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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Celebrate the Season at the Fox with the Spokane Symphony this weekend




Christmas is around the corner, and that means it is time for the perennial family favorite Holiday Pops Celebration, featuring Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara and the Spokane Symphony on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 pm and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 pm at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. This concert includes all the traditions of the Holiday Pops, guaranteed to get you and yours into the festive mood, including the majestic sounds of the Spokane Symphony Chorale, the pure tones of the Spokane Area Children's Chorus, the orchestra playing a fabulous selection of festive music, old and new, the popular Sing-Along, and of course, a visit from Santa.

To add to the experience, the chefs from Glover Mansion have developed special seasonal refreshments, including a luscious Polar Bear Hot Chocolate that will be on sale before the concert and during intermission. In addition, the Theater Gift Shop, located in the North Gallery of the lobby, will have a variety of items including the beautiful Fox ornament, hand crafted by Old World Christmas, and their new Nutcracker Suite Blend from Roast House Coffee.

Ticket prices begin at $25 for adults; children 12 years and under may attend Sunday's performance for $16. All tickets may be purchased with personalized service the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office, located at 1001 W. Sprague inside Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets are also available at all Ticketswest outlets www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT or at www.spokanesymphony.org.

Singing Nuns at the Bing today and tomorrow

Truly Spokane's Own Christmas Tradition. Let the Sisters illuminate your Christmas Holidays with their joyful sounds and sweet harmonies. The Central Valley High School Wind Ensemble will be joining the Sisters on stage of the Bing Crosby Theater today and tomorrow, December 15 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.

The Singing Nuns are traditional Catholic Sisters, members of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen. In other words, they wear their full-length blue habits all the time - not just on special occasions or when they are singing. Their motherhouse, St. Michael's Convent, is located at Mount St. Michael, just north of Spokane. Contact Ticketswest www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


Christmas in the lake city

Holiday lights like you've never seen are shining brightly at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. And all of downtown CDA is magical this time of year...the merchants invite you to shop, dine and listen to live music.

Tee up for golf savings with NW Golf Pass, but hurry!

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the golfers on your list? The 2012 Edition of the NW Golf Pass is available at just $40! One NW Golf Pass allows the pass-holder and a guest golfer to play at all participating golf courses (38), at discounted rates all season long for an unlimited number of rounds. (*There are a few courses that restrict annual play and are noted in their respective descriptions.) The NW Golf Pass is good until the end of each calendar year or when (and if) the course closes for the season.

The list is now being confirmed but it looks like the same 38 courses that were on this past season will be on again in 2012. But you have to order by Sunday to receive the pass in the mail prior to Christmas. You can order on-line at www.nwgolfpass.com or by calling 509-747-2907 and talking with Jack Reber.


Jazz at the Spokane Club

Fans of jazz-and-more singer Julia Keefe will have something special to celebrate this season. Back in Spokane for the holidays, she will be performing with the Mark Norton Quartet at the Spokane Club on Wednesday, December 21. Highlights of the show include Julia's all-new Jingle Bell Rock set, jazz and pop favorites and dancing until midnight. The performance is part of the club's annual Cutter Clubhouse Christmas celebration and is open to the public. Doors open at 7 pm; the show starts at 8. Reservations are required. Call 509-838-8511 to reserve your tickets. Tickets $20 per person.

The Lincoln Center is blinging in the New Year

Bling! Spokane's biggest New Year's party is happening again and the Lincoln Center and Bling! sponsors plan to make this year's event an even bigger, and better party than last year.

Prizing is a big part of the celebration and fun. Over $25,000 in prizing will be given away and EVERYONE is guaranteed a prize. Dodson's Jewelers, one of this year's sponsors will provide gift certificates for a few lucky prize winners. Gems such as amethysts, garnets, aquamarines, sapphires and pearls will also be a part of the night's Bling! give-a-ways. Gift certificates to Luigi's restaurant, the Davenport Hotel collection and a variety of other 'Bling' are a part of the prizing as well.

