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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

There's a trio of reasons to go to the INB this weekend.

Spokane's own Chad Mitchell Trio will take the stage in the town where they got their start 40-some years ago when they perform at the INB Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Mitchell, Joe Frazier and Mike Kobluk have released more than a dozen albums through the years that harmoniously mix humor and political satire-and made them a nationally known name in the 1960s folk-music scene. Tickets to see these timeless performers are $38, $33, and $28 and are available at the INB Performing Arts Center box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

No doubt you'll want to see this play.

"Doubt: A Parable" takes the Interplayers Professional Theatre stage with a preview performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama runs through Nov. 7, with 7:30 p.m. shows on Wednesday and Thursday nights, 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets range in price from $14 to $21 for general admission, $12 to $19 for seniors. For tickets, call Interplayers at 509-455-PLAY or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Live! From Gonzaga! It's Friday Night!

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Kevin Nealon will bring his latest stand-up routine to the McCarthey Athletic Center, at 801 N. Cincinnati on the Gonzaga University campus, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. "Last Comic Standing" star Jeff Dye is scheduled to open for Nealon, who comes to Spokane as a kickoff of sorts to the school's Fall Family Weekend. Nealon, who stars in the TV series "Weeds," has a new Showtime comedy special called "Now Hear Me Out." Tickets to the show are $25 for the general public and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Civic Theatre is stringing together a good start to the season.

"String of Pearls," a play that follows a pearl necklace as it's handed down through the generations and tells the stories of the women who possess it, opens with a 7:30 p.m. show Friday, Oct. 23, in the Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. The play will be presented Thursday through Sunday through Nov. 15, with a 7:30 p.m. start time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets to this sentimental comedy/drama are $16 each and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. Also, this is the last weekend to catch "The Pirates of Penzance" on Civic's main stage. The fanciful musical will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, with evening shows on Friday and Saturday nights, and close with a 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, Oct. 25. Tickets to "Pirates" are available through Tickets West as well.

This Symphony performance is bound to be Heaven.

The Spokane Symphony Classics 3 will take the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage for shows at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The performance, titled "Heaven", will feature conductor Eckart Preu leading the Symphony in Liszt's Les Preludes. Classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco performs Sanlucar's flamenco ballet, and the Symphony will end the performance with Bruckner's Symphony No. 4. Tickets range in price from $22 to $44 and are available at the Martin Woldson box office or through Tickets West at or at 800-325-SEAT.

Think Swing this Saturday.

The Think Swing! Jazz and Blues Festival will be an all-day celebration that brings in musicians from throughout the U.S., while featuring the best the Spokane scene has to offer. The festival involves three sessions of music, all in the Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln. The first session starts at 2 p.m. with 'New Orleans' own Washboard Chaz, followed by the Pete Petersen Septet out of Portland, then the Hot Club of Spokane. The second set starts at 5:30 p.m. and features Six-Foot Swing and 2009 headliner The Shanghai Woolies and includes dinner catered by the Glover Mansion. The final set, at 9 p.m., sees a return of Washboard Chaz, Pete Petersen Septet and Hot Club of Spokane. An all-day pass is $79, or tickets to the individual sessions are $20 for the first, $49 for the second, and $20 for the third, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Race for the Cure. For more information, go to For tickets, go to or call 800-325-SEAT.

Stay up late to see this Insomniac.

Comedian Dave Attell will bring his adult-only comedy act to Spokane for a one-night-only show at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Attell was named one of the 25 funniest people in America by Entertainment Weekly magazine and was the star of Comedy Central's "Insomniac" series. He arrives in Spokane with equally funny comedienne Kelly Pryce as the opening act. Tickets are $28 and $32 and are available through Tickets West at and 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Rusted Root - Mixing influences from Grateful Dead, bluegrass, and world beat, Rusted Root has once again gathered forces for a national tour. With several members involved in various solo and side projects, expect classic Root jams laid over ever-evolving flavors when Rusted Root arrives with Seattle's Flowmotion at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $20.

Ah Holly Fam'ily - Slightly diverting from Portland's bursting chamber-rock scene, Ah Holly Fam'ily adds a touch of swampy, old timey-ness and front-porch blues grit to its refined melodies, pairing backwoods guitar riffs with delicate drifts on violin and flute. And yet Jeremy Faulkner's soft vocal rasp still stands out as one of the most distinct elements of a band that's known for unique instrumentation. Catch Ah Holly Fam'ily at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: $5.

