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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Spokane is getting psyched for Sykes.

Planned Parenthood's Second Annual Concert Series features An Outspoken Evening With Wanda Sykes at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The well-liked stand-up comic appeared in own HBO comedy special, "Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired," filmed at the Moore Theater in Seattle and nominated for an Emmy in 2007. She also currently appears on the CBS comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and has appeared in movies including "Bruce Almighty" and "Monster-In-Law." Tickets for the June 13 show are $47, $57 and $127. The highest price tickets include a post-show reception at Scratch Restaurant. For tickets, go to the Fox box office, call 509-624-1200, or go through Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com

So you think you can dance? So can these studs.

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions equestrian ballet will come to the Spokane Arena for shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14. Tickets range in price from $22.50 to $29.50, but a Family Four Pack special is being offered that include two adults tickets and two children's tickets for a total of $70. For more information on the show, go to www.lipizzaner.com. To buy tickets, call 800-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

This show isn't about some ordinary Joseph.

The Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre is starting its new season with a full-scale production of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat," with its first show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13. The light-hearted musical about The Bible's Joseph runs through June 27 at Boswell Hall on the North Idaho College campus. Tickets are $35 each for adults, $33 for seniors and $25 for children. To buy tickets, go to www.cdasummertheatre.com or call 800-4-CDA-TIX.

Doug Clark will work for food.

Spokesman-Review humorist Doug Clark is heading up the seventh annual Street Music Week in downtown Spokane, which started earlier this week and continues during the noon hour today, June 10 through Friday, June 12. Clark founded the event, which raises money for the Second Harvest Food Bank, in 2003. Last year, he says, 150-some musicians played during the event and raised a total of $3,800. Clark is stationed outside a Starbucks Coffee shop near the corner of Main Avenue and Post Street; musicians who are interested in participating can sign in shortly before noon to receive a donation bucket and a recognition badge. For more information, e-mail Clark at dougc@spokesman.com.

And after Street Music Week, Clark will play in the park.

If you miss Doug Clark at Street Music Week, you can catch him playing in the park. The Friday Fun Nights entertainment series at Riverfront Park's Boulevard Bistro features the Clark's Trailer Park Girls playing two sets, from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. Friday, June 12. Get two appetizers and entrees, two tickets to the Spokane SkyRide and live entertainment for $19.95. For more information, go to www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com.

The ranch B rockin' again this summer.

The Rockin' B Ranch is kicking off the 15th season of Cowboy Supper Shows with the Riders of Rockin' B on Friday, June 12, in the Rockin' B Barn, located 100 yards south of the Interstate 90-Stateline interchange (Exit 299). Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:20 p.m., and the main show - and main course of BBQ - is served at 7 p.m. This year's entertainment slate includes a new pre-show skit titled "The Battle of Spokane Bridge," featuring long-time fan favorite Dusty Bicuspid fighting banker Bob Madeoff and Skunk Forrester fighting for the affections of Catrina Sarsparilla. Another new feature is a 10-minute "McManus Moment," featuring actor Tim Behrens portraying Inland Northwest author Patrick McManus. Rockin' B Ranch shows are most Fridays and Saturdays in June and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday July through September. Tickets are $29 each for adults, $10 for children and are available by calling 509-891-9016 or twister61565@yahoo.com. Information: www.rockinbranch.com.

Their pickin' will git you grinnin'

Rockin' B Ranch also presents Bluegrass Music starting Tuesday evening, June 16, 6 to 9 pm, and then every third Tuesday of the month through the summer; July 21, August 18 and September 15. Each night features at least four bluegrass bands from the inland Northwest in concerts that will have you slappin' your thigh in time with the bass, and clamorin' for more. A friendly, down-home evening. Just $5 per person at the door. Food and drink (including beer and wine) available for purchase. Go to www.rockinbranch.com for more details.

Pop into the Bing to see some funny puppets.

Las Vegas puppeteer/comedian Jerry Halliday brings his "Divas Gone Wild" production to the Bing Crosby Theater at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 14. Halliday's show features a slate of original characters and puppet impressions of well-known divas Joan Rivers, Bette Davis, Mae West and others. Proceeds from the show go to Friends of the Spokane AIDS Network. Tickets are $13 each and are available through Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com

South Asian culture comes to Spokane for one night.

The South Asia Cultural Association presents an evening of Indian Classical Dance & Percussion Ensemble at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Taste of India will offer a no-host Indian snack bar from 6-6:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be bought at the Bing Crosby Theater prior to the show. For more information, contact Sreedharani Nandagopal at Sreedharani@hotmail.com.

The High Five from thesomshow.com

BOBfest 2009 - Spokane's annual all-city high school battle of the bands brings the noise to the Clock Tower Meadow in Riverfront Park. Organized by the City of Spokane's Chase Youth Commission, BOBfest 2009 is highlighted by several young artists who already have made a name in the local scene, including In Cold Daylight, Olaf Olaf Olaf, and Raw Nerve -- bands who have regularly played venues such as Empyrean Coffee House, Caterina Winery and The Cretin Hop. This year's competition is expected to be tight, as bands who all scored well at the RAWK Final Four this winter have no doubt been sharpening their chops for the chance to keep Final Four winner Green Light Go from clenching two of city's biggest band battles in the same year. Noon Saturday, June 13 at the Clock Tower Meadow in Riverfront Park. Cost: Free.

