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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Great TV tonight!

The Entertainment Spokane television report debuts tonight in FOX First at Ten news on KAYU FOX 28 TV, sponsored by The Black Book, from Hagadone Directories. The report will also air in various other FOX 28 programming as well as on their movie channel, ThisSpokane, (cable 117 in Spokane, 303 in Coeur d'Alene) through Friday.

Something good is Cook-ing at the Knitting Factory.

Seventh-season American Idol winner David Cook comes to Spokane for a show at Knitting Factory's Main Space at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. After Cook cruised to victory on the popular television show, the 25-year-old Midwesterner released his self-titled album, which is currently ranked 36th on Billboard's rock albums chart. His single, "Come Back To Me," is 21st on the adult contemporary chart. The Crash Kings will open for Cook. Tickets are $28 in advance, $30 the day of the show. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

Come see a living Dead - and his band.

Former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and his band RatDog will make the long, strange trip to the Martin Woldson Theater for a show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. A rock band anchored by a talented jazz trio, RatDog plays its own tunes and covers many of the old Grateful Dead tunes. Opening for RatDog is rising guitar star Jackie Greene. Tickets are $32, $37 or $40 and are available by calling the Martin Woldson Theater at 509-624-1200 or through Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.

As Yoda would say, 'Miss this, you should not.'

At the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, there's an event that's out of this world. At noon, the MAC is inviting people to come in their favorite science-fiction costume and join the 501st Star Wars characters in the exhibit, "Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes From Film and Television". At 1 p.m., the museum will show an unreleased Star Wars short, "Return of the Ewok." At 2 p.m., science educator Joe Bruce will talk about space travel. Regular admission to the museum gets you access to all of these events and is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For more information, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

Paintings from sea to shining sea.

Lorinda Knight Gallery, at 523 W. Sprague Avenue, presents Marc Boone, who paints his impressions of light, color and weather at the edge of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans as he travels from one side of the country to the other and back again. The exhibit, titled "A & P", (Atlantic and Pacific) runs through September 26. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, September 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Lorinda Knight Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 - 6:00; the telephone is 509-838-3740 and the website is www.lorindaknight.com.

Go to the Bing for a touch of Tesh.

Musician, radio-show host - and now, author - John Tesh brings his inspirational show, titled "Music and Intelligence For Your Life," to Spokane with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Bing Crosby Theater. The former host of "Entertainment Tonight" has won six Emmys for his work in radio and television, and his music has been nominated for a Grammy. Tickets range in price from $12 to $65 and are available by calling 800-325-SEAT or by visiting www.ticketswest.com. The concert is sponsored by Lite Rock KISS FM.

Turkey, before Thanksgiving.

Jahn Schmitz is looking for people who would like to embark upon "the adventure of a lifetime." The guided tour, October 16-30, 2009, promises 15 glorious days in Eastern Turkey enjoying the sites, sounds and secrets of the earliest days of civilization explores upper Mesopotamia - home to the Tigris and Euphrates River valleys, colossal mountaintop temples, exquisite castles and monasteries atop thrilling river gorges, key earliest day Christian sites and as well as prominent stops along the legendary Silk Road. Taste and smell dozens of different cultures from south to north of Eastern Anatolia in an itinerary personally prepared by Jahn and carried out by the distinguished international guide, Mehmet Ibrahim Uzan. Visit www.jb3ll3travels.com or call Jahn at 509-747-7499, for more information, including very attractive pricing.

You'll laugh your Cap off at this show.

Down-home funnyman John Caparulo takes the Knitting Factory's Main Space for an evening of comedy at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Caparulo is a regular on the E! Television show "Chelsea Lately," hosted by notorious smart aleck Chelsea Handler, and is a regular at comedy clubs in the Los Angeles area. He released a comedy CD earlier this year titled "Meet Cap." Tickets are $18 and are available by calling 800-325-SEAT or by visiting www.ticketswest.com.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Rock Hard II -- With the combined force of hard rockin' overlords Mudvayne and heavy metalweights Black Label Society, the Pedal to the Metal Tour is bound to be a concussive blast. But add in the extended Black Label Society family members Static X, Suicide Silence, Dope and Bury Your Dead, and you've got the makings of a small metal festival. As if all that's not enough, there will be sword swallowers, jugglers, and a penguin man between sets turning the concert into a literal freak show. That will be the scene at the Rock Hard II: Pedal to the Metal Tour at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. Cost: $40. The concert is sponsored by Rock 94-1/2 FM.

Xavier Rudd - Australian singer-songwriter/one-man band/didgeridoo virtuoso Xavier Rudd's latest album, "Dark Shades of Blue," is a darker album, but still warm like a summer night. The interplay between didgeridoo and guitar has a rhythmic, psychedelic cool that is driven by the stomp-box percussion and harmonica runs in an otherworldly vibe. Rudd's U.S. following has blossomed with his international rise in the last five years as he has been making his way around the country's major festivals, such as Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot. Rudd appears live in a show opened by Jeremy Fisher at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $18 in advance, $20 day of show.

