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Feb. 26, 2017, midnight
The 89th annual Academy Awards give two local film critics one more chance to square off.

Feb. 10, 2017, 12:01 a.m.
The Cirque du Soleil show “Ovo,” which lands at the Spokane Arena next week, presents a simple story of love in a colony of bugs. It’s also full of spectacle, flashy costumes and unexpected theatrics, with high-jumping crickets, acrobatic fleas, juggling fireflies and contortionist, wire-walking spiders.

Feb. 9, 2017, 5 p.m.
Date night plans? Settle in for a Northwest-filmed romance.

Feb. 9, 2017, 8:34 a.m.
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.

Feb. 9, 2017, 8 a.m.
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.

Feb. 3, 2017, midnight
Even if you’re not a big sports fan, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in a good sports movie.

Feb. 2, 2017, 5:23 p.m.
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.”

Feb. 2, 2017, 12:06 p.m.
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.

Feb. 2, 2017, midnight
The Modern Coeur d’Alene has rechristened itself Lake City Playhouse, the name that had adorned the Garden Avenue location for decades before it took on the Modern moniker in 2014.

Feb. 1, 2017, 5 p.m.
You know the story. A plucky orphan girl and her scruffy dog are begrudgingly adopted by a cantankerous billionaire in Depression-era New York, and his emotional resistance toward her is eventually worn down by her irrepressible charm. That’s the plot of the beloved musical “Annie,” which lands at the INB Performing Arts Center this weekend.

Jan. 26, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy helped usher in a revival of swing music in the late 1990s, scoring unexpected pop hits with songs that sounded like they were right out of the ’40s and ’50s. The band performs with the Spokane Symphony this weekend as part of the orchestra’s ongoing SuperPops concert series.

Jan. 26, 2017, 10 a.m.
Now in its 19th year, the Spokane International Film Festival continues its mission of bringing cinematic diversity to Spokane theaters during the doldrums of January and February. This year’s lineup features a wide range of genres and mediums, with features and shorts from the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Germany and – no surprise – right here in Spokane.

Jan. 26, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
The characters in Christopher Durang’s play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” are either named after or inspired by figures in the canon of Anton Chekhov, and the plot synthesizes elements from a number of works by the Russian playwright. But this isn’t some kind of postmodern send-up or cheap parody. The show, opening at Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday, is an original study of eccentrics who are forced to confront their own eccentricities. It’s also a pretty wild comedy.

Jan. 25, 2017, 4:59 p.m.
The Sasquatch Music Festival, which has made the Gorge Amphitheater an annual pilgrimage for thousands of music fans every Memorial Day, recently released its lineup for the upcoming three-day concert. The general reaction to this year’s lineup has been lukewarm, but there are still some interesting names in the mix.

Jan. 23, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
Annual three-day music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre also will include The Head and the Heart, the Shins, and comedian Fred Armisen.

Jan. 19, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
This weekend’s Symphony Classics concert, the first of 2017, is titled “American Voices,” and it features the work of such luminaries as Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. But the most prominent piece on the program is a violin concerto by Sergei Prokofiev, who was born in Russia.

Jan. 19, 2017, 8 a.m.
After a brief respite during the Christmas season, activity on area stages is starting to pick up again. A few shows are currently running – the heartwarming drama “Tuesdays With Morrie” at Ignite Community Theatre and the provocative satire “Disgraced” at Stage Left Theater – but here’s what you can expect to see on Spokane stages in the coming months.

Jan. 18, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
Howie Mandel, who brings his comic stylings to Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Sunday, has always worn a lot of hats.

Jan. 18, 2017, 6:45 p.m.
Comedian, actor and TV personality Howie Mandel, who performs at Northern Quest Resort and Casino on Sunday, chats with The Spokesman-Review about his long career in entertainment.

Jan. 17, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Pulitzer-winning drama brings four characters together for a dinner party that comes undone when prejudices come into the fray.

Jan. 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Hell’s Belles are like any AC/DC tribute act. Its members dress up like the Australian heavy metal legends. They rip through the band’s catalog of popular songs. They sound as close to the real thing as you can get. But there’s a slight difference between this band and the one they’re imitating: All five members of Hell’s Belles are women. The Seattle-based group typically hits Spokane a couple times a year, and they perform at the Knitting Factory on Saturday.

Jan. 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
It sounds like the setup for a cheap joke. A white woman, a black woman, a lapsed Muslim man and a Jewish man, all wealthy and opinionated, go to a dinner party. The booze starts to flow, the conversation veers into religion and politics and a pleasant evening becomes an ideological minefield. But this isn’t some dumb gag: It’s the plot of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced,” opening Friday at Stage Left Theater.

Jan. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Sundance Head’s notoriety is relatively new. He was the most recent winner of NBC’s competition series “The Voice,” where Shelton was his mentor. The tour hits Spokane on Feb. 24.

Jan. 6, 2017, 5 a.m.
“Pippin,” the postmodern medieval musical, has been a staple of the stage since its 1972 premiere. It was revamped for a Tony Award-winning Broadway revival in 2013, and the touring production of that new version hits the INB Performing Arts Center next week as part of the Best of Broadway series.

Jan. 5, 2017, 10:45 a.m.
The Portland folk-pop collective Typhoon is known for its live shows that sport a dozen or so musicians on stage at once. Now Kyle Morton, the band’s primary songwriter, is hitting the road for a decidedly more intimate solo acoustic show, which lands him at the Bartlett on Tuesday.