Will you be rocking around the Christmas tree sometime in the next week? Or decking your halls with boughs of holly? My apologies for any earworms. It’s just that time of year.Dec. 20
Billed as “A Fundraiser in Two Acts,” members of the Moscow community will stage a radio play and melodrama at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre.
Money raised from the one-night production will go toward purchase of a portable stage lift to make the Kenworthy stage accessible to everyone.
The first act, “Fibber Paints a Christmas Tree White,” is a staged reading of an episode of the popular and long-running radio show “Fibber McGee and Molly” by members of the Kenworthy board of directors and Moscow Community Theatre.
The second act, “The Bride of Bovill,” is a melodrama written by Connie Benson and performed by members of the Rotary Club of Moscow.
Admission is $20. The Kenworthy is at 508 S. Main St., Moscow.
If you’re looking for some live music to even out your weekend, you have a few choices in the region Dec. 21-22.
Yara Gutkin and Kent Queener will play Portuguese folk and jazz at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse in Moscow, 420 E. Second St., and the Senders will play vintage rock covers beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at John’s Alley in Moscow, 114 E. Sixth St. Cost is $5. The Bart Budwig Band will play at 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hogan’s Pub in Clarkston, 906 Sixth St.
Three venues will feature live music the night of Dec. 22. Beginning at 6 p.m., the Jazz Co-op, featuring Gary and Kathleen Gemberling, will play at Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston, 3107 Powers Ave. DASH, a soul group hailing from Bozeman, Mont., will take the stage beginning at 9:30 p.m. at John’s Alley for a cost of $5. Finally, the Maple Bars, a Clarkston rock band, will play at Hogan’s Pub beginning at 10 p.m.
David Harlan of Moscow Art Theatre (Too) will take to the stage in “The Santaland Diaries” with performances Dec. 21-22 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow.
The production will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21-22, and a matinee will start at 2 p.m. Dec. 22. Admission is $10.
The story was written by author David Sedaris based on his experiences as a department store Christmas elf, and it later was adapted into a one-person, one-act play by Joe Mantello.
The theater is at 508 S. Main St. and tickets are available online at www.kenworthy.org.
If you’re still on the hunt for a gift or two, books by authors from this region often are welcome. Several authors will be signing their books Dec. 21-22 in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
Steven Branting of Lewiston will sign copies of his latest book about Lewiston’s history, “Our Fruitful Dreams: the Orchards As it Once Was,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at Rosauers in Lewiston, 332 Thain Road.
Brad Judy of Kennewick will sign copies of his memoir about his father, “Deception: The Rise and Final Fall of a Decorated Vietnam Surgeon,” from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 22, and Mark Ready, author of “The St. Nicholas Day Chase” and “Hedwig and the Battle for Human Destiny,” will sign his books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 22, both at And Books Too in Clarkston, 918 Sixth St.
Finally, Gini Roberge of Lewiston, author of “We Are Cowgirls” and “Hoof Beats in the Wind,” will sign copies of her books in two locations Dec. 22. From 10 a.m. to noon she will sign at Intermountain Feed in Lewiston, 2310 Frontage Road, and from 2 to 4 p.m., she will be at And Books Too.
The sixth annual Free Youth Christmas Party will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at Zeppoz in Pullman.
All children ages 12 and younger are welcome to attend, and they will receive two free games of bowling, and a Christmas stocking, cookies and candy canes. They’ll also have a chance to enter drawings for two computer tablets.
In addition to Zeppoz, the event is sponsored by Ned and Nancy Bowman, and the bowlers of the Palouse Regional Bowling Association.
Pianist Thomas Pearson will perform at 6 p.m. Dec. 23 at Lindsay Creek Vineyards in Lewiston, 3107 Powers Ave.
Pearson is a senior piano performance major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and is accompanist for the Troubadours chorus of the Northfield Choirs.