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Spotlight: KSPS-7 set to upgrade signal

Sun., Nov. 14, 2010

KSPS-7’s broadcast signal will be off the air Tuesday through Thursday to upgrade the public television station’s transmission tower.

It will affect only people who get KSPS over the air. Those who watch the station via cable or satellite will not lose service.

But if you pick up the channel using an over-the-air antenna, it will be dark for a few days. The work will also affect those who receive the signal through a translator.

The good news? When the signal comes back, it should be stronger than ever.

Go to for more details.

Rick Steves appearance

Speaking of KSPS, the station will be one of the sponsors of an appearance by travel guru Rick Steves, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. in the Globe Room at Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus.

Plenty of travelers (and I’m one of them) swear by Steves’ travel recommendations. He’ll be talking about his new book, “Travel As A Political Act,” about how travel teaches lessons in tolerance and cultural diversity.

His appearance is presented by Gonzaga’s master’s program in communications and leadership studies. Tickets are $15, on sale at Call (509) 313-3567 for information.

Der Bingle for Christmas

Just in time for Christmas giving, the Bing Crosby Archive is releasing several new products from Spokane’s most famous son.

They include:

• “Bing Crosby: The Christmas Sessions” – A 19-track CD featuring a rare version of “White Christmas” and a number of previously unreleased holiday songs.

• “Bing Sings the Great American Songbook” – a 20-track CD of Crosby crooning the standards.

• “Bing Crosby: The Television Specials – Volume Two, The Christmas Specials” – A two-disc DVD collection of Bing’s holiday specials, featuring stars such as Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Robert Goulet.

• “Bing Crosby & David Bowie: Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth/White Christmas (with Ella Fitzgerald)” – A special 7-inch red vinyl disc.

To order, go to or

Palouse Grand Opera Cinema

If you’re an opera fan in the Palouse, here’s a deal for you: the Palouse Grand Opera Cinema Series, beginning today at the Village Center Cinemas in Pullman.

It features filmed versions of productions by the San Francisco Opera, along with pre-show lectures by faculty from Washington State University and the University of Idaho.

The first installment: “Madama Butterfly,” today at 2 p.m., with a 1 p.m. lecture by Sheila Converse from WSU’s voice faculty. The film (no lecture) will repeat Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Three more shows are planned: “Don Giovanni” on Dec. 5, “La Rondine” on Jan. 23 and “Samson and Delilah” on Feb. 20.

Tickets are $14 per showing, or four for $40 at the Village Centre Cinema box office, 1085 S.E. Bishop Blvd. in Pullman.

Spokane String Quartet

The Spokane String Quartet will explore the music of China, Poland and Norway in its concert today at 3 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

There’s a reason for those choices. They reflect the heritage of some of the quartet’s members.

Zhou Long’s “Song of the Ch’in” honors violist Jeanette Wee-Yang’s Singapore heritage; Karol Szymanowki’s String Quartet No. 2 recognizes violinist Mateusz Wolski’s Polish background; and Edvard Grieg’s String Quartet in G minor pays tribute to cellist Helen Byrne’s part-Norwegian ancestry.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, through the Fox box office (509-624-1200) or TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT,

Fall Folk alert

One of Spokane’s best free arts festivals, the Fall Folk Festival, is coming up Saturday and next Sunday at Spokane Community College’s Lair Center, 1810 N. Greene St.

The event features multiple stages with live music and other performances from cultures all around the world. It draws over 6,000 people every year – and no tickets are required.

Campbell House holidays

One of Spokane’s favorite holiday venues, the historic Campbell House, will be decorated for the season beginning Nov. 26 and on through New Year’s.

You can tour this historic mansion with your paid admission to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), 2316 W. First Ave.

Also, the MAC will be the state’s official National Day of Listening site on Nov. 26 (the day after Thanksgiving). People will be able to interview each other and record their stories as part of the Story Corps project.

If you have a story to tell about your family, your life or your community, just show up that day between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. All stories will be stored in the museum archives.

Christmas Tree Elegance

It’s time to start thinking about another great Spokane holiday tradition, Christmas Tree Elegance.

This wildly popular decorated-tree raffle begins Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 11 at the Davenport Hotel.

As usual, it will also include a number of holiday luncheons and style shows, a Gala Dinner Dance on Dec. 3 and some musical events. Go to www.spokane for more details.

New choral tradition

Meanwhile, here’s a new event that – who knows? – might become a holiday tradition.

It’s titled “Songs in Waiting – Advent Music,” a choral concert and lecture on Nov. 21, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave.

This concert, produced by well-known Spokane singer and actress Tamara Schupman, will combine choral works by Britten, Williams and many others with a talk by Paul-Gordon Chandler, a lecturer from Cairo who will discuss his work with Christians and Muslims in Egypt. He’s an Episcopal priest.

Music will be performed by the Spokane Choral Project, a professional choir conducted by David Brunner, along with Bill Rhodes on piano, William Conable on cello and Janet Satre Ahrend on organ.

Tickets are $12 in advance, by calling (509) 720-4827, or $15 at the door.

‘Bulldog Battalion’

A new exhibit showcasing Gonzaga University’s military history, “Bulldog Battalion: Gonzaga’s Military Science Marches On,” is on display in the university’s Foley Center Library, in the Cowles Rare Book Library on the third floor.

It includes artifacts from GU’s old Cadet Corps and from the World War II training center days.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, continues through Jan. 31, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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