Spotlight

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Seeking: Ric Gendron's lost paintings

Curator Ben Mitchell is putting together an ambitious traveling retrospective exhibit of the works of Spokane artist Ric Gendron. Click here for a previous column detailing how this exhibit died during the MAC's financial crisis and was then miraculously revived. Yet neither Mitchell nor Gendron...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Hills alive with 'Sound of Music Sing-a-Long' 

Looking for something fun to do with the family during Christmas week? Dress 'em up in lederhosen and start rehearsing "My Favorite Things." The "Sound of Music Sing-a-Long" has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center, Dec. 30, 7 p.m. This is the 1965...

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Cheyenne Jackson goes all 'Mad Men'

Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson, product of Newport and Spokane, will get in touch with his inner Rat-Packer for a concert with the New York Pops on Thursday. He's headlining a show called "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of the 'Mad Men' Era. Read all about...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2011

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Orlean, Whitehead, Lowry booked for Get Lit!

Some big literary names have been booked into Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Festival April 11-15: Susan Orlean, author of "The Orchid Thief" and the just-released "Rin Tin Tin: Life and Legend," the biography of the famous movie dog. The latter is poised to be...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2011

Sarah Vowell coming to SCC

Sarah Vowell, the well-known author and radio voice, will speak at Spokane Community College's Presidential Speaker Series, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Vowell is the author of the bestselling books, "The Wordy Shipmates," "Assassination Vacation,' and "Unfamiliar Fishes." She was also a regular contributor to public...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

A far better than normal 'Norman'  

The soon-to-be-released “Norman” is a Spokane rarity – a locally filmed movie getting outstanding reviews and major film festival awards. “Norman” is a coming-of-age story about a high school loner who pretends to be dying – although his father is actually the one with cancer....

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011

Bing Film Series begins with 'Some Like It Hot'

The fall film series at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague, has been set: Sept. 27, "Some Like It Hot," the great 1959 Billy Wilder classic with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Oct. 11, "Giant," the 1956 James Dean-Elizabeth Taylor epic. Oct....

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Meryl Streep's son to open at Bing, Panida

Henry Wolfe, an LA singer-songwriter, has been added as the opening act for April Smith & The Great Picture Show at the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint on Oct. 6 and at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane on Oct. 7. Wolfe has a well-received album...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

A comedy deal: 'Spamalot,' 'Caveman,' 'Blues' 

WestCoast Entertainment has three comic extravaganzas coming to town, and they're offering deals if you order tickets to more than one. Order two and save 10 percent on your ticket order. Order all three and get 20 percent off. The shows are all at the...

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Michael Jackson "Immortal" seats released

New seats have been released for "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," at the Spokane Arena on Nov. 12, 8 p.m. and Nov. 13, 4 p.m. These are apparently tickets that have been held back up until now. This is a Cirque du Soleil tribute...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2011

Nobelist Maathai cancels GU talk

The Oct. 6 lecture at Gonzaga University by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Muta Maathai has been canceled because of travel complications from Kenya. Refunds for tickets purchased at the McCarthey Athletic Center Box Office will be available there, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-5...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

Gendron painting giant MAC mural

Artist Ric Gendron will soon begin work on the final touch to the new American Indian Activity Center at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC): a 200-square-foot wraparound mural. Gendron, a member of the Colville and Umatilla tribes, has been commissioned to create...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011


A Nobel Prize winner, speaking at Gonzaga

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya, founder of the Green Belt Movement, author and advocate for African democracy, will be the speaker at Gonzaga University’s Presidential Speaker Series event on Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Her presentation will...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011

Grieg and me: Symphony's guest artist

I just finished interviewing and writing a story for Thursday's paper about Jon Kimura Parker, who will play the Grieg Piano Concerto at the Spokane Symphony's opening concert on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and info go here. He's a great speaker, with a fine...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011

Symphony will Kick Back with new concerts

The Spokane Symphony has announced a new concert concept: Kick Back Classics. These are concerts away from the usual concert hall and without a conductor. Annie Matlow of the symphony said the musicians “will be ‘kicking back,’ and playing without a conductor – much like...

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ArtFest will stay put next year

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's annual ArtFest event will stay put in Browne’s Addition in 2012. Museum officials had pondered moving the art, food and music festival from Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition to the larger Riverfront Park downtown. The Browne’s Addition...

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'Leonardo' hits its mark

The final numbers are in for “Leonardo da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius.” About 38,000 people attended this summer-long traveling exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). It came close to the museum’s attendance goals and more than met its financial...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011

A classical Comstock party

Spokane Symphony music director Eckart Preu stood at the podium at Comstock Park Monday and wondered aloud if this was an even bigger crowd than usual. From this photo, you can see, it was a huge. Thousands showed up for the Spokane Symphony's Labor Day...

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Pianist Dinnerstein at the Fox

I left a crucial bit of info out of a Spotlight item in print on Sunday: The location of the Simone Dinnerstein concert. It will be at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox., 1001 W. Sprague. Here's the rest of the info, as printed...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Pets plus comedy? That's entertainment

Here's a just-booked act that sounds like a furry riot: the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre. This is an animal act from Vegas featuring cats, dogs and clowns, coming Nov. 9, 7 p.m. to the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. Tickets are $17 for kids...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

She earned her musical tuition 

I have some excellent news to report: Meredith Oatman-Thompson raised enough money with her Sunday fundraising concert (see post from a few days ago) to pay for tuition and books for her entire sophomore year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her father said lots of people...

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