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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Do a little Collective Soul searching at the Coeur d'Alene Casino.

Two days after the release of its album "Staring Down" and just days before kicking off its summer tour with Gavin DeGraw, Georgia rock band Collective Soul will play the Coeur d'Alene Casino. Tickets are still available for the casino show, which will at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Tickets are $35 and $45 each and can be purchased at www.ticketswest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT.

Spend the summer solstice with Suzanne Somers.

Multitalented comedic actress Suzanne Somers will perform at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 21, in the Northern Quest Theater. The show is only for adults 21 and over. Tickets can be bought through the Northern Quest Casino events line at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Misery loves company at the Rockin' B.

The Rockin' B Ranch barn will be filled with laughter at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, with when longtime Spokane actor Tim Behrens puts on the one-man comedy, "A Fine and Pleasant Misery: The Humor of Patrick F. McManus." Behrens plays 12 different characters in the show, including Rancid Crabtree, the daft old Mrs. Swisher, Strange The Dog, and deer on a bicycle. The show is the first of three Behrens performances planned this summer at Rockin' B Ranch, located 100 yards south of the Interstate 90 Exit 299 off-ramp. Cost is $29 per person and includes a big barbecued meal. For reservations, call 509-891-9016.

Jazz at the Rockin' B tonight.

The Rockin' B Ranch will present a series of Rockin' Jazz Nights, every other Wednesday night, starting June 17, at 7pm and featuring this area's finest jazz musicians. This program will continue alternate Wednesdays through September. For the inaugural Jazz Night, June 17, VARIETY PAK, the Bruce Davis quintet will be featured, specializing in the great dance music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s and play all rhythms, rumba, samba, all the Swings, Latins and more. Tickets for the show are $20 which includes dinner! Call 509-891-9016. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 6. Rockin' B Ranch is located off Interstate 90 at Exit 299.

The High Five from thesomshow.com

The Wallflowers - Grammy-Award winning straight-up rock and roll outfit The Wallflowers has been through massive lineup changes since its emergence into the 90s rock scene, but there has been one constant: frontman Jakob Dylan. No matter who is playing behind him, J. Dylan has been respected in the music world for the last two decades by such names as Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp. Although The Wallfowers hasn't released an album in four years, and played only a handful of festivals last year, the band has remained in the public eye, thanks mostly to Dylan's solo outings, George Harrison's son, Dhani, and his own touring project, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels. The Wallflowers is currently touring in support of its "Greatest Hits" records. June 20 at 8 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $37, $47, $102

Slayer - Eleven albums and nearly three decades into its career and thrash-metal giant Slayer is still killing the hard-rock masses with onslaughts of double-bass drumming, tremelo riff ripping guitar solos and demonic howls from beyond about Satanism, genocide, and general insanity. The Grammy-nominated disciples of devil have publicly reported that a new album is under construction for a summer release, though no release date has yet been announced. So far, the band has released one new track, "Psychopathy Red," as a 7-inch vinyl released on the third annual Record Store Day. June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $32

Les Claypool - Electric bass guru of Primus fame, Les Claypool is fully engaged with his own little fantasy land through a psychedelic portal into mayhem called Mushroom Men, a new game for Nintendo's Wii console. So inspired by the project was the former Primus star that Claypool constructed an entire world behind the madness and packaged it into his latest recording, "Of Fungi and Foe." Claypool announced in early June that he would be touring with Hasidic Jewish reggae-hip-hop star Matisyahu, but he appears in Spokane next Wednesday with gypsy-punk-bluegrass-metal-jazz-swing-folkies O' Death. June 24 at 7 p.m. at The Knitting Factory. Cost: $25

The Som Show Patio Party featuring Mark Ward - The Platform Presents Patio Party peaks out its June Showcase with an acoustic beatdown starring the ever-charming multi-instrumentalist and melodica master Mark Ward, who is joined by his full band consister of local Americana marksman Joel Smith, former Side Project co-founder Parker and rock-steady bassman Dan Spalding. They'll be joined on the patio at Caterina Winery by Coeur d'Alene soul-folk-popster Ron Greene and folk-rock outfit out of California, Damon Castillo Band. June 25 at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $5

The Som Show Patio Party featuring Karli Fairbanks - The Rocket Market Patio Party celebrates Father's Day with Dad's day music starting in the morning with a funky-soul brunch featuring DJ Desuere and kicks off into an evening all-female acoustic extravaganza featuring local folk-rock queen Karli Fairbanks joined by her Brooklyn, N.Y. tour buddy Brittain Ashford and Portland's Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers. June 21 at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. Funky-soul brunch with DJ Desuere at 11 a.m. Dad's Day Musicue with Karli Fairbanks and Friends at 6 p.m. Cost: Free.


The Valleyfest party starts early.

Valleyfest is still three months away, but its supporters are going to celebrate the big events 20th anniversary early. A Valleyfest fundraiser and dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the CenterPlace Regional Events Center, at 2426 N. Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley. Tickets are $35 for one person or $350 for a table. A silent and live auction will be included. To buy tickets or for more information, call 509-922-3299.

Hunting-gathering for something to do this weekend?

"Year One," an early-man comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, opens Friday, June 19, at the AMC River Park Square 20 theater downtown and the Regal Cinemas at the Spokane Valley Mall and at NorthTown Mall, and the Village Centre Cinemas, on Spokane's North Side. For local movie times, go to www.regmovies.com, www.amctheatres.com or www.spokanemovies.com.

For the Perfect Picnic, Try the Manito Park Bench Cafe

The Manito Park Bench Cafe is now opened from 8am-7p daily (weather permitting) for the summer season, featuring new menu items and also continuing to serve pastries from Rocket Bakery, specialty sandwiches, wraps, salads, espresso drinks, ice cream and smoothies, kids lunches and of course, free treats for dogs. So stop by for a cool drink and great food. Items are also available to go. Open daily through Labor Day and then, based on demand and the weather, will open select days and hours.

SPORTS CORNER
Indians baseball starts, and yes, there will be fireworks.

The Spokane Indians baseball club kicks off its 2009 season with a three-game homestand against the Yakima Bears. The opening-night game is Saturday, June 20, and will feature a fireworks display after the game. The Sunday, June 21 game will be a $1 Family Feast promotion. The Monday, June 22, night is Kids Opening Night and Otto's Birthday. All three games start at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, go to the Spokane Indians box office, call 509-343-OTTO or go to www.spokaneindiansbaseball.com.

The Shock look to break the Fever.

Still undefeated and still No. 1 in Arenafootball2 standings, the Spokane Shock take on the Tri-Cities Fever at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in the Spokane Arena. As of earlier this week, tickets were available in the lower-level end zones and in the upper level. The lower-level sideline seats are sold out. For tickets, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

Jet down to St. John for the boat races.

Webb's Slough, a 50-acre jet sprint boat race track in the middle of the Palouse, is opening this weekend for its first race of the summer. Racing at Webb's Slough, located about 65 miles south of Spokane in the small town of St. John, will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, and run all day long. Tickets for the event cost $15 for adults, $12 for kids 6-to-17 years old, and free for kids 5 years old and younger, and they can be bought through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT. For more information on the races, go to www.webbsslough.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Husband? Wait a minute. What was all that 'one in a million' talk?"

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift card to Cathay Inn. Send your best guess to info@entertainmentspokane.com. The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, June 19.

Last Week's Winner: Cindy Gauthier is the Bella of the ball.

Last week's movie quote was, "I leave you alone for two minutes, and the wolves descend." Gauthier correctly guessed that it was from the 2008 horror/chick flick "Twilight" and was selected from a record number of entries.

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