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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sail over to Cd'A for 'Dames At Sea.'

The fun-filled musical "Dames At Sea," starring Ellen Travolta, docks at Boswell Auditorium at North Idaho College for Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's nine-show run, which starts with a 7:30 p.m. show Thursday, July 23 and runs through Aug. 2. First produced in 1966, "Dames At Sea" tells the story of Broadway performers who fall in love with sailors, only to have to use their ship as the venue for their next show. Tickets to the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre revival of this classic are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, and $25 for kids. To order, go to

Would you mind if he read your mind?

We've seen the future, and it says The Amazing Kreskin is coming to Spokane. The mind-blowing 74-year-old mind reader is coming to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino for a show at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. Kreskin, whose real name is George Kresge Jr., became a popular television star in the 1970s when he had his own show, "The Amazing World of Kreskin." He also appeared on The Tonight Show 56 times that decade. Tickets for the show at Northern Quest are $40 each and are available by calling the Northern Quest events line at 509-481-6700 or by calling 800-325-SEAT or visiting

They'll put the WOW in powwow.

That annual Julyamsh Powwow and the 2009 Stickgame Tournament will take place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 at the Greyhound Park and Events Center, at 5100 Riverbend in Post Falls. For more information, go to

'Black moon' will be a bright spot in Spokane's music scene.

The musical melting pot that is Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra will play the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane at 8 p.m. Monday, July 27. Considered New Age music by some and simply world music by others, the group mixes jazz, flamenco, Hindu and other genres of music for an eclectic sound that attracts fans worldwide. Tickets are $30 each, or $35 the day of the show. They are available by calling 800-325-SEAT or by visiting

Get loose on the Palouse this weekend.

The third annual Loose on the Palouse Arts and Crafts Fair is planned for this weekend at On Sacred Grounds coffee shop, at 12212 E. Palouse Highway in Valleyford, with more than 30 artists on display at this three-day event. The fair run from noon-6 p.m. Friday, July 24; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 25; and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Fredneck's, the Rockford bar and grill, will serve a steak dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, with a concert featuring Roxy Powell, Pastor Paul Anderson and Michael Robinson starting at 6 p.m. that night. On Saturday, Master Gardeners will be on hand for free question-and answer sessions from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Valleyford's Little Parade will run from noon to 12:30 p.m. that Sunday. For more information, go to

The High Five from
by Isamu Jordan

Sonic Youth - They spent two decades fighting uphill on a major label, and now alternative-rock pioneers Sonic Youth are once again a true indie band. Back in the early 80s, Sonic Youth helped spearhead the indie genome in rock music, taking a cue from the DIY ethos in punk and applying a back-door attack to nearly every aspect of the music, writing freakishly noisy art-rock compositions, playing guitars with drumsticks and screwdrivers in seemingly made-up tunings. It's almost laughable that such a contrary approach to rock music was picked up by a major at all, much less for the length that Sonic Youth was mired in the corporate rock machine. Finally freed from the binds of contrived collaborations, video game soundtracks and measuring success by chart position, Sonic Youth is back to making shamelessly obscured no-wave rock that leaves the listener scratching his head but loving the itch. Sonic Youth plays music from its June release, "Eternal," at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $21 in advance, $23.50 day of show.

Godsmack - After nearly 20 million records sold worldwide, two consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and 17 top-ten singles, and a debut album that went five times platinum, Godsmack is still bringing the raw, heavy and unrelenting brand of heavy metal brutality. But Godsmack has been relatively quiet in terms of studio work since its 2007 greatest hits album, although frontman Sully Erna has stated that he is working on a solo album, and that the band is readying for a 2010 release. In the meantime, the crushing quartet is still selling out tours, such as the one that hits town at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $40 (sold out).

