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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

An event like this happens once in a millennium falcon.

"Star Wars: In Concert" is coming to Spokane for two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19. The concert includes an 83-piece orchestra, a 30-person choir and is accompanied by specially edited footage from the "Star Wars" movies shown on a high-definition screen that stands three stories tall. Doors will open one hour before each show so concert-goers can view a museum-like exhibit of costumes, artifacts, production artwork and behind-the-scenes videos. Tickets are $35, $49.50 or $65, with a $100 family four pack available. Tickets are still available at the Spokane Arena box office and through the Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

We flipped when we heard about this.

Cirque Du Soleil, the high flying trapeze and acrobatic troupe, is bringing its classic act, "Alegria," to the Spokane Arena for eight shows, Wednesday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 26. The internationally acclaimed production has entertained more than 10 million people since it started in 1994 and is on the road with a new adapted-to-arenas show. Cirque Du Soleil features 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries, performing synchro-trapeze and high-energy aerial high bars. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, June 21. They will range in price from $28 to $94 each and will be available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

"Poor Again" is rich in laughs.

The Rockin' B Ranch is hosting a special Father's Day performance of "Poor Again - Dagnabbit!," a comedy by Patrick F. McManus. Starring Tim Behrens as McManus-and a number of other colorful characters-the comedy takes the stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 20. Dinner starts at 4 p.m., and doors open an hour earlier. Dinner and the show are $35 for adults, $10 for kids 10 years old and younger. The Rockin' B Ranch is located 100 yards south of Interstate 90, at Exit 299. To get tickets, go to www.rockinbranch.com or call 509-891-9016 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. today through Saturday.

See the seven wonders of Manhood.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has teamed up with Spokane businesses and collectors to present the Garage Mahal Tour this special Father's Day centennial weekend. The tour will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19. At Spokane's historic Felts Field, get up close to one-of-kind planes and talk to the pilots. See the world's oldest flying Boeing, other exotic aircraft, and a matching precision flying fleet of World War II-era Stearman biplanes. Ride a train, see locomotives and train cars, and visit the Pullman train car museum hosted by the Inland Empire Railroad Historical Society at their Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds museum. See behind the scenes at a working precision factory. MacKay Manufacturing has been making precision tools and parts for military and medical applications for more than 50 years. MacKay employees will take you on a guided tour of this Spokane family business whose products are used around the world. See an array of motorcycles and memorabilia in an exotic restoration shop and private museum. Harley Davidson, Merkel, and others span more than 100 years of motorcycle technology including a modern high-speed custom bike readied for Bonneville speed testing. Treat dad to a Longhorn Barbeque feast. Your Garage Mahal Tour ticket includes meal discounts at this presenting partner restaurant. Tickets are available at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and Longhorn Barbeque Restaurants. Cost is $10 for MAC members, $15 for non-members, and $7 for children (5 and under are free). Go to www.northwestmuseum.org for more information.

It will be the best.

Best Fest 2010, the annual three-day Spokane Symphony event, kicks off Friday, June 18, with "The Best of the Classics" concert at 7 p.m., with a wine tasting in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox parking lot before and after the show. Wine tasting is scheduled to run from 5-7 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, the Symphony performs "The Best of Stage and Screen Concert," featuring favorites from movies and musicals. A sampling of beer from the Inland Northwest, including the Steam Plant Grill's Maestro Brew, will be available in the parking lot before and after the show-same hours as Friday's wine tasting. And at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 20, conductors Eckart Preu and Morihiko Nakahara team up to lead "A Patriotic Salute to the 100th Anniversary of Father's Day." Before that show, there will be a family picnic and ice cream in the parking lot. For ticket information about these fun events, go to www.martinwoldsontheater.com.

Other shows are going to be green with envy.

The Spokane Home Builders Association's Showcase of Green Homes kicks off Friday, June 18, premiering the latest trends and technologies in energy efficiency and sustainable design and construction. The first-ever fixed-site green home show features six homes in Liberty Lake's River District neighborhood, each of which is constructed to a minimum of a three-star BuiltGreen standard. The show runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Through next week, the Showcase goes from 3-9 p.m. on weekdays. Cost is $8 per person, with kids 12 years old and under free. For more information, go to www.spokaneshowcaseofhomes.com.

Doug Clark will vie for vittles.

The Eighth Annual Spokane Street Music Week started Monday, 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 involves 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 and look for Doug Clark-or just email him at dougc@spokesman.com.

This is going to be fun. And that's not just the wine talkin'.

Grape & Grain, the American Advertising Federation of Spokane's annual beer and wine tasting fundraiser, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at The Lincoln Center, at 1316 N. Lincoln. The event also involves a silent auction. Proceeds raise money for college scholarships and for programs such as Project Share and TASC (Teens Against Substance Abuse). Tickets are $40 in advance, or $50 at the door. To buy tickets in advance, go to www.aafspokane.com/10/grape-grain.


