Treefort Named Boise's Cultural Ambassador 

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has named the City of Trees' new 2015 cultural ambassador. Treefort Music Fest, the annual music festival that has brought hundreds of bands to Boise since 2012, will receive $25,000 as part of the honor through the Boise City Department of Arts and History.

"Treefort is such a great event because of how organically Boise it truly is," Bieter told a crowd at El Korah Shrine on Dec. 3. "Perhaps more than any other event, it captures the essence of Boise's creative, vibrant and unique cultural scene--especially its music."

In 2014, Treefort went beyond being a music festival and did just as Bieter said: It included non-music components like Hackfort, a computer and application coding element; Yogafort, a yoga lounge; and Storyfort, a literary salon. In March 2015, it will add skateboard and comedy forts.

Treefort also announced its first round of 27 music acts for the now five-day festival. Acts include TV on the Radio, Trampled by Turtles, Yacht, Emily Wells, Viet Cong, Wolvserpent, Generationals, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, De Lux, and Logan Hyde.

To view the entire list of acts announced to date, visit treefortmusicfest.com/lineup.

In other tree news, real estate developer Gardner Company announced it has saved Idaho's tallest Christmas tree. The 78-foot-tall metal tree that stands atop the 267-foot-tall US Bank Plaza building was in the way of a crane needed for construction of the new City Center Plaza. Rather than remove the tree, Gardner and ESI Construction came up with a "cost-effective alternative": they'll use mobile cranes when the time comes.

From creative construction to comfy couches, Saint Lawrence Gridiron will continue with its Couch Surfer Series: Artists and Authors. The series, which brings local artists and authors in for an intimate conversation and performance, will continue on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. with musician Travis Ward and author Emma Arnold. Justin Vaughn will moderate. The series continues at least through February 2015 on the third Thursday of each month. More info is available at facebook.com/SLGridiron.

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