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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This is the Avenue to laughs.

The Tony-winning, puppeted Broadway smash "Avenue Q" comes to the INB Performing Arts Center for six shows from Thursday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 14. A story about trying to make it big in New York City on a small budget, the musical is marketed as being, "80 percent Tony-winning hilarity, 10 percent adult situations and 10 percent foam rubber." Tickets are $58, $52 and $30 and are available through the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Folk fans have reason to be feelin' groovy.

Singer, actor and poet Art Garfunkel will have music fans feelin' groovy at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino this weekend, with shows at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. One half of the legendary folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, he has released 14 solo albums and continued to be a folk-music craftsman. Tickets to his Northern Quest shows are $40 and $50 and are available through Northern Quest at 509-481-6700 or through TicketsWest at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Quick draw! Tim McGraw tickets go on sale this weekend.

Two of country music's biggest acts, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum, are coming to the Spokane Arena on May 20 for what's sure to be one of the biggest concerts of the year, and tickets go on sales at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. McGraw will be touring this spring in support of his new album, "Southern Voice." It's McGraw's 10th album and is sure to add to his list of chart-topping accomplishments, which include more than 30 No. 1 singles, three Grammys, and 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, among others. Lady Antebellum is coming off of a "Best New Artist" win at the CMAs this year and has established itself as one of the hottest up-and-coming bands on the country scene. Starting Saturday, tickets will be available at the Spokane Arena box office, at all Tickets West outlets and at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Prices range from $49.75 to $65.75. For more information, go to www.spokanearena.com.

Time to stand up and face the Mozart.

The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox will be filled with the sweet sounds of Mozart when the Spokane Symphony performs "Mozart's Faces: Classics 6" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. The concert features favorites such as "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," "Concerto for Flute and Harp," and "Mozart's Requiem." Tickets are $22, $32, $40 and $44 and are available at the Fox box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Here's one cobweb you won't want to miss.

Spokane Children's Theatre is staging the timeless classic "Charlotte's Web," opening with a matinee performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Lair Auditorium, on the Spokane Community College campus. The show includes performances on Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 28. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. For more information on the show, go to www.spokanechildrenstheatre.org.

This could be a vehicle for sales.

The 2010 Spokane International Auto Show hits the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center for four days, Thursday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 15. The show includes new cars, trucks, vans and SUVs from 27 auto manufacturers. Sponsored by the Spokane New Car Dealers Association, attendees can shop and compare all the new cars under one roof. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, with kids 12 and under admitted for free. For show times and other information, go to www.spokaneautoshow.com.

Here's a big deal for two-wheel fans.

The seventh Annual Motorcycle Show and Sale will rev up two-wheeled enthusiasts when it rolls into the Spokane Convention Center Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14. The event fills the 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall with motorcycles of all kinds, accessories and an assortment of other booths. The event also features motorcycle daredevils in the Globe of Thunder and KKZX's Westside Motorsports' "Bike Off." Admission is $10, or $5 for children between 6 and 12 years old. Kids 5 and under are admitted free of charge. For event times and other information, go to www.spokanemotorcycleshow.com.

Folks will be feeling squirrelly at the Bing this weekend.

Mighty Squirrel, a world-folk band made up of Spokane musicians, will play the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901W. Sprague, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. These musicians have received two Juno nominations and have had their music playing on "Oprah" and "Deadwood," among others. Tickets are $18, or $16 for students and seniors, and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT or at the Bing starting two hours before show time.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Lyrics Born - Japanese American rapper and Quannum Records veteran Lyrics Born has taken the indie ethos to a whole new level, self-publishing a hit line of collaborations, remixes and exclusives through his online platform, The Lyrics Born Variety Show. Like his Quannum affiliates in Blackalicious, Lyrics Born has found the right niche for his semi-political laid back Bay Area party jams laced with complex rhyme schemes -- without major label push. Lyrics Born returns with his five-piece band with local support from yours truly, Isamu Jordan, along with Freetime Synthetic and Jaeda with Stone Tobey, at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, at The Blvd., at 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $12 in advance (through www.brownpapertickets.com and The Blvd.), $15 at the door (special discount tickets available for $10 through www.thesomshow.com).

Nick Jaina - Considered a leader in Portland's bursting indie-chamber-pop scene, Nick Jaina's last album was a live studio session with his all-star 10-piece band, followed quickly by a record of ballads played on the late and legendary Elliott Smith's piano. The record before that explored the musical landscape of the Southern United States, Eastern Europe and the Canadian border. His forthcoming record, "A Bird in the Opera House," was a strung together with overdubs of various instruments led by electric guitar. His range is staggering, as showgoers will see when Jaina appears with Joel Smith and the Hands of Plenty and Rauelsson at 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $5, 21-and-older only.

