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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spokane's most glamorous fund raiser is Sunday

The Spokane Aids Network's Oscar Gala, Spokane's most glamorous fund raising event, is this Sunday, February 26 at Northern Quest. Enjoy an elegant plated dinner and a fabulous auction while watching the live telecast of the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Go to now for your tickets.

Nectar is expanding by 1,000 square feet

Nectar Tasting Room, at 120 N. Stevens, just got even bigger with the announcement of the acquisition of the adjoining 1000 square feet next door. The new space (formerly the LaunchPadINW training center), will be decorated in the same urban modern style of Nectar and will also include a wall of wine barrels. "The Barrel Room gives us the flexibility to host private events, small and large, while we remain open to the public," says owner Josh Wade. "A focus of 2012 is to expand our event rental options and take advantage of our beautiful space and convenient downtown location." The Barrel Room plans to open on April 1. With their expanded food menu and the additional square footage for events, Nectar is continuing its focus on being a top spot in Downtown Spokane. "We can now rent the space in three different ways, 1000 sq ft, 2000 sq ft or the full 3000 sq ft for large groups," says Josh. For event inquiry contact

Nectar Tasting Room is a shared space of five Washington wineries from various regions across the state. Visitors can enjoy an educational wine tasting of five wines (rotates weekly), wine by the glass, and purchase wines to take home and enjoy as well. "We are a winery just like any local winery, we just happen to have 45 wines on the menu to choose from," says Wade.

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo is on the Main stage at Spokane Civic Theatre opening this Friday and running through March 18. Go to for your seats.

Jerry Dicker buys the Bing Crosby Theater

Businessman Jerry Dicker has purchased Spokane's historic Bing Crosby Theater for $920,000 and has major renovation and improvement plans for the Spokane landmark theatre. He expects the upgrades will allow for more events in the building.

The Bing was built in 1915 at Lincoln Street and Sprague Avenue and was originally named the Clemmer Theater. It later became the State as a movie theater, and then the Metropolitan Performing arts Center (the Met), before it was changed in 2006 to honor Bing Crosby. The name will remain the same and Dicker has plans to develop the theater into a showcase of Crosby memorabilia, having acquired several thousand photos of Bing. Michael Smith, the theater manager for the past 25 years, will stay on as manager.

Dicker owns several other area businesses and properties including the Hotel Ruby and Sapphire Lounge at the corner of Lincoln and First Avenue. His company also bought majority interest in the former Burgan's Fine Furniture building at Division Street and Boone Avenue.

Let's Talk Spokane, a new local TV talk show debuts Friday

Quicksilver Media Spokane, LLC in conjunction with Kent Adams Consulting, LLC announces the launch of a new local TV talk show that debuts this Friday. Let's Talk Spokane is a weekly half hour television show featuring Spokane and Inland Northwest achievements. Spokane marketing consultant, Kent Adams has teamed up with former radio broadcaster Kyrsten Weber to anchor the show.

The program, sponsored by Washington Trust Bank, airs on KXLY TV4 Fridays at 11:00am (following The View) and Sundays at 6:30am (preceding Good Morning America) beginning February 24th & 26th.

The first show includes an interview with Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtardo, the principals of HDG, an innovative and creative design firm that has changed the face of the restaurant business in Spokane. HDG has provided the designs for local restaurants including Savory, Wasabi, The Rusty Moose and Fire in Coeur d'Alene.

An evening of romance

Enjoy the beautiful piano solo sounds of Jim Brickman as he presents an evening of Romance Wednesday, February 29, at 7:30 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Christina Deubel art showings

Artist Christina Deubel has a show coming up for First Friday March at Nectar Tasting Room featuring an 'Emotional Landscape' series. That night they will have music by Rachael Bade-McMurphy Jazz Trio. Artist reception starts at 5pm, music goes from 6:30 to 9:30pm

She is also still showing at Studio 66 and have around a half dozen Expressionism pieces displayed there for First Friday March. You can learn more about her art at

Big band dance with the Master Class Jazz Orchestra

The Supper Club Showcase Dance, Saturday, March 3rd, is a dinner and ballroom/swing dance (dressy attire preferred) at the Sons of Norway Hall, N. 6710 Country Homes Blvd (509-326-9211). Enjoy the culinary talents of Chef Alex from the Davenport Hotel for a special 3-course gourmet dinner that includes a salad, your choice of entree and a dessert all for only $15.95 ($10 dance only). He also has a selection of appetizers for those who prefer a lighter fare. Hours are: Dinner (5-8 pm), dance lesson (6-7 pm) and dancing (7-9 pm) with the MasterClass Jazz Big Band Orchestra! For more information: or call 509-326-9211.

