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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Feel the need. The need for speed.

Skyfest 2010 is here, with some of the U.S. Air Force's most talented pilots showing off their artistic and technical skills while flying some of the fastest and most agile jets this weekend at Fairchild Air Force Base. Flying demonstrations will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, with Fairchild staff on hand to talk to visitors during Skyfest. This is one of the few times the base is open to the public. The event is free. For more information, call 509-247-5705 or go to

For the 42nd time, check this out.

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 tonight, 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.

They're looking for a few good men-and women.

The Armed Forces and Aerospace Museum Society has planned an exclusive weekend with author James Bradley, author of "Flags of Our Fathers," the book that inspired the Clint Eastwood movie by the same name. On Saturday, July 24, Bradley will be at a luncheon at the Davenport Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., talking about his books and the subsequent movie. After a book signing that afternoon at Auntie's Bookstore, Bradley will return to the Davenport for the Armed Forces and Aerospace Museum fundraising event, which will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, participants will be able to take a private walk through Riverside State Park with Bradley. Cost for the entire weekend's festivities are $150 per person. All proceeds will benefit the envisioned Armed Forces and Aerospace Museum, which is to be built near Spokane International Airport. For more information, go to

Pump Boys and Dinettes entertain in Coeur d'Alene

The Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater presents Pump Boys and Dinettes, a fun musical review of rockabilly, doo-wop and gospel starting tomorrow night, Thursday, July 22 and running through August 1. Five singers (three guys and two girls) perform 20 songs that will have you tapping your toes. One of the stars is Jessica Skerritt who just finished playing the lead in Cinderella with the Travolta sisters, which wrapped up last Saturday night. Shows are Thursday through Saturday, July 22-24, and Wednesday through Saturday, July 28-31 at 7:30 pm; and Sundays July 25 and August 1 at 2pm in NIC's Boswell Hall, 1000 West Garden Avenue in Coeur d'Alene. Tickets are $39; seniors $35 and children $25. Go to or call 208-769-7780.

You might be a Gretchen Wilson fan if...

Gretchen Wilson, the country music star who first burst onto the national scene with the song "Redneck Woman," will be playing the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort & Hotel at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. Wilson has appeared on the country charts 12 times since "Redneck Woman" went to number one in 2004. Tickets to the Coeur d'Alene Casino show are $50 and $40 and are available through Tickets West at and 800-325-SEAT.

Big-band music doesn't get any bigger.

The always-popular Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring big-band swing to the Pend Oreille Pavilion at the Northern Quest Resort Hotel for 7 p.m. shows Tuesday and Wednesday, July 27 and 28. The original orchestra was started by band leader Glenn Miller in the 1930s, and the current Glenn Miller Orchestra was started by Miller's Estate in 1956 and has been pleasing crowds ever since. Tickets for the cabaret-style show are $30 each and are available through the Northern Quest box office at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five
by Isamu Jordan

The Swell Season - Academy Award winning duo Glen Hansford and Marketa Irglova are back together. At least, musically, as their real life relationship went south, much as did their fictional relationship in Irish indie film, "Once." The group's highly anticipated follow up to the celebrated soundtrack finds the two exploring songs written about their own breakup. The circumstances are a bit awkward, but the outcome is a developed concept piece that swoons between orchestral sweeps and back porch jaunts, all centered on forlorn love and loss. The Swell Season pays a visit at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $28, $30.

Black Taxis - Regarded as the next-up band to watch in the indie scene, Black Taxis are true performers. Their showmanship has been turning heads and building a buzz, so expect a packed when they appear at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Also on the bill is Sunrise/Sunset, and Tiny Moving Parts. Cost: $5.

Mark Matos - This San Francisco native openly admits his infatuation with psychedelics -- both music and drugs. Spreading the word on his "Acid Gospel" Matos' latest album is a narrative about the moments of clarity experienced when using hallucinogenics and how his occasional excursions with LSD have kept him grounded. It sounds out there, and so does the music. As fans will find with Matos' returns with his new band, Os Beaches, along with Taxco, HORSES, Nathan Peterson and Hospital Floors at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $5.

Portland Cello Project - Portland's own self-proclaimed "rochestra" brings its dozen-plus cellist back to surprise listeners with symphonic renditions of rap songs and vice versa, that's at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $10.

