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When Junior Wells is good, he's very, very good. And then there was that night at the Red Lion Tavern ...
It's time to break out those special, super-duper, light-refracting, 3-D glasses once again kids, because the Pink Floyd Laser Show is returning to an Opera House near you. The Pink Floyd show has become something of a misnomer since the format has been expanded to include other top groups of the so-called classic rock genre, but the basics are unchanged: a state-of-the-art stereo system spills a flood of late-'60s and early -'70s music into the Opera House at ear-splitting volumes while a bank of computers directs a symphony of laser beams at three huge onstage screens.
The King's Singers will perform Tuesday at 7:30 at the Opera House.
Most people probably remember the Australian group Air Supply for its 1979 hits "All Out of Love" and "Here I Am." What they most likely don't know is that some 16 years later, Air Supply remains in big demand throughout the world. In this country, however, Air Supply never really retained the fame it once held in 1979 when the group's album "Lost in Love" sold millions of copies here and boasted several number-one hits.
The Lionel Hampton/University of Idaho Jazz Festival continues tonight and Saturday night on the main stage in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. Tonight's All-Star Concert features the Festival Quartet. Its sterling lineup includes bassist Ray Brown, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Herb Ellis and Bobby Durham on drums.
Gonzaga (5-7 WCC, 16-8) plays host to USF (4-8, 10-16) for a 7 p.m. game at the Martin Centre. At a glance
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT IDAHO The Vandals (4-6 Big Sky, 10-12), chased from the Kibbie Dome by the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, entertain Northern Arizona (4-7, 7-15) at 4:30 p.m. in 1,800-seat Memorial Gym. Idaho is 13-0 in Memorial since 1985, but hasn't played a Big Sky game in the ancient facility since 1976.
North Idaho College (6-10 Scenic West, 14-14 overall) meets Dixie (11-5, 23-5) at 7:30 p.m. at Christianson Gym. NIC's women (6-10, 10-15) face Dixie (12-4, 18-4) at 5:30.
American Indian Dance Theatre Spokane Opera House, Thursday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18.50, $15.50, $12.50 The American Indian Dance Theatre will stage a sampling of dances and music from the more than 250 tribal groups in North America Thursday night at the Opera House.
Jazz great Lionel Hampton, whose name graces the event, held little back when he played last year at the University of Idaho Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review
Jazz giant Lou Rawls
Despite what anyone may think, 20th-century composers have not given up on religion, says pianist Kendall Feeney. Feeney is the artistic director of Zephyr, a Spokane concert series devoted to 20th-century classical music. On Sunday, Zephyr and The Cathedral and the Arts Association present "A Spiritual Odyssey," an exploration of religious works by French and French-trained composers of the 20th century.
Storytellers are subject to generational whims: What strikes one generation as witty and wise is likely to seem quaint to the next. It's true such masters as Will Rogers transcend generations, but most speak to more narrowly defined audiences. Enter Arlo Guthrie, singer and storyteller.
Megadeth is having a landmark year, aided by brisk sales of its latest album, "Youthanasia."
Ellen Travolta, Jack Bannon and Christina Pickles all have strong Hollywood credentials. Yet they are willing to forgo show biz spectacle in favor of a simple theatrical reading. In fact, they positively crave the idea.
Slip into your snakeskin boots and faded jeans. It's just about downhome time in Post Falls. The Post Falls Arts Commission has roped cowboy poet and philosopher Glen Bair and bluegrass band Rare Mountain Aire into performing for WinterSong at Templin's Resort tonight.
North Idaho (6-8 Scenic West, 14-12 overall) visits Salt Lake (8-7,20-7) tonight and Utah Valley (8-7,18-9) in Orem on Saturday. Game times are 6:30 p.m. PST. The NIC women (6-8,10-13) face the same foes, Salt Lake (12-3,19-6) and No. 10-ranked Utah Valley (13-2,24-2). At a glance
Boston musician Dean Stevens will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, W4340 Fort George Wright Drive. The concert is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Action League and the Central American Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church; proceeds will go toward medical and educational materials for the village of Ita-Maura, El Salvador.
Music symposium Quick - name five female composers. Time's up. Pretty tough, isn't it? That's the point of "Women Composers Part II: The Untapped Source," a two-part musical and cultural perspective on American female composers: increasing our awareness of women as creative artists.
The National Basketball Association has drawn its share of players from the ranks of the Harlem Globetrotters - now it's starting to give them back. Darryl Dawkins, one-time clown prince, dunkmeister and backboardblaster for the Philadelphia '76ers, is a showman-in-training for the revitalized Globetrotter organization, and he's heading for Spokane. "He's the first one to shatter a backboard in the NBA," said his new teammate and 'Trotter spokesman Kelvin "Special K" Hildreth.