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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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 www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

We're barely able to cage our excitement.

The WWE RAW World Tour will slam into the Spokane Arena at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. Headlining this WWE Championship Steel Cage Match is the infamous Randy Orton, who will take on Celtic Warrior Sheamus. A Six Man Tag Team Match also is planned that will feature R Truth, John Morrison and Mark Henry against The Nexus. Tickets range in price from $15 to $60 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

If you don't get tickets to see Dane early, you will be Cook'ed.

Dane Cook's national "ISolated INcident: Global Thermo Comedy Tour" will come to the Spokane Arena Wednesday, Dec. 1, and tickets for that show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15. Cook's tour follows the announcement of a new Comedy Central special and comedy album "ISolated INcident" and is the latest in the line of big tours by this fan favorite. Ticket will be $35 and $65 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

It's Friday night entertainment with strings attached.

The Spokane String Quartet graces the Martin Woldson Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, with special guest, pianist Armen Guzelimian. The performance features pieces from Alan Hovhaness, Artur Avanesov, Cyril Scott, Joseph Haydn and Antonin Dvorak. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Martin Woldson Theater box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

What the Hek. Check out the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra.

The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra performance this month will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, at 1001 W. Sprague. Kevin Hekmatpanah is the conductor, and Daniel Gaisford is the featured soloist. The performance will include the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Giuseppe Verdi, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 509-624-1200. For more information, call the Gonzaga music department at 509-313-6733 or go to www.gonzaga.edu/music.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Barcelona - When Brian Fennell and the rest of Barcelona are onstage, they make the kind of dynamic indie-pop rock that is sweet enough to give you tooth decay. Lilting grooves and bait-and-switch dynamics keep the crowd on its toes while Fennell spins tails of self-discovery and young love. The Seattle quartet is nestled snugly between heady, cerebral rock and carefree post-emo ambience. Barcelona plays two shows in town this week, first at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, at Whitworth University's HUB, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. Cost: To be announced. You can also catch Barcelona with The Young Professionals, and Crickets of Cascadia at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 15, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: To be announced. All ages welcome at both shows.

Anberlin - Often characterized as a Christian band, the members of Anberlin don't shy away from faith-influenced music, but they've constantly shown -- through insightful songwriting and lyricism -- that the relationship between their beliefs and their music is complex. Ultimately, they are musicians who happen to be Christian. And it's the music that keeps fans packing clubs night after night as they no-doubt will again when Anberlin appears with Crash Kings and Civil Twilight at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 15, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $22 day or show, through www.ticketfly.com.

One Eskimo - Faithless star Rollo has made some pretty sizable waves with his One Eskimo project, although it's been mostly overseas. But that reputation is starting to reach U.S. audiences, thanks to high profile appearances on tour with Tori Amos as well as on the Ellen Degeneres Show and a Discovery Channel ad campaign. Catch the vibe when the UK indie-rock quartet makes a stop with Hedley and Honeychild at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $13, through www.ticketfly.com.

Coheed and Cambria - Rounding out a solid run of shows at The Knit, New York prog-rockers Coheed and Cambia are looking to stomp a mud hole in your ears with their latest record, "Fear of the Black Rainbow," the prequel to the band's previous four concept albums. The throwdown goes down with Wild Orchid Children at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $22, through www.ticketfly.com.

Whiz Khalifah - Hailing from Pittsburgh, "Pistolvania," Whiz Khalifah landed a deal on Atlantic Records this year thanks largely to his Twitter-famous smashup mixtape, "Kush and Orange Juice." Spokane fans willing to make the jaunt can catch Khalifah at 10:30 p.m. tonight, October 13, at WSU's Cub Ballroom, 1500 NE Terrell Mall Rd., in Pullman. Cost: $20, through www.ticketswest.rdln.com.

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You'll just want to celebrate this Rare opportunity.

Peter Rivera, the original lead singer and drummer for Rare Earth, will play The Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Rare Earth's hits from the 1970s include "Get Ready," "Born To Wander," and "I Just Want To elebrate." Tickets including dinner packages are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Wylie and his crew will cowboy up for two shows.

Wylie & The Wild West have two gigs this week. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, the western yodeling fan favorite will play the Connell High School Performing Arts Center, in Connell, Wash., as a benefit to raise money for the Olds Junior High School in that community. Tickets for that show are $10 each. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, Wylie Gustafson and crew hit the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, with cowboy poet Paul Zaryski. Tickets for that show are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

For Poe fans, this is a dream within a dream come true.

The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, at 405 N. Williams in Post Falls, presents an evening of Edgar Allan Poe at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. A joint fundraiser for the JACC and the Lake City Playhouse, the event will include reading of "The Raven" and "The Pit and the Pendulum," as well as a live theatrical performance of "The Tell Tale Heart" and a dance interpretation of "Annabel Lee." Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 208-667-1323.

Ignite Community Theatre will be at the same old haunt.

Ignite Community Theatre partners with the city of Spokane again this fall to offer Riverfront Fright, with a series of Halloween features for kids. Ignite will operate the haunted house at Riverfront Park starting Friday, Oct. 15. In addition, Riverfront Park will have a Kids Zone strawbale maze, Ghostly Golf, the SR-2 Ride, and the standard Pavilion fun: IMAX feature and ice skating. The Haunted Pavilion package includes all of those activities or $16 for adults, $14 for students with ID; the haunted house alone is $8 per person, $6 for students with ID. For hours and additional information, go to www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com and look for the Riverfront Fright feature.

It's a first for the ages.

The Inland Northwest Chamber Music Collective Inaugural Concert will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names, at 2911 W. 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 at-the-door donation is $15 per person, or $10 for students. The Inland Northwest Chamber Music Collective is sponsored by Holy Names Music Center. For more information, contact Bill Conable at info@alexanderworkshops.com Or visit www.alexanderworkshops.com/CMC/index.html.

And you thought roller coasters were scary.

Silverwood Theme Park has transformed itself into Scarywood Theme Park, with "Haunted Nights" planned throughout October. 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. For more information, go to www.silverwoodthemepark.com.

As it turns out, every rose really does have a thorn.

Former Poison frontman and "Rock of Love" reality star Bret Michaels is playing the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, but if you don't have tickets, you're out of luck. The show is sold out. Other upcoming acts at the popular Airway Heights venue include Vince Gill, Petula Clark, Don Rickles and Dennis DeYoung of STYX. For more information on those shows, go to www.northernquest.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"As for the charges, I believe I deserve some recognition from this board."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win 2 VIP tickets to the Peter Rivera concert this Saturday, October 16 at the Lincoln Center. VIP tickets include dinner and a personal visit with Peter along with an autographed autobiography! Send your best guess and your phone number to info@entertainmentspokane.com. 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. 15.

Last Week's Winner: Jane Cody is princess for a day.

Last week's movie quote was, "There is no way I'm kissing a frog and eating a bug in the same day!" Cody correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 children's movie "The Princess and the Frog" and won two tickets to the Chase Youth Foundation's Buddy Holly benefit show, at Spokane Civic Theatre tonight.

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