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Friday, June 26, 2015

Interactive chalk mural 900 Horses on display through the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM

The 900 Horses mural on display at the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place outside of City Hall - ERIN ROBINSON
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  • The 900 Horses mural on display at the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place outside of City Hall

If you haven't checked it out yet, 900 Horses, an interactive chalk mural located right in the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place in front of City Hall, is still on display throughout the weekend. 

The mural is a commemoration for the horrific mass slaughtering of horses in in 1858 by Colonel George Wright. Wright ordered U.S. Army Troops to slaughter anywhere between 800 and 1,000 horses to intimidate the local indigenous tribes. 
Pick up liquid chalk and brushes from the tent to fill in one of the 900 stenciled horses.
  • Pick up liquid chalk and brushes from the tent to fill in one of the 900 stenciled horses.

Now, 157 years later, Seattle artist Ryan Feddersen has created an interactive art project to encourage the public to take a second look at the social and cultural historic events of the local community. Fedderson has traced 900 horses on the ground in the plaza with the intention that the public will fill them in. Those interested in participating in the community mural can visit the white tent next to the plaza to pick up liquid chalk and brushes to paint a horse of their own. 

The mural will be on display through Sunday, so stop by when you can. It could be there for a few more weeks, but any sort of rain could wash it away! 
Community members paint their own horses as part of the mural.
  • Community members paint their own horses as part of the mural.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Coeur d'Alene Casino hosts the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 2:16 PM

A shot from the 2012 Keeping the Homefires Burning event - SEVENTH GENERATION FUND
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  • A shot from the 2012 Keeping the Homefires Burning event

The Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort and Hotel is hosting the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for an event called Keeping the Homefires Burning.

The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is an organization that was founded in 1977 during the cultural, social, and political renaissance era of the time. Executive Director Tia Oros Peters says that the organization came "out of a dream and a vision," and includes chiefs, clan mothers, youth and community activists who work to respond to the needs of grassroots indigenous communities.

The organization focuses its efforts on cultural revitalization, leadership innovation, community-based support and pure learning. Peters says that it is through these foundations that the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is able to transcend geography and boarders to promote learning and growth. 

Now in its 20th year, Keeping the Homefires Burning is three-day event that consists of educational sessions and speeches from a variety of indigenous leaders and panels throughout the Native community. Peters says the theme for the event this year is "Building Native Assets," and topics will include "strong identity, devotion to community and family, openness to meet others and building a future for everybody."

Group sessions from speakers, as well as board members of the Seventh Generation Fund, will focus on a variety of topics ranging from Native hip-hop, to culturally relevant healing strategies, to community empowerment.

Keeping the Homefires Burning hopes to bring between 150-170 participants from throughout the Inland Northwest, as well as from across the country to learn more about indigenous communities and engage in dialogue. 
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Two MAC exhibits close this weekend, but new art is on the way

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Pastels owned by Spokane artist Sheila Evans, featured in The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis. - DEAN DAVIS
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  • Pastels owned by Spokane artist Sheila Evans, featured in The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis.

This Sunday, June 28, two exhibits currently on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture are coming to a close. But, the museum has a few new exhibits on the schedule for the rest of the year, featuring art from near and far.  

One of the two closing exhibits is Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates. Comprised of 50 artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures and films by 25 Emirati artists, this exhibit is a reflection of how the United Arab Emirates has approached economic development over the last 40 years, while also maintaining its people's tradition and heritage. Director of Museum Experience at the MAC, John Andrew Moredo-Burch says the exhibit is only being featured in a handful of U.S. cities. After its run in Spokane, Past Forward make two more stops before returning to Dubai.

Also closing after a seven-month run is The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis. For the collection, the Spokane-based photographer captured the palettes of two dozen artists, all who have a connection to the Inland Northwest. Some photos are displayed alongside a piece of art by the featured artist to show the connection between the palette and the finished piece. 

Though two exhibits are closing, there will be new art filling the two gallery spaces soon. Moredo-Burch says replacing one of the current exhibits will be works from Saranac Art Projects, a local, non-profit artist cooperative that brings together artists and curators in the Inland Northwest. The new exhibit is set to open on July 24, running through the middle of September.

