Ham on Regal is definitely one of those had-to-be-there events.
The hard-to-describe production is different every year, but tops itself in outrageousness without fear of embarrassment or ruin. Until you’ve seen one, you really can’t say you’ve “experienced” Spokane.
Ham on Regal is an annual show by the parents, teachers and staff of Ferris High School. It’s a crazed two hours of puns, silliness and - oh, yeah - song and dance that can be entertaining even if you don’t know any of the folks on stage.
Make no mistake, this is no professional production. These are amateurs, but the mere hours that go into writing, rehearsing and producing the play certainly pay off. Just hearing the whoops of joy from the teens in the audience as mom or dad does a jig is enjoyment enough.
This year, the production is called “Jurassic Pork” and is set in the La Freya tarpits of Spokestone. Two divided clans (meat eaters and veggie eaters) spin the community into an uproar over their culinary tastes.
Curtain is 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. They’re close to selling out, but call the Ferris business office, 353-4400. There’s also a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $7 for the night performances, $5 for daytime. Proceeds go to support school activities.
Treat your nose and eyes to the Fifth Annual Festival of Flowers Sunday at the Davenport Hotel. A showcase of fresh, silk and dried flowers will greet viewers; some are for sale.
Highlights of the festival are the English teas. “Family Traditions” will be held at 11:30 a.m. and is aimed at children and adults. There is a special menu for young people (ages 6 to 14) and an informal style show. Cost is $12 for children, $25 for adults.
An afternoon tea will be held for adults only at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $25.
If you’d rather just see the displays, you can do so from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for $5. There is also a European flower market, a gift shop of floral and tea-time items, photography portraits set among displays and piano music. Art sitings
Boo Radleys at 5 N. Post is hosting an Andy Warhol-esque art exhibit by Robin Hogg, beginning tonight with a reception for the artist.
Hogg’s work, which she calls “assemblages,” are multi-media pieces that incorporate cultural icons like Elvis and the Beatles. The reception is at Boo Radley’s from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature wine and snacks.
Espresso Delizioso is displaying the watercolor works of Ildiko Kalapacs in an exhibit called “Body Language.”
Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. The exhibit runs through March.
David Meece, or Mr. Charisma, as his press information calls him, will perform Saturday with his band at the Spokane Ag-Trade Center for the close to this year’s Christian Workers Conference.
Meece is considered one of the most accomplished musicians in Christian music. At 14, he performed as a concert pianist and toured the country with major professional symphonies.
Tickets are on sale to the general public for $10 in advance at local Christian bookstores or $12 at the door. Children under 6 are free.
The Omak Stampede presents its Sixth Annual Cowboy Poetry Jubilee on Saturday at the Performing Arts Center in Omak. Headlining the event is Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, a western swing band.
Nyle Henderson, a Colorado Cowboy poet, returns by popular demand. Fiddler and singer Stephanie Davis will also perform. There are three workshops in the morning, a cowboy general store and two poetry/music performances at 1 and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12.50 for the matinee and $15 for the evening performance. Call before noon today for tickets at 1-800-933-6625.
Out of town
The Historic Wallace Preservation Society will benefit from your presence at Spring Elegance, a Victorian tea and spring fashion show at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wallace Inn.
Guests will be treated with petit fours, tea and favors, as well as a show of current and turn-of-the-century fashion. Call 208-753-0591 for tickets, which are $15. By the way, this is women only. Sorry, guys.
Anybody can go to the Family Fine Art Show at Schweitzer Mountain Resort this weekend. The show offers Schweitzer employees the opportunity to display artistic talents not always evident during their day jobs at the resort.
Last year, 27 artists displayed their work - everything from oil paintings to baskets to hand-tied flies. The show is free and will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Really Big Show
Get ready for spring, and here’s a great way to do it. Visit the 35th Annual Big Horn Sports and Recreation Show this weekend at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds.
Rafters, hikers, fishermen and hunters will all find something to keep them busy at this diverse showcase of Northwest life. Over 200 exhibitors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta will be there.
A key attraction, especially for kids, is Fishing World, an indoor fishing hole stocked with thousands of rainbow trout.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for people ages 7 to 17. Those under 7 are free and senior citizens and active military members will pay $4.
This weekend is your last chance to see the Spokane Chiefs at home for a regular-season hockey game. They play Prince George at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $9.50 and $7.50.
The Spokane Folklore Society finishes its series of family dances and potluck dinners on Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Women’s Club Hall, 9th and Walnut.
Dances will be taught to American and International folk dance music. In between sets, stories will be told for young and old. The potluck is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Bring your own utensils, plates and a favorite dish to share.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for Folklore members and $2 for kids.
Bay area writer C.D. Payne will be at Auntie’s Bookstore to read from his book “Youth in Revolt” tonight at 7:30. Also at Auntie’s, Alaskan artist Teresa Ascone, author of “We’re all Artists: Watercolor for Everyone,” will give a painting demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday.