Civic announces 2019-20 season, library offers Discover Pass and more you need to know

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Spokane Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season, and it's a mix of modern musicals, beloved classics and plays by the likes of Noel Coward and Kenneth Lonergan. Here's the lineup of shows and their premiere dates:

Matilda the Musical, Sept. 13

The Book of Will, Sept. 27

This Is Our Youth, Nov. 15

It's a Wonderful Life, Nov. 29

Present Laughter, Jan. 10

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Jan. 24

Cabaret, Feb. 28

The Humans, March 27

Exile, April 17

Funny Girl, May 15

Tickets for individual shows become available in July, though season ticket packages are now on sale at spokanecivictheatre.com. (NATHAN WEINBENDER)


THIS WEEK'S PLAYLIST

Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores March 22. To wit:

Ex Hex, It's Real. Punky trio led by ex-Helium frontwoman Mary Timony is back with a stellar sophomore album.

Jenny Lewis, On The Line. The follow-up to her excellent Voyager album arrives five years later, promises more pop-rock treats.

Strand of Oaks, Eraserland. The brilliant Tim Showalter brings Strand of Oaks to Spokane April 28.

Motley Crue, The Dirt soundtrack. Four new songs for the metal band's bio flick hitting Netflix March 22. In case you were waiting. (DAN NAILEN)


GREEK SPEAK

The featured author for 2019's Spokane is Reading program is a big get. Coming for two public talks in October is New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller (above), whose 2018 novel Circe was a feminist fiction standout. The story is told from the perspective of Greek witch goddess Circe, a daughter of Helios exiled to a remote island and best known in classic mythology for her encounter with the tragic hero Odysseus. Copies of Circe are available at Spokane Public Library and Spokane County Library District branches, and for purchase at Auntie's Bookstore. (CHEY SCOTT)


CHECKING OUT OUTDOORS

Explorers who don't have a Washington State Parks Discover Pass ($30/year or $10/one-time use) needn't let it keep them from experiencing the region's natural splendor. A new pilot program called Check Out Washington that launched this month allows local library patrons to check out activity backpacks, which include a Discover Pass, for up to one week from branches of the Spokane County Library District and Spokane Public Library. (CHEY SCOTT)


EMBRACING CATASTROPHE

Knowing the six new episodes of the Rob Delaney/Sharon Horgan Brit-com Catastrophe posted to Amazon Prime recently were the series' last, I naturally entered my last binge of the alternately sweet and sour show with some trepidation over whether they would stick the landing. All the characters we've come to know and love/loathe get a nice send-off, and new characters played by Michaela Watkins (as Rob's newly religious sister) and Nat Faxon (her too-nice beau) keep the last season fresh. At its core, though, Catastrophe is all about Rob and Sharon's relationship, and the final season finds the humor in all-too-real human interactions between the two that have been a hallmark of the show from the beginning. (DAN NAILEN)

ZIMOUN @ Prichard Art Gallery

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 22
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