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Heather Carson Exhibit Lights Up Boise Art Museum

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:41:56 -0600

(image) “Her work speaks to the fundamentals of art and engages with art history, while at the same time being incredibly imaginative and fresh.” Heather Carson’s artwork, now showing at Boise Art Museum, displays white florescent lights from a unique perspective. Though all of the lights she uses in her sculptures are white, juxtaposed they appear to glow with colors like blue, pink and orange. With its strong modern aesthetic and an emphasis on industrialism, viewing Carson's exhibition, Sculpted Light, feels almost like walking downtown after dark, bathed in florescent glow. “Her work speaks to the fundamentals of art and engages with art history, while at the same time being incredibly imaginative and fresh,” said Melanie Fales, executive director at BAM. Fales and her staff discovered Carson’s work in 2016 at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. After seeing installation images of Carson’s exhibit light/WHITE , Fales wanted to bring her work to the Boise area. In the BAM gallery, Carson's pieces emit a soft, neutral glow that pairs well with the other artwork while also standing out. “This exhibition affirms our interest in expanding perceptions of what art is," Fales said. "Carson’s sculptures ... challenge the notion of a divide between fine art and industrial design." Sculpted Light is on display at BAM through Sunday, July 22.…

Boise Mayor Bieter Cracks First Tile on "Main + Marketplace" Remodel

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:39:44 -0600

(image) "The decision to reinvent the space was really a no-brainer. ... It was really time for a change." Boise Mayor Dave Bieter cracked the first tile Wednesday in a renovation of the Capitol Terrace. Among the first urban renewal projects in the City of Trees, the terrace will be known as "Main + Marketplace" after its facelift. "[This is one of the projects] that told us we could rebuild downtown," Bieter said. The renovation and re-branding, he added, will be an extension of the ongoing revitalization of the downtown core. The overhaul is concurrent with a bevy of construction and remodeling projects by tenants, as well as new business openings in the complex. Downtown Boise Association Executive Director Lynn Hightower said that over the years, businesses in the terrace like The Balcony Club and The Piper Pub & Grill have "had a front row seat for the birth of their downtown." Nick Eppler of Jekyll & Hyde Bagel Company, which is slated to open in the new Main + Marketplace later this year, said he thinks a visual update of the terrace will keep it in line with the new BoDo aesthetic. "The decision to reinvent the space was really a no-brainer," Eppler said. "It was really time for a change." Hawkins Companies, which took ownership of the building in 2017, is fronting the renovation. Improvements are expected to be completed sometime in August. When asked how the project's $2 million price tag will be funded, HC Owner Gary Hawkins tugged at his pocket lining. "It's out of my pockets," he said. [pdf-1]…

Idaho Students Are in the Running for Vans Fashion Competition

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:00:00 -0600

(image) Students at the Idaho Fine Arts Academy are in the running to win $75,000 for their school art program. Shoes are made for walking, but in the Vans Custom Culture Competition, feet step aside. The competition challenges high school students to create original designs from blank canvas shoes, and the ones they've come up with certainly push creative boundaries. The students were tasked with designing two pairs of shoes based on the themes “Local Flavor” and “Off the Wall.” Vans has narrowed the down from 500 to 50, and students at the Idaho Fine Arts Academy in Eagle, Idaho, are among the semifinalists in the running to win $75,000 for their school art program. Online voting on the Vans website (click the competition link above) continues through Friday, May 4, at which point the 50 semifinalists will be narrowed down to five. Once the final five are determined, one will be declared the winner. Four runner-up schools will each receive $10,000 for their art programs, along with a gift from Vans. Megan Klempa, the Vans Custom Culture Program Manager, said that the program is designed to reinforce Vans’ commitment to artistic expression and to inspire kids to lead creative lives.…

