Throwing a curve -- Sometimes news of an art show comes in too late for us to work it into the regular issue, but we're so excited about it, we have to tell you about it one way or another. Tom Dukich's current exhibit, "Some Ways of Knowing and Noing," up now at the Spokane Art School's Huneke Gallery, is just such a show. Incorporating science, technology, randomness and coincidence, Dukich's installation includes a vibration-sensitive "laser show" involving dental mirrors, a contraption (the "Bez-ee-ay") honoring French mathematician Pierre Bezier and his elegant Bezier Curves, and a galvanized trash can overflowing with those annoying free AOL discs. The objects in the show are intriguing enough, but Dukich's accompanying commentary is by turns hilarious and poignant. A sign telling the story of the "Rasta Parking" piece (complete with a yellow, red and green parking meter), ends with the admission "This nice story isn't true. I think it should be." On "Intelligence Test," Dukich honors the bittersweet legacy of computer science pioneer Alan Turing, while pointing out an eerie coincidence having to do with the Apple logo. Other pieces include a collection of vintage nail clippers (including a Hello Kitty one and an I & sect; Jesus one), and a funny/intriguing piece on the comparative temperatures of a man, a dog, Ed Keinholz's piece The Jesus Corner and a sculpture of Basho.
You can see the show -- and meet the artist -- this Friday night from 5-7 pm.
Hip to Be Square -- If you're in the mood for a little high-stakes tic-tac-toe, be sure to catch the Jan. 14 airing of Hollywood Squares on KREM-2. Spokane native Melinda Raney not only squares off with the likes of Don Rickles, Alec Baldwin and Reba McIntyre, but she'll break a Hollywood Squares record by winning more than $50,000 her first day on the show.
We weren't able to catch up with Raney, who's currently a student at the University of Southern California, but we understand she plans to major in broadcast journalism and hopes to return to the Inlander Northwest to eventually become a news anchor. Best of luck and congratulations, Melinda!
Conspiracy Theory -- Some of you might remember the piece we ran a few months ago on the controversial documentary Counting on Democracy, which chronicles the Florida voting debacle of 2000. As our TV critic Kathy Newman pointed out, only a handful of PBS stations agreed to air the program when it was first available this fall. Well, here in Spokane you'll finally be able to see it on Friday, Feb. 7. The catch? It's airing at midnight, so set your VCR.