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Wednesday, January 27, 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. Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 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.

Mom always did like them best.

The Smothers Brothers bring their ageless act to the INB Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Tom and Dick have been performing together for 52 years and are generally regarded as the longest-running comedy team in American history. With Tom as the older, slow one and Dick as the younger superior one, the two traditionally have played folk musicians whose act inevitably ends in arguments between them-and laughs for the audience. Tickets are $49, $39 and $29 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Dog is man's best friend, much to the consternation of woman.

"Sylvia," the contemporary comedy about a husband, a wife, and the dog that comes between them, premiers at the Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J. Chew Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. The show's run goes through Feb. 21, with performances each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 each and are available through the Civic Theatre box office at 509-325-2507 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

It's a Monday night performance that can't be beat.

TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming is on its American debut tour and will stop in Spokane at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The Japanese taiko drumming tradition features an explosive performance with vibrant costumes, elaborate choreography and some of the world's best percussionists. Tickets are $37, $32, and $22 for adults, $14 for children, and are available through the Fox box office at 1001 W. Sprague from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling the Fox at 509-624-1200.

Sunday afternoon entertainment, with strings attached.

The Spokane Chamber Music Association's Spokane String Quartet will kick off its 2010 offerings with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. The Quartet will play Haydn's Quartet in D Major, Op. 76 No. 5; Shostakovich's Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83; and Schumann's Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1. Tickets are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT and at the Bing Crosby Theater ticket office two hours before the performance.

Keep your dreams of summer fun afloat.

The 55th Annual Spokane National Boat Show docks at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, at 404 N. Havana, Saturday, Jan. 30, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 6. The show will feature new and used boats alike in 120,000 square feet of exhibit space, with classes and seminars planned throughout the week. Doors are open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. both Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and from noon-8 p.m. each weekday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for minors ages 12-17. Kids under 12 will be admitted free of charge. For more information, go to www.spokaneboatshow.com.

A great show will blossom at Civic.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 1, for the Spokane Civic Theatre production of "Steel Magnolias," the laugh-cry Robert Harling play about the lives of six women and a Deep South beauty salon. Directed by veteran Spokane thespian George Green, the cast includes: Kelsey Strom, as Annelle; Bethany Hart, as Shelby; Melody Deatherage, as M'Lynn; Molly Parish, as Truvy; Wendy Carroll, as Clairee; and Kathie Doyle-Lipe, as Ouiser. The play's run begins Friday, Feb. 26, and goes through Sunday, March 21. For tickets, call the Civic box office at 509-325-2507 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

What happens in France is coming to Spokane.

Allegro Baroque and Beyond will perform "La France-Paris," featuring the music of early-1800s Paris-based composer Gioachino Rossini. The Allegro performance will feature popular arrangements from the Theatre-Italien from which Rossini worked, including Italians in Algiers, Il Turco in Italia, and Le Comte Ory. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and will be at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Tickets are $18 to $25 and are available at the door and at www.allegrobaroque.org.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Belt of Vapor - Spokane experimental rock mainstay Belt of Vapor has been on a tear the last few weeks, woodshopping new material, improvising newer material live on stage, and readying to release a new EP in the spring. The trio takes a crack at the big stage this week, along with La Cha-Cha, Sonic Death Ray and Rubberdiculous, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $5 in advance, $7 day or show.

No Quarter - Combining theatrical performance with big-bang rock, Led Zeppelin tribute No Quarter has played to packed houses across the nation. Catch the quartet's return at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $10.

Oceans of Red - Hot metal band Oceans of Red is quickly on a come up in the local scene and they're headlining a show with Bring Me Solace, With Scars to Prove and others at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5; 21-and-older only.

Portrait of a Gentleman - Indie-experimental outfit Portrait of Gentleman releases its new album with help bedroom-psychedelic-shoegaze-electronica project Paper Astronomer at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington. Cost: $7.

