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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

Big buzz for 'Badassdom'

The Joe Lynch movie, "Knights of Badassdom," filmed in Spokane last summer, is getting some priceless national publicity. Entertainment Weekly gave this indie-comedy-fantasy a full page treatment in its "First Look" section in its July 22 issue, with photos of stars Summer Glau, Ryan Kwanten,...

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

A mad 'rush' for $25 k.d. lang tickets

You can pick up a $25 ticket to the k.d. lang concert, but you have to pounce right away. This afternoon, 100 balcony seats went on sale for $25 in a kind of early 'rush' ticket deal. These tickets are available through all TicketsWest outlets...

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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

A really big band at the Northern Quest

A really big band has been booked into the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoor venue: The Spokane Symphony, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. They're calling this a "Sizzling Summer Concert With the Spokane Symphony" and it will feature Eckart Preu conducting the symphony in a...

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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

She's playing Bill Clinton's mama

Spokane opera singer Jessica Bowers is receiving national attention for her role in a New York folk opera titled, “Billy Blythe,” which is about, of all things, the adolescence of Bill Clinton. Bowers plays Clinton’s mother, Virginia. This Metropolis Opera Project production is based on...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

A talk with Capt. Sig of 'Deadliest Catch'

I just got off the phone with Sig Hansen, the captain of the Northwestern of "Deadliest Catch" fame. He's coming to the INB Performing Arts Center for a stage show called "Deadliest Catch: An Evening with Capt. Sig and the Hillstrand Bros." on July 24...

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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

Getcher free Springsteen, right now

I logged onto the Spokane Public Library's new free music download service, Freegal, yesterday -- and it lived up to expectations. It contains 500,000 songs from the Sony music archives. City library card holders can download -- and keep -- three songs per week. It...

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

A second Brandi Carlile concert option

Brandi Carlile has been booked into the Knitting Factory on Oct. 6 -- which will be just two months after her appearance at the Festival at Sandpoint. So, choose your preference: The lakeshore under the stars? Or the downtown Spokane nightclub? Or both? There are...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Neko Case is a Baby Bar fan

Neko Case apparently hung out at the Baby Bar, the tiny gem at 827 W. First, after her Thursday concert, because here's what she just tweeted: "The Baby Bar in Spokane, WA. Best bar in USA. No question."

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An outdoor 'Much Ado' at G-Prep

Free Shakespeare will return to the lawn on the Gonzaga Prep campus, with "Much Ado About Nothing," Aug. 5-21. This follows a successful "Taming of the Shrew" in 2009. Director and creative force Kevin Connell (also known as the G-Prep principal) said this year's production...

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UPROAR Festival: Bands with 'Seven' in name 

The Spokane Arena has just announced that the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has been booked into the Arena on Oct. 2. This lineup includes two bands with "Seven" in their names: Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust. The complete lineup: Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace,...

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Lynyrd Skynyrd ticket date switch

TicketsWest has now changed the Lynyrd Skynyrd on-sale date to Tuesday at 10 a.m. This show, as we noted in previous posts, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoors venue. It's the final show in the summer series.

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

A new Spokane String Quartet member

Violinist Amanda Howard-Phillips has joined the Spokane String Quartet for its new season, replacing Tracy Dunlop, who has moved to Michigan. Howard-Phillips is on the Gonzaga University faculty and is current the principal second violin for the Spokane Symphony. The quartet’s new season consists of...

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Skynyrd tickets on sale Saturday 

We've finally received confirmation on the Lynryd Skynyrd on-sale date: Saturday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets. Ticket prices will range from $55 to $100. The show, as we noted in a previous post, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

A Leonardo learning experience 

Line I overheard on the bus last week: "That Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the MAC isn't even real! They want us to pay to see a bunch of fake stuff!" OK, where should I begin? First, get real. Did you truly expect the Northwest...

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Half-price deal for Spokane Symphony

The Spokane Symphony announced a surprise subscription deal: Half-price subscriptions for new subscribers. Or even former subscribers, as long as they were not subscribers for the 2010-11 season. This offer, which expires on Labor Day, means that new subscribers can get the entire 10-concert Classics...

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Free music, courtesy of Spokane Public Library

Beginning soon, the Spokane Public Library will offer you a legal way to download music for free. It's called Freegal, and in mid-July the library will be offering the entire Sony music catalog, which includes a half-million tracks, including songs by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan,...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

A new Josh Ritter hit -- a novel

Josh Ritter is a first-time novelist with a well-known name. Ritter is the singer-songwriter, originally from Moscow, Idaho, who has a great national following for his well-crafted, literate songs. So now Ritter the wordsmith has turned his hand to a new craft with his debut...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

The B-52s, flying into the Fox

The B-52s, of "Love Shack" fame, have been booked into the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets are $75, $49.50 and $39.50, on sale July 8, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets. The '80s would not have been the same...

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Were you at the KISS or Judds concert? 

I'd love to hear from anyone who attended the KISS concert at the Arena or the Judds at the Northern Quest outdoor venue. What did you think about the shows? I'd also like to hear opinions about the new Northern Quest venue. I hear there...

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The Civic brings home two national awards

The Spokane Civic Theatre brought home two awards from last weekend's AACT/FEST 2011 national community theater awards in Rochester, NY: Lacey Bohnet won Best Supporting Actress. Nancy Vancil won Best Musical Accompaniment The Civic's entry, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," also earned three...

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My summer reading project: "Les Miz," unabridged

Just got back from Auntie's Bookstore where I purchased my summer reading project: The unabridged "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo. Since the musical adaptation is my favorite musical of all time, I figured it's about time for me to immerse myself in the genuine source...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

A true Jewell (Eilen) at Arbor Crest

Eilen Jewell has been booked into Arbor Crest Wine Cellars for an outdoor show on Aug. 4. A few of my more music-savvy friends are pumped about this announcement. This singer-songwriter (the first name is pronounced EE-len) has a great voice and has some haunting,...

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