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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hey, Soul Sister. Guess who's chugging into town.

Talented San Francisco-based band Train will arrive in Spokane for what's sure to be a memorable show on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the INB Performing Arts Center. Train has been on the music scene since 1994, but it exploded in popularity in the early 2000s with the hits "Sweet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter." They've kept on pumping them out, with "Hey, Soul Sister" still getting plenty of radio play. Tickets will be $30 and $40 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 16, at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Local art fans will Balazs a path to the MAC.

The works of iconic Spokane artist Harold Balazs will be on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture starting with an artist's reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 17. Balazs himself will be on hand to make a few remarks, and Tom Kundig and Alan Dodge will introduce of the new book "Harold Balazs." The band Chutzpah! will be on hand to perform for the celebration. The Balazs exhibit is the largest overview of Balazs' extensive career and will be on display through Oct. 9. While there, you might want to check out the exhibit for another Inland Northwest art legend; a Ruben Trejo exhibit is on display through Nov. 13. For more information, go to

It's bound to be a work of Mozart.

The 20th Annual Mozart on a Summer's Eve, the annual Connoisseur Concerts production in Manito Park, is set for 7 p.m. tonight, July 14. The theme of this year's performance is The Romantic Tenor, featuring music from everybody from Mozart to Boccelli, on the lawn just east of Duncan Gardens. In the unlikely event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the St. John's Cathedral, at Grand Boulevard and 12th Avenue. Tickets are $25 for table seating, with tables of eight available for $200. Lawn/blanket seating is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

You could use some Church-ing.

Nashville singer-songwriter Eric Church brings his powerful lyrics and special sound to the Knitting Factory Concert House at 8 p.m. tonight, July 14. Church burst onto the music scene four years ago when he released his "Sinner Like Me" album, which worked its way into the Top 10 on country album charts and included hits like "Guys Like Me," "Two Pink Lines" and "How 'Bout You." He has opened for Bob Seger, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, but now is headlining his own tour. Tickets are $22.50 and are available through the Knitting Factory Web site at

Free show with Sidhe? Indeed.

Sidhe, the Spokane duo that mixes European finger guitar and unforgettable vocals, will be playing a free-to-the-public concert at The Park Bench Cafe, in Manito Park, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 16. The show is one in a series of free concerts at Manito on Friday nights this summer. In addition, the Strings Plus quartet will be playing a free concert at lunchtime every Wednesday through Labor Day. For more information, call the city of Spokane's Parks and Recreation Department at 509-625-6200 or visit for a complete Friday night summer schedule.

See what happens when a stars breaks an ankle instead of breaking a leg.

The timeless classic "42nd Street" will take the Pend Oreille Pavilion stage at the Northern Quest Resort Hotel. Starting with a 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday, July 21, the musical will be performed five times over four days. The show tells the story of star-struck chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, who gets her big break when the star of the show breaks her ankle. Seating is cabaret style for this production of "42nd Street," and tickets are $40 each. For tickets, call the Northern Quest at 877-871-6772 or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

BeGin at the MAC this week.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's monthly BeGin! party is this Friday, July 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the museum, located at 2316 W. First in Browne's Addition. Enjoy live music from Mon Cheri, no-host bar and snacks. BeGin will move outside for the summer months to enjoy the weather and the MAC's beautiful campus. Free admission to the museum and the opportunity to tour the MAC's many new exhibits. For more information, go to

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

The Avett Brothers - During a week heavy with outstanding singer-songwriters, the one that's generating the big hype is the return of The Avett Brothers. Even if you don't know how to pronounce their last name, their songs are easy to fall in love with and their craftsmanship is unmistakable. The Avett Brothers set up shop on at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, at The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 day of show.

Bill Mallonee - Lead singer of the Vigilantes of Love, Bill Mallonee has been adding to his extensive discography by releasing Vol. 8 of his Works (in) Progress Administration Series. The latest installment, out last month, is titled Coal Dust Soul. Get a taste when Bill Mallonee headlines a show with local singer-songwriter powerhouse Karli Fairbanks at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $8.

Sallie Ford - Emerging out of Portland's indie scene, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside are swinging back through town, bringing sultry soulful chops and her Sound Outside band. This one's for the dancers, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St.

