‘GMA’ to put the Resort’s holiday lights on display

ABC’s “Good Morning America” will broadcast live from the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Nov. 28 from 4 to 6 a.m.

The show is sending a crew around the country to do a series of pieces about spectacular holiday lighting displays across the country. The Resort’s display certainly fits in that category.

You can watch it beginning at 7 a.m. that morning (it’s delayed for the Pacific time zone). But if you’re willing to get up early enough, you can go to the Resort and try to get yourself on camera.

KXLY’s “Good Morning Northwest” will also be doing a live broadcast from the Resort the same morning.

A blues harp hurricane

Here’s another reminder of an event that sounds world-class. It’s “Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blow-Out,” Friday, 8 p.m., at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road.

Why so good?

Because it features certified blues legend James Cotton, as well as blues harp virtuosos Lee Oskar, formerly of War, James Harman and Mark Hummel.

Ticket are available through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

Hampton honor

By now, you should have heard all about the National Medal of Arts awarded by the White House this week to the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho.

But you may not be aware of the immensity of this honor. To put it in perspective, here are some of the other recipients over the last three years

Andrew Wyeth

Les Paul

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Robert Duvall

Wynton Marsalis

Dolly Parton

American treasures, by any measure.

The festival is one of the region’s cultural treasures. It runs Feb. 20 through 23 in Moscow; season tickets are now on sale by calling (208) 885-7212 or toll-free (888) 8-UIDAHO; or go online to www.uitickets.com.

A ‘Grace’ benefit

Here’s another benefit showing of the Interplayers’ upcoming “Grace and Glorie.” The performance on Saturday at 8 p.m. will be a benefit for Our Sisters’ Closet of the YWCA.

For that evening only, Interplayers will donate $10 to the YWCA per ticket purchased.

Call (509) 455-7529 for tickets to this or any other performance. The show runs Fridaythrough Dec. 8 and will have previews on Wednesday and Thursday.

‘Me and Uncle Bing’

Carolyn Schneider, Bing Crosby’s niece, will give a talk and sign copies of her book, “Me and Uncle Bing” on Dec. 7, 3 p.m., at the (where else?) Bing Crosby Theater.

This will be part of the Second Annual Bing Crosby Film Festival, which will also include showings of films, including “Bells of St. Mary’s” and “White Christmas” and performances by Gonzaga University’s Big Bing Theory.

Schneider, who is the daughter of Bing’s sister Mary Rose, was born in Olympia and worked as a contract player at Paramount. She now lives in Las Vegas. Admission to the daylong festival will be free, although a $1 donation will be requested to support the nonprofit Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater.

Avril in May

Avril Lavigne, the high-spirited rocker, is coming to the Spokane Arena’s Star Theater on May 9, 7 p.m.

The opening act will be Boys Like Girls.

Tickets are already on sale (or should be, if things went according to plan) through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

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