What a Deal -- Here in the Buzz Bin, we know how to live frugally. We share lunches. We steal office supplies. We drink gallons of work coffee. We hoard quarters with the wild-eyed greed of Gollum, shrieking "Mine! Mine!" So you can imagine how happy we were to hear that the Spokane Symphony has a block of tickets for this Friday's concert going for the low, low price of ten bucks each. Hector Berlioz's Damnation of Faust is the hearty one-dish supper on this musical menu, which also includes the last appearance this season of maestro Fabio Mechetti. Regular symphony ticket prices start at $15 and go up to $33, and, yes, John Hancock, executive director of the symphony, is hoping to sell the concert out. The goal, though, is to give people who don't usually go to the symphony the chance to experience a stellar concert at an affordable price. What more do you need to know? Give the nice folks at the Symphony a call at 624-1200.
Some Pig -- We've come to consider Christian Youth Theatre the highest standard in press kit goodies. For years now, they've plied us with candy, cookies, fetching little props related to their upcoming productions and once, an entire pie. So we should have known something was up when a package wrapped in butcher paper showed up, neatly labeled "USDA Choice Pork." Mystified, we read the label "Zuckerman's Famous Pig" and wondered why it sounded so familiar. And then we remembered. Charlotte's Web. That's right. Those crazy kids at CYT-North are performing the play based on the beloved children's book from May 23-31. For tickets, call 487-6540. Note to CYT: Thanks for the sausage.
It's Back -- It's hard to trust that spring is really, truly here before the first Farmers' Market of the year appears, and folks, Moscow is this year's portent of warmer days and summer's bounty. They opened last weekend with more than 30 vendors present, including spring flowers from the Snake River Valley, fresh herbs, and young plants ready for the garden. It's worth the 86-mile trek down to Latah County.
Top Ten Ranking -- If you were lucky enough to be among the audiences at Mead High School or at the Met for Spokane Theatrical Group's drama about children in the Holocaust, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, then you saw one of the ten best community theater productions in the country this year.
Shame on you for thinking that Spokane theater just doesn't hold up.
It held up very well at a recent regional competition in Tacoma. Butterfly's Marianne McLaughlin won Best Actress, and Jan Neumann won for Best Featured Actress. Director Troy Nickerson's show is now one of ten regional finalists for the national Best Production award at the American Association of Community Theaters festival on June 25-28 in Torrington, Connecticut. Congrats to STC!