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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Three millennia old—and in Spokane for one night.

The Shen Yun Divine Performing Arts will bring the three-millennia-old art of Chinese dance and music to the INB Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21. The dance troupe tells stories of China's past with almost 20 dances meticulously synchronized and elegantly costumed to sound of thunderous drum music. Tickets range in price from $35 to $95, and are available by calling 509-325-SEAT or by visiting

Shimmy, shimmy to some Supremely good music.

Recent Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Little Anthony & The Imperials will swing into Spokane for a two-show stint over Memorial Day weekend at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Fellow Rock Hall of Famer Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, shares top billing on the shows, which will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 24 in Northern Quest's Pend Oreille Pavilion. Tickets are $50 and $60 and are available by calling 509-340-6700 or through TicketsWest at 800-325-7328 or

Amazing. And in Technicolor.

Christian Youth Theatre-Spokane will kick off its seven-show run of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with a 7 p.m. show on Friday, May 22. Performed at the Central Valley Performing Arts Center, in Central Valley High School, the production also includes 7 p.m. shows May 23, 29 and 30 and 3 p.m. shows May 23, 30 and 31. Tickets range in price from $7 to $13 and can be bought online at or by calling 509-487-6540 or 800-325-SEAT.

Somewhere over the state line, kids will take the stage.

Christian Youth Theatre-North Idaho is off to see the Wizard in this production of the timeless classic, "The Wizard of Oz," which will premier at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the recently opened SA Kroc Community Center, in Coeur d'Alene. The show will run through May 30. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, with a special $6 matinee on Saturday, May 23. For ticket information, go to

Blues travels fast with Festival at Sandpoint.

The Festival at Sandpoint organizers announced the lineup late last week for the 27th annual concert series, which will be Aug. 6-16. Tickets are now on sale for all shows. The festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 6, with 1970s folk-rock bands Poco and Firefall. On Aug. 7, the harmonica-laced sounds of Blues Traveler will fill Sandpoint, with JJ Grey and Mofro opening for them. The next night, former Steve Miller Band member Boz Scaggs will hit the stage, with New Orleans' The Subdudes as his opening act. The Spokane Youth Orchestra will perform a Sunday afternoon kids' concert titled "Green Eggs and Hamadeus." On Thursday, Aug. 13, sophisticated hillbilly Michelle Shocked plays Sandpoint, with opening guest Jonatha Brooke. That Friday night, music's mad scientist Keller Williams plays with popular Festival returnee Donavon Frankenreiter. On Saturday, Aug. 15, country superstar Clint Black performs for the Sandpoint crowd, with opening act Jypsi. At the grand finale Sunday, Aug. 16, Maestro Gary Sheldon and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to Benny Goodman with the show "Swing! Swing! Swing!," which will include a special guest clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman. For ticket information and more on the festival, go to

What I Got? A tribute to Sublime.

The LBC, a tribute band for the 1990s reggae/ska/punk band Sublime, hits the Knitting Factory's Main Space at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Sublime hit the top of the charts in the mid-1990s with its single, "What I Got," and developed a cult following that The LBC hopes to capture. Tickets are $13 and are available at 509-325-SEAT or

Lust and love fills the Civic this weekend.

The Spokane Civic Theatre has two productions running simultaneously this week. "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" continues on the main stage, with a 7:30 p.m. performance Thursday, May 21 and 8 p.m. showings Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23. At the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre, "The Affections of May" continues its run, with shows at the same times on those dates, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 24. "A Funny Thing" runs through June 14, and "The Affections" appears through May 31. For ticket information, go to call the Civic box office at 509-325-2507 or go through Tickets West at 509-325-SEAT or

"Shower" with friends at the Laguna Café this weekend.

That's jazz guitarist Nick Schauer playing Friday night May 22 from 6:30 to 9 with Doug Folkins on bass, and Saturday, May 23 night from 6:30 to 9 with Craig Landron on sax at the Laguna Café, 4304 South Regal. Just say, "I'm a LAGUNATIC!" and you'll get $10 off any bottle of wine with dinner. This offer is good May 20,21,22,23 and 24 Wednesday thru Sunday. And with this great weather the patio is open. Call the Laguna Café at 448-0887 for more information and reservations.

