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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sophia Caruso lands starring role in Miracle Worker at Interplayers.

Nine year old Sophia Caruso, daughter of Steve and Deena Moe-Caruso will play the role of Helen Keller in the May 5th through 21st performance of the Miracle Worker at Interplayers theatre. The classic drama of determined teacher Annie Sullivan and her triumphant effort to reach deaf, blind and mute wild child, Helen Keller, will be directed by Patty Duke, the last surviving member of the original Broadway cast and 1962 film, Duke won an Academy Award for playing Helen in the film.

Sophia, a fourth grader at Moran Prairie elementary school has been on stage since she was a second grader, singing and dancing in school variety shows. She's acted in many shows and musicals including "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and "White Christmas" at Spokane's Civic Theatre. She was also in Charlotte's Web presented by Spokane Children's Theatre and is currently playing Veruka Salt in the children's theatre production of "Willy Wonka." Congratulations and best wishes Sophie!

Enjoy one of Eckart's favorites this weekend

Music Director Eckart Preu will conduct the Spokane Symphony performing one of his personal favorites, Dvorak's Violin Concerto, this Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. German violinist Augustin Hadelich will be the soloist for this exquisite piece. The performance on January 23 will include a salute to educators, especially music educators, and the administrators who support their efforts. In honor of this, all educators may purchase a ticket for $20 by calling 509-624-1200. For more information go to

Live at the Laguna

Jazz guitarist Nick Schauer serves up some delicious sounds every Friday and Saturday night from 6:30 until 9 at the Laguna Cafe, 4304 S. Regal Street. This Friday, Jan. 21 he's joined by Doug Folkins on bass, and Saturday night Jan 22, Craig Landron sits in with his saxophone and vocals. Call 509-448-0887 for more information.

Big entertainment at Bluz at the Bend this week.

Bluz at The Bend is the only club in Spokane with live music and dancing five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Bands start downstairs at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday; 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Every Sunday, they have Open Blues Jam Night featuring blues, rock and roll, country and jazz performers at 8:00 pm.

Upstairs in their dedicated showroom, Uncle D's Comedy Underground has Spokane's best professional live comedy every weekend with acts from all over the nation. Seating in the showroom opens at 6:00 pm with full dinner and bar service, show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. Advance reservations for all shows are not required, but they are recommended, especially if you have a party larger than two and want to sit together.

This week, Sammy Eubanks plays, tonight Jan 19 at 8:00 pm. Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 pm it's Comedy Open Mike upstairs, and the music of Cary Fly downstairs at 8 pm. Friday Jan 21 and Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 pm comedians Todd Johnson & Dan Cossette entertain upstairs and Big Mumbo plays downstairs at 9. Call 509-483-7300 for reservations and information.

Give in to your impulse to laugh every Thursday

Go laugh it up at Impulse comedy night at 8pm every Thursday at Northern Quest featuring nationally touring performers from Comedy Central. On Thursday, Jan. 27 Impulse features comedians Russ Rivas and Joe Fontenot. Cover charge is $5.00. Go to for more information

A Night in the Theatre by Ignite!

Ignite! Community Theatre continues their exciting sixth season with the third show in their 2010-11 Booklight Reader's Theatre season with "A Night in the Theatre" by Lawrence Casler. Margaret and Stanley Locker and their friends, Donna and Walter Pace, are at the theatre for their weekly dose of culture. This week's ordeal is Hamlet. After they seat themselves with some confusion, the play consists of their incessant and hilarious chatter about themselves, their children, a dead friend and even occasionally Shakespeare's play. Secrets emerge and friendships unravel amid the audience's laughter. You may even recognize these rude playgoers as the obnoxious people who sometimes sit behind you. Multiple venues include Friday, January 21, at 7:00pm, in the Teleconference Room at the Foley Library on the Gonzaga University Campus; Saturday, January 22, at 7:00pm, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 316 E 24th Avenue; and Sunday, January 23, at 2:00pm at The Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Avenue. This Booklight Reader's Performance is free (donations accepted). For more information:

RV Show & Sale comes to Spokane this week.

