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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Dazzling Brilliance" by the Spokane Symphony

The Spokane Symphony under the baton of Eckart Preu features celebrated pianist Jon Nakamatsu this Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm in a concert called "Dazzling Brilliance." International virtuoso Nakamatsu will perform what is considered to be the most difficult piece ever written for the piano: Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3. With Nakamatsu at the keys, audiences will be wowed, not only by his ability to perform this notorious finger buster, but also by the finesse and poetry for which he is renowned.

Ticket prices for this concert begin at $15. Tickets may be purchased with personalized service at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets are also available at all Ticketswest outlets.

"What is Art?" at GU's Jundt Art Museum

"What is Art?" opens at GU's Jundt Art Museum this Saturday through March 2014, featuring eclectic visual and material objects from the University's permanent collection.

The exhibition poses the open-ended question "what is art?" for museum visitors. In a culture dominated by images, this small exhibition permits viewers to consider objects and juxtapositions of works of art in new and interesting ways. The exhibition includes an international array of prints, paintings, photographs, sculptures and decorative art by well-known artists such as Dale Chihuly, Albrecht Dürer, William Hogarth, Rembrandt van Rijn and others, mixed with objects by unidentified, ethnic, contemporary or lesser-known artists.

It's free Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please contact Karen Kaiser, assistant curator for education, at 509-313-6613 or via e-mail at

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Spokane Arena

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Lost Christmas Eve, Friday, November 22nd, 8:00pm, at the Spokane Arena. With more than 7 million albums sold TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. On the road, meanwhile, they have become one of the world's top acts including a recent mention in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade. The $20 million-plus production has played to over 7 million people in 80+ cities, selling more than $280 million worth of tickets. Ticketswest has your seats at 800-325-SEAT or

Onion Ring Bowl finals today at the North Spokane Onion

The final event in the first annual Onion Ring Bowl is today from 4 to 6 pm at the north side Onion Bar and Grill, 7522 North Division. Last week, The Onion Ring Bowl announced the first seven contestants to qualify finals. Competitors at the finals will compete to see who can eat the most onion rings in a three minute time period.

The qualifying contestants had several ways to enter the finals. Contestants could either submit a "What Would You Eat" challenge and be selected to appear live on Rock 94.5 to complete their challenge, or contestants could enter to be randomly selected for a time trial. Two time trials were held at The Onion Bar & Grill in North Spokane. At each time trial, ten contenders competed to see who could eat a half pound of onion rings the fastest.

Sponsors of the Onion ring Bowl are Uncle Dan's Seasoning and Salad Dressing,

The Onion Bar & Grill North Spokane and SnoBoy Onions

More information can be found at

Spokane String Quartet hosts "British Invasion" Nov. 24

The British are coming to the Spokane String Quartet when it hosts the United States premiere of John Pickard's newest quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Bing Crosby Theater.

All seats are general admission. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $12 for students. Ticket prices include a $3 theater preservation fee. Tickets are available at,, 800-325-SEAT or at the door.

Get your hands dirty at Trackside Gallery

Trackside Studio's November "Lets Get Our Hands Dirty" Presentation Series , Wheel Throwing Demonstration by Chris Kelsey, is Wednesday, November 20, 7 - 9 pm at the studio, 115 South Adams Street.

Bring your own stool, doors open at 6:45. The wheel throwing demonstration by Chris Kelsey is free and open to students and adults working with or interested in clay.

For more information contact Gina Fruen at 509-981-9916.

Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre announces 2014 Season

Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre under the direction of Laura Little will present fully-staged productions of "My Fair Lady" (July 10-27 ) and "The Addams Family" (Aug. 7- 24) as well as staged readings of "Around the World in 80 Days" (July 16) and "The Odd Couple" (August 13).

The performances will be at the Kroc Center at 1765 W Golf Course Road in Coeur d'Alene.

Season tickets for the two musicals are now on sale- $85 adults, $75 seniors (65 +) & military and $50 for children 12 and under. The staged reading's fundraiser ticket prices are $25 per person regardless of age. To purchase season tickets or tickets to one of the readings go to the website , call (208) 660-2958 or stop by the temporary box office location at 1323 Sherman, CdA (corner of Sherman and 14th) Tuesday-Thursday from 10am-3pm.

In contrast to Schuler Performing Arts Center's 1100 seats, the Kroc Center's intimate theatre has a capacity of 400 so you are encouraged to purchase your tickets promptly. Seating will be assigned on a first come first served basis with past season ticket holder's receiving priority seating. The last date to purchase a season ticket at a reduced rate is February 4th so don't delay, prime seating will fill up fast.

Clarion's "Reindeer Games" Album Release Party

Clarion is a brass choir comprised of twelve brass players and a percussionist who formed to explore the versatility of this instrumental combination by performing everything from serious chamber works to jazz and popular music. The votes are in and Clarion fans have spoken. The new Holiday CD is called "Reindeer Games" and it's bright red, with a silver-on-silver motif for the reindeer reflected in the Clarion bell. The discs are just back from the factory and they are ready to start spreading their quirky version of Christmas cheer. The party is at Spokane's Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln Street, this Sunday, from 5:00-9:00 pm. Individual CDs are $18, with discounts for multiples.

If you can't make the party, the Reindeer Games CD will also be available at Atticus downtown at 222 North Howard, at both locations of Amend Music, 1305 14th Avenue and 6301 S. Regal, and at the website Or call 509-489-4633.

"Spokane's Community Music School" presents "Ave!"

Celebrate and rejoice Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Convent of the Holy Names, 2911 W Fort George Wright Drive, for the world premier performance of William H. Mays' composition of " The Psalms 23 The Lord is My Shepherd" sung by Andrea Dawson. This will be a one of a kind experience featuring 16th century to modern day music that will lift your spirits. Reception will follow.

William H. "Bill" Mays is a retired school principal of over 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of School Administration degree from the University of Southern California. He served as a Company Commander in the United States Marine Corps during Korea and was a Captain in the Reserves for 12 years. From 1990 to 2001, Bill was the Executive Director of the Spokane Area Children's Chorus, now the Spokane Area Youth Choirs.

Free Will donations gratefully accepted. All proceeds benefit Holy Names Music Center and music education outreach in our community. For more information please call 509-326-9516

Bach Festival Winter Classics Concert at Barrister Dec. 7

Enjoy the outstanding music of J.S. Bach, Britten, Chopin, Faure, Massenet and Franck with award-winning Barrister Wine at an exciting musical experience featuring cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Natasha Paremski at Barrister Winery, 1213 West Railroad Avenue, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Students are welcome, and there is a great Student Ticket Price. No host wine for patrons 21 and over.

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