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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hoop it up from the sidelines.

You can see basketball legends-legends in their own minds anyway-on the streets of downtown Spokane for Spokane Hoopfest Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27. The Guinness Book of World Records officially dubbed it the biggest three-on-three basketball tournament in the world earlier this year. More than 25,000 players. About 6,400 teams. More than 400 courts throughout 40 downtown city blocks. There isn't a more entertaining place in the Inland Northwest to people-watch than this annual event. For more information, go to www.spokanehoopfest.com.

Nearly free Chinese food at the Cathay Inn next Monday

The Cathay Inn celebrates 60 years in business this Monday, June 28 from noon to 8 pm by offering two specials from the 1950 menu - one, The Combination, is a dollar and the other, the China Special is $1.25. Spokane's oldest restaurant is in its fourth generation of ownership by the Eng family and is still at it's original location at 3714 North Division. The phone number is 509-326-2226 or visit www.cathayinn.com.

Jewel puts on a gem of a show.

Singer, songwriter, and three-time Grammy winner Jewel comes to the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, as one stop on her Star Light Cafe Tour. Jewel exploded onto the music scene in 1995 with her first album, which produced hits such as "Who Will Save Your Soul?" and "You Were Meant For Me." Since then, she's made a handful of pop and country albums, including the country album "Perfectly Clear," which debuted at No. 1 on the country charts in 2008. Tickets for Jewel's show are available through the Knitting Factory Web site, at www.sp.knittingfactory.com.

Symphony is getting edgy with it.

The Spokane Symphony is headed to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, at 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, for Soiree on the Edge. The Symphony's talented musicians will break into small groups to play some of the orchestra's most "edgy" sounds from its Symphony on the Edge series. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Tickets are $20 and are available from the Symphony box office or at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. The next night, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, the DBC Band takes the stage at Arbor Crest, playing classic rock and blues for only a $5 cover charge. No one under 21 years old is allowed at either show, and IDs are required.

Moscow is the place to Bee next week.

After a successful run at the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, the "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" production is heading south for a five-show run by the Idaho Repertory Theatre. Starring the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre cast, the show will be performed at the Hartung Theatre at the University of Idaho starting Monday, June 28, and running each night through Friday, July 2. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $20 each for adults, $14 for youth and $16 for seniors, and are available through the University of Idaho ticket office at 208-885-7212 or by visiting www.idahorep.org.

Other shows are going to be green with envy.

The Spokane Home Builders Association's Showcase of Green Homes in under way, premiering the latest trends and technologies in energy efficiency and sustainable design and construction. The first-ever fixed-site green home show features six homes in Liberty Lake's River District neighborhood, each of which is constructed to a minimum of a three-star BuiltGreen standard. The show runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today through Friday, June 23 through 25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 26, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27. Through next week, the Showcase goes from 3-9 p.m. on weekdays. Cost is $8 per person, with kids 12 years old and under free. For more information, go to www.spokaneshowcaseofhomes.com.

Before festival fun, they need to fill the festival fund.

The Spokane Civic Theatre is presenting "An Evening of Music" to benefit the theater's Festival Fund. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre, and all proceeds go to the 2011 Washington State Kaleidoscope Festival, which Civic will host next year. Some of the Inland Northwest's best performers will be performing at the benefit, including Abbey Crawford, Thara Cooper, Troy Nickerson, David Gigler, Tommy Heppler, Maryann McLaughlin, Lanz Babbit, Mary Starkey and Patrick McHenry Kroetch, with Carolyn Jess providing the musical accompaniment. Tickets to the benefit show are available at the door for only $10.

The Ranch is a rockin'.

Rockin' B Ranch's 16th Anniversary Season is under way, and you and your family are guaranteed great music, outstanding comedy, fantastic food and lots of plain fresh fun, all at one low price. These shows have pleased and thrilled family audiences for 15 years with their dedication to Western/Cowboy musical tradition and to genuine hospitality. This year, they're featuring all new shows. First, the outdoor shootout show: Twilight at Spokane Bridge pits the evil vampire Count Cecil B. DeMule, and his dyslexic assistant, Igro, against the forces of good represented by Sheriff Dusty Bicuspid and the newly appointed District Attorney Skunk Forrester. In the middle of it all, well meaning Catarina Sarsparilla, owner of the Saloon that wants to be a Salon, battles furiously to overcome her attraction to the dark side so she can pay the note on her property and save her soul! Also this year: a new Western/Cowboy after-dinner Concert with The Riders of the Rockin' B: Scott and Pamela Brownlee, JayDean Ludiker, Sam Mazzola, and new, this year, Gordon Grove. The theme of the Rockin' B for 2010 is the great Cowboy/Western Movies, so each song in this 80 minute show comes from the great Westerns of our time. The audience will recognize many of the tunes, and will discover some surprising new ones. Plus, each concert is punctuated by a 10-minute "McManus Moment," by Patrick F. McManus, starring Tim Behrens. Rockin' B Ranch is just 100 yards south of Interstate 90 (I-90) Exit 299 (in WA). You can get tickets online at www.rockinbranch.com or by calling the box office Tuesdays thru Saturdays, 11am to 5pm, 509-891-9016.

Flying Goat Spotted on Northwest Boulevard

The Flying Goat, at 3318 West Northwest Boulevard is a new, local pub modeled after a New England style bar. It has a comfortable neighborhood feel, a large beer selection and excellent food including artisan pizzas, appetizers, salads and sandwiches, all made fresh in house. The interior is modern, industrial and rustic all at the same time but pulled together with reclaimed wood spread throughout the pub. The Flying Goat is open 7 days a week 11am to close. You can learn more at facebook.com/theflyinggoat.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

7th Annual Ballers Ball - The place to be if you want to go post-Hoopfest clubbing is The Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague Ave. There'll be go-go dancers, drink specials, and house DJs rockin' the ones and twos. Come early on Saturday, June 26. Cost: $10, $15 after 11 p.m., 21 and older only.

