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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For a guy who works with a bunch of dummies, Jeff Dunham is brilliant.

The Jeff Dunham Identity Crisis Tour 2010 stops at the Spokane Arena at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 17. This master ventriloquist brings his trademark comedy routine along with puppets that are more famous than Dunham himself. He's has appeared on every late-night talk show and TV shows ranging from "30 Rock" to "Sonny With A Chance." He also has had several specials on Comedy Central. Tickets for tonight's performance are still available. They cost $42.50 each and are at the Spokane Arena box office and available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

I don't think we're in the 1930s anymore, Toto.

"The Wizard of Oz" will be on the screen, and the Spokane Symphony will be in the spotlight when "Oz With Orchestra" hits the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21. The show features remastered clips of this timeless classic movie, first shown in 1939, and a full symphony orchestra will play new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant lost scores. Conducted by Morihiko Nakahara, the performances start at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $54, $42, $36 and $27 and are available through the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Getting tickets to The Commodores may not be Easy Like Sunday morning.

Seventies funk-and-soul band The Commodores bring their hits from the Disco era to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. The band, formerly led by Lionel Richie, is known for a mix of dance-floor favorites-"Brick House" being arguably the most popular-and romantic ballads, such as "Three Times A Lady" and "Easy." As of earlier this week, tickets still were available for what's sure to be a packed performance. Tickets are $50 and $60 and are available through the Northern Quest events line at 509-481-6700 and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

These big-boy toys will get you revved up.

Monster Jam trucks into the Spokane Arena this weekend for three days of monster-truck fun. The Arena will be converted into a custom-designed track full of jumps and stuff to be crushed. The trucks are 12 feet tall and weigh 10,000 pounds and sound almost as impressive as they look. In fact, earplugs are encouraged. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Advance tickets are $40 for the front row, $25 for the gold circle and $18 otherwise. On the days of shows, ticket prices go up $2 each. For tickets, go to the Spokane Arena box office or go to Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Spinning is just the beginning at the Coeur d'Alene Casino.

The Acrobats of Hebei China which are scheduled to perform on Sunday, February 21, out at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel has sold out. So, hurry fast and get your tickets to the next event on March 25, Live Professional Boxing at The House of Fury. Visit for more information.

The morning show goes prime time.

The Canadian Mist Bob and Tom Comedy All-Star Tour, inspired by the Bob and Tom Show that plays on The Peak 105.7 FM from 5-9 a.m. each morning, goes from the airwaves to the main stage for two shows Saturday, Feb. 20, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:45 p.m. The Bing Crosby Theater will host the evening of laughs, which will feature a variety of great comedians. Tickets are $30.50 each and are at the Bing box office starting two hours before the event or in advance through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Works From The Heart might work on your walls.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's 25th Annual Works From The Heart Contemporary Art Auction is from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. New pieces from local and regional artists will be on the auction block, with proceeds going to the MAC's art-acquisition fund and its art education department. Quick-draw artists will be on hand to make art on the spot, and live music will be played. A buffet will be set up with food from Taste Cafe and Feast Catering, with desserts from Madeleine's Cafe and Patisserie. The auction is at the museum, located at 2316 W. First in Browne's Addition, but the art that's up for auction will be on display from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Davenport Gallery, in the Davenport Hotel. Tickets to Works From the Heart are $75, by advance reservation only. For tickets, call 509-456-3931.

Gonzaga is stringing together some Monday night fun.

The Gonzaga University Symphony Orchestra will perform its third concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Tickets are $9 for adults, or $7 for seniors and for students who attend a school other than Gonzaga. The concert is free to GU students and staff, and buses will shuttle people to and from campus for the concert. For more information, call the Gonzaga Music Department at 509-313-6733.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Josh Turner - Country music sensation Josh Turner had to lose his voice in order to find it. Long before he launched a multi-platinum career, Turner sang lead and bass parts in his church choir in addition to forming a gospel quartet. But when he suffered damage to his vocal chord, he was forced to stop using his voice for a full year. During that time he became a master whistler and learned classical vocal techniques. Shortly after, he moved to Nashville, met his future wife and became a country music star, racking up platinum records and a slew of awards. In 2007, Turner became the second youngest artist to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, after Carrie Underwood. Turner released his latest album, "Haywire" last week, which includes the No. 1 hit, "Why Don't We Just Dance." Turner brings his Haywire tour to Spokane at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $29.75.

Everclear - Portland-based rockers Everclear were all that during the grunge era. Since then bandleader Art Alexakis has struggled to keep a steady lineup whilst singing his songs of abandonment, substance abuse and marital strife. With the latest incarnation of Everclear, Alexakis has re-cast his past hits in an Everclear cover album titled, "In A Different Light." The songs are more acoustic based and stripped down. You can hear it live when Everclear plays with Spokane's Portrait of a Gentleman at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20.

KYRS Fundraiser/Membership Drive - Not yet a member of KYRS Thin Air Community Radio? There's a great opportunity to became a member while taking in some eclectic local live music when Platform Booking presents a KYRS benefit show featuring alt-rock band La Cha-Cha, spastic math-rock duo Cyrus Fell Down, indie-rock crew The Toy Garden, indie-acoustic rogues Matthew Winters and Ruben Villarreal, hip-hop artist Quiz, and DJ Likes Girls. The concert starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Suggested donation: $5.

Haiti Benefit Concert - There's more goodwill music action happening this week with a show donating all proceeds to the Red Cross efforts to help Haiti. Local bands on the bill include ska-poppers Green Light Go, along with Jazz, 4 Card, and V, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington. Cost: Donations welcome.

Crimson Resolve CD Release - Spokane alt-rock quartet Crimson Resolve drops its new EP at a CD release party with Flying Mammals, The Sweetest Affair and Act One Scene One at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington. Cost: $5, free EP with admission.

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Hot Latin bands drum up support for cancer fund.

The Congas 4 Cancer benefit features two of the Inland Northwest's hottest Latin bands playing in an effort to drum up support for the Carlos Vigil Latin Dance for Cancer Fund. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Players & Spectators, at 12828 E. Sprague. Son Dulce takes the stage first, and the group Milonga will play a set starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20. For more information, go to

Beer is good for PR.

The Greater Spokane chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is hosting its SUDS for Scholarship fundraiser from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Steam Plant Grill, at 159 S. Lincoln in downtown Spokane. Beer expert Gage Stromberg will be on hand to talk about the beers that are served at an event filled with microbrews, food and auction, and KXLY's Mark Peterson will host. Tickets to the event are $40 each or $70 for a pair. For more information, go to

Don't bogie your shot at attending the big golf show.

The 12th Annual Spokane Golf Show is swinging into the Spokane Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21. The Inland Northwest's biggest golf convention will include classes aimed at helping you improve your game, information on courses throughout the Northwest, and every kind of golf-related product you can imagine. Professionals from Bridgestone Golf will be on hand for the Bridgestone Golf Ball Fitting Challenge, where golfers will be fitted with the balls that best fit their game, regardless of how well or how poorly they play. The show runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to this year's event is $10, with children 12 and under admitted for free. Each paid adult receives certificates for three free rounds of golf. Tickets are available at all Tickets West outlets or at the door. For more information, go to


"The girl of my dreams lives under my own roof, but she thinks I'm just a kid, a dumb jock, all of which is more or less true."

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, Feb. 19.

Last Week's Winner: Brent Sears had a guess to remember!

Last week's movie quote was "Our love is like the wind. I can't see it, but I sure can feel it." Sears correctly guessed that it was from the 2002 romance "A Walk To Remember" and won two tickets to this weekend's Spokane Golf Show.

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