The 23rd Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale is this Thursday through Sunday, January 20-23 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. See what's new for 2010. This year's Show will have hundreds of RV's and accessories on display and all on sale. Special "One-Time" Show discounts will be offered. RV's are priced from $5,000 to $250,000 with great financing rates and high trade-in values. Great show discounts will be available. With $13 million dollars of RV's on display and more than 50 different brands, don't miss this year's show! Adding to the excitement is the Northern Quest Casino Cash Machine, 30 seconds to grab all the cash you can! Show hours are Thursday, noon to 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am-8pm; and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Regular admission is $7.00 (good all weekend), 12 and under free when with an adult. Thursday, Jan 20 is Senior Day! Visit for more information.

Dancing Princesses at the Fox

Spokane Youth Ballet presents an original production of the Grimm's fairytale "The Dancing Princesses", 7:30 pm, Saturday Jan. 29 at the Fox. Dancers will be joined by guest artists from Ballet Tucson, Michelle Sigl and Stuart Lauer. Reserved seating tickets range in price from $12 - $18. Tickets are available through the Fox Box Office, 624-1200, and or 800-325-SEAT.

The MAC presents the "Art Event of the Year!"

The MAC Art Auction is a fun fundraiser benefiting the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Saturday, Feb. 19 at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. This impressive art event features more than 60 local and regional artists. The cost is $75 per person and includes dinner, beer and wine, live music. The evening starts off at 4pm with artist quick draws, demonstrations and silent auction bidding. Dinner is at 6 pm with the live auction starting at 7. You can enjoy the whole weekend and stay at Northern Quest Resort and Casino with special MAC room rates, $159 per night single or double (Regularly $199) For more information and reservations contact Linda Queen at 509-363-5336 or Admission is by reservation only.

David Gray Coming to the INB

David Gray will perform at the INB Performing Arts Center Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 8pm. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10am. David Gray's Lost and Found Tour promises to be more intimate, as Gray and his band look to replicate the feeling of a music session rather than a full-blown rock show. The backup band will include cello, double bass, piano, guitar, melodica, drums and harmonium. Gray is also looking to his fans to take a more active role in the show, asking them to chime in and request songs to be played during each performance at Reserved seat tickets are $29.00, $35.00 and $45.00 and go on sale Saturday, January 22 at 10:00am at all TicketsWest outlets, online at or 800-325-SEAT.

An unforgettable Valentines Day gift

Natalie Cole performs at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, Sunday Feb. 13 at 7 pm in the Pend Oreille Pavilion. Natalie, a nine-time Grammy award winner who has been singing since she was five years old, achieved success in her early career as an R&B star, but smoothly changed her repertoire toward a more pop and jazz oriented musical style in the early 1990s. Tickets are $60 on the floor and $50 in the grandstand.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Rebelution - Catch the positive reggae vibration when Santa Barbara band Rebelution brings a fresh batch of tunes from it's latest album, "Bright Side of Life," with support from Iration and Orgone at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Rolling Stone is sprung on the sounds of soulful classic rock band Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, mostly because it's honest, from-the-heart and hitting like a sledgehammer. Catch it live when the female-fronted multi-instrumentalism outfit makes a stop at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave., at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26. Cost: $17.

Ivan and Alyosha - Stealing its name from 19th Century Russian literature, Ivan and Alyosha play equally subversive indie rock that creeps up on the listener and teases and taunts it's way through easy-to-swallow melodies and multi-layered lyrics. Catch it live when the Seattle indie-rock band arrives at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 21 at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Devildriver - They are proudly responsible for nearly single-handedly crashing the Roadrunner Records web site with the online release of the lead-off single from their forthcoming album, due next month. So if that's your type of hype, take in another branch of Santa Barbara sounds when heavy-metal band Devildriver arrives with Cancer Bats, Baptized In Blood, Vera Cruz and From Sword to Sunrise For at 8 p.m. on Monday, January 24, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $17.

Civilized Animal - One of Spokane's longest running, and consistently house packing bands. Civilized Animal offers up another proper dose of reggae-rock-hip-hop-soul with Zoanthrope, Freedom 35, Rubberdiculous and DJ Lique at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 21, at Stage 54, 25 E. Lincoln. Cost: TBA.

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