Come midnight, Dodson's Jewelers will be giving away the grand prize, a diamond pendant and diamond earrings that have a total weight of 1ct of diamonds set in 14k white gold. Dodson's will be celebrating over 125 years in downtown Spokane in the New Year.

Both ballrooms will be a part of the party that night. Bling! style decorations and laser lights will dress up the party rooms. VIBE will perform the classics (think the Beatles) in one room. Live hip-hop with Flying Spiders and top DJs will be on stage in the other ballroom. Guests are welcome to travel between ballrooms to enjoy all the night has to offer. Drink specials with a Bling! twist will be available and of course a champagne toast at midnight is included in the party package. (This event is for guests 21 years of age and older).

Dinner options are available and include a traditional buffet that Executive Chef Evan Ellison is putting his culinary signature on. A VIP package is also available and includes the party, special prizing, VIP seating and the buffet dinner along with distinctive featured wines selected by The Lincoln Center's Sommelier Ryan Biesen.

More information is on thelincolncenterspokane.com. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. "We recommend that you purchase your dinner and VIP tickets early as last year both these options sold out" says Sales and Marketing Director Tammy Tracy. Dinner packages require advance ticket purchase.

Terigon will get you home safely after your holiday parties

Terigon is new company that offers a 24/7 'no excuse solution to drinking and driving'. Have your holiday fun, but when it comes to getting home, Terigon can help. The service sends two drivers in their Terigon vehicle to your location. One of their licensed and insured drivers will drive the impaired driver (and passenger) home in their own vehicle. The second driver remains in the Terigon vehicle follows the customer's vehicle allowing them to bring our main driver back to Terigon.

This service ensures that everyone arrives home safely with their car and with the peace of mind knowing they won't end up in jail or be responsible for an alcohol-related accident. The streets of Spokane are safer for all of us when fewer impaired drivers are on the roads.

The phone number is 509-979-8728 and the website is www.terigon.com.


Visit the Campbell House this holiday season

Starting on Wednesday, December 21, the Campbell House continues its open house schedule running Dec 21-24 and Dec 28-Jan 1 from 12 to 4pm. Other days are by scheduled tours at noon, 1, 2 and 3pm. Call 509-363-5355 for details.

Sunday, January 1, is First Day at the MAC! The MAC will be open and celebrating the new year. Wear your First Night button to receive free admission on this day. Entertainment scheduled is Magician Dick Frost, 10am to noon; Cecil's Magic from noon to 2pm; and Magician Matt Van Zee from 2 to 4pm. Visit www.northwestmuseum.org for more information.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Midnight Cry - Spokane symphonic-rock octet Midnight Cry returns to The Bing Crosby Theater with a new album and a new lineup. They'll play some holiday tunes, but expect some surprises when Midnight Cry appears at Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, at 7 pm at 901 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $14, through www.ticketswest.rdln.com.

Supersuckers - Polyonymous country rebels Supersuckers helps break in the newest dedicated live music venue in downtown Spokane, The Red Room Lounge, 521 W. Sprague, on Friday, December 16, at 7 pm. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

The Fling - California folk-rock band The Fling sounds more Northwest than Long Beach, flannels, beards and all, so it should go over well when The Fling comes through The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague, on Friday, December 16, at 8 pm with support from Terrible Buttons. Cost: $8, through www.ticketfly.com.

Hell's Belles - All-female AC/DC tribute band Hells Belles brings it back in black on Saturday, December 17, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $13, through www.ticketfly.com.

Flying Spiders - Hip-hop orchestra Flying Spiders hosts its first annual X-Mas Bash and benefit show for Toys for Tots on Wednesday, December 14, at Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard. Also on the bill is OctoNinjitsu FreeForce, Simply Dave, and MJ the Human Beatbox. Cost: $6, $3 with a new toy donation.

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




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