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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Get Lit! Literarily speaking, of course.

Get Lit!, Eastern Washington University's nine-day literary festival, is in full swing. Poetry slams, writing workshops and a spectrum of literary-arts events started last Friday and run through the upcoming weekend. A series of readings highlight the festival's events this week. At 7 p.m. tonight, April 15, journalist Paul Roberts has a free reading from his latest book, "The End of Food" at the Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium. At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Pulitzer Prize Winner Jane Smiley reads from her book, "Ten Days In The Hills," at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, author Charles Baxter will read from "The Soul Thief" and discuss his work at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets are $10. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, David Suzuki discusses "The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a Quickly Changing Planet" at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. On its closing day, at 1p.m. on Sunday, April 19, young-adult author Ellen Wittlinger reads from her novel "Love and Lies" at the Bing Crosby Theater, free admission. For a full slate of events, go to outreach.ewu.edu/getlit/

Breaking up is hard to do? So is passing up Neil Sedaka

Legendary pop singer Neil Sedaka hits the Northern Quest Casino’s Pend Oreille Room at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Sedaka, who has written more than 1,000 songs in his storied career, returns to Spokane after selling out his debut performance at the casino last year. Tickets are still available and cost $50 to $60. For tickets, call 509-340-6700 or go to www.ticketswest.com

Think globally. Rock locally.

The Pacific Northwest Inlander’s 2009 Buzzworthy Bands will play at 7 p.m. tonight, April 15, on the Knitting Factory Main Space, at 919 W. Sprague, as Spokane’s alternative weekly newspaper reveals its annual Local Music Issue. Tickets to the release party are $5 and available at the door.

You might be an opera fan if ...

You go to see "3 Redneck Tenors-A New Musical Adventure." This musical comedy tells the story of three singers from Paris—Paris, Texas, that is—named Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee who are discovered by a city slicker while singing in front of their "mobile music studio." Featuring a cast of classically trained veteran artists from Broadway and world opera stages, this musical comedy will be 7:30 p.m. tonight, April 15, at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Ticket are $23. For more information, call 509.325.SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com

The art of appraisal will be on display.

Fine-art appraiser Margaret Minnick will give a presentation titled "Art of Surprising Value," through which she'll discuss the fine-art market and Northwest appraisals. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Eric A. Johnston Memorial Auditorium, next to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, in Browne's Addition. A reception will follow. Tickets are $25, and advanced purchase is encouraged. For more information, call 509-456-3931.

All we are saying is give Peacemakers a chance.

Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers bring their Arizona-marinated style of rock ‘n’ roll to the Knitting Factory’s main space at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Tickets are $14 and are available by calling 509-325-SEAT or by going to www.ticketswest.com

Get into the groove at Laguna Café.

Guitar player Nick Schauer and bassist Doug Folkins, will play from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Laguna Café, located at 4304 S. Regal on Spokane’s South Hill. No cover. For information, call 509-448-0887.

Suspense will be a major Affleck-tion in theaters this weekend.

Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe lead an all-star cast in the political thriller "State of Play," which opens in theaters Friday, April 17. For local movie times, go to www.regmovies.com , www.amctheatres.com or www.spokanemovies.com .

Tickets are bound to go like hot potatoes, hot potatoes.

Promoters announced this week that The Wiggles, the No. 1 music group among preschoolers, is coming to Spokane as one stop on its Go Bananas Live! Tour. The Wiggles will hit the Inland Northwest Performing Arts Center for two shows on Saturday, July 18, one at 1:30 p.m. and one at 5 p.m. Joining the wacky five-man group will be all its friends: Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all of the Wiggly Dancers. Tickets will range in price from $15 to $32 and will go on sale Friday, April 24. For ticket information, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

Spokane Children will give us a slice of Swiss life.

Spokane Children's Theatre will end its 63rd season with a production of "Heidi," and tickets will be made available to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16. The musical based on Johanna Spyri's classic novel will be at the Spokane Community College's Lair Auditorium, at 1810 N. Greene, and will run from May 16-31. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. For more information, go to www.spokanechildrenstheatre.org.

What’s on tap—literally—at the Symphony.

Tickets went on sale earlier this week for the Spokane Symphony’s Best Fest events. The trio of fundraising events includes The Best of Mozart, on May 29, and the Best of the Movie Music of John Williams, on June 5, and the Maestro’s Brew Party, also on June 5. For tickets, call 509-624-1200 or go to www.spokanesymphony.org or www.ticketswest.com.

It's good to be king (of Spokane).

Tickets are selling well but still available for "Monty Python's Spamalot," the Tony Award-winning musical comedy based on the 1975 British comedy classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." The last show in the 2008-2009 Best of Broadway Series, "Spamalot" stars charming character actor John O'Hurley, who played Elaine's boss on "Seinfeld" and who will reign as king of Spokane May 5-10 at the INB Performing Arts Center. Tickets range in price from $30 to $65 and are available by calling 509-325-SEAT or going to www.ticketswest.com.

They’re shining a spotlight on next season.

The 2009-2010 Best of Broadway Series show lineup will be announced at an invitation-only event later this week. Entertainment Spokane will be there, and we’ll tell you what’s coming.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Gambling is illegal at Bushwood, sir, and I never slice."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $5 coffee gift card AND two tickets to the Spokane Home Builders Association's Home Improvement Show, scheduled for April 17-19. Send your best guess to info@entertainmentspokane.com. The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. We're moving up the deadline to 9 a.m. Friday, April 17, so the winner can hit the show this weekend!

Last Week's Winner: Maureen Green is Incredible!

She correctly identified last year's movie quote as being from "The Incredibles."

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