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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Symphony and Celtic Singer Cathie Ryan to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early, this Saturday, March 7 at 8pm, with Morihiko Nakahara conducting the Spokane Symphony with a spirit-lifting evening of Irish music, featuring singer Cathie Ryan, hailed as "one of the leading voices in Celtic music" (Los Angeles Times). The former Cherish the Ladies band member shares her lovely lyrics, beloved ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle, and what she calls 'songs of the heart.'

Sharing the stage with Cathie Ryan is the Cathie Ryan Band, featuring Patsy O'Brien (guitar, banjo, vocals), Matt Mancuso (trumpet, octave mandolin, guitar, vocals, and star fiddle player in Lord of the Dance) and Brian Melick (percussion).

Ticket prices start at $28, and are available at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, or by calling 509-624-1200. They are also available online and at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Custer's Spring Arts & Crafts Show this Weekend

Custer's 38th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show starts this Friday, March 6 and runs through Sunday, March 8 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Over 300 professional artists and crafters from the Pacific Northwest will bring their their hand-crafted items and original artwork, and over 30 artists are new to the show this spring. Show hours are Friday, 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission is $7 for adults, good all weekend. Kids 12 and under free.

Visit www.custershows.com for more information.

Annual Northwest Bach Festival continues through Sunday March 8

The 37th Annual Northwest Bach Festival and Series, with Zuill Bailey as Artistic Director, runs all week and concludes on Sunday, March 8. It's been a celebration of musical events each day in landmark venues in Spokane.

For a full schedule of the Festival events, go to www.nwbachfest.com.

Spokane String Quartet Observes the Ides of March at their next concert

Joseph Haydn's 'The Razor' highlights the program when the Spokane String Quartet observes the Ides of March at 3pm Sunday, March 15, at the Bing Crosby Theater. The program also includes a performance of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C minor. And the Ides of March wouldn't be complete without a Caesar, so the concert also includes Cesar Franck's String Quartet in D Major.

The Spokane String Quartet consists of Mateusz Wolski and Amanda Howard-Phillips, violins; Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola; and Helen Byrne, cello.

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 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT, www.spokanestringquartet.org, or at the door.

Trackside Studio features the artwork of Gina Freuen this month

Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery's March exhibit, 'Show of Hands' features original graphite and mixed media drawings by Gonzaga University Art Department instructor Gina Freuen and ceramics by Trackside's studio artists, Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore, themed 'of the hand,' 'by the hand,' and 'held by hand.' Opening receptions are Friday, March 6, 5-8 pm and Saturday, March 7, noon-4 pm. Exhibit continues through the month of March with gallery hours Wednesday through Friday from 11 am-3 pm.

Trackside Studio is located at 115 S Adams in downtown Spokane. For more information, visit www.TracksideStudio.net or call 509-863-9904.

Hardwood Classic Boys and Girls Basketball coming to the Arena

WIAA Hardwood Classic Boys and Girls 1B and 2B Basketball Tournament is this Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7 at the Spokane Arena. Visit www.spokanearena.com for tickets and information.

Spokane Home & Garden Show Coming March 13-15

The 39th Annual Spring Spokane Home & Garden Show will be Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 at the Spokane Convention Center. The Spokane Home & Garden Show is the oldest running consumer home show in Spokane, and is focused on building, renovation, landscaping, design and decor. The exhibitors will be showcasing kitchens, room additions, windows, doors, sunrooms, fencing, spas, remodeling contractors, landscaping, decks, flooring, home security, basements, solar energy and much more.

Show hours are Friday 12 noon-8pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; and Sunday 10am-5pm. Adult admission is $8, Seniors & Military $6, Kids 12 and under, Free. Visit www.spokanehomeshows.com.

Lots of Laughs at the Bing this Friday

Join Friends Of the Bing for Spokane Laugh Off this Friday, March 6, 8pm at the Bing Crosby Theater for a showcase of local comedians, who were the top comedians chosen from the Homegrown Comedy Ovations Series in the Ovations Lounge at the Bing. Witness some of the most humorous homegrown comedians Spokane has to offer, including Michael Evans, Nicky J. Cavasier, Ryan McComb, and Steven Tye. Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. General Seating $20-Adults.

