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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tom Hanson showing at Pacific Flyway Gallery

A showing of Tom Hanson's 'Collection's; Landscapes and Abstracts' opens this Thursday, May 10 at Pacific Flyway Gallery & Frame Shop, 409 S. Dishman-Mica Road, Spokane Valley. You can see more of Tom's art and learn about the artist at his website;

13th annual Clay Invitational at the Art Spirit Gallery

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene will open their 13th Annual Clay Invitational - featuring 18 artists this Friday, May 11 with a reception from 5-8 in conjunction with the Downtown ArtWalk. This show runs May 11 through June 2.

Coeur d'Alene Art Walk this Friday night

This Friday night, May 11 from 5 to 8 pm, stroll through beautiful downtown Coeur d'Alene and enjoy Artwalk as local and nationally acclaimed artists show their work at a variety of venues. Go to for more information.

Jazz at Geno's on Sunday nights

Geno's, 1414 N. Hamilton, will resume jazz on Sunday nights starting this Sunday, May 13th. The Eddie Haskell Trio (Mike Tschirgi- drums, Nick Schauer- guitar, Dave Turner- bass) will be there every Sunday starting at 5pm and playing until 8pm entertaining the dinner crowd. This week's special guest sax man, Charles Swanson as the Beaver.

Spokane Wineries to Host Spring Release 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 The Spokane Winery Association's annual Mother's Day Spring Release Weekend. The event runs May 11-13 during the new event hours of 12 pm - 6 pm each day. 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

The Spokane Winery Association is an alliance of Spokane-area wineries that work to promote regional wine products. The Spokane Winery Association's mission is to promote communication and interaction between the wineries of Spokane, to promote economic development through winery tourism and to increase the awareness and profile of the wineries in the Spokane area. Members of the alliance produce an eclectic blend of distinctly Washington wines ranging from intense, rich reds and crisp whites to complex blends. For more information and for a list of participating wineries and their addresses visit

New Italian gift shop opens

A new retail shop, Bramasole Majolica D'Italia, owned by Michael and Amie Whittle, has just opened at 3103 S. Grand Boulevard in the location that was formerly The Plant Wizard. Everything they sell is imported from Italy including a wide selection of home items, Majolica ceramics and pottery, plateware table linens, and personal care items like soaps, lotions and perfumes.

They are open from noon to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday in summer months and closed Sunday and Monday.

The sun will come out May 18 at Civic

'Annie,' starring Sophia Caruso, opens on the Civic Theatre's Main Stage May 18 and runs through June 17. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Popular songs include: 'Tomorrow,' 'It's The Hard-Knock Life,' and 'N.Y.C.' Based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, this young orphan girl will win your heart as she adventures to find her true family. The show is directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson, with Music Direction by Benjamin Bentler and Choreography by Michael J. Muzatko.

Curtain Times are Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2:00 pm. Go to for tickets and information.

Dan Cummins performs Friday at the Spokane Club

His humor has been described as 'Dane Cook with volume control and intelligence.' Now that's an act you've got to see! Dan Cummins brings his hilariously smart takes on all the absurdities of modern life to the Spokane Club, W1002 Riverside this Friday night, May 11 at 8 pm.

A Gonzaga U grad who earned his comedy chops at Spokane comedy venues and on cross-country college circuits, Cummins has broadened his standup act to include social and political issues on a global scale, hugely upping the laugh factor along the way.

Tickets are $15. To purchase, call 509-838-8511. Ages 21 and over only.

ArtFest is coming soon! June 1-3

The MAC's 27th Annual ArtFest - the start of Spokane's summer! Great music, fine art, food and a big Make-It-Art tent for kids of all ages. In beautiful Coeur d'Alene Park in Spokane's Browne's Addition - two blocks from the MAC and approximately one mile west of downtown Spokane.

Also, don't miss ElkFest 2012 the weekend after ArtFest. Outside of the Elk at the Cannon Street roundabout. Two great weekends of happenings in Browne's Addition. For more information on ArtFest go to

Bonnie Raitt to perform at the INB Sunday, Sept. 2

Tickets are now on sale for Bonnie Raitt, who is starting anew. With the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt ends a seven-year absence from the recording studio and releases her newest record on her recently-launched label, Redwing Records. Not only does the album deliver some of the most surprising and rewarding music of her remarkable career, but it means that she is hitting the road once again. Performing live at the INB Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 2, Bonnie Raitt will be joined by very special guest, the legendary Rhythm & Blues singer Mavis Staples.

Reserved seat tickets are $40, $50 and $65 and are on sale now at all TicketsWest outlets, or 800-325-SEAT.

Bill Bozly at CdA Casino

Singer and songwriter Bill Bozly is performing at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Steakhouse this Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 7 to 10 pm. Bring mom down for some great, acoustic music and a well deserved Mother's Day dinner. You can get more information at

Grammy Nominated Artist to Perform at St. John's Cathedral

Gail Archer, a Grammy nominated international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer, will present the 'Mostly Second Sunday's' organ concert on Sunday, May 20 at 4pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane at 127 E 12th Ave at Grand Blvd. The program will include music by Horatio Parker, Samuel Barber, and Charles Ives, including Ives' 'Variations on 'America'.' Archer will also play several spirituals and hymn tunes.

Ms. Archer is also adjudicating young organ artists for Musicfest Northwest on Tuesday, May 15 at the Cathedral. The winner of that competition will play during Archer's Sunday recital.

Professor Archer is the college organist at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and director of the music program at Barnard, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia (University) Chorus. She is director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at Central Synagogue, New York City.

Tickets are $10 and available from TicketsWest at or 800-325-SEAT and at the door on May 20.

For more information, check the Cathedral website at, or call the Cathedral at 509-838-4277. Free parking is available in the lot behind Lindaman's Restaurant.

Fashion Show and Silent Auction to benefit Guatemala

Liberty Baptist Church along with the help of Artistic Expressions Performing Arts Academy and The Fifth Element Talent Productions (Producers of Divino Fashion Runway Show) has joined forces to produce the Regenerate Hope Fashion Show and Auction, held on Saturday, May 19th at The Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada. Doors open at 5pm and event starts at 6pm. Tickets are $10 and desert is included. For more information, contact Artistic Expressions Performing Arts Academy 509-456-5911.

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