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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Spokane will be feeling more Urban next week.

Country megastar Keith Urban will play to a packed house at the Spokane Arena at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, as one stop on his Escape Together World Tour. Urban, husband of movie superstar Nicole Kidman, has established himself as one of country music's most popular performers with ten No. 1 hits over the past decade. His current CD, "Defying Gravity" debuted at No. 1 on the country-album charts earlier this year and includes chart-topping hits "Sweet Thing" and "Kiss a Girl." Opening for Urban is the band Little Big Town, a veteran quartet that's been on country charts for 11 years. Tickets to the concert are $59.50, $45 and $20 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

You can have Fun, Fun, Fun like a Rhinestone Cowboy at the Fair.

The theme for this year's Spokane Interstate Fair is, "We Have Something To Crow About." One of those things, apparently, is live entertainment. This year's fair features performances by country music star Rodney Atkins on Monday, Sept. 14; Glen Campbell, on Tuesday, Sept. 15; The Beach Boys on Wednesday, Sept. 16; and former "American Idol" finalist Josh Gracin on Thursday, Sept. 17. All four shows will be at the Fair Grandstand and will start at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $5 to $15, not including fair admission, which is $8 for adults and $5 for kids and for seniors 65 years old and older. Tickets to those shows are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. At the North Stage, local acts that will be playing at different times throughout the fair, which runs from Friday, Sept. 11, to Sunday, Sept. 20, include the Mon Cheri Band, Earl Wear and Haywire, and The Ryan Larsen Band, among others. For a complete schedule of entertainment and events, go to

Don't listen to the de-tractors. Go hear "Big Green Tractor."

Rising star Jason Aldean will play the Coeur d'Alene Casino at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. His song, "Big Green Tractor," is currently in the midst of a two-week run in the No. 1 slot of the country-music charts. Tickets to the show in Worley at $35 for general admission and $45 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the casino and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Six decades of jazz on one Spokane night.

Pioneering jazz group the Dave Brubeck Quartet will take the stage at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. The 88-year-old jazz-piano legend has been playing to jazz fans for six decades, innovating with complex music and distinctive harmonies along the way. Don't miss this chance to see him. Tickets are $32, $42, $52 and $62 and are available at the Fox ticket office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Spend a Wednesday with Wynton.

Smooth jazz will ooze from the INB Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, when Wynton Marsalis' full Jazz at The Lincoln Center Orchestra takes the stage. The trumpeter-composer will lead the group of talented musicians through a complete set of the Orchestra's best work. Tap dancer Jared Grimes will perform as a special guest at the show. Tickets are $30, $37.50, or $50 and are available at the INB Performing Arts Center box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

McManus isn't going down over easy.

The Rockin' B Ranch presents its last Patrick F. McManus comedy of the season, "Scrambled McManus," at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Watch Spokane actor Tim Behrens play nine McManus characters in this hilarious production. Rockin' B Ranch is 100 yards south of Interstate 90's Exit 299. Admission is $29 and includes a full barbecue dinner. Call 509-891-9016 for reservations.

Take this show and love it.

Outlaw rocker David Allen Coe will take the Knitting Factory Main Space stage at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 9. A country crossover from the late 1960s and 1970s, Coe is best known for his songs "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" and "Take This Job and Shove It," which Johnny Paycheck later took to No. 1 and into pop-culture lexicon. Washington-originated Shoemaker Bros. will open for Coe. Tickets are $25 and are available at or 800-325-SEAT.

Don't get mad. Get theatre.

Ignite! Community Theatre presents its first Booklight Reader's Performance of the season with a production of "12 Angry Jurors" on Friday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 13. The Friday night performance starts at 7 p.m. and will be at the Foley Library on the Gonzaga University campus. The Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. and will be at the Blue Door Theatre, at 815 W. Garland. For more information, go to

The High Five from the by Isamu Jordan

James Pants featuring Gary Wilson - After spending much of the summer touring overseas, Spokane's minister of experimental R&B, James Pants, is back home for special engagement featuring Gary Wilson, who has a cult following that dates back to the '70s for his own brand of off-kilter funking soul. James Pants and the Royal Zodiac brings New York's Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates for a show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $7.

Maia Sharp - Fans may have been disappointed when Maia Sharp canceled her show scheduled for Thursday at The Knitting Factory, but the singer-songwriter and sax player is still coming to the area, as Sharp appears in a complimentary engagement for customers at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar, Sandpoint. Cost: Free, reservations required.

London Get Down - One of the most popular bands in the hard rock scene, London Get Down, headlines a concert for the cause, the Celebration of Life 2009, a benefit for the Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, a group dedicated to helping kids with cancer. The event happens at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $15.

