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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

There is one less star in the sky with the passing of Som Jordan

Isamu "Som" Jordan, age 37, had a profound impact on Spokane and on those who loved him during his too-short life, which ended when he passed away at his home on September 5, 2013. Born in Spokane, September 28, 1975, Som graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1993. The Clark Company gave him his first paying writing assignment while he was still in high school, a newspaper ad directed towards teenagers.

Som was one of the first writers for The Spokesman-Review's Our Generation page, bringing voice to the issues and lives of Spokane teenagers. He attended Washington State University and returned to The Spokesman-Review, eventually landing his dream job as a music writer. A gifted musician, Som played with the band The Dead Casuals and performed as a rapper before helping to found the hip-hop orchestra, Flying Spiders. After leaving The Spokesman- - Review in 2008, he continued writing and performing as a poet and rapper. He was a unique civic leader who inspired young people and others, speaking in schools and at community events. He later taught as an adjunct at Whitworth University and worked as a DJ. He also was a regular contributor to Entertainment Spokane, reporting on the emerging young music scene.

In lieu of flowers, an education fund for Rachel and Som's sons has been established at Washington Trust Bank, accessed through (search Isamu Jordan). A public service and celebration of his life will be held Sunday, September 15, at 1:00 p.m., at The Bing Crosby Theater. As Som wrote in one song, "I rest peacefully/and my whole family's proud of me." Rest now, Som, and thank you.

Opera Coeur d'Alene presents Rigoletto

Opera Coeur d'Alene continues its plan to make the Inland Northwest an international destination for opera and the performing arts, as it brings some of the world's finest singers to Coeur d'Alene's North Idaho College Schuler Performing Arts Center, for a fully-staged, fully professional and unique interpretation of Verdi's classic opera, "Rigoletto," this Friday, September 13th at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 15th at 2 pm.

A "force to be reckoned with" is coming to Coeur d'Alene. That's what New York's Metropolitan Opera Guild magazine called Mark Walters who will sing the title role of the tormented jester, Rigoletto. "Classical Music Network" and "Palm Beach Arts Paper" spoke of his "masterful" singing and acting, and "The Miami Herald" said he "portrayed the struggles of a man confronting the good and evil in his own nature."

The role of Duke of Mantua will be sung by tenor Raul Melo. a frequent principal singer at New York's Metropolitan Opera House where he got rave reviews for his portrayal of the same role. Just before coming here, Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock has been in Paris singing the lead in "Carmen," a role for which she already has an international reputation for her fresh interpretation.

An orchestra of professional instrumentalists from throughout the Inland Northwest will be under the baton of Florida Grand Opera's internationally acclaimed resident conductor Andrew Bisantz.

Go to for tickets and more information.

Balazs and McCuddin at Art Sprit Gallery this month

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene presents its 150th show, an extraordinary showing of work by Harold Balazs and Mel McCuddin through September. There's an artists reception this Friday from 5 to 8 pm. Go to for all the details.

Bada Bing! Comedy this Friday at the Bing

The third installment of the Bada Bing! Comedy Series is this Friday at 8 pm at the Bing Crosby Theatre. Jebb Fink, Duane Goad, and Ken Habib, will be providing new material and constant laughter for their audience. Ticketswest has your seats.

3rd Annual Art of Broadway this Saturday

This Saturday, September 14 from 10am to 5pm at the Shear Illusions Salon, 807 N Argonne Rd at Broadway in Spokane Valley presents the 3rd Annual Art of Broadway.

Great artwork by local artists will be on display. Everything from paintings to jewelry, tie dye clothing to wood work, pottery and mosaic glass and much more. Live music and great food, and a wine and beer garden by Vintage Vines. A portion of the proceeds from the wine and beer garden will be donated to S.C.R.A.P.S.

Don't miss Art on Broadway, this Saturday. For more information, find Art on Broadway on Facebook.

At Arbor Crest this week

This Thursday's Performance on the Patio features the jazz music of Doghouse Boyz, and art display of wooden boxes by Don Barron. Concert begins at 4:30 and runs to 6:30. No Cover.

This Sunday, September 15, Arbor Crest has two events at the winery. From 11am to 2pm, the Classic Car Show will be at the Cliff House. Free Admission. Enjoy great wine and food available all day. The estate grounds and tasting room are open from 11am to sunset.

Sunday's Concerts on the Cliff series continues with the music of Nobody Famous, playing fun Jimmy Buffet-style music. Concert begins at 4:30 and runs until dusk. Admission for the concert is $5. For more information, visit

Damn Yankees at Lake City Playhouse

This eight-time Tony Award winner is a home run! The Washington Senators are a bad team, that is until Shoeless Joe shows up. Old Joe Boyd makes a deal with Mr. Applegate (aka the Devil) and gets to live his dream as a young ball player. However, soon thoughts of his wife and home torment the talented star and Applegate hopes his sexy assistant Lola can distract him.

The show opens this Friday and runs through October 5 at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden. Go to for tickets and information.

Celebrate the season with the McManus Holiday Show for your employees, colleagues and friends

Tim Behrens has performed the McManus Comedies for 20 years, bringing laughter to more than 1/2 million people at 1600 shows in 22 states. This holiday season, Tim offers the special Holiday Show to businesses and organizations in the Inland Northwest at a considerable discount.

The show lasts from 45 to 60 minutes, and is guaranteed to bring laughs to your employees and guests. The humor is hilarious, G-rated family entertainment. Tim plays more than 10 different McManus characters including Rancid Crabtree, Melba Peachbottom, the 100 year old Ed, daft Mrs. Swisher…and sometimes a dog, a bat and bear.

The show requires a minimal stage area and Tim takes care of all the technical needs with the venue, so you don't have to worry about anything.

To reserve your performance and for more info, call Tim at 509-993-7121 or email him at

Civil War display at Valley Heritage Museum

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and the War between the States,

the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, E. 12114 Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley,

has opened an exhibit that immerses the visitor in the story this tragic event in our Nation's History. Authentic artifacts, period photos and other historic information give the visitor a better understanding of the dynamics that contributed to the Civil War.

Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11am - 4pm, Saturdays 11am to 5pm, and Sundays 1pm - 4pm. Visit the website for more information, or call 509-922-4570.

Pacific Flyway Gallery this month

Pacific Flyway Gallery, at 409 S, Dishman-Mica Road on Spokane Valley,

features the preview of art works featured in the Spokane Valley Arts Council 7th Annual Artist's Showcase Benefit Auction. This year's art works is an outstanding collection by many of the regions pre-eminent artists.

The preview hangs in the gallery until Friday September 27th, with the Artist's Showcase Auction taking place on Saturday the 28th at 5:00 pm at the Center Place Regional Event Center at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley.

Gallery Hours are Tues. - Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-2pm

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