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Special Edition, Thursday, January 5, 2012

Father and son comics Jay Wendell Walker and Adam Lee team up

Jay Wendell Walker
Adam Lee

Enjoy a legacy of laughter this Friday and Saturday nights as father and son comics Jay Wendell Walker and Adam Lee take to the stage at the Spokane comedy club at Tailgaters, Boone at Washington. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 8:30 for a cover charge of only $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 509-328-9000 to reserve your seat.

Jay Wendell Walker has been described by critical reviewers as a 'Heavy Weight Champion of Comedy'. Raised in a family of vaudeville performers, his career began at the age of 18. Show business took Jay Wendell as far south as Mexico, and as far north as Canada and Alaska where he began learning his comic craft. He is well known for his ability to relate to any age audience and adapt to any situation. Over the years, he has emceed at beauty pageants, performed for private clubs, entertained at county fairs, and headlined at numerous comedy clubs throughout the United States and Canada.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. His voice has been heard by radio listeners and the 'expressive mug' of the gregarious comedian is familiar to television buffs. Jay Wendell Walker's rapid-fire monologue, story-telling, and hilarious facial expressions have gained for him success in many comedy clubs throughout the nation. Jay Wendell has made the northwest his home, but he enjoys traveling throughout the country up to 50 weeks a year.

Adam Lee, who is known as the Crown Prince of Comedy around the northwest, is a very accomplished stand-up comedian himself. Adam is the 5th generation of a long line of nomadic entertainers. His lineage includes Vaudeville dancers, magicians, a family traveling medicine show, and of course, his father; long-lived industry staple Jay Wendell Walker.

Adam grew up around standup comics, ventriloquists and jugglers. The youngest out of five; his upbringing is the inspiration and subject for much of his act. His start in comedy came at the age of three when he got on stage during his father's set and wet his pants. After that very humorous yet unfortunate incident, he became and on-again-off-again partner during his father's shows, performing sketch comedy and magic at comedy clubs and county fairs.

In 2001 Adam set out on his own, and won the Teen Division of the Las Vegas Comedy Competition at the age of 17. In 2004 he moved to New York City to study theater and political science at a highly regarded university. A year and a half later, after spending all of his parent's money on wine, women and song, he decided to pursue a career in stand-up full time. Since then he has performed at countless comedy clubs, theatres, radio shows, and public venues all across the U.S. and Canada.

Spokane Comedy Club is being operated in Tailgaters by comedian extraordinaire Joe Fontenot. Because of his long impressive tenure on the standup comedy scene Joe is able to book some major comedy acts in Spokane. Next weekend, January 13 and 14, world class comedian Dan Cummins will entertain at the club. Again, reservations are recommended. Call 509-328-9000 to reserve your seat.

Beautiful music at the Cathedral

Jim Holmes & Mak Kastelic

Enjoy an 'Afternoon of Piano Duets' with Mak Kastelic and Jim Holmes, performing works of Beethoven, Faure, Schubert and Poulenc. The Concert will be held this Sunday, January 8 at 4pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E 12th Ave. This is presented as part of the Cathedral's Second Sunday Series.

Mak Kastelic recently earning his BA degree in Piano Performance under the direction of Dr. Jody Graves. He currently serves the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist as Lead Tenor and auxiliary musician, and has served as a substitute organist and pianist for many other churches and venues in Spokane. Jim Holmes has a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, an MA in Slavic Languages and a Masters of Library Science from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to moving to Spokane in 2008, Jim was a Librarian at the University of Texas and the Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Austin.

First Friday tomorrow!

Tomorrow is First Friday in Spokane. Here are a few selected venues. Visit for more listings.

View colorful and whimsical work by artist Debbie McCulley at Robert Karl Cellars at 115 W Pacific from 5 to 8pm.

Whitestone Winery will have live music by Devon Wade and show oil paintings by Michael Sherrifs Hall from 6 to 9pm at 115 S Cedar Street.

Vintage Hill Cellars will feature hand-crafted art and furniture by John Dunning who uses local, recycled wine barrels and adds glass, metal and salvaged objects to enhance the natural oak of the barrel. Located at 319 W 2nd Ave.

Celebrate the one year anniversary of Nectar Tasting Room at Main & Stevens, while enjoying the art of Kathleen Cavender and the jazz sounds of Rachel Bade-McMurphy Trio. Reception at 5pm and music starts 6:30pm. Meet winery owners from Skylite Cellars and Northwest Cellars.

aNeMonE at 309 W 2nd Ave, Suite 102 will display art by Ryan and Heidi of Mango Ink.

Barilli Cellars will feature landscape paintings by artist Ricco diStefano from 4-9pm, at 608 W. 2nd Ave.

The Baby Bar at 827 W. 1st Ave will feature the mixed-media, surrealistic work of Jonathon Myles Walker.

Mark your calendars. First Friday, February 3 is the Visual Arts Tour.

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