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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Park Bench Cafe opens Friday

The Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park opens this Friday, May 20. Same great food and drink items as before, with a few new additions. Hours are 9am to 3pm until June 17, then extended hours of 8am to 7pm run through Labor Day weekend. Friday night free music kicks off on June 3 with wine, beer discounts, free coffee and popcorn. Lots of great things happening all summer at the Park Bench Cafe.

It would be Wicked to miss this show

The smash Broadway hit, Wicked, opens tonight at the INB Performing Arts Center and runs for 16 performances through May 29. But, if you want to see it, you'd better get busy; some performances are sold out and many have limited availability. Contact Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com and get your seats now!

It's Lilac time in Spokane!

It's Lilac week! Don't miss these fun events:

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - All City Civic Military Luncheon
Honors the Spokane Military Persons of the year, 11:30am, Grand Pennington Ballroom, Davenport Hotel, $35 per person. Table sponsor $350.

Friday, May 20, 2011 - Spokane Lilac Festival Presidents' Dinner
Honors visiting out-of-town dignitaries from other festivals, Silent Auction & Social Hour 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dinner 6 p.m. Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, $70 per person.

Saturday May 21, 2011 - Cruzin' the Falls Car Show
Check in 9 a.m., show 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. All day Saturday along Spokane Falls Blvd and culminates in a parade of those cars along the reverse of the parade route at approximately 5:30 pm. Enjoy all day music and entertainment. Free.

Saturday, May 21, 2011 - Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade
7:45 pm, downtown Spokane, Free. The 73rd Annual Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Parade with over 200 Military, Equestrian, Marching Bands, Floats, and specialty units.



Two big shows at Civic Theatre

Tickets are going fast for Frost/Nixon, a powerful, spellbinding drama by Peter Morgan, directed by Susan Hardie, now through June 5 at the Firth J. Chew Theatre at Spokane Civic Theatre. A fallen politician attempts to redeem himself in the public eye. A journalist on the verge of professional suicide attempts to save his career. Who will throw the hardest punch and who will be the last man standing? All Tickets: $18.00 - Call Civic's Box Office at 509-325-2507 or go to www.spokanecivictheatre.com.

Opening this weekend, Friday, May 20 and running through June 19, a new musical comedy, The Full Monty, at Spokane Civic Theatre, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek, directed by Troy Nickerson. When six men find themselves on the unemployment line, their search for gainful employment forces them to discover assets that no one know they had. The show includes the musical numbers: "It's A Woman's World," "Michael Jordan's Ball," and Let It Go." For Mature Audiences. Tickets: Adult $28, Senior $26, Student $20, Student Rush $10. Call Civic's Box Office at 509-325-2507 or go to www.spokanecivictheatre.com.


Taking A Bite Out Of Hunger

It's time to gear up to taste some of the finest food and beverages in the region at Second Harvest's 17th annual Taking a Bite out of Hunger, today, Wednesday, May 18, 5pm at the Spokane Arena. The Taking a Bite out of Hunger fundraiser plays a key role in raising money to feed hungry children and adults who are experiencing the fallout from the recent recession. Last year's event raised enough money to cover the costs to secure, warehouse and distribute nearly three-quarters-of-a-million pounds of food donated by growers, grocers and manufacturers throughout the region and further reaching parts of the country.

Spokane Shock game this Friday

Don't miss the Spokane Shock vs Tampa Bay Storm this Friday, May 20 at 8:00pm at the Spokane Arena. Ticketswest has your seat.

Alice in Wonderland plays at the Bing

This contemporary adaptation of the classic "Alice in Wonderland," presented by young people in a "rock opera" genre plays at the Bing Crosby Theatre, this Friday, May 20, with selected performances through Sunday, May 29. The writer uses Lewis Carroll's make-believe characters to portray a slice of life of a 21st century American teenage Alice. Our modern-day Alice spends her day at high school and has a dream that takes her to Wonderland right through her bedroom window! While in Wonderland, we are taken on an adventure with Alice that ultimately brings her to realize her own strength and that she can live the life she desires. There are many recognizable characters that greet Alice when she arrives in Wonderland such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and the Queen of Hearts. Tickets are $11 individual online, $14 at door, $9 group discount (10+ people), $10 child (age 12-), $10 senior (age 65+). For more information and tickets, visit www.mettheater.com or call 509-487-6540.

