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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Celebrate Spokane Valley at Valley Fest

Valleyfest weekend kicks off Friday evening, September 21, at 7:30 pm with the 'Hearts of Gold' Parade between N.Gillis Road and Pines Road on Sprague Ave.

The weekend continues Saturday and Sunday with events for every age throughout Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Activities including: Step UP for Down Syndrome Walk, Babyfest, Pancake Breakfast, Car Show, Fishing at the Falls, 5K/10K Run for Down Syndrome, PG rated Comedy Cup, outdoor movie, kid's activities, Balloons over Valleyfest, 200 booth vendor and 3 stages of GREAT music and live entertainment.

Valleyfest, is a non-profit organization, bringing Spokane Valley and surrounding Inland Northwest together since 1990. Visit the website for complete details:

Buckets of fun at the Bing

Buckethead is a masked guitarist with a chicken bucket on his head! The opening act is glitch artist Samples (aka Ben Samples.) See them at the Bing this Thursday, September 20 at 8pm. Contact Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

Andrea Palpant Dilley reading at Whitworth

A Whitworth grad in 2000, Andrea Palpant Dilley is the daughter of Quaker missionaries, who grew up in Kenya and in the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has appeared in Rock and Sling, Geez, and Utne Reader, as well as in the anthology Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical. She will give a reading at 7 pm this Friday, September 21 at the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. For more information contact: Annie Stillar, 509-777-3253 or

A yodeling good time

Enjoy a fabulous evening designed for all ages with Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen yodeling songs from every culture; Indian Love Call, Cattle Call, Swiss, German, Cajun, and chicken yodeling and his amazing mouth trumpet. He's at the Bing this Tuesday September 25 at 7pm. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Three Separate McManus Comedy Shows to be filmed at the Bing Crosby Theatre

The McManus Comedies, One-Man Shows written by Patrick F. McManus, starring Tim Behrens are coming to the Bing Crosby Theatre. The first is 'Scrambled McManus', with performance on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30pm; next is 'Pot Luck', at the Bing Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm; and lastly, 'Poor Again...Dagnabbit', on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30pm.

Over the past 20 years, Patrick F. McManus has written 5 distinct one-man shows for his indentured actor, Tim Behrens. Two of these ('A Fine and Pleasant Misery' and 'McManus In Love') were filmed by public TV and have been out on DVDs for some time.

The 3 upcoming shows will be filmed in front of live audiences at the Bing Crosby Theatre. The DVDs should be on sale in time for Christmas. If you attend either of these shows, you might very well be in the DVDs, because one camera will focus on the audience and the laughter that always accompanies a McManus show!

Special offer for McManus fans...a 'Series Price' of $33 for all 3 shows! Tickets for single shows are $15 each. A $2 restoration fee will apply to single tickets only. No service fees apply if you purchase tickets at the Arena Box Office, the Hotel Ruby (daily 10am to 2pm) or the door. Tickets also available at Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

Pat McManus is one of the most popular humor writers in the country. He has authored 24 books which have sold about 5 million copies. Five of his short humor collections have made the top 10 of the NY Times Bestseller's list. His five one-man shows, all performed by Tim Behrens, have played to more than 450,000 people in 1600 performances in 23 states over 20 years.

For more information on the McManus Comedies, visit

More McManus...Celebrating 20 years!

A new show, 'Pat McManus and Me: the First 20 Years!', written by Pat McManus and Tim Behrens, and starring Tim Behrens will have a performance at the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint, ID at 300 North First Ave, on Saturday, October 6 at 8pm.

Tickets are $15 each and available at Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's Pub and Pedro's, all in Sandpoint or at the Panida Theatre door. You can also call the box office at 208-263-9191. For more info:

KREM TV announces 'Best of Spokane' Winners

KREM 2's Best of Spokane voter's poll has wrapped up and the community was more engaged than ever before. This year's contest received over 113,000 votes with a total of 2340 business participating. It allowed people to vote for the best local businesses in more than 90 different categories including: Best Casino, Best Place To People Watch, Best Auto Dealer and Best Sports Bar. Not only does KREM 2's Best of Spokane showcase local businesses it also serves as a directory when you're looking for new places to try out. KREM 2 started announcing winners on Monday and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the week. For more information and to see this year's winners go to

The Lincoln Center launches The Connoisseur's Club at its upcoming fall Winemaker's Dinner

The Lincoln Center announces its upcoming September 28th Winemaker's Dinner, 'Fall for our Reds,' as the launch event for its Connoisseur's Club.

