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Christmas Season Friday Musical Celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons with choral and instrumental music ranging from young vocalists to professional musicians, plus a singalong featuring the best-known songs of the season. Today, 1 p.m., Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline St. Free. (509) 448-2909.

Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s “Christmas at the Kroc” Holiday performance includes many favorite melodies. Today, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $27/adults; $21/senior; $16/students and youth. (208) 660-2958.

“I Remember Christmas” Today-Dec. 21. Ellen Travolta and friends present a new holiday musical revue. Shows are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Reserved cabaret-style seating. Purchase tickets at www.cdachristmas.com or toll free (844) 257-9047. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $25.

“Sounds of Christmas” Traditional holiday concert featuring North Idaho College Wind Symphony, NIC Cardinal Chorale, NIC Chamber Singers and NIC Cardinal Vocal Jazz. Shows Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. NIC, Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-7764.

Cello Extravaganza (SOLD OUT) Saturday, 5 p.m., Fort Sherman Chapel, 332 Hubbard, Coeur d’Alene. $35/general; $18/students. (800) 325-SEAT.

Christmas Cabaret Presented by The Pages of Harmony Chorus. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. Gift baskets and other items will be raffled. Saturday, South Side Senior Center, 3151 S. 27th Ave. $18/adults; $10/students. (509) 535-0803.

“Light the Winter’s Dark” Heidi Muller and Bob Webb perform. Saturday, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive. $12/advance; $15/at the door, $5/age 12 and younger. Free child care. (509) 448-2631.

An Evening of Christmas Music Presented by the Upper Columbia Academy Music Department. Concert features the UCA orchestra and string quartet, the Choraliers and vocal octet. Saturday, 7 p.m., Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St., Tekoa, Wash. $10. (509) 284-2000.

“Christmas in New York” The Spokane Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Tom Molter, performs holiday tunes with guest vocalist Charlotte Carruthers. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $24-$26. (800) 325-SEAT.

“Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Holiday” All-ages holiday concert and celebration by this twisted fiddler and master of the six-string electric violin. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Daggy Hall, Jones Theatre, Washington State University, Pullman. $16/adults; $13/seniors; $8/students and youth. (509) 335-8522.

Erica Griffiths, Voice UI student recital. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6231.

McKenzie Peterson and Lucas Duff, Percussion UI student recital. Sunday, 1 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6231.

“Ave!” Celebrate and Rejoice Fifth annual concert presented by Holy Names Music Center. Reception will follow. Proceeds benefit the HNMC programs and music education outreach in the community. Sunday, 2 p.m., Convent of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free; donations accepted. (509) 326-9516.

Annual Holiday Jazz Concert Presented by the Eastern Washington University Jazz Orchestra, Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Collegians and Jazz Choir. Facility is handicap accessible. Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. $5/general; $3/seniors and students. (509) 359-2241.

“Nine Lessons and Carols” Traditional service presented by The Cathedral Choir of St. John the Evangelist. Sunday, 4 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, Great Hall, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free; offerings accepted. (509) 838-4277.

UI Student Composers Concert Sunday, 4 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-6231.

MTNA Collegiate Chapter Fundraiser Performances by pianists Jovanni de Pedro, Rajung Yang and Roger McVey. Sunday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. Free; donations accepted at the door to support the Music Teachers National Associate Collegiate Chapter. (208) 885-6231.

Caroling of the Elves Coeur d’Alene Chorus of Sweet Adelines International annual Christmas concert. Reception and bake sale following concert. Monday, 7 p.m., Assembly of God Church, 2200 N. Seventh St., Coeur d’Alene. $5/per person; free/age 12 and younger. (208) 667-6242 or (208) 819-6191.

Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra Winter program, conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, and featuring cello soloist Sung-Won Yang. Monday, 7:30 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $13/adults; $10/students and seniors. (509) 624-1200.

UI University Orchestra Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho, University Auditorium, 851 Campus Drive, Moscow. $5/adults; $3/seniors and students. (208) 885-6231.

The Singing Nuns Christmas Concert: King of Kings Presenting their Christmas Evermore Series as they open the Centennial Celebration of Mount Saint Michael. Shows Wednesday and Thursday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Veterans and active duty military receive free admission with ID on Thursday. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20/adults; $16/students and seniors. (800) 325-SEAT.

