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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It's downtown, summer - and art - in the city.

Warm weather, cool tunes, and the works of Northwest artists will make for a great Downtown Spokane First Friday art celebration from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 5. More than 50 stores, restaurants and other venues in the city's core will have art on display. The Gallery of Thum', at 159 S. Lincoln, will have a reception for its exhibit "Of Trash Come Elegant Metals and Gems," featuring the sculptures and wall art of Nanette Bishop and Karen Sherwood. Saranac Art Projects, at 25 W. Main, will have an opening reception for "Overripe Apple Pie," featuring the works of Scott Kolbo and Meagan Stirling. The Lorinda Knight Gallery, at 523 W. Sprague, will host a reception for its exhibit "Dark Matter," which will feature small-scale works by Jen Erickson and Andrew Bohl. For more information on these and other First Friday events, visit

Beer me, young Skywalker.

The second weekend of events is slated for the Spokane Symphony's Best Fest fundraiser. The Symphony will host the Maestro's Brew Party, Friday, June 5, 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 the events individually or can be bought in combination packages at a discount. For more information, go to, and for tickets, go to or call 509-624-1200 or 509-325-SEAT.

Holy curation, Batman! Look what's coming to the MAC.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture will introduce a new exhibit Saturday, June 6, titled "Out Of This World: Extraordinary Costumes From Film and Television To The Inland Northwest." The exhibit will include more than 30 costumes and related objects from action/science-fiction films and television shows, featuring characters such as Indian Jones, Darth Vader, the Terminator, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Batman, and more. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 6. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and students. For more information, call 509-456-3931 weekdays, the 24-hour hotline at 509-363-5315 or go to

Relive the "Memory" of Broadway's best at Northern Quest.

"Showstoppers Too!", a review of some of the best from Broadway musicals, will hit the Northwest Quest Resort and Casino's theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 and run through June 13. The show will feature song and dance from some of the most popular Broadway shows, such as "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Funny Girl," and more. Tickets are $45 each and are available by calling 509-481-6700 or by visiting

They put the fire in Sapphire.

Spokane Public Radio's Thank You Concerts, featuring Sapphire: The Uppity Blues Women, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane, and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. Sapphire, a sassy all-female blues group, is making stops in the Inland Northwest as part of its 25th anniversary farewell tour. Tickets are $25 each and are available by calling 800-325-SEAT or by visiting

Play around this weekend with Spokane's playwrights.

The works of Spokane Civic Theatre resident playwrights Bryan Harnetiaux and Sandra Hosking will come to life on the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre this weekend. Workshop readings of Harnetiaux's "Holding On-Letting Go," the last play in his trilogy about the end of life, will be at 8 p.m. both Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6. Hosking's "Detours," a full-length comedy about the pressures of the corporate world, will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Tickets are $5 per performance and are available at the Civic Theatre box office or through and

The first Friday Fun Nights concert will be classic.

Riverfront Park will kick off its Friday Fun Nights entertainment series with a concert by classical guitarist Paul Grove at the Boulevard Bistro Friday, June 5. Grove will play two 45-minute sets, one starting at 5:30 p.m. and one starting at 6:30 p.m. Get two appetizers and entrees, two tickets to the Spokane SkyRide and live entertainment for $19.95. For more information, go to

A good thing is happening on the way to the forum.

The Spokane Central Lions Club is inviting the public to join them at 7:30 p.m. tonight, June 3, at the Spokane Civic Theatre's showing of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the main-stage comedy that's in production through June 14. Proceeds from the show will support Lions programs, including Sight & Hearing, Diabetes Education and Youth Services. Tickets are $40 for the front row and $30 elsewhere. For more information, call the Lions office at 509-328-6900. For more on this production, go to

HOT SPOTS from The Som Show,

The Som Show Patio Party series - The Som Show has teamed up with Platform Booking to throw a series of outdoor concerts at Rocket Market and Caterina Winery throughout June. This week's series features Joel Smith and The Hands of Plenty on Saturday at Rocket Market, Mon Cheri on Sunday at the market, and Kevin Long on Thursday at Caterina. Caterina shows also serve as episode premieres for The Som Show mico-series ( June 6-7 at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. and June 11 at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: Free at Rocket Market, $5 at Caterina.

