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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Spokane Public Radio has a funny Companion.

As part of its year-long celebration of 30 years of broadcasting, Spokane Public Radio brings "A Prairie Home Companion," with Garrison Keillor, to the Star Theatre at Spokane Arena for a Saturday afternoon show, at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Keillor comes to Spokane with all the news from Lake Wobegon and with his cast: Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Tom Keith and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Special regional musical guests also will be making appearances. Tickets are still available and cost $45, $55 and $65. To buy tickets, go to the Spokane Arena box office at 720 W. Mallon or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Hilarious. H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. Hilarious.

The Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre kicks off its 2010 season with "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a hilarious hit musical about adolescent angst as misfits vie for the spelling-bee championship. Showing at North Idaho College's Schuler Performing Arts Center, at 1100 W. Garden in Coeur d'Alene, the musical premiers with a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday, June 12. The musical's run goes through June 26, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $39, $35, or $25 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call the box office at 208-769-7780. For more information, go to

Guess Who is coming for dinner.

Well, maybe not dinner, but the late 60s-early 70s band The Guess Who is coming to rock the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion with shows at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 13. The band topped the charts and earned a place in rock history with hits such as "American Woman"-remade about 10 years ago by Lenny Kravitz-"These Eyes," "No Sugar Tonight," and many others. Tickets are $40 or $50, and guests must be at least 18 years old to attend. For tickets, call Northern Quest at 1-877-871-6772 or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The Ranch is a rockin'.

Rockin' B Ranch's 16th Anniversary Season opens Friday, June 11, and you and your family are guaranteed great music, outstanding comedy, fantastic food and lots of plain fresh fun, all at one low price. These shows have pleased and thrilled family audiences for 15 years with their dedication to Western/Cowboy musical tradition and to genuine hospitality. This year, they're featuring all new shows. First, the outdoor shootout show: Twilight at Spokane Bridge pits the evil vampire Count Cecil B. DeMule, and his dyslexic assistant, Igro, against the forces of good represented by Sheriff Dusty Bicuspid and the newly appointed District Attorney Skunk Forrester. In the middle of it all, well meaning Catarina Sarsparilla, owner of the Saloon that wants to be a Salon, battles furiously to overcome her attraction to the dark side so she can pay the note on her property and save her soul! Also this year: a new Western/Cowboy after-dinner Concert with The Riders of the Rockin' B: Scott and Pamela Brownlee, JayDean Ludiker, Sam Mazzola, and new, this year, Gordon Grove. The theme of the Rockin' B for 2010 is the great Cowboy/Western Movies, so each song in this 80 minute show comes from the great Westerns of our time. The audience will recognize many of the tunes, and will discover some surprising new ones. Plus, each concert is punctuated by a 10-minute "McManus Moment," by Patrick F. McManus, starring Tim Behrens. Rockin' B Ranch is just 100 yards south of Interstate 90 (I-90) Exit 299 (in WA). You can get tickets online at or by calling the box office Tuesdays thru Saturdays, 11am to 5pm, 509-891-9016.

Doug Clark will sing for supper.

The Eighth Annual Spokane Street Music Week kicks off Monday, June 14, with more than 150 musicians playing on street corners and in front of storefronts throughout downtown Spokane during the noon hour. The event, organized by Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark, runs through Friday, June 18, and will include noon-hour performances by former Rare Earth lead singer Peter Rivera. The event raises money for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Last year, it brought in $4,300 to help feed hungry families. For more information, wander the streets of downtown Spokane at lunchtime next week and look for Doug Clark-or just email him at

Get a belly full of dancing.

The Mystic Dream Dance Company presents "Almishkal," a performance of bellydancing that has been adapted to the modern stage. The show-scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, June 11, at the Bing Crosby Theater-pulls in dance influences from Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe as it pays homage to the world's oldest known dance form. Meet the dancers in the lobby after the show. Tickets are $30 and are available at the door two hours before show time or in advance through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. For more on the dance company, go to

The music continues at Arbor Crest Winery.

