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Touring acts, homegrown arts

Fri., Oct. 25, 2013

It’s been a stellar beginning of fall.

Not only has the weather cooperated – because we all love these sunny, gorgeous afternoons, right? – but there has been plenty to keep us all occupied.

Why stop now?

Sure, with the exception of “Muscle Shoals,” the new movie offerings are not the strongest after a three week run of well-reviewed films. Maybe Hollywood is giving us a chance to catch our breath until “12 Years a Slave” eventually makes its way to town.

Musically, indie darlings Okkervil River are making what appears to be their first Spokane appearance this week at the Knitting Factory. The Austin-based band has performed on Conan O’Brien’s show, played at South by Southwest and toured with The Decemberists and Lou Reed. Their latest album – their seventh full-length – is called “The Silver Gymnasium,” and it peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart back in September.

Founded in 1998 as a trio, Okkervil River now is a six-piece, fronted by singer-songwriter Will Sheff. Joining them on the road is singer-songwriter Matthew E. White. Could make for a fun way to spend a Monday night.

Of course, we’re nearing the end of October, which means several bars are hosting Halloween parties. Time to dress up, dress down, grab a beer or cocktail and have a party. Check out the Nightlife calendar on page C4 for a rundown of the fun.

Finally, we have some fine art and some fine performing art. Anyone who’s read Tom Robbins’ iconic “Still Life With Woodpecker” or “Jitterbug Perfume” has likely seen the work of Harrington farmer/artist Leslie LePere. LePere has created art for 10 Robbins book covers and is the subject of a 250-piece exhibition now open at the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University.

Across the river at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Mateusz and Dawn Wolski have an opportunity to perform together. Mateusz Wolski is violinist and concertmaster for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. His wife, Dawn Wolski, is an award-winning soprano. Together they’ll perform John Tavener’s “Song of the Angel.” As they prepared for the concerts, the Wolskis talked about the fun and challenge in working together. Look for the story by Nathan Weinbender on page C12.

Carolyn Lamberson

Features editor


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