The PBS broadcast of “South Pacific” on “Live From Lincoln Center,” Wednesday at 7 p.m. on KSPS-7, should hold plenty of local interest for two reasons:
• The telecast features Spokane product Jason Michael Snow as Yeoman Herbert Quale.
Snow, who honed his theater skills at Ferris High School and at the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, made his Broadway debut last summer in this celebrated Lincoln Center production.
Snow graduated from the Boston Conservatory and has also been in the national tour of “Xanadu.”
• This Lincoln Center production is the same one that is currently on tour – and will visit Spokane from Oct. 6 through 9 in the Best of Broadway series.
It will feature the same design, choreography and direction as the one in the telecast, but with a different touring cast (no, it probably won’t include Snow).
So this will be a good opportunity to get a clue about the quality of the production that will be arriving at the INB Performing Arts Center.
Here’s another clue about its quality: This Lincoln Center revival won seven Tony Awards in 2008 and received rapturous reviews.
CdA Summer Theatre specials
The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s season will close after “Hairspray” finishes its run Saturday.
But the theater has another special event coming up: a reading of “Tuesdays With Morrie,” the best-seller by Mitch Albom, featuring Jack Bannon and Roger Welch, on Sept. 7, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at the North Idaho College Library.
Tickets are $25, available by calling (208) 769-7780.
Another event, a fundraising party hosted by Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) and Joanie Franz at their Kidd Island home on Sept. 18, is already sold out.
Spokane String Quartet season
The Spokane String Quartet has announced its 2010-11 season:
• Oct. 15 – Guest artist concert with pianist Armen Guzilemian playing works by Haydn and Dvorak, at the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox. This is a rare Friday evening concert, 7:30 p.m. (all others are on Sunday afternoons).
• Nov. 14 – Music by Zhou Long, Karol Szymanowski and Edvard Grieg, 3 p.m. at The Fox.
• Feb. 20 – Guest artist soprano Dawn Wolski, 3 p.m. at The Fox.
• March 27 – Music by Mozart, Reich and Dvorak, 3 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater.
• May 15 – Guest hornist Gail Williams, playing Mozart, 3 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater.
Season tickets are on sale for $72 for adults, $60 for seniors and $40 for students, through www.spokanestring quartet.org.
Single tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Contact TicketsWest (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) or go to the Fox box office.
The Spokane String Quartet consists of Mateusz Wolski and Tracy Dunlop on violin, Jeannette Wee-Yang on viola and Helen Byrne on cello.
We have several items to report from the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC):
• Museum hours will be slightly shortened as of Sept. 1, to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Currently, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the same days.
• The museum has been awarded a $5,000 grant to design, and begin installation of, an “interpretive gallery” at the Campbell House. This gallery will use graphics, films and computer kiosks to help put the Campbell House tour into historical perspective.
• The MAC’s Center for Plateau Cultural Studies has announced a collaborative management agreement with Washington State University’s Plateau Center for American Studies.
Michael Holloman, director of the MAC center for nine years, will also become director of the WSU center. This agreement should expand “resources and opportunities” for these programs, according to the museum.
• The MAC Foundation’s Contemporary Art Forum is hosting a series of cultural tours.
First up: A Seattle Art Museum tour on Oct. 22-24, featuring the traveling Picasso exhibit (from the Musee National Picasso in Paris). You’ll fly to Seattle and stay at the Alexis Hotel.
The reservation deadline is Sept. 1; call Eileen Anderson at (509) 363-5321 or Jane Johnson at (509) 363-5304.
• The MAC will launch a new series of programs in September titled “Wednesday Night at the Museum.” This will consist of presentations and discussions on culture, art and history, three Wednesdays a month. They will include pre- or post-program socials.
The Spokane International Film Festival will incorporate its art and humanities series into this new program. We’ll give you more details when the series gets rolling next month.
The Leno Prestini Project
Leno Prestini, a storied folk artist from Clayton, Wash., in the 1920s through 1960s, is getting his due at several locations this month.
The Leno Prestini Project, a consortium of local museums and individuals, is displaying a number of Prestini’s works at these locations:
• An exhibit space at 526 S. Main Street in Colville, through Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (this is the main exhibit).
• The Clayton Grange Hall, 4478 Railroad Road, today and Aug. 21-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The Old Schoolhouse in Loon Lake, 4000 Colville Road, today and Aug. 21-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is by donation; some paintings have a mature theme. The organizers suggest making a day of it and going to all three locations.
Prestini’s works still have the capacity to astonish. His paintings were bold, colorful, controversial and “reflected his inner turmoil,” according to organizers. He committed suicide in 1963 after an apparent stroke.
You’ve probably seen a Prestini without knowing it. He did much of the terra cotta work on buildings throughout the Northwest, including the ram’s heads on the Davenport Hotel.
Go to www.TheHeritage Network.org for more details.