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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

By George, I think he's funny.

Comedian George Lopez brings his "Tall, Dark & Chicano" stand-up routine to Spokane's INB Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29. Lopez is the co-creator and the star of the ABC sitcom "George Lopez," which is in its fifth season. He also has been involved in a number of other TV shows and movies; most recently, he was the voice of Papi in the movie "Beverley Hills Chihuahua." Tickets are $49.50 and $59.50 and are available through www.ticketswest.com. or by calling 509-325-SEAT.

It's a Mozart start at Best Fest.

The Spokane Symphony kicks off the summer with Best Fest, the three-event series aimed at raising money for the Symphony. Best Fest starts at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29 with The Best of Mozart concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, where conductor Eckart Preu will lead this celebration of one of classical music's most respected composers. The following Friday, June 5, the Symphony will host the Maestro's Brew Party, from 5-10:30 p.m. in the Fox Theater parking lot. At 7 p.m. at the Fox, the Symphony will take the stage again with a performance of "The Best of the Movie Music of John Williams," which will feature Oscar-winning works from movies such as "Jaws," "Star Wars," and "Schindler's List." Tickets are available for all three events individually or can be bought in combination packages at a discount. For more information, go to www.spokanesymphony.org, and for tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 509-624-1200 or 509-325-SEAT.

Hell's Belles will shake you all night long.

Hell's Belles, the all-female AC/DC tribute band from Seattle, is back in black with a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, on the Knitting Factory's Main Space. The unique cover band, endorsed by AC/DC's iconic guitarist Angus Young, has toured all over the U.S., Canada and Japan - and is making a return appearance to Spokane, with special guest Since October. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $13 the day of the show. For tickets, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

The JACC gets jazzy on Thursday night.

The Brent Edstrom Trio will play the monthly Jazz at the JACC show at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, at 405 Williams Street in Post Falls, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28. The show is limited to 100 seats. Tickets are $20 and must bought in advance. For more information, go to www.jacklincenter.org.

The summer show at EWU is being orchestrated.

Concertmaster Jessica Hrehor will lead the Eastern Washington University Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, at Showalter Auditorium, in Cheney. Tickets are $5, $3 for seniors and students. For more information or directions, call 509-359-2241.

U-High drama plays ball with the devil.

University High School Drama brings baseball to the big stage with its production of "Damn Yankees," with 7 p.m. shows scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, May 28-30. Set in Washington, D.C., during the 1950s, the musical tells the story of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged fan of the woeful Washington Senators baseball team. Boyd makes a deal with the devil to become "Shoeless Joe," a mysterious rookie who is meant to help the team win the pennant. Briane Green is directing and choreographing the 34-cast member show, and musical director Russell Seaton is the musical director. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the U-High Business Office ahead of time or at the school's box office one hour before show time. For more information, contact Green at bgreen@cvsd.org.

New lineup from Ignite! will spark some interest.

Ignite! Community Theatre has set the lineup for its 2009-2010 Booklight Reader's Theatre series. The five-show schedule include "12 Angry Jurors," in September; "Humbug," in December; "Our Leading Lady," in January; "Love, Sex and the IRS," in March; and Shakespeare's "MacBeth," in May. For more information, go to www.ignitetheatre.org.

Disney fans know what's Up.

"Up," the newest family comedy from Disney Pixar, opens in theaters Friday, May 29, at the AMC River Park Square 20 theater downtown and the Regal Cinemas at the Spokane Valley Mall and at NorthTown Mall, and the Village Centre Cinemas, on Spokane's North Side. For local movie times, go to www.regmovies.com, www.amctheatres.com or www.spokanemovies.com.

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ElkFest featuring The Booze Fighters, The Globes, Kaylee Cole, Joel Smith & The Hands of Plenty, The Maldives, Shim, David Dondero, James Pants and the Royal Zodiac, Velella Velella and many more - The annual ArtFest weekend doubles as a point of pride for the Browne's Addition Neighborhood with concurrent ElkFest music showcase. Local all-stars are joined by familiar regional favorites, including the brilliant live show of Shim, the dance inducing Velella Velella, and ex-Spokies who have moved on to steal the hearts of Seattle, The Globes. May 29-31 at The Elk Public House, 1931 W. Pacific Ave. Cost: Free. All ages welcome. Beer garden available.

Lucid with 33, Drop Off, Paid Under Envy - One of the most consistent bands in the hard rock scene, Lucid is riding the wave and well-received new release and kicking off it's Bloodlines tour with a send-off show tonight at The Knitting Factory with support from fellow locals. After this show, Lucid heads to the West Side, then to the East Coast for a series of shows in New York. Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 day or show. All ages welcome.

Bridget Vogel, Blue Ribbon Tea Company, etc. - Empyrean Coffee House is hosting two shows at the same time tonight. In the main venue, Brian Griffin and Bridget Vogel fuse blues with acoustic and gospel. Meanwhile, The Blue Ribbon Tea Company features Jerry Cartwright in the front coffeehouse venue. Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. Cost: To be announced for both shows. All ages welcome.

Kevin Long with JS Butcher, Cahalen David Morrison and Matthew Winters - Local singer-songwriter powerhouses highlight a performance with New Mexico's rootsy folk bluesman Cahalen David Morrison. Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $5. All ages welcome.

Musee Mecanique, Laura Gibson, Mark Ward, Karli Fairbanks - Portland's inventively nostalgic Musee Mecanique's bag of tricks includes seven synthesizers, the saw, banjo, bells and whistles as the backdrop to eerie falsetto vocals. PDX's Laura Gibson is absolutely charming. Mark Ward will be backed by a full band. This one is not to be missed. Monday, June 1 at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison St. Cost: TBA. All ages welcome.

Browne's Addition will become a work of art.

Live music and lots of art will fill the park in Browne's Addition Friday through Sunday, May 29-31, as the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture presents its 24th Annual ArtFest. About 120 artist booths will feature painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, wood, textiles and more. Kids can enjoy a special Make It Art! area with a number of hands-on activities for the little ones. Live musicians will perform throughout ArtFest. Too Slim and the Taildraggers with Underworld Orchestra Horns will headline Friday night's show, hitting the stage at 8 p.m. On Saturday night, Big Mumbo Blues Band will play at 8 p.m. Admission is free, though a small fee is charged for the kids' art activities. For more information, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

Don't fiddle around. Get your tickets to "Fiddler" soon.

Single-seat tickets for the touring Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29. The classic musical will be in Spokane for eight shows Sept. 1-6 and will star Chaim Topol, the man who played the lead role of Tevye in the 1972 Oscar-nominated movie. Tickets will be available through www.ticketswest.com and by calling 509-325-SEAT.

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There will be a quest for victory at Northern Quest.

The United Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight title is on the line when the Conquest of the Cage hits the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29. The title fight pits Eddie Fore, of Spokane, against Jordan Sutton, of Keizer, Ore., and a number of undercard fights are planned as well. Tickets range in price from $50 to $75 and can be purchased through the Northern Quest box office, at 509-481-6700, or by going to www.ticketswest.com or calling 509-325-SEAT.

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