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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

With a name like Stars On Ice, it has to be good.

The Smucker's Stars On Ice Tour is taking the ice at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Spokane Arena. World Champion Evan Lysacek headlines a star-studded lineup that includes Olympic Silver Medalists Sasha Cohen, Tanith Belbin, Benjamin Agosto and more. Tickets range in price from $12.50 to $125. For tickets, go to the Spokane Arena box office at 720 W. Mallon or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Underwood will overwhelm Spokane.

Country-music sensation Carrie Underwood brings her bevy of big hits to the Spokane Arena for a show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30. The American Idol winner and four-time Grammy Award winner is in the middle of her Play On Tour, with opening acts Craig Morgan and The Sons of Sylvia, and she'll be playing all of her biggest hits, from "Before He Cheats" to "Last Name" to "Jesus Take The Wheel." Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Are You Listening? You can hear Emery on Friday night.

Popular rock band Emery comes to Spokane as part of its Are You Listening? Tour. Presented by RAWK of the Inland Northwest, the big, multiband show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Service Station, at 9315 N. Nevada. Playing with Emery that night are Queens Club, Sent By Ravens, and Kiros. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and can be bought through www.brownpapertickets.com or in person at 4,000 Holes, The Long Ear, or The Service Station.

They built this show on Rock 'n' Roll.

Classic Gold All-Stars take the Pend Oreille Pavilion stage at Northern Quest Resort Casino for three shows this weekend. The group plays songs from the 1970s and 1980s and is composed of former band members for a number of great bands from that era. Band members include Peter Rivera, of Rare Earth; Jerry Corbetta, of Sugar Loaf; Mike Pinera, of Iron Butterfly; David Marks, original member of The Beach Boys, Bo Kimball, of Toto, Phil Bennet, of Starship; and comedian Larry Omaha. The All-Stars' shows start at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Tickets are $40 each and are available by calling Northern Quest at 1-877-871-6772 or through Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT.

The sweet sounds of Celtic music.

The Hanneke Cassel Trio consisting of Hanneke Cassel on fiddle, Natalie Haas on cello and Yann Falquet on guitar, will be playing at the Rockin' B Ranch next Friday, June 4 at 7:30pm. The Boston Globe reports "A rising star in the Celtic skies, Ms. Cassel's musical ideas are savvy and sophisticated...her throaty, gusting style is deeply banked in the Scottish and Cape Breton traditions." Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for kids ten and under and available at www.rockinbranch.com or call the box office, 509-891-9016. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. The Rockin' B Ranch is located less than 100 years south of I-90, exit 299.

Tasting time with some of Washington's best wines.

Taste Washington! Spokane returns to the Davenport Hotel on Sunday, June 6 with more than 100 Washington wineries and many of the region's top restaurants. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste the current vintages from their favorite local wineries plus find some new favorite wineries from around the state. Spokane-area restaurants including Clinkerdagger, Latah Bistro, Luna, Moxie, and more will provide delicious bites to entice food-lovers as well. Anthony's at Spokane Falls will return with their famed Oyster & Shellfish Bar next to the "White Out" bar, featuring seafood-friendly white wines that will make for the ultimate pairing experience. Cheese provided by Cheeseland Inc. and Saunders Cheese Market and dessert from The Melting Pot and Just American Desserts will provide more fun pairing opportunities. Attendees will also be able to sip coffee and espresso provided by 4 Seasons Coffee Co. and Craven's Coffee. In addition, a silent auction to benefit Washington State University's Wine Business and Wine Science programs will feature large-format bottles from top-notch Washington wineries. Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com and also at Arbor Crest Winery at River Park Square, Latah Creek Winery, Vino! Wine Shop, William's Seafood & Wine Market and The Davenport Hotel. For additional information about Taste Washington! Spokane, visit www.tastewashington.org.

ArtFest is sure to be a fun fest.

Mark your calendars for next Friday through Sunday, June 4 - 6 for ArtFest at the park in Browne's Addition. Lots to see and do including over 120 amazing artists, art demonstrations, live music, beer & wine garden and lots of activities for everyone. For more information, visit www.northwestmuseum.org.

You won't need to be railroaded into seeing this one.

Spokane Children's Theatre is putting on "The Boxcar Children," a play based on the Gertrude Chandler Warner series about four orphans who run away from the orphanage to make a home in an abandoned boxcar in the woods. The play will be performed at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 29, in the SFCC Spartan Playhouse, at 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Spokane Children's Theatre also will put on the play the four times the following weekend. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Simon says check out this party.

A free American Idol Winners Viewing Party, sponsored by Gus Johnson Ford, is planned at the Village Center Cinemas, at 12650 N. Division, at 8 p.m. tonight, May 26. Prizes, including a plasma television, an iPod and others, will be given away throughout the evening. To reserve your seat, go to www.myfoxspokane.com and click on the American Idol Winner's Party graphic, then follow the directions to print out your ticket.

Pochahontas' story comes to life on stage.

Christian Youth Theater-Spokane gives a historically accurate portrayal of the legendary Algonquin Indian Pocahontas with the play "The Legend of Pochahontas." Performed by youth ages 8 through 18, the musical opened last weekend at the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, and will be performed four times this weekend. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 28; for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, $13 at the door, or $9 for seniors and youth. Tickets can be ordered online at www.cytspokane.com or by calling 509-487-6540. They also are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Vote for Drink Nectar...best new wine blog.

