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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Of course, this play is a work of ART.

The Interplayers Professional Theatre starts its three-week run of "ART" with a 7:30 p.m. performance Thursday, March 11, in its theater at 174 S. Howard. The 1998 Tony Award-winning play features three of the Inland Northwest's finest actors-Jack Bannon, Patrick Treadway and Roger Welch-in a show that asks the question, "What is art?" Reed McColm is directing this production, which first appeared on the Interplayers stage in the early 2000s and was brought back as a subscriber's choice for this year. Interplayers will stage the play at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14. The following two weeks, the show will run Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets range in price from $14 to $21, with discounts for seniors and students, and are available at the Interplayers box office, which is open from noon-4 p.m. weekdays, or by calling Interplayers at 509-455-PLAY. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Sammy fans will come to see Vereen.

Timeless showman Ben Vereen will perform his one-man show, "A Tribute To Sammy Davis Jr." at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox as part of the Spokane Symphony's Pops Concert series. The former Sammy Davis Jr. understudy will perform the music of this stage legend with an act that shows why Vereeen earned a spot in the Casino Legends Hall of Fame. Tickets range in price from $27 to $54 and are available through the Spokane Symphony ticket office at 509-624-1200 or in person at the Fox box office. Tickets also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

You Kinda Sorta need to see this.

The 2010 Ham On Regal show, titled "LIFE. Kinda Sorta," opens to the general public at 7:30 p.m. tonight, March 10, at Ferris High School. The musical is performed at 7:30 p.m. every night through Saturday, March 13, with a 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee as well. Every year, the parents of Ferris High School students put on a musical to raise money for school activities and equipment. Last year, the event raised more than $71,000, and since its inception in 1963, Ham On Regal has raised more than $1.3 million for the school. This year's show has a $6 admission for the matinee and $8 admission for evening shows. Tickets are available at Round Table Pizza, at 4510 S. Regal; 2nd Look Books, in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center; Rosauer's Supermarket, at 2610 E. 29th, and at the Ferris High School business office. Cast members also have tickets to sell. For more information, go to www.hamonregal.org.

March Madness begins early for local music fans.

The 2010 RAWK Final Four will be decided this week when the four finalists-and one wild card-take the stage for the local high-school band competition at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13. To be held at The Service Station, at 9315 N. Nevada on Spokane's North Side, the show will pit the following bands against each other: Victory For A Day, The Sassmatrons, Act One Scene One, Yukon The Archer, and Executive Smack. The non-competing headliner is Space Opera 77. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance and available from the bands. For more information, go to www.rawkonline.com.

"Tennessee Waltz" is a Page out of Patti's book.

Patti Page brings her pop-and-country hits from the 1950s to the Northern Quest Resort and Casino for a 3 p.m. show Tuesday, March 16. Page was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, and her signature song, "Tennessee Waltz," was one of the biggest selling singles of the 20th century. Tickets for the matinee performance are $40 and $30 and are available through the Northern Quest events line at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

To call The Rubberband a family-friendly show isn't a stretch.

Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband will bring its family-friendly, feel-good brand of music to the Inland Northwest for a show at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, and for a 3 p.m. performance Saturday, March 13, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, in Coeur d'Alene. The Salt Lake City-based band mixes several styles of music for a sound that MTV once described as "The Dave Matthews Band gone bluegrass." Tickets for the Spokane show are $14 in advance, $10 for minors, or $16 and $12 at the door. For the Coeur d'Alene concert, tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids, or $14 and $10 at the door. For tickets and more information, go to www.shupe.net.

Next Tuesday night is going to get Aventuras.

The Spokane Area Children's Chorus will present the Seventh Annual International Music Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. This year's performance is titled "Cantando a las Aventuras: Sing of Adventures" and features music from all around the world. Six choirs with more than 100 singers will participate in this year's international concert. Tickets are $8 at the door or are available in advance at the SACC office at 624-7992 x300.

You'll love it, even if you can't write it off.

Ignite Community Theatre will present a reader's theater performance of the hilarious comedy "Love, Sex and the IRS," with two performances just in time for tax season. The play tells the story of a couple of roommates who list themselves as married, then one of them has to "dress the part" when the IRS comes to check them out. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the Foley Library on the Gonzaga University campus, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at The Blue Door Theatre, at 815 W. Garland. Both performances are free. For more information, go to www.ignitetheatre.org.

He'll play us a song. He's the Piano Man.

