So You Want to Write ... • "So, This Kid Walks Into a Bar ..." • Numbers-smith Resigns, Bubb Fills In 

So You Want to Write ...

Is there an aspiring author inside of you just waiting to be set free? Local authors Maryanna Young and Rebecca Evans offer a workshop and tips to help you find your inner writer, get a book written and get it published.

Young is a business strategies consultant and the author of Blank to Book: From Idea to Amazon in 150 Days. Evans is a business strategies consultant who presents workshops on female empowerment, and is the author of The Art of Self Discovery: Uncovering the Authentic You.

According to a press release on the workshop, "Studies by the Publishing Institute Experience show that consultants who write books can expect increases in revenue of up to 380 percent, while speakers often see increases of up to 219 percent and real estate agents experience increases up to 194 percent."

March 17, noon-5 p.m., $99, includes the workshop, lunch and workshop notebook. Holiday Inn Express at I-84 and Eagle Road. Space is limited to 30 participants. Call 208-344-2733 to register or download a brochure and registration form at www.blanktobook.com.

"so, this kid walks into a bar ..."

While most 11-year-olds are working on their multiplication tables and spelling tests, Trevor Hattabaugh is working on his stand-up routine. Repeatedly referred to as the "banned 11-year-old comic," Hattabaugh received his title when owners of the Boise comedy club, the Funny Bone, told him he couldn't perform there anymore. It wasn't that they didn't like the little tyke: The Idaho State Police's Alcohol Beverage Control unit told the owners that neither Hattabaugh (nor any other underage performer or patron) was allowed in the bar. The public outcry at the perceived unfairness of the situation has led to Hattabaugh receiving more attention for his age than he might ever have for his act. To whit, a talent coordinator for the Late Show with David Letterman and comedian himself, Eddie Brill, heard about the brou"haha" and decided to bring his own act to Boise, and invite Hattabaugh to be one of the opening acts. Other openers include local dry-humor guy Pete Peterson, the Fool Squad: Tom Willmorth and Joe Golden, who got their start producing greenshows for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and, interestingly enough, Pat Mac, co-owner of the Funny Bone comedy club.

March 24, 8 p.m., $10 general admission, $40 VIP admission, which includes priority seating and a meet-and-greet with the comedians. Boise State Student Union Building, Hatch Ballroom, 1910 University Dr. Call 208-859-0983 for more information.

Numbers-smith Resigns, Bubb Fills In

As the overall strategy for boosting Boise's image and livability rating undergoes changes, so does the Boise City Arts Commission (BCAC). On March 2, Mayor Bieter announced that Julie Numbers-Smith, executive director of BCAC was resigning. After eight years as executive director, Numbers-Smith felt it was time to return to her roots as an actor and artist. To further this ambition, Numbers-Smith will be pursuing her own arts consulting business. During her time, Numbers-Smith created "Fall for Boise" City Harvest and Arts for Kids during the Capital City Market. Mayor Beiter conveyed the city's thanks for Numbers-Smith's dedicated hard work for the betterment of Boise and wished her "the best in her future endeavors."

Karen Bubb will take over Numbers-Smith's position until a permanent replacement can be found. As public arts manager, Bubb has controlled budgets ranging from $2,500-$300,000 for various agencies and managed more than 50 temporary and permanent public arts projects. Bubb has been a key player in the Boise Visual Chronicle, a city-owned collection of paintings and other two-dimensional art which encompasses over 60 works by 33 artists. Recently she was hired as a consultant by a group of local law firms working to fund and choose public art for the Federal Courthouse.

-- Karri Alderson and Amy Atkins

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