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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Inlander's Summer Guide is biggest issue ever




The biggest Inlander in history is on news stands all over the Inland Northwest and it's full of ways to enjoy summer. The Summer Guide issue is 136 pages big and it has just about everything there is to do here. Music, dining, recreation, stage, screen, night clubs, sports and more. It's all there. Congratulations to the Inlander on another great achievement (for the sixth year in a row!); according to Media Audit, with 37.3% of Inland Northwest adults reading the paper, it is the nation's best-read weekly newspaper!

'Ruthless' replaced by 'Greater Tuna' starting July 6

Sadly, David Gigler, one of the lead actors in the Interplayers' play 'Ruthless' passed away from a heart attack during rehearsal last week. This great man of local theatre played in 'The Boys Next Door' recently at Interplayers and appeared in many other plays over the last decade here, ranging from slapstick to serious drama. Because he was the life partner of Troy Nickerson, the director of 'Ruthless', and also the dark subject matter of the play, the artistic director at Interplayers, Reed McColm, has decided to cancel the production and replace it with another play.

David himself would have wanted the show to go on, but lacking that, he would have loved to see an uproarious slapstick comedy take its place as his memorial. In that spirit, Interplayers is replacing 'Ruthless' with 'Greater Tuna', a hilarious comedy where two actors play upwards of 50 roles between them, doing quick costume, accent, gender, and wig changes. Always popular in Spokane, 'Greater Tuna' will be performed by one of the actors who first performed it here, Michael Weaver, while the other role will go to Reed McColm. Weaver has acted in it many times, but it's a first for McColm, who is furiously studying his thousands of lines for the July 6 opening. McColm is a master of comic timing, the perfectly timed pause, the quick take, and the dry rejoinder. It will be interesting to see how he performs in a show that has a lightning-speed rhythm. Interplayers hopes this will be a fitting tribute to David Gigler, who will be mentioned at the beginning of each performance. Special thanks to Vince Bozzi for this report.

You can purchase tickets through Deal Planet at thedealplanet.com, or call the Box Office at 509-455-7529.


After this Saturday, it's 'Goodbye Dolly'


'Hello Dolly' continues through this Saturday only at Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre with a Travolta-filled cast...Ellen, husband Jack Bannon, sister Margaret and daughter Molly Allen. The show has been getting rave reviews, so get your tickets now and don't miss this rare opportunity to see one of the country's leading entertainment families in action. Go to cdasummertheatre.com for tickets and information.

Vintage Spokane This Sunday at Northern Quest


Spokane's largest summer wine event, Vintage Spokane: A Food and Wine Affair, comes to Northern Quest Resort & Casino this Sunday, June 24 from 3 to 6pm. Over 60 Washington wineries will pour delicious wines and gourmet bites will be provided by Masselow's Restaurant. For tickets and information, including a list of participating wineries, visit vintagespokane.com.


Whoop it up at Hoopfest Saturday Night at the Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center has announced that NBA Player Jamal Crawford will be the host for this year's Hoopfest Saturday Night event. His special guests will be fellow NBA Players Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas. They invite guests that are 21 years of age and older you to attend what has become an annual event at The Lincoln Center.

In town for Hoopfest weekend and to play for a charity basketball game, the NBA players will be joining the party at The Lincoln center after playing in the game at the Spokane Arena Saturday, June 30. The event includes two nightclub style venues and a laser light show. Popular DJ Freaky Fred and ZZU Radio personality Jackie Brown will be hosting music in one venue and Old School Jam presented by Dartae Entertainment with Dartae and D.J. Barry will be in the other. There will be a special performance by 'Level Ground', a 42" plasma TV will also be given away. Drink specials will be available all night long.

Doors open at 9:00 pm and are $10 in advance through www.ticketswest.com or $15 at the door. A special half price ticket for official Hoopfest players is available at the door. An added bonus is that ticket holders can park for free in The Lincoln Center's conveniently located parking lot Saturday and Sunday. (Space is limited and based on availability).

