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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March downtown for First Friday.

Downtown Spokane's First Friday festivities run from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 5, with more than 35 locations where local art will be on display. Barrister Winery, at 1213 W. Railroad, will host an artist's reception for Bart Degraaf and his exhibit, "Frogs, Ravens and Wine, Oh My," with the acoustic blues of "Lonesome" Lyle Morse starting at 7 p.m. The Chase Gallery, at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd in City Hall, will host an artists' reception for The Metal exhibit, including artists Tim Biggs, Peter Jagoda, Karma Lloyd, Jason Sheldon, Bill Simmons, Sean Smith, Steffan Wachholtz and Rik Willmering. Left Bank Wine Bar, located in the American Legion Building at 108 N Washington Street, Suite 105, will display the works of abstract expressionist Edward W. Gilmore. Come meet the artist from 5-8pm. Soulful Soups at 117 N Howard will display the works of artists Heatherann Franz. For a full list of artists and venues, go to the Downtown Spokane Partnership Web site at www.downtownspokane.org.

New concert hotspot will have a Civilized opening.

Spokane's newest concert hot spot, Stage 54, is opening with a show featuring one of Spokane's most prolific bands. Civilized Animal will play the new venue, located on Spokane's North Side at 25 E. Lincoln, at 8 p.m. Friday March 5. Civilized Animal has sold more than 15,000 albums independently and has opened for everybody from N-Sync to Smash Mouth to Sir Mix-Alot to Weird Al Yankovic. The group will be playing originals from its four albums, including tunes from their latest release, "The Green Album." Tickets to Friday night's show are $15 each and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Dorothy isn't in Kansas anymore--and won't be in Spokane much longer.

Christian Youth Theater-Spokane is off to see the Wizard in this on-stage performance of "The Wizard of Oz," at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. The show is being performed at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today, March 3; at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6; with a final show at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and children; tickets sold at the door are $13 each. For tickets, go to www.cytspokane.com or order through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

One last time to see Brooks & Dunn.

On Friday, April 30 the Spokane Arena will play host to Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn's farewell concert event, "The Last Rodeo." "The Last Rodeo" tour is a celebration of their 20 great years together and will feature only the best from their collection of #1 hits. Also playing will be Jason Aldean. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 6 at 10am at the Spokane Arena Box Office, all TicketsWest outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Sweet songs are on the way.

Dolce Canto, a Missoula, Mont.-based choir whose name means "sweetly sung," and the Eastern Washington University Chamber Singers will come together for a performance at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. Tickets are $15, or $7 for students and will be available at the door prior to the performance. For more information on Dolce Canto, go to www.dolcecanto.info.

The Opera isn't clowning around this weekend.

The Spokane Opera returns to the stage this weekend with a stirring performance of "I Pagliacci," the story of a clown whose public persona of cheer masks private turmoil and struggle. The opera is led by internationally known conductor Dean Williamson and features tenor Gregory Carroll in the starring role of Canio. The opera will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, at 1001 W. Sprague. Tickets are $47, $37, $27, and $17 and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

They've crafted 300 reasons for you to attend.

Custer's 33rd Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show features 300 artists and craftspeople in the largest show of its kind in the Inland Northwest. The three-day event will fill 78,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center with everything from hand-painted furniture to birdhouse, from jewelry to specialty foods. The show goes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 5; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Admission is $6, which is good all weekend. Children 12 and under can attend free of charge. For more information, go to www.custershows.com. For a chance to win two free tickets to this event, answer the trivia question at the bottom of this email.

This evening's entertainment will all be in good Taste.

Taste Spokane, the annual food, wine and beer tasting benefit for Wishing Star, is set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. For $20, a guest receives five tickets for a "taste" from one of a number of food and beverage vendors that will be on hand. Proceeds benefit Wishing Star, a nonprofit organization that grant wishes to children ages 3 to 21 who have life-threatening diseases. For more information on the event, go to www.tastespokane.org or call the Wishing Star office at 509-744-3411.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

KYRS Benefit - KYRS Thin Air Community Radio has kicked off its Spring On Air Fund Drive and is working hard toward the goal of becoming a full-powered noncommercial station. Call 747-3807 to make your donation, and you can also support KYRS through a pair of local music shows on Friday, March 5, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. The first concert is an all-ages affair and happens at 5 p.m., with Bunkdoozy, Grizzly Grills, Green Light Go and Crunk Rap Supreme. The second show is a 21-and-older-only rocker at 9 p.m. with Small Town Nation, The Cypress Experiment, Chasing Aurora and Jedediah The Pilot. Cost: There is a suggested donation of $5 for each show.

Space Opera 77 - Space Opera 77 impressed a capacity crowd at last Saturday at the 5th Annual Sommy Awards, and they're back at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave., this Saturday, March 6, for a show at 9 p.m. with Sirens Sister, and Paid Under Envy. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

John Craigie - Traveling folk singer John Craigie has established a cult following all over the U.S., including Spokane, for his intimate and engaging live shows. He's a master storyteller and gifted songwriter and he's coming back with a new album in tow. He'll be joined by Sandpoint's Shook Twins and Matt Winters at 9 p.m. on Monday, March 8, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $5.

