Field Report No. 20161007RC
Topic: A new arts/theater season beckons
Conditions: Conventional, experimental, fam-friendly, nostalgic, weird, risqué...
COMMENTS: It's getting crisp out there. Of course, it's still some of the best weather of the year for enjoying the PNW outdoors. But as it darkens a bit earlier, and the fall colors are put away each day like a set of paints, that's a good signal to look indoors. And there is a lot to experience with a new season of arts and theater events in Spokane. There's a lot more starting up than we can list here, but three things are firmly on our radar:
Terrain. Terrain has established itself as the iconic event that truly signals the beginning of the arts season in our town. Like 8 thousand people went through last year, and that isn't a joke. See what the buzz is about: do yourself a favor and go use those senses on 341 pieces of art by 200 emerging and established artists from around the Inland Northwest, beer from Big Sky, and performances of all kinds (music/literary/film/comedy/etc/etc). Terrain is always the first Friday in October, from 5pm till late at the cavernously awesome Washington Cracker Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave (yeah that's tonight! Well, if you're reading this today. But whenever you are reading this, it will be today. Dang. Ok Friday 10/7/16).
Spokane Civic Theatre. Just north of our lovely meandering Spokane River, there's this community theater that's been doing stuff since shortly after World War II. Stuff that wins more national-level awards for artistic merit than other volunteer community theaters. Stuff with pro-level production value on the main stage. Stuff that's a bit more intimate, mature-audience, or experimental downstairs in the studio theatre. Whoever you are, there is something there this season (their 70th!) that was made with you in mind, and with all kinds of blood/sweat/tears/practice. So go support it. Case in point: this season is already off to a booming start with jam-packed performances of Beauty and the Beast making Disney dreams come true (on through 10/9), but if that isn't your thing, the Rocky Horror Show is starting up (10/14 thru 11/5) in the studio theatre. If you're a RHPS "virgin" you might want to figure out audience participation cues and props you should bring. As Lenny Bart, the Civic's new Artistic Director told me, "It's important for us to offer great diversity, to pick a season that appeals to the whole community. As an artist, I find it incredibly exciting that we're working on Beauty and the Beast one day, and Rocky Horror Show the next."
Vintage Art by Chris Bovey, Paired with Old Photos at the MAC. If you're like us and you like to celebrate the place you're from (or the place you've landed), one way to do that is through awesome vintage screenprints that capture iconic places in your city. Chris Bovey does that like it's his job. And it is his job, at least in part. His first museum show is at this place called the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture over in Browne's Addition. Walk among his screenprints and historic photos of places that are sure to trigger lots of fond old memories. November 12 is the opening, and then the exhibit runs through January 8. The show is titled "My Spokane: A Vintage Look at Spokane Through the Screenprints of Chris Bovey," and the artist will be present for free, open-to-the-public gallery talks on November 12 and December 17 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
KEY FEATURES: This stuff exemplifies why Spokane, as some say, "doesn't suck."
RECOMMENDATIONS: You should go.