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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Best of Broadway goes South. In a good way.

The reinvention of the Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" features a full orchestra and 34-person cast that have captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Having swept the 2008 Tony Awards, the show comes to the INB Performing Center tonight, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 9. The show features some all-time Broadway favorite showtunes, including "Some Enchanted Evening" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," among others. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday night and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee as well. Tickets range in price from $32.50 to $67.50 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Disney on Ice tickets on sale this Sunday, 10.10.10!

This November, Disney on Ice presents "Let's Celebrate!" at the Spokane Arena, bringing a colossal party on ice to Spokane! The show features more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories live on ice, including Tiana, the newest Disney Princess from Walt Disney Pictures' "The Princess and the Frog". Show dates are Wednesday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 21. Tickets go on sale this Sunday, Oct. 10. Tickets available at the Spokane Arena Box Office, Tickets West outlets, and or 800-325-SEAT.

This is all news to us.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Spokane Public Radio station KSFC 91.9 FM introduces An Evening With Howard Berkes, at 8 p.m. tonight, Oct. 6, at the Bing Crosby Theater. National Public Radio West Coast correspondent Berkes will talk about his 30 years of reporting experience that started with covering the Mt. St. Helens eruption and was followed by Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, Ruby Ridge, and others. Inland Northwest radio newsman Doug Nadvornick will lead a question-and-answer period with Berkes at the event. Ticket are $25, or $20 for SPR members. They can be purchased by calling 800-328-5729. For more information, go to

You'll want to plan for this Sooner rather than later.

A one-night-only performance of the Broadway musical "Oklahoma" will take North Idaho College's Schuler Performing Arts Center stage at 7 p.m. tonight, Oct. 6. Tickets to the touring Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, put on by Columbia Artist Productions, are available for $38.25 and $33 for the general public, and $15 for students. For tickets, call the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre at 208-769-7780 or go to

Walk the walk, and talk the art.

Fourteen art galleries within seven downtown Coeur d'Alene city blocks of each other will stay open late, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, for the 2nd Friday Artwalk. Among the galleries, Sum of 6, located at 321 Front Ave. and touted as the only Coeur d'Alene gallery with a lake view, will spotlight new works from local artists. Steve A. Scroggins Fine Art, at 110 N. Fourth, recently doubled it space and is featuring contemporary, abstract and modern original art. For a list of all participating galleries, supporting restaurants, go to

BeGin the weekend in style.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's next BeGin mixer is set for the 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. Enjoy folk-rock band Buffalo Death Beam while having a few drinks and cruising through the exhibits. The Harold Balazs exhibit ends Saturday, Oct. 9, so stop by before you miss it! The event is only for people who are 21 years old or older. For more information, go to

Sounds of Thunder will take Albi by storm.

The 2010 Sounds of Thunder Pacific Northwest High School Marching Band Show will take Joe Albi Stadium by storm at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Thirteen high school bands from Eastern Washington and Alberta will compete in this annual event, which occurring for the 32nd year and is the only local competition that showcases the performance skills of local marching bands. Finals start at 3 p.m. Tickets for the all-day event are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, go to

Events like this happen once in a Minnelli-um.

Liza Minnelli will be gracing the INB Performing Arts Center stage with a rare visit to Spokane at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. The 64-year-old performer has an unparalleled entertainer's resume' that includes four Tony Awards, an Oscar, an Emmy, two Golden Globes Awards, and a Special Legends Grammy. A singer, dancer, actor, teacher and philanthropist, Minnelli will be featuring songs from her released-just-last-week album, "Confessions." Tickets range in price from $50 to $100 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

First Wednesday art show at the Max featuring works by Debbie McCulley

Come to The Max at Mirabeau Park Hotel in the Spokane Valley for First Wednesday, tonight, Oct. 6 from 5 to 7pm for a reception with local artist Debbie McCulley. View her work and enjoy beer and wine tastings from Full Sail Brewing Co. and Robert Karl Cellars. The Max is located at 1100 N Sullivan Rd in the Spokane Valley. To view more of McCulley's work, visit

Silverwood is Hauted all month.

For the month of October, Silverwood Theme Park is featuring "Haunted Nights". Enjoy all the haunted attractions, like "Blood Bayou", "Terror Canyon Trail" and "Zombiewood Express". Ride the Timber Terror roller coaster backwards. Cost is $24.95, all ages. Admission includes the haunted attractions and the nightmarish rides. Visit for hours, prices and more information.

To be Frank, crooner fans will dig this.

"That's Italian," a big-band variety show featuring old Sinatra chum Frankie Randall, Pete Barbutti, and Dean Martin's daughter Deana Martin, comes to the Northern Quest Resort Hotel at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Backed by Vincent Falcone and the Brian McCann Orchestra, the show includes a blend of singing, humor and camaraderie. Tickets for this cabaret-style show are $30 each and are available by calling Tickets West at 877-871-6772 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

A rare opportunity at the Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center at 1316 N. Lincoln presents Peter Rivera of Rare Earth performing that bands greatest hits, Saturday October 16, doors open at 6pm. Tickets available at or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

10.10.10 - It's been two years in the making but The Som Show is proud to unveil the world premiere of organic hip-hop project, Flying Spiders, featuring yours truly on the mic backed by drums, bass, keys, guitar, violin, horns and more. It's practically a local supergroup, with players from The Groove Patrol, Picture Radio, Vax Lavala, The Long Necks, Son Dulce and more, incorporating influences from rock, folk, soul, Latin, funk and rock. The show is highlighted by a collaborative set with emcees from the Bad Penmanship rhyme collective along with Seattle hip-hop musician Astronautalis. The 10.10.10 party starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, available through 4000 Holes, 1610 N. Monroe; all ages welcome.

