The Washington State University women's basketball team faces its historic rival, the University of Washington, in an epic showdown of pivots, passes, and fadeaways. Don your crimson and gray gear, and get situated in a premier seat behind the benches for the 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Beasley Coliseum, the Cougars' natural hunting habitat. The roster pops with fast-breaking talent, keeping fans on the edge of their seats or portable recumbent bicycles. Cheer on the Cougars solo, or corral a troop of Groupon-holding friends or semifriendly town criers to root for a WSU victory.
Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Sprawling across 100 acres in the verdant, picturesque Spokane Falls, Riverfront Park beckons with awe-inspiring visual and auditory wonders. The newly constructed SkyRide invites visitors to survey the land from above, swooping across the Spokane River and past city hall, where they can wave to their favorite comptroller. Back on the ground, the historic Looff Carousel, built in 1909, whirls riders around on 54 horses, two Chinese-dragon chairs, one giraffe, and one tiger, and a tour train chugs through the park on a 30-minute narrated jaunt. Among other attractions, such as the Sculpture Walk and pony rides, Riverfront Park houses an enormous IMAX theater with one of the largest indoor screens in the Pacific Northwest. Standing 53 feet high and stretching 69 feet wide, the screen is slightly taller than the average human and displays crystal-clear two-dimensional images, which are complemented by the sounds of a booming, wraparound surround-sound system.
Celebrating their 65th season, the well-received Spokane Children's Theatre transports audiences of all ages to new heights of delight through the transformative power of live theater. Their rendering of Hansel & Gretel by I.E. Clark, which plays the spacious Spartan Theatre at Spokane Falls Community College, is set to display fantastical features including a singing cuckoo clock, a story-telling robin and crumb-hating wicked witch. Their new adaptation of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, which plays at the Masonic Center, was penned by local author Ken Pickering with songs scored by John Dawson. Shows shun the stuffy silence of library puppet shows in favor of lively audience participation, encouraging enthusiastic attendees to vocally scale the fourth wall and aid the occasionally confused characters.
Ignite! Community Theatre draws on a diverse group of talented local thespians to engage audiences with meticulously produced shows. The Lying Kind offers patrons a morbidly comic Christmas story that deftly melts the cloying sweetness left over from saccharine holiday movies and fiercely competitive candy-cane-eating contests. The play weaves the tale of two British constables, prepping to deliver heartbreaking news to an old couple before heading home for Christmas Eve, all while navigating a village mob. Razor-sharp wit and inky-black humor tickle ribs throughout the show, which takes place in the intimate yet elegant Commandery Room. A wraparound balcony treats audiences to elevated viewing, and a black- and white-checkered floor encourages postshow games of human chess.