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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's going to be Bad. Bad. You know it.

Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL World Tour will come to Spokane 11 months from now, but tickets for the huge production put together by the Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The electrifying production will meld the legendary music and choreography of the King of Pop with Cirque du Soleil's creative genius for a multimedia spectacle. Written and directed by leading pop music concert director Jamie King, the show will start its world tour in Montreal in October of 2011 and will stop in Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Tickets will range in price from $50 to $250 and will be available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Yes, this is the 'White Christmas' you used to know.

The Fifth annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will fill the Bing Crosby Theatre, at 901 W. Sprague, with memories of Spokane's most famous entertainer from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The Film Festival features two showings of Crosby's 1954 classic "White Christmas," one at 11 a.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Screenings of "Road To Morocco" and "The Legendary Bing Crosby" will happen at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. In between, Crosby estate curator Robert Bader will show seldom-seen and never-before-seen footage of Crosby at 3:30 p.m. The late entertainer's niece, Carolyn Schneider, and his nephews, Howard and Ed Crosby, will be on hand to reminisce about him from 5-7 p.m., and throughout the day, costumes worn by Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in "White Christmas" will be on display. A CD of Bing's music will be available to buy at the day-long celebration. No admission is charged, but a $5 donation to the Bing Crosby Theatre Advocates is encouraged. For more information, go to www.bingcrosbytheateradvocates.com.

Sing-along with the Symphony.

The Spokane Symphony takes the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox stage this weekend with "Pops 3: A Holiday Pops To Remember." Conductor Morihiko Nakahara will lead the Spokane Symphony Chorale in the festive show that will include a visit from Santa Claus and a traditional audience sing-along. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets range in price from $25 to $52 and are available at the Fox box office, at 1001 W. Sprague, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Buddy will be back!

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" had a record-setting run this fall at Spokane Civic Theatre, and Civic is bringing it back in the summer of 2011 with "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Revival." Tickets are on sale now for the nine-day run, which will go from July 22-31. Tickets will be $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $20 for students, with proceeds benefiting Civic's Raise The Roof fund. For tickets, call the Civic at 509-325-2507 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 509-325-SEAT.

We're Bulldog-ish about this event.

Gonzaga University's 124th annual Christmas Candlelight Concert, featuring the Gonzaga University Choirs, is set for 7:30 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, at St. Aloysius Church, on the GU campus. Titled "Lessons and Carols," this year's concert will be conducted by Timothy Westerhaus and in addition to holiday music, it will feature readings from Gonzaga faculty and staff. Tickets are $12, or $5 for students, in advance, $15 and $10 at the door. For tickets, call the GU music department 509-313-6733 or go to www.gonzaga.edu/music.

Wouldn't it be elegant if you won?

The Spokane Symphony Associates' two-week-long Christmas Tree Elegance celebration at the Davenport Hotel culminates at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, with the raffle drawing ceremony. Swing by the Davenport Saturday night to take one last look at these glorious trees and to find out who gets to take them-and all the great prizes attached to them-home for the holidays. The event is free.

The High Five
from thesomshow.com
by Isamu Jordan

Flying Spiders - Spokane's one and only hip-hop supergroup has been getting big props in local media, with favorable reviews from blogs, rotation on the radio, and high profile press from the local print media, all in advance of high-powered weekend with back-to-back shows. Starting at 6 pm. on Friday, December 10, the Spiders hold it down at the MAC, 2316 W. First Ave., for the 1st Anniversary party for the monthly BeGin gala. The event also features open galleries, food, drinks and a yuletide craft fair. BeGin is free to the public, all ages welcome. You can also catch yours truly and the rest of the Spiders for a show at 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague, with Diamond Speedboat, where the nine-piece hip-hop band will be joined by cellist Billy Mickelson from The Dela Project, out of Bend, Ore. Cost: $5, free tickets available through thesomshow.com; 21 and older only.

Danko Jones - Spokane's Rock 94 1/2 is sponsoring a free concert series showcasing touring talent, the next installment of the Too Broke To Rock series being Canadian imports Danko Jones. While the trio has tasted success in Japan and Europe, Danko Jones is making an impression with American audiences with the band's fifth full length, "Below the Belt." The album found some extra promotional push with the first single, "Full Of Regret," as the video featured appearances by Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, Mike Watt and Motorhead founder Lemmy Kilmister. The video for the second single, "Had Enough," featured an appearance by Ralph Macchio. Danko Jones appears Thursday, December 9, at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: Free.

