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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Art Spirit Gallery Small Works Invitational

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in Coeur d'Alene presents their 13th Annual Small Artworks Invitational December 2 through January 7 featuring 190 works of art by 33 regional artists, including Harold Balazs, Kathleen Cavender, Melissa Cole, Allen Dodge, Mary Dee Dodge, Robert Grimes, Mel McCuddin, Kyle Paliotto, Sister Paula Turnbull and more. The show is sponsored by Duane and Lola Hagadone.

There is a diverse selection of high-quality small work available for the holidays. The opening reception is Friday, December 2 from 5-8:00pm. Come meet the artists, enjoy some holiday cheer and find that perfect holiday gift or gift certificate.

The gallery will be open from 11-6 every day in December except Christmas. The website is and the phone number is 208-765-6006.

Gonzaga U to present annual candlelight Christmas concert Dec 9-10

Few things in the Inland Northwest herald the approaching holiday season quite like the elegant Gonzaga University Candlelight Christmas Concert held each year in beautiful St. Aloysius Church on campus. This year's Christmas Concert will be presented twice: at 7:30 pm, Friday, Dec. 9 and at 2 pm, Saturday, Dec. 10. Timothy Westerhaus, Gonzaga's director of choral activities, will direct.

The concert is titled 'In Sweet Joy,' and the 105 singers from Gonzaga's four choirs capture the awe, sweet beauty and unabashed joy of the Christmastide season. Music includes English, French, and German carols as well as unique works from South Africa and Christmas Gospel. The Gonzaga Brass Quintet, a professional ensemble, will join in accompanying the audience and choirs in singing festive carols.

General admission tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door; $8 for seniors or $10 at the door; students are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online or via the Gonzaga music department website

Good seats still available for Disney on Ice Toy Story 3

Woody, Jessie and Buzz are in town this week as Disney on Ice presents 'Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3' at the Spokane Arena this Thursday through Sunday. Shows are Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 11:30am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 1pm and 5pm.

Tickets available at or 800-325-SEAT.

Five performances of the Nutcracker Fri - Sun

The Spokane Symphony presents its annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet, in five performances at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Ticketswest has your seat at or 800-325-SEAT.

The most elegant Christmas tradition

Enjoy Spokane's most cherished Christmas tradition, Christmas Tree Elegance at the Davenport Hotel now through December 18th, presented by Spokane Symphony Associates. 18 fabulous trees adorn the mezzanine and you can win one. Raffle tickets are just one dollar each. The trees are full of exciting gifts like trips, electronics, cash and more. For more information go to

White Christmas forecast for Dec 10 at the Bing

The 6th Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will be held on Saturday, Dec 10, featuring some of the crooner's best-loved films, along with a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer, a performance of songs by his nephew Howard Crosby - and a special feature, the Oscar statue from Bing's best actor performance in 'Going My Way'.

The festival opens and closes (12 noon and 7:30 pm) with showings of Bing Crosby's traditional holiday film, 'White Christmas', which also stars Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye. In addition to 'Going My Way' (4:30 pm), the 1942 film 'Holiday Inn' will be shown at 2:30 pm. This film, in which the song 'White Christmas' was first introduced, features Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale along with Spokane's own Bing Crosby and presents a song-and-dance story about people seeking to keep an inn open. Music by Irving Berlin.

As in years past, there is no admission charge for the festival, but a $5 donation is requested to help defray expenses and to help with ongoing activities of the organization. ABCT offers coffee, hot apple cider and holiday treats at no charge, and wine and beer will be available for purchase after 4 pm.

The non-profit Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater (ABCT) sponsors the festival at the Bing Crosby Theater at Sprague and Lincoln in downtown Spokane each December as the organization's gift to the community. The Bing Crosby Theater, where the world famous entertainer began his career, was renamed for him in 2006.

More information is available at

Young Frankenstein at the INB

The classic Mel Brooks movie 'Young Frankenstein' is Alive! And is headed here on stage at the INB performing Arts Center, Thursday, December 15 through Sunday, December 18. You're going to have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production. Ticketswest has your seat at or 800-325-SEAT.

Magical Strings 'Celtic Yuletide' at the Bing

Enjoy a magical holiday concert, Sunday, December 11, 3pm at the Bing Crosby Theater with Magical Strings. Magical Strings centers on the Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer of Philip and Pam Boulding. Over the years their sound has drawn a large and loyal following captivated by a combination of traditional Celtic arrangements, original compositions and subtle world music influences. For more information go to Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

This Is What Christmas Sounds Like

Clarion Brass presents a Christmas concert Wednesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 22, 7:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. John in Coeur d'Alene. Then Friday, December 23, at 7:30 pm - The Salvation Army Kroc Center. Tickets $16 general/$12 students, seniors, or groups of 10 or more. Contact Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT. Kroc Center tickets are also available at 208-667-1865. Get more info at

It's a Wonderful Life on stage

Masters Arts presents the stage version of this holiday classic for four nights starting at 8 pm, December 8th at New Life Church, 10920 East Sprague in Spokane Valley. The show is free and donations are accepted. Masters Arts is a non-profit arts organization that performs shows at local churches. For more information call 509-926-0362.

Just in time for Christmas Hot Club has a new CD

Hot Club of Spokane will release their debut CD, 'Hot Club of Spokane: LIVE! At the Glover Mansion' at the Glover Mansion, 321 W 8th, near Sacred Heart Hospital. Enjoy great music, a great dance floor, and the best vintage ambiance in Spokane.

The party will be on Tuesday, December 13th. Doors will open at 7pm. The band will start playing at 7:30pm and finish by about 9pm. This is an all-ages event, however, a no-host bar with appetizers, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available. Adults are $10 each, or if you prefer, couples can get in for $25 which includes a copy of the new CD.

Students with ID, or seniors are half off admission. Children 12 and under are FREE.

If you use Facebook, you can find their event page here:

Or, for more info, get in touch with Hot Club of Spokane bandleader Garrin Hertel at

Singing Nuns make the season bright with Light of Lights

The traditional Sisters of St. Michaels convent presents their annual Christmas show 'Light of Lights' Wednesday, December 14 at 2 and 7:30 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. The concert will feature the Central Valley High School wind ensemble providing accompaniment for the singing sisters. Tickets are $10 and $20 and can be purchased by calling 509-227-7638 or by going to

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Kid Rock - Country-rap bad boy Kid Rock is showing his true colors -- red, white and blue -- on his latest platinum record, 'Born Free.' Expect a raucous crowd when Rock brings his full band for a sold out show on Tuesday, December 6, at 8 pm at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: Sold out.

Puddle of Mudd - The good news is Puddle and Mudd kissed and made up with musical mentor Fred Durst, as the post-grunge group rejoined Limp Bizkit for this year's Epicenter Tour. Now the crew is back with a new album of covers. Puddle of Mudd headlines with Landsowne, Sugar Red Drive, and The Fail Safe Project on Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 pm at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets available through

Spineshank - Blending metal with elements of electronica and hip-hop, Grammy-nominated rebels Spineshank mixes the familiar with the foreign on their latest release, pushing the limits on tried versus true. Test your threshold for pain with Spineshank on Sunday, December 4, at 7 pm at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $10.

Flying Spiders - Following last week's bedlam, hip-hop orchestra Flying Spiders sets up shop Wednesday, November 30, at Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard. Cost: $5.

Terrible Buttons - Local indie fave Terrible Buttons holds it down on Thursday, December 1, at 8 pm at Genos, 1414 N. Hamilton St.

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