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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The ultimate in gingerbread construction

The 7th annual Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-Off is this Sunday, December 11 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Hall of Doges at the Davenport Hotel. Here is your chance to see some of the most fantastic gingerbread creations ever! The theme of this year's Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-Off is Family Vacations.

Chef/Architect teams will arrive with enormous gingerbread structures completed and then decorate them in just 3-hours as the public watches while voting for their favorite and get a chance to win a gift basket or two. And alongside in the Grand Pennington Ballroom is the Kid's Event from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm where kids of all ages can make their own mini-gingerbread house for just $7 and support Christ Kitchen...a job training program for Spokane women living in poverty.

195 new works of art by 33 artists at Art Spirit Gallery

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in Coeur d'Alene presents their 13th Annual Small Artworks Invitational now through January 7 featuring 195 new works of art by 33 regional artists. Go to for more information.

Gonzaga University Candlelight Christmas Concert

The Gonzaga University Candlelight Christmas Concert is this Friday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm in beautiful St. Aloysius Church on the GU campus, featuring 105 singers from Gonzaga's four choirs and the Gonzaga Brass Quintet. For tickets and info go to

Spokane's most spectacular Christmas trees on display

Enjoy Christmas Tree Elegance now through December 18th, presented by Spokane Symphony Associates. 12 fabulous trees are on the mezzanine of the Davenport and 6 are at River Park Square. They're full of exciting gifts like trips, electronics, cash and more. Raffle tickets are just one dollar each. For more information go to

1st Annual Spokane WineSong this Friday

Have an enjoyable evening out to benefit the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland NW, this Friday, December 9 at 7pm at the Luxe Coffee House/CenterStage Theater (1stFloor Ballroom) 1017 W. 1st Avenue.

WineSong is an idea for a special type of community event and concert created by Jonathan Nicholson and co-organized with Gary Burris. The idea is simple: Go out for an evening, enjoy some beautiful acoustic music and some wine (or coffee, if you prefer), watch a painting being created on the spot, and listen to a few beautiful and inspiring stories from some very brave individuals in Spokane.

By going out and having an enjoyable evening, you are helping raise money to support the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest (ACCOIN), a local organization that directly supports children with cancer and their families in the Inland Northwest.

For more information contact Mary Anne Ruddis by email at or by phone: at 509-844-4674.

Humanix provides free Santa pictures for families in need

Humanix and Pixeldust Photography Studio are offering their fifth year of free pictures with Santa for families in need this holiday season at Spokane Valley Partners on Thursday, December 8th from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Additional photos will be offered for $1 with all proceeds donated to Spokane Valley Partners. Spokane Valley Partners is located at 10814 E. Broadway in the Spokane Valley. Please call 509-927-1153 to make an appointment.

Over 200 families have taken pictures with Santa over the past four years. "A child's expression of wonder and delight as they sit on Santa's lap is absolutely precious. We are very fortunate to be able to give this gift at Christmas time," says Humanix's Community Involvement Committee.

Humanix has chosen Spokane Valley Partners as their designated local charity to support throughout the year. Humanix employees volunteer up to 20-hours a year there, for which they are paid.

BeGin at the MAC

This Friday, December 9 from 6-9pm, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture will feature BeGin, their monthly after work party. Live music, featuring Flying Spiders (11 piece hip hop orchestra), New Lagoon, Tangled Roots Breakers and Et Al poets. All exhibits open. Snacks and refreshments available. No charge for BeGin, but donations are welcome. Visit

City of Spokane Arts Department 2012 exhibition schedule.

The City of Spokane Arts Department and the Exhibiting Committee of the Spokane Arts Commission have announced the 2012 exhibition schedule in the Chase Gallery, located at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., lower level of Spokane City Hall. Gallery hours are from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Chase Gallery is free and open to the public.

Only Time Will Tell, January 4 - February 24, 2012, Art, poetry, video and music by members and friends of the RiverSpeak Collective. Artist reception: Friday, February 3, from 5 to 9 pm in conjunction with Visual Arts Tour. Variety Show: Friday, February 17, 6 pm in City Council Chambers.

Spokane Watercolor Society Exhibition, February 28 - April 30, 2012. Membership juried show for the Spokane Watercolor Society, juried by Dale Laitinen. Artist reception: Friday, March 2 from 5 to 8 pm as part of First Friday.

Betty Hageman, Bobbie Halperin, Ellen Picken, Jesse Rasche, Kathleen Secrest, May 1 - June 29, 2012. Artist Reception: May 4, from 5 to 8 pm as part of First Friday.

Photography 2012, July 3 - August 31, 2012. Artist reception: Friday, July 6, 5 to 8 pm as part of First Friday.

My Pet: A Group Exhibition of Art about House Pets and other companions by Spokane Artists, September 5 - October 26, 2012. Artist reception: Friday, October 5, from 5 to 8 pm as part of First Friday.

The History of Spokane: Art About Spokane's Places (in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference), October 30 - December 28, 2012. Artist reception Friday, November 2, 5 to 8 pm as part of First Friday.

A Christmas Carol at Civic now through December 18

Bah humbug! Is there still time for Ebenezer Scrooge to change? With visits from the Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come, Scrooge will recall memories of his past as the burden of the present directs the journey towards what could be his future. Come see this holiday classic, directed by Troy Nickerson at Spokane Civic Theatre now through December 18. Curtain Times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm.

Call 509-325-2507 or go to for more information. Visit the Box Office inside the Main Stage entrance on 1020 N. Howard Street for purchasing tickets, group tickets and season subscriptions. Tickets can be purchased online through TicketsWest at or 800-325-SEAT.

George Winston concert rescheduled for September 11

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 16th at 10 am for the rescheduled George Winston concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets will be honored for the cancelled September 21 concert this year.

The new date is Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8pm. Doors open at 7 at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 West Sprague. Ticketswest has tickets for all ages and are $27 in advance, $32 day of show. or 800-325-SEAT. For more information call the Bing at 509-227-7638 or go to

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

The Knux - Hollywood-by-way-of New Orleans sibling rap duo The Knux play all of their own instruments, write their own rhymes and produced their own albums. The latest album is another novel mashup of genres and crowd pleasing party rockers, melding hip-hop with rock, blues, psychedelia, and techno. The new record, 'Eraser,' includes appearances by fellow hipster hotshots Natalia, Jack Davey of indie darlings D*Davey on 'I See Stars,' and Kid Cudi on the single, 'Run.' The album also contains music co-produced by John 'Abba Zabba' McClain, and Blake Miller from Moving Units. With a new, eclectic studio set in hand, expect a raucous live show when The Knux arrive with Jordy Towers on Tuesday, December 13, at 7:30 pm at The A Club, 406 W. Sprague. Cost: $10.

Zeds Dead - Canadian electronic music consortium Zed's Dead digs in the crates with samples of hip-hop, takes them and rearranges them for an inside-out dance party. They'll be keeping the dance floor hot with Spokane's DJ Likes Girls on Wednesday, December 7, at 8:30 pm at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave.

Strategem - Former members of Cyrus Fell Down, Aaron Anderberg and Cory Mason-Phipps have joined forces with former Mistress and the Misters cohort Chris Henderson to form prog-rock monster Stratagem. The boys are back in the saddle on Saturday, December 10, at 10 pm at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

Magic Beets - Beatmaker and mixmaster blaster Magic Beets joins with newcomer Mark Breckenridge for an evening of esoteric music on Tuesday, December 13, at 8:30 pm at Zola, 22 W. Main. Cost: Free.
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