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Nathan Weinbender

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Civic to play ‘A Little Night Music’

In helming his first show on the Civic’s main stage, Lenny Bart isn’t pulling any punches. The theater’s artistic director is taking on “A Little Night Music,” a Tony-winning show from the revered Stephen Sondheim, and he’s filled his cast with actors who have headlined countless local productions. It should make for quite a debut.
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Spokane Symphony bridges classical and contemporary on upcoming Classics program

The Spokane Symphony performs as many timeless classics as it does 21st century curios, and this weekend’s Classics concert further bridges the divide between contemporary and classical. The upcoming program features two of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s Shakespearean tone poems from the late 1800s alongside a prominent cello concerto that’s only a couple years old.
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‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ is about regret, but it’s very funny

Near the end of Christopher Durang’s play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” one of its titular characters, named after a famous creation of Anton Chekhov, unspools a lengthy monologue about the good ol’ days. Things were a lot better half a century ago, Vanya admits. Humans were more connected. Technology hadn’t become a mass distraction. Popular culture was admittedly simplistic, but it was more wholesome. “The ’50s were idiotic,” Vanya says, “but I miss them.”
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The Spokane Symphony goes to the movies with the silent classic “The Phantom of the Opera”

As with previous screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights,” the Spokane Symphony will be providing a live musical accompaniment for the 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera.” The event, part of the ongoing Spokane International Film Festival, will feature pianist Rick Friend, who also composed the score.

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