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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Eagles still haven't landed. Help them soar to the championship game.

The Eastern Washington University Eagles are one win away from the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 7. First, they must get through the defending national champion Villanova University Wildcats in a game at Roos Field on the EWU campus at 5:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Root on the Big Sky Champions as they attempt to make school history while playing in The Inferno. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for end-zone seats, $40 for a family pack (two adults and three kids), and $30 for an end-zone family pack. Brave the wind and cold to cheer on the Eags and help send them to Texas. For tickets, go to www.goeags.com.

You'd be nuts to miss it.

Timeless as it is beautiful, "The Nutcracker" comes to the INB Performing Arts Center for four shows this weekend. Performed by Ballet Memphis and featuring the breathtaking music of the Spokane Symphony, the family-friendly show takes its audience to a fantasy land filled with toy soldiers, dancing sweets, mice, and much more. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Tickets range in price from $14 to $30 and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Beat It to the ticket office for King of Pop posthumous show

Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL World Tour will come to Spokane 11 months from now, but tickets for the huge production put together by the Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil are on sale now. The electrifying production will meld the legendary music and choreography of the King of Pop with Cirque du Soleil's creative genius for a multimedia spectacle. Written and directed by leading pop music concert director Jamie King, the show will start its world tour in Montreal in October of 2011 and will stop in Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Tickets will range in price from $50 to $250 and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.


You'll want to make a habit of seeing the Singing Nuns.

Spokane's own Singing Nuns will perform their 15th Annual Christmas Concert, titled "Christmas Presence," at the Bing Crosby Theatre four times in the next two days, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today, Dec. 15, and Thursday, Dec. 16. The Singing Nuns are traditional Catholic Sisters who wear full-length blue habits all the time. Their motherhouse, St. Michael's Convent, is located at Mount St. Michael, just north of Spokane, and their holiday concerts have become a favorite for families-Catholic and non-Catholic-throughout the Inland Northwest. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. They are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT and will be sold at the door starting two hours before each show.

Plaid Tidings of comfort and joy.

Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre presents "Plaid Tidings," the holiday sequel to the popular musical "Forever Plaid." The show about a 1950s singing group that returns to the stage to explore what might have been will take the Schuler Auditorium stage, on the North Idaho College campus, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Tickets are $25 and $30 and are available by calling 208-769-7780 or at www.cdasummertheatre.com.

Spokane's top Brass come home.

Spokane's professional 14-member brass ensemble, Clarion Brass, is completing its first-ever holiday tour, which has featured gigs in Seattle, Yakima and the Portland area. The group comes home for two shows at St. John's Cathedral, at 127 E. 12th, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $16 and $11. They will be sold at the door, but are also available in advance through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Coeur d'Alene's got talent.

The Lake City Playhouse is putting on a variety show for the entire family at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. At Holiday Hijinks, local talent ranging in age from eight to 83 will be singing, dancing, juggling, making magic, and making people laugh. To be held in the intimate neighborhood theater, at 1320 E. Garden in Coeur d'Alene, the all-ages show will be just $5 per person. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Lake City Playhouse, at 208-667-1323, or at the door on the day of the show.

It's a far Cry from a bad time.

Local, eight-piece Christmas band Midnight Cry returns to the Inland Northwest as part of their 2010 Christmas Tour with a performance at the Bing Crosby Theatre, at 901 W. Sprague, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The TransSiberian Orchestra-like band's show will also feature the talents of Cami Bradley. Tickets are $12 each and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Getting tickets at this point would be a miracle.