The Head and the Heart - These up and coming local folk-rockers are oozing with impressive dynamics, anchored mainly by the accompaniment of strings alongside acoustic guitar and sweet melodies. Add former Spokie Noah Gunderson to the mix, and you've got the ingredients for an evening of deft musicianship and sincere songwriting, starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $8.

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Suppose you art fans might want to check out this symposium.

One of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's featured artists, Harold Balazs, will be in the Davenport Gallery at the Museum from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 24, for the Young Artists Symposium. Balazs will be joined by another prolific Spokane artist, Ken Spiering, for a discussion about art in public places and the effect it can have on its surroundings. The event is free, but space is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Ginger Ewing at or 509-363-5311.

Things are about to get loose on the Palouse.

The fourth annual Artists Loose on the Palouse is this weekend, July 23-25, at On Sacred Grounds Art & Book Gallery, at 12212 E. Palouse Highway, south of Spokane. The event features arts and crafts from local favorites and from around the U.S. and world. The event kicks off Friday with a steak dinner catered by Fredneck's and "Dance Off Your Asphalt Under The Palouse Stars," featuring The Robinson Trio (reservations only). Saturday's entertainment includes a walking tour of the community at 11 p.m. and a parade at noon. And of course, interesting arts and crafts will be on display all weekend. For more information, go to For reservations to Friday night's dinner, call 509-747-6294.

Go see them do "I Saw You."

The Blue Door Theatre improv troupe is putting on two of its fan-favorite shows this weekend in its home theater, at 815 W. Garland. At 8 p.m. Friday, July 23, Blue Door presents "I Saw You," a series of improv pieces based on the sometimes-interesting, always-well-read classifieds in the back of the newspaper. If you go, bring in your favorite "I Saw You" or "Cheers and Jeers" or other classified ad. It just might make the show. At 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, the troupe puts on "Safari Saturday," a series of short-form and long-form pieces that are bound to be hilarious. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Some material probably isn't appropriate for children.

The Ranch will have good food and all that jazz.

Jazz fans will make a run for the Stateline when the Rockin' B Ranch hosts the Jazz Night from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. The concert will feature Variety Pak, the Bruce Davis Quintet, along with vocalists Pamela Brownlee, Leslie Ann Grove and Gordon Grove. Cost for the concert and dinner is $20 per person, and reservations are encouraged. 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

Free, yes FREE concerts

There's a free concert Saturday, July 24 at 7 pm at Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake with Big Head Todd & The Monsters. And, you can enjoy free concerts at Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Park Thursdays at 6 pm through August 26. Go to for more information.

Tyrone Wells is coming home.

Spokane-raised Tyrone Wells has gone onto to become a popular singer-songwriter on campuses and in communities throughout the U.S. His songs have been featured on a number of TV shows, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Numb3rs," and "Intervention." He will return to his hometown on Saturday, Nov. 6, for a show at the Knitting Factory Concert House. Tickets went on sale earlier this week and cost $13 and $16. For tickets, go to


Get your tickets and beat the Rush.
The AFL-leading Spokane Shock (12-2) return home at 5 p.m. Friday, July 23, to take on the Midwest division leading Chicago Rush (10-5) at the Spokane Arena. The Shock have one more regular-season after Chicago, then Spokane will host a first-round playoff game on Aug. 6. Playoff tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, as well and will be available through Tickets West at and 800-325-SEAT. Tickets for all of the remaining home games, including the playoff game, range from $14 to $46.

Root, root, root for the Indians
Lots of opportunities now through the weekend to cheer on the home team. The Spokane Indians begin a seven game home stand, 6:30 p.m. tonight at Avista Stadium, with three games against the Yakima Bears, Thursday and Friday at 6:30. Then four games versus the Tri-City Dust Devils Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a double header on Sunday July 25th. For tickets call 509-343-OTTO (6886).


"You have a knack for saving my life. I think I have a superhero stalker."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to a Spokane Indians baseball game! 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 23.

Last Week's Winner: ES is taking Doug Kelley out to the ballgame.

Last week's movie quote was, "It's okay, honey. I... I was just talking to the cornfield." Kelley correctly guessed that it was from the 1989 baseball classic "Field of Dreams" and won a Spokane Indians prize pack, featuring tickets, hats and t-shirts, courtesy of the Spokane Indians!

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