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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Last Comic outStanding.

The Last Comic Standing Tour is coming to the Bing Crosby Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. The seventh season of NBC's Emmy-nominated competition/reality show "Last Comic Standing" wrapped up late last summer, with Felipe Esparza getting the most laughs and taking home the title. All of the show's finalists are on the tour and will be in Spokane for an evening full of laughs. Tickets are $35 and $45, with a limited number of $75 VIP meet-and-greet seats available. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Who knew Hitchcock could be hilarious?

Interplayers Professional Theatre is staging the hilarious "The 39 Steps" through Oct. 30 at the Interplayers Theatre, at 174 S. Howard. An adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film, the tongue-in-cheek play involves mistaken identity, political intrigue, femme fatales, all with quick costume and character changes in an evening of clever comedy. "The 39 Steps" runs at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 20, and Thursday, Oct. 21, then at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets range in price from $14 to $21, $12 to $19 for seniors, and are available at the Interplayers box office, at 509-455-PLAY, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

B.B. King coming to the INB

B.B. King, king of the blues, will perform at the INB Performing Arts Center on March 2, 2011 and tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 5 at 10am. At age 76, B.B. King is still going strong. Inducted to the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, King is a Grammy Award winner and recipient of the 1987 NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Reserved seat tickets are $29 to $99 at all TicketsWest outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

We gravely doubt you'll want to miss this one.

"The Cemetery Club" opens with a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, Oct. 22, at the Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J. Chew Theatre. The heartwarming comedy tells the story of a group of women who belong to an exclusive club, one that requires an expired husband and a monthly visit to his grave. This comfortable existence is turned on its side when a man-one that still has a pulse-comes on the scene. This weekend, additional performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. The comedy runs through Nov. 14, with evening performances Thursday through Saturday and matinees each Sunday, except Halloween.

Vladimir is here!

Conductor Eckart Preu and pianist Vladimir Feltsman team up as the Spokane Symphony plays "Classics 3: Vladimir Feltsman's Brahms 2" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. The perfomance includes Bohuslav Martinu's "Double Concerto for Strings Piano and Timpani," Antonin Dvorak's "Symphony No. 5," and Johannes Brahms' "Piano Concerto No. 2." Tickets for the weekend's performances range in price from $22 to $44 and are available at the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, or at through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

I'm funny. And I approved this message.

The always-timely, always-funny "Capitol Steps" returns to the INB Performing Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. These Capitol Hill staffers-turned-comedic entertainers have fun with the latest political headlines, trends and issues. Regardless of whether you're in a red or a blue state of mind, you'll laugh the evening away. Tickets are $25, $33, or $38.50. They are available through the Spokane Arena box office at 720 W. Mallon or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

A tribute to the Andrew Sisters features the Brownlee women.

The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, at 405 N. Williams in Post Falls, is presenting "Jazz at the JACC: A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. The show features Pamela Brownlee, Olivia Brownlee and Leslie Ann Grove, with a rockin' band behind them. Tickets are $20 each and are available at 208-457-8950.

Women vote, thanks to these women.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture presents a showing at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 20, for "Iron Jawed Angels," a movie about a group of women who dedicated their lives to fighting for a woman's right to vote during the early 1900s. To be shown in the Eric A. Johnston Auditorium, the show is a prelude to the new MAC exhibit that's opening Saturday, Oct. 30, titled "Women's Votes, Women's Voices." Tickets to "Iron Jawed Angels" are $5 each and are available at the door. For more information about what's happening at the MAC, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Gogol Bordello - The immigrant gypsy-punk carnival Gogol Bordello is coming through town with a new album in tow. Produced by Rick Rubin, "Trans-Continental Hustle" finds Gogol Bordello's eccentric frontman, Eugene Hutz, delving deeper into his infatuation with Eastern European aesthetics intertwined with a newfound affinity for Latin American flair. See the international carnival unfold when Gogol Bordello arrives at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $22 in advance, $25 day of show, through www.ticketfly.com.

Gogol Bordello After Party - Buster Blue left a deep impression when the experimental outfit impacted in Spokane during an opening slot for Jason Webley. Little known fact, this eclectic ensemble is buddies with Gogol Bordello and is headlining the official GB After Party at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, at Nyne Bar and Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave. It's also a birthday bash for singer-songwriter Matthew Winters. Supporting the bill is yours truly in a brand new organic hip-hop project, Flying Spiders, featuring an all-star cast of players. Cost: $7.

