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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kathleen Cavender 'Steppin Out' at Nectar

Steppin Out by Kathleen Cavender

Oil paintings by local artist Kathleen Cavender are on exhibit at Nectar Tasting Room 120 North Stevens through the end of January. The six paintings, including the one shown here, have been graciously lent by the MAC from their Art at Work Program. A reception will be held from 6-8pm this Friday, January 13.

Kathleen is also offering her 'Fuel Your Creativity' workshop Sunday afternoons in February, 1 to 4 pm each day. Learn how to fuel your creativity with this award-winning fine artist and jazz singer in the comfort of her fabulous art studio on Spokane's South Hill. This course has helped many people to understand and develop their creative nature; to keep it fueled and running smoothly. Kathleen will share some of the secrets to her creative success, as well as pass on some information she has received from other professionals in the field of creating. Seating is limited, so sign up now. Email

(I took this workshop last year and it was very inspiring and motivating. I recommend it. Ed.)

Meghan Flaherty stands up at Uncle D's

Spokane's own funny lady, Meghan Flaherty is at Uncle D's Comedy Underground at Bluz at the Bend, 2721 N. Market Street, this Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm. Go to for more info and call 509-483-7300 for reservations.

Meghan Flaherty has been a stand-up comedian for the past seven years. She is a returning Spokane native who recently moved to the Seattle area. Bringing her clean, edgy, relatable style to the Seattle comedy scene, she took it by storm making a name for herself the consummate professional. She returns this week to perform in a place that still feels like home to her.

When she takes the stage the audience can relax and enjoy the ride. At no time will they sit clenched waiting to be offended by the comedian. She refuses to use shock value and blue humor to illicit laughs, relying on her sharp mind, quick wit, and ability to spin the mundane aspects of everyday life into a hilarious show that feels more like sharing a drink with a friend. No one is worried that they shouldn't have taken their girlfriend, boyfriend, mother or even grandmother to the show. Ms. Flaherty takes pride in being relatable; a buffet of comedy-there is something for everyone. She shifts seamlessly from topics - everything from shopping, marriage, football and even motorcycles.

This is her first tour of the New Year. Her stop in Spokane is part of bigger tour throughout the Northwest. For more information go to

George Lopez tickets on sale Friday at 10 am

The comedian who has done it all in Hollywood, is now taking his gig on the road and headed for the INB Performing Arts Center Friday, February 17 at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am for George Lopez, whose career has encompassed television, film, standup comedy and late night television. He will now have audiences busting at the seams on his 2012 national tour. Stopping at the INB Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 17, this is one comedian you don't want to miss.

An entertainer who has hosted his own late-night talk show and created and starred in his own hit sitcom on ABC, Lopez has risen to become one of the premier comedic talents in the industry. Recently voicing the character of Rafael in the animated blockbuster, Rio, alongside Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg; Lopez has also voiced Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs. His other most recent film credits include the box-office hit Valentine's Day, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Swing Vote and Balls of Fury.

Reserved seat tickets are $37.50 and $55.00 and go on-sale Friday, January 13 at all TicketsWest outlets, or 800-325-SEAT.

Kay O'Rourke show at The Art Spirit Gallery in CdA

Pheasant with Eggplant by Kay O'Rourke

Another of the region's favorite artists, Kay O'Rourke, opens a month-long show of her new drawings and paintings at the Art Spirit Gallery 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene. The opening is Friday, January 13 from 5 to 8pm.

The show features 23 new works including 11 oil paintings, 11 charcoal and pastel on paper drawings and 1 mixed media piece in collaboration with her sister Gina Freuen. Kay will also give an informal painting demonstration and talk on Saturday, January 14th starting at 1:00pm in the gallery.

You can view the exhibit online at

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is in Spokane!

Opening this Friday, January 13 at Spokane Civic Theatre, it's the Tony Award Winning, good-time country western musical, 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' and runs through February 4 on the Main Stage. Adults $29, Senior/Military $27, Students $22.

