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Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

Some big doings this week – and a bit of a Russian flavor.

We have Russian ballet dancers – members of the Moscow Ballet – hitting the Bing with “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” And when the Fall Folk Festival kicks off for its 18th edition, one of the many highlights will be Russian folk troupe Juliana and PAVA, which brings old Russian folk music to life.

Meanwhile, the Spokane Symphony will get in touch with its jazzy side when guest conductor Matt Catingub, drummer Steve Moretti and Spokane’s own Abbey Crawford celebrate American big band music is this weekend’s SuperPops concert.

At the cinema, moviegoers have some tough choices. There’s the big new popcorn movie “Thor: The Dark World.” It’s not getting great reviews, but the return of the delicious villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) could make it a fun weekend diversion. Then there’s “All is Lost,” with Robert Redford in what’s being called a tour de force performance. He plays a man aboard a sinking ship who must use his wits to survive. There’s little dialogue, no CGI tricks and Redford doing his own stunts. It’s the kind of performance that just might get this Hollywood legend the acting Oscar that has eluded him for so long.

Finally, we have “12 Years a Slave” from director Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. Based on the true story of a free black man from New York kidnapped and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War New Orleans, “12 Years a Slave” has elicited words such as “brutal,” “stunning,” “courageous,” “tragedy,” “stylish” and “difficult” from the nation’s film critics. It won’t be easy to watch, but from what we can tell, it should be well worth it.

Finally, we have events meant to celebrate the arts. The annual MAC Art Auction on Saturday, to benefit the mission of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, will feature works by about 70 of the region’s best-known and most beloved artists. Meanwhile, KYRS, aka Thin Air Community Radio, will celebrate 10 years on the air with a party this weekend featuring local salsa band Son Dulce.

Do svidaniya!

Carolyn Lamberson, Features editor


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