Arts Wrap: James Tormé at Gonzaga, Julia Sweeney at Fox, gadgets galore and “Masterworks”

Jazz singer James Tormé, son of three-time Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé, will take the stage at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center with his take on classic and new age jazz at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This performance will close the performing arts center’s “Season in the Spotlight” series.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Tormé continues to revolutionize jazz music with his own unique style. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day, Tormé weaves modern influences through his jazz mashups, invoking old-school charm with new-school swagger.

Raised in Hollywood, Tormé gained an early appreciation for jazz, learning first-hand from his family and a star-studded list of colleagues, including Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr. and Buddy Rich.

Since launching his own career, Tormé has shared the stages with Les Paul, Al Jarreau, Roy Hargrove, Dionne Warwick, Leona Lewis and Booker T., among others. Her debut album, “Love for Sale”, reached #2 on iTunes Jazz and #3 on Amazon Jazz.

Admission: $19.50 to $46. For more information, call (509) 313-2787 and visit gonzaga.edufind Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, select the events tab and scroll to locate Friday’s concert.

“Older and Wider” by Julia Sweeney

After two years of pandemic-induced rescheduling, Spokane’s favorite daughter Julia Sweeney will tape her comedy special “Older and Wider” at Fox’s Martin Woldson Theater on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, call the box office at (509) 624-1200 and visit foxtheaterpokane.org.

An interview with Sweeney appeared on Sunday’s news coverage and on spokesperson.com.

Gadgets galore!

The Museum of North Idaho’s latest exhibit celebrates the spirit of innovation by revealing the hidden history of everyday objects. Featuring a host of gadgets, the exhibit explores how inventions such as possers, stereoscopes and phonographs led to the creation of the gadgets most essential to our lives today. An opening reception for members of the Museum of Northern Idaho is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibition will be presented from April 1 to May 22. For more information, visit museumni.org/whats-on.

“Masterworks”: stop on demand

Due to declining demand for digital performances, the Spokane Symphony will discontinue its “Masterworks: On-Demand” program. Instead of the on-demand program, however, the symphony will offer free access to the Overtones: Spokane Symphony @Home on-demand concert series to all subscribers through April 2.

The series is made up of five 90-minute episodes featuring music, talk, and musician profiles. For more information, call the box office at (509) 624-1200 and visit spokanesymphony.org.

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