Arts & Culture

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.

Almost Sunrise / Facebook

A documentary detailing two Iraq War veterans' tribulations upon returning to the U.S. from combat is showing Friday evening at Boise State.

'Almost Sunrise' follows Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson as they walk across the country to find themselves and process the experience of war. 

The film's director, Michael Collins, spoke with our Matt Guilhem before his trip to Boise.

Groundhogs In Idaho (And Around The World)

Feb 2, 2017
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Groundhog Day has been around for over 30 years, but the tradition itself started in Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney in 1886. That year, the local newspaper declared Phil the official weather-forecasting groundhog.

Groundhog Day came from the Roman tradition, Candlemas Day. Originally it was a Pagan holiday. If the sun came out while the clergy blessed the candles, an animal would be able to cast a shadow. This shadow was what predicted six more weeks of winter or an early spring.

WritersResist.org website

Writers from around the country will gather Sunday as part of an international movement to talk about democratic ideals. In Idaho, writers will gather in Moscow for an event called “Writers Resist Hate.”

103.5 KISSFM Boise / YouTube

The world wide web is just over a quarter century old, but the history behind the latest head-scratching phenomenon making the rounds (and likely to soon be passé if it isn’t already) goes back centuries.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Most people leave their childhood hobbies behind them when they grow up. (It’s hard to justify your Beanie Baby collection in college, for example.) But for members of the Old Boise N-Scale Model Railroad Club, their passion has only gotten stronger with age.

“We just love trains, and this is great therapy from our day jobs," says club member Jim Brostmeyer.

Gilman Contemporary

When you think of television icon Adam West, what comes to mind? For most, the Batman theme song plays on a loop. And while that's what West is universally known for, the actor has played a version of himself on the animated series Family Guy since 2000. 

But just as West has been acting for more than 50 years, he's also been painting and drawing for much of that time. KBSX's Matt Guilhem spoke with West about his upcoming art exhibition, his Batman legacy and relocating from LA to the Wood River Valley.

Traditions of Christmas

During the holidays, you can enjoy choirs, plays and theater from local and national groups – both big and small. Now Nampa has become home to a full-blown Radio City Music Hall-like production, featuring local singers, dancers, and performers. It began with a leap of faith.

Called the Traditions of Christmas, this show is a huge undertaking, with around 65 local cast members, 400 costumes, kick-line dancing, comedic skits and a nativity scene with live animals.

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