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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Eleven,' a student art exhibit at Nectar through June

Eleven of Kathleen Cavender's art students will exhibit 18 paintings through the month of June on the walls of Nectar Tasting Room, 120 North Stevens. The opening reception will be in conjunction with First Friday on June 1, from 6-8pm. Free and open to the public. The painting shown here is 'Golden Harvest' by Mary Christen.

The MAC's Artfest is Friday through Sunday in Browne's Addition

ArtFest, the MAC's three-day juried art festival is coming to Browne's Addition's Coeur d'Alene Park this weekend, Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. Come enjoy over 150 fine art booths, live music, food, beer and wine; and an Art Tent for the kids. ArtFest is a Spokane tradition for the whole family. Don't miss this wonderful community event. For more information go to

Civic's Annie is getting rave reviews

The sun is out at Spokane Civic Theatre! Everyone is giving this show, starring Sophia Caruso, rave reviews. The Spokesman-Review says: "After a 28-year hiatus from the Spokane Civic Theatre stage, 'Annie' returns with a glorious bang." "Starring in a young actress' dream role, Sophia Caruso is clearly - in showbiz terms - a triple threat. Though 10-year-old Caruso's approach to the role is vulnerable, soft-spoken and a lot less rough-and-tumble than some of her 'Annie' predecessors - e.g., Aileen Quinn's portrayal in the 1982 film version - she is just as effective. Her belting of the show's signature ballad, 'Tomorrow,' seems second nature."

Annie runs through June 17. For more information, show times and tickets go to

Gentlemen start your engines

The 2nd Annual Spokane Festival of Speed is this Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights. Proceeds benefit Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. For more information about the race, how to sponsor and/or volunteer, visit or find it on Facebook and Twitter.

To learn about Northwest Parkinson's Foundation go to or call 1-877-980-7500. Tickets are available at Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT and also at the gate on race days.

Great Summer Music starts this Friday at the Manito Park Bench Cafe

What better way to kick off the summer season than a free concert in Manito Park. This Friday, June 1 from 5:30 to 7:30pm, with performances by Union Street, Paul Grove, and Trailer Park Girls.

The Manito Park Bench Cafe offers sandwiches, soups, salads, ice cream, fruit smoothies, cold drinks, espresso beverages and more. New this summer, No-Li Brewhouse (formerly Northern Lights Brewery) will offer a beer and wine selection available for purchase every Friday evening.

The Free Summer Concert Series continues on Fridays through August 31. Great food, great music and great fun in Manito Park...this Friday!

American Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibit at Dean Davis Studios

The Dean Davis Gallery inside his photography studio at 216 West Pacific, presents the opening of the American Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibit this Friday, June 1 from 5 to 8pm. They have 51 original illustrations commissioned by publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Rolling Stone Magazine. Additionally, there is a USPS stamp illustration as well as tons of other interesting, artful and evocative pieces from some of America's leading illustrators. This show is presented by the SFCC Graphic Design Club.

The exhibit continues at Dean Davis Gallery through June 22, at which time there will be a closing party.

Off you go, into the wild blue yonder!

'Aluminum Overcast,' the Experimental Aircraft Association's restored B-17 bomber, will descend upon Felts Field this weekend June 1-3 as part of its 2012 'Salute to Veterans' national tour. You can see the plane all weekend long and you can also take the ride in this legendary bomber.

Touring the United States since 1994, tens of thousands have experienced the allure of EAA's fully restored B-17 'Flying Fortress' Aluminum Overcast. History comes alive at each stop, prompting aviation and history enthusiasts alike to take a step back in time. Experience the role of bombardier, navigator, and waist gunner as you walk around the aircraft. Relive the legacy of the thousands who heroically flew World War II bombing missions.

In addition to the individual rides, they're selling corporate rides. A business can buy the entire airplane for a ride for its employees or clients, who get to share the experience together. You can book these rides locally with Larry Tobin, who works with the flight crew here. Larry's a retired airline pilot and member of the local EAA. His number is 509-999-7436.

Go to for all the details and individual reservations. There's also a great video of the plane in flight.

Chief Garry Park celebrates 100 years!

This Sunday, June 3 from noon to 3pm, Chief Garry Park will celebrate 100 years with a gathering at the park. Native drum group and dancers will perform along with other great food and fun. Chief Garry Park is located at 2515 E Sinto, Mission Ave and Cook Street.

Clay Invitational at The Art Spirit Gallery ends Saturday

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene, continues their 13th Annual Clay Invitational - featuring 18 artists through this Saturday. For more information and to see the exhibit online go to

First Friday in Spokane

Enjoy an evening of great artwork this Friday, June 1 at Spokane's monthly artwalk. Visit for details.

Rick Diffley showing at the Brick Wall Gallery

The Brick Wall Gallery will be featuring the macro photography of Rick Diffley for First Friday Artwalk on June 1st. Live music with The 3H Band. The gallery is located at on the skywalk 530 W. Main just east of Macy's in the Bennett Block. Further information is available from Joe Nuess at 509-928-7721.