Fire Sprinkler Shows - Like many small venues in town, Empyrean Coffee House is in danger of having to cease hosting live music if it can't come into compliance with a new state law taking effect in December that will require the installation of a costly sprinkler system. Members of the local music community are coming to Empyrean's aid by hosting benefit shows in the coming months to help it reach the $20,000 goal. The fund raising begins this weekend with a two-day Fire Sprinkler Benefit Show featuring 20 local bands kicking off at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, and picking up at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $7 suggested donation.

Throw Me The Statue - Fast on the come up from Seattle's congested indie-rock scene, Throw Me The Statue stands apart from the competition with fuzzy, synth-pop gems and fluttery beats, but the band's Internet buzz started when retailers rejected its "Moonbeams" album because the cover art contained nudity. Despite the mild controversy and limited distribution of the album, "Moonbeams" made its way into the hands of the indie-rock elite, getting favorable reviews from the likes of Pitchfork and Tiny Mix Tapes, strengthening the bid for a deal on respected indie label Secretly Canadian. Throw Me The Statue headlines a powerhouse bill in Spokane with Kaylee Cole and Seattle-by-way-of-Spokane band The Globes. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison.

Japanther - Brooklyn duo Japanther is a dance-party spectacle, with a guitarist who flashes around onstage like a human strobe, pulling people from the audience up onstage to while he sings into a microphone that's converted from an old rotary telephone, and a wicked drummer who rips on the skins nonstop, yelling into a phone-mic of his own. It's infectious, sweaty fun and it's back at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: $8.

For music events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.

Feel appreciated at Riverfront Park this weekend.

Saturday, Aug. 22, is Community Appreciation Day at Riverfront Park. The park's various attractions open at 10 a.m. that day with special promotional prices for visitors. For more information, call 509-625-6601.

Want to have a great time in North Idaho? Fair enough.

The North Idaho Fair and Rodeo kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, at 4056 N. Government Way. In addition to the traditional carnival rides, rodeo, and farm and agriculture competitions, this year's event includes a draft-horse show and competition, motocross racing, live music, and an assortment of other activities. Tickets are $8 for people 13 years old and older, $7 for seniors and $4 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Kids 5 and under are free. For more information, go to www.northidahofair.com.

Prime Time Dinner at The Davenport Hotel

Sunday and Monday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. are Prime Rib Dinner Night at the Davenport Hotel. Guests can dine in the Palm Court Grill, the Peacock Room or at the Lobby Fireside. The three course meal includes generous portions of Caesar salad, slow-roasted prime rib entree, a scrumptious Davenport signature sundae dessert and a glass of house wine. The $29.95 dinner also includes complimentary valet parking. Call 509-789-6848 for reservations.

He's going to run to you, Spokane.

Canadian-born rocker Bryan Adams is bringing his solo acoustic tour to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Tickets went on sale late last week, ranging in price from $42 to $87. For ticket information, call the Fox box office at 509-624-1200 or go through Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.

How am I supposed to live without Michael Bolton tickets?

If you don't have tickets yet for the Michael Bolton concert at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Saturday, Aug. 29, you're going to have to live without him. The show is sold out. For more information on upcoming events at Northern Quest, go to www.northernquest.com .

Anthrax is no longer descending upon Spokane.

The Anthrax concert scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Knitting Factory is cancelled. For more information, go to sp.knittingfactory.com.

We'll Pitt this new release against any other.

Director Quentin Tarantino returns to the big screen with his newest action movie, "Inglourious Basterds." Starring Brad Pitt, the movie is set in Europe during World War II where a group of Jewish-American soldiers, known as the Basterds, work to take down the Third Reich. Loosely following the same plotlines as the classic "The Dirty Dozen," the movie opens Friday, Aug. 21, 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.

SPORTS CORNER
We'd be shocked if they didn't bring home a title.

The Spokane Shock are headed to the Arena Football 2 Championship Game at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. The National Conference Champion Shock will take on American Conference Champion and No. 1-seed Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers in Spokane's third title game in four years. Andrew Dolan, the Shock's director of ticket sales, said the game isn't being televised nationally, but Heroes & Legends sports bar, at 825 W. Riverside in downtown Spokane, is linking the game to all its televisions and throwing a party for Shock fans. The game will be aired on the Internet at www.niftytv.com and played on the radio at 105.7 FM. For more information on the AF2 championship, go to www.spokaneshock.com or www.af2.com.

The end of the Indians summer is near.

The Spokane Indians final homestand of the season starts Sunday, Aug. 23, at Avista Stadium. The defending Northwest League champions will face the Boise Hawks in a six-game set. Tickets are $10 each for upper box seats; reserved bench seats are $6 each, or $5 for seniors or children 12 and under. For tickets, call either 509-343-OTTO or go to 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Don't go in the pimped-out fridge, Jack."

the movie that line appeared in to win Prime Rib Dinner for Two at the Davenport Hotel! Send your best guess and your phone number 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, Aug. 21.

Last Week's Winner: Genevieve Cody doesn't have to Crash. She wins!

Last week's movie quote was, "The painting was a gift, Todd. I'm taking it with me." Cody correctly guessed that it was from 2005 comedy "Wedding Crashers."

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