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Patty Duke to share ‘Intimate Conversation’ at Interplayers

Archie Chen
Archie Chen

You might call it a local, live “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

Patty Duke will talk about her Oscar- and Emmy-winning career in a series of special benefit events for Interplayers Professional Theatre.

“An Intimate Conversation: Patty Duke with Interplayers’ Artistic Director Reed McColm” will run June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and June 5 at 2 p.m. at the theater, 174 S. Howard St.

Duke, who lives in Coeur d’Alene, has been a star since age 12, when she appeared in “The Miracle Worker” on Broadway. She has had an uncommonly eventful career – and life – and is known for reflecting insightfully about both.

Tickets are now available only to Interplayers subscribers, and go on sale for the general public on May 17. Prices are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Call (509) 455-PLAY.

This is Interplayers’ second big Duke announcement. Two weeks ago, the theater said she will direct “The Miracle Worker” next season.

‘Friday Night Lights’ gig

Jeff Rosick, a 2008 Gonzaga University theater grad, has landed a role on the popular NBC series “Friday Night Lights.”

Rosick will play Buddy Garrick Jr., a high school student who returns to Dillon, Texas – and isn’t thrilled about it. This part was played by a different actor in earlier seasons.

Local audiences may recognize Rosick from his roles at GU, including John Proctor in “The Crucible.” His theater professor, Brian Russo, said in a press release that Rosick has “an incredible work ethic along with a deep talent.”

Rosick’s character will show up on a recurring basis at the beginning of the show’s next season, its fifth.

This is Rosick’s first TV role, but he has already filmed a part in David Fincher’s upcoming movie, “The Social Network.”

Spokane String Quartet

If you’re looking for a fulfilling event to attend in Spokane today, you should head over to the Spokane String Quartet’s concert at 3 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

Archie Chen, a local product, returns to his hometown as a guest artist playing Schumann and Chopin.

Since winning the Young Artist Award at the Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival (now Musicfest Northwest) in 1993, the Mead High School graduate has gone on to an international career.

He studies and teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and has just come off a 12-day concert tour of China.

General admission tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available at the door.

The best deal in town

Speaking of Musicfest Northwest, now under way in its 2010 version, I should remind you about two of the best classical music bargains in town, the two big Musicfest concerts later this week:

•Young Artist Concert, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague – Featuring the winners of the prestigious Young Artist division of the competition in several categories.

•Festival Highlights Concert, Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Bing Crosby Theater – Featuring many of the standout performances from the weeklong festival, as chosen by adjudicators.

Why are these concerts such a bargain?

They’re both free. All you have to do is show up and listen. You may be hearing the next Archie Chen.

CdA musical tickets

Individual tickets are on sale for the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s lineup.

This national-class summer stock theater will perform “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” June 12-26; “Cinderella,” July 3-17; “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” July 22-Aug.1; and “Hairspray,” Aug.7-21.

All shows are at North Idaho College’s Schuler Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $25 to $39.

Call (208) 769-7780. It’s not too late to buy a season subscription, either.

Doobies in the park

Here’s another show added to Riverfront Park this summer: The Doobie Brothers, Aug. 18, 7 p.m.

Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50, at or by calling (877) 435-9849.

Sandpoint Early Bird

This week is your last chance to buy an Early Bird Season Pass to this summer’s Festival at Sandpoint.

Why should you? Because they cost only $169 (plus taxes and fees) for all eight concerts, Aug. 5-15. That’s about a 40 to 50 percent discount over individual concert prices.

There is a catch, however. The lineup has not been announced. You’ll just have to trust the festival to bring in artists you want to see.

Festival organizers will cut off early bird sales on Thursday (assuming they don’t sell out earlier). Then, on Friday, the festival will announce its lineup and individual concert tickets will go on sale.

Call (208) 265-4554 or go online at www.FestivalAt