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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

If the slipper fits, wear it.

The talented Travolta sisters, Ellen, Margaret and Annie, star in Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's presentation of "Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella," premiering the classic tale with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, July 3. And speaking of stars; you never know which performance little brother John will attend. The show runs through July 17, with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. matinees, the exception being no shows on July 4. Tickets range in price from $25 to $39 and available at www.cdasummertheatre.com or by calling 208-769-7780.

First Friday fun.

First Friday festivities feature art-and in some cases, live music-in more than 30 different retail stores, wineries, offices and other venues throughout downtown Spokane from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 2. On the second floor of Auntie's Bookstore, at 402 W. Main, the First Annual KYRS Thin Air Community Radio Art Auction and a 6 Foot Swing concert is planned. The Arbor Crest Tasting Room, on the third level of River Park Square, will feature the art of Debbie Hanks and live music from Maxie Ray Mills. The Steelhead Bar & Grille, at 218 N. Howard, will feature the acrylic paintings and mixed-media art of Felisa Carranza, with the artist present from 3-6 p.m. For a complete list of venues and artists, go to www.downtownspokane.org.

He's the kind of guy who likes to roam around.

1960s pop icon Dion DiMucci, known better simply as Dion, will play two shows at the Northern Quest Hotel and Resort, one at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, and another at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Dion has made more than 35 albums since bursting onto the rock 'n' roll scene in 1957. His hits include "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," and "Ruby Baby." Tickets are $50 and $40 and are available by calling Northern Quest at 1-877-871-6772 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Cowgirl up and go to Colbert.

Western Music artist Juni Fisher will perform at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the Creative Night With The Cowgirls at the Cowboy Co-op, at 20424 N. Dunn, in Colbert. Fischer was the Western Music Association's Female Performer of the Year in 2006 and 2009 and has racked up a number of other Western music honors in recent years. She will be joined by cowgirl poet Jessica Hedges, cowgirl authors Dawn Nelson and Heidi Thomas and The Lazy Boy Band. Tickets are $22 and are available online at www.cowgirlcoop.com or at 4,000 Holes, at 1610 N. Monroe.

Get your little feet down to the Knitting Factory for a great show.

Little Feat plays the Knitting Factory Wednesday, July 7 at 8 pm. As American as apple pie--and rock 'n roll itself--Little Feat's music transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie. In the mix as well are strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz, inventing a hybrid sound that is truly Little Feat's own. Time has loved these musical heroes for more than three decades now, as have legions of fans and countless fellow musicians, many of whom they've played with over the years. Go to www.ticketfly.com for your seats.

Photographic art, up against the wall

The Brick Wall Gallery, at 530 West Main (on the skywalk just east of Macy's in the Bennett Block) will be open for First Friday July 2nd until 8:30 pm. This Friday the gallery is featuring photographic art from local and regional artists, as well as live music from The 3H Band unplugged. For further information, call Joe Nuess at 509-928-7721.

This girl is funny!

Meghan Flaherty will be performing her stand-up comedic talents at Squeaky's Comedy Club at Players and Spectators on Friday, July 9 and Saturday July 10. Both shows are at 9pm. Meghan is one of the best stand up comediennes in Spokane, described as a great storyteller with lots of energy. For a truly enjoyable evening with lots of laughs, don't miss this show! Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Sara Jackson-Holman - This Part-Spokane-part-Bend, Ore. pianist and singer landed a record deal with Expunged Records the easy way. She left a comment on Blind Pilot's Myspace profile praising her new favorite band. The Portland folk group's label president randomly clicked on the comment and found his way to Jackson-Holman's music profile. Now the 21-year-old Whitworth University student is celebrating her debut album with a CD release party at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $7, all ages welcome.

Chimaira - One of Cleveland's finest, Chimaira is releasing new DVD this month with more than 7 hours of content, including performance footage shot in HD, home video clips and a 17-track live concert CD. The DVD, "Coming Alive," comes out in July, but you can catch the heavy metal sextet in the flesh on Monday, July 5, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. All ages welcome.

B-Radicals - One of Spokane's favorite funk and jam bands, the B-Radicals are finishing up their monthlong Seaside residency tonight in a special Som Show Presents video shoot. Come get caught on camera at 9 p.m. tonight, June 30, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Hula hoops welcome. Cost: $3.

