Caravanserai Presents: Serkan Cagri Band The spring 2014 Caravanserai music residency tour features clarinet virtuoso Serkan Cagri, backed by a seven-piece ensemble. The Serkan Cagri Band will take audiences on a journey through the Balkan and Mediterranean music of Turkey’s rich cultural heritage with music of the Black Sea. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $15/general; $10/seniors and students. (208) 457-8950.
Scenes Showcase An opera workshop. Friday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. $5/adults; $3/seniors and students. (208) 885-6231.
“Bach, Beethoven & Broadway” Presented by the Northwest Sacred Music Chorale. Verne Windham of Spokane Public Radio will provide insight into the composers, music and historical context. The first part of the program will feature the works of Bach and Beethoven, including Beethoven’s Mass in C Major featuring soloists Lynette Ryan, soprano; Debbie Raby, alto; Cody Bray, tenor; and Bob Brannan, baritone. The program concludes with songs from Broadway shows. Purchase tickets at www.nwsmc.org. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene; and Tuesday, 7 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. $15/adults; $12/seniors and students. (208) 665-0871.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 The Domey/Gillespie Young Artist’s Concert presented by the Washington Idaho Symphony. The first half of the concert will consist of the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole played by Satoka Abo, violinist, age 13. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme will follow played by DongGyun Kim, cellist, age 19. For the second half, the Washington Idaho Symphony will be joined by a quartet of soloists and the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers from Richland for Ludwig van Beethoven’s towering Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, complete with its “Ode to Joy” final choral movement. Shows are Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Washington State University, Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall; and Sunday, 3 p.m., Clarkston High School Auditorium, Clarkston. $25/adults; $15/age 13 and older; $10/age 12 and younger. (800) 325-SEAT.
Kristen O’Neill, flute UI student recital. Saturday, 1 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6231.
Folk, Jazz, and Blues: Songs that Helped Americans through the Hard Times Music can lift your spirits or be a faithful friend in the midst of dark days. The men and women experiencing the Great Depression were no exception. Brad Keeler and Linda Parman will take you on a musical journey, introducing you to the music of Dust Bowl wanderers like Woody Guthrie, the urbane arrangements and witty lyrics of big city jazz and swing, and the comforting soul of the country blues. Saturday, 3 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Cole Senefsky, Bassoon UI student recital. Saturday, 4 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6231.
Pianist Richard Dowling Presented by The Piatigorsky Foundation, which aims to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music. Free: Saturday, 7 p.m., Steinway Piano Gallery, 13418 E. Nora Ave., (509) 327-4266. $10: Monday, 7:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls, (208) 457-8950.
Gary Pawelko, tuba, and Jason Peters, violin UI student recital. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6231.
Spokane Symphony SuperPops 6: “Video Games Live” An immersive concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, along with exclusive video footage, synchronized lighting, live action and unique interactive segments creating an explosive entertainment experience. “Video Games Live” bridges the entertainment gap between fans of the symphonic orchestral experience and video gamers. Saturday, 8 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $26-$62. (509) 624-1200.
Spokane Choral Artists FriendRaiser An evening of wine, food and song. Spokane Choral Artists invites you to raise a glass and toast to five years of music-making. Catering provided by The Roost Bakery. Sunday, 4 p.m., Holy Names Music Center, McNally Hall, 3910 W. Custer Drive. $25. (509) 979-4656.
Bobby Meador and Shane Wilson, guitars UI student recital. Sunday, 4 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6231.
Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra Presents its season finale, conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah. The event will feature the winners of the Young Artists’ Concerto/Aria Competition. Erin Pazaski will perform the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Tenor Judson Virden will sing “Che Gelida Manina” from Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Mezzo-soprano Anna Frisch will sing “Una Voce Poco Fa” from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” The orchestra will conclude with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Monday, 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $13/adults; $10/seniors and students. (509) 624-1200.