R.I.S.E. - Atlanta-based sisters Leah and Chloe spent the last six months of 2008 teaching and studying yoga and organic farming in India. After a brief sabbatical from touring, R.I.S.E. (formerly Rising Appalachia) has returned with a new album highlighting their nuanced spoken-word soul-folk backed by various instruments, including West African drums, trumpet, upright bass and more. Voted one of the nation's greenest bands of 2008, R.I.S.E. brings a message with the music. June 8 at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison St. Cost: TBA.

B Real of Cypress Hill with Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugz N Harmony - Two of the most distinct voices in 90s-era hip-hop come together for the Unite The Mic Tour featuring B Real and Bizzy Bone. B Real is touring in support of his latest rasta worship piece, Smoke and Mirrors, and Bizzy Bone, the most memorable of the Bone Thugz army, is keeping the torch lit for his Ohio rhyme camp. June 10 at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20

James Pants - Fresh off a stellar run of high profile-shows at Sasquatch at The Gorge and Elkfest in Browne's Addition, local quirk-soul hero James Pants and his Royal Zodiac compatriots are next heading on short stint in the UK. First Pants lubes up his turntables to join up with the Awesome Nice DJ monthly at The Blvd. June 5 at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5.

No-Fi Soul Rebellion - Bellingham's finest, the dynamic duo of No-Fi Soul Rebellion are well-known for their freakish dance parties, complete with singalongs and air-guitar ensembles from the audience. They come to Caterina Winery to headline a First Friday show featuring live performance painting by artist and poet Freetime Synthetic, aka Jason Corcoran. June 5 at Caterina Winery. Cost: $6.

You will be visited by three ghosts - and one train.

Disney's "A Christmas Carol" Los Angeles-to-New York train tour will roll into Spokane's Amtrak Station from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. The ornate train, promoting the new Disney movie that hits theaters Nov. 6, is free for all. For more information, go to The Christmas Carol Train Tour Site.

Where there's a Will, there's a laugh.

"Land of the Lost," the movie starring Will Ferrell and inspired by the 1970s television show, opens with an 11:59 p.m. showing Thursday, June 4 at the Regal Cinemas at the Spokane Valley Mall and at NorthTown Mall. The movie opens Friday, June 5 at the AMC River Park Square 20 theater downtown and the Village Centre Cinemas, on Spokane's North Side. For local movie times, go to, or

Seats fit for a King and Queen

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine readers can be among the first to experience Disney's THE LION KING from the "best seats in the house" at the INB before they go on sale to the general public June 12. To get the preferential treatment, get a copy of the June issue of the magazine and turn to THE LION KING ad on page 13. When you order your tickets on line at, or by phone at 800-325-SEAT, and mention or enter the password that is in the ad, you'll receive premium orchestra seats (guaranteed to be center main floor), a commemorative souvenir program and show merchandise. But you must order by midnight (Pacific Time), Thursday, June 11. Besides mail delivery, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine can be purchased at Hastings, Barnes & Noble, Aunties or Borders. THE LION KING is a Best of Broadway presentation that runs November 11 through December 6 at the INB Performing Arts Center.

You'll want to watch these young players like Hawks.

The Spokane Riverhawks, a wooden-bat summer league baseball team comprised of college players, kicks off its season at 6:35 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Avista Stadium with a game against the Kelowna (British Columbia) Falcons. The two teams will meet again at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, June 6, and at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Tickets to each game are $5, $3 for seniors and kids. For more information, go to

Bridge the gap between entertainment and fitness.

The city of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is holding its first Spokane River Bridge Walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6. The 4.5-mile loop starts at the Monroe Street Bridge and traverses its way across 17 downtown bridges, ending at the Rotary Riverfront Fountain. For more information, go to


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