Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sophia Caruso and cast shine in Annie!
The sun comes out this Friday, May 18 as 'Annie,' starring Sophia Caruso, and a fabulous cast of kids, adults and dogs opens at the Spokane Civic Theatre. The show runs on the Main Stage through June 17. The final dress rehearsal last evening was phenomenal. This is a show you don't want to miss. Director Yvonne A.K. Johnson has done a magnificent job of bringing over 200 people, including a cast of 40, together to stage this magical musical.
Sophia, a veteran actress already at age 11, is poised, confident and immensely talented in this performance. Her vocals are strong and clear and her acting is exceptional. The other 10 girls who play the orphans are very talented as well. The adults including Mark Pleasant as 'Daddy Warbucks' and Phedre Burney-Quimby as Mrs. Hannigan, are outstanding.
Curtain Times are Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7:30 pm, Sun: 2:00 pm. Go to
www.spokanecivictheatre.com for information and tickets.
Van Halen coming to Spokane!
The Spokane Arena has announced the biggest concert of the year, Van Halen is coming to town August 21 at 7:30 playing two hours of non-stop Van Halen classics.
The band has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In February 2012, Van Halen released A Different Kind of Truth with original lead singer, David Lee Roth. This marks the band's first studio album with David Lee Roth since '1984.'
Van Halen will be joined on tour by Ky-Mani Marley, the son of musical legend, Bob Marley.
Don't miss the return of Van Halen to Spokane, when Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen rock the stage at the Spokane Arena on Tuesday, August 21.
Reserved seat tickets are $49.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $125.00 and go on sale Saturday, May 19 at 10:00am at the Spokane Arena Box Office, all TicketsWest Outlets,
www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.
The Manito Park Bench Cafe opens this week
Summer must be almost here because the Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park opens this Friday, May 18 starting at 9am. Great food is offered, like sandwiches, wraps, salads & soups and beverages including fruit smoothies & espresso drinks plus free treats for the dogs.
Also returning this year is the Summer Friday night free concerts from June 1 to August 31 and Wednesday lunch quartet performances in July. Cafe hours are May 18 - June 14, 9am to 3pm; (Friday June 1st and 8th, open to 7:30pm); June 15 - Sept 2 open 8am to 7pm; and from Sept 3 - Sept 16 hours will be 9am to 3pm.
Come enjoy great food and great music this summer at the Manito Park Bench Cafe.
Sunday Concert Series at Arbor Crest begins new season
Arbor Crest's Cliff House Estate starts their summer concert series this weekend. This season, you'll hear some of our region's most exciting musicians with music ranging from rock and country to swing, jazz and blues. This Sunday, May 20 is their first concert of the season, featuring Spare Parts playing nostalgic favorites from 1950's Doo-Wop to contemporary hits. The concert starts at 5:30pm and goes until dusk. $5 admission fee. Sunday concerts run through September 30. No alcohol permitted through entry gate but wine is available for purchase. You can pack your own picnic and food is also available for purchase. For table reservations and group packages, call 509-927-9463.
Also at Arbor Crest is 'Music on the Patio,' every Thursday evening, starting May 24. Next Thursday, guest performer is Maxie Ray Mills, playing acoustic rock & blues. Artist Joan E. Schilling will display metal and glass art. Thursday concerts are no admission, hours are 5:30 to 7:30pm and run Thursday, May 24 through Thursday, September 27.
Arbor Crest Cliff House Estate is located at 4705 North Fruithill Rd in Spokane Valley. 21 and over, ID required. For more information and a complete concert schedule, visit www.arborcrest.com.
Adrienne Bousquet is best Bloomsday entertainer
The Bloomsday crowd may have been tired after cresting Doomsday Hill, but it appears they weren't too tired to appreciate vocalist Adrienne Bousquet's 'Sequins and Sinatra' performance near the six-mile point. Bousquet, who was at the corner of Lindeke and Gardner, moved up a notch from her second place showing last year to claim the title of Best Bloomsday Entertainer in the ninth annual contest among performers along the 12-kilometer course.
Bousquet's victory came in spite of strong showings by indie rock band Black Gingham and soloist Tori Whitten, who finished second and third. Black Gingham performed during the first mile of the route, while Tori Whitten was on Ft. George Wright Drive just before the TJ Meenach Bridge.
Whatever their preference in entertainment, Bloomsday runners, joggers, walkers and wheelers seemed to enjoy the performances, as they cast 1,274 votes this year for the nearly 30 performers on the course.
Play ball! And have fun at Spokane Indians games.
The Spokane Indians Baseball Club announced the release of their promotional calendar for the upcoming 2012 season. As the premier provider of affordable summer entertainment in Spokane, the Indians strive to make every game a unique family experience.
The season starts on Friday, June 15th with Opening Night Fireworks & AAA Magnet Schedule Giveaway presented by Les Schwab Tires, KREM 2-TV, 93.7 The Mountain, and SportsRadio 1510 KGA. Every fan in attendance will receive a magnet schedule courtesy of AAA, and the game will be followed by a phenomenal fireworks display that promises to leave the crowd in awe.
