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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pawn off other options to see "Chess."

The Spokane Civic Theatre will stage a two-show performance of the musical "Chess," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. "Chess," set during the Cold War, explores the love triangle between the top chess players from the U.S. and the USSR and the woman who manages one of them and falls in love with the other. This ambitious undertaking is a fundraising event for the Civic, with tickets selling for $30 each and a post-show reception each night. To buy tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

Opera celebrates 25 years of timeless theater.

The Spokane Opera will take the stage in celebration of its 25th Year Anniversary Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The grand-celebration review will highlight past productions and give a glimpse of future works that the Opera might perform. Hedentenor Gregory Carroll will perform arias of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" and Puccini's "La Fancuilla del West." Tickets are $25, or $100 for premium seating, $20 for seniors and $12 for students. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

Does Mat Kearney put on a good show? It's Undeniable.

Up-and-coming singer Mat Kearney will swing through Spokane again with some fresh tracks from his newest album, "City of Black and White." Kearney's Spokane show will start at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Knitting Factory Concert House's Main Space. Kearney rolled onto the national music scene strongly with his album "Nothing Left To Lose" in 2006 and played to a packed house in Spokane last year. Opening for Kearney this time around is Vedera. Tickets for this week's show are $18 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

INB has something good in the Skillet.

Christian band Skillet will rock the INB Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. The Memphis rockers are touring with Decyfer Down and The Letter Black in support of the new Skillet album, "Awake." Tickets are $40 and $17.50 and are available at the INB Performing Arts Center box office and at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Don't be afraid to have garlic before this show.

"Dracula" takes the Lake City Playhouse stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, and will run through Nov. 8, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. Monday matinee. For ticket information, call 208-667-1323.

Loggins & Messina reunite at Northern Quest.

Touring together for the first time since the 1970s, Loggins & Messina will play the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Together, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina produced hits such as "Danny's Song" and "Your Momma Don't Dance" before Loggins went on to perform movie soundtrack hits like "I'm Alright" from "Caddyshack" and "Highway to the Danger Zone" for "Top Gun." Tickets are $55 and $65 and are available through the Northern Quest events line at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Mudd never sounded so good.

Puddle of Mudd, rockers known best for their early 00s hit "Blurry," will take the Knitting Factory Concert House's Main Space stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. The band will be in Spokane just days after the release of its newest single, "Spaceship" and weeks before the scheduled release of its newest album, "Vol. 4 Songs In the Key of Love and Hate." Burn Halo and Like A Storm will open for Puddle of Mudd. Tickets are $25 each and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The wild-and-crazy guy is wildly popular.

Once a wild-and-crazy guy, Steve Martin is a popular one as well. He has sold out his banjo-and-bluegrass performance with the Steep Canyon Rangers at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

This Rodney gets some respect.

Comedian Rodney Carrington is performing at the Coeur d'Alene Casino at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, and that show is sold out. For more information on shows at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, go to www.cdacasino.com.

Simple Times calls for simple pleasures.

Uber-talented lyricist Joshua Radin makes what seems like his yearly trip-at least, for the past three years-through Spokane with a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Knitting Factory Concert House. Radin released a new album, titled "Simple Times," earlier this year, and his songs have appeared on a handful of movie soundtracks, including "The Last Kiss" and "Catch and Release." The Watson Twins open for Radin. Tickets to the Spokane show are $16 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Radiohead, The Beatles, and Wheezer - Former locals turned international heroes, Hockey returns for an early all-ages show, and later local powerhouses pay tribute to their favorites on Halloween at The Blvd. Catch Hockey with Glasgow Kiss and Pegasus Dream at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, followed by La Cha-Cha (as Radiohead), Mon Cheri (as The Beatles) and Small Town Nation (as Wheezer) at 9 p.m. at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $10 for Hockey, all ages welcome; $10 for Mon Cheri, etc., 21-and-older welcome.

Neil Young, David Bowie, Flight of the Conchords - For more local action taking on rock legends, check out Halloween Party II, which stars Will Hallworth as Neil Young, Joel Howard as David Bowie, Michael Grims and company as Flight of the Conchords, and Crickets of Cascadia as assorted Star Wars Action Figures. The show happens at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $7, $5 with a costume; all ages welcome.

