Every year around this time, there are more local Christmas concerts and plays than you could possibly see in a single season. It’s enough to make your head spin with more than just visions of dancing sugarplums. We’re continuing our coverage of some notable yuletide events, and here are a couple of Christmas-themed plays opening Friday on area stages.
Driving around town with Santa hats, ice cream and holiday music became a yearly tradition of hunting for holiday displays and the best Christmas lights. For only the price of gas and some ice cream, it was an evening of entertainment and family fun.
Anthony Mayse took a seat on Santa’s lap, looked into his eyes, and told the elderly chimney-hopper exactly what he wants this Christmas: an iPod touch and a drone. But at the end of their friendly chat, the 9-year-old boy says that Santa decided to give the rosy-cheeked lad something else: an earful of Christmas-crushing body shame.
“Lobbying is about foresight,” Miss Madeleine Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) declares. It’s her mantra, her battle cry, her affirmation. In the crackling political drama “Miss Sloane,” lobbying is a game of chess, and the best lobbyists can see the moves and twists steps ahead of their opponents. Miss Sloan, Liz for short, happens to be the best player in the game.
Working from a screenplay credited to no less than six writers, the greatest strength of “Office Christmas Party” is its casting. If you’ve got fabulous weirdos Kate McKinnon and T.J. Miller in lead roles, there are bound to be more than enough laughs.
There is an ancient tradition of falconry practiced by the people of Mongolia where burkitshi, or “eagle hunters,” train golden eagles to respond to their call and hunt hares and foxes in the frozen landscape. It’s a skill and ceremonial practice that’s learned from age 13 and has been largely the domain of men.
At a time when so many low profile, independently produced movies bypass theaters and go straight to streaming or VOD services, a new monthly film series at the Bing Crosby Theater is providing them with a big screen platform. The New York Film Critics series has been operating in dozens of theaters around the country for nearly four years, but it’s just now adding Spokane to its roster. The program, which kicks off Thursday, gives audiences a chance to see acclaimed, modestly budgeted films before they’re officially released in theaters and on demand.
At the height of the disco era, KC and the Sunshine Band were the biggest hit machines outside of the Bee Gees. Since returning to the stage in 1993, bandleader Harry Casey and his 15-member band are now on the road nearly every weekend, and their high energy show hits Northern Quest on Sunday.
“Moana” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” continued to dominate the box office over the sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its second week in theaters, Disney’s “Moana” scored the No. 1 spot again, bringing in $28.3 million and bumping its North American grosses to $119.8 million. In second place, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts” earned $18.1 million. In just three weeks in theaters, the film has earned $183.1 million.
Weeknight dinners challenge all of us – especially during the overloaded holiday season. I employ a few tricks to help lessen the angst: I keep a stash of individually wrapped, quick-to-cook proteins in the freezer; stock the refrigerator with interesting condiments; and seek out pre-cut vegetables in the produce section.