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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

No offense, but prepare to be insulted.

Don Rickles is coming to town. The 82-year-old king of insult comedy will hit the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, swinging up north from Las Vegas to bring a brand of humor that has sustained his 60-some-year career. Rickles comes to town with a new title, Emmy award-winning comedian, after his HBO docu-film "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" won two Emmys last September. Tickets for the April 11 show are still available and cost either $45 or $55. For more information, call 509-481-6700 or go to www.northernquest.com.

For one night only, the library will use the Dewey Decibel system.

The sounds of Wylie and The Wild West will fill the once-quiet aisles of the Spokane Public Library's downtown branch, at 906 W. Main, during the "You Can't Do That In The Library" event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The Spokane Public Library Foundation will sneak in beer and pizza for the event, which raises funds for the library. Tickets are $50 each. For more information, call 509-444-5318.

The story of Easter takes the stage.

The Spokane Dream Center, a nondenominational church located in Spokane Valley, is putting together "Behold Jesus: A Powerful Easter Drama" at 6 p.m. tonight, April 8, at the INB Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.spokanedreamcenter.com or call 509-924-2630.

It's a first second in Coeur d'Alene.

It's Coeur d'Alene's first Second Friday Downtown Art Walk of the season, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 10. Twelve downtown art galleries and participating businesses and restaurants will extend their hours for those who stroll the streets of the City By The Lake. This month's featured gallery is The Painter's Chair Fine Arts Gallery, located at 223 Sherman and featuring original and limited-edition works of 30 artists. Also, Cheryl Burchell Art & Design, located at 413 ½ Sherman, will hold an artists' reception during Art Walk for the opening of Judy Minter's collective exhibit "Sass & Sparkle." For more information, go to www.artsincda.org/ArtWalk.

If they've done it once, they've done it 100 times.

The Art Spirit Gallery, a 12-year-old Coeur d'Alene gallery, located at 415 E. Sherman, mounts a new art exhibit monthly from April to December, and it's putting on its 100th exhibit this April. Titled "New Work By 12 Artists," the gallery will feature works from Harold Balazs, Victoria Brace, George Carlson, Gina Freuen, Terry Gieber, Elaine Green, Glenn Grishkoff, Robert Grimes, Vick Haight, Michael Horswill, Mel McCuddin and Claudia Pettis. The opening reception will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 10, in conjunction with Coeur d'Alene's Second Friday Downtown Art Walk. For more information, call 208-765-6006 or visit www.TheArtSpiritGallery.com.

Go to The Knitting Factory and take in Atmosphere.

Hip-hop artists Atmosphere will hit the Main Space in the Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10. The Knitting Factory show is one stop on the group’s When God Gives You Ugly Tour, with groups P.O.S. and Attracted to Gods. Tickets are $18.50 in advance, $20 day of show. For information, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

It's going to be one RAWK-ous Monday night.

RAWK of the Inland Northwest will sponsor an all-ages, three-band concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, at The Big Dipper, at 171 S. Washington, in downtown Spokane. Headlining the show will be Barcelona, a Seattle band that signed a record deal with Universal/Motown Records and whose CD "Absolutes" is scheduled to be released nationwide April 28. Also playing The Big Dipper that night will be The Globes, a Seattle band composed of former Spokane high-schoolers who went by the name For Years Blue while students at Lewis & Clark High School. The opening act is Olive Green, an acoustic band composed of Whitworth University students. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be bought through TicketsWest, at 4000 Holes, at The Long Ear, or at the student ticket counters at Gonzaga and Whitworth.

The South Hill is getting jazzed up.

Guitar player Nick Schauer and pianist Danny McCollim, dubbed as two of the brightest talents on Spokane's jazz scene, will play at 9 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Laguna Café, located at 4304 S. Regal on Spokane's South Hill. No cover. For information, call 509-448-0887.

Oh Beth, what can you do?

Head down to the Knitting Factory’s Main Stage to watch Gods of Thunder. Deemed the ultimate KISS tribute band, the group is going to rock ’n roll all night, starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Tickets are $13 in advance and $16 on the day of the show. For tickets, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

You might be an opera fan if...

You go to see "3 Redneck Tenors-A New Musical Adventure." This musical comedy tells the story of three singers from Paris—Paris, Texas, that is—named Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee who are discovered by a city slicker while singing in front of their "mobile music studio." Featuring a cast of classically trained veteran artists from Broadway and world opera stages, this musical comedy will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Tickets are $23. For more information, call 509.325.SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

You can't wait much longer to wait for Godot.

It's the final week of the Interplayers Theatre's production of Samuel Beckett's classic tragicomedy "Waiting For Godot." Shows are scheduled for tonight, April 8, and run each night through Saturday, April 11. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee also is planned at Interplayers, located at 174 S. Howard. Ticket prices range from $12 to $21, and the Interplayers box office is open from noon to curtain time on show days. For more information, call 509-455-PLAY.

The lines for this movie will be a Miley long.

"Hannah Montana: The Movie," starring Miley Cyrus and her achy-breaky dad Billy Ray, will be open in theaters throughout the Inland Northwest this weekend. For local movie times, go to www.regmovies.com, www.amctheatres.com or www.spokanemovies.com.

Fundraiser at the Bing.

Join two-time Emmy-winner John Rubin for a screening of his documentary, American Eagle, April 19, 2009 at 5:00 pm at The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 West Sprague. American Eagle was photographed by Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, and is the first high-definition hour devoted to bald eagles, the soaring symbol of the USA. Light appetizers will be provided. Suggested donation: $10 adults and $5 students, which will support the Inland Northwest Land Trust, a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to protect the region’s natural lands, waters, working farms and forest for the benefit of wildlife, our community and future generations. For more information about Inland Northwest Land Trust, call 509-328-2939 or visit www.inlandnwlandtrust.org.

It could be a Metro-effectual move.

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will play with the Spokane Symphony on April 23 and party with the folks from Spokane Metro magazine afterward. Metro is holding a drawing through which 30 new subscribers will be invited to watch the show, then join them for a private backstage event with the 27-year-old artist. A few selected fans will have the chance to meet Brandi and get autographs and photos. To be eligible to personally meet her, send your "why I'd like to meet Brandi" story to eklamper@spokanemetromag.com and they'll contact the winners with their passes. To be entered into the April 16 drawing, go to www.spokanemetromag.com to subscribe. For more information on the concert, which will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 23 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, call 509-624-1200 or go to www.spokanesymphony.org.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"I'm at the top of my game. I'm running with the big dogs. Come on, girls. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don't think so."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $5 coffee gift card AND two tickets to the Spokane Home Builders Association's Home Improvement Show, scheduled for April 17-19. Send your best guess to info@entertainmentspokane.com. The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. Deadline is 9 a.m. on Monday, April 13.

Last Week's Winner: Sandie Rathbun has The Right Stuff.


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