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Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

A major announcement from the Inland Northwest arts scene – Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse and Spokane's Interplayer's Professional Theatre have announced they are merging, with Lake City taking operational control.

Interplayers has presented live, professional dramas and comedies since it was founded in 1980, but financial challenges have remained persistent. Despite best efforts by management, staff and board members, Spokane's professional non-profit theater has found it difficult to attract the kind of support in the form of season subscriptions, individual ticket purchases, donations and corporate sponsorships that it needs to ensure sustainability. Unwilling to close, the Board of Trustees decided to seek support from another local theater.

Artists using words to light up Spokane

Want to give your favorite business a shout out, or make an announcement that no one will miss? That's exactly what Spokane Arts wants to help you do with their latest project: Spokane Throw.

Artists are being asked to submit their handwritten letters to be considered for when the “light letters” are “thrown” onto the sides of buildings. The projections will be displayed throughout Create Spokane arts month in October.

The goal of the project is to create a partnership between artists and local businesses. Spokane Throw is also hoping local businesses will help sponsor the program by providing the donation necessary to host a light at their building.

Burleskival ready to tease and tantalize Spokane

Video credit: Perfechter Productions

A one-of-a-kind festival is making it's debut at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane next week, promoting the arts and highlighting the beauty of the female body.

Burleskival will walk the line between classy and provocative with local burlesque performers, tantalizing fashion show featuring local designers, live music acts and go-go dance competition.

“We wanted to bring something fresh and new to the Spokane area,” said Nancy Bates, one of the event organizers. “We're here to elevate the arts and showcase that women are beautiful in these art forms. There's a lot of tough critics out there about what burlesque is and go-go dancing is, and we want something positive to come out of this event.”

Nancy's co-organizer Dale Strom says he has high hopes for the festival and the impact it could have on Spokane's future as well.

Spokane Arena celebrates 20th event season

Spokane Arena celebrates 20th event season

The Spokane Veteran's Memorial Arena is kicking off their 20th event season Thursday night with a rock and roll blowout featuring Boston and Night Ranger.

Over the next year, Spokane can expect to see a variety of incredible promotions and special announcements celebrating 20 fantastic years at the Arena. Guests will also notice some decorative additions to the facility, highlighting the biggest performers, bands and sporting events hosted at the arena since their first season in 1995.

“Twenty years of great events is really something to celebrate,” said Kevin Twohig, CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District. “We've shattered records with the US Figure Skating Championships and have hosted more NCAA Division 1 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments than any other site in the country since the year 2000.”

Matt Gibson, General Manager of the facility added, “We have welcomed some of the biggest names in entertainment to our city, and now we get to thank the fans for supporting these events. We can't wait to start celebrating!”

Spokane Civic Theatre announces new Managing Director

Spokane Civic Theatre announces new Managing Director

Spokane Civic Theatre has named a new Managing Director in time for it's 68th season.

Marnie Rorholm will assume the position on October 3rd. Previously she worked for the City of Spokane as the Office Manager of Business and Developer Services. She has also held positions as the Director of the Mayor's Office for David Condon and worked at Gonzaga University in various Student Life capacities.

At Civic Rorholm will support continued efforts to grow the theatre financially, increase community partnerships, expand volunteer and member bases and continue to support the arts in the Inland Northwest.

Rorholm has lived in Spokane her entire life and joined Civic as a volunteer over 12 years ago. She's worked on many shows and served on Civic's Board of Directors.

Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

The Spokane Symphony Society announced Tuesday that the musicians of the Orchestra and the Board of Trustees have unanimously approved and ratified a new two-year labor agreement.

“This new agreement recognizes the dedication and talent of our musicians, and it demonstrates our commitment to them. We understand that their artistry is an important asset that enriches the vitality of our region, enhancing our city's reputation as an attractive place to live and work,” said Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse. “This spirit of partnership and joint problem-solving as we move forward together has the Symphony poised for great things as we launch our 2014-15 Super-Sonic Season and plan for the future.”