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Friday, December 30, 2011

First Night Spokane 2012 is Saturday!

The Inland Northwest's biggest New Year's Eve winter festival is happening this Saturday in Downtown Spokane. Downtown will be jumping with fun and excitement at over 40+ locations filled with every type of live entertainment imaginable. You'll be able to select from over 200 live performances of music, dance, comedy, theatre, film, and variety entertainment.

The day starts at 3:00pm at the Spokane Convention Center with "Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Kids Night Out" where over 350 volunteers will be providing an amazing array of dinosaur themed crafts along with some great professional entertainment. At 6:10 it's the Masquerade Parade that attracts close to 5,000 members of our community who will travel down Spokane Falls Blvd. to Riverfront Park for our Opening Ceremony. If you're a runner you'll want to be at the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park by 6:45 for the start of our 2nd Annual 5k Resolution Run. At 7:00 all venues open.

It all wraps up at Midnight with a new annual tradition of the "Raising of the Egg" as we symbolically celebrate the birth of 2012 with the Spokane Tribe Fireworks Spectacular. You'll need a First Night button to get you in to all of the events. They're $12.00 in advance or $15.00 the day of. Children 10 and under are free with a button wearing adult. You can purchase your button at any area Cenex Zip Trip Store, Sterling Savings Bank or Windermere Real Estate location. Listed below are a few of the highlights of what you can expect to see at First Night this year.

INB Performing Arts Center

Variety Show - Every Hour at 7,8,9,10, & 11pm
Enjoy a mix of talents including physical comedy and juggling from Alex Zerbe, acrobatic jump-rope from world champion Rene' Bibaud, some best-loved oldies on the ivories by pianist Brady Goss, and Vaudevillian family-friendly antics from comedian Bill Robison.

Convention Center

Stomping with Dinosaurs - 3-11:40pm
Walk with life-size dinosaurs recreated by Paleo-Artist-Sculptor Peter Thomas.

Steve the Pretty Good - 7 & 8pm performances
Prepare to laugh out loud at the hilarious misadventures of comedian/magician Steve Hamilton.

The Kalvans - 9, 10 & 11pm
The award-winning dynamic duo of Jack and Jeri Kalvan mix juggling, acrobatics, and genuine zaniness in this not-to-be-missed show.

Blue Door Theatre - Every Hour at 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11pm
Comedy Improv at its finest! This acclaimed theatrical company plays off audience suggestions to create an outrageous evening of improvised hilarity.

Masquerade Disco Dino Ball - 7-11:40pm
DJ Jeff Keen will rock the house with an endless array of old time rock and roll favorites and top 40 tunes! Bring your dancing shoes!

DoubleTree by Hilton

Tuxedo Junction / Spokane Dance - Big Band - Every Hour at 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11pm
Come dance the night away with the band heralded as the Best Big Band in the Inland Empire!

Bank of America

Son Dulce - Latin Salsa Dance Band - Every Hour at 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11pm
If you love a little Latin flair, this band is not to be missed!

STA Plaza

Big Mumbo Blues Band - Every Hour at 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11pm
Soul, funk, R&B, and blues from the renowned IEBS Hall of Fame Band!

Masonic Center

Cabaret, Burlesque and Exotic Belly Dancing - Every Hour at 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11pm Must be 18 years of age to attend

Spokane City Hall

48 Hour Film Festival - Every Hour at 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11pm
NxNW presents this showcase of amateur filmmakers' amazing productions.

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