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SANDPOINT — Fat Tuesday has given way to Ash Wednesday, which leads us right into today and a weekend of fun like no other.

Tonight, the Oscar-nominated foreign film ‘Shoplifters’ starts its 4-day run at the Panida. Today is also my handsome son Daniel Gunter’s birthday — happy 34th, buddy! Friday brings us another Contra Dance at Community Hall, Saturday is packed with live music, including the Wow Wows at MickDuff’s Beer Hall and, on Sunday, Umphrey’s McGee takes the stage at The Hive.

Wednesday evening features finger style guitar master Terry Robb in concert at DiLuna’s, as well as a must-attend session of The Conversation, which will cover the ins and outs of preparing for an artist exhibition at Ivano’s Ristorante.

Finally, the superb play ‘Good Neighbors’ runs this Fri.-Sun. for its final weekend at the Pend Oreille Playhouse, in Newport, Wash.

Grab your coat, don’t forget your hat and get out there and enjoy yourself.

Thursday, March 7

‘Shoplifters’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The Final Foreign film in the Panida’s Fall/Winter Foreign Film Series has been given the Oscar Nomination nod.

Shoplifters delves into the lives of a Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and little income. Both the couple and their children turn to shoplifting to make ends meet. This routine they have fallen into gets turned on its head when they invite a troubled young girl into their world.

Admission: Tickets available at the box office or online at panida.org

Sandpoint Community Sing

Venue: Downtown Yoga, 301 Cedar St., Suite 106, Sandpoint.

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Sandpoint Community Sing is a journey of songs about nature, life, love, emotions, activism, peace and the overall human experience. Songs are taught in the oral tradition of call and response. No singing or musical experience is necessary. Led by Kristine Rae.

Admission: $5-$10 suggested donation.

Information: (208) 946-7072

Kerry Leigh

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

You’ll love hearing Kerry’s original Americana, folk, rock, country and blues tunes.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Friday, March 8

Sandpoint Contra

Venue: Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Featuring live music Crooked Kilt from Spokane, with Seth Richards and Emily Faulkner calling. First-time dancers are encouraged to arrive on time for an introductory dance at 7 p.m.

Admission: Suggested donation is $5 per person. Please bring finger food to share. Sponsored by Emily Faulkner, Lost Horse Press and Sandpoint Parks & Rec.

Information: 208-263-6751 or sandpointcontra@gmail.com

‘Shoplifters’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

The Final Foreign film in the Panida’s Fall/Winter Foreign Film Series has been given the Oscar Nomination nod.

Shoplifters delves into the lives of a Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and little income who turn to shoplifting to make ends meet. This routine gets turned on its head when they meet a troubled young girl.

Admission: Tickets available at the box office or online at panida.org

Larry Mooney

Venue: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301, Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Beatles songs to Latin rhythms & everything in between, Larry offers a wide range of styles.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

The Greene Trio

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Ron Greene, Justyn Priest & Brian Burke join forces to rock the night away. Ron has been a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist, spending the last decade performing throughout the Northwest and West Coast.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Browne Salmon Truck

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.-midnight

A rare opportunity to hear talented Sandpoint musicians Truck MIlls, Samantha Carston, Andrew Browne and Mick Taylor as they entertain you with traditional to contemporary Blues, Jazz, Latin and more.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

The Ronaldos

Venue: Connie’s Café, 323 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public

Mike & Shanna Thompson

Venue: Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

‘Good Neighbors’

Venue: Pend Oreille Playhouse, 236 S. Union St., in Newport, Wash.

Time: 7 p.m. (Additional shows on March 9 &10)

Admission: $12 adults, $10 for first responders and seniors, available online at pendoreilleplayers.org by phone at 509-447-9900, or at the box office on the night of the show (if not sold out).

Saturday, March 9

‘Shoplifters’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Tickets available at the box office or online at panida.org

Dustin Drennen & Bruce Druykers reception

Venue: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-8 p.m. — Sat. March 9

Dustin draws from a diverse pool of influences, the outcome of which might be called folk, cow-punk, or alt-country. Come in and meet artist Bruce Druykers and appreciate his oil paintings on display.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

The Wow Wows

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Newly formed North Idaho local band The Wow Wows feature a self-described alternative indie psych rock featuring Hunter Jones, Casey Calhoun, Dyllan Darrington and Jen Javana.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Brendan Kelty Trio

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.-midnight

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

The Ronaldos

Venue: Connie’s Café, 323 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

John Firshi

Venue: Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

‘Good Neighbors’

Venue: Pend Oreille Playhouse, 236 S. Union St., in Newport.

Time: 7 p.m. (Additional show on March 10)

Admission: $12 adults, $10 for first responders and seniors, available online at pendoreilleplayers.org by phone at 509-447-9900, or at the box office on the night of the show (if not sold out).

Sunday, March 10

Umphrey’s McGee

Venue: The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Umphrey’s McGee always packs a punch and they will nail you square in the forehead full force with their amazing show.

Admission: $35 in advance, and $40 at the door. Ages 21 and older.

Information: livefromthehive.com

Piano music by Annie Welle

Venue: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

‘Shoplifters’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Admission: Tickets available at the box office or online at panida.org

‘Good Neighbors’

Venue: Pend Oreille Playhouse, 236 S. Union St., in Newport, Wash.

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission: $12 adults, $10 for first responders and seniors, available online at pendoreilleplayers.org by phone at 509-447-9900, or at the box office on the night of the show (if not sold out).

Tuesday, March 12

West African Traditions Drum Class

Venue: Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, Corner of Main & Second, in Sandpoint.

Time: 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays

Taught by MCS percussion teacher Ali Thomas. An all levels, traditional style, West African drum class. Open to the public, ages 12 and up, no experience necessary.Admission: Suggested donation of $5-$15 Drop-in students welcome.

Information: Call 208-597-1892 to reserve a djembe for class, or visit online at dununbabe.com

Night-Out Karaoke

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Wednesday, March 13

Terry Robb

Venue: DiLuna’s Cafe, 207 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Terry Robb is hailed by music critics as one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time, garnering the praise of worldwide audiences in his prolific music career spanning four decades. A legend among blues musicians, the award-winning finger style guitar virtuoso incorporates music from the Mississippi Delta, ragtime, country, swing, and jazz, lending an unmistakable one-man-band sound to his signature fingerpicking style and dynamic live performances.

Admission: $12 in advance, $15 day of show, available a DiLuna’s Café. Be sure to make reservations by calling 208-263-0864

The Conversation — ‘How to Prepare for an Exhibition’

Venue: Ivano’s Ristorante, 102 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

This month’s event features Blair Williams, owner of the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene. Preparing for an art exhibition is no easy task. Come to get those essential steps and to meet Williams who is deeply committed in providing a venue for dozens of regional and professional artists in all media — painting, sculpture, photography, woodworking, ceramics and beyond.

Admission: Free and open to the public (please support the host venue by planning to dine at Ivano’s).

Information: 208-263-1592

Open Mic with Kevin Dorin

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6 p.m.

MickDuff’s Beer Hall and Kevin Dorin are excited to welcome local artists for a fun and open night of playing at the Beer Hall. All levels of performers are welcome.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Truck Mills & Ali Thomas

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.d

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Truck Mills and guest musician Ali Thomas will entertain with great Blues, Folk, Gospel and Jazz.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

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