New Boys in Town? -- The two newest gallery spaces in town share some mighty interesting characteristics. First, there are the names: Douglas and Joel. They could be rival male siblings, both with an interest in art. And then there's the fact that they've both been around for years and, in that sense, aren't new at all. And finally, both are positioned well within the boundaries of the newly formed Davenport District. Coincidence? You be the judge.
The big news at Joel these days is that they're turning their second floor into a formal gallery space (when finished, it will be the largest in town). While Joel has always been the place to go for eclectic furniture, dinnerware, kitchen gadgets, interior design and gifts, they've also made a point over the years of occasionally working original art into the mix. In the early 1950s, Joel hosted the first exhibit of works by a then-little-known local artist by the name of Harold Balazs. Now they're devoting a goodly amount of retail real estate to a fine art space for original art, commissions, prints and other art services. Their opening reception is this Friday from 5-9 pm, with an open house all weekend during regular business hours.
In the meantime, the Douglas Gallery has quietly relocated to its gorgeous new digs in the old Noble's spot on Post next to Niko's. The chic interior, in hues of "deep bitter chocolate," dark blue and dusky olive green was chosen to set their many original works off to best advantage. The Douglas Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday -- go check it out!
Opera-ting Room -- From all accounts, the Spokane Opera production of Don Giovanni is not to be missed. To say the least, Mozart's little tale of a lusty aristocrat whose past finally catches up with him is one of the more challenging operas to produce, but you wouldn't know it from any of the performances thus far. Derrick Parker is excellent in the title role, as are his fellow leads Steven Mortier, Heather Parker, Melissa Brezinsky and Kerri Marcinko. You can still catch the wily Don Giovanni this weekend. Call: 325-SEAT.
Emmylou at Maryhill -- When the Maryhill Winery opened on the Columbia River just three miles west of the Maryhill Museum a few years ago, owners Craig and Vickie Leuthold talked about wanting to open up a live music venue. That venue is now a reality, and they've just announced their inaugural season. In addition to Norton Buffalo, Delbert McClinton and Curtis Salgado, they're also bringing in Los Lobos, Nancy Wilson and Lou Rawls. The season ends with a visit from none other than the great Emmylou Harris. For more info, visit www.maryhillwinery.com.