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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Laugh with (and at) Ken Martin at Uncle D's




This Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 8pm, Comedian Ken Martin performs at Uncle D's Comedy Underground at Bluz at the Bend, 2721 North Market at Illinois. Come enjoy some great laughs at Spokane's premier comedy club.

Bluz at the Bend is a also full service restaurant and night club with live comedy and music. They serve traditional Italian dishes and new fusion items such as Italian Nachos and Italian Meatloaf. Uncle D makes his family sauce for the spaghetti. They introduced pizza over the summer and it's a hit! Enjoy the Bluz Barbecue Chicken--Grilled chicken, onions, bacon, BBQ sauce and a three-cheese blend. Or take on The Hitman, Salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, black olives, onions, peppers, pepperoncini, and Mozzarella cheese. Available in sixteen and twelve inch sizes and of course you can always build your own.

Go to bluznews.com for more information and call 509-483-7300 for reservations.

Wishing for a lot of fun Friday night?

Join Wishing Star Foundation, this Friday, March 16 from 6-10 pm at Northern Quest Resort & Casino to experience Taste Spokane 2012. The evening will be filled with live music, great food, adult beverages, and raffle prizes. Spokane's most acclaimed restaurants, regional wineries and breweries, chocolatiers, and dessert purveyors will exhibit their products and serve samples. Last year the event raised over $20,000 to grant wishes for local life-threatened children. Help bring hope, joy and strength to life-threatened children. Get your tickets at tastespokane.com.

Broadway's Greatest Gifts by an American Diva at the Fox




Ann Hampton Callaway will perform Broadway's Greatest Gifts as the soloist with the Spokane Symphony with conductor Morihiko Nakahara, at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox this Saturday, March 17 at 8pm.

A pop and jazz diva, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on five of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. Callaway's performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of Broadway's greatest as well as pop and jazz standards. For tickets call 509-624-1200 or contact Ticketswest at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


Queen Latifah is Coming to Spokane for the YWCA!




Calling all women and the men who love them. The YWCA of Spokane is proud to announce Queen Latifah in 'A Conversation with the Queen: A Night of Triumph', an unforgettable event Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm at the INB Performing Arts Center.

The evening will feature Queen Latifah sharing the inspiring true stories of the personal challenges that have shaped her life. Attendees can look forward to laughs, tears, and leaving uplifted from a specially crafted event exclusive to Spokane. All proceeds will support the YWCA's critical programs that empower thousands of women each year by helping them overcome domestic violence, access important services for their children, and secure employment and housing.

'A Conversation with the Queen' will be the largest event and fundraiser in the YWCA's history in Spokane. It will also mark Queen Latifah's first appearance in the Pacific Northwest.

Tickets available through TicketsWest at the Spokane Arena Box Office (720 West Mallon Ave), all TicketsWest Outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at the WestCoast Entertainment Group Sales Office at W. 201 North River Drive Suite 200, Monday through Friday 8am to 5 pm, or by calling 509-777-6253.


ClayFox Clay School

A new clay school has opened on the north side in the professional pottery studio of Jill Smith. The ClayFox Clay School is for people who want to develop basic clay throwing skills on the potter's wheel, learn more advanced techniques or for people who want to 'Just Try It' have fun and get muddy. Classes are limited to 5 people in a session and held in a professional potter's studio nestled in a pretty setting in the Little Spokane River valley. More information on the clay school can be found at www.experiencespokane.com/clayschool/ or by calling 509-466-4612.

Indie Pop Star Cami Bradley Headlines at the Spokane Club

Rising star, Cami Bradley performs at the Spokane Club Friday, March 23 at 8 pm (doors at 7). With two critically acclaimed albums to her credit, Cami is on the fast track to stardom. Backed by some of Spokane's best musicians, this is a night of music not to be missed. The Horse Thieves, a new pop country band, is Bradley's opening act. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by calling the Spokane Club at 509-838-8511.

Get Lit! Programs Sends High School Poet to National Finals

Mead High School junior Langston Ward has won the state title for Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition that encourages high school students to learn the complexity and beauty of poetry through memorization and public recitation. After choosing and successfully memorizing from a selection of more than 600 poems, Ward will join other finalists of this competition in Washington, D.C.

Students from all over Eastern Washington participated in the regional Poetry Out Loud program, which was held in Spokane and coordinated by Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Programs. High schools involved included Deer Park, East Valley, Liberty Bell, Mead, The Oaks Academy and Okanogan. Each of the schools held a competition within their school, and the winner of the school competition advanced to the regional finals. Ward, as the winner of the regional competition, earned a berth in the state finals, which were held on March 10, in Tacoma, Wash.

At the state competition, the 12 finalists from all over Washington had to be ready to present three poems, whereas for the regional competition they only had to prepare two performances. Ward's scores through three rounds of performance earned him the title of Washington State Poetry Out Loud champion.

Ward has won $200 in scholarship money, and his school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Ward also has won an all-expenses-paid trip to represent the state of Washington in the national finals, May 13-15, in Washington, D.C.


