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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Duke it out at Interplayers.

As part of Interplayers Professional Theatre's 30th anniversary "Pearl Campaign," the theater is hosting "An Intimate Conversation: Patty Duke with Interplayers' Artistic Director Reed McColm." Duke is a lifelong thespian who starred as a child on the 1960s television sitcom, "The Patty Duke Show." She has lived in the Inland Northwest for years and has been a supporter of Interplayers. "An Intimate Conversation" will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, and Friday, June 4, as well as at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. For tickets, call Interplayers at 509-455-PLAY or email at info@interplayers.com with name, preferred date and phone number.

At some places, it's Father's First Friday.

Spokane, the birthplace of Father's Day, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Father's Day later this month. At June's First Friday in downtown Spokane, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 4, a few of the 40-some venues start that celebration a little early. Gallery of THUM, at 159 S. Lincoln, will host an artists' reception for Emma Randolph and "The Sonora Dodd, 100-Year Father's Day Celebration Artwork" among others. Vintage Hill Winery, at 319 W. Second, will host a wine tasting and photography show that will feature works from the Brick Wall Photographic Gallery, including photo art by Joe Nuess, Charles Gurche, Chip Phillips, Richard Heinzen and others. The Brick Wall, on the skywalk level at 530 W. Main, will have works on display during First Friday as well. Studio Capelli Salon, at 154 S. Madison, will feature art by Haley Young and Jennifer Gray and music by Heather O'Brien. For a full list of events and venues, go to www.downtownspokane.org/first-friday.php.

June is coming up Taffeta.

"The Taffetas," the off-Broadway musical journey through the 1950s, opens at the Lake City Playhouse, at 1320 E. Garden in Coeur d'Alene, with a 7:30 p.m. show Thursday, June 3. The musical runs through June 20, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for students, seniors and military, and $10 for children 12 and under. For ticket information, go to www.lakecityplayhouse.org.

This comedian is a serious guitar player.

Charo, a comedian and accomplished guitarist, comes to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino to play for a packed house at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5. The Spain native learned to play guitar from world-class Flamenco guitarist Andres Segovia and traveled to Las Vegas as a teenager in the 1960s. She has been performing in Sin City and on television since then, appearing live with legends such as George Burns, Buddy Hackett, and Joey Bishop. Known for her trademark phrase "Cuchi Cuchi," she also appeared on "The Johnny Carson Show" 45 times and holds the record for appearance on "The Love Boat." Tickets for Saturday's show are $40 each and are available at the Northern Quest box office at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

There's going to be plenty of fiddlin' around at Rockin' B.

The Hanneke Cassel Trio, a group of rising stars in Celtic music circles, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, at the Rockin' B Ranch, 100 yards south of Interstate 90 at exit 299. The group features Hanneke Cassel on fiddle, Natalie Haas on cello, and Yann Falquet on guitar. Tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for children 10 years old and younger. For ticket information, go to www.rockinbranch.com. To get a sampling of these amazing musicians, go to www.hannekecassel.com, www.nataliehaas.com, www.genticorum.com.

Park it for some free music.

The Park Bench Cafe, in Manito Park, is kicking off a new, free concert series with a special preview performance from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 4. Three acts-Paul Grove, the Trailer Park Girls and Just Plain Darin-will play during the two-hour set. Of course, the Park Bench Cafe will be open and serving beer and wine along with its dinner items.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Blitzen Trapper - Portland indie alt-country-psych-rockers Blitzen Trapper has stepped up to entire bigger level on their new album, the second for venerable indie-hub, Seattle's Sub Pop Records. Ominously titled, "Destroyer of the Void" surpasses its predecessor in the scale of songwriting, production and instrumentation. Influences from Queen, Neil Young, and The Beatles run rampant through vintage rock soundscapes, everything from chamber-pop anthems with sprawling string arrangements to sparse piano ballads. The album comes out next Tuesday, but you can hear tracks from "Destroyer of the Void" live at a show Seattle's Moondoggies at 8 p.m. tonight, June 2, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $14.

Elkfest - Six years running, Elkfest has becoming the quintessential detour for Artfest weekend in Browne's Addition, and this weekend promises to be no different. Local standouts such as La Cha-Cha, Son Dulce and Space Opera 77 share the block party stage with Shim, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and The White Buffalo, featuring the return of James Pants, that goes down Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 4-6 outside of the Elk Public House, 1931 W. Pacific Ave. Cost: Free! Visit thesomshow.com. for the detailed schedule.

