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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Natalie MacMaster brings Celtic fiddling to pre-St. Paddy's celebration

Natalie MacMaster, continues to delight audiences around the globe with her boundless energy, amazing fiddling, and mesmerizing step dancing. The Spokane Symphony concert is Saturday, March 12, at 8pm at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox with Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara conducting. Grammy-nominated Natalie MacMaster is an electrifying performer of the Cape Breton fiddle.

She will be joined by Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski, Mac Morin, dancer, piano and keyboard player, a talented Troy, Cape Breton native. Tickets range from $25 to $52 and are available in advance at the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The Merchant of Venice comes to Spokane

Ignite Community Theatre presents A Booklight Reader's Theatre production of the Merchant of Venice Friday, March 18, 7pm at the Foley Library Teleconference Room, Gonzaga University and on Saturday, March 19, 2011, 7pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave, and Sunday, March 20, 2pm at the Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave.

Menopause The Musical at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Since March 2001, the hilarious show "Menopause The Musical" has entertained and inspired women from coast-to-coast and internationally. "Menopause The Musical" is the work of writer Jeanie Linders. This uplifting production includes parodies from the '60s, '70s and '80s. It culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change. Performance dates are March 12-17 in the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Tickets are $35 and the show is 21 and over. Show times vary, so call 1-877-871-6772 for time and tickets.

Julia Sweeney's back in town

Spokane's Julia Sweeny stars in the Jill and Julia show, this Friday, March 11, 7:30pm at the Bing Crosby Theatre. It's a wildly entertaining mash-up of music, comedy, improvisation and monologues. Ticketswest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Metamorphoses at the Civic Theatre, with a swimming pool on stage!

Tickets are on sale now for Spokane Civic Theatre's production of Metamorphoses March 25 through April 17. The show, by Mary Zimmerman and directed by Yvonne A. K. Johnson, is a mystical comedy/drama. The show takes place at an actual swimming pool on stage provided by Pool World. Tickets available through Ticketswest www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Get Wild with "Birds of the Inland Northwest"

Paul Bannick, acclaimed wildlife photographer, naturalist, and author of the bestselling book, The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds, will share images, stories and recorded calls derived from thousands of hours in the field, highlighting our own Columbia Highlands of northeastern Washington in this multimedia presentation, followed by a book signing on Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. Paul intertwines his extensive knowledge of natural history with his breathtaking photography. A donation of $5 at the door will benefit Conservation Northwest. Call 509-747-1663 or visit www.conservationNW.org/birds for more information.

"Grease! Movie Sing-A-Long" Fundraiser

Join Ellen Travolta and Cd'A Summer Theatre for "Grease! Movie Sing-A-Long" Fundraiser this Saturday, March 12, at 2pm and 7pm. Ellen Travolta will be speaking about her experience working on the movie set of "Grease!" Come in costume & sing along to your favorites like "Grease Lightning", "Summer Nights", and more. Performances will be held at the Schuler Performing Arts Center, Boswell Hall, North Idaho College. $20 General Seating. Call 208-769-7780 for tickets.

More singing in Coeur d'Alene

The world goes Round at Lake City Playhouse, and proceeds benefit the building renovation project, scheduled for completion by Sept 2011. This in-concert version of Kander and Ebb's The World Goes 'Round, directed by Troy Nickerson, music directed by Carolyn Jess. All performers have donated their time and talent as an effort to raise funds for the renovation project being led by Advanced Roofing and Construction. It will be a night to remember as you hear your favorite tunes from "Chicago," "Cabaret," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," and many others! This Friday and Saturday, March 11th and 12th at 7:30pm. Cost is $20. Call Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave, 208-667-1323 for more information.

Can't make the wedding? Attend the Royal Tea Party

Sunday, April 17th at 10am and 2pm the Spokane Lilac Festival Association will host the Royal Tea Party at the Davenport Hotel in the Grand Pennington Ballroom. Tickets are $20 each. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Go to www.spokanelilacfestival.org or call 509-535-4554 to purchase tickets. Raffle tickets to become a Junior Princess will be sold at each tea party. Must be present to win.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Robin Trower - British rock guitar hero Robin Trower first caught the world's attention during the 1960s and has never looked back, releasing more than 40 albums and touring nearly nonstop. Once described as having a "Hendrixesque"" performance, Trower brings world class rock to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave., at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. Supporting the show is The Kenny James Miller Band. Cost: $24, through www.ticketfly.com.

Clumsy Lovers - Well-known for a raucous live show as well as stellar musicianship and an eclectic sound, blending Celtic, folk, rock and bluegrass, Clumsy Lovers headlines a show with Folkinception at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $14, through www.ticketfly.com.

Grand Hallway - Seattle orchestral pop band Grand Hallway incorporates a menagerie of instruments into its music, including pedal steel, banjo, mandolin and piano, along with the standard rock construct. Hear it live at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. $8, through www.ticketfly.com.

Pretty Arcade - Spokane's melodic pop-punk band Pretty Arcade closes out this week's Locals Live showcase with Act One Scene One, In Averie, and the Phillip Gregory Band at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

Six Foot Swing - Local favorite Six Foot Swing will be playing sultry and sassy vintage jazz tunes made especially for the dance floor starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Cost: $5.

For local music news, events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.

A few seats left for "Fuel Your Creativity" with Kathleen Cavender

If you are creative, and would like to be more so, here's an opportunity to be inspired. Artist Kathleen Cavender is teaching "Fuel Your Creativity", a course on the creative process.: how to engage it and how keep it flowing. A few seats are still available for this workshop which will be held in her studio, 1717 West 10th, four Sundays from 1-5pm, March 13 through April 3. The cost is $160 a person or $300 per couple. Materials included. Seating is limited. Call 509-868-3684 or email Kathleen@kathleencavender for more information.

LOL Ken McComb is BIG on comedy




Ken McComb, short in stature but standing tall on stage, has been doing stand-up comedy for 25 years. This, combined with a background in singing telegrams and a rapid-fire improvisational attitude results in one heck of a show! A world traveler, he started his comedy career as a class clown. Settling in Spokane in 1984, he did his first gig at the Red Lion Pub, shortly thereafter becoming the house M.C. at C.J. Timothy's (now O'Doherty's). Ken appears regularly at Uncle D's Comedy Underground at Bluz at the Bend 2721 N. Market at Illinois. Thursdays at 8pm are open mic nights; shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. You can reserve your seat by calling 509-483-7300. The website is bluznews.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"When I go up there on 19, I'm gonna take my entire collection of Johnny Cash along!"

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 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, March 11.

Last Week's Winner: Diana Wright gets a hall pass to go get some Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

Last week's movie quote was, "This is why we need to go to a gay bar"

Diana correctly guessed that it was from the movie Hall Pass and won a $10 gift certificate to Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop on the 3rd floor of River Park Square.


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