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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

See them before they are all Dunn.

Brooks and Dunn is making one last stop in Spokane as part of The Last Rodeo Tour with a concert at the Spokane Arena at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30. This popular country western duo has had unprecedented success, winning the Country Music Association's Vocal Duo of the Year Award 14 out of 15 years, from 1992 to 2006. The tandem also had the year's No. 1 song in 1996, with "My Maria," and in 2001, with "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You." Rising star Jason Aldean opens for Brooks and Dunn on the Last Rodeo Tour, and will be warming up the crowd with his four No. 1 hits, including "Big Green Tractor." Tickets are $49.75 and $65.75 and are available through the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Here's the downlow on Arlo.

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie and two other generations of Guthries come to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox as part of the "Guthrie Family Rides Again" tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. Guthrie is best known for 1960s iconic songs "The City of New Orleans" and "Alice's Restaurant," and he'll be collaborating with his children and grandchildren on those and other tunes. Tickets range in price from $25 to $100-the $100 tickets include a meet and greet with the Guthries. To buy tickets, call the Fox box office at 509-624-1200 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Driving to Airway Heights for this show is a Temptation.

Motown comes to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino with a one-night-only performance by The Four Tops and The Temptations at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2. Playing timeless hits from the 1950s and 1960s, these two groups will bring their repertoire of hits that every generation knows and loves. Tickets are $50 and $60 and are available by calling Northern Quest at 1-877-871-6772 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

There's bound to be fireworks in this Independence Day drama.

Spokane Civic Theatre premiers the Terrence McNally play, "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30. The play tells the story of two couples who spend the Fourth of July weekend together, only to have their secrets come to the fore. The play also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2. For the following three weekends, the show will be performed Thursday through Saturday nights, with Sunday matinees. Tickets are $16 each and can be bought through the Civic box office, located at 1020 N. Howard, or by calling 509-325-2507. Tickets also are available online at www.spokanecivictheatre.com or through Tickets West at either www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Lake City Playhouse has something to Hyde.

"Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical" comes alive on the Lake City Playhouse stage this weekend, premiering with a 7:30 p.m. show Thursday, April 29. The on-stage rendition of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" also will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, with a 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2. The musical will run through May 23. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, military and students. For tickets, call the Lake City Playhouse at 208-667-1323 or visit it at 1320 E. Garden, in Coeur d'Alene.

Jazz fans will be breakin' away to hear Jarreau.

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau will bring his smooth voice and his trademark sound to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion for a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 1. Jazz fans have been grooving to Jarreau since the mid-1970s, and mainstream music fans have been enjoying his stuff since he struck platinum with the album "Breakin' Away" in 1981. Tickets to the Northern Quest show are $40 and $50 and are available through the Northern Quest box office at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

All hail the Queen of Sheba!

Spokane's first Ethiopian restaurant called the Queen of Sheba, opens Sunday, May 2, in the Flour Mill, 621 West Mallon. It will be open Tuesdays - Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. serving authentic traditional Ethiopian dishes prepared with a unique blend of exotic herbs and spices. The phone number is 509-328-3958 and the website is www.queenofshebaspokane.com.

The Symphony is passionate about this one.

The Spokane Symphony continues its classics series with "Classics 10: Entangled in Passion" at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Conducted by Eckart Preu, the concert features Richard Wagner's Venusberg music (Bacchanale), "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss, and Cesar Franck's "Symphony, D Minor." The concert is underwritten by the friends of Margie May Ott; Saturday's performance will include a special presentation by former students of this revered teacher. Tickets to the performance range in price from $22 to $44 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.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Nickelback - Say what you want about Nickelback, but the Canadian post-grunge quartet knows how to please their fans. The Nickelback bashing from critics has only grown over time, but so have record sales. Nickelback has been declared band of the decade by Billboard. Nickelback ranks as the 11th best selling music act of the decade, and is second only to The Beatles as the best selling foreign act of the decade in the U.S. The band the critics love to hate lands at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, along with Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Sick Puppies. Cost: $75, 65, and $45, through TicketsWest.

Bruce Cockburn - Nickelback's not the only Canadian music legend coming to town next week. Social activist, environmentalist, spiritual explorer and folk-rock hero Bruce Cockburn is one of Canada's most respected artists. Throughout the last four decades, Cockburn has released nearly 30 albums -- 20 of them certified gold or platinum -- and the Canadian Music Hall of Famer's songs have been covered by everyone from Jimmy Buffet to Ani DiFranco. Cockburn has received oodles of international awards and honors. Most recently, he was recognized as the recipient of the Earth Day Canada 2010 award for Outstanding Commitment to the Environment. Catch Cockburn live at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, at The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $33, through TicketsWest.

