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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We flipped when we heard about this.

Cirque Du Soleil, the high flying trapeze and acrobatic troupe, is bringing its classic act, "Alegria," to the Spokane Arena for eight shows, Wednesday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 26. The internationally acclaimed production has entertained more than 10 million people since it started in 1994 and is on the road with a new adapted-to-arenas show. Cirque Du Soleil features 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries, performing synchro-trapeze and high-energy aerial high bars. Tickets are still available and range in price from $28 to $94 each and will be available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

All aboard for Train.

Train stops in Spokane for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the INB Performing Arts Center. The Grammy Award-winning San Francisco-based band has dominated airwaves at times since it burst onto the scene with "Drops of Jupiter" in the early 2000s, following that up with hits such as "Meet Virginia," "Calling All Angels," and "Hey Soul Sister." Tickets for Thursday night's show are $30 and $40 and are available at the Spokane Arena ticket office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Consider this an e-vite to Evita.

The Lake City Playhouse kicks off its 2010-2011 season with a production of the classic tale "Evita." The musical tells the story of Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, the former first lady of Argentina who is known for her tireless advocacy of laborers' rights until her untimely death. The Lake City Playhouse's "Evita" opens with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday, Sept. 18, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Sept. 19. The musical runs through Oct. 10, with performances Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees. Tickets are $19 each for adults, $17 for student and military personnel, and $15 for seniors. For more information, go to

Explore Lewis & Clark--the trailblazers, not the high school.

As part of the new Wednesday Night at the Museum series, author and historian David Nicandri will discuss his book, "River of Promise," at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 15, at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's Eric A. Johnston Auditorium, at 2316 W. First, in Browne's Addition. Nicandri, who is director of the Western Washington State Historical Society, in Tacoma, discusses the legendary Lewis & Clark expedition in his book and will talk about that during tonight's program. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, go to

It's bound to be a great Atmosphere for hip-hop fans.

In an aggressive tour that includes 23 shows in September and early October, prolific independent rap group Atmosphere come to the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Rhymesayers Label-mates Blueprint, Grieves & Budo, and DJ Rare Groove join Atmosphere on this, the To All My Friends Tour. Tickets are $25 each and are available at

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Elephant Revival - Neo-folk transcendentalists Elephant Revival are catching fire with an emerging acoustic-heavy style that revolves around a myriad of instruments, including washboard, djembe, musical saw, electric banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, double-bass, fiddle and vocals. Sans a traditional drum kit, the sound is lush amd visits a vast variety of genres -- Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional folk songs, ballads, psychedelic country, indie-rock, reggae, vintage jazz and occasional hip-hop flavorings. This five piece band has a unique take on everything it touches. See it live when Elephant Revival is joined by Mark Ward and Mile Marker at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Hot Hot Heat - Canadian alt-rock outfit Hot Hot Heat spent the first half of the summer playing residencies through New York to push its new album, "Future Breeds," released in June. Now they're coming through town on a part of its run of North American small club shows. Expect a sweaty dance floor when Hot Hot Heat brings its brand of sexy discopunk anthems at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, to Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington. Cost: To be announced, all ages welcome.

Skillet Jones - It's been a little while since the jam-funk band Skillet Jones has set up shop. The band is bringing out the reserves for a birthday groove for the crew's captain, Dennis Henderson. Get up with the get down at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3, 21 and older only.

Jerin Falkner - Nationally touring singer-songwriter with Spokane connections, Jerin Falkner, returns with her smoky voice and lilting piano melodies for a patio show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. Cost: Free.

Jimmy Nuggs - London Get Down's sterling front man is back in the saddle with more alt-rock and pop tunes. Catch Jimmy Nuggs during his residency at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: Free, 21 and older only.

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We'll take Scrambled McManus with a side of laughs.

Rockin' B Ranch will present its final installment of the McManus Plays series Saturday, Sept. 18, with a classic Tim Behrens performance of "Scrambled McManus." This play is mash-up of the funniest skits from first three Patrick McManus plays in one show. The night before, Friday, Sept. 17, Rockin' B will host its traditional supper show, and its last Rockin' Bluegrass show of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21. 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

Cherry pick some art in support of "Berry Picker."

The Spokane Valley Arts Council's fourth annual art auction is planned for Saturday, Sept. 18, at Center Place in Mirabeau Park. The event starts at 4 p.m. with 15 artists giving quick-draws and demonstrations, along with live jazz, food and wine. More than 70 original art pieces will be sold, with the auction starting at 6 p.m. Sales from the auction being used to complete a eight-foot bronze statue by Nancy McLaughlin, to be called "Berry Picker." That statue will be placed near Jerry McKellar's "Working The Line" bronze at Discovery Park. For more information, go to

The Revolving Musician Project for this month.

