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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Get a head start on EWU vs Montana tickets

Tickets for the inaugural football game versus the Montana Grizzlies on Eastern's new red turf September 18 go on sale this morning and they are sure to go fast. If you go online before 10 am this morning you can get a head start. Go to and enter the promo code ZORNES. There are no restrictions and you can buy as many as you want, but you must call before 10 am to get this special offer. At 10 they go on sale to the public and thousands of University of Montana fans will be calling.

Great article on Civic's Yvonne A. K. Johnson in last Sunday's SR!

Pick up a copy of Sunday's Spokesman-Review and read Jim Kershner's story on the Spokane Civic Theatre's brilliant executive artistic director and her remarkable turnaround of Spokane's award-winning community theatre. It's in the Today section D, Sunday Spokesman-Review, August 29.

Hopefully, a hard rain a-doesn't fall.

Tickets are still available to see two of the best male singer-songwriters from two of the most musically influential generations at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 1. Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp will bring their collection of hits to the Post Falls Greyhound Park and Events Center, at 5100 Riverbend in Post Falls, for an open-air show that's sure to be unforgettable. Both have been inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, and both of them have written songs that have defined their respective generations. Tickets to this show are $55 and are available by calling 877-435-9849 or by visiting

It's like looking at the Man in the Mirror.

Joby Rogers is a Michael Jackson impersonator who, prior to Jackson's death, was personally approved by the King of Pop and tabbed as the best of the look-a-likes. Rogers brings his tribute to Jackson to Northern Quest Resort Hotel's Pend Oreille Pavilion for three shows over the Labor Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 3-5. The Friday and Saturday night performances start at 8:30 p.m., and the Sunday show starts at 7 p.m. Seating for the 21-and-over-only show is cabaret style, and tickets are $40 each. Northern Quest is running show-and-stay specials through the weekend. For special offers, go to For tickets, call Northern Quest at 877-871-6772 or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Get an earful while you get a bellyful.

Nearly every big name on the Spokane music scene-and a couple of national names-are playing the 31st annual Pig Out in the Park in Riverfront Park, which starts today, Sept. 1, and runs through Monday, Sept. 6. The annual food and music festival will feature 55 free concerts on two stages through the six-day run and will include hot local acts such as Kaylee Cole, 6 Foot Swing, Trailer Park Girls, Hot Club of Spokane, Sammy Eubanks, and Too Slim and the Taildraggers, among others. Nationally-known acts include Sha-Na-Na, a 1970s sensation that is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Rick Derringer, whose 1960s band The McCoys produced the hit "Hang On Sloopy," among others. In addition to music, of course, there's the pigging out: 48 food booths with 225 menu items and three adult beverage gardens. For more information, go to

Art is just the tip of the paintbrush at First Friday this month.

More than 40 restaurant, offices, studios and other locations throughout downtown Spokane will have art on display for the First Friday Art Walk, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. Express Employment Professionals, at 331 W. Main, will premier the Peace Corps exhibit on African cultures during First Friday and will feature a performance by the Ashe West African Drum and Dance Group and food by the Queen of Sheba Restaurant. At Concept:Home, at 401 W. First, artist Rachel Tiner will be on display while the furniture store hosts the launch party for the September issue of "Spokane-Coeur d'Alene Magazine." Carousel Vintage Clothing, at 112 S. Cedar, will have its grand opening that day, and that night, it will feature the art of Ishvara Labay and music of Lynne Carter. For a full list of venues and artists, go to and look for the First Friday link.

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with Morrie in Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre presents the reading "Tuesdays with Morrie" with Jack Bannon and Roger Welch, Tuesday, Sept. 7th, Friday, Sept. 10th, and Saturday, Sept. 11th, 7:30pm at Todd Hall in NIC's Molstead Library NIC. Go to for tickets and information.

Find some funky junk this weekend

The Funky Junk Antique Show and Crafts market is this Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 4 daily in Sandpoint. Go to for details and directions.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Japandroids - Brian King woke up one morning, a mild-mannered geologist, only to find his garage rock band was getting praise from movers and shakers of indie media. A year later, the Japandroids are internationally known for the gruff yelled vocals, tight arrangements, and relentless intensity. Catch the Vancouver, British Columbia, duet when Platform Presents Japandroids with locals Belt of Vapor and Please Draw In Me Thursday, Sept. 9, at The A Club, 406 1/2 E. Sprague, all-ages welcome, full bar with ID. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door through, 4,000 Holes and The Long Ear in Coeur d'Alene.

