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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jazz Orchestra celebrates with 'Sinatra and Basie'



Old Blue Eyes is back...well sort of. Join the Spokane Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 Saturday night, September 27 at the Bing Crosby Theater as they celebrate their 40th season with Sinatra and Basie 'Live in Las Vegas' featuring Seattle vocalist Jake Bergevin. Ticketswest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Spokane Symphony plays the Music of Elvis



The King of Rock n Roll is back too...the Spokane Symphony with Morihiko Nakahara conducting, plays the Music of Elvis, featuring four Broadway veteran singers in a 'Jersey Boys' style performance of Elvis's greatest hits, including 'Heartbreak Hotel,' 'Love Me Tender,' 'Don't Be Cruel,' 'Hound Dog' and more with a full symphony orchestra. It's this Saturday night, September 27 at 8pm at the Fox.

Ticket prices range between $28 and $62 and are available at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, or by calling 509-624-1200, and are also available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. This concert may be purchased as part of the Spokane Symphony SuperPops or Take 5 series. Call 509-624-1200 for details.


Rick Boninio's 'On Tap' is on tap!



Rick Bonino, The Spokesman-Review/Spokane7's resident beer aficionado, expands his popular On Tap beer column on mobile and online, 24/7, with the launch of the On Tap blog. The regional craft brew scene is on fire. Now the most timely information on new beers and new events is available at your fingertips, with Bonino as the guide.

The On Tap blog will feature regular posts on local beer scene developments including beer releases, special events, updates on breweries in progress, awards and more. Standing features will include 'Beer Here,' capsule reviews of Spokane/Kootenai County breweries/tap rooms/bottle shops; a 'freshly tapped' box to highly the 7 most recent beer releases by local breweries; 'Beer 101,' with a beer glossary, tasting how-to, pairings suggestions and more; and links to other local beers sites including Girls Pint Out, a group for women beer enthusiasts, and beer-related businesses like Malted Mutt dog treats.

The Spokesman-Review began the On Tap journey 20 years ago with Bonino's first beer column in print, a few months after Northern Lights launched a large shop building in Airway Heights. Other local breweries preceded it, and others would follow with names known to local beer lovers, names like Fort Spokane, Birkebeiner, Sweetwater, the Ram, the Bayou, Falls Brewing and Hollister Mountain. Before long, with the exception of Northern Lights (now No-Li Brewhouse) and Coeur d'Alene Brewing (now River City), they were all gone, along with lots of others nationwide, caught up in the burst of the first craft beer bubble. For a while, On Tap went away, too.

But it's back in full force, with Bonino in no way telling people what to drink - or think. His goal is to save you time and legwork with complete information, assistance on sorting out all the options and helping you making the most of your 'beer time and money,' he said.

Check out On Tap at www.spokane7.com/blog/ontap/.


Lilac City Fairy Tales at the Bing tomorrow night



The Bing Crosby Theater announces an exciting literary event, Lilac City Fairy Tales: Music and Literature from Local Muses, featuring original songs and tales from some of the brightest artistic talent in our region. The event will take place tomorrow night, Thursday, September 25 at 7pm and will feature seven published, award-winning writers, two locally celebrated bands, and a panel of five local arts organizers.

Local author Sharma Shields is spearheading the event. Shields's first book, a collection of short stories called Favorite Monster, was published by Autumn House Press. Her debut novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac, will be published by Henry Holt in 2015. Bing owners Jerry and Patty Dicker approached Shields about creating a literary event, and she was enthusiastic about spotlighting the multifold talent of local women.

Other authors participating in the event include: Kris Dinnison, who will publish her first novel, You and Me and Him, with Houghton Mifflin in 2015; award-winning poet and prose writer Nance Van Winckel, whose most recent books include Pacific Walkers and Boneland; Laura Read, whose book of poems, Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral, won the 2011 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry; Brooke Matson, author of The Moons and current RiverLit Poet in Residence; Maya Jewell Zeller, professor at Gonzaga University and author of Rust Fish, published by the esteemed local publisher Lost Horse Press; and Ellen Welcker, author of The Botanical Garden and various chapbooks, organizer of the SpoPo Reading Series, and coordinator of the nationally-renowned Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry.

Local musicians are also scheduled to perform at the event. They will each perform three-song sets, some of which will also be written for the night's 'Magic Is Normal' theme. The musicians are Liz Rognes, an indie-folk and Americana singer/songwriter, and Mama Doll, another indie-folk group and an Inlander 'Band to Watch,' whose members include Sarah Berentson, Austen Case, Jen Landis, and Claire Fieberg.

There will also be a panel discussion between various arts organizers in Spokane. The panel will include: Melissa Huggins, Get Lit! program director; Ellen Welcker, SpoPo founder and organizer; Ginger Ewing, co-founder of Terrain and Window Dressing and East Ambassador for Artist Trust; Karli Ingersoll, graphic designer and musician, founder of the Collect blog and owner of The Bartlett; and Keely Honeywell, founder of Clymer Gallery and publisher of RiverLit. Shields will speak with these inspiring women about the organizations they work with and about how people can get involved with their efforts. They will also discuss the evolving Spokane arts scene and its own magic in transforming a community.

