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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Are you "Elle"licious?

Would you like to win tickets to the Broadway Show "Legally Blonde"? Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop has a contest for you..."Elle" look-a-like Contest! This will take place at Ben & Jerry's on the 3rd floor at River Park Square this Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1pm, with participants dressed "Elle"licious. Judges will choose the most "Elle"ish and the winner will receive 2 tickets to the Feb. 10th, 7pm performance at the INB Performing Arts Center.

All participants will receive an "Elle" licious Ben & Jerry's Sundae. Audience members will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to also win 2 tickets to the Feb. 10th performance. For more information, contact Kari Conner, owner of Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop & Catering, 509-455-8500. Performances of "Legally Blonde" will run Thursday, Feb 10 through Sunday, Feb. 13.

The best show in town right now is the Spokane River

High water in the Spokane River is now offering one of the best shows in town, and the Spokane Falls SkyRide is one of the most unique ways you can view the Falls. With bright, sunny days forecast for the next week or so, now is the time to take in this spectacular display as the River thunders through the heart of Spokane. Currently the SkyRide is open Fri-Sun and on Holidays. During the week don't forget to take advantage of the pedestrian bridges in Riverfront Park which also offer spectacular vantage points for viewing the Falls.

Enjoy a 15 minute ride in an "all weather" enclosed cabin. Each of the 15 cabins is ADA compliant and can hold 6 passengers. The SkyRide route takes you past art deco City Hall, then gradually dropping down 200 feet over the Huntington Park Natural Area. From there, you continue across the Spokane River, under the historic Monroe Street Bridge, and return to Riverfront Park. Bring your camera and capture some memorable photos. The cabin windows open for clear shots. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and hours of operation go to www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com.


Celebrate National "Soft" Peanut Brittle Day at Bruttles Today

Today is National Peanut Brittle Day and Bruttles Gourmet Candy Company is celebrating by donating 20% of its total sales to the Rypien Foundation which provides hope for local families battling childhood cancer. Bruttles will also offer a free six piece peanut Bruttle bag with the purchase of one pound of soft peanut butter brittle.

Bruttles soft peanut butter brittle begins with a one-of-a-kind, 60-year old classic recipe handed down by owner Carol Measel's Aunt Sophia Gerkensmeyer, an "old world" master candy maker. Each batch of their secret recipe candy is still hand-pulled on the marble slab she purchased from a historic hotel in Spokane, Washington. The unique recipe has been handed down, improved, and protected over the years. The result is a confection with a soft, flaky consistency and a rich, creamy peanut butter flavor. Bruttles locations are 828 West Sprague Ave, in Spokane, 101 N. University in Spokane Valley and at 210 E. Sherman Ave., Space 115, Plaza Shops in Coeur d'Alene. For more information about Bruttles Gourmet Candy Company, call Carol Measel at 888-4-Bruttles or visit www.bruttles.com.


Here's a singer you can idolize

Country music star Kellie Pickler, of American Idol fame, plays the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest this Saturday night, Jan. 29 at 8:30. Ticketswest has your seat at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Big-City Entertainment Hits Spokane February 10th

It's Spokane's shot in the limelight once again as Ignite Spokane II streams globally from The Bing Crosby Theater Thursday, February 10th beginning at 6:30 pm. Presenters are given 5 minutes and 20 slides to enlighten the audience any way they see fit. Whether it's discussing the finer points of knitting, creating money making apps, or sharing heart wrenching stories of battling cancer, Ignite starts a buzz of innovation and creativity in the Spokane community. Last time one presenter talked about the joys of skipping (and I've been happily skipping ever since!). So, if you have something to say and can say it in 5 minutes, submit your topic. If you have nothing to say and want to hear great speakers telling their stories, make sure you attend Ignite. Seats are only $10 and there will be food and libations available for purchase Presenters are encouraged to submit ideas online at www.ignitespokane.com. For more information contact John Robideaux at 509-879-4063 or john@robideaux.com.

Bluz at the Bend is a sure cure for the winter blues

This week Bluz at the Bend, 2721 N. Market at Illinois Street, has a full line up of entertainment to make your winter brighter. Tonight, Jan 26 at 7:30 pm is Comedy Open Mike (it's normally Thursdays) in Uncle D's Comedy Underground upstairs (no, we don't know why they call it underground when it's on the second floor). Also tonight at 8 pm Sammy Eubanks plays, and tomorrow night at 8 pm it's Coleman Underground. Friday and Saturday nights Jan 28 & 29 8:00 pm comedian Sharon Lacey and Magician Matt Van Zee entertain upstairs while The Cronkites play downstairs. Go to www.bluznews.com for more information.

Ahoy mateys. Your ship is coming in!

