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THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011

Take two: After starring as Helen Keller alongside Anne Bancroft in the play and film version of “The Miracle Worker,” above, Duke is now directing Sophia Caruso as Keller and Sarah Denison as Annie Sullivan in Interplayers’ version, at left.

Spokane's Sophia, in the NY Times

Spokane's Sophia Caruso, 9, pictured here in rehearsals for "The Miracle Worker" at Interplayers Professional Theatre, was in the pages of the NY Times on Monday. She was one of thousands of little girls auditioning for a new production of "Annie" in New York. Here's...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

Get yer $30 KISS tickets

The Spokane Arena has just announced a special deal for tomorrow: $30 KISS tickets, Thursday only. Here's the full announcement: WHAT: $30 Tickets To See KISS In Concert! WHERE: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena WHEN: Thursday, June 23 – 12:01AM-11:59PM EVENT: KISS with Bad City Friday,...

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Ben Mitchell's art legacy at the MAC

I wrote an update for Wednesday's paper about the MAC's layoffs, which you can read here. I would like to expand on Ben Mitchell's legacy as art curator at the MAC. I do not consider myself an authority on visual art, but I am nevertheless...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

They Might Be Giants, on the way

They Might Be Giants, the band beloved of alt-rock fans with a sense of humor, have just been booked into the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane for a Nov. 6 show. Tickets will be $22, on sale June 24, 10 a.m. through www.ticketfly.com.

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MAC lays off senior curator of art

Ben Mitchell, the senior curator of art at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), was laid off this week. The museum had to make a five percent budget cut, after it barely escaped closure when the state budget was finalized. One other position,...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

Comedian Kathy Griffin booked into INB 

Comedian and celebrity gadfly Kathy Griffin has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., on Aug. 20. Tickets in advance will be $75, $50 and $35, on sale June 24, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

The real Bloomsday: Literary Pub Crawl

Thursday is the real Bloomsday (of the James Joyce variety), which means it's also the day of Spokane's annual Limerick Literary Pub Crawl and Traditional Irish Dinner. For $50, you can accompany a bagpiper, a bard or two and a band of like-minded revelers through...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011



A '70s and '80s Gatsby's rock reunion 

A bunch of bands that rocked Gatsby's nightclub in the 1970s and 1980s are reuniting for two benefit shows this weekend. The bands will be ValHalla, RumbleBoy, Innersanctum, Flash, Wiser Sin, Lorpan, The Edge and Black Rose. If those names sound familiar, you probably frequented...

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Guy Clark, certified legend, booked into Bing

It's hard to convey how much respect Guy Clark has in the world of folk, country, alt-country and Americana. He has been a major influence on artists like Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith. This Texas singer-songwriter is held in the same esteem as...

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Michael Bublé will bubble into Arena

Michael Bublé has been booked into the Spokane Arena on Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. This popular crooner will be appearing with guest artist Naturally7. Tickets will be $49.50, $65 and $85, on sale June 17 at 10 a.m. through all TicketsWest outlets.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011


Weird Al, Joan Jett and Osmonds headline the Fair 

The Spokane Interstate Fair concert lineup has just been announced: Neal McCoy, country, Sept. 12 The Osmond Brothers, pop, Sept. 13 Weird Al Yankovic, rock parody, Sept. 14 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, rock, Sept. 15 Switchfoot!, rock, Sept. 16 In addition, the Fair will...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Bing books a funky Duke -- George, that is

George Duke, the funky keyboard master associated with Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, has been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater for a show on Aug. 11. Duke toured with the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s, played on Jackson's "Off the Wall"...

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Spokane-filmed 'The Ward,' by popular 'demand'

John Carpenter's horror flick, "The Ward," which was filmed in Medical Lake and Spokane, became available through various cable on-demand services today. It stars Amber Heard as a woman in a mental institution. And guess what? This mental institution is not what it seems. This...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

Eddie Vedder strums up cash in Ferry County

Eddie Vedder's ukulele is proving to be a windfall for the Ferry County Trail Partners. The Pearl Jam front man has donated his ukulele to an auction to benefit this rail-to-trail program in Ferry County. Rich Landers gives details in his Outdoors blog, which you...

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Dave Matthews Caravan lineup, day by day

Here's the lineup for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at The Gorge Amphitheatre, Sept. 2-4. This is a bit different from the traditional Matthews Labor Day weekend shows at The Gorge, because there will be an entire -- caravan? -- of acts on three stages...

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What comes before a KISS? Read on ...

The opening acts for KISS at the Spokane Arena on June 24 have now been announced: Bad City and Envy. Bad City is a Chicago rock band whose 2010 debut was called "Welcome to the Wasteland." The Envy is a Gene Simmons discovery, signed to...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Swinging through ArtFest

Just completed a circuit of ArtFest at Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition. I say "circuit" because this year, the 140 art booths are arranged in a giant circle, which makes it easier to stroll through this juried art festival without missing anything. The Brent...

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