The Used - Platinum selling rock band The Used makes a return to Spokane with a new record in tow. The album, "Artwork," features a new drummer, a new producer and is put out by a newly remade record label. During the transition, The Used managed an album of intentionally warped pop tunes. Hear it live when The Used arrives with New Medicine and Far at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $25.

One Gun Galleria - Spokane-by-way-of-Portland singer-songwriter Elijah Mink has spent the past several years performing as a solo act, until a collaborative streak led him to One Gun Galleria, his full band indie-pop outfit. One Gun Galleria unleashes its first batch of studio material at a CD release party with guests Hospital Floors, Jaeda and DJ Likes Girls at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 30, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $5.

Broke Hipster Night - With a new owner and a new name, Seaside, formerly known as the Blvd., caters to nightlifers in the struggle with Broke Hipster Night, a dance party weekly featuring sound providers Ben Jorgens and Peter Parker. Cheap cover. Cheap food. Cheap drinks. Obscure music. That's the Seaside's cure for your hipster blues. Broke Hipster Night happens Thursday, April 29, at 10 p.m. at Seaside, 230 W. Riverside. Cover is $3, 21 and over only.

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


OutSpokane pridely presents murder mystery.

Tonight, 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. tonight 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.

Cinco De Mayo comes cuatro days early.

DeLeon Foods will throw its Fourth Annual Cinco De Mayo fiesta from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at DeLeon's Grocery & Deli, at 102 E. Francis. Milonga will play music through much of the day, and mariachis will roam the festivities. For the kids, there will be face painting, jumping castles, and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog. And of course, there will be plenty of great food. The whole family is welcome. For more information on DeLeon Foods, go to www.deleonfoods.net.

Start your Kitchen Engine!

This Friday, April 30, from 4-6 p.m., three finalists will prepare their recipes at the Kitchen Engine in the Flour Mill, to see who wins a $500 gift certificate to Spokane's favorite kitchen shop. The recipes, which were entered in "My Mom's Favorite Recipe" contest, will be judged by a panel of professional chefs and foodies on taste, appearance, creativity and overall appeal. The contest was promoted on and run by KISS FM.

Shopping with Nosey Parker

"Shop Outside the Box", developed by Nosey Parker Guidebooks, is a new buy local event happening Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 in downtown Spokane. A map to all participating stores can be found on NoseyParker.net/inw for download or just check out which stores are participating and pick one up while you are there. For more information contact Heather Hanley, owner of the Tin Roof and Concept Home furniture stores at 509-535-4121.

We'll give you Cinco reasons to go out on a Wednesday night.

The Spokane Opera is celebrating Cinco de Mayo in style with an evening of entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Lincoln Center, at 1206 N. Lincoln. Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo will be playing steel drum music, and Hispanic hors d'oeuvres will comprise the feast. Tickets are $20, $17 for seniors, or $10 for college students with college ID. For tickets, call 509-533-1150 or go to www.spokaneopera.org/cincodemayo.

You'll want to check out NDN 4 Life PDQ.

Popular Inland Northwest painter Ric Gendron will be open a new exhibit at the Tinman Gallery, at 811 W. Garland. To kick the exhibit, an artist's reception is planned for 5 p.m. Friday, April 30. The exhibit, titled "NDN 4 Life" (sound it out), features a new collection of acrylic paintings. In addition, a new special line of silkscreened jackets and coats featuring Gendron's work will be on display and available to buy in both adult and children's sizes. For more information on Gendron, go to www.ricgendron.com.

SPORTS CORNER
It wouldn't be a Shock to see the Gladiators lose.

The Spokane Shock return to the Spokane Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1, to take on the Cleveland Gladiators. The Shock is 2-1 after winning an offensive shootout with Bossier-Shreveport and hopes to keep the Gladiator's loss streak intact; Cleveland is 0-3. Tickets range in price $13 to $62 and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Run, walk, rock, and have a great time.

As 50,000 of you will experience and the rest of you already know, the 34th Annual Lilac Bloomsday Run starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 2. Enjoy the fresh air, the good tunes played along the route, and-cross your fingers-a patch of good weather. Need last-minute information? Go to www.bloomsday.org\.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"You've heard of the golden rule, haven't you? Whoever has the gold makes the rules."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn! 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, April 30.

Last Week's Winner: Nicole Ehrlich knows what "Forrest Gump" Is.

Last week's movie quote was "I'm sorry I had to fight in the middle of your Black Panther party." Ehrlich correctly guessed that it was from the 1996 drama "Forrest Gump" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn!

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