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Chris, Barack K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire goes to kiss President Barack Obama upon his arrival at Paine Field, in Everett, Wash. ,  earlier today. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Question: Would you like to be kissed by a president?

APhoto Of The Day — 11.14.11

Lara Sutton places a kiss on a cut out poster of US President Barack Obama in Waikiki, Hawaii, Saturday, in Honolulu. The APEC Summit is being held in Oahu and Obama arrived Friday to attend the event. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/ Marco Garcia)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Obama’ new virtual reality political campaign proves wildly successful with young women from his virtual birth place — Duane Rasmussen.
  • 2. Lara Sutton: “Ya know, Barack, I like how you always smile and
    always are so attentive in listening to people’s needs. I oughta take you home so we can work on our own stimulus package! — Kage Mann.
  • 3. It’s the law in President Obama’s home state of Hawaii. Everyone has to kiss the President’s…um…er…cheek!! — WillyPeter.

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 were some problems with the seats.

Use the comment feature here or email me at jimk@spokesman.com

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, June 24 – 7:45PM




KISS is raising the stakes and challenging Spokane to sell out their show this Friday night!  Hoopfest weekend is here and KISS wants to make sure we kick off the weekend right at the Spokane Arena. Every seat needs a butt…but there aren’t that many tickets left!


Every last available ticket in the house is ONLY $30.00 this Thursday ONLY – it doesn’t get any hotter than that.  $30.00 tickets will ONLY be available for purchase on Thursday, June 23 and will ONLY be available online at TicketsWest.com.  Make sure not to miss out on this incredible show and at even more incredible price.


KISS is challenging us; now let’s show them why Detroit Rock City has nothing on the Lilac City.


KISS will perform at the Spokane Arena on Friday, June 24 with special guest Bad City. On Thursday, June 23 all reserved seat tickets are $30.00 and will only be available for purchase on TicketsWest.com.

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 his own label. They're from Toronto.

Neither act wears paint or breathes fire, evidently.

Free KISS tickets — but you’ll have to work for them

The Spokane Arena is staging a contest for free KISS tickets — and these are excellent tickets, in the first five rows.

But you'll have to work for them. The rules are complicated, so I'm just going to paste the Arena's instructions in here:

Here’s how it works: We’ve devised a series of 10 “challenges” that must be completed by participants in order for them to be entered to win these amazing tickets. Beginning Monday, June 6 these challenges and the Pucker Up For KISS Tickets contest will be available to everyone on the SCVNGR app.


Want to play? Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1.     Download the SCVNGR app from iPhone App Store or Android Market.

2.     Start the SCVNGR app and create an account.

3.     Once completed, click the ‘Treks’ icon and select the Full Frame Trek.

4.     Click on a location, then complete the listed ‘Challenges in Treks.’ After completing, return to the Full Frame Trek screen to select your next location! Only Challenges within the Trek will count toward your total score.


Don’t have an iPhone or Android Phone? Not to worry, you can still play with your camera phone! On Monday, June 6 text KISSTICKETS to 728647 and the contest instructions and challenges will be sent directly to you via text message. Regular text message rates apply.


Once you have finished all of the challenges, you’re automatically entered to win 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd or FIRST ROW tickets to see KISS on Friday, June 24 at the Spokane Arena.


The contest ends on Friday, June 10 – so you better get those lips movin’! For more information on the contest and on SCVNGR please visit http://spokanearena.com/scvngr.


KISS will be play the Spokane Arena on Friday, June 24 at 7:45pm. Reserved Seat tickets are $47.50, $67.50 and $97.50 and are on sale now at the Spokane Arena Box Office, all TicketsWest Outlets, TicketsWest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT!

Spokane Arena gets a big, wet KISS

KISS has been booked into the Spokane Arena for a June 24 show.

Tickets will be $47.50, $67.50 and $97.50, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets. They played a sold-out show at the Arena in 1996.

The Arena called this "the most BADASS rock show that we've had in over a decade."

I thought I'd point out a few other acts that have played the Arena in the past decade: Kid Rock, Motley Crue, Linkin Park, Nickelback, the Eagles, Mudvayne, Stone Temple Pilots, Godsmack, Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tool.

So ,,, does that claim hold up?