Spokane Youth Symphony says "Bon Voyage, Verne"

Verne Windham conducts his last concert with the Spokane Youth Orchestra, Sunday, May 22, 2011- 4:00 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. Verne Windham was the principal horn for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. Since then, his voice has become familiar over the airwaves as Music and Arts Director for KPBX, Spokane Public radio. He has also conducted productions for the Spokane Opera and the Spokane Ballet. Adult tickets are $15, Seniors, $13 and youth, $11, and available at Ticketswest.com or call 509-624-1200.

LMAO this Friday night at Chuckles

Chuckles Comedy Club, located inside the Season Ticket, 1221 N. Howard, presents LMAO this Friday and Saturday nights, May 20 and 21, 8:30pm - 10:30pm. Cover is $10, $7 with college ID. Starring Adam Lee, Las Vegas Comedy Competition winner and 'Sons of Walker' player, featuring Andy Burgdorfer, The King of Kind Bud! with Dennis Swennumson from 'Sons of Walker', hosted by Harry J. Riley, from 'Sons of Walker' and the 2010 film "Falling Up". Call Season Ticket at 509-328-4898 for reservations. Seats are filling up fast.

Farm Chicks June 4 and 5 at the Fairgrounds

Recognized as one of the best shows in the U.S.A. by Country Living Magazine and Flea Market Style Magazine, the Farm Chicks Show is June 4 and 5 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. With over 200 vendors, this is not your grandma's antiques show. It's fresh, fun, and inspiring. For more information go to www.thefarmchicks.com

Don't miss Leo the MAC

Leonardo DaVinci, Man Inventor Genius, the MAC's biggest event ever will be in Spokane June 3rd through September 5th. Tickets are on sale now. MAC members get tickets at the museum, General public go to Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com

Art Fest and Elk Fest in Browne's Addition June 3-5

Plan now to attend two of Spokane's most fun events that take place June 3-5 in Browne's Addition as the MAC presents Art Fest in Coeur d'Alene Park and the Elk presents Elk Fest at Pacific and Cannon.

The High Five
from thesomshow.com
by Isamu Jordan

Ghostland Observatory - Funk, punk, electronica, electro, rock, pop -- Ghostland Observatory manages to do a little of a lot of things when this duo gets together. But on their latest album Ghostland Observatory does as little as possible, going for a maximized minimalist approach. "Codename: Rondo" still punches through with catchy, albiet sparse, momentum and various obscurely interesting sounds. Ghostland Observatory pulls your dance card at 8:30 p.m. tonight, May 18, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $22 day of show, through www.ticketfly.com.

Neato Baby Music Time - Mark Anderson -- the steam behind the expansive Broken Poetry nights at Neato Burrito -- aims on bringing a regular rotation of live music to Neato, with his weekly Neato Baby Music Time, which kicks off with singer-songwriter types Liz Rognes, Andrew Taylor and Angela Salmon, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. Cost: Free, all ages welcome.

Ocean - Considered one of Spokane's must-see up-and-coming artists, DJ, producer and beatsmith, Ocean is releasing another studio set of ill thrills, called "Black Ceiling," with support from Ayo.Dot, Freetime, Jaeda, Vibeself, DJ Stone Tobey and DJ Forcefield at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

Kari Marguerite - Acoustic soul singer with tinges of jazz and pop, Kari Marguerite holds it down on the terrace as the Summer Concert Series continues at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Cost: Free.

Memorial for Brent Miller - Local experimental band, Monuments, leads a memorial effort for close friend Brent Miller and fund raiser for U.T.F. Skate Park, with Belt of Vapor and Soul and the Machine at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at The Globe Bar and Grill, 204 N. Division St. Cost: $5.

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

Name That Flick

"At first I did not know it was your diary... I thought it was a very sad handwritten book."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn. 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, May 20.

Last Week's Winner, Stephanie Bond, correctly identified last week's flick and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn.

Last week's movie quote was "I want a wife, not a nursemaid to look after me!". Emerson correctly guessed that it was from the movie Jane Eyre and won a $20 gift certificate to The Cathay Inn.


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