2017 Bing Film Festival Will Be Dec. 9

BING CROSBY HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL Schedule
10:30 a.m. White Christmas
1 p.m. Riding High
3:30 p.m. Holiday Inn
6 p.m. live music by Howard Crosby
and Hot Club of Spokane
8 p.m. White Christmas

The 12th Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will be held on Saturday, Dec 9, 2017, featuring some of the best loved films of Spokane’s own Bing Crosby, along with a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer and a special live musical performance by Howard Crosby (son of Bing Crosby’s brother Ted) and Spokane’s own Hot Club of Spokane, featuring music from the Crosby era.
The non-profit Bing Crosby Advocates (BCA) presents the festival at the Bing Crosby Theater at Sprague and Lincoln in downtown Spokane each December as part of the community’s celebration of the holiday season. It was at this theater, then known as the Clemmer, that a young Bing Crosby began his career by performing skits in between the silent films shown there. The theater was renamed for him in 2006.
Tickets for the festival are $10 each and are good for the entire day’s events. Tickets are available at the door only (no advance sales) and must be purchased by check or cash (no credit/debit cards). Children age 12 and under will be admitted free.
More information is available at BingCrosbyAdvocates.org.
Of special note this year is the first-time showing of the 1950 film Riding High. The film is near and dear to the hearts of the Bing Crosby Advocates (BCA) because, in addition to being a film that gives Bing the opportunity to ride a horse, something he loved to do, but because it was directed by the famous Frank Capra, father-in-law of Carol Capra, BCA board member who was married to the director’s son Tom Capra, 1963-1987.
Frank Capra had made such noted films as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), It Happened One Night (1934) and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).
“Frank was too fiercely independent for the Hollywood establishment, and after World War II had a hard time finding work,” Carol Capra said. “In his autobiography he said he believed had it not been for pressure from Bing, Paramount would have kept him out of work for years ‘as proper punishment for leading the maverick rebel directors.’ Paramount agreed to make the movie because it could not say no to Bing, its biggest star.”
Bill Stimson, BCA president, noted that Frank Capra promised to make the film at a fraction of the usual cost, shooting some of the music sequences live, no sound stage or dubbing, just a camera rolling as Bing sang. “The result is an unusual view of Bing improvising with music and hamming it up, as he often did at parties for friends, but not on screen.”
Doors open at 10 a.m. The festival begins with the 10:30 a.m. showing of Bing Crosby’s traditional beloved holiday film White Christmas (1954), Riding High (1950) shows at 1 p.m. Holiday Inn (1942) shows at 3:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m. Bing’s nephew Howard Crosby will give a live performance of beloved Bing Crosby songs and local jazz, swing and blues musicians Hot Club of Spokane will play favorites from the Bing Crosby era. And at 8 p.m. the festival concludes with a repeat showing of the classic White Christmas.
Bing Crosby Advocates is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the legacy of Bing Crosby and helping preserve the Crosby House Museum and the historic theater where the world-famous entertainer began his show business career. The organization accepts donations to help continue its work, which includes the annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival. For information, visit BingCrosbyAdvocates.org

Annual Open House at Crosby Museum Dec. 2

 

The Annual Bing Crosby House Museum Open House is Saturday, Dec. 2 The fourth annual Holiday Open House at the Bing Crosby House Museum is being held 1-4 p.m. Satur-day, Dec. 2, 2017, hosted by the Bing Crosby Advocates.

The museum at 508 E. Sharp Avenue on the campus of Gonzaga University will be decorated for the holidays, and hot cider and cookies will be served by the Bing Crosby Advocates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the legacy of Bing Crosby. Admission is free to the public, with designated free parking directly behind the house.

Built in 1911, this is where the internationally famous star of film song, radio and more grew up and where he lived until leaving for Hollywood in 1925 — and it’s the very place where the singer of White Christmas spent 18 youthful Christmases.

More than 200 items are on display in the museu showing Bing Crosby’s life and career. Visitors can see his gold and platinum records, the Oscar he won for the film Going My Way, pipes, trophies, photographs from his career and personal life and other items.

For information contact Stephanie Plowman at (509) 313-3847 or plowman@gonzaga.edu. And it’s quite likely that holiday singing could break out!