Portland Cello Project - Speaking of PDX's chamber-rock scene, the Portland Cello Project has established a loyal following -- with a running joke about how much their fans love PCP -- that ranges from indie-rock heads to symphony aficionados. They ambush the listener with a rotating cast of as many as 16 cellists, bending the rules with cello hip-hop and rock inventions. Claiming to write almost entirely new arrangements for each performance cycle, the mesmerizing Portland Cello Project comes with Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, David Schultz and Kevin Long at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, to Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Serena Ryder - Juno Award-winning songstress and Atlantic Records singer Serena Ryder has been turning heads with a diverse style that blends rock, pop and blues. Ryder was featured last month in Paste Magazine, which called her new album, "Is It O.K.," exemplary of her eclecticism. Serena Ryder returns to Spokane for a show with NeedToBreathe, and The Alternate Routes at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at The Big Dipper, 171 S. Washington. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The show is expected to sell out.

The Wood Brothers - While Chris Wood was founding Medeski Martin & Wood -- one of the most respected acid-jazz bands of the last decade -- his brother, Oliver, was playing guitar with scorching bluesman Tinsley Ellis before founding his own jam band, King Johnson. Together, the Wood Brothers play masterfully crafted countrified folk-blues. The Wood Brothers appear at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $14 in advance, $16 day of show.

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Downtown will be abuzz with smart people.

Watch adults act like a bunch of-really smart-fifth- and sixth-graders at the Spokane Public Library Foundation's Third Annual Adult Spelling Bee at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Knitting Factory Concert House. Teams of adults will compete for a $1,000 gift certificate to River Park Square. Admission is $5 at the door. Think you'd rather watch the kiddos? Fifth- and sixth-graders will compete in a student spelling bee in the River Park Square atrium from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. For more information, go to

There's no need to mask your support of kids.

Nosey Parker will host a masquerade party to support the Pumpkin Ball's effort to raise money for the Sacred Heart Children's Hospital and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Concept:Home, at 401 W. First, and will go until everybody goes home. You will receive a mask at the door in exchange for $10. RSVP at

Celebrate five years of Smooth Jazz.

The Smooth Jazz Society turns 5 years old and is celebrating with a concert featuring the Tri-Cities' Smooth As Jazz and Pamela Benton at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Windows at Red Lion Inn at the Park, at 303 W. North River Drive. Cost is $10 per ticket, and reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve tickets, call 509-340-3866 or go to for more information.

One More Weekend for High School Musical 2.

This weekend will be the final performances of Spokane Children's Theatre's High School Musical 2. Show times for this fun filled production will be Saturday, October 24 at 10am and 1pm and Sunday, October 25 at 1pm and 4pm. Both of the Saturday performances will be signed for the hearing impaired. Performances are at the Spokane Community College's Lair Auditorium, at 1810 N. Greene. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Something fishy is happening in Tuna.

Tickets to the Spokane Civic Theatre production of "A Tuna Christmas" go on sale Monday, Oct. 26. From the creators of and the same comedy vein as "Greater Tuna," this show will take the Civic main stage Nov. 20 through Dec. 19 and follow the small town's wacky characters through holiday time shenanigans. For more information, go to

Herd your Herdmans for this one.

The Spokane Civic Theatre is presenting the Christmastime family classic "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" Nov. 28 through Dec. 20, and tickets go on sale for the fun production Monday, Oct. 26. For more information, go to

Pleas to reconsider have fallen on Def ears.

Def Leppard and Cheap Trick cancelled the third leg of their North American tour and with it, a scheduled Sunday, Oct. 25, in Spokane. Tickets bought online or via phone from Tickets West will be refunded automatically to the card used in the transaction. Tickets bought at an outlet or at the Spokane Arena box office can be returned to the box office, which is at 720 W. Mallon and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or and can be mailed to P.O. Box 6459, Spokane, WA 99217.

Hitting is just the beginning at the Coeur d'Alene Casino.

Live boxing returns to the Coeur d'Alene Casino's House of Fury at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Headlining the night's fight card is Sandpoint resident Favio Medina, who will be taking on Jason Papillion for the W.B.C. United States Welterweight Title. In the heavy weight division, witness the devastating blows when "Baby Boy" Skylar Anderson faces off with Gabe Brown. Then see the heart pumping action when Spokane native, Kaleb Fisher battles Ronald Briggs. Tickets to the night of fights are $50, $35 and $17.50 and are available at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, or at or 800-325-SEAT. Doors open at 6pm, first fight begins at 7pm. For more information visit .

Skate your way to Riverfront Park.

The Riverfront Park Ice Palace opens for the season Friday, Oct. 21, and will be available for daily skating through next Feb. 28. Hockey and general skating lessons start Nov. 10. For more information, go to


"Mind if I sit down? I'm carrying quite a load here."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to the Spokane Opera's 25th Anniversary concert on Oct. 31! 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, Oct. 23.

Last Week's Winner: Jennifer Clemons

Last week's movie quote was, "I didn't know Pudge was gonna hit a homer." Jennifer correctly guessed that it was from the film "Good Will Hunting."

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