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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pizza Oven opens third location on 29th on South Hill

Entrepreneur Matt Rai has opened his third Pizza Oven location, with business partner A.J. Rodriguez, at 2013 E. 29th Ave. in Grape Tree Village, just west of Applebee's. The new location is the former site of Villagio's, which moved last month to 31st and Grand.

Pizza Oven is different than most pizza restaurants; their pizzas are unique, different and delicious. One reason is their special sauce, a closely guarded secret recipe that sets the flavor apart from any regular pizza you have ever eaten. The names are as creative as the recipes; Cry in Hawaiian (which includes jalapeno peppers), Garlicus Maximus, Meatsation with five different meats, Summertime BBQ with a special barbecue sauce, Bangkok Bombshell, the Randy (with 3 types of pepperoni) and more. You can also enjoy wines as well as craft beers. And they offer FREE DELIVERY all over town.

The also serve hot wings with a special, unique sauce, garlic bread, garlic as well as cinnamon bread sticks. Pizza Oven also caters parties and other events.

Other Pizza Oven locations are 829 E. Boone, at Hamilton in the GU district (it's on the back side of the new building where David's Pizza used to be) and at the Food Court in River Park Square (pick up only). Rai also owns Taco del Mar in River Park Square as well as the EWU kiosk at the mall. The phone number for the new South Hill location is 509-413-1541. GU District is 509-489-0774 and River Park Square is 509-838-7716.


Spokane Symphony back on stage; 'Nutcracker' show is on!

The Spokane Symphony Musicians and Board of Directors announced they have reached an agreement settling a four-week strike. As a result, the musicians will be playing at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for the Nutcracker this weekend and all other future scheduled concerts.

The Spokane Symphony and State Street Ballet Nutcracker made its debut in Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox in 2011 to rave reviews. The State Street Ballet returns in 2012 to recreate this delightful family favorite for five performances on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm, Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 pm and at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm. Tickets for all performances are $65, $44, $38 and $22 for adults, and $20 and $16 for children 12 and under. Call 509-624-1200 for tickets.

During meetings held last weekend between representatives from the Spokane Symphony Society and the Local #105 of the American Federation of Musicians, a new two-year contract was negotiated. It has been ratified by the Spokane Symphony Board as well as the musicians of the Spokane Symphony. The contract includes agreement on two key issues, guaranteed services and an expanded leave policy.

The last First Friday of the year is this Friday

Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art all over Downtown Spokane this Friday, December 7 evening from 5 to 8 pm. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown has to offer. Go to for more information and a list of all the venues.

Dean Davis has a bright idea

Photographer Dean Davis opens a show this Friday, December 7 at the Barrister Winery, 1213 West Railroad Avenue. He has been busy over the past few months photographing all kinds of light bulbs and playing with copious amounts of beeswax. He is stretching out a bit for half the show and doing encaustic (beeswax & damar resin) over photography and then painting with oil paints over the wax. The other half of the show is large canvas prints. The subjects in all the pieces are light bulbs.

Artist reception Friday from 5 to 10 pm and the show runs through the end of the year. For a look at Dean Davis' creativity go to

Don't miss Christmas Tree Elegance now through Sunday

Spokane's most spectacular holiday display, Christmas Tree Elegance, continues through this Sunday, December 9. Twelve trees are on the mezzanine of The Davenport Hotel, while six trees are at River Park Square. The tree pictured is sponsored by REALTOR Marianne Guenther Bornhoft and includes over $5,000 in merchandise. Buy $1 raffle tickets to support the Spokane Symphony and you could win one. Go to for all the details.

In the spirit of great small art works

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene presents their 14th Annual Small Works Invitational with 34 regional artists showing over 220 new works. There's an opening reception this Friday, December 7 from 5-8. The show continues through January 5th. Go to for more details.

Poor Again...Dagnabbit! DVD recording at the Bing

Be part of a live DVD recording this Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm, at the Bing Crosby Theater, as Tim Behrens presents 'Poor Again...Dagnabbit!' written by renowned humor writer Patrick F. McManus.

Author and actor guarantee laughs as they describe Pat's childhood of growing up poor, when his favorite toy was dirt. Pat's account of his current situation, culminates in a conversation with Old Ed, Pat's 100 year-old mentor, who puts love and life into perspective...if only he can stay awake long enough. Fifteen zany characters populate the stage and each combats economic woes armed with only a sense of humor.

Come be a part of the live audience and celebrate 20 years of McManus comedy shows. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Holiday Lights at Gaiser Conservatory in Manito Park

The Spokane Parks & Recreation Department and The Friends of Manito invite you to Holiday Lights at Manito Park's Gaiser Conservatory from this Friday, December 7 through Wednesday, December 19, from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. The best viewing is after 4 pm when the sun has set. The conservatory is decorated with over 30,000 lights along with poinsettia, mums, and a warm climate. Visit for all the details.

