October 18, 2009 in Features

Trio of upcoming shows will have jazz fans keyed up

By The Spokesman-Review

We begin this week’s Spotlight with three items that should have jazz aficionados drooling:

• “The Legends of Jazz” concert is coming to the Bing Crosby Theater on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. And the word “legends” is not mere hype.

This all-star band includes Curtis Fuller, a Blue Note stalwart considered one of the greatest-ever trombone players. He’ll be joined by other well-regarded jazz names: Larry Vuckovich on piano, Hadley Caliman on tenor sax, Jeff Chambers on bass and Eddie Marshall on drums.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students), through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) or at the door.

Lee Konitz, one of the greatest alto-sax players of all time, performs with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Konitz was part of the famous “Birth of the Cool” sessions with Miles Davis, then went on to make his own influential music. He won the Jazz Master Award this year from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He’ll be playing new, expanded arrangements of some of those “Birth of the Cool” tunes with the Whitworth ensemble, just like he did in 1949 with Miles.

Tickets are $17 through TicketsWest or at the door.

The Bob Curnow Big Band had such a big turnout at the Ichiban Sushi Lounge, 202 W. Third Ave., earlier this month that it will be playing again Monday, 7:30 p.m., as well as on Nov. 2 and 16 and Dec. 7 and 14.

There’s no cover charge and all ages are welcome.

Anvil, in person

Have you caught the great music documentary, “Anvil! The Story of Anvil”?

In February, you’ll be able to see Anvil, the actual band, in all of its heavy metal glory.

It’s been booked into the Knitting Factory for a show on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $15 general admission. The movie will also be shown, right before the concert.

The film is like a real-life “Spinal Tap,” chronicling the travails of this slightly long-in-the-tooth metal band from Canada. Released earlier this month on DVD, it has been one of the best-reviewed documentaries of the year.

Local film roundup

Speaking of movies, here are updates on three with local connections:

• The Spokane-filmed “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!” will have its “red carpet benefit premiere” in Los Angeles on Thursday. Many of its stars – including Lainie Kazan, Carmen Electra and Jai Rodriguez – are expected to show up for this AIDS Project Los Angeles benefit.

A trailer is available online at www.oyveymysonisgay.com, where you can see a few Spokane landmarks and several local actors, most prominently Jerry Sciarrio.

The film is tentatively set for release Nov. 6 (in L.A., at least), but reviews have been harsh. Variety’s Dennis Harvey said this “dopey farce’s dated cluelessness is almost awe-inspiring.”


• The Coeur d’Alene-filmed teen saga “Teenage Dirtbag” has had several theatrical screenings in Spokane, Bonners Ferry, San Francisco, Seattle and New York.

Now, this story of high school angst will be released on DVD on Tuesday. It was made by Regina Crosby, originally from Coeur d’Alene.

• A full-length ski movie, “Hello,” filmed by Will Start, a senior at St. George’s School, will have its debut Nov. 6, 7 p.m. at the school, 2929 W. Waikiki Road.

It features the Soul Crew – a group of young local skiers – and you can expect to see plenty of flips, twists and jumps. Admission is free.

Kevin Nealon at GU

Kevin Nealon, the “Saturday Night Live” alum, is headed to Gonzaga University on Friday at 8 p.m. for the annual Gonzaga Fall Family Weekend comedy show.

Nealon was a “Weekend Update” anchor and part of the Hans and Franz team, among other skits. He has also been a regular in a number of Adam Sandler films, including “Anger Management,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Happy Gilmore.”

The show is at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Tickets are $25 for the general public, through TicketsWest, or $20 for students at the Crosby Student Center.

The Free Speech centennial

One of the most momentous events to ever take place in Spokane, the 1909 Free Speech Fight, will have its 100th anniversary on Nov. 2.

When the Spokane City Council banned public speeches on the street, the International Workers of the World (the Wobblies) put out a call for people to show up and defy the law.

More than 500 people got up on downtown soapboxes. Of those, 500 were arrested. The jails were jammed and it became a huge national story and one of the most influential acts of civil disobedience in American history.

Several organizations, including the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) and the Peace and Justice Action League, have banded together to commemorate this event with a series of programs:

• Local authority Malcolm Haworth will speak about the events in a free talk Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 314 S. Spruce St.

• The MAC will host “Free Speech: A Centennial Workshop” on Saturday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m, featuring labor historian James C. Foster and a roster of other speakers. Admission is $7, or free with museum admission ticket or membership.

• A re-enactment of the “street corner speakout” will be staged by the Peace and Justice Action League at noon Nov. 10 at the corner of Stevens Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.

Keep an eye out for The Spokesman-Review’s own look back at this event, coming soon.

‘Pride and Prejudice’

Attention, all Austen fans: Gonzaga University Theatre opens its version of “Pride and Prejudice” on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Director Brian Russo is using the well-regarded adaptation by British writer Marcus Goodwin, which was a hit in Seattle and Portland.

It continues through Nov. 1 at GU’s Harry and Colleen Magnuson Theatre. Call (509) 313-6553 for tickets and details.

A ‘Dickens’ dinner

The Lion’s Share, which bills itself as “A Center for Celebrations and Creativity,” located in a large Victorian house at 1627 N. Atlantic St., is planning a dinner-theater production of “A Christmas Carol” in conjunction with a five-course Victorian meal.

They call the whole thing “A Dickens of a Dinner.” It will take place Dec. 4-5 and 11-12 at 6 p.m.

We mention this now because if you order tickets before Nov. 1, the price is $45 per person. After that, it’s $50.

Call (509) 327-1113 for reservations or go to www.lionaround.org.

Atkinson & Stowell

Two of the Northwest’s top guitarists, Leon Atkinson and John Stowell, will team up for a concert on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Atkinson is a classical guitarist, and Stowell is a jazz guitarist. Put them together on stage and you can expect an invigorating blend of styles.

Tickets are $24 in advance through TicketsWest or $30 at the door.

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