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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beauty is in the eye of the hairspray holder.

"Steel Magnolias," the laugh-cry contemporary masterpiece written by Robert Harling in the 1980s, returns to the Spokane Civic Theatre stage for a four-week run, opening with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Centered around six women and a beauty salon in the Deep South, "Steel Magnolias" explores the bonds of friendship and family through fun times and tragedy. The Dolly Parton character, Truvy, is played by Molly Parish, wife of Entertainment Spokane editor, Linn Parish. On opening weekend, the play will be performed that Friday night, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Through March 21, the play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and $14 for students. They can be bought by calling the Spokane Civic Theatre at 509-325-2507 or by visiting its box office, at 1020 N. Howard. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Jazz tunes will groove over the Palouse.

The Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival starts today, Feb. 24, on the University of Idaho campus, in Moscow, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 27. The 40-some-year-old festival couple jazz legends with young musicians for performances that are a joy for all ages. In addition to Hampton, performers at this year's festival include Taj Mahal, Dee Daniels, and Gerald, Jeff and John Clayton, among others. Tickets range in price from $25 to $39 for individual nights' performances. For tickets, call the University of Idaho ticket office at 208-885-7212 or toll-free at 1-888-8-UIDAHO.

Hit the laugh jackpot with Conway.

Comedian Tim Conway, best known as part of "The Carol Burnett Show" acting ensemble, will make his Northern Quest Resort & Casino debut with a show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. Conway, who also made TV audiences laugh as Ensign Charles Parker on the 1960s show "McHale's Navy," will perform sketch comedy, including variations on a number of fan favorites from the Burnett Show. Touring with Conway are comedian Chuck McCann and impressionist Louise DuArt, whose impressions include Barbara Walters, Cher and Burnett herself. Tickets are $50 and $60 and are available through the Tickets West box office at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.

Symphony goes back before the U.S.S.R.

The Spokane Symphony is going back in time-back before the U.S.S.R.-with "Spokane Symphony Classics 7: Thinking of Mother Russia" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Conducted by Eckart Preu and featuring pianist Valentina Lisitsa, the concert will involve performances of Anton Arensky's "Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky," Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2," and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4 in F Minor." Tickets range in price from $22 to $44 and are available at the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Still sleeping. Still a beauty. But with a few new twists.

Christian Youth Theater in Coeur d'Alene will premier a new version of "Sleeping Beauty" with an eight-performance run at the S.A. Kroc Community Theater, at 1765 W. Golf Course Road. The Coeur d'Alene production of "Sleeping Beauty" and the San Diego CYT will show the rewritten classic for the first time and on the same night. The Coeur d'Alene CYT production starts with a show at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and will followed by 7 p.m. shows Saturday, Feb. 27, and March 4-6. Matinees are planned for 3 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 5 and 6. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for children, when bought in advance. All tickets bought at the door will be $10 each. To buy tickets, go to www.cytnorthidaho.com or call the CYT-North Idaho box office at 208-277-5727.

Follow the yellow brick Sprague.

Christian Youth Theater-Spokane is off to see the Wizard in this on-stage performance of "The Wizard of Oz," which opens at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, with a 7 p.m. show on Friday, Feb. 26. Two more shows, one at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m., are planned for Saturday, Feb. 27, as well as several more shows the following week and weekend. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and children; tickets sold at the door are $13 each. For tickets, go to www.cytspokane.com or order through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Pinch me! The Barenaked Ladies are coming!

Multi-platinum pop-rock group Barenaked Ladies will make a stop at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, in Spokane, on Saturday, May 22, as part of the All In Good Time U.S. tour. Tickets to the Spokane show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and range in price from $38 to $58. The Barenaked Ladies are best known for tongue-in-cheek hits like "Pinch Me," "One Week," and "If I Had A Million Dollars." Each ticket purchase will come with a free download of the new "All In Good Time" album. Tickets will be available at the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, and through Tickets West and www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Sommy Awards - Celebrating the best local music of 2009, the 5th Annual Sommy Awards kicks off with a Red Carpet reception, followed by the presentation of awards, featuring live performances by Space Opera 77, Girlfriends, The Globes, and the return of the High Holies, plus sounds provided by DJs Deseure and Supervillain. After the awards is the official Sommys afterparty with Shim, And I Was Like What?, and The Toy Garden. Find out who will take home the gold when The Som Show presents the 5th Annual Sommy Awards. The Red Carpet (sponsored by Entertainment Spokane) begins at 5 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. For the first time in Sommy history, the event is a benefit for KYRS Thin Air Community Radio. Cost: Suggested donation is $6 at the door for the Sommys, $7 at the door for the afterparty with Shim, or $8 in advance for both. The Sommys are all-ages; the afterparty is 21-and-older only.