April 25, 2018: What to Know

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:52:14 -0600

(image) Trump gives a French toast, wearing jeans for a purpose, the unluckiest guy in the world, what the critics have to say about the new Avengers movie and Disney debuts footage of the new live action Lion King, Dumbo and Aladdin. President Trump hosted French President Emmanuel Macron at an official White House State Dinner, Trump's first, Tuesday night. In his toast, Trump said, "May our friendship grow even deeper, may our kinship grow even stronger and may our sacred liberty never die." That said, NPR reports that Trump and Macron, while both political outsiders, have plenty of differences: the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris Climate Accord, to name two. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has joined local and national officials in proclaiming today Denim Day in the City of Boise. The Women's and Children's Alliance is partnering with a number of other local organizations to bring awareness to sexual assault and the danger of victim-blaming. Denim is worn in reference to an Italian sexual assault case from 1992 in which a rape conviction was overturned by Italian Supreme Court Justices who felt that because the 18-year-old victim was wearing tight jeans, she was implying consent. Dylan McWilliams, 20, may be the unluckiest man on the planet. He has been bitten by a shark, attacked by a bear and bitten by a rattlesnake—all in just over three years. National Geographic says the odds of all of that happening to anyone are 893 quadrillion to one. Speaking of long odds, the Idaho Steelheads have dug themselves out of a major hole, defeating the Allen Americans last night 6-3. After falling into a 3-0 hole in the best of series, the Steelheads have tied things up and now face a deciding Game 7 against the Americans tonight at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Early reviews are out for the much-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, which opens this Friday, April 27. Variety writes that the film is a "sleekly witty action opera." Indiwire says, the movie "contains the most dramatic cliffhanger of any major blockbuster since The Empire Strikes Back." But Vanity Fair says, "The story will conclude next year with a part-two film, which gives Infinity War a slightly unsatisfying tang." The big news at CinemaCon, the annual confab of U.S. cinema owners, is that Disney dazzled the gathering with exclusive sneak-peeks of its new live-action adaptations of The Lion King, Dumbo and Aladdin, all opening in 2019. Variety reports that The Lion King will open next July, 25 years after the original. Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton, stars Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton. And the new…

Endorsements, Nasty Ads, Undecideds and Swapping Parties

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:02:00 -0600

(image) Eight hundred forty-five Ada County Democrats officially switched to the Republican party before the primary deadline. The fact that there is little to no regular polling, at least publicly, has added an extra layer of drama to the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial races in the Tuesday, May 15, primary. Speak to any of the top political camps—businessman and physician Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and Congressman Raul Labrador on the Republican side, and businessman A.J. Balukoff and former Idaho House Rep. Paulette Jordan in the Democratic race—and you'll hear nothing but confidence about their chances. But the most recent poll conducted by Idaho Politics Weekly indicates that more than a third of respondents remain undecided. "Based on what I'm hearing around the state, the undecideds are likely to be younger and likely to be more female," said Steve Taggart, veteran campaign manager and current contributor to Idaho Politics Weekly. "I also don't see undecideds bunched up in one portion of the state; they're fairly well-distributed geographically. The big question on May 15 will be who can pull in a significant share of those undecideds. How can they make those people's lives better? Quite frankly, I think that's the part that all the campaigns have struggled with so far." One struggle for voters has been the slew of mudslinging television campaign ads that have aired in the race so far, particularly among GOP gubernatorial candidates. "There's a very interesting dynamic with such vitriolic attack ads, especially when there are three candidates," said Taggart. "We keep seeing one of the candidates attacking the other two. But there's a real danger of turning a lot of people off with all those attacks. And those undecideds may not land with the candidate who has been doing the most attacking." Taggart says the Ahlquist, Little and Labrador campaigns are very insistent on how they brand themselves. "Brad Little argues that he wants to go beyond the legacy of Gov. [C.L. 'Butch'] Otter, but in large part, Little wants to keep us on the same direction where we've been. Tommy Ahlquist insists we have to make change. And Raul Labrador sees the whole system as being corrupt. Those are the three niches," said Taggart. "And they're really pushing their messages hard in the homestretch. Raul Labrador's television ads have started popping up. Of course, Tommy Ahlquist's TV ads have been running since last summer and Brad Little is ramping up his airtime in a significant way. I think Little may…

