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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Welcome to the Neighborhood Mr. Rodgers!

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) today announced the appointment of Forrest B. Rodgers as its new executive director.

Rodgers most recent position was director of the Central Washington University Foundation, Ellensburg, WA. He held a similar position at Oregon State University. Rodgers was also president and chief executive officer of the privately funded High Desert Museum in Bend, OR from 2001 - 2007. He implemented a strategic marketing plan to build the museum's brand awareness and reversed a 40-percent decline in paid attendance by creating a new focus on wildlife and living history. He also implemented an eight-year, post-campaign budget to stabilize operations and secured donations to reduce the museum's post-construction debt from $3.3 million to $1.5 million.

Effective August 1, 2011, Rodgers will take over director responsibilities from Ron Rector who has been in the position for the past two years. It was under Rector's leadership that the MAC weathered, and survived, drastic state budget and staff reductions, received re-accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM) and repositioned itself to a more visitor oriented institution.

Billy Currington concert moved to Knitting Factory

The Billy Currington with Uncle Kracker concert has been moved to the Knitting Factory. It's tomorrow night at 8 pm. Ticketswest has your seat at or 800-325-SEAT.

Trailer Park Girls at the Park Bench Friday

Spokane's "house band" The Trailer Park Girls band with Doug Clark entertains this Friday, July 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park. It's free!

Welcome back Buddy!

Buddy is back at the Spokane Civic Theatre. The Buddy Holly Revival is this Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 31. Tickets are going fast so go to to get yours.

Kathleen Cavender's All Star Band tonight

Kathleen Cavender's All Star Band plays tonight, July 20 from 7 to 9 pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 Indian Trail Road. It's a free concert with free ice cream. The band features various band leaders including Mark Stevens on drums, Steve Carver on keyboard, Brian "Woody" Walker lead guitar, Scott Ratterman bass and Rachel Gude-McMurphy on sax.

Deadliest Catch here Sunday at INB

They've taken crab fishing from the Bering Sea to the small screen, and now Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers are docking their boats and hitting the road. Appearing live at the INB Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 24 are three of the infamous captains from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch; Captain Sig Hansen, Captain Andy Hillstrand and Captain Johnathan Hillstrand.

In this rare, live, interactive event, the Bering Sea's toughest crew swap stories as they take the audience through some of the roughest situations the captains and crew have ever had on the high seas. From the treacherous weather and crew conflicts, to the triumphs of the team, Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers bring the intimate world of crab fishing to a live audience.

Looking to grab some sea-fare and make your evening with the Captains from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch a little more memorable? Alaskan Brewing Company has announced that they will host 'Fresh Catch: Brews & Grub' just prior to 'A Night with Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers' at the INB Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 24.

Grab a delicious Fish n' Chips meal for only $10.00, participate in fishing-inspired games, win prizes, and a selection of Alaskan Brewing's award-winning brews will also be available for purchase. 'Fresh Catch: Brews & Grub' will start at 5:00pm just outside the doors of the INB Performing Arts Center and is open to guests of all ages! Make it an evening with Alaskan Brewing Company and 'Fresh Catch: Brews & Grub'!

Reserved seat tickets are $20.00, $30.00, $40.00 and $75.00 and are on sale now at all TicketsWest outlets, at or 800-325-SEAT.

Al Stewart at Arbor Crest tonight

Tonight's concert at Arbor Crest Winery is "An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart" with special guest, David Nachmanoff. Concert starts at 6:30pm and 5:15pm for the pre-concert with guitarist Steven King. For tickets, go to Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT, or by calling 509-927-9463.

Arbor Crest has soul this Sunday night

The nine piece band Soul Proprietor entertains at spectacular Arbor Crest, this Sunday, July 24 from 5:30 until dusk. Cost is $5. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer in Spokane.

Rockin B Ranch means summer fun

It's always fun at the Rockin B Ranch. Cowboy Supper Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays all summer long. Plus there are lots of other events. Go to for information and tickets.

