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November 25, 2009

Prehistory repeats itself at the Spokane Arena.

Life-sized dinosaurs will roam the Spokane Arena again when Walking With Dinosaurs returns to the Spokane Arena April 7-11, 2010. Eight shows are scheduled over the course of five days, with tickets ranging in price from $39.50 to $59.50. Tickets go on sale at the Arena box office and at Tickets West outlets at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27. A special pre-sale event is under way through Tickets West. You can buy tickets early using the special promotion code TREX at www.ticketswest.com. Walking With Dinosaurs came to Spokane in 2007, and all six shows sold out. Tickets for this spectacle are bound to be extinct soon.

Good music is in season at the Coeur d'Alene Casino.

Country sensation Sara Evans will make her way to Coeur d'Alene Casino at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, for a holiday show titled "Sara Evans Celebrates The Season." Evans has four No. 1 hits and a handful of platinum albums to her credit, with hits such as "A Real Fine Place To Start" and "Born To Fly." Tickets are $50 and $40 and are available through www.ticketswest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

A visit to Interplayers is seriously past due.

The Interplayers Professional Theatre premier of "Underneath The Lintel" hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 25. The one-man show featuring Reed McColm tells the humorous story of a shabby librarian who finds a book in the return bin that's 113 past due. The show runs through Dec. 12 with performances Wednesday through Sunday nights and weekend matinees. General-admission tickets range in price from $14 to $21 and are available through the Interplayers box office, at 174 S. Howard, or by calling Interplayers at 509-455-PLAY. Tickets also are available at www.ticketswest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

Herd up your Herdmans for this one.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is certainly one of the better Christmas plays around, and it's opening at the Spokane Civic Theatre with a 1 p.m. performance Saturday, Nov. 28. Based on the classic Barbara Robinson children's book by the same name, the play will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights, with two Saturday matinees, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The show's run will end with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Dec. 20. Tickets $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for students. They are available through the Civic box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com and 800-325-SEAT.

This show is a Tour De Frank.

Dweezil Zappa, son of late guitar legend Frank Zappa, will stop at the Bing Crosby Theater at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, as part of the Zappa Plays Zappa tour. The late Zappa is considered one of the most influential guitarists and composers from the 1960s and was posthumously inducted into the Rock ‘n' Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets are $33, $47.50 and $73 and are available at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

From the mouths of babes comes entertainment.

Spokane Children's Theatre opens its production of the memorable musical "Babes In Toyland" with a 7 p.m. performance Friday, Nov. 27. The all-star cast will put on this holiday favorite through Sunday, Dec. 13, with 1 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays and 4 p.m. shows on Dec. 5 and 6 and an early 10 a.m. performance on Dec. 12. SCT holds its performances at the Lair Auditorium, at 1810 N. Greene, on the Spokane Community College campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and are available at the door before each performance or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five
from thesomshow.com
by Isamu Jordan

Belt of Vapor - Oft-regarded as one of Spokane finest bands in the downtown bar scene, Belt of Vapor is coming into orbit and reloaded with an album's worth of new material and these three lifelong friends are ready to bring it to the people. The Som Show Presents Belt of Vapor with And I Was Like What? at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5; 21-and-older-welcome.

Bad Penmanship 6 - Now in its sixth year, Spokane's Bad Penmanship rap crew has scattered all over the region, but the rhyme collective has reunited for their annual rap fest, which includes an improvisational freestyle session and breakdance battle. The Som Show Presents Bad Penmanship with DJ Stone Tobey, Cheap Meat Suits, Cursive Adonis, Juicy Karkass, Jaeda, Drew Slum, Freetime Synthetic, Anawim, Vibeself, Empirical Dynamics, Cassidiom, Fat Arm, A Bomb, SP Squad, Gun of the Sun, Tangled Roots and yours truly at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $6.

Kaylee Cole - Solo singer-songwriter and piano songstress Kaylee Cole plays the final music show at Empyrean Coffee House as it now exists, as the venue is being reshaped in lieu of the sprinkler law which takes effect on Dec. 1. For more info, check The Som Show blog. The Som Show Presents Kaylee Cole with support from Kevin Long and Henry Nordstrom with Vaughn Wood at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison. Cost: To be announced.

