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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's big News for 1980s music fans.

Huey Lewis and the News is playing the Pend Oreille Pavilion at the Northern Quest Resort Hotel at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. The group dominated rock charts and MTV airwaves in the mid-1980s with a series of hits from its multi-platinum album "Sports," reaching the top of the charts with "The Power of Love," the main song in the summer blockbuster "Back To The Future." In all, the band had 19 number-one hits in the 80s and early 90s. Tickets to the Northern Quest concert are $70 for the floor and $60 for grandstands seats. For tickets, call Northern Quest at 877-871-6772 or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

When the smoke clears, this will go down as one of the year's best shows.

The legendary Doobie Brothers will play the Riverfront Park Amphitheater at 7 p.m. tonight, Aug. 18. Through the years, the Doobie Brothers have produced hits like "It Keeps You Runnin," "Black Water," "Jesus Is Just All Right," and more. The band has sold more than 30 million albums through the years and will be playing one of the most picturesque venues this side of The Gorge. Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50 and can be purchased at 877-435-9849 or at

Local band JAVA KOLA will be opening for the show, taking the stage about 6:45 for a 45 minute set before the Doobie Brothers perform starting at 8.

Enter the "Zone" for poetry this Sunday.

Three local published poets will read their works at the Zone 4 Reading Series, Sunday, August 22 from 3 to 5p.m. at the J.F. Thamm Gallery, 11 S. Washington (in the Hutton Building). The featured readers are John Whalen, Maya Zeller and Thom Caraway. Admission is free. For more info call: 509-951-3374

The Shock are going to take Tampa Bay by storm.

The Spokane Shock find themselves in a familiar spot: vying for a championship trophy. Arena Bowl XXIII is set for 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Spokane Arena. After beating the Milwaukee Iron last week, the hometown Shock will host the Tampa Bay Storm, which earned a spot in the title game with a one-point win over the Orlando Predators. Tickets are still available for Friday night's game and range in price from $13 to $62, but they reportedly are going fast. For tickets, visit Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Warning: Hairspray is almost gone.

"Hairspray," the lovable musical set in 1960s Baltimore, is approaching the final weekend of its three-week run at the Schuler Performing Arts Center on the North Idaho College campus. "Hairspray" tells the story of plus-size dancer Tracy Turnblad who turns heads with her moves and her progressive attitude. Tracy's mother, Edna Turnblad, is traditionally played by a man and has been played in this production by Summer Theatre Artistic Director Roger Welch. John Travolta played Edna in the movie "Hairspray" and gave Welch a few pointers on playing the role during a recent trip to Coeur d'Alene. The final shows are set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, Friday, Aug. 20, and Saturday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $39 for adults, $35 for seniors and students, and $25 for children 6 through 12 years old. For tickets, go to or call 208-769-7780.

Coeur d'Alene boat show offers unlimited fun.

One of Coeur d'Alene's most popular summer events, The Coeur d'Alene Wooden Boat Festival, at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Boardwalk is this Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22. The event features a spotlight on wooden boats along with food vendors, entertainment and more. Also this year, in conjunction with the wooden boat show, is the Diamond Cup Regatta, a fund raiser for the Museum of North Idaho, where four vintage unlimited hydroplanes that used to race on the lake in the Diamond Cups of the 50s and 60s will be on display at the resort Friday through Sunday. The 1968 Miss Budweiser, the 1962 Miss Bardahl, the 1960 Miss Thriftway and the 1957 Miss Wahoo will be there. A dozen rides in the historic boats, which will take place on Sunday, are being raffled off to benefit the museum. Tickets are being sold for $10 each at North Idaho businesses. The Boat Show is sponsored by The Black Book from Hagadone Directories.

Modern problems dwarf classic fairy tales.

Spokane Civic Theatre's Summer Academy troupe is staging "The Four Princes," a musical that tells the story of modern problems threatening classic fairy tales. Written and directed by Jean Hardie, the show takes Civic's main stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, and Friday, Aug. 20. Tickets are $14 each and are available at the Civic box office, at 1020 N. Howard, or by calling Civic at 509-325-2507. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Auntie's at the Square is now open at River Park Square.

Auntie's Inc., Spokane's literary landmark, is celebrating the grand opening of Auntie's at the Square at River Park Square mall. A 3,000 square-foot annex of the large main bookstore, Auntie's at the Square is the result of consumer requests for a full-service bookstore at Spokane's premier shopping destination. A complete selection of new inventory characterizes Auntie's at the Square, with an emphasis in bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles, recent releases, children's books, magazines, cards and gifts for book lovers. The store will feature select author events and Saturday story time for children. Auntie's at the Square occupies the Skywalk level space formerly held by Children's Corner bookstore, and is staffed by seasoned Auntie's booksellers from the iconic main store. See for more details.

Doug Benson is having the Best Week Ever!

Hilarious comedian Doug Benson returns to the Knitting Factory Concert House at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20. A regular on VH1's "Best Week Ever," Benson has a couple of Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials to his credit and has created the live show "The Marijuana-Logues," which is now on CD and book form. Benson, who played the Knitting Factory in the spring of 2009, also has appeared on TV shows such as "Friends," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "How I Met Your Mother," and many others. Tickets for Friday night's show range in price from $15 to $21 and are available through the Knitting Factory Web site at

Lake City Playhouse Annual Season Preview.

