Politicians, chamber of commerce boosters and business types love to tout "the Idaho spirit" of rugged DIY-ism and can-do-itude. Truth be told, the Gem State is pretty bootstrappy—because it has to be. With Boise's distinction as "the most remote metropolitan area in the lower 48" and the generally rural, low-wage nature of our state, if we don't have something, we make it.
On Thursday, May 4, the willingness of Idahoans to band together and pitch in for the common good will be on full display with the fourth annual Idaho Gives—a 24-hour nonprofit support-a-thon when residents of all economic status will donate what they can to help keep afloat a raft of charities and causes whose vital services we'd otherwise go without.
Boise Weekly News Editor George Prentice checked in with three nonprofit organizations of varying size to gauge the importance of Idaho Gives. Spoiler alert: It's super important. Find his report on Page 6.
Adding to the significance of May 4, it's also First Thursday, which means a host of entertainment and events downtown. Check out all the happenings beginning on Page 8.
On Page 19, read BW freelancer Chris Parker's profile of Seattle-based singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone, whose new album follows her 2012 surprise sensation Deer Creek Canyon, which NPR tapped as one of the 10 best releases of the year. If past is prelude, her recent record From Where I Started will also succed.
Frequent BW music contributor Ben Schultz has a conversation with Samwise Carlson (a.k.a. local band Tispur), who dropped his debut album Sleepy Creature in late April. Despite Carlson's young age, Schultz writes his dreamy mix of cryptic lyrics and melancholia have made Tispur "one of the most mesmerizing local acts in recent years." Get the whole story on Page 20.
Another highlight in this week's paper is a chat between Prentice and Oceane Pelloille, who will serve as the commencement speaker at the 100th Boise State University graduation ceremony on Friday, May 5. Meet this distinguished student on Page 23.