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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Spokane's Got Talent. Do you got tickets?

After surviving heats of competition in August that drew almost 200 acts, 20 finalists will compete in Spokane's Got Talent 2010 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Bing Crosby Theatre, at 901 W. Sprague. The show will include magic, ventriloquism, break dancing, comedy, hula hooping, mystic dance, acoustic guitar, electric violin, and a wide variety of other entertaining acts. Presented by Red Eye Promotions in coordination with the Robert T. Kilduff Cancer Foundation, the show is the first of its kind in the Spokane market. Tickets are $10 each and are available at

Country fans are lapping this up.

The 2008 ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of Year Brad Paisley brings his Southern rock-influenced country act to the Spokane Arena at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, and the headliner for the H20 Tour. Paisley has had 10 consecutive singles reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and has 15 chart-toppers since bursting onto the country-music scene in 1999. Paisley is touring with former Hootie and The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker and Justin Moore, who sings the former No. 1 hit "Small Town USA." A pre-show concert is planned on a big outdoor stage in the Spokane Arena Northeast Plaza at 4:45 p.m. and features performances by the Steel Magnolias, Josh Thompson and Eric Corbin. Tickets to see Paisley and the H20 Tour are $45.75 and $59.75 and are still available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

You picked a fine time to come here, Kenny.

Country music icon Kenny Rogers is bringing a career worth of classics to the INB Performing Arts Center for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, as the Inland Northwest stop on his First 50 Years Tour. Indeed, Rogers has been performing for 52 years now and has charted 120 songs. Collectively, his songs have spent about four years at No. 1. And he made a pretty mean bucket of chicken back in the day, with his chain of Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurants. Tickets to see Kenny Rogers are $47.50 and $55 each and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

It's going to be a pearl of a season.

Interplayers Professional Theater is kicking off its 30th Anniversary Pearl Season with the premier of a Reed McColm original play, titled "Together Again For The Next Time." The production is a sequel to McColm's 2008 Christmas hit "Together Again For The First Time," and takes the Interplayers stage for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 25. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. some weekend afternoons through the run. Tickets range in price from $14 to $21, depending upon the performance, and $12 to $19 for seniors. For tickets, visit the Interplayers box office, at 174 S. Howard, between noon and 4 p.m. on weekdays or call 509-455-PLAY.

Need some culture? Coeur d'Alene seconds that.

The Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance will host the 2nd Friday Downtown ArtWalk in downtown Coeur d'Alene from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, with a dozen or so art galleries staying open late so you can saunter through and peruse some of the best Inland Northwest artists. The Art Spirit Gallery, at 415 Sherman, will premier a new show that night featuring the work of Victoria Brace and Katherine Nelson, with a reception for the artists during ArtWalk. For more information on the Coeur d'Alene ArtWalk, go to

Hunting for treasure in Downtown Spokane

Next Tuesday Sept.14 through Saturday, Sept. 18 is the 2nd annual "Downtown Spokane Treasure Hunt" shopping event, featuring nine specialty stores, which have treasure maps for the event. Participating stores are Simply Northwest, Serendipity Boutique, Tangerine, Finders Keepers, Finders Keepers 2, The Make-Up Studio, Lolo, Concept Home and Left Bank Wine Bar. Visit all Locations and get entered into a drawing for the Grand prize of $450 worth of gift certificates. Go to Downtown Treasure Hunt on Facebook for all the details.

Remembering Buddy Holly

Tickets are on sale now for the Spokane Civic Theatre's production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story by Alan Janes and Rob Bettison, Directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson. Performance dates are Friday, Sept 24 through Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Spokane Civic Theatre Main Stage, 1020 N Howard. Tickets are $28 for adults; $26 for seniors; $20 for students; and $10 for student rush, which is available 30 minutes prior to performance, not available for shows near to selling out. Tickets available online at or or at the Civic Theatre box office, 509-325-2507.

More at the Civic Theatre

Also at the Spokane Civic Theatre, is their 64th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Gala on Friday, Sept. 24 beginning at 6:30pm for food and festivities, show starts at 7:30. Food catered by Charley's and old fashioned root beef floats from Brainfreeze/The Scoop. There will also be a no host bar and silent and live auction items. Tickets are $35 or member coupon plus $15 which includes admission to "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story". Attire is from sock hop to casual. Tickets available at the box office, 509-325-2507. For more information, visit

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan is back to classic form on Smashing Pumpkins' new EP, the laboriously titled "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. 1/'Songs For A Sailor.'" The four-song set contains dense offerings of Gothic dream-pop psychedelia. And it's the first of a promised 1-EP set for a forecasted 44-song concept piece. Even sweeter, the band is giving away the album free -- no strings attached -- on its web site ( Corgan and company are as ambitious as ever and consistently clever. Smashing Pumpkins comes through as a part of its clubs run at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $37.50.