Desperate Housewives Shophop this Saturday

The 11th Annual Desperate Housewives Shophop will be this Saturday, March 7 from 9am to 5pm. Visit the following participating Spokane Valley stores: Simply Northwest, The Trellis Marketplace, Jema Jane, and Trovato Interiors. There will be a lunch special at Cuppa Joe's Cafe and a drink special at Galaxy Grind. Enjoy in store specials, treats and receive a complimentary gift at each store while supplies last. Visit all four stores for a chance to win the grand prize, $100 in gift certificates.

For more information, call Simply Northwest at 509-927-8206.

Inland NW Motorcycle Show March 13-15

The 12th Annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show & Sale will be at the Spokane County Cair and Expo Center Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15. This year's show features over 80,000 square feet of motorcycles, accessories and more. Enter Toyota's Great Gas Giveaway with $100 gas gift cards being given away every two hours. And see the Cossacks - Seattle's Pyramid Building Stunt Team, and there's much more to see.

$8 presale tickets at Allsport and Empire Cycle. Admission is $10 for adults, cash only; children ages 6-12 $5; ages 5 and under free. Show hours are Friday 3-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm. Visit www.spokanemotorcycleshow.com.

Spokane Jazz Orchestra at the Bing on Saturday

Enjoy great Jazz this Saturday, March 7 at the Bing Crosby Theater with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra celebrates 40 years of Spokane's best jazz. This Saturday's concert features Hollywood Jazz with guest vocalist Kristina Ploeger. Performance begins at 7:30. Ticketswest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Mike Wally Walter at Uncle D's this Friday & Saturday

Uncle D's Comedy underground welcomes comedian Mike Wally Walter, this Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. Walter is a stand up comedian whose been working the comedy highways since 1982. He's brought his high energy, politically incorrect humor to all over America and Canada. Fans have described him as a cross between Don Rickles and Jonathan Winters. Mike is a motivational speaker as a cancer survivor and someone dealing with Diabetes. He used humor to beat cancer and shares this information with the audience.

For more information, visit www.bluznews.com or www.mikewallywalter.net.

Robert Kraut Art Exhibit at Vino! this month

Visual Artist Robert Kraut will be showcasing his Paintskin Artwork this month at Vino! Wine Shop Gallery in the Tasting Room. Opening Reception is this First Friday, March 6, from 4:30-7pm at Vino!!, 222 S. Washington St. Kraut's artwork has been displayed at the MAC Museum and the City of Spokane. For more information, visit www.bobkraut.com.

For a list of First Friday Events, visit www.downtownspokane.org/first-friday.php.

Whitworth Theatre presents These Shining Lives

The spring Whitworth Theatre production will feature 'These Shining Lives', based on the tragic story of the ill-fated 'Radium Girls' in 1920s Illinois. Performances are 7:30 pm on March 6, 7, 13 and 14, and at 2 pm on March 8. All showings will take place in Whitworth's Cowles Auditorium. General admission is $10; $8 for students and seniors aged 62 and over.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.whitworth.edu/theatretickets. For more information, call 509-777-4374.

Spokane Youth Music Consortium Wind Concert Tonight at the Fox

Spokane Youth Music Consortium and Holy Names Music Center presents the Spokane Area Wind Ensemble, High School Honor Band and Eastern Washington University Wind Ensemble Featuring Gunnery Sgt. Greg Ridlington, Member of the President's Own U.S. Marine Corps Band. Performances are tonight, March 4, 7:30pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Admission is free.

Go to www.foxtheaterspokane.com for more details.

Colton Worley Comic book signing at Merlyn's today

Today, March 4 at 5pm, Merlyn's Spokane will premier Colton Worley and Warren Ellis' 'Project Superpowers: Blackcross'. Issue one of this great book is out tomorrow and Spokane's premier Comic Artist Colton Worley is doing a signing from 5-7pm. Come by and get a copy of this great book and get it signed by Colton.

Merlyn's is located at 15 W Main Ave in downtown Spokane.

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