VIP tickets and table seating is available by contacting The Lincoln Center at 509-327-8000. The Lincoln Center is located at 1316 N. Lincoln, 1 block north of the Arena on the edge of downtown.


Sammy Eubanks at the Knit

Sammy Eubanks, Steve Livingston and Triple Shot, and The Nerve are at the Knitting Factory Friday night. www.ticketfly.com has your tickets.

A Really Big Shew - A Tribute to Ed Sullivan

This Thursday, June 21st 'A Really Big Shew - A Tribute to Ed Sullivan' will be at the at the Coeur d'Alene Casino. Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm.

Mobius Summer Camps - June 25th-August 24th


Get Slimed! Fly an airplane! Launch a catapult! Discover while you play. Mobius Summer Camps are scheduled each week from June 25 - August 24.

For more information on dates, classes and to register, go to www.mobiusspokane.org or call 509-443-5669 for Mobius Science Center camps (ages 8 and up) or 509-624-KIDS for Mobius Kids camps (2-8 years old).

The world's finest performances at the Fox

This summer, the Fox theatre will present HD Thursdays at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, featuring five outstanding performances in High Definition from Specticast, bringing concerts from around the world to Spokane with both matinee and evening performances.

Performances include Verdi's 'Aida' - an opera of epic proportions with horses, elephants, pyrotechnical special effects and more than 400 participants taking the stage; to pianist Lang Lang who has been heralded as the 'hottest artist on the classical music planet' by the New York Times and the New York Philharmonic's star-studded production of Stephen Sondheim's Tony award-winning musical 'Company.'

Here's the lineup: July 19, 'Aida.' July 26, 'Stephen Sondheim's Company with the New York Philharmonic.' Aug. 2, Pianist Lang Lang featured at the Mendelssohn Festival. Aug. 9, 'An Evening with Renee Fleming.' Aug. 15, 'La Traviata.'

This new experience in alternative cultural events provides us the opportunity to showcase beautifully produced and directed performances to our audiences as they sit in the comfort and convenience of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

Tickets for performances at 1 pm and 7 pm are just $10. Purchase tickets in advance at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox Box Office, 1001 W. Sprague Ave, 509-624-1200, www.martinwoldsontheater.com, or www.ticketswest.com. Tickets are on sale now.


Cirque du Soleil set to dazzle at the Arena in September

Tickets are on sale this Friday, June 22 at 10 am, at the Arena Box Office or through TicketsWest.

Witness the aerial contortions, intensity, power, and grace as Cirque du Soleil's critically acclaimed production of Quidam soars into the Spokane Arena for seven dazzling performances from Wednesday, September 12 through Sunday, September 16.

Since Quidam's world premiere under the Big Top in Montreal in 1996, the production has toured five continents and has been experienced by millions. In December 2010, Quidam embarked on its first-ever Arena tour through North America with an international cast featuring 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers, and characters. Quidam features a spectacular showcase of high-flying performances that are a true testament to the natural beauty and strength of the human body.

Ticket prices for this event range from $35, $55, $70 and $90 and go on-sale Friday, June 22 at 10:00am at the Spokane Arena Box Office, all TicketsWest Outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam.

Discounted tickets are available for groups of 12 or more by calling 509-777-6253. Discounts are also available for children, students, seniors and military personnel.

Music Man at Sandpoint's Panida Theatre

Meredith Willson's 'The Music Man' marches onto Sandpoint's Panida Theatre main stage June 29 through July 8. Tickets are available at Eichardt's, Eve's Leaves, and at the door. Go to sandpointonstage.com for more information.

Tommy Emmanuel at the Bing June 29

Legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel comes to the Bing Crosby Theater Friday, June 29th at 8pm. Contact Ticketswest www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT for your chance to see one of the world's greatest musicians.

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