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Spotlight: Judge Joe Brown hopes to court NAACP donors

Judge Joe Brown, who presided over a highly rated court TV show for 15 years, will speak Saturday in Spokane to help raise scholarship money for the NAACP’s Spokane branch.

Brown will participate in a 1 p.m. panel discussion on “Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” He’ll also speak about inequities in the justice system at the organization’s Freedom Fund Banquet, which starts at 6 p.m.

Both events will take place at the Red Lion in the Park, 303 W. North River Drive in Spokane.

Proceeds will help defray college costs for local students and help fund youth initiatives.

After growing up in Los Angeles, Brown became the first African American prosecutor in Memphis. He ran his own private practice before becoming a judge in Shelby County, Tenn.

Brown CBS Television Distribution canceled “Judge Joe Brown” last spring after a contract disagreement.

Admission to the forum is free. The banquet costs $75. Order tickets online at For more information, call (509) 325-3772.

Adrian Rogers

Duke joins Christmas “Traditions”

Patty Duke and her husband, Mike Pearce, have joined the cast of “Traditions of Christmas.”

The show, produced by Broadway producer Laura Little, will feature Duke – whose real name is Anna Pearce – and her husband as Mrs. Claus and Santa.

“Traditions of Christmas,” which is described as a Radio City Music Hall-style show, features a cast of 80 and includes a full kick line, dancing elves and a fully staged living Nativity.

The show runs at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 Golf Course Road in Coeur d’Alene, from Dec. 12-23. It is appropriate for ages 4 and older. Tickets are $33 adults, $26 military/seniors and $20 children (12 and younger). Group rates and lodging deals are available.  

For tickets and more information, visit, or stop by 1323 Sherman Ave.

Carolyn Lamberson

Tears of Joy at the JACC

The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls once again welcomes the Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre for a day of workshops and performance.

The renowned puppet troupe will be in North Idaho on Nov. 9 presenting “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The show will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a puppet making workshop at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for the show and workshop, $7 for the show only. For tickets or more information, call (208) 457-8950 or email

Carolyn Lamberson