Tickets are $15 per person. The majority of proceeds (75%) will go to support the new INK Art Space in town, which provides workshops and classes in writing, visual art, and music for Spokane youth. The remainder of the proceeds will go to The Friends of the Bing. Get more information at bingcrosbytheater.com.

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Schauer, McCollim and Westrick at Laguna



Wednesday, October 1 from 6 to 9 pm, The Laguna Cafe, at 4302 S. Regal, celebrates their 7th anniversary with some great music and great food. Guitar guru Nick Schauer, outstanding pianist, Danny McCollim (pictured), and Spokane's favorite drummer Rick Westrick, are going to be swinging the doors off for the party!


Laugh for the Cure with Gabriel Rutledge



Laugh for the Cure with the Susan Komen Foundation on Thursday, October 2, 6 pm, at the Lincoln Center. Gabriel Rutledge, a past winner of the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition, headlines.

Go to komeneasternwashington.org for details and tickets.


Casting Crowns at the Arena next Tuesday



Christian hit makers Casting Crowns are bringing their Thrive Tour to the Pacific Northwest. The tour to support their newest release, 'Thrive,' makes a stop in Spokane at Star Theatre at Spokane Arena on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm.

Joining Casting Crowns for this awesome night of worship is two-time Grammy Award winner Mandisa and Sidewalk Prophets. VIP packages will be available and will include Best Seats in the House and an Autographed Poster.

Ticketswest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


ArtStyle Northwest Art Show & Studio Open House



ArtStyle Northwest is an Artful Living Experience, a one-stop studio tour and Art Sale held in the scenic Little Spokane River Valley. The one-day event, this Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 6 pm, features the sale of work by 12 professional artists, enhanced by presentations on artful living, northwest style. Plus an 11:30 am presentation on 'Cooking and Serving Food...Creatively!', and a 1 pm presentation by 1819 Design Lab, 'Living With Handcrafted Furniture', and a 2:30 presentation, 'Creatively Wearing Art - Style Show.'

The event is hosted by Jill Smith's ClayFox Pottery & Clay School and held at her studio in the Little Spokane River Valley. For more information go to facebook.com/artstylenorthwest.


Chamber Soiree at the Spokane Club Sept 30 & Oct 1



Next Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1 from 7:30-9:30pm, enjoy beautiful music as the Chamber Soiree series begins for the season. The diverse ensembles from outstanding musicians of the Spokane Symphony orchestra provide exciting chamber music in an intimate setting. Musical selections include pieces from Erwin Schulhoff, Francis Poulenc and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert will be held in the Spokane Club's Georgian Room, where table seating includes local wines paired with hors d'oeuvres and dessert.

Ticket prices are $28 for General Admission and $48 for table seating (includes wine and small bites). Tickets available at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 509-624-1200 and at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


Save the date for Christmas Tree Elegance!

Christmas Tree Elegance, December 2 - 14 this year, is a raffle of 18 unique prize packages, each of which includes a themed, custom-decorated tree, gift certificates, items and cash. Each raffle package is valued at approximately $5,000. 12 trees and their gifts are displayed on the mezzanine of the historic Davenport Hotel and 6 are on the second floor at River Park Square.

For more information about Christmas Tree Elegance events, go to www.spokanesymphonyassoc.org.

Best of the City party is Friday, October 10



Come celebrate all that is The Best of the City at Bozzi Media's annual awards party celebrating the 'Best of' Gold, Silver and Bronze winners! It's Friday, October 10 from 6 to 11 pm at the Lincoln Center. This year, they're celebrating ONE SHORT DAY in the Emerald City with a WICKED GOOD PARTY! Yes, the Wizard of Bozzi will be there to assist in handing out the awards to all the POPULAR. Bring your groove to the dance floor and we'll see who will be DEFYING GRAVITY, and the RUBY RED wine and other libations will be flowing. And don't mind the man behind the curtain as you enter our fun photo booth. If you missed the fun and frivolous Hot Summer Nights Party this summer, now's the time to get in on this wickedly good party and to see why everyone is talking about Bozzi Media parties! Plus you'll get to rub shoulders with all those who make our city WONDERFUL!

Go to eventbrite.com to order your tickets.

Spokane Valley Arts Council fundraiser this Saturday night

Spokane Valley Arts Council will be presenting 8th Annual nonprofit fundraiser on Saturday, September 27 starting at 5 pm at CenterPlace Regional Events Center at Mirabeau Park in the Spokane Valley. 18 Quick Draw/Finish Artists will be completing art to be sold that evening along with 67 works of art from nationally sold artists living in Canada, and 6 states. There will also be a silent auction, live music, and dinner buffet with carving station. Proceeds from the auction will be used to complete the 17 1/2 foot bronze statue 'The Dance of the Sun and Moon' from nationally recognized artist Jerry McKellar of Colville. New this year, will be $5,000 in college art scholarships for area high school seniors. Further details about the auction, pictures of artwork, scholarships and to purchase tickets to the event visit www.SpokaneValleyArts.org.


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