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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Pets plus comedy? That's entertainment

Here's a just-booked act that sounds like a furry riot: the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre. This is an animal act from Vegas featuring cats, dogs and clowns, coming Nov. 9, 7 p.m. to the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. Tickets are $17 for kids...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2011

'Queen of Mean' on the way to town

Lisa Lampanelli, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Mean," has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center for a show on Oct. 22, 7 p.m. She's gained fame for her insult comedy on various celebrity roasts.Tickets will be $37.75, on sale Aug. 19 at 10 a.m....

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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

The Rockin' B's last roundup

Sounds like the Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show, which has been a Spokane (actually Liberty Lake) tradition for 17 years, will be riding off into the sunset after this season. Owners Scott and Pamela Brownlee announced this weekend that the shows will not be...

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Symphony celebrates 'Best of Spokane'

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi's "Summer" from "Four Seasons" for some of Spokanes "best" causes on Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. We say "best" because the symphony is billing this as its first-ever...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

A Kathy Griffin date switch

Comedian Kathy Griffin's appearance at the INB Performing Arts Center has been switched from Aug. 20 to Aug. 28. All tickets dated Aug. 20 will be honored on the later date. No word on the reason for the switch, except she now has no tour...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

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 16, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011


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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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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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

A great and powerful 'Oz'

The opening show at the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, “The Wizard of Oz,” which runs June 9-19, has had a robust pre-sale – just 300 tickets behind the theater’s all-time biggest seller, last year’s “Cinderella,” at a comparable date. That’s a good harbinger going into...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011

Is 'brain-damaged' a movie critic compliment? 

Here we go again: Another Spokane-made movie, direct to DVD, complete with atrocious reviews. "The Big Bang," the Antonio Banderas movie shot here in fall 2009, came out on DVD last week and the critics have been merrily brutalizing it. Andrew Barker of Variety called...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

These busy 'Bees' need help to get to Rochester

The folks in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are feverishly raising money to go to Rochester, N.Y., for AACT/Fest, which is the national community theater competition. They’ve already come up with $20,000. They have $10,000 more to go. This Spokane Civic Theatre production...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Wicked work: Stage crews are bathed in orange as lights are tested and the set of the Broadway blockbuster “Wicked” is assembled on Tuesday in the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane. The show travels with 13 semitrailers filled with props and sets and takes crews 2 ½ days to set up. “Wicked” runs today through May 29. (Dan Pelle)

Is it a giant bat? Or a dragon?

I received an e-mail from a reader pointing out that what I called a "a giant dragon looming over the proscenium" in "Wicked" was, in fact, a giant bat. "Don't you remember the bats in the 'Wizard of Oz?" she asked. I was ready to...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

The full 'Wicked' review

Here's my unedited review of "Wicked." It will appear in Saturday morning's print edition, after more editing and refinement: “Wicked,” Thursday night, INB Performing Arts Center, continues through May 29, tickets available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) The first thing a newcomer to the “Wicked”...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

A 'Wicked' quickie review

Just got in from 'Wicked' and I will write a full review for Saturday's print edition. But here's my quick initial reaction: "Wicked" is a feast or the eyes, with exceptionally creative sets, costumes and lighting. And it works for the heart and the brain,...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Photos from 'River Sorrow's' Cannes premiere

We found an online photo album from Monday's Cannes Film Festival beach party for the premiere of the Spokane-filmed "The River Sorrow,'" directed by North by Northwest's Rich Cowan. It looks like a glamorous event, with stars Sarah Ann Schultz and Gisele Fraga. Here's a...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Going to 'Wicked'? Read this first

The people at WestCoast Entertainment have a few important reminders for people who have tickets to "Wicked," which opens a two-week run Wednesday. Those are: Leave the babies and toddlers with the sitter. No one under 4 will be allowed in the theater. And although...

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A post-show talkback with Patty Duke

The post-show talkback sessions at Interplayers Professional Theatre are always worthwhile -- but this is the talkback not to miss. Director Patty Duke will attend the May 29 matinee of "The Miracle Worker" at 2 p.m. and will be there for the after-performance discussion. This...

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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

Que Soiree? It's back at Arbor Crest

The Spokane Symphony has announced the return of the Soiree on the Edge concert at the Arbor Crest Winery, July 9, 6 p.m. This annual summer concert combines the elegance of the Symphony’s “Soiree” series with the experimental nature of the “Symphony on the Edge”...

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