Call the Box Office at 509-325-2507 or

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro at the Bing

"Forget everything you know about the ukulele...and go do a Google search. The first video that pops up won't be some grainy clip of Tiny Tim or George Formby but a performance by a hair-gelled 34-year-old Hawaiian named Jake Shimabukuro." - Time magazine feature. "It's rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It's even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music...on the ukulele".

The show is at the Bing, Tuesday, January 17 at 8 pm. Contact Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

Happy New Year Chinese style

The Spokane Chinese Association will ring in the 2012 Chinese New Year with its 11th annual celebration, which features a cultural fair, a stage show, featuring a real Chinese dragon dance, and dinner. You are invited to come help celebrate the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar during this auspicious Year of the Dragon, Sunday, January 22, 1pm at Central Valley High School, 821 S Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley.

The cultural fair is from 1 to 3:30, followed by a stage show at 3:30pm and dinner at 5:30pm at the Hong Kong Buffet (Special Menu), 14700 E. Indiana in Spokane Valley. The Cultural Fair is free. Stage Show: Adults, $10, children under 12, $6 and free for children under 3. The Stage Show & Dinner: Adults, $25, children under 12, $15 and free for Children under 3. To purchase tickets for the Stage Show and Dinner or for more information, contact the Spokane Chinese Association at 509-720-8825 or

MAC Exhibition Reveals the Impact of Soil on All Life on Earth

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC), a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, will host Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, an exhibition on loan from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, on view February 4 - September 22, 2012.

There are more living creatures in a shovel-full of soil than human beings on the planet, yet more is known about the dark side of the moon than about soil. These are just a couple of the fascinating facts visitors can learn from Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.

The 5,000-square-foot exhibition reveals the complex world of soil and how this hidden ecosystem supports nearly every form of life on Earth. Dig It! includes interactive displays, hands-on models, videos and soil samples. Visitors can explore soils found in their own backyard with 54 soil samples representing each U.S. state and territory and the District of Columbia. Visitors will discover a world teeming with life. In fact, so many organisms contribute to the health of soils that scientists have not even named them all.

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is able to enrich our community with Smithsonian artifacts, scholars, public programs, and exhibitions such as Dig It! The MAC is located at 2316 W First Ave. in Spokane, WA. The MAC is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10am to 5:00pm. More information about the museum is available at or by calling 509-456-3931.

Also at the MAC...BeGin this Friday

This year's first BeGin is this Friday, January 13 from 6 to 8pm at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Browne's Addition. Live music will be performed by Pegasus Dream and exhibits are open for viewing. Adult refreshments are available and snacks will be served. No charge for BeGin but donations are welcome.
Check out all the exhibits currently at the MAC by visiting

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Vince Neil - Bad boy 1980s rock icon Vince Neil is notorious for his wild-side antics, belligerent lifestyle and his all-out propensity to rock. His latest album, 'Tattoos and Tequila,' is a companion piece to the book of the same name that chronicles the best of worst of his life in the limelight. Vince Neil keeps it real at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, at Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. Cost: :$30 and $40, through

Abstract Rude - Rhymesayers Entertainment all star Abstract Rude has recently taken Spokane microphone mistress Jaeda under his wing, as the two are collaborating on his upcoming studio set. Jaeda appears with Rude, along with Zoo Effort, Winstrong and DJ Zole at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 13, at The Red Room, 521 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

Larry and His Flask - Powered by upright bass, banjo, dueling acoustic guitars, trombone, mandolin and a two-piece drum kit, indie-Americana outfit Larry and His Flask returns to Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave., with Duck Duck Suckerpunch at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11. Cost: $7.

The Fail Safe Project - Local rock fire starters The Fail Safe Project plays its fan appreciation show celebrating its one year anniversary with friends Full Blown American, Oh My Darlin and Everett, WA., band December in Red, at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 13, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: Free for 21 and older, $5 for younger than 21.
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