Winter 2005 Report 

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes in the Wind for Spontaneous Productions

Local theater company Spontaneous Productions is in transition these days.

Their board of directors has expanded from six to 14 members and the focus of the group has moved from its more cutting-edge roots as the valley's only theater company trying to stage productions to appeal to the gay community. Heading into their ninth season, Spontaneous will expand their focus beyond a social or cultural perspective, to include those plays they find to be excellent and cutting-edge dramas.

Of course, any performance at all hangs on bureaucratic process. On December 7, Spontaneous will hold a public hearing before the Boise City Planning & Zoning Commission on a conditional modification that would permit it to lease space at the Park Center Mall, 415 E. Parkcenter Boulevard at the southwest corner of Mallard and Parkcenter.

If the conditional modification is successful, Spontaneous will move to new digs in mid-January, in time to begin its ninth season with The Exonerated on January 19. Also under consideration are Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart and a staged reading of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

In the interim, the theater company's business office is located in downtown Boise at 1409 Grove St. and they can still be reached by telephone at the number (208) 363-7053. Stayed tuned to the regular edition of Boise Weekly for an update on Spontaneous Productions' plight and the outcome of the P&Z hearing. For more about Spontaneous Productions, visit their Web site at www.sponprod.com.

Limited Edition Etching Portfolio at StewarT Gallery

Artist Stephanie Wilde, of Boise's Stewart Gallery, will publish a portfolio of etchings titled AIDS Deems the Body SLIM. The artist has dedicated 23 years to the investigation of the social impact caused by the AIDS epidemic, creating original drawings and publishing portfolios of etching through Smith & Wilde Press. AIDS Deems the Body SLIM is based on a previous series of thirteen original drawings from "Unlucky 13, AIDS in Africa."

AIDS Deems the Body SLIM is a triptych of copper plate etchings based on the subject of three of the original drawing from "Unlucky 13": The Staff of Apollo, Rising from the Sea of Blood and The Myth. Wilde believes these new works carry the voice of "Unlucky 13."

Publication of the portfolio is slated for later this winter. For pre-publication information, please contact Marlow at (208) 433-0593 or marlow@stewartgallery.com. Stewart Gallery is located at 2212 W Main St. in Boise.

Quarter Finals

The Idaho edition of the state quarters will make its debut in 2007 and this fall, Gov. Kempthorne submitted the Spud State's five written design proposals to the U.S. Mint. After Mint artists create illustrations for each of the finalist concepts, the illustrations will be resubmitted to Kempthorne later this month for his review and selection (which then must be finally approved by the secretary of the Treasury).

Some 1,200 submissions were narrowed down to 10, and from these 10 Kempthorne selected the five to be submitted to the Mint.

One of these five designs will be Idaho's quarter: a head and shoulder of a peregrine falcon; the snow-capped peaks of the Sawtooths forming the outline of the state and framed by a Ponderosa pine; an aerial depiction of farmland; an outline of the state with the first two lines of the state song ("And here we have Idaho/Winning her way to fame") on either side; or the word "Idaho" with each letter representing an aspect of the state's natural, rugged beauty." Not a "famous potato" in the bunch.

Langroise Trio's Boise Concert Series

The Langroise Trio has been making beautiful chamber music together at Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell since 1991. Samuel Smith (cello), Geoffrey Trabichoff (violin) and David Johnson (viola) are the world-class musicians making up the trio and the group does everything from performing a regular free concert series at the college and performing nationwide, to premiering compositions and producing recordings.

And now they have something else to add to the busy mix: This winter and spring, the Trio will begin a new Boise concert series, with performances at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. The series began on November 13, but other dates are scheduled in January and March.

New Heritage Gets New Digs

According to a recent announcement from the New Heritage Theatre Company, the group has accepted an invitation from the city of Meridian to relocate and become the city's resident professional theater company. The group, which counts such stage notables as Olympia Dukakis and Anthony Hopkins as its friends, expects to be a part of the growth of cultural opportunity developing along with the population of the valley.

The idea was first broached this past summer when the city and the Meridian Development Corporation extended the offer to NHTC. The group's acceptance means that their new theatrical home will be with the Meridian School District. Follow NHTC's 2006 season and keep updated by visiting their Web site, www.newheritage.org.

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