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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spokane String Quartet plays Sunday at 3 at the Fox



The Spokane String Quartet will visit four centuries of excellence when it takes the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

The cello is in the forefront for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, which opens the concert. The quartet premiered in 1790, a year before the composer's death. The piece is followed by the 1977 composition "Fratres" by contemporary Estonian composer Avo Part. Still active today, Part is a pioneer of "holy minimalism," which adds a religious or mystical focus to the late-20th century musical style. The second half of the program is String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1, by Johannes Brahms. Written in 1873, the piece captures both the gloomy and the lyrical side of Brahms.

The Spokane String Quartet consists of Mateusz Wolski and Amanda Howard-Phillips, violins; Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola; and Helen Byrne, cello.

All seats are general admission. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Ticket prices include a $2 theater preservation fee. Tickets are available by calling the Fox ticket office at 509-624-1200, at www.ticketswest.com, 509-325-SEAT or 1-800-325-SEAT, or at the door.

Portland Cello Project comes to the Bing

Tomorrow night at 8 pm enjoy cello music like you've never heard before as the Portland Cello Project comes to the Bing Crosby Theater along with the popular Hot Club of Spokane.

Since the group's inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 800 pieces of music you wouldn't normally hear coming out of a cello. Cello Project's stage setup ranges from the very simple (4-6 cellos), to the all out epic (which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players).

Ticketswest has your seats. Call 800-325-SEAT or go to http://www.ticketswest.com


Go to Hawaii Saturday night at the Fox

Bask in the warmth of Aloha this Saturday night at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. A Hawaiian Culture Demonstration begins in the lobby at 6:00pm and the Brothers Cazimero perform the music of the islands at 7. Contact Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or http://www.ticketswest.com.

A monster of a show at the Arena this weekend



The nation's most popular Monster Trucks are at the Spokane arena Friday through Sunday for Monster Jam. Bad to the bone, Grave Digger will be there along with the new Tasmanian Devil. Contact Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or http://www.ticketswest.com. And be sure to bring ear plugs for you and the kids!


George Lopez performs at the INB Friday night

This Friday, February 17 at 8:00pm enjoy the comedy of George Lopez at the INB Performing Arts Center.



George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS, which represented Lopez's return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television's groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable's Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication. George Lopez is one of only four off-net comedies to post weekly ratings gains among households from the 2007-08 to 2008-09 season.

Ticket prices are $37.50 and $55.00. Contact Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or online at ticketwest.com


One evening. 2000 years in the making.

The New Shanghai Circus is coming to the INB Performing Arts Center this Saturday afternoon at 3 pm. Here's what the New York Times has to say about this incredible show. "In acts that often trace their origins to the harvest festivals of more than 2,000 years ago, this youthful, handsome and graceful company spends a swift two hours in a range of demanding performances, most of them typifying Chinese circus and constituting a refreshing alternative to the Western tradition. Under the direction of Zhao Lizhi, the artistry, individually and collectively, attains levels that make it seem almost unfair to single out any act." For more information visit bestofbroadwayspokane.com

Tickets are $12.50 and $25.00. Call 800-325-SEAT or go to ticketwest.com for your seats.


Harlem Globetrotters coming to Arena Feb 22



The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their fun and great basketball skills to the Spokane Arena, Wednesday, February 22nd at 7 pm. Ticketswest has your seat. Call 800-325-SEAT or go to http://www.ticketswest.com


Spokane Watercolor Society Show at Chase

Artists in the Spokane Watercolor Society will exhibit at the Chase Gallery located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. An artist reception will be held on March 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of First Friday. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibition was juried by Dale Laitinen from Gold Rush, California. Prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. at the artist reception.

Music will be provided at the artist reception by Patricia Bartell - the US adjudicator of Trophee Mondial - World Trophy Accordion Championship - and her students including Emil Haroldsen, Naomi Harris, and Yevgeny Nosov. Selections will include French Cafe style music, some classical accordian, and a polka or two.

Spokane Watercolor Society's mission is Spokane Watercolor Society mission is to support the dreams of the watercolor artist whether beginner or professional - and to have fun doing it.

