Musicals for the Masses -- The ink-stained wretches who live in the Bin (that's us) don't have jobs if we don't keep attracting readers -- and developing new ones among the younger generation. That's why we think it's pretty cool that WestCoast Entertainment encouraged donations from season-ticket subscribers and sent 100 kids to see the Saturday matinee of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Not only do the little theater-goers get a chance to see a theater event they'd otherwise miss, but they also get to interact with cast and crew afterward, learning what it's like to live on the road for 30 or 40 weeks out of the year. If you're connected with an organization that provides services to low-income or at-risk children, call 777-6312 for information and an application for a future performance.
Checking out the Cutter -- And speaking of those of us who dwell in the Bin, one of our elite editorial guard went up to check out a piano concert entitled "The Ambient Music of Erik Satie" this weekend at the Cutter Theater in Metaline Falls. Not only was the music fantastic, but the commentary given in between songs by the pianist, Donivan Johnson, was both informative and funny. We learned that although Satie was a serious composer, he also had quite a sense of humor and subtly sprinkled it throughout his work. We found the Cutter to be a thoroughly charming and intimate venue, and all the chocolate desserts served after the concert were tempting enough to make a certain Binster break her no-sugar diet.
Hope inside Hell -- From 1942-44, 15,000 children were marched by the Nazis into the Terezin concentration camp just outside Prague, Czechoslovakia. Fewer than 100 survived. The courage and even optimism expressed in drawings and poems by these children, all age 15 or younger, is the basis of I Never Saw Another Butterfly (March 4 and 6 at the Met). Director Troy Nickerson guides a cast of seven adults and seven children in a production that Spokane Theatrical Group will enter in the Washington State Community Theater Association's Kaleidoscope Festival, to be held March 14-16 at the Spokane Civic Theatre.
Busy Friday -- With several Mardi Gras galas and the symphony concert already scheduled this Friday, we hesitate to add yet another thing to your "must-attend" list, but we feel this one's a worthy bid. Three area writers -- Kris Christensen, Lisa Roullard and The Spokesman-Review's Carla K. Johnson -- all have pieces in the new anthology of Northwest poetry, fiction and essay, Scent of Cedars. The three up-and-coming writers are presenting their work this Friday at Auntie's Bookstore.