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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The weather outside is frightful, but Christmas Tree Elegance will be delightful.

Christmas Tree Elegance 2010 at the Davenport Hotel shaping up to be a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Produced by the Spokane Symphony Associates to support the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Christmas Tree Elegance starts with a tree-lighting ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 30, and culminates Saturday, Dec. 11, with a raffle drawing in which the trees and the great prizes that go with them are given away. Tree viewing on the Davenport's mezzanine level will be daily, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, the following events are planned: Holiday Luncheon with Style Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 3; Gala Dinner Dance, Dec. 3; An Evening With Eckart & Friends, Dec. 5; the Davenport Hotel Holiday Hat Luncheon, Dec. 6. For time and prices for each event, go to

Consider this a country Christmas.

The Interplayers Professional Theatre premiers "Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular" with a 7:30 p.m. show tonight, Nov. 24. The holiday version of the Interplayers fan-favorite "Honky Tonk Angels" show, this story has the three women reuniting for a Christmas show at The Hillbilly Heaven Club in Nashville. Part comedy and party country revue, the show includes songs such as "Coat of Many Colors," "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer" and more. The show runs through Dec. 11, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. The follow two weeks will feature shows Wednesday through Saturday nights, with a Saturday matinees as well. Tickets are available by calling Interplayers at 509-455-PLAY or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The Arena is Cook-ing up some comedy.

Standup megastar Dane Cook is bringing his stadium-packing act to the Spokane Arena at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, as part of his ISolated INcident Global Thermo Comedy Tour. Touted as the largest comedy tour in history, Cook comes to Spokane fresh off the announcement of his Comedy Central special. Having performed in front of a combined live crowd of 70,000 people with "Vicious Circle" on HBO and "Rough Around The Edges" on Comedy Central, the comic is establishing himself as one of the most successful funnymen of his generation. Tickets to the Arena performance are $35 and $65 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Don't forget. "The Forgotten Carols" is Friday night.

Composer Michael McLean's "The Forgotten Carols" has become a holiday tradition for families everywhere during the past 20 years, and McLean will tell his story-in-song with a special performance at the INB Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. The show tells the story of a nurse whose understanding of Christmas is changed forever by a patient. Tickets for this show range in price from $11.75 to $25 and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Terrible Things will be at the Bing.

The moxie-licious April Smith and The Great Picture Show will bring its fresh sound to Bing Crosby Theater for a show at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. The group's Amy Winehouse-esque single "Terrible Things" is getting lots of play on Spokane radio right now, and Black Friday is a great opportunity to hear this up-and-coming band from the East Coast. Tickets are $12 and are available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. They also will be available at the Bing box office starting two hours before the show.

Have we got a story for you. Or do you have a story for us.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is looking for storytellers to participate in the National Day of Listening, on Friday, Nov. 26. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, the MAC will be recording stories told by you, the people of the Inland Northwest. In turn, the museum will post a summary of those stories on the Story Corps' online Wall of Listening. That same weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27, The Campbell House opens in all its holiday glory, filled with festive decorations, periodic live piano music and children's activities. A self-guided tour of the house is included with paid museum admission between noon and 4 p.m. those two days, then again the week of Christmas. For more information, go to

'Twas not sold out. Yet.

The Spokane Civic Theatre already has sold out its entire run of "White Christmas," but there is still opportunity to see a Christmas show at Civic. The Spokane Civic Theatre Academy students will put on "'Twas The Night Before Christmas..." for the Academy Scholarship Benefit Night Sunday, Dec. 5. The show tells the story of the Christmas Eve of 1822 and the events that inspired the classic Clement Clarke Moore poem. A silent auction starts at 6 p.m. that evening, with the one-hour performance beginning at 7 p.m. All tickets are $15 are available at the Civic box office, at 509-325-2507 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

John Butler Trio - "April Uprising" is the title of the new album by the John Butler Trio and the running metaphor in Butler's life, pointing to the Bulgarian revolution in which his great-great grandfather fought 100 years before he was born, along with the month in which he broke up with his band and formed a new one to record this album. Butler connects the dots on century-old ties while exploring a sharper edge to his sound. Hear it live when the John Butler Trio headlines a show with The Beautiful Girls and Mat McHugh at 8 p.m. on Monday, November 29, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $22 in advance, $24 day of show, through

WAR (Fake) blood will be spraying all over the audience and (latex) guts will splatter from the insides of (costumed) demons during the one and only GWAR show. Wear white and expect to go home dripping in red for the horrorcore theatrics of metal warmongers GWAR, which returns with The Casualties, Infemaeon, and Mobile Deathcamp at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, to the Knitting Factory Concert House 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $18.50 in advance, $20 day of show, through

DJ EXPLO Benefit - Platform Presents the first annual DJ-EXPLO 1. The event features a who's who of local underground turntablists, including Benjamin Jorgens, Stone Tobey, Forcefeed, Likes Girls, Coz, and J.A.H. Proceeds benefit the new tower for KYRS Thin Air Community Radio. The event happens at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague. Cost: $5. For more information, go to

Kevin Long - A former Spokie and a favorite of the local singer-songwriter circuit, Kevin Long comes home for the first time since moving to Seattle and will play at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 26, at The Nyne, 232 W. Sprague Ave. Supporting the bill is the Ron Greene and the Right, and Matthew Lindley. Cost: $5.

Belt of Vapor - A fixture in the Spokane music scene, experimental wrath mocker Belt of Vapor breaks the silence by heading up a stellar night of technical mayhem with Monuments and Anadonia at 9 p.m. tonight, November 24, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague. Cost: $5

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There will be dancing and all that jazz.

One month after its successful Halloween dance, the MasterClass Jazz Orchestra is at it again, with the Swingin' Turkey Dance concert starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Sons of Norway Hall, at 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd. Show up one hour early for a free dance lesson. Cost for the concert is $10 at the door, $7 for members, and $5 for students.

These poets will be in the Zone.

The Zone 4 Reading Series revisits the John F. Thamm Gallery, at 11 S. Washington in downtown Spokane, for an afternoon of poetry from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. The event's featured readers are poets Stuart Polzin and Tom Davis, with an open mic for the first 30 minutes. The event is free. For more information, call 509-951-3374.

Actually, an Inferno sounds nice right about now.

The Big Sky Champion Eastern Washington University football team will host a first-round FCS playoff game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, on the Inferno red turf at Roos Field in Cheney. Join the Eagles faithful as they take on the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks to determine who lives to play another week. Tickets are $20 each for adults, $10 for seniors, and either $30 or $40 for a Family Pack. If you buy tickets to the first-round game, you'll have the option of buying the same seat for the second-round game, should the Eagles advance. For tickets, go to or call 509-359-4339.

The Chiefs plan on making it a long weekend for the teams from B.C.

The Spokane Chiefs have two games on home ice in the Spokane Arena this weekend. At 7 p.m. tonight, Nov. 24, the Chiefs take on the Kamloops Blazers, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, they clash with the Kelowna Rockets. Tickets range in price from $10 to $19 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.


"My friend, you have two ways to leave this establishment: immediately or dead."

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Last Week's Winner: Debbie Rauen knows White Men Can't Jump!

Last week's movie quote was, "All I care about is getting out of the Vista View apartments, because there ain't no "vista", there ain't no "view", and there certainly ain't no vista of no view." Rauen correctly guessed that it was from the 1992 comedy "White Men Can't Jump" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division.

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