All the town’s a stage with entertainment a-plenty

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SANDPOINT — All the world’s — or at least our town’s — a stage this week, as the A&E calendar fills up with theatrical fare.

On Friday night, POAC presents Living Voices in a storytelling performance at The Heartwood Center chronicling life if the Yukon gold country in the late-1890s. On Friday and Saturday at the Panida (and again on Feb. 2 and 3), Ben Olson’s weirdly wonderful original play, ‘Death of a Small Town in the West’ brings the Unknown Locals acting troupe to the stage.

Saturday night features the funkily amazing band Right Front Burner at the 219, and a very cool traditional Scottish Celebration in honor of poet Robert Burns at The Heartwood — complete with piping, Highland dancing and, yes — haggis!

Earlier in the day on Saturday, it’s the Fat Bike Festival at Round Lake State Park. But don’t take my word for it — what do I know, after all? — see the facts for yourself below:

Thursday, Jan. 25

Registration for Art Classes

Venue: Hope Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Place, in East Hope.

Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m., every Tuesday in February.

This art class will be a survey course with many options explored such as Zen tangle, portraiture, review of art basics, and media expansion to compressed chalk on charcoal paper. Suggestions are welcomed. All supplies are provided. However, if you have pens from previous art classes with Gene, please bring them.

Admission: $40 covers all four weeks of classes, but participants must pre-register by today. (At least 8 registered students are needed in order to have the classes.)

Registration: Call 208-264-5481 or email: mcmail@frontier.com

Friday, Jan. 26

‘Klondike: The Last Adventure’

Venue: Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m., performance starts at 7 p.m.

This live storytelling performance is based on real events and tells the tale of Eliza, a young woman who braves the perilous journey to the Yukon in search of gold and opportunity. Abandoned by her husband, her resilience and motivations are repeatedly tested in ‘the last great adventure’ of 1897. This program was created in partnership with the National Parks Service and includes historical photos and video presentation. Presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council and sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council and Taylor & Sons Chevrolet.

Admission: $15 adults, $5 for those 18 and under, available at the door.

‘Death of a Small Town in the West’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint

Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain at 7:30 p.m. (Additional performances on Jan. 27, Feb. 2 and 3.)

Returning to the stage after eight years, this original play by Ben Olson tells how Sandpoint is destroyed and rebuilt by greedy developers intent on making it into a theme park for the rich, leading local group of troublemakers takes things into their own hands. Directed by Madeline Elliott and produced by the Unknown Locals, ‘Death’ will make you laugh, cry, think, scream and shout all at the same time. Curtain call is 7:30 p.m. all nights, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at Panida.org, Eve’s Leaves on First Avenue, or Eichardt’s Pub on Cedar; tickets are $12 at the door.

Admission: $10 in advance at Eve’s Leaves and Eichardt’s Pub & Grille, $12 at the door.

Dodgy Mountain Men

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Dodgy Mountain Men sling a home-brewed Montana stompgrass that goes down smooth but packs a bite, mixing the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock ‘n’ roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a unique electro-acoustic experience.

Admission: Free to those 21 and over.

One Street Over

Venue: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-8 p.m.

These guys bring down the house and will make you groove the night away!

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Donna Donna & Cattywomp

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Donna Donna, a high-energy duo will rock your world. Classic blues rock with some extra special fun times. Not your mom’s rock, unless of course, she’s into that sort of thing. Cattywomp, formed from a long time collaborative project, is bringing live rock and roll to venues around the Northwest. Cattywomp incorporates different genres and styles within each of their compositions.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Mostly Harmless

Venue: Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar, corner of First & Cedar, in Sandpoint.

Time: 6 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Mike & Shanna Thompson

Venue: Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: Free to those 21 and over.

Performers’ Circle

Venue: Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St., in Bonners Ferry.

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., performances starts at 7 p.m.