Phillip Gibbs entertains next Wednesday

Philip Gibbs is currently touring in support of his fourth studio release, 'The Petroleum Age'. He brings his show to the Checkerboard Tavern in Spokane, Wednesday, July 27 at 9pm. The Austin native traces his roots in the Central Texas back to the 1870s. This album is as much a look at the past as a musing about how the future will regard the present. It was recorded live in three separate studios, in four separate situations.

You can learn more about Phillip Gibbs at

New MAC board members named

The following community members are now part of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture's Foundation Board of Trustees. The mission of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Foundation is to financially support the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture as it actively engages all people in appreciation of arts and culture through collections stewardship, exhibits and programs that educate and entertain.

Ted Condon, Business Executive, America On-Site; Sue Bradley, Owner, Tinman Gallery and past President MAC Board of Trustees; Linda Milsow, President of Spokane Advocates, former MAC Board member, current Campbell House Committee member; Barbara Wagstaff Parkes, Payroll Director and on Board of Directors, Wagstaff

Ron White coming to CdA Casino

Comedian Ron White comes to the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Thursday, July 28th. Go to for more information.

Spokane Metro Magazine returns

Spokane Metro Magazine returned to the market with the July issue but the business is already growing. Co-owners Steve Larsen and Brad Greene have announced that Cheryl-Anne Millsap, one of the creators of the original Metro and who served as a contributing editor under relaunch editorial strategist Susan Nielsen, is returning as editor. Millsap, a regular commentator on Spokane Public Radio, is also a freelance columnist for the Spokesman-Review's marketing and advertising department and produces the newspaper's monthly Seen&Noted page. Melissa Sisich has been named publisher and Jessica Wade has been hired as Managing Editor.

It's on newsstands all around Spokane. You can view it online at

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Portland Cello Project - Boasting upwards of a dozen cellos filling the stage, the Portland Cello Project plays everything from modern classical to modern hip-hop, catching crowds off guard with instrumentals of music by the likes of Britney Spears and Kanye West mixed in with original compositions. PCP -- As their fans affectionately refer to them -- collaborates with opening act, Spokane singer-songwriter Janet Johnson, for a song or two during the ensemble's headlining appearance at 8 p.m. tonight, July 20, at the Bing Cosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $12, through

Horse Feathers - Justin Ringle's Horse Feathers project -- names after the 1932 Marx Brothers comedy -- blends delicate indie-folk-Americana with ethereal string arrangements for a sound that has become signature, even among the highly touted Portland indie scene. Expect a pin-drop quiet show as audiences are often transfixed with Horse Feathers at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Cost: $8, through; 21 and older only.

Matisyahu - Grammy-nominated reggae artist Matisyahu is touring in support of his latest release, Live at Stubb's Vol. II, following his 2009 score, "Light," which was chosen as the official theme song for NBC's 2010 Winter Olympics broadcast. Catch Matisyahu at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $25, through

Damnwells - Brooklyn, NY, singer-songwriter Alex Dezen is back with his regular cohorts for a new Damnwells record, "No One Listens to the Band Anymore," funded by fan donations. A band of the people, The Damnwells return at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Cost: $10, through; 21 and older only.

Cornmeal - Chicago bluegrass-jam-band Cornmeal brings it's stellar touring reputation and new live album in tow for a show at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague. Cost: $10, through; 21 and older only.

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The Spokane Indians are in town tonight, July 20 playing Boise at 6:30 pm. Tomorrow through Saturday they play Tri-Cities at 6:30 each day. Go to for tickets, schedule and information.


"I bet he carries one of those guns that you screw the coolest guns they make, man!"

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn. 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 Tuesday, July 26. (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE)

Last Week's Winner, Sarah Thompson, correctly identified last week's flick and won tickets to see Mozart in the Park. Last week's movie quote was "Forgive me, Majesty. I am a vulgar man!! But I assure you, my music is not." from the film "Amadeus"

Free concert tickets!

We have some free tickets to a fun concert at the Knitting Factory this Friday night July 22 at 8pm, The Vagabonds Traveling show, buck Lopez and County Line will be performing.

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