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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Three one-of-a-kinds will make for a full house at Northern Quest.

To celebrate the grand opening of its new resort, the Northern Quest Resort and Casino has a full slate of entertainment this weekend. Penn & Teller will bring their magic/comedy routine to Northern Quest Friday, March 26, and saxophonist Kenny G will be there Saturday, March 27. Finally, rising country-western superstar Miranda Lambert will play Sunday, March 28. Tickets are $55 for Penn & Teller, $50 for Kenny G, and $50 for Miranda Lambert. They are now available through the Northern Quest event line at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Cool blues dock at Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Cool blues will ooze through North Idaho when the 2010 Coeur d'Alene Blues Festival docks at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Friday through Sunday, March 26-28. The event kicks off with a Blues Cruise on the lake, featuring The Fat Tones at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday night's action features four acts-Curtis Salgado, Red Hot Blues Sisters, Randy Oxford Blues and Big Mumbo Blues Band-playing from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Both Friday and Saturday nights, Nu Jack City will be playing the Shore Lounge as well. From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Max Daniels in Soulful Blend will play a gospel brunch at the Dockside Restaurant. Tickets to the Blues Cruise are $29 each, and Saturday's show is $20 per person. For tickets, go to the Coeur d'Alene Resort or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Dance fans have reason to move their feet.

The Martha Graham Dance Co., billed as the oldest and most celebrated dance company in America, will grace the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage when it performs with the Spokane Symphony at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Founded in 1926, the Martha Graham Dance Co. has performed in more than 50 countries and in some of the most well-known venues in the world: the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, and at the base of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Tickets to see the Spokane Symphony and Martha Graham Dance are $30, $40 and $65, with a $14 student ticket available. For tickets, visit the Fox box office at 1001 W. Sprague, call 509-624-1200, or go online to Tickets also are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The past will come back to interest you.

Step back in time this weekend when the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture presents Living History Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27. The MAC campus, at 2316 W. First, will be canvassed with historic activities, history re-enactors and a range of activities-dancing, drumming, make-and-take art, weavers, quilters and food. Author Jane Fritz will be on hand as well to sign her book, "Legendary Lake Pend Oreille." A $15 admission is good all day for the entire family. For more information, go to

The Bloomin' JazzMen are boomin' again!

One Spokane's newest night hotspots is hosting 10 of Spokane's biggest jazz hotshots when Keith Lamotte's Night Bloomin' JazzMen play The A Club, at 406 1/2 W. Sprague, from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Night Bloomin' JazzMen returns to the stage after a several-year hiatus from the Inland Northwest music scene. The new 10-person group includes five of the original members who played to standing-room-only crowds at the old Ankeny's at the Ridpath in the early 2000s. Cover charge is $5. For more information, go to

What will be King next season?

What will be next year's "Lion King?" Find out Thursday, March 25. WestCoast Entertainment's Best of Broadway will announce the lineup for the 2010-2011 season with a presentation at the INB Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the presentation starts at 4:30 p.m. For more information on the Best of Broadway, go to

We're looking at the Glass as being nearly full.

Philip Glass, one of the greatest living American composer, will come to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox for a performance of "The Etudes and Other Works For Solo Piano" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Glass has written operas, symphonies, his own compositions and has collaborated with popular artists ranging from David Bowie to Paul Simon to Yo-Yo Ma. Tickets for Glass' show range in price from $17 to $47, with special $14 student tickets available. For tickets, visit the Fox box office at 1001 W. Sprague, call 509-624-1200, or go online to Tickets also are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

You'll worship the grounds they rock on.

The second annual Rock and Worship Road Show rolls into Spokane for one show at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 28. The 2010 lineup for this all-ages show consists of MercyMe, David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5, Francesca Battistelli, Remedy Drive, Fee, and Sidewalk Prophets. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door. For more information, go to or

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Birds on a Wire - Diehard indie-music champion Stereopathic Music has made a habit bringing high caliber indie artists from the Northwest's flourishing singer-songwriter movement to the Palouse. The culmination of that work is this weekend's Birds on a Wire folk festival, made up of nearly 40 artists playing on three stages over two days in Pullman. Some of the festival's highlights include Rocky Votolato, Justin Townes Earle, Damien Jurado, Sera Cahoone, Horse Feathers, and Joe Pug, along with locals Joel Smith and Karli Fairbanks on Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, in downtown Pullman. Cost: $35 in advance, $45 day of show; visit for details.

