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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

'Making Our Garden Grow'- A musical tribute to Marjory Halvorson




This Thursday evening, April 18 at 7:30 enjoy an evening of performances paying tribute to Marjory Halvorson's dynamic vision of the vocal performing arts in Spokane. (She is pictured on the right, with student Heather Peterson). This is a free concert at the Bing Crosby Theatre, featuring past and present students of Marge's from Whitworth and Gonzaga, as well as some of Spokane Opera's greatest operatic voices. Performances by Heather Steckler Parker, Susan Windam, Ann Fennessy, John Cooper, Rob McPherson, Heather Peterson, and many more. Donations will be accepted to benefit Marge Halvorson.

Concert for Isaac this Saturday night at the Knit

The 3rd Annual VPI Home Solutions Concert for Isaac is this Saturday, April 20th at the Knitting Factory. The concert and auction benefits the Isaac Foundation theisaacfoundation.org serving families of children with Autism in the Spokane area.

Creator and organizer Kosta Panidis is very enthusiastic about this year's musical line up of popular local performers including: Kelly Hughes Band, Java Kola, Sammy Eubanks, Civilized Animal. With special artists: The Galaxy Forrest from Idaho Falls, ID and 11-year-old guitar player Elijah Friese. Also there will be silent and live auctions featuring items of autographed memorabilia from performers: Josh Ritter Volbeat, Michael Franti, Dropkick Murphy's, Chevelle, Blue October and Awolnation collected by Matt Judge of the Knitting Factory.

Tickets still available through sp.knittingfactory.com. Doors Open 6pm, show starts at 7.


Spokane Symphony Chorale to Perform at St. John's Cathedral on Sunday Night

This Sunday evening, April 21 the 80+ members of the Spokane Symphony Chorale will perform at 7:30pm in the beautiful Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 127 E. 12th Avenue in Spokane.

The program will feature traditional requiems and the 'In Ecclesiis' by Gabrielli. Tickets will be available at the door at $10 per person or $25 per family. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Spokane Symphony Box office at the Fox Theatre.


The circus is coming!




The local El Katif Shriners will be presenting the 59th annual El Katif Shrine Circus under the big top at Spokane Valley Mall with eight shows starting April 18th and continuing through April 21st. The Shrine had contracted with Tarzan Zerbini Productions to present their spectacular 250th anniversary celebration featuring tigers, elephants, acrobats, trapeze, daredevils, clowns and more. Ticket prices start at just $10 for general admission seats. Reserved seats with backs are $15 and Ringside VIP seats sell for $25.

2013 marks the fifth year that the Shrine has presented the circus in the European, single-ring format after many decades of hosting the show in the Spokane Coliseum and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The intimate setting of the big top shows typically have the farthest seats in the arena at about 60 feet from the performers and involve more crowd participation. In addition, the move to the big top tent has allowed the Shrine to present the annual fundraiser in other eastern Washington communities such as Pasco and Moses Lake. Spokane Valley Mayor, Tom Towey, will be on hand opening night to welcome the circus back to town and support the Shriners. While families enjoy the circus food, novelties and entertainers, the main draw, typically, is the animal acts. This year, the lineup includes a display of performing tigers for the first time in the Spokane Valley big top and the always popular elephant rides for the kids.

The Shrine Circus is the major fundraiser to support the club operations of the El Katif Shriners, the eastern Washington chapter of Shriners International - a fraternity known for their community involvement and charities to help children.

In Spokane Valley, show times are Thursday, April 18th at 7pm, Friday, April 19th at 3pm and 7pm, Saturday, April 20th at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm, and Sunday, April 21st at 1pm and 5pm. From Spokane, the circus packs up and moves to Moses Lake for shows April 25th through 28th and then to Pasco May 2nd through May 5th.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at elkatifshrinecircus.org or by calling 509-747-0132. Tickets will also be available at the box office by the big top tent on the days of the shows.


Festival of Wine this Saturday




St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute will host its 22nd Annual Festival of Wine premier tasting and fundraiser at the beautiful Manito Golf and Country Club this Saturday, April 20, at 6:30pm. Featuring ultra-premium Washington wines, guests enjoy opportunities to bid on live and silent auction items to include unattainable wines, wine tasting packages, entertainment and more. Proceeds will benefit the creation of St. Luke's Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence.

Tickets are $125 per person for this year's Festival of Wine tasting and auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.festivalofwineandflowers.com or call 509-473-6370.


GU Choir at St. John's April 27




Led by Timothy Westerhaus, the 52-member Gonzaga University Choir will present its annual Spring Masterworks Concert at 8 pm, Saturday, April 27 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on the South Hill at 127 E. 12th Ave.

The Choir singers will be joined by the professional chamber orchestra Incendo Music Ensemble for the concert, which includes Mozart's 'Solemn Vespers' and Bach's 'Magnificat.'

