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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Laugh with Lily this weekend.

The legendary Lily Tomlin will play to a packed house at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25. Tomlin has been making movie, TV and live audiences laugh for 40-plus years with memorable characters, such at Ernestine the telephone operator, bratty 5-year-old Edith Ann, and an assortment of others. Tickets for Tomlin's show are $50 and $60 and are available through the Northern Quest events line, at 877-871-6772, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The last night of Get Lit! will be pure poetry.

The 12th annual Get Lit! Festival closes out in style tonight with a jazz poetry fusion at 7 p.m. tonight, April 21, with performance poet Patricia Smith. The event will include works from Smith's latest book of poetry, "Blood Dazzler," which chronicles the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow her performance. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the door or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The Symphony is playing both kinds of music, country and western.

Spokane Symphony Super Pops 6 brings together two country western originals when the Symphony performs with Wylie Gustafson, of Wylie & The Wild West, and cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski. The concert, conducted by Eckart Preu, is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, at 1001 W. Sprague. Tickets range in price from $27 to $54 and are available at the Fox box office, at 509-624-1200, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Hey, hey Paula!

Comedienne Paula Poundstone is bringing her self-deprecating brand of comedy to the Bing Crosby Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, through Tickets West outlets at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. HOWEVER, there is a special pre-sale at www.ticketswest.com currently through which you can buy tickets now with the special promotion code "REESE." Tickets are $33 in advance, $36 the day of the show.

It will be a youthful celebration, 60 years in the making.

Celebrating its 60th year in existence, the Spokane Youth Symphony will take the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, for its "Celebrating Musical Youth" spring concert. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students, and are available through the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200.

OutSpokane pridely presents murder mystery.

Next Wednesday, April 28, there will be a wedding, a reception and a mysterious murder, all to benefit the Spokane Pride Parade and Festival, held June 12. The OutSpokane murder-mystery dinner party starts at 6 p.m. April 28 at the Glover Mansion, at 321 W. Eighth. Tickets are $25 individually or $20 each for groups of two or more. For tickets, visit www.outspokane.org or call 509-720-7609.

Hip hop your way to Coeur d'Alene for DanceFest.

DanceFest 2010 takes the stage at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene for an all-day free event Saturday, April 24. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., dancers from throughout the Inland Northwest will perform a variety of dance styles-from Middle Eastern to hip hop to vintage jazz-in celebration of National Dance Week. From 7-9 p.m. that evening, An Dochas and the Haran Irish Dancers of Spokane will perform alongside the Oleaje Flamenco Company of Seattle in a passionate Irish/Flamenco dance. Admission to that all-ages show will be $5 per person. For more information or to buy tickets ahead of time, call 509-922-4493.

A Journey Around The World starts in Post Falls.

Leslie Ann Grove and the Brent Edstrom Quartet will perform "A Musical Journey Around The World" as part of the Jazz at the JACC series at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25. Jazz at the JACC is held at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, at 405 N. William in Post Falls. Tickets are $20 each and are available by calling 208-457-8950.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

NOFX - Bay Area punk-rock veterans brings their anti-corporate credentials for a tour in support of its new latest full length, "Coaster" and new EP and 7" vinyl release, "Cokie the Clown," which contains outtakes from the "Coaster" sessions. NOFX brings the irreverent rock for a show at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at the Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Supporting acts include Teenage Bottle Rocket, and Tony Sly (of No Use for A Name). Cost: $21 in advance, $22 day of show.

Jennifer Knapp and Derek Webb - A pair of faith-based folkies known for stirring up controversy are joining forces on a national tour. Jennifer Knapp is set to release her first album since her 7-year self-imposed sabbatical for soul searching in Australia. And former Caedmon's Call member, Derek Webb is supporting his self-released album, "Stockholm Syndrome," after his label rejected the album because of strong lyrical content. Catch this contemplative and stripped down night of music when Knapp and Webb arrive at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $15.

A Day to Remember - Hardcore pop-punk band and Victory Records standout A Day to Remember is re-releasing its latest album, "Homesick" as a deluxe package with a CD/DVD and zip-up hoodie. Buy it directly from the band when A Day to Remember headlines a concert with support from label mates Silverstein, along with August Burns Red, Enter Shikari and Go Radio at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $23 day of show.