Mozart in the Park

Connoisseur Concerts will present the 20th annual Mozart On A Summer's Eve, two concerts in July on Tuesday, July 13 at 7:00pm with a repeat performance on Wednesday, July 14 at 7:00pm on the lawn east of Duncan Gardens in Manito Park. This year's theme is The Romantic Tenor - from Amadeus to Andrea (Bocelli). Verne Windham, Music Director of Mozart On A Summer's Eve, will perform with special guest soloist Rockland Osgood, tenor. His program includes Mozart arias and the Andrea Bocelli hit tune, Time to Say Goodbye. Tickets are $25 per person for tables seating eight. Price includes gourmet dessert and coffee provided by Luna Restaurant. To reserve a table for eight, cost is $200. The area opens at 5:30pm for picnics or potlucks before the music begins at 7:00pm. Tickets for lawn seating with no food and beverage service are $10 each. All tickets available through at TicketsWest outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT or at the TicketsWest Arena Box Office, 720 W. Mallon. Contact Connoisseur Concerts, 509-326-4942 or www.nwbachfest.com for more information.

Seeing this guy coming should raise a black flag.

Henry Rollins makes a stop at the Bing Crosby Theater at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, as part of his Frequent Flyer Speaking Tour. Rollins has had an eclectic career that includes fronting punk bands Black Flag and State of Alert, hosting a radio show, becoming a political activist and appearing 15-plus movies. Tickets to Tuesday night's engagement are $20 and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Slightly Stoopid - With more than 750,000 records sold on their own Slightly Stoopid Records label, the Southern California punk-reggae-hip-hop band has scored points on Billboard's Top 100. They shared the stage with the likes of G Love and Dave Matthews, and now Slightly Stoopid is headlining its own national tour with support from Steel Pulse and The Expendables. Slightly Stoopid makes a stop on Sunday, June 20, in Riverfront Park's Amphitheater. Cost: $20, $35, through www.ticketfly.com.

Residency - If you missed it last week, The B Radicals rocked the house with laid back grooves and epic jams. They're back for more, hoola hoop troop and all, at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, for The Som Show Presents Residency at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3; 21 and older world.

Mark Ward - He's got a new album in tow, and Mark Ward has been turning heads in the local singer-songwriter scene as of late, opening high profile shows and landing choice spots at local and community events. See what all the fuss is all about when Mark Ward takes over the patio at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Cost: Free.

Kaylee Cole - Seattle's favorite Spokane transplant, indie chanteuse Kaylee Cole plays a homecoming show of sorts with help from Seattown singer-songwriter Jack Wilson and West Side indie-folk sextet The Hand and The Heart at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington. Cost: TBA.

Ze Krau - They've got all of the attitude of the quintessential punk rock band, and Ze Krau is the living embodiment of street cred in the local underground. With roots that reach back the early 1990s, the band is as experienced as it is abrasive. Break out the black leather and bobwire when Ze Krau plays a cross-genre Platform Presents show with Spokane emcee P. Wrecks and Brooklyn NY's concrete jungle punkers Cerebral Ballzy at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

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

Daniel Tosh will make Spokane laugh.

Daniel Tosh, host of the hugely successful and popular Comedy Central series "Tosh.0," is bringing his comedy show to the INB Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 18. Tosh's razor sharp humor and biting commentary has made "Tosh.0" one of the most watched programs on Comedy Central. Reserved seat tickets are $35 and go on sale this Thursday, June 17 at 10:00am at all TicketsWest outlets, www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

SPORTS CORNER
There is joy in Spokane-ville. Baseball is back!

The Spokane Indians kicks off the 2010 season with a three-game series against the Tri City Dust Devils Friday, June 18, through Sunday, June 20. Opening Night will feature Fireworks after the game. Saturday night is Family Feast night, with $1 hot dogs, sodas and ice cream bars. Sunday is a special Father's Day afternoon game. Night games at Avista Stadium start at 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday day game starts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for upper box, $6 for bench seats. For more information, go to www.spokaneindiansbaseball.com.

The Shock plan to clip the Talons.

After a one-point win in Orlando last weekend, the Spokane Shock host the Tulsa Talons at 8 p.m. Friday, June 18. The Shock (7-2) come into the tilt with Tulsa tied for the best record in the AFL. 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.

Here's the dirt on motocross.

The first of three motocross events hits the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Saturday, June 19, with the Roy Chambliss 56R Memorial Race. Local professional expected to attend this event include 2000 AMA Grand National Champion Joe Kopp, Keith Anderson, Wyatt Maguire and Dustin Pruczinski. Amateur riders include AMA Amateur 85cc National Champion Wyatt Anderson, Dylan Stout and Cameron Smith. Gates open at noon, and heats start at 4 p.m., with the main event scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, or $10 to watch from the pit. . Other motocross events are planned at the Fair and Expo Center for Aug. 21 and Oct. 2. For more information, go to www.diamondamotorsports.com and look under Dirt Track Challenge.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Kid, the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's GO someplace like Bolivia."

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 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, June 18.

Last Week's Winner: Candice Denigan knows Hairspray!

Last week's movie quote was, "If we get any more white people in here, this is gonna be a suburb." Denigan correctly guessed that it was from the 2007 musical "Hairspray" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division!

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