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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

There's lots to see on the Visual Arts Tour.

Spokane is all about the art this weekend, with First Friday and the Spokane Visual Arts Tour running Friday through Sunday, Feb. 5-7. The self-guided tour will include 24 exhibits at studios and other venues downtown, in the University District, in Browne's Addition, and in the Garland District. The non-juried Raw Space exhibit featuring the works of 90 artists will be in the Fernwell Building, at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Stevens Street, for this tour. Times vary from venue to venue, but Raw Space will be open from 5-9 p.m. Friday with an artists' reception, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Also in the Fernwell, artist Ed Gilmore will open his permanent gallery in time for the Friday event. The tour is sponsored by the Spokane Arts Commission and The Inlander. The Feb. 4 edition of The Inlander will include a map and more information about the bi-annual event.

Before the Olympic torch reaches Vancouver, Olympic gold comes to Spokane.

Winter Olympic legends Mike Eruzione and Peggy Fleming will tell their inspirational stories on consecutive nights in special appearances at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Eruzione, captain of the U.S. hockey team that won the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Pend Oreille Pavilion. Fleming, who took home the gold medal for figure skating in 1968, will appear at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Pend Oreille Pavilion as well. Northern Quest is offering the presentations in cooperation with the Eastern Washington affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The events are free to adults 21 years old and older, and donations to Komen for the Cure will be accepted.

They're Baaa-ach!

Connoisseur Concerts' 32nd Annual Northwest Bach Festival continues this week, with the rare Bach masterpiece, "Mass in B Minor, BWV 232," performed at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at St. John's Cathedral, at 127 E. 12th. Last performed in Spokane at the 2000 Bach festival, the piece will feature conductor Gunther Schuller leading the Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Dr. Jane Ellsworth will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance are $29 each, $15 for students, and are available at the Spokane Arena ticket office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

This play has both kinds of music: country and western.

"Honky Tonk Angels" makes its way to the Interplayers Professional Theatre, at 174 S. Howard, for a run that starts tonight, Feb. 3, and extends through Sunday, Feb. 21. The musical tells the story of three women who meet on a Greyhound bus en route to Nashville to pursue dreams of becoming country-western stars and become a fun-loving trio. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 13, and Sundays, Feb. 14 and 21. Tickets range in price from $14 to $21, $12 to $19 for seniors 62 years old and older, and are available at the Interplayers box office and by calling 509-455-PLAY.

Get Carrington-ed away with the Jazz Festival.

The Spokane Falls Community College Jazz and Diversity Festival rolls into the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4 and 5. On Thursday night, the Terri Lyne Carrington Quintet hits the stage, featuring Greg Osby on saxophone. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has played with music legends like Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau and David Sanborn. Osby has collaborated with some of the same people, as well as Dizzy Gillespie. On Friday night, the cool tunes continue with the nine-time Grammy winning Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band. Tickets are $22 and $15 for the Carrington Quintet performance and $32 and $27 for the Latin Jazz Band show. Discounts are available if you buy tickets for both performances. For tickets, go to Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Sixty years of youth? Let's celebrate.

The Spokane Youth Symphony is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with its "A Musical Legacy" concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for juniors, and are available by calling the Fox box office at 509-624-1200 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

There's hope for Haiti here in Spokane.

A group of students have banded together to bring you a four-band Hope For Haiti benefit concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the new Empyrean, at 171 S. Washington. The concert will include local favorites Bodhi Drip, Olaf olaf olaf, Mark Ward and Brett Hite. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to help Haitians devastated by the massive Jan. 12 earthquake. For information, go to www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=313635783781&ref=ts.

What's going on with opera? Find out Friday night.

Spokane Opera is hosting a special reception with Opera America President and CEO Marc Scorca, who will give a speech titled "What's Going On With Opera In America?" The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Bishop White Seminary, on the Gonzaga University campus. Wine and hors d'oeuvres are provided. The event is free to the public, but reservations are required. To make reservations, call the Spokane Opera at 509-533-1150.

Good music is in the making at Bluz.

Bluz at the Bend, at 2711 N. Market in Hillyard, has a full slate of entertainment planned this week. Shows include Sammy Eubanks, on Thursday, Feb. 4; Men in the Making, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6; and an open jam hosted by Cary Fly on Sunday, Feb. 6. Music starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday nights and at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, go to www.bluznews.com.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Anvil - It sounds a lot like the Spinal Tap story, except that the misadventures of Canada's aging metal band are all true and documented by an ex-roadie turned Hollywood player in "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." The documentary gave Anvil a new lease on their rock 'n' roll lives and won the hearts of critics and fans. Anvil is coming to Spokane as a part of its first national tour in more than a decade. The Anvil Experience drops at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $16.

Natural Selection - Lots and lots and lots more metal is coming to The Knitting Factory this week, and all of it is local. First up are featured acts Natural Selection, Grounded, Nothing To Gain, and Megan Cuts Herself. It will be a hardcore smackdown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 5, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5 in advance, $7 day of show.

Whiteknuckle - Fast and heavy metal meets R&B influenced radio rock with Spokane acts Whiteknuckle, Top Soil, Burnt Offerings, and Oh My Darling at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5 in advance, $7 day of show.

Vultra - Everything from black metal to acoustic pop ends out this week of local metal at The Knitting Factory, with Vultra, Please Kill Yourself, Arcadia Is Burning and Three Years Later at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5 in advance, $7 day of show.

The Slants - Dubbed a Chinatown-dance-rock band, The Slants boasts a lineup of members that are all Northwesterners of Asian decent, but their sound is decidedly British, despite their playing sold-out anime conventions all over the map. Confused? Check it out when Portland's The Slants arrive at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

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

Reels and reels of film about reels and reels of flying line.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to Spokane at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, with a stop at the Bing Crosby Theater. Trumpeted as the largest film event of its kind, The Fly Fishing Film Tour includes footage of 25 different waterways in nine different countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada and Mexico, as well as some of the most popular fishing spots in Montana, Idaho and elsewhere in the U.S. Tickets are $15 each on the day of the show, but discount tickets are available at Castway Fly Fishing Shop, at 1104 N. Fourth in Coeur d'Alene, and Silver Bow Fly Shop, at 13220 E. Marietta in Spokane Valley. For more information, go to www.flyfishingfilmtour.com.

High School Musical 47: Ham On Regal is coming.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2010 Ham On Regal show, titled "LIFE. Kinda Sorta." Every year, the parents of Ferris High School students put on a musical to raise money for school activities and equipment. Last year, the event raised more than $71,000, and since its inception in 1963, Ham On Regal has raised more than $1.3 million for the school. This year's show will feature six performances March 7-13, with $6 admission for matinees and $8 admission for evening shows. Tickets are available at Round Table Pizza, at 4510 S. Regal; 2nd Look Books, in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center; Rosauer's Supermarket, at 2610 E. 29th, and at the Ferris High School business office. Cast members also have tickets to sell. For more information, go to www.hamonregal.org.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"When you beat me, you beat me by one ...ONE ... second. Now do you know what something like that does to a man of my intelligence?"

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to the Spokane Golf Show at the Spokane Convention Center, Saturday & Sunday, February 20-21. 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, Feb. 5.

Last Week's Winner: Away Michael Floyd goes!

Last week's movie quote was "I love my babies. Why would I want to push them away from me?" Floyd correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 comedy "Away We Go" and won a $20 gift certificate to The Cathay Inn.

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