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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:

Coeur d'Alene Tribe donates to schools

Coeur d'Alene Tribe donates to schools

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has donated $1.2 million to 52 educational programs in Idaho.

The money is going to support educational efforts ranging from reading, music, arts, science, college scholarship programs and vocational preparation.

The chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Chief Allen, says the money will allow students to focus on learning.

Most of the money was distributed in Kootenai and Benewah counties in northern Idaho, but some went as far away as Sugar City in eastern Idaho, and Wilder and Meridian in southwest Idaho.

The tribe returns 5 percent of its net gambling revenues to the financial support of education as part of its gambling compact with Idaho.

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Google is calling all kids to enter the 2014 Doodle for Google competition. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to enter their doodles interpreting the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”

Entries being accepted for teen film festival

Entries being accepted for teen film festival

From the Community Library Network:


The Community Library Network invite teens, ages 13 to 18, to enter the Teen Film Festival Video Contest.  Now entering its fifth year, this year’s theme is “Spark a Reaction.”   Entries may be up to five minutes long using the theme.  The deadline for submission is Friday, April 11, midnight.

 

Idaho students invited to enter Holiday Card Contest

Idaho students invited to enter Holiday Card Contest

From the Idaho State Department of Education:


Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna invites elementary students across Idaho to participate in the annual Holiday Card Contest.