Dancin' in Spokane -- Congrats and thanks to the Arena and WSU for bringing in the NCAA Regionals last week -- now that's what we had in mind when we built the new Arena!
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, whose players hadn't even heard of Spokane, said he loved it here and would come back. And the Wisconsin vs. Tulsa game was a classic, with a last-second three-pointer deciding it. Some of the players were just plain awesome: Stanford's Josh Childress jumped out of the gym; UConn's Emeka Okafor was a sight to behold, reminding us a little of another Nigerian named Hakeem Olajuwon; and Weber State's Slobodan Ocokolijic and San Diego's Jason Blair just would not give up.
But we have to admit our favorite participant wasn't a player at all, but the guy in the goofy tree mascot suit for Stanford. Every time the band started up, he'd run out on the court and dance around as if he was at a Grateful Dead show, circa 1971. Now that's school spirit!
Mystery Science Theater 1987 -- Hey, kid -- have you ever seen Ed Begley Jr. naked? Well, you will in one segment of Amazon Women on the Moon, a collection of comic sketches that spoofs every 3-o'clock-in-the-morning infomercial and low-budget sci-fi movie you've ever seen. In the grand tradition of Kentucky Fried Movie, Arsenio Hall plays a guy who is attacked by his own apartment; in one take-off on a toupee commercial, Joe Pantoliano (Memento) literally staples a rug to a customer's head.
It's all a benefit for the folks at Thin Air Community Radio. If you want a truly alternative station on the air, make a donation to the cause on Friday, March 28, at 7:15 pm. The 1987 comedy will be screened at the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. Call: 747-3807.
Noir City -- Fans of KPBX's The Alternative Source -- a weekly recap of the best of the nation's alternative presses -- won't want to miss Monday night's 7:30 pm event at Auntie's Bookstore. Alternative Source host Frank Sennett will be reading from his new mystery novel, Nash, Rambler, which critics have lauded for its hip, noir sensibility and witty style. Should be a great time!
Shacked Up, Shacked Out -- Man, we are really going to miss the Shack. Owner Ed Shaw closed the place last Monday, citing his age and time limitations as reasons for ending the Shack's 70-year history as a Spokane landmark. While the restaurant is up for sale, it's future is unknown and for the time being, we know we'll miss everything about it -- from the old-school waitresses (they just don't make 'em like that anymore) to the delicious, hearty grub.