Arts & Entertainment
For those who seek cultural enlightenment, the city is home to several live theater companies including the 26-year old Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Idaho, Opera Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Venues such as the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, the Boise Pavilion on the campus of Boise State University, the newer Bank of America Centre in downtown Boise and Idaho Center in nearby Nampa are host to a large number of productions including the annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival, touring Broadway stage shows and local and nationally prominent musicians.
The sports-minded can attend professional hockey (Idaho Steelheads), basketball (CBA Idaho Stampede) and baseball (Boise Hawks) events, or see any number of exciting sports in the Boise State University athletics program.
Boise's downtown retains its vibrancy day and night. After the thriving business day ends, Boiseans find company, food, and entertainment in a growing number of downtown restaurants and clubs, many with open-air dining.
If you find a keyboard or mouse difficult to use, speech recognition software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking may help you navigate web pages and online services. This software allows the user to move focus around a web page or application screen through voice controls.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, there are several accessibility features available to you.
A text transcript is a text equivalent of audio information that includes spoken words and non-spoken sounds such as sound effects. NAR is working on adding transcripts to all scripted video and audio content.
A caption is transcript for the audio track of a video presentation that is synchronized with the video and audio tracks. Captions are generally rendered visually by being superimposed over the video, which benefits people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and anyone who cannot hear the audio (e.g., when in a crowded room). Most of NAR's video content includes captions. Learn how to turn captioning on and off in YouTube.
Your computer, tablet, or mobile device has volume control features. Each video and audio service has its own additional volume controls. Try adjusting both your device's volume controls and your media players' volume controls to optimize your listening experience.