Fall Arts 2018 | Culture

From comedy shows to Disney on Ice, get a dose of culture this fall

Sept. 28- Oct 1


A highly regarded Native American recording artist, Jim Boyd (pictured) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Music Awards in 2014. His work will be celebrated and honored in a four-day arts and music festival, a fundraiser for Bearing Sculpture Project. There will be various events throughout the run including live music, a beer and wine garden and food vendors featuring dishes with a regional fall focus, all in Kendall Yards. Kendall Yards and Sunset Park, free, times TBA (BROOKE CARLSON)

Oct. 5-6


The Coeur d'Alene Symphony kicks off its 40th season with an ambitious program that includes Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia, Glazunov's Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No. 1. And while listening to the expert musicians tackle such a diverse evening of classical sounds is enough of a draw, these shows also mark the debut of a new CdA Symphony artistic director and conductor in Czech native Jan Pellant, who was selected after a yearlong search last season. Kroc Center, $10-$20, Oct. 5 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 6 at 2 pm (DAN NAILEN)

Oct. 6 & 7


The 1998 film The Red Violin weaves in and out of the past and present over the course of three centuries, detailing the precarious, unexpected journey of a priceless Stradivarius. It's a fictionalized take on a true story, and the titular instrument is now owned by violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, who will be using it to perform pieces from its namesake Oscar-winning score (by composer John Corigliano) with the Spokane Symphony. If you've never seen the movie — or if you want to remind yourself of its lush beauty — you can catch it at the Garland Theater this weekend: It screens Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 pm and Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 pm. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $17-$60, Oct. 6 at 8 pm and Oct. 7 at 3 pm (NATHAN WEINBENDER)

Oct. 6-Jan. 27, 2019


As we near the centenary of WWI — Armistice Day was on Nov. 11, 1918 — the MAC is commemorating the Inland Northwesterners who served in WWI in a new exhibit featuring memorabilia from its collection, like letters from the frontlines, trench warfare items, uniforms and much more. The items displayed focused on the impact WWI had on the Inland Northwest and vice versa. Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, $5-$10, Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm (BC)

Oct. 18


Whether as lead singer of punk legends Black Flag or his own metal-tinged Rollins Band, or as a popular spoken-word artist and lecturer, Henry Rollins has been around. And then some. The muscular loudmouth and keen observer has taken photos throughout his global travels, and his latest tour features him showing off some of his work and telling the stories behind the pictures shot throughout the Middle East, Antarctica, South America, Africa and Asia. Bing Crosby Theater, $26.50-$31.50, 8 pm (DN)

Oct. 18-21


If you think Disney characters are entertaining on screens, just wait till you see them in real life, on skates! Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna and many more Disney favorites will be taking the rink in Dare to Dream, an ice-show spectacular. Moana, the Polynesian princess from the 2016 film, is making her ice debut. The show follows the popular heroines as they demonstrate bravery, courage and charm in the face of conflict. Spokane Arena, $16-$66, show times vary (BC)

Oct. 19 & 20


In its third year, the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is turning its focus on Native American women, putting their music, film and visual art in the spotlight. It starts Oct. 19 with a performance by folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured), who made her name in the '60s and '70s with fiercely political songs like "Universal Soldier" and "It's My Way" and who won an Oscar for co-writing the "Up Where We Belong" from 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman. Sainte-Marie's Cree ancestry, as well as her activism, has always been an integral part of her work. On Oct. 20, catch a screening of the 2014 feature Drunktown's Finest, with director Sydney Freeland in attendance, as well as a series of Native-produced short films and a youth arts workshop hosted by painter J. NiCole Hatfield. Bing Crosby Theater, $10-$45, Oct. 19 at 7 pm and Oct. 20 opens 10:30 am (NW)

Oct. 25


John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece Halloween changed horror forever. The lean, violent thriller about masked madman Michael Myers knocking off teenagers in a sleepy Illinois suburb was a critical and commercial smash, one of the most profitable indies ever made, and it helped usher in (for better or worse) the slasher boom of the '80s. With its atmospheric cinematography and anxiety-producing musical score (composed by Carpenter himself), this watershed film is best enjoyed in a dark theater with an enraptured audience. It turns 40 this year, and yet it hasn't aged. Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, $3, 8 pm. (NW)

