STAGE LEFT 2019-20
Spokane's Stage Left Theater announced its 2019-20 season recently. For season tickets and more information, visit spokanestageleft.org.
- References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Sept. 6-22
- The Threepenny Opera, Oct. 18-Nov. 3
- Venus in Fur, Nov. 22-Dec. 8
- Mandelstam, Jan. 10-26, 2020
- Lonely Planet, Feb. 14-March 1, 2020
- Fast and Furious Festival, March 6-8, 2020
- A Voice of My Own, March 27-April 11, 2020
- Kids Korner Festival, April 16-19, 2020
- Leftovers Festival, April 24-25, 2020
- Ada and the Engine, May 15-June 7, 2020 (DAN NAILEN)
THIS WEEK'S PLAYLIST
Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores April 26. To wit:
Craig Finn, I Need A New War. The Hold Steady frontman continues putting out excellent solo records.
Danko Jones, A Rock Supreme. If you need some straightforward kickass rock, this is your band.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Fishing for Fishies. The trippy garage-rock Aussies put out five albums in 2017. This is their first of 2019.
P!NK, Hurts 2B Human. Commence pop radio domination in 3...2...
Josh Ritter, Fever Breaks. Ritter's latest is produced by Americana hero Jason Isbell. Ritter headlines the Knit June 21.
The Mountain Goats, In League With Dragons. The hyper-literate pop-rock crew is coming to Spokane Sept. 1. (DAN NAILEN)
HBO dramedy Barry is back for its second season, and while Bill Hader as the hitman/aspiring actor title character and Henry Winkler as his unsuspecting acting coach rightfully garnered effusive praise for their Season 1 work, I'm here to recognize a couple of other, smaller characters. Anthony Carrigan is brilliant and hilarious as the surprisingly sensitive Chechen mobster "NoHo Hank," who forges an unexpected bond with Barry. And Stephen Root is his typically excellent self as Barry's handler, the only man who truly knows the hitman's past. Without those two, Barry wouldn't be humming along as one of the best shows on TV. (DAN NAILEN)
BRING ME A DRIVE-IN
Bummer news dropped by Outdoor Movies at Riverfront Park crew, who announced via Facebook last week that they won't be showing any movies in the park this summer after six years of newish flicks and classics under the stars. In their statement, though, they did say the movies "may return in 2020." (DAN NAILEN)
Everyone's heard of Brexit. Less people know how it happened. But don't worry: HBO and Benedict Cumberbatch are here to help. In the recently released fast-paced drama, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, the arrogant yet optimistic brains who orchestrated the successful Leave Campaign using modern political techniques such as social media and analytics to target voters — as well as some outright deception — harboring feelings of nativist resentment and economic anxiety. It's an entertaining look at how a longstanding pipe dream of some British conservatives became a reality. (JOSH KELETY)