The Crosby home was built in 1911 by Bing Crosby’s father and uncles. Bing would go out the back door to attend Gonzaga High School in the administration building of Gonzaga Univer- sity and then continue on at the univesity studying law until leaving for a career in Hollywood … and indeed, around the world.

 

Contact: Stefanie Pettit (509) 993-1732 upwindsailor@comcast.net

 

Annual Bing Crosby Museum Open House 

Saturday, Dec. 10 

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The third annual Holiday Open House is being held at the Bing Crosby House Museum noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, hosted by the Bing Crosby Advocates.

 The museum at 508 E. Sharp Avenue on the campus of Gonzaga University will be decorated for the holidays, and hot cider and cookies will be served by Bing Crosby Advocates. Admission is free to the public, with designated free parking directly behind the house.

 Built in 1911, this is where Bing grew up as a boy and where he lived until leaving for Hollywood in 1925. This is the very place where the singer of White Christmas spent 18 youthful Christmases.

More than 200 items are on display in the museum showing his life and career. Visitors can see his gold records, the Oscar he won for Going My Way, pipes, trophies, photographs and other items. For information contact Stephanie Plowman at (509) 313-3847 or plowman@gonzaga.edu.Open House at Bing:6.jpg

Bing Crosby Film Festival Is Dec. 3, 2016

The non-profit Bing Crosby Advocates (BCA) presents the festival annually at the Bing Crosby Theater at Sprague and Lincoln in downtown Spokane each December as part of the community’s celebration of the holiday season. It was at this theater, then known as the Clemmer, that a young Bing Crosby began his career by performing skits in between the silent films shown there. The theater was renamed for him in 2006.The 11th Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will be held on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016, featuring some of the best loved films of Spokane’s own Bing Crosby, along with a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer and a special live musical performance, A Tribute to “White Christmas” at 75,” by Hot Club of Spokane, a group of local musicians dedicated to the preservation of jazz, swing and blues.

Tickets for the festival are $10 each and are good for the entire day’s events. Tickets are available at the door only (no advance sales) and must be purchased by check or cash (no credit/debit cards). Children age 12 and under will be admitted free.

More information is available at BingCrosbyAdvocates.org.

In addition to the films being shown, this year’s live performance features Spokane’ own Hot Club of Spokane, local musicians whose work features works by Spokane music royalty – Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey and Al Rinker. Their 6 p.m. program is a tribute to the 75th Anniversary of Irving Berlin’s song “White Christmas.”

The song made a bittersweet entry into the American music scene, according to Bill Stimson, BCA president. “It was the fall of 1941, and the song was going to be released the following spring. However, the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 that year and America’s entry into World War II prompted Bing to push for an accelerated release of the song. And so, he sang it publicly for the first time – on Christmas Day 1941 on his Kraft Music Hall radio program. We are celebrating the 75th anniversary of that performance at our film festival this year.”

Two of this year’s films have parallels to Bing’s own life growing up in Spokane, Stimson added. Birth of the Blues, the story of a group of white musicians who cut a jazz record in 1917 and perform with some controversy in conservative communities, is loosely patterned on his own experiences as a young man leading a jazz band in Spokane. In The Bells of St. Mary’s Bing drew on his own experiences growing up in the St. Aloysius Church parish in his portrayal of a parish priest.

“He had known priests all his life,” Stimson said. “They taught him in school, coached him in sports and preached to him on Sundays. Some of his childhood friends became priests, and like the young priest in the film who works to save his church, Bing himself, because of his own faith, was tireless in working toward saving churches, hospitals and institutions. This was not a role he had to study for.”

In addition to the films to be shown during the day, there will be a display of many photos from Bing Crosby Enterprises, the Gonzaga University Archives and the Jerry and Patty Dicker Foundation.

Doors open at 10 a.m. The festival begins with the 10:30 a.m. showing of Bing Crosby’s traditional and much beloved holiday film White Christmas (1954), which also stars Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye. The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, shows at 1 p.m.

Birth of the Blues (1941) will be shown at 4 p.m. The film also features Mary Martin and Brian Donlevy, with brief appearances by such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Paul Whiteman.

This year’s Festival will feature a live tribute to “White Christmas” and to the works of Spokane music royalty — Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey and Al Rinker. Spokane’s own Hot Club of Spokane will present a program at 6 p.m. that features several singers, a dozen top musicians, and historic films of the 1920s and 1930s.

And at 7:30 the festival concludes with a repeat showing of the classic White Christmas.