Megadeth - Speed-metal pioneer Megadeth is kicking off its 20th Anniversary tour in Spokane next week. In addition to touring in support of a new album, 2009's "Endgame," Megadeth will be playing the classic "Rust In Peace" album from front to back with support from Testament and Exodus, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 1, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $39.50.

G. Love and Special Sauce - Alternative-jazz-blues-hip-hop band G. Love and Special Sauce is coming through town, touring in support of the first release from the group's own Philadelphonic label. Oddly enough, the album, "Long Way Down," is an Australia- and New Zealand-only release. Hear it live when G. Love and Special Sauce arrive with Redeye Empyre at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20.

The Wailers - Bob Marley's Wailers continue their mission of bringing uplifting island jams to the people while raising global consciousness in the band's most recent effort, the "I Went Hungry" campaign, where participating musicians donate a portion of their tour catering to the World Food Program. Join the movement by supporting the Wailers when the crew plays at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20.

The Cave Singers - Rising from the ashes of Pretty Girls Makes Graves, Derek Fudesco's Cave Singers take on classic Americana while dipping into electronica with lilting lullabies and pronounced percussion-free folk. Hipster cred abounds when the Seattle outfit returns to Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St., at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25. Cost: TBA.

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

It will be a grand opening, G.

To celebrate the grand opening of its new resort, the Northern Quest Resort and Casino has announced an all-star lineup that will appear the weekend of March 26-28. Penn & Teller will bring their magic/comedy routine to Northern Quest Friday, March 26, and saxophonist Kenny G will be there Saturday, March 27. Finally, rising country-western superstar Miranda Lambert will play Sunday, March 28. Tickets are $55 for Penn & Teller, $50 for Kenny G, and $50 for Miranda Lambert. They are now available through the Northern Quest event line at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Classics at the Catacombs

Singer Jerry Breeden plays classic soft rock from the 60's and 70's Friday and Saturday nights, 9-11, live at the Catacombs Pub on the Lower Level of the Montvale Hotel, 110 S Monroe. Breeden is back for an extended 5 week engagement through March 27. You can enjoy Brick Oven Pizza or late night dessert and your favorite beverage while you "take a trip down memory lane". Call 838-4610 for more information.

This evening's entertainment will all be in good Taste.

Taste Spokane, the annual food, wine and beer tasting benefit for Wishing Star, is set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. For $20, a guest receives five tickets for a "taste" from one of a number of food and beverage vendors that will be on hand. Proceeds benefit Wishing Star, a nonprofit organization that grant wishes to children ages 3 to 21 who have life-threatening diseases. For more information on the event, go to www.tastespokane.org or call the Wishing Star office at 509-744-3411.

The max amount of dance and jazz is planned at the Max.

The Kathleen Cavender Band is playing Mirabeau at the Max, at 1000 N. Sullivan, with danceable jazz, jazzified pop, R&B, good old blues at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. The band features Kat Cavender on lead vocal, Brian Flick on bass, Wendell Smith on guitar, Mark Stephens on drums, and Ross Walters on sax, keys, harmonica and flute. There is no cover.

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, Feb. 26-27. Spokane jazz pianist Danny McCollim will join Schauer Friday night, and bassist Doug Folkins will team up with him for Saturday night's performance.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"In a good shoe, I wear a size six, but a seven feels so good, I buy a size eight."

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 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, February 26.

Last Week's Winner: Tom Hormel knows his Spokane-made movies!

Last week's movie quote was "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." Hormel correctly guessed that it was from the 1985 made-in-Spokane coming-of-age movie "Vision Quest" and won a $35 gift certificate to Peters and Sons Florists.

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