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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.”

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams

About three months after my heart attack. I was asked the go and introduce Robin Williams at the Fox when he came to town. I got there an hour early because I wanted to make sure that everything went well. After meeting David Steinberg he asked if I would you like to meet Robin. Of course, I said.

We went to Robin Williams room made introductions, some small talk. I told him that I had spent time growing up in Denver, Colorado and also in Boulder, where the Mork and Mindy house was. He explained how the owner of the house had sued the production company  several times never really winning because as the show became so popular. People come by it at all hours screaming for Mork or Mindy to come out.

I talked about how the food in his room was heart healthy and he said he had open heart surgery sometime before that and was trying to eat healthy. I said I had a heart attack and I died and he immediately shot back " show off !".

David said let's go back to my room and go over  the script .

INB Performing Arts Center prepares for 10-millionth guest

INB Performing Arts Center prepares for 10-millionth guest

The INB Performing Arts Center is preparing for a massive milestone – their 10-millionth guest!

Based on estimated ticket sales INB says they plan to receive number 10 million on the evening of Thursday, August 14 at the performance of Book of Mormon.

Johnna Boxley, General Manager of the Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center is excited to be part of such a monumental event.

“It's an honor to welcome our 10-millionth guest at INB this year,” Boxley said. “This milestone is a testament to the variety and quality of the events held in the INB during the last 40 years. We are proud to be able to provide such a great gathering place for the region.”

When doors open at 6:30 pm that evening, INB will begin monitoring the scanners. They estimate the unknowing guest of honor will arrive before 7:30, and plan to honor them with a short presentation 10 minutes before showtime.

National Geographic Live in Spokane

National Geographic Live in Spokane

A new series is coming to Spokane designed to inspire the next generation and open a window on often unseen world.

National Geographic Live is a four-part speaker series bringing award winning photographers, filmmakers, scientists and explorers to the INB Performing Arts Center to show off their works and engage the audience in a question and answer series about their experiences.

The first event comes in early October, featuring underwater photographers and videographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes as they explore the ocean from warm tropical waters to the polar ice caps.

In November, sit down with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins who helped design and build the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. Boykins will talk about the latest discoveries made on the red planet, and reveal the latest chapter in Mars exploration.