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Oscar parties tonight at Bing, Northern Quest

Sun., March 2, 2014

The Academy Awards are today, and if you aren’t up for hanging out at home and watching the festivities, there are at least two watch parties planned.

One features a real-life Oscar winner and will benefit Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre; the other is the grand dame of Spokane Oscar parties, entering its 16th year.

Patty Duke, who won an Oscar for her performance in 1962’s “The Miracle Worker,” will be a special guest today at the Bing Crosby Theater for the CST fundraiser. The ceremony will be shown on a 30-foot screen with high-def surround sound. CST’s new artistic director, Jadd Davis, will emcee. Doors open at 5 p.m. and admission is $15 (tickets available through TicketsWest). The Bing is located at 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Meanwhile, the Spokane AIDS Network’s annual Oscar black-tie gala will begin at 5 p.m. at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. Watch the ceremony, enjoy a three-course dinner, and participate in live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit SAN’s client services and prevention programs. Admission is $125.

Rivera at the Rive

Chateau Rive late last week announced that Peter Rivera, the former drummer and singer for the band Rare Earth, will perform at the Flour Mill venue on March 28.

Tickets went on sale Friday through TicketsWest.

Rivera, who now makes his home in Spokane, was the voice behind the Rare Earth hits “I Just Want to Celebrate” and “Get Ready.” His Chateau Rive show will feature an acoustic set of his classic hits and music from his latest CD, “Peter Rivera 2.0.”

Tickets are $10 at any TicketsWest outlet, by calling (800) 325-SEAT or online at For more information, visit or

‘Love Letters’ at UI

Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon will be taking the stage at the University of Idaho next month for a one-night-only production of “Love Letters.”

A.R. Gurney’s beloved romantic comedy-drama centers on a couple sharing their notes and letters written during their 50-year long-distance friendship. Bannon and Travolta performed the play to much acclaim at Interplayers in Spokane in 1993, then again in 2010. According to a news release from the UI, this will mark the Coeur d’Alene residents’ first time performing on the Palouse.

The play will be staged April 5 at the UI’s Hartung Theater in Moscow, as a benefit for Idaho Repertory Theatre to coincide with the university’s Mom’s Weekend. Tickets are $25 for the public, $20 for seniors and $10 for students with ID.

The evening includes complimentary desserts, a no-host bar and a Q&A session with the performers after the show. Tickets are available at Shoup Hall on campus, by calling (208) 885-6465 or emailing Tickets also will be available at the door.


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