Locke - Rapper, deejay and party promoter Locke is moving to Korea for the seeable future, so catch his final night behind the wheels of steel in a special Whammy Wednesday showcase presented by The Som Show tonight, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m. at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: Free.

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Country music comes to the big city.

"Honky Tonk Angels" makes its way to the Interplayers Professional Theatre, at 174 S. Howard, for a run that starts Wednesday, Feb. 3, and extends through Sunday, Feb. 21. The musical tells the story of three women who meet on a Greyhound bus en route to Nashville to pursue dreams of becoming country-western stars and become a fun-loving trio. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 13, and Sundays, Feb. 14 and 21. Tickets range in price from $14 to $21, $12 to $19 for seniors 62 years old and older, and are available at the Interplayers box office and by calling 509-455-PLAY.

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. 29-30. Spokane jazz pianist Danny McCollim will join Schauer Friday night, and Big Mumbo saxophonist Charles Swanson will team up with him for Saturday night's performance.

Tonight, the River flows to the piano bar.

Spokane's River, 96.9 FM radio station, is hosting its Rivers Local night at 8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 27, at the Gibliano Brothers Dueling Piano Bar & Music House, at 718 W. Riverside, in downtown Spokane. Enjoy the music of Tommy G and enter to win a night out on the town, with a $50 gift certificate to Gibliano Brothers and four tickets to the Feb. 25 Knitting Factory concert featuring The Next Big Thing with Fanfarlo. For more information on The River, go to www.spokanesriver.com.

KPBX wants you to clear out your clutter in record time.

The region's largest old-music sale, the KPBX Recordings and Videos Sale, is planned for next month, and Spokane Public Radio KPBX 91.1 is accepting donations of gently used albums, CDs, DVDs, videos and music equipment. Donations are accepted at the Spokane Public Radio offices, at 2319 N. Monroe, as well as at The Long Ear, in Coeur d'Alene, and at Bicycle Time and Music Too, in Cheney. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 5. The event itself will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Masonic Center Auditorium, at 1108 W. Riverside in downtown Spokane. For more information, go to www.kpbx.org.

Join the MAC for Works from the Heart.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of "Works from the Heart Art Auction" on Saturday, February 20. This event benefits the MAC's art acquisition fund as well as the Art Education Department thanks to generous donations from our artist community and auction attendees. Cocktail hour is 4pm with a no host bar and live music. Buffet and mingling from 5-6:30pm, and live auction begins at 6:45. The MAC is located at 2316 W 1st Ave. Tickets are $75 per person. The event is catered by Taste Cafe, Feast Catering and Madeleine's Cafe & Patisserie. So party with the MAC and take home fabulous artwork while supporting your museum. For reservations, call 509-456-3931.

Spokane residents might find a familiar scene on the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" this Thursday.

Charm City Cakes designer extraordinaire Duff Goldman sculpts a cake to help a romantic firefighter propose to his amore, according to a description of the episode. His girlfriend is from Spokane and one of the things she misses from home is the city's centerpiece park. The rest of the episode features Goldman as he prepares a dessert buffet for a high-end New York public relations firm celebrating Christmas in July. And the Charm City Cakes staffers imagine themselves as silent movie comedy stars. "Ace of Cakes" contacts say Riverfront Park's signature red wagon will be featured, along with the Clocktower. The show airs at 10 p.m. on The Food Network.

Megadeath lives on--and will be live in Spokane.

Megadeath is coming to the Knitting Factory with Exodus and Testament on March 1, and tickets to see this legendary metal band go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Tickets will be available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Sevendust is blowing into Spokane.

Alt-rock mainstay Sevendust will be playing the Knitting Factory March 6, along with Drowning Pool, Digital Summer and The Flood. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29 and will be available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I love my babies. Why would I want to push them away from me?"

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $20 gift certificate to 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. 29.

Last Week's Winner: Tricia Petrinovich knows Mr. Mom!

Last week's movie quote was "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." Petrinovich correctly guessed that it was from the 1983 comedy "Mr. Mom" and won a $35 gift certificate to Peters and Sons Florists.

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