Stage

Performing arts of all kinds! Plays, musicals, staged readings, opera, and more. Local theater houses include the Spokane Civic Theater, Stage Left Theatre, Spokane Children’s Theatre, and many others. The First Interstate Center for the Arts hosts Spokane’s Best of Broadway series, which brings touring productions of acclaimed Broadway shows like Hamilton. Find out more below!  

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Alexander Antonio Manzoni

Alexander A. Manzoni has been writing poetry & prose for over twenty years. In September 2014, he moved to Spokane, Washington, from Newfield, New Jersey. He can be found featuring at arts events in the Spokane-C.D.A. area. Publishing credits include: verse-virtual.com, everwritersresource.com, FIVE Poetry Magazine, In-Parentheses, PicturesofPoets.com and Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. He is the host of the “Manzoni in the Morning” spoken word podcast and is the election correspondent for Headline Poetry: https://lineriderpress.com/headlinepoetry

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Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers

Bon Odori is the “Beauty of Japanese Dance”. We are a traditional Japanese dance group that loves to perform as well as teach Japanese folk dances to audiences, wearing colorful traditional kimonos or yukatas. This style of Japanese dance is performed during the Obon Festival, a Japanese festival time of Gathering, Gratitude and Celebration. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom that honors the spirits of one’s ancestors and has a 500 year history. Our instructor is Jacqui Pierce, a 14-year student of Wakahisa-kai Asian Traditional Dance & Music Foundation, Inc. We are accompanied by vocalist Narong who sings traditional Japanese folk songs.

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Spokane Taiko

Spokane Taiko is “Thunderous Entertainment” (Chey Scott, Inlander). We are a non-profit community group founded in 1997 that plays the traditional music and rhythms of Japan on Taiko drums and other instruments. We are a performing group that also conducts hands-on workshops, where the audience gets to play the big drums. The culture that surrounds the art of taiko is one that involves patience and discipline in every aspect of our lives. We perform and do workshops with all ages.