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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hey Cutie. Hail down some Death Cab tickets.

Grammy-nominated indie-scene sensation Death Cab For Cutie will rock Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. Opening for the Bellingham-based band will be Cold War Kids and Ra-Ra Riot. Death Cab is starting a nationwide tour, fresh off Grammy nominations for best rock song for its single "I Will Possess Your Heart" and best alternative indie album for "Narrow Stairs." As of earlier this week, tickets for the Spokane show were still available, though the same can't be said for roughly half of the group's upcoming sold-out shows. Tickets are $20 for Gonzaga students and available on campus. Tickets for the general public are $30 and available by calling 509-325-SEAT or going to www.ticketswest.com.

What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?

The classic story of Mrs. Robinson and restless youth is taken from the silver screen and adapted to the stage when "The Graduate" starts its 14-performance run at Interplayers, at 174 S. Howard, with a 7:30 p.m. show Thursday, April 23. The play runs through May 9, and tickets range in price from $10 to $21. For ticket information, call the Interplayers box office at 509-455-7529 or go to www.ticketwest.com. During "The Graduate" run, the Interplayers Gallery will feature Spokane artist Larry Ellingson's "Outside the Box" exhibit, which features multimedia, three-dimensional pieces.

Brandi. She's a fine girl. What a good show it will be.

Brandi Carlile takes the Martin Woldson Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, accompanying Spokane Symphony musicians led by resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara as part of the Symphony's Spring Special Spotlight. The Seattle-based singer-songwriter's most popular piece, "The Story," is highlighted on the soundtrack to popular, also-based-in-Seattle television show, "Grey's Anatomy," and her work stirred emotions in a commercial during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Katie Herzig will open for Carlile. Tickets are $35 and $39 and are available by calling 509-325-SEAT or going to www.ticketswest.com.

It's going to be a symphonic circus in there.

The Spokane Symphony blends with the best of the music world with the best of the circus world when Cirque de la Symphonie hits the INB Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Collaborating with resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara, veterans of cirque programs from throughout the world will include aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, strongmen and others. You have to see this to believe it. Please preview a clip at www.spokanesymphony.org. Tickets range in price from $23 to $53 and are available by calling 509-624-1200 or on the website.

Party like an Art Star.

Sixteen artists will show you how it's done when The 3rd Great Spokane Art Party hits the Community Building, at 35 W. Main, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Money raised at the event will go to benefit Blueprints For Learning and the Community Building Childcare Center. For more information, contact Anita Morgan at 509-777-0822 or at bpflearning@qwest.net.

The River runneth over.

Spokane's River 99.9 FM is throwing its first-ever Spring Thing concert event. The two-day event kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in The Knitting Factory, at 919 W. Sprague, and is highlighted by a performance by The Detour Project, a Spokane band that features Roger Nelson, Bill Tierney, Sam Endress, Miah Flores and Mike Ludlam. Other artists performing that night include Ron Green, Serena Ryder and Paolo Nutini. The April 26 show kicks off at 6 p.m. with performances by the Spin Doctors' Chris Barron, as well as music artists Aaron Barnhardt, Jason Reeves, Matt Hires and Lex Land. Tickets to the two-day event are $25, or $15 for one night, and proceeds go to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com. or www.knittingfactory.com.

Boyd plays the Bing.

Jim Boyd, a six-time Native American Music Awards winner from Spokane, will play the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Tickets are $15 each, and proceeds go to the Chief Spokane Garry Statue Benefit Fund. Tickets are available at Spoko Fuel, in Airway Heights; Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse, at 1401 E. Newark in the South Perry District; the Pacific Northwest Inlander office, at 1020 W. Riverside in downtown Spokane; and Spokane Chrysler, at 6818 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley. For more information, call 509-458-6586.

Hey jazz fans. Strike it up.

The MasterClass Jazz Orchestra, a jazz ensemble that combines seasoned jazz professionals and local music students, will play its first gig at the "Dancing With The Rat Pack" show that starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Sapphire Room, at 1003 E. Trent. The evening's show will include the music of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie and include performances by the Big Mumbo Blues Band with Miss Jen Diva and the Son Dulce Salsa Band. An hour before the show, the Spokane Dance Company will offer a swing dance lesson. Tickets are $35, $25 for students, and include the dance lesson, show, appetizers and two beverage tickets. Seating is limited to 300 people, and reservations are suggested. For more information, call 509-216-0658.

Swig a little wine. Swing to a little music.

Timmy Swift and the Swingin' Vinos will play the Georgian Ballroom at the Spokane Club at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24. A pre-function and meet-the-band party starts at 5 p.m. at Vintage Hill Cellars, at 319 W. Second. Tickets are $20 for Spokane Club members, $15 for nonmembers, and can be purchased at the Club's front desk.

Earth to movie lovers.

"Earth," the first movie in the Disneynature series hits theaters today, April 22. For local movie times, go to www.regmovies.com, www.amctheatres.com or www.spokanemovies.com.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's tickets.

Is buying scalped tickets a sin? Tough to say, but it might be the only way to see The Apostles of Comedy, which will perform in front of a sold-out audience at The Service Station, at 9315 N. Nevada, on Monday, April 27. For more information, go to www.theservicestation.org.

Don't let a funny thing happen on the way to the ticket office.

Get your tickets quickly for the Spokane Civic Theatre production of "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum." Tickets to the musical comedy about love in Ancient Rome go on sale Monday, April 27, and are $26 for the general public, $24 for seniors and $16 for students. The show will run from May 15 to June 14, and tickets are available to purchase at www.spokanecivictheatre.com or through Tickets West (509-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com ).

Summer starts with Somers.

Northern Quest Casino announced that multitalented comedic actress Suzanne Somers will be appearing Sunday, June 21. Ticket information is forthcoming. For more information, go to www.northernquest.com.

Darlings of the Spokane music scene are putting it on wax—and putting on a show.

Well, not wax per se, but on a compact disc. A CD release party for popular Spokane artist Mon Cheri is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Caterina Winery, at 905 N. Washington. Admission is $5. For $10, revelers get into the party and a CD. For $15, they get all that and drinks.

Swing is in at the Masonic Center this weekend.

Swing IN, a group that puts on events for swing bands and dancers, has its premier event from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 24 at the Masonic Center Ballroom, at 1108 W. Riverside. Featured bands 6 Foot Swing and Hot Club of Spokane will perform from 8 to 11 p.m., and deejay'ed music will play from 11 p.m. to midnight. The evening starts with free swing-dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, $7 for students. For more information, go to www.spomc.org.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"She looks like my third grade teacher, and I hated my third grade teacher. Wait a minute, she IS my third grade teacher!"

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $5 gift certificate from PRESS, the South Hill's newest and coolest coffee and cocktail hotspot, located at 909 S. Grand. ALSO, receive two tickets to the Custer's 34th Annual Antique and Collectibles Show, to be April 24-26 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Send your best guess 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 23.

Last Week's Winner: Terri McRae is all right!


She correctly identified last year's movie quote as being from "Caddyshack."


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