UPDATE: The Home Stretch: Effort to Put Medicaid Expansion on Ballot Approaches Finish Line

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:02:00 -0600

(image) Medicaid for Idaho needs to get the signatures of 56,192 registered voters to make the cut. UPDATE: April 25, 2018, 4 p.m. Organizers with Medicaid for Idaho said late Wednesday that they have collected an estimated 5,5000 signatures in their effort to secure 56,102 valid signatures by Monday, April 30 in order to bring the issue of Medicaid expansion to the November ballot. Additionally, volunteers said they had gathered needed signatures in 18 different Idaho legislative districts. But they're still short of the overall statewide goal of 56,192. “We want to not only meet, but shatter our goal, because health care for 62,000 Idahoans is too important to leave to chance," said Reclaim Idaho co-founder Luke Mayville. ORIGINAL STORY: April 25, 2018, 7 a.m. Alex DeRyan has lived in Idaho on and off for years, but in January 2017, he left for Spokane, Washington, in large part because he was fed up the Idaho Legislature's steadfast refusal to expand Medicaid. "I was getting tired of the way Idaho does things, in terms of its legislature and how it treats people with medical issues," he said. An occupational therapist, DeRyan often sees how injuries, illness and chronic conditions affect people's lives in areas as diverse as employment, family life and finances, especially in the absence of health insurance. According to U.S. Census data, there were approximately 78,000 Idahoans in the health insurance coverage gap in 2014. More recent numbers from the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare show the gap has shrunk to approximately 35,000 people, but for DeRyan and others, that's still far too many. "Certain folks—single, childless adults between 19 and 64—when they have devastating medical situations, can't qualify for Medicaid in this state," he said. "If that's the case, they're forced to go to emergency rooms for help, and if you have a longstanding medical issue, [like] cancer, you can't keep going to the emergency room every day." A signature drive by Reclaim Idaho in the final days of its campaign could make an end-run around the Idaho Legislature and put Medicaid expansion on the November ballot. That campaign, Medicaid for Idaho, needs to get the signatures of 56,192 registered voters to make the cut. So far, it has collected approximately 54,000, but time is running short. "We're coming up on the deadline," said Sam Sandmire, the co-chair of MFI operations in Ada and Canyon counties. "Everything needs to be turned in before [Tuesday,] May 1." The specific requirements are a result of state…

Cost-Per-Vote in Primary Could Be Historic

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:02:00 -0600

(image) The levels of access and campaign spending are off the charts, but voter engagement remains in question Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane, who oversees Idaho's largest elections operations, doesn't soft-pedal the historic possibilities of the Tuesday, May 15, primary. "It's a turning point in our state for both parties," he said. "Just looking at the race for governor. It doesn't matter whether you're a Democrat or Republican. These are really big decisions." Size does have a lot to do with the coming vote. Not the size of the vote, but the size of the campaign war chests. "Despite this being a primary election, this may end up being the most expensive election in Idaho history," said McGrane. "Just look at the television ads and follow the money. This is one of the biggest we've ever seen." Most pundits aren't expecting a major turnout at the polls, meaning the cost-per-vote may also head to the record books. In Ada County, for example, there are nearly 225,000 registered voters, but no one thinks anywhere near that number will cast votes May 15. The general consensus is that voter turnout could be as low as 25 percent. "If we're really lucky, it might bump a percent or two higher, but it will most probably be in the low- to mid-20s," said McGrane. "The unfortunate trend is—and I've looked back as far as 1980—we're at a steady 2 percent decline in participation." McGrane would like nothing more than to drive those numbers up. He and his colleagues are doing everything possible to improve availability and ease of access to the polls. "Unfortunately, this will not even be remotely close to a big election. Voters—if they show up at all—participate in general elections and usually don't show up in the primaries," he said. "This is a huge election and we truly want people to weigh in." That's why, for example, Ada County has added five new precincts, bringing the total number of polling places to 150. But it's not as if McGrane and his colleagues simply dropped five new precincts onto the map. The readjustment impacted the boundaries of 16 existing precincts, meaning McGrane and his team had to communicate with all of the registered voters in those precincts regarding their new polling places. Ada County residents have come to expect early voting opportunities, and for the upcoming primary, early voting begins Monday, April 30, and continues Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Boise City Hall, Meridian…

