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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MAC's '100 Stories' celebrates history and culture of the Inland Northwest

With the end of its first century in sight, the Eastern Washington State Historical Society (Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture) is featuring a new exhibit experience that looks forward as much as it looks back. It runs now through January 31, 2015.

Capitalizing on the MAC's extraordinary collections, '100 Stories' will vibrate with enduring and inescapable themes of the American West. Spirited voices will weave stories of history and cultures and art. This exhibit will demonstrate the MAC's role in maintaining, preserving and interpreting the region.

'100 Stories' will be told on the MAC campus in Browne's Addition, as well as in relevant locations throughout Spokane and eastern Washington as far away as Walla Walla and Grand Coulee Dam. Many of the artifacts you will see in the galleries have never before been on display.

Throughout its two-year run special programming will amplify '100 Stories.' Art and traditional craft demonstrations, living history programs, film, lectures and symposia are among the program considerations. This exhibit experience is a tribute to the Eastern Washington State Historical Society's first century (April 2016) and a prologue to its second.

For a complete list of the '100 Stories' visit the MAC at 2316 West First Avenue in historic Browne's Addition and pick up a brochure listing all the exhibits and locations. The MAC Galleries and Museum Store are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Campbell House and Carriage House Activity Center are open Wednesday through Sunday 12:00am to 4:00pm. Tours are at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. for more information visit

It's 'Wicked' until this Sunday

You only have until this Sunday, May 25 to see 'Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz', at the INB Performing Arts Center. Good seats are still available and Ticketswest has yours.

Don't miss the show known as 'Broadway's Biggest Blockbuster!' Go to or 800-325-SEAT.

The Manito Park Bench Cafe opens this Friday!

The wait is over! The Manito Park Bench Cafe opens for the season this Friday, May 23 from 9am to 5pm. Hours will be extended in the next few weeks. The Cafe will serve lots of great pastries, sandwiches, salads & wraps along with beverages including espresso drinks, cool summer drinks and much more.

The Cafe is open every day. Dogs welcome! Their Free Friday Summer Concert series is back for another great year...stay tuned for details! Visit them on Facebook.

Enjoy a great summer season at the Manito Park Bench Cafe, starting this Friday!

Spokane Shock vs. San Jose Sabercats this Friday

Are you ready for some Arena Football? The Spokane Shock take on the San Jose Sabercats at the Spokane Arena this Friday night, May 23 at 7:00. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Michael Jr. Comedy Event at the Fox this Friday

Union Gospel Mission presents Michael Jr. in an evening filled with laughter and wisdom this Friday night, may 23 at 7 pm at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. Michael Jr. is a veteran of some of TV's top comedy outlets, including 'The Tonight Show,' 'Comedy Central,' 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and more. Don't miss this opportunity to see Michael live in Spokane at this family-friendly event.

Ticket prices are $15 and $12.50 in advance through Ticketswest and $18 at the door. It's a benefit for the homeless.

'Gypsy' is at Spokane Civic Theatre

'Gypsy' is considered by critics to be "the best musical ever written in the history of musical theatre." Songs include: 'Together Wherever We Go,' 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' and 'Let Me Entertain You.' You can see it live on stage at Spokane Civic Theatre now through June 15th.

Go to for tickets and information.

Northwest Opera presents 'Orpheus in the Underworld'

Northwest Opera's 4th season opens with 'Orpheus in the Underworld,' sung in English. Act 1 is a condensed version of the Offenbach score and Act 2 is a modern parody featuring songs familiar to all ages. The comedy runs Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, May 25 at 2 pm, Friday, May 30 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 pm. Performances are at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2715 S. Ray Street.

The $10 tickets may be purchased at the door. Call 509-327-3598 for additional details.

Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon in Love Letters

Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon star in A.J. Gurney's 'Love Letters' Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm at Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene.

Go to for more information and to order tickets.

This week's Concerts at Arbor Crest

Performers on the Patio, the Thursday Concert series at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars tomorrow will feature Eric Neuhausser's soulful R&B-style guitar and sax music. Rock art designs by artist Patsy Pinch is on display. Concert is free and runs from 5:30-7:30pm.

This Sunday, May 25, the Concerts on the Cliff series features Spare Parts performing classic favorites, starting at 5:30 pm and runs to dusk. Admission is $8.

