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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Queen Latifah this Thursday at the INB

'A Conversation with the Queen' this Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm will be the largest event and fundraiser in the YWCA's history in Spokane. It will also mark Queen Latifah's first appearance in the Pacific Northwest. All proceeds will support the YWCA's critical programs that empower thousands of women each year by helping them overcome domestic violence, access important services for their children, and secure employment and housing.

Tickets available through TicketsWest at the Spokane Arena Box Office (720 West Mallon Ave), all TicketsWest Outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at the WestCoast Entertainment Group Sales Office at W. 201 North River Drive Suite 200 (Monday through Friday 8am to 5 pm, or by calling 509-777-6253.

Girl's Day Out in Coeur d'Alene this Saturday

This Saturday, March 24 is the Nickel's Worth 'Girls Day Out' in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Hayden with dozens of shops and services offering great values. Pick up a copy of the Nickel's Worth newspaper at hundreds of locations throughout North Idaho and have fun shopping. Go to nickelsworth.com for more information.

Top comedian Jeff Dunham this Sunday at the Arena

Jeff Dunham presents Controlled Chaos bringing his hilarious troupe of sidekicks to the Spokane Arena Sunday, March 25 at 5 pm. Dunham's been the top grossing live comedian in North America for three consecutive years as well as the last two worldwide. Ticketswest has your seat at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Comedy Night Out at the A Club March 29

A line up of three local comedians, Terry Canfield, Zaq Bell and Darryl Burns, plus special guest Ed Clark will take to the stage of the A Club, 415 West Sprague (upstairs) for a night of comedy. The show starts at 7 pm. 21 and older please.

Tickets are $10 and are available at www.aclubspokane.com.

B-1 at Bingo at Spokane Civic Theatre

Bingo is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy on the sage of the Firth J, Chew Studio Theatre at the Civic now through April 15. A colorful group of die-hard bingo players literally take the stage by braving the storm of all storms to make it to the bingo hall. Audience participation is a must with three actual games and prizes so come prepared to win.

Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2. Ticketswest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Spokane Public Market to host First Annual Barrels & Bites wine tasting benefit

The Spokane Public Market will host a silent auction and wine tasting fundraiser on April 13. Chef LJ Klink, co-owner of Klink's on the Lake at Williams Lake will partner with Spokane Public Market vendors and use fresh, local ingredients to pair gourmet bites with the wines. Ten Spokane-area wineries will participate including Bridgepress Cellars, Emvy and Barrister.

Barrels & Bites will take place inside the public market, located at 24 W 2nd Ave near Division Street. Guests are invited to tour the facility as they taste wines and sample food. Silent auction items will include a ski trip to Park City, Utah, a private Chef experience with Food Network Extreme Chef LF Klink and art by local renowned artist Ben Joyce.

Barrel & Bites marks the one-year anniversary of the Spokane Public Market, home to over 60 local vendors of fruits, vegetables, meats, and artisans' wares. Proceeds of the event will fund further renovation and improvements of the historic downtown building.

For more information, visit spokanepublicmarket.org or call 509-280-8166. or visit facebook.com/barrelsandbites.

Pete n Keely opens Friday at Lake City Playhouse

Directed by Abbey Crawford, with music direction by Carolyn Jess, Pete n Keely is about a live taping of a 1968 television special that reunites a divorced singing duo. As Pete and Keely stroll down memory lane reprising songs from their days of stardom, they take unscripted swipes at each other that dredge up hilarious moments from their turbulent past. The show runs through April 1. Go to lakecityplayhouse.org for information and tickets.

Leslie Ann Grove at Jacklin Center Friday

Leslie Ann Grove, an exceptional jazz singer and trumpet player, will be appearing at the Jacklin Center in Post Falls this Friday, M arch 23. Leslie's trio consists of Casey Wilkinson on keyboard, Dru Heller on drums, and Brian Flick on bass. Quite a savvy and talented group of musicians! Wine is available for purchase.

Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7:30. It's a tribute to the great standards of Spring, and it's called 'It might as well be Spring,' so even if it's raining, come on down and celebrate!

The address is 405 N Williams Street, Post Falls, (take I-90 Exit 5). Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students. Call 208-457-8950 for your seats.

Downtown wineries team up for walking wine pass

Four downtown area wineries team up to provide visitors a walking wine pass. "With Arbor Crest (River Park Square), Cougar Crest, Whitestone Winery, and Nectar Tasting Room all within four blocks of each other, the idea made perfect sense to everyone," says Mark Rogers, Arbor Crest marketing director. Visitors can purchase the wine pass at any of the four locations for only $10. The pass is valid for a wine tasting at each tasting room for one week ($20 value). "We moved closer to the downtown core to be in close proximity to more wineries," says Michael Haig, Whitestone wine maker. Guests at downtown hotels, shoppers and movie goers, and visitors dining in the many downtown restaurants now have another fun activity to enjoy. The pass is not valid on First Friday or during Spokane Winery Association event weekends. Limit one per customer. For more information contact any of the four downtown tasting room locations.