Hot Spots from The Som Show,

Sasquatch Music Festival featuring Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails and many, many, more -- Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, at noon at The Gorge will be flooded with indie-rockers from around the region as nearly one hundred cutting edge acts -- everything from new-wave dance-pop to old-time folk-experimental -- descend on one of the most pristine outdoor venues on the planet. Highlights include the reunion of the original members of Jane's Addiction, a rare Northwest appearance by the soul powered Erykah Badu, and Spokane's own R&B experimental superfreak, James Pants. Camping at The Gorge for the event was previously reported as sold out, along with the vast majority of festival tickets for all three days, however additional camping passes have been allotted due to the unprecedented demand. Cost: $76.50 per day. For more information, go to

Psychostick, with Burnt Offerings, Aftermath, Cast Pattern and Character Flaw -- Arizona hard-comedy metal-rap party band Psychostick aims to raise the heavy heartedness of its genre by bringing humor into the darkness that dictates the metal riffage they employ. The instrumentation is as serious as the vocal harmonies. The lyrics, are not. Friday, May 22 at 9 p.m. at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $8. Adults only.

Karli Fairbanks with Not An Airplane, Travis Vick, and Henry Nordstrom -- Local singer-songwriter favorites Karli Fairbanks and Henry Nordstrom anchor a bill with California indie-folk artists Travis Vick and Not An Airplane. This show is oozing with indie-cred. Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison St. Cost: TBA. All ages welcome.

Road to Hell Tour featuring Aiden and 10cc Love Affair -- Post-hardcore metal madness ensues as Spokane up-and-comer 10cc Love Affair opens a high-profile gig with Seattle horror-punk quartet Aiden. Coming through to play a relatively intimate event at The Blvd., upon the release of its brand new album, "Knives," the internationally-known Aiden announced it was aiming to play the smallest venues available while on a UK tour. Rock so close up you'll be able to taste the sweat as it flies offstage. Saturday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $6.66. All ages welcome.

All Girls Acoustic Jam featuring Colleen Rice, Marguerite & the 76, and Melissa Ann -- As the title of the show suggests, it's no man's land for this event at Caterina Winery as Post Falls females unite with Clarkston gals for an Idaho female folk festival of sorts. Friday, May 22 at 8 p.m. at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $5. All ages welcome.

For more local music news, events, videos and mp3s, visit The Som Show at

Well, he always said he'd be back.

"Terminator: Salvation," the fourth installment in the "Terminator" movie series, opens with showings just after midnight on Thursday, May 21, at the AMC River Park Square 20 theater downtown and the Regal Cinemas at the Spokane Valley Mall and at NorthTown Mall, and the Village Centre Cinemas, on Spokane's North Side. For local movie times, go to, or

The Zags are going for another title—this time on the diamond.

Who says Gonzaga University can only play basketball? The Gonzaga Bulldogs baseball team won the West Coast Conference regular-season title and will host Loyola Marymount University in the WCC Baseball Championship Series this weekend. Game one in the best-of-three series is set to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Patterson Baseball Complex. Game two will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, and if necessary, game three will be at noon, Sunday, May 24. Tickets went on sale earlier this week and are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth 12 years old and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the McCarthey Athletic Center box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by calling 509-325-SEAT or going to Go Zags!

The Shock look to jolt the Coyotes.

Still top-ranked and undefeated, the Spokane Shock will try to keep their perfect record intact when they take on the Central Valley Coyotes at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Spokane Arena, in Arenafootball 2 action. Tickets range in price from $8 to $28. As of earlier this week, tickets were available in the lower-level endzones and in the upper level. The lower-level sideline seats are sold out. For tickets, call 509-325-SEAT or go to


"Wake up, son. I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn.. Send your best guess 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, May 22.

Last Week's Winner: Mathew Plank is super, too.

Plank identified last week's movie as "Superman II."

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