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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Oh, Danny Boy! Celtic Woman is coming to town.

The world-famous quintet Celtic Woman will play the Spokane Arena's Star Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the midst of its Isle Of Hope Tour. Celtic Woman graces the Spokane stage just weeks after performing on the "Dancing With The Stars" television show and while its album "The Greatest Journey" sits atop Billboard's World Charts. Tickets are still available and range in price from $45.50 to $62. For ticket information, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

Bernadette is a safe bet.

Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters will bring her sweet sounds and strong persona to the Northern Quest Resort and Casino at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 10. The 61-year-old actress has a career that has spanned five decades and has included award-winning roles as the lead in a number of Broadway productions, including "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Song and Dance." Tickets are $60 and $70 and are available at 509-325-SEAT or at www.ticketswest.com.

Doug Benson is having the Best Week Ever.

That's right. The mainstay of VH1's popular show "Best Week Ever" gets to come to Spokane when An Evening Of Comedy With Doug Benson hits the Knitting Factory Main Space at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9. In addition to "Best Week Ever," Benson competed on "Last Comic Standing" and has recurring appearances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Chelsea Lately." Opening act for the Knitting Factory show is Graham Elwood. Tickets are $21 and $15, and are available by calling 509-325-SEAT or at www.ticketswest.com.

Civic play gives new meaning to the term double-letter score.

"The Affections of May," the story of an unexpectedly single woman who finds romance over games of Scrabble, will start its 15-show run at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. The comedic gem runs through Sunday, May 31. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling Civic at 509-325-2507 or through www.ticketswest.com.

Go artfully amid the noise and haste of Coeur d'Alene's Art Walk.

Enjoy quality art, live music and good times at Downtown Coeur d'Alene's Art Walk, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 8. The featured gallery this month is Summers Glass and Beads, located at 211 Sherman. Also, The Art Spirit Gallery, at 415 Sherman, will kick off its Tenth Annual Clay Invitational with a reception during Art Walk. The Clay Invitational features works of 16 clay artists from throughout the Northwest and beyond. For more information, go to www.artsincda.org/ArtWalk.

Beethoven's Ninth will be played on the Ninth. (And Tenth.)

The Spokane Symphony will close out its 2008-2009 classics season with "Symphonic Celebrations," at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10. At the concert, the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Symphony Chorale will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, referred by some as the "ultimate symphony." The concert also will include a performance of "Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)," by Johannes Brahms. Tickets range in price from $27 to $49 for the Saturday show and $23 to $45 for the Sunday matinee. For ticket information, stop by the Symphony box office at 1001 W. Sprague, call 509-624-1200 or go to www.ticketswest.com

Big River hits a little playhouse.

"Big River," the story of Huckleberry Finn and Jim as they make their way down the might Mississippi River, hits the Lake City Playhouse, at 1320 East Garden Ave in Coeur d'Alene. The play will run from 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 through Saturday, May 23. Tickets range in price from $10 to $16. To reserve tickets, call the Lake City Playhouse box office at 208- 667-1323.

Anything goes with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra.

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra will present "Local Jazz Divas" at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Bing Crosby Theater. The show will feature five local jazz vocalists singing favorites from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Artists include Naomi Dunning, Ann Fennessy, Leslie Ann Grove, Jennifer Madsen and Kristina Ploeger, all accompanied by the 17-piece Spokane Jazz Orchestra. Tickets are $21 to $24.50 and are available through by calling 509-325-SEAT or by going to www.ticketswest.com

Chivalry isn't dead, but it does leave town on Sunday.

"Monty Python's Spamalot," the Tony Award-winning musical comedy based on the 1975 British cult classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," opened earlier this week at the INB Performing Arts Center, and shows are scheduled to run from 7:30 p.m. tonight, May 6 through Sunday, May 10. Tickets range in price from $30 to $65 and are available by calling 509-325-SEAT or going to www.ticketswest.com.

Elementary, my dear theater lovers. Check out "Sherlock's Last Case."

Ignite! Community Theatre will stage a reader's theatre version of "Sherlock's Last Case," by Charles Marowitz. After years as a team, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves at the center of their most challenging case yet, one that could change their partnership forever. Join Ignite! for a compelling mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end. The show will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Foley Library on Gonzaga University's campus, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at The Blue Door Theatre, at 815 W. Garland. Admission is free; donations are accepted. For more information, go to www.ignitetheatre.org.

It will be barrels of fun for wine lovers.

The Annual Spokane Winery Association's Spring Barrel Tasting is Friday through Sunday, May 8-10, Mother's Day Weekend. All 14 SWA wineries are participating, including Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Barrister Winery, Caterina Winery, Grande Rhonde Cellars, Knipprath Cellars, Latah Creek Winery, Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, Lone Canary Winery, Mountain Dome Winery, Nodland Cellars, Robert Karl Cellars, Townshend Cellar, Vintage Hill Cellars and Whitestone Winery. Some tasting fees may apply, and most of the wineries offer small appetizers along with their wines. For complete information, go to the Spokane Winery Association's website at www.spokanewineries.net.

Gift ideas for Mom will be in full bloom.

River Park Square is hosting a Baskets & Blooms event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the River Park Square atrium, at the junction of Main Avenue and Post Street downtown. Children and families can create fresh-flower baskets and special cards just in time for Mother's Day. Cost to create a basket is $15, with some of the proceeds going to the Mobius Kids Children's Museum. For more information, call 509-363-0304.

For Star Trek fans, this is an EarthShatnering experience.

"Star Trek," the movie that shows how Captain Kirk, Dr. Spock and the rest of the crew got their starts, opens in theaters Thursday, May 7. For local movie times, go to www.regmovies.com, www.amctheatres.com or or www.spokanemovies.com.

The Magical Music of Walt Disney Comes to the Fox.

The Spokane Symphony weaves a magical carpet-ride of music with visuals in The Magical Music of Walt Disney, a special, family-friendly concert of Disney favorites. Led by associate conductor Morihiko Nakahara, the symphony will present the fabulous collection of music for generations on Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The program will feature orchestral arrangements of music from "Tarzan," "The Little Mermaid," "Mary Poppins," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," The Lion King" and more. The music will be brought to life by seamlessly synchronized video clips and still images from these Disney classics. Tickets are $32 to $37 for adults and $14 for children. Tickets are available in advance at the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT or at spokanesymphony.org

The curtain is going down May 15 on Best of Broadway renewals.

If you are a Best of Broadway subscriber, you have until Friday, May 15 to renew your subscription. Visit BestofBroadwaySpokane.com now to renew your season tickets for the 2009-10 Best of Broadway season.

SPORTS CORNER
A win isn't guaranteed, but it wouldn't be a Shock.

Still undefeated and still No. 1 in Arenafootball 2 rankings, the Spokane Shock take on the Boise Burn at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Spokane Arena. As of earlier this week, tickets were available in the lower-level end zones and in the upper level. The lower-level sideline seats are sold out. For tickets, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com

NAME THAT FLICK.

"You are hanging on by a very thin thread, and I dig that about you."
Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift certificate from The Cathay Inn, located at 3714 N Division. Send your best guess 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, May 8.

Last Week's Winner: Michael Floyd likes Ike.

Or he should. He correctly guessed that last week's movie quote came from "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

ALSO, congratulations to Laura Kelly!

Laura signed up for the EntertainmentSpokane e-newsletter at www.entertainmentspokane.com and won the drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Spencer's, For Steaks and Chops.

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