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Arts News May 12, 2004


honors Michael Hoffman

At Boise State's 73rd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, the university will present its first-ever honorary doctorate to filmmaker Michael Hoffman. Hoffman is a graduate of the Boise State theatre arts department and a Rhodes Scholar. He has also donated time to teach and work with Boise State students and he has been involved in several local film and theater projects. Hoffman has also made his mark on the Hollywood scene, having directed several major pictures, including The Emperor's Club, A Midsummer Night's Dream and One Fine Day.


Boise State Radio General Manager Jim Paluzzi announced he will leave Boise State in mid-June to accept the newly created position of vice president for applied technology at Colorado Public Radio. Steve Johnston, engineering and operations director, will serve as interim general manager during the search for Paluzzi's replacement.

Paluzzi joined Boise State in 1986 as one of two full-time staff members. In his 18 years of service to Boise State Radio, the operation has grown to include three public radio networks with 19 transmitters that reach over half the population of Idaho, as well as adjacent regions of eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Today Boise State Radio employs 21 permanent staff members, dozens of student employees and has an operating budget in excess of $2.3 million. Though Paluzzi is excited to have accepted what he considers a dream job in Colorado, he swears he will always be a Bronco.

New penguins at Zoo Boise

On May 7, six female Magellanic penguins moved into the Credit Data Idaho Penguin Pavilion at Zoo Boise. These new penguins came from a Six Flags Theme Park in Ohio, where they were on loan from the John Ball Zoo in Michigan. The addition of the six new penguins means that the Penguin Pavilion—one of Zoo Boise's most popular exhibits—now houses nine Magellanic penguins. The public is invited to watch penguin feedings at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays-Tuesdays at Zoo Boise in Julia Davis Park. During these sessions, zookeepers explain penguin care.


The Idaho Commission on the arts, in partnership with Arts Northwest and the Idaho Department of Commerce, is sponsoring MERGE: Idaho's Regional Conferences on the Arts. These daylong meetings for artists and arts organizations will be held in May and June at six locations: May 19, Moscow; May 21, Sandpoint; June 7, Twin Falls; June 9, Hailey; June 11, McCall; June 23, Idaho Falls.

Each conference features a keynote address entitled "Toward a Civic Art" by Seattle artist and urban planner Jack Mackie. Mackie has participated in major urban redevelopment and new construction projects for 27 years including the First Avenue Streetscape in Seattle, Santa Clara County light rail project in California, Tennessee Aquarium plaza and park in Chattanooga, Tenn. and the Bute Avenue Corridor Plan in Cardiff, Wales.

In addition to the keynote luncheon address, each day features workshops for arts organizations focusing on responsibilities of nonprofit board members, audience development and retention, special interest or cultural tourism and the needs and issues facing regional arts. Workshops for artists will range from school bookings to contemporary marketing and business skills to art for public spaces. More information at

Interested individuals and organizations should send a registration fee of $25 per person (includes lunch) to the local arts agency closest to their preferred location. Deadlines are one week prior to the conference at each site.


The Saturday, May 15 concert featuring Rebecca Scott, Ned Evett and Marcus Eaton and the Lobby at The Egyptian Theatre to benefit Friends of Community House has been postponed. Refunds to ticket holders for the cancelled concert are available at the point of purchase. Organizers have decided to plan a larger, more star-studded event later in the year on a date yet to be determined to avoid competing with a busy May arts schedule, graduation season and the end of the school year. Organizers also received offers from other local musicians to lend their talents, meaning they could plan one larger event later in the year rather than two smaller concerts.

Friends of Community House, the fundraising campaign for Boise's homeless shelter and transition facility has received major gifts totaling approximately $150,000 since its launch on April 21. For more info about the upcoming benefit concert for Friends of the Community House, please contact Michael Zuzel in the Mayor's Office at 384-4401 or at