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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This performance will have the right tenor.

The 20th Annual Mozart on a Summer's Eve, the annual Connoisseur Concerts production in Manito Park, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 14. The theme of this year's performance is The Romantic Tenor, featuring music from everybody from Mozart to Boccelli, on the lawn just east of Duncan Gardens. If it rains, the concert will be moved indoors to the St. John's Cathedral, at Grand Boulevard and 12th Avenue. Tickets are $25 for table seating, with tables of eight available for $200. Lawn/blanket seating is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Entertaining fans for 40 years is no Little Feat.

Rock band Little Feat takes the Knitting Factory Concert House Main Space stage at 8 p.m. tonight, July 7. With landmark albums such as "Willin'" and "Dixie Chicken," Little Feat earned praise from some of the best in the business-Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page once called Little Feat his favorite American band. Through the years, the group's band composition has changed, but they'll be playing all of their biggest hits. Tickets are $25 each and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

You could use some Church-ing.

Nashville singer-songwriter Eric Church brings his powerful lyrics and special sound to the Knitting Factory Concert House at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Church burst onto the music scene four years ago when he released his "Sinner Like Me" album, which worked its way into the Top 10 on country album charts and included hits like "Guys Like Me," "Two Pink Lines" and "How 'Bout You." He has opened for Bob Seger, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, but now is headlining his own tour. Tickets are $22.50 and are available through the Knitting Factory Web site at

You'll split your side laughing while this guy talks about killing his liver.

Comedian Zane Lamprey has drank his way around the globe as host of the cult cable show "Three Sheets." Now, he stumbles into the Knitting Factory Concert House at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 8, as one stop on the Drinking Made Easy Comedy Tour. Lamprey is in the fourth season as host of "Three Sheets," in which he drinks with locals in different countries and talks about local spirits and customs. He has been everywhere from Tanzania to Tahiti and London to Lithuania on the show that currently appears on the Fine Living Network but will be moving to the Travel Channel next season. Joining Lamprey are comedians Marc Ryan and Steve McKenna. Tickets range in price from $25 to $50 and are available through the Knitting Factory Web site at

Elder statesman to rock the Bing.

Ray Wylie Hubbard will take the Bing Crosby Theater stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, with Blue Canoe. Hubbard is coming off a performance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and a couple of shows in Oregon and the Seattle area. Considered the elder statesman of the Texas music scene, Hubbard has been recording since the early 1970s and has generated colorful songs such as "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother" and "Screw You, We're From Texas." Tickets to this weekend's show are $15 and $20 and are available at the door starting two hours before show time and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Rockin' B is the place for Fine and Pleasant laughs.

Tim Behrens and the gang at the Rockin' B Ranch will be putting on the timeless Patrick McManus comedy "A Fine and Pleasant Misery" on Saturday, July 10. The first of the McManus Comedies takes place in the town of Blight, Idaho, and introduces Behrens playing McManus himself and 12 zany characters. The characters include a deer on a bicycle and fan favorite Rancid Crabtree, who doesn't bathe because he doesn't want soap and water eating holes in his protective crust. The Rockin' B Ranch is located 100 yards south of Interstate 90's Exit 299, the last exit on the Washington side of the Washington-Idaho border. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the traditional Rockin' B barbecue dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at

These cowboys like spaghetti.

Also at the Rockin' B Ranch tonight, July 7 is Spaghetti Wednesday Western night, featuring the Gary Cooper classic "High Noon." Doors open at 6pm, spaghetti dinner begins at 6:15. Movie ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for kids, and include your first box of popcorn! Cost for spaghetti dinner is $7.50 for adults, $3 for kids 10 and under. Beer & wine available for purchase. Next week's Spaghetti Wednesday Western's movie feature is "Ride the High Country" starring Randolph Scott. For more information, call the box office at 509-891-9016.

More laughs from a funny gal!

Meghan Flaherty is performing her stand-up comedy at Squeaky's Comedy Club at Players and Spectators this 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 or 800-325-SEAT.

Love is just a click away.

