May 2, 2014 in Features

Notes from the 7 blog: British legends? Yes, sir!

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Elton John and Paul McCartney will play concerts in the region this summer.
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(Posted Thursday) It’s a late summer British invasion of sorts, as Elton John and Paul McCartney plan concerts in the region.

No, Sir Paul isn’t going to play Spokane. But he’ll be only three hours away, at the University of Montana’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium, on Aug. 5. The rock legend will be making the Montana stop on his “Out There” tour between gigs in Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, before wrapping it up at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Which, any Beatles fan knows, was the scene of the last full Beatles concert in 1966.

Tickets for the Missoula show go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT (9 a.m. PDT) on May 9 at or (888) 666-8262. Prices will range from $49.50 to $250.

Closer to home, Sir Elton will return to the Spokane Arena on Sept. 17. The singer-songwriter recently released a remastered version of his classic album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” and last fall released “The Diving Board,” in collaboration with longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin and producer T-Bone Burnett.

Tickets to see John go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday through all TicketsWest outlets. Prices are $29, $79 and $139.

Previous John concerts in the region have sold like crazy. His first local gig, in 1999, sold out in two hours. Sales for a Mom’s Weekend show at Washington State University in 2008 overwhelmed the TicketsWest website. Again, the show sold out in two hours. A second show was added and nearly sold out as well.

His April 2011 gig at the arena took a little longer to sell out – three days. Still, the lesson for Spokane fans: Don’t procrastinate.

Carolyn Lamberson

International flair

(Posted Tuesday) I should have mentioned something earlier about the ongoing Spokane Falls Community College International Film Festival, the latest showing of which occurred Tuesday night. That screening, which was of the Colombian film “Captive Beauty,” followed the festival’s opening offering, the French film “The Intouchables” (which screened April 22). My bad.

But let me at least try to make amends by pointing out that the festival will continue for three more weeks. All showings are at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Garland Theater. SFCC students and staff are admitted free; general admission is $4.50. Here are the remaining selections:

Tuesday: “Lucky” (2011, South Africa) – From IMDb, “A 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city… only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman.”

May 13: “Romeos” (2011, Germany) – From IMDb, “A drama centered on the relationship between a young man and a transsexual who is transitioning from female to male.”

May 20: “Together With You” (2002, South Korea) – From IMDb, “A violin prodigy and his father travel to Beijing, where the father seeks the means to his son’s success while the son struggles to accept the path laid before him.”

Dan Webster

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