Knee-to-knee in memory of Lucas Hicks

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It’s impossible to talk about the Hermit Music Festival without talking about Lucas Hicks, wizard performer, composer, instructor and square-dance caller who was a central part of the Hermit Fest.

The Modern Becomes Original Goathead Business Ambassador

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Southwest Idahoans have what some might call an irrational hatred of the goathead weed, a plant that, at first glance, looks innocuous enough: a dainty vine trailing innocently across sidewalks and through empty lots. But take a closer look, and you’ll see the reason for this passionate loathing: dozens of knobbly, viciously-spiked seed heads (technically “nutlets”) that somewhat resemble their namesake. They’re ugly and incredibly resilient; jabbed into a foot or paw, they’re extremely painful; and they can ruin a bike ride faster than you can say “patch kit.” Enter The Boise Bicycle Project and Goathead Fest, an event that promises to combine eccentric, bicycle-themed fun with a particularly Boise-flavored community service: find and eradicate the pernicious goathead… Read More!

James Castle House Inaugural Symposium

The James Castle Inaugural Symposium offers a unique opportunity to understand Castle’s work in the context of the distinctive rural places that were his home, and highlights Boise, and Idaho, as a place of inspiration.

Txikiteo \chee-kee-tay-o\

Txikiteo is a new eatery in the Linen District. More European than American in its approach, Txikiteo is a neighborhood place to gather at any time of the day for coffee, tapas, charcuterie, wine and beer. Serving fresh, authentic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Txikiteo’s menu is internationally influenced yet locally procured.  Seasonal ingredients are appropriately featured (think summer cheeses, autumn vegetables), and will occasionally showcase the produce of great artisans from around the world. 

Burning Lamb: A Modern Tradition

“God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks.” It’s not clear if Dan Ansotegui is actually sent by Satan, but one bite of his roast lamb and you’ll think he for sure made a deal with him; it’s that tender, that juicy, that crisply perfect. The public gets a chance to taste for themselves during […]

Sun Valley Film Festival Boasts Idaho Talent

One of Idaho’s most exciting cultural events, The Sun Valley Film Festival, opens March 14th. With an intriguing, well-regarded lineup of films and a wide—and widely accessible—range of spinoff events, the Sun Valley Film Festival is an Idaho success story.

Food + Love = Modern Valentine

Being in love produces an abundance of hormones (such as norepinephrine, which, depending on your romantic status, could read as “no-repine-phrine”), and some of these hormones act as appetite suppressants. Nonetheless, there is a longstanding belief in the connection between food and love; one kind of appetite naturally leads to another, and love-hunger can sometimes […]

Meriwether + Modern = Fresh New Boise Cider

For ten years, The Modern has been about highlighting the best Boise has to offer by working with other local businesses, artists, and city leaders. In that tradition, The Modern is proud to introduce The Forager, a new cider by Meriwether Cider Company created in collaboration with the Modern’s chef Nate Whitley and bar and […]