Finally spring has arrived. It’s been a long winter. Celebrate with music and authors.March 22
PULLMAN — Poet Curtis Bauer will give a reading and join in a discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m. March 22 in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on the campus of Washington State University here.
Bauer is the author of two poetry collections, most recently 2013’s “The Real Cause for Your Absence.”
He also is a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish, and is the publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks and the Translations Editor for Waxwing Journal, according to a news release. He is director of the creative writing program and teaches comparative literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
The center is at 405 S.E. Spokane St., Pullman.
Bauer’s appearance is part of the spring 2018 Visiting Writer Series at WSU.
March 22 and 24
The Portland-based band with the tongue-twisting name, Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat, will play two dates this week in the Quad-Cities region.
The band will play beginning at 7 p.m. March 22 at One World Cafe in Moscow, 533 S. Main St. Cost is $5.
March 24, the band will play beginning at 9 p.m. at Hogan’s Pub in Clarkston, 906 Sixth St. Admission is $8.
The group is a “four-piece rock band with punk, avant-garde, samba, Turkish, jazz-funk and indie-rock influences,” according to the band’s social media page. Members are Mehmet Vurkaç, Travis Henderson, Hank Failing and Danny Norton.
CLARKSTON — A free handbell concert, featuring musicians from around the region, will be at 7 p.m. March 24 at Clarkston United Methodist Church.
The concert is the culmination of the fourth annual two-day handbell workshop sponsored by Congregational-Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, First United Methodist Church of Lewiston and the Clarkston Methodist Church.
About 60 bell ringers from around the region and several individual bell choirs will perform. A mass handbell choir will perform several pieces, and each individual choir also will perform a piece.
The church is at 1242 Highland Ave.
The fourth concert of the Washington Idaho Symphony’s 46th season, “Chamber Winds,” will be performed March 24 in Pullman and March 25 in Clarkston.
Danh T. Pham, will serve as guest conductor for both performances.
The Pullman performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ensminger Pavilion on the campus of Washington State University, 455 Lincoln Drive. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be available for purchase.
The Clarkston performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Clarkston High School auditorium, 401 Chestnut St. Light refreshments will be served.
“Chamber Winds” will feature the music of Charles-François Gounod, Gordon Jacob while exploring the sound world of the wind instrument family, according to a news release. The program includes Jacob’s “Divertimento in E-flat,” Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1” as transcribed for chamber winds by Georg Schmitt.
Admission is $25 regular price. Cost for students 13 and older is $15 in Pullman and free in Clarkston, and juniors (age 12 and younger) are $10 in Pullman and free with paying adult in Clarkston. In Pullman, 100 WSU students and 20 University of Idaho students will be admitted free with ID.
MOSCOW — Author Courtney Kersten will read from her debut memoir at 7 p.m. March 28 at BookPeople of Moscow.
Kersten of Santa Cruz, Calif., is the author of the memoir “Daughter in Retrograde,” published this year. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Idaho in Moscow, and also has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Riga, Latvia, where she researched Baltic performing arts and literature.
Kersten studies in the creative/critical writing doctoral program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also teaches creative writing.
Laura Zak, who earned a master’s degree from the UI in 2017 will give an introduction and also will read.
BookPeople is at 521 S. Main St. Books will be available for sale and signing.