First order of business this weekend: eat.
But not just anything. Sunday is your once-a-year chance to sample authentic Jewish cuisine at the Temple Beth Shalom Traditional Kosher Dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The menu boasts Jewish dishes not found in any Spokane-area restaurants, including brisket of beef, potato knishes and challah, a braided egg bread from a recipe which can be traced back more than 3,000 years.
There’s more. A rich apricot cake will be served for dessert and fans of the cuisine can peruse the baked goods and delicacies from the deli bar for to-go items.
Throughout the eight-hour event, diners will be entertained by traditional Yiddish and Israeli songs, folk stories, a medley from “Fiddler on the Roof” and Spokane’s only Klezmer orchestra (music with an Eastern European flair).
Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $8, $4 for children 11 and under. The temple is located at 1322 E. 30th, just west of Perry Street. Call 747-3304 for ticket information.
“Little Women” continues its run this weekend in the Mason Auditorium in the West Central Community Center with 8 p.m. performances tonight and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.
The Rogue Players brought back the production because of its popularity last year. General admission tickets are $8, $6 for students and seniors. Call 327-9907 for information.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” opens tonight at the Spokane Falls Community College Playhouse. Curtain is 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. It continues March 16-18.
The drama is based on Frank’s recollection of the two years she and her family were forced into hiding during Hitler’s domination of Europe. Tickets are available at the door for $5, $3 for children, students and seniors. Spokane Falls Community College students, faculty and staff get in free.
There are always two sides to every story and this weekend we get to hear from the Wolf. The Children’s Theater in the Valley presents “Red vs. the Wolf” a comedy that tells the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” from the wolf’s point of view.
Saturday’s shows are at 10 a.m. and noon at The ACT Theater, 425 N. Evergreen Road. Tickets are $2.50 and are available at the door.
Hear a tale
Visiting poet and fiction writer Gary Gildner will give a free public reading at 7:30 tonight at Auntie’s Bookstore.
Gildner, whose reading is sponsored by the Eastern Washington University Creative Writing Program, is the author of “Clackamas” and “Blue Like the Heavens.” He received the National Magazine Award for Fiction in 1986.
Free concert today! The Spokane String Quartet will perform at noon at the Eastern Washington University Recital Hall in Cheney.
The concert features Schubert’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 29, No. 1, and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major.
Or, you can head down to Pullman for a performance of the Washington State University faculty chamber music group at 3 p.m. Sunday. It, too, is free.
Bluegrass fans can hear The String Wizards along with Full Moon at 8 p.m. Saturday in an acoustic concert at Glover Hall (just north of Glover Mansion).
Tickets are $10 and available at The Sound Hole Guitar Store, Street Music and Hoffman’s Music.
If your taste runs more to the spiritual, you can visit The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside, at 4 p.m. Sunday to hear A Program of Music for Two Organs.
This unusual concert features the restored and expanded Cathedral organs. It will appeal to the classical musician and concertgoer. And, it’s free.
Then there’s dancing. You’ve got two opportunities this weekend. Tonight, the Davenport Hotel continues its Spring Tea Dance series. Ballroom dancing in the ornate hotel begins at 6:30 p.m. A tea room opens at 5:30. Cost is $10.
On Saturday, the Spokane Folklore Society hosts an Old Time Contra Dance from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland.
You don’t need to bring a partner and you don’t need to know how. Instruction is from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is $7, $4 for folklore members. People under 18 are free.
Next week’s sampler
More dancing: The Folklore Society never stops. They’ll hold a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Musicians’ Jam and Dance featuring old-time dancing and green food on Wednesday at the Woman’s Club, 1428 W. Ninth, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Bring something green to share. Admission is $7, $4 for SFS members.
The Shadle Park High School Band program presents Big Band Jazz at Shadle Park at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, featuring special guest artists, Bob Curnow’s Big Band.
The music will span a 70-year jazz history. Admission is $5, $3 for students with identification. This is a fundraiser for school music programs.
East Valley High School is also holding a fundraiser next week. Men in the Making will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday to raise money for the school’s senior all nighter. Tickets are $5 and are available through the school.
Love’s Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Deer Park and The Magnolia Tea Ladies are holding Afternoon Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $13.50 per person. Call 276-6939 for reservations.
Finally, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Ham on Regal, the Ferris High School production put on by parents and teachers of the school, opens Wednesday. This year, it’s called “Jurassic Pork.”
Tickets are $6 for Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 p.m. performances, $7 for the 8 p.m. performances March 17 and 18; $5 for 2 p.m. matinees March 18 and 19. Call 353-4400 for tickets.
xxxx Getting out For years, the first person to bring a buttercup to the newspaper each year won $1. Buttercups started arriving on New Year’s Day and the contest was discontinued. But don’t let the lack of a prize keep you from going in search of these saucy spring flowers. Buttercups are blooming anywhere the sun shines; good places for guaranteed viewing are Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney (where often the buttercups are mixed with lavender grass widows) and the Little Spokane Natural Area. Both have plenty of trails for strolling.