Thursday, April 16, 2015

Call to Boise Artists: Grants Available Through Newly Founded Alexa Rose Foundation

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Alexa Rose Howell's "Maurice" was a Boise Weekly cover in 2013. - ALEXA ROSE HOWELL
  • Alexa Rose Howell
  • Alexa Rose Howell's "Maurice" was a Boise Weekly cover in 2013.
When longtime Boise artist Alexa Rose passed away in January 2013, she left behind a comet tail of artwork, the Alexa Rose Gallery and deep roots in Boise's arts community. Add to her legacy The Alexa Rose Foundation, founded in 2014, which for the first time is initiating a grant process for local artists. 

This year, the foundation will award up to 20 grants for between $250 and $5,000 to visual artists in Ada and Canyon counties for college tuition, class fees and workshops in the visual arts, travel expenses for projects related to new work, arts conference expenses, exhibitions and specific projects. 

Grants in 2015 will go toward visual artists but the foundation will fund other arts projects in the future, including literary work, performance art and music.

To apply, you need the following: a completed application form, a one-page statement of purpose, a budget, images of past work and any applicable support materials. Applications will be judged based on the effect the grant would likely have on creative work, whether the grant will go toward a specific project, arts development or education within a year, and the quality of work samples provided. 

Applications are due Saturday, May 30, at 4 p.m. via thumb drive to the Alexa Rose Foundation, 1020 Main St., Ste. 270, Boise, ID 83702, or by email to Grants will be announced Wednesday, July 1. For more information and application materials, click on the PDF below.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Treefort 2015: Shredding at Skatefort

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Catching some air at Rhodes Park. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Catching some air at Rhodes Park.

Not far form the Treefort Music Fest Main Stage, children and adults took turns at the Rhodes Skate Park halfpipe and on skateboard-friendly terrain features. By the basketball court, a group of people were listening to a punk rock band, and at a nearby tent, Tom Kilroy and Lori Wright of the Boise Skateboard Association were making the case for re-vamping the park.

"This is going to bring us into the new century," said Kilroy. "It's going to be a living art form."

Plans to renovate the park were discussed at a planning session of the Boise City Council in February. The new park will be built with $1.25 million from the J.A. and Katherine Albertson Foundation, as well as $138,000 from the city. The new park will include a Parkour course and enhanced skateboard features, with concrete work by skatepark developing firm Gridline. Kilroy said that the skate community has outgrown Rhodes, and the new park would be a destination for touring professionals and skate companies.

"This is our first big stepping stone," Kilroy said.

The new park has critics,too, however: Plans were rolled out about four months after the October beating death of Rusty Bitton; and amid a broader conversation about the encampment of people who have made the area near Rhodes their home. 

"I think the public clearly understands what is happening here. The city of Boise has found a willing partner to renovate an area where the homeless have been living publicly in order to displace them. ... And boy, this project is happening at breakneck speed for City Hall," said ACLU-Idaho Executive Director Greg Morris at the time
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coffee With A Lot of Boise Police Dept. Cops

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 5:52 PM

It looked like a raid: The parking lot outside of the Caffe Capri on Vista Avenue was filled with cop cars early Tuesday morning. Inside the coffee shop, however, about a dozen plainclothes detectives, uniformed officers, sergeants and lieutenants, and even new Boise Police Chief William “Bill” Bones weren’t making arrests. From 7-8:30 a.m., they were there to meet Vista neighborhood residents as part of Boise Police Department’s inaugural Coffee with a Cop.

“I had been thinking about doing Coffee with a Cop for about eight or nine months,” said Bones, who was sworn in as chief in February. His plan is for BPD to host coffee meetings every month in a new neighborhood.

Vista was chosen for the first Coffee with a Cop not only because it’s a good representative of Boise’s demographics, but also because it is the prototype for the city’s Energize Our Neighborhoods program. Strengthening relationships between citizens and police is part of that revitalization.

“We want to drive that interaction, but you know what? I want to know what the citizens want in their neighborhoods,” Bones said. “I want them to know the officers that work their area and have a personal relationship. Sometimes people say, ‘I didn’t call you because I didn’t want to bother you.’ We hear that all the time, but that’s our job. That’s what we’re here for. You know, sometimes people are going to come [to a Coffee with a Cop] because they want to complain about something we’re not doing. We want to hear that, too. … I really do believe sharing of information contributes to the safety of neighborhoods.”

