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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop

Way to go Gem State! Keep feeding the stereotype!

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Posted by Insanity! on 12/31/2013 at 10:34 AM

Re: “New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop

Are some of the local food trucks gonna be there?

Posted by ajax on 12/30/2013 at 1:20 PM

Re: “New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop

Will alcohol be served or allowed?

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Posted by kblake14 on 12/28/2013 at 12:03 PM

Re: “New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop

Dropping the potato is a great idea!
Forget what (you've been told) about the potato.
Break out of the potato marketing trance.
The more it's dropped, the less potato shaped folks will be plodding around Idaho.
And the healthier the population will be.
Although the medical cartel may lose a bit of business.

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Posted by watcher on 12/27/2013 at 8:57 AM

Re: “New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop

We need volunteers to help out at the Potato Drop! If you're interested, please drop a note here or email me: zefareu - @ - riseup - dot - net

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Posted by Potato Drop Volunteer Coordinator on 12/24/2013 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Ballet Idaho Presents The Nutcracker

I agree that it's just not the same without a live orchestra. A little bit of the magic was lost!

Posted by Jenntrip on 12/22/2013 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Ballet Idaho Presents The Nutcracker

So much for live entertainment.

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Posted by Jennie Ficks on 12/21/2013 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Ballet Idaho Presents The Nutcracker

Why are you using recorded music? So awful! Part if the whole experience is watching a live ballet performance is listening to live musicians, othetwise I might as well stay home and watch a recorded version on television/DVD.

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Posted by Penny Brooks Alevizon on 12/21/2013 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Ballet Idaho Presents The Nutcracker

Shameful to use canned music! Why should the public pay to hear a recording? Bring back the LIVE orchestra!

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Posted by music lives on 12/21/2013 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Junot Diaz

I attended this event on Dec. 10 at the Morrison Center with 2 friends. I have read 2 of his books and enjoyed them...

Unfortunately, Diaz seemed to "Just Show Up", winged the 1 hour he spoke, and was watching the clock the entire time (iPhone in hand.)

He ignored the Cabin’s protocol where the first hour is a presentation and reading. Afterwards written questions from the audience are presented and the presenting book author answers them.

Junot rambled along, seemingly without direction and preparation. He received a question (in Spanish) from the audience question and in Spanish, he answered. This took up about 10 minutes. Very few in the audience understood WTF they were talking about.

Every fourth word was swearing. In case you are wondering, I swear but not on stage and front of an audience where people pay good money to hear someone speak intelligently and respectfully.

He was asked to and did not repeat questions form the audience.

The Grand Finale was a person in the audience (a professor I think, and maybe from BSU) was supposed to ask a question but instead a Love Fest ensued. Something like, Hey Dude, I think you are f--king awesome, I read your books, and mu f--king students dig you. This MF and that MF and so on.

All three in my group felt Junot Diaz was a huge disappointment, waste of time and money

Posted by Antonio Yomasado on 12/12/2013 at 10:01 AM

Re: “'This Wonderful Life' a Not-So-Wonderful Play

Although I went to this production with nominal expectations--typical for anything that is done and redone--this was a truly creative retelling. It provided both my nostalgia fix AND the creativity I expect from BCT. Tom Ford was amazing (the time flew by!); the stage set and delivery "vehicle" were even beyond BCT's usual level of innovation; and the dialogue made an old favorite movie, "fresh". Highly recommended.

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Posted by Seabird on 12/06/2013 at 1:34 PM

Re: “'This Wonderful Life' a Not-So-Wonderful Play

I loved the play for its cleaver way of putting it together. Tom Ford was wonderful. I think the reviewer was off. I recommend all to go see it. I'm returning! Think the critic is full of himself.

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Posted by Jeannie Peterson on 12/05/2013 at 1:42 PM

Re: “10 Big Ideas to Make Boise Greener

Making Boise greener is an interesting concept...what's the goal and what is the intent? Goals and intents are often closely related, but "green" is a funny bug. Take for instance, the fact that we get our power from coal, but the coal comes from other states, such as Wyoming. So if we wanted to reduce our emissions from fossil fuels, we in Idaho wouldn't really see the direct benefit. We don't have trains full of coal rolling through town, nor smokestacks belching fumes, nor smoggy soot (we have smog, but not from coal plants).

And, to address an earlier comment, do we want to encourage people to come to Idaho because it's greener? Or do we want to make it greener so it's better for those of us that already live here? Some projects will do both, but others might only affect one aspect. An interconnected and effective public transportation system would certainly make Boise greener, but if you visited, you might not notice how easily you can get to Caldwell on a bus, or what a high rate of recycling we have. But a visitor might notice a giant new park somewhere. An obvious project like this might entice a visitor to move or take a job here, but locals might not need another park.

