Entertainment options light up winter’s nights

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SANDPOINT – Well, we made it through the shortest day of the year, now it’s on to more light in our lives and more love in the world as we celebrate Christmas and look forward into some New Year’s events for the following week.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – tonight there’s a concert with Sadie Sicilia & Desiree at the Panida Little Theater, plus a Solstice Celebration at Embody Studio, not to mention a first-run film, ‘The Greatest Showman’ on-screen at the Panida.

The momentum just keeps building, with a Men’s Shopping Night Downtown and the Infini Gallery Anniversary Party – both on Friday – plus oodles of live music and holiday themed events all over the region.

Merry Christmas, by the way! And Peace on Earth.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Sadie Sicilia & Desiree Christmas Party

Venue: Panida Little Theater, 304 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Sadie Sicilia on vocals, accompanied by classically trained piano player, Desiree, playing Christmas music, mixed with some originals, jazz, and the blues. Sadie Sicilia (formerly Sadie Wagoner) and Desiree Bernhard on piano. Holiday show with Christmas music, and other tunes in the Little Theater at the Panida.

Time: 6 p.m.

Tickets available online at: www.panida.org and at the door.

‘The Greatest Showman’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

Tickets available online at: www.panida.org

Streams of Light Solstice Celebration

Venue: Embody Studio, 823 Main St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

A healing artist collective has come together to stoke your inner fire, cultivate gratitude and empower the transition into more light. The event will feature a shamanic journey with Blissa Swan, Soul Motion with Brietta Leader and Katie Trelstad and Crystal healing Sounds with Gaia and Shannon Rei. Adults only, please.

Admission: Sliding scale from $10-$25.

Information: 208-304-3143

Friday, Dec. 22

Infini Gallery 2nd Anniversary Party

Venue: Infini Gallery & Public Art Studio, 214 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Infini invites all to their 2-year anniversary party and ‘Art Tasting Experience,’ featuring live music by The Groove Black. Refreshments and party treats in the holiday spirit, plus donation raffles and gift baskets.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

‘The Greatest Showman’ film at the Panida Theater

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

Tickets available online at: www.panida.org

Men’s Shopping Night

Venue: Downtown Sandpoint (ya think?)

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Last-minute males will get special treatment and help in picking out just the right gift, plus gift-wrapping and refreshments. Make this holiday hassle-free and have some fun while you’re at it.

Ron Greene

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ron Greene is heading north for another special night at the Beer Hall. Ron has been a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist, spending the last decade performing throughout the Northwest and West coast. As a soloist Greene’s intimate stage presence has gained him a reputation as a passionate singer.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

The Riff Hangers at Pend d’Oreille Winery

Venue: Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 5-8 p.m.

The band is back for some swing, country and blues!

Admission: Free and open to the public.

DJ Josh

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

DJ Josh, one of Sandpoint’s favorite DJ’s will be playing a selection of your favorite tunes.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Electric Cole Show

Venue: Chimney Rock Restaurant at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Enjoy a fireside meal with a fantastic musical accompaniment of guitar melodies and solos blended with a new age touch through the genres of Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, Funk and World. Cole also covers a wide repertoire of tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, to present.

Admission: Free and open to diners at Chimney Rock (reservations recommended.)

Information: 208-263-9555

Saturday, Dec. 23

‘The Greatest Showman’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Tickets available online at: www.panida.org

The Groove Black

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Brandon Watterson & Jason are teaming up for the dynamic duo of rockin’ tunes! Two long-time locals with a music pedigree teaming up – what could be better? Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

The Beat Diggers at 219 Lounge

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy one of Sandpoint’s favorite up and coming all-local bands as they play your favorite rock and roll tunes.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Electric Cole Show

Venue: Chimney Rock Restaurant at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Enjoy a fireside meal with a fantastic musical accompaniment of guitar melodies and solos blended with a new age touch through the genres of Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, Funk and World.

Admission: Free and open to diners at Chimney Rock (reservations recommended.)

Information: 208-263-9555

Sunday, Dec. 24

Ski with Santa

Venue: Schweitzer Mountain

Time: Noon-5 p.m.

12-12:30 p.m.: Santa visits the kids in Kinder Kamp!

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Santa will ski and visit the children on Musical Chairs and in the village.

1:45 p.m.: Meet up with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the top of the Basin Express to get a balloon and prepare for the balloon parade.

2 p.m.: Group photo - then ‘Let the Parade Begin!’ The group will ski in formation down Midway following Mrs. Claus. This is a great photo opportunity.

3-4 p.m.: Santa will be in the Selkirk Lodge lobby for photos and to hear last minute Christmas wishes from kids, young and old. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served as well.

4-5 p.m.: Mrs. Claus will be reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and other holiday favorites around the fire in the Selkirk Lodge lobby.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Information: 208-263-9555

Tuesday, Dec. 26

‘The Greatest Showman’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya.

Tickets available online at: www.panida.org

Night-Out Karaoke

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 9 p.m.

Sing to your heart’s content, or just enjoy the show as locals gather to show their stuff.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

‘The Greatest Showman’

Venue: Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business.

Tickets available online at: www.panida.org and at the door.

Truck Mills at 219 Lounge

Venue: 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7 p.m.

Famed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and a special guest will be jamming at the Niner! Come out and chill out with friends to great blues, folk, gospel and jazz tunes.

Admission: Free for those 21 and over.

Friday, Dec. 29

Tennis Brewery Bash

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors at 7 p.m.; Music starts at 8 p.m.

Sandpoint’s House Band is back! Tennis is ready once again to help kick off the NYE Weekend, as the Beer Hall clears out a dance floor in the brewery and sets the mood for a rockin’ night filled with dancing and singing.

Admission: $5 cover for those 21 and over. Tickets available at the Beer Hall – get them early!

Sunday, Dec. 31

Orgone New Year’s Eve

Venue: The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., in Sandpoint.

Time: Doors open at 9 p.m., show begins at 10:30 p.m.

Orgone delivers dirty, organic, soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet and shoves you right to the dance floor. A portion of each ticket benefits Angels Over Sandpoint.

Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, 21 and older.

Information: www.livefromthehive.com

Josh Hedlund

Venue: MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., in Sandpoint.

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Long-time Sandpoint local, Josh Hedlund is excited to share his catalog of original tunes that pull at your ear and soul for attention.

Admission: Free and open to those 21 and over.

Spokane Symphony: ‘Beethoven’s Ninth’

Venue: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave., in Spokane.

Time: 8 p.m.

Celebrate the New Year with Beethoven’s triumphant Ninth Symphony, his most glorious masterpiece! A moving testament to the human spirit, it features the exhilarating hymn, ‘Ode to Joy.’

Admission: $18-$45, available at the box office (might already be sold out) and all TicketsWest outlets.

Information: 509-624-1200

Big Band Dance Contest at Doubletree Hotel

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, 322 N Spokane Falls Ct., in Spokane.

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Some Sandpoint dancers are traveling to Spokane to compete in this contest – maybe you should be there to cheer ‘em on! Winners will take home the $1,000 grand prize.

Tickets and information: www.firstnightspokane.org

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