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Festival of Contemporary Art Music - Today, 11 a.m., Student Composers Concert in Kimbrough Concert Hall, and 8 p.m., Faculty Composers Concert, in Bryan Hall Theatre. Friday, 3 p.m., Electroacoustic Concert, Kimbrough Concert Hall. Saturday, 8 p.m., Guest Composers Concert featuring Tania Leon, Bryan Hall Theatre. Washington State University, Pullman. Free. (509) 335-4148
Wine and Music Lecture Series - “Who’s Afraid of the Symphony,” cellist Roberta Bottelli discusses the Spokane Symphony, Fox renovation and pieces on the Feb. 12-13 classics program, with wine and cheese. Today, 7 p.m., Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Drive. $20. (509) 326-9516
Sarah McLachlan - “Sarah and Friends Tour” featuring Butterfly Boucher and Melissa McClelland. Today. 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $39-$59. (509) 624-1200.
Solas - Celtic-folk ensemble. Today, 7:30 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $20/adults, $8/age 18 and younger. (208) 263-9191
UI School of Music Mosaic Concert - Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lionel Hampton Building, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. (208) 885-6231
Allegro Baroque and Beyond, “Night at the Opera” - Operatic works by Rossini and others, featuring guest bassoonist Jesse Read and Theatre Ballet of Spokane. Friday, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20-$27 (family discounts available). (509) 455-6865, (800) 325-SEAT
Casey MacGill Blue 4 Trio - Former Spokane, now Seattle swing master and his band, to benefit PED: Programs for Successful Aging. Saturday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $10/door. (509) 326-1471
Spokane Symphony Superpops, Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration - Featuring guest vocalists Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler in selections from from “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” “State Fair,” “The King and I,” “Carousel” and “Oklahoma!” Saturday, 8 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $25-$52. (509) 624-1200
Utah Phillips Tribute CD Release - Featuring Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Paul Rasmussen, Doug Wintch and Gigi Love. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Rick Singer Photography, 415 1/2 W. Main Ave. $15. http://www.ricksinger photography. com/concerts.php.
Lilac City Cheer and Dance Competition - Saturday, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Viewing: $10/adults, $6/ages 7-17, seniors and military, free/age 6 and younger. (509) 279-7000
“It’s a Date”- Improv comedy show based on the dating scene, for all ages. Friday, 8 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $9/adults, $7/children, seniors and students with ID. (509) 747-7045
Safari Saturday - Fast-paced short-form improv. Some material may not be suitable for all ages. Saturday, 9 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7. (509) 747-7045
“Opus” - Drama about a string quartet which undergoes a series of crises as it prepares for a White House performance. Today-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Interplayers, 174 S. Howard St. $12-$22. (509) 455-7529, (800) 325-SEAT
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”- Tony-winning musical comedy about a middle-school spelling bee. Through Feb. 20, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays (except this Sunday) at 2 p.m.; also Saturday matinee performances Feb. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. to raise money for the Civic Theatre’s participation in the Kaleidoscope 2011 State Theatre Festival. Spokane Civic Theatre, Firth Chew Studio Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (entrance off Dean Ave.). $23/adults, $12/student rush (available 20 minutes before a performance; not available for shows near to selling out). (509) 325-2507, (800) 325-SEAT
“Chicago” - Bob Fosse’s classic vaudeville musical. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Gonzaga University, Magnuson Theatre. $15/adults, $10/students. (509) 313-6553
“The Vagina Monologues”- Eve Ensler’s award-winning play about women’s sexuality and strength, experiences and feelings. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m., Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho. $10/advance, at the University of Idaho’s Women Center, Book People of Moscow and Eclectica; $12/door. (208) 885-6616
“Willy Wonka” - Spokane Children’s Theatre presents the musical based on Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and featuring music from the 1971 movie version starring Gene Wilder. Saturday-Sunday and Feb. 20, 1 p.m.; Feb. 12-13 and 19, at 1 and 4 p.m. (performances on Feb. 12 will be signed for the hearing impaired). Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $12/adults, $10/children. (509) 328-4886. (800) 325-SEAT
“The Vagina Monologues”- Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., SUB Lounges A, B and C, Building 17; Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Music Auditorium, Building 15. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Wednesday performance is free; $3/adults, $1/students (free for SFCC students) on Feb. 11. (509) 533-3199
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