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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Celebrate 60 years of musical excellence.

In celebration of 60 years in existence, the Spokane Youth Symphony will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Titled "Musical Milestones," the show features performances by the concerto competition winners. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for youth. For tickets, call the Fox at 509-624-1200 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The South will sing again.

Singer/actor/country legend Tim McGraw brings his Southern Voice Tour to the Spokane Arena for a big show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20. McGraw has had 11 consecutive albums debut at No. 1 and has had 21 No. 1 songs, including "Indian Outlaw," "Don't Take The Girl," and others. While the acts don't get much bigger than McGraw, the hits don't get much bigger than one produced by one of the opening acts for Thursday night's show. Lady Antebellum is dominating Top-40 and country airwaves with the crossover hit "Need You Know." Chances are excellent that country-music fans will recognize a number of other songs performed by Lady Antebellum and the other opening act, Love and Theft. Tickets for Thursday night's show are still available and cost either $49.75 or $65.75. For tickets, go to the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at either www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The Barenaked Ladies will be here in less than One Week.

Multi-platinum pop-rock group Barenaked Ladies will make a stop at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, in Spokane, on Saturday, May 22, as part of the All In Good Time U.S. tour. The Barenaked Ladies are best known for tongue-in-cheek hits like "Pinch Me," "One Week," and "If I Had A Million Dollars." Each ticket purchase will come with a free download of the new "All In Good Time" album. Tickets range in price from $38 to $58 and are available at the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, and through Tickets West and www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Here' a quintet of reasons to love the Celtics.

Celtic Woman, the world-famous female quintet, takes the INB Performing Arts Center stage with what's bound to be an unforgettable performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20. In the midst of its Songs From The Heart Tour, the hard-working female group is coming to Spokane after a popular concert last May at the Spokane Arena. The group is en route to its first-ever Australian tour. Tickets are $48 and $68 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Get your tickets before Annie gets her gun.

The Spokane Civic Theatre starts its four-week run of "Annie Get Your Gun" this weekend with a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, May 21. The musical tells the story of Western sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her choice between love and winning when the man of her dreams becomes her biggest competition. It features well-known songs, such as "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "I've Got Sun In The Morning." The run includes performances Thursdays through Saturday nights, with Sunday matinees all but Memorial Day weekend. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and $18 for students and are available by calling the Civic box office at 509-325-2507 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Pochahontas' story comes to life on stage.

Christian Youth Theater-Spokane gives a historically accurate portrayal of the legendary Algonquin Indian Pocahontas with the play "The Legend of Pochahontas." Performed by youth ages 8 through 18, the musical will premier with a 7 p.m. show Friday, May 21, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Performances also are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, with additional shows the following weekend. Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, $13 at the door, or $9 for seniors and youth. Tickets can be ordered online at www.cytspokane.com or by calling 509-487-6540. They also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Oompa. Loompa. Do-ba-de-doo. We've got a real great show for you.

Christian Youth Theater-North Idaho is putting on the timeless Roald Dahl classic "Willy Wonka," which will feature a cast of 81 children between the ages of eight and 18 and an additional 35 kids on the crew. CYT-North Idaho premiers the play with a 7 p.m. performance on Friday, May 21, at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Theater, at 1765 W. Golf Course Road, in Coeur d'Alene. The play runs this weekend and the following weekend, with 7 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday nights and 3 p.m. matinees on those Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. For tickets, go to www.cytnorthidaho.com or call 208-277-5727.

Paris is always classic.

The Spokane Symphony, led by conductor Eckart Preu, will present "Casual Classics 3: Paris" at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, at 1001 W. Sprague. The performance includes Jean-Philippe Rameau's "Les Fetes d'Hebe Suite 1," Franz Josef Haydn's Symphony No. 85 "La Reine," Darius Milhaud's "Le boeuf sur le toit," and Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite." Tickets range in price from $21 to $32 and are available at the Fox box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Proud Creedence keeps on turning.

Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, the former drummer and bass guitarist for Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Creedence Clearwater Revival, now tour with their own spinoff band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The band plays more than 100 shows a year and has released the album "Recollection" and performs at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 23. Tickets are $50 and $60. For tickets, call the Northern Quest ticket line at 877-871-6772 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Mon Cheri - After last year's controversy over sound levels at the neighborhood venue, music is back on the menu at Rocket Market. The outdoor summer concert series powered by The Som Show kicks off Saturday with a special acoustic performance by four-time Sommy winner, jazz-pop sensation Mon Cheri. The Som Show patio parties are back with a quiet and respectful vengeance all summer long. Enjoy Rocket Market's top-shelf selections of beer and wine and the interstellar delectables at Rocket's Jupiter Bistro during the summer music series re-launch with Mon Cheri at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Ave. Cost: Free, all ages welcome.

Local Natives - One of the most blogged about bands of the year so far, buzzy worldly folk rockers Local Natives pay a visit to Spokane before making an appearance at the Gorge for the Sasquatch! Music Festival. See what all the hype is about at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

Anadonia - Local bands from Spokane's fledgling experimental scene take their turn at rocking the big house. Featuring Anadonia with Monuments, Bodhi Drip, and Bunkdoozy, it will be a night of odd time signatures and sprawling instrumentals, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 21, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $7.

Tech N9ne - Regarded as one of the best selling indie acts of any genre, juggalo hip-hop specialist Tech N9ne returns with his merry men of mayhem, with support from Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Prozac, Cognito and former Spokie, Knothead, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $26 in advance, $28.50 day of show.

Fear Factory - With a quasi-new lineup highlighted by the return of founding guitarist Dino Cazares, Fear Factory is back in effect with a new album, "Mechanize." See the latest incarnation of this metal veteran act at 7 p.m. on tonight, May 19, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets: $20.
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Time for a picnic

The Park Bench Cafe at Manito Park opens this Saturday, May 22. Current hours will be 9am to 3pm, and starting mid June they'll be open 8am to 7pm daily. Stop by for a great lunch or espresso drink...they have everything from great sandwiches, breakfast items and ice cream for those hot summer days ahead. There will also be live music on Fridays starting in June. What a great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime of the day, since you can enjoy beautiful Manito park at the same time.

This event is going to be pure poetry.

The Zone 4 Reading Series kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at the J.F. Thamm Gallery, in the Hutton Building at 11 S. Washington. The poetry features local artists Zan Agzigian, Tom I. Davis, Karen Mobley, Iris and Tom Gribble, and John and Kathy Thamm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 509-869-7434.

Help the hungry while satisfying your own appetite.

Second Harvest Food Bank's 16th Annual Taking a Bite Out Of Hunger event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, May 19, at the Spokane Arena. The event features a food and beverage tasting and an auction and raises money for a 39-year-old organization that leads a group of more than 300 food banks and meal centers. For more information, go to www.2-harvest.org.

Thursday night, you'll be able to Milk a free movie out of the Garland.

OutSpokane and the Garland Theater are offering a free screening at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 20, of the movie "Milk." The 2009 Oscar-winning movie tells of the life and death of Harvey Milk, a politician and gay-rights activist who was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. The Garland Theater is located at 924 W. Garland. For more information on OutSpokane, go to www.outspokane.org.

Like they say, the kahlua cream always rises to the top.

Spokane-based Cyrus O'Leary's Pies brought home seven first-place awards from the American Pie Council's 2010 National Pie Championships earlier this month. The winning pastries include the 8-inch dutch apple, the 8-inch kahlua cream, the 8-inch marionberry, the 9-inch kahlua cream, the 9-inch pecan, the 9-inch cherry cheesecake, and the 9-inch fruit juice sweetened apple. Cyrus O'Leary's has been making great pies for 27 years and has a line of more than 50 pies now.

SPORTS CORNER
The Shock look to extinguish the Blaze. Again.

The Spokane Shock come home after a two-game road trip with a two-game winning streak. At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, they take on the Utah Blaze at the Spokane Arena. The Shock (4-2) whipped the Blaze (1-4) in Utah last month by a score of 68-34 and look to do the same at home this weekend. Tickets range in price from $13 to $62 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Yo, deliverance. You see number 74? Well, that's my son."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to Spokane Youth Symphony's "Musical Milestones" concert this Sunday, May 23 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 Friday, May 21.

Last Week's Winner: Nell Ayer is totally cutting edge!

Last week's movie quote was, "You know, even though I had to wear that stupid back brace and you were kind of fat, we were still totally cutting edge." Ayer correctly guessed that it was from the 1997 comedy "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" and won a $10 gift certificate to the Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop at RiverPark Square!

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