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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Comedian Tom McTigue performs at Uncle D's Comedy Underground at Bluz at the Bend, 2721 N. Market, this Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4. Tom has the ability to find humor in some very surprising places: the roof of your mouth, the banks of the Nile, the birdfeeder in the back yard, even the Pope's bathtub. His gift of marrying the obvious with the obscure, his literate style, and his charismatic personality make him an original comic act with broad appeal. If you think his face looks familiar, you have good reason. First of all, he grew up in Spokane. And as a former series regular on television's Baywatch, Tom has also appeared on ER, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210, Quantum Leap and has been featured in over 100 national TV commercials. Call 509-483-7300 for reservations and come prepared to laugh.

Let's twist again like we did last summer




Twist master Chubby Checker returns to Northern Quest Resort and Casino, this Friday, February 3 at 8 pm. He appeared with the Beach Boys at the casino last summer.

Ernest Evans grew up in South Philadelphia, where took his first step toward becoming a star by forming a street corner harmony group when he was only 11 years old. By the time he entered high school, he entertained classmates whenever he could. After school, Chubby would sing and crack jokes at his various jobs including Fresh Farm Poultry on 9th Street and at the Produce Market. It was Ernest's boss at the Produce Market who gave Ernest the nickname 'Chubby'.

The storeowner of Fresh Farm Poultry, Henry Colt, was so impressed, he began showing off his employee to his customers through a loud speaker, and arranged for young Chubby to do a private recording for Dick Clark. A Yuletide novelty tune called, 'Jingle Bells.' Dick Clark sent it out as a Christmas greeting to all of his friends and associates in the music business. Cameo-Parkway liked it so much that they wrote a song called 'The Class' and it became Chubby's first hit in early 1959. Fourteen months later, in the summer of 1960, 'The Twist' was a hit. 'The Twist' was not only the #1 song but it introduced the concept of 'dancing apart to the beat'. Over the next few years, endless songs incorporating 'The Twist' into its name sprang up such as 'Peppermint Twist', 'Twist and Shout' and 'Twistin' the Night Away'. In addition, each new song brought a new dance involving 'dancing apart to the beat' such as 'The Jerk', 'The Hully Gully', 'The Boogaloo' and 'The Shake'. At the forefront was Chubby with 'The Fly', 'The Pony' and 'The Hucklebuck'.

In the fall of 1961, record industry history was made when Checker's original hit record, 'The Twist', re-entered the charts and by January of 1962, it was back in the #1 position. No other record before or since has accomplished that feat. Combining its 1960 run with its 1961/62 return, 'The Twist' spent an amazing nine month total on the U.S. best seller charts.

Contact Ticketswest at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


Spokane's SPIFy festival continues through Sunday

There's still time to see some great movies at the 14th annual Spokane International Film Festival. The festival runs through Sunday, February 5 at the Magic Lantern, the Garland, AMC River Park Square, and the Bing. For ticket prices and schedules go to spokanefilmfestival.org.

Saddle up at the Fox this Saturday night

America's Favorite Cowboys, the Riders in the Sky, are riding with the Spokane Symphony this Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm.

Riders In The Sky will play a program of Western favorites such as 'Cool Water', 'Yellow Rose of Texas', 'Back in the Saddle Again', and '(Ghost) Riders in the Sky', as well as one of their Grammy winning numbers: Woody's Roundup Medley from the movie Toy Story 2. Although Riders In The Sky (a.k.a. America's Favorite Cowboys) can hold their own musically, their music sounds even better backed by Spokane Symphony playing their outstanding orchestrations.

Ticket prices for either performance begin at $25 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 www.spokanesymphony.org. Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


The MAC opens Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Saturday

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.

Opening day will unveil this 5,000 square-foot exhibition and reveal the complex world of soils and the connection to our daily lives. The Museum is open from 10am - 5pm with admission fees of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+) and students. Children 5 and under are free. MAC Members are at no charge.

The day's events will include earth and art family activities throughout the day. And, at 2:00pm, Smithsonian professionals, local scientists and conservationists will provide a thought-provoking panel discussion about global hunger: 'Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?' The panel discussion will be followed by a no-host beer and wine reception with an opportunity to socialize with the panelists. There will also be live blue grass music from the Dead Fiddlers Society.