311 - Blending various forms of rap, rock, metal, punk, ska and reggae, 311 has cross generational appeal that has lasted two decades. 311 returns for a show at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, at 8 p.m. to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $37.50.

Swollen Members - Canadian hip-hop crew Swollen Members come through on tour in support of their 2009 album, "Armed To The Teeth," with support from Cool Nutz and Gun of the Sun with Kagah and Rod Mac at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $12 in advance, $14 at the door; all ages welcome.

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


The Acoustics will be amazing.

The Michael Lewis Acoustic Duo will bring its blend of pop, jazz and blues to the Lone Canary Winery, at 109 S. Scott, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 5. The world-class guitarist who plays Steely Dan, Michael McDonald and others, will also be appearing at The Viking Tavern later this month. For more information, call Lone Canary at 509-534-9062.

Heavyweight champ of comedy to deliver hard-hitting punchlines.

The heavyweight of champion of comedy, Jay Wendell Walker, will bring his hard-hitting punchlines to Uncle D's Comedy Underground for shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6. Walker's combination of rapid-fire monologue and priceless facial expressions have made him a fan favorite at clubs throughout the U.S. Doors to the Comedy Underground, located Bluz at the Bend at 2721 N. Market in Hillyard, open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner reservations are encouraged. Admission to the weekend's shows is $10 per person. For more information, go to www.bluznews.com.

"I Love Cookies" is far from a half-baked idea.

Tinman Gallery, at 811 W. Garland, will premier a new collection by artist Mel McCuddin with a reception and live music at 5 p.m. Friday, March 5. The collection, titled "I Love Cookies," features McCuddin's signature characters in pieces that make cynical comments on daily life. For more information, call Tinman Gallery at 509-325-1500.

Rising from the Catacombs: good music.

Singer Jerry Breeden plays classic soft rock from the 1960 and 1970s from 9-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, at the Catacombs Pub, in the basement of the Montvale Hotel, at 110 S. Monroe. Breeden will be playing the pub every weekend through March. For more information, call 509-838-4610.

Time for some good eats.

This year, take the offer from the members of Temple Beth Shalom and enjoy a bit of Jewish heritage and food at the 69th Annual Kosher Dinner on Sunday, March 7. More than 240 volunteers will serve kosher beef brisket, appetizers, traditional Jewish dishes from 11am to 6pm. Dinners to go are also offered. Diners also can enjoy Jewish entertainers, including Chutzpah, the Kosher Redhots and The Mavens. Homemade baked goods and unique gift items are sold after dinner. Temple Beth Shalom is at 1322 E. 30th Ave., at the corner of Perry Street and 30th Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults; $8 for children 11 and younger and can be purchased at Huppin's Hi-Fi Photo and Video, 421 W. Main Ave.; Manito Ship and Copy, 2920 S. Grand Blvd.; Pawn One North, 8014 N. Division St.; Pawn One Valley, 11812 E. Sprague Ave.; Pawn One Post Falls, 2427 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls; or at the door. For more information, call 509-623-0372.

SPORTS CORNER
2B or not 2B? There's no question for basketball fans.

The rite of spring that is the 2B Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships starts today, March 3, and the Spokane Arena and runs through Saturday, March 6. The first games tipped off at 9 a.m. this morning, with the top 16 2B boys' teams and the top 16 2B girls' teams from small schools throughout the state playing all day and well into the evening. All-session tickets are $24 and $30, and individual-day tickets are available at the door. For tournament brackets, go to www.mywiaa.org/brackets/ For all-tournament passes, go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

They're angling for a big attendance.

The Great Western Sportfishing Show is expected to reel in fishing fanatics from throughout the Inland Northwest when it comes to the Spokane Convention Center Friday, March 5 through Sunday, March 7. The show will include three days of seminars, a fly tying theater, a fly casting pool, virtual fishing and booths and vendors with everything involving fishing. The show runs from 1-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is good for the entire weekend and costs $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and is free for kids under 6. For more information, go to www.greatwesternsportfishingshow.com.

Pullman, we have SmackDown.

WWE SmackDown/ECW brings Road To WrestleMania to Washington State University's Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, for a night full of hard-hitting, body-slamming entertainment. The fightcard features some of the biggest names in SmackDown now, including Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, Michelle McCool and many others. Tickets range in price from $15 to $60 and are available through the Beasley Coliseum box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"You know you can shoot people out here. You don't have to throw wrenches."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to Custer's Spring Arts and Crafts Show! 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 Thursday, March 4.

Last Week's Winner: Steve Preedy knows his Steel Magnolias!

Last week's movie quote was "In a good shoe, I wear a size six, but a seven feels so good, I buy a size eight." Preedy correctly guessed that it was from the 1989 chick flick "Steel Magnolias" and won a $35 gift certificate to Peters and Sons Florists.

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