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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Local movie debuts this weekend




'Different Drummers' opens this Friday, January 10 at River Park Square AMC 20. The film, the creation of Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher, was written and filmed in Spokane with over 500 local area talent and crew. The story takes place on the North Side of Spokane in the mid- 1960s, and focuses on the unlikely friendship of two fourth graders, one hyperactive (Lyle Hatcher) and the other in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy (David Dahlke).

The film has taken top awards at festivals including the Grand Remington at Houston WorldFest for Best Screenplay, Best Screenplay at the San Fernando International Film Festival, a Platinum Remington for Best Family Feature at WorldFest along with a Best Young Actor Critics Choice Award. It also received the Award of Merit for Family/Children Feature Films from the International Accolade Competition.

Advance tickets available at AMC and Fandango.com. Go to differentdrummersmovie.com for more information.

Laugh in the new year at Uncle D's Comedy Club




If you want some great laughs go to Uncle D's Comedy Club, N. 2721 Market. Every Thursday is Open Mic Night starting at 7 pm. No cover charge. This Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, enjoy the comedy of Harry J. Riley and Ken Habib. Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00. Cover charge is just $12.

Coming up this month: Charlie Laborte and Jay Dundee, Friday and Saturday January 17-18. Joe Fontenot and Daryl Burns, Friday and Saturday January 24-25. And, Don 'The Hit Man' Parkins, Friday and Saturday, January 31-February 1.

For more information call 509-483-7300.


O'Rourke and Chabre at Art Spirit Gallery




The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene kicks off the new year with an exhibition by Kay O'Rourke and Wayne Chabre. There's an opening reception this Friday, January 10 from 5 to 8 and an informal talk by the artists Saturday, January 11 at 1. Go to theartspiritgallery.com for more information.


Broadway Night at The Bing this Friday




Broadway comes to the Bing Crosby Theater this Friday, January 10 at 7pm hosted by Douglas Webster (Broadway - 'Les Miz') and Jim Swoboda (Spokane Civic - 'Les Miz'). The show features the cast of the Civic Theatre's production of 'Les Miserables' including Miranda Anderson, Cody Bray, Aubrey Shimek Davis, Natalya Ferch, Robby French, Darryl Gurecky, David McCarthy, Andrea Olsen, Heidi Santiago, Jim Swoboda and Douglas Webster.

The concept of the evening is similar to a cabaret performance in that the song selections will be 'repurposed' to shed light in a different perspective than in their original shows. Unlike 'Les Miz,' where the ensemble of women literally sang one melody twice, the women will carry their share of this program.

Songs from shows both popular and not seen recently in Spokane will be featured, including: 'Baby, Little Women,' 'Into the Woods,' 'The Last Five Years,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' 'Fiddler on the Roof,' 'The Baker's Wife,' 'Chicago,' 'Cabaret,' 'Show Boat,' 'A Little Night Music,' 'Closer Than Ever' and, quite likely, 'Les Miserables.'

Price is $15 in advance, $5 student, $20 at the door. For group sales please call 212-262-5220. Go to bingcrosbytheater.com for more information.

Symphony with a Splash 2: A Midwinter's Friday on Jan. 17

Next Friday night, January 17, the Spokane Symphony presents 'Symphony with a Splash' at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Band, Bar and Banter is from 5-6:45 pm and live musical performance by Nicole Lewis from 7-8pm. Small plates and happy hour drink specials are available for purchase. Thirty lucky people will have the opportunity to sit with the orchestra on stage.

Morihiko Nakahara will be conducting and the Symphony will perform works from Scott Joplin, Sergei Prokofiev and more.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


Save the Date for a Komen Skate!

Bring your family and friends and come roller skate for the Cure on Wednesday, January 22 from 6 to 9pm at Pattison's North, 11309 N Mayfair Rd in Spokane.

For more information, visit their Facebook, search for 'Roller Skate for the Cure' (www.facebook.com/events/285588764924312/). Log on and 'Share' and invite your friends.


