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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Spokane Symphony Chorale excels in ‘Carmina Burana’

Betty Kiemle had a birthday last week, and decided to throw a party and invite some friends. The arts patron and Spokane Symphony benefactor’s notion of a party venue is not a quiet table at the back of a posh restaurant, but the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox, which was filled to capacity on Thursday night for the gala performance she sponsored of Carl Orff’s celebrated 1937 secular cantata, “Carmina Burana.” The task of organizing the entertainment fell to the symphony’s music director, Eckart Preu, who knows how to put on a show. The stage struggled to hold the musical forces he assembled: the full orchestra the Spokane Symphony Chorale, Spokane Area Youth Choirs, the Whitworth Choir, the Eastern Washington University Symphonic Choir and three outstanding soloists: soprano Dawn Wolski, baritone Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, and tenor Christopher Pfund.

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In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album  at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / Invision/AP)

Prince’s warmth and wit shone in private 

Slight, soft-spoken and just 5-foot-2, Prince improbably cut an imposing figure. So it was two years ago, when I waited in his Paisley Park studios for what would be our third and final sit down: Me, the commoner, awaiting the prince who was actually king.

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Johnny Mathis performs Sunday night at the INB Performing Arts Center. (File Associated Press)

Johnny Mathis shows no intention of slowing down 

Legendary crooner Johnny Mathis hits the stage at the INB Performing Arts Center on Sunday, the latest stop on a tour celebrating his sixth decade in show business. Mathis, who turned 80 last year, doesn’t have any plans to retire or slow down, and you get the sense that he’s still something of a perfectionist: He even says that he would have preferred that some of the long lost tracks on his latest singles collection had remained lost.

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The Slice: Even allergies can’t block time travel

It’s one thing to be daydreaming and find your thoughts taking a turn toward some nostalgic reverie. That’s sort of a voluntary, self-guided meandering through your past. But do you ever find that a certain aroma can transport your thoughts ...

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Riverfront Park plays host to its annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday. (File The Spokesman-Review)

For Earth Day, channel your inner animal

Butterflies, bunnies and beavers will parade through Riverfront Park on Saturday. The annual Earth Day celebration will once again feature a Procession of the Species at 2:30 p.m. Everyone can join the procession, with costumes brought from home or made ...

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Dan Stokes, left, and Alex Sylvain, owners of Post Falls Brewing, talk about their new business in Post Falls on Thursday, April 14, 2016. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Post Falls Brewing set to open the tap

Post Falls Brewing is landing on the local craft beer scene in a big way. Its 15-barrel brewhouse is larger than most established breweries around the area. Its beers tend to the beefy side, with a session IPA clocking in ...

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Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in "Confirmation." Photo credit: HBO (HBO)

Stream on Demand: DiCaprio’s Oscar triumph comes home

What’s new for home viewing on video on demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.Pay per view / Video on demand“The Revenant” – Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar for Best Actor and filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu won his ...

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Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman brings personal connections to GU performance

Richard Stoltzman is generally considered one of the most accomplished clarinetists working today, and the Grammy-winning musician will appear with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra on Monday. Under the direction of conductor Kevin Hekmatpanah, Stoltzman will be performing Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, Benny Goodman’s signature tune “Goodbye” and a medley of songs from the musical “West Side Story.”

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Go fly a kite at Hayden’s annual kite festival

Go fly a kite at Hayden’s annual kite festival. The festival starts at noon Saturday at Broadmoore Park, on West Broadmoore Drive in Hayden. Competitors can register until 1:30 p.m. The competition runs through 2 p.m., with prizes at 2:15 ...

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Juno Temple stars in the HBO series “Vinyl.” (HBO)

HBO’s ‘Vinyl’ never finds a groove 

Much like the music of the maligned “dead weight artists” Richie Finestra and his gang at American Century Records must cut to make ends meet, the HBO series “Vinyl” is a rehash of old ideas, wrapped in a glamorous package that ultimately leaves the viewer unsatisfied.

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Looking ahead

Looking ahead Unless otherwise noted, tickets are a vailable through TicketsWest (TW); Ticketmaster (TM); Ticketweb (TB); TicketFly (TF), Hold My Ticket (HMT), Northern Quest (NQ), Nashville North (NN, www.thenashvillenorth.com) or the Bartlett (BT, www.thebartlettspokane.com). Prices do not include service charges. ...

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The Slice: The dual-personality holiday

How do you acknowledge the solemn reason for Memorial Day while also getting in the spirit of blowout sales, a day off from work and start-of-summer cookouts?

Coloring pages

Coloring pages

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Too Many CooksFree pizza for moms

MOD Pizza is offering moms free pizza on Mother’s Day. Moms can receive one free 11-inch pizza or hand-tossed salad during regular business hours at MOD Pizza locations nationwide Sunday. ...

ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...

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