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Spotlight: Jump on Northern Quest offer

Sun., June 3, 2012

There’s still no word when the recently postponed Van Halen tour will resume and make its way to Spokane. In the meantime, however, Northern Quest Casino is offering up a stand-in for the rock legends.

The Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday to kick off the casino’s outdoor concert season, opening for longtime local favorite Too Slim and the Taildraggers.

Even better? The whole thing can be had for cheap – or even free – with a canned food donation to benefit Second Harvest.

Tickets are $5, $10 and $15. A donation of three nonperishable food items will get you $5 off the ticket prices, making the cost of admission free, $5 or $10.

Free and discounted tickets will only be sold in person at the box office, located at the casino, 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights. Otherwise, tickets are available by calling (877) 777-5252 or going to

SFCC spring concerts

Spokane Falls Community College music students will perform their spring concerts beginning Monday with a 7:30 p.m. Community Band concert featuring the school’s Concert Band and Eastern Washington University’s Wind Ensemble.

On June 11, the SFCC Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. The following night, at 7 p.m., will be the Spring Choral Concert, featuring the chorale, women’s choir, men’s choir, the barbershop groups Tone Thugs in Harmony, Ear Candy and Timbrewolves, the chamber choir and chamber choir alumni.

Jazz Night, at 7:30 p.m. June 14, will feature the SFCC Jazz Combo, the SFCC Little Big Band and the SFCC Jazz Ensemble.

All concerts will be in the SFCC Music/Performing Arts auditorium. General admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.

50 Hour encore

Didn’t get a chance to see the entries in this year’s 50 Hour Slam on the big screen?

Good thing the Magic Lantern is looking out for you. The theater will host an encore presentation of all 19 qualifying films at 1 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $7.

And if that’s not enough for you, the Magic Lantern will show the films as pre-show shorts in the main theater through July.

For details, visit The theater is located at 25 W. Main Ave.

Looking ahead

Yeah, I know. Memorial Day is barely a memory. It’s too early to be thinking about Labor Day.

That’s not stopping the folks at Pig Out in the Park, who have posted this year’s music lineup online.

In addition to a host of local favorites, including the aforementioned Too Slim, Peter Rivera, Floating Crowbar, Hot Club of Spokane, the Trailer Park Girls, Cathedral Pearls and Nude, there are some notable national acts.

The Verve Pipe, which scored a top-five hit in 1996 with “The Freshman,” will perform Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The latest incarnation of the legendary British band the Yardbirds – featuring founding members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty – will take the stage on Sept. 1. Finally, the ever-popular punk-ska group Fishbone will headline on Sept. 2.

The 100 concerts on three stages are free, of course. For the complete list and schedule, visit

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