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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Holy Salchow! U.S. Figure Skating is finally here!

The Olympic flame won't reach Vancouver, British Columbia, for another month, but in just two days, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will start in Spokane to determine who will represent the U.S. at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Skating Championships kick off with the first program at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Spokane Arena with the junior men's short program and an opening ceremony at 6:45 p.m. that evening. Over the course of the 10-day event, 23 skating competitions will be held at the Arena, with shots at Olympic gold at stake every day along the way. Tickets to individual events start at $15 each and range up to $108 each for the Championship Ladies Final. As of earlier this week, promoters had sold 133,120 tickets to the event, and the ticket-sales record, set in 2007 when Spokane hosted the U.S. Championships the first time, was within reach. For more information on tickets and events, go to www.spokane2010.com or call 1-888-SK8-2010.

Don't pass on this Gold-en opportunity.

Once you've watched the best of the best on the ice, be sure to join the best of all-time off the ice. The Destination Vancouver Send-Off Dinner will be Sunday, Jan. 24, at The Davenport Hotel. The 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team will be presented for the first time at this ceremonial meal, and 12 former U.S. figure skating gold medalists will be in attendance. Former gold medalists scheduled to be there include Dick Button (1948, 1952), Tenley Albright (1956), Hayes Jenkins (1956), Carol Heiss (1960), David Jenkins (1960), Peggy Fleming (1968), Dorothy Hamill (1976), Scott Hamilton (1984), Brian Boitano (1988), Kristi Yamaguchi (1992), Tara Lipinski (1998) and Sarah Hughes (2002). For more information on this event, go to www.usfigureskating.org or call Stacey Marsh at 719-321-0931.

This is how Nickelback reminds you of how great they really are.

Nickelback, recently named Billboard Magazine's Band of the Decade, will rock the Spokane Arena Wednesday, May 5, as one stop in the 2010 Dark Horse Tour. The group has sold 35 million albums worldwide. In addition to being named the top band of the decade, Nickelback's hit "How You Remind Me" was tabbed as the Top Rock Song of the Decade. Touring with the band will be Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Sick Puppies. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and will be $75, $65 and $45. They will be available at the Spokane Arena box office, through all Tickets West outlets, at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Czech out what's happening at the Fox.

The Spokane Symphony returns to the Martin Woldson at the Fox stage with "Casual Classics 2: Prague" at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. With Morihiko Nakahara conducting, the concert will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, Antonin Dvorak's Serenade in D Minor op. 44, and Josef Suk's Serenade For Strings. Tickets are $32, $28, $23 and $21 and are available at the Fox box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

It'll be Curtains for you if don't go.

The murder-mystery musical "Curtains" opens at Spokane Civic Theatre with a premier performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. The show tells the story of a music-loving detective who comes in to save the production of-and the living cast members in-Robbin Hood and the Old West. The musical runs through Feb. 6, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and $18 for students. They can be purchased at the Civic box office, either in-person at 1020 N. Howard or by phone at 509-325-2507, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Hey Jude, don't miss this tribute band.

The Fab Four, dubbed as the ultimate Beatles tribute band, will take the Knitting Factory Main Space stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. The show includes three costume changes to represent every era of the Beatles dynamic life as a band. This tribute quartet has played all over the world, singing all-time favorites such as "Yesterday," "Penny Lane," "Here Comes The Sun," and "Hey Jude." Tickets are $20 to $50 in advance and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Corral all music fans for this choral festival.

Male Ensemble NW presents the Inland Northwest Men's Choral Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The event features more than 100 young men from area schools, the debut performance of Spokane Choral Arts and headlining act, Male Ensemble Northwest, a group of professionals and music educators from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are $7 per person; children 5 years old and younger are admitted free of charge. For tickets, go to the Fox box office, or order them through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The experience is bound to be Sublime.

The LBC (A Tribute To Sublime) returns to the Knitting Factory Main Space with an 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, Jan. 16. Sublime fans will groove to the best of the best from this Southern California ska-punk-reggae group whose rise ended prematurely when frontman Bradley Nowell died of a drug overdose. Tickets to the LBC show are $13 each and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

This is the MAX amount of fun you can have in the Valley.

