Fox Theater Spokane
Hot This Week!
November 18, 2009

You no longer have to put plans for family fun on ice.

"Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy" is at Spokane Arena for eight shows over the next five days, starting with a 7:30 p.m. show tonight, Nov. 18. This year's Disney On Ice show features characters from the Disney movies "Cars," "The Little Mermaid," "Tinkerbell" and "The Lion King." Guests will be treated to a special display of the princess gowns at the Disney Princess Pre-Show, which starts one hour before each ice show. Evening shows are to start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 19-21. Daytime shows are planned for 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Tickets are $13 to $45, with special $12 tickets tonight, and are available at the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

This performance is bound to be Unforgettable.

Natalie Cole, the nine-time Grammy Award-winning daughter of crooning legend Nat King Cole, will take the Northern Quest Resort & Casino stage for a concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Cole has been making albums since the mid-1970s and received a number of awards for her remake of many of her father's hits in the album, "Unforgettable," in 1991. She recently recorded a Christmas CD, "Merry Christmas Darlin." Tickets are $65 and $55 and are available through the Northern Quest event line at 509-481-6700 or at or 800-325-SEAT.

Something fishy is happening at Civic.

Two men play an entire town in the Spokane Civic Theatre production of "A Tuna Christmas," which starts its holiday season run with a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, Nov. 20. In the spirit of the classic play "Greater Tuna," "A Tuna Christmas" is a hilarious quick-change comedy where two men play a variety of characters from the small town of Tuna, Texas. The Civic is performing "A Tuna Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee each week through Dec. 20. Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $14 for students. They may be bought through the Civic box office at 509-325-2507 or through the Tickets West at and 800-325-SEAT.

Outdoor enthusiasts have something to be thankful for.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is making a three-day stop in Spokane, with films starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 in the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague. Tickets are $10 a night, or $26 for a three-day pass. Tickets are available at the Bing box office two hours before each show or at or 800-325-SEAT.

It's going to get hot at the Symphony's Dance Fever.

The Spokane Symphony puts on its dancing shoes, figuratively speaking, for "Spokane Symphony Classics 4: Dance Fever" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The concert features world-revered harpist Yolanda Kondonassis in Alberto Ginastera's concerto, as well as performances of Zoltan Kodaly's "Dances of Galanta" and Robert Schumann's "Second Symphony," all led by conductor Morihiko Nakahara. Tickets are $44, $40, $32 and $22 and are available through the Fox box office and at and 800-325-SEAT.

Fiddle around with a couple of Irishman.

Celtic music legends Kevin Burke and Cal Scott will bring the traditional sounds from Ireland to the Bing Crosby Theater at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 18. Burke, a fiddler, is a National Heritage Fellow who has played with a number of the traditional Irish groups since the early 1970s. Scott is a native Oregonian who has produced more than 20 CDs and has composed the scores for more than 30 PBS documentaries. Ticket are $18, or $16 for seniors and students, and are available at, or 800-325-SEAT.

Frankly, my dear, we do give a damn.

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of "Gone With The Wind" and making a little money for the theater along the way, the Bing Crosby Theater, at 901 W. Sprague, will have a screening of the 1939 film classic at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, which will go to Advocates of the Bing Crosby Theater. For more information, go to

Santa Claus IS coming to town.

Santa Claus will arrive at River Park Square at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. The festivities actually begin an hour earlier, when Santa's helpers treat children to face painting, balloon artists, caroling and a special reading of "Polar Express" by Mrs. Claus. When Santa arrives, he'll light the 50-foot tree in the River Park Square atrium, then draw the name of the first lucky child who gets to sit on his lap. For more information, go to

Spend Sunday with some good folk.

Regional folk stalwarts Heidi Muller and Dan Maher are reuniting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, for an intimate concert at Rick Singer Photography, at 415 W. Main in downtown Spokane. Tickets are $15 and can by bought by calling 509-838-3333 or by emailing Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the show if seats are available.

Tap this Keg Festival.

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Restaurant Association's annual Spokane Cork & Keg Festival is set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Guests will be able to choose samples of more than 100 wines and 30 handcrafted beers, many of which are made in the Northwest. Chef Curtis Smith and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College will prepare hors d'oeuvres for the evening's festivities. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, go to or call 509-467-7744.

