Witches’ Night Off - Spokane AIDS Network and Members of the national touring company of “Wicked” will host an evening of song and dance. This is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes that advance “Wicked’s” theme of acceptance. Produced by company members, the evening is an opportunity for them to step out of their roles in the musical and kick up their heels performing some of their favorite non-Ozian material. Monday, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $35/general, $70/VIP. (509) 455-8993.
“Gypsy” SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. Benefit Performance - Friends of SpokAnimal are invited to attend a special performance of this hit Broadway musical. Golden Circle tickets include premiere seating in the front center section of the theater with a wine/dessert reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.; General admission tickets allow entry to the event at 6:30 p.m. All ticket holders will have the opportunity to participate in drawings and a tasteful silent auction in the lobby throughout the evening. May 28, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $50/Golden Circle; $35/general. (509) 325-2507.
“Love Letters” - Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon will star in this joint benefit for Lake City Playhouse and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is evocative, touching, and frequently funny. May 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.; May 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $25. (208) 667-1323.
10th Annual “Light the Way” Dinner Auction - This year’s theme is “Hope Soars.” To benefit childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families in the Inland Northwest. KXLY’s Mark Peterson will host. May 30, 5:30-11 p.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. $75. (509) 999-6514.
U-District Foundation 6th Annual Night of Encouragement - Dinner, two drink tickets, live and silent auctions, live music and dancing. All proceeds go straight to the U-District Foundation. Reservations taken online and by phone. Visit www.udistrictpt.com/foundation. May 30, 6 p.m., The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $55. (509) 458-7686.
Summer Soiree - Silent auction and dinner presented by the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. Reservations requested. May 31, Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow. $50/per person. (208) 885-6465.
“Gypsy” Benefit Performance for Partnering for Progress - A portion of funds raised from the June 4 production will benefit Partnering for Progress’ mission to bring health, education and water to residents in developing countries. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing, raffle prizes, wine tasting by Northwest Cellars. June 4, Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $35/adult, $30/student. (509) 325-2507.
Comedian Fred Newman - Proceeds benefit Spokane Public Radio. June 18, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20. (800) 325-SEAT.
MarmotFest - The second annual KYRS summer music festival is the only solar-powered music festival in the Northwest, and highlights local artists and independent groups from the region. This all-day family friendly event includes nonprofit booths, beer garden, food court and kids activities. Lineup: Rogue Wave, Seattle’s The Hoot Hoots and Fly Moon Royalty, Boise’s Marshall Poole, Tri-Cities’ Vaughn Jensen Band, and local favorites Folkinception, Floating Crowbar and the Angela Marie Project. Doors open at noon. July 12, 1-11 p.m., Glover Field, 216 N. Cedar St. $20. (509) 209-2428.
Mozart on a Summer’s Eve - July 15-16. 24th annual event. Featuring guest soprano Phoebe MacRae, cellist Zuill Bailey and guitarist David Leisner. Reservations recommended. Performances 7 p.m. each evening. Manito Park, on the lawn east of Duncan Gardens, 4 W. 21st Ave., just off Tekoa St. $10/lawn (bring blankets or chairs); $30/person for table seating and includes dessert and coffee. (800) 325-SEAT.
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