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Burleskival ready to tease and tantalize Spokane

Video credit: Perfechter Productions

A one-of-a-kind festival is making it's debut at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane next week, promoting the arts and highlighting the beauty of the female body.

Burleskival will walk the line between classy and provocative with local burlesque performers, tantalizing fashion show featuring local designers, live music acts and go-go dance competition.

“We wanted to bring something fresh and new to the Spokane area,” said Nancy Bates, one of the event organizers. “We're here to elevate the arts and showcase that women are beautiful in these art forms. There's a lot of tough critics out there about what burlesque is and go-go dancing is, and we want something positive to come out of this event.”

Nancy's co-organizer Dale Strom says he has high hopes for the festival and the impact it could have on Spokane's future as well.

Moscow Mayor's Arts Awards nominations open

Moscow Mayor's Arts Awards nominations open

Nominations for individuals or organizations are now open for the Moscow Mayor's Arts Awards 2014.

The Moscow Arts Commission presents the awards to recognize individuals and organizations who have shown substantial support of the arts.

Recipients will be honored at the 1912 Center on October 16 at 7 pm. Artist Rebecca Rod will be creating unique pottery vases for the awards recipients this year in the following categories:

  • Individual Excellence in the Arts
  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education
  • Arts Advocacy
  • Arts Excellence in a Business

Nominees should be those individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the arts and cultural climate of the City of Moscow through distinguished support and service or creative accomplishments. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 26, 2014 by 5 pm.

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams

About three months after my heart attack. I was asked the go and introduce Robin Williams at the Fox when he came to town. I got there an hour early because I wanted to make sure that everything went well. After meeting David Steinberg he asked if I would you like to meet Robin. Of course, I said.

We went to Robin Williams room made introductions, some small talk. I told him that I had spent time growing up in Denver, Colorado and also in Boulder, where the Mork and Mindy house was. He explained how the owner of the house had sued the production company  several times never really winning because as the show became so popular. People come by it at all hours screaming for Mork or Mindy to come out.

I talked about how the food in his room was heart healthy and he said he had open heart surgery sometime before that and was trying to eat healthy. I said I had a heart attack and I died and he immediately shot back " show off !".

David said let's go back to my room and go over  the script .

Local game designer looking for success with Kingdoms in Peril

If you're a board game enthusiast who's always on the lookout for a new addition, you may want to check out local Spokane designer Thomas Kaufman and his fast-paced, highly competitive card game Kingdoms in Peril.

I had the chance to sit down and learn Kingdoms recently, and picked it up almost immediately. Set in the ancient middle east (the cards themselves designed with historical carvings from 700 BC, featured in the British museum), each player builds their own kingdom of villages and towns with their capital as the crowning jewel.

Once set-up is complete, players then go to work building a hand of cards that houses their armies, equipment and defensive tactics before turning on each other in an ancient battle royal. To the victor go the spoils, and with a two-hour time limit the winner is declared by either a tally of points (each village, town and city has a numbered value when captured) or when one kingdom emerges victorious.

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.

Hollywood producer debuts his short film about Priest River

Hollywood producer debuts his short film about Priest River

Hollywood producer Scott Gardenhour will screen his short film about Priest River, Idaho to the people of Priest River tonight.

Gardenhour says he grew up in the small town of Smithsburg, Maryland and loved the energy, decency and integrity of small town America and wanted to give his family the same experience. He had searched through parts of Montana, Oregon and Washington before his accountant suggested Sandpoint, Idaho. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with the nearby Priest River and settle in on an old dairy farm.

As he learned more about the town Gardenhour was touched by the town's struggles since the the decline of the timber industry and closure of the saw mills, and impressed by their attempts to revive the local economy with modern infrastructure.

Festival at Sandpoint announces 2014 lineup

Festival at Sandpoint announces 2014 lineup

The lineup for the 32nd Annual Festival at Sandpoint was announced on Thursday. Leading the marquee are Huey Lewis & the News, Ray Lamontagne and  a recently reunited Nickel Creek. Tickets are available now.


Here’s the complete lineup for the Festival at Sandpoint: