Are you one of those people who likes to boast that you've got "a lot of balls in the air" or that there's "too much on your plate"? Or do you fancy yourself quite the freeway acrobat, with your Danish on your knee, one hand on the wheel, another gripping your iced Americano, and a cellphone wedged into your neck? Well, you ain't seen nothin' till you've witnessed the aerial antics of the Coeur d'Alene Juggling Club. This weekend's Juggling Festival, which takes place at Lake Coeur d'Alene's Independence Point and the NIC campus, offers a prime opportunity to see folks who really know how to keep stuff flying through the air with the greatest of ease. Portland's Rhys Thomas will bring an assortment of sticks, bowls and hoops with which to thrill the crowd on Saturday night's public performance, "Identified Flying Objects" at 8 pm. Look also for Cirque du Soleil's Patrick McGuire, Team Rootberry and Coeur d'Alene's own youth juggling troupe, Levity, along with other leading jugglers. They'll offer a number of performances and workshops throughout the weekend. And don't miss the Canoggling (juggling and canoeing) Race at 5 pm Friday night. Five bucks gets you in to the Friday-Sunday event; being able to keep three flaming torches aloft earns you our undying respect. Call: 208-667-4694.
Hats off to all the bands (and fans) who participated in the Two Rivers Casino's Battle of the Bands competition last weekend, where, under a clear blue sky on the dusty shores of Lake Roosevelt, appreciative audiences gathered to support 22 regional bands in their quest for a share of eight-grand in prize money. The diverse, six-man judging panel considered each 20-minute performance and scored bands according to ability, originality, stage presence, etc. Burns Like Hellfire, 10 Minutes Down, Mang and Crushbone came out with jingle in their jeans but hopefully, every band that performed gleaned something positive out of the experience. We sure did. Next time, we won't wash our cars before we go.
Any thoughts about the MAC's commitment to forward-looking art were eased a bit this week when we learned that the museum has commissioned -- with funds generated from the Works for the Heart auction among other sources -- a work from sculptor Tom Otterness. Who is Tom Otterness? Well, his whimsical bronze sculptures are featured on the cover of the current issue of Art News, and he's mentioned inside as an expert's recommendation for one of the wisest buys a collector can currently make. According to his Web site (www.tomostudio.com), the sculpture will feature weasels, salmon and, our favorite, marmots. We can't wait!