Strength - Portland's favorite electro-dance-rock trio is back in action after taking a brief hiatus to record their latest album, "Mind-Reader." It veers toward a sound track for a vampire discotheque... in a good way. Strength comes back at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, at Mootsy's.

El Ten Eleven - A two-piece band with a double-neck guitar and some bodyrocking big-beat, El Ten Eleven manipulate loops and layers in a mindbending blur of a live show that is not to be missed. Platform Booking Presents El Ten Eleven with Baths, and DJ Likes Girls on Thursday, October 7, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Brian Griffing - Spokane singer-songwriter Brian Griffing takes the wheel at this month's Residency at The Seaside, starting at 9 p.m. tonight, October 6, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: Free; 21-and-older only.

Twisted Insane - San Diego horror-core rapper Twisted Insane is headlining back-to-back shows with an early all-ages show at 6 p.m. followed by a 21-and-older-only show at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $8 for the early show, $6 for the late show.

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Hey Buddy, why don't you help some kids?

The reviews are in-and many nights, the seats are full. Spokane Civic Theatre's season opening "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" musical is a success. To see this critically acclaimed show and support a good cause at the same time, go to the Chase Youth Foundation's Buddy Holly benefit show, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. Proceeds from the show will go to help the Chase Youth Commission anti-bullying initiative, BOBfest, the Chase Youth Awards, and other youth events throughout the city. Tickets are $40 each. For tickets, call Linn Parish at 509-844-7382 or email him at

Get into a jam this Sunday.

Jam For Bread will take over the sanctuary at the Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, at 411 S. Washington, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. The show will raise money for the youth emergency shelter and dropout-prevention program at the Volunteers of America's Crosswalk facility downtown. Performers include Six Foot Swing, the Ashe West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and the Spokane Area's Children's Chorus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, or $25 for families. For tickets, call 509-624-1366 or visit

The drums are calling you

Drumming is relaxing, meditative, and soothing. So pick up the beat. Hand drumming classes start next week at Malidoma Studio with Michael Moon Bear, at 408 W. 3rd. No experience is necessary; it's easy and fun. Afro-Cuban drumming classes are on Tuesday evenings starting Oct 12. West African drumming classes are Thursdays starting Oct 14. And Middle Eastern drumming classes are Friday evenings starting Oct 15. Go top for information and sign ups.

Talk about a good Citizen.

The Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater kick off its fall classic film series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, with a showing of "Citizen Kane" in the downtown theater, located at 901 W. Sprague. The theater advocates will continue the film series, titled "The Best Ever," with "Adventures of Robin Hood" on Oct. 19; "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," "The Body Snatcher," and "Nosferatu," on Oct. 28; and "Singing in the Rain" on Nov. 16. A $5 donation is suggested for each show, with proceeds going to support the Advocates. For more information, go to

Inland NW Chamber Music Inaugural Concert

The Inland Northwest Chamber Music Collective Inaugural Concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, 3:30 pm at the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names, 2911 West Fort Wright Dr. The program will consist of Mozart's Oboe Quartet; Walter Rabl's Quartet, Op. 1 for Violin, Clarinet, Cello, Piano; and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Nonet in F minor. Suggested donation at the door, $15, students $10. The Inland Northwest Chamber Music Collective is sponsored by Holy Names Music Center. For more information, contact Bill Conable at Or visit

It's a first in Millwood.

The Millwood Gallery, at 9009 E. Euclid, will be sponsoring its first featured artist, Timothy Hauser, and will host a reception from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, with wine, food and live music. In addition, throughout October, the gallery will be donating a percent of its proceeds to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. The Gallery also will collect cash donations and Yoplait Yogurt lids for breast cancer research. For more information, call 509-927-2222.

If you plan you say 'I Do', you probably should do this.

The Spokesman-Review's new online offering,, invites brides to tell their stories. For $24.99, a couple gets engagement and wedding announcements online and in the paper, as well as a place online to blog, share registry information and add photo galleries. Through Jan. 9, 2011, brides can enter to win a Pavilion Package Giveaway, a $6,000 value that includes use of the Spokesman-Review's rooftop pavilion, a wedding cake, photography, and other bridal items.


"There is no way I'm kissing a frog and eating a bug in the same day!"

Name the movie that line appeared in to two tickets to the Chase Youth Foundation's Buddy Holly benefit show, at Spokane Civic Theatre on Oct. 13! 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, Oct. 8.

Last Week's Winner: Elementary, dear Cher Merrill.

Last week's movie quote was, "It's a matter of professional integrity! No girl wants to marry a doctor who can't tell if a man's dead or not!" Merrill correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 thriller "Sherlock Holmes" and won a $25 gift certificate for spa services at the BrickHouse Massage & Coffee Bar, at 14222 E. Sprague.

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