Rhonda Vincent - Bluegrass star and mistress of the mandolin, Rhonda Vincent has spread her wings, parting ways with Rounder Records, after more than a decade on the venerable indie label. Vincent is still bringing it to the fans, appearing at 7:30 pm. on Friday, July 16, at The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $22 at the door.

Sam Endress - Rocket Market favorite Sam Endress will be respectfully and reasonably rocking the market, playing popular covers and his own locally popular originals at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. Cost: Free.

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I now pronounce you, blues and country.

The bluesy-country husband-wife tandem Doug and Telisha Williams are touring their way across the U.S. and are stopping off at Rick Singer Photography, at 415 1/2 W. Main, in downtown Spokane at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15. Tickets are $15 and in short supply. To reserve your spot, call 509-838-3333.

Rockin' B is the place for Bluegrass and more!

Bluegrass fans will make a run for the Stateline when the Rockin' B Ranch hosts the Rockin' Bluegrass concert on from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. The show will feature a handful of bluegrass groups performing traditional favorites. Cost is $7 per person, and food and beverage will be available for purchase. Of course, this weekend, the stage will be set for the usual lineup for the Rockin' B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show each night Thursday through Saturday. The Rockin' B Ranch is located 100 yards south of Interstate 90's Exit 299, the last exit on the Washington side of the Washington-Idaho border. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the traditional Rockin' B barbecue dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at

Dinner and a Movie at the Rockin' B.

Tonight, July 14, and every Wednesday this summer is Spaghetti Wednesday Western night at the Rockin' B Ranch. Tonight's feature is "Ride the High Country," starring Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. Ticket price of $12.50 includes complete spaghetti dinner. Doors open at 6pm, dinner at 6:15 and the movie begins at 7pm. Next Wednesday, July 21, the film will be "The Old Corral" starring Gene Autry and featuring Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers.

Good music is just around the Bend.

Bluz at the Bend, at 2721 N. Market, has a full slate of live music on tap this week. The lineup includes: Sammy Eubanks, 8 p.m. tonight, July 14; Generation Gap, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15; Big Mumbo, at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17; and a Jam with Big Mumbo, at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 18. It's a 21-and-over-only crowd, and there is no cover. For more information, go to

Why you wouldn't go is a mystery.

The Corbin Senior Activity Center, at 827 W. Cleveland, will put on a whodunit in which you'll get to vote on who did it. Slated for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18, the center will put on Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap." During the first act, you'll receive information about the characters. At intermission, you get to vote on whom you think did it. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 509-327-1854.

Fore! a good cause.

The Rosauers Open Invitational golf tournament kicks off today, July 14, at the Indian Canyon Golf Course, west of downtown Spokane. The tournament starts with the Vanessa Behan Pro-Am, which carries over into Thursday, July 15. Last year, the event raised $115,000 for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a safe haven for children at risk of abuse and neglect. Through the years, the tournament has raised more than $1.65 million for this worthy cause. The Rosauers Open Invitational starts Friday, July 16, with Manito Golf and Country Club PGA Professional Corey Prugh returning to defend his 2009 championship and his tournament record-breaking score of 192. Repeating as champion will be no easy task; six other past champions are in the field this year. For more information on the tournament, go to

They're so good it's Shock-ing.

Congratulations to the Spokane Shock for wrapping up the Arena Football League Western Division championship last week with a big win over the Cleveland Gladiators. The Shock have two more regular-season games, then will host a first-round playoff game on August 6. Tickets for the playoff game will range in price from $14 to $46 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.


"It's okay, honey. I...I was just talking to the cornfield."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win four Upper Box tickets to a Spokane Indians baseball game, complete with T-shirts and baseball hats, courtesy of The Spokane Indians! Send your best guess and your phone number to 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, July 16.

Last Week's Winner: Linda Wilson rocks Amadeus

Last week's movie quote was, "Can you remember no melody of mine? I was the most famous composer in Europe. I wrote 40 operas alone." Linda correctly guessed that it was from the 1985 Best Picture Academy Award winner "Amadeus," and won two tickets to the Mozart in the Park concert!

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