Stepping Out: Wide Stance Leaves a Northwest Footprint

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) Boiseans can hear Wide Stance's slick blend of rock, soul and funk firsthand when the band plays The Reef on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. When most longtime Idahoans hear the phrase "wide stance," they'll probably think of former U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and his 2007 arrest for lewd conduct. The members of Wide Stance know this—that's why they chose it as their band name. "The joke is Idaho is never in the news, and when it is, it's like, 'What?'" guitarist Luke Nuxoll said, chuckling. "So I think that's why we all kind of laughed about that name. And I think it describes us as well, in that we have really wide stances in musical tastes and political opinions and everything. We're all coming from a different area, so we do have a wide stance in a lot of ways. But of course, it's also funny because we all love to laugh." The name may be a joke, but the band's talent isn't. Originally called The Hitmen, the Lewiston-based group established a reputation as a cover band, playing gigs ranging from private parties to opening slots for Collective Soul and Colbie Caillat. In 2017, the band changed its name and began focusing on original material. The slick blend of rock, soul and funk on Wide Stance's self-titled debut EP (self-released, 2017) suggests a promising future for the rechristened band. Boiseans can hear that blend firsthand when Wide Stance plays The Reef on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. Nuxoll sees Wide Stance as "four different versions of Idaho. Our bass player is from Boise, born and raised. Our singer is born and raised in Lewiston—kind of that middle-of-the-road town. The drummer is a farmer's son—lives way, way out of town. And then I'm an Army brat: My roots are all from Idaho, but I didn't live here 'til I was 19." The foundation of the band reaches back to Nuxoll's childhood days, when he met drummer Curtis Boyer. "A music teacher here in town had this kid playing for him. ... There was a school concert in the sixth grade, and the regular drummer for the school could not play a part. And Curt, a sixth grader, said, 'I can play that part.' He'd never played drums for the school, never heard anything, and he sat down and he nailed the part. When he was a sophomore in high school, he started doing gigs with me in other projects. He was that good right out of the gate." The same music teacher…

Hold the Mustard: In Fact, Hold the Entire Deli Days

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) "We just have to figure out a way to have an event that's more efficient for us to stage as a small congregation—we're just a victim of our own success." Each June, Boiseans begin yearning for corned beef and pastrami sandwiches; puffy knishes; sweet, pillowy challah bread and endless varieties of desserts. It's the three-decade long tradition of Deli Days at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel—one of the oldest active synagogues west of the Mississippi—to provide all that and more. Each year, the festival unveiled a first-class kosher menu, bringing flavors "straight from the Bronx" all the way to Idaho. But this year, the Idaho Jewish Festival is taking a recess. And one of the big reasons, ironically, is its popularity with a rapidly-expanding Treasure Valley population. "While the event and our customer base keeps growing, our actual synagogue membership doesn't grow by nearly as much," said Amy Duque, Vice President of Ahavath Beth Israel's Executive Committee. Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, then on State Street, began hosting Idaho's Jewish Festival in the 1980s, selling hot dogs out of a tiny basement. As the City of Trees grew, so too did the festival, evolving into one of Boise's most popular summertime traditions. Organizers even began taking preorders and offering delivery to accommodate hungry customers. In the past few years of Deli Days, the event attracted more than 4,000 visitors to the synagogue, now nestled in a Boise Bench neighborhood. "As [Deli Days] needs to get bigger to accommodate all the new customers, we really don't have enough people to make the event bigger. It kind of got a little bit out of our hands, in that way," said Duque. This year's Deli Days hiatus appears to be proof of a recent Forbes Magazine estimate, which named Boise America's fastest-growing city. Despite its success in bringing the Treasure Valley closer to Jewish culture, Duques said the congregation has not quite reaped all of the benefits of Deli Days as a vehicle for fundraising. It was a typical case of supply not reaching demand: as the festival grew and the congregation population remained stable, members became buried in volunteer hours. "Not that it's purely a financial decision, but we just have to figure out a way to have an event that's more efficient for us to stage as a small congregation—we're just a victim of our own success," Duque said. "We don't want to bite off more than we can chew." But don't worry: Duque and CABI's Executive Board expect Deli Days to make a comeback. There aren't any set plans yet, but Duque…

