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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Harold Balazs is unstoppable!

At 87 years young, Harold Balazs is unstoppable. To kick off the new year, The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene opens a show of over 100 new works by Harold including 50 vibrant enamels, numerous paintings, drawings and mixed media assemblages, some dating back to the 1950's. The show opens this Friday, January 8 with a reception from 5 to 8 pm and runs through February 6.

Go to for more information and to see the show online.
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1st Thursday Comedy at Northern Quest

Laugh out loud with LIVE standup comedy the first Thursday of every month in Impulse Nightclub. Each edition of this monthly show will feature the funniest of the funny from around the Pacific Northwest. On Thursday, January 7 see Carl Shaw, Steve Johnson, and Josh Teaford LIVE at Impulse. This show is 21+ only, and ticket sales end online 2 hours prior to show time. Remaining ticket availability will be sold first come, first served at the door.

'Elvis' in Concert at the CdA Casino

Join Scott Bruce as Elvis as he croons classics 'Hound Dog,' 'Return to Sender,' 'Jailhouse Rock' and more Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Event Center. As Elvis, Bruce has appeared in music videos with Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow in addition to adding his signature Presley moved to a Pizza Hut commercial and True Hollywood Story: Elvis in Hollywood. He currently performs regularly at Disneyland and tours with Legends of Rock & Roll - Buddy, Roy & Elvis.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door starting at $15. For more information visit

Spokane's First Friday of the Year

This Friday, January 8 is Spokane's First Friday with art and music events happening all over downtown. Most venues open from 5 to 8pm, unless otherwise noted.

Visit for a complete listing.

Tabernacle opens at Kolva-Sullivan this Friday

Tabernacle, a show of Oils on canvas by John J. deRoulet Opens Friday, January 8 with a reception from 5 to 8pm at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery 115 South Adams. The show runs through January 29.

You can get more information at

Johnny and Tony are coming to town

It's a big year for big name entertainment coming to Spokane. Johnny Mathis is at the INB April 24, and Tony Bennett is at the Convention Center June 4.

Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Square dancing at Western Dance Center

Square dancing isn't square. It's fun. Sign up for a 13 week session running on Thursdays, January 7 to March 31. Square dance (and some line dancing) lessons start at 7 pm at the Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley.

Family friendly for all ages. Great for home-schooled as PE. Partner not required. For more information call 509-979-2607.

Spokane Health & Fitness Expo Saturday & Sunday at the Fairgrounds

This is a great way for Spokane to kick off the New Year and find ways to reach those New Year's Resolution Fitness Goals. The Spokane Health & Fitness Expo will be at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center this Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10. You'll find everything health & fitness under one roof. Meet Fitness Experts on Yoga, Pilates, Spin, Bar, Strength Training & more. Shop fitness equipment, apparel, supplements and more. There will be free samples and a wine bar too.

Hours are Saturday, January 9, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, January 10, 10am to 4pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, cash only, good all weekend. Parking is free.

For more information, visit, find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Coeur d'Alene Symphony announces Young Artist Finalists

The Coeur d'Alene Symphony has announced the finalists in its 2016 Young Artists competition. Forty-nine musicians from the United States and Canada will compete for chances to perform with the Symphony at its March concerts.

The finalists will perform in front of judges this Saturday and Sunday, January 9 & 10 at the Whitworth University Music Building. These performances are free and open to the public.

Symphony With a Splash January 15

Symphony With A Splash is a great way to kick off the weekend. Friday nights with the Spokane Symphony are fun, fabulous and affordable. Starting at 5pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, enjoy live music from a local band in the beautiful Fox lobby. Happy hour food and drink specials are available. The party moves into the hall at 7 pm for a special one-hour performance by the Spokane Symphony of classical music, both time honored and cutting edge. Winter Splash takes place next Friday, January 15 from 5-9pm. Morihiko Nakahara will be conducting and musical selections include works by Mozart, Armando Bayolo, Andy Akiho an more. For complete information, visit

Individual tickets are $25 for all seats. This concert may also be purchased as part of the Symphony with a Splash series. Season ticket prices are $60. Tickets available at the Box Office, or by calling 509-624-1200, and also at or 800-325-SEAT.

Arbor Crest Fireside Music Series back by popular demand

Based on strong support, the Arbor Crest Wine Bar's 'Fireside Music Series' will continue into the New Year. This popular new series features local musicians in the transformed tasting room at the Cliff House Estate. You can enjoy Arbor Crest's great wine, beer from Square Wheel Brewing Co., chilled appetizers and fresh-baked food selections, plus a great lineup of live music with no cover charge. The Wine Bar is open daily from Noon to 5pm, but stays open until 8pm every Thursday and Friday, with live music from 5:30 to 7:30.

This Thursday, January 7, Evan Denlinger performs and Friday, January 8, Spare Parts Duo is musical guest.

For more information, visit

The Book of Mormon comes to the INB Jan 26 -31

Here' your chance to see The Book of Mormon. Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. The show does contain explicit language.

Performances run from Tuesday, January 26 through Sunday, January 31. For tickets and show times, visit or 800-325-SEAT.

Book of Mormon Musical: Church's Official Statement
In response to news media requests, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement regarding the Broadway musical entitled The Book of Mormon:

The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ. To better understand the context of how the Church responds to situations like this, journalists and others may also want to read a popular article on Newsroom posted in March 2009 called 'The Publicity Dilemma.'

Two chances to see the Spokane Chiefs this weekend

On Saturday, January 9, the Chiefs face off against the Regina Pats, and on Sunday, January 10, it's the Chiefs vs. the Everett Silvertips. Saturday's game begins at 7:05pm and Sunday's game is at 5:05pm.

Tickets available through or 800-325-SEAT.

Prohibition Gastropub open on North Monroe

Owners John and Jill Leonetti of Spokane opened Prohibition Gastropub at 1914 N Monroe back in late October. John, a Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef, says he has been perfecting his menu for years in anticipation of this opportunity. John says what sets Prohibition Gastropub apart is his hands-on approach to cooking. From making each bison or beef patty by hand with fresh coffee grounds (coffee grounds keep the burgers juicy) to crafting a chic pea burger with Sous Chef TJ Hansen for vegetarian and gluten free patrons. There is also a Happy Hour menu (4-7 daily).

Prohibition has a variety of events each month including First Friday Service Appreciation Night. All police/fire/military members with valid ID receive a free entree when an entree of equal or greater value is purchased. Prohibition also features a Scotch and Cigar night on Thursday evenings. Whiskey connoisseur, Brian Johnston, educates patrons on flights of whiskey, scotch, or bourbon to pair with cigars all offered on the heated patio.

John has a team of 8 which includes two individuals from Skils'kin working as prep cooks and bar backs. Skils'kin is an organization that supports individuals with disabilities to obtain and sustain jobs. John says one of the best moves he made was hiring two people from Skils'kin. Each day they are positive, eager to learn, and ready to work.

Prohibition Gastropub is open daily Monday-Saturday, 11am to 11pm, closed Tuesdays, and open Sundays from 10am to 10pm. Family friendly till 9pm. FInd them on Facebook at

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