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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

You don't have to wait 'Til Tuesday to see Aimee Mann.

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, former lead singer of the 1980s band 'Til Tuesday, is playing the Salvation Army Kroc Center, in Coeur d'Alene, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Mann became an MTV star in the mid-1980s with the 'Til Tuesday hit "Voices Carry," but has evolved into an independent success with her Grammy-winning 2005 release "The Forgotten Arm." Tickets to the Coeur d'Alene show are $30 and $15 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. For more information on the Kroc Center, go to www.kroccda.org.

Joke about cerebral palsy? He's just Josh-ing.

Standup comedian Josh Blue was the Last Comic Standing in season four of that NBC television show, and he'll be the main comic in the spotlight on the Knitting Factory's Main Space, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Blue has cerebral palsy and has worked that fact into his routine, mixing humor and inspiration. Joining Blue for the Spokane show is special guest Hippieman. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

A Christmas favorite will Steamroller into Spokane.

Manheim Steamroller is coming to the Star Theatre at Spokane Arena Friday, Nov. 13, and tickets go on sales at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Spokane Arena box office, at www.ticketswest.com or at 800-325-SEAT. Manheim Steamroller's 25th Christmas Anniversary Tour will feature a wide range of Christmas tunes featuring the group's trademark sound, and Grammy-winning group mastermind Chip Davis will lead the West Coast tour. Tickets are $65, $52, $42 and $30. From more information, go to www.spokanearena.com.

Let's play two, symphonically speaking.

The Spokane Symphony is celebrating Beethoven by playing two overtures and two symphonies on two consecutive days, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Both performances feature the composer's only violin concerto, played by Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski. Tickets for each performance are $22, $32, $40 and $44 and are available at the Spokane Symphony ticket office, online at www.spokanesymphony.org and by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. The Sunday performance is part of the Symphony YES series, with reduced-price tickets for youth ages eight though 14 and the adults who accompany them. Symphony YES tickets are only available at the Symphony box office.

Wildcats take the stage.

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, Gabriella 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.

Girls' night out features Spokane's favorite funny girl.

Spokane comedienne and author Deanna Davis is on a mission to help women become healthier and happier through inspiration and humor, and she will be appearing at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, to present "Womanhood...The Divine Comedy: Thoughts on Life, Laughter and the Pursuit of Happiness." Tickets are $25, $40 and $75, and are available at www.deannadavis.net or at 509-532-1600.

End-of-life play to be performed at Civic.

"Vesta", a play written by Spokane Civic Theatre resident playwright Brian Harnetiaux, will be performed at Spokane Civic at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. Presented by the Rockwood at Hawthorne's Residents' Foundation, the play addresses the decisions a family must make and emotions they experience at the end of a grandmother's life. Rockwood resident Alice Kennedy is directing the play and will appear in its lead role. After the performance, Hospice of Spokane's Wilma Engstrom will lead a discussion among audience members and actors. Tickets are $12 and are available at Rockwood's South Hill campus through Judy Smith, at 509-536-6659, or at Rockwood at Hawthorne through Beverly Woody, at 509-466-0411.

You'll be Les Miserables if you miss this.

"Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway" will hit the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. Five accomplished Broadway performers will play 50 different Broadway characters in this revue that includes the best from shows like "Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables," "Chicago," "Cats" and "Mamma Mia," among others. Tickets are $22, $32 and $37 and are available at the Spokane Symphony ticket office, online at www.spokanesymphony.org and by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Troupe to storm Spokane.

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will jete into Spokane for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The 12-person dance troupe is making news in the dance world with its contemporary ballet with a twist. Tickets are $17, $22, $27 and $32, or $14 for students and are available at the Spokane Symphony ticket office, online at www.spokanesymphony.org and by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Saliva - After the wrong combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter painkillers nearly killed Saliva's lead singer Josey Scott, the band canceled a string of shows this summer. But Scott has recovered and the Memphis hard rock quintet is back on the road. Saliva headlines with Showdown and Spokane's Lucid at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $16.

Secondhand Serenade - It sounds like a full band, but Secondhand Serenade is actually the title of John Vesely's solo acoustic emo-rock project. Vesely used multitrack recording to play all of the instruments on his debut album. His interactive live show features his talent on piano, guitar and more, as fans will see when Secondhand Serenade lands with The Audition, Evan Taubenfield, and The Rust, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $17 in advance, $19 day of show.

