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B. B. King brings the blues to town

The King of the Blues is still light on his feet, singing and playing with relentless passion. B.B. King comes to Northern Quest this Saturday, May 5 at 7:30pm. At the age of 86, time seems to have made him more popular, more cherished and more relevant than ever. For over a half a century King has defined the blues musical genre for a worldwide audience. He has released more than fifty albums, many of them classics. King has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles, integrating precise and complex vocal-like string bends and left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of any rock guitarist's vocabulary. His economy and every-note-counts phrasing is a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

King continues to tour extensively, averaging more than 250 concerts per year around the world. Classics such as 'Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss', 'The Thrill Is Gone', 'How Blue Can You Get', 'Everyday I Have The Blues', and 'Why I Sing The Blues' are concert -and fan- staples.

Ticket prices are $57.50 and $67.50, and all tickets are reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Northern Quest Box Office at 1-877-777-5252 or by ordering online at www.northernquest.com. This show is for guests over the age of 18.

Dining and dancing with the Master Class Jazz Orchestra

The Master Class Jazz Orchestra plays the Supper Club Showcase Dinner/Dance, this Saturday, May 5 at the Sons of Norway 6710 N. County Homes Dinner from 4:30 to 8, dance lessons from 6 to 7, dancing 7 to 9. Go to mcjo.org for all the details.

Symphony's Season Finale features Don Quixote

As their season finale the Spokane Symphony presents Don Quixote, a musical depiction of Miguel de Cervantes' most revered literary character this Saturday, May 5 at 8 pm and Sunday. may 6 at 3pm, at the Martin Woldson theatre at the Fox.

Eckart Preu conducts the symphony featuring Joshua Roman on the cello. Called by the San Francisco Chronicle "a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts," and "a musician of imagination and expressive breadth" by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, impressive young cellist Joshua Roman joins the Spokane Symphony stage to perform both Tchaikovsky's charming Rococo Variations and Don Quixote.

You will be spellbound by Strauss' musical depiction of Miguel de Cervantes' most revered literary character, Don Quixote de la Mancha. The story, which has enthralled young and old for generations, has even been turned into a musical on the Great White Way. Now, relive the delusional Don's adventures, from tilting at windmills to the quest for his imaginary lady love, Dulcinea.

Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Avenue or by phone at 509-624-1200. They may also be purchased at all TicketsWest outlets at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Ticket prices begin at $14. Rush tickets are sold two hours before each concert, based on availability. Rush tickets are $7 for students and active military (with I.D.), and $11 for seniors (62 and better).

Go to www.spokanesymphony.org for more information.

Ken McComb dishes out the laughs at Uncle D's

Comedian Ken McComb takes the stage at Uncle D's Comedy Underground upstairs at Bluz at the Bend, 2127 N. Market, Friday and Saturday nights at 8. Go to bluznews.com for more information.

Tim Behrens brings McManus books to life at the Kroc Thursday and Friday

'A Fine & Pleasant Misery', the hilarious one-man show written by Patrick F. McManus and Starring Tim Behrens is coming to The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene Thursday and Friday May 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $23 for adults, $17 for children 17 and under. Get your tickets at the Kroc Center or at www.iTickets.com and get ready to laugh.

First Friday Spokane

Enjoy an evening of great artwork this Friday, May 4 at Spokane's monthly artwalk. Visit www.downtownspokane.org/first-friday.php for details.

Valleyfest Auction is May 11

Have fun and support Valleyfest, Spokane Valley's premier community festival for 23 years, at the Valleyfest Auction, Friday, May 11, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center with Red Rock Catering providing dinner. It's time to ROCK THE VALLEY!

The money raised from the auction will assist in providing a free and fun event for the entire region this September 21, 22, and 23. Great auction items include a Caribbean or Mexican Cruise; International Timeshare for a Week; Seattle Mariners Tickets; Spokane Symphony Tickets, Wine, Garden, and Spa Baskets, NW Hotel Getaways and more. Ticket price is $40. Advertise businesses by purchasing a table for 8 people for $400.