Koreshakti - Spokane's tribal fusion bellydance troupe has conjured up a special performance for back-to-back shows this Halloween weekend. Accompanied by the exotic stylings of the Kama Shivaya band, the ladies of Koreshakti will be Re-Vamped at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door; all ages welcome.

The Longnecks - A staple in the local bar scene, Johnson brothers Dan and Pete will be accompanied by Soul Smooth and the Eclectics, R&B singers backed by a horn section. The Longnecks featuring Soul Smooth and The Eclectics appear at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at The Elk Public House, 1931 W. Pacific. Cost: Free.

Monster's Ball - Disciples of hip-hop horrorcore spread a dark plague of hardcore beats and abrasive rhymes for the Monster's Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at The Cretin Hop, 1317 N. Howard, featuring Knothead, Tragedy 503, Twisted Insane, Livid Undead, The Have Nots with M-Dub, Dizzy Stardust. Downlow, Rukus, Maximus Rhyme, Public Drunken Sex, Ill Haven, and Crown Street Boys. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; all-ages welcome.

For music events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.


Warren gives ski fans a lift with his newest film.

Warren Miller's "Dynasty," dubbed the world's largest action-sports film, will hit the INB Performing Arts Center's silver screen at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Being produced for the 60th year, the film includes breathtaking ski footage from all around the global, including locations in Alaska, China, Norway, British Columbia, and more. Tickets are $18.50 each and are available at the INB Performing Arts Center box office and at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Irish Music at its Best

The Spokane-Limerick Sister City Society is presenting "An Intimate Evening With Nyle Wolfe", Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Cathedral (127 E. 12th). Nyle Wolfe is from County Limerick and is one of the most successful Irish singers working today. His unique and passionate vocal ability inspires and excites. He sings a blend of Irish favorites such as "Danny Boy" and "Molly Malone" and opera highlights as well. He has sung for monarchs and presidents, and this should be an exciting musical evening. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling Joan Jamison at 509-624-6564. (Price includes a raffle ticket for a special door prize).

Be a monster. Have a ball.

The Inland Northwest's popular band 6-Foot Swing will play at what's dubbed the spookiest, swinging-est Halloween party, the "Monster's Ball," which starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Masonic Temple, at 1108 W. Riverside. The party includes a costume contest, appetizers, a no-host bar and, of course, live music with a big dance floor. Tickets are $30, $25 for students, and are available at the Spokane Arena ticket office or at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Dine, dance, and help Sean Stanelun.

A benefit is planned to help Sean Stanelun and his family. Stanelun has been hospitalized since September with necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria, and kidney failure. He has his wife, Dawn Picken, have two small children and are facing major medical costs. The benefit dinner, prepared by Luigi's Restaurant, and silent auction are scheduled for 5-8 p.m. with dancing planned from 8-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Masonic Temple, at 1108 W. Riverside. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and $30 for family. Tickets can be bought at Tuxedo Gallery locations or at the door. If you are unable to attend but still would like to help, the Sean Stanelun Fund is set up at Numerica Credit Union. For more information, go to www.helpseanrecover.com.

Waddle into Waddell's for some laughs.

Things are about to get funny at Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grill, at 4318 S. Regal, on Spokane's South Hill. The eatery will host comedian Chris Molineux for a no-cover comedy show at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. Molineux is high-energy jokester with an intelligent brand of humor that's put him in big demand for corporate outings and conventions. Through his 20-plus-year career as a comedian, Molineux has worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Ellen Degeneres and other legends. For more information on Waddell's, go to www.waddellspubandgrill.com. For more on Molineux, go to www.myspace.com/artofcomedy.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to the Spokane Opera's 25th Anniversary concert on Oct. 31! Send your best guess and your phone number to info@entertainmentspokane.com. 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, Oct. 29.

Last Week's Winner: Oh jeez! Sister M. Providencia Emry wins!

Last week's movie quote was, "Mind if I sit down? I'm carrying quite a load here." Emry correctly guessed that it was from the 1996 Coen Brothers' classic "Fargo."

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