Ebenezer Scrooge in the trial of the century

'The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,' Spokane Civic Theatre's 5th Annual Scholarship Fund Benefit is on the Main Stage this Sunday, December 9. Doors open at 6:00 pm for a silent auction and desserts catered by Celebrations Bakery. Curtain Time is 7:00 pm.

The trial of the century takes the stage at Spokane Civic Theatre! Scrooge is at it again...suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for kidnapping, slander and defamation of character. Tickets are $15. Call the Spokane Civic Theatre Box Office at 509-325-2507 or go to

Boz Scaggs rescheduled at Northern Quest

American singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs will take the stage at Northern Quest Resort & Casino for his rescheduled tour stop on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Due to illness, Scaggs cancelled his previously scheduled concert (Nov. 24, 2012). Northern Quest will honor all tickets sold for the earlier show for those fans who did not request a refund.

Ticket prices range from $47.50 to $67.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Northern Quest Box Office at 1-877-871-6772 or by ordering online at

7th Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

This Saturday, December 8 from noon to 7:30pm, enjoy the popular holiday films of Bing Crosby at the Bing Crosby Theater. There will also be a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer and a special feature, the Oscar statue from Bing's best actor performance in 'Going My Way.'

The film festival is presented by the non-profit Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater (ABCT), as part of the community's celebration of the holiday season.

Film schedule:
12 noon: White Christmas (1954)
2:30 pm: Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
5:00 pm: Holiday Inn (1942)
7:30pm: White Christmas (1954)

A display of many photos from among the collection of 5,000 Bing photos purchased three years ago by Spokane's Jerry Dicker of the Jerry and Patty Dicker Foundation. Jerry Dicker purchased the Bing Crosby Theater this year.

Doors open at 11 am. Tickets for the festival are $7 each and are good for the entire day's events. They are available through TicketsWest at or 800-325-SEAT or at the door, with children 12 and under admitted free. Snacks are available at the theater's concession stand, where there will also be beer and wine service.

For more information, go to

Hospice of Spokane Welcomes All to Community Memorial Tree at River Park Square

Hospice of Spokane will kick off this year's Community Memorial Tree on Friday, December 7 at River Park Square (near the AMC foyer and food court) from 10am to 11:30am. The Community Memorial Tree is a unique opportunity for area residents to honor their departed loved ones by decorating a paper dove in their memory, and hanging it on the Tree. Last year, visitors hung more than 1,000 doves on the Tree. There is no cost to the public to decorate and display their dove.

Hospice of Spokane's Community Memorial Tree will be on display at River Park Square Friday, December 7th through Monday, December 17th. Volunteers will be at the Tree starting Saturday the 8th.

For more information, contact Dale Hammond, 509-444-1058.

Liberty Lake Holiday Ball Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are on sale for the 14th Annual Liberty Lake Holiday Ball, this Saturday, December 8 from 5 pm to Midnight at The Davenport Hotel. The Liberty Lake Holiday Ball is an elegant evening with a champagne reception, 3 course dinner, silent and live auctions, and live music with dancing. The event is the sole fundraiser for Friends of Pavillion Park.

Tickets can be purchased for $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 at the Friends of Pavillion Park website, Call The Davenport Hotel for a special room rate.

This week at the Magic Lantern

The following films will be shown at the Magic Lantern Theater starting this Friday, December 7, running through Thursday, December 13. 'The Bay', 'The House I Live In', 'The Sessions', 'A Late Quartet', 'Searching for Sugar Man', and 'Holy Motors'. On Thursday, there will be a special screening of 'Ghost World'.

Check the website for exact showtimes and days.

Brick Walk Gallery this Friday

This Friday December 7, the Brick Wall Gallery in the Bennett Block in downtown Spokane, is featuring artwork of Moises Levy: 'Images of Cuba', also the gallery will be showcasing Stewart Harvey and his images from 'Burning Man'.

Annual Breakfast with Santa

This year's 'Annual Breakfast with Santa' is this Saturday, December 8 at Willow Springs Restaurant (upstairs) at 809 1st Street in Cheney, WA. Event is scheduled from 8am to noon and includes a breakfast buffet, free pictures with Santa. Every guest gets one free raffle ticket for prizes. Kids games will be available and there will be a Kiwanis information table. Sees Candy is available to purchase for gifts.

Cost is $7 for adults (15+) and $5.50 for children. For more information, call 509-235-4420.

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