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Wednesday, February 9, 2009

Party with the stars

Spokane Aids Network's 13th Annual Oscar Night Gala is Sunday, Feb. 27 at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. There are still some good seats left for this fantastic fund raiser. Tickets are $125. Go to http://www.san-nw.org/events/oscar_night_gala.asp to reserve your spot at Spokane's most glamorous event.

Awards for Spokane's Ben & Jerry's

Last fall, David Wolff, a shift lead at the Ben & Jerry's in River Park Square was named a "Ben & Jerry's All Star." David was one of five to receive this honor because of his exceptional customer service. David has worked for our local Ben & Jerry's for over 3 years while going to college in Spokane.

Last month at Ben & Jerry's National Convention in Las Vegas, Lori Freeman was awarded "Manager of the Year". Lori was one of only ten managers throughout the entire Ben & Jerry's corporation to receive this award, Lori has been with Ben & Jerry's for over 4 years. Also at the Convention, Kari & Steve Conner, owners of Ben & Jerry's in Spokane, was awarded "You Knocked Our Socks Off" Award for being so involved in their community since 2004.

Ben & Jerry's is located on the 3rd floor at River Park Square. Watch for their upcoming Free Cone Day on April 12th


Puppy Love at the Panida in Sandpoint

Sandpoint Onstage presents the award-winning comedy, "Puppy Love", coming to the Panida February 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm. - a play about love and the furry friends who help you find it. Humor PG14. Tickets are $12 at Eichardts (ticket buyers get a free beer), Eve's Leaves, The Basement and at the door. Take your ticket to Arlo's on a performance night for a free glass of wine or beer with your order. To reserve seats call 208-265-2083 evenings.

Smokey Robinson at CdA Casino tomorrow night

Motown legend Smokey Robinson plays the Coeur d'Alene Casino tomorrow night, Thursday, Feb. 10. Go to cdacasino.com for tickets and information

The Bing presents Floating Crowbar Saturday night

Multi-instrumentalists Don Thomsen and James Hunter have teamed up with guitarist Rick Rubin and fiddler Morgan Anderson in the configuration fondly known as Floating Crowbar. With the use of Irish pipes, flute, whistles, banjo, mandolin as well as fiddle and guitar; Floating Crowbar plays a high energy mix of Irish instrumental music and songs drawn from both traditional and contemporary sources. They play at the Bing Crosby Theatre Saturday night at 7:30pm.  Ticketswest has your seat.  Go to www.ticketswest.com , call 800-325-SEAT or save by going to the Spokane Arena Box Office at 720 West Mallon.

A monstrous event is rolling into the Arena

Grave Digger, Captain America and all the other Monster Trucks roll into town for four big shows next weekend. Monster Jam runs Friday, February 18 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 19 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 20 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $5, $20 and $25 and are available through TicketsWest at 800-325-SEAT and www.ticketswest.com

"Natural, exciting and genuine talent" at the Fox

Pianist Orion Weiss joins conductor Eckart Preu for Spokane Symphony Classics 6: Romantic Chopin and Schumann Saturday, February 12 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 13, 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $22, $32, $40 and $44, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 509-624-1200. The Cincinnati Enquirer says of Weiss, "Every so often, a talent comes along that is so natural, genuine and exciting you can hardly believe your ears. Such was the case when Orion Weiss took the piano bench."

LOL! It's funny in Spokane



Don Parkins, owner of Bluz at the Bend and Uncle D's Comedy Underground at 2721 N. Market at Illinois Street, was born and raised in Spokane. After graduating from Rogers High School and a stint in the U.S. Army, Don moved to Nevada, where he operated several Karate schools and "personal body guard service". There, working in the large clubs, he was body guard for many great performers such as Kenny Rogers, Mitzy Gaynor, Jim Nabors, and many more. This business clad him in 3 piece suits and with his powerful manner gained him the nickname "The Hit Man". The only place he hits people now is in their funny bone. Don appears regularly on stage at Uncle D's Comedy Underground. Thursdays at 8 are open mic nights; shows are Friday and Saturdays at 8.

2 time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge at Northern Quest

Singer-song writer Melissa Etheridge takes the stage in the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, Thursday, February 17, at 7:00pm. She has sold more than 27 million albums worldwide. Ticketswest has your seat. Call 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com

The High Five
from thesomshow.com
by Isamu Jordan

Flying Spiders - The Spokane International Film Festival is going Wonderground-style, bringing on the minds behind the annual Terrain showcase. Headlined by Spokane's 10-piece hip-hop band, Flying Spiders -- featuring MJ the Human Beatbox -- SpIFF's Official Closing Party and Award Ceremony takes place in the vacant bank building that housed the inaugural Terrain. Expect custom lighting, projected film art, a lounge in the vault, and DJ Benjamin Jorgens on the ones and twos. The party starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, at The Vault, 120 N. Wall. Cost: Free, 21 and older only.

Del the Funky Homosapien - Indie hip-hop pioneer Del The Funky Homosapian is still withholding at least two finished full-length album, meanwhile he continues to drop occasional singles and b-sides through his endorsements, which range from shows to video games to skate boards. Catch one of hip-hop's most respected artists when Del arrives with support from The Serendipity Project, and Bad Penmanship emcees, Jaeda, Synthetic and Quiz, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague. Cost: $14 in advance, $18 at the door, through www.brownpapertickets.com.

Lucero - Memphis country-punk band Lucero went into soul mode on their latest album, enlisting horns and seeking outside help with the arrangements. But expect a rockin' good time when Lucero returns at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $13, $15, through www.ticketfly.com.

Local Ladies Valentine's Showcase - Liz Rognes heads up a night of female singer-songwriters with the Local Ladies Valentine's Showcase. Also on the bill is local standouts Kari Marguerite, Karrie O'Neill, Hannah Reader and Stephanie Hatzinikolis. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague. Cost:$5.

Sonus - Local rock bands converge on the Knitting Factory stage, including Sonus, Pinocchio's Rage, Myth Ship, and Safe In Stockholm, starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 11, at 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

For local music events, videos, mp3s, news, and multimedia, visit thesomshow.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Apparently she has certain skills - acquired at an establishment in Shanghai." Name the movie that line appeared in and win $10 gift certificate from Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop on the 3rd floor of River Park Square. 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, Feb. 11.

Last Week's Winner: Judy Rogers sure as heckfire remembered that movie line. (Last week there was a GREAT BIG HINT because the question was asked on Ground Hog Day!)

Last week's movie quote was, "Hey, hey! Now, don't you tell me you don't remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you.""

Judy correctly guessed that it was from the movie Ground Hog Day and won a pound of Starbucks whole bean coffee and some Starbucks spiff or 2 boxes of Keurig K-cups from Caffe Pazzesco, your coffee at work company.


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