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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rise and gather 'round. Def Leppard is going to rock Spokane to the ground.

Def Leppard, which sold more albums than any other band during the 1980s, is coming to Spokane with fellow hard-rock favorite Cheap Trick. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Spokane Arena. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and will be available at the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. The cost is $99, $79, $49 or $29.

Help me, Rhonda, have some fun at the Fair.

The Spokane Interstate Fair continues through this weekend, and some of the best entertainment is yet to come. The Beach Boys play at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 16, at the Fair Grandstand. At 7 p.m. tomorrow night, Sept. 17, former "American Idol" finalist Josh Gracin will take the stage. Tickets range in price from $5 to $15, not including fair admission, which is $8 for adults and $5 for kids and for seniors 65 years old and older. Tickets to those shows are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. At the North Stage, local acts that will be playing at different times throughout the fair include the Mon Cheri Band, Earl Wear and Haywire, and The Ryan Larsen Band, among others. For a complete schedule of entertainment and events, go to

Frankly, "Frankie & Johnny" is a great way to kick off a season.

Interplayers Professional Theatre opens its 29th season with the Terrence McNally play "Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune." The play tells the story of the two blue-collar workers in New York City who try to turn a one-night stand into a lasting relationship. The preview performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Interplayers Theatre, at 174 S. Howard. Receptions are planned at the Gellhorn Gallery after the 8 p.m. Friday night performance and at nearby Europa Restaurant after the 8 p.m. Saturday night performance. The production of "Frankie & Johnny" runs through Saturday, Oct. 3, and tickets range in price from $10-$21, with special discounts for seniors, students and military. Tickets are available at the Interplayers box office from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour before curtain those days, as well as on Saturday from noon-2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Tickets also are available by calling 509-455-PLAY or by e-mailing, or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

It's Miller time at Whitworth.

Best-selling author Donald Miller will speak on the Whitworth University campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Miller is a Portland-based writer and campus ministry leader who wrote the best seller "Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts On Christian Spirituality." His next book, "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life" is scheduled to be released later this month. Miller's stop at Whitworth is part of a 65-city tour to promote his new book. The engagement will be held at the Cowles Memorial Auditorium on the Whitworth campus. It's free for Whitworth students and employees and $15 each for others. For tickets, go to For more information, call 509-777-4655.

Spend a grand night in Coeur d'Alene.

The Lake City Playhouse, at 1320 Garden Ave. in Coeur d'Alene, is putting on "A Grand Night For Singing" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Come to see some of Coeur d'Alene's best talent as they perform the best of Rodgers & Hammerstein, including songs from "The King & I," "The Sound of Music," "Carousel," and "Oklahoma!" Tickets are $20 each and available by calling 208-667-1323.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Colbie Caillat - Released last month, Colbie Caillat's sophomore record, "Breakthrough" is the sweet, smooth follow-up to her double-platinum debut, "Coco." This time around, Caillat serves up another scoop of hook-heavy hits. Catch it live when Caillat appears with Howie Day and Andy Davis at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $24.

Brooke White and Michael Johns - In a week packed with a wide divide of shows, another highlight at The Knitting Factory is the American Idol Finalists Tour with Brooke White and Michael Johns, which happens at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $22 day of show.

Rocket music - Thanks especially to public outcry, the City of Spokane has reversed its ban on music at Rocket Market on the South Hill. Come celebrate the return of Rocket's outdoor concerts as The Som Show presents long-time market favorite, bluesy pop singer-songwriter Sam Endress, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. Cost: Free.

In-Flux CD Release - One of Spokane's hardest working bands, In-Flux has collected its radio ready rock and roll sound onto a power-packed full-length album, "In-Fluxuated." In-Flux throws its CD release party at a special Som Show Presents concert with support from Illusion 33, Insect, and Sixth Hour Storm at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $10 pre-sale, contact In-Flux at

Yourself and The Air - Fresh off of Portland's superhip MusicFest Northwest Festival, Chicago's Yourself and the Air displays their lo-fi-ish brand of ultra-pop indie-rock with help from Space Opera 77, Olaf Olaf Olaf, and Ryan K. Bishop, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison St. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door.