Sammy Eubanks will rock the house with country and blues at Arbor Crest winery as part of their summer concert series sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank. The concert is at 5:30pm Sunday, June 13 at Arbor Crest Winery, located atop a bluff at 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. There is a $5 cover charge, and people must be 21 years old to attend. For more on Arbor Crest, go to

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Beat Battle - Imagine a circle of hip-hop artificers, crafting beats from provided and found sounds and then engaging in boom-bap combat, where the audience decides the winner. That will be the scene at Spokane's inaugural Beat Battle pitting local beatsmiths against each other for a chance to advance to the Beat Off Finals in Portland. Extras at the event include performance painting, improvisational rap challenges, DJ sets and secret performances. Featuring Freetime Synthetic, Jaeda, Ocean, Quiz, Existance (sic), Erik Beats and many more, the Spokane Beat Battle happens Saturday, June 12, at The Seaside, formerly The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3, 21 and older only.

John Vanderslice - Atlanta-based singer-songwriting John Vanderslice spins tales that show influences from William Blake's poetry, Public Enemy songs, and David Lynch movies. Holding on to vintage gear from the 1960s and '70s, Vanderslice produces his music with analog instruments and recording equipment for a sound that has been defined as "sloppy hi-fi." Vanderslice appears at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced, all ages welcome.

Residency - Since changing ownership and its name from The Blvd. to The Seaside, the popular music venue began offering month-long residency to local bands, which continues in a Som Show Presence format in June with experimental funk quartet B Radicals, setting up shop at 8 p.m. tonight, June 9, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3, 21 and older only.

Rocket Market - With an Alex Vanderpool-era swagger, soul man Jamal Ali's classic R&B style and piano-based balladry bring to mind Al Green, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Cool out on Rocket Market's patio for an evening of smooth and soothing songs when The Som Show presents Jamal Ali at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Cost: Free.

The Lion Tamer - Missoula jungle-rock trio The Lion Tamer lays down heavy grooves that have a hypnotic effect. The lyrics are abstract, the songs are epic, and the energy comes in waves, resulting in a sound that has oceanic qualities, especially the watery vocal effects. The Lion Tamer headlines an experimental lineup in a Platform Presents show with local Please Draw In Me and Cyrus Fell Down on Monday, June 14, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

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Red Lion BBQ is grilling up some laughs.

Squeaky's Comedy, a group of comedians with clean routines, will take the stage at the Red Lion BBQ, at 126 N. Division, at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 12. This week's show features Harry J. Riley, with Lux Devereaux and special guests Rheannon Hawkins and Emily Richman. Cover charge is $5, and tickets can be bought in advance at

Be first in line for "Last Comic Standing."

The best and the funniest from the new season of "Last Comic Standing" will take their acts on the road next fall, and "NBC's Last Comic Standing Live Tour" is slated to come to the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane Sunday, Oct. 24. Tickets will be $35 or $45, with some $75 VIP meet-and-greet tickets available. Tickets aren't on sale to the general public yet, but they can be purchased through with the special promotional code "LCS."

Sammy gets by with a little help from his friends.

Local blues great Sammy Eubanks and Friends Show will play the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 11. Eubanks is a six-time Inland Empire Blues Society Male Vocalist of the Year, taking the honor most recently in 2008. Joining Eubanks for this all-star jam will be Steve Starkey and Aurora Mesa. The show is for music fans 21 years old and older, and tickets are $5 at the door. They can also be bought at

Welcome back, Bob!

Twelve-time Washington State Broadcaster of the Year Bob Robertson is returning to the Spokane Indians broadcast booth for the 2010 season, which kicks off with a home series over Father's Day weekend, June 18-June 20. Robertson took a leave of absence during the 2009 season to spend time with his wife as she recovered from health issues, but he'll be calling all 76 of the Indians' home and away games. Robertson has been with the Indians since 1999. He also has broadcast Washington State University football for the past 43 years and was the play-by-play man for the Tacoma Rainiers for 16 years.


"If we get any more white people in here, this is gonna be a suburb."

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 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, June 11.

Last Week's Winner: Stefan Dreisbach-Williams is keep up with the Joneses!

Last week's movie quote was, "Well, Jones, at least you haven't forgotten how to show a lady a good time." Dreisbach-Williams correctly guessed that it was from the 1981 summer blockbuster "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and won a $20 gift certificate to The Cathay Inn!

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