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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dancing with the Celebrities this Saturday night




This Saturday, April 28 at 7 pm local celebrities will grace the Bing Crosby Theater stage as they dance to raise money for Christian Youth Theater- (CYT) Spokane. Pictured are Julie Humphreys, former KHQ anchor and Deanar Young, a licensed Zumba instructor, professional dancer and dance instructor practicing for the event.

Much like the TV show, 'Dancing with the Stars,' local celebrities are paired with professional dance instructors to compete against one another for the Championship Title. The audience votes for their favorite couple with dollar bills ($1=1 vote, $15=15 votes, etc), so the more money each celebrity brings in, the more likely they will be to win. Auction/raffle items will also be available that night.

When you buy tickets for the event, the dollar amounts spent for tickets can count as votes toward the celebrity you want to win.

Participating celebrities for this year's event include:
Molly Allen - 'Dave, Ken & Molly in the Morning' on 92.9 ZZU & Jillian Wylie
Marianne Guenther Bornhoft - Realtor, Windermere Manito & Adam Peterson
Ellena Conway - Owner, Latah Creek Winery & Greg Wold
Derek Deis - KXLY 'Good Morning Northwest' Anchor & Darci Lord
Julie Humphreys - Director, Step UP Spokane/Health Reporter & Deanar Young
Judy Lee - Special Events Coordinator, Catholic Charities Spokane & Howard Peake
Anne Mitchell - Owner, LLL Talent & Andrew Ware Lewis
Ken Sax - Host of 'Real Estate Radio with Ken Sax' and 'Shox the Fox', Mascot for the Spokane Shock Arena Football Team & Annie Stillar
Rick Steltenpohl - Executive Director, Hoopfest & Melina Beschta

Doors open at 6pm at the Bing Crosby Theater, and it is a semi-formal event. Refreshments & wine will be for sale, and there will also be student performances from recent classes and shows.

You may purchase tickets or cast votes for a celebrity/dancer online at www.cytspokane.com or call the CYT-Office at 509-487-6540.

Spokane Symphony takes the show on the road tomorrow night

The Spokane Symphony will perform a Kick Back Classics concert tomorrow night, Thursday, April 26 at the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, 15515 E. 20th Avenue, on the corner of Sullivan and East 20th. This concert is open to the entire community.

In addition to leaving their downtown home at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox to perform in neighborhood venues, the musicians of the Spokane Symphony will present a different type of performance. They will be 'kicking back' and playing without a conductor - much like a chamber group but with symphonic proportions.

The Kick Back Classics program includes some crowd favorites such as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major and Handel's Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major. The one-hour program also includes Mozart's Serenade No. 6 in D major, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and Britten's Simple Symphony for String Orchestra. The audience can expect the unexpected and prepare to say wow at this musician-led experience.

Kick Back Classics tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the Box Office, 1001 W. Sprague or 509-624-1200, online at www.spokanesymphony.org and at the door.


Tim Behrens brings McManus books to life




'A Fine & Pleasant Misery,' the hilarious one-man show written by Patrick F. McManus and Starring Tim Behrens is coming to The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene, Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 at 7:30pm. The shows will benefit the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund at The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Tickets are $23 for adults, $17 for children 17 and under. Get your tickets at the Kroc Center or at www.iTickets.com and get ready to laugh.

For more information about Tim Behrens and The Patrick McManus Comedies, visit www.mcmanusplays.com. For information about The Kroc Center's events and programs, visit www.kroccda.org.


Kendall Feeney and Spokane String Quartet Sunday at the Bing

Pianist Kendall Feeney joins the Spokane String Quartet for an exploration of the 'wild side' of classical music at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Bing Crosby Theater. The Spokane String Quartet consists of Mateusz Wolski and Amanda Howard-Phillips, violins; Jeannette Wee-Yang, viola; and Helen Byrne, cello.

All seats are general admission. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Ticket prices include a $2 theater preservation fee. Tickets are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT or at the door.


A Night to Remember this Saturday




This month marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the Spokane Symphony will commemorate that event with a special 'A Night to Remember, the Music of the Titanic,' this Saturday, April 28 at 8pm at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox.

Maestro Eckart Preu has selected an exciting program of music from the movie of the same name as well as from the White Star Line Songbook from which the band played on the luxurious but fateful cruise. The soundtrack from Titanic with 'My Heart Will Go On' is the best-selling album of all time with 30 million copies. Selections from the White Star Line Songbook include 'Glow Worm,' 'Maple Leaf Rag,' 'The Blue Danube' and many more. Eckart and the musicians of the Spokane Symphony are sure to make it A Night to Remember.

Tickets begin at $25 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. or by phone at 509-624-1200. They may also be purchased at all TicketWest outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


You STILL Can't Do That in the Library!

The Spokane Public Library Foundation's 6th annual 'You Can't Do That in the Library' is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th, 7pm at the Downtown Public Library, 906 West Main. This event features the music of 6 Foot Swing, great food from David's Pizza and new this year, River City Red beer. Am amazing Rare Books auction will also be part of the evening.

