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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do your best Pavarotti at the park.

The Spokane Opera presents Hot August Nights, with a series of free open-air performances. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, The Opera will perform at Mirabeau Meadows, located in Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley. The troupe will perform next at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. Two hours before each show, the audience will be able to show their opera chops by singing for the Opera's video cameras. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive free tickets to the next Main Stage Opera performance. For more information, go to

99 Years of Celebrating the Hillyard Neighborhood.

As far as anyone can tell, 1911 was the first year the city fathers and mothers of Hillyard got together and held a festival to celebrate the Hillyard area. In that tradition, the 2010 Hillyard Festival and Hi-Jinks Parade will be held on August 6th, 7th & 8th at Sharpley-Harmon Park, 6000 N Market Street, with the parade at 10 am Saturday, August 7. The Hillyard Festival Association and its partners have added even more attractions, including a car show in the Hillyard business district immediately following the parade. The theme for 2010 is "Pulling Together." This highlights both that the neighborhood is getting pulled together into a greater whole; signifying all the recent improvements in Hillyard, and that the community's people and organizations are pulling together on the same load, moving the neighborhood forward into prosperity. More information can be found at

Art on the Green this weekend in Coeur d'Alene.

The 42nd annual Art on the Green is this weekend, Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 1, in Coeur d'Alene at the old Fort Sherman Grounds on the North Idaho College Campus, just a short walk from Downtown and City Park. Shuttle bus service to the west side of the NIC campus from downtown is also available during the festival. Art on the Green is a marketplace, performance space and a gathering place for friends and families. This weekend, 135-plus artists, a variety of performers and over 500 volunteers come together to present Art on the Green for more than 50,000 people to enjoy. Art on the Green is a great place to buy handcrafted works in glass, clay, leather, wood, metal and fiber directly from the artists. Or if you prefer, create your own special art in the hands-on-art sections for children and adults, materials and instructions provided. For more information go to

Don't be late, late, late for this very important date.

With its big remodel nearly completed, The Tinman Gallery, at 811 W. Garland, is ready for its Alice In Wonderland Invitational, an annual group show with this year's theme based on the Lewis Carroll classic novel. More than 40 artists are participating in this year's show, including big local names like Harold Balazs, Mel McCuddin, Kay O'Rourke, Kathleen Cavender, and more. The Invitational will kick off with the exhibit opening at 10 a.m. Friday, July 30, and an artists' reception from 5-9 p.m. that night. Steve Simmons and the house band will be playing tunes, and light refreshments will be served. If you can't make it that night, you can still catch the exhibit until Aug. 21. For more information, go to

Ringo Starr is getting by with a little help from his friends.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band are playing to a sold-out crowd at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 30. The former Beatle is playing with Wally Palmer (The Romantics), Rick Derringer (The McCoys), Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Page (Mr. Mister) and Greg Bissonette. For more information on this show and others at the popular Airway Heights venue, go to

It's an exhibit 500 years in the making.

"Mestizo: Collections & Cultural Fusions," a new exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, premiers on Saturday, July 31, and will be on display through Dec. 4. "Mestizo" is the 500-year-old tradition of the blending of American Indian and Spanish culture. Through historical objects and personal anecdotes, this display features a variety of pieces from the southwest U.S., Mexico and Central America, some of which have historical relevance and others which have religious significance. The Northwest MAC is located at 2316 W. First in Browne's Addition and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. For more information, go to

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Whammy Wednesday - DJ Deseure is packing her bags and heading out of town for graduate school, but before she goes, Spokane's queen of rare groove records is getting a Whammy Wednesday-style send off, featuring rotating DJs Supervillain, Breezy Brown and her Royal Badness, DJ Deseure, spinning vintage jazz, funk, soul, R&B, reggae and hip-hop, starting at 9 p.m. tonight, July 28, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3, $21 and older. Free tickets available through

Silversun Pickups - Their last album was darker, filled with haunting strings and plastered with overdubs. Now Los Angeles indie-rock quartet Silversun Pickups is back on the road and bringing the heat. In the live show, the strings and layerings have mainly been replaced by rich synth riffage. Here it live when the Silversun Pickups arrive at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $24.50 in advance, $36 at the door.

Reverend Horton Heat - Punk rock and rockabilly hits the fan when Jim Heath, aka The Rev. saddles up with his signature Devil-may-care attitude and scorching live show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $17.50 in advance, $21 day of show.

The Ataris - Indiana punk-rock outfit The Ataris are hyping up the blogosphere with their new record, "The Graveyard of the Atlantic." Check out the power-pellet punk sounds in low-fi fashion when quartet comes to town to revitalize 8-bit aggro-rock. Also on the bill are powerhouse locals Small Town Nation and The Toy Garden, at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington ST. Coat: $10.

Sara Jackson-Holman - Part-Spokane, part-Bend Oregon singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Jackson-Holman scored a record deal with the same Portland-based label that launched Blind Pilot. Now she's back, playing songs from her new record, "When You Dream," at a show starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

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They'll be singing at Singer's.

Rick Singer Photography, at 415 1/2 W. Main in downtown Spokane, is hosting two concerts this week. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, rising teen star Sierra Hull and the band Highway 111 will play to the 50-person crowd. Singer contends that Hull sings like Allison Krauss and plays mandolin like David Grissman. The next night, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, Austin, Texas' own Sam Baker brings his blues, country and soulful sound to the studio. Seats are limited-only 50 for each show. Email or call 509-838-3333 for more information.

Music at the Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park.