First Friday Art Showcase at the MarQuee Lounge with Heph Riggins

The MarQuee Lounge joins the wonderful world of Spokane's First Friday Art Walk, this Friday, June 1st from 7pm-10pm with featured artist, Jeff (Hepherson) Riggins who spent his early childhood in San Diego and was brought to Spokane in his teenage years. With no formal art education, he was influenced at an early age from his grandparents, both of whom have their artworks in galleries throughout the United States. Having found creative expression as a child, Heph often carried sketchbooks everywhere. Street art influenced his creativity, adding both vibrant colors as well as bold-harsh lines.

An artist reception will be held on Friday from 7p - 10p at the MarQuee, 522 W Riverside. For more details call 509-838-3332.

Fire on the Runway this Friday

Red Cross presents one hot night of fashion hosted by KXLY's Mark Peterson. Join in this Friday, June 1st at the Spokane Convention Center to preview the newest styles as firefighters and models heat up the runway in looks from Finders Keepers, Tangerine, Fringe, Jos. A. Bank, Mountain Gear, Tiffany Blue, Coldwater Creek and more. Guests will be treated to hors d'oeurves and champagne, receive a free event photo from Lake City Photography, and take home a swag bag full of gifts and valuable coupons. There will also be the chance to win some incredible raffle prizes from local salons, hotels, and restaurants and bid on live auction items including a private lunch and tour with Spokane Fire Department Chief Bobby Williams.

Tickets are $50 and are available at or by calling 509-321-6055. All proceeds from the event help to provide shelter, food, clothing and hope to local disaster victims through services provided by the Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Junior League Farm Chicks booth to benefit Spokane community

Thousands of women 'getting their shop on' at the Farm Chicks Antique Show this Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center can help give back to the community at the same time by purchasing items at the Junior League of Spokane booth.

Junior League members will be selling three different cookbooks (Gold 'n Delicious, Still Gold'n and Kids in the Kitchen) as well as painted furniture, vintage jewelry and other treasures for which the Farm Chicks show is known. All sale proceeds will go back into the community through projects that benefit children and foster families. The JLS booth is one of two non-profit booths out of 200 in the entire Farm Chicks show exclusively devoted to fundraising for projects that benefit the Spokane community.

Abbey Crawford stars in Steam Plant's first First Friday

Spokane's historic Steam Plant is hosting its first ever Fantastic First Friday - an evening of art, music, and beer and wine tastings to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Titled 'Big Canvas, Big Song,' the event features Abbey Crawford, Spokane's only professionally trained cabaret singer, who will perform a mix of three or four-song sets at 6:00, 6:45, and 7:30 pm, and multiple exhibitions including Jim Dhillon's large-scale abstract paintings paired with Philip Dhillon's photographic studies in and around Spokane.

Steam Plant Brewing Company's head brewer, Greg Piller, will be serving samples of Steam Plant's handcrafted brews. And Spokane's own Arbor Crest Winery, will pour samples of its award-winning wines.

Fantastic First Friday at the Steam Plant is free and open to the public. Voluntary contributions to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery will be gratefully accepted.

Upcoming Art and Music at Grande Ronde Cellars

This Thursday, May 31, the Brent Edstrom Jazz Trio will perform starting at 7pm. The trio, noted for their subtle yet hard-swinging style, has delighted audiences for over a decade. The members of the trio are musicians who draw on a deep understanding of jazz history and tradition, Brent Edstrom, Eugene Jablonsky and Rick Westrick. Latin Stew, Rice, appetizers and salad available for purchase prior to concert. Suggested donation for the music is $10.

Enjoy First Friday, June 1 at Grande Ronde Cellars with art by Callahan McVay, Glass Artist and Kent Henderson Photographer. Kent has added to his collection of photos of the Spokane area. Meet Ataa Adjiri playing the balaphone during First Friday.

On Saturday, June 2 at 7pm, Ataa Adjiri, Ghanaian Singer and Percussionist will perform. Ataa's father was head of Decca records for Western Africa from the 1950's to the 1970's. His show includes traditional Ghanaian music through Caribbean, Irish Folk Rock and reggae music. His show is a blend of his musical experiences from his childhood in Accra, Ghana to modern influences of acoustic guitar and electronic wizardry. Ataa's special chicken stew, a few African appetizers and a salad will be offered for purchase before the show. Suggested donation for the music is $10. RSVP at 509-455-8161 for seating.

Grande Ronde Cellars is located at 906 W 2nd Ave in downtown Spokane.

Greek Frozen Yogurt coming to Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's will be hosting a Greek Frozen Yogurt Tasting Party on Thursday, May 31st from 12-2pm on the 3rd floor of River Park Square to launch their new Greek Yogurt product line. Flavors like Raspberry Fudge Chunk, Peanut Butter Banana and Blueberry Vanilla Graham. Greek Yogurt is higher in protein and lower in calories than regular ice cream, so will be a great indulgent dessert with less guilt! Sean Greenwood, 'Ben & Jerry's Grand Poobah' of this new product line will be on hand to answer questions.

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