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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

You're sure to love "Letters."

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 or 800-325-SEAT.

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 or call Stacey Marsh at 719-321-0931.

See the show about the ultimate Superstar.

The touring production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," a musical that tells the story of Jesus's final seven days in Nazareth, comes to the INB Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. This timeless collaboration between lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will be in town for one night only. Tickets are $52, $48 and $30 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The music is sure to be Supreme.

Rhythm-and-blues royalty comes to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, when Mary Wilson and Rita Coolidge take the stage. Wilson is best known as a founding member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame group The Supremes. Multi-Grammy Winner Coolidge is best known to music fans for her cover of the Jackie Wilson hit "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" and her single "We're All Alone," as well as a number of duets with ex-husband Kris Kristofferson. Tickets are $40 and $50 and are available through the Northern Quest events line at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Gabriel Iglesias has an appetite for big laughs.

Big man Gabriel Iglesias will get big laughs when he stops in Spokane for two shows at the Knitting Factory Concert House on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Comedy Central Live mainstay, known best for his "I'm Not Fat -- I'm Fluffy" routine, will play a 6:30 p.m. early show and a 9:30 p.m. late show as part of his nationwide Fluffy Shop Tour. Tickets to both shows are $34 and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Go figure. Skating is a hit in Spokane.

The 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships are receiving all 10s from Spokane fans so far, and the best is yet to come. With trips to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on the line, the Championships continue with competitions all day everyday through Sunday, Jan. 24. Highlights include the Championship Dance Final at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and the Championship Ladies Final at 4 p.m. that day. The Smucker's Skating Spectacular will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. For more information, go to

"Night and Day" will be played one night--and one day.

Violinist Vadim Gluzman will be featured when the Spokane Symphony takes the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage for "Spokane Symphony Classics 5: Night and Day" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. The concert starts with Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 "Classical," following by Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, as well as Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Symphony No. 4. Tickets are $44, $40, $32 and $22 and are available at the Fox box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

It's a good listen. Honest.

"Letters From Lincoln," a CD of composer Michael Daugherty featuring world-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson and the Spokane Symphony, will be available through a special pre-sale at the Spokane Symphony concerts on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23 and 24. The CD will be released to the general public on Jan. 26. Commissioned by the Spokane Symphony, the CD celebrates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The CD will be available to buy for $15 at the Spokane Symphony ticket office, at 1001 W. Sprague.

Great Scot! It's going to be a fun Friday night.

The St. Andrews Society will hold its Annual Burns Night Supper and Scholarship Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The dinner is an annual celebration of the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns, featuring Scottish music and song, bagpiping, highland dancing, the Haggis Ceremony, and a Scottish dinner followed by social dancing. Tickets are $35 per person and are available through Jim Armstrong at or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

AFI - Platinum selling hardcore punk revivalist AFI swings through town with its new album in tow, a quasi-concept piece titled "Crash Love." It's dark, personal, political, and completely uncompromising, with only hints at the dense arrangements, electronics and overdubs from previous works such as "Sing The Sorrow" and "Decemberunderground." Hear it live when AFI comes with Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague.

A. A. Bondy - Former frontman for '90s buzz band Verbena, A. A. Bondy has spent the last decade re-inventing himself as one of the premiere voices in alt-country and Americana. His solo debut, "American Hearts," was critically acclaimed for its poignant lyrics and soulful, stripped-down songwriting. Bondy's 2009 followup, "When The Devil's Loose," builds on that same level of craftsmanship with the addition of full instrumentation. Get a taste when Bondy arrives with support from local favorite Karli Fairbanks at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $8, all ages welcome.

Bowerbirds - For more indie-folk and Americana sounds catch North Carolina's Bowerbirds with Spokane's Kevin Long at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at Empyrean Coffee House, now located in the former Big Dipper space, 171 S. Washington. Cost: $8 in advance, $11 at the door.

Ben Jorgens - Local indie-dance rock artists Ben Jorgens and Nick team up for an AFI after party at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5; 18-and-older welcome.

Peter Parker - The Som Show Presents Whammy Wednesday DJ showcase continues tonight at 9 p.m. at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd., with hipster grooves from DJ Peter Parker. Cost: Free.

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Hey, hey. Wanna see a rock star?

Tickets for the May 5 Nickelback concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Prices range from $45 to $75 for this stop on the 2010 Dark Horse Tour, which also features Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Sick Puppies. Tickets will be available at the Spokane Arena box office, through all Tickets West outlets, at or 800-325-SEAT.

Indigo Girls fans will be closer to fine this March.

The Indigo Girls are coming to the Knitting Factory Concert House on Thursday, March 18, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22. The longtime folk-rock duo of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray will bring 20-plus years of fan favorites-songs like "Closer To Fine" and "Power Of Two"-to Spokane for this one show. Tickets are $49.50 and $29 and will be available at or 800-325-SEAT.

This news should Lit a fire under you.

Organizers of Eastern Washington University's 12th annual Get Lit! program released the lineup for this year's event, which will be April 14-21. Headlining Get Lit! will be An Evening With Richard Russo and Jess Walter on Saturday, April 17. Russo is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls," and Walters is a local favorite who has written a handful of books that have received national acclaim, including "The Financial Lives of Poets" and "The Zero." Other events include Diet For a Hot Planet with Anna Lappe, April 14; How To Win a Cosmic War with Dr. Reza Aslan, April 15; Multicultural Children's reading with Janet Wong, April 17; Coming of Age Reading by Victor Lodato, April 17; Insight with author Sallie Tisdale, April 18; In Conversation with Janet Fitch, April 18; and Jazz Poetry with Patricia Smith, April 21. Event venues vary. Individual event tickets range in price from $10 to $25, and Festival passes are available for $65. Tickets are available now at or 800-325-SEAT. For more information, go to

Bluz slates red-hot licks.

Bluz at the Bend has a full lineup of red-hot bands this week. Performers include Sammy Eubanks, tonight, Jan. 20; Don Emerson, Thursday, Jan. 21; Big Mumbo, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22 and 23; and Sammy Jam, Sunday, Jan. 24. Live music starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bluz, located at 2721 N. Market in Hillyard. For more information, go to

Start your evening in the Laguna.

Local jazz favorite Nick Schauer is playing The Laguna Cafe, at 4302 S. Regal, from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23. Spokane jazz pianist Danny McCollim will join Schauer Friday night, and saxophonist/singer Craig Landron will team up with him for Saturday night's performance.

Resolutionaries, unite!

Did you resolve to be more active this year? Here's one way to do it: Dance! On the first and third Fridays of the month, thanks to the BOF club, you can dance to the sounds of dance band Variety Pack, at the Sons of Norway, 6710 N Country Homes Blvd., the place with the Viking ship out front. The admission is $10 per person to dance, and they also serve dinner, for an additional $10 per person. Dinner is at 6 p.m., dancing at 7. You've watched Dancing with the Stars; now go be one, and get a good work out at the same time. For more information, contact Gene Bronson at 509-747-3744.


"I yelled at Kenny for coloring outside the lines! Megan and I are starting to watch the same TV shows. I'm liking them. I'm losing it."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $35 gift certificate from Peters and Sons Florists, at 512 E. Pacific! 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 Friday, Jan. 23.

Last Week's Winner: Edward Wolfe is a man of all seasons!

Last week's movie quote was, "The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman." Wolfe correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer" and won a $40 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, 3710 N. Division.

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