I can’t tell you how many times we watched and rewatched our well-worn VHS copy of Tim Burton’s beloved, stop-motion holiday horror The Nightmare Before Christmas. We knew words to most of the songs (“This is Halloween, this is Halloween! Pumpkins scream in the dead of night”) and Oogie Boogie scared the bejesus out of us. Fellow kids of the ’90s can relate, and thus shouldn’t miss the next installment of the Spokane Symphony’s Movies & Music series. While Halloween Town king Jack Skellington attempts his Christmas takeover on the big screen, the orchestra performs Danny Elfman’s unequivocal score live on stage, under the direction of resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara. The timing of this concert is perfect — smack dab between Halloween and Christmas — as the story in Nightmare itself hovers in holiday limbo.
Sat, Nov. 23 at 8 pm and Sun, Nov. 24 at 3 pm • $20-$103 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200
— Chey Scott