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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We're anticipating a Cirque atmosphere.

Cirque Du Soleil, the high flying trapeze and acrobatic troupe, is bringing its classic act, "Alegria," to the Spokane Arena for eight shows, tonight, 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.

Oh baby, they know what we like.

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" will rock and roll its way to the Spokane Civic Theatre's Main Stage with an opening-night performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. The show tells the story of the young rock 'n' roll star from Lubbock, Texas, whose star was still rising when he died in an airplane crash with fellow rock stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Often called "the day the music died," the tragic accident remains among the more famous airplane crashes. The Civic show will include popular songs from all three singers, including Holly's "That'll Be The Day," Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace," and Valens' "La Bamba." The opening-night performance will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday, Sept. 25, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Sept. 26. Through Oct. 24, the show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday night and each Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, and $20 for students. They can be purchased by calling the Civic box office at 509-325-2507 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Missing opening night wouldn't be Preu-dent.

The Spokane Symphony opens its 2010-2011 season in grand fashion with an opening-night gala at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The season's opener features Music Director Eckart Preu conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10. Virtuoso French violinist Philippe Quint will be showcased in the event playing Glazunov's Violin Concerto. Tickets to the concert range in price from $22 to $44 and are available through the Symphony at or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. In addition to the opening-night performance, the Third Annual Opening Night Gala will start at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Spokane Club, at 1002 W. Riverside. For tickets to the Gala, contact Amy Wilcox at 509-464-7077.

While we're talking Symphony...

If you want a glimpse at the Spokane Symphony with a side of business networking, go to LaunchPad INW's Quarterly Networking Event, which will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The event starts with a professional-development panel and is followed by wine, hors d'oeuvres and professional networking. Later that evening, though, attendees will get to sit in on one of the Symphony's final tune-ups before the weekend's big shows. Tickets to the LaunchPad event are $15 each in advance, $25 at the door. For more information, go to

La Boheme will light a fire under you.

Opera Coeur d'Alene will introduce Giacomo Puccini's classic "La Boheme" with performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. A free pre-opera lecture will take place one hour before each performance at the Schuler Performing Arts Center, on the North Idaho College campus in Coeur d'Alene. Tickets are $35 and $39 for adults and $18 for students. For tickets, call 208-769-7780.

The look. The feel. The Cotton Club.

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra kicks off its 2010-2011 season with Hot Jazz From the Cotton Club, featuring vocalist Lorraine Feather. Goddaughter to the legendary Billie Holliday, Feather brings generations of musical experience to the stage for the show, which is at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Tickets range in price from $21 to $24.50 and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Uproar Festival - The inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival brings the heat to Post Falls this weekend for an all-out hard rock and metal bumrush headlined with Chicago-based metal band Disturbed on the mainstage along with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour and Halestrom. The second stage is anchored by Hellyeah, plus Airborne, Hair the Villain, and New Medicine. The festivities fire off at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, September 24, at Greyhound Park & Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho. Cost: $45.25, through

The Thermals - Frontman Hutch Harris has made concept records challenging religion and death itself. Now, the leader of Portland's standout indie-pop-punks is deconstructing the dark side of love on The Thermal's new record, "Personal Life." Hear it live when The Thermals setup shop at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, through, all-ages welcome.

The Cult - British rockers The Cult have broken away from the Roadrunner Records home and now the band is unleashing a multimedia attack with a new EP series of "Capsule" recordings, film shorts, multi-format CD/DVD and vinyl combos plus live recordings shot straight to flash drive. They've taken technology by the horns and they're taken names on their latest tour, which lands at 8 p.m. tonight, September 22, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $30, through

Hanson - The brothers Hanson are back with new album that is critically acclaimed for it's recall of 1970s soul and R&B, thanks largely to the help of guest featurings by Motown's legendary Funk Brothers bassist, Bob Babbitt and Jerry Hey, who has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Earth, Wind and Fire. Hanson brings top-shelf pop song craft at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 27, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. CostL $8 in advance, $10 day of show, through

John Craigie - Singer-songwriting vagabond favorite John Craigie swings back through town with his masterful storytelling/songwriting in a show supported by Sandpoint favorites The Shook Twins and the return of Jacob Butcher at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, at The Nyne, 232 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: To be announced, all ages welcome.

