A Heart for Art

A Heart for Art

Coeur d'Alene continues to grow as an arts destination under Arts and Culture Alliance Director Kerri Wilfong
Fridays are busy for Kerri Wilfong, the new director of Coeur d'Alene's Arts and Culture Alliance. The job, which Wilfong started in the fall, is supposed to be part-time, she says, "but it's so fun, it feels half like a hobby."

Oddity | South Hill's Haven

An ever-evolving art spot
Among the newly built cookie-cutter shops now popping up across the South Hill is an artistic oasis in a colorful, rickety old house. The driveway, lined with metal sculptures, welcomes you into 29th Avenue Artworks (3128 E. 29th Ave.) — an art gallery and custom frame shop.

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Cool country, literary flashbacks and a fancy flashlight
CD | This time of year, we're all looking for a soundtrack for our summer cruising. One of my faves, Dwight Yoakam, is out with a new record that fits the description: SECOND HAND HEART.

Jet Fretter

The Modern's airplane-themed comedy isn't timely, but it's certainly well-timed
The one-room set of Boeing Boeing, currently at the Modern Spokane in a production directed by Abbey Crawford, is meticulous in its evocation of a particular era — a slightly pedestrian form of mid-century modern dominated by queasy oranges and turquoises, the wallpaper pattern a sleek, repeating silhouette of the jetliners that trace the arcs on the map painted across the stage floor. All that's missing is a shag rug (orange, of course) with ankle-deep pile.

Marine For Life

On the eve of another Memorial Day, one local Pearl Harbor survivor retells a story that will never be forgotten
Ray Garland remembers sweating in the humid Hawaii air that Sunday morning. It was just before 8 am when he and a couple of fellow Marines were raising the flag over the battleship USS Tennessee, just as they did every morning.

Kicking Rocks

Jack Nisbet's latest book, Ancient Places, tells surprising stories of the Inland Northwest
Spokane writer Jack Nisbet sees the little things — the things all around us that most of us don't take the time to consider. Ants, for example — there's an entire chapter in his new book, Ancient Places, about the mysterious genius of ants.

The Gender Games

Why I open doors for dudes
There's this game I play. Or perhaps it's more of a test I give to unsuspecting males approaching doorways: I open the door for them.

THEATER | THE MUSIC MAN

A new production of an old standard thrives for authenticity
"Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City!" In The Music Man, that rapidly delivered line signals the start of con artist Harold Hill's gambit to create a marching band in a tiny Iowa town.

For Your Consideration

Swimsuit season arrives, a country stunner and a French affair
FASHION | It's nearly the time of the year when we resolve to stop eating poorly and work out daily — yes, swimsuit season. But as pizza, tacos and beer inevitably win out, you may as well purchase a cute bikini and worry less about the bod.

Across the Gulf

The MAC's "Past Forward" exhibit has the potential to move cultural mountains
The popular saying about Muhammad going to the mountain (because it wouldn't come to him) seemed an ideal story lead for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's upcoming exhibition of United Arab Emirate artwork entitled "Past Forward." Since few Americans can travel to experience Arab culture firsthand, representative artworks are coming here on their way to visit six states over a two-year period.

Ascending Artist: Brittany Stodgell

A wealth of projects and ideas pushes this busy young artist to create beautiful work at the zero hour
Procrastination is Brittany Stodgell's incentive for inspiration. It's what drove her to stay up through the night before a solo art show at the start of the year and paint — from start to finish — a 5-foot-by-2-foot acrylic piece.

COMEDY | Tim Allen

Culture Digest
We think of Tim Allen as a family man — as the not-skilled-at-fixing-anything Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor on Home Improvement or the voice of Buzz Lightyear. But what's most striking about the comedian, who brings his grunt-filled stand-up routine to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino this weekend, is how he transformed from Michigan bad boy into one of the most beloved family-friendly celebrities of the 1990s.

For Your Consideration

Epic rock, a trashy memoir and master of the Camel Clutch
ALBUM | It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since My Morning Jacket's breakthrough album Z took from cult favorites to arena-sized favorites, largely on the strength of some epic Bonnaroo festival appearances that showed the band is as capable of appealing to drugged-up hippies looking for a psychedelic jam-out as they are to prog- and classic-rock fans. The band's new one, THE WATERFALL, touches on all of Jim James and Co.'s strengths, and is reportedly the first of two full-length sets of new MMJ tunes on the way after a four-year hiatus.

The Drink That Won't Go Away

Distilled: A shot of life
Countless songs have been written about it. Chuck D, the rapper of Public Enemy fame, objects to it so much that he filed a lawsuit over being associated with it.

Hands On

Urban Art Co-op offers a new space to discover clay, among other things
Nick Lowe is a hands-on kind of guy, but his day job in information technology doesn't provide much opportunity for that. "I pound on a keyboard all day writing code, transforming data, and solving virtual problems," says Lowe.

Vision Quest

Philosophy meets style in Spokane artist Ben Joyce's work, and the world has taken notice
From the outside, you wouldn't even know Ben Joyce's art studio exists. It's tucked inside the warehouse space of a nondescript one-story building that houses a flooring company, at a Spokane intersection where industrial and residential meet.

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