Jason Webley - As far as live performance goes, Jason Webley is in a league of his own. The singer-songwriter accordionist was permanently banned from Bumpershoot when he led the crowd into the International Fountain. He's famous for his tomato fetish and his Monsters of Accordion tour is legendary. Prepare to sing, stomp and clap along with Webley returns to town for a Platform Presents show supported by Buster Blue Folk and locals The City We Live In at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, at the A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague. Cost: $10, all ages welcome full bar with ID.

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 relentless intensity. Catch the Vancouver, British Columbia, duet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, when Platform Presents Japandroids with locals Belt of Vapor and Please Draw In Me 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, 4000 Holes and the Long Ear in Coeur d'Alene. (If you're experiencing deja vu, that's because this entry snuck its way into last week's High Five. We're so excited about it, we're telling you twice!)

Mark Ward - As the sun sets on summer concert season at Rocket Market, you can get your last few patio parties in for the year. One to catch happens with local folk favorite Mark Ward, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Cost: Free.

Jimmy Nuggs of London Get Down - Known as much for his charming stage banter as his expressive vocals, London Get Down's Jimmy Nuggs breaks it down to voice and guitar for a solo run at The Seaside's Residency, which continues at 9 p.m. tonight, September 8, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $3, 21 and older only.

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Great Jazz continues at Laguna Cafe.

This Friday, Sept 10, enjoy great jazz music with Nick Schauer on guitar, Danny McCollim on piano and Mike Tschirgi on drums. On Saturday, Sept. 11, Nick Schauer will be on guitar with Craig Landron on sax/vocals. Both shows run from 6:30-9pm at the Laguna Cafe, 4304 S Regal.

Get the Led out

Bringing one half theatrics and one half musical talent, No Quarter will bring the full Led Zeppelin experience when it plays the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The Seattle-based tribute band swings through Spokane on its way to gigs throughout the West, playing hits from this still-missed British hard-rock band. Tickets are $10 and $12 and are available at

Ignite your imagination!

Ignite Spokane is an explosion of ideas that will entertain you, and give you something to think about as it ignites your imagination. 16 speakers, five minutes each, thought provoking ideas. It's Thursday, Sept. 30, 6-9 pm at the Bing Crosby Theatre. Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe is preparing the food, as well as wine and beer. They will be web casting live from the Bing and will edit the show down and post it on youtube for later viewing, but you'll have more fun if you are there in person. Tickets are just $10 with half of the proceeds going to the Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund. Go to for tickets and more information.

You'll be Mahalo you went.

The Hawaiian Legacy Tour stops in Spokane for an evening of Hawaiian music and dance starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Grammy Award-winning slack-key master guitarist Keoki Kahumoku will take the stage will ukulele master Herb Ohta Jr., fellow slack-keyer Patrick Landez and locals from the Northwest Hula Company. Tickets are $20 each and are available through the Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Free burritos on the North Side? It's a Miracle.

Bajio Mexican Grill, located in the Northtown Square shopping center at 4805 N. Division, across from Northtown Mall, will host Free Burrito Day today, Sept. 8. The event is meant to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network and is a primer for the Seventh Annual KIXZ 96.1 FM "KIXZ Cares For Kids Radiothon" in late October.

Fall is comin' but they are still rockin'.

Rockin' B Ranch has extended its season into September, with cowboy supper shows Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11, and each weekend night through the month. The exception will be Saturday, Sept. 18, when Rockin' B will host the last of its 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

The Indians hope to beat them black and Aqua.

Having swept the Yakima Bears in the Northwest League East Division Finals, the Spokane Indians will go on to face the Everett AquaSox in the 2010 NWL Championship series. Going for the 19th title in its 100-year history and its second title in three yeas, the Indians will host Game One of the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. Tickets are available by calling the Avista Stadium ticket office at 509-343-OTTO or by visiting Tickets also are available through Tickets West at and 800-325-SEAT.

Uncage your desire to watch a good fight.

Conquest of the Cage comes to the Northern Quest Resort Hotel Pend Oreille Pavilion, bringing mixed-martial arts to Spokane fight fans at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 8. The event pits some of the region's tough guys against each other in eight to 10 bouts leading up to the main event on the fight card, the UMMA Lightweight Title Fight between Mike Hanks and Ryan Healey. Tickets for the event range in price from $70 for ringside seats to $40 for standing room beer garden tickets. You must be 18 years old and older to attend and 21-plus for beer garden seats. For tickets, call Northern Quest at 1-877-871-6772 or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.


"Scott, if your life had a face, I'd punch it."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to this Friday's performance of "Together Again For The Next Time" at Interplayers Theatre. Show begins at 7:30pm. 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, Sept. 10.

Last Week's Winner: Joseph L. Schmitz goes Old School.

Last week's movie quote was, "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." Schmitz correctly guessed that it was from the 2003 comedy "Old School" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division!

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