The Count of Monte Cristo opens Feb. 24 at Civic

Directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson, The Count of Monte Cristo is on stage at Spokane Civic Theatre February 24 - March 18 on the Main Stage. Tickets: Adult $22, Senior/Military $20, Student $18. Call the Box Office at 509-325-2507 or go to www.spokanecivictheatre.com/tickets

It's a music junkie's one-stop-shop

It's KPBX Recordings & Videos Sale, February 18 and 19, when Spokane Public Radio station KPBX 91.1 fills the downtown Masonic Center with the sights and sounds of all things musical. On Saturday, sale hours are from 9am to 5pm. Sunday, doors open from 11am to 5pm. In addition to thousands of gently-used, bargain basement-priced albums, CDs, videos, DVDs, and equipment, R&Vers will also be treated to live music from some of Spokane's finest players each day: Folk artist Jenny Edgren strums and sings on Saturday, while gypsy jazz band Hot Club of Spokane entertains on Sunday. Both concerts will be held from 1pm to 3pm and offer complementary entertainment with your free admission to the sale.

Due to increased popularity, this year's event has been expanded to two rooms within the Masonic Center. The main auditorium will house the recording and movie items, while the adjacent room will be filled with used music equipment, available for bid by silent auction. Refreshments will be available by donation from Rocket Bakery and Craven's Coffee.

KPBX's Recordings and Videos Sale is the largest event of its kind in the region and is a highly-anticipated annual event for fans of recorded music, many of whom line up hours before doors open on Saturday to get their hands on the best collector's items. In recent years, the sale has also garnered a younger following because of the free entrance fee and plethora of cheap albums, CDs, movies, turntables, and speakers. Almost all items are under $5.

For more information go to kpbx.org or call Spokane Public Radio at 509-328-5729.

Nectar Tasting Room expands menu

Starting Thursday, February 16, Nectar Tasting Room will have more food options on their menu. Since opening in January 2011, Nectar has provided guests with a large or small meat and cheese tray. "We saw a need and listened to our guests who are looking for a few more options when it comes to food," says owner Josh Wade. "While being a restaurant or wine bar is not our business model, we knew we could do more." Nectar has expanded the relationship it has with local caterer Just a Couple of Moms and developed a partnership with restaurants within close proximity, Soulful Soups and Sushi.com. Wine lovers can now enjoy a baked brie plate, lamb skewers with blue cheese, a sushi sampler, or a cup of soup and beer bread in addition to the popular meat and cheese trays.

Nectar Tasting Room, downtown at Main and Stevens, is a shared space of five Washington wineries from various regions across the state. Visitors can enjoy an educational wine tasting of five wines (rotates weekly), wine by the glass, and purchase wines to take home and enjoy as well. "We are a winery just like any local winery, we just happen to have 45 wines on the menu to choose from," says Wade.

The website is http://www.drinknectar.com.

Tee up at the Spokane Golf and Travel Show this weekend

The 2012 Spokane Golf & Travel Show is this weekend, February 18-19 at the Spokane Convention Center and it promises to bigger and better with the appearance of big name manufacturers such as Nike, Bridgestone, Callaway, TaylorMade and more! Thanks to The Show’s new affiliation with Golf Universe of Kennewick and their excitement to sponsor a "Try and Buy Zone" at this year’s show, sales representatives from each participating manufacturer will display and demonstrate their new lines of equipment. All attendees will be able to personally test and purchase those clubs at individual hitting stations.

Additional new features to The Show, include PGA Quick Tips from local pros of the Inland Empire Section of the Pacific Northwest PGA. Attendees will be able to step up, swing a club or two and receive short instruction from local PGA club professionals. The seminar stage will also give you tips and tricks from four local pros including Gary Lindeblad of Indian Canyon and Steve Prugh of Manito Country Club.

Over 100 exhibitors will be bringing hard goods to purchase, discount trips and vacation ideas, season pass and lesson deals and opportunities to enter to win prizes galore. If you want to make it a family day, remember that kids under 12 are free and this year are welcomed into the Kids Zone for instruction from 1st Tee of the Inland NW coaches and can receive a free Henry Griffitts club (first 350 youth) from Clubs for Kids.

Tickets are only $12 a person and each paid admission ticket receives 2 free rounds of golf from area courses and $1 of each ticket sale goes to sponsor the mission of 1st Tee of the Inland NW. Go to SpokaneGolfShow.com for more details on The Show and to purchase tickets on-line.


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