Expect the unexpected as local performers share their talents and show their stuff! This free event takes place the last Friday of each month. Donations welcome.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Information: 208-610-2846 or online at thepearltheater.org

Saturday, Jan. 27

Right Front Burner

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

This is Sandpoint’s funk, disco, rock and groove band —arguably the funkiest trio you’ll see in the Inland Northwest whose years of music experience shines through with every glistening note. With the power to make any booty shake, Right Front Burner is here to help you get your groove on.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Robert Burns Night: A Traditional Scottish Celebration

Venue: The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional celebration in honor of the birthday of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns. There will be piping and Highland dancing, a poetry reading, and the menu includes haggis, neeps and tatties. Highlights of the evening include a ceremonial salute to the Haggis, a toast to the Lassies and Laddies and a Ceilidh! Wear your Scottish regalia to show your pride.

Admission: $42 per person, which includes dinner, dancing and entertainment. Seating is limited: email bjrstarr@gmail.com for ticket information. Sponsored by the Albeni Falls Pipes and Drums of North Idaho.

‘Death of a Small Town in the West’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint

Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain at 7:30 p.m. (Additional performances on Feb. 2 and 3.)

Returning to the stage after eight years, this original play by Ben Olson tells how Sandpoint is destroyed and rebuilt by greedy developers intent on making it into a theme park for the rich, leading local group of troublemakers takes things into their own hands.

Curtain call is 7:30 p.m. all nights, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at Panida.org, Eve’s Leaves on First Avenue, or Eichardt’s Pub on Cedar; tickets are $12 at the door.Admission: $10 in advance at Eve’s Leaves and Eichardt’s Pub & Grille, $12 at the door.

Fat Bike Festival

Venue: Round Lake State Park, 1880 Dufort Rd., in Sagle.

Time: Free demos from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Group rides at 1 p.m. with bonfire and refreshments to follow

The Fatty Flurry Festival is a celebration of fat bikes in North Idaho. Bike rentals available for the group rides, reservations required.

Admission: Free and open to the public, but a state park parking pass is required.

Information and rentals: Call Greasy Fingers Bike Shop at 208-255-4496

Social Dance

Venue: Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Come celebrate the fun tradition of social dancing in Sandpoint with this casual get-together. This fun event starts with a one-hour Night Club Two-Step lesson taught by a local professional instructor from 7- 8 pm, followed by general dancing, refreshments, door prizes, mixers, and a drawing for one month of free dance lessons. Singles, couples and all levels of dancers are welcome.

Admission: $9 adults, $6 members and $5 teens. USA Dance events are alcohol and tobacco free.

Information: 208-699-0421 or visit usadancesandpoint.org

The Other White Meat

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This classic rock and roll band from North Idaho has been around since the early 1990’s, opening for such acts as G. Thorogood, Styx, REO Speedwagon, The Doobie Bros, Ted Nugent, Rail, and Cracker. Featuring Kyle Swaffard on vocals, bass, and kazoo, Benny Baker on vocals and guitars, Dana Peite on drums and percussion.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

The Somethings

Venue: Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: Free to those 21 and over.

Oak Street Connection

Venue: Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar, corner of First & Cedar, in Sandpoint.

Time: 6 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Monday, Jan. 29

Truck Mills Blues Jam

Venue: Eichardt’s Pub & Grille, located at 212 Cedar St.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Night-Out Karaoke

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Sing to your heart’s content, or just enjoy the show as locals gather to show their stuff.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

West African Traditions Drum Class

Venue: Embody Studio, 823 Main St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Admission: Suggested donation of $5-$15

Information: Call 208-597-1892 to reserve a djembe for class, or visit online at dununbabe.com

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Truck Mills

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7 p.m.

Famed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and a special guest will be jamming at the Niner! Come out and chill out to great blues, folk, gospel and jazz tunes.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Open Mic Night

Venue: Skal Tap Room, 476930 U.S. Hwy. 95 (next to Sandpoint Sports), in Ponderay.

Time: 5-8 p.m. — Wednesdays

Skal Taproom invites musicians and comedians to step up and show their stuff.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

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