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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

On the first day of October, my artists gave to me...

More than 40 stores, bars, eateries and offices throughout downtown Spokane and other neighborhoods will have art on display during the First Friday Art Walk, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. In the Spokane Community Warehouse, at 505 W. Riverside, CHAIR-ity will feature chairs creatively decorated by local artists. Chairs will be raffled off to raise money in support of the Warehouses, a program of St. Margaret's Shelter. At the Brickwall Art Gallery, at 530 W. Main, photographer Richard Heinzen and Hospice of Spokane will introduce a photograph exhibit titled "Travelers Through Hospice." At The Onion Restaurant, at 302 W. Riverside, Artist Brendan Genther's exhibit "Art Can Be Therapy; Art Need Not Have Boundaries" will be on display. For a full list of exhibits and events, go to www.downtownspokane.org and click on the First Friday tab.

Hate Me today, but Blue October will have come and gone tomorrow.

Blue October brings its strong lyrics and unique vocals to the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, at 8:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 29, as part of its Pick Up The Phone tour. The Houston-based group is touring in support of its new album, "Approaching Normal." It's the follow-up to the group's first album, "Foiled," which went platinum and produced one of the most popular songs of 2006, "Hate Me." Tickets for tonight's show are $26 each and are available at sp.knittingfactory.com.

Young and old alike will like this.

The Spokane Symphony and the senior ensemble of the Spokane Youth Symphony will perform together at the performance titled "Side By Side" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Spokane Symphony music director Eckart Preu will conduct, and Spokane Youth Symphony artistic director Verne Windham will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets to this show are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for students, and they are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Don't be a Melvin. Listen to the Melvins.

The beloved trainwreck that is The Melvins is coming to the Knitting Factory Concert House for a hard-hitting show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. The Melvins have been around for 25-plus years, have seen band members come and go, and have been brought on and kicked off major labels. Through it all, they've remained a fan favorite with metalheads. Tickets to Thursday night's show are $15 apiece and are available at sp.knittingfactory.com.

Ignite your intellect. In five-minute increments.

The inaugural Ignite Spokane event takes the Bing Crosby Theatre stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. Inspired by the 4-year-old Seattle event that has been replicated in communities throughout the world, Ignite brings together presenters from the Spokane community to speak on the topic of their choosing. Each has five minutes and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Speeches include "How Lucky Underwear Helped Me Battle Lymphoma," by Tony Hines; "Feminism and the Jersey Shore," by Ashley Paulus; "How To Use Analytics To Get The Girl," by Ed Reese; and many others. Tickets are $10 each, with $5 of each ticket going to the Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund at United Health Services Credit Union. For tickets, go to www.ignitespokane.eventbrite.com.

This will be some good, down-home Cook-ing.

Country-music up-and-comer Elizabeth Cook will play an intimate show at the Rick Singer Photography Studio, at 415 1/2 W. Main in downtown Spokane at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Dubbed as "this generation's Loretta Lynn," the young singer-songwriter will appear with Nashville instrumentalist Tim Carroll, who will play acoustic, electric and lap-steel guitar. Tickets are $20 each and are available by calling Rick Singer at 509-838-3333 or by emailing him at ricksingerconcerts@gmail.com.

This is all news to us.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Spokane Public Radio station KSFC 91.9 FM introduces An Evening With Howard Berkes, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Bing Crosby Theater. National Public Radio West Coast correspondent Berkes will talk about his 30 years of reporting experience that started with covering the Mt. St. Helens eruption and was followed by Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, Ruby Ridge, and others. Inland Northwest radio newsman Doug Nadvornick will lead a question-and-answer period with Berkes at the event. Ticket are $25, or $20 for SPR members. They can be purchased by calling 800-328-5729. For more information, go to www.spokanepublicradio.org.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Terrain - Spokane's 3rd Annual Terrain Art Exhibit brings together 64 area artists presenting 179 original works, along with music performances by seven artists, including DJ Likes Girls; new experimental project Sueno Del Verde; country Americana band Silver Treason, art-punk band Jazz, indie rockers Soul and the Machine, Pullman folk-rock band Yarn Owl, and headliner, Spokane-bred DJ and internationally renowned multi-insrumentalist James Pants. The festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 1, at the Music City Building, 1011 W. First Ave. Cost: Free, all ages welcome.

