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At the Spokane Civic Theatre, shows in the intimate Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre often push creative boundaries in ways the upstairs main stage can’t, simply because of the studio’s smaller layout and in-the-round seating, with the audience around three sides of the center stage. This setup will make for an interesting, and — from what we’ve heard — messy scene when the campy musical version of Evil Dead opens this weekend. Audience members in the seats closest to the stage are forewarned of being in the “splatter zone” as the characters based on those in the 1980s cult classic take on demons and fight to survive. Don’t be apprehensive, though; this play is all about silliness and farce, rather than gore and horror. — CHEY SCOTT Evil Dead: The Musical • Oct. 16-Nov. 15; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $27 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • • 325-2507




Russian Grand Ballet: Swan Lake • Sat, Oct. 17, at 7 pm; Sun, Oct. 18, at 3 pm • $37-$57 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Film Series • Thu, Oct. 15 and Sun, Oct. 18; also Nov. 3 and 8; times vary • Free • Spokane County Library District branches • Details at

If you’re going to see just one ballet this season, let it be Swan Lake performed by the Russian Grand Ballet. Because how often does one get the chance to see a classic, 19th-century Russian ballet from a traditional Russian company in Spokane? Not often. Swan Lake is a romantic fairy tale; a mingling of love and deception, and a story that mimics the German legend of Odette, the princess turned into a swan. Some of Russia’s brightest ballerinas take the stage for two shows this weekend, set to the mystical and whimsical music of Tchaikovsky. — MAKAYLA WAMBOLDT

It’s a damn good thing there are so many movies out there teaching us how to survive (and not to survive) the end of the world, because who can predict the future, right? A new film and discussion series hosted by the Spokane County Library District this fall features screenings of old and new apocalyptic films, from 1964’s The Last Man on Earth to 2013’s weirdly twisting Snowpiercer (Oct. 18) and this year’s epic reboot of Mad Max (Nov. 8). Local film buffs lead open discussions after each showing, fielding audience questions and perhaps even sharing their own apocalypse survival tips. — CHEY SCOTT

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