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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Movers will make shakers out of a crowd of kids.

Popular children's band Imagination Movers is moving into the INB Performing Arts Center a 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, for an afternoon of fun. The Movers have their own show on the Playhouse Disney channel and have emerged as a kid favorite with their CD "Juice Box Heroes." Seats are still available for $25 and $35. Tickets can be bought at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

MAC on some culture with this after-work event.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, at 2316 W. First in Browne's Addition, is starting a monthly after-work party that will feature adult beverages, exhibit cruising and live music. Called BeGin!, the inaugural event will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and will feature music from local jazz favorite Six-Foot Swing. The event is open to people 21 years old or older. Cost is $7 and includes the first beverage.

We could get in the habit of listening to these ladies.

Spokane's own Singing Nuns will present "Birthday of the King" Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10-11, at the Bing Crosby Theatre. The Singing Nuns are traditional Catholic Sisters who live at the St. Michael's Convent at Mount St. Michael, north of Spokane. They wear full-length blue habits in day-to-day life, not just when they are performing, and work at a Catholic academy, a religious bookstore, a print shop and in other endeavors for the church. The group will have two performances each day, one at 2 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m., as part of its 14th Annual Evermore Concert Series. The Kelly Irish Dancers will open for the group. Tickets are $20, or $16 for seniors and children under 12 years old, and are available at www.ticketswest.com or at 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.


Spokane to be slammed with Winter Wonder.

The Winter Wonder Slam Tour hits the Spokane Arena at 7 pm. Thursday, Dec. 10. Winter Wonder Slam will feature host Toby Mac and his eight-member touring band, DiverseCity, as well as RelientK, Stephanie Smith and B. Reith. Tickets are $35 for the dance floor or for general-admission seating and $75 for VIP seating. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT. IF YOU HAVE TICKETS ALREADY, READ THIS. The show has been moved for general arena seating to the Star Theatre format, so all tickets must be exchanged for a new ticket before the show. To exchange tickets, go to the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon. Starting at 3 p.m. day of the show, tickets can be exchanged at the northeast entrance to the Arena. For more information, go to www.spokanearena.com.

Think you can Handel this?

The Gonzaga University Choir and Chorale will perform Handel's Messiah in its 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, Dec. 11, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The GU choir will be joined by Los Angeles Opera stars soprano Karen Vuong, alto Tracy Cox, tenor Kalil Wilson, and bass Injoon Yang. General admission is $9, $7 for non-GU students and seniors. Gonzaga students and faculty may attend free of charge. For tickets, call 509-624-1200 or go to the Martin Woldson Theater box office.

You'll have a blue Christmas without Tops in Blue.

Tops in Blue, a 55-year-old entertainment troupe made up of active-duty U.S. Air Force personnel, will fly into Spokane for a special show at the INB Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Thousands of enlisted airmen compete to be a part of the 35-member group that travels the world, performing mostly in communities where Air Force bases are located. Performers include singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians and more. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.topsinblue.com.

"Lady Be Good" should be good.

In conjunction with the "Jumpin' with the Big Bands" exhibit that opened at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture earlier this month, the museum will host a special screening of Kay D. Ray's documentary "Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz" at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Ray worked with the MAC to develop the Big Bands exhibit. Her film work has garnered awards from the American Association of Museums, Media Communications Association International and the American Federation of Television and Radio Arts. The movie is free with museum admission. For more information, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

Lift your holiday spirits with "Humbug."

Ignite! Community Theatre is putting a modern twist on a classic tale with its readers' theater performance of "Humbug." In a play off the timeless classic "A Christmas Carol," high-powered executive Eleanor Scrooge is taken on a journey through her own life to see the error in her ways shortly before Christmas. This holiday favorite will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Thomas J. Foley library on the Gonzaga University campus and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Blue Door Theatre, at 815 W. Garland, on Spokane's North Side. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, go to www.ignitetheatre.org.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

One eskimO - Incorporating magically ambient animation into its live show, London's One EskimO plays subversive, intelligent indie-rock that transports listeners to a land where penguins, giraffes and monkeys come together to bang, strum and sing songs about life, love, loss and, you know, other amazing human being type stuff. Explore the mysteries of existence with One eskimO and locals Jerad Finck and Ron Greene at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 Sprague. Cost: Free.

Floater - Portland rock trio Floater is known for progressive concept albums, intricate storytelling and a live show that offers listeners their own personal event horizon. They use synths and loops to recreate alternate versions of their own songs, and unexpected covers during an intense live performance. Rumors abound about the forthcoming eighth album from Floater, so look out for some new tunes when Floater arrives at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $12 in advance, $14 day of show.

Amber Pacific - If you follow them on Myspace, Facebook, or Twitter, than you already know Seattle indie-rock band Amber Pacific has recently signed with respected hardcore-punk label Victory Records, which has helped launch such acts as Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday and Taproot. Amber Pacific comes back to town for an early all-ages show with support from Small Town Nation, Goodnight Sunrise, and Cool Cool Universe at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $10 in advance (available through bands), $12 at the door.

Rod Mac - Following Amber Pacific et al, The Blvd. switches gears to a 21-and-older hip-hop show featuring local all-stars Dime City, Jaeda, Kagah, M-Dub, Loss Monstarz and Rod Mac. There promises to be a fluid stream of collaborative songs during this meeting of the minds. Check it out at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $5.

Hell's Belles - Just in time for the holidays, internationally famous Northwest all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles have been endorsed by Angus Young himself, in case you had any doubts about the quality of the performance. See for yourself when Hell's Belles arrive with Black The Sky at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $12.50 in advance, $13 day of show.

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

Go to a Fling at the Bing.

Writer/filmmaker Serena Belsby is throwing a party to raise money for the filming of her newest project, "Nothing Like a Redneck Christmas." To be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Bing Crosby Theatre, the event will feature the music of Milonga and Cris Lucas, with food and spirits from David's Pizza and Dry Fly Distilling, respectively. Tickets are $20 each, or $25 day of the event, all inclusive. To buy tickets or for more information, go to www.nothinglikearedneckChristmas.com or call 323-394-3233.

It's a cookie cutter approach to holiday fun.

The Campbell House is open and decked out for the holidays. From noon-3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 12, this historic Spokane home will have the familiar holiday smell of home-baked cookies during Family MACFest: Cookie Cutter Holidays. This make-and-take family activity will feature fun cookie making exercises. Cost is $15 per family and is free for museum members. For more information, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

Get carriaged away this month.

Spokane Teachers Credit Union and Downtown Spokane have teamed up to bring the team of horses back to streets of the city's core. Free horse-and-carriage rides are now available. 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.

SPORTS CORNER
The Cougs look to soar above Air Force.

The Washington State University Cougars men's basketball team (6-2) will host the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-2) at the Spokane Arena Saturday, Dec. 12. Tip-off is at 1 p.m., and tickets are still available in the $25 and $15 seats. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Riggs, if you think I'm gonna eat the world's lousiest Christmas turkey by myself, you're crazy."

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive four tickets to the Fling at the Bing, on Tuesday, Dec. 15! 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 Friday, Dec. 11.

Last Week's Winner: Michaele Alegria wins a major award!

Last week's movie quote was, "Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense." Alegria correctly guessed that it was from the 1983 classic "A Christmas Story" and won a $35 gift certificate to Peters & Sons Florists.

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