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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Riverfront Park Ice Palace Opens Today



Recognized as one of the best outdoor skating rinks in the nation, the Riverfront Park Ice Palace opens today for the 2011-2012 season. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, skating continues through February 26, 2012. The Ice Palace features day and evening sessions, skate rentals for almost every size, along with fun games and music to highlight your experience. The covered ice rink and indoor seating provide an atmosphere everyone will enjoy. They've made some great improvements this year, including indoor seating, expanded food service and more new skates.

Don't know how to skate? They'll teach you with lessons for all ages and abilities. Parents & Tots and Home School Lessons begin the week of November 8th. Sessions fill up fast so now is the best time to register. The Ice Palace also offers Winter Day Passes, skate rental, drop-in hockey, ice rental, skate sharpening, and a variety of discounted sessions.

For details on hours, prices, rentals, packages and other information please call 456-4FUN or visit the Riverfront Park Web site at www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com.

Celtic Legends at the Spokane Club

Master Storyteller Patrick Ball Brings Celtic Legends to the Spokane Club in a one-man show tomorrow night, October 20 at 7 pm Tickets are $20. Call 509-838-8511 to order.

The Steam Plant is haunted October 30

The Steam Plant presents an evening of ethereal songs from Phantom of the Opera, Gruber's Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and more in this historic landmark on Sunday, October 30 at 5 pm.. The event includes a four-course dinner, musical performance and Broadway-themed prize drawings.

Proceeds support SHOWKIDZ, a program that provides Broadway show experiences and education to organizations whose mission is to provide services to at-risk youth. Previous SHOWKIDZ recipients include Big Brothers and Sisters of the Inland Northwest, Hutton Settlement, Crosswalk, Foster Parenting programs and many more.

Tickets include hors d'oeuvres reception with a taste of Steam Plant Brewing Co. handcrafted beers, a four-course dinner, and the musical performance. Plus drawings for tickets to the upcoming engagement of Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein and special Broadway merchandise gift bags. The cost is $95.00 per person. Tables will be assigned upon arrival.

For tickets go to www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. For more information about the event visit www.steamplantspokane.com/halloween.asp.


Crazy Gs: Best of the Best of Spokane

We certainly have a lot of Best Businesses in Spokane, but in our opinion one of the best of the best is Crazy G's, the little local burger restaurant that was named Best Burger by KREM TV's Best of Spokane. They've been open just two and a half years and they beat the big boys, Red Robin and Five Guys for the honor. The contest had nearly 70,000 votes cast in a variety of categories. You can see all the winners at krem.com.

More Best of Spokane

Bozzi Media's Best of Spokane Party is 7 pm Friday, October 28 at the Fox. Celebrate the best in Spokane business, entertainment, food, and fun. Go to bestofspokane2011.eventbrite.com for your tickets to the party of the year.

It will be fun to see how their Best of Spokane compares with other similar contests.


Classes are back at AneMone Paper Flowers

Ever wanted to know how to create your own paper flowers? AneMone Paper Flowers has set their class schedule through November. Thursdays 3-5pm and Saturdays 9:30-11:30 they will be teaching the Dahlia and the Rose.

The class is $35 and includes all supplies. They also offer a 10% discount in the store on the day of your class. Call 509-838-7037 to sign up.


Homage to Women Artists at the Chase Gallery

The Chase Gallery in Spokane City Hall presents an exhibition of shrines created by 38 Palouse Women Artists that honor the women artists who have inspired them: internationally known artists, artists next door, and relatives who are artists. The show is November 1 through December 30. The objective of the exhibition is to educate, identify female role models and to create art in an organic form as well as have fun. The show is aesthetically diverse and compelling with the use of a variety of material, reflections of the specific artist's medium and thematic imagery.

