Entertainment Spokane By Ed Clark November 24
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
The Toys are back in town next week!
Woody, Jessie, Buzz and all your favorite toys are in town next week as Disney on Ice presents Toy Story 3 at the Spokane Arena next Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4. Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm, three shows Saturday and two shows Sunday. An accomplished creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing all the Toy Story 3 characters to life on the ice. Ticketswest has your seats. Call 800-325-SEAT or go online to ticketwest.com.
All aboard for great music
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2011 comes to the Spokane Arena to rock your winter season this Friday, November 25 for two amazing performances, 4:00pm and 8:00pm. With their unique ability to combine story-telling, virtuoso musicianship with an over the top production, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has been a holiday tradition for the past 12 years. Contact Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or ticketswest.com
The Nutcracker – Spokane’s holiday tradition
The Spokane Symphony presents its annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet, in five performances at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
For over three decades, the Spokane Symphony’s presentation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet has been an integral part of December’s festivities for families throughout the region, with two and three generations of families sharing the magical experience during the holiday season. This year, State Street Ballet and almost 120 local young dancers will create the timeless magic of The Nutcracker with live music provided by the Spokane Symphony under the baton of Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara.
Ticketswest has your seat. Call 800-325-SEAT or go to Ticketswest.com
Visit the Campbell House during the holidays
Historic Campbell House is even more enchanting when dressed for the holidays. The perfect place to bring family and out-of-town guests. Humanities Washington has awarded the MAC a matching grant to produce an expanded Living History component of the annual Campbell House Holidays program. Inside Campbell House, the cook and Campbell family members will bring the house alive. Short carriage rides will loop around the Browne’s Addition neighborhood on December 21-22 and again from December 28 through New Year’s Day. Created in collaboration with Spokane Civic Theater, the Living History program previews on Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-25 (noon-4 pm). The full holiday program will run noon – 4 pm on December 21-24 and continuing between December 28 and January 1.
No place like the Bing for the holidays
The Spokane Jazz Orchestra is Home for the holidays at the Bing Crosby Theater, with Charlotte Carruthers, Saturday, December 3rd at 8pm.
As the daughter of renowned jazz pianist Arnie Carruthers, Charlotte Carruthers has always lived in a world filled with music. Arnie made sure that his children were exposed to the greats of jazz at an early age. By the age of 7, Charlotte and her siblings were singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. In 1973, Arnie invited Charlotte to begin singing with his new band at the Lamplighter Inn (now Mirabeau Park). She went on to perform in many of Spokane’s clubs over the years, including house band stints at the Stockyards Inn North and the Spokane House, where her brothers Bill and Don were also in the band.
Charlotte performed with the New York Choral Society at many New York venues, among them Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She also worked on several recording projects, including one with Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”,” Wicked”), and appeared at some Manhattan night spots.
Charlotte is currently a member of Seattle’s Cantare Vocal Ensemble, a classical choir. She is the pianist and ‘chick singer’ with the Mach One Jazz Orchestra. Mach One plays for many Seattle dance clubs and private events, including both the 2009 and 2010 Bonza Bash New Year’s Eve galas. She is the regular vocalist for the John Holte Radio Rhythm Orchestra. Charlotte plays piano and sings with Jazz in the Corner, a jazz quartet which regularly plays many Seattle area clubs and private events.
Ticketswest has your seats. Call 800-325-SEAT or go to ticketwest.com
The boogie woogie Andrews Sisters are back
Don’t sit under the apple tree, head to Interplayers December 1 – December 17 as they present Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters directed by and starring Abbey Crawford along with Renei Yarrow, Jennifer Jacobs, Patrick Treadway and Jim Ryan.
The Andrews Sisters sold over 90 million records. They had more Top Ten hits than the Beatles or Elvis. And they still remain one of the best-selling female vocal groups of all time. Audiences understand why when they see this tour de force performance. Follow sisters LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews from their early days on the road to the conflicts that ultimately ended their joint performing career and enjoy over 20 hit songs like Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. You’ll go home tapping your foot and humming – nostalgic for a seemingly simpler time.
For tickets call 509-455-PLAY, go to Interplayers.com or contact Ticketswest.
Christmas At Patsy Clark’s
The musical group Allegro Baroque and Beyond will play its traditional Christmas program on December 6 and 7 at Patsy Clark’s in Spokane. This historic mansion, the most opulent ever designed by the renowned architect Kirtland Cutter, has not been open to the public for several years. At one point it was a popular restaurant. Now the main floor rooms have been restored and will serve as a festive setting for the Christmas Music in Historic Homes Series.
Soprano Tamara Schupman will join the musicians for this program, which includes Christmas refreshments. There will be four seatings each of the two days, at 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm and 7:30pm. This event usually sells out. For reservations 509-455-6865 or allegrobaroque.org.
The High Five
by Isamu Jordan
Robert Wynia – The lead singer of Floater is branching off on his own with a solo tour supporting his new record. Don’t expect the typically frenzied fair of Floater. It’s going to be a far more mellow night of music when Robert Wynia appears Saturday, November 26, at 7 p.m. at The A Cub, 416 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $8, tickets available through www.aclubspokane.com.
Flying Spiders – Celebrated live band Flying Spiders plays a pre-Thanksgiving Party and improv jam featuring Nobe the Freestyle Ninja and MJ the Human Beatbox monster, plus guests, on Wednesday, November 23 , at 9 p.m.at Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard. Cost: $5.
Mirror Mirror – Tantalizing and somber, hipster specialist Mirror Mirror anchors a heavy lineup with cohorts Mecha Shiva, and Rumblechild, on Friday, November 25, at The Globe, 204 N. Division St. Cost: $5.
Mark Shirtz – R&B acoustic soul-popper and Spokane’s Got Talent winner Mark Shirtz takes the stage at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague, on Friday, November 25, at 8 p.m. Cost: $6.
The Chariot – Georgia methacore crew The Chariot comes through with The Crimson Armada, Former Theives, Vanna and Listener at The A Club, 406 W. Sprague Ave., on Tuesday, November 29, at 5:30 p.m. Cost:$13.
First Friday at The Brick Wall Gallery
The Brick Wall Gallery will be open December 2nd for First Friday until 8:30, showing the work of artist Stu Levy. He describes his work as “fragile landscapes with a sense of timelessness.” Levy searches for the deeper meaning of the place and captures it in his black and white photographs. His work is in public collections in Arizona, Washington, Ohio, California, Oregon, New York, and Georgia. He has had solo and group exhibitions since 1980 in more than 10 states.
The Brick Wall Gallery, located at 530 W. Main on the skywalk in the Bennett Block, We is Spokane’s exclusive all photo gallery. They feature a new artist every month during the city’s First Friday Artwalk. For more information contact Joe Nuess at 509-928-7721
Enjoy a monstrously good time at the INB
The classic Mel Brooks movie Young Frankenstein is Alive and is headed here on stage at the INB performing Arts Center, Thursday, December 15 through Sunday, December 18. You’re going to have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production.
It was the winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Broadway.com Audience Award for BEST MUSICAL! â€¨Don’t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to create a monster–but not without scary and hilarious complications. The brains behind the laughter is mad genius and three- time Tony(r) winner Mel Brooks himself–who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book- along with his record-breaking team from The Producers: five-time Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony-winning writer, Thomas Meehan.
For more information visit bestofbroadwayspokane.com. Ticketswest has your seat at 800-325-SEAT or Ticketswest.com
Pacific Flyway Gallery & Framing celebrates 26 years
Pacific Flyway Gallery & Framing will be celebrating their 26th anniversary December 7-10 Wednesday through Saturday with a holiday open house in their new location in the Spokane Valley. Amid economic uncertainty Pacific Flyway Gallery has forged ahead with an expansion to a newly remodeled location. Â The stand alone building at 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd was extensively updated by gallery owners Charles and Holly Swanson to become the new home of their art gallery and custom frame shop.
On Wednesday December 7th from 4-7 PM the gallery presents Kay Lodahl to show her hand-made glass bead and electroformed jewelry. A large selection of one-of-a-kind pieces will be available while Kay shows her process in a photo digital display.
Thursday December 8th will be the Prime Time for the Showcase painter, Linda Besse. Linda will be painting live in the gallery and discussing her techniques and stories of her ‘art inspiring’ travels ranging from Mead throughout the Seven Continents.
Friday December 9th Pacific Flyway Gallery presents ‘Free Art Friday’. We will be giving away small prints of various artist’s work while supplies last.
On Saturday December 10th the gallery will host its 26th annual Holiday Open House. All the regional artists shown in the gallery are invited and will be here for everyone to come and share in food, wine and fun conversation. As always the gallery will be hosting a large selection of art giveaways–items from local artists as well as pieces from nationally published artists the Pacific Flyway Gallery distributes for.
The phone number is 509-747-0812 and the website is spokanegallery.com–pacificflywaygallery.com
Northern Quest Resort & Casino to Host the First-EverU.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing
Northern Quest Resort & Casino to Host the First-EverU.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing, February 13-19, 2012
This February, history will be made at Northern Quest Resort & Casino as female boxers from all over the nation arrive in Spokane to compete for a chance to represent the United States at the women’s boxing Olympic debut at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Northern Quest is working alongside the Spokane Regional Sports Commission to bring this event here. The city of Spokane has previously hosted several major boxing events, including the Women’s National Championships.
A full schedule of events and ticket prices will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Additional event information is attached in the national USA Boxing release.
Entertainment quote of the week:
“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.”