"Swingin' with the Piano Man" teams the Spokane Jazz Orchestra and jazz pianist Brent Edstrom at the Bing Crosby Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Edstrom will play new big band and piano arrangements and original music from the Brent Edstrom Trio. Music Director Tom Molter will lead the 17-piece band that will back Edstrom. Tickets are $24.50, or $21 for students, military personnel or seniors. They can be bought through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Doublestuff - While the Spokane Jazz Orchestra will be swinging at The Bing this weekend, one of its former young lions, guitarist Mike Frederick, comes back to Spokane with his funky-jazz band, Doublestuff. The sextet also includes drummer Chris Teal, who ex-CenterStagers will remember from Ella's Supper Club. Frederick and Teal joined Doublestuff after moving to Rochester, N.Y., to attend the Eastman School of Music. Welcome back Teal and Frederick as they play a show with singer-songwriter Danny Songhurst at 9 p.m., Friday, March 12, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $10.

Appleseed Cast - Kansas post-rock quartet Appleseed Cast has a strong following of indie hipsters, so expect a full house when Appleseed Cast comes back for a show with Dreamed at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 11, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

The Globes - One of the highlights at this year's Sommy Awards, Seattle-by-way-of Spokane experimental indie-rock band The Globes return for a show before heading to SXSW. See The Globes with Blunt Mechanics and Stockholm at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $6.

EOTO - Featuring The String Cheese Incident members Jason Hann and Michael Travis, Kyle Hollingsworth and Michael King perform live loops in their EOTO mode. See it in action when EOTO appears at 9 p.m., Monday, March 15, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $8.

The Makepeace Brothers - Self-described as an "upbeat version of Simon and Garfunkel meets Jack Johnson," The Makepeace Brothers-Finian, Cairan, Aiden, and Liam-formed a band after a family roadtrip across the U.S. Now they're touring together and singing songs about love, peace, and inspiration. The Makepeace Brothers with Heroshine, Mick Croon and Citizen appear at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 12, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5 in advance, $7 day of show.

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

This exhibit was a crafty idea.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture introduces a major new exhibit titled, "The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest," on Saturday, March 13. The exhibit will be on display through June 26 and will feature more than 175 objects, including furniture, glass, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, and graphics, among other items. The museum is open from 10 a.m-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults, or $5 for seniors and students. For more information, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

It's time to BeGin this Friday!

Also at the MAC this Friday is their monthly after-work party, BeGin. This month's party features Guest DJ Awesome Nice. Free admission, no-host bar. At the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W First Ave, this Friday, March 12 from 6 to 8pm. For more information on the event and current exhibits, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

Auditions for "The Boxcar Children"

The Spokane Children's Theatre is holding auditions for "The Boxcar Children" Sunday, March 14 at 2pm and Monday, March 15 at 6pm. Auditions will be held at St. Aloysius School, 611 E Mission in Spokane. Based on the popular children's series of books by Gertrude Chandler Warner, this dramatic play follows the adventures of four orphans determined to remain together in depression-era America. Director Dawn Taylor-Reinhart is looking for four children ages 8-16 and four adult actors: two men and two women. This show is NOT a musical. The Boxcar Children opens May 22nd and plays weekends through June 6th. Visit spokanechildrenstheatre.org or call 328-4886 for more information.

You'll be in the market for laughs on Market.

Portland comedy veteran Art Krug will bring his brand of comedy to Uncle D's Comedy Underground at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13. Doors to the Comedy Underground, located at Bluz at the Bend at 2721 N. Market in Hillyard, open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner reservations are encouraged. Admission to the weekend's shows is $10 per person. For more information, go to www.bluznews.com.

Stroller into the Baby Fair.

The 13th Annual Baby Fair will stroller into the Spokane Convention Center from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 14. The one-day event features exhibits for new and expecting parents as well as classes on everything from car-seat safety to baby sign language. A Newly Parent game is planned at 12:30 p.m., as well as baby crawl races at 2:30 p.m. and a baby/toddler fashion show at 3:15 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, with children 12 and under admitted free of charge. For more information, go to http://kix961.com/pages/BabyFair/BFHome.html.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"That wasn't flying. That was falling with style."

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, March 12.

Last Week's Winner: Deb Brady gets Hurt Locker!

Last week's movie quote was "You know you can shoot people out here. You don't have to throw wrenches." Brady correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 Academy Award-winning Best Picture "The Hurt Locker" and won two tickets to Custer's Spring Arts and Crafts Show!

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