2nd Annual Com(passion) Benefit - Koreshakti Tribal Fusion is putting together a dance party of a completely different kind. The 2nd Annual Com(passion) Benefit is a two-day superhero/supervillain themed belly dancing performance, followed by a goth industrial dance party. The show happens Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26. Both parties start at 8 p.m. The Platform Presents event was moved from the Sunset Junction to the larger A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $10 for each night for the show and dance after-party, or $2 for the dance party only. Proceeds go to The Physician's Committee For Responsible Medicine.

Cirque de la Soul - As unique as the Koreshakti show may be, it's not the only belly dancing performance happening this weekend. Former members of Koreshakti are part of a Cirque de Soleil-style production called Cirque de la Soul. It features belly dance-tribal fusion performers, vertical pole dancing acrobatics and aerial silks. Presented by Goddess Arts Academy, the show happens at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 25, at Stage 54, at 25 E. Lincoln. Cost: $6, full bar with ID.

Amber Pacific - Victory Records post-emo-core band Amber Pacific got its humble starts in Federal Way, and is now headlining national tours, this time in support of a new album, "Virtues." Hear songs from the new album live when Amber Pacific anchors an all-ages show on Friday, June 25, at 5 p.m. at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Do or Die - Hip-hop fans will remember this rap trio from collaborations with Twista, world fastest rapper according to Guinness Book of World Records. They've also established an impressive resume on their own from becoming one of the best selling acts on Scarface's Rap-A-Lot Records. Do or Die appears Saturday, June 26, at 5 p.m. at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $25, all ages welcome.

For local music events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.


Cowgirl Co-op concert coming

Join The Cowgirl Co-op in welcoming Juni Fisher, one of the nation's top Western Music performers, to her first Spokane appearance Friday, July 2. Spend a "Creative Night with the Cowgirls" featuring Juni, accompanied by cowgirl poet Jessica Hedges, cowgirl authors Dawn Nelson and Heidi Thomas and The Lazy Boy Band. Experience a Cowgirl Co-op Wild West fun night with slingshots, marshmallow guns and a roping contest cowgirl style...and of course cowboys are welcome too! 20424 N Dunn Road in Colbert. Gates open at 5:30 PM - Friday July 2. Tickets ~ $22 on line at www.cowgirlcoop.com or available at 4000 Holes, 1610 N Monroe.

An organic musical experience.

A 1914 theatre organ from the days of silent movies is drawing an international audience to Spokane. American Theatre Organ Society convention members from Australia, Japan and six additional European countries will gather in Spokane on Monday June 28th, 1:00 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, N. 9007 Country Homes Boulevard to hear nationally acclaimed organist Dave Wickerham play the recently restored Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. This magnificent old instrument was originally played in Seattle's Liberty Theater, and is credited with starting the movement of organ accompaniment for silent movies that swept the country and lasted until the advent of talking "picture shows". A theater organ, as opposed to a typical pipe organ, has the unique ability to play such sounds as cooing doves, tom-toms, snare drums, chimes tambourines, castanets, harp, surf, wood blocks, cymbals, sirens, and canary trills. The tallest pipe of the organ is 32 feet in length. Tickets for the Spokane concert with Dave Wickerham are $20, go towards finishing the final steps of the organ restoration and are tax deductible. Purchase through the church office, N. 9007 Country Homes Boulevard, or call the church at 467-8986. Make checks payable to SFNTOS.

This jazz band is on a roll.

Night Bloomin' JazzMen, Keith LaMotte's 10-piece "Little Big Band" will take the stage at Ichiban, at 202 W. Third, at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 26. The group some remember for its years playing at the Ridpath Hotel has reunited and is playing this downtown sushi restaurant till 12:30 a.m. Saturday night. Cover charge is $5.

Laguna will be in tune-a.

Local jazz great Nicholas Schauer will be performing at Laguna Cafe, at 4304 S. Regal, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26. Friday night, he'll be taking the stage with jazz pianist Danny McCollim, and singing saxophonist Craig Landron will join him Saturday night. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 509-448-0887.

SPORTS CORNER
You're going to dig this.

The inaugural Northern Quest Invitational doubles beach volleyball tournament kicks off at 4 p.m. today, June 23, at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Eight of the most talented teams from around the U.S. will vie for the $5,000 championship prize and part of the $14,000 total purse. Admission is free.

Ironman takes over Coeur d'Alene.

Elite athletes come from long distances to swim, pedal and run a long ways in the Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, which takes place Sunday, June 27. The event is sol out to participants, but you can watch elite athletes at the Lake Coeur d'Alene beach or along the biking and running routes-Ironman athletes swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. Also, starting Thursday, June 24, the Ironman Expo and Shop will be set up in the City Park at Coeur d'Alene with a number of vendors offering athletic gear, health foods and other items. For more information on this big event, go to www.ironmancda.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"We're either in a cafe in Paris or a coffee shop in New Jersey. I'm pretty sure I just came back from the doctor with life-changing news."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division! 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, June 25.

Last Week's Winner: Don Hamilton knows Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid!

Last week's movie quote was, "Kid, the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia', let's GO someplace like Bolivia." Hamilton correctly guessed that it was from the 1969 classic western "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division!

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