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THE SCENE by Jim Kershner LAURIE


e certainly have a choice between artistic moods this spring. On one hand, we have a sprightly little


orphan named Annie, who is convinced that the sun will, indeed, come out tomorrow. On the other hand, we have an irascible and


misanthropic doctor named House – actually, the actor who plays him, Hugh Laurie – play- ing blues tunes with lines like, “Walkin’ down the levee with my head hangin’ low …” And if that doesn’t cover the entire spec-


trum of human emotion, we also have Cheech & Chong addressing the, ahem, higher realms of human experience. Let’s begin with the good doctor:


HUGH LAURIE AND THE COPPER BOTTOM BAND – British actor Laurie has already proven that he


is adept at crossing cultural boundaries. He has been equally convincing as a cranky American physician in House and a goofy British patrician in the great British series Jeeves and Wooster. But did you know that he’s a remarkably


good blues piano player and singer? His blues CD, Let ‘Em Talk, has been a smash, and he has even been getting some respect from New Orleans legends such as Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, all of whom collaborate on the CD. Now he’s on the way to Spokane with the Copper Bottom Band, made up of top jazz players and bluesmen. I’m giving you plenty of advance notice,


because I think it could be a hit of Steve-Mar- tin-and-his-banjo proportions at The Fox. June 2, 8 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com, or through the Spokane Symphony box office, (509) 624-1200.


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photo courtesy of the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox


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