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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hungry for entertainment? Go see Abbey Crawford Sunday.

Singer Abby Crawford performs her one woman cabaret show, "Food Glorious Food" this Sunday, March 27th at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, West 4340 Fort Wright Drive. Crawford is an amazing entertainer! Call 315-8310 for tickets and information.

This will be the Best Thursday of the Year!

The Inlander's 18th Annual Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll results issue will be released tomorrow, Thursday, March 24th. This year more than 2,000 Inlander readers filled out their ballot and chose the Best of the Inland Northwest, in categories from restaurants and nightlife, people, romance, recreation and shopping.

The 2011 ballot contains over 100 questions, including many new ones: Best Philanthropist, Best Local Author, Best Chef, Best Karaoke, Best Bed and Breakfast, Best Beach and Best Weekend Getaway. A new kids' category allows readers find out about the best destination for kids fun, the Best Kids Camp and Best Place for Cheap Family Fun.

Five new organizations will be inducted into the Best Of the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame - a special honor bestowed on those who have been voted number one in a Best of category for 10 years by Inlander readers. The Hall of Fame is a testament to the longevity and popularity of these winners who consistently exceed our community's highest standards.

Race to Interplayers to see this show

Interplayers presents "Race" in its West Coast Premier, March 31 through April 16. "Race" will be directed by Marilyn Langbehn and stars Patrick Treadway, Kevin Partridge, David Casteal and Nike Imoru. After each Wednesday night performance, April 6 and 13, the audience will be invited to stay for an informal conversation with the director and the cast to discuss the play. They will discuss their personal journeys through the rehearsal process to the performances and how their personal lives intersect with the questions of race and gender that the play seeks to illuminate.

Performances start Thursday, March 31 and end Saturday, April 16. The first week will include a Sunday matinee (April 3) at 2 p.m. For the following two weeks the play will run Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

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

Spring Break "Around the World" at Lake City Playhouse

Lake City Playhouse's Performance Skills Camp for kids ages 7 to 13 is Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1, 9:00-3:00 for kids ages 7 to 13. Taught by Jillian Kramer this unique camp features the ancient Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, Japanese kabuki theatre, play with Italian marionettes and more. The cost is $120. The registration deadline is Thursday tomorrow, March 24. You can get more information at

America's story in poetry

The Spokane Arts Commission announces a poetry reading in conjunction with "Telling the American Story, History, Memory, Place, Story, Picture, Space," a group exhibition in conjunction with Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Festival features collaborative works by poets and artists.

A poetry ready/performance will be held on Friday, April 1 at 6pm in the City Council Chambers in conjunction with the exhibition. Poet Zan Agzigian will be coordinating readings by the poets included in the collaborations. Readers for the event include Zan Agzigian, Mark Anderson, Lisa Conger, Laurie Lamon, Tom Davis, Ben Read, and Bernadette Vielbig. The event is free and open to the public.

Poetry and paintings honoring Veterans

On Sunday, March 27 from 3 to 5pm, Zone 4 Poetry presents "A Celebration of the American Veteran via Portraits, Poetry and Stories" with selected readings by vets from the book "VETS: Portraits of Veterans and Their Stories," by John Thamm and Tom Davis, along with poetry read by local readers (some of whom are vets) celebrating the life of veterans. Enjoy seeing the original oil paintings at the Gallery featured in the book and view artwork by area veterans. This free event will be held at the John F. Thamm Gallery, 11 S. Washington, (the historic Hutton Building). For more information call 509-868-7434.

Registration is now open for The Pour: A Wine Event

On June 11, 2011, wine lovers and wine makers will join forces to raise money for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital psychiatric services. The Pour, an annual gourmet wine dinner and auction, takes place at Arbor Crest Winery to honor the late Michael Manz, MD, a champion for mental health programs for children. Dr. Manz was also a winemaker and owner of Spokane's Mountain Dome Winery.

Guests will enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner prepared by chef Romeo Herrara, of Catered for You. Ten wines will be poured with dinner and additional wineries will be featured during a tasting prior to dinner. Local and regional winemakers serve as hosts at each table, educating guests in the art of winemaking as well as food and wine pairings.

Space is limited and last year's event sold out, so reserve your seat now by visiting or by calling 509-474-2819. Admission is $135 per person before May 1; $150 after that date. Corporate sponsorships are also available.