Mon Cheri - Voted Spokane's 2009 Band of the Year by users on www.thesomshow.com, Mon Cheri made Sommy history this year by being "Sominated" in four categories, including Best Album, Band of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Live Performance. Find out why when the indie-jazz quartet headlines a Valentine's show with Jamal Ali at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5, 21-and-older only.

Wartime Blues - Missoula's Wartime Blues mixes driving classic rock and Americana with lonesome folk-rock. The eight-piece ensemble employs a wide array of instruments, including guitars, mandolin, piano, Wurlitzer, organ, various hand percussion, cello and saw, but the sound is surprisingly precise. It recalls elements of Wilco, Neil Young and Arcade Fire. Regarded as one of Montana's finest new voices in indie rock, Wartime Blues shares a bill with Seattle's Pablo Trucker and Spokane's Chelsea Dasso at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $7, all ages welcome.

The Acorn Project - A Bellingham funk outfit with Spokane roots, The Acorn Project plays weighty jams focused through an indie-rock lens that is at times epic, jazzy and downright explosive. The musical styles blend effortlessly and the jams are packed with surprises. Check it out when The Acorn Project comes back with Bunk Doozy and Dan Harrington at 9 p.m. on Friday, February 12, to The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $7, 21-and-older only.

Vote for your favorite local band to win a Sommy Award at www.thesomshow.com. Polls close Feb. 13.

You'll feel the Powers of love.

The Smooth Jazz Society will be playing for sweethearts and singles alike at the Red Lion at the Park, with one performance starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and a brunch show Sunday, Feb. 14. Renowned jazz-and-blues guitarist Michael Powers returns to join the Smooth Jazz Society for the St. Valentine's weekend shows after ushering in the New Year with the group earlier this year. Cost is $25 per person, with hotel packages starting at $135. For tickets, go to www.smoothjazzspokane.com.

Catacombs has hard-rock walls, but soft-rock tunes.

Jerry Breeden will be playing classic soft rock from the 1960s and 1970s Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 11 through Feb. 14, at The Catacombs Pub, at 110 S. Monroe, in downtown Spokane. The Thursday performance starts runs from 8-10 p.m., and the Friday, Saturday and Sundays shows go from 9-11 p.m.

Take your Valentine to see your other loves: wine and chocolate.

The Chocolate Apothecary and Caterina Winery have teamed up for St. Valentine's Day to bring people two things they truly love in an exclusive wine-and-chocolate tasting. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Caterina Winery, at 905 N. Washington, and include some of the region's finest chocolates coupled with specially selected, handcrafted wines. Tickets are $30 per person and are available through the Chocolate Apothecary at 509-747-0955 or online at www.chocolateapothecary.com. Questions? Call Jen Westra, at Caterina Winery, at 509-328-5069 or at info@caterina.com.

BOBfest is looking for a few good bands.

The Chase Youth Commission is looking for local teen bands to compete in this year's BOBfest, the Inland Northwest battle of the bands scheduled for Saturday, June 12, at Riverfront Park. For an application or more information, go to www.chaseyouth.org and look for BOBfest under the "Projects" tab. Inquiries also can be directed to Michael LeaderCharge at mleadercharge@spokanecity.org or 509-625-6440.

It's the region's largest old-music sale on record.

The region's largest old-music sale, the KPBX Recordings and Videos Sale, is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Masonic Center Auditorium, at 1108 W. Riverside in downtown Spokane. For more information, go to www.kpbx.org.

SPORTS CORNER
People travel cross country for this one.

While most Olympians are gathering in Vancouver this week, a few will be coming to Spokane. The USA Cross Country Championships will held at Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane this weekend, with events planned Thursday, Feb. 11, through Saturday, Feb. 13. The 2008 bronze medalist, Shalane Flanagan, and other runners will be competing for spots on the USA National Team that compete in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland later this year. Festivities kick off with the Nike Athletes Symposium at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will speak at the Mirabeau Park Hotel at 7 p.m. Friday. The Erik Anderson Memorial 4K Community Run starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the USA championships start at 9:45 a.m. that morning. All events are open to the public. For more information, go to www.spokanesports.org.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Our love is like the wind. I can't see it, but I sure can feel it."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to the Spokane Golf Show, at the Spokane Convention Center, Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 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. 12.

Last Week's Winner: Tracey Allers has the eye of the tiger!

Last week's movie quote was "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?" Allers correctly guessed that it was from the 1982 sports drama "Rocky III" and won tickets to the Spokane Golf Show.

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