Josh Wade's wine blog project, www.drinknectar.com, has been nominated for "Best New Wine Blog" for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference Awards. There were 70+ nominees and Drink Nectar is one of the 5 finalists. You can cast your vote by May 31 at the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/7CLMSMG.

Let's Celebrate Disney on Ice.

Mark your calendars for November 17-24! Disney on Ice's production of "Let's Celebrate," featuring 52 Disney characters is coming to the Spokane Arena for 8 big shows the week before Thanksgiving.

Oompa. Loompa. Do-ba-de-doo. We've got a real great show for you.

Christian Youth Theater-North Idaho is putting on the timeless Roald Dahl classic "Willy Wonka," which will feature a cast of 81 children between the ages of eight and 18 and an additional 35 kids on the crew. CYT-North Idaho premiered the play last weekend at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Theater, at 1765 W. Golf Course Road, in Coeur d'Alene, and will run it through this weekend. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 28; for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. For tickets, go to www.cytnorthidaho.com or call 208-277-5727.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Sasquatch! Music Festival - Nearly 100 bands representing every angle of the misnomer that is indie rock -- psychedelic dancetronica, revamped 1950s doo-wop R&B and soul, UK trip-hop, born again hip-hop-folk, and prog-disco. And that's just scraping the surface on the various styles of music happening at Sasquatch! Music Festival this holiday weekend, Saturday, May 29 through Sunday, May 30, at The Gorge Amphitheatre. Anchoring the beastival are heavy hitters Massive Attack, Ween, My Morning Jacket and Vampire Weekend. Cost: Sold out.

Volume - The Inlander gives a boost to local music with its Volume Festival, featuring various styles of punk, hip-hop, experimental, and folk with Faus, Ze Krau, Jaeda, Space Opera 77 and Matthew Winters, plus performances by Koreshakti Tribal Fusion, Pasties and Paddles and the P-JAMMERS Marching Band, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: Free.

Residency with Mon Cheri - Spokane indie-jazz pop favorite Mon Cheri is finishing up its monthlong residency at The Seaside, so expect a cut-loose show from MC at 9 p.m. tonight, May 26, at The Seaside, formerly The B-Side, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3, 21 and older only.

Rocket Music - As the weather continues to heat up so, too, does the terrace at Rocket Market. Saturday, May 29, the Blue Ribbon Tea Company appear on the patio, and Rocketeer favorite Sam Endress is the man on Tuesday, June 1. All shows start at 7 p.m., and are powered by The Som Show. Cost: Free.

Dark Tranquillity - Swedish death metal band and pioneers from the Gothenburg scene, Dark Tranquility headlines an all-ages show with support from Threat Signal, Mutiny Within and Odyssy at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $15.

For music news, videos, mp3s, artist profiles and more, visit thesomshow.com.

Don't wine that there's nothing to do in the Valley.

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars' annual summer concert series, sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at the iconic winery, located atop a bluff at 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. The concert series kicks off with Just In Time play favorites from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. There is a $5 cover charge, and people must be 21 years old to attend. Look for more concert news as the summer rolls on. for more on Arbor Crest, go to www.arborcrest.com.

It's going to B Rockin' at the Rockin' B.

Summertime is coming at Stateline, which means the Cowboy Supper Shows at the Rockin' B Ranch are gearing up again. Tickets are now available for this season's shows, which kick off with a performance on June 11 and run most every Friday and Saturday through the summer and on Thursdays in July and August. Tickets are $35 each for adults and $10 each for children 10 and younger. For tickets and more information, go to www.rockinbranch.com.

The Pour will have a wealth of wines.

"The Pour: A Wine Event" is planned at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, at 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road in Spokane Valley, at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5. A multi-course gourmet dinner and auction are planned, and 19 winemakers from throughout the region will be offering their finest wines. Tickets are $150, with all proceeds to benefit the Providence Sacred Heart and Children's Foundation adult and children psychiatry programs. To buy tickets, go to www.thepour.info or call 509-474-7230.

March to the beat of your own drum.

Malidoma! World Drum and Dance Studio, at 408 W. Third, is gearing up for a new session of classes for beginning and experienced drummers. A West Africa Drumming class begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27, and runs through July 15. A Middle Eastern Drumming class starts at 6 p.m. Friday, May 28, and runs through July 16. An Afro-Cuban Drumming class started yesterday, May 25, but it is still open for enrollment. Tuition for each class is $90, and drums are provided for each class. For more information, go to www.malidoma.biz.

SPORTS CORNER
The Shock to swim through Sharks-infested Arena.

After a huge win over the Utah Blaze at home last Saturday, the Spokane Shock host the Jacksonville Sharks at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29. The Shock (5-2) aren't as likely to steamroll the East-leading Sharks, who will come into the Spokane Arena with a 6-1 record on the season. Tickets range in price from $13 to $62 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"You and Rowdy have the same sickness. It's called denial, and it's probably going to kill you both."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $10 gift certificate to the Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop at RiverPark Square! 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, May 28.

Last Week's Winner: Mary Berry knows The Blind Side!

Last week's movie quote was, "Yo, deliverance. You see number 74? Well, that's my son." Ayer correctly guessed that it was from the 2009 inspirational movie "The Blind Side" and won two tickets to Spokane Youth Symphony's "Musical Milestones" concert.

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