The Expendables - Santa Cruz reggae-rockers The Expendables invite G. Love and members of Slightly Stoopid on their new album, "Prove It," released on Slightly Stoopid's own label, Stoopid Records. The Expendables will be playing cuts from the new album at a concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $12 in advance, $14 day of show.

Haiti Benefit - Local bands combine forces for a four-day music festival benefiting relief efforts in Haiti that kicks off on Thursday, April 22, with Jamal Ali, Phirst Impressions, and Mon Cheri. Titled Spokane Musicians: Helping Haiti, the festival continues Friday, April 23, with Hey Is For Horses, Low-Fi, and Matt Hopper. Helping Haiti picks up on Saturday, April 24, with funk and reggae bands B Radicals and Real Life Rockaz. Sunday's finale presents experimental rockers Belt of Vapor, Space Opera 77 and Imperial Sparks. All shows start at 7 p.m. at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: The suggested donation for each night is $6, or $20 for a weekend pass. All ages welcome.

For music news, videos, mp3s, artist profiles and more, visit thesomshow.com.


It's bound to be a good, old time.

Custer's 35th Annual Spring Antique & Collectors Sale is this Friday through Sunday, April 23-25, at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. This year's show features more than 300 dealers from across the country, in the largest indoor Antique & Collectors sale of its kind in the Inland Northwest. Hours are Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6, good all weekend, children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is free as well. The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (The MAC) Appraisal Days returns to the sale this year on Saturday and Sunday, where you can bring your family treasures to find out what they're worth. Cost is admission to the sale plus $5 per item, limit 3 items per person. Appraisal fees go to benefit the museum. For more information, visit www.custershows.com.

Don't cry for me, theater fans. The truth is I'm going to thrill you.

Lake City Playhouse has announced a stellar 2010-2011 show lineup chalked full of well-known stories from the stage and the world of literature. The season starts with "Evita," Sept. 16-Oct. 10. Following that will be "The Elephant Man," Oct. 28-Nov. 14; "A Taffetas Christmas," Dec. 2-19; "Of Mice and Men," Jan. 13-30; "Almost, Maine," Feb. 17-March 6; "Dearly Departed," March 24-April 3; "The Miracle Worker," April 21-May 8; and "Urinetown," May 26-June 19. For season ticket information-and more about this seasons upcoming shows-go to www.lakecityplayhouse.org.

Fundraising can be a work of art.

High school students from Spokane Public Schools will be the stars at the Rockin' Art fundraiser, to be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln. The event will feature art created by local high school students that will be sold to the highest bidder through a silent auction that night, with proceeds going to benefit the Spokane Public Schools Foundation. The event also will feature the band The 8-Tracks, which plays music from the 1970s and 1980s. Beverage and food will be available, and a suggested minimum donation of $10 per person is encouraged. The Spokane Public Schools Foundation raises funds to support a variety of activities and projects in grades K-12, including the annual 5th and 6th grade Spring Band and Strings Concert held at the Spokane Arena and mini-grants for projects or activities not funded in the district's operating budget. This year's Band and Strings Concert will be held at 7 p.m. May 11. For information about this event, contact Jessie Bekken, mjbekken@netscape.net, 509-999-0405.

There she is, Miss Spokane Valley!

The Miss Spokane Valley Ambassador 2010 Coronation is this Saturday night, April 24, 7 pm, at the West Valley High School Theater, 8301 E. Buckeye. Fifteen high school juniors from all the valley schools will compete for the crown to represent Spokane Valley at various events and festivals throughout the year. The winner receives a $1000 scholarship, and two runners up each receive a $500 scholarship. Emcee for the event is Ed Clark. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, children under 5 are admitted free. Order tickets from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, 9507 East Sprague. Call 509-924-4994 for tickets and information.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I'm sorry I had to fight in the middle of your Black Panther party."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to the Spokane Youth Symphony concert, at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox! 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, April 22.

Last Week's Winner: Cher Merrill is a lean, mean, movie-guessing machine.

Last week's movie quote was "The name's Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I'll kill you." Merrill correctly guessed that it was from the 1980 comedy "Stripes" and won two tickets to the Spokane Home Builders Association's Premier Home Improvement Show!

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