'The Rainmaker' at Ignite! Community Theatre

Join Ignite! for 'The Rainmaker', a classic romantic comedy about a land starved for rain and a woman starved for love. N. Richard Nash's heartwarming comedy is directed by Toni Cummins and will perform January 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. Curtain times are 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2 pm for Sunday Matinees. Advance tickets $14 for Adults, $13 for Students/Seniors/Military. All ticket purchases at the door $15 each.

'Little Women' at Lake City Playhouse opens Friday




The musical 'Little Women' opens Friday, January 10 and runs through February 1 at the Lake City Playhouse at 1320 E. Garden in Coeur d'Alene. Go to lakecityplayhouse.org for information and tickets.


Mickey Mouse and friends at the Arena Sunday!




'Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival' is this Sunday, January 12 at 1 and 4 pm at the Spokane Arena. Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Aladdin' and 'Disney/Pixar's Toy Story.' Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more. The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family.

Ticketswest has your seats at all Ticketswest outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Learn to Skate at Riverfront Park




Learn to skate classes for ages 4+, including adults, are Saturdays at 10 am for 6 weeks at the Riverfront Park Ice Palace beginning this Saturday, January 11. The skills taught include skating forward, backward, stopping, crossovers and jumps appropriate for each skill level. Fees include lessons, skate rental and 5 free admissions. Helmets and outdoor clothing are recommended.

Register online at www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com or by calling 509-625-6200.

Reserve Now for the Lincoln Center's First Beer Dinner of 2014




The Connoisseurs' Club at The Lincoln Center has teamed up with Stone Brewing Company to present an incredible 5-course beer-paired dinner on Friday, January 24 from 6 to 10pm.

Enjoy food, drink and fun with 'Dr.' Bill Sysak from Stone Brewing Company. For more information visit lincolncenterspokane.com or call 509-327-8000. Buy your tickets at tinyurl.com/kwmhagv.

'Good People' at Interplayers opens January 23

The Witty and Unsettling New Broadway Smash Hit 'Good People' opens at Interplayers Thursday, January 23 and runs through February 8. Margie Walsh is facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break. She thinks an old fling might be her ticket to a fresh new start and is willing risk what little she has left to find out. But is this self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? This Tony nominated hit is a smart, funny and suspenseful story about people who succeed and those who help them do it. Students $12, Military and Senior $22, Adults $28. Meet the actors and director at Interplayers Talk Backs after every Wednesday performance.

Go to Interplayers.com for information and tickets.

Crazy fun at the Civic




Opening next Friday, January 17 on the Main Stage at Spokane Civic Theatre is 'Crazy for You,' the tap-dancing musical comedy is the winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Featuring Gershwin hits 'Someone to Watch Over Me,' 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Embraceable You.'

It runs January 17 through February 9. Tickets: Adults $30, Senior and Military $28, Students $22. Get tickets at the Spokane Civic Theatre Box Office, 1020 N. Howard St, by calling 509-325-2507 or at www.spokanecivictheatre.com.

New Year's Greeting from Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre

As the year 2013 comes to an end, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre celebrates the fact that they will carry on and provide the community with the highest quality productions. They have taken great strides to cut the budget by changing venues, revising pay structure for staff, and finding ways of utilizing resources that are readily available. All these changes will make a tremendous difference to their bottom line. They have already reduced the debt to under $85,000. They ask that you consider making a tax deductible donation to Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Send donations to P.O. Box 1119, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816, or call 208-660-2958.

Spokane String Quartet at the Bing January 19

The sounds of a soprano, a trumpet and a harpsichord join the Spokane String Quartet Sunday, January 19 for a concert that takes listeners from the Baroque era to the 20th century.

Soprano Dawn Wolski, trumpeter Larry Jess and harpsichordist Greg Presley are guest performers for the 3 pm concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. Wolski and Jess comprise the 'Baroque Duet' that gives the concert its theme, pairing for two arias by Alessandro Scarlatti, who wrote more than 600 cantatas in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Wolski returns in the second half of the program for 'Akhmatova Songs for Soprano and String Quartet,' by Sir John Tavener, who died last November as the music world was gearing up to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2014. Rounding out the program is Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 44, No. 3.

All seats are general admission. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $12 for students. Ticket prices include a $3 theater preservation fee. Tickets are available at www.spokanestringquartet.org, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT or at the door.


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