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Spotlight: Renowned composer to offer class for Civic

Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown will be in Spokane next month to give a master class in conjunction with a local production of his musical, “Songs for a New World.”

The class, sponsored by Spokane Civic Theatre, will be open to 300 people and will cost $20. It will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27.

“Songs for a New World,” which is being staged as a fundraiser for Civic, will run for two nights only, Oct. 26 and 27. Brown will attend the show Oct. 27, and will hold a talk-back session after the performance.

To register for the class, call Chris Taylor at (509) 325-2507, ext. 406. To buy tickets for “Songs for a New World, In Concert,” call (509) 325-2507.

McManus new and old

Tim Behrens is having a busy week.

On Thursday, the man known as Patrick McManus’ indentured actor is starring in “Scrambled McManus,” the first of three McManus shows being recorded for DVD release later this year.

On Saturday, he’ll be in Sandpoint to premiere a new show: “Pat McManus and Me: The First 20 Years.” The new show, which celebrates the 20-year collaboration between McManus and Behrens, will highlight favorite McManus stories as well as some hilarious and bizarre experiences from Behrens’ time on the road.

The Sandpoint show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Panida Theatre, 300 N. First Ave. Tickets are $15 and available at Eve’s Leaves, Eichardt’s Pub, Pedro’s, or at the door. See for details.

Thursday’s performance will be at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available through TicketsWest outlets, online at or by phone at (800) 325-SEAT.

Pulling strings

The Spokane String Quartet kicks off its season next weekend with a program of works by Josephs Haydn, Dan Visconti and Johannes Brahms.

The concert, at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bing, will feature guest performers Meredith Arksey (violin) and Andrea Chander (cello), who are the daughters of the late Leon Arksey, a longtime board member of the Spokane Chamber Music Association board.

The quartet members are Mateusz Wolski, first violin, Amanda Howard-Phillips, second violin, Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola and Helen Byrne, cello.

Tickets are $18 and are available through TicketsWest.

Antiques and appraisals

Fans of antiques and collectibles: Custer’s 37th Annual Fall Antique and Collectors Sale is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6.

Once again this year, the MAC Appraisal Days will be held in conjunction with the sale, on Saturday and Sunday. Just pay admission and $7 per item to learn the market value of your treasures; appraisal fees will benefit the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. There’s a limit of five items, and organizers ask people leave firearms and musical instruments at home, and bring only hand-carried items.

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