Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. First Friday is free and open to the public.Downtown Spokane. downtownspokane.org.
September 13, October 11:
Five to 8 p.m. every second Friday of the month, April-December, stroll through beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses. A free, family-friendly event. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. artsandculturecda.org.
WSU College of Medicine Medvengers Gala
The WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is seeking superheroes to rescue medical students from the evil Debt at the annual Medvengers gala. Enjoy an action-packed evening of appetizers, cocktails, dinner, silent auction, live auction and paddle raise, plus thrilling appearances from the Medvenger and the evil Debt. All proceeds support scholarships for medical students. Davenport Grand Hotel. 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. medicine.wsu.edu.
September 16, October 6, October 21:
Spokane Poetry Slam and BootSlam
Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry at its Northwest finest. Every first and third week of the month, spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy and a $50 Grand Prize. Each poem is judged by five members of the audience and, after two rounds of poetry, whichever poet has the highest cumulative score is declared the winner. Bootslam, at Boots Bakery, is held on the first Sunday of each month, while Spokane Poetry Slam, held at the Bartlett, is held on the third Monday of each month. Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. spokanepoetryslam.org.
Opens October 5:
Norman Rockwell’s America
Norman Rockwell’s heart-warming depictions of everyday life made him the best-known and most beloved American artist of the 20th century. He lived and worked through one of the most eventful periods in the nation’s history, and his paintings vividly chronicled those times. His images often served as a mirror of American life, reflecting not who we really were, so much as what we thought and felt—and what we endeavored to become. Norman Rockwell’s America exhibits a remarkable collection of 26 oil paintings as well as original posters and all 323 vintage Saturday Evening Post magazine covers spanning six decades, allowing for a comprehensive look at his distinguished career. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum.org or [email protected]
Spokane Symphony with Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Elton John
You won’t want to miss “The Amazing Michael Cavanaugh” (The New York Times) performing the songs of Elton John. Cavanaugh wowed Spokane audiences performing the music of Billy Joel with the Spokane Symphony. The charismatic performer returns to lend his musical brilliance to hits such as “Benny and the Jets,” “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind,” and more. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Marshall Tucker Band
In the early fall of 1973, the Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. Today, the band records on its own label and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. Still led today by Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band’s current, dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Spokane Symphony Masterworks 1: American Rhythms
Buckle up for John Adams’ rhythmic Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Gershwin wrote of his Rhapsody in Blue, “I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America – of our vast melting pot.” Known for its integration of jazz rhythms with classical music, it is considered Gershwin’s most famous work. Copland’s Third Symphony is known as the essential American symphony that fuses his distinct “Americana” style of his ballets with the symphonic form. His famous Fanfare for the Common Man is woven throughout the work. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, ten Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall’s unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time. First Interstate Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Final Tour
Staying true to his legendary sound, Bob Seger effortlessly marries blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City rock ‘n’ roll.Year after year, new fans discover what longtime fans have always known, the Grammy Award-winning rocker’s extraordinary catalogue is rich with character and passion. His songs have entered the pantheon of contemporary popular music, Bob Segers hits include “Hollywood Nights,” “Still the Same,” “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” “Against the Wind,” “Her Strut,” “Roll Me Away,” “Like a Rock,” “The Fire Inside,” and so much more. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Spokane Symphony: Chamber Soiree on the Stage: Fall
Experience the Chamber Soirée Series at one of the most intimate musical settings in Spokane—onstage at The Fox. You will be seated at a table on the stage facing the breathtaking view of the theater auditorium and surrounded by phenomenal sound. Small ensembles of symphony musicians will perform chamber works from baroque to contemporary. Coffee and dessert are included with your ticket purchase and a selection of premium wines are available for purchase by the glass. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Spokane Symphony Pops 1: James Bond – The Music
“Nobody does it better” with the music of James Bond than the Spokane Symphony. Broadway stars Hugh Panaro — best known as the Phantom in The Phantom of The Opera — and Morgan James, featured in Postmodern Jukebox, headline the show. The two dozen Bond films that span five decades have produced some of the greatest movie music in history. From “Goldfinger” and “Live and Let Die” to “Diamonds are Forever” and “Skyfall,” be prepared to be shaken and stirred by the blockbuster Bond hits. Dress up in your Bond attire. Come early for a cocktail party, games and photo ops. Doors open 90 minutes before the concert. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Robert Plant has announced a series of North American dates. The tour – which once again sees him accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters – will make a Pacific Northwest stop in Spokane. First Interstate Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Spokane Symphony Masterworks 2: Garden Romance
Celebrate love with one of the great works of the guitar repertoire, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. The blind composer drew his inspiration from “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the palace gardens of Aranjuez. The concerto’s lush romanticism contrasts with the timeless purity of Satie’s Gymnopédies. Robert Schumann admired Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 for its lightness and grace, but what made it popular with most 19th century Romantics was the force of its tragic power and emotional complexity, from its pulsing opening and poignant Andante to its exuberant finale. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Neil Diamond Night: Performed by Jack Powell
