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Spotlight: Watershed set to return to the Gorge

Keenan Bianchi and Courtney Biggs star in “The Crucible” at the JACC in Post Falls.
Keenan Bianchi and Courtney Biggs star in “The Crucible” at the JACC in Post Falls.

Looks like Watershed is coming back for round two.

The musical festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre – think Sasquatch! for country music fans – started last year with a lineup that included Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. This year, promoters have booked a lineup that includes Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Shooter Jennings.

The three-day festival will take over the Gorge in George Aug. 2-4. Tickets go on sale Friday at, and Camping starts at $110 and festival passes are $149.

Whitworth honors

The Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble went to Chicago and came home with an honor.

The group, directed by Dan Keberle, was named an outstanding band at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in February. The Whitworth musicians were among 30 college bands to compete, and join four other college groups to be named outstanding.

Five Whitworth soloists also earned top honors at the festival: Kyle Moreen (alto sax), Adam Ohlson (piano), Elli Tappa (vocal), Andrew Repsold (drums) and Jansen Leggett (drums).

JACC on stage

The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls is the midst of a production of Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.”

The play opened last week and will continue today with a 2 p.m. matinee, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. March 17. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call (208) 457-8950 or email The JACC is located at 405 N. Williams St.

This is the third play staged by the JACC Theater Troupe. For more information, visit www.thejacklincenter. org.

Museum makeover

Seattle architect Jim Olson of Olson Kundig Architects has been selected to design a new art museum at Washington State University.

The $9 million project is expected to begin construction in 2015, according to a WSU news release. The release said the site “will extend from the current gallery north to Wilson Road in the Fine Arts Plaza, directly across from Martin Stadium.”

Museum director Chris Bruce said the new building will include galleries for the museum’s permanent collection, an outdoor sculpture garden and space for special exhibits.

“Our goal has always been to build a stunning piece of architecture that not only houses art, but that welcomes the entire community and literally represents – and stimulates – creativity,” Bruce said in the release.

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