Cami Bradley at the Spokane Club

Indie Pop Star Cami Bradley headlines at the Spokane Club this Friday, March 23 at 8pm. The Horse Thieves, a new pop country band, is the opening act. Call 509-838-8511 for reservations.

Spring Break fun at Mobius

Do you like to design and build? Do you laugh in the face of mechanical challenges? Come join the Mobius Science Center's Engineering Challenge. Students will be presented with design and construction challenges in this entry level engineering class. Build and stress-test your own bridge design. Explore the designs of early siege warfare and construct your own catapult.

Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. This camp will take place April 2-6 at Mobius Science Center, located at 811 W. Main Ave.

For more information contact Marty Gonzales, Director of Operations for Mobius Spokane, by phone at 509-321-7203 or by email at mgonzales@mobiusspokane.org.

Bill Bozly this week in Coeur d'Alene

Singer Bill Bozly will perform this Friday, March 23 and Saturday, march 24 from 6 to 9 pm at The Greenbriar Inn at 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d'Alene. Enjoy a great selection of tapas, dinner and drinks, and excellent service by solid staff while listening to live music.

Largest Easter drama event in the Spokane region

'Behold Jesus!' will be performed at the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 31, in two performances: a 1pm matinee and a 6:30pm evening show.

This is Spokane Dream Center's Easter gift to the community. It is their 15th year of production with over 150 cast members in this professional quality performance. However, none of the actors are professionals. The cast includes local business professionals, lawyers, nurses, homeless individuals, families, ex-addicts, and college students. These are men, women and children from all walks of life.

The performance is FREE. No tickets are required. All are welcome to attend.

A Literary Repast at the Lion's Share

For anyone who enjoys books and good food, The Lion's Share brings another new event to Spokane on April 21. Jim and Joan Becker have put together an evening called a 'Literary Repast'. Patrons can come to The Lion's Share Victorian home at 1627 N. Atlantic to enjoy a delicious three course dinner while discussing one of four different authors around different tables. Each table will be hosted by a local expert on the topic. Professional actor, director and principal of Gonzaga Prep, Kevin Connell will convene a table on Shakespeare's work. Janean Jorgensen, host of KPBX's Broadway Matinee, will preside over a table focusing on Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and its blockbuster musical adaption. Joan Becker, a C.S. Lewis scholar, will lead a discussion on the famous British writers Life and how it effected his work. Jim Becker's table will concentrate on J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter phenomenon.

The Becker's have borrowed the idea from their former home town of Fresno, California where the local library has put on such an event for 25 years. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm. Cost for the evening is $30 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 509-327-1113. For more information and bios of the hosts, visit their website at www.lionaround.org.

Ken Davis Fully Alive

Ken Davis performs this Friday, March 23 at 8 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. A gifted Christian comedian, Ken is a best-selling author, and a frequent radio and television guest. He is also one of the most sought after inspirational and motivational speakers in the country. He is a master story teller who serves up life changing truth in a feast of laughter and poignant wisdom, as the story of his life plays out like a sitcom. Ken connects with his audience: His mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages. The show is sponsored by Christian Youth Theater. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Bing Box office starting at 7 pm Friday.

The amazing Tommy Emmanuel is coming to the Bing

Tickets are on sale this Friday, March 23 at 10 am for Tommy Emmanuel, coming to the Bing Crosby Theater Friday, June 29 at 8pm.

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, who was just featured on KSPS TV, is one of Australia's most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans almost five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply 'finger style' - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that - and more - on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this 'fingerpicker' style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

Ticket prices range from Tickets $34, $40 in advance. TicketsWest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Divino Fashion Runway show this Sunday

The Divino Fashion Runway Show will be featuring fashions from Swank, Glamarita, Apricot Lane, I Am Design's, KAC Jewelry, Classy Candy, Kiki Paprika and more to come. Divino will be held on Sunday, March 25th at the Spokane Masonic Temple 1108 W. Riverside (entrance on Main St.). Doors open at 5pm and Fashion Show and Entertainment begin at 6pm.

There will be a time for shopping before and after the show. Tickets are available at Glitter Salon, Roots Salon and Spa, Swank Boutique, Glamarita, Blissful Blends Coffee stand, and Apricot Lane or online at aepaa.com. For more information about these business check out their Facebook Pages www.facebook.com/aepaacademy and www.facebook.com/the5ifthelement or call 509-456-5911 (AEPAA) or 509-850-0737 (The Fifth Element).

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