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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

William Shatner and Stan Lee in town for Pac Con

Pac Con, the giant comic book show, is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center. Come see comic books from every era, graphic novels, original art and a chance to meet Star Trek's William Shatner, and legendary comic creator Stan Lee, who gave us Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and more. Contact Ticketswest.

Nick Schauer and Friends at Browne's Tavern

This Friday join lovely chanteuse, Rachel Aldridge, fantastic bassist, Doug Folkins and Nick Schauer on the guitar at Browne's Tavern (across the street from the Elk) in Browne's Addition. Music starts at 6:15.

TOMMY at the Bing Crosby Theater

The Rock Opera, TOMMY, with lyrics and music by the Who's Pete Townshend is at the Bing Crosby Theater for two shows only, this Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3. It's produced by Lake City Playhouse.

The first musical work to ever be billed as rock opera TOMMY was the stage adaptation of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner for "historical, artistic and significant value" album by English rock band The Who. It is a profound and powerful story about a "deaf, dumb and blind kid", named Tommy and how he touches the lives of the people and the world around him.

Ticketswest has your seats.

Susan Hardie directs "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" at Civic

Spokane Civic Theatre presents Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, directed by Susan Hardie this Friday through November 16. This chilling and riveting drama is from Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

It's a suspense-filled retelling of the classic story of alter egos vying for control on the foggy streets of Victorian-era London. Jekyll brings forth his other self and soon loses control when Hyde meets a woman. A deadly game of horror and violence, this disturbing tale includes underlying humor and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Curtain Times are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, 2:00 PM

Go to for tickets and information.

The ultimate Michael Jackson tribute at CdA Casino

"Michael Jackson," Michael Firestone's ultimate Michael Jackson tribute is being called the very best ever. Don't miss it on stage at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, this Thursday, October 23rd, at 7:00pm. Firestone literally transforms himself into the King of Pop in a performance you will remember forever.

Tickets are on sale now at the casino or any Ticketswest outlet. Go to for more information.

The Pumpkin Ball, Saturday October 25 2014

The 11th annual Pumpkin Ball is this Saturday, October 25, at the Spokane Convention Center. Proceeds from this elegant evening benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. Attendees will enjoy a champagne reception, fine dining, a competitive pumpkin carving competition, premium live and silent auctions, games, dancing to "The Cronkites," and great company, all in support of two of our region's most respected children's organizations.

The Pumpkin Ball recently took the Gold, winning "Best Charity Gala" in the Best of the City polls of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine.

The live and silent auctions are full of unique and fabulous experiences including a cruise from Holland America cruise lines, a weekend getaway to Napa Valley including private winery tours and hot air balloon ride, patio furniture and garden decor, Gonzaga Basketball tickets, a hand-made rocking horse by Bob Maughan, and so much more. From spa packages to golf getaways - there is something for everyone at the Pumpkin Ball!

Drawings will be held for a signature Pumpkin Ball pendant, created especially for The Pumpkin Ball, as well as a getaway at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

A very limited number of tickets are still available at $150 each. To reserve your seats or for more information, please visit or call Sara Hale (509) 994-4146

Transport your Soul in Spokane Symphony's Mozart and Strauss this weekend

This weekend, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3pm, the Spokane Symphony will transport your soul with masterpieces by Mozart, Poulenc and Strauss, in a concert of music inspired by faith. The Symphony Chorale will join internationally acclaimed soprano Martha Guth to sing "Stabat Mater."

Additionally, the 140 musicians will perform Mozart's Ave Verum, often described as the most perfect 46 measures in all Western music, creating a truly sublime experience.

As if that wasn't enough, the orchestra will treat concertgoers to the moods and dynamics of Strauss' massive tone poem Death and Transfiguration. Its soul-stirring climaxes culminate in the transfiguration that is beyond gorgeous and makes this work unforgettable.

Ticketswest has your seats at 800-325-SEAT or ticketswest,com

Award-winning wines at the Arbor Crest Case Sale, Oct. 27-Nov. 11

Wine reviewers agree: Based on points and medals recently awarded to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and several Seattle Wine & Food expos, the varietals crafted by Arbor Crest winemaker Kristina Mielke van Loben Sels are outstanding.

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars' 2011 Merlot and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon earned gold medals from judges at the Seattle Wine & Food Experience this summer. Recent accolades from Wine Spectator include 93 points for their 2011 Dionysus and 90 points for the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Two varietals of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2012 Merlot received 91 points or more from Wine Enthusiast.

But points can be beside the point. A high point rating doesn't guarantee you will like a particular varietal (only your individual palate can do that). So what do points tell you when it comes to selecting a wine? A rating of 90 or better simply confirms that the wine is "an outstanding example" of what reviewers look for in that varietal. And when a winery has a multi-year record of creating "outstanding examples," it's a safe bet that the winemaker's exemplary style can be tasted throughout their portfolio of wines.

Because of the costs related to getting wines under those judge-y noses, many excellent bottles go unrated. But when a winery such as Arbor Crest has earned several awards even the unrated varietals on their list are likely to be excellent.

The main point here: It's time to enjoy big savings on over two dozen outstanding varieties of Arbor Crest wines at their Annual Case Sale! Build your own case (or cases) with any 12 bottles, whether they are official award-winners or your own personal flavor of house wine.

To get in on the sale (happening Mon., Oct. 27 - Tues., Nov. 22), visit the Arbor Crest Tasting Rooms at the Cliff House Estate in Spokane Valley or on the 3rd floor of River Park Square in downtown. To order by phone, visit for the list of Case Sale wines and prices (the list goes up this Friday, Oct. 24, and phone orders begin Monday) Quantities are limited, order early in the sale for best selection.

Arbor Crest's website is

Pro Bull Riding is back at the Arena. Tickets on sale Friday.

This ain't your daddy's rodeo. No sir, we're talkin' high-octane, nitro-infused, bull riding action! The Spokane Arena and The General Store are proud to announce that pro bull riding is back and bigger than ever when the Wrangler Professional Bull Riding Classic returns to the Spokane Arena on Friday, January 16, 2015 and Saturday, January 17, 2015. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am through Ticketswest.

Reserved seat tickets are $10.00, $20.00, $30.00, $40.00 with VIP tickets are available for $75.00. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10:00am at the Spokane Arena Box Office, at all TicketsWest Outlets, at or by calling 800-325-SEAT! Ticket discounts are available for groups consisting of 10 or more people by calling 509-777-6253.

$5.00 discount coupons available at The General Store, Coupons good for the $30.00 and $40.00 ticket price levels for the Friday, January 16, 2015 performance ONLY.

$10.00 value ticket vouchers available with purchase of Wrangler products at local area retailers. This may be exchanged for a free $10.00 ticket for any performance or used toward the purchase of a higher-priced ticket for any performance.

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