The 2011 Spokane National Boat Show starts this Saturday, Jan. 29th and runs for 8 days, through Saturday, Feb. 5th at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. In addition to the many boats, this year's show, Sponsored by the Spokane Yacht club, will also feature an antique wooden boat display and several dock displays for sale. Seminars are scheduled almost every hour for the run of the show. Check the list of presenters and seminars. A tugboat will be on display, built by local firefighter, Eric Staggs, and there will be a coloring contest and "Name the Tugboat" Contest. Winner will receive a float tube from the Elephant Boys. For show hours and more information, visit www.spokaneboatshow.com.

The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein comes to The Fox.

Spokane Symphony's SuperPops series presents Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 10pm at the Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox. Morihiko Nakahara is guest conductor and two fabulous Broadway performers will sing and dance to selections including the music from South Pacific, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Carousel and Oklahoma! Enjoy the music of this legendary team. For tickets, visit www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Metallica Tribute Band coming to The Knitting Factory.

Blistered Earth "The Ultimate Tribute to Metallica" with special guest, White Knuckle, will perform at the Knitting Factory Concert House this Saturday, Jan 29. The band, formed in 2009, delivers the full Metallica experience, with classic songs like "Kill Em' All" and the self-titled "Metallica". This tribute pays it's respects to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7:30. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at www.ticketfly.com

"Chicago" comes to Gonzaga U this Friday

Gonzaga University's Magnuson Theatre will continue its 2010-11 season with Bob Fosse's vaudeville classic musical "Chicago" opening Friday, Jan. 28. Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5; three 2 p.m. matinees will be performed Jan. 30 and Feb. 4-5. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available now.

Buy your tickets early as they are selling fast. Tickets may be purchased with cash or credit/debit cards only at the Magnuson Theatre Box Office or online at www.gonzaga.edu/theatrearts; all sales are final. The box office is located on the main floor of Gonzaga's College Hall (formerly the Administration Building) and can be reached at 509-313-6553.

Less Stress, More Chocolate!

If the end of the work week has you feeling a teensy bit frayed around the edges, the Spokane Club has something to smooth out the rough patches. It's called laughter. It's called in-the-trenches, working mother and a daughter-with-a-doll shoe-stuck-up-her-nose wisdom. With a shot of chocolate on the side!

It's called Deanna Davis, who's bringing her amazing mix of humor, insight and exceptional (and practical) stress-busting tips to the Club on Friday, January 28 at 6pm. She'll have you laughing, thinking and feeling a whole lot better about this divine comedy called life. (And she'll tell you how her daughter got the doll shoe out of her nose and why it's a great analogy for the things we need to get rid of too.) Complimentary chair massages will be offered before the presentation and after the event. To schedule your chair massage, call 928-8550.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $18. Call 509-838-8511 to reserve your seats.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Wes Weddell - Seattle folk phenomenon Wes Weddell is a Pullman native, and rural roots abound in his music, highlighting small communities around the Northwest. His 2010 album, "By the Side of the Lake," puts the lens on Coeur d'Alene. Weddell is a master storyteller and precision craftsman of authentic Americana. Witness Weddell in action on at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 28, at Nyne, 232 W. Sprague. Cost: $5, 21.

New Taste Tuesdays - Spokane's only comedy and music show, Platform Booking Presents: New Taste Tuesdays packed Zola last night. Lance Paullin, Andrew Oullette and Hary J. Riley, each have their own brand of uncompromising comedy. And Flying Spiders play an unpredictable swarm of orchestral hip-hop jazz funk with rotating drummers, emcees, beatboxers, horn players, bassists, guitarists and a host of others. The variety show weekly jumps off at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, at Zola, 22 W. Main St. Cost: Free.

My Pinky Has a Name - Female fronted synth and drums duo My Pinky Has a Name has the makings of a cult following on the indie scene, popping up on random hip-hop bills, open mic ambushes and museum soirees. The indie-pop pair appears at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave., with support from Cyrus Fell Down, Eliza Rickman and Hannah Reader solo. Cost: $5.

Real Life Rockaz - Real Life Rockaz have already carved out a niche for reggae with the band's Wednesday weekly roof raiser at Blue Spark. The crew comes to The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague, on a co-headlining bill with reggae hip-hoppers Skillet Jones at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 29. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Asteroid M - Named after the headquarters of the X-Men's arch nemesis Magneto, Asteroid M plays progressive rock that blurs speed riffs with polarizing beats. The Portland quartet comes to town for a show at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 28, at The A Club, 406 W. Sprague. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

For local music news, events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Ground's too hard. Them men wanted a decent burial, they should have got themselves killed in summer."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win one day's free VIP parking, a free Starbucks, newspaper and carwash at Diamond Park 'n Jet. 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, Jan 28.

Last Week's Winner: Valerie Wise echoes in eternity.

Last week's movie quote was, "What we do in life echoes in eternity." Wise correctly guessed that it was from the film "Gladiator" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn.

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