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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

By now, Behrens has this down Pat.

Popular Spokane writer Patrick McManus and actor Tim Behrens will premier a new play titled, "Poor Again...Dagnabbit!" Trying to give people something to laugh about in these trying times, McManus and Behrens will introduce their newest piece at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 3, and the Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln. This weekend marks the 16th anniversary of the McManus-Behrens team, who first collaborated to produce "A Fine And Pleasant Misery" on Oct. 2, 1993. Since then, they have had more than 1,200 performances in 23 states and two provinces. Tickets for "Dagnabbit" are $21 each. A dinner-show package is available at the Lincoln Center, with dinner starting at 6 p.m. both nights. The Friday night package is $47 per person, and the Saturday night package, which includes dinner with McManus, is $85 per person. For tickets, go to www.thelincolncenterspokane.com. Another performance is planned at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Sandpoint's Pamida Theater. Tickets for the Sandpoint show are available at Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's Pub or Pack River Potions.

Canada is sending down its top brass.

Canadian Brass, the quintet from north of the border that's considered one of the world's best brass ensembles, will join the Spokane Symphony at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Canadian Brass is in its 35th year and has more than 60 recordings, performing a strong dose of classical music along with a little jazz and pop. Tickets are $27, $36, $42 and $54 and are available at the Martin Woldson box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

We've got a visual on art.

Forty-seven businesses, office buildings and studios will display local and regional artists as part of Spokane's Visual Arts Tour from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Many of the venues will be open Saturday, Oct. 3, as well. Sponsored by the Spokane Arts Commission and the Pacific Northwest Inlander, the event includes the works of well-respected artists such as sculptor Brad Rude, on display at the Museum of Arts and Culture; photographer Rick Singer, at Chase Gallery, in City Hall; painter James Francis Lavigne, at Salon De La Vigne, at 819.5 W. Riverside; among a number of others. For more information on the event, contact Craig Marshall at Spokane Art Supply (327-6622) or Lorinda Knight (838-3740).

Not in the mood? You will be after this show.

In the mood for some big-band music? Then you'll enjoy "IN THE MOOD," a 19-performer show that features big-band orchestra, singers and swing dancers reminiscent of the 1940s. This big-band theatrical swing revue features the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and many more. In its 16th year of touring, IN THE MOOD is a classic tribute to World War II-era entertainment, and it will make its way to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $29, $39 and $49 and are available at the Martin Woldson box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The Italians know how to throw a party!

The First annual Columbus Day celebration at Cassano Grocery and Mission Bistro will be next Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11 at their new location, 2002 E Mission at Napa. This will be a great event featuring delicious grilled Cassano Italian sausages, spaghetti & meatballs, Italian desserts, coffee drinks and more. Live music will play both Saturday and Sunday, plus there will be special menu items at Mission Bistro and special prices on Italian grocery items at Cassano's. Hours are 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Enjoy a fun event the Italian way at Cassano Grocery & Mission Bistro. For more information, call 509-747-3888.

One great festival is in house.

The final weekend of the fifth annual Fall Festival of Homes features some of the newest concepts in home construction and interior design. The Spokane Home Builders Association's big event is quickly becoming an autumn tradition for home lovers throughout the Inland Northwest. This year's scattered-site tour involves 36 homes constructed by 21 builders, ranging from $1 million-plus estates in Liberty Lake to entry-level abodes in Airway Heights. There is no cost to take the self-guided tour, which is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 4. For more information, go to www.spokanefestivalofhomes.com.

Folk singer to play for Spokane folks one last time.

After pleasing audience with his distinctive voice for more than 50 years, Glenn Yarbrough is playing in the Pacific Northwest for the last time. The former member of the Limeliters and one-time voice for an animated version of "The Hobbit" will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox with backup band, the Havenstock River Band. Tickets are $22, $32 and $37 and are available at the Martin Woldson box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

It's your last chance to see the first Interplayers show.

Interplayers Professional Theatre is in its last week of stagings of "Frankie and Johnny at the Clair De Lune." The play about blue-collar workers finding true love runs at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 30, through its closing performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. For tickets, call Interplayers at 509-455-PLAY or Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

This is the start of something new at Spokane Children's Theatre.

Spokane Children's Theatre starts its 64th season with a 7 p.m. show Friday, Oct. 9, with its production of "Disney's High School Musical 2." Join Troy, Gabriela and the rest of the Wildcats as they sing and dance their way through summer vacation. The Spokane Children's Theatre performs at the Spokane Community College's Lair Auditorium, at 1810 N. Greene, and the show runs through Oct. 25. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. For more information on show dates and times, go to www.spokanechildrenstheatre.org.

