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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Cats are back in town

The Cats are back at the INB performing Arts Center this Saturday, April 23 at 2 & 8 pm and Sunday, April 24 at 1. There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song, "Memory." Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT. For more information visit

Leon Redbone plays the Bing

The incomparable Leon Redbone is at the Bing Crosby Theater this Friday night at 8. The singer and guitarist specializes in interpretations of early 20th-century music, including jazz and blues standards and Tin Pan Alley classics. Recognized for his trademark Panama hat, dark sunglasses, and bow tie, Redbone first appeared on stage in Toronto, Canada in the mid-1970s.

Redbone has released approximately fifteen albums and earned a sizable cult following. His concerts blend performance, comedy, and skilled instrumentals. Recurrent gags involve the influence of alcohol and claiming to have written works originating well before his time. He sang the theme to the television series Mr. Belvedere Contact Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

Community Easter Egg Hunt in Browne's Addition

Bring the kids to a community Easter Egg hunt in Browne's Additions' Coeur D'Alene Park Saturday, from 10 am to noon. There will be live entertainment, games, and crafts from 10 to 11, with age categorized egg hunts from 11 to 12.

Dancing for a good cause.

Christian Youth Theater-Spokane hosts "Dancing with the Celebrities" on Saturday, April 30th at 7pm at the Bing. Local celebrities and professional dance instructors perform to benefit CYT-Spokane's theater arts training program for children ages 6 to 18. Go to for tickets and info.

The Village Experience performs benefit concert

The Village Experience, a Spokane area non-profit group that brings together music and at-risk kids, will present a fund-raising concert on Thursday, April 28th, featuring popular local musicians. The event will be presented at the Bing Crosby Theater beginning at 6:30 p.m. with tasting of Northwest wines, Hallett's chocolates and coffees roasted locally by Roast House.

Music begins at 7:30, featuring Don Goodwin's Instant Superpower, an 18-piece jazz orchestra; the popular nine-piece band, Groove Patrol; and gifted, local singer/songwriter Suhanna Cree.

Tickets are available at all Ticketswest locations, or 800-325-SEAT.

Live music in Newport

There's a show Saturday, April 23rd at the Hospitality House, 216 South Washington St in Newport. It starts at 6:00 with Cooks Mountain Country Grass, followed by the Sandpoint Band 'Wild Honey'. Admission is a $3 donation...bring munchies for the refreshment table.

Last weekend for The Sisters Rosensweig at the Civic

This is the last weekend for the Romantic Comedy/Drama The Sisters Rosensweig on the Main Stage Theatre at Spokane Civic Theatre. Tickets are available for performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Adults $21.00, Seniors $19.00, Students $16.00, Student Rush $8.00. Call Civic's Box Office at 509-325-2507 or order tickets online at

Seeking the Elephant

Seeking the Elephant is one of the very first original, alternative bands out of Spokane's music scene. The band toured the Northwest in the mid-90's, playing at the Swan Cafe, the Color Box and the Ballard Firehouse and a variety of other venues in Seattle and Portland, as well as the Met in Spokane. They now return to the stage at The Bing Theatre on Friday, April 29 at 7 pm.

With charisma, a political voice and originality, Seeking The Elephant is a wholly original rock group appealing to all ages. From forlorn ballads to unbridled instrumental play, their upcoming show at the Bing promises to be yet another great performance by the band.

Seeking The Elephant features Nima on guitar and vocals, Rick Mathews on lead guitar, Armando Arquello on bass and Robert Harmon on drums. They are joined by the exciting Koreshakti Tribal Fusion Dancers and the Desert Silk Dance Company. Opening act is local favorite Chuck Evans. Ticketswest has your seat at or 800-325-SEAT.

Celebrate Bing's birthday Tuesday May 3 at the Bing

The Bing Crosby film "The Country Girl" will conclude the current spring classic film series of the Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater (ABCT) on Tuesday, May 3 - the birthday of Spokane's own Bing Crosby.

The series at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane has presented some of the best classic films, from "High Noon" to "Rear Window," to the public this spring, and ABCT decided it appropriate to end the festival on the crooner's birthday and with one of his own exceptional films.

There will be free birthday cake, coffee and punch served at 6 p.m. Some short Crosby film clips will be shown at 6:30 p.m., and the film starts at 7 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. Information is available at

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

G. Love - On the Philadelphia rap-singer's latest album, "Fixin' to Die," G. Love sought the help of Americana upstarts The Avett Brothers, dropping his hip-hop element and fully embracing his Delta blues roots with a touch of bluegrass. His live set spans his entire catalog, but expect jaunts into junkyard folk-rock when G. Love appears at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20, through

New Taste Tuesday - Formerly known as Please Draw In Me, the Malsam brothers have re-emerged on the scene with a new project, Bandit Train, which is anchoring the last night of its April residency at Platform's New Taste Tuesday with comedians Aaron Fink, Casey Strain, Dan Anderson and Tom Meisjford, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at Zola, 22 W. Main. Cost: Free.

Dessa - As part of the Doomtree rap crew, Dessa is highly respected for her intellectual content and skillful delivery, recalling aspects of Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte. It doesn't hurt to have indie-rap hero P.O.S. on her corner, either. Catch Dessa during her solo headlining tour with support from Sims, Lazerbeak, Band Penmanship and Dime City, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door; all ages welcome.

Spokane Boxing Benefit - Local bands are coming together for two benefits for Spokane Boxing in one night, with an all ages show highlighted by Lone Wolves, Top Soil and Battlesound at 6 p.m. and a 21-and-older show with The Longnecks and Hey Is For Horses at 9:30 p.m., both on Saturday, April 23, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Cost: $7.

Jacen Magnolia - Local psychedelic project Jacen Magnolia holds it down with Danger Bears and Pinnochios Rage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Cost: $5, all ages welcome.

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