The Sons of the Pioneers are coming!

Legends of Western music, the Sons of the Pioneers, the group that Roy Rogers started, will have two performances on Saturday, April 9, at 1pm and 7:30pm at the Greyhound Park & Event Center in Post Falls. These icons of Western music have been inducted into the Country Music Association Hall of Fame, the Western Music Association Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, among others. The Sons of the Pioneers have been called "A Living Legend in their own time, an American institution" by the Western Music Association. Reserved seating is $40, general seating, $25, wing seats, $15 and parking is $5. Tickets available through Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT. All Proceeds benefit the Hope's Haven Animal Shelter and the Benewah County Humane Society. For more information, please go to or call 208-245-7387.

Live Jazz this weekend at the Laguna Cafe

This Friday, March 25, Guitarist Nick Schauer and Trumpeter Michael Lenke will perform and on Saturday, March 26, Jazz Guitar duo Dr. Dana Weary and Nick Schauer will perform. Both shows are from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Laguna Cafe is located at 4304 S. Regal St, 509-448-0887.

Artist Reception April 1 at Millwood Gallery

Millwood Gallery at E. 9009 Euclid, Millwood, (1/2 block west of Argonne) is planning a reception for April's featured artist: Chrissy Butler, a silversmith and jeweler. The event, which is Friday, April 1, 5:30 to 8:30pm, will be catered by Blue Rooster Catering, with Mary Austin serving wine.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

The Parlotones - The best selling rock band from South Africa, The Parlotones are bringing their arena pop-rockness to town as a part of the band's first headlining North American tour at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Ave. Cost: $10 advance, $12 at the door, through

Anadonia - Winning the Best Metal title at the Sommys two years in a row, experimental outfit Anadonia brings it back with a show supporting Wild Orchid Children, Orbs, and Loom at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28 at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, through

Massey Ferguson - Seattle rock-and-twang band Massey Ferguson plays working-class Americana tunes at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at The Baby Bar, 827 W, First Ave, with help from The Soul and Machine and DJ Kevin Griffin. Cost: $5.

Nahachis - Chop Meat Records presents a metal show for the masses with Livid Undread and Nahachis at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5, through

Whiskey Dick Mountain - Spokane's Whiskey Dick Mountain took home the Sommy for best live performance last week, so it's a good bet your $5 will be well worth it if your up for a raucous rocker at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Also on the bill is Mythship and The Camaros. Cost: $5.

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Jay Wendell Walker, the "Heavy Weight Champion of Comedy".

Jay Wendell Walker has been described by critical reviews as the "Heavy Weight Champion of Comedy". Raised in a family of Vaudeville performers, his career began at age 18. Show business has taken Jay Wendell as far south as Mexico, and as far north as Alaska and Canada. Jay is well known for his cross-generational appeal, dynamic monologues and hilarious facial expressions. His story telling, and hilarious facial expressions have gained success for him.

At an age when most men think about retirement, Jay Wendell Walker is just getting warmed up. Already a fixture of the Comedy scene for more than 50 years, Jay seems to be getting even funnier with age. He was, in fact, the undisputed champion of the 2006 San Francisco International Comedy Competition where night after night he destroyed rooms.

After being sidelined with double knee replacement surgeries and heart failure at age 63, doctors put him on a transplant list, told him to put his affairs in order and hang up his mic for good. The same doctors now greet him with a chuckle and scratch their heads in wonder.

When you watch this funny guy pace the stage and rapid-fire his lines at the audience, it's hard to believe he's ever had the flu - let alone life-threatening heart disease. In fact, the critics all seem to agree that Walker has accomplished more than making a come-back. He has come back stronger and better than ever! You could say Walker is living proof that there is indeed healing magic in humor.

Jay Wendell Walker has made the Northwest his home, but he enjoys traveling throughout the country for up to 50 weeks a year. He just keeps bringing the fans back show after show.

Jay Wendell Walker will be on stage 8 pm Friday, March 25th at Uncle D's Comedy Underground at Bluz at the Bend, 2721 North Market. Go to for more information.


"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

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, March 25.

Last Week's Winner: Jane Cody just went with it and got the right answer.

Last week's movie quote was, "I wasn't really married to him. It was one big lie. I made the whole thing up."

Jane correctly guessed that it was from the movie "Just Go With It" 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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