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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A little ditty about Jack and Diane will be Blowin' in the Wind.

Two of the best male singer-songwriters from two of the most musically influential generations are touring together this summer, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp will bring their collection of hits to the Post Falls Greyhound Park and Events Center, at 5100 Riverbend in Post Falls, for an open-air show that's sure to be unforgettable. Both have been inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, and both of them have written songs that have defined their respective generations. Tickets to this show are $55 and are available by calling 877-435-9849 or by visiting

Check out North Idaho. It's only Fair.

The North Idaho Fair and Rodeo kicks off today, Aug. 25, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds and Events Center, at 4056 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. Entertainment at this year's fair includes repeat engagements by a diverse collection of acts, including the Doo Wah Riders band, Comedian Herb Dixon, Magician Terry Stokes, Willy's Washboard Jamboree, Pippi The Clown, and many others. The PRCA Rodeo at the North Idaho Fair kicks into high gear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, and runs through the weekend. Gates open daily at 9 a.m., and one-day tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children. For a full schedule of events, go to

Ted has had an excellent adventure.

Original guitar hero Ted Nugent will bring his collection of hits-and his famous Gibson Byrdland guitar-to the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. Nugent has rocked crowds since the mid-1960s, but became a legend in the 1970s when he went solo, reeling out timeless hits like "Hey Baby," "Stranglehold," and "Cat Scratch Fever." Since then, he's become an ardent hunter, and he now has his own show on the Outdoor Channel, "Ted Nugent: Spirit of the Wild." Tickets are $30 and are available at

Get an earful while you get a bellyful.

Pig Out in the Park is happening for the 31st time, but this annual food and music festival never gets old. Set to take over Riverfront Park from Wednesday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 6, the event will include 48 food booths with 225 menu items, 55 free concerts on two stages, and three adult beverage gardens. For more information, go to

Atten-hut, Spokane.

R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey, a character actor who has appeared in more than 100 movies and frequently plays barking drill sergeants and other military personnel, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the Bing Crosby Theatre, at 901 W. Sprague, in a fundraising performance. Gunny's resume includes roles in "Full Metal Jacket," "X-men: The Last Stand," and as the voice of the little green Army men in "Toy Story 2" and "Toy Story 3." Proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Spokane Heroes, an organization that provides support to families of military men and women who have been deployed overseas. Tickets to the Gunny performance are $20 each and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. The following night, Saturday, Aug. 28, local rock bands Lucid, 33, Sweet Hollow and Top-Soil will play an Operations Spokane Heroes benefit concert at the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague. Tickets for that show, which starts at 8 p.m., are $8 each and are available at

Free Live Music at The Park Bench Cafe.

This Friday, Aug. 27, will be the last free summer concert of the season at the Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park. Just Plain Darin will perform starting at 6pm. Beverages and food are available for purchase.

Avast mateys! The pirates are sailin'.

You can set sail with the Pirates of the Coeur d'Alene, departing for 90 minute family adventures at 1 and 3:30 pm daily through the rest of this month, daily from Independence Point. Join Calico Jack, the meanest, nastiest pirate ever to fly the Jolly Roger, as he takes his stolen treasure chest and his prisoner, Lady Killigrew, to mysterious Kidd Island. Kids become part of the action that includes scallywags and heroes, gold doubloons and swashbuckling sword fights, even an attack from a rescue ship. Tickets are Adults: $29, Children (6-12 yrs.): $19, Children (5 & under): FREE Go the for more information

This show will be a thriller.

Northern Quest Resort and Casino presents the Ultimate Michael Experience with Joby Rogers paying homage to the world's most successful singer, songwriter, artist, and dancer of all time. Joby Rogers was personally endorsed by Michael Jackson as the best Michael impersonator in the world. Shows are Friday Sept. 3 and Saturday Sept. 4 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, Sept 5 at 7pm. Seating is cabaret style and guests must be 21 years old to attend. Tickets are $40 and are available at or 800-325-SEAT.

It's amazing what these kids can do in a week.

Christian Youth Theatre-Spokane is presenting its first Show In A Week with the production of "Seize The Day: A Broadway Review." CYT-Spokane cast the all-ages show on Monday, is rehearsing throughout the week, and will give its performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug 28, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. The musical will follow two college students who search for purpose in their life and will include hits from Broadway favorites, including "Rent," "Hairspray," "Fiddler on the Roof," and more. Tickets are $10 each and are available at

Catch a rising Starr.

Quincy, Wash.-based Christian singer-songwriter Holly Starr will play a free concert at The Service Station, at 9315 N. Nevada, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. The 17-year-old has been wowing audiences statewide in recent years, having opened for Leann Rimes and Rush of Fools. She recorded her first EP when she was 15 and is releasing her first full-length album, "Threads of Tapestry," this fall. Doors open at 6 p.m., so be sure to get there early. For more information, go to

Jazz this weekend at Laguna Cafe.