Artfest - Of course, you don't even have to leave the park to take in a variety of live music at Artfest, which will be sounding with everything from jazz, bluegrass and Celtic folk, to soul, pop and swing, from the likes of the Jive Five, Prairie Flyer, Soul Proprietor, Big Red Barn, and The Kathleen Cavender Band. That's all weekend long at Artfest, Friday through Sunday, June 4-6, in Coeur d'Alene Park, 390 S. Chestnut St. Cost: Free! Visit thesomshow.com. for the detailed schedule.

Junkfest - Following Artfest and Elkfestivites, the party keeps rocking in Browne's Addition with the kickoff of Junkfest, which is a Platform Booking presentation of a wide-ranging array and comparatively more eclectic music acts. Included on Friday's lineup is Portland's bluegrass-punk-rock duet Hillstomp, along with a hip-hop train led by Quiz 10's CD release party, highlighted by Jaeda, Freetime Synthetic and Stone Tobey. Junkfest continues Friday with progressive and electronic music anchored by Dave G.'s Limbs, Belt of Vapor, and Please Draw In Me with Team Growl, Xrin Arms amd DJ Likes Girls. Junkfest happens at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. Cost: $5. Visit thesomshow.com. for the detailed schedule.

Nugestock - In addition to Elkfest, Artfest, and Junkfest, there's a multi-day local music festival taking place downtown this weekend with the inaugural Nugestock, with a plethora of bands as diverse as death metal, indie rock and acoustic pop, from a roster with main attractions Oceans of Red, Seven Cycles, Lucid, London Get Down, The Toy Garden, In-lux, Dan Conrad, Ben Gordon, and the founding organizer, Jimmy Nuge. That's Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-6 at The Seaside, formerly The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5 presale, through the bands, or $7 at the door. Visit thesomshow.com. thesomshow.com for the detailed schedule.

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A fountain of chocolate and a great show!

Here's another great reason to attend "Annie Get Your Gun" at Spokane Civic Theater on Wednesday, June 9. As a part of this fundraiser for North Spokane Dance Association, MJ's Chocolate Fantasy will be providing their commercial three foot fountain flowing with Belgian dark chocolate fondue. Refreshments will begin at 6pm with the show starting at 7:30. Refreshments will continue through intermission. For tickets and information call Mavis 509-466-0433, Margarite 509-535-6477 or Ken 509-534-3457.

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.

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 will be providing delicious bites. Anthony's at Spokane Falls will return with their famed Oyster & Shellfish Bar next to the "White Out" bar, featuring seafood-friendly white wines. 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.

They come. They saw. They make art.

Boaz Backus, an internationally recognized artist, auctioneer and announcer, will be at the Simply Northwest in Spokane Valley, at 11806 E. Sprague, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Backus and his mother, Judy McVay, have been published in "Art of Chainsaw Carving by Jessie Groeschen," and chainsaw carving demonstrations will be held throughout the day. Simply Northwest will have completed, one-of-a-kind pieces on display as well.

They're keeping it clean at Red Lion BBQ.

Squeaky's Comedy, which features clean routines by five Spokane comedians, will perform at the Red Lion BBQ, at 126 N. Division, at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Scheduled to perform that night are Mark Easton, with Darryl Burns, and special guests Lance Paullin, Kyle Wilson and Tom Meisfjord. There is a $5 cover charge. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.spokomedy.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.

Yo Gabba Gabba! is going to party in our town.

DJ Lance Rock and his group of fuzzy, bumpy and boxy friends will land in Spokane this fall when "Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There's A Party In My Town" hits the INB Performing Arts Center stage. The Yo Gabba Gabba! Television show is a Nick Jr. children's favorite that features quirky costumed characters who sing songs about sharing, making friends and other life lessons. Live performances are planned for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, but you can buy them through a special presale offer by going to www.ticketswest.com and using the pre-sale password "Reese." Tickets will $20, $25 and $35 and will be available through the Tickets West Web site and by calling 800-325-SEAT

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Well, Jones, at least you haven't forgotten how to show a lady a good time."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 gift certificate to The Cathay Inn at 3714 N Division! Send your best guess and your phone number to Friday, June 4.

Last Week's Winner: Rob Waples can take a victory lap!

Last week's movie quote was, "You and Rowdy have the same sickness. It's called denial, and it's probably going to kill you both." Waples correctly guessed that it was from the 1990 racing movie "Days of Thunder" and won a $10 gift certificate to the Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop at RiverPark Square!

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