The Constellations - A sort of who's who of Atlanta indie artists, The Constellations features a myriad and instruments and a rotating cast, including a "clap section." Staggering guitar lines, sneaky organ riffs, and smoky vocals combine for a scary good live show. Connect the dots with The Constellations at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: TBA.

Jamal Ali - Smooth soul man Jamal Ali returns the Rocket Market patio, singing R&B classics and new originals. Get there early to snag a table when Ali returns at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Cost: Free.

Jimmy Nuge - London Get Down frontman and local scene fixture Jimmy Nuge sets up shop to fill the September Residency at 9 p.m. on tonight, Sept. 1, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3.

Mon Cheri - A meticulously tight drummer, a cavalier bassist, a singer steeped in harmonies and a frontman guitarist who both an entertainer and an exceptional player -- that's all the ingredients for a Mon Cheri revival after a relatively chill summer. Get your indie-pop-jazz on when Mon Cheri headlines a show with Handful of Luvin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5, all ages welcome.

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

You'll be drawn to these walls.

Gonzaga University's Jundt Art Museum will unveil "Drawn To The Wall IV" Tuesday, Sept. 7, and the invitational art exhibit that will be on display through Saturday, Oct. 9. Every three years, Museum Director J. Scott Patnode invites five artists to spend two weeks at the museum creating on one side of a 11 1/2-foot-by-8-foot museum wall. This year's exhibit includes the work of Michael Horswill, Louise Kodis, Ken Spiering, Carolyn Stephens and Gordon Wilson. You'll be able to see the display starting next week, and a free public walkthrough with assistant curator Karen Kaiser is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10. For more information, go to

Fall is comin' but they are still rockin'.

Rockin' B Ranch is extending its season into September, with cowboy supper shows Friday, Sept. 3, and Saturday, Sept. 4, and each weekend night through the month. The exception will be Saturday, Sept. 18, when Rockin' B will host the last of it McManus Plays series. 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 For more information on the McManus show, go to

It's a Down To Earth way to spend a Tuesday night.

The Spokane-Review's Down To Earth magazine will have a launch party and movie premier at the Garland Theater, at 924 W. Garland, on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie, Spokane filmmaker Marc Gauthier's creations "Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins," will start at 7 p.m. Advance copies of the upcoming DTE magazine will be available, and there will be giveaways and drawings. It's the first movie in the Sustainable September film festival, which will feature a movie aimed at raising environmental consciousness every Tuesday night throughout the month. Admission to the Sept. 7 event is free. For more on this and other Sustainable September activities, go to

We're curious as to what these things are.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture opens the "100Curious Things" exhibit with an event at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 1, in the museum, at 2316 W. First in Browne's Addition. Charlie Simon will be on hand for a gallery talk, and the creator of the "Passport To Discovery" system will talk about his adventures in the computer world and his fascination with science. The "100Curious Things" exhibit draws from the MAC's permanent collection and increases public digital access to those materials. For more information, go to

5 MOR reasons to go to Arbor Crest.

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, at 4715 N. Fruit Hill Road, will host the band 5 MOR, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. The band will fill the late afternoon with swing, light rock and other fan favorites. Cover charge is $5, and the show is limited to those 21 years old and older.

Chicago bluesman to play Hillyard's Bluz.

Chicago bluesman Studebaker John Grimaldi will play a no-cover show at Bluz at the Bend, at 2721 N. Market, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. Grimaldi has been playing professionally since the mid-1970s and has a handful of albums under his belt, with a blend of blazing guitar and technical harmonica. For more on the Grimaldi set and other events at Bluz, go to


The Spokane Indians locked up a slot in the Northwest League playoffs by being first-half champions in the East Division, and they'll host the Yakima Bears in Game 2 of the East finals at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. If necessary, the two teams will play a third game in the best-of-three series in Spokane at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. Tickets for Indians games are $10 for upper box seats, and $6 for reserved bench seats, or $5 for reserved bench for kids 12 and under, seniors and military. For ticket information, go to


"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday. We're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I don't know. I don't know if we'll have enough time."

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Last Week's Winner: Yo, Jill Fix. You're the winner.

Last week's movie quote was, "He doesn't know it's a damn show! He thinks it's a damn fight!" Fix correctly guessed that it was from the 1976 boxing classic "Rocky," and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division!

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