Arts & Culture

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Artist Pat Kilby is an oil painter.

“And I like to work in bright colors and kind of quirky perspective, little bit cartoonish I guess some people say,” says Kilby.

And he often would drive home on Fifth Street in downtown Boise and see the plain, white traffic box that controls the streetlight.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The new Meridian Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be dedicated on Sunday, November 19. Construction on the large temple began in 2014.

Vanessa Preziose / Courtesy of the artist

Not many opera stars claim Southern Idaho as their home. Cecilia Violetta Lopez does. This weekend the soprano returns to the Gem State to perform " Music of the Americas " for the Boise Philharmonic.

Glenn Landberg

Screenwriter, film director and Idaho resident Samantha Silva has just completed her debut novel, "Mr. Dickens and His Carol," a fictional account of Charles Dickens and the birth of A Christmas Carol. But the book is weaved with threads of true accounts of Dickens' real life.

Paul Moody / Flickr

The solar eclipse that crossed America from coast to coast was a once in a lifetime experience. All over Idaho, cities in the path of totality held events to celebrate the occasion. While crowds weren’t as big as expected, one event in Cascade failed to launch. The man behind that venture is back attempting another festival.

Daniel Hoherd / Flickr

Sentencing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl begins Monday, October 23. The Hailey native pleaded guilty to charges of misbehavior before the enemy and desertion. In the wake of Bergdahl’s plea, soldiers involved in the manhunt for him are coming forward to tell their side of the story.

Jared721 / Flickr

The Treasure Valley is replete with local joints offering the classic triad of burgers, shakes and fries. Westside Drive-In, Fanci-Freez and the Big Bun Drive-In leap to mind. While these places are uniquely Idaho, residents of the Gem State say they want iconic southern California chain In-N-Out Burger to bring their take on the burger shack trinity to the Gem State.

George Prentice / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater launches its 22nd season next week, with performances of Hand To God beginning October 18.

OneBeat

Twenty-five international musicians are trying to practice diplomacy through music. If that seems like an impossible task, tell that to OneBeat fellow Sayun Chang. Chang is a percussionist from Taiwan, and OneBeat is the name of a traveling musical fellowship through the State Department.

Mister Standman

An Idaho artist will be featured Friday on the cable program “Handcrafted America” on the INSP network.

In his Coeur d’Alene workshop, Michael Norris is so busy that even while he chats on the phone, he’s hand sanding a music stand that will end up in Chicago. The soft “scrape, scrape” sound punctuates his conversation as he easily laughs and jokes about his work.

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.

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