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Clairvoyant Lisa Williams plans visit to Fox

Is there someone you need to speak to? Someone on – the other side?

Lisa Williams claims that she can help you out with that on Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

She bills herself as a medium and clairvoyant who can converse with those who have passed away. You can see for yourself for a mere $38.50 to $68.50 per ticket.

Williams has a show on the Lifetime cable channel titled “Lisa Williams, Life Among the Dead.” She’ll be appearing, umm, live at the Fox in “Lisa Williams: Messages From Beyond.”

She’ll be doing readings for members of the audience. We’re sorry to report that purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading – the Fox holds 1,600 people and Williams can’t communicate with that many people, living or dead.

Tickets go on sale Monday at 9:30 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).

Pig Out lineup

The musical lineup at the annual Pig Out in the Park food and music festival, Sept. 2-7 in Riverfront Park, is coming together. Here are some of the highlights among the confirmed national acts:

• Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Sept. 4.

• Hot Buttered Rum, Sept. 4.

• Trampled by Turtles, Sept. 4.

• Cracker, Sept. 5.

• Kolvane, Sept. 5.

• The Tubes, featuring Fee Waybill, Sept. 6.

• The Iguanas, Sept. 6.

• Austin Lounge Lizards, Sept. 7.

And all of this for the usual price of … free.

‘France’ at the Fox

The musical accent will be French in the Spokane String Quartet’s final concert of the season, “Musical Travels: France,” next Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Fox.

The quartet – Mateusz Wolski, Misha Rosenker, Jeannette Wee-Yang and Helen Byrne – will perform music by Francaix, Debussy, Saint-Saens and Ravel.

They will be joined by three guest artists from the Spokane Symphony: harpist Earecka Tregenza, clarinetist Chip Phillips and flutist Alaina Bercilla.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, at the door or in advance through TicketsWest.

Get your ‘Fiddler’ tickets

Single tickets are on sale for the first big show in the Best of Broadway season, “Fiddler on the Roof,” starring Topol, Sept. 1-6 at the INB Performing Arts Center.

“Fiddler” is one of the most enduring attractions ever to come out of Broadway – maybe the biggest show, in terms of perennial drawing power. Topol is legendary as the star of the movie version.

Previously, tickets were available only as part of a season subscription package. Call TicketsWest outlets.

Booth and Travolta

The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre season is nearly upon us and once again this national-class summer stock theater has lured some Broadway names into its casts.

The first name is a familiar one around here: Ellen Travolta, who will play Mona in “Dames at Sea” (July 23-Aug. 2). Travolta is a veteran of Broadway, film and TV who lives in Coeur d’Alene and has appeared in many CdA Summer Theatre shows.

The second is Steven Booth, who had a lead role on Broadway last year in the short-lived musical “Glory Days,” and who also appeared in “Avenue Q.” Booth is a Coeur d’Alene product who honed his talents on the CdA Summer Theatre stage in “Pippin,” “West Side Story” and “Oklahoma!”

Booth will play the title role in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which opens the theater’s season on June 13 and runs through June 27.

For tickets, call (800) 423-2849.

A ‘Roadshow’ marathon

On Monday, KSPS-7 will be running a three-episode mini-marathon of “Antiques Roadshow,” from 7 to 11 p.m.

This is a big deal locally: These are the three “Roadshow” episodes taped in Spokane in 2007.

Tune in and relive all of that “Roadshow” frenzy. Yes, there was some actual frenzy.

Theater and art

Here’s a gallery exhibit in Moscow, Idaho, that combines two genres: theater and visual arts.

“Design Confluence” features the designs of scenic designer Stephanie Miller and costume designer Ann Hoste, at the Above the Rim Gallery, 513 S. Main in Moscow.

Both Miller and Hoste have designed for the Idaho Repertory Theatre, amongst many others. The exhibit continues through Friday.

StoryCorps in Wenatchee

StoryCorps, the national oral history project familiar to NPR listeners, is coming to Wenatchee from Thursday through June 25.

This project allows people to interview each other as a way of collecting stories from around the country. The MobileBooth will be parked in front of the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.

People can sign up for 40-minute sessions at www.StoryCorps.org. The Wenatchee visit is sponsored by Northwest Public Radio and is the only stop currently scheduled in the Northwest.

Fair warning

We told you months ago that the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell and Rodney Atkins have been booked into the Spokane County Interstate Fair.

Now we can add one more name to the lineup: Josh Gracin, the country star and former “American Idol” contestant.

We can also report that the on-sale date for all of these shows has finally arrived: Monday, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets.

These concerts, by the way, are excellent deals, at only $15, $10 and $5 per seat (although fair admission is extra).

The dates are: Atkins, Sept. 14; Campbell, Sept. 15; the Beach Boys, Sept. 16; and Gracin, Sept. 17.

The current Beach Boys?

By the way, this version of the Beach Boys consists of one original member, Mike Love, and one longtime member – Bruce Johnston, who joined up in 1965 – along with a cast of newer recruits.

We only mention this because there are actually two other Beach Boys offshoot bands, one with original member Al Jardine and another sporadically featuring founding genius Brian Wilson.

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