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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We're not Lion. This is a big deal.

"Disney's The Lion King" returns to Spokane at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 11, at the INB Performing Arts Center. This evening's performance kicks off a five-week run of the popular musical, with shows scheduled Tuesday through Sunday nights-except Thanksgiving-and matinees each Saturday and Sunday. Evening shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Weekend matinees start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. Special matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Friday after the holiday. Tickets are $72, $57 and $30 and are available at the INB Performing Arts Center box office on the days of shows or online at www.ticketswest.com or via phone at 800-325-SEAT.

'Tis the season to be Steamrolled.

Mannheim Steamroller's 25th Christmas Anniversary Tour will roll into the Spokane Arena's Star Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. For the second year, Grammy Award-winning Mannheim Steamroller mastermind Chip Davis will direct the touring ensemble, which features multimedia effects accompanying powerful Christmas music. Tickets are $65, $52, $42 and $30 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. HOWEVER, become a fan of the Spokane Arena (www.facebook.com/spokanearena) and enter to win an exclusive Mannheim Steamroller ticket package, including luxury-box suite, six tickets and VIP parking. The contest began at 10 a.m. this morning, and the winner will be contacted by 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

Over the racetrack and under the sea, to Disney On Ice we go.

"Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy" is coming to the Spokane Arena for eight shows over five days, starting with a 7:30 p.m. show Wednesday, Nov. 18. This year's Disney On Ice show features four-wheeled fun with Lightning McQueen and others from "Cars," then dive under the sea with "The Little Mermaid." Pixie Hollow's magic world appears when Tinkerbell and her fairy friends come to life on the ice, and "The Lion King" reigns supreme as well. Guests will be treated to a special display of the princess gowns at the Disney Princess Pre-Show, which starts one hour before each ice show. Evening shows are to start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 19-21. Daytime shows are planned for 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Tickets are $16 to $45, with special $12 tickets for opening night, (save $3 on children's tickets with code "KID") and are available at the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

If you have it, flute it.

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, the main vocalist and flutist for the legendary music group, will play acoustically at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Anderson led the group that recorded 30 albums and sold more than 60 million copies in the past 40 years. He'll play Jethro Tull classics such as "Aqualung," "Thick as a Brick," and "Skating Away," among others. Tickets for the one-night-only performance are $50 and $40 and are available at the Fox box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

It's the symphony with a Cherry on top.

Super-popular bluegrass band Cherryholmes will join the Spokane Symphony Pop Series on the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Cherryholmes is fresh off three Grammy nominations and has a unique combination of the fiddle, melodies and harmonies that have made it in demand worldwide. Morihiko Nakahara will conduct the symphony for this performance. Tickets are $54, $42, $36 and $27 and are available at the Fox box office or at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

We love these guys-and that ain't the Tequila Talkin'.

Lonestar, a mainstay on the modern country-music scene, will play two shows at the Northern Quest Resort Hotel, one at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and the other at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Founded in 1992, Lonestar burst onto the national scene a few years later and was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Vocals in 1996. The group's hits include "Crazy Nights" and "Tequila Talkin".Tickets are $50 and $40 and are available through the Northern Quest event line, at 509-481-6700, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Great Big Sea to make waves in Spokane.

Great Big Sea, the north-of-New England band known best for its rock versions of traditional Newfoundland folk songs, is coming to Spokane for one show at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $35 and $25 and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Peace out, Spokane.

For the second time this year, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers are swinging through Spokane. The group is bringing Southwestern-style of rock to The Blvd., at 230 W. Riverside, at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Cost is $14 and $17, and tickets are available at The Blvd.

There's a benefit to going up north tonight.

The Service Station, at 9315 N. Nevada on Spokane's North Side, will host a Krochet Kids Benefit Show at 8 p.m. tonight, 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.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

KYRS Anniversary party - Spokane's volunteer-powered, commercial-free Low Power FM radio station, KYRS Thin Air Community Radio, is celebrating six years on the air with an anniversary gala featuring live performances by Hot Club of Spokane and Son Dulce. Music starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Lincoln Center Monroe Ballroom, 1316 N. Lincoln. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, available free of surcharges through www.kyrs.org; free for children under 12.

Rough Congress - Highlighted by Brandon O'Neill, of the talented O'Neill family, and Jamie Maker, of Spokane's legendary Makers, Rough Congress emerged as a sensational R&B group last year, until disbanding earlier this year. But Congress is back in session, as the boys have reconvened for a pair of reunion shows happening on the same night. Rough Congress headlines at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, at Irv's, 415 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $7. That show follows Rough Congress' opening slot at The Knitting Factory for O'Neill's childhood friend, Spokane native Tyrone Wells.

Tyrone Wells - After leaving Spokane to attend college in California, Tyrone Wells found his passion for music and has since landed a major label deal along with heavy rotation on mainstream radio. Wells traveled to London to write and record much of his latest album, "Remain," released this year on Universal Records. Wells returns home for a show at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague, with support from Rough Congress, Stephen Kellog and The Sixers, and Matt Hires. Cost: $13 in advance, $15 day of show.

The Pharmacy - Former Seattle band The Pharmacy recently relocated to New Orleans in time to release fresh music that reveals a retreat for The Pharmacy, as inklings of 1950s rock and R&B can be heard on the trio's latest material. Hear it live when The Pharmacy comes to town with support from locals Saltwater Magic, Bunk Doozy, and Please Draw In Me, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: $6; all ages welcome.

Agent Ribbons - Sometimes three-piece, sometimes two-piece, all-female gypsy punk band Agent Ribbons are Sacramento's indie-darlings and they're coming through town for a show with locals Hold Me While I Am Naked and The Apple Eating People, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door.

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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).

If you miss this, you're mad, men.

American Advertising Federation Spokane will host its Sixth Annual Red Shoe Event from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in the Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln. Honoring the memory of late ad professional Toni Robideaux, the event benefits the Toni M. Robideaux Scholarship Fund, which was established to encourage local college students to continue studying the arts. During the past five years, the fund has generated $25,000 in scholarships for students in visual and performing arts, advertising, graphic design, photography, music, and marketing-communications programs at local and regional colleges and universities. The Red Shoe Event involves drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a live auction. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For reservation or for more information, visit www.aafspokane.com or call Ginger at 509-328-5855.

Lift your spirits with art from the Great Depression.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture will host Family MACFest, from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. The make-and-display art activities will be reminiscent of the community art-making spirit of the 1930s Spokane Art Center. The event is in step with the museum's new exhibit, "Art and People: Spokane Art Center and the Great Depression," which opens that Saturday. Cost is $15 per family, or free for MAC members. For more information, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

Tap this Keg Festival.

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Restaurant Association's annual Spokane Cork & Keg Festival is set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Guests will be able to choose samples of more than 100 wines and 30 handcrafted beers, many of which are made in the Northwest. Chef Curtis Smith and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College will prepare hors d'oeuvres for the evening's festivities. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, go to www.spokanecorkandkeg.com or call 509-467-7744.

Here are 14 reasons to drink and be merry this holiday season.

Fourteen Spokane wineries will usher in the season with the Spokane Holiday Wine Festival, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 20-22. Each winery will celebrate the weekend before Thanksgiving with new releases, barrel tastings, and great food. For more information, go to www.spokanewineries.net.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Maybe poker's just not your game, Ike. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!"

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. 13.

Last Week's Winner: Joanne Bradley gets a Monster-sized victory!

Last week's movie quote was, "I don't think your parents like me. And I think that Jello gave me a fake phone number." Bradley correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 family film "Monsters vs. Aliens." and received a $50 gift certificate to the Rockwood Clinic Aesthetic Center!

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