May 15, 2011 in Features

Spotlight: ‘River Sorrow’ set to hit Cannes

By The Spokesman-Review
 
‘Wicked’ tickets still available

 The biggest theatrical event of the year, “Wicked,” opens its 12-day run at the INB Performing Arts Center on Wednesday and most of the 40,000 tickets are long gone.

 Here are the “Wicked” performances with the best ticket availability, as of last week: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 2 p.m.; May 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m.; and May 29, 1 p.m..

 Tickets are available through TicketsWest.

‘Wicked’ lottery

 Just a reminder: There is one other way to get “Wicked” tickets – the daily ticket lottery.

 Show up 2  ½ hours prior to each performance at the INB box office. Your name will be placed in a lottery drum. A half-hour later, a limited number of names will be drawn.

 If your name is chosen, you can purchase up to two tickets at $25 apiece. You must be there in person and you must pay cash.

 These tickets are in the orchestra (main floor) section, and they normally sell for at least $80.

- Jim Kershner

Spokane will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera on Monday.

That’s the day that “The River Sorrow,” filmed in Spokane by North by Northwest, will have its European premiere, followed by an after-party in a giant tent on the beach.

Star Christian Slater is scheduled to be there, along with director Rich Cowan of North by Northwest. The film also stars Ray Liotta and Ving Rhames.

This murder mystery/thriller has already been picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

An American release date is scheduled later this summer, but that could change depending on how well the movie is received at Cannes.

‘The Big Bang’

The New York Times ran an interview on Wednesday with Tony Krantz, director of another Spokane-filmed thriller, “The Big Bang,” starring Antonio Banderas.

The Times said the movie is “undoubtedly one of the stranger films to make it to theaters this year,” and compared it to some of David Lynch’s creations.

The movie opened Friday in theaters in New York and Los Angeles only. That will probably be the extent of the theatrical release; it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on May 24.

The case for Neko

Neko Case, the indie singer-songwriter, has just been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater, July 7 at 8 p.m.

She has a big fan base for her solo albums as well as her work with the New Pornographers.

Tickets are on sale, $30, through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

‘Miracle Worker’ extension

“Wicked” isn’t the only theatrical hit in Spokane. The Patty Duke-directed “The Miracle Worker” has been extended through May 29 at Interplayers Professional Theatre.

The regular run is almost sold out, but you can buy tickets for the extension dates: May 25 through 28 at 7:30 p.m. and May 29 at 2 p.m.

All tickets are $24, available by calling the Interplayers box office at (509) 455-PLAY or TicketsWest outlets.

‘Da Vinci’ tickets

Here’s how ticket sales work for the big museum event of the summer: “ Leonardo Da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius” at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

If you’re a member, you can purchase discounted tickets at the admissions desk of the museum, 2316 W. First Ave. These tickets are not restricted to a particular time or date.

If you are not a MAC member, you can buy tickets through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com). You must reserve a specific date and hour; that’s so the museum can manage the flow of visitors.

The exhibit will run June 3-Sept. 5.

Spokane String Quartet

Get yourself a heapin’ helping of modern minimalism today at 3 p.m. when the Spokane String Quartet performs Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

This piece is “scored for quartet and tape” – the tape being digital samples of Holocaust survivors’ recorded testimonies.

The program also includes works by Boccherini and Dvorak. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, at the door.

Que ‘Soiree’?

The Spokane Symphony has announced the return of the Soiree on the Edge concert at the Arbor Crest Winery, July 9 at 6 p.m.

This annual summer concert combines the elegance of the Symphony’s “Soiree” chamber music series with the experimental nature of the former “Symphony on the Edge” series.

Both concepts come together on the Arbor Crest lawn, with wine and food available for purchase. Picnic baskets are permitted.

Tickets are $20, through the symphony box office, (509) 624-1200, or TicketsWest.

Rockin’ B summer shows

Another sign of summer? Tickets are on sale for the Rockin’ B Ranch shows at Liberty Lake, including the popular Cowboy Supper Shows.

These shows will run Fridays and Saturdays from June 10 to Oct. 1 and Thursdays from June 23 through Aug. 25. They include a “cowboy shootout,” a barbecue dinner and the Riders of the Rockin’ B music and variety show.

Tickets are $39 for adults, $10 for kids age 10 and under. Group discounts are available.

Also, the Rockin’ B will host a special Father’s Day show, “McManus In Love,” written by Patrick F. McManus and starring Tim Behrens. It’s June 19, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7, with ticket prices the same as above.

For tickets to any of these shows, go to www.rockinbranch.com or call (509) 891-9016. The Rockin’ B Ranch is 100 yards south of Interstate 90’s exit 299, near the Idaho state line.


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