Don't miss this one, matey.

After a great opening weekend, "The Pirates of Penzance" will swashbuckle its way through October. This light comic operetta will take the stage again at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, with shows each Thursday through Saturday night and Sunday matinees through Oct. 25. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and $18 for students. For more information on the show, go to www.spokanecivictheatre.com. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from the somshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Terrain 2009 - More than 30 local artists, including painters, photographers, slam poets, and break dancers come together for the 2009 installment of Wonderground collective's Terrain extravaganza. This year's live music headliner is Portland-by-way-of-North Carolina vintage soul-jazz band Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside, plus local all stars James Pants, Nick, Bad Penmanship and Olive Green Anna, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at The Music City Building, 1011 W. First. Cost: Suggested donation.

No-Fi Soul Rebellion - The husband-and-wife team of Mark and Andrea Heimer bring their funked-out pop anthems, powered by their trusty soul machine, for a show co-headlined by experimental performance art spectacle Boy Eats Drum Machine with Spokane's Electric City Football Camp at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: $5.

Brother Ali - The politically charged albino rapper from Minneapolis' almighty Rhymesayers Entertainment camp, Brother Ali makes his return to The Blvd., with support from Evidence, Toki Wright, Bukue One, JiggyWatts, and Jamal Ali. The early all-ages show kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Sidhe - Rocket Market launches its October indoor concert series with the classical sensibilities and down-to-earth attitude of wife-and-husband duo Sidhe at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. Cost: Free.

Finn Riggins - Female-fronted experimental punk trio Finn Riggins unleashes its new album, "Vs. Wilderness," at a CD release party with Sera Cahoone, Hey Is For Horses, and Dane Ueland, on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Empyrean Coffee House. Cost: To be announced.

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

Be part of history at Auntie's.

Local historian Jack Nisbet recently published "The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest," and he'll present this book with a reading and discussion on the second floor of Auntie's Bookstore, at 402 W. Main, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. For more information, go to www.auntiesbookstore.com.

The Northwest has talent. Do you?

The Lake City Playhouse is calling for Inland Northwest's best singers, musicians, dancers, jugglers, magicians and other performers to enter its "The Northwest Has Talent" competition. The deadline to enter is Thursday, Oct. 1, and the preliminary rounds of competition start Friday, Oct. 9. The entry fee is $30, and the winner will receive airfare and accommodations to compete in the regional rounds of Season 5 of "America's Got Talent." For more information, call 208-667-1323 or go to www.lakecityplayhouse.org.

Get on track for autumn colors.

The North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club, in Ione, Wash., offers train rides through northeastern Washington that have grown in popularity in recent years. The first autumn colors rides of the season will be this weekend, with the train departing the Ione station at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors 64 years old and older and children 2 to 12. To buy tickets and to get more information, go to www.lionstrainrides.com.

Chocolate Apothecary has the prescription for fall fun.

Chocolate Apothecary is starting a Hot Chocolate Club, which will meet at 12:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 6 and every Tuesday thereafter through Nov. 17. Each meeting will last 30 minutes and cost $5 per meeting. Club members will be treated to a sampling of chocolate drinks every week, and their input will help the specialty shop choose its future offerings. The clubs will meet at Chocolate Apothecary, located in the Flour Mill, at 621 W. Mallon. To register for the Hot Chocolate Club, go to www.chocolateapothecary.com.

Your momma will dance when these guys come to town.

Loggins & Messina, a popular duo from the 1970s whose hits include "Your Momma Don't Dance" and "Danny's Song," are coming to the Northern Quest Resort and Casino Saturday, Oct. 31, Northern Quest announced recently. Tickets are on sale now and range in price from $55 to $65. For tickets, call the Northern Quest event hotline at 509-481-6700 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

Go down, down, down to see this Johnny Cash tribute band.

Cash'd Out, a Johnny Cash tribute band recognized by the Cashes themselves as one of the best around, will play the Knitting Factory Main Space at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, but $10 tickets are on sale now at www.ticketswest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Don't you know better than to yell at someone who's asleep on top of a chicken coop?"

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to the Friday, October 9 performance of "Disney's High School Musical 2" at Spokanes Children's Theatre. 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, Oct. 2.

Last Week's Winner: Glenda Roberts gets a hat trick!

Or at least, some really good coffee. Last week's movie quote was, "This young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him." Roberts correctly guessed that it was from the 1977 sports comedy "Slap Shot."

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