Tableside Service and Cooked-to-Order McDonald's?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) "The one thing that's consistent about McDonald's is that it's always changing." One of the first things customers will notice when a McDonald's employee brings over a cooked-to-order Quarter Pounder is the smell. It smells...well, fresh. It's hotter and juicier, too. "Serving 100 percent fresh beef patties is a very big change for us, all the way through the supply chain to our kitchens," said Rick Darmody, who oversees 26 family-owned McDonald's franchises across the Treasure Valley. "Of course, the biggest change is at the customer level." Forefront among those changes is a feature Darmody has already begun launching at some of his Boise-area McDonald's: tableside service. "Let me show how this works," he said, stepping up to one of four touchpad kiosks now operating at the Overland Road McDonald's. "You can customize just about everything here." Customers flipping through the electronic menu can adjust everything from the ingredients on their burgers to size of their beverages and even the amount of salt on their french fries. "Then you choose a table tent sign," said Darmody. "Each of these table tents is equipped with bluetooth technology, and restaurant-wide sensors will tell us where you're sitting. I think some customers still enjoy the option of coming to the counter to place their order, but we expect the usage of our new kiosks to increase over time." Change has definitely come to McDonald's in a big way, what with the new McDonald's app, which alerts locations to have pickup orders ready using GPS technology, and McDonald's new Uber Eats partnership for home delivery. "Customers love McDonald's because they say it stays the same," said Darmody. "But those of us who have been with McDonald's for a while know that the one thing that's consistent about McDonald's is that it's always changing."…

First Curate, then Create

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) Drawing from Consider the Source, BAM challenged artists and designers to create wearable works of art with wood, paint, metal, paper, glass and clay. The line was long, the designs on the makeshift runway were beyond unique and the guests were dressed to the nines at the Boise Art Museum Art of Fashion Show on April 21. Models wore looks ranging from dresses constructed entirely from soda can tabs to jackets made out of the frames of aviator-style sunglasses. There were glass handbags, metal wings and even a paper-clad Marie Antoinette. Melanie Fales, executive director of BAM, said the creation of the annual Art of Fashion show six years ago came from a community idea. "This is a unique way to celebrate the visual arts and particularly the art of fashion," said Fales. "It makes fun connections between the artwork on display at BAM and the fashions the designers create. It is exciting to have designers respond with professional designs based on the design challenge we produce." Each year, the theme of the show is derived from an exhibition on display at BAM. Fales said there are usually five to six exhibitions to choose from, but one always stands out as the strongest option for a design challenge. This year's theme, "Material," was inspired by Consider the Source, which showcases works from the museum's permanent collection that explore the use of materials with ties to the elements, like glass, wood and clay. "These materials are not typically used to create fashion designs, which presented a particular challenge for artists," said Fales. "The weight of these actual materials along with figuring out a method to create a believable faux finish were unique problems to solve." Drawing from Consider the Source, BAM challenged artists and designers to create wearable works of art. Designers could choose from six categories for inspiration: wood, paint, metal, paper, glass and clay. In addition, the designers also needed to exaggerate the quality of the material they selected through embellishments, finishes and other design elements. As the looks came down the runway, delighted gasps were heard around the house. "Watching the reactions of the guests is exhilarating," said Fales. "They wait with anticipation and are thrilled by each design." Each category was introduced with looks created by local stylists Kellie Levesgue and Isidoro Almaraz. The category with the largest amount of entries was paper, with seven designs. Each design was unique, and the designers spent countless hours on their pieces, which were premiered on a runway set up in the…