The MAC has also incorporated lectures and meet-the-professor receptions that focus on why we should care about soils. Only three percent of the earth's surface can grow the food, fiber and lumber needed to feed, clothe and shelter earth's population of 7 billion - and growing. Most of that soil is in North America, and some of the most fertile soils exist in eastern Washington's Palouse. Go to www.northwestmuseum.org for details.


Spokane Visual Arts Tour this First Friday!

Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art at the Spokane Visual Arts tour starting this Friday. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown Spokane has to offer. All venues will be open Friday, February 3, from 5-9 pm. Some exhibits will also be open Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5. Visit www.downtownspokane.org/first-friday.php for details. Sponsored by Spokane Arts Commission, Spokane Art Supply, and the Inlander with assistance from the Downtown Spokane Partnership and volunteers.

Bill Bozly performs in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane this week

Singer songwriter Bill Bozly performs at two venues this week with his acoustic guitar putting a refreshing spin on classic rock, country and original songs. Wednesday, February 1 and Friday, February 3 from 6 to 9pm at Seasons Fresh Bar and Grill in CDA at 2nd and Lakeside (Wed. is Ladies night from 5 to 7). And Saturday, February 4 from 7 to 9pm he will be at Huckleberry's at 10th and Monroe on Spokane's south hill.

Only Time Will Tell showing at the Chase Gallery

Artists in all disciplines from Spokane and the Riverspeak Collective will show and perform at the Chase Gallery in Spokane City Hall through February 24. An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 5 to 9 pm as part of Visual Arts Tour with a second reception and variety show on Friday, February 17, 6 pm. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 am to 9 pm and Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Riverspeak's mission is to nourish and sustain participation in the arts while fostering a dialogue and building community. Riverspeak is about connecting Spokane-area artists of all levels with an art-loving community and with other artists.

For more information go to spokanearts.org.

Photographer Rich Bergeman at the Brick Wall Gallery

The Brick Wall Gallery is featuring the pin-hole photographs of Rich Bergeman for February's Visual Arts Tour. The gallery will be open until 8:30 on Friday, February 3rd. Drop by and take a look at these unique photographic views. The gallery is located at 530 W. Main on the skywalk just east of Macy's in the Bennett Block. Call 509-928-7721 for more information.

Restoring a historic sign in Spokane Valley

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has been awarded two grants to help restore the historic scroll sign which adorns the front of the Opportunity Township Hall. Repair of the sign, which reads Anno Opportunity 1912, is a priority for the building's 100th anniversary observances this year. The museum is located in the Hall and has restored the building.

Busy weekend at the Bing

This Friday, February 3 at 8 pm, enjoy Soul Salvation at the Bing. Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn have forged a compelling path for the next generation of songwriting blues and soul artists. Rich with honest spirituality and possessing vocal abilities that have critics comparing her to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, Ruthie's passionate songs and scintillating live performances always make for an uplifting experience. Paul Thorn is an authentic new voice in the modern blues scene, bridging classic forms with twenty-first century sensibility. Performing on their own and together with Ruthie's band, it's an evening of raw musical emotion, soulful singing and finely honed musical virtuosity guaranteed to be good for the spirit.

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30, Randal Bays brings his Irish fiddle music to the Bing. Bays is a self-taught US-born musician who's been playing Irish fiddle for more than thirty years. He's now widely recognized as a master of that complex, ancient art, in particular the traditional styles of Co. Clare and Co. Galway. He's 'among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation', according to Fiddler Magazine.

Ticketswest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Juried Art Show and Silent Auction to benefit Interplayers

'For the love of ART,' a juried art exhibit and silent auction will take place on Thursday, February 16 from 7 to 10 pm at Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard Street. This first annual event will include musical performances by local and much loved musicians, including soprano Dawn Wolski, Abbey Crawford singing swing, Jim Ryan on keyboard, soprano Renei Yarrow singing poems by Copeland, actor-singer Tamara Schupman, Bruce Pennell's jazz trio, and a surprise blue grass group. Over 40 local artists have come together to donate tremendous works in order to light up the stage at Interplayers. Tickets (only $25) are available at the Interplayers Box Office, in person or by phone at 509-455-7529.

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