“Hit and Run V” – Play-Makers Spokane, today, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Performance will consist of staged readings of short comedies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” – Master Arts, Sunday, 2-5 p.m. at New Life Church, 10920 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 991-7101, www.masterarts.org
“The Best Christmas Pageant … Ever!” – Spokane Children’s Theatre, Oct. 9-10, 6 p.m. at Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N. Driscoll Road. Needed: 30-plus actors from first-graders to adults. No experience required. (509) 325-4886, www.spokanechildrenstheatre.org
Classes and workshops
A Tango Affair With Maria & Gustavo - Series of Argentine tango classes, Friday, 1:30-4:15 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Spokane Valley Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague Ave. Social dance Saturday, 10 p.m., with performance by Maria and Gustavo at 10 p.m. Prices range from $15 for a single class to $180 for the series. For more information see www.in-tango.com.
Drawing Methods with Andrea Perry – Learn a variety of methods including use of charcoals, pencils, color, pastels and composition. For ages 8-12. Friday and Oct. 4, 4 p.m. at Tinman Too, 809 W. Garland Ave. Cost is $12 per class. Call (509) 325-3001, email email@example.com, or visit www.tinmantoo.com for more information and to register.
Art Workshops at the 1912 Center – Travel Journaling: Learn the best techniques to quickly capture images and memories in a travel journal, as well as basic “quick sketch” drawing and writing techniques. No drawing/sketching/painting skills necessary. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $35 plus $15/supplies; email Lauren@ohlgren.com for more information. Let’s Play Encaustics!: Class offers an opportunity to try the many and varied methods of creating an encaustic painting. Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $26 plus $20/supplies. Animals and Other Objects in Clay: Create your own animal or object from low fire clay and learn slab work, coil work, sculpture, relief work and etching on clay. Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $26 plus $15/supplies. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., Moscow, Idaho. (208) 669-2249, firstname.lastname@example.org
24 Hour Comic Book Challenge – Open to any artist or writer who wants to create a 24-page comic book from scratch in 24 continuous hours. Digital comic and web comic creators are also welcome. No sketches, designs, plot summaries or any other kind of direct preparation can precede the 24-hour period. Saturday, 10 a.m., Merlyn’s, 19 W. Main Ave. www.24hourcomicsday.com
Volodymyr Workshop - Volodymyr Ishchenko, official coach for the national Lebanese Dance Sport Team 2007, will teach five classes on style, technique and form in waltz, quick step, Argentine tango, cha cha and salsa. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Simply Dance Studio, 820 W. Sprague Ave. $10/class in advance, $15/class day of, $45/all classes. (509) 892-1480
Free Beginning Belly Dance - Designed to provide basic belly dance skills and provide an active venue for all ages and all body sizes. Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. Free. (509) 397-4366
Adult Improv Classes - Eight-week improvisational comedy classes run Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. through Nov. 1. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $25/class. (509) 747-7045
Let’s Paint with Tresia Oosting – Sculpture and mixed media painting classes for children ages 4-7. Each week will feature a different project. Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. at Tinman Too, 809 W. Garland Ave. $10; preregistration required by calling (509) 325-3001, www.tinmantoo.com, email@example.com
StarShooters Square Dance Club New Dancer Lessons - Begins Wednesday, mainstream lessons from 7-8:30 p.m. and Plus Lessons from 8:30-10 p.m., Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. (509) 475-3031.
The Art Coop Classes – Microscope Slide Necklace: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., $25. Beaded Cuff Bracelet: Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m., $45. Fused Glass Jewelry: Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m., $35-40. Matchbox Shrines: Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m., $25. Wooden Assemblage: Oct. 19-20, 6-9 p.m., $45. Wild Women Pin: Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m., $25. Mosaic Plaque: Oct. 25-26, 6-9 p.m., $45. Fused Glass Jewelry: Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m., $35-40. Soldered Character Pin: Oct. 29, 1-4 p.m., $45. Classes are held at a private home studio, 4225 N. G St. All supplies provided. (509) 327-3726, www.theartcoop.net
Art Classes for Seniors – Watercolor Pencil to Enhance Watercolor Paint: Participants play with watercolor pencils to get textures and mix with watercolors in select areas to make most of the unique properties of watercolor pencils. Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $24. Oil/Acrylic Poplars in the Fall: A study in color and brushwork for landscape. Saturdays, Oct. 8 and 15, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $36. Pen and Ink with Watercolor: Define shapes with pen and ink and paint with watercolor. Create depth and value changes and learn a variety of brushwork. Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $24. Spokane Valley Senior Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Room 155, Spokane Valley. Call (509) 279-6027 for more information and to register.
Quilling Class – Workshop covers the age-old paper craft, Oct. 8 at the Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. Class for children ages 7-16 is 10 a.m.-noon and costs $10; class for adults is 1-5 p.m. and costs $17. All materials provided. Preregistration required by Oct. 6. Call (509) 229-3414 or visit www.artisanbarn.org to register and for more information.
Photographing Fine Art – Master technical photographer Jerry McCollum will demonstrate fine art lighting and reproduction techniques for paintings, glassware, pottery and sculpture. Oct. 8-9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. Free. Artists who wish to use this opportunity to have their work photographed for publication or commercial reproduction (cards, prints) can contact Jerry prior to the demonstration at (509) 592-6827 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (509) 229-3414, www.artisanbarn.org
Poetry Scribes of Spokane – Writers, age 18 and older, meet to encourage and share wholesome poetry; sponsor the World Day of Poetry Contest and Lilac Festival Poet; and publish the “Turquoise Lanterns” anthology. Wednesday, 1 p.m. at the North Spokane County Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. (509) 796-2180
Call for photographers
Spokane Ag Expo 2012 Photography Contest – Photographers are asked to submit entries depicting “Agriculture in the Inland Northwest.” Submission deadline is Nov. 30. Photographs will be displayed at Spokane Ag Expo 2010 at the Spokane Convention Center, Feb. 7-9, 2012. Contest rules and entry forms can be found online at www.agshow.org. Call (509) 321-3633 or visit www.agshow.org to register and for more information.
Spokane Arts Commission – Volunteer advisory board has three positions open. Applications can be obtained at the mayor’s office on the fifth floor of Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., in the Arts Office in Suite 610, or online at www.spokanecity.org. Application deadline is Friday. (509) 625-6050
Call for musicians
Washington Idaho Symphony 2011-’12 Young Artists Competition – Eligibility limited to Pacific Northwest instrumentalists, singers and composers ages 14-30 by Jan. 28, 2012. Applications due by Nov. 28. Entrance fee is $30. (509) 332-3408, email@example.com, www.washingtonidahosymphony.org
Deadline to submit items is noon on the Friday before publication. Send information to Libby Fisher, Arts Calendar, Features Dept., P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.