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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Big hair is in the air.

"Hairspray," the lovable musical set in 1960s Baltimore, takes the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre stage with a three-week run that starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Schuler Performing Arts Center on the North Idaho College campus. "Hairspray" tells the story of plus-size dancer Tracy Turnblad who turns heads with her moves and her progressive attitude. Tracy's mother, Edna Turnblad, is traditionally played by a man and will be played in this production by Summer Theatre Artistic Director Roger Welch. John Travolta played Edna in the movie "Hairspray" and gave Welch a few pointers on playing the role during a recent trip to Coeur d'Alene. This weekend, a 2 p.m. matinee performance of "Hairspray" is planned for Sunday, Aug. 8. The following two weekends, the musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $39 for adults, $35 for seniors and students, and $25 for children 6 through 12 years old. For tickets, go to or call 208-769-7780.

Do your part. Check out some art.

Almost 40 studios, restaurants, retailers, and other venues in downtown Spokane will have creativity on display when the First Friday hits 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. The Saranac Art Projects, at 25 W. Main, is having a reception and opening a group show titled "Off The Bench," featuring Margo Casstevens, Katie Creyts, and several others. Pottery Place Plus Gallery, at 602 N. Washington, will feature the glasswork of Louise Telford, who will be present for an artist's reception throughout the evening. Churchill's Steakhouse, at 165 S. Post, will feature the innovative works of Brenadan Genther and Sandra Hilson. For a complete list of venues and artists, go to

Mama always said this band is like a box of chocolates.

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will play a two-night set on the back lawn of the Northern Quest Resort & Casino Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8. Both shows start at 7 p.m. Sinise and Kimo Williams started the band in the late 1990s and have played at USO events and other venues all over the world. Named after Sinise's character in the 1994 classic "Forrest Gump," the band covers songs originally performed by everybody from Jimi Hendrix to Kelly Clarkson, from Stevie Wonder to Beyonce. Tickets are $30 and $35 and are available through the Northern Quest box office at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

August is here. And so is Hot August Nights.

The Spokane Opera presents Hot August Nights, with a series of free open-air performances. At 7:30 p.m. tonight, 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

All My Friends Say Bryan is good.

Country music sensation Luke Bryan is bringing his repertoire of hits to the Knitting Factory Concert House for a show at 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 4. Bryan has been pleasing country music fans since his first single "All My Friends Say" rose to the Top 5 in 2007, and he has continued to produce by writing songs for others-"Good Directions" by Billy Currington hit No. 1 on country charts-and by releasing his own stuff-"Take My Drunk Ass Home" is his most recent hit. Tickets for the show at the Knitting Factory, at 919 W. Sprague, are $20, and are available through the Knitting Factory at

Visit Finders Keepers for First Friday

After 14 years in business, Finders Keepers, formerly at 112 S. Cedar Street, has re-located its Jewelry store to 309 W. 2nd Ave in the trendy SODO district. This Friday, Aug. 6, they will celebrate the new location with a grand party for First Friday. Hours are 10am to 8pm. At noon, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and the party will begin. Snacks and beverages will be served along with great storewide deals. The First Friday artist is Edward Gilmore and his artwork will be on display through the month of August. For more information, call 838-4590 or 624-1251.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Black Happy - When you think of the top rock from the Northwest in the 1990s, Black Happy doesn't always come to mind. But it should. This eight-piece funk-metal-jazz-pop band was among the top sellers in the area during the mid-90s. Right along with the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Now the boys have reassembled for reunion shows in Spokane and Seattle. The Black Happy's Spokane reunion starts with a sold out show at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Riverside Ave. Tickets are still available for the show on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Knitting Factory, which also starts at 8 p.m. Cost: $20.

No-Fi Soul Rebellion -- Seattle's funk-pop No-Fi Soul Rebellion is well-known around these parts for its embarrassingly fun live performance. And Portland's experimentalist Boy Eats Drum Machine has a similar knack for the outrageous. Put the two together you've got yourself one volatile mix of musical mayhem. That's Saturday, Aug. 7, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

Jesi B and the All Rites - The Som Show Presents Residency at The Seaside -- yes, it's a mouthful, but the local music monthly series for live acts switches gears with Coeur d'Alene blues-funk outfit Jesi B and the All Rites, laying down the grooves every Wednesday in August. Music starts at 9 p.m. tonight, Aug. 4, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3.

