Relax. Put your feet up. It’s not going to be one of those crazy weekends with a million things going on. In fact, we’re experiencing one of those Spokane-imposed slowdowns that happen naturally after a big holiday weekend.
But there’s always something. And this is the place to find it.
Dance and romance
Feel like dancing tonight? If you’re feeling formal, Gonzaga University’s annual charity ball, “Midnight Masquerade”, may be your ticket.
The charity ball is a GU tradition, held by the Knights and Setons as a fund-raiser.
The dance raised $6,000 last year for Crosswalk, a school for homeless youths.
This year, the money will go to the Crisis Residential Center, a short-term residential center for youths.
Don’t show up in your Ito mask, despite the masquerade theme. It’s a “Phantom of the Opera”-style event.
Red, white and black are the theme colors and the dress is definitely formal.
Cost is $18 per couple or $12 for individuals. Tickets are available by calling 324-4652.
The dance is from 9 p.m. to midnight at the COG on GU’s campus. Ballroom music will be provided by The Many Sounds of Nine.
The decade-long work of British documentary photographer Bernard Mendoza, “From Generation to Generation,” will be on exhibit today through Dec. 8 at the Eastern Washington University Gallery of Photography.
The work is an essay on Orthodox Jewish communities in the United States.
His press information describes it this way: “By turns poignant and amusing, Mendoza’s sensitive photographs provide a glimpse into a culture that outsiders seldom if ever experience.”
Make time for music
Washington State University alumnus Horace-Alexander Young, an internationally acclaimed woodwind artist and singer, will be a featured performer tonight as part of WSU’s Jazz Festival at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.
Young, from Houston, has toured worldwide and recorded with some big names in the music business.
His 8 p.m. performance will include numbers with the WSU Jazz Band and with Jazz Northwest, the WSU faculty ensemble.
During the day, Northwest high school vocal jazz ensembles and big bands will present adjudicated performances in the coliseum and attend workshops.
All daytime events are open to the public without charge, including a noon concert by Jazz Northwest.
Tickets for Young’s performance are $5 and available at the coliseum box office.
Jay and Sandra Mauchley, piano professors at the University of Idaho, will be featured during the Sunday and Monday performances of the Washington Idaho Symphony.
The Mauchleys will perform a one-piano, four-hands arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
The duo will perform with the symphony at Lewiston High School at 3 p.m. Sunday and at the University of Idaho Administration Auditorium at 8 p.m. Monday.
Tickets are $10 for all ages. Call (800) 949-ARTS for more information.
The Rogue Players ends it run of “Veronica’s Room” by Ira Levin this weekend with 8 p.m. performances tonight and Saturday.
The play, similar in style to Levin’s “Deathtrap,” is at the Mason Auditorium at West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt.
General admission tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and students.
The Spokane Chiefs play the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Arena. Ticket prices are $12, $10 and $8. You can also score $6 tickets at the walk-up window on the day of the game.
Call 325-SEAT for tickets.
EWU’s master of fine arts, creative writing program kicks off its Fall Reading Series tonight at the Davenport Hotel with poet Mark Levin. He’ll read from his book, “Debt,” which won the 1993 National Poetry Series Award, at 7 p.m.
The series continues - same time, same place - with Ursula Hegi reading on Nov. 10 and Lesa Luders on Nov. 17.
Dave Ballard, a teacher at Lakes Middle School in Coeur d’Alene, will present a lecture titled “Duck and Cover and other Unworkable Strategies” in the auditorium of Cheney Cowles Museum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The speech will outline a history of Washington’s efforts to prepare for nuclear war during the years of 1949 and 1963.
It’s part of the museum’s Wednesday Night Program series and is free and open to the public.
The Spokane Falls Master Chorale launches its sixth season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Auditorium.
The evening’s music will include works by Bach, Alberto Ginastera, Paul Hindemith and Stephen Foster.
General admission is $5, $3 for seniors and free to Community Colleges of Spokane students, faculty and staff. Call 533-3720 for more information.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: GETTING OUT After the temps this week, the daytime highs this weekend - predicted to rise well into the 40s - will seem, well, balmy. Take the opportunity to get out. The ambitious thing to do is start your Christmas shopping (Halloween has passed, after all). Or, just stay around home and finish raking leaves over the garden, trimming shrubs, cleaning the rain gutters, putting away lawn tools and pulling out the snow blower. And fill the snow blower with gas. In a few weeks you may be happy to be able to just fire it up and head down the sidewalk.