Powerman 5000, Illusion 33, Burnt Offerings, Sanctified Sin and Character Flaw - Boston-based industrial rap-metal alchemist PM5K features the younger brother of Rob Zombie and -- while it definitely retains its own distinct brand of post-apocalyptic intensity -- the two styles draw many comparisons to each other. PM5K has an affinity for extreme theatrics in the sports arena, specifically professional wrestling. While simultaneously pumping its April release, "Anyone For Doomsday," PM5K debuted three new songs on the WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW video game. 7 p.m. Friday, June 12 at The Grail, 4720 W. Seltice Way, in Coeur d'Alene. Cost: $20.

Hed P.E. with Big B, Dirtball, Mower and Knothead - Speaking of metal-rap outfits, the politically charged HED P.E. returns to The Knitting Factory touring in support of its latest attempt to shine the light on shadow government, corrupt media, and UFO coverups. Released in early January, Hed P.E.'s newest truth movement, "New World Orphans" contains heavy subject matter and even heavier riffage on guitar. 7 p.m. Friday, June 12 at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $16 in advance and $18 day of show.

LOOM - Salt Lake City post-punk mad scientists in LOOM have their own light show, a dog for a tour manager, and a sweet violinist who accompanies the wild interpretations into madness from the core band. They've developed a loyal following in town after repeat visits, so expect both crowds to be thick for this double-decker, which features Belt of Vapor and Seafloor Spreading on Tuesday at Caterina Winery, and The Merrick Diaries and Girlfriends on Wednesday at Empyrean Coffee House. 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 Caterina and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison Street. Cost: $6 for Caterina; tba for Empyrean.

The Som Show Patio Party continues with Love Is Chemicals, and Spokane's The Awkward Years. The Awkward Years is the latest project by guitar whiz William Brasch, of the talented Brasch family of guitarists. There are remnants of Tokio Weigh Station - Brasch's previous indie-pop band - but this new band's sound is all its own, a little dancey, a little solemn, and with a lot of hooks. 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $5.

Hear the roar of the crowd as 'Lion King' tickets go on sale.

Tickets for the four-week return engagement of the Broadway musical "The Lion King" go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 12. The popular touring show, which first graced the INB Performing Art Center stage in 2005, will include 32 shows between Nov. 11 and Dec. 6. Tickets range in price from $22.50 to $72 and are available by calling 800-325-SEAT or by visiting the Spokane Arena Box Office, select Rosauers supermarkets and online at www.ticketswest.com.

The quest for more summer entertainment is under way.

Northern Quest Resort & Casino has listed a new slate of shows coming this summer. In addition to the previously announced appearance by Suzanne Somers on Saturday, June 21, and The Australian Bee Gees on Saturday, June 27, Northern Quest will host the following acts: Golden Boys, featuring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, July 4-5; Smashmouth, July 19; Abbamania, Aug. 1; Peter Frampton, Aug. 6; Steve Solomon's "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, I'm In Therapy," Aug. 15; and Michael Bolton, Aug. 29. Tickets for most shows are available already by calling 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT.

Nosing around with Nosey Parker.

Nosey Parker is the go to gal for knowing "all things women" in the Inland NW and the Nosey Parker Guide is the place to find a lot of fun shopping entertainment. A "must go" place for her is The Olive Branch in Spokane Valley. The store is not only stunning, but full of surprises! Owner, Heather Nelson, has a keen eye for fantastic home decor that satisfies the romantic in all of us! The Olive Branch provides local products as well as assorted items from popular brands such as Caldrea, Aromatique and Grassland. To keep things fresh in your home, Heather is the perfect person to help you find the best look from season to season. The best part about The Olive Branch - the wonderful retail relationship Heather creates with every client. She is a Spokane Valley Gem! Visit The Olive Branch at 11514 East Sprague in The Valley. Check out more wonderful finds at www.noseyparker.net.

A funny Eddie Murphy movie isn't hard to imagine.

"Imagine That," a new family comedy starring Eddie Murphy, opens Friday, June 12 at the AMC River Park Square 20 theater downtown and the Regal Cinemas at the Spokane Valley Mall and at NorthTown Mall, and the Village Centre Cinemas, on Spokane's North Side. For local movie times, go to www.regmovies.com, www.amctheatres.com or www.spokanemovies.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I leave you alone for two minutes, and the wolves descend."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift card to Cathay Inn. Send your best guess to info@entertainmentspokane.com. The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, June 12.

Last Week's Winner: Pam Wellington hits a home run by guessing 'Singles.'

Last week's movie quote was, "That's a very nice hat you're wearing, and I don't mean that in an Eddie Haskell kind of way." Wellington correctly guessed that it was from the 1992 romantic comedy "Singles", and receives a $10 gift card to Best Buy.

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