Haunted Forest with Pax Lumina and Koreshakti -Emerging from the shadows of the Koreshakti Tribal Fusion collective is Thomas Richardson latest musical incarnation, Pax Lumina, combining elements of hip-hop, world beat and tribal rhythms. Pax Lumina is backing Koreshakti dancers at the Haunted Forest Halloween themed performance on at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $10.

Ragbirds - Front woman and musical dynamo Erin Zindle rotates on multiple instruments, including violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion and percussion while leading her Ragbirds band through a world of magical Celtic and global rhythms at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

Residency with Brian Griffing - Local singer-songwriting Brian Griffing continues his run at The Seaside's October Residency at 9:30 p.m. tonight, October 20, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: Free, 21 and older only.

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


BEST thing is, it's only a week away.

BEST of Spokane Party 2010, Spokane-Coeur d'Alene Living magazine lavish launch party for its "Best Of" issue, is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Food will be from restaurants voted the best by Living readers, and a variety of local wines will be available for tasting. Freeze Models will wear the latest holiday fashions from Finders Keepers, and artists will put on live demonstrations. Dance to Keen Music's DJ or chill in the Bozzi Lounge, designed by Concept: Home. Tickets are $25 each, or $65 for VIP treatment that includes priority access to the red carpet, gift bags, a drink ticket, and exclusive entry into prize drawings. For tickets, go to www.spokanecda.com.

Music will be king at Musicking.

The Spokane Area Children's Chorus kicks off its 24th season with its Musicking at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, at 411 S. Washington. Hear some of the most talented young singers, ages 7 to 18, in the organization's six choirs. For more information, go to www.saccsings.org.

Ignite Community Theatre is at the same old haunt.

Ignite Community Theatre partners with the city of Spokane again this fall to offer Riverfront Fright, with a series of Halloween features for kids. Ignite is operating the haunted house at Riverfront Park. In addition, Riverfront Park has a Kids Zone strawbale maze, Ghostly Golf, the SR-2 Ride, and the standard Pavilion fun: IMAX feature and ice skating. The Haunted Pavilion package includes all of those activities or $16 for adults, $14 for students with ID; the haunted house alone is $8 per person, $6 for students with ID. For hours and additional information, go to www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com and look for the Riverfront Fright feature.

And you thought roller coasters were scary.

Silverwood Theme Park has transformed itself into Scarywood Theme Park, with "Haunted Nights" planned throughout October. Enjoy all the haunted attractions, like "Blood Bayou", "Terror Canyon Trail" and "Zombiewood Express". Ride the Timber Terror roller coaster backwards. Cost is $24.95, all ages. Admission includes the haunted attractions and the nightmarish rides. For more information, go to www.silverwoodthemepark.com.

It's bound to be a mind-opening experience.

NAMI Spokane, the Spokane chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, is putting on Open Your Mind: A Celebration of Mental Health Awareness from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Listen to live music from the Bruce Davis Band, peruse art exhibits and a mental-health fair, and bid on silent-auction items. Admission is a requested donation of $5, with all proceeds going to support the free NAMI Spokane programs that benefit the mentally ill, their families, and the general public. For more information, call 509-838-5515 or email namispokane@aimcomm.com.

Moran Prairie parents know how to party.

Moran Prairie PTG is putting on the Black and White Dinner and Auction Fundraiser starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at The Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln. Live and silent auctions are planned at the dinner party. For more information, go to www.moranprairieptg.org.

Enter the Zone for Reading

The Zone 4 Reading Series is this Sunday, October 24 at the John F. Thamm Gallery, 11 S Washington (in the Hutton Bldg). This month's reading is Fun and not poetry related. There will be two local flash fiction writers featured, Holly Chase Williams and Shanti Perez. This runs from 3-5pm with open mic from 3-3:30. Admission is free. For more information, contact 509-951-3374 or 509-869-7434.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I never told you, but you sound a little like Dr. Seuss when you're drunk."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division! 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. 22.

Last Week's Winner: Jim Hansen had the socially acceptable answer.

Last week's movie quote was, "As for the charges, I believe I deserve some recognition from this board." Hansen correctly guessed that it was from the drama "The Social Network," which is in theaters now, and won two VIP tickets to the Peter Rivera concert on Saturday, Oct. 16.

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