Floria Loves Mario
Escaped prisoners, political rebellion, passionate lovers, attempted rape, manslaughter, mock executions and suicide -- Puccini's 1900 opera, Tosca, has enough sensational incidents to fill, well, an entire grand opera. The Spokane Opera production -- at the Fox on Friday-Saturday, March 7-8, at 7:30 pm -- will feature Leslie Mauldin as Tosca and Mark Thomsen as her lover, Cavaradossi. Tickets: $25-$45. Visit www.toscaspokane.com or call 325-SEAT. And hiss at Scarpia for us.
Kashrut, Not Treif
Did you realize that it takes more than 240 volunteers to put on Temple Beth Shalom's annual Kosher Dinner? For just $14 ($7 for kids 11 and younger), you get to enjoy a traditional beef brisket dinner with all the side dishes and dessert -- and the music of the Mavens, the Kosher Redhots and Spokane's Klezmer band, Chutzpah. It's Sunday, March 9, 11 am-6 pm, at Perry and 30th. Call 747-3304 ext. 32.
Call It "Middle Eastern Dance"
The national tour of "Bellydance Superstars" -- featuring the likes of Ador & eacute;, Petite Jamilla, Mardi Love and Hannah Nour -- will speak to you in "the universal language of dance" and oscillating hips at the Bing on Wednesday, March 12, at 8 pm. Tickets: $40; $27, seniors and students. (And it celebrates a woman's sensuality and empowerment, so stop leering.)
Puddle Duck Nursery Babies
On eBay, a woman is offering up dolls for "adoption." "Marty," "Chelsi" and "Baby Boo" are certainly realistic-looking enough (even if they have been whacked several times with the Ugly Stick). If Lars Lindstrom purchased and raised one of these latex babies, would Nancy Oliver write a movie about it?