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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Concert for Isaac Friday night at the Knit

Kosta Panidis presents: The Concert for Isaac powered by VPI Home Solutions, this Friday night at the Knitting Factory. It is a benefit for the Isaac Foundation which is a local service organization helping local families which Autistic Children.

The concert will feature 7 local bands ranging from Spiritual to Country to Classic Rock. Performances from Copper Mountain Band, Redhawk, Yellow Dog, Kelly Hughes Band, Civilized Animal, Sammy Eubanks (voted Spokane's Best Performer) and Java Kola. Also appearing will be hilarious stand up comedians Nick Theisen and Ken McComb.

Along with great entertainment there will be a number of autographed guitars for auction: autographs include: Taylor Swift, Reba McIntyre, The Lynch Mob, Plain White T's, Angus Young of AC/DC and a guitar autographed by all performers from the night's activities. Best of all, ALL PROCEEDS will benefit local families who are served by the Isaac foundation. Face value of the tickets is 100% tax deductible and are available at the Knitting Factory website or, Friday, April 8th at the Knitting Factory. Doors open at 6:30 show starts at 7:30...celebrate for good! For more nformation on the Isaac Foundation go to

In the spirit of great art

The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art at 415 Sherman Avenue in Coeur d'Alene presents new work by 13 artists with an opening reception this Friday, April 8 from 5 to 8pm. Featured artists are Harold Balazs, Victoria Brace, Kathleen Cavender, Dana Harvey, Michael Horswill, Ben Joyce, Tyree Kearns, Melissa Lang, Mel McCuddin, Barbara Pleason Mueller, Kay O'Rourke, Claudia Pettis and Nathan Sowa.

Nathan Sowa will also give a painting demonstration at the gallery Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 4 pm. Go to for more details.

It's happening the night of April 12

Classic Movie Night at the Bing presents "It Happened One Night", Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm. This 1934 film directed by Frank Capra stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. The film is the first to win the Academy Awards' top five honors - best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay. $5 donation to Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theatre is suggested.

"You Can't Do That in the Library" April 16

Yes you can at this unique fund raising event called "You Can't Do That at the Library!" It's your big chance to break all the rules and eat David's Pizza, drink Steam Plant Grill beer and wine, get loud, dance and just have a great time at the Downtown Library. Six Foot Swing will provide the music. Another attraction is the silent auction of unique and interesting books that the Friends of the Library have set aside all year for this occasion. It's the 5th year for the party and it just gets better and better. The event is a fundraiser for the Spokane Public Library Foundation. We know you're aware of just how critical it is right now to support the library.

Join the fun on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library. Tickets are $55.00 each and even include a pass for free parking at River Park Square. Please call for tickets 509-444-5318 or go to to purchase online and pay by credit card (no fees!!).

Spring Carnival time this Saturday at Silver Mountain

Spring Carnival at Silver Mountain is one of the most entertaining things you'll ever witness at a mountain resort. Celebrate the end of the snow season with sunshine (hopefully), BBQ, and music on the deck and watch daredevils slide, skim and swim their way across the spring slush pond and free riders perform tricks on a 32' rail that completely spans the pond at the SPLASHDOWN Rail Jam!

BeGin the weekend at the MAC

This Friday, April 8 is BeGin at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. This once a month after work party runs from 6-8pm. Featuring live music by Silver Treason, adult refreshments and snacks. You can check out all the amazing exhibits at the MAC. No admission to this event! For more information about current exhibits, visit

You are commanded to buy your Royal Tea Party tickets by Friday

The deadline to purchase tickets to the Lilac Festival Royal Tea Party is this Friday, April 8. The tea is Sunday, April 17, 10 am to noon and again from 2 to 4 pm at the Grand Pennington Ballroom of the Davenport Hotel. Raffle tickets to become a Junior Princess (and ride the float with Lilac Royalty) will be sold at each Tea Party. Girls ages 4-9 eligible. For more information visit

Painting to the Jazz Masters tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 7, from 4 to 6 pm at Holy Names Music Center, learn to capture the spirit of the jazz masters in watercolor with local artist and jazz vocalist, Kathleen Cavender. You will not only learn more about the music of jazz and the art of watercolor painting, but, because of the natural connection between music and paint, you will find that expressing the colors, shapes and contrasts found in the voicings of jazz will come easily to you. This class is designed for high school aged students.