This Friday, Aug. 27 will feature Nick Schauer on guitar and Danny McCollim on piano. On Saturday, Aug. 28, Nick Schauer will play on guitar and Craig Landron on sax/vocals. Music is from 6:30 to 9pm. Laguna Cafe is located at 4304 S Regal in Spokane.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Secondhand Serenade - John Vesely employs electronics to enhance is acoustic emo-rock on his latest album, "Here Me Now." But onstage he appears with a five-piece band. Guess Secondhand Serenade's not just a solo act anymore. Hear cuts from the new album when Secondhand Serenade headlines a show with White Tie Affair, Camera Can't Lie, and Runner Runner at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 27, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $17 in advance, $19 day of show.

Jucifer - This two-piece sludge metal band features the half-hallowed vocals of Gazelle Amber Valentine and the ear piercing production of her husband, Edgar Livengood. Together, their explosive sound has been rocking clubs all over the country. Bring your ear plugs. Jucifer returns with support from The Toy Garden and Belt of Vapor at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Christmas - It's a good sign when an Olympia-based surf-rock band has an obscure name and song featuring the legendary Calvin Johnson. Even better when it's a Platform Presents gig going down at The Baby Bar. Get their early because it's going to be a packed house for Christmas at 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 at The Baby Bar, 847 W. First Ave. Cost: To be announced.

Jesi B. and the All Rites - They've rocked all month long, and the word is getting around about the party on stage whenever Jesi B. and The All Rites come around. Check out Jesi B's sultry vocals and JP's smokin' guitar work when Jesi B. and the All Rites funk it up one last time for their Som Show Presents: Residency at The Seaside, tonight, August 25, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3.

80s Party - Party like it's 1989 with Benjamin Jorgens and the crew for the Hot August '80s Party, featuring live '80s tunes from local faces Small Town Nation, The Number Five Is Alive, and Jorgens on the wheels of steel. It all starts at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5, 21-and-older only.

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They have these down Pat.

The Rockin' B Ranch is putting on another fan-favorite Patrick McManus Show Saturday, Aug. 28. The McManus shows involve a live performance starring Tim Behrens that bring to life the hilarious writings of the Inland Northwest's favorite humorist. On Thursday, Aug. 26, and Friday, Aug. 27, the stage will be set for the usual lineup for the Rockin' B Ranch Cowboy Supper. If you've been to the Rockin' B in past years but haven't been this year, keep in mind that the pre-dinner show, "Twilight at Spokane Bridge, a Cowboy Vampire Melodrama," and the main show, "How The West Was Sung," are brand-new this season. You won't want to miss them. 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 For more information on the McManus show, go to

Happy Birthday Ron's Drive-In!

Ron's Drive-In is celebrating their 52nd year in business by offering special prices today between 10:30am and 7pm for the original "57 Combo" which includes an original burger, small fries and a small Pepsi for only 57 cents plus tax, or purchase each item individually for only 19 cents plus tax. Ron's Drive-In is located at 12502 E Sprague in the Spokane Valley.

It's going to be a Shock-ing celebration.

Help the Spokane Shock celebrate its championship season by attending the Championship Rally tonight, Aug. 25, at the Spokane Arena. The Shock won the Arena Football League Championship in its first year in the big league, beating the Tampa Bay Storm 69-57 in the ArenaBowl in Spokane last Friday. Including its previous years in the Arena Football League 2, the Shock have won three national championships in its five-year history. The Spokane County Commissioners are proclaiming September 2010 as Spokane County Shock Month in honor of this impressive feat. For more on the Shock, go to

It's hard to decide who to root for in this hockey match.

The 2010-2011 Spokane Chiefs take to the ice for the first time this week and will hold their Red vs. White scrimmage at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. This is your first chance to see how this year's team is shaping up, and the scrimmage is free and open to the public. For more information on this year's Chiefs, go to

Oh Boise! It's the Indians' last home series.

The Spokane Indians final homestand of the regular season is this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Aug. 30, against the Boise Hawks. The series finale on Monday night includes the always-popular fireworks night. Tickets for Indians games are $10 for upper box seats, and $6 for reserved bench seats, or $5 for reserved bench for kids 12 and under, seniors and military. For ticket information, go to If you can't make this weekend's series, don't worry. You'll have another chance to see the Indians play in the Northwest League playoffs, which start Monday, Sept. 6.


"He doesn't know it's a damn show! He thinks it's a damn fight!"

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. 27.

Last Week's Winner: Patrick O'Brien gets Rushmore.

Last week's movie quote was, "These are O.R. scrubs. O, R they?" O'Brien correctly guessed that it was from the 1999 comedy "Rushmore," and won two tickets to a Spokane Indians baseball game, courtesy of the Spokane Indians!

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