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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Drumming up some help for Mark Pieroni

photo by Andy McAlpin

Mark Pieroni, longtime local musician/drummer of the The Perones from Spokane WA, has been accepted into the liver transplant program at Swedish Hospital, after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Mark's brother, Jon Pieroni, lead singer of the The Perones, passed away from liver disease just over a year ago. Spokane musicians & artists will gather together on Sunday, September 18th, at Bluz at the Bend, 4pm to midnight, to hold a benefit concert and auction to help him with his mounting expenses. Bands include: Big Mumbo with Robert Vaughn, The Perones, Cary Fly, The Fat Tones, Trailer Park Girls and more. Auction items include antiques, rare books, jewelry, art by David Govedare, Tom Norton, Kathleen Cavender and much more. For more information contact: Kathleen Cavender at 509-868-3684.

The Boys Next Door at Interplayers

Interplayers Professtional Theatre will open its season with a perennial local favorite, the Tom Griffin comedy 'The Boys Next Door', directed by Troy Nickerson, from September 22 through October 8.

Four men with the mental capacities of children live together trying to negotiate the technological and social complexities of the modern world. They exist on the margins of our daily life, but we prefer not to make ourselves uncomfortable by acknowledging them. Author Tom Griffin shines an uncompromising spotlight into the awkwardness of their world yet makes their predicament hilariously heartbreaking in the Interplayers Professional Theatre production of The Boys Next Door.

A hit with regional audiences through the years, the comedy will run from September 22 through October 8 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sept 25th, October 1st and 8th. The cast includes Todd Kehne, Jhon Goodwin, David Gigler, Billy Hultquist, Rick Rivera, Patricia Brady, Ron Ford, Jone Campbell Bryan and Jerry Sciarrio.

Thursday, September 22 is preview night. Opening night, Friday, September 23 will serve as a Gala fundraiser for Interplayers with raffles, elaborate silent auction items and a buffet catered by Charley's Grill. Gala starts at 6pm, and is included in Friday's ticket price.

The theatre is located at 174 S. Howard Street in downtown Spokane. Buy tickets at the box office, or call the theatre at 509-455-7529. Tickets are also available through Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

At least the venue is famous

Arbor Crest's Sunday Concert series on September 18th presents Nobody Famous playing at that spectacular venue from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are just $5 at the gate. Go to for more information.

Lake City Playhouse is fiddling around

Fiddler on the Roof is at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse from Monday, September 19 through Sunday, October 9th. Go to for tickets and information.

Spokane Symphony Likes Beethoven on Facebook

Music Director Eckart Preu, maestro of Facebook as well as music, conducts the Spokane Symphony in an exploration of the life and music of Beethoven on Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Dive into the composer's world and find out whom he would friend request and what he might post if he had had access to Facebook.

First on the list of Beethoven's 'like' is music by J. S. Bach, of whom Beethoven was an ardent admirer. In fact, Beethoven called Bach the "Urvater der Harmonie", the "original father of harmony." The orchestra will perform the first movement of Bach's Suite No. 1, the composer's first orchestral suite.

Next on the friends list is Beethoven's teacher, Joseph Haydn. Haydn's Symphony No. 38, sometimes called 'The Echo', will be performed by the orchestra. This festive work, composed early in Haydn's career, features virtuosic passages for an oboe soloist.

Another person on Beethoven's friends list might be Gioacchino Rossini, the most popular opera composer of the time. Preu has chosen the overture to Rossini's opera 'L'Italiana' in Algeri, noted for its distinctive opening of slow, quiet basses, leading to a surprise burst of sound from the full orchestra.

Ticket prices for either performance begin at $10 and are available in advance at the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office, located at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets may also be purchased online at Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets at or 800-325-SEAT.

LedZepagain at the Knit Sept 22

LedZepagain pays tribute to Led Zeppelin at 8:30 pm, Thursday, September 22 at the Knitting Factory. has your seats.

A sports bar, a group of veterans and 100 bicycles

This is the story of a sports bar, a group of veterans, and one hundred used bicycles-all about to get a new lease on life.

The sports bar at Boone and Howard, across from the Spokane Arena, formerly known as Season Ticket, is about to start a new life as 'The Tailgater.' Recently acquired by partners Jenn Mitchell and Kyla Goff, the venue will have a grand reopening 'Tailgate Party' on Saturday, September 17, starting at 1pm. "We are kicking off the day with food and drink specials, music on the patio and topping the night with the debut of the Spokane Comedy Club with Joe Fontenot," says Mitchell. Tickets are $10 for the show.

The festivities will also mark the beginning of a bike drive that hopes to gather 100 refurbished bicycles to local homeless and formerly homeless veterans over the next year. The bikes gathered throughout the year will be used in a program being designed and administered by current and former residents of the R&R House and Eagles' Rest House run by Volunteers of America. Bikes will be offered to any homeless veteran, not just those in Volunteers of America programs. Applicants simply need to provide proof of their service and verification of their homelessness. Each recipient will also be asked to sign an agreement that they will return the bike to the program if they no longer need it, perform some kind of community service and commit to participate in a massive Veterans Ride the group is planning as a fundraiser next summer.

How can you help? Join in at the Grand Opening of the Tailgater on Saturday, September 17, from 1-5 p.m. where you can bring new or used bicycles and supplies or donate $5 to the cause for a chance to dunk a celebrity. Monetary donations can also be made at

Artists in Action Studio Tour this weekend

The Pottery Place Plus is hosting their 5th annual 'Artists in Action Studio Tour' event this Saturday, September 17th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 18th from 10 am to 4pm at 126 West 16th Avenue on Spokane's South hill.

Demonstrations by 24 artists. Come see the action: pottery, silk painting, paper making, wool spinning, jewelry and chaine maille making, fiber arts, calligraphy, glass molding, candle making, felting and more.

Civic is thoroughly modern at 65

Friday, September 23rd is Civic's 65th Anniversary Gala as they present the opening night of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'. Doors open for food and festivities 6:30 p.m. - show starts at 7:30 p.m. The gala will be catered by Wild Sage American Bistro and there will be live & silent auctions as well as a no-host bar. Tickets are $$35 or Member coupon + $15. Limited availability.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' continues through October 23. go to for information and tickets.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Bush - 1990s grunge giant, Bush is back with a new record, the band's first in a decade, and first independent release since its '94 sextuple platinum major-label debut. The new LP, 'A Sea of Memories,' hit the stores this week but you can hear it live when Bush headlines at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $25 in advance, $28 day of show, through

Real Life Rockaz - Readying for an extended break from performing to record and tour in Northern California, reggae powerhouse The Real Life Rockaz are playing a benefit show for Great Shape Inc., with proceeds funding literacy, dental, and vision projects in Jamaica. The event features live hula/poi performance by Visual Vortex, live painting by Jessica LaPrade, live auction and more. Festivities begin on Friday, September 16, at 7 p.m., at Nyne Bar and Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $10.

Hillstomp - PDX bluegrass-dance duo, Hillstomp is going on indefinite hiatus after this current tour. Catch the banjo-and-buckets two-piece when Hillstomp returns -- maybe for the last time, on Wednesday, September 14, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Whiskey Dick Mountain and McDougall open the show. Cost: $5.

Angela Marie - As the outdoor summer concert series at Rocket Market cools off, local acoustic rock favorite The Angela Marie Project brings down the setting sun on Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. on patio at the market, 726 W. 43rd Ave. Cost: Free.

Jamal Ali - Soul man Jamal Ali is backed by a full-band when he appears at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, at Jones Radiator, 120 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: Free.

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