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Gifts for Geeks

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Those elusive nerds. What do they want for Christmas? Sure, you've heard of Star Wars, and you know that's not the same as Star Trek, but perhaps any more distinction among this niche interest group escapes you. Show the geek on your list that, despite their obsession with alternative universes, you care. Each of these ideas is something you can do together. Maybe you'll get hooked, too.

"MUSIC OF STAR WARS" AT THE SPOKANE SYMPHONY

A short time ago, in a concert hall not that far, far away, the Spokane Symphony delivered one of the first ever symphonic performances of music from The Force Awakens. Last year's "Music of Star Wars the Symphony Awakens" was a big hit in Spokane, and sold out quickly. This year, the symphony will put on two performances (Feb. 17 at 2 and 8 pm) featuring music from award-winning composer John Williams. Special programs before each concert include a costume contest, photo opportunities with characters from the movies, drink specials from the Mos Eisley Cantina, and an authentic cantina band, says Bethany Schoeff, the Symphony's creative director of special programs. Tickets go on sale Dec. 7 and range in price from $25-$50 for adults ($100 for VIP), and $19-$37 for kids ($75 for VIP) • spokanesymphony.org or The Fox Box Office • 1001 W. Sprague

ORIGINAL STAR WARS TOYS

With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it's important to remember how we got here. Time Bomb Collectibles in the Garland neighborhood has a stash of the original toys from 1977 to '85, including action figures (Han Solo, Lando and Yoda), ships and vehicles (TIE fighters, and AT-AT walkers). Prices range from about $8 up to $130. The shop also has Star Wars toys from the '90s, superhero action figures and plenty of other wares for the nerd on your list. • Time Bomb Collectibles • 600 W. Garland

SUPER NES CLASSIC EDITION

This smaller, digital version of the iconic classic game console Super Nintendo is one of the hottest items this year. The system comes with two controllers and digital versions of 20 classic games including Super Mario World, Street Fighter II, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid and the never before released Star Fox 2. Hurry, they sell out quick. $80 • GameStop2223 W. Wellesley

TRIP TO THE ARCADE

Jedi Alliance has become a nerd sanctuary of sorts. The arcade and gift shop that replaced a Methodist church features 85 arcade and pinball machines, including a super rare Ghostbusters game. In 2018, the owners are adding even more. The place is open Friday and Sunday from 6 to 10 pm, and for private parties seven days a week. They'll sell you a gift card good for games and the shop. Jedi Alliance Spokane • 2024 E. Boone

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