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Spotlight archive for June 2011


A new Josh Ritter hit -- a novel

Josh Ritter is a first-time novelist with a well-known name. Ritter is the singer-songwriter, originally from Moscow, Idaho, who has a great national following for his well-crafted, literate songs. So now Ritter the wordsmith has turned his hand to a new craft with his debut...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

The B-52s, flying into the Fox

The B-52s, of "Love Shack" fame, have been booked into the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets are $75, $49.50 and $39.50, on sale July 8, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets. The '80s would not have been the same...

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Were you at the KISS or Judds concert? 

I'd love to hear from anyone who attended the KISS concert at the Arena or the Judds at the Northern Quest outdoor venue. What did you think about the shows? I'd also like to hear opinions about the new Northern Quest venue. I hear there...

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The Civic brings home two national awards

The Spokane Civic Theatre brought home two awards from last weekend's AACT/FEST 2011 national community theater awards in Rochester, NY: Lacey Bohnet won Best Supporting Actress. Nancy Vancil won Best Musical Accompaniment The Civic's entry, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," also earned three...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

A true Jewell (Eilen) at Arbor Crest

Eilen Jewell has been booked into Arbor Crest Wine Cellars for an outdoor show on Aug. 4. A few of my more music-savvy friends are pumped about this announcement. This singer-songwriter (the first name is pronounced EE-len) has a great voice and has some haunting,...

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Take two: After starring as Helen Keller alongside Anne Bancroft in the play and film version of “The Miracle Worker,” above, Duke is now directing Sophia Caruso as Keller and Sarah Denison as Annie Sullivan in Interplayers’ version, at left.

Spokane's Sophia, in the NY Times

Spokane's Sophia Caruso, 9, pictured here in rehearsals for "The Miracle Worker" at Interplayers Professional Theatre, was in the pages of the NY Times on Monday. She was one of thousands of little girls auditioning for a new production of "Annie" in New York. Here's...

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Get yer $30 KISS tickets

The Spokane Arena has just announced a special deal for tomorrow: $30 KISS tickets, Thursday only. Here's the full announcement: WHAT: $30 Tickets To See KISS In Concert! WHERE: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena WHEN: Thursday, June 23 – 12:01AM-11:59PM EVENT: KISS with Bad City Friday,...

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Ben Mitchell's art legacy at the MAC

I wrote an update for Wednesday's paper about the MAC's layoffs, which you can read here. I would like to expand on Ben Mitchell's legacy as art curator at the MAC. I do not consider myself an authority on visual art, but I am nevertheless...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

They Might Be Giants, on the way

They Might Be Giants, the band beloved of alt-rock fans with a sense of humor, have just been booked into the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane for a Nov. 6 show. Tickets will be $22, on sale June 24, 10 a.m. through

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MAC lays off senior curator of art

Ben Mitchell, the senior curator of art at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), was laid off this week. The museum had to make a five percent budget cut, after it barely escaped closure when the state budget was finalized. One other position,...

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Comedian Kathy Griffin booked into INB 

Comedian and celebrity gadfly Kathy Griffin has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., on Aug. 20. Tickets in advance will be $75, $50 and $35, on sale June 24, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets.

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The real Bloomsday: Literary Pub Crawl

Thursday is the real Bloomsday (of the James Joyce variety), which means it's also the day of Spokane's annual Limerick Literary Pub Crawl and Traditional Irish Dinner. For $50, you can accompany a bagpiper, a bard or two and a band of like-minded revelers through...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

A '70s and '80s Gatsby's rock reunion 

A bunch of bands that rocked Gatsby's nightclub in the 1970s and 1980s are reuniting for two benefit shows this weekend. The bands will be ValHalla, RumbleBoy, Innersanctum, Flash, Wiser Sin, Lorpan, The Edge and Black Rose. If those names sound familiar, you probably frequented...

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Guy Clark, certified legend, booked into Bing

It's hard to convey how much respect Guy Clark has in the world of folk, country, alt-country and Americana. He has been a major influence on artists like Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith. This Texas singer-songwriter is held in the same esteem as...

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Michael Bublé will bubble into Arena

Michael Bublé has been booked into the Spokane Arena on Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. This popular crooner will be appearing with guest artist Naturally7. Tickets will be $49.50, $65 and $85, on sale June 17 at 10 a.m. through all TicketsWest outlets.

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Weird Al, Joan Jett and Osmonds headline the Fair 

The Spokane Interstate Fair concert lineup has just been announced: Neal McCoy, country, Sept. 12 The Osmond Brothers, pop, Sept. 13 Weird Al Yankovic, rock parody, Sept. 14 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, rock, Sept. 15 Switchfoot!, rock, Sept. 16 In addition, the Fair will...

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Bing books a funky Duke -- George, that is

George Duke, the funky keyboard master associated with Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, has been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater for a show on Aug. 11. Duke toured with the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s, played on Jackson's "Off the Wall"...

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