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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The event of prehistoric proportions is here!

Walking With Dinosaurs, the spectacular arena show featuring life-like, life-sized dinosaurs, comes to the Spokane Arena for eight shows from today, April 7, through Sunday, April 11. Inspired by the award-winning BBC TV series bearing the same name, Walking with Dinosaurs features 15 life-size robotic dinosaurs that weigh a whopping 10 million pounds altogether. Shows Wednesday through Saturday night start at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows on at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $59.50 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

"Little House" takes the big stage.

The endearing and enduring tale of frontier life comes to the INB Performing Arts Center as "Little House on the Prairie: The Musical" closes out WestCoast Entertainment's 2009-2010 Best of Broadway season. "Little House," based on the popular Laura Ingalls Wilder book series, will take the stage Thursday through Sunday, April 8-11, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Melissa Gilbert, who played little girl Laura in the popular TV show during the 1970s and early 80s, originally was scheduled to perform as Ma in the musical, but she was injured and won't be participating in the Spokane run. Regardless, this show is expected to be a treat for "Little House" fans. Tickets range in price from $30 to $58 and are available through the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Laughs are likely to rifle through the theater.

"Escanaba In Da Moonlight," the Jeff Daniels-written comedy based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, takes the main stage at Spokane Civic Theatre for a three-week run that starts Friday, April 9. The play tells the story of a small-town misfit who needs to shoot a buck by the end of hunting season, lest he becomes the oldest man in his family to fail to do so. Performances are set for Friday through Sunday, April 9-11, and Thursday through Sunday the following two weeks. Shows Thursday through Saturday start at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $14 for students. They are available through the Civic box office at 509-325-2507 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Bentley rolls into Idaho.

The 2010 CMT Music Award nominee Dierks Bentley brings his brand of country music to the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, as one stop in his Feel That Fire tour. Bentley has belted out a handful of No. 1 hits since bursting onto the country-music scene in the early 2000s. Last year, he was the co-winner of the CMT Performer of the Year. Tickets to the Coeur d'Alene Casino show are $50 each and are available at the casino or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

See Northern Quest's new hotel and amazing venues April 17 & 18.

Northern Quest Resort and Casino is having a community open house of their new hotel and venues next weekend, Saturday April 17 and Sunday April 18, from 10am to 4 pm each day. Guests will have the opportunity to win prizes totaling $5,000. The grand prize, worth $2,500, is a fabulous weekend getaway at the new resort hotel. They will also have the opportunity to sample some of the menu items from the various restaurants as well as take advantage of special prices throughout the resort. The Time Capsule will also be on display in Heritage Hallway with a table set up to display a few of the items that will be in the capsule. The capsule will be sealed and locked during Native American month in November. For more information about Northern Quest, including their line up of entertainment go to

For one night, the library will be using the Dewey Decibel System.

There will be no librarians there to shush Too Slim and the Taildraggers when they rock the Downtown Spokane Public Library, at 906 W. Main, as part of "You Can't Do That In The Library" at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10. The concert is part of an annual fundraiser put on by the Spokane Public Library Foundation. Guests will be served pizza from David's Pizza, beer from the Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co., and will be invited to participate in a silent book auction. Tickets are $50 each and can be bought by calling 509-444-5318 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

All the casino is a Cabaret. For a limited time.

"Cabaret" continues its run in the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort & Casino tonight through Saturday, April 7-10. This Broadway musical racked up Tony Awards when it came out in the late 1960s-and Oscars when it was made into a movie in the early 1970s. Windwood Theatricals, of New York and Paris, is producing this version of "Cabaret," which includes revisions added to the show in 1987. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. on weeknights and 8:30 p.m. that Friday and Saturday. Tickets for cabaret-style seating-what else would it be-are $40 apiece and are available through the Northern Quest box office at 509-481-6700. Tickets also can be purchased through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

You'll love this tender.

The Elvis Goldies and Gospel Show, featuring Ben "Presslee" Klein and The Rockabillies, will bring their blue-suede-shoed act to the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 11. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students, and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Tekoa will swing this weekend.

The MasterClass Jazz Orchestra is bringing classic sounds from the 1940s swing era to the Tekoa Empire Theatre, at 126 S. Crosby in Tekoa, for a 7 p.m. concert Saturday, April 10. Tickets for the show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $5 for students. For more information, contact Monte Morgan at 509-284-5173 or For more on the venue, go to

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside - When Sallie Ford and her band headlined the Terrain '09 art and music extravaganza, the audience seemed slightly stunned at the sheer soul power coming out of this little woman and her gorgeous guitar. Ford's blend of blues, rock, R&B and jazz is so arresting the crowd was too captivated to dance. Hopefully that won't be the case when Ford returns to Spokane next week. This is an opportunity to get down with this budding Portland star. If this sounds remotely appealing to you, DO NOT MISS Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside with locals Ruby Parasols and Kevin Long's full band at 9 p.m. on Monday, April 12, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $7, 21-and-older only. Check out footage of Sallie Ford's last Spokane appearance on The Som Show blog.