“khwe ‘enkwinm, khwe te’l spu’ss ‘aaqhwp’tsinm” (When she sings, it pours from her heart). A tribute to Mildred Bailey. Featuring the NIC Jazz Ensemble and Cardinal Vocal Jazz and guest artist Julia Keefe. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., North Idaho College, Boswell Hall, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-7764.
UI Wind Ensemble Concert Band Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. $5/adults; $3/seniors and students. (208) 885-6231.
Spokane Symphony Link Up: The Orchestra Moves More than 900 Spokane area schoolchildren from grades 3-5 will present a one-hour concert in which they will play their recorders and sing along with the Spokane Symphony. The kids will show off what they have learned through Link Up, the national program by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute that pairs orchestras across the country with students in their communities. Thursday, 7 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $5. (509) 624-1200.
Gonzaga’s 13th Annual Spring Dance Concert “Dancers Among Us” will feature ballet, jazz, modern and urban dances from classes at Gonzaga University. Tickets can be purchased at www.gonzaga.edu/ theatreanddance. Performances will be Friday at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Gonzaga University, Magnuson Theatre, 502 E. Boone Ave. $5. (509) 313-6553.
Friday Night Swing Dig West Coast Swing: Beyond Basics class is from 7-8 p.m. Beginner lesson from 8-8:30 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11 p.m. Friday, Simply Dance Studio, 820 W. Sprague Ave. $7. (509) 892-1480.
“Dancin’ in the Rain” Spring dance presented USA Dance. Begins with a country two-step lesson from 7-8 p.m. General dancing 8-10 p.m. Wear Western attire if you wish. Students, singles, couples, beginners and advanced dancers welcome. USA dance events are alcohol and tobacco free. Saturday, Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., Sandpoint. $9/general; $5/teens. (208) 699-0421.
Saturday Night Salsa Spicy salsa lessons begin at 8:15 p.m., followed by open dancing until 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Simply Dance Studio, 820 W. Sprague Ave. $7. (509) 892-1480.
Dancing with the Celebrities The seventh annual benefit where local celebrities are paired with professional dance instructors as they dance to raise funds for Christian Youth Theater. The audience votes for their favorite contestant ($1 is one vote). CYT will accept votes Friday through the office for those unable to attend. Every ticket can be credited to a celebrity or instructor, so mention a name when you call in or purchase your tickets. There will also be auction items to bid on at this a semi-formal event. Saturday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15/advance; $20/door. (509) 487-6540.
“All Things Spring” Tea Dance Music by Variety Pak and heavy hors d’oeuvres and prizes. Sunday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. $9/advance; $10/door. (509) 535-0803.
Monday Night Swing Introductory Class Come celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a drop-in style class. Learn six-count moves and a variety of other fun steps to get you started dancing. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes that offer support. Mondays in April, 6:30-7:20 p.m., 122 S. Monroe St. Free. (509) 919-9162.
Folk Dancing Meet people, get healthy exercise for the mind and body, and learn dances from around the world. No partner necessary. Bring comfortable dance shoes. Every second and fourth Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive. $3. (509) 327-7962.
Contra Dance Lessons available at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Wear comfortable shoes with slick soles. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. $5/members and students; $7/nonmembers; free/children. (509) 747-2640.
Uncle D’s Comedy Underground Stand-up comedy every Thursday. Sign-ups at 7 p.m.; comedy at 8 p.m. Live professional comedy every Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; shows start at 8 p.m. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. No cover/Thursday nights; $12/Fridays and Saturdays. (509) 483-7300.
Bada Bing! Comedy Series Jeff Dye hosted two series for MTV, had a comedy special titled “Comedy Central Presents Jeff Dye” that aired last year, and was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Opening will be Harry J. Riley and Jason Komm, both of Spokane. Friday, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15. (800) 325-SEAT.
Poets Up! Poetry made up on the spot featuring local poets as well as the Blue Door Players. Friday nights in April at 8 p.m. The following show at 10 p.m. is unrated and includes adult humor. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7. (509) 747-7045.
Michael Glatzmaier Live An evening of stand-up and improvised musical comedy. Saturday, 7 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $3. (509) 747-7045.