Lean on Pete: Riding Low in the Saddle

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) Opens Friday, April 27 at The Flicks Leave it to filmmaker Andrew Haigh, born in the northern English town of Harrogate, to explore the harsh realities of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Haigh's new film, Lean on Pete, is the coming-of-age wonderment of a teenage boy and a broken-down race horse traveling from from Portland, Oregon, across the Idaho desert. Instead of simply showcasing rolling countryside or gorgeous sunrises, Haigh focuses his lens on the contradictions of the rural nature of the Pacific Northwest--where extreme poverty is often framed by extreme beauty. Take 15-year-old Charley (Charlie Plummer) for example, who often doesn't know where his next meal will come from. Charley gravitates to a rundown racetrack outside of Portland where he takes to a chestnut-colored colt named Lean on Pete, that has seen much better days. Pete's owner is bad-tempered Del (Steve Buscemi), a trainer of low-level quarter horses—sprinters that race a quarter-mile or less. Charley also befriends a matter-of-fact jockey, Bonnie (Chloe Sevigny), who always seems to be on the edge of giving up the sport. "There are only so many times you can fall of a horse and get up," says Bonnie, who grows fond of Charley but warns of his caring too much for Pete. "You can't get attached to a horse," she tells him. "Horses aren't pets." But Charley's heart is there for the taking and Pete takes it in full stride. Del hauls Pete from race track to race track across the northwest, many of them makeshift tracks at county fairs. These are not the family friendly race tracks that other Hollywood movies have been so fond of (The Black Stallion, Dreamer). Instead, they're very sketchy places where animal abuse is not uncommon and often overlooked. Ultimately, Charley kidnaps (horsenaps?) Pete, driving the horse across the rural back roads of eastern Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming. What follows isn't a charming road trip film but a harsh, desperate flight. Plummer, a teenage superstar-in-the-making, gives a first-class portrayal of Charley. His breakout role came in All the Money in the World (2017), where he played the kidnapped John Paul Getty III. Lean on Pete director Andrew Haigh began his career as an assistant editor on Gladiator and Black Hawk Dawn and graduated to screenwriter of HBO's Looking and director of one of the best films of 2015, the Academy Award-nominated 45 Years. It has been a full seven months since I first saw Lean on…

Gene Nora Jessen

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) "My feeling was, 'Boy isn’t this fun? What a challenge. And what an adventure to get a little finger in the pie and find out what this is all about.'" The recent emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines plane by Captain Tammie Jo Shults has drawn attention once again to female airline pilots, who only make up 4.4% of the force in the U.S. Shults, 56, was also one of the first fighter jet pilots in the U.S. Navy. Only about a decade before she joined the Navy in 1985, though, she wouldn’t have been able to fly for the military at all, and female military pilots couldn’t serve in combat until 1993. NASA in the 1960s and 70s was similarly closed to female astronauts, because they had to be military test pilots. But in 1960, Dr. William Randolph Lovelace II, a member of a NASA committee, had a hunch that female pilots could pass the same tests given the male candidates for the Mercury 7 program. He was correct, and 13 women passed his privately-funded, secret tests. The last round of testing was halted by NASA and then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson, though. It was just too controversial. The women went on to other careers, many in aviation. Over the years, their story came out, and they were dubbed the “Mercury 13.” Their experiences have been chronicled in books and on television, and now again in a new Netflix documentary, Mercury 13, which premiered on Friday, April 20. Meridian resident Gene Nora Jessen, 81, one of the original Mercury 13, has a featured role in the film, which includes scenes filmed at the Tower Grill at the Nampa Municipal Airport. Jessen, who came to Idaho with her husband Bob in 1967, is an accomplished pilot, air racer and flight instructor, as well as the co-owner of Boise Air Service from 1984-2005. She’s also the author of three books. Idaho Public Television producer and host Marcia Franklin caught up with Jessen to ask her about the documentary and to get her thoughts on being an “astro-not,” as Jessen dubs herself.Ultimately, she’s rather nonchalant about the experience. “We didn’t do anything,” she told Franklin. “We just took a little physical exam and it was kind of an adventure. But they do say that we’re the pioneers in this, so I guess we’ll accept that.” What did you think of the documentary? I was pleased with it. Sometimes I sign my letters, “Yours for accurate history.” And that’s very important for me, that it was accurate. They told the story the way it…

