Despite the warm temperatures, winter isn’t over yet. In fact, that nutty groundhog tells us we’re in for a long one.
The Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission embraces the season with the Snowflake Festival, a winter arts festival that’s meant to mirror Art on the Green, only on white.
The nine-day festival covers all levels of arts and entertainment, beginning Saturday with performance and fine arts workshops for grades two through 12 at Lake City High School. Grownups can find their cure for cabin fever at Sorenson Elementary Gym from 8 to 11 Saturday night, where the Coeur d’Alene Marimba band and Malidoma Drummers and Dancers will perform.
“Music of the Night,” features the best-known music from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” It’s a fundraiser for the North Idaho College Foundation and features regional favorites Katherine Damiano, Tom Stratton, John Cooper, Robert Platte and Cheryl Anne Rossi. Performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at NIC’s Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium. Tickets are $18 and $15.
For a complete schedule of the Snowflake Festival, check local libraries. Ticket agencies such as NIC’s box office (800-4-CDA-TIX), the Coeur d’Alene Rosauers and The Bookseller on Sherman Avenue also have information and tickets.
For further information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 664-3194.
If you’ve let Enrique Chagoya’s visit to Spokane pass you by so far this week, there’s one last chance to hear the San Francisco artist discuss his highly regarded work.
Chagoya speaks at noon today in the Eastern Washington University Art Building Auditorium in Cheney. He’ll talk about his complex, critically acclaimed work in mixed media drawings and where he draws his inspiration from for the political satire in his work.
Chagoya is a native of Mexico City and teaches at Stanford University. His presentation is free.
The Spokane Folklore Society is holding its annual St. Valentine’s Day Dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a dessert potluck.
The music will be provided by Cats with Attitudes, from Portland; the dance calling is by Eric Weberg.
The dance will be held at Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland. Admission is $4 for folklore members and $7 for all others. Call 747-2640 for more information.
Moms and daughters making a beeline for the Coeur d’Alene Resort Wedding Fair on Saturday can live in luxury for a night with the Mother/ Daughter Retreat package being offered by the resort.
For $99 per person, you can stay at the resort tonight, have a maker-over, a professional portrait and more. The package also pays your way into the bridal fair, where more than 50 exhibitors will be on hand to help with upcoming weddings.
Call (800) 688-5253 for reservations.
The Cutter Theatre is hosting a “Chocolate Lovers Party” from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Indulge in rich chocolate candies, cookies, cakes and pies, accompanied by champagne and music.
Tickets are $6 per person or $10 a couple. They’re available at the door or by calling (509) 446-4108. Proceeds go toward completing restoration of the 1912 Metaline Falls School, now the theater.
The Washington Idaho Symphony, holding its fifth concert of the season, will feature four area artists chosen at an annual competition in November. The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lewiston High School and 8 p.m. Monday at Pullman’s Gladish Auditorium.
Kevin Boden, a sophomore at East Valley High School, is one of the four young adults chosen to perform. He’s played the viola for six years.
Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and children. They’re available at the door.
Three young musicians groups will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Building at Spokane Falls Community College in a Spokane Youth Symphony Winter Concert.
The Intermediate String Orchestra, Spokane Junior Orchestra and Valley Junior Orchestra each will perform. Admission is free.
Acclaimed pianist Fazil Say opens Washington State University Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum’s “On Stage With” series at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Seating for the unique concert style is available on stage, close to the performer, and immediately adjacent in elevated seats. Tickets are $8, $4 for students. Get them by calling 335-1514.
The EWU Wind Ensemble will perform a special concert with two guest high school bands (Cheney and Riverside) at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Music Building Recital Hall in Cheney. The concert is free and open to the public.
It will be an evening of fine dining, entertainment and special desserts for those who attend the Valentine’s Day Sweet Art In the Park fundraiser for WSU’s Museum of Art at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the CUB ballroom in Pullman.
Reservations are $27.50 per person and available by calling 335-1910.
The Cheney Cowles Museum will show the video “The House” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of the five-part series, “America By Design.” The series examines America’s unique heritage of innovative design.
The event is free and open to the public.
Gonzaga University hosts a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hughes Auditorium. Admission is free.
The WSU Crimson Company Show Choir will perform at the Cheney High School gym at 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $6 at the door.
The Crimson Company, composed of 18 singers and dancers, is the university’s premier show choir. It promises a high-energy, musically powerful performance.