Following that, the MAC welcomes the Spokane Watercolor Society from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29 for a juried show that is open to all watercolor artists. 

And from Nov. 14 to Feb. 7, 2016, New York artist Sean Kenney's exhibit, Nature Connects, comes to the MAC. Nature Connects is a series of works made from Lego toys. Kenney's art includes portraits, home decor and sculptures, all made from the tiny, plastic pieces.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Window Dressing art installations are coming to the Ridpath

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Artist John deRoulet's artwork was featured at Window Dressing's first site this spring. - WINDOW DRESSING
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  • Artist John deRoulet's artwork was featured at Window Dressing's first site this spring.

Plans to turn one of downtown Spokane's largest eyesores — the long-vacant Ridpath Hotel — into an urban apartment complex are ever so slowly chugging toward reality. But a project of this scope is going to take time, and until it's underway the Ridpath block will continue to showcase graffiti, broken and boarded-up windows and other unpleasantries related to its vacancy. However, a new effort to make the scene around the hotel more inviting and less unsightly should change this unwelcome atmosphere sooner than expected.

Window Dressing, an local project that puts creative displays and art installations into empty downtown storefronts, is partnering with the Downtown Spokane Partnership and local sponsors to host installations at the Ridpath and the Ridpath Motor Inn starting in September. A call for artist proposals was issued today, offering a $500 stipend to artists whose installations are chosen for each of five designated sites (one includes the skywalk between the two buildings). Submissions are due on August 2 at midnight, and a tentative opening reception for the project is set for September's First Friday event. The full timeline and information for interested artists is listed here.

Window Dressing's first storefront display was revealed last January, at 1011 W. First, in the Music City Building where Terrain was held for many years before moving to its new home last fall. Other artists' projects have since rotated in and out of that spot, and Window Dressing also has hosted installations at a second site, 702 W. Main, near River Park Square. The most recent project there was tied to Get Lit! in April, but now that the spot at the corner of Main and Wall is going to become an Urban Outfitters store, that space won't host any more projects. 

Part of Window Dressing's Get Lit! project on West Main involved local author Sharma Shields reading from her book while sitting inside the installation. - PATRICK KENDRICK/WINDOW DRESSING
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  • Part of Window Dressing's Get Lit! project on West Main involved local author Sharma Shields reading from her book while sitting inside the installation.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

VIDEO: Scenes from the 2015 Spokane Pride Parade

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 5:13 PM

We were on the scene as Spokane's GLBTQA community and friends celebrated the 24th Spokane Pride Parade. Take a look: 
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spokane veteran of the Civil War to be honored with historical monument

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 12:10 PM


A historical marker is being publicly unveiled on Friday afternoon to remember a Spokane man’s courageous actions more than 150 years ago.

Amos Bradley fought in the Civil War, and for his bravery he became the recipient of one of the first Congressional Medals of Honor ever awarded in the United States. Bradley later moved to Spokane in 1885, and lived here until his death in 1894. To honor the late Spokane veteran, a new historical marker is being dedicated in his memory at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

The monument was erected in part by the Fairmount Memorial Association. Faimount's VP of Operations David Ittner says that although Bradley already had a government marker on his grave, it's now time to give him a monument.

“He's the last Congressional award winner to not have a historic monument," at one of the Fairmount Memorial Association cemetery parks, Ittner says.

He says each year Fairmount picks a person to commemorate with a monument.

“Bradley was kind of just next in line,” Ittner says. “There’s not a particular order. We just get together and decide who we'll do next.”

All of the historical markers, however, represent significant individuals who were important in the history or development of Spokane.

Bradley’s is the twenty-third historical monument dedicated by the Fairmount Memorial Association, in cooperation with The Spokane Law Enforcement Museum and the SPD History Book Committee.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Drink beer & watch Vacation with us Wednesday — and share your real-life vacation horror stories

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 3:01 PM

I probably saw National Lampoon's Vacation for the first time when I was about 10 years old (which was already about 10 years after the 1983 classic was released) and I remember not finding this scene funny at all. I'd laughed my ass off when they tied the awful aunt to the roof of the car and when Clark got lost in the desert, but this was just too painful.
They drove all that way and the damn place is closed? That was Shakespearean tragedy to a young mind not yet equipped to deal with major disappointment (clearly I'm well-versed in that area now).  

