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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011

A Nobel Prize winner, speaking at Gonzaga

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya, founder of the Green Belt Movement, author and advocate for African democracy, will be the speaker at Gonzaga University’s Presidential Speaker Series event on Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Her presentation will...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011

ArtFest will stay put next year

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's annual ArtFest event will stay put in Browne’s Addition in 2012. Museum officials had pondered moving the art, food and music festival from Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition to the larger Riverfront Park downtown. The Browne’s Addition...

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'Leonardo' hits its mark

The final numbers are in for “Leonardo da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius.” About 38,000 people attended this summer-long traveling exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). It came close to the museum’s attendance goals and more than met its financial...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

The Sculpture Walk, extended

Spokane’s official Sculpture Walk has been extended, by City Council resolution, westward from the Monroe Street Bridge to the Sandifur Bridge on the Centennial Trail, along the new Kendall Yards development. Over the next 20 to 30 years, the City of Spokane Arts Commission intends...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2011

'Queen of Mean' on the way to town

Lisa Lampanelli, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Mean," has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center for a show on Oct. 22, 7 p.m. She's gained fame for her insult comedy on various celebrity roasts.Tickets will be $37.75, on sale Aug. 19 at 10 a.m....

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MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011

Symphony's 'Best of Spokane' fest

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi’s“Summer” from “Four Seasons” for some of Spokane’s “best” causes on Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. We say “best” because the symphony is billing this as its first-ever “Best...

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Symphony celebrates 'Best of Spokane'

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi's "Summer" from "Four Seasons" for some of Spokanes "best" causes on Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. We say "best" because the symphony is billing this as its first-ever...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Kristofferson, Haggard together in Spokane

We just got word of a new concert, with tickets going on sale Friday: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & MERLE HAGGARD Sun, September 25th, 2011 7:30 PM INB Performing Arts Center 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201 (509 279-7000) All Ages. Tickets Range From: $35,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

A Kathy Griffin date switch

Comedian Kathy Griffin's appearance at the INB Performing Arts Center has been switched from Aug. 20 to Aug. 28. All tickets dated Aug. 20 will be honored on the later date. No word on the reason for the switch, except she now has no tour...

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

MAC gets new executive director

Forrest B. Rodgers has been appointed the new executive director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). Rodgers was most recently the director of the Central Washington University Foundation in Ellensburg. From 2001 to 2007, he was the president and CEO of the...

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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

She's playing Bill Clinton's mama

Spokane opera singer Jessica Bowers is receiving national attention for her role in a New York folk opera titled, “Billy Blythe,” which is about, of all things, the adolescence of Bill Clinton. Bowers plays Clinton’s mother, Virginia. This Metropolis Opera Project production is based on...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

A Leonardo learning experience 

Line I overheard on the bus last week: "That Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the MAC isn't even real! They want us to pay to see a bunch of fake stuff!" OK, where should I begin? First, get real. Did you truly expect the Northwest...

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Half-price deal for Spokane Symphony

The Spokane Symphony announced a surprise subscription deal: Half-price subscriptions for new subscribers. Or even former subscribers, as long as they were not subscribers for the 2010-11 season. This offer, which expires on Labor Day, means that new subscribers can get the entire 10-concert Classics...

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Free music, courtesy of Spokane Public Library

Beginning soon, the Spokane Public Library will offer you a legal way to download music for free. It's called Freegal, and in mid-July the library will be offering the entire Sony music catalog, which includes a half-million tracks, including songs by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan,...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

The Civic brings home two national awards

The Spokane Civic Theatre brought home two awards from last weekend's AACT/FEST 2011 national community theater awards in Rochester, NY: Lacey Bohnet won Best Supporting Actress. Nancy Vancil won Best Musical Accompaniment The Civic's entry, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," also earned three...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

A true Jewell (Eilen) at Arbor Crest

Eilen Jewell has been booked into Arbor Crest Wine Cellars for an outdoor show on Aug. 4. A few of my more music-savvy friends are pumped about this announcement. This singer-songwriter (the first name is pronounced EE-len) has a great voice and has some haunting,...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

Get yer $30 KISS tickets

The Spokane Arena has just announced a special deal for tomorrow: $30 KISS tickets, Thursday only. Here's the full announcement: WHAT: $30 Tickets To See KISS In Concert! WHERE: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena WHEN: Thursday, June 23 – 12:01AM-11:59PM EVENT: KISS with Bad City Friday,...

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Ben Mitchell's art legacy at the MAC

I wrote an update for Wednesday's paper about the MAC's layoffs, which you can read here. I would like to expand on Ben Mitchell's legacy as art curator at the MAC. I do not consider myself an authority on visual art, but I am nevertheless...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

They Might Be Giants, on the way

They Might Be Giants, the band beloved of alt-rock fans with a sense of humor, have just been booked into the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane for a Nov. 6 show. Tickets will be $22, on sale June 24, 10 a.m. through www.ticketfly.com.

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MAC lays off senior curator of art

Ben Mitchell, the senior curator of art at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), was laid off this week. The museum had to make a five percent budget cut, after it barely escaped closure when the state budget was finalized. One other position,...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011


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