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Monday, December 16, 2009

It isn't Just A Dream. Carrie Underwood is coming.

American Idol winner-turned-country megastar Carrie Underwood is coming to the Spokane Arena next spring, and tickets to this surefire sell-out go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The four-time Grammy winner and the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year will come to Spokane for a show Sunday, May 30, as part of the Play On Tour with openers Craig Morgan and The Sons of Sylvia. Tickets are $55, $45, and $35 and will be available at the Spokane Arena box office and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Case en pointe, The Nutcracker ballet is a timeless classic.

The Spokane Symphony, Ballet Memphis and 70 young local dancers team up for this year's performance of "The Nutcracker," at the INB Performing Arts Center Friday through Sunday, Dec. 18-20. Ballet Memphis is making an appearance in Spokane after scheduling conflicts make it impossible to land perennial favorite Alberta Ballet. The Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 to $39 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at the Spokane Arena box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The top brass are coming to The Fox.

Clarion Brass, one of the premier, large brass ensembles in the U.S., will play the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. The concert, titled "Clarion Brass: This Is What Christmas Sounds Like," is the 18th annual performance of this popular Christmas concert. This year's concert features festive renditions of many Christmas favorites, including a wild rendition of "Jingle Bells." Tickets are $12, $15 or and $20 and are available at the Fox box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Oh come, all ye Osmond fans.

The All-American group from Utah, The Osmond Brothers, will bring their act-and a handful of Christmas songs to boot-to the Northern Quest Resort and Casino for a return visit at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The devout-Mormon trio includes Merrill, Wayne and Jay Osmond, who have produced fan favorites such as "One Bad Apple," "Down By the Lazy River," and "The Proud One." Tickets are $50 and $40 and are available through the Northern Quest events line at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Get a dose of Paradosi.

The Paradosi Christian Ballet Co. brings the story of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus to life as more than 20 dancers and actors perform "Commissioned, A Christmas Story" at the Bing Crosby Theater. The 90-minute show also includes local dancers and singers combining powerful choreography and uplifting Christmas music. The shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Bing box office two hours before showtime and through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

It's a Celtic Christmas at the Bing.

The Celtic Yuletide series hits the Bing Crosby Theater at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, when the renowned An Dochas team up with the world-class Haran Irish Dancers. Michael Londra, Irish tenor from "Riverdance," will take the stage as well, Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students and seniors and are available at the door or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

We aren't toying with you; this is a good deal.

Rock For Tots hits The Knitting Factory Main Space at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, when The Plastic Saints play this benefit show. Admission is free if you bring a new $10 toy to donate to Toys For Tots. If you don't want to help kids and would rather pay cash, tickets are $5 in advance or $7 on the day of the show. Those tickets are available through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Joy to Spokane with this free show.

"Upper Columbia Academy: Joy To The World" will take the stage at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The concert is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., so be sure to arrive early so insure you get a good seat.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Will Rock for Food Drive - Local hard rock groups are banding together for a good cause when The Som Show presents the Second Harvest Food Bank's Will Rock For Food concert. The show features Sandpoint's Illusion 33 with local In-Flux, London's Get Down's Jimmy Arguello, Paid Under Envy and Phirst Impressions. The event happens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague. Cost: $5 in advance, $8 day of show, or $5 with a food donation.

Caterina Remodel Kickoff Weekend Pt. 1 - Caterina Winery is closing for renovations, but not without a pair of parties to mark the event. Both shows are highlighted by affiliated members of multiple local music groups. The first installment of this special Platform Presents show is a psychedelic rock onslaught with Oil of Angels, Space Station Revival, Hallelujah Soul Explosion, and Henry Nordstrom and Vaughn Wood, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: $5; all ages welcome.

Caterina Remodel Kickoff Weekend Pt. 2 - The second phase of Caterina's Remodel Weekend brings together all of the bands that spiral around the prog-rockin' elite Belt of Vapor core, including BoV with Beluga, Fjords and Seafloor Spreading, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington. Cost: $5; all ages welcome.

