Spotlight archive for April 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011


'Spamalot' comes to Spokanalot

I taunt you not -- "Monty Python's Spamalot" is returning to the INB Performing Arts Center for a one-night-only performance on Nov. 11. This will be an add-on show to the Best of Broadway series, announced earlier. Subscribers can now add it on to their...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

'Thunderballs' issues a mullet-casting call 

The Spike TV sitcom pilot, “Thunderballs,” will start filming in Spokane next week and the casting call speaks volumes about the show. For one thing, they are seeking someone to play the “Olympia Beer Bikini Girl.” The show is about a group of 30-something guys...

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Win the $25 'Wicked' ticket lottery

If you can’t afford to pay full price for tickets to “Wicked,” May 18-29 at the INB Performing Arts Center, here’s a way to get your witch fix. On every performance day, a $25 “Wicked” ticket lottery will he held. Here’s how it will work....

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Spokane Arena gets a big, wet KISS 

KISS has been booked into the Spokane Arena for a June 24 show. Tickets will be $47.50, $67.50 and $97.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets. They played a sold-out show at the Arena in 1996. The Arena called this "the most...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011


Steve Earle booked into the Fox

The alt-country legend Steve Earle has been booked into the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox for a June 11 concert. Earle, a gruff singer-songwriter in the Dylan-meets-Waylon Jennings tradition, will perform with the Dukes (and Duchesses) Featuring Allison Moorer. Tickets go on sale Friday,...

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

A Best of Broadway teaser

WestCoast Entertainment will announce its 2011-2012 season at an event on April 21, 4 p.m. at the INB Performing Arts Center. No, I have no inside information about the season. However, the WestCoast people say that they are "flying in a lead actress to perform...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Toad the Wet Sprocket to play Sandpoint

The '90s alternative rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket have been booked into the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint on July 15. They're known for the hits "All I Want" and "Fall Down" and a series of well-received albums. Tickets will be $28, on sale April 21...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011


SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011

The full Elton John concert review 

In addition to my late-night thoughts in the previous post, I thought I'd cut-and-paste the full unedited Elton John review, which will appear in print Sunday morning in what should be something close to this form: Elton John and His Band, Friday night, Spokane Arena:...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011

A raucous Elton John party at the Arena

Just got in from a happy and celebratory Elton John concert at the Spokane Arena and I thought I'd share a few quick impressions (I'll be writing a full review for Sunday print). Opening Elton stage banter: "Last time I was here I played a...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011

A Tunstall lecture on World War I

Graydon "Jack" Tunstall will deliver a lecture titled "History's Forgotten Fallen: The Eastern Front in World War I," at Gonzaga University tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. This is Gonzaga's Alphonse & Geraldine Arnold Lecture in the Humanities. Tunstall is a professor at the University of...

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Spokane Jewish Film Festival opens Saturday

The Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival has become an annual tradition in the area. Larry Weiser, a Gonzaga University law school prof, has been organizing this for several years. This year he assembled three films for screening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

Spokane's Dr. Fincher on 'Price Is Right'

Roger Fincher, a retired urologist and kidney transplant surgeon from Spokane, will "come on down" as a contestant on "The Price Is Right" on Friday, 10 a.m. on KREM-2 (and other CBS stations). The segment has already been taped -- but neither the show nor...

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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

What's the best Elton John song? 

I just finished writing an advance story on Elton John's visit Friday to the Spokane Arena, and I was reminded of how many of his songs have become instantly recognizable standards. It's hard to think of a contemporary performer with more. So I thought I'd...

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Michele Glazer to read her poetry at Whitworth

Here's another notable poetry reading to go along with the previous post, below. Nationally known poet Michele Glazer will read her work as part of the Third Annual Nadine Chapman Endowed Reading at Whitworth University on Friday, 7:30 p.m. Glazer is the winner of the...

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Mamet's 'Race' hits hot buttons

I was out of town last week, and got back in time to catch David Mamet's "Race" at Interplayers on Saturday. Here's an advance look at the review, which will run Tuesday or Wednesday in print: This riveting Interplayers production of David Mamet’s “Race” jams...

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