Come and listen to the timeless music of Neil Diamond’s popular songs. Jack Powell presents a non-stop, two hour show performing more than 25 Neil Diamond hits, plus well known classics by other artists. Celebrate one of the greatest songbooks in popular music history with Neil Diamond Night. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Sleater-Kinney set a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Now, at the height of their formidable powers, the feminist icons continue to challenge themselves, break all the rules and push boundaries. This new creative chapter in the acclaimed band’s musical journey is poised to win over both longtime admirers and new fans alike. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Spokane Symphony: Music of David Bowie
Join the Spokane Symphony, conductor Brent Havens, Vocalist David Brighton, and a full rock band on a symphonic tour that explores the incredible range of David Bowie’s music.Includes hits “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl,” and more. David Bowie impersonator David Brighton and Windborne Music’s exceptional musicians combine with a full orchestra to present some of rock’s most iconic music with the Music of David Bowie performed as you’ve never heard it before, complete with full rock lighting. It’s a night of music you won’t want to miss. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Power 50 Awards Event
If you were going to plan something BIG in our region, who would you want on your dream team? The team at Bozzi Media and Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine have pulled together 50 of their top bets in Spokane and the 10 top in Coeur d’Alene for this year’s Power 50 Awards. Come out to meet our region’s most influential professionals—in time, presence and financial investments—who continue to shape our community in positive ways. Open to the general public, and emceed by Kevin Parker. The Hangar Event Center. 6095 E. Rutter Ave. bozzitickets.com.
Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, artist, writer, and director. He began doing standup comedy in New York City, where he worked as a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Demetri then became a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Demetri won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh for his one man show, If I. At the Melbourne International Comedy festival, his show Dr. Earnest Parrot Presents Demetri Martin won Australia’s Barry Award. Demetri has released three standup comedy albums and four hour-long standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix, The Overthinker. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour
The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2019. Mission leader Asia O’Hara is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Detox, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Violet Chachki and Yvie Oddly. Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Wild Kratts Live
Wild Kratts Live is a theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out live on stage to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Experience, live-on-stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families. First Interstate Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Beyond Pink Designer Fashion Show
Upping the bar every year, we can’t wait to see how Beyond Pink will stun guests on October 5. You are greeted with wine and appetizers and have the opportunity to bid on a multitude of silent auction items. Twelve of the most talented local artists and designers will show off their creations as models adorned in designer outfits sweep down the runway. Each outfit comes with themed packages that are auctioned off one-by-one throughout the evening. One hundred percent of the net proceeds go toward funding for women who cannot afford thermography—a risk assessment tool that can detect your risk of breast cancer and can “see” breast disease at its earliest stage, which could be 8-10 years before a mass is seen on a mammogram. The Davenport Grand. 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. beyondpink.net.
Best of the City
Who are the people, the places and the businesses who make Spokane and Coeur d’Alene shine?Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine readers were happy to share their favorites in this year’s Best of the City Awards, and Bozzi Media is happy to throw an epic party in order to celebrate this year’s winners. On Thursday, October 10 you can experience all of the Gold, Glitz and Glamour as they honor and celebrate the annual Best of the City Awards alongside Bozzi Media’s 20th Anniversary. Enjoy a paparazzi arrival on the red carpet as you fascinate in formal attire and take in an evening full of surprises with live music, award winning appetizers and business vendors, champagne, full bars, and a dance party you won’t soon forget. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. bozzitickets.com.
Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party
Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts. Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com
We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You is a quirky, eccentric and heartfelt story of outsiders. It is also a creative cautionary tale for the cyberage. We Will Rock You follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no musical instruments and rock n’ roll has died. Galileo and Scaramouche will join a small group of societal outcasts, the Bohemians, as they fight to take back the iPlanet from the all-powerful Globalsoft, led by the Killer Queen. They will fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of rock n’ roll. First Interstate Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
September 13-October 13:
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her school teacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean head mistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be her fellow student’s saving grace. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
September 20 and 22:
Puccini’s Madame Butterfly tells the story of a young Japanese maiden whose pride and honor are wounded by an American naval officer, leading to heartbreak and tragedy. This production, directed by Fenlon Lamb, will feature an innovative set design constructed by Papermoon Opera Productions. The unique lighting and projections will complete the dramatic effects for the highly stylized paper sets. Conductor Dean Williamson, who is entering his fourth season as Music Director of the Nashville Opera, returns to INO where he received his opera conducting debut. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
September 27-October 20:
The Book of Will
Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever. After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, The Book of Will finds an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget. First Interstate Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.