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CONVENTION CENTER | Eric Herman 3 -- 3:30PM; 4:30--5PM
CENTERSTAGE | Sarsaparilla Sally's 7 -- MIDNIGHT
CONVENTION CENTER | 11th Hour Festival feat. Auralust, Derby, Vax Lavala, Small Town Nation, If You're Lucky, Unison 7 -- MIDNIGHT
CRESCENT COURT UPSTAIRS | Keeler, Melvin, Morse 7 -- MIDNIGHT
CRESCENT COURT DOWNSTAIRS | Matt DeRyan 7 -- MIDNIGHT
HOLLY MASON | Just Plain Darin 7 -- 9 PM
LC AUDITORIUM | Contemporary Praise Band 7 -- 8 PM; 10 -- 11 PM
MASONIC TEMPLE AUDITORIUM | Celtic Nots, An Dochas, the Haran Irish Dancers 7 -- MIDNIGHT
MASONIC TEMPLE COMMANDER BALLROOM | Rhymes with Orange 7 -- 9 PM
RIVER PARK SQUARE ATRIUM | Rex James 7 -- MIDNIGHT
KRESS STAGE | Thistle n' Thyme 7 -- 10 PM
STA PLAZA | Spokane Youth Symphony 7 -- 10PM
OUR LADY OF LOURDES | Spokane Symphony 7:30 -- 9:30PM
LC AUDITORIUM | Bethel B.A.S.I.C. Gospel Choir 8 -- 9 PM
HOLLY MASON | Chris Brown 9 -- MIDNIGHT
LC AUDITORIUM | Classic Praise 9 -- 10 PM
MASONIC TEMPLE COMMANDER BALLROOM | Ashe 9 -- MIDNIGHT
SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY | Emma's Nasty Apple 9 -- MIDNIGHT
KRESS STAGE | Abe Kenney & amp; Chang Lee 10 -- MIDNIGHT
STA PLAZA | Trailer Park Girls 10 -- MIDNIGHT
BANK OF AMERICA GALLERY | Inland Empire Bonsai Society, Tom Quinn, Spokane Camera Club ALL NIGHT
BING CROSBY THEATER | Bing Crosby Memorabilia 7 -- 8 PM
CHASE GALLERY | Gallery display ALL NIGHT
COLOR ME MINE | Paint your own pottery ALL NIGHT
DOUBLE TREE ENTRANCE | Spokane Porcelain Artists ALL NIGHT
GOODWORKS GALLERY | Gallery display ALL NIGHT
INTERPLAYERS ENTRANCE | Fabric and Glass ALL NIGHT
INTERPLAYERS GELLHORN GALLERY | Gay Waldman ALL NIGHT
MAIN AND POST | Earlenson Art Glass, street performers, glass blowing, ice carving, fire sculptures ALL NIGHT
KRESS GALLERY | Gallery display ALL NIGHT
RIVERFRONT PARK PAVILION | Creative Memories scrap booking ALL NIGHT
STA PLAZA | Albatross Studio, Lydia Quinones Spinning demo ALL NIGHT
CONVENTION CENTER | Masque Theater 4 -- 4:30PM; 5 -- 5:30 PM
CONVENTION CENTER | Dick Frost magic show 4 -- 4:30PM; 5 -- 5:30PM
BANK OF AMERICA | Spokane Children's Theater 7 -- 9 PM
CENTERSTAGE | Variety Show 7 -- MIDNIGHT
INTERPLAYERS | Snehpets Puppetry 7 -- 10PM
INTERPLAYERS | Masque Theater 10 -- MIDNIGHT
FILM and LITERATURE
CONVENTION CENTER | Kenn Nesbitt 3:30 -- 4PM; 5:30 -- 6PM
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS | NxNW 48 Hour Film Festival 7 -- MIDNIGHT
CRESCENT COURT | Get Lit! 7 -- MIDNIGHT
CONVENTION CENTER | Brothers From Different Mothers 3:30 -- 4 PM; 4:30 -- 5 PM
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST | Blue Door Theater 7 -- 9PM
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST | Brothers From Different Mothers 9 -- MIDNIGHT
CONVENTION CENTER | Theater Ballet of Spokane 3 -- 3:30 PM; 5:30 -- 6 PM
809 W. MAIN | Ben Preslee Klein and the Rockabellies 7 -- MIDNIGHT
DOUBLE TREE | Spokane Dance Company 7 -- 9 PM
MASONIC TEMPLE BALLROOM | NW Hula 7 -- 9 PM
MASONIC TEMPLE FALLS ROOM | NW Renaissance Festival 7 -- 9 PM
CONNEXION DEL TANGO | Tango Lessons 7 -- MIDNIGHT
DOUBLE TREE | Spokane Jazz Orchestra 7 -- MIDNIGHT
BING CROSBY THEATER | Theater Ballet of Spokane 7:30 -- 8 PM
MASONIC TEMPLE BALLROOM | Silver Spurs 9 -- 10 PM
MASONIC TEMPLE BALLROOM | Participatory Contra Dancing 10 -- MIDNIGHT
LC AUDITORIUM | Eternal Story in Dance 11 -- MIDNIGHT
CONVENTION CENTER | Northwest Hula 5:30 -- 6PM
CAROUSEL | Free Carousel Rides 7 -- MIDNIGHT
CRESCENT COURT UPSTAIRS | Raging Grannies 7 -- MIDNIGHT
CONVENTION CENTER | Kung Fu For Life 3:30 -- 4 PM; 4:30 -- 5 PM
ICE PALACE | Free Ice Skating 7 -- MIDNIGHT
MOBIUS KIDS | Eric Herman & amp; Kenn Nesbitt 7 -- 8 PM
RIVERFRONT PARK CLOCKTOWER MEADOW | Free snowboard rail jam 7 - 10:40 PM