Here are 14 reasons to drink and be merry this holiday season.

Fourteen Spokane wineries will usher in the season with the Spokane Holiday Wine Festival, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 20-22. Each winery will celebrate the weekend before Thanksgiving with new releases, barrel tastings, and great food. For more information, go to

The High Five
by Isamu Jordan

Built to Spill - The latest album from Boise's indie-rock pioneers is filled with beautifully laden guitar melodies, tranquil vocal meanderings and elusive yet alluring lyrics -- all with a sort of effortless poise. See the Northwest indie-guitar gods in action when Built to Spill closes out its 2009 tour with a concert at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. The show is supported by Disco Doom and Finn Riggins. Cost: $22.

Empyrean's FoE Show - Empyrean Coffee House hosts its annual Friends of Empyrean concert, highlighted by a slew of local artists whose music and poetry has helped shape the personality of this young pillar of Spokane creativity. The 3rd Annual FoE Show features The Globes, Kevin Long, Hannah Reader, Henry Nordstrom, Joel Smith, Kurt Olson, Josh Hedlund and many, many more. The event takes place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $7; all ages welcome.

LOOM - Salt Lake City experimental hardcore band LOOM combines timeshifting beats, surgical strikes on guitar, brutalizing bass lines, triumphant vocals and frenetic violin melodies for a mesmerizing mass of music. Get a dose when LOOM arrives at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington, with support from locals Anadonia and Electric City Football Camp. Cost: $8; all ages welcome.

Blacklisted: Jazz and Comedy on the Edge - For the past six months local comedians and jazz players have been teaming up for weekly comedy and music concerts in the Spokane Valley. The troupe makes its downtown debut on Saturday night, as the Blacklisted: Jazz and Comedy on the Edge presents Bobby Blacklist, Paul Hearst, Andrew Ouellette, and Scott Kirkingburg at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Lion's Lair, 205 W. Riverside. Cost: $5; 21-and-older welcome. The Blacklisted weekly happens on Sundays at 6 p.m. at Mama's Thaiway Lounge, 5908 E. Broadway. Cost: Free; 18-and-older welcome.

Cash'd Out - Self-described as "the next best thing to Johnny Cash," Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out brings back the spirit of the Man In Black with special guests Audio Moonshine at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

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Mom always did like them best.

The Smothers Brothers are coming to the INB Performing Arts Center Saturday, Jan. 30, and tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Tickets will range in price from $29 to $49 and will be available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The Spokane Convention Center would like to propose a toast.

The Spokane Convention Center is throwing a Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 10, and everybody is invited. The event, called "Toast The Season," will be start with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., following by a steak and salmon dinner at 6:15 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Central Valley Jazz Band and by Whitworth University's Cool Whip. A special reading by Spokane Regional CVB President Harry Sladich promises to be entertaining as well. Tickets to Toast The Season are $35 each and can be purchased by calling 509-279-7007.

In Unity they stand, with liberty and hilarity for all.

The Unity Players will sum hundreds of years of history in two hours of hilarity when it puts on "The Complete History of America Abridged" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. The three-man play is being performed in Unity Church, at 2900 S. Bernard, on Spokane's South Hill. The Players will perform on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, as well. A suggested donation of $10 is encouraged.

Here's some news hot off the Press.

The Gribble Press Author's Reading will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Community Building, at 35 W. Main. The event features authors Zan Agzigian, Nancy Culp, Tom Davis, Dennis Held, and Stephen Pitters, reading from their published works. For more information, call 509-951-3374 or go to


"By the way, we had the water brought in specially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $50 gift certificate to the Rockwood Clinic Aesthetic Institute! Send your best guess and your phone number to The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, Nov. 20.

Last Week's Winner: Melanie Saeyup is our huckleberry!

Last week's movie quote was, "Maybe poker's just not your game, Ike. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!" Saeyup correctly guessed that it was from the 1993 western "Tombstone" and won a $50 gift certificate to the Rockwood Clinic Aesthetic Institute.

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