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Photos of young Bing Crosby to debut at Gonzaga Dec. 6

Gonzaga University and the Advocates for Bing Crosby invite the public to celebrate the holiday season with a free “White Christmas” open house at Bing’s boyhood home (508 E. Sharp Ave.) from noon to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 6. Hot cider and cookies will be available along with some new photos of Bing as a youngster.

 

Spokane premiere of Drunktown's Finest at Bing Crosby Theater

Spokane premiere of Drunktown's Finest at Bing Crosby Theater

Drunktown's Finest will premiere at the Bing Crosby Theater on Friday, November 28 and on Saturday, November 29. The film screenings are part of Native American Heritage Month celebrations, an initiative of the Mayor's Office and the Department of Local Government and Multi-Cultural Affairs.

The film, directed by Sydney Freeland, depicts three young Native American as they strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian Reservation near an alcohol-fueled town in New Mexico. The film is an official selection at a multitude of acclaimed film festivals, including The 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Run time is 92 minutes.

Spokane is one of only two cities in Washington state currently showing the film. The screenings are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day. The screening at 3:00 p.m. on Friday is free. Admission to the other three showings is $5

How the Grinch almost stole Spokane's Christmas

Christmas was almost stolen from River Park Square this morning when the Grinch crashed the party and tried to take over Santa's spot under the Christmas tree. The Grinch said he would not allow Santa to visit children any longer, and would effectively end Christmas in the Inland Northwest.

Gonzaga presents Dwayne Mack on ‘Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest'

Gonzaga presents Dwayne Mack on ‘Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest'

Dwayne A. Mack, the Carter G. Woodson Chair in African American History at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, will discuss “Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest”  Wednesday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga University School of Law. The free public event is sponsored by the Gonzaga history department.

Mack, an associate professor of history at Berea College, recently authored the book, “Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest”, and has written numerous articles on African American history.

Ice Palace opening delayed for warm temperatures

Ice Palace opening delayed for warm temperatures

Mother Nature is forcing the Ice Palace in Riverfront Park to delay it's opening a week to October 29, and possibly even later.

“We are eager to have the Ice Palace open for everyone to enjoy and know we'll have some people disappointed the weather hasn't allowed us to open as originally scheduled,” said Riverfront Park Assistant Manager Debby Dodson.

This great warm weather isn't something that could have predicted four months ago when the planning process took place.

“We hope for the best fall conditions a the right time, and remarkably, what we have now is more like summer conditions,” Dodson said.

It takes six or more consecutive days of cooler weather for installation, and at least average fall temperatures to sustain the ice rink. Rushing the installation during less-than-ideal conditions could set back the opening an additional two weeks and ring up extra labor and supply costs.

Garland Theater launching horror movie series for October

Garland Theater launching horror movie series for October

The Garland Movie Theater is getting into the Halloween spirit with a movie series designed to scare you out of your seat.

Every Saturday during the month of October, the Garland will be screening a different, surprise horror movie at midnight. You'll have no idea what's playing until the lights go down – except for Saturday the 25 for a traditional holiday showing of the Rocky Horror Picture show. Costumes and props strongly encouraged!

Tickets are just $2.50 or free if you spend $10 at the Bon Bon before curtain call.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”