May 2A Blue Mountain Artisan Guild show focusing on summer themes opens at 5 p.m. May 2 at the group’s art center in Pomeroy.
The opening reception includes refreshments at the center, 745 Main St.
The “Summer Sparkles” show, featuring jewelry and summer paintings, will include works by featured artists Renee Glaspie of Clarkston, Elizabeth Stringer of Pomeroy and Ruth Taylor of Adams, Ore. Junior artist is Grace Flerchinger of Spokane Valley.
The show will continue through June 26. Regular exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
An exhibit of oil paintings by artist Brad Wood will open May 3 at Clarkston’s Valley Art Center.
The free opening reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the center, 842 Sixth St. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.
Wood hails from Tonasket, Wash., and worked on his painting style through his working years, when he operated a sign company in the Tri-Cities and northcentral Washington. In retirement, he devotes more time to his painting, according to a news release.
The show continues through June 1. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The community contra dance begins with lessons in the traditional folk dance at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in Moscow’s 1912 Center.
The dance will be from 8 to 10:30 p.m. with live music by Wild Sage and Logan Creighton as the caller.
Cost is $6 for Palouse Folklore Society members, $8 for nonmembers, $5 for first-timers and free for children. The center is at 412 E. Third St.
An emotional and graphic dramatization, “On the Way to the Sawmill (A Hikikomori’s Space),” which focuses on adolescent alienation, will be staged May 3-4 by the University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts and Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.
Showtimes are 7:30 both evenings at the Hartung Theater in Moscow, 625 Stadium Drive.
Written by Marco Magoa, a guest artist in the UI’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the play includes contributions by UI students to create a script that deals with themes of suicide, sex and violence, according to a news release. The show is not suitable for children. In Japanese, “hikikomori” is a term that refers to reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation.
Admission is free, and tickets are available at BookPeople of Moscow, from the Department of Theatre Arts at (208) 885-6465, in Suite 201 of Shoup Hall on the UI campus or at the door 60 minutes before curtain.
A question-and-answer session will follow both performances.
A new exhibit featuring the history of theaters opens May 4 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum in downtown Lewiston.
The exhibit is titled “That’s Entertainment: The History of Theaters in Nez Perce County.” It continues through Dec. 31 at the museum, 0306 Third St. The museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
A gospel bluegrass concert, featuring performances by three bands, will begin at 2 p.m. May 4 in the chapel of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.
The program, titled “I’ll Fly Away,” will include bluegrass bands Wanigan, Will Williams and Gravel Road, and Throw Together. The St. Gertrude Gospel Quartet also will perform a number.
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served at a reception to follow.
The monastery is at 465 Keuterville Road.
The Rotary Club of Pullman’s annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. May 4 at Lincoln Middle School in Pullman.
Live music and entertainment will be provided by Auf Gehts German Band and students from Lincoln Middle and Pullman High schools.
Cost is $8 regular price and $5 for children ages 5-10. Children younger than 5 eat for free. Tickets are on sale at Sam Dial Jewelers in Pullman. Proceeds from the all-you-can-eat dinner and silent auction support community grant awards.
The school is at 315 SE Crestview St.
A benefit dance performance of “Sleeping Beauty,” staged by the Brigham Young University Ballet Company, begins at 7 p.m. May 7 in the Clarkston High School auditorium.
The Provo-based company’s performance is a fundraiser with profits going to benefit Family Promise of Lewis-Clark Valley based in Lewiston. Cost is $10 per person, and tickets may be purchased online at https://byutb-clarkston.eventbrite.com/. A VIP ticket, which includes prime seating and a princess/prince party that begins at 6 p.m. for youngsters and their parents, costs $25.
The high school is at 401 Chestnut St.