The second ever Spokane Arts Month kicked off with two of its biggest events — Terrain and the Visual Arts Tour — last weekend, but that doesn't mean things are dying down. Here's a roundup of artsy things to see, hear and do this weekend:
Legends and Landmarks
Check out the newest murals brightening up two of downtown Spokane's many train overpasses, and joining the four murals installed last summer. The two newest additions are at the Post Street underpass, between First and Second Avenues, by Justin Gibbens, an Ellensburg-based artist. The second is along Railroad Alley near Barrister Winery, and was created by Karl Addison, of Bremerton, Washington. You can check out the completed murals anytime.
Another sight to see that doesn't require much planning ahead, as it's being displayed all month each night, is the second annual Spokane Throw light installation on the side of River Park Square. The community arts project accepted submissions of handwritten, 25-words-or-less letters and is projecting one of them onto the side of the mall after dark through Oct. 31. Tonight, the Garland District is also unveiling a second Spokane Throw letter, to be projected on the side of the Spokanite Cleaners building at 718 W. Garland. After tonight, you can see that light projection daily after dark, too.
SpoYo! Spokane Youth Book Festival
The kid sibling of Get Lit!, spring's annual literature festival organized by Eastern Washington University, the new SpoYo! fest is aimed at kids who love to read or are just developing an appreciation for books. The first-time event's slate of guest authors is pretty impressive. Along with many of the Northwest's own children's and YA writers, SpoYo! has snagged the author of the popular Bad Kitty series, Nick Bruel, and Amulet graphic novel creator Kazu Kibuishi. The keynote author presentation at the Bing this Saturday evening caps off a day of workshops and features S.E. Grove, who wrote the middle-grade bestseller, The Glass Sentence.
There's this trend in the craft beer world that's been going on for a while now, but just seems to have caught the attention of the mainstream beer consumer and that's fresh hop beers. These are beers brewed with, as the name implies, hops that are freshly picked and dropped into the brewing process before given a chance to dry out, making for a floral, aromatic and overall delectable beer. The downside? The beers are typically made in small quantities and don't last as long due to the brewing process.
So when something like the Lantern Tap House's Third Annual Fresh Hop Festival rolls around, you should hop (pun!) on the opportunity to taste as many as you can. The festival, which is now underway until 10 pm and runs again tomorrow (4 to 10 pm) and Saturday (noon to 10 pm), is housed in a tent outside the South Perry Street pub and features an impressive 29 beers from 23 different breweries on tap. Here's the list the Lantern provided us with.
Iron Goat, River City, 12 String, Laughing Dog, NoLi, Double Mountain, Paradise Creek, Ninkasi, Perry Street Brewing, Hale’s Brewery, Ecliptic, Breakside, Beer Valley, Wallace Brewing, Trickster Brewing, Laurelwood, Oakshire, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Full Sail, Sockeye, Payette, Big Sky, and Base Camp.
And, remember, this is probably your only chance to taste the bulk of these beers. I've tasted a half dozen or so fresh hop beers from Northwest breweries so far this season and — let me tell ya, kids — it was a good year for hops.
There's live music tonight and Friday night, in case the beer along wasn't reason enough to get your tastebuds down to the festival.
Nominated locations aren't just buildings, but also include parks, community gathering places, entire city blocks and even projects that aren't completed or haven't begun construction.
Started less than a decade ago, the Mayor's Urban Design Awards "celebrate the importance of creative thought, technical proficiency, and the relationship of good urban design to our city's economic health and overall well-being."
The last year awards were given, in 2013, included recognitions of the SIERR Building, Westview Elementary School, the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building renovation and expansion, Riverfront Park's Fountain Cafe and the City Ramp Garage renovation.
Winners of the 2015 awards are to be announced at the end of the month, during the Spokane Arts Awards and costume ball, on Friday, Oct. 30.
Here are the SMUDA People's Choice Awards nominees:
Voting for the People's Choice Award closes on Oct. 23. If you don't want to cast your vote online, in-person ballots are available on level two of River Park Square.
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