The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. An artist reception will be held on Friday, November 4th, 5pm-8pm. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 am to 9 pm and Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Some of the artists whose lives and art are commemorated are:

Deborah Butterfield is commemorated by Valerie Boydo; Butterfield is known for her sculptures of horses made from found objects, like metal and especially pieces of wood and divides her time in Montana and Hawaii.

Frida Kahlo is commemorated by Laurel Macdonald; Kahlo was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacan who is best known for her self-portraits as well as intense and vibrant colors.

Georgia O'Keeffe is commemorated by Louise Colson; O'Keeffe was chiefly known for paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones, and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation.


Cirque du Soleil's 'Michael Jackson' is the largest touring event in Spokane Arena history

It's the largest production Cirque du Soleil has ever taken on the road. With 37 semi-trucks hauling set pieces, costumes, animatronic puppets and more, Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour is also poised to be the largest concert-event in the 16-year history of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. To put it in perspective, Walking with Dinosaurs, which featured 18 life-size dinosaurs, travels with 28 semi-trucks, while the average concert travels with 8-10.

Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour will dazzle and amaze Spokane audiences for two incredible performances on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. The show travels with 219 crew members, production staff and performers, and features 32 Michael Jackson songs, including songs dating back to Michael's Jackson 5 days. Some of the songs even feature never-before-heard Michael Jackson recordings and outtakes.

The show features a large, multi-purpose LED screen that was specifically developed for this show. Guests can expect to see a total of 252 costumes used throughout the performance, as well as a replica of Jackson's Giving Tree from his Neverland Ranch that acts as the show's centerpiece. Cirque du Soleil has been developing THE IMMORTAL World Tour since last August and it has taken over 9,000 hours to create the stage, set-pieces, costumes and props.

Contact Ticketswest at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT for your seats to this unprecedented event.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Horse Thieves - Led by local singer-songwriter standout Marshall McLean, The Horse Thieves steal the show with a double-album release for 'The Valley of Decision' and 'Outlaw Ballads' -- 22 tracks of alt-country Americana sweetness -- on Friday, October 21, at 8 pm at The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Oregon cohorts Betty and Boy open the show. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, through thehorsethieves.com; The Baby Bar, 827 W. First Ave.; Mark's Guitar Shop, 918 W. Garland Ave.; and 4000 Holes, 1610 N. Monroe St.; all attendees receive both albums with ticket admission, proceeds benefit Zwazo, a local organization for Haiti relief.

Johnny Polygon - Skyrocketing to national fame after signing to DJ Green Lantern's Future Green Entertainment, and then dropping to go 100 percent independent, Johnny Polygon has also started his own online show, karmaloop.tv. The rap renegade comes to town with DJ Beauflexx on Monday, October 24, at 8 pm at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Jesi B & the All Rites - Local soul-funk quartet Jesi B & the All Rites set up shop for the 5th Annual Dirty Martinis for Clean Water, hosted by The Center for Justice on Friday, October 21, at 7 pm in The Falls Room of the Masonic Temple, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, through 509- 464-7602, or by contacting Shawna Sampson at ssampson@cforjustice.org.

Flying Spiders - Simply Dave, aka The Doorman, gets down with guitar-based loops, MJ the human beatbox lays mouth percussion, and 10-piece hip-hop band Flying Spiders will be joined by both of them, continuing the groups' Wednesday weekly on October 19, at Zola, 22 W. Main. Cost: free.

RAMPS Premier Party - Matthew Winters -- of Team Growl -- and Russell Williams are celebrating the launch of their new offspring, an indie publication called RAMPS, on Saturday, October 22, at 10 pm at Pacific Avenue Pizza, 2001 W. Pacific. Team Growl headlines the show. Cost: Free, all ages welcome.

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

Help pack the Garland & the Bing for Mary Roach on Thursday

This year's 'Spokane is Reading' pick is Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Meet author Mary Roach during one of two free presentations on Thursday, October 20. at 1:00 pm at the Garland Theater and 7:00 at the Bing Crosby Theater. Free. More info at www.spokaneisreading.org.


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