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Indie-rockers Death Cab at GU

Death Cab for Cutie is headed for Gonzaga University.

The popular indie-rock band has been booked into the McCarthey Athletic Center on April 24.

This band came out of Bellingham and became a global force in the last several years. You might see them on the Grammy Awards show tonight: They’re nominated for Best Rock Song for “I Will Possess Your Heart” and Best Alternative Music Album for “Narrow Stairs.”

Tickets are $30 general admission, through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

An added ‘Cirque’ show

Due to demand, the Spokane Symphony has added a second show to its upcoming SuperPops concert, “Cirque de la Symphonie.”

The original April 25, 8 p.m. show will be followed by an April 26, 7:30 p.m. show. This concert will combine orchestral music with a cirque-style circus show, complete with acrobats, aerial flyers, contortionists and strongmen.

It will all take place on the stage – or above the stage – of the INB Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for both shows are on sale through the symphony’s box office, (509) 624-1200, or TicketsWest.

‘Lincoln’ tickets

By the way, the Spokane Symphony reports that there still are tickets left for the “Letters from Lincoln” concerts, featuring Spokane baritone Thomas Hampson, on Feb. 28, 8 p.m. and March 1, 3 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

This promises to be a cultural event of national proportions. The world premiere work by composer Michael Daugherty, part of the national Abraham Lincoln bicentennial celebration, will be recorded for possible broadcast and other uses; a record label is already interested in it.

So you might want to hear it live. Call the symphony box office at the above number or TicketsWest.

Cyrus Fell Down

Local band Cyrus Fell Down is one of 12 groups to make it into Sound Off! at Seattle’s Experience Music Project.

This is the region’s biggest underage battle of the bands. Cyrus Fell Down will be performing at the museum on Feb. 28 – and on March 7 for the title, assuming they get that far. Here’s hoping they do.

The CYT season

The Christian Youth Theatre of Spokane has announced its lineup of shows for the 2009-10 season:

• “School House Rock,” fall 2009.

• “Wizard of Oz,” winter 2009-10.

• “Pocahontas,” spring 2010.

Tickets go on sale in March, by calling (509) 487-6540 or by going to www.cytspokane.com.

CYT-Spokane is a nonprofit theater education program for kids age 6-18.

Salons for ‘Frankenstein’

The words “salon” and “Frankenstein” don’t naturally go together – but they will on Wednesday at Spokane Community College.

The English and drama faculties at the college will host a series of free literary salons that morning at the school’s Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, on the second floor of the SCC Learning Resources Center, Building 16, 1810 N. Greene St.

Each salon addresses themes found in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Here’s what’s on tap:

• 9:30 a.m.: “Creative Room and What We Are Capable of …” with Adam Sharp.

• 10:30 a.m.: “From Prometheus to the X-Files,” with Kathy Ewing.

• 11:30 a.m.: “Ideal Bounds – Mortality and Being Human,” with Ian O’Loughlin.

All of these discussions are free and open to the public.

And why is SCC going monster-crazy this month? Because the school’s next theater production will be “Frankenstein,” adapted from the novel and directed by Sharp, Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m., at the SCC’s Lair.

Valentine flute concert

Looking for something elegant and romantic to do on Valentine’s Day?

Consider heading to the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave., at 8 p.m. for “A Musical Valentine,” a recital by flutist Frieda Chan.

Chan, now living in Spokane, has studied under Sir James Galway and performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, to name just a few.

Her program will include works by Mozart, Doppler, Godard and C.P.E. Bach. The concert’s highlight will be “Prelude a l’Apres-midi d’un Faune” by Debussy, accompanied by dancers from the Theatre Ballet of Spokane.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, available at the door, by calling (509) 768-0539 or through www.musicalvalentine.com.

Jim Kershner can be reached at (509) 459-5493 or by e-mail at jimk@spokesman.com.
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