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Bike Everywhere 2017

Apr 29, 2017

May is Bike Everywhere Month! Spokane Bikes is once again presenting a number of events to help get you on your bike to commute to work, school, and play. We at Spokane Public Radio are pleased to be at a few of them and to host an Energizer Station on Tuesday, May 16th.

Here's a list of just a few of the events happening this month.  Check out the Spokane Bikes website for information about group rides and discussions happening all month long.

Tickets are available now for an evening of Paula Poundstone's comedy at the Bing Crosby Theater, Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

You've heard Poundstone as a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit current-events quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Now see her in person as she tells jokes and stories based on her razor-sharp wit and quirks of everyday life.

In June 2016, her first live double-CD, "North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!" debuted at #1 on both Amazon’s “Hot New Releases – Non Fiction” and “Comedy CD” lists. She has also done commentaries for CBS Sunday Morning. An author and lecturer, her second hardcover book will debut on May 9, 2017.

Paula tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country. Her previous Spokane performances have sold out, and each is unique, topical, and fun.

As Nick Zaino with the Boston Globe writes, "You know she’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one -- there's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.” Paula’s interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval received by less artful comics. "With the exception of that one time," Paula claims.

The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short of yodeling. Poundstone began nurturing her stand-up comedy talent in 1979 on the Boston comedy circuit. By 1990 she had moved to L.A., starred in multiple HBO comedy specials, and appeared on Saturday Night Live. Poundstone was the first woman to receive a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO show, "Cats, Cops, and Stuff" and the first woman invited to entertain at the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner. In 2016 Paula voiced the character "Forgetter Paula" in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated feature film Inside Out.

Tickets to her live show in Spokane are $44 & $40, plus a $2 Bing Renovation Fee and possible TicketsWest fees. Beginning December 8, they may be purchased online at TicketsWest.com, at all TicketsWest outlets, or by calling (800) 325-SEAT.
The Bing Crosby TicketsWest box office is open from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. weekdays inside Hotel Ruby, one block south of the Bing on the corner of First Avenue and Lincoln Street. Proceeds from the event benefit Spokane Public Radio.

Thanks to Event Donors: The Cleaning AuthorityDodson's JewelersSam Rodell, Architects and Strong Solutions.

Paula's website is paulapoundstone.com, she comments on current events on Twitter as @paulapoundstone, and many of her other random thoughts are on Facebook/PaulaPoundstone.

Look for her Wait Wait appearances online via podcast or on air many Saturdays at 11 a.m. on KSFC 91.9 and again at 2 p.m. on KPBX 91.1.

Bring the whole family to the next KPBX Kids’ Concert for high-energy bluegrass music from the Panhandle Polecats. The free, all-ages concert begins at 1 p.m. on June 3, 2017 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Couer d’Alene, ID.

The Panhandle Polecats are a quintet of five siblings – two brothers and three sisters – who are known for first-rate music and enthusiastic performances.

“The Panhandle Polecats have gone from being a cute family band to becoming the top dogs and cats in the Inland Northwest Bluegrass scene,” says Kevin Brown, host of Front Porch Bluegrass (heard on KPBX Sundays at 1 p.m.)

From Rathdrum, Idaho, the Panhandle Polecats consist of Austin Little, (banjo), Jenny Little, (bass), Hank Little (dobro & harmonica), Molly Wilbur (mandolin) and Bonnie Campbell(guitar). The band’s music is inspired by bluegrass legends such as Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe and The Dillards.

Some construction is taking place at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, as they add 2000 square feet of mixed use classroom space. They ask that people enter through the Main Entrance.

KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, will come to Spokane's Bing Crosby Theater on September 22, to tape an upcoming program as part of his "Listening To America" Tour. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater.

The SPR fundraiser had to be postponed due to medical reasons. He will also be off the air a few weeks beginning mid-May. His doctors say his prognosis is excellent.

What To Do With Tickets With May Date?

Ashbrook said he’s looking forward to the rescheduled visit.  “Sometimes we just have to take care of medical stuff,” he added.  “My doctor says now's the time.  He says I'll be back at the gym in a month.  That sounds good to me!  Thanks for your patience.” 

Thanks Event Donors: MTR Communications, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Vino! A Wine Shop, and Sam Rodell, Architects.

Spokane Public Radio does things a little differently than other public radio stations. We were founded on the mission of incorporating the local arts and arts organizations into what we do every day.

Flagship station KPBX holds eight free family concerts a year to introduce kids to a wide variety of music. Each February, we host the biggest sale of vintage vinyl and other music items at the Recordings & Videos Sale. Each fall, in partnership with the Spokane Folklore Society's Fall Folk Fest, we organize and broadcast live performances in a two-hour concert from the campus of Spokane Community College.

In addition to these annual treats, we thank our volunteers and underwriters each year with an event at a community venue, and produce many special events. We've had evenings with public radio reporters and hosts such as Cokie Roberts, Paula Poundstone and Zorba Paster.

Our mission wouldn't be complete without regular live performances from our own broadcast studios, along with our annual forums held at City Hall.

With the help of more than 300 volunteers, 30 staff and community producers, and you, our listeners, Spokane Public Radio has become a place where the community turns for live and on-air arts and cultural experiences.