(From For the Record, Saturday, November 11, 1995:) The Gonzaga University production of “Aladdin” runs Nov. 30-Dec. 3. The dates listed in the Friday Weekend entertainment section were wrong.
Need a new car? Maybe a getaway on a Mexican cruise? Or how about table linens crafted by Kenyan artisans?
It’s a good weekend for unconventional shopping, with at least two events geared toward consumers.
More than $45,000 worth of items, including that car and cruise, will be auctioned off today at the fifth annual Fall Auction Mania, sponsored by the Eastern Washington University Eagle Athletic Association and the Cheney Chamber of Commerce.
You’ll have your shot at ski, golf and other sports trips, art, overnight accommodations, professional services, a hot tub and exercise equipment.
There is also a large amount of sports memorabilia featuring autographed footballs, basketballs, posters, pennants and more. You’ll see the signatures of such stars as Randy Johnson, Joey Galloway, Bruce Smith and Eastern graduate Kurt Schultz of the Buffalo Bills.
Tickets are $10, available at the EWU athletic department. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. Call 235-8480 or 359-2463 for more information.
First Presbyterian Church offers a unique buying and dining experience today and Saturday at its annual Jubilee Alternative Christmas Sale, located at 318 S. Cedar.
The dinner is tonight, and it features Ethiopian cuisine. It runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. At-the-door tickets are $5.50, $4 for children 12 and under.
Alternative gifts are a big part of Jubilee. New vendors include Pal Craftaid, an alternative trade organization that sells Palestinian handcrafts to benefit Palestinian children, and Christian Cottage Imports, which offers table linens made by artisans in the Philippines and Kenya.
As in past years, a wide array of crafts from as close as Spokane and as far away as Appalachia, Africa and Central America include jewelry, baskets, Christmas crafts, wood carvings, musical instruments, toys, textiles and more. All profits are returned directly to the artisans or to projects that strive to empower and sustain needy people.
Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge.
Eat, drink and be merry
Beverly’s at the Coeur d’Alene Resort is holding a Micro Brew Dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring the fall and winter lines of Widmer Brewing Company.
Widmer’s executive chef, Everett Fees, will use the beers to create the robust, five-course meal. You’ll also get tasters of the beers. Cost is $45 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required; call (208) 765-4000.
See it now
Hungarian and Romanian folk dance and music are fading, but Spokane’s Erdely Ensemble is doing all it can to revive interest. The ethnic dance group is sponsoring “Heritage and Change,” its fifth concert of the folk dances, at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Met.
Featured guests are Jomoka Hungarian Music Ensemble of Salt Lake City and Bokreta Hungarian Dance Ensemble of Seattle. The ethnic dances and music display offer a chance to view the rich cultural wealth of regions that have struggled to resist sweeping change in Eastern Europe.
There will also be a display of traditional costumes and cultural items from the personal collections of the dance group members. It promises to be an afternoon of lively entertainment and a glimpse of a fascinating land.
Tickets are $5, $3 for children, students and seniors, $12 for families. You can get them at the door or from Street Music, 117 N. Howard. Call 747-0979 for more information.
Gonzaga University continues its run of “Aladdin,” a musical version of the children’s classic, with 18 adults and five child actors.
Curtain time is 7:30 tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Russell Theatre. General admission is $3, $1 plus a food item for children.
North Central High School is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” beginning tonight. The play, which centers of the antics of the Sycamore family, offers check-your-brain-at-the-door fun, and a message.
Curtain is 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Nov. 16-18. Tickets are $3.50, $2 for students and $1 for NC students. Children under 5 will not be admitted.
While not technically a stage, there will be a runway show at 7 tonight and 1 p.m. Saturday at NorthTown mall. Seventeen’s Party Looks will give young women a preview of the newest look for the holiday season. It’s free.
The North Idaho College Jazz Ensemble and the vocal group Jazz Co. will pay a musical tribute to veterans in an upcoming concert, “A Veterans Salute,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Boswell Auditorium.
The evening will include jazz from the swing era, two Stan Kenton arrangements and selections from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, George Gershwin and others.
Admission is free to all veterans and their guests. Just identify yourself as a former serviceman. For the rest, admission is $5, $3 for seniors and $1 for students. Tickets are available at the door.
Charles D. Frost will give an organ recital at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar. Frost, director of music ministries for the church, will be joined by an ensemble. The program will feature music by Buxtehude, Bach, Mouret, Strauss and others.
The Whitworth College Wind Ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday in the newly renovated Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth College. The concert is free and open to the public.
Classical music lovers should hit the Panida Theater in Sandpoint at 8 p.m. Saturday for the program “Slavic Harmonies: Classical and Folk Music from Eastern Europe and Russia.”
The concert features flutist Rhonda Bradetich-Tifft, accompanied by Spokane pianist Kendall Feeney. Tickets are $10, $6 for people 18 and younger. Call (208) 263-6139 for more information.
The Spokane Folklore Society is holding another old-time contra dance from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland. The evening starts with a potluck at 6:30 p.m., followed by information dance instruction at 7:30 p.m. and dancing at 8 p.m.
Admission is $7, $4 for Folklore Society members. Couples, singles and beginners are welcome; alcohol, smoke and drugs are not.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: GETTING OUT The weather forecast is for blustery weather, but some folks don’t let that stop them. Eager skiers will head north in search of some snow for nordic skiing. Some yards still need tidying up. And there will probably be a lot of snow tires put on cars this weekend. For the less hardy, perhaps it’s the time of year to retreat to your favorite bookstore to browse the Saturday afternoon away. There are many choices; for the ambience that encourages lingering, however, we like Auntie’s on the corner of Washington and Main, and Suntree Books at 123 S. Wall (beneath the Magic Lantern Cinemas).