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Still time to grab tickets to ‘Companion,’ Conan

Sun., April 4, 2010, midnight

Here’s the latest version of Spotlight’s patented Sellout Watch™:

• All of the floor tickets to “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor on June 12 at the Spokane Arena’s Star Theatre are already gone. However, plenty of good tickets on the sides (upper and lower tiers) are still available.

• Some surprisingly good tickets – including some of the high-priced ones in front – are still available for Conan O’Brien on April 16 at the INB Performing Arts Center.

• The Sasquatch Festival, May 29-31 at The Gorge Amphitheater is, alas, all sold out. Tickets vanished in record time.

Tickets for the above, except Sasquatch, are available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

Gilbert’s replacement

We talked to Meredith Inglesby, who will be replacing Melissa Gilbert in the national tour of “Little House on the Prairie, The Musical” this week – and we can confirm that Inglesby’s no Broadway rookie.

For years, she played one of the main character roles, Babette, in “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway. She also played Carlotta and several other roles in the Broadway production of “The Little Mermaid.”

Under normal circumstances, Inglesby plays two other key characters in the “Little House” tour: Eliza (in the first act) and Mrs. Brewster (in the second).

Yet she is also Gilbert’s understudy, so she has stepped into the role of Ma at least a dozen times.

Last week, we learned that Gilbert will miss all six Spokane performances, from Thursday through next Sunday, because she will be recovering from back surgery. These are the only tour dates she is scheduled to miss, if all goes well.

Watch for a complete interview with Inglesby in Thursday’s Today section.

Allegro in ‘Italia’

The Spokane chamber music institution Allegro, Baroque and Beyond continues its musical journey around the world with “Viva L’Italia” on Friday, 8 p.m., at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Beverly Biggs, co-artistic director, will play harpsichord and will be joined by several musicians on baroque instruments, including the theorbo.

Theorbo?

Turns out, it’s similar to a lute. August Denhard will play theorbo solos from the 1600s.

The concert also includes other Italian baroque compositions by Merula, Corelli and Vivaldi.

Tickets range from $18 to $25, available by calling (509) 455-6865 or at www.allegrobaroque.org.

You CAN do that

The Spokane Public Library Foundation fundraiser, “You Can’t Do That in the Library,” will rock the stacks of the downtown library on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers will preside over a party with blues, brews, pizza and a rare book auction. Tickets are $50, through TicketsWest.

‘Red Tape’ from Sandpoint

“Red Tape,” a theater production which originated as part of the Art as Theatre project in Sandpoint, will be staged Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Interplayers, 174 S. Howard St.

The concept behind Art as Theatre is to take the work of a local visual artist, in this case Stephen Schultz, and use it as a springboard to create an original play.

“Red Tape” is about a young man’s struggle to free himself from the emotional “red tape” of his family and friends. The script was written by Teresa Pesce and the director is Deborah McShane, with piano music by Alan Ball.

Schultz’s monumental artworks are used as suspended backdrops, serving as creative inspirations for each scene.

It debuted at Sandpoint’s Panida Theatre in January and was so successful that the creators decided to do a two-show run at Interplayers. The Friday show will be the second of the two Interplayers shows (the first was Saturday).

Tickets are $15, at the door or through TicketsWest outlets.

‘The Thin Man’

Don’t forget about the continuing “Classic Movies at the Bing” series. Here’s what’s up this month:

• “The Thin Man,” the William Powell-Myrna Loy classic based on the mystery stories of former Spokane resident Dashiell Hammett, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

• “Philadelphia Story,” the Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn comedy, April 20, 7 p.m.

A $5 donation is requested at each showing, Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

BeGin! again

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s exceptionally popular BeGin! event – like a museum happy hour – takes place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum, 2316 W. First Ave.

The Hot Club of Spokane will play hot jazz while the crowds enjoy adult beverages.

And I do mean crowds. When I last attended a BeGin! the place was jammed with about 300 happy people.

Friday evening would also be a good time to check out that “Jumpin’ With the Big Bands” exhibit before it closes on April 24.

We recently talked to John Edward Hasse, curator of American music at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, and asked him about two of the items in the MAC exhibit, on loan from the Smithsonian. Here’s what he said:

• The Louis Armstron g cornet – “One of the most consequential musical instruments in America.” Armstrong learned to play on it and then went on to teach the rest of the world a new kind of music.

• The Artie Shaw clarinet – “He recorded ‘Begin the Beguine,’ one of the most iconic songs of his career, on that instrument.” It also was one of the iconic songs of the entire Big Band era.

Entry to the museum and exhibits are free during BeGin! Just bring some money for drinks.

A Spokane DIY

Spokane homeowner Josh Hissong will be featured in the DIY Network’s “Renovation Realities” show on Saturday at 6 p.m. (cable channel 203 in Spokane, 133/163 in Coeur d’Alene).

Apparently, his kitchen renovation doesn’t go exactly as planned. Something about setting fire to the floor plan. Watch and learn.


 

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