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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Calling all chocolate lovers!

The Annual Chocolate & Champagne Gala is this Friday, February 25 at Spokane Valley's Mirabeau Park Hotel. The event benefits the Sexual Assault & Family Trauma Response Center. There is more chocolate than you can eat! Call 509-343-5053 for tickets.

The King comes to the INB March 2

Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King, has defined the blues for a worldwide audience since he started recording in the 1940's. His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as any monarch on earth. At age 76, time has no apparent effect on B.B, other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Experience the legend Wednesday, Mar. 2, at 7:30pm at the INB Performing Arts Center.

Ticket prices are $29, $39, $59 and $99 and are available through Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

Live jazz at Laguna with Nick Schauer this weekend

Jazz guitarist Nick Schauer and friends offer live jazz every weekend at Laguna Cafe, 4304 South Regal. Friday night Feb. 25 Nick is joined by Joe Brach on guitar; Saturday night, Feb 26 Ken Mundel sits in with his sax. Next Friday, Mar. 4, Nick will be joined by Craig Landron with sax and vocals, and Saturday night Mar. 5, Nick welcomes guitarist Dana Weary. Laguna Cafe's number is 509-448-0887. You can reach Nick Schauer about booking music for private events at 509-868-2613.

A little tail draggin' at Northern Quest this weekend

Tim "Too Slim" Langford, with his band the Taildraggers, will help Northern Quest kick-off Mardi Gras with a special performance this Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Pend Oreille Pavilion. Show time is 9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and available at the Northern Quest Box Office at 509-481-6700. The show is 21 and over.

Allegro Baroque and Beyond is March 3 at the Bing

Allegro Baroque and Beyond presents "The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne: from the Streets of Spain to the Mind of Bach" by Sinfonia- NEW YORK at the Bing Crosby Theater, Thursday, Mar. 3 at 8 pm Pre-concert talk 7:15 pm. Ticketswest has your seat at or 800-325-SEAT.

Interplayers is Privileged To Present "Privilege"

"Privilege", a comedy by popular play and movie writer and director Paul Weitz, will be presented by Interplayers Professional Theatre in downtown Spokane at 174 S. Howard Street, tonight, February 23 through March 12.

It's 1987 and the morally-corrupt high-flyers of the bull market are falling - littering the streets of Wall Street. For a pair of brothers, the world is about to come crashing down on their tidy, safe, privileged existence, with gently hilarious results. Their father has been arrested for insider-trading, the family's assets are frozen by the government and the 12-and-16-year-old boys must come to grips with a new, confusingly unprivileged way of life. What will they do without their maid, and who will teach them how to make a bed?

Tickets may be purchased at the theatre box office, 174 S. Howard Street, Spokane, WA, by phone through the theatre (509-455-7529) or Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

Bach is back

Bach-2011, The 33rd Annual Northwest Bach Festival presented by Connoisseur Concerts will be held in Spokane Mar. 1 - Mar, 12, opening on Tuesday, March 1 with a Chamber Music Concert of Bonporti, J.S. Bach and Telemann featuring various artists with a string ensemble conducted by Gunther Schuller. On Saturday, March 5, Gunther Schuller will conduct a concert with the Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus in a program of Charpentier, J.S. Bach, and Mendelssohn. The concluding concert will be a Piano Recital by Randall Hodgkinson on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in a program selected by Gunther Schuller. The concerts will be held at St. John's Cathedral, 127 E. 12TH Avenue at Grand Boulevard in Spokane.

All Festival tickets at TicketsWest Arena Box Office, 720 W. Mallon (M-F 10am - 6pm without convenience fees) and all TicketsWest at or 800-325-SEAT. (Key word: Bach)

For additional information about Bach 2011, check the Festival website as new information is posted at or telephone 509-326-4942.

March 11 will be Julia Sweeney Day in Spokane

In a rare showing of cooperation, all three Spokane TV news stations will participate in the pre show presentation at The Jill & Julia Show with the mayor. Robyn Nance of KXLY ( will speak about Julia's involvement with local non profits and her benefit concerts. Sten Walstrom of KREM ( will highlight economic impact of her appearances and her shining a positive light on Spokane in interviews. Dan Kleckner of KHQ ( will discuss her career including her stint on Saturday Night Live and her film and television work as well as her one woman shows. The presentation will conclude with the official proclamation from Mayor Verner.

For more information from the city, please contact Catherine Gallaher ( or Lura Robson ( in the mayor's office.

Rachael Scdoris to speak at Kids at Heart Lunch, March 3

Sled dog racer Rachael Scdoris will speak at the sixth annual Kids at Heart charity lunch, Thursday, March 3, at 11:30 am, at the Spokane Convention Center. Money raised supports the children and families served by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

Scdoris was born with a rare vision disorder and has overcome extraordinary odds to become the first legally blind athlete to complete the grueling Iditarod sled dog race. Her story of hope, courage and determination has inspired audiences across the country.

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital is the only full-service children's hospital between Seattle and Minneapolis, caring for the most critically ill and injured children in our region. Over the past five years, the Kids at Heart lunch has helped raise over $450,000 to ensure all families have access to pediatric excellence - close to home and regardless of ability to pay.

A minimum donation of $100 per person is requested. Reserve your seat by calling 509-474-2819 or visit

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Los Lobos - Multiple Grammy wining American Chicano rock band Los Lobos comes to town with support from Spokane Latin rock veteran band Milonga at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show, through

March Fourth Marching Band - Portland's March Fourth Marching brings the drum corp, stilt walkers, acrobats, burlesque dancers and funky grooves in a freak show spectacular at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at The Knitting Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $14, through

Opio - Bummer deal that Hieroglyphics ringleader canceled last week, but fans get another shot at catching Hiero hip-hop with Opio, Eligh, Mista Fab, The Bayliens and Gun of the Sun at 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $14 in advance, $17 at the door, through

Long Beach Rehab - Featuring members of Fishbone, Sublime and Bad brains, the Long Beach Rehab tour plays new songs along with the hits at 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Cost: $10 at the door.

Twista - Holding the world record for the fastest rap, lightspeed lyricist Twista returns at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 25, to the The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $22 in advance, $20 day of show, through

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LOL! Nick Theisen is very, very funny

Nick Theisen has been making people laugh since he was a school kid. He used to get in trouble for it, but now he earns a good living at it as one of the northwest's top comedians. His comedy career stretches over 30 years, from LA to Spokane, from coast to coast. He's worked at the Comedy Store with giants like Jim Carey, Frank Caliendo and Ron White and does dozens of shows every month throughout the northwest. Nick is also an award winning advertising writer, commercial producer and talent who has worked on major national accounts like Miller Beer, Nalley's Foods and For Motor Company. He has won six Clio Awards (advertising's Oscar) for his creative work. Nick appears regularly at Uncle D's Comedy Underground at Bluz at the Bend, 2721 N. Market at Illinois. Thursdays at 8 are open mic nights; shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8.

This Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8pm, Uncle D's presents comedian Dan Eaglebear. $10 cover Friday, $12 cover Saturday. The website is


"I'd like to join your posse, boys, but first I'm gonna sing a little song."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $10 gift certificate to Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop on the 3rd floor of River Park Square. 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 Feb. 25.

Last Week's Winner: Paul Tiesse stepped up and remembered that movie line.

Last week's movie quote was, "Dating you is like dating a Stairmaster."

Paul correctly guessed that it was from the movie Social Network and won four tickets to this weekend's Golf and Travel Show at the Spokane Convention Center.

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