Spotlight archive for Aug. 2011

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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'Much Ado' about quality

I caught the Spokane Shakespeare Company's free production of "Much Ado About Nothing" on the lawn at Gonzaga Prep and I was astonished at how good it was. This cast -- mostly college-age or just a little beyond -- brought this comedy to life. They...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

The Sculpture Walk, extended

Spokane’s official Sculpture Walk has been extended, by City Council resolution, westward from the Monroe Street Bridge to the Sandifur Bridge on the Centennial Trail, along the new Kendall Yards development. Over the next 20 to 30 years, the City of Spokane Arts Commission intends...

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A tasty MAC fundraising idea

Here’s a different, and potentially delicious, fundraising idea from the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC): the “Week of 100 Dinners.” A group of museum boosters called the MAC 200K Club is hoping to convince 100 hosts to hold dinners at their homes the...

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A musical way to raise tuition money

Here’s an excellent way to raise music tuition money: Give your own benefit concert. Meredith Oatman-Thompson, a 15-year-old organ and piano student from Orofino, Idaho, will present “Bach to Goth” Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2011

'Queen of Mean' on the way to town

Lisa Lampanelli, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Mean," has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center for a show on Oct. 22, 7 p.m. She's gained fame for her insult comedy on various celebrity roasts.Tickets will be $37.75, on sale Aug. 19 at 10 a.m....

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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Cokie's coming to the Bing 

Cokie Roberts, the great political reporter for NPR, has just been booked in to the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague, for a talk on Oct. 1, 8 p.m. Spokane Public Radio is sponsoring her appearance. Roberts will talk about the issues roiling the other...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

'Sperm! The Musical'? Really?

"Sperm! The Musical" is on the way to the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint. No, I don't think this is a joke. It's an original musical comedy set in that most romantic of settings, a sperm bank. It's about "sperm radiation therapy, and killer mutant sperm...

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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

Brush up your Shakespeare

We have plenty of Shakespeare in the region this month, including: “Much Ado About Nothing,” on the lawn at Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid Ave., weekends through Aug. 21 – The Spokane Shakespeare Company, under the direction of Kevin Connell, continues its run of this...

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A local 'Wipeout' woman

Joelle Magner, a media buyer with Medio Advertising in Spokane, will be a contestant Tuesday on ABC’s “Wipeout” a game show featuring an obstacle course. Magner was talked into auditioning back in February by her husband and children. She flew down for an on-camera audition...

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The Rockin' B's last roundup

Sounds like the Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show, which has been a Spokane (actually Liberty Lake) tradition for 17 years, will be riding off into the sunset after this season. Owners Scott and Pamela Brownlee announced this weekend that the shows will not be...

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George Winston cancels both local shows

Pianist George Winston has been forced to postpone his Sept. 21 concert at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane and his Sept. 22 concert at the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint. Winston has cancelled all of his shows through September -- at least 11 of them....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2011

Check out the great 'Badassdom' trailer

"The Knights of Badassdom" trailer debuted at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego two weeks ago -- and it makes me more convinced than ever that this could be that most elusive of creatures -- a Spokane-filmed movie that might actually be a hit (if...

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MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011

Symphony's 'Best of Spokane' fest

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi’s“Summer” from “Four Seasons” for some of Spokane’s “best” causes on Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. We say “best” because the symphony is billing this as its first-ever “Best...

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On-sale dates for Best of Broadway single tix

On-sale dates for single tickets to the upcoming Best of Broadway shows and various add-on events have now been set by WestCoast Entertainment. These will be the first time you can get tickets to these shows without buying a full subscription or group package. Here...

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