Watercolor art show at the Chase Gallery

Artists in the Spokane Watercolor Society will exhibit at the Chase Gallery located in City Hall starting with a reception Friday, March 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. Go to

Flying Irish moves to O'Ripples

After six seasons Spokane's Flying Irish running club has outgrown O'Doherty's Irish Grill and is moving to O'Ripples on the River starting Thursday, March 1. The group meets every Thursday night for a run followed by fun.

The Rhinestone Cowboy's last roundup

Glen Campbell will perform at Northern Quest Resort and Casino Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. This farewell tour is your last chance to see Glen Campbell before he retires from show business. Ticketswest has your seat at or 800-325-SEAT.

Upcoming events at Tinman Gallery

The Tinman Gallery at 811 West Garland presents Katherine Malmo, author reading and book signing at 1pm Saturday, March 3. Based on autobiographic experiences, Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition is a gripping collection of creative nonfiction that pushes the boundaries of story and memoir. Kate's adventurous life is interrupted by a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer, giving her a ten percent chance of living five years. But her story isn't just about cancer. It is a true tale of survival that is both lived and dreamt. It's about joy found in lemon trees or fly-fishing. It's about the survival instinct that helps us re-emerge and engage with the world.

Then Sunday, March 4 Katherine Malmo offers a workshop on 'Making Art from Grief', a memoir writing workshop from 11am to 1pm. The workshop will focus on journaling as a way to emotionally heal from life altering experiences. This workshop is for the beginning student. Please bring paper and pen for note taking. $20 includes a copy of Katherine Malmo's book. Please call to register by February 25th at 509-325-1500.

The Queen is coming to Spokane!

The YWCA is bringing Queen Latifah to the INB Performing Arts Center on March 22nd at 7:30 pm for an important and unique fundraiser. This is the first time she has appeared anywhere in the northwest and the YWCA is very excited to share her message of empowerment with Spokane. The event will be hosted by Molly Allen from 92.9 KZZU. Queen Latifah will impart her fundamentals of inner strength and how empowered women can change their own lives and the life of a community. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

The Northwest Bach Festival Begins next week

The 34th Annual Northwest Bach Festival presented by Connoisseur Concerts will be held in Spokane February 28 - March 18. Opening on Tuesday, February 28 at 8pm with a Chamber Music Concert and the music of Purcell, Biber, Gabrieli, J.S. Bach and Mozart featuring twenty-three musicians. Other featured concerts are Saturday, March 3 at 8pm, with Gunther Schuller conducting the Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Saturday, March 10 at 8pm, Piano Recital performed by William Doppmann Fugue. Friday, March 16 at 8pm, Organ Recital performed by Dr. John Bodinger. Sunday, March 18 at 3pm, Cello Recital performed by renowned Zuill Bailey. Sunday's concert is free admission but donations are accepted.

Festival Artistic Director is Boston-based Gunther Schuller, composer, conductor and music educator, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Music and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation's 'Genius' Grant. In 2005 Schuller was named a 'Living Legend' by the Library of Congress and was recently inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

The concerts will all be held at St. John's Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Avenue at Grand Boulevard in Spokane. General Admission Series tickets are available for the four ticketed concerts for $75 (an $85 value). Call about student discounts. All Festival tickets available at TicketsWest Arena Box Office, Ticketswest outlets, by phone at 800-325-SEAT or online at (Key word: Bach)
For additional information and single concert admission prices, visit or call 509-326-4942.

Upcoming Cooking Classes at Joanie's Magic Spoon

Interested in learning how to cook something new? How about a Finnish pastry-wrapped meatloaf, called Lihamurekepiiras. Or how about Crepes for breakfast, lunch or dinner with all sorts of sweet and savory fillings, including the classic French dessert, Crepes Suzette. Joanie will teach you this and more at her upcoming classes. Join Joanie for her Finnish meatloaf class on Tuesday, February 28, starting at 6:00 pm. The Crepes class is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 6pm. Classes are located at 10307 N Prairie Dr. The fee is $45 which includes a recipe booklet, instruction and the wonderful food you prepare. Call 624-6564 to register or email Learn more by visiting

The 34th Annual Spokane Home & Yard Show starts this week

Jim Custer Enterprises once again presents The Spokane Home & Yard show, starting this Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26 at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. This year's show features hundreds of displays and demonstrations of the latest in home and yard related products, services and improvements.

Admission is $7, good all weekend. Kids 12 and under get in free. Hours are Thursday & Friday, noon to 9pm; Saturday, 10am to 7pm and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit

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