Oct. 26


It takes a special kind of comedian to end up working with both the freakishly bizarre Rob Zombie and the utterly mainstream Jerry Seinfeld, and Tom Papa is just that. With more than two decades under his belt, Papa is a true comedians' comedian, tapped to write jokes for others when he's not doing his own act as a regular on Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien's talk shows. He helped write and voice characters in both Zombie's animated The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and Seinfeld's Bee Movie, and most recently he became head writer on Live From Here, the syndicated radio show formerly known as Prairie Home Companion. On stage with a mic in his hand is still where he's most comfortable, though, and you'll see why when he hits Spokane. Bing Crosby Theater, $24.50, 8 pm. (DN)

Oct. 26-27


This guy is a comedy pro, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better stand-up gig coming to Spokane before the end of the year than a Dave Attell show. He's probably best known for the four-season run of Insomniac with Dave Attell, a Comedy Central show that combined aspects of a travel show with drunken members of the general public, with Attell as overseer and instigator. He came to prominence in New York's comedy scene alongside the likes of Dave Chappelle, and a spot on David Letterman's show helped him land a writing gig on Saturday Night Live in the mid-'90s. More recently he hosted Dave Attell's Comedy Underground on Comedy Central, helping introduce the likes of Ali Wong and Nikki Glaser. He's performing four shows in two nights when he comes to Spokane. Spokane Comedy Club, $25-$35, 7:30 pm and 10 pm. (DN)

Nov. 8-10


Back in 2011 you couldn't find a hotter TV commodity than Whitney Cummings, who managed to create two separate sitcoms that were both picked up by major networks. Two Broke Girls ran for six seasons. Whitney, which she also starred in, lasted just two, and the critics were, as they say, unkind. It would be impossible to capture the salty comedic edge Cummings brings to her stand-up in any network show — her mind is definitely more inclined toward cable's openness — and she's a natural on stage, slaying live audiences with an approach that inspired Variety and Entertainment Weekly to both tab her as a "comedian to watch" almost immediately after she got her start. Spokane Comedy Club, various times, $20-$35 (DN)

Nov. 9


Gormands and philanthropists alike, listen up! Fine dining and charity collide in an indulgent, heartwarming celebration of food and drink at Epicurean Delight. Throw on your old prom garb and taste food from 30 local restaurants as well as libations from regional wineries, breweries and cider makers. All proceeds from this year's event will go towards the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Spokane Convention Center, $200, 6 pm (BC)

Nov. 10-11


Created to showcase the diversity of the greater Spokane community through traditional art and performance, the 23rd annual Fall Folk Festival is set to feature up to 100 separate performing groups. Entertainment on eight stages represents traditional music and art from Celtic, African, Asian, Middle Eastern and many more cultural groups. Vendors are also on site selling traditional crafts and baked goods. This year's festival features popular local folk groups as well as "hidden gems" that you may not be familiar with. Visit spokanefolkfestival.org. Spokane Community College, free, Nov. 10 from 11 am-10 pm; Nov. 11 from 11 am-5 pm (BC)

Nov. 11


If you're not familiar with Second City, it's basically a superstar factory. If comedy clubs were universities, Second City would be the Ivy League. Names like Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and so many more comedy greats found success after sharing the stage at the improv and sketch comedy theater in Chicago. Second City's national tour is now passing through Spokane, where current performers will showcase the best songs and sketches from the theater's history. The show will also feature their wildly popular improvisation. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $30-$40, 7:30 pm (BC)

Nov. 11 & 14


It's a question that rears its head every yuletide: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Regardless of your stance in that timeless debate (Bruce Willis himself says it isn't, but we're all wrong every once in awhile), one thing really can't be argued: Die Hard is one of the greatest action films, holidays be damned. John McTiernan's 1988 blockbuster, which pits one-man army John McClane against German hostage-taker Hans Gruber (RIP Alan Rickman), is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and it'll be returning to Regal Cinemas for a limited run. Even if you've seen it a million times on cable, it was always meant to be watched on a screen as high as the Nakatomi Plaza. NorthTown Mall and Riverstone Stadium, $13, 2 and 7 pm (NW) ♦

17th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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