Past SPR Events

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

More than 700 people laughed along with comedian Paula Poundstone on her visit to the Bing Crosby Theater on October 15, 2015.

Onstage with just the microphone, a stool, and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula chatted about politics, education, her teenage son and electronics, her two daughters, and more than a dozen cats.

There's something satisfying about sitting in a darkened theater, hearing the 200 people around you suck in a breath -- anticipating the moment the egg breaks open and an alien 'facehugger' latches onto John Hurt's character.

The 1979 film "Alien" inserts horror into gritty science fiction, and Spokane Public Radio brought it back to the Bing Crosby Theater's big screen for one night on October 8.

The smell of 'Pumpkin Spice' wafted through the Nordstrom corridor during the KPBX Kids' Concert celebrating Autumn on Oct. 3. String quartet Tedesca performed fall favorites at River Park Square in Downtown Spokane from 1-2 p.m. to the delight of concertgoers and shoppers alike.

Tedesca performs at festivals, concerts and private performances across the region. At the Kids’ Concert played music for the string quartet appropriate for fall including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Autumn by Astor Piazzola, and TV theme songs including Addams Family and The Munsters.

David Armstrong is assistant principal second violin for the Spokane Symphony. A former resident of Kirkland, WA, he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from Michigan State University and a Master of Music Performance from Northwestern University. While a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he was awarded a Civic Fellowship. Before coming to Spokane, David played for the Bellevue Philharmonic.

SPR Reporter and regional Morning Edition Host Steve Jackson moderated a special community forum about the state of our region's water supply on Thursday Sep. 24 at the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers.

Questions were fielded by the following panelists:

  • Guy Gregory, Washington Dept. of Ecology Water Resources Program
  • Rob Lindsay, Spokane County Water Resources Manager
  • Rachael Paschal Osborn, Center for Environmental Law Senior Policy Adviser
  • Rick Romero, City of Spokane Utilities Director
  • Jon Snyder, Spokane City Councilman

The forum was funded by event donor Sayre, Sayre & Fossum, Attorneys at Law and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to producing partner CityCable5.

Thanks to those who joined SPR for the 50th Anniversary presentation of the Beatles Help! on Thursday, August 20 at 6:30pm at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Originally released July 29, 1965, Help! was the second feature film release by the Beatles following the success of A Hard Day's Night.  The film is a parody of the James Bond films while pitting the beloved rock stars against a couple of mad scientists and a cult.

Movies 101's Nathan Weinbender and KPBX music host/film buff Leonard Oakland host.

Update: This concert will air on KPBX Sunday, Sep. 6 at 2 p.m. 

Kids danced in front of the stage as the Old Time Fiddle Jam took place at the Bing Crosby Theater on July 17. Nacho Celtic's Carlos Alden hosted and organized the jam with fellow musicians Ted Hensold, John Sylte, and Judy Lundgren.

KPBX Kids' Concert: Canote Brothers

Jun 19, 2015
Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

Identical twins Greg (fiddle) and Jere (guitar, banjo) Canote brought Spokane a great afternoon of song and silliness on June 19, starting the summer season of KPBX Kids' Concerts. 

SPR Goes to the Movies: 2001 A Space Odyssey

Jun 17, 2015
Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

SPR and Friends of the Bing presented Stanley Kubrick's classic science-fiction film 2001 on June 17 as part of the SPR Goes to the Movies series.

SPR Presents: Too Slim & The Taildraggers Unplugged

Jun 11, 2015
Kevin Jones

The Inland Northwest has rocked out to Tim "Too Slim" Langford's edgy blues for almost three decades. The rest of the world has discovered this band originally from Spokane, but Tim is still happy to come back with a special benefit concert for Spokane Public Radio. Langford's group, "Too Slim and the Taildraggers," performed a mix of acoustic blues at the Bing on Thursday, June 11.

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

NPR political commentator and best-selling author Cokie Roberts returned to Spokane's Bing Crosby Theater on May 14, 2015 with the latest chapter in her series on women in our nation's history.

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