"At The Core"

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) Medium: Encaustic and mixed media Artist Statement: My newest work is currently on display at the Trueblood Gallery at Boise State University until Sunday, May 27. This current exhibit, The Nature of Spirit, is a collaboration with Shelley Jund and explores the intersections between art, science and spirit.…

You Know the Place Boise Public Radio Podcast

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) You Know the Place "explores the Idaho stores, shops, clubs, and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit." If you're the type of person that listens to talk radio rather than an all-music station and reads a local newspaper (thanks, by the way) there's a good chance you also listen to podcasts, the episodic digital audio files that have exploded in popularity in the last decade. In Boise, the NPR affiliate Boise State Public Radio is home to a good number of podcasts-turned-show-segments (and vice versa), including Hidden Brain and How I Built This, and while many of them cater to national audiences, a recent addition, You Know the Place, is specific to Boise. Hosted by Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne, You Know the Place "explores the Idaho stores, shops, clubs, and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit" in bi-monthly episodes, answering the question of how they stay afloat—in short, it's the perfect podcast for the curious. Each episode is roughly 30 minutes long, and so far investigations into Boise's Rockin' Reptile, India Fashion & Grocery and The Beardsmith are available for free. Check the Boise State Public Radio website to kick off your next knowledge binge.

Donation Buoys BSU Art Metals Silent Auction

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) This year, an infusion of works from the private collection of R. Grey Gallery co-owner Barbara Kaylor has more than doubled the art and jewelry pieces up for grabs. R. Grey Gallery on Eighth Street in Boise has hosted the Boise State University Art Metals Silent Auction for the past 15 years. Typically, the auction includes a spread of 15 to 20 art objects and jewelry pieces made by BSU Art Metals Professor Anika Smulovitz's students, plus occasional alumni works, but over the years the number of both students and pieces has dwindled. This year's auction is the exception: an infusion of works from the private collection of gallery co-owner Barbara Kaylor has more than doubled the pieces up for grabs. "Every year, I've purchased one or more pieces ... So, I had quite a big collection and I thought, 'Well, I'm going to donate those back and see if we can get some more money to give back to the university,'" said Kaylor. The pieces on display are mostly silver, copper, bronze and brass, but introduce other materials too, like wood, glass, felt and even fur. Kaylor's favorite piece up for resale is a brooch made by past BSU student Ellen Crosby, which she purchased at the 2007 auction. "When it's closed it looks like shutters from a window. And you open it up, and there's a photo in there of a person," Kaylor said, describing the piece titled "Watching You." According to Smulovitz, the students have a lot of free reign over the works they create, although she presents them with different challenges each year. Sometimes, there's a theme for the auction. In other years, students pass pieces back and forth round-robin style, each working on them for 45 minutes. This year, two students worked with each piece. "It's a very different way of working and problem solving, usually you have a lot more control. So that's kind of a fun way to get them to loosen up and think in a different way," said Smulovitz. Though the auction may seem like a small fundraiser from the outside, it's a vital source of income for the Art Metals program. "Usually we raise about a third of our working income for the year," said Smulovitz. "The other two-thirds are raised with student fees." The auction generally nets between $700 and $1,200 to pay for supplies and visiting artists, but both Kaylor and Smulovitz have their fingers crossed for a bumper year. Bidding on 31 works (13 from students, 18 from Kaylor) is ongoing at the gallery through…

The Teal Chair, The Film is Set for Its JUMP Premiere (But the Actual Chair Has Been There Before)

