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Prepare to search for treasure of the music and film type at the KPBX Recordings & Videos Sale, set for Feb. 25 and 26. The location is changing to the Spokane Valley Event Center between Appleway and Sprague near University Rd. (10514 E Sprague Ave.)

The annual fundraiser for SPR features other music and film formats too, including CDs, DVDs, tapes, and the equipment to play them all on. But the big attraction has always been vinyl records and 45s.

Hundreds of music lovers traditionally line up before 9 a.m. on Saturday and scan the floor map to determine which genre to search first. Volunteers sort items loosely into categories such as pop, rock, classical and jazz, and there are unique treasures in each box.

Those items all come from donors who were ready to let their past treasures go. Donations are closed for this year's sale, and we're grateful to those who brought in music, movies, and gear. 

Saturday hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The sale closes promptly both days, and shoppers are asked to move to the cashiers around 4:45 p.m.

The event has been held in one of the Lincoln Center’s ballrooms in recent years, but owner Bob Adolfson discovered roof damage last week.

“The Lincoln Ballroom’s roof has an unsafe situation that we will have fixed over the next few weeks. The room will be good as new after that, and will be reopened at that time,” Adolfson said. He added that the second, smaller Monroe ballroom is unaffected.

KPBX first held the sale in 1990 with a few boxes of donated items displayed at REI. Back then, the music and news station was only 10 years old and CDs had just started outselling vinyl.  

The sale has grown to hundreds of boxes, moved with help of Spokane Movers.

“Every year, we’re amazed and humbled by our listeners’ generosity, and grateful for the businesses and institutional community that provide donations,” says Kathy Sacket, SPR Events Director.

The Recording & Video Sale is a unique fundraiser for SPR, which fits perfectly with our mission statement. “It brings together music lovers from all over our service area,” Sackett says. “It’s the epitome of recycling and it helps to preserve our musical cultural heritage for the next generation.”

Dance the winter blues away at the next free KPBX Kids' Concert: Saturday, March 4, 1 p.m. at the auditorium at Riverside Place (formerly the Masonic Center).

Floating Crowbar is considered the region's best and most authentic Irish band. The quartet, made up of Rick Ruben, Don Thomsen, Morgan Anderson, and James Hunter, perform a lively mix of jigs, reels and horn pipes.

Three of the group performed at the 2015 KPBX Kids' Concert with rave reviews. The real star of the concert is you -- dancing up a storm however you like on the auditorium floor. This is a great opportunity to get the kids out of the house to wiggle, jump, and circle around in time to the music.

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, is coming to Spokane to tape an upcoming program as part of his "Listening To America" Tour.

The SPR fundraiser takes place at the Bing on May 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available beginning Feb. 2 at TicketsWest. This evening is also SPR's annual thank-you event, appreciating volunteers and underwriters that have worked with the station in the last year; General Admission tickets will be available for them at the SPR front desk at 1229 N. Monroe Street.

The evening includes a Q&A Session.

Ashbrook’s career in journalism spans over 20 years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, author and radio host/interviewer. 

The nationwide talk show On Point airs weekdays on KSFC 91.9 FM at 8 a.m. (repeats at 10 p.m.) and 9 a.m. (repeats at 4 p.m.)

Tom came to public radio in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. NPR and WBUR-Boston asked the distinguished newspaper reporter to help provide special coverage. He began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in the U.S. and around the world, from Somalia and Rwanda to Russia and the Balkans. At the Globe, where he served as deputy managing editor until 1996, he directed coverage of the first Gulf War and the end of the Cold War.

“Our country is divided and, post-election, we’ve simply got to talk things out,” Tom said when announcing his 2017 Listening tour. “Every day on the show, we draw passionate listeners and live callers from across all ages and political categories. This first-ever national tour is a major initiative to do one thing: listen. To probe. To navigate the ground between left and right and look for what unites us all.”

Thanks also to the evening's Event Donors: MTR Communications, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Vino! A Wine Shop, and Sam Rodell, Architects.

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.

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.