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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Madly looking for tickets to March Madness? Read on.

The Spokane Arena will host first- and second-round games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament Friday, March 19, and Sunday, March 21. Friday's action starts at 11:30 a.m. with Purdue University hosting Siena University. Texas A&M University will take on Utah State University in the game that starts 25 minutes after the completion of the Purdue-Siena matchup. Michigan State University will take on New Mexico State University in the second session of games that starts at 4:20 p.m., followed by University of Maryland and University of Houston. The games are sold out, HOWEVER, each school and the NCAA itself are allotted a certain number of tickets, and they might not use all of those tickets. Available tickets for Friday's first-round games go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18, and second-round tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20. Tickets will be $65 for each two-game session and will be available only at the Spokane Arena box office. For more information, go to If you want to see them for free, all eight teams will practice at the Arena from noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18. The shoot-arounds and Arena parking will be free all day.

It's a Devine way to spend St. Paddy's Day.

Ruby Devine and Thistle Down will perform as the Kelly Irish Dancers take the stage for "Passport To Ireland" at 6 p.m. tonight, March 17, in the Pend Oreille Pavilion, at the Northern Quest Resort & Hotel. This St. Patrick's Day celebration is a fundraiser for Community Frameworks, a nonprofit organization that develops affordable housing. Tickets are $35 each. For tickets and more information, call Ann Price at 509-484-6733 x121 or go to

Civic is cooking up another great show.

The inspirational new musical "The Spitfire Grill" premiers at the Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre with a 7:30 show on Friday, March 19. "The Spitfire Grill" tells the story of a young woman who tries to start over in a small Wisconsin town after being released from prison. Greeted coldly at first, they all eventually learn the meaning of community. The show also runs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21. For the following three weeks, there will be performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees, except for the April 4 Easter Sunday. Tickets are $22 and are available through the Civic Theatre box office at 509-325-2507 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Soirees like this come but once a year.

The eighth season of the Spokane Symphony's Soiree Series is here, with two nights of performances in the Marie Antoinette Room at the Davenport Hotel. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres and chamber music in a unique, intimate setting are hallmarks of the Soiree Series, which includes performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 24. Ensembles of Spokane Symphony musicians will perform a variety of baroque, classical and contemporary music. Tickets are $45 for table seating and $20 for gallery seating and are available at the Fox box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Sweet Adelines. Good times never seemed so good.

Sweet Adelines International Singers, a organization for female barbershop groups, will meet at the INB Performing Arts Center for the Region 24 competition Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20. Quartets from throughout the region will compete starting at 5 p.m. Friday, and the chorus competition will begin at noon Saturday. Tickets to each event are $15 apiece and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. For more information on Sweet Adelines, go to

You can see this show for a song.

The Spokane Children's Theatre opens a performance of "Han Christian Andersen's The Nightingale" at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20. The adapted-from-fairy-tale play tells the story of an emperor who prefers a mechanical bird over the authentic nightingale, then has his life saved by the song of a real nightingale. The Children's Theatre performs at the Spartan Theater at the Spokane Falls Community College. "The Nightingale" will be performed at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 21, with shows scheduled the following Friday through Sunday as well. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

It's a golden opportunity from the "Golden City."

The Spokane Symphony will feature the fast work of cellist Gautier Capucon when "Classics 8: From The Golden City" takes the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21. With Eckart Preu conducting, the Symphony will present Georges Bizet's "L'Arlesienne, Suite No. 1;" Camille Saint-Saens' "Cello Concerto No. 1;" and Antonin Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9, From The New World." Tickets range in price from $20 to $42 and are available at the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Spring is here, case en pointe.

Theatre Ballet of Spokane presents "Carnival of The Animals" and other works with its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Performed by the Ballet Arts Academy, the concert will take the stage at this show for the season, hosted at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Indigo Girls - After 10 major label releases since their indie debut two decades ago, Indigo Girls Emily Sailers and Amy Ray have come full circle, self-releasing their new double album, "Poseidon and the Bitter Bug," on their own IG Records. The record is relaxed, free and fresh with a refined energy that recalls the best of their early years. Indigo Girls play songs from their new album, along with classic cuts, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $49.50 general admission seated, $29.50 general admission standing.

