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June 29, 2023: "Pass Over" wins big, Alonzo Bodden, Spokane's historic country gospel scene

On TA(P): Director Malcolm Pelles, comedian Alonzo Bodden, JIHOP host John Johnson

This week's episode of the Thursday Arts (P)review — where the "p" is parenthetical because we look both forward and back — features the following:

  • Local filmmaker and playwright Malcolm Pelles. He directed the production of Pass Over that recently won multiple top awards at the National Competition of the American Association of Community Theatre.
  • Stand-up comedian, jazz aficionado and frequent Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! panelist Alonzo Bodden. His five-show engagement at the Spokane Comedy Club starts tonight (June 29) and runs until July 1.
  • John Johnson, host of Johnson’s Improbable History of Pop. He talks about his upcoming shows on a 1960s Spokane-based country gospel duo and the influential pop music venue Casey’s (1960–1970s) in Lewiston, ID.

The Thursday Arts (P)review airs every Thursday at 12pm on KPBX with a roundup of arts-related news and information from across the Inland Northwest.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director
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