Divino Fashion Runway Showcase designed to support local businesses

On Sunday, March 25th at 6pm The Fifth Element Talent productions will launch their first ever 'Divino' Fashion Runway Show. Local businesses and boutiques are being brought together to unleash the power of a united talent and fashion community, and boost the local economy. This extravagant event will be held at the historical Masonic Temple 1108 W. Riverside (entrance on Main St.) Sunday, March 25. Doors open at 5 pm; The fashion show and entertainment starts at 6. Shopping will be open before and after the show. Tickets are available for purchase at the following locations: Swank, Glamarita, Glitter Hair Salon, Roots Salon and Spa, Blissful Blends Coffee, Apricot Lane, or purchase online at: aepaa.com. You can also call 509-850-0737 or visit their Facebook page at: The Fifth Element Talent Productions.

Sheila Evans at the Tinman Gallery

The Tinman Gallery at 811 West Garland will be hosting an artist's reception for Sheila Evans on Friday, March 30th, from 5 to 8 pm. Sheila's new show will primarily feature her new pastels, although she paints in oils as well. Her painting is colorful, imaginative and detailed. Sheila is getting a tremendous amount of recognition at major art fairs in this country as well as in France. She has won several awards there and has been featured in a leading French journal on pastels.

The reception will feature light refreshments and live music as always. The show 'Earth and Sky' will run through April 27th. You can get more information at tinmanartworks.com or by calling 509-325-1500.

'Dinner With The Doc' A Night of Health at Hayden's Copa

The Copa's last Doc Dinner was a such success, with nearly a hundred attendees, they've decided to host another one. Join the doctors for tips on living healthy to the full extent that you can, while enjoying a complimentary gourmet healthy entree and dessert.

Doctors Ryan and Erin Sousley will teach you how to maximize your health and your life, lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, and live to make it to the Cruise Ship vs. Nursing Home. It's Sunday, March 18th at 7:00 pm in the Copa's Cabana Room, 9265 N. Government Way in Hayden, Idaho. Call 208-664-1000 for a reservation.

LEGO Robotics at Mobius

April 2-6, fourth and fifth grade students have an opportunity to participate in a unique science camp at Mobius. When the robot uprising occurs, you'll want to be prepared, and the first step to preparation is understanding your enemy. Explore the design, construction, and programming aspects of LEGO robotics. Students will face increasing challenges to their robot wrangling skills, culminating in a no-holds-barred battle bot competition. No robotics experience necessary.

This camp, open to 4th and 5th graders, will take place April 2-6 at Mobius Science Center, located at 811 W. Main Avenue.

For more information please contact Marty Gonzales, Director of Operations for Mobius Spokane, by phone at 509-321-7203 or by email at mgonzales@mobiusspokane.org.

The Count of Monte Cristo continues through Sunday at the Civic

A powerfully spellbinding tale that has been getting rave reviews, the Count of Monte Cristo runs through this Sunday, March 18 on the Main Stage at Spokane's national award-wining Civic Theatre.

Exceedingly entertaining, this compelling stage adaptation will both captivate and enthrall you at the same time. The courageous story of Edmond Dantes. Romance, revenge, obsession and justice abound. Yet in the end only truth, hope and love will prevail. Curtain Times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm.

For tickets call 509-325-2507. Visit the Box Office inside the Main Stage entrance on 1020 N. Howard Street for purchasing tickets, group tickets and season subscriptions. Tickets can be also purchased online through www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

NAWBO's Fifth Annual unCorked! is April 12

The Inland Northwest chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) invites you to a memorable evening of wine tasting, elegant hors d'oeuvre taste combinations, and animated conversation with friends and colleagues. Anyone over 21 is welcome. unCorked! will be Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 9 pm at the Spokane Masonic Center Falls Room, 1108 W. Riverside Downtown Spokane.

Vino's legendary John Allen returns to unCorked! with an exquisite selection of wines and an engaging program to introduce them to you. Hors d'oeuvres from A Catered Affair will tantalize your taste buds. Look forward to intriguing new wines, and artfully chosen food including chocolate desserts.

Advance tickets are $60. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.nawbonw.org. Tickets will be $75 at the door where payment will be cash or check only. Tickets are also available at these locations: Vino! 222 South Washington St. downtown Spokane; The BrickHouse Massage and Coffee Bar, 14222 East Sprague Ave; Coeur d'Alene Olive Oil, 117 S. 4th St. Coeur d'Alene; and Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N Stevens at Main.

For complete event details, go to www.nawbonw.org. Or contact Joslyn Cox at 509-998-8639 or joslyn@cdaoliveoil.com.

Comedian Carlos Mencia at Northern Quest

One of the most popular comedians in the country, Carlos Mencia aims to make audiences laugh. And he's going to do just that Friday, March 30 at 7:30 pm at Northern Quest. Carlos has the rare gift of insightful perception and precise delivery when addressing a variety of subjects, including ethnic stereotypes, racism and people's inability to laugh at themselves. He represents the internal voice inside us and demands we admit to thinking what he says out loud.

Mencia hosted Loco Slam, a show that featured Latino comics, on the HBO cable network. It was his aggressive approach to stand-up comedy that led to his first television series, Mind of Mencia. A mix of sketches and straightforward stand-up, Mencia's show poked fun at everything and everyone, from talking about racist road signs to having religious figures wrestle each other. Mencia has received critical praise for his show, but he is not without some detractors. Some find his material objectionable while others are put off by his bold, brash personality.

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


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