Several area residents must feel the same way because the cozy coffeeshop was filled with people from a young father and his 4-year-old son, to Miss Idaho International 2015 Madison Summers, to a 93-year-old resident who has lived in his Bench-area home since 1923. Shannon McGuire, who works with the city on the Energize Our Neighborhoods program and Barbara English, a youth recreation specialist who oversees the Whitney Community Center were also there as community members with a vested interest in Vista Neighborhood’s health.

Along with Chief Bones, BPD was represented at Coffee with a Cop by officers like Sgt. Danielle Young (BPD’s first female sergeant) who manages the Bench SRO program; Officer Sam Nesbitt, who works at the Boise Airport and handed out trading cards of his dog Appie, an explosive-detection K9; and Officer Mike Nance, the Vista area Neighborhood Contact Officer.

Scanning the room, Bones pointed to a table full of smiling officers and residents.

“It’s a recharge for the officers, too,” he said. “I think it’s a win for the community and a win for the police department.”

Visit for updates on the Coffee with a Cop program.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Mexico's Liga MX and Spain's La Liga to Compete in 'Basque Soccer Friendly' at Boise State in July

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

A team from Spanish soccer league La Liga will go head-to-head against a team from Mexico's Liga MX at the Wednesday, July 29, Basque Soccer Friendly at Boise State University's Albertsons Stadium. La Liga MX is the top-ranked soccer league in North America.

Though the Basque Soccer Friendly had planned to host a Major League Soccer team to play against the La Liga team, MLS had a scheduling conflict: its AT&T All-Star Game is happening in Denver, Colo., also on July 29. According to BSF media contact Argia Beristain Dougherty, MLS reached out to Liga MX to send a team to Boise to compete against the La Liga team.

Bringing La Liga to Boise has been in the works since 2010, when Mayor Dave Bieter met with Basque leaders who had come from Spain to celebrate Jaialdi, the huge Basque festival celebrated in Boise every five years. 

"It was too good an idea to pass up," Dougherty said.

Since then, Bieter and his brother, Boise State University history professor Dr. John Bieter, have worked with Basque groups in and outside of Boise to bring La Liga to the City of Trees for the BSF, which is part of the upcoming Jaialdi 2015, happening Tuesday, July 28-Sunday, Aug. 2.

Dougherty said Liga MX and La Liga are finalizing broadcasting arrangements for the match, which is set to take place at Albertsons Stadium. While time and ticket cost are also still being confirmed, the match is expected to begin at 7 p.m. and tickets should cost $40-$90 for general seating, $140-$250 for suites. These and other details are expected to be finalized by the time tickets go on sale in mid-April.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Boise Co-op Gets New Sign

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM

  • Harrison Berry

The Boise Co-op unveiled a big change to its North End storefront today with the addition of a new sign. 

As part of the ongoing rebranding effort that began with an extensive redesign of the Co-op's interior, the LED-backlit sign has replaced the dark-green awning that hung over the front of the grocery store since it opened in its present location nearly 20 years ago.

Meanwhile, the Co-op is preparing to open its second location in the Village at Meridian.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

City of Boise Crowdsources Five-Year Cultural Plan

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Plates of cookies, pita chips and carrot sticks lined the conference room tables in the River conference room at Boise City Hall—but few of the dozen attendees at a City Department of Arts and History Boise Cultural Planning Process meeting asked why the tables, arranged in a U shape, were also strewn with Post-it notes.

The point of this meeting was to find out what both everyday citizens and people with vested interests believe is working, isn't working and might be missing from the city's expanding arts, cultural and historical scene.

"What's authentic to us? Who do we want to become?" asked Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb.

Bubb posed five questions:
What is culture?
What works well in Boise?
Where do you find culture in Boise?
What doesn't work well in Boise?
What would you like to see regarding culture in the future?

She gave everyone four minutes per question to write their answers on the Post-it notes, then opened the floor for discussion.

Attendees said high-performing arts and culture programs like The Cabin, Treefort Music Fest and the city's growing dance community are good fits for the City of Trees but could continue to benefit from public support. Transportation—particularly parking availability and the absence of a citywide network of bike lanes—the Grove plaza, the mall and a "brewpub overload" were seen as demerits. Some cultural features might have been overlooked were it not for a few stray observations; one attendee, Byron Folwell, said he enjoyed Boise's occasional parades.

"They shouldn't work anymore, but they do," he said.

As for improving Boise's cultural infrastructure, expanding transportation access, housing the homeless and building public "maker spaces" were a few of the things people said they'd like to see more of.

