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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011


Mamet's 'Race' hits hot buttons

I was out of town last week, and got back in time to catch David Mamet's "Race" at Interplayers on Saturday. Here's an advance look at the review, which will run Tuesday or Wednesday in print: This riveting Interplayers production of David Mamet’s “Race” jams...

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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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MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Free books at Big Read kickoff

The kick-off event for Spokane's Big Read will take place at the Spokane City Hall Chambers on Friday (March 4) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- and organizers will be handing out free copies of "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. This won't...

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A tribute to Arnie Carruthers

One of our true regional jazz giants – pianist Arnie Carruthers – will get the recognition he deserves later this month at the Spokane Falls Community College Jazz Festival. The festival will be a tribute to Carruthers, who was an institution at the Davenport Hotel...

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'Biggest Loser' appearance at Spokane Club

Ali Vincent, who won "The Biggest Loser," will be delivering her inspirational story at the Spokane Club on March 10, 6 p.m. She lost 122 pounds to become the first female winner of "The Biggest Loser." She'll talk about the power of setting goals --...

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Keillor reads a local poet 

Local poet Jonathan Potter had a national airing today. Garrison Keillor read Potter's poem "You and I" on "The Writer's Almanac" on NPR this morning. A few weeks ago, Potter sent Keillor his poetry volume, "House of Words," published by Korrektiv Press, expecting ... well,...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

The Old 97s coming to the Bing

The Old 97s, one of my favorite alt-country bands, have been been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater on May 31. They’re known for their hit “Murder (or a Heart Attack)” in 1999. They have just released a new album, “The Grand Theater, Volume One.”...

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From the White House to The Fox

Acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt will appear as guest soloist with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra in a concert Monday (Feb. 28) at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Pratt has performed on such television programs as the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Sesame Street,”...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Bad news for Good Charlotte fans

The Good Charlotte concert on March 23 at the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane has been cancelled. The official reason: “an unforeseen scheduling conflict.” OK, fine -- even though, their Seattle show on March 22 has not been cancelled, nor has their March 25...

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Julia Sweeney Day, by proclamation

Mayor Mary Verner has declared March 11 as Julia Sweeney Day in Spokane. Why? Because that’s the day that she’ll be at the Bing Crosby Theater performing her “Jill & Julia Show” with Jill Sobule. The mayor’s proclamation mentions Sweeney’s “poignant, comedic and entertaining takes...

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