Gogol Bordello - A favorite at music festivals worldwide, Gogol Bordello brings minor-key accordions, violins, and saxophones timed to punk and dub beats in a Gypsy-folk context. It's an international party-parade on stage, and it arrives at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at The Knitting Factory 919 W. Sprague Ave., with Apostle of Hustle, which features Broken Social Scene's Andrew Whiteman. Tickets are $22.

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - They play every genre under the sun and all at once, they've got a middle school kid playing drums, they all wear matching suits cut from drapes that belong the lead singer's mom, and they have one of the most ridiculous names among a sea of bands with ridiculous names. You guessed it, Seattle indie favorite Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band comes back with The Globes and Portrait of a Gentlemen, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, to Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison St. Cost: to be announced.

Owl City - An experiment that stemmed from Adam Young's insomnia, Owl City has become an infectiously odd Myspace phenomenon for his European influenced electronic synth-pop. With more than 6 million hits on Myspace as a indie act, it's not wonder Owl City had to move its show from The Big Dipper to the bigger space at The Service Station, at 9315 N. Nevada. Owl City is playing with The Scene Aesthetic, Brooke Waggoner and For Tonight at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

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

Don't Tinker around. Get your Disney on Ice tickets.

"Disney on Ice's presents Worlds of Fantasy" is coming to the Spokane Arena Nov. 18-Nov. 22, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12. This year's performance features characters from Disney's newer hits "Cars" and "Tinker Bell," as well as classics "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid." Tickets are $45, $35, $23 and $16 and will be available at the Spokane Arena box office, through all Tickets West outlets, and at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Magazine launch party to celebrate best of the Inland Northwest.

What's best in the Inland Northwest? Find out what Spokane-Coeur d'Alene Living magazine readers think when it premiers its annual "Best Of" issue with a launch party from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Isabella's Restaurant, at 21 W. Main in downtown Spokane. Editor Blythe Thimsen will be on hand, as will copies of the magazine featuring Best Restaurant, Best Downtown Shop and 115 other categories. For more information, call the magazine at 509-533-5350.

Smooth jazz is in Session(z).

The Smooth Jazz Society of the Inland Northwest is featuring Sessionz, the Inland Northwest's newest jazz and rhythm-and-blues sensation, from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Red Lion at the Park's Windows lounge, at 303 W. North River Drive. Cover charge is $10, and attendees are encouraged to "dress to impress."

The Italians know how to throw a party!

The First annual Columbus Day celebration at Cassano Grocery and Mission Bistro will be this 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.

Tinman has the heart to help scarecrows.

The Tinman Gallery, at 811 W. Garland, is holding its annual Scarecrow Workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Bring old clothes, hats and boots-Tinman will supply the straw and materials for a face and head-and within an hour, you can have an autumn friend to grace your front porch. The workshop is $5 per character for those who bring their own clothes and $10 for clothes provided. Call 509-325-1500 to sign up.

Tickets to Kansas are dust in the wind.

Northern Quest Resort & Casino has sold out the Kansas-Three Dog Night concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. For information on more upcoming Northern Quest shows, go to www.northernquest.com.

Walk on the Wild Side at Circling Raven Golf Club

Circling Raven Golf Club is holding their second annual Walk on the Wild Side. This fun filled day of playing golf, walking this incredibly beautiful 7-mile course, and great food will be held on Monday, October 26, with tee times from 9am to 12:30pm. Entry fee is $70 and includes green fee, lunch, tee prize and as many holes as you can walk. Ten dollars from each entry will be donated to Lakeside Elementary School for school supplies. Call 1.800.523.2464 to book your tee time.

SPORTS CORNER
Cougs plan to give ASU devil of a time at Homecoming.

The Washington State University Cougars will host the Arizona State Sun Devils at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, for the school's big Homecoming game. Tickets range in price from $20 to $40 and are available at www.wsucougars.com. Go Cougs!

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I'm not going to be ignored, Dan."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to VESTA, at Spokane Civic Theatre on Monday, Oct. 12! 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. 9.

Last Week's Winner: Jenna McCoy gets the best of both worlds!

Last week's movie quote was, "Don't you know better than to yell at someone who's asleep on top of a chicken coop?" McCoy correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 hit "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

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