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New MAC exhibit puts Hollywood costumes on display

Preu (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Preu (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

An exhibit coming up at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture should knock your socks off – or maybe your cape.

“Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television” features costumes from “Star Wars,” “Batman,” “Star Trek” and “The Wizard of Oz,” to name just a few. It’s a traveling exhibit from the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.

You’ll see the Wicked Witch’s hat, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s robe, and Captain Kirk’s sash and tunic, along with about 30 other costumes, displayed in futuristic pods.

This sci-fi/fantasy garb arrives at the MAC on June 6 and will stay until Sept. 6.

Jay & Kevin make the move

It’s official: Jay & Kevin, KDRK-FM’s popular morning team, is moving to KEZE-FM (Coyote Country, 96.9).

They’ll start at Coyote Country on Monday morning and will preside there every weekday from 6 to 10 a.m.

According to Roger Nelson of the KXLY Radio Group, the switch became official on Friday following a Superior Court ruling.

Jay and Kevin (real names: Mark Kennedy and Kevin James) have been entangled in a contract dispute for weeks with Mapleton Communications, which owns KDRK.

Their contract with Mapleton expired on March 31, so Jay & Kevin negotiated a new contract with the KXLY Radio Group, which owns KEZE. Mapleton had the option of matching that new offer.

The dispute was over whether a subsequent Mapleton offer was truly a matching offer.

A sister’s farewell

The Spokane Symphony’s performance last weekend of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was intensely moving – after all, it’s one of the most stirring pieces of music ever written. Yet it was also moving for a more specific, local reason.

This was the final concert for Sister Karen Conlin, a cellist who has retired from the symphony after 36 years. Conlin, a nun who teaches cello at Holy Names Music Center, has the distinction of having played for every conductor in the history of the Spokane Symphony – all seven of them.

She’ll get a well-deserved rest after all of those thousands of hours of rehearsing and performing. So here’s a tap of the bow to a harmonious symphonic career.

The maestro brew

In other symphony news, the Steam Plant Grill and Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. on Wednesday unveiled its Maestro Brew, the beer brewed especially to the specifications of Spokane Symphony music director Eckart Preu.

The result? An amber-colored microbrew that is right in the middle of the taste range – not too hoppy, not too light, not too dark, a little bit British, a little bit German.

You can try it out at the Maestro’s Brew Party, a beer garden in conjunction with “The Best of the Movie Music of John Williams” concert on June 5 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

Tickets to the Brew Party are $15, which includes five beer samples, or only $5 if you also are purchasing a ticket to the concert.

By the way, the symphony also will do a “Best of Mozart” concert at the Fox on May 29. There will be no beer garden then, but you can sip some Maestro Brew before or after the concert at the Steam Plant.

Call (509) 624-1200 or TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

More Mozart

Speaking of Wolfgang Amadeus, tickets are on sale for one of Spokane’s signature summer events, “Mozart on a Summer’s Eve,” July 14 and 15, 7 p.m., on the lawn east of Duncan Gardens in Manito Park.

This summer’s program will feature Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” from “Solemn Vespers,” along with selections from Bizet’s “Carmen” and “Songs of the Auvergne” by Canteloube.

The guest artist will be soprano Susan Windham. The Connoisseur Concerts Wind Ensemble will be conducted by Verne Windham. The theme: “Vive la France!”

Tickets are $25 for table seating (including dessert and coffee from Luna), or $10 lawn seating, through TicketsWest.

Twig’s Grub Jump

Holy Names Music Center is one of Spokane’s key cultural institutions, and for the second year, the three Twig’s Restaurants in Spokane will sponsor a Grub Jump fundraiser for the school.

On Monday, if you eat at any of the Twig’s locations – South Hill (4320 S. Regal St.), River Park Square (808 W. Main Ave.) or Wandermere (401 E. Farwell Road) – they will donate 10 percent of the bill to Holy Names.

Go to www.hnmc.org and click on the Grub Jump link. Print out a coupon and take it with you. They call it “Dining for the Love of Music.”

Interplayers’ Gala

Here’s an added event at the Interplayers Annual Gala, Tuesday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.:

It will include the dedication of a plaque proclaiming the Interplayers building (174 S. Howard St.) to be on the National Historic Register, under the name “Eagles Temple.” The plaque was donated by Rotary 21.

The Spokane Preservation Advocates and historic preservation expert Linda Yeomans will be on hand.

So, to sum up, the gala will include musical numbers, two short one-act plays, appetizers, an auction and a historic dedication – all for $25.

What a deal. Call (509) 455-PLAY for tickets.

Holding McCourt

Here’s an intriguing stage show booked into the Bing Crosby Theater on June 6, 7:30 p.m.: “Echoes of Ireland, The Musical.”

This touring show is based on the stories of Frank and Malachy McCourt and features two actors who play the literary McCourt brothers. The show will also include live Irish music and champion Irish dancers.

Tickets are on sale, $42.50 and $37.50, through TicketsWest.

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