MAX at Mirabeau, at 1100 N. Sullivan in Spokane Valley, presents the In The Round Unplugged Professional Songwriters Showcase from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Don and Nancy Emerson will host the event, which also will feature songwriters Eddie Ramirez and Michael Lewis. There is no cover charge for this event.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Wolfgang - The newly relocated Empyrean Coffee House postponed its grand opening party scheduled for last weekend to tonight. But it's the same lineup of Henry Nordstrom and Vaughn Wood as the Wolfgang, John Blakesley, and Bodhi Drip. Empyrean, now located at The Big Dipper space, 171 S. Washington, hosts its grand opening celebration at 7 p.m., tonight, Jan. 13. Cost: Free.

Hillstomp - Sunset Junction boasts a pair of back-to-back touring acts starting with Portland bluegrass punk duo Hillstomp headlining a show with local gothic-blues and punk outfits The Dearly Departed and Whiskey Dick Mountain. Dig it at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at the new-and-improved Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $5.

Lower Lights Burning - For more touring two-piece rock at Sunset, check out regional indie-folk duo Lower Lights Burning, which is supported by Spokane indie-jazz-pop band Mon Cheri and indie band Le Train Train Quotidien, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cover is $5.

Deseure - Spokane's queen of old school and rare groove vinyl, DJ Deseure makes her Whammy Wednesday debut tonight at Sunset Junction in a special Som Show presents installment of Whammy Wednesday. That's tonight, Jan. 13, at 9 p.m. at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: Free.

Cool Cool Universe - A slew of local all-ages bands - including Cool Cool Universe, Act One Scene One, Good Kids Bad Ideas, Pretty Arcade and Rain on My Parade -are vying for an opening slot for the upcoming Bowling For Soup concert in February at The Blvd. That coveted slot will be awarded to the band who gives the best performance at a show that starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $7, all-ages welcome.

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

Consider it priority mail from Interplayers.

Interplayers Professional Theatre's 30th Anniversary Fundraiser arrives Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30, with a production of "Love Letters." The play features longtime fan favorites Jack Bannon and Ellen Travolta, who will star in this endearing play by A.R. Gurney that chronicles a couple's long relationship through their letters to one another. The show will be performed at Interplayers, at 174 S. Howard, at 7:30 p.m. that Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. that Saturday. Tickets are on sale now at $25 each and are available through Interplayers at 509-455-PLAY and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Great jazz will arrive on the South Hill just in a Nick of time.

Local jazz favorite Nick Schauer is playing The Laguna Cafe, at 4302 S. Regal, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16. Saxophonist/singer Craig Landron will join Schauer Friday night, and Spokane trumpet legend Keith Lamotte will team up with him for Saturday night's performance.

Go round and round with this exhibit.

"The Art of the Carrousel" is on display at the Chase Gallery, on the lower level of Spokane City Hall, through Feb. 26. The exhibit features art and artifacts from the Looff Carrousel, which passed the century mark last year. The gallery is free and open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

SPORTS CORNER
Don't put your plans to see hockey on ice.

If you aren't seeing enough action on the ice this weekend with the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, check out the Second Annual Eastern Washington University Hockey Showcase, with matches Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 14-17, at EWU's University Recreation Center. The event features six of the top 15 American Collegiate Hockey Association, which will play 11 matches during the four-day event. The puck will drop for games starting at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day Friday through Saturday and 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday. EWU, currently ranked third in the ACHA West, will play the 8 o'clock game every night. All-day tickets are $7 each. For schedules and more information, go to www.ewuhockey.net/schedule/showcase.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $40 gift certificate for Spokane's best Chinese food from the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division! 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, Jan. 15.

Last Week's Winner: Candace Smith knows the Blues Brothers!

Last week's movie quote was, "We have both kinds of music. Country and western." Smith correctly guessed that it was from the 1980 comedy "The Blues Brothers" and won a $35 gift certificate to Peters and Sons Florists.

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