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Spotlight: Spokane’s Thin Air Radio grows closer to regular air

Spokane’s KYRS-FM (Thin Air Community Radio, 89.9 and 92.3) built its new 70-foot tower last week, atop Stensgar Mountain, about 40 miles northeast of town.

That puts this low-powered community FM station one step closer to its goal to being a regular-powered community FM station.

However, a radio signal requires more than just a tower. Station manager Lupito Flores said they are still awaiting the installation of an array of antennas on the tower and a transmitter.

“So it will be late September, if we’re lucky,” said Flores.

That’s when KYRS can convert to its new 6,800-watt signal at 88.1 and vacate its old 100-watt signal at 89.9 (the translator at 92.3 will continue to operate).

The raising of the tower was made possible because the station raised $63,000 in local funds to qualify for a $188,000 federal grant. However, Flores said the station still needs to raise another $30,000, which will go toward operating the new transmitter. Look for an on-air fundraiser in late September.

A Dinnerstein return

A lot of classical piano fans were wowed by Simone Dinnerstein during her previous appearances here with the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra.

Dinnerstein played with Gonzaga’s orchestra in 2007 and 2009 – in between recording albums that topped the Billboard classical charts.

Now, she’s coming back on Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. for another concert with the GU orchestra. She’ll play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Tickets are a bargain for an artist of this magnitude: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students (free for those with a Gonzaga ID). Seats are general admission and you can purchase tickets at the door.

Sept. 11 drama

Ignite! Community Theatre will present a reader’s theater version of Spokane playwright Reed McColm’s 9/11 drama, “Hole in the Sky,” on Sept. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m.

McColm wrote the play in 2002 in response to the tragedy. It takes place in the World Trade Center’s North Tower in the 102 minutes between the plane’s impact and the tower’s fall. McColm said it has been produced in a number of places around the country.

Ignite will have a cast of 19 actors reading from the script. Will Gilman directs. It will take place at Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (yes, it’s staged by Ignite, but it’s at Interplayers). Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The Ignite! season

Meanwhile, Ignite! Community Theatre has announced its season, which includes its Booklight Readers Theatre series and its fully staged Footlight Main Stage season. This will be the third year Ignite has branched out into fully produced shows.

Here’s the list (in addition to “Hole in the Sky,” above):

• “The Lying Kind,” by Anthony Neilson, Dec. 9-17 (fully staged).

• “Seeds of Change,” by Craig Rickett, Jan. 6-8 (readers theater).

• “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” by Ron Bernas, Feb. 3-11 (fully staged).

• “Beware the Man Eating Chicken,” by Henry Meyerson, March 2-10 (fully staged).

• “Love, Sex and the IRS,” by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, April 13-21 (fully staged).

• Local Short Play Festival, May 11-13 (readers theater).

The Footlight series will be in the Commandery Room of the Masonic Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. The Booklight events are free, at locations to be announced.

Ignite will also produce its annual Riverfront Fright haunted house in Riverfront Park in October.

For more info, go to

Arts Commission openings

Want to make a difference in Spokane’s arts scene? Three openings are available for the Spokane Arts Commission, a 16-person volunteer advisory board.

Pick up an application at Spokane City Hall, Suite 610, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., or online at government/bcc/.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

Egyptology lecture

Archaeologist and Egyptologist Donald P. Ryan, from Pacific Lutheran University, will discuss his ongoing work in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave.

This is one of a continuing series of archaeology lectures, and it’s free.

On the big screen

Here are a few notable arts programs being offered this fall by Fathom Events, beamed directly to movie theaters around the country, including in our region:

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton from Lincoln Center, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., NorthTown 12 and Riverstone Stadium 14.

Shakespeare’s Globe presents “Henry VIII,” Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., Northtown.

LA Philharmonic Live, Dudamel conducts Mendelssohn with Janine Jansen, Oct. 9, 2 p.m., NorthTown and Riverstone.

The Metropolitan Opera Live, “Anna Bolena,” Oct. 15, 9:55 a.m., Northtown and Riverstone.

The Metropolitan Opera Live, “Don Giovanni,” Oct. 29, 9:55 a.m., Northtown and Riverstone.

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