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Slipknot is coming. It's like a nightmare come true.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, for the Oct. 21 Slipknot concert, with The Deftones, at the Star Theatre in the Spokane Arena. Slipknot has been rocking arenas for 10 years now and is releasing the documentary "Of The (Sic): Your Nightmares, Our Dreams." Tickets for the Spokane concert are $25 and $39 and will be available at the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Allegro plays the Bing. They'll bring their harpsichord to boot.

Allegro Baroque and Beyond presents La Italia Description at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bing Crosby Theater. Performers will play the harpsichord and other period instruments as they celebrate the music of Merulo, Vivaldi and others from Italy. This is one of three performances Allegro holds at the Bing every year. For ticket information, call 509-455-6865.

Missed Wynonna? There's a Boone of other acts coming.

Even if you missed out on the chance to see Wynonna Judd - her Sept. 19 concert at Northern Quest Resort & Casino is sold out - you have a chance to see some other great acts coming up there. Northern Quest recently disclosed that Debby Boone will be playing "Reflections of Rosemary Clooney" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Country sensation Lonestar will play shows Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15 at the casino, and the legendary vocalist Natalie Cole will play Saturday, Nov. 21. Ticket information on all of those shows is forthcoming. For information on those and other shows, go to

Another Radley move by downtown's funkiest retailer.

Business has been so good at Boo Radley's gift shop, at 232 N. Howard, owners Andy and Kris Dinnison have purchased the retail assets of 4 Seasons Coffee three doors down. And they've opened Atticus Coffee and Gifts (named after Atticus Finch, the lawyer portrayed by Gregory Peck in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird"). Dinnison says it's Boo Radley's for grown ups. Boo's has been in business for 17 years providing interesting, offbeat, fascinating and fun, weird pop culture items. It's a Spokane institution and Dinnison says the store's sales have been fantastic so far this year. So since 4 Seasons Coffee owners, Tom and Leslie Hutchinson, are specializing in coffee wholesaling rather than retailing, the Dinnisons decided to expand into the space at 222 North Howard. Both stores will be open seven days a week. Atticus Coffee and Gifts has a cafe in the back and gift items, bulk coffee (Four Seasons and other brands), and bulk tea in the front. And for the record, lots of us grown ups love Boo Radley's.

Here's one good reason to Fiesta.

Some no-gooders stole more than $10,000 worth of instruments from beloved Spokane band 6 Foot Swing last weekend. To help, Fiesta Mexicana, the popular restaurant located at 1227 S. Grand on Spokane's South Hill, is donating to the band 10 percent of the all its sales on Thursday, Sept. 17. Fiesta Mexicana is open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. that day, and band members will be there at 5 p.m. to greet customers and thank them in person. They might even play a tune or two.

Children's Theatre news isn't kid's stuff.

Spokane Children's Theatre made two exciting announcements earlier this week. First, the theater received a $1,000 grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation through the Florence Wasmer Fund it administers. The money will go toward portable audio equipment that will enhance the sound quality of SCT's musical productions. Also, SCT announced Robert E. Farley will be awarded the Individual Benefactor Award from the Spokane Arts Commission in recognition of his work with the children's theater during the past 40 years. SCT will hold an open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Lindaman Building, at 315 W. Mission. For more information, call 328-4886.

Pirates look to chop down some Redlands at the Pine Bowl.

After two games on the road and a 1-1 start, the Whitworth Pirates football team has its home opener at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Pine Bowl against University of Redlands Bulldogs. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, seniors and children. For more information, go to

These bears are bound to be easier for the Eags to handle.

Coming off a loss to the University of California Bears-hey Cal, pick on someone your own size next time-the Eastern Washington University Eagles return home at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, to open Big Sky Conference play against the University of Northern Colorado Bears. Tickets to the game range in price from $10 to $18 for adults and $4 to $8 for children. For tickets, go to or call 1-866-4GO-EAGS.

Cougs will try to corral the Mustangs.

The Washington State University Cougars return home for their first-ever meeting against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Martin Stadium, in Pullman. Tickets range in price from $20 to $40 and are available at


"That is the oldest trick in the stalker book."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $5 coffee gift card, courtesy of the Spokane Home Builders Association and the 2009 Fall Festival of Homes (! Send your best guess and your phone number to 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, Sept. 18.

Last Week's Winner: Scott Johnson is the best around!

Last week's movie quote was "In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants." Johnson correctly guessed that it was from 1984 teen drama "The Karate Kid."

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