Tickets are $55, and can be purchased by calling 509-444-5318. Additional payment information and event details are available on the website, www.spokanelibraryfdtn.


Engelbert Humperdinck this Sunday at Northern Quest

After Arnold George Dorsey took the name of the Austrian composer who wrote the opera, 'Hansel & Gretel,' he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last forty plus years with over 150 million records sold. Not many know that several major acts, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out opening for Engelbert Humperdinck in the late '60s, '70s and '80s. Few people also realize that it was Humperdinck, not Elvis, who made famous the sideburns and flamboyant leather jumpsuits.

With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year, 63 gold/24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he is part of an elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation in addition to their core audiences.

All tickets are reserved seating. Ticket prices are $55 and $65. Guests can purchase tickets by calling the Northern Quest box office at 509-481-6700 (toll-free 1-877-777-5252) or order online. This show is 18+.

Spring Tea to benefit Women & Children's Free Restaurant

The Spring Tea sponsored by Women & Children's Free Restaurant will be May 12, 11:30am, at the Spokane Masonic Center. The tea is a fundraiser to support the work of WCFR in feeding women and children in Spokane.

Creativity is on display as the Table Captains decorate their own tables. The doors open an hour early so that everyone has time to view the tables. A four-course tea menu is served, with a breads/scones course, soup, sandwiches, and sweets. Donations made at the tea will be matched by Northwest Beauty.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Karen Orlando at volunteer@wcfrspokane.org, or 509-324-1995, ext. 300.


Dinner dance with the Master Class Jazz Orchestra

Supper Club Showcase Dinner & Ballroom Swing Dance will be held on Saturday, May 5 at the Sons of Norway, N. 6710 Country Homes Blvd. Enjoy the culinary talents of Chef Colby Weiler from Clinkerdagger for a special 3-course gourmet dinner/dessert plus admittance to the dance for $30 ($10 dance only). Appetizers available as well. Dinner is 4:30-8pm; Dance lesson from 6-7pm and Dancing is 7-9pm with MCJO Big Band Orchestra. Visit mcjo.org or call 509-326-9211 for more informations. Call 509-599-5934 for reservations.

Bravo Opera!

Northwest Opera will present the first production of its second season, 'Die Fledermaus' (Act 2), May 5, May 11 and May 12. Directed by Tim Campbell and featuring local singers, the program will include familiar arias from the opera as well as a wide variety of songs by Mozart, Offenbach, Sondheim, PDQ Bach and other composers. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2715 S. Ray St. in Spokane, will host the event May 5th at 2pm, May 11 and May 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for a $10 donation and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 509-327-3598.

Spokane Wineries to Host Spring Release Mother's Day Weekend

In celebration of Spring and in honor of mothers everywhere, Spokane area wineries will host a special weekend of wine tasting as part of The Spokane Winery Association's annual Mother's Day Spring Release Weekend.

The event runs Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13 during the new event hours of 12 to 6pm each day at the local wineries listed on the Spokane Winery website, spokanewineries.net. The event offers great reasons to visit local wineries, including wine tastings at each location and the opportunity to speak with winemakers and those passionate about wine. Select wineries have outdoor seating available, and wineries are located across the Spokane region, creating easy access to wineries. Visit each winery to explore unique festivities. Spring traditionally marks the end of winemaking season and represents the beginning of a new wine year. The wineries invite the public to celebrate the weekend. Tasting fees may apply. Download a map at spokanewineries.net.

Ric Gendron's last local show for 2 years at the Tinman

Ric Gendron's show, 'Nowhere Man' is opening at Tinman Gallery on Friday, May 4th and runs through Saturday, June 16th. The show will focus on new works on paper as well as on Ric's characteristic canvas painting. This will be Ric's last local show before his travelling museum exhibit 'Rattlebone' hits the road for the next 2 years. The University of Washington Press is publishing a book of the exhibit which will be available next fall at the opening in Missoula and then at Tinman Gallery.

The show kicks off with an artist's reception, Friday, May 4th, from 5 to 9pm. For more information go to tinmanartworks.com.

Texas Ranger baseball games on KPTQ AM 1280




The Texas Rangers are the major league team for our Spokane Indians and several former Indians players are playing important roles this season.

After falling just short of capturing the first World Series title in franchise history last year, the Texas Rangers came into 2012 on a mission. On the strength of an overpowering offense and rapidly developing pitching staff, the Rangers have captured 13 of their first 17 games. Six former Indians are part of the Rangers 25-man roster and have all played key roles in the team's early season success. Ian Kinsler ('03), Neftali Feliz ('07), Derek Holland ('07), Craig Gentry ('06), Mitch Moreland ('07) and Robbie Ross ('09).

You can follow the careers of these former Spokane players on local radio. All the Ranger games are broadcast on Clear Channel Spokane's KPTQ AM 1280. For a complete schedule go to 1280kptq.com.


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