The Cave Singers - Riding the wave of the folk-rock revival that's swelling in the Emerald City, comes The Cave Singers. Rebuilt from the fallout of scathing art-punk band Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Cave Singers is soothing, reticent indie-rolk that couldn't be farther from the same neighborhood as the band's early roots. Labelmates with Sonic Youth on Matador Records, The Cave Singers bring their subtle acoustic ambience and eerie haunts for a show with local folk heroines Kaylee Cole and Karli Fairbanks at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $8.

Unicorn Basement - Dead washed-out vocals sung over Game Boy-era synth tones and drum beats crafted on Casio keytars is the M.O. of Minneapolis' Unicorn Basement. All that, and they wear skin-tight glitter jumpsuits on stage. The duo is curiously co-billed with Kitten Forever, a girl power trio that plays lo-fi dance punk and 60s era garage rock, Unicorn Basement plays at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: $5; ages welcome.

RA The Rugged Man - When you hear RA The Rugged Man coming stomping on the mic, it's easy to dismiss him as another chest-beating blowhard. When he starts unraveling the hardships his family endured after his father's exposure to Agent Orange -- a brother who died at age 10 due to complications with multiple birth defects and a sister who is unable to walk or speak, and his own struggle with mental illness -- there is clearly more to this Long Island rapper than meets the eye. RA The Rugged Man headlines the CD release party for Spokane hip-hop artist Quiz at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5; 18-and-older welcome.

Oh My Goth! Marilyn Manson is coming to Spokane.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24, for the Marilyn Manson concert at the Knitting Factory, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3. The nonconformist band will make a stop in Spokane as part of its The High End Of Low tour. Tickets will be $44 each and will be available by visiting or by calling 800-325-SEAT.

You might have to be quick on your feet to get tickets to Lightfoot.

Canadian folk legend Gordon Lightfoot is coming to the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24. Lightfoot, best known for his songs "Sundown" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," has been nominated for five and Grammys and 17 of Canada's Juno awards over the course of his 40-year career. Tickets to the Spokane show will range from $29 to $49 and will be available by calling 800-325-SEAT or going to

Motorcycles, fireworks, cage fighting and more at the Fairgrounds this weekend

100 Years of Motorcycles Tour 2009 comes to the Fairgrounds this Friday Saturday and Sunday, July 24 through July 26 with street bikes, dirt bikes choppers and more.Over 200 exhibitors from across the country, including the nation's top bike builders.See Dale Earhardt Jr.'s car #88, Ultimate Cage Fighting, concerts, the cast of "Deadliest Catch".Go to for more information and or 800-325-SEAT for tickets.

Jazz All Weekend At the Laguna Cafe

The Laguna Cafe at 4302Regal will be serving up live jazz this weekend, along with wine and dinner specials. Nick Schauer and friends play Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 until 9 pm.Laguna Cafe also offers party platters and boxed meals to go anytime.You can call ahead to 509-448-0887 and then drive to their pick up window.


Are you ready for some football? The best Indian players are. The national Native American High School All-Star Football Game, featuring about 100 of the top Indian football players who are entering their senior years of high school, will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Washington State University's Martin Stadium, in Pullman. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is host of the sixth annual all-star game, which is being played at WSU for the first time. Tickets are available on game day at Martin Stadium and will cost $5 apiece. For more information, call 208-686-2023.

Basketball players go for the gold in the Silver Valley. The 16th annual Silver Hoops three-on-three basketball tournament hits Kellogg Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26. Youth and adults alike will pound the pavement while trying to beat the heat in the Silver Valley this weekend. The event also includes a slam-dunk contest. For more information, go to


"Winifred, I should like to make a slight differentiation between the word cheerful and just plain giddy irresponsibility."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win four tickets to a Spokane Indians baseball game. Send your best guess to 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, July 24.

Last Week's Winner: Natalie Gerl gets something better than two dollars. Last week's movie quote was, "Didn't ask for a dime. Two dollars." Fine correctly guessed that it was from the 1985 comedy "Better Off Dead."

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