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Hot Summer Series planned at The Fox

Looks like an eventful summer at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The Summer Series at the Fox has just been announced and it includes:

The Wallflowers, June 20, 8 p.m. – This is Jakob Dylan’s roots-rocking band, best known for the songs “One Headlight,” “Three Marlenas” and “6th Avenue Heartache.” ($27, $37, $47)

Emerson Drive, July 11, 8 p.m. – The country band familiar from “Belong To You,” “Believe” and “Moments.” ($27, $32, $37)

The Cowboy Junkies and Son Volt, July 23, 7:30 p.m. – The Cowboy Junkies are the eclectic Toronto band which combines alternative rock with blues, country, folk and jazz. Son Volt is the alt-country band fronted by former Uncle Tupelo co-leader Jay Farrar. ($34)

Lyle Lovett, July 30, 7:30 p.m.– Lovett has developed a huge cadre of devoted fans for his quirky brand of Texas neo-swing. He has been a huge draw in his previous appearances in Spokane and Sandpoint. ($35, $48, $68)

Heidi Newfield, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. – One of the hottest new country singers, she earned five Academy of Country Music nominations this year. She’s known for her song “Johnny and June.” ($32)

India.arie, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. – The pop, R&B and soul songstress and a familiar name at the top of the R&B charts. ($29, $37, $40)

Tickets for all of these shows will go on sale on May 12, through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT,

Pink Martini sellout

There’s yet another big show at the Fox this summer: Pink Martini on June 27.

Here’s the bad news: The show has already sold out. It was announced earlier as a Spokane Symphony add-on, and tickets vanished quickly.

This is the eclectic Portland band that mixes lounge, classical, jazz, European art songs, French cafe ballads and influences from, more or less, the entire world.

The return of Bob & Tom

The syndicated radio morning team of Bob & Tom, which has been off KZBD-FM (The Peak, 105.7) for a year, made its return to that station on Thursday.

Bob & Tom, who broadcast from Indianapolis, were the morning mainstays on KZBD for years, when it was a classic rock station called The Buzzard.

Then, last year, the station switched from The Buzzard to The Peak (an alternative rock format) and dropped Bob & Tom, going to an all-music format in the mornings.

Why are they back?

“There was a huge outcry,” said Mike Skot, operations manager for Radio Spokane, which owns the station. “We heard about it for quite a while. Bringing them back was the right thing to do.”

They’ve won a ton of national radio awards and their show has been a springboard for a number of comedians.

Attention, ‘Oz’ fans

Here are a pair of “Wizard of Oz”-related tidbits:

•The stage version will inaugurate the performance space at the Salvation Army’s new Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene.

The Christian Youth Theater-North Idaho will perform it May 22-30, with 77 local children in the cast. Call (208) 714-4890 for tickets.

•The Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland, is hosting an Oz-vitational art exhibit inspired by the movie.

Owner Sue Bradley has invited about 70 artists to create Oz-inspired works for a show that will run in August. She already has a commitment for a giant flying monkey.

All of the work will be for sale. Keep an eye out or details this summer.

An amazing ‘Joseph’

Speaking of the Christian Youth Theater, the Spokane branch of this theater training program is preparing what may be its biggest show ever: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” May 22-31 at Central Valley High School Performing Arts Center in Spokane Valley.

It features a trio of talented leads: Aaron Baldwin as Joseph, and Jessi Little and Kayla Erb as the narrators.

Director Laura Little said she is treating this “like a professional production,” including, for instance, five-part harmonies.

For tickets, call (509) 487-6540 or TicketsWest outlets.

‘National Pastime’ published

A play that originated in Spokane has been published by Playscripts, Inc.: “National Pastime,” by Bryan Harnetiaux, the playwright in residence at the Spokane Civic Theatre.

This play is about Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey and the smashing of baseball’s color barrier in 1947. It had two fine productions in Spokane with Onyx Theatre Troupe and the Spokane Civic Theatre.

It also had an acclaimed run at the Fremont Centre Theatre in Pasadena. Publication means that we can expect more productions around the country.

A ‘Suffrage’ play

And speaking of local plays, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture will present an original, interactive stage play by local playwright Sandra Hosking: “That Woman & Big Noise: The Fight for Women’s Suffrage in Washington State.”

The play will center on the relationship between two women in the movement, Emma Smith DeVoe of Tacoma and May Arkwright Hutton of Spokane. Claire Rudolph Murphy and Penny Lucas play the main roles.

It takes place May 16, 2 p.m. in the museum’s Eric A. Johnston Memorial Auditorium. It’s free for teachers, students and MAC members and included in regular museum admission for all others.

Hosking, by the way, is the co-playwright-in-residence at the Spokane Civic Theatre, along with Harnetiaux.

Gilbert & Sullivan in Newport

Gilbert & Sullivan productions are rare enough in this region; now, the Pend Oreille Players Association in Newport, Wash., has stepped up to fill the gap.

They’ll be doing “The Sorcerer,” Gilbert & Sullivan’s third collaboration, about an English village that calls in a sorcerer to help everyone fall in love. Gail Cory-Betz directs.

It is scheduled to run May 15 through May 30 in dinner-theater format at the Pend Oreille Community Theatre and Events Center, 240 N. Union St. in Newport. There will also be two nondinner matinees, May 17 and 24.

Tickets for dinner and show are $20 ($8 or $10 for the matinees), available by calling (509) 671-3389 or at

‘Honor the Earth’

The final concert of the season by the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus, “Honor the Earth,” will be on May 14, 7 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church on the Gonzaga University campus.

This 110-member group, with six ensembles, will perform works with environmental themes, including “Chasing the Northern Lights,” “Away From the Roll of the Sea,” “Honour the Earth” and “Misa Pequena.”

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling (509) 624-7992.

Building clout for the arts

Now, more than ever, arts organizations need to work on acquiring political influence. That’s why the following free advocacy workshop arrives at a propitious time: “Building Political Clout for the Arts,” Thursday, 5:15 p.m., Spokane Interplayers, 174 S. Howard St.

Mary Langholz, the executive director of the Washington State Arts Alliance and Foundation, will present this workshop focusing on how to promote public funding, legislation and policy favorable to the arts.

It’s free and open to all.

Jim Kershner can be reached at (509) 459-5493 or by e-mail at

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