Flowmotion - For Flowmotion's fifth studio outing, the Seattle-based-Spokane-rooted jazz-rock-funk-bluegrass quintet recording the whole album - all 10 songs - in one nonstop session that floored even the album's Grammy-nominated producer. The musicianship is otherworldly, and the passion for a mean groove is highly contagious. Get involved when Flowmotion celebrates a CD release party for their new album, "Ghost Pepper" at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20.

The Pack AD - Last fall The Pack AD almost ripped Mootsy's in half as this female blues duo plays a massive explosion of swampy chaos in a live performance that will smack you silly with chops and licks. At first The White Stripes come to mind because it's a similar construct of guitar and drums, but when this Canadian twosome lets it fly, it's obvious that this is a different beast entirely. Catch The Pack AD with Soul and the Machine and Belt of Vapor at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $7, 21-and-older only.

Gonzoe - A cohort of Luniz rapper Yukmouth, Gonzoe has seen his share of scandal. But instead of getting caught up in the drama and the hype he witnessed growing up in South Central L.A., he escaped the gangs and drugs and violence by voicing those street tales on hook heavy beats that mix the best of old school and new school West Coast hip-hop. A signee of Ice Cube's fledgling Lynch Mob Records and a member of 2Pac's Outlawz, Gonzoe has a knack for upholding tradition while taking his craft to the next level. Gonzoe headlines a show with The Have-Nots and the Real Life Entertainment rhyme collective at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $12, 21-and-over only.

David Bazan - Seattle singer-songwriter Davad Bazan is an enigma that fans have grappled to uncover since his days as the now-defunct indie project Pedro The Lion. Ever elusive and but always alluring, Bazan makes a stop in Spokane with Karli Fairbanks at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced. All ages welcome.

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What's old is funky again.

The Funky Junk Antique Show and Crafts Market is here for two days, from 10-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11. The event will held at the Irish Dance Hall Grange, located 15 minutes north of Spokane. To get there, travel north on U.S. 2 to Elk Chattaroy Road, then to Big Meadows Road. Funky Junk signs will lead you along the way. Admission is $2 and is good for both days. For more information, go to

Don't bail on Bailey.

Bob Bailey III, Showtime's Funniest Man in Washington, has opened for the biggest names in comedy, from Jerry Seinfeld to Jay Leno. This weekend, he's at Uncle D's Comedy Underground, in Bluz at the Bend at 2721 N. Market, for shows Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10. The show starts at 8 p.m., with the showroom dinner seating starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, and the dinner reservations are recommended. For more information, go to

Some eggs are still hiding

Lots of Easter egg hunts took place this past weekend, but the most unusual one will take place beginning at 10 am Saturday, April 17. Divers West dive shop at 1308 E. Best Avenue in Coeur d'Alene is having its 3rd Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt. For an entry fee of $20, divers get a chance to find 40 numbered eggs placed in Lake Coeur d'Alene, each with a prize valued at up to $200...and the elusive golden egg has a prize valued at $334. The entry fee includes lunch and a t-shirt. For more information go to

Have nothing to do Saturday morning? Improvise.

The Liberty Lake Community Theatre is organizing an improvisational performance troupe. The group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting Saturday, April 10. All are welcome, and participation is free. The theater is located at 1421 Meadowood Lane, Suite 130, in Liberty Lake. For more information, call 509-768-6429.

Annual spring show makes its home at the Convention Center.

The 35th Annual Home & Garden Show settles into the Spokane Convention Center for three days, Friday, April 9, through Sunday, April 11. The show will run from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to


"Good! That's good! When you get in a fight with a drunk, you don't hit him with your pitching hand."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive two tickets to the Spokane Home Builders Association's Premier Home Improvement Show April 16-18! 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, April 9.

Last Week's Winner: Dotty Johnson is Up In The Air!

Last week's movie quote was "Anybody who ever built an empire, or changed the world, sat where you are now. And it's because they sat there that they were able to do it." Johnson correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 Oscar-nominated drama "Up In The Air" and won two tickets to the Spokane Home Builders Association's Premier Home Improvement Show April 16-18!

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