Join Lake City Playhouse on Sunday, Aug. 22 for the Annual Season Preview and Benefit Show featuring performances from various productions of the upcoming season. All proceeds benefit the theatre renovation project. $10 at the door or in advance. Call the box office at 208-667-1323 to get your tickets.

There's a Fair chance you'll find lots to do in North Idaho.

The North Idaho Fair and Rodeo kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 25, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds and Events Center, at 4056 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. Entertainment at this year's fair includes repeat engagements by a diverse collection of acts, including the Doo Wah Riders band, Comedian Herb Dixon, Magician Terry Stokes, Willy's Washboard Jamboree, Pippi The Clown, and many others. The PRCA Rodeo at the North Idaho Fair kicks into high gear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, and runs through the weekend. Gates open daily at 9 a.m., and one-day tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children. For a full schedule of events, go to

Join the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars dwellers this weekend.

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is hosting its Art & Glass Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22. Visit Arbor Crest, located at 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, to see the works of 53 artists and enjoy some of the winery's best offerings. The band Sidetrack will be playing the event from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, and Singlewide will take the outdoor stage from 1-4 p.m. that day. The event is free, but is only open to people 21 years old or older. For more information, go to

Free live music at the Park Bench Cafe.

The Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park continues with free live music on Friday evenings. This Friday, Aug. 20, acoustic pop-rock sensation, Trailer Park Girls will perform starting at 6:00pm. Great food and beverages available for purchase. Free Friday summer concerts continue through the end of August.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

The Ocean Floor - Playing a mix of Island and lounge melodies, borrowing liberally from Latin and Eastern European folk influences plus a smidge of vintage Billie Holiday, Portland indie trio The Ocean Floor play delightfully light, yet meticulously orchestrated songs that will make your tap your foot and drop your jaw at the musicianship, which uses a full spectrum of instruments, everything from multi-part vocal harmonies to flutes, ukulele, and various hand percussion. Add swanky riverboat country-jazz folkers Ah! Holly Fam'ly to the bill plus Spokane's Wolf Gang and Reverb and expect a packed room at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: TBA.

Easy Ride Benefit - Zumiez and The YMCA Presents: The Easy Ride Benefit show to help keep kids skating brings together powerhouse heavy rockers from Spokane bands In Deeper Oceans, FAUS, Corpus and Small Town Nation on Thursday, August 19, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

Bela Union - With more of an indie swing, influenced by the likes of The Roots, Aesop Rock, Hieroglyphics, local hip-hop is in the house when The Som Show Presents the positive vibes of the Bela Union, the verbal prowess of Bed Penmanship, youngbloods Three Kings on Friday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

C-Flow - Hip-hop continues at The Seaside with a cross-section that features stylistic rhymesayers, highlighted by past freestyle champion C-Flow. Along with him are the people's champ, Unique, plus Young Jay, Z-Chase, Conceit, and Haze. That's all Saturday, August 21, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Residency - Jesi B and the All Rites return for another night of music at 9 p.m. tonight, August 18, for The Som Show Presents: Seaside at The Residency. Cost: $3, 21 and older only.

For music news, videos, mp3s, artist profiles, and more, visit

Men, women, and Pats should find this interesting.

Lovable Spokane native Julia Sweeney, known best for her four-year stint on "Saturday Night Live" during which she had an offensive-to-Hillary-Clinton portrayal of Chelsea Clinton and played the hilariously androgynous character Pat, is planning her final live-stage appearance. The event is set for March 11, 2011, in the Bing Crosby Theatre, at 901 W. Sprague, and after that performance, Sweeney reportedly will stop performing in order to concentrate on writing and to spend time with her family. She's performing as part of The Jill & Julia Show, in partnership with musician Jill Sobule, in a brilliant mash-up of comedy and song. Tickets for this unique event are $25 each and already are on sale through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

How the West was sung.

This weekend, the stage will be set for the usual lineup for the Rockin' B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show each night Thursday, Aug. 19, through Saturday, Aug. 21. If you've been to the Rockin' B in past years but haven't been this year, keep in mind that the pre-dinner show, "Twilight at Spokane Bridge, a Cowboy Vampire Melodrama," and the main show, "How The West Was Sung," are brand-new this season. You won't want to miss them. 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

It will be pure poetry.

Great art, clever words, and good times are in store as the Zone 4 Reading Series takes over J.F. Thamm Gallery, at. 11 S. Washington in downtown Spokane, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. Featured poets this month include "Caliban" author John Whalen, "High Dessert Journal" contributor Maya Zeller, and Whitworth University instructor Thom Caraway. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 509-869-7434.

All aboard for blues.

Spokane Public Radio's KPBX Blues Cruise leaves port at 7 p.m. tonight, Aug. 18, from the Coeur d'Alene Boardwalk Marina. Too Slim and the Taildraggers will be playing live on the two-hour summer dance party. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $20 for Spokane Public Radio members and $25 or non-members. For more information, call 800-328-5729.


"These are O.R. scrubs." "O, R they?"

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to an upcoming 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, Aug. 20.

Last Week's Winner: Upon inspection, Scott Johnson wins for "Inception."

Last week's movie quote was, "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." Johnson correctly guessed that it was from the 2010 summer blockbuster "Inception," which is in theaters now, and won two tickets to the GoodGuys Ninth Great Northwest Nationals!

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