“Blue Suede Christmas” Elvis Tribute starring Scot Bruce. Enjoy classic holiday favorites featuring Christmas songs recorded by Elvis Presley. Thursday, 7 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw Road, Worley. $15-$25. (800) 523-2464.

Dance

“Remembering Pearl Harbor Day” Dance Music by Variety Pak, hors d’oeuvres and prizes. Today, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. $10/adults; $6/students. (509) 535-0803.

Family Dance and Potluck Easy circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with live music for family fun. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Today, St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free. (509) 533-9955.

Friday Night Swing Dig West Coast Swing: Beyond Basics class is from 7-8 p.m. Beginner lesson from 8-8:30 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11 p.m. Today, Simply Dance Studio, 820 W. Sprague Ave. $7. (509) 892-1480.

Salsa Fridays For ages 18 and older with or without a partner. Today, 7 p.m., Satori, 122 S. Monroe St. $5. (360) 550-5106.

“The Nutcracker” Today-Sunday. A family tradition signaling the start of the holiday season, featuring State Street Ballet, 75 local dancers and live music composed by Tchaikovsky and performed by the Spokane Symphony. Performances are today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $25-$75/adults; $12.50-$30/children. (509) 624-1200.

Holiday Ball Presented by USA Dance. Fox trot lesson taught by a professional instructor at 7 p.m., followed by general dancing from 8-10 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Nonformal attire, singles, couples, beginners, and advanced dancers welcome. Bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Bonner County Food Bank. Saturday, Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Suite E (next to Sandpoint Furniture), Ponderay, Idaho. $9/general; $5/teens. (208) 699-0421.

Saturday Night Salsa Salsa lessons begin at 8:15 p.m., followed by open dancing until 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Simply Dance Studio, 820 W. Sprague Ave. $7. (509) 892-1480.

Plaza Christmas Ball Elegant evening of ballroom and swing dancing. Lesson at 6:30 p.m.; dancing from 7-9 p.m. Attire is formal or vintage-formal. Music by MasterClass Big Band. Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Skate Plaza, 5685 N. Pioneer Drive, Coeur d’Alene. $18. (208) 661-0262.

Comedy

Uncle D’s Comedy Underground Stand-up comedy every Thursday. Sign-ups at 7 p.m.; comedy at 8 p.m. Live professional comedy every Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; shows start at 8 p.m. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. No cover/Thursday nights; $12/Fridays and Saturdays. (509) 483-7300.

“Season’s Greetings” The Blue Door Theatre Players will perform holiday tales. 8 p.m. today, Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7. (509) 747-7045.

“Short Stacks” Blue Door Theatre players, games and comedy. Today, 10 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $5. (509) 747-7045.

“Safari: A Wild Improv Adventure” Featuring short-form improv games based off of your suggestions. Saturday, 9 p.m. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7. (509) 747-7045.

Goodtymes Comedy Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. Free. (509) 928-1070.

Live Comedy Stand-up comedy Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. Brooklyn Nights, 122 S. Monroe St. No cover. (509) 835-4177.

Theater

“The Trumpet of the Swan The Lewis and Clark High School Tiger Drama and Instrumental Music Departments will present a production of E.B. White’s classic novel combining storytelling, ballet, theatre, and a full symphonic student orchestra. Today and Saturday, 7 p.m., Lewis and Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave. $10. (509) 354-7000.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” APOD Theatre Productions presents this story about a herd of hoodlums hijacking a church’s Christmas pageant. Performances are today at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. For more information and tickets visit www.apodproductions.org. The American Legion Log Cabin, 745 Sixth St., Potlatch, Idaho. $8/adults; $4/children ages 5-11.

Northwoods Performing Arts Dinner Theatre Today-Dec. 13. Performance of “Northwoods Christmas Chorale.” Dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Circle Moon Theater, 3642 N. SR 211, Newport, Wash. Dinner and show: $25/person; $35/Gala night. Show only: $12. (208) 448-1294.