Green Jelly - To those in the know, it's Green Jell-O, but legally it's Jelly. And the Grammy nominated comedy rock group makes its way through town with support from Oh My Darlin and 13 Mag on Saturday, Aug. 7, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $10.

Secret Show - All we can tell you is that there's possibly going to be a music performance of some kind tentatively starting at around 7 or 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6. Everything else about the night is classified, Top Secret. Which in and of itself is pretty cool coming from the go-to indie-rock coffee house that Spokane has come to know and trust. Cost: Uh, it's a secret.

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Get into the groove with Grove. And free food.

Classical guitarist Paul Grove will play the free concert at the Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. Its also customer appreciation night at the Park Bench from 4-8 p.m., and free smoothies and brownies will be served while supplies last. A beer and wine garden will also be open during those hours. For more on the concert series, go to

Some girls go crazy for a sharp-dressed band.

The entertaining local acts continue to roll into Arbor Crest Wine Cellars when the 19-piece Tuxedo Junction brings its circa-1930s-and-40s swing-era sound to the Spokane Valley winery, located at 4705 N. Fruit Hill, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. Cover charge is $5, and no one under 21 can come. For more on Arbor Crest, go to

The Ranch will have good food and all that jazz.

Jazz fans will make a run for the Stateline when the Rockin' B Ranch hosts the Jazz Night from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10. Cost for the concert and dinner is $20 per person, and reservations are encouraged. Of course, this weekend, the stage will be set for the usual lineup for the Rockin' B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show Thursday and Friday. 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 or call 509-891-9016.

More at the Rockin' B.

Tonight, Aug 4 is Spaghetti Western Wednesdays, with a showing of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" starring John Wayne, James Stewart and Lee Marvin, directed by John Ford. Cost is $12.50 and includes complete spaghetti dinner. Doors open at 6pm with food served at 6:20, movie begins at 7pm.

This Saturday, Aug. 7 The Rockin' B Ranch presents "McManus in Love" starring Tim Behrens. This one-man comedy show written by Patrick McManus features hilarious antics of Pat and his pal Crazy Eddie Muldoon as they begin to grow up and discover that their fear of the dark is child's play compared to their fear of girls! Cost is $35 for adults and includes the show and complete barbecue dinner. For tickets, call 509-891-9016 or online at

Great Photography in Valleyford.

Photographer Pat Schilling is the featured artist this month at On Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop in Valleyford, located at 12212 E Palouse Hwy. He's featuring "Landscapes of the American West" You can see his work at

Govedare brings complexity to the sports complex.

New sculptures by David Govedare, the Chewelah, WA, sculptor who created "The Joy of Running Together" in Riverfront Park and the giant feather in Coeur d'Alene, will be unveiled at the recently renovated Dwight Merkel Sports Complex at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. The Spokane Arts Commission and the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department commissioned Govedare to create the new sculptures at the sports complex, which is located next to Joe Albi Stadium in northwest Spokane. For more information, contact Karen Mobley at 509-625-6050.

Spokane looks to Shock the Rattlers for the third time this season.

The Spokane Shock will host the Arizona Rattlers in the first-round playoff match-up at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Spokane Arena. The Shock beat the Rattlers twice during the regular season in two tight ballgames, winning by seven points in Arizona in early May and by only one point at home in early July. Tickets for the big game are on sale and range in price from $13 to $62. For tickets, go to the Spokane Arena box office at 720 W. Mallon, or go through Tickets West 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, are on sale now. Tickets to one session-a session includes two games-are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth. 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 session. 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


"Look at you! You have a baby - in a bar."

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 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, Aug. 6.

Last Week's Winner: Paula Hodgson knows "Unforgiven."

Last week's movie quote was, "No, last night I said I missed my wife. Tonight, I just miss my damn bed." Hodgson correctly guessed that it was from the 1992 western "Unforgiven" and won a $25 gift certificate to Mission Bistro, at 2002 E. Mission!

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