Big on the Bicentennial -- If you've been wondering when all the Lewis and Clark bicentennial hoopla was gonna hit the Inland Northwest: it's officially underway. There are three Thursdays left (including today) in Moscow's "Summers of Discovery" series, which includes speakers, live music, a trunk show, kids activities and more. Kicking off each night at 6 pm with live entertainment such as period "folk songs and fiddle tunes," drummers, dancers and speakers from the Nez Perce, and contemporary music by LaRae Wiley, each Thursday's concert concludes with lectures on William Clark, Meriwether Lewis and Sacagawea. The Lewis and Clark Traveling Trunk will be at the Latah County Library through August, and August 16 is designated "Discovery Day for Kids," which includes the chance to make "prehistoric" rock art, try bead looming and even play around in a land-bound log canoe. For more information, call (208) 882-1004.
New Zoo -- If something seems a little different on our Coffee Break Page (p. 67), it's not your imagination. Created by 29-year-old local artist Gabe Strine, the cartoon "The Zoo" was born out of the artist's heartbreak over the demise of "Bloom County," "Calvin and Hobbes" and "The Far Side." As in those strips, Gabe's animals walk and talk and take frequent potshots at the expense of one another. Sharing an apartment complex together, the denizens of the Zoo will have many opportunities to reflect on contemporary issues, pop culture and perhaps even Spokane politics. Strine is a longtime Spokane resident who attended the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio before returning to the Inland Northwest. From one zoo to another, welcome Gabe!
Star Struck? -- Okay people, we can't believe we have to explain this, but last week's "On the Street" was a JOKE! Most people thought the question, "What's your favorite James Spader movie," as answered by various Spader characters, as well as Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy, was pretty funny. After all, with all the excitement over Spader's foray into Spokane to film a new movie, Spader lore was at a premium.
But one reader wanted us to know that he, as a longtime Stargate fan, was "angered and appauled [sic]." In addition to our putdown of the TV spin-off SG-1, we also offended by stating that Richard Dean Anderson replaced James Spader in the TV version. OK, that was a mistake -- now we know that the MacGyver guy replaced the Kurt Russell character. The e-mail sounds a lot like that one SNL skit where William Shatner is besieged by nitpicking Trekkies. If the third rail of politics is never touch Social Security, maybe the third rail of journalism is never mess with Stargate, any of its characters or spin-offs.