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If you don't have tickets, you can't go to that (no can do).

Hall & Oates will hit the Northern Quest Resort & Casino with a show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Hopefully, all you 80s rock fans have your tickets already, because the show is sold out. For a list of other upcoming events at Northern Quest, go to and click on the Events tab.

Get a little culture along the Little river.

Five artists will open their studios to the public for the annual Little Spokane River Artist's Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Artists Jill Smith, Gina Freuen, Hulda Bridgeman, Victoria Brace and Patti Osebold-as well as 19 guest artists-will display current pieces that are for sale, as well as older works. The tour is free, but they request no pets. For information, go to

Let there be wine ... And it was good.

The Fourth Annual Cathedral Wine Festival will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, at 1115 W. Riverside. Wine coordinator Chuck Hennesey has hand-selected 50 wines from Europe and the Western U.S. for the tasting, and a variety of hors d'oeuvres will be on hand. Tickets are $50, or $35 for people 35 years old and older. All proceeds will go toward the Cathedral's mission of serving the downtown community. For reservations, call 509-358-4290 or email

Make yourself at homes during the Fall Festival.

The Spokane Home Builders Association's Fall Festival of Homes starts Friday, Sept. 24, and runs through the weekend, as well as the following weekend. The scattered-site show features 41 newly constructed home by 24 Spokane-area builders, most of which are furnished with the newest in interior-design trends. The tour is free, with events at a handful of host sites throughout the community. Homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, go to

Calling all art lovers!

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture presents I <3 Art on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11am to 3pm, when the entire family can participate in high quality art making experiences. Local artists will be on hand with demonstrations and live performances, encouraging participation in many hands-on activities in various art mediums. Visitors are encouraged to bring a T-shirt to silk-screen and be ready to get hands-on with art. A highlight of the day will be Spokane's very own Jarom Watts, universally known as the Bubbillusionist. Watts is the owner and founder of Bubbillusions and currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world's largest free-floating soap bubble at 483 cubic feet. Museum admission for this special day is $15 per family. For more information call 509-363-5324 or visit

Don't miss the last weekend of the season at the Rockin' B Ranch!

The Rockin' B Ranch has its last cowboy supper show of the season this Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept 25. 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

Hot Club plays the Crest.

The Arbor Crest Wine Cellars concert season comes to a close with a show by Hot Club of Spokane, featuring Abbey Crawford on vocals, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. It's a $5 cover charge for the show, and no one under 21 years old is allowed. Arbor Crest is located at 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, in Spokane Valley. For more information on the show, call Arbor Crest at 509-927-9463.

Read up on a new Readers Theatre Series.

The Lake City Playhouse announced a new Readers Theatre Series that will run in conjunction with its full-production play-and-musical series during the 2010-2011 season. The Readers Series starts with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Oct. 15 and 16 and will be followed by performances of "August: Osage County" and "Stop Kiss." Tickets to the performances will be $10 each. For more information, go to

Don't miss Jazz at the Laguna Cafe.

Jazz music continues this weekend at the Laguna Cafe with Nick Schauer on guitar and Craig Landron on sax & vocals this Friday, Sept. 24. On Saturday, Sept. 25, Nick Schauer will be on guitar and Charles Swanson on sax. Music is from 6:30 to 9pm both evenings at the Laguna Cafe, 4304 S Regal.


"All my life I've been waiting for someone and when I find her, she's ... she's a fish."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets two Custer's Fall Antique & Collectors Sale at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 1-3. 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. 24.

Last Week's Winner: There's something about Donna Lange.

Last week's movie quote was, "That's good. Unless someone comes up with six-minute abs. Then you're in trouble, huh?" Lange correctly guessed that it was from the 1998 comedy "There's Something About Mary" and won a two tickets to "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at Spokane Civic Theatre!

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