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Fox Presents features a wide mix of impressive acts

A long, tantalizing list of acts has just been announced for this season’s Fox Presents series at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Here’s the complete lineup (including a few shows that were previously announced):

The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. – The jazz master responsible for the classic “Take Five.” $32-$62.

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. – A revue from New York showcasing some of the great songs in Broadway history. $22-$37.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. – A nationally known troupe of 12 dancers. $17-$32, students $14.

Ed Asner as FDR, Oct. 17, 8 p.m. – Asner plays Franklin D. Roosevelt, based on a Broadway play. $27-$47.

Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, An Evening of Bluegrass and Banjo, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. – A night of banjo and humor starring the comedian-actor-director- banjoist. $37-$68.

Ian Anderson Plays the Acoustic Jethro Tull, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. – The frontman/flute man for Jethro Tull plays unplugged versions of Tull hits. $40-$50.

Heidi Newfield, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. – The country star and former lead singer of Trick Pony, in a concert rescheduled from this summer. $32.

• TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. – A troupe of musicians and dancers demonstrating the traditional Japanese art of Taiko drumming. $22-$37, $14 for children.

Philip Glass, The Etudes and Other Works for Solo Piano, March 31, 7:30 p.m. – The composer and musical innovator performs his recent etudes and other classics from his past. $17-$47.

Arlo Guthrie: The Guthrie Family Rides Again, May 4, 7:30 p.m. – Arlo and the whole family, including kids and grandkids, perform Guthrie-esque folk standards. $25-$40; also $100 meet-and-greet tickets.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, for most of these shows, except for Brubeck, Newfield and Anderson, which are already on sale.

A kick-off party

By the way, the Fox and the Spokane Symphony are inviting the public to a Season Kick-Off Happy Hour, Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fox lobby, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

There will be door prizes, drink specials and a grand prize drawing for a getaway to Hill’s Resort. You can also buy tickets to any of the above concerts as well as all of the Spokane Symphony concerts.

Individual tickets to all Spokane Symphony concerts (including the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ben Vereen and Beethoven’s Ninth concerts, among many others), also go on sale Tuesday through TicketsWest.

Pig Out prospects

Meanwhile, one of Spokane’s best, and best-loved, outdoor events, Pig Out in the Park, is right around the corner. It runs Sept. 2-7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day at Riverfront Park.

Some musical highlights: Hot Buttered Rum on Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m.; Lukas Nelson (Willie’s son) and the Promise of the Real, Sept. 4, 8:15 p.m.; The Austin Lounge Lizards on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.; and The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill, Sept. 6, 8:15 p.m.

The music is free, as usual.

Some food-booth highlights: the Gumbo Goddess, Taste of India, Tastin’ Texas BBQ, Kang Mongolian Grill and many of the familiar favorites from past years.

You might want to begin fasting now, to get in prime Pig Out shape.

Spokane Opera season

The Spokane Opera has announced its 2009-2010 season. Here are some of the highlights:

25 Years of Opera: A Gala Concert, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – Featuring selections from many of the most memorable operas from the past.

“Pagliacci,” March 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., The Fox – Leoncavallo’s beloved opera about a comic clown whose life turns tragic.

“The Apothecary,” June 15-24, Luigi’s Italian Restaurant – A dinner-opera version of Haydn’s opera.

“HMS Pinafore,” Sept. 17 and 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m., The Fox – Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic comic opera.

Go to for ticket information and more season events. Tickets for the first two events go on sale Tuesday through TicketsWest.

A new McManus comedy

A brand new Patrick F. McManus stage comedy, “Poor Again … Dagnabbit!” will have its premiere Oct. 1 and 3, 8 p.m. at Spokane’s Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.

This is the latest in a series of one-man shows featuring Spokane actor Tim B ehrens working from a script by local humorist McManus. This one will deal with McManus’ childhood during the Great Depression, not to mention his adulthood during the current Great Recession.

It’s the first new McManus-Behrens play in 12 years, although the previous shows have been revived regularly.

This is a benefit for The Lands Council. Tickets are $21, available by calling the Lincoln Center at (509) 327-8000 or by going to www.thelincolncenter Dinner and hotel packages are also available.

McManus will be present at both shows to sign copies of his new mystery, “The Double-Jack Murders.”

Makahas cancel

The Makaha Sons have canceled their concert scheduled for Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater.

A spokeswoman said the cancellation was caused by “hard economic times and increased travel costs,” and added that the traditional Hawaiian entertainers still hope to return to Spokane someday.

Refunds are available through TicketsWest.

Art winners

The winners for the Chase Gallery All Media Juried Show have been chosen:

Kay O’Rourke, first prize, “A Seed Sown,” charcoal drawing.

Katie Creyts, second prize, “Lullaby,” installation.

Puci, third prize, “After I erase my reprehensible past, I’m golden, baby!,” oil painting.

The winners were selected out of 117 submissions. The show continues through Friday in the lower level of Spokane City Hall.