Empyrean Grand Re-Opening Party - Now that the crew at Empyrean Coffee House has settled into their new digs, they're celebrating the grand opening of the new location with a three-day party with Empyrean's staples from around the region, including The Madives, Kaylee Cole, Hannah Reader, The Toy Garden and Hey is for Horses. With a dozen acts coming through over the course of the weekend, the Grand Re-Opening Party happens at 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 26-28, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $8 per night.

Tyrone Wells - Spokane native Tyrone Wells scored mainstream radio airplay and landed a deal with Universal Records after relocating to California. For his latest album, "Remain," Wells traveled to London to open up his songwriting process. Now Wells is coming home for an intimate evening of acoustic music with support from Tony Lucca, and Roy Jay at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $14, $20 seated in the Golden Circle.

The Slackers - New York ska outfit The Slackers have maintained a prolific career that has lasted beyond the heyday of ska, releasing more than 20 albums in about as many years. Combining elements of rocksteady, regggea, dub, soul, garage rock and jazz, The Slackers will be partying down on Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $10, ages welcome.

Jimmy Nuge - The charismatic front man for one of Spokane's most popular bands, London Get Down's Jimmy Nuge has been playing increasingly less-rare solo acoustic shows. Nuge plays a late set at 9 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Mixx, 415 W. Hastings Rd. Cost: $5.

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This guy knows the funny business.

Tom McTigue has been doing stand-up comedy for 17 years and writes for Gary Shandling, Bill Maher and other big names in the funny business. This weekend, he's at Uncle D's Comedy Underground, in Bluz at the Bend at 2721 N. Market, for shows Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27. The show starts at 8 p.m., with the showroom dinner seating starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, and the dinner reservations are recommended. For more information, go to

Newly rebuilt Churchill's Steakhouse will re-open today.

Churchill's Steakhouse, located in the Joel Building at 165 S Post, will reopen today. The restaurant was destroyed by a devastating three-alarm fire back in July of 2008. Churchill's specializes in serving only 100% USDA Prime beef. The main floor of the restaurant is less formal and seats 82. The downstairs bar features a more casual atmosphere and affordable fare and a private dining room accommodates up to 49. Grand opening specials will be offered the week of April 5-9. Churchill's will be open from 4:00pm to 10:00pm Monday-Thursday and 4:00pm to 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. For reservations, call 509-474-9888.

Waiting for spring? Wait no longer.

Art fans don't have to wait any longer to see "Waiting For Spring," the newest collection of works from artist Kay O'Rourke. This special three-day show runs Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, at the Tinman Gallery, at 811 W. Garland on Spokane's North Side. The show start with an artist's reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, followed by an artist demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday. The show closes on Sunday. For more information, call the Tinman Gallery at 509-325-1500.

Trejo is a go.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture announced plans this week for a major retrospective exhibit of late Northwest artist Ruben Trejo. The exhibit, titled "Ruben Trejo: Beyond Boundaries, Aztlan y mas Alla," will be on display May 1 through Nov. 13 and will consist of more than 50 objects, including paintings and drawings inspired by Trejo's study of ancient Mayan and Aztec art and history. For more information on the upcoming exhibit, go to

The top of the Chiefs' spring cleaning list: Sweep the Winterhawks.

The Spokane Chiefs went to Portland and took the first two matches in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series. The Chiefs will try to use their home-ice advantage to close out the series. They return to the Spokane Arena for Game Three at 7 p.m. tonight, March 24, and Game Four is at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26. If a Game 5 is necessary, it will be played at the Spokane Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Tickets range in price form $9 to $18. For ticket information, go to

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

House of Fury Boxing returns to the Coeur d'Alene Resort and Casino at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25. The six-bout fightcard is headlined by a 12-rounder between Jason Papillion and Favio Medina. George "Monk" Foreman, son of the legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World, makes his first appearance at the House of Fury in his 6th professional fight. George Foreman, Sr. will make a special appearance. Gold row tickets are $50 each, with others available for $35 and $17.50 each. For tickets, go to Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.


"Nobody is looking for a puppeteer in today's wintry economic climate."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive one complimentary half hour introductory session with personal trainer Michelle Levitch, located downtown at 601 W Riverside, Suite B-20, 509-270-0230. 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, March 26.

Last Week's Winner: Hoosier winner? It's Emily Proffitt!

Last week's movie quote was "Strap, God wants you on the floor." Proffitt correctly guessed that it was from the 1986 sports drama "Hoosiers" and won a $10 gift certificate to the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, in River Park Square!

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