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) The Teal Chair was greeted with generous audience approval at the Sun Valley Film Festival One of the highlights of the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival didn't feature a red carpet, high-wattage glamor or Oscar-winning talent. It was a ten-minute film, The Teal Chair, crafted by five teens. The quintet, all Eagle High School Students, teamed with Treasure Valley Hospice to pose the question, "What would you do if you learned that you were dying soon?'" What followed were heartbreaking, insightful and occasionally hilarious answers from teenagers, caregivers, cancer survivors and even a 102-year-old Nampa woman. Making the film more intriguing was the filmmakers' use of a large, cushy teal armchair, which each respondent sat in to contemplate what they might do if they didn't have long to live. Over the course of the film, the teal chair popped up in some intriguing places: in the middle of downtown Boise, on the peaks of the Foothills and even at JUMP. The Teal Chair was greeted with generous audience approval in Sun Valley. Since its debut, the film has been lengthened to 30 minutes, and on Thursday, April 26, the expanded production will have its first full public presentation, quite appropriately, at JUMP. In another bit of serendipity, the now-famous teal chair itself will appear for filmmakers to sit in while they chat about their experience. Tickets cost $10, and a portion of the proceeds will help fund Wish Granters Inc., a nonprofit that grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses.…

Digital Edition April 25, 2018

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(image) Even without the guidance of its eclectic, evocative videos, FRENSHIP's music has a sun-soaked aesthetic and free-love vibe. The LA-based electro-pop duo FRENSHIP is a two-man band, but its music—fittingly, considering its name—is the perfect soundtrack for adventure with a large group of friends. Fresh off a 2017 tour with Bastille, FRENSHIP has struck out on its own to promote its newest singles "Love Somebody" and "Goodmorning, Goodbye." Though it has yet to release a full album, the duo has found a dedicated following on streaming platforms like Spotify, which named it the #2 Breakout Artist of 2016, and music apps like Shazam, which crowned it a 2017 Emerging Artist. Even without the guidance of its eclectic, evocative videos, FRENSHIP's music has a sun-soaked aesthetic and free-love vibe. In tracks like "1000 Nights" and "Love Somebody," drum beats mimic footsteps, and the doubled refrains conjure up the image of dozens of people raising their voices. Even songs that are tinged with desperation, like the platinum- and gold-certified Emily Warren collaboration "Capsize," are undeniably danceable. Catch FRENSHIP at Neurolux for a dose of Tuesday positivity.

"Menthol cigarettes are like brushing your teeth..."

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"Man disgusted by it all, and..."

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Indie Bookstore Day

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0600

(image) In Boise, Rediscovered Books will put itself front and center by throwing a bash Saturday, April 28, for Indie Bookstore Day, the national holiday that celebrates local book stores. Independent bookstores are magical places, where you're likely to run into a local author giving a talk one day and find snacks from a nearby restaurant the next, alongside perennial shelves of beckoning reads. In Boise, Rediscovered Books will put itself front and center by throwing a bash Saturday, April 28, for Indie Bookstore Day, the national holiday that celebrates local book stores and their roles in the cities they call home. At Rediscovered, Indie Bookstore Day means a packed calendar, including Book Bingo 10 a.m.-3 p.m., a visit from local children's book author Leslie Patricelli 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and an award presentation for Idaho author Emily Ruskovich at noon. Plus, Rediscovered will offer free audio books all day through the online shop Don't miss this chance to support the store you love.

"Booga. Booga"

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The Arc Idaho Sprout Film Festival

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(image) Now in its eighth year, the film festival continues to aim to "challenge assumptions and break down stereotypes" by showing a series of short films that focus on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If the word sprout conjures up the image of a valiant flower shoot pushing up through a crack in the sidewalk, then you've got a pretty good idea of what the The Arc's annual Sprout Film Festival is all about. Now in its eighth year, the film festival continues to aim to "challenge assumptions and break down stereotypes" by showing a series of short films that focus on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event is twofold, including a special morning screening for kids and an evening screening at The Egyptian Theatre open to the public for a small admission fee. Inclusivity, empowerment and acceptance are all major themes of the event, which puts those who are often shunted out of the spotlight center stage. Grab a seat Friday, April 27, to get inspired.

Puzzle Answers April 25, 2018

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