Spotlight

MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

'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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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Duke's 'Miracle' will return

“The Miracle Worker,” directed by Patty Duke – a springtime hit for Interplayers Professional Theatre – is coming back next month for a 12-performance encore. The story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan will return from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. Tickets are $24 and...

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Best of Broadway's single ticket on-sale date

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 dates you can buy tickets to these shows without buying a full subscription or group package. Here...

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Symphony celebrates 'Best of Spokane'

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi's "Summer" from "Four Seasons" for some of Spokanes "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...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Kristofferson, Haggard together in Spokane

We just got word of a new concert, with tickets going on sale Friday: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & MERLE HAGGARD Sun, September 25th, 2011 7:30 PM INB Performing Arts Center 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201 (509 279-7000) All Ages. Tickets Range From: $35,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

A Kathy Griffin date switch

Comedian Kathy Griffin's appearance at the INB Performing Arts Center has been switched from Aug. 20 to Aug. 28. All tickets dated Aug. 20 will be honored on the later date. No word on the reason for the switch, except she now has no tour...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

See some Pollock, Warhol, Johns at WSU

The Washington State Museum of Art has won a $10,000 grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation for an upcoming exhibition and book project titled, “Works on Paper: American Art 1945-1975.” It will run at the museum from October through December and will include works by...

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Maria Muldaur coming to Spirit Lake

Maria Muldaur, of “Midnight at the Oasis” fame, has been booked into Spirit Lake’s Red, Wine & Bluz Fest on Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band be the closing act in the newly reinvigorated blues festival, which has been...

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The nation's top Highland dancers are here

The best Highland dancers in the US are in Spokane for the 2011 U.S. Inter-Regional Highland Dance Championships. Yes, you can watch them, both at paid admission events Friday and Saturda at the INB Performing Arts Center and free events on Sunday. Here's the info...

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A 'Deadliest Catch' ticket deal

On Friday only, you can pick up two tickets for $40 to "Deadliest Catch Live: A Night with Capt. Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers," on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the INB Performing Arts Center. They're calling it the "Catch of the Day." These are...

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

MAC gets new executive director

Forrest B. Rodgers has been appointed the new executive director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). Rodgers was most recently the director of the Central Washington University Foundation in Ellensburg. From 2001 to 2007, he was the president and CEO of the...

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