STA PLAZA | Spokane Youth Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo 7 -- MIDNIGHT
MOBIUS KIDS | Dick Frost & amp; Eric Herman 8 -- 9 PM
MASONIC TEMPLE FALLS ROOM | Kung Fu for Life 9 -- MIDNIGHT
FIRST NIGHT PICKS
Festivities for kids will be back under one roof this year. Kids' Night Out organizers roamed the globe to find the biggest holiday celebrations, so children will explore the seven continents -- yes, even Antarctica has a holiday -- through crafts and artistic traditions. Some highlights:
Heritage Day, celebrated in almost all the countries of Africa, honors the diversity of African traditions. Children will make African-inspired drums, masks and jewelry.
At the Asia venue, children can make Chinese yoyos, dragon masks, Japanese origami and samurai hats to ring in the Chinese and Japanese New Years.
Kids will make their own English crackers -- that's the pull-apart kind filled with candy and charms -- to be "cracked" open on New Year's Day.
--ANN M. COLFORD
Kid's Night Out runs 3pm to 5:30pm at the New Convention Center
"Well Jekyl had his Hyde / and Frankenstein his bride / and I fear I've become the two combined." Truer words were never spoken (though wouldn't that be "three combined?"), but just who spoke them will be up to you to find out. This'll be fun, like a rock scavenger hunt: one of the bands in this year's stacked Eleventh Hour teen par-tay penned those words, then threw them over a more or less pop-punky bed. It's up to you to find them. The pop punk mention doesn't give anything away, because even rock opera revivalists Vax Lavala have a bit of Green Dayishness in them.
Unison, the North Idaho Christ Wavers, kick the event off at 7pm, followed by If You're Lucky, each playing half-hour sets. Small Town Nation, the aforementioned Vax Lavala, and Man of Action roundout the locals. The event is headlined by Portland's Auralust.
Eleventh Hour runs from 7pm to midnight at the new Convention Center
Duck in from the rabble and the noise outside with an evening of fiction and poetry in this scaled-back version of Get Lit!, the great literary blowout held each year in April. Though not as star-studded as the spring affair, the First Night edition still boasts some of the finer writers in the region. (Notably absent, however, is this year's National Book Award contender, Jess Walter.) Highlights include Willow Springs editor Sam Ligon, fiction writer and bluegrass fiddler Greg Spatz, and a pair of Gonzaga poets in Tod Marshall and Grace Danborn.
Stick around for the "Mystery Reader" at 10:30 pm. We're not sure if this is going to be somebody reading a mystery story, or just an as-yet-unnamed local reader. Or both. Either way, we're crossing our fingers that it'll be Lee Majors. That guy can make anything sound good.
Get Lit! runs from 7pm to midnight at Crescent Court Upstairs
(Note: All venues for First Night are located in downtown Spokane.)
BANK OF AMERICA GALLERY
601 W Riverside Ave.
BING CROSBY THEATER
901 W Sprague Ave.
1017 W 1st Ave.
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST
518 W 3rd Ave.
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd., Lower Level
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd., Lower Level
COLOR ME MINE
808 W Main Ave. # 225
CONNEXION DEL TANGO
122 S Monroe
334 W Spokane Falls Blvd.
707 W Main Ave.
322 North Spokane Falls Court
1019 W 1st Ave.
157 S Howard
174 S Howard St.
521 W 4th Ave.
MAIN AND POST
Outdoors, corner of Main and Post
1108 W Riverside Ave.
808 W Main Ave., downstairs
RIVER PARK SQUARE
808 W Main Ave.
RIVERFRONT PARK CAROUSEL
Riverfront Park, between Howard and Stevens
RIVERFRONT PARK PAVILION
507 N Howard St. (the big mesh conical structure)
KRESS GALLERY & amp; STAGE
808 W Main Ave., 3rd Floor
701 W Riverside Ave.