The Connoisseur's Club is a membership club designed for people who enjoy the experiences of all things food and drink. Overseen by The Lincoln Center's Sommelier and Food & Beverage Director Ryan Biesen, The Connoisseur's Club is open to anyone 21 years of age and older.

The popularity of The Lincoln Center's quarterly Winemaker's Dinners was the motivation behind the creation of the club. The Connoisseur's Club provides its members with exclusive benefits and savings related to wine, fine dining, entertaining, specialty foods and culinary events. Membership includes a bottle of wine each month, carefully selected by Biesen, and accompanied by his tasting notes. Also included are recipes and suggested food pairings from The Lincoln Center's Executive Chef Bradley Emery.

Members will also receive reduced price tickets to the quarterly Wine Dinners and exclusive opportunities for tickets to other culinary and wine themed events. 'Chocolate Therapy,' a holiday wine and chocolate tasting event with a presentation by special guest professional Eva Roberts, and a winter Scotch Social are already scheduled.

The upcoming Winemaker's Dinner features some exceptional wines from Washington State and some famed wine estates in Italy. The evening starts with a champagne social at 6:00 pm. Door prizes are always an anticipated part of these events. This dinner's prizing includes a 5 bottle collage of Pinot Noir from around the globe, and a 1998 bottle of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon valued at $200.

Tickets are only $45 and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Seating is limited. Contact The Lincoln Center 509-327-8000 for more information about this event and the Connoisseur's Club or visit

Gaelic Storm coming to Spokane

Tickets are on sale now for Celtic Band Gaelic Storm, coming to the Knitting Factory Wednesday, October 17, starting at 7:30pm.

Gaelic Storm has amassed a large, loyal and ever-growing following. After three studio albums on Virgin/EMI early on, the band has since launched their own label, Lost Again Records, and released their albums themselves...even designed their own album art, posters and advertisements, and spearheading all their own merchandising, book-keeping and marketing. Gaelic Storm is a truly self-contained entity. The newly released album, 'Cabbage' debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Chart, additionally peaking at #14 on the iTunes overall Album Chart and #11 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart.

Tickets are $20 General Admission and available by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at or

Gospel music this Sunday at Spokane First Church of the Nazarene

The well-known Spokane based southern gospel quartet 'FourGiven' will be in concert this Sunday, September 23 at 6:00pm at Spokane First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Boulevard. There is no charge for this great evening concert of gospel music. Bring your family and friends. Call the church office at 509-467-8986 with any questions.

All-Sahlin guitar Summit

With a world-wide list of clients, ranging from Grammy nominees and winners, to all of the Spokane region's university guitar professors, renowned luthier Eric Sahlin has cultivated a reputation for building guitars that not only sound good, but are also impeccably fit together and polished.

Come enjoy Sahlin owners Leon Atkinson, Paul Grove, Michael and Keleren Millham, James Reid and Matt Smith for a single evening of music for the classical guitar, in appreciation of the guitars of Eric Sahlin this Friday, September 21 at 7:30pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. Contact Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

Ken Spiering at the Tinman Gallery

The Spokane Art School has reincorporated and the Tinman Gallery at 811 West Garland is letting them use the gallery rent-free for their exhibits. The first big one is Ken Spiering, who will open a show of new work called 'Mosaic', this Friday, September 21 from 5 to 8pm. This is Ken's first show in almost 10 years and is comprised of new work in all of the media he works so well in -- painting, sculpture and enamel. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Art School. Ken is probably best known locally as the creator of The Little Red Wagon in Riverfront Park. For more information call the Tinman Gallery at 509-325-1500.

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