La Cha-Cha - "Viva," the 2007 studio offering from La Cha-Cha took home the Sommy for Best Album that year, so expect big things when La Cha-Cha drops the follow-up, "Blueprint for a Bankheist," at a CD Release show at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside, with help from The Camaros and Bunkdoozy. Cost: $7; 21-and-older welcome.

GWAR - The true monsters of rock will be spraying all kinds domecrushing horrortronics and liquified nastiness when GWAR returns to The Knitting Factory Concert House, with Job For A Cowboy, The Red Chord and Benign at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $18.50 in advance, $20 day or show.

For music news, videos, mp3s, artist profiles and more, visit thesomshow.com.


Get carriaged away this month.

Spokane Teachers Credit Union and Downtown Spokane are teaming up to bring the team of horses back to streets of the city's core. Free horse-and-carriage rides begin this holiday season on Friday, Nov. 27. Rides start at the corner of Main Avenue and Wall Street and are first come, first serve from 3-8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and noon to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Here's 1.5 million reasons to cruise Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The Coeur d'Alene Resort will have its lighting ceremony and fireworks cruise from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. While the festivities can be seen from the streets of downtown Coeur d'Alene, an unobstructed view of the show is available from one of the Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruise Boats. Tickets are $27.75 for adults and $16.75 for children six years old to 12 years old. The event kicks off the 2009 Holiday Light Show, which features more than 1.5 million Christmas lights on waterfront displays and "the world's largest Christmas tree," standing 161 feet tall and twice the height of the famous Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree. The Fantasy Cruise To the North Pole departs nightly at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. Tickets for that holiday-light cruise are $15.75 for adults, $14.75 for seniors 65 years old and older. Children 12 years old and younger ride free. For more information, go to www.cdaresort.com/activities/holidaylights.

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.

Concept:Home is painting the town black.

Concept:Home, at 401 W. First, is throwing a Black Friday Black Party at its store from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. The first 30 guests will receive a swag bag, and discounts on Concept:Home's awesome offerings can be found throughout the store. The event will include a DJ and drinks. For more information, find Concept:Home on Facebook or go to www.concepthomefurniture.com.

Tinman, Scarecrows and Flying Monkeys reunite.

Tinman Gallery will be holding its annual handmade ornament show from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29. The free-of-charge show will include returning favorites like polymer clay Flying Monkeys and Scarecrows from Pat Boyd, painted rawhide ornaments from George Flett, pine needle and cornhusk ornaments from Alice Nelson. New offerings include fantastical dolls by Wendy Zupan Bailey and one-of-a-kind pieces featuring precious stones and silver from John Bettesman and Kris Howell. For more information, call the Tinman Gallery at 509-325-1500.

SPORTS CORNER

I'm dreaming of a White Friday.

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park opens for the 2009-2010 season Friday, Nov. 27. The mountain has received a good amount of snow over the past week and as of earlier this week, it had nearly two feet at its summit and 16 inches at its base. Lifts 2, 3, 4 and 5 will open at 9 a.m. Friday and continue operation through 4 p.m. For the holiday weekend, lifts tickets will be available at mid-week prices, $36 for adults, $29 for youth, $32 for college students, and $22 for "super seniors" (70 years old and older). Season passes and discount lift tickets are still available. For more information, go to www.mtspokane.com.

Too early for baseball? There's no too early in baseball.

The Spokane Indians baseball club released its schedule for the 2010 season and announced the team will kick off the summer June 18 with a three-game homestand against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Last season, the Indians drew almost 175,000 fans to the Avista Stadium, for a Northwest League-leading average attendance of 4,604 fans per game. Season ticket and mini-season ticket packages are available now. For more information, go to www.spokaneindiansbaseball.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Well, the wolf's out of the bag now."

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 info@entertainmentspokane.com. 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 Monday, Nov. 30.

Last Week's Winner: Matt Gibson knows Erin Brockovich!

Last week's movie quote was, "By the way, we had the water brought in specially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley." Gibson correctly guessed that it was from the 2000 drama "Erin Brockovich" and won a $50 gift certificate to the Rockwood Clinic Aesthetic Institute.

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