Empyrean Farewell to Madison Show - The local music landscape continues to shift, as Empyrean Coffee House makes ready to move to The Big Dipper. A farewell show for the Madison Street space brings a heavyweight lineup of Empyrean's local stars, including Josh Hedlund, Karli Fairbanks, The Booze Fighters and Oil of Angels at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, for the last time at Empyrean Coffee House's original address, 154 S. Madison. Cost: $6, all ages welcome.

Supersonic Soul Pimps - It's going to be a funky affair when rock-rap hybrid freaks Super Sonic Soul Pimps return to town for a show with local support from Civilized Animal and La Cha-Cha at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Cost: $10; 21-and-older welcome.

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It's your Civic duty to catch these shows.

This weekend is your last opportunity to catch two great holiday favorites at Spokane Civic Theatre, "A Tuna Christmas" and "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." In "A Tuna Christmas," two men play an entire town in this quick-change comedy about holiday-season shenanigans in the small town of Tuna, Texas. The final performances of this comedy are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19, at Civic, located next to the Spokane Arena, at 1020 N. Howard. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is based on classic Barbara Robinson children's book by the same name that tells the story of a band for malcontents who find the meaning of Christmas by participating in the local pageant. The last shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Tickets for "Tuna" are $21 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $14 for students. "Best Christmas Pageant" tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for students. For either show, tickets are available through the Civic box office at 509-325-2507 or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

The music is free, if that's kosher with you.

The free KPBX Kids' Concert this month features Jewish Music with the Kosher Red Hots at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The Kosher Red Hots' set list ranges from whirlwind European klezmer dance tunes to Yiddish musical theater, as well as swing, cabaret and the Spanish-flavored love songs of the Sephardim. For more information, go to www.mettheater.com.

Throw yourself a bone with this free dog show.

The Ruff Revue, a pack of dogs that dance to Christmas music and other popular songs, will be performing with the dogs' owners at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the East Central Senior Center, at 500 S. Stone. The dogs will be wearing a variety of holiday costumes, and this free performance is sure to be a hit with dog lovers of all ages. For more information, call 509-625-6693.

Put this art demo on your ledger.

The Tinman Gallery, at 811 W. Garland, will host artist George Flett at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Flett will demonstrate his ledger painting skills and will be available to sign copies of his book, "The Ledger Art of George Flett." For more information on this and other activities at the Tinman, call 509-325-1500.

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the best gingerbread house of them all?

The gingerbread homes erected last weekend in the Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-off are on display at the Davenport Hotel through Christmas. In the event, nine teams of local chefs and local architects competed to build gingerbread house with the theme Children's Movies in a fundraiser for Christ Kitchen. Congratulations to this year's master champion, the Yoke's Fresh Market/Steven A. Meek Architects team, who built a Snow White gingerbread house. The team included Teresa King, chef; Megan Womak, sous chef; Kathy Skomer, dessert coordinator; Elise Shmoorkoff, merchandiser; David Smart, architect; Mick Short, vendor; and Mindi Howland, decorator. For pictures of all the houses, go to www.thedavenporthotel.blogspot.com.

Horse around downtown.

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.

The Art of the Carrousel at the Chase Gallery

The 100 Year Anniversary of the Looff Carrousel will be celebrated with an exhibition of artifacts and artwork at the Chase Gallery, January 5th through February 26th, 2010. An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 5th, 5 to 9 p.m. The Art of the Carrousel will include artwork by Michael Gass, Nona Hengen, Betty Largent, Loraine Krank and Jessie Swanson. The exhibit will also display artifacts from the Looff Carrousel, including several antique horses and figures. Horses and horses under construction by Mark Blomhagen will also be exhibited. A history of the Carrousel will be displayed, and brochures will be available. The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. Hours are Mon-Fri 8am-5pm and Monday from 5:30pm through the City Council meeting. For more information, contact Karen Mobley, Arts Director, City of Spokane Arts Dept, 509-625-6050.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"South America. It's like America, but south!"

Name the movie that line appeared in to receive a $50 gift certificate to Rockwood Aesthetics Center! 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. 18.

Last Week's Winner: Shawna Johnson's mind is a Lethal Weapon!

Last week's movie quote was, "Riggs, if you think I'm gonna eat the world's lousiest Christmas turkey by myself, you're crazy." Johnson correctly guessed that it was from the 1987 action flick "Lethal Weapon" and won four tickets to the Fling at the Bing.

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