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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

This year, November roars in like a Lion.

The long-awaited return of "The Lion King" comes to the INB Performing Arts Center stage with an opening performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. Tickets are still available for that premier, which kicks off a five-week run of the heralded musical that played to a packed house during a multi-week run in 2005. Tickets are $72, $57 and $30 and are available at the INB Performing Arts Center box office or at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your family fun here.

Christian Youth Theater will pay homage to the 1970s educational cartoons-remember "Conjunction Junction" and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here" -with a performance of "School House Rock," premiering at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Bing Crosby Theater. Evening performances also are planned at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and the following Saturday, Nov. 14. Matinee performances are planned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and the following weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15. All shows are at The Bing, at 901 W. Sprague. Tickets are $10, or $9 for youth 12 and under and for seniors, in advance, or $13 at the door. To order tickets, go to www.cytspokane.com or call 509-487-6540.

A first and a final make this a must-see First Friday.

The First Friday Artwalk in downtown Spokane kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and goes till 9 p.m. - or later at some venues. The event features the works of local artists displayed at more than 30 locations in the city's core, as well as some live music by local musicians. And this month's First Friday includes two important passages. Lorinda Knight Gallery owner Lorinda Knight will retire and close her shop, at 523 W. Sprague, at the end of November. She will be celebrating 13 years in business at First Friday, as well as displaying the works of artist Kay O'Rourke. The Brick Wall Gallery, on the skywalk level at 530 W. Main, will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with new works from photographer Joe Nuess, as well as many of the photographers who have shown their art during the last year. For a complete list of First Friday events, go to www.downtownspokane.org and click on the First Friday link in the column on the right side.

The Davenport Hotel and Tower have some wild new guests.

The Davenport Hotel and Tower offer a stunning preview of the upcoming run of the Tony Award-winning show, "Disney's The Lion King" coming to the INB Performing Arts Center next Wednesday, November 11. You can view the elaborately molded carbon fiber masks, and puppetry in the hotel lobbies through the run of the show. There is even a full costume in the hotel gift shop. On display are replicas of those used in the show. "Disney's The Lion King" runs through Dec. 6. Tickets cost from $22.50 to $72 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Prepare to be amazed.

Venice awaits Symphony fans.

The Spokane Symphony will take its audience on a leisurely ride through the world of Venetian music with "Casual Classics I: Venice, A Place Between Memory and Desire." Scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, the concert will feature the works of Gabrieli, Lotti and Allegri. Vivaldi's "Concerto For 4 Violins" will put the spotlight on the Symphony's principal violin players, and Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" and "Ave Maria" are sure to be highlights of the evening. Tickets are $32, $28, $23 or $21 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Heavy-metal royalty rolls into Spokane.

Heavy metal favorites Queensryche will rock the Knitting Factory Concert House's Main Space at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The Bellevue-born group has been pumping out hard-hitting albums for almost 30 years and is touring to support its most recent concept album, "American Soldier." The concert will feature three suites of music, including Rage For Order, American Soldier and Empire. Metal queen Lita Ford will be performing with Queensryche on the Spokane stop. Tickets are $30 each and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Warm up with an original cool cat.

Cool jazz pioneer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz joins the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble for an evening performance at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Konitz, who played in Miles Davis' "Birth of the Cool" sessions during the late 1940s and early 1950s, is winner of the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, and the Whitworth kids aren't too shabby themselves. Tickets are $17 each and are available at www.ticketswest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

This marathon will get your toe tapping.

The Holy Names Music Center will conduct the 2009 Fall Performathon from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the River Park Square Atrium, at 808 W. Main. A performathon is a marathon recital that showcases the talented musicians who participate in the Holy Names programs and is intended to raise awareness of the music program. Featuring students ranging in age from 4 to 84, the 18th annual event will feature a grand finale by the Holy Moley Jazz Band. For more information, go to www.hnmc.org.

Sunday night at the Davenport is pure poetry.

The Davenport Hotel will present "Vachel Lindsay: The Davenport Hotel's Jazz-age Mystic" in the Davenport's Marie Antoinette Ballroom at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Lindsay was the Davenport's poet-in-residence from 1924 to 1929, and he will be played by Dennis Held. Tom McArthur will appear as Louis Davenport, and Shaun O'L. Higgins will perform some of Lindsay's work. The event is free and open to the public.

