If you missed the Jewish Kosher Dinner earlier this month, or the international student dinner at Whitworth in February, you’ve got another chance to please your palate with something different Saturday.
Gonzaga University’s Hawaii Pacific Islanders Club is hosting its Second Annual Luau at 7:30 p.m. The theme is The Learning Experience and will include a traditional Hawaiian dinner followed by dance from several Pacific islands, including Hawaii, Guam, Samoa and Fiji.
The menu includes pua’a kalua (roast pork), moa laiki loa (chicken with long rice), haupia (coconut cake), hala kahiki (pineapple cake), poi (mashed taro), beef teriyaki and lomi lomi salmon.
The club was chartered in 1993 and has some 45 members from the Pacific islands. They call themselves Na Pua Ha’aheo ‘o Ka Pakipika, or proud children of the Pacific.
You can join them, for $7.50, at the COG on GU’s campus. Tickets are available in room 100 in the Administration Building or at the Crosby Student Center. Call 328-4220, ext. 5093. for more information.
Really big show
There are choirs and then there are show choirs. The Washington State University Crimson Company Show Choirs is one you don’t want to miss.
The 18 singers and dancers use creative staging, lighting, costumes and dazzling choreography to create a high-energy, ever-changing performance.
If you’ve seen it before, don’t be scared away from tonight’s performance. The group is different every year, with new singers, a revamped repertoire and fresh moves. This year, the group will draw from music of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, along with other contemporary hits.
The Crimson Company will travel more than 2,500 miles through 11 Washington cities, performing 25 shows this year. More than 285 WSU students have performed with Crimson Company since it started 18 years ago.
It’ll be at The Met at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are available at the door only for $5.
Plays and music
GU’s theater division is presenting the U.S. premiere of “Some Canterbury Tales,” a published version of “Canterbury Tales” begining tonight.
This re-telling of Chaucer’s outrageous tales was written by visiting theater arts Professor Ken Pickering, from Canterbury, England. Pickering also directs.
Music was written by Derek Hyde, a British composer. The show was a major success in England.
General admission tickets are $7, $3.50 for seniors. Curtain is 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. The play also runs Thursday, March 31 and April 1 in Russell Theatre.
The Cast Adrift Players is staging the romantic comedy “The Owl and the Pussycat” at The Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5; get them by calling 446-4108.
More than 60 students, teachers and friends of Holy Names Music Center at Fort Wright will present 10 hours of music under the clock at the Cresent Court in Performathon 1995.
Beginning at 9 a.m., the musicians will entertain toward fulfilling pledges for a $3,000 goal. The money goes to the Music Center scholarship program. The recital will include solo and ensemble presentations in piano, voice, strings and winds. Stop by; listening is free.
Shadle Park High School is hosting another benefit musical program on Saturday. Ka$h for Kid$ is a two-anda-half-hour program that will feature performances by Pages of Harmony (barbershop chorus and quartets), the Shadle High Choir, the Ferris Canterbury Belles and the University High Jazz Choir.
There is no admission charge, but contributions can be made throughout. Beneficiaries are Heartspring, Hospice of Spokane, the Lilac Blind Foundation, MDS, Ogden Hall, Rev. Hamp’s Camp, Send-a-Crib, Spokane Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Spokane’s Guilds’ School, Teen-Aid and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
Next Thursday, cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah and pianist Colleen Hunter will be heard in a Guest Artist Recital at 8 p.m. in McNally Hall on the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute campus. Admission is free.
Highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” will be presented at First Presbyterian Church at 7:30 tonight.
Tickets are available at the door for $5, $10 for families and $2 for students. Proceeds will go to support the church.
Gonzaga University is hosting the ECL College Baseball Invitational tournament this weekend at Pecarovich Field at GU, and at SeaFirst Stadium. It’s the first major college tournament to come to Spokane since the Pac-10 post-season tournament left in 1989.
People under 18 and seniors are admitted free to all 10 games. Others are $5 per day or $10 for the tournament. Today’s games start at 10 a.m. at SeaFirst Stadium. On Saturday, the games are at Pecarovich, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Call 328-4220, ext. 4226 for a complete schedule.
Interplayers is holding an Oscar Night Extravaganza from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at which a few “stars” will make an appearance, along with food, drinks and giant TV screens tuned to the Oscars.
There will be voting for your favorite nominees, prizes, unique auction items and more. Dress Hollywood: glitz or grunge. Call 455-PLAY for reservations. Tickets are $40 for two, or $25 each at the door.
Opera Buffs of Spokane, sponsored by Spokane Symphony Associates, will present soprano Melissa Percy Drumm and pianist Beverly Rhodes in an evening of opera 6:30 p.m Monday at the Rockwood Retirement Community Center. It’s free.
The 80-voice Whitworth College Choir will perform Tuesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside, at 7:30 p.m. It’s free.
On Wednesday, jeweler and historian Penn Fix will give an illustrated lecture in the auditorium of the Cheney Cowles Museum titled, “Art Nouveau and Art Deco Jewelry: Designs for the Times.” The 7:30 p.m. lecture is free to the public.
xxxx Getting out To mark the official beginning of the spring season, take an afternoon drive. Although they’re best when there’s no set destination, those who need one might head out Highway 2 west and perhaps you’ll end up at Grand Coulee Dam - pack a picnic just in case you decide to linger should the weather accommodate.