Center in Boise. And there’s not much time left to practice.

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