Listener - Arkansas talk-rocker Listener returns to town for with support from Hannah Reader's My Pinky Has A Name and Cyrus Fell Down at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague. Cost: $5; there is a joint cover for anyone who pays full price for the listener show, free admission for Flying Spiders and Diamond Speedboat at The A Club.

Jubilee - Local singer-songwriters Shave Evans, Brett Hite and Shayla Smith come together for the Jubilee music spectacular, singing holiday favorites starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the New Community Church building, 103 E. Trent. The event is also a benefit for Krochet Kids International, which serves to raise awareness and support for poverty relief. Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students and military.

Forrest Day - A singer-songwriter who bangs a kick-drom with a mallet, Forrest Day is full of surprises, and knee-deep in grooves. Catch him live at 9 p.m. tonight, December 8, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

For music news, events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.


Thanks to Spencer's for saving Thanksgiving

The mother and her two children walked into Spencer's for Steaks and Chops on Thanksgiving to ask about where a charity was offering a free meal. They hadn't been able to find it and it was already too late. The Spencer's staff knew just what to doÉthey seated the family at one of their tables. The mom told them she didn't have any money and that is why they were trying to find the charity dinner. No problem. Spencer's served them a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and dressing and all the trimmings at no charge. Thanks Spencer's for helping all of us know the true meaning of Thanksgiving!

Gingerbread Build-Off to raise some bread.

The Sixth annual Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-Off takes place in the Davenport Hotel's Hall of Doges from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Culinary teams arrive with the houses built and decorate them in just three hours, as the public watches. Kids can make their own gingerbread houses for just $7 each during the event. Proceeds from the event go to The Christ Kitchen, a job-training program for women living in poverty. For more information, contact Patty Seebeck at 509-954-0554.

Watch 'Kings of Pastry.' Be treated like royalty.

The Spokane International Film Festival is hosting an exclusive 40-seat-only movie-dinner Friday, Dec. 10, in an intimate downtown loft at 820 W. Sprague. The fundraiser will pair a meal prepared by Santé chef Jeremy Hansen and a screening of the feature film "Kings of Pastry," which will be one of 25 films featured at the 2011 Spokane International Film Festival Feb. 3-13, 2011. Tickets for the dinner-and-movie event are $135 each, with proceeds going to support the Film Festival. For more information, email info@spokanefilmfestival.org.

These Saxons can swing.

The Ferris High School Jazz Orchestra Auction & Swing Dance will hit the Ferris High gymnasium, at 3020 E. 37th, from 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The benefit will include music from the Ferris High Jazz Orchestra and dessert from the bakery at Chaps Restaurant. Cost is $10, at the door. From more information, contact Sarah at 509-443-7053 or with questions and donations, contact ricemanb@msn.com.

Change your Sunday plans to include this choir of unchanged voices.

Kinderchor of Spokane, a choir of unchanged voices that's open to all Spokane-area children, will give a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, at 5720 S. Perry. For more information on the choir, go to www.kinderchorspokane.org.

Have a holly, jolly breakfast.

First Church of the Nazarene, at 9004 N. Country Homes Boulevard, will be hosting its annual Breakfast With Santa at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. In addition to breakfast and pictures with Santa, the event will include face painting, color art, and a visit from Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the church through Dec. 10; no tickets will be sold at the door.

SPORTS CORNER

The Eagles won't be buffaloed by these Bison.
The Eastern Washington University Eagles football team will try to extend its season when it hosts the North Dakota State Bison in the second-round FCS playoff game at Roos Field, in Cheney, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets range in price from $9.40 to $19.40 and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Go Eags!

What does UTPA stand for? Friday night loser.
The Washington State University men's basketball team comes to the Spokane Arena for an away-home game against University of Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. The Cougs are 5-1 on the season and have two of the top three leading scorers in the Pac-10 right now. Tickets for Friday night's game at $10 and $15 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.
"Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division! Send your best guess and your phone number to info@entertainmentspokane.com. The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, Dec. 10.

Last Week's Winner: Eat. Pray. Love. Brad Stark!

Last week's movie quote was, "You don't need a man, Liz. You need a champion." Stark correctly guessed that it was from the 2010 drama "Eat Pray Love" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division.

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