June 23, 2013 in Features

Spotlight: With pledge drive completed, Interplayers keeps swinging

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Six Foot Swing will perform a fundraiser for Spokane’s Interplayers Theatre at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill on Friday.
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Even though May’s monthlong pledge drive to save Interplayers Theatres was a success, Interplayers isn’t done fundraising.

The Spokane combo 6 Foot Swing will perform at a fundraising dance party on Friday at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave. The evening will feature dancing, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and raffles.

The fun runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $45; call (509) 455-7529.

Speaking of Interplayers

“Mark Twain: On Man and His World,” the one-man show by veteran Hollywood character actor Jerry Hardin has been rescheduled. The show was originally scheduled for earlier this month but was canceled because of a scheduling conflict.

The show is now set to run Nov. 7-8 and 10-11. Tickets are on sale now through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com. Tickets are $28 for adults, $22 for seniors/military and $12 for students.

Well, this is interesting

Keri McCarthy, a music professor at Washington State University, has won a grant to bring the oboe to Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation also known as Burma that has been cut off from much of the world for decades.

The oboe is virtually nonexistent in Myanmar, according to a WSU news release.

“The oboe has never been adopted in Burma,” said McCarthy in the news release. “They haven’t developed the integration of Western classical music into Burmese culture.”

McCarthy, a renowned oboist and Fulbright scholarship recipient, cited more practical reasons for bringing the oboe to Burma: “Oboes fit in my backpack,” she said. “Unlike, for example, a cello.”

The grant, a Meyer Project Award from WSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, will send McCarthy with two oboes to work with students at the Gitameit Music Center in Yangon. She’ll go for a week in July and will return in the spring.

Ultimately, she hopes for a “musical domino theory” in which the oboe spreads to Cambodia and Laos, which also have little exposure to double-reed instruments.

Sasquatch squared

The Sasquatch music festival, held annually at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., over Memorial Day weekend, will spread to summer’s other big holiday in 2014.

Yep. Sasquatch is coming to the Fourth of July.

Fans will have the chance to see two completely different lineups over the two holiday weekends, festival organizers announced earlier this month.

What those two lineups will include remains to be seen: organizers typically announced the acts they’ve booked in February. Stay tuned.

Narration in Cashmere

The Cashmere Museum now offers an audio tour service, giving visitors access to a virtual tour guide.

The handheld devices allow patrons to listen to more than 100 recorded descriptions of artifacts and points of interest. Museum officials said the goal is to provide an explanation of particular artifacts and their connection to the surrounding Columbia River and Wenatchee valleys.

The museum is just off Highway 2 in Cashmere, and is open daily from March 1 through Oct. 31. For more information, visit www.cashmeremuseum.org.

Second chance

If you weren’t one of the lucky few to get a ticket to Dale Chihuly’s lecture in April at the Bing Crosby Theater, you now have the chance to watch it online.

Chihuly came to Spokane as part of Gonzaga University’s 125th anniversary celebration. All of the tickets to the free lecture were claimed the first day they were available.

Gonzaga University posted a video of the lecture on its website at www.gonzaga.edu/beinspired/ 125/videos.asp. It will be available for viewing through July 31.

The exhibit “Chihuly: Tradition and Transformation” is also part of the university’s celebration. It is on display in the Arcade Gallery of the Jundt Art Museum, 202 E. Cataldo Ave., through July 31. For details, visit www.gonzaga.edu.


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