This youth group is getting up there in age.

The Spokane Youth Symphony is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. The youth musical groups will be playing with guests Donald Thulean and Larry Jess while celebrating the decade of the '60s. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and $10 for juniors. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

Service Station serves up great music for a good cause.

The Service Station, at 9315 N. Nevada on Spokane's North Side, will host a Krochet Kids Benefit Show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. Performing will be Spokane fan-favorite Karli Fairbanks, as well as Broken Blossoms and Shannon Stephens. Krochet Kids is an organization started in Spokane that's dedicated to creating sustainable, economic development in developing nations. Admission to the benefit show is a suggested $8 admission. For more information, go to www.theservicestation.org.

Judge a book by its author, and you're bound to love "Financial Lives of Poets."

Spokane author Jess Walter will read excerpts from his new book, "The Financial Lives of Poets," at 7 p.m. tonight, Nov. 4, in the Tinman Gallery, at 811 W. Garland. Walter is a critically acclaimed author who first worked for the Spokesman-Review as a sports reporter more than 20 years ago. Since then, he has gone on to write the Edgar Award winner "Citizen Vince" and the National Book Award finalist "The Zero." For more information on Walter's reading, call 509-325-1500.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Crown City Rockers - The Blvd. takes a time machine back to The B-Side days with a visit from California's classic live hip-hop band Crown City Rockers in a special Som Show Presents event. The Som Show Presents Crown City Rockers with JiggyWatts at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $7 in advance, $10 at the door, available through www.brownpapertickets.com.

House of Charity Benefit - Platform Booking partners with The Som Show once again for the 2nd Annual House of Charity Benefit concert that features performances from a sprawling multi-genre lineup of local talent, including Kevin Long, Cheap Meat Suits, Kurt Olson, Anadonia, Joylissa Vleck, Kim Wescott, Space Age Fur, Matthew Winters, Jaeda and yours truly, Isamu Jordan. Any and all types of clothing are gladly accepted, however most needed items include coats, vitamins, socks and underwear. The House of Charity Benefit Show happens at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: Suggested donation; all ages welcome.

Ozomatli - Swirling equal parts Latin, hip-hop and rock - spiked with funk, reggae and salsa - Ozomatli is known for a highly infectious live show. Named for the Aztec astrological symbol of the god of dance and music, this eight-piece monster parties like it's the last night on earth. Ozomatli lands with Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $20.

Dropkick Murphys - Irish-American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys built an international audience by touring the world nonstop for years. Over the past several months, DM shared the stage with the likes of Aerosmith, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Bruce Springsteen, while recording its headlining performances in anticipation of a live album release this year. Dropkick Murphys bring The Flatlines and The Insurgence at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $22 in advance, $25 day of show.

Shim - One of Spokane's favorite bar bands from Seattle, Shim returns for another evening of anthemic '70s rock. This also marks the farewell show for locals The Back Row Kings. Catch Shim with Oil of Angels, The Back Row Kings and Ladybird at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5; 21 and older welcome.

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

You won't want to miss this Identity Crisis.

The Spokane Arena announced earlier this week that comedian/puppeteer Jeff Dunham will bring his many characters and lots of laughs to the Arena for a show on Feb. 17, 2010, as one stop in the Jeff Dunham Identity Crisis Tour. Dunham has his own show, The Jeff Dunham Show, on Comedy Central, and he's appearing everywhere from a National Press Club dinner to the popular television show "30 Rock." Tickets to see this rising star go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The Convention Center is about to get crafty.

Sixty-seven artisans from seven Western states will fill the Spokane Convention Center's Ballrooms B and C, at 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., for the 27th annual Inland Crafts sale and exhibit. The event will be open from noon-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Artists' demonstrations will be held hourly, and a $100 gift certificate will be awarded daily. Admission is $5 for the entire weekend, or free from 5-8 p.m. Friday night. For more information, go to www.inlandcrafts.org.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I don't think your parents like me. And I think that Jello gave me a fake phone number." Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $50 gift certificate to the Rockwood Clinic Aesthetic Center! 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 Friday, Nov. 6.

Last Week's Winner: For, Melinda Iverson, it's no nightmare. She won!

Last week's movie quote was, "I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy." She correctly guessed that it was from the 1984 horror flick "A Nightmare on Elm Street." We hope you all had a scary-good Halloween!

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