In addition to Opening Night, there will be six other spectacular Fireworks Nights throughout the season: July 4th, July 14th, July 28th, August 4th, August 11th, and August 26th.
A longtime fan favorite, Yoke's Family Feast Nights presented by Yoke's Fresh Market and 92.9 ZZU, return for a quartet of games this year: June 16th, July 6th, August 3rd, and August 24th.
The Indians have long been known for their great promotional items and this summer is no different, with Indians Team Photo Giveaway Night on August 21st, Baseball Hat Giveaway Night on July 17th, Indians Baseball Card Giveaway Night on August 12th, and the highly-anticipated Ian Kinsler Bobblehead Night on July 27th.
Fans looking for special memorabilia are in luck, as the Indians will have four jersey auctions this summer: July 4th (special edition patriotic jerseys), July 15th (Texas Rangers jerseys), August 5th (red out jerseys) and August 25th (pink Breast Cancer awareness jerseys). The Indians will also be auctioning off one-of-a-kind light blue hats on June 17th for the Father's Day Game & Prostate Cancer Awareness.
Postgame entertainment includes Supercuts Post-Game Circle the Bases after 10 games throughout the summer, in addition to three performances by the Kelly Hughes Band (June 15th, July 13th, and August 24th) as part of the Coors Light Post-Game Concert Series, and three Park University Post-Game Movies (June 16th, July 6th, and August 3rd).
A full list of 2012 promotional events is available to view or print at spokaneindians.com.
The Spokane Indians are the Short Season Class 'A' affiliate for the two-time defending American League Champion Texas Rangers. The Indians open the 2012 season on Friday, June 15th against the Vancouver Canadians. Ticket packages for the 2012 season are on sale now starting as low as $63. Reserve your seats today by calling 509-343-OTTO (6886).
Spokane's Looff Carrousel ranked 17th best in the nation
'No childhood is complete without a whirl aboard one of America's best carrousels - they're worth ponying up for,' according to Travel & Leisure Magazine which in its new issue features the magazine's top 17 favorites in the country. Prominent on that list is the Looff Carrousel in Spokane's Riverfront Park.
According to the article, "A giraffe, a tiger, a pair of Chinese dragons, and many horses add up to 57 hand-carved wooden creatures circling this 1909 carrousel in Spokane's Riverfront Park. Be on the lookout for the oh-so-coveted Miss Liberty, a horse decked out in red, white, and blue."
The 1909 Looff Carrousel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most beautiful and well preserved hand-carved wooden carrousels still in existence. Spokane's Looff Carrousel features 54 horses, 1 giraffe, 1 tiger, and 2 Chinese dragon chairs. The Carrousel is one of Spokane's most beloved treasures since coming to its original destination in Spokane's Natatorium Park. The Carrousel is open almost year round except for scheduled maintenance in January, February and November. The Carrousel also has one of the highest riderships in the nation hosting over 200,000 riders a year and is available for private rentals, weddings, birthday parties and more.
Great Films at the Magic Lantern Theater
The following films run through Thursday, May 17 at the Magic Lantern: 'Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview'; 'The Artist'; 'Marley'; 'Coriolanus'; 'The Hunter'; 'The Salt of Life'; and 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'.
Starting Friday, May 18 through Thursday, May 24, the following films will be shown: 'Future Shorts'; 'The Bus Movie'; and 'The Deep Blue Sea'. Films continuing 'The Artist'; 'Marley'; and 'The Salt of Life'.
For ticket prices and showtimes, visit www.magiclanternspokane.com or for daily showtimes, call 509-209-2383. The Magic Lantern Theatre is located at 25 W. Main Ave in downtown Spokane.
Haran Irish Dancers and An Dochas at the Bing
Haran Irish Dancers (AKA Haran Irish Dance School) have been delighting audiences for nearly two decades with traditional and non-traditional Irish step dancing. Performances include lovely slip jigs, lively reels and jigs, and heart pounding hard shoe. Currently, dancers train either at the school based in Kettle Falls or Spokane.
The dancers are very excited to be performing with the award winning band An Dochas. An Dochas, Gaelic for 'The Hope', captivates audiences of all ages with their lively interpretation of traditional Irish music.
The performance is Saturday, May 19, at 2 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets are $10 each at the door.
Grease Sing-A-Long at the INB
'Grease' Sing-a-Long is coming to Spokane! 'Grease', the original classic motion picture starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, will drag race its way to the INB Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 18 in an interactive, big screen experience unlike any other. Presented locally by KXLY 4 and will be hosted by 'Good Morning Northwest's' Mark Peterson. Ticketwest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.
Summer Sellebration Parking Lot event
Inland NW Baby will be hosting their 2nd Summer Sellebration Parking Lot Event on Saturday, June 2, from 10am to 4pm. Vendors will have items like tutus, hairbows, jewelry, tomato/pepper plants and more including yummy food, entertainment and shopping galore. Friends of INWB is hosting a sale of gently used children's items to help raise funds to support ongoing operations. Inland NW Baby is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving families in the greater Spokane area by supplying diapers, gently used clothing and hygiene supplies through existing social service agencies. INWB can be reached at www.inlandnwbaby.org or by calling 509-499-0670.
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