A touring production of "Miracle On 34th Street" will be staged at the Northern Quest Resort Casino tonight, Dec. 15. Both performances, however, are sold out. Other great shows coming to Northern Quest in the coming months include Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Kelli Pickler, and Natalie Cole, among others. For more information on those shows and more, go to www.northernquest.com.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Raashan Ahmad - The frontman from California hip-hop band Crown City Rockers, Raashan Ahmad has gone international on his latest solo effort, "For What You've Lost." The album features production from beatmakers in Japan, France, Australia and Brazil. Ahmad has also enlisted help from vocalists around the country, such as Blackalicious emcee Gift of Gab, Count Base D and Stro the 89th Key from the Procussions. Ahmad returns to Spokane for a show at 9 p.m. tonight, December 15, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave., with C-Flow. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Bad Penmanship - Spokane highly touted hip-hop collective, Bad Penmanship, is hosting its annual lyrical exhibition with local and regional rhymesayers Jaeda, Wildcard, Cursive, Freetime, Wee the People Eaters, Quiz and more, plus a freestyle set hosted by yours truly and Sake-1. The event is also the CD release party for DJ Ocean. BadPen 7 goes down at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: $5, all ages welcome.

2nd Harvest Food Bank Benefit - Local bands come together for a good cause at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave., for the annual 2nd Harvest Food Bank Benefit Show with Ron Greene, Karrie O'Neill, Jimmy Nuge and Phil Gregory, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 17. Cost: $5, all ages welcome.

Cyrus Fell Down - With members in Seattle and roots in Spokane, it's always something of an event when experimental outfit Cyrus Fell Down comes together. Now led by Patrick O'Neill, formerly of Mylestone, CFD headlines a Platform Presents show on Thursday, December 16, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague, with support from Dead Serious Lovers, Palms and John K. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Son Dulce - Spokane's premiere 10-piece salsa band, Son Dulce, holds it down on at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 17, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W, Sprague. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

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


Visit Campbell House this Holiday Season

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) continues with a long tradition and Spokane's Campbell House will come alive this holiday season with festive decorations, aromas of the holidays, periodic live piano music, and children's activities. Campbell House will offer an open-house format with paid museum admission. Guests can tour the house at their leisure between 12 pm - 4 pm over the holiday break period on December 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, and New Year's Day, January 1, 2011. Campbell House is open on First Day. Show your First Night button at the Admission Desk for free admission to exhibits and Campbell House. Regular guided Campbell House tours will be available on other December dates the museum is open. For more information, visit www.northwestmuseum.org.

Yuletide carols being sung at the Bing...

The Spokane Area Children's Chorus will fill the Bing Crosby Theatre with the sweet sounds of the season when it takes the stage for its Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. SACC's six choirs feature youth ages 7 to 18 from throughout the Spokane area who will perform an unforgettable mix of traditional holiday favorites. Tickets are $12 each and are available at the door or in advance by call the SACC office at 509-624-7992.

Tis the season to sing opera.

The Celebrate the Season Opera Gala will fill St. John The Evangelist Cathedral with opera scenes and holiday-inspired music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Mead High School graduate and current UNLV student Jon Mancheni will be performing with fellow vocal-performance student Jahmaul Bakare and UNLV graduate Lisa Eden. Mancheni and Bakare are preparing to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies next summer in Austria. Eden, a 2007 AIMS participant, has a resume that includes a featured solo at President Obama's inauguration mass. Tickets to Saturday night's performance are $25 each and are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Short day will be long on good music.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice in style The Cutter Clubhouse Christmas Show, featuring Julia Keefe and the Mark Norton Trio, will fill the Spokane Club with holiday favorites, starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21. Cost is $15 per person, and you don't have to be a member of the Spokane Club to attend. For tickets, call 509-838-8511 or email mbryant@spokaneclub.org.

Buddy will be back!

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" had a record-setting run this fall at Spokane Civic Theatre, and Civic is bringing it back in the summer of 2011 with "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Revival." Tickets are on sale now for the nine-day run, which will go from July 22-31. Tickets will be $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $20 for students, with proceeds benefiting Civic's Raise The Roof fund. For tickets, call the Civic at 509-325-2507 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"That's exactly what Attila the Hun said. But when he saw his mother... Niagara Falls!"

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $25 gift certificate to Old World Christmas! 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. 17.

Last Week's Winner: Kim Cooper wins a major award!

Last week's movie quote was, "Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian." Cooper correctly guessed that it was from the 1983 Christmas classic "A Christmas Story" and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division.

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