This season, the Park Bench Cafe is presenting free live music every Friday evening. This Friday, July 30 will feature Just Plain Darin. Darin Hilderbrand, a local singer/songwriter, will also perform at the Park Bench Cafe Aug 27. Music starts at 6pm and the cafe serves great food, drinks including fresh lemonade and ice cream. Also at the Park Bench Cafe every Wednesday at lunchtime is a Quartet performance, featuring String's Plus.

The Ranch B Rockin'.

This weekend, the stage will be set for the usual lineup for the Rockin' B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show each night Thursday, July 29, through Saturday, July 31. 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

Eat, drink and support the Spokane Fire Department at Churchill's.

Saturday, July 24, marked the second anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Joel Building at 165 South Post. Churchill's Steakhouse successfully reopened at the location earlier this spring and as a thank you to the Spokane Fire Department they are having a "Fire Sale" now through the end of July. Ten percent of all the proceeds from that week, plus a dollar for every mixed drink served in the bar, will be donated to the fire department's Fill the Boot campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy. For more information on Churchill's go to You can make reservations at 509-474-9888.

Kenny Rogers coming to the INB.

Kenny Rogers, who has sold over 120 million records worldwide, is performing at the INB Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 12 at 7:30pm. Celebrating 52 years in the music industry on his "1st 50 Years" Tour, Rogers is the winner of 3 Grammy's, 11 People's Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards and 5 Country Music Association Awards. His long list of smash country and pop hits includes an impressive 24 #1 songs. Reserved seat tickets are $47.50 and $55.00 and go on-sale this Friday, July 30 at 10:00am at all TicketsWest outlets, online at or 800-325-SEAT.

Swim Free at Cannon Pool this Saturday.

Spokane Central Lions Club invites you to swim free at A.M. Cannon pool, at 1511 N. Elm, this Saturday, July 31. Hours are 1 to 7 pm. Also providing support for this free swim day are Williams Distributing (ice cream distributors) and Fred's Appliance. Free ice cream and popsicles will be given away. In addition there will be free diabetes, blood pressure, vision, hearing and glaucoma checks starting at 10:00am.

It's country in the Valley.

The Ryan Larsen Band will play to the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars crowd at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1. This rising-in-popularity country band is playing gigs throughout the Inland Northwest, and this is your opportunity to see them in a picturesque setting overlooking the Spokane Valley. Cover charge is $5, and attendees must be 21 years old or older. For more information, call Arbor Crest at 509-927-9463.

This is classified information.

The Blue Door Theatre improv troupe is putting on two of its fan-favorite shows this weekend in its home theater, at 815 W. Garland. At 8 p.m. Friday, July 30, Blue Door presents "I Saw You," a series of improv pieces based on the sometimes-interesting, always-well-read classifieds in the back of the newspaper. If you go, bring in your favorite "I Saw You" or "Cheers and Jeers" or other classified ad. It just might make the show. At 8 p.m. Saturday, July 31, the troupe puts on "Safari Saturday," a series of short-form and long-form pieces that are bound to be hilarious. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Some material probably isn't appropriate for children.

New flavors to savor coming this fall.

Savory is a new restaurant being developed at 1314 S. Grand, in the former Blockbuster location. According to Eric Klamper, their marketing director, Savory's chef is Steve Herrmann, who is relocating to Spokane from LA where he spent 22 years working with Wolfgang Puck. A mid-September opening is planned for the restaurant which will have seating for 190 diners, including a large patio.

The arts can be an awarding experience.

The Spokane Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the 2010 City of Spokane Arts Awards and will be accepting such nominations through Friday, Aug. 6. The 19th Annual Awards presentation will be Oct. 4 at the Spokane City Council. Categories include Individual Artist, Arts Organization, Arts In Education; Individual Benefactor; Business Benefactor, and Arts Community Leadership. An online nomination form is available at For more information, call Karen Mobley at 509-625-6050.

Listen up! "Gunny" is coming to town.

Tickets go on sale today for R. Lee Ermey "Gunny" from the History Channel TV shows, Mail Call and Lock and Load. He will be performing onstage at the Bing Crosby Theater in a benefit for Operation Spokane Heroes Friday, August 27. Tickets are $20 and are available at or 800-325-SEAT.

Take me out to the World Series.

Single-session and special discounted tickets to the American Legion World Series, to be held in Spokane Aug. 13 through 17, go on sale Sunday, Aug. 1. Discounts for the Series include Senior Days, on Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14, where people 60 years old and older can get tickets for $5 each for the morning sessions -- a session includes two games. Youth and Teen Day is Sunday, Aug. 15, where youth between 5 years old and 18 years old can get $5 tickets. And Monday, Aug. 16, is Military Day, where enlisted servicemen and servicewomen get in for $5 with their military ID. All-session discounted tickets are still available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. For more information on the Series, go to

Putt around and put food on the table.

Coach Fitz's Memorial Putting Contest will be held at the The Q in the Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Friday, July 30. The contest, named for late Gonzaga University basketball coach Dan Fitzgerald, is a benefit for Meals On Wheels Spokane, with all proceeds going to that organization. Registration opens 4 p.m., and the contest starts at 5 p.m. Registration closes at 6:30 p.m., with up to $1,000 in cash prizes. Entry fee is $20. For more information, call 509-458-0151 or email


"No, last night I said I missed my wife. Tonight, I just miss my damn bed."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $25 gift certificate to Mission Bistro, at 2002 E. Mission. 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 30.

Last Week's Winner: Macy Franklin knows Spider-Man.

Last week's movie quote was, "You have a knack for saving my life. I think I have a superhero stalker." Franklin correctly guessed that it was from the 2002 super-hero blockbuster "Spider-Man" and won two tickets to a Spokane Indians baseball game, courtesy of the Spokane Indians!

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