For more information and a listing of this season's concerts, visit

Fairchild's SkyFest 2014 is May 31 and June 1

Fairchild's Open House and Air Show is open to the public Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 and admission is free. Headlining the show this year are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds who perform precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft to people throughout the world. Also performing is The U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed 'The Golden Knights.'

Each day the airfield opens at 9am, the air show begins at 11 and ends at 4 pm.

Lincoln Center Sicilian wine dinner May 23

This Friday, May 23rd, enjoy a special Sicilian wine dinner, presented by The Connoisseur's Club at The Lincoln Center. The evening begins at 6pm with a Prosecco social, followed by 4 great wines from Donnafugata Winery in Sicily. Special dinner features 2 appetizer courses and a chef-attended pasta station. Dessert is paired with an Italian liqueur cocktail and an Italian coffee blend by Cravens Coffee Company. Wines are presented by Folio Wine Partners.

Tickets are $55 per person, (includes tax) and seating is limited. Call 509-327-8000 for more information. Tickets available at

The Jazz Age Concerts this Memorial Day Weekend at Heritage Funeral Home

Enjoy great music at Heritage Funeral Home as they pay tribute to Memorial Day featuring 6-hour-long Jazz Age concerts at Noon and 2PM on this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, in the Heritage Chapel.

Jazz music from the 1920s, ranging from the Charleston to New Orleans Rhythm Kings to Fats Waller to Louis Armstrong and much more. Songs like 'Stardust,' 'Tea for Two,' 'Ain't Misbehavin',' 'Sweet Georgia Brown' and 'Rhapsody in Blue'. All are of the American experience, and all are still played today.

Antique and Classic Cars will be on display. Other activities include Veterans Displays, Aerospace Displays, Memorabilia, a Tree of Remembrance, Refreshments and a rousing Band Concert at the Cross of Inspiration at Greenwood Memorial Terrace at 6PM on Sunday.

The Heritage Tribute Band is will perform with a great collection of vocalists and musicians. Tim Behrens, of the Pat McManus Comedies, will MC and provide a brief synopsis of those roaring twenties.

Concerts will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 24, 25 and 26 at Noon and 2pm each day. The event is Free to the Public. Heritage Funeral Home Chapel is located at 508 N Government Way in Spokane. Don't miss these special concerts! For more information, call 509-838-8900.

'In My Life' the ultimate Beatles tribute show

'In My Life, A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles' is the award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Fab Four, featuring the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road and the Ferris High School String Quartet.

It's at the Bing Crosby Theater Monday, June 2nd at 7:30. Go to for more information and contact Ticketswest for your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Third Annual Dads & Dudes Night at the HUB, May 31

It's Boys Night Out as the HUB Sports Center, a nonprofit, community-based, regional sports venue in Liberty Lake, presents its third annual Dads & Dudes Night at 19619 E. Cataldo Avenue in Liberty Lake, Saturday, May 31st from 6 to 9pm. At Dads & Dudes Night, fathers and sons (grandpas/grandsons, uncles/nephews, etc) will have the opportunity to spend quality time together, having fun, deepening relationships and making positive memories. There are opportunities for basketball, soccer, pickleball, relay races, skill competitions and other fun games to play.

Dads & Dudes is $10 for a dad/dude combination and $3 for each additional dude if they are preregistered. $15 for a dad/dude at the door. For more information and to register go to

Tickets on sale now for 2014 Traditions of Christmas

Traditions of Christmas 2014, produced by Laura Little Theatricals is December 11-22, 2014 at Coeur d'Alene's Kroc Center auditorium and tickets are now on sale. It is a musical journey of all the greatest Christmas songs and traditions from around the world. Santa's Workshop comes alive with dancing elves, gingerbread dancers, toy soldiers and magical toys. The high-kicking Rockette style tap dancers are sure to amaze and the USO scene will bring tears to your eyes as they honor our military. Feel free to sing along to many holiday favorites such as 'White Christmas,' 'Joy to the World' and many others. The production all comes together at the end with a fully staged Living Nativity.

It has a cast of 80 people with spectacular sets and over 400 is truly the perfect show to capture the sights and sounds of Christmas.

Buy your tickets early. Last year they sold out 11 of their 12 performances. To order your tickets, call 208-391-2867 or go to

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