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Brace yourself for holiday onslaught

Fri., Nov. 15, 2013

Take a deep breath.

Santa is coming to area malls this weekend. THIS WEEKEND. Talk about holiday encroachment.

Yes, we’ve already seen one “Nutcracker” come to town, and two more companies will bring this seasonal chestnut to the area in the coming weeks. The Eugene Ballet will be in Coeur d’Alene on the Schuler Auditorium stage on Nov. 26 and Dec. 10, and at the Panida in Sandpoint on Dec. 16. Meanwhile, the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, Calif., will once again team up with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra for five-performance run Dec. 5-8.

But Santa? Eleven days before Thanksgiving? Yikes.

The jolly old elf isn’t the only high-profile visitor hitting town this weekend. Jon Nakamatsu went from high school teacher to winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the bat of an eyelash. On Saturday and Sunday, he’ll join the Spokane Symphony in a performance of the famous and famously challenging Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Also high profile? Oscar-winner Trent Reznor is bringing the ’90s industrial rock sounds of Nine Inch Nails to the Spokane Arena on Tuesday night. A quick look at the NIN website indicated the night should be visually and sonically interesting. The light show looks amazing.

Finally, after a few fits and starts, the Bartlett, a new venue in downtown (228 W. Sprague Ave.) is set to open, with shows Saturday by Marshall McLean, Tuesday by Blitzen Trapper and Thursday by Tera Melos. Check out the venue’s website,, for details. We’re excited to see what owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll can do bring an all-ages venue to the city’s core.

Ho ho ho!

Carolyn Lamberson,

Features editor


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