Clumsy Lovers - With a blazing live show and sterling touring resume, The Clumsy Lovers always brings its high-energy folk-rock-Celtic-bluegrass-jam sound for a show with Spokane's Mark Ward at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 to The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door; 21 and older welcome.

Flogging Molly -- For more Irish rocking sounds, catch Celtic punks Flogging Molly with Hepcat at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W.Sprague Ave. Cost: $22.

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This is the Main way to have fun on Saturday.

The East End Neighborhood Main Street Fair will be from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on Main Street downtown between Division and Browne streets. The annual event features a handful of food vendors and five hours of live performances, including the Angela Marie Band, Jenks juggling and children's music, Community Choir, Back Row Kings and Ashe. Tours of the under-construction Main Market co-op will be available as well.

Swing in early to get tickets to this jazz and blues festival.

Tickets for the 2009 Think SWING! Jazz and Blues Festival go on sale Thursday, Sept. 10, through Tickets West, at or at 800-325-SEAT. This year's festival will be Oct. 24 at the Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln, and will feature the Shanghai Woolies, Six-Foot Swing, Washboard Chaz, The Pete Petersen Septet, and Hot Club of Spokane. The event benefits the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure.

Spokane's sisters are hot - their food is, anyway.

If your taste buds long for Japanese sukiyaki and rice...or Irish colcannon...or maybe Korean kimchee...or possibly Chinese braised meatballs...topped off with good old-fashioned USA apple pie ala mode with huckleberry sauce, you're in luck. All those delectables are on the menu for the Spokane Sister Cities Association's "Cultural Feast" scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 at the Student Union Building of Spokane Falls Community College. The banquet caps a "Sister Cities Week" that begins Monday Sept. 21 with a series of events that highlight each of four overseas countries that have Sister City affiliations with Spokane - Japan, Ireland, China and South Korea. Tickets for the banquet, at $30 each, must be purchased in advance (deadline of Sept. 19) and can be obtained through the Mayor's office from Catherine Gallaher at 847-4170, email, or from Marlene Feist at The event is designed to raise funds for scholarships and other programs and to promote understanding between Spokane and her Sister Cities.

Summer Arbor Crest Winery.

The summer season is almost over, but Arbor Crest Winery still has several outdoor summer concerts through this month. This Sunday, September 13, from 4:30pm to sunset, Meet Revolver: Beatle's Tribute band is back. Sunday, September 20 will feature Doghouse Boyz, an award winning blues band, and Sunday,September 27 is Hot Club of Spokane. Admission is $5. Wine is available for sale and you can pack a picnic, or purchase food at the winery. Visit the Arbor Crest website for the remainder of the concert schedule, which is indoors in the month of October,, or call 509-927-9463.

May the road rise up to meet you on the way to the MAC.

"The Rambling Irishman" a multimedia program of Irish film, dance, music and readings will be presented at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Friday, Sept. 18, featuring the film, "The Hard Road to Klondike" by Irish filmmaker, Desmond Bell. Reception and Crossroads Dancing: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.; Program: 7-8:30 p.m. Cost of $7 includes one drink. The film is based on a book about Mickey MacGowan and his travels from County Donegal, Ireland to Butte, Mont., then Alaska and the Klondike Gold Rush. He made his fortune and returned to Ireland in the 1890s. Also included is a program of traditional singing from Irish TV. The reception will include The Kelly Irish Dancers with demonstration and instruction of Crossroads Dancing with live music. For more information, visit

Are you ready to rumble?

Arena Rumble, presented by Tapout, is here, mixed-martial arts fans. The 11-fight card starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Spokane Arena and features some of the best talent from the UFC and other fight leagues. The event of the evening will feature 185-pound Bodog champion Trevor Prangley taking on Kala Kalohe Hose in a title bout. Also, UFC veteran Jeremy Horn will take on Jason Guida, brother of UFC contender Clay Guida, in another bout between 185 pounders. Spokane Shock defensive end Ben McCombs will be making his MMA debut at the event, and legendary MMA referee Big John McCarthy will be on hand to work the fights. A few UFC stars might be in attendance as well. Tickets range in price from $30 to $150 and are available at the Arena or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.


"In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants."

Name the movie that line appeared in to two tickets to Arena Rumble on Saturday, Sept. 12. As a bonus, the winner will get a $5 coffee gift card, courtesy of the Spokane Home Builders Association and the 2009 Fall Festival of Homes ( )! Send your best guess and your phone number 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 Thursday, Sept. 10.

Last Week's Winner: Heaven can wait, but Teri Beckund doesn't have to!

Last week's movie quote was "Well, Sisk felt that since Mr. Farnsworth was pretending to talk to someone, he might want to pretend to give him cocoa, too." Beckund correctly guessed that it was from 1978 comedy "Heaven Can Wait."

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