As usual, sustainability has no set definition and can be addressed from many sides. This event seems a great way to bring a lot of creative minds to the table. I look forward to it!

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Posted by Mike Seaman on 12/04/2013 at 10:34 PM

Re: “10 Big Ideas to Make Boise Greener

We could quit telling everybody and their mother to move here. Quit yacking on and on about how great Boise is and quality of life blah blah. Then we might have few less people and their cars. (One can allways dream.)

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Posted by Chad Allbrett on 12/04/2013 at 9:29 PM

Re: “10 Big Ideas to Make Boise Greener

A few thoughts:
Transition from a car-centric focus to a people-centric focus.
This is both greener in terms of pollution and greener in terms of more of a focus on
life in the city instead of buildings and machines.

More efficient public transport to get people out of their cars.
This could include streetcars and trams as well as expanded bus service.

Separate protected bike lanes.
This physical security would dramatically increase the number of bike riders since they would then feel safe and un-threatened by parallel car traffic.

Slower speed limits.
This is already proposed by the city planners and is a another very positive step to aid pedestrians in feeling safe walking on the streets.
Drivers will tend to drive 5 to 10 miles over the speed limit, so this is critical to bring a more people-centric focus.

Quality public space.
Create pedestrian only streets.
This gives a strong people-centric feel to any city area.
Without it there's always a car-centric hard edged dominance.
These areas also lend themselves to the addition of greenery to the city streets along with a strong communal feeling attracting people like a magnet.

Additional landscaping on streets.
Adding more landscaped strips between sidewalks and the paved streets adds more greenery and acts as a safety strip by giving walkers an increased feeling of protection from autos rolling by.
This will dramatically increase the walkability of the city.
Build parklets along streets that replace parking spaces.

More mixed use development.
This is already proposed by the city planners and has been successful in creating a more green city if it is done in such a way that it doesn't create more auto traffic in the area.

Human scale development with a minimum of concrete, steel and asphalt.
Focus on a maximum of 2 to 3 story building development to keep the environment in a human scale.
Depending on street width, as soon as buildings get over 2 to 3 stories, they tower over people and the area becomes building-centric and not people centric.

Make it People-Centric and They Will Come.

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Posted by watcher on 12/04/2013 at 8:19 PM

Re: “'This Wonderful Life' a Not-So-Wonderful Play

This play is a celebration of life. Brought to stage, BCT'S This Wonderful Life is an up-close relationship between the Capra film's story, the audience, and their new guide to the original story, Tom Ford. I was entranced from start to finish.

Thanks to Ford's tremendous performance, I felt more engaged by the story than I remembered from all the times I've seen It's a Wonderful Life--or at least in a new way. Though I love both, the communal theater experience has opportunity for an audience to feel like connected participants in the action, more than is allowed in the presentational quality of film. But this play was more than a narrative retelling, a rehashing or a recap--and Ford's performance was not mimicry.

As a solo actor, Ford did more than bring the characters from Capra's film to life. Through the film lover character, he showed how these Bedford Falls, WWII Era characters matter here and now. He made me love them, yet also see beyond them as characters, as though they were real people who lived. Also, as a monologue play, This Wonderful Life reveals the original's themes of being alone-together and attempting the impossible in ways the film does not.

With Murray's play, the shared infectious love for It's a Wonderful Life grabs an important heart: by showing how a meaty piece of art can long outlast its original artists and take on new journeys, this stage version is itself a new journey. I don't think any love or magic was explained away, but enhanced contagiously throughout the room.

I can't wait to see This Wonderful Life again and I know many who feel the same way.

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Posted by Heidi Kraay on 12/04/2013 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Pictures of Home

i am so proud of you dear Janet that your paintings teach PEACE...You are a great woman .Thanks to God to read more things about you
Iraq really is proud of you ,the country of great civilizations...I am so happy of you

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Posted by Sabah Altimimy on 11/30/2013 at 4:26 AM

Re: “Death Becomes Them

love this! death is a part of all of our lives, yet we avoid it - due to our fear and denial? Why not try to help our loved ones die feeling loved and supported, and able to trust that things will be done as they wish, and create good memories for the survivors?

Posted by lessismore on 10/31/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Death Becomes Them

I attended the death of my beloved Auntie Carrie in Vermont. She was "a maiden lady" who lived with love for me as her daughter for 94 years. When she died, my daughter and I dressed her in her favorite dress and had family pay last respects as she laid in her bed. My husband and I transported her to the crematorium in a special casket we bought from a local funeral home.
I will always be grateful that I could do this for her.

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Posted by Beck Fenton on 10/31/2013 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Dramatic Fabric: The Art of Star Moxley

She is brilliant and generous. She has added enormously to our community.

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Posted by Sheila Robertson on 10/23/2013 at 12:45 PM


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