The Revolving Musician Project returns to the Empyrean Coffee House for its September show on Thursday, Sept. 30. The goal of the project is to bring a diversity of talent together, collaboratively, highlighting local musicians. This month's performers are Colleen Rice, finalist in 2010's Spokane's Got Talent; Paper Tigers, a Whitworth band with banjo, acoustic and electric guitars bass and hand percussion; Chelsey Heidenreich, and Adam Kogler, both impressive singer/songwriters. For tickets go to and search for the Revolving Musician Project, or call 509-467-4322. Shows are the last Thursday of every month so mark your calendars!

Guess we can rib Red Lion BBQ about being so old.

The Red Lion BBQ & Pub, at 126 N. Division, kicks off a 50th anniversary celebration with a Curt Donner Party Band performance from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. All of you University of Montana Alumni and fans can consider it their tailgate HQ the next day in preparation for the Eastern Washington University football game.

Hunting season--treasure hunting season--has opened downtown.

The Second Annual Spokane Treasure Hunt started yesterday, Sept. 14, and it isn't too late to get in on the fun. Nine downtown businesses are participating in this year's hunt, which runs through Saturday, Sept. 18. Last year's Hunt attracted hundreds of shoppers who came out to have fun while supporting locally-owned businesses in the city's core. Treasure maps can be picked up at all of the following participating businesses: Simply Northwest, Serendipity Boutique, Tangerine, Finders Keepers, Finders Keepers 2, The Make-Up Studio, Lolo, Concept Home and Left Bank Wine Bar. For more information, call Finders Keepers' Deena Caruso at 509-869-2434.

Search your attic for treasures.

Now in its 12th year, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture's Antique Appraisal Days will once again be a part of Custer's Antique & Collectors Sale at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10am to 7pm and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 11am to 5pm. This event provides verbal market evaluations by qualified appraisers and knowledgeable experts on items brought to the event. Funds raised support restoration on historic Campbell House, open regularly for public tours and operated by the MAC. Admission to the Custer sale is $6 (cash only). $5 per item appraisal charge to the MAC with limit of 5 items per person. Hand carried items only, no firearms. For more information, visit

Head to the Laguna Cafe for great jazz.

Great Jazz again this weekend at the Laguna Cafe on Friday, Sept 17 with Nick Schauer on guitar and Brendan McMurphy on trumpet, and on Saturday, Sept. 18, Nick Herman on guitar and Doug Folkins on Bass. Both shows are from 6:30 to 9pm at the Laguna Cafe, 4304 S Regal.

Eating good in the Marina.

Next time you're in the bookstore looking for good recipes, good wine tips, or good local authors, check out "Back of the Boat Gourmet Cooking," co-authored by Spokane's own Bonnie Clark (no relation to Ed Clark), and the complementary book by William Maltese, titled "William Maltese's Wine Taster's Diary: Spokane/Pullman Washington Area." For more on each selection, go to

The Eagles and the Griz will be seeing red.

Tickets are still available for Eastern Washington University football team's season opener against the mighty Grizzlies from The University of Montana at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Not only is it the first time you can see EWU's football team in action, it's your first chance to see the new Red Turf at Woodward Stadium. Best-available tickets as of early Wednesday morning were end-zone tickets that cost $25 each. For tickets, go to

It's all been building up to this.

Night of Champions Bodybuilding & Fitness will pit local bodybuilders against each other in the categories of bodybuilding, figure, fitness and bikini on Saturday, Sept. 18. Doors open at 5 p.m. and final judging, hosted by Kim "Kong" Farrison begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for this all-ages-welcome event are $35, $30 and $25. For tickets, call Northern Quest at 1-877-871-6772 or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

These boxers are helping to knock out childhood obesity.

Active 4 Youth is hosting Jabs & Jubilee, an event to help knockout childhood obesity and juvenile delinquency at the elementary-school level. Planned from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln, the evening will include Olympic-style amateur boxing and a live auction. Tickets are $50 per person or $85 per couple, and VIP balcony seating available at $75 per person, or $125 a couple. For more information, go to


"That's good. Unless someone comes up with six-minute abs. Then you're in trouble, huh?"

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Spokane Civic Theatre. 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, September 17.

Last Week's Winner: Ann Foreyt knows Scott, Pilgrim.

Last week's movie quote was, "Scott, if your life had a face, I'd punch it." Foreyt correctly guessed that it was from the 2010 action-comedy "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and won tickets to "Together Again For The Next Time" at Interplayers Theatre.

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