The Post-its were collected, and the Department of Arts and History will use that information to determine where and how it will distribute department resources through 2020.

Those who are unable to attend cultural planning meetings are encouraged to provide input through an Arts and History survey.

This was the second of three cultural planning meetings the Department of Arts and History is holding. Bubb said she has heard input from around 100 people but so far, not many have taken the online survey. The third and final Boise Cultural Planning Process meeting is on Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30-6 p.m., in the River Room at Boise City Hall. If you'd like to attend, RSVP to Karen Bubb at
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sesqui-Shop to Close Its Door Dec. 20

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM

  • Laurie Pearman

Boise celebrated its 150th birthday in 2013, rolling out a host of events and introducing us to the practically unpronounceable $15 word, "sesquicentennial,"  which the Boise City Department of Arts and History used as the basis for its popular outreach office and gallery space, the Sesqui-Shop.

More than a year after its unveiling, the Sesqui-Shop is closing down, and its last day of operation is slated for Saturday, Dec. 20.

"Although the city tentatively planned to host the shop for one more year, the property owner understandably felt it was time to secure a long-term commitment for the space. The city appreciates the flexible agreement we've had to this point and fully supports the owner's prerogative," city of Boise Community Relations Coordinator Rachel Reichert wrote in a news release.

That doesn't mean the Sesqui-Shop is done for: According to the release, the Department of Arts and History is exploring the possibility of a permanent cultural facility similar to the Sesqui-Shop. Meanwhile, four upcoming Sesqui-Shop events are scheduled between now and the closure of the location:
  • Idaho Humanities Presents: Wilderness Considered Discussion Series, presented by Lisa Brady of Boise State University, Monday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.;
  • First Thursday Opening, featuring work by artists-in-residence Eric Mullis and Kelly Cox and music by Sun Blood Stories, Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m.;
  • Reclaiming the West: Women, Environment and the Irrigation Settlement Movement, 1870-1930, presented by Laura Woodworth-Ney, of Idaho State University, Monday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.;
  • December Holiday Pop-Up Series, hosted by local makers, Tuesday, Dec. 2-Saturday, Dec. 20 (closed Sundays and Mondays), noon-6 p.m.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Conde Nast Traveler Calls Boise “The West’s Best Kept Secret”

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

  • Joshua Roper

Boise is no stranger to national praise. The city was ranked the No. 8 Most Underrated City in the West by Life Magazine, the Best City for Men by Men’s Health and the Best Town in the Western U.S. by Outside Magazine. These are some of Boise’s many distinctions that Conde Nast Traveler writer Alexander Maksik lists in his recent article, “Boise: The West’s Best Kept Secret.”

But Maksik’s piece eschews vague, listicle-style doting in favor of a more in-depth, first-person account of some of the local landmarks and restaurants that make Boise so exceptional. From Masik’s base at The Modern Hotel—the “city’s most stylish hotel” with “one of the best bars in Boise”—he stops by Juniper for “delicious bison meatballs,” swings into the “bright, lovingly designed sandwich shop” Bleubird for a reuben and then lingers over an “outstanding” dinner at State & Lemp, which he says is “without any of the pretension or imitation I expected.”

To find out more reasons Maksik was “thoroughly charmed” by Boise, click here to read the entire article.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

You live on the Bench. You love your neighborhood, and you want to make a difference. But how? 

The Central Bench Neighborhood Association wants your input on what to do for the August National Night out event coming up next month. Bench-dwellers can show up with their bright ideas and contribute to the conversation, or just sit in the back and make peanut-gallery style comments. Either way, you can say you were there when the great social event of 2014 was planned. 

7 p.m. FREE. Wright Congregational Church, 4821 W. Franklin Rd., Boise, 208-343-0292.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Owyhee Opens Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:50 PM

  • Tara Morgan

The long-awaited (and updated) Owyhee Plaza is installing furniture and electronic equipment in preparation for its grand opening, Wednesday, July 9. 

Boise Weekly has followed the saga of the former hotel, from its purchase by developer Clay Carley and Mike Brown, of L.A.-based Local Construct, to a pre-opening tour featuring restaurant, model apartments and office spaces.

Wednesday's ribbon cutting officially marks the mixed-use project's availability to the public, which will get a first-hand look at the refurbished Boise landmark. The opening, sponsored in part by Boise Weekly, runs from 6-9 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Grove streets. Food and drink will be provided by Kindness and Telaya Wineries.

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