spring fun blooming all around local arts scene

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SANDPOINT — Signs of spring — under the snow — are popping up around us. The A&E action is rising, too, with myriad events to keep you jumping.

Tonight, catch ‘The Female Brain’ at the Panida and get your dancing shoes on Friday for the Contra Dance at Community Hall. Saturday, it’s the master class with Vytautas Smetona at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, followed by a Sunday piano concert with Smetona at the Heartwood Center.

Next Wednesday, take part in The Conversation at Ivano’s, where Gabe Gabel will discuss how to make a good living as an artist. Looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day, the Bridges Home Trio has an all-Celtic music concert at the Pend Oreille Playhouse in Newport (tickets going fast!).

Here’s the skinny on it all:

Thursday, March 8

‘The Female Brain’

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

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Help kick-off Women’s Awareness month with this light-hearted, comedic, scientific, look at the female brain. This simultaneously entertaining and enlightening comedy is a fresh, witty, and all-too-relatable look at the real-life science behind our (often regrettable) romantic impulses. No-nonsense neuroscientist Julia, researches the biochemistry of the female brain.

Admission: Tickets available online at panida.org

‘Backstage’ Volunteer Night

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

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Interested in volunteering in the arts, but wondering where to start? Check out ‘Backstage’ — a monthly volunteer night event featuring theater tours and interactive brainstorming meetings. Bring your ideas!

Admission: Free and open to the public.

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

Friday, March 9

Sandpoint Contra Dance

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

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Admission: Suggested donation is $5 per person, $20 for families. Please bring finger food or snacks to share at the break. Sponsored by Emily Faulkner, Lost Horse Press and Sandpoint Parks & Rec.

Information: 208-263-6751 or email: sandpointcontra@gmail.com

‘The Female Brain’

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

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Help kick-off Women’s Awareness month with this light-hearted, comedic, scientific, look at the female brain. What makes a woman swipe right for Mr. Wrong and left for Mr. Right?

Admission: Tickets available online at panida.org

Bright Moments Jazz

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

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Ron Greene

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

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ron Greene is heading north for another special night at the Beer Hall. Ron is a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist.

Admission: Free to those 21 and over.

The Rub

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

Time: 9 p.m.

The Inland Northwest’s most sought after power trio. This popular Coeur d’Alene band will put on a show you won’t want to miss.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Brian Jacobs

Venue: Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave., 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.

‘Tarzan: The Stage Musical’

Venue: The Bing Crosby Theater, 909 W. First Ave., in Spokane.

Time: 7 p.m.

Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang.

Admission: $14 in advance, $16 at the box office (if still available) and TicketsWest outlets.

Information: 509-534-5805

Saturday, March 10

Master Class with Vytautas Smetona

Venue: Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, 110 Main St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 a.m.

A master class is an opportunity for aspiring musicians, and music lovers in general, to watch an advanced lesson being taught. A master class can be as fascinating as a performance!

Admission: $5 suggested donation.

Information: 208-265-4444 or visit online at sandpointconservatory.org

‘The Female Brain’

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

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Help kick-off Women’s Awareness month with this light-hearted, comedic, scientific, look at the female brain.

Admission: Tickets available online at panida.org

Andrea Harsell & Luna Roja

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

Time: 9 p.m.

Andrea Harsell & Luna Roja are a potent musical act with a natural chemistry that can be felt as they blend elements of Americana, rock, and R&B.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

The Teccas

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

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

The Teccas are made up of Scott and Kayla, a father daughter duo, with a country and rock sound.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Nathan Baker

Venue: Cedar Street Bistro Wine Bar, Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave., corner of First & Cedar, in Sandpoint.

Time: 6 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Brian Stai & Ashley Dreyer

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

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: Free to those 21 and over.

‘Rockin’ Road to Dublin’

Venue: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave., in Spokane.

Time: 7 p.m.

Scott Doherty, choreographer and lead dancer of Riverdance & Lord of the Dance has teamed up with veteran Celtic rocker, Chris Smith, to produce a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock ‘n’ roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show.

Admission: $25-$60, available at the box office and all TicketsWest outlets.

Information: 509-624-1200

‘Tarzan: The Stage Musical’

Venue: The Bing Crosby Theater, 909 W. First Ave., in Spokane.

Time: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission: $14 in advance, $16 at the box office (if still available) and TicketsWest outlets.

Information: 509-534-5805

Sunday, March 11

Spring Sounds Piano Concert with Vytautas Smetona

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

Time: 5 p.m.

Listen to master Pianist Vytautas Smetona, joining us from Cleveland, Ohio. Vytautas debuted in New York at Town Hall, and has been playing for over 40 years.

Admission: $15 adults, $5 youth 18 & under, available at The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, 110 Main Street, or at the door the night of the performance.

Information: www.sandpointconservatory.org or on Facebook at Music Conservatory.

‘The Female Brain’

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

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Admission: Tickets available online at: www.panida.org

‘Tarzan: The Stage Musical’

Venue: The Bing Crosby Theater, 909 W. First Ave., in Spokane.

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission: $14 in advance, $16 at the box office (if still available) and TicketsWest outlets.

Information: 509-534-5805

Monday, March 12

Truck Mills Blues Jam

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

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 13

Backgammon Tourney

Venue: Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay.

Time: 5 p.m. (and subsequent Tuesdays)

Admission: Free and open to the public (sign up on the Laughing Dog Brewing Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 14

The Conversation – ‘Gabe Gabel: Making a Good Living as an Artist’ at Ivano’s Ristorante

Venue: Ivano’s Ristorante, 102 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Need a shot of good sense to get your art in gear for financial success? Come to discover the keys to put your best foot forward and be a part of the professional world of art.

Admission: Free and open to the public (please support the host venue by planning to dine at Ivano’s).

Information: 208-263-1592

Truck Mills

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

Time: 7 p.m.

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.

Saturday, March 17

Bridges Home Trio ‘The Celtic Concert’

Venue: Pend Oreille Playhouse, 236 S. Union St., in Newport, Wash.

Time: 7 p.m.

We’re always excited about this time of year, because we get to pull out powerful Celtic music with glistening harmonies, Celtic harp, Irish whistles, bodhran and more.

Admission: $12, available online at pendoreilleplayers.org by phone at 509-447-9900, or at the box office on the night of the show (if not sold out).

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