Terrain Wrap Up Party - The Terrain action continues with the Terrain Wrap Up Party, highlighting by Portland bluegrass punkers Hillstomp, along with local blues-punk band Whiskey Dick Mountain, that's at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Floater - Portland's Floater is coming through town, touring in support of the band's new psychedelic pop-rock album, "Wake." The band is playing a special acoustic engagement on Sunday, October 3, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cover: To be announced, all-ages welcome.

Dirty Martini's for Clean Water - Join the Spokane Riverkeeper program of the Center for Justice, Dry Fly Distilling and local indie-pop-jazz band Mon Cheri for Dirty Martini's for Clean Water, envisioning the return of Chinook salmon to the Spokane Falls, at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1, at the Spokane Masonic Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. The event also includes live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50-$80, through www.brownpapertickets.com.

Jimmy Nuggs - London Get Down's charismatic frontman, Jimmy Nuggs finishes out his residency tonight, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3, 21 and older only.

For music news, videos, mp3s, artist profiles, and more, visit thesomshow.com.

What's old is in town again.

Jim Custer Enterprises' 35th Annual Fall Antique & Collectors Sale hits the Spokane Fair and Expo Center Friday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 3. More than 300 dealers from across the U.S. will pack the 75,000-square-foot space with furniture, glassware, fine china, silver, vintage clothing, old toys, jewelry, coins, dolls, tools and more. Grashe Fine Art Restoration, which has worked with auction houses throughout the Western U.S. restoring fine art, will be on hand. Roy's Glass Repair and Nurse Nancy's Doll Repair will be at the show as well. Doors will be open from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Admission is $6 for adults; kids 12 and under are free. For more information, go to www.custershows.com.

Your stuff could get high appraise indeed.

If you're going to the Custer Antique & Collectors Sale, you might want to take your favorite family heirloom or that quizzical old piece you have lying around. The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture's Antique Appraisal Days will join the big antique show once again. Qualified appraisers and experts will be on hand to provide verbal market evaluations for $5 per item. Funds raised will support the Campbell House, next to the MAC. Appraisals will be available from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Appraisals are limited to five hand-carried items per person, and no firearms are allowed.

A River dances through it.

The South Asia Cultural Association will take the Bing Crosby Theater stage to present a dance drama titled "A Story of River Ganges, Her Sacredness and Her Pollution Problem." The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the Bing box office starting two hours before show time, or you can get them in advance through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The Lion's Share of the talent will be on display.

The Lion's Share, at 1627 N. Atlantic, will host a Citywide Autumn Art Show from 5-9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2. Work from artists ages 10 to 92 will be on display, including Devonia Grashio, Olivia Brownlee, Joan Becker and more. Rockin' B Ranch's own Pamela Brownlee will sing, and other performers include Paula Clark, Christie Jones, Brenda Lashley and Vivian Schuur.

Make yourself at homes during the Fall Festival.

The Spokane Home Builders Association's Fall Festival of Homes continues this weekend, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 3. The scattered-site show features 41 newly constructed home by 24 Spokane-area builders, most of which are furnished with the newest in interior-design trends. The tour is free, with events at a handful of host sites throughout the community. Homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, go to www.spokanefestivalofhomes.com.

SPORTS CORNER
There will be a lot of anti-Americans sentiment Saturday night.

The Spokane Chiefs take home ice for the first time in the 2010-2011 season when they take on long-time nemesis Tri-City Americans at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Spokane Arena. The Chiefs (0-1) will be trying to avenge an opening-game loss in Tri-City, where the Americans won a 6-3 shootout. Tickets for Saturday night's game range in price from $10 to $19 and are available at the Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"It's a matter of professional integrity! No girl wants to marry a doctor who can't tell if a man's dead or not!"

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $25 gift certificate for BrickHouse Spa Services at the BrickHouse Massage & Coffee Bar at 14222 E Sprague. 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, Oct. 2.

Last Week's Winner: Al Gilson is making a Splash.

Last week's movie quote was, "All my life I've been waiting for someone and when I find her, she's ... she's a fish." Gilson correctly guessed that it was from the 1984 romantic comedy "Splash" and won two tickets to Custer's Fall Antique & Collectors Sales at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 1-3.

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