“Safari: A Wild Improv Adventure” All Safari shows feature short form improv games based off of your suggestions. Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7. (509) 747-7045.
Goodtymes Comedy Sundays at 7 p.m., Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. Free. (509) 928-1070.
“The Baron’s Daughter” The citizens of Miles Gap want land for a church, but greedy Baron Von Zandenberg refuses to sell any of his property. When Jeb Donovan, local cowboy and town hero, tries convincing the baron it’s the right thing to do, he finds himself in a good ol’ fistfight. Friday, 7 p.m. Christian Center School, 3639 Prairie Ave., Hayden. $5/adults; $3/students and children; free/age 2 and younger. (208) 772-7541.
“The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” A decade after creating “The Laramie Project,” Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project explored the long-term effects of the Matthew Shepard murder on the town of Laramie, Wyo. There will be a talk-back with the audience Friday. This play is intended for mature audiences. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Boswell Hall, Schuler Performing Arts Center, North Idaho College, 880 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-3220.
“The Secret Garden” Friday-Sunday. An orphaned girl is sent to live at her uncle’s castle and discovers a garden that has been locked away and neglected. Aided by a friend, she begins restoring the garden and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport, Wash. Adults: $10/advance; $12/door. Children: $5. (509) 447-9900.
“The Masked Canary” Friday through May 3. A melodrama with a group of uproarious characters to add to the mayhem: the French maid, the philosopher and the ever-crabby cantankerous old timer. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday and May 1 and 3 at 7 p.m. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave., Suite 1, Liberty Lake. $15/adults; $12/youth and seniors. (509) 342-2055.
“The Bad Seed” Friday through May 3. Sandpoint Onstage presents a psychological thriller. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., Sandpoint. $14/adult; $12/seniors and students. (208) 304-6543.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” – Friday through May 4. Moscow Community Theatre presents Joseph Kesselring’s classic dark comedy. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. $15/adults; $12/students and seniors. (208) 882-4127.
“Honestly, Now” Friday through May 11. In a tiny hotel on the French Riviera, an American millionaire prepares to throw a lavish party. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturday and May 10 at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.; and a dinner theater performance on May 3 at 6 p.m. Dinner theater reservations requested by Thursday. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., Cheney. $12/adults; $10/seniors and students; $25/dinner theater. (509) 235-2441.
“You Need A Hero” A new superhero will be created each week and save the world with audience suggestions. Friday nights at 8 p.m. starting May 2. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7. (509) 747-7045.
“Short Stacks” Blue Door Theatre players, games and comedy. May 2, 10 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $5. (509) 747-7045.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” May 2-18. Two sweet old ladies love to serve up a nice glass of wine and arsenic to their guests with just a pinch of cyanide. A love-struck drama critic finds out what his dear aunts have in the cellar, while contending with one brother who is a murderous psychopath and another who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $11-$17. (208) 667-1323.
Spokane Playwrights’ Booklight Showcase May 2-4. Ignite! Community Theatre will present original works by local playwrights in a Reader’s Theatre format. Performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ignite! Theatre, 10814 E Broadway Ave. Free. (509) 795-0004.
“Becky’s New Car” May 2-June 1. Becky Foster feels stuck until she is offered a chance at a new life in this romantic comedy. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $22/general. (509) 325-2507.
Coeur d’Alene Symphony Season Finale May 2-3. Music featured will be Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Paganini’s Violin Concerto with 14-year old Annie Pham of Bellevue as soloist. Performances Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $20/adults; $15/seniors; $8/youth and students with ID. (208) 765-3833.
Jazz Night at Gladish Evening of jazz and fun for the whole family. There will be musicians from Pullman High School, Asotin High School, Spokane Falls Community College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, along with Pork Pie Hat. May 2, 7 p.m., Gladish Building, Domey Auditorium, 115 NW State St., Pullman. Free. (509) 332-8081.
“Eternal Light” Features Mozart’s iconic Requiem and Morton Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, as performed by the Gonzaga University Concert Choir and the Incendo Music Ensemble. May 2, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free. (509) 838-4277.
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