And speaking of literary lights, did we dig Lynda Barry's Saturday night reading or what? The popular cartoonist and novelist gave an inspired performance, which included a slow-mo version of the Funky Chicken, an homage to her Evergreen State College English teacher, plenty of thoughts on writing and even a song, to the tune of "Coal Miner's Daughter." It was a great time, and we also thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Davenport so busy. In addition to Get Lit!, there was also a wedding reception, a prom and a college formal taking place at the same time. Enough to restore one's faith in this town, indeed.
Butterfly Redux -- If you didn't get a chance to catch I Never Saw Another Butterfly at the Met a few weeks ago, you're about to get another try. A benefit performance has been scheduled for Monday, April 21, at 7:30 pm at the Met, and proceeds go towards travel expenses for the Spokane Theatrical Group to attend the AACT/Fest 03 competition in Tacoma. They've already been selected Best in State for best director (Troy Nickerson), Best Actress (Laura Kohler) and Special Recognition for Best Lighting Design (Brian Ritter); in Tacoma they'll compete with the Best in State from Oregon. Best of luck, everyone!
Lilya of the Valley -- There's been a slight change in the Spokane Symphony's printed schedule, and instead of the Faust concert on Friday (it's been moved to May 9), they're offering Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto with Moscow-born pianist Lilya Zilberstein. We think this one's definitely worth checking out: Not only has Zilberstein performed with the London Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony, the program includes Schubert's "Fantasy in F Minor" and four of Wagner's pieces from The Ring. Yep, "The Ride of the Valkyries" is one of them.
Publication date: 04/17/03