Sandpoint Onstage will premier "Hearts Online" at the Panida Theater, in Sandpoint, with a show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 9. The romantic comedy takes a light-hearted look at love and lying on the Internet, ultimately asking the question, "What does true love look like?" Evening performances are planned for Saturday, July 10, and the following weekend. Tickets are $12, or $10 for students or seniors. Tickets will be available at the door and at Eve's Leaves and Eichardt's, in Sandpoint.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Leif Mulch - After spending his high school years playing rock and roll in Taiwan, Leif Mulch honed his craft for years in New York -- playing house parties, bars and farmers markets -- before moving to Spokane. The New York Press called him an "odd, quirky genius," for his style punk-folk. Alaskan Jon Crocker plays an array of instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, organ, bass, percussion, harmonica, accordion, psaltery, banjolele -- mix between a ukulele and banjo -- on his latest self-titled recording. Add Spokane psych-folk band HORSES and acoustic rogue Matt Winters and you've got monstrously eclectic folk show. It happens at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 9, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Saving Abel - Following up their platinum selling debut, Saving Abel's "Miss America" is a heavier album that is sure to keep fans satisfied while allowing the radio-ready rock band to expand its reach. Hear it live when Saving Abel returns to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave., with We Are The Fallen, Taddy Porter, and American Bang, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 11. Cost: $21.

Hawthorne Heights - This Ohio rock outfit has seen its share of despair and controversy, yet Hawthorne Heights keeps bouncing back. Surviving the death of its guitarist, lawsuits and a mid fight with R&B competition Ne-Yo, Hawthorne Heights latest album "Skeletons" returns to classic form while considerably dressing down the caustic lyrics. Hawthorne Heights brings the drama for an all-ages show with Crimson Resolve at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $11.

Locals Live - Local metal bands takeover the big stage at The Knitting Factory this weekend, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 9, with Hinged, Bestige, Pulseless and Castdown. At the same time on Saturday, July 10, it's 18 Shades, In-Flux, Crown Point and local acoustic rock stand out Jimmy Nuge. Tickets for both shows are $5.

Squeaky's Clean Comedy - It's clean comedy, but the content remains mature for Squeaky's comedy group, which features North Central High School ASB President Colton Sullivan, along with Lance Paullin, who has played several rock shows with Platform Booking. Get your funny bone cracked at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 9-10, at Players & Spectators Casino, 12828 E. Sprague Ave. Tickets: $5, 21 and older only.

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BeGin at the MAC - date change for July.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's monthly BeGin! party is NEXT Friday, July 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the museum, located at 2316 W. First in Browne's Addition. Enjoy live music from Mon Cheri, no-host bar and snacks. BeGin will move outside for the summer months to enjoy the weather and the MAC's beautiful campus. Free admission to the museum and the opportunity to tour the MAC's many new exhibits. For more information, go to

Get the last laugh by being the first with tickets.

The Last Comic Standing Tour is coming to the Bing Crosby Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 9. You can buy them now, however, through a special pre-sale offer. Go to and type in the promotional code "LCS" to get sweet seats in a small venue. The seventh season of the Emmy-nominated competition/reality show "Last Comic Standing" is currently airing on NBC, and the finalist will be appearing during the tour. The series is hosted by Craig Robinson, who appears on the smash-hit TV show "The Office" and recently appeared in the movie "Hot Tub Time Machine." tickets are $35 and $45, with a limited number of $75 VIP meet-and-greet seats available.

Party like a magazine star.

Bozzi Media will roll out the always-popular 20 Under 40 issue of Inland Business Catalyst magazine and re-introduce Washington magazine with a launch party at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at Caterina Winery, at 905 N. Washington. The 20 Under 40 issue highlights young professionals throughout the Inland Northwest who are emerging leaders in the business community. Washington magazine highlights some of the best attractions and activities throughout the Evergreen State. The public is welcome. Please RSVP by calling 509-533-5350.

Take the kids to see these folks.

Dan Maher, Carlos Alden and the Blue Ribbon Tea Company will play "The Kid Songs of Woody Guthrie" at the July KPBX Kids' Concert in the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, at noon Friday, July 9. The legendary Guthrie wrote a lot of kid-friendly folk songs, including "Roll On Columbia," about the Columbia River. The concert is free to all. For more information, go to

Peddle your creativity while you pedal through town.

Deck out your bicycle and go for a ride in the city of Spokane's first-ever 2-Wheel Transit Bike Decorating Contest from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 11, along Howard Street, between Riverfront Park and Corbin Park. Prizes will be given for best individual bike decor, best group theme decorations, coolest family on wheels, and best creature on wheels (includes pets and monster and sci-fi costumes). Another Bike Day is planned for Aug. 22, but you won't want to miss this first one. For more information, go to


"Can you remember no melody of mine? I was the most famous composer in Europe. I wrote 40 operas alone."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to Connoisseur Concerts' "Mozart on a Summer's Eve" next Tuesday July 13 or Wednesday, July 14. Send your best guess and your phone number to 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 9.

Last Week's Winner: Elaine Jackson is heir to the crown! Or at least some free food.

Last week's movie quote was, "I am not your Elizabeth. I am no man's Elizabeth." Jackson correctly guessed that it was from the 1998 drama "Elizabeth," and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division!

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