Carolyn Lamberson joined The Spokesman-Review in 2008. Formerly the Assistant Managing Editor/Features, she is the Senior Editor for Special Projects. In addition to her work as lead editor for Sunday's front page, Lamberson will be coordinating special sections and other long-term projects. She also will serve as the newsroom's grantwriter, with an eye toward bringing in new sources of funding to maintain and strengthen The Spokesman-Review's local journalism.
In 1988, Matt Piedmont was in his senior year at Lewis and Clark High School, looking ahead to starting at the University of Washington in the fall. Fast forward 24 years, and Matt Piedmont has an Emmy to his name, a Sundance Film Festival prize for his short film and his directorial debut on screens in his hometown.
Tim Behrens is taking his Patrick F. McManus gig to Coeur d’Alene. “A Fine and Pleasant Misery” will be staged at the Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Performing Arts Theater, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, at 7:30 p.m. May 3-4.
If you’re itching to see Rick Bass and Stellarondo on stage at the same time, good news. Tickets are now on sale. Bass, the nationally acclaimed author, and Stellarondo, a Montana-based string band, will team up for a reading during Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! festival in April. The event is billed as “the perfect marriage of literature and music.”
WestCoast Entertainment has announced that “Jersey Boys,” the lauded Broadway musical, will play a three-week engagement in Spokane this fall. The play, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will take the stage at the INB Performing Arts Center Oct. 17 – Nov. 3. It has garnered several awards, including the 2006 Tony for best musical, and that year’s Grammy Award for best musical show album.
Before the audience members take their seats for the new Civic Theatre production of “Bingo,” they’ll be handed bingo cards and encouraged to play along. Instead of watching actors on the stage, the theatergoers will be surrounded by the action, as Civic’s Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre is transformed into a VFW bingo hall, complete with real bingo games and real prizes.
Ingrid Betancourt, author and activist, will deliver Gonzaga University’s Presidential Speaker Series lecture on March 28. Betancourt was a candidate for the presidency of Colombia when she was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in February 2002. She spent 2,321 days in captivity in the jungle before being rescued by the Colombian army in 2008 along with 14 other prisoners. She wrote about the ordeal in the 2010 bestseller “Even Silence Has an End.”
The Experience Music Project’s Sound Off competition for young bands has a new champion, and that champion is from Spokane. Nude, a four-piece, was crowned March 7 after performing against The Deep Wake of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Feet of Seattle and Special Explosion from Bellevue, Wash. Those four bands survived preliminary rounds to advance to the March 7 finals.
John Kaplan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who worked at The Spokesman-Review in the early 1980s, will present a documentary about his battle with lymphoma at Whitworth University on March 15. Kaplan enlisted the help of his doctors, family “and even Mother Teresa and a rock star” to make his film, according to a news release from Whitworth. The film, “Not as I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma,” started airing on PBS stations in September and has won several film festival honors.
When it comes to poets, Robert Pinsky might be the closest thing to a rock star. Three terms as U.S. poet laureate, from 1997-2000. Founder of the Favorite Poem Project, which allowed thousands of Americans from all walks of life to share their favorite works of poetry. Creator of a best-selling translation of Dante’s “Inferno.” Winner of multiple awards and a Pulitzer nominee. Poetry editor for the online magazine Slate.
A chamber music concert of works by Henry Purcell, Heinrich Biber, Andrea Gabrieli, J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart will kick off the 34th annual Northwest Bach Festival on Tuesday. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Music historian Jane Ellsworth of Eastern Washington University will give a preconcert talk beginning at 7:30 p.m.
In keeping with tradition, Washington State University is bringing a Big Name to Pullman for Mom’s Weekend. Following in the footsteps of Elton John, Jay Leno and Colbie Caillat is the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson will perform at the Beasley Performing Arts Center on April 15. Tickets are on sale now through TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com or (800) 325-SEAT. Cost is $59.50, with a discount for WSU students, faculty and staff.
For 45 years, the University of Idaho in Moscow has been a swinging place. This year will be no different as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the brightest jazz stars to the region beginning Wednesday.
The results are in. The recently concluded Spokane International Film Festival has announced its juried awards, the SpIFFys. In the feature film category, “In the Family,” from writer-director-star Patrick Wang and featuring Spokane Valley actor Trevor St. John, won this year’s Gold SpIFFy. The Silver SpIFFy went to “Sandman,” from director Peter Luisi.
“In the Family” is a drama that has garnered positive reviews since it was released last year. For Spokane audiences, however, a familiar actor may prove reason enough to draw them to a screening of the film during the final weekend of the Spokane International Film Festival.
Two regional authors will be signing books at Hastings on Saturday. • Coeur d’Alene author Cora Cole will be at the Veradale Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave., from 2 to 6 p.m. to sign copies of her book “The Adventures of Angel Skylet and Clarence Cloudy.”
It looks like Eckart Preu and Morihiko Nakahara are sticking around. The Spokane Symphony on Wednesday announced it had reached contract agreements with Preu, the music director, and Nakahara, the resident conductor. Preu’s contract will keep him with the symphony through the 2015-’16 season; Nakahara’s contract extension is good through 2013-’14.
Three old buddies pack up their fishing gear, head to their favorite lake haunt, and in the course of the weekend deal head-on with adult issues and the meaning of friendship. That’s the premise of “Catfish Moon” from playwright Laddy Sartin, opening Friday at Spokane Civic Theatre’s Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre.
Here in the Inland Northwest, we are a hardy folk. Still, we could use a dose of laughter to help get us through the gray, freezing chill that is winter and early spring. It seems the people booking comedy tours in the area have taken notice. There’s an explosion of nationally known comedians coming to Spokane and the surrounding area.
So you got that Kindle Fire/Nook Tablet/iPad for Christmas, and you’re still figuring out it works. If buying local is your thing, Auntie’s Bookstore can help you navigate the e-book world on the device of your choice.
Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene has hired a new Playhouse Prep director. Dustin Sorrell, who studied theater at Ball State University in Indiana and is a former children’s theater specialist with the Iowa City Community Theater, will be heading up Lake City Playhouse’s education program. The playhouse offers summer theater camps for kids and workshops and guest speakers for adult actors.
Jenifer Passmore and her husband, Christopher, have visited the Reno Air Races eight times since 1994. They take vacations from their jobs – she works for The Spokesman-Review’s prepress department, he’s a civilian working at Fairchild Air Force Base – and thrill at watching vintage airplanes race across the sky. Those thrills turned to horror Friday, as the Passmores were 100 to 150 feet away from where a vintage P-51 Mustang aircraft crashed, killing the pilot and two spectators and injuring more than 50.
Ray Daves, the Navy radioman who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, died Friday at the Spokane Veterans Home. He was 91. Daves, a retired air traffic controller who lived in Deer Park, died two days after his birthday, said Carol Edgemon Hipperson, who recounted Daves’ life in “Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.” His passing also comes three months after the air traffic control tower at Spokane International Airport was named in his honor.