Spotlight archive for May 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011


The MAC evades death

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) has escaped the death sentence. We just received word that the museum received $2.965 million in the state budget, which is a cut of five percent. That's far less severe than feared. The museum will have to...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

The full 'Wicked' review

Here's my unedited review of "Wicked." It will appear in Saturday morning's print edition, after more editing and refinement: “Wicked,” Thursday night, INB Performing Arts Center, continues through May 29, tickets available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, The first thing a newcomer to the “Wicked”...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

A 'Wicked' quickie review

Just got in from 'Wicked' and I will write a full review for Saturday's print edition. But here's my quick initial reaction: "Wicked" is a feast or the eyes, with exceptionally creative sets, costumes and lighting. And it works for the heart and the brain,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Going to 'Wicked'? Read this first

The people at WestCoast Entertainment have a few important reminders for people who have tickets to "Wicked," which opens a two-week run Wednesday. Those are: Leave the babies and toddlers with the sitter. No one under 4 will be allowed in the theater. And although...

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A post-show talkback with Patty Duke

The post-show talkback sessions at Interplayers Professional Theatre are always worthwhile -- but this is the talkback not to miss. Director Patty Duke will attend the May 29 matinee of "The Miracle Worker" at 2 p.m. and will be there for the after-performance discussion. This...

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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

Que Soiree? It's back at Arbor Crest

The Spokane Symphony has announced the return of the Soiree on the Edge concert at the Arbor Crest Winery, July 9, 6 p.m. This annual summer concert combines the elegance of the Symphony’s “Soiree” series with the experimental nature of the “Symphony on the Edge”...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

A Spo-Cannes party on the Riviera 

Spokane will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera on Monday. That’s the day that “The River Sorrow,” filmed in Spokane by North by Northwest, will have its European premiere and an after-party in a giant tent on the beach. Star...

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Navy SEAL to speak at Auntie's

Eric Greitens, the author of "The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL," will do a reading and signing at Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main, on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Greitens has been in the...

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Review of Duke-directed 'Miracle Worker'

"The Miracle Worker" has just been extended a week, through May 29. I thought I'd post my unedited review of last night's performance, which should appear in Sunday's print edition: “The Miracle Worker,” Interplayers Professional Theatre, Friday night, continues through May 29, call (509) 455-PLAY...

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'Aladdin' and 'Narnia' in Children's Theatre lineup

The Spokane Children’s Theatre has announced its 2011-2012 season: “Disney’s Aladdin,” based on the popular movie. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the classic holiday comedy. “Go Dog Go,” an Inland Northwest premiere of a Seattle Children’s Theatre favorite. “Miss Nelson is Missing!” another Inland Northwest...

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

Leon and much more at Pig Out

Craig Heimbigner, who books acts for Spokane's Pig Out in the Park festival at Riverfront Park on Labor Day weekend, has just confirmed Leon Russell and a whole list of other Pig Out acts. Here's what he just sent us: Charlie Musselwhite Sept. 1 Too...

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Two chances to see George Winston

George Winston, the patriarch of what used to be called New Age music, will make two appearances in the region in September. He'll play the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane n Sept, 21, 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale May 6 through Ticketswest outlets. Then...

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