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Local comedian Michael Glatzmaier combines comedy and song for May 7 show a the Bing

Local comedian Michael Glatzmaier combines comedy and song for May 7 show a the Bing

 

Song and comedy will collide during a special performance at the Bing Crosby Theater on May 7th at 7:30 p.m.

 

Local comedian Michael Glatzmaier began playing guitar when he was 8 years old. While most children would dream of becoming rock stars, Glatzmaier had something different in mind.

 

“I was never into country music, I was never into rock n' roll, and definitely was not a rapper or anything,” Glatzmaier said. “People would come up to me and they would say, 'Michael, make a song about my friend,' 'Michael, make a song about the P.E. Teacher,' 'Make a song about the lunch food,' and right away I would start making up a song and they would always be goofy. I guess it was just fun to make people laugh or smile.”

 

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

 

An upcoming art show will contribute to a bigger mission of healing hearts in Africa.

 

A showcase of art from Rwanda will be on display at Dodson's Jewelers during the month of April.

 

Emmanuel and Innocent Nkuranga are brothers who run the Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Each year, they visit Spokane to share their talents, stories, and to spread the word about their art center.
 

The Inema Arts Center supports fair trade practices for the empowerment of communities in impoverished nations like Rwanda.
 

However spreading the word about their art isn't the only reason Emmanuel and Innocent come to Spokane; the Nkuranga brothers have teamed up with Healing Hearts Northwest, a grassroots non-profit in Spokane that sends heart surgery teams to Rwanda nearly every year to provide life saving care to the people there who need it most.

 

Piano star and YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa to perform with Symphony

Piano star and YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa to perform with Symphony

 

Valentina Lisitsa, the piano superstar famous worldwide for launching her career via social media, will perform with the Spokane Symphony on Saturday April 18 at 8:00 p.m. and again on Sunday April 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The Ukrainian-born American will play Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Symphony.

 

Lisitsa describes herself as "just another blonde female Russian pianist," but has been dubbed by others as "the Justin Bieber of the classical world". In 2007 she was living in North Carolina with her toddler son, and just about ready to five up on her music career. A decision to post her performances on YouTube became a turning point in her career.

 

In the span of 5 years, Lisitsa had gone from nearly quitting the business to becoming one of the internet's most watched classical musicians. Her YouTube channel has captivated a reported 45 million visitors.

 

Line-up announced for Volume 2015, the Inlander's downtown music festival

Line-up announced for Volume 2015, the Inlander's downtown music festival

 

Music lovers in Spokane may be happy to hear the Inlander's Volume 2015 lineup is bigger than ever.

 

90-plus acts will perform in eight different venues throughout downtown Spokane on May 29th-30th. Some of the festival's bigger acts include brother-sister rock 'n' roll duo White Mystery, Portland rockers The Shivas, Seattle electronic-soul singer Shaprece and a K Records showcase that includes Northwest hip-hop acts XPERIENCE and more.

 

The Inlander describes Volume as a once-a-year extravaganza that showcases talent from across the Northwest and beyond. A portion of the Volume's proceeds is set aside every year to benefit a local charity. Last year's benefactor was INK Art Space. The 2015's charity is expected to be announced soon.

 

Weekend passes for Volume 2015 are available for pre-order by CLICKING HERE. Those who order have the option of picking them up at the event, or having them mailed to their home at no additional cost.

Gonzaga University lecture to bust myths surrounding Native American people and culture

Gonzaga University lecture to bust myths surrounding Native American people and culture

 

A lecture exploring the myths surrounding Native American people and culture will take place at Gonzaga University.

 

The lecture is a part of Gonzaga's 2015 History Department Art and Craft of History Lecture, and will be given by Laurie Arnold, Gonzaga's Director of Native American Studies. The event will take place on April 8th at 5:30 p.m. in Wolff Auditorium.

 

Arnold's discussion, entitled "Mythbusting! Native American History and Contemporary Issues," will present an opportunity for the community to gather and discuss why myths about the Native American culture are not only untrue, but are harmful to Native peoples and the broader American public.

 

Arnold used the common myth of "Indians have special rights" as an example of some of the topics open for discussion during the lecture.

 

"These myths perpetuate misunderstandings in the same way that people who 'play' Indian, by wearing dime-store feathered headdresses or by falsely claiming Native American heritage, perpetuate objectification and appropriation of Native cultures," she said.

 

Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

 

Artwork created by the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery will be on display at Express Employment Professionals for a unique First Friday event.

 

Children visiting the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery have been drawing, painting, and coloring canvases since the beginning of March, and now their artwork will be on display and for sale to help benefit the nursery.

 

On Friday, April 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the artwork will be displayed and sold at Express Employment Professionals, 311 W. Main Avenue, in Downtown Spokane as part of a "Blooming Artists" gallery. 100% of the proceeds will go toward continued support of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery's cause.

 

Local filmmakers encouraged to gear up for upcoming 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival

Local filmmakers encouraged to gear up for upcoming 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Festival

 

Local filmmakers will have the opportunity to challenge their skills and creativity at the 5th Annual 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Festival. The official kickoff will begin at on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the KSPS Studio at 3911 S. Regal Street in Spokane.

 

Doors for the competition will open at 6:30 p.m. and be closed promptly at 7:30 p.m. Filmmakers will then be given the competition's secret criteria, official rules, and will need to fill out an official entry form.

 

Filmmakers will then have exactly 50 hours to complete a 3 - 6 minute movie; starting from the writing and development process all the way to the final editing stage. The competitors will be encouraged to experiment and push their talents to create a unique and entertaining piece for their entry.

 

Completed projects must be returned Sunday, March 29th at the Saranac Public House at 21 W. Main Avenue. Exact time TBA.