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - Combining equal parts punk rock and folk rock, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists went back to basics on its sixth album, "The Brutalist Bricks." Released last week on Matador Records, "Bricks" is full of catchy hooks and sharp guitar riffs, while Leo's lyrics add wisdom to his spirited return to raw rock. Hear it live when Ted Leo and the Pharmacists brings a fresh batch of goods at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Mon Cheri CD Release - One of Spokane's most popular bands, Mon Cheri swept the Sommy Awards in the four categories in which it was nominated. They've become a staple of the local scene, playing constantly at every possible opportunity, from benefit shows and county fairs to nightclubs and coffee house shows. The combination of soft and sweet vocal harmonies, rhythmic wit, and sheer showmanship has made Mon Cheri a local favorite. Mon Cheri's new EP, "Melange" captures quartet's mixed-bag stylings while delivering lyrical depth. There are elements of blues, jazz, lounge, and even country, tied together in this compact package. See for yourself at Mon Cheri's EP release party at 8 p.m. on Friday, March, 19, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $5, or pay $8 to get a copy of the album with admission.

Dane Ueland - A couple of ex-Spokie folkies come together for a singer-songwriter smackdown, featuring Dane Ueland and Josh Hedlund, along with Terrible Buttons, The Pall, Rex James Bros., and Justin Lantrip, at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 19, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $7.

Haiti Benefit - Central Valley High School hosts a Haiti Benefit show featuring experimental indie-band Portrait of a Gentlemen at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Donations suggested.

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Villages like this only come around once every 100 years or so.

Central Valley High School's production of "Brigadoon" premiers at 7:30 p.m. tonight, March 17, at the high school, with performances through Saturday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 23, through Thursday, March 25. "Brigadoon" tells the story of a small Scottish village that appears one day every 100 years. For its villagers, the passing of a century is like the passing of one night. Tickets are $8 each. For more information, call 228-5208.

Cool tunes will rise from The Catacombs.

The cool tunes of the Heather O'Brien Trio will rise from The Catacombs Pub, at 110 N. Monroe, when the popular Spokane band plays there at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 18. The band features Heather Sharp O'Brien on vocals, Steve Bauer on guitar, and Jake Johnson on bass. For more information on Catacombs, call 509-838-4610.

Good laughs are just around the Bend.

Spokane-born comedian Ken Martin takes the stage for two shows this weekend at Uncle D's Comedy Underground, inside Bluz at the Bend at 2721 N. Market. Martin works for an airline during the day and tries to make people laugh at night. Come and see how successful he is at the latter when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20. Tickets are $10 each, and if you're planning to have dinner, reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call 509-483-7300. For more information, go to

This movie is out of this world.

"Hubble," a 43-minute documentary about space travel and the legendary Hubble Space Telescope, graces the Riverfront Park IMAX Theatre screen starting Friday, March 19. Narrated by Leonardo DeCaprio, moviegoers will go up in space with the Atlantis STS-125 crew and witness some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed. The film is rate G. For movie times, go to or call 509-456-4FUN.

West Valley High School Band Fund-Raiser

The award-winning West Valley High School band and color guard has its annual fund-raising auction from 6 to 8:30 p.m, Saturday. March 20 at the school, 8301 E. Buckeye. Hundreds of items, services and get-aways are up for bid to help cover the kids' expenses to get to regional competitions and cover other costs. Enjoy dessert and all-you-can-drink coffee or punch for $5. For a preview, go to

The Chiefs are looking to chop the Winterhawks.

The Spokane Chiefs start the first round of the playoffs with a trip to Portland to play the Winterhawks this weekend, but they'll be returning to the Spokane Arena for Game Three at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. Tickets range in price form $9 to $18. For ticket information, go to


"Strap, God wants you on the floor."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $10 gift certificate to Ben & Jerry's in RiverPark Square. 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, March 19.

Last Week's Winner: To infinity and beyond with Cindie Webb!

Last week's movie quote was "That wasn't flying. That was falling with style." Webb correctly guessed that it was from the 1995 animated movie "Toy Story" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn!

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