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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Diane Schuur tonight at Arbor Crest Winery

Grammy-winning jazz singer and pianist Diane Schuur is at Arbor Crest Winery this evening at 7 pm for a "Peak of the Week" performance at Spokane's most spectacular concert venue.

Diane Schuur grew up in suburban Seattle, Washington and was encouraged by both her parents to sing. She started singing when she was two-and-a-half, and by age nine, was getting professional gigs. Schuur had her first gig at Tacoma's Holiday Inn at age ten in which she sang country music. Her big break came when Stan Getz became positive about her work on hearing her sing "Amazing Grace" at legendary Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979, returning in '88 and '91. In 1982, Getz asked her to join him at a performance at the White House. Nancy Reagan invited her to perform again as a vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1987.

Schuur has won two Grammy Awards, headlined many of the world's most prestigious music venues, including Carnegie Hall and The White House and has toured the world performing with such greats as Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, B. B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles, Joe Williams and Stevie Wonder. Like Stevie Wonder, Schuur was blinded at birth due to retinopathy of prematurity.

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Vintage Spokane: A Food and Wine Affair coming August 4

This year's big wine event, Vintage Spokane returns to Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Sunday, August 4. Enjoy wine tastings from 50 Washington wineries, gourmet cuisine, chef demos and exhibitors. General admission tickets are $45; VIP tickets are $60. The Event will be at the Outdoor Concert Venue from 6-9pm, and VIP admission starts at 5pm.

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Laugh with the Latin Comedy Jam at the Bing

The Bing Crosby Theater comes alive with laughter Friday night at 8 with The Latin Comedy Jam, featuring a national tour of some of America's top up-and-coming comedians. Ticketswest has your seats.

Shock vs. Power Friday at 7

The Spokane Shock take on the Pittsburg Power this Friday night at 7 in the Spokane Arena. Go to for your tickets.

Classic Car and Motorcycle Show Saturday

This Saturday, from 9am-4pm, the Southside Senior and Community Center at 27th and Ray hosts a Classic Car and Motorcycle show. There will be vendors, live music, a beer garden, children's ID program, and lots of other activities. Free to the public.

Sammy Eubanks plays Arbor Crest Sunday

Sammy Eubanks plays a Concert on the Cliff this Sunday from 5:30 pm to dusk at

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Come enjoy Sammy's great blues and Arbor Crest's great reds and whites. Just $5 at the gate.

Free music event Tuesday July 30

A free music event scheduled for July 30th will be hosted by bestselling local author, Deanna Davis (The Law of Attraction in Action and Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie). Davis's company, Applied Insight, is celebrating the release of singer/songwriter Coles Whalen's newest CD, "Come Back, Come Back," on Tuesday, July 30th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada.

Whalen is an up-and-coming artist who has shared the stage with music greats like Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Paula Cole, and Rufus Wainwright. "Come Back, Come Back" is Whalen's 5th CD release. Music reviewers praise Whalen's musical artistry and soulful lyrics

Hit the Green Golf Fest at Indian Canyon this Sunday

"Hit the Green" Golf Fest and Outdoor Demo Day presented by Northern Quest Resort & Casino is Sunday, July 28, 9am-5pm, at Indian Canyon Golf Course. At the NW's largest outdoor demo day you'll have the opportunity to try the latest gear from a variety of golf manufacturers Reps from each company will be on hand for you to try their latest gear and offer you advice on what is best for your game. If you find something you love, buy it and take it home!

Tickets are only $10 if you pre-purchase on-line at or purchase at one of the City courses (Esmeralda, Downriver, Qualchan and Indian Canyon). Admission includes a beverage from Bud Light, Michelob Ultra or Pepsi, tickets for the interactive challenges and a coupon book worth $120 in discounts to Spokane City golf courses. A ticket is $15 at the gate on July 28.

Bat Boy: The Musical opens tomorrow at Lake City Playhouse

Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse presents Bat Boy: The Musical, based on a 1992 story in The Weekly World News, this musical comedy about a half boy/half bat creature deals with serious issues such as hypocrisy, acceptance, forgiveness and racism. Bat Boy yearns for acceptance and tries to join society yet he is only faced with hatred and violence.

The show which runs through August 10 is directed by Troy Nickerson with music direction by Zachariah Baker. It contains adult themes and language. May not be suitable for all audience members. Lake City Playhouse is located at 1320 Garden in Coeur d'Alene. For tickets and more information go to

The Onion Bar & Grill in North Spokane announces 35th Anniversary Beer Dinner!

As yet another a way to celebrate the 35th year in business, The Onion Bar & Grill North at 7522 North Division has teamed up with No-Li Brewhouse to bring a special, five course beer dinner Tuesday, July 30 at 6 pm. Each course will be specially paired with a No-Li Brewhouse beer.

"We thought this would be a fun way to not only celebrate our 35th year, but also shine a light on excellent local companies like No-Li Brewhouse," says Owner Ken Belisle.

In addition to the beer pairings, the No-Lie Brewhouse brewmaster will be in attendance to give detailed descriptions of the beers, as well as how and why they were paired with each course.

Cost is $35 per person. RSVP by emailing Operations Manager John Little at

Interplayers presents Gay Camp one night only August 3

Gay Camp has a one night only Performance at Interplayers Theatre, as part of Interplayers 2013 Summer Series. Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00. This show is one of three being performed by the group of four actors/directors/writers led by Ken Urso.

Also playing at Interplayers is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) running from July 31 to Aug. 11, and one performance for young children of SuperBen, playing on July 31. Tickets for Gay Camp and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): $28 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for students. Call the box office 509-455-7529 for more information. For more information go to or

GU's Jundt Art Museum's American Prints exhibition starts August 10

A sampling of American prints from the Jundt Art Museum's permanent collection at Gonzaga University will be on display in the Arcade Gallery beginning Aug. 10. The exhibition, titled "American Prints from the Permanent Collection," features the work of many influential 19th and 20th century American artists and will remain on display until Nov. 2.

The Jundt Art Museum's collection boasts a rich array of American artists' prints, including 19th century works by Winslow Homer and James Abbot McNeill Whistler. The exhibit includes the work of early 20th century American artists George Bellows, Childe Hassam, and John Marin, as well as African Americans Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. Janet Fish, Wanda Gág, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith present a small selection of the story of 20th century American women artists. Prints by Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, and Richard Diebenkorn depict some late 20th century themes and explorations. Works by John Taylor Arms, Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, Keith Haring, Richard Hunt, Robert Indiana, Reginald Marsh, and Robert Rauschenberg round out the exhibition.

The Jundt Galleries continues its summer series "Close-In," with the exhibition "Allie Kurtz Vogt: Layers," which features new paintings and installations by the Hayden Lake, Idaho, artist. A walk-through with the artist and a reception will be held from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, August 15.

The museum's exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 pm. The museum is closed Sundays and school holidays. For more information, contact Karen Kaiser, assistant curator for education, at (509) 313-6613 or via e-mail.

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