Finished shoveling the walk for the fourth time this week? Looking for something to do that doesn’t involve cold, wet and misery? Here’s a run-down of some of the weekend’s activities that might make you forget what’s happening outside.
Music near and far
The Washington Old Time Fiddlers will saw the fiddle strings at its Winter Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trent Elementary School, 3303 N. Pines.
Performers range in age from 6 to over 90, including many national champions. Tickets, available at the door, are $4, $2 for children and $10 for a family. Group rates are also available for churches, senior centers and non-profit organizations.
The door opens at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show, for those of you who can’t get enough fiddlin’.
Here’s a chance to hear opera for free. The Metropolitan Opera district auditions are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Spokane Falls Community College’s Music Building. The best opera potentials from Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana will compete to go to Seattle for regional auditions Feb. 18.
Organizers want the nine contestants to feel the heat from a real audience, so the public is invited, free of charge. No heckling, though.
Award-winning flutist Rhonda Bradetich-Tifft will perform at The Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.
Bradetich-Tifft plays everything from Bach to jazz and has won both the Northwest Young Artist Competition and the Spokane Music and Arts Festival Young Artists Competition.
Accompanying Bradetich-Tifft is harpist Leslie Stratton Norris, who has performed with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Ballet, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and more.
The Washington Idaho Symphony Chorale will present its fourth concert of the 1995-96 season at 8 p.m. Saturday in the University of Idaho Administration Auditorium in Moscow and 3 p.m. Sunday at Lewiston High School.
The concerts will feature the Washington Idaho Symphony Chorale performing music from operas, operettas and Broadway musicals.
Tickets are $10, $5 for college students and children and are available at the door, at the symphony office or by calling (800) 949-ARTS.
Also in Moscow, The Chestnut Brass Company brings its five-century repertory to the University of Idaho auditorium at 8 tonight.
The ensemble, which travels with a virtual museum of modern and historic brass instruments, will play Bach, Peter Schickele and Henry Lockwood, as well as groups of works from the Renaissance and the American Civil War era, played on unique instruments of the times - the Sacbut, the helicon, saxhorns and more.
In addition to the concert, the band will be coaching UI brass players and will give a public presentation - The History of Hot Air - at 11 a.m. Saturday in the UI SUB Ballroom. That presentation is free.
General admission tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. Get them through Ticket Express or at the door.
What do gypsy migrations, Catherine Deneuve, a Brooklyn cigar shop and Pablo Neruda have in common? All will be featured in the upcoming Cultural & Ethnic Food & Film Series presented by the Panida Theater in Sandpoint.
The series starts with “Smoke,” starring Harvey Keitel and William Hurt, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Other films are “A Walk in the Clouds” on Feb. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., “Belle De Jour” on March 8, “Il Postino” on April 11 and 13 and “Crumb,” on May 24 and 25.
There are more, but we’ll get to those later this year.
Local restaurants, including Bradleys, Gregory’s, Ivano’s, Eichart’s and Jalapeno’s, will take turns preparing featured dinners or menu items to highlight and complement the film shown on that particular evening. The restaurants will also be serving desserts and finger foods at the theater before the movie and during intermission.
Tickets are $4, $3.50 for seniors and students, and $2.50 for children 13 and under. They’re available at the door. For more information, call 208-263-9191.
The Spokane Folklore Society presents a string of Family Dances beginning Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Others are Feb. 17 and March 23.
They’re all at the Woman’s Club at Ninth and Walnut. Admission is $4, $2 for kids. You get a discount if you’re a Folklore Society member. It’s a fun night of dancing and eating. Call 838-2160 for more information.
Julianna Fjeld, co-executive producer of the Emmy winning “Love is Never Silent,” will speak at a workshop entitled “Discover Your Power in Drama” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Spokane Community College.
The workshop is designed to help people understand what drama means and how to use it as a communication tool in areas such as education, interpreting and mental health. It’s sponsored by the Deaf Advisory Committee of Spokane Mental Health and Spokane Community College.
Admission is free. Call 838-4651 for more information.
OK, OK, here’s some snow info
Don’t forget Sandpoint’s Winter Carnival, which continues today through Sunday with all kinds of activities. Noteworthy is the Parade of Lights through downtown Sandpoint at 6 tonight.
For a complete schedule, call (800) 800-2106.
Two private collectors from Spokane will speak at Cheney Cowles Museum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Jim Kolva, who collects ceramic art, and Chris Peck, who collects American Indian materials.
The program is free and open to the public.
Mead High School’s theater department opens its winter play Wednesday - “The Prodigious Snob” - with a six-day run. Performances are at 7:30 on Wednesday and Feb. 1-2 and 7-9. Tickets are $4, $3 for students. They’re available at the door.