Hotel Spokane: Hope in the Midst of Despair
The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. An artist reception will be held on Friday, April 5, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., in conjunction with First Friday. A reading by writers in this project will be Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the Spokane City Council Chambers, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., as part of the Get Lit! Festival.
Gallery Hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artist/Writer Teams Are:
Larry Ellingson and Nance VanWinckel
Kurt Olson and Nicole Wallace
Shann Ferch(Ray) and Bradd Skubinna
Sharma Shields, Bridget Freeman Wamsley and Jean-Pierre Greenlund
Greg Spatz and Eva Silverstone
Jonathan Potter and Scott Nicks
Mark Anderson and Katie Creyts
Tim Johnson and Jeanette Kirishian
Connie Grove and Travis Naught
Ode, a play by Jonathan Johnson
"Ode" tells one of the greatest true love stories in the history of literature. In 1819, John Keats is young, brilliant and free. An epidemic of tuberculosis has taken half his family, but he has left his career as a doctor to devote whatever remains of his own life to his one, consuming passion-poetry. Then she moves in next door. Fanny Brawne. Beautiful, feisty, and confident, she is the sweetheart of every ball. Will she be his ruin or the muse to make him immortal?
The Eastern Washington University Theatre presents a world premier of this original play by celebrated poet and EWU professor Jonathan Johnson.
Click here for an interview with Jonathan Johnson.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: University Theatre in the Fine Arts complex of the EWU Cheney Campus. Located on Washington Street between Sutton Park and the football field.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Here's the cherry on top: The first-place winners of the slams will have the chance to perform at headlining events later in the week. The winners of the Youth and Middle School Poetry Slams will perform before children's author Rebecca Stead on Sunday, April 14. The winners of the Teen Poetry Slam and College Poetry Slam will open for Major Jackson & Robert Wrigley on Saturday, April 13.
For all the details on the Get Lit! Poetry slams, including times, venues & registration, click here.
Where zoology and conservation meets sociology and anthropology, you'll find John Marzluff. A professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, Marzluff studies the intricate relationships between birds and humans, and the surprising ways we influence our feathered friends. He researches birds of prey, crows, ravens, and magpies. His work brings attention to these little understood birds and engages the public in new discussion on endangered species conservation.
Humans have long been fascinated by crows. They show up in our cave paintings, our language (“to eat crow,” crowbar, etc.) and our art (Nevermore, anyone?). The influence of crows on our culture is undeniable, but Marzluff argues that this influence is a two-way street. His latest book, Gifts of the Crow (Free Press, 2012) presents his fascinating theory of “cultural co-evolution.” Not only have crows made an indelible mark on our culture, but Marzluff also shows how crows seem to share particularly human behaviors such as language, delinquency, risk-taking, and more. His research is accompanied by the illustration of longtime collaborator Tony Angell.
Marzluff is the author of over 100 scientific papers on bird behavior as well as the widely acclaimed book In the Company of Crows and Ravens (Yale University Press, 2007), also illustrated by Angell. He is the recipient of the A. Brazier Howell, Board of Directors, and H.R. Painton awards from the Cooper Ornithological Society. As a teacher, he “thrives on the intellectual challenge of keeping ahead of highly motivated students” and often uses his personal research and experiences to bring science to life in the classroom.
This event is sponsored by Dr. Elizabeth Welty and the Mobius Science Center.
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Mobius Science Center, 811 W Main Ave
Cost: Free and open to the public
Feeling poetic? Loquacious? French? Come to the After-Hours Poetry Salon and bask in all three. Originated in 18th century France, the salon is an informal gathering centered around discussions of literature, art, and philosophy. Six poets will read and hold an informal discussion about art and craft, moderated by EWU professor and poet Jonathan Johnson.
Gerard Beirne writes poetry “no one has ever seen before.” In a previous life, the Irish poet studied mathematics and engineering, and his poems seek to reconcile the logic of science, the magic of art, and the unknown of the spirit. His latest collection is Games of Chance: A Gambler’s Manual.
Cecelia Hagen’s poems captures what she calls the “daily stumblings,” the mundane beauty, of our lives. Her sense of place comes from living across the United States, from Norfolk, VA to Eugene, OR. These complex landscapes make up the heart of her first full length collection, Entering.
John Hodgen believes that every poem is “a whisper against the world that might be breaking at any minute.” The poems in Heaven & Earth Holding Company, his latest collection, are precisely that beautiful and urgent. Among a wide variety of influences, he cites Shakespeare, the Bible, and Bob Dylan.
Stephanie Lenox has plenty of obsessions. The Guinness book of world records, the overheard conversations between coworkers, her toddler’s expanding appreciation for the dangerous and the pointy. Her latest, Congress of Strange People, invites you to join her in her “federation of freaks.”
Maxine Scates was raised in a working class family in Los Angeles. Now based in the Northwest, she continues to depict new and shifting facets of the American family. Her most recent book, Undone, “confront[s] everyday life with a clear and steady eye.”
Carolyne Wright’s poetic alter ego, Eulene, is unapologetic, silly, and feisty, at once hilariously knowing and hopelessly naïve. The Seattle-based poet lets her doppelganger run free in her latest collection, Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene. She also teaches, edits, and translates poetry.
Time: 9 p.m.
Venue: The Rocket Bakery, 1325 W 1st Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public
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Bing Crosby Theater
901 W. Sprague Ave.
EWU Cheney Campus
Reading Room, 2nd Floor
EWU Riverpoint Campus
Riverpoint One building
501 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
924 W Garland Ave
502 East Boone Avenue
Hagan Foundation Center
for the Humanities
Spokane Community College
Learning Resources Center
Bldg. 16, 2nd Floor
The Lincoln Center
1316 N. Lincoln St.
25 W. Main Avenue
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North Idaho College (NIC)
1000 W. Garden Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Northwest Museum of Arts
and Culture (MAC)
2316 W. First Ave.
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