“Our Town” Today-Dec. 13. Thursdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. Washington State University, Wadleigh Theatre, Daggy Hall, Pullman. $10/adults; $8/seniors; $5/non-WSU students and youth; free/WSU students. (509) 335-8522.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” Today-Dec. 14. StageWest Community Theatre presents a radio theatre program of the classic Christmas tale. Performances are Fridays and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.; and a dinner theatre performance on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Reservations required for dinner theatre by Dec. 12. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., Cheney. $12/adults; $10/seniors; $5/students with ID; $25/dinner theatre. (509) 235-2441.

“Fruitcakes” Today-Dec. 14. When a stranger arrives in town, he thinks the inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes,” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. Performances are Fridays-Saturdays and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Pullman Civic Theatre, 1220 NW Nye St., Pullman. $10-$12. (509) 332-8406.

“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” Today-Dec. 20. After coming face to face with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, will Ebenezer Scrooge awake with a new outlook on life and give up his selfish and uncaring ways? Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays and Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $30/adult; $28/military and senior; $22/student. (509) 325-2507.

“A Christmas Carol” Today-Dec. 20. Filled with music, heart and spirit, this holiday classic captures the magic and menace of Dickens’ story. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. (No performance Dec. 12.) University of Idaho Hartung Theatre, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. $15/general; $10/seniors, UI faculty and staff; $5/children; free/UI students. (208) 885-6465.

“All is Calm” Today-Dec. 21. In 1914, at the Western front, out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins a night of camaraderie, music and peace. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $17-$25. (208) 667-1323.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Through Dec. 14. Performances are Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m.; Sundays and Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.; and Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia Ave. $8-$12. (509) 328-4886.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” The over-commercialization of Christmas has Charlie Brown quite depressed. A production by Civic’s Academy Winter Intensive Program. Performances are Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.; and Sunday at 7 p.m., which is a benefit night and includes a silent auction. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. Saturday performance: $10/adults; $5/children age 12 and younger; Sunday performance: $15/all tickets. (509) 325-2507.

10 Minute Play Festival Monday-Wednesday. Fourteen original plays written and directed by UI students and grads. Performances at 7:30 p.m. nightly. University of Idaho, Forge Theatre, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow. $10/general; free/UI students. (208) 885-6465.

“The Santaland Diaries” Thursday-Dec. 13. The outrageous holiday comedy, written by David Sedaris, features Crumpet, who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf. Presented by Moscow Art Theatre (Too). Tickets available at Book People of Moscow or at the door. Performances are Thursday and Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. $10. (208) 882-4127.

“Traditions of Christmas” Thursday-Dec. 22. A musical journey of all the greatest Christmas songs and traditions from around the world. Feel free to sing along to holiday favorites. The production ends with a fully staged Living Nativity. It has a cast of 80 people and more than 400 costumes. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays at 3 p.m.; and a matinee on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $33/adults; $26/seniors and military; $20/children. (208) 391-2867.

“Stocking Stuffers” Thursday-Dec. 20. A family-friendly holiday comedy. Performances are Thursdays-Fridays and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.; and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave., Suite 1, Liberty Lake. $12. (509) 342-2055.

Looking ahead

Candlelight Christmas Concert Dec. 12-13. Hear music, both traditional and contemporary, performed by Gonzaga University’s four choral ensembles directed by Dr. Timothy Westerhaus. Shows Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. $15/advance; $20/door. (509) 313-6733.

“A Star Dances, an Angel Sings” Christmas concert presented by The 3 C’s Coeur d’Aleers. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Road, Coeur d’Alene. Free; donations accepted for Cancer & Community Charities. (208) 755-5310.

Michael Londra’s “Celtic Yuletide” The music is traditional at its core, with all of Ireland’s national instruments. The program varies from town to town but you are guaranteed reels, jigs, slow airs, gorgeous songs and solo dance routines. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $45. (800) 325-SEAT.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” Dec. 12-Dec. 21. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines Road, Suite 3S. $7.25-$9.25. (509) 995-6718.

“A Christmas Carol” Dec. 12-Dec. 21. Performance of the classic tale by Charles Dickens. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport, Wash. $5.50-$10.50. (509) 447-9900.

“The Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping” Dec. 12-Jan. 4. “A Second Helping” takes you from the Luther League Banquet to a church-sponsored Missionary night. A laugh-filled treat for the whole family. Performances are Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. The Modern Theater Spokane, 174 S. Howard St. $19-25. (509) 455-7529.

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