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  • Spotlight: Familiar faces hit the lanes in ‘Thunderballs’

    North by Northwest has just finished filming the Spike TV pilot “Thunderballs” in Spokane, and yes, it features a few faces you might recognize: • George Wendt (Norm of “Cheers”) …


  • Travoltas set to work magic ‘Somewhere’ over the border

    This show has a Tin Man, a Scarecrow and a Cowardly Lion. It has a 19-piece orchestra playing classic Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg songs, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


  • Nearly $3 million in state funds preserve MAC

    The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture will not have to close. The museum received just under $3 million for the coming biennium as part of the state budget that …


  • MAC wins state funding, will remain open

    The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) will not have to close. The museum received just under $3 million for the coming biennium as part of the state budget …


  • Civic Theatre breaks out ‘The Full Monty’

    Yes, we know the question on everybody’s mind. Here’s the only way to answer it:


  • World of ‘Oz’ sets up shop at INB

    ‘Wicked” isn’t merely a musical; it’s an entire green-tinged world. It’s a world full of heart, courage and brains, one in existence, in some ways, for more than a century:


  • Eclectic company

    Idina Menzel is the kind of singer whose credits include the New York Philharmonic, the Lilith Fair, the White House (in front of the Obamas) and the kinky off-Broadway musical …


  • SJO caps year with Latin twist

    The Spokane Jazz Orchestra closes its season Saturday night with a Latin flair. San Francisco vocalist Sandy Cressman joins the 17-piece big band for “Brazilian Fire,” a program of Brazilian …


  • Ghostland Observatory takes minimalist tack

    Common descriptions for Ghostland Observatory include “electro-dance rock,” “synth-funk” and “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk.” Less-common descriptions include:


  • Studio Theatre tackles political drama, ‘Frost/Nixon’

    How can a theatrical re-creation of a television interview be gripping? To begin with, this interview is no average interview. “Frost/Nixon” is based on the 1977 David Frost sessions with …


  • Flashy ‘Remember Me’ steps into the spotlight at Fox

    “Remember Me,” which arrives at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Saturday, is a fusion of:


  • Musicfest puts thousands of kids to the test

    Musicfest Northwest is sometimes called the best-kept musical secret in Spokane – but, let’s face it, the secret has been out for decades. Over the past 65 years, 50,000 young …


  • Symphony observes centennial of composer’s death in finales

    Gustav Mahler’s contemporaries acknowledged him as a masterful, passionately intense and busy conductor. Oh, yes, and in his spare time Mahler also wrote 10 symphonies and nearly 50 songs. He …


  • Wait, wait … NPR’s Kasell to speak at the Bing

    Carl Kasell’s warm-as-honey voice is well-known to National Public Radio listeners. But here’s something they probably don’t know: He was once a country-music DJ. “We gave country music a bit …


  • Book Notes: Barker to read from ‘Taliban Shuffle’

    Here’s an acclaimed Afghan war memoir with a Spokane connection: “Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan,” by Kim Barker. Barker’s byline is familiar to longtime readers of The Spokesman-Review, since …


  • Patty Duke directs the show that made her famous

    The 14-year-old Patty Duke was inconsolable on the day in 1961 when she filmed the final scene of “The Miracle Worker.” “I was heartbroken, absolutely heartbroken,” says Duke, 50 years …


  • Spotlight: ‘Thunderballs’ rolling with casting call

    The Spike TV sitcom pilot “Thunderballs” will start filming in Spokane this week. Dude, the casting call speaks volumes about this show. For one thing, they are seeking someone to …


  • Yanni arrives full of surprises

    Most people know the basic outlines of the Yanni story: He’s the man who plays piano on PBS with the Acropolis as the background. He’s also the Greek-born (and American-educated) …


  • In addition to jazz, Brubeck Brothers will hit other notes as well

    Growing up the son of jazz giant Dave Brubeck meant hanging around with some big musical names: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein. That heady combination of jazz and …


  • The development of DiFranco

    Whether you think you’ve outgrown Ani DiFranco, or never felt she was the right fit for you, it might be a good time to test that assessment. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter …


  • Two years later, Montero has arrived

    Gabriela Montero was scheduled to play with the Spokane Symphony in January 2009. But the pianist asked to be released from her contract to join Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and …


  • ‘Pithy’ Mamet play, ‘Race,’ lands at Interplayers

    No, “Race” is not about track-and-field. Not about NASCAR. It’s the latest David Mamet play, fresh off Broadway, about racial relations in America. If you’ve seen Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” …


  • Gods gone wild

    Everybody into the pool. And by everybody, we mean King Midas, Orpheus, Eurydice, Narcissus, Aphrodite, Eros, Psyche and last but not least, Zeus.


  • Preu takes his turn with ‘Carmina Burana’

    It’s tempting to think of Carl Orff as a one-trick pony. The German composer wrote “Carmina Burana,” the most often performed and most popular of works for orchestra, chorus and …


  • Expect touring version of ‘9 to 5’ to resemble 1980 film

    Most people remember the 1980 movie version of “9 to 5” for its women’s lib vibe and its inspired casting. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton played the three …


  • Symphony celebrates legendary composer

    Symphony concerts are seldom devoted to a single composer, unless there is an anniversary. Of course, the three Bs – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – are regular exceptions. So is …


  • Twain’s World

    Mark Twain is back on the best-seller list, 100 years after his death, and at least two people are laughing. One is Hal Holbrook, chortling merrily during a phone interview …


  • Loony tunes

    Many people in Spokane are familiar with Julia Sweeney: Gonzaga Prep grad, “Saturday Night Live” star, “Pulp Fiction” actress and one-woman Broadway show creator. Yet most of us don’t know …


  • Celtic Fire blazes new trail

    You can’t exactly call Celtic Fire a local act. This Irish-themed music and dance troupe is national in scope, soon to film a PBS special. It’s in the middle of …


  • Clark reaps the rewards of hard work

    Over the past few years Stacy Clark has gone from a do-it-herselfer – writing her own songs, releasing her own records, booking her own tours and handling her own publicity …

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