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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The last thing you want to do is miss First Night.

First Night Spokane, the undisputed champion of New Year's Eve parties in the Inland Northwest, will take over downtown Spokane again on Friday, Dec. 31, while celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The event involves art and entertainment in almost 50 different spots in downtown Spokane. With most of the festivities starting at 7 p.m., the event includes everything from Irish dancers to African drummers, from a snowboard stunt jam to Kung Fu For Life. Local talent that will perform at First Night includes 6 Foot Swing, the Blue Door Theatre comedy team, and the Ignite Community Theatre troupe. Free carrousel rides and free ice skating, followed by a big fireworks display at midnight, sponsored by the Spokane Tribe of Indians, to usher in the year, will pack Riverfront Park for the event as well. Admission to all events is free with the purchase of a $12 First Night Spokane button. Buttons are available at Cenex Zip Trip stores, Sterling Savings Bank branches, Windermere Real Estate offices, River Park Square's concierge desk, Auntie's Book Store and River Park Square annex, Bergman Luggage, the Spokane Visitors Bureau, and Mountain West Bank in Spokane Valley, Coeur d'Alene, and Post Falls. For a full list of events and venues, go to www.firstnightspokane.org.

The Convention Center will be kidding around.

Voted 'Best Kids Event' by Pacific Northwest Inlander readers for the past three years, the Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Kids Night Out gives little ones a way to usher in the new year with a bevy of fun activities on Friday, Dec. 31, at the Spokane Convention Center. Starting at 3:30 p.m. and going through 7 p.m., the Center's lobby, ballrooms, and meeting areas will be turned into a haven for kids. Adventure Dynamics will be on hand with some of its climbing and adventure gear, and Peter Thomas will help kids create their very own dinosaurs. Watch puppeteers, dancers, magicians, and other performers, or participate in some of the crafts, including the making of origami hats, beaded necklaces, and lanyards. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with an adult who is wearing a $12 First Night Spokane button. For more information, go to www.firstnightspokane.org and look for Kids Night Out.

Brickman will tickle the ivory.

Piano sensation Jim Brickman is stopping in Spokane as part of the nationwide 15th Anniversary Holiday Celebration concert tour for a show at the INB Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28. The Grammy-nominated performer has six albums that has attained gold and platinum status. In addition to his solo works, he had collaborated with artists such as Donny Osmond, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, Lady Antebellum, and others. Tickets range in price from $32 to $75 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.

Alter your post-Christmas plans.

Alter Bridge, the band comprised of former Creed members and Spokane-area frontman Myles Kennedy, will rock The Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, with a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30. Formed in 2004, Alter Bridge hit gold with its first album and has released two albums since then. Kennedy, known for his small but pivotal role in the Mark Wahlberg movie "Rock Star," also is renowned for his collaborations with former Gun 'N' Roses guitarist Slash and his work with Led Zeppelin legends. The former Creed members, of course, reached the top of the charts repeatedly with that band in the early 2000s, making three albums and selling more than 30 million copies. Tickets to the Alter Bridge show are $26 and $28 and are available at sp.knittingfactory.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 shows at St. John's Cathedral, at 127 E. 12th, the last such show being at 7:30 p.m. tonight, 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.

CYT is ending the year with an encore.

Christian Youth Theatre-Spokane is celebrating the Christmas season with "Encore, Encore 2010: Home For The Holidays." The traditional year-end show and fundraiser will consist of numbers from shows performed throughout the past year, as well as some CYT favorites from past classes and camps. The semi-formal affair will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Bing Crosby Theatre. Tickets are $8 for CYT students and alumni and $18 for all others. Couples tickets are available for $30. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, go to www.cytspokane.com.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Mon Cheri Christmas Show - 2nd Harvest Food Drive's MOST NEEDED ITEMS: peanut butter, canned meat, hearty soups, beans, fruits and vegetables (in a can, dried and juiced), box mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, healthy cereals (low sugar and fat), flour, baking mixes, stuffing mixes, oatmeal, and cream of wheat. Bring any of these items for donations and take in some sweet sounds from local favorites Mon Cheri for their holiday benefit shindig for families in need at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 23, at the A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $3, plus non-perishable food donation.

Dub Me Tender - Riding the wave of the global dub step movement, The A Club lets DJ Likes Girls take control for its end of the year dub step/reggae After Christmas Dance Party at 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $3, 21-and-older only.

DJ Likes Girls - One of the hardest working DJs in the city brings it back one more time before the year's end with a Platform Presents After Party ... Party with DJ Likes Girls on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. at The Swamp. The is show is free.

Le Train Train Quotidien - Regarded as one of the town's cutting edge bands in the indie scene, Le Train Train Quotidien had been the source of substantial hype before going on hiatus last year. But the band is back in action and rockin' houses, starting with a post-Christmas reunion show with support from Smile for Diamonds, and Horses at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

Krochet Kids Benefit Show - Spokane's own team of krochet crusaders against poverty are getting a boost from local musicians who are banding together for the Krochet Kids Benefit Concert with some of the most popular bands in the all-ages scene, including Green Light Go, Soccermom, Lazer Wulf, Nick Jager, Sarah Matlack, and Hunter Kennedy, at 7 p.m. tonight, December 22, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Donations accepted for the all-ages show.

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


You won't say "Bah Humbug!" when you see Civic 2011-12 lineup.

Off to a record-breaking start in its 2010-2011 season, the Spokane Civic Theatre has announced its lineup for a hit-filled 2011-2012 season. Riding on the success of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical," the Civic will put on "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Revival" next summer, as well as the summer performance camp's production of another smash musical, "Footloose." On the main stage starting in the fall, the season will kick off with "Thoroughly Modern Millie," followed by in-concert fundraiser "Jane Eyre," 2008 Guthrie Theatre premiere "A Christmas Carol," country musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "The Count of Monte Cristo," the Mitch Albom comedy "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," and ending in style with the timeless family favorite "Annie." On the studio stage, highlights include "The Turn of the Screw," and comedies "Catfish Moon," "Bingo!" and "Premiere!" Tickets for "Buddy" are on sale now, and season tickets will go on sale in March. For a complete list of dates and to see the remainder of this year's lineup, go to www.spokanecivictheatre.com.

Lake City Playhouse will be Fiddler-ing around in 2011-12.

Lake City Playhouse has announced a 2011-2012 season lineup that will have theater fans shouting from the rooftops. Next year's season starts with the universally loved musical "Fiddler on the Roof." Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" comes next, followed by the farce "Sorry! Wrong Chimney," popular musical "Rent," "Epic Proportions," "Pete 'n' Keely," Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," and ending with "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." Season tickets are on sale now. For more information, go to www.lakecityplayhouse.com.

SPORTS CORNER
Congratulations, Eagles. Keep soaring!

Congratulations to the Eastern Washington University's Eagles for defeating the Villanova Wildcats and making it to the FCS national championship game in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 7! The Eagles will take on the University of Delaware Blue Hens with the national championship on the line. Go Eags!

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Those Whos are hard to frazzle, Max. But, we did our worst, and that's all that matters."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $25 gift certificate to Old World Christmas that can be used through December 30. 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 Thursday, Dec. 23.

Last Week's Winner: God bless Diana Riggins. God bless everyone.

Last week's movie quote was, "That's exactly what Attila the Hun said. But when he saw his mother... Niagara Falls!" Riggins correctly guessed that it was from the 1988 Christmas comedy "Scrooged" and won a $25 gift certificate to Old World Christmas.

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