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The MAC's Ho-ho-holiday Celebration starts this Saturday

Starting this Saturday, November 28 from 4-6pm, the campus and historic Campbell House will be festively lit and the museum will provide some arts and culture-style activities, all outdoors, including a chance to view a vintage Crescent Department Store window display and enjoy a scavenger hunt, watch the Campbell's cook, Hulda, prepare for the holidays and show off the decorated house via video, and leave with one of Hulda's pre-packaged sugar cookies. The museum store will also be open for holiday shopping.

To support social distancing advance registration at northwestmuseum.org is encouraged and participants are asked to wear a mask. The activities are free with a suggested donation of $5. The holiday celebration repeats every Saturday from 4-6pm through December.

Celebrated Holiday Dance Spectacle available to stream for Spokane audiences

Saturday, December 19 at 7pm.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky's timeless music, is available to stream for the First Interstate Center for the Arts audiences this holiday season. The live capture, filmed as a part of a partnership with PBS, will allow recurring and new patrons to experience this beloved holiday tradition at home, as theaters across the country remain closed. The event is Saturday, December 19 at 7pm.

This production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop's founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann's beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.

Tickets are on sale now at firstinterstatecenter.org.

Wishing Star Foundation Wishes & Wine Virtual Event December 5

Wishes & Wine is an annual fundraising event benefiting the Wishing Star foundation and will be a virtual event this year, on Saturday, December 5 from 6:30-8pm. The fun will begin with live music by the Chris Austin Martinez band out of Houston, Texas. The auction will begin at 7pm with John Curley the Emmy award TV host, celebrity auctioneer and the host of the popular morning radio show on KIRO in Seattle is leading the festivities.

Wishing Star is offering a special VIP experience for $50 which includes a bottle of Arbor Crest wine and two Wishing Star wine glasses. The silent auction will open three days prior to the event so bidding can start. Auction items include an African Safari, a handcrafted wine bar, several 'Stay-cations', hunting packages and much more. The Wishes & Wine virtual event will support local children who are battling a terminal illness or life-threatening illness.

Admission to Wishes & Wine is free to attend, and you can register at www.wishingstar.org.

Spokane Symphony Associates to postpone Christmas Tree Elegance

The increasing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the leadership of Christmas Tree Elegance to postpone the annual raffle of decorated trees and accompanying gifts that raises funds for the Spokane Symphony. The annual event that has been a Spokane holiday tradition for 38 years was to have been held from December 1-13 in River Park Square. It is produced by Spokane Symphony Associates, a 300-member volunteer organization. Last year's event raised over $400,000.

A decision about rescheduling the event will factor in the community health in relation to COVID and financial viability. At this time, the organization is hoping to reschedule for sometime in Spring or Summer of 2021. For more information, visit spokanesymphonyassoc.org.

Local Businesses Give Radio Play as Thanksgiving Gift

Spokane Civic Theater to Benefit from Creative Community Spokane Talks Media and KHQ-TV are partnering on a Thanksgiving gift to the community with a special performance of 'Sorry, Wrong Number,' an original radio drama from the golden age of radio to benefit the Spokane Civic Theater. Local businesses Homes4You and Lucky Bird Brands have stepped forward as generous sponsors for the program that will be simulcast on Thanksgiving Eve, today, November 25 at 7pm on the Spokane Talks Media Facebook channel www.facebook.com/spokanetalksmedia and KHQ-TV's Facebook channel www.facebook.com/KHQLocalNews. The programs will remain online indefinitely after the original broadcast.

The radio play will be performed by a team of local actors. Spokane's Zonky Jazz Band will provide virtual period swing jazz music at the open and close of the show.
For more information on Spokane Civic Theater, visit spokanecivictheatre.com.

Jim Brickman Comfort & Joy at Home December 4

Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman will bring his Comfort & Joy at Home tour virtually this holiday season through the First Interstate Center for the Arts. A portion of each ticket purchased to this live event will benefit the First Interstate Center. The concert is Friday, December 4 at 7:30pm.

Tickets include Interactive Zoom Room, Meet & Greets and Christmas Gifts delivered to your door. Visit firstinterstatecenter.org.

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