For more information and/or to register for these workshops contact Karen Kaiser at or Holy Names Music Center 509-326-9516

Ski through April during Silver Saturdays at Silver Mountain

The La Nina weather pattern we've enjoyed the past winter has produced 381" of epic Idaho powder and nearly 2 feet during the past week! This Sunday, April 10th, marks the official end of the 2010-11 snow season at Silver Mountain. Don't put away the skis and boards just yet as we roll right into Silver Saturdays on April 16th, 23rd and 30th which also features the 7th Annual LEADMAN triathlon.

Wine Dinner with Europa Pizzaria & Mike Scott

You are invited you to an evening the fine art of domestic Italian-style wines paired with exquisite cuisine, with local wine legend Mike Scott as your wine tour guide, Monday, April 18, 6:00 p.m. at Europa Pizzaria, 125 S. Wall. The cost is $75 per person and seating is extremely limited. Make your reservations today by calling Europa at 509-455-4051. for more information go to

Things are hopping in Rockford.

Hop on out to FredNeck's Frog Regatta Festival and watch the winning frog 'swim' across the finish line at Rock Creek on Saturday, April 16th in Rockford (Take Pines south until it becomes Hwy 27 or take the Old Palouse Hwy which comes off Regal on the South Hill. Make a right when it terminates on Hwy 27.) This annual town event benefits the Rockford Lions Club in support of Youth and Community Activities. Enjoy the small town rural atmosphere about 60 minutes away from the hub-bub of city life.

Schedule of Events includes: 1-2 PM Free Hot Dogs in the Park; 2 PM Games for Kids in the Park (all ages), 3 legged frog race, leap frog race, dizzy frog relay; 3 PM Frog Regatta down Rock Creek. 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100.

Purchase frogs for $5 in the park the day of the festival or in advance at Frednecks Saloon, HarvestMoon Restaurant, Banner or Fairfield Banks in Rockford or On Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop in Valleyford.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Iration - With Island-roots, Iration's dub-rock-reggae sound has been making waves across the continental U.S. with the release of a new EP. The California-by-way-of-Hawaii crew has played is various venues from the NCAA volleyball tournament to Cypress Hill's annual Smoke Out Festival. At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, Iration will be at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. with support from The Hold Up, Mike Pinto and Pacific Dub. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, through; all-ages welcome, full bar with ID.

Abney Park - A Seattle fixture since the mid-1990s, Abney Park was raising the steampunk quotient with each subsequent releasing, and they've stayed true to the aesthetic, while adding Middle Eastern percussion and strings to mix, along with belly dancing in the live performance. Spokane's premier belly dance troupe, Koreshakti Tribal Fusion, was a natural pairing for this bill at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $15, through

Professor Gall - Portland's Professor Gall is highlighted by a myriad of instruments crammed together on stage -- including guitars, banjo, lap steel, timpani, bass, ukulele, saxophone, trombone, saw, accordion, cello, and clarinet -- for a romping Gypsy carnival set to music. Described as junkyard jazz-folk, Professor Gall sets up shop at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at The A Club, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Abstract Rude - Rhymesayers Entertainment heavyweight microphonist Abstract Rude is rolling through town bringing his mind twisting verbal acrobatics and bi-coastal reputation. As one-third of the Haiku D'Etat hip-hop trio (along with Mikah 9 and Aceyalone) Abstract is one of the most respected underground rappers in the game. See for yourself when Abstract Rude appears at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $10; all ages welcome, full bar with ID.

Flying Spiders - April birthdays in the house are in a special treat as Flying Spiders are hosting a Zodiac Party for all the rams and bulls. That's three hours of organic hip-hop by a nine-piece band including saxophone, piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, human beatbox, freestyle ninja, and yours truly hosting the show. MJ the Human Beatbox will also be doing a solo set when the party starts at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at The Game, 232 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: Free.

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"There's no crying in baseball!"

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, April 8.

Last Week's Winner: Patrick DeVries, felt lucky and gave us the right answer. Last week's movie quote was, "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk? "

Pat correctly guessed that it was from the movie "Dirty Harry" 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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