Stew Develops a Show Based on the Ideas of James Baldwin

Stew performs 'Notes of a Native Song' at Bing Hall at Stanford

Stew performs 'Notes of a Native Song' at Bing Hall at Stanford. (Photo: Courtesy of Stanford Arts)

Stew (born Mark Stewart) is one of the quirkiest and most compelling singer-songwriters around. He scored with the breakout musical memoir Passing Strange, which had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2006. That show’s humor and mix of rock ‘n’ roll, soul and confessional folk remains a vivid memory, and went on to win a Tony in New York. Stew’s latest work, with his band The Negro Problem, is Notes of a Native Song, a tribute to the work and thinking of writer James Baldwin. It’s a special blend of truth-telling art and activism that’s right in line with Baldwin’s legacy. It runs Feb. 2 and 3 in Bing Hall at Stanford University; details here.

Stew Develops a Show Based on the Ideas of James Baldwin 24 January,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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