Four professional soloists from across the United States will join the Choir, including: Arwen Myers, soprano, from Portland, Ore.; Laura Beckel Thoreson, mezzo-soprano, Vancouver, Wash.; Brian Ohnsorg, tenor, from Minneapolis; and Kyle Ferrill, baritone, from Moscow, Idaho. Myers is known for her versatile musicianship and performances nationwide. Beckel Thoreson maintains a rigorous and impressive performance schedule nationwide. Ohnsorg is a renowned soloist, choral singer, and conductor. Ferrill is a highly praised soloist who has sung on five continents and performed a wide repertoire of works.

General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students; children under age 12 attend free. Tickets are free for Gonzaga faculty, staff and students with GU identification. Tickets for the social are $5 and can be purchased with a valid GU student ID. To reserve tickets, call 509-313-6733.

Get Wrecked, First Annual Wreckers Ball Saturday night




Deanne Logan has a new band, the Wreckers, and they have been playing all over Spokane since the first of the year. They are having a dance at the Luxe Ballroom, 1017 West First Avenue, this Saturday, April 20 from 8pm to midnight. Get Wrecked, First Annual Wreckers Ball features music by the Wreckers and Silver Treason playing rockabilly, rockin' roll and blues; dancing, partying, beer, wine, food and fun. Tickets are $6 each or 5 for $25 at Luxe Coffee or by calling 509-863-6537. They will even deliver purchases of 5 or more tickets in Spokane.


Drive your history tour this Saturday

Join the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum as they bring to life The Saltese Story for the 3rd Annual Drive Your History Tour. They will meet at the Morrison Ranch, located at the corner of 32nd and Barker (south on Barker, left on 32nd, turn into the first farm on the left by the barns). Saturday, April 20th, 10am, $5 for History Pass (also good for future Drive Your History Tours).

A dazzling new season at Civic

Spokane Civic Theatre is thrilled with their new season line-up that provides sparkling entertainment, high drama, brilliant musicals, a classic mystery and more. They were fortunate this season to receive the rights to produce the musical, 'Les Miserables', starring Jim Swoboda as Jean Valjean. Other shows on the Main Stage are 'The Christmas Schooner', 'Crazy for You', 'The Mousetrap', 'The Three Musketeers' and 'Gypsy'. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre, 'Second Samuel', 'The Tempest', 'Suds and Becky's New Car'.

Order season subscriptions at Spokane Civic Theatre Box Office, 1020 N Howard Street, 509-325-2507 or online at www.spokanecivictheatre.com.


Tickets on sale for Regal Avengers Project Blueprint - Ham on Regal 2013

The Ham on Regal Players are gearing up for another fun-filled show sure to delight audiences of all ages. This year's show, 'Regal Avengers Project Blueprint,' will be another winner! More than 250 parents use their hidden talents to perform and be a 'ham' as they sing, dance and jump into action for their 50th annual fundraising event.

Join the Ham on Regal Players as they help a group of bumbling studio actors on a mission to find the missing blueprint plans to the Ferris High School Auditorium! Ham on Regal parents are running all over parts of Spokane looking for portions of the missing blueprint. They are so desperate to find the plans that they have enlisted some very famous, if not very qualified, folks to help in the search.

Normally, Ham on Regal shows are performed in the Ferris High School Auditorium located at 37th and Regal on Spokane's South Hill. However, with the Ferris Modernization Project blueprints missing, the performances will be held in their specially outfitted Gym.

Ham on Regal Show times are: Gram on Regal: Sunday, April 21 at 2pm., Wednesday-Saturday, April 24-27 at 7pm, and Saturday, April 27 at 1:30pm. Tickets are $7 and $9, and are available from any Ham on Regal cast member, the Ferris High School Business office, 2nd Look Books, Round Table Pizza and Rosauer's on 29th Avenue.

For more information about Ham on Regal, visit www.hamonregal.org.

Friends of Scotchman Peak present two films

The Friends of Scotchman Peak is a non-profit conservation group that is actively pursuing a wilderness designation for 88,000 acres of land in the Kootenai National Forest. At 7pm on the Thursday, April 25, the Friends chairman, Phil Hough, and program director, Sandy Compton will be showcasing two films, 'En Plain Air' and 'Grass Routes'. They will give a short introductory speech and after the films will have a Q&A session. The event will be at Wolff Auditorium on the Gonzaga Campus

Spokarnage: A Killer Roller Derby Tournament Debut in Spokane

Two tracks will be set up inside the Spokane Convention Center for a weekend of action packed derby tournaments from April 26-28. This is an event with intense bouts of derby action, vendors, a beer garden, a pub-crawl on Saturday night and other special activities throughout the weekend.

20 unique teams will be traveling from all over the Northwest to participate, including the Killer Rollbots, Sockit Wenches, Dam City Rollers and our home team the Spokannibals.

The double elimination tournament will kick off with half hour bouts on Friday evening and continue with regulation length bouts Saturday and Sunday, and conclude with the championship bout on Sunday afternoon.

Tickets are now on sale through www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT, with prices starting at $8 and going up to $25 for a 3-day full-access pass. Visit the Spokarnage website www.spokarnage.com or Facebook for more tournament details.


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