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Arts News April 7, 2004

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Scott Stewart Dies

Boise human rights and arts activist Scott Stewart died April 3 after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer.

In his too-short 45 years, Stewart touched many lives through his involvement with a number of gay organizations, including Your Family Friends and Neighbors (YFFN), Boise female impersonation troupe LipsInc!, The Community Center and the Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Boise. Stewart once earned an Elm Award—recognition by Idaho's gay community of his tireless involvement in activities promoting tolerance and respect of diversity.

Theater was always Stewart's first love, and in 1997, he co-founded Spontaneous Productions, Boise's first and only community theater with a mission to stage plays with a gay and/or gender-bending edge. He directed or co-directed several of the company's productions, including Jeffrey, Equus, The Laramie Project, Torch Song Trilogy and The Rocky Horror Show.

Stewart is survived by his partner of nearly 13 years, Doug Flanders—co-founder of LipsInc!. A funeral service is slated for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. A reception will follow at Flanders' home, 1840 E. Ridgecrest, Boise.

In lieu of flowers, Flanders has requested donations be made in Stewart's name to Spontaneous Productions, P.O. Box 2003, Boise, 83701.

Idaho Greentracks

The Idaho Green Party has produced a compilation CD entitled Idaho Greentracks: A Party Sampler featuring 18 Idaho musicians committed to both political progress and music. The distinct bands offer up everything from experimental avant-jazz to indie pop on these mostly exclusive tracks. Idahoans will recognize the sounds of: Kris Doty, Central Boise Library, The Very Most, Booth Sitter, Built to Spill, R. Heroz, Bonefish Sam and His Power Orchestra, Lowbelly, Wendy Matson, Bob Picard, Greg Kelly, Mike Blomquist, Joe Bejsovec, Carl Rey, The Acoustic Wave Machine, Mary Asparagus, Gwen Sanchirico and Upinatem.

Samples of each track and bios of all the musicians can be found at www.idahogreenparty.org, where the CD is also available for purchase. The first live shows to promote the CD are Friday, April 9 at The Venue and Sunday, April 11 at Neurolux. See The Live Music Guide on pages 26-27 for more.

How the ink feels at Log Cabin

During the month of April—National Poetry Month—the Log Cabin Literary Center will host an exhibit of traveling poetry broadsides entitled How the Ink Feels. These broadsides by nationally known writers are somewhat rare—having been letterpress printed and illustrated. The broadsides belong to the nonprofit organization Friends of William Stafford (www.williamstafford.org) and are part of a traveling exhibit that tours the country. The exhibit is sponsored locally by the Idaho Humanities Council and is free and open to the public for viewing at the Log Cabin (801 S. Capitol Blvd.) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Incidentally, the son of William Stafford, the writer Kim Stafford, will present "Personal Scripture: Poems, Stories and Songs in the Seeker's Life" at the Log Cabin Literary Center on April 18 at 7 p.m.

GIFTS AND WILCOX FUND SUPPORT LOG CABIN RENOVATION

The Log Cabin Literary Center's renovation will proceed, thanks to two major gifts: Carol MacGregor donated $7,500 to complete the kitchen; and Marjorie Minskoff Schleifer gave $10,000 for the "Henry and Marjorie Minskoff Library." The kitchen will accommodate the food service needs of the community groups who meet regularly at the Cabin and provide support for caterers of special events and receptions. The library will house signed first editions by Log Cabin guests and a large collection of books about teaching writing, while providing a quiet place to sit and read. The planned renovation will vastly increase the usable space in the building, enhancing all the Cabin's programs.

Also supporting the renovation is a new memorial fund for Irene Wilcox, an advocate who lobbied for education and social services for Idaho children.

SO LONG CD HAIKU

Boise Weekly has decided to depart from spare, poetic CD reviews (of any CD that arrived in our mailbox, by anyone willing to pick up a pen) to more informative, prose reviews of select CDs by staff writer and music maven Nicholas Collias. We believe this change will better serve our readers. But that doesn't mean we no longer want your input; send suggestions of CDs you'd like to see reviewed to Nicholas@boiseweekly.com.

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