To purchase tickets online, or call us at 509-922-3299 to make your reservation. Visit www.valleyfest.org for more information.

'The World's Best Cajun Band' May 10 at The Bing

Spokane Public Radio presents a spicy night of Cajun fun with Grammy Award-winning BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Thursday, May 10, 7:30pm at The Bing Crosby Theater. Concert tickets are $37, with upper balcony seats set at $29. Tickets are on sale now at all TicketsWest locations, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. A $2 Bing Crosby Theater restoration fee will be added to each ticket purchased.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet is recognized by Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion as "The Best Cajun Band in the World." Blending zydeco, Tex-Mex, western swing, blues, New Orleans traditional jazz, and Caribbean calypso BeauSoleil is truly the defining leader of its genre. Bob Dylan said of BeauSoleil, "Now that's my kind of music!"

BeauSoleil founder Michael Doucet is a Grammy-Award winning violinist (1998, 2009). Doucet received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA award, which recognizes artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist's contributions, is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts.

Proceeds to BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet benefit the programming and operational efforts of Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1, KSFC 91.9, and KPBZ 90.3 in Spokane.

More information at: www.spokanepublicradio.org and www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil.

ArtWalk in Downtown Coeur d'Alene next Friday, May 11

Next Friday night, May 11, stroll through beautiful downtown Coeur d'Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists at a variety of venues. From 5:00 to 8:00 pm, visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses with your friends and family. Go to ArtsinCdA.org for a list of participating galleries and other venues.

Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens open May 19

The Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens open for the season on Saturday, May 19. Located in Edwidge Woldson Park, the Gardens are owned and operated by the City of Spokane Parks & Recreation Department.

Re-discovered in 1998, the Gardens were restored in 2007 to the time they flourished between 1911 and 1914 with community funds from grants, donations, and a substantial gift from Myrtle Woldson in honor of her mother Edwidge Woldson. Located at 507 West Seventh Avenue, the Moore-Turner property was purchased by the Spokane Park Board in 1945 along with the adjacent D.C. Corbin property to form a park close to the city center. Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, west of Corbin Art Center, are open to the public weekends in May beginning Saturday, May 19, 10 am to 4:30 pm. After Memorial Day through August the Gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm (closed Monday & Tuesday). The Gardens and the D.C. Corbin House (Corbin Art Center) are listed on the local, state, and national historic registers and are situated in the Marycliff/Cliff Park National Register Historic District. For additional information call the Corbin Art Center at 509-625-6677.

Farm fun at the 5th Annual Eastern Washington Farm Heritage Fair

Come celebrate the heritage of the Spokane Valley, May 11, 12 and 13 from 10 am to 6 pm and support the Valley Heritage Museum fundraiser at 10200 E Sprague Avenue. You will enjoy displays and demonstrations of historic tractors, engines, farm implements, cars, trucks, tractor pulls and parades, blacksmith demo, wheat threshing, cream separating, quilting, rope making and more.

Food will be available and there will be live music. Presented by The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum in collaboration with The Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs.

Cost is $5 Adults, $3 for 7-17, free 6 and under, $15 for families of 5 or more Mothers get in free on Sunday, Mother's Day. 10200 E Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. The phone number is 509-922-4570 and the website is valleyheritagecenter.org.

Central Lutheran Church to host The Augsburg Choir

Saturday, May 12, at 7 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 512 S Bernard Street, presents The Augsburg Choir. They will perform a wide variety of music including rich, romantic music by Mendelssohn and Gretchaninoff; American spirituals; international music from Venezuela, Kenya, Lithuania; and music from Finland, including a world premiere piece based on the Finnish epic, the Kalevala, by conductor Peter Hendrickson.

The 60-voice a cappella choir, under the direction of Peter Hendrickson '76, DMA, has a long tradition of excellence in choral music and will include Spokane on their 2012 performance tour.

A freewill offering will be taken during the performance. For more information call the church office at 509-624-9233.

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