If you haven't seen the movie, hopefully that didn't ruin your week with that spoiler. Regardless, you should still come out Wednesday night to the latest installment of our Suds and Cinema series. We'll have beer from Steam Plant Brewing Co. for $4 a pint, some free stuff to toss at you and free ice cream from Brain Freeze Creamery.

We'll also be recounting awful vacation stories from the stage. Do you have a truly forgettable family outing you'd like to share? Did you lose your stuffed animal when the station wagon crashed in a snowstorm and make your dad drive back 50 miles the next day to look for it? Did you go to Jamaica and not see the sun for seven days of torrential rain? Did you get pulled over in Utah with idiot college friends and come dangerously close to spending eternity in a backwoods jail? 'Cause all those things happened to me.

Share your story in the comments section and if your experience was just dreadful enough, we'll share it at the Bing tomorrow night. We might even bring you up on stage! Or, you can tweet it with the hashtag #WorstVacationSuds.
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Keep an ear out for Spokane Street Music Week, every day at noon through Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM


Music is an everyday part of life here at the Inlander. We've had drum groups drop by to showcase their skills in our lobby. We've had local artists deliver concerts right outside our back door. Every writer has ear buds or headphones as a virtually permanent part of their work attire. 

Tuesday, we had a strolling troubadour set up shop outside our front door in Kendall Yards. Tyler Scruggs is taking part in the Spokane Street Music Week, and he regaled passers-by and some gathered friends with originals and covers for the lunch hour, while he raised money for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. I dug his sound — you can hear a bit of Tyler's music right here

Spokane Street Music Week is happening every day this week, from noon to 1 pm, both downtown and in the Garland District. Coeur d'Alene has their own street music week happening this week as well. 
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Last chance to check out EWU's "Small Town" Exhibit

Posted By on Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 10:11 AM


It’s your last chance to see Eastern Washington University’s first exhibition in the Downtown Student Gallery.

Recently, EWU renovated space in Brewster Hall to create the Downtown Student Gallery. The gallery currently features “Small Towns”, which opened on April 30th. “Small Towns” is a multimedia exhibit that features work from 18 artists and includes collaboration from students at Colfax, Colville and Walla Walla high schools.

The exhibit was chosen to highlight EWU’s Small Town Strategic Initiative that aims at highlighting college opportunities to small towns and celebrates the roles these communities play in the Inland Northwest.

The exhibit will close on Sunday, June 14th but until then, you can see it Monday through Friday from 4-6pm.
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Antiques Roadshow checks out Spokane's treasures Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 2:05 PM

An attendee of Antiques Roadshow's last stop in Spokane had two letters written by Abe Lincoln appraised. - PBS.ORG
  • An attendee of Antiques Roadshow's last stop in Spokane had two letters written by Abe Lincoln appraised.

It's startling to consider that the Antiques Roadshow has been airing on PBS stations around North America for 20 years now. To celebrate these two decades of dropping jaws with announcements that a painting picked up at a yard sale for $10 is actually worth $30,000, the show is going on a U.S. tour this summer, and Spokane's turn is up next.

While it's too late to get tickets to have your curiosities appraised at Saturday's taping at the Spokane Convention Center — the free tickets were sent out in April to those who applied and were drawn from a pool of applicants — the event is still sure to cause a buzz as show-goers tote oddly shaped artifacts around downtown Spokane.

Those lucky enough (between 5,000 and 6,000 people) to nab entry into the show can find out all they need to know online about how the event works. Ticket holders are allowed two items per person, and based on the number of people who'll get in the doors, that potentially adds up to 10,000-12,000 items appraised by the show's experts.

Tomorrow's event will be taped to create three hour-long episodes of the show to be aired next year for Antiques Roadshow's 20th season. The event also will gather footage for the series' quick highlights special, Junk in the Trunk, which offers brief overviews of funkier finds appraised during each season that didn't make the original episodes' cut. 

Antiques Roadshow last came to Spokane in 2007. During that visit, a local resident brought in a pair of letters written by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, as well as a framed and signed portrait of the 16th president. 

Readers — if you have tickets to tomorrow's event, what do you plan on bringing down to be appraised? 

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