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Sunday, January 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spotlight: At first glance, ‘da Vinci’ impresses

I just walked through “Leonardo da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius” while installers and curators readied it for a Friday opening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Among the highlights:

• A huge full-size reproduction of da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” and I mean huge: 15 feet tall by 28 feet wide.

• A full-size reproduction of “Mona Lisa,” surprisingly compact at 27 by 22 inches.

• A working model of da Vinci’s design for the “Screw of Archimedes” – a contraption that can crank water uphill.

• A fearsome “Scythe Machine,” a chariot-like vehicle with whirling scythe blades to cut down enemies.

This exhibit, which will run all summer at the MAC, 2316 W. First Ave., ought to be a hit with kids and adults. Tickets are on sale through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT,

Please note that I said “reproductions” of the paintings. The originals are far too valuable and delicate to be hauled around the world.

In the case of “Last Supper,” you’d have to uproot an entire Italian church. It’s painted on a wall in Milan.

Catch these busy ‘Bees’

The cast and crew of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are feverishly raising money to go to Rochester, N.Y., for AACT/Fest, which is the national community theater competition.

They’ve already come up with $20,000. They have $10,000 more to go.

This Spokane Civic Theatre production qualified for the nationals, June 20-26, by winning the state and regional competitions.

It costs a lot of money to transport the cast and crew to New York and house everyone during the competition. So there will be three “dress rehearsal” fundraisers. No tickets are required, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The dates are:

• Tuesday, 7 p.m. – Lewis and Clark High School Auditorium, 521 W. Fourth Ave.

• Wednesday, 7 p.m. – Lewis and Clark High School Auditorium.

• June 8, 7:30 p.m. – Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St.

Director Kathie Doyle-Lipe says they are “working feverishly to get this accomplished, but we can use any help we can get.”

It’s worth noting that the Civic has had more success in this national competition than just about any theater in the country. It has won twice and finished second once.

The Upscale Sale

Now, here’s a high-end garage sale: The Spokane Symphony Associates Upscale Sale, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1027 W. Third Ave. (the former Thompson’s Auto Sales).

Among the items will be 10,000 pieces of fine china (from a donor who had a professional china matching service). You’ll also find furniture, antiques, jewelry, clothes and many other items.

If you want early pickings, you can get into the “early bird” sale on Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for a $5 fee.

This sale has become the Symphony Associates’ second-biggest fundraiser, next to Christmas Tree Elegance. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Symphony.

A Browne’s Addition app

Here’s a new smartphone app: The Browne’s Addition Walking E-Tour.

It will guide you on a historic tour of the Spokane neighborhood. You can download it free from

It’s an e-book that functions like a mobile app. You can choose an in-depth tour or quicker tours. The average tour takes about an hour.

This was made possible by Bob Hansen, a programmer and e-book publisher, who came up with the idea, and local historian Jim Price, who provided the content.

ArtFest music

ArtFest, the annual art festival at Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition, opens Friday and continues through June 5.

It will have 140 booths filled with works by artists and artisans from the Northwest (and beyond).

Music has always been one of the festival’s other attractions. Sit in front of the stage – or in the beer-and-wine garden – and catch nonstop concerts.

Here’s the lineup:

Friday: 12:30 p.m., Prairie Flyer; 2 p.m., Back Adit; 3:30 p.m., Brent Edstrom Trio with vocalist Angela Hunt; 5 p.m., Hoodoo Udu; 7:30 p.m., Milonga.

Saturday: 11 a.m., Master Class Jazz Orchestra; 12:30 p.m., Brad Keeler Trio; 2 p.m., Nicole Lewis Band; 3:30 p.m., Spare Parts; 5 p.m., Soul Proprietor; 7:30 p.m., Big Mumbo Blues.

June 5: 11 a.m., Philip Boulding; Noon, Riders of the Rockin’ B; 1:30 p.m., Sammy Eubanks; 3:30 p.m., EWU Jazz Orchestra.

It’s all free.

Two George Winston shows

George Winston, the patriarch of what used to be called New Age music, will make two appearances in the region in September.

He’ll play the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane on Sept, 21, 8 p.m. Then he’ll be at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater on Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for both shows are on sale through TicketsWest outlets.

Winston’s eclectic style includes jazz and stride piano. And now, he also plays slack-key guitar and harmonica. 

Jr. Cadillac Sea Cruise

OK, the word “sea” is a stretch. But a cruise it will be, with a longtime favorite band in the Northwest.

Jr. Cadillac is coming back for another “Sea Cruise” event aboard the Mish-an-Nock on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Aug. 20, 3 p.m. Tickets are $35, through TicketsWest.

This is a continuation of a popular tradition stretching back to the 1980s.

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