Mark Ward - The last time Mark Ward appeared on the patio at Rocket Market the local singer-songwriter rocked it. Well, he rocked as hard as a guy with an acoustic guitar possibly could. And the place was packed. Get there early if you want a table when Ward returns to The Som Show Patio Party at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Cost: Free!

GBH - Punk legends GBH are 30 years in the game and still bringing the ruckus, with a new album in tow. And it's as angst-ridden as ever. Bow down to UK punk rock royalty when GBH plays back-to-back shows starting with an all ages set at 7 p.m. followed by a 21-plus show at 9 p.m., both on Friday, July 2, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $10 for each show.

For local music events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.

Return to the thrilling days of yesteryear in downtown Spokane this summer

Every Friday evening in July and August, starting July 2, from 5:00-9:00pm you are invited to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage for free, sponsored by STCU (Spokane Teachers Credit Union) and the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District. Riders can experience a summer evening in downtown, just like 100 years ago, listening to the rhythmic clip-clop of horses hooves and seeing downtown abuzz with summer activities. Each rider can also enjoy the beauty of a fresh flower, compliments of Peters & Sons Flowers and Gifts. Carriage rides, provided by Spencer Carriages, leave from the corner of Wall and Main and are first-come, first serve.

Western melodrama in Riverfront Park is free this weekend

Ignite Community Theater presents an interactive, "boo and hiss" the villains-style, old fashioned melodrama, "Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch, or the Perfumed Badge" outdoors in Riverfront Park this Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

"Hearts Online," is onstage at the Panida in Sandpoint

This play explores the risks of being real, and asks a universal question, "What does true love look like?" Presented by Sandpoint Onstage, "Hearts Online" stars Eric Bond, Chris Herron and Janelle Frisque, all familiar to Sandpoint audiences from Panida and local productions, with Betty McQuirk of "The Black Box Comedy Project" and actor Tim Martin. Bond brings to life the engaging but self-centered Tom, who brings out both the best and the worst in Frisque's charmingly twisted Nicole. Tom's brother Benny vibrates with an endearing buzz generated by Herron. Nicole's too-helpful friend Kelly is portrayed by McQuirk and Martin appears in a memorable cameo as Kelly's husband. "Hearts Online" has evening performances July 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm and a matinee July 17 at 1pm. Tickets are $12, seniors/students $10, available at Eve's Leaves and Eichardt's in Sandpoint, and at the door.

One act at a time in Newport

In its First Annual One-Act Play Festival, the Pend Oreille Playhouse Community Theatre presents six original one-act plays from playwrights around the country Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 11 at 5 pm. The event features three plays each on July 9 and 10, with the audience voting for their favorites. The winning two plays will be re-presented on July 11. Tickets are priced at $15 for a weekend pass or $8 (youths $5) for a single night. They're available online at www.pendoreilleplayers.org and at the Pend Oreille Playhouse box office, 240 N. Union in Newport.

SPORTS CORNER
The Shock plan to send the Rattlers slithering away.

The Spokane Shock will play in front of an electrified crowd when they host the Arizona Rattlers at 8 p.m. Friday, July 2. The Shock went to Arizona in early May and beat the Rattlers 63-56 and are hoping to have similar success on their home turf. Tickets range in price from $13 to $62 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Expect fireworks on the field and in the air at Avista Stadium this Sunday, July 4

The Spokane Indians start a 3 game series vs. Boise Sunday, July 4 at 6:30 with a spectacular fireworks show immediately following the game. The series continues Monday and Tuesday, July 5th and July 6th with games starting at 6:30. Get your tickets online at spokaneindiansbaseball.com or call 535-OTTO.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I am not your Elizabeth. I am no man's Elizabeth."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division! Send your best guess and your phone number to info@entertainmentspokane.com. The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, July 2.

Last Week's Winner: Becca Watters is going to infinity and beyond! But first, to the Cathay Inn!

Last week's movie quote was, "We're either in a cafe in Paris or a coffee shop in New Jersey. I'm pretty sure I just came back from the doctor with life-changing news." Becca correctly guessed that it was from "Toy Story 3," which is in theaters now, and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division!

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