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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State B is slam dunk for fun

The boys and girls are back in town for the WIAA Hardwood Classic 1B & 2B Boys & Girls State Basketball Championship March 1-3 at the Spokane Arena. Tournament Passes on sale now at the Spokane Arena Box Office: $28 Adults, $23 Senior, $23 Student. Day Passes available March 1: $12 Adults, $10 Senior, $10 Student. Tickets are on sale at the Spokane Arena Box Office, or 800-325-SEAT.

Maritius, directed by Patrick Treadway at Interplayers

Maritius shows that stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. When a pair of half-sisters discovers the 'crown jewel' of stamp collecting after a death in the family, the double-crosses start and continue nonstop in this gripping tale. A seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters' world. This viciously smart, fast, mean and often explosively funny play will keep you guessing and gasping as the house lights come up.

Interplayers presents Maritius, directed by Patrick Treadway, now through March 10th. Go to for more information and Ticketswest for your seats.

Dining and dancing to a great big band

The Supper Club Showcase Dance, Saturday, March 3rd is a dinner and ballroom/swing dance (dressy attire preferred) at the Sons of Norway Hall, N. 6710 Country Homes Blvd (509-326-9211). Enjoy the culinary talents of Chef Alex from the Davenport Hotel for a special 3-course gourmet dinner that includes a salad, your choice of entree and a dessert all for only $15.95 ($10 dance only). He also has a selection of appetizers for those who prefer a lighter fare. Hours are: Dinner (5-8 pm), dance lesson (6-7 pm) and dancing (7-9 pm) with the MasterClass Jazz Big Band Orchestra. For more information: or call 509-326-9211.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with the Lorax

On Saturday, March 3 The Lorax is coming to Valley Mall from 11 to noon and Northtown Mall from 1 to 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character and enjoy cake, prizes, storytelling and more. For details go to or

On your mark, get set, TRAIN!

It's time for the annual FREE Providence, Group Health Training clinics to help you get in shape for the annual Bloomsday run Sunday, May 6. Train safely and progressively over seven weeks leading up to the big day. Start off each Saturday hearing from a local expert on different health care topics, then warm up with a personal trainer before hitting the trail. You'll start with one mile and increase by one mile each week until you've 'rehearsed' for the full length of the Bloomsday route.

Register in advance at or sign up at the first clinic March 17.

What do watercolors and accordions have in common?

Artists from the Spokane Watercolor Society will exhibit at the Chase Gallery at City Hall and guests will also be treated to accordion music at the artists' reception this Friday, March 2 from 5 to 8 pm.

Gallery hours are Monday from 8 am to 9 pm and Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. This exhibition was juried by Dale Laitinen from Gold Rush, California. Prizes will be awarded at 6 pm at the artist reception.

Art Work Sought for Two Theme Shows for 2013

Spokane Arts Commission's Exhibiting Committee seeks submission for two upcoming exhibitions with themes in the 2013 Chase Gallery program. The first explores the meaning of the modern in art and they ask for artists whose works reflect or express a relationship to the ideas of Modernism in art history or the ideals of Mid-Century Modern in architecture, industrial design or graphic design to submit exemplary works of art for consideration by the Exhibiting Committee.

The second theme is birds in art and photography. Many regional artists make descriptive works of art that relate to birds. Others use birds as symbols or metaphoric imagery. Please send a CD with up to 20 images, a slide list, resume and artist statement to Exhibiting Committee, Spokane Arts Commission, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201 by April 1, 2012. Do not email your portfolio. You may drop off at the reception desk at City Hall. Any questions, email Karen Mobley, Arts Director,

On Sale Friday, March 9, tickets for 'The World's Best Cajun Band'

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet is recognized by Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion as 'The Best Cajun Band in the World.' Blending zydeco, Tex-Mex, western swing, blues, New Orleans traditional jazz, and Caribbean calypso, BeauSoleil is truly the defining leader of its genre.

Spokane Public Radio presents a spicy night of Cajun fun with Grammy Award-winning BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Thursday, May 10, 7:30pm at The Bing Crosby Theater. Concert tickets are $35, with upper balcony seats set at $27. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9, at all TicketsWest locations, or 800-325-SEAT. A $2 Bing Crosby Theater restoration fee will be added to each ticket purchased. Additional fees may also apply.

BeauSoleil founder Michael Doucet is a Grammy-Award winning violinist (1998, 2009). Doucet received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA award, which recognizes artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist's contributions, is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts.

Proceeds to BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet benefit the programming and operational efforts of Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1, KSFC 91.9, and KPBZ 90.3 in Spokane.

More information at: and Phone Spokane Public Radio for interviews and concert details at 509-328-5729.

Dan Spaulding show coming to the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene is proud to open their first show for Dan Spalding with 30 new oil portraits. The opening reception is on Friday, March 9 from 5 to 8pm. Everyone is welcome. This show runs from March 9 - April 7.

Dan will give an informal talk and painting demonstration in the gallery starting at 1:00 on Saturday, March 10. This show is sponsored by The Garnet Cafe and Syringa Cafe & Japanese Sushi Bar.

Winter hours at the Art Spirit Gallery are Tuesday through Saturday from 11-6. Call 208-765-6006 or visit the website at

Seeing Impressionism continues at the MAC

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture has extended the exhibit Seeing Impressionism through May 19. The MAC is located at 2316 West First Avenue in Browne's Addition. Visit the website for more information,

First Friday Spokane

Enjoy an evening of great artwork this Friday, March 2 at Spokane's monthly artwalk. Visit for details.

Spring Arts & Crafts Show this weekend

Custer's 35th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show runs at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center starting this Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. This year's show features over 300 professional artists and crafters from the Pacific Northwest.

Admission is $7, good all weekend; kids 12 and under are free. Show hours are Friday, 10am - 9pm; Saturday 10am - 7pm; and Sunday 10am - 5pm. Visit for more details.

Go, Dog. Go! by Spokane Children's Theatre

Go, Dog. Go! has never been presented in the Inland Northwest. It was first shown in Seattle to rave reviews. The musical recreates the classic, timeless story using only 75 words in the entire script.

Local Actors, Kathie Doyle-Lipe, Mark Pleasant, Mike Hynes, Peter Hardie, Susy Dinwiddie and Donna Skoog are working together for the first time in over 15 years on stage for SCT in the musical production of Go, Dog. Go! It includes so much 'schtick' that only this caliber of a cast can deliver. It features several huge musical numbers with the ensemble tap dancing on bubble wrap, Kathie and Mark in amazing classic comedy routines and dancing duets, roller skating on stage and even 'careography' with 10 cast members racing around the stage wearing three foot cars.

Set Designer, William Rosevear has recreated the set pieces to look just like the pages of the book. It definitely will bring back many memories for children of all ages! The cast also features seven children ranging in ages from 7-15 years. This show was written by Steven Dietz and Allison Greggory and directed by Esta Rosevear. Show dates are March 17 at 1pm, March 18 at 1pm, March 24 at 1 and 4pm, March 25 at 1 pm and 4 pm, March 31 at 1 and 4pm, April 1 at 1pm. All performances will be held at SFCC Spartan Theatre, 3410 W Ft. George Wright Drive.

Ticket cost is $10 child $12 adult at or 800-325-SEAT or at the door, as available.

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