Spotlight archive for March 2011

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

Greg Mortenson packs 'em in 

Greg Mortenson, the author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools" drew a crowd of at least 4,000 to Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center -- on a night when this basketball-obsessed college was playing an Elite Eight women's game right down the road....

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Steve Martin, k.d. lang booked at Fox

Two new shows have just been announced at the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox: Steve Martin and his banjo act, July 22 and k.d. lang on July 25. This will be Martin's second banjo-centric appearance at the Fox. I attended his sold out show...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011

Greg Mortenson on the military

I just finished interviewing Greg Mortenson, the co-author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools." I have tremendous admiration for him and his work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and I have written an extensive story for Saturday's paper. But I didn't...

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'9 to 5' rolls in

Diana DeGarmo, former "American Idol" finalist, and the rest of the "9 to 5" cast and crew will soon be pulling in to the INB Performing Arts Center for a Thursday-through-Sunday run. This is the Broadway musical version of the fine 1980 comedy of the...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011

Modest Mouse booked for May 28

Modest Mouse, the indie rock trio, is headed to the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane on May 28. Special guests will be Talkdemonic. Tickets are $32, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketFly online or the Knitting Factory site or by calling (877)...

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Pre-sale ticket code for Menzel

The Spokane Symphony has announced the pre-sale ticket code for the Idina Menzel show on May 15 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, The code is GLEE. Enter it into the "promotion code" box on the Ticketswest site. This will give you a...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

Idina Menzel of 'Glee' booked at Fox

Idina Menzel – well known to “Glee” viewers and Broadway aficionados – will join the Spokane Symphony for a concert at the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox on May 15, 7:30 p.m. Menzel made her name in 1996 originating the role of Maureen in...

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Spokane Civic on the way to nationals

Once again, the Spokane Civic Theatre has advanced to the national community theater competition finals. The Civic’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” won first place in the state festival, held here last weekend. Idaho, Oregon and Alaska did not have state...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

The Big Read is on a roll

Spokane’s Big Read is already getting rave reviews in its first week. Verne Windham of KPBX-FM wrote to tell me that he was amazed by the theater adaptation of “Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried.” He praised it for its “deep, thorough characterizations” and "consistent...

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

'Wicked' run is 80 percent sold

About 80 percent of the tickets for the 16-performance run of "Wicked" at the INB Performing Arts Center have already been sold, as of Monday. There's no way to predict how long the 40,000-plus tickets will last -- some performances are nearly gone. But indications...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011

'Wicked' tix still available

About 300 people were in line early today (Saturday) for "Wicked" tickets, including some people who had been huddled since the wee hours. Then at 10 a.m., phone and online sales began. Yet as of noon, a quick survey of 'Wicked" dates on Ticketswest showed...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

'Thunderballs,' filmed in Spokane

North by Northwest has just signed a contract to film, “Thunderballs, " a sitcom pilot, for the cable TV channel Spike. It’s about three 30-something guys on a beer league bowling team. As North by Northwest’s Rich Cowan points out, “Spokane should be a good...

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Wicked fun in the 'Wicked' ticket line

If you're one of those people who will be standing in line (or camping) for "Wicked" tickets on Saturday at 7 a.m. at the INB Performing Arts Center, the people at WestCoast Entertainment say they will try to make it worth your while. Here's how:...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

Save the MAC with a beer and a doughnut 

A bunch of Browne’s Addition restaurants and shops have initiated MAC Madness, in which you get a discount for writing a letter to your local legislator urging support for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), which is facing the possibility of closure due...

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